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Author's Note: This takes place one year later. And there will be lots of time period changes too. Please enjoy the final chapter…

Chapter 20: Graduation Leads to… Goodbyes

I can't believe how fast life comes at you! Three years ago I never would've thought my life would be so complicated. Every year since 8th grade something bad has happened. Is that really true? Let's see… During 8th grade Kairi became popular when she went to high school and decided not to be my friend anymore. The summer before my freshman year my dad was shot while on the job as chief of police. During that year, Kairi did apologize for everything she said and became my friend again. I also found Riku, whom I've had a crush on him since 7th grade and I never figured I'd end up with him! I never figured I'd get to be his girlfriend! And I certainly never thought I'd spend nine weeks in Rome with him and his family either! I had the time of my life there. I thought my life was turning around and actually going to be good from now on until I came home a week before my sophomore year. I found out that mom got sick again while I was away. She had been getting sick a lot but we never figured it would get this bad. While I was in Rome, she found out that her immune system was lowering everyday because she had Cancer. They told her that it had progressed too fast and that even with radiation therapy, she only had an estimated time of two years to live, and that within that time she could get sick with just about anything. If she lives as long as the doctors say that means she'll die after I graduate high school! It's been almost a year since that time and now there's less than a month left until my sophomore year is over and Riku graduates. I wonder how much better or worse my life will get during my junior year. Riku will be away at college and my mom will have an estimated time of one year to live. My senior year might even be worse because Riku, Kairi, Sora, Axel, Roxas, Yuna, and Tidus will have all graduated and I'll only have Arixia and Naminé left to be with. Even though all these bad things happen before school starts, something good always happens after that. Like my freshman year, finding Riku and becoming friends with Kairi again. This year I've become friends with Yuna and Tidus more. We all hang out on the beach a lot. I feel like crying my eyes out or sometimes I've even thought of suicide when I think of how complicated my life is but then I think just because it seems so bad, many good things come out of it and I've realized that the good memories are the best things, and that is worth living for. Even though my life might be more complicated then most people I know, I am alive for a reason and it's not my time to die yet so I won't waste my life committing suicide when I know there's more to life.

Just as I had finished my thoughts the bell rang. I looked down at my paper and realized I hadn't even started. I sighed. Well my interest in math certainly hasn't changed. Now I have extra homework. I packed up my stuff and walked out of 3rd to go to lunch. Riku met me at my locker and greeted me with a kiss.

"You look depressed."

"I was daydreaming in algebra and now I have extra homework." I told him.

"Selphie… why do you do that? What is so much more important than math?" he asked me.

"It's not that it's more important. I just… I don't know. I can't concentrate. I hate math. You know that." I answered.

"I know. I hate it too. I'm so glad I don't have to have math this year." He teased. I gave him a playful glare. "You know you could always ask Kairi for help. That's how I got through math."

"I guess you're right." I replied as I looked down.

"What now? You look even more depressed than before!" he questioned as he sat down next to me at our usual table with our trays.

"It's the end of April." I mumbled.

"Yeah. Why would that make you depressed?" he asked.

"You'll be graduating in less than a month! And then you'll go off to college!" I answered.

"I know. That's why I've decided to stay here and go to DIU instead of TCU."

"What?!" I exclaimed. I knew I shouldn't of said anything! "What about your scholarships to TCU? You said you were going—"

"I've decided to use DIU's instead." He interrupted.

"But that's only one! You got two to TCU! You're just gonna throw away your blitzball scholarship? You love it!"

"You're worth more to me than blitzball."

"Riku, I really shouldn't have said anything. It won't be as bad as I'm making it out to be. It's only for two years and it's not like you won't be coming back for the summer right? And you can call me. Please don't stay just because of me. I told you that before. I know how much you love blitzball and how much you'd like to go to TCU."

"You're right. I would but—"

"Don't! No buts. You just admitted you want to go to TCU so just go. I'll still be here when you come back. Besides I still have May and the rest of the summer with you before you go."

"Okay." he finally gave in.

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"Selphie! Snap out of it!" I heard someone call as they pushed me from behind. I turned to see Arixia. We were in 7th period Biology on Friday afternoon and I was falling asleep. "What's up with you? You never sleep in class."

"I don't know. I've just got a lot on my mind I guess." I replied.

The teacher passed out our last progress report of the year. Meaning we only had two weeks to bring up any failing grades. I had somehow managed to keep my report card all A's and B's this year. Progress Reports never really mattered to me until now. My jaw dropped as I looked down at it.

