Wild Arms 5: Epilogue Part 1
(Note: Game knowledge recommended. I'm not summarizing much of the main plot. Play it on PS2 or watch an lp)
It's been 1 year since we shut down the TF system and the wall between Humans and Veruni had crumbled. Whole Filgaia made good progress in the relations of both. The marriage of Nightburn and Persephone, as well as Fereydoon and Lucile help with it a lot. Turned out that there were more Humans and Veruni that cared for each other but couldn't show it. There is still some resentment but in due time it will vanish. You could say all's well, that end's well.
However, while the rest of Filgaia progressed into happier days, Capo Bronco became gloomier. It's not the village itself, it's as pretty as ever but the relationship between us three.
Dean has secluded himself more and more lately. It's months since I saw him smile the last time and Avril feels more distanced than ever before. We haven't talked much lately. Shockingly I started to think of her as just an Avril lookalike and not my best friend anymore. Why came it to this...
The day was cloudy. Only a few sun beams broke in small holes through the sky high ceiling. The Celestial Peak was illuminated by just some dark reddish rays. Hares hided in the shadows of the plants. Rebecca was overlooking the river. Just near where the three of them found Avril first. Her face was that of a somewhat despaired girl. Before long, Avril passed by. She had a lost look on her. As Rebecca saw her, she wanted to say something but hesitated for a moment.
“Hi Avril. What brings you here?”
She didn't react at first. Her look was glued to the ground. Even after a second forthcoming of Rebecca, she answered only slow.
Not many words left her mouth before she went back to this far away stance. Rebecca tried to keep the conversation going.
“So what are you here for? Reminiscing?”
It didn't help. The halfhearted sound wasn't doing any good too. So Rebecca patiently waited for an answer, while stepping near Avril. All she did though, was wandering with her eyes along the flow of water. Carefully Rebecca tried more talking.
“So Avril, have you seen Dean lately?”
Avril kept it short. Rebecca tried her hardest to speak more.
“Lately he often goes to the memorial sanctuary.”
“Is he? He always goes alone there, doesn't he?”
Their uneasiness in talking to each other was obvious, by how they avoided eye contact.
“Somehow I feel like daggers stab my heart whenever he goes of alone but yet, I somehow feel I have no connection to him or you for that matter.”
This statement shocked Rebecca even though, she keeps her balance. Her low voice gave it away.
“Mmh. Furthermore, I started to feel... incomplete and I don't know why. I have you and Dean around and all but...”
Rebecca tried to find the right words. Aimlessly she looked around. With her best shot she forced herself to cheer up, even if she herself, felt bad. Her smile was just somehow wrong.
“That's strange... Hey, how about we check on Dean. Maybe we also should gather Chuck, Greg and Carol, to celebrate 1 year of peace and independence. This sure will make both of you happier as well.”
Avril doesn't answer right of the bat but then she come out.
“Yes, maybe it will.”
However, there wasn't much enthusiasm or believe in it.
“Then it's set. Let's gather our things and invite everyone.”
Then she throws a small, flat stone into the water. It was a rather weak throw. Following that she kicks off forcefully and drags Avril with her. Only a few steps after, Avril broke free of her pincer tight grip. She couldn't believe how forceful Avril was. All she did was look in her face, as if she just got slapped.
“Please don't pull me so hard like this. I rather walk alone. See you at the entrance once I'm ready.”
Shook Rebecca shambles away towards the village, not even trying to go after Avril.
Avril walked the other way until she was in between the tight walls of the mountain. She went to the cave, where she supposedly arrived the first time.
“No matter how often I come here, nothing comes back. I read all about my supposed arrival here and the journey after. Yet, not a single thing comes back.”
A huge sigh leaves her and she leans on handed to the wall, having a wishful expression on her.
“All I feel is emptiness and how I'm not supposed to be here. Even the walls at the sides appear to support that, as they thread me with crushing if I stay any longer...”
Filled with sadness she wandered off again.
Rebecca, who was way ahead by now nearly reached the village. However, just as she came in sight of it, she encountered a well known blonde. Chuck just crossed her path.
“Hey Rebecca! What's up?”
The sudden shout echoing through the valley surprised and frightened her the first moment.
“Oh Chuck, don't shout at me like this. You certainly startle me.”
