Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 6Chapter 6: The Pirate of NeverlandRiku was angry. Angry at Vexen for manipulating him. Angry at himself for using the darkness. He didn't even pay attention to which card flew from his hands as he stepped through the door.When the surface under his feet started to shift, though, he stopped his anger. He was on a familiar ship - the ship of Captain Hook, a pirate captain from Neverland. He sighed, spun Soul Eater in hand, and glanced at the gear Vexen had given him. It seemed composed of long leather straps that would wrap over his arms and back, alongside two bricklike shapes that would hold his deck. He didn't fully argue - he could do with free hands.After strapping the thing on, he stepped through the nearest door and found himself glancing at a swarm of Heartless - Pirates, Air Pirates, even a couple of Darkballs. Riku lashed out quickly, moving fast around his opponents. The cards in his deck shifted merely by him using his will, and when he wanted a number, if his deck
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 5Chapter 5: The Chilly AcademicRiku had hardly shook the last of Monstro off of him when a figure in a cloak appeared not far away. Occupied with combing the unmentionable out of his hair with the backside of Soul Eater, he assumed he knew the figure, and absently he called, "Watch your step, there's whale innards around and I'm not sure you won't kill me for that.""Riku, I presume?"The voice caused Riku to glance forward. The cloak was empty black, and the figure was not familiar - it was a blocky, studious face with icy blonde-green hair."Who are you?" Riku demanded. He flung Monstro off of Soul Eater and raised it into battle position. "Are you with the seeker of darkness?"The scientist was silent for a moment. "Vexen," he responded to the first question; to the second; "You are half correct. Let us just say it is the seeker on the other side of the field. He is Ansem, and he is not Ansem. Perhaps a 'Nobody' best conveys the idea.""Nobody, huh?" Riku grit his teeth. "Sor
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 4Chapter 4: Parasitic Jaws"I've identified the scent. It's Riku."Zexion's words brought surprise from Vexen. "Riku? The dark one from the islands? But his heart fell. He and that king were lost when the door to darkness was sealed. How could he have escaped the prison of Kingdom Hearts?""Riku once shouldered the darkness," Zexion replied. "Perhaps that made him... half-dark. But he took on darkness most empowered.""And that is why you mistook him for the Superior," Vexen mused. "Fascinating. The dark power he bears facilitated his escape from the realm of darkness." A curious grin raised on his face. "One who bears ties to both the darkness and the Keyblade... This merits further research."Zexion seemed indifferent. "What I want to know is why Riku appeared in Castle Oblivion."Vexen gave a short, cold laugh. "That's simple. This castle is on a vringe between light and darkness... so it was close enough for him to escape to when his heart resonated with that of another hero.
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 3Chapter 3: The Red Djinn of AgrabahIn the highest basement floor of Castle Oblivion, a black-cloaked figure was waiting, perched with a large tome in hand. His wait was rewarded when a strong figure with hair like earth in another black cloak appeared, and the reader turned towards him."Don't I even warrant a hello, Lexaeus?"Another black-cloaked figure, this one with a blocky face and icy green hair, emerged from nearby. "What's going on, Zexion? I demand an explanation.""Nice to see you too, Vexen." Zexion closed his book. "It's deplorable. The Organization used to be the rope that binds us. And now it's full of kinks."Vexen glared at him. "You're only number Six!" he snapped. "How dare you-!""Let it go, Vexen," Lexaeus stated. Vexen fell silent as Lexaeus turned. "Zexion, tell us. What did you detect?""Visitors," Zexion replied. "I detected two scents in the castle's lowest basement. One of them was the witch Maleficent."Vexen stepped forward. "Absurd. The witch is go
