/Voice of Destiny/Inner Sakura
"Flashback dialogue/Japanese/Emphasis of words"
Key Through the Heart: Final Mix
A fanfiction by Andrew J. TalonDisclaimer: I do not own Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, or any of the characters or properties mentioned in this story. The story's mine, the concept is mine, but everything else is not mine. And I'm certainly not writing this for profit. Please read the author's notes at the end of each chapter.
The transparent dome, the blinking red, yellow and blue lights, the seats, the chairs-Everything that was the Gummi Ship vanished around Naruto and was replaced by a dark, round shaft that seemed to go down forever.
The four companions fell, tumbling in mid air as the tunnel widened. Items of every description appeared below them, and they fell through the assorted junk. A grandfather clock chimed, and was followed by dozens of other clocks chiming in unison.
"Grab onto something!" Donald shouted, reaching out his hands to grab onto a table. He managed to snag it, but the table tilted over, dumping the duck back into his fall. "WAH!"
Naruto tried to grab onto another piece of furniture, belly flopping onto an armchair. It began to rotate from Naruto's imparted momentum, but the blonde managed to get a grip and hold on. "Got it!" He reached out to Hinata who was also falling. "Grab on!"
Hinata reached out and grabbed Naruto's hand. The armchair spun faster, and faster, before Naruto lost his grip and the two ninja were thrown back into freefall.
"Naruto-kun!" Hinata cried.
Goofy bounced against various pieces of furniture, unable to get a grip and his attempts to try and hold on coming to nothing.
The group continued to fall, and the tunnel began to change colors. Donald grimaced.
"When did we fall into a nightclub?" He muttered.
"Gawrsh... Where'd the ship go?" Goofy asked.
"Where did the ship go? Where are WE?" Naruto demanded. "Hinata-chan?"
Hinata's Byakugan activated, her eyes peering as far as they could. She grimaced, and then let go of Naruto's hand to hold her temples. "Nnngh!"
"Hinata-chan?" Naruto asked.
"You okay?" Goofy asked. "OOF!" He slammed into a chest of drawers, which slowed him down compared to the others.
"No... I-I can't see anything... It's all twisted outside the tunnel," Hinata groaned.
"Twisted? What do you mean, twisted?" Donald demanded.
"It-It's hard to describe," Hinata admitted. "There's so much I can't make out…"
"Donald? What is this?" Naruto shouted.
"I'm guessing we're in this world… Whatever it is," Donald admitted. With an indignant quack he kicked a lamp out of his way, only to get beaned in the face by it bouncing back. "WACK!"
"And the slow falling?" Naruto asked.
"How should I know? I've never been to a world like this!" Donald replied.
"You're the guy Merlin himself trained!" Naruto shot back.
"Uh, Donald-?" Goofy began, but Donald's dander was most definitely up.
"It doesn't mean I know everything you idiot!"
"Don't call me an idiot, idiot!"
"Naruto!" Goofy tried.
"YOU'RE the idiot, IDIOT!" Donald shouted back.
"Yeah? Well you're an even BIGGER IDIOT, IDIOT!"
Their bickering was stopped by a floor, and all four adventurers ended up in a tangled pile of limbs.
Naruto grunted, and opened his eyes. The tunnel ahead looked very strange, with furniture on the ceiling and a lamp "hanging" from the floor. He blinked when a rabbit in a coat carrying a pocket watch appeared. He glanced at it, jumped, adjusted his glasses and ran off.
"I'm late! I'm late! Oh me oh my time to fly I'm late I'm late I'm LATE!" He cried, vanishing down the hallway. Naruto blinked again.
"… I'm not the only person to see that, right?" He asked.
"Did it look like a white rabbit yelling he was late?" Goofy asked.
"Yeah!" Naruto said. "That was weird! Hey, let's follow him!"
"Why?" Donald asked flatly.
"Well, he's a local right? He might know something about all this," Naruto said.
