khgirl1770: Yay!! My first story!
Riku: Are you always this excited?
khgirl1770: SHUT UP! I have a right to be excited! You were the one that was complaining that I never write any stories about you!
Sora: Yeah, for once, you're not writing a story about me...
khgirl1770: SORA!! (tackles him)
Riku: Okayyyyy...

Disclaimer:If I owned Kingdom Hearts, I would have had Roxas and Namine be their own separate people, Kairi and Sora wouldn't have all those fluffy hugging scenes, and Riku would actually be with somebody instead of being just the "best friend". So much for my plans...

Just in case any complications rise up...Yes, this WAS originally a one shot. I have now turned it into the preface for this story. You can skip it if you want to--but the story will make a LOT more sense if you read it. Well, the beginning will anyway...

There she was, his target. Not one of the Seven Princesses, of course, this girl's heart was truly more valuable. It could not be taken by force, like Kairi's. Apparently, this girl's heart could only be taken by someone she loved. Someone she trusted with all her being. True, when Maleficent had first explained this to Riku, he didn't understand. Maleficent had scoffed and dismissed the matter. His only task was to bring the girl back...the witch hadn't specified on the conditions. Riku sighed, a gust of wind blowing his silver hair around his face. The young girl--well, not that young--she looked to be about fifteen, was walking around the Second District of Traverse Town, blithely unaware of the fact that someone was watching her, plotting her eventual demise. Riku scanned her closely--noticing two .45 caliber pistols strapped to her waist. Several magazines also adorned the holster belt, ready when necessary. This girl wasn't going down without a fight. Her short black miniskirt swayed from side to side as she walked, and the bright look that shone from her eyes made Riku's heart ache. It was the same look that Kairi used to have. He gritted his teeth as he remembered the purpose of his entire journey. To save Kairi. He stood up from the rooftop, and took a deep breath as he prepared for what he was about to do. I have to do this. Even if she is pretty cute, I have to save Kairi. Whatever it takes. Riku jumped down, landing on his feet, one hand touching the ground. He had landed ten feet away from the unsuspecting girl, a perfect distance to start a battle.

"Going somewhere so soon?"

The young girl froze at the sound of his voice, spinning around to face Riku's dark figure. The two guns strapped to her waist suddenly appeared in her hands, loaded and waiting her command. Her definitely layered auburn colored hair framed her face lovingly, and her butterscotch colored eyes narrowed as she focused them on the fifteen year old boy.

"Who are you?"

The voice that emanated from the girl's mouth resembled light wind-chimes, and memories of long summer days on Destiny Islands flooded Riku's mind; he pushed them back with great difficulty.

"That's what I should be asking you."

Summoning his newly acquired Keyblade, Soul Eater, Riku readied himself for a battle, one that he was not sure he was ready for. A small smile formed on the girl's lips, and to Riku's astonishment, she placed both of the guns back in their holsters, and took deliberately slow steps towards him. Riku lowered his Keyblade hesitantly: who knew what she was planning? Strangely, this girl didn't seem afraid of him. Why? When she reached him, she brought her face closer to his, and he could only blink, frozen to the spot. She suddenly leaned away from Riku, a confused look on her face.


Riku drew his eyebrows together in confusion. "Excuse me?"

"The path you've chosen. Twilight. Not light, and not dark, but in between."

"You're kidding me, right? My heart is full of darkness. No matter how hard I look, there is no light there whatsoever. I chose the darkness a long time ago."

"You're wrong."

"Since when are you the one to tell me that?"

"I'm not. I can only lead you towards your destiny. You're the one that has to make the choice."

"Look, no matter who you are or what you say, like it or not, you're coming with me." Riku raised his Keyblade again, a hard look on his face. But the feeling of wanting to complete his mission so desperately seemed to have vanished as soon as this girl had spoken to him for the first time. Instead of the usual feeling of darkness that overshrouded his mind and heart, he felt hope...and light. The smile from before seemed plastered on the girl's face, and she turned away from Riku, intent on leaving. That wish was shattered when a firm grip encircled her wrist, and she twirled around gracefully, a look of pure anger on her face to 'kindly' ask this boy to let go of her. His aqua colored eyes pierced through her own; they seemed to look down into her very soul. He finally let go of her, dismissed his Keyblade, crossed his arms over his chest, and...smiled.

She tilted her head to one side, confused at his reaction.

"We're not as different as we think."

The young girl soon smiled back, and raised herself up on her toes to whisper into the silver-haired boy's ear.

"Since when are you the one to tell me that, Riku?"

A gasp escaped his lips as he drew his face back from this girl...this stranger. But she was gone. There was no trace of her...anywhere. Except for a small crystal heart shaped pendant that rested in Riku's hand. He gazed at it, confused, when a voice rang through his mind.

"We will meet again, I promise..."

His heart swelled in his chest as he heard her. Riku's hand closed around the pendant and he closed his eyes, smiling yet again. "I'm holding you to that...Takara."

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