Disclaimer: I don't own Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Disney, but I do wish I owned Roxas...And Axel! And Riku! And...yeah...moving on...
A/N: And the final chapter is done! Now, one little part of this chapter does sort of make sense if you take some of the Final Mix cutscenes into account. Just in case any of you are wondering and pick up on what I mean. Also, as promised, I will be starting the rewrite for The Eyes of Twilight, which is the sequel to this story, very soon, so look for it! Also, updates for Sunset Dreams (third story in this little series) will also be coming. Again, quotes come from Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. And that's it from me. This is the last chapter, so please review, as I would very much like to hear your thoughts about whether or not the effort I put into rewriting this story was worth it or not. If you haven't reviewed any other chapters, at least review this one!
The Way to the Heart
Chapter 7: Axel's Parting Gift
The Usual Spot, Twilight Town
For a moment, Roxas thought he must have misinterpreted Hayner's words, but then it suddenly dawned on him that the blond struggler was no longer looking at him like he was the enemy, and his mouth dropped open in shock. "Do you really mean that?"
Hayner handed the photo back to Sora, and shrugging his shoulders, he said lightly, "I guess so. Besides, you were a pretty cool best friend. It would be practically impossible to replace you."
"You're such a jerk, Hayner!" Olette laughed, hugging the blond struggler tightly around the neck. "It's about time you finally came to your senses. If it had been the other way around, you know Roxas would have forgiven you!"
"Don't you think I know that? I'm not stupid, Olette!"
"I never said you were. You're just way too stubborn for your own good."
"I am not!"
Even after everything I've done, he still wants to be my friend. I feel like I'm dreaming, but I know I'm not. This is real. This is really happening to me. I know Hayner, Pence, and Olette better than I know myself. How could I have ever thought they would turn their backs on me?
Roxas had not felt this happy since the very first time he had spoken to Sora, and his feelings were so strong, it felt like they were going to overwhelm him. He had been waiting for this moment ever since he had left Hayner, Pence, and Olette behind, and now that it had finally arrived, he wasn't quite sure what to do with himself. Taking a deep breath, he placed his hand on Hayner's arm, and gazing directly into the blond struggler's dark eyes, he gave his best friend a brilliant smile. "Thanks, Hayner, for...for believing in me. I...it means a lot to me, what you said."
Hayner looked at him, and the two of them stared at each other in silence. After what seemed like several minutes, though it was really only a few seconds, Hayner smiled in a teasing sort of way and said, "Is that creepy red-haired guy still your best friend, too? I know he's gone, but..."
"Axel will always be my best friend. He might have disappeared, but as long as I still remember him, he'll never really be gone. We were friends right up until the very moment he sacrificed himself to open a portal to The World that Never Was, despite the problems we were having just before I left the Organization, and nothing can ever take that away from me. I forgot him once, but that's not going to happen again. My memories of him will always be a part of me."
Hayner nodded approvingly, and crossing his arms over his chest, he smiled to show he understood. "I knew you were going to say something like that."
"That explains why we wanted to be your friends in the first place," Pence said thoughtfully, almost to himself.
Roxas gazed self-consciously at his feet, and unable to stop himself, he blurted out the one question that had been bothering him for some time, but because of what the answer might be, he had been unable to voice it, until now. "Hayner, does it bother you that I still consider Axel to be one of my best friends?"
In response to his question, Roxas felt Hayner's arm go around his shoulders, and lifting his head, he found himself gazing into his best friend's dark eyes. Smirking slightly, Hayner scratched the back of his blond head and poked himself in the chest. "I guess I can share, this time, but only because I like you so much. Besides, no one ever said you couldn't have more than one best friend. It's not like there's a law against it or something."
Roxas felt an enormous wave of relief wash over him, and sagging slightly under the weight of Hayner's arm, he managed a shaky smile. "Thanks, Hayner. I knew there was a reason why I wanted to hang out with you."
"I have to admit, compared to some of the other members of the Organization, Axel was a pretty decent guy."
Roxas nodded in agreement and smiling at the blond struggler, he said slowly, "You know what, Hayner? I think you would have gotten along really well with Axel."
"Is that supposed to be an insult or a compliment?" Riku commented dryly, interrupting the conversation before Hayner could respond.
Hayner glared at Riku, but Roxas merely laughed and smiled at the blond struggler. "Definitely a compliment."
"You still miss Axel, though, don't you?" Olette said softly, a sad smile slipping across her face.
