Chapter 8: A New Adventure
They were all in pure shock. Whoever that strange man was, he seemed to know about their secret. Thoughts started to develop in the minds of all of them. If that man knew about Usagi's true identity, would he also know about the rest of them?
"How do you know about her identity, and what do you want from us?!" Haruka asked him, not trusting him. In her mind, he could very well be a fiend.
"You are quite feisty one, aren't you, Sailor Uranus?" Yen Sid asked her, revealing that he also knew her true identity.
"That still doesn't answer the question f how do you know about our true identities as Sailor Scouts, and what do you really want with us." Michiru snapped, not trusting him either.
"You're quite right, my dear." he observed. "Very well, then, I better get to the point. I know who all of you are and what is your mission, but you only know my name. I thnk this calls for a more detailed presentation of myself. Like I said before, my name is Yen Sid and I'm the master magician of this world called Mysterious Tower. I'm also the one who brought you here, after Maleficent attacked you in your world, with the help of the Heartless."
Usagi and the others were somehow surprised by the fact that the man knew about the existence of Maleficent and her attack in Tokyo.
"You know that witch that attacked us?! And what do you mean about "our world"? What is that supposed to mean?" Haruka asked him, yet again with the same aggressive tone as before.
"All in due time
" Yen Sid said, as he got up from his chair and moved towards the group. "First of all, let me apologize for the fact that not all of you are here. I tried to bring you all into here before being captured by Maleficent, but I was not successful in bringing two members of your group."
Usagi immediately reacted to that statement. He was talking about Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Chibimoon.
"Then, where are they?! Where are Sailor Chibimoon and Tuxedo Mask?!" Usagi asked him. Her voice revealed fear. Part of her wanted to know what had happened to them, but the other just wanted to ignore that they might be I peril.
"I'm afraid that Tuxedo Mask has been taken by Maleficent. To where, I do not know, but he is alive, have no doubts about that. As for Sailor Chibimoon, I was able to use my powers to also get her out of there, before Maleficent could put her hands on her. But, while bringing you here, I used a lot of my energy, and unfortunately, I ran out of strength before I could bring her here." Yen Sid declared, seeing fear and horror in Usagi's face. "But do not worry, for I know where she is. She is in a world different from this one, and as far as I can feel she is not in peril
at least, for now."
"That's another thing! Why do you keep saying "worlds"? What do you mean by it?" Rei asked.
"Yeah, there are already too many words and expressions which we don't know what people are talking about. First, that witch referred to a thing called Kingdom Hearts, and that she was there because of Sailor Chibimoon's heart." Johnny stated. "Maybe it's time to get some answers as to what that woman was talking about, who is she, and what do you have to do with her."
"Yes, you're entitled to an explanation, my friends. I'll try to simplify things, although the things I'm about to tell you might be hard to accept or understand at first."
"Try us; we're used to deal with strange and unbelievable things." Haruka said, defying the old man.
Yen Sid returned once again to his desk. As he sat on his chair, he looked them in the eyes, and then he clapped his hands. All of a sudden, a sphere of bright light appeared, and started changing shape quite slowly. In a matter of seconds, it had assumed a different shape and different colours. It displayed what looked like a living planetarium, but this one was amazingly different from any kind of planetarium they had ever seen before. There were things that looked like small planets floating around, life if they were underwater. These small planets all had different shapes and sizes. They all look at them, wondering what they were.
"What you see are just some of the many worlds that exist. All these worlds were once connected by ways that most people do not imagine, or cannot understand. Pathways that could only be opened by the ones who wielded a special key
the Keyblade." Yen Sid explained them.
"Pathways? What kind of pathways?" Setsuna asked, intrigued with that fact.
"Pathways are in many ways similar to tunnels
links between these worlds. If the pathways are closed, no one can get in or out of a world, but if this one is unlocked through the use of the Keyblade, any being who knows about their existence can use them to travel into other worlds."
"So you're saying that our world is just one of many worlds which compose an even bigger world, similar to a Universe, and those worlds have multiple side-dimensions, also known as alternative realities, but one of these dimensions is like a Prime-reality, which shapes a world as it is
Is that it?" Hotaru asked.
"In rather simple terms, yes."
That kind of knowledge was mind-blowing. To know that there were alternate realities to theirs was one thing, but to find out that their "world", or universe, was part of an even bigger universe, was something that none of the Sailor Scouts were exactly ready to know about. Luna and Artemis, who were both amazed and terrified with what they were hearing, decided to post themselves a question to Yen Sid.
