Kingdom Hearts 2(episode 8): Oliver & Company
"Yo!, kid, sure could use a hand with this!"
"Hey Frankie, stop hoggin the sausages man!"
"I told you, you in selfish little pipsqueak; my name's Francis, F-R-A-N-C-I-S!"
"Hey Einstein, could you carry the basket as well?"
"Well, ok, Rita"
"Eww, stay away from me you oversize stinkbucket"
Sora, Goofy and Donald were dumbfounded at the sight of the band of dogs entering the room. All of them seemed to be mongrels except one who seemed to be a pedigree. A medium sized grey dog with some spots of brown and wearing a red scarf was dragging what seemed to be a tent into the room, followed by a small brown dog with orange hair and a bandana around its head; slightly bigger than Oliver and arguing with a fat brown bulldog. A brown female dog then entered the room with a large dark grey dog carrying a large picnic basket. Then, entered a purple poodle with purplelish hair complaining all the way. They were still unaware of their three 'guest',
"Hey Kid!, I asked for some help here, so could you please..."
Everyone dropped dead silent when they saw Sora and his friends,
"Er... Howdy?" greeted Sora
"DARKENS!" yelled the small dog
The dogs charged at three of them, growling and barking as they went.
"Guys!, no!, they're with..." yelled Oliver
"Hey, we're not Dar..."
"Whaaao!" yelled Goofy
The dogs slammed into them with full force, knocking them onto the ground. But before anyone started biting, they realized what Sora was holding,
"Say Tito, doesn't that look familiar to you" said the bulldog
"Yeah man!, that mouse showed it to us!, except his was a different color" said the tiny dog
The word 'mouse' seemed to ring the bell. Sora immediately pushed away the big dog sitting on him and sprang to his feet. Donald and Goofy did the same.
"You guys knew the King?!" asked Donald
"King?... He was a king?" said the brown dog
"They're with us, guys!" yelled Oliver
"Why didn't you say so?" asked the big dog
Oliver rolled his eyes and then jumped onto Sora's shoulder and said,
"Well, you wanted to know who were the guys in that picture right... here they are"
"I think we need an introduction, don't you think so?' said the bulldog
"Oh, right, well... the short..." said Sora
Donald gave a glare at Sora, reminding him of the little mistake he made.
"Sorry. The duck is Donald and the one standing next to him is Goofy"
"And together, we're the Guardians of the Key" added Donald
At the mention of that phrase, the dogs charged at them again, but his time; crying tears of joy.
"Oh NO!" yelled Sora as he was knocked to the floor... again
"Oh yes!, they said you wouldn't come, but you did!, thank heavens!" yelled all of them
"Sora... remind me never say that again!' said Donald
"Excuse me, could you please get of me... It's getting hard to breathe" said Sora
"Oh, Sorry, we have been waiting so long for you guys" said the tiny dog
"Allow us to introduce ourselves" said the bulldog
They got into a line and the spotted dog spoke first; in a sassy voice,
"The name's Dodger, the Artful Dodger"
Then the bulldog, in an English-accent voice
"My name's Francis, not Frankie or Frank like some people like to call me" glaring at the small dog who seemed to be whistling ignorantly
The brown female dog then spoke,
"I'm Rita and the big one's Einstein"
"Hai" said the gray dog
The small dog then spoke, in a Mexican-accent voice,
"Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Orlanzo Dikodo Disono Ditito, but you can call me Tito"
"Err... can you repeat that?" asked Goofy
Sora felt a fluffy bush accidentally rubbed against his leg, he looked down and saw the poodle.
She spoke in a feminine manner,
"Hai, I'm Georgett, nice to meet you" holding out her paw
"Nice to meet you too, I guess" said Sora shaking it.
Oliver jumped from Sora's shoulder to a switch next to the coffee table and flipped it, from the wall; out popped a kitchen stove already lit and ready for cooking.
"Well, since now we all know each other, I say lets have dinner"
"Now you're talking!" said Einstein
"Why don't you guys join us?" said Rita
"Sure, what have you got?" asked Sora
"It's not much, but it's food" said Dodger dragging a grocery bag and gave it to Sora
There was nothing but canned food in there, excluding some bags of chips and cookies.
"Do you guys live on this?, how do you open them?"
