Maikeru knew he had moved into Rolanberry Fields, it was almost a new world from Pashlow Marshlands, but it wizzed by him without concern. Then he stopped suddenly, something felt wrong with all this, he just couldn't put a finger on it.
He rode on but at a considerably slower pace now. It was almost if time had slowed to crawl for him. He kept pushing his CHocobo harder and harder, but it was moving a tthe pace of a snail, so it felt at least. He kept glancing around, Gobbue to his left, three crawlers to his right and a.. a.. Tarutaru on a Chocobo just to the front of him, watching him.
His eyes were seeing double and triple, his whole world was spinning.... what was wrong?He fought to stay on his Chocobo, he had a mission, a goal... it was all the mattered at the moment. Why couldn't he contuine?
He etched closer to the mystery Tarutaru on the Chocobo in front of him, he couldn't make out any features but she seemed close enough to touch, he tried. His hand fell well short or at least it appeared to. He reached again, stretching father out, nothing! But that reach cost him what little bit of balance he had, next thing he felt was the thud on grass and ground rushing up to meet him. His Chocobo found it's lost speed as soon and Maikeru left him, and it ran away. Leaving Maikeru on the ground, trying to get his balance.
"Mini....?" He tried to speak more but it came out as nothing. He was flat on this stomach almost crawling, reaching forward with his left hand with every move. He tried to focus, to clear his mind. Everything came at him to quick. Wetness of the grass, noises from a nearby crawler, chocobo in front of him scuffing it's feet. All sensations and noises around him flooded him till all he heard was silence. Silences. An eerie silence of nothing, then came the laughter.
This laughter shook him to the bones. Rattled his every nerve. He tried to put his hands over his ears, but he wasn't sure if he did or even if he could, but it never stopped. His body was shaking, or was he just thinking it was shaking? He had no idea what was happening at the moment, he was just scared.
The laugher stopped abruptly, just stopped. Then came nothing. The silence again. It stayed. After some time he almost wished for the laugh. He had no idea how long he was there or even if he was there. He felt so distanced from himself and yet he knew he was there.
The silence was fading. Noises started to slip into his conciousness. Was that another crawler? Wind through the trees? He tried to hear the scratch of the Chocobo foot that he heard earlier, but he found he coulnd't do it. He just waited.
Little farther up the tunnel sat Winnie, Vegnagunn's lovely wife and fellow adventurer. She wasn't as seasoned as the rest but she was very skilled. SHe sat and waited for them at a crossroads just short of a bridge. Cast Zhavl Baileys was never her favorite place, but she knew the importance of what was going on here.
She sat and waited, hearing fighting behind her, she rushed that way. All her friends stood, fighting against what seemed like an army of monsters. She had never seen such a gathering of them here and they kept coming!
Cloudstrif was almost on one knee fending off attack after attack, Zeos was swinging his fist with reckless abandonment, Yuffi was standing behind Cloud trying to heal and fighting herself too, Kwenn was casting and casting and casting, and her lovely Veg was standing his back against a wall shouting out spells. She rushed in and started singing. First she sang a song that would boost the spirits and help them refill the magik within their bodies. Then she sang an even stronger one to do the same. Then she went to healing duties, while trying to sing a song that would help Zeos in his never ending attacking.
The fight seemed to never end but finally it did. Zeos laid the last of the monsters out with a mighty blow. They all stood there, almost on the end of passing out. Cloudstrif could hardly hold the weight of his shield or himself. They just sat there and rested for a long time.
News of the Clodstrif and hsi friends reached Valark in lower Jueno. She heard they had all entered Castle Zvahl Baileys. She knew of their connection to Kolvar and was worried for them. SHe dispatched two of her best men to check on them. Now she waited in her tiny office, staring at pictures of her when she first became an adventure with her friends. Wondering where had that person gone and what was in store for her.
Don't be silly, the only reason ever to quit FFXI through real life death and even then I want evidence in the form of a death certificate. Scratch that, I want to see a corpse
Jobs: 76THF, 88RNG, 90WHM, 75RDM, 75PLD, 89WAR blah and blah