Act 17: Pantavoice!
OHMIGAWD! I know what you're thinking! "She must have abandoned her brilliant story, it was so good, why, oh why did she stop? It was the only thing I lived for...! AAAANGST! -emo- But, no! I have not abandoned it! Even though it's been months, I am going to pick up where I left off! Only not... -shifty eyes-
Thousands upon thousands of minutes fly by, almost 2 years. The Director along with her friends The Editor and The Producer are 15-years-old, now. Riku is 17, Sora and Kairi have officially started dating at the ages of 16. Tifa and Cloud have been married for a year and a half. And Sephiroth is still plotting to kill Aeris...again. Ansem, former seeker of darkness has decided to take a nice, calm life as a lawyer, (he's still trying to keep near the darkness, you see.) And there has been a new twist put on the play. Due to popular demand... The Wizard of Oz is now... BROADWAY! -le gasp-
The Director walked in. She wasn't any taller, still just above 5 feet. Her hair was considerably shorter and she had taken a liking to a heavy, green jacket even though it was the middle of summer.
Kairi ran up to the Director, a wide smile on her face. She was slightly taller than The Director, by about 3 inches or so, her hair was about the length of the Director's now. Slightly longer. She was in her Dorothy costume, a blue frilly dress. A small dog followed behind her. She greeted the Director and handed her a large, rectangular ice cream with a slightly blueish color.
"What is it?"
"Just try it!" she smiled, "Trust me!"
The Director popped the popsicle into her mouth and spat, "SALTY!" xP, then paused and smiled, popping it back into her mouth, "Sweet!" she then spat again with a smile, "Salty AND sweet!" she squealed, "Kairi, this tastes great! What is it and where'd you get it?"
"From Sora! I thought you could use some snacks before the performance begins. Oh! And could you see if my voice sounds good? My throat is kind of sore..."
"Okay, just start when you're ready." she popped the ice cream in her mouth again and winced a little.
"I can finally meet the Wizard to make my dreams come tru—." Kairi coughed a little and put her hand to her throat.
"What is it?"
Kairi opened her mouth to speak but all that came out was a squeak. "Ah—."
Sora and Riku walked in, casually talking. Riku was towering over Sora, he was probably over 6 feet now, compared to Sora's 5'8"½ . His hair was much longer, though you couldn't see it very well underneath the tin hat resting on his hair. His bangs were in his eyes, though. Sora didn't look very different, he was taller for sure. But his hair had change little. Though a slightly lighter shade of brown. But, still as spikey as ever. They looked up to the Director and Kairi a little confused. Kairi looked nervous and the Director was enamoured with Riku as usual, only she had a melting popsicle hanging out of her mouth.
She took it out of her mouth and licked the dripping parts, then walked up to the boys with Kairi. The Director put Kairi in front of Riku and Sora and spoke.
"Hey, something's wrong with Kairi's voice."
Sora put his hand to his chin.
"Well, she did say something about her throat hurting..."
"Well, why didn't you TELL ME?" the Director growled.
"Gah! I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I thought she was tired, have mercy on meeeee!" Sora pleaded, cringing in front of the Director as her eyes glowed all creepy and anime-like.
"Director, I think she has bronchitis."
The Director gasped and turned to Kairi teary-eyed, "Kairi, Kairi! Can you still see me!" she shook Kairi by the shoulders, sobbing. "You can't go blind, now! You won't be able to read your liiiiiiinessss!"
". . ." Riku paused, a little dumbfounded, "Bronchitisis an infection in your throat, Director..."
Kairi's head fell back, almost limp as she squeaked again. "Uh—."
"Oh, well. That shouldn't be too bad, she'll be better by the time the performance starts, right?"
"More like in a week..."
"Ms. Director?" Sora asked cautiously.
"Director, calm down..." Riku tried to stop what was coming.
"W-WHAT! WHO'S GOING TO PLAY DOROTHY? KAIRI IS THE ONLY ONE FITTED FOR THE PART! ER VOICE WAS PERFECT! AND NOW IT'S GONE!"
The Director dropped to her knees, "DAMN THEE ACCURSED WHALE! FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL, I STAB AT THEE!"
The entire group "..."-ed.
From behind the sobbing playwright came Tifa and Cloud. Tifa looked up at Riku, Sora and Kairi and sighed, "What happened this time?"
"Kairi lost her voice." Sora explained.
"Oh, that's no big deal!"
The crowd gasped and Cloud covered Tifa's mouth, "Do you realize that you have just condemned us ALL!"
Tifa chuckled and removed Cloud's hand from her mouth and kneeled down to the Director, who was now silent. "Little Director, I have an idea." The Director looked up at Tifa, tears dripping down her cheeks and even though she wore no make-up, it appeared that there was eyeliner running from her eyes. She sniffled and then, the ten minute role called.
"Mr. Fluffleluffels! Get over here!" the Director shouted, chasing the small black dog acting as Toto. Kairi was standing in the middle of the stage. She had never been so nervous in her life. She had done hundreds of shows like this in the passed 3 years, but the doubt in her mind that Tifa's plan would fail was all but present.
She looked up behind the curtain toward the ropes and hangers up toward the Director and Tifa who were aloft. They smiled and gave her a thumbs up. She smiled sheepishly back.
Tifa was wearing some small headphones with a microphone attached. Like those lip synching pop idols do on stage.
The curtains lifted and the musical began. Sora and Riku along with Sephiroth— (Sephy: Wait! Why did I make my first appearance NOW? AND DON'T CALL ME "SEPHY"!) Were at the shaken Dorothy's side.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending the 3-year anniversary of Ms. Director's masterpiece "The Wizard of Oz"! Now presented to you on Broadway!
(The audience applauds)
Kairi opened her mouth and lipped her lines, knowing that something bad would happen, but then, a sultry voice sang the lyrics of the play, "I can finally meet the Wizard to make my dreams come true
And Tin Man,
Can get their wishes too
We shall all go hand in hand
In our merry band
To save ourselves from the Wicked one...
All four of them joined with the voice now,
"We're off to see the Wizard!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
We hear he is the wizarful wiz that ever a wiz there was!
And ever a wonderful wiz there was
The Wizard of Oz is one because,
Because- because- because- because- becaaaauuuuse!
Because of the wonderful things he does!
We're off to see the Wizard!
The Wonderful Wizard of Ooooooooooooooooz"
A few hours later an intermission was called.
Kairi, Sora, Riku, Sephiroth, Aeris, Ansem and Cloud ran behind the curtains to meet the Director and Tifa.
"Ms. Director! What happened, who did the singing?" Cloud asked, amazed. Tifa walked out from behind the Director panting.
Kairi smiled, "Thank you so much!"
Kairi peeped, "Uh, oh, I guess I got my voice back! What do you think of that, Ms. Direct—?"
(The Director whips out her golden harrison)