Author's Note: The things that authors write, aren't necessarily how authors are. But it's also true that what they write is an extension of themselves. What I've typed out and shared with you is a love for a fictional couple that is not only improbable, but also very strange, even in the fanfiction world. But all of you have stayed by this story, wrote nice comments, wrote helpful comments, and just made it all the more enjoyable for me as an author to write it.
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Roxas took a deep breath, trying to figure out what to say before opening his mouth. He didn't want to make things worse because things were already bad as they were.
"Sora, Xion knows about... the past, and Xion, I know about the past, and Sora does too, now," Roxas said, looking from Xion to Sora. Xion's face was indescribable, she didn't know whether to get angry or to be relieved, or to go on a rampage. But she did know that she had to let go of the breath she was holding.
"You told him?" she asked in a quiet voice.
"No... he just remembered," Roxas shook his head. Slowly, Sora was finally understanding what on earth the two had been talking about. And slowly, the rather light-hearted atmosphere started to go away, until it was completely replaced by a very heavy and dark one.
"So... what now?" Xion asked no one in particular. Everything she had worked to prevent, every last thing she did in order for this not to happen, was all meaningless. Sora knew, her plan failed, Roxas knew too, and now, they're both going to get hurt.
"Honestly, I don't know. But... ultimately this is Sora's decision," Roxas looked at Sora, who was staring blankly at the ground. He didn't want to talk about any of this. They can't force him into sorting things out because right now he didn't want to. He didn't want to think about anything related about the past. He just wanted to forget about everything. He wished that his memory would just wipe out, so that he could go back to normal.
"But what in the hell do I have to decide on? I don't know what to do about this as much as you guys, I'm just..." Sora didn't finish his sentence because he didn't know how to. He didn't know what he was anymore.
"Sora, I know you must be so confused right now," Xion began, "But, you have to think carefully. What do you want to happen right now?"
Sora closed his eyes and fought the urge to start screaming in frustration. Why can't they understand that I don't have a clue as to what I want to happen? Why do I have to make a choice right now? I don't even know what my choices are in the first place!
Sora inhaled deeply, "What I want right now is to forget. To forget everything."
"But Sora - "
"I know, I can't," Sora cut Roxas off.
"And I know that we have to talk about this sooner or later, but can't it be later? I'm confused, and I don't know what to do. Why does it have to be now?" Sora knew he was being unreasonable. He knew that they had to talk about this because it would be much harder to bring it up if they waited.
"Sora, listen to me, we need to talk about this. Me too, I don't want to talk about this either, but we have to. These things... if we leave them hanging for too long, we won't be able to resolve it. Now is the best time. So -"
"Fine!" Sora cut Xion off this time, "Fine, let's talk! Okay? I knew Roxas when I was younger, he was my best friend in the whole world, but I broke his heart, and in turn, he broke my heart, and I was in shock, and I didn't know what I was doing, and I did this to myself!" Sora held out his arms.
"Then I forgot about everything, and now I understand why otou-san hates Roxas, and now I'm in love with Roxas, and I don't know what, in the name of all that is holy, I'm supposed to do about this," Sora panted a little bit, "Happy?"
"... It's a start," Xion sighed, this was going to be difficult if they don't get Sora to calm down. "But first, Roxas, please calm him down." Books say that to tell people to calm down isn't the best way to calm them down. It was true. As if the phrase "calm him down" set a trigger, Sora's face turned red and he wanted to burst out and yell, kick and scream. But before he could do so, Roxas placed a hand over his and laced their fingers together. The warmth from Roxas's hand spread like wildfire and managed to calm Sora down.
"Sora," Roxas began slowly, "Let's take this one at a time, okay?" Roxas brought their linked hands to his lips and gave Sora's a kiss.
Sora nodded and mumbled an "okay."
"So," Xion said, "I still think that you two shouldn't be together."
"Look at this. Look at him. Look at all the pain it's causing him! Not to mention your pain! This relationship is just too painful that it's making me hurt to watch you two."
