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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! :D) :heart: LightningxNoctis 4 ever!!! :heart:
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! :love: 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) :iconidky123:

(This is the longest description I have ever made! :o)
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She was not sure how she had been dragged into her current situation, did not want to know. But she was very sure it had something to do with how her younger sister would give her those despicably adorable puppy-dog eyes.

Lightning hated it, but at the same time it amused her.

Serah had been looking around the store for ages, trying to find a decent Valentine's Day present for her boyfriend, Snow Villiers. Lightning would roll her eyes every time Serah would fuss over what would be a good gift. At times, Lightning would give her opinion only to have Serah lecture her about how special Valentine's Day was.
The older Farron refused to hear another lesson about the Day of Hearts and remained silent for the rest of the shopping trip.

She watched as her younger sister went from shop to shop, isle to isle, in search for something that would be perfect for Snow. Lightning had to scoff; what was the point of this Valentine's Day? It was nothing but a word that signals to couples that it was their day to get together and spend time with each other for the whole day doing nothing but have cheap talks, go on silly dates, and say sweet nothings to each other. Lightning found nothing special about such a day.

She sat down on one of the seats provided for the customers and sighed, rubbing her temples. She had nothing to do and yet she felt worn out. Perhaps it was because of Serah dragging her along to go Valentines shopping.

"What about you Lightning?" The older Farron snapped from her thoughts and looked at her sister. "Hm? What about me?" "For Valentine's Day. What are you going to do?" Serah repeated. Her older sister gave her a look. "What else? Stay at home and enjoy the quiet."
"Don't you have a Valentine or at least someone in mind?" Serah asked. Lightning rolled her eyes and crossed her arms. "What's the point in that? And no, I don't have one nor do I intend to get one. And I don't have any in mind." Serah smirked at her and raised an eyebrow. "Are you sure?"

"Don't give me that look, Serah. I know that look very well and I'm not going to fall for it." Lightning said stubbornly. The younger Farron pouted. "Come on, Sis! You must have someone in mind! Everybody does, after all." "What? Is there a LAW that states I have to have a Valentine? In that case, I'd rather be a law-breaker." Lightning grumbled in annoyance.

"Don't be that way, Light. Please just give this day a chance! Please? Pretty please, Sis?" Serah pleaded. Lightning smiled lightly. "You know I love it when you make that face… But even I have limits." "Lightning!"
"That's enough, Serah. I don't need another lecture about this day. It's just some time of day where people buy overpriced presents for their boyfriend or girlfriend." Lightning said bluntly.

"But don't you have at least one person in mind? At all?" Serah insisted. Lightning shook her head before getting up. "Not at all. Can you handle yourself for today? I have an errand to run…"

Serah sighed in defeat then nodded, allowing her sister to go. "Look after yourself okay?"
Lightning nodded then left the store, sighing in relief when she was finally free from the shopping spree. Usually she would like to accompany Serah to keep her from harm and whatnot, but today she simply did not feel up to it, especially when her sister kept insisting she should have a Valentine in mind.

Lightning scoffed. What was the point in this whole Valentine's Day? It was nothing but some day where people can fool around with the notion of romance and but overpriced gifts. What made this day so special?

The strawberry-blonde sighed and looked around. Now, what can she do to kill time? She had enough shop-hopping thanks to Serah. Perhaps a quick meal would be good.
As she headed to a nice nearby café, Lightning rolled her eyes when she passed by several love struck teenagers; how annoying, she thought.

Lightning sighed in relief when she entered the café but frowned when she looked around her to see couples at almost every table around her. She groaned and looked in another direction, away from the sickening love fest. A waitress came over to take her order.
As soon as Lightning gave her order and the waitress walked off, a cheesy love song started playing on the café's radio. The woman growled and mentally tried to plug her ears while the couples in the café started smiling and gushing at each other and recalling how they heard the song together.

How long would she be able to take, Lightning had no idea.

