Author's Note: Okay, this is it! The last chapter of Kingdom of Earth! Thanks to Sage of Dorks, Mugiwara Gorillaz, majora999, Musical Ninja, JusSonic, MissKenniGurl672, ThunderRiver411, RandomNumbers523156, and Gijinka Renamon for being loyal readers and reviewing the story. I've wanted to write this story forever, and I have other ideas in the works, including one for Christmas. But for now, all you readers will just have to tide yourselves over with the exciting ending of the first story of my Kingdom of Earth saga! Happy reading! ;)-AMX
Chapter 13: End of the World
The path she was walking seemed endless.
No matter how many steps Galleria took, it didn't seem like she was getting anywhere. And the path she was walking on was the only thing visible; everything else was just black, black, black.
Finally, the girl just couldn't walk anymore. Galleria stopped walking, and sank to her knees.
'Is this…the afterlife?' Galleria thought, looking around. But the recent memories of her actions quickly caused her to sink back to the ground. 'Oh Abby…Mick…I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. What have I done? How could I let this happen? All I want…is to see you two again…that's all…'
"Galleria, can you hear me?"
Galleria's head shot up at the new voice that rang in her head. She looked around, but saw nobody.
"Who's there?" she asked quietly.
"Your heart defeated the darkness, but you lost your body. That's why your heart has been left on this side of the Darkness. However…just like Abby acquired the Keyblade on the side of Light, you've acquired the Keyblade on this side."
"The Keyblade…on this side?" Galleria asked.
"In order to close the door to Darkness, two hearts are needed…and two keys."
"But…what do you want me to do?" asked Galleria. "What can I do? I just tried to hurt my two best friends in the world…"
Suddenly, a beam of light appeared in front of Galleria. And it almost seemed like…a person was inside it.
"It's okay. Maybe…you were destined to come here. Just like me…"
If Abby, Ed, and Double D thought Hollow Bastion was worse for wear, the area they dubbed The End of the World was complete shambles. The entire area was nothing but random rocks and a large body of water.
"Is this all that's left of the worlds taken by the Heartless?" asked Ed. "They aren't very tasting in decorating, aren't they?"
"That's tasteful, Ed," said Double D. "But I will admit, this is beginning to get out of hand."
"It's okay," said Abby. "Once we defeat Galaxia, this will all be over. And then…Mick, Galleria, and I will go back to our island together. I'm sure of it!"
Ed looked around. "Where do you think that Galaxy woman went?" he asked.
"Well, if you ask me," said Double D, "to find Galaxia, we need to dive into the most dangerous place here. She's sure to be there."
Suddenly, the trio heard a large crash off to their right side. They turned…and saw a large hoard of Heartless, from small to giant.
"Okay…I'd say every place here is dangerous!" said Abby.
The next thing Abby, Ed, and Double D knew, they were fighting their way through humongous seas of Heartless; even bigger than the hoards in Hollow Bastion. They were so focused on fighting, they almost didn't notice when they suddenly found themselves in a large cave, near the middle of the area.
Thankfully, there weren't any Heartless in the cave. Double D and Ed flopped to the ground.
"This has been quite an experience," said Double D. "And we haven't even gotten to Galaxia yet!"
"Tired," said Ed. "Must rest now."
Meanwhile, Abby was looking around at the inside of the cave. "What is this place?" she asked.
Ed and Double D looked up, and immediately realized what Abby was talking about. There were holes in the ceiling of the cave, causing pillars of light to shine through. And inside the pillars of light…were pillars of smoke.
Abby walked up to one of the smoke pillars to get a closer look. When she did, she was shocked at what she saw.
"Guys…I can see Traverse Town in here!" the psychic girl exclaimed.
Ed and Double D walked up to other pillars of smoke.
"Oh my…here's Deep Space!" said Double D.
"I can see Jump City in there!" said Ed. "Hi, Teen Titans!"
The trio did another look through the cave, and suddenly realized just how many pillars of smoke there were.
"It looks like a lot of worlds are being stored here," said Double D.
"This…it's almost like a prison for all the worlds," said Abby. That's when she realized there was something else in the cave: a large double-door.
Abby walked closer to the door, followed by Double D and Ed. "Where's this go?" she asked.
Abby started. "Did you guys say something?" she asked, turning to Ed and Double D.
"No," said Double D.
"I forget," said Ed.
"Oh," said Abby. 'Strange…that voice sounded familiar…' She sighed. "Well…I guess this is it. You guys ready?"
