Ah, I haven't been here in a while. I have recently written a quite long fan fiction that I didn't plan to post here but have no other choice.(Other websites aren't cooperating >.>) I'm actually quite scared to post this here. But it's for fun so meh. Note~ This does have homages to Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare as well as to other undead shows/books ect. I also included a homage to Wolf's Rain in the end. I found the deaths of the characters in the show and their epic battles quite amazing and just had to work with it somehow. Hopefully this will go somewhere. I will post two/three chapters at a time if all goes well. CHAPTER I New Friends Old Enemies The Superior stood outside on a balcony of The World That Never Was. His cold eyes scanned the dark world. His thoughts were interrupted by the blond scientist, Vexen, The Chilly Academic. â€œXemnas!â€ Vexen called to the man standing on the balcony. The superior turned his orange eyes towards The Chilly Academic. His silver hair framing his face and aurora, Xemnas stood up tall as Vexen approached waiting for him to speak. â€œThe other worldsâ€¦â€ Vexen started. He had been running Xemnas noted in his mind. â€œThey have been invaded.â€ Vexen stated. He looked at his superior for further instruction and thought on the situation. â€œBy whom?â€ Xemnas asked turning back towards the dead town they reigned over. â€œUndead.â€ Vexen said. Xemnas looked over his shoulder at Vexen. â€œThey are overrunning all of those with Hearts. Everyone is dying.â€ Vexen kept his eyes on Xemnas. â€œWouldnâ€™t that be all for the better for us then?â€ Xemnas asked, starting to question Vexenâ€™s sanity. Vexen waited a few seconds before answering the Superior. â€œWe arenâ€™t immune to the virus, Superior.â€ Xemnasâ€™s eyes widened for less than a second, trace of emotion etched onto his face for less than a few seconds. â€œHow many Worlds have been invaded?â€ He asked Vexen. â€œUnknown. Twilight Town was the first to be invaded.â€ â€œWere the portals between us shut down?â€ Xemnas asked, a hint of urgency in his voice. Vexen remained silent. He was almost afraid to answer the Superior, knowing he had displeased him and jeopardized Organization XIII. â€œGo shut them, before any undead can get in.â€ Xemnas started, keeping his voice low, trying to keep himself sane. â€œShut any portals.â€ He said. â€œWarn Marluxia of the threat as well. Iâ€™m calling a meeting.â€ Vexen nodded. â€œDismissed.â€ Xemnas said to Vexen and waved him away. Vexen bowed slightly and stopped at the sound of footsteps. Vexen and Xemnas turned towards the noise, prepared for the worst. Vexen backed up at the sight of the three familiar figures. Xemnas stood his ground as the two enemies approached each other. Sora, Riku, Kairi. They all had keyblades drawn and prepared for a fight. Xemnasâ€™ hazel, cold eyes focused on Sora as he stood in front of him. A face of determination and hardship. Xemnas wouldnâ€™t forget it. He didnâ€™t say anything but simply waited for the trio to speak up. The room was filled with silence except for the sound of breathing and anger. â€œThe Worlds have been invaded.â€ Sora stated to Xemnas. Xemnas simply looked at them. His eyes narrowed. He knew what they wanted. â€œWe just received the message.â€ Xemnas said coldly. â€œWhy are you here?â€ He questioned. Sora looked down a little bit after the question, avoiding Xemnasâ€™ eyes. â€œWe came here forâ€¦ Protectionâ€¦â€ He muttered. â€œWe werenâ€™t sure if you guys had survived or notâ€¦â€ He said lowly. Xemnas whisked away a small internal happiness that had been created. â€œI canâ€™t hear you.â€ He said strongly. â€œWe came here for safety!â€ Sora exclaimed loudly, looking up at Xemnas with narrowed eyes. â€œWe both know thereâ€™s safety in numbers.â€ Sora started. â€œWe can keep each other protected.â€ Sora said, calming his voice as he focused on Xemnas. The leader of Organization XIII didnâ€™t speak for a few moments. â€œProve it.â€ He said to Sora, looking from Sora to Kairi and Riku. Riku had an expression of surprise after a few moments. He managed to meet eyes with the Superior. He stood up tall and dropped his keyblade. Sora looked at Riku and followed as did Kairi. â€œWe are having a meeting. Vexen will show you where to go.â€ Xemnas turned his back to the trio of friends. â€œUntil then, we have room you will have to share a room in the upper floors of Castle Oblivion.â€ Vexen had nearly dropped his jaw at the sight of the hospitality that Xemnas was greeting them with. â€œSuperior-!â€ He started strongly, Xemnas looked at him and he backed down. â€œWe will keep a portal between Castle Oblivion and The World That Never Was open.â€ Xemnas said shortly after. â€œHowever,â€ He looked over his shoulder at the three to make sure they were still listening. â€œI am now your leader. You are part of Organization XIII. If you show any hostility towards any of us I will exile you three in a heartbeat until you have proven yourselves. â€œ Sora looked from Kairi to Riku. He was unspeakably overjoyed. â€œI will see you four at the meeting.â€ Xemnas looked from the friends to Vexen. Xemnas knew this would be more trouble to him. The Organization was equal to a bunch of children and he knew arguments were going to be often and perhaps violent. The Superior disappeared through a portal. Vexen looked at Sora. â€œI hope you know I still donâ€™t like you.â€ Vexen said. He wanted to clear up any further emotions of dislike so it didnâ€™t turn the future for the worst. â€œWith some time, Iâ€™m sure we can get over that and become friends.â€ Vexen added, a huge swallow of pride. Sora held out his hand, Vexen looked at him for a second and then shook his hand. â€œFollow me.â€ Vexen opened a portal that lead to The Meeting Place. The majority of the Organization had already arrived at The Meeting Place. All eyes turned towards Vexen. A few chuckles echoed from underneath the hoods of their cloaks. â€œLook what the cat dragged in.â€ Xigbar lowered his hood, he kept his arms crossed. He smirked at The Chilly Academic. A female laugh started up, Larxene appeared in front of Vexen, her narrow eyes flew towards Sora and Kairi. â€œWhat are they doing here?â€ She demanded. Daggers appeared between her fingers. She was ready to assassinate the three. â€œItâ€™s okay.â€ Vexen tried to reason. â€œIâ€™ll kill them before they do anything!â€ She said loudly. â€œLarxene,â€ Vexen straightened up. â€œRespect your elders.â€ He said. Larxeneâ€™s teal eyes looked from Sora, Kairi, and Riku to Vexen. â€œVery well.â€ She reclaimed herself and crossed her eyes. â€œIâ€™ll take your place one day though, old man.