Welcome to the first chapter of "Kingdom Hearts: Sanctioned Souls"! This is the sequal to "Shattered Souls" and "Bonded Souls". It IS the final part in my "Souls" series, and it is a chronicle of my OC Kyrie's adventures with Sora, Axel, and the rest of the cast. (but please, go and read parts 1 and 2, it'll be easier to follow the story)
So enjoy, and the first few chapters are going to be a bit slow since I am going by IMAGINATION ONLY. (yes, there will be some mentions from Coded and 3D, but they will be somewhat minor)
OCs (c) Me
Kingdom Hearts (c) Square Enix
The heart that fought on,
Even without its memories,
Still remained incomplete.
She traveled from world to world,
Gaining lifelong friends and a soul who would come to love her.
But how long will this happiness last?
Her empty tears still echo,
Even with her destiny inching ever closer.
How long will she go without her past?
Will she survive long enough for this duty to be done?
Or will one man's darkness consume her?
Only time will tell…
All was quiet as I walked down the gravel road, my schoolbag clutched tightly in my hand as it rested at my side. School had just let out for the day, and all of the students were eager to get home as they flocked the roads and paths leading to their respective houses. My snow-white hair whipped a little in the coming ocean breeze, my bangs leaving the right side of my face for a moment as I walked home before falling back into place. I looked up and spotted a familiar figure ahead of me, before grinning. The girl had long, red hair and wore a uniform just like mine: a light blue and plaid plaited skirt with a white blouse and matching tie. I quickly raised my hand so that it hovered by my mouth, allowing my call to echo out.
"Kairi!" the person turned to reveal Kairi, one of my best friends. She smiled and stopped, waving to me as I walked briskly to her side.
"Hey, Kyrie!" she called, smiling brightly as I walked over. Once I got to her side, we just smiled at each other and giggled for a moment. "Can I walk with you?"
"Sure, of course you can." she answered, brushing her red hair back with her hand. With that we continued on, walking side by side as we walked home from school as we talked about various things from school to life at home. It had been nearly a year since I arrived at the islands, after the fall of Xemnas. The first few weeks on the islands were a whole new experience for me, Axel, Xigbar, and Demyx. School was an even newer experience, one that I enjoyed a lot.
I got to make more friends, but I always hung out with Kairi, Sora, Riku, Demyx, Xigbar, and Axel. Speaking of him; we are still going out, and we even went on a few dates since arriving here on the islands. Selphie often teased us and said that we were madly in love, but I didn't argue, because it was true. Of course, Demyx and Xigbar act like my big brother and uncle/father and are always spying on us. Leave it to Demyx to pick up on Xigbar's nasty habit. But I didn't mind, I loved Axel with all my heart and he felt the same.
"Hey, Kairi, Kyrie!" we both stopped and turned, spotting Selphie as she jogged down the path, trying to catch up with us. We smiled and waved as we waited for the girl to catch up.
"Hi, Selphie!" Oh yeah, I hung out with Selphie, Tidus, and Wakka a lot, too. We waited patiently for her to catch up, before continuing to walk home with her walking between us.
"Hey, you guys wanna go to the island? Tidus and Wakka are all wrapped up in their ball game, and won't go with me." she asked as we walked. Kairi shrugged her shoulders as she looked off to the side.
"Sure, I'll go. How about you, Kyrie?" I shrugged as well, Selphie looking over and waggling her eyebrows at me suggestively.
"Are you going to bring your boyfriend? I hope so. You two are so cute together!" she asked, squealing a little at the last part. I blushed brightly and looked down at my hands, not meeting her gaze. I wanted to bring Axel along, I always do. But it would be rude of me, with it being us girls.
That… and Sora and Riku were still off taking the Mark of Mastery exam. I turned my attention to the sky, remembering the day only weeks ago, when King Mickey and Master Yen Sid had summoned us to his tower.
I shifted uncomfortably as the King and Master Yen Sid explained to us what the Mark of Mastery was, and why we were taking it so early. My eyes drifted to the bookshelves and the windows, trying to calm myself down as they explained it to us.
