May 3rd, 2006.
First things first... this is an AU!High School fic. If you don't like these, don't read it. I don't want to read a comment by you complaining. I honestly thought that I never would write another high school fic... but I truly did enjoy writing Zanarkand A-East last year. I can't believe it's already been over a year since I finished that fic, but it's still one of my favorite things that I have written. I... actually posted this fic a while ago, but took it off because I couldn't get into the spirit of writing it. I was busy with school, and also, this is a 'end of the school year, yay summer' fic and I posted it in like October. Go me on my excellent timing. But now that it IS summer, I wanted to start a 'summer' project. Therefore, this fic was brought out again, dusted off, and revamped a little bit.
The fic is going to be in two different point of views, switching off every chapter. The first chapter is in Yuna's point of view, and the second in Tidus'. I have never written anything in a dual point of view, so I'm interested to see how it's going to turn out. I honestly don't know! To me, it's interesting to see just how different the characters are... meaning I will be able to write certain scenes in two different points of view. So, it's like a writing activity for myself and hopefully I can put out a decent fic at the same time.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'm so sorry that this was such a long introduction. I hope you enjoy reading!
Only Time Will Tell
"We're trapped!" My cousin Rikku whispered to me as we frantically looked around to find a way out. "Is there any way we can escape?"
I looked at all the doors, but there wasn't any way that we were going to get past the people. "No!" I whispered back with a slight whimper. "There are way too many Yevonites! We'd definitely get caught!"
"Even the back door?" She asked, grabbing onto my arm as she waited for an answer. I hesitated so the Yevonites wouldn't get suspicious to why I was looking around, then shook my head toward her.
"It's heavily guarded," I said in defeat. "There's nothing else we can do except stay here and accept our fate."
There was a loud tapping that surrounded us, followed by a low, gravely voice. "I-Is this thing on?" Rikku and I both covered our ears as a loud screeching sound followed the voice. When it was over, Rikku crossed her arms and sat further back in her seat. "Oh my! I'm terribly sorry! C-Can everyone hear me?"
Several people around me muttered responses and I had to roll my eyes. It was the last day of school, and the last place any of us wanted to be was in the auditorium listening to Principal Mika give us the 'You all did well and I'm proud of you' speech like he did every year. Principal Mika was a very nice man, but he was rather old…not to mention a little bit senile. He continued to tap the microphone, not realizing that it was producing feedback and making us all deaf in the process. I shuddered at the thought of last year's end of the year speech; he rambled on for so long that even Vice Principal Kinoc was nodding off.
"Well, how about standing up and shouting 'fire?'" Rikku suggested as she leaned in closer to me. "It certainly would clear out the place rather quickly."
"Yeah, then Principal Mika would have a heart attack right on stage, that's a great idea," I said, putting my hand to my forehead. As absurd as her suggestion was, it probably was the only way that we would be able to get out of there. However, I didn't want to end my junior year of high school in the principal's office. Not only did that mean I would have to spend more time with Principal Mika, but my father would be less than thrilled. Being the High Summoner's daughter, I had to maintain a perfect record or else it would be plastered all over the news. I guess I can say that I'm used it by now, but it's still not easy. With a sigh, I rubbed my forehead with my fingertips. "Besides, I don't want the headlines in the Bevelle Times to be 'High Summoner's daughter causes chaos in high school assembly.'"
"'Kay fine," Rikku mumbled with a pout. "I can't believe you're actually going to sit here for the entire time."
I smiled at her then looked back up toward the stage. This was her first speech that she had to endure because she was only a freshman, but I knew that she would live. Biting the inside of my cheek, I took another look around and noticed that there were already four people sleeping. They were smart. I was about to slouch in my seat and close my eyes when I felt a tap on the top of my head. I turned around and saw Baralai smiling at me. I couldn't help the butterflies that suddenly appeared in my stomach. Although he and I had only been going out for a short period of time, I was crazy about him. It was odd though; he was a senior and graduating in a few days, but somehow it didn't seem like he was older than I.
