Here is Chapter 19, the last chapter of "8 Simple Rules" :)
I hope you all like it.
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8 Simple Rules
"The Eighth Date"
I walked through the front door of my house and dropped the bags in my hands to the floor. I sighed, pushing some loose strands of my hair behind my ear. I was completely exhausted; those last few hours of nonstop shopping had taken a lot out of me. Kairi walked into my house behind me, her own hands filled with bags. She put them down next to mine and quickly sat down on the ground, giving her feet the rest they deserved.
"You don't know how much I hate back to school shopping." She said flatly looking up at me. Today my best friend and I had decided to hit the mall early to buy everything we needed for going back to school. We left the house at around seven in the morning; Wal-Mart was open twenty four/seven.
I stretched my arms out in front of me and smiled at her, "Well, at least it's finally over, right?" I picked up my bags once again and started to head to the living room so that I could go upstairs. I heard Kairi groan from behind me, and then the sound of the bags being lifted off of the ground. In a few moments she was behind me on the staircase, following me up to my room.
When we got there I placed all of the bags neatly next to my desk and then crawled onto my bed, lying down when my head got to my pillows. Kairi placed her bags by my door and then lay down on the ground.
"Remind me why we had to go to get school supplies today." She said.
I lifted my head up and looked at her, "Well, there's one more week of vacation and we had nothing."
She made a face of disgust and let out a small whimper. "We only have one week left?" She questioned.
"I hate to say so, but yes." I sighed.
Kairi got up from the floor and came to sit on the bed next to me. "And Roxas hasn't said anything about your last rule-date-thing yet?"
I frowned, "No, he hasn't."
"I wonder what he's planning." She said with a hint of excitement, "It's probably something really fancy, and really romantic!" She exclaimed.
I shrugged, "I told him it doesn't have to be anything special." I explained, "Well, not too special anyway."
"You just have to be patient Nams." The redhead said, "The boy's probably working as fast as he can."
Just then my phone vibrated from inside my pocket. I reached into my pocket and pulled the small device out with my hand. After readjusting my position I looked at the screen in front of me to find out that I had one new text message.
"Well, look at that." I said a smile spreading across my face, "It's Roxas."
I opened the conversation and quickly read the message printed across my screen.
Hey Nams. Meet me at the park in twenty minutes?
My fingers passed over the keypad quickly as I typed an answer.
Sure. What for?
A few moments passed before I got a reply.
I'll explain everything at the park, okay? Love you.
Alright. Love you too
After sending that message I lightly threw my phone down on the bed, I then got up and walked over to my closet.
"What was that about?" Kairi asked bouncing around in her seat so that she was facing me.
"Roxas wants to meet me at the park in twenty minutes." I called over my shoulder as I looked through my closet for something to wear.
"Do you know why?"
I shook my head, "No." I said as I pulled out a purple fitted shirt with a pair of denim shorts. "He said he'll explain everything when I get there."
Kairi squealed, "Do you think this has something to do with your date?"
I turned around and looked at her, "Hopefully." I said with a smile.
"Oh, how I love romance." She exclaimed.
I laughed from her words and then walked towards my bathroom, "I'm just going to freshen up." I told her, "You can go downstairs and chill for a while if you'd like."
Kairi nodded, "I'll do that." She got off the bed and walked out of my room into the hall, "See you when you come downstairs!" She called.
I then closed my bathroom door behind me and started to undress. It didn't take me too long to get ready, probably fifteen minutes tops. I was just freshening up after all. When I was done showering I brushed my hair out, getting rid of any possible knots, and then slipped on a silver bracelet. I then walked out of my bathroom, put my cell phone in my shorts and headed downstairs.
I saw Kairi sitting down on my couch, bottle of water in hand as she watched some TV. She turned towards me after hearing my footsteps and smiled, "Hey." She called.
"Hello." I said walking towards the foyer, "I don't mean to be rude or anything, but is it cool if you leave?" I asked, "I just don't know when I'll be coming back home."
I heard the TV shut off and Kairi was soon standing in the foyer behind me, "That's no big deal. I was going over to Sora's house in a few minutes anyway."
I raised an eyebrow at her as I sipped my feet into a pair of slippers I get in the foyer, I wasn't aware of these plans she had made with her boyfriend.
She lifted up her cell phone with her left hand, "He texted me while you were bathing." She explained after reading my expression.
I laughed, "Roxas texts me to meet him at the park, and then Sora texts you to go over to their house. They really are twins."
Kairi smiled from my comment and walked over to the door, slipping her feet into her own slippers. "I should get going then." She said looking down at her phone for the time, "So should you, you should be at the park in three minutes."
"I'll get there in time." I assured her, "See you tomorrow?"
She nodded, "Sure thing."
I then called a farewell to my family over my shoulder and opened the door for me and Kairi. After locking the door behind me, I walked down my front steps, parting ways with Kari in front of my house. I waved goodbye to her as I headed west, and I soon quickened my pace so that I wouldn't be late for my meeting with Roxas.
