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I gasp and open my eyes. I lay there to catch my breath. Somehow I'm still alive or still existant. I thought I faded away, guess I was wrong. Maybe there is something for me. What was in my dream may have been real or it may not have been real. If it was real, I hope I will she her again and that she is alright.
I take a look at my surroundings. It was some sort of lab. Around me were odd-looking machines that didn't look active. They looked like needles and there were some that looked like cannons. Weird.
I start to sit up but my arms fail me and I feel like there's something heavy on my chest. I look at my hand but it seemed perfectly fine. Then I gasp again because I felt cold again and then it spreads. My hand then starts to lose the black and red coloring.
What's happening to me?!
The color seems to retract and continue down my arm, leaving behind pale skin that matches the skin on my face. I raise my other hand and it's doing the same thing. Then look down at my feet, the only difference was that a pair of black combat boots were being left behind. As this was happening, the cold was being replaced with warmth as it retracted.
The change continues all over until it seems to settle in my chest. Now I was wearing black pants with a red belt and a black shirt with red trimmings and the bottom of my helmet was gone. I was also wearing black fingerless gloves. I lift the seam from around my neck and see a symbol over where my heart would be. It was a black heart with red outlining the heart. Apparently that's where the cold settled.
I try to get up again and succeed in getting up. I look at my hands again and it looks like real flesh. Just to be sure, I poked my finger and it even felt warm. But the cold spot on my chest still bothers me, it's not uncomfortable, it's just weird.
"Odd," I mutter.
I see if I could summon my keyblade and it appears. Good, at least I haven't lost that.
I put it away and start heading upstairs. I get upstairs and see a computer room. I guess it makes sense, what's a lab without a super computer? A work area. But I don't think it can really tell me anything.
I continue to the next room and it's a study, one that hasn't been taken care of. It looked like someone ransacked it and left a mess behind. Against the wall, I see a painting of... TERRA?!
Well, it looked like Terra, only he had long white hair and orange eyes. The Terra I knew had short brown hair and blue eyes. My first day back alive just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Ignoring the freaky painting, I head through the door and walk down the hallway. I turn the corner and I see two different paths to go. I'm assuming this is supposed to be a bit of a maze.
I take the left one.
I finally found the exit after going around in circles, over and over again. Speaking of circles, I found some puddles from pipes in some areas and decided to look at myself. Despite the changes, I still had my black hair and golden-yellow eyes. And my regular build up.
I get outside and go upwards onto a platform. The building I was in looked like an under construction castle. Another weird sight.
"Hey! Who are you?" I hear someone say.
I turn around toward the voice. It was some guy with brown hair and was carrying a sword, a REALLY big sword.
When he sees my face he says, "Sora?"
Sora? I respond, "Who's Sora?" I raise my eyebrow at him.
"Come on Sora, you can't fool me with that get-up and fake voice."
I cross my arms at him, "My name is not Sora. My name is Vanitas."
He rolls his eyes, "Whatever, Vanitas. How did you get here?"
"I don't know. And I don't know who you are, random person. Who are you and where am I?"
He then realizes that I am not Sora and his eyes widen.
"Who are you and what have you done with Sora?!" He shouts getting into a fighting stance.
I facepalm and look back at him, "I told you, my name is Vanitas. No, I haven't done anything to Sora because I don't know who you're talking about. Like I said, I don't know where am I or who you are."
He doesn't relax, "How do I know this isn't a trick?!"
Okay what I'm going to do is probably stupid, "Does this Sora you speak of wield this?" I hold out my hand and summon my keyblade. It appears in its usual black light.
He pauses to look at it. And says, "No, not really." He then relaxed his fighting stance.
I put my keyblade away and drop my hand.
"I guess you're not lying then." He comes over to me. "My name is Leon. You said your name was Vanitas right?"
"Well Vanitas, you're in Radiant Garden. It used to be once called Hollow Bastion."
"Leon, why did you call me Sora?" I ask him.
He freezes, "Yeah sorry about that. It's just... you look like him."
I raise an eyebrow at him.
He clears his throat, "Come with me then?"
"Sure." And we walk off.
As we walk, Leon decided to ask me something.
"So, a keyblade huh?"
"Yeah, I know how to wield it. It's not like I'm some defenseless kid."
Leon chuckled, "Where are you from Vanitas?"
I shook my head, "No where really, I just wander. I woke up in some sort of lab back in that castle." Okay, I KNOW I was born in the Keyblade Graveyard but I'm not telling him THAT, I don't know if he has even heard of it.
