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Kingdom Hearts Celeste

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Am I dreaming?
I feel as though I'm falling, and there doesn't seem to be a end. Darkness is everywhere, I can't tell weather my eyes are closed or not. Where am I? How did I get here?
It doesn't take long before my feet touch what I assume to be the ground and immediately I am blinded by a light coming from below me. When the light seems to be less intense I open my eyes to look around.
Below me is a beautifully crafted mosaic. I can make out a spiky haired boy surrounded by the friendly faces of others portrayed in it. Some of the faces seem familiar to me, but I'm unable to think of why. Other than the light coming from the platform I was surrounded in darkness with no other hint of light anywhere.

Step forth, one who was chosen to wield the key.

A voice came from what seemed to be everywhere, and yet I had no idea what it was talking about. Not having any other options, I walked forward into a beam of light coming from above.

With this key, you have the power to battle the darkness. Take it and become a keyblade wielder.

In front of me appeared a key, but much different. It was long with a hilt which made it more blade-like than key-like.Although I still had no idea what was going on, my hand seemed to instinctively grabbed the hilt and pulled the weapon closer to me. I have never been fond of weapons, however I felt a real connection to it.

You will have to undergo many challenges on your journey, but do not be afraid.

Challenges? What does that mean? I spin around startled by strange noised coming from behind me. Shadows seemed to jump out of the ground and become living beings.
"What the-" I started, but was interrupted when one of the shadow creatures charged me and slammed into my side. I cried out and jumped back. What are these things? Why are they attacking me? I turned to run but discovered the circular platform I was on had a very steep drop. I can't out run them, there was no other option but to fight. Nervously, I took my weapon and shakily grasped it in two hands. Another shadow charged me, but before it could land a hit I swung the blade sideways, striking it which caused it to disappear with a poof. That wasn't that difficult, I thought to myself raising my confidence. It didn't take long for me to get rid of the other creatures, but I quickly became out of breath.

Don't be afraid.

The voice repeated itself giving me an uneasy feeling. I look around and realized my shadow seemed off. It grew bigger and bigger until it walked off the ground becoming real, exactly as the other creatures did. I can't fight this. I fell on my rear end when my legs gave way and began to move backwards.

Don't be afraid.

The shadow stepped towards me causing the ground to shake with each step, urging me to move faster. I can;t fight it, this thing would crush me. During my haste I was late to notice I have reached the end of the platform. Quickly I dropped my weapon and grabbed onto the side of the platform staring up at my shadow which gazed back at me with its lifeless yellow eyes, raising its arm preparing to strike.

Don't be afraid.

I can't do this. I'm scared. That was the last thing I thought before the hand slammed into me, and everything faded to black.