"We don't. We usually bake them in the oven until they explode, but the only problem was the food wasn't very tasty if you know what I mean"
"We can't eat exploded food!" said Donald
"Hey man, we're open to any suggestions" said Tito
"Don't any of you guys know how to cook?" asked Sora
"Nope, usually Fagin does it for us" said Einstein
"Who's Fagin?" asked Goofy
Everyone suddenly fell into a deep silence, after a while; Rita spoke up
"Our keeper until..." added Francis
"Until?" asked Sora
"Those things took him!" said Oliver
"Took him!, where?" asked Donald
"To the tower!, the tallest building in the city where they sacrifice hearts to their queen" said Francis
"Didn't you go rescue him?!" asked Goofy
"We don't even know if he's still alive" said Dodger
"Didn't you at least try!?" asked Sora
"We did, but they were too powerful" said Tito sadly
"See, that's the reason we were waiting for you all this time" said Oliver
Everyone continued their silence, Sora was deep in thought; he'd never thought that so many souls depend on him... he's been chosen by the Keyblade, a great power; but as they say, with great power comes great responsibility... is this the burden he must bear?. Then, Sora gave a smile.
"Don't worry guys, I'm sure he's fine. Since your chef's unavailable for today, let me do the honors"
Everyone was suddenly struck with excitement.
"You'll cook for us?" asked Einstein
"Yeah, why not besides Donald and Goofy are going to help me do it"
"We are?" asked Donald
"I can't believe I'm about to have a proper dinner for once!" said Georget
Sora moved towards the stove, took some pots and pans but suddenly stopped.
"One problem, how're we suppose to get the food out?" asked Sora waving a soup can.
"Let me, I can do it" said Goofy
Goofy took the can from Sora's hand and bit hard into it. He continued biting until the lid came off.
"Whoa!, how did you do that?" asked Sora in amazement
"Practice, lots and lots of practice. You see Sora, when you're captain of the guards, you gotta know these things" boasted Goofy
Sora took the opened can and poured it into a pot on the lighted stove. Goofy started on the other cans.
"Donald, could you go prepare the table?" asked Sora
"No problem" said Donald
He then waved his hand and the chairs, knives, forks and plates prepared themselves on the table with two lighted candles.
"That, I learned from Merlin"
"Showoff" mumbled Sora
"Crowd the table guys, dinner will be ready soon" said Donald
The dogs and Oliver hurried to take their seats at the dinner table awaiting their meal, as they waited; their thoughts were not on dinner, but on their keeper. What is he having for dinner tonight... if he's still alive
"Over here, this way!" yelled Basil opening a bookshelf and revealing a secret passage.
Watson and Miss Gin were the first ones to enter the passage. Dominique grabbed Jenny's hand and headed towards the passage when Jenny pulled her hand loose of her grip and turned to Shadow peering at the window.
"Shadow!, come with us!"
"Go, I'll come when I've finished thrashing these guys" said Shadow smiling.
Jenny blushed and then gave a smile.
"Okay, be careful, I'll be waiting for you"
"Hurry up Jenny, he'll be fine!" yelled Dominique grabbing Jenny's hand and hurrying down the passageway.
"Go, quick!" said Basil
"Take care of them, Basil" said Shadow
"She's safe with me, you can be sure of that"
Basil entered the passage but before he shut the bookshelf, he turned to Shadow
"Good luck, I hope I'll see you again"
"Until we meet again"
Basil gave a wave and shut the bookshelf. Shadow's focus turned to the twenty dark figures moving towards the house. He then headed for the door, after twitching some buttons of the Shrink-O-Matic and waited for the machine to boot itself up.
"Are you sure he's over here, maybe it's all just a big mistake" said one of the Darkens
"Shut up you idiot, he may hear us" said another Darken
"Sinclair is never wrong, her predictions are always right; they strike the jackpot as quick as lightning!"
The Darkens turned around and to their horror, saw their worst nightmare who's just destroyed one of them.
"Well you were right about one thing, this prediction definitely strike as fast as lightning" smirked Shadow
"GET THAT BASTARD!"
Everyone drew their weapons and charged at him. Shadow gave another smirk and charged towards them in an inhuman speed. The raindrops seemed to stand still as he slashed five of them at once and destroying them. Ten of them surrounded him and attempted to ambush him when suddenly he disappeared.
