A New World - Pt. 31 Keyblades and Confusion
"So…we're…brothers…" Yen Sid just got done trying to explain it all to me, but I'm having trouble making sense of this all. I guess Sora would be an awesome brother to have, but…hmm…
"Yep, cool huh?" I'm glad that Sora can still smile given the circumstances.
"Yeah sorta, but uh…" I look over my shoulder to…my parents. The bodies are still there, but I haven't gone over, and I don't plan to. I…I don't know…I'll…I'll figure out something.
"Hey, look what I found. I think one of them is for you!" I turn back to Sora. He has this weird thing in his hand. It's kind of like a heart, but it looks like one of those stupid keychains that we've found. That one from the pyramid was pointless, I'm not even sure if I have that thing anymore. I may have gone and given it to one of those shopkeepers…oh well.
"Oh…thanks…" I leave it in his hand for a while.
"Don't worry, look, it makes a cool Keyblade unlike that one from the pyramid." Wow, that is a cool Key, at least if this one does the same thing
FrostingSteam rushes out of the oven, ramming into his face. He should know by now to not put his face in there right after opening the door. He pulls back and lets the wave of heat pass by before going back in. From within the oven, Sora pulls a pair of black pans with the slightest bit of red cake showing above the rim. He couldn't wait for Kairi to see this. Everything would be perfect and that cake batter between the spikes of his hair would all be worth it. Every time Kairi asked about her birthday Sora pushed it off. Saying things like I remember don't worry about it I've got something planned . This cake is the capstone of that plan. It's Kairi's favorite, red-velvet cake. He sets it on the counter to cool.Frosting1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
The paddle of his mixer beats together the cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar that he'll need for the frosting. After shutting down the mixer, he sticks his finger into the bowl and scoops out a dab of the sweet white stuff.
A New World Pt. 1A New World Pt. 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sora feels consciousness slowly return, and his eyes open. The sky above him is blue, patched with pure white clouds. He wiggles his fingers and finds loose sand squirming from his grasp. Sitting up, he sees that he is on a beach, alone. Is he home? It doesn't look like home, the water is dark and the sand doesn't seem right, but the sunlight is warm and the air humid.
"Where am I?" He looks around some more before standing. He dusts the sand off his clothes, and turns around. Instead of the houses that he knew and loved on the Destiny Islands, behind him were these huge buildings. They aren't as tall as the castle in Hollow Bastion, but these aren't castles. He isn't sure what they were. "Wow look at this place." This place, wherever it is, is like nothing he's ever seen before. Taking his first steps from the beach, he comes up on something else new to him. The sand stops and there's something like stone, but it's all one thing. There are no smaller stones making a pa
A New World Pt. 25 - On the Rhode(s) againA New World Pt. 25 - On the Rhode(s) again1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Okay, so where do you think the temple would be?" Sora cringes a bit. I wish he would just let someone heal him. Not me though because I would screwit up and hurt him more. I still haven't really gotten the whole magic thing down.
"If it's anything like the last one, underground somewhere." I walk closer to one of the research pits, looking for anything helpful.
"But where? What're we looking for?" Ven shows up beind me.
"I couldn't tell you...my best guess would be a Keyhole looking object." Nothing, these pits have already been totally searched. We spread out along the site. I think it's a Wednesday so there aren't that many people around, not that it really matters at this point. I wonder where Maleficent is. Given the Heartless, actually, she must be near the artifact. Agh....how are we ever going to find this one? At least last time I know around where we were looking, but this time I'm not even sure it's here.
"What about down here?" Vanitas' voice is coming from some
A New World Pt. 26 - Hands of TimeA New World Pt. 26 - Hands of Time1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Light shoots out from every Keyhole that covers all the seats. Without thinking we all run from the theater as the light dissolves everything.
"I guess that's our way in?" Roxas spins his Keyblade as we step back into the theater with a gaping hole in it. Where the seats were is now a set of steps heading toward the inside.
"Looks like it," I look down into the chamber in front of us. It's mostly black, so seeing anything is pointless.
"Come on we've got stop Maleficent!" We rush in behind Sora. She's definitely here. All the torches are lit and there's our first batch of Heartless. Not much trouble though, especially with seven of us. Although I don't know how much help that will be when it comes to getting through this Temple. The torches illuminate a meandering pattern along the walls with some paintings every so often. The layers of dust have been building up, so Maleficent must not've disturbed much of this part. Plus, this hall has been mostly empty of Heartless and No
Strawberries with Whipped CreamSokaiStrawberries with Whipped Cream1 year ago in Romance More Like This
"Well, Sora?" the red-head known as Kairi stepped out of her room. Sora, her best friend, looked up from his PSP to see Kairi in a white, sleeveless dress that swirled around her body, until it ended and fanned out at her knees. She wore a white headband with a plastic cherry on the side.
