Salvation of Hope
Chapter 1. Change
Chapter 1. Change
A great light filled the void between all worlds, alerting those present, something has gone terribly wrong. One person in particular, sat back in his chair, stroking his beard in deep thought. Beyond his crescent moon window, he could see the light, symbolizing two of their most trusted, and powerful keyblade wielders have fallen. Closing his eyes, he could feel the coil of danger waiting to spring into action.
"The worlds will once again be in peril. If she does not choose to aid them, all hope will be lost."
"What of the Princesses of Heart?" Inquired a squeaky voice.
Yen Sid's eyes fell upon his former student, King Mickey Mouse, with his two companions at his side, Donald Duck and Goofy. It wasn't hard for, the former keyblade master to see the grief etched onto their faces at the loss of their former friends. A loss they wished not to repeat again for, a second time. All the more reason for them to make haste, and begin eradicating the darkness threatening to take over the worlds, now that there was no one to protect them.
"That I can not say. They're no longer in any danger for, their power is gone."
"Gone?!" Donald yelped in dismay.
Goofy shared a confused look with Donald. "A-hyuck, gone? Is that even possible?"
"Kairi cannot be both, keyblade wielder and princess of heart. The power inside of her was left in dormant, until she chose to accept, or awaken the power of the Keyblade. Thus, making the seven princesses of heart lose their power for being unbalanced, when she accepted it. Making the power be placed anew, among individuals we have not yet seen. Leaving the former princesses of heart protected, and new ones in danger."
King Mickey threw his arms open in protest, displaying his palms facing forward. "If this is true...is there no way to return her power as a princess of heart?"
Yen Sid inhaled deeply. "That I do not know. What happens now, is hidden from me. All we can do, is let the pieces fall where they may."
"What of Namine and Xehanort?"
All eyes flashed across the room, where a fiery red head happened to be leaning against the wall with his arms folded over his chest, and having come in silently during the meeting. The reactions were immediate. Donald summoned his staff as did Goofy with his shield, ready to attack, when King Mickey, threw up his arms in a protective stance, and crouched down defensively in front of Axel, shouting at the top of his lungs. "Stop!"
"Fellas. he isn't responsible for, what happened to our pals Sora and Riku."
"His Majesty is right. Put down your weapons." Yen Sid demanded.
The air in the room felt rather stuffy to the great wizard Yen Sid, as he looked upon the occupants inside of the room. After a brief moment of silence, did Yen Sid clear his throat, and lean forward over his desk, addressing everyone within the room. "The matter of Xehanort is a long one. I will not go into tedious details concerning him. Whereas the girl, is a whole other matter entirely, one that truly baffles me."
"C'mon old man, I need better answers than that," Axel said stubbornly, "For a nobody to exist without her coherent part, is going to endanger her further, and raise tons of questions. Making her much more vulnerable to the bad guys. And somebody around here, has to deal with the icky job of taking them all down."
"Axel. I can only give you an educated guess, and I could be complete off on my assumptions," Yen Sid began, "Namine could of potential absorbed Kairi's princess of heart power, allowing her to exist once more, without the need of a heart, and grew one of her own. Which means, she would of replaced Kairi's role as one of the seven, and will require protection at all costs. The other plausible theory, is that she came into being, when Kairi's heart began to waver, and the power of the keyblade was the push she needed to break free."
"How will we know, if Namine is one of the seven princesses of heart?" Mickey asked.
"Then what are we supposed to do?!" Axel demanded.
"Easy Axel, I'm sure Master Yen Sid will tell us." King Mickey reassured him.
"Aid Kairi in her search of the new seven princesses of heart. Keep a look out for old organization thirteen members, and stay on your toes. There's no telling what Xehanort will do now. Be forewarned, he will do anything in his power to obtain the x-blade, and submerged the worlds in total darkness. Protect the girls at all costs." Yen Sid said calmly.
"When do we start?" Axel asked sarcastically.
"Today." Yen Sid smiled slyly.
"You must find one of the tortured souls Sora was looking for. I suggest you begin your search in the Realm of Darkness. There you will possibly find an old acquaintance of mine, and she will teach Kairi how to wield the keyblade."
"And what if Kairi refuses?"
"She won't have a choice in the matter. Not for much longer I fear. And getting to the Realm of Darkness is no easy feat. Not even I can access it without trouble."
King Mickey's eyes widen, looking positively shocked. "Why Gosh, Master Yen Sid, you don't mean to say, Aqua is still in there?"
