An armored Terra landed flat on his back. He had just been soundly beaten once again in a sparring match. But he didn't really care. They were in the sparring area of the Land of Departure.
"You're doing really great Terra! Keep at it!" Aqua called from the sidelines as Terra leapt onto his feet.
"Alright, let's see how you handle this!" Terra exclaimed as he used the Ultima Cannon Shoot Lock to fire a powerful yet blinding shot of light. Once the light faded he noticed a severe lack of his opponent.
"Huh? Where did he-?" Terra asked before he heard someone clear their throat behind him and felt the tip of a Keyblade pressed to the back of his head.
"Alright, you win." Terra said as he dismissed his armor and turned to face his opponent. It was Sora, clad in his armor.
"Good match Terra. You really are good." Sora said as Terra crossed his arms with a smile.
"High praise-…" Terra said as Sora dismissed his armor, revealing that he was now wearing a white haori with aqua colored lining, "…-especially coming from a master."
"Quite so." Aqua said as she and Ven approached from the sidelines.
"But Sora's the better warrior." Terra said humbly.
"I learned from the best." Sora said, earning a proud smile from Aqua.
"Well she's the only master with seniority around here." Ven said as a mischievous smirk swept Terra's face.
"Which explains the old lady smell that I've caught around here lately." Terra said fanning his hand across his face, earning a death glare from Aqua. Sora and Ven had to turn away with their mouths covered as they restrained their laughter.
"I see someone wants to wait another year for his Masters Qualification Exam." Aqua replied with a scowl.
"Eh, I'm not worried. Sora here would pass me." Terra said as Aqua glanced at Sora then back at Terra.
"I'm actually I can't. Technically Aqua's considered your master, not me." Sora said with a shrug as Terra paled and a smug grin swept Aqua's face.
"On second thought, I'd like to resend my previous statement." Terra said sheepishly.
"Dually noted." Aqua said, crossing her arms. They then noticed Ven looking up at the castle.
"You know it's sure nice to have our old home back to the way it was." Ven said as Terra scratched the back of his head.
"I know what you mean. I was not looking forward to having to rebuild it. Thankfully Xehanort finished what he started with it and consumed the rest of it. Now that the worlds are restored, they were fully restored." Terra said.
"Not completely. There are still a few things missing." Aqua said, summoning her Keyblade and holding it in both hands. She hadn't changed it back from "Mark of Mastery."
"Yeah. But at least we have someone just as good to take his place." Ven said, looking up at Aqua who smiled and blushed simultaneously.
"And someone new to join us." Terra said, turning towards Sora who glanced away guiltily.
"Well, about that…" Sora said, causing everyone to turn back towards him.
"You're going to go back to the islands, aren't you?" Aqua asked with an understanding smile as Sora nodded.
"It's my home. It's where I belong. Besides, Riku and Kairi need someone to show them how to master the Keyblade. I promised Riku that I'd teach him everything I've learned. It would only make sense to teach Kairi too." Sora explained. The three Keyblade Warriors looked at each other with understanding smiles before turning back to Sora.
"We know. We knew this was eventually going to happen." Aqua said.
"We kinda hoped you would stick around for a while, which you did." Ven said.
"But we understand. You belong with your friends on the islands. You've spent long enough away from your home, and so have we." Terra added.
"We just hope that you come back to visit us occasionally." Aqua said as Sora smiled and nodded.
"You know I will. I figure that all of the Mastery Qualification Exams should be held here, both mine, and yours." Sora said as Aqua smiled.
"We'll be looking forward to it." Aqua replied as Sora stuck his hands in his pockets with a smile. He then paused and pulled out the Paopu fruit from Disney Town, still in perfect condition.
"Wow, how long have you had that with you?" Terra asked.
"Paopu fruit never goes bad. It just goes to show that even the fruit's own nature represents an unbreakable…and unending bond." Aqua replied as she pulled out her lucky charm. Terra and Ven pulled out their own charms as well.
"I guess these are actual lucky charms after all." Ven said as Aqua and Terra nodded in agreement. Sora looked up them and then at their charms curiously. He then looked at the Paopu fruit as an idea came to mind.
"Wait, Master, there's still something you can still teach me." Sora said, catching Aqua's attention. She looked at him confused for a moment before realizing what he had in mind. A smile swept across her face as she nodded.
