Chapter 6: Enchanted Dominion, part 3
While both Ventus and Josette were using their Keyblades to freed Princess Aurora’s heart from it’s fiery imprisonment inside the large swirling flames/maze-like room (with the 3 fairies watching them both from behind) until all 5 of them left the room, met and fought against Maleficent inside her throne room inside her large and dark castle, another oval-shaped portal of light/lightning formed and appear against a small cliff inside the part of the forest near the Forbidden Mountains before both Aqua and Beaufort make their way out of the portal of light, stopped in their tracks and lifted their heads to glance in silence at the blue sky above them then lowered their heads to glance at the forest/grassy fields filled with trees, wild flowers, bushes and a lake around them (while their Keyblade armors glowed brightly then vanished into thin air).
Both Aqua and Beaufort then ceased looking at the forest around them and they turned to their left to walked forward deep into the forest and they stepped into the large, dark and barren-looking place of the Forbidden Mountains. After both Aqua and Beaufort walked into the Forbidden Mountains, they saw a kind of circular-shaped, glowing orb thing flew out from 1 of the opened windows of the dark, dreary and ominous-looking castle at the end of the long zig-zagging rocky path in front of them.
“What’s that?” said Aqua with a confused look on her face when she saw the circular-shaped, glowing orb thing flew swiftly over her and Beaufort’s heads toward the forest.
“Looks like some kind of glowing orb thing?” said Beaufort with a confused look on his face as well to Aqua.
“I think we better go and take a look inside the castle in front of us, Beaufort.” Aqua told Beaufort.
“I agree with you, Aqua. That castle is worth investigating. And who knows? Maybe we’ll find Ventus and Josette in there.” said Beaufort with a small nod of his head to Aqua.
“That is true, Beaufort.” said Aqua as she gave a small nod of agreement to Beaufort before they walked up the long, zig-zagging rocky path (and summoned forth their Rainfell and Vagos Maestus Keyblades to fight and destroy the Floods, Scrappers, Bruisers, Thornbites and Red Hot Chili Unverseds that appear on the zig-zagging rocky path) toward the large, dark castle and went into it.
Once both Aqua and Beaufort stepped into the castle, they saw (and widened their eyes a little in surprise then disgust) dozens of short bird and pig guards standing guard inside a large empty room inside the castle and when the short bird and pig guards saw both Aqua and Beaufort, the pig guards immediately charge toward them both with their spears in their hands while the short bird guards pull the arrows out from the bags behind them, placed the arrows in their bows and shoot the arrows toward them.
Both Aqua and Beaufort immediately raised their Keyblades to cut down the arrows flying toward them before they charge toward the swarm of bird and pig guards and they fought against the bird and pig guards with their Keyblades for the next 5 minutes to defeat/get rid of them until they managed to defeat/get rid of the swarm of bird and pig guards. Both Aqua and Beaufort then turned to their left to walked past several large and empty rooms, walked down a few series of dark hallways and as they approach an opened door that will lead them both into another room, both of them soon heard the familiar and angry voices of Ventus and Josette.
“There’s no way that Terra would hurt Aurora like that! What more to say stole her heart!” yelled Ventus’s voice angrily at someone.
“That’s right, witch! So stop trying to fool us both with your lies about Terra already!” snapped Josette’s voice angrily at someone as well.
The 2 familiar and angry voices of Ventus and Josette immediately made both Aqua and Beaufort walked swiftly through the opened door into the room and they soon saw both Ventus and Josette standing in the middle of the floor of Maleficent’s throne room and they glared up at Maleficent as she staggered weakly up the stairs toward her throne.
“You two really don’t believe me?” said Maleficent in a weak and feigned sad tone of voice to Ventus and Josette. “That’s unfortunate for you two, for he agreed so easily.”
“He……… really did?” said Ventus as he lowered his head to look down at the floor.
“Ven, don’t listen to anymore of her lying words.” Josette told Ventus firmly.
“Ven, Jo! Don’t be fooled by her lies!” Aqua called out to them before both she and Beaufort run down the stairs toward them both (while both Ventus and Josette turned to look at their direction when they heard Aqua calling out to them).
“Aqua, Beau!” exclaimed Josette with a happy look on her face when she and Ventus saw them both.
“Hey, you two.” said Beaufort to Ventus and Josette as he and Aqua stopped in their tracks near them both.
“Terra would never do that, Ven, Jo. The both of you know that as well as me and Beaufort do.” Aqua told Ventus and Josette.
“Yeah……… you’re right, Aqua.” said Ventus as he lifted his head and smiled faintly at Aqua.
