Disclaimer: I in no way own Kingdom Hearts. It belongs to Disney and Square Enix. I only own the plot of this story.

Reason for Writing This: Even though I have not played 358/2 days, I have watched the cutscenes on Youtube, and Xion quickly became one of my favorite characters. I considered it quite tragic to watch her die, and I felt she deserved a better ending than she got. Out of all the 'good' Nobodies, her ending (and Axel's) really sucked. So, here goes my story, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do writing it.

Return of XIV

Chapter One

Dearly Beloved

Xion fell to her knees in front of the Twilight Town Train Station, panting hard. She knew her time was up, and painfully she looked over to where Roxas stood, holding his head as if he were also in pain. As he walked over to her, it became clear. 'He…doesn't remember…me,' she thought to herself. She kept the tears she felt swelling in her eyes from spilling over.

"Who are you?" Roxas asked her, thoroughly confused. "I feel like I'm forgetting something really important."

Xion shook her head, despite the fact that every movement she made hurt. "You'll…" she gasped, "you'll be better off now, Roxas." Too weak to stay on her knees, she fell over. Roxas rushed over to catch her. As he held her, Xion began to splinter, the white shards of memory leaving her.

His eyes widened. "Am I the one who did this to you?"

She smiled, just a little bit. "No…it's my choice to go away now. I belong with Sora. And now…I'm going back to be with him. Roxas…" She moved her hand so that it touched his. "…do me a favor…All the hearts that I've captured…Kingdom Hearts…set them free…"

Roxas tried to remember. "Kingdom Hearts…set them…free? I don't under-"

Suddenly, her legs became crystal. Roxas gasped, too shocked to speak. "It's too late…for me to undo my mistakes. Don't let Xemnas have…Kingdom Hearts. You can't…Goodbye, Roxas…see you again…I'm glad I got to meet you…and Axel." She smiled again. "You're both my best friends." Lightly, she touched his cheek. "Never…forget."

As Xion, number fourteen of Organization XIII, the member who was never supposed to exist, breathed her last, she felt her eyes close and heard Roxas scream her name. It was nice to know he remembered her as she lay dying in his arms. Content, Xion knew that if she had had a heart…she probably would have loved him.

Noi's eyes flew open as she shot up in her bed. That girl, Xion…why did she look so much like her? She smoothed back her short black hair as she tried to remember the dream. In it, a girl, who looked exactly like her (but in a hideous black robe) died, and a boy…Soxas? Moxas?...held her as she did, almost like a tragic romance. One that Noi was vaguely familiar with, but didn't remember all the sordid details.

Looking over at the clock on her nightstand, she groaned. It was 7:15, almost time for school. Rolling her eyes, she managed to drag herself out of her warm, comfortable bed. Even though she didn't have parents (she couldn't really remember ever having had parents), Noi knew it'd seem weird if she didn't go to school. If the neighbors knew a lone teenager was living next door, everyone would be breathing down her neck. Yeah, she definitely didn't want that…

As she got dressed in her school uniform, her eyes widened. 'Oh, no! I forgot to do my math homework! Crap!' She eyed the clock again. It was almost 7:30 now, and class started at 7:45. She could either stay and do her homework, risking detention once she did get to school, or she could just get there and forget about it. There was no contest.

Noi raced out of her house and down the street. Not paying attention to where she was going, she bumped into someone, accidentally knocking the other person to the ground. "I'm sorry!" she apologized, holding out a hand to help the other person up, and noticed it was a girl from her school. "Oh, Selphie, I'm sorry. I was rushing and I wasn't looking."

The petite brunette girl smiled up at her, definitely one of the sweetest people Noi knew. "Oh, I'm okay, Noi." The two girls began walking to school together. "Oh, hey, remember I told you about three of my friends who went missing? They're back! All three of them!"

Noi cocked her head to the side, which was what she always did when she was thinking hard. "Selphie, I thought you said only two were missing. Riku and Kairi. You didn't say there was a third one."

"I probably just forgot to mention him. His name's Sora."

The black haired girl stopped in her tracks, all of a sudden feeling faint. Closing her eyes, she saw someone with spiky brown hair and striking blue eyes. The boy from her dream? The faint feeling stopped when Noi touched her shoulder. "Are you okay?" Opening her eyes to find Selphie's concerned face, Noi smiled and nodded, not wanting her to worry.

"How long were they missing for?" Noi asked, keeping the conversation going.

"Well, Riku and Sora have been missing for about a year, and then Kairi left to go find them. They're her best friends."

Noi received another vision and she closed her eyes again. This time it was of her (or the girl from the dream?), the spiky brown haired boy, and a redheaded boy with two teardrops under his eyes. Who were they?

"Maybe you should stay home today, Noi," suggested Selphie, still concerned. "You don't look so good."

