Noctis was preparing to go to his bedroom, throught the corridors was incredible silence that was in the castle, walking very quiet, could see that one of the bedrooms had the door half open, he approaches the bedroom and was of Lightning... Noctis: Hey Momo .. (crouching, talking quietly, but smiling)At that time Noctis I can see that the bedroom window is fully openNoctis: wait here Momo (rising and approaching the window)Walked toward the window, half look at Lightning, who was sound asleep and not too wrapped up .. moved on and closed the window.Noctis: well .. so will be betterIs decided in clothing being returned to Lightning, but it gets something between her legs causing him to lose his balance and falling on her .... Noctis had his arms in face of Lightning not know what to do in a situation like this, if she would wake up and if they meant to spend the night in his room in this awkward position ..Noctis: Momo, I'll pay (avoiding wake Lightning)Momo: ......... (Sitting and mediating the tail)Noctis: Damn .. Why I feel different? My heart beats very fast (swallowing hard)Noctis: but .. had never seen sleep .. (Staring)After a time estimate, Noctis and could not be much time in the same position ..Noctis: I do not feel my arms, I'm so tired (looking tired)At that time Lightning moved in bed, as if hugging a pillow, but the first thing I got was that he finished Noctis fall on ...Lghtning: Noctis ... I love you .. (Speaking asleep)Noctis could not do anything else at this time was into the arms of Lightning no escape.Noctis: I can feel your breath closer (even more than having her forehead)Noctis: that lips so perfect .. (All flushed)Noctis: will that I can touch them with mine? (Going slowly)Approaching every moment on the lips of Lightning, Nocis felt that his heart was going out of his chest .. was all sweaty and his legs were very restless, as if to kick someone.Made it to the lips of Lightning, and it felt so nice, not thought Noctis and got comfortable, until suddenly, Lightning had awakened! Lightning pushed him to one side of the bed to get rid of him.Lightning: What the hell are you doing here and that ... me, kiss me.Noctis: It was all because of your beloved puppy!, Besides, you had the window open and it was very cold, so I'm here, and about the kiss .... Mmmmm, do not know.So the discussion that is harmonized hard for hours, while Lightning was still upset and talking about what happened, I was mesmerized watching her intently Noctis, as if to jump again to kiss her, until I doubt it twice and kiss. This time was different, Lightning not push it away from her, he stayed still, but it felt so good, the only thing on his mind at that time was that Noctis not leave and stay with her forever.Noctis: I want to be my faithful companion for the rest of our lives, I want you to be my princess.Lightning began to mourn, but not sadness, but of joy as he finally Noctis confezo his love for her.Lightning: Noctis not leave me alone? (While in the arms of Noctis)Noctis: I swear, everything will be alright, never let you alone (embracing her tightly)
I'm sorry! I did my best. This is my first story, and is the first time I write in both English (I'm terrible with English, excuse me!) Please comment, to further improve and to change my mistakes. This is the English version of the story "The room" Momo is the puppy of Lightning, thanks to Momo, Noctis could be lightning in his arms, I hope you like it, and anything, leave your comments!
Disclaimer: I do not own anything I own nothing (c)Square Enix (but Momo is the name of my dog!)
Lightning was left with no choice at all. She had been running after her time for days, working, skipping meals to get things in order for her boss. She hadn't slept well lately. It was the 21th December. And she hadn't gotten the time to buy even one of her Christmas present this year. She had to find one for Serah at least. And since Snow was bound to become her brother-in-law, she had to give him a present too. Then there was Hope, her favorite student. It wasn't right to give something to one student in peculiar, but Lightning had known Hope and the Estheim family for a long time and she was his godmother since years. There was Sazh too, who was a good coworker at the Academic Soldier Center. They were forming soldiers and researchers to protect Cocoon from any Pulse's threat. Her boss, Dysley, was a slaver, but the inner cause she could defend while working there was just enough to bear with him.
Anyway, her unl'cie project wasn't the matter now. Christmas was coming soon and she hadn't anything ready. No food, no presents. Not even a Christmas tree. Serah thought it was sad, but Lightning knew there was a reason for that and now that she had her break from work for two weeks, she would make things right for that matter.
She wrapped her scarf around her neck and put on her red and brown wool hat. It was raining slightly outside and her car was dead since she had lent it to Fang for one of her party with Vanille. These two girls, Lightning would never get them. Alright, they were like sisters and she had a sister, but she never was that protective of Serah. Fang couldn't let Vanille go somewhere without following her. Anyway, the dead car was Rygdea's fault. That moron had driven her car right into a building. Nobody had been hurt, but Lightning was sure she would never lend anything to Fang or her boyfriend ever again. As for Vanille, she could get along with her, especially in party, when she would get herself drunk. Or when she was mad. But she would never lend anything to that red haired girl while in her right mind. Vanille was a gentle but unpredictable woman.
These three weren't getting any present from her this year. Not after what they'd done to her car. That was less headaches for her. But then again, she should find something for Dajh. And Noctis needed a present too after all. They'd been going out for some time now. Had it been one year already? One and a half she guessed as she looked at herself in the mirror and finished buttoning up her black coat. She looked alright, but she had seen better days. She needed a shower. She needed a whole night of sleep. She was twenty four years old. And as she looked at her reflection, she felt ugly. Her skin wasn't clear enough, there was dark bags under her eyes. She sighed.
She hadn't seen Noctis in days. With their jobs, they couldn't see each other much except for the weekends. He had mentioned about settling down together once, but she wasn't sure if she was ready for something like that. She liked ordfer and he was organized only when his things were in a mess. She liked to prepare for things and she hated surprise, but he was impulsive. She liked that side of him, but could she live with him every day? Waking up next to him in the morning felt nice. Really nice. She sighed again. She really had to get going. It was raining outside and the winter air was chilly. She walked out, decided to get done with her errands in an hour or two. But she was obliged to walk to the central supermarket since her car was broken. She wouldn't just call a cab. She needed her money for the presents and her salary wasn't astronomic. Since she had to buy another car, she couldn't do crazy expenses.
The rain was falling hastily and strongly. Lightning hurried down the road to get out of the apartment lot. From there, it was a fifteen minutes walk till the central plaza of Palumpolum. It turned into half an hour of walking with the steep path of melted and slippery ice and brown snow.
"I hate winter", she thought out loud.
The walk wasn't that bad. Her boots were totally water proof, the sky was white and she was lost in her thoughts, looking for good presents. What would Serah like this year? A jewel? A piece of clothing? A plushy, maybe. Or a book? Alright, she was already lost and she was thinking of her sister.
She tried to picture a nice present for Noctis then. It was their first Christmas as a couple. It had to be good. To hold a special meaning. Well, he was a big kid, a video game could be alright for him. Or maybe a snowboard? He would like that, but she would never be able to afford it. Maybe just a nice and hot weekend together in a gentle chalet would be enough. They were pretty intimate, but not that often. They couldn't see each other enough and their love wasn't just about sex. She especially liked the fact that Noctis was a true gentleman with her. He never rushed her, well, only when she was giving him the right too. He was always patient and honest. She was smiling as she walked when suddenly, a car drove past her at an incredible speed and splashed her all over.
Because of the rain, there were big puddles over the streets and in any depression of the ground. Lightning had been doing her best evading the puddles, not wanting to walk too deep in it and to run the risk to get her feet wet. And now, the water was rolling down her face, sinking under her wool hat, covering her wool coat with brown traces. She kept on walking in case she would be splashed again by another car, utter shock written all over her face. She was really angry. What was the problem of that person in her car?! She wanted to dry herself, but even her sleeves were soaked. It had been so sudden, she felt ready to cry, feeling humiliated. But she kept on walking, kept on looking forward. This wasn't going to stop her now. Not that, nor the fact that her car was ruined or that it was way too close of Christmas for her to find something good for everyone.
After crossing the nth streets, she turned to enter the parking lot of the central plaza. She hurried herself to the entrance, to search in her purse for some tissue to wipe the water off her face. It was at this moment that he arrived. She didn't notice him. A guy passed next to her so fast he hit her with his shoulder and she was almost thrown in the entrance door of the plaza. His voice made her jump as he almost yelled in surprise:
"I'm sorry, I Lightning?!"
She looked over her shoulder, water still pouring down her cheek.
From all the people she didn't want to meet, it had to be Noctis. Which wasn't utterly bad. But she felt so ugly at this moment, so not presentable. His smiling face changed as he saw her wet cheeks.
"Are you alright? Hey, you're crying?! What's wrong?"
"No, I just I got splashed all over by a car that passed by me." she growled.
"I see. Never thought I'd run into you like this. Come here." He gently dragged her inside the plaza though she didn't want to get in until at least her face was dry. They stopped close to the entrance, but far enough not to be run into by some people.
He used his wool gloves to wipe the water off her face.
"Here, it was really my Light under there." he teased her, cupping her face with his hands.
She smiled, blushing slightly. Finally, she was happy that he had showed up at this moment. She had missed him during the last weeks. And he sure seemed glad to be with her now.
"Stop it, Noct, people are looking at us." she pleaded
He looked around them, letting go of her face and realized that there was some people staring at them. Old ladies thought he was cute, kids were laughing and other adults were just smiling slightly. His face turned red as he tried to clear his throat and get back his composure. As long as he didn't know there was an audience, he could do almost anything. But he was so shy deep down. Lightning grabbed his hand and lead him deeper in the plaza.
"Thanks. I was really shocked after that car passed. I've got enough things on my mind lately. I didn't need that."
"Nobody does. You're not cold, are you? If you want, I could get you another coat or "
"No, it's only wet on the outside. But it must look terrible though."
"It's just shining because of the water. It will dry up and be as always, you'll see." he cheered her.
As they walked through the crowd, it felt easier to talk and laugh, since nobody was minding them. They kept holding each other hands to be sure not to lose each other in the flow of passing people.
"By the way Light, can you tell me why you're here?"
"Christmas shopping." she answered.
"Wow. I'd never thought you'd be late for that. I mean, I am late, each year, but you're always so organized and ready for everything."
It sounded bad the way he said it and she glared at him, as if he was giving her a reproach.
"I was too busy with work. All the copies I had to correct and the field tests to prepare. You can't begin to imagine."
"Awww So that's why you didn't answer any of my mails and calls, is it?"
"You called me?!"
"About tenth time. You never seemed to be home or to have your cell turned on. I was starting to think you had been kidnapped or something."
He laughed as she punched him slightly in the shoulder and he dodged it. But as her fist touched a big man walking right behind them, they held back their breath for a moment, before to dive in the crowd, so that they would get far away from the man's sight.
"You can be so impulsive sometimes." he sighed as they entered a public store.
"I said I was sorry "
"Alright, alright. How about we do our Christmas shopping together?"
"I hoped you would suggest it. Who are you getting a present anyway?"
"I need one for Stella and Cid, of course." he said, looking around, trying to spot something that could be the perfect gift.
Stella was his childhood friend and the wife of his best friend, Cid Raines. Lightning pouted a little as he didn't name her, but she guessed he wouldn't get a present for her right in her face. As he turned back to her, she was smiling at new.
"What about you?" he asked her.
"Well, I still need to find something for Hope, Serah, Snow, Sazh and Dajh."
She counted on her fingers to be sure she wasn't forgetting anyone.
"That's a lot of people. But what about Vanille and Fang?"
"They destroyed my car."
"I see Want a new one for next year?"
"Noctis, I know you don't have the money to afford it."
"Oh, don't you have any confidence in me? If I say I can get you one "
"You didn't say that you could. And I'll pay my own car." she cut him off, walking past him and removing her gloves and wool hat.
"Always so independent," he thought out loud.
Sometimes, he really wished she would depend on him a little more. His grey coat made him looked pretty slim and she smiled as he caught up with her and grabbed her hand.
"Need any help for the guys' presents?"
"Well, Sazh could use a new blazer. Or a haircut."
"How about a date with a nice girl?"
"I don't think they sell anything like that around here."
They both laughed and kept on walking between the alleys when suddenly, something caught Lightning's attention. She froze and Noctis stopped to look up in the same direction as her.
All there was were big plushy toys on the top of an alley. They looked fluffy and one was shaped as a yellow bird. A chocobo as he recognized. He looked back at Lightning. Her mouth was hanging open and her eyes were starting to shine. He looked back up at the chocobo plushy, than at Light. A smile was growing on her face.
"Hey, what is it?"
"That's it! Just what I need for Dajh!"
"Okay. You want a caddy or something, because it's a big bird you chose."
"No, it should be alright."
She walked up to the alley and stretched herself as much as she could to grab the bird. But it was way too high up. She jumped and almost slipped as she touched the ground again. Noctis secured her almost fall and grabbed the chocobo in her stead.
"Here. You could just have asked some help."
"Wait, I'm going to cover it with water."
She hastily undid the button of her coat and opened it to be able to take the plushy in her arms without messing it up with water. Noctis couldn't help but smile seeing Lightning with such a big plushy. She never was after sweet things, or so, she never liked to show it off. But that chocobo was so big, she couldn't hold it without letting its head stroking against her chin, otherwise, he would brush the ground, and as every supermarket, the floor was covered with brown water due to the snow outside.
"You look so cute." he whispered to himself.
She just smiled and turned around to go on and find another gift. With some luck, she would have another flash right when she would see it. As she walked, the chocobo's head was stroking her head and she laughed a little, stroking her cheek against it.
"So fluffy "
She looked like a little girl. And Noctis thought that something like that could do a nice present for her.
"You sure you don't wanna keep this fluffy bird? You seem to like it a lot."
"What?! No, I "
"Ha ha ha ha! I was just joking, Light," he reassured her as she was starting to blush and trying to get back her composure.
They went to the electronic part of the store, to find something for Snow or Hope. Walking through the video games alley took them about half an hour. Noctis had to check every game and place a comment, since he had played most of these games already. When they reached half of the alley, Lightning had already had enough. She once liked RPGs, but she didn't have much time anymore to play games. How Noctis could keep his jobs, play a dozen of games and complete them all at the same time as being able to go out with her, she couldn't tell. Maybe he didn't sleep at night. That would explain his ability of falling asleep as soon as he wasn't doing anything.
"That one was great." Noctis told her. "But this one's better. What kinda gamers they are?"
"I don't know. Snow is not a big thinker, puzzles would kill his brain."
"Hmmm Okay. I don't know, all these games are so long to complete A good old fighting game could do the trick. Or maybe a western."
"Don't pick something that he would like too much. If he spends all his time gaming, Serah would be so sad that he's not taking care of her as much as before."
"Maybe we should find something else for him. But Hope would definitely like a game. How about Red dead redemption?"
"Hope hasn't the age for that one. Isn't it nothing but killing people and stuff?"
"No, no, you can shoot all you want to, but "
"Noctis, I know you're the multi gamer type, but I can't buy a mature game for Hope. He's still a kid, alright?"
"Okay, okay, then The last Tales of could do it. Those games are always nice."
"A Tales of? He already has them all "
"How about a gift card to buy himself what he wants then?"
"Isn't that lame?"
"Hey, just pick a game I tell you about or a gift card or give it a rest, I'm trying to help you here."
"I know. I'm sorry. I want to find something that Hope would really want."
"Hey, wait, I think I got it! Final fantasy XIII Versus. It has just come out and it's one of the most awesome game ever made."
"I don't know. There's too many FF games."
"Come on Light. It's awesome, Hope totally can't own it already and he'll have like two hundred of hours to play on it."
"You played two hundred of hours on it?"
"I made this game, for heaven sake!"
People looked at them with surprise, as if the guy was crazy and Noctis sighed. It wasn't easy to be a game developer, even on Cocoon.
