With These Broken Wings
"Roxas! You ready yet?" I called up the stairs, desperately fumbling with my stubborn tie.
It had been about four months since our fight with Vanitas. It's still hard to believe that not too long ago, we had all been dead. The only reason we're still alive now is because Roxas sacrificed himself to save us all at the cost of his own life. Luckily, Riku had been able to revive him by borrowing Roxas' powers. The only thing is that he wasn't able to heal his wounds, so he's been recovering for a while now. I figured since he was doing better, I should take the opportunity and take him somewhere nice. My new book was awarded a Best Seller, and the award ceremony is being held at an esteemed five star hotel. It seemed like a nice place to take him since he's been bedridden for months.
"Hold on! I'll be down in a couple of minutes!" the little blonde called from his room.
"You're sure it's not going to be too much for him?" Zexion asked skeptically from behind his book, not even bothering to look at me while he spoke.
"Don't worry, Zexy, he'll be fine," I assured, ruffling his lilac hair. He growled and I quickly removed my hand for fear he might bite it off. "It's just going to be a quick speach and some dinner. Then, after that, I'll take him back up to the room and we'll hang out there."
"Very well then," he huffed and returned to his book.
"Why can't I come, Axel?" Demyx whined from the kitchen, "You know I love coming with you to these things."
"No you don't!" I turned and glared at the mullhawked blonde, "Every time you come you always complain."
"Well, I won't this time! Please, please, PLEASE Axel, can I come?" He dropped to his knees and grabbed my hands, then started to kiss them, "I'll be a good boy. I promise! I just really want the free food, is all."
"No," I growled, pulling my hands from the blonde's slobbing mouth.
"Um, do I want to know what's going on here?" We turned our attention to the stairs and found a rather surprised and disgusted Roxas.
"No you don't, trust me," Zexion sighed, rather annoyed.
I didn't hear a word that was said seeing as I couldn't stop staring at the little blonde. He had don a fancy black suit and a blue tie. The black contrasting with his azure eyes, making them sparkle, and the soft light coming in from the window making his spiky golden hair glow. You could distinctly see all of the different shades of gold and strawberry shining with the light. He looked absolutely stunning.
My expression must've been rather amusing, because Roxas laughed when he saw my face. The heat rose in my cheeks and I quickly turned away, stuttering nervously, "Y-you look r-really nice."
"Thanks," he smiled tenderly, and began slowly descending the stairs, cringing slightly with every step. I hurriedly dashed up the stairs to assist him.
"Are you sure you're okay?" I asked worriedly, draping his arm over my shoulder, providing him with support as he limped down the last few steps.
"Of course!" he pouted, "What? Do you not want me to come?"
I gasped and clutched my chest near my heart, feigning injury. "How could you say such a thing?" I sobbed jokingly, "Why would I not want my sweet, darling little angel to come with me? Your words wound my fragile soul, Roxas." The blonde smirked and punched me playfully in the arm.
We slowly, but surely made our way outside to Demyx's car and hopped in. I don't really think it would've worked out so well trying to shuttle an injured Roxas to the event on the back of a motorcycle.
"So, what kind of award was it that you were supposed to be getting, again?" the small blonde asked as I pulled out of the driveway.
"It's a Best Seller, for that last novel I wrote."
His eyes lit up, "You mean the one with me?"
"Yep, that's the one!" I chuckled and ruffled his spikes.
The hotel we were going to was called the 'Treize âme', and it was located in Radiant Garden (the prettier side of Hollow Bastion). The company I wrote for had booked us the presidential suite, so I figured it would be a nice change of pace for Roxas. I hadn't realized how massive and elegant it was until we got there. There must've been at least 40 stories, and in the front was a huge, gold plated fountain with colorful lights illuminating the bottom of the pool. Palm trees embezzled in Christmas lights surrounded the entrance. All in all, it was really fancy.
When we entered the lobby, we found it was even more magnificent that it had outside. The little blonde's eyes lit up as he marveled at it's beauty. He especially loved the waterfall that fell all the way down from the top floor, right alongside the elevator.
"Why don't you go see the waterfall while I go get our room key," I suggested, urging him forward.
"Okay!" the blonde chirped and wandered over to the waterfall.
I sauntered over to the front desk and rang the bell. The clerk turned at the sound and smiled politely, "May I help you, sir?"
"Uh yeah, could I get my room key?" I asked, scratching the back of my head.
"Certainly sir," the clerk grinned and turned to the computer, "What name is your reservation under?"
"It should be under Axel Turk."
"Ah, yes, the famous novelist. This will just take a moment. I have to enter in the information and get your key." I smiled politely and leaned against the desk, waiting for my room key.
This might take a while.
"Wow! This is amazing!" I gasped as I gazed up, watching the massive amount of water fall from the ceiling.
I've never seen anything like it. Not only was the waterfall itself beautiful, but the pool at the bottom was illuminated just like the fountain outside. Different colors flashed changing the water from red to green to purple, and a variety of other colors.
How'd they get the lights to stay lit without burning out? I pondered that for a moment, then turned to leave. However, I suddenly found myself on the floor as I made contact with a person standing behind me.
"Oh pardon me. I'm so sorry," the man apologized and helped me to my feet.
"That's okay," I grimaced, clutching my chest as I stood, "It was my fault for not paying attention." I smiled politely at the man, marveling at his long, cerulean hair and bright, almost yellow eyes. There was also a large, X shaped scar running down the middle of his face. However, it suited him. He was rather attractive if I do say so myself.
