She knew she would have to die. Everyone was destined to die in the end. But no... not like this... not this soon. And definitely not in front of her child.
"Nora…" she thought ever so sadly. She searched for Nora with her eyes only. "I wish I could get to you…" she thought even more sadly. Although she was standing, her enemy had pinned her to the ground with a paralyzing spell. Her brother…her own twin brother was holding her down like that… "Oh god…I never thought he'd really do it". She knew what he was about to do. It was clear to her that she was standing on a seal. They were in an ancient graveyard and it was getting dark, she could still see the bright purple light that the seal was giving off.
"I can't believe he's going to do this…"
The seal itself was a forbidden technique. "Shit….this is the Death Seal." tears were now starting to roll down her cheeks.
It was obvious why the technique was named that. It meant that someone was about to die.
"This ain't gonna be pretty…" she thought. But there were rumors about this technique. There was another reason why it was called "The Death Seal". A forbidden power will be bestowed upon those who witnesses the death of another person; preferably a loved one or someone very dear to them. There was a catch though. Only selective few could gain that awful power.
She looked behind her, as far as she was able to. Nora was on the floor. She was so terrified she seemed to have been glued to the spot. She was literally crying her heart out.
"She doesn't deserve this….she's only a six year old human child…" she thought miserably. But wait….no…she was not a full human. Oh how wrong she had been about her own child.
The little girl didn't know but things will get even uglier. She would see things that a child should never see. "Shit, she's gonna go insane…" fear was starting to creep into her heart now. No….she wasn't afraid of what would happen to herself….she was afraid what would happen to Nora. What will happen to her when she died?
She looked into her former brother's eyes. He was always the envious one. Always wanting more power but she never imagined that he'd sacrifice his own sister to get more of it. Oh how they used to play together when they were children…
"I miss the good old days……why?.....How the hell did it come to this?!...Was it my fault?" her mind was racing now. Memories of her childhood flashing through her mind…
"Did we deserve this...?" she thought silently. She knew it was the end. She was about to be slashed into pieces in front of Nora….
She looked at her baby and smiled sadly. Tears were visible on her cheeks but she never showed fear towards death. The only thing she felt at the moment really was guilt and regret.
She felt a deadly hot pain as everything was going black she thoughts "Nora…you were always my light…"
Fifteen Years Later…..
"Hey dude! You know where Arianna is?"
Axel looked back at Xigbar who was just entering the Grey Room; in his own usual way which was the wall. Axel just shook his head in annoyance.
"Is that the name of your new girlfriend Xiggy? I don't even know what she looks like, let alone where she is old man! Besides… aren't you a little bit too old for that crap?!"
"Axel…you are officially brain dead! Dude…why would I want to date a fuckin' girl right now anyway?! If I wanted to I'd go to a fuckin' bar!!!"
"The superior would like us all go to this new world Arianna. A meeting will be arranged within a day or two. Be prepared " Zexion said without even looking at them. Apparently he was too busy reading, he seemed oblivious to the fact that everyone was looking at his book. He shifted in his couch to make himself more comfortable.
"Dude…what is that you're reading? It's sure as hell isn't your Lexicon. It's not even a science book."
"It doesn't look like porn either!"
"Silence Eight! Or I shall put you in a very painful illusion!"
"Like what shorty?! If you wanna put me in a freakin' lava pool then go ahead! I'm all for it! I'll even dive in it willingly!!!"
"I could make you stay in Eleven's garden while he teaches you how to grow a flower from a seed. Or make Twelve put heavy makeup on you. Or make you…"
"ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! YOU WIN!! SHEESH CAN'T CHA TAKE A FREAKIN JOKE?!?!"
"So Zexion what is it then?" Roxas asked. He had heard all the shouting as he walked pass the white halls. Curiosity got the better of him even though he knew Xemnas or Saix would tan his hide if he did not deliver his last mission's report on time. He tried to take a look at the pages and pouted when Zexion slammed it shut. Demyx, who also had walked in by now, chuckled at Roxas's reaction.
"The superior requested me to do more research on Arianna. Apparently it also has a twin world and that they are connected with abnormal dark paths. And before you ask I do not know the name of the other world as of yet. However, gathering research on this new world is rather challenging."
