The Christmas shoes

Riku growled under his breath. It was Christmas time again, one of his least favorite holidays. He didn't like it much because all people cared about was getting presents when it was supposed to be about giving. And here he was…standing in yet ANOTHER line with presents for his family.

"Come on. I gotta get this over with," he grumbled. He had promised that he'd go caroling with Sora and Kairi tonight, but he'd never get to do it by the looks of it.

In front of him was a young boy about 10 holding a pair of red Christmas shoes. He had dirt on his clothes. He paced back and forth while waiting.

"This kid must be poor," Riku thought.

Finally it was time for the boy to pay. He set the shoes on the counter and looked at the cashier.

"Sir, please hurry. I wanna buy these for my mom. She's been very sick."

The cashier nodded and counted the money.

He looked at the boy sadly. He said, "Sorry kid. There's not enough here."

The boy frantically dug around in his pockets but couldn't find any spare change.

"Maybe you can get them after Christmas," he suggested.

The boy started to cry. "But it'll be too late."

Riku knelt down and asked, "Hey kid, what's wrong?"

The boy looked at him with tears in his eyes and said, "My mom's been very sick and…and this is gonna be her last Christmas… so I wanna buy her these shoes… and I want her to look beautiful if she meets Jesus tonight."

Riku felt something tug at his heart. He got out ten dollars and gave it to the cashier.

"It's for him," he told the cashier. He handed the shoes to the boy with a smile.

The boy gave a huge smile, hugged Riku, and said, "Thank you sir!", and ran out the doors.

After Riku paid for his stuff, he ran out the doors and ran down the street. He darted around a corner and found Sora and Kairi with a bunch of other people singing in front of a house.

"It was almost Christmas time, and there I stood in another line

Trying to by that latst gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood.

Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously.

Pacing round like little boys do and in his hands he held a pair of shoes."

"Hey guys."

"Oh hey Riku!", Sora greeted. "What took you so long?"

Riku smiled. "I was in this store and I ran into this boy. He wanted to buy his mom a pair of shoes because she was dying, but he didn't have enough. So I helped him pay for them."

Kairi smiled and said, "Aww... that was so sweet Riku."

"Wait. Didn't a boy holding a shoe box run into that house a minute ago?", Sora asked As he pointed at the house in front of him.

Riku's eyes widened. He snapped out of it when he finally heard the song that the carolers were singing. Sora, Riku, and Kairi recognized the song.

Riku smiled and belted out the next verse.

"I knew I'd caught a glimpse of heaven's love as he thanked me and ran out.

I knew that God has sent that little boy to remind me… what Christmas is all about."

The rest of the carolers joined in.

"Sir I wanna buy these shoes for my mama please.

It's Christmas Eve and these shoes and these shoes are just her size.

Could you hurry sir? Daddy says there's not much time.

You see… she's been sick for quite a while and I know these shoes will make her smile.

And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight."

Sora, Riku, and Kairi sang the last part together.

"I want her to look beautiful… If mama meets Jesus… tonight."

After they finished singing, everyone left except for Sora, Riku, and Kairi, who stood in front of the house until the light was turned off. When the light turned off, the trio knew exactly what happened. They bowed their heads in respect before leaving.

As they went home, the boy's words rang through Riku's head.

"I want her to look beautiful… if mama meets Jesus…tonight."

Author Note: I have to be honest... I cried when I saw the movie. Who else did?