You Are the Music in Me

Roxas&Naminé

Disclaimer: I don't own Kingdom Hearts. I can only wish. TwT

Author's Note
Hi everyone! It's finally a Roxas x Naminé longfic by yours truly. :D Hmm, first story, go easy on me? Thanks to everyone who will review & to everyone who gives this story a chance instead of judging it from the description. Anyways, in here, the girls wear uniforms like Kairi wears in KH II. Be creative and try to imagine the guys', ok? :)


Chapter 1: First Song, First Love?

It wasn't everyday that her sea blue eyes would look up away from her creased sketchbook.

But today was different.

Her fingers loosened around her sharp, #2 pencil as a small burst of curiosity shot up through her and shyly peeked out through her blond bangs that, like today, fell into her blue eyes.

He's here!

Normally, Naminé Hanazono would have simply blushed and continued to draw, lost in her own world. But today something tore her blue orbs away and made them focus on the boy passing by her. Maybe it was the way he wore the required blue plaid tie loosely around his collar. Or maybe it was the way the fluorescent lights hit his hair, creating a small, angelic, halo around him.

Not that there was anything angelic about him.

Roxas Hikari was a snob: the type who was rich, conceited, good-looking, and not at all hesitant to snap back at a teacher or flirt with a girl. He was the kid that teachers always hated, but his actions weren't enough to suspend him from Twilight High, the rich, private boarding school his parents donated money too. Even now, he ignored the blushes and giggles coming from girls all around.

Instead, Roxas walked right past them, sitting at the table with the boys who were lucky enough to be included in his circle. Naminé had a huge pet peeve against people like Roxas, but for some reason she felt drawn to him. He wasn't just great looking: there was something about him that made him separate from the other guys at Twilight High.

Too bad he doesn't know I exist, Naminé chuckled, her eyes shifting back to her sketchbook. As she continued to draw, a voice interrupted her thoughts. Naminé's head shot up, suddenly aware that two pairs of eyes were staring at her. It was her two best (and only) friends: Kairi Sakurai and Olette Uchida.

"I'm sorry, what did you guys say?" Naminé asked, fiddling with her blue plaid tie. It had the same print as her skirt which was part of the required school uniform. The other two girls giggled. Olette dumped her food in the trash can and Kairi slid Naminé's sketchbook inside her backpack. "Wait! What are you guys doing?" Naminé asked, flustered.

"Nami!" Kairi laughed, using the pet name only close friends could call her. "The bell just rang!"

"What...? No it didn't!" Naminé scanned the cafeteria and sure enough, it was half empty. Or is it half full? Naminé mused. But she couldn't think about that subject anymore as Kairi and Olette each grabbed one of her arms and pulled her to her next class.

The blond artist was infamous for daydreaming.

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Naminé took her assigned seat in Music, rolling her eyes as the usual perverts tried to hit on Miss Katazami. It made Naminé sick, even though Miss Katazami was still in her early twenties. That made it all right for guys to flirt with her, right?

Wrong.

Even Roxas was always flirting with her. This was the only class where he wasn't making rude comments to the teacher. Naminé would have happily switched classes and taken art instead, but it was full. If only she'd tried to apply earlier!

Miss Katazami finally noticed that the tardy bell had rung for a second time and smiled. Naminé had a feeling this was going to be one of those long periods.

"Hello class! I have the most exciting news!" Her whole face was lit up and Naminé saw sparks in her eyes. After a minute of silence, Miss Katazami continued, "I am hosting the first ever singing competition for Twilight High!"

A murmur of excitement spread through the crowd. "So," said Miss Katazami. "If you would like to enter, please see me after school tomorrow. But just so you know, you'll be paired with a partner of the opposite sex because the theme is 'First Love.'"

Naturally, many of the girls were psyched. A few of them even glanced hopefully at Roxas. Naminé stifled a giggle.

A hand with perfectly manicured nails shot up.

"Yes, Lylah?" asked Miss Katazami.

Naminé watched as the school snob stood up and flipped her jet black hair over her shoulder. "Like, if we win, what's the prize?" Lylah said in her snooty little voice. Her green eyes were full of confidence and spite. Naminé knew Lylah had a huge crush on Roxas. She was always flirting with him and Roxas always flirted back. Naminé was surprised her would actually give her the time of day.

