Disclaimer: If this really happens, I'm not responsible for it.
Hallo! It's Xero! I had originally written this story a few months ago, but took it down because it was so bad. This is VERY different from the first time I wrote it. So I hope it's better. Let the deadly tale begin!
"Axel, get your lazy ass out of bed, yo!"
Axel groaned and rolled over onto his back so that his peridot eyes were now staring at the ivory ceiling. Reno woke Axel up every morning, though some days were more violent than others. Axel remembered one morning when his older brother woke him up by blasting something from Iron Maiden. While Axel liked Iron Maiden, he didn't really want to be jolted awake by them.
"I'm getting there, Reno." Axel sighed, running his fingers through the tangled mess of crimson spikes.
"Come on." Reno said, poking his head through the door. "I'm supposed to meet Rude at his house before work, yo!"
"Why can't you have him meet you here?" Axel wondered as he got out of bed.
"That would be weird since we can walk to work from his house." Reno said before he left.
Axel trudged over to his iHome, where his crimson iPod was resting in the music playing device. While Axel didn't like to be woken up by music, he used music to wake him up. He focused on the guitar chords, forcing himself to remember what each chord was. By thinking about this, he gradually became more attentive and focused. This was especially so if he was listening to music from another country. He'd discovered that Finnish metal and German industrial were great genres to wake up to.
After setting the iPod on shuffle, Axel cycled through the plethora of songs until he found something from Nightwish. It happened to be The Poet and the Pendulum, his favourite song from Dark Passion Play. He was getting dressed as the song was playing, though he frequently stopped to spin around in a quick circle before returning to the routine. As he screamed some lines towards the end of the song, Reno came in and said, "Can you get any more involved in your music, Axel?"
Axel straightened up, since he'd bent over so that he was practically screaming into his knees. His brother knew how much he loved music. He was the guitarist for his own band, after all.
"You know how much I love Nightwish, Reno." Axel said, crossing to the other side of the room so he could put a silver hoop through his ear.
"Just hurry up, yo." Reno rolled his steel-grey eyes before leaving again.
Axel finished getting dressed and trudged out of his room and into the kitchen. Reno was at the table, reading the newspaper while drinking a cup of coffee.
"You must be addicted, Reno." Axel said, grabbing a carton of cigarettes on the counter and pulling one out.
"Oh, like you aren't addicted to cigarettes, Axel?" Reno raised an eyebrow as he brother lit up the cigarette before taking a drag and blowing smoke through his lips.
"I try not to make a habit of it." Axel shrugged as he flopped down in a chair. "Demyx here yet?"
"Not yet." Reno shook his head. "He probably had to pick up Zexion, yo."
"I'm just glad that Demyx has a boyfriend now." Axel said, balancing the cigarette between his index and middle fingers. "I got kind of tired of him hitting on me."
"I can imagine that would be annoying." Reno nodded. "Why don't you eat something, yo? Won't you get hungry later?"
"Nah, I'm good." Axel took a drag on his cigarette as he shook his head. "I wish school was over."
"It just started last week." Reno looked at his brother in confusion.
"I want out already." Axel said.
"You're getting the senior jitters a bit early, yo." Reno said. "Senior year isn't that great."
"That's before you met Rude." Axel tapped his cigarette into the ash tray before putting it to his lips again.
"You know how I feel about him, yo." Reno glared at his brother. "You'd rather see me with Tseng or Elena, wouldn't you?"
"Elena completely has a thing for Tseng and he's crazy for Aeris." Axel said. "Even though Aeris is my age, he still thinks she's the sexiest thing in the world."
"What about you, Axel?" Reno asked, his steel eyes on his brother.
"What about me?" Axel frowned.
"Found anyone yet?" Reno asked, taking a drink from his coffee.
"I'm not really interested in any of the girls at our school." Axel shrugged.
"You had a thing for Yuna a while ago, yo." Reno pointed out.
"Before she got with Tidus." Axel responded, taking a drag on the cigarette in his hand.
The doorbell rang, signalling the arrival of an annoying teenager and his boyfriend. And indeed when Axel opened the door, he found Demyx and Zexion standing outside the door, Demyx in the arms of the silver-haired teen.
"What took you?" Axel's eyes followed the two as they walked in.
