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Kingdom Hearts:Shallow Life Chapter Eight
Chapter the Eighth: Doubt Full
You could lose everything close to you. Tell me, how does this feel?
There are many worlds, but surely none like this. Hans rubbed his hands together in delight. Turning Arendale into a ski resort was a stroke of genius on his part, but it was all thanks to Elsa that he was able to do so in the first place.
Aesthetically pleasing condos that fit in well with the environment around them was one thing. Some of his clientele even appreciated that. Some of the environmentally conscious types, the New Agers and the would-be hippies and hipsters, for example. Hans could appreciate that. He appreciated their money even more, and they tended to have plenty.
But now there was a new kind of tourist in the area, the kind with more money than taste. They brought in the big bucks, and Hans had no intention of letting them get away. No more would he tend towards the quaint and charming mountain village look. Now he would steer towards the boxy condo look. As many as he
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Seven
Chapter the Seventh: Your Biggest Mistake
It's a chance you should take. And I know it's not an easy one to make. You should trust  the ones who are closest to you.
There comes a time in the life of every married man that his wife asks him to do something that he'd Rather Not Do, whether it's take out the garbage, clean the garage, or play nice with the mother-in-law. Unfortunately, this came sooner rather than later for Marluxia, when his newly-wed wife, Snow White, tasked him with rescuing the Seven Dwarves forced to entertain sightseers in Disney's World of Adventure®.
"I'd go myself, but it's Bridge Night with the girls," she had added. Of course. "Oh, and do leave dear Namine with our dear friends, the Johnsons, so you don't seem creepy and weird."
Marluxia pouted. "What's creepy and weird about me? I am a perfectly normal and healthy man." Because nothing says normal and healthy like a grown man palling around with a sixteen-year-old girl who clearly is not related to h
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter Six
Chapter the Sixth: Messy Clothes
Theme the Sixth: Thirty-Three Per Cent
“A thrift store? This is why you dragged me all the way over here?” Zexion's face is twisted in a masque of disbelief.
“But they're having a sale!” Demyx protests. “Thirty-three per cent off everything in the store! Even things that were already reduced! You really can't beat that, you know.”
No. He is not hearing this. Demyx is not going to waste their precious munny (or “yen,'” as it's apparently known on this world. All worlds share the same sky; not necessarily the same currency.) on clothes they do not need. He takes in Demyx's appearance, and marvels that he actually intended to look like this. He's wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with a brightly coloured dolphin leaping in front of what looks like the prism for Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” album. (Isn't that copyright infringement? Or is it somehow acceptable if it's done out of a sense of ir
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter Five
Chapter the Fifth: To Abandon
Theme the Fifth: Running Away
They are not running away, not really. Rather, it is a tactical retreat. At least, this is what Demyx tells himself. At any rate, they cannot stay here for much longer. Demyx knows this, even if Zexion does not. It is only a matter of time before either Axel or one of the Keybearers tracks them down. He cannot imagine Axel willingly helping the Keybearers, but he assumes that it is entirely possible if the ginger somehow benefits from the arrangement. He would, of course, benefit from any arrangement he made. It would be the only way he would ever make such a thing in the first place. Axel does nothing that does not ultimately work out in his favour. Ever. Sora and the others would do well to remember that, if it ever came down to it.
On the other hand, he cannot envision a scenario in which Sora and the others would willingly work beside their former enemy for any reason. After all, Axel had killed one of his own allies, murd
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter Four
Chapter the Fourth: A Let Down
Theme the Fourth: Breakfast
All too soon it is morning. The beds are surprisingly comfortable, all things considered. Demyx chalks it up to exhaustion, both physical and emotional. Yes, emotional, in spite of all of Zexion's protestations that they cannot feel. Demyx has never put much stock in that, (having told Sora and crew in one of their battles that they did, in fact, have hearts) and there are rumours floating about like ghosts that they can eventually regrow hearts given enough time. Zexion dismisses such things as mere wives' tales, but Demyx cannot be so certain. Chalk it up to the optimist in him.
They get dressed in the clothes that they wore the day before, eternally grateful for the fact that the grossly rotund manager seems uninterested in prying too closely into the personal lives of his guests. Under normal circumstances, Demyx would naively assume it is because he does not see enough business to afford such a luxury, but he notices that
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter Three
Chapter the Third:Esuna, Curaga
Theme the Third: Health and Healing
