“WHOO! HOO! HOO!”
Laughing loudly and jumping about like a crazy cricket, Ben cried out loud in excited joy, “They did it! They did it! Whoo!!!” It was clear the happiness couldn't be contained at all!
Onboard the deck of the Legacy, everyone looked to be feeling the same celebratory mood as it was all encompassing. Everyone was laughing with cheer and happiness for surviving the hell they'd all been ensnared into and none of them could stop talking about it! Even Amelia and Delbert couldn't hide their affections for each other as they hugged each other spontaneously... though after a moment they became bashful as they smiled awkwardly at each other.
Balthier, seeing the wondrous Montresser space port. They couldn't help but say beaming with pride as he applauded, “For the leading man, that was a spectacular finale for this production!”
Hearing him say this, standing to one of him Fran with her arms folded couldn't help but say with a small smile, “Are you really sure you should be standing in the full lime light for this though?”
Balthier hearing Fran say this, looked to her and was silent for a moment. However after a little he conceded as he admitted, “...I suppose not this time.” Then stroking his hair back, the leading pirate said finally, “For I suppose without the supporting actors, we leading one's wouldn't shine as brightly.”
As she heard this, Fran released a small chuckle as her small smile continued to dwell, “Indeed...”
Yeul in the meantime laughing with Noel, who had taken her into his arms was pleased beyond all words! With all this cheering happening around her, it was almost like the hellish nightmare before had never happened! Then as she thought this, she noticed, “Noel look!”
Hearing her and seeing her point, the blue clad warrior looked to where she was indicating to. Then as he did so, he brightened up as she stated, “They're coming back!”
With those words said, it was only obvious what they should do next, “Well let's go and meet them!” Noel cried out, with that he ran carrying her with him.
Meanwhile laughing with his pal, Zidane, Timbre quickly noticed where Noel and Yeul were going. As they did so, both of them also saw the keyblader and Cabin Boy heading straight back to the ship. As he did so, he cried out, “Hey! Looks like those guys are making a welcome reception!”
Zidane hearing the pink haired cat boy say this, then saw Noel and Yeul run too. As he did so, it didn't take him a second to suggest, “Well I say we should go and join them!”
Hearing this, Timbre responded quickly, “Right!” With that, he ran off with his pal to go and welcome their heroes back!
Raiyana stroking Morph who continued to bubble with happiness as he pushed himself happily into her warm soft palms. Suddenly heard, “Raiyana!”
Immediately turning, the long blue haired girl saw that it was Yeul still being carried by Noel. Seeing her, she heard her precious young friend cry out to her, “C'mon! We gotta welcome Nozomi and Jim back!”
Hearing her say this, immediately she responded happily, “Okay! I'm coming!” With that she ran, with Morph following closely behind her. As she did so, Silver looking on decided to move himself to one side and watch from a distance...
At that moment it was then Nozomi and Jim arrived back on deck, dropping his board by his side. The brown ponytailed young man, couldn't stop smiling at all and quickly as he came, Morph came straight over and licked his cheek and face all over! As he did this, the Cabin Boy cried out, “Hey! Morph! C'mon cut that out, I-!” But he couldn't stop the excited creature at all.
“Well someone's glad to have ya back lad!” Cait sith said smiling.
To which in turn smiling too as she saw this, Nozomi then decided to finally change back to normal. So looking above herself, she said, “Cait sith? Could you hop off me for a second?”
Hearing her ask this, the small crowned cat was quiet for a moment before he replied, “You got it lass!” With those words, he jumped off of her head.
With that done, in seconds Nozomi transformed out of her armour and was back in her normal attire. As she became this way, she looked to her right arm which was dressed with the decorative knight armlet. As she did so, she stroked it gently before looking back to the Cabin Boy. As she did so, she smiled and said simply, “Jim?”
Hearing her call for him, finally the Cabin Boy managed to stop Morph. As he did so, he was quiet as she opened her mouth and began to say, “I-!”
Immediately turning around again, the female keyblader then saw that it was none other than, “Riku! Mickey!” She cried out brightly as her fellow keyblader's came to her and Jim.
As they did so, Cait sith looking to them said with a wave, “Hey mates!”
Jim looking on at them as the female keyblader began to speak to Riku and Mickey was quiet. For once again the pang inside of his heart came back...however before he could dwell on it!
Immediately jumping up from nowhere, the restored robot came and quickly he started speaking telling him, “That was unforgettable!”
Hearing him, quickly Nozomi looked back with Riku and Mickey, along with Cait sith. As they did so, they saw the robot saying with a bright smile, “The way you guys swooped out there into that terrifying fire of death! That was nothing short but-!”
“Amazing!” With that in seconds, coming over there was Noel who carried Yeul who'd sung the praise. Looking to them all, she couldn't help but say, “You guys saved us all! It was amazing what you did!”
