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Last Time...

An annoyed Squall stood at the doorway, covered only by a towel around his waist. "You're not forgetting our deal, are you?"

Riku moved off of Sora, and groaned, "Poo you meanie," he pouted uncharacteristically.

Sora blushed, wiping his neck, "Sorry there."

Squall laughed, "Ah, it's fine. Just don't lemme see it again while I'm here."

-Chapter Eight-

Time to Act

It was finally time for Sora to figure out what he was going to do. He decided, after much debating with himself, to stay with Riku, until they got enough money to buy their own apartment.

Sora put his suitcase down on top of Riku's bed and popped it open. Riku was busy clearing out a couple drawers for him.

"Thank you, again, Squall," Sora started, looking over to the doorframe where Squall was leaning, "You are so kind."

Squall gave a small grin, and nodded, leaving the room.

"Riku?" Sora said, walking over to his boyfriend.

Riku stopped what he was doing, and took Sora into a hug as he got to him, "Yeah?"

"I feel..."

Riku rubbed Sora's back, "Sh..." he comforted, "It's alright now. You're with me." He leaned down and pressed his lips gently against Sora's in a reassuring kiss.

From the front hall came several quick, heavy pounds on the door. They broke their kiss, and went out to see who it was.

More hard pounds could be heard, and Riku quickly pulled open the door, thinking it must've been an emergency. In his doorway, was Sora's tall, steamed father. He jiggled the handle of the screen door, screaming profanities and commanding him to open the door.

Sora whined, and gripped Riku's hand tightly. Riku pushed him behind him, shielding the smaller teen from his father's rage. "Hey!" Riku yelled at the man, trying to get his attention, but it was apparent there was no hope in calming him down. Sora yelled for Squall.

Riku continued trying to calm him down until Squall came.

Squall pushed the two younger males back, and unlocked the door, pushing through it outside. This calmed Sora's father down quite a bit, or at least enough so that Squall could get some words in.

"Listen," Squall started, calmly, "You have no right to be here. Sora is an adult now, he can live where he wants. You don't have control over him anymore."

The man grew redder, and Sora ran back into the other room, with Riku at his heels. Sora could hear Squall and his father argueing, and tears started rolling down his face. He collapsed onto the couch in a fit of tears. Riku bent over and sat Sora up, taking the seat next to him. He pulled Sora into his lap, stroking his hair gently. The shouts from outside could still be heard, and the brunette was in hysterics.

"Sora... Sora... it's okay..." Riku comforted him, wiping his tears up.

Sora calmed his tears a bit, as he heard the heavy storm door slam shut. Squall suppressed a scream in the background. Riku kissed Sora's forehead, promising him one thing that would always be the same.

"I'll always love you, Sora."

Sora gripped Riku around his torso and kissed his chest, replying, "I love you, too."

Squall walked into the room quietly, and gestured to Riku to talk to him in private.

"Sora, stay here for a minute..." Riku said, standing up.

The brunette nodded, hugging onto a pillow. Riku followed Squall into his room, where he sat down on a chair, and Squall sat on the bed.

"He wasn't very happy," Squall stated.

"Just tell me what he said..."

Squall sighed, "He was talking about getting police involved. I convinced him not to... But the only way I could convince him not to was to give him a chance to talk to Sora..." he trailed off a bit, "Sora's going to stay a night over there."

"No!" Riku shouted, standing up, "He'll be killed!"

"Shut up!" Squall retorted, "Do you want to get that boy going again? Riku, it's just one night, you need to give some people the benefit of the doubt!"

Riku groaned, and slumped against the wall. "Fuck it."

Squall moved to put a hand on Riku's shoulder, but he pushed him away, storming back into his room.

"Fuck, Sora..."

"What? What's wrong, Riku?" Sora jumped from the bed and grabbed Riku's wrist.

Riku grasped Sora's shoulders, "I don't want him to hurt you."

"Who? My father?"

"You have to stay the night over there, Sora," he explained, "But I swear I'll be right outside the whole time. I'll be there watching you, I'll be there to save you if he touches you, I promise."

The brunette grew quiet, hugging Riku. "It's okay, really... Don't worry... I'll..."

He sniffed, "I didn't mean for you to feel so scared."

Riku looked into his eyes, "It's okay, I'm here to protect you."

"You shouldn't have to be."

Sora pulled away, and gathered a bag, quickly. He walked into the main room, Riku trailing behind him.

"I'm ready to go now, Squall."

Squall was suprised, "Already? Okay, then, that was quick..."

The three of them got into Squall's car, Sora riding shotgun, Riku in the backseat. The ride to Sora's was silent, making it feel much longer than ten minutes.

As they arrived on the doorstop to Sora's house, his father opened the door.

"Sora."

"Dad."

"Come on in."

Sora obliged and the door shut behind them.

Riku worried.

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Riku would have camped out outside of Sora's house if Squall hadn't kept an extremely watchful eye over him. He took Riku out for some pizza, which there was no way for him to enjoy as long as he knew Sora could be in danger. Squall then took Riku for a ride around town, to a video game store, bought him whatever game he wanted... But still, Riku wasn't cheery.

Finally it was time for the two of them to return home. Riku stared over at Sora's residence, but no sign of good nor bad was apparent. He walked through the door, and Squall popped in a movie they rented and started some popcorn.

"Come on, Riku, get a grip!" Squall warned, "You're starting to act like a woman, can't focus on anything but your love."

"When's the last time you saw Cloud?" Riku asked, staring out the window.

Squall was a bit suprised by the question, "Why?"

"Are you guys in love?"

"I... I love him, yes, but, he's still..." Squall stammered on.

What if you could never see Cloud again, would that crush you?"

The brunette sighed, "You and Sora can't be split up. You'll always have each other in your hearts."

Riku ignored him. "I'm going to bed."

"You're not even going to watch the movie with me?" Squall groaned.

Riku layed on his bed, worrying like hell.

Is he okay? Is he dead? What are they doing? Has he hit him? Does Sora understand how much I love him?

Why is this happening?

Why do I love him?

Why won't he let me have him?

Why can't I help?

Why?

It was a desparate feeling washing over Riku. He looked out his window at the soft light shone on the curtains of a window at Sora's house.

It was late, Sora's father was probably asleep, he could go get Sora, or at least check on him if he wanted to. No one would ever know. His door was locked so Squall couldn't come in to find him gone.

Riku slid the window open, and stepped outside. It was windy, and seemed darker than ever before. The sand glistened silver in the moonlight.

There was a scream.

"RIKU!"

"SORA!"


A/N: Okay, okay, guys, I know, cliffhanger!

Next chapter will be the FINAL CHAPTER!!!!!

--Lizz--