Disclaimer: I don't own the Kingdom Hearts characters, but I do own all locations, the storyline, and the original characters.
For Warnings, Spoilers, and Plot see earlier chapters! Thanks!
Pairings: Axel:x:Riku, Roxas:x:Sora, Zack:x:Cloud, Naminé:x:February, and Zexion:x:Demyx
A.N. Thank you so much for reading Unseen Emotions! I hope you enjoyed the story as much as I enjoyed writing it! Please leave me a review! :x:Myou:x:
Chapter Twenty-Six: Zest
"Riku! Hey, where are you going?"
The boy turned, lifting his hand to push back his long pale hair as it passed before his eyes, the chilly winter breeze rustling his jacket and jeans. "I wanted to see the ocean! I heard it was icing over along the coast!"
Axel laughed, his breath causing white puffy clouds to pass from his mouth into the air, the red-head shaking his head and watching his fiancée affectionately. "Alright, just don't get too close! The last thing we need is for you to catch pneumonia the night before your first concert!"
The younger boy smiled, his eyes shining brightly, his irises an exotic mixture of blue and green. The scar that passed over his eyelids and across his cheeks was barely visible, a ghost fragment of the life he had once lived, a brand that branched from the time he'd lost Sora to the time where he'd found Axel. He had once found it ugly, but now he loved it; it reminded him of everything he'd experienced, everything he'd been through. And whether he liked it or not it was a huge part of what had made him who he presently was. The boy that was best friends with Sora and Roxas, and engaged to Axel… The brother of Cloud and Naminé, who could now brag to his siblings as the newly hired singer of Chakram… He had made a full recovery from his eye surgery, his vision had completely returned, and was much stronger than he had ever been before.
He still had yet to see his parents in the ten months that had passed since his recovery from the operation, but once he and Axel returned back to Dashilaw from this concert they were going to meet them for a nice family dinner. Zack and Axel were of course invited, and Riku wasn't sure how exactly that would play out, but he was eager to find out. Not to mention Naminé's new girlfriend, February. He couldn't wait to hear what his parents would have to say about that.
He smiled to himself, looking out across the freezing ocean, noticing the sky had darkened and thick clouds were rolling in. Another round of flurries, no doubt… Would it be snowing during the concert? He turned from the hill overlooking the coast to look over at his fiancée. Axel was watching him silently, a soft expression across his face. Riku walked over to him, taking his mitten-covered hand in his own, looking up at him and saying, "Alright, I guess we should start heading to the airport…"
Axel nodded in agreement, the two boys walking together back to their rental car. They climbed inside, turning on the engine and listening to the radio for a moment as a newscaster gave the latest weather forecast information. "Well, as long as it's not snowing too hard I'm sure the concert will still be on for tonight." He turned to look over at the other boy, asking, "You're okay with rocking out in the snow, right?"
Riku laughed, nodding excitedly, his teal eyes bright. "Of course! I can't wait!"
They drove through the city, weaving through the thick traffic of Waev City to the airport. The flight to Jepsin wasn't more than an hour away, the boys quickly finding parking, making their way through security, and going to their gate where Marluxia and Larxene were waiting for them. Their band-mates greeted them warmly, Marluxia hugging Riku and ruffling his hair, Larxene smiling over at them. "Well well! You two look half frozen!"
"Riku wanted to see the ocean before we left." Axel replied, looking down at the smaller boy with a grin. "And what Riku wants…"
"Yeah yeah, you're so damn cute…" the blonde girl replied, rolling her eyes and turning to look towards the boarding gate leading to the airplane. "Let's just hope it doesn't start snowing before they tell us to get on the stupid plane…"
As if on cue the loudspeakers overhead announced boarding for first class to Jepsin City, Larxene cheering and walking over to the flight attendant with her ticket, waving Marluxia over, the pink-haired boy following after her dutifully. Axel took Riku's hand, the singers walking together to the stewardess and handing over their tickets, following after their friends down the long sloping ramp leading to their plane. They found their seats in first class, Larxene sitting beside Riku and Marluxia sitting on the other side of Axel, the two older boys chatting excitedly about the songs they'd selected for the concern.
Larxene leaned over, asking Riku softly, "Are you nervous?"
"Yes…" Riku admitted, nodding as he said, "But somehow I know that everything is going to be okay. I guess the stage fright is just a fear that you have to conquer over time." He tilted his head, asking, "Were you ever afraid when you first started playing in front of people?"
The blonde girl laughed, leaning back in her seat and looking up at the ceiling of the plane. "Was I scared? Oh you have got to be joking. I was terrified! I forgot what notes to play, I couldn't get my tracks to sync properly, and I've even managed to knock one of my speakers off the stage before by tripping over the wires in-between songs. I've been laughed at, and teased, and been the butt-end of jokes." She reached over, patting Riku's knee. "But now that Chakram has gained a decent level of respect from the community, and I have hundreds of emails from adoring fans…" She grinned, saying, "It's worth it, trust me. You're a great musician and an amazing singer. If people don't accept you at first don't sweat it. It's going to be a big change. People are used to Axel being the only singer, and some might not like the new sound. But we like it, and the record label likes it." She looked over at Axel and Marluxia, the two boys listening and smiling at her and Riku. "This will be good for us. We have confidence in you."
They went out to eat before heading to the venue. Axel picked out a place that served all-day dim sum, grinning at Riku when the boy asked him what just exactly that was. "You'll like it, I'm sure." The red-head replied, taking the boy's hand as they wanted through the parking lot towards the entrance to the large ornate Chinese restaurant.
Larxene and Marluxia followed after them, the pink haired boy saying softly, "He's either going to love it or hate it! I hope Axel's right!"
They sat down at an oval table, several waitresses coming around with various carts, each offering a different type of food. Steamed dumplings, pork shumai, shrimp ha gao, cheung fun… Riku instantly fell in love with the barbeque pork buns and yellow egg buns. Marluxia was busy shoveling down pork fried rice, while Larxene delicately picked up a shrimp ha gao with her chopsticks and popped it into her mouth. Axel watched his fiancée with a smile, biting into a custard bun and chewing slowly, savoring the sweet flavor. They had sweet rice cakes and several different types of desert buns, and then they ended their meal with jasmine tea. Riku sighed contentedly, leaning his head on Axel's shoulder while they waited for their check to arrive, the redhead stroking his hand along his fiancée's leg gently.