"So how do we pass?" I heard Sora ask. Yen Sid was silent for a moment, before answering.
"You must go to these sleeping worlds and unlock their keyholes. These worlds are trapped in their dreams, as creatures as worse as the heartless attack. You and Riku will travel to these worlds and release them. As for you, young Kyrie-" I snapped into attention at the sound of my name.
"You can choose to go on this same venture as Sora and Riku, or you can choose to take the test differently. The reason why I give you this choice is because you are different, and that I know of your reluctance to come here." he explained. I paused for a moment before nodding, this was true.
"Yes…I was reluctant to come here. And there is something I have to ask…" I took a deep breath before continuing. "Do I have to take the Mark of Mastery? Are you sure that there's no other way? I mean…Kairi can wield the keyblade as well-"
"It is true that Kairi can use the keyblade. But, she has not had the proper training needed to wield the keyblade properly. You are the only other person besides Sora, Riku, and King Mickey who can wield the keyblade. That is why I implore you to take the exam." he explained. I was silent before nodding reluctantly. Ever since Sora and Riku told me that I had to come with them to meet with the King and Master Yen Sid, I felt a strange feeling in my gut. It was like something was telling me to not take the test, to back down. Like a me who wasn't me was rebelling. But it wasn't just that part of me who didn't want to take the exam, I didn't want to.
"So, which will you choose?" he asked. I was silent for a moment, before meeting his gaze. "What's the other way to take the test?"
"You would have to face King Mickey in combat. It is not a fight to win or lose, but to show that you have what it takes to become a master. Many keyblade wielders before you have chosen this method to pass their exams, so I am giving you the option to choose this path. Will you choose this path?" he explained, indicating the King who stood next to his chair. The King looked away from me, reluctant to face me in combat.
I was silent for a few moments, before sighing. I didn't want to go on another quest for the sake of taking this exam, I wouldn't know how long I would be gone. And Axel…I can't leave him waiting for me on the island like Kairi did for Sora. It would be too selfish of me.
"Well, since I have to…okay. I will face his Majesty in combat."
-End of Flashback-
Since then, I was able to pass the Mark of Mastery. Not surprisingly, King Mickey had managed to meet me in a tie, but Yen Sid saw that I was more than capable to wield the keyblade as a master. At least, in his terms. After that I returned home, everyone congratulating me on the passage.
But in reality… I didn't feel like I really accomplished anything. I still felt like something inside of me was rebelling, that it was angry that I even took the test. Truthfully, I didn't want to go on another adventure. I just wanted a life of peace, to be able to live life like an ordinary person with Axel, Demyx, Xigbar, and the rest of my friends.
"Uh, hello? Earth to Kyrie!" I snapped out of my daze and looked at Kairi and Selphie, who were giving me the strangest looks I have ever seen. "Uh, yes?"
"I asked if you were bringing Axel! Don't try and change the subject by staying silent!" she scolded, wagging her finger at me. I was silent for a moment before shaking my head.
"No, actually, I might just head home. Today's been a long day." I answered, flashing them a small smile as I did so. She pouted and Kairi nodded in understanding, like she was able to read my thoughts. I wanted to go, but I still had a fear of the ocean. I wouldn't even get on a boat to go to the mainland my first few days on the islands. Either Axel had to hold me so tight against his chest that I couldn't see the ocean or Demyx had to open a dark corridor for me to meet the others on the mainland. It was an embarrassing and unexplainable phobia, but thankfully no one made fun of me for it. We got to a fork in the road, one that led to my house and the other to the beach. I turned to them.
"Well, see you tomorrow!" I sighed, waving my hand. The two nodded and waved as well.
"Bye, Kyrie! Let's try and hang out tomorrow!" Kairi called. I smiled and nodded, before turning to go down the path. I quickly turned and started down my usual path home, bouncing a little in anticipation.
I wonder what Demyx, Axel, and Xigbar are doing? Probably fighting over dinner, like usual. Maybe they'll actually let me cook this time. I was about to continue down the path, before a sharp pain in my head stopped me. I raised a hand to my head, closing my eyes tightly as my head started to throb painfully.
