From: "Chet Weaver - YOUR HEAD A SPLODE" <nichirasu@hotmail.com> Subject: Re: [PW!] [SST] The Guest Talent Show Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 9:30 PM Adrian Tymes wrote: > William Rendfeld wrote: > >> It was about that time that Alex, Cass, Kitsu and Keaton showed up. >> "Good shot, Derek," Alex noted. >> "Thanks," Derek noted, looking at the unconscious form sprawled at >> their >> feet. "So, who is this guy?" >> >> Finally hearing a sound coming from the body, Cass realized, "I >> don't think >> it's a guy." >> >> Kitsu knelt down, and removed the layers of disguise covering the >> fallen >> being's head. Once the person's face was revealed, Kitsu gasped. > > > "J-JORDAN?!?!?" > > The man blinked, looking up into Kitsu's astonished face, then shook his > head. Before anyone could ask, he glowed and shrank, turning into a > familiar purple-haired girl. > > "Who's Jordan?" Alex wondered. > > "My sister's boyfriend," Keaton answered flatly. "This has something to > do with that kiss she owes you." > > Aerie nodded. "I...I knew she wasn't comfortable...with me, so I > figured...but it just felt wrong...l-like I'd violate...something > sacred." While no tears were on her face, several were in her voice. > > Kitsu's mouth worked for a moment, then she stood up and turned away. > "Hmph! You got that right!" > > Aerie cringed at the wereninetails' harsh tone. > > "Kitsu!" Alex snapped. > > "No, don't." Aerie sat partway up. "Kitsu...I'm sorry. I was wrong to > even try such a stupid thing." She hugged her knees. "I'm stupid. I > can't...I can't do anything right!" She started crying again. > > Alex put a hand on Aerie's shoulder. "Now, now." #Aer-# > > #DON'T!!!!!!# > > Alex winced from the psychic yell that kicked her out of Aerie's mind. > When she recovered, she felt Aerie blocking her probes. > > The ditto hybrid opened one eye and swivelled it towards Alex. "I need > to try...but I can't. I can't even break out of my own shell. Why > can't I break out of my own shell?" > > Derek, Cass, and Keaton exchanged confused looks. "Umm, could someone > tell me what's going on here?" Derek eventually queried. > > "Da-Doppler...alternate Doppler taught me some techniques. When I'm > sad, when everything's going against me, it brought me out of it. > Nothing, not even lonliness, was supposed to get in my way. But it's > not working, and now everything's coming apart." > > Derek scratched his head. "Say again? I only understood half of that." > > "Better than me," Keaton quipped. > > "And now Smasher's dead and mom and dad hate each other and Kitsu hates > me and you're thinking I'm a crybaby and you're right and it's all my > fault!" Aerie continued. > > Alex smiled. "You're wrong." > > "AM I? It was my shot that sent Smasher flying. Mom and dad wouldn't > have fought if I hadn't been there. Kitsu hates me for trying to be her > boyfriend. And I was just crying, like I've been for too long but I > can't seem to stop. How am I not responsible for even the smallest bit > of any of that?" She frowned. "You'd be better off without me!" > > "No, WAIT!" Alex leapt forwards, grabbing onto Aerie just before the > pair disappeared. > "Where...?" Derek started. "I guess they teleported," Keaton said. "We should go after them," Cass suggested. "But where?" The sound of Kitsu's sword sliding itself back into its sheath caught everyone's attention momentarily as she walked out of the Wingull Room. Keaton followed soon after and found her leaning on a guardrail over-looking the sea. "Are you okay?" Keaton asked. "This is all my fault," Kitsu replied. "It was a completely natural reaction," Keaton said. "Could've happened to anybody." "Not just that. Everything. This whole thing is my fault. I shouldn't have told Aerie that I'd kiss her if she took the place of Smasher's Starmie. I shouldn't have even suggested that she do it in the first place. Aerie thinks its her fault, but it's all mine. It's because of me she fought in that match and killed Smasher with that Hyper Beam." "Kitsu..." "I should be the one crying my eyes out. I should be the one being hysterical." "It wasn't your fault. You couldn't've known that would happen." "I should be trying to make things better, but instead I'm just making things worse. I should just..." Kitsu just let that sentence hang there. She didn't know what she wanted to say. What she wanted to do was go home, but there was no home to go to. Just the remains of a shattered world. Maybe she should've disregarded father's orders and followed Jordan through the portal, or followed them more strictly and remained in Ecruteak City. She questioned every decision she made, going all the way back to when she first met Aerie and tried to explain why honor was so important. Maybe even further. Right now, just about everything felt like a better solution than being on this boat. Keaton was at a similar loss. His sister was hurting, and he didn't know what to do about it. She was always the responsible one, at least most of the time. Keaton never really spent much time thinking about anything. He'd just go ahead and do whatever he wanted. Right now, he wanted to leave Kitsu so he wouldn't have to watch her be like this, but at the same time he couldn't just leave her like this. Keaton reclined against the guardrail and thought or something. He wasn't sure what, but the least he could do was keep her company. To be continued...? -- Chet "Tech" Weaver AIM: PanGatomon MSN/E-mail: Nichirasu@hotmail.com Yahoo! Messenger: tech_weaver ICQ: 122744531 Webcomic: http://desperadocoyote.keenspace.com My Adventure Quest character: http://www.battleon.com/aq-chardetail.asp?temp=131213 You can play Adventure Quest at http://www.battleon.com