Monstro Part One

MEET ZACK FAIR!


"Axel?" Roxas called nervously, looking around for his friend before crashing into someone. "Oh, I'm sorry!"

The black-haired teen grinned widely. "No problemo! I'm Zack. Zack Fair. My dream is to become a hero!" he suddenly faltered in surprise. "Wow, you're cute!"

"Th-thank you… Mr. Fair…"

"Aw, man! You're just too cute! I'm only maybe two years older than you, so just call me Zack, okay?"

Roxas blushed slightly. "Okay… Zack."

"I know! How about you let me take you on one date?"

Roxas tipped his head. "A date?"

"Yeah! It'll be fun!"

"I… I guess so…"

"Awesome! I know just the place to go. You like ice cream?"

"Yes!" Roxas' face lit up.


They sat together, eating their sea-salt ice cream bars. Roxas met eyes with Zack and turned away with a blush. 'I think… I think I'm starting to really like Zack…' he hesitantly scooted closer to the other boy. Zack smiled and looked down at the whale tank.

"Monstro should be coming out any minute now. Are you excited, Roxy?" Zack grinned at Roxas' eager nod. "You're way cute."

'I think… maybe I… maybe I'm falling in love with him…' the thought pleased Roxas and he hummed happily to himself.

"Hey, Roxy, you mentioned looking for someone, right? Tall, skinny redhead?"

Roxas tipped his head. "You mean Axel?"

"Yeah. I think I found him."

Roxas looked down at the tank. "Axel!"

The redhead was being dangled over the tank by a very furious Cloud. "HOW COULD YOU LOSE MY BABY?"

"I'm-sorry-I'm-sorry-I-didn't-mean-to-lose-him-let-me-look-for-him! Please! Help! Help!"

"Cloud, stop!" Roxas called.

SPLASH!

"AGH!"


Axel stood at the bottom of the bleachers, half-glaring at Zack.

Roxas waved for him to sit with them, Axel situating himself on the other side of Roxas.

"I missed you, Roxas. I was worried," Axel half-hissed.

"Oh… I'm sorry… I met Zack and sort of got… swept away."

Axel growled.

"By the way: Zack, this is my friend, Axel. Axel, this is Zack Fair, my… um…"

"Devilishly handsome boyfriend?"

Roxas blushed. "S-sure…" he smiled softly, liking the sound of Zack being his boyfriend.

Axel looked at Roxas with despair. He had lost Roxas for real this time. If Roxas had a boyfriend, they would never in their right mind let him go. And if they did, Roxas would be devastated and never want to go out with anyone again for fear of being hurt.

But on the other hand… this meant Roxas was gay for sure, right? So, albeit indirectly, Axel had a chance? The redhead smirked to himself until he saw Zack's arm wrap around Roxas' waist, his expression turning to a scowl. "Zack, I want to have a little chat with you," he motioned for Zack to follow him behind the bleachers. "We'll be back, Roxas."

When the pair reached their destination, Zack offered a friendly smile. "What's up?"

"Hey! You just met twenty minutes ago! Don't start getting all touchy-feely with Roxas!"

Zack chuckled. "Jealousy of a best friend. I have quite the competition for his attention, don't I?"

"Don't touch him. I'm warning you, Fair."

"I'll keep that in mind when I eventually get him into bed."

"I'll kill you for saying that!" he clutched the black-haired teen's shirt and went to punch his face.

Zack grabbed Axel's fist and twisted it. "Listen, Axel. I don't know what's between you and Roxas, but know this: Roxas likes me and I want you to believe me when I say I'm not going to hurt him. Bear in mind that Roxas would be quite hurt if you murdered his boyfriend."

Axel growled and released him. "You hurt him in any way and I'll make sure you have a slow and painful death involving a flamethrower up your ass," he hissed.

"Axel? Zack? The show is about to start…" Roxas called softly and shyly.

"Aw, you're so cute…" Zack ruffled his hair. "Oh!" he gently brushed his thumb across Roxas' cheek. "There we go. Eyelash. Make a wish! But don't tell anyone or it won't come true."

'I wish I could tell somebody… Oh no, I used up my wish!' he thought despairingly. 'Maybe if I think of something else quickly, it'll cancel out the other wish… Um… I wish… I wish Zack would always be happy!' his face turned a delicate shade of pink at his wish.

[HELLO AND WELCOME TO ATLANTICA!]

"It's starting!" Roxas exclaimed as the crowd cheered loudly.

A young, pretty woman with long red hair the same color as Axel's (if not a little bit lighter) in a black and silver wetsuit with a small microphone taped to her jaw was standing at the edge of the tank with a large smile.

[I HOPE EVERYONE IS EXCITED FOR THE SHOW, BECAUSE MONSTRO AND I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A CROWD AS GREAT AS THIS ONE! SO IF I MAY, I PRESENT TO ALL OF YOU: MONSTRO!]

A black and white whale jumped out of the water and did a flip, landing back in the water with a splash as the audience erupted into applause. Monstro swam over to the young woman and opened his mouth, which she placed a fish on his tongue, patting it before retracting her hand.

[SAY 'HELLO', MONSTRO!]

The whale made a clicking noise. The woman patted his tongue again.

[GOOD BOY! HELLO, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS ARIEL AND I'VE BEEN WORKING AT ATLANTICA FOR SIXTEEN YEARS. I'VE BEEN MONSTRO'S HANDLER EVER SINCE HE WAS BORN RIGHT HERE AT ATLANTICA THREE YEARS AGO. MONSTRO LOVES TO PERFORM AND IS A REAL SUCKER FOR THE SPOTLIGHT, SO HE WOULD LIKE TO DO A COUPLE TRICKS FOR ALL OF YOU TODAY, DOES THAT SOUND GOOD?]

"Yeah!" Roxas smiled, taking Zack's offered hand. Axel watched in silent rage but said nothing.

Monstro's tricks were incredible. Roxas watched in awe as both Monstro and Ariel worked in perfect sync, and laughed as the people in the closer rows got splashed. All too soon, it was over and Ariel stood back on her platform with a smile.

[THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING TO OUR SHOW TODAY AND WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY HERE AT ATLANTICA! WAVE GOODBYE, MONSTRO!]

The whale waved a flipper, doing one more jump before swimming back into the other tank and out of sight.

"That was really cool!" Roxas squealed. "Zack, do you have to go now?" he added softly.

'Good riddance!' Axel growled to himself.

"Hey, chin up cutie! It's alright! Here…" he took out a little keychain with a picture of Monstro on it. "For you."

"Really?"

"Yep! Gotta go now, though," he leaned over and kissed Roxas' cheek softly before waving farewell and vanishing from sight.

"Wait, I…" Roxas slouched. "I'm never going to see him again…"

"Guys like him aren't worth it, Roxas. Trust me. Find someone who will treat you right."

"Like who? Zack seemed like he…" he turned over the keychain and noticed a note taped to it. "What's this?"

-Didn't want to lose you so I took note of your phone number. Send me a message before next Friday at eight if it's not okay to call you then. zfair(at)SOLDIER(dot)shinra.
Hugs to you, cutie!
Zack.-

Roxas smiled softly, giggling.

Axel growled and grabbed Roxas by the hand.

"Ah! Where are we going?"

"I don't feel well, we're going back to the hotel. We saw the show, so that's the end of it."

"Are you okay?"

"I will be once we get the hell out of here."


Ah, Zack Fair.

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