Selphie Deána TilmittGrade: 10Sixth six weeks Progress Report

1 Health65Stewart

2 World History72Smith

3 Algebra II53Rulers

4 English II57Grammars

5 PE99Pullen

6 Choir96Lantz

7 Biology58Darwin

How could I have let my grades get that bad this late in the year?! How will I be able to get them up in time?! I can't fail! I just can't! And how do I have that bad of a grade in History?! That's my best subject!

I walked up to the teacher's desk and asked him about my failing grade. He gave me a stack of papers I was missing and a study guide for the semester final, saying that if I don't pass it, I'll fail. Then I went to all my other teachers I had failing grades in and I pretty much got the same reaction. So I came back into class with a huge stack of papers I was missing in all my classes as well as study guides for the finals. I shoved them in my backpack before Arixia could question me about it.

"How'd you do? You're grades are probably so good. I know you're making a better grade in History." Arixia commented.

"Yeah, right. For once your even wrong about History." I replied as I sat back down.

"What? Selphie stop kidding. History's your best subject. What have you got like a 96 or something? And your lowest grade is what like an 86?" she teased me.

"Shut up!" I yelled at her and turned to lay my head on my desk. I began to cry.

"Selphie, I was only kidding… What's going on?" she asked.

I ignored her until the bell rang. I jumped up, quickly zipped my backpack, threw it over my shoulder and ran out of the classroom. I ran through the school pushing past everyone until someone grabbed my arm and turned me around to face them. I glanced up and wanted to smile seeing those aquamarine eyes again but I immediately looked down and tried to get away. He pulled me back into him and embraced me consolingly.

"What's the matter? Why are you crying?" He asked as I cried on his shoulder.

"I—I—I'm f-failing p-practically e-everything!" I stuttered as I gasped for breath between tears.

"Selphie, I'm sure your grades aren't that bad. If you got a C it's not the end of the world. You don't have to over exaggerate."

I jerked out of his comforting hug. "I'm not exaggerating!" I exclaimed as I took the paper out of my backpack, shoved it to him, and took off running out of the school. I ran to his car and got in. It was only about five minutes before Riku came and got in the driver's seat.

"You can bring them up." he said as he gave it back to me.

"In two weeks?! Riku, my lowest grade is a 53!" I exclaimed.

"Yeah. I'm sure—"

"Hey, Riku!" someone called to him. I glanced up to see Kairi and Sora running toward us. I just slumped and tried to hide my face.

"I'm so glad I caught you before you guys left!" she replied. "I was gonna ask if you guys wanna hang out on the island today."

"No, we can't."

"Aw, c'mon, Riku. We haven't all hung on the beach for a long time. Can't you guys make-out some other time?" Sora teased.

"It's not that you idiot! I have a big problem!" I yelled at him.

He looked at me in surprise. "Sorry. What's this big problem?" he asked.

I just ignored him and glanced at Riku then back to my progress report. Riku reached over to take it. I let him. He showed it to Sora and Kairi.

"Selphie! Oh my gosh! This isn't like you!" Kairi exclaimed.

"I know that! Now I'm gonna fail and have to repeat the tenth grade!" I cried.

"No. You won't. We'll help you get your grades back up." Sora announced confidently.

"Sora, there's no way I'll be able to bring that many failing grades up in two weeks!"

"Where there's a will there's a way!" he replied.

"No. It's not possible."

"If you really want it to be possible it can be, Selphie." Riku replied.

"Look, I'll help you with Math, Riku can help with Science, and Sora can help you with English."

"And I'll help you with Health." Arixia chimed in as she came up behind Kairi.

"Aren't we your best friends?" Riku asked me. I nodded. "Have we ever steered you wrong?" I shook my head.

"Well then don't you trust us?" Sora asked. I nodded again.

"So you'll let us help you?" Kairi asked.

I looked up and smiled through my tears. "Yeah. Thanks you guys."

"How about we all come over tonight at 6?" Kairi smiled. I agreed.

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My friends came over to help me get through my missing work and study for my exams. I didn't want my report card to look bad. I don't know how I could've slacked off so much. I guess I just had way too much on my mind. Two weeks later Riku, Kairi, Sora, and Arixia were outside the school waiting for me. I had just finished talking with all my teachers.

"Thank you so much you guys." I said. "I couldn't of done it without you."

"No problem. We'll always be here for you." Kairi replied. I hugged her.

"So you're grades are A's and B's now?" Arixia asked. I nodded and smiled.