"Kyrie…we must become whole. To see the memories of the world, that which we are missing. Call out to her, the one who has this piece of us. Call to her." a familiar voice called. But my head was throbbing so loudly, I could barely hear it. It was like someone was taking a rock or something and hitting me in the head with it over and over again. I felt a hand on my shoulder, but I couldn't tell who it was.
"Kyrie? You okay?" I heard Kairi ask as she held my shoulder. I wanted to answer, but I couldn't find my voice. Just then, I heard another voice echo inside my head.
"Huh? Who're you?" I felt the world spin around me at the sound of this new voice, before everything went dark. After a few minutes, I felt things shift underneath me, meaning that I was somewhere else. I was surrounded by nothing but darkness, my eyes closed tightly, I had no idea where I was. I wanted to open my eyes, but I was hesitant. I heard the voice spoke again.
"I said 'who are you'! Aren't you gonna answer? That's really rude, ya know!" it sounded like a girl's, maybe in her teens. I opened my eyes to find myself in a field of flowers, staring up at the bright blue sky. The clouds were passing overhead, puffy like cotton.
"Huh…who…am I? Who…are you?" I asked as I sat up, looking around at the scenery. I didn't see anyone else, but I could feel another presence here. I heard her laugh.
"Heh, I guess I can give you my name. My name is Miu, adventurer extraordinaire! I travel all over the worlds, helping out citizens when I can, and fighting off evildoers who seek for supreme conquest! …Or who just like to cause trouble. I love feathers, and have a massive feather collection. It's kinda funny, actually, because my name means 'beautiful feather'! So, what about you, what's your story? What do you like to do? How're we talking? Are we talking through our hearts? I think this is a dream, is it a dream? Well, c'mon, don't be shy!" she was talking so fast, I could barely catch some of it. After a moment, I scratched the back of my head as I felt heat rise to my cheeks and my heart hammer uncertainly inside my chest.
"Um…m-my name is K-kyrie. I, um, live on the Destiny Islands. I don't know how we're talking, b-but I think you're right. I… I think we're talking through our h-hearts, because you're speaking into my mind. I'm not sure if this is a d-dream, I was just walking home a few s-seconds ago." I answered, stuttering as I did so. Damn my shyness! All was quiet for a few moments, before she spoke again.
"Kyrie, huh? I've heard that name before…but where?" I heard her muse and hum for a moment as she thought, before she gasped.
"Wait, do you have white hair, one bang completely covering your right eye? Brown eyes? Wear a half-heart hairclip to keep some of your hair out of your face?" she asked. I nodded.
"Y-yes, I do. Why?" I asked, confused. She knew my name?
"Ah-ha! I knew it! We met once in Hollow Bastion, remember? You bumped into me! Well, I bumped into you but details, details! Remember?" I thought about it for a moment, before it hit me. The girl with the auburn hair, blue eyes, and freckles. But how did I remember her? We only met once, and it was by chance.
"Oh yeah, I do r-remember." suddenly, a figure began to materialize in front of me, and within moments a girl with auburn hair, blue eyes, and freckles appeared. She was still dressed as oddly as before, and feathers were braided into her hair and attached to the hilt of her sword. One strand was curled up, sticking out like an antennae, like before. She blinked, finally able to see me, before she held her gloved hand out to me.
"Wow, I can finally see you! Hmm… you look kinda different, but maybe it's because of the clothes. Anyways, nice to meetcha!" I nodded as I took her hand.
"Yeah, n-nice to meet you, t-too." we stared at each other for a few moments, before she pulled her hand back and scratched the back of her head.
"Y'know, I feel like I know you. But that can't be right, I've never met you before! Well, except back in Hollow Bastion, but when we met then I still had the feeling like I knew you. Funny, huh?" she laughed embarrassingly. I nodded in agreement, I felt like I knew this girl. But I don't remember her appearing in any of my dreams, so…how did I know her? Suddenly though, everything began to fade away. I felt my body sinking into the ground, as a mist flowed in and obscured her figure.
"Hey, wait! We're you going? Come back!"
