This one takes place when Axel goes after Xion after Roxas leaves.

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Axel stumbled through the darkness as he pursued his friend. He wasn't physically injured…yet he felt as though his very core were infected. That empty place…the one where his heart should have been…it throbbed as if its missing piece were still there.

After the months' events…Number VIII couldn't be too dogmatic about anything. Perhaps he did have some sort of connection with his heart…for he could never so vividly describe a feeling. The sting of losing a friend…the nauseating fear for their lives…the tearing pain of indecisiveness…and the searing hatred of their enemies.

All of the feelings merged into a single, horrifying agony… a war within Axel's being. He felt like two forces were clashing within him…tearing him apart from the inside.

"My heart's a battleground…" Axel whispered before stepping out of the dark and into the blood red light of the setting sun.

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I didn't want to do another angst at first but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to reference Utada Hikaru's Sanctuary :). I hope you liked and please review!

I DO NOT OWN KINGDOM HEARTS OR WISHING-FIRE'S 100 THEME CHALLENGE