Disclaimer: I do not own Kingdom Hearts.
Notes: Hey, all. It's Crimson Kaoru, back with another Kingdom Hearts fic, this time one that's chaptered! (Yes, I'm perfectly aware that this prologue is ridiculously short. I hope you can forgive me! Other chapters will definitely not be so small.)
Thanks to: namikun masaki and SecretBox, my two amazingly awesome betas. Like, seriously. You guys are the best! Also, my friend Faith needs a mention—thank you so much, m'dear! You helped me through it from start to finish. Even if you were dead half of the time.

Thinking of You
· prologue ·

Kairi knelt silently before the polished gravestone, running her fingertips over the engraved surface. It hadn't been there long enough for the words to fade—though it felt like an eternity to her—and it read,

In loving memory of
Loyal son and friend to many

"Sora," Kairi whispered, setting herself firmly in the dirt and resting her forehead against the cool stone, her cheeks warm and eyes stinging. There were rain clouds overhead, but Kairi didn't care in the least as she wrapped her arms around the grave marker and said to it, ever so softly, "It's been six months now, Sora. I'm sorry I haven't come to visit you in a while, I…"

She trailed off miserably, tears choking her throat. Swallowing hard, Kairi continued shakily, "Riku's still gone—he left right… right afterward. I don't know where he is. Selphie, Tidus, and Wakka won't shut up about him…" She laughed weakly. "We all miss you, Sora."

She broke off into sobs as rain began to drizzle over her head. Far away, thunder crashed, and she pressed herself to the wet stone, stifling a whimper of fear. "I still hate thunderstorms," she giggled to the grave, tears streaming down her face and mixing with the rain. "That hasn't changed… I remember how I used to cling to you in times like this; I hope you didn't mind. You always told me you liked it, but still—"

Abruptly, Kairi was bathed in shadow, and rain stopped falling on her head. She pulled herself away from the grave and looked, with wide eyes, up at the person standing over her. All she could see was soaking wet silver hair, aquamarine eyes dark with worry, and a mouth twisted into a firm, angry line.

Kairi could do nothing but stare. "R-Riku?" she stammered.

He glared down at her. "I was looking for you everywhere, Kairi!" he barked, voice raw as if he had been screaming. "On the day I return to the island, I find you gone… what am I supposed to think?"

She just couldn't register his presence, and could only whisper, "Riku? Is it really you? You're back?"

"Yes, I'm back," the tall—taller than she remembered; He's grown, she thought with a nostalgic half-smile—young man snapped, and jerked her up roughly, avoiding her gaze. "Now, let's get you out of the rain. Okay, Kairi?"

She stared at him in wonder still, before allowing her arms to slip around his waist. "Yeah," she murmured, cheek pressed firmly against his chest. "Okay."
Author's Notes: Hope you liked it! I'll update soon. Reviews are, as always, great encouragement!