Chapter CXCVIII: The Loot Of A Thousand Worlds, The Quest For Treasure Planet Part X
“Uhh...” Wincing as she groaned, Nozomi's body was aching all over! Cringing as she felt this sensation, she asked aloud as her body shuddered slightly, “What was-?”
Suddenly, hearing this loud sound she was made wide awake! Then immediately over her she felt a whole sea of splinters come rushing down! “Agh!” Quickly keeping herself safe as much as she could, she put her arms over her head and pulled her body in, until the unforgiving barrage finally ceased.
Then carefully and cautiously as she felt it came to a halt, she opened her eyes and there she saw quickly the hole that had been blasted into the ship! It couldn't have been more than five feet away from her! The sight of it smouldering chilled her from the inside out! “This is really bad!” She whispered to herself, for if the ship was damaged anymore like that, then it would mean-!
“Ahh...ugh...” Quickly though she was distracted, for hearing this pained cry and cough, she turned and saw that it was,“Yeul?!”
For quickly there just some distance away from her, was the young long blue haired girl that she and the king had run into! However she was unconscious and her deer teddy had fallen from her hands, laying just a little away from her.
Immediately forgetting her own pain, Nozomi spoke fast, “I've got to do something!” Getting up as quick as she could, she called out to her, “Hang on, Yeul! I'm coming! I'm-!” However quickly she saw in moments a bunch of black antenna heartless coming towards the helpless girl, their yellow soulless eyes hungry for the innocent heart that dwelled with her!
Angered quickly by this, the female keyblader cried out, “Oh no you don't!” With those words, she quickly aimed her blade forwards and cried out, “Swift Stars Rays!” With that instantly the white stars of light flew out and struck all the heartless in moments as they turned at the sound of her voice!
Seeing them all vanish and dissolve away, quickly the keyblader made her way over to the blue haired girl and as she did, she became urgent as she picked up her deer teddy and then took her in her arms. Quickly she tried to coax her out of her unconscious state as she said, “Yeul! C'mon wake up! You gotta wake up now or-!”
Quickly Nozomi turned around hearing this voice and as she did-!
Suddenly another blast of a cannon ball was unleashed! As it was she covered her eyes as she drew her keyblade out defensively and as she did-!
“Get away from her!”
Hearing this cry, Nozomi's eyes widened as she suddenly saw something come rushing straight towards her! It was a blue blur! At first she couldn't make it out, but then she saw an angered and burning gaze, along with a red long blade drawn. That was ready to strike her down! However it was too late for her to move!
Immediately though, shocking her someone arrived and parried the blow, stopping it dead in it's tracks! The individual who attacked surprised, quickly somersaulted backwards! His drew out his blade before him defensively still at the ready as he gazed at them both with concentrated and agitated eyes.
Nozomi looking on in amazement instantly recognised who'd come to her aid as she cried out, “Riku!”
For there before her was the long white haired keyblader holding his keyblade, 'The Way To Dawn' out before him with a determined gaze of his own. Then hearing her he turned to look at Nozomi for a minute, seeing her expression he sighed as he then said with a relieved smile and joke, “What took you so long?”
The female keyblader hearing this, was silent for a second simply before she revealed a small smile of her own. She then replied cheekily, “I was tied up!” But saying that she was so pleased he was okay! However before she could any other words with him-
“Get away from Yeul now!” It was then that both keybladers were drawn back to the sight of the blue clad warrior. Looking at him, Nozomi again saw his angry blue eyes, along with his brown hair that framed his features. Including that she also saw the dark blue and black tribal clothes he was wearing, along with the the two swords he had in each hand. One was a red blade with a fiery pattern over it that made it intricate and fierce, while the other was a shorter simple golden/yellow blade, but just as dangerous.
It was clear looking on that he was a formidable opponent, however there was one thing that clicked in Nozomi's mind at who this person might be, “Are you-?”
Quickly distracted again, immediately the keybladers and confronting warrior were drawn to the sight of someone running out from a sea of smoke! There running towards them it was-!
“It's you!” Nozomi cried, for there looking on she saw that pink haired cat boy that had sprung up below deck and had tried to attack her, when Yeul was trying to speak up!
Seeing that he'd got her attention, the eye patched young cat man laughed as he greeted her saying, “Why hiya! My little chiclet!” To which he finished with a affectionate wink.
Baffled as he said this, Nozomi repeated, “Huh? Chiclet?”
To which he simply grinned more, while Riku himself not getting it didn't trust him in moments as he asked, “What is it you want! You-!”