"Where did he go?!"
Two more were destroyed as Shadow reappeared right in front of them. They still continued to fight, slashing like madmen. Shadow blocked all of their attacks like child's splay and destroyed another three.
"Is this the best you got!?"
Shadow pulled a fourteen hit combo with his two Keyblades and destroyed four, bringing the count down to ten. The rest of the Darkens were now shaking in their boots. Shadow got into his battle pose and smirked once again; through the pouring rain he said,
"There are ten of you and one of me, so lets even up the odds... Behold!, My TWINS EFFECT!"
The stairs seemed to go on forever; step by step they traveled down the stone staircase. Basil led the way, guided by the torches on the wall. Dominique and Jenny started feeling tired and wanted to stop to catch their breaths.
"Just a little further, you can rest then"
"Oh come now Basil, let them have a breath or two"
"Fine then, five minutes"
Jenny sank beside Dominique on the stone steps with Miss Gin and Watson fanning himself with his cap. Basil took out his pipe and lit himself a smoke. The sounds of the dripping rainwater are the only thing that broke the silence. Everything was still then suddenly, out of nowhere, a shadow jumped out and landed in front of them.
"Darken!" yelled Watson
Everyone was stunned, especially Basil who dropped his pipe. The Darken went straight at Dominique and grabbed her.
"Aaah! Let go you stupid ape!"
Jenny tried to help her friend but the Darken overpowered her and threw her at the wall, Miss Gin helped her to her feet. He then lifted the screaming Dominique on his shoulder and started for the exit when,
Purple blood flowed from his wound and in Watson's hand, a revolver smoking from the tip after the shot. The Darken looked pissed as he dropped Dominique and drew his sword, he then charged at Watson. Watson fired in self-defense but the Darken was too fast and slammed him into the wall. Basil took out his revolver and fired at him but alas!, he dodged them all. He then charged at Basil and slammed him onto the staircase. Laughing devilishly he said,
"Worthless worm, trying to kill me with a mere peashooter, I can dodge them all"
"Try dodging this!"
He stopped his laughing and turned around in horror; but before he could react,
Right through the head, purple blood splattered itself on the wall as he stumbled at the wall.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
He slid down to the floor dead, leaving an imprint of blood on the already stained wall.
Dominique stood there, holding the revolver furiously
"That's what you get!, BITCH!"
Jenny and Miss Gin helped Watson to his feet as Basil approached Dominique carefully
"Dominique, give me the gun please"
Dominique handed Basil the gun, he then threw it to Watson and examined the Darken.
"Iz he dead?" asked miss Gin
"Afraid so, hurry let's get out of here before more of them arrive"
Everyone nodded, with Basil leading the way; they hurried out of the passage.
Meanwhile, back on the rainy streets,
"Worthless fools!" said Shadow
Suddenly, he heard someone clapping behind him
"Wonderful, you are beginning to surprise even me"
"So you've come back for a little more pain, eh Mugetsu"
"I've underestimated you the first time, and only a fool would make the same mistake twice"
Shadow smirked as he turned around to face Mugetsu; he then got into his battle pose
"At least you know what you are because you're about to do the same thing"
Mugetsu seemed pissed at that remark as he drew his sword
"Why you cocky little bastard!"
Shadow's smirk turned into a devilish smile
"I'm so glad you noticed, I've been working on that for quite some time now"
Mugetsu was very angry now and charged full speed at Shadow
"Let's see if you can fight as well as you can talk"
Shadow stood his ground. When Mugetsu came within striking range, he blocked Mugetsu's attack with his left Keyblade and slashed him in his stomach with his other Keyblade and threw him to the ground.
Mugetsu picked himself up, clutching his stomach. Shadow was suddenly twenty steps away from him. Mugetsu was full of rage until he suddenly discovered Shadow's smile has disappeared from his face.
"Allright, this time I'm going to put you out of your misery once and for all!"
Shadow charged with an inhuman speed towards him. When he got close enough, he threw a volley of slashes at Mugetsu. Left, right Mugetsu tried to defend himself, but he was just too fast. Shadow continued slashing and then he thrust his Keyblade straight into Mugetsu.
