Blackeclipse: Hey there you guys!, this would be my 2nd fanfic in Persona~!, this here is a mixture of P3P, P3FES, Persona Trinity Soul and P4, and my vision of P5~!, I would take some facts and events from my other fanfic "Equinox", so just in case you want to know, feel free to look at it and review~!

Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any creation of Atlus or Shin Megami Tensei, or even Shoji Meguro`…………noooooooooooooooooo~!

"That is why I try so hard…..and when I made the promise of protecting 'her'…….in the end……..I couldn't' do anything, but watch her save us in exchange of her own life…!—In the end….She was the one who protect me….the exact opposite of my promise……..so…. tell me why…….WHY IS IT THAT 'SHE' GAVE HER POWER TO 'YOU' AND NOT ME….!"

-Akihiko Sanada (The Answer/Version of Minako)

Chapter One: Arise.

It's so cold here…… thoughts of a brunette began to echo into an empty, and endless space……it's so quiet, yet peaceful………but cold…… her figure began to levitate, and her eyes were closed as if she was sleeping.

Her silky ruby red dress covered her and her red brown hair was loose, making her an irrespirable model for a painting to any artist, this is not her body you are seeing, but just her pure soul, floating in the vast and endless space.

Throughout the years, her hair had grown longer, and her looks matured by the measure, but still, she was still very, very young.

………No one's here……? The voice of her mind asked herself, and all she heard was her own echoes,

Her hand moved an inch, till she felt another hand, and she seemed to calm down.

She wasn't the only one, another person was laying beside her,

her polar opposite, Minato.

Their hands clamped together, as she felt comforted by him.

………It's alright…… the thoughts of the matured Minato echoed to her.

+++++++++++++Meanwhile/On Earth/Yasoinaba/Apartment, 4th flr.+++++

Ragged breath could be heard, as rushing water began to flow out of the faucet continuously, a young man sat on his bed, his right hand holding his head, and the other.

A silver gun.

He struggled as pasted images of a young blonde boy saying that, there are no such things as an age limit, to such of summoning personas.

His right hand gripped harder as he panted, as his other hand slowly went to the side of his head, and his finger, slowly, trying to pull the trigger.

"*pant*….*pant*!...I need……. I need to do this….!" He told himself as he tried to get a hold of himself, his hand changed as he placed the gun to his right, and invert it as he pointed to his forehead, his head facing down. "………I don't…want to …...be….so……!" his eyes closed shut as he sweated, his hands shaking as the gun bearing hand tried to pull the trigger.

"….I can't……I can't be so powerless……!" he banged himself with the thoughts, as the gun still lingered on his forehead, ready to be shot.

His breathing grew heavy as he gathered all his strength to the finger,

"……*pant*………..*pant*…………….*pant*…………..!" until he finally got tired of hesitating, and decided, to pull.

………………..

But………..

Sanada-sempai….

The young man's eyes widened as pictures of a beautiful girl smiled at him.

Sanada-sempai!

"!" in shock, he threw the gun to the door, and began to pant. "….w—what was……that…all about….!"

He held his head, Dammit—why!—why is it that everytime I try a summon………that always happens!...

"Kuso…" He cursed in his native language, he struggled to go to the sink and turned off the faucet, wetting his face so that he could wake up.

He looked at his wet face on the mirror, his silver eyes gleamed with determination. "….I can't give in……"

*Riiiinnng!*

"?" the young man looked at his red cellphone and approached it, "Moshi, moshi?"

[It's me,] the voice from the other line began to answer.

"Mitsuru?" Akihiko asked as he sat down,

[There's an emergency] she began to say, [Right here in Europe, people are already developing the Apathy Syndrome…]

Akihiko jumped as his eyes widened, "What did you say!"

[I—I don't know what's going on either……But it's beginning to come from different places so suddenly, it just appeared…..] Mitsuru's voice sighed with worry, […..Do you think…..that it's finally coming…?]

Akihiko tried to regain his composure, "….Well, it's the same here…..however, I am still trying to recruit other kids that has personas like us….." he sighed, "……Even though, I wished I wouldn't…..I don't want to pull them into this but….it's basically, the reason why they awakened to personas anyway……."

[Yes, we are still unable to summon our personas, right after the Abyss of Time has disappeared…….do you think, our personas are…?]

"I can't say for sure," Akihiko began to cut in, "….I tried summoning mine….but…." Akihiko paused for a moment.

[?—Akihiko, is there something wrong….?]

"No….it's nothing….." he shook his head, "….So?—What else is new?"

[That's all, no weird happenings like the Dark Hour or anything has occurred….Yamagishi, is with me here, trying to gather some data from the Police Department bank…..Don't worry, I have asked permission….]

Akihiko smirked, "Huh, good."

[Although I have already contacted Yukari, being an Pop Idol and actress, not to mention being a top model, she has a lot of things in her hands, but she is open to come around, she will contact me if she finds out anything….]

"Can't blame her, since we are now all adults, we have our own lives now…." Akihiko agreed.

[Yes, I think so too.]

"How about Shinji and Ken?"

[Amada is now under the care of Aragaki, now being his guardian, Amada is now in Highschool a-]

"Shinji as a guardian huh?" Akihiko grinned, "Yeah I heard already, he's transferring here right?"

[Here?]

"Yeah, here, Yasoinaba….I am right now to follow up some supernatural cases going on," Akihiko began to explain, "Yasogami High, correct?—Shinji for the meantime is my partner here…."

[I see. Then why is it you asked me?]