Her food arrived just as a new love song came on.
Lightning had to roll her eyes at how overly lovey dovey the whole café became. She rushed her meal; the sooner she was done eating, the sooner she would get out of this mushy place. Thank goodness she had a big appetite; finishing her meal quickly was easily done.
Once she was done, she paid the bill, stood up hastily and went for the door. The waitress stopped her and presented her with a small red rose and heart-shaped lollipop; a complimentary treat from the café to its customers.

Lightning inwardly cringed and accepted the stuff as politely as she could.
She practically dashed out of the café after that and walked on, passing other shops. It was hard to avoid dreamy love-struck-lovelorn teenagers and adults; even seniors and animals seemed to be enjoying Valentine's Day. Just her rotten luck.

Lightning growled in annoyance and opted to head home to avoid anymore of this 'cootie-infested' place. She flagged down a cab and got in. The driver turned to her, smiling. "Where to, Miss? Going to a special guy's place?" Lightning blinked. 'Even the CAB DRIVERS are going along with this day?' She thought with dismay.

"No. I'm going home. Head for 13th Street, Bodhum." She said bluntly. The driver's smile did not falter as he started the car and drove. "That's too bad, Miss. But I'm sure some fella would love to have you as a Valentine. Just sayin'." "Do you always stick your nose in others' business?" Lightning said; she sounded ruder than she intended. The driver still smiled. "Only when I can tell they are having a hard time like you. I mean no offense but…I can tell you seem down—even if you seem more like you're annoyed and angry."

Lightning said nothing and merely sighed.

"… You know, when I was your age I would stay in a corner and glare at every Valentine trinket and those mushy youngsters. But it didn't last long…" The driver said with a nostalgic smile. Lightning remained silent; she faced the window but her eyes glancing at the man for a long time. The driver continued, "I met my wife one day. The moment I realized that she was the one for me; well…I started changing my mind about this whole Valentines thing. I still get her gifts and stuff, though she insists she doesn't need any of that. It's the least I can do for her." Lightning looked at the front passenger seat and noticed the stem of a flower; he must have bought his wife roses.

"You should get someone too. Or at least, find someone. You're a good-looking gal, and I think any guy is lucky to have ya for his Valentine or for the rest of his life." The man said.

"… That kind of life isn't for me." Lightning admitted finally. "I have other things to do with my time." "But you must have some time for yourself and your fella too." The driver said. The strawberry-blonde scoffed. "I don't have a 'fella'. Don't intend to get one either." "Why not?"

It was an innocent question but Lightning was not sure she wanted to answer it. The man was quiet for a while before speaking again, "We can drive around in circles all day until you get this off your chest, y'know." Lightning looked out the window and noticed that he was indeed just driving them in circles, not even heading towards her neighborhood. Sly man.

She shrugged. "It's just not me. I'm not that kind of person, besides romance isn't for me." "Do you mean you're not the romance type or you THINK love isn't meant for you…?" The man said. Lightning was silent for a long time.

"You know that's not true, missy. Romance can be for even the most unromantic person; take me for example. In the end, I managed to learn and now look at me. I'm a married man, with kids too!" He said proudly. Lightning raised an eyebrow. "For how long?" "Been together for twelve years now. And it's been going on well. Sure we have our spats now and then, but that's what makes us grow closer. Now tell me Miss, don't you have someone in mind?"

"… Not exactly."

"He a friend?"

Lightning scoffed. "I don't know why I'm even bothering with talking to you." "Everyone needs someone to talk to, missy. I just happened to notice you walking around looking bitter; it just reminded me of myself when I was younger. I couldn't resist the urge to give ya a lift so I can talk to ya." "I'm ALWAYS like this." Lightning said.
"I can tell. I just meant you seem bitter in a sad way." "Why would I be sad?" Lightning asked.

"You're lonely, ain't ya kiddo?"

"……"

"I stand correct then." The man said, turning the car again into the same street they just passed by five times already. "So what? It's not like it's a big deal; I'm not exactly the 'perfect catch'. Don't want to be either."
"But I can tell you're a good person, missy. If your friend accepts you for you, then you'll have a chance. If he likes someone else, then I think you're real brave and humble to be happy with seeing him happy." The driver said. Lightning raised an eyebrow. "I didn't say I liked anyone." "Didn't have to. Your silence answered my question. Believe me; take it from someone with experience."