"You look like whipped cream, Kairi," Sora answered, smiling.
Kairi rolled her eyes. "Of course I look like whipped cream. That was what I was going for."
'She kinda reminds me of Naminé in that dress,' Roxas thought in Sora's head. And before he knew it, words were mindlessly coming out of Sora's mouth.
"You look beautiful, Naminé," Sora covered his mouth, embarrassed by the words that weren't even his own.
Kairi's checks turned a rosy pink. Sora and Roxas called it the Naminé blush. Roxas would try every attempt to see that blush.
"You don't look bad yourself, Roxas," Kairi said.
Sora was wearin
A New World Pt. 29 - VoicesA New World Pt. 29 - Voices1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Okay, so this is the emotional climax of this entire story, so I thought I would give you some music suggestions for when you're reading. If you want to, there are links in the description that correspond to the numbers in the story. If you open the videos from YouTube as the numbers come up, you will hear what I think would be a good soundtrack for this chapter. You don't have to of course, but it'll be better if you do!
That voice...it's made everything worse. I should've known that we wouldn't get off that easily.
"You again...and you brought companions." I look back to the others who are busy pulling themselves from the water. I try to shake off as much of it before I look back to her. There she is in all her green-skinned anti glory. Those black horns and gold staff resting motionless. She has this smile that's more of a smirk.
"Maleficent..." Sora steps up beside me. The others aren't far behind, "What do you want?"
"I am quite certain I have already made my intenti
A New World Pt. 27 - Glimpses of the FutureA New World Pt. 27 - Glimpses of the Future1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Part XVII Memories of the Past; Glimpses of the Future
"That was uneventful," Terra's glider ascends to be with the rest of us.
"Hey we still got the artifact and Maleficent didn't," I look back to see Ven's smile. We went to where the Statue of Zeus used to be. Somewhere near Olympia...if this was less of an urgent thing, I would've stopped and seen where they had the first Olympics. Wasn't really the right time though.
"You know that means she's planning something."
"Kill joy," Roxas doesn't turn to Vanitas.
"I'm just saying...I've been on the other side. When we were leaving you alone, it meant we were planning something for you," Vanitas raises his hands like he's defending himself. They told me about his past, but I guess it's a sore spot still.
"He's probably right. Maleficent and Xehanort are masters at planning and waiting," Terra's the one that answers, which is kinda surprising.
"But we have something they need. So we stand a chance," Aqua must be talking abo
A New World Pt. 24 - Darkness of the HeartA New World Pt. 24 - Darkness of the Heart1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"That's Rhodes below us!" I have to shout so the others can hear me.The wind here is bad and it makes it almost impossible to hear anything. I doubt even Sora could really hear me and he's maybe ten feet away. Anyway, I can see the port of the island below us It must be nearing noon because the sun is really bright and it looks like there are a lot of people in the streets. That might be a problem. Vanitas said we should start look at the Temple area, so we might be able to avoid a lot of suspicion.
"So where is the Temple?" Terra's shout is hard to make out.
"It should be just away from the port, up the hill over there, but I think we need to get closer."
"But, what about all the people? There's no way we're going to be able to get close without being noticed." Ven has a point.
"Too bad, we don't have a choice." Vanitas answers faster than I can, but he's right really. We don't have a lot of time to spare. I don't know how long it'll take Maleficent to figure out the puzzle. The last
A New World Pt. 30 - Brothers?A New World Pt. 30 - Brothers?1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What?! You can't be serious…I don't have a brother…my parents haven't…"
"Sora, what we say to you is the truth. Logan is your older twin brother. At around the age of three, just before the princess was brought to your world, we took your brother away to this world. We saw that something was transpiring, and this was the sole option."
"Your parents presumed that he had died through some manner or other, and they did not tell you about him. It was early enough in your life that your memories could be overridden by new ones." I look down over to Logan's still motionless form. Even after all of this, he looks strangely peaceful.
"Your life progressed without any side-effects. Once made aware of the circumstances beginning to be set in motion, we brought you and the others to this world to help him." I don't take my eyes off him, but Yen Sid's words are sorta sinking in.
"So you weren't going to tell me about my twin brother?!" I spin around to stare at them both.