"You also referred to others having used the Keyblade before. Does that mean that Usagi is not the first one to use it, and more importantly, she's not the only one who can use it?" Artemis asked.
"Indeed, my feline friend." Yen Sid declared. "She's not the first one to bear the Keyblade's power, and she's definitely the only one who can use it."
"But, what is a Keyblade? What's its true purpose?" Luna asked.
"A Keyblade is (transcrição do que é a Keyblade)
All of you who are here in this room can use it."
Once again, they all felt like they were struck by lightening. They had already seen that Usagi was able to conjure a Keyblade and to use it. But the fact of them also being able to do the same had not crossed their minds.
"You mean that we can all conjure a Keyblade?" Naru asked.
"Why, yes, you can. All you need to do is to concentrate on that thought, and you will also be able to do it like you friend. Why don't you try it, now?"
Believing in Yen Sid's words of wisdom, Naru closed her eyes and focused her energies on that thought. Seconds passed, but nothing happened. She did not feel different or anything.
I can't feel anything." Naru said, with her still shut. She did not open them, because something inside her was telling her that she should keep them shut.
"Focus on your Heart, young one. Find your Heart and you'll find what you're looking for." she heard Yen Sid saying.
Once again, she tried. Little by little, she finally found something inside her that wanted to come out
something that wanted to be free
to be unleashed
to fulfil its destiny. She found her Keyblade. It was an amazing object, floating in total darkness. Somehow, it had a mysterious glowing aura around it. Its guard was made out of what looked like crystal, and you could see a small keychain shaped like Earth's symbol on it. The blade was emerald-green and the tip, as well as the teeth was shaped like a stylized "N" from the same color as the key. Opening her eyes, she saw that the Keyblade was in her right hand. Everyone was amazed with what Naru managed to summon, just like when Usagi first summoned her Keyblade in their presence. But even more amazed and surprised was Naru herself. She looked at her Keyblade and wowed.
"My God! I don't believe it
One minute, I see it in my mind, and then, I'm holding it." Naru said, as she lightly swung it, admiring its beauty.
"That is the power of your Heart, Sailor Earth." Yen Sid said. "And the same thing applies to all of you, my friends. You also have the power to summon a Keyblade
You just have to find it, within yourself, using the power of your Hearts. Why don't you also try and find it, right now?"
They all did as they were told. They all closed their eyes, and waited. They all tried to find their Keyblades. Little by little, they all started to feel something inside them. Some of them, like Rei and Setsuna were able to successfully find theirs, but others like Minako and Ami, found this task harder. Still, they all managed to find their own Keyblade and feel their power, while admiring their beauty. Ami's Keyblade had a very curious design, to say the least. The guard was shaped like a breaking ocean wave on both sides, while the blade was baby-blue and its teeth were shaped like a jet of water. The keychain in the handle was shaped like Mercury's symbol.
"Incredible!" Ami exclaimed, as she gazed at her Keyblade.
Rei's Keyblade was also very peculiar. The guard was shaped like a ball of fire, and its blade was red with what looked like black kanji for fire and spirit, stamped in it. The teeth resembled the guard. The keychain in the handle was shaped like Mars' symbol. All in all, a rather peculiar Keyblade, which reflected tradition and mystique.
" Rei said, as she gazed upon the kanji stamped on the blade.
Makoto's Keyblade was rather complex. Its guard was shaped like a black cloud, from which two white blades shaped like lightening came out and were united by another lightening, this one being yellow. The teeth were shaped like a stylized M. Finally, its keychain was shaped like Jupiter's symbol.
"Wonderful." Makoto sighed, passing her finger through the blade.
Minako's Keyblade looked like it had come out straight from a designer's mind. The guard was golden and shaped like a heart. The blade was white and had a golden chain around it, similar to the chain from her "Venus Love-Me Chain Atack". The key's teeth were shaped like a red heart. Its keychain was shaped like Venus' symbol.
Mine's a work of art!" Minako exclaimed, as she give a small kiss on the blade.
Setsuna's Keyblade resembled her Garnet Orb. In fact, the Keyblade's guard was exactly like it. The blade was black with a white stripe in the middle, and its tip resembled a skeleton key, with its red and black teeth. You could see that the keychain was shaped like Pluto's symbol.
