CHAPTER 9: SCATTERED PIECES TO BE PUT TOGETHER
The book that Yen Cid gave to Sora not only gave useful information but it also filled the role of entertainment for Sora as he continued to flip through the pages. Sora and the other have been traveling nonstop for a long time and they seem to be lucky that nothing has assaulted them yet. It was Donald's shift at the helm with Goofy next in line. "Guys this book is amazing; I swear all of the worlds are in this book."
"Well, it does belong to Master Yen Cid." said Donald.
"Yeah, but it's amazing, not one of them was missed…the Pride Lands, Halloween Town, Wonder Land, even Twilight Town is listed here." said Sora as he blew through the pages.
"We should take time to visit all of the other worlds." said Goofy. "I would like to take more pictures, y'know."
"We can't do that." protested Donald. "We must preserve the balance of the worlds as much as possible.
"Donald's right, Goofy." Sora closed the book. "We can't think of this as a field trip to go sightseeing." Sora stood up from his seat. "We'll go to as many worlds as we need to and you can take pictures of those worlds."
"Gwarsh, I hope so." Goofy looked at his camera.
Suddenly, the computer started to beep. Sora jumped into the chair in front of it and began to examine the sound. "Looks like we're getting a call." Sora pushed a button that displayed the caller information. "It's Leon."
"Put it on screen!" said Donald.
Sora pressed more buttons and a hologram monitor appeared on the dome window of the gummi ship with Leon's face on it. "Hey Leon, what's up?"
"Well Sora, I went through Ansem's computer and I found some information that I want to share with you." he responded. "This is a private line, so no one will know about this but us."
"Is this illegal or something?"
"The information that I am sharing with you is something that the A-Laws would find suspicious and would most likely try to control."
Sora glanced at Donald and Goofy then back to the monitor. "Gotcha'; hit us with it, Leon."
Leon nodded his head. In a second, several windows of information and images appeared on the Gummi ship's window. However, the one display that stuck out among the rest had an emblem on it. It looked like a golden pair of wings with a golden halo around its top. Behind it was a blue circle with words inside it encircled by a reef around the rim of the image. The golden wings were in the way so Sora was not able to read the whole thing, but there was a title. "Celestial…Being…?"
"Gwarsh, ain't these guy the A-Laws are lookin' for?" asked Goofy.
"That's right." Leon responded. "For some reason, there's a ton of data on them in Ansem's Computer."
"What can we get out of this information?" asked Jiminy. He pulled out his journal and rested the tip of his pencil on the page.
"A lot, actually." Leon pulled up another window of information. "According to this, Celestial Being is a private, armed organization that carries out armed interventions in the middle of battles."
That last part confused Sora a bit. "Why would they want to interfere in someone else's fight?"
"For the sake of stopping war."
"That's what the data says."
Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Jiminy exchanged glances. Ryutaros suddenly appeared on the ground in the silence. "These guys are silly, why would those soldier guys want to get at them so much?"
Another screen appeared on the window. This one was a still image of what appeared to be a robot flying through the air attacking A-Laws mobile suits. "Because Celestial Being is in possession of these mobile suits called Gundams, which they use to carry out their armed interventions."
Sora repeated the word. "Gundams?" Then he started wondering if he said that right.
"It looks different from the robots back on Radiant Garden." commented Donald.
"Hold on." Something came to Sora's mind that did not make sense to him. "If these guys are trying to prevent war, why are the A-Laws opposing them?"
"Because from the A-Laws' point of view, these interventions look like indiscriminant acts of terrorism." Leon answered.
"So then, are they the good guys?" asked Donald.
"Or are they the bad guys?" asked Goofy.
"I'm not sure, but I have a feeling that we might find out soon enough." said Leon. "If things keep going the way they are, I believe that we may see exactly what this struggle between Celestial Being and the A-Laws really is and what they are trying to accomplish."
Jiminy recorded all of this information down in his log, then a question arose. "Hold on there, Leon. Tell me why Ansem's computer knows so much about the struggle with Celestial Being if they're a private organization."
"I'm not so sure myself." said Leon.
"Who's in charge of this group?" asked Sora. "Do we know that much?"
Leon brought up another picture depicting an old man. "The founder of Celestial Being is Aeolia Schenberg, a renowned scientist who worked in the field of solar energy."
"I've never seen this guy before." said Sora.
"He's a scientist, maybe Ansem knew him." said Donald.
Leon shook his head. "Unlikely."
"Huh?" Donald was confused. Ansem was a scientist that researched many things, especially the heart, it seemed natural that he would have connections to those who would help fund his research, or at least add to it, but why is it unlikely that they would know each other?
"Why is that, Leon?" asked Sora.
"Because Aeolia Schenberg has been dead for over 200 years."
Sora and the crew were silent, even the usually annoying Imagin that nested itself in Sora did not say anything. Not because they were surprised, but because they had no idea how to respond to this kind of information. Ansem the Wise died only a few years ago and he was not very old, compared to someone like Master Yen Sid that is. How could he have known someone that existed generations ago? Sora scratched his head. "So many mysteries…because we know only so much about the worlds"
"You're right about that Sora." said Leon. "I'm looking into the rest of the information now. You might be able to find some more interesting things along the way while you look for this person you're looking for."
