Copyright: I do not ovn Kingdom Hearts or it's afilliates; Ending to KH2 storyline in mine, though.

Kingdom Hearts – The Final Challenge

After defeating Xemnas' Nobody King and Dragon Mech forms, Sora, the Keyblade Master, and Riku, the Keyblader of Dawn, find themselves staring down Xemnas in a dimensional rift, looped in between the Realms of Light and Darkness.

Xemnas broke the silence by saying,

"Heroes from the Realm of Light, I cannot allow it to end this way. Not yet. If Light and Darkness are eternal, then we nothings must be the same. Eternal!"

"You're right. Light and Darkness are eternal." Riku retorted. "Nothing probably goes on forever, too. But guess what, Xemnas…"

"That doesn't mean you're eternal!" Sora finished fiercely.

Xemnas chuckled to himself for a moment. He found it amusing.

"No more eternal than that radiance of yours!" Xemnas answered, the maliciousness and murderous intent clear in the Nobody's voice.

"Anger and hate are superior." Xemnas stated before he teleported in front of Sora.

Roughly grabbing the spiky, chocolaty-headed teen's black jacket, Xemnas spun Sora around before launching him skyward saying, "We shall go together" with a slight hint of humor in his voice. Xemnas then proceeded to teleport around the plummeting hero, shooting red lasers that were always dodged, and releasing spiky black and white energy thorns, which were twirled around gracefully before being tracked back to himself and feeling the Keyblade's wrath.

The spiky silver-haired teen that was Riku was forced to stand there and watch as his friend fell, narrowly avoiding deadly energy being released by the Organization XIII's Number I. He couldn't release any dark energy blasts, because they might hit Sora. He couldn't join the fray because they were too high up, out of his reach. Riku silently cursed that he couldn't help his friend.

Soon, Sora rejoined with the invisible floor. Xemnas then lined up a circle of energy bullets around him, releasing them simultaneously, only to be deflected. Sora and Riku Kept on assailing Xemnas with everything they had. Finally, when Riku had enough, he and Sora unleashed their Limit: Eternal Session. Sora and Riku unleashed a few alternating slashes between Sora's Keyblade, Two Across, and Riku's Keyblade, Way To The Dawn.

"Is that all you got?" Riku taunted.

Then, Riku and Sora quickly alternated with each other in between stabs and dark energy blasts.

"I'll take 'em." Riku grinned.

A dozen swords appeared around Sora and Riku while they were back-to-back, spinning. They suddenly stopped and shot outward, a few cutting Xemnas' cloak. Immediately following, a reddish-orange energy cloaked Sora's Keyblade, while whitish-blue energy cloaked Riku's. Sora and Riku slashed at Xemnas from a distance using the energy, cutting through flesh and cloth alike.

"Prepare to lose it all!" Riku shouted as Sora's and Riku's Keyblades' energy collided, creating a super-lethal super-magnet that sucked Xemnas in and completely damaged his being beyond recovery.

The energy dissipated, letting the Keyblades fall in to their respective owner's hands.

"Riku!" Sora shouted happily.

"Time's up!" Riku said to Sora, grinning madly.

Shockingly, Xemnas teleported in front of Sora, catching him with a dark electric orb.

"Can you spare a heart?" Xemnas asked evilly, but to him, humorously.

Riku tried to free him, but was forced back by a copy of Xemnas.

"Sora!" Riku cried. He rushed at Sora while forcing Xemnas' copy back with dark energy blasts. When Riku reached the real Xemnas, he struck him with the Keyblade, grabbed his left arm, twisted it, spun him around, and sent him flying.

"Is that all you got?" Riku asked cockily.

Xemnas, how thoroughly enraged (or would be if he had a heart) flung his arms out to his sides, letting electricity crackle around his hands before turning the surroundings pitch black. Unfortunately, the only thing giving off light was the massive dome of energy bullets surrounding the heroes. Xemnas signaled the bullets to fly, which they did.

Sora and Riku did they're best to repel most of the shots, but some would get through and graze them. Then, there was a great, white flash that blinded the teens, sending them to hands and knees.