“Ahhh……… the truth can be most cruel, even amongst the closest of friends like the 4 of you.” said Maleficent as she glance down at Ventus, Josette, Aqua and Beaufort. “After all, one will never knows the entire secrets of another person’s heart. I’m sure all 4 of you’ll agree, Ventus……… Josette……… Aqua……… Beaufort.”
Aqua, Beaufort, Ventus and Josette glared in silent anger at Maleficent before both Aqua and Beaufort decided to ignore and look away from her and glance at Ventus and Josette.
“Ven, Jo, Master Eraqus sent us to come after you two.” Beaufort told Ventus and Josette (while Aqua nodded her head in silent agreement at Beaufort’s words) before both he and Aqua hold out their hands to them.
“Ven, Jo, come home with us.” said Aqua.
“But, Terra………” said both Ventus and Josette in unison as they turned their heads to look away from Aqua and Beaufort.
“Terra’s not ready to leave yet, Ven, Jo.” Aqua told Ventus and Josette calmly yet firmly.
Both Ventus and Josette didn’t say anything to Aqua and Beaufort for the next few seconds before Ventus began speaking to them. “I’m sorry, Aqua, Beaufort. But I can’t go home with you two.” said Ventus in an apologetic tone of voice to them while he shook his head a little.
“What?” said Aqua with a shocked look on her face.
“Why not, Ven?” said Beaufort, shocked as well.
“It’s just that……… I have to find him before it’s too late!” Ventus told Aqua and Beaufort worriedly before he turned around and run up the short stairs away from them and out of the throne room.
“Ven, wait!” Josette called out to him before she turned and run after him as well.
“Ven, Jo!” both Aqua and Beaufort cried out to them and when they were about to give chase after Ventus and Josette when they saw that Ventus and Josette ignored their yelling and kept on running, Maleficent’s next words stopped them from leaving.
“I see that the 2 of you wield Keyblades as well.” said Maleficent to Aqua and Beaufort.
“What did you just say?” said Beaufort as he turned to glared up at Maleficent.
“How do you know about the Keyblades?” demanded Aqua.
“A source of power……… A key that opens the hearts of men, women, of entire worlds……… and allows one to obtain anything and everything. Such a power I find most fascinating.” said Maleficent happily to herself.
“So, Terra……… he really………” said Aqua as she lowered her head to look down at the floor sadly.
“No, I don’t believe you, witch.” said Beaufort as he narrowed his eyes at Maleficent. “There’s no way that Terra would do such a thing. I think that you must have done something to him and make him do it.”
“Are you sure about that, boy? Because if you’re not, then you shouldn’t throw random accusations at me.” said Maleficent innocently to Beaufort (who narrowed his eyes even more at her) before she decided to ask both Aqua and Beaufort a question. “Now, my dear boy and girl, would the 2 of you like to assist me, as well?”
“Never!” snapped Aqua.
“What makes you think that we would assist you willingly, witch?” snapped Beaufort as well.
“I see now, Xehanort was right about you two.” said Maleficent as she narrowed her eyes at Aqua and Beaufort. “The 2 of you are the most stubborn ones compared to the others.”
“Master Xehanort? How do you-” said Aqua as she and Beaufort had shocked looks on their faces when they heard Maleficent said Master Xehanort’s name.
“It seems the 2 of you need some time to consider my offer. Fortunately, I have the perfect place for you two.” said Maleficent as the circular, pale green-coloured orb at the top of her wooden staff began to glow bright green before she raised her wooden staff and slammed it down on the ground near her.
After Maleficent slammed her glowing orb/wooden staff down on the ground, a portal of darkness suddenly appear and formed from under Aqua and Beaufort’s feets, causing both of them to be sucked then fell into the portal of darkness.
Both Aqua and Beaufort landed on their feets inside a semi-large dark dungeon room after they fell into the portal of darkness created by Maleficent before they stood up and saw a fair-skinned, short brown-haired, brown-eyed handsome-looking man wearing a long-sleeve black-coloured shirt with a light grey-coloured tunic or vest over his black shirt, a dark brown belt over his waist, long dark brown pants and matching boots on his legs as he sat on a stone bench which leaned against the wall behind him and with iron manacles/chains binding his wrists and connected to the wall.
“Who are you two?” the brown-haired man asked Aqua and Beaufort while they walked forward and stopped in their tracks in front of him.
“My name is Aqua and this is my friend, Beaufort.” said Aqua as she introduced herself and Beaufort to the brown-haired man.