â€ She warned The Chilly Academic. He waited till she looked away to shrink down. He was higher in rank but Larxene terrified him. â€œLarxene.â€ A calm voice called to her before she could resume her violence. The Graceful Assassin was looking towards her from his seat. She looked from Marluxia down at the ground and resumed her spot in The Meeting Place. â€œIâ€™m sure the leader has reason behind them being here.â€ Marluxia reassured the Organization. â€œWell done, Marluxia.â€ The Superior had appeared in the room and was at his seat. â€œI have called a meeting because it seems all of the Worlds have been deemed unsafe.â€ Xemnas started. He looked around at the Organization. No one interrupted. â€œIt seems that the dead have risen up and taken over the Worlds.â€ He looked at Sora and the other two. â€œWe will start looking for more Nobodies and any survivors.â€ The Superior started. â€œSora, Kairi, Riku,â€ He kept his eyes focused on them as the rest of the Organization turned to look at them. â€œThey are now under the safety of Organization XIII.â€ Xemnas waited a second to make sure no one objected. He could tell they didnâ€™t all agree but didnâ€™t dare to talk over their leader. â€œNone of you have a reason to fight each other anymore.â€ â€œThe hatchet of our past is now buried.â€ CHAPTER II Newborns â€œHow is the research coming along?â€ Zexion asked Vexen. They were in the basements at Vexensâ€™ laboratory. â€œNothingâ€¦â€ Vexen sighed. He had been trying to find a cure for the virus that invaded the Worlds. â€œYouâ€™ll need more dead soon, yes?â€ Zexion asked, Vexen nodded in response and sighed. Fatigue was written in Vexenâ€™s face. â€œYou need to rest, Vexen.â€ Zexion suggested. â€œYouâ€™ve been working non-stop for over forty-eight hours. Go rest. Lexaeus and I will patrol the basements.â€ Vexen nodded and stood up, leaving the laboratory with Zexion following quietly after him. Vexen turned off the lights of the room and left towards his room. Zexion walked in the opposite direction to meet with Lexaeus. â€œHow is he?â€ Lexaeus asked. â€œHe went to go rest.â€ Zexion answered. â€œWhat should we tell the leader?â€ Lexaeus asked, arms crossed, he looked side-ways at Zexion. â€œHe needed rest.â€ Zexion said honestly. They both disappeared in a black portal and appeared in The Meeting Place. The Meeting Place had been accommodated to fit more members now. Two new females now joined the Organization along with a new male. The leader sat at his throne. He looked tired and older. â€œUndead have been sighted in The World That Never Was.â€ He started. â€œHow is security in Castle Oblivion?â€ Xemnas looked at Marluxia. â€œWe were attacked.â€ Marluxia said. â€œAll undead were rid of.â€ He said calmly, his blue eyes meeting Xemnasâ€™ eyes. â€œAny damages on Castle Oblivion?â€ Xemnas asked. â€œAll repaired.â€ Marluxia answered. Xemnas sighed. â€œVery well. We will close all portals between Castle Oblivion and The World That Never Was. If you need to get from The World That Never Was to Castle Oblivion, vice versa, somebody will now escort you.â€ Xemnasâ€™ eyes looked at Sora. He seemed to lead all those with Hearts in the Organization now. â€œPatrols will now be in pairs.â€ Xemnas looked around at everybody. â€œBe prepared to shut off one World if we get invaded.â€ â€œWhere is Vexen?â€ Xemnas asked shortly after. â€œHe needed rest.â€ Zexion said firmly. â€œHas he gotten any closer to a cure?â€ Xemnas requested. â€œNo. He needs more ingredients.â€ Xemnas looked at Zexion. â€œDo you know what they are?â€ â€œYes, sir.â€ â€œAny volunteers?â€ Xemnas asked. He knew nobody wanted to venture into the Worlds now. His eyes narrowed with a small annoyance. â€œMarluxia,â€ He called. The Graceful Assassin looked up at the Superior. â€œXioimara,â€ A young girl with reddish brown eyes and medium length brown hair looked up at Xemnas. She was about sixteen and wore the Organizationâ€™s cloak. â€œAxel.â€ The red-haired man kept his eyes on Xemnas. â€œYou will go fetch what Vexen needs for his experiments.â€ â€œXaldin and SaÃ¯x.â€ Xemnas started. â€œYou will be first to patrol The World That Never Was.â€ He looked at Luxord. â€œLuxord and Demyx, you two will patrol the upper floors of Castle Oblivion.â€ The Superiorâ€™s eyes wandered to Zexion. Needless to say anything to either Zexion or Lexaeus. â€œAny questions?â€ Xemnas asked, looking around. Nobody said anything. â€œMeeting dismissed.â€ Xemnas announced. He waited for everybody to leave before leaving himself. Marluxia, Axel and Xioimara met at the middle of The Meeting Place. â€œXioimara,â€ Xemnas called, she turned to look up at her leader. â€œI forgot to ask, how many creatures do we have?â€ He asked her calmly. She thought for a second. â€œSix undead horses that are broken. Three chupacabras, two of which are broken. One phoenix which is broken.â€ Xemnas nodded to Xioimara. â€œI think if I can look more I might be able to find Sasquatch.â€ She smiled up at the leader. Xemnas smiled for a second. â€œGood luck all of you on your mission.â€ He wished and disappeared through a portal. â€œYouâ€™re lucky, kid.â€ Xioimara looked at Axel as he said this. â€œThe Superior favors you.â€ He said with a grin on his face. â€œHeâ€™s seemed to have started showing a little bit of emotion ever since the invasion started.â€ Marluxia spoke calmly, looking at Xioimara. There was no doubt that Xemnas didnâ€™t have a reason to favor her. She was talented, and had special skill for breaking mythical creatures. They were quiet for a few seconds, all of them were nervous about this mission. â€œItâ€™s your first mission.â€ Marluxia looked at Xioimara with surprise. â€œIsnâ€™t it?â€ Xioimara nodded. A list appeared in the air above them; Marluxia grabbed it and skimmed through the list. â€œThe first ingredient is one living undead.â€ He said to the two. â€œTwilight Town?â€ Axel suggested. â€œGood idea.â€ Marluxia said to Axel. Xioimara remained quiet as the two talked she was looking at the ground. Axel looked at Xioimara, Marluxia looked at Xioimara as well. â€œYouâ€™ll be fine. Just stay close and stand your ground.â€ Axel said. â€œWeâ€™re here to protect you just in case.â€ Marluxia reassured the girl. A portal opened in front of the three. â€œAre you ready for this?â€ Marluxia asked Xioimara and Axel. â€œNo.â€ Xioimara smiled nervously. Axel smirked. â€œNeither are we.â€ Axelâ€™s chakrams appeared in his hands as he started through the portal. Xioimara looked at Marluxia. â€œItâ€™ll be safe if you stay between us.â€ He said his scythe at hand. â€œUse your powers to your full potential and youâ€™ll be fine.