Disclaimer: I do not own Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy or any songs, movies, TV shows, etc. that I might use.
Author's Note: Here's Part 2 as promised. I don't exactly know how long I'll make this one but yeah. Please enjoy! Oh by the way… this chapter has a language issue.
Chapter 1: Riku's Return
"What are you up to?" my roommate asked me.
"I'm packing." I answered.
"Why? We don't have to be out for another week."
"Well I'm leaving tonight, remember?"
"Oh yeah. Why are you leaving so early?" he asked me.
"My girlfriend is graduating high school back home. I have to be there." I replied.
"Right. Man, she's got you whipped."
"How do figure that?" I asked him.
"Didn't you go back home for her junior prom last year?" he asked. I nodded. "And… homecoming was it this year?"
"Yeah." I answered.
"And didn't you go back last summer too?"
"Yeah. So, what' s your point?"
"She's controlling you, dude."
"She is not. I chose to go back. I really miss her."
"How much could you possibly miss her? She's all the way back on some island doing who knows what with some other guy." He laughed.
"Hey! That island is my home and where I grew up. All my friends are there! And Selphie wouldn't do that! If you knew half of what her life was like you wouldn't be saying that!" I yelled.
"Sorry. I was just playing around. Damn. I just wonder why you're tied down to her."
"Tied down?" I questioned as I put clothes in my suitcase.
"Yeah. I mean you're in college dude! There's loads of girls out there that would gladly be your girl. Why try and keep a distant relationship with someone when you've got a bunch of college girls around you?"
"Because, I love her." I answered.
"Love? You mean like love or like love?" he asked.
"Like love." I answered sincerely.
"If you love her that much wouldn't you be thinking of something else?"
"Are we talking about the same love here?" I asked laughing.
"How much do you love this girl back on the island?" He asked me.
"This much." I answered as I pulled something out of my drawers and showed it to him. His eyes widened as he stared at it.
"Dude! Are you fucking kidding me?"
"So, you're serious? Are you sure? That's like… I mean you should really think about this."
"I have thought about it, Hayner. A lot. I am serious. I love her more than anything."
"So that's why you're leaving early?" he asked. I nodded. "Are you sure she has the same feelings?"
"Well I certainly hope she does." I answered as I put the box in my suitcase and zipped it up. I looked up at the time. "I should probably get going to."
"Can't you leave a little later?"
"Nah. I gotta go."
"C'mon, come hang out with me and the other guys."
"I don't think—"
"Just hang out with us long enough for one smoke?" he pleaded.
"Alright." I agreed as I left the dorm with him.
Life goes by so fast. I never thought I would be where I am today but I guess that scare at the end of my sophomore year really got me interested in my grades. I wanted to make sure that didn't happen again. And I wanted to do well for my mom since she won't be around much longer. Even though Riku is away at college, this year has been really fun. I still remember the first day of freshman year when I ran into Riku.
I walked back into the cafeteria and heard Kairi talking to Arixia.
"You've gotta stop hanging around with people like Selphie. She's bringing you down. You'll never be popular if your gonna be friends with her."
I burst into tears and ran out of the cafeteria again. I couldn't believe it! I thought Arixia became friends with them! I though I'd lost my best friend again! I was so upset I didn't realize where I was going and crashed into someone, falling to the ground. I looked up to see a boy with silver shoulder length hair and the most beautiful aquamarine eyes I've ever seen. I almost got lost in them until I realized I was staring!
"Are you okay?" he asked me.
"Yeah." I replied softly as I looked down.
"Here, let me help you." He smiled and held his hand out to me.
"Thanks." I mumbled as I took his hand.
"You sure you're okay?" he asked again.
"Yeah." I mumbled not making eye contact.
"You're a freshman right?" he asked.
"Yes." I answered.
"I'm a junior. The name's Riku. If you need help with anything feel free to ask me."
"Thanks." I replied softly as he left.
End of Flashback
I felt so stupid then, especially when I fell for Tifa's stupid trick to break us up. I'll never forget our first kiss…
I was lost in his alluring aquamarine eyes. There was a short silence where we stood wrapped in each other's arms, the wind gently blowing our hair and clothes, the smell of the ocean in the air, the crescent moon and the stars shining brightly above us.
"You're beautiful, Selphie."
I hugged him and started tearing a little as I lay my head on his shoulder. I looked up for a second and he started to lean down. I closed my eyes and leaned up waiting for our lips to touch. I felt him lift my chin slightly and our lips connected in a deep romantic kiss.
End of Flashback
And it's been two years that I've been dating him! But I really miss him. I felt tears roll down my cheeks. When was the last time I saw him? It was in October when he came for the Homecoming. I wish he could've been here for prom but he couldn't make it. I'll just count Homecoming as my senior prom. I really wish he could be here for this most of all, but he can't get away until tomorrow.
"... and so here to make the speech is this year's Valedictorian, Selphie Deána Tilmitt!" There was a lot of applause as I quickly dried my tears trying not to smear my make-up and walked onto the stage. I walked up to the microphone and took a deep breath. I hate making speeches.
