AN: So sorry it's been this long since my last update! I honestly just kind of forgot about my fanfic! I've been getting story alerts everyday for the fanfics I've been reading and for some reason that didn't remind me of my KH fanfic! Again, sorry, but here is the next chapter! Once again, thank you very much to soraxkairifangirl! You, again, are the only one to review my most recent chapter and your support and compliments means so much to me! The only other fanfic I've written that wasn't a oneshot I got two reviews on and as I updated the next like 2 chapters I didn't get reviews (and that was months and months ago so you'd think by now if someone was going to review they would) so I pretty much abandoned that story. So your support definitely means a lot to me and I thank you for it. This chapter is for you soraxkairifangirl, and I really hope you enjoy it!
(Wow I sure can write a long Author's Note! And no one even really likes reading them haha!)
RPOV (first Riku pov yay!)
I woke when it was still dark but getting lighter outside. I checked my watch and it said that it was about 4 AM. I glanced to my left and saw Kairi and Sora, sound asleep and huddled close together. They looked cold for some reason. I slowly crawled out of the "bed" and put the blanket I was using over them. Sora seemed to relax but Kairi didn't. We had no more blankets so I tucked around her tighter. She was still tensed with her brows slightly furrowed. There was nothing more I could do for her. Suddenly, Sora snuggled closer to her and she responded by putting her face up to his collar bone. He had fallen asleep with his arm around her and he seemed to tighten his hold unconsciously a bit. Kairi relaxed a bit, however not completely. There was nothing I could do so I just moved to the other side of the raft and began rowing. I thought about a lot of things while I rowed. I thought about Sora and Kairi. It's almost like they're in love sometimes. I'm happy for Sora, but also jealous of him. I wish I had someone as special to me as Kairi is to Sora. I used to be really close with Selphie, but she began to show and interest in Wakka and Tidus more than me or even Sora. She even stopped talking to Kairi more because she was so wrapped up in her own life. I hope Sora and Kairi never grow apart though. They're like two puzzle pieces, meant to go together.
I thought about my mother and how sorry I was for leaving her. She couldn't have been more perfect to me and even to Sora. She took him in as if he was her own child and loved him as much as me. That led me to think about Kairi's father. He was controlling and pushed her to do things she didn't want to do. She lived in fear of his anger most of the time. He said he just wanted her to be happy and he thought he was doing the right thing. But, through all his anger and tirades, he didn't see what he was actually doing and all the pain he was inflicting. Kairi always talks about the fathers she see's in town and reads about and how she would wish and dream her father was that way. She wished he was more understanding and would just listen. She would say how she was tired of being what he wants her to be. He would never just let her do her own things. He just couldn't accept her for who she is and wanted to be. She told Sora and I many times how we were her only salvation and how much she loved us for that. I could see past her lies everyday and I could see the fear that she was trying to hide. I hated her father for damaging a girl as beautiful and amazing as Kairi. Sora was in total agreement with me. Sometimes, he was even angrier about it than I was.
My thoughts were interrupted when I heard someone sigh and blankets moving. I pulled the oar back in, setting it by my feet as I turned around. Sora was sitting up and stretching his arms out in front of him. Kairi was still sound asleep at his side. Sora slowly stood up and walked over to me, looking at the waves.
"Morning, Riku. How long have you been up?"
I, too, looked to the gentle waves of the ocean, "Half an hour or so. Sleep well?"
"Yup!" I replied cheerily.
"What do you think the other worlds will be like?"
"I don't know. Do you think the people will be kind?"
"Maybe in some places." I said shortly
"Hmph. I can't wait." Sora replied, less enthusiastic. I smiled lightly. I felt the raft shift a bit from movement that was not caused by Sora or me. I turned to see Kairi uncurl and pull the blankets off to sit up and look around. I walked over to her with Sora ahead of me. We sat down as she stretched her arms out in front of her.
"Hey, Kairi. Did you sleep good?" I asked before yawning.
"Yeah, thanks, Riku. Morning, Sora." She said, lying back against the pillows. Sora lay with her and held her in his arms. I smiled very slightly and walked across the raft to row as I had this morning and continued thinking about friends, family, life, and other worlds.
SPOV (cute parts here yay :D)
As Kairi lay back down against the few pillows, I wrapped my arms securely around her. She snuggled closer to my chest and laid her head against me. I sighed contentedly and closed my eyes.
Suddenly, Kairi spoke very, very gently and quietly, "Sora?"
I replied just as quietly, "Yeah?"
"I was just seeing if you were awake."
"Yeah I am. Are you ok, Kairi?"
"I'm better now that you're with me, Sora."
"But Kairi I was with you all night. And Riku. What are you talking about?"
"You weren't with me in the dream that I had."
"Was it a bad dream?"
Kairi sighed, "Yeah, but it's ok now."
"Do you want to talk about it, Kairi?"
"No. Not right now. I want to just go back to sleep. Please don't leave me though."
I was surprised at her response but tightened my hold on Kairi protectively and she seemed to relax her muscles. I inhaled and closed my eyes, "I will never leave you, Kairi. Don't worry about it, just go to sleep and dream happy dreams this time."
"Thank you, Sora."
"Anytime." I replied, drifting off into a tranquil, happy sleep.
(a few hours later around like 10 AM (still SPOV))
"Sora, Kairi, wake up! I think we are about to enter another world!" Riku, shouted, shaking me. I opened my eyes quickly and Kairi already had hers open. We sat up and looked around. It was really dark. I didn't think that could be right, how could we have slept all day?
"Riku, is it night time?" Kairi asked, standing up and pulling me with her.
"No! It was sunny and then it started to get really dark like twilight. But look there!" Riku said quickly and pointing not far ahead of us. There was a large arch decorated with and intricate design of vines and flowers, knotted together with stars and orbs placed gently in the vines. Inside the arch, all you could see was a pale light and nothing else. The arch was on the water so Riku and I grabbed an oar and hurriedly rowed into the arch on our raft. Kairi just stood, mesmerized at the sight. It was pretty windy as we drifted closer and closer to the arch. Riku and I dropped our oars back in the raft as we began entering the arch. The wind whipped our hair around us and it began to rain steadily. We all stared straight into the pale light of the beautiful arch as we entered another world.
Cliffy I know! I don't think I've done much of that though so I
decided to heehee:D
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