It was a little while after dawn in the Land of Departure, as Sora, followed by Aqua, Terra, and Ven followed him out into the courtyard.
"Do you really have to leave now? Can't you stay a little longer?" Ven asked as Terra put a hand on his shoulder.
"Relax Ven; he's not going away forever." Terra said reassuringly.
"Yeah, I know." Ven replied with a sigh.
"You've been a part of him for ten years, it's only natural you feel connected to him." Terra said.
"So then. See you guys around?" Sora asked as he turned towards them.
"Of course." "Definitely." "You know it." The three said at the same time. Sora then walked up to Terra.
"Sora, I owe you my life. You saved me from years of imprisonment from within my heart. Were it not for you, I wouldn't be here." Terra said as he and Sora shook hands firmly.
"Not at all. I'd do it all again if I had to." Sora replied. He then turned to Ven.
"You kept my heart safe for ten years, Sora. Throughout trials, tribulations, and all other manner of hardships you've faced. Like Terra, I owe you my life as well." Ven said as Sora smiled and they hugged like brothers.
"You'd do the same for me if I were in your shoes." Sora said as Ven smiled.
"You know it." He said as they broke the embrace before Sora finally turned to Aqua.
"Well Sora…this is it. The end of our long adventure together. It's been…it's been a blast, sometimes literally but…well you get what I mean." Aqua said as she knelt down to his level.
"I owe a lot to you Aqua. You've taught me more about the Keyblade in a matter of days than I've learned in a whole year on my own. I don't know what else to say but…thank you, from the bottom of my heart." Sora said as Aqua shed a tear and they embraced in a hug, Aqua even giving him a peck on the cheek. Finally they separated and Sora turned and walked towards the center of the courtyard. He then summoned his Keyblade before transforming it into his Keyblade Rider. He then turned to the others with one of his grins.
"Hey, you will be sure to come and visit the islands some time, you know, like for a vacation, right?" Sora asked as the three nodded.
"Well duh, who wouldn't want to go spend some time at the beach?" Ven asked.
"Depends on the beach actually. But the beaches of the Destiny Islands, definitely." Terra said with a smile.
"We wouldn't miss visiting you for the worlds." Aqua said. Sora smiled back before pressing his hand to his armor piece, summoning his armor and then jumping onto the Keyblade Rider. He then gave a two fingered salute to the others as they waved farewell before he streaked off into the stars, bound for home.
"Well…there he goes." Terra said with a heavy sigh.
"Back to where he belongs." Ven added as Terra noticed Aqua standing and rubbing her chin thoughtfully.
"Something up, Aqua?" Terra asked curiously before Aqua smiled and replied…
"You know something guys…after all this foolishness with Xehanort, I'd say we're ten years overdue for a vacation."
On the Destiny Islands…
Kairi and Riku both sat on the sideways tree, watching the stars as they started appearing in the sky. Serah, Snow, Hope, Tidus, Wakka, Selphie, Vaan, and Penelo then approached from behind.
"Any sign of him yet?" Snow asked.
"None yet. But I gotta admit, the stars are sure nicer than they were before." Riku replied.
"Sora will come home. I know he will." Hope said.
"Do you think as a Keyblade Master, he's allowed to preside over wedding ceremonies?" Serah asked, causing Snow to face palm.
"Oh geez Serah, give the kid a break." Snow said with a laugh.
"Hey, what's that?" Tidus asked as they saw a lone shooting star flying in through the world barrier. Kairi immediately leapt to her feet as a huge smile appeared on her face.
"It's him! IT'S SORA!" Kairi exclaimed as they ran for the beach. Sora flew in and stopped over the beach, dismissing the Keyblade Rider and landing on the soft sand below before dismissing his armor, revealing the haori.
"Sora!" Riku shouted as the mob headed towards him but luckily stopped a fair distance away as Kairi broke free from them and ran towards Sora, crashing into him with a kiss.
"Ah, romance at last." Selphie said with a sniffle. Wakka proceeded to hand her a Kleenex. Finally Sora and Kairi separated.
"Kairi, I'm back." Sora said with a grin as he pulled out Kairi's lucky charm, handing it to her. She looked down at it and then smiled sweetly at him.
