Her Trouble-making Paladin
- Dec 26, 2010
- Kingdom of the sun
AU. How about we try that again?
Reality hit me like a bucket of ice water.
I shot up, breathing in and out and looking around erratically, eyes trying to adjust from the shift. Last thing I remembered was the brightest of whites, now the only light was the moon, stars and crackling campfire not too far away from where I had been sleeping. I swallowed, hands going up to my face as my eyes started to water and my heart started to pound.
She had done it.
Jiminy looked over at me, obviously concerned from his spot near the fire and his little journal that he was scribbling away in.
She had done it.
Goofy snored loudly not too far away, Donald using him as a pillow and looking quite comfortable laying on top of his best friend.
She had done it!
I whooped, voice higher than I remembered being. Heart lighter than it had been in Zeus knew how long as I started laughing half hysterically, falling back on the soft grass my fourteen year old self had been napping on at this point and time. I wouldn't doubt her ever again. If there were rules then she was going to shatter them into a million pieces. That's just the way things were.
Donald and Goofy remained asleep, unaffected by my outburst. I stood up, stretching arms that were too short and scrawny while yawning as I tried to push away the sleepiness that accompanied just waking up from a long nap. I was also pushing away the headache that apparently accompanied slingshotting your heart five years into the past. I didnï¿½t know the exact side effects of such a trip, just that what was done and what I planned to do broke any and every rule that governed time travel. You couldnï¿½t really do that without some sort of backlash. I knew it but at the moment I was just too elated to give a damn. I was fourteen again! I was back! I could save everyone!
ï¿½Sora! Are you okay?ï¿½ Jiminy had come over and I quickly swiped my arm across my face, brushing away the tears that had started to fall as I realized that things were going to change and everything was going to be okay again.
ï¿½Iï¿½m fine Jiminy, Iï¿½m fine.ï¿½ I assured him. My voice was soï¿½young sounding. I missed the deeper one that I had grown accustomed to. Last time I had just slept through puberty, this time I had every intention of experiencing the whole thing. I wonder if I was going to get acne?
ï¿½Iï¿½m going for a walk.ï¿½ I said, waving off Jiminyï¿½s lingering concerns. I finished my stretching as I started to make my way down the dirt road that Donald, Goofy and I had been following up until this point. Judging by the way everything looked, and from my own knowledge of this place, I could get us to civilization in about a week and a half. Two weeks would get us off this world and three would get us to Destiny Islands, where we would grab Kairi, Selphie, Wakka and Tidus. Once they were picked up weï¿½d get them all trained up for the hellstorm that was coming our way. I nodded, drifting off into a quick little fantasy of an easy victory over Xehanort that came from a few years of hard work, sweat and the right application of future knowledge. Naturally I couldnï¿½t do any of that. I knew where this was after all. We were in the Land of Departure. Castle Oblivion stood around here somewhere and inside was about half of the Organization, along with Ansem the Wise, Riku and Namine. Arguments could be made that the members of the Organization stationed there currently were traitors and leaving them be would cause them to whittle away the members stationed elsewhere, which would weaken the group of nobodies as a whole and make it much easier to annihilate the rest of them. That was true. It was also true that Ansem the Wise had plans for Riku and wouldnï¿½t let him get consumed by darkness and on top of that Riku was capable of taking care of himself.
The problem was Namine was in that castle. She was being held against her will and I couldnï¿½t just ignore the fact that the enemy had one of my closest friends in their clutches. Especially when said friend was the whole reason I could come back here in the first place. So even though it would be best to go ahead and skedaddle on off of this world I knew that I was going to charge into Castle Oblivion gung-ho, guns blazing and smash my way up to the top floor. I was going to save Namine even if I wound up a drooling, memory free zombie.
If a empty suit of armor could animate itself and fight well enough to grind my ass into the dirt using nothing but echoes of hatred for Xehanort Iï¿½m pretty sure Namine can shatter my heart and Iï¿½ll have enough hate left over to do the same thing if someone leads me to the old man. Xehanort stole Terraï¿½s body and killed his master.
