Disclaimer: I don't own Kingdom Hearts.

"A keyblade that unlocks people's hearts."

My voice is tired and I can hear it shake with every word. God, I've been here for what seems like forever and my body aches like never before. I just want to go back home with Kairi and Riku. I want it all to be over.

"I wonder…"

I look down at this new keyblade. It is long and slim and black and wicked and it throbs with darkness...it's kind of scary, really.

But I have to give Kairi her heart back. I just have to...

This is just a crappy substitute for the real keyblade, I can see that now. The real keyblade is warmth and life and just makes you feel whole, right down to your core, while you hold it. This one is cold and hard and lifeless. It feels kinda like holding a corpse, actually. Which is kind of appropriate, really, considering what I'm about to do...

I smile then,big and wide, just to keep everyone at ease. But it doesn't work. Suddenly it's like everyone knows what I'm planning...

It hurts to do it, but I just force my hand hard before anyone can make me stop. The key pierces my chest, quick and clean, no blood at all.

And everything starts to go cold, so cold it burns. I fall to my knees, the cool of the marble floor a blessing because the cold from this keyblade is just that much. I know I should be screaming but I'm smiling still.

Can you see me, Kairi? Can you see that I'm doing all this for you? I hope you do...

Around me the world is rushing away. Light, life, warmth, sound, time: they're all gone now. In the back of my mind, I hear the locks of my heart click open, letting the darkness in, letting my heart go free.

But hey, if it loves me it'll come back, right? Isn't that what they always say…?