Me: OMG, I updated! Proving that I'm actually alive! Which I have no right to be because if I was any of my reviewers I'd have killed me by now!
Lloyd: I'm confused.
Me: Well, that's just you being typical Lloyd. But it's why we love you, so it's fine.
Lloyd: So what have you been doing for the last 5 months that kept you from updating?
Me: … Obsessing…
Lloyd: Over what?
Me: … Nothing. (tries and fails to shut closet that has all my random Code Geass stuff overflowing out of it.)
Lloyd: … I'm not even going to ask.
Me: It's a great series! (is crushed by CG stuff.)
Lloyd: Wait, I thought you finished that in like a week watching the Japanese version. What about the rest of that time you were gone?
Me: I'm not really sure. But somehow I ended up with like 4 different versions of this one chapter, that all stopped at about the same place half way through… And one that somehow ended up being this chapter combined with 3 other chapters that had huge gaping holes in it where I got writers block and skipped to another part…
Me: … I don't understand it either. I'm assuming that was the result of tons of sugar and no sleep… Either way I had to spend all week going through each one and trying to create one chapter from them. The worst part is they've been in my computer for months and I just never realized it…
Me: Anyway... Disclaimer before I say anything else incriminating?
Lloyd: She owns nothing.
Me: And beware extreme OOC-ness!
Lloyd: Even more than usual?
Me: That's not the point…
It was a typical night on Derris-Kharlan: dark and silent. The angel city of Welgaia was never exactly active, but at night it gave new meaning to the word lifeless.
Being surrounded by nothing but cold, silvery machines, Kratos noticed, only increased the feeling that he was the sole living creature on the planet. The multiple lights gave the illusion of giving off heat, but in reality only seemed to make the room feel colder.
Kratos absentmindedly ran a hand over one of the large machines that had been salvaged from the Kharlan War Era. His eyes were repeatedly drawn to a small, round machine that was glowing red, try as he might to ignore it. He glanced up at a large monitor that displayed information being sent from the device. Stats rapidly appeared across the screen as the device analyzed the small object inside it. Kratos turned his eyes back to the device itself, crossing his arms and giving it an impatient look.
The room fell silent. Kratos had noticed over the years that things around Derris-Kharlan often were quieter than the two worlds. He assumed it was due to the fact that almost everyone there had angelic hearing. Only the Desian Grand Cardinals, who, despite not being angels, preferred to stay on Derris-Kharlan for reasons he could never figure out, didn't share the other's heightened senses. And, of course, Lloyd.
"Hey, Kratos!" someone yelled in a playful voice that only children ever used, drawing out the name. Kratos jumped as the silence surrounding him was shattered by the loud voice. He quickly spun around and looked up at another of the large monitors, where an image of Yuan's head had appeared, twice as big as his usual height. He had a curious look on his face while Kratos glared daggers at him.
"Was that really necessary?" Kratos asked in annoyance. Yuan gave him a clueless look.
"What are you doing? It's two in the morning." Yuan said. Kratos rolled his eyes.
"I'm working. You may not recognize it, seeing as it's something you and Mithos have never actually done."
Yuan raised an eyebrow as he looked down from the monitor. "Are you in the exsphere lap?" he asked in a surprised tone. Kratos scowled and turned away.
"Yuan, I'm very busy. I don't have time to deal with you right now. So I would appreciate it if you would just leave me…" he turned around and noticed that the monitor now showed nothing but an empty wall. "alone…" Kratos finished his statement in a low voice. Seconds later, the door slid open and Yuan walked into the room, wearing a simpler version of his usual outfit, minus the cape.
"You are here." He said in a slightly surprised tone. Kratos sighed.
"What do you want, Yuan?"
Yuan crossed his arms and gave him a puzzled look. "The computer in my room said one of the labs were being used, but I never expected to find you here."
"You didn't answer my question." Kratos said. "What do you want?"
"I was just curious." Yuan said with a shrug. "No one's ever working at this hour."
Kratos crossed his arms and leaned back against one of the computers, a thought coming to him. "Have you ever wondered why Derris-Kharlan gets like this at night?" he questioned. "Though they can, the angels technically don't have to sleep. But they do anyway."
"Probably for the same reason we did back during the war. It was just a habit." Yuan said simply. Kratos gave an uninterested shrug, as if the answer had bored him.
"I suppose. It certainly makes it easier to get work done. There are no distractions." He gave Yuan a playful grin. "That is, until annoying, blue haired, cape obsessed half-elves come in to pester me."
