A steel blade pierced the Princess of Heart’s chest.
Even as a Shinigami the princess foolishly thought she could save him in time.
The princess truly believed that together they could save everyone.
`I’m sorry Aqua. . .Everyone.`
Miya thought sadly picturing the little blue haired girl’s smile in her mind.
Bright azure eyes looking up to her like the big sister she had become to be.
Miya reflected back a few hours ago; recalling the events that once transpired as their final moments together:
Miya held the small girl gently in her arms, "Miya-chan?" The little girl spoke slowly opening her eyes. She looked around to find someone missing. "Where's Kero?. . .Miya." Miya held Aqua close, "Listen to me. . .I really wish I had enough time to train you properly, but I can see now that you don't really need me. Aqua-chan you hold so much potential and I am glad we met." Tears pricked at the corners of Aqua's eyes, why did it sound like Miya was saying goodbye? "Please don't go!" Aqua hugged the female warrior tightly, her strong sister and role model. Startled, Miya slowly patted her head, "Sharp as ever, that will come in handy." Aqua's tears made it very difficult, but it had to be done. With quick precision, Miya knocked out Aqua laying her gently, in a sitting position, between Ventus and Terra. Her keyblade Rainfell appeared in one of her black fingerless gloved hands. The blade felt smooth and cool, its power coursed through her arm. Miya pressed her forehead against Aqua's unconscious body,"With this keyblade. . .I leave the future to you. Use it well, my apprentice.", tears rolled down her face; this would be their very last moment together. Miya kissed Aqua's forehead saying goodbye.
"I love you." She whispered in a shaky voice. Salty tears dripped from her face and landed on Aqua's. Miya slowly released the little girl, letting her lay down between her two friends. Rainfell sparkled in Aqua's tiny hand; a perfect fit. Miya smiled getting up and turned her back on the little ones. "Are you sure." Eraqus asked standing a few feet away on the grassy hill they were in. Only the stars and the moon were the audience to this sad farewell. Miya paused mid stride from the portal she was about to enter. "Yes, those children will be the keys to a happier future. All that I ask of you is to train Ven, Aqua, and Terra. Protect them for me.. . .No for both of us. Please." Eraqus nodded, "I will do my best, your highness." Miya nodded satisfied that he would indeed protect them. "Who knows, maybe one day we'll all see each other again." Miya's smile was filled with so much hope that Eraqus believed it too. Eraqus looked into the starry night sky. "Perhaps you all will." Miya smiled back at him then blinked forgetting something. She walked over placing a pretty charm which was made of a deep blue stain glass. The pendant sparkled and the shape itself almost resembled a flower. "Give this to Aqua for me." Eraqus closed his hand around it then made another promise with the princess.
Miya came back from her reverie fighting off heartless.
Wielding two keyblades, she stopped half an army of the evil beings.
"I won't let you hurt them." Keyblades sliced through the air cutting down large numbers of the enemy. She could see Hana and her wolf children's smiling faces in her mind. "You won't win this war!" Water turned to ice crushing heartless into pieces. Makoto and Chiaki; Kushina's and Minato's, Sophie and Howl's faces flooded from various memories of the times she spent with them. "The Light will always find a way to banish the Darkness!" Moving like water she gracefully danced across the battlefield defeating enemies left and right. Aqua and many other friends came back to her mind. "And I won't let you take the people that are close to my heart." A huge explosion shook the ground behind her. Numerous heartless all died at once from her devastating magical blow. Water was truly her element and she knew how deadly it could be. Crystals erupted everywhere killing off the remaining swarm.
"Nice speech, but it won't save you or him." A little girl's voice was the only warning Miya got before being attacked. Miya's keyblade, Destiny's Embrace barely blocked the attack. The girl's sparkly pink eyes matched her sadistic smile as long silky orange hair flowed freely from her Organization 13's hood. Miya did a backflip dodging another attack.
"Awww, you're no fun." The little girl pouted, "Luxanne. Don't do this." Miya warned.
"Do what? Have fun? Older people are so boring. . . .Despite that fact. . .I can't wait to see what happens to Kero." Miya gasped seeing the battle in the sky. Kero was losing a lot of blood. She had to be there for him. "Out of my way!" Miya yelled sending off an onslaught of powerful attacks that Luxanne barely dodged. "Whaaaaaa!" The little girl crashed into a boulder. Raindrops woke her up sometime later just in time to see Miya stop the fighting between Renox and Kero.
The rain poured from the sky as if mourning an upcoming loss.
Blood dripped down the girl’s chin from a loud cough.
Her violet eyes slowly found the one she most wanted to protect.
The shock quickly passed between the opposing warriors.
Renox removed his blade from the princess’s chest and decided to give them a final moment. “I love you.” The princess’s soft whisper caressed her prince’s heart watching his eyes widen. Her long pink hair danced about her angelic face as her glimmering eyes filled with tears, staring deeply into Kero’s warm brown eyes all the while touching his forehead. Kero formed Miya’s name on his lips watching her bright angel wings take flight, hands releasing him.
Heartless flung themselves at the princess only to die in seconds by her whirling keyblades hovering in the air. Miya’s body began to shatter as she performed one final spell. A shining pink magical circle appeared at her feet while Miya made quick gestures completing the task that would save him and their future.
Kero’s eyes grew heavy barely witnessing the last of Miya’s body dwindling into gleaming cherry blossom petals. Kero fell head first through the starless night sky.
Darkness clouded his vision as his body too faded into sparkles of light.
The great hero vanished from the world never to be heard from again.
- - -
"Poor Kero and Miya!" Black Mokona cried from atop Yuko's lap.
"It was inevitable, a fate that couldn't be changed no matter how each side wished it wouldn't." Black Mokona took a sip of his sake drink overlooking the pretty Sakura petals flying in the night breeze.
The soft pink petals reminded him of Miya’s hair and the girl’s tender nature.
"Yeah, but do you think they will see each other again?"
Yuko withdrew a puff of smoke from her pipe and watched its smoky tendrils snake out of the balcony and disperse.
"Yes . . . Not in the way they expected."
Black Mokona's ears flattened at her response. "This is bringing Mokona down."
Yuko petted his soft black fur. A smile tugged at her crimson lips as she closed her eyes. "The boy has touched many hearts forming strong bonds. Without realizing it he and Miya have triggered a set of paths where many will tread upon. Since he is gone, the dream can't continue. Until then our dream will wait for him to awaken."
The wind picked up causing most of the delicate petals to shower the balcony as though raindrops had magically turned to rain in a blink of an eye.
Yuko opened her eyes strands of long black hair hid part of her face.
"And from there I will wait for our paths to finally cross."
The cherry blossoms danced wildly in the cool breeze.
A single petal fell into the small pond which reflected the moon like an elegant mirror.
Images of a boy walking through a city and a girl with short black hair overlooking the ocean appeared in mysterious flashes before fading into the darkness. The cherry blossoms released their petals into the wind once more flying into the moonlit starry sky.
- - -
Kero’s body floated down into the crystal clear watery depths of a lake. His body fell gently into a crystallized flower where he would sleep for a long time.
Yuko’s voice echoed through the depths of the water reaching him from the distance of her shop as cherry blossom petals sparkled on their way up the heavens capturing the moon's light. “Sleep well. . . Everyone will be waiting and so will I.”