Then he smiles.
“Well, what should I have done with that sour face of yours you just had?”
She denied his observation vehement and laughed forcefully.
“You must have imagined things. I'm happy as can be. After all, Filgaias Human and Veruni are working together as good as they never did.”
Chuck saw through that lie. Then he walked more towards her.
“Oh really? I'm preeetty sure I did see you chin down. But don't worry, I'm here to cheer you up. I'm the man to do so.”
“Oh please, don't come like that. Anyway, what are you doing here anyway. Shouldn't you work for the Golem Hunter's Guild. Don't be a lazy ass and get to the top.”
Then he chuckled and wiped his Hair aside. It became longer this past year.
“(Now that's more like Rebecca) Pscht, I'm fine. Besides, can't I visit my friends once in a while?”
Rebecca sounded a bit cheerier by that point.
“Don't tell me this is just a formal visit. Although it comes just at the right time.”
Chuck was a bit puzzled.
“What do you mean? And, shouldn't Avril be with you too? The villagers told me your both up the mountain. Also, haven't seen or heard from Dean when I was asking around. What's he up to atm?”
Now Rebeccas face started to became gray again.
“I did met her but she wanted to stay there a while longer. Dean isn't in Capo Bronco right now. Back to what I was.”
Chuck stuck his head out nosy.
“Then, tell me already.”
“Yeah. It's been a year since we won, you know.”
He walked a few steps sideways.
“Yeah, so what?”
“I was thinking of celebrating the one-year-anniversary for our victory with all of our friends. Which includes you.”
Now Chuck gets a bit of an understanding.
“Oh right. Not long after, we all went our separate ways and we didn't see us often after.”
“True. So I thought Avril and I could start journey to where all of you currently should be and gather up. Just in old times.”
Chuck immediately likes this idea.
“Not a bad idea. It's not like the monsters have ceased to be since then. It's safer with more people. With Dean not around, I need to protect you girls. Especially you Rebecca.”
Rebecca reacts a bit angry at first and lifts her hand.
“What's that supposed to mean? You think we can't handle ourselves?”
Her eyebrow twitches.
“No, no. Just saying I protect you. That's a guy with resolve supposed to do after all.”
This sentence triggered something in Rebecca and a flash of happiness comes through.
“Thanks for the concern. (Even if it's you Chuck...) Well, I should tell everyone, what I am planing and gather my things. Avril sure comes down soon too.”
It surprised me to meet Chuck right at this moment and frankly, even if it was just Chuck and not Dean, I felt happy hearing someone say to me, “I'll protect you.” Hearing it, let me forget about my recent worries then.
Ever since the battle with the Dark Cloud, even if this Avril wasn't quiet the same, without her memories of our journey and her Character, I always stood in her shadow if Dean was involved. Maybe we've all grown in this one year but I realized, I wasn't always as supportive and nice to Dean as she was, even after she had lost her personality again, so to say. I wonder, if I should leave the field for her...
About the same time Rebecca and Chuck finished there talk and walked towards the village, Avril arrived here as well. She noticed the two of them and hid behind a near boulder.
“Just now, she looked more relieved then at the peak... It just makes me feel more and more misplaced...”
She stayed there for a few minutes, until Rebecca and Chuck were out of sight and then followed.
Chuck and Rebecca just passed the shop. She takes a look at it and checks for food to take along. Chuck asked her while she was at it.
“So, you didn't tell me where Dean is. You had a fight or something? Then again, you always seem to thrash over him, for someone who has a love interest in him.”
Rebecca couldn't hold herself and randomly started to punch Chuck. The fist never reached him with full power, just as a slight poke.
“Shut you trap Chuck, or I really punch you.”
Shocking frozen Chuck stepped back a bit.
“You think I bluff?”
“No, of course not. I know your always true in this. However, I wish I had such a direct style like you. It's kinda admirable for me, if I'm honest. I like that on you.”
Immediately Rebecca pulled her fist back and even had a slight look of remorse.
“Actually, no, I'm not, at least not always.”
Chuck sways his head confused.
“You don't say. But you do seem like you are.”
“Guess in this point we are alike. I wonder... Oh whatever, you still owe me an answer for where Dean is.”
Rebecca took a few Apples from the shop and paid.
