It's all I need
To CanadianCold: Cute Sora is quite a sight, isn't it? It's easier to find stupid Sora instead of just plain oblivious, but I tried my best to make him stupid only when comedy asked for it.
To OmniaVanitas: Thanks! I don't really think this could have a sequel… This was just a silly and light-hearted love story (We might make an epilogue, though, in which case rest assured it'll be rated M).
To no dang name is available: Not lame at all! I'm always happy to have someone read what I write, no matter how advanced the series is. Thanks for liking it and reviewing!
To Innocent Uke or NOT: We took Sora's obliviousness to the extreme, didn't we? All for the sake of attempted comedy. Thanks for reading.
To TheColourOfStarlight: It had to be done, or I would've received some complaints. Thank you for reading up to this point!
And lastly, thanks to Tai Calibre, RikuLoverNC1998, sakura's conscience and fanpuppy121 for their alerts/favorites. Wedon't own Kingdom Hearts.
Chapter 6: Never give up!
Sora was crying like never before. It just wasn't fair! Why did they have to take his Roxy away? Why couldn't he stay with him?
"It's okay." Roxas said wrapping his arms around the brunet, who couldn't help but feel selfish, as the blond was the one losing more than him (friends, a home, did Twilight Town even have a shore?). And yet, there he was, hugging him and making him feel better when he should be the one being comforted. "We'll see each other again." He assured with a smile, though he didn't seem too sure.
"Do you promise?" Sora asked. The puppy he had (accidentally) adopted just the week before whined sadly at his master's misery.
"I promise." Roxas eyes were shiny with tears, but he refused to start crying too. "And meanwhile, you have this Roxas." He chuckled bitterly, pointing to the black puppy, who barked trying to cheer up Sora.
"That's NOT his name!" Sora stomped his foot against the floor. "He's Goofy! I don't care what the adoption papers say!" Sora managed to smile. Roxas kissed him in the cheek.
"Whatever you say, Sora," Behind them Roxas' father beeped loudly from the car. "I'll come back as soon as I can." Roxas smiled and got on the car.
"You better!" He shouted as the car sped away. He continued watching that direction until the vehicle was nothing more than a point in the distance (or was that just a fly?)
What could he do now? Just wait for his friend to come back. After all, Roxas was irreplaceable, and he would wait as long as necessary to see him again.
The dog tugged at his pant leg. He looked expectantly at him, as if waiting to see if he felt better.
"What is it, boy? You wanna play?" Goofy began running wildly as he barked. Sora laughed and pursued him with a smile. He'd never forget Roxas, but that didn't mean he had to forget how to be happy.
Sora sighed as he scratched behind Goofy's ears. The dog had gotten a lot calmer (and more of a klutz) as the years passed by, but he always was beside him, helping him through hard times, even if it was by cheering him up with all his clumsy antics.
"You know, boy? Kairi's Romance novels are a load of bull." The dog turned his head lazily. "Men aren't as secure and charming as in novels when they're in love. It only makes them stupider."
Goofy looked at him for a moment before sitting on the sofa, which he had 'strictly forbidden', and licking him on the cheek. Sora laughed easily and hugged his pet.
"You're right. I have to cheer up! So what if Roxas likes someone else? I have to be a good friend and help him through this!" Sora grinned. That seemed enough for the dog, as he got down and promptly fell on his head, yowling in that weird way of his. Sora snorted. "You're hopeless." He snickered, silently thanking his pet for cheering him up and shoving him in the right direction.
He had decided.
He wouldn't give up just yet. Even if he died with jealousy, he would make sure Roxas knew he'd be always there for him. Even through something as ugly as unrequited love.
"I give up."
"Excuse me?" Xion asked, completely out of the loop. She had been walking to class when the blond had unexpectedly dragged her to an empty classroom.
"I give up." Roxas repeated. "About Sora, I give up."
"What? Why?" Xion seriously considered slapping some sense into him, but he looked so miserable she refrained herself.
"It's stupid to continue trying. Everything we did failed, and to be honest, I don't care anymore."
"What do you mean?" She tried being patient. After all, Roxas seemed so broken.
