Disclaimer: I really don't own KH. There's no way in hell I'd have enough money for that.
I'm alive! It's weird to think that I haven't updated this story in years, but I told you guys I'd get it done, right? Sorry this one is so short considering the wait, but I'm planning on finishing this story pretty soon. If my calculations are right, I'm only going to have between two and four chapters left until its over. And I will finish this. I've had a lot of fun writing it, so I'm not planning on abandoning it as of right now.
That being said, things are very chaotic in my life right now. I'm a recent college graduate who is struggling to find a job and plan a move up to Maine in the next few months. I know exactly how I want this to end (that hasn't changed since I started this back in high school) but it might take a while to get there.
That being said, some of the music is very different. There is a simple explanation for this: my music phases tend to change. Lately, I've been in an industrial/ebm/ aggrotech phase and that's obvious in this chapter. Point is, don't be surprised if you see new bands or things like that.
I think that's everything from me. Let's let the deadly tale continue!
"Does anyone else feel like that was one of the worse rehearsals we've had in a while?"
Roxas looked over to where Axel was standing as the redhead tossed his guitar pic up in the air before catching it. The rest of the band was moving off the practice fields so that the band from Port Royal could set up for their practice time, but the guitarists seemed to be feeling lazier than normal and were leaning against Yuffie's drumset while she dashed around the field chasing after Wakka and Larxene.
"I just wasn't feeling it today." Zack said with a sigh as he watched the action on the field.
"Yeah, I can tell." Cloud from across the platform where he was helping Vexen and Yazoo cart off the amps. "And shouldn't you guys be doing this? You're the ones who need to use them, after all."
"Roxas uses them, too." Axel pointed out.
"Roxas got his off a while ago." Cloud said.
"And my keyboard's packed up and ready to go." Roxas added as he walked over to the drummers.
"Stop being such an over-achiever." Axel stuck his tongue out at the blonde as he stood up and began dismantling the drumset.
"I can't help it." Roxas said with a shrug. "It's one of my qualities."
"It never used to be." Sora said as he climbed onto the platform.
"You know, there are steps for you to use." Cloud said as he carted the wind chimes across the stage.
"Since when do I ever do things the normal way?" Sora asked.
"Never." Roxas answered.
"What do you need, Sora?" Zack asked, assuming that the boy wasn't there for the sake of amusement.
"We were trying to find Reno and Kadaj because we were-" Sora started to say.
"Who's 'we'?" Axel arched an eyebrow.
"Vexen and I." Sora clarified. "We thought we'd get together and work on some of the songs because the saxes seem to be having a harder time with a few of them."
"But Reno plays the clarinet." Cloud pointed out.
"Clarinets and alto saxes use the same notes." Sora said. "We figured that they could share."
"I think I might know what this is about." Axel said as he picked up his guitar and walked over to the case.
"And that would be what?" Sora asked.
"Not supposed to talk about it." Axel said.
"Oh, you can't go and do that!" Sora whined.
"I've been getting the same thing, too." Roxas said.
"You can't say anything?" Zack asked.
"Nope." Axel shook his head. "Not at all."
"Damn you and your ability to keep secrets." Zack rolled his eyes.
"Oh, you know I'll tell you guys when I'm allowed to." Axel said as he snapped the guitar case shut. "I just can't say anything until then."
"Maybe they went off to dinner." Sora mused. "It's getting to be that time of day, isn't it?"
"Kinda sorta, but doesn't Kadaj normally eat pretty late?" Cloud joined the group.
"Maybe he just got hungry early?" Roxas leaned against the case for his keyboard.
"Could be." Zack shrugged. "I did see him running around the soccer field like mad earlier this morning."
"I wonder why he'd be doing that." Axel frowned. "Though we should probably get going."
"Why do you say that?" Roxas wondered.
"Because it looks like Cid is heading over in our direction and he doesn't look happy." Axel clarified, picking up his guitar case and dashing off the platform.
"Yeah, that seems like a good enough reason." Roxas said as he grabbed his keyboard and sprinted after Axel.
"You know what I think?"
Axel looked up at Roxas, his fingers frozen on the guitar strings, and stared at the blonde situated across the cabin. Several hours had passed since the end of rehersal and the cabin was the quietest it had been all day since night had fallen. Cloud and Demyx were playing a sort of variation of Egyptian Rat Screw with Zack and Zexion and Vincent was doing homework with Lucrecia, so Roxas and Axel had the cabin to themselves for a little while. Roxas had been playing something on his DS when he suddenly paused and looked at Axel, which was rather alarming for the redhead.
"Lots of things, hopefully." Axel said. "But what about in particular?"
"Do you think Reno and Kadaj have a thing for each other?" Roxas asked.
"Why would you say that?" Axel asked curiously.
"Isn't it obvious?" Roxas questioned. "Look at the way that they've been acting towards each other. It makes perfect sense, Axel."
"Yeah, I suppose it does." Axel knew thath he was an excellent liar, so he could tell that Roxas had no idea that he was actually correct in his assumption.
