It had been two years since he had seen any of his friends. Two years since he had failed that Keyblade exam. The very one HE had passed.
meaning every word he spoke. He was proud of him. He would always be proud of him. No matter what.
"So why do I feel so…down?"
A hand combed through brown spiky hair in silent frustration. His black and silver baggy clothes gently laid in the caressing embrace of the sandy shore, the salty sea air gently rippling through the cloth as it defied against it. He scowled at the cooling of the night air (Though some would argue that it was pout). Wait. Night air? It was night?
He arose from his comfortable spot propping himself on his arm as he took stock of his surroundings. A groan escaped him as he noticed that it was indeed becoming darker as the seconds ticked by. The soft hue of the sun slowly dipping behind the horizon, taking with it its warmth.
"Have I been here all day?" He asked the question, though he already knew the answer. He has in fact been here all day. Just like he was yesterday. And the day before. He seemed to becoming here a lot lately. Another sigh escaped his lips and he lifted himself off the now cooling sand, dusting the particles off his shorts and jacket. "Where else is there to go?" He whispered.
The boy turned his attention to a set of boats, laying along the beach edge, just out of reach of the water's embrace. He had to get home. He took a stepped toward the boat, but then hesitated, looking up at the sky as he did so. It was getting late. The sea would be a little more dangerous at night. He found that out the hard way when he was oh so young. Shuddering at the memory he turned away and looked back inland.
"I guess I can sleep here for the night…again." He chuckled lightly. It wasn't his first night here, having done it all the time when he was growing up with Riku. A sigh escaped his lips once again as he remembered his childhood friend. A wave of emotion silently hit him. He couldn't quite place it but he knew he didn't like it. Shaking the semi-fond memory from his head he turned his attention to a large tree, holding a simple house in between its branches. It wasn't anything spectacular, but to him and his friends, it was a home away from home.
The boy trekked through the sand slowly, deliberately, before finally making it to the simple ladder that lead the floor of the one room tree house. As he climbed the ladder his mind began to wonder. How was everyone doing? Donald and Goofy? Are they doing well? They better not be in any serious trouble. King Mickey? Heh. He can take care of himself sure enough. Kairi? He laughed lightly. Hard to believe that she's a Keyblader just like him and…
It had been some time since he had seen of any of them. In fact the last time was the day after Riku became a master Keyblader. The brow furrowed again.
Why did that annoy him so much? He was proud of Riku. He really was.
So why does it hurt so much?
Before he knew it he had reached the top of the ladder and was sitting comfortably against a wall, the elements of the night air barely effecting him as he leaned his head against the wall. As he closed his eyes his mind began to wonder once again. Riku was strong. Sometimes even stronger than him. He shook his head. "I had grown strong too. I even defeated Riku, even though he had all that dark power at his command." Anger began to trickled through his body as he remembered the past. "I defeated Xemnas and his heartless." His brow furrowed even deeper. "I saved countless worlds and defeated most of organization XIII." His teeth gritted. "I even sacrificed myself to release Kairi's heart." That test should have been a cake walk compared to everything else and yet…
I know what you're feeling…
Blue eyes shot open upon hearing the words echo around his being. It sounded so close and yet…so far away.
He kicked himself mentally. How cheesy was that line.
Getting to his feet he gave the room a quick scan before calling the voice out. "Who's there?"
Do you want to know?
Behind him? He quickly turned to find…nothing. No one at all. Someone was playing with him, and he didn't like it. He jumped out the door leading to the now thoroughly cooled sandy beach below. As he did the voice sounded again, this time far from where he was before, yet still so close.
Sora shuddered a bit. It knew his name. How did it know his name? Turning he could see a pale glow escaping the small hole leading to the Secret Place. Quick as a rabbit, the boy ran straight for an opening in the side of the cliffs. He navigated the small craves that was the opening for a few feet before coming to a simi-large cave. His eyes strained to the wall, eyeing childhood drawings he remembered drawing with his friends oh so long ago. His eyes softened a bit seeing his two friends in so many of the markings.
The voice startled him, quickly making him remember the reason he was there. Steeling himself he gave the room a quick scan, looking around only to find two doors against either side of the walls. Daydreams of the first day he gained his keyblade flooded his thoughts. That door…and that man…They were the start of his adventures.
Wait a second. That's not right. There was only one door in here before.
His gaze drifted toward the new closed opening. It was wooden, that much he could tell, but instead of deep brown the door glistened with pure white, almost as if the wood had been white to begin with. Beautiful crafted, the door stood at least six feet in length and upon its center was a symbol of a bright orange sun. It seemed to glow with its own natural light drawing him to look closer. A since of awe washed over his being as his bright blue eyes looked upon the bright white door.
"What?" He bleached as he pulled away for the door abit.