"When you get to hell, mention my name... maybe they'll give you a discount!"
He then sent an explosive charge into him; Mugetsu flew towards a nearby car leaving a trail of smoke and smashing into it. The side windows were smashed and so was the roof. Mugetsu lay lifeless on the smashed car as the owner ran out of his house, crying at the destructive sight of his beauty.
"It's all over"
Shadow turned away, but suddenly he heard movement, he turned around and saw Mugetsu getting out of rubble and started. Shadow smirked once more as Mugetsu stumbled towards him.
"Hhm, I see; you're not like the others are you?"
Mugetsu seemed to be in a lot of pain but still, he was smiling
"I'm the leader of the Mikado Special Forces, you'd think that such a measly attack could take my heart"
"I can't, you don't have one; do you?"
Purple blood was flowing from his slash wounds and from his chest, effects of the explosion. He was gripping his left arm as it was bleeding much more furiously than the others.
"I know why your master desperately wants me dead, but I think he'll change his mind, after I send him your head"
Mugetsu suddenly broke into an insane laugh like he's just heard something very funny.
"Haha, you think this is all about you, hah... we weren't here to kill you"
"We were after your little companion!"
"No you idiot!, the blondie!"
"Dominique?!, what the hell do you want with her?!"
"Master Dauragon wants to invite her to a little slumber party, what else?"
Shadow got into his battle pose and said
"Over my dead body!"
But this time, Mugetsu pulled out a gun and pointed it at him.
"If I can't complete this mission, at least I'll still get a constellation prize"
The both of them turned around and saw two lights heading towards Mugetsu.
"OH NO NOT AG..."
A small green car pulled out beside Shadow and the door opened.
"Save by a girl, now that's neat" said Dominique
"Shut up, Dom!" said Jenny
Dominique folded her shoulders and sulked at the corner. Shadow entered the car and Jenny hit the accelerator.
"Where's Basil and company" asked Shadow
"Hello... over here!"
Shadow peered around for the voice. He finally found them in the glove compartment. There was a whole room in there, complete with living room, bedroom and a kitchen and bathroom. Basil and Watson were being served tea by Miss Gin.
"Oh, don't mind this... we once went on a long trip with Jenny and Dominique and they were just too kind to make us feel just at home"
"Let's go far away, so they can't find you and take your heart"
Shadow turned gravely to Jenny
"They weren't after me"
"What!!!" said everyone
"Then who?!" asked Watson
Shadow paused for a while, sighed and then said,
"They were after Dominique"
"Well blow me down!" yelled Basil
"ME!, they were after ME!" yelled Dominique in distress
"That'll explain the Darken who attacked us in the passageway" said Jenny
"What do they want with me?!"
"I don't know, but let's not stick around to find out, how far is the border?" asked Shadow
"Not very far, why?"
"We need to get out of here, out of this world, as far as possible"
"Iz thiz guy nutz or somezing?" said Miss Gin
"You'll see, I've got a little surprise for all of you" said Shadow as he pulled up his right sleeve revealing a very peculiar digital watch that seemed to control something.
The little car drove on through the pouring rain, moving towards the border. Will everything go as they plan, nobody knows but as far as Shadow knows, they'll be having company very soon.
Back at the Mikado building, in the big room and by the window; stood Dauragon, peering at the locket around his neck. Who's picture was in that locket?, he then peered to the magnificent city while awaiting some good news. Then suddenly, the door flew open
"Master Dauragon!, Master Dauragon!" yelled a Darken running into the room.
Dauragon turned around and hurried towards the Darken.
"Have you retrieved her?"
"Er... well... no"
The entire room shook at that boom. The poor Darken was trembling in his boots as he tried to help himself.
"WHERE'S THAT MORON MUGETSU!!!"
"Er... he's been hurt bad, they're now treating him in the medical hall"
Dauragon seemed to have calmed down at that answer. He walked towards the window and then answered
"Were there any survivors from that mission?"
"How bad is he?"
"Thirty slashes, an explosion wound and a run over, I'm so surprise why didn't he perished with the rest of them"
Dauragon poured himself a glass of whisky and took a sip, sighed and then continued
"Where are they now?"
