For the record: (99% of) events detailed on this page take place on Day 358 ~Believe~ in Days, but I think the events here are so significant that they deserve their own page. So technically, this is still a "part" of my coverage of 358 Days ... just separated.

The events after Roxas' defection from the Organization were touched on in the secret FMVs Another Side, Another Story and Deep Dive and then detailed in 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II. After his battle with Xion, she reveals to him that Xemnas must be stopped and Kingdom Hearts must be set free. In his grief and hysteria, he temporarily puts off his search for answers and treks back to The World That Never Was, determined to do what Xion asked of him.

He returns to the Dark City, and is immediately besieged by countless Neoshadows, as a wielder of the Keyblade. This is the first time we see him dual-wielding Oblivion and Oathkeeper, and he slices through them like butter. As he makes his way through the city, he encounters Riku, and in a Spiderman-esque move, throws Oblivion to him and scales the side of a building in the process. It's a small part of Xion, inside Roxas, that makes him give the Keyblade to Riku. With the two of them combined, the Heartless immediately disperse, and the two turn on each other. Oblivion in hand, Riku is hit by a series of flashbacks of Xion, and tries to persuade Roxas to stop.

Roxas: Why are you trying to stop me?
Riku: Because I want back the rest of Sora's memories.
Roxas: Sora, Sora, Sora! Enough about Sora!
Riku: Do you have some kind of plan?
Roxas: I'm going to set Kingdom Hearts free! Then everything can go back to the way it was! Me, and Axel, and ... and her can go on having ice cream together ...
Riku: Her? You mean Xion? It's a strugge just to remember the name now, isn't it? Either way, I can't let you go doing anything crazy.
Roxas: I have to find this Sora person, and freeing Kingdom Hearts is the only way! I want Xion back. I want my life back!
Riku: If you try and make contact with Kingdom Hearts, the last thing you'll get is your life back. The Organization will destroy you.

Roxas' plan to set Kingdom Hearts free is nothing short of suicide - and Riku, always concerned about Sora, can't have Roxas dying on him. If Roxas died, Sora's memories would be lost with him, and he would never wake up. The two battle, but Riku has difficulty trying to beat Roxas. With the additional power the second Keyblade affords him, it's nearly impossible for Riku to fight him. Roxas isn't stupid, and can see that Riku is losing, badly.

Riku realizes that unlike Xion, Roxas' Keyblades are very much real. Confused, he demands to know why Roxas has them, but of course Roxas doesn't know the reason either. Riku decides to test Roxas - to see if he really is Sora's Nobody. He calls out to Sora, provoking him, eliciting a very Sora-like response from Roxas. Incensed, Roxas is even more easily able to defeat Riku.

Roxas: Why don't you quit?
Riku: Come on, Sora. I thought you were stronger than that.
Roxas: Get real. Look which one of us is winning.
[Roxas covers his mouth in shock]
Riku: So it's true. You really are his Nobody. Guess DiZ was right after all.
Roxas: What are you talking about? I am me. Nobody else!
[Roxas defeats Riku]
Xion: [voiceover] Riku, please! You have to stop him!
Roxas: How many times do I have to beat you?

With both Xion and DiZ's words calling to him, Riku realizes that he has no choice but to tap into the Darkness in his heart if he wants to defeat Roxas and help Sora. He does so without a second thought, and pummels Roxas into unconsciousness. As DiZ arrives to check on the situation, Riku pulls up his hood, not wanting anyone to see him in the form of Xehanort's Heartless. He tells DiZ that Roxas felt Sora, but DiZ dismisses this, saying that Nobodies can't feel anything. Later, Riku reflects on the battle and realizes that it wasn't entirely necessary. Roxas had really wanted to meet Sora and likely would have found him, rendering Riku's efforts useless. However, it was important for Riku to master the darkness in his heart, but that's not really any of Roxas' business or concern.

As Roxas is taken to be put into the digital Twilight Town, Xion can be heard with a few last reassurances for her best friend, telling him not to be sad - though he won't remember her, the memories they shared will always be with Sora, in his heart.

Day 359, The First Day, then begins. The Roxas we see in Twilight Town has no recollection of any of the past 358 days of his life. He wakes up, a little weirded out by his recurring dreams of the same boy, but puts it aside. He runs to join his friends at the Usual Spot, hoping that the last week of summer vacation will be a good one.

"Maybe ... today we'll finally hit the beach!"

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