Yuan walked the length of the room, his eyes traveling from one machine to the next. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you were talking about me." he said. His eyes were drawn to the glowing device next to Kratos as it glowed brighter before dimming completely. Kratos glanced at it, but didn't move. "What are you working on?"
Kratos looked over at him, but remained silent. The device flashed a green light and Kratos walked over to it, lifting the top off and reaching inside. He pulled out a small stone.
"Is that Anna's Exsphere?" Yuan asked. Kratos closed his hand around it and slipped it into his pocket.
"I figured I'd take the chance to analyze it." Kratos explained.
"…" Kratos shifted his gaze away and refused to make eye contact with his friend. "I was just making sure there wouldn't be any… complications for the user."
Yuan gave him a suspicious look. "… Are you planning on giving it to-"
"No." Kratos cut him off.
"But you would never let anyone else use it, and you already have a Cruxis Crystal, so that only leaves-"
"We've been through this. I'm not giving it to Lloyd." Kratos said sharply. Yuan gave him a slightly disappointed look.
"How long do you think you can keep this up?" he asked. Kratos turned away. "I understand you not wanting to involve him in our world, but it's getting to the point where normal humans are going to need exspheres just to survive. And I'm sure Anna would be happy knowing that the life she lost was being used to protect the person that both of you cared about more than anything."
Kratos didn't respond. Yuan sighed and, figuring he wasn't going to get anything more from his friend, turned and left without another word.
Lloyd walked clumsily through the pitch black halls of Derris-Kharlan, his arms raised in front of him so he wouldn't bump into anything. He hadn't been able to sleep and, once he realized Kratos wasn't in his room, took to exploring the angelic city of Welgaia. The city seemed a lot larger in the dark, and the young toddler was now hopelessly lost.
Lloyd looked at the floor sadly and stopped walking. "I want my daddy…" he muttered to himself. Looking up, he managed to see an open door through the darkness. Walking through it, he bumped into something hard and flinched as it fell to the floor with a loud crash and something soft fell on top of him. Struggling to pull it off of him, he backed out of the room. Once outside, he pulled the object off of him and looked curiously at it.
"What's this?" he asked, fumbling with the soft material in his hands, unable to see what it was. He shrugged and finally decided to take it with him, dragging it along with one hand.
Kratos walked back into his dark room at about three in the morning. After glancing in the direction of Lloyd's room to make sure the door was closed, he flipped on the light. Everything was where he had left it.
He lifted the file he had brought back with him from the Exsphere lab and tossed it onto the desk. Before it even reached the surface, however, a loud scream brought his attention back to the direction he had just come from. With his back still to the door, he sighed and ran a hand through his hair, momentarily pushing it out of his face before it fell back into place.
"Is Mithos up already?" he muttered to himself. As he heard the scream a second time, he narrowed his eyes. "That's not Mithos…"
He turned and exited the room. Already, curious faces were poking out of rooms and complaints were muffled by closed doors.
Kratos looked over as a door was pulled open and Pronyma stuck her head out.
"Whoever's yelling, shut up!" she yelled furiously. "We're not all angels! Some of us still need our beauty sleep!" She then retreated back to her room and slammed the door behind her. Kratos rolled his eyes.
He stopped a few feet before a door that had random objects flying out of it. He raised an eyebrow and moved closer to it, ducking as a lamp flew past his head.
He reached in and grabbed the collar of the person inside, pulling him out of the room.
"What do you think you're doing?" Kratos asked. Yuan glared back at him and slapped Kratos' hand away.
"Someone stole my cape!" he said angrily. Kratos gave in a confused look.
"How the hell should I know?!" Yuan yelled, storming back into the room. Kratos followed.
The room was completely destroyed. The bed was torn apart and things had been thrown in every direction. It was impossible to move through the mess. Kratos found it hard to believe Yuan even had so many possessions.
"I came back here after talking with you, and it was gone." Yuan said.
"That doesn't mean it was stolen. That just means you're the idiot who misplaced it. Again."
"What do you mean 'again'?" Yuan questioned. "I don't misplace anything."
Kratos rolled his eyes. "If it's not your cape, it's your ring. If it's not your ring, it some data or something that you were getting for Mithos. You've lost the Chosen's Cruxis Crystal before, for Mana's sake!"
Yuan glared. "One time."
"Well I didn't lose my cape. It was stolen."
"Who would want to steal that stupid thing?" Kratos muttered to himself. Yuan glared at him.