Suddenly, a petite Asian girl walked up to their table, gasping and saying excitedly, "Oh my god! You're Chakram! I have tickets for your concert tonight!" Her words instantly set off a chain reaction, several other girls turning and looking over at their table with curiosity, then gasping and squealing in delight.
Axel rubbed the back of his head sheepishly, looking down at Riku apologetically. "That's the only downfall about coming to places like this. There's lots of people…"
Riku laughed, shaking his head, "It's alright. I'm going to have to get used to it sooner or later."
Marluxia, Larxene, and Axel signed several things, then they paid for their check and walked outside, a couple of fans following after them. One was a shy blonde boy, who eventually gathered up his courage and walked over to Axel and Riku, smiling up at them uncertainly. "I know we've never met before, but I wanted to thank you two. I was at the concert in Waev City when you proposed, and it finally gave me the courage I needed to come out to my family, and confess my love to a boy I'd had a crush on since grade school."
Axel smiled, reaching out and shaking the boy's hand. Riku did the same, saying happily, "I'm so glad that you were able to finally take that step! I know how hard that can be…"
The blonde blushed slightly, pulling his hand away. "Well, it worked out well with my family but…he ended up not liking me the same way. Still, just being able to finally confess my feelings for him was enough for me. I know I'll find my special someone out there someday."
"Never give up," Axel said, Riku looking up at his fiancée as he spoke. "It'll be tough sometimes, and you might be lonely for a while. But it'll be worth the wait."
The blonde boy eventually waved goodbye and went back inside the restaurant, Riku and Axel standing there together in the sunset, bathed in gold. The pale blonde boy looked up at the red-head standing beside him, a soft smile across his lips. "Was I worth the wait?" he asked, bright green eyes looking down at him lovingly.
"Do you even have to ask?" Axel whispered, leaning down and kissing the younger boy.
Riku giggled softly, "No…but I always like hearing you tell me sweet things. Like how cute I am, or how much you miss me, or how much you're wanting to-"
Axel kissed him again, cutting off his words, Riku laughing softly against his lips. He wrapped his arms around his fiancée's shoulders, pulling him closer, heat searing through his body as their tongues touched. He was panting slightly when Axel pulled away, the older boy looking down at him with want. "Tease…" he scolded softly, a smile turning up the corners of his lips.
Riku blushed, turning his cheeks light pink. They'd been a bit more aggressive with one another since Riku's sight had returned, and the tension between them had been steadily growing over the months that followed. They had yet to act on their desires however; they'd been busy with their sponsors, and recording their first album, and traveling around the country. "I'm not a tease," Riku said with a pout, then added shyly, "I'll prove it to you tonight if you don't believe me."
Axel's eyes flickered for a moment, the red-head's breath catching in his throat before he sighed, shaking his head. "You drive me crazy sometimes. But sadly it's in a good way, so I really can't complain…" He nuzzled his nose against Riku's. "As for tonight…"
"Hey you two! Are you gonna stand out here and freeze or are we heading to the concert hall?"
The red-head sighed, pulling back from Riku and turning to look over his shoulder at Marluxia. The other boy was grinning from ear to ear, fully aware of the fact that he had interrupted the two. Larxene's arms were crossed over her chest, the girl rolling her eyes and shaking her head at the pink-haired bassist. "We should probably get in some practice before the crowd starts to arrive, to help Riku get used to the lights and the layout of the stage."
Axel turned, looking down at the boy in his arms. Riku nodded, smiling up at him. "That's probably a good idea."
"Alright…" Axel said with mock exasperation, taking Riku's hand and walking with him towards the car. He traced his thumb against his fiancée's palm gently, the other boy blushing and biting his lip. He knew what that meant, what Axel wanted to do to him. He swallowed, trying to calm his racing heart. If he could make it through the concert, then maybe tonight as a reward for all his hard work they finally might be able to…
The stage was much bigger than Riku had anticipated. It stretched across the entire length of one wall of the concert hall, the floor opening up and spreading around it in a massive arcing crescent shape. The concert hall was enclosed around the edges, but when looking up the tall walls towards the ceiling Riku found that the dome was still open. Giant snow-laden clouds were clearly visible above, passing overhead like fluffy grey and white marshmallows dipped in golden honey. Several high-tech cameras were set around the outskirts of the stage, stagehands setting up speakers on either side of the stage and positioning various lights in the rafters. Axel wrapped an arm around Riku's shoulders, following the younger boy's gaze. "Pretty impressive, huh?"
"Yeah…" the other boy whispered, "Are you sure bringing me in unannounced will be a good idea?"
Axel chuckled, "What are you talking about? I announced you to the entire world almost a year ago. Everyone knows who you are; they just don't realize you're part of the band too!"
Riku smiled, lifting his hand up and staring at his ring. It shone brightly in the light of the sunset, his blue shell bracelet wrapped around his wrist daintily and matching his ring beautifully. He stared at his ring for a long moment, then sighed and turned towards Axel, lifting himself up onto his toes and kissing his fiancée before walking off towards the back of the stage. "Let's practice a couple of songs to warm up!"
Axel smiled, following after him. "Alright, what do you want to do first?"
Riku continued walking, saying over his shoulder, "What about the new one Larxene helped me write?"
Hearing her name, the blonde girl looked up from her synthesizer, watching the two boys approach. "Are you sure about doing that one tonight?"
"Why not? It's one of my favorites, honestly." Riku said, walking over to her and retrieving his guitar from its cast. "I think everyone else will like it too!"
The girl smiled, keying a few notes on her instrument absently, humming softly as she did so. "Well, alright. Let's give it a go."
Axel called for Marluxia, the pink haired boy walking over with a cup of coffee, sipping at the steaming beverage cautiously. The red-head shook his head at the boy, "And how are you supposed to play if your hands are full?"