"You made it? I thought you only worked on its early development."
"Hey, I spent almost six years of my life working on it."
"Alright, alright, I'll take one. No wait, two copies. Gotta check it out for myself." she decided.
Noctis hadn't worked on many games right now. He was still pretty young. He worked especially on graphics and combat programming, since he was an expert in fighting. That was how they'd met, precisely. In an advanced fighting class they both had taken. For the first time, a guy had beaten the great army teacher Lightning. And she had taken her revenge over him for it, quite a lot
"Oh no, just one, I'll lend you my copy of the game, Light."
"I guess it could be nice. Its price's not cheap."
"Hey, that's the industry for you."
After more wandering about, they found Snow's present. A chess game. This would be a cheap shot, but Lightning wanted to see his face as she'd told him she had thought of him because she was sure that even with practice, he would never win a chess game against her. Noctis thought it wasn't really nice, but Snow would surely take the joke for what it was and have a good laugh. For Serah, Lightning found a movie about a girl traveling in time she had seen it once and fallen asleep over it, but it was a nice movie, she was just too tired at the time to appreciate it for what it was- and she finally found something for Sazh! A miniature replica of his favorite car.
Noctis found a necklace for Stella and a nice walking stick for Cid. Lately, Cid had had an accident and had broken one of his leg, so Noct thought having a nice stick would do him some good. At least, he would feel cool while walking around with it.
"So, if I get it right, you're on foot to get back home with all of these presents?"
"That's right " she sighed.
"That sure would be nice."
They had been in the plaza for about two hours and had eaten together in some small restaurant, with all their presents under their table. As they walked out, it wasn't raining anymore, but snowing and the air had gone quite chilly. They hurried through the parking lot, slipping on the ice and melting snow, trying to stay careful not to be hit by some car rushing in or out of the parking. Everyone was in a hurry since Christmas was coming. They put all the presents on the back seat. As they were going to get in, they noticed the numerous jams on the streets.
"Gosh, it looks like everyone has gone out at the same time."
The lines just for getting out of the parking lot were so long they almost reached the entrance of the plaza.
"What d'you say Lightning, if we left the gifts here and head back home on foot. I'll get everything to your place tonight, when everything will be closed."
"As long as I don't get splashed by another car. My coat is almost back to normal."
He laughed and after locking his car's doors- walked up to her, giving her his arm.
"I shall shield you from the road's dangers if any car can drive fast enough to splash the people passing by!" he proclaimed.
She giggled at that and grabbed his arm. They headed down the streets, being careful of the frozen puddles along the way. Once or twice, they slipped and fell down, but Noctis always managed to take the shock in Lightning's stead. They were laughing as they reached the alley to Light's apartment. Maybe was it the fact that their work was over for a few days, or the snow falling on the blue dark sky, or just the feeling of being together. But as they walked and Noctis wrapped his arm around her, she leaned her head on his shoulder. And they talk about the Christmas they had had before. This Christmas they were going to share. The games he was working on, the projects she was running. Everything had the same importance at this point and nothing was really the matter.
She was happy to have Noctis with her. And as they stopped before the building where her apartment was, they couldn't decide to go inside.
"Hey Noctis, it's your first winter in Palumpolum, right?"
He had moved in from a faraway town. She had no idea how far away his town was, really.
"I have been working so much lately, I didn't even realize that winter was really here. Didn't even had the time to make a snowman or something."
"A snowman, at your age?"
"It was a tradition for Serah and me to do a snowman every year at winter."
"I see. Well, If you wanna do one now, there's no problem with me."
"You must think I'm crazy."
"Not at all."
They got to it and soon, their preparations turned into a snowball fight. Who had been the first to throw one at the other, they didn't know. They were just like little kids and it sure felt nice to act so freely, even though they were adults. Rolling in the snow, chasing each other around the building and into the woods near them, they gently purchased each other till they were out of breathe. As Noctis was out of ammo, he gave up and said she had won, but wouldn't stop to fire just with that, and he ran to Lightning, covering his face to protect himself and pushed her down to the ground, so that she wouldn't be able to throw anything at him anymore. They rolled over themselves once or twice, ending with Noctis lying on top of Lightning, and both of them were smiling and laughing as they looked for their breath. But as he slowly raised his head and they could look in each other eyes, they sank back into the adults they were.
Lightning cheeks were bright red and Noctis locks were a mess. He hadn't anything to cover his ears and he was certainly starting to feel the cold.
"We didn't do your snowman, huh?"
"It was still fun." she smiled.
And he smiled back. Times like these were just so perfect. He felt that he would break all the magic if he did move or tried anything. But he couldn't help himself. Her eyes were asking him a lot of question. For a moment, she looked shy, though they knew each other so well. She still felt ugly and she couldn't understand why he would stay with her and look at her like this. She put her hands on his chest, as to push him away. His arms slipped under her, to keep her close.
"I hadn't had that much fun in a long time." he said.
"And I missed you lately."
"So did I, Light."
He leaned in, till his mouth could brush against her and she grabbed his collar, pulling him into a long and warm kiss. This too had been missed. So much more than they had thought. She had him rolling on his back and he held her to him, as close as he could. It was a little harder than usual to reach each other with their big coats, but her lips were over his and it felt as if they couldn't part from each other anymore. His fingers felt numb in his gloves and they both shivered as the wind blew over them. She moaned a little as she raised herself up and finally sat over him.
"Are you cold?"
"A little." he admitted.
She started undoing the button of his coat
"Hey, whoa there, we can't "
She gave him a light kiss before to undo the buttons of her own coat. Opening both their coats, she lied back over him, slipping her arms out her sleeves and around him, under the coat.
"How about this?"
She was sharing her warmth. He held her tight, hoping she wouldn't catch a cold or something.
"It's a little better. But we really should get inside before my toes start falling off."
"I guess you're right." she sighed.
They got up, exchanging another kiss and cuddling against each other. After steadying themselves, feeling a little dizzy from their snowball fight and the rest, they ran inside. Lightning had a hard time fumbling with her keys and unlocking her door while Noctis was kissing her all over her face and down her neck, helping her getting out of her coat. As they got in, they hesitated a little. They were still pretty cold from the outside, but felt so much heat building up inside them. He was afraid that he could rush her after all the time they had spent apart. She was trying to get back some warm in her hands and he held them in his, breathing strongly on her fingers to help her getting warm again.
"You know what, I'm pretty glad I ran into you today."
"So am I. This day would have been so sad without you."
"When was it the last time I told you how I love you, Light, do you remember?"
"I don't," she whispered, closing her eyes.
"I love you." he repeated, kissing her on the lips.
She repeated the words, responding to his lips and to his hands running over her body. This had started out as a bad day. But it was Christmas season for everyone. And if she hadn't a Christmas tree or something, she still had Noctis. It was way more than she could ever asked for.
"I love you." he added, kissing her forehead.
"It's scares me a little, the way you're saying it."
"As if you doubted that I believe you."
"I don't think I'll ever be able to have you believe me, Light."
"You must have made a planning for some time we would spend together this week and I'm just breaking all of your plans, as always."
"You know, I don't mind it today."
He chuckled as she helped him removing his shirt.
"And one more thing, Noct. I love you too. And that's the most important plan I could ever have on my mind "
It wasn't Christmas already, but it would have been hard to find people as happy as those two as they exchanged another kiss. It wasn't a question of gifts or good food. Just being together really was enough.
- Pairing : Nine x Deuce -Notes: This fanfiction contains Hetero which means that it contains boy-girl love, between Nine and Deuce from Final Fantasy Type 0. If you do not agree with Hetero or this pairing then please click that wonderful thing I like to call and back button and leave the page. -Usual Thing: I don't own any of the characters, nor the games of which they come from, just the plot of my fanfiction. -Extra Warning: I have played the game so I know a lot about it, so there may be spoilers for those who haven't played it yet, I have jumbled up some of the knowledge though to make this fanfiction work so those who have also played it and think 'wait that happens here not there' that's why haha. -Please comment this; otherwise I will just assume it sucks.
Deuce had always liked to look at her uniform in the morning, she enjoyed the way her cape felt around her neck and the way that the jacket and skirt fit her figure nicely, not that she was vain because she wasn't, in fact Deuce was the opposite, she was quiet and shy but strong and loyal at the same time to her classmates.
Beaming at her uniform, she brushed her hands over her skirt before pulling up her long black socks and then slipped on her shoes before making her way out of the dormitory, her soft green eyes lighting up when she saw Queen and Cinque waiting for her, talking amongst themselves whilst the boys sat a little way away from them on the couches.
"Morning," Queen smiled and Cinque giggled and waved slightly at her making Deuce's adorable smile appear on her lips.
"I didn't realize so many of us would be up so early for classes," Deuce laughed and scanned her eyes over the group of boys that she had become close with, waving slightly at Ace who met her eyes and he nodded before raising his arm and waving back, catching the attention of Nine who was sat beside him and he tugged Ace towards him to rub his fist into the top of Ace's head.
"Nine, leave him alone," Seven chuckled slightly and Deuce jumped at the sound of her voice, not realizing that she, Sice and Trey were standing right behind her, watching the poor torment of the white haired boy.
Deuce giggled behind her hand and looked back over towards Ace and Nine, blushing slightly when her eyes seemed to linger upon Nine more than usual and she quickly looked away biting her bottom lip.
She had always been a little attracted to Nine but she figured that was just because he was a playful person, but she found herself falling a little more for him when he showed his bad boy side which made her feel guilty because she hadn't taken the time to actually speak with him that much yet.
The nerves would bubble up inside her stomach and she'd quickly run back to Cinque and Queen or one of the boys would suddenly appear and take Nine's attention before she could, it wasn't as if she could talk to her friends about it either as they were probably the biggest bunch of gossipers that she had ever come across in her lifetime.
"Oh don't think I don't know about your crush,"
Deuce froze slightly as she was knocked out of her daydream by the sound of Trey's voice but sighed with relief when she noticed he was teasing Sice who was currently trying her best not to blush as he grinned at her.
"Seven told me all about your little letter incident, who knew you'd like old Kurasame, huh," Trey continued and Sice began stuttering trying to explain herself, come up with an excuse but Deuce knew Sice was never very good with words.
"Is something wrong Deuce?" Queen asked with a tilt of her head and her hand came down on Deuce's shoulder.
"Oh no, I was just thinking," Deuce smiled and shook her head as she felt a little flustered with her mind being so filled with many thoughts of Nine at the current time, her gaze flickered back to him and her heart skipped a few beats when she realized that he was staring right back at her with a mischievous grin upon his handsome face, his eyebrow arched slightly.
Nine's bright grey-blue eyes couldn't remove themselves from the brunette girl sitting on the other side of the classroom to him, giggling along with his friend Jack over something that he couldn't overhear and he felt his eyes narrow slightly as jealousy filled his mind though he knew Jack wasn't interested in Deuce, it still made him anxious whenever he saw her talking with another male.
He smiled slightly when she giggled behind her hands, a habit she seemed to have, it was so endearing for him to see on a day to day basis and sometimes he thought he was the luckiest person ever to see it.
"Take a picture Nine, they last longer,"
Nine suddenly frowned and turned his head to glare at Eight who just held up his hands and bashfully laughed at his friend's expression.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Nine replied sharply and hid behind his hair a little more, revealing his rare shy side, this caused the smile on Eight's lips to grow even more.
"Oh please, you would burn a hole in her head if that were possible," Eight chuckled and quickly dodged Nine's hand as it come flying towards him.
"Shut up," Nine muttered and stood from his seat when he noticed that it was time to leave the room, his teeth grit together tightly when Eight laughed again and shuffled passed him, running to catch up with his girlfriend Cater who beamed excitedly at him and linked their hands in a rather frightening manner.
"Stupid kid," Nine snapped to himself and rolled his eyes hearing the charming chuckle erupting from Ace who just winked and him and pushed his glasses up his nose.
"Sorry," Ace smiled a little and looked at Deuce who was still sitting and talking with Jack, "but I think you should make your move already, she may fall for him," Ace then nodded towards the playful blonde male who had brought out his drumsticks from his pocket and was now air-drumming to show Deuce what he'd picked up over the weekend.
That last statement made Nine's heart stop for a second and he shook his head, he hadn't thought of it like that, he and Jack were friends so he knew that the blonde would never do anything, but Deuce could fall for him.
"Are you coming back to the dorm?" Ace asked waving his hand in front of Nine's face to snap his friend out of whatever daze he'd been in and the blonde shook his head slightly.
"Nah, I'm going to stay in here for a bit longer," Nine rubbed the back of his head and rolled his eyes when that annoyingly youthful face of Ace's lit up in amusement at his reply and he folded his glasses up and allowed them to slip onto his shirt to sit there.
"Well I wish you luck," Ace said with a nod before adjusting his cape and leaving the room, greeting Seven as he did so.
Nine then turned to watch Deuce and Jack interact with one another, feeling a little depressed that he'd never been able to talk with Deuce that way before, as at ease as Jack without going into a strange heart attack at the very sight of her eyes meeting his.
"But I'm hoping we'll make it big time!" Jack exclaimed and beamed happily as Deuce nodded at him with another gentle laugh behind her hands.
"I'm sure you will, I've heard you play, you're really good," Deuce replied friendly and a faint blush appeared on Jack's face making Nine's eyes narrow again.
"Aw thanks, I don't think we're quite ready though Trey and King think it's funny to skip practice every now and then," Jack rolled his eyes and shook his head with a laugh, "I don't think they take it as seriously as I do," he pointed out and his eyes drifted away from Deuce to meet Nine's blank stare and he jumped slightly, not knowing that his friend was there.
"Nine!" he grinned and waved the blonde over with a giant wave of his hand, "c'mere you goon," he added with a chuckle and patted the seat next to him, his eyes glittering a little when he saw both Deuce and Nine look at each other nervously through the corners of their eyes.
"Hey," Nine greeted quietly and crossed his arms across his chest as he tried to ignore the fact that Deuce was looking at him at that moment, his heart beat almost deafening him.
"Hello Nine," Deuce greeted with a lot more effort than he'd put in and a small smile graced her face, her eyes looking over his face delicately and shyly which Jack noticed and he tapped his fingers on his lips to stop himself from smirking.
"I was just talking about my band, how we want to make it big," Jack began the conversation with a grin and poked Nine's side, "Deuce thinks we'll make it, what about you?" he tilted his head knowing full well that Nine would agree with Deuce no matter what as to continue to be on her good side instead of being foul mouthed with him like he usually is when it's just them and the boys.
"I think you'll do fine too," Nine muttered and tapped his finger against his arm, kind of wishing that Jack would leave them alone so that he and Deuce could actually have a conversation by themselves for once.
"Oh really?" Jack grinned and arched his eyebrow, "why's that then?" he added with a silent laugh and Nine glared at him, before blushing slightly when Deuce smiled at him.
"Jack," Nine said with a firm tone and smiled with his gritted teeth, his eyes scowling at the other blonde male who just snickered and wiggled his eyebrows.
"Well I have to go now, band practice and all," Jack stood up and stretched his arms up in the air, eyeing the way Deuce's eyes widened a little nervously, "you two have fun," he said in a suggestive tone which made both Deuce and Nine send him a rather shocked expression.
I'm going to kill him, put my hands around his throat and squeeze it until he turns blue Nine thought bitterly as he watched Jack practically skip out of the room like the feminine boy that he was, shaking his head slightly before sinking into the awkward silence that floated in between him and Deuce.
"Why do you hide behind your fringe?" Deuce's soft voice made him jump so much that he nearly fell out of his chair and his eyes met hers for the first time in a while, his cheeks flushed slightly.