"Eeh, I'm just making sure you knew,"

[*chuckles* Hmph, you never change, Akihiko…..] then the topic changed, [Iori and Chidori are in Osaka now, living their lives there…..*sounds more joyful* Have you heard? Little Hanako just said her first word….]

"Seriously?" Akihiko smiled, "And what did she say?"

[Strangely enough, Hanako said 'Stupei'…..]

And with that, both adults began to laugh over the phone, it has been some while they laughed like this. It seems like Mitsuru has lightened up a bit,

"Well, Chidori's always saying that these days because Junpei's always out….and not to mention, our last reunion was when Yukari came to them and began to argue with Junpei about some topic….she kept on calling him that…." Akihiko smirked, "…well?"

[Well,… Now, I have already contacted Iori, and said he is willing to help at any cost, Chidori too agreed to it……But to tell you the truth,] Her voice began to seem depressed, [I don't want little Hanako to get involved…..Even if both parents are willing to help……….It feels like I'm putting a family's life on the line now….]

"It can't be helped, it would happen to anyone…." Akihiko began to say, "Besides….we have been in touched together so tight that even I get sick with Junpei's e-mails and Takeba's chain mails for crying out loud—So I think we are all ready…………………..Just that, we can't do anything, even if we are now adults…."

[……………………….] The other line too was quiet, […….Aegis here though, can still summon multiple personas……….It is maybe because she doesn't age, but….I can't feel but….useless…… I mean… she has the exact same power as our Leaders,…..but……………]

"………" Akihiko went quiet, he had felt that before, during the time they were stuck in the dormitory, he still felt so powerless. And a seriousness of envy of Aegis, not only him, but Yukari, since Minato and Minako were so alike, it ended up they were just like one person split into two.

But for each of them to have the same power, those powers just went into one individual, not into two.

Why was it just her?

But that feeling has long passed, and Akihiko just shook his head.

"Let's just be thankful, that Aegis's life didn't end….remember?—that room?" Akihiko began to say, "That weird…'thing' that had this long nose….said her Journey has ended, and for that blonde assistant and that young man who is also his assistant said that she had found her answer……"

[Yes, they said that, Minato and Minako too have found their answer and appeared there…….But why only them?] Mitsuru began to think, [When we saw the great seal……we only saw the figure of Minako, it is because Minato has become one with her right?—But even so…..they said that their souls of become one, and has been sealed away. In order to hold back Nyx, and for them not to be touched…………But how is this possible?—Why is the Apathy Syndrome suddenly reappearing?] Mitsuru asked.

"If I knew, I would have already told you…." Akihiko said, "….In here, I have reviewed some cases, 3 months ago, a thick fog came in, and suddenly, people with similar symptoms of the Apathy Syndrome began…..then when it was gone, people from a deep coma began to wake up and live, as if nothing happened to them……I also come around some cases of series of murders that I can't put a finger on how could they be connected….I asked some students of one murder of their teacher, that they go on by the name King Moron…"

[…King….Moron….?]

"Hey don't ask me, the guy was pretty goofy looking to begin with," Akihiko said, "Anyhow…it ended up to be a kid from another school, a boy name Mitsuo who confessed of killing him…..then a guy name Namatame, then the suddenly arrest of Tohru Adachi, and his Death, they said his body suffered extreme exhaustion, and further forensics discovered that most of his bones were fractured and his organs…..well you don't want to know."

[Oh…I see…]

"Then I heard something else,….Rumors about a group of teens always asking around about the victims when they disappeared." Akihiko began to remember the time, of when he asked students about in the South Shopping District and the North Shopping District, and also by the Plains and River Banks. "…These kids happen to be in groups, and some employees have seen them in their school uniform at the food court back in Junes….. there are even some confiscated weapons in this department………"

[….Do you think they have Personas as well?]

"Again, I can't be so sure….I am going to investigate more….Shinji's helping along but he's also busy with some stuff……" Akihiko shrugged his shoulders, "Anyhow…..I'll call you again if I find anything out…"

[Thank you Akihiko, take care of yourself….] Mitsuru said,

"Yeah, you too," then the call ended with that.

Akihiko sighed as he looked to the blinders of the window,

He approached it and placed one finger to open an opening, to see what was outside.

"….Yasoinaba….huh?" Akihiko muttered.

Outside, he could see the sun set, as it turned into the night.

+++++++++Europe/London/Kirijo Residence/Lounge++++++++++++++++

Mitsuru closed her cell phone and placed in her pocket,

"Just as we suspected, things are beginning to arise…" Mitsuru said as he sat down beside Fuuka, who was at her laptop.

"I see…." Fuuka said as she took a break and sighed, "….Well?—How are the others?"

"They are doing pretty well, we haven't separated one bit," Mitsuru smiled, "I really like though, some groups would disperse…."

"We are still the members of the S.E.E.S., no one else," Fuuka began to smile as well, "….If there are other persona members, I am sure they would make a group….At first I was surprised there were other people with personas, it looks like everyone has it, but hasn't awakened to it yet…."

"Yes, that is correct," Mitsuru nodded.

"How about Sanada-sempai?—Is he doing well?" Fuuka asked,

"……He is," Mitsuru began to say, "However….I can still feel the melancholy of his tone….he tried to summon and I wondered if he remembered it again…."

