A/N: Well, here goes. This is the final chapter! Thanks to everyone who stuck with this story!
Namine woke up later than she expected to. It took her a while to remember exactly what happened last night, but when she did it was like she was on top of the world. She turned over in her bed only to find that Roxas wasn't there.
"Huh?" Namine's feelings of awesomeness faded as she began thinking the worst. She was still wearing her clothes from yesterday, of course, so she just hurried out of her room and looked around for Roxas. "Did he just leave?"
He wasn't in the TV room either. Namine felt terrible. Was she lied to once again?
She checked the kitchen. To her surprise, she heard snoring coming from under the table.
"Roxas?" Namine noticed. Sure enough, it was him.
She shook him a few times. Roxas' eyes opened slowly.
"Huh? Where am…I?" He saw Namine kneeling down in front of him with a worried look on her face. He tried to sit up, but Namine was too slow to tell him and he hit his head on the table. "What am I doing under here?"
"Did you… sleep walk again?" Namine giggled. Roxas crawled out and tried to stand up.
"I… guess…" He was just as confused as she was.
"I thought you left…" Namine's eyes lowered.
Roxas noticed her unhappy state. "No! I wouldn't do that… unless I somehow knew how to open doors while I was asleep…"
"You were able to get under my kitchen table without waking up." Namine said. She sighed. "I'm glad you didn't, though… not that you would've had any control."
"If I had control, I never would." Roxas tried laughing to lighten the mood a little. It worked. "Good morning."
"Morning…" Namine blushed.
Roxas kissed her lightly, leaving her in a daze. It took her a few minutes to come back to reality.
"I'll… make some breakfast. I'm sure you're starving…" Namine went over to the counter and started pulling pans out from the cabinets. "Is there anything you want in particular?"
"Anything is fine." Roxas said, seating himself at the table.
Namine decided to make a normal egg and bacon breakfast for the two of them; it was quick and easy and they were hungry. Roxas was done in less than five minutes.
"Wow, you ate fast…" Namine said.
"I hadn't eaten since yesterday afternoon…" Roxas admitted.
They both took a moment to finish what they were eating. Roxas got up, took her plate and took it to the sink for her.
"You didn't have to…" Namine said shyly, thinking it was kind of sweet.
"But I did." Roxas smiled.
"So… how long are you staying?"
Roxas stood there for a moment and thought about it. "I'm… not really sure."
"Your parents don't know you're here… do they?"
"Nope… well, they probably have a pretty good idea where I went but it's not like they can come here. They can never get out of work." Roxas shrugged. "I know I'll be in huge trouble when I get back… but it's not like I can't handle it."
"What if… they kick you out?" Namine gave him a worried look.
"I can manage."
Roxas wasn't taking this as seriously as it really was. Namine saw how his mother was towards him. She hated the terrible pain in his eyes when he came back outside that night.
"Hey, don't worry about me. I'll be fine."
"But… your parents…"
"My parents hate me, they hated my friends, I even think they hate Sora. Probably because we used to be so close but they felt that my friends took me away from them. Who knows."
"They obviously don't hate you…" Namine recalled the look on his mother's face. "They were worried."
"Why are we talking about this?" Roxas asked calmly.
"I… don't know… I just want you to be happy…" Namine sighed.
Roxas went over and hugged her. "But I am."
Roxas said he and his parents used to be so close. It must've been before adolescence, because a lot of teenagers drift away from their parents. However, she let it go and tried to take in the moment. Roxas noticed how quiet she was.
"Look," he started, cupping her cheek with his hand, "my life hasn't exactly been peachy, but… I really believe that this is the start of a new chapter…" He paused and rubbed the back of his head. "I know it sounds corny but I believe that I'm truly happy again. Right now nothing can bring me down, not even my parents. They don't have that power over me anymore."
"Are you… sure?"
Roxas nodded and kissed her forehead. "I've got you. That's all I need."
She blushed severely. Just before she was about to respond, her mother entered the kitchen.
"Namine?" She looked past her at Roxas with a confused stare.
"I needed to talk to her, so I came over unannounced. I'm sorry." Roxas answered for her.
"That's fine. I just didn't know. Namine, I'm leaving now. Don't you have work soon?"
