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Auron woke up the next morning with no recollection of the dream he had the night before. It seemed like a normal enough day to him. He was moving about his house, packing various things. This trip to Besaid was about to be cut short for him. He couldn't remember why he was wasting time here.
For about the fourth time that morning, Auron was hit with a sense of deja vu. He felt like he should remember something very important, but couldn't figure out what. Almost as soon as his head started to wrap around the issue, he suddenly forgot it. Shrugging it off, he picked up his things and went to find Braska.
It was to be another training morning for the group. Braska and Belgamine were standing around waiting for all the kids to come and join them. Yuna, Rikku, and Lulu were talking amongst themselves, waiting for Tidus and Wakka to join them. After a long while, the two walked outside lazily and the girls laughed at them.
"About time you two" Braska commented. "I wonder where Auron is? He's usually the first to be ready."
Rikku found herself smiling at the mere mention of his name. The thought of him made her feel incredibly happy inside. She wondered how Lulu and Yuna would react if she told them that she was in love with him. It seemed crazy, but she knew it was right.
Auron choose that moment to walk outside with his belongings and he stopped in front of the group. His eyes fell on the young Al-Bhed and the strange feeling settled over him again.
"Don't tell me that is all training weapons Auron!" Tidus said, eyeing the heaving looking back that he would most likely have to carry.
"No" Auron replied shortly. "These are my things." He turned his attention to Braska. "Sorry Braska, but I am going to have to cut this trip short. I have to be in Bevelle by nightfall."
Braska felt his heart tense at Auron's words. He wondered what could possibly be going on that Auron had to rush back home without him. "What is happening friend?"
Auron seemed to realize the apprehension he ignited in Braska. "Nothing that concerns you my lord. I must go to see Yunalesca." He nodded at the stunned group and turned to walk away.
"What could you possibly have to say to her?" Belgamine asked.
Auron stopped and looked over his shoulder. "A lot. We are to wed in a week."
Auron got a good distance ahead before anyone recovered from the shock of his words. Rikku let out a gasp and ran after him as fast as she could. The rest of the group stayed behind at Braska holding up his hand and waited for the pair to return.
Rikku's legs were on fire as she ran to Auron. She caught up with him on the dock and skidded to a stop in front of him. He looked down at her in annoyance as she caught her breath. Rikku looked up at him in confusion and gripped his arm.
"Auron? What's going on?" she panted out. "I thought you decided not to marry her!"
"It is for the best Rikku" he said simply. It was so simple. Jecht wanted him to marry Yunalesca to find out what happened to Kimahri and that is what he was going to do.
"No it's not!" she spat, her breath recovered and now unsteady because of her anger. "I thought we were going to figure this out together!"
"I don't need you Rikku" he said coldly. "I must do this, I love her."
Rikku stood in shock at his words. This couldn't be right! He didn't love Yunalesca! She looked up at his face and felt tears threatening to spill down her face. Auron glared back at her with no emotion and stepped past her and onto the boat for Luca. Rikku didn't watch him go. She stood still until she heard the horn signal the ship's departure. She stayed still until Braska found her later. He gathered the crying girl in his arms and held her close.
"Don't worry Rikku" he soothed. "We will find out what is going on."
Yunalesca smiled to herself in her office. She was safely back in Bevelle after her detour last night. She had hoped that courting Auron would not have resulted in what she had done, but it could not be helped. She knew of his mission to find out what happened to his Ronso friend. She also knew that he would never actually marry her, so it was the only way. A small chat with a Guado sorcerer and one spell later, Auron was visited by his worst nightmare, literally. She crafted an image of his dead friend and played with his subconscious. Then add a little love spell and Auron was hers.
She crossed her long legs in front of her and smirked. She had to admit that it was good work, even though she expected it to be. Now all she had to do was wait.
Back on Besaid, Braska had just finished tucking in his distraught niece. He frowned as he left his guest room and ran into a concerned Belgamine. She took his hand and led him away from the door he came out of, as to not disturb Rikku.
"What in the hell happened today?" she whispered once they were in the kitchen.
Braska sighed and shrugged. "I have no idea, but we need to go to Bevelle."
"I already have your airship ready to go." she nodded. "What about Cid?"
The Al-Bhed leader arrived earlier in the day, confused to why the group was so quiet. "He's with yuna right now. I'm sure he'll be fine until we get back."
About an hour later, Braska and Belgamine were on the airship, heading to Bevelle. They sat in the front, quietly thinking about everything that was going on.
"I'm going to kick that man's ass when I see him" came Tidus' voice. Somehow, word leaked of the trip and now the summoners were joined by practically everyone on the island. Yuna, Tidus, Wakka, Lulu, Rikku, and even Cid had joined them for the trip. The Al-Bhed leader could care less about saving Auron. He was interested in seeing enemy territory in case of any kind of future attack.
"Cid, if you wanted a tour of Bevelle, I would have given it to you" Braska said, amused at the paranoid man.
"You would have shown me what you wanted me to see Braska!" Cid barked. He looked over to his daughter to share a grin but found her face troubled. He frowned at seeing his daughter upset and he reached out a hand to her. He may have acted a little brashly with the whole arranged marriage thing, but he still loved his little Rikku.
Rikku smiled at the gesture and looked up at her dad. She had forgiven him for being an idiot as she usually did and had no hard feelings. She knew he was just looking out for her. She sighed and turned her head back to the window, still trying to figure out what was going on.
Across from Rikku, Lulu was sitting quietly. Being one of the more observant of the group, she had noticed a few things that did not sit well with her. All of them pointing to sorcery. She spent many hours studying black magic and she was sure something was up and was determined to get to the bottom of it all.
The ship arrived in Bevelle just after dawn and they stepped out into the already busy airship dock. People were everywhere, running around, carrying various things and rushing in general. One of the closer guards noticed Braska and ran over.
"Summoner!" he said. "We weren't aware of your return!"
"It's okay, it was sudden" Braska said. "What is going on here?"
"Why the wedding sir" the man said in confusion.
"Wedding?" Belgamine asked, hoping he wasn't about to say what she was thinking he was going to say.
"Yeah" he guard said, still confused. "The wedding of High Priestess Yunalesca and Sir Auron. Surely you know about it? They wed at noon."