"I see…" Fuuka said, "I can't blame him…..he IS the boyfriend of Minako-chan….but for him not to be there at her final moments, in the end, it was Aragaki-sempai and Aegis wasn't it?—It was because we were all looking for her in the graduation ceremony……Unfortunately for Aragaki-sempai…..even though he does not want to admit it,….I knew from the beginning that he too had loved Minako-chan…….It was just ashame for him not to tell her…." She began to have a sorry expression when she said that, feeling the same thing when she had a crush on Minato,

"……" Mitsuru grew quiet, "…….Even I wasn't able to tell Minato how I felt…..and I am sure…..even if she doesn't know it, Yukari too felt the same way…."

Fuuka begins to smile, "….Love is very complicated, isn't it Sempai?"

Mitsuru chuckled, "Yes, it is a very troublesome emotion….."

"How is Aegis-san?"

"She's still asleep in her room….I rather for us not to awake her," then her expression changed, "Even after she graduated from College,…..she should have her own life but yet, she still wanted to be a apart of this………It's not that I dislike it but……."

"It's her own choice Sempai," Fuuka began to tell her, "….Aegis-san fully knows that, but she still aims to fulfill both promises….and I am willing to do the same as well."

Mitsuru paused, then finally sighed as she smiled as well, "…..Soda nah…" she said in her native tongue, {Soda nah= That's right…}

"*BARK!* *BARK!*" both ladies turned their heads to a dog before them, he was barking happily, as red eyes gleamed, and the snowy white fur added to its cuteness.

"Hey there, Shiro-chan…" Fuuka began to smile, "Barking like that, it makes me miss your dad…."

Mitsuru nodded, "Yes, Koromaru's offspring, Shiromaru are very identical…" then she sighed, "……Dogs have such short lives, don't they?"

"*WHINE~*" Shiromaru whined.

"A—Ah, sorry," Mitsuru gasped. Then she smiled, "…..Koromaru…"

Fuuka smiled, "…..He was…..such a loyal dog……"

_Japan/Osaka/Iori Residence_

"Welcome back, Junpei," a beautiful red head began to greet her husband as Junpei came in, wearing a baseball attire,

"Yo, Chidori, I'm back!" Junpei grinned as a little girl, with the same, long red hair and brown eyes ran to her, Junpei crouched as he placed his favorite base ball cap on his daughter, "I'm back, Hana-chan~"

"Stupei~!" Hanako began to say fondly,

"No-It's Papa," Junpei corrected gently,

"STU~~PEI~~~!" she began to say with a giggle, "STUPE~STUPEI~STUU~~~PEII~~~"

"Aww come on~!" Junpei was in despair, "Highschool, College, and even in my adulthood, why do people love to call me that~?"

"It can't be helped, Stupei," Chidori smiled, "….It's Hanako's first word…"

"Yeah, but why can't she just say Papa~~? Or Daddy~~?" Junpei cried childishly, that made Hanako laugh and laugh and poke his face some more.

Junpei just grinned, he was used to that, he picked his up and let her ride on his shoulders, "Man, your so cu~te~!—I can't believe the cuteness girl in the world would come from me and you, Chidorita~!"

Chidori quirked, "Don't call me that," she said firmly.

"Aww come on~!" Junpei complained, "You call me Stupei!"

"It's because you let me say it," Chidori smiled, "…How was your day?"

"Fine~" Junpei began to say, "I gotta call from Kirijo-sempai~, looks like the things from before is happening again, but have no worries~! I'll do everything to keep you and Hana-chan out of harms way~~~!"

Chidori just smiled at that, that was the usual jumpy Junpei,

"So, Chidori, how are your art works coming up?" Junpei asked her, "I heard you got another request from some rich folks here…."

"Yes, it is going well…" Chidori seemed happy about that, "…It would be done by tomorrow…"

"Really?—That's good!" Junpei smiled as he faced his daughter over his shoulder, "Right~? Hana-chan~?"

"Ya~y!Yaa~~~y~!" Hanako smiled as she cheered on,

"Damn, even her voice is so damn cute~!" Junpei smiled, "Cuter than yours, Chidori~"

Chidori sighed as she smiled at her husband and at her child, "...Are you stupid, Stupei?—Of course it is…."

As the night fell, laughter could be heard from their mansion.

_Tokyo/Hotel, 56th floor/ Room 784_

Within a vast luxury room, a young lady, with coffee brown hair, looked outside the window, she was beautiful. Although she had too much pick on.

On her ears, were silver ear clip headphones, and around her neck was a blue I.D. strap, holding an MP3, that had the song, "Memories of the City".

Her light brown eyes looked into the lights of Tokyo, and she sighed,

"…………" she said nothing, till something beeped at her cellphone, "?" she flipped it open, and got an e-mail,

"Risette?" She read the sender's name, and smiled,

It read:

Hey there Yukari~!,

If u ever seen Inoue-san, tell him that I may come back to show biz soon, but only right after I graduate from school.

I have made up my mind already, and I won't run away from it anymore! :D

How are u there? I hope ur doing fine~! I feel great though~~!

Why don't u spend ur vacation here at Inaba~! Its awesome here~~!

Txt me soon ok? Ja neh~~!

Yukari grinned, Rise Kujikawa was one of her best friends, she had a great potential, even if she was at Junior High,

"Inaba, huh?" Yukari grinned as she took it into consideration, "Sanada-sempai, Aragaki-sempai and Amada-kun are there……" then she smiled, "So it won't be that bad if were to go there right~?"

She sat down and smiled, "I could use a vacation," then she nodded, "Alright then! To Inaba it is~!" then she sighed, "Uuugh, but it's too far…..I better get some rest…."

