This is the Kingdom Hearts version of a story I wrote for a competition back in High School. The theme was 'Be The Champion' and it took me a week to think of a storyline. That was why I didn't work on 'Sunset Angels' for a long time. Anyway, It's originally a short story, but I'll add more content and expand it into multi-chapters.
Another thing I would like to add is that there is a cliff that overlooks Twilight Town, which is surrounded by mountains and woods. I know the game doesn't show many details around the town other than glimpses of mountain/trees. However, the change is necessary in order to fit into this story.
Roxas and Xion and 2 other OCs are the main characters, but I'll put in Sora, Kairi, Axel, Larxene, Riku and Namine too. Don't worry fans, cause I'm a fan myself.
Lastly, sorry for any mistakes! I didn't really take a good check. Hope you will enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Kingdom Hearts and its characters! Except for the OCs and the story. (I won't repeat this in the other chapters again.)
Edit: 1st revision done on 9th October 2016. Note that this is NOT a full rewrite, but a simple revision; fixing up grammar, rephrasing sentences, and filling up any plot holes. It would not gravely affect the whole story and the rest of the chapters. It's not a perfect revision, but I hope it'll improve your reading experience.
Sing Me A Song
Chapter 1: Amber
The early sunray of spring broke through the night's shade, slowly coloring a little town with a tint of pure amber. Birds of all kind woke up by the day's first light and left their twiggy home in search of their breakfast. They flew in small groups of their own kind, chirping out a sweet melody in unison; a music that soothed every ear that could hear it. The birds did a few somersaults in the air and flew in a wide zigzag path, soaring past every quiet house in the town.
In a certain house, a small yellow Chocobo tweeted softly as it watched the group of chirping birds flew past the bedroom's window, over the town and back towards the woods. The Chocobo flapped its wings and flew to the head of the bed, landing next to a big bulge underneath the blue blanket.
It chirped again and gently pecked the peach colored skin that was uncovered by the blanket. The bulge groaned and shifted. A hand emerged from the top side of the blanket and pushed it down, revealing a teenage girl's face and her clothed body from the hip up. The girl made a little kick, and the blanket fell onto the wooden floor.
Her short, jet black hair was messy and tangled at some places. Her eyelids were still closed and her pinkish lips were slightly apart, breathing soundlessly. She wore a white spaghetti-strapped shirt and beige shorts as pajamas. She was lying on her side, and one of the straps fell off her shoulder due to the turns she had last night.
The yellow bird pecked her hand a few more times and finally, the girl opened her eyes. Ocean blue eyes met a familiar Chocobo, who cocked its head to the side then back up. It walked closer to its owner and greeted her by chirping sweetly. The girl smiled and stroked its little head lightly.
"Good morning, Chobi. What woke you up this early, dear?" The teen said while she brushed a strand of hair off her face. The Chocobo chirped, spread its wings, and flew to the window frame. It landed and stared out to the outside world before turned its head back to its owner. The girl pushed herself up by the elbows and looked at her pet.
"What is it, Cho?" The ravenette asked the robin-sized bird.
"Kweh… Kweh…" The Chocobo used its beak and tapped the window glass thrice. "Kweh… Kweh…"
The girl slid her legs off the side of her bed and walked towards the window. She pushed the handle sideway up and pushed the casement window opened. Cold gentle spring wind greeted her face, blowing her hair back. She took a deep breath of the fresh morning air and leaned out all the way she could.
Her house was the highest building in the area. She didn't live in the town because her mother prefers to live in a quieter place. So, they bought the land on a cliff and built their own home, which was about a 10 minutes' walk from town.
Her home consisted of two floors, unlike the riches who have floors up to three or even four. On the ground floor were the living room, a kitchen-dining hybrid room, stairs to the second floor and an office. Her room was on the second floor, which also has the master bedroom, her elder brother's bedroom, and a bathroom which her whole family share. Her bedroom window got the best view of the town, woods, and mountains that surrounded the town. If she has a balcony, she could overlook the town even better.
"Ah~ It's beautiful," The girl said in awe.
The whole town was covered with different shades of amber; glowing like the dying embers in a fireplace. She spotted a group of birds flying into the woods, but couldn't make out their species because they appeared to be a few black dots for her. There were still a few veils of mist here and there above the woods and mountains, but they'll clear away eventually as the sun rose higher.
The girl pulled herself in and turned to look at her pet Chocobo, who remained standing on the window frame.
"You woke me up this early cause you want me to see the scenery, are you?"
"Kweh," replied Chobi.
The teen smiled and stroked the Chocobo's head again. "Thank you so much. It's so hard to see such a gorgeous sunrise every day. Although, I still prefer the sunset."
She retreated from the window and towards her study table which was only a few steps to her left. She pulled open a drawer, then retrieved out a pen and a notebook with a picture of the seaside on the cover. The teen flipped through a few pages and stopped at a blank page. Pushed the butt of the pen to get the tip out, she wrote down a few sentences:
As the sun paints the town in amber,
A bird flew by with a piece of apple.
And when you think you've seen it all,
You don't realize you're very small.
As the wind blew onto your face,
You don't know the tree leaves sang.
'Cause you always think you've seen it all,
But now it'll prove you're wrong.
"That should do it for now. I might change them in the future," She closed the notebook and placed it back into the drawer before hid it away with other papers and notepads. Making sure the notebook was well concealed from sight, the teen skipped happily to her wardrobe and pulled out her school uniform. It consists of a white button-down shirt with a yellowish white emblem on the breast pocket, a short dark blue tie, and a short dark blue skirt that ended an inch above her knees. The normal length was until mid-thigh, but she extended it due to the fact she doesn't like to expose too much skin.