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I shot up from my bed in a cold sweat. "What was that?" I ask myself while trying to catch my breath. I never had a dream that intense before. I looked out my window while trying to collect myself. Outside was not much to look at, there's a building that looks completely identical to the one I live in. The window across from mine is shut to my surprise.
"I guess she's still asleep." I sighed. Throwing my feet around the side of my bed I grab my glasses off my windowsill.I tried prying my pajamas off my sticky skin with an annoying grunt. "Gross, I sweat this much?" I need a shower. Leaving my room I walk down the hallway to find the bathroom door locked.
"Occupied!" Called a deep voice from inside.
"Caleb I need a shower. Real bad." I added hoping he would understand how badly I needed it.
"You should have woken up earlier then. I'm about to jump in." He replied with a snort.
"Take a short one"
"No way sis, shower time is the only time I can sing without being booed."
"Weirdo" I retorted. Caleb is impossible to talk too, he never makes sense and finds it funny when I'm upset. "I just need five minutes. I'm all gross and sweaty." I pleaded.
The door creaked open, but before I could do anything a towel was flung out of the room hitting me right in the face.
"There, that should fix it." He laughed before he started the shower. I sighed in defeat and trudged back to my room. Caleb is my brother, only two years older than me. He likes to think he is funny when in reality, he's just a pain. Unlike the typical older brother he is far from responsible. He plays mean jokes on his siblings constantly. Pranks like telling us he was dying and could only be "cured" if he rested while we did his chores. My thoughts were interrupted by a tap on my shoulder, Startled, I squeaked and spun around to come face to face with my younger brother.
"Eren!" I breathed. "Don't sneak up on me!"
"I called you a few times but you didn't respond." My younger brother Eren responded. He was the same height as me, and yet I tend to overlook him. I don't mean to do it, It's just he's very quiet and doesn't have much of a presence.
"Oh, I'm really sorry. Did you need something?"
"Breakfast will be ready in five minutes." He answered.
"Oh, Ok I'll be there, thanks." I tried saying, but Eren was down the hall and out of site before I could finish. My brothers are strange, but at least that makes them interesting. I can't say the same about me, there isn't much to me at all. I'm Celeste, that's it.
I go back to my room and wipe myself down with the towel. I plaster on almost a whole container of deodorant before throwing on my school uniform. Farlwood High's uniform is a standered blazer style befitting of the prestigious high school. The pleated skirt went right to my knees and matched the grass green blazer jacket. Underneath was a white blouse and a grey neck bow. I suppose my most redeeming feature would be my hair. It was pitch black and fell to my hips in waves. My bangs were somewhat choppy and covered a majority of my face, which was how I liked it. I quickly ran a brush through it and ran out of my room and into the kitchen.
"Is the older one still in the bathroom?" My mother asks while setting up my part of the table.
"Yeah. I' ll brush my teeth after I eat." I answer while taking my place at the table. Eren and my father are already seated at the table and halfway through their meals. My father has a serious looking face which could not be concealed by his glasses. Judging by his suit he was going to work today. My father is a common businessman who tends to go away on business trips while my mother stays home as a housewife.
I start on my eggs, making sure I keep my eyes on the clock. At least I try too, until I am distracted by a whimpering at my feet. Storm, our corgi, was batting at my foot in hopes that that I would give him some of my meal. He's smart enough to know that I am not the only one who can't possibly say no to him. Looking around to check if anyone is watching me, I drop a small piece of sausage under the table to storms delight.
"You shouldn't spoil him like that." Eren scolds, not even bothering to look my way.
The only response I could come up with was a awkward laugh as I finished my meal. Caleb walks into the room shirtless in his uniform pants. He opened the fridge and grabs the milk carton, pouring it into a very tall glass.
"Don't you have baseball practice this morning?" Dad asks looking over towards the clock.
"Yeah, but I'm sore from yesterdays practice. What's the harm in missing one day of practice?" Caleb answers before he chugged his milk in one sitting.
"Its fine to miss one or two." Starts my mom. "But this is the fifth time this season. Why join a sport if you are rarely going to attend the practices?"
"I don't need to practice, I'm naturally a pro athlete." He replied flexing his arm muscles. Cocky as always, I wonder why his team still puts up with him. After my last bite I run to the bathroom and quickly brushed my teeth. I run my fingers through my hair trying to style it, although I know that the second I step outside the wind will mess it up again. Heading back to my room to get my socks and bag I am pleasantly surprised by a familiar voice.
"Hey Cel! Can I borrow your history notes? I forgot there was a test today. If I fail again I will be imprisoned to my room for all eternity." Right across from my window was Effies. We met about six years ago when she first moved to the apartment across from mine. I left my window open while I was reading a book series I really liked, when she called out to me saying that she liked it too. Since then we have been great friends.
"You say the same thing every test. Maybe if you took your own notes you wouldn't have this problem." I teased tossing her my notebook through the window.
"But when else will I have time to not pay attention?" She retorted with a huge smile on her face. Effie has always been an interesting character, personality and appearance wise. Her hair was a cotton candy blue, but you can tell from her roots that her natural hair color was black like mine. It was styled into a large bun on the top of her head, being held together by a pin with a pink flower on it.
"Do you wanna head to the arcade before school? The UFO catchers stocked up on plushies!" She sang bouncing up and down excitedly on her bed.
"Don't you have an entire chapter to memorize?"
"That's what all the other classes are for, duh. I'll meet you outside in a few minutes!" She may seem like a slacker, and for the most part she is, but surprisingly she is in the top 20% of students in the school. It is a mystery how she does it.
Quickly I pull on my socks and grab my bag rushing out of the room. "Seeya later!" I yell as I jumped into my shoes and went out the door without waiting for a response. Instead of using the elevator, I run down the stairs which tends to be faster since I live only live on the third floor. When the front doors open I am hit hit with a gust of wind, blowing my hair all over the place.
"You know if you tied your hair up that wouldn't happen all the time." Effie sighed while helping me hold down my hair.
"I don't know, I look weird when my hair isn't like this." I shrugged while combing my hand through my hair.
"Yeah you wouldn't want to show anyone your pretty face would you? Come on! I have a hairstyle I thought would look good on you for a while now. Please!" She begs already pulling two hair ties out of her skirt pockets. I wanted to protest but I know from past experiences that it is impossible to argue with her. I nodded slowly with a defeated sigh as she made her way behind me.
There was an uncomfortable silence for a few minutes, at least it was for me until I hear "I'm done!" Spinning around I look into Effie's pocket mirror to see what she did. My hair was pulled into two braids in the back of my head with some shorter parts of my hair pointing out. My bangs were pulled to the side of my face but I shake my head to let them fall back into place.
"I don't hate this." Was the nicest response I could come up with in such short notice.
"You look great, stop being such a downer" She pouted grabbing my arm. " Now come on! I heard the new plushies looks like moogles!"
"I have no idea what those are, but ok." I nodded, adjusting myself so my arm could loop around hers. If I could have anything, it would definitely be Effies seemingly endless amount of energy. She finds entertainment in practically everything. She even finds it in someone like me.

