Alpha Redux

BY : Seven
Category: Final Fantasy X > General
Dragon prints: 768
Disclaimer: I do not own Final Fantasy X, nor any of the characters from it. I do not make any money from the writing of this story.

13! This is it…last chapter…author’s notes at the end…

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“Fall into me…”
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Rikku’s second birthday party turned out as good as the first, except on a much smaller scale. The big “surprise” had begun a couple of hours ago while it was still dusk, and even through nightfall, the party was still going strong. The entire isle was out dancing and socializing to the live island music on a dance floor of sand alit with torches.

Tidus stood against the side of a closed store hut, taking in the party and sipping a drink. Yuna wasn’t kidding when she said she liked to dance. She had pulled him out there about an hour ago, and she was still out there. Thank goodness Botta wanted to cut in so he could take a little break. Not that he minded having an excuse to grind his body on hers in public, but he just didn’t like dancing as much as she did. Besides, Tidus knew that his teammate had a crush on Yuna so he would dance with her nonstop until he came back. In all honesty, he didn’t care about any of that. After his and Yuna’s talk the night before, he had no worries concerning their relationship. But he kept an eye on her anyway; just to make sure Botta’s hands didn’t wander anywhere they weren’t supposed to. He really didn’t want to have to knock him out.

Somehow, maybe through the prayers to the Fayth, Jassu had gotten Paine out there. Tidus chuckled to himself. She was actually a really good dancer, for someone who seemed to hold so much back all the time. Lulu and Wakka were dancing too, and he was strangely not surprised at Lulu’s aptitude for dancing. Watching Wakka dance, however, was kind of funny. But it looked like his wife was having too much fun to care.

Tidus turned around and placed his half-finished drink on the serving platter standing next to him. He couldn’t finish it anyway, he was so nervous. His hopefully-wife-to-be was out dancing, while he was agonizing over proposing to her. The ring was in the pocket of his cotton drawstring pants, and so was his hand, toying with the. He. He’d been wanting to ask her for what seemed like forever. Last night, in the heat of their emotional passion, he’d come so close, but he had barely kept himself from popping the question. He decided that he wanted to make it even more special by asking her in front of all the people she grew up with, who loved her for her. From the past month and a half of interacting with all of the islanders, he realized that the people in Besaid truly loved Yuna. She wasn’t Summoner Yuna to them. She was simply Yuna, who all of them had known since she was a little girl, who later became Lady Yuna as she came of age.

He let out a puff of air, and reached up to scratch the back of his head. Why was this so hard? There was this sense of total understanding between them, and Yuna seemed more relaxed and happy with him than ever. She had even written him a love note in her neat little handwriting and hidden it in his pack before practice that afternoon, telling him how much she loved him. Tidus smiled. She was so adorable.

He just knew she would say yes. She had to. They totally belonged together. Even the Farplane couldn’t keep them apart. So why were his hands shaking and his feet turned into lead when he tried to walk over to her? Damn it, he thought, exasperated.

Besides that, he had rehearsed what he was going to say millions of times, down to a tee. But Lulu’s advice the other night had stuck with him. Speaking from his heart is what had mended things between him and Yuna, so proposing to her and just telling her his feelings as they came would work. He hoped so anyway.

Tidus stood there, mulling over the situation, when Kimahri walked over and stood next to him. The Ronso leader had surprised them all by coming to Besaid that morning by ship. Yuna and Rikku had been ecstatic to see him, since he lived so far away. Tidus thought it was really cool that he’d come all this way just for Rikku’s birthday, in spite of how busy he was. Well, with running his own people and all. Before he could open his mouth to greet his friend, Kimahri spoke. “Tidus want to marry Yuna.”

“Yeah, I do,” he said sincerely. He guessed Lulu had told him of his intentions.

As always, Kimahri was stone-faced, and Tidus could see the flames from the torches reflecting in his eyes. It was kinda scary. “Yuna happy, then Kimahri happy.”

A smile spread across Tidus’ face. Having Kimahri’s approval kind of felt like asking Lord Braska himself and getting his approval. He often wondered if Yuna’s legendary father would have approved of him, but this was the next best thing. “Thanks, Kimahri,” he said.

The proud warrior nodded once, reached over and patted a giant palm on his head, then walked off, leaving giant footprints in the sand. Tidus watched Kimahri walk in the direction of the food table, where Lulu was already standing with Wakka, Rikku and Blappa. Tidus laughed. Man, she ate so much. At this rate, her baby was going to be the size of Wakka when she had it. Rikku saw him and waved, and he returned the wave. She looked so happy. When they had all brought her out to the beach and surprised her with her gifts and a party, she had lit up like fireworks at night. He figured she didn’t know how many people in Besaid really cared for her as Yuna’s friend and guardian, despite her Al Bhed lineage. Half of them still didn’t know Yuna was Al Bhed, much less that they were cousins.

