Moana is Frozen

BY : Empress-of-Ravens
Category: -Misc Cartoons > Crossovers
Dragon prints: 975
Disclaimer: Frozen, Tangled, and Moana are all the property of Disney. I do not own any of the properties and as such make no money from them. Please support the official release.

The Sea God had many names, and many representations. So many humans gave the ocean a more human representation, when in truth, the ocean was the god and the ocean was its true form. It amused it to see humans worship these idols that were supposed to represent it, but it did tire of them frequently. The ocean is a fickle thing, and so to is its attentions.

Unless something forces it to pay attention that was. And just now, its attention was rooted on a little island in the South Pacific. The humans who lived there called it a name, a name the ocean cared not for. What concerned it was the corruption from Te Ka was spreading to this little island. The ocean had watched a number of islands seem to wither and char as Te Ka's darkness spread. And it was growing concerned.

Thankfully the corruption spread slowly, advancing only so far in a thousand years since Maui had stolen Te Fiti's heart and transformed her back into her primal form of Te Ka. However, normally the ocean wouldn't have cared even for the monsters who had become active since Maui's transgression, except the humans in the region had stopped voyaging when the monsters, frustrated by not being able to find or capture Te Fiti's heart, turned their rage against the helpless boats.

In truth, the ocean had found a simple joy in the humans boats crossing it. It made it feel more important than the humans sailing from the continents did. Those were not truly reliant on the ocean for their existence the same way the islanders were. And so the ocean began to feel somewhat abandoned as the humans made an understandable decision to no longer voyage for fear of the monsters preying upon them.

And now this little island, one of the last holds for the local humans, was about to be consumed by Te Ka's darkness. To be completely honest with itself, the ocean didn't want these humans to be destroyed. But there was only so much time before they were destroyed. So, it was paying attention when a little toddler girl human aided a sea turtle in getting to the sea safely.

The toddler was in no actual danger from the flocking birds, but rather than focus on the shiny shell it had been collecting, it had let the ocean reclaim it in order to save the infant turtle from the hunger of the gulls. That selfless act made the ocean think of the last human it had try to help. Maui had been a huge disappointment. But then, Maui hadn't just proved himself selfless even as an infant. To say the ocean was interested in this little girl was an understatement.

So the ocean pulled back to reveal the shell again. Instantly, the child wandered after it. Then the ocean pulled back for another shell. Then another. Each time, the toddler chased after the shells. Finally, the ocean had the toddler where she could see the wondrous reef that surrounded her island. Only instead of being afraid, the toddler looked on in wonder at the beauty of the reef and the fish within. So the ocean decided to reveal itself.

Again, the toddler was unafraid and seemed to be in pure wonder at it all. The ocean then reached down and wet and twisted the girl's hair. The child was actually amused by it. The ocean then knew it had found what it needed to fix the problem at hand. The question was how.

The ocean had been thinking hard when it heard the call of what the ocean assumed was a parent of the girl. It learned the girl's name was Moana. It had been contemplating simply handing the girl the heart it had protected from the monsters of the deep for so long, but decided on a different course. Instead of returning the girl to the island with the heart in the hopes of the girl possibly growing into the type of heroine the ocean needed, it decided to hedge its bets.

In a swirl of sea water, the ocean picked up the girl, placed her on a piece of driftwood, and carried her far out to sea, and took her to the island where the other gods lived. The ocean was indifferent to the panicked cries of what it assumed was the girl's father when he noticed his child was being swept out to sea.

 

 

Moana's chest burned, and her muscles ached. The boulder she was carrying across the sea floor as part of her training weighed her down as she pushed hard against the current. Finally, she reached the point she had desired, dropped the stone, and shot straight for the surface. A deep gasp of air and she turned back to face the island she currently called home. She smiled as she swam at a lazy pace back to shore. Her training was paying off in spades. She could now hold her breath for a long enough time underwater that she could take even the worst waves.

She smiled as she felt Tangaroa change the current to help her get to shore faster. The gods had raised her since she was a baby, and they had given her immortality and magic powers fitting for a demi-goddess. And her training in how to fight and use her magic had been intense. But worth it by far in the end. She had begged the gods to teach her to be a Way Finder, but so far they had refused. They had said there was a reason she wasn't being allowed, and that it would be explained on the day they gave her her first mission.

And that day was supposed to be today. They had told her to come at sunset to the council spot, where she would be given her first task. And she was getting excited. Sunset was only a little longer away, and she should make the shore in plenty of time.

At age 18, she was a fit and well tanned woman. Her breasts were still on the edge of medium size, but not an encumbering size. Her long black hair was silken and shone brightly in the sun. And her training had left her stronger than any mortal could ever hope to boast, though she was far from bulky. She was strong, yet agile, and had a sleekness to her movements that any cat would be envious of.

She finally reached the shore and waded out of the water. Her naked brown body glistened with the remaining sea water, and Moana gathered her hair behind her in a pony tail. She walked over to a rock where she picked up her hair tie, and promptly tied her unruly hair behind her head. She then picked up her vibrantly colored skirt and slipped it over her hips. Thus dressed, she began walking to the council spot of the gods.

She arrived just as the sun hit the horizon, and in flashes all the gods were seated on rocks that jutted out of the beach and water. All but one. The ocean god, Tangaroa, himself took a vaguely human like form and simply waited in the surf like a living column of water. She bowed to each in turn, though not for the first time she noted that one seat was still open, its owner missing.

“Greetings, Moana. You have trained hard, and done very well,” the elder of the gods said.

“Thank you, Grand Elder,” Moana replied.

“Your training is at its end, Moana. It is time for your first mission. However, there are some things you need yet to know,” the Elder continued. “First of which, that Tangaroa brought you to us in hopes that you would prove capable in this mission. But he did so against the wishes of your parents. We have been watching your home island of Motonui for some time as a result. There is not a day they don't think of you, but for them, life still had to go on. You have siblings, and we encourage you to go there and get to know them all. But first you must complete a mission, or else you will have no home to return to.

“Te Fiti's Heart was stolen by Maui, and the ocean has held it all these long years. It will give you the heart and your mission will be to return it to Te Fiti. However, you cannot do this alone. Between you and your goal stands monsters, such as Te Ka. They still hunt for the Heart, and will be drawn to it no matter where you go. And Te Ka awaits you at Te Fiti itself. You will find Te Ka a formidable opponent. You will need help.

The Elder then pointed at the horizon where a cluster of stars formed a fishhook shape. “There, at the bottom of the fishhook lay Maui, the villain who stole the Heart from Te Fiti. Maui was punished by his magical fishhook being taken away by the sea, and he was left stranded on an island from which he would not be able to escape. He was to be left there until he repented for his crime, but he has not done so in a thousand years. His attitude remains unchanged. We have thus decided that it will take an outside force to force him to repent, and the way he can do that is by helping to restore Te Fiti's Heart.

“To that end, we are sending you to retrieve Maui, and escort him to Te Fiti to repent for his crime. But before we do thus, I must ask a simple, yet extremely important question of you.

“Moana, who are you?” the Elder asked seriously.

Moana thought about the question hard. It wasn't the first time she had heard the question posed. Though she was normally the one asking herself. The gods had shared all the stories with her, from the creation of the world to the story of Maui. Her favorites were the stories of the humans and their Way Finders. And she had been greatly dismayed by how they had stopped voyaging because the monsters had been so successful in hunting them. More than once she had wished to be there to defend them from those monsters. Then it hit her.

Moana looked up at the Elder, and spoke in a measured tone. “I am Moana, Defender of Humanity.”

The Elder looked to the other gods, and one by one they nodded, and then a green glow filled the failing evening light. From within Tangaroa's avatar came a simple green stone that glowed with an inner light. Etched into the stone was a swirl decoration. Then Tangaroa conjured a sea shell necklace to contain the small stone. Then Tangaroa handed it to Moana. The Elder cleared his voice.

“Then, Moana, Defender of Humanity, we give you Te Fiti's Heart, to be restored to Te Fiti herself. You will find trials and difficulties along the way, but you should over come them. Seek Maui. Learn the cause of his fall. And do not fall into the same trap he did,” The Elder said sagely.

“How though? I cannot sail,” Moana said, though there was no refusal in her voice, just simple statement of fact.

“You were denied that for a reason. You must convince Maui to teach you Way Finding. That shall be part of his penance,” the Elder explained.

“However, Moana, you must be convincing in your deception until the time is right. You must make him believe you are a normal mortal. He must not know you are a demi-goddess until the correct moment. You will know when that should be,” another Goddess said simply.

“I understand, Goddess,” Moana said humbly.

Then the Elder pointed to the beach and a large boat appeared there. On it's single sail was a simple spiral. “Then begin your journey this night. Another journeys to find Maui, herself, but she will fail without you. You will both arrive at the same time, as I will see to it, only your boat will be worthy though. Work together. It will take much to break through Maui's thick skull,” Tangaroa said.

“I understand,” Moana said again. She hurried to the boat, but then the Ocean God stopped her again before she completed the turn. It held out what looked like an oar and as Moana gripped it, it transformed into a wicked spear with shark's teeth embedded in the blade for extra damage. She looked at Tangaroa as he spoke.

“Take this. You already have shape shifting powers, though untrained, another penance for Maui will be him teaching you to change your shape, but this will be your battle weapon. It is magical and can disguise itself as an extra oar for the boat. Be careful not to lose it or break it. It will likely save your life many times.

“And one last thing. When you have finally revealed yourself to Maui, your tattoos will begin to appear. It would be inconvenient for you to show any of your deeds and blow your disguise before you can even begin,” Tangaroa said.

Moana nodded and bowed in respect. “As you say. I trust you will be watching and helping as usual?”

“When am I not, Moana?” Tangaroa said.

Moana acknowledged the point and then did turn to hurry to the boat. She found it well stocked. More than she figured three people would need, but she didn't question the logic of the gods. Instead she shoved the boat out into the surf and set her sail. She hit the swells coming in head on and began her journey.

 

 

Moana spent the next couple days desperately trying to teach herself to sail the boat and keep it on target. Sadly, by the third day, she was simply exhausted and fell asleep at the oar. The ocean reared up and smacked her to wake her, and she started awake instantly. She groaned to discover that the boat had turned off course and she moved to turn the boat, but the turn was too sharp and she wound up capsizing it instead.

She sputtered in the water and climbed onto one of the two stabilizers and just groaned in frustration. She had known this wasn't supposed to be easy, but this was getting on her nerves. She began trying to lift it to flip it, but was finding little purchase to work with in the water. It was then she heard the incoming rumbles of thunder of the approaching storm. Realizing it would be futile to try to lift the boat in the increasingly rough seas, she instead concentrated on holding onto the boat for dear life.

The next morning she found herself on a rocky island covered in sand head to toe. She swept it off as she sat up. She checked to make sure the necklace containing the heart still held it, and got up. She started looking around, and noted that her boat had buried itself nose first in the sand of the beach. She snorted at that, and continued to look around. She eventually found the remains of a crude canoe and a girl wearing a two piece dress laying in the sand. She had the same features as Moana herself and the same black hair.