"I don't hide," Nine frowned a little confused but yet intrigued as to how Deuce had actually figured out the real reason why he wore his hair in front of his face.
"I might be wrong, but are you actually shy?" Deuce asked with a giggle and tilted her head to the side with an adorable expression on her face making Nine's face heat up dramatically, his eyes widening slightly and he looked down at the desk.
"Nah, I'm confident," Nine grinned and then looked back up at her, leaning forwards on the desk so that their faces were a little closer and he spotted the small pink blush sitting on the brunette's cheeks, "you seem more shy than I am,"
Deuce beamed back at him and nodded silently, "maybe I am," she said quietly and blushed when Nine shuffled even closer to her, almost so close that their noses were nearly touching.
"Would you hit me if I said that," Nine paused for a second as he felt his breath suddenly get trapped in his throat when Deuce's nose wriggled cutely, "um, if I said that you're sort of beautiful?"
It took a while for Deuce's brain to actually take in what Nine had just said before her entire face turned bright red and she placed both of her hands over her hot cheeks quickly with a shy look in her eyes.
"I-I'm not that beautiful," Deuce stuttered and jumped when Nine climbed onto the desk and sat down on top so that his leg was pressed against her side.
"Well I think you are," Nine replied feeling a little more relaxed now as he watched Deuce get up from her seat so she could sit on the desk beside him, her lips still pulled up in that shy smile of hers.
"Thank you Nine," Deuce replied warmly and then hesitated before moving closer and resting her head upon his shoulder, her arms wrapping around the one Nine had leaning on the table, she smiled when he didn't complain about her bold move.
Nine cleared his throat and raised his free hand and gently placed it on top of Deuce's, smiling a lot gentler than Deuce had ever seen him do before and her stomach twisted again when he leaned in close to her and placed a kiss on her cheek, his lips were so soft that she wasn't even sure he'd kissed her until their eyes met.
"Um," Nine murmured and scratched his cheek nervously with a quiet laugh, shaking his head at himself, "sorry,"
Deuce squeezed his arm with hers and beamed brightly before leaning up and placing a kiss on the corner of Nine's mouth, giggling when his face burned red.
"Don't be," she whispered before the both of them jumped at the sound of the classroom door opening and they looked over to see Ace, Jack, Eight, Cater, Cinque and Queen sprawled out on the floor moaning in pain with King, Trey, Sice and Seven standing behind them shaking their heads.
"Were you guys listening?" Nine yelled as both he and Deuce jumped off of the desk and walked down together towards their friends who quickly go to their feet and tried to make their blushes die down.
"Of course we were, do you know how long we've been planning this?" Jack asked with a cheeky smirk and both Nine and Deuce froze before staring at each other, smiling slightly.
It was then that Deuce stood on her toes and pressed a gentle kiss to Nine's lips, pulling away with a quiet giggle when Eight decided it would be a good idea to release a wolf whistle.
Okay this is a fanfiction for for her birthday and Iím so sorry itís late sweetie! But I really hope you like it ^_^ I love writing for Final Fantasy Type 0 so there will be a lot of these coming over the next few months!
I know that weíve only just been starting to talk but I already love you Sae, youíre so kind and nice to me haha ^_^ I can only hope that you enjoy this and our friendship will continue to get stronger
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Your lips press to mine You kiss me passionately Yet gently Your hands around my waist My hands around your neck You part for a second Moving your lips to my neck Once they make contact I feel a shiver And I pull you closer I kiss your forehead You pull away and look at me Our eyes meet And we kiss again My red lips on your soft ones My blush grows My face gets hotter than usual You pined me to the wall The moons light shining on us Making your dark blue hair hair glow Your amazing blue eyes glow in the dim moonlight My pink hair shines And my clear sapphire eyes shine As your hand makes contact with my skin I can't help but kiss you You make me feel more about you than I usually do You make me feel like your princess You tell me 'You love me' And I tell you 'I love you' Then you pull me back in your grasp And kiss me once again...
Like the tittle says, this poem is for my favorite pairing Lightis!!! ( and also for the enjoyment of all the lightis fans out there, like myself! ) LightningxNoctis 4 ever!!! Poem was inspired by the song 'Kiss me'. [link] I don't know but people say this is Leigh Nash and the video title says it's Avril Lavigne. I really don't care, but all the versions of this song are amazing and I love them! Originally sung by Sixpence None The Richer (link to original song [link] ) Let me know what you think... oh and also this is told in Lightning's Point of View!
Song (c) Sixpence None The Richer Lightning and Noctis (c) Square-Enix (c)
(This is the longest description I have ever made! )
Final Fantasy XIII-3: Dead Roses Chapter 3: The Edge of Romance
"whose that" a man in gray and white with white spiky hair came out of the floor "finally this past will finally change for good" he said as he looked at them then disappeared into the night "looks like we found our target" Fang said. It took three months walking to head toward a empty desert that led to a town. During these months there where constant fights between the group but they grew closer then they would have thought. When a man on a motorcycle rode right past them all and grabbed a sword that stuck out of the ground. He circled around them then rode slowly with them "heading toward Midgar" he asked placing the sword away "actually just passing by Midgar" Lightning said not really looking at the man. "What is your purpose in holding weapons then" the blond said as he scanned everyone down Noctis rose an eye brow "we could be asking you the same exact thing" He continued to scan the group not replying to Noctis when he noticed Lightning "Solider why are you here, your just don't pass threw a town like Midgar" Lightning sighed a long tired sigh and clutched her first still not looking at the blond she stated "X-Solider" she finally turned to look at the blond "like we said, we have no business nore want anything to do with the town of Midgar, we simply are trying to pass by to return to the Noctis to his Kingdom" this was nothing more then a lie, it was true they didn't want anything from Midgar neither was it a threat but that man in white, they had to find him no matter the cost, also they didnt want the word getting out just yet so they kept it to their selves.
The blond said nothing but fixed his goggles and rode off. As they made their way inside Midgar they looked around scanning the place "think this would be a good time to split up and look around" Snow happened to say as the blond pulled up on his motorcycle in front of a decent house when a little girl walked up to the blond, "I think i'm gonna go find out more about this time" Noctis said walking toward the blond "Wait we go in groups" Lightning said following Noctis over to the blond "hey blondie" Noctis said walking over to the blond, who looked up and over at them "Its Cloud, Cloud Strife" he said putting his hands on Marlene's shoulder as she turned and faced the two "Lightning, and that's Noctis" Lightning said smiling at Marlene then looking up at cloud seriously "what can you tell us about this little town of Midgar" Cloud looked at lightning then to Noctis "Well there is quit alot to tell you about it" a women said peeking from behind Cloud with a smile as she stood in front of him "this little part of Midgar is called the edge, why don't you come in and sit down and ill tell you more" They walked in the house and talked for a while while everyone looked around "500 years huh" Noel said his hands behind his head "please i don't wanna talk about it" Fang replied just watching people walk by. "come on Snow over here" Serah said dragging snow over to the church when he kissed Serah pushing her against the abandon churches door causing the doors to open. Serah pulled away from snow and saw the small pound and flowers in the church "Wow this place is amazing" Snow looked around while Serah looked around "your right, it is pretty Amazing"
"Amazing, try the most amazing garden in history" a voice said with a proud voice "oh Zack stop" said another voice as two people stood by the door "it is Aerith, im just saying whats true you did a great job on it" Aerith giggled "we did great" She said walking in the Church with him. "I'm Aerith and this is Zack welcome to the garden" Serah looked at all the flowers amazed "its so beautiful, you two did a great job they grow so beautifully here" Aerith smiled and nodded "they only grow here, Zack and I are going to go around Edge and sell them" Zack smiled at Aerith as she finished talking "wouldn't these be pretty at our wedding Snow" Serah asked snow looking closely at the flowers "you think we could buy some off you when you sell for our wedding" Snow said looking up at Zack and Aerith, "well thats sounds dandy isn't that right Aerith" Aerith picked a few flowers and handed them to Serah "take as many as you want, we'd be very happy if you used them in your wedding Serah" they both smiled at each other as they talked it out. "Hey Hope, come over here" Vanille said as they rain into the forest where water rain in the small pound, Hope walked over to the water and Vanille splashed him and laughed running away "Hey get back here" he said as he chased after her getting so close he tripped on top of her he just stared at her then blushed "uh im sorry" Vanille blushed looking into Hopes eye "its ok, Hope it was an..." Hope kissed Vanille with no thought of what he was doing. Vanille kissed him back wrapping her arms around his neck."you have no right to say that about solider of Shinra!" suddenly both Noctis and Cloud stood outside with the weapons drawn "I have every right Solider of Shinra are weak and unusefull, thats why your scared to help us" Noctis yelled back as they both ran at each other
Levi awoke at the energetic, high-pitched voice calling behind him. He didn’t want to get up from bed today. He just came back from another expedition outside the walls.
“Heichou?” The voice continued to call him, but he simply moaned and covered his head with the sheets.
The girl calling behind him, started to get irritated. He had a big day behind him and he refused to get out of bed. He wasn’t always that way, she thought. The Corporal knew the value of time, and he knows how much work he needs to do.
She thought of a way to wake him up rather than calling him out. Physical contact was out of the option, because she got a blow job on the face when she did that the only other time he refused to get out of bed.
A small smile crept out. “Heichou, Eren came to your office and messed with the paperwork.”
In no time, he sat up of bed, looked at the girl with a deadly glare, and stated in an authoritative voice, “Tell that shitass that he should start hiding from me, because the next time I see him, I swear that I will murder him.”
Levi proceeded to the dining area after getting dressed, his cravat absent. He needed to get it from her, and he knew where to find her.
He opened the door leading to the dining area and saw the ginger-haired girl sitting, her back facing him. She turned to the sound of the door opening, and a smile formed on her face.
“Ah heichou, I see you’re awake now,” she said with an upbeat tone. She took a neatly-folded white cloth at the table and stood up, coming closer to Levi. She unfolded the cloth, which was the Corporal’s cravat, and tied it around him.
He simply stood infront of her, emotionless as usual.
“I’m really sorry for pissing you off in the morning,” she continued while tying the cravat. She was focused into it but she kept the smile on her face. “A lot of paperwork already came to your office earlier and—“
He slapped her hand away, just when she was almost done with tying it. He finished it himself, turned his heel, and exited swiftly, leaving the girl completely confused.
Levi walked through the corridors, every step making a sound. He clutched his fists and looked down.
The sound echoing from his steps grew louder than the last one.
“What the hell is happening?”
He gritted his teeth.
He finally made it to the door to his office. He turned the knob, entered swiftly, and shut it down. He immediately proceeded to his chair. He rested his hands on the table, and lets out a deep breath. He did it a few more times, and then looked at the paperwork assigned to him.
“That shitty glasses. She probably gave some of hers to me,” he groaned, looking at the piles of papers that he had to finish. Nevertheless, he opened the windows to let the light in as he started working.
He first had to deal with the number of casualties from the last expedition, and to sign some letters telling the families that the government will provide assistance to them. He reviewed the number of casualties: they were 327 who died; five of them whose bodies were unable to be recovered.
Wait, there were two more casualties on the way back. They were shitty enough to fight those titans even though Erwin demanded that we don’t. We didn’t recover their bodies either. In fact—
“Uhm, heichou?” He heard the door open, and saw the girl peeking out.
“Didn’t your father teach you how to knock?” he snapped.
“I’m sorry for that,” she bowed. She was about to open her mouth to apologize when Levi interrupted her.
“Nevermind that. Just bring me coffee to my office, the usual blend. I have a lot of shit to do so I had no time to sit around and enjoy… even if I wanted to.”
“Uhhh… okay...” she stuttered. “I’ll be back as fast as I can,” and shuts the door gently. Another smile is plastered on her face, giggling that the Corporal actually wanted to rest. She thought of him sitting with him, telling stories of the expedition, alone.
She covered her face with her hands as she could feel herself heating up. She could never imagine that happening. What would happen if Eren and the others would see that?
“Stupid, stupid, stupid…” she murmured to herself, knocking her head slightly. She regained her composure, breathing three times, and then went back to the kitchen to prepare the coffee the Corporal requested her.
The Corporal was entirely pissed. For God’s sake, he is humanity’s strongest. He deserves rest for another job well done. He should be enjoying coffee right now, not giving a fuck about paperwork. He could be reading a good book, while the rest of the members were being noisy around him. Auruo would be teasing Eren, and then biting his tongue at some point. Erd and Gunther would be conversing about how their families were doing, boasting about them and would turn into some senseless fight. And Petra would be there…
“Shit, what am I thinking?” he cursed under his breath, and continued to sign the papers. His penmanship was getting worse; his light pen strokes became harder, spilling ink to some of the papers.
He wanted it done, and he didn’t want to think of anything else. It was irritating.
He looked at the names and signed quickly, remembering their faces at the back of his mind. As much as wouldn’t say it out loud, he knows the Scouting Legion as much as the Commander. He knows how much they would want to help humanity, and he valued every single one of them – of their bravery. They have at least one memory in his mind, and it would replay the moment as he saw their names and would sign the document.
Three knocks came from the door.
He stopped at the middle of signing another document, and the memory playing on his head of a girl’s hand covered in blood collapsed completely. He took in a deep breath, relaxing his senses. The same emotionless look came to his face as he expected the girl to be back with his coffee.
“Come in,” he simply stated.
The girl came in with a tray at both of her hands. Her hands were shaking as she settled it down on a table that was near to the door, the place where she usually leaves the Corporal’s coffee in his busy days. She took the jug of coffee and placed it on a teacup.
She took the cup and approached the table, where Levi was simply staring at her actions.
His gaze followed at her hands as it slightly shakes while she placed the coffee on the free space on the table. As she was done, she placed her hands on her sides, and gave out another sweet smile.
“I hope you like it,” she said.
He continued to sign the last document he was working with, and then settled it on the side of the table, placed his pen on the drawers, and took the coffee near him.
“Sit,” he commanded her. He saw confusion on her face, but she did what he wanted to. He took a sip of the coffee, and then looked at her with an intimidating glare.
“Y-yes?” the girl was shocked, stuttering her words.
“Tell me this,” his eyes were totally glaring at her. She stiffened but continued to hold on. He gritted his teeth, and forced himself to continue.
“Why are you still here?” The memory of her lifeless body flashed back into his head.
The girl was stunned at the question, but Levi still looked at her in the eyes.
“P-pardon?” Petra asked, confusion laced in the tone of her voice. “I-I don’t understand what you mean, Corporal?”
“You’re supposed to be not here.” He remembers her body being thrown out to the titans. He looked at her, and simply looked away.
“A-are you telling me t-that… I’m fired as a soldier?” she asked, completely shocked.
“No, you idiot,” he said. He reached out to her, running his hand through her hair. A shade of red slightly became evident in her face.
“Tell me Petra, why can I touch you? Why can you talk? Why can you make coffee?”
“Corporal, I am entitled to—“ she defended, but he cut her off.
“You should be fuckin’ dead. Are you that clumsy enough to not even know your dead?” he started, remembering that he carried her lifeless body back to the group.
“You all died saving that brat’s ass. Gunther was hanging by a tree, his nape sliced like a titan’s. Erd’s body was dismembered. Auruo had his spine broken into two. And you, you were on a tree, spine broken. You looked at me with lifeless eyes.”
She looked at him, and noticed that he was standing, his hand gripping her shoulder. He took a deep breath, and sat down again. He looked down, waiting for an answer. He heard her stand up, and walk towards him.
“Heichou, didn’t I tell you… that I was going to devote myself to you?” she said in a gentle voice, but it was strong enough to resonate his whole being for a moment.