Demyx sighs. “You're really not doing well, you know.” It is pointless, he knows. Zexion is not ever going to let him help him, and he knows it. Still, he did not come all the way to Castle Oblivion's basements (twelve of them. Yes, really. He had to search twelve basements, for Pete's sake. Who on Earth needs twelve basements? And why on Earth would they need them? Does he really want to know? No, no he does not, thank you very much. He enjoys being able to sleep at night.) and rescue the steel-blue-haired youth just to have him die on him. Demyx knows the other boy would probably do just that purely out of spite. He will not allow it, cannot allow it, not after everything he has done to save him. Perhaps one day Zexion will come to appreciate this.
Zexion smiles bitterly. “You don't say.” He closes his eyes and lies back on the  whitish pillow. Demyx wishes he would complain about how din
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter Two
Chapter the Second: Shut In
                       Theme the Second:  Excuses
Most people after having been rescued would show at least some grudging gratitude towards their rescuers, even if it is not their native temperament so to do. Most people are not Zexion.
“You didn't have to save me, you know,” he remarks coldly. “I was doing just fine on my own.” He negates his statement with a racking cough, so long it seems to Demyx he might just hack up a lung or two, or at the very least do himself some grave injury. He resists the urge to pat Zexion on the back. He seems the type of person to hate physical contact. As weak as he is, Demyx knows somehow that Zexion would at least try to rend him limb from limb for daring to do so. Of course, he would just tire himself out trying to do such a thing, so will be forced to settle for glaring at the blond, but the thought will still be there.
And you did n
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Kingdom Hearts: But Home Is Nowhere Chapter One
Chapter the First: And We Disappear
Theme the First: Introduction
What made him think that coming here was a good idea again? Demyx shakes his head in disbelief and wraps his wiry tanned arms around himself, though the cold he feels sinking into him is more psychological than physical.
He gazes at his surroundings warily, as though at any moment something will spring out at him, even though the white, sterile room is nearly devoid of any hiding places. There is a doorway just ahead of him that is flanked by two large snowy urns bereft of the topiary one might expect to find in such things. Demyx marvels that in all the time that the pink-haired man had spent here, that Marluxia had done nothing to remedy this situation. It seems almost unnatural to Demyx. Were the other Nobodies assigned to this place really kept too busy to decorate, to somehow relieve the nearly oppressive absence of colour and ornamentation?  He somehow doubts it, but he had never been here, so he cannot say fo
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Six
Chapter the Sixth: No News is Good News
It's so easy not to think for yourself anymore.
"That's racist!" Fauna sputtered after reading a review of the new movie "Maleficent" that was sweeping the Worlds. (Namely because it played ad nauseum in every hotel room in the Magic Kingdom®.) "We're hardly incompetent ninnies who care nothing for children!"
"That's right!" Flora agreed. "We're incompetent ninnies who love children!"
"Perhaps they mean different fairies," Merriweather suggested. "After all, they have different names."
Fauna snorted. "That's just so we can't sue. Thinly-veiled expies, that's what those are. Sure, they don't look, act, or think like us, but they're us, all right." She sniffed indelicately.
Merriweather blinked. "But if they don't look, act, or think like we do, how do we know they're supposed to be us?"
"Oh, we know, we know. Don't worry about that, dear."
"Oh, will you three be quiet already?" snapped Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. "We have a Terminally Ill C
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Five
Chapter the Fifth: At Least I'm Known for Something
'Cause I'm best known for failure, best known for giving up. There's nothing I could say that could matter, that could matter enough.
Maleficent found out the hard way that keeping an amusement complex interesting was easier said than done. Rides quickly fell by the wayside, shows failed to attract more than ironic interest, even the food eventually paled. She'd have to come up with new ideas, and fast. She could hardly afford to lose any potential customers.
At one of the many conferences she'd had to attend as a villainess they had mentioned a technique called "Brainstorming" which, whilst not nearly as appealing to her as the name suggested, nevertheless sounded like something she'd have to try one of these days. This was one of these days. The process basically amounted to bouncing off potential ideas and plans off a receptive audience. In theory, it would lead to a meaningful exchange of viewpoints and information. In practi
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Four
Chapter the Fourth: Failure's Not Flattering
Why don't you get it together now? Failure's not flattering.
Radiant Garden. Once a bustling and beautiful world full of people and flowers, now...not. All but destroyed when Ansem's six apprentices got it into their heads that experimenting with the heart and ripping them out of their chests was somehow a good idea, and that creating Heartless in the process was an even better one, it was slowly being rebuilt by a small but intrepid band of rebels calling themselves the Radiant Garden Restoration Committee. Not exactly a creative or inventive name by any means, but it worked. Anyway Leon (formerly Squall) was not known for his originality or cleverness. This was readily apparent to all but the most unobservant.
