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A world without you...
The eyes will close...
A small glass bottle washed up on the shores of the Dark Meridian. On a stone formation nearby, a white emblem appeared for half a second before a cloaked figure stepped out of it as though it were nothing more than smoke. As his hood was caught by the breeze, his golden eyes gazed over the ocean, resting on the small bottle on the shore.
He stepped forward.
Something so natural...
In a city within a world nonexistent, the cloaked figure stepped onto the street as the rain poured down around him. He glanced up at a massive skyscraper nearby, then down as darkness pooled at his feet. As though through water, from the darkness emerged shadowy figures with lightningbolt antennae and pale yellow eyes.
The cloaked one swept his hands out, revealing two weapons. In his right was a weapon blacker than darkness, at the tip of which was 闇 yami. In his left was a weapon bright enough to make light cower, peaking wit
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Sora, Kairi, and Beast stepped into the Castle Chapel, looking around for anything... out of place. Kairi had sensed an unrealistic power coming from the castle, and the other Princesses of Heart had confirmed it - there was a dark, looming power near the center of the castle. Fearing for the Final Keyhole, Sora and Kairi had made their way to the chapel, with Beast alongside them.
Donald and Goofy had followed, but had been sidetracked by what appeared to be a delicious feast in the Waterways.
Now that they were there, however, Sora could see that the Final Keyhole was not the target of the power that opposed them. There was a dark, seething rift at the far end of the chapel - and as Sora approached it, he could feel it was a different darkness than they were familiar with.
He turned to Kairi. "Do you recognize it?"
Kairi shook her head. The darkness was a stranger to her as it was to Sora. "You'll want a Keychain."
Sora did not argue. He reached
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Sora and Kairi stepped onto the battlefield and froze still. There was something purely ominous in the air - something that Sora couldn't describe, something that Kairi struggled to.
A flash in the air caused them to raise their gaze to see a dark, writhing pattern over the battlefield. From the center of the batten fired a beam of white darkness, but it wasn't a darkness they were familiar with. It hit the battlefield and domed out, and within it formed a single figure, facing away from them.
He was clad in a black robe that was jagged at the bottom. His hair was long and shadowy silver, and the cuffs of his sleeves bore figures like demon wings. Dangling from his right shoulder was a black feather cape that had a blue hue in the dark moonlight.
Sora formed Ultima in hand.
The stranger heard the formation of the Keyblade and rose from his landing kneel. Kairi raised a hand defensively. "Who... who are you?"
The figure didn't respond immediately.
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Sora and Kairi found Peter Pan at Captain Hook's ship, pilfering treasure from the various treasure chests. He saw them flying towards the ship - with Kairi seriously enjoying the sensation of flight that being in Neverland allowed her - and hailed them down. "Kairi, Sora, good to see you two! What're you up to?"
"Not much," Kairi replied, touching down on the ship. Sora landed at her side as she added, "We heard there was something suspicious around." They weren't quite lying - Donald had found a Heartless output from Neverland so powerful that he had refused to leave the ship.
Peter Pan looked Kairi up and down, admiring her shadow-white dress, then did the same to Sora in his dragonskin battlesuit. "Nice duds." He shook his head. "Anyways, I haven't seen anything, but..."
As though on cue, Tinker Bell flew from under a grating and around Peter Pan. Kairi raised her head with a satisfied expression. "So that's where she went."
Sora turned to her. "
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Sora and Kairi stepped into Agrabah, their whitefold clothing tight around their faces, looking around for anything that might be suspicious - Donald had recieved such a high Heartless signal he and Goofy didn't dare come down. Almost on cue, Aladdin's flying carpet sped over their heads and into the hole on the side of his house. They turned towards each other, then climbed up the rough wall and emerged inside to see Aladdin trying to wrestle the enchanted Persian rug down.
"Hey, Kairi, Sora," he called. "What're you around Agrabah for?"
"Heard there was something suspicious around here," Kairi replied. "What's up with your carpet?"
Aladdin shook his head. "No idea. He shot in here and seems freaked out about something."
Sora stepped forward. "What's the matter? You want to go somewhere?"
The carpet flew out of Aladdin's hands and dropped into flight position like he wanted them to get on. The three of them turned towards each other and shrugged, then
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Sora stepped into the Olympus Coliseum with Kairi right at his side. The second they entered the arena, a frigid cold struck them. Sora faltered - the Coliseum was never this cold, even when it was filled with Wizards casting Blizzard. He saw lines of gold streaking along the Coliseum walls and new something was up.
A crash caused him to turn behind him to see a massive hand grabbing the edge of the walls, going over the lobby in a way that Phil wouldn't notice. Another hand grabbed the other side of the gate, and Sora saw that they were made from... ice?
Then the rest of their owner rose.
It had to have come from a portal to Hades' domain - there was no way a creature that big wuold be able to stay out of sight elsewise. Its body was massive and almost skeletal, its ribcage sharper than steel and its spine lined with spikes. Its hips were spiked like starflashes, and its upper legs were thin, while the lower legs were thick and bulky. Its arms
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Sora, Donald, and Goofy soared towards the door to Kingdom Hearts. Donald and Goofy stumbled to the ground, but Sora flipped and skidded before it.
"Come on!" Sora shouted. "Let's get this thing shut before the darkness can corrupt it!"
Donald and Goofy shot up next to him. He took one of the doors, and they took the other, pushing with all their might; but for all their effort, nothing seemed to happen.
Goofy stumbled at one point and caught a glimpse of what was inside Kingdom Hearts - and shouted.
"Stop staring and keep pushing!" Donald squawked. When Goofy didn't react, he looked inside for himself and gave a squawk of shock.
Inside Kingdom Hearts, surrounding the eternal light that had perished Ansem, was a swarm of darkness - black and pale gold that they both recognized. "The Heartless!?"
Donald redoubled his efforts to close the door, even drawing his staff and muttering endless spells. "Hurry!" he shouted.
"I can't..." Sora growled. His dragonwings wer
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The trio of Sora, Donald, and Goofy passed through the gap where the emblem used to be and found themselves in a spacious room. On either side was a fountain of springwater, and before them was a door - an ornate door that Sora had only seen in one other place - the Destiny Islands.
Bravely, he stepped towards the door.
The voice whirled around Sora like a gentle breeze.
"This is the last haven you'll find here."
It wasn't Kairi's voice this time - it was the true voice from his awakening.
"Beyond, there is no light to protect you."
The words awakened was Sora already knew in his heart - what he knew was before him.
"But don't be afraid."
He carefully approached the door and laid his hand on it.
"Your heart is the mightiest weapon of all."
The door shimmered to the touch of the Keyblade.
"So don't forget."
Sora formed Ultima in his hand and touched it to the door.
"You are the one who will open the door to the light."
He opened his eyes.
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"Hey, Hades, wake up."
Hades opened his eyes to see Hercules rattling on the bars of his cage. His hair reignited as he rose from the godly realm of dreams. "What do you want, hero boy?"
"Sora told me that you said you could open new cups while Phil's away so long as you provided the prizes to whoever completed them. Is that right?"
The Lord of the Dead got to his feet. "That kid beat Lythos? Are you serious?"
Herc chuckled. "You think I wasn't surprised to see Sora standing on a pile of boulders that used to be the two-headed Rock Titan?" He shook his head. "Anyways, you were right, Phil knew what you were talking about. So what prizes have you got?"
"Like I'm going to tell you." Hades snapped.
"I'll rescind your banishment from Olympus on weekends under a peace record."
"There's a shield and a staff in my throne room," Hades explained. "Cerberus will know I sent you, but he'll just hold you up if you don't take a direct route. Give the shield t
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Regretfully, Sora took his place in the pilot's seat of Ultima. He was uncomfortable sitting there without Kairi, but his words were true; he didn't want her to be hurt. They took off from the Rising Falls, and Sora called to Donald, "Where's the source of darkness Aurora spoke of?"
"It's... huh?" Donald squinted at his monitor. "Hold on, there's a massive Heartless reading coming from Olympus Coliseum?"
"Olympus Coliseum?" Goofy got to his feet. "What's that about?"
Sora shook his head. "It doesn't matter what that's about. Let's check it out. Donald, set the destination to the Coliseum, and I'll set the ship to Warp Drive."
Donald glanced at Sora, but he didn't argue. "Destination set."
With a click and a kick, Sora was hurtling through space at ten lightyears a second, arriving at the Coliseum before he could blink. He brought the ship to a stop outside the gates and leapt out. The skies of the Coliseum were suspiciously dark, and Phil was not th
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He opened his eyes and rose to a sitting position. Before him was the beach - bright sand, open sea, endless sky. He yawned, falling backwards - in time to catch the sight of a red-haired girl.
The boy in red yelped, shooting upright, before turning to his awakener, who chuckled. "Give me a break, Kai-"
The voice was cut off as the image changed; a silver-haired boy who was racing across the beach, quickly followed by the boy in red and the girl who had woken him.
The image changed again; the three of them against a tree bent into an S-shape. The girl and the boy in red were perched on its arced trunk - the silver-haired boy was leaning against it. He reached out as though to catch something, but nothing met his hand but his own words. "If there are any other worlds out there... why did we end up on this one?"
Again did the image shift - a cave filled with drawings, the boy in red rising to face a figure in a dark brown cloak.
"This world ha
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A dog licked his face.
