A/N: Hey everyone, sorry for the super long wait. I hope you enjoy this one. I think it's my longest chapter. It took me longer to write this one because I wasn't sure how fast I wanted to make things move. But I finally just did what I wanted, lol. Hope it's good. R&R!

E/N: Why does it always end with me doing the disclaimer? Agh. We don't own the characters, the sport of Blitzball, the locations, or the music; although I'm sure that whoever does is making more money than us.


Chapter 3: Complications with Loving You

The Farplane: The Elders:

"Lord Yu Yevon, Maesters! There is a group of people with guards heading our way and they carry the sign of a Maester with them! Can it bet the Guado?" A servant of the Elders exclaimed, running into the Elders' Chamber. Yevon looked at the others.

"Could it be? Have they come already? They usually don't come until later in the year, when we have had our group of newly graduated angels. What could be the purpose of this?" He implored, looking at all of them in wonder in his eyes.

"Why have they come unannounced?" Cid growled.

"Milord, what shall I do? Should I tell the guards to open the gates and let them in?" The servant asked timidly.

"Yes, tell them to open the gates. We will meet our guests ourselves. Get the Royal Guards to gather at the gates and be ready for their arrival; we must still retain proper etiquette," he answered back and nodded, dismissing the servant. The servant bowed and left quickly.

"Do you think it is wise to welcome them so openly when there are strange things going on? This may have something to do with the disturbance you felt." Braska warned. Yevon thought a moment before shaking his head, smiling a little.

"Dear Braska, theses are our brothers. Maybe they bear news that need be shared. Regardless, we will not simply grant them a rude laissez faire. I do not believe there is anything to worry about." He placed a hand on Braska's shoulder. "Do not fret. Let us go and welcome them."

They left the Chamber and headed for the main gates. All around, the angels were bustling with excitement. One of the Grand Leaders from the other side of the Farplane was here! On the Farplane, there were two main cities (if they could truly be called cities). Both had academies that would train their angels; the one the city where Yevon and the Elders lived, and the one on the other side of the Farplane.

There was really no difference between them, except that theirs was made up more of the Guado, and Yuna's home was more diverse.

The Elders were at the gate waiting with the Royal Guards on both sides, standing upright when the group approached. It was a party of 50 or more angels carrying the flag of the Guado Maester. The guards stepped aside and bowed as the Elders came forward to meet their guests. Jyscal Guado stood there in the center, smiling.

"Jyscal, my brother, how are you?" Yevon greeted, hugging him.

"Good, my friend. And how are all of you?" Jyscal asked, looking at the rest of the Elders. They nodded and smiled. Jyscal turned to his left slightly and held out his arm, beckoning the young man to approach. "You remember my son, Seymour?" He asked. Seymour bowed and smiled.

"Ah, yes. You were just entering the academy the last time I say you though, if I remember correctly." Yevon replied.

"He has just recently graduated and will be turning of age very soon. Once he does, he will start going into special training to become an apprentice Maester," the Guado Maester boasted proudly, his eyes dancing.

"Really, that is quite an honor," Braska voiced.

"Yes, it is," Seymour responded smoothly. Jyscal looked around the Elders for a minute before looking at Braska. "Where is your daughter? I believe the last time we saw her was a year before she was to start her training."

Now it was Braska's turn to brag. "Yes, you just missed her though. Yuna has started her first assignment a few days ago." He tried to hide his grin at the surprised look on Jyscal's face.

"And she has not yet graduated, correct?" Jyscal presumed. Yevon nodded. "She must be very advanced for her age, then, for you to allow one so young to already be on her own." He commented, impressed.

"She works very hard," was all Yevon said in reply. "Come, let us show you to your rooms and then give you a tour of the city. It has been long since your last visit." He proclaimed and opened an inviting arm to show the way. Jyscal followed first and then Seymour and his small party before the rest of the Guado angels followed. No one noticed the sly glance that Seymour and one of his party members shared as they entered the gates of the city…


(Yuna's POV)

Rikku and I were up most of the night talking. It was nice to have someone from home with me now. I felt less lonely. I mean, I didn't feel alone with Tidus or anything, but, with Rikku, I could talk about anything. We talked about home for awhile and then she asked many questions about what was going on here. I told her everything that had happened, though she'd probably been watching.