"… It's not like I'm someone meant for him anyway." Lightning sighed in defeat, finally admitting.

"Now, now. Don't feel that way. Just do something for him on this day, like give him a present or a card. Let him know you appreciate him, as a friend and something more. Then it's fine when he knows you're still willing to be there for him as a friend no matter what. I was willing to do that for my wife when I felt like she wouldn't want a guy like me." The man admitted.

"Picking fights, winning battles without breaking a sweat, hating dresses, wearing unisex clothing, hating to go shopping, not being a damsel, and choosing my own fate in life… Not the kind of girl a guy would find ideal." Lightning let out a short bitter chuckle.
"Ya think your friend would not like you just because you're not a perfect damsel-in-distress-princess? Come now missy, not all of that is true. I don't think you have to be a womanly woman just to be the right gal for the guy. Why, I think you're rather unique; almost every day we hear stories of how a dashing prince or knight saves the princess and end up with her. But now that I have aged a lot since my young days, I think it doesn't always have to be like that. The girl can be the knight in shining armor too. If a man doesn't like that, then he ain't no real man; just a kid with a big ego."
Lightning felt as if a headache was coming on.

"Just think about it, missy. You like being you, right? Well then express yourself by being yourself. Tell ya what; you let the guy know how you feel in your own way and if all goes well, then I can guarantee he'll feel the same 'bout you. If not, then at least you tried; like a brave she-knight who took it like a real fighter."

"I'm not a knight." Lightning said, rolling her eyes. "Ah, but you seem to have the aura of one. And I can tell you ain't a damsel. I like that. My wife does too; she respects a person who is just like you. So, how about that idea of mine?"

Lightning said nothing for a long time and the driver was beginning to think he had gotten too nosy until she suddenly spoke, taking him by surprise. "Drop me off at the nearest store. I need to take care of something." The man grinned. "That's the spirit, kiddo!"

He finally changed directions and drove the car over to what appeared to be a jewelry store. "Hm… Too expensive I think—" Lightning got out before he could finish. The man just stared at her as she entered. The woman was such a mystery still.

Lightning tried to keep herself calm as she walked in; she already knew what she was going to do. But she had no idea how to explain herself.
The woman at the counter noticed her and smiled. "Welcome! Shopping for someone special?" "… I guess you can say that." Lightning admitted, almost bashfully. She still managed to keep a straight face, however. The woman grinned. "I think I may have just the thing for a situation like yours!" She said excitedly and walked over to the back of the store. Lightning blinked and tried not to blush. Did EVERY stranger know about her…problem? This was becoming too embarrassing that it was unbearable.
The woman returned with a black box and opened it.

"Well? What do you think? It's the only one we have too! I think you need more than anyone else though." She said with a smile still on her face. Lightning stared at the object in the box in awe, though of course her face did not show it. But it was PERFECT.
"Yeah, I'll take it." Lightning said finally. The woman giggled. "I'll wrap it up!" Lightning stopped her. "There's no need. I'll just take it." The woman nodded and handed the box over to the cashier.

Once the object was paid for and Lightning walked out of the store, the two women swooned. "What a woman…" "I know. That man—whoever he might be—is so lucky to have someone like her…"

Lightning tapped on the window of the cab and the man rolled down his window, smiling. "You ready kiddo?" Lightning nodded and got into the backseat.
The driver rolled the window back up and drove to wherever she instructed. Lightning swallowed nervously, clutching the box in her hands tighter. She took a deep breath when they reached her destination. "Stop here." The driver stopped the car and Lightning got out and paid him.

"Nah, it's on me missy. You need it."

"Just consider it as thanks from Lightning Farron. And don't worry; I can walk home from here."

With that, Lightning walked towards the apartment with a confident stride, the black box under her arm. The cab driver stared in awe, looking back and forth from the woman to the money she placed in his hand. He smiled. "Lightning Farron, eh? Well good luck to ya, Lightning." He started the engine then drove back home to his wife; he knew that he now had a good story to tell her and their children tonight.