Moana figured she was the one the gods had mentioned, but didn't want to tip her hand. So she continued her look around the beach, and noted a rather retarded chicken with a coconut on its head constantly bumping into rocks. It was then she noted the marks on the rocks, and her spear in spear form not far away. She rushed to collect her spear and had just turned it back into an oar when the young girl sat up in the sand coughing. Moana came over and cleared her throat.

“You know, a canoe has no business being on the ocean, right?” Moana asked.

The girl practically jumped out of her skin. She whirled around and stared at Moana like she had seen a ghost. “Who are you?” she asked.

“Well, I could ask the same of you, but I don't think we have time for introductions,” Moana said as she detected the sounds of heavy foot falls coming from behind the rocks.

She grabbed the girl, and her chicken, and hid them all behind her boat. She held her spear at the ready, though it looked silly in the oar form. Finally, as she peeked around the corner of the boat, she heard a male voice exclaim, “A boat!”

They didn't have a chance to react as a massive mountain of muscle man easily lifted the boat out of the sand, and cried, “The Gods have given me a b...” and he screamed like a little girl and dropped the boat into the sand as he saw the two girls and chicken.

Moana's cat fast reflexes were all that saved them. She had pulled the girl and her pet away from the falling boat just in time. As Maui reached down to pick up the boat, Moana came around his blind side. As he inspected where the boat fell, expecting to find two squished mortals, Moana cleared her throat.

“Maui, Demigod of the Wind and Sea, I am...” And she was interrupted by Maui.

“Hero of Man. It is Maui, Demigod of the Wind and Sea, Hero of Man. From the top, Hero of Man. You're doing great,” He said in a condescending tone full of arrogance. Moana didn't wait to be interrupted again. Instead she swung the spear disguised as an oar and hit Maui full force in the gut forcing him to drop the boat and double over with a satisfying “Ooof.”

Moana grabbed him by the ear even as the little girl looked on in shock. “I am not here for your veneration. You can call yourself a hero, but you are far from mine. You are going to be coming with me to restore the Heart of Te Fiti!” she said in firm tones even as she showed the heart inside the necklace.

Maui easily stood up straight even with Moana holding his ear and his arrogant tone hadn't abated in the least. “Yeah, no. It sounded like you don't like me, which is impossible because I got stuck here for a thousand years trying to get the Heart for you mortals. So you could create life itself! So what I believe you were trying to say was, 'Thank you.'”

“Thank you? For...” she started only to be interrupted again.

“You're welcome!” he said, and even as she tried to counter him he actually began singing a song about his deeds and how she should be grateful to him. Both she and the girl found themselves enraptured by the tune, even as he conjured actual music and illusions to go with it. Even as she was going with it, Moana couldn't believe how full of himself he was. He even acted like humans should be thankful for everything he did! His arrogance was simply astounding!

In the end though, she was still enraptured by the song, and both she and the young girl found themselves inside a damp cave as soon as Maui finished his song. Moana had a moment of rage as she realized she had fallen victim to a magic manipulation and illusion. Then she considered the girl next to her, and made a quick decision. Maui had sealed the cave with a boulder, which she couldn't move without giving away her deception, so she looked for another way out.

She found one in the back of the cave where Maui had apparently been working on a statue of himself. Unfortunately only one at a time would make it out, so she put the girl ahead of her.

“Climb the statue and when I say, jump for the hole!” she said as she pointed at the hole in the ceiling.

The girl nodded and even as Moana and she climbed the statue, Moana braced herself against the wall and statue. It would tip easily, but they would only have one chance. When the girl was in position, she pushed effortlessly, cried for the girl to jump, and scrambled to make the jump herself. They both barely made it. They worked their way up the crack and out of the cave.

Maui had taken Moana's spear disguised as an oar when he had sealed the cave, and Moana just hoped he didn't discard it. As a result, both of them charged toward where the boat and Maui were just getting ready to leave the island. They both leaped from the cliff only to land short of the boat and in the ocean. Maui had turned around as they surfaced.

“I could watch that all day. Whelp, enjoy the island! Maui out!” and he pulled the sail and sped away.

Moana growled, and the little girl looked scared. However, before either of them could react, the ocean carried them through the water and onto the boat. Maui was stunned momentarily, but then quickly tried to flip them both off the boat. Again the ocean deposited Moana and the girl onto the boat. Maui tried to flip them off the boat two more times even as Moana declared herself to him. Finally, Maui seemed to concede the fight and turned to look at the very wet and irritated Moana, and a terrified little girl.

“It was Moana, right?” he asked in a defeated tone.

“Yes, and you will go with me to Te Fiti,” she began as she held out the Heart for him to see.

He grabbed it and threw it as far as he could, only to have the ocean fling it back and hit him square between the eyes with it. “Alright, I'm out,” he said as he jumped off the boat, and the ocean deposit him back on the deck.

“Are you afraid of it?” Moana asked as she picked up the Heart.

“No! No! I'm not afraid of it!” the fear in his face was obvious, and his magical tattoos also mocked him for it, coming alive and making a mockery of him. Moana smiled slyly.

Maui let out a frustrated grunt and spoke in a frustrated manner, “That is not a heart! It's a curse! It is a homing beacon of death, and if you don't put it away, bad things are going to come for it! The moment I took it, I got knocked out of the air and lost my hook! Keep it away from me!”

“Um, I am sorry, but who are you people?” the little girl broke in before Moana could taunt Maui more.

Moana turned to her, and smiled gently. She noted that both Maui and the girl both seemed to notice her lack of a top at the same time. “I am Moana. I am here to help. Don't worry, it will all be fine. What is your name?” she asked gently, hoping to take their attention off her chest.

“I am Luai,” the girl said meekly.

“What are you doing so far out here?” Maui asked brusquely.

“I was trying to find help. Motonui, my home island, is turning black and being consumed by darkness,” Luai said.

Moana rounded on Maui, “Ass, don't take that tone with her! She is about eight and is obviously scared to death of you!” She then turned back to the girl and knelt down and looked her in the face. “We'll help you. We just got to put the Heart of Te Fiti back and everything will be okay again, okay?” she asked sweetly.

“Okay,” the girl said a little more confidently.

“Good,” Moana said as she rounded on Maui once more. She held the Heart up so he could see it plainly. “And you are going to put this back!” she all but yelled at him.

Whatever he was going to counter with was interrupted as a bone spear buried itself in the deck at his feet. The chicken was pecking at it even as he pulled it from the deck. “Kakamora, murdering little pirates,” he said as he looked at Moana, “Wonder what they're here for.”

Then from a massive fog bank none of them had been paying attention to, a massive boat, big as an island, emerged. Maui quickly dived for the oar to steer the ship. He gave a couple of curt orders for Moana and Luai, both of whom looked confused. “You can't sail?!” he shouted in shock.

Moana just shook her head, and Luai looked plain sheepish as she commented, “I am self taught.”

The big Kakamora boat was looming closer even as Maui got their little boat under way. From it, a dozen and more spears with ropes attached flew out and hit the boat, grabbing it solidly. Immediately Maui and Moana set about getting rid of the spears, even as the coconut armored goblins known as Kakamora began using them as a means to board the boat. Moana had to remind herself to play act as a weak mortal, and only removed two lines while Maui got the rest, depositing many Kakamora into the ocean.

What neither of them noticed was the line above and a bunch of the little goblins descended on them, multiple on Maui while one focused on trying to grab Moana's necklace. It managed to accidentally open the necklace even as Moana pretended to wrestle with the creature. She could have easily defeated it, but something told her not to. As the Heart fell to the deck, the retarded chicken grabbed it and swallowed it.

Moana felt her mouth hang open at the sheer stupidity of the chicken, even as Luai cried, “Hai Hai!” Then the goblin jumped down, grabbed Hai Hai, and hauled him up the mast where he grabbed the line just as it was pulled from the boat. Moana cried out in frustration as the chicken was hauled to the Kakamora's boat.

“Maui! They took the Heart!” she cried to get the big warrior's attention.

“That's a chicken,” he stated with an annoyed expression.

Moana just let out a frustrated roar as she noted the Kakamora's boat had broken into three separate boats and were steadily surrounding them. “Maui!” she cried, and this time Maui let out a cry of his own, leaping into the air, and coming down on the bow of the boat in a way that let him turn it almost the whole way around. All Moana and Luai could do was hold on as he expertly maneuvered the boat around in front of the main Kakamora boat. However, Moana just noted that Maui was trying to turn the boat for an escape, and couldn't let it happen.

She grabbed the oar from him, along with her own, and charged onto the Kakamora's boat. When she got on it, she found herself surrounded by hundreds of little coconut wearing goblins, and smiled. She knew Maui wasn't watching, as he was too busy trying to maneuver the boat without the oar, and transformed her spear back into its weapon form.

She threw aside the real oar and flew into the attack. Kakamora scattered and fled before her as she cut them down one after the other in a running gambit to get the chicken, Hai Hai, before the Kakamora chief did. She could hear the blow darts pursuing her every step, but didn't let up even once, sending little goblins flying in every direction with each swipe of her spear. Her charge eventually carried her up and a final pole-vault let her grab the chicken just as it was being handed to the goblin chief.

Once she nimbly landed, she focused on continuing her run to get back to her boat, which thankfully hadn't gotten far at all. She grabbed a spear with a rope from one of the little goblins and threw it at the boat, catching the mast solidly. She then transformed her spear back into an oar and zip lined back to her boat, colliding with Maui on the deck.

Maui was quick to recover, grabbed the spear turned oar, and piloted the boat away from the Kakamora, in such a manner that he successfully caused all three of the Kakamora's boats to collide. Moana whooped in victory even as Maui simply nodded. Luai was staring at her in pure wonder.

“Congratulations on not being dead. You surprised me. But I am still not taking that thing back to Te Fiti. To get there you have to go through a whole ocean of bad. Not to mention Te Ka. Lava monster? Ever defeat a Lava Monster?” his voice was full of condescension, even as he was pulling blow darts out of the boat's deck and sail.

“No, have you?” Moana countered sweetly.

Maui whipped around and grunted. “I am not going there with some mortals. I am going to get my hook, end of story.”

Moana looked at those magical living tattoos again, and a thought struck her. “You'd be a hero,” she said in that same sweet voice.

“Little girl, I am a hero!” Maui claimed.

“Maybe you were, once, but now you are just the guy who stole the Heart of Te Fiti. The guy who cursed the world. You're no one's hero,” Moana was now sure she had the hook planted firmly.

“Pfft. No one?” Maui tried to counter. But a quick shake of Moana's head, a glance at the girl Luai and the ocean told Maui she had spoken truth.

“But... If you put this back... You'd be everyone's hero,” Moana said as she showed him the Heart in her necklace.

Maui then glanced at his magical tattoo that showed him putting the Heart back and being cheered by hordes of faceless humans. He could actually hear them chanting his name. Then he realized it was Moana just behind him.

“We'd never make it without my hook. Not past Te Ka,” he said in a more resigned tone.

“Then we get your hook back. After that, we put the Heart back, and save the world. Unless, you don't want to be Maui, Demi-god of the Wind and Seas, Hero to, All?” Moana said sweetly even as she held out her hand.

“Deal,” even as Maui took her hand, he flipped Moana back into the water one last time. When the ocean deposited her on deck again, Maui just shrugged. “Worth a shot.”