Roxas stared quietly at his hands for a moment, and swallowing a sudden lump in his throat, he mumbled, "I'm always going to miss him. At first, I was really upset, but I'm fine with it now. Well, at least as fine as one can be after losing a close friend. Why? I'm not really sure, but...I think it's because, in the end, I did sort of get a chance to say goodbye, and to me that's the most important thing."
"Wait a minute, how could you have had a chance to say goodbye to Axel when you never spoke to him again after you merged with Sora?" Donald asked, crossing his arms.
Roxas ignored the suspicious look on the court wizard's face, and turning to smile at Sora, he said softly, "You know, don't you?"
Sora nodded and placed a hand against his heart. "The same place you used to tell Axel everything else that was on your mind. The station tower."
"I told him I had to go. I said...I told him you were waiting for me."
Sora lowered his bright blue eyes to the floor, and smiling sadly at his hands, he mumbled, "I know. I remember, though I didn't know what it meant, until now. I don't exactly know how it happened, but that memory of yours is really strong in my heart. It's almost like you and Axel were speaking together in your mind; in my mind. That memory only came to me pretty recently, but it's strong, and I'm glad you got to see Axel again. I...you know...you were waiting for me a lot longer than I had to wait for you."
Roxas put his hand on Sora's shoulder, and the Keyblade Master slowly turned to look at him. At first, he didn't know what to say, but then the words suddenly came to him. It was almost as if his heart had been waiting for this exact moment because for the first time in his life, he knew exactly how to respond. "Trust me, it was worth the wait. Axel understood. We both knew what I had to do, and in the end, despite the way he relentlessly hounded me in Ansem's simulation of Twilight Town, he knew he had to let me go. If you had been anyone else, he might have put up more of a fight; he might have even tried to turn you back into a Heartless, but...he wanted you to help me find my heart just as much as I did. He never said it in so many words, at least not while I was in the Organization, but...like you, Sora, I think he believed I had a heart. On the outside, it may have seemed as if he only cared about saving his own skin, with the way he spent so much time looking out for his own best interests, more so than even working for the good of the Organization, but...I haven't forgotten. I remember. When I was still a member, he spent more time thinking about me and what would make me happy than he did about himself. Except...except for when he wouldn't tell me the truth about who I was..."
"But now, at least, you understand why he wouldn't tell you," Namine said quietly, giving him a sad smile. "Maybe it was selfish of him, but..."
Glancing self-consciously at Sora, Roxas mumbled, "Does the way Axel...you know...treated you make you angry? I mean...he didn't want us to be together..."
"Maybe not, but...the reason Axel didn't want you to merge with me was because he thought it meant he would never see you again," Sora said quietly, his gaze still focused on his hands. "How can I fault him for something like that? I probably would have felt the same way it I thought Riku was going to disappear."
Riku jerked his head up and he stared at Sora in surprise, but the Keyblade Master refused to look at his best friend. Roxas smiled in amusement, and nudging his other half in the ribs, he said, "I should have known you would understand."
"I know Axel was afraid you would disappear, but I don't think it's because he didn't understand what would happen to you. Like Namine, he knew, but at that point I don't think he was quite ready to face the truth yet."
"Silly, just because you have a next life..."
Roxas had never forgotten Axel's words, and clearly that was one of his memories the Keyblade Master had managed to pick up on. "You know what, Sora? I think you might be right."
"Of course he is!" Kairi said cheerfully, beaming at the Keyblade Master.
Sora suddenly looked up, and Roxas was so startled by the Keyblade Master's unexpected movement he nearly fell into Kairi's lap. Somehow he managed to straighten up, but before he could settle himself comfortably on the floor again, he found himself gazing into his other half's deep blue eyes. Sora stared curiously at him for a moment and he felt his face turn red. "What?"
It's not like I tried to flatten Kairi on purpose!
Sora scratched his spiky hair, and shrugging his shoulders, he said, "It's nothing. I just wish...well...I never got to thank Axel for all of his help. In the end, he wanted the two of us to work together. He trusted me, and...I never got a chance to tell him how much that meant to me. He really believed in me, and it's almost like he knew you would find a way to be happy again."
"No, it's like he knew I would be happy with you."
Sora stared at him, and he quickly ducked his head to hide his embarrassment.
Great, I'm getting as bad as he is! Riku's never going to let me forget this!
"Do you really think so?" Sora asked hopefully.