The boy in red opened his eyes wearily to see an orange dog with big eyes staring at him. "What a dream." A pound from said animal stopped him from falling back to sleep, and he shot to his leg, using a weapon with a silver shaft to keep him upright. Someone was missing - and the boy was shocked. "This isn't a dream!"
The image shifted as he rushed out onto a busy-looking area, and dark figures shot up before him. "Forget about the monsters, Sora. Gotta find Kai-"
The words were cut off as the image changed again - now the boy was standing before a shop in a different area, facing a figure with a deadly blade - hilt and handle like those of a revolver. "They'll come at you out of nowhere. And they'll keep on coming at you, as long as you continue to wield the Keyblade."
Then a hotel room, with the gun-swordsman nearby and the weapon held against the legs of the boy in red, who had the red-haired girl at his side. "The Heartless h
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"As the key bearer, you must already know - it is forbidden to meddle in the affairs of other worlds."
It was the boy in red again - but this time he was underwater, transformed into a sort of merman, his chest bare, with his weapon in hand - transformed, true, but still the same basic shape. He was floating before an elder-looking merman with a deadly trident, and the red-haired girl was at his side, transformed into a mermaid with a wrap of seaweed around her torso.
The image shifted - the merman was gone, in his place a mermaid girl who looked like she was made for show. She rested her hand on the boy's face. "So many places I want to see... I know I'll get there someday."
Then it was a coliseum antechamber with a distinctly Greek design. The boy was returned to normal, the girl at his side, facing an overweight satyr and a heavily muscled man. "Thus, I do hereby dub thee junior hero, and confer upon thee all rights and priveledges to participa
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"She's taking Excalibur."
The boy in red raced through a town crafted from lost worlds. He tore through a pair of gates to find the red-haired girl in a massive aerial ship that took off as he tried to follow her. He couldn't keep up - until, in his rage, he came across a much smaller, much more rocket-esque ship.
Then the image changed; the boy's whole party - the sorcerer, the knight, the girl, and him - before the silver-haired boy, clad in bloodred dragonskin, surrounded by rising falls. The dragon wingblades on his back snapped open to act as real wings as the true key - the key with the silver shaft - appeared in his hand. "You don't have what it takes to wield the sacred weapon. And now, you'll never know what lies beyond the door."
The entrance hall of a massive castle; the knight with a shield that looked like some kind of jewels, guarding the boy in red from a surge of necrous fire. "Sora ain't goin' nowhere!"
The sorcerer landing
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Falling... falling... into darkness...
Roxas shot to an upright position, panting heavily. His heart was beating like mad, pounding endlessly without pause. "I'm dreaming," he gasped.
He raised his left hand before him, the chains of black gold and the thalassa shell still around his wrist.
"But which parts... were the dream?"
The gang was at the Usual Spot, and Olette seemed upset about something. Roxas just sat there, letting his mind wander, trying to make sense of recent events. Olette stepped up before him, and Roxas raised his gaze as she crossed her arms.
"Only three days left of summer vacation," Hayner snapped, "so don't even mention taht assignment!"
Olette turned to him. "We agreed we'd get it finished today," she snapped.
Roxas was still wandering. "Yesterday... I fell off the Clock Tower... didn't I?"
That threw Hayner's argument completely off track. "You wouldn't be here if you did!" he replied. "Man, it was clo
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"Gawrsh, is that all that's left of the worlds taken by the Heartless?"
An open void of blue that was both light and dark - an ocean of eternity. A massive, articulate shield in the knight's hand; an ornate, arcane staff in the sorcerer's grip. The boy in haous dragonskin, a charm of thalassa shells around his wrist - a bracelet, a star.
"Those worlds will be restored if we beat Ansem, right?" A nod from the sorcerer confirming his thoughts, but rising a fear. "But if we do beat him... and all these worlds become restored and disconnected... what's going to happen to this place? To us?"
A draconian demon like a gargoyle of charcoal, fangs like a vampire, eyes of gold. A dark inquirer, his hands gleaming with silver darkness; a massive, necrous figure that rose from his shadow, arced behind him like a guardian.
"All worlds begin in darkness, and all so end. The heart is no different. Darkness sprouts within it, it grows, consumes it. Such
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Roxas stepped into what looked like an open arena room. There was a pattern on the floor like arena parameters, a square overlapping a diamond. Dusks and Assassins shot up around him, but Wayward Wind appeared in Roxas' hand, and flares of demon light seared from the tip, cutting them down as he looked around, the gold in his eyes dimming.
"Simply amazing, Roxas."
The Keyblade wielder turned as he saw Axel step out of a twisting storm of crimson darkness. The rift closed, turning bright green, as Axel stepped forward.
Roxas narrowed his eyes. "Hey, there, Axel," he mused, as casually as if he had met the firefinger at the Clock Tower for a bar of ice cream.
"You really do remember me this time?" Axel turned to Roxas, fire burning behind his emerald eyes. "I'm SO FLATTERED!"
Flames razed a circle around Roxas and Axel, forming a deadly ring within which their match would commence. Roxas smirked and he let Wayward Wind dangle in his hands
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The door slid open when Oblivion touched it. Roxas stepped into what looked like a hallway, hooking the kanji of his Keys together and slinging them over his shoulder, his hand on Oathbinder. The hall was filled with strange pods - flower shapes holding teardrops of curious glass. Roxas could tell they had been used before.
And as he arrived at a bend in the hall, he saw two that were being used.
Within two of the pods, suspended and sleeping, were figures that were familiar to Roxas. One of them was a sorcerer who would be hell when he woke up, a simple staff at his belt. The other was a knight who looked like he should be snoring, a circular siheld on his back. Roxas approached them curiously.
A presence nearby caused him to stop. There was no flare of demon light, no swirl of energy, but Roxas figured that Darkness in Zero very well may have been there the whole time - and he had simply not noticed.
"At last, the Key
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At the station of Twilight Town, a peculiar train pulled in - a bright blue train, patterned with stars and twisting gold patterns, with a hat shape at the forefront. Out of that train stepped a small, lithe figure in a black cloak. The figure of his helm was distinct - no hood could obscure his ears - but he raised no curious glances as he made his way out of the station.
He surged forward. His vision was fuzzy, and his feet didn't seem to be on anything. He glanced around, reaching out and feeling the distinct texture of stained glass. "Kairi?" He fell silent and reached a hand to his lips. His voice was suddenly much different.
He glanced around. "Donald? Goofy?" No response. He raised his right hand before him, and he saw familiar shapes around his wrist - thalassa shells.
He closed his eyes for one... two... three.
Then he opened them and thrust his palm out.
Light surged from his hand, and the
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As the train rolled along, Donald and Goofy found the seats comfortable. They looked out the window, watching the hills roll by, but Sora, leaning against the door with the munny pouch from the King in hand, couldn't bring himself to enjoy the scenery. Slowly, he reached into the pouch and pulled out the crystal, looking at it curiously.
"You know... I'm sad."
Donald and Goofy exchanged glances. "We'll be back," Donald assured him.
"Yeah," Goofy agreed. "We can visit Hayner and his friends again."
Sora turned to them and nodded, a smile rising on his face again.
A sensation coursed across Sora, and his eyes widened. It felt like a long time since he experienced this, but it was unmistakeable, the energy that coursed over the train, and Sora knew only one thing that could cause this sensation.
He looked back out the window to see it filled with light. When the light faded, the hills of Twilight Town had vanished; in their place was
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"So, if I win... I'm captain. And if you win..."
"I get to share the paopu with Kairi."
Riku's expression as he turned towards Sora was mischevous, almost malicious. "Deal? The winner gets to share a paopu with Kairi."
"Wha- wait a minute..." Sora's mind was going from naught to ninety kilometers an hour in three seconds when Kairi called out, "OK, on my count!"
His gaze shot to the course. He could see the advantage easily - if he got a headstart, he knew how to beat Riku.
"Three... two... one... go!"
Riku was fast, strong, and cocky, but Sora somehow always managed to pull through when the odds were against him or the stakes were high. This time it was both. He shot forward and leapt from structure to structure, way ahead of Riku. He skidded to a stop at a patch of wood that was fragile and rotten. When Riku came up behind him, he took one step onto the patch and leapt off, leaving Riku to plummet into the water, then continued to jump.
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"So here it is."
Sora dropped what he and Kairi used to call 'art stones' and shot to his feet, turning around. Standing in the shadows was a hooded figure. "Wh-Who's there?"
"I've come to see the door to this world." It wasn't an answer to his question - more like an evasion. Sora's face must have spoke for him, for the hooded shape continued, "This world has been connected."
"What are you talking about?" Sora demanded, one hand on his sword.
"Tied to the darkness... soon to be completely eclipsed." Again, not an answer, just a source of more confusion.
Sora shook his head and drew his weapon. "Well, whoever you are, stop freaking me out like this!" He caught a brief glimpse of the figure's face, and it was strange - almost otherworldly. "Huh? Wh-Where did you come from?"
A brief half-chuckle emerged from the figure's direction. "You do not yet know what lies beyond the door."
"So... you're from another world!" Sora exclaimed.
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"So... Kairi's home is out there somewhere, right?"
Riku, leaning against the bent tree, shrugged. "Could be. We'll never know by staying here."
Sora angled forward to catch Riku's eye. "But how far could a raft take us?"
"Who knows?" Riku replied. He held his hand out to empty air. "If we have to, we'll think of something else.
"So, suppose you get to another world," Kairi mused. She chuckled and asked, "What would you do there?"