I arrived at the park at ten fifteen, about two minutes late. I saw small children running around, families having picnics and small groups of teenagers hanging out together. Everyone was enjoying their last week of summer. I looked around for Roxas as I walked through the park, and I found a bouquet of flowers resting on our usual bench. I smiled, walking towards them, and when I was close enough I realized that there was a small card set down next to the flowers with 'Naminé' written neatly in cursive across the front. I picked up the bouquet of flowers, identifying them as a mix of white and red roses, and took in their scent. I then proceeded to pick up the card, turning it around to read a small message written in what I recognized as Roxas' writing.
'Beautiful flowers for my beautiful girlfriend to celebrate our soon to be eighth date'
My grin widened, and I soon felt familiar arms closing around my waist from behind. "Do you like the flowers?" Roxas asked me quietly in my ear.
My eyes shifted to look at the bouquet in my right hand, "They're lovely." I said, "Thank you." I turned around, Roxas' hands still on my waist, and gave him a small peck on the lips.
Roxas smiled at me, and then gestured for us to sit down on the bench. He took the end and I sat down next to him, nuzzling my head into his shoulder. "Are you free this Friday night?" He asked me.
I quickly thought of all the errands I had to do this week and then nodded. "Yes I am."
"Well then, Naminé," Roxas started. He took my chin in his hand and moved my head so that I was looking at him straight in the eye. "Would you like to go out with me, on our eighth date, this Friday night at seven o'clock?"
I smiled, "Why yes I would love to."
He brought my face closer to his and connected his lips with mine. He smiled into the kiss, and when he pulled away he still wore the grin. "Also," He added, "You're going to have to wear something nice this Friday for our date. Something fancy."
"Am I?" I questioned, "And why is that?"
"It's still a surprise, Nams." Roxas said slipping his arm around my shoulders, "I'm not going to tell you."
"At least I don't have to wait very long to find out what it is." I said resting my head back onto his shoulder. Friday was four days away.
Roxas was silent for a moment. We just sat there, taking in the heat of the sun and the voices all around us. After a while Roxas shifted around in his seat, "So," He started, "What do you want to do?"
"This." I said simply, cuddling into him even more, "Just this." I felt his hand close around my shoulder, keeping me close to him. Reaching my hand out to his, I connected our fingers and rested our joined hands in my lap, playing with his fingers every now and then. I closed my eyes, feeling myself relax. The moments we shared like this were my favourite. They weren't spontaneous or incredibly romantic; they were just us being us, enjoying each other's company for no particular reason.
It was Wednesday now, and Kairi and I were out shopping again for the second time this week. However, this time we weren't looking for school supplies, we were searching for a dress. Roxas had seen me in all of my formal attire, and I wanted a new wardrobe for this Friday. Since I hadn't spent any of my munny I had about 5000 in my wallet, which I personally thought was impressive.
Right now we were standing back to back, looking at two different racks of dresses. I pushed hangers aside, causing them to make a sound that crawled my blood, as I searched for something to buy. So far, we had checked four different stores, each having nothing that impressed me. Both my redheaded friend and I were getting tired, and so if I couldn't find anything in this store we decided that we would only search one more place before heading home.
My eyes passed over many different dresses of different colours and designs. Some were red, some blue, some long and some short. Yet again though, none of these really stood out to me.
"Nams," Kairi said happily, "Check these two out."
I turned around to see Kairi holding two dresses, one in each hand. In her left was a short black dress. It had skinny straps and a low neckline. The body was fitted, but the end, which was right above the knees, opened out into small ruffles, giving the dress a teenage touch. I had it to admit, it was pretty.
In her right hand though was a short white dress. The sleeves weren't skinny, but they weren't too thick. They ended very nicely on the shoulder. The sleeves were also laced, making the whole dress look much more elegant. The body of the dress started right above the bosom, connected to the ends of the sleeves. Just like the black dress it was fitted and ended right above the knees, but instead of having ruffles at the end it had lace to match the sleeves. This dress was beautiful as well.
"They're nice." I told Kairi with a smile. I took both dresses from her now, "I'll try them both on."
Kairi smiled and then followed me to the back of the store where the changing rooms were located. She waited outside as I stepped into one of the stalls. First I tried on the white dress. When I stepped outside Kairi's eyes widened.
"You look amazing!" She said quickly getting up from the bench she was sitting on.
"You think?" I asked looking down at the dress.
"Yes, I think!" She exclaimed.
I laughed, "I'm still going to try on the other one." I told her, "Be back in a sec."
When I went back into the changing room I looked at myself in the mirror, turning around so that I could see myself from all the angles. I really did like how this one fit me.
I then slipped the dress off and put on the black one. I walked outside of the changing room and Kairi looked at me up and down once more. "This one looks nice too." She said, "I guess it's up to which one you prefer."
I went back into the changing room, the door still open, and looked at myself in the mirror. This dress fit nicely as well, but there was something I didn't like about the way it looked on me. It didn't really seem to go with who I was. "I'll take the white one." I told Kairi. "It seems more like me."