Restoring a world to its former glory was no easy task, especially when the people involved in such an endeavour were fewer than ten in number. However, what they lacked in creativity and manpower, they more than made up for in conta
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Three
Chapter the Third: Over the Head, Below the Knees
You must not have a heart, have nothing in your chest.
"Where is he?" Elsa demanded.
"I cannot tell you that," Xemnas replied sadly. "All I can tell you is that he is, in fact, alive." For now, he mentally added. "You must trust me on this."
Elsa nodded. "All right, I will. For now."
"That's all I ask."
Elsa began to pace, but stopped when she noticed Zexion's teeth chattering and him wrapping his arms around himself for warmth. "You should get him out of here. He'll get hypothermia if he stays here much longer."
Xemnas nodded. "But how do we get out of here without being spotted?"
"There's a secret door behind the hanging meats. Take a right at the venison. You can't miss it." Oh, Sven, poor Sven! Elsa turned away, fighting back tears.
"I thank you, Your Majesty."
She gave a curt nod. "Now go. The fate of the worlds rests with you."
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He would get hypothermia, now wouldn't he? Xemnas wouldn't doubt that Ze
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter Two
Chapter the Second: I Don't Wanna Know
What will happen next? I don't wanna know.
Prince Hans had always wanted a kingdom of his own. Unfortunately, with eleven brothers and a king in the way, there was no real way for that dream of his to ever come to fruition. Sure, he could theoretically hire someone to do away with the competition, (and could do quite easily, one might surmise) but having twelve people dropping like flies all around him would only arouse suspicion.  Grinning and bearing it, hoping that a plague would miraculously hit his family and spare him seemed to be the only option until Arendale finally opened its doors to outsiders in the first time since forever. It seemed he would have a shot at last if he managed to snag the hand of the dopey princess Anna and bump off Queen Elsa.
So, one musical number later, and his betrothal was all but secured. All he had to do was convince Elsa to allow him to marry her sister. (And finish his own sandwiches. Nobody finishes his
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Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life Chapter One
Chapter the First: All Downhill From Here
And I can't believe you pulled it off again.
Thanks to a certain fiasco at Castle Oblivion, it now lay empty and abandoned, its inhabitants wisely escaping whilst they were still alive enough so to do. A cowardly move? Perhaps, if valuing one's life enough not to throw it away in vain were cowardly. There was nothing heroic about meaningless self-sacrifice, no shame in absconding for the greater good.
Maleficent, always on the prowl for new real estate, seized the Castle as soon as it had been put on the market. To be fair, Xemnas had priced it to sell, not wanting the reminder of how far his group had fallen. To be well-nigh defeated, nay, slaughtered, by a young teenager with what resembled nothing more than a grossly oversized key (as was wielded by his Nobody, no less) was something he would much rather forget. Not that the man would ever have the chance, should his comrades be butchered so ignobly before their hasty retreat.
Had the green-
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We Are The Sand Pt. One Chapter Five
Chapter the Fifth:Shading
Where do we go from here? When these words have be unspoken.
Roxas had to admit he was rather conflicted about the whole stick thing. “Stick-kind” for a strifekind just did not sound overly impressive, yet it was really the best he could do on such short notice. Plus, impressive or not, it did seem to do some good against the mobs of ebony creatures that occasionally surrounded him on the streets. So there was that. Besides, there could be no Order of the Stick without a stick, Order of the Phoenix be hanged. After all, there was no Phoenix involved, whether Phoenix Down, Phoenix Feather, or any other kind of resurrection device. Which meant they would be in big trouble were any of them to die, but that was not something he really planned on doing anyway. Not that most people planned on dying in the first place, but never mind that.
Unfortunately, his mother insisted on keeping his impromptu weapon outside. Right. Good thinking, that. Really. It wa
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Kingdom Hearts: Ceremony of Opposites Ch.3
Chapter the Third: To_Day Won't Go Down In History
And I wanted you to know, to-day won't go down in stone. Feel alive. And I wanted you to know, I  never meant for this. Close your eyes.
Kirie sees Shuichi to his house. Smiling sheepishly, she tells the two Nobodies that it would be best if she goes alone. Neither of them argue with her. In fact, as soon as the girl leaves (with the promise to return soon) Zexion turns to Demyx and tells him that he'd rather spend as little time as possible with Kirie's boyfriend.
“I don't trust him,” Zexion whispers.
Demyx grins. “Well, that's one thing you got in common, 'cause he doesn't trust you, either!”
“If he blows our cover...”
“Yeah, yeah. Don't worry about it.”
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Kirie and Shuichi stroll down the deserted pavement. It's cracked, discoloured, and uneven. Kirie tries her best not to stumble and look like a fool in front of her boyfriend. Emerald blades of wiry cr
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Chapter the Eighth: Doubt Full

