KENJI ISHIKAWA PRESENTS:
THE 2010 KINGDOM HEARTS FAN FICTION PROJECT:
For the first time in many years, he places his foot down on the warm, golden sand of the small island that he, Riku, Kairi, and their friends use to play on so long ago. Today he wore a red shirt under a black jacket that had metal shoulder pads on them and the sleeves rolled up. He had fingerless gloves made of sturdy material that strapped to his wrists over another pair of fingerless gloves made of a thinner fabric that reached just below his elbows. He had on two belts, one held on a sack that had a second belt strapped to his leg and the other held up his black pants that were cut off half way down his shins. His shoes were black and yellow and bulky at the toe. Both had belts on them to hold them to his feet. One thing he had on him that he never gets tired of was his crown necklace.
Those he has changed a lot, the island continues to remain the same like it was in its own little world unaffected by the rest of the outside world; or so it seemed in the distance. When up close, you can see that vegetation began to grow on the wooden planks which were used to create the play forts all around the island. Though the nails still held the structures firmly, they have begun to rust and weaken over time from weathering. Even though their former play ground had begun to vanish from time, the newly grown plants that replaced it have created their own beauty. That's what Kairi would say. Sora pulled himself out of the trans produced by this sight to notice that Tidus and the others have finally caught up. "Looks like Kairi and I win the relay!"
Tidus, completely out of breath, scrambled out of the small boat onto the dock. "Give me a break Sora, you had it easy!"
"But you had Wakka to help you." Though it was true that Tidus and his best buddy, Wakka, teamed up on one boat with Selphie to row against Sora and Kairi, with Sora doing the rowing, they were not capable to row in a synchronized manor and would often row in circles. The fact that Wakka was stronger than Tidus did not help their cause either. Their boat almost tipped as well because of the unequal weight distribution between Tidus and Wakka. Sora learned over time to become ambidextrous, but that was not one of the deciding factors that brought him to victory.
"Skinny little punk didn't know how to row a boat." Wakka stepped out of the boat with his large feet and onto the aged dock with his blitz ball tucked securely under his right arm.
Selphie leaped out of the boat with ease and onto the dock. "Oh don't go blaming others! You had a hand in our loss too, y'know!"
"Yeah, you almost tipped the boat you fat ass!" said Tidus putting the blame back on Wakka.
"Hey it's not my fault; it's my girlfriend, it's like she's fattening my up, ya!" he said in his defense. Wakka has been seeing a girl named Lulu for about six months now.
"Well, how come Sora's in perfect shape and he's been with Kairi for two years?" asked Tidus as a means of overturning Wakka's excuse. "What's your secret, Sora?"
Sora chuckled. "That's the secret!" Sora and Kairi are 17. Sora looked at Kairi, who was standing off to the side as the boys argued, as she sighed. Then he looked back at Tidus and the others and motioned at them with his hands. "C'mon guys." He wrapped his arm around Kairi's waist as he walked down to the beach. Tidus summoned up the strength to straighten himself up and follow them with Wakka and Selphie. Sora and Kairi stopped on the beach and looked up at the gigantic tree at the heart of the island that looked as healthy as ever. Sora looked up at it. "Here we are again—well, most of us."
"Yeah." said Kairi. There was one thing out of place in this gathering that kept it from being perfect: Riku was gone.
Wakka put his chest out and looked at the sands that witnessed his progress in becoming a professional blitz ball player. "Alright then!" he ran to the other end of the beach and spun around facing Tidus. "Let's play ball! For old time sake, ya'!"
Tidus gladly accepted the challenge. "Alright tough guy, I'm in!"
"Oh boy." Selphie walked away from Tidus and found a seat at the edge of the beach to avoid the game.
Sora smiled again and shifted his eyes from the upcoming game to Riku's favorite spot. He left Kairi's side and made his way to that location. Sora treaded through the sand and jumped up onto the bridge that connected this small fraction of land to the rest of the island. With every step the aged bridge creaked. On this small secluded section was a tree that grew into two trunks. One grew in an upward curved shape and the other grew almost parallel to the ground before growing upward near its top. This was no ordinary tree. This was a paopu tree. It produced a sweet fruit in the shape of a star in its branches. This was Riku's favorite place to sit as he looked out into the ocean and planned their journey off the island so many years ago. Sora crawled up onto the trunk of that tree and sat as he watched the waves come in.
