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Reverse Rebirth - EpilogueEpilogue: Way to the Dawn
Dragon and king made their way through the thirteenth floor, which had become empty of Heartless. Eventually, they came across a sealed set of doors - although as a Keyblade bearer, Mickey new that a Keyhole had been sealed within them.
"So, Riku, what happens next? Are ya goin' home?"
Riku came to a stop, sighed, and shook his head. "I can't go home - not yet." As Mickey turned to him, he beat his fist over his heart. "It's still here. It's really faint, but I can sense him. I think his darknes still has a bit of a hold on me."
"Your darkness belongs to you," Mickey stated. "Just like your light does. I used to think darkness was something that should never exist. But then I spent time with you, and I changed my mind. The road you chose - I didn't know. Light and dark, back-to-back. With you, I think they might meet in a way nobody's seen before." The king shook his head. "Wonder where that road leads. I'd like to see for myself."
Riku was surprised as
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 18Chapter 18 - Dark to Dark
Riku stepped through the door to see King Mickey waiting for him. "Decided not to go to sleep, huh?" he asked.
"How'd you know?" Riku asked.
"DiZ told me," Mickey replied.
The dark angel's gaze snapped up to see Darkness in Zero suddenly there. "Do you know him?" he asked.
"Gosh, I'm not sure," Mickey admitted. "Gotta feelin' that I met him... somewhere."
"Who are you?" Riku's question was directed at the bandaged figure.
"I could be anybody... or nobody. It is up for you to decide whether you believe in me or not."
Riku smirked. "Boy, somebody likes pushing decisions on others."
"And you have pushed away slumber, making the choice to face Ansem."
"Are you calling me reckless?"
"You have chosen your own path.
Riku was starting to get fed up. "Are you supporting me... or abandoning me?"
"That will be your choice as well."
DiZ stepped forward, drawing something from the folds of his garments. It was a black cloak, hug over his arm as he handed it to Riku.
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 17Chapter 17: Memory Sorceress
Riku stepped into the mansion to find himself in what looked like Castle Oblivion. But it was odd - everything seemed... hazy. He caught sight of a girl nearby and stepped towards her.
"Are you Naminé?"
The girl nodded. "Yes." Her overall appearance was bright - platinum-blonde hair, ocean blue eyes, and a silvery white dress.
Riku could sense something curious. "I see... that was you."
"Sorry?" Naminé asked.
"It... it's nothing," Riku replied.
Naminé dismissed it. "Please, come this way." She turned and started to step through a large set of doors. Riku followed and found himself on a split of rock in a dark void.
"What... what is this place?"
"This is the Realm Between," Naminé said softly. "It's the realm between light and shadow. But it's not this I want to show you." She turned and glanced up towards the peak of the castle. Riku followed her gaze and smirked.
"If it's there you want to take me, you could have just said
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 16Chapter 16: Duel at Sunset
The dark angel came to a stop on the next floor of the castle. "I should have known," he growled.
I know you can feel it... the grip I have on your heart... You have let in the darkness, Riku... That means that your heart shall become an all-consuming darkness...
Riku shook his head. "Sorry, but no. That's not me. Get it through your head, I'm not like that."
Yes, you are.
Darkness pulsed out around him, throwing Riku into a T-stance. He fought to regain himself, but ripples of silver darkness coursed over him.
The deeper your darkness runs, the stronger I become. Controlling you is effortless.
Riku would have sworn if he could spare the attention to his mouth. His light wasn't yet strong enough to level with his darkness. He struggled to fight it - and in his struggle, he didn't notice the figure of light that emerged behind him until its voice called out.
A sphere of white shadows - holy
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 15Chapter 15: The Cloaked Schemer
Riku panted heavily, glancing around for the black-cloaked reader - if only to see another living being. Instead, he caught sight of an infinitely more welcome figure - one with spiky brown hair, gazing over the edge of the ruined sand.
He rushed up to his island friend. "Sora... it's me. Ri-"
There was a sudden flash, and Riku leapt out of the way by instinct. He pressed his hands against the ground to propel himself upward and landed to see Sora stanced there, Kingdom Key in hand. "What..."
