A/N: Aww, it's over. I actually cried while writing this story. I really love how it came out. It just flowed so well and I'm really proud of it. I think it's one of my best actually. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading it and I loved your reviews!
"italics" - Roxas signing
italics - thoughts
bold - text messages
Roxas woke up when his phone buzzed. It was his dad texting him about his speech therapy session that day.
Hey honey, just wanted to remind you about your appointment. Is Axel going to take you or should I pick you up at three? -- the message asked.
Axel opened his eyes when he felt the weight of Roxas leaning over him, staring at the phone. He looked up and Roxas signed a message to him.
"Are you going to take me to my appointment today? My dad wants to know."
"Sure I can take you," Axel replied, yawning.
Roxas texted his father back saying Axel would take him to the appointment. He put his phone down.
Both boys felt really good. Relaxed for once. They were both still undressed from their activities the night before. They'd woken up in the middle of the night twice to make love again and Axel had a feeling Roxas was going to be limping that day.
"I am sore," Roxas signed, sighing. He laid his head on Axel's chest, listening to Axel chuckle.
"Yeah. Maybe we overdid it for your first time. But it was wonderful and I loved every minute of it," Axel told him, stroking his hair.
Roxas sighed in contentment, pressing closer to his boyfriend.
"Hey, let's go get something to eat," Axel suggested, sitting up and dragging Roxas out of bed.
Roxas rolled his eyes but got dressed and followed Axel out of the room. He limped downstairs and Axel laughed. Roxas shot him a glare and Axel stopped laughing.
Since Axel's parents were out of town, and his sister was staying with friends, they had the house to themselves.
After eating a huge breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, and hash browns, they decided to play video games until it was time to drive to Roxas' appointment.
Roxas took a shower and had to literally fight off Axel who was in the tub with him molesting him.
Raising his hands, he signed, "I'm sore Axel."
"I know baby, you're just so sexy covered in soap bubbles," Axel grinned.
Roxas thought he'd turned Axel into a pervert. It was like the redhead couldn't keep his hands to himself. Axel laughed when he told him this and continued to grope him. Roxas was glad to see Axel so happy though. He rather liked it when Axel smiled and laughed instead of frowning and brooding.
They drove to the appointment around three, listening to the music playing softly on the radio. Roxas ran up to the building, throwing the doors open to get inside. He was excited. He really wanted to talk. Just for no reason at all but to tell Axel he loved him with his own voice.
Axel waited in the small room while Roxas had his therapy session.
"When can I talk?" Roxas signed.
"Anytime you want to Roxas. Your muscles are strong enough for you to say a few words. But, don't push yourself too hard or you'll hurt yourself," Luxord, the speech therapist told him.
"But I have been trying and nothing comes out," Roxas signed again.
"Maybe you're not ready. It could be today, tomorrow, or even next week. Don't push yourself. You haven't spoken since you were five. You're seventeen now. That's a long time to go without talking," Luxord reminded him gently.
Roxas nodded. "Okay, how about you teach me that accent you have?"
Luxord laughed. "How about I teach you to talk first then we'll work on the accent?"
Roxas smiled. They played a game of cards in which they bet speech exercises instead of money. Roxas lost twice and had to do extra exercises for his throat and muscles.
He didn't mind though. If it was to help him be able to talk, he would do anything.
"See you next week Roxas," Luxord told him when it was time to go. Roxas smiled and waved.
Two weeks later, it was the start of summer vacation and they decided to go to the beach. This time, Axel didn't pull out. He tugged on a t shirt that Roxas had bought him and smiled. It was the first time he let his arms stay uncovered since he was eight.
Riku and Sora were waiting in the car with Roxas. Axel grabbed his cell and ran out of the house, hopping into the backseat with his boyfriend. He kissed Roxas hello.
"Hey Riku, Sora," Axel said to the other two.
"Hey Axel!" Sora chirped up. Riku nodded. "Ready for some fun in the sun?"
Axel smiled and said yeah he was. And he was surprised that it was the actual truth. He was really looking forward to the beach.
After laying out their beach blanket, Sora tugged on Riku's hand.
"Riku! Come play in the water with me!" he exclaimed.
"In a second. I want to talk to Axel for a moment," Riku told the brunet and Sora nodded, running off to play with Roxas in the water. The blond was standing ankle deep in the ocean. The water lapping around his feet.
"You've made him really happy. At first, we thought you were playing games, but I'm happy to see that wasn't the case," Riku said, turning to face Axel.
"I love him. He makes me really happy. Just being around him or thinking about him," Axel told the other boy.
Riku nodded. He felt the same way about Sora. "Hey, come on, let's go play with our boyfriends!" Riku said, standing up and tugging on Axel.
Riku tugged off his shirt, but Axel wasn't ready to go bare chested just yet, so he just shrugged and ran up to Roxas. Who splashed him with water.
"Oh you're going to get it now!" Axel shouted, laughing as he tackled Roxas into the water.
Roxas laughed as his back hit the cool sand. The water moving around his body. He ran his hands through Axel's hair as the redhead kissed him. Sora and Riku were laughing as they ran around in the water, splashing each other.
Axel began tickling Roxas, who screamed in delight. The sound coming out strong and beautiful.
Riku, Sora and Axel looked at Roxas, who seemed surprised at the sound.
The blond looked up at Axel. "I love you Axel," Roxas whispered, testing his voice.
Sora had tears in his eyes at the sound of his friend's voice. After so many years of not hearing it, it was a pleasant surprise. Riku smiled and hugged Sora.
"God Roxas, your voice. It's beautiful," Axel murmured. Leaning down to kiss Roxas on the lips.
"Glad you think so," Roxas said, surprised he was talking. It felt funny to him to feel the vibrations in his throat and mouth.
"Cloud is going to flip when he hears you," Sora told the blond, who was smiling up at them. His blue eyes sparkling with excitement.
"I love you so much Roxas," Axel told him.
"I love you too Axel. I'm going to tell you everyday," Roxas replied. Axel grinned. A crooked smile that showed off his white teeth.
"Can't wait to hear it baby," Axel said. Roxas smiled, splashing Axel with some water.
Axel laughed and rolled them over so Roxas was laying on top of him. He was so happy. He'd battled his fears and come out on top. And now he had Roxas. Who loved him with a passion he'd never thought were possible. He also had Sora and Riku who considered him their friend. He couldn't be happier and he would make sure Roxas knew how much he loved him forever.
The sound of Roxas laughing broke through his reverie. That sound was so melodic that he couldn't help but smile at the sound of it.
Sitting up, he ran his hand over Roxas' face. The blond smiled up at him. Love shining in his big blue eyes.
"I'm so happy. You made my life worth living," Axel whispered to Roxas, who's eyes filled with tears.
"I love you so much Axel. I'm just happy to be with you," Roxas told him.
Claiming Roxas' lips with his own had them both moaning in pleasure and happiness as the sun rose high in the sky behind them.
He would never be afraid again. Not with Roxas by his side.