"So…" she said looking at me when I had finished telling her about yesterday. We were sitting on my bed, in our pajamas. We had slept in late and decided just to be lazy today. The balcony doors were open and a cool breeze was filtering through the open doors.

"So… what?" I asked totally unaware of what she was talking about. She raised her eyebrows and smiled. "So do you like him?" She giggled. Is that what she wanted to know? Oh geez. I just rolled my eyes and found myself gazing out the open doors to his balcony. I could see him moving around in his room. I sighed deeply.

"I don't know Rikku…" I trailed off. She looked at me skeptically. "I mean, I'm his Guardian Angel."

"And?" She demanded. I looked away from her face, struggling to find the right words.

"I can't just like him. This isn't some dating game. My duty here isn't to try to fall in love with the person that I'm supposed to help."

"Oh, that's crap! You couldn't give me a better excuse than that?" My head shot back towards her with wide eyes. "'It's not my duty.' Oh give me a break, Yuna! Do you honestly think that the Elders expect nothing to happen to angels when they're sent down here?

"Out of everyone I know, I thought you knew that the most. One of the many purposes of these 'assignments' is to find yourself and become who you're supposed to be, and if that means finding love also, then that's meant to be!

"Unexpected things that you never planned on will happen when you come here. And it's not like the Elders don't already know what's going to happen while you're here anyway. So what's the big deal? It's not like it's a bad thing to fall in love with your subject, anyway…"

I was somewhat surprised to be getting this lecture from Rikku of all people. She sighed and paused for a moment. She looked at me and smiled. I know what was coming next.

"That's how your mom and dad were, after all." I looked away and back at Tidus' room. The doors were slightly open and I could hear him talking to someone. I looked down at my hands and opened my mouth to talk but closed it when I couldn't find the words to say. She reached over and took my hand.

"She was his— "

"Stop, please, Rikku… I don't want to talk about them anymore," I whispered.

She smiled sadly and hugged me. We sat there in silence for a few minutes. "So, do you like him?" she asked, suddenly all perky and happy again. I took a pillow and threw it at her.

"Man, Rikku, you just have to know, don't you?" I giggled when she threw one at me back.

"Well, you never answered my question!" Rikku squealed, ducking as a pillow came hurdling her way. In seconds, the innocent pillow throwing turned into a full on pillow fight. When we stopped we were both plopped down on the bed, exhausted.

"Are you ever going to answer my question?" she asked.

I looked up at the ceiling. It wasn't a hard question. I'd only known him a few days but it seemed like I'd know him a lifetime. There was obviously a connection between us; I could feel it, and I'm sure the Elders must have known about it too. There was just something about him; besides his good looks.

He was nice and caring, but there seemed to be more to him than that. There was just something about him that I was…attracted to. Maybe it was the way his smile brought butterflies to my stomach, the way his smoldering gaze held mine, or when he tries to act like his life his going perfect when really it's a mess.

I felt the corner of my lips twitch the more I thought about him. "A little," I said quietly.

"A little what?" Rikku smirked.

"I like him a little, ok?" I said a little louder and bit my bottom lip as she squirmed beside me.

"Oh yea, I knew it! You like Tidi-Widi!" she sang as she danced around the room.

"You," she stopped for a moment and pointed her finger at me, "---like Tidus."

I groaned and pulled a pillow over my head, trying to block out the sound. I was getting ready to get up and leave when I heard it.

"Who likes me?" A bemused but pleased voice asked, coming from the balcony. My breath hitched for a second. Had he heard that? Would Rikku open her mouth? I quickly jumped up and looked in that direction.

"Someone!" Rikku crooned, laughing at me with her eyes.

"No one," I sighed, coming to stand next to her on the balcony. I pretended I didn't see her excited green eyes on me and continued to look at Tidus. He smiled his genuine smile.

"Of course someone likes you, Tidus, who doesn't?" commented a voice from his room. I realized it was Gippal before he even walked out. He came up next to Tidus, fiddling with his cell phone.

"What's up, Yuna?" Gippal asked without even looking up.

"Gippal," I greeted. I couldn't say anything more for I was mesmerized by the look Tidus was giving me.

His eyes seemed to have some kind of control over me, and I couldn't look away. I struggled to elsewhere and felt my cheeks burn when I finally tore my eyes away from him.