"Huh, what about your parents?"
"If I had any, I don't know them." If Ventus doesn't remember them, I don't either.
"Oh, sorry I asked."
"Just forget it." No point in talking about something I don't know.
"It's been a while Vanitas." I heard a voice echo.
Leon and I freeze and look around.
"I didn't ever think I would see you again. Especially after that failure of yours. Let alone wearing a new outfit." The voice continues to echo.
Leon gets into a fighting stance and I summon my keyblade then get into a fighting stance.
"Who are you!" I shout.
"Aw, the kid doesn't recognize me. Heh heh heh." I'm starting to HATE the voice.
"Come out you coward!" Whoever it is, better go away or deal with ME.
"Really Vanitas? Is that any way to treat your master?" A black portal shows up and leaves behind a person in a black cloak. The person takes down his hood and I see who he is.
"Terra?" I ask clearly confused. He looked like he did in the painting only he had short hair.
"No Vanitas, it's me remember? Xehanort, your master?" he grins.
I freeze for a moment and shout, "No! No, you stay away from me!" I start backing up a step. Of course I don't like the guy, he told me that the x-blade would be my salvation. He lied!
"Come now Vanitas, you're going to treat me like that? Have you no manners?" He starts to step forward.
"Listen, I don't know how you came back, but you're going to leave. Right now!" Leon shouts before Xehanort can take another step.
"Let's see whether you kept yourself in shape or not boy." He snaps his fingers.
Several creatures I have never met appeared before us. Some were dark-colored while the others were silver-colored. I could sense the darkness coming from the dark-colored creatures. Just what are these things? As I was pondering this, Xehanort disappeared the way he came.
"Hey ever encountered these before?" Leon asked me.
"Nope, they're new to me." I said getting my calm back.
"The ones that are usually dark-colored are heartless and the silver-colored ones are nobodies. Don't let them close to your chest, trust me. Got it?"
We charge at the enemies. I focus on my fighting and start to brutally destroy the creatures. I didn't want to freak Leon out, so I used attacks that keep me on the ground.
Together, we cut down the creatures very quickly. When they were gone, I leaned over and put my hands on my knees to 'catch my breath', I really didn't need to, I have a great amount of durability, it was just for show because I heard Leon breath heavy too.
"They *pant* haven't *pant* been around *pant* for a while." I heard Leon say.
I turn around to look at him and was going to say something when a creature we had forgotten, leapt on me.
"Oof!" I say when I am shoved to the ground.
The creature was small and black with yellow eyes. But that's not what I was looking at.
His claws were in my chest, in the same spot as where the my heart was.
I yell and use my keyblade to knock him off and he vanishes when he hits the ground. I sit up with my left hand over my heart. It was still there.
Leon comes over to me, "Vanitas, are you okay? I saw what happened." He said as he helped me up.
"Yeah, I'm fine. What was that thing trying to do?" I asked, because that was the freakest thing I have seen today.
"That's why I said to keep them away from your chest, they're called heartless for a reason. Basically they take the hearts from their owners and make more heartless. What's left behind has no heart but acts on a will of its own and is called a nobody. How did you manage to get that thing off without accidentally removing your heart?" Leon asked me.
"I don't know. I mean, when I woke up I had this on my chest." I put down my shirt and show him. But I wasn't going to tell that this is not the form I woke up with. "It's a cold spot and I don't know for sure why I have it." I say putting my shirt in its proper position.
He looks back at me and says, "Whatever it is, it must have saved your life. Xehanort said he was your master. Care to elaborate?"
I sigh and say, "Xehanort had me ruin the lives of three people who were good friends. I did most of his dirty work and said some rather mean things to them because he said so. When I didn't do something right he would punish me for it. That's what made me give in to his orders."
"Why did he have you do such things?"
"He wanted something called the x-blade. It's spelled with a x and is pronounced key or kye but both mean the same thing. The x-blade is very powerful and dangerous, that's why he wanted it. Of course he wants many things, no matter who gets pushed down." Of course, he pushed me down almost as much as he had me push those three down. But I didn't say that.
"Four more lives he has ruined," Leon muttered. Then he speaks up, "We better get out of here before he gets any more ideas."
We run away from the area.
We arrive at a house after going around a crumbled wall. The house had two umbrellas attached to the roof. How many weird things am I going to see today?
"Just to warn you, they'll mistake you for Sora," Leon said, "Just let me explain to them, okay?"