"For what?" asked Ed.
Double D gave the knight an unsurprised glance. "Yes, we're ready," he said. "And we'll be fine, as long as we're together.
Abby nodded. "Right." With that, she reached for the door and pushed both sides open. As soon as she did, a bright light engulfed the cave.
"But don't be afraid. Your heart is the mightiest weapon of all. Remember, you are the one who will open the door to the Light…"
When the light dimmed, Abby, Ed, and Double D found themselves on a lush island, facing a giant, blue ocean.
Abby's eyes widened. "This is…" Images of Mick, Galleria, the Secret Place, and the house she shared with her brother…they all flashed through her mind. "This is our island! Vega Island!"
"This world has been connected…"
Abby, Ed, and Double D started at the sudden voice; for some reason, Abby felt like she had heard this voice before, too.
"Tied to the Darkness…soon to be completely eclipsed. There is still so much to learn…"
"Look!" said Double D. "The Ocean's turning black!"
Sure enough, the water surrounding the island was not only turning pitch black, it was receding. Then, a tremor suddenly hit the island, causing a large crack in the ground right in front of Abby. Suddenly, an image of cloaked figure flashed through her mind, and she remembered where she had heard those words before.
"You understand so little. A meaningless effort. One who knows nothing…can understand nothing."
Suddenly, Abby sensed a presence behind the group. She whirled around so she was facing a nearby cliff, now jagged and cracked from the tremor.
There, standing on the edge, looking out over the water was Galaxia. She was still in the form of Galleria's body, in the black Heartless outfit.
"Take a look at this tiny place," said Galaxia. "To a heart seeking freedom, this island is a prison, surrounded by water. And this girl…she sought to escape the prison. She sought to find a way to cross over to other worlds."
After saying this, Galaxia finally turned around to face the trio. As she did, her form shifted from Galleria's body to her golden metal-plate Senshi form.
"So…she opened her heart to Darkness," Galaxia finished.
A near-overwhelming pang of fear shot through Abby when she saw Galleria's body disappear. "Galleria!!" she called out.
"Don't bother," said Galaxia. "Your voice can no longer reach her where she is. Her heart has returned to Darkness. All worlds begin there…and also end!"
Suddenly, the entire island seemed to…crumble all around Abby, Ed, and Double D. An unimaginable power seemed to be tearing everything apart, and the trio was right in the middle of it. And while all this was happening, Galaxia continued to talk.
"The heart is no different. Darkness sprouts within it, grows, consumes it. Only the power of a heart without Darkness is powerful enough to open the Kingdom of Earth."
Soon, the entire island that Abby, Double D, and Ed had been standing on just moments before was completely gone, and they found themselves floating in blackness.
"And the seven hearts without Darkness in all the worlds belonging to the Seven Heroes of Heart…have opened the door!"
Suddenly, Galaxia reappeared in front of Abby, Ed, and Double D. But now, besides her Senshi uniform, she sprouted a pair of huge black demon wings, and a crazed look in her eyes.
"Behold the Endless Abyss! Within lies the heart of all worlds…the Kingdom of Earth!" A pulse of Darkness flowed from Galaxia as she shouted maniacally. "Every light must fade! EVERY HEART MUST RETURN TO DARKNESS!"
"Abby, look!" said Double D, pointing behind them.
Abby looked. Behind the trio was another double-door, but this one was huge. Also, it was slightly ajar…and Darkness was wafting out through the crack.
"That doesn't look good," said Ed.
"Hurry!" said Abby. "We need to close that door!"
But as the trio began to fly over to the door, something reached out and stopped them. The next thing the trio knew, tendrils of Darkness were wrapping around their bodies, threatening to completely consume them.
"It is futile," Galaxia's voice loudly rang through the area. "The Keyblade alone is not enough to seal the Door to Darkness!"
Abby looked over at her friends; Double D was struggling to keep his head visible, while Ed was struggling to get his shield free.
"And now your hearts will return to the Darkness from whence they came!!"
When Galaxia said this, something clicked inside Abby. Suddenly, everything made sense to her. And one thing was definitely clear to her: what Galaxia was saying was absolutely untrue. And she was going to make that clear.
"You're wrong!" Abby yelled, fighting against the hold that the Darkness vines had her in. "That isn't the heart's true essence at all!" Images of Galleria flashed through her mind. "The heart may be weak…and sometimes it even gives in…but I've finally figured it out."
As Abby spoke, the Darkness that had a hold on her, Double D, and Ed seemed to weaken, allowing them to break free.
