Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your patience. This update is, indeed, a long one, so it should make up for lost time. Without further ado, hereâ€™s the next chapter: Sora and Riku charged at Elanore, keyblades in hand. Riku led the charge, and once he was in range, he jumped and swung his blade from over his head and into Elanore. Elanore just simply grinned. She raised her deformed looking arm and caught the blade with ease. The blade sank into her palm slightly, but she showed no signs of pain from it. She did, however, show surprise at Rikuâ€™s next move: He swung his foot around and tried to kick her in the head. Elanore proved that her reflexes were just a bit faster than Rikuâ€™s, because her normal arm came up and caught the kick. She held Riku above her head, raising an eyebrow in amusement, â€œWell, that was a close one wasnâ€™t it, darling?â€ Riku glared at her, â€œNot close enough. At least from me,â€ Sora came up under where Elanore was holding Riku in midair and thrust his keyblade into Elanore with all his strength. The keyblade sank in deep and propelled her back a good foot and a half. â€œOOMPH!â€ She managed. Riku used his spare foot and, this time with succession, kicked her in the chest, forcing her to let go, as well as sending her back another foot. He used the force of the kick to propel himself backwards in the air, do a back flip, and land right beside Sora, who was standing there, watching Elanore stagger with his keyblade sticking out of her stomach. â€œOoog,â€ she said, â€œWellâ€¦this is unpleasant.â€ She regained her composure and just stood there, staring at the keyblade sticking out of her, a puzzled look on her face. â€œI really donâ€™t see what the big deal is,â€ she said, looking back up at Riku and Sora, â€œLet me ask you something: When you get hit by one of these toys, does it normally hurt, or does it feel like you got hit with a toy? This doesnâ€™t even feel like a sword stab, in all honesty.â€ Sora gaped at her. What in the world is going on here? â€œJust what are you? Are you a heartless or what?â€ Riku demanded, just as confused as Sora. Elanore poked the keyblade a little bit, not paying any attention. She looked like a child investigating whether this new toy had any special features. â€œHey!â€ Elanore looked up, â€œOh, keep quiet, will you! Iâ€™m trying to figure this- oh, forget it!â€ She reached down, grabbed the handle of the blade, and gave a good yank. The keyblade came out of her body, and she assumed a sword stance, smiling. â€œLetâ€™s see how well this thi- wha?â€ The keyblade vanished and reappeared in Soraâ€™s hand. Sora grinned, â€œYouâ€™re new at this, arenâ€™t you?â€ Riku shut his eyes. Sora never did know when to keep his trap shut. Elanore glared at him, â€œYou think youâ€™ve got an edge on me just because I canâ€™t hold your pathetic excuse for a sword? I got news for you, kid.â€ Elanore charged at the two keyblade wielders, full speed, covering whatever distance that was between in less than a second. She stopped just in front of them, in the small space between the two. She held up her hand as she came to a complete stop. â€œThat wonâ€™t make any difference if you canâ€™t touch me.â€ In a flash, lightning erupted from all around her arm. The huge explosion of power sent Riku and Sora flying until the hit the barrier that Elanore put up. They both fell to the ground with a thud. Sora staggered to get up, â€œGeezâ€¦â€ She wasnâ€™t nearly that powerful when she took on Kairi. It seemed obvious that she was holding back, but still. Riku groaned, â€œSheâ€™s a lot faster than before. How is sheâ€¦! Sora! How are you on magic?â€ Sora stood up straight, â€œIâ€™m good. Why?â€ Riku got up, â€œWe need to use Session! Can you pull it off?â€ Sora grinned. Sora and Riku both charged towards Elanore with all their strength. She just stood there, amused, â€œIt wonâ€™t do you any good. I know full well what â€˜Sessionâ€™ is and what that attack can do, but if you think you can do some damage, well, who am I to refuse such an attempt?â€ As soon as the two warriors were within range, they began their most powerful Limit attack. Elanore can say that the attack didnâ€™t hurt her all she wanted, but she couldnâ€™t deny the fact that the force of the attack knocked her both out of breath and into the air. Sora and Riku each cut into Elanore with their combination of â€˜Last Saberâ€™ and â€˜Dark Cannonâ€™ techniques, each one a direct hit and showing some visible effect on her. â€œRiku!â€ Sora shouted. Riku nodded, â€œIâ€™ll take care of it!â€ Elanore did a flip while in the air, trying to recover from being stunned by the last attacks. She turned, trying to find Sora and Riku. She found them, just in time to see them unleash the next stage of their Limit: A combination of the â€˜Master Heartsâ€™ and â€˜XIII Bladesâ€™ techniques. The multiple blades, even though made of pure energy and were not solid, cut through her, each blade glowing and growing in power. After the blades were done doing their damage, Elanore fell to the ground, on her knees. â€œLetâ€™s finish this!â€ Riku said. He and Sora threw their keyblades into the air for the final attack: Allâ€™s End. Energy pulsed out from the two keyblades, emitting a bright and power light and force. As the light began to fade, Sora, Riku and Elanore became visible. Sora and Riku were on their knees, out of breath. Elanore, however, was on her feet, clapping and laughing. â€œWell done!â€ she exclaimed, â€œI didnâ€™t think that technique would do any damage to me, but, once again, you surprise me!â€ She raised her deformed arm straight into the air. It began to crackle and spark from the lightning she was charging, â€œYou know, it really pains me to do this, but I have orders not to eliminate you. Otherwise, Iâ€™d grant you an honorable, warriorâ€™s end. Instead, youâ€™ll have to settle for me just sending you to the very edge of oblivion.â€ Riku raised his head a little bit, â€œWhat would a witch like you know of honor?â€ Sora raised his keyblade, fully extended, pointing at Elanore, â€œThereâ€™s no way your going to win, whether you defeat us or not!â€ Elanore roared with laughter, â€œI was told you were naÃ¯ve, but I didnâ€™t know you were corny as well. Oh well, this should keep you in the hospital for a few years. Nighty-night, boys!â€ She lowered her arm, pointing at the two. The biggest bolt of lightning the two boys had ever seen erupted and began racing towards them. Even though it came at them with such speed, it all appeared to come in slow motion, coming closer and closer. Sora closed his eyes. Well, he had a good haul. He had seen things most people would only dream of, and fought and defeated what most people feared. He made a difference in his life, as well as the people around him. He had no regretsâ€¦well, not quite. There was one thing he still wanted to do before he had to leave this world. Someone he still wanted to be with, one more time. Kairi, he thought, Iâ€™m sorry. â€œDARK SHIELD!â€ It all happened in a flash. The huge lightning bolt recoiled, turned, and was sent back at Elanore. She received the full impact of the blast, and in a huge explosion of electricity, she screamed. There was no denying this; she was in great pain. Once the light show had died down, Riku and Sora uncovered their eyes and observed. Elanore was standing there, twitching from the static that was paralyzing her. Her face slightly twisted obscure, most likely from the pain, showed her eyes closed and her mouth slightly opened. She tried to speak, â€œWhaâ€¦whatâ€¦diâ€¦yuhâ€¦youâ€¦yourâ€¦magicâ€¦goneâ€¦â€ Riku got up, apparently recovered, â€œFunny thing about â€˜Sessionâ€™: Itâ€™s Soraâ€™s magic that gets used up from the Session Limit. Mine stays intact until the very end.â€ Riku tossed his keyblade up, and caught it after it flipped in the air, â€œI guess you didnâ€™t know as much about it as you thought. Thatâ€™s going to be your final mistake.â€ Riku charged, once again at full speed, at Elanore, â€œI told you what would happen if you did this again,â€ He finished by slicing his keyblade through Elanore, with a flash of black energy. â€œNobody messes with my friends.â€ Elanore fell to her knees, and then arched backwards, her chest pointing upward. Her abdomen began to dissolve. Two hearts eventually emerged and began slowly floating upward, one pink, the other blue. As that happened, the barrier that surrounded the three of them broke. Zack and Squall ran towards Sora and Riku. â€œAre you two okay?â€ Zack asked, concerned. Sora confused, nodded. As Squall helped Sora up, Sora asked, â€œRikuâ€¦what happened back there? I thought we were goners from that attack!