"The winners will receive a trip to Destiny Islands with six additional tickets for friends!" Miss Katazami exclaimed excitedly. She did a little bounce and a ripple of excitement spread through the crowd. Naminé's blond eyebrows shot up. Maybe it wasn't that bad...

But still! I'd never enter! Naminé decided in her head. Just the thought of getting up onstage and singing in front of hundreds of people made her stomach do a complete turn over. Naminé got nervous just going into the school restrooms alone.

Besides, who was she going to sing with? No boy had actually looked at her. Miss Katazami started talking about music notes and Naminé squirmed in her seat, wishing the day was already over.

Speaking of songs...Naminé's mind shifted back to earlier this morning. Kairi had asked her to stop by the music room (Miss Katazami's class) after school so she could show Naminé her latest piano piece. Kairi was always writing her own music. Lucky for Kairi to score the elective she wanted. Naminé was lost in her own world. Again.

Thwack!

A sharp pain on Naminé's head shot through her system as a small pencil fell to the ground. Naminé looked around and saw Lylah and her friends snickering at her. Naminé was shy and very quiet, making her the perfect target for bullies. Gritting her teeth, Naminé focused on her music teacher who was babbling on and on about a certain music note.

Yup. It was going to be one of those long days.

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After school, Naminé once again headed over to the abandoned music room expecting to see no one there.

She was wrong.

Roxas Hikari was shoving his stuff into his backpack. He glanced at Naminé and gave her a half-smile, turning Naminé's knees weak and jello-ish.

"Hey," he said. Naminé was shocked that he had actually spoken to her. Right now he seemed so nice and friendly. He acted differently when he was in view of the public eye. Naminé managed to answer him without looking like a complete idiot.

"Hi," she blurted out, wringing her pale hands together. He cocked his head and studied her for a moment, making Naminé self-conscious. Oh God, what's he staring at?

"Aren't you in my music class?" he asked. Naminé nodded, blond hair bouncing off her shoulders. "I knew it. You don't say much. What are you doing here?"

"I promised my friend I'd meet her here," Naminé answered, glancing over at the big grand piano in the back of the room. "What about you? Did you get in trouble again?" The words were out of her mouth before she could even think about it. The part that made Naminé very confused was that Roxas laughed. An actual, genuine laugh.

"No," he chuckled. "Miss Katazami asked me to come after school today. She talked to me about the talent show thing." He shrugged, refusing to meet her eyes. "She asked me to join." His blue orbs slid over to the clock on the wall. "I gotta go. See ya...?" He gave her a questioning look.

"Naminé," the blond said.

"Got it. See ya Naminé," he waltzed out the door. For a few minutes, Naminé simply stood there. She couldn't believe Roxas Hikari had actually said her name. Maybe this day isn't so bad after all, Naminé mused, giggling.

"Naminé!" screeched a voice. Naminé jumped and saw Kairi rush up to her and throw her arms around the artist. "Oh my GOD, Naminé! You were talking with Roxas Hikari! I heard your conversation with him 'cause I was hiding behind the door. I swear he must likr you!" Kairi was considered one of the most popular girls in the school - so she and Roxas had talked a couple of times.

"Kairi calm down!" Naminé cried after she had managed to escape Kairi's tight hold. "We just talked to each other for the first time. It doesn't mean we'll start dating!" She snuck a peek at the door to make sure Roxas wasn't there. He had already left, thank goodness. Naminé was absolutely certain she would have died of embarrassment if Roxas had overheard their conversation.

"Are you gonna show me your song or what?" Naminé sighed, heading over to the piano. Kairi nodded and dug in her backpack, coming back out with a glossy pink folder. She rifled through it before pulling out three sheets. It had a lot of scribbles and music notes on it and didn't look very interesting to Naminé, but she kept her mouth shut.

"I need you to sing along Naminé," said Kairi, sitting on the piano stool. Naminé's jaw dropped.

"Are you crazy?!" she hissed. "What if someone hears?! I can't sing!"

"No one stays here after school. They either go to the dorms or hang out somewhere. And besides, I've heard you singing in the shower. You can't deny you have a pretty voice." Kairi gave Naminé a look that said, "duh."

