Chapter 15: A New Challenge
My friends and I were at the school having a class with the students. We have been back from our time in Walt Disney World for a week. We were asked to do a meet and greet at the Magic Kingdom for a few hours in the morning, afternoon and evening with time in between and take part in the Festival of Fantasy Parade. We were on one of the floats with the characters waving and all excited. That was nice and now we are back north with the students and having our sessions with them.
There are different sessions: combat, attack, magic, terminology, and miscellaneous. The combat session is teaching them fighting and countering strikes and swings. This is done with the students paired up with each other. The magic session is teaching them spells and how to fire them and summon them. This is like target practice where we set up targets and teach the students to aim their spell and fire. It's always a work in progress for them. The attack session is teaching them how to use different attacks like the arcanums, raids, blitzes and all kinds of attacks. The terminology session is teaching them the names of creatures and enemies as well as names of attacks, spells, and Keyblades. The miscellaneous sessions are when we teach them about the mysterious elements of what we know. Basically, we teach them about the legends of the Keyblade War, Keyblade, Kingdom Hearts, and so many other mysterious things. We also tell them about our stories and what is happening now and contribute it to how as Keyblade wielders, they need to be ready always and their duties would include things like whatever we tell them. We may or may not have one of these as it depends on our moods.
We are watching the students pair up and fight in the middle of our combat session. It was a gorgeous late afternoon as the sun we just in the west. My friends and I had our arms folded and watched the students fight one on one with each other. We were observing how they fought in battle. We instructed that anyone who sees an opening to trip the other up and point their Keyblade at them declaring a match. Here and there, students would either get tripped up by their partner or do so themselves. We would go over to correct whatever they messed up and told them to do it again. They are dressed in clothes like my friends and I, but with less grandeur. The clothes also looked like they could be found in a store as well.
I was watching a fourteen year old boy named Max paired with a sixteen year old boy named Daniel. They were fighting together and neither looked like they were giving in. Of course they both looked like they have much to learn, but they are looking sharp and confident. Max had his Keyblade parried and he went to strike overhead and down while Daniel swung at his feet taking out his legs. Max fell onto his back with a thud and Daniel pointed his Keyblade at Max.
"Aw man!" Max exclaimed.
"Set and match," Daniel said with a smirk. Max huffed and stood back up.
"Max, you went to swing overhead and took too long," I pointed out and went to demonstrate using my Keyblade. "Instead of swinging overhead after a parry, just swing back across his head. That single extra moment cost you and every moment you aren't doing something makes you vulnerable."
"Yes master," Ma replied. The two of them then set themselves up for a match and went at it again.
"Master Polemistis? I have a question," a female voice called to me. I turn to see and it's another student Jessica with Madeline. They are both seventeen years old. I nodded and went over to them.
"So, Madeline went to strike at my legs and I blocked it," she explained "but I don't know what to do. My instinct was to push off and then swing across her body, but I don't know."
"Well that's not bad," I said and I then went and demonstrated. "You could do that. Another thing you could do is push off, turn around and then swing across at the head. It flows more and you don't have to pause for a moment to let your momentum carry you the other way."
"Thank you master," she said bowing and returning back to her match. I watched then some some other matches and asked if anyone needed help and they all assured they were okay. I asked my friends how things are going from their side of things. They held their thumbs up and then gave some advice to whomever they were watching. At the end, we decided to halt everyone and have everyone stand off to the side toward the building and facing away from it. We had the students then randomly pair up one on one at our discretion. We Elites discussed and then chose the first match.
"Wyatt and Ryan, you guys go first," Adrian called out. "After that, let's have Elena and Larena fight." Wyatt and Ryan went up and stood apart from each other on different sides. They took stance and waited for a command. They both had determination and focus in their eyes and faces. I was impressed by it and was excited to see what they would offer.