_Yasoinaba/Shrine_

"Huh, doesn't look like a dog," A young man muttered, as his hard gray eyes looked at the anima before him, he wore a long black shirt, that covered his neck and had long sleeves, a red pea coat hanged on his left arm, his pants were dark brown, and his shoes were black, his brown hair reached to his shoulders, and a black beanie was ontop of his head. "…fox, huh?"

"It sure looks like it, Shinjiro-san," a good looking teenage nodded, his brown wavy hair swayed as the summer breeze gently blew, his brown eyes showed a sign of happiness a bit, he wore a white and orange T-shirt, and long light coffee brown pants and a pair of sneakers for his feet. He looked really mature, despite the fact that he is only 15, now a Junior.

"Ken?—You still go up here?" Shinjiro asked as he faced the young teenager,

"Hey, I could ask the same thing," Ken grinned as Shinjiro recoiled with a 'tch'. "He's like the Koromaru of this place….seeing that he hangs around in this shrine…"

"Huh, you got that right…" Shinjiro muttered as the fox began to bark and go around them, "So he understands us huh?" it wasn't long before he fox disappeared, within the thick woods.

"I got a call from, Sanada-san…" Ken began to say as Shinjiro faced him,

"I got a call from Kirijo," Shinjiro shrugged his shoulders, "Stuff are happening again, with all that shit in the Dark Hour and in the Abyss Of Time…."

"Yeah," Ken nodded, "Not only there, but it seems this place has the same thing, but a slightly different course, my classmates said after the fog left, things went back to normal…..and not only that."

"Huh?" Shinjiro muttered,

"Are you even listening?"

"Huh?—yeah I am, don't freakin' yell, kid."

"*sighs*….Anyhow, he's name is Yosuke Hanamura-san," Ken began to say, "He always acted weird everytime I talk to him about it….as if he's hiding something, even his friends, Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi,"

"Amagi?—As in the Amagi Inn?" Shinjiro asked, "Amagi was one of the victims of the vast murder case….Hanamura was a close friend to the victim Saki Konishi…..it wouldn't be that surprising for them act like that however…"

Ken nodded, "I have been friends with quite a few people now….there's even someone like you, Shinjiro-san"

"The shit is it?" Shinjiro muttered, can't help to be annoyed.

"He's now a Sophomore, Kanji Tatsumi," Ken said, "Although…I always wondered why he was infront of the…..uh,…..nevermind…." Ken, little by little begins to understand and just shook his head,

"I also met a little girl….She's Nanako Dojima…" Ken began to smile, "She and I have been good friends, she's almost like me, her mother died as well….but she's incredibly strong. It makes me feel like I'm the child here,"

"Which you are," Shinjiro smirked, "People handle stuff differently, kid…"

"I know that," Ken nodded.

Shinjiro, now he thought about it, that girl's last name was familiar, "Dojima, huh?" he begins to mutter, "……Is her father a detective?—Ryoutaro Dojima?"

"Huh?—Yeah, he is," Ken nodded.

"…..Huh….." Shinjiro muttered as he began to go deep in thought, …Now I think about it……Somehow, the people that Amada had met……are somehow related to each other…

Ken tilted his head, "Is there something the matter…?"

Shinjiro shook his head, "…Shit, you have some knack into making friends…"

Ken smiled, "Of course, I learned it from Minako-san…" then he covered his mouth, "Ah…"

"…………." Shinjiro looked at him and said nothing, Ken did as well,

"S—Sorry…."

"Save it, what's the shit about saying her name anyway?—it's not like I'll kill you…" Shinjiro muttered as he turned his back, "Let's head back….I'm hungry already…"

"Ah, alright…!" Ken nodded as he watched Shinjiro walked to the interest. "……….." ….Shinjiro-san…………You're not the only one, who misses her…… he thought to himself as he looked up, the sky turned darker.

As the day sets into another.

_?_

A young man clad in blue, began to step infront of the seal, a book tucked at his arm as he looked up at the stone figure of his guest.

More of, guests, the two stoned figures of 2 beings that shares the same soul was before the seal, they could be seen holding hands as their stoned bodies hanged there.

Like they stood guard at it, together.

"………….." he didn't say anything as he looked closely to the figure. "…………there's a……..crack……" he began to say.

He turned to look at the small earth, and closed his eyes, and clearly, he can still feel the countless of people, yearning for death to claim them.

The world, has yet to calm,

"This cannot do….." the blonde young man said, "….." he turned to the figure, "………." He began to open his book, but then he paused, the closed it. "…..It is best……for Minato-sama and Minako-sama's friends….to witness this….."

He nodded as he begins to snap his fingers, and at once, all S.E.E.S. members appeared.

"…M—Mmph…..?" Junpei began to snap out of it as he opened his eyes, "!—W—What the hell!"

From his yells, they all opened their eyes,

"What! WHY ARE WE HERE!" Yukari gasped as she looked around them.

"The shit is going on!" Shinjiro asked angrily and irritatedly,

Fuuka had chills down her spine, "E—Everyone….!"

"The hell….I just went to sleep…." Akihiko muttered, "Am I just dreaming…!"

Mitsuru couldn't even say anything, the same goes with Ken that they were both speechless.

"This is so surprising," Chidori said. Although she was really surprised about this, she had a calm expression.

Aegis looked around, recalling the familiar setting, "If I am not mistaken..!" she gasped.

"I apologize for my lack of courtesy of suddenly calling you all here…" the voice began to wake them all up to look at the person before them.

