AN: My friend requested Axel-Roxas friendship with a prompt of ice cream. I delivered this little ficlet in return. I hope you enjoy it. I don't own anything Kingdom Hearts related. Thanks for reading!

Scene from a Sunset

"What is that?" Axel asked, looking curiously at the item in Roxas' hand. It was pale blue in color, more or less rectangular in shape, and seemed to have a stick protruding from the bottom. It was, to say the least, a rather odd-looking...thing.

Roxas grinned and held the object out again. "It's just ice cream. You eat it." He raised an eyebrow and did a rather poor impression of Axel as he added Axel's trademark phrase, "Got it memorized?"

"Very funny," Axel rolled his eyes and halfheartedly took the item, which Roxas declared to be some sort of snack. "I sure this isn't poisonous? I mean, you brought it here. How do I know you didn't do something to it?"

"You don't," Roxas said easily. "But I didn't do anything."

"Roxas, you need to learn to take advantage of these opportunities when they arrive," Axel scolded (and he was only half joking, to be frank). He studied the pale blue treat in his hand for a moment before shrugging and taking a bite, finding that it was fairly soft and his teeth sank right into it.

He regretted it immediately.

A squawk jumped out of his mouth along with the snack, and he nearly dropped the thing; luckily he didn't, because it would have had a long way to fall. "Cold! Damn, that's cold!" he worked his mouth up and down for a moment, as though that could somehow eradicate the icy feeling that had shot up his teeth after he had sunk them into the soft snack.

To his chagrin, Roxas was actually laughing at him. "Of course it's cold," he said matter-of-factly. It was only then that Axel noticed how Roxas was eating the thing: he was licking at it, rather than biting and chewing. "It's called ice cream. It's going to be cold."

Axel rolled his eyes and tried his best not to pout. "You did that on purpose."

"I guess I figured you had a bit more for brains than that," Roxas said, unruffled by the accusation. He just continued to eat his own treat. "Don't bite it. You'll freeze both your brain cells."

Now it was Axel's turn to ignore the jibe, and he imitated Roxas' way of eating the ice cream. Now he could actually taste the thing without frosting his brain over. It was an odd flavor--salty and sweet at the same time. To be honest, he could see why Roxas would like this stuff.

"Heh...not bad," Axel conceded, leaning back; he put one hand behind to keep himself upright, and braced his weight against it. It seemed that no further conversation was needed from there. Instead of talking, the two friends simply sat and ate their ice cream and watched the sunset from their vantage point, perched on the top of the clock tower in town.


A long time afterwards, as he sat on the edge of the tower with his best friends (Hayner, Pence, and Olette) next to him, and looked out towards a particularly beautiful sunset with an ice cream bar in his hand, Roxas found himself wondering why the whole scene felt so familiar.