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Ch. 6-2 Tumble-Stop: Unconscious Reckoning
Universal World: Tumble-Stop
“I see dead people,”
Haley Joel Osment (is that how you spell it?), The Sixth Sense
Yugi stepped back, and wiped his eyes, “I’m sorry, I–”
“Don’t worry about it,” smiled Sora, “You need to let that stuff out.”
“Yeah,” Yugi blushed still trying to wipe away all his tears.
“Here, I never use it,” and Sora handed Yugi a totally wrinkled handkerchief.
“Thanks,” and Yugi’s tears immediately began to start up again, but they were much more controlled.
Sora heard a long sigh and seeing that it didn’t come from Yugi’s closed
mouth – *Are you alright?* It asked carefully.
*I wish Sora could hear me, so I can tell him how grateful I am of his kindness to you, and, to show respect to his elders.* But Sora did
hear him; a chill ran up his spine again, the stare was back too, it wasn't cold anymore, but it was still strong - like this dude was right by
Yugi gave a small smile, "He is kind, isn't he Pharaoh?," he whispered into the handkerchief.
*O-kay, there are creepy voices talking around us and things - change the subject,* but Yugi got the jump on Sora with his voice back to uncertainty,
"Others, have been here much longer than two years, and most of their friends, and family, are dead–do you really think there's still a chance?"
His expression was confused and naive of hope as he looked up into Sora's eyes. Sora’s heart ached from Yugi’s words, but it beat profoundly and clear,
And Sora saw Yugi's eyes turn so bright; they shined even more from the tears with a big open smile upon his face.
"Hey, why don't you come with me to get something to eat?"
"Well, um, I'm really not that hungry..."
*Yugi you need to eat, you haven't eaten all day.*
Sora looked all around now, *Who is talking!?*
"Yugi, are you sure
, you’re alone?"
"Well, uh, um, why do you ask?"
And then it happened, from Yugi, out slid a transparent
carbon-copy of him; the identity of the cold eyes revealed. The image was identical in every fashion except that his hair had a little more yellow, he was a little taller, (he wore the same outfit as Yugi, but his was a little more stylish) and of course, he had the stronger eyes, and, his arms were crossed giving him an upright posture. Sora followed him out with a stunned expression. The image was plain in sight as a ghost, but as the other people walked on by without a double take; he was only visible to Yugi and Sora–Sora being the one in question.
He noticed Sora staring at him - Yugi noticed too.
The image blinked. Sora blinked. The image took two side steps to the right, Sora followed - then the image took four quick side steps to the left, all the while Sora following, not breaking eye contact. Yugi looked back and forth between them -
*Can you see me?* asked the image, Sora felt a jolt having that voice connected with a mouth, a transparent mouth that looked like Yugi's!
And it was so totally the opposite of Yugi's voice! Whereas Yugi's voice was soft and light, the copy's voice was strong....
"Sora, can you see Pharaoh? Can you hear him?" Yugi asked.
*That's, Pharaoh?! Th-the ‘imaginary’ friend? He is real then!*
...."Uh-huh," Sora's throat operated.
A little passer-bye girl’s puppy began to bark at Pharaoh giving Sora further confirmation that he wasn’t seeing, or hearing, double; the dog was barking at something!
*Noisy little mutt,* Pharaoh muttered, *Hm, but that’s odd, he’s never barked at me before.*
"That’s true, but Sora, really? You can see Pharaoh? (*That dog sure can.* - “Bark, bark!”) Usually no one notices Pharaoh until we switch spirits, but even then they think it's me trying to be -”
"Hold on, switch spirits?"
"Yeah, well, oh let's just show him." The upside down triangle glowed a mystic light and Pharaoh and Yugi switched places with Pharaoh now flesh and Yugi the ghost -
"Whoa!" Sora jumped a step back now eye level with Pharaoh–he took a curious glance at the object; the puppy shuddered and ran after its owner.
"This is the Millennium Puzzle,” said Pharaoh, “It is what connects my soul with Yugi's soul. I was sealed within it for three-thousand years until he solved it, and my soul was released."
"Wow, so, you’re the one who’s really, kind of like a ghost then right?"
"Yes, I am a ghost, er, spirit, and connected through the puzzle, Yugi and I are in a way, one in the same."
*However,* said Yugi taking a more studious glance at Pharaoh, *Usually when we talk, it’s like, up here,* Yugi pointed to his head, *and through here,* he pointed at his heart, *And sure I see Pharaoh as he is now, but, it’s more like a shadow of a ghost than the actual thing, like he’s still inside my mind or the puzzle and his spirit on this plain is more like a projection of what I see or,* for a quick second, it looked like Yugi was going to try and touch Pharaoh, but he withdrew his hand back to his side,*or feel.*
"Well I can see that," said Sora putting his hands behind his head, “Is that why yall look alike?”
"No, I've always looked like this,” smiled Pharaoh, "and Yugi has always looked as he does now."
"What a coincidence,” stated Sora.
Yugi looked back at the little dog who was still by his master’s side, but looking straight dead on at him, *He can see me too,* he said.
“What’s so special about that puppy being able to see yall in spirit form?”
“I, don’t know, it’s just, there’s something different, I can feel it, the instance you came to Yugi, I, felt more ‘whole,’” said Pharaoh abruptly.
*Yeah, I think I feel it too, feeling a bit more sturdy in spirit form than before,* said Yugi.
Nothing is whole, and nothing is broken.
