Declaimer: "I do not own Kingdom Hearts…."

Kiome-Yasha: "This is it everyone, the last chapter. It's been a good four years running, cheers!"

Chapter 37 Rebirth

The warm light faded as he heard loud bells ring out into the area surrounding him, reviving his heavy and dry eyes as they slowly opened. He was welcomed by an orange painted sky, breathing lightly as he tried to clear his mind over where he was. He heard the bells go off again, this time much louder than before. He brought his frail body up from the ground, gasping as he realized where he was. Through the golden sky, the sun set over the glowing and glittering ocean as it reflected the yellow orb into its own liquid abyss. There were tall buildings of apartments and stores, train tracks running across the neighborhood as transportation for the civilians who lived in the peaceful town. He looked over his shoulder, catching the melody of the bells once more as it rang behind him. He was sitting at the top of Twilight Town's old clock tower, remembering the world just as he had left it. He was beyond shock, not understanding how he got there in the first place.

He soon began to recollect the events that had just occurred, his eyes tearing up as he whimpered hoarsely, "Namine…" He soon heard someone reply next to him, her tone pure and affectionate, "Roxas…" He froze with a distraught look, turning his head slowly to the right as he gazed at the beauty before him.

She was wearing an elegant white gown, almost fit for a princess, splitting at the middle between her legs as it created an opening to reveal her unscarred skin. The dress seemed to be a part of her old white dress, breaking from either side as it covered half of the gown like some sort of robe. She also had a light and blue translucent trimming that traced around her chest and back as it fluttered along her arms. A long and colorless ribbon was stitched neatly at the front of her dress, passing over her left shoulder as it hung down beautifully from behind. She had baby blue beads shaped like hearts that drag down at the center of her bosoms, heading down to her belly button as it created a bow with two long transparent strings hanging down at the front. There was also a bracelet that wrapped itself around her left ankle, holding yellow stars as charms, dangling like crystals. She was like some Goddess, her hair and eyes resonating from the glowing sun that beamed in the distance.

She soon turned her head over to him, her hair flowing gracefully against the passing wind, "Roxas…" She repeated once more, her eyes watering as she tried to hold back the destructive moistures.

The male nobody was stunned, his breath shaking as his mouth gaped open in astonishment, "Namine…is that really you?" She nodded lightly, giving him a sad smile, "What…what happened to you!? Are we really in Twilight Town!?" He asked frantically, not wanting to believe that everything was some sick dream that the darkness was playing against him.

"This place is…" She started numbly, licking around her lips nervously, "It's the Twilight Town…where we first met…our Twilight Town…"

He gasped in shock, comprehending what she was talking about as he gazed down over the surreal setting. This was the virtual Twilight Town, the one where he had lived as his days of existence diminished by each memory that was restored inside Sora's consciousness. This was the Twilight Town where he had first met Namine, where he had learned the truth, where they had made their promise…everything.

"It won't be long now…" She spoke faintly, grasping her hands together as her voice dwindled. She caught him off guard from her depressed tone, edging him to panic as he noticed her despair, "Namine, what's wrong…?" He asked dramatically, reaching towards her as he pressed himself against her into a tight hold, "Whatever's happening, I won't allow it…I promise you…"

He could feel her head as it shook weakly against his shoulder, "No…it's too late…this is my fate…there's nothing we can do…" He refused to believe that though, holding her tighter to him, "No! This isn't how it's going to end!"

She gently pushed him away, gazing into his eyes as she pleaded with him to understand, "I'm one with Kingdom Hearts now Roxas, and even if I could delay his search for now in finding me…Xemnas will find me someday…but…until that time comes…I want to stay here and look at the sunset with you…please…that's all I want right now…" She begged softly, her voice cracking as she tried to express her request.

Roxas turned away from her stare, clenching his eyes shut as the action wrinkled his features, blocking the tears from flowing out. Namine touched his trembling hands with her own, producing a innocent smile to appear on her face, "Don't waste our time together by crying, I want to share this with you…" He nodded with a dreaded shutter, his throat tightening as his body convulsed violently.

They both slowly turned over at the blazing sun that began to melt, descending into the water as the ocean swallowed the warm colors as its own. Namine watched the scenery with awe, finding she always wanted to have this moment with Roxas, at least once. She pressed her head against his shoulder, resting momentarily as she began to feel herself drift away. She felt the hearts inside her begin to stir, easing their way in order to possess her. It wouldn't be long until she lost herself completely by the overwhelming sounds of their voices; but, as long as Roxas held memories of them, just like this, she knew she could never truly fade.