"Are you alright?" he asked, concern filling his gaze, "You seem to be in pain."
"It's okay. I'm fine."
A small smile graced his lips, and he held out his hand in a polite gesture, "That's good. I should probably introduce myself before I go any further. I'm-"
"Hey Roxas!" The man and I both jumped at the sound of Axel's voice as he sauntered up behind us. Before he reached us he stopped and his mouth dropped open, "Saix? Is that you!"
I turned back to the man, who was now wearing the same expression as Axel. "Axel?"
A huge grin spread across the red head's face and he glomped the blue haired male, "Man buddy, It's been so long! I haven't seen you since high school! How've ya been?"
"Axel," Saix looked at the red head questioningly, raising an eyebrow.
"Oh, right," Axel blushed, grinning sheepishly and releasing the man. He reminded me a lot of Demyx at that moment. "I forgot you're not into PDA. My bad."
"Um, Axel," I said softly, tugging on his sleeve, "are you going to introduce me to your friend?"
"Ah, yes," Saix smiled, "we've already been acquainted, we just haven't caught each other's names yet."
"Oh. Well," Axel grinned, gesturing toward me, "Saix, this is my friend, Roxas. Roxas, Saix."
"Nice to meet you," I smiled.
"So Sai," the red head smiled and wrapped his arm around his friend, "how's life been treatin' ya?"
"Well," Saix sighed, looking away absentmindedly, then gasped, "Ugh, dammit. I'm going to be late."
"Late for what?" Axel asked, cocking his head to the side.
"The award ceremony. I believe it's the same one you're heading to."
"Oh right! Come on Rox, we gotta go too."
We went our seperate ways seeing as Axel had to be given some instructions on where to go to give his speech. I followed the red head into what looked to be a rather large and elegant dining hall. There were countless tables strategically placed around the room, each laced with a crimson table cloth and decorated with a single red rose in the middle of the table. At the front of the room stood a large stage, and I could only assume that that's where Axel would claim his award. We found our table in the middle of the room, close to the stage.
"Alright," Axel reassured, "I'll be back right after I make my speech."
"I told you, I'm not a child," I pouted, crossing my arms in defiance. Honestly, why does that man always have to treat me as though I'm five? "Go do what you have to. I'll be here when you get back," I rested my head in my hand and shooed him away. He bent down and kissed my head before jogging up to the stage and disappearing into the room behind it.
After a few minutes, the room went dark, the only light coming from a single spotlight that illuminated the podium on the stage. A man in a dark suit then approached the stage, smiling politely, and said, "Hello, and thank you all for coming to this year's Best Seller award ceremony here in the glorious Treize âme hotel. Now, here to accept the award for his new novel, 'Heaven on Angel's Wings', Axel Turk!"
The man stepped to the side, and everyone applauded as Axel strolled up to the podium, shaking the announcer's hand. "I'd like to thank you all coming out tonight to join me as I accept this prestigious award. I have to admit that Heaven on Angel's Wings is truly my best work yet, and clearly you all agree seeing as I've sold over two million copies. Thank you to all of my fans who have stayed with me through the years and bought all my books, but most importantly, I have to give special thanks to my inspiration. You know who you are," he smiled at me and gave a quick wink before turning back to the audience. It surprised me how professional he was being. This was definitely a change from his regular 'smart-ass-ness'. "Regardless, thank you all. I won't keep you any longer from the wonderful buffet provided to us by Tasogare Publishers. Now relax and enjoy." Everyone applauded and cheered as Axel bowed and stepped down from the stage.
"That was great, Axel!" I exclaimed as the red head took a seat next to me, "Thanks for giving me recognition in your speech."
"No, thank you," he smiled tenderly, "for being my inspiration." I could feel the blood in fill my face and I turned away, taking a tentative sip of my water.
He laughed and turned his attention to a small group of women approaching us, whispering excitedly. "Um, Axel," one of the women giggled, "would you mind signing our books for us?"
"Certainly," Axel chuckled and one by one, signed each of the books.
Over the course of the party, there were several people who came up to us, all wanting to either compliment Axel or have him sign one of his books.
"Oh, Axel, I'm glad I found you," a women came up to us around the middle of the party, "The chairman of the company wants to speak with you."
"Alright," the red head sighed and stood from the table, "I'll be right back."
I sat at the table for a while, waiting for the red head to return. Even though I'd been sitting with him all night, I hadn't been able to talk with him that much. I couldn't wait for the party to end so I could have him all to myself. It may have sounded a little selfish, but I really just wanted to spend some time with him where I wasn't completely racked with pain. Just then, I caught a glimpse of familiar cerulean hair out of the corner of my eye.
"Hi Saix!" the older male turned as I trotted up to him.
"Ah, Roxas. How are you liking the party so far?"
"Well... People have pretty much been talking to Axel the entire time. It's getting a little boring, but the food was good."
"I figured as much," he chuckled, "Why don't you come up to my room for a bit? I'd like to get to know you a little better. You seem like a very nice young man."
"But, what about Axel?" I protested, truthfully a little nervous about going with some strange man I'd just met, "he said he'd be right back."
"Axel will be fine, come on," he smiled and took my hand, then led me to the elevator.
Okay, there's the official first chapter of the story
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