|Those Without Hearts
Author: The Lionheartless PM
AU. A boy who lost his heart, after it was locked away by the Keyblade. Everyone was ready to give up all hope for him. Then, came a princess. This is a story of how a girl found a boy's heart, and a boy who found a girl to share it with. SoraxKairiRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Romance - Sora & Kairi - Chapters: 19 - Words: 133,509 - Reviews: 400 - Favs: 235 - Follows: 166 - Updated: 03-25-07 - Published: 07-31-06 - id: 3078506
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EDIT: I am shifting through all of my chapters and adding small things, such as extra fights or small scenes. Likely, nothing too important to alter the plot, so don't fret too much. It's mostly to help me get back into the story since I've been away for it for almost . . . three years. ^^;
Full Summery: A boy who lost his heart, after it was locked away by the Keyblade. Everyone was ready to give up all hope for him. Then, there came a princess. A story of how a girl found a boy's heart, and a boy who found the girl to share it with. But restoring both a lonely heart and a lost heart requires more then just a miraculous love story fairy tale. With endless hordes of evil at their heels, hand in hand, they must protect eachother as they join the race to find the legendary mystery known as Kingdom Hearts. Sora x Kairi
A/N: A more serious story I have wanted to do. Don't worry; there will be plenty of fluff to go around in this one, too! This chapter is only the introduction to the whole thing, hence why it's so short. The rest are going to be a LOT longer. You can trust me on that!
By the way, if you have any suggestions or requests, I'd be more then happy to hear/read them in your reviews.
Disclaimer: The day I own Kingdom Hearts is the day we stop seeing Disney sequels. (Seriously, if the first one sucked, don't make ANOTHER one).
Those Without Hearts
I: Before Once Upon a Time
Black . . . fire . . . screams . . .
It all seemed like a blur now.
Running helplessly with the others, he had to focus on just breathing through the toxic fumes coming from burning buildings. Whenever one person fell, another would stop and help them up. They all had to stay together; it was the only way they could survive. Because alone, no one stood a chance against them.
Against the Heartless.
He had always heard stories of them, mostly in legends and ghost tales laid out to keep children to behave.
But here they were. Ripping apart their humble settlement, devouring innocents on sight, completely driven by two desires: to consume hearts and multiply.
After seeing just one person hideously transform into one of them, he swore that it would never happen to him.
Just as they thought they were safe in the forests, they had come out of nowhere, forcing them to do the only thing they could: run. Only now, the trees worked against them, instead of providing cover like they had hoped. Now the survivors were divided, making it all the more easier for them to be picked off by the monsters as they dropped down from the trees, or rose from the earth from pools of darkness.
Seeing one go for him, he stumbled and tripped to avoid being caught. With no one to help him up, he thought it was all over for him. Any second a cold talon would thrust itself into his chest and snatch away his heart.
A strong force yanked him up, and thankfully, it was his best friend.
"C'mon, Sora!" He panted. "We gotta keep moving!"
Still shaking, Sora nodded and hopped to his feet, the two soon running side by side. Terror and adrenaline fueling them to keep going, that is, until they reached a great drop off of a great gorge so deep, it was impossible to see the bottom at all.
"Trapped?" His friend breathed, his eyes widening, not willing to accept defeat just yet.
The two seven-year old boys turned around to see the army of yellow eyes crowding the darkness beyond the forest. Riku and Sora readied themselves, trying to hide how terrified they both really were from the other.
"I'm not going down if your not, Riku." Sora said, offering a smile to him.
Riku's stiff face softened. "Neither am I."
Seven weeks later...
Overlooking his realm from his castle, high atop a balcony connecting from the Royal Chambers, King Mickey sighed with a heavy heart.
Just a few moments ago, he had received word that yet another city had fallen victim to the Heartless' everlasting rampage. The beautiful, underwater kingdom of Atlantica.
Week after week, the entire year had been full of reports all thick with Heartless attacks. He could still remember the tragic news of the first invasion, the day when Radiant Garden fell after weeks of siege. They were doomed from the start, for they had no way of sending for help.
Only after seeing the fallen kingdom with his own eyes, a scene that would haunt him to his grave, made the King realize just how bad the crisis was.
