Chapter 3: A Rivalry
The four of us along with the Foreteller came out of the corridor in front of the Mysterious Tower. The Foreteller leads us up the tower to Yen Sid's office where the other Foretellers are waiting with him. Yen Sid was in thought and when he sees us, relief comes across his face.
"Ah, I am pleased you are here," he told us and we give him the keyblade warrior salute. The Leopardus Foreteller walked next to the rest of the Foretellers and took position lined up.
"So we have something important to tell you," I said.
"Please tell me," he replied. I told him about my battle in the Magic Kingdom and what the main enemy told me as well as about the kid in the black coat. I told Yen Sid that the kid told me we had a connection and ordered me to stop what I am doing as a keyblade wielder. Yen Sid nodded once I finished.
"I see, so that might be it what I sense," he said.
"What do you mean?" Jack asked.
"I have sensed a rising darkness," Yen Sid explained. "After the Keyblade War, I sensed a darkness that has arisen. I sensed it in Walt Disney World where you fought those enemies. What I found troubling was it had all four of your essences."
"Essences? What do you mean?" Shane asked.
"I am not certain," Yen Sid replied. "I know with certainty that this darkness is dangerous and actually stronger than your last two main foes." All four of us gasped. Stronger than our last foes? Ronnie and Nick were absolutely strong and they killed Jack and I and almost killed Adrian and Shane. They basically became pure darkness and had its mentality. Now, this new enemy is stronger?
"In addition to Master Yen Sid sensing the darkness," the Ursus Foreteller said "we have actually came across some dark enemies who claim they serve the Dark Elite. They luckily were rather a small challenge, but none too bothersome. Now, hearing your testimony and what Yen Sid has told us, we assume these Dark Elite have been influenced by your hearts, but we are not certain how. Nor shall we assume until we see these four face to face."
"It also concerns us greatly," the Anguis Foreteller said. "The reason why is because with how strong this new foe could be will go even farther than just harm other keyblade wielders, they could also harm people of your world and other worlds. They could even destroy a world just making sure they could get what they want. What their goal is, we are not sure, but it most likely includes destroying you four."
"We also fear that your demise is not the only one concerning us," the Vulpes Foreteller suggested. "The seven lights have retired to their own worlds and they have remained there. If they were to go to different worlds, it would be to see friends or each other and nothing more. They believe their duties have ended and can now rest until the time comes again to fight the darkness. The Dark Elite, whomever they may be, will definitely be after the seven lights."
"So I guess, our job is to beat back this darkness and defeat the Dark Elite, right?" Adrian asked. The Foretellers nodded. "Well then, I guess we should get going and get working." The four of us begin to leave, but Yen Sid speaks up again.
"Your job will not be easy though," he said.
"Of course it won't master," I reply.
"I mean, you will have a major obstacle who will cross your paths," he elaborated. I raised my left eyebrow.
"'Who'? You sure you did not mean 'it'?" I ask. He shakes his head.
"No. I mean what I said," he responded. "You see, right after I sensed the darkness, four young male youths all came into my office. The told me they had been looking for me and wished to speak with me. I was suspicious of their presence and their request. They claimed they are the Supreme Elite."
"WHAT?!" all four of us shouted. We couldn't believe it; four other people claim they are us? Yen Sid remained unflinched and merely nodded.
"Indeed," he said. "They wore fascinating clothing and had brown, blond, black, and red hair. They were named Soraxan, Axeron, Derron, and Braxon and they claimed to be successors from your ancestors thousands of years ago with the original power passed down. I told them the tale of how you four became the original Elite reborn and Axeron expressed denial at the truth. I do not know why he denies, but he does. I fear this crazed ambition will lead to possibly harming innocents. It concerns me they will go so far as to fight the seven lights as well as you. Should you come across them, keep up your guard." We nodded and bowed to Yen Sid.
"So, as of now," the Unicornis Foreteller said "go out and beat back this dark foe. We will do so as well. Plus, we will signal to the seven lights that they must help as well, for this affects them just as much as it affects you four. We will also send a message to Mr. Iger and catch him up to speed." We all gave the keyblade warrior salute and left the office. We walk out of the tower and open up a light corridor.
"Wait a minute guys," I say. "If we are heading back to Walt Disney World, shouldn't we be in normal clothes so we don't attract everyone's attention?"
"Ben, think about it," Adrian said "you already showed yourself in your Elite form. People already know. No reason to turn back now." I nod and we go through the corridor and come out in front of the fountain after the entrance in Epcot.
"Alright, what's the plan?" Jack asked.
"Simple right? We merely go around and take out any enemies we see," Shane replied.
