Final Fantasy X

The Dream Lives On

Chapter 1- Back in Besaid

A strange voice had called out to him in the Farplane. "Tidus, you have been granted another chance. Use it well."

He didn't know who it was or where it had come from. Everything suddenly blacked out, and when he came to his senses, he was curled up into the form of a ball underwater. Tidus felt tired, so he stretched out to loosen up and wake up. Then he realized that he was no longer in the Farplane. He quickly swam to the surface with an ecstatic look on his face.

His head popped up above the surface of the water. Tidus was excited to see the island of Besaid in the distance. He swam closer until he could place his feet down onto the wet sand and stay above water. He clutched the bright blue blade known as the Brotherhood, Wakka's deceased brother Chappu's sword, in his right hand tightly. The colorful and mysterious pyreflies floated around him. His pleased grin stuck with him as he approached the shore.

He had half-expected the Besaid Aurochs to be practicing blitzball, but Tidus saw no one. (Everyone must be in the village.) he thought. His smirk broadened on his dark face. "Yuna, here I come!" he exclaimed and dashed off toward Besaid Village.

He followed the path that Wakka had taken him on when he had first come there. He came to the cliff overlooking the beautiful lagoon that the former captain and coach of the Aurochs had shoved him into. He got a running start and leaped into the pure azure waters. Tidus came back up above the surface and shook the droplets out of his hair. "Whew, that felt good! It's good to be back!" he said to himself happily.

He continued on, taking out any Piranhas he encountered along the way. After returning to dry land, he started running again toward the village. He slowed down to a walk once he reached Besaid. Tidus didn't see any of them around, so he decided to call for them. "Yuna? Wakka? Lulu? Rikku? Kimahri?"

Then a group of five poured out of the temple, but it was not who he expected. Instead, the Besaid Aurochs headed his way with an elated look on each of their faces. "Tidus! We thought you were dead! Where have you been all this time?" Datto, the palest Auroch with brown hair and a green headband, asked.

"I…" He paused. (They probably wouldn't believe me if I told them. It does seem a little out there.) he considered. "Well, it's a long story."

"Yeah, I imagine it would be after you've been gone for two years, ya?" Letty, the black man with the goatee and black hair, commented.

"Two years? It's been that long?" Tidus questioned, almost in disbelief.

"What? You lost track of time or somethin'?" Jassu, the thinnest one, who was also black with blonde hair, asked.

"I guess so…Hey, where are Yuna and the others?" Tidus inquired curiously, changing the subject.

"What? You don't know?" Botta, the Auroch with red hair and the strip over his nose, asked in amazement.

"Know what? What's goin' on?" he asked.

"Yuna's getting married, and the rest of them are with her," Keepa, the overweight goalie with black hair, answered.

"What…?" His mouth hung open in shock. "When did this happen?"

"Well, she met this guy named Adonijah…Must've been about six months after you disappeared. He really helped her out when she was down, ya? Anyway, he proposed to her a few months back, and she accepted," Jassu explained.

"I don't believe it…" Tidus muttered to himself. (I have to go to her! I gotta see her before that happens!) he thought. "When is she getting married?"

"In seven days at Zanarkand," Datto answered.

"Zanarkand? In those ruins? Why there?" he asked curiously.

"You don't know about that either, ya? They had it rebuilt because Yuna asked them to. They been workin' hard for the past two years, and it's finally done. She even had them make statues in memory of you, Sir Auron, and Sir Jecht. So now Yuna's havin' her wedding there to commemorate the event," Botta informed.

"I need to get there, guys! Are you all going?" Tidus asked in desperation.

"Nope. We'd love to, but we gotta go to the opening blitzball tournament in Luca," Letty replied.

"Is there any way I can get to Zanarkand in time?" he asked.

"Well, you could ride with us to Luca, and then you'll have to hurry to get there," Keepa answered.

"When does the boat leave?" Tidus asked.

"First thing tomorrow," Jassu said.

"Great…" he said sarcastically.

"So we'll see you tomorrow, ya? We gotta practice," Datto said. Then the Besaid Aurochs ran off.

"Later guys," he said sadly. He scuffed his feet along the ground. Then he slowly sauntered over to the Crusader's Lodge to reserve a bed.

Inside, he was surprised to see Gatta sitting at the table. "Gatta? What are you doing here?"

He spun around to face him. "Sir Tidus! You're alive!" He jumped up from his seat excitedly. "It's a miracle! How did you get here?"

"Long story," Tidus said curtly. "Why are you still here? I thought the Crusaders' mission was to defeat Sin. Now it's dead. I figured they would've disbanded or something."

"Well, that was the mission, but now that Sin is gone, we've sworn to protect the people of Spira from any and all threats," Gatta answered. "So what brings you here?"

"I'm going to Zanarkand," he said.

"Alone?" Gatta asked, surprised.

"Yeah. Why?" Tidus asked curiously.

"It's dangerous out there with the Ronau Group running around," he informed.

"What's…the Ronau Group?" he inquired.

"They're a group of terrorists bent on causing destruction throughout Spira. They've already sabotaged numerous events in the past two years, and we suspect they may strike at High Summoner Yuna's wedding next," he explained.

"So does that mean you're going to Zanarkand, too?"

"Yeah, so I'll go with you. Along the way, we'll be searching for a man named Dalan. He is our prime suspect as the leader of the Ronau Group," Gatta said.

Tidus simply nodded his understanding. "Got it. Well, I'm goin' to sleep. I'm really tired."

"Remember, we leave on the S.S. Liki tomorrow morning. Goodnight, Sir Tidus."

"Night," he said, rubbing his eyes and heading toward a bed.

In the morning when he awoke, Tidus found Gatta waiting for him outside the lodge. "Good morning, Sir Tidus!" he greeted cheerfully.

"Morning," he said with a yawn.

"Shall we get going to the docks?"

"Yeah, let's go."

As they walked along the path, Gatta attempted to make conversation. "So, why don't you tell me how you managed to get here? High Summoner Yuna told me you were sent to the Farplane."

"Yeah, I was, but then I heard this voice telling me that I'd been given another chance. Then I woke up here. That was yesterday. That's all I know," Tidus explained.

"Ah, I see. If I may ask, why are you so eager to go to Zanarkand?"

"I have to see Yuna before she gets married. I just have to."

"You're in love with her? If I may say so myself, Adonijah is a good man. He'll treat her right," Gatta commented.

"No, that's not what I'm worried about. I'm sure she wouldn't marry him if she didn't think so. I just need to see if she still loves me. I can't believe she still wouldn't love me, even if she is getting married to another man. If she doesn't, she can marry him, and I'll be happy for her."

"I understand."

"So why are you still a Crusader, Gatta? Any particular reason you decided to stick with it?" Tidus inquired out of curiosity.

"I just enjoy helping the people of Spira, being able to protect them and ease their suffering whenever the need arises. I want them to be able to live in peace, and I'm sure Luzzu would, too. He would've stayed, too," Gatta answered.

"I'm sure Luzzu would be proud of you," he said encouragingly.

Gatta smiled. "Thank you, sir."

Then they reached the beach, where the vessel was waiting. The Besaid Aurochs were already waiting at the docks. "Hurry up, slowpokes!" Jassu yelled as they began to board the boat.

Tidus and Gatta hurried and got on as well.

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