"Well, I..." Riku started, then finished lamely, "I haven't really thought about it." He raised his gaze to sea. "It's just... I've always wondered why we're here, on this island. If there are any other worlds out there... why did we end up on this one?"
He lowered his hand. "And, suppose there are other worlds. Then ours is just a part of something much bigger. So we could have easily ended up somewhere else, right?"
Sora sighed, spun, and lay back against the upcurve of the tree, facing him and Kairi. "I don't
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As Sora, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy made their alliance, they had no idea that they were being watched.
"That little squirt took down that Heartless! Who'd have thought it?!" The owner of the voice swept his hand like he wanted to cut open the reflecting pool in which they were watching.
"Such is the power of the Keyblade," a second voice explained. "The child's strength is not his own."
"Why don't we turn him into a Heartless?" The third voice cackled villianally. "That'll settle things quick enouhg!
"And the brat's friends are the kings lackeys!" The owner of the fourth voice shook his head. "Swoggle me eyes! They're all bilge rats by the look of them."
A chuckle came from his left. "You're no prize yourself!" laughed the fifth voice of the circle.
"Enough." The woman's voice caused everyone in the circle to turn, seeing the tall, menacing woman flitting with darkness. "The Keyblade has chosen him," she stated. "Will it be he who
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As it happened, the quartet didn't head back to Traverse Town first. The Heartless ships made it too hard, and Donald's flying was so haphazard that they missed Traverse Town by a mile - although that could have partially been blamed on the fact that someone or something had taken out their left engine.
When the ship came to a stop, they were surrounded by ancient Greek craftsmanship - marble pillars, bronze statues of soldiers, and a big pair of double doors that were fortunate enough to block the view of the impacted gummi ship.
Kairi leaned against the wall over the warp pad as she and Sora were flashed out, holding in sickness. "He... flies... badly..." she gasped.
Sora helped her keep steady and turned to Donald, who was looking over the gummi ship's damage. "I'm giving you one more chance," he stated. "If you make Kairi sick again, then I'm driving."
"Not on your life," Donald stated. "Damage isn't too bad. Chip and Dale will have it running again by
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"He's strong. He's kind. He's always there for you, and he's handsome to boot. He's... perfect. Perfect. Perfectly infuriating! He drives me crazy!"
Searing red flames burst from Hades' hand as his hair turned crimson. He threw the fire into the sky, where it exploded. He panted for a moment, tired and exhausted.
"Wait, hold on, hold on. What are you worried about? Look, here's what you do. Let Hercules train the kid. In the next games, I'll take care of them both!" He clenched his fist as his hair and skin cooled down to blue - and it was then that he sensed a presence behind him.
"Who invited you?" he asked without turning - for he knew her presence just from the shadows on it. "Stay out of this. This is my show."
The dark woman smiled. "As you wish. Fight to your heart's content."
She turned and vanished in a swirl of blackness, leaving Hades to turn and realize she hadn't meant it as a compliment.
The Gummi ship was in working order, but the Heartl
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"What drew the Heartless to that world?"
The leader of the shadowy figures that surrounded the reflecting pool turned to the questioner. "It was the hunter that lured them there. It was his lust for power that acted like bait." She grinned darkly. "But it seems the trail was too strong for his own good."
"Yeah, he got chomped instead!" The joker laughed from the shadows.
A single figure stepped forward from the crowd, looking over the reflecting pool. "A weak-hearted fool like him stood no chance against the Heartless." As images appeared over the pool, they illuminated his face - a powerful gaze upon the face of a desert-tanned man dressed in the robes of a vizier, with a cane like a cobra. "But the boy is a problem. He found one of the Keyholes."
He beckoned to the reflected figures - transparent shapes of the trio climbing up the tree to their ship, only for the leader to shake her head. "Fear not," she assured the vizier. "It will take him ages
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Kairi was pleased to find that Sora's driving did not affect her stomach in any way - although they had to make a pit stop at Olympus Coliseum when a Heartless ship left some wicked damage through a nasty collision. While Chip and Dale fixed the ship, Sora, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy stepped up to the Coliseum gates - and were surprised to see that the first tournament cup was open.
"Come one, come all, to compete in the Philoctetes Cup!" Phil was calling out. "Fight the great monsters right here in the... oh, hey, you made it!" He leapt down from the currently unmoved pedestal and stepped towards Sora and Kairi. "You up for this?"
Sora chuckled and let Jungle King appear in his hand. "Bring it on," he replied. "And for the record, those monsters are called Heartless."
"Alright." Phil looked from him to Donald and Goofy. "You don't have the best bunch of sideshow freaks," he stated, "but these guys got tough - you'll want to enter as a team, fir
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"Talk about a missed chance."
Hades, Maleficent, and Riku were gathered around the reflecting pool. "That smarmy vizier could've had 'em," Hades stated, then turned to Riku and added, "if someone had stuck around to give him a hand."
"Hey, I did my part," Riku stated. "I brought the princess, didn't I?"
"Jafar was beyond help," Maleficent stated, "consumed by his own hatred. One should beware of letting it burn to fiercely. He was lucky the Heartless didn't consume him before he placed his third wish." She turned towards Hades meaningfully.
"Woah, woah, woah, lighten up," he said hurriedly. "I'm as cool as I come, okay? That's why my hair's blue." He turned to Riku. "By the way, kid, you're right - you did your job. That's why we've got something special for you."
Riku looked between the god and the witch. "What do you mean?"
"We had a deal, yes?" Maleficent asked. "You played your part - you brought us the princess from Agrabah. So we'll play the d
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The disturbance that the gang was causing within Monstro was causing the giant whale to sneeze - and if any of them were unprepared for that, they would be sent flying through interspace without a vessel. Gepetto, Pinocchio, and Jiminy took refuge in the hull of Gepetto's ship, while Sora and Kairi leapt to the half-repaired Excalibur, where Donald and Goofy were waiting.
Chip's voice came on over the speakers. "It's not finished yet!" he squeaked. "If we take off now, than..."
"Can it fly?" Sora asked, already belting in with Kairi.
"Yes, but..." Dale started to say.
"Then get ready! Monstro's about to blow!"
Sora kick-started the engine. They had recently outfitted Excalibur with a midsized Firaga engines and two small Fire engines alongside the two Fira engines, and when Sora kicked it on, only the Fire engines activated - but Fire would have to do. Kairi held him tight as Monstro inhaled deeply - and then gave the biggest sneeze any of them had heard
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"Hey! Is this how you wanted it?"
A turmoil of memories. Ever since he turned his heart to darkness, they had come - image by image by fleeting, painstakingly brief image. But to whom did they belong? The elder? Or the youth? Even now, as he stood there - gazing at his comrades that lay on the floor of the computer lab, with darkness sweeping over their bodies now that their hearts had left them - he was not yet sure.
He turned back to the boltslinger who stood at the computer desk. His crossbows were hooked on his back, their handles passing the shoulders of his guard uniform, and the patch of black cloth over his right eye did nothing to obscure the golden glare in his left.
His ally stepped forward. "You wanna fill me in?"
A name he had taken, only when it was all he could remember - but no more. As he raised his hand, black shadow charging across it, he made a decision: not the elder nor the youth would be his avatar.
Pure darkness frost
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He sat on the arc of the paopu tree upon the battlefield islet, his feet dangling below him. In his hands was a letter, the bottle of which sat beside him, the words within which he had burned into his mind. At his waist dangled a sparring weapon - a simple wooden sword, no adornments upon blade, hilt, or handle - and around his neck lay a silver chain, with a crown standing out on his chest.
Dangling from his right wrist was a bracelet of thalassa shells.
The call caused Sora to turn. Kairi was walking towards him, her hands caught behind her. She, too, had a wooden sword at her side - but hers was a beautiful weapon, an angel wingblade she had made herself, every feather crafted by hand.
"Kairi..." Sora pushed himself off the tree as she neared him, setting the letter down on the arc. It was the last day before they had to leave, so he wasn't surprised by her approach. Still, he did feel kind of awkward, if not downright guilty -
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He leaned against the rails of the zipline tower over the island cove, his face catching a high breeze. His hair had been bladed short - not by arcana, or superiority, but a pair of heavy-duty scissors. His mind was on the journey that lay before him, and in one hand he had a simple wooden sword used to spar.
In the other drifted a crown necklace of black gold.
The voice surprised Riku, and he turned to see Kairi at the edge of the off-sand cave that led to the beach. Her own wooden weapon - a beautiful angel wingblade handcrafted feather by fether - was at her side, and she was hiding something behind her.
"Kairi?" He pulled himself off the rail, hooked his blade on his belt, and pocketed the chain before grabbing the zipline and skidding down towards Kairi. He fumbled his landing slightly, but managed to recover before he had to take the long way around and leapt to Kairi.
"What are you doing here?" Riku asked. It was the last day b
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"As a Keyblade Master, Xehanort of the Black Claw had a gift like few others. But such great minds are often plauged by a single great question: What is the essence of the heart that weakens us... or empowers us?"
The Mysterious Tower: sorcerer's stronghold, full magic staircases, swirling pools of arcana... and death by retired Keyslinger if you so much as raise your hand against it.
"The answer, he believed, would be found in the 'Keyblade War'. What if the challenges of our past were, in fact, a map to the light and darkness that battles within us all?"
A king and his trusted men; a long-logical soldier and a short-tempered wizard, both led by a single royal freelancer. Ignore the dark Keyblade.
