so much to do
You were born wild and free. You lived carelessly and childishly on Destiny Islands with your friends Riku and Kairi. The idea of other worlds never pressed you until Kairi came along. She said she remembered nothing of where she came from, but somehow she ended up on your world. She was life in human form, and your connection to her was something of fate's design. You and Riku butted heads a lot, but it was truly only to make each other stronger. You looked up to him and you wanted to be like him, but more importantly you wanted to impress Kairi.
Kairi wanted to get away. She was convinced that there were other worlds, and her words convinced you. The three of you decided to build a raft and try and find other worlds together. It didn't matter how far you got so long as you were with them. However, the world had other plans. Darkness came knocking, and your plans for life were swept from underneath you.
Kairi was swept away from before you; the Door to the Darkness was opened. Riku welcomed it. You reached out for him but he was swallowed in the black shroud. You would have been lost too had you not fought it. That is when the Keyblade chose you. A brilliant weapon of the heart, it was the only thing that stood in the way of the Heartless in their attempt to eat away at the hearts of the worlds. You learned the true horrors of the Heartless so very young, but your heart was pure and filled with a magnificent Light.
You'll be okay.
so little time
You would need help in your journey to defeat the Heartless. Lucky for you, a small mouse--a king--knew how to find you. He sent two friends your way: Donald and Goofy. It wasn’t going to be an easy adventure, but the fate of worlds was in your hands. All you wanted to do was find your friends. If you could help out others along the way, then you would. And so you did.
There were so many worlds out there. Each one of them had lost something to the Darkness, and it was your job to restore the Light in the worlds. With all of your hard work, there was always someone out there who only sought to darken that light. They sought to put it out. You could only completely rid a world of Darkness if you sealed the Key Hole at its center. You would need to struggle to do that. You had to fight and you had to be strong. It was never meant to be easy, but your friends helped you along the way.
There were times when saving the worlds meant that you had to give up a piece of yourself. You had to put your friends on hold so that one day the three of you could live safely and happily. You never gave up though and it showed in the laughs and smiles that you brought with you to new worlds. The longer you fought the more you learned. The more you learned the more determined you were to defeat the Heartless once and for all.
Ansem. The head honcho of the Heartless world. Much like Riku, he too had lost himself to the Darkness. You would need to defeat him to end the madness that was eating away at the worlds. He believed that Kingdom Hearts was darkness, but it was truly always Light. He wanted darkness so much, that he was blinded by the Light that ultimately destroyed him.
take your time
The fight was never easy. Then again, the fight was never supposed to be easy, but you did it. Ansem was defeated and the balance between light and dark had finally been restored. This wasn’t the plan you had in mind. However, the plan you had in mind was never truly solid. What if the raft did get you to another world? You wonder where you would be now. If it didn’t work, you wanted to live your days out with your friends. You would have been happier, but that wasn’t your calling now was it?
The fight has made you stronger. You’ve done what you were chosen to do. They Keyblade chose you. That’s what you thought, but did it really? Riku once said that there could only be one Keyblade master. It always confused you that he too could wield the Keyblade. Had he once been chosen only to lose this on his path to darkness? You’ll never know and it doesn’t matter.
Riku set his path straight after your fight with Ansem. He made up for his mistakes. You worry about him and King Mickey. The two of them would never leave your mind. Riku locked himself in Kingdom Hearts to help fend off the horde of Heartless within it. You closed your friend within it, sealing the key hole once and for all. This is one of your many regrets, but the choice was his and his alone. You had no right to deny him that.
Your true pain comes from having to leave Kairi behind. You finally find your friends only to be separated from them once again. You wanted desperately to go back to Destiny Islands with Kairi, but your friend still needed you. You had to find Riku. It was too soon for you to go back to Destiny Islands. You watch as Kairi is taken away from you again, but you know that she is safe at least. You still had so very much to do, and the fight has made you tired—so very tired.
don't be afraid
You are falling. There is nothing but the ocean below you. You are numb both in body and in mind. The fight has tired you and there is nothing left to feel. There is no fear of death only a want to sleep. That is unlike you, but you are so very tired. The ocean approaches fast, but you do not brace yourself. You welcome the waves and crash into them, falling faster down into the depths of the blue waters. The light from above slowly fades the deeper you dive until the world around you is shrouded in complete darkness.
That darkness is cold. As you fall you notice there is a light calling to you. Little by little you can feel its warmth overwhelming you. It is the light within the heart. It welcomes you, so you embrace the Dive. The closer you get the more you see. There’s a circular platform beneath. Light streams through its bright pattern reflecting a beautiful mosaic picture. You’ve been here before, but when? You can’t seem to remember.
It seems you would keep falling and crash into the glass below, but you fear nothing. The closer you get the slower you fall until gravity itself cradles you. You land safely on the glass and peer around. This is the Dive to the Heart.
You recognize the faces on the mosaic pattern. This is you and your friends. That’s right you found them didn’t you—Riku and Kairi? The other two were Donald and Goofy. The time you spent together warms your heart. You clutch your chest, but you feel so foggy and sleepy.
"we did it"
Something grabs your attention. It is a thought but nothing more. It isn’t your thought, but someone else. They are speaking to you from somewhere else. You are so tired. No words can escape you as you stand there weak.
“it’s over now”
A smile forms on your face and a sense of relief entangles you as you begin to fall to your knees. The world around you begins to blur and darken.
“you can rest”
now step forward
You open your eyes. The familiar sounds of the waves welcome you. Seagulls fly overhead and the clouds stare down at you from their place in the heavens. The smell of salt pierces your nose and the rays of the sun feels good on your skin. “Sora you lazy bum!”
The voice startles you and you turn around smiling bright. "Give me a break, Kairi" You lift yourself from the warm sand and turn to face a woman before you. For a moment you thought you saw Kairi, but as your eyes focus your heart sinks.
"Who is Kairi?" The woman before you looks concerned. She's leaned over you with her hands placed firmly on her knees. "I think you hit the water a lil hard" She points far off into the air above the ocean, though she didn't seem too surprised by the idea. "Ya know you could have drowned if I hadn't of been here!" There was a sigh in her breath.
You take a moment to look around. This wasn't Destiny Island. In fact, you'd never seen this world before. The beach was quite large, and there was a handful of people surrounding you. The woman wore a red swimsuit. She was a lifeguard.
You were introduced to a new world: Elysion, and apparently there was no way off of this world.
can you do it?
You’re all too familiar with the idea of there being other worlds out there. In fact, other worlds seem to always draw you in—welcome or unwelcome. This one is different though. There are no Heartless as far as you can tell. Perhaps the most shocking thing is that everyone seems to be aware that there are other worlds. What happened to the code—the one where the idea of there being other worlds was a secret? Well, the secret’s out. Oops?
You’re not used to being in a world that doesn’t seem to need saving. The thought soothes you, but worries you all the same. You can only guess that Elysion is a home for those whose worlds were unable to be restored. Had you failed or was this just the aftermath of your adventures? Neither of those ideas sounds particularly great to you.
There’s no turning back. There’s no Gummi ship for you to hop on and make your way back home. Donald and Goofy are nowhere to be found. Kairi was safe at Destiny Island but out of reach, and Riku is locked in Kingdom Hearts with King Mickey. You want to go find Riku, but this world is now forcibly your home. So what are you going to do?
You live your life the best you can. That’s what you do. You finish school because apparently that’s required. You get a job because rent needs to be paid. It’s hard but you make new friends. You’ll never forget your old ones. They’re a part of you—a part of your heart.
Besides…you’ll see them again.