He started a war and flooded the realm of light with darkness, ripped the doors open to Kingdom Hearts and personally murdered everyone I ever cared about.
That sucked a little more.
So yeah, heart or no heart, memories or no memories, Iï¿½m going to kill that bastard good. Thirteen times over if I have to.
ï¿½Along this road lies something you need.ï¿½
I froze, pushing down the old resentment and trying to channel my magic as a familiar voice washed over me. It was about time.
I turned around, eyes sweeping the empty field and looking for any sign of the man laying a trap for me. My nineteen year old self could have pinpointed him the moment he got within a certain distance of me and then I could freeze him in place with a time freeze or simple telekinesis. I knew the mechanics behind both things but for whatever reason my body refused to go ahead and start doing it. That irritated me because that means the various high level magic I knew would be worthless until I trained my body to the point where it could handle it again. Damn it this wasnï¿½t even fair! I was supposed to be instantly powerful and easily outclass everything I came across right now! I didnï¿½t really count on having to grind all over again.
Seeing nothing I turned back around, Marluxia suddenly standing in front of me, coat billowing in the soft breeze with the hood up. I glared at him, wishing I could burn him where he stood.
ï¿½But to claim that something, you must lose something precious to you.ï¿½ He said cryptically before vanishing into the shadows. Something tugged at my heart and in that moment I knew. Down the path would be Castle Oblivion and Namine.
ï¿½Sora!ï¿½ right on time, Donald, Goofy and Jiminy were rushing towards me, weapons drawn and thinking that I had gotten myself into some sort of danger. Which I was prone to do at any age.
ï¿½Guys, you arenï¿½t going to believe this.ï¿½ I said, moving towards them.
We were going to storm a castle, save a lady, reunite with a friend and be done before the week was over.
Then weï¿½d get ready to save the Realm of Light.
ï¿½But we donï¿½t even know if this is going to work!ï¿½
ï¿½Your right. We donï¿½t. But isnï¿½t it worth trying? Isnï¿½t the chance to make things better worth a little risk?ï¿½
ï¿½A little risk? Youï¿½re about to kill yourself!ï¿½
ï¿½If this works itï¿½ll be worth it.ï¿½
ï¿½If it doesnï¿½t work youï¿½ll be dead for nothing! Why canï¿½t I power the spell and you go back in time to fix everything?ï¿½
ï¿½Because thatï¿½s not what the worlds want and you know it. If I try then youï¿½ll die and I wonï¿½t survive the tripï¿½
ï¿½I hate this.ï¿½
ï¿½I know. But think about it! Youï¿½ll get to see Riku again! Youï¿½ll get to make sure none of this mess ever happens. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the fewï¿½
ï¿½Donï¿½t even quote that bastard to me.ï¿½
ï¿½Youï¿½ll probably get a chance to punch him when I send you back.ï¿½
ï¿½Surprisingly enough that makes me feel a little better about doing this.ï¿½
ï¿½So do you really not want me to do this?ï¿½
ï¿½We really donï¿½t have a choice. I just donï¿½t want to see you die..your all I have left you know. I canï¿½tï¿½I canï¿½t handle being left all by myself.ï¿½
ï¿½Then just have faith in me and donï¿½t worry about it. No matter what has to happen, no matter what rules I need to break, Iï¿½ll get you where you need to be.ï¿½
ï¿½Good. And Sora?ï¿½
ï¿½Make sure you win next time.ï¿½
ï¿½Donï¿½t worry. I will.ï¿½
AN: Alright! So this is the first part of my newest project! A good old fashioned time travel set right what once went wrong style story. With plenty of twists and turns of course. Kh3 didn't go very well for our heroes, so hopefully it'll work out better this time! The second half of chapter one will be posted at a later time. Please tell me what you think!