Author's Note: Here's chapter 1 of the story, Kairi. Read and review please!

Chapter 1: Return to Destiny Islands

I was standing in the first district of a town that the citizens call, Traverse Town. I worried about the fact that my best friend, Sora, was going to fight Ansem, the one who's behind all of this chaos that has been going on lately. For the mast 2 months, things have been happening. I was just rescued by Sora from Hollow Bastion. It was quite a reunion. As I woke up from my deep slumber, Sora was falling back. I ran over to catch him, but he disappeared before I got to him. I thought he was a goner at first, but I wasn't going to lose him! Not now! I ran out of the Main Hall with Sora's sidekicks, Donald and Goofy. As we made our way to the Entrance Hall, we ran into a Heartless, a creature that seeks out hearts of innocent people. As Donald tried to whack it, I knew at that moment that the Heartless was Sora. More Heartless appeared though. I wanted to escape, but it was too late! I held onto Sora knowing that I was going back to the darkness, but then, a light shined and defeated the Heartless. Sora had recovered! He held me in his arms as he told me, " Thank you." I didn't want to leave that position. I was so happy.

Now, I'm just waiting for Sora to come back to town and say that it's time to go home. Back to Destiny Islands. I really hope that he's taking care of my lucky charm. I gave Sora my lucky charm knowing that he would need some of me to be there beside me. I couldn't go with him to fight Ansem. He thought it was too dangerous. I really wanted to help, but Sora said that I would kind of get in the way a bit. I don't blame him. I can get in the way of some things sometimes. I stared up into the sky and saw a shooting star up in the sky. It reminded me of the night I arrived on the island. As I smiled at the shooting star, I started to feel weak. Sora and I were connected, so I knew when he was in danger. I started to feel a pain. I knew it! Sora was in great danger and I needed to help him! I knew that Cid, one of Sora's friends, wouldn't let me leave, but I didn't have a choice. I looked to my left and saw a portal. In front of it, I saw a girl. She looked like me! Except for she had blonde hair. I wanted to thank her, but when I reached her, she disappeared. She might've been a ghost or something. I slowly walked through and was very curious about what was beyond this portal. I ended up in another world.

I was scared and worried about where I might've ended up in. I opened my eyes. This world I was in, it seemed so strange. It looked like a Heartless world. I didn't see any other people here, so this had to have been the Heartless world. If this was the heartless world, then that meant that Ansem was here and if Ansem was here, then that also meant that Sora was here! I didn't care if he said it was too dangerous, I was going to help him! I passed on through what seemed the like The Gate to the Dark. It was quite creepy. Before I could leave this area, I ran into a large, purple Heartless that walked on four feet! I was scared to death at the moment! Sora was right! It was really dangerous! I couldn't escape! The darkness almost swallowed me. As I struggled to get out, someone reached out and grabbed my arm and pulled me out. My vision was blurry, so it was hard to see his full form, but he looked a lot like Sora!

" Sora?" I asked.

My eyes closed again. This time when I woke up, I was in a peaceful, but creepy-looking place. Who was that boy? I asked him if he was Sora, but I didn't get an answer. Was that Sora or was that someone else? I decided to forget about him and just continue on. There was no other pathway that would take me out of here. There was just a glowing hole. I thought for a moment and decided to jump in. It took me to a World Terminus. These must've been the worlds Sora visited while my heart was still inside of his. The worlds were quite unique, but I didn't have the time to explore. I looked into this one hole at the end of the terminus. I didn't know whether it was just thin air or if there was land beneath it. I decided to jump in. I looked down and there was no land! I closed my eyes, but found myself flying! I didn't know how I was flying, but whatever the reason, it must've been a good one. There was a small volcano. I flew into it. There were portals, but whenever I stepped into one, I though I ended up in the same place. After going through each of the portals, I came upon a room with the Heartless crest on a wall at the end of it. It was opened, so I just walked out into the open, but one of those big Heartless jumped at me again! I had a feeling that mysterious boy wasn't going to save me, so I just sprinted beneath the Heartless and ran through the crest. I was now in a peaceful place. I looked I front of me and there was a door. I took a closer look and then it opened. There was a blinding light. I looked through and stepped through the door. I was through the door, but I was standing on clouds. I didn't know where I was or how I was doing it. I looked around for a bit. In a moment, the clouds began to disappear and I was standing on solid land! I looked down at it, but looked straight up again when I heard a voice.

" Kairi!" It was Sora! He ran towards me.

" Sora!" I called again. Right when I stepped toward him, the ground shook and began to separate! I lost my balance and grabbed his hand.

" Kairi, remember what you said before? I'm always with you too. I'll come back to you! I promise!" We were getting farther and farther apart. I didn't want to let go of him. I held on tight.

" I know you will!" I cried.

I lost my grip and let go. The space between us got bigger and bigger. I watched sadly as he got farther away from me. A little star fell from the sky and landed in my hand. I then looked up and saw thousands of those little stars falling slowly. I didn't know what they were for till I looked behind me! There were palm trees growing! The ocean was forming back! It was all coming back to me! My home was restored! Destiny Islands was back! I looked ahead and took one last look at Sora. He leaned his head towards me in my direction and tried to say something, but I couldn't tell what he was saying. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I knew that Sora was going away, but also knew that we will never forget each other. I smiled as the stars shot back into the sky.