"Fine," Naminé sulked. She scanned the pages. "Uh, Kairi, I'm no expert, but don't we need a guy too? I can't sing both parts." Naminé was secretly pleased. If there was no guy to sing the other part of the song, she wouldn't have to sing. Kairi looked stumped...until Roxas came in. He spotted the two girls hunched over at the piano and smiled.

"Hey Kairi. Hey Naminé. I forgot my folder," he nodded toward his black folder still on his desk. Naminé didn't notice that. Apparently, neither did Kairi. Naminé recognized the grin on Kairi's face and willed herself not to faint.

"Hey Roxas. Remember when I let you copy my math homework?" Kairi asked sweetly. Roxas looked at her, puzzled, but nodded. "So you owe me a favor, right?" Roxas nodded once again, still not catching on. "So come here and sing my new song with Naminé."

"Kairi!" cried Naminé and Roxas. They looked at each other. Naminé turned away, blushing furiously. She shot Kairi a look that said, "just-you-wait-i'll-murder-you." Kairi simply smiled at Naminé and turned back to Roxas. She put on the best puppy face she could muster and pouted.

"Please Roxas! I really need to see how my song turned out," Kairi begged. Roxas glared daggers at Kairi before proceeding to the piano. Kairi smiled and quickly explained the song, pointing here and there for their parts and duets. It made sense to Naminé. Roxas, she wasn't so sure of because his face was puckered like he had tasted something sour. Kairi giggled and her thin fingers pushed down on the piano keys.

Roxas rolled his eyes and took a deep breath.

Roxas

Livin' in my own world

Didn't understand

That anything can happen

When you take a chance

Naminé

I never believed in

What I couldn't see

I never opened my heart

Roxas

Ohhh

Naminé

To all the possibilities, oooh

Both

I know

Naminé

That something has changed

Both

Never felt this way

Naminé

And right here tonight

Both

This could be the

Start of somethin' new

Naminé

It feels so right

Both

To be here with you...oh

And now, looking in your eyes

Naminé

I feel in my heart

Roxas

Feel in my heart

Both

The start of something new

Roxas

Ohhh, yeah

Now who'd of ever thought that

Both

We'd both be here tonight

Naminé

And the world looks so much brighter

Roxas

Brighter, righter

Naminé

With you by my side

Roxas

By my side

Both

I know that something has changed

Never felt this way

Naminé

I know it for real

Both

This could be the

Start of somethin' new

It feels so right

To be here with you...oh

And now, looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

Naminé

The start of something new

Roxas

I never knew that it could happen

'Til it happened to me

Ohhh, yeah

Both

I didn't know it before

Naminé

But now it's easy to see

Both

Ohhhhh

It's the start of somethin' new

It feels so right to be here with you...ohhh

And now lookin' in your eyes

I feel in my heart

That it's the start of something new

It feels so right

Roxas

So right

Naminé

To be here with you...oh

Both

And now lookin' in your eyes

Roxas

Lookin' in your eyes

Naminé

I feel in my heart

Roxas

Feel in my heart

Naminé

The start of somethin' new

Roxas

The start of somethin' new

Naminé

The start of

Both

Somethin' new...

As Kairi pressed on the last of the keys, the two blonds allowed their voices to trail off. They looked at each other. Naminé blushed and turned away. Kairi couldn't stop smiling. In fact, she looked surprised. "Wow! You guys rocked!"

"Yeah..." Roxas said quietly. Naminé pressed her lips together and stared at her pale hands.

"So," said Kairi as she gathered her scraps of paper and tucked them into her folder. "What'd you guys think?" It was silent for a minute. Then Roxas cleared his throat and shifted his eyes toward Kairi.

"It was really good Kai. I gotta go," he collected his things and scampered off. Naminé still didn't look up.

"Naminé? It was bad wasn't it?" Kairi asked. Naminé's head shot up, eyes wide, and shook her head.

"No! It was really good. But...I just can't help that it felt like a - "

"Coincidence?" asked Kairi. She waited as Naminé bit her lip and nodded. "It was pretty weird huh? But who cares? Now you can tell all the girls that you sang with Roxas Hikari!" Kairi beamed earnestly. As if they weren't already wide, Naminé's eyes grew even larger as she gaped at her red head friend.

