By: Koorino Megumi

I usually don't post things that are this short, but I got a little attached to this one, so I thought I'd share it. There are spoilers through the ending of KH2 (but not the secret ending).

"Looks like we're here," Sora stated, probably more to break the silence than anything else as they stepped into the cold white room, hesitating just within. "Did you want to...uh...?"

"Yeah." Roxas stepped out of the other boy's body, Sora unable to keep from jumping just a bit at the sensation. The Nobody looked at all the stones before him, each marked with its own red screen. He made a beeline for one of them, kneeling down before it and running a hand over the outline of a very familiar weapon. "He's...really gone, isn't he?" he asked softly, "Faded away...to nothing..."

Sora frowned at the other's tone, not really sure what to say to that. "Well, yeah, but..."

Roxas glanced up at him. "But?"

Sora scratched his head, looking a little uncomfortable. "He was a friend, wasn't he?"

"Of course he was," the Nobody answered immediately, eyes going back to that screen. "He was the only one who ever..." He let his words trail off, lowering his head.

The frowned tugged on Sora's lips for a moment longer as silence stretched between them. Then a smile broke out on Sora's face, and the boy stepped up to put a hand on the other's ghost of a shoulder. "Then he's still right here!" he declared, putting his other hand over his heart.

Roxas blinked, turning back to him in surprise. He considered that for a moment, and then he smiled, too. "Yeah, I guess...you're right..."

Sora's smile widened into a grin. "Of course I'm right! You should know that."

Roxas rolled his eyes, getting back to his feet. He gave one more glance at the stone, a hand straying to where his heart would have been if he'd had one. "So...he's not really nothing after all," he murmured.

Sora blinked this time. "Hey, you're right! If he's inside us, it means he still exists. I mean...it means he does exist. He's not just...well, he is, but...um...you know what I mean."

Roxas laughed. "Yeah, I do. And Sora?"


"Thanks. For...keeping all my friends with me."

Sora laughed. "You can't thank me for that!" he protested.

"...why not? You're the one with the-"

The other boy shook his head. "Nope," he stated, "It's our heart, after all!"

Roxas stared at him for a moment, and then smiled again, too. "I guess it is..."

"So hurry up and get back inside. This is weird!"

Roxas laughed. "All right, all right. But still...thanks, Sora."

"Bah." Sora waved a hand. "You don't have to thank yourself."

"That was from Axel," Roxas murmured. Then he allowed himself to fade back into the body of his other half, even as the two boys together put a hand over their shared heart.