It is April 24th, I do NOT have class today (semester's over!) and It's time for the beginning of the main event!
For those of you going "Really! it's a crossover with Final Fantasy! I didn't want to read this!" Don't throw things at me yet! I have a plan, I have an actual story with a real plot, not just "let me take the Digimon characters and have the Final Fantasy 9 story with them adding in Dialogue occasionally." Even if this isn't your cup of tea, give it a try, hopefully I'll surprise you.
If you REALLY can't stand crossovers, I'm sorry =( *dodges the knives thrown at me*
For those of you who like the idea, or are willing to bear with me, thank you =) I hope to not disappoint.
Disclaimer: I do not own Digimon or Final Fantasy 9 (nor do I own any of the other Final Fantasies for that matter).
The Little Magi
Where am I? What are those noises? My head hurts... Tentomon? Taichi?
The last thing Koushirou could remember was the attack of those evil Digimon in front of Taichi's apartment. What did they say again? Send them to another world? Where was he? The red head's vision was very... white... but things slowly began to focus.
"Hello? Are you alright?"
Just a few inches from his face was a young boy. Koushirou couldn't really see his face, clouded by the shadow cast from his large-brimmed hat. The collar of his blue coat was also pulled high over his neck and reached where his mouth probably was, all he could see was the yellows of the boys eyes. Wait... yellow? people's eyes weren't normally yellow... who was he?
"Please don't be dead!" he said, in a worried tone.
Koushirou stirred, his limbs weak and wobbly. "Where... where am I?"
"Oh, thank goodness you're all right, I thought you might be dead. Um... You're in Alexandria, city. I found you here unconscious."
Alexandria? Koushirou took in the surroundings. Old stone buildings, a small church, a rickety old dock with a rowboat... Well this isn't Alexandria, Egypt... in fact this doesn't look like anywhere I'm familiar with, not unless I went back in time a few centuries. Wait a second, is this another world?
"Uh oh... Did you lose your memory?"
"N-no." What am I supposed to tell him? It's not like I'm familiar with this world. "I was attacked." It wasn't a lie, but it might've been enough of an excuse to get him out of the whole 'I'm from another world' explanation, assuming this kid would believe him.
"Oh... I'm sorry, I heard about there being some thieves in the alleys around here." he readjusted his large hat.
"Hey! Slave!" called another kid from inside the small church, "I thought we were going to see the show, not talk to the dead!" he had a long nose and a big rat tail, with raggedy red clothes. "Oh, you're not dead? What's that on your arm?"
The rat kid pointed to some strange kind of metal "glove" attached to Koushirou's right arm. It was mostly red and black, and there were two sharp "claws" pointing forward form the knuckles.
Koushirou found himself in that whiteness from before, only momentarily, face to face with Tentomon.
"Tentomon! You're safe!"
"I am... But I can't be there next to you." His voice grew sad. "I can't survive in the world you're in, I'm not strong enough, and they're no connection to the digital world either."
"So you turned into a weapon?"
"With the help of the two that sent us here, yes. I don't know what their motive is but it's clear they're not trying to kill you. You were all unconscious before you got to this world, and they told us as much."
"And you trusted them?"
"We did because I think deep in our hearts, we knew they weren't lying. We got the power to Gear Evolve, change into something that can help you in this world. I don't know how they can do that, or where they're from. Perhaps it is because Digimon cannot survive in this world that they sent you all here instead."
"Will you be able to change back?"
"I think so, we've always been able to evolve back before, why not now? I just don't think I can in this world. Koushirou, I know you can find your way back with the others, and I'll help you as much as I can as a digi-gear."
"Alright, I guess I don't really have a choice."
"Koushirou, before I go, when you find Taichi..."
"I know," Koushirou's voice weakened, remembering the pressure he already had before arriving in this place.
"Whenever you need me, I'm right their with you." his claw pointed to Koushirou's heart, and the whiteness faded.
Before he knew it, he was standing on the streets of Alexandria again, with the two children standing in front of him.
"You gonna answer me?" the rat kid asked.
Koushirou snapped into reality. "It's a gift... A way to fight, if I need to."
