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Kigen Summon: Behind the Smile is the sixteenth episode of Final Fantasy: Unlimited.

Story DetailEdit

The First TestEdit

Now ensnared in the Ocean Puzzle, Jane is transported to the first challenge of the Puzzle. When Jane lands, the crew recovers and survey their surroundings: They are currently resting on a pillar of stone, high above the water, in a cube of space.

From the roof/sky of the cube, a gigantic mermaid like fish descends. She explains that she is here to give the group a series of riddles as their test for this cube. She demands they elect three people to answer her riddles, and to stand for them. After a brief discussion, the crew agrees to comply, and Lisa, Knave and Miles are elected to answer the riddles.

Fear the FishEdit

Presenting themselves to the mermaid, the three prepare for the riddles. Knave is chosen to go first, and in given a seemingly simple riddle: "In the beginning it has four legs, then it has two legs, and finally three. What is it?"

Knave announces that it must be a human, but the mermaid says this is incorrect, claiming the correct answer was a bacteria creature called "Hemora". For answering incorrectly, the entire cube of space moves toward the bottom of the puzzle.

Similar questions and results follow, with Knave answering all three questions incorrectly. When the answer of the third question is announced, Knave melts into a puddle of liquid. Miles volunteers to go second, but she meets the same fate.

TruthEdit

The mermaid announces that they do not have any further to fall, and thus the next question will decide their fate; death or salvation. She presents a complex question to Lisa, one she couldn't possibly answer. The others falls into despair, waiting for her answer with baited breath.

As she tries to think, her thoughts wander into her memories, as she recalls her mother dying defending her village, and what she told Lisa on her deathbed. The mermaid urges her to answer, breaking into her thoughts. As she tries to recollect herself, Kaze appears behind her, and simply tells her there is no answer.

With sudden understanding she announces to the mermaid there never was an answer to begin with; she was simply saying something other than what they answered each time. Despite Lisa's victory, the mermaid refuses to allow them to live, and begins destroying the cube in which they exist.

A cascade of water falls from the sky, blasting the submarine and pinning it to the rock surface. Lisa, in an act of desperation, sacrifices herself to allow the others to live, by using her Kigen arts to summon a serpentine creature using her own life force. The creature lifts Jane through the torrents of water effortlessly. Having carried them to safety, Lisa dispels the creature, allowing herself to fade, with the last thing she sees being Kaze reaching out for her wordlessly.

EpilogueEdit

Somehow, despite using her life force to summon the creature, Lisa awakens aboard Jane. Knave and Miles have also been revived somehow. Cid theorizes that the energy contained in the water rendered her life force unnecessary, thus allowing her to survive.

Seeing Kaze is still with them, Lisa smiles a true smile, and Jane moves on to the next cube.

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