"There's always a way."
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Riku and King Mickey journey into the Dark World in search of Aqua. Though the Dark World is different to how they remember, Mickey is able to rely on his heart to lead the way to Aqua, though he notes that Aqua's presence is starting to feel dim. Eventually they arrive at the Dark Margin, where Mickey is sad to realize that his trace of Aqua's light has come to an end. Mickey explains that Aqua has fallen into a darkness through which he cannot see her and he is not sure if they can continue any further. Mickey decides they must regroup at The Mysterious Tower before attempting to dive any deeper.
After their adventures in Olympus, Sora, Donald, and Goofy have returned to The Mysterious Tower. Their conversation with Master Yen Sid is interrupted by the return of King Mickey and Riku from the Dark World, who come bearing bad news--they weren't able to locate Aqua. All is not lost, however, as Riku recalls how Sora was lost to darkness during his exam, but Riku was able to save him. He explains that if they are able to find someone who is close with Aqua, that person might be able to travel into the abyss and find her. Mickey and Yen Sid ponder this option, but things seem grim as they realize that everyone Aqua was close with is gone. Suddenly, Sora exclaims that he will save Aqua, though when the group reacts with shock to this suggestion, Sora becomes confused and admits he is unsure why he offered. Still, the declaration was convincing, so Sora is told to continue on his search for the power of waking with the end goal of visiting the realm of darkness to save Aqua.