Kairi nodded, "I agree." She said with a smile. She then clapped her hands twice, "Now go get changed!"
I closed the door and put my normal clothes back on. I put both of the dresses back on their hangers and then stepped outside. I gave Kairi the black dress to put away and I made my way to the counter to pay for the white.
After paying I met Kairi outside of the store. "Can we go one more place?" I asked her with a huge grin.
She sighed, "Where would that be?"
"Shoe store." I said, "I need to find something to go with this." I explained wagging the bag with my dress in front of her.
"Fine." She agreed, "But only one store, then we're leaving." I could hear the tiredness in her voice and nodded, sealing the deal. I then grabbed my best friend by the arm and dragged her around the mall, searching for the closest shoe store.
After a few minutes of walking we stood outside of Aldo. I quickly stepped inside and started to eye all of their heels. In a matter of seconds I picked up a pair of white open toe heels. They were studded with small silver crystals and had three bands along the front that stretched out across the width of your foot. In the middle of the three bands lay another, shaped like a teardrop. The top of the teardrop extended into two more bands, which wrapped around the back of your heel to support your foot. I called Kairi over and asked her to take out the dress from the bag. I then help the show up next to the piece of clothing, seeing whether I liked how they looked together or not, which I did. I grabbed a pair of the heels in my size and walked over to the check-out counter, using another portion of my munny to buy the shoes.
After the cashier gave me my change I counted the rest of my munny, counting an even 1500. I thanked the cashier and took my bag off the counter. I smiled at Kairi and walked out of the store with the redhead. My Friday shopping was complete.
This was it. It was Friday. Right now it was six o'clock. I had my dress set out on my bed, the accessories to go with it placed neatly on my desk and my shoes stood tall at the foot of my bed. I was going to take my shower in the next twenty minutes, and to pass the time I sat in my desk chair reading my book, still 'This Lullaby.' I had finally reached the last chapter of the book, which consisted of two pages. I was reading the last paragraph of the novel when Demyx burst into my room.
"NéNé!" He announced loudly.
I held up my left hand, stopping him from continuing his sentence. "I'm finishing this book." I said, "Give me two seconds."
"Okay." I heard him say.
I then lowered my hand and finished reading the last two lines of the novel. I closed the book, rested it next to my jewellery on top of my desk and then looked at my brother. "Yes."
"Remember that guy 'Gunblade' I told you about? The one that read all of my stories and said they were so awesome!" He asked, the excitement building in his voice.
"Yes," I said with a nod, "I do remember." I also remembered that Gunblade was actually Squall, but I wasn't going to say that.
"You're not going to believe it NéNé!" Demyx said happily, "Gunblade is actually-"
Just then Squall skated into my room, "How did you find out?" He asked Demyx quickly.
"It's Leon!" Demyx said. "Gunblade is Leon!"
I looked over to my oldest brother, trying to see how he was dealing with the situation. He was absolutely speechless, probably out of embarrassment.
"Naminé!" Demyx called, "Didn't you hear me? Leon is the one who's been a fan of my stories for so long!"
I turned to look at him now, "That's great." I said with a smile, "It really is, Demyx. How did you find out though?"
"Yeah." Squall added, "Seriously, how did you?"
"Well," Demyx started his story, "My computer was being funny, and I was really inspired to write so I asked Squall if I could borrow his laptop. He was reading on his bed, so he said yes easily."
I looked over to Squall, watching as he threw his head back, probably making sense of the situation.
"Then, when I opened the laptop the internet browser was up and it as on Gunblade's fanfiction profile." Demyx finished his story.
"Really Squall?" I questioned my oldest brother, "You made the same mistake again?" I had found out that he was Gunblade the exact same way.
"Whoa, whoa," Demyx said holding both of his hands up in front of him, "Again?" He asked. Demyx then turned to me, "What do you mean again?"
"Well," I said starting to play with my fingers, "I found out that Squall was Gunblade that same way a long time ago." I admitted with an apologetic smile.
"Hold up," Demyx said looking between both me and our brother, "How long did you know?" He asked me.
"I found out the day after he made the account." I said.
Demyx's mouth dropped, "What?" He asked, "Why didn't you tell me?"
"I asked her not to." Squall said, "I didn't want you to find out."
"Why not?" Demyx questioned him.
"Well, I was worried you wouldn't like the fact that your brother read your stories." Squall admitted.
Demyx laughed a bit, "Man, Leon, knowing that my brother likes my stories, that's like an honour to me!"
Squall raised an eyebrow at him, "Really?"
Demyx nodded, "Yeah. Do you have any idea how long I thought I wouldn't be able to do anything that you liked? Leon, we're total opposites, usually what you find cool I find boring. Now I'm super proud that you like something I do."
Squall smiled at the middle child, "You're really very good at writing Demyx. Truly, you are."
Demyx smiled back, "Thanks Leon."
