A/N: I own nothing of KH, but this story is mine. I got a little stuck with my other stories, so here's my logic: just start another story and make it even harder for yourself... I know, I make no sense at all, but after I reread some parts of my story Prankwar I just felt like writing about this pairing again. A CloudxTifa story 'The First Time' by Razzmatazzy inspired me to do this. And if you have any ideas, suggestions or requests about a certain first moment between them that you want me to write about, I'm all ears. Please keep it T-rated, though. For now, this story will probably have only eleven chapters. This chapter isn't that special, though, because I've written at least 4 times about how these two met. Still, I hope you'll enjoy this. Terra's eleven years old here and Aqua's ten. :)

The story cover is drawn by ~luckcharm (on dA) for me. Please don't use it without her permission.

© WishingDreamer5, February 2012

Special thanks: RoseOfADifferentColor, for her magnificent beta skills. :)

~ If Terra had to describe her, he would say that she looked exactly like a doll. ~

It was another boring, average day in the Land of Departure. The weather was warm and clear; Terra enjoyed being outside feeling the sun on his lightly tanned skin. There was absolutely nothing special about this day, or so he assumed.

He was in the midst of fine-tuning a newly taught move when Master Eraqus had called him over. Curious, as to what the older man wanted, he stopped his training and headed towards the castle, as fast as his legs could carry him. After all, he didn't want to disappoint his master, the man he respected, admired and looked up to since the moment they had met. And that was when it happened; at that moment, everything, his whole world started spinning. It made him dizzy beyond belief, but in a good way.

"Terra, I'd like to introduce you to a new trainee, who will stay with us from now on. Her name is Aqua..." Eraqus introduced, once Terra had reached them.

Aqua... He'd never heard of such a name before. It sounded foreign and just plain different.

Needless to say, everything the Master said onward, went unheard by the awestruck boy, because her cerulean eyes demanded his attention. He simply couldn't tear his gaze away from her eyes, a pair of the deepest, brightest blue he had ever seen, radiating mystery and innocence with every look.

If Terra had to describe her in one word, he would say that she looked like a doll. Not a Barbie doll, though, because those were plastic things that pretended to be perfect. The girl standing before her wasn't that way at all. She was as real as his dreams... if that made any sense. It did to him. That was not all, though; Aqua looked so incredibly innocent, so fragile that if Terra pushed her too hard, then she would break surely. Or perhaps her image would fade away, clearing up like mist.

Well, then I have to be extra careful, and protect her from people that want to hurt her, the brunet male concluded.

When she smiled shyly at him, he felt his cheeks burn, imagining the shade of red they were currently turning.

After Master Eraqus had finished his unheard speech, he said, "Well then, I'll leave you two to get know each other. I shall be in my study if you need me."

With that, he headed back inside leaving the children without supervision. The instant he was gone, Terra felt slightly awkward, not knowing how to act around this new girl. He'd been an only child and the only thing he knew about girls was the fact that they were weird. Right now, it was like she was trying to avoid eye contact with him... Or was he imagining it? The brunet boy was vaguely aware of how long his arms were. He had to look stupid with his arms hanging limply at his sides, with no idea what to do with them.

Then, out of the blue, she asked, "So what were you doing?"

He almost jumped at the unexpected sound of her voice. It sounded sweet, shy and a tad bit curious, her pitch almost melodic.

"What, when?" he asked, his brows furrowed into a light frown.

"Before the Master called you, I meant."

Oh, of course. That. After all, what else could she mean? He wanted to hit himself for not realizing that, but refrained. That probably wouldn't leave a good impression on her.

For Heaven's Sake, Terra, stop panicking like that! You'll look like even more of an idiot. Honestly, it's not like she's gonna bite your head off now. This girl's probably more nervous than you are. He thought, internally admonishing himself.

"Oh. Uhm...training," he muttered, looking away, abashed.

"Ah... I see."

And the subject went dead right there, as they stood awkwardly in the middle of the green field.

Meanwhile, Terra tried to look at everything else, asides from Aqua. The idea of her watching him train somehow made him feel self conscious, especially because she was a girl. That brought extra pressure on his shoulders. Just how long had she been standing there? He tried to come up with a topic to talk about, something that would pique her interest, but his brains didn't seem to cooperate at the moment. Why was it so hardto talk with girls?

The blue-haired pupil took a deep steadying breath, before she spoke next, "Can you demonstrate, please?"

This caught Terra completely off-guard, his eyebrows practically disappeared into his hairline as he raised them.

"Uh... what?"

"You know, show me what you've learned so far?" As soon as she'd opened her mouth, she blushed, adding in an extra sentence as not to insult him. "But of course, you don't have to do it if you don't want to. I mean... I'm sorry, I shouldn't have as-"

"Sure, why not?" The words were out before he could stop himself.

Terra bit his tongue, closing his eyes because of his stupidity. I just had to open my big mouth again! She'll laugh at me for sure, but I can't take it back now. I promised her... Okay, I can do this. There's no need to give up without trying. Here I go...

Terra forgot his self-consciousness and focused on remembering his training. The Master's instructions about using the Keyblade echoed in his mind to use the weapon as an extension of his arm. Everything would be all right. It was a good thing he'd mastered his newest move, or else he would have made himself look like an even bigger fool. He just fervently hoped it wouldn't look that pathetic. He tried not to look at Aqua, fearing her reaction. Little did he know that his audience was thoroughly impressed, she could hardly pull her eyes away.

When he had finished, he let himself fall into the green grass, dismissing his keyblade. Aqua applauded him enthusiastically. This made the brunet look up, confusion clearly written on his face. She was clapping? Why? It wasn't like he'd done something unbelievable.

"Wow, that was so good!" she cried, breathless.

Terra scratched the back of his head, messing up his chocolate-colored hair further. He didn't seem to notice however, or care.

"Uh... thanks, I guess."

"So do you... uhm... Do you think I can do that, too?" She asked, with a hint of shyness to her voice.

"Oh, uhm sure. I don't see why you can't. Master Eraqus is a really good teacher. I bet he can teach us both everything he knows. Maybe even more if he's in a good mood!"

She nodded at his reply, a thoughtful look appearing on her delicate face. "Okay..."

"So, how about I give you a tour of the castle? We wouldn't want you getting lost..." He suggested, smirking slightly.

Almost immediately, a radiant smile appeared on her face. "I'd love to."

"Okay, c'mon."

They both headed to the castle. Although they were unaware, Master Eraqus had been watching his pupils interact with interest. His study window looked out on the courtyard downstairs, an excellent vantage point of the grounds below. It had been a good idea after all to let them alone, so they could get used to each other's presence. The wise man knew that these two would be good friends in no time. Experience told him that children always made friends easily and this was no different with Terra and Aqua.

A/N: So how did you think it went for the first chapter? :)

Next chapter: First wounds (...and a crying Aqua?). Updates for this story might be slow, though, because I want to finish my other Terqua story "Amnesia Completa" first, due to it having a deadline.