Roxas shrugged, and lowering his gaze to the ground he managed a nervous smile. "Don't worry, Sora, he knew how you felt. I might not be sure about a lot of things, but I knew Axel better than I knew all of the other members of the Organization combined, even if there were a lot of things about himself he wouldn't tell me, and somehow I just know he understood exactly how you were feeling. You are me, after all, and sometimes I think he knew me better than I knew myself. No...he did know me better than I knew myself. He knew about you, didn't he? He knew a lot of things I didn't know."
"Does it bother you that Axel kept so many secrets from you?" Pence asked hesitantly.
Unable to look at Pence, Roxas mumbled, "Not anymore, but...that wasn't always the case. When I started to realize he was keeping secrets from me, I was so angry. We were supposed to be best friends, but suddenly he started acting like someone I didn't even recognize anymore..."
"Best friends are honest with each other! Who am I, Axel?"
"That must have really hurt you," Olette said quietly, giving him a sympathetic smile.
"I tried, but...there's nothing left for me here. The answers are out there..."
"Yeah, it did. I felt like I was losing my best friend. If I couldn't trust Axel, then who could I trust? I felt like everything around me was falling apart and there was nothing I could do about it. I felt lost, and I knew I had to find some answers before I ended up losing a vital part of who I was."
"Now that Axel's gone, do you still feel that way?" Hayner asked hesitantly, looking a little uncertain of whether or not he should have asked.
"Like I said before, I think Axel understood how I felt, and he knew what I needed to do, but at the time, he just wasn't willing to accept the truth. I can't be angry about that. Not anymore. Why? It's simple. He was only doing what the Organization wanted him to do. How can I be angry at him for that when at one point I was doing the exact same thing? In the end, we were all victims of Xemnas; of Xehanort. Xigbar, Marluxia, Larxene, Demyx, Zexion, Luxord, Xaldin...all of us, including Axel. If only things could have been different..."
"Did you get along with any of the other Nobodies in the Organization besides Axel?" Hayner interrupted, curiosity sparkling in his dark eyes.
In response to Hayner's question, Roxas laughed and made a face. "Well...surprisingly enough, I got along pretty well with Xigbar, even if he did have a habit of giving me stupid nicknames. It's actually pretty amazing when you think about it, since he was one of the members who was really high up the food chain, and I was right down at the bottom. Number II, you know. He was always nice to me, though he did like to tease me a lot."
"Not bad! Our little Roxas is growing up so fast."
"Are you making fun of me?"
"As if! That was a compliment."
"Number II, huh?" Pence replied, a thoughtful look on his face. "Sounds like he was pretty important."
"I wouldn't really know. The higher-ups didn't tell me anything unless it benefited them in some way."
"You don't have to sneak around now that you're one of them. I'm sure you'll be the best wannabe hero they've ever had."
"Wannabe? What's that supposed to mean?"
"Heh, what indeed?"
"Hey, you're bailing on me?"
"As if. I just don't want to get in the way of your valuable training. I care about your future, Roxas..."
Looks like I'm not such a wannabe, after all. My future, huh? Right...I wonder what he really meant by that...
"Well, at least it wasn't all bad then," Olette interrupted, though she looked a little bit hesitant about whether or not that was actually true. "What about the others?"
"I got along pretty well with Luxord. He liked to tease me a bit the way Xigbar did, but despite some of his remarks he was always really nice to me. Our missions always went well together, and he seemed to think it was important to teach me the rules of the game."
"Game?" Hayner asked, frowning in confusion.
"The game of life," Sora replied, a slight smile on his face. "According to Luxord, life is a game of chance and a little bit of luck. Whichever way the wheel of fate turns, you better hope you have a good hand, and if not then you'd better be careful with how you play your cards."
"Or he'll never let you hear the end of it," Roxas added, exchanging a smile with the Keyblade Master.
"That cat is a walking question mark."
"Nobody's going to reveal his hand from the get-go. You have to outwit your opponent in the give and take to figure them out. And frankly I don't see you outwitting that cat anytime soon."
"Well, excuse me."
"It seems you were better able to relate to the Organization members who acted older and more mature, minus Axel," Pence said thoughtfully, nodding head as if he understood. "I guess that makes sense. You were always a lot more serious than Hayner, and definitely much more mature."
"Hey!" Hayner shouted, glaring at the dark-haired boy.
Frowning thoughtfully at his hands, Roxas said slowly, "That wasn't always the case. I don't think Xaldin thought too much of me. He was always getting impatient with me, like I was a burden or something. And then there was Saix. I hated Saix."