“Okay, from here we head east, to the lair of Tamatoa. If anyone has my hook it's that beady eyed bottom feeder,” Maui then focused on going about piloting the boat.

Even as Moana watched, she understood that he was a master of it. As Maui was tying a knot, Moana came right up to him, “Teach us to sail.” she demanded in a positively cheerful tone.

“Pfft,” Maui responded.

“Our job is to deliver you to Te Fiti. We should be the ones sailing,” Moana countered his brusque dismissal.

“It's called Way Finding. And it's not just sails and knots, princess. It's seeing where you are going in your mind. And knowing where you are, by knowing where you've been,” Maui said as he scanned the horizon from the top of the mast.

“First correction, I am not a princess. I don't even know who my family are,” Moana countered.

Maui hit the deck and gave her a curious look. “You don't have a family?”

Moana gave him a serious look. “No, I don't. I was taken from them as an infant. All I know is that I am from an island called Motonui,” Moana said.

“Motonui? That is my home island!” Luai spoke up suddenly.

Both Maui and Moana looked at her. She looked sheepishly again. “I am sorry,” she began before Moana put her hand on her shoulder with a sympathetic look.

Maui then looked at both of them curiously, “Just how old are the two of you?”

“Eighteen summers,” Moana answered.

“Ten summers,” Luai answered.

“Okay, Moana, you dress like you are from the island of the gods, or a closely related one, but she looks like she came from a normal mortal island. And yet you both look so similar, I'd swear you were sisters. What are your stories?” he asked as he plonked down at the oar.

Moana knew he was trying to change the topic and keep from her demand to teach them to sail. “Don't change the topic, Maui. We need you to teach us to sail,” Moana countered before Luai could speak up to continue the conversation.

“No, neither of you are Way Finders, and neither of you will ever be Way Finders. Neither of you will...” his voice trailed off as he hit the deck, the ocean looming over his back, and a blow dart sticking out of his butt.

“Really? Blow dart in my butt cheek?” Maui commented.

Moana smiled brightly as Tangaroa came around and handed her her oar and gave her a high-five. Moana and Luai then both rolled Maui onto one of the side boards face down over the water.

“You are bad people,” he complained.

“If you can talk, you can teach. Way Finding, lesson one. Hit it!” Moana countered brightly.

Maui let out a defeated sigh, “Fine, pull the sheet.”

Despite several attempts, Moana wasn't able to find the sheet, and that would prove to not be the only problem. She quickly deduced that Maui was only half trying to teach, but she was determined to learn what she could. And Luai was no slouch either, as she was just as energetic about learning. Eventually the sun set and Maui tried teaching them to read the stars. Again, it was only half-hearted.

Finally, Luai couldn't stay awake any longer, and simply fell asleep on the deck. Moana just shook her head and walked up to make sure she was comfortable, and went back to the oar. She then noted Maui pulling himself up from the side boards. The blow dart's paralytic poison had worn off at last.

Maui looked at the sleeping girl and then at Moana. It was obvious Moana was staying awake better, but was also showing signs of exhaustion. He snorted. “You know, real Way Finders never sleep. That way they get where they are going.”

“Yeah, well, she is ten. I don't blame her,” Moana countered sourly.

“I wasn't talking about her. You look like you are about two steps from passing out too,” Maui said in the first sympathetic tone he had ever taken.

“I can keep going,” Moana asserted, though the effect was blunted by the massive yawn that followed.

“Let me take over. You did enough for one day,” Maui said as he walked over to the oar.

Moana didn't argue. She simply moved to the side, and gave him a wry look. “You know, you really suck as a teacher.”

Maui snorted. “Yeah, well, you two still did better than I thought you would. We are still headed east at least.”

Moana was about to counter when a flash of light and thunder echoed across the open water. Instantly both she and Maui scanned the sky, but saw not even one drifting cloud. Two more flashes, followed shortly by thunder, and Moana turned her attention to the horizon. There, not too far away she saw what looked like a small gray cloud, and three flashes and thunder.

“Maui,” she said as she pointed it out.

“By the gods, what is that?” he asked.

“I don't know. We need to go find out,” Moana prodded.

Maui didn't argue. Instead he turned the little boat towards the flashes, which were becoming more rapid, and the thunder was almost constant. Just when they were getting close enough to see vague shapes in the smoky cloud, an enormous explosion rocked the cool night air with a fireball so massive it seemed a volcano had erupted.

Pieces of debris began splashing down only a few hundred yards in front of the small boat, and Maui steered to the side to avoid getting into the kill zone. Finally, it seemed that the last thing had fallen, and all was utterly silent again. Both Moana and Maui scanned for any sign of what had happened, but they could see nothing in the thick cloud of acrid smoke.

Then Moana heard it faintly. Splashing, like someone trying to swim, came from the darkness. Maui heard it too, and quickly, before even Moana could say anything, turned the boat in the general direction of where the splashing could be heard. Finally, even as they peered through the smoke, Luai, who had been awakened by the explosion called out from the starboard side.

“Over there!” she pointed at a ghostly figure trying desperately to stay afloat, but was sinking fast.

Moana dove over the side of the canoe before even Maui could. Maui instead focused on bringing the boat closer, through the debris, even as Moana swam strongly to the figure. Maui noted that Moana had absolutely no problem keeping pace with the boat, and was even outpacing it. Despite wearing a hempen skirt.

Moana reached the figure just as it slipped beneath the waves. She dove quickly, and found a woman with pale white blonde hair and skin sinking and struggling. Moana grabbed her from behind and tried to lift her out of the water. Only she was far too heavy.

The woman was wearing what looked like a heavy dress, with multiple layers. Moana instantly figured out that that was the problem and began ripping the cloth off the woman. The woman seemed to struggle a moment, and then blacked out. Moana knew she only had moments to work with. Quickly, she removed every layer of the woman's clothes, and then pulled her to the surface where Maui and Luai were waiting with the boat.

Maui was quick to reach down and help pull the woman easily aboard the small boat. Moana quickly climbed aboard herself, and rushed to the woman. It was plain from the bluing lips that she wasn't breathing. So even as Maui seemed to have no idea what to do, Moana pounded, hard on the woman's chest, just below her large pale white breasts. Once, twice, thrice she struck, until she was rewarded by a coughing followed by a large amount of sea water being spat up.

The woman began gasping for air, and was finally breathing again, though she was only conscious briefly to say something in a strange language. Moana, Maui, and Luai all looked at the naked woman, who had soft curves and large expressive eyes to go with her full hips and large breasts. Without even thinking, Moana lifted the woman to a more comfortable spot on the boat and without a thought for her own modesty, unwrapped her skirt from around her hips and covered the woman in it.

Maui had cocked any eyebrow, but Moana just looked at him seriously, “We need to see if there are any others. And find out what happened here. Tamatoa can wait,” she said.

Maui just nodded, and they began sweeping the vast debris field. Moana and Luai would occasionally pull random things out of the water, some of which were floating on debris, or just floating. Several boxes marked in strange symbols, several small barrels, and a couple of strange metal items, one a long rod with various protrusions, and one a long flat piece of metal with a handle. The flat metal was sharp beyond even what a shark's tooth could manage.

Still, they found no other survivors. What looked like men and pieces of men were everywhere, but no living ones. Finally, they had covered the whole debris field, and Moana had found a few items that seemed to contain large amounts of the strange symbols. Maui just shrugged as she looked at him with confusion. She then turned and whispered to Tangaroa.

“Can you teach me how to speak to her?” she asked.

“Use your magic, when he isn't looking,” Tangaroa replied.

Moana nodded, and then looked at Maui. “Okay, let's get out of here. Whatever happened, only she knows,” Moana pointed at the woman, “And obviously we can't communicate with her. And frankly, I don't want what happened to her to happen to us.”

“Dump the junk,” Maui said brusquely.

“No. It might help us find a way to talk to her,” Moana countered.

Maui looked like he was about to argue, but the “I'm not backing down,” look Moana gave him stopped him. He just grunted instead.

“Fine. However, Luai,” and he turned to the young girl, “Go back to sleep if you can. We'll keep an eye out for anything else, and an eye on her,” he said gently.

Luai nodded, stretched, and then lay down on the opposite side of the boat from the woman. When she was breathing slowly enough to be asleep, Moana rounded on Maui even as the boat continued eastward.

“Don't you have magic? Can't you make it so we can speak to her?” Moana demanded quietly.

“No. No magic hook, no major magic powers, and that wasn't in my skill set to begin with,” Maui countered quietly.

Moana growled angrily. Instead of saying anything else, she turned her attention to tending the injured woman. Maui turned his focus to keeping the boat on course. Moana gauged that his attention was finally diverted enough, that she turned her back to him to cast a simple language spell. It only took a second, and then she turned her attention to examining the woman.

Thankfully, even though she had deep bruises, there were no serious injuries to her. She checked her breathing and found it was shallow and regular. She was simply asleep now. She nodded and then took a seat against the mast facing the bow of the boat. She then let herself slip off into sleep.

When she awoke, she found Maui shaking her. She yawned and he snorted.

“Remember what I said?” he asked.

“I do. But that was very tiring last night. I don't know how you can still be going,” she countered.

He snorted again, “Yeah, well, it is understandable. Look, we aren't that far now, and she may wake up any time. Luai is still asleep though.”

“Don't wake either of them,” Moana stated as she pushed herself up.

“Didn't plan on it. I just figured I wanted to make sure someone was awake besides me when they did wake up,” Maui obviously lied.

Moana didn't call him on it, instead she walked over to the woman and noted that she was breathing easily and seemed to be on the verge of waking. Again, she sat down on the deck with her back against the mast, and waited. Maui just went back to the oar and snorted.

They didn't have to wait long. The woman finally woke up and sat up with a start, throwing Moana's skirt off her torso. She looked around at the ocean as it passed by, then at Maui and Moana.

“Who are you two?” she asked in a strangely accented voice.

“Oh, so you do speak our tongue!” Maui exclaimed. “That is the first good news today!”

“Don't mind him,” Moana said soothingly. “I am Moana, and that is Maui. And the little one over next to you is Luai. Who are you?”

The woman shook her head in bewilderment, “I am sorry, I am Elsa, Queen of Arendelle. And I don't actually speak your language. I cast a spell that went wild last night, and I guess this is one of the effects.”

Both Maui and Moana cocked eyebrows at her. “Spell? You use magic?” Maui asked.

“Yes, I use ice magic. I can do a number of things with it, from conjuring clothing to creating snow and ice monsters. I even built a palace of ice once. As for last night, we were in a battle with two ships of the Southern Isles Navy that we had been running from for weeks, and I tried to use my magic to freeze them in place. Only, it didn't work like it was supposed to. And that is the last I can remember, other than a horrible explosion and being flung into the sea by it,” Elsa explained.

Moana and Maui looked at each other. Moana turned a sympathetic look at Elsa. “I am sorry then. But your boat is long gone. I don't know much more than that we saw the fireball, and found you among a lot of wreckage. It must have been a large boat. You were the only living person we found,” she said softly.

Elsa just shook her head sadly. “We have been at war with the Southern Isles almost since my coronation. There is a lot of bad blood between our two countries. And I didn't count on meeting any of their navy on a diplomatic mission in this part of the world.”

