Author's Note: This was inspired by the many fics that I have read in this site, I was actually planning on writing a timetravel story of P3 but I was already hooked with P4 before I knew it and this came out instead.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of this, Atlus does... I mean haven't you seen their big-ass logo every freakin' time you enter the game, if that's not proof of ownership, I don't know what is..
Chapter 1: Prologue
"It has finally been done..." A familiar feminine voice stated with satisfaction.
'Who is that?' I thought groggily, trying to put a face to the voice.
"Minato-sama... Open your eyes...It is time for you to wake up once more..." It said again soothingly
'Open my eyes?... Wake up?' I thought questioningly, as my head became clearer.
"It is time for you to restart your journey once more, Minato-sama."
'My Journey?' As the words echoed in my head, I felt my mind became clearer...memories that were previously buried resurfaced, images seemed to surged through my head like a stream.
As I regained my memories... I opened my eyes to the image I knew I would see...
It was her, I don't know how much time had passed... but she still looked just like the last time I've seen her.
Her short white hair as well as her yellow eyes greeted me, her face looked as if she was happy, sad and relieve at the same time. I was resting my head on her lap, while she smiled serenely, as if content.
"Elizabeth... Why are you here?... Where am I?...Where is the seal?" I asked as I tried to regain my bearings
"I'm afraid I do not have much time to explain but I will try my best to give you the information you desire..." She answered
"What do you mean, 'you don't have much time?' and what am I doing outside the seal?" I asked again as I tried to sit up from my position, though before I could. Elizabeth's glove-covered hands stopped me and pushed me back.
"Your body still needs some rest, Minato-sama. The transfer has yet to be completed" She cautioned as she pushed my head back to their previous position before continuing "To answer your question properly... I have to tell you about what has happened first...Only two years has passed since your decision to stop the Fall, the decision you made affected a lot of people who's lives has been touched by your hands... including me. I left the Velvet Room so that I can go to a journey where I would be able to free you from the seal, and after two years... It seems that I have found my answer..."
Before she could say more, I interrupted "What?! You left the Velvet Room?!" I exclaimed, disbelief obvious in my voice
Elizabeth merely looked at my face before saying "Is it so hard to believe that I did?
"Wha-why would you do that?" I asked, still not quite getting over my shock.
"I needed to, this event would not have pass had I stayed. I could not do that as a resident of the room" she answered
"For me?" I gasped
"Yes, when I saw you sacrificed yourself to became a seal, I knew that I could not stay. I was already regretting my desicion to stay away every single day since then, but when you were gone. I regretted it more and so I left for a journey of my own. The paths I have taken has led to this, you are now free from the seal. " she explained
"How? If I am truly free, then what stops Erebus from freeing Nyx at this very moment?" I asked in confusion, I was pretty sure that Igor would have told me if there was a way for my sacrifice to be averted
"I have placed a temporary seal that would last long enough for me to explain the circumstance to you, as it is our time together is nearly at it's end. We are currently in your mind, as soon as our time ends, you will wake up in the real world. I have kept almost all of your possesions that you have before there, though I strongly advice you not to get out of your room before you are able to defend yourself." She explained as her hand went through my hair.
"What are you talking about? Won't you be there when I wake up?" I asked again, though listening to her smooth voice, I could not help but feel nervous as my gut warned me that something I don't like would come my way.
Instead of immediately clarifying saying no, Elizabeth hung her head low, as her normally cheerful face adopted a look that I have only seen once when she told me that our relationship couldn't continue because of her duties.
"I'm... afraid that I cannot come back with you, Minato-sama... My journey has already come to an end, and though I regret that I would not be able to guide and help you like before, I am still happy that, at the very least... I had been of help..." Elizabeth said as she caressed my cheeks softly
As the words left her mouth, I finally pieced together what the former resident of the Velvet Room had been saying.
The seal that was stopping Erebus was only temporary, just like Elizabeth had said but it was not him that was going to back to it, judging by the content face that Elizabeth was looking at him with and the words she had said earlier. There was little to no chance that Elizabeth didn't mean what he thought the girl was saying.
Before I could protest, Elizabeth's mysterious yellow eyes gazed onto my own and the words that I have been meaning to say died in my throat.
Her resolve to go through this as well as the serene and comfortable feeling she exuded was very familiar, after all I too, once had felt that.
It was the feeling of being content as well as satisfied as if knowing that everything was right in the world. I had once felt the very same when I walked towards Nyx after he had received the final arcana: The Universe, even as I heard the call of my friends.
I walked on, and stood my ground against Nyx, aided by nothing but the voices of my friends, he continued to walk towards the enemy he knew he couldn't defeat.
After all, the moment he saw the card and received the power along with it, he knew what was needed to be done. There was no hesitation, not even for a moment. All his mind registered that with this, it would finally end.
That after this his friends would finally be safe, enjoying their life like they should. That after this the burden that Mitsuru felt she was responsible for would finally disappear, after this Yukari would finally have a closure for what happened to her father. After this, no one would have to die like Shinjiro-senpai did, maybe after this Ken would be able to act like a child for once. And surely after this... all of his friends would be happy.
How could he deny her wish to free him, when he himself had chosen this path before? It was very hypocritical of him to even think of protesting, after all the motto that his life as a wild card was "I chooseth this fate of mine own free will." meaning he had taken the responsibility for all he had done, and even though he wasn't a guest of the Room anymore as he had completed his contract, it was already ingrained to his personality.
If he truly was taking responsibility, then doesn't accepting what Elizabeth, a life whom he had changed because of his actions and words, had done taking responsibility?
So knowing that their time was at it's end, instead of crying or protesting against Elizabeth's decision, he removed his head from Elizabeth's lap and sat up, now looking directly at her eyes.
"Thank you." He said as he caressed her cheeks just like she had done earlier, he could feel his eyes trying to hold back his tears, but he wouldn't let it fall. He didn't want her last memory of him crying, so instead he smiled, just like how he did when they were out in her 'request'.
Her eyes lit up, and he knew at once, that he made the right choice.
"Before I go Minato-sama, there is one thing I have to say..." the blue-eyed girl said as she leaned in "I want you to know that I... love you" Elizabeth said as she closed the distance between us and our lips touched.
The kiss didn't last long, and I could already feel my consciousness waning but I struggled to keep my eyes open.
"It is time..." Said Elizabeth as she looked at my face once again "You will soon wake up, please accept my last gift. It would aid you well to your journey." She said as she handed me a very familiar glowing key.
Closing my hand around the gift as well as her hand, I whispered again as the last of my consciousness slipped away
Author's note: Thanks for reading, hope you like it.
The pairings for this story is still undecided,though I particularly favor Yukiko and Rise in P4, while I like Mitsuru for P3, but if you want someone else to be paired with anyone, then just present a case or argument as to why you think so and I'd give it some consideration.
I actually hadn't thought on how much the pairings would influence the story as I'm more interested in the plot but since Persona stresses the importance of Social Links, I think I'd make an exception.