the final blow has been struck, Xehanort, despite all his cunning and his foresight, has been defeated by the 7 guardians of light. His ultimate form starts to dissipate and shrink until there’s just a crouching figure laying on the barren rocky ground of the keyblade graveyard. Kairi, Sora, Riku and the others stand still at the ready, not knowing what this new form might be capable of, but just then the smoldering figure raises it’s head of messy brown hair. The young keyblade wielders ready their weapons, muscles tensed for action, when a graceful hand lands haltingly on the shoulder of Sora, a simple command of cease fire.
Aqua’s heart is racing painfully fast in her chest, hardly daring to believe her eyes, but there’s no mistaking that curve of the back or those ridiculous billowing pants she herself had jokingly bought for him so long ago.
Terra sat up and turned around to look at the small crowd gathered behind him, all hard, determined faces ready to strike but then..
He wobbled desperately to his feet, magnetized by the tears welling her eyes. After so many years of not controlling his body, he only made about three steps until his knees gave out and he was sent plummeting forward, only to be caught in the arms of the sole person in the universe who had never given up on him.
Bracing himself against her shoulder, Terra couldn’t bring himself to look into Aqua’s stark blue eyes. He had been conscious the whole time, and had been forced to watch in abject horror at his own hands around the neck of the woman he loved more than anything. He couldn’t face her, not after what had happened.
“Aqua..” he croaked, just then gaining faculty over his vocal chords, “I’m so sor-
and just like that she had her hand in his hair pulling his face up to hers for a kiss so passionate and needy that Terra thought he might collapse again.
Behind those lips he had so often fantasized about flowed all the pent up grief, loneliness, anger, and sadness that had hardened like a shell around the keyblade master, dulling her usual glow like an old snakeskin. But as their mouths opened up to each other the skin was shed and the old Aqua’s vibrance began to radiate from her eyes.
Finally separating their embrace to gasp for air, but still in each other’s arms, the two suddenly became aware of their audience present that was no longer ready to fight and very confused.
For the first time in what seemed like decades, Master Aqua cracked a grin,
So i was rewatching KH cutscenes because i’m a masochist who likes heartbreak before bedtime, and the one detail about Axel and Roxas’ farewell that continues to bug the stickler-for-detail in me is where Axel’s tear landed.
All of y’all should know exactly what i’m talking about. the entire damn scene ends with this single, shiny, i-can’t-love-cuz-i-don’t-have-a-goddamn-heart teardrop landing on the ledge, while every other crying scene in the entirety of the series has never gone in to that amount of detail–it’s always just the tear streaming down their face (except for Terra crying over Eraqus, but his tears actually made sense when it landed on the floor)
So why and how did it land on the tower ledge if Axel and Roxas had been sitting the way they were? it should have landed on his coat, or his hand.
The way he’s positioned below, you know he’s leaning towards Roxas at this point, and fair enough, because he’s saying the most emotional, totally-platonic goodbye to his best friend.
So why did his lone tear land on the ledge like this? And if you notice the relief on the wall in the back, and compare it to the wide angle image of where they’re sitting, it would indicate Axel had moved/leaned his body a lot further towards Roxas than where he’s originally positioned. That said, the relative size of the relief is strangely shrunken compared to the wide angle–why was it necessary for them to put in the wall detail like that when the focus isn’t on it at all?
I find it very unsatisfactory for this just to be a “oooOOoohhh it’s
just setting the mood and all symbolic and shit and
it’s just supposed to be a meaningful teardrop and the background’s not
important, it’s for composition probably, and there’s nothing else
to say other than Axel cried ’cause his just-friends friend is gonnnne~~~~”
Bullshit. if they wanted composition they would have centered the entire goddamn thing. They purposely wanted to indicate specifically where the tear landed, and that Axel, after giving his farewell,
had shifted his position to lean in closer to his bestest buddy, and to probably-maybe-definitely kiss Roxas. And they remained like that until both Roxas (and/or Axel’s) form disappeared and all that remained were the goddamn tears that kept flowing down Axel’s face.
“In your hand, take thiskey. So long as you have the makings, then through this simple act of taking… its wielder you shall one day be. And you will find me, friend– no ocean will contain you then. No more borders around, or below, or above, so long as you champion the ones you love.”