Hearing the white haired keyblader say this, the young pink haired youth told him, flicking his hands in the air, “Now! Now! There's no need for ya to get yer knickers in a twist, pretty boy!”
This made Riku stop in seconds, for looking at him dumbfounded and appalled. He just had to wonder to himself. 'Who the heck is this guy?!'
However seeing that he'd managed to get some silence, the smirking individual continued, “I'm just here to stop things getting more out of control!” Then saying those words-!
Immediately another cannon ball exploded overhead! As it did, quickly everyone saw that more hordes of heartless were on the way as they surrounded them all from above! Looking at them with alarmed eyes, Nozomi saw that there were more of those ship flying heartless, along with the air pirates with their long sharpened swords and finally the plain small haunting black ones. All staring down at them hauntingly with those same yellow glowing soulless eyes.
The pink haired cat boy seeing this, then said as his single eye narrowed with seriousness, “Because if we don't, I'd say we're all gonna get turned into chowder!”
It was then hearing these words, Nozomi stood up as she took Yeul into her arms looking towards the heartless, which were all fast approaching. She spoke becoming determined, “He's right! Though I know we've all met under bad circumstances, this is no time for arguments!”
Hearing Nozomi's words, Riku knew it to be the truth too as he replied, “Yeah.” Then saying that he quickly looked to the hazards that was ahead of them and said, “And it's gonna take all our strength to reach a safer stronghold!”
As he heard these words, Noel who'd been quiet up to that point couldn't believe what he was hearing! Looking up to the them both he had to ask them wary, “And what makes you think even you're near to being trustworthy to us in this situation?” To which he then pointed his long red fiery blade to the keybladers.
Listening to these words, it was obvious that Noel didn't trust them. However before either could say anything-!
“Because at least they're human Noel!” With that the pinked haired cat boy ran up to his crew mate and told him speaking over his shoulder, “They're not gonna be any worse than those monsters!” Then looking to the keybladers he added, “Besides, Yeul said they're not bad people and I think that's saying something.”
Hearing these words, it was then that Riku and Nozomi felt that they could relax a little more as they gazed on. Seeing them look on with slight relief, Noel was still uncertain. However he then remembered seeing the desperateness in Yeul's eyes as she continued to slumber on in Nozomi's arms. Looking on at the unconscious girl... he made a decision, “Alright, for now I'll trust you both.”
Saying those words, finally caused all the tension between the group to dissipate. However Noel looking back to his crew mate told him, “You just better not be wrong about this, Timbre.”
To which laughing he replied, “Of course I won't be!” Then looking to Nozomi with a cheeky look in his single eye, he grinned as he added, “Besides how can I be wrong about someone as sweet and tasty as that cutie?”
As she heard this, Nozomi blushed bright red as she remembered what had happened below deck! Quickly she told him outraged, “Don't talk about that!”
Riku though seeing this reaction from Nozomi was puzzled, for what had-?
Noel though sighing had to say to his comrade, “Timbre, there are better times to flirt you know?”
However rolling his single visible eye, the pink haired cat boy replied, “Oh. Noel I don't have a clue at what you mean?”
However Riku still not understanding quickly became alert and acted as he cried, “Hey! Watch it there!” For behind, Timbre and Noel more heartless suddenly emerged! They were sky pirate types and immediately they charged towards them with their swords aimed straight towards the backs of the unwary duo!
Their eyes alarmed, they moved as Riku quickly aimed and shouted out, “Firaga!!!” With that the fiery spell blasted the heartless apart immediately!
The two evasive warriors arriving in front of the keybladers, then saw that the monsters emerged from the blacked cloud of soot charred. But they were still ready for battle!
Seeing this, Timbre let go of his cheeky demeanour as his single eye became narrowed as he said, “Looks like play time is over!”
Nodding, Noel was ready as he said, “Yeah! It looks like it!” However before he could move to take his blades-
“Wait!” It was then he was distracted as he turned and saw the girl he'd nearly attacked earlier.
“Here,” With that Nozomi held out Yeul to him. As she did, he stared to her and as he did he heard her say, “It's your role to protect her right? She'll be best in your hands!” With that gently the female keyblader reached the long blue haired girl out to him. As she did this, carefully and quickly Noel took Yeul into his own arms and as he did, he heard Nozomi tell him with a smile, “Sorry me and the king made you worried about her before.”
As she did this, Noel himself couldn't understand why Nozomi was being so nice to him like this? Why would she-?
Though there was no more time for talking, for quickly the heartless were on the offensive again! As another explosion sounded off, Nozomi called out her keyblade once more and as she did she said with fierce determination, “Now it's time for us to get to work!”