As she said this to him, Jim couldn't help but say in amazement, “Yeul...”
Nodding himself, Noel walking over patted Jim on the shoulder and said, “She's right, you did do amazingly Jim...thanks.” To which hearing this, the brown ponytailed young man nodded simply with a small smile.
“Incredible!” With that Timbre walked over. He too couldn't help but say pleased, “You guys are the bomb! Totally!” He made an enthusiastic thumb's up!
Zidane hearing this also added, “Yeah! You saved all our necks out there big time!” Grinning away he couldn't help but say, “You're totally the superhero of the hour, y'know!”
Hearing him say this, Jim wasn't used to all these words of praise. He was becoming a little bashful as he replied, “...I guess?” Then scratching the back of his head, he couldn't help but say looking to one particular person, “But honestly if Nozomi hadn't come when she had... even I wouldn't be standing here right now.”
With that as the focus was turned to her, Nozomi became quiet. However quickly seeing everyone's eyes on her, she immediately tried to disperse it away as she waved her hands and said, “Oh no! I! I just did what I had to-!”
“Come on now!”
Distracted, it was then that everyone turned and saw that approaching them it was none other than Balthier, who told her and Jim, “When you receive praise! You should lap it up as the enriching and invigorating source that it is.”
With that turning around, it was then the others saw that Balthier and Fran walked over. As he did so, Timbre looking at him asked, “Boss?”
With that hearing him, Balthier then said, “You guys saved all us and my crew, you both are the heroes now... even more than the leading man at this moment!”
Nozomi hearing this herself, couldn't help but smile awkwardly as she said, “Um... okay?”
Fran though simply continued to smile simply as she released a small chuckle, as she did so. It was then walking over came over one other figure, “I'm just so glad that you all came back safely!”
It was then Nozomi saw who'd come along, it was none other than someone who made a smile come to her face, “Raiyana...”
The long blue haired girl, smiling as she walked over then suddenly felt Morph come on back to her from Jim. She smiled as he nuzzled into her cheek as he did so, looking to her friend's she calmed him down saying, “I'm really glad this all worked out... I'm so happy, we're all together now and safe.” With that saying those words, she approached Noel and Yeul. Then standing with them, she told Nozomi and Jim, “Thank you...” then as she said this, the female Nobody looking to the others decided to say to them as well, “All of you.”
Hearing with surprise that praise that was being given to him too, Timbre couldn't help but become bashful as he said, “Aww, shucks... being thanked by a pretty girl like this... it's too good to be true!”
Zidane hearing this, couldn't help but smile in almost the same way as he said, “You're telling me!”
Then at that moment as all this happiness gathered around them, Amelia walked over and said with pride, “That act I will say you both did was unorthodox but ludicrously effective!” Then admitting that, she walked over to Jim and placed a hand on his shoulder saying, “I'd be proud to recommend you, to the Interstellar Academy! They could use a man like you!”
It was clear that Jim was amazed by this, as he didn't know what to say at all! However Silver standing back and looking on with his arms folded, smiled at him gently and as he did so, he was only too glad that the young man was getting the praise he so deserved... however looking to his side. He decided then it was time to make his exit.
Looking on, the keyblader's too were happy for their friend that he was gaining this new opportunity to better himself. Riku looking on, smiling on couldn't help but say pleased, “Wow, that's good going!”
Cait sith brightly now placed upon Nozomi's head, couldn't help but say, “You got that right lad!” Then looking to Jim, he couldn't help but say, “I bet he'll knock the socks off of 'em other recruits!”
Nodding herself, Nozomi couldn't help but agree, “Yeah I bet he will... he'll definitely be the best!”
As she said this, suddenly she heard Amelia said, “And I could make a recommendation for you as well, Miss Nozomi!”
Surprised as she heard this, Nozomi turning around then saw that Amelia's gaze was upon her. Seeing this, she and the rest of her friend's were baffled. As they were, the female keyblader uttered, “Huh?”
As she uttered this and seeing the blank look that was on fer face, Amelia chuckled as she told her again, “I said I could make a recommendation for you as well, if you would be so interested in taking a position in the Academy?”
Quiet for a moment as this offer finally made sense in her mind, immediately Nozomi shook her head and shook her hands as she responded hurriedly, “Oh no! No! I don't want that Captain!”
Surprised to hear this, Amelia asked her, “You don't?”
Shaking her fast head once again, Nozomi then told her, “No, I mean... it's a nice offer don't get me wrong! But...” with that, looking to Jim who stared back at her quietly. She decided to admit, “Jim would be better there... because he thinks fast on his feet and he come's up with really amazing idea's...” then looking down, she had to say, “I don't even come close to that brilliance.”
Surprised to know that she felt this way about him, Jim was amazed as he uttered, “Nozomi...”
