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Chapter 2 – Lopsided
The new guy – or 'Lopsided' as I'd started calling him in my head – was really confusing.
For all that he seemed a bit angry when Brother demanded he work on the ship, when Rikku explained the mission they were going to go on, he seemed pretty enthusiastic.
"We found some ancient ruins right beneath us!" Rikku had told him. "It's not active yet, but there should still be some power left. We're gonna go down there and activate it. And then we should be able to salvage the big prize!"
"Uh huh…" 'Lopsided' said, still sounding kind of bored.
Brother and I were still on deck. Brother was still pretty suspicious of the stranger. I on the other hand was just being nosey. We had no idea who this guy was or where he come from. He was pretty tanned, so my guess was Besaid: an island not too far from where we were. Rikku and I spent some time there as kids, and I knew most of the locals spent a lot of time on the beach, which would explain how he got so tan.
Rikku made up for his lack of enthusiasm ten-fold. "Ok! Let's get to work!"
The fact that he was getting time off the ship seemed to spur 'Lopsided' on.
"Rodger!" he grinned, before jumping onto the railings.
He turned and looked at me, and flashed me a thumbs-up before diving into the sea.
Rikku shook her head, presumably at his recklessness. He had no idea if there were any fiends down there, and yet he jumped right in?
Rikku looked to the bridge for the all-clear. The search lights flashed once, twice, three times. That was the signal. Rikku winked at me a Brother, before diving in after 'Lopsided'.
I leaned over the railings to watch them. Brother joined me. They both swam a little away from the ship before diving down. It wasn't long before we couldn't see them anymore; it was pretty dark already. If it's clear and the sun's out it's much easier to see the divers go down but today, they disappeared almost as soon as they went under.
I glanced over at Brother, who was still frowning at the water. I punched him playfully on the arm.
"Quit worrying; they'll be fine. If he tries any funny business Rikku'll sort him out."
He grunted before walking away. It was then I noticed something hanging from his hand.
"Forget to give him the goggles?" I called out, grinning.
He threw them at me in frustration without even turning to look. I caught them easily and slipped them into my pocket. I'd probably end up throwing them back at him later when I got the chance.
It wasn't too long before they were back. Rikku was up the ladder even before Brother could yell that they had returned. I came out onto the deck to meet them.
"How was it?" I asked, speaking to Rikku but glancing over at 'Lopsided'.
I knew it was cruel to talk to Rikku in Al Bhed when the poor boy didn't have a clue what I was saying, but if he'd done a really bad job then I didn't want him to feel bad.
Turns out I didn't have to worry.
"He was great!" Rikku answered in Spiran. "We found the entrance to the power core and I couldn't get it open, but this guy", she pointed at 'Lopsided', "just hit it a few times and it opened right up!"
'Lopsided' blushed modestly. "Ah, it was nothing."
I grinned at him. He seemed a nice guy. "Any fiends bother you?" I asked, again directing the question at Rikku.
"Fiends?" 'Lopsided' looked confused. "Were they those monsters?"
"I'll take that as a yes then", I smiled.
"Yeah, but they weren't any trouble", Rikku smiled, patting her belt, where she stored her grenades.
"Hey! I helped too!" 'Lopsided' moaned. Rikku grinned.
"He did, to be fair", she admitted. "Guy's pretty handy with his blade-thingy."
He grinned and whipped out his sword. It looked pretty cool; it was red with a silver blade and a slit running from where the brown handle ended up to a few inches under the tip of the blade, kind of in a fish-hook shape.
"Nice…" I mused. He grinned again.
Just then some of the guards came out. Rikku went up and reported their findings.
After a few moments, they headed towards the bridge, Rikku with them. 'Lopsided' started to follow, but one of them pushed him back. "You, outside!"
"Hey! I helped out didn't I?" he yelled as the door closed.
"Don't worry about it", I said from behind him. He turned quickly. Apparently he didn't realise I was there.
"How come you're not in there with them?" he asked.
I shrugged. "They'll just be talking about boring, adult stuff. I'm not even sure why Rikku went in."
"The girl you went to the ruins with."