He glanced over at the dancing crowd again, and saw Yuna making her way toward him. An automatic grin crossed his lips at the sight of her. She was smiling brightly, and she was absolutely glowing from her activities. A white tank top adorned her upper body, and a long lavender and white skirt covered her legs to the ankles. He was kind of wishing she were wearing the outfit from the night before, but it really didn’t matter; she would still be sexy if she were wearing a paper bag. As she approached, she silently took his hand and led him away from the party.

They made they way down to the shoreline, and Yuna released his hand to walk into the very edge of the water. She hiked her skirt up around her knees and began tiptoeing into the gentle waves. As Tidus began to get lost in looking at her, she turned around suddenly and kicked water overover the front of his pants. “Hey!” he objected, swiping ineffectually at his wet clothing.

When he looked back up, she was already giggling and running down the beach. Okay, so she wanted to play, huh? He began to run after her, his unbuttoned beach shirt flapping in the wind while his pants became soaked to his knees. He decided he was going to throw her in the waves when he caught her. His legs were longer than hers, so it wasn’t long before he doubled her stride and caught up. He lunged forward; wrapping his arms around her squirming form, and began carrying her out into the water. She was kicking her legs, trying to pry his arms from around her waist. “Noooo!” she yelled, laughing through her struggle.

Tidus showed no mercy, instead tossing her into the waves. She went under head first, and he was laughing at the sight of only her bare feet sticking up above the water. Seconds later, she surfaced, sputtering, and pushing her wet hair out of her face Still laughing, he turned and sloshed his way toward the shore, pulling up his now-soaked and sagging pants as he went. He heard her coming behind him, and turned to face her sure-to-come wrath. However, Tidus’ laugh immediately ceased at the sight of her now-transparent top. He could see…everything. She wasn’t even wearing a bra…

Yuna capitalized on his temporary moment of weakness, leaping over and tackling him onto his back in the sand. She pinned his arms over his head by the wrists, and straddled his waist, pressing his body the the softness of the wet sand. Her grin was wide and she was still giggling, probably expecting him to fight back.

But he couldn’t. Tidus felt like time was standing still as he looked up at her. There was a half moon out, and the clear island sky was alit with millions of stars. A warm breeze flowed over them, and the only sound was the distant sounds of the party, and the waves lapping against their intertwined bodies. Yuna was smiling down at him, and her green and blue eyes were dancing with happiness. Her brown locks were was hanging in her face, and little beads of water dotted her moonlit features.

She looked beautiful. Like an older version of the same girl he’d kissed in the woods one night, almost two years ago.

Suddenly, her features changed to a worried look. “What’s wrong?” she asked, searching his eyes.

He wanted to smile to reassure her, but he was still in awe of her. Tidus got like that sometimes, just looking at this beautiful girl who was an even more beautiful and caring person. “Nothing,” he said softly, sitting up and wrapping his arms around her narrow waist. The tide had risen just a little, and the lapping water bathed him up to the middle of his thighs, and then retreated.

Reaching up, he cupped her face in his palm and brushed his thumb across her cheek as he thought. She laced her fingers together behind his neck, with a thoughtful-looking indulgence.

Tidus had noticed that Yuna had matured so much in the year he’d missed. She was always hot before, but now she was sexy. Her baby face had become more angular, more womanly. She’d grown a couple of inches, and she’d cut her hair, save the long braided ponytail she kept. Her body had filled out very nicely too. She’d always been slim, but she had become more active and acquired some nice muscle tone. Tidus loved her body, clothed and unclothed, but her mind and spirit had changed the most and that was where his heart was.

Yuna was more assertive, and a little more outgoing. Her thoughts had always been written all over her face, and she was still the same in that respect. But she allowed herself to be silly, and embraced her humorous side more often. But besides all that, she was happy. Before, she would smile often, but the slump of her shoulders and the sadness etched in her eyes gave her away. Now, the weight of saving the world had been lifted from her shoulders, and she was finally allowed to be the teenager she was. She didn’t have to be a summoner and live by those stupid rules anymore. Well, there was still the issue with Spira’s reliance on her for a new religion, but they were working on that. In the meanwhile, he wanted to give her the normal life she’d always wanted and deserved.

The butterflies going crazy in his stomach were his cue. Finally, after all the craziness they’d been through this past week, after the horrible pilgre, ae, and their painful goodbye, and after all of their lives they spent apart, he in Zanarkand and she 1000 years in the future in Spira, waiting for each other but not even knowing it…

“Yuna,” Shit, he was already fighting tears. He really was a crybaby.