"This all is great and all." I said, wearing a smile of my own. "Trust me, I'm really happy for you guys, but can you both leave now?" I said eyeing the time, "I need to start getting ready for my date with Roxas, he's coming at seven."
"Oh, no problem NéNé." Demyx said, "We'll get out of your way." He said with a grin.
He then placed his arm over Squall's shoulders and started to walk out of the room. The last thing I heard Demyx say to Squall was "Maybe you can join me and Uncle Zack's studio."
I smiled from their conversation and closed my door behind them. I then grabbed some clean undergarments and walked into my bathroom. My shower didn't take extremely long, I probably spent about twenty minutes in there at most. When I stepped outside the room was filled with steam. I wiped myself dry, applying both my deodorant and cream, put on my undergarments and then wrapped my towel around my body. I then stepped outside into my room and slipped on my dress. I put my towel away and then started to put on my makeup. I didn't put anything much on, just some eyeliner and red lipstick. I then started to put on my accessories, which consisted of a silver bracelet, necklace and long simple silver chain earrings. I combed my ear and added a silver barrette to finish the look. After that I grabbed my small purse, placing my cell phone and house keys inside. I then picked up my shoes in my other hand and opened my door, heading downstairs.
When I got downstairs I sat down in the living room and I put my heels on. It was around five fifty now, so Roxas should be coming soon. I leaned forward from my position on the couch and grabbed the remote, turning the TV on as I tried to pass the time.
Just then I heard the kitchen door open and I turned around. My mother walked into the living room, smiling at me before taking a seat on couch next to me. "You look lovely, darling." She said smiling warmly at me.
I gave her a smile of my own, "Thank you." I said, "You don't think that I look too over the top, do you?"
My mother shook her head quickly, "No sweetheart, you look perfect for tonight."
"Thanks Mom." I said again. She leaned in towards me and gave me a quick hug.
As I relaxed my head on my mother's shoulder the doorbell rang. I let go of the mother and walked into the foyer, my heels clacking on the ground with each step I took. I opened my front door and felt my face flush almost immediately. Roxas stood on the other side wearing a black suit. Underneath his dress jacket he wore a white dress shirt, the top unbuttoned. He looked absolutely dashing.
I ducked my head down, trying to hide my red face from Roxas, but I heard him chuckle. "Nams," He said taking a step into the house, "Are you blushing?"
"No," I lied quickly darting my head the side in case he had tried to lower his face to look at mine, "Now let's go inside to get your last rule."
I turned around quickly and started to clomp away back into the living room when Roxas' hand grabbed my own and stopped me. He turned me around, and my hands fell palm down on his chest.
"You are blushing." He said with a silly grin. "You think I look handsome, don't you?" He teased.
"I always think you look handsome." I responded. I quickly darted my eyes away from his to make sure that the front door was closed, which it was.
"But today you think I look extra handsome." He continued.
I looked at him in the eye now, "Can we just go inside please?" I said trying to change the topic.
Roxas nodded but then brought his face close to mine, "Just for the record," He whispered, "I think you look absolutely gorgeous tonight." With that he pulled his face away, grabbed my hand and walked us to the living room.
When we got there my whole family was spread out across the room. Mom and Dad sat on the couch together, Uncle Zack and Demyx were sharing the loveseat and Squall stood behind them, arms crossed over his chest. Since there wasn't much room for Roxas and I to sit down, we stood up next to the loveseat facing the sofa.
Dad soon got up from his position on the couch and walked towards us. He extended his hand out to Roxas and my boyfriend shook it. "It's nice to see you again, Sir." Roxas said politely.
Daddy nodded from his words, "It's nice seeing you again too." His words sounded stiff, but at least he was trying.
My lips curled into a smile and I caught my father's eye. He gave me a small smile of his own, and then looked back at Roxas. "To be very honest Roxas, I didn't think that you would get this far." My father said.
The room was dead silent, my family shocked from his words. Just then Roxas chuckled, breaking the tension. "I know Sir." He told my father, "I could tell."
Daddy hid a small smile and then nodded, "None the less here you are, on your eighth date with my daughter, and since you have managed to come this far, I only have one thing to tell you."
Roxas nodded now, "And that would be what, Sir?"
My father's voice went very low, "Take care of her. Please."
Roxas nodded again, "I will Sir." He told my father, "I have always tried to the best to take care of her, and I don't intend to stop anytime soon."
I reached for Roxas' hand and squeezed it tightly.
"That's good to hear." Daddy said. "Well then, you two can go on your date now." He announced awkwardly, "Please bring her back on time."
"I will." Roxas said with a smile.
I stepped forward and kissed my father on his cheek, "Bye everyone." I waved to my family.
After hearing a mix of farewells Roxas and I walked through the foyer and out the front door towards his car.
He slipped into the driver's side, and I sat down next to him in the passenger seat. I sighed when I closed the door shut, "That went well." I said with a smile.
Roxas nodded as he started the car, "It did. Your Dad even seemed nicer." He put the car into reverse and we were soon leaving the driveway.
