Summary: Roxas was born a boy, but it was a mistake. He knows he's really a girl, so he decides to be one and pretends to be his dead twin sister. Facing ridicule and threats when he's discovered, he transfers.
-Axel can't help but fall for the new girl at school. What will he do though when he finds out that his dream girl is really a transsexual boy? Akuroku later values
Born in the Wrong Body: Chapter 13
Roxas found herself sitting next to Axel in the castle's court yard, smiling down at the hand that was holding hers. The past four years had passed by much more quickly than she'd ever imagined they would. Axel had graduated from college a month ago, already having a job in his field of choice, becoming a partner with a contractor after working for him the entire year previously.
Roxas on the other hand, was about to begin her second year of schooling. She'd decided to go into psychology, wanting to be able to help others, preferably that had been like her; abused, having had lost a loved one, bullied and or gender confused. She absolutely loved it so far and was very happy with her choice. Her mother had also found a bit of happiness two years prior- Tifa had remarried.
The raven hair hadn't expected it that night when Leon had proposed in the very coffee shop they'd met in. Roxas' mother, however, had remained level-headed and thought of her child once again before herself, denying the proposal on the basis of needing to make him aware of something very important.
Tifa, Roxas, Demyx and Leon all had a group meeting in private, discussing Roxas and her secret. Leon took it well, surprisingly, but still needed time to absorb it. Two months later, he asked the raven-hair to marry him again, promising that he accepted Roxas as she was. Tifa eagerly accepted and Roxas greatly enjoyed the newest additions to her family.
Her attention focused on her red-head when he squeezed her hand.
"Roxas… will you close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."
"Sure," she replied before doing as she was requested. Her eyes snapped open when she felt something slide across her left ring finger, staring in shock when she saw a ring. It was definitely old, but extremely beautiful. "Wh-what is this?"
"A ring," Axel replied innocently. "Don't you like it?"
"Of course I do, it's beautiful! Where… when did you even get it?"
"Well, I told mom that I wanted to propose a few months ago… and she insisted on giving me Ansem's wife's wedding ring," he said, smiling softly.
"What..?" Roxas asked heart pounding wildly, hardly believing it when Axel got down on his knees in front of her and grasped both of her hands.
"I love you, Roxas Strife, and I always will. I want to spend every day with you, for the rest of my life." Roxas' eyes watered as he squeezed her hands gently. "So, I'm asking, will you marry me?" The blond began to cry. Sure, Axel had mentioned that he'd planned on marrying her some day, but it was still so… unexpected. "Roxas?" Axel asked, grasping either side of her face, "Did I do something wrong?" His eyes widened, "I've never done this before… Did I mess up?" Roxas grasped his shoulders and pressed her forehead to his. She smiled slightly.
"No, Axel, you did perfectly," she whispered after a long moment, the tears finally ceasing. Axel pulled back and ocean blue met vivid green. "I'd love to marry you." He grinned wildly.
"Then I guess I'm the luckiest person in the world," he replied before pressing his lips to hers innocently. They remained that way for a moment longer before the red-head pulled away. "Do you still want to help me fix this place up?" Roxas nodded.
"Of course, once your parents give it to you." Axel looked down for a moment.
"Guess I forgot to tell you… They gave it to me a month ago- a present for graduating college." Their eyes locked. "It's mine."
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"Like I said… I forgot. I had something more important to think about." Roxas was about to ask what, but stopped when she glanced at the ring on her finger.
"It's okay," she whispered.
It took a few years, but Axel, his contracting company that he was partnering with and Roxas all pulled together and worked hard to restore the castle. When it was finished, it was magnificent. Roxas and Axel decided to get married inside, hosted a grand party and then opened it for tours, since it was such a historical part of the town. They used a private wing as living quarters.
Roxas woke one morning, smiling as she found herself splayed across Axel. His strong arms were holding her securely. Her smile widened. She felt so grateful to have him in her life.
Her smile died as her nimble fingers brushed against her flat stomach; a constant reminder that she couldn't have a child. They'd consummated their marriage and it had been wonderful but… it was eating at her and it had been for months more and more because of it.
When Axel woke he saw Roxas. She looked so heartbreakingly sad.
"Hey, what's the matter?"
"It's nothing, Axel…" she murmured. He shook his head.
"It's not nothing. Why does my love look so sad?" Roxas glanced away. She didn't want to admit it and make Axel feel horrible too. "You can tell me, sweetheart." Roxas bit her lower lip, but couldn't keep from crying.
"I wish… I could have a baby, Axel."
"We could adopt," he suggested. Roxas shook her head.
"I want to have a baby with you." The red -head pulled her close and kissed her forehead lovingly.
"Me too, darling… but I don't think that's possible, so we need to be open." Roxas hugged him tightly. "Will you try, for me?" The blond nodded.
They went through the process to adopt, but every time they attempted, the mother of the baby that had intended to give it up changed her mind and each failed attempt was harder and harder on Roxas. It was heartbreaking for Axel to see her go through it. Then one day Axel got tragic news from his mother.
"Roxas…" He began, approaching her. She hummed numbly as she stared out the window. "My cousin died in a car accident today." She turned back toward him, eyes wide.
"That's terrible! Are you okay?"
"I am… but, my parents and I were her only family."
"What are you saying?"
"She… had a baby and its father wanted nothing to do with it. He gave up his parental rights when the child was born. They're trying to decide what to do with the baby…" The blond's eyes widened.
"So… they asked us because we're trying to adopt?" She asked. Axel nodded.
"What do you think?"
"How old is it? Is it a boy or a girl? Is-"
"Three weeks. It's a boy, his name is Reno." Roxas nodded, stunned.
Soon after, the adoption was completed. Roxas cried as Axel handed her the perfect little red-headed bundle for the first time and then smiled up at Axel.
"He has red hair, like you." Axel smiled.
"And blue eyes, like you."
"He's perfect, isn't he?" Axel nodded in agreement.
"Absolutely." He hugged her to himself and she returned the embrace as he kissed the top of her head, both perfectly content and ready to begin the rest of their lives both happy and as a family.
A/n: Sorry it took so long for me to finish this! As I've told many of you, my old computer crashed and it wiped out a lot of my stories… if it weren't for FFN, a good chunk of my stories wouldn't exist anymore /:
I hope the ending's satisfactory and that I didn't disappoint anyone! Let me know your thoughts?