He looked up to her, and he saw her giving out that gentle smile. “Did you even look at the letter my father gave to you? I was afraid of giving it to you personally; much less sneak it to your paperwork. So I told my father to give it to you, so that he could see the face of the one I really adore.”
Levi felt constricted – his heart, his stomach; every fiber of his being was confused. His mind flashed back when he took the patch on her jacket, and how much it hurts that he gave it to the suicidal idiot wanting to take back the body of his friend.
“I knew that you didn’t want to read it, so I came here. Also, it was some sort of a pride issue. That time, I felt stupid to let my father tell it to you, so I wanted to tell it to you personally by all means. Who knew that I needed to tell it to you after death?” she giggled, and then looked back to him.
Levi remained silent, and Petra continued. She took in his free hand, and held it with both of hers. She came in closer, making Levi look up to what she was about to do. His eyes widened when she suddenly kissed his forehead.
“Heichou, thank you for everything,” she whispered.
He was shocked on what she did, and looked down. His mouth curled up into a small smile.
“I know,” he thought. He looked back at her and held onto everything that she said.
“I apologize if this sounds so out-of-mood, but I want you to know what I really feel… before I go.”
She extended her left hand to him, placing her hand into his cheek. He noticed that she was fading. There was not enough time. He saw tears forming at her eyes.
“Gosh, what am I doing?” she suddenly baffled. “First, I kissed him in the forehead, now I’m touching his face. I apologize sir, for being so disgusting. I only washed my hands once,” Petra said, her voice cracking.
“No, Petra. Continue,” he said sternly.
She looked into his eyes, slightly shocked, to see if he was serious. She then smiled, and then continued.
“I want to listen to listen to everything you want to say. That’s the least I could do for you,” Levi said, entangling his hand to her. She felt cold, like when she dies, but he could still touch her.
“Thank you sir, but I don’t know where to begin with, really,” she took in a deep breath and continued on.
“Well, firstly, I want to thank you. You were the reason why I joined the Scouting Legion, actually. I saw you riding on a horse back then. You looked so strong and mighty. I wanted to be you. I wanted to be as strong as you. You were my hero, my first love…
“To me, you are humanity’s strongest. No matter what happens, that will never change. I want to thank you for choosing me as part of your squad and saving my life lots of times during our missions. I can never repay you for that.
“And right, we’re all sorry because we couldn’t protect Eren that time… Heichou, don’t be so hard on yourself. It was never your fault.”
Tears were flowing down her cheeks. Levi was holding back his own. He felt shitty that he still pretended to be strong infront of some spirit he’s not even sure was there. He can’t believe this is all happening. His rationale wanted to break out, but it didn’t care enough to fight the rest of his being of staying with her forever.
“And Heichou…” she said, letting out a genuine smile. “I love you. I always did.”
Petra then removed her grip from Levi’s, and he felt a piece of cloth that she left on his hand. He looked into it, and saw her badge that he gave to that soldier, telling him that it was from his friend’s.
“Remember this? The badge that you gave to one of the soldiers? Heichou, that was too noble. If they only knew how much that meant to you…” her voice cracked as the tears flowed down to her face. “Here, you can have it back.”
Levi started shaking, he didn’t know why. He only knew that the coffee that she prepared fell down to the ground.
He then stood up; his body was losing the will to move, and then leaned to her. Petra went stiff.
“Yes?” she said, entirely shocked.
The scenes of her death flashed back to his mind again, killing his sanity even more than before. He then saw himself reaching out to a Petra wearing white clothing resembling a wedding dress, she also had wings – her right one was colored white, and the left one black, walking away to her. He extended his hand out to reach to her, but he was unable to.
“Damn you… I just can’t…”
“You irritate me,” he started. “On how you wake up everyone up in the morning like a mother, how you make coffee for us, your smile, your kindness, your compassion.
“Damn. You make me feel queasy inside. Every time I would see you, hear you, or even have the slightest memory of you, it would make my heart constricted – like I would like to take a shit. It would make me eventually dream about shitty things – like hold your hand, stay up and watch you sleep, kiss you… and get married.”
He felt a tear cross his cheek, but smiled and continued nonetheless.
“Fuck. If that kid, or anyone knew how I feel, they would lose all respect and would call me a shitass. No doubt—”
He felt Petra’s hand run down his face, attempting to wipe his tear, but she failed. The fading has worsened.
“No. Please…” he said to her, placing his hand to her right cheek. He could only hold her slightly as she felt like the wind.
“Petra, don’t leave me. Please stay…” he said, his strong voice was cracking. “I – I love you…”
He ran his fingers through her hair, but he can’t feel her anymore. She felt like the wind.
“I’m sorry sir, but that’s the only order I cannot fulfill.”
He was panicking. He was afraid, that he would be alone again. He frantically wrapped his hands around her, but he could feel almost nothing. She hugged him back, and tears fell to his face. He attempted to hug her tighter, but it would be a fruitless effort.
He looked at her smiling face. He could barely see her, but she was there, or so he thought. He tried to run his fingers at her back. He closed in to her face. He could feel the tears from her cheeks falling down as well. He could feel her lips in contact with her. But when he opened his eyes, he saw no one.
He tried to regain his composure, but he was unable to. Tears continued to blur his eyesight. he fell to his knees, and silently cried, while he held the badge closely to her chest.
I accept your love, Lance Corporal Levi. It was just too bad that it was never meant to be.
Just a simple fanfiction of Levi and Petra. Might be doing this into a manga in the near future... I'm sorry for the mistakes, it's like 3 in the morning and I still need to review. gahhhhh QAQ If you find any, let me know... Shingeki no Kyojin, Levi, Petra Ral (c) Hajime Ishiyama
Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Twilight, there lived a girl and a boy. They hadn't quite seen seven years, and they were childhood sweethearts. One day, the Royal Council sent soldiers to take away the prettiest young female in the land, that she may become a living doll, The Queen of the Kingdom, cursed until the day she dies. Right in front of the boy's eyes, they snatched her up and threw her in a carriage, where the two would forever be separated.
"Ah, finally out of that rat hole that is Fort Radiance," the young man began, then adding a sarcastic laugh, "Radiant, definitely. That place had the worst conditions that make a pig pen look like a palace."
"Ah, but didn't you love the home cooked porridge? Lumpier than our grandmother's cooking!" the other male, said. The two were walking side by side, gathering what little provisions they had before setting out on the road back home. The dark stone walls rose high above them, making the young man feel trapped yet protected at the same time. The only good it did was protect against the elements, which he did appreciate.
"I think it compares to her cooking, Ventus," his identical twin laughed. "All I'm saying is, I'm glad that we're finally free men again. No longer forced to fight in the Royal army without any pay whatsoever. What does the Royal Council think? They can just pick peasants off the streets and force them to fight their wars? And with no thanks in the process." For the past century, the Kingdom of Twilight had been at war with all of its border countries, starting battle after battle. With little volunteers, the Council started picking young men off the streets at a young age, forcing them into training and fighting many battles for a decade before releasing them.
"Quite the contrary, Roxas," Ventus said, flipping a gold coin in hand, "we just had to work our tail ends off for ten years before we ever get a 'thank you'."
"I wish we didn't have to wait ten years before we get anything out of it." Roxas, the older twin ran a calloused hand through his sweaty blonde locks of hair, feeling the heat of the summer sun beat down on him. It didn't help any that he and Ventus were both wearing heavy armor the color of onyx. It was the official armor for the Royal army. He had heard legends that the knights wore bronze and gold, according to rank, to signify the golden kingdom and the once eternal sunset. Ever since the Council had been kidnapping girls to make them Queens, the land seemed much darker, and the Council changed armor colors for various reasons. Roxas assumed it was because they wanted to make the world seem darker. But he didn't care much anymore, since they were finally able to get out of the chain mail and into more comfortable clothes now, with nothing to worry about besides his parents' orchard.
"So, are you going back to mother and father's orchard?" the younger brother asked, his blue eyes gleaming in curiosity of his brother's plans for the future.
"I plan on doing so. What about you, Ven? I assume you are, too?"
"Not exactly. A few companions of mine from the Fort have also been released, and I was going to spend a few months to a year with them on the western coastline. I've been there several times while patrolling back in my early knighthood days. It's a lovely place, with a little city near the beach. A little part of that extends to this island a mile or so off the coast. Oh, Roxas! You should visit there sometime! It's extravagant, I tell you!"
"If I could, I would go, but I already sent a letter to father saying that I'd be helping him out for the rest of the season. Besides," the young man turned his head up to the sky, watching the wispy cirrus clouds drift slowly, "I have to admit that I miss them dearly. It's been since we were thirteen that we've seen them."
"I understand why you feel this way, and when you explain it, it makes me want to join you. But I can't right now. I already promised Terra and Aqua that I'd spend the rest of the year with them. When spring comes again, I will return back to our parents' cottage."
The two brothers were far from the fort by now and came to a crossroads. "I guess this is where we separate, isn't it, Ven? Well then, I wish you luck in whatever life brings you this year."
Ventus smiled, "As I do you." The twins embraced each other before going their own ways. Ventus to the west, and Roxas to the east.
The tall emerald grass rolled gently as the breeze picked up, cooling the summer air. After traveling over a few hills, Roxas found a little farm, with a stable full of horses. He walked up to the stable, where a man with a large straw hat greeted him and gratefully handed over a grey dappled horse in exchange for a couple gold coins. The young blonde man thanked him, and traveled rather quickly eastward, until he came to a valley between two mountains, tucked behind the hills he had just come from. Several rows of trees ornamented with bright red apples stood before him, and with just one look, Roxas knew he was home.
He stepped off his horse, took the reigns and led her through the trees, through the orchard where his parents' house was comfortable nestled between both sides of the orchard. He picked an apple from the tree and bit into it, the sweet juices filled his mouth, bringing memories of his younger years, when he would run through the trees, playing with his dear friend. His heart panged in remembrance of not being able to save her as unfamiliar men pulled her away, her screams echoing in the still summer evening. Some sort of magic had froze him in place, and no matter how hard he tried to move his feet, to reach out for her, he couldn't, and she disappeared from his sight, leaving an emptiness in his heart that still remained there today.
He shook his head, clearing his mind of all thoughts. He wouldn't think of her, not right now. It was supposed to be joyous, returning home to his family. As much as he worried about her, he had to focus on other things.
Roxas made his way to the door and was about to knock, when the door burst open and his mother ran out, smothering him in hugs and kisses. His father walked out slower, smiled, and put a comforting hand on his right shoulder. "Welcome home, son," his father's deep voice said quietly. Roxas felt his mother's tears spill onto his shoulder.
"We didn't think you'd still be alive," his mother murmured, choking back more tears. "Where's Ventus? Please tell me he's still alive, too."
"He's alive, mother," he said, hearing her sigh with relief.
"Well then, where is he?" his father asked, looking around for his other son.
"He said there was something he needed to do with a few of his friends westward in Port Departure on Traverse Island. Ven mentioned it taking roughly a year or so. He hopes you understand," Roxas explained, readying himself for his mother or father (or both) to explode in a fit of rage, complaining that he and Ven were gone for ten years, and instead of returning to his family, he chooses to go elsewhere. Instead, they said nothing of the sort.
His father sighed, "I guess I understand. I wonder if he may find a wife there."
Roxas pondered the thought. Maybe, one of the reasons Ventus wanted to go to Traverse Island in the first place. If there was a maiden he fancied there, he finally had the freedom to visit her as he wished.
He sighed. It wasn't the same for him. The location of the castle that the Queens reside in has been left unknown to the general public. But the Council's castle, everyone knew where that was. He'd heard tales of townsfolk raiding the Council's castle in search of their lost daughters, but have never found them. They ended up being caught by the Council and slaughtered on spot, without any consideration. If several people were unable to find where the young girls were taken, then they had to be located elsewhere.
"You okay, Roxas? You seem lost in thought." His father's large hands shook him back into reality.
"Oh I'm sorry. I'm fine," he said, shaking his head to clear his thoughts once again. If this was going to happen to him often, he wouldn't enjoy it.
"Let's go inside, and we can get yourself situated into your room. It hasn't changed much in the past decade you'll see, but we made sure nothing in there collected dust or anything," his mother rambled on, leading the family inside.
Roxas picked up the lid to a box of possessions he has kept over the years. His mother was right, there was no dust whatsoever on the box. It was as if he had opened it up yesterday. The box was wooden, a medium brown in color, with swirls, leaves, and apples carved into the sides of it. It once belonged to his father, who crafted it when he was young. There were many figurines of knights and princesses placed neatly in the box. They once belonged to his mother, but he had taken an interest in them, so she passed them down to him. In the bottom of the box was a folded piece of yellow parchment. Roxas gasped softly, picking it up and unfolding it, revealing a drawn picture of him and a young girl with blonde hair. She was dressed as a princess, stuck in a tower, and Roxas was drawn as a knight in shining armor, riding his noble steed up to the tower to save her.
"Naminé " he sighed, running his fingers over the paper with her illustration on it. How dearly he missed her. If only there was hope for saving her
"You know, Roxas, there is hope for Naminé," an old man's voice said behind him.
The young man jumped, craned his neck around, and saw an elderly man dressed in a long blue robe and tall, triangular hat. His skin was a pale white, and he wore a long beard going to his mid-torso. He wore spectacles and had gleaming dark eyes. This man was obviously a wizard, or a sorcerer, that was for sure. But he didn't know at all who this man was.
"Who are you?" he asked cautiously, standing up to meet eye to eye with the wizard.
"I am Merlin," the elderly wizard replied.
Merlin? The great wizard from the Old Court back when the Kingdom of Twilight was in its golden years? This couldn't be happening! "Why are you here, Merlin?"
"There is an old prophesy that states a man that shines like the rays of the sun will liberate the Kingdom of Twilight, ridding the land of our evil oppressors."
Roxas shook his head. "What's that have to do with me?"
"Your friend can still be saved. She hasn't been put on the throne yet. Instead, until Queen Althea's reign ends, she has been locked in the dungeon of the Queen's Castle," Merlin explained.
"How am I supposed to find the Queen's Castle? Several people have tried discovering it, but it has never been located."
"It is in the lands of the Far North, in a region called Oblivion. It is a very dangerous journey, and only the Council, with their magic, have been able to cross such cold and mountainous terrain."
"But I can still save Naminé if I'm able to cross the lands of the Far North?"
"Yes. But you must hurry." Merlin conjured up a map of the Kingdom of Twilight. "You are right here," he pointed to the southeast corner of the map, next to a mountain range and a short stretch of plains. "You want to travel north in a westerly sort of manner. Follow the Paopu River and it should take you to the northern border of the Kingdom. Along the way, you should stop in the towns, but be careful; the Council patrols the areas often, so you want to make sure that you keep as low of a profile as possible. If they find out about your quest, you will be put to death on the spot. After the river ends, the terrain gets much rockier and dangerous, and several different kinds of monsters lurk. Your encounters with them will become more frequent the closer you get to the Queen's Castle. When you reach the region of Oblivion, you must follow the mountains north. Tucked between two mountains in the very north of this range lies the Queen's Castle. Keep a watchful eye; it is difficult to spot and is heavily guarded by hidden soldiers serving the Council."
"How am I supposed to remember all of that?" Roxas asked, pacing the floor as he attempted to memorize the directions.
Merlin handed him the map. "This map is magical. It'll help guide you to your destination."
Roxas nodded. This was his one chance to bring Naminé back. He could finally see her again, something his heart yearned for. "I will save Naminé, and bring down the Council."
Merlin nodded gravely. "I know you will. I have faith in you." He took out his wand. "Now, I really must be going, but before I leave, there's something you must know."
The young man looked at him quizzically. "What is that?"
