Kingdom Hearts belongs to Square Enix and Disney. OC and plot belong to me.
In the mourning
Leon moaned as his head pounded like a jackhammer was working inside it. The running water of the shower wasn't helping
"You know, there is a remedy for a hangover" A Voice stated
"Really, what?" Leon asked in his usual monotone voice only quieter
"Keep drinking, eventually you won't have to worry about a hangover, or anything ever again"
"Thanks, I think I'll take the hangover" Leon opened his eyes which slightly widened at who he saw, "Sam?! What are you doing here?"
"Now is that any way to greet your son after you haven't seen him in eleven years" Sam said with mock sorrow in his voice. Leon looked around his surroundings; he was at Merlin's house. He didn't think he would get drunk enough to not be able to get to his own house. And if he was that drunk then what about Cid
Cid slowly opened his eyes, his head was pounding furiously like a drum would feel if it was alive and could feel pain. Where ever he was it smelt terrible, there was garbage everywhere, literally, you wouldn't have been able to find a square inch of free space except for the narrow path way for the life of you. Cid slowly rose his head to the sign above him that read 'Radiant Garden Landfill'
"Damn it! Not again!" Cid exclaimed
"So, why are you here?" Leon asked
"Merely to make a delivery" Sam replied
"Delivery? I don't see anything" Leon stated
"Hey Squall!" An obnoxious voice shouted
"Oh no, please tell me you didn't bring"
"Long time no see son!" Laguna shouted making Leon grimaced,
"Don't call me son"
"Laguna, the Gunblade" Sam reminded him impatiently
"Gunblade?" Laguna questioned, "Oh!" Laguna pulled off a blade like object off his back. It was sheathed in a white bandage and all that could be seen was a white handle.
"Take up the role of a knight again" Sam said, "And take your old blade" Sam grabbed the white bandage and unwrapped the weapon revealing a blue blade
"That's the Lion Heart" Leon stated, "I thought it was destroyed
"No. It is time for you to return Squall Leonheart" Sam stated
"Sorry, but that man died when this world fell" Leon got out of his seat and walked over to the other end of the room
"Come on" Laguna wined
"Why don't you go wait in there" Sam said pointing to a door
"Okay, I get it" Laguna replied as he walked through the door Sam pointed to
"And don't touch anything!" Sam called before turning to Leon, "You can not run from your past. You shall forever be Squall Leonheart, SeeD commander and Sorceress' knight"
"Why call myself a commander of a group that is already dead"
"Perhaps but you still have her, that means that Squall Leonheart has something left" Sam headed for the door, "I've told you everything I needed, it's up to you how you take it"
"We'll leave her with you" Laguna said as he followed Sam out the door. It wouldn't have even been a minute before Cid came bursting through the door as well as an unbearable stench
"Ugh, Cid what is that!?" Leon asked closing off his nasal passage with his left index finger and thumb
"Hey give me a brake, I'll like to see how you smell after sleeping in a landfill all night" Cid replied defensively, "I need a shower"
"You'll have to wait, Shera's in there now" Leon informed him
"Damn it, I don't have time to wait for her to finish" Cid said as he walked up the hall, "This aint even her house, what's she doing bathing alone wasting all of Merlin's water, the nerve of some people"
Leon rose his hand to his head, "Did you hear everything, Sora?"
"Yeah, I heard it from the other room. I wasn't eavesdropping" Sora reassured him from the doorway behind Leon, "So what did he mean when he said 'Commander'?"
"It's not important" Leon replied
"Come on, you'll feel better if you talk about it" Sora stated as he sat at the same table that Leon was sitting at
"I doubt that" Leon said as he stood up and walked down the hallway
"I could tell you, if you wanted" A voice said. Sora turned around, Rinoa was standing there, she took a seat at the table where Sora was now sitting at
"Okay, if you want to" Sora said, Rinoa nodded
"Back around when Ansem the wise was in charge, an organisation called SeeD came along. This was before Squall was even born"
"Squall, where'd he get a wired name like that?" Sora asked
"I always wondered that myself" Rinoa admitted, "It couldn't have been his mother because she died shortly after giving birth to him"
"Wait, he had no mother?" Sora asked
"No parents at all" Rinoa corrected
"What about the man with black hair?" Sora asked
"He was away looking for Squall 'sis"
"Leon has a sister?"
"No, Squall's mother was just looking after her when her parents were murdered. The name 'sis' was adopted by Squall and his friends at the orphanage when Mr. Loire sent her back to Miss. Leonheart not knowing she had just died" Rinoa stopped for awhile, "Anyway, SeeD was a mercenary organisation however it's true goal was to stop and destroy the Sorceress, and Squall just so happened to be elected to be their commander when he was seventeen"
"So that means that"
"Yes" Rinoa answered before Sora was finished, "SeeD and Squall would have to kill me, but he was my knight, the Sorceress' knight"
"What's the sorceress' knight?" Sora asked
"Every 'good' Sorceress has a knight, someone to protect them, and be with them for as long as they will live"
"So what happened?" Sora asked, when he did her smile vanished and she looked down at her hands on the table
"You know how I said that all good Sorceress' had a knight" Rinoa said, "Well there were some who didn't, and they turned bad"
"Why?" Sora asked
"The people of this world discriminated against us, they spat on us, they treated us like monsters, and some even tried to kill us"
"Oh, I'm sorry"
"Anyway, there was one who was so bad, that she wanted everyone and everything to die, to be destroyed and lost forever in time. And she succeeded; she compressed all space and time together into one world, everything except her. Her name was Ultimecia"
"If she succeeded then why are we still here?"