Hearing his fellow keyblader say this, Riku then replied, “Looks like!” With that he quickly ran forwards and as he did. Nozomi followed after him, her wings carrying her into the air!
In seconds, both Timbre and Noel saw the two of them cut and slice into the monsters and as they did. They heard the white haired keyblader tell them, “You both! Take the path we clear for you! Get to the captain's quarters! We can talk more there!” With that shout he immediately engaged with another group of sky pirates!
“Well who looks who's being the big bad leader, huh?” Timbre joked. However as he did so, a small black heartless jumped in and tried to get him from behind! However-!
Immediately he sliced the creature in two with his long spear! As he did so, he then said, “Okay, no more jokes!” With that facing his deadly weapon ahead he said with a keen grin, “Let's get serious!” With that he charged on forwards following after the keybladers!
While Noel holding his precious cargo chased after Timbre and the keybladers as they cleared the way for them. As he did so, looking to the pained girl's face he said, “Yeul hang on!” With that they all charged on together through the storm of chaos!
Rocking around back and forth as he'd been dropped on the floor by Fran in a hurry. Within his birdcage, Cait sith was getting the worst headache of his life! “Oh for Pete's sake! Stop this rockin' and rollin'! I'm not supposed to-!”
Suddenly he was interrupted as another cannon ball was fired! “AAAGGGHHH!!!” Quickly he was sent flying in the air and as he was, he was getting more jumbled up in his trap!
Then immediately he came to a standstill! Feeling this all of a sudden despite his merry go round dizziness, he uttered, “Now what!? Who put the breaks on me-!”
However he saw quickly what was going on! For his cage had been nabbed by a whole group of heartless! He was stunned as he saw their yellow glowing eyes all staring up at him, as they held him aloft with their sharp claws.
Quickly though, he was unnerved as the terrible beasts tried to get at him! All of them trying to tear his cage apart with their sharp swords! As they jostled him and around, he cried out aloud in panic and outrage, “Cut it out ya stupid creepy crawlers! I ain't no snack in a box!”
But it was no useless! The heartless were paying his words no heed! Then scaring him witless they tore his cage open finally and as they did, they were on top of him! They were going to-!
Suddenly though the monsters were all quickly sliced through and turned to dust! However as they were, Cait sith then felt himself fall out of his cage and as he did, he cried out, “Hey don't throw me around like this! Agh!”
Immediately hearing this, the small cat was caught by a pair of hands and opening his eyes quickly as he recognised who'd come to his aid, “Mickey mate!”
For there the mouse king was, holding him in his gloved hands as they arrived back down on the deck of the RLS Legacy! Smiling to his small feline companion, he told him, “Glad ta see yer okay there!”
Hearing this from his pal, Cait sith told him, “I'm better than okay now, thanks to you mousecheeks!” Then standing back up on his own red booted feet again, he added, “I was almost made into heartless grub!”
Hearing these words, Mickey made a small laugh as he admitted, “I won't deny that there!” However quickly as he said that, more heartless started to gather around! As they did, he knew this was no time to chat so he told his feline pal, “Looks like we're gonna have to book it, Cait sith!”
As he heard these words, the small crowned cat responded, “Looks like it, Mickey! Let's skee daddle!” Then immediately with that both of them took off as more cannon balls were fired!
Carrying his precious cargo close to him, as he carried on making it past the fiery inferno that had been created by the fired cannonball, Noel gritted his teeth. Then looking behind, he saw a wave of the monsters coming fast and furiously towards them both! Agitated in moments, he quickly pushed himself to go faster as he rushed on forwards, “C'mon! C'mon!”
The heartless were getting closer and closer though! Their sharp claws were reaching for the helpless couple, when-!
“Take this!” With that swooping in, Nozomi ran forwards and fast, as she slid with her keyblade and sliced through an entire group of heartless pirates that came their way!
Seeing this, Noel looked behind and revealed a small smile of relief. However concentrating hard again, he proceeded on forwards desperately to reach safety!
Then as Nozomi finished her attack she turned to get up, but suddenly another blade came trying to get at her from behind! However ready for this, she said agitated, “Not this time!”
With those words, her wings sprung forth and made her sprint into the air she dashed and then with one well armed blow, “Haaa!” She hit her target! The attacking heartless in seconds turned to dust immediately!
Quickly landing on the deck of the ship, Nozomi turned to see the progress of the others.
Together they had all aimed to keep the heartless away from Noel and Yeul, as he carried the unconscious girl towards the captain's cabin. However it was proving easier to be said that done, for the heartless were relentless!