Everyone in Bevelle knew about the relationship of Baralai and I. The media claimed that it was Yevon's blessing that we were together. Baralai's dad was the Praetor of Bevelle, so he and my father worked together. It's merely coincidence that Baralai and I ended up together; there wasn't anything arranged. Rikku still was convinced that my father and the Praetor set the two of us up, but Baralai and I met on our own. We were in the same physics class this semester and we were partners. Again, something that Rikku claims was done on purpose, but I like to call it fate.
"So, I think I can see Mika getting older with each word that he says," Baralai quipped with a quiet chuckle. I smiled back at him and he pecked me on the cheek before leaning back in his seat.
"Eew!" Rikku groaned as she gave me a gentle push. I knew that she was joking for she was always supportive of the relationship that Baralai and I had, but I still scrunched up my nose at her.
Principal Mika cleared his throat then looked over toward the side of the stage. "Now, we have a very special guest!" A few people around me groaned, and I found myself doing the same. A 'special guest' meant a longer assembly. "Please give a warm welcome to High Summoner Braska!"
My eyes went wide as I sat up straight in my seat, gripping the arm rests tightly with my fingers. I certainly wasn't expecting this. Usually if my daddy was giving a speech at my school, which happened quite often actually, I knew about it before hand. I knew what he was going to say, when he was going to say it, and I made sure that he wasn't going to say anything that was going to embarrass me. There have been quite a few times where he started to talk about me on the sphere and it branched out into an embarrassing childhood story. Like the one time he explained to Spira what happened when I received a bathing suit for my birthday and decided to turn the living room into a beach by pouring powdered laundry detergent on the carpeting. My face turned a darker pink at the memory and I watched my dad make his way to the podium.
"Hello, everyone!" My father said, his cheery disposition waking everyone up. He was a lot more exciting than Principal Mika, that's for sure. My father was very well loved, but no one loved him more than I did. "I know you all know how well you did this year, so I'm going to just skip all that boring stuff and talk about more interesting subjects."
"Your dad is so great," Rikku stated with a smile. I felt myself blush as I nodded.
Unfortunately, his speech wasn't all that entertaining to me. Everything that he talked about he had mentioned on the news the previous night, but I'm sure he was just keeping the students up to date about everything. Thankfully he didn't preach as much as he did on the news for I went to a public school, but he still talked about the extensive research that was being done on Sin and stuff like that. My father and the Praetor had been researching this for many months now and they had a major breakthrough of what could've caused the attacks many years ago. They didn't know what caused the attacks, but they did notice that there was a pattern of when Sin attacked and where it attacked. The last attack occurred several months ago, several miles off of the Zanarkand coast, and that was enough to put all the puzzle pieces into place.
Surprisingly, most of the students in the auditorium were listening intensively, but I've already heard all of this a million times. I was always curious to what my father did, so I constantly asked and he always told me exactly what he was up to.
Everyone applauded him as concluded his speech and a lot of students looked at me and complimented on him. Thankfully the conclusion of my father's speech was the conclusion of the assembly, so everyone started to get up and leave. The lights slowly turned back on and Rikku leaped out of her seat.
"Finally the nightmare ends!" She squealed, bouncing on her toes with excitement. "That means that school is over now! We're free! We're able to have three months without homework, waking up early, or boring speeches from old men!"
I laughed at her and we met up with Baralai. "Your dad's speech was awesome, Yuna," he said, giving me another kiss on the cheek as I put my hand in his. "I wish my dad's speeches were half as entertaining as your dad's."
Sad but true, the Praetor was a very dry man. He lacked in the humor department, which was why it strikes me as strange that my father and the Praetor were best friends. Baralai was completely the opposite of his father though. He was actually a lot like my dad. That's kind of a frightening thought, but I've gotten over it.
"So, now that school is officially out, what are we going to do first?" Rikku asked, her voice straining a bit. We were trying to squeeze our way out of the hallway and it was like the Pilgrimage Highway during rush hour. There were so many students at Bevelle North that we were all shoulder to shoulder. The administration tried to make it an orderly process, but they knew it was useless because we were all so excited to get out of the school and start our summer. Especially since we just had to listen to Principal Mika for 45 minutes, we were all rather restless.