"Ready? Begin!" Shane commanded and the two guys ran toward each other and clashed. I felt the power in their strikes. No magic was used since this is still the combat session and we are practicing just hand on hand for now. Tomorrow we will have both hand on hand and magic. It was great what I saw. They both had a strong sense of will and I felt the other wanting it more than the other. I was curious to see who would come out on top. After about five minutes of fighting, Wyatt trips up Ryan and points his Keyblade at Ryan.
"So close!" Ryan shouted. Wyatt was panting and a smile grew on his face.
"Well done Wyatt!" Jack congratulated him. Wyatt helped Ryan up. Ryan had a smile on his face and they shook hands and gave each other a brief embrace.
"Wyatt, that was impressive of you," I said to him grabbing his attention. He had a smile as he panted. "I hope to see you grow more."
"Thank you master," Wyatt replied. Wyatt had white skin and dark brown hair. It was styled like mine: cut on the sides, but longer on top and the bangs and front portion spiked up. He had brown eyes and was about a few inches shorter than me. He is a built kid nineteen years old with plenty of muscle like myself and possesses a Keyblade that is found in the Keyblade Graveyard. It is shaped like mine, but has a square exterior blade, but round interior blade. It fits him and he is a talented Keyblade wielder with much potential. We went through the matches and it was late in the day. Since it's late spring, the sun sets later and even though it's five o'clock, the sun had a few hours of daylight left and was in the west. We Elite decided to wrap things up and ended the sessions for today sending them off to do their own thing. Some practiced, others socialized, and others some wanted to learn more about some of the mysteries we have taught them.
My family parked the car at the gate entrance. They wanted to visit and see how I am and what things are like. Mom, dad, and my sister walked up the path up the hill to the school. It was not a real steep hill, but it was a walk. They decided to go around to the back and see who if anyone is there. They take a look and find the students walking around and doing their own thing whether it is practicing or socializing. My family just stood at the edge of the courtyard and looked at everything amazed. Just then, an older male of about twenty two years of age was talking to some other students when he noticed my family.
"Huh? Who are you?" he asked them.
"We're Ben's family," mom replied. The students know my two identities so they already know who is being talked about. About nine other students started to gather around.
"Are you all Keyblade wielders?" the student asked.
"No," mom replied.
"Then you're not welcome here," the student said sounding a bit hostile.
"I believe we have a right to see our son," dad fired back firmly.
"People who aren't Keyblade wielders aren't welcome here," the male student said with much hostility. The other students started saying the same things and started pressing on against my family. Dad immediately got in front of mom and my sister out of protective instinct. I came out from the building after speaking with a student, look to my left, and see my family. Immediately, I am happy to see them and wondering what the commotion is.
"Mom! Dad!" I called to them and rushed to them. They saw me and their faces lit up and we hugged and kissed. The students stood still in their place. Then I turn to the students.
"What's all this about?" I asked.
"Master, these non Keyblade wielders were trespassing," one older male student told me.
"Mark, they are my family," I replied with authority and some aggravation. "They along with the other masters' families are entitled to show up."
"They aren't Keyblade wielders," Mark replied. "You told us that people who do not wield a Keyblade are to be driven away. This place can't have anyone show up."
"Our families are an exception," I said. "If we switched roles and it was your family, would you allow them to show up? Would you be okay with them visiting?"
"Yes master," Mark replied deflated.
"You may be right about the policy," I continued "but may I remind you that it was through our families that the Keyblade's power had been passed down to us. I suggest you give them the respect and honor they are due. Besides, aren't they the people I taught you to protect?"
"Yes master," all the students replied bowing. I sent them all away and they went inside to the throne room. I turned back to my family.
"Sorry about that," I said apologizing and my family and I started talking. They asked questions about what happens here and I took them to look around both the courtyard with the view of the valley and inside the school. They were amazed with everything. The students that noticed us bowed whenever we passed by and others gave the Keyblade warrior's salute. I said goodbye to my family and they went home.