"You're home." She replied, grabbing a hold of his hand and pulling him back into another kiss. She then felt something was off about her charm, almost as if the back of it had popped off. She pulled back for a moment and looked at the charm curiously before she noticed that the charm wasn't broken at all, there was another charm behind it, a pink one, resembling the ones Aqua had made for herself, Ven, and Terra.
"Sora, is this-?" Kairi asked as she held up the new charm.
"A new lucky charm? Yeah. Hey Riku, catch!" Sora shouted as he tossed a white one to Riku who caught it.
"I get one too?" Riku asked as he looked the charm over.
"All three of us do." Sora said as he pulled out a red one for himself. Riku then sniffed the charm.
"It smells like…Paopu fruit." Riku said with a curious expression.
"They're made of Paopu fruit skin. They each represent an unbreakable bond, like the Paopu fruit that they're made of." Sora replied.
"It was very sweet of Aqua to make these for us." Kairi said as Sora blushed.
"Well, actually. Aqua didn't make them. She taught me how to make them." Sora said as Riku and Kairi looked at him curiously.
"You made these?" Riku asked.
"Yeah. Why?" Sora asked confused. Riku then chuckled.
"Oye, that Aqua is such a girl sometimes." Riku said as he looked at his charm.
"Hey, whaddya mean, 'sometimes?" a voice said. They all turned to see Aqua, Terra, and Ven dismissing their Keyblade Riders. Their armor was still active.
"What are you guys doing here? Did I forget something?" Sora asked as their helmets disappeared.
"No, but you did say to drop by at least for a vacation, so we figured, why not now?" Aqua said, dismissing their armor.
"Alright!" Sora exclaimed.
"Nice place you've got here Sora. Looks like a real paradise." Terra said as he glanced around.
"Hey, is it my imagination or does that guy look like the white haired dude that brought those nobody fellas and the heartless?" Vaan asked as Riku scowled.
"Let's not bring that up around him. I'll explain later." Riku replied.
"Hey guys! What are we waiting for? We just won a huge victory! Xehanort's dead, Sora's a master, the worlds have been saved! I say that's grounds for a pa-a-a-a-rt-ay!" Tidus declared as the crowd erupted into cheers.
Soon everyone had changed into their swim gear and there was an awesome beach party going on. Lightning had even, albeit begrudgingly, come along. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy were there even. Then it happened, Vaan, Penelo, Tidus, and Wakka, started playing their own instrumental rendition of the Unofficial Destiny Islands Anthem (Music Cue: Down in New Orleans (Finale) From the Princess and the Frog). Suddenly Sora and Aqua turned to each other, summoned their Keyblades and entered a mock fight as they sang…
"In that great void, there's a city
Way down on the water."
Then Sora, Riku, Terra, and Ven sang…
"Where the women are very pretty…"
And Aqua and Kairi replied…
"…And all the men deliver!"
Then Aqua and Kairi caught Sora showing Ven the Aqua blackmail photos from Eraqus and instantly started chasing them as the two boys sang in unison…
"We got music
it's always playin'…"
They ran past Riku and Terra who had their arms crossed and amused smirks on their faces as they sang…
"Start in the day time, go all through the night."
Then Kairi and Aqua sang in unison as they finally caught the two boys, sinister grins on their faces…
"And when you hear that music playin'…"
Before Riku and Terra joined them, and the six sang…
"Hear what we're saying and make ya feel alright!"
Sora and Ven found themselves buried to their necks in sand as their respective girlfriends sat next to them smugly. Riku and Terra looked at each other and smirked as Terra summoned his Keyblade and with one mighty swing towards the ground, released Sora and Ven by launching them into the air via underground rocks. The two boys landed in their respective girlfriends arms, apologetic looks on both the boy's faces. Ven and Aqua then sang together…
Riku and Terra then joined in, bumping knuckles as they sang…
"…Come on down…"
Then Sora and Kairi sang as Kairi looked lovingly into Sora's eyes…
"…Bring your paintbrush, we're painting the town!"
Then they all sang in unison as they moved into a single file row, noticing as the Destiny Island's Keyhole appeared overhead…
"There's some sweetness going around."
They then summoned their Keyblades and slowly raised them towards the keyhole as they sang in unison…
"Dreams do come true in Des-ti-ny-y!"
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