"You got a weapon and you still got mugged? Ha! You're weak!"
The red head scowled, "Well for your information, it was a surprise attack by an obviously well skilled hoodlum!"
"Oh relax, don't get yer undies in a twist. Look, the sun's starting to set! If we don't go NOW, we're gonna miss the show!"
"Oh right," the other kid spoke up. "Do you want to come with us?"
"Hey hey hey! Did I give him permission to join us?"
"I'm sure you won't mind, would you?"
"Fine, do whatever you want, but let's just go NOW!"
"Well, would you like to come?"
"Um... I was going to look for my friends, though I don't really know where they are..." Koushirou responded, since he didn't have anything else to do, per say.
"Well then come to the show with us, lot's of people are going, maybe they'll be there too."
The Chosen Child of Knowledge doubted it, but it was a start. Hopefully they wouldn't be too far away. "Alright, I'll go with you."
"Yay! We can be friends too! My name's Vivi."
"Izumi, Koushirou, but just Koushirou is fine."
"I thought I said, NOW, as in: not in five minutes, not in two seconds, NOW!" the rat kid called from atop the bell tower of the church. He apparently had already moved ahead.
"His name is Puck," Vivi laughed, "and we should go before he gets any madder."
Koushirou followed his young friend into the church, where the robed kid climbed a central ladder up to where Puck stood, now holding a smaller ladder in one arm. Next to the central steeple was a small white creature with purple bat wings.
"I'm a moogle, kupo. I'm Kupo!"
"Moogles, huh? You remind me of the Digimon from back home."
"You'll find moogles all over the world," it was another moogle, of which walked up from behind, clad in yellow.
"Stiltzkin! Leaving for your journey already, kupo?"
"Yes, I shall be moving on soon. Young man, moogles are all over the world, I'm surprised you haven't seen one before."
Koushirou mentally punched himself, having put himself in a scenario like this, he had to think of a good answer fast. "Oh, I've seen them before!" he said in his fast-speaking, obviously-lying tone, "I was just commenting on how fascinated I am with that, really strange creatures in my opinion, but also very unique and-"
"Hey 'Shirou! How many times did I say NOW! Do I have to throw this ladder at you to get it through your thick skull!"
"Hoho... your friend seems to be quite lively." Stiltzkin spoke. "Well if you see any moogles they're great for sending mail."
Mail! he thought. "Before I go, Could you write some letter's for me?" Stiltskin pointed to Kupo, of which Koushirou now faced.
"I can write to the other moogles, kupo!"
"Could you send them mail then? Tell them to keep and eye out for anyone named Taichi, Takeru, or Hikari, and tell them Koushirou is in Alexandria looking for them." He spelled out the names as fast as Kupo could write while climbing up the ladder to a very pissed off Puck.
"Kupo! I got it down!"
"Thanks, Kupo!" he yelled, finally reaching the top of the church.
Puck was angrily tapping his foot at the top of the steeple, glaring at the Chosen Child. "Well it's about time!"
"Sorry about that." the redhead spoke, rubbing the back of his head.
Not wanting to waste anymore time, the trio moved from the top of the church steeple to the nearby rooftops. Because the buildings were all crammed together in this city, it wasn't difficult traversing over the streets. This was the first time Koushirou got a good view of Alexandria, as Vivi named it. In a word, "breathtaking." It was a fairly medieval feeling city complete with a castle off in the distance; the castle was massive with a pillar piercing from the center in what appeared to be a large sword with a mirror-like coating. Also visible was a large ship of some kind, docked right in front of the castle, rather strange in the eyes of the Chosen Child.
Connecting the gaps between rooftops were wooden planks just laying there, rather strange, though it must've been puck laying them out, seeing as he guided the two others effortlessly. The first, however, was quite difficult to get across, as both Vivi and Koushirou were fairly intimidated by the lack of secure footing.
"Just cross!" shouted the already irritated rat kid.
"B-but..." Vivi stuttered.
Koushirou cautiously tip-toed across the makeshift bridge, then helping the younger boy cross through verbal encouragement. It was a lot more helpful than Puck shouting "Just do it!" The second board was a little more frightening, as it fell... Vivi had to jump to avoid falling to his death. Puck was laughing hysterically while Koushirou tried to comfort the poor kid, who was barely able to hold onto the ledge.