A red beam appeared next to the defenseless Sora's head. Before it could strike, Riku blocked it, only to be hit by a second. Riku took a small beating before Sora dashed forward, grabbed Way To The Dawn in his free hand and beat Xemnas with who before Sora's cross upper slash sent him flying. Sora landed next to Riku, holding out Two Across. Riku nodded and placed his hand on Sora's, giving him strength. A circle appeared around the Keyblade's tip before firing a beam of pure light through the Nobody's chest. One final combo chain killed the Nobody of Xehanort.

"Cursed…Keyblades…" Xemnas managed to mumble before shredding into oblivion.

"We did it!" Sora yelled enthusiastically.

With Xemnas' destruction, the void was then filled with hundreds of Dusks filled the endless void.

"I wouldn't be too sure of that." Riku grimly stated.

The white creatures suddenly slunk forward to attack, but were cut off by a bright light. When the light cleared, Sora saw all of the Dusks Destroyer of being destroyed. A second later, he noticed Riku falling to the ground. Riku used most of his energy to destroy the Nobodies, leaving him physically drained.

"Sora… I can't…"

"Don't say another word!" Sora said worryingly. "It's not over. It's just not…"

Sora helped Riku up using himself to support Riku.

"How can you say that?" Riku asked dismally. "Even if we could go on…. Look where we are."

"Aw, come on, Riku. You've been hangin' out in darkness too long! You gotta try to think positive!" Sora replied optimistically.



"You lead."

"Got it."

Sora and the exhausted Riku walk-limped forward, going towards nothing.

"You know…" Riku said, breaking the silence, "I always figured that I was better at stuff than you."

"Really?" Sora asked, unfazed.

"Are you mad?" Riku asked.

"No. I kinda always figured that you were better at everything, too."

They were in silence for another moment before Sora broke the silence.

"Riku-Look. What's that light?"

A small light circle appeared in front of the two, growing in size. The heroes, having nowhere else to go, walked into the light.

Moments later, they appeared on a dark, moon-lit beach that had rock formations forming arches all across the shore.

"End of the road." Riku told his pal.


"Put me down." Riku said. "I can walk."

Sora let go of Riku, who wobbled off balance. With Sora's help, he steadied himself enough to stand up. Riku shrugged, smiling. Sora nodded, grinning also. Sora walked down to the shore, staring out at the waves.

"You know…" Sora started. "Maybe darkness has gotten to me, too."

Sora looked back at Riku for a reply, only to see him laying face-down in the sand.

"Riku!" Sora shouted, rushing at him to help.

Riku slowly got up onto his hands and knees, staring at the sand.

"This world is perfect for me." Riku told Sora.

"If this is what the world really is…" Riku said, shifting his gaze to the waves. "Just this, then maybe I should fade back into darkness."


Riku sat up on his knees.

"If the world is made of both Light and Darkness…We'll be the Darkness."

"Yeah." Sora agreed. "The other side…The Realm of Light is safe now. Kairi, The King, and the others are there."

"That's what I mean. Hey, Sora…" Riku said. "Could you help me? I want to get down to the water."

Sora nodded, helping his friend stand and guided him to the water.

"At least the waves sound the same." Riku stated.

"What I said back there…" Riku started after a while. "About thinking that I was better at stuff than you…To tell you the truth, Sora…I was jealous of you."

"What for?"

"I wish I could live my life the way you do, just following my heart."

"Yeah, well, I've got my share of problems, too."

"Like what?"

"Like…wanting to be like you."

Riku scoffed. "Well, there is one advantage to being me. Something you could never imitate."

"Really? What's that?"

"Having you for a friend."

"Then I guess…I'm okay the way I am. I've got something you could never imitate, too."

After a few minutes of listening to the waves, Riku felt something tap against his leg. It was a bottle, with a note inside.

Riku opened the bottle, pulled out the note and read it.



"I think it's for you." Riku said, passing him the note.

Sora grabbed the note and began to read it aloud,

"'Thinking of you, wherever you are."

Then, Sora began to read to himself, hearing Kairi's voice read along, and eventually, take over the reading over altogether.

"'We pray for our sorrows to end. And hope that our hearts will blend. Now I will step forward to realize this wish. And, who knows? Starting a new journey may not be so hard. Or, maybe it's already begun. There are many worlds. But they share the same sky. One sky. One destiny.'"

Sora smiled slightly as a bright door-like light enveloped the area in front of them, causing him to look up from Kairi's letter.

"Light." Riku said.

"The Door To Light…" Sora said with sudden realization. He jumped to his feet and turned to Riku. "We'll go together!"

