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    I loved this chronicle so much
    I usually do not like chronicles in this genre, let alone those of Final Fantasy
    But it pleased me a lot and I had a lot of history
    In addition, everything is so well written
    thank you very much.


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    I counted my lucky stars. By my count, it had been at least a month and both Emi and Zoey, as we would come to call her, were still with me.


    I’m sorry, Zoey Williams. She’d gotten cross with me for omitting it before. Since both Emi and I could still remember our names, it was decided that the three of us should forge stronger ties with one another to better our chances out here in this wretched place. To that end, Emi had suggested we come up with a name for her as a placeholder until she could remember her true name. As all she could really remember was the name of her GF, Zodiark, Emi offered her the name Zoey. It was her hope that having a name given to her could even inspire some memories to return, arising as a result of hearing the unfamiliar name and attempting to correct it. It sort of worked; Zoey would immediately add the surname Williams, confirming that it had been a reflex, some small memory deep inside her that had been drawn out by her renaming. After that, though she refused to accept any pet names and demanded her surname be included when we called her.


    For Emi’s part, she’d been much more easygoing, though she refused to consider the possibility that she’d become lost thanks to overusing a GF. She didn’t have any other ideas on how she might have become lost or why her memories were also limited, but she was adamant that it had nothing to do with the GFs. To her credit, she was honestly not junctioned a single one and trying to bond her with one of the ones I had available didn’t work as well as her compatibility with them was surprisingly low. We were still in unpredictable and dangerous territory, though, so I decided to give her my pistol. It shouldn’t pose too much of a problem to part with it as I’d remembered my Limit Breaks and Abilities didn’t require it.


    For my part, I was just happy they were still here. My mind dwelled on Damien and Yelena and I related the latter to Zoey Williams. It haunted me that any of us could be taken at a moment’s notice. With Nicola still missing and not a sign of where she might have even gone, with Koemi having been gone for even longer, priority one for me was to ensure these two didn’t share their fate. I’d still wanted to find those two, but now that goal had shifted to an optional objective should a trail ever be found. I’d gotten better about tracking monster movements and, along with Zoey Williams, we’d managed to continue exploring the landscape in search of information on where we were and how we might get back to Garden, planning treks only between secure rest stops within view.


    On this day, I’d found a Draw Point for my fire magic, which I decided to take my time and max out. It wasn’t something I usually had the patience for, and it would have been easy to skip out on it again now with the excuse that we were out in the open here, but monsters weren’t becoming any less common and I doubted our luck dodging them would hold up.


    "How much longer do you need? We’re not safe here." Zoey Williams asked, visibly on edge as her eyes darted back and forth to all of the points of possible ambush.

    “Not long now. I just want to make sure I’m fully stocked. The less we rely on our GFs the better, but this is only the third fire magic Draw Point I’ve found since getting here.”


    Emi had been looking at me as I pulled the magical energies, oddly asking, “What is it exactly that you’re doing? Why do you need one of these for magic?”


    What do you mean? This is a Draw Point. Certain kinds of spells are available to obtain from them if you have the right GF junctioned.” I explained.


    "This one has fire magic like Fira to draw. Both my Zodiark and his Ifrit allow us to use the spell." Zoey Williams added, also saying that, "But it’s advisable to keep your stock high in case you ever need to use it. That way these Draw Points only need to be used when absolutely necessary so you don’t end up standing out with no cover and many points of ambush."


    I understand your point loud and clear. I’m fully equipped now so we can go. Sorry for that.”


    "Fine, let’s be off then."


    We’d find our way to an overpass where we had decided to take shelter. Emi continued to be puzzled by the Draw Point, which meant she was the worst off of us. She even oddly believed that natural magic existed and that humans could channel these spells directly. It was possible she wasn’t part of SeeD and hadn’t learned that those of us that used magic only did so because of the Guardian Forces and not any innate ability. I also had to explain that the only ones capable of magic like that were the sorceresses and the only sorceress left was Edea. Well, if anything at least she seemed to enjoy the conversation.