What Xion said was the truth, but at the same time, it wasn't. Yes, it was painful, yes it was confusing, and yes it was wrong in so many different ways. But it was also fun, and wonderful, and amazing, and it felt so undeniably right to be in each other's arms.
Sora, who had been quiet after his outburst, looked up at Xion and said, "Xion-nee... I... can you leave me and Roxas alone to deal with this?"
Xion was taken aback. She hadn't expected that. But then again, she should have. This was more to do with them than it was with her. And in all honesty, she was kind of nosy, and she probably shouldn't have been. Deciding that it probably would be best, not to mention polite, to leave, she gave both of them a reluctant smile, content that they're trying to sort it out without the intent of hurting each other. But, she was still worried. Because even if one didn't mean it, the chances of getting hurt are pretty high.
"Okay. Just call me when you're done. I've said my opinion, and... well, I can't really do much anymore. It's all out in the open anyway. All that's left is for you two to settle it," when she realized that her plan had failed and ultimately backfired, she realized that she really had very little control over this particular situation in the first place. She had no choice but to leave it up to them and just hope that whatever they choose to do, they wouldn't regret it.
The door closed gently and the silence that settled in the room was growing more and more unbearable with each passing second.
"I-" They both spoke at the same time.
"I think you should go first-"
"Okay... this isn't working," Roxas sighed.
"Right, well, one at a time then," Sora smiled slightly.
"So, you first," Roxas offered.
"No-" Sora was about to protest when Roxas gave him a stern look. Sighing, Sora knew that it would go nowhere if he declined so he might as well go first. "Okay."
"I was thinking... maybe... Maybe this shouldn't really affect us," Sora said.
"What? What do you mean? It's already affected us," Roxas scrunched his eyebrows.
"What I mean is, yeah, it already affected us, meaning, it already happened. Maybe... maybe we shouldn't dwell on the past." said Sora.
"But Sora..." Roxas licked his dry lips and swallowed, "I.. It's not fair. Yes, I was hurt too, but... You were traumatized. To the point where you didn't remember me at all."
"You didn't remember me either."
"Well, yes and no," Roxas said.
"I didn't know who you actually were.. I was just sure that you've done something to upset me when we were younger, and I kind of... despised you for it. But, when I remembered what really happened, I felt terrible. And I think I was also starting to fall for you. And so I got confused and... well... I figured out that my feelings for you were what mattered so... yeah..."
"I... don't know what to say."
"It's okay. That wasn't entirely important to the situation anyway. But, I think I should apologize for being mad at you for the longest time and never bothering to find out why I was so mad in the first place."
"Goddammit now I'm all confused again," Sora placed his face in his hands.
"No, it's not your fault. It's just... I just started to think about what would have happened if the past hadn't happened. Would I still have fallen for you? Would we still be... together?" Sora lifted his head.
"That... I don't know," Roxas shook his head.
"Yeah... well, I don't know either."
"But I do know that I love you. But, if it's too hard for you to be in a relationship with me -"
"Stop! Don't you dare," Sora pointed his finger at Roxas.
"I'm just saying that -"
"No, okay. No. I do not want to break up with you. Ever." Sora had a determined look on his face.
"Goddammit Roxas, stop it. We're not breaking up over this. I love you too much for that. We're not going to break up," Sora almost fumed, but then a realization hit him, "Not unless..."
"Not unless?" Roxas asked.
"Not unless you want to break up -"
"That's ridiculous!" Roxas interrupted.
"Well then stop saying 'but', it makes it seem like you're really pushing for us to -"
"I said no. Alright? I don't want us to break up either," Roxas sighed. "But just hear me out."
"... Okay," Sora gave in.
"I understand why Xion wants to separate us. She's protecting you. And me, I guess. She doesn't want to see you hurt, because what if somewhere down the road I end up hurting you, or vice versa, now that you know what really happened, maybe..." Roxas trailed off.
"Maybe?" Sora asked for Roxas to go on.
"Maybe what would happen to either of us might be worse than... that," Roxas gestured to Sora's scarred wrists.
"..." Sora didn't know what to say.