Kairi grew tired of watching the two boys play their absurd ball game in the sand and looked for Sora. She immediately spotted him on the tree and rushed over to him. As she approached him, he did not seem to have noticed her coming. His eyes were still fixated on the sea. Kairi walked over to his side. "Something wrong, Sora?"
"I was just thinking about Riku."
Sora nodded. "I still can't believe he's gone." Riku, Sora's best friend and rival has finally left to live on his own. He left three months ago and ever since then Sora felt an empty space in his heart.
"We're all going to grow up and go our separate paths just like Riku eventually, Sora." responded Kairi.
"But you and I are going to be together, right?"
"Of course, but what I mean is, we're all going to leave our home and families some day."
Sora nodded. "I know."
Wakka leaped an amazing feet into the air and threw the blitz ball down at Tidus. Tidus reacted just in time to catch it, but the force of the ball pulled him off his feet and onto his rear. "Yes! Still got it, ya'!" As Wakka watches Tidus twitch in the sand, a ball of purple light flew into his face and hovers in front of him. "What the—?!" Wakka starts moving around trying to get away from this unexplainable phenomenon, but it kept moving closer and closer to him and would jerk to the left and then the right. Wakka finally tripped in the sand and fell onto his back.
"Hey, Wakka!" Tidus and Selphie ran over to the dazed sports fanatic and looked down over him. "Hey, are you okay?"
Wakka had lights all around in his vision as he looked up at Tidus and Selphie who shaded him from the sun. "Did you guys just see that?"
"See what?" asked Selphie.
"That funky light just now?"
"Ya'!" he said as he shot up. "It was dark and it flew around me and creeped me out!"
Tidus raised an eyebrow. "…have you been sniffing something?"
"I'm not wacko, Tidus!" he said. "I saw it!" That's when Wakka's eyes caught the sight of the secret place next to the roots of the mighty tree at the heart of the island. "I'll bet it came from there!" Tidus and Selphie turned to the direction of Wakka's finger that pointed to the possible source of this strange occurrence. "That's probably what lives in there!"
"Let's go check it out!"
Sora and Kairi left that memorable location to find the crew approaching the hole. "Hey, what are you guys up to?" he called out.
All three of them turned their attention to the couple. "I saw a weird light ya', and I think it came from in here!"
"Wakka, we told you what was making that sound, it was the wind blowing over the hole in the roof of that cave." explained Sora. "There is no monster."
"Then where did that weird light come from?!"
"C'mon, let's go!" The towering Wakka got down on all fours and crawled into the hole. Tidus and Selphie crouched down and followed behind him.
Sora and Kairi looked at one another and shrugged. Both of them decided to follow them in. They actually planned to go in there anyways because of the memories in that cave. Sora and Kairi followed the path into the inner chamber where the other three were. Tidus was walking around as he stared up at the ceiling, Selphie was examining the drawings on the wall with admiration, and Wakka was running around like an idiot as he looked for a possible place for the strange light to hide. "Wow, this place is still untouched."
"Hey Sora, did you and Kairi make these?" asked Selphie.
"Yeah, we were just kids back then." said Kairi.
Sora walked across the room to the place where he and Kairi had draw each other on a single stone and drew hands reaching out and presenting one another with a paopu fruit. This picture was the only one that continued to sit in his mind even to this day. "Here!" Sora flinched and spun around to see Wakka standing in front of the door—the door that changed their lives forever. "It probably lives behind here!" Wakka backed away from it and began to position his feet.
"Um, Wakka…" Wakka squatted down like a football player and put his shoulder forward. Then he suddenly launched himself against the door and slammed into it, but to no avail. "…it's a pull door."
Wakka was on his rear again. "You could have told me that ahead of time!"
