Soras' grip grew tighter as he tried to understand that it was Kairi who had just saved him. Riku shook his head in disbelief. How could Kairi have gotten here?! Wasn't she under Zexion and everyone else's watch? Soras' eyes turned into a glare and he pulled Kairi closer to him.
"What in the Hell are you doing here?! I told you to stay with Zexion and the kids! You couldn't have gotten hurt!" Sora yelled furiously. Kairi tried to escape from him, but he wouldn't allow it without an explanation. "Kairi, you can't be here! How did you even get here?"
"Look, Sora. I did this to help you. Zexion doesn't know-" Her voice quick and sad. But she was cut off by a large dark portal opening up in the middle of the frozen pond. Everyones' heads turned towards the portal and watched as Zexion walked out of it. As soon as he saw Kairi, he rushed over to her and wrapped his arms around her tightly, causing Sora to let go of her hand.
"Oh, Kairi! Thank goodness you're alright!" He exclaimed. He pushed to arms length and held her by her shoulders. "What were you thinking?"
"I could ask you the same." Sora stepped in. "How could you let her out of your sights!?" His voice growing angrier. Riku took Kairis' hand and gently pulled her to his side. Zexion met Soras' glare.
"Don't you put this on me!" He snapped. North sensed trouble so he marched towards the boys and slapped them both on the back of the head.
"You both need to chill!" He boomed. The two rubbed their heads and exhaled slowly. Soras' face softened up and he sighed.
"Yeah, he' right. Sorry, bro." Zexion nodded and calmed a bit too. Sora looked to Kairi with soft eyes and she smiled at him. They embraced each other warmly. "I'm sorry I yelled at you, Kairi." She shook her head.
"I know, it's okay. I'm just glad you're alright." She spoke softly. Tooth floated forward with worry slapped across her face.
"So, what are we gonna do about Pitch?" She asked. North rested his chin on his fist and pondered the thought. Sora stepped forward.
"We follow after him and take him down." Riku nodded, but North disagreed.
"Of course Pitch is to be stopped. But we can't just, go in blind-like." He stated. Jack piped in
"He's right. We need a plan." Sora then stroked the back of his head, while thinking. Pitch was clearly drawn to the darkness of his son in order to take control of this world and those connected, or soon to be. What could be done? Sora looked to Kairi, who gave him a look of fear and concern, then to Zexion, who crossed his arms and looked at the ground, thinking as well. Soras' gaze drifted side to side, then he raised his hand to the air, using his index finger pointing up. "I think I got an idea!" Everyone looked at him with anticipating eyes.
"Well, out with it boy!" North said loudly. Sora smiled and looked towards Zexion.
"We are gonna need a bit of your abilities." Zexion tilted his head slightly in confusion.
"Why?" Sora turned then to Kairi.
"Cause without them, this might be even more dangerous than it already is." He stroked her face and his smiled faded slightly. Kairi took his hand in his and smiled.
"If there is even a chance this will work, and keep our son safe, I'll do whatever you say." Sora nodded but he still didn't smile.
"I know, I just hope this does work, or..."
"Hey, we are all here to help to make sure your plan works and no one but Pitch gets hurt." Jack pitched in, giving his one of a kind reassuring smile. The rest nodded in agreement. Riku approached Sora and placed a hand on his shoulder. Sora looked up at his best friend and smiled a bit more.
"Don't worry, we can do this. What's the plan, Sora?"
When everything was ready, Kairi walked out to the middle of the frozen pond, holding a childs' hand in hers. She walked slowly and carefully to ensure their safety. The kid had a dark blue hoodie on and black wool gloves on his hands. The hoodie was slightly bigger than his own head so his face was hidden, but emanating from the neck of his hoodie was a light black aura. When Kairi got to the center, she stopped, still holding the small childs' hand and waited. The others had hidden from sight within the area surrounding the pond. Sora, North and Jack were hiding together behind a giant boulder that faced the back of Kairi.
"Remember North, if anything goes wrong-" Sora began but North raised his hand to Sora and smiled.