You could lose everything close to you. Tell me, how does this feel?

There are many worlds, but surely none like this. Hans rubbed his hands together in delight. Turning Arendale into a ski resort was a stroke of genius on his part, but it was all thanks to Elsa that he was able to do so in the first place.

Aesthetically pleasing condos that fit in well with the environment around them was one thing. Some of his clientele even appreciated that. Some of the environmentally conscious types, the New Agers and the would-be hippies and hipsters, for example. Hans could appreciate that. He appreciated their money even more, and they tended to have plenty.

But now there was a new kind of tourist in the area, the kind with more money than taste. They brought in the big bucks, and Hans had no intention of letting them get away. No more would he tend towards the quaint and charming mountain village look. Now he would steer towards the boxy condo look. As many as he could place in as small an area as he could manage. Many developments in one area, with little regard as to visual appeal. They wouldn't care, as long as he made sure to state in the ads that they were "desirable" neighbourhoods. No-one would be able to resist that. The idea of living in an area where other people wanted to live was extremely appealing to people. Also "exclusive," and "luxury." Both meant expensive, of course, but that was a selling point. Being able to afford something that others could not was highly desirable.

Just because the places didn't look like much, that didn't mean he could slap just any old names on them. Names meant everything here, and his patrons would want to tell all their friends and acquaintances about their condos and time-shares. So he couldn't very well call them, say, Pine Manor Villa Estates Phase 3 or something along those lines. No, it had to sound classy, no matter what they actually looked like. Something British would always work.

"Ramsgate Arms," he muttered aloud, testing the sound of it. Yes, he liked that, and if he liked it, then so would they. He knew all about having more money than class and taste.

He knew the mantra "If you build it, they will come," but he knew better than to believe it. No, he believed "If you market it, they will come." And he knew all about marketing. He almost got Anna, the princess of Arendale, to marry him, but for her meddling sister, Elsa the snow queen.

He put them both out of his mind. They were gone now, and he had their precious kingdom. What could they do to him now?

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Elsa began to pace in the meat freezer. The cold never bothered her anyway, after all, but the fact that she had lost her kingdom and Hans had turned it into another resort under the Disney's Magical Land of Adventure ® banner did.

"How could this have happened?" she asked aloud, not for the first time. She so did not need this. Not now, not ever. And where in blazes was Anna? She didn't have to ask where her potential in-laws were; they were being sold as garden gnomes in the gift shop. Get them whilst supplies last.

And Kristoph, Anna's beau? He was most likely either imprisoned, dead, or working for Hans. Elsa didn't know which option was the worst.

Pacing was doing her no good. She'd have to get out of here eventually; she knew that. Someone was bound to find her here. Where else she could go, she had no idea; this was the only place she knew for certain had no hidden cameras, as Maleficent assumed that no-one would ever go in here. The witch was obviously not worried about anyone stealing any of her meat. Elsa doubted that anyone who worked for Maleficent would ever dare steal from her, and tourists wouldn't think to do so.

"But... where do I go from here?" She'd have to find Demyx; that was a given. But where he was, she had no idea. And furthermore, she needed a place to hide where few people would go, tourist or worker, and she doubted that there were very many of those around. People didn't visit amusement parks for the privacy, after all, especially not ones that cost as much as this one did. Super. That was so not what she needed. Ever. She sighed.