“The both of us fell into the trap set by the witch above and we landed into this room.” Beaufort told the brown-haired man. “And what about you, sir? Why are you here?” Beaufort asked the brown-haired man.
“The witch kept me here to prevent me from breaking her evil curse.” replied the brown-haired man.
“She kept you here to prevent you from breaking her curse? Why would she do that and how would you break this curse of hers?” Beaufort asked the brown-haired man for the second time.
“I was to meet the most beautiful girl at a cottage in the glen somewhere within the forest, but now my true love lies in an eternal slumber……… This eternal slumber is the curse that the witch had casted and placed on her many years ago and only I can break the spell.” the brown-haired man answer, told and explain to Beaufort and Aqua.
“You must really love her.” said Aqua.
“Yes, I do, milady.” said the brown-haired man with a nod of his head.
“Is what you said true?” asked an elderly woman voice suddenly from behind both Aqua and Beaufort and they quickly turned around to see who is it and they (and the brown-haired man) saw 3 fair-skinned, short elderly women/fairies wearing long-sleeves red, blue and green-coloured dresses on their bodies with matching hats on their heads (and tiny wings behind their backs) standing behind them.
“Yes. That’s what Maleficent told me.” replied the brown-haired man with another nod of his head.
“Oh, Prince Philip! It’s you!” exclaim the red-dressed, elderly fairy woman with a surprised look on her face.
“This man is a prince named Philip?” thought Beaufort silently to himself as he and Aqua watched the 2 red and green-dressed elderly fairy women flew forward past them both toward Prince Philip, pointed their wands downward at the manacles binding his wrists and helped freed his wrists from the manacles while the blue-dressed fairy turned and flew toward the locked-up dungeon door and raised her wand in front of the small keyhole to opened it. A few seconds later, the 2 red and green-dressed elderly fairy women managed to freed Prince Philip wrists from the manacles and he thanked them for it before he stood up from the stone bench he’s sitting on and rubbed his wrists a little (while Aqua, Beaufort and the 3 elderly fairy women introduced themselves to each other).
“Now, Philip. The road to true love may be barred by many more dangers which you alone will have to face.” Flora told Prince Philip before she raised her wand and conjured up a long sword and a shield for him to use in fighting.
“He won’t be going alone, Flora. Because Aqua and I will go with him.” Beaufort told Flora.
“I agreed with Beaufort, Flora. We’ll go with him.” said Aqua. “Plus, there’s something that we need to know, and Maleficent has the answer.”
“Yes, of course, my dears.” said Flora as she nodded her head to both Aqua and Beaufort before she, Fauna and Merryweather turned around and flew toward the opened dungeon door. “Now, come along. We must hurry to Aurora.” added Flora to Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip (who nodded before they approach the 3 fairies then all 6 of them walked through the opened dungeon door, walked up a staircase away from the dungeon then walked down a series of hallways and doors).
As Aqua, Beaufort, Prince Philip and the 3 fairies step into the large swirling flames/maze-like room, all 6 of them failed to noticed a black raven standing watch on the top of 1 of the walls for any signs of intruders and it immediately spread its wings out to flew up and away from the wall it’s standing on and let out some loud caw sounds when it saw them running into the room. As soon as the raven started cawing out, the walls inside the swirling flames/maze-like room abruptly crumble down and disappear into the floor to reveal a swarm of bird and pig-guards armed with spears, bows and arrows in their hands as they began charging toward Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip (while the 3 fairies raised their wands above their heads to transform themselves into tiny, floating lights).
Both Aqua and Beaufort immediately summoned forth their Rainfell and Vagos Maestus Keyblades before they and Prince Philip charge toward the horde of bird and pig guards and began fighting and destroying them. After 10 minutes, the 3 of them managed to defeat/destroy the horde of bird and pig guards inside the large empty room (which is no longer a swirling flames/maze-like room) before they run toward and through the opened door in front of them, run back into Maleficent’s empty throne room before they run down the stairs in front of them then run up the other stairs opposite the stairs and opened door that they just run out from and they run down another more series of hallways and rooms until they’re back inside the large empty room where they could see the entrance/exit of Maleficent’s castle is.
But as soon as Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip (and the 3 fairies floating closely above them) run into the large empty room where the entrance/exit of Maleficent’s castle is, the same black raven that let out caw sounds back inside the previous room immediately let out another loud series of caw sounds to alert the bird and pig guards inside the room when it saw them. The pig guards heard the raven’s cawing sounds and they immediately turned and charge toward Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip with their spears in their hands (while other pig guards choose to throw huge chunks of boulders at them) while the bird guards shoot their arrows at them.
Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip then spend the next 10 minutes in fighting and destroying the second swarm of pig and bird guards (while sometime during the fight, Beaufort had to pushed Aqua away from some of the huge chunks of boulders that some of the pig guards were throwing toward her and the right side of his face, chest and knees got hit head-on by the boulders, causing a bleeding gash wound to appear on the right side of his face and bruises on his chest and knees and causing Aqua to reprimand him for his recklessness right after she noticed and quickly casted Cure on him to healed his gash and bruises) until they got rid of them and they quickly run through the entrance/exit of Maleficent’s castle, run down the rocky zig-zagging path away from Maleficent’s castle, run into then run out of the forest and run down the long bridge toward the huge blue roof, white-coloured castle at the end of the bridge.
Meanwhile, on one of the towers of Maleficent’s castle………
Maleficent herself was very annoyed/livid when some of her surviving bird and pig guards came and told her that her prisoners had escaped from the dungeon and flee from her castle to head toward the other castle where Princess Aurora is before she disappear in a burst of bright green flames and appear at the top of 1 of her castle towers. When Maleficent saw Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip started running across the bridge from the tower, the annoyed/livid look on her face deepen even more before the orb on her wooden staff started to glowed brightly then she raised her wooden staff up above her toward the sky to began conjuring a kind of swirling round-shaped, bright purple-coloured magic spell.
“A forest of thorns shall be your tomb……… Wound ‘round the castle in a bower of doom!” chanted Maleficent before she lowered and thrust her wooden staff forward to casts her magic spell toward the other castle. Immediately the entire sky turned quite dark before dark purple-coloured lightning rained from the dark sky down around and outside the castle and onto the bridge that Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip were running across, creating dozens of huge black and sharp thorn trees which halted and prevented them from running onward. After Maleficent managed to prevent Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip from running onward, she then enveloped herself in green flames, disappear from her tower and appear on the bridge in front of them (which caused Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip to gasp in surprise a little before they glared at her and got into their battle stances).
“Maleficent! What did Master Xehanort tell you?” demanded Aqua.
“Such a pity, young ones, that the 2 of you don’t have Terra’s gift for obedience. Nor can you 2 see how easy it was for him.” said Maleficent in a feigned sad tone of voice to both Aqua and Beaufort (while Prince Philip briefly glance back and forth at the 3 of them in confusion). “Although that meddlesome chit named Kallima did tried and failed to stop him.” added Maleficent silently in her mind.
“As I told you before, witch! I don’t believe your lies about Terra, neither do Aqua!” snarled Beaufort. “Terra would never do anything to help you!”
“Quite the contrary, boy. He fully embraced the darkness within himself.” said Maleficent smugly to Beaufort.
“Stop lying already!” yelled Aqua angrily at Maleficent.
“Humph, since you 2 are too stubborn to accept it, then I’ve no choice but to show you 2 instead! See for yourselves-all the powers of darkness and hell!” snapped Maleficent coldly to Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip before she crosses her arms over her chest then spread her arms out while at the same time, a large fiery green-coloured magic pillar surrounds Maleficent and Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip watched with surprised/shocked looks on their faces as she began to transform herself into a large, black-winged dragon.
“Great, of all the living things this Maleficent witch could transform into, she choose the form of a large dragon.” thought Beaufort bitterly in his mind as he glared at the large, black-winged d
The dragon started it’s first attack on Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip by raising it’s front legs up above the bridge before it bring it’s front legs down on the bridge to created a strong/hard shock wave that shook the bridge vigorously and caused the 3 of them to lose their balance/footing on the shaking bridge before they fell to their hands and knees hard on the bridge. Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip then stood up from the bridge (after it’s no longer shaking from the strong shock wave caused by the dragon) before both Beaufort and Prince Philip charge toward the dragon together and they raised their keyblade and long sword to land a series of slashes and thrusts on the dragon’s body while Aqua began casted a series of Blizzard and Thunder magic attack at the dragon to injured it.
After 10 minutes of Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip using their keyblades, sword and magic to swung, thrust, slash and casted on the dragon to injured it, the dragon let out a roar of pain, anger and frustration at the 3 of them before it spread it’s wings out and started to flew itself up to the dark sky away from the bridge and from the 3 of them before it closed it’s mouth to gathered a huge amount of bright green flames in it then opened it’s mouth to unleash it’s flames down at them. When Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip saw the dragon unleash it’s flames down at them, both Aqua and Beaufort immediately raised their Rainfell and Vagos Maestus Keyblades above them and Prince Philip to created a strong magic shield around the 3 of them to protect them from the flames.
