Alternative plotline to FFX. Set from when Tidus first discovers what happens to summoners during the Final Summoning in Home. Instead of following the game, another set of events happen. Tidus becomes so angry, hurt and confused at not being told the truth that instead going with the others to Bevelle to rescue Yuna, he leaves the group and goes off on his own.
Let's not spend too long on intros, let's just get straight to the story.
I DO NOT OWN FINAL FANTASY, this is completely a fanfic that I thought up myself and am writing just for fun.
"Was I the only one who didn't know?" Tidus asked quietly (though they all heard him). When nobody answered him he knelt down next to Rikku before placing his hands on her shoulders and frantically shaking her repeatedly.
"TELL ME WHY! WHY WERE YOU HIDING IT?" he demanded. "WHY DIDN'T I KNOW?"
"We weren't hiding it…" answered Wakka quietly.
"It was just…too hard to say," stated Lulu sadly.
The rest of the guardians are all bore looks of sadness on their faces now that the cat was out of the bag. He finally knew the truth. The terrible truth.
Tidus screamed out in despair and then dropped to his knees, his head bowed to the floor. He began pounding the floor in anger as let his emotion erupt.
"LULU, HOW COULD YOU? HOW COULD YOU? ISN'T SHE LIKE A SISTER TO YOU? I THOUGHT YOU WERE ALL A FAMILY! WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING WAKKA?"
"Don't you think we tried to stop her?" said breathlessly. "She follows… he heart."
Wakka continued on.
"Yuna, she knew what she was doing when she chose to become a summoner. To face Sin ya? Yuna knew!"
"But, Wakka, that's just totally wrong!" said Rikku piping up again now. "Summoners shouldn't have to sacrifice themselves… just so the rest of Spira can be happy, right?"
Skip forward a minute or so
Tidus ran towards the aeon and began to pound away at, all whilst still pouring his heart out.
"AND I'VE BEEN TELLING YUNA…. LET'S GO TO ZANARKAND TOGETHER! LET'S BEAT SIN! I TOLD HER ALL THE THINGS WE COULD… WE COULD… AND THE WHOLE TIME, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING!"
He dropped to knees again and continued.
"BUT YUNA, SHE'D… JUST SMILE."
Tidus then began to think back on all those times he'd spent with Yuna, discussing Zanarkand, Spira, Sin, the pilgrimage and their friends. He particularly remembered a conversation they'd had in Luca in which told about how she'd practicing smiling whenever she was sad. About how loudly they'd laughed with one another (to their friends and their own bemusement).
It just made him feel even worse. (This is where the plot changes course.)
He stood up and turned towards his friends.
"I can't… I can't do this!" he stated, his voice full of sadness and desperation.
"What are you talking about?" asked Wakka confused.
"We've got no time for this, we need to get of here!" shouted Rikku now. The chamber was beginning to seriously cave in now. Heavy debris was falling and they needed to get out of there, quickly.
The group rushed towards the door on their left which led to airship. Tidus lagged behind, he merely walked towards the exit with his head bowed, tears in eyes.
"I can't… I can't face her," he whispered to himself. "Not after what I said, there's no way I could even begin to apologise to her for what I've said."
Wakka was about to head through the exit door before he stopped, turned and realised Tidus hadn't moved.
"Tidus brudda, let's go!" he yelled gesturing his friend to follow him.
Tidus looked up and came back to senses again. He ran forward and followed Wakka and everyone else onto the airship.
The whole group along with Cid, Brother and the remaining Al Bhed were in the airship cockpit. They had just levelled Home.
"Dry your tears," ordered Cid in the Al Bhead tongue.
He turned towards Yuna's guardians and addressed them.
"Now we begin searching for my niece," he said.
"But where could Yunie be?" asked Rikku.
"I don't know, but we'll find her," Cid answered. "We can use this. It's a sphere oscillo-finder, if she's out there this thing will locate her."
"I just hope wherever she is that she's safe," said Lulu who's voice did indeed sound very concerned.
"Kimahri must find Yuna, Kimarhi must protect Yuna from harm," added the Ronso from the corner.
"We all want to keep Yuna safe ya," said Wakka now. "But we're powerless to do anything while we're stuck on this damn machina airship!"
Whilst all this conversation was happening, Tidus stood silently by the door, his head still bowed downwards.
"You're very quiet," whispered Auron who stood close by him. Tidus didn't answer him, he merely continued to stare at the floor, trying to gather his thoughts.
"I'm sorry, I should have told you about the Final Summoning," the warrior continued. "It was like Lulu said however, it was just difficult to explain."
Tidus again didn't answer him, but instead turned around and left through the door.
"Hey, where you going brudda?" asked Wakka after him as everybody else notice Tidus leave.
"Give him some space," advised Auron to everybody. "He's made a tough discovery. He needs time to clear his head."
"I think that's best," said Lulu agreeing. "I wish he didn't have to discover the truth the way he did but I'm afraid there's nothing we can do about that now. We now need to focus on finding Yuna."
Tidus had headed up to the Airship and began to stare out of the window out at the sky, his thoughts racing.
"Why didn't she just tell me?" he thought over and over again. "All those times I said all that stuff about what could she do once she beat Sin, about the life she could after her pilgrimage, she just let me say it all without letting me know the truth."
"I MUST HAVE SOUNDED SUCH AN IDIOT TO HER!" he shouted out loud now (he banged his fists against the window too as he did this.
This action drew him several confused looks from other people in the cabin but Tidus didn't care, what THEY thought about him was the least of his concerns right now.
Auron entered the cabin and looked around for Tidus becausee still wanted to talk the young man himself. He spotted him in the far corner resting his head against the window so he headed towards him.
"We need to talk," stated the older man.
"Talk about what?" asked Tidus quietly, his head still leaning on the window.