As he proceeded on, Noel was coming closer to the stairs! Just a little further forward and-!
However quickly two huge pirate ship heartless came his way! Immediately they stopped the desperate warrior in seconds, he looked at the monsters agitated! For with Yeul in his arms, there was no way that he could attack them. He also couldn't put her down now otherwise-!
Immediately though he couldn't think anything else, as the heartless aimed their cannons straight at him and Noel! Quickly they glowed with their terrifying power and then-!
“Not today fella's!”
Suddenly from on high, came in a flying pink blur! In seconds the heartless were both stopped from charging their attacks and it was done by-!
“Timbre!?” Noel cried out, for there the pink haired cat boy came flying in from nowhere!
The eye patched youth swinging his spear, hearing him cry out his name smirked as he told him, “The one and only!” With those words, he quickly turned back to the heartless as he told them, “And now it's smacking time!” Then quickly feeling pumped he began his attacks against the monsters, flying fast into the air with his long spear in hand!
Again and again, from up in the air he stabbed the heartless over and over as he swooped in and around them! He was practically impossible to see with his fast speed! He was like lightning and the monster ships were being pushed apart more and more by his swift fighting style!
Looking on as he became more and more battle crazed as he sliced away into them. Noel could see he was getting out of hand... again. Seeing him becoming excited like this was making him feel awkward and he couldn't help but ask, “Has he already forgotten we're in a crisis here?”
Then as he said that, Timbre quickly knocked one of the heartless and laughed out loud with a boast, “Victory is mine!”
To which in turn, Noel simply felt more abashed however he quickly noticed that the other monster his comrade had knocked out, was rolling over and then, “Timbre!”
However as the pink haired cat boy turned around at this shout. Quickly he saw terrified that the monster was aiming one of it's cannons straight at him! Then as they began to fiercely glow-!
Suddenly the monster was immediately was struck into and was stopped by Riku! The surprised eye patched boy then saw the keyblader, aim his right hand as he did he said fiercely, “Too slow!” With that his hand glowed with bright yellow power as he shouted out, “Thundaga!” With that the monster was blasted away by the powerful thunder spell!
Seeing this happen, Timbre as well as Noel were surprised. However the long white haired keyblader turned to look at the cat boy and told him, “You need to pay more attention here! You let your guard down!”
However Timbre hearing this himself, was quiet before he then replied grumbling as he turned his head to the side, “...Party pooper!”
Obviously Riku wasn't pleased with this retort, but before he could move to say another word-!
Quickly all of them turned around and as they did, fast approaching was Nozomi! Seeing her, they heard her then call out and ask, “Are you okay!?”
However before any of them could move to make a move!
“Watch out there, lads!”
Suddenly the furious lightning spell came charging forwards! As it did, it struck away the heartless that was just about to attack the bewildered cat boy and keyblader!
Riku turning then saw the pirate ship heartless, fall to the side in seconds charred by the power of the spell! He couldn't believe that it'd tried to sneak up on them both like that!
While Timbre himself then, recovering from his shock looked to Riku and told him, “Well look who's defenceless one now, huh?”
To which hearing this, Riku was immediately annoyed as he looked at him. However Nozomi herself quickly saw who'd come to their aid as she called out, “Cait sith! Mickey!”
For there fast approaching them was their mouse king and crowned cat companions! Cait sith himself seeing that he'd got her attention, then made his move and jumping forwards he landed upon Nozomi's shoulder as he told her, “Aye lass! Sorry we kept ya lot waiting!”
Nozomi was more pleased than upset by this and so replied, “I'm just so glad to see you guys!”
Riku then swallowing down his annoyance as he glared for a moment more at Timbre, then walked to his comrades and told his arriving friend's with a smile of his own, “Yeah, it's good to see you're both safe!”
Mickey then hearing this replied, “And it's great you're okay Riku! Sorry for makin' ya worry there!”
Noel looking on then saw the white haired keyblader simply smile in return. As he did this and he saw the positive atmosphere that emanated from the group, he could feel the strong friendship that was between them all. As he did, he looked back to Yeul and he had to wonder. Was it that atmosphere from them that made her trust them?
However there was no more time for him to dwell on this, for suddenly he heard chilling sounds and turning around he saw more of them gather. The heartless! At once as he noticed he called out to everyone, “Hey! We can't stop! We got to keep moving!”
Hearing him say this, it was then the others all quickly saw the hordes of heartless that were beginning to build up and coming their way again! It was clear this was no time to dawdle!
