Here We Go Again
- Dec 5, 2004
"Riku, wake up, ahyuk!"
"Yeah, wake up you lazy..."
Riku opened his eyes, blinking his aqua green orbs sleepily. He appeared to be laying on the floor of...a gummi ship? He quickly sat up, taking in his surroundings. To be more accurate...this was Sora's gummi ship. He put a hand to his head. What had happened anyway? The last thing he remembered was...
He paused as he stood, walking over to the side of the gummi ship to look out at the space around them. He could see his reflection in the glass. Riku still looked like an average teenager with blue baggy pants and a yellow shirt with various buckles and short silver hair that nearly fell into his eyes. So at least nothing had changed physically...
Riku turned around and spotted those two companions of Sora's, the duck and the...well, whatever he was. Donald and Goofy were both watching him carefully, looking slightly concerned. But why were they here? And more importantly, why was he here?
"Are you ok Riku?” Donald asked.
"Yeah...” he said dismissively. There was something wrong here...something missing.
"We were worried about you when you suddenly passed out on us. It's good to see that our buddy is ok.” Goofy smiled with a "ahyuck" on the end of it.
Riku stopped his pacing. He had...passed out on them? That couldn't be right...Riku had not been here...he had been back in...
He suddenly realized what was missing. Where was his annoying, brunette best friend? If his two friends are here, then...
"Hey, where's Sora?” Riku asked.
Donald and Goofy both gave him a strange look. "What are you talking about?"
"You know, Sora? Goofy, brunette, wielder of the keyblade...” Riku described, but he was still met with strange looks.
"No...I don't think we know a 'Sora'. And whoever he is, he's not the wielder of the keyblade.” Donald added. "Is he one of those friends that you’re looking for?"
"Did that knock to the head make you forget that you’re the chosen key wielder?” Goofy asked.
Riku took a step back from them. Sora wasn't here? And what was this about him wielding the keyblade? That was Sora territory, not his.
"I think you guys are mistaken...I'm not the wielder of the keyblade...", he said as he held a hand out, as if to prove a point that he would only summon his Soul Eater weapon. But instead of the usual dark aura that would surround his hand, gold light appeared in his hand as the keyblade appeared in all its glory. To be even more precise, it was Sora's kingdom key keyblade.
"He must still not be out of it.", Donald whispered to Goofy as Riku flung the keyblade across the room of the ship only to have it come back to him.
"What should we do?"
"Well, maybe battling some heartless will help. We were just about to land in Wonderland, remember?"
Riku stopped his futile attempts to get rid of the keyblade when he heard the last part of what they said. Wasn't Wonderland where he had kidnapped that girl Alice and handed her over to Maleficent? He couldn't help but fume silently. Maleficent...that name was poison to him now. The one who introduced him to darkness.
Riku held a hand out, hoping that he would be able to still use the dark void, or any other dark powers for that matter. If he still could do it, then maybe...
But nothing happened. "God damnit!” he sword under his breath. How was he going to get out of here and find out what was going on?
Calm down Riku...we just need to sit down and remember what happened before this weird craziness started...
Riku stepped forward, in awe at the strange flower like pod that sat in the middle of the white room. Namine, the strange girl who had introduced him to this room, stood behind him, watching him quietly.
"We have to wait for a while since I have to restore Sora's memories.” Namine whispered. "It may take up to a year for him to be completely restored."
Riku frowned at this. A whole year? He and the king didn't have that kind of time to be waiting for an entire year for Sora to wake up. He sighed before turning back to Namine. He remembered how he had thought of her as a blond Kairi, or at least she carried that air about her.
"Are you sure that there's no other way Namine?” Riku asked.
"Sorry...” she shrugged dejectedly before walking away. Riku turned back to the pod that contained Sora in it. He had just fought through several flights of stairs in a giant castle while fending off people in cloaks, just to find out...this. Riku started to walk away from Sora's pod, what has been done has been done, and besides...
Ansem was waiting for him.
Yes...that was something that couldn't be waited on. Riku turned his back on his friend.
"I'm sorry, Sora."
He took a few steps, but soon curiosity got the better of him. He turned back around and walked straight up to it until he was mere inches away from it. He placed a hand against it; it felt cool to the touch. Riku looked up into the face of his sleeping friend. I wonder if he can even hear me in this thing.
There was a slow dull rumble and Riku was forced to step back away from the pod. At the top, it opened like a budding flower, the pod coming apart like petals. And there he was, still floating in the center, undisturbed by what had just happened. Riku quickly looked around, looking for any sign of Namine. When he couldn't sense the blond come, he turned back to the pod, cautiously stepping forward. Ok...no problem...I can just close this thing myself...
The question was how. He started pushing on one of the petal like appendages, hoping that it would snap back into place. When it didn't, he jumped up on top of it and started trying to pull it close. After a few minutes or so of this, he gave up. Forget it, I'll go get Namine and have her fix this.
Before he could get down though, the dull rumble from before sounded again and Riku was thrown off his feet from the petals that were starting to close up again. But since he had been standing on the inside of the pod's petals, now it was starting to close with him trapped in it too along with Sora. He smacked his head against the back of it, merely missing getting kicked in the face by Sora's feet (who miraculously, still appeared to be asleep) Riku quickly stood and started pushing against the inside of the now closed pod.
Damnit...I have to get out of here...
He started banging his fists against it, hoping that Namine would come and investigate, as well as calling for her. Where was she anyway? He slumped down against it, figuring that Namine would show up sooner or later. As he looked up at Sora, he couldn't help but laugh.
"And here you are sleeping through this entire thing. If you were awake, I would be having a field day about this."
That suddenly gave him an idea. He stood back up. Maybe I should try waking up Sora.
He went over and started shaking his shoulders. "Sora, wake up."
No reaction whatsoever. He might as well as kicked him and he still probably wouldn't have woken up (and he had half a mind to do it too). He suddenly felt exhaustion cling to him and hold him in a vice. What's...going on?
He sunk back down to the floor of the pod. It seemed that the sleep effect that it had put on Sora was slowly taking effect on Riku as well. His mind barely hanging onto consciousness, he thought one last thought before letting sleep overtake him.