Kingdom Hearts: From the Ashes

A/N: I feel so guilty right now for being away from this story for so long. I've been busy with summer vacation and fulfilling my art needs (.com if you want to see some of it :D) Anyways, I have not abandoned this story, and I'm here to finish it off :( That makes me sad, but we've had some good times. I'm really proud of what I've done for my first story, and I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have. Well, I won't keep you waiting any longer than I have already. Here's the final chapter in Kingdom Hearts: From the Ashes...

Chapter 15: Sand, Sweat, and Sunsets

We neared our desired destination while light swirled gently all around us, flowing like translucent feathers in the wind. I hadn't felt this safe and warm in what felt like ages, but it was finally over. After all of the battles we'd fought, losses we'd suffered, and tears that had fallen in the past few weeks, we could now rest knowing that everything was at peace. I looked over to see Roxas resting his head on Axel's shoulder while the redhead tenderly stroked the blond's golden locks. I felt Riku's soft fingers caress my own in our interlocked embrace. Uncontrollable emotion came over me, and a single tear trickled down my cheek.

Riku noticed and looked over in concern, "What's wrong, Sora? Are you ok? Did something happ––"

I pressed my finger softly to his lips and shook my head. "I'm just happy," I smiled. "Really, really happy."

Brilliant light burst all around us, announcing our arrival at Radiant Garden where all of our friends would be waiting for our return.

I felt my feet plant firmly on stone pavement and could see a blurry outline of a group of people standing in front of me. The light slowly subsided and before us stood all of our friends, alive and well; it had to be one of the happiest moments in my life, seeing all of our friends, well almost all of them, beaming with smiles and waving at us. I looked over to see an excited Aerith and Yuffie flailing beside a thoroughly annoyed Leon and an equally irritated Cloud. They didn't seem to share the same enthusiasm as the ladies. I didn't have a chance to really check out the rest of the gang as a screaming Kairi and Demyx came stampeding towards us; I wasn't sure whether to be extremely happy or to fear for my life.

Demyx got there first and latched onto Zexion, squeezing him into the tightest hug ever. It looked as though Zexion's eyes might pop out of the sockets at any second like one of those toys you see on t.v., but the ecstatic blond remained oblivious to his lover's dire condition. "Zexion!" squealed Demyx like a little school girl. "I thought you were gone for good. I was scared that I'd never see you again. I love you so much. Please don't ever die again. Please. Please. Please...!" Then Demyx released Zexion and tackled him to the ground, pinning Zexion's arms above his head and began ravaging the boy in kisses. Zexion was powerless against Demyx's lustful advances.

I don't know what it was, but our eyes were magnetized to what was happening. It was one of those moments where you just kinda stare and don't exactly know how to react. Luckily, Kairi was there to break the awkwardness, and we all just looked away and tried to ignore the little squeaks and moans issuing from a helpless Zexion.

Kairi and I met each other's eyes. It was like an intense staring contest, waiting see which one would give in quicker or make the first move. Sometime went by before we both lunged at each other in a tight embrace and burst into tears. Minutes went by of incomprehensible blubbering, laughing, and crying before we finally separated, managing to calm ourselves down. It appeared that we were getting the same staring treatment as Demyx and Zexion had gotten from us although those two were still going at it, minus a few articles of clothing. But anyways...

"Kairi," I started. "You were just amazing!"

"Well, ya know," replied Kairi, flipping her hair haughtily.

I ignored her little retort and continued, "The way you held out against Dryxl for so long and the whole Namine plan. You must have been in so much pain, but you still managed to––"

"But the way you were Kingdom Hearts and used everyone's powers to zap Dryxl and bring everyone in the universe back to life," interrupted Kairi, "that was pretty amazing, too."

We smiled at each other and hugged one last time. It was that special feeling that could only be felt by the closest of friends. We released one another, and Kairi walked past me and over towards Riku.

She wrapped her arms tightly around her other friend, whispering in his ear, "Thank you for keeping him safe. I don't know what the two of us would do without him. Hell, I don't know what the world would do without him."

"I know what you mean," uttered Riku.