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"I cannot believe I used up all of my allowance trying to get a stuffed animal." Effie moaned pressing her face onto her desk. It was lunch time and she was still sulking about how she wasn't able to get any prizes at the arcade.
"I'm sure you could go buy that plush somewhere." I said trying to make her feel better.
"You don't understand!" She exclaimed sitting up and throwing her fist into the air dramatically. "The connection between a person and a toy they achieved with their own sweat and tears is far greater than the bond between a person and a store bought toy!"
"Ok ok I get it. Now please lower your volume, everyone can hear you." Looking around the classroom I could see that all eyes were on us, not that Effies outbursts were anything new. The group sitting next to us broke into small fits of giggles before they went back to their own conversation.
"Who cares if people can hear me, its not like I'm saying anything bad. Something like..." Effie started with an evil smirk on her face. "Celeste has a birthmark shaped like a heart on her---"
"Nonononononononono" I interjected, jumping up from my seat to throw my hands over her mouth. This time instead of just one group laughing at us, it was the entire class. "Jerk." I muttered under my breath.
"Sorry, sorry." Effie chuckled. "i didn't mean to be so loud. If you want you can yell one of my secrets. I don't mind!"
"Of course you don't mind, you don't have secrets." I said jabbing her in the arm with my elbow. "You tell everyone everything about yourself."
"I'm an interesting person, the world has the right to know."
"You are indeed interesting." I teased before we both started laughing. "I'm going to the restroom. I'll be right back." I said standing up and leaving the classroom.
Fairwood isn't a large school, there are only about 400 students total attending. There are two floors, the bottom one being for the freshman and sophomores, and the second one being for juniors and seniors. The cafeteria and gym are in a separate building, so It is usually easier to just stay in the classroom and eat there. Effie and I are currently sophomores at the beginning of the school year, and already we are having quizzes and tests thrown at us. I'm completely average when it comes to my scores, not great, but not bad either. In fact, once lunch is over we have yet another test to take. I let out a deep sigh as I walk into the girls bathroom. Once I finish I go over to the sink to wash my hands. Looking up at my reflection I notice there was a movement in the shadows behind me. A rat? Gross, I'll tell the janitor before a group of girls walk in and start shrieking. I turn the door handle, but it wouldn't open.
"What the?" I mutter to myself. I try wiggling the handle a few more times, even throwing my weight against it, but to no avail. "Hello? I've been locked in! Can someone help me?" I yell banging my fist against the door. I wait for a short while hearing nothing from the other side. This is really strange.
I turn around to look around the room that I am trapped in. There are four stalls that are perfectly aligned with four sinks. There are no windows anywhere, which means I cannot yell to anyone outside. When I took a step forward the shadow in the corner moved again. That can't be a rat, its way to big. But if it isn't a rat then what is it? Curiosity got the better of me and I shuffled over to where the shadow was. When I was about two feet from it I could make out what it looked like. It was on the round side and stood on two feet. It was about a foot tall with beady yellow eyes. The feature that stuck out to me the most though was that it didn't seem to have a mouth. Before I could react it jumped at me. With a shriek I fell to the ground throwing my arms up in front of my face in defense. "Stop it!" I yelled. I'm sure this thing doesn't understand English, but what else could I do?
The shadow creature turned around and went into what looked like a pouncing position. Is this thing going to keep attacking me? What do I do? I throw my arms up yet again in some kind of self defense. I close my eyes, expecting some kind of impact that never came. Instead I felt something heavy appear in my hands. Opening my eyes I looked down to see a strangely familiar object. It was a grey key, but it had a hilt and was as long as a sword. Haven't I seen this before?
"Keyblade." I said to myself. I can't explain why, but I know what this is called, and how I should use it. Directing my attention back to the shadow I see that it is not the only one. Hiding in the darkness of the room I could make out about a dozen more of them. Well I can't run, and no one seems to be coming to help me. I have no choice but to fight these things. Taking the keyblade into both hands I step back into a fighting pose that I took from a samurai movie. There are so many of them though. I don't think I can do this. I have to though, these things could kill me. Shakily, I run up to the creature closest to me and use the keyblade to bash it on the head like a whack-a-mole. The creature vanished upon impact giving me a little more confidence. It's a game, just pretend this is a game I told myself. The next few minutes went along the same way. I would awkwardly swing the keyblade around hoping that I was lucky enough to hit something. After hitting what I think was my eleventh one I fell to my knees out of breath. Looking around I don't see anymore of them, but for all I know they could be hiding. I let go of the keyblade before it vanished into thin air, much like the creatures did.
"What's going on in there!?" I jumped when I heard a deep voice yelling from outside the bathroom. A few seconds ago It was completely silent but now I could hear a large crowd of people from the other side of the door. With a large bang the door flung open revealing the P.E. teacher as well as a herd of students pushing and looking over each other in order to see what has transpired.
"Thank you." I breathed. "I don't know what happened. The door was stuck then---"
"What on earth!?" He yelled storming into the bathroom. "Young lady you are going to the main office right now." At first I was confused, until I looked around the room. The mirror was completely shattered and broken shards we in the sink and sprawled all over the floor. The trashcan was still slowly rolling on the ground spilling out all of its contents. The doors to the stalls were bent and obviously beaten.
"Wait a minute. This isn't my fault. I swear!" I pleaded running up to my P.E. teacher. "There were these shadows and I was attacked, I was only defending myself!"
He shot me a disgusted look before grabbing my forearm. "Save your nonsense for the principle and your parents. Here I though you were just some shy awkward kid. What on earth possessed you to make you do this?" Dragging me out of the room he continued to yell, not allowing me to get a word in otherwise.
"Celeste?" I hear from behind me. Effie was shoving her way through the stream of kids giving me a look full of confusion.
"Please believe me." Was all I could mouth to her before I burst into tears.