Her eyes widened as he reached up and took her hands from his neck to hold between them. She knew. But he kept going. Speak from your heart, speak from your heart, was the mantra the kept repeating itself in his head. He took a deep breath and swallowed, trying to calm himself. “You know I love you right?”

She nodded her head almost imperceptibly, and he could feel her hands begin to shake. Or was that his hands shaking? He looked up and found reassurance in her eyes, and the words kept falling from his mouth. “I feel like I’ve loved you forever, but it’s like I’m supposed to love you. Nothing else makes sense sometimes. Even on your pilgrimage, when things didn’t make any sense and I was confused about myself, I wasn’t confused when it came to you.”

Her eyes were filled with tears, and Tidus blinked his back. “I love everything about you, you’re smart and you’re funny and your pretty and so, just perfect.” Her head dipped, and even in the moonlight, he could see the flush stain her neck and cheeks. He chuckled at her modesty. “You are! You can always make me happy when I’m sad and you always know just what to say to make me feel good about myself. No one in my whole has has made me this happy.” He began stroking her hands, and was vaguely surprised that his hands were steady, while hers were shaking. “I want to make you as happy as you make me, even if it takes forever to try.” She was actually crying at his words; he saw a single tear sneak from the corner of her eye, and roll down her cheek to join the droplets of seawater already there. He reached down into his pocket and pulled out the velvet box, flicking it open. “Yuna, will you marry me?” He was afraid she couldn’t hear him speaking over the thumping of his heart.

Her big wet eyes got wider at the sight of the shining ring, and her mouth began opening and closing like a fish, but no sound came out. “Say yeeeessss,” he chuckled, nodding his head and inviting her to do the same.

Yuna finally began nodding slowly, and wrapped her arms around his neck. “Yes, yes yes, yes” she gushed happily, pulling him to her and squeezing him tight.

Tidus choked a little from her death grip on his esophagus, and managed to squeeze out a chuckle. “Hey, you didn’t let me put your ring on,” he objected, still managing a huge grin.

His chest felt like it was going to explode. He asked her. She said yes. And when she pulled back and let him slide the ring on her finger, he couldn’t wrap his mind around it. Yuna of Besaid. The legendary Summoner’s daughter, savior of the world, and the girl who secretly sang in the shower, was going to be his wife. Him. His wife. Man, what a concept.

Both of their eyes were glued to her hand, which was turning this way and that while she inspected the ring. “It’s so beautiful,” she whispered. The awe was evident in her voice.

Tidus smiled. All his finagling to get that ring was worth it, just from the look on her face. Her eyebrows were near her hairline as she studied it, and his grin was ear to ear as he studied. “H. “Hey, these small stones are from Macalania, aren’t they?”

He nodded. “Yeah, and the diamond is from the Gagazet caves,” he commented.

Yuna looked up at him with raised eyebrows. “Tidus, this must have been so expensive,” she said. He could tell she wanted reprimand him for spending so much Gil on her, but she liked it too much to do so. “When did you get this?”

“That day in Bevelle,” he replied, wiping her residual tears.

Her look went from happines a s a stunned expression. Her knew she was thinking about being so mad at him, while he was busy thinking of her. She’d been beating herself up over it constantly for the past day, and trying to hide it from him. He wanted that to stop. This was their new beginning together. Their story. Tidus kissed her cheek softly. “Don’t,” he whispered against her cool skin.

Yuna nodded, understanding. “And as for the Gil,” he grinned, “you only get married once, right?”

A slow smile spread across her face as she hugged him tightly to her. “I love you,” she whispered, kissing his temple.

Tidus closed his eyes, and wrapped his arms around her soaked body. He simply could not believe it. They were getting married. How had he ended up so lucky? “I’m gonna take such good care of you…” he whispered, kissing her bare shoulder.

“Me too,” she whispered, laying her cheek on his shoulder.

He grinned. “You’re gonna take-“

She pulled back, planting a firm hand over his mouth before he could finish. He chuckled, and watched as she slowly moved her hand and replaced it with her warm lips. Fuck. Yuna had matured very much sexually speaking too. In the beginning, she had been very shy and awkward, but now she had developed a sweet sensuality that got better every day. He’d learned that she loved to kiss and be kissed. Also, she had acquired a kissing technique all her own that Tidus absolutely loved.