"Do not worry, boy. It all will be fine. I got dis. I can feel it." He smiled and gave his big belly a good shake. "In here." Sora smiled and Jack just rolled his eyes, trying to stifle a laugh. However, his face quickly gained a determined glare when he saw a dark cloud of black sand slowly rolling in from up ahead.
"Sora...Look." Sora gazed forward and saw what Jack was referring to. His narrowed his eyes, then focused them on Kairi. Kairi saw the cloud and kept her stance strong. She gripped the childs' hand tighter and exhaled slowly.
"Don't worry, Seth. Everything is gonna be fine. Just don't more and stay quiet." Kairi spoke softly, looking at Seth with a weak smile. She trusted Sora and wanted to believe this plan was gonna work, but she was still scared. Seth nodded and kept still. Soon, the black sand dispersed and emerged a grinning Pitch with three of his Nightmares close to his side. He began to walk slowly towards the ice.
"Aw, darling. I see you are making things easier on all of us. Don't worry..." He stepped on the ice and made his way towards her. His Nightmares waited on the snow bank. "I'll take very good care of him, and his 'gift' will be used for what it is intended for." He chuckled deeply, making Kairi uncomfortable. Soras' glare became a face of fury. He was hoping this plan would work. It had to. He kept a close eye on Pitch as he came within an arms reach of Kairi.
"Come on, please work." Sora whispered to himself. Jack was on one side of Sora and he placed a reassuring hand on his back and gave Sora a stern nod. They both turned back to Kairi and waited. Pitch was now directly in front of Kairi, smiling down at them both. He extended his hand towards their conjoined hands.
"Come along, young man. Your future awaits." Seth let go of Kairis' hand and used both is hands to pull back his hoodie. He lifted his face and a pair of glowing blue eyes stared at Pitch. His hair suddenly shifted and formed into a bluish color and covered one of his eyes.
"Gotcha." Zexion smiled at Pitch. Pitchs' smile vanished and turned to rage. Zexion became his full size and shot his hand out towards Pitch, launching a blast of black aura at him, sending him flying towards his Nightmares, who caught him mid-air. Pitch stood back on the bank, fuming, as Zexion stood in front of Kairi, smirking at him. Pitch extended his hand and shot out a spear of black sand towards them, but Zexion crossed his arms in front his face, and formed a shield of darkness that deflected the spear off to the side. Pitch growled and snapped his fingers. His Nightmares then separated. Two went to either side of the pond and the other next to Pitch. They all then proceeded to rise on their hind legs and then bring down their front hooves on the ice as hard as they could, causing all of the ice to crack. It was then that Jack flew down from the boulder behind Kairi and Zexion and shot a blast of ice from his staff all across the ice, causing a new layer to form over the cracking ice, saving it from breaking. Sora jumped on top of the boulder and extended his keyblade towards Kairi. She whipped around and jumped up to grab it. Zexion rushed at Pitch, trying to surround him in a cloud of Darkness, constantly vanishing and reappearing in different areas around Pitch, causing an illusion that there was more than one of him. Tooth and North came out from hiding and began to fight off the Nightmares, while Sandy rushed towards Zexion to help contain Pitch, using his sand against Pitchs'. Kairi climbed up the rock and hid behind the rock.
"Riku, protect Kairi!" Sora called, and Riku rushed up the hill to the rock from a tree he hid behind and stood by Kairi. Sora launched off the rock and slid across the ice towards Pitch. Zexion slowed down to ensure Pitch was still trapped. And he was. Sand man wrapped Pitchs' arms against his body with his glowing gold dream sand while Zexions' Darkness held him in place. North and Tooth vanquished the Nightmares and rejoined the others. North tossed an orb in his hand, up and down, not to high. He smirked at Pitch who furrowed his eyebrows.
"Pitch, you should have stayed in your own nightmare." North chuckled. Pitch struggled against his bonds, but couldn't move.
"That child will be mine!" He snarled, showing his sharp teeth. Sora glared at him.