The next day, we got to it in the morning with the magic. It was practicing spells and firing them. This was a trickier thing for some, but most had the spells down. It was teaching them more advanced material that took them time to get. I was observing the students practice when I hear behind me corridors open and close and look behind me and see two armor Keyblade wielders walking toward me. They gave the warrior's salute and I nodded in reply.
"Master Polemistis," one of them said "we just received word from Mr. Iger that trouble is brewing in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World."
"We were just there a week ago," I complained. "Alright then. We'll go and see for ourselves." The warriors saluted and left in a light corridor. I still have the Mark of Kye so that glowed and when I touched it, it glowed more. I close my eyes and with my heart, I call out Keyblade wielders names since all Keyblade wielders submit to my authority now. I see a corridor open and out came Axeron, Soraxan, Derron, and Braxon, our subordinates and friends. They also requested to be our apprentices and we accepted. Seeing them made me smile and we embraced. My friends and I left the students to practice and also greeted the four.
"You summoned us master?" Axeron asked.
"Yes. I just got word trouble in Walt Disney World is brewing," I replied. "We will most likely end up having to be there a while and it might end up taking us down a road." My friends complained about being there just like I did when they heard this, but I reassured them. "I will need you guys to take over and run the place for us for a while."
"Yes Supreme Elite," Axeron replied. They all then gave the warrior's salute. I caught them up on what they are doing so they know where to pick up from and my friends and I went in a corridor and went to the Magic Kingdom.
We step out into the entrance to the park just past security and enter into the park. We are waved at and had shout outs and all we did was wave in return and smiled while looking around for the trouble. Well, we started walking past the Emporium on Main Street USA when heartless popped out and started scaring people. We summoned our Keyblades and got right to work to clear them out. Clearly, this is the trouble and so we decided to look through the park and clear out any heartless. We came across them eight times in large groups, but we managed and after clearing them out in Tomorrowland, we decided to give Main Street one more look. After defeating the few heartless left there, we are about to leave when I get a bad feeling and freeze.
"Ben? What's wrong?" Adrian asked concerned. Seeing me like this gets them concerned and worried.
"Bad feeling, dark presence," I said. I look down Main Street toward the train station and see four people walking our way. They were all in armor with faces covered.
"Well, well, well, if it isn't the heroes," one said mockingly. "People of this land, pay attention!" The guests around stopped what they were doing and paid attention.
"We are here to tell you the truth," another armored individual said. "These four heroes are not what you think they are."
"That's right, they are murderers," a third individual said while looking at us. The guests mumbled to themselves in confusion. Meanwhile, my anger was rising slowly, but surely as did my friends.
"You see, their ancestors thought they were fighting darkness," a fourth explained. "The people their thought were of the darkness were their friends. During that Keyblade War, so many people they considered friends were killed by their ancestors. They fell one by one because of them." He pointed a finger at us. Now we are really getting angry. The people were still confused and talked louder this time.
"Yes, all they did was slaughter those they considered friends," the warrior who called us out said. "Now their descendants you see before you carry on such a horrible legacy and in the recent Keyblade War, they do the same again. They must be stopped and we will defeat them." They summoned their Keyblades and took stance. The people sounded skeptical and the enemies started chaos by firing spells at them and making the guests scream and run away.
"Disbelief will result in deathly consequences," the warrior said. "Now you four can face the cold taste of death."
"Shut up!" I shouted at them and we summoned our Keyblades and clashed with them. The match was even for a bit, but then we took control and started driving them back and end up in a lock.
"You'll regret insulting us!" I shouted at my enemy and then I punch and kick him a few times before swinging at his neck and slitting it. My friends slashed their enemy or stabbed them through a weak spot in their armor. All of them fell dead and their bodies dissolved into particles, their Keyblades disappeared in dark energy, and their hearts floated up to Kingdom Hearts. We unsummoned our Keyblades and panted some.
"We have some work to do," I said. It looks like this will be another challenge to unravel and defeat the darkness as it appears to be encroaching again.