"You can do one song without me!" the older boy said, taking another sip from his coffee. "Let me warm up a bit, I'm freezing already." He glared over at Larxene, who laughed and held up her hands defensively.
"You cannot blame me this time! I didn't steal your jacket; you just forgot about it completely and left it at the hotel!"
The boy muttered something under his breath, shaking his head and sipping at his coffee. Axel sat down, resting his guitar against his knee and tuning it by ear, looking up and watching Riku do the same. They met eyes for a moment, smiling at one another, before Axel started to play.
"Don't remind me, that some days I'm a windshield
And other days I'm just a lucky bug,
As cold iron rails leave old mossy trails through the countryside…
The crow and the bean field are my best friends but boy, I need a hug…"
"Boy, I need a hug…" Riku sang, echoing his fiancée with a smile.
"Cause my heart stops without you, there's something about you,
That makes me feel alive…
If the green left the grass on the other side…"
Riku strummed his guitar, singing, "I would make like a tree and leave…"
"But if I reached for your hand, would your eyes get wide?"Axel smiled, pausing so Riku could take over as lead singer.
"Who knew the other side could be so green?
Don't remind me, I'm a chickadee in love with the sky,
But that's clearly not a lot to crow about…
Cause when the stars silhouette me,
I'm scared they'll forget me and flicker out…
"I taste honey but I haven't seen the hive…
Yeah I didn't look, I didn't even try…
But still my heart stops without you,
There's something about you that makes me feel alive…"
"If the green left the grass on the other side…"
"I would make like a tree and leave…"
"But if I reached for your hand, would your eyes get wide?"
"Who knew the other side could be so green?"
They sang together for a moment, catching one another's eyes.
"We are honey and the bee…"
"Backyard of butterflies surrounded me…"
"I fell in love with you, like bees to honey!"
"So let's up and leave the weeping to the willow tree…"
"And pour our tears in the sea…"
Axel took over again, strumming his guitar.
"I swear there's a lot of vegetables out there, that crop up for air…
Yeah I never thought we were two peas in a pod,
Until you suddenly bloomed, then I knew,
That I'd always love you…"
Riku laughed softly, his eyes shining, "Oh, I'll always love you too…"
"If the green left the grass on the other side…"
"I would make like a tree and leave…"
"But if I reached for your hand, would your eyes get wide?"
"Who knew the other side could be so green?"
Axel stopped strumming, reaching out and taking Riku's hand, singing softly.
"And if I reached for your hand, for the rest of my life…"
Riku leaned in and kissed him, singing, "Who knew the other side could be so green?" (1)
After another hour or so the concert hall was beginning to fill with people, fans chatting excitedly across the floor, cheering for Chakram to come out and play. Riku shook out his shoulders and hands, flexing his fingers, trying to rid himself of his first performance jitters. Axel rubbed his shoulders gently. "It's going to be great, babe. Don't worry about it too much, you'll give yourself a migraine."
"I know, I'm just nervous…"
Axel pulled him close, kissing his neck gently. "Just be yourself. And remember to have fun."
They took their places, grabbing their instruments and walking out onto the stage, everyone instantly noticing the pale boy standing beside Axel, holding a guitar. Riku was recognized by several girls in the front row, the girl squealing and waving at him excitedly, calling out his name. Riku laughed, blushing lightly, looking over at Axel as his fiancée grabbed ahold of the microphone stand and spoke.
"How's everyone doing tonight?" the crowd cheered, several calls of We love you, fire crotch! echoing up from the massive sea of bodies surrounding the stage. Ever since the concert at Waev City it had become a nickname for him that he hadn't been able to shake. Stupid Yuffie, that brat… Riku laughed softly, covering his mouth with his hand and looking away, blinking away tears of laughter. This fiancée looked over at him, glaring playfully, before turning back to the crowd. "I'm sure you all remember my fiancée, Riku?" Several fans cheered, the girls in the front row calling out their affections for the couple. "Well, he's going to be singing with us tonight! So now I'm going to hand over the mic to him. Enjoy the concert!" Riku swallowed nervously as Axel looked over at him, holding out his hand to the younger boy. Riku steeled himself, stepping forward, clutching his guitar in his hands. He and Axel swapped places, the red-head whispering to him softly, "I'm right here, babe. You got this. Knock 'em dead!"
Riku looked out over the crowd, blushing slightly and taking a long deep breath to steady his nerves. "Hey guys! Thanks for coming out tonight!" He strummed his guitar absently, several girls cooing in the front row and waving up at him, several boys giving him an evaluative look. Riku hesitated, then glanced over his shoulder at Larxene, the girl beginning to play her instrument, followed by Marluxia, then Axel. He glanced over one last time, meeting his lover's eyes, then let all his tension go and smiled, turning back towards the crowd. He waited until everyone was in sync, then began to play as well, a rocky powerful upbeat sound that quickly had the crowd cheering. The camera's panned by the front of the stage, Riku looking towards one and grinning widely, shouting towards the nearest camera, "Hi Naminé! Hi Sora!"
Elsewhere, glued to the giant television in Axel's living room, Naminé and Sora squealed, hugging one another excitedly. Roxas watched with a grin, looking up at Cloud and Zack who were standing nearby. The older boys chuckled softly, Cloud shaking his head. Reno was standing behind the couch with Vincent and Yuffie, the dark-headed girl clapping excitedly as she watched the television. Tasogare and February sat together on the couch, Kurei beside them with Kairi, the latter two holding hands and leaning against one another comfortably. Zexion and Demyx were on the other end of the couch, the dirty-blonde's arm wrapped around his boyfriend's shoulders. They watched in anticipation as the camera's swept across the stage, showing the band from several different angles, then zoomed in on Riku as he began to sing.
"I will dedicate,
And sacrifice my everything for just a second's worth
Of how my story's ending…
And I wish I could know if the directions that I take,
And all the choices that I make won't end up all for nothing…
"Show me what it's for, make me understand it!
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer,
Is there something more than what I've been handed?
