Author's Note: Here's the first chapter of Kairi III!! This fanfic takes place two years later. So yeah, on with the fanfic!

Chapter 1: Graduation

Kairi's POV

I lay there on my bed that morning feeling a lot different than I thought. The most obvious reason would be that today was Destiny Islands High School's graduation day. Today, the class of 2010 was graduating today. My class was graduating today. Today, we walk down that aisle and up that stage and receive our diplomas. Today, I would be graduating with most of my friends, Sora, Tidus, Selphie, Kari, and Kaito. Riku, Wakka, and Sapphire already graduated last year, so they've been out of school for a year now. Still, I couldn't believe that today was the day.

My mom came in and opened the shades of my window welcoming the bright sun into my room. I groaned and pulled the covers over my head, but she just pulled them back off. Yeah, my mom was really into this kind of stuff. Looks like I didn't have much of a choice, did I? What I didn't get is why have the graduation in the morning? Seniors aren't even that much awake in the morning and kids who go with their parents to their sibling's graduation are just gonna fall asleep because they had to get up early. Well, I can't argue right now. I just got up and took my shower.

After my shower, I threw on a white tank top with a black skirt. Then, I walked outside of my room where my mom had one of her "special breakfast" days. A day where she likes to make a special breakfast for me. Today was my favorite, chocolate chip pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse. I sat down, and ate my full-of-sugar breakfast. My cap and gown was hanging right next to where I was sitting.

"I can't believe my little girl is graduating." My mom said. I could've sworn she shed a tear. "But, all good things must end."

"Yeah." I agreed. My voice has really matured since my 9th grade year. I sounded just like any 18-year-old should sound.

"You want me to drive you there?" She offered.

"I was gonna drive Sora and Selphie to the graduation, but I guess I could get a ride with you. I'll just have to call them before we leave."

I probably shouldn't have eaten my whole breakfast. Now, I felt like I was going to puke. Not because the food was bad, but because of the whole graduation idea. I called Selphie and Sora after I had finished eating. Everything was cool the way things were going. Sora will just drive himself and Selphie can get a ride with Tidus to the graduation ceremony. Before I left, I finished my normal routine and then I grabbed my cap and gown.

After we drove over to the high school, my mom went off to the auditorium and I went off to find my friends. I walked over with my blue gown draping from my body and my cap in the grip of my sweaty hands. I found the group over by the back entrance of the auditorium, where we were supposed to meet. Most of them were there, but Selphie, being the hyper pixie she is, ran up to me first.

"Kairi! You made it! I thought I was going to have to get your diploma for you!" Selphie sighed.

"I'm here." I laughed. "Well, this is it, guys."

"Yep. Starting today, our lives officially begin." Tidus agreed.

"I can't believe it's already over." Kari sighed sitting on a picnic table. "Now, I can't boss Kaito around anymore."

"Hey!" Kaito complained. The entire group laughed.

"Where's Sora?" I asked. Before I knew it, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I turned around and made eye contact with Sora.

"Right behind you." He answered. Sora kissed me on the cheek before hugging me. "You look great today."

"Ahem! We're in public!" Tidus cleared his throat.

"So?" Selphie asked. "You're just jealous because you don't have a girlfriend."

"That's your fault! You broke up with me!"

"Because you wouldn't stop flirting with the freaking cheerleaders!"

"But they were so sexy." Tidus sighed.

"Stupid baka!" Selphie said to herself.

"Boys will be boys." Kari agreed.

"Hey!" All three of the boys complained.

After a few minutes, the ceremony began. The doors of the back entrance were opened now. I took a peak in there. There was a full house in there. I took a deep breath as I felt the butterflies flutter in my stomach. All of us walked into the auditorium, in alphabetical order, and took seats at the front of the auditorium. Soon enough, the principal went up on the stage and started welcoming all of the parents of the class of 2010.

"Welcome! Family and friends to the Destiny Islands High School graduation ceremony of 2010! We've had a wonderful year with these students! The prom committee put on a fantastic senior prom this year, the student council members did a great job planning activities, and the athletes in this room led our school to victory many times this year. Overall, I had a great time working with these students." The principal announced.

Everyone applauded again. The principal also called up one of the students that I didn't know very well so that he could make a speech. The speech overall was pretty boring. He was just reflecting over what we had gone through during our high school times, which I had already done enough of. After the student was done making the speech, the principal came back up and started announcing the student's names so that we could all go up and receive our diplomas.

After a long time of handing out diplomas and speeches and all of that mumbo jumbo graduation stuff, all of us had our diplomas. Of course, my mom came running straight into me and giving me hugs that were large enough to suffocate me. Sora had to go through the same thing only he had to go through it with both his mom and my mom. There was a little dessert buffet thing after the ceremony to wrap things up. I went off with my friends while their parents went off with my mom.

"Wow, I'm scared to go on my own now." Selphie randomly said.

"What's there to be scared about? You get your own house!" Tidus said jumping up. "I'm getting my own house now!"

"Aren't you worried at all?" Kari asked as she took a drink of fruit punch.

"Nah! Tidus does NOT get scared."

"Guess who, man?" We heard someone from behind us. Tidus shrieked and got knocked back on the ground. All of us turned around and saw a couple of old friends of ours.