"Last I knew, they were headed for the border"
"Fine then, get PD-4 and some of the troops and go after them"
The Darken gave a bow and ran out of the room. Dauragon took another sip and smiled
"I'll bring you home Dominique, just wait for me"
"Mmm!, this is delicious. I've never tasted anything so delicious for a long time" said Francis
"This is better than a burrito" said Tito slurping his soup
Everyone was enjoying their homemade dinner by their unexpected guests. Sora was helping himself to his soup and so was Donald and Goofy. The other dogs were hogging the food like pigs. Oliver was a lot neater, but he was also starving. Everyone was enjoying their little dinner and before you knew it, it was bedtime. But before anyone slept, they had a little meeting.
"Everyone please gather around, it's time for Pack Council" said Dodger
Everybody gathered around the big pile of mattresses and settled down. Sora, Goofy and Donald stayed at the table and help clear it.
"What're you doing over there Sora?" asked Dodger
"You're one of us now, the three of you have to attend Pack Council"
"You don't need four legs and a tail to join us" said Oliver
"Well... okay" said Sora
"Yeahohohui!" yelled Goofy
It seemed that Goofy slipped on an empty can and fell. The plates he was carrying were flung into the air. Donald quickly shot an Aero spell at the plates and land them safely on the table.
"I'm fine, concrete broke my fall" said Goofy dizzily
Sora sat beside Oliver and Donald sat beside Rita and so began Pack Council
"So, another day came and went, and we're still alive. Thanks to our guest, we had a dinner to remember, thanks Sora, Donald, Goofy"
Everyone barked and howled, take it as a sign of gratitude, Dodger continued
"Fine then, any questions?"
Sora raised his hand.
"Yes, Sora?" asked Dodger
"Can you tell us about the Tower?"
Everyone fell silent again, but this time not Oliver. He climbed up to the top and answered
"It's the tallest building in the city. The top overlooks the world and a purple flame burns there. It's a horrible place, the Heartless and Darkens kidnap the people and torture them brutally, before taking their hearts and I mean every living soul"
"How do you know?" asked Donald
"We went there to rescue Georget and also tried to rescue Fagin" said Rita
"As long as that tower stands, darkness will prevail" said Oliver sadly
There was a long silence, which suddenly broken by Goofy's loud snoring. Poor Goofy! It seemed that he'd fallen asleep on the floor.
"It's getting late, let's crash boys" said Dodger
Everyone nodded sleepily and headed for their beds. Donald settled down by the mattress pile and almost immediately fell asleep. Dodger was asleep in his newfound tent while Tito and Francis were sleeping together. Einstein was asleep in a barrel and Rita slept in an old picnic basket. Yes!, everyone was in their dreamland, except Sora. He rolled up his sleeve and studied his tattoo, is this all meant to be?, is it written in his stars?
Then suddenly, he heard weeping. He got up and moved towards the coffee table and found Oliver with tears rolling down from his cat eyes.
"Hey, what's wrong"
"Nothing, I'm just feel sad for my world; for all of us. I've been crying ever since the day they took over our world. When will it ever end?"
Tears continued to roll down, Sora felt really sorry for him
"Ssh, it'll all end soon, everything will be back to normal, you'll see"
Sora smiled warm fully and patted Oliver on his head
"I promise, now sleep"
Suddenly, blue light appeared from Sora's hand and entered Oliver. He fell asleep immediately.
A flash of Oliver's voice appeared in Sora's memory...
"As long as that tower stands, darkness will prevail"
Sora clenched his fist in anger,
"That tower is going down!"
He hurried to wake Donald, careful not to wake anyone else
"What's the big idea!" yelled Donald
"Sssh!, quiet!, go wake Goofy!"
Donald did as Sora ordered to. Goofy woke up groggily but he managed to pull himself together.
"Where're we going?"
"To the Tower!" said Sora
"What!!!" said the both of them
"If we destroy it, this world would be restored... look around you, don't you feel sorry for them"
Donald and Goofy were silent for a while but then they smile and nodded
"Okay Sora, I'm with you!" said Goofy
"After all it's our duty!, we are the Guardians of the Key aren't we?"
"Let's do it!"
The three of them put out their right hand together and picked up their weapons. They tiptoed out of the room and headed for the surface. What challenges await them now at the Tower!.
(To be continued... )