Noctis sighed as he flipped through the channels.
There was nothing interesting to watch today and that did not help with his boredom. Suddenly, a knock on his door caught his attention. He raised an eyebrow and headed to the door, peeping through the peephole. There was no one there. Was it a prank?

He opened the door and looked outside. Indeed, there was not a soul outside. Before he could go back in, he felt his foot bump against something.

He looked down and saw a black box on his doormat. He picked up slowly and carefully opened the lid. His eyes widened. Inside was a blue crystal attached to a bright silver chain. He lifted it out of the box and held it up where it seemed to shine. When he looked in the box again, he found what appeared to be a card. He blinked and read it. His eyes widened with surprise at the language it was written in.

"Je vous remercie d'exister. Sois mon Valentin tous les jours?"

Noctis stared at it for a long moment then suddenly smiled; he might have some idea of what was going on. With a warm smile, he held the box and the crystal necklace and went back inside his apartment.

Lightning breathed with relief and smiled when she saw him bring her present in with him. She hoped it wasn't too much for him to handle. With her mission done, she headed home for real this time.


Later that evening, Serah returned home and asked Lightning about her day. The older Farron merely shrugged and said "it's okay". Serah sighed and got dinner ready. She had a story to tell her older sister when they were at the table. Lightning listened and chuckled a bit.
Once dinner was finished, Serah announced she was going to turn in. Lightning nodded and told her she was going to stay up a while longer. The younger Farron kissed her sister's cheek and headed upstairs.

Once alone, Lightning settled on the couch and turned on the television.
A knock on her door distracted her from the program onscreen. Lightning got up and cautiously went to the door, opening it slowly. There was no one outside. She took a step out then nearly jumped when something pricked her toe.

She looked down and saw a single red rose with thorns on her doorstep. Lightning felt her chest heave as she picked the red flower up carefully. Tied on its stem with a red ribbon was a card. Lightning stared at the words in surprise; it was in Latin.

"Ego sum vestrum. Aeternaliter."

Lightning felt a blush creep up her face then smiled. Perhaps Valentine's Day was not so bad after all…
Happy Valentines Day!

This is my story for the occasion. I hope you all will enjoy reading it. It was nice writing it too.

Originally, this was going to be another chapter of my and chinzru's collab project. However, he was unable to work with it so he suggested, and I decided to make it a story of its own.

Also, see if you can guess the languages I used here. :D The second one is obvious though. I'm not sure if I got the words right. Let me know so I can try and change them. If they are decent enough, then I'll leave it be.

If you guys want to see the original intended version of this story, let me know and I'll see if I have time to write it.

This story is dedicated to my good friend nicegal1. Congrats on winning the Valentines contest and for being a good friend. For a reader IDKY123. Thank you for reading my stuff. I hope you enjoy them more. And for Hakurama01; thanks for being a good friend. :)

I was about to give up on finishing and uploading this story but you guys gave me the inspiration to get this done. So thank you all! And to my other readers as well.
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Forever Gone
Chapter 1- A Far Off Memory
Part 1- Surprise

The greatest journey lies ahead. Hold onto your friends, you'll never choose a wrong path.




The pain came before the yelling. Not normal pain. The pain of needles being forced into your skin, and multiple tubes shoved down your throat. Pain of a broken heart and a shattered soul. Bright lights above me…all I see are black and white coats, with the silhouettes of those wearing them. Before their faces come into view…

I'm sitting in the back of a classroom. Chemistry. Not the best way to start the day. The test is over and the noise of those in the class is killing me. Will it ever end? The dreams are back. They've been gone for two years, and after all of this time…why come back now? Not just the people in coats but the boys. Seven of them, if I think about it. I see two versions of them, young and old(er). I can never make them out. I'm not sure who or where they are, but someday I will. As for now, I'll have to live the life I'm in and keep doing what I always do… hide everything.

"You okay?"

I look up, not even realizing that class has ended and I'm outside. One of my best friends, Ramo, is standing next to me.

"I'm fine. Just tired is all."

"Another rough night?"

