AN: Damn, I have too many random story ideas. And they all come in waves. Not one at a time, all at once _

Summary: Auron/Rikku. Takes place during while they're going through the Thunder Planes.

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Rikku whimpered as the group approached the Thunder Plane. She hid behind the rest of the group, trying to hide her uneasiness. Tremors traveled down her body as she watched the lightning strike the ground.

"Rikku?"

"Eek!"

Startled out of her reverie, she faced Auron. He looked at her with his normal neutral expression.

"Are you coming?"

"Y-yeah! I'm coming!"

She forced a shaky smile and scampered up close to the group. Shuddering, she took nervous glances around her as she passed. A particular bolt of lightning struck close to the group and caught Rikku off guard. She screamed and latched onto the nearest person next to her. Auron. She shivered and buried her face in his oversized red coat. Somehow, it brought her comfort.

"Rikku? Are you going to let go any time soon?"

Auron asked dryly. Rikku reluctantly pried herself off his coat and looked up. She offered a half smile and separated herself from the group slightly.

"Rikku, the lightning isn't going to hurt you."

She turned to glare at Auron. What was with him today? He seemed more, uptight then he normally was.

"How would you know?"

She huffed and crossed her arms across her chest. He had no idea what she had been through. She decided it was best to ignore him. Another bolt streaked across the field and landed inches away from her toes. She shrieked and sunk to the ground, head buried between her knees and hands over her head. She heard an amused chuckle and her head shot up.

"What's so funny?"

She demanded. Auron said nothing, but his chuckling ceased. Rikku hopped up and stood on her toes. It was obvious to everyone she was trying to size Auron up. Tidus and Wakka chuckled slightly.

"If you're going to have this petty fear, then you shouldn't be a guardian."

Auron stated calmly. Rikku's eyes widened in shock and anger. Even Yuna and the others were surprised by Auron's choice of words.

"I hate you!"

She brushed past the group and sprinted forward, ignoring the lightning that streaked past her. She knew she was acting childish, but she wouldn't bring herself to go back to them. So caught up in her thoughts, she didn't notice that she had strayed from the safety of the towers.

"Rikku! Watch out!"

She ignored them and kept walking. Before she knew what was happening, pain shot through her. She was dimly aware of the familiar shocking sensation that raced through her body. She had been hit. Stumbling, she fell backwards and tumbled off the side of the road. She could faintly hear her friends' worried cries before her head slammed into a rock and she lost consciousness.

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AN: Tell me if I should continue! I have an idea of what I'm going to do for the next chapter. Read and Review Please