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"So, what are we gonna do?" Anna whispered frantically. "I mean, that's him, right?"

"Well, yeah, it has to be," Demyx replied. "I mean, who else could it be? Cumulus Conflict? Really? I mean, it's a good name for a band and all, but still. It's kinda obvious who he is."

Anna frowned. "You think he wanted to be found?"

Demyx shrugged, and Anna's heart skipped a beat. She cursed herself for her feelings. "Could be. Either that, or he really isn't all that creative. I mean, he was originally from Radiant Garden." At Anna's blank look, he began to explain about the Radiant Garden Restoration Committee.

When he had finished, she nodded. "Yeah, a real failure of imagination on that one."

Demyx gave her a pained look. "You do realise those are my friends, right?"

Anna winced. Right. She really botched that one up.

He rubbed the back of his head. "I mean, yeah, it really is a failure of imagination, but still." He grimaced after this admission.

They would have to leave the Food Court™ soon. It just Wouldn't Look Right seeing the pair of them together. This was a Family Resort™, not a date spot, for one, and for another, being seen loitering in the Food Court™ simply Was Not Done. Although they certainly would have to grab something for the sake of appearance, even if it were just a coffee. Not tea, never tea. Demyx being a vegan was already out of the realm of Acceptable Standards; he'd never be allowed to stay if it ever got out that he abstained even from caffeine. Again, that was something that just Was Not Done. Even if he had to give his coffee to Anna, he would.

He sighed. "I guess now is not the time to mention the fact that I don't eat refined sugar?"

Anna shook her head emphatically, then glanced around to make sure that no-one was listening to them. It didn't seem that way, but one could never be certain in a place like this. Also, heaven isn't close in a place like, but that's neither here nor there. Moreover, you should know that not everything goes in a place like this, but that goes without saying.


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Tidus groaned. "Man, how many times do we hafta sing 'It's a Small World After All,' anyway?"

"Until our benevolent overlord says it's enough," Selphie (not Selfie, though she's quite fond of them) snapped. She sighed. "I guess that's what we get for being orphans."

And orphans they were. But not just orphans, orphans who happened to live on the biggest and most famous tax shelter in the worlds. Every Moogle® in the worlds used it to hide their illicit wealth and ill-gotten gains. Not to mention all the shell corporations that ran down there. Until recently, it was also one of the biggest tourist spots in the worlds. No points for guessing what place now held that spot.

Since Disneyland® was considered its own world, (albeit one that was a registered trademark) it could have its own rules. There was no reason for it to have to adhere to the worlds' standards for child labour laws, for example, and so it didn't. People were willing to overlook almost anything in the name of entertainment, no matter how morally bankrupt.

At least theirs was not one of the more popular rides. No-one over the age of five seemed to have the stomach to listen to fatherless pre-teens warble about joy and peace at the top of their lungs for more than a few minutes at a time, which suited the former residents of the Destiny Islands (or Archapelego of Predestination/Predetermination if you happen to be Xemnas. Which you don't, because only Xemnas is Xemnas, and you are not he.) just fine. It would suit them better if they didn't have to sing at all, but that may be asking too much.

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"Burn, baby!" Axel snarled, grinning like a madman and hurling his chakrams at Pete, who dodged them and hid behind Maleficent in her Dark Dragon mode. And yes, it goes without saying that one could purchase Maleficent's Dark Dragon action figure in any one of her specialty gift shops. Get one whilst supplies last. Only $19.95.

Leon/Squall was hacking away at the over-sized lizard, whilst Tifa complained about the lack of magic in this world.

"Seriously, do you know how handy an Ice spell would be at a time like this?"

"I believe it's called 'Blizzard,'" Leon explained, firing a few rounds into the dragon's scaly ebon hide, "and yes, it would be extremely handy right now." Especially since he was reasonably certain that Axel had been actually healing Maleficent, not damaging her. He'd had to direct the pyro towards Pete. He told himself that the ginger meant well, but he was pretty well convinced that Axel just wanted an excuse to set things on fire. Ah, well. Who was he to judge, really?

Yuffie threw a shurikan at the beast, but it only bounced off her thick skin. She stamped her foot. "What? How can this be? I, the Great Ninja Yuffie vow to avenge this ignoble defeat in any way I can."

Just then, the portly blond Viking and the buff brunet burst out of the double doors of the building supplies store, their dragons in tow.