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer…
"Help me carry on,
Assure me it's ok to use my heart and not my eyes
To navigate the darkness…
Will the ending be ever coming suddenly?
Will I ever get to see the ending to my story?
"Show me what it's for, make me understand it!
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer,
Is there something more than what I've been handed?
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer…"
Axel and Marluxia stepped forward to either side of Riku, the older boys shouting into their microphones, "So when and how will I know?" Axel began ripping out an amazing guitar solo, Riku playing in the background, smiling over at his fiancée and listening to the crowd erupt into frenzied cheering. After a few long rifts, the red-head looked up and met Riku's eyes, smiling and nodding to the younger boy. Riku stepped back up to the mic, reaching out and grabbing it as he sang.
"How much further do I have to go?
How much longer until I finally know?
Because I'm looking and I just can't see what's in front of me…
In front of me…
"Show me what it's for, make me understand it!
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer,
Is there something more than what I've been handed?
I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answer…" (2)
The crowd cheered excitedly, the camera panning over the enthused audience. Back at Axel and Reno's house, their friends were in the midst of similar cheering, rooting for Chakram louder than anyone else who was at the actual concert. Outside of the house, the clouds were swirling darkly, snow beginning to fall. It had been almost a year. Ten long months since they'd all been together in that house with snow on its way. And somehow it felt as if it had only been yesterday.
Three hours later the concert ended with a flourishing performance from Riku and Axel, the two boys linking fingers and bowing together, Marluxia and Larxene waving to the crowd from either side of the stage. "Now for the fun part," Axel said, Riku looking up at him curiously, "We get to be mad mobbed by fans for approximately an hour to an hour and a half." He squeezed Riku's hand gently. "And this time, people will be cutting in line to get your autograph too!"
They left the stage, setting their instruments aside and exiting the back way, Larxene patting Riku's shoulder and Marluxia ruffling his hair. "You did great, kid!" the pink-haired boy complemented, "I think this is exactly what we needed to complete our image! There's no other band out there that sounds like us, looks like us, rocks like us…"
Riku laughed, smiling up at the bassist. "It was so much fun! Thank you so much for letting me join the band!"
"Of course!" Larxene said, the blonde girl looking back at them as they walked together towards the lounge. "We wouldn't think about having it any other way…"
When they reached the end of the hallway, screaming fans awaited them, Larxene stepping forward and signing ticket stubs, posters, flyers. Marluxia went to her side, taking a pen from a fan and signing her notebook, the girl thanking him profusely and clutching it to her chest. Axel looked down at Riku, squeezing the boy's hand. Instantly cameras went off, the pale blonde blushing and trying not to stand there like a deer in headlights, more nervous now than he had been on stage. "Hey, this is supposed to be fun, not some cruel form of torture." The red-head said, noticing Riku's hesitance. "We don't have to do this if you don't want to. We can wait for Marl and Larx in the back…"
Riku shook his head, scowling up at the singer. "Don't be ridiculous! I just… I didn't think about practicing my signature before we came…"
Axel laughed, moving to tilt Riku's chin up and kiss him, saying when they parted, "You silly thing, no one gives a damn about how eloquent your signature is! Just squiggle something on whatever they offer you. They know who signed it and that's all that matters! It's all about bragging rights, you know?"
Riku laughed, nodding and turning towards the crowd. Several fans were watching them with expectant eyes, wondering what the two boys were talking about. One boy was snapping pictures furiously, the girls he was standing with laughing hysterically and swatting at him. Riku closed his eyes for a moment, sighing, squeezing Axel's hand. "Alright then," he said, opening his eyes and looking up at his fiancée with a grin, "Let's sign some squiggles!"
They stepped forward, people shoving things into their hands, Riku signing as much as he could within the next hour but the line never seemed to shorten. He stuck around a little bit longer than he would have because one girl started to tear up as they left, Riku reaching out and taking her poster and signing it to her name. She was so enthralled she nearly fainted, her friends fanning her and fussing over her dramatic nature. Axel watched with a smile, Riku really was amazing. He was so concerned, so shy yet so social, and he thought about strangers more than he thought about himself. He eventually had to pull the smaller boy away from the crowd, leaning in and whispering, "Babe, I know you don't want to leave but if we don't go soon we're going to miss our plane…"
Riku nodded, turning to wave, Axel, Marluxia, and Larxene doing the same, before the band-mates left together through the side doors, piling into the limo that was there to drive them to the airport. Their rental cars would be returned by the event staff, and they hadn't really brought any luggage. Once they reached the airport they easily made it through security, signing a couple of random fan's shirts and things as they made their way to the gate. They boarded just in time to hear the announcer say that the snow was starting, but flights were not delayed at this time. They would be updating the weather report regularly, and would keep the passenger's informed of any flight schedule changes. They found their seats in first class, sat back and relaxed, chatting about the concert and their songs and fans, and settled down beneath warm thick blankets that the stewardess brought them to catch a few hours of sleep on the plane ride home. Axel and Riku sat together, the smaller boy resting his head on the red-head's shoulder, quickly falling asleep.
When they reached Dashilaw it was snowing large fat snowflakes, the flurry quickly blanketing the city with white. It was pitch black out, the sky dark and the ground white. Riku looked around in wonder, his eyes taking in everything with a mild sense of awe. "It's so beautiful…"
Larxene and Marluxia said goodnight, going to retrieve their car from the parking lot and drive home. Riku and Axel walked hand-in-hand across the snowy pavement to Axel's car, the hummer already covered in a thick layer of snow. Riku climbed inside, Axel turning on the car so that the engine started to warm up, swiping snow from the windshield and headlights with the sleeve of his jacket, his breath making small clouds in the air. Riku watched him sleepily from the passenger's seat. He was going to need some coffee if they were driving home in the dark, otherwise he was going to fall asleep. After a few minutes the red-head climbed into the driver's seat, shuddering and holding his hands in front of the heat pouring out of the vents. "Damn, it's cold!" he looked over at Riku, smiling mischievously, "Do you need some coffee? You look like you're about to pass out over there."