"I'm thinking that we should just go back to my house and have ice cream or something," I suggested with a shrug of my shoulders. Well, it was the best attempt at a shrug that I could do because I could barely move. "Nothing like a celebratory ice cream cone!"
"Works for me!" Baralai said as we finally walked through the doors and into the sunlight. I was just about to comment on the beautiful weather before something smacked Rikku on the back of the head.
She stumbled forward, yet somehow managed to keep her footing as she screamed, "ow!" We all looked behind us to see Gippal practically rolling with laughter. With a huff, Rikku grabbed the blitzball that Gippal threw at her and propped it up on her hip. "Very cute, Gippal."
"It's a gift," he replied with his trademark cocky smile. He walked closer to the three of us and ruffled Rikku's hair. He reached for the blitzball in Rikku's hands and she struggled to keep it away from him. The two of them had lived next door to each other since they were born and they were the best of friends. They had an odd friendship though; they were fighting more than they were getting along. Of course, I knew deep down inside that they would be friends forever. I had that feeling about someone once, but I can't control everything…
"We're going over Yuna's house, wanna come?" Baralai squeezed my shoulder as he spoke, breaking my train of thought. I shook the thoughts away and smiled at Gippal. I didn't mind that Baralai was inviting people over my house, he practically lived there and I knew my daddy wouldn't mind.
"You driving?" Gippal asked, still straining for the ball, and Baralai nodded. All four of us had our licenses, but Baralai was the only one who was able to drive to school because he was a senior. "Sure, count me in. Give it back, Rikku!"
"You shouldn't have thrown it in the first place then!" She countered, her green eyes flaring. With a strong tug, Gippal grabbed the ball back and Rikku fell on the ground. "You punk."
"Where are you parked, B?" Gippal asked, reaching his hand out to help Rikku get back on her feet. When she was about halfway off the ground, he let her go again, and she yelped when her butt met the ground again. We all started to laugh as she slowly got to her feet. "Sorry, Rikku, I just had to!"
"No, it's fine," she said as she fixed her hair. She flashed him a sly smile and before any of us knew what happened, she kicked him hard in the shin. He started to howl and she laughed at his pain. "Ha ha, serves you right!"
Baralai and I exchanged looks before we started to laugh, then we heard a car honk it's horn. We whipped around and saw my dad waving to all four of us. My face instantly flushed a bright red in embarrassment. "Yuna!"
"I guess I better go over there," I said, pointing in that direction with one hand and nervously putting a tendril of hair behind my ear with the other. The others nodded and as a group, we walked over there. "Hi, daddy."
"Great speech, High Summoner Braska." Baralai was always pleasant and respectful to my parents, and it always made me happy. I knew my parents really liked him and that made things a lot easier.
"Thank you, Baralai," my father said, shaking hands with him. He looked back at me and smiled. "You want a ride home, Yuna?"
I looked at Baralai and he shrugged. "Well, Baralai was going to give me a ride home, but if you want me to go with you, that works too." My father gave me a pleased smile and I looked back at Baralai, Rikku, and Gippal. "You guys can just meet me at my place. How's that?"
"Sound's great!" Rikku said.
"Actually," my father began as he took off his sunglasses. Before continuing, I heard him unlock the doors. "Yuna, why don't you just call your friends after dinner, okay? Your mother and I have some important things that we'd like to discuss with you."
I felt my face fall. Not only was I disappointed that I couldn't drive home with Rikku, Gippal, and Baralai, but I was kind of nervous to what my parents had to tell me. My father still had a smile on his face, so that was a good sign, but it seemed kind of urgent.
"Not a problem, High Summoner Braska," Baralai said with a nod of his head. I'm thankful that he said something because I wasn't sure what to say. "Yuna, I'll just give you a call later or something."
"Okay," I replied, giving him a quick hug. Even though my parents liked Baralai, I wasn't about to kiss him in front of one of them. "I'll call you after dinner."
"All right." He patted Gippal on the back before looking at me again. "I'll just hang out with these crazy Al Bhed until then. Bye, Yuna."
I quickly said good bye to the three of them then hopped into the passenger seat of my daddy's car. "I loved your speech today, daddy," I said as I gave him a kiss and a big hug.