He hummed his pleasure, encouraging her to further take the lead. She complied; pushing his shirt down his arms to hang at his elbows, and ran her hands over his exposed upper body. The smooth, cool sensation of the gold band that adorned her finger was odd to him as it glided across his chest. Tidus felt the excitement building in him, and he was sure Yuna could feel it already through his soaked pants. His hands slid up under the back of her shirt, to rub warmth into her chilled skin. He wanted to lift the little shirt over her head, so he could see her body in the moonlight, but before he could do anything about it, she broke the kiss and pushed him flat onto his back again in the wet sand. His hands fell free, but he quickly slid them up the outsides of her thighs under her skirt. It was strange, in all their play together, he had never wanted her so much. He guessed it bec because she was now his betrothed, plus the fact that she was sitting astride him on the beach for the entire world to see. He felt so free with her. Like anyt was was possible.

Yuna’s hands went to his hair, and she slowly dragged hem down the sides of his face, over his chest, and down to str string of his pants. Their eyes were locked, and the lust he saw there nearly made him faint. “Do you want me?” she asked, so softly he could barely hear her over his breathing.

Oops, he almost fainted again. He nodded, with his mouth hanging open like an idiot. “But we’re um, we’re on the uh, beach. And the party…someone would see.” he threwlanclance toward the fire lit gathering no less than a quarter mile away.

She looked over at the group, considering. Tidus smirked to himself. She must have been so lost in the moment that she’d forgotten about the party. ‘Duh Yuna’ he thought with a grin. Her eyes fell to his chest. “You’re right, I don’t know what I was thinking.” She looked like she felt stupid.

Oh no, he wasn’t going to let her feel bad about sex, or wanting him. Since they were going to be married, he wanted her as sexually liberated as possible. Even if his reasons were a little selfish. “You were thinking about doin me, you perv,” he teased, rubbing her back affectionately.

She gasped, covering her mouth with her hand. Tidus laughed as she blushed furiously. He loved how her skin gave her feelings away so often; especially when it came to his teasing. “You’re awful,” she chastised, slapping his arm.

“Yeah, but you’re the one who’s gonna marry me,” he grinned, pulling her down on top of him.

She relaxed in his arms. “No I’m not, I’m going to sell my ring tomorrow and buy a new dress.”

“Well if you stay with me, I’ll take care of you. Just like a new blitzball.”

“You’re going to kick me around and share me with your team?”

Tidus pulled back to look at her face. He was loving her unexpected banter. “Lady Yuna,” he gasped, “now what would the Bevelle priests think about you fantasizing about that?”

She turned in his arms, and pushed herself up onto her elbows above him. “I fantasize about you,” she replied, shyly.

He leaned up and pressed a kiss to her cute little chin. “After our wedding night, you won’t have to fantasize anymore,” he murmured, pushing a clump of her hair back.

“I can’t wait,” she smiled softly, seeming to really like his response.

He watched as she pushed herself to her knees, and then stood above him. “We’d better get back,” she suggested, reaching her hands out to him.NoddNodding, he took her hands and stood. “Yeah, so we can spread the good news, huh?” he said happily. Man, he couldn’t believe they were going to be married.

She beamed at him. “Yes, everyone will be so surprised.”

He smiled, laughing inwardly. If she only knew. They began walking back toward the party, hand in hand and Tidus was playing with her ring with his fingers. He glanced above their heads at the clear sky and moon, peeking between the leaves of the palm trees, and then out at the sea. He was suddenly overcome with wanting to just be alone with her before they broke the news to everyone else. He was loath to leave this magical bubble they’d created, just for the two of them. He stopped walking completely, and turned toward the sea. She stopped as well, and he felt her questioning gaze on him. “Will you stay out here with me for just a little longer?” he asked, facing her.

A small smile of understanding appeared, and she nodded. “I’ll stay with you forever,” she said sincerely.

He sighed, absorbing the love that radiated from her. “Even when I’m an old man and I can’t blitz anymore?”

Giggling, she nodded. “Yes, all the way till the end of time.”

A sudden memory flashed in his mind, from that night in Macalania. He spoke softly, pulling her close to him. “Not till the end…always.”

She tucked her head under his chin and wrapped her arms around his waist, warming him. “Always, .” .”

As he held Yuna amid the backdrop of stars, the ocean and a celebration, he felt complete. Life was officially perfect.

The End

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Author’s notes:

Wow. I am actually really sad it’s over. I had so much fun writing this fic, but it wouldn’t have been near as fun without everyone’s comments, praise, encouragement and ideas. I even loved being threatened into updating. ;) I will probably go through revise the story a little, then repost it. But also, I am currently working on a Wakka/Lulu first-time fic. So keep an eye out for it! Again, thanks for making this so much fun, and thank you for reading.

See ya around boys and girls,
Seven


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