Disclaimer: I don't own Kingdom Hearts. Never did. Never will.
Pairing: SoraxRiku (woot!)
A/N: Enjoy! And no flames please, thanks!
Light stung the back of his eyelids and he winced as pain lanced through his body. The sand beneath him rubbed uncomfortably through the back of his thin t-shirt and he suppressed a small groan as he tried to roll over onto his side.
He cracked one eye open and the world spun before him. Feeling like he was going to throw up, he fell back on the sand and gingerly rubbed the back of his head. A small shadow fell over his form and he looked up, completely unprepared for the large amount of water that was dumped all over his face.
He sputtered and cursed.
"What the hell?"
A loud laugh met his ears.
"Oh good, you're alive! I seriously thought I killed you for a moment there."
Muttering and shaking his head free of water, Sora wiped his wet bangs out of his eyes. "God, Riku. You didn't need to do that!" He propped himself up on his elbows and stared up through wet eyelashes. "I was just resting!"
The silver-haired teen grinned. "Your reaction was priceless!" He capped the now empty water bottle. "And anyway, you were out for a whole five minutes so I had no choice."
Sora gaped. "Five minutes?"
Riku nodded and stuck out a hand. "Yea, you kind of collapsed and never got up." His grin faded a little. "I was worried."
"Hmph." Sora took the offered hand and was pulled to his feet. He couldn't understand why he had fainted. The last thing he remembered was Riku coming at him with the sword and he tried to block it but his vision faded to black. What was wrong with him?
Riku leaned on the hilt of his sword and peered into his friend's face. "You don't look so good. Maybe we should call it day and we can practice again tomorrow."
Sora picked up his sword that was lying a few feet away from him. "No way! I was this close to beating you!" He put his index finger and thumb an inch apart to emphasize his point.
Riku laughed lightly but his face still serious. "No. You look really dehydrated, we should get back to the house." He started walking in the direction of the neighborhood. "And plus," he called over his shoulder. "You could never beat me anyway."
Riku always won. They practiced every frickin' day and Sora lost every time. Sure, he admired his friends amazing abilities and talents, but after a while it got extremely annoying. Sora was determined to beat Riku tomorrow. He reluctantly followed the footprints ahead of him, kicking up sand as he went.
The porch door creaked as Sora opened it. He walked into the kitchen and immediately a glass of water was pushed under his nose.
Sora scowled and grabbed the glass. "Yes, mother."
Riku's eyes sparkled with amusement. "I don't want you fainting on me tomorrow." The glare sent his way only made him laugh. "So, what are you doing tonight?"
The brunette shrugged and gulped down some of his drink. "Uh, nothing really. After all it's summer and I am determined to veg out as much as possible."
Riku smiled. "Same here. Then I guess I'll see you tomorrow." He set his glass in the sink, and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.
Sora set his glass down too. "4:30?"
Riku smirked. "I'm there." He grabbed his sword and headed for the door. "Make sure you bring a water bottle too."
Later that night Sora collapsed on his bed and stared at the darkening ceiling of his room. He was exhausted. It didn't surprise him that he was so dehydrated, he had to stop neglecting food and drink. Sora smiled to himself. Trust Riku to remind him.
The setting sun peeked through his half shut blinds and reflected off the corners of the bedroom. He stretched and shrugged off his shirt and black shorts and threw them to the side. Now only in his boxers he folded his arms behind his head and closed his eyes. He needed to call Kairi tomorrow and complain to her about Riku always beating him. She never really minded his ranting and she was the only person Sora could really confide in. They were like brother and sister. Maybe she would know what Riku's weaknesses were.
Satisfied with his plans, Sora finally allowed his mind to relax and he drifted off to sleep.Ring….
Sora sighed impatiently and curled the phone cord around his finger.Ring…..ring……
Sora hoisted himself up on the stool beside the kitchen counter.
"Hi Sora. What's up?"
Kairi paused. "Then why did you call me?"
"Just because I like hearing your voice."
Kairi snickered. "Yea right. I know something's up, what is it?"
Sora smiled into the receiver. "Well, I fainted yesterday."
Sora had to hold the phone a foot away from his ear.
"What happened? Are you ok? Do I need to come over there?"
"Ouch. And no, you don't. I'm fine. Nothing to worry about, I just over did it while Riku and I were practicing."
