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Birth by Sleep: The Nyrolian Edition

By Songbird Rebel

Fantasy / Adventure

Mysterious Tower (Terra's POV)

I followed a path that leads to a door at the bottom of a tall tower– but when I came close to the stairs, I saw what appears to be a mouse running down the stairs and stopping right between the two trees. From where I was standing, I could see that the mouse was holding an unusual looking Keyblade. Then the mouse reached for his pocket and pulled out some sort of object, shouted "Alakazam!" and in a flash of light, vanished. Shaking the thought of the mouse being Master Yen Sid's pupil, I climbed the stairs towards the door. I was about to go through the door, when I heard a child's scream. I turned around in time to catch a glimpse of a small shadow-like creature appearing and then speeding off in the direction of where the scream came from. I recognize the creature as an Unversed as I summoned my Keyblade and chase it around the tower to where the scream came from.

When I caught up to it, and quickly strike it down with one swipe, I was surprised by the sight of the large number of floods swarming around a young girl who is trying her best fighting them off with a stick, swinging it as if the stick is a Keyblade. One of the twitchy monsters tried to get a hold of her waist length hair, only to get hit by the girl's stick when she spun around, with her ebony hair flying behind her like a spray of the blackest ink. Figuring that she could use some help, I hurried over, slaying some of the Unversed, to give her a hand. I was halfway through the crowd when I saw her falling backwards after dodging a flood's attack, causing her to drop her stick a couple feet away from her. A few more floods got in my way, only to get sliced by my Keyblade. I was almost to her when I saw her desperately use a weak fire spell from her hand on the Unversed, some of the floods who caught on fire burned away with a painful screech, while those who have receive little to no damage twitched as if they were laughing. As I glided through the air to the girl's aid, I saw a flood preparing to pounce on her and the girl quickly closed her eyes and brings her arms up in order to receive as little damages as possible.

The creature was midair when I made it to her side and swung my Keyblade at it, killing it in one strike. I looked over my shoulder to see the girl lowering her arms and opening her eyes and quickly got up onto her feet and into a defensive stance with her back close to mine. When she did that, I instantly felt the light similar to the ones from Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora, only hers was different. There is also darkness with her, but it only causes her light to burn bright like fire– which then gave me an idea. "Stay close to me!" I told her, and as if she knew what I was going to do, she did a quick nod. As I held my Keyblade out in front of me, the tip of the Keyblade began to glow a fierce red as I smashed through the ground. Suddenly a ring of fire surrounds us, engulfing the remaining Unversed into its amber flames. The creatures let out a terrible cry before they all faded into the darkness; as soon as I was sure enough that the coast is clear, I dispel my Keyblade and turned to check in on the girl.

"Are you alright?" I asked, surprised when I saw her eyes. They were bluish green like the ocean, only hers have an unusual glow, the glow that I once heard the Master called them "Mako Hue". The girl nodded again "Thank you so much, Mister. My name's Nyra." "It's nice to meet you, Nyra. I'm Terra." I replied, "What were you doing out here anyways?" Nyra then took my hand and lead me to a patch of flowers near a fountain that I quickly recognize as the flowers Aqua once mentioned, Atlantean Starlilies. "I was tending to my garden when I heard Mickey using Grandpa Yen Sid's Star Shard," she explained, "I was going to see Grandpa Yen Sid when those monsters started to attack me, and then you showed up." "I got to hand it to you, Nyra– you're quite a fighter." I said to her, "But not as good as a fighter as you, Terra." Nyra said, looking down to the ground, "I wish I could be strong like that man Grandpa once mentioned, as well as that beautiful silver-haired angel I kept seeing in my dreams." She added as she walked to where Yen Sid's pupil was and looked out to the hills. As Nyra was looking out to those hills, I saw in her place, a woman dressed as some sort of queen or goddess wielding an impressive looking Keyblade. As the woman turned to look at me, she then turned into a teenage girl who I believed to be an older version of Nyra. I instantly realize that I had one of the visions the Master mentioned, and snapped back into reality when I heard Nyra asking me something, "But how can I be strong– with the strength to stand up for what is right and protect the things that matter– when I'm so weak?" "I'm not exactly good at magic like my friend, Aqua– or even as fast as my other friend, Ven." I replied "But sometimes, what makes you different can turn out to be your greatest strength." I then walked over to her, handed her a bracelet that Aqua made for me when I was younger. "This bracelet has a magic spell on it. Whenever the darkness attacks you in the form of doubts, what make you different will shine bright as your greatest strength every time you needed it the most." Nyra then took the bracelet and put it on her wrist. "Thank you, Terra. It's beautiful." She replied. "You're welcome. Is it ok if I go see Master Yen Sid?" I asked, and she nodded and then led me through the door and up the tower.