Luckily, there weren't any such problems with the next few planks they were made to cross, and Vivi lost that falling fear quick enough; he was a brave little boy. They eventually came to a gap between the nearby buildings and the walls around the castle grounds.
"Should we be doing this?" Koushriou asked.
"Don't be such a baby!" Puck yelled, laying down the ladder he had been carrying to create another bridge.
Vivi didn't really say anything, just gave a joyful look and crossed the ladder, and Koushirou gave up worrying as well. The sky was getting dark, and it was just the cover they needed to climb down the wall and sneak behind the back row of seats for the performance. In all honesty, they probably wouldn't have needed the cover of night as most of the audience was more transfixed on the stage; music was playing. Koushirou noticed that this show apparently was being performed on that large ship from before. It must've been a traveling show much like puppeteer carts that were often depicted in medieval movies, though on a much grander scale.
Before much longer, the music stopped, and the audience applauded; the show was about to start. Sparklers started flying as the band's stage was lifted into the air, twirlers flying with sparks everywhere, and before long, small fireworks were bursting in many pretty colors all around the old ship. It was a marvelous introduction, as Koushirou thought, to an exciting play. He forced his focus away to look at people in the crowd, hoping maybe one of the others had found their way to this show like Vivi suggested earlier. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no such luck.
"Really cool, huh!" Vivi whispered to the red head.
"Yeah, it's nice."
"Something wrong?" the child spoke, seeing the look of doubt in Koushirou's eyes.
"I was hoping to see one of my friends here, but I can't seem to find any of them."
"What do they look like?"
"Well, one is a girl, she wears a lot of pink and has short hair. She'll look pretty different than the other people here, that's Hikari. Another is a boy with blond hair, though he's usually wearing a white hat, his name is Takeru. The last one is taller than the rest of us, and he's got some really wild hair, you couldn't miss him if you saw him. His name is... Taichi." The name didn't quite leave his lips like it was supposed to, instead it lingered on his tongue. You'd expect it to be a positive thing, but instead it was kind of bitter, and sour, a reminder that they were really separated in a world none of them had ever been in before, and without their Digimon companions.
"If I see them, I'll let you know. Don't be sad, Koushirou."
That comment brought a little happiness to the Chosen Child's face. "Thank you, Vivi. It's nice to hear that."
"If you don't mind me asking, what happened to them?"
His eyes shifted away from the bright yellow ones of the child. "Well I really don't know to be honest. We were separated when were attacked by these two... um..."
"I guess you could call them that."
"The mist is very dangerous." he said, his tone becoming melancholic, "I hope they're okay."
The... mist? Koushirou almost said it, but he didn't want to sound too foreign, especially to a smart child like Vivi. So... there are monsters in this world? Maybe this place is more dangerous that it seems. A booming voice interrupted his thoughts, and it came from the direction of the stage.
"Ladies and Gentlemen!" He was a large man in big, royal robes. He had a fluffy beard and mustache with a pinkish hue, and a blond wig of long hair on top. Two aardvark-like ears were popped through the wig, and Koushirou wondered if he was anything like Puck. "Tonight's performance is a story that takes place long, long ago. Our heroine, Princess Cornelia, is torn from her lover, Marcus. She attempts to flee the castle, only to be captured by her father, King Leo. When our story begins, Marcus, having heard of this, crosses swords with the king. And now, Your Royal Majesty Queen Brahne, Your Highness, Princess Garnet, noble ladies and lords, and our rooftop viewers, Tantalus proudly presents 'I Want to Be Your Canary'!"
The large man gave a bow, lighting projections hurled through the background, and he was joined by several other actors, some as guards for him and others as Marcus as his allies armed with swords.
"We shall back thee, kinsman!"
"Pray, sheathe thy swords! This villain is mine alone!"
"Nay, kinsman! For I, too, have lost a brother to this fiend!"
"What ho? Out, vermin! Away! Thou darest bare thy sword before the king! All who stand in my way will be crush'd"
"Treacherous Leo, my kinsman's suffering shall not be in vain! For I shall instruct thee his incomparable pain!"
