Betwixt and Between Ch32
Kairi and Namine were in Aerith's backyard, sparring with a couple of wooden swords that Aerith had lying around. (Or, perhaps it was Leon or Zack that just randomly had a couple of wooden swords lying about.) Regardless, the two of them were sparring.
Kairi moved with fluidity and ease, Namine spent most of her time blocking.
"I don't think sparring's really my thing," Namine said, backing up so Kairi couldn't reach her. "And I think I've already known this fact for a while."
Kairi lowered her sword to the side, Namine's was still up in a defensive position. Kairi looked thoughtful. Namine looked worried that she was going to get hit, even though Kairi wasn't going to do anything.
"You know," Kairi mused. "With the way you're jabbing that sword around, you'd think you were better fit for a dagger."
Namine shrugged in a "how-should-I-know" manner.
"We should look into getting you one," Kairi mused. "It would certainly come in handyand that way you don't have to keep using pencils
Betwixt and Between Ch31
The four of them reached the town. Aerith led them to a little outdoor café and they all sat down. A couple of small children looked at Rinoa's wings with awe, but no one really said anything about it. Apparently, such things were rather normal in Hollow Bastion.
"So, what does all this have to do with my Keyblade?" Kairi asked.
"Arguably, it has everything to do with your Keyblade," Aerith said.
"Well, not the part about all the fighters living here," Rinoa said apologetically. "That was just me babbling."
"But most of this stuff comes down to your Keybladeall Keyblades. The Worlds have just now started seeing them again. For so long they went without them and things fell out of balance. Now they're trying to right themselves again and you get stuff like this."
Rinoa gestured to the area they had just left.
"So, it's basically Xehanort's fault," Namine declared, her fingers itching for her sketchbook, but she didn't want to mess with pulling it out of her bag.
Betwixt and Between Ch30
"Well," Kairi said, pocketing the star shard. "Here we are."
"I think you're the first person to not take us directly into Aerith's house," Namine mused. "Riku always goes straight in. So do Sora and Roxas."
Kairi shrugged. "I just picture this street when we come here. It's more polite this way, I feel. Even though I'm pretty sure Aerith doesn't really care."
"Funny, this is exactly where we appeared in the parallel universe."
Kairi laughed. "Wouldn't it be funny if we were back there?"
Namine nodded, smiling. "It would."
However, it became pretty obvious that they were in their own universe when Rinoa answered the door. Both girls were pretty sure that if there was a Rinoa in the other universe (which there probably was), she didn't stay in Hollow Bastion. Because, if she did, she probably would have been there last time.
"What brings you two here?" Rinoa asked, smiling.
"Sora sent us," Kairi said.
She cocked her head to one side. "But he's responsible for your training," she
Betwixt and Between Ch29
As soon as Riku had identified the man in the Organization cloak as Marluxia, Marluxia saw fit to remove his hood. He shook out his pink hair in a way that only Marluxia could. He summoned his scythe in a flurry of petals and promptly attacked Riku.
"Do you think he needs help now?" Roxas asked.
"Well, I'm wondering if actually, they need help " Xion mused, looking over at Will and Elizabeth, who still hadn't left the room.
"No, I think he's the real issue here," Roxas said, giving a nod towards Marluxia. "I don't think Elizabeth wants to miss the action. So they're not leaving."
"I think Riku's got it covered."
As she said this, Riku jumped over the scythe that had been aimed at his gut. However, in a split-second decision to turn the jump into a backflip, Riku fell on his backside. Somehow, though, he managed to block the next scythe attack and even send the scythe flying; giving him time to get up. He didn't even cry out.
"Forgive me," Xion said, turning to look at Roxas
Betwixt and Between Ch28
"I know now is probably not the best time to be asking you questions," Xion said as they made their way through the crowded streets of Port Royal. "But how, exactly, are you planning on training us? We're kind of on the job right now "
"I was trained on the job," Riku said. "Therefore, you will be trained on the job."
"I was trained on the job," Roxas mused.
"Do you want to be Keyblade Masters?" Riku asked.
"Well, yes," Xion replied.
"Then today your training is on the job. Ideally, I'd like to work on combos. However, if that's not possible, we can work on magic, or even just the average hack-and-slash. Oh, and tactics in general. Today's main tactic is blending in and not charging into things."
"I'm not Sora "
"We worked for the Organization, half the job was blending in "
" do you just automatically assume that "
" who do you think you're "
" do you think we're dumb?"
" you must think we're dumb!"
Riku turned ar