A/N: Okay next up for Saligia is Pride. Oh by the way, the reason the story is called Saligia is because it is the first letter of each of the seven deadly sins in latin: superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira, and acedia.
Well, in this chapter, yet again Fran and Vaan are somewhat mean to Balthier. I think all of the chapters other than one will be humorous. Well I do hope you enjoy and please review!
"Do you not have anything to ask?" Fran asked, slight amusement in her voice.
"No I don't believe I do."
"Oh c'mon. You can't be serious!" Vaan laughed at Fran's side.
The three of them had gone into the Golmore Jungle for a little training as the others waited out in the Ozome Plains resting. Thing had been going well for a time, but certain events put them in their current position. The Viera and orphan boy had completely forgotten their training and were eagerly waiting Balthier's question.
"I promise that we will not laugh," Fran assured, elbowing Vaan to pull a straight face. Vaan nodded, trying his best to stop himself. Balthier let out an irritated growl. He did his best to look at Vaan and Fran's faces, but it only made him dizzy and nauseous. He gave up, letting his body go back to hanging upside down, rocking back and forth with the winds. A thick vine was tied around his ankle, holding him firm and in a way he could not reach. During training, he had been pushed by a panther and the pirate had been unable to regain his balance, pushing him off the trail. He had been upside down for more than an hour after Fran and Vaan had taken care of the beasts, but they refused to help him. At least not until finally swallowed his pride and asked for it.
"The boy already is."
"Alright, we promise not to laugh anymore, okay?" Vaan said, his laughs now under control. He laid on his belly and hung slightly over the path of wood and vines and watched the pirate swing slowly clockwise.
"You can ask us for help."
"I'm fine. I can...get out...of this...on my own," Balthier grunted out, trying again to reach his ankle by climbing over himself, only managing for a moment, having to go back into his normal hanging position because the strain on his upper body strength was too exhausting. He was a gunman, not some muscular swordsman.
"I think not," Fran said with a slight smile on her lips. "Would it not be easier for us to help you get out of this rather silly mess?" Balthier shot his partner a glare, not finding the situation at all funny, especially since it was his fault for being unable to properly protect himself, or even keep his balance.
"You should know me quite well by now, Fran."
"What? That you have too much pride to ask?"
"He still has a shred left?" Vaan chimed in, finding that him tangling miserably was hardly dignifying.
"Be quiet Vaan!" Balthier growled. Vaan, not liking the man's tone, gave a wide grin and cast immobilize, preventing him from even attempting to free himself.
"Should we silence him as well?" Fran asked, as Balthier continued to scream. Vaan laughed at him comment, but shook his head.
"Nah, I think this'll be just fine. Say are you hungry?" he said offhandedly. "The others should have dinner ready by now. Wanna head back?"
"Is it not Penelo's turn to cook tonight? Are you so eager to eat her gruel?" Fran jested, giving Balthier one last look and chance before starting to walk off, Vaan next to her. "Very well then. To gruel it is then."
Balthier spun around, blood rushing madly to his face as he hung, unable to move. Finally he could know longer hear the truly evil duo. He waited a moment, waiting for them to come back and stop their joking and finally pull him back up. He kept on dangling and spinning.
"Hello?" Only the distant sounds of growls came.
"F-fine. Will you please pull me up?" Balthier spat out, somewhat disgusted at the fact that the leading man needed help at all. Still really did go back to the Strahl for dinner. Almost about to pass out, Balthier gave one final yell.
A/N: Don't worry, Balthier won't be eaten alive as he dangles. Well, maybe. Not sure. Yeah I know the chapter kinda sucked, but I hope you found even the tiniest bit of amusement from it.
Well another chapter, Gluttony, is bound to be out soon. And please do review, it'll make thing so much easier, poppets. Thank you again!