The wizard gave him a serious look, "Never stray from the path." And with that, he dematerialized in a cloud of grey smoke.
Roxas looked once more at the maps. It sounded easy enough, and with his ten years of training in the royal army, he seemed confident in his abilities to rescue his childhood friend. So he left a note on his bed for his parents. It read:
Dear Mother and Father, I am delighted to be back at home once again, but I was visited by a certain wise wizard, and he told me my childhood friend of long ago still has hope to be rescued. I plan to do just that. I don't know how long I'll be gone, or if I'll ever return, but I have to do this. She is extremely important to me, and I will be regretful the rest of my life if I do not save her. I love you both, and I hope you understand. Your son, Roxas
After packing a few provisions and mounting his horse, the young man felt as if he were ready to leave. It was about eleven o'clock in the night, and the moon was full and bright. The tiny twinkling stars illuminated the sky, and combined with the moon, it gave Roxas enough light to see where he was going. Roxas hated leaving his parents with only a goodbye through a note, but he didn't know how long this journey could take him, and knowing that Naminé was nearing her time on the throne, he didn't want to dawdle very long. He had to make haste, especially if he wanted to make sure no harm comes to Naminé. He had no time to lose, that was for sure.
Roxas pulled out the map. It was definitely magical; other than Merlin's guarantee on it's magical abilities, one could obviously see it was, due to the fact that a red path was traced on the map to help guide him through the Kingdom of Twilight. A little blue dot moved every time he did, making the knight assume it represented him. This was a wonderful item to have. It was probably the most beneficial thing he could possibly ever have with him. He pondered the thought of what might happen if he ever lost the map. Not wanting to think of the consequences of losing it, he shook his head, clearing his mind of the negative thoughts, and glanced at where his first stop was.
"Let's see here, if I go straight north, I should find myself in a town called Brightcrest. Seems friendly enough," Roxas said to himself, tracing his finger along the path. He estimated the distance to be only a couple of miles, which pleased him. He could probably pick up some information in Brightcrest.
As he rode his horse into the town, it seemed eerily quiet. No one was out on the roads, and only a few lanterns lit the path into Brightcrest. He could only hear the clap-clap of the horse's hooves and his breathing. Something wasn't right
"Halt! Who goes there at such a late hour?" a voice projected from behind, nearly startling Roxas of his horse. "I want a name, got it memorized?" the voice said again aggressively.
"My name is Roger," he lied, but continued holding his ground. "I'm just riding through to meet some relatives."
"At this hour? Highly unlikely," the man's voice said. He stepped forward, letting the lanternlight shine its pale light on him, revealing a figure in a long hooded black coat. It almost looked sinister. "Don't you know that the Council demands all civilians off the streets by sundown? Now tell me, Roger, what is your true reason for passing at this hour?"
Roxas didn't reply.
"I notice you are carrying a quality sword on you. How about this: we duel to get an answer out of you. If you win, I'll believe what you said. If I win, I demand the answer I'm looking for out of you, then I have you tried false testimony."
Roxas stifled a sigh. He nodded, knowing there was no other way to get out of this predicament.
He could feel the man smile as he pulled out his sword. Roxas did the same, climbed off his horse, and got into his fighting stance. It shouldn't be too hard right? He had been in the Royal army for ten years. He certainly knew what he was doing. But this man, did he have more experience? How was he supposed to know how long the man was a part of the Council, let alone how the Council trains its men?
The mysterious man's first attack got Roxas by surprise. "Come on, Roger, don't make it easy on me."
The knight gritted his teeth and ran straight forward hacking and slashing at the man. The cloaked man dodged quite a bit of his hits, but after a blow to his shoulder, he fell to the ground, releasing the sword from his grasp.
"Of course I wouldn't make it easy for you. That wouldn't be any fun, would it?"
The man laughed, then proceeded to stand up and pull the hood off his head. He had a long, spiky, red mane and piercing green eyes. "You're better than I thought you'd be, Roger. Guess I have no choice but to believe what you say." He gave a smart smile. "Though someone like you wouldn't have put up such a great fight just to see some grandmother. I believe you have a greater quest in your hands."
"You're right; I do," Roxas nodded seriously, secretly surprised he revealed the truth to a Council member.
"You are an interesting person, aren't you?" the man said. "Now that you have admitted to lying about your reason for being here, how about your real name?"
Roxas lowered his eyebrows for a second, then relaxed, "It's Roxas."
"Ahh, I see. My name's Axel, commit it to memory," the redhead said, turning around and raising an arm.
"Why should I need to commit your name to memory?" he shouted over to Axel, who was pulling another horse into sight.
"Because I'm coming with you. I like a guy that has his heart in the right place," Axel said, climbing on his horse.
"Wait! How can I trust a Council member like you?" Roxas asked, quickening his horse's pace to meet Axel's.
The Council member laughed like a hyena. "You think I would be loyal to a bunch of creeps like them? As if! I've been working to overthrow them for years, and something tells me that your odyssey has something to do with that."
Roxas was surprised by the amount of information Axel knew just by looking at him. Was he that much of an open book? "Well, we best be headed if we want to reach my destination-"
"Which is..?" Axel interrupted.
"North. To the far reaches of Oblivion."
"Ahh, I take it you're looking for the Queen's Castle up north?"
"Yes. Have you been there before that you may know the way there?" Roxas asked, hopeful that he would have a guide if he would ever lose the map Merlin bestowed upon him.
"Nope. I've only been in these southern lands. I've only heard bits and pieces of information from eavesdropping on other Council members," Axel explained.
"Oh I see." That's unfortunate. "Anyway, if we keep following the Paopu River in a northwest direction, we should reach our next city, Oath Keeper City. From there, we could choose to stop in the towns following Oath Keeper City, or just bypass them as a whole and travel along the mountains all the way up until we hit the region of Oblivion. What do you think, Axel?"
"Travel along the mountains. With the towns all heavily guarded, we'll make it a lot easier and faster if we skip them as a whole, other than the city. We should gather supplies there."
Roxas nodded. "Now that we've chosen our path, we mustn't stray from it. Merlin's words. He says bad things happen if we stray from the path." He shook his head, trying to clear his mind of the negative thoughts. "Anyway, shall we get started?"
Oath Keeper City was overflowing with people; it was obvious that it was the most populous settlement in the Kingdom of Twilight. It rested on the side of the hill, and determining from the styles of houses, the richer lived higher up the hill, and the social classes descended along with the hill from there. At the corner of the city was a mysterious tower, peeking above the other houses and churches in the area.
Roxas and Axel rode into the slums, where poor peasants lived, with skeletons that seemed to peak through what little meat they had on their bodies. As they galloped through the filthy, grimy streets, the peasants crawled out from their homes, staring hungrily at the fully fed horses the two men rode upon. This is absolutely preposterous. Nobody should live this way.
They traveled out of the slums and to the middle-class area, the center of the city, where the marketplace was. "Follow my lead, Axel," Roxas whispered, and with that, he got off his horse and proceeded to steal bread and fruit from a man's cart. Axel caught the hint immediately and proceeded to chase the blonde through the market, yelling harsh words as he "attempted" to catch the thief. Roxas quickly climbed up on his horse, and rode away from the market, while the Council member followed him out of the market. After they were far enough away, the two laughed and celebrated in their plunders. They now had enough food to last them the journey.
"Hey, Axel, look at that tower in the distance," Roxas pointed west to the tallest building in Oath Keeper City.
Axel squinted his eyes against the sun and noticed what was pointed out. "Looks like an interesting enough of a place. Let's go there, see if anything, or anyone, is there."
When they reached the tower, Roxas noticed something strange about it. It didn't stand up straight. Part of it was crooked, which struck him as quite odd. Shrugging his shoulders, he put the eccentricity past him and opened the door. Immediately before the two men, there was a spiral staircase, leading up to who-knows-where.
At the top, a man that had a similar, but more serious, appearance as Merlin. He sat at a desk with books piling on the surface. Surrounding the elderly man were windows that were carved to look like the moon and stars. It was simply amazing.
"Come here," the man said monotonously.
Axel and Roxas felt nothing else but to obey his command.
"Roxas and Axel. You come here to seek wisdom and power, do you not?" he asked.
Roxas was the one to speak up. "Actually, sir, we just found this tower out of mere curiosity."
The man shook his head. "You may not know it, but the true reason for coming upon my tower was because you sought power and wisdom, something I may be able to grant to you."
The knight and the Council member remained silent.
"I am Master Yen Sid, one of the highest wizards from the Old Court. I possess magic that can benefit you young travelers." He looked at the younger of the two. "Roxas, approach."
Yen Sid summoned a weapon that resembled a giant key with a crown silhouette carved into the blade. "This is a weapon of the elders, used by great people with strong hearts back in the Golden Age." He handed the key to Roxas. "It is called the Keyblade, and its powers shall help you through even the greatest of troubles."
He proceeded to look at the redhead. "Axel, step forward," to which he obeyed. "You are like fire, strong, yet quick to temper." He summoned up a pair of fiery chakrams. "These should be able to channel your inner powers as you go on your journey with Roxas."
Axel spoke, "That was the power part of it, right, Master Yen Sid? So what wisdom do you have that you may grant us?"
Master Yen Sid crossed his arms. "The journey you two are going on will have a great effect on the fate of our kingdom. There will be times when you doubt even your own strength. But remember this: your hearts are capable of producing a light that could illuminate the entire world a thousand times over. Strength of heart is your most important weapon." He took a deep breath, giving a pause in his speech. "Now go, you destiny awaits you, Roxas; Axel."
The two young men nodded and left the tower, heading past the towns and toward the Destiny Mountains. There, the climate grew frigid and cold, and food was growing scarce. Thankfully for Axel's new fiery powers channeled, they were able to easily conjure up a fire to warm the both of them. Night was approaching, and before the two fell into a slumber, they had one last chat.
"So Roxas, what exactly is your business up in the reaches of Oblivion?"
Roxas warmed his nearly-chapped hands by the fire, "The person I care about most is there. She was taken away from me when we were young."
"You mean Naminé, the next Queen?"
"What was she like?"
"Well, she was always shorter than I was, with light blonde hair and blue eyes that could light up a room. She was always seen drawing something, and we would run through my father's apple orchard, playing a bunch of games. She was understanding and kindhearted, like an angel." Roxas felt his heart tug when he remembered sweet, gentle Naminé. He hoped and prayed with all his heart that she was still safe, that there was still time.
"She sounds like a perfect match for you. It's a shame they had to take her away from you." Axel lay down, folding his arms behind his head to act as a pillow.
"But we'll get her back, I just know it," Roxas said drowsily, and he closed his eyes as sleep washed over him and his surroundings faded around him.
"Roxas!" Axel's faint shouting rang in his ears. "Roxas! Get up! The map! Where's the map?"
Roxas groggily awoke, rubbing his eyes and stretched, "The what?" he asked drowsily.
"The m-a-p. Got it memorized?!" a frantic Axel yelled, scrambling to find it.
"We lost it?" he asked, worried and feeling his heart leap into his mouth while his stomach did acrobatics.
"What do you think I've been saying for the past two minutes?!" Axel yelled at him, fire blazing in his eyes.
After searching for what seemed to be an hour, they stopped and concluded that the wind must have taken it, and there was no way to find it without wasting any more time than they already did.
"Guess we have to go without one, don't we," Roxas huffed, feeling the negative thoughts cloud his mind like an oncoming storm. No matter how much he shook his head, they wouldn't clear out.
After traveling in the direction the guessed would be the right way, they concluded that the region of Oblivion was practically impossible to navigate; with it's thicker-than-porridge foggy horizons and occasional snow storm. With every step, Roxas and Axel felt they were farther from their destination.
"Are you sure we're even going the right way?" Axel shouted over the wind.
"Not at all," Roxas admitted. In the background, they heard hissing and other strange noises they've never heard in their lives.
I wonder if that's the monsters that Merlin warned me of? he thought. It must have been, because dark creatures with glowing yellow eyes emerged from the fog, flanking them at all sides. Some were larger than Axel and Roxas combined, bearing huge teeth. It was unlike anything either of them had ever encountered in their lifetimes.
"Heartless!" Axel shouted over to Roxas. "I've only heard legends about these creatures. Looks like they're more than just legends after all. I've been dying to fight these things for years!" He gave a sinister smile and charged at the Heartless, summoning his chakrams and channeling his inner powers, eliminating the creatures on spot, but more continued appearing. Roxas did the same, and it seemed as if forever and an eternity passed until the army of Heartless stopped appearing.
Both men were badly beaten and covered with blood. Axel pulled a couple potions out of their supplies and handed one over to Roxas. "It might taste a little strange at first, but you'll get used to it."
He nodded and drank the green liquid. The aftertaste reminded him of the medical concoctions his mother forced him to drink when he was ill. But after drinking it, the pain was lifted and his battle wounds healed over as if they were never there. It was amazing, the strength of the potion. Now, both of them were healed enough to continue traveling to the Queen's Castle.
The farther north they got, the harder the wind blew and the snow fell. Several times, Axel attempted making a fire in his hands, but the wind constantly snuffed out the tiny flame. Soon enough, Roxas' fingers started turning a sickly white color; it wouldn't be long until they were frostbitten. Still, they continued forth, looking for a castle that never seemed to appear.
Finally, peaking from behind the Destiny Mountains was an almost transparent-like building hard at first to spot, but Roxas' eyes could soon easily see where the castle started and ended. For others, though, it wouldn't have been so easily spotted.
"Do you see it?" Roxas whispered to Axel, lifting a finger in the direction of the castle.
"Barely. But I know that the castle is heavily guarded. We can't just waltz into the front entrance like we belong there. We'd have to find a different way around. Do you see a secret passage or anything?"
He squinted his eyes, but could see a small cave-like opening in a nearby mountain close by the Queen's Castle. If his observations were correct, that cave could hold the passageway to the interior of the castle. But the guards were probably nearby that, too Still, it was their only option at the moment.
Once Roxas threw out the idea, Axel nodded and agreed. "I'll distract the Council guards for you, and you just focus on saving Naminé. Don't worry about me. I'll find a way into the castle and help you finish the mission."
Roxas nodded and quietly stalked over to the cave opening, waiting for the cue. Axel then loudly shouted, "Aye! Council members! A revolution is about to happen that's going to send you men up in flames," he smiled mischievously, forming a flame in his hands as he walked toward the guards.
The blonde knight ran toward the hidden opening, stopping for a second to look back at his friend. It was just enough time for a Council member to notice him and run in his direction. Roxas groaned, summoning his Keyblade and attacked the hooded man. This one must be a new one, thought Roxas. It didn't take long to take him down.
After eliminating the Council member, he crawled into the tight hole. Darkness crept over him, and he felt himself become more claustrophobic by the second. If Naminé wasn't in need of saving, he would have found the quickest route out of the twisting turning tunnels.Suddenly, the cave started opening up, and a grotesque-looking dungeon was in sight. And the weak, filthy, blonde girl chained to the ground was looking right at him.
"Naminé!" Roxas shouted, running up to her and grabbing her weak, shaking hands. Her eyes still had life to them, but the glow in them was faint. "Naminé, it's me, Roxas. Your childhood friend," he told her with desperation in his voice.
Tears filled her eyes, "Ro...xas " she spoke faintly. There was remembrance in her voice, he could tell that, and as a muddy tear fell from her face, he knew she recalled him. They embraced, feeling the faint warmth their frozen bodies gave each other. It felt like eternity since they were together. He took her frail hand in his and kissed it gently. "You finally came for me."
"I wish I could have saved you back when we were children. You wouldn't have to endure such conditions," he sighed, feeling disappointment in himself for being so late.