Sora crouched down next to him. "Even so, there's no handle, so it can't be opened."
"Then how do you know it's a pull?"
"I can tell you, but you won't believe me." He grabbed Wakka and pulled him to his feet. "Let's get you out of here before you really hurt yourself."
Wakka started walking in the direction of the exit with Tidus following him. "Wakka, you are the biggest idiot I've ever seen."
Sora sighed and looked back at the picture of him and Kairi. Then he saw something on the picture move. He looked closer and saw a dark liquid seep from the eyes of him and Kairi. His eyes widened and his mouth hung open. He looked away at Kairi. She was looking at the rest of the cave art on the walls. Sora opened his mouth to call for her, but he couldn't utter a sound. He looked back at the picture in a panic to see it perfectly undisturbed. There was nothing. Did I imagine it? He asked himself this over and over again as his heart pace slowed to a normal beat. Then he heard a scratching sound. It was faint, but close by. To his left. Sora turned his attention to the door in the chamber and stared at it. Then he heard the sound again. It was coming from behind the door. Sora leaned in closer to get a better sense of the sound.
As Sora directed all of his attention to the door, the purple light flew in through the hole in the roof of the cave and directly into Sora's body through his back. Sora's body lurched forward from the force of the impact. "Ah!" As a result of this strange occurrence, Sora's clothes started to leak sand out of them onto the ground. Sora pulled his senses together and looked around thinking someone pushed him.
Sora jerked around to see Kairi standing next to the tunnel that lead to the beach. "Let's go now."
Sora looked around the area. No one else was in the cave with them and the scratching sound was gone. He took his mind off of it and walked to Kairi. "Okay, let's meet with the others." As he walked, small amounts of sand fell out onto the ground from his pant legs.
Tidus and the others stood on the beach looking out at the sea. The sun stung Sora's eyes as he crawled out of the dark cave and shielded the sun's rays with his hand. It took time for his eyes to reajust to the lgiht. It was nearing midday he thought. He looked out to the sea at his childhood friends and another strange occurrence took place: Everything in Sora's line of sight, for a second, change. After the strange flash, Sora flinched and rubbed his eyes. What's going on? These images, the scratching, and the dark liquid; what's causing all of this? Sora looked around again to see no signs of change since he went into the secret place until the flash happened again. This time, the image stayed.
It was still Destiny Islands. Was it? It looked like the same beach, the same waters, and the same geography. But the docks and bridges and all of the man-made structures were gone. No, they're not gone; they're still there, but in wastes on the ground and in the waters. Speaking of which, the waters that surrounded the island were a dark red like wine. In fact, the entire area was a shade of red. Everything. This frightening image that Sora was experiencing was just getting worse. As he looked to the sky, he could see that it was completely blocked out by an endless sheet of dark clouds.
Sora walked forth into this dark scene and stepped into the sands of the beach. There was something sticking out of the sands in front of him. Something black. Though he feared what it may be, Sora squatted down and grabbed it. Slowly, he lifted it out of the sand and twisted it towards him. The black object poured sand out of large holes and the features of it became identifiable. It was a skull. Sora's hand began to shake realizing what he had uncovered and dropped it instantly before jumping back. The skull hit the sand and, not long after, broke down into ash in the wind. "What is this? Is—is this the future?"
Sora flinched and flashed his eyes open. He was back to reality. Everything was peaceful and the sun was shining. Sora looked around just be sure that he was just hallucinating. The island was still in order. "Wh—What's wrong?"
"You spaced out and dropped my ball, ya'."
Sora looked down at his feet. The place where the skull landed was occupied by Wakka's blitz ball. "Oh, sorry." Sora bent down to picked it off the ground with both hands and stood up staring down at the play thing. 'I imagined that. Nothing will happen to the islands. Never again.'
Sora's head shot up and looked over to Kairi. "What is it?"
Kairi pointed to the horizon in front of the island. "Look a storm!"
