Whoo hoo! Another chapter up and ready to read! I hope you like this one, it was a lot of fun to write. And, by the way, how's everybody's holiday vacation going?

Disclaimer: Kingdom Hearts and its characters are not mine you imbeciles!

1:28 pm

Kairi stared glumly at her watch. Sora should be back from the beach by now. Her purse slid down farther on her arm as she reached up to knock on the door again.


No answer.

She stared up at the open second floor window and cupped her hands around her mouth. "Sora! Get you ass down here!"


She tapped her foot impatiently. "Ugh. Where is he?"


He had to get home. It was probably later than he thought. The pebbles on the sidewalk crunched under his sandals as he walked slowly in the direction of his house. He winced when one was lodged beneath his foot and he hopped up and down for a moment to shake it out. Sora wiped a hand across his grimy face. He seriously needed a shower when he got back.

He felt terrible. What had he done to make Riku so upset? A brief image of what happened earlier flashed through his mind.

"Why do you have to do this to me, Sora?"

Riku's voice was soft and strained.

"What? I – "

Riku looked up, his face shattered with emotion. He never looked so broken and Sora was taken aback.

"Why Sora?"

Sora shook his head. "I…" He clenched and unclenched his fists. Riku's watery eyes swam in and out of his view. "Damn it!" He kicked the stonewall to his right. "What did I do Riku?" He glared at his throbbing foot, the pain temporarily distracting him from the turmoil going on in his mind.

A cautious voice spoke up. "Sora?"

Sora jerked his head up at the sound. A moment passed before he focused in on its source. "Oh." He looked guiltily back down at his foot. "Hi Kairi." He hadn't realized he was back at his home already.

Kairi walked down the front steps towards her friend. She took in his ragged appearance and sighed. She knew something was wrong when she caught glimpse of Riku in the grocery store earlier this morning. He was stocking up on Red Bull. Kairi knew for a fact that was a sign that Riku was unhappy. Riku would drink them one after another and then go on a vigorous run until he was completely exhausted. Like, he was trying to run the pain away.

Kairi shifted through her purse for a tissue. If she had known that Sora and Riku were fighting with swords this morning she would of stopped them. Spending time with Sora was too much for Riku these days. But the damage had been done; Sora probably knew why Riku was so upset.

Kairi wiped Sora's face; the white material came away brown with dirt. "You're filthy." She pulled out another one and wiped beneath his eyes. "What happened this morning?"

Sora batted her hand away and began walking up the steps. "Nothing."

"Bullshit." She grabbed for his arm to stop him. "Tell me what's wrong."

Sora's expression hardened. "Kairi get off of me. It's nothing; Riku and I just had a little row. It's no big deal."

"Yes it is. Why are you so upset then?"

Sora crossed his arms across his chest. "I'm not upset."

Kairi snorted. "You suck at lying, Sora." She loosened her grip on his arm and spoke more softly. " What were you two fighting over?"

The brunette lowered his eyes to the ground. "We weren't fighting over anything. I…he...I don't know he just broke down." Sora ran a hand through his hair. "He said I was clueless."

Kairi dropped her hand. "Clueless over what?"

"I don't know. He kept on asking why. Like, he was blaming me for doing something to him. But, the thing is I don't know what it is that I am doing."

Kairi tried not to let her shocked expression show. Sora still did not know. He still didn't know why Riku was so upset. God, he really was clueless then.

She raised an eyebrow. "Actually Sora, you kind of are clueless."

Sora looked up, his voice exasperated. "Not you too, Kairi!"

Her eyes hardened. "You don't see it yet? Good god, I've been dropping you hints and you still don't get it."

"What? I..Kairi –"

"I'm sorry to yell at you like this, Sora. But get it through your thick skull! Riku…Riku is…."

Kairi sighed and rubbed her forehead.

"Riku cares about you a lot, all right?"

Sora stared at her.

"He cares about you! And when I mean a lot, I mean A LOT!"

Sora frowned. "Well of course he does. I'm his best friend."

"You…you…UGH!" She backed down the steps before she could strangle him. "You are impossible Sora! Use your brain for once! Think!"

Kairi slammed the door of her car and drove off before he could say another word.


This was great. Just…great. Now both of his friends were mad at him. One of them blaming him for whatever reason, the other one out for his head.

Sora threw his clothes haphazardly around as he went through his closet. His mom told him to clean it out but he knew he wasn't doing a very good job of it. Shirts, socks, pants and sharp objects flew everywhere. He might of hit the cat at one point but that didn't matter. What did matter was that he got this closet sparkling clean. And he was not going to worry over Riku and Kairi in the process. He was not.

The brunette grabbed a chair from the corner of his room and dragged it over. Sparks of frustration lit his insides as he tried not to think about how clueless his friends said he was. He was not clueless. If Kairi was clearer with her hints and if Riku would actually tell him what was wrong then he would know. Sora climbed up on the chair and reached for the top shelf of the closet. He coughed from the dust as he rummaged around the area. He grabbed for the things he knew he didn't need anymore and threw them behind his back.

He had won right? He won against Riku this morning. Sora grimaced at the old bag of cheetos he found and dumped in the trashcan below. It would have been a harder win if Riku hadn't tripped though. But, Riku's weakness had surfaced. Sora smirked to himself. Who would of thought that a best friend could be a weakness?

Sora's hand landed on something soft. Curious, he dragged it to the edge of the shelf and brought it down. His eyes widened. It was his baby blanket. Even after years of dust and grime it was still as soft as ever. He brought it up to his face and rubbed his cheek against it. God, how he had loved it when he was little. He froze. Loved?

Sora's shaky hands dropped the blanket. Realization dawned on him as images flashed through his mind. He could remember all of them.

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."


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 there 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."


Riku didn't seem to be paying attention. His eyes were unfocused and glassy. A small flicker of emotion passed through his face as he stared at Sora. Sora wished he could read it.

and then

Riku interrupted him, a strangled laugh escaping from his lips, his voice anguished. "You don't know? How could you not know?" He ran a shaky hand through his hair and turned his back on the brunette.

Sora dropped from the chair onto his knees. He buried his face in his hands. How could he be so stupid?

A/N: Took you long enough, Sora! Geez, I was dying there. We'll anyway, thanks for reading! Reviews are much appreciated!

Happy New Year everyone!