Kingdom Hearts belongs to Square Enix and Disney. OCs and plot belongs to me. I also don't own the other Final Fantasy characters I use.
The Heroes training
Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald, Goofy and Sam all rushed through the lobby and down a pathway that stretched on for little more then a few minutes. Slowly they approached a small building. Interceptor rushed to the doorway and quickly began scratching at it as well as whining.
"What's wrong?" Relm asked as she caught up to her dog. Interceptor merely looked at her before scratching a the door faster then he was before
"Hey Relm, why's he scratching at that door" Sora asked as they caught up to her
"I don't know" Relm answered. Suddenly, the sound of the doorknob turning on the other side sounded and the door swung open revealing a rather muscular man. Quickly, Interceptor squeezed between the man's legs.
"Hey!" The man shouted at Interceptor, "Heroes only!"
"Move it!" Relm shouted as she rushed past the man
"You four can go in" The man said as he allowed Sora, Hercules, Donald and Goofy in however he stood in front of Kairi, Riku and Sam, "Sorry, heroes only" Sam merely looked into the mans eyes, suddenly his own eyes changed colour. Sam's iris turned green and the whites of his eyes went black. This made a bead of sweat run down the mans face
"You would dare stand in our way" A horrid voice echoed through the mans head, a deep and monstrous voice that obviously didn't belong to any of the people standing in front of him, "Listen very carefully you worthless cur. If you do not move this instant then I will fill the last hours of your life with such agony that it will make Tartarus seem like a paradise. Now I assure you, I don't make threats, I make promises. Now are you going to let me and those I travel with through or should I live up to my word?" The man nodded his head slowly as a damp patch began to appear in the groan of his trousers, he slowly stepped back to allow the three of them in. When he did, Sam's eyes returned to normal
"Thank you" Sam said as he passed the man. Riku and Kairi looked at each other bewildered. They hadn't seen Sam's eyes and had no idea of what just happened however decided to just go with what was happening before the bouncer changed his mind.
Kairi saw Interceptor nearly immediately; the large and black dog had walked over to a man sitting at a brown counter on a red stool dressed in black ninja gear. She also saw Relm who looked slightly devastated
"What's wrong?" Kairi heared Sora ask, quickly she walked forward and approached the girl, "Wait here, I'll get him" Kairi said as she began to walk towards the dog
"Stay away from him!" Sam quickly warned as he grabbed Kairi's arm and pulled her back
"What did you do that for?" Kairi protested
"Do you know who that is?" Sam asked in an ominous tone
"No" Kairi replied
"It's him, the only one to escape Tartarus, the infamous assassin Shadow" Sam answered [insert Shadow's theme here.]
"It can't be" Relm whispered, "Y-you're alive" As she said this, tears began to flow from her eyes as she began to run for the door
"Relm" An elderly man from the crowd called as he grabbed Relm's shoulder
"Grandpa, how can he be alive" Relm asked before brushing off the old mans hand and running out the door
"Relm!" The old man called
"Old man" Sam called, "Give her some time to calm down, I'll keep an eye out for her" Sam stated as he followed Relm outside. As he left, the old man began to talk
"You are a Key bearer, correct?" The old man asked Sora
"Yeah, how do you know?" Sora replied
"I've heared the stories of your accomplishments in the coliseum, not many other people have weapons that look like keys" The old man stated, "My name is Strago Magus"
"Right. My name's Sora, that's Donald and Goofy" Sora said pointing to the two as they waved at them, "That's Riku and Kairi" Sora pointed to the other Key bearers, "That was Sam, and this is Hercules" Strago's eyes lit up at hearing Herc's name
"Oh so you're Hercules" Strago smiled, "Lara! Where are you?!"
"I'm over here" An elderly woman answered as she stepped forward
"Guess who I found?" Strago said as he pointed at Hercules
"Oh my! It's Hercules!" Lara exclaimed
"Hey, don't get too excited. You might have a heart attack and drop dead" Strago said
"Me, die before you?! Ha! That would never happen, don't you know men always die before women" Lara stated
"Not in this case they don't, I do my aerobics so I'm good and healthy" Strago retorted
Everyone took a step back from the couple as they continued there bizarre argument. Eventually, Lara emerged the victor as she approached Hercules, "Ah, it's always nice to meet a fan" Herc stated as he shook her hand, "So, what's the deal with that girl?"
