Hiya! I'm BlueandRedButterflies! (You can call me BRB) XD LOL
Anyway…I'm finally publishing this story here. This is just the first chapter. It's longer than the chapter on Quizilla, because since this is from my word processor, I can group some chapters together.
Please review! PLEASE review! PLEASE don't flame! If you want to flame, don't, because it's your own fault for clicking the link! Constructive criticism is much appreciated! Enjoy!
"Each friend represents a
world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is
only by this meeting that a new world is born."
- Anais Nin
"Split up," Axel had order Roxas when they had been cornered by the Heartless. Of course, Roxas obeyed orders and had opened a portal that put him…somewhere in downtown Hollow Bastion. Truth be told…he was lost.
"Stupid heartless…" mutter Roxas. Where is Axel? He thought. We have to complete this mission.
Roxas stopped. Behind him, he sensed dark energy. It didn't belong to Axel…or Demyx…or any one from Organization XIII. It belonged to the Heartless.
Having no more energy to fight, Roxas did the only thing he could do--run. He ran around multiple corners, down countless streets, and into a few dozen people, but he just couldn't shake the Heartless of his trail.
Finally, he reached a small, deserted-looking building. Roxas pushed open the door and slammed it behind him.
Panting, Roxas slid down the door until he was sitting on the floor. When his breathing returned to normal, he surveyed the room. It was littered with books, some on shelves, some piled up on the floor. There was one book in particular that caught his eye; it was resting in the middle of the room on a pedestal. Roxas got up and slowly made his way through the sea of books towards it. The book was titled Winnie the Pooh.
"Winnie the Pooh…" Roxas whispered to himself. The name sounded so familiar…so…inviting. On the cover was the back of a boy with red shorts and spikey hair. The name Sora popped into Roxas' mind. Sora was holding hands with what appeared to be a stuffed bear. Pooh, thought Roxas, a smile spreading on his face. Then-Wait…how did I know that? There was also a tiger-like animal bouncing on his tail nearby and a small piglet walking beside them. Intrigued, Roxas opened the book to the first page, which was a map with many misspellings. He blinked, and before he knew it, he was floating down onto the map.
"Whoa!" Roxas exclaimed outloud. He looked around. Where am I? he thought. Then he looked down at the page. No way. This is impossible…I'm in the book?!
Several trees popped out from the page, causing Roxas to jump. "Pooh's Hows," the nearest sign read. Roxas shrugged and walked toward the tree. A path opened up before him and the map disappeared. Now, he was in a dense forest with a dirt path underneath his feet.
Roxas walked along the path, his mission long forgotten. What is it about this place that's so…familiar? Roxas wondered. He was almost enjoying himself when he saw a large tree with a log in front of it. He stopped in his tracks and stared. On the log was the same stuffed bear he had seen on the cover. It hadn't seen him, so Roxas took the opportunity to quickly duck back into the cover of the forest and summon both of his keyblades. Looks can be deceiving, he thought, before carefully stepping out into the open again.
This time, the bear saw him and jumped to his feet. Not being sure what to expect, Roxas struck his normal fighting pose, both keyblades ready for whatever was going to happen next.
"Sora!" the bear cried, running to Roxas and hugging his leg.
Two things went through Roxas' mind: Sora? Why the heck did he call me that?!?! And It's good to see you again, Pooh Bear.
Roxas sighed. "I'm not Sora. I'm ROXAS."
The bear let go of his leg and looked up at him quizzically. "You're not Sora?"
"No," Roxas said patiently. "My name is Roxas."
"Oh, well, since you're Roxas and not Sora, that means we haven't met. I'm Winnie the Pooh. Pooh for short."
Roxas' keyblades disappeared as he bent down to Pooh's level. "It's nice to meet you, Pooh Bear."
Pooh smiled at Roxas. "It's nice to meet you too, Roxas." Then he added, "You wouldn't happen to have any…honey, would you?"
"Uh…no," answered Roxas. "But, I could probably help you get some, if you want."
"Oh, yes. I would like that ever so much!" Pooh said, smiling and taking Roxas' hand. "Follow me!"
It made Roxas happy to see Pooh smile. But he couldn't figure out why. I'm a Nobody, he thought bitterly. I can't feel anything. And yet, he was sure what he was feeling here with Pooh was not fake.
Apparently, Pooh was really hungry and they were a long way from wherever the honey was. After a while, Pooh sat down.
"Oh, I do believe there is a rumbly in my tumbly," he said sadly. "And I am too tired to walk anymore, even to get some honey."
Roxas smiled. He turned around and knelt to the ground. "C'mon," he said over his shoulder to Pooh. "I'll carry you."
"Really?" asked Pooh as if it were too good to be true.
Roxas nodded. "Yup. Hop on."
With that, Pooh climbed onto Roxas' back. Pooh told Roxas all about his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods, including Sora.
Sora, he thought. I wish I knew more about him…
After a bit more walking and a few wrong turns (Pooh often forgot to tell Roxas where to go or turn), they came to a large meadow with a giant, scraggly-looking tree in the middle.
"Here we are!" announced Pooh.
Roxas blinked. "But, where's the honey?"
The bear jumped down from Roxas' back and pointed a paw up to a hole in the tree. A few bees buzzed around the hole. "It's up there."
The Nobody's jaw dropped. "Up there?" he repeated. "How do we get up there?"