"He's my friend." Roxas explained. "No matter what, he'll always be my friend. I prefer to enjoy my moments with him that try to win him over forever."
"I'll be happy as long as I can be with him."
"What if he finds a lover? Or if he marries? What'll you do then?" Xion tried to reason with him. Self-pity didn't suit the blond at all, it made him both annoying and distressing to be around.
"… I'll be there cheering him on!" He grinned. "I give up, but I'll always be there for him! I love him, after all." The grin faltered just a fraction, but stayed there.
Xion tried to say something else, but the bell was faster than she was. Roxas ran away to not be late. She decided to go at a slower pace, threat of detention be damned.
"They truly deserve each other." She decided. "What a pair of oblivious idiots."
"Roxas," Sora whispered from his desk (which he had changed with Pence's permanently). The blond looked up and smiled warmly.
"What is it, Sora?" He said in a low voice as he pretended to take notes.
"You… you like someone, don't you?" He asked. It wasn't fair to be friends and not having him tell him who his crush was. True, it was a bit hypocritical, but things changed when it was your friend you had fallen for.
Roxas froze. He couldn't… how had he known? Was he too obvious? Did he sigh too often? He glanced at Sora from his notebook, but only saw honest curiosity.
"Is it that obvious?" Playing dumb, that was the answer. He didn't know whether he had figured it out, but he couldn't expose himself that easily.
"Not really…" Sora smiled, but it wasn't right. It looked bitter. "I just heard you and Xion talking about it about a week ago."
"Oh." Roxas blushed, cursing Xion and her loudness when sharing secrets.
"So, is it true?" The brunet pressed, anxious. He knew the answer, but his heart clenched as if expecting something different.
"… Yeah," why lie? He gulped audibly. "But it's not important. I've already given up on him…" Sora's eyes widened. He looked troubled, but Roxas decided not to pry into his friend's business.
"That's… stupid!" Sora raised his voice. "You should continue fighting!"
"Leonhart!" Saïx shouted. "I won't tolerate this behavior! Now, sit down, shut up and at least pretend to be taking notes like these suck-ups!" The students in the front row tried to glare at the teacher, but just a glance in their direction made them squeak like mice.
The brunet blushed, but obeyed. Saïx gave him one last stare of death before turning around once more.
As soon as the bell rang, Sora took Roxas' hand and dragged him out of school with the excuse of walking him home. Roxas agreed through his blush, and followed Sora to the street beyond the school grounds.
"Now, explain, what do you mean when you say you don't want to keep trying?" Sora tried hard not to glare at the blond. It was ridiculous! Roxas was acting like a coward. And even if he'd like to snap the neck of whoever got his Roxy's attention, the blond just wasn't being fair to himself.
"Just that, I tried everything, but nothing worked. So I decided to just be friends with him." Sora wanted to wipe that fake smile off his face. He was hurting. He knew because he had to be 'only' friends with him too. At least in his case, if anything changed he would jump at the chance to be with him.
"You can't just give up!" Sora replied. "So what if the first few tries didn't work? You have to pull yourself together and go for it!"
"No buts! You'll try again! Until you're outright rejected, the fight ain't over!" The brunet said with fiery eyes. He was helping his unknown rival, but if Roxas was going to be happy, he would help with all his might.
Roxas looked shocked for a moment, but chuckled.
"You never change, do you?" Roxas said with a smile. He took Sora's hand in his and walked to his home. Was it his imagination or did Sora blush? "Okay, I promise. I won't give up just yet." Sora grinned and nodded, giving the blond a light squeeze on his hand.
He said goodbye and kissed him on the cheek. It had become a routine to kiss him goodbye since that embarrassing night. Roxas grinned and went directly to his room, greeting his parents and brother absent-mindedly.
He pulled out his cell phone and texted Xion with a simple 'one last try'. He would try once more, be obvious, so that the only paths were acceptance or rejection.
His phone beeped with an answering text, but he was too busy planning to even hear it.
Sora had been doodling when Roxas basically crashed into his desk. He looked behind him to send a glare to Axel, who just gave him a thumbs up. Xion snickered from her place, but continued looking at (not reading) her book.