I looked out the window. Outside wasn't dark; it was still summer after all. I then looked back at Roxas, who was currently concentrating on the road. "Maybe Daddy's warming up to you." I teased him.
He smiled from my comment, "Or maybe he's trying to change because of what you told him the other day." The car slowed down as we approached a red light. "Oh! I almost forgot!" Roxas announced. As soon as the car stopped moving Roxas began to dig through the various compartments in the front of the car.
"What is it?" I asked suddenly concerned.
He pulled out something that was small and black; I wasn't too sure what it was.
"Put this on." He said extending it out to me.
"What?" I asked.
"Hurry please!" He whined, reminding me of a young child, "The light's going to switch any moment."
I took the fabric from his hand and realized it was a blindfold. "Roxas," I said, "What in the world do I need to wear a blindfold for?"
"I told you it was a surprise." Roxas said looking between my face and the traffic light.
"So you're making me wear this?"
He gave me a huge grin, "Please?"
I sighed. "You're lucky you're cute." I said as I slipped the small piece of fabric over my eyes.
"I love you." I heard him say.
"Just keep driving." I said a smile on my face.
I heard Roxas chuckle, and then the car started to move once again.
"Okay," Roxas said as I felt the car pull to a stop. "We're here."
"Can I take this off now?" I asked, referring to the blindfold.
"Yeah, but keep your eyes closed." Roxas said.
"Is all of this really necessary?" I started to whine now.
"Come on Nams, just a few more moments, alright?"
I sighed once more, "Okay." I slipped the fabric off of my face and kept my eyes shut. I heard Roxas' car door slam and soon enough he was on my side of the car, opening the door for me. I reached my arms out for him and he helped me out of the vehicle gently. When he finished locking the car he placed one hand on my waist and the other on my shoulder as he guided me towards wherever we were going.
The scent was very familiar, I recognized it instantly, but I wasn't able to put a name to it. The aroma smelt delicious, and so I was guessing we were at a restaurant.
Roxas guided me inside and we soon stopped walking, probably by the podium to get seated.
"Do you have reservations?" I heard someone ask.
"Yes, my name is Roxas." I heard the spikey blond say.
"Right this way." The first voice said, and we were moving again.
Soon enough Roxas helped me slid into a small booth, and I felt him sit down next to me.
"A server will be with you in a few minutes." The unfamiliar voice said again.
"Thank you." I heard Roxas say. I then heard footsteps, growing fainter until the person was gone. "Okay," Roxas said, "Open your eyes."
I opened my eyes and blinked a few times, getting used to the lighting and environment surrounding me. I caught my breath as the corners of my lips curled up into a smile. Roxas had brought me to my favourite restaurant, Olive Garden. I quickly turned to my right, where he was seated, and kissed him lightly on the cheek.
"I thought we deserved a nice dinner date." He started to explain as he stretched his arms around my shoulders, "We never really got to enjoy a nice meal out together, just the two of us."
I rested my head on his shoulder and nodded the smile still on my face. "The first time we tried to have a dinner date was when we came with Sora and Kairi-"
"And they attracted a little too much attention." Roxas finished, "Then after that when we came with your family-"
"It didn't feel like a date at all." I laughed. I titled my head up to look at my boyfriend, "This is amazing," I started. Then it hit me, one of the many rules we had received from my father: A date wasn't allowed to be romantic anymore, "Umm, Roxas-"
"It's alright with your Dad, don't worry." Roxas said quickly reading my mind. He kissed the top of my head lightly, "I told him exactly where I wanted to take you tonight, and he approved."
I felt myself relax, "You really went through a lot of trouble for tonight." I told him.
"Yeah, but it's all gonna be worth it." He smiled. "We're going to have a nice dinner, in this booth I reserved, and then I'm going to take to out to the second part of our date."
"Second part?" I questioned as I pulled away from Roxas so that I would be able to look at him clearly.
"Yeah, second part." Roxas confirmed as he straightened himself in his seat.
"Wanna tell me where we're going?" I asked.
Roxas chuckled and shook his head, "Not yet."
Just as I was about to ask Roxas to tell me again our waiter arrived, placing two menus down on the table. I turned my attention towards him. He looked young, his straight brown hair ending right above his shoulders.
"Hello there." He said he said with a polite head nod. He then took out a pen and paper, "Can I get you guys anything to drink?"
"Here you are." Our waiter said politely as he set our dishes in front of us. "We hope you enjoy your meal." He smiled at us and then turned around to leave.
I looked down at my dish, Chicken Parmagiana, and then turned to Roxas. He had ordered a Chicken Marsala. He caught my eye and smiled at me before picking up his fork. He then took a bite of his dinner, which I took as a signal to start eating myself. The food was absolutely delicious. There was no other way to describe the meals we ate. Each bite that I took seemed to taste better than the last, and when my plate was empty I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed.
I picked at my plate, desperately wanting the food back when I heard Roxas chuckle next to me. "You have the hugest pout." He explained when I looked at him in confusion.