Elsa looked around the boat then, and seemed to note that a number of things were still sitting on the deck, she then looked up at Moana and Maui. “I am sorry to ask this, but where exactly are we? The captain said we were off the maps. And also, why do you have so much of the weapons from our ship?” Elsa then started and tried to cover herself as she realized she was naked. “And where are my clothes?!”

Moana and Maui nodded. They had each been thinking most of those items were weapons. Still, Moana smiled at Elsa. “I am sorry, we just grabbed anything we thought might help us talk to you, or find out what happened. And I had to rip you out of those things as they were dragging you down. If I hadn't, you would have drowned. As for where we are,” Moana gave Maui a look that said he needed to answer that.

“Where we are is nearing an island that has the entrance to Lalotai. And in fact, we are here,” he said as he gestured to an island with a spire of rock that jutted up out of the sea seemingly into the clouds.

Just then Luai shot straight up and screamed in a panic. Moana rushed to her side and began making soothing noises to the obviously frightened little girl. Elsa looked a question at Maui, who just shrugged indifferently. A thumping from below the deck was heard then as the chicken popped up with a half a coconut on it's head. Everyone just kinda eyed Hai Hai, and turned back to what they were talking about.

Finally, Luai calmed down enough to whisper in Moana's ear. Moana nodded, and then said softly, “It was just a dream. Don't worry, we'll have Motonui fixed in no time.”

Maui just snorted in annoyance. “Just a reminder to you two, a real Way Finder never sleeps. That way they actually get where they need to go.”

Finally, the boat pulled up to the column of stone and Moana threw a rope over to tie it off. Maui just hopped onto the rocks and started climbing. Moana cleared her throat from just below even as the others were just looking up at him.

“And just like that you expect all of us to go with you to the Realm of Monsters?” Moana challenged.

“Not we, me! You can stay here with the other chickens, ba gock!” Maui retorted, and held his hand up to his tattoo that seemed to just regard him with irritation. Maui turned to continue his climb even as he had a conversation with the tattoo.

Moana looked at the other two, and shrugged. She then turned to begin her own climb with her oar strapped to her back, but was surprised as the naked Elsa and young Luai began to climb with her.

“You two should stay with the boat,” Moana suggested.

“I may be naked, and injured slightly, but you lot are the only ones who I know right now, and you saved my life, so I figure I'll be going with you where ever you go. Last thing I want is to get caught by the Southern Isles Navy, right now. And besides, you never know if the powers of an ice sorceress would be useful,” Elsa commented.

“And I am not letting you all go without me!” Luai exclaimed.

“Fine, but keep up. And do what I do if you can. Also, Elsa, you may want to conjure clothes since you said a bit ago you could if you are feeling the need,” Moana said even as she scrambled up the sheer cliffs.

Elsa responded sheepishly, “No, I think this climb would just ruin them. Besides, you aren't wearing anything, so I think I'll keep it even. Though, I did like that blanket you covered me with.”

“That was a skirt. I usually just wear a skirt, but this is likely to be a battle, so I don't want it to get ruined. We need to talk less though, and catch up with that ass,” Moana said with a grunt as she pulled herself up to another ledge.

Maui stopped on a ledge and looked down, but was surprised to not see even one of the women on it. He then looked to the side to see Moana leading them, and helping them climb the cliff. He heaved an irritated sigh and then started climbing up with them.

“So, what sent you out to do this?” he asked Moana.

“The ocean did,” she half lied.

“Oh, I see. You are barely an adult, can't sail, and the ocean chose you for a suicide mission! The ocean is straight up cooky dukes!” he mocked.

The three women blatantly ignored him at that point. The climb was spent mostly in silence until they reached the top. Moana helped the two other women over the summit, and smiled sheepishly at Elsa. Elsa blushed deeply as she noted that Moana was silently apologizing for their shared nude state.

“It is okay. If you hadn't taken my clothes off, I probably would have drowned,” Elsa said.

“Don't mention it. It was the right thing to do, and I'd do it again,” Moana even managed a humble tone.

“Why don't you wear anything?” Elsa asked then.

“Never really have,” Moana explained nonchalantly.

“If you three start singing, I am going to throw up,” Maui said sarcastically.

Moana groaned and gave Elsa an apologetic smile. She then turned to Maui, “So, I don't see an entrance,” she replied equally sarcastically.

“Yes, that is because it only appears after a human sacrifice,” he said in a dead serious tone.

Elsa and Luai both looked terrified and hid behind Moana. Moana however, gave him a look that told him she didn't buy his bull shit for an instant.

Maui just laughed, “So serious!” and then inhaled deeply and blew hard on the ground sending a cloud of dirt and dust over the edge of the peak. When the cloud cleared, it revealed a giant stone face carved into the top of the mountain. Maui then started a chant, leaped into the air, and slammed hard down onto the stone nose of the face.

The mouth then began to open with a sound of grinding stone, revealing a long plummet into a seemingly glowing abyss. Maui then smiled up at the three women, “Don't worry, it is a lot further down than it looks,” he said and then shouted and did a cannon ball into the gaping maw.

The other three listened to his cry as he fell, and finally Moana looked at the other two, “Follow me, but let me go first,” she said as she jumped in herself. Elsa and Luai were moments behind her, and then they all heard the mouth slam shut behind them.

The fall was long, but eventually they all hit water and continued to sink. Each held their breath, but Moana was watching Maui carefully. When he broke out the bottom of the water into open air, she saw and was ready when she did so. She didn't have time to think, she just followed his lead and grabbed a vine as she fell, and swung down.

Maui seemed utterly shocked as Moana touched down in a perfect landing just to his side, but she didn't have time for that as she tried to catch and break the falls of Elsa and Luai. She barely succeeded in keeping either of them from bouncing off the edge of the landing area. Maui just looked at them in frustration.

“You three have no business being here,” he said in a cross tone.

“And you are going to need our help,” Moana countered.

The argument was stalled as Elsa asked a question, “Where are we?” as she looked up at the ocean above them and the vibrantly colored world around them.

“As Maui said, we are in the Realm of Monsters, Lalotai. You two stay close, you don't want to get killed by anything down here,” Moana said seriously.

Elsa and Luai nodded enthusiastically, and almost clung to Moana as the group walked along a path leading to a giant looking conch shell.

“So, what are we doing down here, exactly?” Elsa asked a moment later.

“We are collecting Maui's magical fishhook from a monster called Tamatoa. When we get that, we are going back to the surface and to the island of Te Fiti, where Maui is going to replace the Heart of Te Fiti which he stole,” Moana said seriously, while glaring at Maui. Maui didn't rise to the bait.

When they approached, Moana and Maui both peeked into the cave, and saw his hook resting on the top of a horde of shiny objects ranging from simple stones, to gold and pearls. The inched their way back from the entrance and Maui began tying his hair back. Moana started the same thing, but Maui shook his head.

“No, you three stay here. I'll not have three mortals, who have no business inside a monster cave, screw this up for me. I have been waiting for a thousand years to get my hook back,” the condescension in his voice was positively dripping.

“Maui, you have been nothing but a first rate ass hole since I met you. When are you going to learn you can't stop us, and that you can't do all this on your own?” Moana growled at him.

Maui was looking at a group of shiny shells as Moana was talking, and turned back to her, “Fine, you want to help? Then you can be the bait,” he said slyly.

Moments later Moana entered the cave alone, wearing a shiny clam and pounding a drum. She didn't even bother with the script that Maui had said to use, but her annoyance was peaked and she was done with his shit. She had convinced Elsa and Luai to wait outside and keep watch for any other monsters that might try to come in in the middle of things.

Maui meanwhile was hiding, looking for the opportunity to strike. Moana had just had enough and was about to climb the pile when the earth started shaking and she felt the ground rise up from beneath her. She was snatched out of the air as she fell, and found herself staring into the face of a giant crab.

“Well, what have we here? It is a sparkly, shiny, wait a second,” and the crab flipped her over in the air spilling the shells and drum, and she only just managed to avoid losing her oar in the process. “It's a human! What are you doing down here, in the Realm of Monsters?” Tamatoa demanded.

“We mortals have heard of a legendary crab, and so I came to see the truth for myself. I wanted to know, how you became so, crabulous!” Moana lied to keep his attention on her and not on Maui who had just tried to leap onto the crab's back to get the hook.

Meanwhile, Elsa and Luai were looking in from the door, with utter terror as they saw the monstrous crab with Moana in its claws. Tamatoa was glaring at Moana, “Are you just trying to get me to talk about myself? Because, if you are...” the crab suddenly shifted his mood and smiled as he flipped a shiny coin into the pool of water above him, “I will gladly do so! In song form!”

And with that, the crab began a song that Moana only half heard. Her eyes kept darting to Maui who was still looking for the opportunity to strike. Then about half way into Tamatoa's song he raised her above his open mouth to eat her. She instantly went for her oar, pulling it off her back in readiness to counter, when Maui cried from Tamatoa's back.

“Hey! Crab cake! It's Maui time!” and Tamatoa dropped Moana even as he recoiled back into his shell in fear. Elsa and Luai came running in to help, but Moana stopped them with a raised hand even as Maui continued, she wanted to see this.

Maui's tattoos depicted a giant hawk and he smiled, “Giant Hawk, coming up, Yeah hoo!” and he swung his hook around and transformed... Into a small fish. Another “Yeah hoo!” and his transformations were rapid and anything but a useful form, much less a giant hawk.

Tamatoa saw this and came out of his shell again, his smile was wicked as he sensed Maui's weakness and he went on the attack. He began by flinging Maui around like a rag to separate him from his hook, and when Moana or the other two tried to charge in and help, he grabbed at them. Moana nimbly dodged the giant claws, but they still caught Elsa by the long braid and Luai by the back of her shirt. Moana dodged behind a rock and studied the situation.

Tamatoa had placed Elsa and Luai in a kind of cage, and they were stuck. Maui was down, and being basically beaten to death by the giant crab, his hook back on Tamatoa's back. Then Tamatoa slammed a claw against the side of the cave and the light from the pool above was cut off as a shell closed over it. Then it was all bio-luminescence from multiple sources. Moana decided it was time to go on the attack, and her cover as a lowly mortal be damned.

She sprinted over to the cage, where she found Elsa freezing the bones, but even Moana could see it was going to be too late. Tamatoa was about to eat Maui. In a split second, she acted.

“Hey, crab legs! Down here you giant scum sucker!” she cried as she held her oar in front of her.

Tamatoa looked away from Maui for a moment to look down on Moana illuminated by the algae. Even Maui was looking at her like she was crazy. But Moana just wore the biggest smile of her life. She was about to test her powers against something even Maui was proving unable to beat.

Without twirling her oar the way Maui had done, she simply snapped it and it was suddenly a spear. Tamatoa was stunned momentarily as Moana dove between his legs and slashed at them. Her spear tip hit the chitin and a tearing sound most horrible broke the sudden silence. Tamatoa screamed and backed away, even as Moana used the spear to pole vault up and strike the crab's claws, with the same horrendous sound of rending chitin.

Tomatoa swung with his other claw even as he screamed in anger. But Moana was too fast and agile. She was up on his shell in an instant and came down right between his eyes with a swipe at the left one. Again Tomatoa screamed as his left eye stalk was severed at the base. But Moana was far from done.