Riku nodded, smiling over at his fiancée, suddenly noticing the look in his lover's eyes. He leaned over, wrapping his arms around Axel's neck, searching his eyes. "Do you need me to warm you up first?"
Axel chuckled, pulling Riku close and kissing him, the younger boy gasping softly against his lips. They kissed gently for a moment before their movements grew more heated, Axel pulling the pale blonde into his lap and grinding their hips together, Riku moaning and kissing him furiously, feeling Axel's hardness pressing against him. They had to pull away for air eventually, Axel's hands roaming up and down Riku's sides, the red-head biting his lip. He met Riku's eyes, searching those teal blue irises for a moment before he asked, "Do you just want to grab a hotel room and spend the night here?"
Riku's heartbeat sped up, catching the hidden meaning in Axel's words. Even if they did drive all the way home, they wouldn't really have any privacy. Everyone was waiting for them to come home, there would be at least half a dozen people there if not more… Blushing, Riku leaned in again, kissing Axel's lips gently. "I'd like that…" he whispered, Axel pulling him close and sneaking one of his hands beneath Riku's shirt, rubbing the small of his back gently. They searched one another's eyes, Riku smiling shyly as Axel's hands traced up his spine, the red-head's eyes heavy with desire.
"Are you sure you're ready?" the red-head asked, "I don't want to rush things for you, if you still want to wait, we can…"
"Shut up and kiss me…" Riku murmured against the older boy's lips, Axel grinning and pulling Riku against his chest, the red-head moving to cup his hand across the backside of his lover's jeans, grinding their hips together over and over. The friction between them slowly built, Riku whimpering and tugging Axel's shirt, gasping and kissing him harder than before. Eventually Axel had to pull away, leaning his head back and taking a couple of deep breaths. The two boys settled into their seats, strapping on their seatbelts and driving carefully out of the snow-laden parking lot to the nearest hotel. Luckily it was right down the street, and had vacancies. They grabbed their backup carryon bags out of the back seat of the Hummer then walked together towards the entrance of the hotel, the interior warm once they stepped into the lobby. Riku stood back a bit, Axel getting them a room for the night, the pale boy's eyes wandering around the lobby and taking in the details of the paintings and plants near the corners of the main hall. Axel was at his side a moment later, taking his hand and leading him towards the elevator, smiling down at him gently. Once the elevator doors were closed they were on one another again, Axel pushing Riku back against the wall roughly and ravishing his mouth with hot kisses, the younger boy whimpering and submitting to the older boy's advances. The door opened behind them a moment later, the two boys quickly making their way to their room, Axel fumbling with the keys for a moment before letting them inside. They tossed down their small bags and stripped off their shoes and jackets, Axel moving to lock the door behind them before turning to look at Riku. The pale boy was busy stripping off his shirt and unbuttoning his jeans, looking over at Axel with fire in his eyes. The older boy shuddered, pulling his shirt up and over his head, tossing it to the floor, taking off his socks and shrugging out of his jeans, watching as Riku did the same. They moved to the bed, Riku sitting down atop the comforter and looking up at Axel, his cheeks flushed and his eyes hazy with need. Axel leaned down, capturing his lips, placing a knee on the bed and pushing forward, lying Riku down against the velvety blankets concealing the soft sheets underneath.
Riku gasped softly, wrapping his arms around Axel's neck and pulling him closer. They'd fooled around before, but it had never been as aggressive as this. He was hesitant to admit it, but he rather liked the forcefulness with which Axel tilted his head to the side and attacked his neck with kisses, Riku writhing beneath him, whimpering softly. Axel pulled away, looking down at him with shining green eyes, Riku looking up at him, panting softly. He reached down and cupped his fiancée's cheek gently, searching Riku's eyes. "Tell me what to do babe, and I'll do it for you. Anything you want."
Riku blushed crimson, searching Axel's eyes. He knew the other boy was serious, and he knew what Axel really wanted, but he was giving Riku the opportunity to ask for something else. Something not so…intense as what Axel really wanted to do to him. He thought about it for a moment, but then realized he wanted what the older boy wanted. He wanted Axel to take him, fully, completely, wholly. He wanted the other boy inside him, pushing into him, making him scream out for more… He reached up, his hands trembling as he pressed them to his fiancée's chest, searching his eyes. "I want you to make love to me, Ax…"
The red-head's breath hitched, the older boy hesitating despite his lover's words. "Are you sure?"
Riku nodded, his heart fluttering wildly in his chest. "Yes, I want you to. I'm ready."
Axel smiled, leaning down and reconnecting their lips gently, kissing Riku long and deep, the boy sighing against his lips when he pulled away. "Alright…but I'm going to need you to help me." He pushed himself off of the bed, going to the bag he had discarded before, retrieving a bottle of lube and a condom.
Riku watched him, giggling softly when he noticed what his fiancée was holding, raising an eyebrow at him. "The lube I understand, but the condom?"
Axel grinned at him sheepishly, "I wasn't sure if you would want one or not. Some guys don't like the feeling of cum inside of them afterwards…"
The younger boy blinked, thinking about it for a moment. He smiled as Axel walked over to him, looking up at the red-head with affection in his eyes. "I think I want to feel it…" He heard Axel's breath hitch, a shudder passing through the red-head's shoulders, "And if for some reason I don't, then next time I'll request a condom, okay?"