"Yeah, but we should also keep an eye out for any of the rivals," Adrian said. "They either will fight us or will try to convince others we are fakes."
"Let's stay together," I jump in. "It would be better if we stayed close so we don't end up taking on too many foes."
Heartless were causing havoc in Atlantis. They were causing people to run all over and create hell for everyone. Unfortunately, keyblade warriors of light were not readily available and so help would not come quick enough. The soldiers couldn't keep up with the creatures and were often forced to retreat or face losing their hearts. Shops, businesses, and other stores were being destroyed. Then suddenly, white light glows and out of it come Axeron, Soraxan, Derron, and Braxon. They have keyblades in hand and take stance. People applaud them showing up and so the four warriors fight the constant numbers of heartless, who turned their attention on to them when they appeared. The four jumped right in and fought the large number of heartless and took out many at a time. Once they finished off all heartless, the citizens applauded. One of them called out to them and walked up to them some.
"Oh thank you so much for saving us!" the elderly woman said in joy.
"Absolutely! It's our duty," Axeron said in reply.
"Please, tell us who you are," someone said from the crowd.
"Why we are the Supreme Elite of course," Axeron replied proudly. Everyone became silent and then started murmuring to each other in confusion.
"Supreme Elite? You aren't them," another shouted out.
"Of course we are!" Derron called back to them. Other people started replying in response and in agreement.
"No no! You guys look nothing like them!" a third shouted.
"Plus, they would have taken less time than you to finish those things!" a fourth also called out. The crowd agreed with the point and the four youths were speechless. They did not know how to reply. After people thanked them and left without much heart or joy from learning who they are, Axeron felt rather... actually, nothing could really describe what he was feeling. He and his friends were just rejected as the Supreme Elite. Axeron didn't know what to think. He felt as though he were punched in the stomach.
"What now?" Braxon asked him,
"We go to Epcot or wherever they are and find them and make it clear to them," Axeron replied.
The four of us walked through Epcot on a nice warm day. It was partly cloudy and not hot nor humid. It felt great. We kept a wary eye while saying hello and waving to people who do so to us. We came across heartless like in the Kingdom Hearts games and fight them off. It was not a big issue and luckily, people were not near getting attacked or anything. We continued to walk when I felt something tugging my right pant leg. I look behind and down and I see a little boy toddler there. He was adorable and he had light hair and blue eyes. My face immediately lit up and I stopped and bent down to his height. My friends noticed me with the little kid and so they stopped, turned and looked at me and the kid with smiles on their faces.
"Hey little guy!" I said and I bent down to his height. He said nothing, but he had his hands touching and feeling my clothing and so I picked him up and held him.
"Oh I'm sorry," his mother apologized. "He just saw you and just ran to you."
"Oh that's okay," I said and looked at her son. "I guess he wants to be a keyblade wielder huh?" The little toddler kept on looking and playing with ends of my clothes and I just kept smiling.
"Ha ha, I guess he does. Isn't that right Brandon?" she said. I looked at him and then my smile went away and I became sentimental as I thought about what I am doing as part of my duties and who I am protecting.
"Don't worry Brandon," I said to him "I will protect you. I promise I will protect you and everyone else like you. I will protect your family, your mommy, and every family and mother like yours." I hugged him and began to shed a few tears. I am not just protecting my world, I am protecting little innocents, little infants, toddlers, and children just like Brandon here. I am protecting his mother and family and mothers and families like his. It brought tears to my eyes because darkness wishes to kill such light and such innocence like this. I refused to let it happen. I then pulled myself together and handed Brandon back to his mother.
"I promise to protect all of you," I told her. She nodded.
"Thank you and good luck," she said and I gave the keyblade warrior salute and we parted. I walked back to my friends who now were not smiling, but were in thought after watching the whole scene.
"Now isn't this all put in perspective this time?" I asked them.
"We are protecting more than a world," Shane said.
"We are protecting the innocent people like them," Jack followed.
"The precious light in the world," Adrian said.
"We are protecting the least among us," I summed up. As Supreme Elite, we realized our duty is more than just the world we are saving, it's the innocent, the least among us, that are being protected. The infant, the elderly, the single mother, in general, the defenseless; we are protecting all of them. That is our duty as Supreme Elite.
We walk on to The Land and find nothing there except a few heartless which were no big deal. We move onto the International Gateway and we turn to the left and begin our clockwise direction of walking World Showcase after exiting Future World. We begin to pass by one of the stores and walk by a group of eight teenagers that appear to be 14 to 19 years of age. They all wore dark hued clothing and were walking toward us. I kept to myself as did my friends and plainly thought they were just common guests and just friends here for the day. I did not pay attention to them and we walked through the midst of them like nothing happened.