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The next few hours was a blur. My parents and parents and teacher were all called into the principles office to discuss my "actions". There were many questions asked but no matter how many times I answered they wouldn't believe a single word I said. In the end, it was decided that I would be suspended for a while, to give them time to figure out what happened and what would be done with me. The only time someone talked during the ride home was when dad told me I was grounded. I'm sure they're disappointed and confuse but neither one of them lectured me.

When we got home Calab and Eren were on the sofa watching Tv, as soon as I entered the room Calab felt the need to open his big mouth, "Sooooo, what did you do at school today sis?" He laughed.

To my relief it was Eren that shot him a murderous glare. "Shut up" He snapped under his breath. Before anyone else could speak up I ran to my room slamming the door behind me, finally able to gather my thoughts in solitude. What even happened today? I had a weird dream. The bathroom door wouldn't open despite not being locked. Creepy monsters attacked me and a giant key appeared in my hands. This couldn't be real I have to still be asleep this is like some video game plot, this isn't my life. But it was real, and my mind keeps going back to one thing. "keyblade" I muttered to myself.

"What's a keyblade?" Startled I jumped and turned around to see Effie looking at me though the window of her room with a concerned look on her face. I must have left my window open this morning, I'm not in the mood for talking, but I don't want to worry Effie anymore than I already have. "Cel, you can talk to me. You know that." She said in a serious tone when I failed to reply.

Immediately when she said that I felt like a dam broke inside me. The dream, the shadows, the keyblade. Once i was done talking I realized nothing I said made her understand my situation, it only confused her further.

"you've been really stressed out lately." She said slowly.

"You think I'm crazy?" I asked in disbelief.

"No no no no! Of course not!" She exclaimed shaking her head. " I mean, It's just, shadow creatures? Those only exist in horror stories or video games. You were the one who always used to tell me monsters and ghosts don't exist, its sad but they don't. Now your saying they attacked you? Maybe your mind was playing tricks on you, if you see those things again they wont hurt you just ignore them. If your still paranoid stay close to me, I won't let anything to happen to you Cel you know that."

"Ignore them!? You saw the restroom they were trying to hurt me, kill me even! Was I suppose to sit there and take it? I felt them Effie. They touched me. They wanted to hurt me. If I let them go they could have hurt you!" I was getting angrier with every word I said, the last ting i needed today was my best friend accusing me along with everyone else. I thought of all people she would believe me.

"I still don't understand how you did that much damage to the bathroom. Have you been going to the gym without me? Hey now they'll have to renovate it so I won't be disgusting anymore! Yay!" Effies attempt at joking wasn't exactly going well with me.

"I told you I wasn't the only one there, and I had a weapon!" I already told her all of this but obviously nothing was getting through to her.

"No one found a weapon. You said it was a ... keyblade? Seems kinda lame for a weapon, well can you show me? Still sounds neat." She offered.

" It disappeared, I-I dont know how to call it back it just kinda shows up when I need it." I was practically hysterical at this point. Why does no one believe me. She's pretending she does but shes just taking pity on me. I just need one person, can't I have just that?

"Celeste calm down, please. I'm not trying to upset you." She pleaded obvious uncomfortable with the direction this argument was going.

"Why don't you believe me?" I screamed at her finally reaching some sort of breaking point.

"How could I believe such an insane story!?" She yelled back at me. Without another word I stormed over to my bed and slammed the window shut and pulled down the blinds. I could hear her calling for me, apologizing, but I was done arguing. I've never come up with insane stories before, why would I start now? A few minutes passed and I finally took a breathe after I heard her window shut as well.

Effie and I have had out fair share of arguments before, but nothing to this extreme. Usually I ended up giving into her and apologized because I was too soft spoken to be assertive. My behavior just now surprised both of us. I suppose its because of what happened. I jumped onto my bed throwing the covers over my head. I can understand what Effie was trying to tell me now that I had the time to calm down a bit. Of course what happened is hard to believe. I'm sure if the situation was reversed I would have reacted the same way. But why did this happen to me? I have a thousand questions, maybe even more than that, but I'm also exhausted. I'll start my search for answers tomorrow. I' ll also apologize to Effie of course, she didn't deserve that. I began to reach for my lamp, but ultimately decided I would rather sleep with the light on tonight. Instead I placed my glasses on the nightstand next to me. I went to sleep so fast I don't even remember my head touching the pillow.

This night wasn't nearly as excited as the one before. Tonights dream was kind of like a slide show. There were pictures of people I have never seen before in my life. The first was three friends on a beach all gazing up at the stars. The next was a different group of three sitting atop a tall clock tower eating ice cream as they watched the sunset. Finally the third group, also in thirds were exchanging gifts atop a beautiful hill yet again gazing at the sky. All the other images seemed to tell either a single story, or multiple stories that were all intertwined. Although I have never met these people in my life before, i could feel a connection with them, I felt as if these strangers were important to me. The last image was one of two boys, smiling and holding their arms out welcoming me. I tried to grab onto their hands but I suddenly awoke to the sound of the front door being shut. This dream was a much happier one, I didn't realize I was smiling until i went to wipe the sleep out of my eyes. Although there was no sound in the dream I think I have a pretty good idea of what it was about. A battle between light and darkness, a story of friends ripped apart from each other and fight in order to return to a more peaceful time.