Timbre immediately took the lead as he cried out, “C'mon guys! This way!” With that he ran forwards! Then as they did the others all followed suite, with Noel carrying Yeul and finally the keybladers themselves. As they did they all made their way to the stairs to get away from the sea of monsters that were threatening to overtake and consume them all!
“Careful, Captain!” With that quickly the rocky skinned first mate, Mr Arrow fired his shot and instantly the heartless that was threatening his precious superior was vanquished! For after the heartless had began their attacks, they'd been only left with one option! They had to retreat back to safer levels! They were now just some short distance away from the quarters when they now had these monstrous obstacles to deal with!
Seeing what he'd done for her as she turned her head, Amelia was agitated! However she was quick to say, “You have my praise Mr Arrow!” But quickly she turned and fired another shot, as once again one more of the pirate heartless came her way!
As it turned to dust on the spot, she then said aggravated, “But it looks like these monstrosities are going to continue to be tenacious!” For she saw quickly more spawn! At this rate-!
Gasping as she turned, the feline woman saw another heartless turn to dust in seconds! However the shot hadn't come from her First mate, it was-!
“Captain!” Quickly Mr Arrow placed himself before Amelia protectively, as he saw who'd come before them. For there he could see before his eyes, that it was none other than the one who'd led them all into this chaos!
“Greetings!” For there smirking, as though he had no care whatsoever in the world. It was none other than the invading mutineer Balthier!
Seeing him in seconds, Amelia pointed her laser at him angrily as she spat out, “You!”
Though seeing this reaction, Balthier himself simply continued to smirk as he replied, “Oh I'm so glad you remember me so fondly!”
Mr Arrow though quickly spoke up and replied to the arrogant man, “Don't be making a mockery of our captain! A miscreant such as yourself has no right to-!”
“But I do have my rights!” With that clicking his fingers, it was then appearing from seemingly nowhere that his exotic partner, Fran emerged and still held in her claws was-!
“Jim!” For still held in the rabbit woman's claws was the restrained young man with his mouth gagged. It was clear he was irritated as he still tried to struggle, but against Fran's power he had no chance whatsoever!
Seeing the captain's reaction to their display, Balthier then continued to smile as he replied, “Correct! This young gentleman is still in our custody and-”
“Boss!” With that turning, it was then that everyone saw behind Zidane who was busy dodging in and around the heartless as he struck into them here and there. But it was clear that at the rate the monsters were swarming and surrounding the monkey tailed young man, that he was struggling.
Looking behind himself he then told them, “You better hurry that discussion! I won't be able to keep these things back much longer alone!” With that he struck fast another heartless that came flying straight at him!
Seeing this himself, Balthier didn't like to be cut short. However he knew this wasn't the time to swagger, so looking to Amelia he told her, “Well, since we are in a dire situation I will ask now that you give us control in return for the boy's life... otherwise, you can imagine the conclusion for yourselves.”
Angered instantly as she heard this, along with her First Mate Amelia was trembling inside with fury! For looking on she could already tell that they'd dispatched Cait sith, who was no longer being held in the rabbit woman's claws. It was clear that these barbarians were serious! Looking at him, she knew she would shoot him there and then for this if she could! However she knew she had to act rationally for at this rate both the ship and everyone would fall! So biting her rage back, she looked to Balthier and spoke, “You will-”
“You'll have nothing!” With that shocking both Captain and First Mate along with the kidnappers. It was then that suddenly appearing before them, with his cannon arm at the ready it was none other than the enraged cyborg, John Silver!
“Mr Silver!” Mr Arrow shouted out! For if he acted impulsively now, then-!
However ignoring him, Mr Silver pumped up the powerful weapon and as he did so. He told Balthier, “Now how about this as a proposition? You hand over the lad and I'll not blast both you and the rest of yer mates to kingdom come!”
Hearing this demand being made of him, Balthier was still quite surprised and even Zidane behind him and his partner had ceased his battling to look on shocked. For this was definitely getting more interesting by the moment!
Fran herself though, disliking this tone that Silver was using, threw Jim to the side making him hit the floor hard as he grumbled loudly in pain as he stared up to her mad! However ignoring this, Fran took out her bow and arrows and aiming one at the cyborg, she was silent with a deadly intent of her own!
It was a stand off and at this rate, if things continued like this then-!
Suddenly interrupted again, there arriving on the scene was, “Mickey!”
For there was the mouse king! Looking on Amelia couldn't believe it! Neither could Jim, but quickly he saw much to his relief not just him, but the rest of the keybladers, Riku and Nozomi along with Cait sith who was riding her shoulder.