"But you're here now, and that's all that matters to me..." A faint smile formed on her lips, and for the first time in what Roxas assumed to be years, she looked peaceful.
Suddenly, footsteps echoed in the distance, growing ever so louder with each step, sending shockwaves of alarm through Naminé's body. "Roxas, you have to help me. They'll take my heart and put me on the throne any minute now...!" She attempted to move, to get up and run with him, but the chain on her ankle sent a shock of electricity up her body, making her scream in pain. It was unbearable for Roxas to watch, but he didn't know what to do. If he attempted to break the chain, would the motion send more bolts of electricity up her leg? Would a possible booby trap go off? The possibilities were endless.
Before he could figure out a plan to free her, a man with blue eyes and pink hair came down to the dungeon, smirking evilly. "Looks like our little Queen has a visitor. Would he like to watch the coronation? It's definitely quite a show!" he laughed, binding Roxas' hands with a vine he had created out of thin air. The man released Naminé from her chains and kept a tight grip on her wrist as he led the two up to the throne room.
Every room they passed through was blindingly white, like sunshine reflecting on freshly fallen snow. In the throne room, a few Council members dressed Naminé into a giant, poofy, white dress, sparkling when the light hit it. A dress that would have looked stunning on her if not for the condition she was in. Then, they forced her into the crystal white throne and bound her there with chains of the same material, entwined with red roses.
She looked so helpless, so much in pain, that Roxas didn't know what to do. His hands were tied, so it wasn't as if he could just summon his Keyblade and attack the pink-haired man. It wasn't fair. He came all this way to save the one he loved and some vines tied around his wrists were stopping him from doing anything. It was pathetic.
"Now, young man," the Council member smiled, "we normally do the coronation ceremony, but a Keyblade wielder should have the honor to perform it." He kicked an evil-looking Keyblade towards Roxas and cut the bonds from his wrists. A sort of magic overpowered the blond male, forcing him to pick up the weapon that will remove his beloved's heart.
No... I'm not going ruin Naminé...! They can't make me do this! Roxas gritted his teeth, forcing every muscle to resist the Council's manipulative powers. Then, something in Roxas' heart started burning inside of him, as if it were on fire. A blinding light illuminated the room, making the Council members fall unconscious and the chains on Naminé's arms and legs to be broken.
Just then, Axel comes bursting into the room, chakrams on fire. "I see I came in the right time, didn't I? Didn't steal Naminé's heart did they?" When Roxas shook his head he smiled. "Let's finish these creeps off for good."
Roxas nodded, and summoned his Keyblade, finishing their lives and beginning a new golden era.
Roxas pulled away from Naminé's kiss, signifying they were now husband and wife. The happy couple walked out of the cathedral, and was later met by his parents.
"I can't believe the day you came back from the army you had to leave us again, and risk getting killed!" his mother exclaimed with a worried look on her face.
"I had to, mother. If Naminé was put on the throne because I decided not to make the journey, I would have never forgiven myself."
Ventus came up to hug his brother, "It seems like you finally got that happily ever after you wished for, Roxas."
It was very true. After he and Axel took Naminé home, they lead a revolution against the rest of the Council members. Many former militiamen they worked with were at their side, putting up a good fight. One fierce battle led to the extinction of the Council, as well as the end of the Kingdom of Twilight's dark days.
"Not quite yet," he replied. And turning to Naminé, he asked, "My beautiful wife, our kingdom is in need. There was a prophesy, mentioning a man that shines like the sun's rays putting an end to all the evil in the land. I really believe that prophesy spoke of me. Yen Sid and Merlin agree that I would be best suited for the throne, to continue leading the kingdom back into the light. But I said I'd only be king if you were my queen."
Naminé handed him a folded piece of paper as an answer. He opened it up, and inside was a drawing of her and him, dressed as royalty, happily ruling over the kingdom.
"I'll take that as a yes."
And so Roxas and Naminé were crowned king and queen, and a new golden era was once again established for the Kingdom of Twilight.
*Giant trumpet fanfare!* I'm proud to present my 100th deviation~!!!
This idea came into my head awhile ago. It was one of the many ideas I had for my 100th deviation, but I thought this one would be the best. RokuNami was one of my first KH pairings that I really really really loved. It has a special place in my heart.
I picked one of the 100 Themes for my 100th deviation because, well, my name is in it! What better way to have the big 100 than to make it personal? XD
Thanks a million times infinity to for making me the cover! I love it soooooo much! I really hope you guys like it too, because I know she spent so much time on it. I really can't thank her enough for it! Take a look at it over here [link]
I want to thank you guys, too~ I don't think I would have been motivated enough to write 100 stories! But I've had so much encouragement this past year it's amazing. To all my watchers and friends here: I love you, seriously, I do.
Anyway, I hope you like it! Fantasy stories are always fun to do~ Sorry for the length, I thought it should be extra long (in my standards, at least) since it's a milestone deviation~
Roxas, Namine, Ventus, Axel, and all those other characters belong to Square Enix.
Disclaimer: "I do not own Kingdom Hearts. All rights of characters are reserved by SquareEnix & Disney."
Chap 1: Love Song Requiem
Fuu was always a sick girl, from what Ventus could remember. No not sick as in mentally unstable, or having heinous thoughts. When he said sick, he meant physically impossible for her to be anywhere. He had never been to the hospital so much in his life until she came along. It was his first day of high school when he first met the mysterious and quiet girl.
He could remember it like it was yesterday; memories of a time when her smile was always faint, but visible in his eyes. It was raining that day too; when the weatherman had promised sunny skies. And now more than anything, he wished it were true for the rest of his life.
Ventus looked up at the menacing building in fear, high school, how much he despised this upcoming day. The blond had no right to complaint though; at least his foster siblings Aqua and Terra were attending the same school with him. Although for them, they were already seniors preparing to graduate. So by the time next year came, he was going to be lonely without them. Then again, there was his twin brother Roxas who was sitting beside him, so maybe it wasn't going to be too bad.
Their guardian, Eraqus, set the car on park, turning to the boys with an encouraging smile, "You two have a good first day. Aqua and Terra are already inside. Since they're the president and vice president of the senior class. They had to be here early in order to prepare for the upcoming freshmen."
Roxas grabbed his backpack from the empty seat beside them, "We'll be able to handle ourselves from here." He opened the door, already stepping out, "We'll catch you later, Eraqus."
"I'll be picking you up at three!" He shouted through the open window, letting out a chuckle. He then realized Ventus was still preoccupied in his seat in the back, "Ven....?" He questioned curiously, "Aren't you going to go follow Roxas?"
"I'm not ready for school. Can't I just go back home and sleep?" He suggested with a soft plea.
The old man laughed with amusement, "I'm afraid you can't."
"Eraqus, I'm not ready for this." Scratching his cheek, he shifted his eyes nervously at the crowd outside, "I've never been comfortable to speak about myself."
His foster parent gave him a sympathetic grin, "Ven~, you have come a long way; you and Roxas. I know your pasts' have been difficult, but this is just another cornerstone in your lives. It's time to embrace it and move forward to discover who you are."
It's true, when it came to his and his twin's past, there were pretty much enigmas to each other. They were taken in by Eraqus at a young age, and have been in his care ever since. Not that it even mattered, they were pretty much happy with their lives. Even so, Ventus always had a hard time handling and fitting himself in. Between him and Roxas, he was the most socially awkward. Not in a bad or geeky way, because the blond was actually quite a friendly person to get along with. It more like his insecurities of being left behind or alone that was the problem.
He sighed with uncertainty, unlocking his seatbelt, "I hope you're right." Pushing his door open, he stepped out into the bright sunlight, "I guess I'll see you later."
"Good luck, Ven; and remember, be yourself!" The caretaker offered kindly.
The boy beamed and nodded, "Will do!"
He closed the door, and waited for the adult to drive off down the street. When he couldn't see the car anymore, he turned around towards the entrance of the school. There were many different students, all from different grades. Some were chatting with old friends, while others looked around as if they were lost on where to go. The header to school's title was big and bold, letters made out of gold. Twilight High School was read brilliantly, glistening from the sun's burning glow. He saw Roxas up ahead, talking to a rather pretty blonde female student.
'Already making "friends" I see?' He thought humorously.
Either way, she did look beautiful. Short, but somehow long curly blond locks that framed her face like an angel. Blue eyes which gleamed brilliantly from the sun's rays. She looked almost perfect, her body slender and pure, like silk and vanilla. He actually had to admit, he was sort of jealous that she was talking to his twin. Walking forward though, Ven managed to find himself lost on where to go. He didn't want to interrupt his brother, or make it seem like he was a dork.
Not long though, the blond felt someone bump into his shoulder, almost knocking him off into the floor. His balance was pretty good though, catching himself from falling. However, he wished he could say the same for the girl who was currently heaving on the cement floor beside him.
Instead of shouting at her to watch where she was going, Ventus grew concern over how much sweat she was producing, "Hey, are you okay?"
She didn't respond, her face covered from his view. He noticed her short silver hair, framing around her head, curling and spiking in certain areas. The left side of her hair was long in the front, hiding her left eye from his view. She was breathing heavily, almost like she was suffocating. Her body was vulnerable to even support herself back up.
Ven reached his hand out, hoping to unmask her features, "Hey..."
She smacked his hand away, a voice shouting from the distance, "Fuu! Hurry up or we'll leave you behind!"
"Yeah! We'll be late, ya know?"
Ventus glared over at the duo by the entrance of the school. There was one with light skin and blond hair; the other darkly tanned with baggy clothes.
The young freshmen ignored them, hoping to help the girl back on her feet.
However, she pushed him away once again, "Leave me." She stated sternly with a breathless wheeze.
"I'm just trying to help." He offered hesitantly with a frown.
"Unnecessary." She concluded, turning to him to reveal her hypnotizing red eye.
He never expected such a color; it reminded him of a ruby, something that was valuable and stunning. She gave an ill cough, picking herself back up from her feet.
"Hey...!" Ven shouted rather too loudly, alarmed by how pale she looked.
"Hot...air..." She managed to speak faintly before losing consciousness.
Reacting right away, Ven caught the girl in his arms, pulling her close. A crowd was already gathering around them, wondering what was going on. They were probably looking for something to gossip about, which annoyed him.
He saw Roxas pushing through the group of people, the girl from earlier right beside him, "Ven?"
"Roxas! Call an ambulance! I think she has a fever!" He urgently demanded, her skin burning into his.
He thought tears were bursting forth from his eyes. It wasn't until they arrived at the hospital that he realized it was rain.
Fuu felt a soft breeze across her face, moaning inside her sleep. Her eyes quivered, doing her best to try and open them. She heard voices she couldn't recognize. All she remembered was the sunflower-haired boy and his bright blue eyes. She had never seen such eyes before, especially those that showed concern. His touch was so warm and caring too, she wondered if it was all just a dream.
His voice though, she could hear it, it was close.
A girl's voice soon came though, "So, do you two know her?"
"No, I think she's just some girl who fainted, right Ven?" That voice, it sounded identical to his.
However, there was a slight difference; his tenor sounded much deeper.
"Um...I really don't know her either." A soft voice answered.
There! She recognized his voice right away. It was sweet and gentle, almost soothing.
"I think her name is Fuu." The girl clarified softly, "She's a freshmen too it would seem from our school."
"Oh, that's right! I didn't quite introduce you two yet." The boy who was copying her savior's voice spoke abruptly, "Ventus, this is Namine."
Ventus...so that was his name.
He gave a sheepish laugh, like he was nervous or something, "Hehehe, hi Namine."
"Hello." You could practically hear the smile in her voice, "Pleased to meet you, Ventus."
Fuu wanted to speak, her throat feeling dry.
Letting out a soft drone, her vocal cords only processed one word, "Ven...." She couldn't say the rest of his name, cutting it off with a short cough.
"She's awake!" Ventus spoke aloud in alarm, lifting himself off from his seat.
"I'll go get a doctor." Namine announced urgently, running out the door to call for someone.
Fuu's eyelids opened lightly, catching the dim lighting of the room. She noticed raindrops on the window, assuming it was raining outside. Her attention was plainly focused though on Ven's worried features.
She studied his face, staring blankly into his eyes, "Ven....?" She repeated questionably, wondering if that was his real name.
He nodded, releasing a sigh of relief, "Yeah, that's me. Fuu, right?"
She nodded hesitantly, "Cor....rect."
"You gave us quite a scare." He directed his hand at his sibling, "This is my twin brother, Roxas. He's the one who I told to call the ambulance." He took his gaze back over to her, "You're at the hospital right now."
"Again." She whispered sorrowfully.
"Again?" Roxas questioned curiously, "You mean, this wasn't the first time you've been here?"
She nodded, "Affirmative."
A sigh escaped her lips, knowing full well Seifer and Rai weren't here. For best friends, they had an odd way of showing their concerns. It took complete strangers to get her here, and she felt rather paranoid by that revelation. Still, they must have been nice people to even bring her here.
"Thanks." She whispered hoarsely, directing her attention at Ven, "Appreciate it."
The blond blushed tremendously from her intense gaze, rubbing the back of his neck, "It's not a problem. I couldn't just leave you there when you were obviously sick."
"Fever..." She faintly remembered, touching her forehead in order to check her temperature.
It was then that Roxas's cellphone began to ring, a certain melody surrounding the room, "Oh..." He lifted his finger in order to pause the conversation, "Excuse me..."
He quickly left the room, which made things awkward for Ven to speak properly.
Fidgeting a bit where he stood, he tried to spark a conversation, "Um...you said you've been to the hospital before. Was it recently?"
Her lips twitched, "No." She winced, trying to sit up, "Since...small."
Ventus quickly went to her side, wrapping an arm around her waist and back. They both blushed heavily from their compromising position. Ven stepped back right away after straightening her up, becoming shy.
"Don't mention it." He gave a timid grin.
She gulped, not used to saying much besides one or two words. "No....for everything."
A warm smile spread across his lips, "It's not a problem at all. Like I said, I couldn't just leave you."
Her heart accelerated from his words, her cheeks feeling rather hot.
He seemed to notice, growing concern, "Fuu, are you okay? Are you having a fever again?"
Feeling disturbed by his kindness, she tried to avoid looking at his innocent face, "Ignore."
"I can't just ignore it! What if you faint again? You're my friend!" He insisted stubbornly with a pout.
She froze, turning slowly to him, "Friend?" They barely even knew each other!
"Yeah...I mean...we can be?" He suggested with hope.
"Stalker." She confirmed bluntly.
He frowned from the title, trying to defend himself, "No....! I just thought..."
It wasn't long until a soft hum of giggles entered his ears, catching him off guard. Fuu's face, it actually changed into something more relaxed. Time seemed to stop just to capture it, enchanting the blond. His breath hitched inside his throat, admiring the sound of her sweet laughter. It wasn't soft like a bell; it was faint like a chime. All he knew was that it was unique and tender, perfectly raw and real.
He was about to comment about it until Namine entered back inside the room.
The female gave a teasing smile, "I'm sorry, was I interrupting something?"
Ventus blushed immensely from her suggestion. He didn't know how Fuu would take it.
She surprised him though when she spoke, "New friend."
Ven turned to her in shock, "Really!?"
Actually astonished by her own words, she gave a tentative nod, "Believe so."
It was then that he clasped his hands with hers, feeling overjoyed, "Great! I made a new friend!"
