I believe I skipped a section, from the last update at 7:03 to where I got to Costa Del Sol. I lost my progress sheet when I built my new computer. Anyway, here we go.
Also, *SPOILER WARNING*
I left Costa Del Sol, and went through some caves to get to what seemed like a rollercoaster area. It was all broken down, and some of the trackes fell apart as I walked on them! As I went around, I found a switch to lower a bridge, which after using I saw the rest of my party cross. As I was walking away from the switch, I heard a lot of loud chirping, so I decided to see what it was. It was a nest of cute baby birds! :D I had the chance to steal from them, but decided not too, and Tifa praised me for it.
After crossing the bridge, I arrived in Corel. I found Barret there, who seemed to be hated by the townspeople. The entire area looked like a garbage dump; there was debris and scrapmetal everywhere. As I spoke to the townspeople I learned that the area had been destroyed long ago. I continued on, and found a gondola and the rest of my party. After a short conversation, we decided to get on it.
What was on the other end? Why, none other than the Gold Saucer! The biggest amusment park in Gaia. As soon as we arrived, Barret god angry. He said that it was because his home near there was destroyed, and that we shouldn't be having fun while Sephiroth is still out there. He ended up storming off in anger.
I decided to take Tifa with me (of course) to have some fun while we were here. First we visited the Ghost Square, a creepy mansion. It cost GP to stay at the inn there, and we didn't have any. Instead, we checked out the shop, which wasn't anything special. After that we took a ride on the Round Square gondola. It was nice and slow, and we got to see the entire area. Next, we took some bets at the Chocobo races, but lost. I wanted to try to have a go at the Battle Square, but they had it closed for some reason. We also took a ride on the Speed Square rollercoaster, where you have to shoot enemies that pop up as you fly past them. Didn't score too high, not even 3,000 points.
When we arrived at the Wonder Square, we were greated by a strange big white marshmellow-looking fellow (which was apparently a robot) with a cat on his head. His naim was Cait Sith. He tried reading our fortune, but it made no sense. So he tried again, and a couple more times. Finally he read a fortune that said, "What you pursue will be yours. But you will lose something dear." Now what could this mean? (I think we all know now, unless you haven't played the game). Suprised by his fortune, Cait Sith decided that we must take him along with us, to see what this fortune is.
After a bit more fun, I decided it was time to find Barret and be off. But when we arrived at the Battle Square looking for him, we found instead that everyone there had been slautered. There was blood everywhere, and only a single person left barely alive. They said that the man who did this had a gun-arm, and then passed away. Why would Barret do this? At that moment, security ran in, and appreheded us, and threw us down a pit.
At the bottom of the pit, we found Barret in an abandoned house. He pointed his gun at us, said "Didn't I tell you not to come here!?" , and shot. Luckily he was aiming at someone hiding behind the couch there. He told us about how he got his gun-arm, and how there was another that had a gun-arm like him...
His vilage had just got a mako reactor built in it, even though it would ruin their history of coal mining. For some reason, Shinra decided to burn the city to the ground. When Barret (and Dyne, who was with him) found out, it was too late, the city was engulfed in flames. As they were towards their village, they were ambushed by a group of Shinra soldiers. They began firing at Barret and Dyne, but couldn't hit a thing. Scarlet then arrives, knockes a soldier off the tracks (of the roller coaster area mentioned earlier) and has the rest cover her. They becin shooting again, knockind Dyne off the ledge. Barret manages to grab his hand, but a bullet hits their hands, and Dyne falls down to darkness.
So then, we go off lookin for Dyne, since Barret has a score to settle. We end up finding him not too far off. He started talking about how he lost his wife, and his daughter Marlene in the blaze, and how he wants to destroy everything. Barret tells him how Marlene is still alive back in Midgar, but Dyne says that he wants to take her to be with her (dead) mother, and that him and Barret must fight. A 1v1 battle with Barret occurs, and of course he comes out victorious. Dyne then says that he can no longer carry Marlene, and gives Barret an old pendant to give to Marlene, which was her mothers, and jumps off the nearby cliff.
Now to get out of the desert. We find that the only way to do so is to be picked as a Chocobo racer and win. After showing the boss of the area the pendant we got, he allows one of us to Race. Of course I get picked to be the one. I ended up losing the first race, as I forgot how to do it, but the second one I remembered the stamina-regen trick and won. We were able to escape the desert, and as a bonus we got a buggy that can cross the desert and shallow waters!
Later on, we came accross what looked like an old, broken down factory area. On the way in, we ran into Reno and Rude of the Turks, and battled them. After our victory, we headed for the factory area. It ended up being a broken down Mako Reactor. As I approced, a shinra helicopter arrived, and out came Scarlet. I went and hid, and overheard her talking about how they need a huge Materia to power a great weapon. They leave the area without taking a single thing. I looked in the old reactor and found the Titan Materia. How stupid of them. :P
Not far away I came accross a small village. I learned that the reactor had exploded some time ago. One of the houses had two elderly people in it, who asked if we knew about their son, Zack. They said he was Soldier First Class. Upon hearing that, Tifa and Aeris seemed suprised and left. When I asked Tifa why, she said that it sounded just like me, leaving town to join Soldier. Aeris said that Zack was her first love, and that she never knew that he had lived there.
As we continued traveling, the Buggy broke down, right in front of Cosmo Canyon...
lvl 26 - 41077 exp
Wpn: Force Stealer
Arm: Carbon Bangle
Acc: Protect Vest
lvl 25 - 39618 exp
Wpn: Grand Glove
Arm: Carbon Bangle
Acc: Power Wrist
lvl 25 - 36679 exp
Wpn: Fairy Tale
Arm: Carbon Bangle
"You can shoot all day and never hit them with aim like that." - Scarlet