"There was not a need. A
A New World Pt. 33 - Puzzling NightmaresA New World Pt. 33 - Puzzling Nightmares11 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We decided to wait until the Sun came back up before searching the ruins. It was so dark when we actually got back that it wouldn’t do us any good to start looking. The others aren’t awake yet, but I’ve been waking up every few hours, so I just gave up. Every time I closed my eyes…all I could see…were my parents, lying there, nothing left…eyes wide…petrified…No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get them out of my head. It was so scary. The scene kept playing over and over again as I stood there watching them die. Seeing again and again as I did nothing. I kept waking up like it was a nightmare, but as soon as I can think again, I know it was real. I know they’re dead…and they’re not coming back.
“It’s not your fault you know.” Who just….
“Sora? How did you...”
“That whole twin thing, you know we share thoughts and stuff like that, plus I heard you last night. You were
A New World Pt. 5 - Nascent MemoriesA New World Pt. 5 - Nascent Memories1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Getting here at four in the morning did nothing to alleviate the annoyance know as airport security. Oh well, six comes around and we're on the plane. I'll never understand why they added a non-stop flight from Portland to Cairo, but it sure was convenient in this situation. It'll also be a nice chance to relax, and take everything in. I still haven't come to terms with this whole thing, so maybe eleven hours will be what I need. Ew eleven hours stuck on a plane, at least first class seats will make it more enjoyable, if only just.
"How long do we have to wait here?" Sora smashes his head back against the headrest.
"It depends, sometimes hours." I snicker under my breath; I don't know why it was funny. I think I didn't sleep long enough. Sora sighs and grumbles.
"Flight attendants please prepare the cabin for take-off." The voice of the pilot rips across the close to silent cabin.
"There, maybe five minutes more."
"Finally!" Sora rolls his eyes, "It's about time."
"It's an eleven
A New World Pt. 2A New World Pt. 21 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The instant I saw him, I knew that there was something wrong about him. Okay, maybe not wrong, but off. His clothes and hair marked him out from the meager lunchtime crowd that was growing along Monument Square's Farmer's Market. I felt a little bad for him when I saw all of those people just walking away from him. I was actually going to go see if he needed some help anyway before he decided to walk into traffic. I guess that everything happens for a reason.
Leading him back to "my" office isn't very difficult, but there are some puzzled looks coming toward us. Once we step inside the building, the oppressive humidity of July washes away, and we start up to my office.
"Whoa " Sora's eyes examined the lobby, "You work here?"
"Yeah up on the seventh floor. Don't you have office buildings in your world?" I turn around to make sure he's still following.
"Yeah, I guess, but they're nothing like these. My Mom works in one, but it looks more like a house than this huge thing."
A New World Pt. 34 - Before the StormA New World Pt. 34 - Before the Storm10 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
“What are those things?” I do the same thing as Roxas and scan the room. It is definitely the same room as it was before, but there are these six pedestals in a circle in front of us. They have these super ornate patterns on them…and they all look to be made of marble too. The strange thing is that the pattern is different on every one. I can’t really explain them all that well because the fire’s making some wicked bad shadow on them. Sora’s the first one to even take a step forward. Each of us go to a different one of the pedestals…well except Vanitas…who doesn’t have one, but I doubt he cares. Anyway…there’s this well in the top of it. I wonder what this was used for…and there’s sand all over it too. I run my hand along the well’s beveled edge…it’s not a perfect circle either…what is this thing…? I spin around to a loud chunk from Terra’s direction.
A New World Pt. 22 - Heated EscapeA New World Pt. 22 - Heated Escape1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I'm really getting tired of these things." Logan jumps away from some of the Heartless. I agree with him they're a pain in the butt! Something seems off though, Hades is just standing around, and that can't be good. Whatever, we'll deal with that later. Right now we have to deal with these pathetic Heartless. It's gotten a little sad; I don't even start to sweat anymore against these Knight Heartless. Some part of me wishes that Hades would put us up against something more challenging, but actually now that finally! They're gone! See? Even Logan doesn't look tired and he's new at this! Still
"Bravo I gotta hand it to ya. I didn't think you were going to do it. I mean those small fry are tough little bugs." Why is Hades clapping? Something's going on
"Terra wait!" Aqua tries to grab him, but he's too far. Hades is gone before he gets there.
"Where'd he go?!"
"Feel the heat!" Where'd that
"Get down!" I'm thrown to the ground as a huge fireball flies over my h
A New World Pt. 28 - A Strange FeelingA New World Pt. 28 - A Strange Feeling1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I start crawling into the darkened hole. It's a tight fit, but I think even Terra will be able to make it through. The fading light is making it harder and harder to see. I wish I had my flashlight, not that it would fit in here anyway. Still, it'd make things easier.