"No way! I don't want anyone to know! They'd make fun of me, I know it!" Naminé said, clasping her hands tightly. Her knuckles grew white and she sunk on to the piano chair next to Kairi. Tears brimmed her eyes and Naminé's vision grew blurrier and blurrier by the second. Shutting her eyes, Naminé choked out, "Please don't tell anyone about this Kairi. I hate singing!"

"Naminé!" gasped Kairi. "What are you talking about?! Your voice is amazing! Besides, no one would make fun of you. You have me and Olette, remember? Now come on," said Kairi sternly. "Smile." Naminé pouted. "Smile already!" laughed Kairi. Naminé pasted up a small smile and gave a little chuckle. She was really lucky to have Kairi.

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The next day in Music class, Naminé felt like fainting. Her breathing was hard and slightly raspy. Her palms were sweating and her usual mysterious blue orbs were darting back and forth. Was this how dying felt?

The small brunette named Sam (or was it Cam?) who sat next to Roxas had gotten glasses and needed to sit up front. So who did Miss Katazami ask to switch seats with him?

Naminé.

At first she was thrilled. But when Roxas wouldn't even glance at her, she started feeling flushed. He didn't even smile or wave or anything. He had turned back into Roxas the snob. Something about him changed when he was in a classroom or with his friends. When he wasn't around for people to drool over, he was...different. And now Naminé was sure she was going to pass out when the teacher said, "Please turn to the person sitting next to you. We are going to practice our vocal chords with partners."

The only person next to Roxas was Naminé. So he turned to her and gave her a cold sort of smile. Naminé wanted to bury her head behind a book and stay there. She could hear whispers coming from Lylah and giggles from her posse. She knew they were talking about her. Naminé's ears turned a brilliant shade of red. Where was Kairi or Olette when you needed them?

"I...um, guess we're supposed to practice," Naminé said. It nearly choked her to say this. "Do you wanna start?"

"No," came the icy, instant reply. He sneered at her and Naminé could feel her whole face turning the color of ripe strawberries. More giggles, now louder, were erupting from Lylah and her group. Roxas continued to look at her as if he wished she would just disappear into the atmosphere. Tears stung Naminé's eyes. She looked away and stared at the back or Sam/Cam's head.

"Hey. Are you gonna cry?" she could almost see Roxas sneering. Naminé shook her head. After a minute or so, Roxas got up. When he returned to his seat, he tapped Naminé on the shoulder. She looked up and saw Roxas holding a tissue. Naminé gaped at it, rebellious tears flowing down her cheeks. "It's a tissue," Roxas smirked. "You use it to wipe your nose and eyes."

Naminé merely stared at it, shocked.

Sighing, Roxas leaned in. Naminé gasped and shut her eyes tightly. She felt something soft around her eyes. She opened them slowly. Roxas was so close they were practically touching noses. She could feel his breath on her cheek. Roxas finished wiping her eyes and tossed the tissue away.

"Th-th-"

"As long as you do that on your own next time, it's cool," Roxas smiled, not so meanly. The bell rang and Roxas slipped on his backpack and waltzed out the door for lunch. Naminé was still in her seat, not able to believe what had happened. She touched the skin below her eye and her fingertips tingled. She grabbed her backpack, dazed, and met up with Kairi and Olette at a table in the back.

"What's up, Nami?" asked Olette when Naminé had plunked her butt down. Quickly, Naminé filled them in on what had happened in Music. That got some squeals from both Kairi and Olette. Naminé shushed them, looking over warily at Roxas' table. Roxas was currently flirting with Lylah - all the while his friends continued to be rowdy and rude.

"Hey! You should enter that singing contest with Roxas!" Kairi suggested excitedly. If Naminé's jaw wasn't connected to her face, it would have fallen off and crashed into the floor. After a moment or two, Naminé started to blink again.

"Are you kidding me?!" Naminé demanded. "I...I just can't ask him! I don't even know him!" Naminé felt like wiping those stupid grins off of Kairi and Olette's faces. Naminé scowled and crossed her arms, her bangs falling in her face.

"Don't worry Nami," said Kairi. "All you have to do is ask him. Roxas is a nice guy. Or at least go and say hi to him." Kairi paused. "Naminé, can't you do something about your bangs? They're always hiding your face."

Naminé scowled.

