Secret of the Mask 2

Chapter 11

Author's Note: I decided to post this chapter early since I won't have access to a computer for the early part of tomorrow. I'll do my little completionspeech thing at the end, so on with the last chapter.

The three Toa and Jaller were the guests of honor at the celebration that night. The Ga-Matoran sang, danced and fed them more food than they could eat. After a few hours, Jaller noticed Takanuva quietly slip away.

Jaller walked up the rocks until he found his friend, sitting as he watched the waves. Looking up, Takanuva smiled. "Hey, Jaller," he said as the Captain of the Guard plopped himself down on a rock next to him.

"What are you doing here?" Jaller asked with a raised eyebrow.

"Just thinking," Takanuva said slowly, "about something you told me once…"

Jaller paused thoughtfully, scratching his head with a finger. I tell him a lot of things, he thought. I wonder which one he's thinking of.

Takanuva soon answered his question. Turning to his friend, he said, "You said once that I was different…" After a moment, he smiled to himself. "I just figured out that that's okay."

The Captain of the Guard smiled. "Yeah…" he said, rocking slightly as he watched the waves. "Being different isn't all bad."

A moment of silence passed between them. Turning to Jaller, the Toa asked, "So, have you figured it out yet?"

"Figured out what?"

Takanuva sat up. "Your destiny."

Jaller looked out at the ocean thoughtfully before turning back to his companion. "Number one – hauling you and everyone else to Metru Nui."

The Toa chuckled. "Number two," Jaller continued, "rebuilding the city."

"And number three," Takanuva added with a sly grin, "confessing your true feelings for a certain Ga-Matoran." When Jaller gave him a wide-eyed look of horror, the Toa laughed.

"Uh, heh…" Jaller said nervously. "That'll come…maybe…eventually." Takanuva smirked and shook his head. "The right moment will pop up, I'm sure."

Takanuva chuckled. "Kolhii-head," he said as Jaller turned red. Stretching out onto his back again, he said, "Yeah, right…when you two become Toa."

"Hey," Jaller countered defensively, "anything's possible." Smirking, he said, "After all, they made you a Toa."

The Toa's eyes had been shut, but at this, one snapped open. "Ha ha," he said, closing it again. "Very funny."

Jaller smiled as he looked at the sea that they soon would be traveling across. "You know, Takanuva," he said, "it's strange how things turn out sometimes – definitely not the way you expect them to."

"Mm-hmm," Takanuva agreed.

"Like you being the Seventh Toa or me having mask powers. But I think we've done a good job. What do you think?" Jaller turned to Takanuva, and then stopped himself short. The Captain of the Guard chuckled, shaking his head as he looked at the sleeping Toa.

Some things never change…

Jaller looked up as he saw two forms approach, followed by an Ussal Crab. He stood up and was about to greet the two Toa and explain that Takanuva was asleep, but Tahu never gave him the chance. Quietly, Tahu put his sleeping brother over his shoulder and turned back to Gali.

"It's getting late," he said. "Jaller, Takanuva and I better be heading back to Po-Koro."

Gali smirked at Tahu as she gave the sleeping Toa of Light a pat on the back. "Since when were you this helpful?"

"Well," Tahu said with feigned gruffness, "don't want Takanuva to leave the Toa just because of a fight."

The Toa of Water folded her arms and then smiled. "I think that's a good plan." She was about to turn back to her village when she stopped. "Oh, by the way," she added, "I don't think you're an arrogant ignoramus anymore."

"Oh? That," Tahu said, trying to act surprised. "I completely forgot about that."

Placing her hands on her hips, Gali said, "Sure." Turning around, she waved and glanced back briefly. "Good night, Tahu."

Tahu waved slightly and watched her leave. Jaller, meanwhile, hopped onto Pewku's shell and gazed up at the Toa. After several minutes, the Fire Toa glanced down at his traveling companion. "What?" he asked.

"Nothing," Jaller said quickly.

Tahu sighed in exasperation and began to walk north with Takanuva slung over his shoulder. "Let's get going."

"Good going, Tahu," a voice said and Tahu's eyes snapped to attention. As Tahu realized that Takanuva had spoken, the latter chuckled. "She's telling me all about it…"

Tahu's eyes widened. "What is she saying!" he demanded.

Takanuva grinned. " 'Oh, Tahu's such a dream Toa – I'm in looove!'" he said in a voice too high-pitched to ever be Gali's.

"Wait a minute…" Tahu said and then narrowed his eyes suspiciously. "Gali would never tell you that!"

The Toa of Light burst into uncontrollable fits of laughter. "Fooled ya," he said in between breaths.

Tahu fumed with anger and then smirked deviously. He "accidentally" dropped his brother. When Takanuva glared up at him, Tahu leaned forward with his hands on his hips. Casually, he said, "You've got two feet – use them."

After saying this, Tahu walked away and Pewku scuttled after him with Jaller on her shell. Takanuva smirked as he got up and followed them. "You two have it so bad," Takanuva said with amusement. "Why don't you just tell them how you feel?"

Tahu and Jaller stopped and glared back at Takanuva. "NO!"

Takanuva shrunk back. "Gee, sorry I asked. I was just trying to help."

Jaller turned to Tahu. "Oh yeah, he's helpful, all right. So helpful, in fact, that he hands me over his responsibilities."

Takanuva rolled his eyes playfully. "You'll never let me forget that, will you?"

Jaller smirked. "No."

"Hey," Takanuva said with an innocent shrug, "what are best friends for?"

The Captain of the Guard looked ahead as Pewku carried him closer to his temporary home. "When I figure it out," Jaller said, "I'll let you know."

Takanuva stopped, shook his head and chuckled. As they continued to Po-Koro, Jaller couldn't help but notice that seven stars burned brightly in the sky above them. He remembered the words of a wise old Turaga:

"New legends await, but old ones must be remembered. That is the way of the Bionicle…"

Author's Note: As I was telling some of my friends, it's a happy and sad moment to finish a story. I feel happy that it's done, but kind of sad at the same time. I just wanted to let you know that you'veall been great, and thank you to those who have taken (or will take) the time to write to me. Thanks for joining me.