Another 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: Sequel to "A Very Small Wish", another four short stories on wishes; this time made by different characters of Kingdom Hearts II. No special rating needed since there's nothing that merited a T or M rating. Unless you count the small act of affection Sora and Kairi shared in the first story as obscene…
Summary: Once in a blue moon…
"Have you even seen two full moons in a month?" asked Riku as the three teens looked out at the rising moon with its glimmering reflection on the wavy ocean. The stars of the night seemed shy and the three could barely see them against the dark blue sky.
"Two full moons?" asked Kairi. Riku nodded.
"The second moon is said to be a blue moon."
"Why is that?" asked Sora, leaning down from his perch on the tree to look at the face of the silver-haired teen.
"They say that the second moon is blue when it appears in the sky."
"Maybe the second moon feels sad because it doesn't have a month dedicated to it."
"It shouldn't be said," said Kairi. "It should be happy that it gets to share a month with another moon."
"Like us with Paopu fruits?" suggested Sora with a grin. Kairi giggled.
"The blue moon is also powerful," added Riku. "It can make wishes come true."
The mention of wishes made Kairi frown as she thought back to the events of the past year before she returned to Destiny Islands with King Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.
"Let's head home," she said after another moment of silence.
"There's a blue moon next month," said Riku as the three walked toward the little dock.
"Let's come here and make wishes then!" suggested Sora excitedly.
"Sure, let's do that," agreed Kairi.
Life went on as usual for the three Keyblade wielders: going to school, doing homework, hanging out with friends. Those were the rituals the three went through on a daily basis. At the end of the week, they went to Paopu Island and in the secrecy of the Secret Spot, shared a Paopu fruit together. Then afterwards, they would sit on the bent tree and watch the sunset as they always do.
All thoughts of the blue moon vanished from Kairi's thoughts as she sat on the Paopu tree, watching the sun set once again.
'Naminé…' she thought, mentally trying to talk to her Other, but to no avail.
"Kairi, you okay?" asked Sora, jerking the red-haired girl from her reverie. "You spaced out for a bit there."
"Oh sorry, I have a lot of things on my mind. What were you saying?"
"You're still free tomorrow night right?"
"Tomorrow night?" Kairi looked at the brown-haired teen with bewilderment. "What's tomorrow night?"
"It's the night of the blue moon," interjected Riku.
"Oh," she replied noncommittally.
"So, are you going?" asked Sora persistently.
"Yeah, sure," she replied, jumping off the Paopu tree. "I should get back to start on my homework then if I'm going to be busy all of tomorrow.
"I'll come with you," said Sora, jumping off his perch on the tree to join her. "Later Riku.
As the two teens walked away from the tree, Kairi occupied herself with thoughts of her Other while Sora began humming.
The tune was familiar yet foreign at the same time; its name eluded Kairi as she listened in closely to the melody that haunted her dreams.
"Sora, what song is that?" she asked, interrupting the tune. A part of her wanted to tell him to continue with the song when the humming stopped, but if Sora had continued, she would not have been able to find out the name of the song.
"It's called 'Hikari'," replied Sora. "I heard it from Tidus at his house a few days ago."
"'Hikari', huh?" she thought about the word. "Japanese?"
Sora nodded. "I have the lyrics and the transliteration at home. I'll give you a copy tomorrow."
"That would be nice." She smiled peacefully, blushing as Sora took a hold of her hand. The two stopped at the dock and kissed each other chastely before getting into their respective boats. They then went their separate ways.
The kiss preoccupied Kairi's mind for the rest of the trip and the thoughts of Naminé faded from her mind… until the next evening.
As Kairi rowed out to Paopu Island the next afternoon, her mind wandered about the implications of the blue moon. Although the moon had already appeared in the previous days prior to the setting of the sun, surprisingly, it did not appear that day in the orange sky as the sun got closer to the horizon.
She refocused her mind on the piece of paper that lay flat on the bottom of the boat – the one that held the lyrics of the song that Sora had introduced her to the previous night.
"No matter what the time, we'll always be together. No matter what the time, because you're here by my side, the light known as 'you' finds me in the middle of the night." (1)
The red-haired girl smiled as she thought of the chorus part and smiled kindly.
"It would be nice if I can find you, Naminé," she said softly before continuing rowing to Paopu Island.
When she arrived at the island, she saw that Riku's boat was already there but Sora's boat was nowhere to be found.
"Late again," she said with a laugh as she secured her boat to the small dock. She then walked over to the Secret Spot and walked slowly through, looking at the pictures they've drawn over the years with nostalgia. Her eyes fell on the last picture where the three of them gave each other Paopu fruits, symbolizing their eternal friendship. She lightly touched the drawn faces with her fingertips, feeling the chalked stone wall.
By the time she came out of the Secret Spot to join Riku at the Paopu tree, Sora was already there and the sun had already dipped into the ocean.
"Where were you, Kairi?" asked Sora with concern. "I saw your boat at the dock but Riku didn't see you."
"I went to the Secret Spot," she said with a smile, sitting on the tree next to Riku.
"You look tired," commented Riku.
"I'm fine. Just a bit weary that's all."
"Of the blue moon?" supplied Sora.
"Maybe." She shrugged. The sun had disappeared into the horizon by now and the sky darkened into a murky navy blue. Stars appeared in the sky and twinkled brightly in the absence of a moon. The three then saw a sliver of white in the horizon.
"It's coming," said Riku softly. Kairi sucked in a breath and held it as she watched the second full moon of the month rose higher into the sky. The moon itself was white around the edges, but as the entire moon came into view, they saw a tint of blue in the moon, making it seem paler than usual.
"It's a blue moon," she breathed.
"Yes, it is," replied Sora with awe.
"Make a wish," said Riku. The three of them stared at the moon and each made their own wish silently.
"I wish I can see Donald and Goofy again soon," whispered Sora.
"I wish I will never have to leave Sora and Kairi behind," whispered Riku.
The two boys looked over to Kairi, who remained silent.
"Kairi, what did you wish for?"
"I wish I can talk to Naminé."
And that's the first of another series of four stories. Thanks to Mr. Fipp and FanKnight for inspiring me to write more of these. Thanks to Sunset Guardian and Darkmoon Fleur for following the updates and reviewing too.
(1) This is the transliteration of "Hikari" by Utada Hikaru (Kingdom Hearts Theme). The translation is taken from animelyrics dot com. FF dot net won't let me make a direct link to the website so just look it up on that website. The reason why I decided to use "Hikari" instead of "Simple and Clean" is because the English song didn't fit the story. :P