"Good point," Donald said. "Just try not to look like you're from out of town…"
"I-I don't think we'd be noticed," Hinata suggested.
They got up and took off down the hallway after the mysterious rabbit. Behind them, unnoticed, the lights began to go out and in the shadows the colors darkened and twisted.
The hallway shrank a bit, requiring the four to go one at a time through the narrower passage. It then abruptly opened up into a wide room. So wide, in fact, that the furniture was as big as that found in the giant's castle. A single table and a chair towered over them, and the floor tiles were like small red and white porches. There was an easy chair bigger than Naruto's apartment building in one corner, and a stove as big as the Hokage tower in another. The strangest part was that the entire room was arranged at random, like a puzzle stuck together in all the wrong ways. While the chair and the table were upright, the stove was upside down and bookshelves and lamps were on the walls and ceiling.
"Oh man, not again," Naruto groaned.
"Now this is downright peculiar," Donald muttered.
"Ya think it's held together with glue?" Goofy suggested.
"Or really sticky tape," Naruto said.
"You idiots! It's not because of tape or glue!" Donald growled.
"So do they have chakra?" Naruto asked.
"Might just be nails," Goofy mused.
"There's the rabbit!" Hinata cried, pointing towards a door that seemed "proper size" across the vast room and simultaneously ending the debate. Naruto grinned.
"All right, let's get him!" Naruto shouted, running across the floor. However, the Keyblade burst into existence in his hands, and Heartless appeared all around them soon after. "Gah!"
"Here too?" Hinata gasped, before she remembered herself and tapped the bracelet on her wrist. "Protect!" As the magical shield enveloped her body, Hinata charged forward to join Naruto, Donald and Goofy as they tore into the attack group. They weren't too different from the Heartless they'd faced on Willy's castle or on Traverse Town itself, but among their number were Heartless rabbits: One of which skidded to a halt in front of Naruto and stared at him with glowing yellow eyes.
"… Oh man…" Naruto groaned. "Why'd you have to be so cute?" He brought the Keyblade down on the rabbit Heartless. "Damn you Heartless, I-GAH!" Two more cute bunnies zipped behind him and rammed their heads into him on either side.
"Naruto-kun!" Hinata cried. She sighed in relief as Naruto was replaced with another Heartless. The real one jumped above the fray and formed a handseal.
"Kage Bunshin no jutsu!" He called. He landed near her, just as a large bodied Heartless slammed into her from behind. "Hinata!"
"Nngh!" Hinata gritted her teeth, and spun around. Charka charged hands lashed out, slamming into the Heartless's chest. The strikes hit deep within the Heartless, and it burst into a dust that evaporated away quickly. Naruto blinked, and then grinned.
"Wow! That was awesome, Hinata!" Naruto complimented. He spun around and slashed through the head of another Heartless, thus missing Hinata's incredible blush. She, in response, nearly got mobbed by more Heartless, but a quick assist by Donald's magic kept her from getting consumed. She shot Donald a grateful look. The duck mage just sighed, muttered something under his breath about teenagers, and then beat an Armored Heartless silly with his wand.
Goofy bounced his shield off the gigantic table above, and it ricocheted into the back of the last Heartless, slicing it in half and rendering it dust.
"Gah! Are they going to be on every world?" Naruto asked.
"Probably," Donald said.
"Now come on Donald. We might find lotsa places that ain't been hit yet!" Goofy said encouragingly. Donald gave him a wry look, and the captain of the Disney Knights shrugged. "Well, we might…"
"OH YEAH! The rabbit!" Naruto shouted. "Let's go!" He ran across the vast room, his companions quickly catching up. They made it to the door, and the two ninja stopped short at the doorknob.
"Is it… Sleeping?" Naruto asked.
"It looks like it's alive," Hinata murmured.
"HEY! WAKE UP!" Naruto bellowed. The knob started, and yawned.
"Haa… Haa… Who're you?"