"Thanks," he replied and put the car into reverse. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you that I was going to be giving a speech, but it was kind of a last minute thing. I just happened to come here on business then Vice Principal Kinoc suggested that I quickly prepare a speech. I could tell that everyone wasn't exactly interested in what Principal Mika had to say."
"It's just that he says the same thing every year!" I exclaimed with a giggle. "This year's speech was the same as last year, which was the same as the year before!"
"And it was the same speech that he gave when I went to Bevelle North and that was 19 years ago," my father added.
"Can't you force him to retire?"
He chuckled and shook his head. "Yuna, you know I can't do that. He'll retire one day and then everyone will be happy."
I nodded and tapped my toe inside my shoe to the beat of the song that was playing on the radio. I could see my father's smile grow wider out of the corner of my eye, so I lifted an eyebrow at him. "What are you hiding?"
He was thinking of what to say, so he drummed his fingers on the steering wheel. After a second, he looked at me and asked, "Do you like it here in Bevelle, Yuna?"
"Of course I do!" I said happily as I looked around. We moved to from Zanarkand to Bevelle when I was eight because my father was given the position of High Summoner. I was devastated to leave at the time because I was moving away from all of my friends, but the move was for the better. "Bevelle's a great place! It's not too hot in the summer, not too cold in the winter. Oh, and the air is cleaner here and that helps with mom's allergies. I love it here."
"I'm happy to hear that," he replied. I narrowed my eyes as I tried to study the look on his face. He still had a smile on his face, but I could tell that something else was on his mind. "What is it, Yuna?"
"I'm thinking of asking you the same question."
"Ah, my own daughter knows me too well for my own good." With another chuckle, he merged into the left hand lane to pass a car that was going too slowly. "Well, the Praetor and I were talking and—"
"Oh no," I interrupted with a giggle. "Don't tell me that you and the Praetor are already planning Baralai and my wedding! We've been over this a million times! I'm still too young!"
"Nonsense, Yuna, you know I would never do that," he responded, shaking his head. I love twisting his words and teasing him about that. I could pretty much change any sentence that included the Praetor into my father setting up a wedding. "Like I was saying, the Praetor and I were talking last night about all the leads that we're starting to unravel about the past attacks of Sin. Every single one of them is pointing to Zanarkand."
I wasn't sure where he was going with this, so I played with sleeve on my shirt with my right hand and said, "Oh?"
"Yes, and I volunteered to spend a few weeks there." My jaw dropped and I let out a sound in protest.
"You're going to leave mom and I for a few weeks?" I asked, a whine in my voice. "I'm going to miss you so much."
"No, no, Yuna!" He said as he pulled into our driveway. "You and your mother are coming with me!" I wasn't sure what to say, so I froze in my seat. "Oh come on, don't look so shocked! It's not going to be a permanent move! I'm just going to talk to the priests in Zanarkand for a little while then we'll come back here, I promise."
"Zanarkand…" I whispered, half to myself.
"I talked to your mother last night when I came home and she and I thought you would be excited." I wasn't sure what I was feeling, so again I remained silent. "Just think of it as a short visit so you can see some people again. I mean, how long has it been since you've seen Tidus?"
At the sound of his name, I bowed my head. "It's…been a long time." He and I used to still talk on the phone or email each other, but it's been a few months since we've made any contact. I don't know what I was waiting for. I had Baralai now and I wasn't sure how to bring that up to him. Although Tidus and I had a strictly platonic friendship, he was no longer the only guy in my life. I wasn't sure how he was going to take the news, so I kind of avoided him. I say 'kind of' because it wasn't like he tried to contact me either. I guess we were both to blame.
"Why don't you give him a call tonight?" My father suggested as he took the keys out of the ignition and cupped my chin with his hand. "Maybe that'll put some excitement into you!"
"Yeah," I said with an attempted smile.
He kissed me on the forehead then unlocked the car doors. As he opened his door, he noticed that I wasn't moving. "Come on, let's get out of the car and into the air conditioning."
"What? Oh, yeah." I slowly opened the car door, stepped out, then followed him inside. I wasn't sure where my mom was at, but I told my dad that I would be up in my room. I needed a little time to think.