In response to this sudden declaration, Olette stared at him in surprise and said hesitantly, "Um...how come?"
"We don't accept resignations."
"I've got nothing to say to you."
"Then let's keep this short and sweet..."
For a moment, Roxas was confused, but he did not take back his words. Though he couldn't remember exactly why any mention of Saix always brought a bitter taste to his mouth and a sudden spark of rage, he knew there was a reason for it. A good reason.
"Look at you, Roxas. Up in arms over a Nobody..."
"Roxas?" Olette pressed, looking a little nervous.
"I just...He was the one who always gave us our missions, and the way he spoke... So cold. No feeling at all. He was so...frustrating. He even got to Axel a lot, and you know what Axel was like. He wasn't the type of person to let someone like Saix get under his skin..."
"Yeah..." Sora murmured, his expression becoming suddenly thoughtful.
Is he maybe seeing something in my memories that I might have misseed? Some small detail that didn't seem important at the time, but was maybe more important than I thought it was?
Not quite sure if he really wanted to know the answer to that, Roxas said hurriedly, "Some of the members of the Organization I never really got to know very well, since they left for Castle Oblivion pretty soon after I was recruited. And then...they...you know...disappeared, thanks to Axel, Riku, and Sora, but when they were still at the castle, they weren't always very nice to me."
"Those jerks," Hayner muttered, making a fist.
"Larxene was always calling me a brat, and I hated it with a passion. You should have seen her when she was trying to teach me how to use my magic. She wasn't exactly very helpful..."
"You'd be nothing without that Keyblade..."
"Then there was Marluxia. All he ever did was suck up to the Keyblade and talk about how great it was."
"Roxas, could you summon your Keyblade for me?"
"Well, sure...all right."
"Lucky Number XIII. At last, a chosen wielder of the Keyblade amongst our ranks."
"He sounds like he was a real winner," Hayner snorted.
"He was polite, but man was he ever annoying. Keyblade this and Keyblade that. Seriously, I bet that's why he went out of his way to get friendly with me. It was because I could wield a Keyblade. The only reason he bothered to talk to me at all was because of Sora. And then there was Zexion. He hardly ever spoke to me, but when he did, it was hard to tell what kind of a mood he was in. Sometimes, he could be pretty rude, and other times he was really respectful. For all his faults, though, I will say he did know how to give credit where credit was due, and he didn't hesitate to tell me when I was doing a good job. Then again, he didn't hesitate to tell me when I wasn't doing a good job either..."
"You don't have to eliminate them all. It's your choice. Just like I don't have to respect you for slinking back to the castle while there's still work to be done..."
"Zexion acted pretty mysterious for a Nobody, and he spent quite a bit of time ignoring me, but...sometimes I would look up and find him watching me as if I were a particularly interesting book he wanted to read..."
"Kingdom Hearts is made up of the very things we lack-a multitude of hearts. It has the power to complete us. Are you starting to see why you're so important?"
"He sounds like he was a real creep to me," Hayner muttered, making a face.
Smiling faintly, Roxas said, "Well, at least he worked. Unlike Demyx."
"Ouch," Sora laughed, smiling in amusement. "That wasn't very nice."
"Hey, it's true! Well, maybe not entirely true. I mean, he must have at least occasionally made an attempt to work for Xemnas to keep him around, but I definitely never saw it. When I got stuck doing missions with him, I ended up doing all the work!"
"Demyx! You were here? Why didn't you come and help?"
"I was, uh...cheering you on! Couldn't you hear me? Gimme an 'R'! Gimme an-"
"Are you blind!? That wasn't part of the games!"
"Hey, at least he knew how to have fun!" Sora laughed.
Rolling his eyes, Roxas made a face at the Keyblade Master, and growing suddenly serious, he said quietly, "They were all the same, and yet they were so different from each other, but there was one thing they did have in common. All of the members of the Organization were interested in you, Sora. Which explains why Marluxia was so interested in sucking up to me all the time. What better way to learn more about the Keyblade Master and his weaknesses than by becoming friendly with his Nobody? Maybe Larxene and some of the others didn't look at it that way, but Marluxia did. To the Organization, I was just a tool. Their ticket to collecting hearts for Kingdom Hearts. When I wasn't on a mission, most of the time the members of the Organization, other than Axel, never bothered with me much. Even though I had the Keyblade, like Larxene, I think they saw me as a kid who was more of a nuisance than a member of the Organization. Except maybe for Xemnas. I rarely saw the Superior, but when I did, he gave me the creeps. I think...he kept a much closer eye on me than I ever realized, despite the fact that he was more of an enigma to me than a Nobody with actual substance. It's almost like...he knew I would end up betraying them."
