Heart of the Lantern: Kingdom Hearts 1

Chapter 1: The Awakening of Power

AN: I don't own all the concepts. I owe much to Newbie Spud's Interference series. Natch, I also owe much to Disney, Square, and DC comics. You'll want to know that I'm quite Pentecostal, and you will probably spot some unabashed references. I really do love my faith, especially as a plot device.

Once upon a time, there was a girl with great love. She had an immense power of love and understanding, which she used to great degree on her friends. There is a love that surpasses the love of friendship, and that is the love of family. This is the way she loved her friends. However, there was a dark side to her character. She absolutely hated the thought of someone messing with her friends with a strong and bitter hatred. She was almost consumed by it, even though this, mixed with love, gave her a warrior like quality.

This Chava truly had powerful emotional connections, spanning time and space. She discovered this one night while playing Kingdom Hearts, and a storm came out of nowhere. Lightning struck as she stood to turn her Playstation off, and she slipped, slowly falling into unconsciousness.

She found herself surrounded by blackness standing on a picture of a boy and his friends. Oddly, though, the area around her stained glass platform was lightened. It was a Station of Awakening!

"You have the power to change everything. Choose your powers wisely," she heard.

On three stands, there were three weapons. A Highland Claymore rested upon one, a pair of beautifully forged steel gauntlets on another, and a metal studded wooden Kanabo on the last of them.

She walked towards the Claymore, and the voice echoed once more: "The Highland Claymore. The Power of Force and Might, to drastically wound those who would hurt your friends punitively."

She stepped away and walked towards the Gauntlets. "Chain-link Gauntlets. The Power of Sacrificial Love and Endurance to protect your friends, no matter what happens to yourself."

She turned around and headed to the Kanabo. "The Mystic Kanabo. The Power of Balance and Understanding, to see your friends through any trial."

She rejected the Sword as a weapon of Vengeance, which was her worst quality. It might throw her further into the darkness than she was already in. She rejected the beautiful Claymore.

She saw the Gauntlets, and seriously considered them. The defensive power was one of her strongest and most powerful traits, and she was very willing to give of herself sacrificially for her friends who were as family. This would always be a power of hers. However, she needed understanding and foresight. Her friends would survive, if anyone of them came along on this.

She walked over to the Kanabo and tugged it free. She nearly collapsed, but realised she could use it to brace herself almost as quickly.

Her anticipation proved correct.

Suddenly, another person came falling from the upper darkness! Very quickly, she set her weapon aside and hopped upon the Kanabo's stand, and jumped to catch the other person. All she succeeded in was falling with the other person.

"Ashe!"

The slightly younger girl looked around her, with a widening grin...

"This is awesome!" She said, hugging Chava.

"Yeah, Kiddo, that it is. So, pick one, I suppose. That huge sword's the Highland Claymore of Vengeance, with the Y shaped hilt, and the gloves are for those to whom protecting and self sacrifice is most important."

"I know which one's for me," Ashe said, eagerly rushing forward to grab the sword.

"Okay..." Chava said, feeling slightly concerned. Vengeance... Ah, Imouto... Don't go bad on me! I know what the spirit of Vengeance can lead to... God help us.

"You have chosen well," said the voice. "Ahead, there are more choices that will impact your destiny."

They walked up a slight incline to a place where nine platforms stood. The girls skirted the first four stands; they didn't like the way they felt.

They walked up to the fifth stand, where a different voice echoed forth.

"In Brightest Day

In Blackest Night

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil's might

beware my power

Green Lantern's Light!"

"Let's have a look at all the rest. The way I see it, it's a bit like a test question.

They passed to the next one.

"In fearful day, in raging night,

With strong hearts full, our souls ignite.

When all seems lost in the War of Light,

Look to the stars, for hope burns bright!"

The staff after that had a compassionate feel, which was a good thing, because not a thing said near was understandable.

"Tor lorek san, bor nakka mur,

Natromo faan tornek wot ur.

Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur,

Taan lek lek nok-Formorrow Sur!"

To the next they went.

"For hearts long lost and full of fright,

For those alone in Blackest Night.

Accept our ring and join our fight,

Love conquers all with violet light!"

"I know which I'm gonna choose," said Chava, walking straight for the Violet ring's stand.

"Me too! I'm gonna pick the Hope!"

Hope will be good for you, Imouto, thought Chava.

Still another Voice spoke.

"For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of what you will face, for I go with you, and I will never leave you nor forsake you."

The two girls fell to their knees in reverence.

The world seemed to tilt, and they started to fall...