    "Do you hear that?"


    What is it?”


    “Oh no.”


    I turned to Emi seconds before the overpass came crashing down on us. Two weapon-class monsters had rammed into the structure from either side. I tackled Emi out into a clearing, looking back to find that Zoey Williams had been separated from us by one of them. The other one was approaching behind her as she looked for a means of escape, but she didn’t have enough time.


    Hey ugly, this way!” I shouted loudly, sending a fireball at the head of the weapon in front of her.


    The momentary distraction was enough to get it to look our way, which allowed Zoey Williams to get away. The one behind her charged forward in pursuit, keeping her from rejoining us and the other one was making its way to us. With Emi still in my arms, I knew we wouldn’t be able to outrun it, but if I could keep the remains of the overpass in between us, it could provide a temporary shield and maybe even a smokescreen to escape. That wouldn’t happen. As soon as I bent my legs to start for the rubble, the weapon charged a powerful blast and fired it at us.


    The explosion was blinding and I felt my grip on Emi loosen. Slowing, I calmed the ringing in my ears and refocused my vision, but when that finally happened neither weapon was in sight. Neither were the girls. Instead, I found myself in a strange flat place, some form of water on the ground that wasn’t getting my boots wet. There was nothing but what appeared to be a bright daytime sky all around me. I played with the idea that the weapon had hit us with some transporting spell, but that wouldn’t last for very long.


    “The anomaly.” A soothing, but monotonous voice echoed.


    Turning around, I found nobody to link this voice with, but in a bright flash suddenly a woman stood before me. She was adorned in heavy blue armor with gold accents and she held a large spear and round shield in her hands. I couldn’t get a good enough look at her face because the light that she’d arrived with was still emanating around her, but I did make out long blonde hair draped over her chest plate and shoulder guards.


    “You are not the one I seek.” She continued.


    I’m Tross Cerend. Who are you looking for?” I replied.


    “Tross Cerend of SeeD. You travel with the anomaly. She does not belong here.”


    None of us do. Who are you? Can you help us find Balamb Garden?” I asked, though I was at a loss over what was happening.


    “I am Minerva, though that is a name foreign to you in this time.”


    Foreign to you? This time?” I questioned before chancing a guess, “Could you... could you be a Centra?”


    “I am before the time of Cetra, but this is irrelevant. The anomaly is not here. She must be found and returned to her proper place.” Minerva stated, the light surrounding her becoming blindingly bright again.


    The next thing I knew, I was back crouching next to the rubble of the overpass. The weapons had gone, but it was still the same time as when they’d attacked. Surveying the area, I found that I was alone, as well. Curses! We’d been so careful. The path we’d marked out from the Draw Point to the overpass was devoid of monsters and we’d cut no corners rounding any small herds of them if they seemed to be moving towards us. Could it have been the magic? I’d seldom stockpiled the spells so it never occurred to me, but it was possible they could sense the collected magic. I pondered the idea of Nicola having been tied to that monster and how she’d seemed to know it was following her. She’d been a rather heavy magic user even infusing her normal weaponry with the elements.


    "Now that’s lucky." I looked up to find Zoey Williams staring down at me, beads of sweat sliding down her face as she took several ragged breaths. "I thought for sure we’d be separated after the attack, but here you are."


    I was overjoyed to see her, immediately asking, “Are you alright?”


    "Wasn’t expecting a marathon, but I’ll survive. How did you manage to escape, though? That stunt you pulled, I thought for sure you’d doomed both of you."


    Couldn’t be helped. I saw you were pinned down by them. How did you manage to outrun the other one anyway?”


    She dusted herself off and sat down next to me, "I didn’t. After you lured away the other one, I took off running and then it was about to fire its beam attack so I rolled down into a ravine I came up on. The thing didn’t even slow down, but as it bore down on me, it suddenly vanished into a puff of streaking particles of light."


