A/N: I do not own any characters. I'm sure you guys expect late updates by now, but my apologies anyway.

Chapter 16: Apologies

"So this was all an elaborate plan to woo us?" Kairi said as she shook the letter Namine had found. Her face was red, and her temper was starting to get out of control. "I trusted Sora. I don't care about this whole scheme. How could he?"

Namine had her phone in her hand, still re-reading the texts from Roxas. She just shook her head. "I think it was just a gesture that went wrong, Kai."

Kairi stomped off to her room, tossing her phone to the side. All she wanted to do was be alone right now…. Or did she?

She pulled her laptop from its bag and fired it up, sitting it in her lap.

Welcome to WarScape!

Username: Ariae

Password: ********


New Message from: Faeron

Why, hello there Lady Kairi.

You to Faeron : Hi Vanitas.

Faeron to You: How's everything?

Kairi sat for a moment, her hands hovering above the keyboard. She couldn't tell Sora's cousin about what had happened. Even though she felt hurt, it'd almost be like betraying Sora. No doubt her words would get back to him. Better to keep this all neutral and friendly, Kairi thought.

You to Faeron: Good. Just cutting down some trees to make some bows. Trying to get my fletching up.

Faeron to You: Mind if I join you?

You to Faeron: Not at all. I'm in Wonderland cutting down the magic trees.

Faeron to You: I'll be there soon.

You to Faeron: Okay.

Ariae has gathered 25 magic logs. Faeron has joined Ariae.

Faeron to You: So how's the vacation?

You to Faeron: Not what I expected.

Faeron to You: That doesn't sound good. What's up?

You to Faeron: Just a dumb boy.

Faeron to You: LOL! Boy's are all dumb my lady.

You to Faeron: This boy especially.

Faeron to You: Need me to beat him up?

You to Faeron: No. It's fine.

Faeron to You: Kairi… Do you want to talk about it?

You to Faeron: No. Let's just keep this about the game.

Faeron to You: Of course my lady. Polite game conversation… So have you done the special summer event yet?

You to Faeron: They already released it?! Where is it this year?

Even though Vanitas was trying to help keep her mind off of it, Kairi couldn't stop thinking about what had just happened. And why hadn't Sora gotten in touch with her yet? No apology, no anything. It pulled at her heart but she just brushed it off. She'd deal with it later.

Outside the hotel…

"Do you really think this will work?" Sora asked for the twentieth time that night.

"Yes. Now don't ask again or I'll strangle you," Roxas poked him in the chest, half teasing/half serious.

"We got this guys, just stay out here and we'll smooth things over," Riku said, trying to sound positive even though the guys could tell he felt horrid for what happened. After all, it was his idea.

"Got it. We'll be here." Roxas confirmed then took Sora by the arm and went to the nearby coffee shop to wait.

Axel and Riku watched them go then looked at each other.

"This is a fucking mess, Riku."

"I know. Let's get inside and fix this."

In Kairi and Namine's room…

Namine stood in Kairi's doorway, her arms crossed. "Kai…" Namine sighed. All she wanted to do was comfort her, but Kairi was still so angry.

"I just want to be left alone right now." Kairi snapped, her eyes on her computer screen. Namine took no offense to her harsh tone though.

"That's the last thing you need. Get off that and come help me find dinner and a good movie. They have Frozen!" Namine smiled as she tried to bribe her.

Kairi turned in her seat, giving up on the relief of gaming and gave her cousin a cold glare. "I don't want to do anything. You don't understand! I felt like I was falling for him… and this… I don't–" Kairi was interrupted by a knock on the door. The girls looked at the door then at each other and asked simultaneously, "Did you order room service?"

Namine went to the door while Kairi typed a quick message to Vanitas and signed out. She then caught up to Namine who was on her tiptoes looking through the peephole in the door.

"Who is it, Nami?" Kairi whispered.

Namine looked at her and rolled her eyes before unlocking the door and throwing it open. "Come on in boys."

Kairi frowned as Riku and Axel walked in. They looked like kicked puppies, hands in their pockets, their eyes barely leaving the floor as they came inside their apartment.

"What is it?" Namine asked, crossing her arms. "I've already talked to Roxas–"

"This isn't about Roxas." Riku interrupted, finally looking her in the eye before turning to Kairi who was completely silent.

"Kairi, I know you're upset, but it's not Sora's fault. It was all my idea." Riku began, taking a step towards her. "If you want to be mad at anyone, be mad at me. Sora really… he really cares about you. He likes you a lot."

Kairi bit her bottom lip and looked down at her hands.

"Let me fix this Kairi." Riku held out his hand. "I'll take you to him. Then you can talk about this."

Kairi took a deep breath and let it out slowly before taking his hand. "Alright. Let's go."

Riku smiled and led her out, Axel following behind. Namine watched them go all the way down the hall into they disappeared. She quietly closed the door behind herself and stood there for a moment, her back against it.

She felt a little sad. She missed Roxas. Texting was good and all, but she finally got to see him person. He hugged her, and she had to admit that it had felt so warm and right. If only… well, no thinking about that right now.

She sighed grabbed her controller off the coffee table and flipped on the game station. "Guess it's just you and me tonight game station."

"Well, it doesn't have to be," came a familiar voice from the door.

Namine turned, her face already breaking into a smile.