"Well, you are Sora after all," Kairi said softly. "Even he couldn't ignore the risks of what that meant."
"It's funny, though, but when I did speak to him, he was actually...pretty nice to me. More so than Saix ever was, and though he spoke in riddles a lot, he always answered me honestly, even if I didn't always understand what he was saying. He didn't dodge around my questions the way the other members of the Organization did. Axel worst of all. Xemnas never would have thought twice about getting rid of me if I ever became a problem, as he proved near the end, but...despite that he still gave me answers, and he still treated me like I was a valuable member of the team..."
"Who is Sora?"
"He's the connection..."
"That's because you were a valuable member of the team," Sora insisted.
"You wouldn't know that from the way some of them treated me. Of course, none of them could disregard me completely, since they knew how important I was."
"Gawrsh, Roxas, it doesn't sound like you had very much fun in the Organization," Goofy said thoughtfully, twirling his shield absent-mindedly in his hands.
"Not really, no, unless Axel was with me."
"At least he knew how to have fun," Hayner agreed.
Roxas rolled his eyes, and turning to Sora, he poked the Keyblade Master in the arm. "Hey, do you think Axel might be the reason why we were able to meet each other in person in the first place? I mean, do you think Axel had something to do with me being able to appear to you in The World that Never Was? That was when I discovered I could separate myself from your body, but I know for a fact I hadn't been able to do something like that before then because...well...I tried several times and it didn't work. I'll admit I didn't try very hard because I...I wasn't really ready to face you yet, but..."
Sora studied his face for a moment, and nodding slowly, he said, "I think so. Roxas, I was the one who brought you into existence by becoming a Heartless, but Axel was the one who made you real to me, and I made you real to everyone else. It makes sense, doesn't it? Axel triggered your appearance to me, and because of that I was finally able to see you and meet you. And now, you're starting to become real to everyone else. I know it's kind of confusing, but-"
"No, it makes perfect sense. Thanks to Axel, we've been able to see each other ever since. "
He's done more for me than he'll ever know...
"Sora, do you remember when you first woke up and you thought you heard someone calling your name?" Roxas blurted out, before he could stop himself. "You asked who was there, but no one answered. It was me. I was the one calling out your name after I merged with you. You needed to wake up. You needed to help your friends. You needed to stop the Organization...to...to save Kingdom Hearts..."
Sora's mouth fell open, and the Keyblade Master stared at him in shock. "That was you? I wondered about that, but I never knew for sure, until now. You know what, Roxas? I'm the lucky one."
Roxas stared at his feet and smiled softly to himself. "Thanks, Sora."
"This is how it was meant to be," Namine said quietly, her bright blue eyes sparkling happily in the sunshine streaming through the edges of the curtain covering the open door. "I wanted so badly for you to be happy, Roxas. I'm so glad everything worked out for you. Seeing you happy always makes me feel good."
Roxas blushed, and gazing hopefully at the female Nobody, he stammered, "Really? I feel the same way about you."
"And don't worry, Namine, we forgive you, just like we forgive Roxas," Olette said firmly, giving the other girl a quick hug. "You were a victim just as much as he was."
"We're honoured to have you in our group," Pence said enthusiastically. "You're a part of our gang just as much as Sora, Kairi, Riku, Donald, Goofy, and pretty much everyone else."
"As I always say, it never hurts to have too many friends," Hayner said nonchalantly, grinning at Namine.
Namine's sapphire eyes filled with tears and she beamed at everyone. "Thank you, all of you."
"Well, I guess that means everything is back to normal, if you can call all the weird stuff that's happened normal!" Olette laughed.
Roxas raised his eyebrows, and tugging lightly on a lock of Olette's dark hair, he said, "Easy for you to say. I'm still getting used to being friends with myself!"
The words had barely left his mouth when he felt Oblivion poke him sharply in the side. Turning, he glared at his other half, and knocking the dark Keyblade aside with his hand, he said in outrage, "What was that for?"
"Revenge! You poked me first!"
"Real mature, Sora," Olette snorted.
Kairi giggled and jumped quickly to her feet. "Who's up for some sea-salt ice cream?"
"Oh, boy! That's the best idea I've heard all day!" Donald shouted, jumping up and hitting Goofy over the head with his staff. "Come on, slowpoke, it's time to eat!"
