Skeleton Keys, Chapter 12.2Hmm, Mr. Gibbs mused when he saw the condition of our ship. She does seem in rather bad shape. Run yer bow afoul of a reef, did ye?
Nay, I replied. We landed on it, coming down from Neverland.
Arrgh, Ive heard of that place, Mr. Gibbs said with a nod. Second star to the right and straight on til morning, and all that. No wonder ye be the captain.
I didnt know whether to take that as an insult or a compliment, so I stayed quiet.
Mr. Gibbs continued to fill in the gap of silence. Yer ship dont seem all-too hard to fix, but we got some advice to keep sailing with our ship. I hope ye arent offended.
Only if ye promise to have me ship repaired before we leave port and tell me the name of yer advisor.
Mr. Gibbss face darkened as he thought of a reply. Only two words passed hi
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 12.1Chapter XII: Live, Love, and Plunder
"Land ho!" Jack called from the crow's-nest.
"Har-har, it's about time, too." I ran to the bow rail of the ship, looking out to the new land in front of it. It looked almost like planet Earth, except there was much, much more water than land. Islands, miniscule compared to the sea, dotted the seascape like chocolate chips on a cookie.
Goofy and Donald came up and stood on either side of me, following my gaze to the new world. "What kind of world do you think it is?" Goofy asked.
I grinned, bearing white teeth as white as sea foam and my eyes still set on the world. "A world of adventure; I can feel it in my bones."
Suddenly, a thought struck me. "Goofy, if you're here, then who's steering the ship?"
All three of us immediately turned around. With nothing holding it secure, the helm of the ship was spinning out of control! "Goofy! Hold
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 16Chapter XVI: Initiation
His world started in darkness, naught but a faint light to guide his blue-gray eyes. His whole body felt numb. His mind was a blur of movement and fuzzy memories. He staggered up the stairs in this dark corridor towards the light. The closer he got, the more organized his thoughts became. He could analyze his surroundings, complex as they were with their staircases leading nowhere and thoroughfares to unimagined depths.
A trace movement becoming increasingly more apparent crossed his vision. Something in his mind ached for a weapon. As if responding to his request, a flash of light lit up his left hand. The flash elongated and solidified, becoming a magicians staff with elaborate decoration. Where did this come from? he thought, but he didnt dwell on it for long. He took the staff in his hands and prepared h
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 15.4Even with all five of them chasing after the Heartless, they lost track of it after the first fork in the corridors. The Heartless had intentionally fooled them, hiding in the shadows of the poorly-lit higher corridors. It was afraid of the pursuers, afraid of what theyd do to it, especially that flying swordsman with the huge sword. When all five of the pursuers passed into the adjacent corridor, the Heartless slid silently the opposite way, into an even darker section of the castles corridors.
As the light faded around it, a faint but noticeable sound filled the senses of the Heartless. It was the sound of someone playing music. The Heartless traced the tantalizing tune, always following its increasing volume. It soon realized that the instrument being played was an electric sitar. The Heartless kept approaching the sound until it reached a door at the far end of the corridor where it was the dar
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 15.3Emily lifted herself off of the stairs and dusted herself off. What was that? she wondered aloud as she looked around. She had just felt the effects of Lexaeuss strike and was now recovering from recoil. It took her some doing to adjust to the slant of the stairs in her high heels. She looked around through the three-dimensional maze and spied Riku walking along the wall below her - or was it the ceiling?
Either way, she was about to call to him when she felt a blur of motion rush by her. This black blur rushed right for Riku. He didnt even see it. Riku, watch out! she called. Riku turned towards her and caught sight of the black blur almost immediately. He instinctively drew the Key of Darkness from his back and slashed at the blur. The blur stopped just short of the swing, slowing down to the visible spectrum. Larxene coolly smil
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 15.2A door with a faint light behind it awaited me at the bottom of the staircase. I didnt know what it was, but I felt a weird presence behind that door. It was a presence I hadnt felt since I threw down Maleficent: the presence of darkness. I laid a hand on the doorknob, twisted it, and pushed it into the room.
This room was painted a dark blue, although the couches in front of me were more navy than the walls. The walls were bordered with a flowery print, and the floor beneath my feet was tiled in the same pattern. In the couch before me, I caught sight of the back of a lavender-haired man. Excuse me, I said to him, would you mind telling me where I am?
The man got up and folded his arms across his chest. He glared at me with blue eyes as dark as the walls, saying, Youre in one of the basements of Castle Oblivion. I am Zexion, and
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 15.1Chapter XV: Castle Oblivion
I stared at the castle before me with eyes opened wide. Towers sprouted from every which-way all over the castle, whether it was horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Some of them split into upside-down towers, and some of them even extended from the underside of the small spit of land we were situated on! The towers were generally of the same design, grungy brown bricks topped with an aquamarine spike with at least one lit window looming out at us.
Axel led us up to the front door of this castle, laying his hand on the door knocker and stopping. Theres just something I want you to know about this castle, he warned. You cant trust anything in here, not your eyes, not your ears, not even your memories. All you can trust is your heart. Follow it, and itll lead you out of here alive with Marluxia far from that. He
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 14.4All of a sudden, my kidnapper stopped and forced me to my knees and hands, still keeping me gagged. He took my sword from me, and I heard a door open on a squeaky hinge before me. A figure stood in the doorway, a faint strain of candlelight lighting her from behind. I lifted my eyes to this foreboding figure; a scowl crossed my face as I realized who it was: Maleficent.
Maleficent only stretched out an arm, a staff clutched in her hand. The top of this staff glowed with a sickly green light, almost as sickening as the face that it illuminated. The face was slightly grinning, but I got a wicked look from her eyes. I returned this look with one of rage. Maleficent walked over to me and said, You never cease to amaze me, Michael; willingly attacking your own girlfriend with darkness and still rejecting that darkness. What do you have to say for yourself? She waved her
Skeleton Keys, Chapter 14.3When I reopened my eyes, I stood on the staircase, looking down at Emily. She was still lying on the stairs, but her gaze at me was joyful, almost thankful to see me. She was again wearing her snow-white wedding dress. I looked around; everything was swirling around in a mad rush of movement. My head was pounding, but I didnt know why.
My friends ran up to see how I was. What happened? Jack asked.
I held my head, my thoughts swirling around like a tornado. It felt like my brain was wiped clean of memories; I couldnt remember a thing. I didnt know what to say. Suddenly, something bonked me on the head. Emily caught it as it bounced towards her. She looked at it and asked, Is this one of Elder Gutknechts potions?
I studied it carefully. It looked vaguely familiar, but I had no idea what it was. It w