"I'm Naruto, this is Hinata, that's Donald, and this is Goofy-"
"That's nice," the knob mumbled, as his eyes began to slowly close again. Naruto scowled.
"HEY! Don't go back to sleep!"
"Well you see, I'm locked," the knob said, "so unless you have a key-GRMPH!" The knob's eyes widened as Naruto shoved the Keyblade into his mouth. Naruto gritted his teeth and turned his key as hard as he could. The door clicked open, and Naruto grinned.
"Ha! Got it!"
"Great job, Naruto!" Goofy said. Naruto smiled. The door swung open into the room. And apparently, the entire ocean had been just waiting to enter, because that's just what happened.
"OH CRAP!" Naruto shouted, as a huge wave of water swept over them all.
Like a great ocean wave, the water swept into the room, knocking Naruto, Hinata, Goofy and Donald all off their feet and dragging them back out again. Naruto found himself separated, tumbling wildly underneath the water.
"MRGLE!" He shouted, and tried to find which way to swim. His arms and legs waved and kicked frantically as the sea water stung his eyes. The Keyblade flashed into his hands, and for lack of a better idea, he obeyed it's cues and pointed towards what he thought was directly down.
FIRE! He thought, and a blast of heat issued from the tip of the Keyblade. It formed a large jet of bubbles, offering just enough propulsive force for Naruto to get his head above water. He gasped loudly, and looked around. He was under a deep red and purple sky, as though the sun was setting, and ocean was everywhere around him.
"HINATA!" He shouted. "GOOFY! DONALD!"
"Gah… What happened?" Jiraiya called. He pulled himself out of Naruto's backpack and looked around.
"Weren't you listening?" Naruto shouted.
"No, I was trying to get some sleep," Jiraiya said. He shook his head, trying to clear off the water. "Guess I should have stayed awake…"
"HINATA! GOOFY! DONALD!" Naruto tried again. He didn't hear any direct response, but he did hear the sound of singing.
"Forward, backward, inward, outward
Come and join the chase
Nothing could be drier
Than a jolly caucus race!"
"Huh?" Naruto said. A wave bowled him over, sending him tumbling onto what felt like solid ground. The water receded, and Naruto raised his head to get some air when a foot slapped him facedown into the sand. "MMPH!"
"Backward, forward, outward, inward
Bottom to the top
Never a beginning,
There can never be a stop!"
Sang the voices, as more objects and things ran Naruto over. The Keybearer rolled over and got up to his feet. The moment he was, he was grabbed by a giant parrot and a pelican, who pulled him along.
"What? HEY! Let me go!" Naruto shouted, as he was shanghaied into running in a circle with an assortment of all sorts of creatures. Fish, starfish, birds, all were running around a tall rock formation. He looked to the top of the formation and saw a strange fat bird with a hat, ponytail and coat standing on a rock, warming himself by a fire and singing along. The bird paused his singing and looked down at Naruto with a smile.
"Say now, you'll never get dry at that speed!" The bird said cheerfully.
"Wh-What? What are you talking about?" Naruto demanded. "I won't get dry period you stupid bird!"
"Now now, no need to get angry," the bird admonished.
"To skipping, hopping, tripping fancy free and gay
Started it tomorrow
But will finish yesterday!"
"Naruto-kun!" Hinata shouted.
"Hinata!" Naruto called. The girl was standing further down on the shore, along with Goofy and Donald. The three of them were accompanied by a giant bottle.
"Looks like they grabbed onto it," Jiraiya observed.
"What the heck are you doing?" Donald shouted.
"Um… Trying to get dry?" Naruto offered. That was when another big wave hit the beach. Donald, Hinata and Goofy managed to get out of the way, but Naruto was taken under again.
"GRRMPH!" He got knocked down again, and once more the circle of mad animals ran over him, forcing his face into the sand. The Keyblade appeared, and Naruto burst out of the water, swinging angrily.
"THAT'S ENOUGH!" He shouted. A parrot and a trio of fish went flying from his blows, but before he could hit any more Goofy grabbed him and pulled him away.