However Amelia seeing that, that was the way that Nozomi felt then said, “Oh well that's a shame then... you do have amazing potential inside yourself though, you know miss Nozomi?”
Nozomi hearing this was quiet, however it was clear that she wasn't sure what to say then. But before she could say anything, Riku spoke up saying, “We know she does.” Surprised to hear this, the female keyblader turned to him and as she did so, she heard him continue on to say, “She's always had it and we'll be sure it continues to shine!”
Not believing what he was saying, suddenly Nozomi heard from Cait sith, “Aye! Snow drop here's right!” Then feeling a pat on her head, she heard the crowned cat continued on to say, “Though this silly banshee can be a scatter brain, she definitely has got a real pure gem of talent inside and it really shine's when ya need it!”
Feeling her heart warm as she heard both her friend's say this, Nozomi couldn't help but say with awe in her voice, “Riku... Cait sith...”
“They're both right there about Nozomi,” then it was Mickey who spoke. As he did so, everyone looked to him and as he did so, “But that light is something we all share inside, we all have it and we make each other shine by bringing out the best in each other!' Then standing before his fellow keyblader's he finished saying, “And as long as we're all together, we will always be the best!”
In awe at this speech as he said it, no-one could say a word to refute it. Nozomi herself hearing the king say this. Then truly felt the most treasured she ever had by her friend's... her team. She couldn't help but tear up slightly, for she couldn't be anymore happy at that moment. So she uttered pleased, “Guys...”
Balthier listening on himself, nodded contentedly as he said, “Spoken as a true leader, I could not say a word better about any band of heroes.”
Nodding Delbert himself, made a single clap as he said, “Indeed! Indeed!” Then looking to everyone he couldn't help but admit, “In fact, I think all of us together on this journey have really shone and shown what we're made of... even I've become more than I thought I could be.” For thinking of their adventure, since the start he and Jim really had changed and become better. As he realised this, he couldn't help but say one thing, “Jim! Just wait until your mother hears about this!” Then saying that, he realised one or two things that would have to be left out, “Course we'll downplay the life threatening parts.”
Chuckling as he heard this, Jim nodded. Then as he did this, Ben brimming with overwhelming glee, couldn't help but say looking to his pal, “Jimmy look! I know you don't like touching, but get ready for a hug cause I'm gonna hug ya!” With that the happy robot hugged Jim.
Feeling him do this, Jim looking down at the robot smiled and in moment's-!
Suddenly surprising everyone, Jim hugged Ben and swung him around! The robot realising this as he was lowered down back onto the deck's floor looked to Jim and said, “Hey! You Hugged me back!” Then feeling himself tearing up, he couldn't help but say, “Oh I promised myself I wouldn't cry!” With that he hugged Jim again, practically weeping in joy...doing so he then uttered, “Does anybody have a tissue?”
Smiling glad as everyone laughed, Raiyana standing near Noel and Yeul was quiet. With Morph in her hair, feeling him stroke into her, she realised something. Silver hadn't said a word, as she did so, she looked behind herself and saw that he wasn't there at all. Her eyes widening as she saw this, she asked softly, “Silver...?”
Jim, Nozomi and the keyblader's along with everyone else heard her say this. They too saw the cyborg was missing from the deck...
Next to the last remaining Long Boat that was on board of the Legacy, Silver was busy undoing the tied knots of rope that were there, holding the vessel in place. Feeling rushed as he knew they were getting closer and closer to the Port, he couldn't help but say aloud with urgency, “I got to get a move on now! I gotta be makin' tracks!”
“Going somewhere are you?”
It was then Silver was stopped in moments. Recognising the voice, he lost his look of surprise and instead plastered on his happy expression. As he did so, turning around he greeted the speaker saying, “Riku lad! Fancy seeing you and the rest of yer entourage here!”
For there beside the white haired keyblader, was Nozomi with Cait sith on her shoulder along with Mickey. Riku himself looking to the cyborg had his arms folded with a serious expression upon his face, as he did so the others remained silent.
Then as he remained this way, Silver himself was beginning to feel uncomfortable but before he could think of anything to say. Another voice spoke up, “You just don't learn do you?”
Hearing this voice, Silver turned and saw that appearing there it was none other than, “Ah! Jimbo...” an awkward smile was on his face as he chuckled, then he looked down to the ropes that he had been undone. Doing this he quickly got down and said, as he began to re-doing it properly, “I was merely checking to see that our last Long Boat was safe and secure.” With that he made the knot.
Seeing the haphazardly tied knot that he made though, Jim shook his head with a small smile gracing his face. For he knew that wasn't a secure knot, then appearing beside him one other figure knew the same thing too as she approached saying, “Well if you want it to be that secure?”