That was when I realised I didn't even know his real name, and I really had to stop calling him 'Lopsided' in my head.
"I'm Sakura. Suki for short. What's your name?"
He smiled. "Tidus"
I smiled back. "Nice to meet you Tidus"
"Likewise. Say, who's the dude with the blonde Mohawk and the tattoos?"
I rolled my eyes. "That was Brother. He's my cousin, rather unfortunately"
Tidus smirked, then started looking confused. "His name's Brother?"
I shrugged. "I didn't name him!"
He grinned. "So, how come he didn't understand me?"
I had turned to look out at the water again, my back to Tidus. "Oh, Brother never really picked up Spiran. He only speaks Al Bhed. Most of the guards only speak Al Bhed too. Sorry about that."
I turned back to him, and I can honestly say I've never seen a more confused face in my entire life. He opened his mouth and all that came out was, "…Huh?"
I frowned. "You're not an Al Bhed hater, are you?"
He slowly shook his head. "I don't even know what an Al Bhed is"
My eyes widened. How could this guy not know who we were? I thought maybe he was joking, but his look of confusion looked genuine.
"…You're being serious, aren't you?" I didn't want to sound degrading, but I honestly couldn't believe it. Where in Spira had this guy been?
He nodded, looking pretty sheepish.
"Ok…." I hesitated before walking over to him. "Well, I guess the main difference between us and humans is the language…"
He held his hand up to stop me. "Wait wait wait… You guys aren't human?!"
"There's not much difference!" I said, getting defensive.
He held his hands up. "Sorry! It just sounded kind of weird when you put it like that."
"Yeah, fair enough", I smiled. "Sorry"
He smiled back and motioned for me to carry on.
"So yeah, we have our own language, although some of us speak your language too. The other main difference is this." I pointed.
Tidus frowned. "Your eyes? They don't look any different."
I stepped towards him so he could get a closer look. He squinted, then his eyes widened. "Oh."
I had kind of guessed that his reaction would be something like that. Our eyes are pretty weird. Our pupils aren't black dots like human's are, they're swirls.
I had expected the surprise, but not what came next.
"They're so cool! What else is different about you?"
I blinked in surprise. "Um…well everyone's eyes are green. Our hair grows faster than human's too." I tugged on my dirty-blonde hair, about the same colour as Tidus'. "And we're usually better at working machina and computers than humans are."
Tidus grinned. "Apparently you're modest too."
I stuck my tongue out at him.
Just then Rikku came back out of the bridge with a tray of food. When Tidus saw it his blue eyes lit up. He bounded over to Rikku, snatched the tray off of her, sat on the deck and started scoffing it down. Rikku grinned at me.
"So what've you two been talking about?" she asked, coming over to lean against the railings next to me.
"His name's Tidus. He didn't know who the Al Bhed were, so I was explaining it to him."
Rikku looked as confused as Tidus had, but I didn't have a chance to go into more detail because Tidus started choking.
We both ran over to make sure he was ok. He grabbed a water canister off of Rikku's belt and gulped it down. She rolled her eyes and crouched next to him. "It's cause you eat too fast."
He glared at her between gulps.
"So where're you from anyway?" I was curious about where he could live that he wouldn't know about us Al Bhed, unless he'd lived under a rock his whole life.
"Zanarkand. I'm a blitzball player" He got up and mimed kicking a ball. "Star player of the Zanarkand Abes", he boasted.
Now it was my turn to look confused along with Rikku.
"…Did you hit your head or something?" Rikku asked, standing back up.
Tidus walked back over to us. "Um, you guys hit me?"
Rikku grimaced at the memory. "Oh right…"
I smirked before turning back to Tidus. "Do you remember anything before that?"
Tidus slowly walked over to the edge and leaned on the railings, looking out at the water. Rikku and I walked over to him. He refused to look at us. I rested my hand on his shoulder.
"You don't have to talk about it if you don't want to." I said softly.
He looked up at Rikku and me, and he had the strangest look on his face: sadness mixed in with loneliness, but despite of that, he shook his head. "No, I want to tell you guys. I need to tell someone…"
I glanced over at Rikku, and she looked as concerned as I felt. What had happened to this guy?