Categories > Games > Final Fantasy 6 > Runic1 Reviews
Celes changed after the Magitek infusion, and most of the time, she thinks she changed for the better. (A series of related short stories written for LJ comm 24_runes.)
Part One: First Taste
by dilly r
"You will never forget this," he said.
She tossed the rag she'd used to wipe her blade. "I've done it before. They just want me to test it in the field."
Kefka chuckled. That low, weird chuckle. "Real magic is not the same as what they use in the test boxes, Celes."
"Fine." She raised her blade. He was only a few feet away, unarmed but dangerous. "Let's get it over with."
"Typical soldier." His voice was smooth as air. He pressed his hands together, and the air around him crackled with energy -- a magical barrier to absorb her attack.
Kefka nodded, and Celes came for him.
He was quick, avoiding her first swing with unnatural speed. He didn't give her time to attack again -- she could sense magic building around him. She tightened her hands around her sword's grip and focused, pulling the magical energy away from Kefka even as he called it.
Time slowed around her. She could sense the magic so powerfully that she could almost see it, sliding down her sword, then into her hands. Making her strong. Too strong. She was suddenly cold. More cold than she'd been in her life. She pushed out a breath of air, and it turned to sparkling ice vapor in front of her.
She dropped the sword, and it broke against the earth. She'd frozen it through.
"Are you all right?"
Celes looked up, startled.
"I told you it would be different," he said flatly.
He was close to her, almost touching her shoulder. She drew away from him, wrapping her arms around herself. "The ice never came without me calling it before."
"That can happen when you absorb magical energy. You'll learn to control it."
She looked at him. She'd always hated looking at him. It was like he wanted to remind everyone that he wasn't quite human anymore. But looking at it now, she was beginning to understand.
"I need a new sword," she said, and she hurried off of the practice field.
When she returned, he was gone. Her first field test since the Magitek infusion was over. She had failed.