Surprised again, Silver then saw approaching him with Noel, Yeul and the rest of the crew they belonged to following behind them. The figure that had arrived was none other than Raiyana, who taking the rope from the cyborg's hand tied it more properly as she said, “You have to make a more firm knot here.” With that she looped the rope tightly.
Then Jim seeing her do this, he said casually, “Yeah that's right and...” with that walking over himself and taking the rope she was now holding out for him. He finally did the last tight knot as he told Silver, “Now with one last knot, it's secure now.”
Seeing them team up together as they assisted with the knot tying, Silver could see what they were both doing. So chuckling he told them, “I taught ya both too well...”
With that a silence came between everyone and him, as it did so. After a few moment's, Raiyana looking to Silver lost her smile and as she did so, she had to ask the cyborg, “Were you really going to leave like this, without saying goodbye?”
Hearing her ask this, it was clear that Silver was uncomfortable in answering that question. However with a sigh, he decided to admit to her, “Well lass... ya know I don't like long goodbyes and...” with that his eyes moved to Yeul and Noel.
The young blue haired girl, holding her deer teddy close as Noel stood next to her. She looked to the cyborg curiously, as she did so she asked him, “I just realised lass that... ya won't be needin' me anymore now.”
Shocked as she heard this, Raiyana then asked him, “Don't need you?”
With a single nod, Silver explained, “That's right lass...ya've found who ya were lookin' fer and I know a life of traverssing and stealin' treasure... it's not a life that ya'd want.” With that moving his still organic hand, he stroked her blue locks and said, “Yer too sweet to be involved in all that.”
Saddened as she heard this, Raiyana taking his hand into both of her own hands. Then stroking it gently with her thumb's, she couldn't help but utter, “Silver...” It was clear from the gentle look in his eyes, that he only wanted the best for her. Realising this, she revealed a melancholy smile and as she did so she decided to say, “Despite everything you put me through, the heartless and the lies... I think I'll be able to forgive you eventually.”
As he heard this being said, Silver smiled with a small ounce of happiness. As he did so, he uttered quietly, “Lass...”
Raiyana hearing him say this looked to him, as she did so she then decided to admit, “And no matter where I go...I'll never forget you and the kindness you gave, I'll always treasure it, thank you Silver.” With that saying these words, after a little she released Silver's hand from her own hands. Then as she did so, she decided to stand with Noel and Yeul who were both glad to have her back with them.
Looking to her say as she said that, Silver made a nod. However looking to Noel and Yeul he decided to tell them, “You keep a good look out for that lass! She can be a real force to handle when she gets too riled up!”
As the cyborg told this to them, Noel feeling his conviction become firm inside took Raiyana's hand and told him, “You don't need to tell me that I know already...” then as his friend looked to him, with astonished eyes he then added looking back to the pirate, “And I'll make sure she stays safe with us and we'll never be separated from each other again!”
Amazed to hear him say this, Raiyana uttered, “Noel...”
Nodding herself though, Yeul then said aloud feeling strengthened inside too, “Yeah we won't! Because whether we're humans or Nobody's we're friends forever!” With that the young girl took Raiyana's other free hand showing her oath was true.
Listening to these words being said by her friend's Raiyana was overwhelmed and smiling with relief and happiness, she nodded. For now she truly was, where she belonged...
As he heard all these words, Silver was comforted that from now on Raiyana would be safe. However there was one small figure he was concerned about, for Morph looking to Raiyana as she stood with her friend's looked unsure. As he did so, he looked to the keyblader's and Jim himself who continued to remain silent... as they did, he spoke again, “Now lad's...” then seeing Nozomi look to him, he added, “And lass...” with that taking the small pink transforming creature into his hands, he continued, “We would just avoid imprisoning little Morphy here.”
Surprised as he said this, Nozomi then asked him curious, “Imprison?”
Hearing her ask this question, Silver replied, “That's right... because he's a free spirit!” With that, the little pink creature not understanding entirely the conversation started floating about happily, as he could sense they were talking about him. Then suddenly he was stopped in his tracks, as Silver caught him in his hands, barring him from moving. As he did this, the cyborg continued on to say, “Being in a cage, it'd break his heart...”
Everyone seeing the sad look on his face, everyone was silent... after a little bit Silver released Morph and as he floated above everyone, one voice spoke up as he asked, “Ya know mate, we can tell it'd break Morph's heart... but why don't ya just admit that's what'd happen to yaself?”
As this was pointed out to him, Silver smiled awkwardly... nobody said a word still. However though they could understand how he felt, despite the bad he'd done. Nozomi felt conflicted, she didn't want him to go to prison... but still he'd done wrong and-!
Suddenly surprised by Cait sith's outburst, everyone turned and saw that the brown ponytailed young man had undone the rope upon the Long Boat and had opened up the Legacy's opening.
Seeing him do this, Cait sith demanded, “What're ya doing!?”
Hearing him Jim responded to the crowned cat, “What I want to!” With that he looked to Silver.
