Van:[walking in the forest alone] From the position of the stars, I am sure this is Gaea. Was she taken to the other place?
[somewhere else in the forest, Hitomi is crouched under a tree -- shivering and afraid]
Hitomi: What should I do, I 'm alone in a place like this.[she takes out her pendant and lets it dangle from the chain] Please, [to the pendant] tell me where to go. [The pendant dangles lifelessy. As she concetrates, a strange hand grabs her wrist. An ugly mole-like creature grabs her arm and pins her down. Hitomi screams in horror. The scream is heard by Van, who looks around, and startled, starts to run. ]
[Hitomi screams for her mother while the mole-man tries to wrench the pendant from her hand. All of a sudden, an owl flies at the mole-man's face, pecking him. He stumbles back and Hitomi is released. A tall, long-haired stranger approaches (allen)]
Allen: It's you again. You weren't satisfied with stealing, now you attack a powerless woman. Unforgivable
Mole-man: Allen?! [stuttering]
Allen: Take your punishment. [Allen flies at the mole-man and punches him causing mole-man to fly comically. Allen turns to Hitomi. ]Are you hurt miss? Why are you here? Do you have reason? [he is looking at her kindly]Anything wrong? [Hitomi is speechless. She sees Amano instead of Allen and collapses in his arms crying]
Hitomi: Amano, I was so scared. [She faints just as Van comes running in]
Van: Hitomi! [He reaches for his sword] You, what did you do to that girl?
Allen: [picking hitomi up] It's not wise to get so excited. [Van begins to draw his sword] Don't draw! If you draw you'll die.
Van: Say what?!
Allen: A knight has to use his sword against a sword. I don't draw for play. [Van draws his sword slowly and delibrately] How foolish. [Allen puts hitomi down on the grass and draws his own sword. Van rushes wildly towards Allen and strikes. Allen avoided the blow easily and flipped into the air] You have good aptitude however...[He rushes forward and strikes Van, causing him to fall unconscious] ...you didn't step forward enough. You're too good to be killed, that was the flat of my sword. [he picks up Van's sword] What should I do with these two?[he sees the mark of Fanelia on Van's sword]
[scene: a Zaibach floating fortress passing over a burning Fanelia. On the floating fortress (Vionne), Dilandau is chastising his soldiers (known as dragon slayers) who are kneeling before him]
Dilandau: Two alseides .... against those boorish knights? Two were damaged?
Two kneeling dragon slayers: We apologize!
Dilandau: [rising] step forward. [He slaps the two dragon slayers, knwocking them down] how pathetic,despite having stealth manteaux (aka cloak). Do you wish to disgrace my name?
Dragon slayers: we're very sorry! [kneeling again]
Dilandau: I won't repeat this again. The dragon slayers don't need any incompetents. Do you understand
[Scene change: folken (the strategos of zaibach) and Dilandau walking in another part of the fortress]
Folken: Dilandau, you didn't have to burn fanelia. I want you to use the stealth cloaks more effectively
Dilandau: I didn't expect you to say such things. you betrayed Fanelia Folken.[they walk into a large dark room] I've no reason to listen to advice about battle from an amateur like you.
[As they enter the room, three small pillars rise. ]
Folken: Amateur? You're too blunt.[He presses on each of the pillars, one at a time]
Dilandau: What's this room for?
Folken: this is your first time isn't it?
[a round screen in front of them begins to light up. The face of the emperor of zaibach, Dornkirk, appears. Dilandau kneels hastily.]
Dornkirk: Folken, the sahdow of the dragon that falls upon the Zaibach empire hsan't disapeared. The dragon escaped fanelia. Capture it no matter what.
Folken: Yes sir, As you wish lord dornkirk.
Dornkirk: one more thing. my destiny predictor didn't expect the column of light to appear. But I sense a shift of power in it. Get rid of the uncertain elements. The dragon is within the borders of Asturia (a country on Gaea) . Capture the dragon to revive the legendary power of Atlantis.
[scene: Hitomi is sleeping under a tree. She opens her eyes and sees Amano sitting beside her. ]
Amano: you're awake? It was anemia, you lost consciousness while running.
Hitomi: I...was having a dream.
Amano: what kind?
Hitomi: A scary one. No, a sad one, I was separated from you.
Amano: don't worry, I'll stay with you.
[Hitomi closes her eyes. Normal colour returns to her face, ending a dream-like scene. When she opens her eyes again, Allen is staring down at her.]
Allen: So, you're awake.
Member of the crew: [coming from the other side of the room where a bunch of Allen's soldiers are sitting]so the princess is awake?[the men laugh, causing Hitomi to be nervous]
Another soldier: Hey cute girl, did you sleep well?
Allen: Hey stop that, she's frightened. You're faces are too ugly to wake up to.
soldier: You're mean boss.
[The men laugh. Hitomi rises from her bed and goes to the window. ]
Hitomi: I haven't returned. I'm not on earth.
Allen: What happened to you? you can tell me if you don't mind. I'm a knight of Asturia, Allen schezar. You're our guest in this fort. To protect you in this fort, as a knight, no as a man, I must do it.
[the men are listening]
Soldier: Man, how can he say a line like that without blushing?!
Soldier: That's usual for the boss
[Gadeth (one of allen's men) enters with Van behind him]
Gaddeth: Boss, the brat's regained consciousness. [Van stands behind him, looking not too happy.]
[Scene: Allen, Hitomi and Van are ona balcony, talking]
Allen: You're saying she's from the illusionary moon?
VAn: That's right, as I said earlier.