I moved the curtain slightly so I would sneak a peak at Effie's window. it was shut and there was no sign of her being in her room. She probably left for school already. Grabbing my glasses i slid out of bed and slowly walked to the door, trying to figure out if anyone was else was up and about in the house. Calab and Eren must have went to school and dad is off to work. Walking into the kitchen I notice a note on the kitchen table that mom left for me along with breakfast.

Celeste,
I'm going grocery shopping for a bit. I'll be home for lunch so please behave while i'm gone. Love mom.

I was starving, because of all the commotion yesterday I never had the chance to eat after lunch. My stomach growled at the very thought of food. i wolfed down my eggs and toast hoping to feel better afterwords. Placing my dishes in the sink I realize the uneasiness in my stomach wasn't hunger. i need a distraction. Flopping onto the couch I turned the Tv on and began flipping through the channels. I'm not a huge fan of Tv, the only thing I really watch is cartoon and those don't play during school hours so I guess I'm stuck with the news. After about half an hour of weather and "touching stories" they began to cover a more serious subject.

"There has been a string of disappearances in the Farlwood area as of late" the normally perky news lady sudden became very serious. "Four Highs choolers, seven elementary school students and three adults have been filed as missing just yesterday and rumor has it that there have been today. Please be careful when going outside and stay tunes for more information tonight at 8. Back to you Jason." before the next part began I shut off the TV. How did all of those people just suddenly disappear without anyone knowing what happened to them? Will Effie be alright?? We always walked too and from school together, but today Effie was alone, something bad could happen. Shaking my head I stood up, dropping storm who was peacefully nestled on my lap onto the couch. She' ll be fine, shes strong and confident and most importantly not an idiot, she'll be fine. I hope.

While pacing the living room the doorbell rang. Whoever it is can come back later I'm not dressed and I'm in a terrible mood. Not even a minute later the doorbell rang again. Then again. And again. And again. What the heck do they want? Minutes went by and the bell continued to ring nonstop. Feeling the last of my sanity dripping away I decided to at least see what they wanted, it better be urgent.
"Wait a minute!" I yelled walking to my room. I threw on some old jeans and a white shirt with flower decal printed all over in. Not wanting to be utterly disgusting I quickly brushed my teeth and hair and ran to the door. "Who is it?" I asked looking through the small hole in the door. I'm not stupid enough to open the door to total strangers when abunch of people have been going missing.
"Uhhhh" I hear a deep voice say. "We are your classmates from school!" I wasn't able to see very through through the tiny hole, but i could make out two figured who I assumed to both be male.

"Which classmates?" I didn't talk to anyone for the most part other than Effie, even if they actually are my classmates I probably wouldn't recognize them.

"My name is Orin and this is my buddy Quinn!" He exclaimed introducing him and his friend.

"Hey" The other boy Quinn said.

Neither of them sounded familiar but I can't say for certain they aren't my classmates. But there was no way I was letting them in here unless they gave me more information than just their names.

"Why did you come here? It's during school hours." Maybe they're in the school newspaper or something. They could want an interview with the famous psycho who destroyed the school bathroom. If that was the case then there was no way they were coming in.

"We just want to talk to you about yesterday" Orin explained. Called it, I didn't need this, I will not explain myself again if no one is going to believe me.

"Go away!" Was the only response I was able to muster. It came out more aggressive than I intended it to be but I didn't really care.

"Come on please? We want to help you." Orin pleaded."

"No, just leave me alone."

"it's about those things that attacked you" Quinn stated calmly. "We know what they are."

What? They know about the creatures? Effie was the only student I told about it, so how did they know? She's talkative but she would never spread rumors, especially about me. I really don't want to let them in but they could be the only people who could tell me what happened. I can thing of so many bad things that could happened by letting two strangers into my house, but I am going to do it anyway. Without a word I unlocked the door and nudged it open just enough so I could get a good look at the two.

One was very tall, maybe over 6 feet even. He was wearing a very unusual outfit, formal pants and a shirt along with a long light purple tailcoat with many details of starts and moons all over it, reminded me of a magician. His most striking feature was his soft pink hair that went to just above his shoulders, I never thought pink hair could suit a boy so well but clearly I have been wrong.

The other was slightly short than the first one. The striking green eyes and red hair reminded me of an apple. He wore faded jeans and an our of season dark green jacket. His shirt had paint stains on it, the most noticeable was the large on on the front of his shirt that looked like a spade.

Neither one of them to my school, they stand out way to much. With a sigh I open the door all the way moving to the side allowing them passage in. Maybe they can help me, and maybe they can't but I'm still going to take that chance. I need answers.

