Things Can be Fixed Again
“CONGRATULATIONS STARBURST COLORS-EOM!!” “WELCOME TO THE VICTORY LINE!!” As expected, there are several unknown people and familiar faces could be seen around the bar. “We heard you beaten up that megalomaniac when he rises again to execute his plans. But why are you alone? I thought you have your friends with you.” Leon said to the girl.
Starburst was stunned, but she just laughed about it. “Umm, actually, they were all busy. And I was planning to lead my crew soon, so I have to study about the instance… and learned a lot from that veteran crew I joined…” she said while flipping the notebook.
“I see,” Agatha said. “Your decision is right, and at the same time, wrong. You actually made your first victory a fruitful one by learning from it, but then you leave your friends behind… and could probably break your promise…”
“Please…” Starburst bowed in regret, halting the lady. “That promise is already broken 11 years ago… Even though we finally found Granadia… he will never show up again……” She turned away to the door, but before she could take a step, Agatha halted her.
“Don’t leave yet. We have a set of highly charged rings here for your prize. I know that feeling. But still, even broken, a promise is still a promise. Who knows, if it was rebuilt again. If it’s not Granadia, then you can bring it back. Don’t give up young lady…” she smiled at her.
The girl couldn’t hold on and started to sob a bit. “Thank you Agatha…” She looked at the rings. “Well, since I had completed them all…” She just took the Diagnose ring, and looked around. “Thank you…” She bowed to them before she left…
But then, as she moved out, the gloom from her heart become clearer through her face, and she walks slower than before. “A promise is a promise… even broken……” She looked ahead, seeing Alice and Alastair. “It’s Starburst!! HEY STARBURST!!”
But then she avoided them and run away to her home, past the Village Greens, towards the subdivisions… until she reached their place which was now near empty.
“……” Starburst looked at the empty lots where the twins are supposed to live. She just went back to her house and locked the door. She jumped on bed and began crying under the blanket. She was ashamed that she ‘pulverized’ the broken promise…
At Gambino Outer Isle, the twins are now arranging their stuff.
“I don’t understand… Why did she ran off?” Alastair mumbled while arranging his furniture. “We just heard that she managed to complete the Victory Badge quest, but why is she very sad about it?”
“She’s not waiting for us…” Alice grunted while pushing the tables to their place. “And she somehow regrets the decision of finishing that instance without us…”
“But how come? And speaking of which… that promise is already broken because Granadia was gone 11 years ago… and also his newer self which is Tundra is now a regular newbie…” Al mumbled.
Travis heard this and talked, “Star-dono and Granadia aren’t to be blamed about that… It was Drazero after all. He destroyed the promise because he possessed Tundra…”
“And that sneaky bastard didn’t fight against Drazero. That makes him involved of whom to be blamed. But then Starburst… what makes her do SMEB without us?” Alice added, sipping milkshake.
Travis thought of a while, before he answered. “I don’t know why. Even Granadia wouldn’t talk about it… But one thing I know is… he’s ashamed of himself after being under possession. It’s a crime for a deity like him to destroy…” He hopped onto the table. “Possibly… Starburst saw him after a loooong time, but then he ran off in shame…”
“That could hurt…” Annabelle spoke. “After a long time she didn’t see Granadia, that thing happens. It’s unexpected… and it’s very painful…” She appears to wrap something on a box, which made the twins and Travis look at her and tilt heads.
“What’s with that black, sinister-looking scarf Anna? And where you bought that thing?” Alice questioned. “It reminds me of the money you borrowed from Starburst. Well did you just…” Alastair shuddered, pointing at the object.
Anna chuckled while wrapping the object. “Well, I heard about the Victory Badge thing…”
“Are you sure enough? What if she got the recipe to make that item?” Alice scratched her hair.
“Well she would appreciate the item if it’s from her friends, right?” Anna said, before completing the wrap with a blue bow. “Let’s continue tidying this mess anyway. Tomorrow, we’ll fix the dessert shop for that day.”
The twins and Travis looked at each other and just nodded without a word. They continued their cleaning up till night, where everyone hits the hay.
Travis was sleeping on a lined basket, though he wasn’t asleep after all. “Hmm, I wonder how Star-domo is doing?” he mumbled, before hopping out of the basket, bouncing his way to the door. “I would like to visit her but with the preparations…”
“Travis… Hey Travis…”
“Wuh, who…?” The fluff turned around, seeing no one around the beach sands. “It’s me… I’m talking through you via Telephaty…”
“Oh, sorry, Granadia… And it’s been ages since you never talked to me…” Travis sneered in his head. “What really happened and why does Starburst finish SMEB without her supposed crew… which includes you?”
“Before that… can I ask a favor?” Granadia said modestly. “Can you bring me the present Anna wrapped?”
“W-what?! Why so?” Travis stuttered. “Just do it for me… I’m going to do something with it…”
“Oh, kay then…” the fluff scoffed, before hopping towards Anna’s house. He spit a crystal before he entered it, and came out near the present box and grabbed it real quick.