"You guys were fighting with those stupid wooden swords again?"
"Yup, and I didn't have enough to drink so I passed out."
Kairi's voice was anguished. "Sora! You need to remember to drink, you're going to seriously hurt yourself if you don't!"
Despite himself, he laughed. "Stop worrying! I'm OK now. And besides, I called you to complain about Riku."
Sora dropped from the stool and started pacing the kitchen area. "I can't seem to beat him! Every time I fight him he always wins!"
"Well, maybe it's because you're not drinking enough! If you were, I'm sure you could win."
Sora ran a hand through his brown spikes. "No, I don't think so. He's unstoppable. I gotta find his weakness. Do you know what it is?"
There was a long pause.
Sora frowned. "Kairi?"
"Yea, I'm here."
"What do you think?"
"I think I just might have an idea!"
He could hear the smile in her voice. "Really? What is it?"
"Let's plan to go out Saturday night with everybody and we can hang out and stuff. But we should go shopping before then, like today. Ok?"
"Huh? But what does that have to do - "
Sora was seriously confused. "Ok…"
"Meet me at the mall at 6! And make sure you tell Riku about tomorrow. I'll tell everyone else."
"But - "
"Just trust me! I'll see you later, ok? Remember six o'clock sharp! Don't forget!"
Lost for words, Sora heard the other line click dead. What was Kairi up to? And what the hell did going out with his friends have to do with Riku's weakness? He hung the phone up and grabbed a glass of water and gulped it down. It was all so confusing.
Sora dragged his sword as he walked across the sand, it's sharp point leaving a snake trail winding behind him. His head was down and he was still thinking about all those things Kairi said. He really wish he knew what she was up to.
Unexpectedly, he walked into something solid..and warm. Startled, he looked up and found himself face to face with an alarming pair of aqua marine eyes.
"Watch where you're going, Sora."
Sora stepped back, blushing slightly. He needed to stop getting so caught up in his thoughts. "Heh, sorry."
The smirk widened on Riku's face. "Don't hurt yourself."
Riku rolled his eyes. "You looked like you were thinking too hard."
Sora shrugged. "I guess I was." He stuck his sword deep in the sand and leaned on it. "Kairi's been acting really weird lately and…uh.. nevermind…." Sora mentally slapped himself for almost bringing up the fact that he was trying to figure out his friend's weakness. "What I meant, was, actually I have to tell you something."
The silver-haired teen raised an eyebrow. "Oh?"
"Kairi's planning this big get together tomorrow night and you're invited. I guess we'll all meet over at her house before anything gets underway."
Riku unsheathed his sword from the loop of his shorts. "All right. I'm in." He extended his weapon in front of him and placed the tip just inches away from Sora's chest. "You said you were going to win today."
All thoughts of Kairi's behavior vanished and Sora could feel the adrenaline begin to pump in his veins. He plucked his sword from the ground and tapped it lightly against the other. His eyes flashed as he readily met the challenge. "Oh I will."
The two boys took their positions, regarding each other with suspicious looks. The routine was so familiar because they did everyday, but to Sora it felt like he was fighting Riku the first time every time.
The minutes drew out as they held their swords at the ready. The soft crashing of the waves was the only sound that came between them. Sora took a deep breath and let it out slowly. He wanted to win so god damn bad!
Only mere seconds past before Riku made the first move, he lunged, feinting to the right only to be blocked by Sora's sword when he jabbed to the left.
Sora smirked inwardly. This is gonna be easy.
An hour later Sora was lying on the ground, his forehead slick with sweat and his t-shirt damp from the fight. His breath came out in ragged gasps and the figure above him was panting heavily too. Weaponless and frustrated Sora eyed the tip of Riku's blade warily. It was positioned just below his chin and pressing gently into his neck.
Riku blew a sweaty silver strand away from his face and grinned. "I win again."
"You always win!" Sora huffed, regaining a sitting position and scrambling away from the blade. "You always fucking win!"
Riku frowned. "It's just a game Sora, Don't get so worked up about it."
"I just don't get it," Sora sighed angrily, getting up and brushing the sand off his shorts. "You can't be beat."
A smug expression passed through the other teen's face. " I tried telling you that yesterday."
"Oh shut up!"