Kratos picked up a chair that had been thrown across the room and sat down in it. "You know Mithos is going to kill you, right?"
"I'd like to see him try." Yuan said defiantly.
"And then he's going to kill me because somehow, in his warped sense of reality, this is all my fault." he muttered in an annoyed tone. As if on cue, a loud voice cut through the air.
"Kratos! What is the meaning of all this noise?!"
"Told you." Kratos muttered.
Mithos walked through the door and stopped as soon as he saw the mess.
Before he even had time to ask, Kratos explained "Someone stole Yuan's cape."
"Finally!" Mithos cheered, earning a glare from Yuan.
"When I catch whoever took it, they're dead." Yuan muttered angrily, returning to his search.
"If it's stolen, why are you tearing the place apart like you expect to find it?" Mithos questioned.
"That's what I said."
Mithos shrugged. "Then again, since when has anything involving Yuan made sense?"
"Like you're one to talk. Lloyd has more common sense than the two of you combined." Kratos muttered, ducking as something else flew past his head.
"Ass holes." Yuan snapped from the other side of the room.
Kratos finally managed to escape from Yuan's room a few hours later. Mithos was still there, arguing with the blue-haired half-elf. Kratos sighed to himself.
"4000 years… How did I put up with that for 4000 years?!"
He walked into his room and looked at the clock. 'Lloyd should be up by now.' he thought, walking toward the door that connected his room to his son's.
He opened the door, but Lloyd wasn't inside.
"Lloyd?" Kratos called. His only response was Noishe looking up at him from the end of the bed, which looked like it hadn't been slept in. "Noishe, where's Lloyd?"
Noishe gave him a look as if to say "How the hell should I know". Kratos gave the protozoan a worried look before leaving the room.
Walking through the halls of Derris-Kharlan, hoping to find some sign of where his son had gone, he was stopped by a voice calling his name.
Kratos looked over as Forcystus walked up to him.
"Oh, Forcystus." Kratos said hurriedly. "Did you need something?"
"A few of the angles were asking what all the noise this morning was about." Forcystus explained. "Do you know what it was?"
"Yuan. Someone stole his cape and he decided to make a scene." Kratos said somewhat impatiently, looking frantically around the area.
Forcystus paused. "Is something wrong, my Lord? You seem distracted."
Kratos considered the question for a moment. "… A child has gone missing. I need to find him. Now." he added with a hint of urgency.
Forcystus gave him a surprised look. "A child? What children are in Cruxis?"
"A small boy named Lloyd." Kratos said. "Now if you'll excuse me, I need to find him."
As he turned to leave, Forcystus called him back.
"Lord Kratos?" Kratos paused and allowed the Grand Cardinal to continue. "Early this morning, there was a small child carrying something behind him walking around Derris-Kharlan. I thought it was my imagination, but…"
"Which way was he going?" Kratos asked hopefully.
"Toward the center of Welgaia."
Kratos nodded and continued the way Forcystus had indicated.
After what seemed like hours of searching, Kratos had still not found any sign of Lloyd. No one else seemed to have seen him either, and Kratos was growing more frantic by the second. The worried seraph walked past Yuan's door, which random objects were periodically flying out of. Yuan and Mithos could still be heard arguing inside the room, making Kratos stop and walk over to the doorway.
"That's enough! Shut up, both of you!" he screamed, slamming Yuan's door. Yuan and Mithos looked from the door to each other in complete disbelief.
"Did Kratos just…" Mithos started. Yuan nodded, knowing what Mithos was about to say.
"I think he did."
"But Kratos never loses his temper like that unless something's wrong with Lloyd…" Mithos realized, a hint of dread in his voice.
"… You don't think something happened to him, do you?" Yuan asked in the same voice.
"Lets go find Kratos."
Lloyd continued to walk along the halls of Derris-Kharlan aimlessly. He had never realized how large Welgaia actually was. He pulled on the familiar cape trailing behind him and continued walking.
The angelic city seemed to be deserted, and yet it was even noisier than usual as annoyed voices echoed off every wall. As he walked through the center of Welgaia, he finally found someone.
He looked up and pointed at the man. "Turtle!" he said in a surprised voice. Rodyle turned around and looked down at him.
"What's a human doing here?" he asked himself, lifting Lloyd up by the back of his shirt.
Lloyd blinked. "Big turtle." he repeated. Rodyle gave him an annoyed look.
"I am not a turtle." he said defiantly. "I am a half-elf. I am also the leader of the Remote Island Human Ranch, you foolish human."