"Xehanort had to know; so he renounced his duties as master and chose the seeker's life. Since then, in many a guise, he has clashed with protectors of the light - Keyblade wielders like yourselves."
Two bearers of such a weapon, rivals in love: on
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"Long ago, in the age of fairy tales, the World was filled with light - a gift, many believed, from an unseen power known as 'Kingdom Hearts'."
Were the two Keyblade wielders to achieve their goal, they had to understand what was behind their obstructions.
"You see, Kingdom Hearts was protected by its counterpart - the Chi:blade - so that none could ever lay hands on its mysteries." Yen Sid said the name in an unfamiliar fashion - Chi emerged sharp, and sudden, and then blade slower, like a subtitle to the weapon. "But in time, the world was overrun by legions who wanted the light all to themselves. And the first shadows were cast upon the land.
"These warriors crafted 'Keyblades', in the image of the original Chi:blade, and waged a great war over Kingdom Hearts. We call this the Keyblade War. But though the war extinguished all light from the World, the darkness could not reach the brightness that lay within every child's hea
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"Long ago, in the age of fairy tales, the World was filled with light - a gift, many believed, from an unseen power known as 'Kingdom Hearts'."
Were the two Keyblade wielders to achieve their goal, they had to understand what was behind their obstructions.
"You see, Kingdom Hearts was protected by its counterpart - the Chi:blade - so that none could ever lay hands on its mysteries." Yen Sid said the name in an unfamiliar fashion - Chi emerged sharp, and sudden, and then blade slower, like a subtitle to the weapon. "But in time, the world was overrun by legions who wanted the light all to themselves. And the first shadows were cast upon the land.
"These warriors crafted 'Keyblades', in the image of the original Chi:blade, and waged a great war over Kingdom Hearts. We call this the Keyblade War. But though the war extinguished all light from the World, the darkness could not reach the brightness that lay within every child's he
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"One dream is connected to another, which means we must choose in which Sleeping World you will begin."
Yen Sid had given them as much information as he could concerning the Sleeping Worlds. Now, all that awaited was for them to begin their journey.
"I will return you to the Destiny Islands," he said to Sora and Riku, "just before they were swallowed by the darkness and plunged into sleep. Once dreams take you, you must let them guide you to the Sleeping Worlds.
"As there are seven pure lights," he added, "so too are there seven Sleeping Keyholes. Unlocking these will both grant you new powers, and free the worlds from their wakelessness. Complete this task, and return here safely.
"And I will name you both... true Masters of the Keyblade."
Sora and Riku glanced at each other before turning back to Yen Sid. "Keychains?" Riku asked.
Yen Sid narrowed his gaze. "Only those which you find in the Realm of Sleep."
"Drive?" Sora asked.
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When Sora opened his eyes, he was already falling.
His mental process had switched back into 'dive' mode. He arced into a flip so he was plummetting headfirst, calling the Kingdom Key to hand. A swarm of piranha-esque Nightmares and more Komory Bats flared into existence as he started diving towards what appeared to be a huge town; but Sora only charged through them.
After several rounds, Sora opened his eyes to drop down in the city. It looked like a place where a bad face or bad attire could get you in trouble. Sora - who had heard one too many lectures on blending in to a new world from Donald - would have switched out his garments given half the chance, but he had no ability to do so, dreaming or otherwise.
He made his way through the town, looking around for anything suspicious and trying not to act too suspicious himself. Not far into a back alley he came across an official-looking figure in long, dark robes with a rather unf
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Riku was already tumbling when he opened his eyes.
He righted himself rapidly - then whirled until he was diving and shot down to see a huge insectoid Dream Eater flying downward, facing him. Four smaller bees shot up around it, but Riku only called Way to Dawn to hand and prepared to fight.
The bee shot stingers at him, but Riku only parried them, sweeping around the last one as it came up too close for comfort. The smaller Nightmares shot up at Riku, but the dragon only arced from side to side, lashing out at one as he passed.
His Keyblade bounced off the hide, but he did catch sight of large, glowing points upon the bees; and as they shot back down after him, he lashed out at those points, causing them to fade into darkness that misted towards the larger queen.
The queen seemed to wince, and Riku saw a glowing point shine upon its forehead.
He dove down faster, swinging his Key at the Nightmare's helm, striking it with whirling blows
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"Hey, Axel. Don't tell me you forgot."
Atop the Clock Tower of Twilight Town. Sea salt ice cream on his tounge, an empty stick in his hands.
A friend at his side. The same garments - the same black cloak of darkness - but its wearer was oh so different.
"You made us a promise."
His friend never finished his snack as fast as he did, yet somehow they both sat there with empty sticks in hand.
Beloved of no one, who now sat there with his hands unclad. Street shoes on his feet, and street clothes under his open cloak.
"Don't you remember what you said to me? What you said to her?"
Bound to the wrist of his left hand - a black gold chain of memories. A single gold link, a thalassa shell like a holy lock.
"Go ahead, just keep running."
The wind caught his golden blond hair as he glanced towards the sunset, letting the light burn in his eyes.
"But you'll always be there... to bring us back."
He sighed, turning towar
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"Now what do we do?"
Sora took the sorcerer's question in stride, so as to minimize his pain. "We look for Riku and the king."
"But, uh, where do we start looking for that there door to the light?"
A response was on Sora's lips when he realized that the knight had a point - they had no idea where to look. He came to a stop, and the figures on either side followed suit. All three of them sighed.
Rustling caught Sora's ears, and he looked up to see a bright orange dog wander out of the waist-high grass that lined the path of whatever world they had come to. "Hey, Goofy, isn't that your dog?"
The knight, Goofy, raised his gaze. "Hey, there, Pluto!" he called. "Where have you been?"
Pluto turned towards them - and in his mouth was a letter with a curious emblem on it.
The sorcerer, who was known as Donald, looked towards the dog. "That's the king's seal!"
Sora stepped forward and crouched down. "Hey, have you seen King Mickey?" Pluto perked up at his
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Sora stepped out into a town that was all-too familiar to him. He stopped cold, causing Jiminy Cricket to fall from his shoulder. "Wait, this can't be right! We're in Traverse Town!"
"It isn't reality that you see."
The voice caused Sora to turn, only to see the cloaked figure from before phasing into existence. "This town is an illusion - concieved by your memories ingrained in that card."
"Memories?" Sora wondered aloud.
Jiminy leapt up and down to catch his attention. "Forget about that, Sora!" he called. "We're two heads short!"
Sora's eyes widened, and he looked around. "Donald? Goofy? Kai...?" He cut himself short and clenched his teeth as the thought bit into his heart. He turned to the cloaked one. "What did you do with them?"
"They are at the mercy of the cards now," the hooded figure replied. "Master the cards, and their strength will be yours again."
Streams of light appeared from Sora's hand, as cue of the Kingdom Key appearing in his grip.
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Sora and Leon made good time through Traverse Town, with Leon proving himself quite powerful in battle. No Heartless stood before his gunblade for more than a few seconds. Sora was starting to feel like an apprentice following his master when they arrived at another crown-tipped door, this one with a decorative heart on the crown.
As Sora sifted through his 'door deck', he came across an unfamiliar card at the back. It had the same golden frame as the card with the key, but this card held a decorative heart on the surface. Sora smirked and glanced at the door to see the number '2' appear on it. He drew a green card depicting a sorcerer's hat and the golden heart card, and both of them flew from his hands; the golden one flew into the crown, while the green one slipped into the door.
He and Leon walked through the fading door, only to see Yuffie standing with a girl in bright colours in a simple homey room. He stepped into view as the girls turned
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Sora, Donald, and Goofy passed through the arch to find the hooded figure waiting for them, standing before the steps to the next floor. The second they entered the room, he stepped towards them, his face still obscured.
"Well, Sora? Did you enjoy meeting your memories?"
The Keyblade Master narrowed his eyes. "It was good to see everybody again," he admitted. "But why show me an illusion? What do you want from me?"
"Not an illusion," the cloaked one stated. "A recreation. What do I want from you?" He took an offensive stance, causing Sora to reach out, ready to call the Keyblade. "That depends on what you have to give."
Sora glared and let the Keyblade flash into his hands before bringing it around in a battle stance. The cloaked one appeared ready to strike out when another figure emerged from the shadows.
The cloaked one turned to the newcomer. He was in a similar black cloak, but his hood was unobscured, revealing a spiked hairstyle
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The instant they arrived at the next floor, Jiminy leapt down and looked around. "Hmm..."
"Something wrong, Jiminy?" Sora asked.
"What Axel said has been bothering me," Jiminy replied. He turned to Sora. "What could he have meant by 'you may no longer be you'?"
Sora hid the pang of worry he felt with a smart grin. "Come on. How can I be anyone besides me?"
Jiminy shook his head. "I know, I know. Still, it always pays to be careful."
"Yeah," Goofy agreed. "Just about anything could happen here in Castle Oblostemy."
"Oblivion!" Donald snapped.
Goofy nodded. "Right. Castle Oblivion."
Sora chuckled, turning to them. "Come on, guys. Whatever they're cooking up, together we can make it go stale."
The knight perked up suddenly. "Hey, remember that other castle we explored before? The one with all the contraptions?"
A confused look appeared on Sora's face. "When was that?"
"Contraptions?" Donald asked, equally confused. "I don't remember any castle like that
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The trio stepped into the white of Castle Oblivion and closed the door behind them, so as to not let the others of Agrabah follow suit. Sora and Donald started forward, but Donald was quick to notice Goofy lagging behind, still in thought.