"No matter what, deep down in every heart, there's a light that never goes out!" Abby finished. "I know without a doubt now…
"The Kingdom of Earth…is LIGHT!"
Just then, to the shock of Galaxia, Darkness was no longer seeping through the door. Instead, a light had appeared, shining through the crack. And it was getting brighter, and brighter, and brighter…
"What?!" Galaxia yelled as the Light began to engulf the Darkness. "Light?! But how…?! So…warm…!!"
The light seemed to cut through Galaxia like a knife. And when it dimmed…she was no more.
To Abby, Double D, and Ed's great relief, Galaxia was defeated.
"That bright light is what really lies deep in everyone's hearts," said Abby. She smiled. "I know it."
"Uh, guys?" asked Ed. He pointed to the door.
"Oh, right!" said Double D. "We need to hurry up and close it!"
Abby, Ed, and Double D floated down to the platforms that led to the massive double-door. Without any haste, Abby began pushing on one door, while Ed and Double D took the other.
"Heavy!" Ed groaned.
"Hurry!" said Double D. "We haven't got much time!"
"But…" Abby forced all her strength onto the door. "I don't think we can do this alone!"
"Don't give up!"
Suddenly, from the other side of the door, a hand shot out and began pulling on the door Abby was pushing.
It was Galleria. The real Galleria
"Come on Abby!" Galleria called out. "We can do this! We'll do it together!"
"But…" said Abby. "If we close the door now, you'll be trapped in there!"
"It's okay!" Galleria said back. "We found each other once already, and we can do it again!" Then, she held up the wrist that had her Friendship Bracelet on it for emphasis. "I'm sure of it."
This seemed to give Abby a second wind. She began to push on the door again.
"There are Heartless in there!" Ed suddenly yelled.
Abby and Double D looked. Sure enough, on Galleria's side of the door were humongous Heartless, just begging to break through the door.
"Keep pushing!" Double D yelled.
Suddenly, on Galleria's side of the door, a bright light appeared. Someone slashed through the oncoming Heartless with one swipe.
It was a short boy with three black hairs on his head, wearing a yellow, red, and purple outfit, and holding a gold Keyblade.
"Now, Abby!" the boy called to the psychic girl. "Let's close this door for good!"
"YOUR MAJESTY?!" Ed and Double D yelled.
"But I can't just leave you guys in there!" Abby protested.
"Abby, there are more coming!" said Ed.
The boy with the golden Keyblade smiled. "Don't worry," he said. "There will always be a Door to the Light."
"Abby, you can trust King Eddy," said Double D.
"But what are we gonna tell Nazz and Sarah?" asked Ed.
Abby's eyes shot back to Galleria's. Instead of finishing what she was going to say, the older girl simply gave a sad smile.
"Take care of yourself. And take care of Mick, okay?"
However, Galleria's true voice rang loud and clear in Abby's mind.
"I Love You."
Abby felt tears coming to her eyes. She had fought so hard to save Galleria…but now she had no choice but to close another door between them. But she knew it had to be done. And Galleria was right: they had already found each other once. They could do it again. She pushed harder on the door.
"Almost there!" said Double D.
"We will bring you back soon, Your Majesty!" Ed proclaimed.
'Galleria...' Abby thought. '...I love you, too.'
Then, with one last thud, the door closed.
Abby held up her Keyblade; on the other side, King Eddy did the same. A beam shot out of each Keyblade, straight at the giant door. With the power of the two Keyblades, the door locked shut with a loud click. Then…it disappeared in a wall of light.
Abby, Double D, and Ed just stood there, staring at the place where the door once was. It was, of course, Ed who broke the heavy silence.
"Was that it?" the knight asked.
"…I guess so," said Double D. "I think we'd better leave."
As Abby turned along with Double D and Ed, she spotted something…make that someone, standing on a floating rock covered in sand a few feet away.
"Mick!" Abby exclaimed. She ran over to her other friend.
"Abby!" Mick called back.
When Abby got to Mick, she couldn't hide the disappointment she was feeling.
"Mick…" she said. "I couldn't bring back Galleria."
Mick smiled. "It's okay," he said.
"No it's not!" Abby protested. "She was right there in front of me, Mick! But I had to close that door, and trap her on the other side! We were supposed to go back to our island together!"