Lloyd laughed at him. "You're a weird turtle."
"I'm not a turtle!"
"You look like a turtle."
"I'm a ruthless half-elf!"
"You're a turtle."
Rodyle was glaring at him when Magnius walked up, a confused look on his face.
"Rodyle, what are you doing with that vermin child?" he asked. Rodyle handed Lloyd over to the Palmacosta ranch leader.
"Take it. I don't want it." Rodyle said, turning away.
Lloyd looked up at Magnius. "Mr. Turtle doesn't like me." he said.
"I'm not a turtle!" Rodyle yelled defiantly. Magnius rolled his eyes.
"You're letting this vermin get to you?"
Lloyd crossed his arms. "You say 'vermin' a lot." Magnius glared at him.
"Be quiet, vermin." he commanded.
"See? Told you."
Magnius glared at him and sat him on the ground. "Vermin…"
"You're a meany head." Lloyd said.
Magnius bent down so he was on eye level with Lloyd. "Vermin!"
"Meany!" Lloyd yelled back, sticking his tongue out.
Rodyle raised an eyebrow at the two. "Magnius, you do realize you're arguing with a three year old? And losing?"
Magnius glared at him.
"What are you two doing?" someone demanded. Magnius and Rodyle looked up and saw Pronyma walking toward them, Forcystus following a few feet behind her.
Lloyd pointed at Pronyma and yelled, "It's the crazy lady from chapter two!"
The four Desians gave him a puzzled look, but shrugged it off and turned back to one another.
"What are you two doing with an inferior being child?" Pronyma asked accusingly.
Forcystus knelt down in front of Lloyd. "Is this the little boy from this morning?" he asked absentmindedly. Lloyd pulled Yuan's cape closer to him.
"That's the child Lord Yggdrasill was talking about." Pronyma explained. "We're forbidden to harm him."
"I see." Forcystus muttered, playing with Lloyd's hair, eventually making him giggle. "What are you doing here by yourself, then?"
"Mr. Turtle found me." Lloyd said, pointing at Rodyle. "Then Mr. Meany yelled at me." He pointed at Magnius.
"I am not a turtle!"
"Don't call me that, Vermin!"
Pronyma crossed her arms and scowled disapprovingly. "You should both be ashamed of your behavior! Allowing yourselves to be provoked by a human child…"
Lloyd paused and pulled on Magnius' arm until he looked down. "She's bossy."
"She's also slutty…" Magnius muttered. Pronyma glared and Forcystus pulled Lloyd away.
"Lord Magnius!" she snapped at him.
"It's true!" Magnius snapped back.
"You shouldn't speak to your superiors that way, Magnius." Forcystus scolded, sitting on the floor and pulling Lloyd down next to him.
"I'm not about to be scolded by a man sitting on the floor playing with a vermin child." Magnius said in a defiant tone. Forcystus shrugged and ignored him. Lloyd got up and tugged on Magnius' arm again.
"Mr. Meany?" he called. Magnius sighed.
"My name is Magnius." he corrected.
"… Uncle Magni?" Lloyd said.
Magnius gave him an annoyed look. "Did you just call me Uncle Magni…?" he hissed. "It's Mag-ni-us." he said, pronouncing it slowly
Magnius hung his head. "Whatever. What do you want?"
"Why do you say 'vermin' all the time?"
Magnius paused. "I don't know. I just do." he said in a clueless tone. Pronyma rolled her eyes.
"You have the same brain capacity as the child…"
Magnius growled at her. "Vermin, go play with Forcystus…" he said to Lloyd, his eyes still locked angrily on Pronyma.
Lloyd walked back over to Forcystus and sat back down. "You're Uncle Cystus?" he asked.
"You can call me that."
"I don't see why we're even discussing this in the first place." Rodyle cut in. "Why are we even putting up with this inferior being? We should have dumped him twenty minutes ago when we found him."
"I already told you," Pronyma reminded, "we're not to harm this child."
"What connection does Lord Yggdrasill have with a human child?" Rodyle asked in a stubborn tone.
"He's my uncle." Lloyd interrupted. "Daddy says Mithos Yggdrasill and Yuan are my uncles." he said, pronouncing the two names slowly and carefully.
Forcystus looked at him. "So who's your father?" he asked, realizing he hadn't bothered to ask. "I'm assuming you belong to Lord Kratos?"
"Of course not!" Magnius cut him off. "There's no way Lord Kratos has a son!"