"Maybe... I have some sort of psychological illness," Sora mused half-jokingly and half-seriously. Roxas's brows furrowed.
"That's not something to joke about Sora," said Roxas.
"Well, I'm kinda being serious. I mean, what six year old will do this to himself?" Sora sounded worried.
"Stop it, you're perfectly normal," Roxas hugged Sora close.
"No, really, why did I -"
"Okay, that's it, I'm coming in," Xion announced before barging in.
"Xion-nee?" Sora was startled, as was Roxas, at the sudden intrusion.
"I said I was gonna let you talk this out among yourselves but clearly this isn't going in the direction either of us want it to go," Xion clapped her hands together.
"Xion -" Roxas tried to say something but he was shushed by Xion's palm.
"Let's not talk about the past anymore okay?" she said.
"Why, there's still some things I want to talk -"
"Alright, let's talk about something else, shall we?"
"Xion... you're hiding something," Roxas looked at her sternly. Xion's expression faltered slightly.
"N-no I'm not."
"Xion-nee, please, if you know something else just tell us, it's all out on the table anyway, any other secrets might as well be revealed."
"I'm not hiding anything!" Xion said defensively.
"You are too!" Roxas said accusingly.
"... Alright. Yes, there is something else."
"Let's hear it," Sora swallowed hoping that whatever it was, it won't complicate things further.
"Okaa-san and Otou-san didn't really have a very good relationship. They tried to hide it from us when we were younger and... well, eventually me and Squall-nii figured it out. I'm actually surprised that they made it as far as now before finally exploding and getting a divorce," Xion paused.
"I guess that's partly my fault," Roxas said.
"Well, yeah. I mean, when Sora was in the... incident, they blamed you. They didn't at all consider the fact that Sora had been lonely and starting to notice that 'okaa-chan' and 'otou-chan' got into fights. It was the only way that they could live with themselves without the guilt.
"When Roxas showed up here again, Otou-san was angry. It was the last straw and well, Okaa-san felt the same way. It brought back memories of their failure with Sora when he was younger, and they were putting the blame on each other instead of just blaming it on Roxas,
"I'm sure that right now, Sora already knows that our parents practically hate each other. Obviously, since they got a divorce. But back then, it came as a shock. As it did to all of us. He was afraid that 'otou-chan' would leave him. And when -"
"And when I said I didn't want to be friends anymore, he didn't want me to leave him either," Roxas finished for Xion.
"I'm assuming so. I don't think Sora has a psychological problem, but, I still don't understand why..." she trailed off and looked at Sora, who was looking at his own wrists.
"Honestly, I'm still not so sure either. Maybe the sadness was just too much to bear," he said. "I don't really care much about Otou-san now. Just as long as Okaa-san is alright, and she doesn't hurt any of us then it's fine... I feel bad for Marlene though. She has no idea about what's going on."
"She's young, she lives in her own happy world. We're not in the right place to ruin that. Besides, up until just some months ago, you had no clue either," Xion said.
"Well, I forgot. I forgot about everything. It's like, when they took me to the hospital, they pushed a reset button or something," Sora said and suddenly fell silent.
"Sora, are you alright?" Roxas, who was still hugging Sora, gently nudged his shoulder.
"Yeah... I think so. There's really nothing I can do anymore. I don't want to be angry at anyone. I don't want to be sad. And yes, I want to forget but... there's no way I can do that. But I'm tired of all this," Sora sighed.
"I'm sorry," Roxas apologized. "For everything."
"Yeah, me too," said Xion.
"No, don't apologize. It's not anyone's fault. Not even Otou-san or Okaa-san are at fault. It's just what happened. And we can't really change the past. Like I said, they pushed a reset button. Though I now know everything that I did before, it doesn't matter, because this me right now is the real me." And Sora finally figured out exactly who he was but that person, wasn't who he was now.
"I'm Sora Leonhart. A sophomore who, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, isn't failing and is able to continue to play on the Blitzball team. I have an awesome older brother, a peculiar but loving older sister, and a very cute little sister. I have a lot of friends, made a lot of new friends, and I'm madly in love with Roxas."
