The Hearted Fellowship of Kingdoms and Quests

Author's Note: HUGE KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES SPOILERS. THERE ARE VARIOUS FINAL FANTASY VII/VIII REFERENCES AND CHARACTERS WHICH CONNECT EVERYTHING TOGETHER LOGICIALLY. THIS STORY TAKES PLACE IN DRAGON QUEST 8'S WORLD, BUT YOU DO NOT NEED TO PLAY THE GAME IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE STORY.

Prologue: Dreams and Memories

Imprisoned in a bluish oval-shaped contraption, there he was floating like a bubble; helpless and powerless to free himself. He was unaware of his current state as his mind drifted between the realms of reality and dream. He saw a version of himself wandering the shores of some unknown island. The squawking of the seagulls and the swooshing of the sea on sand pleased his ears so much that he almost thought of dancing to the beat of the beach. He awed at the amazing art of the setting sun – blended hues of orange, gray, and violet filled the sky, for the sight was indeed a masterpiece not even Michelangelo can recreate. He walked in a strange manner, intentionally chafing the soles of his bear feet with the sandy shore. Feeling the sand and listening to its rustling sounds produced by his strange strutting – oh how good it felt! Everything felt so real for the first time in…he lost count on how long it was…it didn't matter; he was alive and satisfied. He even continued his weird walk when the sea swooshed in and covered his legs, but this time it had a different feeling and produced a different sound…the result was the same though; a sense of satisfaction.

All of a sudden, everything came to a complete stop. The sounds of the beach, his walk, his satisfaction – all paused as if someone pressed the start button of a videogame controller. Even his heart skipped a beat. And it was all because he noticed a familiar figure standing in the distance, giving him the impression to come closer. He ran towards the figure like a madman. Everything felt and sounded twisted to him. An eerie chime replaced the sound of the seagulls and a frustrating feeling replaced his satisfaction as he kept running on the sand. Damn sand, slowing me down! He was getting closer and closer…but when he got so close that he can clearly see the figure's face, he froze unwillingly. Soon after that, he started to fall into the black abyss. He reached for the figure's hand as he kept falling, but it was hopeless. Kairi