"A small group of six people survived and travelled through time compression by remembering each other, our hearts were linked. And we succeeded, Ultimecia was defeated after a long and exhausting battle and the worlds and time went back to normal"
"So what happened next?" Sora asked
"The Heartless came along and took our world" Leon called as he came down the hallway, "The SeeD were turned into Heartless, any that survived were separated throughout the worlds" Leon was holding a bouquet of flowers
"Oh Squall, are we going now?" Rinoa asked
"Yeah, you get the other stuff" Leon replied
"Okay" Rinoa began to dig through a cupboard behind her
"Are you going somewhere?" Sora asked
"Do you know what day it is today?" Leon asked seriously
"Um, Tuesday" Sora guessed
"Actually it's Wednesday, and it's been exactly one year since that day"
Sora knew exactly what he meant, "A year?"
"We're heading to the lake in thirty minutes" Leon stated
"There it is!" Rinoa said as she pulled out a picnic basket out
"Mind if we come along, I haven't visited her since the funeral"
"You don't have to ask" Leon replied
"Alright, I'll just go see if the others are awake" Sora stated, "Oh yeah, where did Cid go?"
"You don't want to know" Leon answered
"He's in the shower"
"I thought Shera was in there"
"She is" There was an awkward moment of silence for a few seconds before
"You were right, I didn't want to know" Sora said before getting up and heading down the hall to one of the guest rooms, he knocked on the door
"Who is it?" Riku's voice called
"It's me" Sora replied before opening the door. Riku was already up and dressed, he was sitting on his bed which was made already, "We're heading out to Aeris' grave soon"
"I thought we would be" Riku stated, he stood up and walked to the door, "Wake Kairi up" Riku said as he walked down the hall. Sora looked over to the remaining bed; Kairi was still asleep, curled up. Sora ran his hand through her hair, brushing it out of her face. Kairi smiled
"Sora" Kairi mumbled, Sora removed his hand. But she was still sleeping, was she dreaming about him? "What is it?" She wasn't asleep
"We're leaving soon" Sora stated, "For Aeris' grave"
"Okay" Kairi pulled the covers off her; she was in a silk, light pink nightgown. It appeared that Riku and Kairi had time to pack for the journey, Sora however did not have time to bring anything, "Ah, Sora"
"Could you wait outside?"
"Oh, right" Sora left the room and closed the door behind him. A couple of minutes passed until the door opened again and Kairi stepped out of the room fully dressed in her common pink outfit
The two walked back down the hall and joined everyone else, "Alright lets go" Cid said as he opened the front door. Everybody left the house, as they did Merlin closed the door and locked it with magic.
Gray clouds began to cover the sky of Radiant garden; the wind began to pick up as well. Cloud and Tifa were already at the river; his arm was around her back. Everyone had been there for a while now, since nobody had a watch it was hard to tell just how long it had been. Those who brought flowers which was nearly everybody placed them in the river as Cloud had placed Aeris in the river a year ago now however unlike her the flowers floated. Another few minutes passed and it began to spit, it would soon turn to rain
"Cloud, we're heading to the cabin" Tifa said, every one except for her, Cloud and Sora were heading up a flight of stone steps
"I'll head up in a minute" Cloud replied
"Okay" Tifa leaned forward and planted a kiss on Cloud's check before slowly making her way up the stairs
"Mind if I stay with you?" Sora asked
"No" Cloud replied as he bent down to the river
"Well, you've moved on fast haven't you?" Neither Cloud nor Sora would forget this voice
"Sephiroth!" Cloud shouted as he turned around and drew his Buster sword from his back and undid the material wrapped around it. At the same time Sora summoned his Kingdom Key, "You'll pay for what you did!" Cloud threatened
"Is it revenge that you seek?" Sephiroth asked, "If so then you might as well look to your right" Cloud slowly turned his head to his right to face Sora before quickly looking back at Sephiroth
"What are you talking about?" Cloud demanded
"It is his fault she is dead, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have killed her" Sephiroth
"H-he's right" Sora realised, "She died to save me"
"And no one would blame you" Cloud replied, "It's not your fault, it's his"
"I didn't came here to fight you, they did" As Sephiroth said this, a small cluster of Shadow and Soldier Heartless materialized as did a corridor of darkness, "You should probably check your friends and unborn child, it would be such a shame for you to lose another one" Sephiroth laughed as he stepped backwards into the corridor of darkness, as he did both he and it disappeared. Cloud gripped the hilt of his blade tightly
"You picked the wrong day!" Cloud screamed as he charged at the Heartless