Pooh waddled over to the tree and stuck his paw inside. When he pulled his paw out, he was holding a balloon.
Roxas walked over too Pooh. "Oh, I get it!" he said. "You can fly up and get the honey."
Pooh handed the balloon to Roxas. "We'll go up together," he said, climbing onto Roxas's back again.
"Uh…Pooh? I'm not sure—" but he stopped, because, low and behold, they were rising of the ground. "What the—" he began again.
"Hold on tight!" cried Pooh as they rose higher and higher.
Roxas quickly obeyed. The pair rose up and up, until they were at the hive. Roxas stretched out a gloved hand and grabbed onto a branch near the hive to halt their ascent.
"Alright, we're here," said Roxas.
Pooh smacked his lips. "How yummy for my tummy!" he cried before climbing off of Roxas and onto the tree. Within seconds, he was greedily gobbling honey from the bee hive.
Before long, the bees realized what was happening and started buzzing angrily around Pooh.
"Oh bother. I think the bees suspect something."
Roxas nodded. "Yeah. We'd better go."
He let go of the tree, and floating over to Pooh, heard the little bear yelp, "Ouch!"
"You ok?" Roxas asked as he helped Pooh onto his back again.
"I believe so," said Pooh, putting his paw into his mouth.
It was harder going down the tree than it was going up it. Roxas alternated arms as he pushed against the tree and branches, propelling them to the ground. The whole time, Roxas watched the bees nervously as they circled around the balloon.
"Ouch!" cried Pooh again.
"Hold on, we're almost-" but Roxas never finished, because one of the bees popped the balloon.
Roxas quickly grasped one of the tree branches to keep them from falling. However, the branch could not support their weight and it began to break. Roxas also felt Pooh start to slip off his back.
Shoot, thought Roxas. He stretched his arm downward and opened a portal of darkness just below them. At that moment, the branch broke and the two fell into the portal. The darkness surrounded the pair and pushed them along, directing them to where they were supposed to go.
"…Roxas?" Pooh asked quietly. "Where are we?"
"Just hang on. We'll be there soon…" Roxas's voice echoed in the dark nothingness of the portal.
Seconds later, a small dot of light appeared. Pooh gasped audibly and climbed up onto Roxas's shoulders to get a better look.
Smiling, Roxas took hold of Pooh's feet. "Here we go!"
The light grew and grew, until Roxas could see that they were heading into the room that he had been in earlier.
We're heading out of the book, thought Roxas. For some reason, he felt uneasy. What'll happen to Pooh?
Roxas stepped out of the portal, which promptly closed behind him.
"Oh, that was rather fun!" exclaimed Pooh, sliding off of Roxas' back. The bear looked around the cluttered room. "Where are we now?"
"We're in Hollow Bastion," Roxas whispered. He surveyed the room, and to his dismay, he saw that Pooh's book (the one that had been resting on the pedestal)…was gone. The uneasy feeling in Roxas' stomach grew. Where did it go?
"Hollow Bastion," Pooh wondered out loud. "I don't believe I've ever been here before!" he meandered around the room, looking at this and that, the rumbliness in his tummy a mere memory now.
Meanwhile, Roxas searched the room frantically. Something told him it wasn't good for Pooh to be out of the forest for too long.
"Well, that's because…uh…this place is…kinda…far away from your bo-I mean, house," Roxas explained.
Finally, unable to find the book, Roxas sighed. Running his fingers through his golden hair, he turned around and said, "We'd better go. We've got to find some way to get you home." Then he noticed that Pooh was no longer in the room. The door was left ajar. "Oh no," whispered Roxas as he bolted out the door. The Heartless!
Everything in the streets of Hollow Bastion seemed back to normal, as if there had been no Heartless attack. People walked from store to store, buying clothes and supplies. In fact, the only clues that the attack ever occurred where the shattered windows, broken store signs, and claws markings on trees.
Roxas' mind swarmed with questions. Where's Pooh? Where's Axel? And where are all those Heartless?
"POOH!" called Roxas as he ran down the street, looking for the bear. "WHERE ARE YOU?!" He briefly noticed people giving him strange looks and some even snickering, but he kept on searching.
Suddenly, a scream rang out. Everyone on the street froze. A young woman came running down the street past Roxas, screaming, "Heartless! RUN!" Immediately, everyone in the busy marketplace began running in the opposite direction that the woman had come from.
Roxas groaned. Why here? Why now? Nevertheless, he summoned his keyblades and courageously charged to where the lady had said the Heartless were. Maybe Axel's there, too! But the cry for help that Roxas soon heard was not the one of his fiery-haired friend, but that of a different friend…
"Oh, help!" Roxas heard Pooh's all-too familiar voice call.
No, thought the Nobody. No, no, no, no… He quickened his pace as he rounded the corner. There was Pooh, running as fast as his chubby legs could run away from an awful swarm of Neoshadows and Operas intent on stealing the poor bear's soul.
"Roxas!" he cried at the sight of his friend. Then, the bear stumbled over his own feet and landed face first on the ground. Unfortunately, one of the Neoshadows took the opportunity to leap forward toward Pooh, his claws at the ready.
Dun dun DUN!!!!!
GASPETH!!! OH NOES!!!! POOH!!!!
(You guys honestly don't think I'm gonna let those Heartless take Pooh's heart, right?)
Until next time!