The Interference: Final Mix

Scene: The Reunion with Kairi

From The Interference Chapter 19: Sinister Sundown

Sora, Donald, and Goofy eagerly followed Pence up to the station. Adrenaline was rushing through all of them, making them run as fast as they could. They all knew their luck could go sour at any moment, so they were trying to beat destiny to the punch...

After what felt like an agonizing eternity to Sora, the group finally reached the top of the hill and entered the station's insanely large plaza. In the bright sunset, it was clear to see the three people standing at the station's front doors. Like a magnet, Sora's eyes were immediately drawn to the central figure, a dark brunette with blue eyes that Sora would know anywhere, anytime.

"Kairi!" Sora screamed at the top of his lungs. Ignoring everything else, he shoved past his friends and rushed across the plaza.

Kairi, who had been waiting patiently for this moment, yelled, "Sora!" and rushed down the station's steps to meet him.

Halfway between the two groups, the two Destiny Island friends reunited in a tight embrace. They held onto each other with all the strength they could muster, both of them afraid of losing the other again. But right now, after so much time, they had finally been reunited.

For a while, neither of them said anything, just taking in the moment. Then Donald and Goofy caught up with Sora and joined in the embrace. Donald jumped up and hung onto Sora and Kairi's shoulders while Goofy just grabbed them all together in one big hug. The tension finally passed, and all of them fell into giggling fits.

Meanwhile, Alexander Karsath reached the summit of the Station Heights and entered the plaza. Coming up behind Pence, he looked at the group hug and jokingly said, "Hey, have I missed the mushy part yet? Heh, guess not."

Pence looked back at him with surprise. "Alex! You okay? Where'd that guy go?"

Sora and the group finished their joyous laughter and looked back at the Interference.

Alex just shrugged at his friend. "Took a while, but I finally managed to drive him off. But then a bunch of regular Nobodies showed up, and I had to take care of them too..." He then looked back at Sora and noticed that the group was done hugging. And now that it didn't feel like a precious moment, Alex was comfortable with reuniting with them.

As he crossed the distance between them, the teenage, spiky-haired gamer-turned-warrior was feeling fairly smug. He'd succeeded in causing a significant change in the game's storyline, he'd lived through yet another battle with an Organization XIII member, and there didn't seem to be a single negative consequence for it in sight. He was doing his job, and he was doing it very well.

Loaded with confidence, Alex finally stood in front of Sora, who'd turned around to face him. With a smirk and a shrug, Alex opened his mouth to say something cool and noncommittal...

But the air got squeezed out of him in a "B-wuh?" as he found himself being tightly hugged by Sora. This thought ran through his surprised mind several times. Sora was hugging him? Sora was hugging him! Why was Sora hugging him? "W-Wha... Hey, Sora..."

But Sora only tightened the embrace, almost as if he'd known Alex was going to object. "Thank you," Sora said with complete sincerity. "Thank you so much."

Alexander was stunned. His brain shut down, and his body froze up. Eventually, he managed to summon the willpower to move his arms and eventually hug Sora back, even though he now couldn't remember why. For a while, he just coasted along, lost and alone in what was perhaps the weirdest moment of his life.

And then it hit him. Sora, the main protagonist he'd played with for the last several years, was thanking him with all his heart.

At last, Sora let go and stepped back, wearing a knowing smile on his face. Alex just stared back at him like a deer caught in the headlights.

Suddenly, a hand clamped onto Alex's shoulder. He looked to his side to see Goofy smiling at him. "Way to go, Alex!" the bumbling Disney character praised as he shook him a little bit.

Donald was at his other side, saying, "Great work! Way to go!" in his raspy duck voice.

Behind Sora, Kairi smiled at him and said nothing, though the thanks was evident in her expression.

In the midst of it all, Alexander just stood there and looked at his shoes. Part of it was from the surprise, but part of it was from shame. In acting, he'd completely disregarded the feelings of everyone else. He'd just done it because it was going against the flow. Being a rebel. He'd done it for himself.

But he looked up at Sora again, who was still smiling at him. He knew, Alex thought. The Keyblade master was completely aware of Alex's selfishness. He knew Alex hadn't had a single thought about his happiness.

Yet he was thanking him anyway.

The full force of that realization finally struck Alexander, and he quickly turned away to hide the tears welling up in his eyes. After a moment, he smiled back, politely accepted everyone's praise, and did his best to remain as quiet as possible while everyone else had their reunion.

He didn't want to ruin the moment again.