As he heard him say this and do this with a small smile on his face, the cyborg himself couldn't believe it! However he smiled quickly in relief and joy about what was going on!
Nozomi though couldn't help but be concerned as she looked to the Cabin Boy and started to ask him, “Jim? Are you-?”
“Lad why don't ya ship out with us!” With that as proposal was announced everyone was silent. For they had had no idea how Jim would respond tot his at all?
Morph though joining in asked turning into a hat and popping up onto Jim's head, “Ship out with us!”
As he did this, Silver held him by the shoulders and continued on to say, “You and me! Hawkins and Silver! Full of ourselves and no ties to anyone!”
Listening to this everyone remained silent. For looking at the Cabin Boy they couldn't help but wonder? Would he choose to go with Silver? Or would he-?
However before they could dwell on these thoughts, Jim spoke, “You know...” Then gently removing Morph from his head as he remained as the black cap, he tickled him and made him transform back with a giggle, ”When I got on this boat, I would've taken you up on that offer in a second.”
Then saying those words, Nozomi couldn't help but feel unease for a moment. For if Jim got involved in that kind of life, being an outlaw. A pirate. He would be-!
But her thoughts were interrupted as Jim continued on to say looking back to Silver as he gazed at the sea of stars that shone down below them all, “But I met this old cyborg, and he taught me that I can chart my own course... and that's what I'm going to do.”
Amazed to hear this, Nozomi was silent as was everyone else. Silver though humbled couldn't help but ask the Cabin Boy as he looked down and gazed to the stars again, “And what do ya see? Off that bow of yours?”
To which as the question was put to him, Jim looked back and answered simply with hope in his eyes, “A future.”
Nozomi hearing this, she couldn't help but feel relieved and happy for the Cabin Boy and so revealed a small smile.
Silver himself though sad inside Jim wouldn't be coming with him, he smiled too. Then looking to the Cabin Boy he couldn't help but say, “Look at ya! Glowing like a solar fire...” however he couldn't help but choke up a little inside as he added, “Yer somethin' special Jim! Yer gonna rattle the stars ya are!”
Hearing him say this, Nozomi could see Jim was tearing up himself and she herself couldn't help but feel the same way. Wiping her eyes a little she whimpered, for this reminded her of the night that she heard Silver talking to Jim about that brilliance he had. But now she really could see it glow from him too.
As she did this, Riku hearing her whimper looked to her with concern. As he did he saw the tears that were beginning to form, as he did so he reached a hand out to her and asked, “Nozomi? Are you...?”
“Oh deary me...”
Suddenly before he could touch her, Silver moved his organic hand and stroked her head. Startling her, she saw him looking down to her with that gentleness she saw on that night long before. She was quiet as she heard the cyborg say, “Ya can't keep a brave face even now can ya lass?”
Hearing him say this, Nozomi then uttered, “Silver...” as she said this, suddenly more tears began to fall from her eyes. For once again, the cyborg was reminding her of her long lost master.
Cait sith seeing this as he sat upon her shoulder was quiet. However he decided then, “Alright I better move to one side here!” With that he jumped off of her and sat himself upon Riku's shoulder.
Feeling him do this, the white haired keyblader looked to the crowned cat with surprise. However as he felt his gaze upon him, Cait sith turned his face to him and put a gloved hand to his lips. Showing they should be silent for the moment, as he did this Riku made a single nod himself. Agreeing to this quiet proposal.
The cyborg looking at Nozomi then told her, “Lass, don't ever think yer not strong... cause ya are and I'll tell ya what! That master of yers would be proud if he could see what ya've become now!”
Silent as she heard this, the female keyblader said nothing. However she could feel herself tremble inside as she began to tear up more inside, for she sensed what was going to be said next, “Ya shine brightly like a star...ya always do and I hope that light ya have never goes out.”
Closing her eyes, she shivered and as she did so. She couldn't contain her tears which all began pouring down, as they did so Jim looking at her reached out to her and said gently, “Nozomi...” then before even he could touch her, suddenly he was pulled into a hug with her into Silver's arms!
Both of them startled as they felt this, they then heard the cyborg tell them both, “May ya never both stop shinin'...” with that as those words were exchanged, the awkwardness that they'd both first had, quickly fled away and they after a little bit returned the hug to Silver. For this would be the last they'd ever share together...
Seeing this embrace, there wasn't anyone there who wasn't touched inside. However Timbre, couldn't help but say, “Geez... all this mushyness is makin' me feel a real toothache!”
However Zidane next to him, couldn't help but smack him in the back of the head. As he did so, he told him annoyed, “Don't ruin the moment!”
Aching slightly from this, Timbre retorted, “Alright! Alright geez!” With that the pink haired boy remained quiet as he waited to see how thing's would go next.