However, Mick didn't miss a beat. "Yeah, we were," he said. "But I'm not worried. Because I know you, of all people, will be able to find her, Abby." He looked down at his Friendship Bracelet, still hanging on the chain attached to his pants. "Yeah, the bonds I have with you two are strong…" He looked up again. "But they're nothing compared to the bond you and Galleria have. And as long as you have that bond, I know you'll always find each other again." He nodded, giving a big grin. "And I'll always be here to cheer you on."
Abby couldn't help but smile. "Mick…" Then, she realized something. "Hey, how'd you get here, anyway?"
Mick's smile disappeared. "I…don't really know," he said, shrugging. "One minute I was with…"
Suddenly, the ground shifted beneath Abby and Mick's feet. Mick reached out and grabbed Abby's hand, to keep her from falling. As they continued to hold each other's hand, Abby and Mick realized that the platforms they were standing on (the black rock holding Abby and the sandy rock holding Mick) were slowly beginning to float apart.
"Mick!" Abby called out to her friend. "Remember what you said to me before? I'm always with you, too! I'll always be with all of the friends I've made! I want to thank you…for helping me realize that!" Then, the psychic girl gave a real smile. "I will find Galleria. And then…we'll both come back to you! I promise!"
Mick smiled back, then nodded. "I know you will," he said.
Finally, the space between the two rocks became too much. Abby and Mick let go of each other's hand.
Once Mick let go of Abby's hand, the entire sky around him burst with little lights. They streaked through the sky like shooting stars. Around him, Vega Island returned: the palm trees sprout back up, the water flowed back to the shore, and the sand spread out to cover the whole area.
Mick, awestruck, just gazed at the lights streaking across the sky.
"The worlds…are returning," he said.
The next morning, Mick found himself wandering through Abby and Galleria's Secret Place. He gazed at the drawings on the cave walls that had been created in a child's scrawl: the skeleton, the boy with dog-ears, the girl from space…all of them. But one particular drawing caught Mick's eye.
It was the three stick figures. One of Abby, one of Galleria, and one of Mick. And each stick figure had a Friendship Bracelet on its wrist; the Abby stick figure had Bracelets on both wrists.
That's when Mick decided to do something he never thought he'd do. He looked down at the orange and blue Friendship Bracelet that was attached to his pocket chain, just like always. Then, he slowly unhooked the Bracelet from the chain, and held it up in front of his face.
Then, with a smile on his face, Mick took his Friendship bracelet and slipped it onto his wrist.
"Well…now what do we do?"
Abby, Ed, and Double D were walking down a new path. This path was surrounded by green grass, and big trees. A complete contrast to the bare, dark paths they had to follow before.
Abby looked at Double D, who had asked the question.
"I think it's obvious," said Abby. "We need to find Galleria and the king."
Ed was too busy playing with a butterfly to notice what the other two were saying.
Just then, Abby spotted someone up ahead. It was a little brown-skinned boy holding a piece of wood with a face on it. He looked familiar.
"Hey, it's that boy again…" she said.
That's when Double D and Ed also saw the boy. They couldn't believe their eyes.
"Hi, Plank! Hi, Jonny!" Ed called out.
Jonny looked over and saw the trio. "Hey!" he said. "Do you guys now how long Plank and I have been waiting?"
"Jonny, where have you two been?" asked Double D.
Jonny paused. "Hmm…beats me," he said. "Oh yeah!" He reached into his pocket. "Plank just reminded me that we're supposed to give you something!"
With that, Jonny took an envelope out of his pocket, and held it up for the trio to see.
Ed and Double D got excited when they saw the envelope. It was being held shut by a sticker that looked like a jawbreaker.
"That's the king's seal!" said Ed.
"Jonny, where did you get that?" asked Double D.
Instead of answering, Jonny held Plank up to his ear. "What's that, Plank?" he asked. He paused, then smiled. "Plank says if you wanna know, you have to catch us first!"
Then, without warning, Jonny took off down the road, Plank and envelope in hand.
"Hey!" Double D yelled. He began to run after Jonny and Plank.
"Oh boy!" said Ed, running after Double D. "Am I it?!"
As Abby ran after her two new friends, she couldn't help but smile. She knew she was going to find Galleria again. And who knows? Maybe along the way, she, Ed, and Double D would find new and even more exciting adventures. But for now…the peace was enough for her.
"Remember, Abby. You are the one who will open the Door to the Light."
Kingdom of Earth: The End
A/N: And…there you go. The first story is complete! Now that that's done…I get to work on the new story I've been wanting to write! Hopefully people will like that story as much as this one. But until then…thank you all, and happy reading! ;)-AMX
Coming soon: Decemberween is Here Again!