Welp, I made a promise to post chapter 1 once IFH reached 100 reviews, and it made it up to 102! You must have really wanted me to post this story, eh? Well, here it is. I hope you like it.
Thank you to my reviewers once again for the last installment of In Fate's Hands: SpringBorn, NinjaSheik, XRarityoftearsX, SheDreamsFiction, DarkFlame Alchemist, phantombullets240, Kanika Meskhenet, animechick247, pandabearmusic, AoZ and Crystal Hikari (thus far).
For those of you who are disappointed in the lack of fluff between Riku and Livia/Vilixa, I compleeeetely know how you feel. I wanted to add more interaction between them, but it didn't really seem to fit the story. And now that Riku has gone all "Ansem" on everyone, I think it'd be a bit strange to have that sort of interaction between him and his lady love. But don't worry, there will be moments that give you warm fuzzies soon enough. Don't forget that while this is a romance story, it is also an action/adventure. And since this revolves around Kingdom Hearts, one kind of takes precedence over the other, unfortunately.
But don't worry...I know how you guys feel. I enjoy Riku X OC fluff just as much as any other girl out there. And I hear your pleas.
Anyway, read, review and enjoy! Especially the review part. Wink wink, nudge nudge. More reviews = faster updates, ya know.
The sun's golden rays spilled through the window of the library and onto the large oak table where a girl wearing a long, black cloak with a mop of fiery red hair that grew past her shoulders sat, her nose intently buried in the book she had been reading. It had only been a few days since Roxas had been captured and placed in the virtual Twilight Town by DiZ, but the way the summer days dragged on made each minute feel like an eternity.
"Day four," Vilixa mumbled to herself as she casually flipped the page to the book that she was reading on the theories of Light and Darkness. She'd found that most of the books in the library had been based on these studies, most likely because of DiZ and how he was a vapid researcher who was always seeking more knowledge on the subject.
She closed the cover of the book gently and placed it back on the shelf in the empty slot in which it belonged. She then did what she usually did--opened the secret door to the underground facilities and went to the master control room to watch over Roxas to ensure that he was alright.
"I wonder what he's doing today," she mumbled to herself. The mansion was quiet that day--it seemed that Naminé was busy at work upstairs in the White Room piecing Sora's memories back together, and she had no idea where Riku and DiZ were.
She pulled up the chair and sat, watching interestedly at the scene unfolding before her. There was a Struggle tournament going on, and Roxas had entered and was about to face his best friend, Hayner.
Vilixa smiled as Roxas defeated him easily, moving onto his next opponent. Seifer, she believed his name was, who was an older teen with a rough attitude and a look that could kill. His pride was at stake, and Vilixa was one hundred percent sure that it was about to be taken away.
"Get 'im, Roxas," she cheered silently from her seat by the computer. "You can do it!"
Of course, Roxas beat him and moved on to the semi-final round. His opponent was Vivi, a small, evasive creature that wore a crooked, pointed yellow hat and a blue buckled jacket. Had he not been so vicious in the Struggle ring, Vilixa would've most likely mistaken him for being cute.
Before Roxas delivered the final blow, something strange happened.
The entire town, save for Roxas and Vivi, froze.
"Huh?" Vilixa muttered, her fingers flying over the keyboard. "What's going on?"
She observed Vivi closely and noticed that he wasn't frozen in place. There was a crackle on the screen, and Vivi turned into three Dusks that began to circle Roxas, ready to attack.
"Oh, no..." she mumbled, eyes wide. "How did they get into the program?"
She flew up from the chair and ran over to the other corner of the room, which is where DiZ would place himself if he wanted to transport a virtual copy of himself into the second Twilight Town.
"I hope this works," she gulped as she stood on the glowing platform and pushed the red button. In the blink of an eye, Vilixa was transported directly into the Struggle crowd. Roxas' Struggle club had transformed itself into the Keyblade and she ducked down so that he couldn't see her behind the suspended figures of his friends.
She was waving her hand in front of a brunette girl's face, Olette, to see if she responded, but she had no luck. She was about to move onto Roxas' next friend, the stout Pence, but stopped when she heard clapping coming from within the ring.
She turned to see a tall, lanky figure in a long, black cloak identical to hers standing there, applauding Roxas.
"Roxas. All right. Fight fight fight," he taunted.
"Axel?" Vilixa hissed under her breath. "How'd he get here?"
He continued. "You really don't remember. It's me! You know," he removed his hood, revealing his bright red spikes. "Axel."
"Axel?" Roxas repeated.
Axel rolled his eyes. "Talk about blank with a capital 'B'. Even the Dusks aren't gonna be able to crack this one." He raised his arms slightly and fire shot out of his hands, revealing two chakrams that he held in his fingers.
"Don't hurt him!" Vilixa shouted out, but then instantly covered her mouth.
Both Axel and Roxas looked over at her, Axel with an intent interest, and Roxas with extreme confusion.
"What's going on here?" he demanded, holding his Keyblade tightly. "Who are you?" he asked, directing his question to the girl.
Vilixa ignored him. "Axel, I know that they sent you here to take Roxas back, but you can't do that! Not when we're so close!"
"Orders are orders," Axel muttered lazily. "Nice to be seeing you, too."
"Leave him alone, Axel," Vilixa warned. "I don't want to have to hurt you."
Axel scoffed. "As if you would." He looked around the Sandlot, turned back to Roxas and grinned, "This town is his creation, right? Which means we don't have time for a Q & A. You're coming with me, conscious or not. Then you'll hear the story."
A ripple ran through the air that chilled Vilixa to the bone. "Uh oh," she mumbled.
Roxas growled and threw his Keyblade down onto the ground. "What's going on?" he demanded.
Axel smirked as the Keyblade materialized once again back in Roxas' hand. "Number 13. Roxas. The Keyblade's chosen one."
Roxas stared down at his Keyblade for a moment, then said, "Okay, fine! You asked for it!"
The two engaged in battle, and all Vilixa could do was watch from the sidelines. "DiZ!" she called out to the sky, hoping that he was near the master computer. "DiZ, where are you? We have a bit of a situation!"
Roxas and Axel backed off each other, both panting from the fight. There was an electronic sound and a build-up of digital rings and DiZ stood before them all, his hands placed behind his back with his yellow eyes staring into Axel's emerald ones.
"So it was you," Axel sneered, lancing his two fiery chakrams at DiZ's hologram. They deflected off an invisible forcefield and he turned to Roxas.
"Roxas, this man speaks nonsense!"
"Roxas, don't let him deceive you!" Axel shouted back.
Vilixa looked over at Roxas to see that his head was clutched in his hands. "Pence! Hayner! Olette!" he cried out.
And then everything stopped.
How'd you like it so far? Don't forget to review!
PS. No, there will not be any other stories featuring my OC Livia/Vilixa after this. I intend on ending it once this series is done.