It was night and I wondered where my other friends would be. I knew that my other friend, Riku, was still missing. I think that's the whole reason Sora stayed behind. He had to find Riku. I looked around and saw the other island. It was the town island. I saw that my rowboat was still there. I rowed to the town island and got out. I wondered how Mom was doing. I walked slowly around and looked at the town. It was so good to be home. I also saw Destiny Island High School. I missed my Jr. High graduation last month. (A/N: Yes, right now, the month is July.) It didn't really matter though. The island was gone at that time. I walked down the street from the High School and saw my house. Next to mine was Sora's. I remember how we would always walk to Jr. High School in the mornings. It was going to be really quiet and lonely without Sora and Riku around. Plus, Selphie, who is my best girlfriend, (A/N: Don't worry, Kairi isn't gay.) will miss flirting with Riku. Yes, Selphie was a flirt. I wondered how my mom was going to take this whole story when I was going to tell her it. I walked in my house and saw my mom just doing normal stuff. Did I even exist? I asked myself. I walked in quietly so I wouldn't disturb her.

" Uh, Mom?" I asked.

" There you are! Where have you been? I looked everywhere for you when we got separated!" It turned out I did exist because my mom was acting like my grandmother did when I was little.

" Um…that's…a long story." I laughed nervously.

" Well, let's hear it." Mom said as she sat on the couch with me.

I told her the whole story. How I lost my heart, when Sora rescued me, when I ended up in the Heartless world, the mysterious boy, which I still don't who it was, and basically, I told her everything. She hugged me once again. I was a little hungry, so I went into the kitchen and made some diner. I was surprise that there was actually food left from the storm. I was also real tired. After I ate, I decided to settle down for the evening. I opened the door to my bedroom. It was left the way it was before I left! The bed was made, my dresser was dusted, my closet was organized, even my TV and stereo were left untouched! Talk about amazing! I looked into my dresser and pulled out my pajamas. I went into the bathroom and took a shower. It was nice to take a shower. I was really amazed about how I still smelled nice. 2 months without a shower, I should smell like dog poop! I put on my pajamas and crawled into my bed. I took the remote and turned on the TV. It was nice to have television again, but I barely used it. Only at night and when Selphie would sleepover. I looked at my bookshelf. That was also left the way it was. On the bottom row of the shelf were DVDs and video games. I forgot to mention I had a Playstation 2 that was left untouched. My reading books were there, and my sketchpad too. I took out my sketchpad and looked through it. There were lots of drawings. There was a drawing of Sora's dog chasing my cat. There was one that had Selphie flirting with Riku. However, there was one that caught my eye. It was a sketch of Sora leaning on a tree. I couldn't help but get a tear in my eye. I hugged the sketchpad and began to cry. I already missed Sora so much and it's only been like, two hours since I last saw him. I wiped the tears away and put the sketchpad away. It was 10pm. I turned off the lights and drifted off to sleep. I began to dream.


" Sora, let's take the raft and go! Just the two of us!" I suggested.

" Huh?" Sora asked me.

" Just kidding!" I giggled.

" What's gotten into you? You're the that's changed, Kairi." Sora laughed with me.

" Maybe. But you know, I was a little afraid at first, but now I'm ready. No matter where I go or what I see, I know I can always come back here. Right?" I asked.

" Yeah, of course!" He answered.

" That's good. Sora, don't ever change."

" Huh?"

" I just can't wait, once we set sail. It'll be great." I smiled as I stood up next to Sora.

End of Flashback

I shot up out of my bed. Why did I say I was just kidding about the raft? If I didn't want to, why did I even say it? I felt stupid now. I felt even more stupid about the fact that I didn't jump over the gap between Sora and I. If I had jumped, we'd be together! I felt so mad right now! I looked out the window and saw that it was morning. Time flies when you're having a good dream. I opened the window to the fresh breeze. I just realized at that moment that I hadn't have seen Selphie, Tidus, or Wakka. I walked over to my dresser and through on some clothes. I take showers at night, so my hair isn't oily the next morning. (A/N: That's actually my routine with taking showers.) I went down to the kitchen and grabbed some cereal. I knew that Selphie was going to be hyper when I saw her, so before I left, I grabbed some black pepper. If she's hyper, we sprinkle pepper on her, she sneezes, and then she's calm. I went out of the house and walked over to Destiny's Donuts. Her dad worked there, so she got free donuts for breakfast every morning. I opened the door and went in. I saw Selphie eating chocolate donuts at a table. She looked up and got hyper!

" Kairi? Is that you?" She asked loudly.

" Uh, yeah." I knew what was coming up next.

" YAY! You're back! Now we can do fun stuff together. YIPEE! Kairi's back, Dad!" Selphie cheered.

" Kairi, how have you been?" Her Dad asked. " Donut?" He offered.

" Um, no thanks." I refused.

" Hey, where are Sora and Riku?" Selphie asked randomly.

" Oh well, you see, it's a long story." I answered.

" Then it can wait!" Selphie went right back to eating her donuts.

I waited with Selphie until she finally finished eating her 10th donut. So that's where she gets all of her hyper ness. We walked out of the donut shop and went to or rowboats. We rowed out onto the main island. The main island was where Sora, Riku, and I would play. We arrived on the island and walked on the beach. Ahead of them, I saw my friends, Tidus and Wakka. They were playing with a Blitzball. Selphie interrupted their game.

" Hey boys! Kairi is back, but Sora and Riku are gone! Wait a minute! Riku is gone! Oh no! My dear Riku!" Selphie burst into tears.

" Don't kill yourself, Selphie. Riku will be back. I hope." I said to myself I looked in the sky. " Sora, don't forget the promise we made."

Author's Note: There's chapter 1 of the story. Review please!