"Hey, Rich?" Ava was leaning over the edge of the balcony of the room she'd been staying in, on the second day off her and Rich's little detour to Disney Castle. Rich had been able to figure out that King Triton might be in need of his services, due to a very specifically pointed comment from Sora during dinner that night. They'd already made plans to leave in the morning.
He was sitting in a chair on the other side of the small balcony, looking through a navigation book. When she spoke, he glanced up at her. "Hm?"
"Do you think it would be better if I got my parents' permission before we leave?" Ava asked, turning and leaning on the railing so she could see him better, "If what we've heard is right, Kara, Evan, and Trey are out there doing nothing more than worrying everyone. If I ask them, do you think they'll let me go with you?"
"I suppose it's possible. We can leave in the morning either way, so it can't hurt." Rich shrugged, shutting his book and standing up, walking over to her.
"So, I should ask?" Ava asked, frowning, "I'm just worried they'll be mad at me, since Kara and I are putting them through so much, running off like this."
Rich raised an eyebrow, "And what do you think they did to their parents when they were your age?"
Ava continued to frown, glancing at the door.
Rich chuckled, lifting her chin so she'd look at him, "If anything, Ava, you're just following in their footsteps. They'll feel better if you ask them, so I think you should."
Ava couldn't help but get a little embarrassed. Pulling away from Rich, she mumbled, "I'll just go ask then," before practically bolting through the door and out of the room. Rich watched her go with a smile on his face.
"Mom? Dad?" Ava stuck her head into her parents' bedroom. Kairi was in bed, reading, and Sora was on the phone with Riku, pacing on the other side of the room.
"Come on in, sweetie." Kairi smiled. Ava shut the door behind her, scrambling onto the bed next to her mother.
"They disabled Oblivion's tracker AND communication system? How the hell did they manage that? Evan and Trey can barely drive a gummi ship, never mind program one!"
Ava glanced at her dad, then her mom, who rolled her eyes before smiling, "What's up?"
Ava took a deep breath, before blurting out her thoughts, "."
Kairi blinked, paused, and then spoke, "You're gonna have to try that again. And slower."
Ava sighed, "Rich is going to Atlantica tomorrow morning." She said, glancing at her father, who was still talking to Riku and hadn't heard her. (Ava doubted he knew she was in the room at all.) "And I was wondering if I could go with him."
Kairi's eyes widened, "What? Why?" she asked, scrambling so she was sitting up, "Ava, it's dangerous out there, and Rich attracts danger! It's not safe!"
"Rich is the one who saved me, mom." Ava reminded him, "I haven't been hurt yet while traveling with him." Remembering what Rich had told her earlier, she added, "Besides, I'm a year older than you and Dad were when you took off into the worlds, and I'm more than capable."
Sora cut his wife off, "I think it's okay. She should go." He had shut his phone (apparently the conversation with Riku was over; Ava hadn't really been paying attention) and walked over to the bed, "We're gonna worry like hell about you, but you should go."
Ava grinned, "Really, dad?"
"Yeah." Sora smiled, "You're plenty old enough."
"Sora!" Kairi snapped, "You can't just tell her to go off gallivanting around with Rich like that!"
"Isn't it better she goes off 'gallivanting around with Rich' with our permission, rather than worrying about sneaking off?" Sora asked.
Kairi shook her head, "No, because she wouldn't sneak off is we said no, would she?" Kairi looked at her daughter.
"To be honest… that was the plan." Ava sighed, looking down at her lap, "I just hoped you guys would be okay with it."
Kairi frowned, "Ava…"
"I'm not defenseless, mom. Rich is teaching me to use a sword, and he's more than capable of protecting me if we run into any danger." She paused, "I'm going with or without your permission, but I'd prefer to have it."
Kairi sighed, "I'm not stopping you, am I?"
Ava shook her head.
"Alright. You can go." Kairi said, "But I want updates at least once a week."
Ava grinned, "Promise!" she hugged her mother, "Thank you so much!" she let go of her mom, and then hugged her dad, who laughed with her as Kairi smiled.
The next morning, Rich and Ava were on their way to Atlantica. They were both sitting in the front of the gummi ship, Rich driving and Ava lounging in a chair with his navigation book, waiting to be told what to do.
"Soooo… Atlantica." Ava said, breaking the silence.
Rich glanced at her, but quickly refocused himself avoiding meteors, "What about it?"
"What's it like? Anything I should know?" Ava asked.
Rich fell silent for a moment, thinking. "Well, it's mostly an underwater world." He said, "King Triton lives under the sea—he's the leader of the merpeople. He's meeting us at the beach behind his daughter's castle, though."
Ava blinked, "Wait, merpeople?"
Rich chuckled, "Yep."
Ava leaned back in her chair, "We're not gonna have to go underwater, right? 'Cause I'm not exactly the strongest swimmer."
"I'm not sure. If it comes to that, you could always stay on land with Ariel and Eric, I'm sure." Rich shrugged.
Ava nodded, "Alright. We'll see what happens."
Rich turned to smile at her.
And there you guys have it. Both sisters are out following in their parents' footsteps
Sora's either a great parent or a horrible one. "Oh yeah, Ava, you should go run off with this guy you barely know, straight into the heart of the danger! Sounds fun!"
Anywayyyyy, lemme know what you thought.