A/N: I split it into 4 chapters so it doesn't seem so lengthy.
There's a song that's inside of my soul
It's the one that I've tried to write over and over again
I'm awake in the infinite cold
But You sing to me over and over and over again
Darkness. And Light. Only those two. A small wave of consciousness flew over Demyx's mind as he floated in the abysmal black. He remembered nothing, and thought nothing. All of his memories were slowly chipping away. His days as a nobody, his life before that. The life in the Organization. The time of his nonexistent-life. Then, he felt another probe into his mind. Something—or Someone—was calling him back.
Demyx opened his eyes to have Axel staring back at him. He was sitting in Demyx's chair before the computer, making a very un-Axel-like move by spinning around. Demyx giggled a little bit, and covered his mouth. Then he realized he was completely undressed. Axel was laughing from his chair.
"Axel! What did you do to me?"
"Nothing. We all emerge from the darkness completely naked. At least you didn't disappear like most of the Organization," Axel said quietly. Demyx sat up, not caring if the sheets revealed himself indecently.
"Who?" Demyx demanded. "Not Chester!"
"No, Chester is under the bed," Axel reassured Demyx. Chester came out from under the bed, his antenna twitching towards Demyx.
"Chester!" Demyx yelled, and Chester immediately jumped into Demyx's arms. "Wait, who isn't back?" Demyx asked, hugging Chester to his chest.
"Mansex," Axel took a deep breath. "Saix, Zexion, Luxord, Xigbar, Xaldin, Vexen, Lexaeus, Marluxia, and Larxene." Demyx frowned.
"So now there's only you, me, and Roxas?" Axel nodded.
"The rest are where we used to be. In the eternal dark." Demyx nodded, and almost fell over as Axel threw a black garment at him.
It was his old Organization XIII coat. He recognized it because it smelt faintly of his water. Which reminded himself of his Sitar.
"Wait, where's my Sitar?" Axel shrugged.
"I don't know where you leave your crap. I just have my Chakrams, which were in my closet where I always leave them." Demyx looked around his room, and set Chester down. He pulled on the coat, zipping it all the way so Axel couldn't see anything. Chester looked at him, twitching his antenna like he did 24/7. Demyx pat him on the head, and stood up. Slowly, Demyx looked all the places he used to put his Sitar, and found it in a custom-made case that was balanced on one of his various chests. Demyx strummed it a few times, and smiled. It was still tuned perfectly. Quickly, he walked over to his closet, and pulled on a pair of black pants, and then a pair of boots after. Axel spun around in his chair again when he thought that Demyx wasn't looking. Suddenly, Axel turned to the computer screen, and many different screens flashed. Demyx walked over to Axel, suspicious of what he had been looking at. Slowly, Demyx bent over Axel's shoulder, looking at the screen with Demyx's Sitar as the background.
"What was that?" he inquired, one eyebrow rising.
"What was what?" Axel asked innocently, giving Demyx a small smile like he had done nothing. Demyx reached over for the mouse, and pulled up Google Chrome. His top ten had been changed. His usual were MySpace, YouTube, Kh-vids, Facebook, Blogger, Addicting Games, Gaia Online, Yahoo, Shockwave, and Meebo. Now, it had many AkuRoku fansites and AkuRoku porn sites. Demyx frowned.
"Axel…. What were you doing on my computer?"
"Okay, I admit it! I was looking at fanart because Mansex had blocked it on my computer!" Axel gave Demyx another innocent face. Demyx erased his history, and shut off the computer. "You know Roxas hates it when I spy on him."
"You're gross, Axel!" Demyx yelled. Chester sat on Demyx's bed, tilting his head a little bit. Then, he started to dash out of Demyx's room. "CHESTER!" Demyx cried, following after the little heartless. Axel groaned, and followed after Demyx.
Axel was running after Demyx, barely catching up. The only thing he saw was the tip of Demyx's coat. Finally, Axel skidded to a halt, almost running into the shorter man.
"What is it?" Axel asked. Then he saw what Chester had been running after. A brown-haired young man was sitting on the floor, laughing. Chester was in his lap, twitching. A silver haired man was standing next to the other. There were four other bodies, a duck, two dogs, and a young woman. The man sitting on the floor had an uncanny similarity to Roxas. Axel immediately recognized him at once.
"Sora! Get off the floor of Castle Oblivion. And what the hell are you doing with a heartless?" the silver haired man asked. He had a bigger build than Sora's, and was still taller. "And why isn't that heartless trying to kill you?" The woman, who had reddish hair, looked at Sora with a confused look on her face.
"Riku, stop being so silly. He's a good heartless, you know?"
"No, I don't know," Riku said softly.
"A-hyuck, that Heartless is a nice one," Goofy stated
"Sort of like Sora when he was a heartless," the duck said with an accent so heavy that both Demyx and Axel almost couldn't understand what he was saying.