    That’s not something you see everyday. But it is fortunate. I hadn’t ever thought those lights would end up being a good thing.”


    "You’ve seen them before?"


    I’m sure you have, too, if you ended up here. If anything, you were probably on one of the earlier rescue ops. As far as I can remember, the Junction System was on the fritz and those lights you saw are somehow connected to it.” I explained.


    "I suppose the same happened to the one attacking the two of you?"


    Not exactly. I guess it was too much to ask that maybe Emi would be with you, too. Actually, I’m not really sure how I’m still alive. Just like the weapon chasing you, the one I hit fired its beam. It missed, but after the beam struck the ground over there, everything turned white and... Never mind. Long story short, I think Nicola might be in danger. We need to find her and Emi, too.”


    I decided that my encounter with Minerva wasn’t what was important. After I was brought back, Emi had disappeared. With her memory loss and not having a GF supporting her, she wouldn’t last long out here. As for Minerva, the important part of my conversation with her was that she was after Nicola. At least, that’s who I supposed she was looking for with how she described it. We’d need to find her quickly, too, especially since that other monster was already following her.

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    "How much longer do you need? We’re not safe here." she asked, scanning the area for any signs of movement. She didn't like being this exposed.

    “Not long now. I just want to make sure I’m fully stocked. The less we rely on our GFs the better, but this is only the third fire magic Draw Point I’ve found since getting here.”


    Emi as he drew in the precious little magic this place could provide. “What is it exactly that you’re doing? Why do you need one of these for magic?”, she asked.


    What do you mean? This is a Draw Point. Certain kinds of spells are available to obtain from them if you have the right GF junctioned.” he explained.


    "This one has fire magic like Fira to draw. Both my Zodiark and his Ifrit allow us to use the spell." she added, "But it’s advisable to keep your stock high in case you ever need to use it. That way these Draw Points only need to be used when absolutely necessary so you don’t end up standing out with no cover and many points of ambush.", she continued with more than a little snark.


    I understand your point loud and clear. I’m fully equipped now so we can go. Sorry for that.”


    "Fine, let’s be off then."


    Tross continued trying to explain the finer points of magic and sorceresses as the group went on. She figured this was more than likely a wasted effort, as Emi seemed to be lacking practical memories more than either of them. Zodiark had been very careful in how he allowed himself to affect her, ensuring that he left at least her memories of combat and survival skills unclouded, instead occupying the region of her mind that contained personal memories. She could still recall every spell, every limit break, every action command, every combat maneuver, strategy, and fighting style she had ever learned, but at the cost of everything else, up to and including her own name. She probably knew more about magic than any of them, and one thing she was absolutely sure of was that she knew at least one other person who could cast magic without a GF, yet it didn't occur to her to correct Tross, because she was also certain that as a general rule, he was correct. Whoever she was remembering right now was definitely a special case.

    She could see herself in a dark, featureless room, or maybe not so much that the room was featureless, but that her mind hadn't retained any of its features. The only thing that stood out was the silhouette of a man, speaking to her. She couldn't remember his voice, so this memory was silent, but somehow she still knew that he was saying something to her.


    She tried to focus more on this memory, because it felt very important. And this wasn't the first time she'd been on the verge of remembering him. The name 'Williams' was the first spark of this thought she'd managed to rekindle, and as a result, she became quite attached to it. The name was definitely one she was used to being called, but the memories it conjured were of someone else. Her best theory at this point was that she was remembering a family member who shared the surname, but somehow that still didn't feel right... The name Williams, and a special talent for innate magic, she was so close to a breakthrough it was maddening. Unfortunately, before she could make that breakthrough, she was snapped back into reality by the distinctive sound of a large beast.



    "Do you hear that?"


    What is it?”


    “Oh no.”


    Before she knew what had happened she found herself standing in between two very large weapon-class monsters, and worse still, separated from the team.