"What an otherworldly beauty
" Setsuna thought to herself, as she paid attention to the details of the guard.
Haruka's Keyblade was somehow different from the others, because of its shape. The guard was similar to her Space Sword, carved with jewels of all colours, while the blade was black and had two barbed shafts and teeth resembling a battle axe split into three almost claw-like protrusions. Sinister, but beautiful at the same time.
"Now this is a weapon
" Haruka whispered to herself.
Michiru's Keyblade had a rather interesting design. Its guard was shaped like a violin, to which the blade was attached, having the same design as the handle. Its teeth were shaped like a black treble clef. The keychain was shaped like Neptune's symbol.
"So simple, yet so gorgeous." Michiru stated, passing her fingers through black treble clef.
Hotaru's Keyblade was probably one of the scariest Keyblades of all. Its guard was shaped like a purple hourglass, while the blade was grey, and the teeth resembled the Grim Reaper's scythe. The keychain was shaped like Saturn's symbol. Still, even if it looked menacing, she liked it very much.
"It's really creepy, I suppose, but it has a sweet side, I suppose." Hotaru commented, as she swung it, feeling its weight in her hand.
Finally, Johnny and George's Keyblades were very different from each other. Johnny's Keyblade was in a way similar to Setsuna's, but different. The guard resembled his shotgun but it had bat wings, and the blade was half black, half red. The teeth were shaped like a menacing black claw. As for George, his Keyblade was completely out of the ordinary. The guard was completely silver, as well as the blade, which was shaped like a sword. There was also a small detail about the guard, which was the fact that it was surrounded by a yellow ring, which kept floating around it, giving it an unusual look. What was more interesting was the fact that his, was the only Keyblade, which had no resemblance with a skeleton-key. Just like the Setsuna and Hotaru's Keyblades, theirs also had each one a keychain shaped like Pluto and Saturn's symbols.
"Outstanding!" Johnny exclaimed.
"Wicked, but cool!" George stated.
They were all marvelled with their Keyblades. They were not just weapons to them. They felt like those objects that they were holding in their hands, were like a part of their own soul. Usagi's soul could not stop rejoicing about the fact that their friends also had Keyblades, and that they were really happy about it.
"You see, now, that the power of your Hearts can accomplish any challenge that you might face in the near future, just like you have done in your home world."
"That's another thing
What exactly are "Hearts"? I mean, I known that they are not our physical hearts, but they are something that is referred to by that name. Can you tell us exactly what they really are?" Johnny asked.
"A Heart is one of the three parts that comprise a being. The other two parts are the body and the soul. As for what a Heart is made of exactly, I'm afraid that not even I know the answer to that riddle. But I do know that a Heart is mainly made of light and darkness. There are of course 7 exceptions to the rule
the Princesses of Heart."
"That's another thing that Maleficent spoke of. Who are these Princesses and why they seem to be so important?" Usagi asked.
"The Princesses of Heart are seven maidens' whose Hearts are made purely out of Light. Each one of them comes from a different world, and when the seven are gathered in one place, Kingdom Hearts might be unlocked." Yen Sid explained. "No, you're probably wondering what Kingdom Hearts is. Well, to explain you that, I'll be showing you something that happened."
Waving once again his hand, a book flew from one of the shelves right into his hands. Grabbing it, he opened it and a mysterious light appeared from it. Then, images started to appear, little by little. They all saw that the images were of a boy who was wielding the Keyblade in his hands. He was accompanied by two anthropomorphic animals, a duck and a dog. Usagi recognized them as being three of the characters that she saw when she woke up in that strange place.
"The boy you're seeing in these images is the Keyblade's Chosen One. His name is Sora, and the two characters that are by his side are Donald and Goofy, two of King Mickey's loyal subjects
Donald is the court's magician, and Goofy is the captain of the Royal Guard. King Mickey was my apprentice once, you know? I taught him everything I could in order to make him a better king, and he used those teachings to do what he thought it was right, and that was an attempt to stop Kingdom Hearts from being opened." Yen Sid, as the whole group watched the holographic images of the countless battles. "Still, he was not alone
Sora, Donald and Goofy helped him, along with many others, in his battle against many enemies. They prevented Kingdom Hearts from being opened twice."
"But, what is Kingdom Hearts?" Michiru asked.
