by Cyberchao X
10/27/08: I have decided that the Book of Kurolanime, the first part of Dream, was poorly written, and so have relegated it to the status of "prologue". Thankfully, back when I was first writing the transition, I actually wrote the Book of Kurolanime such that it could stand on its own separate from the Book of Alania. If you want to read the Book of Kurolanime, that's fine. If not, that's fine also. The only reason I'm even mentioning it is because the numbering of the chapters is continuous, so this story starts with "season 7" (13 chapters=1 season).
Chapter 79—first chapter of the Book of Alania
CCX: Okay, time to get things started. This one's gonna be a lot longer, and better, but for now, this is all. Besides, hardly anyone is reading this and no one's reviewed much past the chapters in the 40s--or is it even that far?
Gemini 2307 (by their calendar)
"Er, Mom? What the hell are you doing?"
Lani stopped. "...Reminiscing."
"You're making a fool out of yourself is what you're doing. No offense, but you're not as young as you used to be."
"Yeah, I know..." She took off the "armor". "It's just..."
"You miss him. You're always going on about it."
"He was a great man..."
"He'll be back someday, Mom, I promise..."
"Thanks, Alania. I don't know what I'd do without you."
Alania sighed. "I know that children eventually end up having to take care of their parents, but you're barely into your thirties!"
"You know, I was barely older than you are now when I went on that journey. You could have something like that happen to you, too."
"Mom, please; we're not all like you. I'm not going to have nearly as exciting a childhood as you did."
"So why do you keep that stuff, anyway? It's not like you're going to need it again..."
"You could probably wear it," Lani replied.
"In a couple of years, maybe."
The door opened, and Rin'ku walked in. "I think it would look good on you," he said.
"You would," she muttered back.
"I'm serious, you should try it on. Like right now, maybe."
She slapped him. "In your dreams, pervert."
S'sessek sighed as he walked in. "How many times have I told you not to do that to her?" he scolded his son.
"Don't blame him; it's my fault," Lina said. "It's in his blood."
"What brings you here?" Lani asked.
"Oh, you know; same old, same old. The world is in serious peril again."
"That would be your cue, Alania," Lani nudged.
"To do what?"
"She has no clue, does she?" Lina asked.
"That's one of the rules."
"Rules? What rules? What are you talking about?" Alania asked.
"Perhaps it would be best if we just sent them off," Enrique suggested.
"Why is everyone in my house all of a sudden?" Lani asked.
"To make sure everything goes right," Deirya replied, "We've got everything they'll need; I even made this bow myself." She took out a brand-new bow, ornately carved. "How does it feel?"
"Fine, but what's going on?!" Alania demanded.
"All will become clear soon enough. I believe that Lustia would make a good first stop," Souya answered.
"Ah, Lady Souya!" Alania said, curtsying.
"No need for that, Alania; this isn't a ceremonial situation. Anyway, I think that it would be best for you to start your journey in Lustia; my family lives there, and you two would do well to call on them for assistance. Your quest will not be an easy one."
"Quest? Oh no...you're not serious..."
"We've known about this all along," Lani said. "We just couldn't tell you. Wait, two? Who else is—"
Souya motioned towards Rin'ku. "No. No way. I am not going anywhere with him," Alania said.
"Why? Afraid I'll bite?" Rin'ku teased.
"Give you half a chance and I'm sure you'd try."
"Why do you have to be so mean?" he whined, pretending to be hurt by her words.
"Because you're a friggin' lech!"
"Is this about the kiss? Because you sure seemed to enjoy it then."
"You pinned me up against the wall. You forced it on me. And that's not the whole of it!"
He looked up. "I'm sorry, what?"
With Regalia-aided strength, she sent him flying into the wall. "It's stuff like that that I'm talking about!"
"If you don't want me looking down your shirt, wear a tighter shirt!"
"You'd like that, wouldn't you?"
"Don't flatter yourself; you're not that shapely yet."
Alania sighed. "Do we at least get to take a dragon with us on this journey?"
"Sadly, no. But you do get pegasi. I present to you Kili and Jarom. (Jah-rohm)"
"Well, it's better than nothing, I suppose. Let's go."
"You know, you really would do well to try on the Lunar Leather Armor..."
Alania sighed. "Fine…" She put up an illusory screen and changed—the armor was as much clothing as it was armor, and could not really be worn over Alania's usual attire. "Okay, let's get this over with; how do I look?"
"It feels a bit loose…"
"Don't worry, we can fix that," Lani said. "I'll take care of it once they leave."
"We're not going anywhere," Enrique said.
"I'll put up another screen," Alania said. Inside, she asked, What are you planning?
Padding, of course. That is the only part that you're having a problem with, right?
Alania sweatdropped. The only one that can't easily be solved, anyway. The boots are a size or two too large.
Wait a second, couldn't you just fix this yourself? It's leather; surely you can resize it to fit your needs.
Good point. The last thing I need is to adjust myself to fit the armor; Rin'ku drools over me enough already.
She took the screen down. "It's fine; I'm just going to resize the armor to fit me."
"Does this mean we're finally off?" Rin'ku asked hopefully.
"Yes; and the sooner the better."
"So you can spend some time alone with me?"
"No; so I can get this damn thing over with quicker."