Fanfiction: Chrono Adventure 12
As the morning sun rose, the Guardia castle cast a shadow across it's kingdom. A new, peaceful day had begun. The skies were clear, the sun was shining, and waves crashed gently on the shore.
Marle, who had been sitting on the beach for the past hour, was thinking of her future. She thought of what her life was going to be like after marriage. Marriage with her true love, Crono.
She looked back at the house. The house that her father built for her and Crono. The gardeners were busily working in the yard, preparing it for the wedding. The place was beginning to look very beautiful.
The future wasn't something that scared her. She had seen much of it already, but Crono, Lucca, and her all agreed never to use Epoch to "see into the future." Therefore, they only visited Robo on special occasions. Not as much as they visited Frog, even though changing the past was equally dangerous. Changing the past is something that they're familiar with, though, so it doesn't scare them as much.
Marle thought back to all the times her and her friends spent together. Lucca saving Crono from prison, Ayla defeating the reptites, Robo saving his sister from the clutches of his evil mother, and helping Frog finally find the Masamune, ending the quest Cyrus started. They don't call Frog 'Glenn' much, even though that is his real name. 'Frog' developed into a nick-name of sorts. Lucca was the only one who frequently called him Glenn. Everyone else just thought that it was because she felt sorry for him. She had done tons of experiments on frogs when she was growing up.
Just then there was a big explosion. Marle got up and looked around, fearing the worst of her new house. It happened at Lucca's. She could tell by the smoke coming from behind her house.
Marle decided to go see what happened. She got up from her spot on the sand, brushed off her clothes, and headed to Lucca's. When she arrived she could smell burning rubber. As she walked behind the house, she saw Lucca furiously working on a broken machine. She was covered in grease.
"What happened?" Marle asked Lucca.
"My latest attempt to reopen the gates backfired," she said as she reached in her toolbox not even bothering to look up.
Ever since the gates closed, Lucca had been working really hard to find a way to reopen them. She just wanted to know what the 'entity,' that had opened the gates, had done. There were so many mysteries left by their last adventure, all of them Lucca wanted to solve. She worked day and night trying to reopen the gates, but she hadn't come close, yet.
"Lucca," Marle said, "you're going to work yourself into an early grave. Take it easy for a couple of days."
"There's no time for laziness and gluttony when there's work to be done," said Lucca.
"Just don't miss my wedding because you are too busy working," Marle said as she turned to leave.
"I wouldn't dream of it," Lucca added as she looked up from her work with a big smile on her face.
Marle turned around and smiled back at Lucca. Lucca then continued her work as Marle headed over to Crono's house. She had to help him move.
"You doing okay?" Crono's mom asked as she came up the stairs. Crono was packing his stuff into boxes, which were strewn across the floor.
"Yes, mother," said Crono. His mom was such a worry wart. Watching her son pack was the hardest thing she could watch, knowing that he won't be living under her roof anymore.
"Remember to pack everything you need," said his mom. "You don't want to have to come back and get something if you forgot it. You'll want to have enough clean clothes. Don't forget about books, you love books. If you forget them, what will you do on a rainy day?"
"Don't worry," said Crono as he grabbed his mother's shoulders, "I'll be okay."
"I know you will, but having you move out of my house after living here for 20 years is very hard on me."
"You'll be okay without me."
"What about your cats?" she asked. "Who will feed them and play with them?"
"They can stay here to keep you company. You did such a good job of feeding them while
I was gone, so they'll be fine when I move. Don't worry, they'll be okay without me."
Just then, there was a knock at the door.
"Coming," Crono's mother yelled downstairs.
"Marle must be here," she said to Crono.
Then, she went downstairs to answer the door.
While Crono filled up one box, took an empty box, and began filling it with books, he heard a blood-curdling scream. He quickly ran downstairs to find the door open and a figure in a cape and hood silhouetted in the sunlight.
"If you want to see Marle and your mother again, come to the town square at midnight," said the figure. It's voice was dry and raspy and sent shivers down Crono's spine. Then it added, "tell no one." With those words, it was gone.
Crono sat silently in his room, waiting for midnight to come. He had done as the strange person asked and not told anyone. Not even Lucca. He didn't want to disturb her research, anyway. Besides, he thought, he should be able to defeat this person. He had helped defeat Lavos, and he does have very strong magical powers. With his powers and his strong weapons and armor he should be able to defeat this new foe.
All these thoughts kept running through his mind, but it didn't relax him. He got up and began pacing around the room.
"Maybe I should tell Lucca," Crono said to himself. "She would be a big help and her brilliance could figure out a good plan. But if the person would find out, he would probably hurt Marle and my mom. Why doesn't Marle help herself? She does have magical powers, like I do. Maybe something extremely powerful captured her. What am I going to do?" Then, he sat down and tried to calm himself.
"I'll find a way to get through this, I just know I will."
Crono got ready for midnight. He put on his Moon Armor, made sure he had his strongest bracers on, and fastened his Rainbow Sword to his belt. He also made sure he had enough tonics, elixirs, and potions with him in case something went seriously wrong. As he packed the last potion in to the pouch on his belt, the clock in his room struck midnight.
Crono ran downstairs and opened the door. Nobody seemed to be at the Town Square, but he began to go their anyway.
As he walked to the Town Square, he remembered the Millennial Fair that was held there a year and a half ago. He thought of the first time he fought Gato, Lucca's battle robot, and when he first "ran into" Marle, or, as she is more royally named, Princess Nadia.
Soon he reached the entrance to the Square. He slowly walked towards the fountain.
As Crono was looking around to see if anyone was there, he heard a voice that said, "So you came."
He couldn't tell where the voice was coming from, so he said, "Who are you and what do you want?"
"Wouldn't you like to know..." said the voice.
Frustrated, Crono said, "Show yourself!" As he drew his sword the hooded figure stepped out from behind the fountain. He still couldn't see his face.
"Show me your face or I will run this sword through you!" Crono shouted. He was tired of all the mystery and just wanted Marle and his mom back.
"Very well," said the figure. He pulled of his hood.
"No! It can't be!" said Crono, more astonished than he had ever been. He just couldn't believe who it was.