A storm? The weather was perfect; there was no way a storm could start so suddenly. Sora looked at the sea. The waters were coming in faster and harder: a sure sign of a storm. Then he looked at the horizon and saw storm clouds. But these were no ordinary storm clouds. These clouds were a dark purple with lightning surging through them and they were covering the sky at an alarming pace. Just like in the image. "No…" Sora jerked around and turned to everyone. "Everyone get out of here!"
Tidus and the others hesitated with confusion, but did as instructed and ran for cover. Kairi quickly opened her pouch and pulled out her lucky charm before calling to Sora. "Sora!" Sora turned his attention to Kairi and she tossed the hand crafted item to him. "Here!"
Sora caught it in his right hand. "Thanks!" He spun the chain attached to it on his finger and thrusted his hand out to his right with the chain tightly gripped in his hand. The chain and Kairi's charm flashed and produced a white blade in the shape of a key. It was the Oathkeeper, one of the best weapons at Sora's disposal. Sora reached into his pouch and pulled out a black chain with a black crown on the end of it. He held it out in his left hand and the chain produced a black blade in the shape of a key. This was Oblivion. When using two keyblades at the same time, he would often use this combination.
Sora stood his ground as the clouds finally reached their island and covered the whole sky. When this happened, everything around him turned red. Sora stood his ground and watched the sky as he tried to keep his breathing steady while anticipating what would fall from this ominous sky. He was starting to realize that the image was coming to be reality. "Not now…not my island…I will not let this happen!"
Dark dust fell from the clouds at a slow, steady rate and began to cover the island. Each one touched the ground and became a Heartless. Sora kept his footing and watched all around him as the Heartless appeared and surrounded him. Not just one type, no; every type of Heartless was ready to do battle against him, but Sora continued to stand strong.
One Heartless shadow jumped at Sora. Sora quickly reacted as spun around and struck the Heartless with Oblivion. The keyblade passed right through it with ease and the Heartless was destroyed. Another one, a Wyvern, charged and Sora leaped over it with a forward flip with a twisted added to it in mid air before cutting it down with the Oathkeeper. More Heartless began to move in. Each one that came within striking range of Sora's keyblades was quickly cut down. Sora did not confine himself to one location. He was leaping everywhere to avoid attacks and destroy more Heartless so he would not prolong the battle. The sooner the better.
Tidus and the others watch Sora from the entrance to the secret place in awe. "Look at him go, he's really come a long way!"
"Can he make it?" asked Selphie, equally as scared as the rest of them.
Kairi looked toward the hopeless battle in worry. "I don't know; I've never seen him fight this many before."
An Armored Knight charged at Sora with its sword. Sora leaped onto the wall next to him and ran across it. The Heartless missed its target completely. Sora stepped off the wall behind his attacker and swung his weapon up the back of it and destroying it. He quickly turned around and faced his next opponent: a Luna Bandit. Both of them clashed swords with each other, but with Sora's superior skill and strategy, he quickly cut down his opponent. Sora shifted his eyes to see more and more Heartless around him. He barely put a dent in their forces. Sora quickly took on a defensive stance and suddenly felt dizzy. His head felt like it was spinning and his vision became impaired. The spinning sensation was so great he almost lost his footing. Sora shook it off just in time to avoid the magic attacks from a Bookmaster and cut down a NeoShadow in the middle of his dodge roll. Then the feeling came back; worse from last time. Sora stumbled back a few steps while trying to keep concentration, but that was impossible for him. Sora was still fast enough to react when a Gargoyle Warrior approached him and swung down at him which its axe. He quickly blocked it with both of his keyblades and left himself open. A Heartless Soldier sprung out and swiped its claws across Sora's back.
"Sora!" Kairi called out. She tried to run for him, but her arm was quickly caught by Wakka.
Sora grunted and pushed away the axe before slicing away his attacker and rolling across the ground to cut a Lance Soldier in half, but he was still dizzy and did not see the Assault Rider. The centaur-like Heartless smacked Sora with its weapon and tried to trample him. Though none of its feet stepped on him, he was kicked all over his body before he was able to roll out from under the rabid beast. Sora panted as he tried to get up, but he was out of breath. His vision was a mess, but it was clear enough for him to notice the heavy armored Devastator stationed on the take aim at him. Sora put his keyblades up to shield himself from the blast fired from the monster. The explosion happened right in front of him and sent him airborne. Sora's thoughts were so jumbled at the moment to know what was going on and he hit the ground hard and his keyblades dropped before vanishing from sight.