"The past me is someone I don't know. Someone whose feelings and thoughts and antics I don't understand, nor do I fully remember. So, will it be alright for me to say that the past me, isn't the real me?" Sora looked at Roxas, the most important person in his life, for approval. Roxas smiled and nodded.
"Perfect. Then this issue is resolved," Sora grinned. Xion couldn't help but smile as well.
Epilogue (because if it ends here then this chapter may seem like it's too short ;D)
School was over, and Sora was having an end of the year party in his house. Last year, the huge house would have been packed with many people, most of which Sora didn't know in a personal level, all in the inner circle of the social hierarchy of the high school. This year however, the house only had a few people, most of which Sora just met this year, but became increasingly attached to each time they hung out.
The adults were in the dining room, which, thankfully to those who weren't as fortune-laden as the Leonhart family, was modestly decorated and even had plastic cups and paper plates for a very casual early dinner. Donald was busy preparing the plates to serve when Sora's mother entered carrying Goofy in her hands.
"Ah, Ma'am," Donald bowed.
"Will you please tell me what this dog is doing in my house?" she asked.
"It's... Sora's dog, ma'am, Roxas gave it to him," Donald explained, afraid that she would be angry at them.
"... Ah well, whatever, just make sure he doesn't pee on the carpet, and take care of him. He's a mischievous little creature," she said as she sat down next to her oldest child.
"But he grows on you," Donald laughed.
"...That he does," she smiled and sipped at her cocktail and engaged in a conversation with the other adults in the room.
"It's really such an honor to meet you, Mr. Strife," Leon practically gushed. Tifa giggled and winked at Cloud. Cloud's face colored slightly.
"Please, just call me Cloud," he smiled.
"W-well then, Cloud," it was as if it were the most difficult thing to call a person, "It really is an honor to meet you."
"I'm not really that amazing," Cloud said.
"You're a person I look up to, in all honesty."
"The youngest president of the Strife company, who started from the bottom when he could have immediately just taken the job," Tifa cut into the conversation.
"Will you stop it?" Cloud whispered at her. She only giggled more.
"Exactly!" Leon exclaimed. Then he calmed down upon seeing the slightly troubled look on Cloud's face.
"U-uh... Sorry," he cleared his throat, "This probably isn't the best place to talk about it."
"N-no, it's quite alright, it's just... kinda awkward talking to my brother's... boyfriend's brother," Cloud said slowly, trying to hide his embarrassment.
"Y-yeah..." Leon was in the same predicament. Tifa couldn't help herself from bursting out laughing.
"You two are so adorable. I swear, if Cloud wasn't already mine I'd definitely want you two together," She practically squealed.
"Tifa!" Cloud blushed. Leon covered his mouth and looked away, but the red stain on his cheeks were visible.
"Ah, but, I should probably stop, don't want to give you any ideas," Tifa teased.
"Seriously, cut it out!" this only made Tifa clutch her sides and laugh harder. Cloud pinched the bridge of his nose.
"S-sorry, alright, alright, I'll stop," Tifa said between pants.
"Yay! Sora-nii and Roxas-nii look so happy together!" Marlene cheered from the stairs with Denzel, spying at the high school party down below. Since they were too young, they weren't allowed to hang out with the older kids. Or so they were told by Sora, in all honesty, they just didn't want any interruptions.
"Yeah," said Denzel.
"Uhuh, and they'll get married and have kids and live happily ever after," she grinned.
"Uh... Marlene, I don't think that that's..." Denzel sighed at the confused look on her face, and then shook his head, "Nevermind."
Namine watched Axel and Demyx wrestle each other on the ground to see who would get the Wiimote for this round of Super Smash Bros. She shook her head and laughed when Axel got Demyx pinned underneath him and the girls(Olette and Selphie) started to cheer.
"Wooh! Go Axel!" She cheered for her boyfriend.