I looked down and tried to ignore the feeling of Rikku's intense stare on me. I guess she hadn't missed that.

"Well, hello there. Who might you be?" I looked up to see Gippal staring at Rikku. She raised an eyebrow at him and smiled coyly.

"What does it matter to you?" she asked smartly. His nice smile turned into some kind of grin, his eyes sparkling with delight. Aww. He'd made a new friend.

"Oooh, feisty!"

I rolled my eyes.

"Have you been to the library recently?" Rikku asked sweetly. "Because you flirt by the book. And you're not as good at it as you think."

I saw Tidus snicker and turn his head when Gippal glared at him. She cocked her head to the side and bit her bottom lip. He didn't seem the least bit discouraged though, as he placed his hand over his heart and tried to look hurt.

"Ouch! You sure do know how to hurt a guy."

"Oh, did that hurt? I wasn't even trying," she put her hands behind her back trying to act innocent.

"And the punches keep comin'. I don't know how I'm gonna play the game if I'm so hurt…"

"Is that so? Well, you might want to get better soon or else I guess you're not playing."

"I might feel better if you said sorry." He pouted.

"Ok, I'm sorry… that you have bad pick up lines," she said. Tidus couldn't help but laugh now. Gippal just smiled.

"Okay, I get it; going to play hard to get. That's ok, l like a challenge," he smirked and winked at her. "I'll see you at the game. Come on, Tidus; let's go before we're late." Gippal smiled one last time at Rikku and then turned and left. Tidus shook his head and was about to leave when he look back at me.

"You coming?" I knew what he meant. The corners of my mouth went up slightly.

"Look for me in the stands," I confirmed. Tidus smiled and nodded before turning and leaving. Rikku tugged at my arm and pulled me back in my room.

"Come on, Yunie, let's get ready!"

"Rikku, it's not for a couple of hours. We have plenty of time," I told her. But she seemed to be ignoring me. She ran toward the closet and immediately started throwing out clothes.

Great, this is going to take forever to clean up now. I started picking up clothes as she grabbed an outfit and ran into the bathroom. I looked through the clothes and found something I wanted to wear and joined Rikku, deciding I might as well do the same.

We arrived at the stadium what we thought was early, but there were already plenty of people there. People were already in lines to enter, and there was security everywhere. We were entering the stadium when a security guard tapped me and Rikku on the shoulders.

"Are you Yuna Lesca?" he asked stiffly.

"Yes," I answered warily.

"Tidus has reserved a seat for you and your cousin. So if you'll follow me, we'll take you there." His eyes shifted toward a side entrance and the guard there nodded and opened it.

Rikku looked at me and smiled as she nudged me. I rolled my eyes and walked through the door. We followed the man through tunnel-like passage ways until we reached some seats that were closer to the sphere and had a good view of everything. We sat down and watched as the players all started getting into the pool. I saw Tidus and Gippal enter last, and the crowd went absolutely wild.

Tidus turned in our direction and I saw him scanning the crowd.

'Are you here?' I heard his thoughts ring out clearly. I couldn't help but smile and chuckle lightly.

'Of course, we're sitting in our reserved seats.' His eyes shot over to us and he grinned. The girls behind us started giggling; probably thinking he was smiling at them.

I just looked at Rikku and rolled my eyes. The announcer announced that the game was about to begin. Tidus and Gippal went to the middle of the pool. The whistle rang out, and I saw the players all take a deep breath.

The game started with Tidus stealing the ball and swimming rapidly towards the other team's goal. He was blocked by a big guy from the other team, and I could see his ocean eyes looking around worriedly for his own team. He caught sight of a short girl with magenta-colored hair and hurled the ball towards her.

She caught it efficiently and forced her way through three of the other team's defense, and then passed it to Gippal. Gippal did a sort of flip under the player who was in his way and threw the ball lightning-fast, and with enough force to break through reinforced glass. The force of the ball was so powerful that the goalie couldn't stop it.

"ONE GOAL FOR THE ZANARKAND ABES!" cried the announcer over the loudspeaker. The entire dome went even crazier, screaming themselves hoarse. The ball was brought back to the center and thrown up again.