"Kingdom Hearts is what you would call the Heart of all worlds." Yen Sid stated, as the image changed again, this time showing a Moon shaped like a Heart. "It is a source of enormous power and knowledge. That's why so many have tried to gather Hearts in order to open it. It is said that the one who's able to open Kingdom Hearts will be given infinite power and wisdom, but all that will come with a terrible price
If Kingdom Hearts is opened, it will most likely unleash a huge amount of darkness, which will invade all worlds, dooming them forever. Sealing it off prevents that darkness to spread and contaminate other worlds."
"That's all very interesting, but that doesn't explain why we are here. I mean, don't get this wrong, because I'm incredibly thankful for getting us all out of that tight jam, but to bring us here, you probably want us to help you with something am I right?" George asked.
I brought you here, because you are the only ones who can prevent Kingdom Hearts from being opened." Yen Sid answered.
"But, you just told us that Sora, the other Chosen One and your former apprentice had been able to prevent it from being opened. So what's the problem with it? Why don't you just call them here, so they can stop whoever it is from open it again?"
"I'm afraid that I can't do that, because they have disappeared from the world they were in, without a trace. The only one that has not disappeared is King Mickey."
The whole group reacted to this. This all lead Hotaru to comment about that fact.
"Well, maybe they just decided to use the Keyblade to go for a joyride in another world." she commented with her rather cheerful voice.
"I don't think so. If this had happened, I would have been able to locate any of them, wherever they were. I even thought that they might have been accidentally transported into the past or the future, when using the Keyblade's power, but I could not sense their presence there either. I think that someone has managed to somehow, erase their existence from the time flux. It's as if they never even existed in the first place
which would explain why the Keyblade chose Sailor Moon to be its new wielder, as well as the rest of you." Yen Sid stated.
"But, who could have done that in the first place? Who would have power to eradicate someone from the time flux itself?" Minako asked
I mean, it's not impossible to eradicate a person from existence, but if there is one thing that I know, is that the consequences of that act could compromise Time itself. I believe that they must have been removed from the time flux current. It is impossible to eradicate someone from the time flux current, without creating massive disturbs in the Past
whoever did that, must have known that the acts of such action could also prevent it from reaching its goal." Setsuna declared. "Removing a person from the time flux current is actually safer, than trying to mess up the whole time flux current." Setsuna declared.
"Yeah, it's actually quite easy to do that
You only need to know which person you want to get rid of, find a place where time does not exist, and put that person in there, making sure that it won't have a chance to escape from there
end of story. As for the kind of power needed to do that, well, you would need to have some kind of artefact that enabled you to travel through time and space as it is. Not exactly your average trip to the shopping mall, that's for sure." Johnny agreed.
"I bet that witch Maleficent is the one behind all this!" Makoto exclaimed.
"My thought exactly... But I do believe that she's not the only one behind it
Her powers over Darkness are very great, but, I do believe that someone else might be helping her. Still, if she really is behind all this, then there's only one way to get Sora, Donald and Goofy back from wherever they are. You'll have to go back in time, and make sure that what they made to prevent Kingdom Hearts from being opened really happens." Yen Sid declared.
"You mean, we have to go back in time and do whatever it takes to make sure that their actions really happen, but instead of being them doing those actions, we will be the ones doing them, is that it?" Haruka asked, to which Yen Sid complied, by waving his head affirmatively. "But, how is that going to help us finding those three guys?"
"You see, if you're able to make sure that Kingdom Hearts is never opened, you'll be able to follow their footsteps, and maybe, by doing that, you'll make contact with those who helped them, and furthermore, with those who they fought against. That way, you'll be able to gather clues to the place where they really are, and get them out of there."
" Haruka sighed, knowing that the task they had been assigned for was not going to be easy.
"Come on, Haruka, it'll be fun. Besides, you should see this as another adventure, you know?" Michiru declared, as she tried to flirt a little with Haruka, who answered back with a little, but cute smile in her lips.
"Okay, you can count on us, right, everyone?!" Usagi asked them, to which they all said yes. "But before that, can you tell me where exactly Chibiusa is?" she almost pleaded to Yen Sid.
"You'll find out where she is soon enough, Sailor Moon
I ca guarantee you that you will see her very soon. But before you all go, I must give you a little present, as well as instruct you in a few more things you should know, before starting this new adventure of yours." Yen Sid said, as he signalled them all. "Follow me, please."