"I remember everything…" He somehow was able to speak, but barely as he shuttered gutturally, "Everything…" He repeated the word again, gulping the bottom half of his lips in order to resist the scream he wanted to release.

"Including Xion?" She asked with a regrettable tone. He replied with a nod, "Yeah, I remember her as well. It's like you unlocked and spilled everything out into the open."

"I couldn't lie to you anymore, Roxas. I just couldn't, I care for you too much to keep away such precious memories from you, from the people you cared about." She confessed truthfully, edging herself away from his shoulder in case if he was disgusted with her.

She was surprised though when Roxas pulled her back, "The most precious memories I appreciate having back, are of you, Namine. I never want to lose them again, not ever…and that's why…I'm sorry…so sorry…" He brought his head down, cowering over his hair as his mane sagged over his features.

"No, everything's alright now." She comforted softly, bringing his head over to her chest as she let him embrace her, "I could never hate you or despise you for what you've done Roxas, I love you too much to ever think like that." She looked over at the sun as it began to set, bringing the sky to turn to a darker shade.

She charitably smiled as tears streaked down her face silently, relishing Roxas's hold on her as it would be the last thing she remembered. She decided to speak, wanting to confess what she was holding inside her, "I'll never forget, being here with you, and meeting you…there's so many things…I wish…I wish I could take back…but I can't..." She sniffled jadedly, causing Roxas to pull back as he kept his hands around her waists, "I want you to know, Roxas. That no matter what, I'll always be here…as long as you remember that, everything will be fine."

He had a feeling she was hiding something from him, gripping his hold on her, "Namine…please…" He didn't know what he was begging her to do, visioning memories that he couldn't quite recognize. They sprouted inside his mind like a misty haze of noise, incapable in distinguishing the mysterious fragments as they scurried around his head.

"Soon, everything will come together…you'll find the answer someday…" She mournfully explained, spotting her hands begin to crack.

"No…" Roxas witnessed the fracture as it began to spread across her arms, lashing onto her dissipating form, "Not yet!!! You can't go yet!!! Not when I remembered!! Not when I remembered who you are!! You can't leave me again, Namine!!" He cried out, feeling the rays of the sun begin to disappear, shifting their shadows across the floor.

"We can't stop it…soon…Kingdom Hearts will join inside me…destroying who I was…I'll be nothing more than a shadow…but I know now, Roxas, I know now." She chastely spoke, "Even if I go away, I'll be in your heart; a place where Xemnas could never touch."

"My heart?" He asked doubtfully, feeling something pulse within him, touching the left side of his chest, "But…I'm…" She shook her head, "It's there…because…I'm there…" She tenderly justified, gasping in pain as she felt she was at her limit. The sun twinkled out at this time, the shadows of its ember shrinking into the abyss on the other side of the world.

"Namine!" Roxas shouted with horror, gripping her hand as he pulled her to him, "I won't…I…!" He couldn't finish, his voice breaking as tears barricaded his mouth from speaking. He fumbled with his words, stretching his sobs as they merged with Namine's own departed cries.

"Roxas…" She sniveled miserably, her chin pressed against his shoulder as the last bit of air inside her was slowly draining. The sky glistened with stars as they were revealed by the crisp glow of the sun, rising into the heavens as they sparkled. The orange sky connected with the setting dusk, banishing the warmth of the sun as it mocked the tragedy that was about to unfold.

Roxas gasped as his hands sunk and shattered Namine's back, evaporating the shards into the sky, glittering like little light puffs of sallow, "Namine…no…make it stop…" He begged desperately, clinging onto her as if his life depended on it, flinching as the pressure only caused her to deteriorate more.

She beamed tragically from his tone, feeling her body begin to lift, "Roxas…you have to let go..." She pulled herself away, floating upwards as she cupped his wet cheeks, "Remember, I'll always be with you…" She slowly perched her lips against his, reviving their lost passion as they both unlocked their mouths to feel the others sanctum. Tears slowly cascaded down her face, crafting her beauty like an untouched seraph of uncorrupted light as he glided his tongue along hers. It scorched her very being as she recollected the familiar contact, unleashing a timid like moan. They departed their lips from each other, savoring the taste inside their intimate memories.