"BLITZOFF!" the announcer called as Tidus dove for the ball only to be shoved brutally to the side by another player. Another guy from the Abes managed to steal the ball from an agile, slender girl with short teal hair and chuck it back towards Gippal, who missed it, and the other team scored past the Abes goalie, a muscular guy with a shaved head.

"NOW IT'S ONE-ALL, PEOPLE!" The ball was served once more, and the game went on for five minutes, with the Abes scoring five more goals and the other team scoring two. The whistle screamed across the arena, proclaiming that it was halftime, and the entire player swam out through two team exits near the bottom of the giant sphere. I saw Tidus give me a thumbs up as he disappeared from my sight.

The girls behind us squealed again, and Rikku and I exchanged annoyed glances. She started talking loudly.

"Yunie, you're SO lucky! Tidus actually asked you on a date!" Without turning, I heard the girls' breath stop for a moment, and they were quiet.

"Yeah, but I don't know if I'm going to say yes or not," I played along, enjoying the horrified reaction of my charge's fans.

"Well, I totally think you should," Rikku continued. "Oh, look, game's back on!"

Just to mentally kill the girls further, I waved crazily to Tidus. He saw me and waved back. This time, the girls remained silent.

"AAAAND, BLITZOFF!" The ball was served, this time with Gippal to retrieve the ball first and pass it quickly to a smaller guy on the Abes. The guy looked pretty weak, but his tackle completely shut out two members of the other team, and he threw it to the girl with magenta hair (I later found out her name is Maria), who threw deftly, only to have the ball caught by the goalie.

He threw the ball back into play to the girl with the teal hair, who passed it to another guy on her team.

Tidus stole the ball, glanced at the timer, and swam as fast as he could to the other goal. The timer was running out, with thirty seconds left, and the only way to score was to get past all five of the offensive players on the other team. Twenty five seconds.

Tidus pointed upwards and threw the ball to Gippal, who threw the ball so high it flew above the entire dome. Tidus soon followed. I'd never seen anyone swim so fast. Fifteen seconds.

He flew out of the water, and flipped high above the dome, finally slamming his foot into the ball and pummeling it through the water. Ten seconds.

The ball soared past all the other swimmers, and eventually found it place in the back of the other team's net.

"AND GAME! THE GAME GOES TO THE ZANARKAND ABES!" After that, the players left, the dome drained, all the while with the crowd screaming their jubilation.

Tidus and Gippal ran over to us, still dripping wet, grinning from ear to ear. The two girls that we'd silenced threw themselves loudly at the two guys, but they sidestepped them and Tidus threw his arms around me and actually picked me up.

"Ack!" I shrieked. "Put me down! I like the floor!"

"We won, Yuna!" he grinned. "We won!"

"Congrats! Put me down!" I blushed scarlet. Gippal stepped towards Rikku, probably to do the same, but she stuck out a sandaled foot and pressed it to his chest, stopping him.

"Not to fast," she waggled her finger at him.

"Aww, come on! We're celebrating!" he whined.

"Nuh-uh." Rikku shook her head. Gippal frowned, then grabbed her shoe and bolted.

"IDIOT, YOU GET YOUR ASS BACK HERE!" she shrieked. She chased him all the way out of the dome, until finally catching him and beating him with the stolen shoe. All the while, he never stopped laughing.


(The Farplane, in the Elder's Chamber)

The Elders and Maester Jyscal were in the chamber talking about old times and events going on in their cities when Jyscal asked for their attention.

"I wish to tell you the main reason we, the Guado, have come unannounced today," he said looking around at all of them. "As you know, Seymour will someday take my place and lead the city of Guadosalam, but I feel as though our cities are growing apart. They are not as united as they once were when we first started these academies." The Elders nodded in agreement.

"For many months I have been trying to find solutions. I tried and tried to think of a way to bring our cities and people closer together, and could not come up with a solution for many nights. Then, a few days ago, a reasonable solution presented itself to me.

"Seymour had asked what had been troubling me, so and I felt the need to share this with him, to see what he thought; to see how he would react in a similar situation in the future. And know you what he said?"

Jyscal smiled as the others waited. "He suggested that in order to restore closeness in the people, we should bring two people together, one from each city, and unite them through marriage. We would choose two people that many look up to and would easily listen to and go to for guidance; two that would preserve our ways."

Yevon looked around at the others and nodded his head admiringly. "It is a wise idea, one that could work very well."