Balthier and Fran surprised themselves saw, “Noel! Timbre!” Then the rabbit earred woman, seeing who the blue clad warrior was carrying immediately put her bow and arrows away as she called out, “Yeul!”
Making it over, she asked urgently to the girl's guardian, “Is she-?”
“She's fine!” Noel told her quickly, then he explained a little more to her, “She was just knocked out, but-!”
Suddenly shocking everyone, a whole battalion of pirate ship heartless emerged! Surrounding them on all sides, their cannons aimed straight at them all!
Seeing them hovering all around and then seeing the hordes of swarming black heartless and pirate ones begin to emerge, Nozomi knew she had to act fast! So looking to the others she told them all, “Everyone! This is no time for fighting! We have to get to safety right now so-!”
Once again another shot was sent their way and it was clear Nozomi's words were to be taken to heart right there and then! So grudgingly, Mr Silver lowered his cannon arm and replied, “The lass's right! If we keep quarrelin' here we'll all really be done for!”
Balthier seeing the hordes of heartless himself, however reluctant he sighed as he replied, “Well it's not in my higher interests to agree with a ruffian... I will have to concede at this point.” With that looking to his 'enemies,' he told them, “Let us make our our retreat!”
Smiling as he said that, Timbre then who'd been quiet up to that point said, “Glad to hear you agree boss!” With that he ran forwards as he headed towards the Captain's quarters.
Seeing the pink haired young cat boy go, Amelia didn't much care for his immature attitude. However looking to all the heartless that were still approaching fast, she informed everyone, “I really don't wish to share my private chambers with a bunch of bandits like this, but circumstances compel!” Quickly turning she announced, “Come let's go!”
With that the others all turned to run, however Jim still tied up and lying on the floor was annoyed! For wriggling about mad, he still hadn't been freed from his bonds and now the others were-!
“Jimbo!” Suddenly though his annoyed thoughts were interrupted as coming down to his side, it was none other than Silver. Seeing the tall cyborg with surprise, he heard him then say, “Hang on lad, I'll lift ya up!”
With that he just that and as he felt himself getting back up right on his feet, he heard, “I'll help out too!” Turning as he heard that, Jim then saw Nozomi tun on over and quickly she took her keyblade in hand and said, “I'll get rid of these stupid ropes!” Instantly in seconds saying that the bindings that were holding him down were removed!
Feeling this at last, Jim took his hands and pulled off the gag that had stopped him from talking! As he did so, he said, “Finally! That was an utter pain!”
Hearing him say this, Cait sith then laughed as he told him, “You got that right lad! You and I both were put through the wringer back there!”
Jim hearing Cait sith's voice then looked to him and saw Nozomi again, who smiled up to him and said, “Sorry we took a bit to help you out Jim!”
Seeing her smile up to him like that so pleasantly, caused Jim's heart to flutter slightly inside. However he didn't want this to be shown, so he turned his head to the side as he said,“...It's fine.”
Turning he then saw Silver smiling down to him and as he did, he heard him say as he had a guess at what was going on, “Oh? Cat got your tongue there?”
Quickly though, the ponytailed young man replied, “Please!” However quickly recovering what composure he could, he replied to him, “...Thanks though, for helping me out again.”
Silver simply smiled at this, thinking this as quite typical for him. Nozomi though not noticing his flustered state did the same, however before she or any of the others could say another word, “Guys!”
Then looking on, they saw Riku and Mickey standing by the door of the captain's quarters as they did, they heard him shout out, “Hurry up! They're almost on you!”
With that instantly they all turned and as they did so, the heartless were hurrying fast! They had to go! Quickly Nozomi cried out, “C'mon guys!” With that she took off with Jim and Silver following closely behind her!
Cait sith still on top of her head then cried out, pointing to the door, “Let's amscray lads!” With that he and the others quickly entered the door and shut it tight as they did so-!
A series of cannonballs were fired! However they'd all missed the targets, making the deck burn with holes! There was silence for a few moments, before one voice said annoyed, “Darn it! The varmits got away!” For there appearing and landing on the deck with a heavy thud, it was none other than Pete. Totally disappointed that his attack had failed... again!
Hearing him complain once more, it was then floating on down to the deck with a softer touch with her metallic wings exposed. It was none other than Hari, looking to Pete she heard him continue on to say, “I was certain we were gonna have 'em sealed and nailed tight! Why don't that ever work out for us here!”