"Hey Logan, do you see anything?" I can only barely hear what Sora's saying.
"Not yet, but well I'm not sure how far I've got left down here."
"What do you "
"Found something!" I call out before he can finish. I stand from knees in this still dark, but much bigger area. It's not as big as most of the artifact chambers in the other wonders. "Sora, get in here and bring everyone else. I think I've found it." His response is mumbled, so I hope he's on his way.
"'Kay Logan, we're here man I can't see a thing down here." It took them about another minute for them all to get here.
"Did you happen to bring my bag with you?" I turn in the direction where I think Sora is. I can't see him or the other
A New World Pt. 15 - Shaky FootingsA New World Pt. 15 - Shaky Footings1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It takes a while longer for Aqua, Terra, and Ven to stop laughing over something I still don't believe, but whatever.
"You guys finished?" Sora and I again are in unison. This is getting really weird, but I shrug it off. Ven nods with the smile resurfacing. Smirking, I turn to Sora, "So what was this idea you had?"
"Oh right. Well, you'll need to cover your faces." I watch the other three's faces drop and they turn away, hands cupping their ears. I mimic. "FIRE!" His words are muffled, but still loud. The entire structure shakes for an instant before becoming still again. I imagine it must be safe now, so I turn back to find slabs of rock scattering the floor and jagged hole in the ceiling. Sora's standing amongst it all. "That worked better than I expected."
"What were you expecting?" I walk underneath the hole.
"Oh, you know, the whole roof collapsing, but nothing too bad." He smiles and puts his hands behind his head.
"I'm glad it did then." Aqua gathers with the rest of u
London LoversThe hammer smacks against the nail drawing the two pieces of woods together. With a sigh, Roxas wipes the sweat from his forehead, the little blonde locks sticking there. The master had him making furniture and other stuff, but he guessed that's part of being an apprentice, you had to do what you were told and not ask many questions.London Lovers1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Roxas!" He turns to look where his master's voice was coming from.
"Yes sir?" He wipes the last drops of sweat from his hands off with a rag. His master walks into the workshop
"I need you to go down to Southwark and get me my shipment from Mary." Roxas nods, "She'll know what I need." He nods again, "Once you get that back, you can go home. We'll call it an early day." Roxas' eyes widen and a smile blooms across his face.
"Yes sir. I'll be right out!" He pulls off the apron covering his clothes before rushing out the door into the midsummer London air that he loved so much. The sun warms his skin, and the Thames' wind blows through his hair. L
A New World Pt. 4 - A New AdventureA New World Pt. 4 - A New Adventure1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I take Sora down closer to the Old Port where most of the stores and other stuff are. I make him go through a bunch of the different clothing stores, trying to find something less noticeable, especially since the half mile walk got him upwards of thirty confused looks. Every store we go to makes for some complaint or another about how Kairi or Selphie, who, so I've learned, are two girls from his er our island, always brought him on their shopping excursions, or how Kairi always complained about his wearing the same outfit over and over again. Granted most of it was under his breath, but I don't think subtlety has ever been his strong suit.
After another two hours of shopping, Sora finally has enough stuff to handle what's looking like a long journey. Most of it's the normal assortment of shirts and shorts, an occasional jacket to give the comforts of "home".
"There is that better?" Sora stepped from the dressing room stall for the last time in a white polo
A New World Pt. 9 - My Friends are My PowerA New World Pt. 9 - My Friends are My Power1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The desert air feels so nice. I take a huge breath, letting the fresh oxygen flood my lungs. The sun has fallen, so the temperature has dropped. Stars dot the sky. Sora steps out behind me.
"So, where next?" He puts his hands on his hips.
"You don't get the concept of taking a moment to relax, do you?" I ask while the soft wind blows through my hair.
"Logan, the world is in danger, we don't have time to relax." Sora places his hand on my shoulder.
"We're going to need some help. There's no way we can do this on our own." I scan the sky as if it will help. From the corner of my eye, I see Sora squinting at the stars.
"Logan, I think you're going to like this." Sora points up at the sky. A little dot materializes among the stars, but I can't make it out. I have no idea how Sora managed to see anything about it. The dot grows into a form with a vapor trail. This new thing continues to come closer.
"How can you tell what that is?" My eyes don't leave the flying object.