Akihiko and Shinjiro recognized him, as well as the others.

"You're,…..Theodore….right?" Akihiko asked him, "What's the meaning of this?"

"Calm down Akihiko!" Mitsuru said firmly to him, he turned to Theodore, "Excuse me…..but what exactly….is your intention of doing this?"

Theodore grinned at them, "…..For you to be informed…" then he turned to look at the stoned figures, that everyone was all too well familiar with.

"……………" Shinjiro said nothing, but Ken can clearly hear his discomfort.

"……………" the same thing went with Akihiko as Junpei looked at him worriedly.

"….Look closely, to my dear guest…" He instructed.

"Look closely..?" Yukari muttered as everyone did what they were instructed, and all of their eyes widened, "What the!-why is there a crack at their chest!"

"Uuaaah! Cement! Someone get cement!" Junpei began to panic.

Aegis sweat drop, "But Junpei….we can't get cement when we are here…"

Junpei faced her, "Eh?—Then tape?"

"Quit the shit dammit…." Shinjiro sighed as he too sweat dropped.

"Hey, what's the meaning of this?" Akihiko began to ask Theodore seriously, "Why are there cracks on them?—Don't tell be yo-"

"It cracked because the yearn of Death is growing stronger….." Theodore began to explain as everyone silenced to listen. "….Listen carefully, can you hear them?—Even if you don't wish it…..there are still people, within them, that are calling for Nyx…….Even Minako-sama's seal, this seal can't block it forever………"

"But, the Human Malice…!" Fuuka said.

"The Human Malice is gaining power every year….it took it centuries for it to break free from its chains…this crack should have never appeared, unless….there are people who are unwillingly,….to let the creator of the seal….go…." Theodore looked at them all seriously, "……..am I correct…?"

Everyone's eyes widened, feeling all guilty, it was true….

+++++++++++++++++?+++++++++++++++++++++

She felt warmth surging within her, …………?... then something felt different.

The sudden feeling, of her being pulled forward.

A weird and awkward feeling, that she had felt when she had died to save Ken Amada from a bullet, but this kind of feeling of her coming back.

Her soul felt like it was being tugged in two different places,

As if the other one was refusing to let go of her,

……But if I leave………this……seal… Minako tried to stay, but somehow the force wasn't listening.

Then she could hear a crack, then a voice calling out to her.

More of voices.

………………

………………

……….Who's………there……? she called out.

……He's right… Yukari thought to herself, ……I wished so much for him to come back…

Mitsuru too felt the same way,

Akihiko though, snapped, "And what do you want us to do?-Forget about her!"

"Precisely," Theodore nodded.

"You *** ** * *****…." Shinjiro cursed, "There is no way in hell we can do that….."

"I…I refuse to forget about him, and her as well…!" Aegis said strongly as everyone soon followed suit.

"So what if we want him and her to come back?" Yukari glared at Theodore, "You too would also want her to come back right?"

"That is true…" Theodore began to say sadly, "The times that I've spent with her was irreplaceable……..However, it is like the case of the Nyx…….You are all calling her…." He looked at all of them. "….IF you were to succeed, then this Seal would vanish, and the Nyx shall plunge into the world, bringing The End…..with no other way, but for her to do the same thing again, another endless cycle…."

"……No way…" Ken muttered sadly, "…..Why does it have to be them…?—I mean…..they're so kind….and caring….they don't deserve this miserable task."

Yukari nodded, "T—that's right…..it seems so unfair for us to live our own lives…while they never got the chance to enjoy life itself…."

"…………" Akihiko casted his eyes down as Shinjiro looked away.

"Back when they was with us….they would say yes to anything we would say….as if they accepted everything but…" Fuuka muttered sadly. "….I selfishly talked all about myself….and they didn't complain….they cheered me up….they also taught me to become stronger…..!"

"And they were the ones who gave me the reason to live on….!" Aegis added along, feeling as if she wanted to cry again.

"Yeah, you got that right…" Junpei added, "….everytime we were down, they just popped up to pull us right back up…"

"…………….." Chidori just said nothing as she felt sadness as well, even if she wasn't close to the Leaders of the S.E.E.S., they were the reasons why she and Junpei were still alive.

"….We never even tried to talk to them about their lives," Mitsuru began to say, "All we did was to talk about our lives to them, but we never even ask about how they were holding up their own life—Losing their parents in a tragic accident, for Minato to live the same year twice, for them to have Thanatos, or Ryoji Mochizuki within them……We never thought of what they must have felt to burden so much things….and yet, I even pressured them with all the responsibilities of a leader because of such power, without even considering that…..just because we were friends, they would do anything……….But…..But for them to have nothing in return….."

"I—It's really unfair!" Fuuka cried out, "…..For them to suffer so much because of us, and not only us, but the whole human race…..without a reward…..without any rest…….they never got to do what they wanted with their lives…….!"

"……………………" Aegis was in pain as she casted her eyes down.

"Why can't it be them?" Theodore began to say, that made everyone look at him. "….It had to happen to someone…..But I don't think……they did what you all say for the sake of a reward……for them….the purpose of their deed, for the sake of all human beings to live…..and the same thing goes for you all…."

Theodore began to open his book and showed a blank page, "……This page is where my master's ultimate persona was originally placed….for it to disappear in my compendium…means that someone has took it…."

