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Chapter 24- Terra and Aqua: Earth and Water


After a hard few days on a mission, Eraqus gave his apprentices a few days off from training. But he also informed Terra and Aqua of their upcoming Master Qualification Exam. In a few days, they'd start training again, even harder than before, Terra had promised.

They'd already rested for two days after returning. They were taking the rest of a third day off and would proceed with training in the morning. Terra was now outside watching the last of a sunset. He was sitting in the training area where he and Aqua had first talked and showed each other their Keyblades three years ago. They'd shown Ven this spot a couple days after he became an apprentice, due to his slowness back then.

Terra sat with his feet hanging over the edge and leaning against one of the rock pillars. The sun was just setting over the horizon as he heard footsteps approach. He turned and saw Aqua walking toward him.

"What are you doing out here?" she asked.

"Decided to come out and get some fresh air," Terra said. "Come here." Aqua smiled and went over to him. She sat next to him as Terra wrapped his arm around her.

"Feels good to be home," Aqua said.

"Yeah," Terra said. "Now, we can put the bad stuff behind us…" He pulled Aqua close to him and kissed her cheek. She blushed. "…And we can look to the future."

"Right," Aqua agreed. "Soon, we'll become Keyblade Masters. I can't believe the MQE is coming up soon."

"Neither can I," Terra replied. "It seems like just yesterday we started training together."

"Yes. But now look at us. We've grown up." Aqua took Terra's hand and squeezed it.

"Grown up, trained, and told each other how we feel." Terra pulled his hand out of Aqua's grip and wrapped his arms around her.

"I never knew it could feel this wonderful to love someone," Aqua said. "I hid my feelings from you for a long time, Terra. I was uneasy about them because I was worried about whether you returned my feelings or not."

"I always did," Terra assured her. He pulled Aqua into his lap now. She leaned against him comfortably. "I promise you, Aqua. You're the only girl I've ever loved." Aqua smiled, but then went silent.

"But you get jealous," Aqua pointed out.

"I'm sorry about that," he said. "But I can't help it. I know you better than any other man in the universe. I wanted it to stay that way."

Aqua didn't know what to think. Jealousy was an emotion she'd never liked, but if Terra had a bit of jealousy in him, she'd have to deal with it. But that didn't mean she couldn't help him overcome it.

"Well, don't worry," she said. "You're the only man I could ever love. I promise you that." Terra grinned. Then they settled into a calm silence.

After a while of silence she finally asked, "Why do you love me, Terra?"

Terra blinked in surprise. "Why would you ask that?" he wondered aloud.

"I just want to know," Aqua said.

"Hmm." Terra went deep in thought. Thinking. Why did he love her? After a while, he found an answer.

"You're just so natural," he said.

"Say what?"

"Well, when I look at you, it's like I'm looking at water come to life," Terra explained. "You're like a human incarnate of the water. You've got hair and eyes to match." He smiled while looking Aqua directly in her watery eyes. "You're beautiful. Both physically and at heart. I feel your light shining in your heart when I have you here in my arms."

"Oh," was all Aqua said.

"Really? Well, why do you love me?"

Aqua considered it for a minute before answering. "Well, it's like the earth has come alive as the wonderful man here holding me," she said. She stroked the hair that framed Terra's face. "You're strong, yet gentle, much like the earth. And I love everything about you. From the light I always see in your eyes, to the warmth and love I feel from your heart. Like the earth holds the water, you hold me here in your embrace."

"I guess we were given our names for a reason," Terra mused.

"Yeah," Aqua agreed. "I love you, Terra."

"And I love you, Aqua," Terra said. He pulled her close to him before kissing her sweetly. Aqua continued to play with the tips of Terra hair as he cupped her cheek. Aqua felt a blush flare through her cheeks as Terra rubbed them gently. She traced the edge of his lips with her tongue, Terra mirroring her actions a second later. Then, ever so slightly, Terra moved one hand behind Aqua's head and stroked her light blue tresses. But he also held her closer to him, if possible.