"I have today off…" Namine said, not really wanting to tell her why.
"Oh. Well, bye then!" Ms. Kaida left.
"What would she say if she found out I spent the night?" Roxas asked out of curiosity.
"She would flip." Namine laughed.
Sora was really surprised when she and Roxas showed up at his house. Since Namine's mom most likely wouldn't allow for him to stay with her, his only other choice was to stay with Sora. He was completely fine with it, but he was just as worried about him as Namine was. However, Sora kept it to himself so they can all enjoy their last week together.
They all decided to go out for lunch. Kairi arrived a little late, taking a seat next to Sora and calling the waiter over.
"You're a little fidgety." Sora mentioned, watching as she tapped her fingers on the table out of impatience.
"It's the coffee. I didn't get enough of it."
Roxas grabbed Namine's hand under the table, running his thumb along it slowly. Namine couldn't help but blush from it.
"So… why did you come back, Roxas?" Sora asked.
"For her." He glanced at Namine who was staring sheepishly at her lap.
"Ohh." Kairi said teasingly, only deepening Namine's embarrassment.
"Yeah…" Roxas stared at Namine with dreamy eyes. "I figured out the truth."
"Truth?" Sora raised an eyebrow.
"Roxas…" Namine pleaded for him to be quiet, but he didn't catch on. She didn't know why she was being this way.
Roxas brought their locked hands up onto the table. Sora and Kairi gasped.
"Aww! I'm so happy for you guys!" Kairi said ecstatically, clapping her hands loudly and drawing attention to them.
Namine decided to accept the attention. Besides, she had Roxas now. She should be happy, and she was.
"It's about time." Sora said.
A wave of silence drifted through the air as they waited for their food; well, besides Kairi's constant tapping that was really starting to get on Sora's nerves; even her feet couldn't stay still. Someone had to start a conversation… and fast.
"I can't believe this is our last week together…" Namine said. Good job.
"We've… already talked about this, Nam." Kairi said, giving her a worried stare.
"So… what are you going to do when we leave, Namine?" Sora asked, a little concern evident in his voice.
"Go to work, sleep… do nothing…"
"I'll visit you as much as I can. I'm only two hours away." Roxas said, moving a little closer so that their sides touched.
"Maybe Sora and I can visit on a few weekends." Kairi contemplated. "If we don't have tons of work to do… of course."
"I know you'll be busy…" Namine sighed and leaned her head onto Roxas' shoulder.
Riku stood there with an apron on with the restaurant logo.
"Riku? You work here?" Sora asked in astonishment, finding it a little funny that Riku would wear an apron.
"Yeah, just started. Has anyone taken your orders yet?"
"I don't want you taking our orders." Roxas glared at him.
"Well I was assigned to tables one through fifteen…" He started counting up the row until he landed on their table. "And you guys are table eight. So what can I get you today?"
"Um… I'll have… coffee." Kairi started, obviously very confused and annoyed at the same time. Riku wrote it down and then looked at Sora who ordered next.
"Riku, why do you always have to follow me?" Namine asked.
"I work here. I didn't follow you."
"But you must've suggested to do this table, right? Are you trying to bother me again?" Namine stood up. Roxas got up behind her, trying to hold her back.
"Look, I'm only taking orders. Keep it down."
"No! You come to work to torture me… and then my boss basically lets me go for the day and today, probably meaning she doesn't even want me there and I would've done just fine if it weren't for you yesterday!"
"What did he do to you?" Roxas asked, getting defensive.
"Only what she deserved. Can I take your order or not?"
"No! I'm leaving!" Namine stormed out of the restaurant. Roxas had no choice but to go after her; he really wanted to hurt Riku for whatever he did to his beloved but he didn't. Sora and Kairi came out shortly afterwards.
"He does these things on purpose…" Namine said, stopping at a crosswalk.
"What? What are you talking about? What did he do?"
"Nothing. Things… are better now." Namine tried to calm down. Whatever Riku said the day before was completely thrown aside, but that still didn't dismiss the fact that she hated him with a passion. Roxas let it go, took her hand and walked across the street with her. They didn't speak for a little bit.
"Stop." Sora said behind them. "Kairi's starving."