"Took it?-But you can only do that in the weird Velvet Room thing right?" Junpei asked as everyone turned to Aegis,

But Aegis shook her head, "I haven't visited the Velvet Room for a long time…"

"Then….for our Leaders' ultimate persona to disappear from the…compendium…" Fuuka muttered, "Could it be…?"

"Yes…" Theodore nodded, "…..Within this world….shadows still lurks around, and what you call, the Apathy Syndrome is once again at large…..the Shadow's world is slowly colliding into the human's world….but in a more severe state…."

Everyone gasped, "WHAT!"

Junpei shook, "T—This is a joke right!"

"Unfortunately, I have lost my joke book, so no, this is not a joke…" Theodore said seriously, "….There is a portal that leads to the human world and Shadow's world……first, there were only 1, but now, it extended into 2 ways, except the 2nd way is more fatal."

"What do you mean 'fatal'?" Mitsuru asked.

"This is when the ordeal come by, this portal leads, not only to the shadow's world, but to the spiritual world that humans are well informed about…." Theodore said, "….It is a very dangerous, even more deadly than Tartarus…..It consists….of all the hatred of human kind, and despair….not to mention countless of restless spirits that coexists, and had fused with shadows, making them even more powerful than before……."

Yukari gulped. "G—g-ghost shadows….?"

"That would be a proper name for the newly created abominations…" Mitsuru added.

"….And….in your current state, even with the power that Aegis-sama has….you are still unable to enter it….because if you do, all of you would be dead." Theodore said.

"W—What was that!" Ken jolted from it, "No way…!"

"…………………." Aegis didn't reply as she still looked down.

"That is why…..the need of your leaders, and other groups of persona users is at large…." Theodore showed the book again and continued, "…This proves it….that 'they', will once again…….Be your leaders…."

Shinjiro's head snapped, "Bull shit….a-are you saying that…!"

Mitsuru continued, "….Are you going to….release them from the seal…!"

Theodore turned around, "…….Yes, it looks like they had prepared for it as well."

"What? Prepared…?" Ken asked him, "Can you communicate with them, Theodore-san?"

"No," Theodore shook his head, "If I were to able to free only half of both souls, then the remaining half would merge to form one soul….enough to hold the seal… …."

"So you're saying," Akihiko began to say, "That you can only release half of their souls?—and the remaining half will form together?—then around about the other half?"

"Sempai…." Fuuka muttered,

"Those halves, would turn into 1 soul individually, it would recover…..So it's like I never halved it…" Theodore said, "……"

"Really!" Junpei began to smile, "That's a good thing right!"

Yukari too smiled, "Y—yeah! It would be like, like before!"

Aegis was going to break down, but she still held it back, "I—Is that true…!"

"Thank goodness!...we get to see them again…" Fuuka sighed of relief as half of the party rejoiced.

But something wasn't right, Shinjiro and Akihiko would have rejoiced as well, but, something was wrong.

"…." Shinjiro said nothing, as he looked away, then he looked at Theodore, Theodore looked at him, and at once, Shinjiro knew something was wrong.

"…………." Theodore didn't answer,

Shinjiro glared at him, "You're being pretty quiet there….ass…"

"…Shinjiro-san? Sanada-san?" Ken noticed as everyone faced them,

"Hey, Sempai, what's wrong? We should be celebrating! RIGHT?" Junpei smiled, but it died out so fast. "…….uh…..right…?"

Everyone felt despair again as they looked at Theodore for answers,

"….There's a limit….to it…." Akihiko closed his eyes as he seemed to be in pain, "Isn't…it…?"

"………………." Again Theodore didn't answer.

Akihiko felt so frustrated as he took into a threatening stance and yelled out again to him. "WELL!"

"…………" Theodore sighed, "….Yes……"

"!" Everyone's eyes widened, and Fuuka stepped forward to ask.

"For….how long….?" Fuuka asked him, her voice clearly shaking.

"….1 year….. ….." Theodore said, "After that…….this process, cannot be repeated…..and they will have to return to the seal once their time is up….if not………the soul that merged shall disperse, and the seal shall break…."

"…..You're….lying…right?" Junpei said, clearly depressed, "RIGHT!"

"No…way..!" Yukari began to tear up, "….It's too short!—It's like back then!...just one year…. …!"

"Theodore-san!-isn't there some way to extend this!" Fuuka called out, but she got no answer from him.

"What do you mean about that part that this can't be repeated!" Akihiko yelled out to him, "Are you saying that you can only do this once!"

"That's a load of shit if you ask me!" Shinjiro glared at him and Ken casted his eyes down.

"…This is so…" Ken muttered sadly.

"…………." Mitsuru couldn't say anything, as well as Aegis.

Chidori took a stand, "…Why are you all being so depressed?"

Everyone looked at her as she continued, "Shouldn't you all just be glad, with the fact that this man is doing whatever he can to help us save this planet?—You should be thankful that our Leaders are coming back to us, as well as others, knowing that we won't be alone….."

"Chidori…" Junpei was amazed as everyone tried to lighten up,

Yukari nodded, "I agree," she continued, "So what if they only have 1 year?—If that is true…..then let's make this the best year they ever had!"

Fuuka agreed, "Yukari-chan…."

Mitsuru began to smile, "Yes, I agree with you there as well…..this must be our only chance to make up for the mistakes we have done…..So instead on moping about this…..we should all use this as an opportunity…."

Ken nodded, "Yes, besides….there's another ordeal coming up….so we can't afford to be selfish, again…."