"No! Sora!" Kairi called out again. Sora did not respond. He laid still in the dirt with the Heartless closing in. Kairi called again, but there was no reaction. The Heartless continued to get closer. Kairi was getting desperate. "Some one, HELP!" And through some sort of divine intervention, her plead was answered, because beyond the blanket of dark skies, a gummi ship flew to the island and started firing shots at the ground and destroying Heartless. Kairi's eyes followed it with relief as it circled Sora and protected him.
"Now we're being attacked by aliens?!" said Wakka. "We are so screwed, ya'!"
The gummi ship landed and Donald, Goofy, and the King leaped out to protect Sora. King Mickey spotted Kairi in an instant and motioned her over. "Kairi, over here, quickly!"
"Right!" Kairi took the others with her and they ran in between the Heartless as they made their way to the gummi ship. Wakka and Tidus scrambled over to Sora and put his arms over their shoulders before running for safety inside the ship.
"Gwarsh, I hope we made it in time!" said Goofy as he bashed at Heartless with his shield.
"Of course we made it!" shouted Donald reassuringly.
King Mickey watched the passengers climb aboard the ship and called to his companions. "They're on; we got to get Sora out of here now!"
"Okay!" called Goofy. He started for the ship and grabbed Donald by the back of his shirt as he did so. As soon as all of them were on, the ship lifted off and jetted through the clouds and away from Destiny Islands.
Sora was quickly positioned upward against the wall and Kairi knelled down next to him. "Sora! Sora, can you hear me?!"
"K—Kairi…?" It was faint, but she could tell Sora said her name. He was losing blood. "Where…"
"You're safe now." she said stroking his head and holding his hand.
King Mickey approached with Donald accompanying him. He put his hand on Kairi's shoulder and she immediately turned to him. "Stand back." Kairi didn't question him and did as she was told. The King nodded to Donald.
Donald approached Sora and held out his wand. "Cure!" A green light flashed from his wand and engulfed Sora's body as it healed all of his injuries.
As soon as this light faded, Sora brought his head up and looked around. "Donald?" Sora was confused. He was glad to see Donald, but did not know what was going on. His friends were there too with Goofy at the wheel. He was on a gummi ship? "What the…what happened?"
"We saved you, Sora."
"Saved me—our island!" Sora scrambled back to his feet and ran to the side of the cockpit to see his home world being engulfed by a spreading storm cloud. Sora turned to the king. "We have to go back—!"
"We have to stop them!"
"Sora, listen!" said the King. "We took you away because we knew that there was no way you could handle the situation!" Sora hung his head. "I'm sorry Sora, I truly am."
Sora looked up at his friends. They were all gathered near the center of the cockpit and all equally saddened by the loss of their home. Sora slid down the wall of the cockpit and sat down feeling powerless.
Tidus slowly walked over to Sora, squatted down, and patted him on the shoulder. "It's okay, you did your best. I couldn't have done any better."
"But I should have done better!"
"You don't have to beat yourself up." said Kairi. "You couldn't take on that many, there's only one of you."
"…if only Riku was here…"
King Mickey waked up to Sora. "Sora, we have a lot to talk about when we get back to the castle. We might be able to find a way to save your world." Sora looked up. "Until then, you need to pull yourself together, the worst case scenario is that you will need to go on another quest and you need to keep it together."
Sora put on a straight face and nodded. "Right." He stood up and looked around at everyone. "Don't worry guys; I'll get our home back!" Everyone's spirits noticeably lifted a little. "Let's go to the castle to see what we can do."
The gummi ride to Disney Castle was not very long. Before they knew it, they where already in the gummi hanger maintained by a pair of chipmunks, Chip and Dale. "Look, they're back!"
"With Sora too!" said Dale.