"What is it, Goofy?" he called.
"It's that castle I mentioned earlier," Goofy replied. "I'm sure I didn't make it up..." Donald frowned at him, but Sora was caught in thought. "It was that big one with the nasty Heartless." The name of the shadowy creatures perked his memory, and he raised his gaze.
"Remember? When we got there, Riku took the Keyblade from Sora. Sora came charging in with a fancy new sword because Kairi was tryin' to get Riku to get back in the light, and he got into a fight with Riku. Sora won, and he got Kairi and the Keyblade back. Then Riku started bein' all evil and made a new Keyblade that was real dark and putting the Princesses to sleep. He tried to use that thing on Sora, but Sora beat him
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Sora, Donald, and Goofy wordlessly stepped into the white hall. As they neared the stairs, Sora heard the sorcerer mutter to himself, "I hope the king's okay..."
"Why bring that up all of a sudden?" Sora asked, turning.
Donald raised his gaze. "I... I just want to make sure I haven't forgotten about him."
"And I still remember perfectly!" Donald seemed relieved. "Goofy and I are on a quest to find him."
Goofy nodded. "Yup! I remember. The king helped us save the world by stayin' on the other side of the door to darkness. He had a Keyblade that kind of looked like Sora's, but the colours were backwards. Since Sora couldn't lock it alone, the two of 'em had to work together."
Donald smirked. "Well, that's good. We both still remember, and we won't be forgetting anytime soon."
"And me," Sora mused, "I'm looking for Riku. He was with the king when the door closed. I remember he was helping us get it shut." He tilted his head back, gazing at a chand
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Sora stepped through the gates of the Coliseum, unsuprised when he, Donald, and Goofy arrived in Castle Oblivion. The knight and sorcerer stepped forward, but Sora remained still, lost in thought.
Who was that girl earlier? he mused. She looked kind of like Kairi, but at the same time... she didn't. Was there... someone else?
The more he thought about it, the more he was sure that was it - there had been another girl. His mind was turmoiling, the thoughts echoing around his head, senselessly, wordlessly, until they settled for one question.
What was her name?
Sora leapt back, slamming into the door immediately behind him. Donald was standing there, his staff levelled on where Sora's nose had just been. "Get a move on!" he shouted. "You want to find Riku and the king, don't you?"
"Well, yeah," Sora agreed. "Come on, let's go."
Another image was gently pulled from the sketch pad that a bright figure continued to dra
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Thoughts of the girl on his mind, Sora wasn't paying attention to which card he drew before he flicked it into the door and stepped inside.
When he finally paid attention to his surroundings, he found it was quite the creepy place. He came to a stop and looked around, Goofy and Donald doing the same.
"Gawrsh!" Goofy stated. "Don't like the looks'a this place. I bet it's crawlin' with ghosts!"
Donald turned to him. "Well, then what's there to worry about?" he asked. "You won't be spooked if you already know what's coming!"
Goofy looked confused. "You really think so?"
A sigh from Donald. "Trust me!" he assured Goofy.
"Welcome to Halloween Town!"
Everything dimmed, and Donald and Goofy looked around. Sora drew his Keyblade as a tall, skeletal figure in a formal black suit appeared with a sudden spotlight. He heard Donald squawking, "Wak! A ghost!"
The skeleton stepped forward. "Wow, that was the best shriek I've heard in ages!" he exclaimed. "If you're <
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As they closed the door to Halloween Town behind them, Donald turned to Sora. "Hey, did you remember anything else about that girl?" he asked.
Sora crossed his arms. Little flashes had been coming back to him throughout the Samhain journey, and he replied, "Yeah, bits and pieces."
"Tell us about her," Goofy said. "Maybe talkin' will help you remember!"
"I suppose," Sora replied. "Well... I remember she was quiet... and almost always drawing pictures. While we were all swimming at the beach... she'd draw a picture of it, instead." He smiled. "I remember she used to draw us, too. She was good at it!"
His smile widened as he added, "I think me and Riku used to get into a fight over who would get his picture drawn next. Once she drew me, with my wooden sword, and she made it look like a real one. Riku was so jealous he challenged me to a fight and whupped my ass in the time it took me to say that sentence."
Everyone laughed. Sora's face fell as he continu
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Light and darkness alike are wide and vast - but finding oneself between often takes great effort.
Two friends - siblings in training the weapons of light. Earth charged with energy, ocean flitting with arcana, back to back, bringing themselves through the motions.
A visitor was rare, and earth and ocean alike turned as the Master before them made his way to the entrance to find an old friend standing there.
One of the newcomers had all the energy of a Master, but there was power about him that made the two wary. His eyes shone dark with gold - and his ears tapered to vicious points.
At the second Master's side was another visitor, one who seemed lost. There was a power about him, something windly - and there was a weakness about him, something broken.
Terra raced to the entrance to see the newcomer. As he passed Master Eraqus and the other, he slowed, feeling the power coming from the one Eraqus seemed to accept as an old friend. The trait that he had
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"This world is just too small."
The words came back to the elderly cloaked figure who stood on the island at midnight. He was silent for a long time, the wrapped bundle under his arm motionless. Calmly, he set the bundle on a bent tree that held a series of star-shaped fruits.
"There, you see? An empty world, like a prison. Here, on this quiet island, time marches in place. I imagine you'll be right at home - you and your wind that has lost its way."
The bundle was not a package - it was a boy who had been stripped of all he had.
Hey, where am I?
His weak voice echoed around him as he fell slowly through the empty space around him. He soon found himself standing weakly on the center of a white disc of light.
I'm a new heart.
He glanced around weakly, his eyes - which to an observer were faded and weak - slowly falling open and close. "But this is... Why are you in my heart?"
The light brought me.
I saw it shining in the distance..
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The next day was the Mark of Mastery Exam.
Terra and Aqua stood side by side in the Throne Room of the Land of Departure. Light filtered in through the ornate stained-glass window behind them, casting long shadows from their feet, and before them were a trio of thrones.
The center throne was empty - however, the thrones on either side were occupied. The throne on the right held an elderly man in odd garments. He wore a skintight crimson chestplate that was covered by a black vest that hung low in a half-robe, and a split kilt of silver that fell from his waist, ending just above his ankles. He wore gauntlets of silver that came to a stop in silvery white gloves. His bald helm gave him little to no opportunity to cover the signature traits of darkness, known as needles and gold - sharpened ears and shining golden eyes.
The figure on the left throne was far kinder. Master Eraqus was less aged than his acquaintance, but he dressed in a somewhat old fash
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Ventus resisted the urge to pull a U-turn.
He had felt bad about leaving Aqua behind without giving her a chance to speak, but he couldn't turn around to return to the Land of Departure. Master Eraqus had warned them abotu the dangers of the Lanes Between - they were forbidden, one-way roads that connected the forces of light that were worlds, like islands on the Ocean Between.
Do not wander from the Lanes Between, Master Eraqus had once warned him. The darkness is close between light and shadow - like a claw, a vice. Stray from the Lanes that light has paved in the darkness, and it will penetrate even the strongest armour. And if you find yourself caught in that vice, make haste to return to the Lanes, or you will find the light escape you.
So Ven made no move to turn, nor to direct himself towards one of those forces of light. Instead, he rose through the Lane, the Wayfinder dangling on his neck, the whirr emitting from the jet
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One might call it a castle of dreams, the great building of which the girl had such a great view from the attic she stayed. In fact, one might even call it torture - for she never got any closer than this.
"Cinderellie! Cinderellie! Come on! Gotta flurry, gotta flurry!"
The girl turned to see a small mouse rushing out of the nearby mousehole, climbing the bedposts, and arriving at the top. "Now, Jaq," she said calmly, "what's all the fuss about?"
Jaq managed to stand on the peak of the bedpost. "Somebody new in the house!" he replied. "Somebody never saw refore!"
"Oh, a new friend," the girl mused. "Where is he?"
"In a trap-trap! Down de stairs!"
As this was transpiring, Ventus was pacing. He felt much like a prisoner - he was surrounded by iron bars. He had arrived from the rift to the Lanes Between and essentially crashed. His Keyblade Glider had tumbled out of sight, but he had disabled his armour. He didn't stop moving - he'd fiddled with the bars, tr
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Ventus emerged from the Lanes Between in a castle. "Still no sign of Terra," he murmured to himself. He touched the Wayfinder around his neck, closing his eyes for a moment as images of Terra and Aqua on the night of the meteor shower flitted through his mind.
He turned to the nearest door and stepped through it, surprised to find a bedroom. The air was dark and cold - it was like a crime had just been committed in the vicinity.
A faint presence nearby caused him to turn, and he saw a girl lying in a four-poster bed. It was strange - she was motionless, almost... cold...
"Stop! You get away from her!"
Ven spun to see three figures suddenly just there. He could have sworn he saw wings on their backs. Were they faeries? They were all clad the same but their colours, and each of them held a golden spellcaster's wand in hand. "Oh, I'm sorry," he gasped. "It's just... there's something strange, and... distant about her."
The faerie in red hovered up
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Ventus did the Keyblade Glider equivalent of flooring it.
His heart had panged to see Aqua at the Enchanted Dominion, and it had hurt worse when he had forced himself to leave. That was the second time he had left her behind - and it hurt a lot more this time around.
Because this time he had done it deliberately.
Normally, Ven rode his glider like a sports board, standing sideways upon the platform. But this time he was kneeling on the board, one hand against the platform, the other on the Wayfinder that dangled from his neck. Which might explain why, when the presence of darkness neared him, he didn't immediately react.