"Sounds good to me…" Axel said hoarsely, Riku laughing softly. He was fully aware that it would feel much better for Axel without a condom, but he was very appreciative of the fact that his fiancée was thinking about him above all else. He truly loved Riku with all his heart. He would do anything for the younger boy, even put Riku's pleasure before his own. The older boy gently pulled down the comforter, Riku moving to crawl on top of the sheets beneath, laying back down near the head of the bed and looking up at his lover with want in his eyes. His body was craving the other boy's touch, his boxers tented and barely hiding his rigid arousal. Axel was in much the same state, lying down beside Riku and pressing his hardness against the younger boy's side. He leaned over, kissing Riku's lips gently, the younger boy squirming under him as Axel moved a hand to the edge of his boxers, pulling them down Riku's legs slowly. Riku helped him, kicking them off of his ankles to land somewhere on the floor, turning towards Axel and dipping his fingers in the waistband of the older boy's boxers, tugging at them gently. The red-head lifted his hips, allowing Riku to undress him, the pale blonde shuddering in anticipation when his eyes met his fiancée's cock. It was thick and throbbing, Riku easily picking up on the precum beaded at the tip, reaching out and wrapping his hand around Axel's length. The older boy moaned softly, leaning back against a pillow and watching Riku play with him, the teal-eyed boy glancing up for the bottle of lube Axel had retrieved before. He took it from where it laid near the headboard, squeezing a bit of the slick substance into his palm and moving to wrap his fingers around Axel once more, the other boy crying out softly and closing his eyes, focusing on the pleasure engulfing his arousal. "Riku…"
The younger boy stroked him steadily, thinking about what it would be like to feel Axel inside of him, trembling slightly as his thoughts caused a physical reaction. Axel cracked open one of his eyes to look over at his lover, noticing that Riku had his other hand around his own weeping cock, stroking himself and Axel in time, his face flushed crimson as he pleasured himself. Axel's breath hitched, reaching over and placing his hand around Riku's, the white-blonde opening his eyes and looking over at the red-head, gasping and crying out as Axel moved his own hand against his heated flesh. Riku was tense all over, he could feel it through the muscles in his hand and arm. He was too wound up, too tight; it wouldn't be good for them to do anything now, Riku needed to relax if this was going to work… Axel lifted himself up off of the mattress, gently pushing Riku down and kissing along the boy's neck and chest, pulling the boy's hands away from his body and moving them to rest against the bed. He parted his lover's legs, settling down between them, and wrapped his fingers around Riku's arousal. The younger boy's breath hitched, knowing what was coming, crying out as Axel slowly wrapped his lips around him and began bobbing up and down. "Nn! Not fair!" Riku whined. He never lasted very long when Axel sucked him, it felt too good, and his body was still not used to the intense amount of pleasure the red-head could so easily inflict upon him. "A-Ax! You're gonna make me…ah!"
Axel reached up, rubbing the dip of Riku's hip just the way he knew the other boy liked, sucking a bit harder and flexing his throat around the younger boy's arousal. When he felt a hand twisting in his fiery locks he knew his lover was close. He closed his eyes, moving faster, squeezing the inside of Riku's thigh, willing him to cum. The touch seemed to send Riku over the edge, the boy crying out and spurting several times into Axel's waiting mouth, the red-head pulling away after a moment and looking up at his fiancée, a wide grin across his lips.
Riku cracked open an eye, looking down at him with a pout. He was breathing hard, his mind hazy with afterglow, whimpering as Axel moved to kneel between his thighs, reaching up beside the pillows and retrieving the bottle of lube. He coated it across his first two fingers, watching Riku's eyes for signs of discomfort as he reached down between his lover's legs, lifting his hips gently and sliding his fingers along his backside. Riku gasped when Axel's fingers found his entrance, squirming against the sensation of lube being spread against his skin, his body too relaxed for him to really fight back against the strange new sensation.
Gently Axel pushed the tip of his index finger inside, Riku making a soft sound, looking up at Axel with need in his eyes. The red-head's breath caught in his throat, looking down at Riku and biting his lips. So fucking hot… He pushed his finger in a little bit more, the lube doing its job and allowing him access after a few moments of gentle pressure, Axel stretched Riku gently with one finger before adding the second. At that the younger boy did notice a bit of discomfort, but Axel worked his fingers inside of him over and over, stretching his muscles and trying to make him a little less virgin-tight. The sensation eventually began to have a pleasing sensation to Riku, the boy panting softly as Axel continued to prepare him, the pale boy reaching down and brushing his fingers against one of the red-head's thighs. "Axel…" he whimpered, "I think I'm ready…"
The older boy nodded, pulling back his hand and lifting his fiancée's hips a bit more, guiding himself to Riku's entrance and pressing the head of his length against him, searching the younger boy's eyes. "I love you, Riku…" he whispered softly.
The younger boy smiled up at him, whispering in return, "I love you too, Ax…"
The red-head pushed forward slowly, Riku gasping and tensing at the almost painful feeling coursing through his backside and up his spine. Axel hesitated, waiting for the younger boy to adjust, pushing against him gently and pulling back just a bit, then pushing in again. Slowly Riku became used to the sensation, nodding up at Axel, the boy pushing a bit deeper inside and listening to the sounds Riku was making to know when to continue. Eventually he pushed into him the rest of the way, the younger boy crying out and tensing up again, Axel freezing in place and biting his lips. Riku was tensing around him in a way that almost sent him over the edge, but he held himself back, waiting for the younger boy to tell him when it was okay to continue.
Riku exhaled slowly, his body trembling beneath Axel's, the boy looking up at his fiancée and nodding. "I think I'm okay…"
"Alright, I'm going to move now…" Axel said gently, pulling back slowly before pushing in again, Riku's muscles slowly relaxing as the tension between them built again. Then, all of a sudden, Axel hit something inside of him that made him cry out uncontrollably, the boy squirming against the sheets and moving his hips up to meet his fiancée's next thrust. Knowing that he'd found Riku's sweet spot, the older boy smiled, moving into Riku a bit harder than before, the smaller boy crying out again and fisting his hands in the sheets.
"Ah! Axel! Hnn…" Riku lifted one of his hands, pressing the back of it against his mouth, panting uncontrollably. "Ah! Oh god…"
Axel looked down at Riku with half-lidded eyes, the fire inside him slowly rising, his ears drinking in the beautiful sounds his fiancée was making. "Yeah, babe. Moan for me…"
Riku twisted his head to the side, crying out again, his back arching and his legs trembling as he was assaulted with pleasure unlike anything he had ever felt before. It was mind blowing, numbing, intoxicating… He could feel something churning inside of him, his arousal dripping precum, his spine tingling with lightning. "Ax… Ax… Please, oh god yes…"
The older boy's breath hitched, thrusting into Riku harder, lifting his hips and angling himself so that every time he moved he rubbed against the younger boy's sweet spot, the two boys quickly climbing to their peaks together. "You getting close, babe?" The red head panted, the boy beneath him crying out and clenching his eyes shut, tears forming along his lashes.