She had come down facing him, and with her free hand, put an o-shaped thumb and forefinger to her lips and blew hard. The eruption of fire right into Tamatoa's face was blinding in the dark of the cave. Then Moana was on the ground again, and under Tamatoa's belly. There, she leaped mightily and sunk her spear into his gut, even as she pulled it along to create another rending tear.

Tamatoa fell to the ground at that point, gurgling incoherently. Moana decided it was time to end it. She used her spear to swing up on one wildly swiping claw and with all the force she could muster, brought it down splitting Tamatoa's face in half, and part way into his hardened shell. The last thing was that she again bounced off that remaining claw, and drove the shark toothed tip as deep into his soft neck as possible.

Tamatoa stopped moving then. Even as Moana pulled her bloodied spear from the dead crab, there seemed to be exactly no sound in the cave at all. She agilely leaped from the crab's carcass to the now motionless claw. There she ran up it until she reached the top. With her spear in one hand, she gripped Maui's Fishhook and yanked it free, single-handedly. She slowly walked down from the crab's shell, covered in blood and victory.

Maui was on one knee and trying to stand, even as his mouth gaped at the apparition in front of him even as she shattered the now brittle bone cage with a single swipe of that oar turned vicious spear. Moana decided it was time for another little bit of magic, and conjured a bright light so all of them could clearly see. On her chest, just above her right breast, a tattoo appeared. It showed the battle with the crab, only unlike the one that graced Maui's body, it showed her clearly defending others.

She turned, and on her back were three other tattoos. One showed the sea clearly taking her away from what looked like a grieving pair of humans, with her hoisting a spear below it, while to the left of that was the battle with the Kakamora, her and her spear clearly once again defending others on the boat while chasing the Heart of Te'Fiti. And on her shoulder it showed her diving after a person below the waves.

Moana let the others have good looks, before she turned to face Maui full, his hook on her blood soaked naked shoulder. Her eyes were harder than granite as she faced him unflinchingly. He tried to meet that gaze, but ultimately his own fell to the ground.

Moana's voice could have frozen the very air around them as she spoke to him. “The difference between me and you is that I don't do this for fame. I don't do this to be a hero. I do this to protect others. If I hadn't been here, Tamatoa would have eaten you. If I hadn't been here, the Kakamora would have Te Fiti's Heart and likely would have destroyed the world by now. And if I hadn't been here, Elsa would be drowned.

“For all your mighty deeds, Maui, your greatest failing is that you are a glory hound. You'd have sacrificed any of us just to get your hook, and died anyway, because your ego is so great that you couldn't accept help. Face it, you are a fraud,” Moana turned and stalked out of the cave, Elsa and Luai trying to keep pace.

Maui sat there in the dark, looking at the quite dead Tamatoa, and thought hard about the vicious things Moana had just said. No matter how he tried to look at it, she had hit the peg squarely. He sighed, and finally left the cave. He found Moana, Luai, and Elsa all standing close, but not too close to a geyser hole. Moana's eyes were still hard as granite.

“Listen, I can't deny any of that. You are right,” he admitted somberly.

Moana nodded, and handed the hook to him at last. He took it, and she didn't smile, but her voice was softer than before. “Then let's get out of here before anything meaner than Tamatoa decides to try us on for size.”

Maui nodded, and they all grouped next to the geyser. They didn't have to wait long before the water erupted and shot them out of the Realm of Monsters and back onto the island's beach. Maui tried to change shape in mid air, but found once again that his powers weren't working right. They all silently climbed into the boat and set sail.

When night fell, Moana was still at the oar, which had been her spear only hours ago, and was staring hard at Maui. He had been laying on the deck in silence since they had set off. Elsa came over and sat next to Moana.

“You were extra hard on him, you know,” she said softly enough only Moana could hear.

“He needed the slap,” Moana said equally quietly.

“Maybe, but I think the time for the stick is done. Try the carrot,” Elsa suggested and moved off. Moana sighed, Elsa was right. So she stood up, and took the oar with her.

“Get up, break time is over,” Moana said as she poked him in the ribs with the oar.

“Why? So you can tell me what a huge failure I am again?” Maui said derisively.

“No, I am not going to do that again. I think you've heard enough of that,” she said softly.

Maui did sit up, and flicked the little tattoo version of himself into his back again. Moana guessed he had voiced his own opinion again. She looked at the tattoo at the base of Maui's neck, the one that showed his back story. She sighed as she compared it to hers.

“The gods told me a little of you. Mostly your recent deeds. But not how you came to be,” she said in a tone that turned the statement into a question.

“That would be nunya,” he said.

“What is nunya?” Moana asked.

“None ya business,” Maui said harshly.

“I'll just keep asking,” Moana countered. She then kept poking him with the oar as he refused to say anything other than “back off.”

Finally Maui flipped her over the boat's edge in anger. The ocean gently deposited her back on deck even as he sat at the opposite end of the boat. Luai and Elsa were keeping their distance from the two demigods. Moana sighed heavily, and Elsa came over and rubbed her shoulders gently.

Moana's voice was soft, “You don't want to talk about it? Don't talk about it. You want to throw us off the boat, throw us off the boat. And we know we have no idea what we are doing. Even I am only just now on my first journey. And no, the gods did not explain themselves.

“But the point is that the world is dying. Islands are being scorched by Te Ka. And I have the chance to find my family at last, but not if we don't stop the darkness from spreading. Maybe Luai is my sister, maybe she isn't. I don't know. But I want to find out. And I won't be able to do that if you don't help me. And, despite everything, I want to help.”

The silence stretched out a moment before Maui spoke quietly, “I wasn't born a demi-god. Like you, I had human parents. Only, mine took one look, and decided they did not want me. They threw me in the ocean as an infant. Somehow, I was found by the gods. They gave me my hook, and made me Maui. And back to the humans I went. I gave them islands, fire, coconuts, anything they could ever want.”

Moana's voice was just as quiet as both she and Elsa came over to sit next to him on the side board. “You did everything for them, so they'd love you,” the statement was merely finishing the thought.

“It was never enough,” Maui finished sadly.

Moana's voice was sympathetic now, “Maybe the gods found you because the ocean brought you to them. Maybe, Tangaroa though he saw something in you worth saving. It wasn't the gods who made you Maui. It was you.”

Moana motioned for Elsa to follow her as she got up and left Maui with that thought. They were standing on the mid-deck when Maui stood up, his hook in his hands. Moana smiled as she saw the renewed, but humbled, determination in his face.

“Okay, let's figure this out,” Maui said.

“One second,” Moana said as she hurried to grab the oar and transform it back into her spear.

Maui looked a question at her.

“The gods told me that I could change shape like you with my spear. They just said you'd have to be the one to teach me though. So I figure, as long as we are figuring out how to get you to change again, we can get me there too,” Moana said shyly.

Maui actually gave a little chuckle, and then was staring at her chest. Moana looked down, and there was a miniature version of herself standing there on her breast, and a miniature Elsa too. Both of them were as animated as Maui's own tattoo. She didn't have a chance to ponder why two figures were active as they motioned to Maui's tattoo and both her representation and Maui's transformed with their weapons into a small bug.

Both Moana and Maui took the hint. Maui did speak though, “Moana, it is actually simple. Willpower is all you need. No magic words or any other silly thing. Just focus on the image in your mind, and will it to happen,” his voice was actually that of a teacher trying to teach, not the condescension of previous lessons.

Moana nodded, and Elsa and Luai stood back as they watched the two focus, and finally in a sudden purple light, both became a small bug. Maui was a small beetle, while Moana was a vibrant hovering butterfly. Then the chicken Hai Hai pecked at and snatched Maui. Both Maui and Moana returned to human form, with Hai Hai still on Maui's finger.

Then the living tattoos got their attention again. This time they changed into a small reptile. Moana and Maui nodded, and focused. Again, in a flash of purple light, they transformed into small iguanas. Maui, being ornery, took Hai Hai for a ride and flipped him off the boat. Both Elsa and Luai giggled at that, even as the ocean spit the troublesome mentally handicapped bird back onto the boat.

Then it was on. Both Moana and Maui changing shapes, first sharks, then all manner of creature, ending with Maui as a giant hawk and Moana as a graceful Giant Eagle. Elsa and Luai both watched with enthusiasm as the pair soared among a mess of lava rock spires jutting out of the sea. Both showed great agility in those forms, though Moana seemed the more agile. Then they were changing back to human forms to test their weapons in flyby attacks on the rocks. At last they seemed content with their abilities, and came flying back to the boat.

Moana landed and transformed back to human, but Maui gave a sly look in hawk form, and then transformed into a giant blue whale, landing in the water with a gigantic splash, soaking all three women. They giggled even as Maui hopped back on deck again. Then the stupid chicken simply walked off the boat, again. Even the ocean decided enough was enough, and carried the chicken to a basket where it placed Hai Hai and then threw him in the boat's hold with a solid slamming of the hatch for good measure.

Moana giggled, transformed her spear into a oar again, and held it out to Maui. “Next stop, Te Fiti,” she said confidently.

Maui just looked at the spear turned oar and handed it back to Moana. Moana smiled brightly as she knew the lessons were just beginning. Over the next few days, the three girls, including Elsa, were given the basics of sailing and Way Finding. Maui proved that he could be a quite proficient teacher if he put his mind to it. All three women were skilled by the time the boat entered a cloud of smoke.

One thing that Maui noted curiously, Elsa always seemed to be where Moana was, almost clinging to her. There was definitely something building, and he hoped he was right about what. But they really didn't have time to go over it. He hopped down from the mast and looked at each of them.

Maui's voice was thoughtful as he spoke, “You know, I figured it out. All of it. Tangaroa used to love it when I pulled up islands. Because then the people of the islands would sail the sea to find them. All those new lands, new villages, it was the water that connected them. And if I were Tangaroa, knowing the kind of ass hole I can be, I'd be looking for a group of girls with attitude to kick my ass into fixing things so that all that could start again.”

“That was literally the nicest thing you have said to us this whole trip. You probably should have saved it for Te Fiti,” Elsa commented before Moana could. Luai just punched Maui in the arm in a show of affection at last. Moana giggled.

Maui also just giggled, “I did,” and he gestured at the bow of the ship where all four looked on and saw the line of the island they had come to find. “Moana and Luai of Motonui, and Elsa of Arendelle, I believe you three have successfully delivered Maui across the great ocean.”

Again, Moana giggled, “You know, I was the only one with that mission, right?”

“Somehow, I don't think it was a solo effort,” Elsa commented fondly.

“Yeah! What she said!” Luai chimed in.

Maui chuckled at Moana's blush. “It is time,” he said softly as he held out his hand.

Moana smiled at this far superior form of Maui than the one she had initially picked up on that rocky island. Between the three of them, Elsa, Moana, and Luai prepared the boat for the approach even as they all saw fires beginning to erupt all across their path ahead. As smoke began to billow up, Maui cracked his neck in preparation. The sail went taught as he looked back, and Moana smiled as she said, “Go save the world.” Maui nodded and leaped off the boat and transformed into his hawk form.

