Disclaimer: If I owned KH, there would be a LOT of differences.

Hallo! It's Xero! I don't usually update things this slowly. I had a plot change and I had to get it all straight in my head. But I think it's all straight now. ^_^ On with the deadly tale!

"So why'd you guys move here?"

Xehanort was droning on about famous sociologists, sounding as monotonous as all get out. Demyx was taking notes, such a Demyx thing to do, but Roxas was looking kind of bored. Axel decided to use this to his advantage to find out a little about the blonde.

"Cloud got a job transfer." Roxas explained. "Well, sort of."

"Who's Cloud?" Axel frowned.

"My brother." Roxas said. "Sora and I live with Cloud and his boyfriend, Zack."

"That must be interesting." Axel nodded. "So what does Cloud do?"

"He owns a music store." Roxas replied. "Zack told him that Twilight Town needed a new shop, so Cloud took the opportunity."

"We do need some good music stores. The last good one went bankrupt a few years ago." Axel ran his fingers through his hair. "And I'm running out of guitar pics."

"We only have about a million in the back of the shop." Roxas smiled, making Axel's stomach flutter for some strange reason. "Zack's a drummer, so he takes care of all the drumming stuff. Cloud handles classical instruments and I usually get the guitars and stuff like that."

"Well, Demyx knows how to play the sitar." Axel said. "He can help with guitar stuff. He's been looking for a job for a while."

"Well, Cloud needs all the help he can get." Roxas said.

"Hey, I can help if you want me to." Axel offered. "Reno's been bugging me about a job for ages."

"I can talk to Cloud for you guys. We need all the help we can get right now." Roxas nodded.

"Has it only been the four of you?" Axel asked, tapping his lime green pencil on the desk impatiently.

"Yep." Roxas nodded, brushing his hair from the cerulean eyes.

"Then you guys sound like you could really use some help." Axel said.

At that point they were forced to pay attention, since Xehanort started to yell at Axel about starting to corrupt Roxas.

Axel had always been a bit of a troublemaker in school. In first grade, his class was instructed to make a diorama of the solar system. While other children used Styrofoam balls and coloured them different colours, Axel found rotten fruit and had drawn faces on them. Needless to say that he failed the assignment. It was later learned that part of Axel's hyperactive behaviour was because of the ADD, but most of it was because the redhead didn't really know how to act properly for a first grader. Most of his discipline came from Reno and Naminè, Axel's older sister, and Axel didn't see either of them very much.

There was a perfectly obvious reason why Axel didn't see his siblings a lot, but Axel didn't like to think of that. His childhood was certainly different than most kids' and he tried his best to forget about it. As far as he was concerned, coming to live with Reno was the best part of his life.

"You okay, Axel?"

Axel snapped out of his daydream and found Demyx's nose practically touching his. The redhead backhanded the faux-hawked teen, causing the latter to yelp in protest.

"What have I told you about that, Demyx?" Axel glared at the protesting teen. "What do you want, anyway?"

"It's time for second block." Roxas said, picking up his guitar case.

"Is it really?" Axel frowned, throwing his pencil into his bag. "Any homework?"

"Just to get the forms signed." Demyx said. "I'm gonna go find Kairi for Intro to Business!"

"You're taking Intro to Business?" Axel raised an eyebrow.

"Yep!" Demyx grinned before dashing off.

"Need help finding Luxord's class?" Axel turned to the blonde again and was quite surprised to find Sora with him. "When'd you get here, Sora?"

"Oh, Roxas told you my name?" Sora frowned. "And you are...?"

"This is Axel, Sora." Roxas said. "I have blocks three and four with him."

"Sounds good." Sora nodded. "I have to go find where the hell Environmental Studies is."

"Near the TV studio." Axel said. "Can't miss it."

"Oh." Sora looked somewhat surprised. "I think we passed the studio on the way here, didn't we, Roxas?"

"Yep." Axel nodded for the blonde. "I'd better get going. I'll see you third block, Roxas."

"Yeah, later, Axel." Roxas said as the redhead walked out of the room.


Reno figured that it would be a boring day at work. He'd restock shelves and work at the register all day. This was all until he got some interesting news around lunchtime.

He was restocking a shelf of copy paper when he felt a pair of arms behind him. Smiling, Reno turned around and found Rude was behind him.

"What is it, yo?" Reno asked, looking into Rude's dark eyes.

"Tomoyuri says there's a phone call for you." Rude replied.

"Did she say who it was, yo?" Reno pulled himself free from Rude's embrace.

"Nope." Rude shook his head.

"Okay." Reno sighed. "I'll be back in a bit, all right?"

"I know you will." Rude said as Reno left for the main office.

When Reno entered the office, he saw Tomoyuri holding the phone like it was infested with the plague. Tomoyuri was a bit of a germ freak, this much was common knowledge. It took Reno a little while to grow accustomed to her peculiar rituals like sanitizing office phones three times a day and plastic-wrapping the door handles.

"Who is it, Tomoyuri?" Reno asked.

