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Sorry, this chapter is kinda short...but hopefully still effective! *crosses fingers*

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Namine could not tear her eyes away from the boy on stage, who was now in the process of lowering the mic to his level. When he seemed content with the positioning, he cleared his throat and spoke into the mic.

"Hey, everyone," he greeted, giving a small wave. There were some return greetings, along with some wolf whistles and a shout of "Take it off!" that sounded like it came from a guy. The boy—Roxas—chuckled. "Uh, thanks. So, here's a softer version of a song some of you might have heard before. Hope you like it."

Namine stared in rapt attention as Roxas closed his eyes and began to play.

What if I wanted to break
Laugh it all off in your face
What would you do?

What if I fell to the floor
Couldn't take this anymore
What would you do?

Namine felt as if she was in a trance, just as she felt the day before when she had stared into his eyes under the willow tree. His eyes were still closed, and he seemed completely sure of where his hands were, never looking down at his guitar. She watched his hands and fingers move almost gracefully across the frets, never stumbling or hesitating.

But the most entrancing part was his voice. It was soft, yet it seemed to carry all across the room. There was an emotion seeping into his voice, as if he were singing exactly what he was feeling. It was beautiful.

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you…

Roxas strummed his guitar, eyes closed, feeling the music. He knew this song forwards, backwards, in his sleep. It was part of the reason why he decided on this song before he had went on stage. He knew he didn't need to rehearse it.

But they was a small part of him that played it because he needed to…let it out. He needed to let his emotions out somehow, and through his performance seemed as good a time as any. Anyone who heard the emotion in his voice would contribute it to the performance. No one ever listened deep enough to guess that this was real; this was what he was feeling.

What if I wanted to fight
Beg for the rest of my life
What would you do?

You say you wanted more
What are you waiting for?
I'm not running from you

Music. His life. His world. His escape.

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you

Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you…

His reason for still existing.

Namine could feel it. She could feel the emotion of Roxas's voice. She suddenly knew there was something there; something burning inside of Roxas. Something that haunted him.

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now
This is who I really am inside
Finally found myself

Fighting for a chance
I know now
This is who I really am

She suddenly understood. Music must be his outlet. His way of showing emotion. It was the same with her and her drawings.

She had not cried since her parents had gone. She was broken, but she couldn't let the tears fall. She couldn't explain it. There was just something, something, holding her back.

But when she drew, the emotions poured out. Not through tears, but through her pencil.

It was how she stayed sane.

She didn't know the boy at all—had barely met him the day before—but something indescribable was telling her that this was someone who knew.

Someone who understood.

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you…

Roxas hit the last chord, and the song ended. He heard a thunderous applause. Opening his eyes, he looked over the crowd. Everyone was cheering and clapping loudly. He felt a small smile tug at his lips. It made him genuinely happy that people enjoyed his music.

He stood up and took a bow. He looked over to see his cousin cheering loudly, a pretty red-headed girl also cheering and clapping next to him.

Huh. Must be Kairi. Nice one, Sora.

At that point, Axel jogged on stage to stand by Roxas, grinning wildly. He said something into the mic that got the crowd even more rowdy.

But Roxas wasn't paying attention anymore.

He had found someone who wasn't clapping or cheering.

Someone who was sitting down in her chair.

Someone who was looking up right at him.

Someone he had met the day before.

It's that girl…

Someone who knew exactly what he was feeling.

So? What do ya think? Thoughts, anyone?
Hopefully you aren't too disappointed :P

The song is the acoustic version of "The Kill" by 30 Seconds to Mars. If you haven't heard that version before, give it a listen. It's fantastic :D

So I would love to hear what you think of this chapter! Reviews are amazing and much appreciated :]