"About Yuna," replied Auron dryly. "I understand that you're upset, but now isn't the time to mope around, you need to prepare for yourself. Wherever Yuna is she'll likely need our help. Because when we find her, it's safe to assume that whoever has her won't just turn her over to us without a fuss."
"Auron… I can't," Tidus stuttered.
"What do you mean you 'can't'? Can't what?" Auron asked sharply.
"I can't face her," replied Tidus. "I can't… I can't look her in the eyes after everything I said to her, about Sin, about life after her pilgrimage, about Zanarkand. I feel so ashamed."
Tidus lifted his head of the glass and began to walk away, past Auron who was silent. He stopped several yards and said;
Auron was very rarely ever left shocked but what Jecht's son had just said to him was something he truly wasn't expecting to hear.
"Leaving?" he asked.
"What on you talking about that you're 'leaving'? You're one of Yuna's guardians, you have a responsibility to protect her."
"Auron, I can't see her, not after this."
"You're being cowardly," Auron stated harshly with anger in his tone now.
Tidus didn't respond to this accusation, it was because he knew Auron was right. He was being a coward.
"I've made up my mind Auron, I'm getting off this train. You guys don't need me to find and protect Yuna and she'd better without a clueless idiot of a guardian like me."
There was an eerie silence between the pair of them for about a minute or so. Finally Auron spoke again;
"This is your story," he said slowly. "If this is the direction you wish for it to go in then that's your choice, I cannot stop you. However, I want you know you're making a serious mistake."
Upon hearing this Tidus decided to gather his thoughts for a minute. He eventually responded with;
"I can't go on anymore Auron. Not with being Yuna's guardian, not with being stuck here in Spira and not with this 'story'. I can't take any of it anymore. I just… I just want to go home."
He walked towards the door before finally saying to the man he'd long considered a mentor;
"Take care of her, all of you. And please tell her… tell her… I'm sorry."
"Tell her yourself," Auron responded quickly before turning his own back on the blonde in disgust/disappointment.
Tidus sighed and then left the room (and hypothetically speaking; the party along with it). He made his way to the deck where he managed to locate a small escape pod near the ship's edge. He entered it and delicately broke away from the airship. He'd well and truly left it and his friends behind.
A little later
Auron walked into the cockpit of the airship and the rest of the guardians looked up. He took his place in the right corner of the room and then Rikku came bounding up to him.
"Is Tidus feeling okay?" she asked softly.
"No," Auron responded bluntly. "He's not."
"Huh, I guess we shoulda told him the truth sooner eh?" sighed Wakka scratching the back of his head.
"Yes, but he doesn't have the time to sit around feeling sorry," said Lulu now. "We need to prepare for the inevitable struggle we'll face."
Auron huffed at this before walking over to stand in the corner.
Shortly after Brother from the driver's seat suddenly;
"FATHER, I'VE FOUND YUNA!" he yelled emphatically in Al Bhed.
"WHERE?" demanded Cid.
"IN BEVELLE," Brother replied.
Everybody in the cockpit then looked up to the virtual screen located above Brother's head to see Yuna in a wedding dress, standing arm in arm with Maester Seymour atop a long set of steps at the main temple of Bevelle. They were surrounded by hundreds of guards and officials of Yevon.
The image then disappeared after only a few seconds.
"WHERE WAS THAT!?" asked Rikku urgently.
"The Palace of St. Bevelle. Heart of Yevon," replied Lulu coolly.
"Okay then Pops, let's get there now," said Rikku turning to her father.
"Easy kiddo, Bevelle's defences are top notch," he warned. "Make sure you're all prepared, it could get pretty hairy."
He then walked forwards and barked the following order to his son in Al Bhed.
"Plot a course for Bevelle, full speed ahead!"
"Yes father," replied Brother carrying out the commands.
"Like I just, make sure you're all ready for this, it ain't gonna be no walk in the park."
"Okay," replied his daughter nodding. "I'll go find Tidus and tell him that we've found Yunie."
"You won't find him anywhere," stated Auron bluntly from the corner.
"Huh? Whatta mean?" Rikku asked him looking very puzzled. Everybody in the room turned towards him.
"He's not here, he's gone," the old warrior stated in his ice cool voice.
"WHAT!?" gasped Wakka now, everybody in the room was completely gobsmacked.
"He's left the airship and in effect, left this mission."
"WHAT ARE YOU TALING ABOUT?" gasped Lulu now. It wasn't often she was shocked like this either.
"He told me that he didn't want to continue on anymore, as a guardian or with the pilgrimage. In his own words, he's getting of the train."
There was silent disbelief from the others as they listened to this. Surely what Auron was saying couldn't be the truth.
"What are you telling me buddy?" asked Cid speaking up again. "Are you telling me that whiny little runt Is bailing out on my niece just when she needs him most?"
"If you want to put it like that," Auron merely responded.
"DAMMNIT!" he shouted. "Well forget that little pipsqueak," he ordered turning back to the other guardians. "We'll rescue Yuna without 'im."
"Why would he….. why would he just abandon us all like that?" asked Wakka, his head down towards the floor to hid the tears forming in his eyes.
"I… I never thought for a moment…." said Lulu.
"Was it…. was it because we didn't tell him about the Final Summoning?" asked Rikku sadly as tears begin to fall down her cheeks.
Kimahri merely just shook his head in disbelief and sorrow.
"He has his own path to follow," answered Auron. "And we have ours. And our path is with Yuna. That is why we need to go get her."
Hey, hope you enjoyed this first chapter. Please leave a review and tell me what you think. This fanfic is being written purely for fun so don't take it too seriously. I know Tidus would never do what he's done here but bear with me, let it all develop a bit further. Chapter 2 will be up soonish.