Return to Final Fantasy X-3 Chapter Twenty

Final Fantaxy X-3

Author: Stormforce
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: Don't own either series.

The group had followed the dark twins back into chamber one, and found a new opening at the back, looking up they could see the other one had closed. Keeping alert with their weapons held toward the front, the group entered through the opening and into a green colored chamber.

Why are they doing this? Sure I would do anything for Will, but they just don't know what we know...where their hearts truly are. Tara was tense and it was only getting worse as they moved on into another chamber to the right.

What do the Heartless want with their twins? Donald thought, glancing between Faith and Tara. And why?

Is Maleficent controlling our twins? Or are they really doing this on their own? If it isn't evil twins trying to steal a poor wooden boy, it's some damn test me and Will has to be put through! I'm really not like any of this!

The group entered a small circular chamber with tiny platforms leading to an entrance fifteen or twenty-foot towards the top. "I'll go first." Goofy said softly and hopped on the first platform and continued up, with the others following.

The last platform was big enough for the whole group to stand on, with a five-foot jump across to the entrance. Before anyone could make the jump a gust of air rose up from the bottom, and blew them toward a hole at the top. Once the last entered the hole closed and the group ended up in the Stomach area of Monstro.

"Finally made it, huh?" Buffy's twin asked standing over an unconscious Pinocchio.

Looking around the area Willow frowned, "Where's the other me? Why isn't she here?"

As soon as she asked that Goofy cried out and was thrown forward, where Buffy's twin hit him into the soft wall. Goofy slid to the ground unconscious with Donald following just a few seconds later.

"Your turn." Willow's twin smirked knocking Willow across the area with a strength Willow knew she didn't have.

Is that the strength of the darkness inside her? By the Fayth! If it is were all in trouble. Willow touched her bruising cheek and flinched. Big trouble.

"Stop!" Tara shouted stepping in front of her lover. "Please, I don't want to fight you, but I will if you continue this...this madness!"

Willow stood placing her hand on Tara's shoulder and shaking her head, "No, don't get into this, okay."

"But Will!"

"You'd better do as she says, Tara. I wouldn't wanna hurt you, you're like a sister to me." Buffy's twin said with dull eyes.

"Let Pinocchio go, and we won't hurt you." Buffy said staring at her twin.

"Why do you want to save a puppet that's lost its heart to the Heartless? Maybe it holds the key to helping our Tara and Faith." Willow's twin crouched over Pinocchio and turned him over on to his back.

Both Willow and Buffy readied their Keyblades and shook their heads.

"What? You'd rather fight us? Over a puppet that has no heart?" Buffy's twin cocked her head to the right.

"Heart or no heart, at least he still has a conscience!" Willow growled.

"A conscience?"

"You might not hear it, but right now it's loud and clear. And it's telling me you're both on the wrong side!" Buffy said with her hand glowing red.

"Then you leave us no choice!" Willow's twin rushed forward pulling a long broadsword out of thin air, and bringing it down close to Willow's chest.

Willow jumped back and blocked the attack, twisted around to the back of her twin and kicked her in the back. Her twin stumbled forward and quickly turned catching Willow off guard with a backwards roundhouse kick; Willow flew back from the force and into Faith who was ready to attack. Buffy had blocked a hammerfist, and was thrown back by the force of a stomp kick into Donald and Goofy who were just standing.

Tara didn't know what to do. She was torn between protecting her lover, and not wanting to hurt Willow's twin. Even though she was working for the Heartless, she was still somewhat Willow, sighing she did the only thing she could think of. Stepping forward with her rod appearing in her hand she brought it down hitting the back of the twins head. Willow's twin fell to the floor where Buffy's twin hurriedly grabbed her, tossing her on her shoulder, and leaping back.

"This isn't over. Not by a long shot." Buffy's twin sneered as a portal appeared behind her. "We'll be back, and when we do we'll take care of this." she jumped through the portal and vanished.

"Pinocchio! Pinocchio!" Jiminy shouted hopping toward the boy, and sighed in relief when his eyes opened.

Pinocchio groaned feeling the pain from everything he'd been put thought eariler. "Jiminy... I'm not gonna make it." He said and felt his nose grow longer. "Oh! I guess I will be okay!" he smiled and sat up.

"Yes, you are going to be just fine." Jiminy said bouncing up and down.

