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
A New World Pt. 24 - Darkness of the HeartA New World Pt. 24 - Darkness of the Heart2 years 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. 1A New World Pt. 12 years 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) again2 years 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. 2A New World Pt. 22 years 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. 26 - Hands of TimeA New World Pt. 26 - Hands of Time2 years 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
A New World Pt. 5 - Nascent MemoriesA New World Pt. 5 - Nascent Memories2 years 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
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.Frosting2 years 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. 4 - A New AdventureA New World Pt. 4 - A New Adventure2 years 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. 33 - Puzzling NightmaresA New World Pt. 33 - Puzzling Nightmares2 years 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. 6 - A Dive to the HeartA New World Pt. 6 - A Dive to the Heart2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Giza isn't too far from our hotel in Cairo, maybe twenty minutes, but the Pyramid comes into view several miles back.
"Wow! Is that it?" Sora leans closer to the window so he can better see the stone structure.
"How did they build that? It must have taken hundreds of years "
"Nope, just a lot of slaves." Sora leans back from the window and looks at me. "Look there are some tour buses." I point to the base of the structure where four buses are waiting. "So how do you usually go about these things?" I unbuckle and grab my bag before getting out of the car. Sora's first words are muffled from my hearing.
"I don't know, straight in I guess. It's worked for me so far."He takes out the bag I gave him with a flashlight and his old clothes that he loves so much.
"I'm not sure how well that will work. Security around here is going to be tight. Although, with all these tourists, we may be able to sneak in, the guards may be distracted." I look forward at the imposing structure, which
A New World Pt. 34 - Before the StormA New World Pt. 34 - Before the Storm2 years 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 3A New World Pt 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"So where do we start?" Merlin had left about five minutes ago, but I've take them to try and collect what I can from my scrambled thoughts.
"Well, where are these seven wonders Merlin talked about?" Sora for some reason looks excited about this whole thing.
"I don't think many of them really exist anymore. Actually, I'm not even sure what they all are."
"I thought you said you knew about them!"
"Careful not to yell. Everyone knows of them, but I couldn't name all seven, but I know where we can find out. Come over here." I motion to the computer behind me. Sora stands and walks toward me.
"What's this?" Sora leans on the back of my chair.
"It's a computer."
"We have something like those back home, but they're a lot bigger."
"Really? These are our big computers. Most are much smaller. Do you have the internet too?"
"I don't think so. What is it?"
"Simply put it's a collection of a lot of information. Here, I'll find a list of the Wonders."
"What's that? Goo gle?" He tries to puzzle
A New World Pt. 27 - Glimpses of the FutureA New World Pt. 27 - Glimpses of the Future2 years 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. 29 - VoicesA New World Pt. 29 - Voices2 years 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. 22 - Heated EscapeA New World Pt. 22 - Heated Escape2 years 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. 9 - My Friends are My PowerA New World Pt. 9 - My Friends are My Power2 years 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. XIII - DreamsA New World Pt. XIII - Dreams2 years 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.
A New World Pt. 10 Under the SeaA New World Pt. 10 Under the Sea2 years 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. 35 - The Wonder of a WonderA New World Pt. 35 - The Wonder of a Wonder2 years 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. 7 - The KeybladeA New World Pt. 7 - The Keyblade2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"A Keyblade? But but how?" It doesn't make sense. I hadn't heard of the Keyblade until I met Sora two days ago, and now there's one sitting in my hand.
"You have a Keyblade?! I thought you said you'd never heard of them?!" Sora looks hurt as if I betrayed him.
"I hadn't! I don't know why I do I I "I can't find the words to answer. I look at the mythic weapon that is somehow still in my hand. "It happened after that last battle. Whatever happened during it gave me this." I hold it out in front of me. Sora wraps his hand around the guard, and I release my grip as he draws it from my hand.
"I just want to see something. Call it back to you."I wonder what's going on, but I'll do what he asks. I imagine the Keyblade in my extended hand. There's a flash of light, and the Keyblade vanishes from his hand and reappears in mine.
"Okay, cool! You're a Keyblade Wielder, that's awesome!" Sora's cheeriness returns. "Come on let's go! We've got to be close." He turns away an
A New World Pt. 21 - On the Verge of ChaosA New World Pt. 21 - On the Verge of Chaos2 years 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. 23 - Down TimeA New World Pt. 23 - Down Time2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It took us about half an hour for us to find someone that at least speaks our language. This little city is called Milas and I guess it's still in Turkey. We met this really nice guy named, Asuman, who showed us to one of the hotels in the city. Logan got us all checked in and now we get a little time to relax. Terra and Aqua are in the room next to us, so Logan, Van, Ven and I are all together in the other room. Van brought his other clothes with him, which is good because that whole body suit thing is a little weird.
"I'm so tired " Logan slumps against a wall after he opens the door to our darkened room. The guy at the front desk called this a "sweet" or something like that. At this point I really don't care much anyway, as long as it has somewhere to sleep, and no Heartless like the last one. We've been up for a few days now; I think I was running mostly on adrenaline or something to stay awake this long. Oh good, there's the bed.
"Goodnight." I flop face first into the pillow
Strawberries with Whipped CreamSokaiStrawberries with Whipped Cream2 years 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. 8 - A Fight for LightA New World Pt. 8 - A Fight for Light2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Here we go. Hold it out in front of you like this." Sora plants his feet apart and holds his Keyblade out in front of him. Step by step, I match his movement.
"Like this?" I turn to look at him.
"Perfect, now imagine it unlocking the door." I close my eyes and do as he says. I feel my Keyblade kick back, and I hear the unlocking sound. I open my eyes again and watch the two halves of the decorated door pull open. Beyond it lays blackness.
"What do you think's back there?" Sora's sets his Keyblade on his shoulder.
"Shouldn't I be asking you that question?" Sora laughs before he answers.
"Probably, but you know more about this world than I do."
"Not that much more." I stare into the darkness for a few moments longer. Whatever's back there well I shouldn't think about it. I'm just going to get myself freaked out more than I already am.
"Well, let's go then." Now, Sora seems far more serious. I nod in response, and he starts walking into the abyss with me in tow. Five steps in,