"Fucking hell, you're still not going to tell me, are you?" Roxas sighed in frustration.
"Not telling until Kadaj has given me the go-ahead." Axel grinned and shook his head.
He really needs to stop looking so hot when he does that, Roxas thought to himself, but said, "Kadaj is really lucky to have such a loyal friend, then."
"I suppose?" Axel phrased his response like a question. "I've never really thought of myself as being a very loyal person before."
"Well, you are." Roxas said. "Trust me on that."
"So Kadaj, you never did tell me what you wanted to talk about."
Kadaj looked over at the redhead, who sprawled out on the grass in the middle of the soccer goal-post. The two had decided to play some soccer after dinner, which turned out to last longer than either of the boys had anticipated. Exhausted from playing soccer for the last two and a half hours, they decided to call it quits but rather than return to their respective cabins, they elected to relax in the goal-post, as no one was currently aiming to use them at the present. Kadaj was leaning against the post, practically falling asleep, though he knew that he shouldn't be.
"That's right, I didn't…" Kadaj said slowly. "You sure you want to hear it?"
"Well, I've pretty much got to hear it by now." Reno smirked. "So what's this about, yo?"
"Well…" Kadaj took a deep breath. "You remember when I told you about how I had a thing for Axel?"
"Do you still?" Reno frowned in confusion.
"No, I've gotten over that." Kadaj shook his head.
"Oh, okay." Reno nodded, though he still seemed very confused.
"Yeah." Kadaj nodded as well.
"Was that what you wanted to talk about?" Reno asked.
"Not exactly, but its related to that." Kadaj said.
"So what the fuck is it, yo?" Reno wanted to know.
"I seem to have found myself having similar feelings for you." Kadaj said, knowing that there was no easy way to say it.
"Oh, I see." Reno said, surprised by this new-found information.
"Yeah, I know." Kadaj said, feeling his face growing hot despite the chill of the night air. "And I know that things are probably going to be awkward between us now and-"
"Why would they be awkward, yo?" Reno asked, moving closet to Kadaj.
"Well, you don't exactly have these feelings for me, do you?" Kadaj asked.
"You don't know that, yo." Reno said, brushing his hair out of his eyes.
"I suppose." Kadaj sighed. "Back up a minute…do you mean to tell me that you-"
"For a little while, yeah." Reno nodded, leaning forward and pressing his lips to Kadaj's for a few short seconds.
Kadaj was too stunned to say anything for a few moments, but he eventually said, "Well, I'm glad we've sorted that one out."
Reno laughed and said, "Yeah, I feel a little better about it now, yo."
"I guess I'll have to tell Axel now." Kadaj said.
"Axel?" Reno frowned at the mention of his brother's name.
"I've been talking to him about it." Kadaj explained. "He's been helping me decide if I should say anything or not."
"Well, I'm glad you did." Reno said. "Otherwise, we might not be doing this, yo."
Unlike most band members, Roxas always had something interesting to wake up to in the mornings: Axel's music. Some days, Axel would play softer bands (in his terms) like Breaking Benjamin, L'Ame Immortelle or Within Temptation. Other days, he preferred to wake up the cabin with louder music like Rammstein, Dir en Grey, or Nightwish. And then there were other days (like today) where Axel woke up everyone would bands that most would consider to be noise like Combichrist, Nachtmahr, or Grendel.
Axel had apparently decided the precious night that he wanted to be woken up by music of the noise genre (as Roxas so often called it). His alarm was some song by Angelspit (whom Axel preferred to say belonged to the electro-industrial genre; Roxas still considered them noise) and it went on for quite a while. Roxas was contemplating throwing his pillow across the room to wake up Axel so that his alarm would turn off, but just as Roxas was taking aim, the drummer woke up and silenced his alarm.
"It's about fucking time." Apparently the loud music had woken up Cloud as well. The blonde was glaring at Axel from across the room.
"I was having a rather lovely dream." Axel said as he stretched his arms in front of him.
"Must've been nice." Roxas rolled his eyes. "We had to endure that God-awful music for a lot longer than normal."
"Wreak Havoc by Angelspit is not God-awful!" Axel exclaimed. "It happens to be my favourite by them."
"Well, I'm glad you like them because you must be the only person on the planet who does." Cloud rolled over and buried his head under the covers.
"Oh, I've got a text from Kadaj." Axel said as he scrolled through the messages on his phone.
"Is that so?" Roxas sat up and yawned.
"Oooh, I can reveal the secret now." Axel grinned, knowing that this would get Roxas' attention.
"Seriously?" Roxas sat upright so fast that his head started to spin. "Well? What is it?"
"Reno and Kadaj are apparently going out now." Axel said as he tapped some buttons on his phone.
"Ah, I thought that might be it." Cloud said while he threw his pillow at Vincent to wake up the other boy. "They've been acting like it for days."
"And you knew about this?" Roxas asked, eyes on the redhead.
"Well, Kadaj told me his feelings a few days ago." Axel responded with a shrug. "I just wasn't meant to tell you guys."