"Alright." Might as well let him take charge of this one. "But, how do you know Xehanort?"
"He was the reason why some lives are messed up. Now that he has come back, we're going to need to be ready for when he brings chaos upon us all."
He opens the door and we walk into a room that had many miscellaneous objects all over the place. There was a guy in front of a big computer with two girls next to him. One had long brown braided hair and the other had dark hair with a black band around her head. They turn when they hear us come in.
"Sora!" the one with black hair exclaimed when she saw me.
"You're back," the girl with brown hair said.
"Haven't seen you in a while," the guy said.
I turn to Leon, "A little help please?"
"Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, even though he looks like him, this is not Sora. He-," Leon was cut off by the girl with black hair.
"Ha ha ha! Good one Leon! How gullible do you think we are?" She continues to laugh.
Leon puts his hand to his face as he waits for the girl to stop laughing. I would be embarrassed too. There's a thud and I see the girl on the floor laughing. The other two people are chuckling as well. I just raise an eyebrow at this.
"Ah ah ah," the girl finally stops laughing to catch her breath and gets back up.
"What were you going to say now?" She says when she gets back up.
"You didn't let me finish Yuffie. As I was saying, this is Vanitas." Leon introduces me.
"'Sup," Might as well say something simple.
"Not falling for it guys. Hey Sora, where's Donald and Goofy?" Yuffie, I think her name was, says to me.
Great, two more people I don't know, "Who?"
"Give it up already, you're not fooling me," Yuffie says, looks like she isn't buying it.
"Show them," Leon whispers.
I raise my hand and call forth my keyblade. The appearance startled them and they jump a little. I put it away and cross my arms.
"Now do you believe it?" I ask, trying to contain my laugh.
The girl is at a lost for words, "Uh.."
The other two looked a little worried.
Then Yuffie comes to a conclusion, "I'm dreaming aren't I?, I'm going to wake up and find out it's not real. And you," she points at me, "Are a figment of my imagination."
Okay, I can't hold my laughter anymore and I laugh. "Ah ha ha ha ha, honestly? Of all things, THAT'S what you're thinking?" I ask amused by her assumption.
Yuffie swoons then faints.
I smirk and turn to Leon, "I think I broke her brain." I said.
"Maybe you did Vanitas." Looks like Leon is trying not to smile.
"Does she usually faint like this?"
"Uh, no. Usually she's a little hyper. Anyway, Vanitas, this is Aerith, Cid, and the girl that's passed out is Yuffie."
Aerith says, "Hi."
"Hey," Cid turns around and goes back to what he was doing.
"Vanitas, I need to continue my rounds, I'm going to need you to stay here. Okay?" Leon turns to me.
"I'll be fine."
"Good, I'll see you guys when I get back," Leon then leaves and shuts the door behind him.
"Rounds?" I ask Aerith.
"Don't worry about it, Leon's just doing his job, making sure everything's alright," Aerith seems so gentle, it sickens me a little and I suppress gagging. I'm not used to sweet attitudes.
"Well, he'd better calm down a bit 'cause before you know it, he'll work himself too hard," Cid states.
"Vanitas," I look up at her, "Can you help me wake up Yuffie?"
"What do you need me to do?"
"Just get her propped against the wall, I'm going to get some cold water." Aerith walks off.
I get behind Yuffie and grab her under the arms and drag her to the wall with her back resting against it. Aerith comes back over with a water bottle.
"Vanitas, I think you should stay out of her line of sight, I don't what her to faint again. I'm not trying to sound rude, it's just she's never fainted before." I'm not offended by this, because last I checked, yellow eyes are not common.
"Alright," I walk behind the board they have and crouch down so she doesn't see my hair over it.
I hear Yuffie sputter and cough for a few moments before she says,"What? Where? Huh?"
"Are you okay Yuffie? You fainted a few moments earlier after seeing the newcomer."
"Wait, what newcomer?" Yep, either she forgot or thinks it was a dream.
"Don't you remember Yuffie?"
"The last thing I remember was some sort of laugh," I hear Yuffie get up. "Oh! Now I remember! Sora was in some get-up and Leon was trying to help fool us."
"Yuffie... that wasn't Sora, and Leon wasn't trying to help fool us," Aerith tries to break it to her slowly.
"You mean... that wasn't a dream?"
"No Yuffie, it wasn't," Aerith says.
"What was his name again?"
"Vanitas, I think you can come out now," Aerith calls to me.
I stand up and walk out from behind the board.