"When I first walked into North Destiny Isle High School, I only had one friend. I never thought that high school would be so eventful. My life was complicated from the first day. As you all know, before my freshman year, my father, Chief Tilmitt, was killed on the job. I thought I'd never be able to make it through High School without him. I was trying hard to reach out, but when I'd try to speak out, I felt like no one could hear me, I wanted to belong here, but something felt so wrong, so I'd pray that I could breakaway. I knew I had to do something to fit in. There's a certain person I met on the first day of my freshman year, that made me realize my true self. He brought out the best in me. Talking to me made me keep telling myself to escape from the thought that it was going to be a horrible year. When I made Dance Team my freshman year I never thought I'd end up 1st lieutenant in my junior year or that I'd become Captain in my senior year. I really got into the extra-curricular activities and still stayed with my schoolwork. Let me tell you it wasn't that easy, but I can tell you that it was fun, well worth it, and as of now, I'll say high school has been the best years of my life. Life in high school has given us so much. For example, I'm sure everyone remembers this year's last Blitzball game. It wouldn't have been so much fun if the captain hadn't lost his shorts during the game while doing his secret move. We all know how embarrassing it was for him, but I would like to thank him for giving us a great laugh and a memorable moment for the end of our senior year. I'm sure we all appreciate it. I would also like to thank my mom, all my friends, and my teachers. I never would've gotten this far without you. I'm glad that I have so many wonderful memories that I can cherish. Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye, I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway as we move forward into the world, out of the darkness and into the sun, but I won't forget the place I come from. I hope you all can do the same and I wish you all the best of luck in the future that lies before you."
Applause filled the room as I walked back down to my seat. As I was about to sit down I looked at the back of the room and saw Riku! I wanted so badly to go back there and hug him but I knew I couldn't. Instead I sat down and smiled to myself.
"And now please welcome our Salutatorian Naminé Hakira!"
I applauded with the other people in the room. I was really happy Naminé made it to Salutatorian because we were always kidding around about who would be Valedictorian. She made a speech as well and sat down.
"If you would please help me to congratulate the rest of the top ten as I list them in order. Arixia Kisaragi!" She stood up. "Akemi Aloe! Peyton Hurst! Alissa Snyder! Tamika Stinson! Lucy Prater! Melanie Cole! Kimberly Kashi!" the principal announced. As their names were called they stood up. I was so happy that my friends and I made the top three in the class. After the principal made a short speech, he started calling off names as students walked up to get their diplomas. After what seemed like hours it was finally my turn.
"Selphie Deána Tilmitt!"
I walked across the stage, took my diploma with one hand and shook the assistant principal's hand with the other. My mom had come up to the front to get pictures of me walking across the stage. After the last person was called, the principal asked for a round of applause for us and dismissed us. We walked down the isle and out of the room. A few minutes later we were allowed to go back in. I ran back in the room and looked around.
I can't see him! I know I saw him back here somewhere. I wasn't imagining was I? I'm sure I saw him.
"Looking for me?" I heard his voice behind me. I looked back to see him leaning against the back wall with one foot flat on the wall, and his arms crossed. He looked up as he spoke.
"Riku!" I exclaimed as I ran to him. He stood up straight and embraced me. He leaned down to kiss me. "I thought you said you couldn't come until tomorrow!"
"Change of plans. I'm here now." He replied.
"I missed you." I stated as I hugged him tightly.
"I missed you, too."
"Smile!" My sister exclaimed as she held the camera up. We looked at her. Riku wrapped his arm around my waist and I hugged him. We both smiled at the camera. CLICK "Another one!" CLICK
"Okay, Talitha. That's enough now. We need to go check on mom." I told her. I said bye to all my friends and walked out Riku and Talitha. "How did you get here anyway? I was supposed to pick you up tomorrow." I asked Riku.
"You may never know." He smirked.
"Meanie." I mumbled.
"I mighta had something to do with it." Sora stated behind me. I turned around and smiled.
"Thanks." I said as I hugged him.
"Congratulations on making Valedictorian. Now you can finally say you beat a Hakira at something." Kairi replied as she came up behind Sora. I hugged her.
"Actually I've already beaten a Hakira before this. I made Dance Team Lieutenant and Captain." I teased.
"Hey! So what? I got Salutatorian! That doesn't mean you're smarter than me!" Naminé exclaimed as she suddenly showed up.
"I know I'm just teasing Nam." I laughed. "Anyway I've gotta go you guys, my mom's already in the car. I've gotta get her home."
"Hey after you get your mom home, how about meeting us at Chilis? We're all gonna celebrate graduation." Kairi asked.
"Okay. Sounds great. See you there." I replied as I waved.
Author's Note: YAY!!! Chapter 1 of part 2!! This was written faster than I thought it would be. Was Selphie's Valedictorian speech any good? Anyway… I still have some plans. If you review it'll motivate me to update faster.