"Kratos is my daddy's name." Lloyd told him. Magnius and Rodyle gave him a shocked look.
"I figured." Forcystus said. "This morning Lord Kratos was looking for a little boy he said was lost. This must be him." he paused. "He said your name was Lloyd?" he asked. Lloyd nodded with a worried look on his face.
"Daddy was looking for me?" Lloyd asked, twisting Yuan's cape between his hands.
"Our lords have been in an uproar all day." Pronyma muttered. "Perhaps it was due to this child's disappearance?"
Forcystus looked at the blue cape still in Lloyd's hands. "That and something else. Why don't we take you back to your dad and uncles?" he suggested. Lloyd nodded and Forcystus picked him up.
"I still don't see why you're helping this kid." Magnius said. Over Forcystus' shoulder, Lloyd stuck his tongue out at him. Magnius did the same before Pronyma snapped at him.
"Stop being so immature!"
Yuan and Mithos finally caught up with Kratos.
"Hey, what's going on?" Yuan asked him.
"Lloyd wasn't in his room this morning." Kratos said in a nervous and angry tone.
"What do you mean he wasn't in his room? Where is he?" Mithos asked.
"If I knew the answer to that, I wouldn't be searching all of Derris-Kharlan, now would I?" Kratos answered angrily.
"Well, he couldn't have gone far." Mithos said.
"I wouldn't be so sure if I were you." Kratos replied.
"Where haven't you looked?" Yuan asked. "We can split up and cover more ground."
Mithos gave him an annoyed look. "Actually going to put aside your thief hunt?"
"Lloyd comes first." Yuan replied.
"It doesn't matter anyway." Kratos said. "Find Lloyd and you find your stupid cape. Forcystus said he saw him with it early this morning."
"Lloyd has it?" Yuan said in a surprised voice.
"No! He's been corrupted!" Mithos said sarcastically. "We've lost him to the cape-wearing losers!"
Yuan slapped him in the back of the head, making Mithos reach up to grab Yuan's ponytail, though his hand closed around nothing but air.
"Dammit…" he muttered. Yuan grinned.
"Maybe this does have its advantages." he said, running his hand through his now short hair.
"Either stop screwing around and look for Lloyd, or leave." Kratos snapped, turning to face the two. They fell silent. Kratos turned and continued walking, fumbling nervously with something in his pocket. Yuan noticed and took a few steps forward to stand next to Kratos rather than behind him with Mithos.
"You see? This is exactly what I was talking about this morning." he muttered quietly.
"Now is not the time for this, Yuan." Kratos warned. Yuan ignored him.
"I've said this before, if he doesn't have an exsphere he wont be able to survive here."
"He doesn't need it." Kratos snapped.
"What do you plan to do? Watch his every move for the rest of his life? He has to be able to take care of himself. He needs an exsphere-"
"No he doesn't." Kratos snapped angrily, stopping and turning to face Yuan. "As long as I'm here to keep him safe, he doesn't need it-"
"And what happens when you aren't?" Yuan snapped back. "You can't be by his side forever, Kratos!"
Kratos paused and fell silent, casting his eyes to the ground.
"He needs an exsphere." Yuan continued. "You can't keep doing this."
"Give him Anna's exsphere." Yuan said in a commanding voice. Mithos gave the two a surprised look.
"Anna? Lloyd's mother?" he asked. "What about her exsphere?"
"Nothing, Mithos." Kratos told him. "Just forget about it."
Mithos fell silent, leaving his questions for another time.
"Right now we need to find Lloyd." Kratos said. Mithos nodded.
"I don't think we need to worry about Lloyd anymore." Yuan said, pointing behind Kratos and Mithos. They turned to see Forcystus walking toward them with Lloyd on his shoulders.
"Lloyd!" Kratos said in a relieved voice. He ran over and took Lloyd from the Desian Leader, Yuan and Mithos right behind him. He held Lloyd close to him. "I was so worried about you."
"I'm sorry, daddy." Lloyd said guiltily. Kratos smiled and kissed his son's forehead.
"It's okay, Lloyd." He looked up at Forcystus. "Thank you for finding him."
"Where was he?" Yuan asked.
"Torturing Magnius and Rodyle. For a kid, he's pretty good at keeping the Grand Cardinals in line." Forcystus told them. Mithos gave a proud grin.
"He gets that from me-"
"Shut up, Mithos." Kratos and Yuan cut him off. Mithos glared at them, crossing his arms. Forcystus raised an eyebrow at the three.