"Roxas, wake up Demyx." Cloud commanded as he pulled on a t-shirt.
"Why me?" Roxas demanded.
"Because he's next to you." Cloud failed to stifle a yawn. "And because I don't feel like doing it."
"I've got it." Axel said with a rather devious grin. "Give me a second."
"Okay?" Roxas looked at Cloud in confusion while Axel tapped away on his phone.
"Okay, put this up on full and hit play next to his ear." Axel tossed his phone across the room to Roxas.
"What is it?" Roxas asked hesitantly.
"Just do it." Axel grinned. "Trust me."
After staring at Axel for a few seconds, Roxas slowly moved towards Demyx. He placed the phone right next to the sitarist's head and pushed the 'play' button on the phone. Harsh, aggressive music filled the room, followed a few seconds later by sceaming vocals in what Roxas could only assume was German. It wasn't for nothing, however. Demyx woke with a start, screaming quite loudly. Axel and Cloud were laughing at the boy while Vincent, on the other hand, simply ignored them like he normaly did.
"What the hell was that for, Axel?" Demyx demanded, glaring at the drummer.
"I thought it would be funny." Axel laughed.
"Is there any particular reason why you woke me up?" Demyx asked, though it was obvious that he was still angry about being awoken in such a manner.
"We've got practice in forty-five." Cloud responded.
"So I could have slept until then!" Demyx exclaimed.
"You would not have awoken in time." Vincent shook his head.
"Yeah, yeah…" Demyx groaned as he got out of bed.
"Roxas, wanna get some breakfast before we go?" Axel asked as he pulled on a pair of pants.
"Yeah, might as well." Roxas shrugged in response as he grabbed his phone and headed for the door.
"See ya later, numb-nuts." Axel grabbed his guitar and drumsticks and followed Roxas out of the cabin and towards the Mess Hall.
"So what's the real reason why you want to go get breakfast?" Roxas asked, blue eyes meeting the green.
"Must there always be a reason?" Axel asked.
"No, but I can tell there is this time." Roxas said, not breaking the eye-contact with Axel.
"Well, you got me." Axel laughed uneasily.
"So what is it?" Roxas asked.
"I just wanted to see how things were going with this guy." Axel asked. "Are you going to say anything to him?"
"You know I want to." Roxas said with a sigh. "More than anything. But I can't."
"Why can't you?" Axel asked.
"Because I don't think he'd be interested in me." Roxas told him. "There's no way in hell that it would be reciprocated."
"It might be." Axel said with a shrug as they passed the basketball court.
"It could, I suppose, but I highly doubt it." Roxas shook his head.
Axel slammed his book closed, figuring that he wasn't about to get any more reading done. He gazed around the room, wondering what there was to do. Roxas was playing basketball with Hayner, Pence and Olette, Cloud and Zack were working on homework with Yuna and Rikku, Demyx was at the lake with Zexion, and Vincent was studying with Lucrecia. For once, Axel was alone in the cabin.
"Well, what the shit do I do now?"
Axel sighed and rolled over so that he was now on his back, eyes on the ceiling above him. What could he possibly do to pass the time until the second rehearsal of the day?
That's when it hit him.
"Got it." Axel grabbed his phone, which managed to find its way underneath his pillow, and punched in a few numbers. "I might as well get this over with, anyway."
"I must say, this was very unexpected of you, Axel."
Axel opened his eyes and found Larxene strolling across the grass in the woods to where he was leaning against a large oak tree. She had apparently been trying to sleep –that much was obvious from the tired expression in her eyes- but she had told Axel that she would be able to talk to him, thus explaining her presence.
"Sorry I woke you up, Larx." Axel said apologetically. "You sure you don't want to go back to sleep? I know how cranky you can get."
"Nah, it's fine." Larxene shook it off. "So what's this about, anyway? And don't get all cryptic on me."
"Cryptic?" Axel frowned.
"You were pretty damn confusing on the phone." Larxene said, brushing her hair from her eyes. "I never did understand why you called me out here."
"I want to talk to you about something." Axel said as he crossed his arms in front of his chest.
"Well, I gathered as much, smart-ass." Larxene rolled her eyes sarcastically. "But what about."
"Him." Axel said simply.
"Him." Larxene repeated, though she had no clue what Axel was going on about. "This guy you like?"
"That's the one." Axel nodded.
"Wait, what about him?" Larxene asked, becoming more awake. "Did something happen with him?"
"No, but something might." Axel shrugged. "I don't know yet."
"Axel, will you please start making some god-damn sense?" Larxene demanded, staring Axel straight in the eyes. "What are you going to do?"
"What I should have done a long time ago." Axel said. "I'm going to tell him how I feel."
Are you really surprised that I'm ending on a cliffhanger? Because you really shouldn't be. Sorry if the formatting on this is weird. I'm trying the new copy and paste thing and it isn't working out so well. And I'm sorry for any spelling mistakes. My spell-check isn't working. That's it for now. I really hope to have the new chapter out soon.
Next chapter: Roxas talks to Axel about a sudden realization and Larxene has some advice of her own.