"I need to focus on my research now Two. That will be discussed at the meeting. I shall be going to the library now and please for the love of kingdom hearts do NOT disturb me. And Eight….remember ….one step inside and I will end you. And wipe that smile off of your face."
As Zexion left for the library, Axel was left deep in thought.
"Shit…why do I feel like we're in for it big time?!"
"It must be big Ax….if all of us are going together to this new world, or was it two of them…?"
"Yeah Rox…when we normally want to investigate a new world Xemnas only sends one person or two."
"This world must be really hellish then, huh Demyx?"
"Yeah…I'm already feelin' sick Ax…"
"Dude! Think of it this way! Maybe it's one hell of a beautiful world!"
"Keep dreamin' Xiggy….keep dreamin'!"
"Any one wants to play Poker?"
Everyone looks at Luxord and well…..they all instantly recognized that look on his face. He was going to make them all broke tonight. He had calmly listened to their conversation and was now very eager to catch a sucker among all these fish tonight.
"Sure why not dude? Got nothin' better to do anyway…"
As everyone gathered around their Poker table, Axel could not help but to look outside the Grey Area of the Castle that Never Was. Through the glass he could see the heart shaped moon in the pitch black sky of the World that Never Was. The light of the moon was the main light of this world and without it this world would have been destroyed a long time ago. He couldn't help but to sense a new member was about to join and that the member be it he or a she is not going to be easily recruited.
"Kingdom Hearts…." He whispered. "Who is it….?"
"Eight do you mind paying attention?!"
Axel jerked back to reality though he knew he'd go back to his daydreaming thanks to Xemnas's long speech. He looked around and saw that Demyx and Roxas were jerking awake from their own daydreams as well.
"It's not easy falling asleep here, fuck it….you'd be noticed instantly," and no wonder; the room itself was the real issue. It was pure white; there were thirteen thrones like chairs. The chairs were high off the ground, in fact, that you had to portal yourself onto it. Although Xigbar was the only one who could walk up to his own chair. No big deal. The chairs were arranged in a circle with Xemnas's chair being the highest in the room. Nothing else was in the room and they really didn't need anything else in there. This was after all, the meeting room.
"Now that I've got your attention Eight, let me see….all are present? Good, we shall start." Nobody messed with Saix. He was the second in command and no one liked his berserk mode; no one at all.
Axel knew the meeting was very important and for some reason he didn't even want to go back to his daydreaming about him and Larxene. After a long rocky relationship she decided to be with Marluxia instead. Axel was still hurt and disappointed, but thankfully he was getting over it now. Maybe he'll find a better girl in the future. That, however, is a big maybe…
He paid more attention as Xemnas finally started his speech.
"Lady and Gentlemen we all know how important Kingdom Hearts is to us all. To complete Kingdom Hearts is to complete ourselves and we have all worked incredibly hard to make sure that it will be completed. The Organization, at first had only six members. Now behold it has thirteen members. However, we, the Organization, require more people. And I shall inform you all the purpose of the meeting.
We have found a new world named Arianna. A powerful Nobody has appeared in that world. I have sent countless lesser nobodies in order to find that particular Nobody. Alas, it has proved challenging, too challenging to get even information about that Nobody, let alone retrieving it. Number Six, Seven, and I have gathered very little intelligence regarding the world Arianna and the Nobody. It has been almost six months and our information is not increasing at all. It is time to act. Six explain the details that we have gathered so far."
Everyone was looking at Xemnas wide eyed. "Six months?! Shit I knew it! It must be a hellish world!" Axel thought. He knew already from the look on everyone's faces that they all thought the same thing. They were in for it BIG time…
Every head turned towards Zexion and they all instantly recognized that book. He was holding it a couple of days ago and he refused to show it to anyone at that time. "Guess now we'll know what that book is." But for some reason he suddenly didn't want to know what the hell that book was. It somehow it spelled to all of them doom.
"I am sure if all of you noticed this book before and would like to know what it is now. We will get to that later."
"Dude…you'll drive us all crazy one of these days!"
" Six continue."