She stripped and slid the garments on before examining herself in the full-length mirror that hung on the wall next to her wardrobe. She gripped onto her hairbrush and began to comb her hair, trying her best to make them presentable and free from knots. After that, she slipped on her socks.
Snatched her messenger school bag off the floor and dropped her cell phone into it, the teen exited her room and descended to the hybrid kitchen room.
"Good morning, Xion." A gentle voice greeted her as she walked into the dining room.
The girl, Xion, smiled and greeted back, "Good morning, mom."
"Fancy a pancake or two?" Xion's mom asked as she flipped a pancake into the air and caught it with the pan easily.
"Just the usual, mom," Xion said and sat down in her usual spot; the first chair on the right side of the table. She poured herself a glass of fresh milk as her mom placed down a plate of two buttermilk pancakes and poured maple syrup on them.
Xion thanked her mom and ate her breakfast cheerfully.
"Where's Axel?" Xion asked and gulped down the remaining milk into her stomach.
"Sleeping, as usual. School won't start till 7.30 am, right? Just let him sleep, he must be tired from the part-time job he had last night." Her mom replied as she poured pancake batter onto the round pan and sprinkled it with raisins.
"Yeah. But he should make sure he won't be late for school again. I'm done," Xion said, placing her empty glass and plate into the sink. She exited the kitchen and decided to go brush her teeth then head to school. Why do so many people brush their teeth before eating? Won't that only make their teeth dirty again? Weird…
Xion almost reached the second floor when her 4 years older brother walked down the stairs shirtless. Again.
"Wear some shirt, will you bro?!" Xion told him with a small scowl.
"Why? It's not like you never saw it before. Just go use the bathroom and make it quick, slowpoke." Axel teased as he scratched the back of his head, messing up his long, porcupines'-spines-like red hair a bit.
"I'm not a slowpoke!"
Axel chuckled, "Yeah, right." He continued down the stairs and entered the kitchen.
Xion's face went red and she shouted, "Well… Well… I'm not! Don't say that ever again, girlfriendless guy!" She heard Axel snickered and returned, "I'm not girlfriendless. There're just so many girls who love me, I don't know who to pick."
Xion pouted in defeat angrily. She slammed the bathroom door shut loudly behind her. Axel smiled victoriously when he heard the slam.
His mother placed his breakfast in front of him and told him, "You should stop teasing Xion so much. She is your little sister after all."
"Come on, mom. It's only a small tease. It won't hurt her much." Axel said and started his meal. His mom sighed softly and turned to pack up her children's lunch.
Just then, the doorbell rang. "I'll get it," Axel volunteered, stood up from his seat and went to open the front door. Outside on the front porch stood a boy with spiky blond hair. He looked around the same age as Xion, but a bit taller than her.
The boy smiled and greeted the tall redhead in front of him, "Hey Axel. Is Xion ready?"
"Let me check," Axel turned to the staircase and shouted, "Hey slowpoke! Kiddo is here!" His shout was so loud, it could shake the whole town.
"I'm not a slowpoke! How many times do I have to tell you that?!" Xion shouted a reply and ran down the stairs, luckily she didn't trip then fall.
Axel smirked, "Just take your bag and go to school." Xion pouted again but did as she was told and went to take her bag and lunch from the kitchen. After slipping on her black-colored sneakers, she exited the house to join Roxas at his side. Her brother shut the door behind her after sending them a 'See ya.' and 'Stay out of trouble.'.
"Axel just won't stop being a jerk," Xion said as she straightened her clothes and flung the strap of her messenger bag around her shoulder.
Her blonde friend chuckled and said, "He never change."
"Oh, he will change. When pigs fly, that is." Xion said and the boy laughed along with her.
Both of them walked side by side and followed the rocky path in the woods that led to town. Xion turned her head to her friend and said, "You know, Roxas. You don't have to come to my house every day if you don't want to. We live so far away from each other."
The boy, Roxas, simply shrugged and replied, "It's okay. I don't mind a morning walk and it's nice too."
"Oh. Okay then," Xion said and looked back to the path.
Roxas Hikari has been her friends ever since kindergarten. They spent so much time together they might as well be joined at the hip. The times they were apart are when they needed to go to their own home or class.
Xion turned her head slightly and looked at her best friend. His blond hair was naturally spiky and shone softly under the light. He has a pair of blue eyes like her and a smile that always appeared on his face. He wore a white button-down shirt with the same emblem on the breast pocket, a loose dark blue tie, dark blue pants and a pair of black sneaker. One of his hands was in his pocket while the other one held his school bag over his shoulder.
They talked about the previous classes they had for the rest of the trip to school and arrived with 30 minutes to spare. Their footsteps echoed in the empty hallway as they walked to their lockers.
"What's your first class today?" Roxas asked as he opened his locker, which was just right next to Xion's.
"Literature. If the teacher isn't that boring, it would be a very interesting subject," Xion replied and shut her locker close after she took out her textbook and a storybook.
"You're lucky. Mr. Zexion isn't that bad. I have History and those girls just won't stop looking at me. I can hardly concentrate!" Roxas took out his super thick history textbook and closed his locker too.
Xion giggled. "That's because you just won't stop being adorable."
"Is that supposed to be a compliment?" Roxas teased.
His friend only smiled. "That's up to you." Was her answer.
Slowly, the hallway started to get crowded with students. Talking, shoe squeaking and sounds of shutting lockers filled the whole corridor. Shortly, the school bell rang; indicated the school starts for the day. Roxas and Xion bid each other farewell and went to their individual classes.
That's the end of this chapter! I hope all of you enjoy this story so far. And to prevent people from being puzzled about their names in this chapter, here's the list:
The full names of other characters will be posted in the chapter which they show up in.
Thank you for reading! Please review. ^^