A battle began with the actors swinging swords back and forth, Marcus with King Leo, and the other three dueling with guards around the stage. The shorter, shirtless member of the "good guys" put his hand out, and fire magically flew around the guard, making him flee. At the same time, the red headed actor "slew" another guard, and the third blond actor used a combination of his sword and a spell that had a meteor crash onto the remaining guard.
"I know what spells those are supposed to be." Vivi muttered over to Koushirou.
"Yup, I know how to use Fire, but mines not that strong yet. And I've heard of a Meteor spell but I don't know how to do that one yet."
King Leo cast some stage magic of his own, engulfing Marcus in a bright light, causing him to kneel in his weakened state. The others came to his aid, helping him to his feet and attacking the King to get him off guard.
"What spell is that?"
"I'm not sure. Might be white magic, I'm not very good with that."
So magic exists in this world... Fascinating... I wonder how that works. Surely there must be some sort of explanation.
"What are you thinking about?"
"Oh, I've just never seen magic used before. How does it work?"
"Well I'm not really sure of that myself. I just focus my mind on the spell, and it happens."
"Can you two shut up!" Puck whisper-shouted, "I can't hear what they're saying!"
Returning attention to the show, King Leo staggered up the "stone" stairway to the top of the stage's castle. "Thou hast not seen the last of me, Marcus!" He continued to stagger off stage, with the blond actor chasing him, until of course the red headed actor stopped his pursuit.
The two actually ran into the aisle in front of the audience and began a sword fight. They took turns swiping their blades at one another, either jumping or ducking the swings, and dashing back and forth across the aisle. Koushirou noticed glare reflecting off the swords and began to wonder if those swords were real. Up till now he thought they were props, but when the blades clashed together there was a metallic sound, confirming that yes, those were, in fact, real swords. The many nobles in the front of the audience showered gold coins onto the stage and the aisle.
"Wow, that was really neat!" Vivi said.
"Yeah, look at all that gil!" Puck added, rubbing his hands together.
"This show reminds me a lot of King Lear..." Koushirou muttered, a little too loudly.
"King Lear?" Vivi questioned.
"Oh, um..." crap, what do I tell him? "It's this very old book I read one time, you see, it's not THAT similar just a little, probably because of the characters." he rattled a little.
"Oh, I wouldn't know. I haven't read many books, mostly books about food."
"My grandpa taught me how to read, but the only books he had were about how to cook. I learned how to make some really good soup."
"Hey, you two, let's move up closer and get a better view of the stage!" it was Puck calling out.
Koushirou would've protested if the other two didn't rush into the audience before he could make a word. Reluctantly, he followed behind, pushing through the seats of people while being given some unhappy glares and comments. "Sorry!" "Parton me!" "Excuse me!" Before he knew it they were in the front aisle where the sword fight began not too long ago. Now they their attention returned to the stage, King Leo had walked back out.
"Tonight, I shall finally see my daughter Cornelia betroth'd to Prince Schneider! And then Prince Scneider and his kingdom will be mine! Gwahahaha!" Two of the guards brought out Marcus, restrained. "Why, my poor Marcus! Hark, lad. No matter how much though dost treasure Cornelia... no matter how deeply she might believe she doth love thee... never shall I see her marry a peasant such as thee! When yon bell strikes three... Under the axe thou shall be! Furthermore..."
At that moment, several actors popped up from what must've been some trap doors. There was a moment of silence between them, making Koushirou wonder if this was part of the play. Marcus broke free of the guards to hug the girl, clad in a white and pink jacket.
"Oh, Marcus! I missed you so!" she cried, burying her face into his shoulder. I wish never to leave thy side. Prithee, lead me from this place!"
"See, King Leo? Thou shouldst give them thy blessing!"
"Never! Never leave his side, thou sayest? Foolish banter! I'll not allow it! Cornelia shall marry none other than this man-Prince Schneider!" The armor wearing actor looked clueless. Maybe he was new? "Is that not so, Prince Schneider?"
"M-Marry the princess? Me!" the crowd laughed, at the humor.