*Huh?* That voice from the dream again…Pharaoh and Yugi didn’t seem to hear it. *Great, why am I hearing all these voices?* Sora moaned internally.
“I wonder,” said Pharaoh as he held up the Millennium puzzle, “If our puzzle is reacting to you somehow.”
*You think?* asked Yugi.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” replied Pharaoh taking a more studious glance at Sora now; he held the puzzle still as Yugi spoke,
*Yeah, this puzzle is really special to us; I’m sure it's what saved us from the darkness.* Pharaoh took a side glance at Yugi. *I remember, it was when Pharaoh and I had switched spirits with people running and the heartless coming; a strange mark had suddenly appeared on Pharaoh’s forehead, like some sort of eye, and I felt something strange happen to me too as the puzzle glowed a light it never did before, and, Pharaoh was all of a sudden able to use some kind of magic to keep the heartless away.*
"But it wasn't enough," said Pharaoh looking at the ground; they let the memory pass. “This magic came to us as if we'd of known it all along, as if it was a dormant part of us. Then the puzzle glowed another bright light, and we found ourselves in a back alley of Tumble-Stop down on the ground."
"I can relate," said Sora, "That’s kind of what happened when I was introduced to the darkness," Sora held out his hand with the keyblade manifesting in his grasp, “and with my powers and magic too."
*Wow!* expelled Yugi,*You’re a Keyblade Master! Serena always said yall would come back!*
"You’re not from this system then are you? All our Masters are..."
"Yeah I know, and I'm gonna take on the darkness they went up against."
"I hope you’re strong,” said Pharaoh seriously–
*He has to be if he's here,* said Yugi, *Maybe he's the one Serena said we were waiting for, the one who's supposed to conquer the darkness once and–!*
"Serena did not hear Euphoria correctly, she said there would be more than one Keyblade Master to come to our system from beyond, that lady that was with you, is she a master?"
"No," said Sora blatantly, even though he had no proof, something just told him no, wait a sec– could the other masters be Riku and Kairi?!
Wait - Kairi?!...
She did wield a blade back at the Organization's castle..."The other Masters...we got separated."...*They're going up against this darkness too then*……
Sora moaned in his head, he really didn't wanna go through those memories again, “Long story short, we came face to face with Nefero and he jumped us with a whole bunch of heartless, then we fell into, I guess a portal, and I found myself in this system; I have no clue where my friends Riku and Kairi are."
"You all came face to face with Nefero and lived,” Pharaoh breathed slowly–
*See Pharaoh? It's gotta be them!*
"Well, if you’re implying we fought him, we didn't, in fact he said something about not being able to even touch us, then he said we weren't worth a **** and left us with the heartless."
"Huh, that was lucky,"
stated Pharaoh in steady awe, "He was the one that killed our Masters in cold blood."
“If you can stand to part them for a moment –”Avera turned around from the care of Riku and Kairi – “There is an odd aura emitting off of Sora,” stated Sephiroth.
“Oh? Have you been keeping an eye on him for me?” Avera smiled fully turning on his stool.
Sephiroth did not answer his question. “He is awakening.”
Avera’s smile was steady as he rose, “If you don’t mind, could –?”
“She will watch over them while you are gone,” and Sephiroth disappeared.
Avera turned to Riku and Kairi who had unconsciously snuggled more under the blankets from Sephiroth’s cold presence. “Don’t worry,” said Avera, “She has a much warmer disposition than he does. Right now he is just upset that his path has to cross mine.” Avera took a quick check of Riku and Kairi, his black robes, then disappeared into his portal of light before she arrived from her portal of light and red. Avera knows very well that Sephiroth doesn’t like him interacting with her.
When Avera stepped out of his portal, he was side by side Sephiroth over-looking Tumble-Stop.
“What did the aura feel like?” Avera asked.
…”Have you given a false trail for the horsemen to follow?”
“It will only be a matter of time before they go on another bloody rampage, unless, you give them what they want.”
“Well then, something’s going to have to be fixed since I certainly can’t give them what they want, and them taking more lives would only put this system in an even worse state than it’s in now.”
“You’re taking on more than your responsibility. It is the Master’s job now to quarrel with the Evils Beyond, or die trying. Release the others Avera. People die. And they don’t need some boy with wings to hold their hand to the Other Side.”
“Oh, I quite know that people die, and that they die, and revert back into the Lifestream,” said Avera simply, “But from what you’re implying, I can still interact with them when they’re alive in the means of holding their hand since when you cross over to the Other Side, there is no need for guidance.”
“Release them,” stated Sephiroth again, “If I am to involve myself with them any further, use the Masters as bait to get the Riders out of the way.”
“To then focus our efforts on the Lady of Red? Don’t you think the Masters should at least be strong enough to hold off the Riders first?”
“At the rate you are going with two of them, they’ll only be strong enough to count sheep.”
“Touché,” Avera sighed, “Very well. I’ll keep an eye on Sora for now, thank–” Sephiroth disappeared–“you.” Avera happily rolled his eyes, *(Sigh)* “He can’t stand me.”
P.S: Sora does NOT know he is cursing due to Yugi's blink in that someone as highly respected as a Keyblade Master would openly drop the "s" word. Also Pharaoh could care less for his reasons, blah, blah, blah, just thought I'd give that more wieght >>;
Nefero: Yay! I'm coming back in the next chapter, now everyone will know my cold-hearted, mind-crushing, evil-doing, over-killing - "
South Light: Over-stating actions.
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