The burly one smirked. "So, it seems like we can help you with something." He cracked his meaty knuckles. "Don't worry. We weren't always friends with dragons."

Pete gulped.

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Being a Princess of Heart—er, Noblewoman of Soul meant that Marluxia could go anywhere he wanted without suspicion. Unfortunately, it also meant that he was subject to receiving hugs from strange children and having to pretend he liked it.

It also didn't make him feel much better when a random tourist came up to him and told him that he was the most feminine-looking of all the Noblewomen of Soul. Not that this should have come as any great surprise to him; in the Organisation's yearbook, he had been voted Second-Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Woman from a Distance. To put that in persective, Zexion had been voted  Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Woman from a Distance, Vexen  Third-Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Woman from a Distance, and Larxene Fourth-Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Woman from a Distance. Larxene had never let them hear the end of that one.

He overheard a girl saying to her father, "But Daddy, I don't want to go on the teacup ride! I never wanted to come here in the first place!"

An older man, clearly the girl's father, glared down at her. "Now, Wendy, you're going on the ride, and you're going to enjoy it. I paid a lot of munny for this holiday, to make sure that all my co-workers are jealous of me, and the wonderful time I'm having with my family. I won't have you spoil it with your bad attitude."

"But Daddy--"

"No buts. I plan on telling everyone at work that we're going here again for your birthday and that's final. I don't want to hear how they supposedly exploit local people or make all their merchandise in sweatshops. I never heard anything like that from any of my news media outlets." He fixed his tie, signalling the end of the conversation.

If Wendy were more savvy, she might have said something to the effect of "Of course you don't hear anything like that  from any of your news media outlets. The Moogles control the media. Don't you know that?" However, Wendy was still little more than a child herself, and could hardly be expected to know all this.

Why yes, the Moogles do control the media, why do you ask?

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"We haven't heard from Demyx in a while," Xemnas groused. "Where on Earth could he be?"

He, Kairi's grandmother, and Zexion had made their way through the milling crowds and were pouring over the menus of the various restaurants. No fried eagle, Zexion had insisted, but he was willing to eat the Rat-tatatouille, made with fresh Basil, as the description promised. They had given the seafood place a wide berth, nearly bumping into a blond young man (not Demyx) pushing the Under-the-Sea Platter.

Xemnas shook his head. There was no way anyone would buy that.

Zexion plunged his white plastic spoon into his paper bowl and began to eat. He frowned slightly at the first bite. "This is surprisingly meaty," he remarked, taking another bite."

"Don't talk with your mouth full," Xemnas scolded automatically. Perhaps eating at Ladle and the Tramp wasn't the best idea. The motto "Everybody Wants to Eat a Cat" would have more than put him off under normal circumstances, and the meagre line in front of the stand should have clued him in that this was not a popular choice, and therefore not a safe place to be. In amusement parks like this, one should always head to the food stands with the longest lines, lest one be labeled a hipster and thus someone who Doesn't Belong. Not to mention that soup is hardly the thing to eat at places like this. Kairi's grandmother would normally be mentally kicking Xemnas under the table for this, (he really should know better, considering his line of work) but she was rather enjoying her We Are Siamese if You Peas Soup. She figured they had to add the "S" to make it appetising, not that there were very many takers.

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"So what do we do now?" Anna demanded. They had left the Food Court® and were sitting on a green bench located in front of a fountain. Said fountain had a giant dragon rising from the pool beneath it and was shooting water up into the air from its mouth. "We can't sit here all day; these benches are for the elderly, and we can't go back to the Food Court® for another five hours. They'll get suspicious!"

Demyx turned to look at her. "They're already suspicious. A Family Resort® isn't exactly a date spot, you know, and why else would two clearly unrelated people of the opposite sex be hanging out together?" Before Anna could speak, he cut her off. "That's what it's gonna look like to them, you know, and they're always watching. Always. We've gotten lucky so far, but our luck can change at any moment. You know that, and I know that. We aren't Luxord, you know."

No, they were not Luxord, that was for certain. They could actually win playing computer solitaire, for one.The bearde blond Briton was convinced that the game was rigged, that it was impossible to ever win, that the idea of success was merely a carrot danged in front of poor unsuspecting players to encourage them to play for all eternity, that their win was just one more game away. That was until Demyx won on his first try.