"Are you going to faint this time?" I ask her, because I don't think I look that shocking. Except, why does everyone mistake me for Sora? How much do we look alike?
"Uh, no sorry. Vanitas, right?" I see that Yuffie is trying not to faint this time because of the fear in her voice.
"Mmm-hmm, Leon already introduced to me who you guys are. Now, can someone tell me why I keep being mistaken for someone named Sora?" Can you blame me for asking?
Yuffie and Aerith exchange worried glances then look back at me.
Yuffie decides to talk, "You look a lot like someone we knew. He traveled to many places and helped a lot of people along the way. His name was Sora and he traveled with two people named Donald and Goofy."
"What reason would he have for traveling?" I ask. I know one thing for sure, you don't travel without some reason for not settling somewhere. A traveler always has a goal or reason for wandering.
"Er... Well.. Help me here Aerith," Yuffie looks at her.
"He was looking for his friends. He was able to find one of them and get her back home. As for his other friend, he look a lot longer to find. In the end, they were able to go back home. You'd be surprised at how long it took to find them," Aerith says.
Leon walks in panting, "Guys, *pant* there's heartless *pant* and nobodies everywhere."
"What!?" Yuffie shouts and runs outside.
I begin to follow but Aerith stops me.
"Are you sure you can handle them Vanitas?" Aerith asks me.
"Of course I can! They may be new to me, but I know very well how to fight," I am rather appalled that she thinks that I may get hurt.
"Alright," she lets me pass and I run out with Leon after shutting the door.
I summon my keyblade and attack the nearest heartless. I noticed Yuffie had some sort of weapon of her own. If I were to guess the amount of heartless around us, the number would probably be a hundred. As for the nobodies, maybe around fifty.
But that's only part of the fleet.
I sensed that there a lot of heartless elsewhere. I couldn't sense the nobodies like I could with the heartless, but I could tell that there were more. I wasn't sure about the number but the amount of darkness was ridiculous.
"You weren't kidding about them being everywhere Leon!" I shout to Leon as I struck down two more heartless.
"I know! I don't know why he decided to have so many attack, Sora's not here anyway. I assume he's after you Vanitas!" Leon calls back to me.
"Well, whatever he's after, we better not let him have it!" I hear Yuffie shout.
We had managed to get rid of a lot of heartless and nobodies in our area. Then, I saw a gaint hand appear around the block of a house then what was attached to it appeared. It was a big black creature with a heart shaped hole in its chest. The head looked like a mess of black hair with yellow eyes.
Seriously! Just because someone or something has yellow eyes, it does NOT necessarily mean that they are evil! I HAVE YELLOW EYES!
"No! Yuffie, make sure that THEY didn't get in the emergency shelter!" Leon shouts.
"Aye-aye Leon!" Yuffie then proceeds to use some ninja moves to get on the roof and ran off.
"Vanitas, get back inside!" Leon commands me, how about...Nope!
"I'm not going to leave you alone with this thing!" If he thinks he can take this on alone, he's going to need help, "I'm going to help, whether you like it or not!"
I then leap at the thing's head and strike it with a rather vicious combo, followed by a whack to the eye. I then flip back down to the ground next to Leon.
"How about this? You do your thing and I'll take down this thing. Agreed?" I hold out my hand with a smirk.
He takes it and says, "Agreed, I don't know you that well, but I'm trusting you with this," he then runs off to do his part.
I turn to the creature. It was holding its head with one of its hands, probably in pain. Good.
I wanted to attack once more but then I felt a familiar weight on my chest.
No! Not now!
I feel the coldness from my chest spread throughout my being. The effect was the opposite of what happened after I woke up. The clothes I was given were being replaced with my body suit and helmet. This time I was standing.
I ignore this for now and had my helmet cover my face.
The creature recovered from the pain I caused it and it summoned dark energy around its hand. It tried to plunge into the ground on top of me, but I jumped over it and went for the head. It tried to swatt me away but was too slow and the movements were rather halted.
It did not take me long to beat the crap out of its head and make it collapse. As it faded away, a giant heart shaped object floated away into nothing.
Wait... HOW DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE! IT HAD A GIANT HEART SHAPED HOLE IN ITS CHEST!
I feel the coldness inside retract again and I wore the other outfit from earlier again.
"That's going to need some getting used to," I mutter to myself.
Some more heartless and nobodies came around the corner. They took one look at me, then charged. I use my keyblade to slice through them and they collapse and fade away respectively.
I sensed some more darkness nearby and headed off in that direction.
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