He had been waiting for night to fall. For Yuna to go asleep. That was when he could go and find out what was going on with the temple.
As darkness settled, he quietly slipped out of his and Yuna's hut and made his way up to the temple doors, sword in hand. The village was empty, everyone abandoning all worry for the comfort of sleep. Only a single torch burned beside the temple entrance, lighting the path.
Nearing the temple, he spotted Paine leaning against the wall, watching him approach. He slipped his sword behind his back and put on a cheery grin.
"Couldn't sleep?" Paine asked.
"Um, yeah. Worried and all, y'know?"
"Right." She stood up straight and lifted her sword. "And I'm a chocobo trainer."
"Alright, alright. I was going to check it out."
She nodded. "So was I. And I figured you'd show up. Two heads are better than one."
"Really? You were...waiting for me to come?"
She turned away from him and opened the door quietly, looking back over her shoulder and mumbling, with a wry half-smile, "Don't let it go to your head, blitz boy."
"Bah." He pushed past her and slipped through the doors. Paine followed with the torch held in her other hand.
"Should we check the Cloister?" she whispered.
"Yeah. And probably the Chamber of the Fayth as well."
Together the two of them made their way through the Cloister of Trials, wary for any sign of movement. Surprisingly, there were no fiend attacks or anything of the like. Even as they reached the Chamber of the Fayth, they weren’t intercepted.
Paine set her torch on a hook in the wall, then stepped up to the door. It slid up, the silk coverings slipping to the sides to allow entrance. Tidus entered first, on guard for anything.
There was nothing.
He relaxed and glanced around the chamber. It was dark inside, too dark to see anything. He could…sense something there, but very faintly.
“I’ll grab the torch.”
Paine returned a moment later with the light in her hand. It was then that they saw the figure in the middle of the room, laying over the Valefor seal. Tidus leaned closer, trying to see it better. Transparent…a fayth?
“Help,” it whispered, reaching a hand up to him. He stepped back quickly.
“Why are you here? The fayth faded-“
Tidus turned to Paine and shrugged. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to say anything of use to u- woah!”
He stumbled back as the fayth jumped at him, face contorted into a mask of rage. It tried to bite at him, but merely sunk straight through his body and hit the floor on the other side. Tidus stared at it in shock.
“Help!” it snarled at Tidus, before dissolving into a shower of pyreflies. They floated around the room once, and then just faded away. A strange occurrence for pyreflies.
“Is…something wrong with them?” Paine asked, looking around blankly. Tidus shrugged and motioned for her to follow him out. They slipped through the silk hangings, dragging their swords along. Tidus suddenly froze, Paine bumping into him when he did. “What’s the big idea, blitz boy?”
He pointed forward to the center of the waiting chamber. In the center, crouched down low, was Valefor, her eyes scanning over the two Spiran’s warily. Her normally fiery red feathers and skin were now a dull black, making her look sickly.
She was up in an instant, dashing towards them with a murderous roar. Tidus didn’t know what to do- he threw his sword out in front of them. It impaled the aeon, halting her for merely a second. Paine took the chance to get around her, calling for Tidus to follow. He wrenched his sword from Valefore’s chest and slipped through the space between her and the wall.
Together he and Paine shut the doors on the aeon. For good measure he pushed a stone pedestal up against it, then joined Paine on the lift up. They could hear Valefor crashing around still, her roars shaking the temple itself. “She’s gonna start attacking the door,” Paine mused as they jogged through the Cloister of Trials.
The whole temple was literally trembling as they reached the lobby. A few dazed looking priests had come out, still in their nightclothes, to find out what the disturbance was. Reaching them, Tidus opened his mouth to explain, but was cut off as a particularly large shudder passed through the temple walls.
“Get out,” Paine said. Tidus glanced at her, puzzled. “Get out!” she shouted, waving to everyone as she ran for the exit. The priests and monks followed, crowding in the village square as they fled. Tidus made sure the last of them was out, then joined them.
And, as they watched helplessly, the Besaid temple shook once more, then collapsed.
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