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For a very long time the apartment was filled with silence. We sat in the dining room, the two strangers sitting right across from me. I would talk first, but I am unable to think of how to start such a weird conversation. The boys seemed like they were thinking carefully of what they were going to say as well. Well, they need to start soon... if my mother comes home while they're here I don't know how I would explain this.
"Soooo....." I start trying to move things along. "What did you want to talk about?"
The two exchanged glances before the pink haired one finally spoke. "Hello!" Once again my name is Orin and this is my partner slash BFF Quinn. I'm really sorry, I did kinda lie about attending your school. But, we really do need to talk to you!" while he spoke he moved his hands vigorously as if they were dancing to their own tune.
"Well what is it?" I asked playing with my hair. I didn't mean to sound so aggressive but it was the best way I could think of to hide how nervous I was. Orin seems nice, although this could be some sort of act.
"Those things that attacked you are called heartless." Quinn began placing a strange card like object in the middle of the table. Before I could ask what it was he tapped his finger onto it which caused a light much like a projector to shoot out of it, showing all kinds of strange images. I haven't heard of any kind of new technology that were capable of something like this, but that wasn't what was currently important. "That... those are the things in the bathroom!" I exclaimed. During the struggle I wasn't about to get a very clear picture of them, but I am 100% positive the creature in the bathroom are the ones in the pictures they re showing me. Small shadow like creatures with beady yellow eyes.
"Heartless" Quinn repeated. "Are creatures of darkness. They come in many different forms, you experienced the most common as well as one of their weaker forms." As he spoke the pictures would change and went through different variety of creatures all looking worse than the one shown previously. Some were small and actually kind of cute while others seemed to be giant and terrifying. Some with wings others with tails, the only common factor being their dark coloring which makes it easy for them to blend in with the darkness. "They're emotionless beings with evil intentions. They can reach inside a person and steal their heart" He continued. The next picture showed just that. A man frozen in terror as a heartless dug his claws into his chest. "Those hearts create new heartless the bodies of the victims then in-turn become nobodies." The next image was a tall thin grey human shaped being that moved in a ominous swaying motion.
"Wait wait wait" I interjected waving my arms out in from of me. "Heartless RIP OUT peoples hearts?"
"Yes"
"And they use those hearts to create more of them?"
"Yup!" Orin replied with a big grin on his face. "But our job is to make sure this doesn't happen and to protect people!"
"The heartless hasen't been the only strange thing that has happened in your life recently right?" Quinn finally interjected, pushing his chair up and standing up.
"Well, um. No. I was able to protect myself with this giant key thing." Out of all the strange things that were said in the past few minutes for some reason that stood out to me as the strangest. As soon as I was done speaking Quinn held out his hand gripping the empty air in from of him. Before i could ask what he was doing a light gathered in his grasp leaving behind a weapon. His key was drastically different from the one I used. His barely looked like a key actually. Quinn held a giant paint brush, the hilt was a wooden board that artists would use to separate their colors, escept there was a spot cut out in the middle giving him easy access to grab onto the weapon.
"This is a keyblade." Quinn explains. "Not that many weapons can be used against the heartless and nobodies. Normal ones like simple swords of guns will not even scratch them. The keyblade is the most effective way to dispose of them, and you have one as well."
With a flash Orin revealed his keyblade, it looks like the sky. The blade was a crescent moon with a sun trapped inside. Chains wrapped around the keyblade with purple diamonds handing from them. "All keyblades are different in both appearance and abilities. Only the one who deemed a keyblade wielder is able to hold it. If you gave it to your mom or dad for instance it would go right back to you. You, me and Quinn are all wielders and one day when we become more skilled we will be Keyblade masters!"
"Keyblade wielders? Me too? Us?" I stuttered. I really did not like where this conversation was going.
"Yeah you have one too don't you? Try calling it. Put your in the air and and your eyes. Visualize it." I crossed my arms in a form of silent protest, But Quinn stared at me uncomfortably until I agreed to try It at least once. With a loud exaggerated sigh I closed my eyes and held my arm out in front of my mimicking them. Jeez I feel like a doofas. I tried to visualize the silver key they appeared before. Not even a second afterwords I feel a weight in the palm of my hand. I open my eyes and look again at the keyblade that is apparently mine.
"See?" Orin exclaimed coming closer to look at it. "It is a very plain and simple one, but it is defiantly a keyblade."
"Well it does tend to reflect its owner. " Quinn stated laughing abit under his breath. Orin quickly elbowed Quinn in the side, so hard it made me flinch causing Quinn to cry out in pain.
"Your keyblade is just fine it isnt about the appearance anyway. Its how you use it." Orin reassured.
"but... I dont want to use it." I said in an almost whisper putting the keyblade down on the table.
"What? Why now?" Orins face quickly changed from happy go lucky to concerned mother. "Thats the main reason we came here. To take you back with us so you can begin your training."
"Back with you?" I asked raising my voice. "I dont want to. Just because I have this thing dosent mean I have to use it. I'm sure this is some kind of mistake, I don't fight anyone of anything nor do I want to. I don't want to leave I am perfectly content with my life here." I'm sure it was difficult to understand me. I got so flustered I began to trip over my words. I wasn't even sure if I was making sense anymore but at this point I dont really care.
"Don't worry! Quinn and I would be with you the whole time." Orin nudges Quinn hoping his friend would contribute to his case. "Plus you would be helping people. Saving lives. Lots of Lives!"
"Why do I have too? I'm sure you two can save the world without me. I wouldn't be good help anyway you don't want me."
"But it isn't just this world thats in danger! There are hundreds, maybe even thousands more out there all brimming with life. The heartless are a threat to all worlds."