Travis then spit another crystal and entered the Null Chamber, which leads to Granadia’s place, the Distortion World.
“Been ages too since I never came here…” Travis looked around the area, and spotted a lone man sitting on a flower patch. “And there you are!”
“Oh, Travis… The present?” Gran looked at the wrapped box which he took by his claws. “Well what are you planning with it?”
The deity walked to a nearby forging area in the Distortion World, before he carefully opened the gift. He took the contents and set the box aside. “I’ll try to enhance this scarf… by the way, what snack you wanted?”
“No thanks. I’m not hungry,” Travis said. “Well, back to the main topic…”
“Actually……” Gran replied. “Well, I was so ashamed to show my face to her… For 11 years she had waited, but then those 11 years of wait is now in vain. It’s…” He started sobbing. “It’s my fault. I broke my promise. I should have held my guard up before I got possessed… From there I could have done the promise… But it’s too late…”
“I understand though…” Travis muttered. “I still remember the times when I was a mere Gingerbread Fluff… That’s the time you give me to her to become her companion fluff. Then that time I was startled that you’re gone… Yeah, the promise is now broken, but hey! I don’t think that it is…”
“You say?” Granadia said, before pulling off his black sinister scarf, startling Travis. “WHA! YOU RIPPED YOUR…!!”
“This is what I need…” He then started his synthesizing. Travis was startled upon why he ripped his scarf off. “He ripped his third hand, and he was forging the scarf… Is he trying to…?” After a few moments, the man lifted up the scarf, which happens to stand stiff, just like his original hand.
“Wow…” the fluff was surprised with the outcome of the thing. Granadia wrapped the item again. He also included a large bag of gold, and a letter in the box. “You may bring this back. It’ll be my present for her birthday… though I can’t attend it…”
Travis accepted the gift. “Will be sent. And by the way, at least, visit her in her dreams… You became a Ring Heart right?”
“Sure thing… I guess…” The two parted ways and Travis returned back to their world and placed the present back in place.
“Whew, now I gotta go back to sleep again…” the fluff then crept on a nearby basket in Anna’s bedroom.
Meanwhile, in the midst of quietude in Barton, a Null Crystal popped out near Starburst’s house, before a shadow came out of it. The person then sneaked in the house through an open window, leading him to the kitchen. “Hmm…” He looked around the place, which seemed never changed. He looked for the bedroom.
Starburst, after weeping in the dark, fell asleep without dinner. She was sleeping in a rather uncomfortable position, and appears to nearly fall off the bed. “She doesn’t sleep like this right?”
The deity then used his claws to gently lift the girl and place her back on the bed, before taking off her shoes and socks, before he placed the blanket back.
“There… I guess the place was cool enough for you to not sweat…” He sat on the desk chair nearby, before staring at the girl’s face. Still, trails of tears can be seen on her eyes. The pillow was also wet with tears.
“*sigh*… I sure hurt her heart… And maybe she had hurt the others’ feelings of not doing that instance with them…” Gran muttered, before he saw the purple badge on the drawer.
“Anyway, Starburst, congratulations on your victory… I know the last time you failed with Tundra… But at least now, you have learned what to do, as the leader of your crew… It’s fine though, without me by your team’s side, that you guys can finish Shallow Seas ahead, because I was gone… But well, I never thought you waited for a very, very long time just to be complete again…… You waited until that happened……”
Granadia started to sob as he talks to the sleeping lass. “I’m so sorry… I’m very sorry that… that I ran off and ditched you that time we met back at Maikuru’s castle… I was so ashamed of the crimes I committed when I was possessed. I was so weak… I didn’t manage to protect myself from Drazero… But you know… while you were waiting… I was alone… wondering how you’ve been. When the Ring Heart outbreak happened, I tried to find a way to see you guys… But I wasn’t lucky enough… So as years passed by I got tormented by the pain of breaking my promise to you and the gang… I’m sorry, but I hope you understand too, that I suffered just like you…”
He can’t control his emotions further and started to weep on the seat. “Don’t cry… it’s nobody’s fault… A promise is still a promise, right? Even when broken…?” Starburst suddenly sleep-talked, startling Granadia.
“… Yeah… you’re right… Starburst, I have a wish. Please befriend the new me… I may not fulfill the promise as myself for a bit longer… but I wish you treat Kagine Tundra, like you used to treat me as… a true friend. That guy, although he’s shy, can sometimes attack. So I wish you will always protect him from harm, as well as protect other people… Also, if he’s hungry, feed him apples and tea. Someday, I’ll be crewing with you guys again, and as I promised 11 years ago, we will SMEB together…”
Suddenly, Granadia glowed, a sign that he reached the limit of staying outside the Distortion World. “I’ll be seeing you again guys. And Happy Birthday, Starburst…” And he vanished into orange sparkles which disappeared, leaving a maple leaf on the drawer, beside the Victory Badge.