A Very Small Wish
By Tsukisamu Sayako
Disclaimer: Standard disclaimer applies. I do not own Sora, Roxas, Kairi, or Riku. They belong to Square Enix.
Author's Notes: Four short stories on wishes inspired by Fragrant meadow's "Hundred Paper Stars". No special rating needed since there's nothing that merited a T or M rating. Seriously…
Summary: When you wish upon a star…
"In you and I, there's a new land," sang Sora softly as he walked toward school with Kairi and Riku.
"Angels in flight," he paused, mentally singing the gibberish line before vocalizing again. (1) "My sanctuary, my sanctuary, yeah."
"Sora," said Kairi, interrupting Sora's little personal concert. Sora was about to continue on with the song when he saw the red-hair girl's concerned face.
"What's the matter?" he asked, mentally continuing the song as he talked to Kairi.
"Tonight's the night for the meteor shower," she said with a frown.
"I came back, didn't I?" grinned Sora, knowing perfectly well what Kairi was thinking about.
"It's a night for many wishes," commented Riku. Sora looked at the taller teen with confusion.
"Huh? What do you mean?"
"Hundreds of shooting stars waiting for wishes to come true," he looked up at the clear blue sky. "Don't you believe in wishes, Sora?" he grinned.
"Of course I do!" said Sora with a blush, slightly resentful at Riku's implication that he might not believe in wishes due their older age. "If there were no wishes, how could there ever be magic in the world?" he asked rhetorically with a goofy grin.
"Let's meet at the Paopu tree tonight. We'll make our wishes together," suggested Kairi.
"Only if we don't have a lot of homework," said Riku. Kairi giggled at the taller teen's requirement. "You're just making an excuse to be lazy."
"Am not!" replied Riku indignantly.
"I'll row you to the island if you're really that lazy," teased Sora. Riku huffed playfully before grabbing the brown-haired boy's head and giving him a noogie.
"Ow, Riku!" complained Sora as Riku ruffled his spiky hair. "Quit it!" Sora grabbed onto the taller teen's arm but Riku was still as strong as ever.
Kairi simply laughed as Sora pouted, trying to salvage his gravity-defying hairstyle from the annoying noogie. Riku tousled the brown spiky hair again before letting the shorter teen go. The Keyblade master blew a raspberry at Riku as he raked his hands through the hair.
"Silly Sora," said Kairi as she looked at Sora's annoyed face while he struggled to fix his hair.
"That's me!" grinned Sora, at last satisfied with the way his hair looked (or at least the way it felt in his hands).
The trio soon stepped onto the campus of their high school and went their separate ways for another day of classes.
That night, Sora left his home before sunset, letting his parents know where he was going. He started walking toward Riku's house while whistling a cheery tune. Soon, he ended up in front of Riku's house and knocked.
While he waited, he thought back to the song that he was singing that morning and began singing again.
"I watch you fast asleep." He tapped his foot to the beat of the song. "All my fears mean nothing."
Before he could continue, the door opened to reveal Riku in the doorway. Sora smiled widely at the older teen before waving good-bye to Riku's mother. The two boys then began their short walk to the dock.
"You show me how to see that nothing is whole," sang Sora softly, walking with a bounce in his step. "And nothing is broken."
"Sora, where did you hear this song?" asked Riku, evaluating the lines of song that Sora had just sung. Sora shrugged.
"I don't know," he replied. "It just popped into my head this morning."
"Think it might be Roxas who knew it first?"
"Maybe," frowned Sora.
"Have you talked to Roxas since we came back?"
"I've tried," he replied, "but Roxas never responds." He sighed sadly at the thought.
"Do you think it's because he doesn't want to talk to you? Or because he's become part of you?"
"I don't know."
They arrived at the dock and boarded Riku's boat, which was large enough to accommodate two teenagers rather than Sora's one-man boat. The two then began rowing through the calm ocean to the Paopu island.
Years of experience facilitated the pair's short voyage to the island. The two boys soon found themselves pulling the wooden boat up the sandy beach to keep the waves from pulling it out to sea. Neither one of the two wanted to be left stranded on the small island where the only things to eat were Paopu fruits. They saw a pair of tracks leading from Kairi's boat to the Secret Spot and surmised that Kairi had went there to add yet another drawing to the decorated cave.
The duo made their way to the Secret Spot and sat next to the red-haired girl, watching as she drew a picture of Riku's face just above the faces of Sora and Kairi. Sora then added a Paopu fruit beneath Riku's face with a hand from the Sora face. Kairi did the same for the Kairi face. Upon seeing the act of affection, Riku smiled and drew himself giving both Sora and Kairi Paopu fruits as well.
"Friends forever," said the red-haired girl with a wide smile.
"Friends forever," repeated the silver-haired teen.
"Friends for eternity," said the brown-haired boy.
The three then made their way out of the Secret Spot and went to the bent Paopu tree. Riku and Kairi both sat on the tree trunk with Sora leaning against the trunk in between them. They watched as the sun set and millions of stars filled the sky.
"I wonder which stars are the worlds that I've been to," said Sora quietly as he looked up at the stars.
"And to think that there are even more worlds that we haven't been to, just glimmering in the sky like stars," added Riku.
"Maybe we'll be able to explore them all some day," suggested Kairi. The other two boys simply nodded.
"It's such a beautiful night…" breathed Kairi after a few moment of silence.
"Yeah," agreed Sora.
"It's starting," said Riku as a streak of light flew across the night sky. Slowly but surely, more shooting stars appeared in the night sky, flying across the empty space in between the stars and through the immobile stars but never colliding with them. The light from the shooting stars fell upon the faces of the three teens with glimmering effects. The three teens simply marveled at the celestial event with fascination.
The stars continued to fall and fade into darkness of the night sky while the three teens made their individual wishes.
"I wish that we can be friends forever."
"I wish that our adventures will bring us closer together."
"What did you wish for, Sora?"
"I wish that I can talk to Roxas."
You decide which of the three made each of the wishes. The lyrics are from Utada Hikaru's "Sanctuary".
(1) The line I'm referring to is "wonk uoy naht snoitceffa erom deen I" which is gibberish when you speak it this way. I'm sure most of you know that it's just "I need more affections than you know" backwards. :)