"Yeah." Riku nodded.

With both of them on their feet, they walked into the light.

Sora them heard whooshing and felt a falling sensation. All of a sudden, he struck water, getting soaked. His and Riku's eye's snapped open and swam towards the surface. When they emerged, Sora and Riku looked around at their surroundings. They were home in Destiny Islands!

"Sora! Riku!" They heard Kairi shout. Their heads swiveled towards the island to see Kairi waving. Riku was happy to be back, but Sora looked like he was going to die from happiness at seeing their female friend. Sora looked back at Riku and waved for him to come. Sora swam like never before to reach the island. Running through the shallows towards his friend, he stumbled several times. Kairi couldn't help but smile happily, waiting for the spiky-haired boy she secretly was in love with. But their reunion was cut short as Donald and Goofy appeared out nowhere and tackled Sora as he reached the shore, nuzzling him warmly. The King ran towards Riku, who caught the mouse, swung him around happily, and held him up in the air.

Donald and Goofy hugged Sora happily as Kairi approached him as he was sitting in the shallow water. The King was looking at Riku beamingly before watching the events unfold. She smiled at the clueless hero warmly, for he didn't know her true feelings. Sora's grin made her giggle slightly. Sora dug into his pocket before bringing out Kairi's Lucky Charm. He looked at it before grinning at Kairi once again. In his soul, Roxas was grinning also, but at a different person. Kairi continued to smile. In her soul, Namine was returning Roxas' grin.

"Wh-where back!" Sora stammered happily, still grinning, knowing his feelings of intense happiness were feelings of love for the girl with auburn hair that stood before him.

Kairi held out her left hand to him.

"You're home." She said lovingly, letting her feelings slip a little.

Sora grabbed her hand with his left, which still held her Lucky Charm.

She helped him stand up, but she pulled him too hard, pulling herself to his chest. She blushed madly, but didn't move.

"I missed you." She said, on the brink of tears.

"I missed you, too, Kairi." Sora said lovingly, accidentally letting his feelings slip. He couldn't tell her until he knew how she felt.

Riku got tired of watching them both suffer from not knowing how each other felt. He could tell that they loved each other from the way they held each other. After their embrace, Riku talked to Kairi while the others talked to Sora.

"Kairi, don't even try to deny what I'm about to say. You'd be lying, and we'd both know it."

Kairi nodded.

"You love Sora. I know you do. I could see it in the way you held him."

Kairi was shocked that Riku figured it out so quickly.

"Does he know?" She asked quickly.

"No. Our little hero is as clueless as ever."

She sighed. It was a relief. She didn't want Sora to know until she knew his feelings.

"But, there is something you should know."

She looked back at Riku apprehensively.

"He loves you, too. I know by the way he talks about you AND how he held you moments ago. He didn't want to let go. In my opinion, I think you should go give the hero a reward for rescuing you how many times? Two? And for saving the worlds twice!"

She didn't know what to reward Sora with! What could she possibly give him that would make up for all of that and show her love?

"If you're wondering what to give him, give him a kiss." Riku smiled mischievously.

That's a great idea! I'll kiss him! But, where to kiss him? Kairi worried frantically, blushing a never-before-seen shade of dark red.

As Sora finished talking with the King, they departed. Sora noticed Kairi approaching him, looking red and fidgeting. Sora blushed slightly and attempted in vain to appear taller.

"Sora, d-do you have a minute?" Kairi stammered, her eyes looking into his soulful blue eyes.

"Yeah. Why?"

"Um, well, uh…" Kairi said, unable to finish her sentence.

Suddenly, Kairi leapt forward and kissed him fully on the mouth. Sora was taken aback at first, but then leaned into it as Kairi had already done. After a moment's breath, they continued kissing, but Kairi's tongue begged for entrance to Sora's mouth this time. Sora complied, letting their tongues meet and mingle, exploring each other's mouths. When they parted, Kairi looked away shyly.

"I-I-I'm s-sorry. I couldn't control myself." Kairi said, sounding almost ashamed.

Sora gently grabbed her chin and looked into her big, blue orbs.

"There's nothing to be sorry about." Sora said softly. Kairi looked at him with her tear-streaked face happily before engaging him in another passionate kiss. When they parted, Sora broke the silence.

"Does this mean you want me to date you?" He asked laughing.

She giggled, nodding.

It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship of love.

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