They released from their embrace, and Kairi placed a soft kiss on Riku's cheek, causing the boy's fair-skinned face to burn scarlet. Seeing Riku blush made my heart skip with delight.

Riku noticed a particular someone in our crowd of friends, pulling his attention away from his embarrassment and bolting towards the source of distraction. There, beside Queen Minnie herself, stood none other than King Mickey: Riku's mentor, protector, but most importantly, his friend.

Riku toppled to his knees, grasping the little mouse king tightly in his arms.

"Mickey," spoke Riku affectionately, overcome with emotion.

"Riku muh boy," squeaked Mickey in response. "I knew you and the others could do it. You just had to trust and believe in the Light, and nothing could ever stop you. I'm so proud of you."

"Well I'm just glad you're back," responded Riku, trying to hold back tears of relief. I couldn't help but smile at this reunion. The bond those two shared was really something special. They parted, and Riku stood up to greet the others.

I made my way towards our friends and was met with a shower of hugs from Yuffie and Aerith. Who knew that suffocation by hugs was possible but those two could make it happen. Thank goodness they released me from their deadly grip before I completely passed out.

"Nice job, Sora," chimed Aerith.

"You really came through," added Yuffie.

"I have to hand it to ya, kid," said Leon, ruffling my hair. "You did good."

I shoved his arm away playfully. "I'm not a kid Leon," I responded. "But thanks guys. It wouldn't have been possible without the help from all of you."

"Sora," came Mickey's voice from below.

I knelt down and spoke softly to him, "Thank you for helping me find the Light to save Riku and everyone else. I couldn't have done it without your help."

"No thank you, Sora," replied Mickey. "You kept Riku safe and showed me just how powerful the Light from love truly is. Love is the purest and strongest form of Light, and you possessed the essence to wield Kingdom Hearts. You, my sir, deserve my thanks."

"You cease to amuse me, King Mickey," I laughed. "Oh yeah, that reminds me." I summoned Kingdom Key D. "I still need to return this to where it rightfully belongs."

"Then it need go no further," smirked Mickey. "It's right where it should be."

"I can't keep th––"

"You can and you will," retorted Mickey. "I won't take no for an answer. Besides, I'll just find myself another weapon. You know me; I'm very resourceful. Remember, it's the heart that makes the weapon, not the other way around."

"I guess you're right," I agreed. "Anyways, I won't argue with you, your Highness."

Kairi managed to wrangle Demyx off of Zexion with some help from Namine, Roxas, and Axel. It was quite a sight to behold, but not necessarily a pleasant one.

"Jeez, Demyx," growled Kairi, "control your raging hormones. You could at least wait until you can be some place where we don't have to watch you do naughty things to poor Zexion."

"But that's half the fun," smirked Demyx.

Something tells me Zexion wouldn't agree. That is, if Zexion was capable of doing anything besides drool at the moment.

"So guys," I began, "I guess this is where we all part for a while."

"You make it sound so depressing, Sora, and that's saying something coming from me," commented Cloud.

"Yeah," interrupted Kairi. "Plus Sora, you can always just pop open one of those little Light portals, and we can be wherever we want in a jiffy. So don't make it sound so permanent."

"I know we'll be seeing everyone very soon," spoke Queen Minnie kindly. "I'm sure Mickey and I will get everyone together for dinner or something. Don't you worry."

"Not to sound ungrateful or anything," spoke Zexion recovering from his period of trauma induced silence, "but what're Demyx, Axel, and I supposed to do. We didn't exactly have lives outside of the Organization, so we're kinda lost."

"Wow, Zexion," I answered, "I thought you were the smart one. You're coming back with us to the Island, of course. I mean Axel is obviously going wherever Roxas goes, and we're not just going to leave you and Demyx to fend for yourselves."


"No buts mister," I cut in. "You're coming with us."

Zexion smiled, "Thanks, Sora."

"No problem," I responded. "What are friends for."

