((This is rather short ._.

But I found it and it seemed like I didn't have more planned for this chapter...

I hope you enjoy it anyway!

I think the going through memories will be over fairly soon.))

Day 394 ~ The First

All things need to begin somewhere, right? So did my friendship with Axel and Roxas.

I had lost my Keyblade. Saïx sent me on a mission to Twilight Town to defeat the 'Veil Lizard'. Instead, I found that my Keyblade still wouldn't return, and I lost the battle with the Heartless. I couldn't return without accomplishing my mission...but I wasn't strong enough without my Keyblade.

Still, I hadn't expected to get help from Roxas and Axel. I was so glad...until I remembered that it meant I would have to go back again. With no Keyblade.

"Eat up," Roxas said. "It's gonna melt."

We were all sitting on the clocktower, ice cream in our hands. I couldn't focus on the ice cream, or even the sunset, though..

"I know," I responded.

"What's wrong?" Axel asked me. "Not hungry?"

I was silent. It wasn't that I didn't want to eat the ice cream...but...

"You wanna talk about what happened?" Roxas asked.

"We're here for you if you wanna get it off your chest," Axel told me. It was...weird. He was so friendly, even though we just met. "Right, Roxas?"

"Yeah," Roxas agreed. "That's what friends are for."

I looked toward the sunset. Should I really tell them? "I can't..." I took a deep breath. "I can't use the Keyblade anymore." I wished that I could. "And without it, I can't do my job."

"What happened?" Roxas asked. The look on his face made me want to explain, even though I didn't know what that look was..

"I don't know," I said. "But if I don't defeat Heartless with the Keyblade...the hearts they release just find their way into other Heartless, instead. I swat them in one place, and they just pop up in another." Too many times...what's the use? "I'm supposed to be collecting hearts. Those are my orders. Without the Keyblade...I'm useless."

"Is there anything you can do, Axel?" I heard Roxas ask.

It made things a bit better that Roxas was trying to help...but would Axel be wiling to? I'd just met him..

"Wish there was..." Axel trailed off. "But...it's like Xion said. No Keyblade, no can do."

"They're gonna turn me into a Dusk once they find out they don't need me," I spoke maybe a bit louder than I was going to. But Roxas spoked before I could say anything else.

"C'mon, Axel, think of something!"

"Hey, I'm racking my brain here, and there's nothing I can -" Axel cut off in mid-sentence. "Wait."

"What?" Roxas asked, looking at Axel. "Tell us."

"What if you worked double duty, Roxas?"

"Huh?" It seemed like Roxas was just as confused as I was.

"What do you mean, Axel?" This time I spoke up.

"Xion, stick with Roxas until you can control the Keyblade again," Axel began explaining. "Make sure your missions are with him. Then, he can collect the hearts...and nobody will ever have to know that you're not doing the same."

"Axel, that's brilliant!" Roxas's reaction was much quicker than mine. Could it truly work?

"Ah ah ah, BUT...Roxas, that also means you have to collect twice as many hearts," Axel reminded him.

"I can do it."

"You don't mind?" I looked at Roxas. He was more powerful than me, but would handling it be hard for him?

"Of course not!" Roxas grinned. He was so confident!

"But-"

"Hey, friends have gotta be able to lean on each other now and then," Axel cut me off. "Ain't that right, Roxas?"

Roxas nodded. They were both looking at me, and I looked back at them.

"Thanks..." I smiled softly. "So...Axel, does that mean you and I can be friends?"

Axel looked away and scratched his head. "Well, yeah," he said. "Was there ever any doubt? Any friend of Roxas is a friend of mine."

"Thank you...Roxas, Axel, thank you!" I could feel something come over me that I couldn't recognize, but later knew was happiness.

"Eat your ice cream." Axel was smiling, but it seemed like he wanted to hide it.

I did, taking a bite before I could start laughing. The good feeling stayed, and I was glad that it was there.

That was the beginning...we always kept the routine of meeting on the clock tower after missions. It was a time that I could talk to Axel and Roxas, and it would always make me happier.

No matter what, I was glad..

"Genie sounded really worried about his friend - some guy named Al," I said. "But I guess you can't always hump in and do everything for your friends - even if you want to."

"That's right," Axel nodded. "People need their space."

"So then, why did Genie say he an Al were 'inseparable'?" Roxas asked.

"Yeah, it's not like they were joined at the hip," I added. How could anyone be inseparable?

"Well, I think you can be inseparable even if you're apart," Axel told us.

"Really?" Roxas and I both didn't get it. Being together while apart..?

"Sure, if you feel really close to each other," Axel shrugged. He took a quick bite of his ice cream, reminding me that my own was melting. "If you're best friends."

"What's it like having a best friend, Axel?" Roxas's question, again.

"Couldn't tell ya," Axel replied. "I don't have one."

I don't know why I felt...bad, when Axel said this...but I couldn't find the words to say anything else after that.

But silence among friends is just as good.

I couldn't help but wish that Axel and Roxas were with me again.