"Why, she is our granddaughter" Lara answered
"What about her parents?" Riku asked
"She doesn't have any" Lara answered
"Any?" Kairi asked shocked
"No" Strago answered, "Her mother died when she was very young, and her father simply left after that"
Sora's fist clenched after hearing that, he knew what it was like to not have a father but this was different. He was actually there, he was actually part of the family and he just left. What kind of person would do that, "I can't believe it!" Sora exclaimed in a tone that no one had ever heard from him, "What kind of person would just simply abandon their own child, what kind of heartless, horrible, cold person would do that?!" As Sora went on, he didn't notice the man dressed in ninja gear at the table begin to grasp his glass tightly
"Sora?" Kairi began
"People like that, they're worse then Xehanort himself!" Suddenly the man at the counter's glass smashed in his hand however he didn't stop applying pressure. The man merely continued to dig the glass from his cup further into his hand, a stream of blood spilled onto the counter. The sound had drawn attention to him. After awhile the man stopped and emotionlessly stood up before heading out the door soon followed be Interceptor, leaving the fighters lounge behind them
"What was his problem?" Donald asked
"It isn't like that at all" Strago stated as continued the conversation, "If anything, I believe he was unable to truly abandon his parental affections
"You know what, I think you're right" Goofy said
"What makes you say that" Riku asked Strago
"Because when they met again, he put his life on the line on three separate occasions to save her" Strago stated, "The first was when she was caught in a burning building and he jumped right in and pulled her, me, his dog and two others out, and he put out the fire that was on her shoulder"
"And she has the burn to prove it" Lara added
"Of course he said he was just trying to save his dog but I'm certain that was a lie" Strago said
"I doubt it" Sora commented
"If that wasn't enough to prove it to you, then perhaps this next tale will be" Lara said, "Tell them the Kefka one"
"The first or the second one" Strago asked
"The first" Lara replied
"Who's Kefka" Riku asked
"He was a madman!" Strago answered, "He pretty much destroyed our world for no real reason that I can see other then to make himself a god"
"Unbelievable" Sora replied, "Why would one man need that much power?"
"We would have been goners if her father hadn't jumped in and given us a chance to escape" Strago informed them, "He wouldn't have made it out of that one alive if Relm hadn't forced us to wait for him. The whole worlds ending and she refuses to budge an inch until a possibly dead man caught up"
"So why did she wait for him?" Riku asked
"To give her grandfather a heart attack that's why! She didn't even know he was her father at that point. But she forgot one very important thing" Strago said the last part very seriously
"What?" Kairi asked anxiously
"She forgot" Strago began, "That I couldn't die before my wife" Strago laughed, disappointing everyone in the room
"When was the other time" Hercules asked
"Why that was when we went to go put an end to Kefka's reign over our world, it was also the day that her father died" Strago said bringing a serious feel to the room, That madman would have crushed her however her father threw her out of the way, and he took the full force of the strike"
No one spoke for awhile until Hercules broke the silence, "So, do you want to head over to Phil now?" He asked changing the subject
"Yeah alright" Sora answered. Hercules walked to the door and opened it before quickly walking out. Sora, Donald, Goofy, Riku and Kairi followed him, leaving the fighters lounge
Sora, Donald and Goofy stood in the arena surrounded by barrels, pots and various other easily broken objects that Phil had set up. Riku and Kairi sat at the seats that surrounded the arena and Hercules had gone somewhere, he didn't tell the others where
"Alright you guys, you know the drill!" Phil began, "I'll give you one minute to smash as many objects as you can. Sora, you're up first! Donald, Goofy, take a few stretches" Donald and Goofy left the Arena and Sora called the Kingdom Key to his hand
"Hold on" Sora turned around and saw Sam approach, he walked forward to the arena and looked around the objects, "This is your great heroes training?" Sam asked amused
"It's just a warm up!" Phil stated defensively
"Oh, is the real training any better?" Sam asked
"Yes, for a matter of fact it is" Phil stated defensively, "I got someone to help out too. There he is now" Sam turned around but it was too late. He was picked up and caught in a very tight embrace
"Sam Heartilly! It is you isn't it?! I haven't seen you in years!"
"Zell...put me down...I...can't...breath" The blond man quickly dropped Sam who fell on his back
"Sorry about that" Zell apologised
"No you're not but you soon well be!" Sam replied as he jumped onto his feet, "Come here you bastard!" Sam shouted as he chased after the blond creating enough of a distraction for nobody to notice the suspicious looking Ninja who stood in the doorway of the lobby
Shadow drew a shuriken as he aimed at Sora, the fact that there were two fools running around might have made this more difficult for a maladroit ninja however it was nothing to Shadow. Shadow shook his head; he couldn't believe he was doing this. Four-thousand Munny, that was all he was getting paid to take out four targets. That was only one-thousand for each kill! "I've killed more for less. And Money is money so I shouldn't complain" Shadow thought as he readied his shuriken, "The spiky heared kid first, then the boy with black hair, then the silver heard kid, and then the girl" Shadow decided in his head as he pulled his hand back and lunged it forward to take out his first target with his Shuriken
"Hey, I'm back" a girl's voice called, a very familiar voice. Shadows hand suddenly stopped as the girl came into view; Shadow was devastated at who he saw
"Relm" He whispered as he dropped the shuriken. That girl, the only person in all the worlds he wouldn't kill was here, with his targets! Suddenly he realised his mistake as the tool hit the ground
Sora turned to the lobby
"What is it Sora" Goofy asked
"I don't know, I'm sure I heard something" Sora answered as he jumped out of the arena and ran towards the lobby passing Sam and Zell on the way
"Not so smart now are you bastard!" Sam shouted as he stood on top of Zell's back victoriously as two rings made of darkness restrained Zell's arms and legs
As Sora approached the lobby, he saw that the door was only slightly open; also there was something on the ground. Sora picked it up and recognized it immediately; it looked like one of the tools Yuffie often uses
"Hey Sora, would you get over here!" Phil called. Quickly, Sora pocketed the tool before returning to the arena, "Are you ready?" Phil asked as Sora jumped into the middle of the arena
"Yeah" Sora replied as he readied his Keyblade
"Alright" Phil said before he began his countdown, "Three...Two...One...Begin!"