"Stupid idiots," Xion muttered under her breath and shook her head too. Then she looked at Sora, who was sitting in between Roxas's legs with his back against Roxas's chest in one of the couches.
"Don't worry, they'll be alright," Namine caught the worried look in her face.
"I'm not worried," Xion scoffed.
"Riiiight," Namine rolled her eyes.
Riku was playing and dominating in their little Super Smash Bros. tournament. But, when Sora decided that he wanted to play too, he started to lose. Not intentionally, which was hurting his pride. So he opted to give the controller to Selphie, claiming that he was getting bored and it was too easy. Everyone rolled their eyes and Riku only laughed.
It wasn't long until Selphie started to own everyone else. Sweatdropping a bit at the intensity of her game playing stature, he silently thanked the universe that he didn't have to play against her. Getting somewhat tired of the scenery in front of him, his eyes started to wander.
He saw a figure flicker past the window, and his green orbs narrowed in suspicion. Standing up, making sure that no one noticed him get up, he walked toward the window and looked through it. And he saw it. He unlocked the door and quietly slipped out.
He crouched so that he wouldn't be seen through the window, and grabbed the arm of the person he had seen through the tinted glass.
"R-riku! H-hey! What's up? Fancy seeing you here!" Kairi stammered.
"Kairi. What in the hell are you doing down here?" Riku asked.
"W-well... I heard Sora was having a party and... well. I wanted to apologize," Kairi looked at the grass they were stepping on.
"And you decide to spy from the window?" Riku raised a brow.
"I don't know who's in there. I don't want them to think badly of me or something..."
"I think it's too late for that," Riku sighed.
"I know. And that's why I want to apologize. I've been... a very bad person," Kairi said quietly. Riku raised his brow again.
"Okay, I've been a bitch. To everyone. And I'm really sorry about it. Can... can you get Sora to come out here? I kinda want to talk to him first," she said.
"... I'll see what I can do," Riku's guard went down. It seemed as though she was genuine in her desire to apologize. He decided to give her a chance. At least it was Riku that found her instead of Namine. If it were Namine, who already didn't really like her in the first place, even before the mean things she did to Sora and Roxas, that saw her out there, Namine would have gone off on her.
"Thank you, Riku," Kairi looked as though she wanted to cry. And she did, but she wanted to cry in relief. Because at least Riku still gave her a chance.
"Hey Sora, can I talk to you outside?" Riku asked. Roxas looked up, and seemed as though he wanted to go too. "Alone," Riku added. Sora looked at Roxas and smiled, indicating that he'd be fine going alone. Roxas nodded and smiled too.
"You can play for me while I'm gone," Sora kissed Roxas's cheek and stood up.
"Alright," Roxas rolled his eyes. Sora followed Riku outside and the game continued.
"Alright you guys! Prepare to be owned," Roxas grinned.
"In your dreams, pretty boy," Selphie laughed.
"I'd like to see you try and beat me, Roxas," Axel taunted.
"Psh... I could beat you with my eyes closed," Namine teased Axel.
"That's 'cause I let you," Axel patted her cheek.
"Oh we'll see about that, Zexion, get me a blindfold," Namine said.
"Ooh," Larxene laughed.
"I'll be cheering you both on, Selphie, Namine," Olette yelled, sitting Hayner's lap.
"Yeah, I wanna see some girl power action seriously beat the shit out of some male ass," Larxene smiled sadistically. Zexion looked up from his book and sighed.
"I don't have a blindfold Namine," he said.
"Oh! Oh! I do!" Demyx yelled enthusiastically.
"Well hurry up and put it on me!" Namine ordered.
"Prepare to meet your worst nightmare," Namine laughed evilly. Xion and Pence sat on the side with sweatdrops on the back of their heads.
"I wonder if the juice had alcohol in it," Pence scratched the side of his face.
"Nah... this is just their usual selves. You'd think we'd be used to it by now, after knowing them for such a long time," Xion laughed.
"Well, we haven't really hung out together in a long time... A lot has happened over the past year," Pence noted. "It really surprised me when you guys told the rest of us about everything. I mean, we had our suspicions... but we didn't really know."