We all hugged and said our temporary goodbyes. It was sad to see everyone go, but we knew we'd be seeing each other again very shortly. We watched King Mickey and Queen Minnie disappear back to their kingdom together. Aerith, Yuffie, Leon, and Cloud returned to the hideout to relax on a greatly deserved vacation. Kairi later informed me that, amongst the commotion of protecting Namine from Dryxl, Leon and Cloud hooked up. I mean seriously, can those two do anything normal? Whatever floats their boat I guess.

"Who's ready to head home finally," I asked.

"Just open the damn portal already," threatened Kairi.

"Alright, alright," I said. "I don't know what's worse: Dryxl or Kairi's temper," I muttered.

"I heard that," glared Kairi. "Love you too, bitch."

I opened a portal of Light, and we headed home...home to Destiny Islands.

The familiar smell of salty air and the sound of crashing waves washed over me. The sky glowed with a beautiful array of pinks, purples, and reds as the sun began to set over the horizon. I didn't realize until now how much I had missed this. It was like a piece of me had been missing but now finally returned home, filling in the missing piece to the puzzle.

"It's gorgeous," uttered Namine. "I think we should commemorate this moment right here and now." She whipped out her sketchbook and began shoving us here and there until she had us standing exactly where she wanted us. "There. Perfect. Now don't move." Namine quickly and expertly began scrawling with her pencil, wanting to capture this instant before it passed. After a minute or two, her pencil stopped moving, and she placed her hand over the page. "Just a little extra touch." Her hand glowed with light, and color shimmered onto the paper. "Finished," she ended satisfied, turning the sketch so that we could all see it.

"It wonderful," spoke Roxas kindly.

"You've really outdone yourself this time kiddo," smiled Axel. "It's lovely."

"Thanks," giggled Namine. "This marks the end of one page in our life and the start of many fun-filled more to come."

"Yeah," I agreed. "You can count on that."

"Well," began Kairi, "So much for getting back into the swing of things on the island. Everyone's going to think we're super sketchy for disappearing again. But hey, who doesn't like a million eyes staring at them. I absolutely adore the extra attention. Anyways, I guess we should get you (gesturing to Axel, Demyx, and Zexion) settled in."

"Don't worry about Axel, Kairi," interrupted Roxas. "He's coming with Sora and I."

"Oh God," I thought. "I'm going to have to listen to their moans and banging every night. Awesome!"

"Cool," responded Kairi. "That just leaves you two then. You guys can just crash in the garage apartment at my house until we figure out future arrangements. Namine and I can figure out something to tell my parents or do some mojo to make them agree. Follow me!"

"I should probably get you settled in at our house as well, Axel," agreed Roxas. "Let's get going."

"Right behind you, bubble butt," winked Axel.

"I do not have a––eek!" squeaked Roxas as Axel smacked the blond's ass. "I'll get you back. Just you wait."

"I'll look forward to that," taunted Axel.

"Perve," echoed Roxas, stomping off across the sand towards where Kairi, Zexion, and Demyx went.

This left Riku and I alone on the beach. It seemed like so long ago that we were sitting here in this exact spot, and I was struggling to profess my dying love for him. It amazes me how things move so quickly...

"Sora," spoke Riku.

I turned to face him, and he gently pressed his lips against mine. My body melted into Riku's embrace. He brushed his hands softly against my face before running his fingers through my hair, causing me to tingle all over. I glided my hands around Riku's shoulders and slid them down his back. Our kisses became more passionate, and I felt liquid fire begin to build within me.

"Riku," I breathed heavily, "I want you."

He looked at me for a second, and realized what I meant. "Are you sure?"

"I've never been more sure about anything in my life," I replied, issuing Riku onto the ground.

Riku planted feathery kisses along my jaw bone, making his way steadily down my neck. Our hips rocked in a steady rhythm, increasing the friction between us.

"Ngh," I moaned.

Riku sat up, and I pulled his shirt off over his head, sliding my hands down his defined chest. Riku closed his eyes in pleasure to my teasing touch. I unbuckled his pants and threw aside the extra layer of clothing separating us. Riku's eyes were wide in shock as I flipped him onto the ground and straddled him.

"My turn," I whispered seductively.