"Beginner's luck," Luxord had scoffed. (How soom he forgets) Until Demyx had won a second game, and a third game. He wasn't laughing when the younger man had won ten games in a row.

"That cannot be!" Luxord had exclaimed, his blue eyes wide with shock. To be fair, he had always won every other game he had ever played ever. Demyx had just shrugged.

No-one had ever been able to explain this, especially when other members of the Organisation had shown similar results. Granted, Demyx was the only one who had gotten ten in a row on his first try, but still. However, there are to this day dark rumours floating around the less savoury worlds that if Luxord ever did somehow manage to win at computer solitaire, reality itself would collapse. And that's terrible.
   I probably should have posted this earlier, but here you are. The story of "Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life" up to this point.


This is highly AU, as you have probably guessed. After their ignoble defeat at the hands of Sora and Riku, the members of Organisation XIII at Castle Oblivion retreat back to the Castle that Never Was. Xemnas puts Castle Oblivion up for sale, and it is quickly purchased by Maleficent. Pete orignally uses it for his base of operations for his Amway business, but that soon flounders, leaving Maleficent in massive debt. Not one to dwell on such things, she soon turns it back into the Land of Departure, and then into an amusement park. Thus is Disney's Magical Land of Adventure ® born.

King Mickey has to change his kingdom's name to Mickey's Castle and Mickey's Town to avoid copyright infringement, but this is hardly the worst thing he will face. Maleficent begins stripping the worlds of its inhabitants in order to provide labour and lunches for her resort. Meanwhile, Marluxia marries Snow White.

Xemnas orders Zexion and Demyx to investigate the disappearances, but the pair are immediately removed from the park for not being a nuclear family unit. Undeterred, Xemnas meets up with Kairi's grandmother in a chatroom, and the two of them, along with Zexion, go to the park under the guise of a man granting his sick mother and nephew their dying wish. Maleficent plans to have the trio removed, until she hears their cover story.

Zexion and Xemnas meet Elsa, a member of the Resistance, who tells them that she needs an inside person to work with them. Xemnas mentions Demyx, who had been defeated by Sora. Elsa is saddened by this news, but is cheered by the fact that he yet lives.

Meanwhile, Hans, who has been imprisioned by his family and Queen Elsa, is rescued by Maleficent, who gives him his own franchise.

Anna is forced to leave Arendale to look for her sister after Hans turns it into an all-season ski resort under the Disney banner. She inadvertently intercepts a message intended for her sister and goes to the Disney's Magical Land of Adventure ® to meet her contact. Said contact ends up being Vexen, who has feelings for her sister, Elsa, who is in love with Demyx. Maleficent spies the two of them together, and is repulsed.

Zexion takes ill, and is forced to stay in his hotel room. Xemnas orders extra blankets, and is accosted by Card Soldiers, along with Kairi's grandmother. The pair explain their situation to Maleficent, and are allowed to stay on. While they are gone, Demyx visits Zexion in his hotel room,butleaves before Xemnas and Kairi's grandmother return. Zexion tells the two of them about his visit.

Meanwhile, Vexen practices proposing to Elsa with Anna, and gets arrested in the food court. Later, they tell her about their plans, and are let go.

In Radiant Garden, The Radiant Garden Restoration Committee are in the process of bringing the world back to its former glory. Demyx arrives, and the group explain that Cloud is working with Maleficent, and ask him to bring the other back. Demyx agrees.

Vexen and Anna run into Demyx at the Food Court where Cloud works.

Pete comes up with an idea to keep the park interesting: steal a Gummi Ship.He winds up going to a Home Depot wher Leon, Axel, and Tifa are gathering supplies, and tries to take their ship. He and Maleficent get into a battle with the group.

Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather complain about their portrayals in a propaganda movie that Maleficent made about her life.

Anna escapes Vexen and goes to Demyx, who is tasked with rescuing Cloud.A Moogle tries to press the most expensive dish on the menu on him, but he explains that he is vegan, much to everyone's chagrin.Vegans don't go to these kinds of places. Demyx tells Anna about his mission, and they run into Cloud, who is using an alias.

Meanwhile, Snow White asks Marluxia to go undercover to rescue her dwarf friends. He reluctantly agrees.




   
  • Listening to: Haunted Shores- Feed the Wolf (ft. Devin Townsend)
   I probably should have posted this earlier, but here you are. The story of "Kingdom Hearts: Shallow Life" up to this point.