"Aye! And this traitorous crew, I will put to death!" Marcus and his ally made quick work of the guards, forcing them to retreat, but King Leo persisted, nonetheless. "Pray, sweet daughter, come home to the castle with me."
"Nay, Father! I shan't return!"
"Cornelia... Trouble me no more. This wedding is for thine own welfare. Be mindful of that."
Marcus stepped forward, "Not if I can help it! Now is my moment of vengeance! For my parents, and for my love, Cornelia..." he brandished his sword, "I shall cut thee down!", Marcus went to strike down the evil king, but none other than Princess Cornelia stepped in front of the blade at the last moment. The audience gasped, the goofy Prince Schneider looked frantic, and Marcus seemed to be in some disbelief. "No... Cornelia!"
"Mar...cus, forgive me. I still love my father..." both the king and the prince knelt to her side as she spoke her dying words, "Prithee, forgive my selfishness, Father, and spare my sweet Marcus..." And she died.
Sobs could be heard in the audience at this sorrowful seen, even a sniffle from Vivi, but Koushirou didn't mind, it was a play after all. It's not like that girl was actually dead.
"What have I done! Am I never to hear her loving voice again!"
Something about that scene put him in his current situation, and he thought back to Taichi. What if something bad has happened to him, am I going to hear his voice again?"
"Am I cursed never again to feel her soft touch!"
"O, cruel fate! Thou hast robbed me of all I treasure!" And Marcus stabbed himself with his sword without hesitation.
"Wow, what a show!" called Puck.
"Yeah... Koushirou? You're crying."
"Huh? Oh, hehe..." he didn't realize but there were some tears in his eyes, was he losing hope already? "It's just a show, Vivi. I'll be fine." he lied, not wanting to tell Vivi the real reason of his sorrow.
"Hey, you!" two guards, not stage guards, but the castle guards, yelled out to the three.
"Run, fools!" Puck showed, leaping back into the audience for a quick escape.
Unfortunately, neither Vivi or Koushirou were that nimble, and they were forced to run up the aisle and onto the stage, while chased by the armored knights.
"Get away from us!" Vivi shouted.
Koushirou's heart was pounding, this was not a situation he wanted to be in. The actors looked completely baffled, and were too in shock to make a move. Vivi reached forward and demanded that the knight's stay back, but when they didn't, fire shot from his arms. Unfortunately, they didn't fly as far as he wanted them to, and instead the flames fell onto the coat of the actress still playing dead. She jumped to her feet immediately, screaming, and flinging off the jacket over the edge of the stage, where the flames burnt out.
"Princess Garnet!" one of the actors called out.
"Princess Garnet?" one of the guards called.
The actor playing Prince Schneider broke from character and pointed his sword at the blond actor and Marcus, who also stopped his act.
"Princess, you are returning with me to the castle!"
"Steiner, I'm sorry, but I won't!"
Koushirou had no idea what was going on. Real swords were being pointed, apparently this girl was this castle's actual princess who was trying to leave? Vivi was shaking in the face of the armed knights. King Leo retreated somewhere off stage. And the two other actors quickly revealed their weapons and clashed swords with the knights.
"Can't you see she doesn't want to go with you?" the blond called out where taking a swipe at Schneider... er... Steiner.
"You fiends! I will not let you apprehend the princess!"
One of the guards was occupied with Marcus, but the other went for Koushirou and Vivi. He was too shaken to do that fire magic again, so Koushirou had to act, and fast. He looked to the gauntlet still strapped to his fist, and thought about Tentomon. When the knight got close, Koushirou punched forward with the glove, though it didn't though through the armor, it apparently had a strong effect, as he keeled over a little, but the next part surprised everyone. They weren't big, but some electricity shot from the end of the fist, shocking their attacker.
"I-I wont forget that!" he shouted, running back towards the castle, cradling his chest.
"Whoa..." Koushirou muttered, as well as Vivi, and both the other actors. The princess seemed too transfixed on what was going on around her to notice.