"Not a chance. You won't make it close to him." Sora sneered viciously. North held the ball up to Zexion, who whispered something into the orb then dropped on the pond, causing it open up with a dark opening. Pitch looked at it confused. "Hope your new home." Sora smirked. Zexion had asked the portal to open up to the dark ruins of the Dark Realm where Riku and Mickey were once trapped. The only way out, other than the portal was being in control of true Darkness. And since Pitch didn't have the Darkness that he tried to take from Seth or didn't originate from the Darkness like the Organization, he wouldn't be able to get out. Zexion and Sandy used their powers that held him and, while having him still be held, tossed him into the portal. Sora then aimed his keyblade at the hole and summoned his Light through the keyblade and locked the it up, like he used to do with the worlds' keyholes. The portal made a loud locking sound and closed up. The orb was gone and so was Pitch.
Kairi and Riku emerged from the rock and ran down the hill towards the others, where they all joined together on the bank close to the hill. Kairi hugged Sora tightly. And he returned the hug. North laughed cheerfully and Tooth danced in the air. Zexion came up and hugged Kairi after Sora finished hugging her.
"Great plan, Sora. We did it!" Jack cheered, slapping Sora on the back playfully. Sora smiled as did everyone else. He was just happy everyone was safe and that this was over. North whipped out another orb and spoke softly to it before dropping to the ground behind Sora and his friends. It opened up and they all saw the front of Sora and Kairis' house. Riku turned to Jack and the rest of the Guardians and waved a goodbye before stepping in and disappearing.
"Thank you everyone." Zexion stated happily.
"And we thank you as well. If it wasn't for you guys, Pitch would terrorize both of our worlds." Tooth said with an upbeat tone. Zexion nodded and went through as well. Jack floated over to Sora and Kairi, giving them a group hug.
"Keep each other safe, and you guys are always welcome here." He said softly. North walked up and gave them a new orb. Sora took it carefully and placed in his pocket for safe keeping.
"Thanks, guys. You too. We couldn't have done this without your help. All of you." Sora said. Kairi nodded and took Soras' hand. They waved goodbye before stepping through and having the portal shut behind them.
When the gang arrived, they saw Alyssa, Alex, Einstud, and Trevor still guarding the outside of the house. They all hurried inside, and saw Jo and Zach sitting on the couch with Seth, watching TV, although Seth was more interested in his coloring book in his lap. They all looked up at the front door when the others walked in.
"Mommy! Daddy!" Seth yelled happily as he jumped down from the couch, spilling his crayons and book to run up to them. Kairi caught him in her arms, lifted him and hugged him tightly. Sora hugged from behind Seth so Seth was basically in a love sandwich. Riku and Zexion smiled and walked over towards Jo and Zach, asking them how things were here. Kairi teared up, holding her son. Sora let go and walked with her and Seth to the kitchen.
"Seth, you hungry?" Sora asked, as Kairi sat him down on the counter. Seth nodded vigorously.
"Super hungry!" He stated. Sora and Kairi began making some dinner, until Zexion walked in holding something in his hands. Sora looked and saw it was another 'collar'. This time is was a dark blue with a tiny bow tie in the center.
"Don't worry. This one looks better, and is a lot stronger. This should completely mask it." Zexion said in a hushed voice. Kairi was already distracting Seth with his coloring books after getting seated at the dinning table. Sora stared at the collar, not smiling or speaking. After a few moments, he nodded and Zexion walked over to Seth. "Hey buddy, got ya a new one!" Seth looked up and smiled.
"Cool! That one looks so cool!" He said with a little clap. Zexion laughed slightly as he quickly took off the old one and replaced it with the new one. Seth poked the bow tie with a smile, then continued to color. Kairi smiled slightly, until she saw Soras' face. He looked so upset. She knew why. Having to constantly be on guard and having his son wear those protective wraps on his neck. She walked over to him and placed her hand on his. She gave a him a small smile. She knew he didn't like it and she didn't either, but if it kept Seth protected, then they would have to deal with it. Sora looked at his wife, his best friend, and returned the small smile.
"I know." He said, as if he could read her mind. She nodded and they both continued to cook dinner for everyone. Zexion called the others inside, and manifested a barrier around the entire house that appeared almost invisible. He knew it would hold until morning, but hoped it was strong enough.