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    That Ever Illusive Utopia

    Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Type-Moon characters or properties expressed in the work of fiction below. They belong to Type-Moon and their creator, Kinko Nasu.

    That Ever Illusive Utopia

    By: Elf

    Prologue
    Folly of the Third



    Saber was glad.

    The urge to close her eyes was strong, but she kept them open, staring at the boy before her. His golden brown eyes were starting to become dull and blank, the toll of the unnatural graft of his new left arm all too evident. Bits of shining steel were starting to break through thousands of places his skin. He would break at the end of all of this, but before then he would emerge victorious.

    He would save the day, be the hero he so craved to be.

    Sakura and Rin would be safe at the cost of his life, this she was sure of.

    Then again she knew what sort of fool her former Master had been that first night.

    So, it is not a bad thing to die by his hand.


    Saber watched as his glaze cleared as he looked down at her and his arms trembled, even his alien left arm. His chest rose and fell deeply with each breath as the dagger was suspended before her. Already she could feel the wounds mending, he wouldn't have long before she could stand again and strike him with her cursed blade. He had chosen this path and everything it entailed.

    The blade came slamming down, and Saber finally found peace.

    ******

    They were both dead mad men engaging in a useless folly. The boy's body had all but turned into the swords that were within him and the evil buying the priest his time had all been but defeated. Yet they still raged as a clash of ideals, however they were two sides of the very same coin. Good and Evil, Light and Dark, Yin and Yang. They both knew deep down that one could not exist without the other and liked the other simply for that.

    Not that they would ever breathe a word of that to each other.

    So as broken limbs threw punches driven by sheer will neither were aware that they were being watched.

    Ilya stood there in her heavy dress of spun gold and watched with tears forming in her eyes. Her hands were clenched at her sides as she watched beloved flesh being shredded by more and more steel that should not have been real. She wondered if this fate was kinder to her younger brother than the man who's soul was trapped inside of her, but neither ending was happy.

    The boy would die only to have his lover waste away without him.

    The man had been damned to an eternity of slaughtering many so countless he would never see would live.

    Ilya watched as the priest fell first, his determination and body falling to the one named Emiya Shirou. She watched as Shirou stood panting, staring ahead with blank, lifeless eyes at the horror brewing before him. She bit her lip and brushed away tears with a heavy hand before taking another hard step.

    She wished she had more of the Servants inside of her, after all she didn't want to part with Archer. It would have been nice to take him with her into eternity, to have his soul reborn with hers over and over again. However she knew that was not to be.

    “Sempai,” a familiar soft voice whimpered beside her.

    Ilya turned to see the nude, blood streaked girl standing before her. Matou Sakura was once again sporting her soft violet eyes and hair. Ilya regarded her dark counter part and tilted her head.

    “He's dying,” Sakura whispered, tears pouring down her eyes, “Nee-san's dead and Sempai's dying . . . It's all my fault.”

    Ilya knew that Rin was far from dead, after all the magus was too stubborn to die from such a trivial wound inflicted by her own sister. However she was right about Shirou, but both young women had been shaped for a purpose by nefarious forces. They had the ability to work a Miracle between the two of them.

    Ilya held out her small hand, smiled, and said, “Well, you have the power to change it, if you want.”

    Sakura blinked at her hand and asked in a soft voice, “What do you mean, Ilya?”

    “We were both messed with for others’ gain. I think it might be nice to make a wish of our own making, don't you think?” Ilya asked with a grin as Sakura bit her lip, but the other girl's hand carefully grasped her own.

    ******

    There was no peace, no sense of satisfaction, just burning anguish.

    The former king of the Britons sat up with a scream as she was brought back into the hellish cave where she thought everything had ended.

    ******

    "Onii-chan, I'm going to need you to wake up, Onii-chan."

    It was a soft voice, an all too familiar one with a sweet sing-song quality to it. A cool hand caressed his cheek and his eyes opened to gleaming, white light. Automatically he reached up for that illusive hand, the harsh bronze of his skin a stark contrast to the gleaming white. Crimson eyes squinted shut as a large smile spread across angelic features framed by silken hair the color of fresh falling snow.

    "Ilya," he whispered, his voice harsh and rusty even to his own ears as the rest of his senses began to focus.

    There was no gaping hole leaking in his chest, his left arm was attached to his body once again, and there was no connection to an interesting little magus. The prana that was flowing through his circuits was his own and there was nothing ethereal about his existence. Even though steel was his body and fire was his blood, the tissues were restored and whole. Life was given once again.