â€ Marluxia urged Xioimara forward. Her form changed as she moved towards the portal. Her height was about five feet tall and had four legs, a tail, snout and ears. A red wolf stood in Xioimaraâ€™s place, she had a tan snout, belly, front legs, and a stretch of tan that started at the back of her hind legs and reached down to her toes. The sorrel wolf moved into the portal and joined Axel in Twilight Town. Marluxia entered after her and met them both on the other side. It was empty. The town was desolate and lifeless. Xioimaraâ€™s ears perked up as she listened for any noises. She looked up at Axel and Marluxia afraid to speak. Axel looked down at Xioimara. â€œHowl.â€ Xioimara shook her head. They just needed one undead, not all of Twilight Townâ€™s. Marluxia looked at Axel. â€œThatâ€™s a little risky donâ€™t you think?â€ Marluxia asked calmly. â€œIâ€™m sure Vexen could use more than just one specimen.â€ Marluxia nodded at this thought. â€œHowl.â€ Marluxia encouraged Xioimara. She backed up a little, her tail down low and ears back. A smell hit her along with a force. An undead monster slammed up against her body and threw her to the ground. It screeched in her face as it kept her pinned. Xioimara tried to make a sound. The undead beastâ€™s claws scratched her face as its teeth were prepared to go for her throat. Xioimara shut her eyes tightly, with her ears back, bringing her hind legs back and striking them into the undeadâ€™s stomach. Her eyes opened wide, her eyes glowing as she realized she had to protect herself. Her teeth showed for a mere second as she threw her jaws onto her attackerâ€™s face. The undead was thrown away from her as Marluxia appeared by her side. His scythe having thrown the undead away from Xioimara. â€œAre you okay?â€ He asked Xioimara. Axel stood in front of Xioimara, the undead beast squealed before its cries were replaced with the sound of its rotting flesh being burnt. Axel looked back at Xioimara. â€œDid it bite you?â€ He asked immediately. They both helped her up. Xioimara was shaking. â€œN-no.â€ She said with a sigh of relief. â€œThat wasnâ€™t-â€œ Axel started. â€œA regular undead.â€ Marluxia finished. â€œTheyâ€™re evolving?â€ Axel asked. â€œIt seems soâ€¦â€ Crows flew off of some buildings with hideous cries. Xioimaraâ€™s ears and tail stood up at the sight of the crows. Some headed towards the three. She snarled and charged forward, seizing one of the crows by the throat as it approached them. Xioimara threw it to the ground, the others landed. Their eyes were red, and their bodies were rotting. Xioimara stood in front of Axel and Marluxia with her tail, and hackles up. She lowered her head, snarling at the murder. â€œGo back to your murder.â€ She snarled at the crows. Some backed up, while they tried to comprehend what the canine had said. They flew off a few seconds later to join the others. â€œYou can talk to the undead?â€ Marluxia asked Xioimara. â€œNo,â€ Xioimaraâ€™s hackles and tail went down as she stopped showing her teeth. â€œUndead animals can still communicate and they arenâ€™t cannibalistic. Just undead.â€ Marluxia and Axel looked at each other but quickly turned their attention back to Twilight Town. The sun was starting to set on the town. â€œArenâ€™t they stronger at night?â€ Axel asked. â€œYes.â€ Xioimara answered for Marluxia. â€œItâ€™s a full moon though.â€ Axel nodded even though he was unsure about what Xioimara meant. â€œYouâ€™re stronger under a full moon?â€ Marluxia asked, familiar with the tales of werewolves. â€œI have more energy, heal faster and I get more valiant.â€ She said. They all looked towards where the crows had been before they flew off. Shadowy creatures pulled themselves out of the alleys and buildings. The stench of death started to grow stronger. The three started to back themselves towards each other. The undead squealed and echoed back and forth. Xioimara understood the message. Food. She lowered her head and brought back her lips, showing her teeth. Her hackles and tail raised up as her body tensed. â€œTheyâ€™re coming from all around us.â€ Marluxia said. Axel nodded. â€œHow many do we need?â€ Marluxia nodded. â€œAs many as we can get.â€ Axel said to encourage the group. They started to crawl closer, some standing upright. Xioimara snarled as one of the undead raced towards them. Her muscles tensed as she ran forward at it. â€œNo-!â€ Axel cried out with Marluxia. Xioimara pounced at the creature as it neared her. She bared her teeth and brought her teeth down on the neck of the creature. It tried to throw her to the ground. Xioimara made her way to its back and clawed onto it, biting the back of its neck. The beast reared back in pain before it started to fall. Xioimara jumped away as the undead fell to the ground dead. It had a severed neck. â€œXioimara, stay by us!â€ Marluxia reprimanded a little relieved that she was okay. Xioimara looked up towards Marluxia and Axel, in the time it took to bring down that undead more had managed to surround her. Xioimara broke into a run trying to get away before they could group around her more. â€œXioimara!â€ Axel and Marluxia looked at each other and started forward to help Xioimara. The group of undead had managed to block any sight of her. Some of them looked up from where Xioimara was and back at Axel and Marluxia. They screamed and started forward the living. Axel snapped his fingers as a spark engulfed some for the undead into flames. Marluxia held forward his hand as a force repelled from his hand and made some undead back away. They handled the crowd with grace for the meantime. Marluxia wielded his scythe against an approaching undead as he severed its breathing and spine. Axel raised his chakrams and slammed them in front of him, fire being produced from them. The undead dispersed, a flash of red fur appearing between the bodies. She jumped into the air trying to escape the onslaught. â€œRun!â€ Axel yelled to Xioimara. As she disappeared back into the crowd of undead creatures a howl echoed from the group. Marluxia moved forward, cutting down the undead horde. He moved his hand forward, rose petals came from his hand with a force that threw undead to the side. â€œCome towards my voice!â€ Marluxia shouted as he cleared a path towards the wolf. Marluxia shouted as an undead grabbed him by the back. Xioimara raced through the path Marluxia had made. She looked up at Marluxia to see him getting attacked. She drew her lips back and jumped at the creature, tearing it from Marluxiaâ€™s back and bringing it to the ground with a huge force. She slammed into the ground and was thrown off from the force. â€œAxel!