Aqua was the first to break away for air. When she did, she gazed deeply into Terra's eyes. Endlessly blue, like the sky. It was her favorite quality of his, the way his eyes lit up when he was happy. Terra was clearly overjoyed in this moment. She lay her head in the crook of Terra's neck.

"Hey, Terra," Aqua said.

"Yeah?"

"Do you remember what you told me about Light when you introduced me to Master Eraqus?"

"Not word-for-word, but yes. What about it?"

"You said, 'There is a light deep inside all of us that shines through our darkness. Everyone has darkness, no matter how little. But our light, the most special thing in our hearts… if we always remember it and hold to it, then we have no need to fear darkness'," Aqua quoted. She'd remembered the speech word-for-word, even if Terra didn't.

"Okay?"

"I never told you how beautiful I thought that speech was," Aqua said. "Right then, that's when my feelings for you started to form."

"Really?" Terra asked, astonished.

"Yes," Aqua said. "I could just feel how strong your heart was. You inspired me to strive to become a Keyblade Master. We came to share a dream."

"Yeah," Terra said as he rubbed his hand up and down Aqua's back. "We've shared a lot. A dream, memories, friendship… and now…"

"Love," Aqua said. Her right hand cupped Terra's face.

"Right," Terra said. "Along the road to becoming Keyblade Masters, we became lovers." Aqua nodded with a smile.

The moon started rising in the sky. As it did, Terra noticed the moon's light as it hit Aqua. He stared at her while running his fingers through her hair. A little smirk formed at the corners of his mouth.

"Why are you staring at me like that?" Aqua asked.

"I've never told anyone this," Terra said, "but whenever natural light touches you, I've always thought it looked beautiful. I guess it's part of what I think makes you natural. The way light touches you."

"Thank you," Aqua said. She ran her hand up Terra's arm, the one not wearing armor, and felt his muscles. He'd become strong over the years, partially due to doing a lot of vertical pushups (1). But he also put a lot of practice into physical training with his Keyblade, just as Aqua did with magic. Terra's muscles pulsed as Aqua rubbed her hands up and down his arm. His smirk grew into a wide grin. Aqua placed a quick, loving kiss on his lips. But when she pulled away, Terra was still smirking, causing his lover to giggle.

They stayed silent for a while, just watching the stars twinkle in the sky. A gentle breeze flew through the air. All seemed peaceful.

"Terra?"

"Yes, Aqua?"

"What do you think we'll do after the MQE? I mean… we'll be Keyblade Masters. But that means we'll have new duties to take care of."

"I know, Aqua," Terra said as he rubbed Aqua's back. "But it doesn't change anything. We can still be together even as Keyblade Masters."

"But… our duties…"

"We can handle it. We'll be Master Terra and Master Aqua. And Ven will come sometime after us. He'll become a Master too. But after we become Masters…"

"What, Terra?"

"How about we just go away for a while? Just the two of us?"

Aqua's eyes widened. "Really?" she asked.

"Yes," Terra replied. "Just take some time to be together. Just us."

"I'd like that," Aqua said. She pulled Terra's face close to hers and kissed him again, deepening it for all it was worth. She cradled his face in her hands and tangled her finger tips in his hair yet again. Terra lightly laughed because it tickled. He wrapped his arms around Aqua's waist and shoulders and felt her skin heat up at his touch.

"Just us?" she asked when they pulled apart.

"Yeah," Terra said. "The two of us… forever."

"Forever," Aqua agreed.

The two lovers stayed out a little while longer. That night under the stars, the strong earth, Terra, and gentle water, Aqua, destined to become Keyblade Masters had shared a tender moment. A moment that they would remember for the rest of their lives, with a love that would last forever more.


(1)- He does that in the game. Activate Break Time when playing as Terra. I thought it was the weirdest thing I've ever seen.

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