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Chapter Two: Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden
Sora and his friends got into the Gummi Ship. "So, which world are we going to first?" Riku asked.
Sora looked down at the map of all the worlds and was surprised. "What?! No way!"
"What is it?" Kairi questioned.
"There's only one world that's not blocked!" Sora was disappointed, he had done so much work to unlock all the worlds before and now he had to do it all over again. He shook his head and grabbed the wheel. "Guess we're going to Hollow Bastion." The Gummi Ship flew forward.
Sora looked around Hollow Bastion, remembering the place very well. It was torn apart from the damage from before, though. "Well, at least it's not Heartless and Nobody infested like last time," Sora stated.
Donald turned away from everyone else. "I have to go visit my uncle and nephews."
"You have nephews?" Kairi asked.
Donald nodded. "Yep. Huey, Dewey and Louie."
"Who's your uncle?"
"Scrooge McDuck. Bye, you guys." Donald headed off in the direction of his family.
Sora looked ahead. "You guys should meet Leon and the gang."
Sora whirled around and saw a brunette girl with a pink shirt and skirt on standing there. "Hey, Aerith. Where's Leon and Yuffie?"
"Yuffie's at Merlin's. As for Leon, he left for some other world to find someone." Sora was confused, but ignored it. Aerith led them to Merlin's house.
"DANG IT!" Sora opened the door and saw a blonde-haired man with a cigarette sticking out of his mouth acting a little upset.
A black-haired, purple-eyed girl, Yuffie, shoved him aside. "Sorry, guys. Cid's a little, well..."
"Shut up, girl, and get off me!" Cid pulled away and walked off.
Sora shook his head. "Same old Cid."
"WHY, YOU OLD-" Cid shouted from another room. They could hear Merlin arguing with him. Yuffie slapped herself in the head and Aerith rolled her eyes.
"Anyway, Sora, we need a little help restoring the place since the blow."
"Don't worry, we'll help," Goofy said, Riku and Kairi nodding.
Yuffie looked at them and gasped. "Riku! You're okay!"
"Yep. Never been better."
Aerith then noticed Kairi and smiled. "I bet you're Kairi."
"Sora mentioned me?"
Yuffie pushed Aerith aside. "Girl, he never shuts up about you! That's all we hear out of Sora is ‘Kairi this' and ‘Kairi that'. Blah blah blah blah blah!" Sora started blushing and Kairi giggled a little.
Sora then remembered something. "Where's Cloud and that one girl who was looking for him? I forgot her name...."
"Tifa. Well, Cloud's kinda, well... still fighting Sephiroth."
Sora nodded, understanding. Sephiroth was the dark part of Cloud's heart; not exactly a Heartless or Nobody, though; and roamed free, trying to get Cloud to give into darkness. "If you see him, tell him we'll help him fight Sephiroth if he wants."
"I'll be sure to tell him," Aerith said. Sora knew Aerith would be the one to say that since she ‘liked' Cloud. And Cloud ‘liked' her back.
Sora's head started pounding again. "What...?" He then was knocked unconscious.
"Kapashnet! You're not evil! I know you're not!" a blonde girl exclaimed.
The brown-haired male was there again. "Seladina's right! You're our best friend! Hyrono might've given up, but we know you won't!"
A teenager with black hair came out. "I don't know what I am. I don't know if I'm... light or darkness."
"You decide for yourself! Don't let Hyrono tell you what to do! Darkness can't control you if you don't let it!"
"You're not darkness, Kapashnet! You're light, like us! And we'll defeat the darkness together! All of us!"
Sora awoke and found himself still on the ground. Everyone was around him, including Cid and Merlin.
"Don't overdo it, kid," Cid said. "You got guts. Don't waste ‘em." He patted Sora on the shoulder and left.
The old wizard looked at Sora, worried. "Oh my, Sora, do be careful." Merlin opened his spellbook. "Heal!"
Sora went back to his old self and stood up, Yuffie looking at him. "You okay?"
"Yeah. Where are the others?"
"They're already outside helping out. Even Tifa's helping." Sora walked out and helped clean up the place with his friends.
"Hey, Sora," Riku said. "Did you see anything that time? When you passed out?"
Sora thought. "Yeah. I saw a boy and a girl talking to this other guy about coming back to light."
"That's strange." Riku looked at the scenery of Hollow Bastion. "Guess we're done."
"Yep." Sora stared out into Hollow Bastion. He found it more peaceful than usual, and it seemed like it truly could be called its real name: "Radiant Garden."
He turned around to see a girl with long, black hair and red eyes: Tifa. Sora was a little confused. "I thought you went looking for Cloud?"
"I was, but... I looked everywhere and couldn't find him."
Sora shifted his weight. "Well, you can't give up. You have to keep-"
"You think I'd give up that fast?! Not a chance! I'm finding Cloud so I can show him where his light truly lies, and if you think I'm giving up, you don't know me very well." She walked away as Kairi, Donald and Goofy caught up with them.
"Hey, Sora, are you alright? You kinda fainted and-"
"Don't worry, Kairi, I'm fine."
‘Or are you?'
Sora jumped. The person definitely wasn't talking to him outloud; it was in his mind. ‘Who are you?'
‘Don't you recognize this voice? It's me, Roxas.'
‘So, you're Roxas!' Sora was a little excited about meeting his Nobody. Nobodies were creatures created from a person when their heart got taken out by a Heartless, and they had no hearts.
‘Uh-huh. And you're Sora. You know, ever since I found out about you, I wanted to know more about you. Now that I am you, I can. So, do you like that girl, Kairi?'
‘Well, yeah, she's my best friend.'
Roxas laughed. ‘That's not what I meant, but never mind.' Roxas' voice disappeared.
"Hey, Sora, look." Kairi pointed to a stone block floating in the air. Sora knew what to do. He pointed his Keyblade to the ground and a crown-shape appeared on the ground. Wind blew up in his face. A laser came out of the block and created a keyhole. Sora made a laser come out of his Keyblade, too, and unlocked the next world. Kairi looked at him. "What was all that?"
"It's how we unlock the keyholes to other worlds," Goofy explained.
"Yeah, and Sora never gets tired of it," Donald commented in a smart-alek tone. Sora hit him on the top of the head with his Keyblade. "Ow!" Donald rubbed his head as he watched everyone else get on the Gummi Ship. He soon followed.
Sora thought about what he saw when he was knocked unconscious. ‘That guy... the one they called Kapashnet. He kinda reminded me of... Riku.'
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