"Hi…" Roxas said, blushing and looking embarrassed. It was a different kind of mortification from usual, and that sent Sora to Panic Land.
What if he had found out and thought it was incredibly awkward? He couldn't even think about it without feeling sick. Roxas couldn't leave him, he just couldn't. What about their times together? What about—
Roxas fake-coughed, trying to catch his attention; Sora blushed when he realized he had drifted off, but nodded and gave the blond all his attention.
"Do you want to come over after school? We have to talk… it's kind of important." The words sounded oddly rehearsed. Sora just nodded dumbly, earning him a tense but honest grin from his friend.
He knew. He knew and was going to turn him down. Was he seriously that hopeless he deserved a personalized rejection? The only thing that could make it better was the prospect of still being friends with Roxas, but even that didn't seem that possible.
The day passed way too quickly, as it usually did when someone wanted it to slow down. He followed Roxas wordlessly, as if preparing for execution, not noticing the other looked exactly the same.
Roxas' room came to view all too soon. Sora sat down on the bed and began fidgeting uncontrollably. Would Roxas use a clichéd line? Would he cry? He honestly hoped not. Roxas closed the door and looked around playing with his hands inside his pockets. He let out a chuckle.
"What?" Roxas asked self-consciously.
"That thing with your hands," he pointed at his pockets, smiling despite the situation. "You always do it when you're nervous."
"Oh, you're right." Roxas snickered. He sat down beside Sora, and his face turned suddenly serious. "You know me too well."
"W-well, you do too!" Did he just stutter? Oh God, this was getting bad. Roxas blushed, but continued staring intensely at him.
"Yeah, I guess so…"
Awkward silence… He hated those ones.
"I think we both know why we're here." Sora managed to get out without wavering or shaking. He smiled encouragingly, showing Roxas he didn't resent him. "So let's get this over with."
Roxas' face lit up like a flare, but he managed to nod.
"Okay, here goes." The brunet winced, and waited. "I… I really, really like you… s-since we were children, maybe, I don't know. I'm just sure I never want us to be separated anymore."
Sora stayed frozen in place for almost a minute, trying to make sure he had actually heard that. He finally smiled, took the blond's hand in his, kissed it, and reveled in the feeling of his beloved's flushed skin.
"I hope this is good enough of an answer." He smirked, kissing him lightly on the lips. Roxas just managed to grin.
"Maybe it is, maybe it isn't." He teased lightly. Sora just grinned and hugged him, just like old times.
Roxas was walking to the cafeteria, talking with Xion about Saïx's ruthlessness when his boyfriend attacked with his usual tackle-hug.
No one batted an eyelash at it. It had become so common in the last month that the student body would've been surprised if it hadn't happened.
"Roxy! Did Saïx torture you?" His blue eyes were shiny with worry. Roxas couldn't help but chuckle.
"Completely unscathed, except for a bumbling doofus sitting on me," He smiled lightly. He still hated his dreary childhood nickname, but if it was Sora that said it (with such tenderness and care), it wasn't that bad.
"Don't worry, it looks great on you!" He nuzzled him all over, making him blush.
"Sora! Not here!" He warned. Xion rolled her eyes and helped him up, leaving a whimpering brunet on the floor.
"Spoilsport…" he glared like a child being denied of a christmas present. The girl answer was just a smirk.
"Why, thank you!" Xion bowed mockingly and got in line, hoping to get a pizza. "I just wanted to make sure you don't molest him during school hours." Sora gave a non-committal grunt.
"I can't help it! He's irresistible!" He kissed Roxas on the cheek. His boyfriend just smiled and patted him on the head. "Yay! I'm a good boy!" he said in a high, childish voice.
"Sometimes I think you're way too much trouble." Roxas sighed at the brunet's sudden pout. "But then again, that makes you my lovely Sora."
Once again, I end in a cute, corny note… Sorry about the delay, my sister got married (I get her room!) and I had to help her organize things and pack, reducing my writing time.
Thank you for reading, reviewing and alerts/favorites. Maybe next time, we won't take so long coming up with a new story. Stay tuned!