Shinjiro and Akihiko looked at each other and sighed,

"….You have a point there….." Akihiko muttered,

"Maybe…" Shinjiro added, always being the negative one, but then he smirked. "…..Yeah…"

Aegis looked at them, and also felt the same, "….At least with this….we can return what they have done to us……this time……" she smiled, "we will be the one to protect them!..."

And at once, as everyone nodded and smiled, Aegis felt the power from her float out as a sound of a glass cracking came,

She floated up as she looked above her, the persona 'Orpheus' had turned back into Athena. And multiple butterflies left her,

"!" Aegis fell to the ground, exhausted,

"Aegis!" Mitsuru gasped,

"Aegis!" Yukari did too as everyone gathered around her,

"I'm….alright…" Aegis smiled as she balanced herself, Fuuka began to notice something.

"That power….is gone from her….the multiple persona power is gone..!" Fuuka said in shock as they watched butterflies dance around them.

Then they flew towards Theodore as he held open the book, as each butterfly landed on each page, they turned into cards and was within the book,

"With this…….the decision is clearly made…" Theodore grinned, "Everyone….please stand back…."

Everyone did as they took a step forward, as Theodore began to walk towards the hanging statues.

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…………There is no need to be afraid…………………….

……………………………………………………………………….

……………Because………….we are not alone……………………….

………………We were never alone…………………..From the…….very Beginning……………………………………………………

…………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………

Theodore began to take a deep breath, and calm himself down.

Then he threw the compendium into the air, and it floated before the heads of the 2 stoned bodies,

"……..I art thou……." He began to say as he closed his eyes, cards began to disperse from the compendium and surround it's masters. "And thou art I…..thus release thy Arcana that behold thee…………."

Each card continued to spin, "Fool." And at once, 1 card stopped, and the same goes to the other cards he announced, "Magician. Priestess. Empress. Emperor. Hierophant. Lovers. Strength. Temperance. Hermit. Hanged Man. Death. Devil. Star. Moon. Sun. Judgment. World. Aeon……" Theodore seems to smirk as he said the arcana that Minato and Minako both created. "…….Existence………" and at once, all cards glowed.

"Form into a sword…..and release thy masters' soul, binded by chains…." Theodore began to hold his hand out to the figures. "Now."

And at once, all cards began to shatter as a burst of light came out, like the attack of Megidola, shards and glass could be heard as the light cleared out.

"…!—Look!" Fuuka yelled out.

Everyone could see what she meant, cracks began to form on the figures, and light rushing out,

Then they watched as the stone cover of the figures shattered, and reveals the flesh, the real bodies of the two showed, both bodies arched backward as it emanated such bright light, everyone watched as each of their souls began to appear above the two, and began to split, the upper halves formed together to make one, while the other halves regain it's form and went back to the body.

At once, the thorny wires that they held, began to dissolve,

"T—they're going to fall!" Yukari screamed,

But before anyone of them ran towards their 2 leaders, Theodore raised a hand to halt them all.

"Don't touch them." He said gently, "Or if you want to replace their place at the seal, then you may do so…"

"Gh…!" Shinjiro cursed as everyone tried to fight the urge to run after them.

"Look." Is what Theodore said as he pointed to them,

The two of them were slowly going down, both wearing nothing, but light, their bodies were too bright that it looked like they were wearing something but nothing at all, a both white and yellowish glow.

Their hairs lashed out infront and behind their faces as if the wind there was so strong.

When their feet gently tipped the surface of this invisible floor, as if it was like touching water, ripples flowed and echoed through the floor, passing the Velvet Room's assistant and the members of the S.E.E.S.

Then suddenly the ground shook, or rather, the place shook itself and they watched as the 2 grabbed their own faces, as if they were in pain.

And their cries began to echo the place, resonating together.

"G—G-GY—A-!"

They screamed as everyone's eyes widened with horror,

"LEADERS!" Fuuka screamed as tears flew out of her face she tried to run towards them, but was again halted. But not by Theodore, but by what came out of them.

They saw one persona, that had a resemblance of Orpheus, but it had blonde hair and blue eyes, and the clothes were red.

Then they saw it cry out and glowed as light came from it's body,

Theodore watched, "….Look…this is Orpheus Telos…..and ..this method…. is called…..A Dispelled Fusion….."

And at once, Orpheus Telos held itself as if something were to come out, as two of it's masters were holding their heads, as if the first time Thanatos came on that fateful Full Moon night of the first ordeal.

Then Orpheus Telos was no more, and 2 twin like Orpheus appeared instead.

Fuuka remembered those, "Those Personas……are the original…" she began to say as everyone looked at her in shock. "….Those are their original personas…..before they fused it together…!"

"…What did you just…..!" Junpei was out of words as they looked at the surreal happening before them.

The 2 personas went back to their masters 'sea',

And both looked so exhausted as they staggered until they stood up.

Looks like their awakening was painful.

Then as they stood, they saw Theodore bowed down to them, "….Minato-sama….Minako-sama….."

"-sama'?" Yukari muttered as she moved her eyes to Theodore.

Then something sent chills down their spines, they saw the 2 slowly opening their eyes, their eyes glowed madly. 2 red lights glowed from the glowing body of the female figure, which was Minako, and 1 blue glow came from the male figure which was Minato, his other eye covered with the long bangs he had now.

And they seemed to have looked at Theodore, and to them as well.

"Minato-san!—Minako-san!" Aegis called out to them desperately, and they saw them turned their heads, as if they had heard her.

