A/N: I did say I was going to have another chapter in May...
Please excuse this chapter, it has been a long time since I wrote this story and I need to get back into the groove. Hope you like it and have a great day!
"Hey Roxas, slow down!" yelled out Axel as he tried to catch up to his friend.
"I can't, Xion is upset and I can't leave her like that." Roxas yelled back.
"It's no use. She's gone. You did your best, so let it be."
Roxas was not going to have any of that and continued running. He should have known better to not depend so much on Axel. Axel kept persuading him to open the present so that Roxas can show Xion that he couldn't wait to open her gift and had to flaunt it at the party. Roxas knew it was a bad idea but he went along since he didn't know what else to do. Now the young teenager regrets it and Roxas had to fix this before it's too late.
It's another sunny day in Twilight Town and everyone was outside. Roxas and Namine were both playing with a bouncy ball in the park by passing it to each other. As Namine threw the ball to Roxas, he missed and the ball fell in the bushes behind him. The blond boy yelled, "I got it!" before he went to go retrieve the ball.
As he went rummaging through, Roxas spotted the ball nearby. As he grabbed it, he noticed feet sticking out from some leaves. Curiously, Roxas lifted the leaves a little and peaked in. Two blue eyes stared straight back at him and Roxas fell on his back from shock. He quickly got back up and immediately pulled apart the leaves. There sat a girl with very short black hair covered with a hoodie from her sweater.
Roxas had never seen her before but asked, "Hey, are you okay?"
The girl didn't say anything but continued to stare at him. He got nervous but tried again, "Um, do you go to my middle school? Did something happen to you?"
She was still silent until she said, "…leave me alone…"
"A-are you sure? I mean, I can try to help you." but the girl glared at him, and Roxas backed away. He took the ball with him and headed back to the open space where Namine was.
"What took you so long?" Namine asked.
"The ball was hard to find," Roxas lied, "It was thrown pretty far away."
The two continued playing until the sky started to darken. They called it a day and the two began to walk home. Roxas was tempted to check if the strange girl was there but decided against it. As Roxas and Namine were walking home, they passed a house with police cars in front of it. There was a woman crying at the footsteps of the house and a man comforting her as one of the police officers tried to ask her questions.
Namine and Roxas joined the group of onlookers crowding around the scene. There were two officers talking among themselves and holding a photo in their hand near the yellow police tape. Roxas could see it was a picture of the girl he saw at the park. By impulse, Roxas shouted, "I'll see you later Namine!" as he sprinted back to the park.
At the park, Roxas went back to the bushes where he first found the girl. He pushed back the leaves and branches only to find out she wasn't there. He began running around searching for the girl. The sky was darker and the street lights began to flicker above him. Sweat was flowing off his face and he frantically looked around.
"Did she get kidnapped or lost? Hopefully nothing bad happened to her." Roxas thought to himself. As he was running through the park, Roxas spotted someone sitting on the benches. The face was hidden within the hoodie but he was able to recognize the shoes the hooded figure wore.
Roxas jogged up to the girl and asked, "Hey, do you remember me?" Like before, the girl was silent. "Are you okay?" he asked but still got no answer. He decided to bend down to see her face inside her hoodie. When he did, Roxas saw some tears slide off her face.
"You're not okay!" exclaimed Roxas, "What's wrong? You can tell me."
"I want to go home." The girl said before she started to wipe away her tears.
"I can take you home. Everyone is looking for you."
She shook her head and said, "No. That's not my home. This place is not my home. I want to go back to my real home."
Roxas didn't know what else to do at this point. He thought of possibly calling the police to notify them about the missing girl but if he did that she would just run away. He had to keep her with him in a safe place and not outside. In the distance, he could see the store where his mom used to take him when he was little. He remembers sometimes going there after school with his mom to get ice cream or other snacks…that's it!
"Do you want to get ice cream?"
"Yeah, ice cream! Come on!" Roxas pulled the girl's sleeve along as he led her to the store. Once inside, he dragged her to the counter and ordered two sea salt ice cream bars. They both sat down in one of the empty booths and Roxas started eating his ice cream. The girl on the other hand was examining her bar and didn't take one bite out of it.
"Is there something wrong?" Roxas asked.
"It's just that…this ice cream has salt in it."
"Wouldn't that make it taste weird?"
"It would sound strange at first." Roxas explained, "But once you try it, you'll understand why people buy this ice cream."
The girl was not convinced but she forced herself to take one nibble. As the ice cream started to melt in her mouth, her eyes grew wider. "Wow, this taste great!"
Roxas just nodded his head as she ate away her ice cream. Slowly he noticed her mouth turned into a grin and relief washed over him.
Noticing him staring at her, the girl asked, "Is there something on my face?"
A light blush swept across his face, "Oh n-no, there isn't anything on you. Um, by the way what's your name?"
"If you tell me yours first then I'll tell you mine."
"My name is Roxas."
"Xion, how come you don't want to go back to your parents? They were very worried."
"I hate them. They forced me to leave my friends and my old home. I thought maybe I can go back on my own but I realized I couldn't. I'm trapped…and alone."
"You don't have to be alone. I can be your friend and we can play together in the park with my friend Namine."
Before Xion could respond, two police officers came into the store after they spotted her. They took the two kids into custody after Roxas convinced Xion to not resist and that he would stay by her. Both of them were in the police station until their parents came and scolded them. But after the whole ordeal, Roxas stopped by Xion's house the next day to invite Xion to play with him and Namine at the park.