Hari herself simply remained silent as she turned her green eyes to the door of the Captain's quarters. As she did so, it was clear she was deducing something. Pete though not noticing this turned to look at her as he asked, “So what're we supposed to be doin' here now! We're-!”
“We will proceed on,” Hari replied simply.
As she said this, Pete stared at her blankly for a moment as he repeated, “Proceed on?”
“Correct,” she replied and as she did so, she moved her hand forwards and doing so she added, “With this current assault.” Then as she pointed her finger to the door, the heartless cannons began to burn red with power.
Pete seeing this was silent, however he was a little wary and unsure as Hari said with a cold seriousness in her eyes, “For we should remove certain newer pieces that have been added to this game.” With those words, it was then the heartless unleashed their power!
The ship's cabin shuddering under all this power that was being blasted against it. Everyone on the inside was nervous like mad! For if thing's continued this way, it was not going to end well for any of them!
Zidane himself couldn't help but complain with annoyance, “Darn! Those things just won't let up will they!?”
Timbre though hearing his pal say this asked him with a grin, “Getting a cold sweat are ya?”
To which the monkey tailed young man, stared at him with utter annoyance. Seeing this reaction occur, Riku simply sighed as he stood with his comrades as he said, “Looks like some people are relaxed no matter what the situation, huh?”
Nodding, Nozomi standing near to Noel then couldn't help but reply, “Seems so?”
To which the blue clad guardian, simply smiled on. However he felt dread still, for if they didn't all do something soon, then what would? However as these worried thoughts raged inside of him, “Mmm?”
Quickly turning, he saw Yeul in his arm's was beginning to stir awake! As she was he asked her urgently, “Yeul!”
Hearing him say this, instantly Nozomi asked, “Yeul!?” With that she turned to face the young girl fully as Mickey then ran over to her too! Riku confused followed him as Jim, Silver and the Captain along with her First Mate watched on.
Even Timbre and Zidane stopped their little discussion as the pink haired cat boy cried out, “Yeul!?” With that he ran over as his pal followed suit.
Then in tow, quickly Balthier and Fran walked over too and as they did so. They were quiet as they waited patiently for the young girl to awaken. The group of people gathered around the young long blue haired girl, slowly and carefully opened her eyes.
As she did so, she was confused as she gazed around herself. However seeing all her friends there around her, she couldn't help but smile as she said, “Everyone...”
There was immense relief as she spoke and as she did so, they smiled as Noel did as he asked her, “Yeul, you're okay.”
Hearing him say this, the young girl replied to him, “Yeah... why wouldn't I-?” Then suddenly stopping, she looked to Nozomi and Mickey. As she did so, her eyes widened as she asked, “Mickey? Nozomi?”
“Hey Yeul!” Mickey smiled to her, as he did he asked her, “Are you feelin' okay now?”
To which the young girl nodded and as she did so, Nozomi decided to ask her, “You had us scared back there! With the heartless attack and everything, we thought you'd-”
“An attack?” Then as she asked that, it was immediately Yeul remembered and as she did so. Her mind rushed to other possibilities! Looking around anxious, she couldn't help but ask, “Raiyana!”
Hearing her say this name, immediately Noel was bewildered. Why would she say that? However he didn't get any time to think more about this question as Yeul looked around herself some more and asked Nozomi, along with Mickey, “Where is she? You said she was aboard this ship didn't you? She's-?”
“She's over here lass,” it was then Yeul distracted heard Mr Silver's voice and as she did so. She turned in his direction, the young girl looking on then saw the cyborg and stand aside with a sad look on his face. As he did so, it was then that Yeul saw with widened eyes, “Raiyana!?”
Quickly shocked as well, Noel released the young girl from his hands and as he did so. She ran over to the unconscious girl's side as she was continued to be nursed by Delbert. As she did this he followed suite calling out too, “Raiyana!”
Seeing their crew mates react this way, it was clear that Timbre, Zidane along with Fran and their leader Balthier were confused. For they'd never heard this name being mentioned to them. They watched on silently as the two of them finally got to their friend's side.
Looking at her long lost friend, Yeul cried out, “Raiyana! Raiyana! Wake up!” Startled immediately Morph flew on up and away as he stared at this new stranger. However there was no response from the unconscious girl as she continued to struggle against her pain. This saddened her terribly as she took her hands and pleaded with her, “Please wake up! Please...” Morph in turn seeing this was saddened terribly too, seeing someone was fretting just as badly as he was.
Seeing this with worry in her eyes, it was then that Nozomi heard Cait sith say, “This looks bad lass!”
Nodding the female keyblader replied, “Yeah,” however she couldn't sit back and do nothing! So quickly she joined Yeul's and Noel's side too!