"How should I know?" Tomoyuri shrugged as she handed Reno the receiver and left the office.

Reno stared after her for a few seconds before lifting the phone to his ear and saying, "Hello?"

"Is that any way to greet your sister, Reno?" Naminè never called at work. Something had to be wrong.

"Naminè?" Reno's steel-grey eyes became confused. "What's wrong? Is everything okay?"

"Why do you always assume something is wrong every time I call?" Naminè asked.

"Because you never call any other time, yo!" Reno exclaimed.

"Well, you'll be hearing from Vincent and me soon." Naminè said "And seeing us, too."

"Wha?" Reno frowned. "What are you talking about, Naminè?"

"Vincent and I are moving to Twilight Town." Naminè was obviously happy about this.

"That's great, yo!" Reno grinned. "Where are you guys going to live down here, yo? Taking in Axel shot down the possibility of anyone else living with me."

"Vincent's found a great townhouse on Moonlit Terrace." Naminè responded.

"Wait...that's pretty close to our apartment." Reno frowned. "Did Vincent plan this on his own, yo?"

"It was really cheap and it was the best one we looked at." Naminè replied.

"Naminè, nothing's cheap here, yo." Reno said, running his fingers through his hair.

"Well, it was cheap compared to the other places we went to." Naminè answered.

"When's move-in day?" Reno asked. "Axel and I will help you guys move in."

"Next Saturday." Naminè said. "Vincent can call you guys so you won't be waiting all day."

"It would give Axel something to do, that's for sure, yo." Reno rolled his eyes.

"How's he doing, anyway?" Naminè asked. "Has he gotten any better?"

"He's about the same, yo." Reno shrugged, though he knew his sister couldn't see his actions. "What can you expect, though? He's doing better than most kids would in his situation."

"I guess that's true." Naminè said.

"Well, I gotta go, Naminè." Reno said. "Tomoyuri's probably going to come in and want to sanitize the phone again in a few minutes, yo."

"Has she always been that insane?" Naminè wondered.

"Probably." Reno said. "See you later, Naminè."

"You too, Reno." Naminè said before hanging up.

Hanging up the phone, Reno remained in the office, staring at the door, as if he expected someone to walk through it. He had a feeling that Naminè hadn't been completely honest with him. Naminè usually left something out when she was doing something drastic. She hadn't told anyone that she was marrying Vincent until a year after the fact. Reno didn't know what his sister's scheme was, but he was sure to find out soon enough.


"So, getting used to this place yet?"

Roxas and Axel were walking from their third block WWII class to the cafeteria, anxious to see what was on the menu for lunch. Cid had had quite an interesting time explaining the excitement of the Second World War to the class, the end result being most of the class falling asleep. Roxas remained the exception and stayed awake through the entire lecture, though Axel had to poke the blonde in the arm once or twice when he himself woke up for a few minutes.

"I guess so." Roxas nodded. "It's still so strange to me."

"Well, you can tell me all about Hollow Bastion in Guitar IV." Axel said.

"We have that together, don't we?" Roxas seemed to have forgotten. "So will the rest of your friends be like Demyx?"

"His boyfriend is like the exact opposite of him. Riku's pretty cool." Axel replied. "They won't make fun of you for being new or anything, if that's what you're afraid of."

"Is it that obvious?" Roxas asked.

"Just a little." Axel smiled. "Now let's get lunch. I think it's supposed to be deep dish pizza today."

It took quite a while for the two to get through the line. Pence had taken forever trying to find a pizza that didn't look mutated, which was a hard thing to do. By the time Roxas and Axel joined the rest of the group at the tables outside, nearly everyone else was there. Even Sora, which greatly surprised the blonde.

"Why are you here, Sora?" Roxas frowned, sitting down between Axel and Demyx.

"Demyx told me to sit here." Sora replied. "He practically forced me."

"Did not!" Demyx protested.

"You kind of did, honey." Zexion said from the other end of the table.

"So who are the new guys?" Riku asked, looking at Roxas and Sora in turn.

"Roxas and Sora." Axel pointed to each. "Got 'em memorized?"

"What, the people or the names?" Kairi grinned.

"Both would work." Axel smiled in response.

"So you like it here?" Riku asked the twins.

"It seems a lot like our old school." Sora answered.

"But I don't think the people will be as crazy." Roxas added.

"Is that a good thing or a bad thing?" Zexion wondered.

"Demyx is always this crazy, so don't mind him." Axel told Roxas and Sora.

"I'm not crazy, Axel." Demyx threw a French fry at the redhead.

"Yeah, you are, Dem." Kairi nodded.

"Well, the people I hung out with were crazy, but it was a good crazy." Roxas explained.

"Oi, where's Hayner?" Axel asked suddenly, biting into his pizza.

"He's with Seifer." Riku rolled his eyes.

"Can't leave his boyfriend for a second, can he?" Zexion sighed.

"I wonder if he's going to ditch us now." Kairi mused.