It was then after this little quip, that finally Silver released both Jim and Nozomi. As he did so, he couldn't help but say rubbing his cyborg eye, “Got a little bit of grease in this cyborg eye of mine!” With that he had to turn himself around and avert his own eyes and stop them from seeing him cry.
Nozomi and Jim looking to Silver, were calm enough to wipe away their own tears and as they did so, they heard-!
Looking back, everyone then saw that Morph was now wailing for he could see that even he was going to have to leave everyone too! Immediately he turned into a wet puddle of tears! Seeing this, Nozomi quickly caught the soppy mess in her hands crying out, “Morph!”
Then as he became wet putty in her hands, she was quiet. But she couldn't help but smile awkwardly at the depressed creature, as she did so Jim looking at Morph stroked him and told him, “Hey Morph, don't be like that, we'll see you around!”
However it was clear that he wasn't convinced for as he returned to normal, he looked to the Cabin Boy and female keyblader with depressed eyes as he repeated, “See you around!” Then quickly he gave him and her a quick lick before heading back in Silver's direction.
Silver seeing the sad look that was in his eyes, as Morph looked back to his friends. He knew that he'd miss them terribly, for other than Raiyana and he. He'd never become that close to anyone like this... so thinking of his happiness, he decided on something! Looking to Morph who was sitting upon his hand, he lifted him up and said gently, “Morphy! I've got a job for you!”
The small pink creature becoming curious then was quiet as he listened to what Silver had to say, everyone else looking on too were just as puzzled. But quickly they heard the cyborg say, “I need ya to keep an eye... on these pups!”
Immediately everyone was surprised just as much as Morph was to hear Silver say this, then as he looked to his dear friend and owner say, “Will you do me that little favour?”
To which Morph then saluted him happily, for he was only more than glad to do that! Silver was tearing up saying those words and seeing this gesture, but quickly he was cheered up as Morph snuggled into his left cheek. To which quickly there was laughter heard and quickly in seconds, the small pink creature headed back in Nozomi and Jim's direction!
As he came back to them, Jim held the small pink transforming creature in his hands, and as he snuggled now into his cheek. Nozomi turned back and saw that Silver was now on board the lowering Long Boat! Seeing him leave she cried out, “Silver!” With that she, Jim and the others all rushed to the side and watched him descend!
Seeing that he still had an audience, quickly Silver remembered something! Reaching into his pocket he called out, “And one more thing!” With that he threw something out to them, there arriving quickly in Jim's hands was a handful of coins and jewels! Seeing them all everyone was surprised, but then they heard Silver again say, “It's for your dear Mother! To re-build that Inn of hers!” To which he finished grinning making a wink.
Balthier hearing this as he saw this gold being given, then couldn't help but say to the sneaky cyborg, “Ever the scoundrel aren't you?” Then folding his arms, he couldn't help but say, “I hope you don't become lonely on that long journey of yours!”
Laughing as he heard this, Jim couldn't help but add, “Yeah!” Then smiling down to Silver he added, “You just stay out of trouble, ya old scally wag!”
Silver hearing this then replied, “Ah Jimbo lad! Whenever have I done otherwise!” With that his ship took off and he was beginning to sail into the distance!
As he did this, Nozomi and the others were quiet... none of them could think of anything to say. But then suddenly-!
One of the stars below the galaxy sea that had been underneath Silver's boat was shining! As it did so, everyone was startled! Cait sith caught off guard couldn't help but ask, “Whoa!? What the heck is-!”
Immediately as this sound entered the air, Nozomi quickly realised, “Hey! That must be-!”
But before she could finish, that star raced up and rushed up to their location then amazing everyone it went up the stairway! Seeing the item do this! No-one knew what was going on, but they all quickly followed after it up onto the deck!
Hearing the sounds of running, Amelia and Delbert who were busy charting the ship along with Ben. Turned and saw everyone coming up on deck as they did so, they also saw the glittering object that was floating up! As they did so, the doggy featured man with his eyes widened couldn't help but ask, “Oh my! What is that?!”
But quickly he didn't get another chance to ask, for the star stopped in the middle of deck as the group of heroes came on board. Then as they got closer to it, it suddenly floated up high and shone even more vibrantly! As it did so, Nozomi quickly realised what it might be! As this thought came, her keyblade the 'Starseeker' came forth into her hand! Then as it did so, she pointed it forwards and in seconds a beam of light emerged from it's end and touched the star!
As it did this, the star shone even more brightly! As it did so, something golden floated down from the star! Quickly running up to the object, Nozomi saw what the gold gem like was, “This is it! It's the Time Lock!”
Nodding contentedly as he heard this, Cait sith who'd arrived back on her shoulder replied, “Aye! That it is lass and finally! It's our last one we've had to get!”
Riku looking at the item too couldn't help but say, “And it's about time too!” For thinking about this, he could only hope when they headed back through the door of time that Sora would be waiting for them all.
