Face Down

Chapter 1

-Cherry-lime Smoothie-

I sat patiently on the couch, waiting for my brother, Sora, to finish getting dressed. It was early September, which meant today was the first day back to school.I was now in the tenth grade, Sora was in the eleventh grade, and our younger sister, Namine', was in the ninth.

Sora and I were complete opposites; he was happy, loud, and a total preppy, while I was more silent and...emo... As for Namine', she was pretty quiet too, but also very happy all the time.

We also hung out with completely different people. Sora and Namine' shared tons of friends, while I simply hung out with the same group of about four people for my whole life.

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So, after struggling to get Sora out of his closet and into the car, we finally made it to school. Sora and Namine' immediately found their group of friends--I mean, who could miss them? They were all wearing such bright colours--while I simply stood by, hoping to soon see a familiar face.

After waiting around for a while, I finally decided to head into the school and put my things in my locker. The halls inside were pretty empty; a few kids hurriedly put their things in their locker, and immediatly ran back outside to catch up with their friends.

As I made my way to my locker, I ran into someone. We both fell to the floor, our books and binders flying everywhere.

"Sorry," I said, helping the person up. He was tall and slender, and had crimson hair that was wildly spiked in the back. And, oh, the most gorgeous green eyes ever.

"That's okay!" he said, smiling brightly. I can tell he was new to our school, especially after he asked, "Can you show me where locker 122 is?" I nodded and helped him pick up his things. As we headed to the lockers, I noticed him looking around curiously.

"So, what's your name?" he said so suddenly that I jumped.

"Uhm...Roxas," I said sheepishly.

"What a cute name! I'm Axel!" he said, beaming. I stared at him stupidly. He didn't dress or look preppy, why does he act it?!

"So, where's your locker?" he asked, putting his things away. I opened the locker right next to his and stared at him boredly.

"Oh," he said, and looked down. I began to put my things away, and ge watched quietly while rocking back and forth on his heels. My eye literally twitched. He's a heel-rocker like Namine' and Sora?!

I slammed my locker shut, making Axel jump. I stared at him, and he just stared back with wide eyes. Heh. He almost looked scared... I snickered and walked away from him. And that was the end of that. I already have one Sora, I don't need another one.

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The bell had already rung when I had finally caught up with my friends. As we stepped into the classroom, I looked around for Axel. No sign of him. I breathed a sigh of relief as I sat down in my seat. Right when our teacher opened her mouth to speak, Axel burst through the door.

"Hello!" he said happily, wearing a smile so bright that it was blinding. He skipped to the empty seat next to mine and sat down. I stared at him, my eye twitching once again. He's in my class, too?! Oh, God, my life can't get any worse... I heard the class snicker behind me as Axel smiled at me.

"Hi, Roxas!" he sang, waving at me like a 5-yeard-old. I looked away from him and sank in my seat. This day SUCKS.

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Finally, the lunch bell rang. Who knew that I would have Axel in EVERY ONE OF MY CLASSES?! After I received my lunch (today is 'mystery meat'), I quickly walked to the table and sat in between my two friends. They eyed me suspiciously.

"You seem in a hurry," my friend, Zexion, said.

"I am," I said, looking around the cafeteria, "I'm trying to avoid that new kid."

"You mean the one with the red hair?" my other friend, Marluxia, asked. I nodded and proceeded to 'try' and eat my lunch.

"What's wrong with him?" I stared at my friend, Demyx, like he had just grown two heads.

"What isn't wrong with him?! He's so happy all the time that it's sickening!"

"I'll second that," Zexion said.

"And anyway, why does he have to bother me?!" I complained, "He has all those preppies he can hang with!"

"Hi!!" I heard a voice sing behind me. I quickly turned around and spotted, you guessed it, Axel. I cringed. Oh no! How'd he find me?! My friends began snickering as Axel squeezed next to me.

"I brought my lunch!!" He said cheerfully as he opened his lunch bag. I stared at him, hoping that he'll just explode at that instant. He didn't. I saw my friends get up from their seats.

"We'll be going now," Demyx said, holding back a laugh. I opened my mouth to speak, but they had already left.

"Bye!!" Axel waved to them, making them laugh even more than they already were. I began slamming my head on the table. Axel stared at me confusingly.

"Doesn't that hurt??" He said, cocking his head to the side. I looked at him, my forehead a bright red.

"Yes," I stated simply, and began slamming some more.

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After school had finally ended, I ran outside to the back of the school. I planned on taking a different route to my house, that way I couldn't bump into Axel. But, right as I was about to dart down the sidewalk, I felt someone pull me back. Axel. My eyes grew wide, and I tried to escape.

"Hi, Roxas!!!!!" he said, his cheerful voice like posion. I twitched.

"Um...hi," I said, shrugging his arm off my shoulder.

"I was wondering if we could hang out today?!" he asked, rocking on his heels once again. I blinked at him, and sighed.

"Alright," I said, unwillingly. He clapped his hands and squealed.

"Yay! Let's go!" he cheered, grabbing my wrist and dragging me down the sidewalk.

Right before the school bell, I had promised myself that I would try to avoid associating with him at all costs, but now here I was in the Ice Cream Shoppe, sitting across from Axel and drinking a cherry-lime smoothie.

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CloudsGirl: Wow! Another AkuRoku fic, and so soon!

I'm proud of myself!! XD

The chapters for this fic are going to be a lot longer than the last fic's chapters.

Also, I think this story is going to be a lot more interesting than the last.

Anyways, please review!!!!!

DISCLAIMER:

I DO NOT own Kingdom hearts or any of their characters. Short, sweet, and to the point.