"Ah! Ax! I'm not going to last much longer…"
The red-head dipped down, moving so he could tilt Riku's chin up and kiss him hotly, continuously slamming their hips together, pushing inside deep and fast and hard… He waited until he felt Riku tensing around him in an unmistakable way, then allowed himself to release, the two boys crying out and cumming together, their voices singing in harmony. Axel collapsed on top of Riku, a panting sweaty mess, the younger boy whimpering and wrapping his arms around his fiancée's shoulders, his hands stroking along his back gently. They lay there, holding one another, before eventually Axel moved to pull out of the boy, looking down at him with a blush. Riku was covered from head to toe in sweat and various sticky liquids, the red-head shuddering and committing the image to memory. He leaned in, kissing Riku's lips gently, the boy making a soft sound of contentment and sighing against his lips. "Love you…" the older boy whispered, his fiancée looking up at him with shining eyes.
"I love you too…"
They arrived at Axel's house before noon the next day, their friends more than excited to see them. Axel couldn't help but blush when Reno asked him where he had been, stuttering about it snowing too hard for him to see to drive home. The older boy grinned at his little brother, nodding his head and giving him a knowing look. Axel glared at him, but Reno didn't torture him about it further. Cloud's phone rang after a while, the blonde getting up from the couch and walking towards the kitchen, talking softly to whoever it was on the other end of the line. He returned to everyone a few minutes later, looking between Naminé and Riku. "Alright, mom and dad are on their way. We're going to have dinner at the house, so let's head over and start making some food."
They said goodbye to their friends, Cloud and Zack getting into their car, while Axel, Riku, Naminé, and February rode in the Hummer. Riku turned to look back at the two girls, his sister fidgeting nervously. February was holding her hand, tracing her fingers gently. "It'll be alright, love. No matter what happens, I'm here for you."
Naminé nodded, looking up at the other girl. "I just don't want them to hate you…or me…"
"Ditto to that," Axel said, looking back at them in the rearview mirror. "Riku still hasn't told them we're engaged. I'm afraid this dinner is going to end up being something off of a reality TV show…"
Riku sighed, shaking his head and saying, "Don't jinx us! Who knows, maybe they'll just be happy for all of us and that will be that!"
Axel gave him a skeptical look, remembering the way Riku's father had looked at him in the hospital after the eye surgery. His mother had seemed happy, but his father… Axel sighed, turning down the street and following after Zack's viper, listening to his fiancée's words of encouragement to Naminé. The girl seemed to accept her brother's words, but was still rather worried, February smiling at her reassuringly.
They pulled into the driveway of Riku's house a few minutes later, parking next to Zack's car and sitting there for a moment in silence. The girls exchanged a soft kiss before getting out of the car, Axel and Riku following after them, Cloud and Zack watching their approach. "Zack and I will start making dinner. If you guys will set the table and straighten up the house that would be helpful. The girls are going to go get some flowers for mom."
Naminé nodded, taking February's hand and saying as they walked off down the street, "Our neighbor has the prettiest flower garden, I'm sure she'll let us make a bouquet."
"Sounds good to me," Axel said, looking down at Riku, the boy nodding.
Over the next couple of hours Axel helped Riku vacuum, dust, set out the tableware. Zack and Cloud were busy in the kitchen making salad, chicken and pasta, veggies, and an apple pie for desert. The girls eventually returned with a giant bouquet of flowers, separating it out into smaller vases and placing them around the living room, kitchen, and dining room. The house looked lovely, and the food smelt great. The younger couples sat around the living room while the older boys finished the final touches on dinner.
There was a knock at the door. Riku jumped up, Axel watching him walk across the living room and open the door, a tall blonde woman wrapping her arms around him and hugging him tightly. "Hello dear! How are you?"
"Good…" Riku said, smiling up at his mother. He searched her eyes, taking in the details of her face, her hair, the necklace wrapped delicately around her neck. He looked over her shoulder, catching sight of his father. The man didn't look very happy, but he didn't look angry either. He held the air of someone who was out of place, sort of lost.
He glanced up at his mother questioningly, but she just smiled at him and touched a finger to his nose. "And where is Axel? I heard that you two put on quite the show at your concert last night! It was all over the radio this morning!"
Riku blushed lightly, allowing his mother to walk past him into the house, the woman walking over and hugging Axel as well, then turning to hug her daughter. Naminé smiled up at her, laughing softly, "Hello mother! You're looking lovely, as usual."
The woman beamed down at her, "You're such a sweet girl! I did just have my hair done the other day." She reached up and tossed her hair over her shoulder, Naminé giggling and smiling up at her.
Riku turned when his father moved towards him, meeting eyes with the man, his dark-blonde hair showing a hint of grey. "Hello son. How's life treating you?"
The boy smiled up at his father, nodding and saying, "Pretty good, actually." He moved back, saying, "Come inside. There's something I wanted to talk to you and mom about."
The man nodded, stepping into the house, Riku shutting the door behind him and walking over to his fiancée, who was chatting with his mother, laughing at something the woman had said. She turned to look back at her husband and youngest son, sniffing the air and saying, "If I didn't know any better, I would say someone's baking an apple pie! But I know Cloud's incapable of baking anything…"
"I heard that!" Cloud said as he walked in from the kitchen, setting down several bowls on the dining room table and beckoning them over. "Come sit down so we can eat! Zack's getting the pie out of the oven to cool off for desert!"
Riku heard his father sigh, glancing up at him. The man's eyes didn't hold any malice, just quiet contemplation. Nervously he looked over at Axel, the red-head catching his eyes. Maybe Axel was right. Maybe this was all about to go terribly wrong… Riku's mother took Naminé's hand and walked with her towards the dining room, smiling back at the other girl watching them, "Come along, February. Sit with us and let's chat a bit."