Mickey then voiced his own thoughts as he said, “Yeah, it did take us a while but now we can be sure this time will be safe now and we can check in with Leon and the others!”
Nozomi herself hearing this nodded too, she was glad now. For with this item, they'd be able to protect this timeline and stop anyone from attacking it again. But as these thoughts were in her mind one voice asked, “Time Lock?”
Turning around it was then that Nozomi saw it was Jim speaking, seeing him he looked on with a puzzled expression as he asked her, “What is that thing? And what do you guys mean go back? Are you-?”
“I'm sorry there, Jim,” it was then that Mickey stepped forward. As he did so, he informed the baffled Cabin Boy, “We never got the chance to tell ya but... we're not from this time of yours.”
Shocked to hear this, Jim asked him, “You're not from my time?”
“It's not just them!” It was then that Timbre spoke up, stepping forward with his own crew and as they gathered around the keyblader's, the pink haired cat boy informed him, “We're also not from this time either.”
“You're not?” Jim asked... then as this settled into his mind, the Cabin Boy had to ask, “So you guys are-?'
Nozomi stepping forward away from everyone told the Cabin Boy, “We have to go back Jim, we have to say goodbye too.”
Really shocked to hear this, Jim asked, “What you're leaving too!?”
Then as he cried this out, Amelia and Delbert rushing over followed by Ben cried out, “Whoa! Whats the fire here fella's!? What're ya-?”
Jim ignoring Ben demanded out of Nozomi, “How can you just leave like that!? Why didn't you tell me! Why-!?”
“Geez lad! No need to be loud!” With that hopping off of Nozomi's shoulder, he told him, “Nozomi lass we'll explain it to ya!” With that he took a step back to let the female keyblader do just that.
Stepping a little closer forwards, Nozomi began to do just that, “I didn't have the time to...” then as she said this she couldn't help but laugh sadly as she added, “Though this isn't the best choice of words, I'm sorry Jim. I am really sorry...”
Hearing her say this, Jim was silent. However he became sullen as he said, “I can't believe it...” Nozomi seeing her friend became like this, did truly did feel terrible. As she became that way, Jim continued on to say, “I mean, I knew you were all going to leave eventually but I thought we could stay in contact at least, but now-!”
Suddenly though Jim was stopped, as Nozomi walked over and quickly hugged Jim tight! Shocked as he felt her do this, the brown haired ponytailed young man couldn't believe what she was doing! Blushing red, he didn't know what to do!?
Cait sith and Mickey became surprised seeing this! The mouse king couldn't help but say, “Oh wow!”
While Riku looking on, then felt a sudden surge of bitterness and cried out “Nozomi!? What're you-!?”
“I know... I know it's terrible, I'm sorry Jim.” Then holding him a little more firmly she told him, “But please know this... we're not leaving you behind in the way your Dad did, we're leaving because we have to, because we need to solve problems in our own timeline... we need to save many others who need us.”
As she said this to him, Jim was quiet. However hearing her say these gentle words, he couldn't help but utter, “Nozomi...”
Then as she heard him, the female keyblader continued on to say, “And I don't know when... I'll want to come and see you again! To see the amazing person you become... because I know you'll do it Jim.” Then looking up to him with a gentle smile she also added, “And you will always be a great inspiration for me along with Silver, I really mean that.”
Hearing her say this, Jim was quiet. The upset that he felt inside himself stilled and instead he was overcome with warmth and as it spread in his heart, he moved saying, “You too.”
“Huh?” Nozomi uttered, then as she did this-!
Jim lowered his head and kissed Nozomi upon her forehead! Her eyes widening as she felt this, the female keyblader blushed red! As she did so, looking up to Cabin Boy she heard him say smiling warmly, “You'll always be a source of inspiration to me too, Nozomi.”
Quiet as she heard this, she couldn't help but look to Jim with amazement but before she could think of anything-!
“Alright! Alright! Knock it off you two!” With that Timbre stepping over, told them pulling Nozomi away from, “I've had enough mushyness for one day!”
Balthier stepping forwards couldn't help but add, “Indeed,” then looking to the rest of his crew and the remaining keyblader's he said, “And I think it's about time we return through this Door Of Time you mentioned, to experience this much mentioned Carnival you all have gone on about.”
Nodding as he heard this, Mickey walking over said, “Oh yeah! The Radiant Gardens Carnival! It's gonna be a spectacular event! You'll all have a blast there! Just wait till ya fella's see it!”
Hearing him say this, Yeul nodded and said eagerly, “I'm already looking forward to it!”
Noel hearing her then added, “Ditto!”
Smiling Raiyana added, “Me too!” However looking to the Cabin Boy who had Morph floating around with him, moved in his direction. Arriving before him, she decided to say, “Jim... I really enjoyed being able to work with you.” With that she reached her hand out to him and said, “I'm glad we became friend's.”