The island hadn't changed at all, since the last time she was here. The sky was still the deepest shade of blue she had ever seen, and the sound of waves crashing against the shore, rang softly into her ears as she stood there. Looking out at the sea, roaring with life, as the waves crashed against the boats at the dock; making them rock in place. The jointed island to her left, held so many memories of her time here on the island. Where she would sit on the curved paopu fruit tree, dreaming of exploring new worlds, and going on so many new adventures, with her two best friends. But, no matter how many times she visited the island, she couldn't hear their voices anymore, or the laughter that used to be here.
"Kairi? What brings you to the island? I thought you weren't coming back."
"I keep thinking they'll show up, if I'm here, waiting for them like always." Kairi replied honestly.
The genuine concern and surprise, Kairi detected in Selphie voice, was something she had grown used to over the past week and a half. At first, it had hurt too much for her to even come here, after witnessing her best friends deaths first hand. Until the bleakness of her house became too much for her to withstand any longer, and needed a change of scenery. Soon it became obvious, when her friends began to quiet down around her presence, carefully walking on egg shells around her, and avoiding all topics of Sora and Riku. Which made things worse, rather than better.
"Do you want to play volleyball with me? Wakka and Tidus keep pestering me to ask you, and we could really use another player." Selphie smiled, peering at Kairi sideways, and stepping into her line of sight.
"We miss you, Kairi."
Kairi opened her mouth, ready to refuse, when she remembered how lonely she had been. Instead, she put in as much effort as possible into making her smile look real. "Sure thing, Selphie. Let's go cream those boys, and show them who's boss!"
"Great!" Selphie beamed, taking hold of Kairi's wrist in her hand, and began dragging her to where, Wakka and Tidus were waiting.
Allowing herself to be dragged away from her spot, Kairi stared up at the sky, willing the stars to appear hidden from her view. Expect there weren't any. All of the worlds were going out one by one, because she refused to do anything, except let her grief consume her. Much to Namine's dismay, who kept trying to talk reason into her head, and push her into seeing the great wizard Yen Sid.
"Great. Just what I needed Namine. Another reminder of Sora and Riku! As if I didn't feel guilty enough as it is!" Was what she had said, prior to blowing up in Namine's face. After that, Kairi didn't see any signs of Namine again from then on. A part of her was too stubborn and angry to listen. Now, she didn't know how to face her own nobody again, and apologize for, the cruel things she had said to her.
Kairi broke out of her own thoughts, looking at the object Selphie was pointing at with her forefinger. There on the ground, was the crumple piece of paper jammed back into its jar, and with the telltale signs of being from another world. The very bottle Kairi had received that night from his Majesty, and threw into the sea with all her might, refusing to do what he asked of her. Here it was again, mocking her with the familiar stamp of a mouse on the bottle; making her want to scream, and blame them for the trouble they had brought down upon them all.
"Just throw it back into the ocean." Kairi deadpanned, refusing to look at it for a third time, and hastily walked past it.
Selphie automatically dropped the bottle back onto the sand, and quickly stood up, hurrying after her. Completely taken aback by the sudden change of Kairi's attitude, and shouted after her. "Wait up, Kairi!"
There on the curved paopu fruit tree, sat hidden from view, was Namine in her white dress. Her hands and arms tightening around a notebook pressing against her chest as if to prevent the pain from reaching her, as she bowed her head down in rejection. A gloved hand reached out, patting her gently on the shoulder; trying to comfort her in the only way they knew how to. Which was enough to make her look up from her tears, moved by the gesture to see a familiar pyro donned in a black organization thirteen coat with a serious expression on his face.
Hidden in the Shadows
Hidden in the Shadows
"She can't keep running forever." Axel stated.
"I know." Namine whispered.
"Kairi doesn't understand how much dangerous the situation has become. The longer she chooses to ignore it, the sooner this world will be plunged into darkness too."
"And there's only so much time left, before old friends decide to pay a visit." Axel added bitterly, unable to sit still and moved around restlessly.
"What did Yen Sid have to say about my existence?" Namine questioned, staring into his lean back.
The stiffening in his shoulders made Namine's stomach tighten in knots and chest tighten, making it harder to breath, without her feeling a sense of dread and anxiety weighing her down. Trying to speak, Namine swallowed the hard lump lodged in her throat, and opened her mouth. "Axel, what's wron-".
"Namine," Axel said sharply, cutting off further questioning.
"All you need to concentrate on, is what makes you happy. Forget the life of being a nobody, and a witch. You're your own person. And you have me looking after you, and I won't let anything hurt you again."
Namine stared at him in bewilderment, which he returned with a full fledged smile. "Got it Memorized?"
This may be edited later with additional stuff. First Kingdom Hearts story, I've ever written in so very long, and I will fix all grammar mistakes later on. Please Read and Review. C: