New to the group, Riku looked a bit baffled at both the humanoid lion, and Mickey, clearly having no clue what happened. "Clearly I missed a lot," the boy said.
"Yeah, no kidding," Zachary sighed, reaching up and taking Astral into his arms to hold. "So now that I know about you guys being from other worlds... where did that blond jerk run off to? Did he teleport somewhere in town or..." Zachary trailed on, unsure what to think when it came to magic or powers from other worlds.
"I doubt it," Mickey said, his voice a bit more upbeat, "Luxord wouldn't stick around to try again on this world. The Organization targets many worlds, so unless it was crucial to their plan... "
"Then he returned to the others," Riku concluded for his friend. "The final battle is coming, and Xehonort wants all his pawns ready. I only hope Sora is ready too."
"Sora?" Zachary asked.
Riku turned to Zachary, a now kinder look on him than he had before. Zachary couldn't help but see a bit of himself as he looked at Riku from his perspective. Guarded and a bit distant. Still, Riku smiled back. "He's a friend of mine, tagging along with some other friends. They are a bunch of goofballs at their best, but they are good people, " he said, a sense of relief showing as he thought of them. Riku looked to Zachary, curious. "Actually, you kind of remind me of him. You both are unreasonably helpful."
Zachary turned a brow at that as he looked to Riku. "Hey! What's that supposed to mean?" he asked.
Leo was the one to chuckle a bit and rested a paw on his summoner's back. "Relax. I think he meant it in the best way," the lion replied.
Mickey was relieved things were calm now and that Luxord was likely gone from Fiore/Earthland, but still the fact was the Organization 13 had set sight on this world. If things went badly for them, they would be at risk. The mouse knew this and his mind was pondering what more could he do. "I wish I could do more for this place but... I know what you're thinking Riku." he said.
"Yeah. We need to find the others..." he said.
Zachary didn't know to what exactly they were talking about, or to what 'face-off' they had with the Organization, but that soon stopped in his mind as the boom of the sky caught their attention. Zachary too looked up to soon see the sky alight with the colors and flashes of the fireworks. The explosions of brilliance was awe-inspiring as it illuminated the night sky with the same light of stars.
A moment of peace fell upon the group as they could take the moment to enjoy the scene that they did a good deed.
With them all cleared out of the place where they battled Luxord, avoiding any messy entanglements, they had found a nice perch outside of the amusement park. Though not before Zachary had snagged some snacks for them. Though he only met Riku, he got some for him. While he had offered Leo to join them, the lion declined and politely said his goodbyes to the mouse king Mickey before he vanished back to the Celestial World.
The only spirit companion with him, technically was no one except Astral, who watched the fireworks with amazement as he floated above them, watching the colors dance up ahead. He even would flutter near Riku, who seemed to be a bit concerned by the star creature. Still, the boy was antsy, probably with other things on his mind and things to do. "I know you been through a lot Mickey, but we should leave soon. We should try to catch up with Sora and the others." he said.
"I know... but I am still a bit tired. Maybe till the end of the firework show?" the mouse asked, his big eyes looking to Riku as if to try and wheedle a bit more time from him.
Riku didn't seem like the kind to be suckered in by cute things, but Riku just chuckled. "Okay... take your time, your Majesty. I'll just get the ship ready. I'll come get you when its done," he said as he sat up. But before he did, he looked to Zachary. "Hey, um... THanks for helping my friend out when I couldn't."
Zachary smiled as he sat there with his ice cream, smiling back. "Not a problem. I'm glad I was able to help," he replied.
Riku left from the hillside, and Astral watched him go. Bye-byeee! he chirped. With Riku gone, Astral grew tired once more and softly floated down upon Zachary's head.
A sigh of relief came from Mickey as he took another bite of his vanilla ice cream cone. "This world certainly has a lot of wonderful things. So much magic too," he said.
Curious, Zachary spoke but he kept his eyes still on the fireworks. "Well, sure. There are many wizards in this world, including me. I hope to be a great one too, but I imagine for someone who travels between worlds... you seen much more amazing stuff," he asked.
"Well, that's true... Even after so many years, I have seen some amazing things. Using magic has little to do with it," the mouse replied.
"You're right there... but still, that is incredible," Zachary said, now looking to the distant night sky behind the fireworks. "You and your friends are really lucky. I wish I could travel to other worlds, meet different people, and see things there. It must be amazing." A snicker came from him as he turned to Mickey. "Like giant talking mice for example. Are there others like you in your world?"
Mickey seemed a bit bashful as he rubbed the back of his head. "Oh, hehe... well not like me but there are other creatures similar. We all live in the same kingdom. " Mickey explained, then turned back to the Fireworks. "But you said people traveled to other worlds from here, so how come you can't?"
"Well, its not exactly simple. I mean, the means is not easy to do, and even if you do, there is no telling how you can get back. But still, you can't study magic this much and just accept that the world you live in is all that is out there," Zachary explained, and looked back to the fireworks too. "I'm sure it is dangerous, but broadening our own horizon can never be bad right?"
Mickey grew curious about Zachary. He learned much about them in their time together. He knew he was a skilled wizard from this world, a kind youth much like his friends and had a deep love and care for the creatures he summoned and cared for. Especially the little star fairy now napping on his head. In a way, Riku was right. He did see a bit of Sora in Zachary.
"You do remind me of a good friend of mine," Mickey said with a smile, taking another lick of his ice cream. "He is a little goofy true, but he always follows his heart. He didn't hesitate to help others around him. Believe it or not, that is a rare thing to find at times. "
"Yeah, so I am told," Zachary replied, trying to finish his up before it melted. "A dear friend told me to not change, and I don't intend to. And it can be hard when you meet people ready to hurt others to get what they want... but in the end, living with yourself and the people who matter to you is what is important. I have to be true to that, especially as a wizard."
"Why?" Mickey asked.
Zachary paused as he thought for a good answer. As he looked up to the stars and fireworks mingling together above them, he reached into his pocket. He soon took out his Celestial Spirit Gate Keys. The collection of keys, bronze, silver and other colors twinkled against the glow of the fireworks on their surfaces. "When I was a kid, I was bullied a lot. I had very few friends. Learning magic was an escape for me, and became my dream. Eventually my mother, who was already an accomplished wizard herself, taught me her type of Magic. Celestial Spirit Magic. " he explained, "She taught me... how the heart and emotions play a role in magic, and that the desire to connect with others was an asset. It was a key to summoning my spirits. It was when she told me something that I took to heart..."
He held his keys close, including Leo's that still hung around his neck. "Magic was not meant for mere destruction. She believed, as do I, Magic was meant to bring people together," he said, "It connects us, and I know that its true. Because of it, I no longer feel alone and never felt more alive."
Mickey was silent as he listened to Zachary, the last bit of his ice cream now melting a bit. He couldn't help but feel a sense of care for Zachary, especially after everything they been through today and how much he helped him. The mouse felt more sure about his feelings of trust in the boy and made up his mind.
"Sorry about that," Zachary said, turning to Mickey. The turn roused Astral a bit, as he softly blinked his eyes, looking at Mickey too. "I didn't meant to get all deep. But if I do find a way to travel to other worlds one day, I do hope to make new friends there too as I did with you."
The mouse smiled as he soon hopped up to his feet. Finishing the last of his cone, he soon clapped his hands clean of the crumbs and turned to Zachary. "Thank you, Zachary. I'm glad we ended up meeting. " the mouse said, "So before we say goodbye... I want you to have something special. Will you accept it?"
Curious, Zachary tilted his head. "Huh?"