"Riku!" I called as I ran over and embraced Riku. It had been a year since I've seen one of my closest friends.

"Well, you guys finally survived your senior year." Riku laughed.

"Now you have to survive college, ya?" Wakka asked us.

"Yeah, but we'll get through it a lot easier than high school." Kaito said.

"Well, now that we're graduated, what do we do now?" Sora asked.

"Well, I'm going to home to start packing to move into my new place out at Besaid Island." Tidus answered.

"No way, man! I play for the Besaid Aurochs there at the university!" Wakka and Tidus gave each other high fives.

"I'm going to Balamb University." Selphie said with her head low. "It's great, but I'll miss you, Kairi!"

"It's okay, Selphie. We'll still keep in touch." I said hugging her.

"Kaito and I are going to Traverse Town to go to the University of Traverse Town." Kari said.

"I guess it'll be just you, me, and Riku." Sora said to me.

After we all said our good-byes, our parents came and joined up with us. Of course, they were still emotional about us graduating and moving out, but that's life. It's not like I'm moving out of the island. I'm staying here with my two favorite guys. Besides, I'm not moving out until August, so I'll still have a couple more months left with my mom. Speaking of which, I decided to ride home with my mom since I knew that she was already emotional enough as it is.

I was finally home after driving a few miles. I took off my cap and gown and hung it up in my closet. Now, I could spend the rest of the day relaxing rather than stressing out. I turned on the TV and decided to just lounge around for a while. My cell phone started to ring shortly after I was just getting comfortable. Sora was on the other line. I picked up the phone.

"Hey." I greeted him.

"Hey Kai, I was just talking with Roxas and we were wondering if you and Namine wanted to go out to dinner with us." Sora offered.

"Dinner? I'd love to!" Namine said as she appeared in the room.

"Sure. We'll see you at around 6?"

"Sounds great. See you then." Sora said before hanging up.

"So, when are they coming?" Namine asked.

"6:00." I simply answered. "Namine, what's it like being out on your own?"

"What do you mean?"

"Well, you've always been out on your own, right? I lost my heart, then you were created."

"It's hard to say. I was never truly on my own." Namine answered. "I used to always be with the Organization. But even then, they weren't much of a family. They always used me for one of their plans. In Castle Oblivion, I was used to mess up Sora's memories. The other half in The World That Never Was just treated my like crap, that's all. I think the only person other than Roxas that I truly cared about from them was Axel. He was truly a good person."

"I know. He helped me find Sora a few years ago." I agreed.

"And other than the Organization, I would usually be around Roxas, Riku, or Ansem the Wise. But ever since everyone returned home to the island, I've always been around you. So, it's hard to say whether I've ever truly been alone."

"Yeah. I guess." I sighed. "Well, let's relax before the boys get here."

A few hours passed before Sora and Roxas arrived to take us out to dinner. I was still wearing the outfit I wore to the graduation earlier, but none of them cared. Sora decided to take us to Applebee's to eat. Mainly because it was Roxas and Namine's special restaurant. After all, they did go there for their first date. Unfortunately, it was very crowded over there. I guess that lots of people were celebrating tonight.

We were finally able to get in after waiting for like 20 minutes. The waitress seated us at a booth for four people and we immediately ordered our drinks since we were getting really thirsty.

"Well, this is nice. We finally don't have to worry about school or anything anymore because we're all done." Sora sighed.

"Yeah." I agreed.

"You guys should get married." Roxas suggested.

"Whoa! Hold it there!" I interrupted him. "We just graduated! Let us get through college for now!"

"Yeah Roxas." Namine said as she playfully hit him in the arm.

"Oh! Kairi, I got you a gift." Sora said reaching into his pocket.

"You didn't have to." I laughed. He pulled out a small box that held a gold locket shaped like a heart. "It's beautiful!"

"All you have to do is put a picture of us inside and if we ever get separated, we'll never truly be apart." Sora said as he kissed me on the cheek.

"How come we never kiss in public?" Roxas complained to Namine.

"Because, I don't want to annoy the other people with our intimacy." Namine answered. Roxas rolled his eyes. "Okay, what looks good?"

"I want a burger." I said as I tried to get the locket on around my neck.

"Need help?" Sora asked. I nodded and he put the locket around my neck.

A few minutes passed and the waitress came back with the drinks. We ordered the food and then it came like fifteen minutes later. Of course Sora and Roxas were hungry. Boys are always hungry. Namine and I took our time eating on the other hand. To be honest, I actually wasn't too hungry that moment. Sora really wanted to take me out for dessert too, so I knew how impatient he truly was.

"So, you coming with us, right?" Sora asked Roxas and Namine.

"Nope. I got Namine tickets to the Jesse McCartney concert outside of town." Roxas said pulling out two tickets.

"Have a good time, you guys." I said as they got up.

Sora and I stayed behind so that we could pay the bill. After paying the bill, Sora drove me over to the ice cream parlor. I had expected him to drive me home afterwards, but he went the opposite direction for some reason. He was heading towards the main island.

"Why are we going to the island?" I asked.

"You'll see." Sora replied.

Author's Note: Go ahead and sue me if you thought this chapter sucked! But doesn't the first chapter always suck? Anyway, there's a lot more to come!