"Hey Logan, are you sure you're going to be okay? I mean after what just happened and all?" I turn to Ven who's walked up beside me. What should I say to him? I mean I'll be okay eventually, but well I don't know. They, my parents that is, would want me to do this. I know that, but…
"Yeah, Ven. I'll be alright. It's…just going to take some getting used to. The whole idea of it that is."
"Are you sure Logan?"
"Yeah, I'm sure Aqua..thanks!" I muster up as much of a smile as I can. When she smiles back, I can see she has a really pretty smile. No wonder Terra likes her. I know random, but I'm still trying to keep my mind off it.
"So, Tobi where is this last wonder. I know you said I…rec or something like that, but where is that…from here." Who is Sora…oh wait…yeah…he means me. That'll take a lot of getting used to I guess.
"Okay, first let's stick to one name for me, at least for right now. I don't need to be confused any more than I am, if that's possible. Second, Iraq is a country pretty much next door to us. We're about a thousand miles from it, so that's what…"
"About an hour and a half."
"Thanks Roxas. So, that's about an hour and a half until we reach Babylon, or the part they've found. Then we have to go about actually finding the thing." I sling my backpack over my shoulder.
"So, what name do you want us to call you?"
"Really Sora? That's the question you have after that?" I chuckle and sigh before giving my brother a real answer, "I don't know…um…uh…well…I guess…probably Tobi, I guess. I…really don't have a life here… anymore…" This time I sigh for real, "so, it's best to leave behind what little I have."
"Are you sure about that?"
"…I think so Aqua. I think this will be the best way for me to cope. Now, can we just go and stop talking about all of this stuff. It's way too gloomy!" I try to smile, but I bet that it looks as fake as it feels.
"Does this mean that you're going to come back and live with us after all of this?"
"Yes Ven. I think it does." I can't help myself from laughing and really smiling. Too bad it stops just as fast. "We need to get going. The longer we wait, the harder this will be." I wait for the others to respond, but all I get are nods. Still, that'll do. With a nod back, I throw my Keyblade into the air. A moment later, I watch the others all fly into the air from behind me. Here mine comes. As it slows, I jump on and lock my feet into the boot holders. I check to make sure the others are ready and then kick my glider into an ascent.
"Where are we now?" I can barely hear Roxas even though he's right next to me.
"Yeah, look at that city down there…it's huge!"
"That, Sora, I think, is Tel Aviv. It's part of Israel. We're getting closer." I shout to make sure he can hear me. I doubt Aqua and Terra did though because they're hanging pretty far back.
"Are all cities in this world that big? And bright?"
"A lot of them. Plus, the lights help us see through the dark." Sunset was a little while ago, so it's getting harder to see. "Only problem is, I don't think there are many more between here and there, so we're going to be relying a lot on hope soon."
"Perfect." Wow, it is dark, I can't even see Van's hair. I wonder if he's always that sarcastic.
"The lights are so pretty." Aqua must really be shouting now.
"Remind me to take you guys over Europe on our way home! You'll be in for a big treat then!"
We've been travelling now for almost an hour I think. I'm not sure how much farther we actually have to go, but I bet we're getting close. I haven't seen any big clusters of lights since a spot that I imagine was Jerusalem. At least I think it probably was.
"How are we going to know when we get there? It's way too dark to see anything."
"I don't know…exactly, Terra."
"Okay, Sora I know you had to shout for me to hear you, but give me just a sec. I was gonna say that I have an idea. My phone's map can tell us about where we are. From there maybe I can find out where we have to go." I hold up the phone and model it for my brother even though he probably can't see it. "If we just slow down for a sec, I can find out where we are." We do just as I ask, and I start look for where in the world we actually are. Wow, this is taking a while…okay, here we go. "It says we're in Iraq, but just barely. We've got probably thirty minutes left. Keep going straight." I slide my phone back into my pocket and point forward.
"Alright!...Then what?" I look over to Ven who's next to Sora.
"Well…we get under the river…somehow…"
"Oh well that's simple." I would've scowled at Van, but I think I would've said the same thing too.
That next half hour of travel passes wicked quick. We've been talking mostly, but not about anything important. There haven't been any real lights under us this whole time, which has been a bit problematic, but I think we're almost there. I slow down to try and check where we are. Sometimes I wish the desert had better reception. Come on…let's go…trying to save the world…ugh…this thing is so slow here. Finally! Okay, it's almost right below us…
"Okay guys. Start looking for some lights. We should be right near it." I look around, but I don't see much of anything.
"Like that?" I try to stop, but these things move fast. I have to wrench myself around to see where Aqua's pointing. I can just see a set of little lights along the horizon. It's not much, I mean we have more light in Maine, which is pretty rural. It's our best shot though.
"Worth a shot." I start my glider off in the direction of the lights. This is definitely it. It's a small city, smaller than Portland, sorry…I'll stop with the Maine references, anyway, it's not that big, but I can see some of the ruins in the lights. "This is it guys." I kick my glider down into a steep descent. With about ten feet left, I jump off and land in the soft sand. I hear other landings just behind me.
"We find a legend."