The three watched as Maui soared towards the billowing black smoke. Then suddenly fireballs began flying out of the clouds of smoke. Maui nimbly dodged each one, but just as he reached the smoke clouds, a figure of pure lava and rage rose up and a great molten arm slapped him from the sky. Maui transformed again, grabbed the Heart, and once again tried to rise above Te Ka's reach. Again, he was hit by that molten hand.

The three watched carefully. Moana knew that was Te Fiti's more primal form, but even she was amazed by the speed the fallen goddess could manage. The three set about setting the sails even as Maui hit the water and transformed into a shark, and then a small fish as he tried to dodge the magma bombs hurled by Te Ka. Maui made it back to the boat just as Moana noticed Te Ka slip on a rock and her hand hit the water and solidify. Te Ka's screech was loud, but the solidification was only brief as she broke it easily away.

Elsa was trying to help Maui up even as Moana guided the boat towards a gap in the stone wall of outer lava rock islands. Then Maui looked up, “What are you doing?” he demanded.

“Finding you a better way in,” Moana replied. Maui took one look at the gap and Te Ka's proximity to it and then turned back to Moana.

“No, turn around!” he cried.

“We can make it!” Moana answered.

“Moana, no!” Maui cried, just as Elsa and Luai screamed in panic.

Above them loomed Te'Kah, and Moana cursed her luck as out came her spear and Maui's Fishhook. Elsa tried to freeze it, but had only a moment to act. Both weapons slammed into Te Ka's hand resulting in a violent explosion of magical energy that created a blast wave, hurtling the small boat away from the point of collision. It seemed like forever as the boat skidded across the water, every one of them holding on for dear life.

 

The three women awoke what seemed like hours later, though it was still night out. Moana looked up and looked around. Maui sat at the bow of the small boat, sullen and silent. Elsa was shaking her head even as Luai was staring dumbly at the dark horizon. Moana knew they had been sent and then drifted quite far from Te Fiti.

“Maui, are you okay?” she asked quietly.

Maui stood up and in his hands were his Fishhook and her spear. Both were cracked and sparked with purple energy. “I told you to turn back,” he said quietly.

“I thought we could make it,” Moana began.

“We?” Maui interrupted harshly with anger in his voice.

“I thought I could make it,” Moana admitted, then Elsa piped up.

“We can fix them, can't we?” she asked gesturing at the broken weapons.

Moana just shook her head sadly, but Maui was not in a mood to be nice, “They were made by the gods. You can't fix them!” he quietly shouted.

Elsa recoiled, but Luai, wasn't backing down. “Then we just have to be more careful, Maui! Didn't you see? Te Ka can't enter water! It turns to stone if it does!”

“I'm not going back,” Maui said.

“Maui,” Elsa began, only to be interrupted by Maui.

“Without my hook, I am nothing. One more hit and it is over. Same for Moana's spear,” he said with obvious deliberate patience.

“That isn't true,” Moana began.

“Without my hook, I am nothing!” Maui actually shouted this time in Moana's face. He then opened his hand showing Te'Fiti's Heart, and let it and Moana's spear drop to the deck. He then stalked to the stern of the boat.

Moana picked up the Heart and glowered at Maui's back. “We are only here because you stole the Heart in the first place!” she accused him.

“No, we are only here because you are trying to prove you are something you aren't,” Maui counter challenged, and Elsa and Luai backed away from the building confrontation.

“I am Moana, Defender of Humanity,” Moana began.

“I am not going to get myself killed so you can prove your greatness!” Maui shouted back.

“You will board this boat, journey to Te Fiti, and restore the Heart!” Moana continued, her voice rising and tears in her eyes, “The gods chose me!”

“They chose wrong,” Maui said quietly as he turned, and with a little difficulty, transformed into a hawk and flew off.

“Maui!” all three cried in unison as he flew away.

Moana hit the deck and started crying, and Elsa was there in an instant, with Luai right behind her. The two of them tried to comfort her, even as the tears flowed freely.

“Moana, listen, I don't care what Maui says, you aren't trying to prove anything out here,” Elsa said softly, compassion and gentleness in her voice.

“Then why?” Moana asked quietly.

“To save us all,” Luai said just as quietly.

Moana still cried, even as Elsa continued. “Hey, no one could have asked more of you. I don't know your gods, but it seems they wanted more of you than you have to give, and shouldn't have asked it of you. If it is time to end it, then I will go with you,” she offered.

“Me too,” Luai also affirmed.

“Why?” the simple question was so profound sounding from Moana, “Why would you two care so much about this? Neither of you were asked to do this, or to be here. More, both of you barely know me.”

Elsa smiled sadly at Moana even as she pulled Moana's head down to her naked breast. “Moana, if nothing else in my life, I have been looking for an escape. Even after my sister helped me find the means of controlling my ice magic, I wanted to escape. I didn't want to hurt people, which was all too easy for me to do. That was why I didn't assign some envoy to the diplomatic mission even though Anna kept begging me to. I wanted, no I needed to get away from Arendelle, away from all the pressures of court life. I needed to find myself. And the Southern Isles refused to negotiate so long as I was queen on the throne.

“So I left. I figured that as long as I was there, we were going to be at war. So I told Anna to take over while I was away. To try and end the war. If I wasn't there, then the Southern Isles would leave my people alone. But they found me even way out here.

“But that was what I wanted, as I can't go back now. Even if you could take me to a port from which I could get passage, I wouldn't go. You showed me something. You showed me that even if you have great power, you are still willing to use it to defend others. That was something I couldn't do in Arendelle.

“But it is something I can do here. At home, I would be as much a menace to my own people as the enemy, and the Southern Isles would never fully back down so long as my ability to freeze them solid was still in play. Here though, I have found my powers are weaker, my ice less powerful. But still more than powerful enough to help you. And I want to help you. I owe you my life.”

Now Luai's voice was soft, “I don't know if Maui is right, if you are my sister, but even if you aren't, you are still my family. You looked after me even when I kept getting in the way. Dad always said family looked after family even if sometimes we get on each other's nerves. And I want you to come back to Motonui if that is where you are from! I want you to see it! I want dad to meet you so I can tell him I have a big sister! But we can't do that if everything is dying,” the last part seemed to steel Luai's resolve.

Moana just looked at these two complete strangers, and fell into a deep embrace and hugged them for all she was worth. When they broke apart, Elsa kissed Moana gently on the cheek. Moana smiled back, and hoped the interplay was lost on the ten year old Luai at the moment. She then turned and looked at the boat.

“We need to get this thing fixed, and fast. We've only got one demi-goddess to work with, so we need to be extra careful,” Elsa commented as she noted the resolved look on Moana's face.

Moana nodded even as Luai simply started putting things back in place. “And I gotta be careful with my spear. Maui is right, one more hit and it is gone. I don't want to waste that for nothing.”

Now Luai stopped and looked at Moana, “Aren't you worried about losing it, like Maui?”

“Not in the same way. That spear doesn't make me Moana. It is just an object. But if I break it in full without making sure that Heart gets to Te Fiti, then it was for nothing,” Moana said as she began pulling repair tools from the hold.

Elsa nodded with satisfaction. “Then I'll focus on keeping that lava monster, what's its name, at range. But I can't do much with the lava bombs.”

Moana nodded, “Let me worry about the lava bombs,” she said more confidently.

“And I can sail the boat while you two keep us alive!” Luai said cheerfully.

The three of them clasped hands and then set about fixing the boat. They made quick work of repairing the sails, the deck, and even got the rigging all back into place before midnight had fully passed. Then Moana transformed her spear back into an oar, however, Tangaroa rose up and handed them an actual oar, and where it had come from, Moana could only guess. With an official oar now, Moana took the tiller, held her hand against the stars, and set the course. She looked at Elsa and Luai as the boat got under way.

“You two, get some sleep. I can stay awake far longer than the two of you. And you two need to rest and be ready when the fight begins. If you don't wake up first, I'll wake you up before we enter the smoke cloud,” Moana said.

Elsa and Luai both laid down on the deck. They were out so fast that Moana was sure it had been instantaneous. She smiled, and set the oar, and then pulled out her wrap skirt and covered the naked Elsa with it. Honestly, she didn't mind being naked herself, but sometimes, she was sure she had seen Elsa trying to cover herself. Moana decided she would find some good mortal clothes for Elsa when this was over.

The night was giving away to day when something new happened. The boat seemed to just stop for a moment, and Tangaroa rose up next to it, and seemed to look at Elsa and then Moana. Moana had the sense to bow to him, and he seemed to nod.

“You are almost there. Just a little further. But I have been watching, and have come to a decision. I am going to give Elsa the same immortality you have, and turn her into a demi-goddess along side you. I heard the exchange, and I can sense things you can't. It was pure chance she came to you, and only your intervention saved her life. You understand that I care not who lives and dies in my waters.

“But she is as though a piece of you. Just as Luai is. Luai is your sister, Moana. Bone and blood, she is your sister. But I think Elsa is a piece of your heart. When you finish this mission, then you can tell this to them, but not before. Just know, Elsa's powers, like Maui's, will be different from yours. Unlike Maui's though, hers should compliment you,” the watery voice of the Ocean said.

“Why?” Moana asked.

“Their resolve and courage saved this mission. I sensed that you were close to quitting. Your sister is not yet proven to be worthy of being your equal, though she may in time. Elsa however, is one I have seen before. Her magic is from the power of frozen north. She has learned to control it, and through word and deed, earned her place. I can sense she will never return home, not without you, Moana, so I think it only fitting to make it so that you two are able to remain companions as long as either of you wish it.

“Without them, I fear you would have quit, and that would have been to great detriment. Now however, I sense your resolve once again. I don't reward often, but when I do, there is good cause for it. Now go, and finish your mission,” and with that, Tangaroa dripped a little on Elsa's face, the magic of it glowing briefly, and then disappeared, and Moana saw that the boat had in fact never stopped moving at all, and instead still sped towards the horizon.

Her mind was active, thoughts turning over and over again. She was careful to never let the boat drift off course, turning fully into the sun as it broke the horizon. Then Elsa stretched and rose, and smiled at Moana even as she folded up the skirt. Moana instead stood up after securing the oar, and padded over to Elsa. She took the folded skirt from the naked pale skinned woman, and shook it out. She then wrapped it around Elsa's hips and showed her how to secure it. When she was done she stepped back a step and admired the deep blush on Elsa's pale face.

“You didn't have to,” Elsa started.

“I wanted to,” Moana countered.

Elsa smiled shyly. “So, where are we?” she got out in a rush to change the subject.

“Close. I can see a darkening on the horizon, so we are getting close,” Moana said, a little grateful for the change of subject.

“Good. Not for nothing, but I'd love to be on dry land sooner than later,” Elsa said with feeling.

Moana giggled. She then thought of something. She opened the compartment, shooed the chicken to one side, and pulled out one of the ribbons from Elsa's ship wreck. She smiled as she undid Elsa's braid, freeing the faintly golden white hair. Moana then tied Elsa's hair up in a bun to keep it from flying free once the battle started. Elsa turned around and smiled at Moana.

“Am I to be another islander in these waters, then?” Elsa asked coyly.

Moana pulled her close so that their hips were touching, “Only if you wish it,” she said in a sultry voice.

Elsa didn't get a chance to respond, though her blush was deep and rosy, as a deep yawn sounded from behind the pair. Moana giggled as she found Luai just waking up.

