Only I would get a good idea and then not write it down and forget it…
Upon returning to my canon, I sighed in frustration. Why do you have to forget things as you change rooms? I asked myself. "Stupid evolutionary advantages…"
"Hawk." I looked up, seeing Destiny walking down the corridor.
"Hey." I replied, pinching my nose in frustration.
"What's wrong?" Destiny asked. "Did you forget something?"
"I came up with an idea when I was checking on Caixsa." I sighed. "Unfortunately, the only thing I remember is wanting to ask you if there are any cameras in your canon."
"Why do you want to know about that?" The other author asked, looking at me strangely. I pinched my nose again. I really should stop doing that...
"I don't remember." I answered.
"Wait…" I looked at Destiny. She seemed to be having an idea. "You're thinking that we can use a recording of the time so that we can see which of the first five got swapped with who!" She exclaimed.
"Well, I don't remember if that was what it was, but it's certainly a good idea." I replied, nodding to her. "I'll see if I can figure out where the four other members landed, just in case they have to be in the same place as well." I didn't wait for her to respond, instead running to Xemnas' office, because despite me being the author, he definitely keeps better tabs on the Organization than I ever have.
"Xemnas!" I shouted as I burst through the door, possibly startling the Nobody, if it were possible to do so in the first place. It hasn't been something I've honestly researched, whether Nobodies actually feel or if they just imagine.
"Yes?" He asked in his monotone.
"I need to see the CCTV footage in the castle from the day the first swap happened."
"I assume that you are looking for the locations of our lost members." Xemnas spoke, writing something with a fountain pen. I think it was an order for grey paint.
"Yes. Now, I need those tapes, or are you going to try to interfere?"
"I would not interfere with this. Because of the swap we have fallen behind schedule in the formation of Kingdom Hearts because of the lack of Keyblade bearers. It is not justifiable, even if we did gain one today." He spoke. I rolled my eyes.
"Where are the tapes?" I asked.
"Gone. I assumed that you had taken them." I sighed in exasperation. "However, there should be a set of tapes showing the storeroom and surveillance room which I set up after the disappearance of a relatively uninteresting tape of the Grey Area was taken only hours before the swap."
I nodded. "All right. I'll take a look." I knew where the storeroom was, in fact it was attached to the surveillance room, normally empty unless I was there, which was opposite Xemnas' office.
I took a cursory glance over the screens as I entered the room, the cameras showing most of the castle's non-bedroom and bathroom rooms and what must have been a fair portion of the corridors. Nothing seemed to be amiss, so I headed into the storeroom.
It was cramped. There were so many filing cabinets, it was unbelievable. How Xemnas could have known about the disappearance of one tape astounded me... Actually, he probably did a complete inventory check every few hours…
I walked down a narrow corridor formed by the filing cabinets and hunted down the storeroom draw. I spent about an hour hunting, checking the door of every draw. It took a while, I don't think anyone had emptied the room in who knows how long, but eventually I found the one lone draw at the bottom of a cabinet marked 'Surveillance'. I tugged it open, and quickly looked through the tapes for the right time and date…
"Here you are!" I exclaimed, pulling out the right case. Yes, as I said earlier, I still haven't changed to DVDs. So sue me.
I left the storeroom and headed for what I liked to call the control seat, the chair that could rotate in order to let you see and screen with ease. Taking the seat, I slipped the tape into the VCR attached to one of the television screens, the only blank one, and pressed the play button. I watched as time passed by, seeing the timer in the corner of the screen approach seven pm. It would have been early, most of the Organisation were in bed and the tape had already been taken when the swap happened. I frowned, then hit rewind. Xemnas said he found out a couple of hours before the swap, so the tape couldn't have gone too far back (in fact, it stopped at 3:14), and at that point I hit fast forwards. I watched time pass by quickly, first passing the time of the swap, 7:23, and at almost exactly eight I saw something moving on the screen. I hit play, and watched as a figure took a seat in the chair I was sitting in now, before bending down under the desk (I didn't look what was there, those were the recording devices used to produce the films). The figure make a stack of tapes on the desk, then picked them up and carried them out of the room, finally giving me a chance to see his face.
"So Xager took the tapes…" I muttered to myself.
"You called?" It was needless to say, I was shocked. I prepared to draw my sword. "Not even going to listen to me, huh?" He asked, and I turned the chair. He was leaning against the wall, well away from me with his arms folded across his chest. I glared.
"What do you want?"
Xager laughed for a second, then unfolded his arms. His left arm extended towards me, in his hand a tape. "I want to make a deal."
Yeah. I can be evil when I want to. We finally complete another rotation of writing, and I leave you with this.
And yes, I know this was short, but I didn't have a lot to write. Nothing happened in the hour I spent searching. I could have told you my decision on the deal with Xager, but what fun would that be?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this chapter and that you didn't find it too short in all it's 890 words goodness. See you next time!