Riku's lips twitched into a smile as he watched his angry friend pick up his sword and shoot death glares at him. "I just don't have any weaknesses I guess."
Sora paused at those words in mid movement of tucking his sword away. Great, now I definitely know he doesn't have a weakness. "Ok, whatever. I'll see you tomorrow at Kairi's house." He abruptly turned and began walking back the way he came from, trying really hard to ignore the grin plastered all over Riku's face.
Sora dashed up the stairs and jumped into the shower. He did not want to feel the wrath of Kairi when she was mad. If he was late, she would have his head for sure.
He quickly scrubbed himself off, and shampooed his hair. Mmmm…pomegranate. Then he toweled himself off, not bothering with his heavy brow locks, they would dry eventually, and hopped into a clean pair of shorts and a shirt.
As he was running down the stairs he grabbed his wallet. There was no doubt in his mind that Kairi was going to force him to buy clothes tonight.
He ran out the door, yelling a quick, "Be back later Mom!" And started in the direction of his friend's house. His muscles were screaming by the time he got to the steps of Kairi's porch and he had to rest his hands on his knees to catch his breath, the fight with Riku really wore him out.
And that was another thing, he thought as he rang the door bell, Riku said he had no weaknesses. Zip, zero, nada, none! He would have to break the news to Kairi and tell her that her efforts aren't needed.
Kairi's eyes lit up when she saw who was at the door and dragged him unceremoniously into the house.
"I'm so glad you're here, this is going to be so much fun!"
Sora rubbed the back of his neck and stared at the ground. "Actually Kairi, there's no need. Riku told me he has no weaknesses. So whatever you're planning won't work."
The reaction he got wasn't what he expected. Kairi doubled over laughing and had to lean against one of the hallway tables to support herself. Her laughter rang about the house and Sora stood their awkwardly wondering if there was something seriously wrong with her.
"I'm sorry Sora," she finally said after calming down. "It's just I don't think that's true. He definitely has one, and I know what it is."
Sora stared. "You do?"
Kairi grinned. "Yup! Now come one, we got to get to the mall!" She then turned and started quickly to the garage.
"Hey, wait! How do you know - "
"I'll tell you once were in the car!" She yelled and winked over her shoulder.
Sora groaned helplessly and followed after her.
Sora watched the sun set over the trees and cast long shadows along the road. The tropical scenery whirled passed them. Everything was alive and colorful. After all it was summer, and Destiny Islands wasted no time coming to full bloom for the season.
The brunette was very, very frustrated. He had asked Kairi several times what she knew, but she wouldn't let up and only giggled while trying to keep a straight face. He couldn't understand why she wouldn't tell him. It was ridiculous. He had asked her to help him in the first place and now she wouldn't spill!
"Were here!" Kairi sang as they pulled into the parking lot of the mall. She hopped out and slammed the car door shut behind her while Sora grumpily moved from his seat to a standing position.
He turned to her with an annoyed look after he rounded the car. "Kairi, why won't you tell me?"
She patted his arm affectionately and began pulling him towards the entrance of the building. "Just trust me, it'll all be worth it." Without giving him time to answer she began babbling about all the stores they were going to visit. Sora felt a headache coming on.
They ended up going through the mall twice and by the end of the shopping spring Sora had his arms full with many bags.
"Tell me again why I had to get these many clothes?" He asked as he struggled to hook his arm through the loops of each bag.
Kairi also had bags of her own and went through them to see if everything she purchased was there. "Well, one: you need a new wardrobe, two: you'll have a new outfit for tomorrow night, and three: it's part of his weakness."
Sora almost dropped what he was carrying. "What?"
"I told you! Just trust me!" She shot him one of those winks again and he felt like was going to scream.
"You've got to be kidding me," Sora said as they reached the car and dumped their stuff in the backseat. "Is he like a shopoholic or something?"
Kairi ruffled his hair fondly and started the engine. "Nevermind, you'll figure it out for yourself."
Sora only rolled his eyes.
A/N: So, what the hell is Kairi up to anyway? You'll find out next chapter, and I promise you there will be some soraxriku action. This story was so much fun to write! I hope you're all enjoying it so far! And I know I'm making Sora quite naive, but hey, who doesn't love naive!Sora ? So, the next chappie should be out in two weeks at thelatest!
By the way, go check out Hiding Behind a Mask! I just posted up chapter 3!