"Selphie!" We turned to see Naminé and Roxas running up to us. "Arixia told me about your grades. Is everything okay now?"

"Yeah." I replied. "It's better. A's and B's again."

"That's good. We wouldn't want you to stay a sophomore." Roxas teased.

"Oh thanks a lot!" I exclaimed sarcastically as I hit him playfully.

"How'd you let your grades get that bad anyway, Selphie?" Kairi asked.

I stopped smiling, hung my head and glanced up at Riku. He's the only one that knows about my mom. I felt tears forming in my eyes as I thought about it and moved closer to him. I nodded to him to give him permission to help me explain to our friends why I've been so out of it lately.

"Selphie, found out something when we got back from Rome." Riku answered for me.

"What do you mean?" Naminé asked.

I need to tell them. I took a deep breath and let it out. "My mom doesn't have much longer to live." I answered sadly.

"What?!" Kairi exclaimed. "What's wrong?"

"She has cancer. She found out when I was in Rome with Riku. The doctors said she had an estimated time of two years to live." I replied as we walked up to Riku's car.

"What about radiation therapy? Won't that get rid of it?" Sora asked.

"It helps but they said it's already spread too much."

"Oh Selphie, I'm so sorry." Naminé replied sympathizing.

"I know that shouldn't be an excuse for why my grades got so low—"

"No! Selphie, we completely understand. If that had happened to our mom I sure Kairi and me would've let our grades drop too. Right, Kairi?" Kairi nodded.

"Thanks you guys."

"Hey, you wanna get your mind off this and go hang out at the beach?" Sora asked.

"Sure. I'd like that." I smiled as I looked up at Riku.

Riku and I got in his car as Kairi, Naminé, and Roxas got in Sora's and we drove off. An hour later we all met at the beach and found Tidus and Yuna there. We stayed there till sunset and left.

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Sophomore year and the summer after it was great and now I have to say goodbye to my friends. I'm really gonna miss Riku and Axel. Why do the times you want to be slow always have to go by so quickly? It seems like only yesterday that summer had started and now there's a week left before school starts. I'll be a junior and my sister will be a freshman.

"Selphie! It's time!" my mom called from downstairs.

"I'll be down in a minute!" I called back.

I glanced down at the picture in my hand one last time. It was all of us… Kairi, Sora, Arixia, Axel, Naminé, Roxas, Tidus, Yuna, Riku, and me. We were all on the beach on the first day of summer enjoying the time we had together. I put it down on my nightstand and ran downstairs. I got in the driver's seat of my gold Camry. I drove to Riku's house and picked him up. Then I drove to Arixia's and picked up her and Axel. I was taking them to the docks. Riku was leaving for Twilight Town and Axel was leaving for Traverse Town. We got out and waited with them until they were called to leave. The rest of the gang showed up to say goodbye.

"Destiny Island to Traverse Town!"

"That's me. I gotta go. Love you, Arixia." He took her into an embrace and kissed her.

"I love you, too." She replied as I saw a tear slip down her cheek.

"Bye, Axel. We'll miss you." I said for all of us.

"Thanks. I'll be back soon. Bye guys!" he said as he hugged all us girls and did a bye handshake with the guys and left for the ship taking him.

"Selphie, I have something for you." Riku said as he sat me down next to him.

"I have something for you too." I smiled.

We both pulled something out of our pocket and showed one another. We laughed as we realized it was the same thing. We both had pulled out a key chain.

I thought it was the same! Oh my gosh! How could he…?

"Surprised?" he asked as he sat down again after saying bye to everyone else.

"Riku…" I felt tears streaming down my face. It was a key chain but it was a custom made one. Inside was an engraving.

Riku Aiawa

&

Selphie Tilmitt

Forever

"Destiny Island to Twilight Town!"

"I love you, Selphie." he said as he got up and started to walk away.

I jumped up and went after him. I grabbed his arm, turned him around, and pulled him into a kiss. For a minute we didn't break away. "I love you, too. I'll miss you."

"I know. I'll miss you too."

"You won't forget me will you?"

"Never." He answered as he kissed me one last time before he left.

Author's Note: And there you have it. I now proclaim What Dreams Are Made Of complete! I would like to thank Riku'sGal1018, Sunset Dreams, roxas-kh, Lunaymoon, Smiley Smackdown, and -SoraFischerxKairiHannon-. And to all of you who read it and didn't review I thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed it. Please review and tell me if I should write part two. I have some ideas already. Later!