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"You're The Real One."

Vanitas remembered the first time he saw Ven after they were separated. It had been a approximately a week and The boy had been bound and wrapped in a thin fabric from the lounge. He wasn't waking up from the sleep, and His Master wasn't very happy with that. Nor did the man treat Ventus with care, he manhandled the comatose blonde with irritation clearly displayed his vexed expression. Vanitas remember reaching up to pet the cheek of the boy with careful precision.

But then stopping.

The boy looked so broken and weak in that bundle of white. Dead and alone. Suddenly Vanitas felt pain course through him, tears filled his eyes. Ven was going to die, his body were would be lost gorever. Vanitas is torn away from the stilled blonde, by his master's will.

"What will happen to him Master?" The man patted the boy dutifully on the shoulder, before turning toward the boy.  "What are you planning to do with him?" Vanitas looks onward to the castle doors, where a slight wind had just blown in leaves of various sorts.

"I will give him a proper place to die. At my homelands Destiny Islands, I expect this place cleaned for my return." Vanitas opens his mouth to say something, but the man waves his hand and walks straight through the dark void that appears. "Be good." Vanitas's legs buckle and he holds his hand out in desperation.

"Wait, take me with you!" No one responded, and the void of darkness closes before Vanitas can jump through.

The masked boy screams in frustration.

~•~•~

The windows are wiped.

The foyer is dusted.

The sheets are washed.

And the kitchen is cleared up.

Vanitas takes in the view of his handy work with pride. The floor was so clean. That Vanitas could see his reflection! The masked boy curiously leaned down and touched the floor right where his mask was. With no hesitation tbe boy pulls the mask off, and is greeted with a hellish sight.

He screams, and turns around to greet the monster behind him--- There is no monster to greet. Vanitas turns back to his reflection, in horror. His eyes weren't crystal blue like Ven's, his skin wasn't soft and leathery like Ven's, he didn't have a nose like Ven, he didn't have hair like Ven... He wasn't like Ven.

That made him angry.

He put the helmet back on, and went to explore the rooms upstairs, for the most part Vanitas had stayed near the foyer, awaiting his master's return, but now the boy was curious as to what was upstairs. The stairs creaked underneath his weight. He looked up at the childishness of Ven's chamber door just down the corridor.  The door was styled with decorative embellishments spelling V- E - N.

Vanitas opened the door and was quickly greeted by small trinkets and other items. With one over sized bed pushed into the corner. A chest and a dresser were all adjacent to the bed and a small, colorful yet overly fluffy rug greeted Vanitas by the door.  The boy walks to the bed, he lays down on it's soft cushioning. Maybe because he's curious as to what it felt like, or he was just tired.

Either way, Vanitas quickly falls asleep.

~•~•~

He wakes up to extreme pain. The type of pain, you don't wish on anyone. It's a gut wrenching pain, that makes Vanitas scream in agony. Was this what dying felt like? If so, does this mean Ven is dead? The question leaves a foul taste on Vanitas's tongue.  His face burned, like fire had just been thrown on his face. It burned so badly that Vanitas had to grip his mask and throw it across the room. It lands with a solid thump.

Vanitas runs to the restroom and leans over the sink to study his reflection. It takes a few mintues to take the humanoid face into account. It was a face, just not his face. "Is this a joke?" The boy's voice wavers, before he smashes the mirror over, and over again watching as his knuckles ooze blood. "That's not my face!" Vanitas cries out. He holds his head in his hands, and he remains like this in a catatonic state, at least until he hears the sound of his Master calling.

Vanitas is quick to jump to his feet and rush down the flight of creaky and otherwise broken stairs. It was almost like a sense of Dejá vū to the youth. A vague image of Ven rushing downstairs to greet Master Xehanort after a long day replayed in his mind.

These aren't 'his' memories... These are mine. 

"Master? Your back!" Vanitas chirpped, only to lose his zest when Ventus's glazed over eyes flickered over to him. The boy looks between the two, back and forth, back an forth. "Master, why is he still...Still... Alive?" Master Xehanort reluctantly reroutes his eyes to Vanitas. He looks  at the boy's new form. Taking in the darkened hair, sharp jawline and most striking of amber eyes. The man sighs through his nose, as he drags his finger across the surface of the walls. He found no dust.