"Nah." Axel shook his head, sending the vermillion spikes in all directions. "Hayner wouldn't do that to us."

"Demyx didn't come back for a while after he got with Zexion." Riku pointed out.

"I wish I knew what was going on." Sora said.

"Don't worry about it." Kairi replied, taking a drink of her Gatorade. "It's all good."

"Is it now?" Axel raised an eyebrow.

"What are you planning now, Axel?" Demyx looked at the redhead in terror.

"You have no idea." Axel grinned.

"So what are the plans for the weekend?" Zexion asked the group at large.

"The week barely started!" Roxas exclaimed. "How are you planning for the weekend already?"

"Zexy likes to plan ahead." Demyx informed a confused Roxas.

"Stop calling me Zexy." Zexion glared at his boyfriend.

"But I can call you Zexy, right?" Riku said, the corners of his lips forming a smile.

"Oh, hell no!" Zexion exclaimed.

"New topic!" Demyx proclaimed.

"So what is it?" the twins asked together.

"Um...movies?" Kairi suggested.

"Riku, you still have to watch A Knight's Tale." Axel said, finishing his pizza.

"It looks stupid." Riku drank the rest of his Red Bull and smashed the can on the table.

"It's a good movie, Riku." Sora said

"And Larxene thinks so, too." Demyx nodded, as if this made a difference with anything.

"Larxene only watched it for Heath Ledger." Axel rolled his eyes. "Just like how she watched the Lord of the Rings movies for Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood."

"Who's Larxene?" Roxas frowned.

"A sadistic, dominating bitch." Zexion said.

"No, she's just-" Kairi started to say.

"A Nazi?" Riku finished.

"She's really bitchy to everyone." Axel told the twins, who looked rather perplexed.

"You know what I want to see?" Demyx asked randomly.

"Who knows?" Riku and Kairi said together.

"Spirited Away." Demyx said.

"You've seen it eight times!" Axel yelled.

"Seriously?" Roxas raised an eyebrow.

"It was a good movie!" Demyx exclaimed.

Their argument was cut off by the bell ringing, signalling the end of lunch and the beginning of block four. Roxas followed Axel through the very crowded halls to the drama hallway for Guitar IV.

The classroom looked more like a teenager's bedroom than a classroom should. Band posters were everywhere with the bands ranging from classic rock like Fleetwood Mac and Queen to modern music like Simple Plan and Apocalyptica.

"Wow." Roxas said when he saw the room.

"Pretty cool, huh?" Axel smiled at Roxas' response.

"Who do you have with you, Axel?"

An older man approached the two, walking with more of a California swagger than anyone should use. One of his eyes was covered with an eye patch, but this somehow seemed to match his long hair that was tied back in a ponytail.

"Transfer student, Xigbar." Axel said. "Roxas."

"Well, glad to see you here, Roxas." Xigbar said, nodding toward the blonde. "I assume that you've taken Guitar I-III?"

"Yes." Roxas said.

"Excellent." Xigbar said, sounding very much like a hippie. "Well, you can just stick with Axel here and you'll figure out how things work."

"Sounds good to me." Axel grinned.

"So what do we do?" Roxas asked as Xigbar walked away.

"We play stuff." Axel pulled the blonde over to a corner of the room.

"We don't use books?" Roxas asked, pulling two chairs over.

"From IV and up, we don't use books." Axel explained as he pulled am obsidian guitar from the case. "Xigbar thinks that we should be able to ear-play songs by the fourth year."

"Isn't that hard?" Roxas asked.

"Not really." Axel shook his head. "Once you get used to it, it's really easy. Working out the stuff is the hard part."

"You might need to help me with that." Roxas said, taking out his own guitar, a dark red Ibanez.

"I don't think so." Axel shook his head. "You look like you'll be able to figure it out."

"If you say so." Roxas said, digging his pic out of the case.

"So do you know where everything is? In town, I mean." Axel asked as he started to play The Wicked End.

"I think so." Roxas said. "Zack's been here before, so if I need anything, I can just ask him."

"What, you don't trust me?" Axel smiled, creating butterflies in Roxas' stomach.

"O-of course I do." Roxas stuttered.

"Sure." Axel was still smiling. "That's why you'd ask Zack."

"Because Zack is always at home with Cloud." Roxas said quickly. "And I don't even know your phone number or anything."

"We can fix that, you know." Axel said.

"I accidently left my phone at home." Roxas said apologetically.

"Well, bring it tomorrow." Axel said.

"If I can remember." Roxas shrugged.

Their conversation gradually changed into life in Hollow Bastion and how it differed from the life in Twilight Town. For some reason, Roxas felt differently around Axel. Sure, he knew what the feeling was. How could you not know? He just didn't want his emotions to be true.

Oh, it will get interesting...*cackles maniaclly* don't know if that's spelled right...ah well. Yeah, I can write Axel with ADD really easily since I have ADD myself. Kinda sucks, but at least I can write it accuretly. anyway, reviews equal love!

next chapter: sora confronts roxas