This is highly AU, as you have probably guessed. After their ignoble defeat at the hands of Sora and Riku, the members of Organisation XIII at Castle Oblivion retreat back to the Castle that Never Was. Xemnas puts Castle Oblivion up for sale, and it is quickly purchased by Maleficent. Pete orignally uses it for his base of operations for his Amway business, but that soon flounders, leaving Maleficent in massive debt. Not one to dwell on such things, she soon turns it back into the Land of Departure, and then into an amusement park. Thus is Disney's Magical Land of Adventure ® born.

King Mickey has to change his kingdom's name to Mickey's Castle and Mickey's Town to avoid copyright infringement, but this is hardly the worst thing he will face. Maleficent begins stripping the worlds of its inhabitants in order to provide labour and lunches for her resort. Meanwhile, Marluxia marries Snow White.

Xemnas orders Zexion and Demyx to investigate the disappearances, but the pair are immediately removed from the park for not being a nuclear family unit. Undeterred, Xemnas meets up with Kairi's grandmother in a chatroom, and the two of them, along with Zexion, go to the park under the guise of a man granting his sick mother and nephew their dying wish. Maleficent plans to have the trio removed, until she hears their cover story.

Zexion and Xemnas meet Elsa, a member of the Resistance, who tells them that she needs an inside person to work with them. Xemnas mentions Demyx, who had been defeated by Sora. Elsa is saddened by this news, but is cheered by the fact that he yet lives.

Meanwhile, Hans, who has been imprisioned by his family and Queen Elsa, is rescued by Maleficent, who gives him his own franchise.

Anna is forced to leave Arendale to look for her sister after Hans turns it into an all-season ski resort under the Disney banner. She inadvertently intercepts a message intended for her sister and goes to the Disney's Magical Land of Adventure ® to meet her contact. Said contact ends up being Vexen, who has feelings for her sister, Elsa, who is in love with Demyx. Maleficent spies the two of them together, and is repulsed.

Zexion takes ill, and is forced to stay in his hotel room. Xemnas orders extra blankets, and is accosted by Card Soldiers, along with Kairi's grandmother. The pair explain their situation to Maleficent, and are allowed to stay on. While they are gone, Demyx visits Zexion in his hotel room,butleaves before Xemnas and Kairi's grandmother return. Zexion tells the two of them about his visit.

Meanwhile, Vexen practices proposing to Elsa with Anna, and gets arrested in the food court. Later, they tell her about their plans, and are let go.

In Radiant Garden, The Radiant Garden Restoration Committee are in the process of bringing the world back to its former glory. Demyx arrives, and the group explain that Cloud is working with Maleficent, and ask him to bring the other back. Demyx agrees.

Vexen and Anna run into Demyx at the Food Court where Cloud works.

Pete comes up with an idea to keep the park interesting: steal a Gummi Ship.He winds up going to a Home Depot wher Leon, Axel, and Tifa are gathering supplies, and tries to take their ship. He and Maleficent get into a battle with the group.

Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather complain about their portrayals in a propaganda movie that Maleficent made about her life.

Anna escapes Vexen and goes to Demyx, who is tasked with rescuing Cloud.A Moogle tries to press the most expensive dish on the menu on him, but he explains that he is vegan, much to everyone's chagrin.Vegans don't go to these kinds of places. Demyx tells Anna about his mission, and they run into Cloud, who is using an alias.

Meanwhile, Snow White asks Marluxia to go undercover to rescue her dwarf friends. He reluctantly agrees.




   
  • Listening to: Haunted Shores- Feed the Wolf (ft. Devin Townsend)

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Thanks for check out my group page for ULJA!
Think you'll buy a copy?
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You're very welcome indeed! I'm not sure, to be honest. It looks interesting, to be sure, but I lack the funds as of now.
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Well then, why don't you watch the group? Just...so won't forget at least.
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All right, I will. Thanks.
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Thank you for the fav!
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You're more than welcome! It's such a fun pendant! :heart:
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Hello there and well met!

Just dropping on by to say thanks very much indeed for the fave. I hope you are well and that you are having a great week so far. :D

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Greetings! You're very welcome indeed. It was a lovely piece. I am indeed having a great week so  far, and hope the same is true of you. God bless! :heart:
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Thank you so much for the llama! :iconllama-plz:
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