Until he realized that he recognized it.
He shot to his feet as a familiar figure in muscle necrous muscle tissue passed him. He spun to face Ventus, and he saw a face covered by a one-way mask. The only difference this time was that he had something in his hands this time - on each of his hands and each of his feet was a shape like a bloodr
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Ventus hit the ground with a wicked thud.
The Lane Between had deposited him in a central plaza in a bright, vibrant city. It seemed calm, and quiet, but Ven felt something strange about it.
A presence nearby caused him to turn, and he saw a familiar figure stepping into a street. "Mickey?" The Star Shard must not have thrown him as far as he had thought.
He raised his gaze and was surprised when it didn't meet sky. Instead, he saw a massive building - a tall, powerful castle. A clockwork pattern stood out on the front of it, jeweled shaped within the gears. The tower was tall and bright, shining with light.
A fitting beacon for a city of light.
Ven lowered his gaze and chased in the direction Mickey had gone.
The acran found his way through a shockingly annoying garden section - although he blamed the annoyance on the Unversed that swarmed within it. When he had made it through, he was surprised to find himself before the castle he had se
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Ven coursed the Lanes Between for a long time. Out of the light of Radiant Garden, his situation seemed to darken tenfold. Here he was, a boy racing through interspace, having run away from home, in an Ocean Between teeming with monsters crafted from negativity, all because he couldn't bear to return without his friends.
Beneath his visor, Ven frowned. Friend... He started to wonder if that term still applied to Aqua. He'd fought at her side, taken blows for her - and he realized he'd done that at the Land of Departure, too. He'd had to struggle to argue against her when she mentioned Terra. He'd actually voiced that only one of his friends had shown the Mark of Mastery, and he was glad it was Aqua.
And just before she left...
Ven raised a hand to the mouthpiece of his helmet, the only thing that stopped him from reaching his face. He'd been so thoughtless, he'd acted solely on instinct. But had that been a bad thing? Aqua's reaction... he wasn't sure
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The Dream Festival proved to be fun. Sure, Ven panicked when he saw Glidewinders on the Raceway, or Bruisers on the sports court, but after a while he realized the Unversed were only there for the same reason they were - just to have fun. Rumble Racing was fun - and Ven knew when racing was fun - but the Fruitball game seemed to catch his attention more - and of course, there was Hewey, Dewey, and Louie's Ice Cream Beat.
Ven took off from Disney Town with a smile on his face. He was having a good time.
He stepped out of the Lanes Between in what looked like a small town. Ancient Greek architecture was all around him, and there was a massive mountain behind him. He clicked his palm and let his armour fade.
And a small figure rushed by him.
Ven stumbled at the sight of a short, overweight satyr - a man with goat legs and goat horns - rushing past him. He clearly wasn't fit for a long run - he came to a stop against the side of a building, mutt
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"It might have started with a lie, but... I'm glad I met you."
Warrior, hero, friend to all he met, stained by the blackest shadow and embraced by the brightest light - and still he found it within himself to smile to her, a girl of light that bound him with false memories. "I'm glad I met you too," he assured her.
There was no hesitation, no flaw as he pulled her into a hug that she returned by simple reaction. "Even when it was just your face... Even when it was nothing more than your name... I was happy." He pulled apart only so he could grasp her hand. "The way I felt was no lie."
"Sora, please..." She pulled her hand from his, trying to supress the tears in her eyes. "Don't make this harder than it already is."
"I... I understand." He stepped up to the massive glass chamber behind him, the girl watching as he started in.
That was all she could get out. He reached from the pod and caught her in a gentle kiss that held no hesitation,
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Kairi was back on the island she called home - battlefield for friendly spars, raceground between rivals in love, and the place where they had crafted too many friendly memories. "How...?"
She gripped her helm. The voice came from within her mind. "Who... who's talking to me?"
"Kairi, are you alright?"
"How do you know me?" she asked hesitantly. "Have we... met before?"
"Gee, well... sorta," the voice replied hesitantly. "I'm Mickey. Let's just say I know you, Kairi. And... Kairi sorta knows me. We're friends."
A small smirk rose on Kairi's lips. "Wouldn't be the first friend I've made outside home," she adimtted. "Guess it makes sense... Um... No. No, that makes no sense."
Mickey tried to elaborate. "You see, I'm from another world, and... Gosh, it's a long story." He paused for a moment, and Kairi slowly lowered her hand from her forehead. "There's this mystery me and my friends are tr
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The waterfall pooled into a small fresh spring. That spring was empty, but right next to the waterfall was a small cave that Sora and Kairi had claimed as their little secret place.
Hesitantly, Kairi stepped inside.
The cave was covered in drawings that she and Sora had done as younglings, one of which was the two of them facing each other. Kairi couldn't help but smile, kneeling down and setting her hand on the rough art.
She glanced around. "Where'd that cloak go?" she murmured. "There's nowhere through here, except..."
Her gaze was drawn to a large wooden door. There was no way to open it - no doorknob, no hinges, not even a seam - but Kairi had a feeling it wasn't going to stop her target. "Maybe through there?"
A tremor shook the cave, and she stumbled back, calling the Keyblade to her hand. "What the...?"
There's a road for the taking
If you end our world's aching.
"Who's there?" Kairi shouted. That was definitely not Mickey...
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Kairi opened her eyes in an alleyway. She got to her feet, glancing around the area. Slowly, she took a few steps, rounding the corner.
It was an unfamiliar town with a surprisingly large array of lights.
The Keyblade wielder was lost. "How...?"
"Kairi? You alright?"
Mickey's voice catching her mind was a relief. "I think so," Kairi assured him. "Mickey, where am I? And... what happened?"
"Gee," Mickey replied. "You must've been taken someplace else. Where are you?"
She looked around. "A town," she murmured. "A lot of bright lights, and..." A thought occured to her. "Wait! The island! Please tell me I fixed the glitches at the island!"
"Yep!"" Mickey assured her. "All the blocks are gone. You did a great job, Kairi."
Kairi sighed. "What a relief," she murmured. Glancing around, she continued, "So, yeah, I'm in what looks like a town at night... why?" A thought occured. "Is this place glitched, too?"
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Louie got there ahead of her. He was already at Cid's as she stepped into First District - which was good.
Because a flare of darkness on her back told her there was danger to be had.
Kairi wanted to say something, but she was worried it would come out in code again. She lowered her hand to call the Keyblade, but it was then that the cloak set something into it.
Then he vanished with another flare.
There was silence for a moment. Then Kairi raised the object before her.
It was the final piece of the triplets' puzzle.
She switched it to her left hand before drawing out the combined pieces in her right. It definitely fit in, and as the two merged in a flare of light, she found Louie was right.
It rose up on the door she had just left, forming a Keyhole.
"Kairi, can you hear me?"
Mickey's voice caught her mind again, and she nodded. "Mickey, listen here," she stated. "That Keyhole on the island? I found one just like it. Or... made one. If it's
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"At least part of the scenery hasn't changed..."
Kairi was in what looked like a land made of hedges. Scattered around were a collection of blox - as usual. She sighed and set her hands on her hips, trying to think.
"Kairi, do you read me?" Mickey's voice caught her mind.
"Mickey, what happened to the town?" Kairi asked. "I was just there... right? And now I'm..." She sighed. "I don't really know."
"I'm sorry, Kairi," Mickey replied. I don't know what's goin' on. Eliminating bugs in one world must open a road to the next. 'Undo the hurt to unbar the way'..."
Kairi's eyes widened. "Wait, so that armour I took care of inside the Keyhole... That was just another error? And the blox... they're just the same bugs, right?"
"That's right - or at least the bugs are what caused them," Mickey agreed. "So far, the major bugs are hiding inside the Keyholes. Find this world's Keyhole and you should find the source."
"But if I c
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"Who are you?"
The Queen of Hearts looked like a figure who should not be trusted in command of anything sharp, ranged, or otherwise dangerous.
Alice reacted rather calmly. "Oh, don't mind us," she insisted. "We just need to have a quick look around."
"Stop where you are!" the Queen snapped. "This is my garden, and only I decide who gets to look around or asquare or any other shape. Is that clear?"
That caught Alice off-guard. "Yes. Well, no... It's just, we're in a hurry, you see-"
The Queen huffed. "A likely story!" she stated. "I demand you both stand trial immediately!"
Kairi pulled back. "What?"
"Oh, please, Your Majesty!" Alice protested. "We haven't done a thing!"
"Aha! A lie if ever I heard one!" the Queen shouted back. "More proof that you're the thieves who made off with my memory!"
The argument was neither getting them anywhere nor making any sense. Kairi stepped forward. "That's not our fault," she protested. "It's the bugs that took
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"That's another world repaired!" Mickey cheered.
Jiminy turned back to the monitor. "Look, just as I thought! Another message in the journal!"
It was the same message as before:
There are more hurts
Than the one
Donald slumped. "That doesn't sound good."
Goofy sighed. "Uh, fellas... the door's still locked."
"Undo the hurt to unbar the way," Mickey quoted. "Other worlds in the journal must still need our help."
Jiminy thought. "So, will Kairi be headed to another world?"
Then the screen flared back to Kairi - and Jiminy spun towards it. "Look!" he exclaimed. "It's him!"
"What does he want this time?!" Donald squawked.