"More like a week."

"Anything you want to talk about?"

"Later."


He looks to his right and smiles. Saying nothing, Ramo leans down and hugs me as we walk across campus to second period. Most of our friends are in this class. None of them know about what happens outside of school. Even more of a secret is the dreams… not even Ramo knows.

Class goes by fast as the bell rings for third period- Wind Ensemble. Ramo isn't there, but our other friend, Kevin, is. I sit in front of him as usual because of our sections. I smile at him and he nods, knowing that we'll talk later. School goes by the same as it always does. Slow before lunch, fast after. An average student going through life like a normal person, well, almost normal. Seventh period and the school day ends quicker than I can blink. I walk out of class and nod to Kevin as he walks off campus.

Before leaving, I stop by my locker to drop off my binders and notebooks, and to pick up my homework. I barely get a binder into the space before the locker slams shut and the lock spins. Seeing the hand in front of me, I turn around and see…


"Doza."
so this was the story for my original fanfiction.... but i've basically abandoned it because i've been working on 'Life of a Nobody' and the new 'Life of the Forgotten' so i hope you guys enjoy



and credit for the preview image until i make one goes to:
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“Good morning, Heichou~”

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.”

“Amazing…”



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.

“Why?”

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.

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.

“Petra.”

“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.

“Petra…”

“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.


It was humanity’s strongest weakest moment.
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
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     Snow was pouring down from the sky at an alarming rate.  That, coupled with the wind, made the conditions outside unbearable.  Roxas sat on the floor in front of the fireplace, enjoying the warmth that radiated from the flame.  It would have been the perfect if it weren't for the fact that his blond angel, Namine, hadn't arrived yet.  She was supposed to come over and spend the day with him, but she never showed up and he was starting to get worried.  He ran his fingers through his spikey, blond hair as he dialed her cellphone number with his other hand.

     The phone rang a few times and Roxas heard a click.  "Hey, it's Namine.  Sorry I can't take your call right now.  Try again later.  Love ya!" her answering machine said.

     Roxas waited for the beep and left his message.  "Nami, where are you?  I've been waiting on you for hours and it shouldn't have taken so long to get here.  I'm really worried about you.  Call me back.  I love you, angel."  He hung up and sat back down.  He'd planned a romantic evening for the two of them.  The ice that the champagne was resting in had melted long ago.  He changed the ice and went back to waiting for Namine.  Roxas stood up and looked out the window.  It was a real blizzard outside.  "I'm so stupid to have asked Nami to come here in this kind of weather."  He wasn't expecting it to be that bad.  The weatherman didn't predict a complete whiteout.  The worried blond couldn't even see past his front porch.

     Roxas waited, staring at the clock for an hour straight.  It was starting to get slightly worse outside.  He tried calling Namine's apartment, but her roommate said she'd left hours ago and she thought Namine was with him.  That seriously disturbed Roxas.  He finally had enough of waiting and decided to go out into the storm and find Namine.

     He grabbed his long, black coat and the keys to his Jeep Wrangler.  He was really thankful at that moment that he had something with 4-wheel drive.  Namine's little Prius wasn't made for this kind of weather.  Dark thoughts entered into Roxas' mind.  All he could think about was that she'd been in an accident and that she was in a ditch somewhere freezing to death.  Roxas couldn't stand the thought of losing her, especially on what was to be the most special night of their relationship.  The small velvet box in the pocket of his jeans felt like a block of solid lead.

     He climbed into his Jeep and turned the heater to maximum.  The temperature was -12 degrees.  Roxas backed out of his frozen driveway, almost taking out his mailbox, and drove down the route that Namine would have taken to his house.  It was completely frozen and Roxas had to drive slowly to keep from veering off the road.  He was a capable driver, but that road would have put a NASCAR champion to the test.  Nobody else was on the road except for him.  He prayed that his worst fears were unfounded.  He hoped that she just pulled over at a friend's house and their phone was out so she couldn't call him.  Roxas knew that was just wishful thinking on his part, though.  Things for him were never that far on the bright side.

