My... It's hard to think of a story... I tried not to rush anything here.
Enjoy the story =D
The Beginning of the End
"Then what will we do to him?" Tear asked.
"I don't know…." Anise looked down to the floor.
They were in Engeve, at the inn. They had also brought the boy. The boy just sat down quietly on the bed. Luke then walked to him and asked, "What's your name?" He didn't respond but he reacted to his voice. Jade that saw this, approached them and asked, "What are you called?"
"I was called I-03," he said.
The others were quiet until Jade explained, "Replicas aren't familiar with the word 'name' because they were just given their ID to memorize."
"Hey, Florian said once that other Ion's replicas are being held captive somewhere, right? How did he escape from there?" Luke asked.
"You're right." Guy looked at I-03 and asked about that. "I was in a cell with no one in it, just me alone. After a great earthquake, the wall broke and it led to the outer world. I escaped from there." I-03 explained.
"What about the others?'' asked Tear.
"The others? What are you talking about?" he asked back, "There's no one except me."
"Is that so…?" Tear mumbled.
"Anise, shouldn't you be back now? Florian will be worried about you." Guy said.
"But… What about him?" Anise still looked down.
"I'll accompany him." Luke said, "He's a replica just like me so I must look after him."
"I'm with you, Luke." Guy said with smile, "Ahh, it reminds me of you back there, Luke, when you was just a newborn."
"Sh- shut up."
"Very well then, I'll accompany Anise to Grand Chokmah. What about you, Tear?" Jade faced her.
"I- I'll stay here." She replied.
"Very well. I'll be taking the Albiore. You stay here." Jade said.
Jade and Anise returned to Grand Chokmah while other tree stayed with the replica.
In the Albiore, Anise just stayed quiet for the whole time until they arrived at the city. They both walked toward the palace. In front of the palace's gate, Anise stopped and called the colonel.
"Colonel, what are you going to do with him?" she asked.
"I'm afraid I still don't know. That depends on the documents and you as well." He replied and entered the palace.
Anise followed him and entered Peony's room to meet Florian. That time, Anise tried to be cheerful as usual. She entered with a smile on her face, "I'm back!"
"Welcome back, Anise," Florian said while he was cuddling one of the rappigs. "So, what did you find?"
Anise was startled when she heard that and intended to change the subject, "Eee, by the way, where's Emperor Peony? I can't see him anywhere," she looked around the room.
"Oh, just a few minutes before you came, he went out. He said he had something to do." Florian answered.
For some reasons, Jade sighed and adjusted his eyeglasses, "Honestly…." He whispered, "Anise, I'm going to my office to get the documents. Wait here until I come back."
"Right, Colonel!" Anise replied in her cheerful tone as Jade closed the door.
Jade entered his room just to meet Peony who was sitting on Jade's table with papers in his hand. Jade sighed and approached him. Peony greeted him with a smile and gave him the papers. They were about Ion's replication data. They were about the original's data and all seven replicas from the first to seventh.
Jade looked at the second paper about the first replica of Ion. It was made perfect from the appearance but it had no power of the Fon Master. And there's also data of the second until the sixth. I-03… the third one, Jade thought. The fourth paper revealed some data of him, then Jade turned one page and found that it continued. He read it carefully. When he reached the middle, he stopped with a shocked face. Peony, who was staring at him from the start, noticed it and asked Jade why he made such face.
Jade calmed his expression and said that it was nothing and asked him if he could borrow the documents for some times. "Of course. It's all yours," Peony said. There was a silence for a second or so then Jade said, "Shouldn't it be better if you go back now? Everyone will be worried, Your Majesty."
He didn't respond immediately. He then replied, "Yes, you're right." Peony left Jade alone in that room and went to his room. While Jade was still standing like a statue, he thought, So this is why he was kept alone. I must get it done as soon as possible.
In Peony's room, Florian and Anise were playing with the rappigs. "Anise, Anise look! Emperor Peony told me that Luke was once fighting with Jade and Saphir about food," he said, holding Luke. Anise laughed and noticed the door was opened, it was Peony. "Huh? Your Majesty, where's the colonel?" she asked.
"He still has something to run," he walked and took Jade then hugged him.
"Boo, we don't have time to linger around," Anise pouted.
"Well then, Anise. May I ask you what you found?" Peony asked.
Anise stared at Peony and without looking down; she started to tell the story from when they found him. Deep down, it hurt Anise as she told him, a question reappeared again and again. She was scared if someone would ask her 'What would you do to him?'
After Peony heard that, he patted her head and told Anise to be strong. Anise nodded and continued to play with Florian.
In Engeve's inn, the boy sat down quietly, looking to the sky from the window. Luke was lying on the bed, growling that he was bored. Tear who was sitting next to him told him to calm down or else other people would get annoyed with him. "But I'm bored, Tear. There's nothing we can do here," he said.