"But...what about Namine and Roxas? They're transparent! They can't leave here looking like that, can they?" Pence asked hesitantly.
Hayner snorted and clapped his hand on the other boy's shoulder. "Sure they can. The people in this town have seen weirder things than Roxas and Namine. Take Donald for example. How many talking ducks are there in Twilight Town?"
"Hey!" Donald grumbled.
Hayner grinned at the court wizard and shrugged his shoulders. "Besides, I want to see the look on Seifer's face when he comes in contact with a 'ghost'!"
Laughing, Roxas got to his feet and he followed the others out the door, Sora trailing along behind him. Kairi, Namine, and Olette were whispering to each other at the front of the group and every so often they would smile mysteriously over their shoulders and burst into sudden fits of laughter. Goofy and Donald were arguing loudly together in the middle of the group while Pence and Riku seemed to have gotten themselves into a discussion about Ansem the Wise.
Glancing at the others to make sure no one but Sora could overhear them, Roxas turned to Hayner and smiled weakly at the blond struggler. "Thanks for believing in me."
"Don't worry about it. You would have done the same for me. You'll come back and visit us a lot, won't you?"
"Of course he will," Sora said cheerfully, throwing his arms behind his head and stepping up next to them with a smile on his face.
Roxas put an arm around his other half and turned to smile at Hayner. "What he said."
"Do I know how to pick a best friend, or what?"
"Roxas, you'd better visit us a lot!" Olette shouted over her shoulder.
So much for not being overheard.
Somehow Olette had ended up walking next to Riku, and for the first time since he had met the female resident of Twilight Town, Riku seemed to notice the way she was gazing at him. He looked surprised, and a little bit amused, but instead of mentioning it, he merely smiled at her and proceeded to ask some questions about Twilight Town.
Coming to a decision, Roxas leaned close to Sora and nodded his head towards Kairi. "Tell her how you feel. It'll be easier than you think."
"Just do it!"
Sora blushed, and after a slight hesitation, the Keyblade Master nodded slowly. "I'll do it, but only if you tell Namine you like her."
"What? Are you crazy? I'm not telling her that!"
"Hey, buddy, we're in this together! If you won't do it then I won't do it!"
"He's got you there!" Hayner smirked.
Roxas glanced at Namine, who smiled at him, and blushing slightly, he quickly turned back to Sora. "So...if I talk to Namine, you'll talk to Kairi?"
Sora beamed at him and crossed his arms over his chest. "That's right."
Roxas took a deep breath and he glared at the Keyblade Master. "Fine, I'll do it, but if you back out on me-"
"I won't, I promise."
Hayner stared at them and shook his head. "Sora, you were right. Roxas is definitely your Nobody."
Sora looked a little bit confused about whether or not he should be insulted, but before the Keyblade Master could work out what Hayner had said, Roxas once again put an arm around his other half and suppressed a smile.
So this is what it feels like to be really, truly happy. Namine was right. I am whole again, in more ways than one. All of the best parts of my life and the best parts of Sora's life have come together, and it's made both of us complete. Hayner, Pence, Olette...they were here all along. All I had to do was find them again. In a way, it's all thanks to Axel. If it hadn't been for him, I might not have found a way to interact with Sora and none of this would have ever happened.
"I wanted to see Roxas. He was the only one I liked. He made me feel...like I had a heart..."
Roxas looked up at the pale orange sky hovering above Twilight Town and he smiled at the sun shining low in the distance. Even though Axel had disappeared, Roxas knew the red-haired Nobody was still out there watching over him, and as far as he was concerned, they would always be best friends. As long as Axel remained in his heart, the red-haired Nobody would never really be gone. Hayner, Pence, Olette, Sora, Namine, and all of his other friends were with him, but the one thing that made him the most happy was the fact that he just knew Axel was proud of him, and that made him proud to be a Nobody.
Besides, he's not gone forever. We'll see each other again. I know we will.
Smiling to himself, Roxas patted Sora's shoulder, and turning his head, he focused his gaze on the clock tower looming above Twilight Town. He had his friends, he had Sora and Namine, but most of all he had his heart, and that alone had made his journey through the darkness worth every bit of pain he had suffered.
There was no denying he was a Nobody. But he was Sora's Nobody, and that made all the difference in the world.
As Sora once said: "The heart may be weak, and sometimes it may even give in, but I know, deep inside, there is a light that never goes out."
A light he knew would always burn bright within him.
"I belong with Sora. And now, I am going back...to be with him." (Xion: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)