â€ Marluxia called, Axel appeared there in seconds. Marluxia and Axel grabbed Xioimara running through a portal. It closed as soon as they disappeared through it. They landed on the ground just outside of the Superiorâ€™s study of The World That Never Was. They lay on the ground, Marluxia and Axel protecting Xioimara by covering her. They breathed heavily with unknown fear. Xioimara was back in her human form. She had tears in her eyes as she shook. â€œItâ€™s okay.â€ Marluxia reassured, sitting up. The door of Xemnasâ€™ study room opened. He looked down at the three. He raised an eyebrow as he went unnoticed. â€œYouâ€™re safe. Everything is okay.â€ Axel said to Xioimara, helping her sit up. Marluxia inhaled, with narrowed eyes and looked down at Xioimara. â€œWhen we say to stay by us, you stay by us!â€ Marluxia reprimanded. â€œDonâ€™t you ever-!â€ Marluxia stopped as he realized how harsh he was being. â€œDonâ€™t run off like that.â€ He sighed, relieved that they were all okay. â€œWhat happened?â€ Xemnas asked firmly. Axel and Marluxia looked up at Xemnas. â€œIt was so overrun, so fast.â€ Axel started. â€œThe undead are rapidly evolving.â€ Marluxia stated. The Graceful Assassin helped Xioimara stand up. Xemnas looked at the scared trio. Fake fear. The Superior noted in his mind. â€œShe canâ€™t go back there, Xemnas.â€ Marluxia said as Xioimara hugged onto him for comfort. Marluxia didnâ€™t do anything for the moment though he wasnâ€™t used to it at all. Xemnas looked at the scared member and then at Marluxia. â€œVery wellâ€¦â€ He started, â€œVexen is most likely still resting. Recover and wait for further notice.â€ The Superior said to them. They had attracted attention from their commotion. The keyblade wielder, Sora entered by the hallway. â€œSora,â€ Xemnas called. Sora approached the group. â€œCould you please escort Xioimara to go get water?â€ He requested. Sora nodded. Xemnas put a hand on Xioimaraâ€™s shoulder, leading her towards Sora. â€œSheâ€™s inâ€¦ Uhâ€¦ Shock.â€ Xemnas said to Sora, unsure how else to describe Xioimaraâ€™s condition. Xioimara looked back at Xemnas as he walked back towards Marluxia and Axel. He motioned them into his office. â€œCâ€™mon.â€ Sora said to Xioimara. She had never actually talked to Sora. She had only heard rumors from other members of the Organization. Sora could tell Xioimara was unnerved by his presence. â€œDo you want to talk about what happened?â€ He asked quietly. Xioimara shook her head. â€œOkay. Okay.â€ Sora understood. â€œAre you okay, though?â€ Sora asked shortly after trying to get her to talk at least once. â€œYouâ€™re all scratched up.â€ Sora mentioned. Xioimara touched her face for a second remembering the scratch she had received. The wound was still damp. â€œI hope soâ€¦â€ Xioimara said quietly. She looked at Sora, he was a little taller than her but only by a few inches. She opened her mouth to speak but stayed quiet. â€œIâ€™m not going to force you to talk.â€ Sora said after a few moments. â€œNo worries.â€ He said with a smile. Xioimara nodded as they turned the corner. He looked down at Xioimara as they turned one last corner and entered the kitchen of The World That Never Was. A familiar face was there, Demyx. The Musician of the Organization. He looked up at the two with a friendly smile. He looked at Xioimara, she looked shaken and scared but calming down. â€œAre you okay, Xioimara?â€ He asked standing up from the counter and offering his chair for Xioimara. She nodded to Demyx. â€œWhat happened?â€ Demyx asked Sora. â€œNot sure.â€ Sora said to Demyx. Sora sat down across the counter from Xioimara. Demyx got her water and sat down next to Xioimara. â€œYouâ€™re safe with us, Xioimara. Donâ€™t worry.â€ Demyx reassured. Xioimara managed a smile once she realized she had friends. â€œWas it the mission?â€ Demyx asked, recalling the mission Xemnas had given to her as well as Axel and Marluxia. Xioimara nodded. â€œYeah.â€ She said, starting to calm down. â€œWhat happened?â€ Sora asked. Xioimara looked at him. â€œTheyâ€™re just everywhereâ€¦â€ Xioimara started, â€œTheyâ€™re so bent on the idea of killing usâ€¦â€ She put her head down on the counter. â€œI put them both in dangerâ€¦â€ She said. â€œMarluxia almost got killed because of me.â€ Xioimara shut her eyes and crossed her arms in front of her on the counter. Demyx laughed. Xioimara looked at him by tilting her head to the side and peering over her arms. â€œIf thereâ€™s one thing I learned about Marluxia AND Axel, they wonâ€™t die. Marluxia doesnâ€™t seem like the kind of guy but heâ€™s stubborn as a mule when it comes to giving up.â€ He reassured Xioimara. â€œEspecially to those zombies.â€ He patted her on the back gently. Xioimara gave a small smile. â€œAnd Axelâ€¦â€ Demyx thought for a moment. â€œHe just refuses to die.â€ Demyx smiled. Sora watched the two. Demyx knew how to cheer other Nobodies up in a heartbeat. He found himself smiling as well. â€œIâ€™m serious,â€ Demyx said to Xioimara. â€œOne time Larxene was really trying to kill me and he dared to step in her path to protect me.â€ He said, Xioimara gave a small giggle at this idea. â€œWhat did you ever do to Larxene to make her try to kill you?â€ She asked. Demyx thought for a moment. â€œI think I walked by her too closely and she didnâ€™t like it.â€ He said. â€œSo she tried to kill me.â€ Xioimara laughed for a few seconds and smiled. â€œYou guys are more human than I thoughtâ€¦â€ He commented without thought. Demyx looked at Sora, Xioimara looked at him but still kept her head down. â€œI always thought you guys justâ€¦ Hated.â€ Sora admitted to the two. â€œI never imagined you would be trying to save humanityâ€¦â€ Sora started. â€œI never even imagined that Xemnas would have allowed my friends let alone me into the Organization.â€ Demyx listened to Sora. â€œI think deep down he just wanted to end the feud.â€ Demyx said to Sora. â€œI donâ€™t think a person can be so bad if they are trying to get their Heart back.â€ Sora nodded at the thought. â€œHe seems to be showing more emotion the more tired he gets though.â€ Xioimara said. â€œHow long had it been since the invasion started?â€ Xioimara asked. â€œI think about five months now. Iâ€™ve been losing count though.â€ Demyx said. â€œEnough time to run down the Superior though thatâ€™s for sure.â€ Demyx said to Xioimara. â€œI think Xemnas favors you Xioimara.â€ Demyx added. â€œIf that were me instead of you he wouldâ€™ve shipped my butt back there with my hands tied behind my back.â€ Xioimara smiled. â€œI want to go check up at the Stables.â€ Xioimara said to Demyx and Sora. The Stables were where all the mythical creatures Xioimara found, broken and unbroken, stayed. â€œDo you want one of us to go with you?