    Hey ugly, this way!” Tross' voice called out, trying to get the attention of the beasts. This was a relief, at least they hadn't died in those moments of confusion. She took the opportunity to run, and try to rejoin the group, but it didn't seem likely the way the weapons were positioned. The second weapon had already begun pursuit, and as quickly as it was covering ground, there was no way it was gong to give her a chance to use a limit break. Her only hope was to turn Zodiark loose. She began drawing in energy for him, and trying to stay out of the creatures reach, but it was proving difficult to even keep enough distance for a chance to summon.


    She heard an explosion in the distance, the other weapon's attack, presumably. More immediately concerning, she heard the sound of the weapon on her heels charging up its own attack. Fortunately, she'd been trying to reach a ravine she could use for cover long enough to finish summoning Zodiark, and now it seemed she was going to need it to escape the blast. She made a beeline for these precious inches of cover, sliding into the ravine just in time to stop from being obliterated, but the beast held on to its attack, trying to close in and fire on her from above. This also gave her just the time she needed, and the beast came back into view, directly on top of her just as she was getting ready to unleash Zodiark, hoping it would be enough to save her, even with the weapon at this range. But just before she could, the beast vanished, bursting into a shower of those strange, colorful streaks of light.

    "Holy hell... I don't think I've ever been that close to dying before...", she said to herself. She remained still, just long enough to catch her breath, and steel her resolve enough to peek out from her cover, to see what had become of the others. To her astonishment, the other weapon was gone, too. She got to her feet, and dusted herself off, making her way to the rubble to search for her comrades, on the off chance they'd actually managed to survive.


    "Now that’s lucky.", she said, once she laid eyes on Tross. "I thought for sure we’d be separated after the attack, but here you are."


    “Are you alright?”, he asked.


    "Wasn’t expecting a marathon, but I’ll survive. How did you manage to escape, though? That stunt you pulled, I thought for sure you’d doomed both of you."


    Couldn’t be helped. I saw you were pinned down by them. How did you manage to outrun the other one anyway?”


    She sat down before explaining. "I didn’t. After you lured away the other one, I took off running and then it was about to fire its beam attack so I rolled down into a ravine I came up on. The thing didn’t even slow down, but as it bore down on me, it suddenly vanished into a puff of streaking particles of light."


    That’s not something you see everyday. But it is fortunate. I hadn’t ever thought those lights would end up being a good thing.”


    "You’ve seen them before?"


    I’m sure you have, too, if you ended up here. If anything, you were probably on one of the earlier rescue ops. As far as I can remember, the Junction System was on the fritz and those lights you saw are somehow connected to it.” I explained.

    Again, she was drawn into that memory... She still couldn't hear his voice, but now she knew what they had been talking about. "I know it's a rescue op, but we still don't fully understand what we're even rescuing them FROM. You'd better watch your ass out there, because I don't want to be assigned to the op to rescue YOU", the voiceless silhouette mouthed. "Hey, I've been training just as hard as you used to, these past few years. Just because you weren't around for any of it doesn't mean I'm still that weak little kid you remember!", she shouted. "They should be sending me on this, and you know it. I'm the one who can use magic in spite of these lights, not you, _____", he said. She couldn't make out the last word... Was he saying her name? She focused intently on that last word, trying desperately to recall a voice to put to this conversation. For a moment, she could almost hear it... But it sounding like he was talking underwater, it was garbled and unclear.

    "Are you alright?", Zodiark's voice within her mind snapped her back to the present once again. Her attention returned to the situation.

    "
    I suppose the same happened to the one attacking the two of you?", she asked.


    Not exactly. I guess it was too much to ask that maybe Emi would be with you, too. Actually, I’m not really sure how I’m still alive. Just like the weapon chasing you, the one I hit fired its beam. It missed, but after the beam struck the ground over there, everything turned white and... Never mind. Long story short, I think Nicola might be in danger. We need to find her and Emi, too.”

    "Nicola?", she asked. "What has she got to do with this? She's nowhere near us.", she pointed out. "Emi on the other hand, should still be somewhere close. I don't see any sign of a body, and if she was still near you when the blast went off, she definitely couldn't have been close enough to be obliterated by it.", she reasoned out loud.