I brushed my lips on neck, eliciting a soft moan from him. I made my way to his collarbone and down his torso, stopping to play with the boy's nipples.

"Unghuhhh, Sora," cooed Riku.

I smiled and happily continued on, stopping to twirl my tongue in and out of his bellybutton. Riku's back arched in approval. He pulled my face towards his own, jamming his tongue into my warm mouth. His hands wound around back and up under my shirt. Riku hooked his fingers and pulled it up and over my head. He explored the newly exposed skin, grazing his lips over the silky, tanned skin. Riku busied his hands, undoing my shorts and slipping them smoothly off my waist. Now only two thin layers of fabric separated our hard members throbbing against one another with each and every thrust.

I interrupted Riku's progress, "I love you so much," and pressed his back onto the sand below. I picked up where I left off, drawing closer and closer to the waistband of his boxers. I slipped my fingers underneath and slid them down and off. I placed my hand on his exposed shaft and began to pump up and down. I began tease the tip of his penis with my tongue.

"Sora!" groaned Riku.

I ceased to torture him any longer, covering it completely with my mouth. His pelvis lurched in ecstasy as I began to massage him with my tongue and suck.

"Uhhhh," panted Riku.

I went on sometime before stopping momentarily. Riku took this chance to flip me over, pinning my hands above my head. "Now it's your turn," smirked Riku with eyes glazed over in excitement.

He trailed down my stomach, and every touch set my body ablaze. This feeling was fogging my brain and making me want him more and more. Seconds when on, and Riku removed my boxers as well. Now nothing separated the desire we had for one another.

"You're so beautiful you know that, Sora," mused Riku. "Are you ready?"

"More ready then I'll ever be," I spoke.

I began to suck Riku's fingers as he massaged my dick with his free hand. Finally we were ready. I spread my legs open, and he placed one finger inside my entrance. My muscles tensed.

"Just relax, my love," soothed Riku. "It might be a little painful at first, but that won't last long."

I nodded my head in approval, and he placed another finger in. Riku stretched and scissored, trying to release of some of the tension. I breathed slowly and focused on remaining relaxed. He removed his fingers and braced himself over me.

"I love you so much, Sora," said Riku, kissing me one last time.

"I love you, too, Riku," I replied.

Riku pushed inside me gently, giving me time to adjust before starting build momentum. It was uncomfortable at first but that feeling was replaced by pleasure like no other. Riku began to thrust faster and faster. I arched into it, adding my own movements into the rhythm. Riku slipped his hands between us and around my member, beginning to stroke me more and more. Our bodies collided one thrust after another, his hips grinding into me. I dug my nails into his back and bit playfully into his shoulder.

"Harder, Riku!" I begged.

Faster and faster the thrusts came. I could feel the fire inside me burning, getting closer and closer to the end. The friction was overwhelming, and I couldn't control it anymore.

"Riku," I screamed. Stars exploded behind by closed eyelids, and fire erupted. I came all over both of our chests, releasing the pent up tension within me. Riku was reaching his climax as well. He lunged forward quicker and quicker.

"Sora!" he shouted, finally freeing himself within me and collapsing exhausted on top of me.

Our bodies were covered in sand, sweat, and semen, but we didn't care. Riku rolled over, and I rested my head on his chest.

"Now that was amazing," I acknowledged.

We watched as the last remnants of the sun sunk below the distant horizon. The surface of the water was calm, and the chatter of seagulls was silenced. It was the perfect beginning to the rest of our lives together: one that was sure to be "fun-filled" as Namine put it. ;)


A/N: Oh my Goddddd! I can't believe it's over. Sigh...well I hope that you all have enjoyed the adventure, because I sure did. I think this was a nice, happy chapter that summed up things nicely, especially the lemon at the end ^_^ Thanks for all of your dedicated support and seeing it through to the end with me. You guys make it much easier to crank out chapter after chapter. Please give me your last thoughts on everything or anything else you want to say. Once again, THANKS! XD

P.S. I have some thoughts for a sequel in the making, but I'm not going to make any promises quite yet, especially with college starting back up two weeks. Be on the lookout though, and don't forget me :D