Sora calls out to Riku, asking where he went. Donald Duck begins to comfort Sora, but is shocked when Sora suddenly cheers up and happily remarks that Riku is okay. He remains optimistic, by saying that they'll run into Kairi soon as well. Yuffie shouts to them, telling them to come with her as they're about to have a strategy meeting in their secret hideout.
Yuffie happily leads Sora, Donald, and Goofy into the secret hideout, but find a gloomy Cid, Aerith, and Leon sitting around a table. Leon informs them that there have been reports of Maleficent in Traverse Town, shocking Yuffie who explains that she's been manipulating the Heartless for years and used them to destroy their home world nine years ago. Cid adds on that that was when he took the younger Leon, Yuffie, and Aerith to Traverse Town. Aerith suggests that Maleficent may be looking for Ansem's reports. She explains that Ansem the Wise was their ruler and a scientist who dedicated his life to studying the Heartless. She says that she believes the report should tell them how to get rid of the Heartless, but informs them that it was scattered among different worlds following their home world's destruction and that Maleficent may have most of the pages. Sora speaks up and suggests that they find the rest of Ansem's reports and stop Maleficent's plans.
As they disembark, Cid informs them that he fixed their Gummi Ship and installed the navigation gummi so they could reach new worlds. In the Gummi Ship, Sora shares his belief that Riku may be mad at him, but doesn't elaborate further upon spotting a new world.
In Agrabah, a cloaked Jasmine is running from a group of Heartless and hides behind a merchant stand. Jafar appears and orders the Heartless to capture the Princess.