"Sora!" She nearly smacked him.
"Kairi, you're going to have seizures if you're not careful. We're going to get some coffee down the road. Want to come with?"
Roxas and Namine exchanged looks. "Nah, we'll wait out here." Roxas said, taking a seat on the bench. Getting the message, Sora and Kairi shrugged and walked off.
"Are you okay?" Roxas asked once they were out of earshot.
"I'm fine." Namine was still a little agitated, but for the most part she was over it.
"Man…" Roxas sighed.
"That's one thing I just can't stand… leaving you here alone with him…"
"He won't be anywhere near me."
"But he'll still be here and I won't. Once again… I can't protect you."
"Nam, I love you. If only there was a way…" He leaned over, resting his arms on his knees. "I want to be near you…"
"I thought we didn't believe in long-distance relationships…" Namine chuckled a little.
"For you I'm willing to." He sat up and put his arm around her. "I finally found what I've been looking for all along."
She loved it when he was sweet; how his voice would lower and he would stare at her with those big, blue eyes of his. She could tell he meant every word he said, unlike the old days when everything was doubtful.
"Hey… did you ever get those pictures from the beach developed?" Roxas asked randomly.
"Oh… not yet." Namine said. They looked up. What do ya know, it was a camera shop.
And she had her camera with her.
She got up, but he stopped her. "Wait. Let's take one more picture."
Even though Roxas got rid of his heirloom, that didn't mean that he couldn't start a new one. That part of his life was dead and gone, minus the occasional reminisces. Namine positioned herself close to him as he held the camera up high. They both smiled and the picture was taken.
Now she wanted to take a million pictures of him and her. They took a few more, one of them being an actually kissing picture which made her toes curl up and her body shake upon reviewing it; she loved it. She loved him.
"Those are some good pictures." Roxas mentioned.
Sora and Kairi returned; Kairi wasn't going crazy anymore.
"Hey! Let's take some group pictures." Namine suggested. Sora and Kairi didn't mind at all as they all found a way to get in the photo. A person walked by and stopped to take the picture for them.
"I want a copy of that." Kairi said.
"Wow… developing all these pictures would cost a fortune." Namine looked through her camera.
"You don't have to develop them all. Just the ones we took today… and the other one from the beach." Roxas said.
"What other one?"
"Where you leaned your head on my shoulder."
They went into the camera shop and over to the machine. Namine picked out ten pictures, making four copies of each. It didn't cost as much as she thought it did, but everyone pitched some money in to pay for it. They waited for about fifteen minutes for the pictures to be finished and then passed them out to each other, each taking one of each.
"Thanks, Namine!" Kairi exclaimed.
Roxas was admiring the picture of him and Namine that they just took. "This is going next to my bed."
The week went by in a flash; Namine couldn't believe it was over so soon. She nearly cried as her friends and now boyfriend packed up in front of her.
"Wah! I don't want to leave!" Sora pouted.
"Sora, Roxas, come downstairs, please." His mother called. They left the room.
Kairi and Namine sat there, kind of wanting to hear what was going on. However, Kairi spoke instead. "So… he really does love you, doesn't he?"
"Y-yeah…" Namine blushed severely. "It was a shock."
"I knew it all along." Kairi said. "He just didn't want to admit it."
Sora and Roxas came back upstairs; both of them not looking so good. "She just got done talking with my Aunt."
"My mom said that when I get home… I'm in huge trouble. Sora can't stay with me." Roxas sighed.
"What?!" Kairi and Namine said in unison.
"But… they'll come around. I know it." Roxas almost sounded as if he didn't believe himself.
"My parents might get me a dorm." Sora said finally. "Don't worry. Everything will be fine."
Once again, they were at the station. This time, it was Namine's turn to say goodbye to the three people that meant most to her. She knew this day would come. She dreaded it. However, it was here.
Namine started to cry as the train pulled up. Roxas went over and held her.
"I'll be back next week… and the week after that. I will find a way to see you…"
"I don't want you to go… I don't want any of you to go…" Namine sobbed.
"Namine…" A tear rolled down Kairi's cheek as she joined Roxas in hugging her. Sora did so as well, making it a big group hug. However, besides looking funny, Namine couldn't stop being sad.