"Yes superior. Arianna appears to be a very hostile world. Locked eternally in constant wars. There are mainly four types of races living there. They are Djinns, Humans, Half-humans, and lastly Genmas or simply said Demons. The Nobody that we are looking for is half-human and it is female."
"So dude....this gal is half-human. I don't get it ….what's the other half?"
"She is half-human half-Djinns as all half humans are. Only few Djinns ever marry a human and that too, will not last long. Simply put, they just don't get along. I ordered the Dusks to get me some books from the world Arianna and they brought junk back to me. This one, however, proved useful as it details the types of all Djinns and Genmas. The book does not stress too much on the subject of Humans. According to the book, humans are very fragile and they are the primary targets of the Genmas. They are indeed an easy prey. From the Humans point of view Djinns are monsters. Though Djinns never target the humans, the humans tend to avoid contact with the Djinns unless necessary. The Male Djinns that marry humans have already married two times before and they marry the human as their third wife and their last wife. The Human will be eventually thrown out after the birth of their child. If the human is male the Female Djinns will marry him secretly and will leave him after the birth of the first child. The book, unfortunately, does not mention a lot about the half-humans as no one can never categorize them. But it does seem to stress on the fact that the half-humans are neither wanted by the humans nor the Djinns; they are outsiders to both races. They usually become paid assassins or worse yet the Genmas take them alive to their base and turn them into one of their own."
"Our girl is not a demon now is she?"
"No Nine. At least not yet anyway. There is, however, something very disturbing about that girl."
"Her element is darkness. It is a rare element even for a Djinn and it only appears in a very few selective Djinns. It has never appeared in a half human before. She is not fully immune to darkness but gets very little damage compared to the rest of us. She is also a full mage and her main power is telekinesis. She is also quite known for her teleportation techniques. The Dusks informed me that she is constantly in her human form and no one seems to have seen her Djinn form. Truth to be told she is very illusive and is never caught off guard."
"So where is our gal?"
"That's just it. We don't know. The trail ends at a particular spot in Arianna world. It is believed that area has a portal leading to it's twin world. But the lesser nobodies that we sent in there never returned. None of them came back from that area in Arianna. We have to see it for ourselves."
"Does she have any weakness if by any chance we need to fight the girl?"
"We do not know Three. She might, but it is not seen yet."
"Shit…what a bad world!" Axel thought. He looked at the superior who was going to finally give them their orders.
"You are to be ready by tomorrow 8 am, sharp. Gather around the Grey Area. Equip your weapons and items appropriately and do not miss anything. A mistake will be deadly in this new world and we are going to be there for a while."
"Superior! I must finish my experiments I cannot-"
"No Four. You are coming too. In fact all of you are. No excuses." Xemnas disappeared in a portal, indicating that the meeting was over. Axel looked at Demyx and Roxas.
"To my room?"
"Sure Ax. We'll be there in 5."
Axel portalled to his room, he remembered then that his room was quite a mess…
"Man you should clean your room…. I landed on your boxes!"
"Sorry Rox. I wanted to destroy them. That's why I put them out here so I wouldn't forget."
"Why Ax? What's in 'em?" Demyx tried to peek into one of the boxes.
"Memories of Larxene…I don't want to see anything from that bitch in my room anymore. So I thought I'll just burn them all…" He took the box from Demyx and started opening all the boxes which he laid in front of him.
"You could always give it back to her..." Axel could read the worry from his friend's eyes.
"And swallow my pride? No Rox even if you gave me my heart back I'll never do that!"
"Suit yourself. You're sure you're not gonna regret it?"
"Only the fact that I spent all this time with her. I don't love her anymore. Got it memorized?"
Axel opened the boxes and one by one he started burning all the photos and the love notes that Larxene had given to him. Suddenly he realized that there aren't many of them. She really did love Marluxia all this time. He was just a toy to her and nothing more.
"I hate that bitch…she almost made me forget who I am…."
"Who knows Ax?...Maybe you'll fall in love with this mystery gal we are going to fetch!"
"Very funny Demyx....Very Funny!" Axel said as he watched the flames burn Larxene's photo in his hand.