"So this is what the Seraphs of Cruxis act like when they're not leading the other angels." He said with an interested tone. Mithos glared while Yuan rolled his eyes at the younger Cruxis Leader and Kratos focused on Lloyd. Forcystus paused and held out Yuan's cape. "Oh, I almost forgot, Lloyd was carrying this."
Yuan quickly took it and hugged it, causing Mithos and Kratos to inch away from him. Forcystus gave the three an amused look, before bowing slightly.
"Well, if that's everything, I should be getting back to the Iselia Ranch." He said, turning to leave. He paused and looked over his shoulder at Lloyd one more time. "Take care of yourself, Lloyd."
Lloyd waved at the Grand Cardinal before yawning and curling up in his dad's arms and closing his eyes.
"You should probably get him back to his room soon." Mithos suggested. Kratos nodded and followed the other two, who had already started in that direction.
"I still don't understand why he would take my cape, though." Yuan wondered. Mithos sighed.
"Does it really matter? Get a life."
Kratos stayed silent, looking down at Lloyd with a guilty expression. Yuan and Mithos glanced at him before falling silent themselves and turning away.
Kratos eventually made it back to his room, entering while Mithos and Yuan continued in different directions. Kratos carefully opened the door to his son's room and walked inside, walking to the bed and settling his sleeping son into the covers. Noishe looked up from the end of the bed and whined. He moved further up and laid his head next to Lloyd, who cuddled up to the Protozoan's ear in his sleep.
Kratos went back to the door and turned out the light, leaning against the door frame and watching his son in the darkness. He absentmindedly played with Anna's exsphere in his hand. 'He must have been out there for hours before I even noticed he was gone…' he thought. 'It would have been so easy for something to happen to him…'
The words "You can't be by his side forever, Kratos!" echoed in his head. He sighed and shut Lloyd's door, walking over to his own bed and sitting down. He put his elbows on his knees and buried his face in his free hand, the other clutching the exsphere like it was his lifeline. "What am I going to do, Anna?" he muttered, feeling helpless. He willed the exsphere to answer him, but it remained silent as always.
Me: Ok, I think I'm going to stop there because it's the middle of the night and I'm tired. And this chapter somehow ended up being almost twice as long as usual, so my hands are about ready to fall off… Oh, and if you're wondering about the sudden Grand Cardinal appearances, I'm tired of only having 4 characters, only one of which acts his age and he's three… Thus, minor characters! Though they'll probably only pop up once every few chapters… And they'll probably be just as OOC as they were today unless I actually find time to replay the game some time soon. Though I think Forcystus will continue to be all playful and friendly because I like Forcystus and Lloyd said in a cut scene that they could have been friends if he hadn't been a murdering psychopath in the game and I control the universe here so mwahahahaha! … Anyway, I plan on more main characters making an appearance in a few chapters, too.
Lloyd: (playing Dawn of the New World) Did you say something?
Me: … Why are you playing that?
Lloyd: Because you bought it.
Me: Oh yeah. How bad is it that I had a twenty minute conversation with the guy who sold it to me about neither of us expecting it to be good, but both knowing we were going to buy it anyway just because it's the sequel to the first one.
Lloyd: It's a fangirl/fanboy thing. It could be the worst game in history but it's not going to stop you from buying it.
Me: That was strangely insightful for you, Lloyd.
Lloyd: Thank you.
Me: Not really a compliment, but whatever. Anyway, the game wasn't that bad. But nowhere near as amazing as the first.
Lloyd: The monster capturing system is like Pokemon.
Me: Don't remind me… Oh, and while I'm on this topic-
Lloyd: You're going to talk about Pokemon?! NOOOOOOOO-
Me: The topic of KoR. Just to let you know, I have no intention of anything Knights of Ratatosk/Dawn of the New World related being in my fanfics. They were all planned without it, and they will remain completely oblivious to the fact that it exists. Now, does that mean I won't someday have a KoR/DotNW fic? No. But as of right now there's only about a .01% chance of it happening. While I'm here, I'm choosing to ignore the fact that it ever existed. And that's the end of my rambling.
Lloyd: (still playing) huh? Did you say something?
Me: Oh, forget it. Review please. Flame if you want, but all flames will be used to-
Lloyd: Set Palmacosta on fire?
Me: … (burns KoR reference.) What did I just say about references?
Lloyd: Don't know. Wasn't listening.
Me: … Flames will be used to set Lloyd's hair on fire.
Lloyd: What?! What a minute!