"Yes, do you have any two people in mind?" Braska asked curiously.

"Well, yes. I was thinking my son, since he is to be a Maester, and…your daughter, Yuna," Jyscal answered. It took a minute for it to sink in before Braska stood up from his chair.

"My daughter? Yuna? But…why?" he asked, his voice shaky.

"She is the daughter of an Elder, for one. It only seems suitable that the leaders would be of leadership blood. And she is a fine young woman that I could see bringing peace and unity back. You think not?" He questioned.

"Well, yes, I can see it, but… shouldn't we have seen this?" He turned to the Elders, looking and Yevon. He looked down.

"Not everything is seen, my friend." Jyscal stared at Yevon for a moment and then at the others.

"Why do you look so sad? This is a great honor for them both." He said smiling. "What does Seymour have to say about his bride? Shouldn't he have a choice?"

"Oh, he has had a say in the matter. He's the one that chose her."

"But we just can't marry them off. She should be able to have a choice—

"Braska, you know the rules we all agreed on many, many years ago. When it comes to city-known proposals that will someday affect the societies and people, the choices are to be made according to backgrounds.

"The male may choose his bride from those standards that have been laid out, and the one of his choice shall accept, willingly or not. It isn't her choice to make. We all have followed those rules and shall keep them going on," Jyscal replied, getting angrier with every passing moment.

"He is right, Braska. The rules have never been broken. If he has chosen her, she must marry him." Yevon said quietly. Braska plopped down in his chair, defeated.

"But what of her assignment? We're not going to just take her away from it! That would be breaking the rules of the academy. 'Once an angel has been given an assignment and started it, they must complete it with no interference from us,'" he said with hope still in his voice. Jyscal had forgotten about the academy rules.

"Yes, we mustn't send for her. Seymour still has a while before he is of age anyway." Jyscal looked down for a moment. "But it is settled. They will be wed." Braska knew she'd have no choice.

"Yes, it is final." He replied in monotone. "Good, we'll set the date either when he turns of age or if she returns sooner. Well, I'm off. It's been a long day. Good night!" he said cheerfully and left the Chamber. Braska sighed and looked around.

"Be calm. This isn't all bad. This is a great honor," Yevon said reassuringly.

"I know, but I just feel uneasy about it."

"It might be because your daughter is being taken away from you, in a sense, and you're not ready for her to go away yet; let alone become a leader. Braska, you have to let her grow up; make her own decisions."

"That's the thing! She doesn't get to make a choice here!" He yelled. He never wanted Yuna to have to be stuck in a situation like this.

The room became silent except for the dying echo of Braska's voice.

"You never know, she may like the idea and want this as much as Seymour does," Auron told him.

Yuna's father looked around and sighed. "…maybe."


(With Jyscal and Seymour)

A chair flew across the room and broke when it hit the wall.

"What do you mean she will not be summoned back!?!" Seymour yelled, outraged, breathing heavily.

"I did what I could, but Braska found anyway he could to prolong this. I hadn't thought of the academy rules because I didn't think they would apply. But she has not yet graduated." Jyscal said quietly, hoping to calm him down.

"Then what was decided?" Seymour asked his father impatiently.

"It was agreed upon that as soon as you came of age the arrangements would begin, or if she came back before then." He said slowly, hoping it would not trigger another angry flare. Seymour's face became red and his shaking fists clenched and unclenched but he stayed where he was.

"That is too long," he said between clenched teeth.

"Seymour, you must understand there is nothing I can do. We must follow the rules; you will just have to wait." He walked to the door and was about to leave.

"I want to see her. Send me to Zanarkand. I demand to be sent along with one of my companions," Seymour snapped.

Jyscal turned around and looked at him sternly. "It is not for me to decide here; it's the Elders'. You may make your requests to them." Then he quickly left, leaving an angry Seymour behind.


(Yuna POV)

We went out to eat to celebrate their win. Gippal came along too of course; it was easy to tell that he was interested in Rikku. It was fun. We talked and laughed a lot.

You are fine
You are sweet
But I'm still a bit naive with my heart
When you're close I don't breathe
I can't find the words to speak
I feel the sparks
but I don't want to be into you if your not looking for true love, ohh
no I don't wanna start seeing you
If I can't be your only one, oh oh
So tell me when it's not alright
When it's not ok
Will you try to make me feel better?
Will you say alright? (Say alright)
Will you say ok? (Say ok)
Will you stick with me through whatever?
Or run away
(Say that it's gonna be alright. That it's gonna be ok)
Say Ok.