If you want to know…open it…
He gave the door an apprehensive look. Who, or what was this voice? How did it know his name? Where was it coming from? What was it talking about? It knew what He was feeling? How does it know when he didn't?
Sora bit his lower lip. I should just lock it. Lock it and be done with it.
Sora…Please…We want to help…I want to help…
He looked toward the door his face contorting in confusion, before a steely glint formed in the depths of his eyes. Closing them for a fraction of a moment to contemplate what he should do, he would open them once again, reaching for the golden handle that appeared just as he did so.
If he was going to do something stupid, he'd best do it right.
With a twist and a jerk the door flung open, pouring from his breach a pure white light. Sora barely had time to cover his eyes as it washed over him as well as over the entire room.
It lasted for only a second before fading out, leaving nothing but a empty room, with one lone brown door left in its wake.
"Spike! Where's that book!?"
A lavender unicorn, a starburst on each of her flanks, stood at one of the many bookshelves that had laced her library. Her deep dark purple mane that had a silver of pink whipped back and forth as her eyes frantically searched for the item of her interest.
A growl emanated from her as she turned to a pile of books on the floor. "I promise to Celestia, Spike, If you've burnet it like the last one-"
Purple claws raised up high out of the book jumble, within them an old think tome laid. It wasn't too long before purple aura enveloped it completely, lifting both the book and what could only be described as a purple reptile with green spines and eyes. Both creature and book levitated toward the unicorn, the former being placed onto her back while the latter, into an open pocket of her saddle bag that hung off of her.
Thank goodness Spike. I almost feared the worst for a second." The unicorn was responded with a roll of the eyes by the creature. "Right then," a check list appeared in front of her. "Book on night time constellations? Check. Plenty of paper on which to take notes on? Check. Annoyed purple dragon?" She looked behind her at Spike. He had a deadpanned expression on his face. "Check! Right then Spike. I do believe we are ready for the Star Gazing Celebration!"
"Tell me about it!" The dragon was practically bouncing on the unicorns back in excitement. "I can't believe that we are going to the first annual Star Gazing Celebration. We get to stay up late and watch as the stars dance in the night sky and everything!"
"Yep! And I get to be the first to create a whole bunch of night time party games! Like Star Dance Revolution! Or Star Light Tennis! OH! OH! I Know! Constellation Shuffle!"
Both the unicorn and the dragon were much too busy clasping a hoof/claw to their hearts to listen to listen to what popped out of a pile of books beside them.
It took some time before the lavender unicorn turned to face another mare, this one bright pink with a deeper pink curly mane and tail. On her Flank rested a trio of balloons, two blue one yellow.
Though she was giving the mare a stare that could cut through diamonds, all she saw was a unrelenting smile.
Twilight sighed deeply. "Whatever. Let's get going."
It took the Twilight, Pinkie and Spike little to no time to find the set meeting place to gaze at the sky. Upon doing so they were greeted by two other ponies. One, pure white unicorn with a deep purple mane and diamonds on her flank, and the other, a butter-yellow pegesus with light pink hair that obscured most of her face both smiled as they saw them coming.
The white unicorn waved a hoof at the approaching trio as they neared. "Yoo-Hoo! Over here Twilight, Pinkie, Spikey-Wikey!" Her voice, while difficult to pin-point in accent, was very lady like in manor. "We saved seats for you!"
Spike plopped himself next to the white unicorn, doing his best to steal glances toward the mare every change he got. Twilight set her bag down and sat on the beside of the pegesus. Pinkie was too excited to just sit still and opted to bounce around every pony.
"Can you believe it? I know I cant! We get to attend the Bar Hazing Collaboration!
"Star Gazing Celebration! How on Equestria?..."
The lavender unicorn was cut off as pinkie continued her rant, unfazed. "I can't believe we're gonna be one of the first ponies to see the dancing of the stars! Their gonna be all brighty and shiny and Sparkly! Hey! Oh my gosh! I totally get your name now Twilight!" She giggled. "Twilight Sparkle! Twilight Sparkle! Twi-mumph!"
A hoof forcefully stuffed an apple fritter into the pink ponies mouth simi-ceasing her ranting. "Ah Think they get it sugercube." And orange pony, one of bright blond hair twisted her head to the others and tipped her hat to them. Howdy Twi. Howdy Rarity. Spike. Fluttershy."
She let everypony (and dragon) greeted her in turn before speaking again.
"Hey Fluttershy, ya'll seen Rainbow anywhere? Ah can't find her for the life of me."
The butter-yellow pegesus nodded slyly. "Um…W-well…yes. That is I did see her. Not too long ago. She said she would be here shortly. She told me she had to clear some clouds in the northeastern part of ponyville."
Applejack deadpanned. "Wasn't she suppose to do that this morning? Ah swear that pegesus is lazier then a sack 'o' potatoes."
"Hey! I resent that!"