The SEES watched as they saw them hold hands together, and their faces becoming more distinguishable,

Enough for them to see them smiling at them,

"….It's…It's really them…!" Yukari was crying as her legs gave out, "MINATOO!" She called out to them, as everyone wanted to hold them until the life came out.

Then despair overcome them, when they saw the smile turn into a frown,

And them turning around and to look up at the human like stoned figure that took their place.

And they seemed to have reached out for it,

Aegis was scared, thinking they would go back, "D—DON'T! PLEASE!"

Everyone looked at Aegis, until they finally got the message as they saw the two reaching out for the figure, then, for a moment there, all of them heard their voices resonated around the place.

They are crying out for us……..our souls that become one………….Nyx is calling out for us………..Erebus is pulling us………………Death is…..

Akihiko yelled out, "NO-NO, DON'T GO BACK! MINAKO! MINATO!"

"DON'T DO IT DAMMIT!" Shinjiro yelled out as well, both admirers doing angry gestures as their arms flung out, with hands closed into a fist.

"MINATO!" Yukari cried out, "MINAKO NO!"

Fuuka too did the same, "LEADERS! PLEASE DON'T!"

"WE BEG OF YOU!" Mitsuru too called out, a slight cry could be heard from her scream.

"MINATO! MINAKO-SAN!" Ken too yelled out in return as Junpei stomped his feet with frustration.

"DAMMIT!—DON'T THINK ABOUT SMILING AT US WHEN WE FINALLY GOT YOU OUT WILL TAKE CARE OF THINGS!" Junpei cried out as they saw them walking towards the Seal, holding out their hands to the statue, as the thorn wires began to appear again, and slowly extending to them.

Chidori didn't know what to do, but she knew this wasn't good, as she remembered the times that, if it weren't for both of them, she wouldn't haven't married Junpei and Hanako.

And not just that, but she remembered the times she spent her spare time with them, their small, but somehow strong friendship.

She herself scream out, "NO!" that it imitated the time she screamed for them to give Medea back to her.

"DON'T GO!" Aegis yelled out with a cry, this nostalgic feeling of them going away just like the old memory she knew too well.

It's as if their voices had stabbed them, as their hands froze before the wire had entwined itself to their hands,

And at the same time, they looked back, looking at the tears being shed to them, for them.

………….Everyone………………….is calling us back……..

They began to say, as Theodore smiled. "…………………"

………………

They can hear the hesitation with their breaths as they looked at each other, and turned around to face them, as the thorn wires retreated.

………………………………………………………………..

Then they closed their eyes as the light began to shine brightly once again from them.

Then they held their hands out, and they smiled,

Everyone's eyes widened, wanting to reach and touch their hands so much,

But then, something too made them shocked, as they saw their bodies slowly fading,

Particles like what you see on the fire, very small fire particles like out, was the one coming out from them, as they slowly disappeared.

"No—NO!" Aegis cried out as everyone did. She ran towards them, only to be stopped by Theodore who blocked her way, "OUT OF THE WAY!" she screamed as she jumped over Theodore and run towards them,

She reached out her hand, just as they did with her.

She felt something come out of her, butterflies, velvet blue butterflies leaving her and landing on the two most important persons in the world to her,

They just smiled at her,

Just a little more.

A little more and they cold hug each other.

And that she would feel them.

And hold them.

They were so important.

So close…

Just a little more….

…A little more….closer and closer….

She could almost feel their warm light, and their fingers together.

………………..

……………….

……………….

But then……..

"Ah…!" Aegis's eyes widened as she gained more focus in her sight, the hand she touched turned into glowing ashes, and they too were slowly disappearing, particle by particle. "No….!" she cried again.

As everyone were too devastated to say anything,

They seem to smile at her as their voices resonated.

"Aegis!" they called her name cheerfully as their faces too disappeared.

And they turned into floating ashes,

"No…! No!...NO!" Aegis cried out as she ran to them, trying to grab hold of the particles. But the just floated around her, like fire flies dancing around her,

"No way….!" Fuuka gasped,

"T—They're gone…! Just…Just gone…!" Ken was also speechless,

Akihiko's legs give in as he punched the door, and gave out a frustrated cry, "Uaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh……..!" it was mixed with anger and despair.

Shinjiro looked away, "To hell with this….this is bull shit!"

"T—This is a lie…right…!" Junpei tried to laugh, giggle, smirk, chuckle, but nothing worked for the ex-class clown, "….RIGHT!" he yelled out angrily.

"B—But they were just there!" Yukari shook their heads, "YOU CAN HEAR US RIGHT! ANSWER US!" as if it was De Ja Vu to her, as she remembered she almost said the same thing before. "DON'T PLAY AROUND!-PLE—H—HEA-SE-~!" her cries was over whelming her voice, as she too dropped to the ground.

"………………………." Chidori too was a lost for words, no words of crying out, but just utter despair within her.

"…What's will those tears…?" Theodore began to ask them, as everyone snapped their heads to them, "…There's nothing to cry about…"

"You….!" Shinjiro began to run towards him and grab his shirt. "The fuck is going on huh!"

Mitsuru, who too was trying to resist crying out loud, noticed.

"STOP IT! ARAGAKI!" she cried out,

Hey guys! Waaah! It's finally done~~!

And nope, these are not spoilers for my fanfic 'Equinox', I'm still thinking of its continuation when that part ends. Well actually, SOME parts alright?-but not completely all…..

Anyhow! I wish this chapter doesn't SUUCK~~! And always leave a review alright!

Or else I will bring a pissed of Kanji, Akihiko and Shinjiro there to your door step!

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