I am sure almost anyone else would be so excited or shocked to hear that there are other worlds with life on them, but I was not. That piece of knowloadge simply made me more confident with my answer. "I never asked to know that and those other worlds have nothing to do with me. " I stood up and stomped towards the front door "My answer is please leave." For a silent few seconds the two went from staring at me to each other. Before i was able to repeat myself Quinn and sighed and walked towards the door.
"The two of use can't protect everyone by ourselves." He started as he walked through the frame of the door. "At the very least, think about your friends and family" And with that , he was gone, along with Orin tailing behind him. The second they were out the door I slammed it shut. They didn't seem to be lying, but everything they said was so outrageous, how could it be true? But that could explain whats been happening. Kinda. Are the heartless behind the disappearances? Did all those people have their hearts stolen? What happens if they keep growing, if more and more people go missing?
Quinn and Orin can handle it. I don't need to worry. Suddenly, a very dreadful thought struck me. There were so many at the school, what if they get Effie?
"No way!" I said aloud trying trying very hard to make myself believe this would all be ok. School isn't that far away from the apartments. Plus that girl is tough. I'm sure she'll be ok. But.... what if she isn't? I paced around the room nervously picturing all kinds of scenarios, all extremely terribly and tear inducing. After a few minutes I stood in front of the door. I need to make sure she's ok, she would do the same for me. I put my hand on the doorknob, but something in my kept me from opening it. I was screaming at her hysterically last night. What if she dosen't want to see me? With a sigh, I let go and turn to escape back into the abyss of saddness that also happens to be my room.
"Celeste!"
The scream came suddenly and out of nowhere. Startled, I fell onto my knees looked around for where the cry might have come from. "That sounded like..." I whisper to myself hurrying to my feet. No longer debating with myself I ran to the door throwing it open and sprinting down the hallway not and making sure it was locked. "Effie I'm coming!"
The way to school is a straight uphill climb with not turns or curves. Walking usually takes 15 minutes, but since I was rushing it only took 5. The gate to the school was closed and all of the lifes inside are off meaning everyone has gone home for the day. I know I didn't pass her on the way here, we couldn't have missed each other. Maybe the yell was something my mind created, she could be safe at home right now. But maybe she isn't. There are multiple allys and stores on the way here. She could be anywhere. Not to mention the run here left me pretty exhausted. But I need to find her now, it is my mission. Gritting my teeth I turned to run back down the hill.
"Effie! If your here answer me!" I yell over and over as I went down allys and into shops, but no luck. Finally, when I got closer to the apartments I leaned against a wall in order to catch my breath. What am I so frantic for? She is probably at home right now and yet I have yet to check, and here I am running around a screaming like a crazy person. Finally, I decided it was best to just go to her house and wait for her.
I was only a block away from home when I heard the scream again, much clearer this time. "Help me!"
I jerked my head around to where the cry originated from. The allyway across the street. And that was defiantly Effie. I ran across the street not caring about the collision I almost caused and stopped right in front of the ally entrance. All allyways in this town were equipped with lights to prevent anything sketchy from occurring, and yet this one was pitch black. Something is defiantly going on in there. Shakily, I take a step forward, trying with all my might to summon any courage at all.
I'm scared.
I can't go in there. Falling to my knees I break into a soft pathetic cry. " There's no way" I sniff sinking my face into my hands. If those heartless where in there would could I do? Sure I fought them before but even im surprised I won. For the most part I just swung the keyblade around with my eyes closed. I can't do anything. I'm utterly useless.
"Get up" A voice next to me demanded. Looking up, I see Quinn glaring back down at me. "Someone you care about is in there right? Come on, get up!"
"B-but I can't "
"Don't talk like that" He barked. Obviously trying to keep himself from getting too angry. "Nothing with change unless you make an attempt. It's not that you can't do anything, you choose to remain a coward."
"That's not true!" I yelled back at him. I wonder though, who am I trying to convince. Him? Or myself? Once again I turned my head towards the allyway. "This is the work of those heartless right?""
Quinn nodded looking back and forth at both the ally and me.
"Its your job to fight heartless right? Please save my friend! She must be so scared right now please you have to save her!" I begged.
"Its not our job, its our privilege. And yes while we do have the ability to save people theres no way we can save all of them. Casualties are normal." Quinn stomped closer to me, grabbing the collar of my shirt and pulling me up to face him directly. "You know you have to power to save her and yet your begging two strangers to do it instead? If you truly cared for her you would have been in there the moment you heard her call for you. " When he finished, he let me go. Allowing me to fall back onto my knees and into my thoughts.
"That's not..." Was all I could force out. I had no response for him. He's right. Im a coward. But I also cared about my friend.
"You went kind of overboard here bro" Orin said patting my head softly. "This job isn't for everyone, we won't force you into it." Placing his hand in the air he seemed to have ripped his keyblade from the sky. "We'll do our best to save your friend." Orin smiled before running into the darkness. Quinn turned to give me a dirty look, however he halted and another emotion crossed his face. Pity? With those two gone I was left all alone on the sidewalk. This time of day was normally quiet but today the silence and eerie and unbearable. Effie will be alright. I mean they see this kind of thing all the time so they definitely have this covered.
He was right about me being a coward. I can't even bring myself to stand up. Why do I have a keyblade like they do? Why was I 'chosen'? I can't do anything, not even for my best friend. I look around to see if I can find any sort of clock. I have no idea how long its been since they went in but i feels like hours. Maybe they were killed. How many heartless are in there? Shaking my head violently I tried to force those kind of thoughts out of my head. I can't happen. But what if it does? If they're overwhelmed and become injured or killed Effie definitely dosen't stand a chance. Effie would die. Just the thought brings tears to my eyes. She is so important to me, I can't imagine life without her, without Effie I don't even think my life has meaning. I can't let anything Happen to her. I won't.
I'm going in.