I sighed and then rested my head on his shoulder once again. "That food was so nice." I told him as I closed my eyes.
He wrapped his arm around my shoulder, "We can have dessert if you'd like."
I opened my eyes to look up at him, "I can't ask for that Roxas, this place is expensive." As much as I was craving some cake I couldn't help but feel bad if I made him spend any more money.
"Nams, it's nothing, don't worry." He reassured me with a smile, "I made sure to have enough money if we wanted a meal and dessert, don't feel bad."
I thought about it for a moment, and then slowly nodded. "Just one slice of cake." I whispered as I lifted up my index finger.
Roxas smiled and nodded, "Whatever you want."
When our waiter returned to pick up the dishes he gave us a dessert menu. He told us that he would be back in the next few minutes to take our orders. Roxas and I looked over the menu together, and decided on the cakes we wanted. I ordered a slice of White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake while Roxas took a slice of Black Tie Mousse Cake. Our waiter took our orders and told us that they should be here in a few minutes, he then walked away to serve another table.
I leaned back against the booth, crossing my arms across my chest. It was then that I felt Roxas' eyes on me, and so I turned to look at him. "What is it?" I asked him suddenly self-conscious. I tucked some of my hair behind my ear and scooted so that I was sort of facing him.
"I was just wondering when I should give this to you." He said as he reached inside his blazer. He brought out a small blue box and I suddenly became very curious.
"What is it?" I asked softly.
He extended the box towards me, "Open it."
I took the box from his fingers gently and then lifted it in front of me face. I then looked back at the blond sitting next to me, who nodded for me to continue. I lifted the lid of the box slowly, and caught my breath when I saw what was inside. There inside the box sat a slim silver necklace. At the bottom of the chain hung a large 'N' studded with diamonds. It sparkled each and every way when turned, it was gorgeous.
"Roxas," I said looking up at him, "Roxas, this is beautiful. Thank you." I threw my arms around his neck and then kissed him.
"I'm glad you like it." He said when we pulled away, "Do you want to put it on?"
I nodded and then undid the necklace I currently had on. I slipped it into my small purse and then turned around so that Roxas could put on my new necklace. I lifted my hair up for him and I soon felt the chill of the new metal on my skin. I let my hair fall down once again and then turned back around. I took the pendant in my hands and turned it to the side, letting the pendant dazzle in the light. I looked back at Roxas, "Thank you so much." I said again. I moved forward and placed my lips on his, wrapping my arms around his neck.
"Um, Sir, Madame?"
Roxas and I pulled apart and turned to see our waiter standing awkwardly to the side, the slices of cake in his hands. "I just wanted to let you know that your cake was ready."
Roxas and I were back in his car now. We had finished our dessert about ten minutes ago, and we were currently driving to the second part of our date. Just like before, I wore the blindfold over my eyes. The car moved smoothly down the road, and soon I felt the car slow to a stop. At first I thought we were just at another red light, but I heard Roxas turn the car off, and pull the keys out. I waited for him to open my door for me and help me out, then we headed up a few steps leading into a building.
"Okay." Roxas said from right behind me, "Take your blindfold off."
I pulled the small fabric off my face and was shocked. We were standing in the lobby of a laser tag building. What shocked me even more was seeing two familiar faces standing off to the side. "Sora? Kairi?" I asked walking towards them. "What are you two doing here?"
Both of my friends were dressed in casual clothing, Sora wearing a grey hoodie with jeans and Kairi in a pink blouse with jeggings. The redhead smiled brightly, "Roxas invited us to join you guys." She informed me.
I turned around to look at my boyfriend, "I thought it would be more fun to have them for this part of the date." He informed me. "I booked a game for just the four of us."
I tiptoed and kissed him on the cheek, "You're amazing."
"Hey Nams," Kairi called, "Can I talk to you for a sec?"
I turned to look at my best friend and nodded, "Sure." I said with a smile. We walked to the side, distancing ourselves from the boys.
She pointed to my necklace, "Is that new?" She asked, the excitement coming out in her voice.
I took the pendant in my hand and started to sway back and forth, "Yes it is." I told her, a huge grin on my face.
She quickly leaned closer to me to get a better look at the necklace. "It's beautiful!" She exclaimed, "Wow." She said softly.
"I know." I added, "It's really something isn't it?" I turned the pendant to the side, showing her how it grabbed the light.
"How's your date going so far?" She asked me as she pulled back.
"It's great." I told her as I started to sway again, "He took me to Olive Garden for dinner."
Kairi smiled and stuck her hands in her pockets, "I'm glad you're having a good time." She pulled me into a hug.
"Hey guys!" Sora called us, "Our game is gonna start!"
Kairi and I made our way back to the boys and I stood next to the Roxas. I slipped my hand into his, and we walked into another room. The room was dark with laser lights. Unfortunately for me, my white dress lit up like a Christmas tree, and Kairi's shirt did the same. We put on some vests with targets on the shoulders, chest and back and then picked up a small laser gun that hung on the walls. We inserted our names and then stood in the middle of the room, listening to one of the employees as she gave us all the rules.
