Yes, another adventure story that just begged to be written. Sorry. I don't plan on abandoning Whispers in the Dark or A Path Well Traveled, though, so no worries. The first two chapters are already written and posted on BZPower, but I'll get to posting them here later.

Inspired in part by two things: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Nox Arcana's albums "Shadow of the Raven", "Darklore Manor", and "Grimm Tales". Woohoo!

Disclaimer: As usual, I am afraid I must admit that I don't own Bionicle. Anyone you don't recognize as canon in this story, however, most likely belongs to me. Everyone else belongs to LEGO Enterprises.

Summary: Takanuva's journey to rescue a friend becomes so much more than a mere rescue when he finds that his quest leads him to a chain of islands known as the Nuian Archipelago, where monsters are said to rule and night is near eternal. Eventual TakaNixie.

Chasing the Sun
By: Saya Moonshadow

"Begin with the end in mind, or risk forgetting what you were fighting for in the first place."

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Toa Jaller Mahri
Metru Nui, Ta-Metru
The Great Furnace, Level 3, Room 36

Jaller--

It's me, Takanuva. You know, the guy who's white and gold and can't keep a secret to save his life. Yeah, I'm still alive, but I don't know for how long. I also don't know when I'm going to be able to make it back home. Maybe I won't ever.

Wow, that's dark for the Toa of Light, huh?

Anyway, I'm sending you my journals of this whole adventure I went on, so just in case I don't make it home, you can still write them down into history. Yeah it's pretty selfish of me, but I don't want to be forgotten. And there were some pretty amazing things that happened to me as well.

By the way, tell Turaga Vakama that I'm the one who stole his book of legends, not Lewa. Sorry, but I just had a feeling that I'd need it. I'll try to return it, but if I can't, then expect it in the post one of these days.

Seriously, Jaller, you won't believe some of the things that have happened to me so far. The people I've met, the things I've seen, the monsters I've faced...and all just because of one Matoran. Yeah I know it's silly, but just think if it had been Hahli in this situation - you would've gone after her, and you know it. So I'm justified. I think.

My first journal is in this package as well, so don't forget to read and share it with the Turaga (and the Matoran too, while you're at it). I'd do it myself, but you know how these perilous quest type things are. Dunno if I'll have the chance to, and SOMEONE has to pass the story of my epic adventure on now that I've sort of been kicked out of the Chronicler's job (have they picked a new one now that Hahli's out too, by the way?).

And sorry for leaving on such short notice as well, I know you must be worried sick. Don't worry though, I know almost exactly what I'm doing. Almost. But I can do this. I think. I hope. Please.

Listen, I gotta go, the mail boat guy's getting impatient. So I'll see you around soon hopefully, and until then, expect more letters and journals. (For now, I'm on Kaia Nui, so just direct any nagging letters you might send there for the time being.)

--Takanuva

P.S.: Tell Kopaka that I'm not the one who wrecked his piano, that one really was Lewa's fault this time. And give Lewa my prayers, because once Kopaka finds out, there's gonna be blood shed. Seriously.

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Takanuva, Toa of Light
Kaia Nui
I dunno exactly WHERE he is, but find him, messenger person! He's easy to spot, just look for a really tall guy with gold armor and a shiny mask. And a giant kolhii stick.

Takanuva--

Takua, you MORON, what the heck were you thinking?! You could've at least done me the courtesy of letting me know you were leaving BEFORE you left, you know, as that's what friends are supposed to do. And leaving alone on a quest you know nothing about?! You have got to be the stupidest, most moronic Toa ever to have been built! Seriously, you could end up dead! Or worse! Do you have a death wish or something?!

OK, now that I've gotten THAT out of my system...how are you? More importantly, WHERE are you? I just checked a map - Kaia Nui's all the way in the Southern Hemisphere! You sure have traveled a long way, man, Metru Nui's in the North.

Don't worry about your journals, I'll make sure everyone knows what's in them. And I'll get Onua to put them into the Archives for you, one of the front shelves. Pretty crazy adventure you're on right now, although I sort of envy you. It sounds incredible.

Turaga Vakama frowned when I told him about the book you took, but he just told me to tell you to make sure it's not TOO damaged when you get it back to him. And have a little faith in yourself; anyone who could defeat Teridax alone can deal with this stuff easily. I think so, anyway.

You're right about Hahli - you know I would do anything to protect her, and anyone else on Metru Nui, for that matter. I just hope you manage to get to Nixie in time. We heard about her kidnapping, so hopefully you can be the Toa-hero in shining (literally) armor and bring her back home safely, which I know you will. Remember, believing in yourself is the first step to accomplishing something. YOU were the one who told me that, as I recall.

Hopefully this letter gets to you; you might already be on another island by the time it gets to Kaia Nui. In any case, keep writing to me and let me know you're still alive out there.

Best wishes,

--Jaller

P.S.: Lewa says to tell you that he's going to clock you when you get back for snitching on him to Kopaka. I doubt he'll be able to do any harm for a while now, though - Kopaka sort of broke his arm to get revenge for his piano. Better hurry and get back before he heals.

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AN: Umph. It's good to get into writing again; the third chapter of this thing is nearly done. Anyway, that was just the prologue. Hopefully this will be as successful as The Road Not Taken was last year and, moreover, I hope that you all enjoy it. That's what I'm really aiming for here.

Don't ask why I'm writing a long story starring my least favorite character. I just am, and the reasons are beyond me. But, I will say that Takanuva's a lot of fun to write. I always imagine him as slightly dramatic for some reason as well...

Anyway, hit that little thing down there that says "Review", and let me know what you think.