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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.