    “They’re going to need you, Onii-chan,” Ilya said as the former Counter Guardian Emiya rose shakily to a sitting position. Ilya was standing before him, a being shining with her own inner light that was almost blinding to behold.

    His eyes widened at the sadness reflected in crimson eyes that were too old for the face that held them. Automatically the large hand held the smaller one even tighter as brother and sister stared at each other for what seemed like a small eternity. After a moment Archer broke the silence and said, “Ilya, what’s going on?”

    “I’m acting like an older sister for once. You tried so hard to protect your Ilya and it broke you,” she said in a soft voice as her eyes shimmered with crystal tears and her free hand brushed his cheek.

    He threw his free arm around her and cradled her close, her words a heavy weight upon him. “I’m not losing you again,” he said against the silk of her hair as he clutched the soft material of her dress.

    Ilya stepped back and gave him a bittersweet smile before her hands slipped away from him. “It’s my choice Onii-chan,” she said as those glittering tears finally spilled from her eyes.

    Archer shook his head and said, “No. No, goddamn it, Ilya, I’m not . . .”

    Eyes like the finest rubies bore into his, locking and holding him in place as if she had bolted him down to the cave floor. Her voice rang out with the clarity of a bell as she said, “Farewell, Onii-chan. This time promise me you will try to be happy, see what my onii-chan saw.”

    “No,” Archer said, and he would have shook his head and grabbed her if he had been able to move, but the pressure she was putting on him was too great.

    Ilya smiled, spinning ever so slightly, her white dress floating around her. She said, “Maybe you can save the one person you failed.” Then she was gone, walking farther and farther away from him.

    Archer gritted up his teeth and summoned every reserve he had to break the spell she’d put upon him. With a shout he fell forward onto trembling limbs as he forced himself to his feet. He started to run in the direction she had vanished, screaming her name over and over again.

    Yet she had left him once again.

    A loud, female scream in a voice he knew all too well resounded from deeper within the cave. Gnashing his teeth, he looked back to where Ilya had vanished and headed into the cave. Each step deeper into the cave brought him closer and closer, Ilya’s last words to him ringing through his head with each step.




    Author's Notes: Okay, since my laptop died that had The Hound and the Blacksmith and S&CB on it, I had to start this until the information's recovered. Don't worry, I WILL end S&CB, and the Hound and the Blacksmith is my fun project.






    Thank you to Valmoer for going back and making a listing of all the chapters for new readers so they don't have to slog through all the posts.
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    It's here! This calls for an Illya smiley!



    And a Sader just to be safe.
    Spinach: Tina is my spirit animal.

    Mcjon01: [Fate/EXTRA]'s still a rock paper scissors simulator. The skills simulate the part of rock paper scissors where you get mad at your friend for obviously cheating all the time because you know it's impossible for you to just be that bad at rock paper scissors so you punch him in his stupid cheating mouth.

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    Nice.
    There is nothing greater than a loli.
    LIKE A KING
    Everything I say is a lie.
    LIKE A KING
    Butt-windows are the portal to the soul.

    LIKE A KING

    Quote Originally Posted by Komrade Kwestions View Post
    "It's not gay, it's magecraft!"

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    Yeah, nice start....

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    Oooo la la~ me like~

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    Ooooooooh, GOOD! GOOD! Waiting for more!

    DarkPulse[12:33] <Keyne_> GIH IT BAK! GIH IT BAK! "Hello little girl, I'm Rene Descartes. What is it that you want back?" GIH IT BAAAK!! *looks back* Give "it" to her, Satoshi. <-- Fund it
    Quote Originally Posted by Kotonoha View Post
    Well IIRC what she says is really more along the lines of "even *I* know how to please a man", which suggests not that she has superior man-pleasing skills, but rather than "men enjoy BJs" is common knowledge that even she knows.

    This is what I drag out runes for.

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    The thing of it is, I do adore Ilya, I really do but . . .

    She sacrificed herself for porn. Thank you Ilya, we love you.

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    Her sacrifice will not be forgotten, or in vain.
    Spinach: Tina is my spirit animal.

    Mcjon01: [Fate/EXTRA]'s still a rock paper scissors simulator. The skills simulate the part of rock paper scissors where you get mad at your friend for obviously cheating all the time because you know it's impossible for you to just be that bad at rock paper scissors so you punch him in his stupid cheating mouth.

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    A worthy sacrifice I believe.
    There is nothing greater than a loli.
    LIKE A KING
    Everything I say is a lie.
    LIKE A KING
    Butt-windows are the portal to the soul.