Sora left the ship with the others behind him. Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie's eyes wandered around the area with wonder and amazement. "Whoa, it's like something out of a sci-fi movie!"
"This is pretty much the basement of our home." said Donald. "Let's go up top." He turned to King Mickey and bowed. "After you, your majesty."
"Thank you, Donald." King Mickey headed up the stairs with the others following behind him.
Sora was last. "Hey, Sora!" He stopped in his tracks and looked up to Chip and Dale up at the control center. "Good to see you again, you've grown!"
Sora smiled and waved. "Good to see you guys too." Afterwards, Sora began to follow the group again, but for some odd reason, he was skipping, hopping, and dancing unconsciously as he did.
"That's some nice foot work he's got going there." said Chip.
Sora caught up to everyone in the garden after coming up through the passage way in the flower castle in the middle of it. He was skipping and side stepping as he did. "Hey guys, sorry I'm late."
Wakka scratched his head. "You feelin' alright?" he asked after noticing Sora's new habit.
"Yeah, I'm fine now."
Goofy also noticed something wrong with Sora. He was standing still, but he was tapping his foot. "You thinking of a neat song there, Sora?" asked Goofy.
"What do you mean?"
"Sora, we know you're still upset, but you don't have to try to over exaggerate that you're feeling better." said Kairi.
Sora skipped over to them. "I don't know what you're talking about guys." Sora spun around and wrapped his arm around Tidus. "You don't see anything wrong with me, right?" Tidus, a little creeped out, refused to answer. Sora leaped in front of everyone. "What's wrong guys?"
"Do you not know that you're dancing, Sora?" asked the King.
"Yeah." said Donald. "C'mon Sora, you're creeping us out!"
Sora turned his back to them and stretched his arms out. "Really guys there's nothing wrong with me; I feel…" Suddenly a purple surge of energy went up Sora's body. Sora spun around, shot out his left pointer finger towards the ground and smiled. "…Pumped up!"
Everyone was shot back from Sora's sudden change in attitude. His voice was different, his movements were unusual, his eye were covered with a purple color, and he had a purple streak in his hair. "S-Sora?!"
Sora started dancing in place. "Not Sora; Ryutaros is my name!" he said pointing to himself.
Everyone stared in confusion. "Ryu…taros…?"
"Want to dance with me?" he asked shifting his feet around before offering his hand out to Kairi.
Kairi felt a little embarrassed by his gesture and it didn't help that everyone was looking at her. She cleared her throat. "Ryutaros, what are you doing in Sora's body?"
Ryutaros performed a perfect gainer and started moon walking in the flowers. "I'm borrowing it."
"Hey, do you know how long it took to plant those, you moron!" shouted Donald.
Ryutaros leaped back into the grass, spun around and made a hand sign at Donald. "Kotae wa kiitenai!"
Kairi rubbed her forehead. "Why did you posses Sora?"
Ryutaros started walking towards Kairi crossing one leg in front of the other and swinging his arms around as he did. "I tried to get a different one, but he was too dumb looking and he fell over."
That comment suddenly brought up the memory Wakka had about the purple light. He pointed at him. "That was you! You're the monster from our island."
"I don't live there."
King Mickey approached the possessed teenager. "Where do you come from, and what are you?"
"I'm an Imagin!" he said proudly. "I'm far away from my home."
"Imagin?" asked Selphie. "Is that a kind of monster?"
Ryutaros spun around for the thousandth time. "Don't worry, I'm harmless." he said with a smile.
"Y'know, I think he's kinda cool." Goofy said to Donald.
Mickey shook his head. "Ryutaros, if you don't mind, we need to take Sora to see someone. Will you come with us?"
Ryutaros stopped and assumed a thinking position. "I guess I can come to gain a bigger audience."
"Very good then." Mickey turned to the others. "Let's go see Yen Cid."
"Yes, sir!" said Donald and Goofy in unison.
Mickey led the group, Sora still dancing as they went, out of the garden and up a flight of stairs onto a balcony with a large pare of doors on it that lead to the throne room. However, they were not going to the throne room. The room they sought was the one beyond the door at the end of the balcony. Once they reached the door, King Mickey turned to Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie. "I'm sorry, but we need you three to stay out here, this meeting only concerns Sora and the rest of us."