Namine giggled from his rather energetic reaction, causing him to blush with embarrassment. Fuu only smiled, a warm sensation filling her heart. She found the rain outside to have stopped, a warm glow of orange and yellow settling inside the room. There were black spots that shadowed the raindrops, traveling across the glass and leaving streaks of ember in her vision. Ventus gazed down at her face, loving the reflection of her eyes from the sun's light. He looked over at Namine who was carefully allowing the Doctor to come in and inspect her. Stepping to the side, he gave the man access to do his job. He walked over to the blonde female, joining her side and leaving the room in order to meet up with Roxas.
Fuu, she was quite strange and aloof, but dare he say, cute.
First day of school may have turned out better than he imagined it after all.
Over the course of one year, Fuu had become one of Ven's closest friends. He was rather quite the social butterfly too, always being friendly and polite; earning much respect from his teachers and friends. Despite his reputation though, there was a bit of, distance, between him and the dark female. The number one reason being the two boys he always found her hanging out with, Seifer and Rai. They caused nothing but trouble, and he didn't like her being involved with them. They supposedly worked under the staff of the disciplinary committee, since Aqua and Terra graduated. In his eyes though, he saw them as nothing more than thugs. She didn't belong with them. He tried to convince her to leave their "gang", but she always refused. He couldn't understand it, feeling slightly frustrated over how stubborn she could be.
It was actually a week ago when they got into an argument about it, although, it was sort of one-sided. Today, she even got sick again and was currently resting inside the nurse's office. Guilt was overriding his senses, making his lunch even less appealing than it normally was. He was sitting with Roxas, Namine, and a few other friends of theirs.
Sighing to himself, he knew his twin couldn't take it anymore, "If you sigh like that one more time, I swear I'm going to throw something at you."
Namine lightly tapped Roxas's shoulder, showing more sympathy towards the situation, "Ven, if it bothers you that much, maybe you should go visit her at the nurse's office?"
Roxas and Namine, the two of them still weren't dating. It was odd, considering how close they were. Ventus tried not to seem envious though towards their "non-dating" relationship; knowing full well of his own deep feelings for the blonde female.
He frowned, dreading the idea, "It's not like I don't want to...but..."
Their friend Hayner who sat across from them spoke, his mouth filled with food, "Ven....my man!" He swallowed, earning a look of disgust from his girlfriend, "You should let her come to you and apologize!"
Olette glared at him, crossing her arms over chest, "Oh, like you do with me?"
He gave her a soft peck on the cheek, letting out a nervous chuckle, "Of course not!"
"It's different though...Fuu and I are just friends." Ven gazed over at Namine, clenching his plastic fork, "I don't know what I would even say."
The blonde female gave him an encouraging smile, "Just believe in your heart. I'm sure there's a answer somewhere inside."
Roxas smiled at her, admiring her tenderness. Ventus noticed his grin, feeling even more awkward and out of place.
He got up and picked up his tray with a huff, "I'll just go to the library for now. Not hungry much anyway."
"You sure?" His twin asked with concern.
"Yeah..." He gave an uneven smile, "See you guys later."
He dumped his food into the garbage, placing the tray on top of the bin. He walked away, opening the door to the cafeteria before closing it behind him.
Namine giggled from his departure, striking the group's interest.
"What's so funny?" Roxas asked curiously.
"Isn't it obvious?" She insinuated playfully, "He's worried about her..." She took a sip of her strawberry milk, " Probably more than a friend...and just hasn't realized it yet."
"Are you kidding me?" Hayner laughed with amusement, slapping his knee, "Ventus...and Fuu? That's like mixing salt and pepper together!"
"But...they're still spices, right?" Namine kindly pointed out, letting a small mirth between her pink lips.
Roxas gave her a doubtful look, wondering what kind of fantasy world she was living in. Ventus would never go for a girl like Fuu; they're total opposites! If she turned out to be right though, he swore destiny had a weird way of pairing.
Ventus whistled quietly to himself, his hands buried inside his pockets. He inspected the hallway, making sure no one was following or watching him. He hated lying, but he didn't want the others to know where he was really going. The nurse's office was at the other side of the hall. He was debating with himself to continue forward or not, his feet shuffling back and forth for a decision. When he looked away from the office, he heard the door open from behind him.
He briskly turned himself around and frowned, 'Seifer and Rai, what are they doing here? It's unlike them.'
The leader of the disciplinary committee spoke when he spotted the blond, "Well, if it isn't Mr. Goody-two shoes." He pumped his arms up like he always did, making his way over to him, "What brings you to this side of the school when it's your lunch period?"
"Are you going to give me detention or something?" Ven asked sarcastically, "Because I can ask you the same thing."
"We were visiting Fuu, ya know." Rai answered proudly.
"Forget it, Rai. We don't need to answer to him." He shoved the blonde's shoulder, "It should be him answering to us. We run these hallways after all."
Ventus glared at Seifer, feeling slightly annoyed.
He sighed, deciding to be honest, "I'm here to check on, Fuu."
"Why?" Seifer asked gruffly, "Seems to me she doesn't want to see you."
"Then you don't mind me seeing that for myself." He insisted.
"Like she'll actually talk to you." He countered.
"More so than she does with you nowadays." Ventus bravely inputted.
"Why you little"
Seifer raised his fist up, grabbing Ven's collar roughly inside his other hand.
He stopped though when they all heard a feminine voice speak out, "Stop!" It was Fuu, holding the frame of the door for support.
The leader gazed back at her in disbelief, "You're choosing this guy over you own posse, Fuu?"
She frowned with a small pout, "Stop." She repeated, not wanting to say it again.
"Tsk, fine." He pushed Ven away from him, "You were lucky this time. But next time you try to walk these halls, you better watch it."
The young sophomore fixed his collar, not saying a word.
Seifer whipped his head forward, "Let's go Rai, we don't need to hang with these losers."
Rai agreed, following without any hesitation. Ventus watched them walk away down the hall, shifting his eyes over at the steel-haired female.
He looked down when their gaze met, "Fuu...I..."
"Come in." It was all she said, entering back inside without any further exchange of words.
Ven was a little cautious, not wanting to step on any landmines. He followed her instructions anyway though, finding the office to be empty.
"Where's the nurse?" He asked while studying the room.
"Lunch." She answered calmly, sitting over at the bed she was resting on moments ago.
"She just left you here by yourself?" He didn't seem to like the idea of her not having any supervision.
Fuu's health was known to get bad. She would be at the hospital almost every weekend, while missing two or three days of school during the week.
"It's fine." She said to reassure him, "Had company."
"Right, I'm sure Seifer and Rai make good~ company." He didn't mean to sound harsh about it, apologizing soon afterwards, "Sorry, I didn't mean for it to come out like that."
She became disheartened, not liking the tension between them, "Ven...." She tried to find someway to explain, "Posse."
"Posse?" He asked in disbelief, "Fuu, they're nothing more than jerks! Especially Seifer! Have you seen how they treat others? You're not like that! You're different!"
She shook her head, "Wouldn't understand."
It was amazing how much he could piece her dialogue together, "Then let me understand! You don't even talk to me much anymore! You're constantly sick! And then when I try to visit you at the hospital, you always shun me away! I don't...like this feeling, Fuu. Like...like you don't trust me or something."
'I don't want you to worry.' She mentally confided, knowing he couldn't hear her thoughts.
Clenching the sheets on top of the bed, she muttered almost painfully, "Difficult."
He walked and stood in front of her, "What's difficult?"
Not finding any words to say, Fuu remained silent. It was then that she was taken by surprise, letting out a gasp when he suddenly hugged her close to him.
"Ve...Ven....?" She asked with a slight blush.
"You're always like this, shutting people out." He whimpered softly over her shoulder, "I'm your friend too, Fuu. I just wish you would trust me a little more. I only want what's best for you."
Tears were flooding over her vision, making things blurry for her to see. Her heart tightened within her chest, her illness grabbing hold of her. She remained strong though, not wanting to show her weakness to him, not ever.
"Trust you." She answered sincerely, wrapping her own arms around him, "I do."
He nuzzled his nose into her hair, embarrassed by how intimate he was being with her. It was obvious his heart belonged to another, but with Fuu, he just felt like he belonged. There was never uncertainty when he was with her. He couldn't describe it. All he knew was that he didn't want to lose her. Fuu was too delicate to break. No, he didn't mean weak as in psychically, because she could probably kick his ass if she wanted to. What he meant was, frail and someone he wanted to protect. He knew it sounded selfish, but it was the truth.
"Then will you please open up to me a little more?" He pleaded with a small smile.
She patted his back and replied, "In time."
'Why do I have a scary feeling like we don't have enough time though?' It was all he could think of before the nurse came back from her lunch break.
It was summer, and Fuu has been at the hospital more than she ever was before. They had just finished their sophomore year in high school, and were now preparing to enter their third year. However, despite Fuu's current predicament, Ventus was facing his own personal crisis.
Namine and Roxas...were officially dating, for three months now to be exact. It was pure torture for him, facing them inside the household almost everyday, kissing and hugging with no end in sight. He couldn't bare it, always locking himself inside his room until he knew they were gone. Today though, he lost his patience all together after a particular conversation with his twin.
"I think she's the one, Ven." Roxas spoke almost with a dreamy look on his face.
The twin tried to respond with a polite tone, "Who? Namine?"
The other blond blushed, scratching his cheek bashfully. The action irritated the other blond tremendously.
When he didn't answer, Ven spoke up once more, "You guys only been dating for three months, you sure she's the one?"
Roxas placed a hand over his heart, "I'm honestly not sure.... but when I'm with her, it's like I can forget all the bad things. Like my heart has a reason to exist."
Ven furrowed at his explanation, not sure how to take it. A part of him felt happy for his brother, but then, there's the darker side of him that was filled with resentment.
"Hey..." Roxas looked at the clock, "Didn't you say earlier you were going to visit Fuu today?"
He flinched and gazed up at the clock that ticked inside the kitchen, answering with an empty sigh, "You're right. I should go."
"I'll probably drop by later with Namine." The other blond announced with a smile that never seemed to fade these days.
Ven opened the door and stood there quietly, "Great~." He then scolded himself, and tried to shake off the negative feeling, "I mean...I'm sure she'll like that."
Roxas gave him an odd look, but he didn't pay much attention to it when he closed the door. Ventus breathed in the wet grass from outside, shaking off his shoulders in order to gain back his composure. Even without Namine by his side, he knew Fuu was waiting for him. And strangely enough, she was the only girl he could think about right now to forget his own dark emotions.
Fuu patiently flipped channels from her bed, staring blankly at the screen. She couldn't find anything interesting to watch. Sitting back on her pillow, she began to wonder what was taking Ven so long. He was the only real person who visited her these days. Still, this isn't how she wanted to spend her summer. Even though her father was paying for her hospital bills, it was only because he owned half of the city. It would look bad to his political career, if he weren't seen taking care of his daughter's health. What a joke; the old man was nothing more than a big laugh to her life.
It wasn't long until the silver-haired female heard the door to her room open, causing her heart to jump with eagerness, "Ven....?"
The blond peeked his head out from behind the door, "Hi, sorry I'm late."
She shook her head, her hair waving behind her neck, "Forget it."
He gave her a weak smile, closing the door behind him when entering the pallid room. It smelled like medicine, and death. An eerie feeling washed over him, making him shiver uncomfortably.
Fuu noticed his paranoid expression, beckoning him to come over and sit beside her, "Problem?"
He cautiously walked over to her, rubbing the back of his neck, "You could say that."
"Tell me." She offered kindly.
Ven studied her face. She looked pale, dark shadows covering the lower part of her eye. He hated seeing her this way. He began to wonder if she was going to get better by the time school started again.
He crossed his fingers together, bowing his head down, "It's Roxas...and Namine..."
Fuu's lips flipped to a frown, feeling rather displeased by the topic, "Oh." That was all she could say, gulping silently to cover the pain inside her own heart, "Share?"
Pressing his back against the chair, he started to explain, "I just don't understand what she sees in him. I mean; it's Roxas...not like he's the most honest guy in the world."
"Jealous?" She added softly, clasping her hands together like a prayer over her lap.
"I don't know. It's just...some of things he said to me today, just makes me wonder what I even have to offer." He scratched the back of his head, "I always knew I had feelings for Namine, but...I'm beginning to wonder, maybe I should stop. Those two are..."
"...Meant to be." She finished a little too fast.
He quickly brought his gaze over to her, not saying a word before nodding, "Yeah..."
Fuu flushed with humiliation over her words, feeling guilty by how he reacted to them.
She bit her bottom lip, "Sorry."
He chuckled humbly, "What are you sorry for?"
Twisting her shoulders back and forth, she realized she didn't know how to respond to that question.
"I guess with Namine it was just a crush...nothing more. Roxas is the one inside her heart." He spoke with disappointment.
"But...!" She spoke aloud, going over her usual volume, "Pain."
Ven nodded, "Yes...it is painful, but..." He got up from his seat, making his way over to the window, "Maybe it's about time I move on." His eyebrows furrowed at the mocking sun, "But...I think it might take awhile."
While he seemed distracted, Fuu did her best to maneuver her body off from the bed. Her feet lightly made contact with the marble floor, shivering from the cold temperature. Lifting herself up, she shakily made her way over to him. Feeling weak from resting for so long though, her body felt numb, failing to move properly. She gasped, tripping over her feet. She landed into something soft though, finding she had accomplished what she wanted.
Ven froze from the contact, turning back in alarm, "Fuu...!"
Her only response was wrapping her arms around him from behind, giving him a tender squeeze. She so badly wanted to comfort him, and this was the only way she could think of.
Hiding her tears from his view, she pleaded softly, "Please smile."
"Fuu..." He was bewildered by her behavior, placing his hands over hers, "I am smiling silly."
She shook her head and demanded with a pout, "Real smile."
Tears wanted to fall from his eyes, but oddly, it was out of happiness, "I swear!"
Burying her face into his back, she answered with a broken whimper, "Liar."
Her heart was breaking with his, wanting to do everything in her power to hear his laughter again, just like he always did for her in return.
Ven leaned back, enjoying the comfort of her arms, feeling at home after for so long, "Fuu...thank you." He closed his eyes, letting the tears fall freely, "Thank you...for everything."
She giggled with irony, catching his attention, "Same."
A warm blush covered his cheeks, chuckling from her shy manner. It was rare to catch Fuu acting this cute. But, what made it even more special, was that it was all for him. He turned around, catching her body from falling.
He caught notice of the moisture in her eyes, wiping them away from her cheeks, "Now don't you dare cry because of me. How would that make me feel when you're the one trying to make me feel better?"
She beamed from his words, her mouth hanging open happily, gasping for words to come out. She so badly wanted to tell him how she felt, how she possibly might be falling for him...but she couldn't. Her life was like a dimming hourglass. It would be pointless.
'Still...I want him to know...more than anything.' She earnestly confessed inside her mind.
Fuu felt faint all of sudden though, her world beginning to spin.
Ven reacted immediately in alarm, "Fuu...? What's wrong?"
Everything seemed hazy to her, holding his arms for support, "Need rest." She directed her eye back over to the bed.
He complied and understood, picking her up like a bride. Fuu's face erupted into a brilliant hue of red, not saying anything as he helped her back into bed.
"You need to take care of yourself." He advised deeply with concern, "You need to get better before school starts again."
There was a hint of uncertainty in his voice, not liking the idea of her being here. He prayed more than anything for her illness to go away.
"I'll...try." She whispered breathlessly, finding it rather hard to breathe.
He noticed sweat pouring from her skin, "Fuu...?"
She didn't answer, her visible eye closing softly.
This scared him greatly, "Fuu...!"
"Shh...." She spoke with a weak voice, "Don't worry." Lacing her hand with his, she gave him a tender squeeze, "Right here."
He gave a breathless sigh of relief, "Good, because I don't know what I'll do without...you're like one of my closest friends."