"We'll miss you." Kairi said.
"It's not like we can't call each other." Sora added.
"But it won't be the same…"
"We'll get through this." Roxas said, rubbing her cheek.
The train sounded. It was leaving in a few minutes. People loaded onto it, nearly filling it up. Sora and Kairi said their last goodbyes and got on, but Roxas stayed behind for just a moment longer holding her in his arms.
"Roxas… do something for me, okay?" Namine said finally.
"What's that? Anything."
"If you have to cry, then cry. If you're angry, show it. If you're scared, let me know. Like I said before… you're not alone. I'll always be here for you. You don't have to suffer…"
Roxas didn't know what to say, however he nodded. "I know."
"Truce?" Namine put her pinky out.
"Pinky-promise? Really?" Roxas laughed a little but then straightened up, a smile still stretched across his face. "Okay. I promise."
Namine knew it was silly, but it seemed to work. Roxas picked his bags up and stepped away slowly, staring at her the entire time. As turned to get onto the train, she could've sworn she saw tears in his eyes. He waved to her.
"I love you!"
"I love you too!" Namine called. The train door closed. She watched until it was gone.
Two hours and a long walk afterwards, Roxas, Kairi and Sora stopped by the dorms first to drop Kairi off. They were just in time for the 'roll call' in the meeting room. Only those staying in the dorms were allowed to attend, so they had to say their goodbyes here. Kairi and Sora kissed and hugged each other.
"See you later." Sora said.
Roxas and Sora made the dreadful walk back to his house where his parents would be just waiting to get a piece of him. Roxas wasn't sure what was going to happen; he did run away again. However, he was braver than that and straightened up. Sora knew he was uneasy about going home, but their bags were heavy and they both just wanted to relax.
"You know," Roxas said as they got near Sunset Hill, "as much as I hate my house, I love this city."
"It's your home." Sora said simply.
Sora and Roxas turned around. Roxas dropped his bags.
"ROXAS!" A girl glomped him to the ground.
"Oh my gosh…" Was all Sora could say. Roxas' eyes widened in shock.
"Xion, get off of him."
It was really happening…
"Wh—wha…?" Roxas sat there, astonished as Xion stood up and brushed herself off.
"This is not good…" Sora mumbled to himself. He went over and helped Roxas up. Roxas could barely stand.
"Dude, what's wrong with you?" Asked Axel.
'No… this is a dream… this is a bad joke… something… they're not really here…'
"Roxas? Yoohoo…" Xion waved her hand in his face.
"I… I thought you were dead…" Roxas finally got out.
"Dead?" Axel repeated. "No! Xion was in a coma and I… well… I was in the hospital for a while but when I got out and tried to come visit you, you weren't there. I tried almost everyday for a month but your mother still insisted you were gone."
"Huh…" Roxas was speechless.
"Why did you think we were dead?" Xion asked, bewilderment all over her face.
"My… mom told me you were… and then she wouldn't let me go see you… I was in such disbelief…"
"That bitch!" Xion said angrily. "She lied to you!"
Roxas could feel himself getting dizzy. This wasn't real; this was just another bad dream he was having. He tried slapping himself, pinching himself, whatever it took to wake him up. They couldn't be alive. It just wasn't possible…
But yet he didn't wake up, and they were still standing in front of him.
Namine put the picture of her and Roxas in the picture frame next to her bed and stared at it for the longest time. She had a blast the past week and she wished it never would've come to an end. She had a positive outlook on the future now; Roxas meant everything to her. She felt like not even Riku could bring her down at this point. Sure, her days would be long and boring but all she needed was that phone call from Roxas to make it a million times better.
She shut her eyes, mumbling an 'I love him' to herself before drifting off to sleep.
A/N: There you go! That's the final chapter! I made it extra long just because you guys have been so awesome. Thank you so much for the reviews! I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. A sequel should be out soon, but probably after April 15th… I have a huge group project I must attend to… and an anime convention in Nashville this weekend… but I will try to get the sequel out. Sorry for any confusing parts, I'm still learning. However, if there's any constructive criticism don't hesitate to tell me. Other than that, review and… yeah!
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