Roxas as a last resort, frantically lifted himself up, catching one of Namine's transitory hands as her fingers traced off his cheeks. He gave the hand a firm squeeze, noticing her body begin to fade even further, shimmering into the imaginary ink sky, "I won't let it end this way, Namine." He began to make a vow, his voice clobbered by the immense crying he committed, "There's so much more I want to tell you…so much…"

She nodded with acceptance, her consciousness vanishing as she only contain one last thought left. She mouthed silently to him as her hand slowly discarded his, 'I love you…'

Roxas cried out as their hands separated with a burst of dazzling wisps of silver, "I promise!!!"

When you walk away

You don't hear me say, please~

Oh baby, don't go

Simple and clean is the way that

You're making me feel tonight

It's hard to let it go

Roxas watched as the stream of snowy particles drizzled across the sky, catching notice of one in particular that shined the best. It slowly made it's way towards him, triggering the forlorn blonde to close his eyes as he waited for it to come. It daintily touched the tip of his nose, engulfing the world around them as it glowed even brighter, surrounding the area in a cloud of white.

You're giving me, too many things

Lately, you're all I need

Ooo~ooo~

You smiled at me, and said

He felt something soft and wet against his cheek, sticking to his face as he heard waves crash against the shore. He cautiously opened his eyes to take in the environment, finding it to be the real Twilight Town. He gradually picked himself off from the sensitive and grainy sand, tears spilling forth as he realized what Namine had did. He froze as he heard footsteps behind him, making their way towards him with wary steps.

Don't get me wrong I love you

But does that mean I have to meet, your father?

When we are older, you'll understand

What I meant when I said No,

I don't think life is quite that simple

He steadily brought himself around, gasping as he saw the trio in front of him. Hayner, Olette, and Pence gave him an uneasy look, recognizing the coat he was wearing; but judging from his scarred features, they found him to somehow be harmless. Roxas gave an empty smile, sniffling as he gazed out into the gold sea.

He cried with despair, a comforting sensation settling itself inside his chest, as he recalled the last moments of his life before she disappeared.

When you walk away

You don't hear me say, please

Oh baby, don't go

Simple and clean is the way that

You're making me feel tonight

It's hard to let it go

So simple and clean~nn

Sora and the others made it back to Radiant Garden, finding them to be bombarded with greetings and welcome backs. The young wielder brushed his hand against a brick wall on one of the cottages inside the village, avoiding the happy crowd, feeling too disheartened to speak. He gazed up at the soft glow of the purple atmosphere from above, finding traces of stars falling across the sky. He gave a frown towards the sight, quickly turning over to find King Mickey who suddenly appeared behind him.

The daily things…

Like this and that and what is what

That keeps us all busy

Are confusing me

That's when you came to me, and said…

"This is just the beginning…" The mouse critically announced; staring off into the sky as more streaks of light began to fall.

Sora gave a firm nod, "Right, but we'll be there to end it…"

Wish I could prove I love you

But does that mean I have to

Walk on water?

When we are older, you'll understand

It's enough when I say so,

And maybe, somethings are that simple

A jet-black crow hawked in the distance as it flew across the bleak and ominous sky. It perched itself upon a female's long and scaly wrist, twitching its wings as it settled itself. It exchanged information to its Master, flapping its wings to convey it more thoroughly. The sorceress grinned with satisfaction, her minion known as Pete scratching his head as he failed to comprehend what was going on.

"So, it finally begins…" She whispered cunningly, soothing her hand across her pet's back as she plotted for the future ahead.

When you walk away

You don't hear me say, please

Oh baby, don't go

Simple and clean is the way that

You're making me feel tonight

It's hard to let it go

Larxene merged out of the portal as she landed upon a gravel hill, shaking off the debris of darkness that clung onto her. She looked out into the distance, finding nothing but an empty dry valley. She sighed with annoyance, deciding she had to start her life over again somewhere. She wondered though, how long it would take for her to get to Twilight Town?

Hold me

Whatever lies beyond this morning

Is a little later on

Regardless of warnings the future

Doesn't scare me at all~ll~ll

Nothing's like before

Xemnas stood across the empty plane as he gazed up at the abandoned fortress. He wistfully took a glance over at the blue and empty armor beside him, the rusty keyblade standing near the suit. He crossed his hands behind his back, deciding to speak with his low voice, "Soon, I shall find Kingdom Hearts…and then, we will get back what we have lost, my friend." It was at this moment that the other nobodies had gathered behind him, causing him to disperse the artifact into the darkness.

