A/N: Well… I gotta warn ya. This really didn't turn out how I originally intended it to. But I got this idea in my head and I just had to use it…. I know I said I would be posting it tomorrow… but I couldn't wait!! Haha… consider it a gift for making you guys wait so long for that last chapter!!

So… I know I said happy ending….. :)

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Epilogue

The waves were calming, stroking the beach with gentle never ending laps. The salty water meeting warm sandy beach as the sun's rays peeked over the horizon, its brilliant rays painting the sky in infinite hues of orange, red, and purple. The natural transition of night to day… dark to light… The warm salty sea air whipped through her hair lightly, soothing her in a way that only the beach could. She closed her eyes, enjoying the sounds of the gulls squawking overhead and the waves lapping at the shore as the early morning tide rolled in.

How long had it been since she enjoyed a sunrise this beautiful and refreshing? It had been weeks since their return from the Coliseum. She had given up her light to Sora to save his heart, and it was almost more than she could bear. Being a Princess of Heart, it had left her body an empty hollow shell until Sora released the pure light held in that one special orb. With each passing day she gained more strength and with her friends by her side, it hadn't been hard to make a full recovery. She had even made a conscious effort to greet every morning with the sunrise.

She opened her eyes, focusing on the horizon as the sun reflected on the clear blue waves, gaining size with each passing minute, the sky changing in color and drama with it. She smiled as she acknowledged why it seemed that each morning was so special and each sunset more beautiful than the last…

Sora sat directly to her left, his warm calloused hand wrapped tightly around her own and his sapphire eyes glittering brightly in the sunrise. Their bare feet dangled off the side of the dock, skimming the top of the choppy waves beneath them. He smiled warmly as he noticed her watching him, and turned his smile on her, releasing her hand to wrap his arm around her waist and pull her closer to him. She smiled happily and rested her head in the crook of his neck as he rested his head on top of hers.

Riku and Shai sat on the beach a few yards away, enjoying the sunrise from their beach towel. Resting happily in the sand and enjoying each other's company, they waved a friendly wave when they noticed Kairi and Sora staring.

Kairi chuckled softly and waved back before returning her attention back to Sora…

"Hey, Sora?"

Sora didn't tear his eyes from the splendor of the sunrise as he answered, "Hm?"

Kairi pulled her head from his shoulder to eye level and Sora met her eyes, "You think it will always be like this?"

Sora laughed lightly as he returned her smile, "I sure hope so, Kai."

Kairi smiled back and returned her head to its original position, "Me too…" she sighed.

As the beach slowly cascaded with the sun's light, Sora felt warm and happy in its rays. He sighed, breathing in the clean crisp air. Home… He was finally home… And things were finally how he had always imagined them being.

"Hey Kai, I have a surprise for you…"

Kairi perked her head off his shoulder, her eyes wide with childlike excitement, "A surprise?!"

He chuckled at her apprehension, trying to ignore his own butterflies that were racing around wildly in his stomach, "Close your eyes… And no peeking!"

Kairi smiled widely, shutting her eyes tightly and covering them with her hands for emphasis.

She felt Sora's warm fingers wrap around her hands and pull them down, "Here…" A soft wet weight settled in her hands and she squealed as a sticky liquid dripped between her fingers.

"Sora!" she giggled, "What is this?!"

"Open your eyes and see…" he answered calmly, suddenly very excited and not so nervous about his surprise for her.

She eagerly popped her eyes open, and smiled widely at the star-shaped Papou fruit resting in her palms. Tears glistened in her eyes as Sora gently brought her hands to his lips. "I've always wanted to do this…" he whispered before softly biting into the fruit.

She smiled at the juice that dripped from his chin as he wiped it off with the back of his hand. He chewed and swallowed and then guided her hands to her own lips, "Your turn…"

She smiled warmly as she allowed him to guide the sweet fruit into her mouth. She bit into the Papou, filling her mouth with its sweet pungent juices. She giggled as it dripped from her mouth and Sora lightly wiped it from her chin. She smiled as she chewed the soft fruit when she felt something hard hit one of her teeth.

Sora grinned, his eye revealing his anticipation as a puzzled look flashed across her face. Kairi stuck a finger in her mouth before fishing out a small solitary diamond ring. He eyes grew wide and a broad smile spread across her face as she looked at the small diamond ring, "Sora? Is this…?"

"Kairi…" Sora interrupted before she could say anything else, "You know how much I love you… and you know that I would do anything for you…"

Kairi's heart fluttered uncontrollably in her chest, and she found it hard to contain herself as Sora changed his position so that he was kneeled on one knee.

"…After all we've been through these past few years, I have no doubt in my mind that we can do anything together…. And I know that we're really young, and the ceremony doesn't really have to be anytime soon…. But I would be the happiest guy in world if…"

"YES!" Kairi, unable to control herself any longer, threw her arms around Sora's neck her lips colliding with his in an eager kiss.

Sora grinned as she parted from him, keeping his forehead on hers and staring deep into her eyes, he whispered, "Kairi… will you marry me?"

"Yes," she repeated softly, "Over and over again…"

He smiled inwardly while he and Kairi stood up and made their way back across the dock to meet up with Riku and Shai. The light around them seemed to glow a little bit brighter as dawn shifted to day and the sun settled itself comfortably in the tropical sky.

THE END

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A/N: Well guys and gals. It was a fun ride, nearly 5 months later I can't believe I finally finished it… and all the reviews were totally awesome! I can't tell you how impossible this fic would have been without all your input. My readers rock and I luv you guys!

So…. What did you think of the ending?? Too cheesy? Too mushy?? Or maybe just right??? Sora proposing with a Papou fruit… it just don't get any cuter than that folks:)

Send me some final reviews, I'd love to hear how you liked (or disliked) the ending.

Also… much preemptive thanks to Spongebobfan1661 for her add for this fic on her YouTube site, which I'm sure will be totally awesome. As soon as she gets it up and going, I'll put the link on my homepage so you guys can check it out if ya want!

AND! Don't forget about my new fic, "I'll Be Seeing You". Now that Saving Me is FINALLY finished, I hope to get another chapter out soon.

THANKS!!!!