"Chester is a good heartless!" Demyx said, and Chester ran out of Sora's lap, and into Demyx's arms. Demyx smiled, and pat Chester's head. Sora jumped up, and his Keyblade appeared in his hands. Axel took a step back, putting his hands up defensively.
"Look, Mansex is dead. We have nothing against you all," Axel said, pointing out the very large window to where Kingdom Hearts used to be. Ironically, they were in the same room where Sora had defeated Saix that one day. Everyone except for Axel turned their head to the sky. Axel stopped Demyx's head from turning around. "Stop that."
"Oww, Axel! Stop!" Demyx whined.
"Don't look," Axel hissed. Demyx whined again, and turned his head to face Sora and the others. "So, what are you six doing in Castle Oblivion?"
"Searching for the king, a-hyuck."
"Don't tell him that, Goofy!" Donald yelled at the dog.
"Gawrsh, I'm sorry." Goofy said bashfully.
"Sora!" Another man yelled from the entrance "And Demyx!" He looked similar to Sora, their hair was the only big difference.
"Roxas! Wait, why are you here?" Sora asked.
"I called him from the darkness," Axel replied. "I couldn't go without my best friend." Demyx snorted out a laugh, and covered his mouth.
"Friend, yeah right." Axel shot him a glare. Roxas was in an Organization coat that had been stolen from one of the member's closets, as he didn't fit in his old one. Slowly, Roxas walked up to Sora and the rest, and hugged Sora tightly.
"This time I'm meant to exist."
"Where's Namine?" Kairi asked quietly.
"I can't locate her," Axel said. "Or else she'd be here." Riku pulled Sora away from Roxas, growling a little bit, and pulling Sora into a tight hug.
"Mine," Riku said protectively. Demyx's eyes widened.
"EWW!" Demyx yelled. Axel coughed a little, and looked away. The two Nobodies walked towards the other group, and both Donald and Goofy tensed visibly. Chester was nestled comfortably against Demyx's chest.
"We don't really have an objective. Because Axel is an idiot, he only called back me and Roxas," Demyx said, cringing when Axel hit him. "Can we join you? We have no transport to the other worlds. Our powers seem to mostly be gone. We can't make those portal thingies anymore."
"Sure," Sora said happily. "Wait, Xemnas is completely dead, right?" Axel nodded, and Demyx swayed from side to side, nodding.
"But Sora, we don't have enough room in our Gummi Ship!" Donald said low to Sora, and he smiled. "The only place we have room is in cargo."
"They can go in there until we get to Radiant Gardens and ask Cid to build us a bigger and better Gummi Ship," Riku countered.
"Alright, that's a good idea," Kairi said. Donald grumbled a little bit. They walked back to the Gummi Ship, Demyx getting his Sitar first and Axel getting his Chakrams. Donald flew the ship back to Radiant Gardens, and they disembarked.
Once they were out of the ship, the group was swarmed by Heartless. Everyone fought them off—including Chester, who was a great help. When they were finished with the fight Axel and Demyx laughed a little bit.
"Believe we're not the bad guys any more?"
"Yeah," Donald agreed. They walked to the main control room where Leon, Yuffie, and the rest were set up. At the sight of the three black coats, Leon jumped up.
"What are they doing here?" he said angrily.
"Leon, Leon, calm down," Riku said, walking deeper into the room. "They're back, but they're not bad anymore." Demyx waved nervously.
"Yet they bring a Heartless," Leon testified.
"Chester is a good Heartless! I saved him before the Keyblade got him," Demyx said, swinging around a little bit, and smiling. Chester looked up at Demyx, wiggling his antennae. Yuffie skipped over to Demyx, and pat Chester on the head. Chester made a sound, and pressed his head against her hand.
"He is good!" Yuffie exclaimed.
"Okay, okay. You guys can join us," Leon said reluctantly. Axel jumped over to the couch, and sat down. "So, what are you three doing back?"
"Axel called us back," Demyx said, sitting next to Axel.
"Yeah, but I can't find the rest of the Organization." Leon nodded, understanding.
"Well, shall we head over to the Bailey?" Leon proposed, and stood.
"What's at the Bailey?" Riku asked.
"They've come back," Leon said, frowning. Riku and Sora nodded. Leon, Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald, Goofy, Roxas, Axel, and Demyx headed out of the room.
At the Bailey, Leon led them to the edge. Heartless crowded around Hollow Bastion again. Sora groaned, and looked towards Axel.
"Hey, don't look at us. We didn't do that," Axel said defensively.
"Except for Chester, we don't have anything to do with the Heartless!" Demyx cried. Chester had been left at the Control Room with Yuffie. She was rather taken with the small Heartless, surprisingly. He liked her too, and Demyx was glad Chester had another friend besides himself. Roxas nodded in agreement.