        "He'll live, isn't that great?" Vanitas can feel his heart drop to his stomach, his eyes narrow at the bundle of white, and tuff of blonde. Something inside of him shattered and died. He summons a Keyblade, his Keyblade Wayward Wind.

         He brings an attack down on the defenseless boy without any mercy. Master Xehanort blocks the attack before it could deal real damage and shuns Vanitas. "What is going through your head boy?"

        "Move!" But the man does not. He refuses to. This only prompts Vanitas to revolt against his master, he turns the blade toward his Master with an ugly expression of betrayal.  "Now! Right now! I'll kill him myself" When the man doesn't budge Vanitas released a spur of uproarious rage. It grew and formed into a large creature. The boy backs away from the monster in fear. I made that? Yes...

The first personification of Vanitas' emotions is rage. Unburdened, unrestrained, pure---- Rage.

Xehanort makes quick work of the creature, it turns into dust and every drop of rage that embodied it's being flows back to it's orgin. Vanitas.  The boy withers in pain, he grips the sides of his head in confusion as a new spur of anger flows directly out of him. The boy attempts to raise his Keyblade once again, but the elderly Master pats Vanitas on the head as an affectionate gesture, The grip on Vanitas's blade grows limp and slowly the rage is replace by genuine confusion. The master kneels to Vanitas's eye level. The boy looks away

       Master is mad with you again.

He leans down and meets you eye to eye. His weighted golden glare ushers you into silence. He knows you're lying, you're grip on your arm increases until you nails draw blood, even then you refuse to let go.

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        "Why fight him now? When he's weak, When the time has come you two will battle... But only when the time has come." The man sighs and waves his hand to dismiss the boy.  "Take Ventus to his room and return to the training room I will teach you of these abilities," Xehanort grumbles aloud, his voice sounding like rolling thunder.

Vanitas wants to argue, but he cautiously reminds himself not to and takes Ven's hand in his own. He yanks the boy a little too hard as he, and pushes the blonde a bit too aggressively as he helps him up the stairs. He is Disgusting. Weak. You're superior in everyway. , Master obviously thinks having Ven around will be a nuisance. The pest must have woken up right when he was about to die. He won't abandon you, you're the real one.

You're the real one.

      Vanitas sets the boy down on the boy, making sure Ven wouldn't fall off the bed and hurt himself if he accidentally passed out, or something happened where he tumbled off the bed, as Vanitas turns to leave a hand latches onto his wrist. The boy snarls and hears Ven whisper something underneath voice, in a monosyllabic way, and rushed way.

       "What?" Vanitas hissed out. The boy struggles with his words, he gasps and pauses between them like it was painful to speak. "What is it!" The boy yells. Ventus can barely make out a small word, the weakness he expresses was  profound in a way. How can something be so weak? Put it out of it's misery! Save master the shame!

       Vanitas was about to indulge in his wants, but then the boy finally says what he needs to. "I'm... I'm sorry... Vani...Vanitas." The amber eyed youth is stunned by the apology, and comes to his senses. "I'm...Sorry," Ven repeats again. This apology calms the rage for now, and Vanitas affectionately rubs Ven's hair.

        "Go to sleep." He can see the light return to Ventus's eyes, before disappearing. 

         •~•~•~•

        Vanitas meets his Master as he promises. The training room in cold and uncleansed. It's so filthy that even simple movement makes the dust bunnies scatter.  He hopes they aren't here long --- or hearts forbid they actually train.

"Vanitas, " Xehanort breathes out, his eyes shut and relaxed. When  Vanitas stops approaching the older man, that was when the man decided to open his eyes dramatically. The man stares at the boy for a while before circling him.

"Master?" He questions silently.

"The helmet Vanitas." The youth lets his hands reluctantly curl around the helmet, he lets the helmet hang on his hip. Dark hair pours out of the helmet and Vanitas scowls, Master Xehanort is almost astonished by the boy's appearance.  Suddenly he withdrew his hand, as if the boy was too poisonous to touch.

"Those things... I... I don't know what they were Master... But I do know that I can summon a Keyblade, like I used to before... I was split in half." Master Xehanort wipes his glove off on his pants. This brusies Vanitas's ego, which makes him even more bitter. 

   "First things first, do you know what the X- blade is?"