â€ Sora offered. He had been curious about seeing the notorious chupacabra and phoenix. Xioimara thought for a moment. â€œIf youâ€™d likeâ€¦ Itâ€™d be nice.â€ She said. Sora looked at Demyx. â€œIâ€™ll stay here. Iâ€™m afraid of horses.â€ Demyx admitted. Xioimara nodded and stood up opening a portal to the stables. Sora let her go through the portal first before following. The Stables consisted of two buildings connected by a walk way. They neighbored The Castle of The World That Never Was. They had been converted into a stable area. The stable smelled of death, hay and dirt. â€œI havenâ€™t gotten around to naming everybody.â€ Xioimara said as she walked down the stables towards the cells that held creatures. A whinny echoed through the building and was followed by four other neighs and whinnies. Hoofs scratched the ground of a stable cell as Xioimara approached it. A horse appeared by the door. His body smelled of death, he had open rotten wounds over his body; the horse would have had eyes if they hadnâ€™t rot out of its skull. Bone was visible in some of its skull. â€œAre you scared of horses?â€ Xioimara asked her hand on the padlock. Sora shook his head. She opened the padlock and pulled open the door. The undead horse carefully stepped out of the stall. He used his sense of smell, hearing and touch to find his way around. The horse approached Xioimara, sniffed her and nibbled her hair for a second. She smiled and put a hand on the underside of the horseâ€™s face. â€œGo say hi.â€ She said to the horse. He paused for a second before smelling the air and turning towards Sora. He stepped carefully as he made his way towards Sora. â€œHold out your hand in front of his face when he approaches you.â€ Xioimara said to Sora. Sora held out his hand for the undead horse to smell as he neared him. The horse paused for a second and sniffed the strangerâ€™s hand before stretching his neck forward to nibble his hair. The horseâ€™s bones cracked as he stretched forward and nibbled on Soraâ€™s hair quickly. Xioimara whistled lightly and the horse reared its head up quickly, turning to go back to Xioimara. She led the horse back into the stall and closed the stall door. They repeated the same process for the next four undead horses. â€œWere they this friendly when you found them?â€ Sora asked Xioimara. She shook her head. â€œThey were traumatized by the entire human undead I think.â€ She said calmly. Xioimara motioned Sora to follow her. They walked a small ways down a walkway that entered into the second building of the Stable. It smelled better than the other stable but reeked of fire and meat. The stables were metal. Half of which had electricity running through them and the other half did not. â€œWhatâ€™s here?â€ Xioimara looked over her shoulder at Sora. â€œThe fighters.â€ She said to him. She approached on of the cells that were electric. â€œDonâ€™t touch the metal.â€ She warned Sora. Xioimara peered into the cell. â€œHey.â€ She called softly. Sora looked in as well. A large greenish looking blur slammed up against the cage with a loud yowl. It jumped back, snarling at Xioimara and Sora. It had a hyena-like body, green flesh, knife-like claws, and quills that lined its spine. It had yellow eyes and a wolf face. â€œChupacabra.â€ She said to Sora. â€œI still have work to do with him.â€ She waved a hand at the creature and started away towards the non-electric stables. Sora followed after. She opened the padlock to two cells. Two chupacabras with grey skin walked out of one cell. They circled and sniffed Sora. He stayed still out of fear as they recognized him. Xioimara put on a leather glove that reached up to her elbow. A bird flew out of the cell and landed on the leather glove. It cawed at her and Sora. She pet it with her other hand. She started walking towards the exit of the second building. The two chupacabras followed her as did Sora. She stood outside the building with the phoenix on her arm. She looked up at the sky, â€œGive us hope.â€ Xioimara said and held up her arm. The phoenix took off into flight and flew up into the dark night sky. It disappeared in the darkness. She kept watching the sky. The phoenix echoed loudly in the sky as a fire sparked across the sky. Xioimara dropped her arm and looked at Sora to make sure he was watching. â€œHeâ€™ll come back in a day or two. â€œ Xioimara turned back towards the stalls. She stopped short as a lesser nobody appeared in front of her. Go to the study. It said to her. â€œI have to go see The Superior.â€ She said to Sora. â€œDo you want to go back to the Castle or Castle Oblivion?â€ The nobody questioned Sora. â€œCastle Oblivion.â€ Sora answered. Xioimara opened a portal to Castle Oblivion and escorted Sora to the Castle. She then left for the Superiorâ€™s Study. She knocked on the door. â€œEnter.â€ Xemnasâ€™ voice said. She opened the door to see Marluxia standing by the Superiorâ€™s desk with his arms crossed and the Superior standing at his desk. â€œWe have decided that you need more intense training for your own good and for the Organizationâ€™s, Xioimara.â€ Xemnas said. Marluxia nodded. â€œI have agreed to train you.â€ Marluxia said to Xioimara. CHAPTER III HIGH TIDE, HIGH TIME A red force charged forward at The Graceful Assassin. He threw forward his scythe, teeth bit down and grabbed onto the blade. Xioimaraâ€™s body was pulled forward and thrown, she still held on to Marluxiaâ€™s scythe blade until maximum force shook her off. She landed on all fours, growling loudly at her friendly opponent. â€œSixty-three.â€ Marluxia counted. He lunged forward with his scythe over his shoulder preparing to land a hit on Xioimara. Her form changed back to her human form. Her hair was longer now. Xioimara jumped back, landing on the wall momentarily before jumping off. She brought her leg down aiming for Marluxia. He moved out of the way before getting hit. â€œSixty-four.â€ Marluxia said. He backed up as Xioimara moved forward. She tried punching Marluxia, he deflected it. â€œSixty-five.â€ Marluxia dropped his scythe as they went hand-to-hand in combat. â€œSixty-six. Sixty-seven.â€ He counted every time Xioimara would nearly land a hit. â€œSixty-eight. Sixty-nine. Seventy.â€ Xioimara backed up. They were both breathing heavily. Xioimara put her hands on her knees as she tried to catch her breath. Marluxia took this to his advantage, taking up his scythe he bolted forward striking at Xioimara. She saw Marluxiaâ€™s scythe last second and ducked to avoid getting hit. A wolf took her place as she ducked. Xioimara jumped at Marluxia, her teeth nearly hitting his throat. Marluxia blocked her bite with the handle of his scythe. He continued to count under his breath every time Xioimara nearly hit him. â€œPace yourself.