There are only two times that they meet every cycle, two times that their realms blur at the borders and the rulers walk past each other as one sigil rises where the other one falls. Dusk and dawn are the most precious times of day to Victor, because that’s the only opportunity he has to glimpse the elusive Ruler of Night.
The boundary separating them is not one that is easily described. No land can be night and day at the same time, no land can host them both together. So Victor waits for the moments that he throws the Sun into the heavens and the moments he calls it back to earth, for that is the only time that Night and Day blur and they can be together.
* Olympus Coliseum/Mount Olympus
* Twilight Town
* Land of Departure (whether or not it’s just cutscenes or if it’s actually playable has yet to be seen)
* Mysterious Tower
* 100 Acre Wood (hinted at by Jim Cummings announcing his voice acting was complete for the game)
Has anyone ever noticed the parallels between Taylor Lautner’s characters from child to teen. In The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl we see little Lautner singing a song entirely about dreams even giving it the title “Dream, Dream, Dream”. Then a few years down the road he lands the role as the hottie werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight. Where in the production of that the first gift he gives to Bella is a dream catcher. Coincidence?? I think not!
The first thing Gray
Fullbuster realized upon waking up was that he was alone.
Of course, he was used to
being alone for the most part, but knew that when he went to bed last
night, he wasn’t alone. He was sharing the bed with someone last
night, but now that person was gone, leaving behind chilled blankets.
Still, he could tell that he
wasn’t truly alone. Strewn about the bedroom was the clothes his
bedmate wore the night before, along with a few other necessities, so
he knew that they were still somewhere in the apartment they shared.
With a yawn and a scratch of his head, Gray stepped out of the bed,
slipping on a pair of jeans he kept on the side, then walked out the
room and towards the kitchen.
He picked up the scent of
tea, as faint as it was. Light puffs of steam came from the kettle’s
spout, indicating it was freshly made. Not one for wanting tea in the
early morning, Gray yawned again and grabbed an apple from the fruit
basket that was set on the table. He looked into the living room, not
seeing any signs of his roommate, and his brow raised in confusion as
to where they could be.
As he raised the apple to
his lips to take a bite, Gray caught sight of a faint shadow on the
curtains of the big, sliding door window that led out to the balcony.
He walked towards it, sliding the curtains back and revealing the
figure on the other side.
“Oh! Good morning,
“Morning… you’re up
rather early today, Juvia.”
The blunette water mage
smiled, the twinges of sleepiness still in her eyes, “Juvia woke up
a bit early, and decided she wanted to see the sunrise today. She’s
sorry if she woke you up though.”
“You didn’t,” Gray said,
taking another bite of the fruit, “I was just confused when I woke
up and you weren’t there.”
“Juvia’s sorry. But
Gray-sama woke up just in time to watch the sunrise too,” she
commented, turning back towards the horizon.
Gray’s gaze lingered on her
for a few moments longer before he turned his eyes towards the
horizon as well. He thought back on the last year, since he confessed
his feelings towards the blunette and opened his heart and home to
her. He never expected to fall for her, but he also didn’t know when
it was that he realized he was as madly in love with her as she was
with him. Waking up every morning to her sweet face, being able to
train and eat with her every day, spending each night with her
wrapped up into his arms and being able to greet and end each day
with a kiss… it was more than Gray ever wished for in his life. His
eyes looked back over at Juvia, watching as she took another sip of
her tea, and he smiled at how her face was lit up in the colors of
the early morning.
His left hand went down to
his pocket, feeling the outline of a ring buried in the corner of it.
He had been giving the thought of proposing to Juvia a lot of thought
in the last few months, but nothing ever seemed right. He kept it in
his pocket at all times, waiting for the right moment to finally show
itself, to finally be able to ask the water mage to be his forever
more. Gray’s eyes gazed back over at the sun, then back at Juvia once
again. There was a sense of calm about him, and a thought telling him
that this moment may be the right time. In the illumination of a new
day, with the beauty of the dawn lighting them up, there was a
feeling of something perfect forming.
Juvia’s blue eyes turned
towards him, and she smiled as she noticed that he was looking at
her. “Gray-sama looks even more handsome in the morning sunshine,”
she complimented, “Juvia is glad that she could watch the sunrise
with you today. Isn’t it beautiful?”
“Sure is,” Gray
commented, but it wasn’t towards the act of nature, “Hey, Juvia?”
“I want to ask you
Juvia arched a brow, placing
her tea cup on the railing and turning completely towards her
beloved, “What is it?”