”Oh right. He often visits the memorial sanctuary lately.”
“He does? All alone as well. Eh, it's not like he needs help or anything and if it gets rough, he still could call for Asgard but he never was the guy to enjoy being alone.”
With Rebecca carrying the bag of Apples, they walked along the road. Avril followed secretly and kept it quiet.
“True, but the past month he changed. I don't know why though.”
Observing them, Avril thinks.
“They sure seem to get along but even when I'm with Dean we don't get along as much lately. I feel like a stranger to him and he doesn't reach out to me as much too...”
A child crossed Rebecca and Chucks path and they had to stop quickly. She almost falls but Chuck supports her in time.
“Thanks Chuck. Anyway, could you wait now. This is my house and I want to get ready.”
“Sure thing. I just walk around and inhale fresh country air.”
Their path separates for now and Chuck continues walking.
“Seems like she has it as difficult as I have Maybe I should assist her a bit. She has it similar to me, just that Lucile has already married Fereydoon, as soon as she became eighteen. Dean didn't marry Avril yet. Given they aren't eighteen yet. Though this Avril is somewhat different.”
Speaking of Avril, Chuck run into her.
“Oh, hi Avril. Just thinking about you.”
“Is that so? You get along well with Rebecca.”
“Just coincidence, we're in a similar situation after all. Although she has probably less a chance than I had. Unlike with you and Dean. You both really seem to be the perfect match.”
Avril looks away, sinking her mind into the nearby water flow.
“You think so? I though am not so sure about it. Maybe because I feel like I'm a different person from the Avril that fell in love with Dean.”
“That's just your memory loss. It sure comes back once you regain it.”
“Thanks for that Chuck. But is it really the amnesia... (Though I can't quiet imagine this and I still feel lost and misplaced in this world.) Anyway, I better get myself ready too.”
Chuck waves his hand to Avril, which walks to her home as well.
“Sure thing. See you later.”
Chuck comes to pick up Rebecca first, even though it makes more sense to go for Avril from where he stands right now. He greats the people working around in town and then knocks at Rebeccas.
“You done? I came to pick you up. I've seen Avril as well. She should be ready too.”
“Thanks, that's nice of you. Dean never would do that.”
“Yeah, probably. He's to dense to think about how much girls can like to be picked up.”
Rebecca just came out the house with some package.
“Not something I'd expect from you all that often too. At least you understand. And while that...”
She takes some of her provisions and forces them on Chuck.
“You can help me carrying our stuff.”
“Hey, I'm not your pack-ass.”
Ignoring his comment, Rebecca loads more on him. She grins at him furious.”
“Fine, fine, but don't give me all that stuff okay. I have my limits as well.”
His load becomes even bigger until he almost goes down.
“Oh, is that so. Aren't you resolved on acting?”
“Hey, hey that's not...” but before he can end his sentence, his face is blocked.
“That's all of it.”
She closes the door and has pretty much all free hands now. Chuck jumps at this opportunity.
“Okay, you closed the door and all your hands are free now. So would you mind taking some of your luggage back. It's heavy, you know.”
“Pah, what man you are but Okay. I'll be nice since you were too.”
As they are pretty much Equally packed, Avril joins, with way lighter baggage. Chuck remarks Rebecca on that.
“Now look at Avril. Why can she get ready with so little package and you seemingly took all your interior decor with you.”
“Hey, a girls needs her stuff.”
Chuck looks pitiful at Rebecca.
“That's not negating anything I said... Oh well. I just look at it as training. Although, I won't be able to fight much with it.”
Seeing his eyes, Rebecca softens up some.
“Okay, I guess we won't be needing all of it for such a short journey.” Then she unpacks a lot of stuff. While it became less, she still has more than Avril on her and Chuck still carries a bit additionally.
After, Avril joins them mute and they start heading for the memorial sanctuary.
Well, that's when we said out for another journey. Just in a slightly different constellation. It felt nostalgic. I somewhat really were happy, that Chuck was here as well and I didn't have travel with Avril alone. I wouldn't know what to talk with her over the course of it. It would have been kinda awkward the whole time. With that, yet another journey began, while we slowly took our steps towards the station.
If I had known, where this will end, I may had run like crazy, faster than wind, just to reach it sooner.