this story is pretty much gonna be about Kairi and what she went through during Sora's absence. For those of you who have been reading my Kingdom Hearts III story, this is kind of like a prequel to Kingdom Hearts II, but from Kairi's side, and also, clearly, a prequel to Kingdom Hearts III. Enjoy!

"Kairi! Remember what you said before? I'm always with you, too...I'll come back to you! I promise!"

"I know you will!" His hand slipped from hers, his body drifting away. She reached out to him, but still he moved away, yelling her name.

A bright light.

And he was gone.

"AH!" She felt her body jump forward and she opened her eyes, looking around. She was safely tucked in bed, her room covered in dark light, the moon showing only a glimmer of light. Despite the sweat covering her forehead, she felt cold. She shivered, drawing the covers over herself more properly. She lay back in bed, closing her eyes and trying to fall asleep again, but it was no use. Her dream, her memory, kept playing in her mind.

"I'll come back to you! I promise!"

She snapped her eyes open again as the memory flooded her mind, causing a tear to roll down her cheek. She shook her head and stood up, moving toward the window. The cold breeze played against her skin and gave her goosebumps. She crossed her arms, trying to warm them up as she stared at the moon.

God, she missed him. It had only been a week, but she still missed him. She wanted to see him again so badly, it was like a constant throbbing in the back of her head, a constant ache in her heart.

Of course, she missed her older best friend as well, the one who had given in to the darkness to save her. She loved him and missed him and wanted to thank him a million times over.

But he...he was different. She loved him like she loved breathing. Like she loved hearing the sound of her own heart beating.

He was her existence.

But he was gone.

And no matter how hard she tried, no matter how hard she wished, he wasn't going to come back.

Not on her terms.

But on his own terms.

She looked at the stars and couldn't help the choked sob that escaped her throat as tears rolled down her cheeks.

"Riku...Sora...Oh, Sora. Please come back to me."

as demyx says often in Kingdom Hearts II...Like it? :P