"You mean Zeta?" asked Sora.
"From what you told us, this guy must be a very important person to be recognized by this man, Yen Sid." Leon added. "He must be very knowledgeable."
"He might be." Sora nodded. "We'll find out when we get to him."
Leon nodded. "Good luck, Sora. "I'm ending this communication; keep the data I sent to you." With that, the screen with Leon's video shut off and the information that had been flying across their monitor vanished.
Sora took a breath. "That's a lot to take in." He reclined in his chair and put his hands behind his head. "Who are Celestial Being really?"
Goofy put his finger on his lip. "Y'know, I'm starting to think these Celestial Being guys are the good guys."
"What makes you think that, Goofy?" asked Donald.
"Well, Leon says that they want to stop fighting, right?" recalled Goofy. "Wouldn't it be nice if everyone stopped fighting?"
"I'm all for it, but some of my peeps might not be happy with that." commented Ryutaros.
"Other Imagins?" asked Sora.
"Well if these guys want to stop fighting, then why do the A-Laws want to stop them?" asked Donald.
"All the more reason to believe that the A-Laws are the bad guys." said Sora.
Jiminy hopped up onto the controls. "Now hold on there, let's not just label the A-Laws as bad people right off the bat."
"What do ya mean, Jiminy?" asked Sora. "You saw how arrogant that Patrick guy acted, right?"
"But don't you remember Soma Peris?" he asked. "She was nice enough to let us go."
Sora stopped when he remembered her. "Oh yeah, you have a point there; but, what are you trying to say, Jiminy?"
"Let's look at this from the A-Laws point of view like Leon suggested earlier." started Jiminy. "Remember when Leon said that the A-Laws were trying to stop terrorists?"
"Yeah, they were talking about Celestial Being."
"Precisely." Jiminy looked around the cockpit as if addressing everyone. "For the A-Law's point of view, Celestial being is a terrorist organization out to get involved in conflicts and do harm. The people in that division are only there because they believe they're doing what's right."
"I see." said Sora. "I guess it's better to see things from every angle."
"Yes, that's the best way to make sense of everything."
"Well, we know the A-Law's point of view, but what's Celestial Beings point of view?" Sora pondered. "There's got to be more."
"Maybe we should go find them and ask them." suggested Goofy.
"We should find the Den Liner." said Ryutaros.
"The Den Liner?" Sora asked with an eyebrow raised. "What's that?"
"It's a train that travels through time and space!" explained Ryutaros. "It can go anywhere at any point!"
"That sounds cool, how do you know about this train?"
"Let's just say I'm a regular on that ride."
"So uh, that train is like your home, right?" asked Goofy.
"More or less."
Donald decided to voice his opinion. "Let's find this train and dump him then, do us all a favor."
"Hey come on guys, we have a mission here." reminded Sora. "And it's priority number one. We'll just have to let Ryutaros stick around until we can find Zeta."
"Alright." pouted Donald.
"And maybe he can tell us things about Celestial Being that we don't know about." said Goofy.
"Hey, that sounds great!" said Ryutaros. His sandy body travelled over to Sora. "I like you guys, so I was really hoping I could hang around you guys for a bit longer." Donald rolled his eyes. "Hey, can I stay in your body?" he asked Sora.
"On one condition." Sora suggested. "You have to let me decide when you can control me, or else I'll come off as a psycho to everyone."
Ryutaros held out his hand. "Deal!"
Sora reached out. "Okay!" As he was about to shake hands with Ryutaros Sora's hand passed right through his hand as he tried to grab it. Each of the, looked at their own hands in disappointment that physical contact was near impossible.
"Y'know, if we formed a contract, that wouldn't happen." said Ryutaros.
"I'm…gunna have to pass on that."
Donald looked into the world maps to see their current position. "Sora, we're getting close to another familiar world."
Sora jumped forward and looked at Donald's map. "Twilight Town!" he said happily. Twilight Town is the place were Hayner, Pence, and Olette live. Sora had not seen them since his last adventure, which was years ago. It would be great to have the chance to see how they're doing. Sora got excited. "Let's land!"
"Hey, what was that about priority?" questioned Donald. "We need to find this guy for Yen Cid before the Heartless get to him. The more time we spend not finding him, the closer the Heartless become; you should pay more attention to what needs to be done, Sora!"
Sora's smile dropped and he nodded. "You're right Donald; I did say that. Yen Cid's counting on us." Sora dropped back in his seat. Besides, if they find this guy, maybe then Destiny Islands will be saved. What this person, Zeta is capable of is still a mystery to Sora. He watched Twilight Town pass by them; or rather he watched them pass Twilight Town. He was not unhappy, Donald was right about the situation. Sora reclined. "Sorry about that, Donald."
"It's okay, Sora."
"It's true what they say; the needs of the many out weight the needs of the few." Sora crossed his legs on the controls. "Onward we go."
"Well so much for my needs." Ryutaros crossed his arms.