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For once, Xemnas was true to his word. After the two of them were dressed again, he brought Gina home...though it took a few tries to find the right area.

At the sight of her mother's house, Gina fought back a gleeful squeal. She looked up to Xemnas' hooded face.

"You have no idea how much this means to me," she said, throwing her arms around his waist. She buried her face in his chest with a muffled, "Thank you."

"You're right," Xemnas replied, "I don't know what it means to you. But, judging from fact that you're cutting off circulation to my legs, it must be important. So...you're quite welcome."

Gina released her hold and gazed back at the house. A small face peered out the window at the duo, suddenly vanishing with a delighted smile.

She chuckled lightly. "My niece."

"I see. Well, you probably should get inside. They'll be glad to know you're safe, I'm sure."

Reluctantly, she nodded, facing him. Behind her, she heard the front door creak open. Gina reached to push back the dark hood, placing a soft kiss on his cheek.

Gina didn't want to say it. It was right at the tip of her tongue, but she couldn't say it, even though she knew she had to. Yes, she was beginning to fall for him, but she still couldn't shake the thought that he couldn't feel the same way about her. That alone gave her the strength to choke out, "Goodbye..."

Slowly, she turned and began walking towards the house she had left behind. Her mother was there, waiting with tearful eyes. Behind her was Gina's brother with his daughter, both equally excited to see her. Gina was just about to run to them, to let them know everything was all right...


Gina stopped in her tracks--Xemnas?--and turned. Xemnas approached her, one hand balled in a fist.

"Take this," he said, "If you...ever want to come back, use it. It will bring you straight to me."

He held the hand towards her, keeping whatever it was hidden in his palm. With the other, he took hers to him and placed the object in it. Xemnas stepped away and murmured a hesitant, "Farewell" before darkness enveloped his body.

Gina opened her hand to examine the artifact he gave her.

'It's...a rock...' she thought, confused, 'I'll mess with it later.'

She slipped it into the coat pocket, suddenly realizing she still wore the uniform. As she went back to her family, thoughts raced through her head. They hugged her tightly, kissing her cheeks, muttering things about being so happy to see her again. She was waiting for someone to question her new garments; what would she say?

'Well, I had sex with the guy you just saw, and he gave me this to wear so I wouldn't be cold? Yeah, right, that'd go over REALLY well...'

Thankfully, everyone avoided that topic. Sort of...

"So," her mother began. The four of them had made their way out of the doorway to the foyer. "Who was that man?"

"Who? Xemnas?" 'My lover for the week, Superior of Organization XIII, master of all Nobodies, manipulator of the darkness...' "Just a friend. He took care of me while I was away."

"That so? Where exactly did you go? What happened?"

"You wouldn't believe me if I told you, Mom. Trust me."

"Gina, you kind of disappeared without a trace, and then showed up with some strange guy in black without any warning whatsoever," her brother said, "Nothing you could say will be completely unbelievable, I don't think."

Gina sighed. "All right. I hope you've got a lot of time to hear this..."