"Apparently we have two new kids going to our school." Zexion replied, for Demyx was listening to something on his iPod. "Twins, by the look of 'em."
"If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman?" Demyx sang, jumping in a circle.
"No." Reno, Axel and Zexion said together.
It was as though Demyx didn't hear the redheads. The blonde stared at his boyfriend in horror and said, "Why not, Zexy?!"
"Because you're insane, babe." Zexion pulled the headphones out of Demyx's ears. "Tell Axel about the twins."
"They live in the apartment complex next to yours, Axel." Demyx said. "If I wasn't already so in love with Zexion, I swear I'd go out with one."
"Now I have to watch out for you even more." Zexion rolled his eyes as he pulled the blonde closer to him. "Thanks a lot, honey."
"Wait, when did you see them?" Axel took a drag on his cigarette.
"Just a few minutes ago." Demyx replied. "They must be walking to school."
"Which reminds me..." Reno said, suddenly entering the conversation. "Axel, did you take your meds, yo?"
"Not yet, Reno." Axel stood up and grabbed the bottle of pills from the top of the fridge.
"I still can't believe you have ADD, Axel." Zexion looked very amused.
"You should see him when he's off the meds, yo." Reno looked horrified. "He bounces off the walls."
"Like Demyx?" Zexion asked.
"Not quite that bad." Reno laughed.
"Am I taking you guys to school today?" Axel asked, ignoring his brother.
"Today's the last day." Demyx said.
"You finally got your licence?" Axel faced Zexion, who was still latched to Demyx.
"Yep." Zexion nodded happily.
"About time." Axel threw the pill in his mouth and gulped it down before twisting the cap back on the bottle and placing it back on the top of the fridge. "What time was this? Third?"
"Second." Zexion shook his head. "So I'll be driving my insane boyfriend to school from now on."
"Thank you for that." Axel said, lips forming a smile. "He's such an annoying person to drive with."
"So get going before you're late, yo." Reno said, finishing his coffee and putting the mug in the sink.
"Okay, okay." Axel put out his cigarette and grabbed his guitar and backpack before following the other two out of the apartment.
When he reached his electric blue Mustang, he found Demyx and Zexion already in the back seat. Demyx was talking about how he beat Kairi in Soul Calibur, but Zexion didn't look that interested.
"You're boring your boyfriend, you know." Axel said as he threw his guitar back with his passengers.
"I know!" Demyx proclaimed.
"If you say so." Axel said as he started the car and pulled out of the parking lot.
"You're nervous, aren't you?"
Sora and Roxas were on their way to school, stomping through the puddles the recent rain had created. The twins had just moved to Twilight Town from Hollow Bastion and were slightly nervous about the thought of going to a new school. Roxas was clearly more nervous about the whole than his brother since his knuckles were white around the guitar case he held.
"Is it that obvious?" Roxas asked.
"Roxas, it'll be okay." Sora assured him. "This is your chance to start over."
"But everyone's going to find out." The fear was obvious in Roxas' voice.
"Not if you don't want them to." Sora said. "You know I won't tell anyone. I know how hard this is for you."
"I'm just waiting for it to develop completely." Roxas said.
"It may not." Sora said, brushing his brown hair from his eyes. "You heard what the doctors said. Just be glad that it's not more advanced."
"Oh, hell yeah." Roxas nodded as they turned a street corner.
"Relax." Sora put his hand on his twin's shoulder. "Everything will be okay. I just don't want you to be a recluse like you've been lately."
"Because of what Setzer did." Roxas said.
"Well, I took care of him." Sora said. "Just try to cheer up, huh? I hate seeing you miserable."
"I'll try." Roxas managed to smile. "No promises, though."
"Just please try." Sora gave his brother a quick hug before saying, "Maybe you'll find a guy here."
"Maybe I don't want to." Roxas said softly.
"You know you're gay." Sora said. "What are you afraid of?"
"I just don't want anyone to find out." Roxas said, looking at his feet as he walked.
"You don't have to tell him." Sora said.
"If I have a boyfriend, I kind of have to tell him." Roxas said. "What if he gets it, Sora?"
"It's transmitted through blood and you know it." Sora said. "As long as you don't bite him..."
"I still don't see how I have it and you don't." Roxas said.
"I dunno, Roxas." Sora shrugged. "I wish you didn't have it, either."