“Good morning, sleepy head,” Moana said sweetly.

“Morning, Moana,” Luai said cheerfully.

They then quickly pulled some fruit out of the cargo area and ate a quick breakfast, as all three of them could see the rising ash clouds getting close enough to make out individual ash flakes. Once they finished, they set about preparing for battle. Moana took up her spear and readied herself to transform once they got close enough. Elsa got to the bow of the boat and looked ready herself. Luai took the rudder. Every one of them knew their part.

Finally, the fireballs started coming in, and Moana transformed into her giant eagle form and flew out to meet them. She would briefly transform back to human form to deflect the fireballs away from the boat with her spear far enough out that they would certainly miss. When they got close enough for Te Ka to appear in full, she landed hard on the bow, transforming back to human as she did so, raising the boat by the bow out of the water. The maneuver let the trio turn the boat a full 90 degrees instantly, and all three grabbed ropes, rushed to the side that was tipping up, and put their weight against it to keep the boat from capsizing.

Te Ka's hand only hit open water because of the maneuver. The three girls looked back at her as she screamed from the water touching her. The boat finally settled, and they rushed back to their positions. Te Ka was chasing them, and that was what they wanted. They came near to a second gap in the wall, just as a fog and smoke cloud enveloped the area as Te Ka cut them off. Only, they weren't there as the obscuring fog cleared. Te Ka looked back down the way they had came, and saw the little boat dashing off back towards the entrance she had just left.

Te Ka screamed and began forming another fireball, and Moana lifted off the deck. Te Ka threw the fireball as hard as she could, and Moana saw that it was intended to fall short and hit the rocks. Te Ka was trying to crush the boat with them! She swooped in, and struck the fireball hard with the spear. Only problem was that Te Ka had taken that into account and laced it with magic. The smaller explosion threw Moana into the water between the barrier and the main island. She bobbed to the surface just in time for a hand to grab her by the wrist and pull her aboard the boat as it cleared the entrance safely.

As she hit the deck, she noticed that her shark tooth spear was destroyed. The fireball had done as intended, and taken her most potent weapon from her. Then another explosion from just behind the boat stole all their thoughts as it flipped them over in the water. The trio were quick to swim up and begin trying to pull the boat upright. However, they didn't have the time as Te Ka was reaching one flaming arm to to strike them.

Elsa threw ice magic at it, causing it to freeze and solidify, but Te Ka didn't relent, and her hand was about to swat the three despite it's frozen state, when seemingly out of nowhere Maui came soaring in, and cut the arm short of the boat with his damaged hook. Moana didn't waste time, and started trying to right the boat again as Maui landed. She looked up then, and Maui smiled sheepishly.

“You came back,” Moana stated the obvious.

“Heh, yeah,” Maui just responded simply.

“But your hook,” Luai said even as she pulled the ropes.

“One more hit, and its gone,” Elsa commented as she too started pulling hard.

“Te Ka's gotta catch me first,” Maui claimed. “I've got your backs, Chosen Ones, go save the world!” and he launched off as Te Ka reformed her hand.

Between them, they righted the boat, and got it set to sail again faster than the best crews could have done. They got a lift as Maui transformed into a whale in midair and splashed Te Ka with water sending a wave out in every direction. Moana and Elsa spared only a brief glance back as Maui did battle with Te Ka. Then they turned their full attention to pulling still more speed from the boat. They were almost at the shore when they heard Maui get knocked out of the air, and shout in their direction.

“Moana!” Maui cried as the lava bomb was perfectly aimed for the little boat.

Then Tangaroa intercepted the bomb, but it still struck close enough with enough force to flip the boat just shy of the shore. Tangaroa then carried all three girls to the shore, and they began their climbs.

“Get the Heart to the spiral!” Maui urged them.

Then he noted Te'Kah building another lava bomb, seemingly focused on the girls. He looked at his tattoo buddy, who indicated his agreement, and then charged at Te Ka, leaping from rock to rock, and just as Te Ka was about to let lose with the lava bomb, Maui struck Te Ka square in the chest, sending another burst of magical energy out, but destroying his hook entirely.

Moana saw this and hastened her climb, urging the other two to do likewise, and reached the top of the cliff. Only to find a void where the island should have been. Elsa and Luai came up next to her and looked at the same sight.

“Te Fiti is gone,” Luai said softly and they all turned back to see Te Ka rise up out of the cloud around her.

It was then that Moana and the rest noted the spiral on Te Ka's chest, and suddenly Moana knew what needed done. Even as Maui, without his hook, began a taunt of Te Ka, Moana held the Heart up, shining green light so that Te Ka could see. Te Ka seemed to stop then, as the trio slowly descended down to the water's edge again.

“Let her come to us,” Moana said to Tangaroa, and he parted ways all the way between the island, and where Te Ka stood.

Moana, Elsa, and Luai all three began walking towards Te Ka, and in a rage Te Ka charged at them. They met at a rock, where Moana's musical words finally seemed to register and calm Te Ka.

“You know who you are,” Moana was saying, even as Te Ka calmed and solidified to look directly at Moana on a level field. “Who you truly are,” Moana almost whispered.

Te Ka seemed to stop all together then. Moana then moved to replace the Heart into the spiral on Te Ka's chest. The instant she did so, plants seemed to spring out of the lava rock, and the rock itself began to crack apart and fall away. And from within Te Ka's shell, Te Fiti emerged. The three girls looked on as the great goddess rose up and began to reform. Then Tangaroa swirled in and lifted all three up so they could watch as Te Fiti restored the island to its former glory.

Tangaroa then gently deposited the trio on the cliff, then spat Maui and the chicken up onto the cliff as well. Maui looked down at Hai Hai, then at the three women, and smiled brightly, “The Chickens live!” he declared.

“Were sorry about your hook,” the trio said in unison.

“Well, hook, no hook. I'm Maui,” he said with no false confidence.

Then the ground shook under them and they found themselves in the palm of Te Fiti's hand and she looked at the strange quartet. The three girls quickly bowed before the goddess, and at the indication of Moana, Maui did the same. Te Fiti's smile turned to a frown as she turned her hand to regard Maui.

Maui felt her regard and looked up and while he had an impulse to try to make light of things, he resisted it. “Te Fiti, I am sorry. What I did was wrong, and inexcusable,” he said humbly.

Te Fiti then smiled and brought up her other hand revealing a brand new spear and Fishhook. Maui positively bounced up and down resisting the urge to just grab, but Moana just smiled and reached out and gingerly took the new spear. She then looked at Maui with an amused expression.

“It'd be rude to refuse a gift from a goddess,” she said simply.

Maui then grabbed, and in trade mark style, let loose with a “Yeah, hoo!” until Elsa elbowed him in the ribs. Maui coughed, “Your generous gift is deeply appreciated. Ye hoo...” and he turned into a bug and flew off.

Te Fiti then looked at Elsa and cocked an eyebrow. The look she gave Moana was all the more question she needed. “She doesn't know yet,” Moana said simply.

Elsa looked her own question at Moana, and Moana shook her head with a look of “later.” Te Fiti seemed to regard Elsa carefully then, putting her other hand to her chin. Then she simply smiled and opened the palm of her hand to reveal a fantastic obsidian and bone sword that was etched with runes. She held it up, and Elsa looked a question, though a elbow from Luai prompted her to reach out and take the blade. Te Fiti smiled and then set the trio down on the beach. Te Fiti then loosed a spell and created a new boat awaiting the group on the beach.

Maui transformed next to the group, completing the quartet, and together they watched as Te Fiti rose up and then laid back down, remaking the mother island. All of them felt a sense of completion and serenity. Finally, they all looked at the boat and knew the journey was nearing the end.

Together, they loaded the boat down with supplies, and Maui smiled at the group. He grabbed Hai Hai by the foot as the chicken dropped head first into the cargo space. “Gonna miss you drumstick,” he said.

“You could come with us. My people are going to need a master Way Finder,” Luai said as Moana and Elsa came up next to her.

“They already have three,” he said and he pulled aside his tooth necklace to reveal a new formed tattoo featuring three women on a boat. Then Moana and Elsa looked at their own chests as similar tattoos formed on their own chests, only Elsa was just getting her tattoos for her participation against Tamatoa and Te Ka. Elsa looked at Moana and Maui in shock, and Maui was as surprised as the others. Moana smiled.

“Was going to tell you, but I guess I waited too long. Um, while you slept the night before the fight, Tangaroa made you a demi-goddess like me,” Moana said simply.

Elsa was stunned, but Luai just pulled the whole group into a collective group hug. When they finally broke apart, Maui was about to take his leave before Moana stopped him. She turned to Luai then.

“Another thing Tangaroa did was tell me that you are in fact my blood sister, Luai. So Maui, you were right. Apparently I am her older sister,” Moana explained.

Maui just smiled. “Then I think it is time for you to go home and see your family while you can, Moana,” he suggested with feeling.

Again Moana launched into a hug around the giant of a man for a demigod. “See you out there,” Moana said when the hug ended.

“See you out there, Moana,” Maui said as he transformed into his hawk form and flew off.

The three women then piled into the boat as Moana shoved it into the surf. They all spared one last look for Te Fiti as Luai put them on course for Motonui. They all smiled at each other, and then went about getting the boat up to full speed. Only one was really required to run it after it was all set up, and Luai insisted on being the pilot for a time.

Moana and Elsa just smiled and then sat next to her one on either side. Elsa spoke up first. “So, apparently becoming a demigoddess is a bit of an adjustment. Just how many tattoos do I have?” she asked seriously.

Moana began going over Elsa's body then. On her back, just below her hair as Moana moved the pale blonde strands to the side, was the “back story” of her becoming a demi-goddess. It showed her leaving her home, being attacked, then saved by Moana, and finally being touched by Tangaroa.

Below that, like Maui had his depiction of him and his hook, and Moana her and her spear, there was an image of Elsa with her new sword upraised in challenge. To the left of that was the scene depicting her efforts during the fight with Tomatoa. And to the right it showed the Restoration of Te Fiti from her primal form of Te Ka, though unlike Moana's hers showed her as projecting an icy shield over the boat as two others tried to pilot it as the Te Ka half of the image reached out to smash the boat. Over her heart on the right side of her chest was the identical tattoo that both Moana and she shared, depicting three women on a boat, with a great hawk as the back ground.

Moana then turned back to the blonde, “I'd say only one less than me. But you weren't there for the Kakamora attack.”

Elsa looked a question as Moana then began to show off her own tattoos. Aside from the one over her heart that they shared, and the one depicting her jamming her spear into Tomatoa with Elsa trying to break the cage behind her, there was the Restoration of Te Fiti, which on Moana showed her circling Te Ka as a great eagle and swatting aside fireballs with her spear even as the little boat with two figures sped past.

Elsa reached out and touched the only one that didn't grace her body. The one depicting Moana smashing aside little goblin creatures while defending a boat with two people on it, and chasing a small stone with a swirl on it. Elsa then watched as the living tattoos of herself and Moana hugged, and then the Elsa version ran across Moana's back, up Elsa's arm, and took it's place on Elsa's own chest, right between the breasts.

“Do all tattoos act like this?” Elsa asked in a bemused state.

