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Phosphophyllite

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@Byleth Eisner
December 16th Year 109

The inky darkness of space greeted Phosphophyllite as they rose from their slumber; it was a sky that matched the expanse of land that they had found Cinnabar in. Initially, it was far from an odd sight given their history with both their world's moon and Pandora's... it was natural by now, despite the past. That said, there was a part of Phos that wanted nothing more than to ride in another one of those ships back to the Crystal Vales, to talk to that green-haired human that had reminded them so much of themself. They were pleasant to talk to, for a human.

Yet as they slid their legs out of bed, they were all at once hit with the distinct feeling of wrong. This place was wrong, it wasn't Pandora. All at once they stumbled to their feet, numbed by the sight before them. They were in the room that the Lunarians had given them, an empty room made of salt. Everything was silent save for their thudding footsteps. There were no spirits to be found in the room, and as Phos stared out the window there was neither any Admiribilis in the sea of dust. It was so quiet.

All at once, an assault of thoughts flooded their mind. Had Pandora abandoned them during the midst of their slumber? Had Sensei's prayers worked and were the Lunarians truly gone now? Had they disappeared as they truly wanted to?

Phosphophyllite staggered out the door of the room, their chest oddly tight with the weight of their decisions. Where were the Admiribilis? Had the Lunarians sacrificed them all to revive the gems that they had shattered? At their request? They pressed one of many buttons on the wall of the cube outside their room, causing it to begin its steady descent downwards. Antarcticite was truly gone, but if the Prince was gone too, then would Caringorm become their friend again? What of the other gems? And Sensei? The doors slid open to the ever-shifting city of salt. There wasn't a Lunarian insight.

As Phos stumbled through the remnants of the moon-city, Lapis quietly stretched their arms overhead. Their fingers grazed the empty neck that sat upon their shoulders, feeling the space where their head once was. It seemed like it was finally time to talk to the brother that they had gifted such a precious gift to.

 

Byleth Eisner

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Byleth had been in many places. Had seen many things. From Fòdlan to Pandora, they had traveled vast expanses for nearly the entirety of their life. Each new place was different. Though small villages all tended to look alike, most big cities didn't. Regardless, each and every place had it's own sort of uniqueness. The people were similar, but different. The buildings were similar, but different. The people around you changed the atmosphere you were in. They had seen a lot of things in their time. A lot of people. A lot of places. A lot of things.

They had never seen anything quite like this.
Opening their eyes to a vast expanse of black and white was nothing short of terrifying.

For a moment, they panicked.

Had the flow of time been... corrupted, somehow?
Had they been thrown back to the pocket of nothingness that Solas had sent them into?
Were they now trapped, alone, for all eternity, as he had meant them to be?

Except... no. There was structure here. Though unlike any buildings they had ever seen, there were buildings nonetheless. This wasn't a void, nor was it complete and total nothingness. So... what was it? There was nothing like this in Pandora to their knowledge, though they'd far from seen all of it. Had they been transported to somewhere else while they'd slept? Byleth's mind reeled with endless questions, seemingly none of them with answers. As they peeled themselves up from a sitting position, they pressed one palm to their eye before deciding to take a few steps forward.

So far, so good. Time to start travelling. It likely wouldn't be long before they came into contact with something else. Or... so they hoped. This place appeared to be utterly deserted, without a single other being in sight. It was just them. Alone.That thought was far from comforting, but Byleth knew that such couldn't be the case. There had to be something that built these structures, as empty as they appeared. Abandoned cities were usually far from actually abandoned; that was something that they had learned early in their youth. They would find someone, figure out where they were... figure out what was going on. There had to be reasoning for this, surely.

Given the fact that the surrounding area was almost entirely white and black, it didn't take long for Byleth to spot as flash of blue far off in the distance.
A tall flash of blue.

... Phos?
Was that Phos? Were they here, too?
What would have sent the both of them?

With a bit more speed in their step, Byleth trudged on forward. If they were confused, there was no doubt that Phos was, too. The gem being reminded them so much of themselves; so very unacquainted with the world, inquisitive, easily confused, similar levels of emotional control. Though they were certain that Phos had survived much longer and with far less help, there was always strength in numbers.

They'd help their friend. They'd be by their side.
They'd find out what was going on together.
 

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But what was the point of befriending the other gems? The question sat forefront in their mind as Phos leaned against a wall. The truth at the end of the day... Sensei was the one who loved them. The only one. For them alone had that machine prayed for; not for the Lunarians, not for the Admiribilis, not for their brothers. Phosphophyllite. Sensei had always been the only one who cared.

Yes, that was the truth of the matter.

Three-point-five. Useless. Unwanted. Wasn't that how their brothers had seen them? Their memories had been fragmented beyond repair, but they could remember that much. It wasn't until that they had lost themselves that such a perception of them changed, but even then... Sensei had always been the only one who loved them. But it still didn't make sense.

If this was the result of Sensei's prayers, would they have still been back on that table? The one where only Sensei had cared enough to piece them back together. Their brothers had shattered them into tiny fragments, buried them for centuries, left them to rot beneath the ground and out of their memories. None of their brothers remembered them. Sensei was the only one who loved them. If this was their world, would they not be back there.

Was it Pandora? A dream? It had been so long since they had been visited by a cryptic dream whose meaning was utterly meaningless to them... This was not the place of their mind, where they had met Lapis for the first and last time. This was the moon, they were certain of it. The buildings, cube and strange and foreign, shifted around in its unpredictable movements. Swiping their fingers among the walls revealed their salt-based nature. It was the moon, yet?

There was movement at the corner of their eye, and Phos whirled around to face it. A flash of green and the first thing that came to mind was the fuzzy memory of their old reflection... A time where their eyes were phosphophyllite green and their hair glimmered like a blade of grass in the sunlight. But it wasn't gemstone, it was Byleth.

Phos curled their fingers around their elbow as they watched the human trot up to them. This one had always been kind to them, unlike some others. They could vividly remember each time their fragile body fell apart; arrows, swords, hammers. Sensei was the only one that loved them. How was Byleth here? Humans were long gone, and they had only met them in Pandora... So this was something the... "Pantheon" was doing?

"Byleth? It's strange seeing you here," Phosphophyllite smiled, but the expression was utterly sad. A mere shadow weighed down bothersome thoughts. Their meeting with Cinnabar was still so fresh in their memory... And of course, their confusion as to why Byleth was here. But a strange part of them felt relieved to see them.

 

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