As he saw her go, Mickey then followed suite as he told his friend, “C'mon Riku!”
Hearing the king say this, the white haired keyblader replied, “Right!” With that he ran over too!
Making it over quickly, they looked on worried as Noel turned to Delbert and asked him, “Please? Tell us what's wrong? Is Raiyana?”
To which the dog featured man replied sadly, “She has an abnormal injury that is making her suffer terribly.”
As he heard this, Noel repeated, “An abnormal injury?”
Listening to this question, Delbert then pointed to the purple pulsing bite that was on her arm. Seeing it, immediately Yeul's upset eyes widened in recognition! For that bite was-!
It was then that Nozomi realising what peril she was in asked, “Isn't there anything you can do for her Delbert? Isn't there-?”
To which shaking his head he told the female keyblader, the doctor replied, “Without the proper medical supplies... there's very little I can do,” Then looking to Raiyana sadly he also added, “And at this rate with those heartless rampaging outside... she may not-”
“I don't want to hear a word of the sort!” It was then that Mr Silver walked on over, with Morph now on his shoulder stroking into him worriedly.
Seeing him like this, Riku asked, “Silver?”
However ignoring him, Mr Silver then said with a strong conviction, “Raiyana is a spritely lass! She'll pull on through this, I'm a certain about it!”
Delbert hearing him say this though, was about to open his mouth to sadly say otherwise. But then-!
“She will!” Yeul said with determination and as she did so, she added, “I know she will,” with that she reached into her one of her side pouch pockets.
As she did this, Nozomi wondered what she was doing as she walked over and asked her, “Yeul? What're you-?”
But she didn't get a chance to finish her sentence, for then the young long blue haired girl brought out a blue bottle of some kind. As she did, she took it to Raiyana's injury and poured a little of what was inside onto it.
As she rubbed it into the bite, almost immediately the purple mist that had been leaking from it ceased and then in turn, Raiyana's breathing calmed quickly. Seeing this happen, Delbert couldn't believe it as he said, “What is that? This medicine it's-?”
“Mmm...?” Quickly Morph hearing this utter became excited and instantly he flew down to Raiyana, stroking into her cheek as he could sense what was happening.
In moments quickly, the keybladers, Silver along with Noel and Yeul looked on expectantly and as they did, it was then after a little bit that Raiyana finally opened her eyes. As she did so, she was confused as she asked, “This is-?”
“Raiyana!” “Raiyana!” Immediately hearing these two voices, it was then the long blue haired girl sat straight up startled and as she did so, she asked, “That's-!”
However she didn't have to say anymore, as suddenly a pair of young arms in relief hugged her middle tightly as she cried out, “You're awake! You're here! We...” However the young girl was so overwhelmed that no other words could be formed.
Seeing her, Raiyana herself was in disbelief. But then looking up she saw another face framed by shoulder length brown hair that smiled to her as he looked on with his blue eyes and said, “Long time no see...we've finally caught up to you.”
Her eyes widening as she saw them both, Raiyana couldn't tell if she was dreaming or awake. But quickly she was overcome as she felt all this warmth around her and she couldn't hold back the trembling emotions that were spilling forth inside. Quickly tears emerged and she cried holding on tightly onto the blue clad warrior as the young girl held her tightly too, she immediately whimpered as she spoke, “Noel...! Yeul...!”
Feeling her do this, Noel at first surprised then wrapped his arms around Raiyana as he gently stroked her head. Trying to calm her, as well as enjoying feeling the familiar warmth of his long lost friend.
Seeing this touching scene, everyone was silent. Nozomi though along with the rest of her friends were so happy for their long awaited reunion as they simply smiled on. Even Jim, the Captain and Mr Arrow couldn't help but smile too. Timbre, Zidane, Fran and Balthier too were glad for their crew mates as they smiled at the scene.
As Raiyana hugged her two long lost friends and felt their nostalgic warmth around her, she knew then that this was real. This wasn't a dream, it was? However her thoughts were interrupted as Morph hummed on affectionately as he stroked into her cheek, feeling him do this she then paused and finally smiled as she said simply, “Morph...” with that she stroked him gently with her free hand. Making the creature react happily, for he was so pleased to have her back too.
Meanwhile, Silver himself smiling glad that Raiyana was back. Couldn't help but look to the doorway of the cabin and as he did so. He became angered, for what on earth were Pete and Hari thinking doing this? But more importantly he had to ask himself, how were the rest of them supposed to proceed on against the deadly force that was assaulting the door to the Captain's cabin...