Moana giggled, “No, no they don't. We are demi-goddesses, so ours are special. Just like Maui's. Just be careful, they have their own opinions, and aren't shy about letting you know of them.” And Moana's tattoo glared at her briefly, even as the three girls laughed.

Then a thought hit Moana, and she glanced at Elsa's pale white skin. “Elsa, why don't you burn, or even tan? We have been exposed to the sun for days with no cover, you should at least be a little pink!”

Elsa looked at the ocean then, and spoke quietly. “It is because of the magical nature of my life. Both my parents were natural redheads. Even my sister is a even brighter shade of redhead. And all of us had the pale skin that goes with it. However, I have pale blonde hair because I am attuned to ice and snow. I still got the fair skin of my parents and sister, but I don't burn because my ice magic keeps me cool. Even in the dead of winter, with snow all around, I don't feel the temperatures and don't burn.”

Moana smiled at her and gave Elsa a warm hug, “Sounds handy. I wish I didn't burn, but give me enough time and I do!” she stated brightly, determined to cheer Elsa up.

Elsa smiled at her, and then gave her a light kiss on the cheek. Elsa swore she couldn't have seen Moana turn a darker shade of brown, but the blush succeeded. Elsa giggled, and then looked Moana in the face.

“Hey, when we get to your home island, what do we do then?” she asked.

“I don't know. Our people,” and she gestured at Luai who was wearing a knowing smile, “used to be voyagers, traveling from island to island. That ended as Te Ka's darkness spread and monsters prowled the ocean. So, I am unsure what they'll do now that Te Ka is Te Fiti again.”

“I am sure they'll voyage again,” Elsa said sweetly.

“Probably,” Moana agreed.

“But I was talking about us. I am new to this whole demi-goddess thing, and don't have a clue how to use this,” and she held up the obsidian edged bone sword.

“I'll be happy to teach you! And I'd love to get to know you more,” Moana said a bit shyly. Both of the older women blushed deeply then, and Elsa just shook her head.

“You know, you are incredibly cute when you act all shy and blush,” Elsa said.

“Yeah, well I love it when you blush too,” Moana replied shyly again.

They were interrupted by gagging sounds coming from between and in front of them. They both turned an amused glare on Luai as she pretended to gag. Luai just smiled impishly, “You two are being all mushy!” she accused the pair.

The three laughed, and Moana and Elsa got up and Moana gave a wry look to Luai, “Fine, we'll take our mushy stuff and go elsewhere. But you know, one day, you are going to like mushy stuff too.”

Again Luai gave gagging sounds and shook her head in denial. Both Moana and Elsa laughed as they moved to the bow of the boat where they sat side by side. Neither seemed to be bothered in the least by their shared state of lack of clothes. And there, they just talked. They shared their life experiences, and Moana began giving Elsa demi-goddess lessons.

The trip lasted several days, and they traded off being at the oar and sailing the boat. However, all too soon for Elsa and Moana, an island with high peaks came into view and they knew they had arrived. Luai was excited though, and couldn't stop talking about how her parents were going to be so happy to see them. Moana had her doubts as she had never met any of these people before. Still, Elsa piloted the boat right up to the beach, as a pair of people, a man and a woman, charged down to the beach. Luai ran right up to them and they all hugged deeply.

Moana watched and listened as Luai declared, “I may have gone a little beyond the reef.”

The big man just smiled broadly, “Heh, it suits you,” he said in a fond voice.

Then the man and woman looked up to the boat where Moana stood, stark naked, with Elsa wearing her vibrantly colored skirt right behind her. The big man's eyes narrowed, and then shot wide open and his mouth likewise fell open. The woman covered her mouth with obvious shock as they looked at Moana. Moana had never felt like running as fast as she could away than she did at that moment.

“It can't be,” the man said as he took steps closer. Moana felt frozen stiff, but Elsa all but pushed her off the boat with a wide smile. Elsa then just took a seat on the edge of the boat and watched the scene unfold.

“Moana,” the woman whispered, tears in her eyes and a smile forming.

All of them were oblivious to the crowd gathering and watching the scene. The crowd chattered in confusion. The main questions were, who were these strange people who had come with Luai, and why were Chief Tui and his wife Sina so stunned by the naked woman?

Then Chief Tui all but cried out, “You've come back to us!” And he rushed up to hug his long lost daughter. Sina was only a second behind him.

Moana fought back tears as she fell into the embrace, and uttered the words, “Momma, Poppa,” quietly. The hug seemed to last forever, before they broke apart and the big man started looking Moana over.

“Let me look at you! Where have you been all this time? And how did you come back to us?” the questions were rapid fire.

“Shh, let her speak,” Sina chided her husband.

Moana took a moment to find her voice, but then she laid bare the whole story. How Tangaroa had taken her to the Island of the Gods, her training, how she had been made a demi-goddess, and then she finally showed off all the tattoos and told the story of their adventures. She then gestured at Elsa who stood up and came over.

“And this is Elsa, the woman I saved, and who became a demi-goddess like me,” Moana said fondly. Elsa didn't miss that aspect of Moana's tone of voice.

Again Chief Tui just smiled broadly, “I can hardly believe it, but it is all there before me. Come, I want to talk with you all. And we need to introduce you all to the village!” he said brightly.

The next few days were a whirlwind of activity. Moana was introduced to her younger siblings, and she found out she was actually the oldest. Her oldest brother was only two years behind her, and the rest were younger. When her father told her that she should become the next chief of her people, Moana flatly refused. She based it on the grounds that she didn't know the people, and would outlive all of them, and likely many of their descendants.

Her father really couldn't argue with that. And he agreed, that her oldest younger brother would remain heir. Moana did concede to stay in the village and teach them all how to be Way Finders again. Both she and Elsa pledged that they would sail with them as well, to protect them from the monsters that remained even with Te Ka's darkness gone. The village as a whole were happy to accept, and eager to meet the mighty women.

Moana and Elsa barely got time alone, with so many people wanting to meet them. The few times they did, they just sat by the sea together, sometimes talking, sometimes just in silence. Then the day to pull the boats came and Elsa and Moana lent their inhuman strengths, and Elsa was shocked by hers, to pulling them out of the waterfall cave where they had been hidden.

Then it was a flurry of activity as the boats were loaded and final preparations were made to set sail. Moana, Elsa, and Luai did on the job training as the boats pulled away from the shore, teaching everything they had learned, and talking eagerly with the people. Eventually Moana and Elsa were able to get away for a bit and they met on the bow of the larger of the boats, on the left pontoon.

“Gods, this has been exciting. Now for the boring part,” Moana said with a heavy sigh.

Elsa giggled, and put her arm around Moana's waist, and watched the brown woman blush deeply again. Now both of them wore vibrantly colored long skirts, however Moana refused all efforts to get her to wear any kind of top, and Elsa mimicked her. They just smiled at each other and watched the sea pass by.

Then Elsa spoke quietly. “I love your company.”

Moana smiled fondly, yet shyly, “Yeah, I can tell.”

Elsa shook her head, “I don't mean like that. Moana, we are more than friends, or at least I hope we are,” Elsa's tone turned the statement into a question.

Moana found it hard to look at the searching look Elsa was giving her, “I wasn't going to ask, but I want that too,” she admitted.

Elsa smiled broadly, and hugged Moana close. Their faces were so close, they almost shared the same breath. Their lips found their way together and they kissed passionately, each savoring the feeling and taste of the other. Finally, they had to come up for air and they smiled at each other.

“Do it again,” Elsa demanded, and again the pair kissed deeply, pressing their bodies together even as they held on tight to the rigging of the boat. And again, they had to come up for air, and Moana smiled sheepishly.

“Hey, we can't do anything here, there are too many people,” she said as she felt Elsa's hand slip beneath her skirt and grope her firm ass.

Elsa gave her a wry smile, “Then maybe we should go somewhere else,” she suggested. Moana had taught her how to change shape only a few days ago. And the thought was definitely appealing to Moana, but then their moment was interrupted as a cry went out from the deck above.

“Monster!” the look out cried.

Moana figured it was likely a whale or something, but then she noted the spines and sleek serpent like form rising from the water. The pair cursed their luck, and they charged up on deck. There was panic among the others, and Elsa and Moana tried to calm everyone down. They pulled their weapons out, and transformed, both into giant eagles, and flew at the creature even as it began an attack run on the boats.

The pair swooped in from either side and the monster tried to snap at Moana on the left, though Moana easily evaded it. In the eagle form, both could see this was merely the head and neck of a larger bodied creature, thanks to their eagle eyes. Moana looked at Elsa, and they nodded.

They swooped back around and came in hard from the back. They both transformed simultaneously, and swiped their weapons at the creature. It screamed only briefly as its ugly head was severed by the two wicked and fabulous weapons. Another transformation and the pair circled the creature's body, making sure it was quite dead. When they were sure the threat was ended, they returned to the large lead boat to the cheers of everyone on board.

They both blushed deeply even as a new tattoo appeared on each of them. It was a small tattoo, however everyone seemed to treat it like it was the most impressive thing they had seen. Moana couldn't take it.

“Look, I get it, but that wasn't anything special. There is far worse out there. If you panic like you did for that small of a monster, I don't want to think about how bad it will be for something worse,” Moana said.

Elsa nodded, “Yeah, that was nothing. Please, if anything else comes up, don't panic unless there is need.”

Chief Tui nodded in agreement. “As you say. If that was nothing compared to what you have faced before, then we don't need to worry. I am sure you two have us well protected.”

Then everyone looked up as a giant hawk screeched above on a flight. Moana, Elsa, and Luai waved happily at Maui, even as all the others looked on with confusion. Moana just smiled at them.

“It is just a friend,” she said simply.

Tui just smiled, snorted, and waved them all back to the tiller to steer the large boat. Elsa and Moana decided to stay up top and keep an eye out for anything else that might be lurking around. Most of the others left them alone for most of the time, before Tui came and sat next to them as the sun set. They looked a question at him as he smiled at them.

“Don't think I didn't see that kiss before the monster attack ruined it,” he stated bluntly. Moana and Elsa had the decency to blush deeply.

“Honestly, I don't mind, and actually think you two are perfect for each other. I haven't known either of you long, but I can tell. Your mother and I were the same way, Moana, completely inseparable. If you two young women want to take off and go get some private time, I think I can cover for you,” he suggested.

Moana and Elsa both shook their heads even as they smiled. “No, thank you. That was a little closer than we want monsters to get to the boats,” Moana said, and Elsa nodded in agreement.

Tui snorted then, “Fine, I won't tell you how to go about things, but if you want some time, just ask. We'll work it out. In the mean time, we got some food ready, so why don't the two of you come and get something to eat. You likely don't want to stand watch all night on empty stomachs.”

The pair nodded and followed him to the deck house, where the stone stove had a small cauldron boiling on it. Sina was busy tending it, and she smiled brightly as she ladled out soup for the pair. “When you get done, I want to talk with you girls some,” she said.

Moana and Elsa just nodded as they began to spoon the food out of the coconut shell bowls. The returned to their spot on the bow, and kept watch even as they ate. When they were done, Elsa looked at Moana.

“When we reach land again, we are definitely taking some private time,” she said seductively.

Moana just reached over and put her hand on Elsa's leg in a fond manner, “If you say so, I am not going to argue. Just be ready for it!” she said enthusiastically.



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