Chapter 16: "The Gippal Express"
Final Fantasy X
Characters: Auron, Isaaru, Maroda, Elma, Wakka/Rikku, Gippal
Summary: Gippal crashes the party.
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Our Story So Far: Following a disastrous Crusader operation, Sin/Lulu transports Summoner Isaaru and his companions to the desert island where Wakka and Rikku are raising a family. Rikku realizes Sin is headed for Baaj Island, the new Al Bhed Home, and sends word to her father to evacuate.
"S-Sir Auron?" Yuna clambered onto his knees, clutching at his belt. "Are you going to make the Lady go away?"
Wakka made a strangled sound, shooting a panicked glance at Rikku.
For once, Rikku's inventiveness had exhausted itself. All she could manage was a strained, "C'mon, Yunie, he's a stranger. He's not gonna understand."
Auron contemplated the small, tear-stricken face before him. Her mismatched eyes were a haunting reminder of her namesake and the fate that had claimed her. How often had he tried to push against the spiral of death?
"She wants you to," Yuna said softly. "She feels sick inside. Can't somebody fix her?"
"Yuna," Auron said, choosing his gruff words with care. "Can anyone but the Lady change the weather?"
"Um..." The girl pondered, then shook her head, curls flopping around her ears. "No, 'cause she's the Lady!"
"Then how can we change her? The Lady is stronger than the weather," Auron said. "But if she leaves, she will give you a gift."( Read more... )