Gray sighed, putting the
apple down on the railing, wiping his fingers off on his pants of
what little juice was on them. One hand in his pocket, his fingers
wrapping around the ring, he took one of Juvia’s hands into the
whispered, her face beginning to heat up with a bit of blush.
“I know I hadn’t always
been the best man. I had my demons, and I used them to constantly
push you and others away because I didn’t want them to take any of
you away. You know the many times I thought if I just disappeared…
if I sacrificed myself, then not only would the demons leave me, they
wouldn’t haunt the ones I grew to care about,” Gray explained,
rubbing his thumb over Juvia’s knuckle.
The blunette nodded her
head, remembering those times she had witnessed and heard of, feeling
a pain in her chest growing in response. “Yes, Juvia remembers,”
she replied, “And she sacrificed herself for you too, Gray-sama.”
“I know you did,” he
acknowledged, “It was through that and the sacrifices of others
that helped to make me realize that my life was worth living, and by
hell or high water I was going to make sure I did live for them. But
especially for you. That day, when we both tried to kill ourselves
because we didn’t want to hurt each other, that made me realized
that, if I couldn’t live for myself, I needed to live for you. I
realized then how much I loved you, how much I needed you, and how
much I wanted to make sure I never saw you like that again.”
Gray began to kneel down,
and Juvia’s free hand went to her mouth as she gasped. “G-gray-sama,
what are you…?” she squealed out, her heart beginning to race and
her face turning the brightest shade of red.
“We’ve been through so
much together, and even though we’ve technically only been together
for the last year or so, I feel like I’ve been with you for my entire
life. Maybe because for a lot of the time, you clung to me like a
lost puppy,” Gray said with a bit of a chuckle, earning one in
response, “But even then, I know that I want to make sure that you
are with me for the rest of it. So… Juvia Lockser…”
He pulled out the ring – a
simple gold band with a small diamond embedded into it – and held
it out to Juvia. She began to cry at the sight of it, releasing
another gasp in revelation. “Will you marry me?” he asked at
Juvia’s eyes welled up with
tears, her lips were parted, and her heart felt like it was about to
pop out of her chest. Gray waited for her answer, growing
increasingly more nervous as the seconds ticked by without a
response. He began to doubt himself: maybe Juvia loved him, but
didn’t want to marry him. Now what can be done? What will happen to
“OF COURSE JUVIA WILL
That excited scream was more
than enough to put Gray at ease, and he smirked as he slid the ring
onto Juvia’s left ring finger, albeit with a bit of struggle due to
her excited movements. He stood up and attempted to grab her into a
hug, but found himself tackled and falling back towards the end of
the veranda. He quickly steadied them, making sure they didn’t
accidentally fall over, although he couldn’t say the same for the
apple and mug that fell instead, landing on the ground with a strong
“Whoa! Guessing you forgot
we weren’t necessarily on the ground,” Gray joked, his hands on
Juvia’s upper arms.
“I guess so. But Juvia is
just so happy! She’s going to be Gray-sama’s wife!” Juvia added,
her hands on Gray’s chest, “Juvia loves you, Gray-sama, so much.”
“I love you too, Juvia. So
very much,” he replied, smiling as they leaned in towards each
Their lips touched in the
sweetest of kisses, their arms moving to wrap around each other and
bringing themselves closer to each other. Gray could taste the salt
of Juvia’s tears, but knew it was from happiness. He had tasted those
tears before, mixed with her blood, and he knew he didn’t want to
ever had that touched his lips again. By gods, he would make sure of
The two parted, smiling at
each other as bright as can be, as they turned back towards the
horizon. The sun was up a little further, the colors of the land
becoming much more prominent than the dusky twilight sky. Gray felt a
wave of relief and happiness wash over him; he was used to being
alone, but he knew he never wanted to be alone ever again. He had his
nakama, his guild home, and now more importantly, a wife that will
always be by his side, for the good and the bad and everything in
between. He was at peace… at long last, he was at peace.
“We should go and clean up
the mess we made before people start to come out and start the day,”
Juvia commented, “And then make something for breakfast before we
head to the guild?”
“Yeah, we should. But I
think there’s something else I’d like to do before then,” Gray
remarked, a sly smirk on his face as he looked down at his fiancee.
“What’s that?” Juvia
asked, a bit of a squeak in her voice.
He chuckled and tilted
Juvia’s head slightly to align his lips up with her ear. He whispered
something into it, and Juvia’s face became as red as a ripened cherry
in response to his words.