"I think we can wait." said Selphie.
"Yeah, we can hang in your awesome garden, ya'." said Wakka.
"Okay, good." said Mickey. He turned and opened the doors to the library. Kairi, Donald, Goofy and Sora went in ahead and King Mickey entered last, closing the doors behind him. Inside was Yen Cid, in the far end of the room with his eyes traveling over the text of a large book. "We're back, Master."
Yen Cid looked up from the book to see the King safe and Sora with him. He did not expect to see Kairi with them, but it made no difference. "Good, you are all safe." He closed the book and left it on the desk. Yen Cid approached them and they all bowed. Kairi was quick to copy them, though she had no idea of the importance of Yen Cid to them. Sora, on the other hand, did not bow; he just scratched his head.
Ryutaros, still in control of Sora, waved to the aged wizard. "Hiya, grandpa!"
Kairi looked up and sighed. "Oh brother, he's still in there?"
Mickey raised his head and looked up to Sora. "Ryutaros, we need Sora at the moment, can you spare some time?"
He stopped dancing and threw his favorite and sign again. "Nope, don't feel like it!"
"Allow me." Yen Cid raised his hand and launched a ball of light at Sora, the light passed right through him and pushed Ryutaros out the other side in the form of sand.
He hit the floor and quickly assumed the form of a strange looking creature whose upper body was sitting upon the floor at his waist and his legs hovering over head. "Hey, what's the big idea, gramps!?"
Sora stretched. "Damn, he's finally out!"
"Are you alright, Sora?" asked Goofy.
"Yeah, I'm good." Sora turned his attention to Yen Cid. "Sorry about that, that kinda happened against my will."
"It appears you are harvesting an Imagin." he spoke. "I'll explain what's his importance is later."
Sora cracked his neck. "What is it you wanted to tell me?"
Yen Cid nodded. "What I'm about to tell you, will be part of your next journey."
"Okay." Sora stood prepared to listen with Kairi and the others standing behind Sora wishing to learn from the wise man as well.
"To begin, I should tell you that there is a new breed of Heartless, just recently discovered, that can take control of those with Hearts." he continued. "With their bodies, they have complete control over their abilities, their memories, everything."
"Is there a way to suppress this new Heartless?" asked Sora.
Yen Cid nodded. "If you have a strong will and a strong hearts, you could suppress it, or even extinguish it."
"That's good to know."
"However, these new Heartless are like parasites." he continued. "While they are in control of their host, they are slowly eating away their bodies, and will eventually decompose."
That thought came as a shock to Sora. "Are you serious?"
Yen Cid nodded. "Unless the Heartless are extracted and destroyed, the host might not survive."
Sora took all of this information to heart and looked over at Ryutaros. "What about him?"
Yen Cid looked to the Imagin as well. "The Imagin are not as deadly as these new Heartless. They can only control a body to have a physical form and will not destroy it. However, if they are to assume their own physical form, they will need to form a contract with their host in which the host must agree to it."
"He was right, he is kinda harmless." said Kairi.
"Yen Cid, you said these Heartless can take control of a person and use their abilities." Sora asked.
"What if they possessed a Key bearer?"
Yen Cid exhaled. "That is the worst case scenario."
"Wait, do you think that all of those Heartless that were sent to our world were trying to get Sora tired so he couldn't resist the possession?" asked Kairi.
Yen Cid nodded. "That would be the best explanation."
"So, they were after a Key bearer so they can use him." said Sora.
"And we came to rescue you." said Goofy.
That was King Mickey's time to approach Sora. He stood next to him and handed him a note. "Here, Riku sent this to us a long time ago; we thought you should read it."
"From Riku?" asked Kairi.