"Yeah... But, well, even after everything, we're still all friends," Xion smiled, "It's really funny how friendship works."
Sora stepped outside and looked at Riku curiously. "Is there something wrong?" he asked.
"Uh... well, someone wanted to talk to you," Riku pointed toward the bushes near the window and Sora saw Kairi crouching low beside them.
"Hey, Sora," Kairi waved.
"What... are you doing here?" Sora bit his lip, he felt uncomfortable. He didn't want to talk to her.
"I'm gonna leave you two alone," Riku said.
"No, wait," Sora called out, "Don't go."
"... It's alright Riku, you could stay. I understand that Sora might feel awkward talking to me by himself. And besides, I think you should hear what I'm about to say anyway," Kairi stood up and walked toward them.
"First of all, I want to say I'm so sorry. To both of you... No. To everyone that I may have hurt. I'm sorry that I was being a jealous bitch. And... while I can't say I'm not hurt by Roxas's and Sora's relationship, and say that I fully approve of it, I can say that I'm willing to let my own frustrations and problems go.
"I'm really sorry about everything that I've done, and everything that may have happened because of me and my foolishness. I really do love you Sora. And I thought..." she laughed bitterly, trying to fight the tears, "That if I can't have you... then no one can."
"I was really hurt that you didn't like me back, and I was shocked to find out that you were attracted to Roxas. And it caused me to do so many terrible and embarrassing things to both myself and to you and to Riku and to Selphie. You guys are my closest friends. And I'm not saying that you guys should take me back, I'm just asking for your forgiveness...
"Or if you really can't do that... then at least accept my apology. I'm deeply sorry for my stupidity and jealous actions," Kairi bowed low.
"Kairi..." Sora's tense body relaxed and he let go of a breath he didn't know he was holding in.
"Kairi," Riku did the same as Sora.
"I'm... glad," Sora smiled, with tears shining in his eyes. "Raise your head, Kairi."
"Sora?" She asked when she returned to her normal posture.
"I'm glad that you don't hate me," Sora took a step towards her.
"I've known you for a long time, both you and Riku. You two are my best friends, and... I accept your apology." Sora hugged her.
She cried in his chest and Riku scratched the back of his neck. Kairi raised her face and smiled at Riku, "Do you forgive me too?"
"Well, if Sora does then," Riku grinned, "Of course I forgive you."
"Aww, get in here Riku!" Sora laughed. And the three of them had their mini moment.
"Kairi," Sora said after a while.
"I think you should apologize to everyone else."
"Yeah, me too," said Riku.
"Hey you guys, can you stop playing just for a bit?" Riku opened the door and came in.
"Aww! But I'm winning!" Namine, who couldn't see a thing, who surprisingly really was winning, pouted.
"Yes, please, thank you," Axel said quickly with what little of his manhood and dignity he had left.
"Alright," Selphie, who thought she was winning, sighed and let go of the controller. Roxas was just worried that something had happened to Sora.
"There's someone here who wanted to say something to everyone," Sora came in.
"Uhm... Hi, everyone," Kairi waved. Everyone's breath collectively hitched in their throats and eyes narrowed at the sight of her.
"Look, before any of you start to... well, go off on me. First I want to say that I'm terribly sorry for all the trouble I may have caused you," she said.
"I was stupid and jealous. And I hurt my very best friends, she looked at Selphie, who didn't want to meet her eyes. And most importantly, I hurt people who I didn't even know. I was a horrible person, and I deserve probably every singly dirty comment that's in your heads at the moment.
"I'm not expecting for all of you to accept my apologies and forgive me. I just wanted you all to know how much I regret my actions." Kairi bowed low for the second time. Everyone was still reluctant.
"You guys... if it made any difference, I forgive Kairi," Sora stepped up.
"Sora, you don't have to -" Kairi was cut off.
"Yes, I do have to. You're one of my best friends, and these guys are my new friends. I want them to -"
"It's alright, Sora," she cut him off that time.