All heads turned to find a cyan pegesus hovering a few feet away her rainbow mane flowing behind her and a small smug smile on her face.
Applejack jumped to the forefront glaring at her with slight disdain. She was fully prepared to give her the full force of her irritation, but to his dismay the pegesus dashed past her plopping herself beside the white unicorn Rarity, comfortably resting her back against a tree.
Applejack rolled her eyes as she sat beside Twilight. "So Twi, what's all that there paper for?"
"Well," Twilight began, beaming brightly. "I'm going to take notes on the various dance formations of the stars. I'm hoping that with said data I can ascertain the perc-"
"Twi. You're the only pony I know that will take notes on a celebration." The glare Twilight gave Rainbow could cut steel.
"Come now Rainbow dear. How Twilight choses to spend the celebration is up to her." Rarity proclaimed with conviction.
Twilight smiled as Rainbow eye rolled.
"Oh! Oh! Look! Its starting!"
Everypony turned their head skyward as the pink party pony pointed a pink hoof upward. The stars, slowly, began to flicker at various degrees. As they did so, they steadily began to sway ever so slightly. It looked as though the sky itself was moving in unison. Soon, the stars changed color. Some red. Others blue. Green as well. Almost every color imaginable burned in the dark sky, creating a cascade of rainbow color.
And then…black. Only the soft glow of the moon shining on ponyville and other cities and towns.
"Hey! Is that it?" A voice called out somewhere nearby.
The answer came as the night sky exploded with stars, some glowing like a rainbow, others darting across the sky. All looking like fireworks in motion.
"Wow…" Applejack whistled. "Just…wow."
Rainbow was equally impressed as was the others, their eyes never leaving the night sky.
Twilight alternated between watching the spectacle and taking notes on every detail of the dance. "It seems Luna has been recovering nicely. It looks like she hasn't even been gone forever a thousand years at all." She leaned over to take up a cupcake when something strange caught her eye.
A star, or what looked like a star, was steadily growing bigger edging closer to the ground. Her eyebrow cocked and her head tilted at the strange sight. It wasn't long before she realized that the star was in fact heading for the ground, and if her calculations was correct…
She turned to call to the others but they had their eyes glued to the sky, the sounds of star burst drowning out the unicorn's voice.
Cursing inwardly, she turned her head back to the falling star just in time for it to silently hit the ground.
That didn't sound right.
She squinted her eyes. Where's the boom? There has to be at least be a rumble. She rose watching the light slowly flicker and then dim until it disappeared altogether.
She looked back at her friends, before looking back at the point of impact. Something…urged her to take a step forward. And then another. Another. And another.
Twilight bit her lip. If she was going to do something stupid, she had best do it right.
The lavender pony galloped as fast as her little legs would carry her steadily making her way to White Tail Woods.
Sora slowly, started to come to.
And he instantly regretted it soon after.
His whole body burned, as though it was on fire. He could feel every aspect of his being. His eyes closed tightly as he bent over, gripping his stomach in an attemp to pacify the pain. Needless to say it was all in vain.
He cursed the door.
He cursed himself.
He cursed Riku.
No. That did not sound right. Why would he do that? It wasn't his fault he was in pain…Was it? No. It wasn't/ But why then. Why did he?...
A voice! Someone is close.
He tried to call his voice catching in his throat. A fit of coughing and fresh wave of pain erupting all over him. His strength began to fail him more and more and he slowly began to slipped into unconscious. With one last desperate heave he raised his arm and called at the top of his lungs.
As he blacked out, he couldn't help but think about something that seemed very odd to him.
The summer night sky died down ending the first annual Star Gazing Celebration. A deep purple pony one of majesty and grace panted slightly as her horn began to dim slightly. Sweat tinkled down her brow, adding un undignified look to her form. Her usually flowing mane and tail hung limply in her tired state.
"I do believe…you over did it Luna."
Luna turned to see a slightly taller white unicorn with wings. Her mane, an ever flowing green blue, and pink, gave her just as, if not more, of and exotic feel.
"Thou said, Celestia, to make sure 'THEY' did not see him coming." Luna spat out.
"Be that as it may," Celestia began. "You over extended too much power, leaving me to make sure the night last." She pouted a little. "I rather enjoy my sleep."
"Cry thyself a river Tia." She looked in the direction of ponyville. "Are thou sure he can do it sister. He seems so young."
"So is Twilight." She slowly trotted up to Luna draping a wing over her. "My dearest sister, we have to believe. He has been recommended personally and I trust my friends judgment." A yawn from Luna caused her to smirk lightly. "Off to bed with you. Come on now."
Luna grumbled slightly at being treated like a child, though she relented none-the-less. As both sisters made their way inside, Celestia hesitated, straying her eyes to the night sky.
"I just hope we can help him before he is lost as well…"