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Either this ally was way bigger than it seemed or I was transported somewhere else altogether. I ran recklessly with closed eyes and even without my sight I knew something was very wrong. Opening my eyes I see dark colored mists mixing together in a wide open area that seemed to continue on without an end, what I found most surprisingly is that my glasses remained unclouded.
"Effie? Orin? Quinn?" I yelled, walking deeper into the dark. There was no wind yet a sharp cold passed through my body like a ghost. Rubbing my arms desperately I began second guessing my choice of jeans and a T-shirt, although there is no possible way I could have predicted any of this madness happening.
Continuing on I began to hear muffled noises in the distance. That has to be them! Breaking into a frenzied run towards the noise I began to notice my surroundings were becoming brighter. Small orbs of flame danced in the air like lanterns guiding me towards the battle. Eventually I could make out the voices of Orin and Quinn yelling but could not make out all the words.
"These..... are really strong"
"Stay........ her"
Her? Did they find Effie? Finally the fog seemed to clear revealing two out of breath boys standing back to back surrounded by the heartless. It was far to dark to count just how many there are but they were either very fast, or multiplying. I can't think of which of those two is more terrifying.
"Celeste!" A panicked voice cried out. Effie knelt on the ground between Orin and Quinn cowering with her hands on her head. "Run away! These things are really dangerous!"
How can she still be worried about me at a time like this? No Celeste this is no time to be touched or freeze up, I need to get her out of here.
Running at my full speed, which while was not at a track level was enough to weave through the enemies who were far more focused on the keyblade wielders. "Effie" Panting as I grab her arm yanking her up off the ground " We need to get out of here now."
"Where even is here?" She asks glancing around the around, her face tried to show she was strong and brave but the shaking of her hand in mine gave away her lie.
"I'll explain it all to you once we're safe. Don't let any of these things near you! They'll steal your heart and you'll disappear. "
"Wait a second why do you know th-" Interrupting herself with a scream a giant black hand shot out of the mist, I should move, fight, do something but I can't. All I can do it stand here frozen, not even finding the strength to yell out. We're gonna die, or we would have if not for Quinn.
"Take deep breaths Celeste, we can handle this, you'll be alright. Both of you" Orin flew out in front of us using his keyblade as a shield.
"Take your friend and run!" Quinn yelled using his keyblade to attack as Orin used his to defend.
"They're right cell come on, snap out of it, I wont let anything happen to you I promise." Squeezing my hand for reassurance Effie sprints off leading me away from the battle. This isn't right.
"Im so sorry" I choke trying desperately to hold back tears. "I'm suppose to be the one protecting you."
"What are you talking about" Effie laughed between breaths. "You can't even protect yourself from a bee how could you possibly fight those things?"
"But I can fight them! I did once... In the bathroom. I'm one of the few who can fight them... or something its still really confusing to be honest" I admitted. I was chosen to be a protector, me, someone who cant even save herself. Once we couldnt hear the fight anymore Effie slowed to a halt turning to face me.
"Cel what are you talking about? You mean what happened the other day? Wait, those are the things that attacked you? Look, I am so so sorry for ever doubting you. I will never do it again but you can't fight those things can hurt you or kill you even!" Grabbing my by the shoulders Effie began to shake me as if trying to wake me from a dream.
"Those things are called heartless, they infect worlds like parasites and steal hearts. Normal weapons dont work on them they Keyblades are one of the only things that can even touch them but very few people can wield them and that includes those two boys and now me." The words fell out of my mouth so fast they must have all meshed together into utter nonsense. Even if she can hear my words I doubt she would fully understand the situation, I barely do.
"What" was the only response I got after a good minute of decoding my ramblings. "Ok you know what. Don't think to much about it cause after this you and I are going to be spending lots of time in therapy together and eventually we will forget this even happened. We're going to get out of this so please, dont do anything crazy." She could say that but actually following those directions was much harder than it seemed. The area was pitch black and we have no idea where we are or where we are even going, but one thing was for sure there was movement in the distance.
"They're following us, Effie run!" Gripping her hand as tightly as possible I began to sprint away from the heartless attempting to take charge, however moving significant slower than before made escape seem impossible. It is the first time in my life I regret not participating in gym class and Effie was not much better than me in that regard. The sprint quickly became a light jog, at this rate they'll be here in not time, i'm terrified by I need to do something.
"umm.. Keyblade!" I yelled waving my arm in the air, I have no idea how it appeared last time, I should have asked Quin or Orin when they were explaining this to me. "Keyblade! Keyblade!"
"Ok Cel, I know this is crazy and mental breakdowns are to be expecting in this kinda situation but can you please wait until we're out of here?"
Ignoring her, I hold my hand out directly in front of me, curling my fingers as if I was really grasping a physical object. This is our best chance, I have to do this. Closing my eyes I picture the keyblade I saw before, it was have been just a boring, giant silver key compared to the other two I've seen, but it was mine.
"What the? How did you do that!? Effie exclaimed breaking the trace I was in. I barely know how I did it, but I did it! A long silver weapon in the shape of the key which shockingly weighed close to nothing.