"Kairi... I... forgive you," Selphie was the first to speak up. "You are one of my best girl friends. If not the best girl friend. I miss you Kai," Selphie was sniffling.
"Selphie... I miss you too Selph!" she ran to her friend and hugged her. Namine sighed.
"I will only forgive you if both Sora and Roxas forgive you," she said.
"Same here," said Xion.
"Well then that's the same for all of us then," Axel spoke for the rest of them. They all looked at Roxas, who in turn looked at Sora. Sora gave him a small smile.
"I..." Roxas stood up. "Don't like it that you did all that to your best friend just because he didn't like you back. But I'm not really one to talk. I've probably hurt Sora more than anyone else in this room. And for you," he looked at Kairi, "it might seem unfair that, after all the shit that happened between Sora and I, we're still together.
"I'm willing to accept your apology. But only if you forgive me for stealing Sora's heart before you had the chance to," Roxas grinned and held out a hand to Kairi. Kairi's lips twitched in hesitation, but eventually, she caved and accepted the hand that reached out to her.
"Alright, well that's that," Roxas turned toward his friends. They all smiled at him and welcomed Kairi into their group.
Later that night, when everyone was already passed out on the floor, Sora was still awake, playing wit Goofy's ears.
"Sora?" Roxas asked in the dark, scaring Sora quite a bit.
"Roxas, don't just randomly pop out of nowhere," Sora breathed deeply.
"Ah, sorry, I guess my friends are contagious," Roxas laughed.
"What?" Sora laughed too.
"Nothing, nevermind. What are you still doing up?"
"...Can you believe everything that has happened over the past year?" Sora looked up at the stars through the window.
"No, but I'm really glad it did. Well... some more than others," Roxas admitted.
"Same here. But if all of that hadn't happened. We wouldn't have met," Sora turned to Roxas. Roxas scooted closer and leaned against Sora's shoulder.
"Yeah," said Roxas. And Sora rested his head on Roxas's
"I love you Roxas."
"Love you too, Sora."
"Promise me we'll never stop loving each other," Sora raised his pinky towards Roxas.
"I promise that I will never, ever stop loving you. The best thing that has ever happened to me," Roxas interlocked his pinky with Sora's.
"Seal it with a kiss?" Roxas joked.
"You're so cheesy," Sora laughed.
"But you know you like it," Roxas leaned in and trapped Sora's lips against his. When they broke apart, they kept their faces close, foreheads touching.
"Yes. I really do."
Author's note 2: The new layout of ff is bothering me. Everything's so thin. O-O.
Aww, well there it is. Over five thousand words, according to ff's word counter (which I don't think is entirely accurate). Each chapter so far has been about 3,000 or so words, (according to ff's word counter again), So I can say that this chapter, and the very first chapter, are the longest chapters of the story. I'm very sorry that it took too long for me to update. But school kept me busy. This had been so wonderful a journey. It's 10:30 pm, and I'm really hungry. Imma go make myself some tamagoyaki. Today was such a good day. I got my permit, and I finished my first multi-chap.
I love all of you. Reviews are welcome. Constructive criticism, random flailing, or whatever that enters your minds. I did this for you guys(well, actually, I did it mostly for me... jk). I'm gonna miss the feeling of uneasiness after a very long time of not updating this story. I'm gonna miss coming up with random plots in the bathroom. I'm gonna miss feeling really stupid after reading and finding out I made a mistake after I posted it. I'm gonna miss this so much.
So again, Thank You. Thank You. A million times, thank you!
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Oh and what's this? An omake?
"Pay up," Ansem the Wise sat on his chair behind his desk in the Principal's office. Coach Wakka dejectedly reached for his wallet in his back pocket and coughed out three thousand munny.
"Who'da thunk that my star athlete would fall for the smart-ass kid who should've been on my team too," Wakka shook his head.
"I told you not to make this bet, Wakka," Marluxia rolled his eyes.
"You don't make bets with Ansem the Wise, he knows... everything," Lexaeus said with his arms crossed.
"Yeah... everything," Ansem grinned evilly while counting the munny in his hands.