The cage from eariler appeared trying to eat Pinocchio, only to be stopped when Donald's Thundaga spell hit it head on. Not one for waiting to see if it would rise again, Faith rushed forward bringing her blade down and cutting the cage in half. The group watched a green smoke rose from the body as it melted to disappeared.

"Come on, let's get you back to Geppetto." Goofy picked up Pinocchio and carried him out of the chamber with the others following. Willow hung back aways catching Buffy's attention.

"What's up?"

"I think we should stay on guard. I don't like what your twin said about finishing didn't sound good at all."

Buffy nodded, "Yeah, you're right. But we can't let Tare, and Faith get in the way. You saw what Tara did, and Faith wasn't far behind either."

"I know, but I still don't think we should tell them just you?"

"No, like I said, it'll only worry them. And a worrying Faith and Tara is never a good thing. Holy Hellfire! You saw what they were like when Tara was trying to defeat Sin, and I don't want to ever see that again."

"Me neither--"

"Hey, slowpokes! C'mon!" Faith called out over her shoulder, and stepped through and opening.

"Yeah, yeah! Just hold your chocobos, we're getting there." Buffy shouted, and heard Faith laugh.

Meanwhile on a large wooden ship with the twins...

"So, they're like a lifeless puppet now?" Willow asked stroking Tara's cheek and saw Buffy doing the same with Faith.

"Precisely." Maleficent stepped out of the shadows.

"And their hearts was..." Buffy trailed off.

"Taken by the Heartless, no doubt."

Both girls stood and faced the witch, "Tell us! What can we do to get them back?" Willow asked barely keeping her anger in check.

"We'll do anything, you know this!" Buffy shouted near tears.

Maleficent gave the girls her evil smile, "There are certain maidens of the purest heart. We call them the princesses of heart. Gather them together, and a door will open to the heart of all worlds. Within this door lies untold wisdom. There you will surely find a way to recover Tara and Faith's hearts. Now, I'll grant you a marvelous gift. The power to control the Heartless."

The girls were covered by a black light for a moment, and floated three-feet off the floor as a black mist entered their bodies, this power was nothing like what they'd had. Compaired to this, knocking their twins across the room was nothing, it was now they could knock them into the next world, with a single touch.

Buffy smirked when her feet settled back on to the floor, and opened her eyes glancing toward Willow, who was just now settling on the floor beside her.

"So much power, so much to do, are you ready to go Buff?" Willow asked opening her pitch-black eyes.

"Oh, yeah!" Buffy said with her own pitch-black eyes shining.

"Soon, my love, soon." Willow left a soft kiss on Tara's forehead and straightened up.

"We'll be together soon, love. Don't worry." Buffy said leaving a kiss on Faith's cheek, and turned toward Willow.

"Well, shall we?"

"Yes, we shall." Willow smirked and vanished with Buffy.

Maleficent stepped back into the shadows smiling evilly all the way and vanished to some unknown location. If anyone had been around they would have seen a surprising site. And if at that very moment Willow and Buffy had for some reason reappeared into the room they would have jumped for joy. Both Tara and Faith moved, it was just their hands that'd moved, but it was enough to show that they were still alive.

Back with the others...

"Get ready!" Buffy called out, readying the controls.

After getting Pinocchio back to Geppetto the group had hurriedly fixed the cracked control panel, and was now waiting for the engines to warm up. Geppetto had fixed the block Pinocchio had given him, and had only waited for the group to bring his boy back. Now with everyone ready, Geppetto started a fire and waited.

It didn't take long for the smoke to make the giant whale sneeze, and send both ships flying out his mouth. The ship Geppetto and Pinochio was on disappeared as it enter space; Buffy pulled on the controls and sent the ship further up into space to avoid Monstro.

"I sure hope Pinocchio and Geppetto are okay." Goofy said looking out the windshield.

Donald nodded, "Yeah, hopefully they landed safely somewhere."

"Don't worry, I'm sure they did."

"Will is right, besides, they've been through one hellva adventure already. So, I'm sure they're fine." Faith grinned and buckled her seatbelt just as Buffy did a barrel-roll and flip. "Geez! B! Tryin' to kill us already?"

"Oh shut up! I'm just happy to be the hell outta that damn whale!" Buffy giggled and flipped the ship again, causing Willow to tightly hold on to Tara, and giggle.

"She'll never change." Tara whispered with a smile.

"And that's a bad thing?"

"No, not at all, I wouldn't have it any other way."

"Got that right, baby." Willow whispered leaning into a long passionate kiss.

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