The Meteor Shower
Darkness. That’s all she knew; Limply floating in the void, no memory of her name, who she was, or where she came from.
A small spark of consciousness lit up in her mind.
Slowly, she pulled her eyes open.
“It’s nearly time, Kiera…”
She didn’t find the strength to speak. However, dialogue echoed in her head.
“…Who are you…?”
“You don’t know me, but I am your friend, Kiera. The process is complete. It’s time to reconnect, reconnect the memories of your past, and your present; reconnect…with those who are lost.”
She felt a coolness of relief wash over her, though she did not know why.
“I am ready.”
She felt herself behind pulled up, nearly to the point of standing.
Suddenly, a bright light shined through the darkness. Glowing stained glass, the reflection of the heart, appeared before her. A girl etched into the glass, with silver hair, sat tranquilly on the side, bearing a weapon shaped like a key, painted pink and silver, with a moon and star at the end of its blade. The friendship circles above her bore many faces. Some of them, she recognized clearly.
But there were some that were blurred. Her headaches at the mere sight of it.
“Who…who are they…?”
“They are from your past, Kiera. They are people who mean very much to you. However, due to certain circumstances, those memories are blocked to you.”
“Can you fix it?”
“I am trying. It is taking longer than I thought; and time is running out.”
“Please help me. I want to know!”
“I will do all that I can, Kiera.”
“Kiera! Wake up!”
Kiera jumped. She peeled her eyes open. A spiky, blonde haired, shimmering blue eyed boy staring down at her, his face bright with giddiness.
“Ventus?” She asked sleepily.
She moaned and turned over in the bed.
“Ven, it’s three in the morning! Go back to bed.”
“But there’s a meteor shower going on outside!” The boy insisted, excitedly, “Come on! Before we miss it!”
Kiera groaned again.
“Okay, okay, I’m getting up…!”
“Alright! Meet ya outside!”
And with that, Ventus dashed out of the room. Kiera sighed, and sat up.
“What was that dream all about?” she wondered.
Then, she pulled herself out of bed and dragged her way towards the closest to put some clothes on.
Kiera rushed outside. She looked around and spotted Ventus lying in the grass, hands behind his head, on the summit. It was black as pitch in the sky, but the lanterns and overall light emitting from the castle brightened the courtyard. She ran up the hill and met up with him.
“There you are” Kiera announced.
“What took you so long?” Ventus asked, mischievously.
“Oh, hah hah” she laughed,dryly, “Unlike you, I have the decency to wear pajamas to bed instead of sleeping in my clothes! Seriously though, you’re going to ruin them.”
They watched the sky for what seemed like hours, tracking the stars as they shot through the sky.
“Why does this seem so…familiar?” Ventus mumbled.
Kiera looked over.
“What?” She asked.
Ventus glanced at her and smiled.
Their home was the Land of Departure: a giant, shimmering white and gold castle with its chains and Gardens stretching out to claim the floating land masses surrounding it. It was the abode of Master Eraqus, a wise Keyblade Master and teacher. At this point in time, he had four pupils, two of which were Ventus and Kiera. Eraqus vowed to train the new generation of keyblade masters, and guide them throughout their journeys, teach them to ward off the darkness, and embrace the light. Ventus and Kiera were the youngest, however Ventus was the last recruited pupil. Kiera got along fine with the other members, but she was always feeling lonely. She wanted someone her age. Fortunately, a few years after she became Eraqus’ pupil, her patience was rewarded. Now Kiera and Ventus were close friends, and did everything together. She could no longer imagine her life without him.
Kiera turned her head.
“What?” She asked.
“The exam,” Ventus asked, “You nervous that you might…screw it up?”
“Mmm, I don’t know,” Kiera replied, “I don’t really know what to feel. I guess I’m a little anxious. After all, that exam is my ticket to leaving the Land of Departure.”
Ventus frowned, and looked away.
“You really are itching to get away, are you?” He asked.
Kiera glanced over at him.
“Well, yeah, I gotta find where I come from!”
She glanced back up at the sky.
“You know how I feel about the castle. It’s not that I don’t like it here, but it’s never felt like…home, you know? How about you, Ven? Can you still not remember where you come from?”
Ventus shook his head. “Nope. Still nothing. I might…sometimes have, gut feelings I’ve done something before, or seen certain things before, but I can never place where. What’s it called? Day…day ja…”
“You mean ‘deja vu’?”
Ventus and Kiera suddenly lept up and looked behind them. Standing behind them, was a tall woman with short blue hair and blue eyes, wearing a sleeveless, indigo blue turtleneck and loose, light purple skirt and steel boots.
“Woah!” Ventus exclaimed with fright.
The woman giggled. Kiera groaned, irritably.
“Jeez, Aqua! How long were you standing there?” She cried.
“Long enough,” she replied, mischievously, then added a bit more firm, “How long have you guys been out here anyway? You know we’ve got the exam tomorrow Ven.”
“Relax, Mom,” Kiera stated, “We’ve only been out here for a little bit. I’ll still be rested for tomorrow!”
“Well, I can see why you didn’t want to miss the meteor shower, it’s beautiful.”
She took a seat next to Kiera, sitting with her legs stretched out, with one bent upwards.
“Hey Aqua, You ever wonder what stars are? Where light comes from?” asked Ventus.
“Hmm…Well, they say-” Aqua began.
“-That every star up there is another world.”
Kiera jumped again. A young man with brown hair, blue eyes and a short sleeved, form fitting gray shirt and tan brown tunic with steel boots.
“Terra!” Aqua declared.
“Geez, is it ‘Everyone-Jumpscare-the-Runts’ day?” Kiera cried, “You guys are the worst!”
“Well, you won’t be a runt much longer, now will you?” Said Terra.
He walked up in front of her and rubbed the top of her head.
“Tomorrow, you’ll be up in the big leagues, like us!”
Kiera ficked his hand away.
“Ter-ra! You’re messing up my hair!” She whined, “I told you before, you don’t give girls noogies!”
Everyone laughed. Kiera exhaled sharply. Terra stood behind Aqua as the four continued to observe the constellations.
“Yep, hard to believe there are so many worlds out there besides our own. The light is their hearts; and it’s shining down on us like a million lanterns.”
“What? I don’t get it” said Ventus prematurely.
“I do!” Kiera chimed in.
“In other words, they’re like you Ven” said Terra.
“What does THAT mean?” Ventus snapped, walking up to Terra.
Kiera pulled her hands over her mouth trying not to crack up.
“Hey, what are you two laughing at?”
Pretty soon, all four of them burst out laughing.
“I think what Terra meant, Ven,” Kiera giggled, “Is that all of us have a heart of light. And as long as we continue to hold onto that light, we’ll always be a shining beacon to others.”
“Oh. That makes sense,” Ventus replied.
“See, this is why Kiera’s taking the Mark of Mastery Exam early!” Terra teased.
“Now, now, Terra, don’t be mean! You know Ventus will always be fun to be around, and a great friend whether or not we beat the exam!” Kiera defended.
“Well there you go.”
“You know, I’m sitting right here” Ventus pouted.
The four laughed again. Kiera grinned.
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