Years ago, around when Leon was born, there was a Keyblade Master that carried the name Ever Leonhart. She was empowered by her two sisters, like Sora is empowered by his two friends. Two days before Ever was born, a war between light and darkness broke out. Ever fought using her late father's blade before she received the keyblade at the age of seventeen. The light was winning for years. Then, when Ever turned twenty one, the darkness made something so powerful, nothing could destroy it. Exer. Ever's nobody. Just barely, Ever was able to seal Exer into stone.
With the help of Merlin, Ever was sealed in something called the "Hero's Orb", named after Ever's older sister, Hero, who was the first to fall victim to Exer. She was to remain in Hero's Orb until she was needed to defeat Exer again, and could only be revived by the Keyblade master. The youngest of the three sister, Temperance, took care of Ever's little boy, who was only nine months when his mother was put in the orb, seeing as she was the only sibling alive.
Our story starts in Radiant Gardens. Yuffie was snooping around in the castle before she was suppose to meet Leon's aunt Temperance. They had been going out for a while and she wanted to meet the woman who had raised her boyfriend.
Suddenly, Yuffie tripped and her hands shot out to grab the bookcase that was attached to the walls.
The bookcase swung in, making Yuffie land on a dusty floor. After a small sneezing fit, Yuffie stood up and began walking along the old passage way. Maybe there was something that could help with the nobody problem. A new nobody, way more powerful then the whole organization and Kingdom Hearts put together, who used a keyblade, had came out. She called herself Exer. They where trying to come up with her somebody's name. So far they had Eer, Ree, and Ere.
Yuffie reached a circular room. There was a giant orb that lit up the room with a blue glow. In the center of the orb was a young girl, about the age of twenty. Her back was arched like somebody was digging a knife in her back and she was trying to pull away from the pain. Her eyes where closed and her mouth was open in a silent scream. The woman's brown hair looked like it frozen when wind was blowing at her, making it flare around her head. Her sink was pale, like she had been dunked in bleach before being put in the orb. She was in the center, floating off the bottom of the orb. She was wearing a blood red dress that barely came midthigh. The dress was extremely low cut and she was wearing a corset, which made her large bust… larger.
The blue glow that the orb produced made the painting on the wall clear. There where battle scenes, all with three woman fighting in them. The woman in the orb was holding something, fighting with some kind of blade. The largest one was of three girls. On the left the youngest stood. Her blonde hair fell in curls and her grey eyes sparkled. The Kingdom Key hung loosely in her grasp. Next to her was the woman in the orb, only in the painting she was younger by a year. The blade she fought with in the other paintings, which Yuffie can now recognize as a keyblade, was slung over her shoulder. She was older then the girl on the left, but younger then the girl on the right. The woman had her keyblade resting on her right shoulder. The last girl was two years older then the youngest, and a year older then the middle girl. This one had a pure black keyblade stuck into the ground. Under the picture was circular bed that fitted against the round wall. The bed was dressed with deep blue sheets. The whole room looked like somebody's bedroom, only with a giant blue orb in the middle and whole bunch of paintings covering the wall.
"Yuffie?" Yuffie spun round to see Sora. A smile slid over her lips as she glomped the friends she hadn't seen in a year, the last time the worlds where in danger.
"Oh Shiva! I haven't seen you for over year! How have you -"
"Yuffie look out!" Sora pushed the ninja to the side, summoning the Keyblade. The woman, who he had yet to notice, nor had the Keyblade master noticed the giant blue orb, flung her eyes open. A beam on light shot from the tip of his keyblade, though the heartless that had attacked Yuffie, and into the orb. No matter how hard Sora tried to dismiss the Keyblade, he couldn't.
The orb began to glow brighter. Then, suddenly, it shattered. The woman collapsed into the blue shards.
Silver eyes looked up at them. Her eyes flicked between Sora and Yuffie. She pulled herself up, back straight, and took a step forwards, only to crumple to the ground.
"How long was I in the Hero's Orb?" She asked with a small pout marring her features. When she took in the blank faces of the other's, she sighed. "I'm guessing one, maybe two, thousand years." The last part was mumbled to herself. "I'm guessing Exer had been released?"
"H-How do you k-know about E-Exer?" Yuffie stuttered. Wow, people wore that one or two thousand years ago?
"I was the one that sealed her up. I'm also her somebody, Ever Leonhart." The woman, Ever, announced.
"How do you get Exer out of Ever? Exer doesn't have a 'V' in it." Sora stated.
Ever wrote Exer's name in the air. A blue light made up the nobody's name. She took a hold of the "X" and pulled it part before sticking the ends together to make a "V" and sticking it back where it was. "Does that explain your question?" Ever asked, tilting her head to the side.
"Yeah, pretty much." Yuffie replied, rocking on her heels, looking like she could care less.