â€ He said as Xioimara started to slow. She picked her pace back up and jumped away from Marluxia. She stumbled and growled at Marluxia. The wolf ran forward and jumped at Marluxia throwing her weight into him. She brought to Marluxia to his knees as he tried to stay balanced. She had her teeth in his arm, not breaking skin but enough to hold on. Marluxia met eyes with Xioimaraâ€™s. Her eyes almost seemed to glow. Marluxia dropped back and kicked Xioimara in the stomach, pushing her away. Xioimara was back to her human form as she became more tired. She dropped back and sat down. â€œDonâ€™t stop now.â€ Marluxia encouraged. Marluxia jumped at Xioimara with his scythe. Xioimara leaned back and grabbed his scythe, trying to kick Marluxia away from her. She settled for putting him to the side and pinned him down. She tried to keep him pinned down. Xioimara back-handed Marluxia and punched him. â€œEighty.â€ Marluxia flipped Xioimara and stood up, keeping her pinned with his foot. Xioimara whined as she tried to worm her way out from under his weight. Xioimara hugged his leg with her arms. â€œWhat are you doing?â€ Marluxia asked. â€œTrying to get you to moveâ€¦!â€ Xioimara breathed. He tried to shake her away. Xioimara let go and moved away once she was sure she wouldnâ€™t get pinned again. Xioimara stumbled and leaned up against the wall. â€œEighty-one.â€ Marluxia counted. Xioimara stumbled trying to hold up her weight. â€œCome on. Get to at least eighty-five.â€ He tried to encourage Xioimara to keep fighting. She exhaled loudly and stood up straight. Marluxia knew she wasnâ€™t going to improve anymore. Xioimara looked up to see Marluxia in front of her. He grabbed her by the collar of her cloak and threw her. Xioimara tried to land on her feet and fell backwards. She hit a pillar that supported the room and dropped to the floor. She dropped onto her stomach and didnâ€™t move. Marluxia approached Xioimara with his scythe at hand. â€œGet up.â€ He demanded. Xioimara groaned as Marluxia approached her. She opened her eyes and quickly turned, swinging her leg at Marluxiaâ€™s feet, bringing him down to the ground. She jumped up and swung a kick at Marluxia. He grabbed her leg and brought her back to the floor. â€œWelcome back.â€ He smiled. Xioimara caught her weight on her hands and flipped backwards onto her feet. Marluxia recovered back onto his feet. He blocked Xioimara as she attacked him. He blocked potentially dangerous strikes. â€œEighty-five. Keep going.â€ Xioimara tried to get behind Marluxia. He followed her movement and stayed face-to-face with her. â€œNinety.â€ Xioimara felt the adrenaline of her new blood rush starting to fade. She ducked an on-coming punch from Marluxia and darted past his side. The Graceful Assassin felt a pain shoot through his side as Xioimara past. His cloak was torn by four slash marks and blood escaped the wound. A wolf stood waiting with her teeth bared. Marluxia faced the dark rose red wolf. â€œNinety-two.â€ She continued to growl as she lost balance. â€œFight me.â€ Marluxia taunted. Xioimara ran forward with a burst of speed and jumped with her teeth bared. She brought them down onto Marluxiaâ€™s shoulder. She brought them down hard, breaking through the cloak and skin by his shoulder. Xioimara tasted blood as she exerted full force into her bite. Marluxia eyes widened from the shock of pain. She used her claws to dig in and hold on. â€œXioimara-!â€ Marluxia said firmly as he grabbed Xioimara by the scruff and pulled her away throwing her to the ground. â€œThatâ€™s enough for today.â€ Marluxia said strongly to Xioimara. He put a hand on his new wound and looked down at Xioimara. The wolf was almost out cold. She attempted to push herself up before falling back onto the ground. Marluxia sighed and looked at his gloved hand that was now soaked with blood. Xioimara turned back into her human form. â€œLetâ€™s go.â€ Marluxia said holding out a hand for Xioimara. She grabbed it shakily as he helped her stand up. â€œIâ€™ll ask Lexaeus to train you tomorrow. You put some damage on me today.â€ Marluxia said calmly. Xioimaraâ€™s knees gave out. Marluxia caught her and picked her up. He opened a portal that went to Xioimaraâ€™s room in Castle Oblivion. Marluxia placed Xioimara down on her bed and turned off the lights, closing the door as he left the room. Marluxia left towards the lower basements of the Castle. It was dark down here. As his eyes adjusted to the darkness he noticed a figure at the end of the hallway. â€œZexion,â€ He called calmly. The young blue-haired virtuoso looked up from a book. â€œNumber Eleven.â€ Zexion acknowledged. He shut his book and stood up straight. â€œCan I help you?â€ He eyed the wound on Marluxiaâ€™s side and shoulder. â€œAh,â€ Marluxia started. â€œI acknowledge this would be the place for medical help.â€ The Graceful Assassin looked Zexion in the eyes as he spoke. â€œNumber Fifteen has quite a bite to her name. As well as a pair of claws.â€ Marluxia commented. Zexion listen to Marluxia and nodded. They never talked to each other even if they passed by each other when walking. Zexion recalled Vexen ranting about this issue. â€œYouâ€™ll need anti-biotic and stitches by the looks of it.â€ Zexion said. â€œIâ€™ll have Vexen look at it. Follow me.â€ Zexion motioned The Graceful Assassin to follow him. Marluxia didnâ€™t talk on the way to Vexenâ€™s laboratory. Zexion didnâ€™t have a problem with this. â€œVexen.â€ Zexion called as they entered the laboratory. â€œWe have a visitor.â€ Vexen looked up from his experiment at Zexion and Marluxia. His eyes narrowed at the sight of Marluxia. How he loathed his lack of manners. â€œYes?â€ Vexen asked eyeing Marluxia. â€œHeâ€™s been wounded.â€ Vexen looked at Zexion. â€œBy whom? An undead?â€ He asked. Zexion shook his head. â€œNumber Fifteen, Xioimara, Wolf of the East.â€ Zexion recited. He was familiar with all of the titles of the members of the Organization. Vexen nodded. â€œVery well. Let me take a look.â€ He turned on another light so he could further examine his wounds. He motioned Marluxia to sit under the light. â€œYouâ€™ll need to remove your cloak.â€ Marluxia looked at Vexen and obeyed after a second. Vexen looked at the bite wound on Marluxiaâ€™s shoulder closely. Vexen stepped away from Marluxia for a minute. He came back with a wet rag and a bottle of anti-biotic, alcohol as well as a shot, needle and cotton thread. â€œThis will sting.