The white-haired girl nodded, her pale blue eyes smiling at the woman's words. She followed after them, sitting beside them at the table. The woman called for her husband, the man going to sit at her other side, Riku and Axel hanging back for a moment, turning to one another while Riku's parents were distracted. Riku searched his fiancée's eyes, anxiety washing over him. "Are you sure we should tell them now? I mean, I haven't seen them in months…"
"It's up to you, Riku." Axel said softly, "But I think the longer we wait the harder it will be to tell them in the end."
Riku nodded, taking Axel's hand and letting out a shaky breath, then walking with his fiancée into the dining room, his mother glancing over at him and noticing their linked hands. She tilted her head, smiling at him softly, then patted her husband's leg. "I think Riku has something that he would like to say."
Cloud and Zack took their seats, setting down the apple pie in the middle of the table beside the beautiful bouquet of flowers Naminé and February had picked earlier. The man looked up, noticing their hands as well, sighing and crossing his arms over his chest. Riku hesitated, trying to find the words to say, but then turned to Axel, searching his eyes. The older boy smiled, squeezing his fiancée's hand, and spoke up first. "I'm sorry we didn't tell you sooner, but I have asked Riku to marry me."
Riku's mother seemed genuinely shocked, covering her mouth with her hand and looking over at her youngest son as if waiting for confirmation. Riku swallowed down his nervousness then held out his hand, showing her his ring. "I said yes." He added softly. "I love Axel very much, and I want to be with him for the rest of my life." He looked between his mother and father, waiting to see what they would say.
His mother eventually lowered her hand, her eyes glassy with tears, and said, "Riku… I am so happy for you!" She got up from the table, walking around to her son, reaching out and hugging him, taking his hand and admiring his ring. "It's simply beautiful!" She looked over at Axel, nodding to him. "I think you've made an excellent decision."
Riku's father was quiet as he watched his wife and youngest son embrace, looking over at the red-head standing beside him. He sighed, then lowered his arms, saying, "I thought as much. Your mother doesn't really pay too much attention, but I had heard rumors circulating about you two being engaged for quite some time now."
Riku looked over at his father, reaching back and taking Axel's hand, looking up at the older boy before glancing back at his father. "We weren't trying to hide anything, really…"
"You just waited almost a year to tell your own mother and father that you were engaged?" the man stood up from the table as well, walking around it and stepping into the living room, rubbing at his forehead as if fighting off a massive headache. Riku watched him worriedly, glancing up at his mother.
She smiled at him, patting his shoulder. "It's alright, just give him some time."
"And what about us?" Cloud said, standing up and looking out across the table to their mother. "You have to know by now that Zack and I have been living together. Is he ever going to accept us? Is he ever going to accept Riku and Axel? Or is it going to be like this every time we have a family gathering…" Zack reached over, touching his boyfriend's arm comfortingly.
At the other end of the table, Naminé lifted her hands to cover her face, February reaching over and cupping her shoulder gently, "It's alright, Naminé…"
"No it's not!" the girl said, looking over at her girlfriend with tears in her eyes. "I knew this would happen! If daddy won't accept Cloud or Riku then how is he ever going to accept me?"
At this her mother turned to look at her, saying in confusion, "Naminé, dear, whatever do you mean? Of course your father…"
"I'm with February, mom!" She said, tears pouring down her cheeks, "We're not just friends, we're dating! And you and I both know he can't stand gay couples…"
The front door slammed a moment later, startling all of them. The tall blonde woman sighed, shaking her head and crossing her arms over her chest. "I'm sorry, everyone. He's just set in his ways about some things." She smiled softly, almost sadly. "That's why we've decided to finalize the divorce, and are selling the house." She looked up, her eyes moving from Riku to Cloud to Naminé, taking in her children's expressions. "I'm sorry, dears. It hasn't been working with us for a while now. We've tried to make it through, but I think that this is something your father may never recover from. I'm sorry that you had to witness that little display."
"You're getting a divorce?" Naminé asked softly.
"You're selling the house? But…" Cloud sighed, shaking his head and sitting back down. "That's how you paid of Naminé's medical bills, isn't it?"
The woman smiled over at her eldest son, nodding solemnly. "Yes, Cloud. We both agreed that if we were going to end things we were going to make sure the three of you had completely blank slates. No debt, no payments to make on anything, none of our loose ends to tie up."
"Mom…" Naminé said, the woman walking over to her daughter and leaning down to hug her, the girl wrapping her arms around her waist and crying against her tummy. February watched her girlfriend with sad eyes, glancing up at the woman standing beside them.
The woman smiled at her, reaching out to touch her cheek. "Welcome to the family, dear. Broken as it may be, I hope you are happy here."
February smiled up at her, nodding. "Naminé makes me very happy." She reached over and squeezed the albino girl's hand. "And I hope that I make her happy too."
Zack smiled, leaning back in his chair, watching the blonde woman with soft eyes. "Sit down and eat with us. Cloud told me that apple pie is your favorite."
The woman smiled over at him, nodding and sitting down again. Riku and Axel sat down as well, the three couples and the blonde woman saying grace before beginning to eat. They thanked the heavens for their friendship, and their family, and for the love they shared. And to whatever god may or may not be listening, they gave thanks for what they had. It was the end of a journey that they had shared together; the trials they had endured, the hardships they had conquered, and the unseen emotions that had at times overwhelmed them, but that now warmed their hearts.
They were cheerful, and content, and would live out the rest of their lives together in happiness and love.
(1) Honey and the Bee by Owl City
(2) Crawling in the Dark by Hoobastank
Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed the last chapter!
I'm sure there will be following U.E. one-shots with our favorite couples, I am excited to write them! Let's see, we'll have to have Cloud and Zack, Zexion and Demyx, and maybe the girls too… Please leave me a review and let me know what you thought about the story. I love hearing from you! I will admit, I am rather sad to be able to finally say that Unseen Emotions has been completed!
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Random notes: Unseen Emotions is a total of 26 chapters, and is 366 pages long!
The longest chapter is Chapter 14: Noise, and is 20 pages long!
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