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 2Chapter 2: Seeker of DarknessWhy do you shun the dark?Riku shook his head as the Defender shield faded from his arm. "Oh, come on. I know you heard every word I said to Maleficent."Darkness is your weapon. I need you to accept it."What do you care?" Riku demanded.Stop resisting and accept the darkness. You must... if you are to serve me again!Riku shook his head. "Stop talking and come on out... Seeker of darkness."It was his title that called him. From Riku emerged tendrils of raw darkness that took the form of a tall figure. He was similar in muscle to the islander, but the resemblance ended there. He was taller than Riku, and his hair was different; Riku's was a shallow sea silver that fell low at the back - his confrontor's hair was artisan shadow that striked up in spikes near the front, only to fall low at the back. Riku's green eyes locked with dark gold ones.His garments were different, as well. Riku had taken three different outfits, one of
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 1Chapter 1: The Dark WitchRiku came to a stop as he recognized Hollow Bastion around him. "This... this is Maleficent's castle! How did I end up here?" He paused. "Someone must have brought me here while I was out. But who? And... how? I was trapped behind the door to darkness..."What you see is not real. It is a world from your memory.It was almost funny, how quickly Riku had become used to the voice talking from within his mind. "My memory?" he asked.The things you remember of Hollow Bastion from your time there. Those memories became a card. And that card became a world. The things you see - you've seen them all before, haven't you?Riku glanced around. He recognized the entrance hall where he and Sora had fought, and he muttered lamely, "Yeah..." He sighed. "So what now? Am I supposed to learn something while I'm here? Run into someone I know?"Ordinarily, yes. You would meet the people in your memories."Ordinarily?" Riku growled low. "Hey, I'm askin
Reverse Rebirth - ProloguePrologue: Darkest Daylight"Don't give up!"Riku grabbed the door to darkness to stop Sora's hand from releasing it. "Come on, Sora!" he shouted. "Together, we can do it!"He'd been trapped in Kingdom Hearts ever since Ansem had won the battle of hearts over his body. Sora's relieved shout of "Riku!" heralded the added force of his pushes as he thrust the door ever so slowly closed.The shadowed islander glanced over his shoulder to see the shifting darkness take form - a band of Darksides, thirteen, maybe more. The image almost paralyzed Riku, but he kept pulling, even when the sorcerer shouted, "It's hopeless!"The sound of faltering darkness made him change his mind.Riku looked back to see a small, agile figure leaping through the Darksides, splitting the Heartless from within their hollow hearts. Riku... almost recognized the key in his hand - it was like Sora's Kingdom Key.But where Sora's had a golden guard and silver blade, the King's was silver guarding gold.
Broken Chains - EpilogueEpilogue: To Lose is to GainDonald, Goofy, Jiminy, and Naminé all watched as Sora stepped towards the door through which he had fought Marluxia. He drew Oathbinder and aimed it at the door, firing a single beam of light. When it struck the door, everyone saw the familiar outline of a classic keyhole, and everyone heard the ever-resonating click that cued as the door closed and sealed."Naminé," Donald asked calmly, turning to her, "Could you restore our memories?"The artist nodded. "Yes. Just because you can't remember something, doesn't mean the memory's gone."Goofy was confused. "What do you mean?"Naminé hesitated. "It's a long story that I still don't fully understand. But the bottom line is that your memories aren't gone - they're just out of the way.Jiminy leapt down from Donald's shoulder. "So you can put our memories back?""Yes," Naminé sighed. "But first I have to undo the memories I made. Then I have to find your memories and put them ba
Broken Chains - Chapter 27Chapter 27: The Graceful AssassinSora opened his eyes.He was floating in a realm of blackness. Marluxia was at first nowhere to be seen, but as Sora glanced around, he could feel a presence. He swept the dragonwings down as a quaking sounded."As lightless oblivion devours you, drown in the ever-blooming darkness!"A flash of white cued the arrival of Marluxia, but he wasn't alone. The Graceful Assassin was perched on a massive figure that looked like carved steel. Its arms ended in replicas of Marluxia's own scythe, and a massive petaled rose was behind the scythe bearer as he commanded the dark creature.Sora's first thought - take out the scythes.He shot down through what looked like a torturous night sky and struck out with Oblivion, evading the scythes, then slashing at the shuriken Xs that connected the blades to the arms. The power in the dark Keyblade send massive cracks through the massive joints, and before long one of the scythe blades were soaring through the dark