"We have a task to take care of him," she faced the boy and silence for a while before she continued, "It's hard to call him with his ID."
"You're right. We must name him. But what should we name him?" Luke asked.
"Hmm… How about Varian? It means Gentle Light in Ancient Ispanian." Tear suggested.
"That's a good name!" Luke said happily and approached the boy. Luke tapped his shoulder and faced him, "Hey, we think it will be hard to call you if you don't have a name. So let's named you Varian."
"Varian….?" The boy looked perplexed. But when he saw Luke nodded happily and stated that name again, he smiled.
Guy, who just bought some apples for Luke, came in and saw Luke was sitting in front of the boy. "Luke, here's your order." He put them on the table and walked toward Luke. "Thanks, Guy. Look, we have just named him," Luke said. "That's nice of you. What do you call him?"
"Varian. It means Gentle Light. Tear came up with it." Luke said.
Guy turned to Tear and let a smile appeared on his face before he back to the boy, "Then, nice to meet you, Varian." Varian smiled while Luke already stood up and took one of the apples. "I am really, really bored. Can't we go outside?" Luke asked.
"But Luke, if Jade and Anise suddenly come back and we're not even here, what do you think he would think?" Guy sighed as he ate one apple too.
"He's right Luke. Just calm down and wait for the colonel." Tear agreed.
Luke felt that he had lost to those two and fell to silence. He ate another apple as he saw Varian continued what he had been doing, looking at the sky. After he thought for a while, he got an idea to get outside. "Hey, Varian's new to this world, isn't he? Let's get him outside for a time."
"You are so bored that you use someone else as an idea huh?" Guy said.
"N- No, I just thought that he has been looking at the sky since we came here so…" Luke tried to defend himself, but now Tear joined the conversation by saying that there were monsters outside of Engeve and she added that it might be dangerous for Varian to be outside. But Luke was determined to go outside and give Varian a little fresh air.
Tear shook her head and said, "Okay, fine, do what you want to do."
"Are you sure, Tear?" Guy asked.
"Will he listen to us? He'll keep insisting if we prevent him." Tear sighed. Luke was happy and asked Varian to join him to go outside. Of course, Tear and Guy also followed them.
In the field not too far from Engeve, Luke said loudly that it was better outside than in a small room. He ran around and Varian followed him. "Varian is closed to Luke, huh?" Guy asked Tear who was standing beside him with at a safe distance. "Maybe. He's just like Fon Master Ion. He's a nice kid." Tear replied. They watched over Luke and Varian running to St. Binah but as they were in the forest between two towns, Tear suddenly heard a scream. It was Luke's.
Guy and Tear ran as fast as they could and what they found was a big monster like Behemoth, which they had fought. "Stay back!" Luke shouted and drew his weapon. Guy ran beside Luke and also drew his weapon while Tear took Varian to a safe place. Guy and Luke now attacked the monster and Tear sang her Fonic Hymns to support them. Varian hid behind a tree, looking at the three. Luke and Guy were thrown few times. That made Varian felt at fault and he wanted to help them, but he stopped when he knew he didn't know anything. Tear always healed them in time so there was no need to worry.
Varian, who was focused to the battle, didn't hear a monster which was ready to attack him from the bushes. So when the monster finally came out and attacked him, he was very surprised and he screamed, but his scream was not louder that the monster's growl so Tear and the others didn't know.
Luke focused to the monster before him until a strong wind blew from behind him. He looked back and found Varian's body shining and the monster near him vanished. "What's that?" Guy asked, ignoring the big monster. "Oh no, it's a hyperressonance! But how could it happen?" Tear said in panic. The wind made a big circular pattern and Varian's body shone to that area. The big monster ran away like it was afraid of it.
Luke sheathed his sword and was about to run to Varian when suddenly Guy stopped him and said that it was dangerous if he also became involved in that hyperressonance. "Then what do we do?" Luke asked. "I will go to Grand Chokmah and call Jade. You two stay here and make sure that his power doesn't break anything else." Then Guy ran as fast as he could to Grand Chokmah.
While Luke couldn't just barge in, Tear prepared her staff and said, "I'll try to set a force field around us."
"But it's a wide area. Are you sure you can do that?" Luke asked.
"We'll don't know until we try. O tune of unyielding protection... Croa Riou Zue Tue Riou Rei Neu Riou Zue…." Tear sang her fonic hymn and set a wider force field. All they can do now was to wait for Jade to come.
Guy, please hurry, Luke thought in his mind.
After half an hour he ran, finally Guy reached the capital and dashed to Peony's room. He barged in, and while he caught his breath, he told Jade, Anise and Peony of what had happened and that they had to hurry. They were shocked when they heard that, and again, Florian had to be left there with Peony. The three dashed to the Albiore and they set off to Luke and Tear.