The green flames that the dragon had unleash from it’s jaws struck against the magic shield that both Aqua and Beaufort had created to protect them and Prince Philip from the flames persists for the next 6 minutes before the flames run out and as the dragon landed itself back down onto the bridge, both Aqua and Beaufort dismissed the shield they created to protect themselves and Prince Philip before the 3 of them charge forward to resumed their fierce keyblade/sword attacks and magic attacks on it.
The dragon let out another roar of pain, anger and frustration at Aqua, Beaufort and Prince Philip for injuring it even more with their keyblade/sword attacks and magic attacks before it thrust it’s head toward both Aqua and Beaufort to snap it’s jaws at them, causing them to quickly jumped backward away from the dragon’s snapping jaws (and also away from Prince Philip) before the dragon gathered and unleash another of it’s flame attack down on both Aqua and Beaufort to surround/trapped them within it’s flames.
“No!” said Aqua as she and Beaufort glance at the wall of flames surrounding them both before they glance through the flames with worry looks on their faces at Prince Philip as he swung his sword at the dragon while avoiding it’s jaws snapping at him.
As Prince Philip continue to swung his sword at the dragon while avoiding it’s snapping jaws (while both Aqua and Beaufort watched on worriedly from inside the flames), the 3 fairy women suddenly appeared out of nowhere in front of Aqua and Beaufort and behind Prince Philip.
“All together now, Fauna, Merryweather………” Flora told both Fauna and Merryweather, who nodded their heads at her before the 3 of them raised their wands together. “Now, sword of truth, fly swift and sure……… that evil die and good endure.” chanted Flora before 3 red, blue and green-coloured lights flew out from the 3 fairies wands, flew toward Prince Philip sword and went into it, causing the sword to glowed brightly. Prince Philip briefly glance at the now glowing sword he’s holding before he threw the sword straight toward the dragon with all of his strength and Prince Philip, Aqua, Beaufort and the 3 fairies watched as the sword struck and pierce into the dragon’s chest, causing the dragon to let out a final roar of pain, anger and frustration before green flames enveloped it’s body and it disappear in a huge cloud of dark purple-coloured smoke.
After the disappearance of the dragon, the dozens of huge, sharp and black thorn trees that halted and prevented them from running across the bridge toward the castle, the wall of flames that surround/trapped both Aqua and Beaufort and the dark sky above them also vanished along with the dragon, returning everything back to normal. Prince Philip and the 3 fairies look around them for a few seconds before they quickly run and flew toward the castle, while both Aqua and Beaufort watched them run and flew toward the castle in silence before they turned around to glance at Maleficent, who has transform back into her original form and is now breathing heavily/painfully and limping down the bridge away from the 2 of them and the castle.
“You’ve lose, witch.” said Beaufort smugly to Maleficent.
“Beaufort’s right, Maleficent. You were defeated by the power of true love.” said Aqua with a small nod of her head.
“I will not be defeated by something as insignificant as love.” snapped Maleficent weakly/coldly to Aqua and Beaufort.
“You don’t even know the first thing about it. You’re too clouded by darkness to see that there’s something far greater than darkness.” said Aqua as she shake her head at Maleficent before she turned around to glance at the castle.
Inside Aurora’s bedroom………
he 3 fairies helped lead Prince Philip up a series of hallways and staircases until they reached the room where Princess Aurora is sleeping and Prince Philip opened the door, went into Princess Aurora room and saw her sleeping on the bed to his left. Prince Philip then approach and lowered his face close to Princess Aurora’s face and kissed her. Prince Philip then pull away from her and watched with a happy/relief look on his face as Princess Aurora slowly opened her eyes, glance at him and smiled.
Back on the bridge………
“Aqua’s right, witch. You can try all you want, but you’ll never truly defeat a heart filled with light.” said Beaufort.
“Perhaps, boy………” said Maleficent before she turned around to glared coldly at Beaufort and Aqua. “But remember one thing, you two- as long as there is light, there will also be darkness. And in due time, many more will be drawn to it. Then they will all belong to me!” Maleficent added to both Aqua and Beaufort before she began laughing loudly, enveloped herself in flames and disappear into thin air before either Aqua or Beaufort could touch or catch her.
“Damn you, witch!” snarled Beaufort as he clench his hands into angry fists.
“Terra……… You better stay strong for us.” said Aqua as she lifted her head to glance sadly/worriedly up at the sky before both she and Beaufort run down the bridge toward the forest and leave the world.