She frowned from the endearment; but even more so, his faith in seeing her get better.
Licking her lips, she mumbled half-asleep, "Always smile." She informed lightly, drifting happily into blissful slumber.
Ventus nodded, "For you, I will. I promise."
She could only pray to do the same, knowing it was only a matter of time before her own smile would fade away.
Junior year started and that only meant one thing, Junior Prom. Ventus dreaded this moment. He already knew Roxas was planning to go with Namine. Hayner with Olette. Even one of his new friends, Sora and Kairi were going together! Looking over at the brochures for the event, he grimaced with annoyance. They were all mocking him, pointing out the fact that he didn't have a date.
Well...yet that is.
He wondered, maybe he should ask Fuu? She was one of his closest friends...who was a girl. And....guys ask girls to the dance, so; it was normal right? Not like it meant anything serious.
He couldn't help but sigh, 'Like she would want to come with someone like me anyhow.'
It was only just a few days ago that she was released from the hospital. He felt so happy to see her back at school again, getting tired of always seeing her so sick. Since her return though, he noticed how healthy and rosy her cheeks were all the time. It settled his heart at ease, hoping she would remain like that throughout the whole year.
Today though, he hadn't seen her since homeroom. Walking the hallway, he spotted Sora and Kairi not too far off. The two were different compared to Roxas and Namine's interaction with each other. They were more like the flirtatious couple, always teasing each other playfully for the other's affection.
"Hey, Sora! Kairi!" He walked over and asked warily, "Have you guys...seen Fuu anywhere by any chance?"
Kairi gave him a impish smile, "Maybe~, I think she was with Seifer not too long ago."
He flinched, his eyebrows creasing with distaste, "What...why...when?" He couldn't form the right question he wanted.
Sora chuckled from his stumbling words, "Hehehe, jealous or something Ven?"
"No!" His voice burst out into a small squeak, feeling embarrassed.
The couple laughed at him, causing him to pout.
Kairi finished her giggles, tilting her head to the side, "If you really want to know where your beloved Fuu is, she's on the roof."
He blushed from the girl's words, "Thanks, Kairi."
He took off towards the stairs that led to the upper level, Sora shouting behind him, "Give her a big smooch when you get there!"
The blond huffed from their jokes, 'What's with them? Fuu and I aren't like that at all!'
However a voice inside him thought otherwise, 'You know she means more than just a friend! Why do you keep lying to yourself? Ever since that day when you gave up on Namine, you knew she meant more.'
'Shut up annoying voice.' He warned incurably.
For one, he didn't want to think Seifer of all people asked her to the dance. For some reason, it just bothered him to think of them together like that. Plus, if anyone was going to take her, it was going to be him. It was the least he could do for her after spending so many days in the hospital. Suffering through multiple injections each day, while drugged with pills. He wanted that night to be memorable for the both of them.
Pushing the door open to the roof, he was met by the blinding sun. A heavy strong gust of wind hit him, almost knocking him over and wrinkling his clothes from the force. He gazed out where the fence was, spotting a feminine figure with short hair.
Covering his eyes from the sun, he called out, "Fuu!"
The girl turned around, her eye widening in shock to see him, "Ven....!"
He walked over to her, grabbing the fence in order to climb up next to her, "I've been looking all over for you. What are you doing up here?"
Pulling her head back, she closed her eyes and felt the soft current of the wind, "Missed feeling."
He spoke with a sad tone, "Oh, that's right...." His hair blew against the breeze, "You've been in the hospital for so long. You probably have forgotten how much freedom like this felt like."
Patting his back for comfort, she gave him a reassuring smile, "Good days."
"Yeah..." He smiled softly, "It's good to see you're feeling better."
Silence, this was Ven's chance!
"Um...Fuu...?" He scratched his cheek nervously, her wine-colored eye intimidating him from speaking, "Uh...well...you know how we have that junior prom...coming up...right?"
She just stared at him, replying with a low, "No."
"Uh...!" He gasped, "No as in you don't? Or..."
"Not going." She sternly answered, jumping back from the ledge and heading for the door.
"Wait...!" He grabbed her wrist, "Is it because...Seifer asked you already?"
She seemed intrigued by his flustered tone, "Seifer?"
He bit his bottom lip, "Just tell me..." Gulping he asked, "Did he?
A sigh of relief escaped his lips, "Good."
"Why?" She asked curiously.
He chuckled awkwardly with a small blush, "Well...the truth is...I was wondering if you would like to come with me?" He soon added quickly, "As friends! Of course!"
She frowned, "Refuse."
"Wha...Why...?" He asked dumbfounded.
She looked away from him, her face unyielding to cry, "Rebound."
Confused for a moment it began to click inside his head, "You think you're a rebound from Namine?"
She flinched from the name; not that she hated the girl. Namine was one of her best friends who actually knew she had feelings for the blond.
"Fuu...that's not the reason at all!" He tried to convince her, "I...I want to go with you!" His heart began to accelerate unexpectedly, "Only you...I want that night to be memorable for the both of us...!"
Pulling her hand roughly away from his, she quickly sped off to the door again.
'Oh no you don't!' He dashed forward after her, reaching forward and pinning her to the wall, his hands between her head.
"Ven....!" She hissed in shock, her face turning red from how close they were.
His leg was dangerously lifting up her school uniform, innocently bringing her skirt up without him knowing what he was doing.
He leaned his face close to hers, bringing his hands down in order not to frighten her, "You're so stubborn." He pouted childishly, "How can you refuse this face?"
"Easy." She looked away from him, her face glaring at nothing in particular.
"You know, if you keep making that face, it'll permanently be stuck that way." He advised teasingly. He soon begged with his hands folding together like a prayer, "Please~, Fuu! Come with me as my date!"
She closed her eyes and sighed, knowing she couldn't deny him any longer, "Accept."
He grinned happily, "Really...?"
"Yes." She breathed through her nose, "Back off."
"Oh...sorry!" He gave her room to move, "I promise you, Fuu. You won't regret it! I'm going to make this dance a night you'll never forget!"
She spoke cynically, "Disbelief."
He laughed and poked her stomach, "Oh~, don't be like that!"
They both soon heard the bell ring from inside, causing him to jump back in shock, "Oh no! We'll be late for next period!" He offered his hand to her, but she declined it, "Fuu...?"
"More time." She spoke softly, trying to cover her gasping breath.
He seemed oblivious towards her condition, only smiling softly, "Okay, just make sure not to be late." He then added cheerfully, "My date."
Without any exchange of words, he entered back inside the building. Fuu however, remained where she stood, sliding to the ground until her rear met with the floor. Sweat poured from her skin, her lungs heaving heavily for air. Her breathing came out labored, her vision blurry from the fever she was receiving.
"Not now." She whispered pleadingly, 'Please...let me just have this moment.'
She feared such a wish wasn't going to be easy to grant though.
Like I promised,a gift to my friend . I promised her a long one-shot of Venfuu, and here it is. It's cut down into two parts though because DA couldn't support all the text. This one-shot went over 40 pages in my Microsoft word. I've worked hard on it, and hope everyone likes it.
Even though this one-shot is a gift. I made it so people could see why in my vision I see Venfuu as an awesome pair. I want to spread their love without so many people questioning me "Why?". It's a crack pairing folks, but it doesn't mean I can't find them interesting =3=. And do I wish there was more fanfics or fanart of them? Of course I do.
But anyway, enjoy . This fanfic has caused me too much grief, and I wanted to see it to the end on a good note.
Kagmine Rin and Len anxiously walked through the halls of the Vocaloid house, speaking of the newest additions that were to be moving in. Well, they'd moved in last week, but Rin and Len had been busy. Technically, this would be their first meeting.
"I wonder what they're like," the blonde hair girl mused, tugging on her white ribbon that sat atop her head. Her identical brother didn't have time to answer, because they approached a green-haired girl and a purple-haired man at that moment.
The girl with green hair threw up her hands excitedly. "You two must me the Kagamines! I'm Gumi and this is my brother, Gakupo." Her brother stood with his arms crossed, smiling politely.
Len raised a brow at the hyper girl, and Rin grinned and waved. She'd definitely get along with them
Gakupo turned his gaze to her at the same moment she decided to really look at him. Both of their smiled dropped as their eyes locked, and Rin felt herself heat up, her face taking a shade of red. Hell, she was sure her damn ribbon was the same color.
Her eyes narrowed at him. Her stomach hurt and her heart was beating wildly. This was a decidedly unpleasant feeling, and Rin had never been good with using words to solve conflicts.
So she aimed for the weird, blue orb that sat in the center of his chest and kicked it with everything she was worth. Gakupo watched the Kagamine girl storm off in amazement as he hunched on the ground, blood dribbling over his lip because of her vicious kick. He felt Gumi pat his back as he coughed.
He could have sworn that they were just having a moment, and then she attacked him.
The boy twin sighed, tucking his hands in his pockets and addressing Gumi. "She does that." Gakupo heard Gumi laugh, but his gaze was riveted to where Rin had retreated.
"A little violent, isn't she?" he asked. He still couldn't believe she kicked him!
Surprisingly, Gakupo wasn't angry. Instead, he was intrigued. Maybe even a little infatuated, in fact.
He'd be sure to get to know that tiny girl better. Rin stood in the main room of the Vocaloid house, frustrated with herself. Smooth, Rin. Real Smooth. It wasn't her fault that he made her crazy!
An unwelcome image floated to her mind of her hugging that Gakupo guy. She shook her head. She was so not going to like him, not at all.
For one thing, he looked a lot older than her. And, while Vocaloids didn't necessarily age, it would still be weird. For another, boys didn't usually like girls that made them spit up blood.
But that stupid image wouldn't leave her mind. She angrily hit the wall a few times to vent, swearing. She was vaguely aware of Meiko and Miku looking at her warily.
"...What do you think she's doing?" she heard Miku ask. Rin ignored this and rested her forhead on the wall, frowning.
"Don't know. Best not to confront her, though, I guess," Meiko answered. She heard the two girls shuffle away, and she sighed. He had cleaned up his lip, and was now ready to confront Rin. Gakupo walked aimlessly through the house, still not quite knowing his way about the huge manor.
Finally, he spotted her in the main room with her head leaning against the wall. Her cheeks were red and she looked so sad.
Did his mere presence make her feel depressed?
He tried to smile, starting to approach her. He'd fix this. However, the flaxen-haired girl closed her eyes, and it made his heart twitch.
Smile dropping from his lips, he turned and retreated to his own room, sulking in the corner.
Gumi found him a little while later.
"She hates me," he said before she could get a word out.
She paused for a moment, then seemed to grasp the concept. "Who, Rin? Her brother said she acts like that sometimes, it's no big deal," she answered comfortingly.
Gakupo turned away from her to face the wall. "I didn't see her kick you. Or anyone else for that matter."
Gumi tried to smile comfortingly as her brother sighed and began to rant about the girl he was slowly becoming infatuated with. Len frowned when he found his sister, who threw herself into his arms in order to rest her head on his shoulder. "I don't like that new guy," she said. "He makes me feel... weird."
The boy cleared his throat, obviously uncomfortable with this subject. "Uh," he blurted awkwardly. "Why don't you just try talking to him?"
She punched the shoulder she wasn't resting on. "Because that's stupid."
He scowled, mentally noting never to give his sister advice again. "Maybe you just like him?" he offered.
Rin didn't answer, choosing to just rest on her twin's shoulder. A few hours later, Gakupo heard singing as he explored the manor. He curiously looked around the corner to see Luka, Miku, andGod help himRin singing together.
She looked happier now, flawless notes escaping her parted lips. She giggled lightly as she turned the page of her music book.
He smiled, content to watch her enjoy herself.
They noticed him then, and Miku pointed in his direction. "Hey, Rin, the new guy's checking you out!"
The two other girls looked at him, but he focused his attention on Rin. She looked surprised for a moment, her mouth open in bewilderment. He stared back, probably in the same manner. Then she glared at him, turning her head away so that she faced the other direction.
He gave a tired smile at the back of her head. "I don't like him!" Rin said t her brother, hands clenched into fists defensively. She leaned toward him, causing him to slightly bend backwards in an uncomfortable way. "I do not like him! He's creepy and weird andandhis hair! It's purple! And I haven't even heard him sing yet! How do we even know that he can sing!"
She continued with her rant, but Len stopped listening to her with a worried expression. He was sure Gakupo was harmless.
Rin just tended to overreact sometimes. "Are you sure?" he asked, interrupting her speech.
She paused. Her face turned a brilliant red and she stomped her foot, fuming. "Of course I'm sure!"
Len scowled, stamping his twin as the most stubborn person to ever walk the globe.
Rin ran at him with arms opened wide and jumped up so that she could embrace Gakupo around his neck. He settled his hands on her bare waist and she pulled back the slightest bit so that she could grin happily at him, and he returned the smile.
Gakupo sat up in his bed with a confused look. He ran his hand through his hair, because that dream had just seemed so real. He liked it, and he almost regretted waking up.
He imagined her always running to hug him whenever she saw him. He pictured them holding hands contently. All innocent fantasies that were most likely impossible.
He frowned. "Kagamine Rin," he whispered to himself, not wanting to wake anybody else, "You sure are a challenge." The next morning, they saw each other.
They were each walking in a separate direction. She huffed, closing her eyes to ignore him. When she passed, she noticed him frown, his happy demeanor deflating and his shoulders hunching.
She looked at the ground, pausing in the hallway as he continued on. Rin thought about what Len had said. What if she did like him...? Or could grow to be at least his friend? Why was she acting so cruelly to him.
Her eyes narrowing in acceptance, she turned and marched toward the retreating man's back, pulling on his long ponytail to get his attention.
It worked. He yelped in surprise, and face her, seeming even more astounded that it was her. "What was that"
"I'm sorry!" she blurted before he could finish his sentence. Her heart was pounding and she put a hand on her chest, still holding his hair. "I'm not good at this. You make me feel funny and I don't know if I should like it or not and I just don't understand why I blush whenever I see you. Or whenever I even hear your name. I've only known you for a day, and I shouldn't hate you because you didn't do anything to me. I just... I..."
Her throat hurt and Gakupo just kept staring at her in bewilderment. She moved her hand from her chest to cover her face. "I never believed in that stupid 'love at first sight' crap. But Miku makes me watch all these cheesy movies and, I don't know, maybe that's what I'm feeling. B-But I think I might... like... you. I would understand if you rejected me, though. I've been terrible to you..."
As she trailed of, she released him and hid her face, wanting nothing more than to run away. She closed her eyes, missing Gakupo's slow smile as he reached out for her.
She found herself in his arms a moment later. He was hugging her. She was flush against his chest with his arms encompassing her small frame, and she had no idea how she got there. Everything was happening to fast.
He chuckled softly in her ear. "I like you, Rin," he said gently.
At his declaration, she felt her eye lids slid to half mast as her face heated up once again. But he didn't let her go, and she accepted that this feeling was a good one. Around the corner and hiding behind a wall, other Vocaloid stood watching the exchange.
Miku had taken out her cell phone, snapping a picture and giggling and muttering the world "Lollicon" in a teasing fashion.
Meiko stood behind her, wanting to get in on the scene. "Ha! You owe me ten bucks, Luka!" she said.
The pink-haired girl was behind her, touching her shoulder. "Alright. But, er, I think we should leave them alone for now..." She was ignored.
Len stood next to her, leaning against the wall and not bothering to watch his sister, knowing she'd tell him all about it later. He hushed the giggling girls around him.
Gumi sat beside him on the floor, holding her stomach in laughter.
Rin would be good for Gakupo, that was for sure. No one could wait to see where this relationship would lead. End