Sora shot forward and leapt at him, and Riku formed the Soul Eater, instinctively catching the attack on his blade. He didn't realize until later that he had actually caught the attack, not broken it.
"Stop it, Sora!" he shouted. "Don't you recognize me?"
The Keyblade master glared. "Yeah, I recognize you," he stated. "You think I'd forget who tried to kill me?! I can see exactly what you've become!"
He applied such force to the l
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 14Chapter 14: Return to Destiny Islands
"First Vexen, and now Lexaeus is gone as well."
Zexion was deep in thought. His tome was open, but the page was forgotten. "What's to become of the Organization..."
"Larxene's out of the picture as well. Naminé turned on her."
The deep reader turned to see Axel perched on one of the marble statues. There was a strange expression on his face; in his hand was what looked like sketch paper. "She was crying my name as she went," the pyrokinetic mused aloud. "I wonder who's next.
"Maybe you," Zexion replied.
Axel raised his gaze, crossing his arms. "Me? Naah. I already took my pounding from Sora. He thinks I'm done for good. I don't plan on doing a repeat performance anytime soon." He grinned. "No, I think Marluxia's next in line to go."
Zexion furrowed his brow. "You think Sora will win," he stated. "Because anyone who beats you is indestructible - is that it?"
"That's the idea," Axel admitted. "Marluxia planned to use Sora against the Orga
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 13Chapter 13: The Silent Hero
Riku emerged in the hall to find a figure in a black cloak perched before him. He was silent for a moment, using his sense of darkness.
"That scent... you're another 'Nobody'."
The figure nodded. He had a strong, angular face, dark, earthen hair slicked back in untidy spikes, and narrow eyes the colour of earthwater. He was also large - not obese, but muscular, easily one of the largest humanoids Riku had met. "You've done well thus far, Riku," he offered. "Your reputation is well deserved. But to possess your strength, and yet fear the darkness... what a waste."
Riku glared. "I... am not... afraid," he growled in a draconic tone.
"I can see that you are indeed," the musculed cloak replied. This caused Riku to fall silent in the time it took him to speak again. "I can also see that you have the potential to control it. Cast away your useless fear. Unbind your heart. Embrace the darkness.
"And if I refuse?"
The dark one narrowed his eyes. "Then
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 12Chapter 12: God of the Underworld
"Is something troubling you, Lexaeus?"
Zexion asked the question as soon as the earthen fighter arrived. "Vexen is no more," the fighter replied.
The reader nodded. "Yes, his scent is gone. It was Axel." He sighed. "You know, it's deplorable. Members of the Organization striking each other down."
"The bigger problem is Sora," Lexaeus stated. "His strength exceeds Vexen's, and yet surely she has a hold of him by now. It's only a matter of time before he becomes Marluxia's puppet."
"So what do you propose?" Zexion asked. "Shall we destroy Sora before Marluxa secures him?"
"That won't be neccessary," the terran replied. "If Marluxia is to hold the light... then we shall hold the dark."
"Just one card left."
Riku stepped up and drew the single diamond card, seeing the image of a Greek arena on it. He had never been and would never be as happy as he was when he had defeated the jerky, tricky Heartless that had ended Wonderland.
Reverse Rebirth - Chapter 11Chapter 11: Juggler of Flames
"Why so glum? Is something on your mind?"
The artist didn't respond, which only prompted Larxene to torment her further. "Feeling bad about tinkering with Sora's memory? Or..."
"Knock it off, Larxene."
Larxene turned as the dark figure of what looked like Riku stepped forward. "If she wants to forget about Sora, then let her forget."
The Savage Nymph raised an eyebrow. "You don't say."
The dark one set a hand on the artist's shoulder. "Don't worry," he assured her. "I'll make whatever's hurting you go away. I swear it on the open sea and the endless sky." He held up a single diamond card, which held the image of the Destiny Islands. Only the artist saw it, though, for what the other two saw was a golden star charm - not entirely comforting, considering he was clad in muscle tissue.
"I'll be back."
He turned away and stepped through a passage of darkness that appeared as his garments faded to those of the island. Larxene shook her head in amusement -
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