The rules for the game were basic, no serious violence or screaming and when you got hit your gun didn't work for the next five seconds. Other than that we could do anything we wanted once we entered the arena. We all nodded along with her as she spoke, and when she was sure we knew what to do she opened a door behind her. We all slipped through single file and stood together side by side. This room was even darker and bigger than the one we had just left. It had large walls in all different directions, making the room a large maze. I saw a ramp leading to a higher floor, and a ramp leading down into a lower floor.
Just then a man's voice boomed across the whole room, "Your game begins now."
I turned to look at my friends around me, and they were doing the same. We all made eye contact with another, holding our stares and then I ran. I couldn't move too quickly in my heels, and so when I ran down the ramp onto the lower level I found a wall to hide behind and I slipped my heels off. I held my shoes by the straps in one hand, but I was still able to hold my gun with both hands comfortably. I then ran back up the ramp, preparing myself to run into my friends.
All of a sudden the target on my left shoulder beeped rapidly. I looked around for a person in confusion, but no one was there. I quickly lifted my gun up and looked at the small screen.
You've been hit by ROXAS
I looked up then, seeing my boyfriend pull his gun back through a hole on one of the higher floors. Typical, he was sniping. What a guy.
I sighed and made my way towards the ramp that led to the higher floor. I was careful to make little sound on the way up. When I reached the top of the ramp I lifted my gun quickly, walking slowly in case someone was around. I heard footsteps to my left, and so I turned to face the direction quickly. Sure enough I saw Kairi running away from me. I lifted my gun and shot her square in the back, my gun making a noise to tell me that I succeeded.
I smiled to myself and then ran away, just in case someone else was around. Soon enough I found the brunette walking slowly in front of me. The poor kid was totally unaware that I was behind him, and so I decided to spare him. I walked away softly, because I knew if Sora saw me he wouldn't hesitate to shoot, and I turned into a path to the right. There I found Roxas sticking his gun through the hole in the wall. He was searching the field for others. I snuck up on him and lifted my gun. I shot him in the left shoulder, my gun making the sound of success once again. He quickly pulled his gun back to look at who shot him, but I ran out of there before he could turn around and see me.
Sora saw me on the way down and shot me in my back, so I continued to run. I ran all the way down to the last level, trying to catch my breath. I found Kairi walking around, and so I shot her back once again.
"Naminé!" I heard her call, "That's the second time you shot me!" She complained.
"Sorry!" I called over my shoulder as I started to run out of there, "It's just the game!"
I ran up the ramp once again and I skidded to a stop when I found myself staring at Sora. He wore a huge grin; I guess he was really enjoying this game, "Hello Nams." He said. He lifted his gun quickly but I ran to the left just in time to miss his shot. I peeked out from my cover and shot him in the chest. I then ran out of my shelter and passed him, using the five seconds he couldn't shoot to my advantage.
Once again, I was on the highest level with Roxas. I walked slowly around the corners, just in case I came face to face with the blond. Just then my vest went off; I lifted my gun up to my face,
You've been hit by SORA
The brunette had followed me upstairs. Just as my five seconds were up and I was going to shoot him my vest went off again,
You've been shot by ROXAS
I turned to my left and saw the blond kneeling down for cover. I quickly walked towards him and shot him on his right shoulder. I then ran past Sora down the ramp, trying to get away from them both. I ran through the maze on the main floor, making turns frequently. Unfortunately, I soon started to hear footsteps behind me, which meant that I was being followed. I made a left, and then a right, but unfortunately my path led me into a dead end. I turned around to see Roxas right in front of me. He smiled at me, and then instead of shooting, he lowered his head down to mine and connected our lips. He wrapped his arms around my waist, and just as I was about to pull him closer I heard his vest go off. We both turned to look behind him, only to find Kairi standing there with her gun up.
When she realized we were looking at her she ran away, letting her legs take her as far as they could. I turned to look at Roxas, and he looked at me. We both nodded and then ran down the path, both of our guns up as we searched for the redhead.
"That was awesome!" Sora called from the backseat of Roxas' car.
Roxas had decided to drop Kairi home, since the two had taken the bus to meet us at the laser tag building. Right now we were on the way to my house. We had twenty minutes until my curfew, and we had all agreed that it would be better if I home earlier rather than later.
"You would think so." Kairi whined, "You didn't come dead last."
I turned my head to look at her in the back, "Well you shouldn't have come and shot me and Roxas."
"You two were kissing!" She stated, "You were distracted! It was the perfect opportunity to get not one, but two points!" She lifted two of her fingers as she said this to emphasis her point.
"Yeah, but we still came for you." Roxas commented as he turned into my street.
"You just feel cool because you won." She told the driver. Roxas had won the match we had played, me coming in second, Sora in third and Kairi in last.
"Oh come on Kai." Sora said gently, "It's just a game." He rubbed his girlfriend's shoulder as he tried to comfort her.