â€ Riku turned, and began walking back to Sora, â€œIt didnâ€™t occur to me until during the fight: She was gaining extra power from the heart she took Seymour, and she was using lightning to generated to increase her speed. There wouldnâ€™t be anyway for us to deal any damage to her from our normal attacks, so we had to trick her. Session, our most powerful technique, might or might not have dealt damage to her, but if nothing else, she wouldâ€™ve been cocky enough to try and finish us off with a pretty decent and powerful attack. She seemed rather found of light shows.â€ â€œBut wouldnâ€™t she have been able to absorb the lightning?â€ Squall asked, â€œIt was her power after all.â€ Zack shook his head, â€œNo. The lightning Elanore shot was the same charge as the lightning she had in her. They wouldâ€™ve repelled instead of attracting.â€ Sora blinked, â€œâ€¦I donâ€™t get it. Are you saying you used her power against her?â€ Riku nodded, â€œYeah, pretty much. If nothing else, itâ€™s finally over with her.â€ â€œOh, I wouldnâ€™t say that, darlings.â€ Everyone turned towards Elanoreâ€™s body. Black tentacles shot up in the air. They caught one of the two hearts that were floating up a good distance in the air, and shot back down to its source: Elanoreâ€™s body. The heart entered back into her body, sealing the darkness leaking out of her. She got up and stretched a little bit, â€œWell, that was fun. I certainly gained a lot out of this little tussle, and lost a lot as well.â€ She raised her deformed arm in the air again, but this time no sparks came from it, â€œSince it appears that I canâ€™t use my long distance attacks on you anymore, Riku dear, Iâ€™ll just have to do something else to get an edge.â€ She quickly turned around. Her arm shot out and stretched over to somewhere in the village, a good distance from where the group. Everyone heard the arm crash into something. It wasnâ€™t until the arm had returned that this new strategy she had made her old one seem like genius. She decided to take hostages. Kairi and Aerith squirmed as the large arm they were trapped in returned to Elanore. Elanore smiled malevolently, â€œNow, whatâ€™s your next move, ladies? Do you surrender, or do I have to turn these two lovelies into pudding?â€ The guys turned their heads slightly and began to pull out their swords. They were going to surrender. â€œNO!â€ Everyone recoiled in surprise and turned their heads at the source of the scream. â€œI wonâ€™t let this happen!â€ Kairi managed to get her right arm free from Elanoreâ€™s grip, â€œI nearly lost my friends twice because I couldnâ€™t defend myself! Not again! Not ever again!â€ She brought her arm from over her head, into Elanoreâ€™s arm. As she brought it down, the Pure Intentions keyblade materialized into her hand, spearing into Elanoreâ€™s arm in the process. Elanore screamed in pain, and then glared furiously at Kairi. She tried to speak, but was cut offâ€¦in more ways than one. â€œNicely done, sis!â€ A red blur raced past where Elanoreâ€™s arm. Hiashi slid to a halt, past them, sword in hand, and then turned around to see her handiwork. Elanoreâ€™s arm propelled itself away from her body, the result of Hiashi slicing it off. As soon as it was a good foot away from her body, the arm instantly dissolved, resulting in Kairi and Aerith falling from a good twenty feet in the air. Zack and Sora, driven by fear and adrenaline, caught the two just in time. Zack examined the unconscious Aerith, while Sora hugged Kairi. â€œIâ€™m so sorry, Kairi!â€ Sora started, â€œIâ€™m sorry for everything! I-,â€ Kairi covered his mouth, seeing what she needed to see in Soraâ€™s eyes. She smiled, â€œItâ€™s okay. I understand now, why youâ€™ve been acting the way you were. Everythingâ€™s going to be okay now, Sora.â€ The two hugged again. Or rather, they did, until they turned towards the source of the scream. Elanore clutched her wound. She glared furiously at the group that had surrounded her. She wasnâ€™t going to let them get away with this! When everyone heard this, everything else went silent: A gun cocked, and footsteps heard, walking towards them. Everyone turned towards the source: A man in black with a red cloak, with a three-barrel gun pointed upward. Elanoreâ€™s face turned pale white, â€œâ€¦you!â€ Vincent pointed his gun at Elanore, â€œYouâ€™re done here.â€ He fired his gun. The result was instantaneous. Elanore exploded in a shower of darkness, with every bit of her dissolving away, and the heart she captured floating upward, this time with nothing holding it back. â€œNice shot, Pops!â€ Hiashi said, slyly. Vincent rolled his eyes, annoyed. He then turned towards the group, â€œWe have a lot to talk about, and very little time. Gather your wounded and letâ€™s go to the castle.â€ Cnc?