"This is one thing I wouldn't wish on anyone." Roxas shook his head.
"We need to think positively." Sora said. "This is a new chance to start over. We can be ourselves here."
"Unless the school's homophobic." Roxas pointed out.
"That's a good point." Sora said.
"But I don't really care what people will say about the fact that I'm gay." Roxas said.
"That's a good thing." Sora nodded.
Axel and Demyx reached their first class a few minutes before the last bell rang. The redhead and the blond had first block Sociology with Xehanort and Zexion had first block AP Linguistics with Barrett. Demyx was rather unhappy about this, but he knew he'd see his boyfriend third block for lunch and American Studies.
"This is kind of boring." Axel had pulled out his guitar and started playing The Beast and the Harlot.
"Hey, the twins are here." Demyx noted.
Axel looked over to the door and saw a blonde and a brunette enter the room. They only way to tell them apart was by their hair colour. The brunette looked kind of cute, but Axel found his eyes latched onto to blonde.
The blonde looked kind of scared, like he was afraid someone would find out something terrible about him. But what was that something terrible? Hopefully nothing serious. He held his guitar case tightly, his knuckles almost white from the death-grip on the leather strap, showing the fear that was obviously in his mind.
After talking with Xehanort, the twins found their seats. The brunette apparently sat at the opposite end of the room whilst the blonde sat between Axel and Demyx. After sending a concerned look in the direction of his brother, the brunette sat down next to Larxene.
"You new here?" Axel asked as the blonde sat down, setting the guitar case against the wall.
"Yeah." The blonde nodded.
"Where from?" Demyx asked in his hyperactive voice.
"Hollow Bastion." The blonde said.
"You have a name?" Axel asked, putting his guitar back in the case. "Or should we call you Blonde-Haired Kid?"
"It's Roxas." Roxas replied. "And you are?"
"Demyx." Demyx introduced himself. "And this is Axel."
"I can introduce myself, Demy." Axel rolled his eyes at Demyx's hyperactive behaviour.
"What's your brother's name?" Demyx asked.
"Sora." Roxas said.
"So your name is just a re-arranged version of his with an added X?" Axel narrowed his eyebrows in confusion.
"Mom was too lazy to come up with a name for me since I was born after he was." Roxas said. "I hate her."
"Just for that?" Axel found this a little strange.
"And other things." Roxas said softly.
Axel figured that he shouldn't say anything more. Roxas clearly didn't want to talk about it and it wouldn't be a smart thing to bring up the discussion.
"What do you mean?" Demyx asked.
"Demyx..." Axel said in his warning voice.
Demyx looked at the redhead in confusion before he understood what was going on. Axel had a way of communicating his ideas without words. This was just his way of telling Demyx to drop the subject.
"So what classes do you have?" Axel asked Roxas, trying to ease up the awkward conversation.
"Second block I have..." Roxas fished his schedule out of his messenger bag. "Biology with Luxord."
"Oh, he's boring." Demyx groaned.
"Third I have World War II with Cid." Roxas said.
"Cid's a riot." Axel grinned. "I had him for Government. And I'm with you again."
"You have Cid for third block?" Roxas asked, brushing his hair from his eyes.
"Yep." Axel said. "What about fourth block?"
"Guitar IV with Xigbar." Roxas said.
"Nice!" Axel grinned. "Three classes with you! Lunch, too."
"Is that a good thing?" Roxas asked, clearly shocked by Axel's enthusiasm.
"I hope it is." Axel said. "You look so sad, Roxas."
"I'm always like this." Roxas said, drumming his fingers against the desk.
"Want to talk about it?" Axel asked. "I'm a great listener."
"No, I'm okay." Roxas shook his head.
Demyx watched the conversation between the two with interest. He'd never seen Axel act like this around anyone before, much less a guy. So what was Axel doing?
As the conversation turned into a discussion about guitars, Roxas looked over in Sora's direction. His twin was smiling mischievously at him, almost as if Sora knew something Roxas didn't. Roxas didn't really care. Maybe he could be friends with Axel. As long as he didn't find out Roxas' secret.
Ooh, what's up with Roxas....? I've never written Axel like this before. It's very strange... Let me know what you think. I'll hopefully update this sometime next week. I still have to work on ECHO and D&P. Reviews equal love!
next chapter: histories! and first classes