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Lost Awakening - Extra Chapter 2Land of Departure: Etheral Alike
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
Divided Hearts - EpilogueEpilogue: Key
Sora opened his eyes.
He was within a void of pure blackness. The surface under his feet was an unfamiliar stone, embedded with what looked like onyx. The Anti was not over him, but there were marks of its presence - his fingernails were claws like pin tumbler keys, and he could feel a tremor of precious metal around his eyes. His dragonskin was not fully there, either, but there were a few leftover scales around his arms and legs where Yen Sid's Drive garments didn't cover
His gaze sweeped to face Riku... and he nearly shouted in horror.
Riku was lying there, his body weakened, the dragonskin gone. Sora rushed to his side in a panic. "Riku!"
The darkened islander struggled to rise, ending on all fours. "Sora..." he gasped. "I can't..."
"Don't say another word!" Sora snapped. "It's not over. It's not."
"How can you say that?" Riku demanded. "Even if we could go on... look where we are."
Sora had to admit, the void of black stone was not exactly an open sight
Divided Hearts - Chapter 53Chapter 53: Duet of the Keyblade Masters
There was nothing.
That was the worst part.
Nothing continually shifted around her. Her body shifted through the void, the dragonskin that coated her body refracting air to keep it moving as fluidly as possible. She could see nothing - not herself, not others. She could not feel Riku's riven darkness, nor Sora's tainted light; but the absence of the dragons was not the worst. She could not feel Xemnas' nether - he could be there, waiting to strike.
A hand caught her left, and Kairi nearly swung Equinox into a blow before she realized it was Riku. A light Key hooked on the dark-wing teeth, and that its light was gifted by her was enough to tell her it was held by Sora.
Then the Keys in each dragon's other hand connected with something, and the void that blocked all vision shifted until she could see Riku and Sora, and Xemnas there with his hands on Way to Dawn and Oblivion.
All three of them pulled away, Sora and Riku spinning to face Xemn
Divided Hearts - Chapter 52Chapter 52: The Superior of the In-Between
The moment the team stepped through the door, they found themselves in what appeared to be a massive, twisted version of the Dark City. The team braced their weapons in a flare - for looming at the end of the twisted Dark City was a massive, draconian automaton of Nobody steel.
And perched atop that automaton was Xemnas.
"So. It seems your hearts have led you to obliteration. Perhaps it doesn't pay to be too loyal to one's heart."
He was quiet for a moment; then he raised his hand and raised it forward like a command to fire.
"I will have to be sure and remember that."
A massive tower from a building distant tore off, flying towards the team. Everyone dashed back, racing away from the flying attack. The impact against the pavement sent all of them off their feet, however, and when they got up Sora, Donald, and Goofy were on one side, with Riku, Kairi, and Mickey on the other side of the rubble.
Sora got to his feet. "Kairi!" He pried Ob
Divided Hearts - Chapter 51Chapter 51: Confronting Nothing
The Altar of Naught. High above the World That Never Was, at the peak of the Castle That Never Was, it was the closest surface to Xemnas' Kingdom Hearts, so close that it would seem one could leap into it - for its ruined appearance, pulsating and torn, was much more akin to a void than a surface.
And Xemnas was standing there, his hands raised to Kingdom Hearts as though in prayer.
"Ohh, my Kingdom Hearts... ruined... Now, I must start all over again."
He lowered his hands slowly, turning to the approaching team - Kairi at the front by her choice, with Sora and Riku at either side, and Donald, Goofy and Mickey behind them.
"Warriors of the Keyblade! Go forth, and bring me hearts torn to darkness!"
Kairi glanced at the rivals in love behind her; then they all turned towards Xemnas.
Riku raised Way to Dawn.
Kairi raised Equinox.
Sora raised Two Become One.
Xemnas was quiet for a moment.
"Denizens of light, answer me this: Why do you hate the
Divided Hearts - Chapter 50Chapter 50: The Wise, the Witch, and the Captain
Ansem the Wise was grasping his machine firmly, for it had started trembling dangerously the moment the data stream hit Kingdom Hearts. Mickey was watching the device intently, but when the data stream began to expand he became concerned. Ansem chuckled grimly, causing the King to ask, "Ansem?"
"I'm a fool."
The demon haean's words surprised Mickey.
"I've spent years studying the workings of the heart. Yet it seems I haven't learned a thing."
"Whaddaya mean?" Mickey asked.
"The process of encoding hearts is incalculable. The inhabitants of my Twilight Town were data created from real hearts. I was convinced that they would think and behave the way I had envisioned - but I couldn't have been more wrong. A heart is so much more than any system."
The machine began to tremble dangerously as he turned towards his friend.
"I saw it when Roxas and Kairi crossed paths. I knew. But I was too stubborn to accept it."
He turned back towards t
Divided Hearts - Chapter 49Chapter 49: The Luna Diviner
"Roxas... I know that name."
Sora turned to Kairi as they stepped back into Proof of Existence. "Sorry?"
"I spoke with him," Kairi explained, "while you were gone. He spoke... I don't know, in my mind. He reminded me of you."
Donald's call caused Sora to raise his gaze to see the headstone behind the claymore panel shining. Sora nodded, bracing himself to call a Key to hand. "Let's go."
Riku smirked with Ansem's face.
"You've grown stronger, Sora. You don't need the power of the dark quite yet."
The headstone rift led to a massive room. A wide arena barred with spikes was not the entire room only because the portal was at the end of a small path along the edge. One wall of the arena was a floor-to-ceiling window that overlooked the skies of the Realm Between, visible within which was the shining moon of Kingdom Hearts.
Standing before that window was Saïx, a claymore in hand.
He turned towards them, and the menacing grin that had been ap
Divided Hearts - Chapter 48Chapter 48: The Gambler of Fate
Ansem the Wise stepped out onto Naught's Approach.
"This looks like a good spot."
Mickey approached his side as the ruler started to set up his machine. "What's this gadget for?"
"It's a device to reclaim Kingdom Hearts and encode it as data."
The King thought a moment. "Not sure I get it," he admitted.
"I do not claim to know the outcome of this venture, either. After all... hearts are unpredictable."
As he said that last part, Ansem turned towards Mickey and gave a gambler's smile.
He grasped the aim of his machine and levelled it on Kingdom Hearts above.
A surge of light fired from the device.
After a few Cure spells courtesy of Donald, the team stepped into the next room. It was a place that trembled with lost nether, and the moment they stepped inside, Kairi and Riku both shuddered.
There were twelve panels marked with weapons throughout the area, and collapsed over them were large markers Organization's emblem. Only two such plates were stan
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