    LIKE A KING

    Quote Originally Posted by Komrade Kwestions View Post
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    It's the first chapter and I already want to see how angry and/or broken Saber really is here. *0*

    DarkPulse[12:33] <Keyne_> GIH IT BAK! GIH IT BAK! "Hello little girl, I'm Rene Descartes. What is it that you want back?" GIH IT BAAAK!! *looks back* Give "it" to her, Satoshi. <-- Fund it
    Quote Originally Posted by Kotonoha View Post
    Well IIRC what she says is really more along the lines of "even *I* know how to please a man", which suggests not that she has superior man-pleasing skills, but rather than "men enjoy BJs" is common knowledge that even she knows.

    This is what I drag out runes for.

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    wait a minute. is this going where i think it is elf. archer...saber...damn it.

    also damn you and your writing voodoo magic. you made me want to hug a-arch-ughhgh I can't bring myself to say it, oh god your voodoo almost made me though. I cautiously look forward to the next part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    The thing of it is, I do adore Ilya, I really do but . . .

    She sacrificed herself for porn. Thank you Ilya, we love you.
    Yeah....

    That is the one part of the HF True ending that I find sad, actually. In fact, the only thing that has me crying more is the HF Normal epilogue.

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    You made me sad. Thanks Elf. :'(
    Spinach: Tina is my spirit animal.

    Mcjon01: [Fate/EXTRA]'s still a rock paper scissors simulator. The skills simulate the part of rock paper scissors where you get mad at your friend for obviously cheating all the time because you know it's impossible for you to just be that bad at rock paper scissors so you punch him in his stupid cheating mouth.

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    Illya, the girl who sacrificed herself for porn. In that name do we of Beast's Lair put our trust in.
    Spoiler:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mcjon01 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tangerang View Post
    Gilgamesh has A Lck.

    wut bout that
    His fate as the most powerful Servant is to steamroll every war he takes part in.

    Somehow, he manages to defy all odds and deny this fate.

    What Fate/Stay Night character are you?
    Kotomine Kirei
    You are Kirei. You've always been a little different from the rest. You probably have low social skills. Whatever, it's not like what they think matters anyway. Ever searching for something missing within you, you probably don't experience the same happiness as everyone else. Good and evil are just labels, you are who you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyne View Post
    It's the first chapter and I already want to see how angry and/or broken Saber really is here. *0*
    Well, technically, it's the prologue, not quite the first chapter.

    But yes, honestly Ilya's sacrifice made me rather sad yet bittersweet in HF True. (I didn't get normal, I damned well made sure I got my Ilya points. ) I always liked her, and I never really get to use her. However, she did have a good part in the prologue. Next though we get to see how fucked Saber really is and Archer trying to deal/cope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    Well, technically, it's the prologue, not quite the first chapter.

    But yes, honestly Ilya's sacrifice made me rather sad yet bittersweet in HF True. (I didn't get normal, I damned well made sure I got my Ilya points. ) I always liked her, and I never really get to use her. However, she did have a good part in the prologue. Next though we get to see how fucked Saber really is and Archer trying to deal/cope.
    Especially that Archer is on a crash-course with the screaming woman. D:

    DarkPulse[12:33] <Keyne_> GIH IT BAK! GIH IT BAK! "Hello little girl, I'm Rene Descartes. What is it that you want back?" GIH IT BAAAK!! *looks back* Give "it" to her, Satoshi. <-- Fund it
    Quote Originally Posted by Kotonoha View Post
    Well IIRC what she says is really more along the lines of "even *I* know how to please a man", which suggests not that she has superior man-pleasing skills, but rather than "men enjoy BJs" is common knowledge that even she knows.

    This is what I drag out runes for.

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    Next though we get to see how fucked Saber really is and Archer trying to deal/cope.
    i'm going to feel things aren't I? damn it...

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    ...huh. Off HF. Didn't see that coming. This isn't alter, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    ...huh. Off HF. Didn't see that coming.
    Why not? HF is the most logical of the three routes to base a Archer/Saber story in, IMO, because it's the route where Saber has the least connection to Shirou and the main couple. Plus, it neatly deals with Sakura's situation....

    This isn't alter, is it?
    I believe not, no.

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    Now there was a far more predictable response. Eh, maybe it's just because I had expected to take an angle similar to sakura's in cherry blossoms where saber had to resolve the difference between her feelings towards shirou as opposed to archer, but rather in HF such feelings likely boil down to a mix of guilt and resentment.

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