It was all fine, but them fifteen seconds later, about fifteen yards behind us, we hear a explosion and people begin running in our direction and away from the area screaming. We immediately turn around and see the eight teenagers causing trouble and creating hell. Multiple people were almost killed as spells were flying all over. A woman was trying to escape, but somehow was pinned against the wall of the store with her young son who looked like he was 5 years old. They were both petrified as three teenagers were harassing them and threatening to kill them. Rage grew inside me and my friends and I ran over to the eight teenagers and screamed at them to stop. They all turned their attention to us and smiled. The woman and her son sneaked away and made it to safety. Their clothes now became dark with black, purple, blue, and brown, and grey as it turns out they are dark keyblade wielders. I was blistering in anger for they harmed those whom I swore to protect: the defenseless.
"NO ONE ATTACKS THE DEFENSELESS EVER!" I screamed to them.
"Who cares? Their lives are just as worthless as anyone else's," one who appeared to be fifteen said.
"Besides, we're just having fun," another one who appeared to be nineteen replied.
"Plus, you four are the ones we are looking for," a third person sixteen years of age said "so we had to get your attention somehow." They all began to encircle us four and surround us. We had keyblades in hand and took stance. Suddenly, a flash of light erupts and we see four people who appeared to be on our side stand next to us. My friends and I were more focused on the eight teenagers and so we did not take a good look at them. Then, both sides charged and it all blew up in a large battle. My opponent, who looked seventeen, was rather tough, but with my martial arts skills, I managed to beat him back. He became more aggressive and angry and tried swinging at my head. I blocked and gave him an uppercut to the stomach. He turned around and took out my legs making me fall. He swung at my head, but I spun on the ground and got back on my feet. We kept fighting and eventually, I parried a swing of his and stabbed him in the stomach putting my blade into his abdomen. He was stunned and had his mouth and eyes wide open with shock. I pulled my blade out and he fell onto the ground dead. I look behind me and before I know it, one after another, my friends and the mysterious newcomers killed their opponents in almost the same time. Soon, eight bodies were on the ground and eight keyblades either stuck out of the pavement or laid on it. The people around us applauded and we waved to them while panting. Then, the crowds left and went back to their day. My friends and I looked at the newcomers and they looked at us. I recognized them immediately.
"Hey! You four are the ones who visited Yen Sid!" I said.
"Yes we are," Axeron said with some disdain. "We saw you four against the eight and decided to take part."
"We know who you are Axeron, Soraxan, Derron, and Braxon," Shane said looking at each person he said their name respective to.
"So we see, and we are here because we have been looking for you guys," Braxon said.
"You see, we just fought many heartless in Atlantis," Soraxan said.
"We won, but when we told the people we are the Supreme Elite, they denied us," Derron said. I smirked slightly and chuckled a little.
"That's because their hearts don't lie," I replied. "They know better and have seen us. Our images are etched into their hearts. You can't change it."
"For now we can't," Axeron snapped back and became assertive and somewhat threatening. "We will make all believe which is why we are here. We are the successors of the Supreme Elite's power passed down for thousands of years. We hold the power originally bestowed upon them. So we tell you now quit the act, quit trying to be them. You aren't the Elite, we are. Just because you look exactly like them, doesn't mean you are them. You don't hold their power, we do." He looked at me dead in the eye, but I stared back at him with an equally powerful glare.
"You have got to be kidding me," I reply and then I raise my keyblade right in front of him. His eyes widen slightly because he knows this is the keyblade the original Elite held. "I will not stop being who I am. My friends and I are the Supreme Elite. Shane, Jack, Adrian, and I; we are one with the Supreme Elite. I am Polemistis, Shane is Kidemonas, Jack is Aiton, and Adrian is Kyrios. We are them and they are us. Their hearts live in ours as part of ours. We will protect the least among us and you will not stop us from doing our duty as the Supreme Elite." I lower my keyblade and unsummon it. Axeron looks at me with a rather troubled look and one that expressed, or appeared to express, denial.
"Fine then," he replied. "We will eventually force you to cease. We will do everything to prove to others we are the real Elite whether it's outdoing your fighting, defeating the seven lights, or even defeating you in front of others or alone." The four opened a light corridor, went through it, and disappeared into it. The corridor disappeared too. I stared at the spot where they disappeared. This is the rival that I must face. I now must prove myself against this rival and against every person that exists that I am the true Supreme Elite. My friends face this same challenge too. We now have a rivalry with other fellow keyblade wielders.
Edited by KingdomHearts3, 05 October 2016 - 08:02 PM.