"Who is the one who released me?" Ever asked, tilting her head to the side. Instantly Yuffie pointed at Sora.
"He did it! Blame him!" Ever laughed at Yuffie exclamation.
"Hey!" Sora cried.
"Tell me, young Keyblade master, when was Exer last released?" Ever asked Sora, tilting her head.
The keyblade master shrugged and looked at Yuffie, who copied the gesture.
"Is Temperance Leonhart still alive?" Yuffie's eyes widen. She had forgotten all about Leon's aunt! The ninja darted from the room, leaving behind a confused Keyblade master and woman.
"Can you hand me that box on the bed?" Ever asked Sora, pointing to the circular bed, jumping from the topic of Temperance. Sora did as he was told and got the box for the woman. She took the lid off, revealing pictures. She took the top one off and looked at it.
"This is my son. I'm guess since there's so few picture, he died young." Ever handed a picture to Sora. He was surprised to see Leon Leonhart, the picture looked like it was taken last month. Ever showed Sora some baby pictures of Leon. On one where he was a new born, Sora found writing on the back. "Birth control fail/drunken night. Will never happen again!"
Sora blinked at the messy scrawl. Ever gave a nervous laugh. "Yeah, don't get drunk kid." Then voices came down the hallway. Ever looked up, faint gleam of recognition in her eyes.
There was a small group at the entrance of the room. She smiled when she saw the oldest member of the group. "Merlin," Ever greeted the old wizard pleasantly. A smile split across her face.
The next thing the woman said made Yuffie snigger. "Squally!"
Leon's eye twitched as he gave the woman on the floor an odd look. She leapt up and stumbled forwards.
"Ever!" Temperance Leonhart shouted, flying forwards and wrapping the brunette woman in a hug. Ever gasped, silver eyes wide.
"I thought you said I'll be as good as new," She snarled as she yanked back from Temperance, leaving the older woman with a look of hurt on her face. Silver eyes darkened and curled fingers turned into claws. Ever's milky white skin rapidly darkened, turning into a pitch black color. Her teeth grew sharper and the skin on her arms turned scaly. Her chocolate hair quickly turned white.
"I never said that, Ever" The slightly senile wizard said, unfazed at the woman's transformation, ignoring the five shocked looks and one sad look. Leon quickly got over his shock and summoned his Gunblade.
The creature that was Ever smirked at the sight of the weapon. "So you gave it to him, Tempe." Her voice was greatly distorted. "I thought you said that her won't turn out like us, like me." Dark eyes gave a sad look at the monstrous form the once pretty woman was.
"He needed to protect himself, and I didn't give it to him. I sent Father's blade into the light, like Father did before darkness consumed him. The blade found Leon."
Confusion clouded "Ever's" eyes. "You mean Squall."
"My names Leon," The man in question said.
Ever snorted, a hideous laugh spilling from her lips. She began to regain her normal form. "Is that the name you where given at birth?"
"I knew that wasn't the name I gave you when you where born."
Grey eyes narrowed. "My mother was lost to darkness when I was I child." Leon snarled. Soon Ever was back to a normal woman.
A sweet laughter poured from her lips. "Is that that what you told him, Tempe? That I was lost to darkness and never came back?"
"'Your mother was lost to the Darkness when you where two months and never found her way back to us' was a lot better then 'your mother was lost to Darkness when you where two months, came back when you where eight months, and had a wizard put her in a glowing blue orbs because she wants to help defeat her nobody, Exer, when you where nine months.'" Temperance said, rolling his eyes. Leon was shocked. He had been lied to all this time.
"Seems like you where, Squall." Ever said, as if she was reading his mind.
"It's Leon." He corrected his mother. That was the second time in less then an hour…
"I named you Squall Leonhart, not Leon Leonhart." Ever replied as she began picking up they large chunks of blue glass that laid on the floor.
"Let me get that," Merlin said before waving his wand, the large chunks of glass disappearing. Both Temperance and Ever scowled at the old wizard. He knew both of them didn't like magic that much (even thought the latter spent twenty-something years in a magical glowing orb…) and preferred to do things by hand. That was how children where convinced, without the help of magic(even though alcohol and a birth control fail help a certain Gunblader along, but Squall didn't need to know that…).
Then Ever asked the question that made Temperance roll her dull grey eyes. "Can I kill Exer now?"
Beth: Ah, the smell of a new story [=.
Sora: Where did I go during the last part of the story?!
Beth: A heartless kidnapped you because it loved you. THEY HAVE HEARTS, TOO!
Xero: Tell him the truth.
Beth: 1) I forgot about Sora… I suck at having a lot of characters in one place. 2) People, meet my muse, Xero. Her name is pronounced Zero.
Xero: Hello. Please review and check out Beth's other story, To The Vampires, and-
Beth: Let Sora do that, because I forgot about him.
Sora: Don't forget to review!