"Calm down Naruto, calm down!" Goofy told him. Naruto snarled.
"Come now! Come now! Hurry faster! You can't get dry like that! FASTER!" The bird atop the formation shouted. He didn't care that Naruto had just struck four of his fellows-In fact, he didn't seem to notice.
"Round and 'round and 'round we go
For once we were behind
But now we find we are before!
"That's the darndest thing," Donald muttered, scratching his head underneath his hat. Goofy pulled Naruto along to join the others. Naruto managed to calm down, but he stilled shot a deadly glare at the bird and his cohorts. "They aren't going to get dry that way…"
Foreward, backward, inward, outward
Come and joing hte chase
Nothing could be drier
Than a jolly caucus race!"
"What are they, stupid?" Naruto asked.
"Or they're all insane," Jiraiya suggested.
"Hmm… A Jolly Caucus race?" Jiminy asked, writing down some notes. "That is odd…"
"Well, at least we're out of the water," Hinata suggested. Naruto nodded.
"Yeah… So, where exactly are we?"
"You should have asked the knob before opening him," Jiminy suggested.
"He didn't seem the cooperative type!" Donald observed.
"Well, he did get something shoved in his mouth," Jiraiya said. "Not too many people who take that well… Although I know a few-"
"Jiraiya!" Jiminy shouted. The stuffed lion smirked.
"Well, maybe they could help?" Hinata suggested, pointing to the caucus race. She walked across the beach to just outside the circle. "Excuse me? Excuse me, sir?"
"Hm? Oh, hello young lady! Care to join the race?" The bird asked, lighting up a pipe. Hinata shook her head.
"No. I wanted to know where we are."
"Ah! Navigation! Capital!" The bird said. "I the Dodo am an expert in the art of finding where you are, and when you are, and where and when you do not wish to be!"
"I see...?" Hinata asked.
"For instance, where you were is where you aren't, but unless it is when you are is where you are now, except of course if it's where you will be unless it is when you ought to be and where you ought not to be, you see?" The Dodo said.
"What?" Hinata asked, looking a bit distressed. "Could you please tell us where we are now?"
"Why, you're in Wonderland my dear lady, of course! That is where you are, and where we are, and when we are too! How, why, and what is also Wonderland! Unless of course it is not when, why, where, or what! Unless of course you are asking 'who is Wonderland', in which case you might be or might not be, depending on when and where, and even what you are." The Dodo shook his head. "Now then, care to get dry with us?"
"I um, I think I'll manage on my own," Hinata said.
"Suit yourself!" The Dodo said. Hinata walked back to Naruto, Goofy and Donald.
"Well?" Donald asked.
"He said we're in Wonderland," Hinata said.
"Anything else?" Naruto asked. Hinata shook her head slowly.
"No... Not really..."
Sorry guys: Having three classes that each require you to write a research paper over the course of the semester is not conductive to fanfiction writing. Ergo, I've decided to just upload Chapter 8 and add what else I had for it to Chapter 9 in order to keep this story moving. Once again I've missed the chance to get this out during Naruto's birthday, but hopefully he'll be happy with a belated gift-And so will you.
Here's the omake, and hopefully it won't take me another month to get out another chapter:
"Argh... This is like the second time a rabbit has tried to screw me over," Naruto grumbled, crossing his arms over his chest. "I'm starting to think they're all out to get me!"
Hinata sighed as she pulled her hood up over her head. "D-Don't worry Naruto-kun, I'm sure we'll find... Ah... Why are you looking at me l-like that?"
Naruto stared intensely. Hinata's hood, unbeknownst to her but beknownst to everyone else, had a pair of bunny ears that popped up when she pulled it onto her head. Why Edna had included them nobody knew, but the fox within Naruto didn't care, and influenced Naruto's behavior accordingly.
"Rabbit! Mine!" Naruto growled happily as he pounced on Hinata.