"Ah!" Kairi cried in alarm as the white-haired girl suddenly collapsed without warning. Selphie gasped as she turned back and approached them, not sure exactly what was going on. Kairi quickly knelt down beside the unconscious girl immediately, pulling her head into her lap before turning to Selphie.
"Selphie, go and get Axel and the others! Hurry!" she exclaimed. The girl nodded and turned to run down the path, leaving the two behind.
She ran and ran until she reached a cream-colored two story house, before throwing the door open and running inside. She ran into the living room, where sure enough, three men sat, arguing about something or another. They stopped though when she ran in, panting heavily as she tried to catch her breath. The tallest of the three- who had spiky red hair, green eyes, and purple tear-drop shaped markings on his cheeks- raised his eyebrow at her as he got to his feet, the other two following suit.
He was dressed in khaki pants, a white jacket with no sleeves and huge brown pockets with brown lining, a yellow and brown keffiyeh sticking out of the red tank top from around his waist, a black tank top underneath the red one, and a chain hanging out on the right side of his waist. The man, Axel, blinked at her in confusion before crossing his arms in irritation.
"Selphie? Don't you know how to knock? What's going-"
"K-Kyrie's…in…trouble! She just…fainted! We don't know how, but-" she explained urgently, panting heavily as she did so. The man's eyes widened and within seconds he was out the door, not even questioning which direction the girl was. The other two men- Demyx and Xigbar- looked at each other in concern before following after him, with Selphie running behind them.
"Kyrie!" Axel thought as he ran, following the path knowing that she would be somewhere along it. He quickly reached the fork in the road, where Kairi and the unconscious girl were. She looked at him in worry as she cradled the girl's head in her arms.
"Axel!" she exclaimed as the pyro knelt down next to the girl, looking her over. He was silent for a few moments, before scooping her into his arms and getting to his feet. He was running on pure adrenaline, and instinct told him that she didn't faint from exhaustion or hunger. It was something else entirely different.
Demyx, Xigbar, and Selphie had just caught up with the man before he turned, meeting their gaze. They could see the worry burning in his eyes, and took a few steps back, fearing he would torch them.
"C'mon, let's get her back to the house."
Axel was silent as he watched over her, sitting on the edge of their large double bed. It had been a few hours since she had gone unconscious, and hadn't stirred once. He reached out and brushed her bangs back, before cupping her cheek.
"Kyrie…" he whispered, feeling the worry eat away at him as numerous worst case scenarios flashed through his mind. He heard her sigh softly as she began to stir, her eyes fluttering open as she gazed around the room. She didn't know where she was for a moment, and looked around in confusion.
"Huh? Where am I…?" she thought as she looked around. But a hand on her cheek made her turn to Axel as he leaned over her, concern and relief burning in his emerald irises.
"Hey, you okay?" he asked softly as he stared down at her. She nodded as she reached up, placing her hand over his. She smiled.
"Yes…I'm okay." she answered. He smirked a little before a frown took its place. "What happened? Selphie came to us running like a bat out of hell, only to tell us that you had passed out." he questioned. The girl was silent for a few moments, before shrugging.
"I'm…not sure. I think…it was a dream. But it was so strange…." she mumbled. He was silent before shaking his head, making her sit up as she blinked at him in confusion.
"Whatever, it doesn't matter. You're okay, that's all that matters. Got it memorized?" he joked, tapping his right temple as he did so. She giggled as he leaned in, capturing her lips with his. She blinked at him owlishly, her cheeks flaring crimson, before closing her eyes and melting into the bliss. After a few moments, the two parted, her blushing brightly and him smirking mischievously at her. He quickly stood, helping her to he feet as he did so.
"C'mon, the others are downstairs eating dinner. And to be brutally honest, I'm famished!" he added in his usual joking tone. She nodded and grasped his hand, the two walking out of the room and down the stairs to meet the others. But one thing still lingered in her mind.
"Was that…a dream? Or…was it something more…?"
Ooooh, who WAS that auburn-haired girl? Lol, just kidding. ...What? Don't look at me! You'll just have to wait and see!
These chapters are going to be updated slower because of life, so don't expect them every other day. (probably every other five days or something. Depends.) So I hoped you enjoyed and please...