    She got back on her feet, and began scanning the area again. "Normally I'd say we should split up to search, but after that mess, it's not impossible that more beasts might show up to investigate the noise, and we definitely don't want to be caught alone in this place. Honestly, I don't even want to be caught together right here. Next time I tell you a draw point looks like a death trap, think maybe you could just take my word for it?", she asked sarcastically.

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    I had woken up before the sun came up, it was rare that I would fall sleep through til sunrise, certainly sleeping on the ground hadn’t been the most comfortable thing in the world, but given where I had been… I hadn't had much of a choice. At least at that time I had gotten a nightmareless night so I suppose I could call that progress. The heavy weight feeling in my stomach returned though as I began to remember where I was, what had happened. “I wonder if I will ever return home to Spira?” It had probably been the only thought that had been keeping me above water.

    The chocobo next to me raised it’s head as I sat up, I remember sitting there in silence slowly stroking her head as she nuzzled against me. I then stood up stretching my muscles, I was tired, exhausted, lonely. “Don’t I deserve rest? I can’t do this anymore.” I thought to myself as I wondered out of the camp, the Chocobo quietly following me,

    I didn’t notice her until she was in front of me. “Oh right I forgot about her” I hadn't been quite sure what to say to her.

    “You should get food with her.” I could see what Shiva had been trying to do but I hadn't been in the mood.

    “No”

    “It will do you good, I feel your mind falling to that place again, if it falls too far…”

    “Still no,” I then blocked out her voice, I found it easy to determine where she was in her mind and how to make it so her voice couldn’t get to me, perhaps it was all that training to keep Sanika out.

    Sanika…. Another regret to add to all the pain. A strong Psychic who hurt Kyra badly, again it was something I blamed myself for, if I had just gotten to Sanika first instead of just running away, Kyra would have never even met her.

    Somehow amongst all my thoughts I had done some impressive acting and told the girl some bullshit lie that I was going scouting. Unlikely but I would say anything to be on my own right now, as I wondered I had found myself at the edge of a cliff, the chocobo had placed itself in front of me and nudged me to go back. I felt my tears stream down my face, “I just want it to stop.” My voice was raspy. There was no going back.

    I had took a step towards the cliff.

    “No, not again.” Whispered a voice, it was really quiet hardly recognisable but I could make out some sort of words but still, the pain it was too much, did this voice not understand? I was at the edge now, the Chocobo was getting so distressed that I cast a sleep spell on her, while silently apologizing to her.

    “SISSY STOP!”

    Well that was certainly clear as day, I quickly turned around but I couldn’t see her. “Emi?” I whispered, I just wanted to see her, I turned around frantically looking everywhere, but she was no where to be seen. “Am I going crazy?” I thought to myself, after all my sister had died years ago when she was only a little girl. Then I heard them. I turned to see Pyreflies, a huge cluster of them. I stepped towards them, they hummed around me and I felt calm, peaceful. I could feel the magic I was missing return to me I no longer felt sick.

    The sun was beginning to rise now, and I had a choice I could see a rift within the pryeflies, it might lead me back home, or I could go back to the camp. The choice was hard something within was telling me it was wrong to abandon the people here, but the temptation, the lure… It was too much and I stepped through


    I couldn’t remember much beyond that, but “I had panicked as soon as I arrived, I remember running, there were people everywhere, actual living people, I had felt like the amount of people was going to trap me, huge buildings, thankfully in my panicked stated my walls to my mind had come down and Shiva guided me to a quiet part of the city” I thought while I nursed a cup in my hand.

    That had been a few weeks ago now, I had managed to get myself some sort of accommodation which I keep my doing a few odd hunting jobs I was now in a corner of a small café, the people were nice enough but they left me mostly on my own which I was grateful for. However the Pyreflies hadn’t led me back to Spira, they led me to Esthar.
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