So, I'm pretty sure that this is the final chapter of this story. I still don't own FFX, which is too bad, really, but what are you going to do?

I'm starting another, much longer, story which will act as a prequel to this one. It'll explain a lot about Auron's past and how he and Rikku fell in love with each other on Yuna's pilgrimage. /shameless plug

Long live Aurikku, huzzah!

Palyica e ys fedr oui- Because I am with you


Rikku shot the brown-haired Kilika barmaid a scathing look. It wasn't her fault that she didn't know how to act in the Farplane. Frankly, she still wasn't completely sure that she should have come here in the first place.

Nervously, Rikku looked around the small platform. She wasn't sure if she should kneel or something. Rikku didn't know all that much about Yevon except that they had sent summoners on a pilgrimage to sacrifice themselves for the good of Spira. At least, they had until her cousin had figured out Yevon's scam and defeated him once and for all!

Rikku spun around in a victory motion before realizing that, once again, people were staring at her in a not-so-nice fashion. She stuck out her tongue, ignored the latest round of gasps, and walked to an empty spot on the edge of the platform.

"Okay," she whispered to herself. "Here goes."

She decided to kneel because it seemed like the right thing to do. Wakka had always knelt while he was doing something church-y. Rikku nodded and closed her eyes.

"Hmmph…You won't be able to see me if your eyes are closed."

Rikku screamed and stood up. A slightly transparent projection of Auron was floating in front of her. He was smirking.

"Yes," he continued, "Scream. Because people in here don't think you're insane enough already."

Rikku narrowed her eyes at him before turning away to address the few people who were on the platform.

"Just so you all know," she glared, "this is a very traumatic experience!" She sniffed and then turned back to Auron. She cocked her head in confusion. She could hear him laughing, but his mouth wasn't moving.

"How are you doing that?" she said, slightly awestruck. Auron simply looked at her.

"This is how you communicate with people on the Farplane. You don't have to actually talk to me. Just think of what you want to say. I'll hear you."

"Creepy," Rikku replied aloud. Auron shook his head and laughed again. It wasn't the dry and bitter laugh that Rikku was used to.

"You're scaring me old man," she said. "So…uhhh…." She stammered, suddenly awkward. "How's being dead treating you? Although," she mused, mostly to herself, "You were already kind of, dead, weren't you?"

Auron simply laughed again.

"Well…uh..okay," Rikku said. "I guess I'll just tell you about my life." Auron nodded and sat down in midair, a smile on his face.

"So," she said brightly, "We've been traveling around on the Celsius. Me, Brother, Shinra, and this woman Paine. You'd like her a lot, Auron," Rikku said, lowering her voice for emphasis. "You know, she's the strong, silent type, like you. She's kind of weird too. I think she has kind of a dark past, like you."

Auron laughed. "I don't have that dark of a past."

Rikku scowled at him. "Listen, old man," she said, shaking her finger at him, "you knew all along what was going to happen and you never told us! Not only that but you were walking around all corpsified and stuff and you didn't even tell us that!"

He smiled at her. It was a genuine smile that made his good eye brightly sparkle with humor. "You wouldn't have wanted me to tell you."

"How do you know!" Rikku yelled. "I…I…ugh!" she yelled and collapsed onto the ground. "You didn't give me warning, you know?" she said quietly. Her shoulders shook as sobs began to shudder through her small body.

Concerned, Auron knelt beside her and took off his large, red jacket. "I can't touch you," he said, "but take this."

Pyreflies eerily screamed around Rikku as she felt the heavy jacket settle on her shoulders. She sniffed. "I just, miss you, you know?" she said.

"I know."

"But you…um…I mean you look almost…happy," she said. "So I guess you really did…want to die."

"I look happy," he said, "palyica e ys fedr oui."

Rikku gasped and then raised her red-rimmed eyes to look up into his face. She smiled, and pulled his coat tightly around her body.

"Because I am with you," she said.