Kairi had just stepped out of the court and into the Wonderland clearing when she caught sight of the cloak perched against one of the hedges. She narrowed her gaze and flared the Keyblade into her hand.
The cloak reacted to her voice with a surprised jolt. He spun to see her standing
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Kairi wasn't sure how she went about it. One moment she was stepping through the hallway of Disney Castle. The next, she was stepping through the doors of an ancient coliseum that screamed Graceus.
"Hello, bronze," she murmured.
"How's it looking, Kairi?"
The voice that caught her mind this time wasn't Mickey. "Riku?" She glanced around. "No blox yet," she admitted.
"Don't expect that for long," Riku reprimanded. "One of the bugs interfering with the link is in the Coliseum - I'm sure of it. And you know where it'll be hiding. Find the Keyhole. It'll take you to the world's core."
"And in the core will be the source of the virus for this world," Kairi mused. "Mickey and I more or less figured that out ourselves." She smirked, closing her grip around the Keyblade. "I'll be done before you can say 'bug spray'."
Kairi shook her head. "In binary."
In the Coliseum antechambe
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"Did that cover things, Mickey?"
Mickey nodded. "Yep!" he confirmed. "Kairi... thank you."
"Hey, wait!" Donald exclaimed. "This time, we didn't get a video."
"You're right," Riku confirmed. "Those images - they originated inside my mind. When you got rid of the bugs, it gave me deeper access to memories associated with those worlds. The things I saw must have found their way back through the link and shown up on your monitor."
Jiminy set a hand on his chin. "Well, whaddaya know," he mused. "If those memories come from deep within the journal itself, then it's really no wonder they're unfamiliar. They don't belong to any of us!"
"Hmm?" Goofy hummed. "Something's happenin'."
It was at that moment that a familiar, overweight figure in a somewhat armoured suit stepped into view.
Kairi stepped back. She didn't recognize him, but she definitely recognized trouble. "Who are you?"
The fat figure only laughed. "Playin' dumb, eh?"
Mickey gave a shocked shout.
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"Pitiful Heartless... mindlessly collecting hearts."
Thirteen figures were gathered there, perched on towering thrones of haphazard heights, in a place that never was. Thirteen unique individuals, different in every way, yet the same in one - not including the fact that each wore a cloak of nether black.
"The rage of the Keyblade releases those hearts."
The greatest figure perched on the highest throne. Silver hair in a nether style was like a crown upon his helm, and a veil at the sides of his face.
"They gather in darkness, masterless and free..."
To the nether's immediate left was a figure with dreadlocks black as raven, but his expression was more akin to a hawk - focused and featureless. Then was a figure with a likewise stern expression - one with narrow eyes and earthy brown hair in dissaranged spikes. Next was a strong figure, an emotionless gaze under night-blue hair. To his left was one who seemed relatively relaxed - one with a mullet
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After seven days of clinging to a number and a name, I had trouble processing anything else.
I couldn't have told you who the people in black coats were, or what they wanted with me.
The day after XIV had joined the Organization, Roxas wandered into the Grey Area only for Saïx to approach him. He hadn't noticed it before, but now the thirteenth noticed an X-shaped scar on Saïx's face that centered between his eyes.
"Roxas, your work begins today." Saïx was blunt, emotionless, and to-the-point. "I will issue missions, which the Organization expects you to carry out."
Hardly responsive, Roxas made the slightest nod of his head.
"These early missions will be exercises," Saïx assured. "You still have much to learn before we put you to a real test." Still no response. "Axel will be joining you your first time out," the diviner added. He turned towards the firefinger leaning against the floor-to-ceiling window that forged one wal
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Day 10 of Roxas' Organization duties had him and Zexion side by side in Twilight Town. Zexion already had his thick Lexicon in hand, and was flipping through the pages quickly until he came to a swift stop near the back of it.
"Your mission today is to eliminate a set quantity of Heartless," Zexion stated. "The Organization may call upon you to perfom multiple different objectives - reconnaissance, Pureblood elimination, or even skill tests. But regardless of the task you have been given, your primary orders remain. You and your Keyblade serve us best by collecting hearts."
"So, even if I'm given another job," Roxas observed, "I should keep taking out Emblem Heartless while I do it?"
Zexion nodded. "Correct. Today, however, the two coincide. Emblem Heartless are spread around Twilight Town - your mission is to defeat seven of them."
And Roxas responded by forming his Keyblade.
He glanced around the square he was at and caught sight of a
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Roxas wandered into the Grey Area, and as usual, Saïx confronted him the moment he was inside. "Roxas, I have decided to pair you with Lexaeus for today's session."
The Keyblade wielder glanced at the heavyset tomahawk warrior as Saïx formed the Corridor of Darkness. "Alright." What it was that the silent fighter was to teach him was a mystery to Roxas - but not for long.
As they emerged in Twilight Town, Roxas waited for Lexaeus' instruction. He was unfamiliar with being the one to start a conversation, but when Lexaeus said nothing, he asked, "What were you to-"
"Are you familiar with the term Limit Break?" Lexaeus was blunt and to-the-point.
Lexaeus turned to him. "The Limit Break is the name given to the most powerful move at your disposal - the one that breaks your foe when you are at your limit. One that you can only use on your last legs."
As though on cue, Roxas caught sight of what appeared to be a shadow
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Day 22 of Roxas' recruitment into the Organization had Roxas and Axel in Twilight Town, looking for a Heartless labelled as a Guardian. They stepped into Twilight Town with Axel impatient, saying, "Okay, let's get this done fast. Today's target was a Guardian, right?"
"Huh?" Roxas raised his gaze. "Oh, yeah, I think so."
Axel laughed, turning to Roxas. "You are such a zombie," he chuckled. "Want me to go have all the fun while you figure it out? C'mon, let's get this done."
They found their target in the Sandlot, but active locals meant they had to detour through the underground passage system. 'Guardian' turned out to refer to a larger, more powerful form of the Watchers - and it seemed to bring many of its smaller cousins along.
Axel pointed to the Watchers. "You handle the small fry!" he stated. His fire wheels blazed into his hands as he added, "I'll take care of the big one."
He leapt at his opponent in a burn, striking out with his wheels a
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Roxas woke up the next morning with an odd sense of enthusiasm. "Wonder what today's mission is," he mused. He thought back to the previous afternoon. "I hope it's with Shi-oh."
He was setting up his panels as he arrived in the Grey Area just in time to hear Xaldin exclaim, "Then what in windfire did happen?"
"Don't look at me, man!" Demyx defended. "I just found out minutes ago!"
Roxas turned to see Xigbar. Closing his panels, he asked, "Is everything okay?"
"Okay?" Xigbar turned to him, his singular gold eye gleaming maliciously. "As if. Word has it at least one of the folks we sent to C.O. was terminated."
"Terminated?" Roxas asked. "But that means..."
"Roxas, your mission." Saïx stepped forward out of nowhere. "You're to go with Xigbar to a new world for reconnaissance."
Roxas acknowledged the mission, but that didn't stop him from asking, "Is it true about Castle Oblivion?"
"Not your concern."
"But what about Axel?"
"Who knows." Saïx seem
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"I've been to see him. He looks a lot like you."
Two cloaked figures were there at the Dark Margin - one newly come, one who had been waiting. "Who are you?" asked the newcomer.
"I'm what's left. Or maybe, I'm all that's ever was."
"I meant your name," the newcomer stated as though it had been obvious.
"My name is of no importantance. What about you? Do you remember your true name?"
A sigh. "My true name is..." He stopped after realizing that, in truth, he had no idea.
"You have been with us for six days now. The time has come."
The one who was nothing rose and stepped towards the newcomer, setting his hand on the shoulder of one who had yet to be a week. He mouthed something... something that would never be heard.
"She must have begun her work."
Saïx and Xemnas were both standing over Roxas' unconscious form. They had been lucky - Roxas had fallen just far enough that Xigbar had caught sight of his gold-blond hair sticking out of the d
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Axel was perched on his bed the next morning, glancing out the window at the eternal stormy sky. His hand was deep in his cloak pocket, in which were a few small holes. One might have thought nothing of it - except for the fact that tips of blue and gold faintly emerged from those holes.
"Why didn't you report in?" Saïx's voice came suddenly and accusingly.
The firefinger closed his eyes and dropped his head. "Oh, good to see you, too. You're welcome. Thanks for the kind words."
Saïx was unimpressed. "I'm told she has gone missing."
"There one minute," Axel agreed. "Gone the next. I don't know how she got out."
"You searched every room, I expect?" Saïx prompted.
Axel chuckled. "It doesn't take a hundred labour hours to tell if an artist of haous sea and sky has left a castle leaning towards the dark end of the Realm Between." He said it
Saïx would have been annoyed, but he barely reacted. "What about the chamber?" he asked. "Did
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"Sea salt ice cream?"
Axel, Roxas, and Xion were all at the top of the Clock Tower. Axel kept one bar of the ice cream in one hand - with the other, he held out two bars of the salty sweetness to his friend and the cloaked figure who had become Roxas' friend. Roxas accepted the bars and handed one to Xion.
All Axel could see of her, though, was a hooded shape.
"Eat up," Roxas prompted after a while had passed. "It's gonna melt."
"I know," Xion replied. There was worry in her ocean eyes.
Eyes that Axel couldn't see. "What's wrong?" he asked. "Not hungry?"
Roxas sighed. "You said you couldn't use the Keyblade anymore," he prompted. "What do you mean? When did this happen?"