â€ Vexen said to Marluxia. He cleaned the wound with the rag and a put alcohol on the rag cleaning an area on his arm. Marluxia looked at Vexen as he picked up the syringe and inserted the shot into Marluxiaâ€™s arm. Vexen put down the rag and shot. He picked up the needle and cotton thread to stitch his wound. Zexion watched as Vexen stitched his wound. Marluxia hid the pain well behind his calm face. He watched Marluxia. Zexion felt that Marluxia would be the end of them all. Marluxia looked up at Zexion from his seat. After a few minutes Marluxia started to get agitated from the needle constantly going under his skin. Vexen sensed this as he became more tense, causing the wound to bleed more. â€œIâ€™m almost done. Relax.â€ He urged, afraid of messing up. Marluxia exhaled quietly and tried to relax from the needle. â€œIs Lexaeus around?â€ Marluxia asked through the silence. Zexion and Vexen looked at each other. â€œHe went out yesterday on a mission and hasnâ€™t been back since.â€ Zexion stated. â€œHeâ€™ll be back.â€ Vexen shook his head as he finished his last stitch on Marluxiaâ€™s arm. Zexion looked at Vexen. They were hiding a deep down worry for their companion. â€œThank you.â€ Marluxia said to Vexen and nodded to Zexion. â€œI should go check up on Xioimara.â€ He noted, standing up and putting on his cloak. â€œSpeaking of which, why did Number Fifteen bite you?â€ Vexen asked Marluxia, cleaning up the mess. â€œTraining.â€ Marluxia answered. Zexion and Vexen looked at each other. â€œHow has she been faring since the Twilight Town incident?â€ Zexion asked. Marluxia nodded. â€œSheâ€™s stronger. I trust she will be an interesting fighter if worst comes to worst.â€ He answered. â€œTake these.â€ Vexen handed Marluxia the bottle of anti-biotic. â€œTake one daily. Never know what kind of bacteria got into that wound. The cotton thread will help absorb infection.â€ Marluxia took the bottle. â€œThank you.â€ He said and left the room. Xioimara started to stir from her sleep. She awoke to a bad smell. Xioimara looked around and sniffed the air. Xioimara sat up on her bed. She leaned over to a lamp that was next to her bed and turned on the light. She looked at her open door. Her eyes were drawn to the end of her bed. Xioimaraâ€™s eyes grew huge with fear. Xioimara tried to get off her bed. She only stood there. She tried to scream but only squeaked. A huge, lumbering figure stood at the end of her bed and moved towards her. As the dead creature drew itself into the light Xioimara recognized Lexaeus. His skin was pale, with dried blood on his skin. He had a bloody bite mark on his skin. Xioimara choked on her voice as she tried to scream for help. She shut her eyes tightly and managed to make a sound. A deep, sad sounding howl came from her throat in an effort to cry out for help. Marluxia made his way through Castle Oblivion. He heard a voice echo off the walls. A howl. Xioimara. He sped up as his walk turned into a run. As he turned the corner Marluxia found The Savage Nymph answering Xioimaraâ€™s cry. â€œIs Xioimara okay?â€ Larxene asked. Quite possibly the only person in the Organization Larxene had found room for friendship for; Xioimara and Larxene bonded almost like sisters. â€œI donâ€™t know.â€ Marluxia answered as he slowed down to meet Larxene. Xioimara shrunk down at the now undead Lexaeus neared her. She froze up. Unable to speak, unable to move, she stared at her murderer. She found herself getting up and running but in reality she really just stood there. Marluxia and Larxene neared Xioimaraâ€™s room. Marluxia noticed that her door was open. He knew this would be bad. He broke into a run to see what was happening. Larxene followed. They both stopped at her door. â€œXioimara! Run!â€ Marluxia shouted at the sight of Lexaeusâ€™ now dead body. â€œXioimara!â€ Larxene shouted. Marluxia summoned his scythe as Larxene summoned her daggers. Larxene chucked two daggers at Lexaeus. They hit him in his back. He kept his attention on Xioimara. The pain didnâ€™t bother him at all. â€œRun!â€ Marluxia shouted to Xioimara. Xioimara kept her wide eyes on Lexaeus as he neared her. She recognized Marluxiaâ€™s figure suddenly appearing in front of her. â€œRun!â€ He shouted at Xioimara and pushed her to the side with his body to block Lexaeus from attacking her. Xioimara felt her conscious come back to her. The sorrel wolf stood up immediately after she hit the ground and broke into a long gated run as she ran from the room. She ran past Larxene with only one thought in her mind. Run. She sped up her run. She ran towards the others that had rooms in Castle Oblivion. Xioimara started barking. â€œHelp!â€ She managed to repeat as she ran past the room. She stopped outside of Sora and Rikuâ€™s room. She started barking at the door. She turned to the door next to Sora and Rikuâ€™s room, which was Kairiâ€™s and started barking louder with more aggression in her voice. â€œHelp!â€ She barked again. Doors started to open. Axel, Demyx, Sora, and Riku were present. â€œFollow me!â€ Xioimara said with a bow. She turned on all fours and took off in the direction of her room. They all looked at each other before following. Larxene shot a bolt of electricity through Lexaeusâ€™ body. He paused for a moment before continuing. Marluxia swung his scythe with an exerting force to stop Lexaeus from advancing. Lexaeus sped forward, grabbing Marluxiaâ€™s scythe. Xioimara charged forward at Lexaeus with a snarl and with a jump she grabbed onto his arm with her teeth in an effort to defend Marluxia. Lexaeus moved away from Marluxia. Xioimara broke the skin of Lexaeusâ€™ arm as he attempted to shake her off. Xioimara held onto Lexaeusâ€™ arm with all her recovered energy. The others stood back as she tried to fight Lexaeus off. Elemental fighters didnâ€™t want to hurt Xioimara if they hurt Lexaeus. Lexaeus tried to pull Xioimara off. She held onto his arm as tight as possible with her teeth. His skin was starting to tear instead of Xioimara. â€œKeep trying, you *******,â€ She growled as she held onto his arm. â€œIâ€™ll tear you apart.â€ Xioimara threatened. Xioimara was torn from Lexaeusâ€™ arm with a huge force. A chunk of Lexaeusâ€™ cloak and skin missing from his bicep thanks to Xioimara. Lexaeus went to throw Xioimara before she re-attached her teeth to Lexaeus. She made the risky move of latching onto his throat. Again, Lexaeus grabbed Xioimara by her scruff and started to pull her again. This time, both had their skin tear. Xioimara kept onto Lexaeusâ€™ throat until she felt a pop in her spine as well as a tear in her scruff. Xioimara let go of Lexaeus as he finally pulled her off. Blood slowly came from his throat despite the huge gaping hole in his throat now. Lexaeus pulled Xioimara away from him and threw her into the wall. He staggered and raised his hand. Xioimara regained herself and found her body shadowed by a boulder hovering above her. She looked up at the boulder that Lexaeus had created out of the walls of Castle Oblivion. He let it go. Xioimara flinched. A dome of water had formed above her to keep the boulder from crushing her. â€œXioimara!