Without warning, the ship started moving, leaving the port where the audience was. People were screaming, Koushirou fell on his butt, swords were clashing, the other knight rolled off into the audience, and what surprised Koushirou the most was that this ship was rising! Somehow this massive, wooden structure was a flying device, taking them high into the air.
"What's going on!" he shouted, but no one answered him.
Things only got worse from there; large harpoon-like hooks were fired at the ship, one landing right in the center stage, with another hitting just below into the hull of the ship. These harpoons were attached to cannons from the castle and Koushirou could see a very large, disgustingly obese woman with a terrible skin complexion. She appeared to be very angry and another, much larger cannon was revealed from above her balcony. The red head wondered why he always ended up in these situations briefly, before that cannon fired, but it wasn't an ordinary cannon ball. Instead of a solid object, some fiery creature appeared from the cannon. It hovered about the stage growing every second that passed.
"It's a bomb!" Vivi shouted in horror.
"It's going to explode!" The blond actor shouted.
"You think I'll fall for something as rediculous as-" Steiner was cut off as he turned his head and noticed the massive creature getting white with heat as it prepared for an explosion.
At the last moment, the princess stepped in front of everyone and conjured up a magical shell around her, the knight, the actors, as well as Vivi and Koushirou, thankfully. It exploded a second later, and the heat could be felt even through the magical shield. Smoke was everywhere, Koushirou was coughing like crazy, and from what he heard, he wasn't the only one. After it cleared some, he noticed how destroyed the stage was, but at the very least, the explosion severed the chains connecting the harpoons to the ship, and it flew onward, out of range of the castle, though it wasn't in good shape at all. The ship was practically falling apart, even some of the parts of the ship fell off and crashed into city below. Koushirou could only hope no one was harmed.
The ship got even more unstable as it exited the city walls, and they began losing speed. Everyone on the stage was holding on for dear life. Being so near the edge, Koushirou could see a forest below where the ship would inevitably crash. Another explosion tilted the ground and caused everyone to slide. The princess was screaming alongside Vivi who just looked shocked, as they slid off the edge of the ship just as they started hitting trees, and Koushirou hoped the branches broke their fall without breaking them. Steiner was screaming "PRINCESS!" at the top of his lungs, and let go to try and catch her, but he knocked into a harpoon on the slide down, and fell off in a different direction. The last one to fall was the blond, who was holding on only by the friction against the wooden flooring, but gravity became too much for him, and he slid into Koushirou, knocking them both off the side of the ship, and that's the last thing the red head felt before losing consciousness.
Till Next Time...
Phew! This chapter took a very long time to write, much longer than I was expecting. I actually just finished it before I posted it. But yeah, please don't kill me if it wasn't what you were expecting =(
*BTW sorry for the rushed feeling between Koushirou and Vivi between scenes of the play, since those scenes aren't shown in game I have no idea what they're supposed to be seeing.*
I "word-for-worded" the play because... it's a play, and I felt it should stay that way. Which is why it took SO long for me to write. Switching between writing one sentence of dialogue and watching the scene from someone's walkthrough on YouTube turns what should be one minute into 30 minutes.
About language issues... since the Chosen Children are from Japan and should speak Japanese... For starters, FF9 is in Japanese also, though I'd expect them to actually speak English based on the medieval England style, so you can assume that the 9 cast knows Japanese, and in the Japanese Anime of Digimon, there's no problems communicating with characters like Wallace/Willis who's American, nor is there a problem communicating with the American Chosen Children when the Season 2 Children go around the world and rally the other Children. And since American's almost never know Japanese, I'd assume the Chosen Children Know English anyway, which isn't uncommon to know as a second language anywhere else in the world. Plus Koushirou's smart, I'd expect him to know multiple languages, Same with Hikari and even Takeru. Taichi's just as smart as Daisuke who has no problems when he goes to America so there's that assumption. In fact the only language that seems to be a problem is Russian, but it's not like anyone cares about Russian anyway, am I right! *Gets punched in the mouth by a Russian viewer*
Anyway, I'll be taking more time with these chapters, though I'll try to get the first few out as fast as possible so you at least get to know what's happening with everyone else. At least this chapter was much longer! =)
Hoping for at least 10 Reviews from you guys, that's my quota! ^_^