Allen: Since the king of Fanelia says so, I must believe it. [he looks at Hitomi] What's your name?
Hitomi: Hitomi, Kanzaki Hitomi.
Allen: Hitomi? Sounds nice
Van: [approaching suddenly] Allen, I apologize for entering your country without notice. So escaflowne...please give my guymelef back to me!
Allen: What are you going to do with the guymelef?
Van: Go back to fanelia. We were attacked by an unknown enemy and during the battle we were taken to this place.
Allen: It's a waste of time
Van: say what?!
allen: fanelia was destroyed. Everything was completely burned.
Van: that can't be [both van and hitomi look at allen in horror.]
Allen: Merchants from our country saw it. I'm sorry but.. What happened? If you tell me I may be able to help.
[hitomi looks at van in concern. Van simply stares in horror. Suddenly, the fort begins to shake. hitomi asks what is happening. They look up.]
Allen; Zaibach floating fortress.
[Alseides drop down from the fortress. ]
Hitomi: Those are the giants that attacked fanelia!
[scene: Dilandau and his men have an audience with allen in the fort. THey are discussing. ]
Dilandau: I request that you supply weapons, food, water. This is an emergency mobilization
Allen: I'll do the best I can.
[Hitomi is standing behind the soldiers. She wants to see what is going on]
Hitomi: Please, just a little bit?
Soldier: Damn, keep this a secret from the boss. [Van suddenly walks up and pushes through to the front. ] Hey!
[Van is now at the front, facing the pair. Hitomi is behind him Allen gives Van a warning look. ]
Dilandau: by the way allen. have you seen a strange guymelef around here?
Allen: No I haven't. DOes this have anything to do with the mobilization of the floating fortress.
Dilandau: More or less
Allen: I heard that in the west, fanelia was attacked.
Dilandau: That poor, small country? They might have been destroyed by the dragons that wander around in the valley. It's a proper ending for a country like that. [van becomes increasingly angry]Anyway, it's country of cowards and their king has disappeared. I don't care what happened to it.
Van: Cowards are the ones who don't show themselves in battle.
[Everyone turns to look at them and suddenly Dilandau marches towards Van. But he pushes Van aside and stares at hitomi. ]
Dilandau: You're wearing strange clothes, where are you from?
Allen: She's my new girlfriend. I found her in the east. [He kisses her on the cheek. Hitomi, Van and dilandau all look very startled.]
Dilandau: [turing away] you're just like rumours say, allen schezar. proceed with the resupply. [he marches out with all his soldiers. Allen's soldierssnicker among themselves]
Allen: We're out ofdanger for now. Bad rumours might circulate about you in zaibach.
[Hitomi, as allen walks away, wonders if he is the one in her vision that saved her. She imagines him sprouting wings. ]
[On the floating fortress, Dilandau is making preparations for battle. Invisible guymelefs are sent down. Back on the fort, Hitomi is sitting on a bed, dreaming. She notices van who is sitting across from her with his sword, sulking. She pulls out her tarot cards]
Hitomi: Van don't be so depressed. Cheer up. [she starts laying out cards. ] See this card l'elementita, it means stay put.
Van: what are those?
Hitomi: tarot cards. I can read your fate with these.
Van: how could those things tell my fate?
hitomi: i was just trying to help you relax. you're so tense. [she pulls out the next card, death. She is swept up into another frightening vision where guymelefs are marching in war. Suddenly Van shakes her]
Van: What happened?
[they hear a noise and get to their feet.]
Hitomi: what's that?
Van: stay back [he draws his sword. Suddenly the floor breaks open and a shovel and then moleman appears]
Moleman: oh is this the wrong room?
Hitomi: hey --you're the pervert from yesterday!
[scene: allen is told that hitomi and van have gone missing. ] gaddeth: I have no idea where they've gone
allen: i do. get scherezade (allen's guymelef) ready
[scene: mole man is leading van and hitomi down an underground passage. He explains that he is a petty theif. He attacked Hitomi because of her pendant.]
Mole man: to apologize, I brought your bag. [leading them into a room] This is the hanger for the guymelefs. [looking at escaflowne] that's a magnificent guymelef, was it made in ispano?
Hitomi: WHat are you going to do?
Van: i 'll get out of here and return to fanelia. [He gets into escaflowne and starts to leave the hanger.]
Hitomi: Wait van you should listen to what allen says.
[Van ignores her. Hitomi runs after him. The hangar door opens to reveal another guymelif. The cockpit opens and we see allen]
Allen: Van I told you not to leave this fort.If you dare to do so, defeat me first.
Soldier: How many strokes do you thin he'll block?
Soldier: One attack and he'll be finished.
[The two guymelifs begin to fight. Hitomi runs after them]
Hitomi: Van, don't fight allen
[There is a crash and gaddeth catches her. He tells her not to worry and drags her away from the fighting. They prepare to fight as Allen's men say that Van doesn't have a chance. They place bets. Van strikes but is blocked]
Allen: you didn't step forward enough van! Balgus' swordsplay wasn't so dull!
Van: you knew balgus?
Allen: of course he was one of the three greatest swordsmen of gaea Balgus was my master in swordsmanship.
[Van blocks again but Allen manages to knock his sword out]
Allen: it's over, come out of the guymelif
[Van comes out, very dejected. Allen looks out of the guymelef and sees some damage -- however, it was not done by van. Hitomi comes up to where they are. As she approaches, escflowne's energist begins to glow. Hitomi is swept away into another vision. ]
Hitomi: Allen, run! The invisible enemy! [she sees a vision of burning and destruction]