Sora quickly took the note in hand and unfolded it. Inside was a letter in Riku's handwriting. "Your Majesty…I have been approached by a man named Narutaki who seeks my help. According to him there is a single individual called Decade who seek to destroy all of the worlds…" Sora looked up at Yen Cid and down to the King, who motioned him to go on. "…I have left without telling my friends, nor about this reason, please do not worry them by asking them where to find me and make sure Sora and Kairi are safe…I do not know how long it will take me to track down Decade, nor how to do it, but what ever happens, don't tell Sora…Riku…"
"He didn't want you to worry Sora, but now that this has happened, it seems appropriate to let you know about him." said King Mickey.
"He left to save all of the worlds…"
"Do you understand your new quest?" asked Yen Cid.
"Well, as far as I know, we need to keep me out of those creatures's reach." answered Sora. "And find Riku."
"Not just you and Riku, but the other Key bearers as well."
"What, you mean there are more?!" said Donald.
Yen Cid nodded. "Many more." He walked closer to Sora. "Sora, this new quest will take you to new worlds that you have never encountered. Some of which are very dangerous on their own."
"There are more worlds I have yet to see?"
Yen Cid nodded. "These worlds that I speak of, however; are at the farthest reaches of the universe, beyond the ones you have visited." He paused. "But, like I said, they are more dangerous."
"These worlds will not only be infested with Heartless, but they also contain creatures that naturally existed on those worlds." he said. "The Imagin also come from one of these said worlds."
"I see." said Sora folding his arms. "Each of these worlds has their own monsters to worry about. So I'll have to deal with them and the Heartless at the same time."
"Yes." said Yen Cid. He held out his hand and an old, hard back book appeared. "This book contains a map to these worlds using the safest possible routs, but even those are very dangerous too." He held it out to Sora and he took it into hand. "I have book marked one certain world I want you to travel to, to find an old friend of mine."
"Huh?" Sora looked between the pages and found a fabric book mark in between a set of pages. He opened it to find the title of that section of the book. "Collision….City…?"
Yen Cid nodded. "When you go there, ask for Zeta."
"Zeta…" Sora repeated. "Alright, I got my orders." He turned to Donald and Goofy. "Are you guys ready to go on one more adventure together?"
"Who else would we rather adventure with?" asked Donald.
That's when Jimminy Cricket jumped up ontop of Donald's beak. "I have the feeling that this is going to be the adventure of a life time, I'll need to chronical it!"
King Mickey waked up to Sora. "We can keep your friends safe here and communicate to you through your gummi ship."
Sora nodded. "Alright."
Yen Cid spoke up. "Oh and do take that cretin with you." He said indicating to Ryutaros with his hand.
Ryutaros was stretching and yawning. "So boring!"
Kairi had realized that Sora was leaving now and had to talk to him. She ran up to him and put her hands on his shoulders. "Sora."
Sora faced Kairi. "Kairi…" That's when Sora realized that they were spitting up again. "I…I'm sorry."
"Please tell me you'll be careful, very careful."
He nodded. "Of course, I'll come back in one piece." Sora reached into his pocket and pulled out Kairi's charm. "I promise." Kairi looked down at her charm and smiled. Then she stood up on her toes and kissed Sora on the cheek. "Thanks, I needed that."
Sora pocketed Riku's letter and walked over to Ryutaros. Looking down at him, he offered him a deal. "Hey, we're going to take you with us; you can stay in my body as long as you don't mess with me in the worst of times."
"Really?" He seemed excited. "Alright, let's go!" Ryutaros leaped at Sora and passed into him. As a result, sand poured out of his clothes and onto the clean floor.
"Aww, why did you have to get the floor all dirty, Sora?" asked Donald.
Sora looked down at the sand. "Oops, honestly I didn't think that would happen; I'll clean it up."
"No need to worry, I'll have the brooms come and clean it up." said the King. "You guys need to get going, the gummi ship should be ready for your adventure by now."
Sora pounded his fist into his palm. "Alright, let's get going guys!" Sora opened the Door and let Goofy exit the room first followed by Donald. Before he left, Sora took one last look at Yen Cid, the King, and Kairi, who waved to Sora, and he waved back. "Wish me luck!" With that, he closed the door behind him and was off to begin a new journey.
"Good luck, Sora."
CHAPTER ONE COMING SOON