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Too Far Over the Edge

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Chapter 1

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Author: Kintora

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A/N: A new story! Well, pretty OOC, but that may change once this story progresses. If you know my KH stories well, you'd know what the main coupling is. But if this is your first time reading one of them, I hope you like straight pairings. Sora/Kairi.

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Kairi walked down the halls of the school as calmly as possible – just another day, another six hours of torture. Was she really such a freak? Did she even look like one? No, she didn't. It was just her "disability."

She stopped by her locker and twisted the combination a couple of times. As soon as she tugged it open, piles of hardcover books fell atop of her. Kairi made a silent gasp as she was sent to the hard floor and landed with a painful thud on her rump. She could feel tears of embarrassment threatening to fall from her dull, lavender eyes as she bit her lip.

"Looks like someone's off to a bad start this morning. Hey, how are you doing? You need a hand or something?" an arrogant voice taunted her. She knew who it belonged to and she didn't even have to spare him a glance to know it was him, "Oh, wait. I forgot. She can't even speak, can she?"

Kairi picked herself up and gathered the heavy textbooks in her arms. Her gaze drifted over to meet a blue-eyed boy who was surrounded by group of the other preppy students. Her eyes hardened as she glared icily at them.

The blue-eyed boy, Sora, smirked at her. His hands were stuffed into his baggy black jeans as he leaned against the locker. But seeing that he had caught her immediate attention, he straightened up and crossed his arms over his chest, wrinkling his windbreaker in the process. Selphie, Tidus, and Wakka stood at his sides and mimicked his amused grin. Where were his other friends? They'd probably slept in and were coming to school later. It was just like Riku and Rikku to be late - the bitter irony of it all.

Kairi didn't want anymore of their sick jokes. She simply looked away and closed her locker before turning briskly around and walking away. No later than a few seconds, she felt something hard graze her arm and knock half the textbooks back onto the floor. Bending down quickly she began to scoop them up. Out of the corner of her eye, she caught a glimpse of Wakka's blitzball rolling to her side.

Sora and the rest of them were still staring at her as the rest of the students in the hallway seemed to freeze and watch the scene. No one there would help Kairi, and she knew that. She would never expect them to. If anybody did, they'd regret it. Sora and his little clique would see to that.

Sora and his clique. It sounded oddly cliche, but that's what happens when anybody is a part of the most powerful group of students in the eleventh grade. Just wait until the senior year, and he'd gain almost absolute control over everyone else. It's just how the social system worked where she was. Just lovely, wasn't it?

Kairi stood once more and decided to give the stupid blue-stripped ball back to them. She kicked it and sent the item hurling into Wakka's waiting arms. She offered a meaningless smile at them despite the situation and continued her way. The buzzing of the bell sounded and the people scurried off to their classes.

Once she was in class, Miss Tifa helped her put the textbooks away and questioned why Kairi had so many books with her.

'Something came up in the hallway,' Kairi gestured with her hands.

Miss Tifa understood, "Who? I can write them up."

Kairi shook her head and motioned with her hands again, 'I'm fine, there's no need… Thank you though.'

Miss Tifa smiled, "You're such a nice girl. But if they ever do that again, you must report them to the other teachers, or at least to me, okay?" Miss Tifa tossed her long black hair behind her shoulder and planted her hands on her hips, "School is a place where everyone should feel safe." Kairi replied with her own unaffected smile.

After having Miss Tifa's class, she had Mr. Leon and the student teacher, Yuffie, for Physical Education and health. Oh joy, she knew what today's class would be… Yuffie had told her about the dancing lessons the day before. Why they were learning how to dance was beyond Kairi. And it wasn't exactly her favorite thing to do anyway. She didn't want to touch anybody else. And people would just give her the 'treatment' and nobody would want her to be their partner. Who'd like to dance with a mute girl? She would bore anybody who danced with her to sleep, for she was not like the other girls. She could not talk and strike up an amiable chat. The facts that she was socially inept and verbally incapacitated never ceased to remind her each and every day.

Kairi went into the locker room when the girls were conversing to each other. The instant she stepped in, the room became silent and she could just feel their eyes watching her every move.

Deal with it, she chided to herself mentally. Strange, wasn't it? Every time she spoke in her mind, she could almost hear what she would probably sound like… if she could speak. It was sad too, if she thought about it long enough. Kairi pulled out her short blue gym shorts and black P.E. shirt. As she slipped them on, her best and only friend Yuna walked over to her.

"Hey Kai! How are you doing today?" her friend asked. By the way her bi-colored eyes roamed over her anxiously, Kairi could tell that the news from the locker bay had already traveled around school.

'Sora and his friends played trick on me. It's nothing though,' she replied quickly with a few swift movements of her fingers and wrist.

Yuna frowned. She didn't understand why people treated Kairi so rudely. It wasn't her fault that she became mute after fourth grade. It was an accident. That was what Kairi told her at least. Yuna could just think back to the old days when Kairi could still speak. The two of them would always crack jokes, laugh together, sing together, and tell each other secrets. How such a pretty voice was suddenly taken away from her friend… it just was not fair. She could barely even remember what Kairi used to sound like anymore!

When everyone had left the changing rooms, Leon gave the each of the boys a slip of paper with numbers on them while Yuffie did the same for the girls. After the job was done, Yuffie explained the purpose of the numbers.

"Okay! Today we're here to learn couple dancing. Different styles like ballroom dances, etc," people began to make faces and groan and she held up her hands for silence, "When your partners are chosen, you will be partners for the entire semester whether you like it or not. Now here's how we're doing it!"

Once everybody had settled down again, she continued waving her finger around in the air out of habit, "On each piece of paper that you have, one person of the opposite gender will have the same number. So let's start with our lucky Mr. and Mrs. Numero Uno."

Kairi saw Yuna raise her hand beside her. Curiously, Kairi peered past her best friend to where the boys sat. There, Tidus had his hand in the air too. Kairi saw her friend blush a deep shade of red. Ever since their elementary school days, Kairi remembered Yuna having this giant crush on Sora's buddy. If Kairi remembered correctly, Tidus had given Yuna his play dough when hers had fallen in the dirt outside at recess. It had been the start of her friend's secret crush. A smile graced Kairi's lips towards her friend's pink face. It was nothing to be embarrassed about at all.

This kept on going till number 16 was selected, the last number, Kairi's number.

Oh crap.

The person remaining was the last, the VERY last person she would have liked to be paired with.

Sora.

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A/N: Not the best chapter, I know, I just had this random idea in my head and thought you guys might like it. I'm pretty sure it'll turn out better once it starts heating up! Please enjoy the story, and please review. I want to know what you guys think. :)

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