"Just after my last mission; that batch of Deserters the day before - well, I guess that's the day before Axel got back." She sighed. "I was nearly done them when the Keyblade just... dissipated in my hands. I took out the last one with some Fire magic, but it hurt like Nibelheim,
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It was ninety-two days into Roxas' recruitment when Saïx caught Roxas in the empty Grey Area.
"Lord Xemnas has summoned us."
He turned and stepped out of the Grey Area, prompting Roxas to follow.
"The time has arrived."
The Altar of Naught was the only area in the Castle that Never Was to have an open roof. Everyone who remained was there - Xigbar, Xaldin, Saïx, Axel, Demyx, Luxord, Roxas, and Xion. Xemnas stood before them - and as energy gathered around him, he raised his hands.
"Look to the skies!"
As everyone raised their gaze skyward, they saw the figure forming in the skies - a moon that shone with radiance, crafted into the shape of a heart.
"There rests the heart of all worlds - Kingdom Hearts - shining down on us at last!"
The sight astonished all that saw it - the moonlike heart that held the force of endless Heartless hearts.
"See the countless hearts that have gathered there? Hearts full of prayers... sadness... rage... h
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Ventus couldn't help himself. It didn't matter that Terra had done it - that he had used shadow against Eraqus of the Shining Lands. It didn't matter that he had fallen to darkness. The acran had to see it for himself.
He arrived in the Land of Departure.
It was terrible. The shining skies had turned black from darkness that had brought about darkness that had brought about ruin. Fragments of the land had split, fallen, and the training equipment scattered across the land had fallen apart. Hell, if it weren't for Ven's heart of light, he would have been surprised if he hadn't succumbed to darkness just from standing in the area.
He slowly made his way up to the summit. Lost Memory dangled limp in his hands, but he couldn't bring himself to fade it. He stepped towards the ridge and sat down with his feet over the edge, the same way that, so long ago, he had sat with Aqua, looking up at the stars, and set Lost Memory on the ground.
A presence of no
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Aqua touched down in the badlands of the Keyblade Graveyard.
She wasn't sure what had lured her here as she arrived, but there was something dark, something... twisted about the area. Seven pillars of rock - not in any pattern, not of any set height - were scattered around the open area, which was spacious and circular. This was a battlefield - not a seat of war. So why was she drawn here?
Presences. Lingering presences from those who had once stood on those grounds. Aqua opened her magic sensory and could tell that others had been there. A powerful, ominous aura - Xehanort. A black presence of fire - Vanitas. A windly presence of light - Ven. An earthen force - Terra.
Her friends had been there.
Aqua slowly stepped forward, her eyes flickering from side to side. Had it been a trap that had drawn her here? Had it maybe been an ally, hoping to show his face? She could feel a strange darkness around her - what was its source? Why was it so
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Riku and Sora lay on the beach of Destiny Islands. The sun had set, so they were at the shores of the main island, basically just lying back and watching the stars.
After a moment, Riku rose to a sitting position. "Hey," he said to Sora, "I'm gonna head back."
Sora turned to him and nodded. "Yeah, me too," he agreed. The two of them got to their feet and started on their way home. As they neared the residential portion of the islands, Riku noticed something on Sora's face.
"Sora, what's wrong?"
The mace-haired boy turned to his friend. "What?"
"You're..." Riku pointed to Sora's face.
Sora reached and felt a tear falling from his eye. "That's weird," he mused. "It's like... something's... squeezing me inside."
Riku hummed. "Somebody up there must be sad," he thought aloud.
"Huh? Up where?"
The silver-haired boy turned to the sky. "They say every world is connected by one big sky," he replied, "So maybe there's somebody up there, in one of th
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Aqua stepped out of the Mysterious Tower with Ventus over her back. Her entire body felt weak, the armour that still lay over her needed repairing - but only one thought emerged as she made her way down the steps.
"Ven needs a safe place."
The limp figure on her back shifting caused her to glance at Ven. His eyes were closed, his presence faint if even there - but he raised his left hand, from which a flash of white light tinged ocean blue emerged.
Aqua gasped. Ven's Keyblade had been physically changed - the same way hers and Terra's had. No matter its drastic different from the base Key, it had been physically transformed. But that didn't change the fact that the weapon in Ven's hand was Wayward Wind. Aqua recognized the shape anywhere - a dull silver weapon, the teeth crafted from five bars, guard and handle offset from the shaft. The weapon swirled with light as Ven spoke.
Ven's voice was as broken
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Aqua saw Ventus fall and ran.
She ran with all the speed in her body - in her every cell. All the speed of a spellweaver. She ran even when she saw it was hopeless. That Ven was too far from her, too close to the ground, to be saved. She ran because she had to try. As though hearing her unspoken plea, Stormfall flashed into her hand, and just as she raised it to cast did Ven shift.
No. He didn't just shift.
Ventus pulled a one hundred and eighty degree flip a mere meter from the ground and landed on a hand, a knee, and a foot with enough force to rip the earth into a crater that formed a battlefield. Aqua came to a complete stop, her Keyblade fading, as her friend - her love - slowly rose to a stand. His Keyblade Armour was damaged in multiple placed, the helmet visor fragmented, but he seemed greatly unharmed.
But the spellweaver noticed something different about him. Through the cracks in his armour, Aqua saw the faintest wisps of
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Aqua stepped out into the Keyblade Graveyard.
She stood over a dead land. The earthen void below her was riddled with craters. Her platform was a cliff that started a trail, a narrow path over death, leading into a canyon that howled with wind. The lands were a battlefield, but no mighty throne awaited the victor.
She held out a hand. Ocean haea swirled from her palm, petals of rose light falling away as a flash of light formed in the center. Stormfall settled into it - a light, balanced Keyblade of ocean cobalt, imbued with all the magic of its wielder.
Aqua of the Dancing Waters gripped the weapon in oath.
"Forever we may be held apart by space..."
She set her hand against the teeth of her weapon and turned to the chasm as it faded.
"But our hearts will keep us together through time."
She stepped towards the deadland, ready to face whoever may be waiting.
The Keyblade Graveyard was divided into three portions. The Seat of War w
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Aqua sought to find her friends. She raced through the Lanes Between, her body trembling spectrally with arcana. A presence nearby caught her attention, but she knew it wasn't Ven or Terra. Yet it was in the Lanes Between, and as she turned towards it she saw the figure floating just outside the Lane she rode, body shimmering with something... cosmic?
"Is that... Mickey?"
She bit her lip beneath her helmet, then made up her mind and arced her glider into a spiral, diving into the Ocean Between. The darkness between light and shadow began to compress against her armour, but she was quick to hook the bow grip of her glider around Mickey and pull him into the Lane again, freeing them both from the sharpest force of interspace darkness. "How'd this happen?" she gasped.
Mickey trembled. "Master.. Yen... Sid..."
Aqua's eyes widened. Mickey was delirious. "I'll take you to him," she stated firmly. She raised her gaze to the Lanes and willed them to
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Aqua rode the Lanes Between for a long time. The whistling whirr of her Keyblade Glider's force between made her body feel drowsy. The fight with Vanitas had driven her something along the lines of waking dead - and when he had let his Keyblade shadow, it had slain her stamina. She tried her hardest, but she couldn't remember what had happened after Vanitas had locked her heart. Was it still locked now?
A sudden brightness caused her to raise her gaze. There was a light before her, but it wasn't a world coming up - those were powerful, altogether forces of light. This was a gentle, gradual light that flowed over her, soothing her wounds.
What's that light?
Beneath the visor of her helmet, her eyes closed as she let the light pull her away.
She opened them to a beach.
She hadn't tried to fade her armour, or even revert Rainfell to the Keyblade, but now Aqua was standing, in her normal clothes, on a wooden bridge connecting two isla
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Aqua raced into the Indian Camp with spectral arcana trailing from her hands and the Wooden Keyblade. The presence of darkness was strong as she raced psat the tents, looking for the source.
The moment she had passed the last tent, darkness enveloped her.
No, that's not true. The darkness didn't cover Aqua herself, but it formed a dome over the empty space between the last of the tents and the edge of the cliff, forming a battleground. Aqua's gaze shot from side to side, looking for the source of it.
"Havin' a good time, spellweaver?"
Aqua spun around to see a familiar figure step through the border of darkness - a muscle tissue bodysuit and a black glass mask. "Vanitas!"
She couldn't see his face, but Vanitas seemed to smirk at her. "Didn't I tell you to call me Van?"
He held out his hand and snapped his fingers, causing a burst of darkness to flash in Aqua's hand. She released the Wooden Keyblade as it flew through the air, landing in Vanitas' teeth
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Two small boys were wandering around Neverland's Indian Camp when they caught sight a small rolled-up paper. Both of them shot forward, shouting after it, when they saw a hand clad in bright colours reach down and grab it.
Aqua was surprised to see the boys looking at her find with curiosity and disappointment. She had just arrived from the Lanes Between to find the suspicious parchment, but it seemed she had interrupted a game of some sort.
The boy whined. "We were so close," one of them muttered.
"Too bad, men. Tough break."
Aqua raised her gaze to see a boy in green literally fly down towards them. He touched down as the boys protested simulanteously; "But Pan!"
"No buts," the boy stated. "You know the rules. The first one to find and claim the treasure map gets to be the leader." He turned and stepped towards Aqua. "And that's you."
"Leader?" Aqua asked.
"Of the expatition!" one of the boys stated.
"Uh, we're goin' on a treasure hunt!" the oth