"Without Axel, you guys wouldn't even have been able to beat Mansex."
"Okay, okay. Fine," Leon agreed. "Well, we either have a new enemy, or someone's back. With the King missing, it's not a wonder." Axel looked up at the sky.
"It's getting dark. We should go back." Everyone agreed with the Red-head.
Sora stood outside, looking at the moon.
"Sora?" Riku asked from the doorway.
"Yes, Riku?" he responded, turning around. Riku walked up to Sora, staring down at the shorter man. His eyes glowed bright blue in the moonlight.
"I love you Sora."
"I love you too, Riku!" They kissed, lightly at first, and then gradually kissed deeper. Roxas was watching from the window, smiling a little. Because of his ties to Sora, he felt a small attraction. Roxas chuckled, and leaned back against the wall.
"Roxas?" Axel said from the dark.
"I'm over you." He walked up to the window, looking out at the two people. "So, let's just be best friends, like we used to!"
"Yeah," Roxas agreed. Axel smiled at him.
"Besides, my attentions have turned to someone else." Axel gave Roxas a smile.
"Who? Not Leon."
"Of course not, Roxy!" Roxas rolled his eyes.
"Who, then. Come on, you can tell me!"
"Demyx," Axel said with a slight smile.
"Really?" Roxas whispered, slightly shocked. Axel leaned against the wall opposite to Roxas. He smiled at him, remembering when he was not but fourteen.
"Yeah, and he's not a child either!" Roxas laughed, and stretched.
"Well, good for you. I'm going to bed now." He pushed himself off of the wall.
"Good night, Roxas."
"Night, Axel." Axel watched his best friend walk off, and smiled a little bit. When Roxas was gone, he looked back outside. Sora and Riku were talking quietly, in each other's arms. Hope I end up that happy, Axel thought. He was pulled out of his thoughts immediately at the sound of footsteps behind him.
Axel immediately turned around at Demyx's voice.
"I had a bad dream," Demyx said, walking over to Axel, and putting his head on his shoulder. Axel rubbed the man's back in a comforting manner.
"What was it about?"
"Oh, it's stupid and you're going to make fun of me for it."
"No," Axel reassured. "I won't make fun of you."
"Okay, then I'll tell you," Demyx said slowly. Chester was still asleep in Demyx's bed, apparently. "I had a dream about Mansex coming back, and us losing against him." Axel nodded, understanding.
"He's not back, Demyx. I promise," Axel whispered, hugging Demyx.
"Oh, all right. Hey Axel?"
"Can I sleep with you tonight?"
"Sure, come on. Let's go to bed," Axel said, putting his arm around Demyx's shoulders, and walked to the makeshift bed that was set up for Axel. They climbed in together, and Demyx cuddled up close to Axel. They fell asleep like that until morning.
Next morning, Axel awoke first, and gave Demyx a small kiss on the cheek. The man was still in a deep sleep, and he probably wouldn't wake up for a few hours. Axel's small peck didn't even stir the man. Axel stood, Demyx rolling over from the lack of a warm body. Thankfully, the Nobody didn't wake up. Axel went into the kitchen, searching for something to eat for breakfast. There was nothing, really, but a few Chocobo eggs. Axel groaned slightly, and took them out, starting to make scrambled eggs. His companions awoke to the smell.
"You're cooking again, Axel?" Roxas asked, rubbing his hair.
"Yup, I am. I haven't cooked since Xaldin was kicked out of the kitchen."
"You liked cooking, didn't you?" Demyx inquired.
"I did. It's one of the instances where fire is required." Sora laughed a little bit, and sat at the table. Both his and Riku's hair was messed up. Roxas laughed under his breath, sitting across from his Somebody. Kairi skipped out of her bedroom.
"Morning Kairi!" Demyx shouted, smiling.
"Those two have too much energy early in the morning," Roxas grumbled. Axel laughed, and put the plate of eggs on the table. He started making a pot of Coffee. Soon the aroma of Coffee and freshly made eggs filled the hideout. Leon and the rest came into the room, and were shocked at the sight of Axel.
"Morning everyone!" Demyx shouted, wiping his mouth on his sleeve.
"Come in for breakfast," Axel invited. They all pulled out chairs, and sat at the table. Axel made more food, and finally sat down to eat.
"These are good," Cloud said, taking a bite. Axel smiled.
"Why thank you."
"I upgraded your Gummi Ship, so it has room for your whole group. Plus, I put in a new warp Gummi." Everyone listened to Cid talk about the Gummi Ship. Soon, he was finished in his explanation. Breakfast passed quickly without any hitches.
When everyone finished breakfast, Donald posed that they should get on with their adventure. No one could argue, and they went out to the Gummi Ship. Everyone boarded, and Donald pulled up the map. They studied it, and decided to go to the Pride Lands. Everyone strapped themselves in, leaning back as Goofy put the ship into gear.