Xigbar was the last to arrive, wincing as he wrenched his neck to the side, easing the soreness with his hand. The nobodies watched their leader carefully as he turned around, examining their second base known as Castle Oblivion.

When you walk away

You don't hear me say, please

Oh baby, don't go

Simple and Clean is the way that

You're making me feel tonight

It's hard to let it go

Axel traveled inside the realm that existed deep within Roxas's dreams, his mind blank on what to do as he witnessed the whole event. As he passively walked through the empty plane, he noticed a figure wearing the same type of coat as the Organization XIII. He gasped in shock, jolting his head upwards to the hooded person as she began to pull back the material that covered her face.

He squinted his eyes, as the face seemed familiar to his memories, scratching the wrinkles to his brain to remember, "Xi…Xion?"

"Let's help them, together." She gave a friendly and comforting smile, edging her hand forward as a truce between old friends.

Hold me

Whatever lies beyond this morning

Is a little later on

Regardless of warnings the future

Doesn't scare me at all~ll~ll

Nothing's like before

Roxas entered the secluded and isolated mansion that was separated from the town, standing by the entrance before pressing forward to the center of the hall. He gazed around the main hall, taking in the old structure. He frowned drastically though as he remembered the recent events that occurred, but he quickly shook it off as he headed for the stairs. He took each step with an easy pace, stepping onto the second floor as he started to make his way down to the white room that once belong to a certain blonde witch.

He reached for the door, faltering his steps as he approached the entrance. He sighed somberly to himself before grabbing the knob, twisting it forward as he proceeded through without any interruptions.

Hole me

Whatever lies beyond this morning

Is a little later on

Regardless of warnings the future

Doesn't scare me at all~ll~ll

Nothing's like before

He vaguely squinted over the flash of light that penetrated through the room, closing the door behind him as he started to explore the deserted and pale space. He examined each drawing that was plastered on the walls, taking in the descriptions of each one as he trailed his fingers across the dry colors of wax. He smiled sadly towards the portraits, grazing the materials in hopes of sensing a part of Namine in them.

OOoo~ooo~ooo~

It wasn't long until he traveled halfway around the room, his foot stepping on a crumbled and burnt ball of paper.

Hahh~hahhh~hahh~

Oh yeah~

He picked up the discarded and ruined sketch, unfolding the slip from its enclosed confinement. He cleared off the edges as he revealed the image in his hands, becoming startled by the doodle in front of him.

Aye~…Aye~

He began to break down, tears already clouding his vision, his hands beginning to tremble as the drips from his eyes fell upon the drawing. He soon came with an idea, clasping the drawing near to his chest as he sniffled with a blissful grin on his face.

Hahh~hahhh~hahh~hhh~

It didn't take long, but soon enough, the drawing was restored to the best as it could be from inept artist's skills. He had done his best to adjust and flatten the wrinkles that were indented on the sheet. He had framed it neatly upon an empty space he had found on one of the walls, reflecting it against the light that beamed through the large window. The doodle contained a depiction of a blonde boy and girl sitting close to each other on top of the clock tower of Twilight Town, catching the moment as the light across the ocean dove into slumber, ever waiting for the sunrise ahead.

End

Kiome-Yasha: "There, it's finally over everyone. The Way You Remember Me is now finished; up next, the sequel!!! And judging from what you have seen in this chapter, the sequel will be jam-pack with more exciting adventures, and of course, romance. There will be a special credit for everyone! I just need to gather a lot of info in order to do it XD. Anyway, the first chapter to the sequel will not be made until after the holidays. This is my Christmas gift to all of you who've enjoyed and read the story; I wish you all the happiest of holidays…even though you might be crying right now from reading this. Even though I won't be working on the sequel right away, look forward to my other Namixas story The Diary of Namine, which I have recently started updating again. Well everyone, after a good four years of my life, it's safe to say I feel accomplished in completing this. I hope you all understood the meaning to this chapter and what I was trying to convey. Also, if there were any unanswered questions in this story, don't worry, I'll be sure to bring them all up in the sequel ;D. Well, all I can say now is give your last goodbyes and reviews to this story; and I thank you all for supporting it."

Sora: "There is no next chapter, wait for the sequel, which the title to that one shall be: "The Way I Remember You". Coming Soon!"