King Mickey spared no time to act. First, he had ensured his own kingdom's safety by strengthening the Cornerstone of Light, making the Disney Kingdom impenetrable to any threats of Darkness. However, it had also isolated the kingdom. With no chance of evil coming in, there was even a smaller chance of anyone already inside from coming out. At least, not without the King himself personally letting them through.
"Your Majesty?" A meek voice spoke up. King Mickey turned to look upon one of two of his most loyal subjects, High Court Wizard, Donald Duck. "We've got a, uh, visitor." The duck looked around nervously, avoiding his leader's eyes. "And, he's not really, um, from around here..."
The King stared. Such a thing wasn't possible!
But even still . . . he had to make sure.
"Where did you find him?"
Donald stammered, "Eh, the guards at the entrance found him, um, lying on the streets."
"Hmm, anything else?"
"Well," Donald gulped, trying to swallow his nerves. "No, not really..."
"Alright," Mickey said, now eager to meet this visitor. "Where is he?"
Donald straightened, still unsure of what to expect from the king. "Um, right this way, your Majesty."
Once led into King Mickey's private study, standing opposite of a chair, was the Captain of the Royal Knights, Goofy. Apparently, he was trying to make conversation with someone, whom was sitting in the armchair facing the fire.
"That should make 'ya feel better!" Goofy said, pulling away, a hint of sadness in his voice as he looked over the guest. "Ah!" Goofy exclaimed, seeing Donald and Mickey walk in, he then proceeded to bow. "Here 'ya are, yer Majesty."
"Thank you, Goofy." Mickey returned politely, and then walked in Goofy's place after the knight had stepped aside.
Sitting in his favorite armchair, was a human boy. About seven or eight years old, Mickey estimated. His face was smudged with dirt and grim, his clothes torn and filthy. His unruly, spiky brown hair tousled in every direction, which, surprisingly, was actually becoming of him. His eyes were shyly aimed down at the cup of steaming hot cocoa in his calloused, muddy hands.
Goofy had placed a light blanket over his shoulders, but he appeared to be freezing cold. In a friendly gesture, Mickey touched his hand, confirming his suspicions. His skin was cold enough that ice would have felt like hot coals, in comparison.
"Now, what's your name?" Mickey said in his usual, cheerful voice.
No reply or movement was made.
Donald growled, raising his staff threateningly. "That's no way to act in front of-!"
"Donald, please," Mickey shushed Donald, immediately silencing him. He faced the boy again. "Can you not talk?"
Again, no answer.
Mickey stood up straight, thinking hard. How could this child get past all of his barriers? And without him knowing about it? No person or monster was capable of it. Unless, of course...
Holding out his hand, a weapon materialized in the air. A giant key with a golden blade and a silver handle, as well as Mickey's Royal insignia for its golden keychain.
The boy's eyes slowly rose, which the sight almost startled the three of them. The boy had intense blue eyes, but, they seemed to be void of life, as if he were blind.
"Do you know what this is?" Mickey said, not loosing the kindness in his voice. The boy nodded, but in a robotic motion. He set down his untouched drink, then scooted out of the chair.
Copying the King, the boy held out his hand, and just like Mickey, a Keyblade appeared. Donald and Goofy gaped and awed at the boy. The Keyblades were almost identical in every way, even the same keychains. The only noticeable difference was that the boy's Keyblade had a silver blade and golden handle with a silver keychain attached.
"Well," Mickey started, forcing a smile. "Looks like we won't have to worry about finding the other Keyblade Master." Looking back at Goofy, he added, "You can call off the searches."
"Yes-sir, your Majesty!" Goofy burst enthusiastically while saluting, nearly chopping his head from the swift motion, then trotted out of the room.
Mickey smiled, then turned back at the boy. The same, dead expression glued to his face, and it looked like is was never going to leave him, either. Looking at his Keyblade again, a sudden thought dawned on in his mind.
The King studied the boy, then spoke. "You're Sora, right?" The boy looked up, and Mickey smiled, delighted by a reaction. Holding out his hand, Mickey said, "I'm Mickey. C'mon, let's get you cleaned up and fed, okay?"
Looking at his hand, Sora stared, then gradually, reached and took the mouse's hand.
Finally, Mickey thought to himself. Some good news. Having the other Keyblade Master, and so soon, lifted some weight off of the King's shoulders. But of course, all good things seemed to have a catch to them, as Mickey was realizing. Because, this boy, Sora...
...he didn't have a heart.