As she said this, Jim quiet for a moment nodded. Then taking her hand too he shook it and told her, “Yeah, so am I...” then gripping her hand a little more he added, “You take care of yourself Raiyana.”
To which in reply, the long blue haired girl nodded. Then as she did this, Morph saddened seeing that even his most beloved person was leaving too, gave her one last snuggle on her cheek. As he did this, she smiled happily though clearly with a little sadness.
Seeing this herself, Nozomi recovering from her surprise walked over and then putting her hand on the female Nobody's shoulder said, “It's okay Raiyana, you can come back with us someday to see everyone again, if you want to?”
Hearing Nozomi say this, Raiyana looking back to the female keyblader and seeing her smile. She couldn't help but smile herself as she replied, “Yeah, I would like that... thank you, Nozomi.” The female keyblader was pleased and becoming so, she quickly too stroked Morph who laughed happily at her touch.
Seeing her do this, Mickey smiled but then he heard, “So you all really will be on your way now?” Looking back the mouse king saw it was Amelia asking this question.
As he heard her ask, he told her with a single nod, “Yeah, we are...” but then walking over he reached his hand up to the feline Captain and told her, “We had a great time workin' with ya Amelia.” Then as he finished his brief handshake with her, he looked to the Doctor and added, “And you too Delbert.”
Hearing him say this, Ben couldn't help but ask worried, “And me too?”
Mickey hearing him as he finished his shake with the doggy featured man, then told him after blinking slightly and recovering his smile, “And yeah you too Ben, we'll really miss ya!”
Ben overcome though couldn't help but cry out, “I'll miss you guys more!” With that he hugged Mickey tightly showing his over affection! This in turn made the Mouse King chuckle happily pleased.
Balthier seeing that their goodbyes were now done, amongst them all decided to say, “Alright then, I think our time for applause is over now! Shall we be on our way?”
Hearing him ask this, Timbre replied, “Sure! Let's do that boss!” With those words he ran on forwards to the stairs that led to the room where the door was.
Following after him fast came Zidane who cried out, “Hey wait for me!” With that said, Fran and Balthier followed after them too.
Yeul walking with Noel, then made it over to Raiyana and Nozomi. As they did, the blue haired young girl asked her, “Are you ready now Raiyana?”
Hearing her ask, the long blue haired Nobody looked to her and said, “Yeah I am.” Then looking to Morph who looked to her, she smiled and moving over she kissed him gently before saying, “Goodbye Morph, I love you.”
The small creature teared up slightly, he didn't want Raiyana to go. But knowing she had to, he licked her and snuggled her once more before she began walking away with Noel and Yeul to where the door was.
Seeing them go, Nozomi then was quiet. But suddenly she felt a familiar presence land on her shoulder. As she did so, she saw it was Cait sith who called back, Good luck to ya Jim! You better become the best! Ya hear me!”
As these words were said, Jim nodded and replied, “Don't worry I will! You guys take care!”
Nozomi hearing him say this, nodded and smiling she waved saying, “Goodbye Jim! Take care!” With those words she was on her way to catch up to the others.
However as she ran, Cait sith couldn't help but utter unbeknownst to Nozomi, 'Lass ya really are bubble brain... ya can't even pick up on a lad's crush can ya!?' With that the two of them vanished down the stairway.
Watching them go himself, Jim was quiet. But then he smiled happily, for though he would miss her and the others. He would always remember her as a great inspiration too. But before he could dwell on those thoughts-
“Just a little bit of advice for the future,” with that turning around Jim saw Riku was looking at him with irritation. As he did so, he heard him say with slight bitterness, “Keep your hands to yourself.”
As he heard him and saw this expression on his face, Jim quiet then replied with a serious look in his own eyes, “I will, but you take care of her properly... otherwise if you don't, I'll make you sorry when you turn up here again!”
Riku said nothing to this, but then as he walked on to where the door was himself. But stopping for a moment, he made a wave with his hand and not turning back he told the Cabin Boy, “Good luck with your future!” With that he was on his way!
Mickey seeing him leave then knew it was time to say goodbye too! So quickly detaching himself from Ben, he told him along with the Captain and Doctor, “Okay! Bye fella's! You all take care and I hope we'll see you all again!” With that he left running!
Watching as the Mouse King left them climbing down the stairs, they walked over and joined Jim. As they did so, Delbert couldn't help but say, “Who'd ever of thought it! Traversers of time! It's incredible!”
Jim hearing this nodded as he said, “Yeah...” however looking to his right hand, he clenched it tightlyas he proclaimed, “But I'll be even more incredible!” For then looking above to the dark heavens, with Morph hovering him with an excited look on his face. Jim said with a confident smile, “For I'll rattle the stars!”