â€ Demyx called. She looked over at Demyx and stood up running through the barrier of water. Demyx let it drop once she was safe. Xioimara skidded by Demyxâ€™s side. â€œAre you okay?â€ Demyx leaned down to assess Xioimaraâ€™s neck wound. Xioimara looked over at Lexaeus. He fell to the ground suddenly. Xioimara looked for the force that did this and found her eyes on Xemnas. He had both ethereal blades at hand; one of them had done the injury to take down Lexaeus. Xioimara hadnâ€™t seen the Superior in a few weeks. When he turned to face the group of fighters she had never seen someone so young turn so old. â€œWas anybody injured?â€ Xemnas asked the group. The red dire wolf stepped forward. Xemnas motioned Xioimara towards him. Xioimara turned to her human form and pulled her hair away from her neck to show Xemnas. â€œYou werenâ€™t bitten?â€ The Superior asked examining her neck wound. Xioimara shook her head. The Superior nodded his head. â€œVery well. Everybody pair up with a roommate. Iâ€™m afraid weâ€™ve come down to following the buddy system.â€ Xemnas sighed. He summoned a portal and left. The group looked at each other. â€œBuddy system, huh?â€ Demyx thought the idea over. â€œWhoâ€™s going to pair up with whom?â€ Marluxia asked, stretching out his shoulder. â€œGirls with girls.â€ Larxene and Xioimara suggested. A sigh of disappointment filled the air after the girls said this. Marluxia shot a look at the particular men who joined in this sigh of rudeness. â€œOkay, then.â€ Marluxia nodded. â€œLarxene, Kairi, Xira and Xioimara will stay in a room.â€ Larxene and Xioimara nodded. â€œRiku and I will stay roommates.â€ Sora announced. The Organization didnâ€™t have a problem with this idea. â€œIâ€™m sure Zexion and Vexen will stay side-by-side now.â€ Axel said, assuming that they would stay in the basements. â€œDo you think Xemnas will still keep our rooms in separate castles or group us together?â€ They went quiet at this idea. â€œHe might.â€ Demyx said after a moment of thought. â€œHey,â€ Xioimara stepped forward towards Lexaeusâ€™ body. â€œArenâ€™t we supposed to justâ€¦ Disappear when we dieâ€¦?â€ Xioimara asked. Everyone hushed at the mention of the topic. â€œXioimara,â€ Larxene said. â€œCome help me find a room that will be big enough to accommodate us â€˜femalesâ€™.â€ Larxene said. Xioimara nodded walking towards Larxene, keeping an eye of Lexaeusâ€™ body for a little bit. Marluxia stopped Xioimara as she walked by, â€œMake sure to wash off your wound and wrap it.â€ He looked at Larxene and took Xioimara to the side while the others talked. â€œYou werenâ€™t bit, right?â€ He asked Xioimara. She shook her head after a moment of thought. â€œAre you going to be all right?â€ Marluxia asked Xioimara. â€œI donâ€™t know.â€ She answered. Marluxia sighed. â€œIâ€™ll be here if you need someone to talk to.â€ Xioimara nodded with a smile. â€œHowâ€™s your wound?â€ â€œIâ€™ll live.â€ Xioimara glanced over at the group they were curious of their conversation. â€œYou should go to Vexen if it gets worse. He has everything and more.â€ Xioimara nodded with a smile. â€œThanks.â€ Marluxia nodded before heading back to the group. Xioimara headed off with Larxene. â€œWhere is Kairi, Sora?â€ Riku asked Sora. He shook his head. â€œI think she went to The World That Never Was to explore.â€ Sora answered. â€œShould we go find her?â€ Sora suggested. He felt slightly worried and panicked after the conflict with Lexaeus. Riku nodded. â€œYeah, I agree.â€ Sora turned to the nearest nobody. â€œAxel, can you take Riku and me to the other castle?â€ Axel turned his attentionku. â€œYeah, no problem. I have to find Roxas anyways.â€ Axel opened up a portal to The World That Never Was. A few hours later, nighttime had set in. Some of Organization XIII was still figuring out roommates. Xioimara was happy to be moved into a room with Larxene, Xira and Kairi in the least. She had said hello to Kairi as well Xira for the first time when they were moving in. Now Xioimara was alone in the room. She lay asleep in bed. They had a TV in the room that Xioimara had been watching. Any cable had gone out since the invasion had first started but Xioimara managed to get a five-finger discount on DVDs and CDs. She had been watching Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It was just interesting enough to keep enough but still boring enough to let her go to sleep. It was Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that kept her awake. â€œI donâ€™t think we should really stay in pursuit of taking over, Larxene.â€ Marluxia started in a quiet voice. Larxene and Marluxia entered into Larxeneâ€™s new room. â€œWhy?â€ Larxene asked with an attitude. She hushed her voice at the sight of Xioimara asleep. â€œWhy should we quit now?â€ She asked in a harsh whisper. â€œYour tone, Larxene.â€ Marluxia tried to calm her. â€œRight now life is getting risky for us all. We need as much power as we can get now.â€ Marluxia tried to reason quietly. Xioimara opened her eyes to the sound of two people talking. She was facing the wall which was just her luck so they couldnâ€™t see her wake up. â€œIâ€™ll tell you why youâ€™re quitting,â€ Larxene started, she kept her voice low. â€œYou stopped trying to pursuit this once she showed up.â€ Larxene pointed over at Xioimara. Xioimara kept quiet and listened to their conversation. She didnâ€™t dare to move. â€œStop blaming this on others, Larxene.â€ â€œI donâ€™t think Axel even remembers what we were plotting anymore.â€ He started. â€œI think we should retire our plotting until the attack of undead hordes ceasesâ€¦â€ Larxene shook her head. She was fuming. â€œFine.â€ Her shoulders dropped and she shook her head. â€œQuit if you want, coward.â€ Marluxiaâ€™s eyes narrowed, he stood to his full height with his scythe at hand. Larxene backed down at his threat. â€œDonâ€™t bring anybody else into this. So help me, Iâ€™ll show you whoâ€™s boss if you ever stand up to me like that again.â€ Larxene rolled her eyes and kept her arms crossed. She did feel threatened though. â€œAnd donâ€™t you ever talk **** about Number Fifteen. Sheâ€™s redeemed herself and has the potential to be a far better fighter than you will ever be.â€ Larxene looked slightly offended as Marluxia left the room. Xioimara shut her eyes and tried to go back to sleep as fast as possible. She could feel Larxeneâ€™s eyes on her.