Once Rikku took the salt shaker and unscrewed the lid almost all of the way. When Gippal's food came, he took it and poured it onto his French fries. All of the salt went everywhere and we were laughing so hard.

When you call I don't know if I should pick up the phone every time
I'm not like all my friends who keep calling up the boys, I'm so shy
But I don't wanna be into you
If you don't treat me the right way
See I can only start seeing you
If you can make my heart feel safe (feel safe)
When it's not alright
When it's not ok
Will you try to make me feel better?
Will you say alright? (Say alright)
Will you say ok? (Say ok)
Will you stick with me through whatever?
Or run away
(Say that it's gonna be alright. That it's gonna be ok
don't run away, don't run away)

Every once in a while I would catch Tidus's eyes on me. I would quickly look away, but felt my face heat up. I would get this feeling in my stomach every time I did look, and felt it even more every time I felt his stare and didn't look.

I found myself looking at him from the corner of my eyes wondering if he was staring at me, wondering what he felt.

Let me know if it's gonna be you
Boy, you've got some things to prove
Let me know that you'll keep me safe
I don't want you to run away so
Let me know that you'll call on time
Let me know that you won't be shy
I

tried to ignore these feelings for awhile but found myself unintentionally welcoming them into my heart. That's when I realized, Rikku had been right. I do like him, but what she didn't know was that I was afraid to like him. I was afraid to fall in love with him…

Will you wipe my tears away
Will you hold me closer
When it's not alright
When it's not ok
Will you try to make me feel better
Will you say alright? (Say alright)
Will you say ok? (Say ok)
Will you stick with me through whatever?
Or run away
(Say that it's gonna be alright. That it's gonna be ok)
Say OK
(Don't run away, don't run away)
(Say that it's gonna be alright. That it's gonna be ok, don't run away)
Will you say OK
(Say that it's gonna be alright. That it's gonna be ok)

I looked up at him just as he turned to look at me. I smiled a small smile and so did he. I don't know if I can't fall in love with him. Am I going against my destiny… our destiny by fighting it?

My stomach did a somersault at the thought of 'our destiny'. It was getting late; almost 11, so we decided to leave. Tidus got in his car and took Gippal home while I and Rikku went the opposite way, to our home. The ride was quiet. I was consumed with my thoughts, Rikku was fiddling with the radio until she found a song she liked and sat back, singing along.

All I heard was background music; I just wasn't paying attention to the words. Before I knew it, we were home. Rikku jumped out and said she was going to take a nice, long bubble bath. I just nodded and changed into some more comfortable clothes; I'd take a shower later.

It was nice outside, so I decided to sit on the bench on the front porch for a while. There was a light breeze that swayed my hair as I slowly rocked on the swinging bench. I could hear music coming from the bathroom. Knowing Rikku she probably had candles light everywhere, the window open, letting the breeze flow in, a stereo playing some slow song while unwinding in her luxurious, bubble bath.

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through, through it all

I smiled. It was typical of Rikku to pick out a love song. I wonder what was on her mind. I closed the eyes and let the melody seep into my soul; allowed myself to soak in the mood that the music was setting. For some reason I was feeling somewhat depressed. There was so much to think about, and it seemed like so little time.

I heard him pull up, but I didn't open my eyes, didn't move. He probably couldn't even see with it being so dark. I heard him get out of the car and, what sounded like, him go up the walkway to the door. I could hear his footsteps get softer and quieter until I couldn't hear them anymore. I waited for the sound of the door opening and closing, but I never did.

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

I opened my eyes and my heart skipped a beat, and then pounded in my chest. The reason I hadn't heard him open the door was because he was standing in front of me, leaning against one of the poles on the porch, just watching me.

I guess he had seen me after all. I moved over slightly and he came and sat down next to me. We didn't say anything to each other for a few minutes; we just sat there looking at whatever.

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

"Yuna," his voice was soft and gentle.

"Yes, Tidus?"

He paused for a minute and I felt him look at me. "…How long are you staying?" His voice sounded a little troubled.