"Anyways," said Olette, her face somber. "Seriously Nam. You have to go talk to Roxas. This could be your big break with him!"

Naminé rolled her cerulean orbs. "Not like I want a big break with him anyway," she muttered, pushing a carrot stick in her mouth. Kairi glared at Naminé for a while before hauling her up and dragging her a table away from where Roxas was sitting.

"Kairi!" Naminé hissed as her red haired friend pushed her and scampered off. Kairi didn't bother to look back. Naminé felt a waft of anger floating around her aura. She felt embarrassed. Naminé glared at the back of Kairi's red strands and quickly turned around.

Wham!

Naminé fell on to the floor, a bag of chips flying through the air and landing on her. "Oh my God! I'm so sorry!" she said, scrambling up from the floor and grabbing the chips. She offered a hand and the boy she had crashed into gratefully accepted it. He was a spiky brunette with soft blue eyes and he...he looked a little like Roxas.

"Thanks," he smiled, taking the chip bag and dusting off his pants. "I'm Sora."

"Naminé," the blond artist shook Sora's hand. "I'm sorry I knocked you over," she blushed, rubbing her arm. Sora laughed good-heartedly.

"It's not a big deal. I wasn't looking so it's partly my fault," Sora glanced at the table where Roxas and his buddies were staring coldly at Sora. Naminé looked at Sora, to Roxas, and back to Sora. Sora gazed at her. "Um, is there something on my face?" He asked, instinctively wiping at his nose. Naminé nearly laughed out loud.

"No!" she said, giggling. Her expression grew serious. "I was just thinking that you and Roxas looked alike. Are you two..."

"Related?" Sora finished for her. He shook his head, his brown spikes moving. "A lot of people think we are, though. You're not the first."

"Oh," Naminé said. "So you guys must be friends, huh?" Sora once again snuck a peek at Roxas' table. He grabbed Naminé's arm and dragged her toward an empty table.

"Listen," Sora said, his voice low. "Me and Roxas aren't friends anymore. If you ever talk to him, you'd be doing me a huge favor if you don't mention my name, ok?" Naminé slowly nodded, her blue eyes wandering over to Roxas' table.

"But why aren't you guys - "

"I have to go. See ya Naminé," Sora flashed Naminé a winning smile and hurried off, sliding into a seat next to a boy with long, silver hair. Naminé wondered why Sora had been in such a hurry. She shrugged and started for her table. As she passed Roxas' table, a red head that looked like a senior pushed his fork on to the ground.

"I'm sorry, could you get that?" he asked, flashing Naminé a smile. Naminé stared suspiciously into his emerald green eyes. She knew what he was up to. After all, she wasn't stupid enough to fall for the "bend-over-and-get-my-whatever-i-dropped-please" thing that had been going around since Naminé had first attended Twilight High - and maybe even years before that.

"I'll just get you a new one," Naminé said, sweetly. The green eyes narrowed and the two triangle tattoos below his eyes wrinkled, but only for a second. He seemed to glare at Naminé but his thin lips curled into a grin.

"Sure," he said, his voice sounding forced. Naminé turned away and smiled. As she went inside the cafeteria, she spotted the box of plastic utensils and hurried over. She plucked out a fork and scooted her way back to the senior.

"Here you go," Naminé said, holding the fork out to him.

He stared at it, and then smiled and pulled Naminé's arm, bringing her only an inch away from his face. He leaned into her ear and said, "Thanks." Pushing her back slightly, he yanked the fork out of her hand and turned back to his senior friends. Naminé shuddered and turned to leave. Why would Roxas choose to be friends with someone like him?

As she made her way through the crowded cafeteria, she caught Sora's eye. He smiled at her, and Naminé returned it happily. Something curled around her thin, pale arm that made her stop and turn around. She gasped and looked into the ocean-blue eyes of Roxas Hikari.

"Naminé," he said, slowly, steadily, his eyes flashing with anger. "Are you...friends with Sora?"

End Chapter One


Author's Note
I got chapter one out, whoo hoo! All my hard work paid off, hopefully. xD I fail at adding comedy, but I'm pretty decent at romantic parts and giving you the little aww feeling when you read a cute, fluffy fic. Hopefully, (and this is what I'm aiming for) the story will have a generous mix of romance, drama, and humor.

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