She sighed and leaned her head against him. "You're right." She told him, "I'm getting too worked up."
He patted her head, "Well, you have every right to be upset." He said softly, "You lost pretty badly."
Kairi's head shot up almost instantly, and she gave her boyfriend daggers. He didn't seem to realize how terrible his words had sounded, and so he looked at her with a confused expression.
I turned back to face the front, not wanting to get involved with their small argument. It was then I realized my house was only seconds away.
"We're here." Roxas said as he pulled into my driveway. He pulled the keys out and we both unbuckled our seat belts. We got out of the car quickly, leaving the couple in the back to sort out their problem.
Roxas and I then walked up my front porch and stood outside my door. The sky was dark now, the stars twinkling in the sky above us. The porch light was on, and so Roxas and I were able to see each other clearly. "Tonight was spectacular." I told him with a smile, "Thank you."
He smiled, sticking his hands in his pockets. "I'm glad you had a good time." He told me, "I enjoyed tonight too."
I leaned towards my boyfriend, kissing him on the lips. I wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling him closer to me.
When I pulled away Roxas kissed me lightly on my forehead. "I love you." He told me.
"I love you too." I said softly. I kissed him lightly on the lips once more and then went inside of my house.
I took my shoes off and held them in my left hand. I walked into the living room, planning to go straight to the staircase, but stopped when I saw my father sitting down on the couch.
"Hey." I greeted him.
He looked at me, "Hello sweetheart." He said, "How was your date?"
I smiled thinking of the night, "Great." I told him. "It was great."
He nodded, "That's good."
"Well, I'm going to sleep then." I said. I passed him and walked to the staircase. After climbing the first few steps, I called out to my father. "Hey Dad,"
He got up from the couch and walked over to the foot of the stairs to look at me. "Yes?"
"I love you." I said softly.
My father smiled at me, "I love you too." He said, his voice just as soft, "Now go get some sleep honey."
I smiled at him one last time and then made my way to my room. I threw my shoes to the ground and went to the bathroom. I changed out of my clothes and into my pyjamas, washed my face and brushed my teeth. I then went back to my bed and lay down, falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I turned around, looking at my reflection one last time. I was wearing a green polo shirt with denim shorts. My 'N' necklace was around my neck, sparking from the light in my room. My outfit was pretty comfy, and I needed to be comfortable for the first day of school. I went over to my dresser and put on my watch. I then slipped my house keys into my pocket as well as my cell phone. I grabbed my pair of converse from my closet and my denim jacket. The weather wasn't as warm as it was a week ago, considering that we getting closer to fall.
I slipped my red backpack on one of my shoulders and walked through my bedroom door. I then walked down my staircase and into the kitchen, grabbing my sandwich container from the counter and tucking it into a pocket in my bag.
I then walked into the living room, where both of my brothers and uncle were sitting down. They all looked up from my footsteps and smiled at me.
"Hey." Uncle Zack greeted me with a smile, "Excited for school?"
I sighed, "Not too much." I admitted.
Uncle Zack chuckled, "It's not too bad Duckie, enjoy your school days." He walked over to me and ruffled the top of my hair.
"NéNé!" Demyx called over from the couch where he and Squall were seated. "You're not going to believe this!" He started, "Leon helped us write a story and it got over twenty reviews so far!"
Uncle Zack nodded from next to me, "He's a natural."
I then turned to look at my oldest brother with a grin, raising an eyebrow to tease him. He got up from his seat and walked towards me. He smiled at me and then patted my shoulder before heading into the kitchen.
Just then the doorbell rang, and so I went to go answer it. Kairi, Roxas and Sora stood outside, each holding a school bag of their own. "Hey," I greeted them all, "Come on in." I pecked Roxas quickly on the cheek and then led them all into the living room.
"Mom!" I called upstairs, "We're leaving now, okay?"
I heard her footsteps upstairs and in a matter of moments she was walking downstairs. She came towards me and moved some stray strands of hair out of my face. "Do you have your wallet? Keys? Phone?"
I smiled and nodded, "Yeah."
"Okay, go on then." She smiled. "Make sure to tell your father all about your first day later when you're both home."
Daddy always left for work before me, coming home at five o'clock in the evening. "Alright, Mom." I gave her a quick kiss on the cheek and then waved farewell to my family.
I then took my friends with me to the front door and we all stepped outside. I locked the door behind me and then walked down the porch steps.
Kairi and Sora quickly started to walk in front of Roxas and I, the two laughing and joking about something I was unaware of.
"You nervous for school?" Roxas asked from next to me. He was wearing a black shirt with jeans, his white and black checkered backpack slung over his right shoulder.
"No." I replied smiling up at him, "You?"
He shook his head, "I have two classes with you this semester." He looked at me, "So, it's going to be alright."
I leaned my head towards him and gave him a quick kiss on the lips. Then I took his hand in mine as we walked down the sidewalk, to start our first year of school as a couple.
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