After we made it to a room at the top of the tower, she went to a man looking out a star-shaped window. "Master Yen Sid." I called out to him. The man then turned to face me, "My name is Terra." "Yes. Eraqus's pupil. I've been expecting you. And I believe I owe you my gratitude for saving Nyra." Master Yen Sid said as he and Nyra headed for the desk. "I would like to have a word with Terra, now." He said as he was sitting down in a large chair. "'Kay, Grandpa." she nodded then turned to head the door we went through. Nyra then turned to face me, "Bye, Terra!" she waved at me, and then went through the door. I couldn't help but smile a bit; for some reason, she reminded me of Ven. "It is the Unversed." Master Yen Sid asked as I turned to face him. "Yes, Master Yen Sid." I replied, "I thought it's best to seek the counsel of one wiser than myself." "I am no longer a Master. I doffed that mantle since the death and disappearance of my two apprentices." He began, "In case you didn't realize it now, Nyra is the daughter of my deceased pupil, Master Aidan. I learned that Nyra's parents wanted me to raise her as my own when I found her on the steps as a baby, five years ago. But I was unable to save her mother– An Azurian who, like Aidan, died saving her life. And since then, Nyra means a lot to me" I was shocked by the revelations of Nyra being Master Aidan's daughter, as well as being one of the Star Children the Master once mentioned. "But sir, wasn't that your pupil I passed on the way in?" I asked "He had a Keyblade…" He closed his eye, "You refer to Mickey. He, too, sought guidance here." He began, "As a king, he is good and kind. But the weight of a crown has not cured him of impetuousness. He has left with an object whose power he does not understand nor know how to control. Mickey imagines my Star Shard will be of help in his current quest. And, like you, he is eager to use his Keyblade to set things right." "I'm not sure I even understand what's wrong." I began, "Master Xehanort is missing. And now I've learned there's a masked boy who is controlling those "Unversed" on the loose." "To arrive at the truth, perhaps you should approach things differently," The retired master began "first consider them one and the same problem." I was surprised, "Master Xehanort and the Unversed are connected somehow?" I asked. "I must not make assumptions," I heard Master Yen Sid muttered, "Find Xehanort, Terra. That is where you should begin." He told me. I nodded in understanding "Yes, sir." I said before turning for the door.

But what I didn't know is that I could have sworn that Master Yen Sid said to himself "I had hoped, Xehanort, your heart would no longer lead you astray." Nyra then came to me when I came out from the tower, looking concerned about something. "I overheard part of yours and Grandpa's conversation. I'm so sorry, Terra." She apologized, "Even if you did find this Master Xehanort, you shouldn't trust him. I can't shake this terrible feeling that something bad will happen– you should head home if you ask me. Fight the darkness within you and don't let anyone tell you to give into the darkness, not even Master Xehanort." She then took the bracelet off and then tried to hand it back to me, but I stop her. "Keep it. It looks better on your wrist then mine." I said as I knelt down to her height, "Everything will be okay." Then I smile and playfully ruffled her hair, then summoned my Keyblade glider and armor, open the Lanes Between and gone through it with her waving.

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