"I had a
A New World Pt. 35 - The Wonder of a WonderA New World Pt. 35 - The Wonder of a Wonder9 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
“No, like this Tobi. You jump and then flip back like this.” This is getting annoying. I’ve watched Sora do this four times now. The Gardens lost a bit of their wonder when the first platform was out of my reach. He’s trying to show me how to jump higher. Sure, he gets right up there. Fine, I’ll give it one more try. After that, I say screw it and I’ll use the glider no matter what happens to this place. Alright, here I go. Come on and jump. And here comes the part where I…land? What the? I did it. I actually did it!! “See I told you you could do it!”
“Wow. That was so cool! I…I…wow. That really just worked!” Am I really on this thing? I stamp my foot on this section of garden. Yep, it’s real. That was amazing. I just had to think about it. I saw myself moving through the air and then leaning back into the flip and then I landed. All in a second.
“Alright, come on then. We’ve got a long w
A New World Pt. 21 - On the Verge of ChaosA New World Pt. 21 - On the Verge of Chaos1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What does that even mean?" I look at Logan who seems to know a lot about this subject.
"It means, or she said it meant that if you could unlock that final Keyhole, the one in Babylon, you would unleash the Chaos of the Realm of Life, bringing about the Apocalypse." I can't tell if that's worry or sadness on his face.
"Why would Maleficent want to destroy the world?" Aqua looks over at him.
"I don't know, she wouldn't tell me." Now, Logan obviously looks frustrated.
"So what are we going to do? If the Keyholes don't matter " Ven puts his hand to his chin. Do the Keyholes matter anymore? Xehanort said that they were copies or something like that.
"But then why are they here if they don't matter?" We all step closer as Logan finishes. "There must be a reason "
"Maybe it's to confuse people." Terra's brows bow downward. "If you make more Keyholes, it takes longer to find all of them, plus it gets people looking for the wrong thing, like we were." I think Terra just figured every
A New World Pt. 10 Under the SeaA New World Pt. 10 Under the Sea1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Following the Nile is our best bet. It should hopefully lead us right to Alexandria.
"What do you mean 'underwater?'" Ven pulls his glider in closer.
"The Lighthouse was on an island off the coast of Alexandria. The Lighthouse was destroyed a couple thousand years ago and as water levels rose, the entire thing became submerged." I keep my eyes forward. These things are tough to pilot and I can't really give up any of my attention. Sora's already fallen a few times, but he seems to be doing alright now.
"Then how are we going to get to it?" Ven raises an eyebrow.
"That's not a problem. The bigger problem is what're we going to do if any Heartless show up."
"When I was in Atlantica with Ariel, we used magic more than physical attacks." Sora recovers from a brief stumble. I start laughing under my breath. "What's so funny?"
"I know it's bound to be different in our world, but here magic is a bunch of cheap tricks that people watch for entertainment. Things like pulling a rabbit out of a h
A New World Pt. 18 - A Sea of QuestionsA New World Pt. 18 - A Sea of Questions1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With sharp breaths, I can finally breathe. That swim seems much longer without air...Ven, Terra and Aqua pop up from the water. I swim over to them.
"You guys okay?"
"Yep...just...need...to breathe...is all..." Ven gasps every couple of words. Aqua and Terra nod.
"Sora, what...was it you...wanted to see?"
"Come on, I'll show you. We have to get back to shore." Starting off, I can hear the others as they follow behind. I need to find that shack where Logan got all of that breathing equipment. The guy there said he would hold our bags for us. I just hope that I can work Logan's computer after all this. This is great, the guy who took us out is there, and I can see our bags against the back wall. "Okay guys, here we go." With bags in hand I walk back to them. Right away, I find his phone, which looks just like that iPod he gave me back on the plane. I just hope it works the same way. I poke the internet thing and look for that website he told me about that very first day...what was it...g
A New World Pt. XIII - DreamsA New World Pt. XIII - Dreams1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sora's laughter fills my mind, "Maleficent's toast" I can hear both Donald and Goofy's iconic chuckles in the background. Maleficent like Sleeping Beauty? Again blackness consumes what must be my dreams, like on the plane.
As was true with the last set of dreams, one comes right after the last. This time I can see the castle again, the one Sora said was in Radiant Gardens, I think. I'm standing below it, but not in those strange waterfalls, but in this valley surrounded by bluish gray cliffs. In front of me is this mass of Heartless. There's so many of them, and Sora? That's him in the middle of all of it! There must be hundreds of them, but he doesn't seem to even notice. I have this strange desire to help him, but this has to be another dream, either that or I'm dead, which given the past couple of battles, wouldn't surprise me, but that lovely thought has no time to linger as this dream or vision or whatever ends.