"No, I'm fine," Noi lied. "Just a headache, that's all. I'll be fine." Selphie still looked a bit worried. "C'mon, we'll be late!" Noi grabbed Selphie's arm, and they raced towards the school.

"You really are just like her," Selphie laughed, as she caught her breath.

"Who?" asked Noi, curiously.


"Kairi! Riku! Sora!" A boy with sandy colored hair ran over to them, Selphie's friend, Tidus. "Selphie, they're back! They're really back!"

"Where?" Selphie asked, excitedly, and Tidus pointed over to where a large crowd by a palm tree. "C'mon, I want you to meet them!" Selphie grabbed Noi, who nearly tripped over her own feet, and dragged her over to the crowd. Nearer now, Noi got a better view of Selphie's friends. One was a silver haired muscular boy of about seventeen, two years older than Noi herself. He was quite cute, she had to admit. Standing next to him, twirling her hair, was a girl about the same age as her with long red hair. Adjacent to her was…a lanky boy with spiky hair and blue eyes, who looked somewhat similar to the boy from her dream.

Selphie, wasting no time, introduced her. "Hey, Noi, these are the friends I was telling you about, Riku (the silver haired older boy), Kairi (the auburn haired girl), and Sora." Kairi grinned at Noi and shook her hand, Sora also grinned and waved, but the boy Riku, only stared at her through narrowed eyes. Taken aback by his hostile stare, she glared right back.

This exchange went completely unnoticed by Sora. "Hey, Noi, pleased to meet you," he greeted her, cheerfully. "So, where do you come from?"

Noi froze. She didn't know where she came from or how she even ended up on the Destiny Islands. "Um, well-" The bell rang loudly overhead, and the students scampered on to class. 'Wow, now I can really say I was saved by the bell,' Noi thought. "It was nice to meet you," she grinned widely, and power walked away from the trio and all the way to class, never looking back once.

"Something about her doesn't feel right," Riku whispered to the other two as they loitered behind.

"Who?" Sora asked, a confused look on his face. "That new girl?"

Riku nodded once, eyes still narrowed.

"Do you think she's a Heartless or a Nobody?" Kairi asked Riku under her breath.

"But how could she be a Nobody?" Sora asked Riku, folding his arms. "I thought we defeated Organization XIII? They were the only ones who looked human."

Riku shrugged. "Why don't you ask Roxas, Sora? He was in the Organization, right?"

Sora nodded, and immediately retreated inside himself, contacting his Nobody. For a while, it had been weird having a separate entity living inside his head, but now, it was almost as if he and his Nobody were brothers. 'Hey, Roxas. Did that girl look familiar to you? Was she part of Organization XIII?'

'She does seem a little familiar, but I don't know her. If she was part of the Organization, I'd remember who she was. Nah, maybe Riku's just paranoid. As usual. You know he thinks everything's out to get him.' Sora could see Roxas smirk in his head and laughed.

"What'd he say?" Kairi asked, shaking her head with amusement as she watched Sora double over from laughter.

"Riku's paranoid and thinks everything out to get him," Sora chuckled, and Riku cuffed him on the back of his head.

"About the girl?" Riku growled, rolling his eyes.

"Oh, right. He said she does look familiar, but he doesn't know her," Sora said, rubbing the back of his head where Riku hit him. "And why did you hit me? Roxas said it."

Riku smirked. "Well, I can't exactly hit Roxas, now can I?"

Sora glared at him.

A large bald headed man came out of a classroom, and told them with a stern look. "Shouldn't you three be heading to class?"

"Yeah, we're going Mr. Yamata," Kairi said, pulling Sora and Riku towards their homeroom class.

"I'd rather fight a thousand Heartless than go to math," complained Sora as they trudged along.

"I don't think it was very smart to put her in the same school with Sora, Maleficent," Pete mocked in a sing-song voice, but quailed under the devilish woman's glare. "I mean, cuz she's so in tune with his Nobody."

"For your information, Pete, you miserable oaf, Xion doesn't remember anything about Roxas, or being a Nobody, or Organization XIII, and she will not remember until I see it is time for her to remember," Maleficent snarled at him, and leaned back in her chair in the dark mansion where she lived. "For right now, she thinks her name is Noi. I want her to get to know them before I put her in my service."

"What if she doesn't want to be in your service?"

Maleficent grinned evilly, stroking her pet raven, who cawed loudly. "Oh, she will." Her eyes grew dark as she looked out of the window and into the cloudy sky she liked so much. "This is our last chance to spread darkness across the universe. If I fail this time, I will be no more and we can't let that happen, can we, Pete?" The fat cat didn't answer. "Can we, Pete?!" She yelled this time. He shook his head quickly, not wanting to invoke her wrath. "That's what I thought. Once she receives her memories back, I'll be sure to tell her, I'm the one who brought her back and gave her what she wanted most: a heart."