I looked down at my hands. That was one of the other many complications of falling for him; I wasn't sure how long I'd stay. My heart ached at the thought of staying only a couple of months.

"I… I don't know, Tidus." My voice came out very quiet. I could hear the shakiness in his voice.

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

"You don't know?" He seemed fazed by those three words. I nodded but couldn't look at him.

"No, I don't know. It's not permanent, but it's not just for a couple of weeks either. It could be a couple months, it could be many months; I don't know, it all depends." I told him truthfully.

"Depends on what?"

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

"Depends on how fast I accomplish what I came here to do." My eyes traveled anywhere else but his face. I didn't want to see what was being portrayed in his beautiful cerulean eyes. He got off of the bench and got on his knees in front of me. He placed his hand under my chin and made me look at him. A tingling feeling shot through my body at the simple but meaningful touch, and my heart was no longer calm. I'm sure he could even hear it beating erratically in my chest.

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

"What did you come here to do?" I tried to take a deep breath but my heart was pounding too hard for me to do that.

"I'm here to help you," I told him in more than a whisper. "To give you hope…" He rubbed his thumb over my check and stared into my eyes. I stared back and slowly a tear escaped my eye. He wiped it away.

"Don't cry. It hurts me to see it." His voice was sweet and made my heart beat faster still. I closed my eyes. He placed his other hand on my cheek and I opened my eyes. He brought my face closer to his.

'I wonder if it would be wrong to kiss her…' He thought. I had to smile a little. I leaned in a little more. 'I would pull away if it was wrong, if I didn't want you to…'

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

The corners of his lips turned up a little and he closed the distance. He kissed me slowly, gently, as if he wanted it to last. My hand went up to his cheek and I savored the taste of his lips, the sweetness of his kiss. He pulled away slightly and let our foreheads rest against each other's. He wrapped his arms around my shoulders and just held me while my hands stayed on his cheeks.

I'm everything I am
because you loved me…

The song ended, but atmosphere that it created stayed. I wanted to stay in his arms, I loved the feeling. It made me feel safe, warm, and secure. I wanted to laugh at how ironic that thought was. I was supposed to be making him feel safe and he was making me feel that way.

"Is this why you're here too?" His voice was light and I knew he was kidding. He stood up and pulled me with him. He placed my hands in his and smiled.

"No, I wasn't supposed to fall in love with you," I smiled back, but, only, I was serious. His went around my waist and my hands ended up on his chest.

"You sound so serious, but it makes me happy." His eyes danced and I looked down at my hands. It felt so right for me to be in his arms, his around my waist, mine lightly resting on his chest.

"Why? Why does that make you so happy?" I wondered.

"Because you did," he whispered in my ear.

My arms went around his neck and I leaned my head on his shoulder. His head was in the crook of my neck and I felt his lips touch my neck; kissing it lightly.

"Yunie! Where are you?" We heard Rikku yell some where in the house. "Are you hiding?"

Tidus chuckled and pulled away. "Will I see you tomorrow?" he asked, walking away.

"Only if you want to…" I left the answer open; wondering what he wanted.

"Of course," he whispered.

"Then, yes." Tidus smiled and started walking down the walkway. I was about to go in the house when he stopped and turned back around.

"I would've loved you anyway, you know," he said, his eyes completely serious.

"What do you mean, 'anyway'?" I queried kind of confused.

"If you hadn't fallen in love with me…" I almost cried again. I ran off my porch and into his arms. He caught me with ease and held me tightly. I closed my eyes.

"I don't know how I could not have fallen in love with you," I told him.

He kissed my forehead and held me. The stars twinkled and shined brightly above us, as if they were silently approving my choice.

I heard the door open and then close a few seconds later. Rikku should feel good now, since she was right. She was completely right.

"Tidus," I murmured.

"Mm?"

"I love you."


A/N: So what do you think? I hope you liked it. I've been extremely busy with school recently. Finals will be here soon, so I'll try to get another chapter out before than but if not, summer will be here in 5 ½ weeks! Stay tuned and Review please!

E/N: Erkay, so in MS Word, this chapter is twenty-nine pages, including the author's notes and editor's notes. There are exactly 6900 words in it, and my hand hurts a lot. But it was worth it; I get to read the chapter before all you readers! Don't forget to R&R!