     He drove for a little over ten minutes before he saw something on the side of the road.  It was the familiar shape of Namine's Prius.  He knew it was her because the front license said "RokuNami."  She'd come up with it in the early years of their relationship during their junior year of high school.  After all those years, she still used that abbreviation.  Roxas quickly pulled over to the side of the road and jumped out.  The car was halfway in a ditch and the windows were so fogged up.  The front, right fender was smashed from hitting a road sign.  

     Roxas ran to the car and pounded on the window.  "Namine!  Namine are you ok?  Please open the door, Namine!"  When he didn't get an answer from inside the vehicle, Roxas decided to take matters into his own hands.  He tried to open the door, but it was locked.  He looked through a small bit of the window that wasn't covered in fog and saw Namine unconscious in the driver's side.  She had a cut on her head that had stopped bleeding some time ago.  Roxas took a big rock that was sticking out from the snow and walked over to the passenger's side.  He slammed it as hard as he could a couple of times until the window shattered.  He pressed the unlock button and ran back over to the driver's side.  Namine was still out cold as he unbuckled her.  She'd apparently had the heater running, but her car battery died.  She was at risk of hypothermia.  She would probably die if he didn't get her to a hospital fast.  

     Roxas picked up the nearly frozen girl bridal-style and carried her to his Jeep.  He set her in the heated seat and buckled her securely.  After grabbing a blanket for her, closing her door and running back to his side, he pointed a vent toward her so she'd get heat.  She was breathing, but very slowly.  The closest hospital was ten minutes away.  Roxas hoped that he still had time.

     They arrived at the hospital and had Namine committed.  Roxas could only sit and wait, head in his hands, as he thought about how close the love of his life had come to death.  He called a tow truck earlier to pick up Namine's car.  And he was willing to pay for it to have the window fixed.  All he cared about was that Namine would be alright.  

     A short nurse with blue hair and red eyes walked up beside him.  "Ready," she stated simply.

     Roxas stood up and followed her to Namine's room.  He was thankful to see that some color other than blue had come back to her face.  She was asleep, but the nurse assured him that she would be fine.  After the blue-haired nurse left the room, Roxas pulled a chair next to the bed and grabbed Namine's hand.  "I'm so sorry Namine," he said.  "If I hadn't asked you to come over, you wouldn't have ended up like this.  You almost died and it was all my fault."  He stood up and kissed her forehead before sitting back down.

     Namine opened her eyes.  "Roxas, this isn't your fault," she said hoarsely.  "I chose to drive in that awful weather.  I knew it was stupid, but I wanted to see you so badly that I didn't care."

     "You're awake?" he said in shock.

     "Of course," she replied.  "I've been awake since you walked it.  I just pretended to be asleep so the nurses and doctors wouldn't bug me.  Since I regained consciousness I haven't had any peace.  The only person I wanted to see was you, Roxas."

     "I love you so much," he said.

     "I love you too," she replied.  "And when I get out of here, maybe we can have that romantic evening that you planned."

     "Yeah," Roxas said as he stared into her beautiful blue eyes.  There were really no other words he could say after that.  He was just happy that she was alive and there with him.  

     A few days later, Namine was finally released from the hospital.  The weather had cleared up and now they only had to worry about the occasional light flurry.  Namine and Roxas sat in front of his fireplace, drinking the champagne he had the other day.  "Namine, I have something I need to ask you," he said as he felt the inside of his pocket for the small box.  

     "What is it?" she asked.  Her eyes widened in curiosity and she tilted her head to the side.  

     "Namine, we've been dating since high school.  All those years, I've loved you more than anything.  You've been the most amazing thing to ever happen to me in my life.  Will you marry me?" he asked as he pulled the velvet box out of his pocket and opened it, revealing the diamond ring he had bought for her just before she was hospitalized.  "I meant to do this the other day, but the accident and all…"

     She cut him off by planting a firm kiss on his lips.  She pulled away momentarily to answer his question.  "Of course I'll marry you Roxas," she said.  Tears of joy rolled down her face as she claimed his lips once again, putting more passion in this one than she did the last.  "I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you."

     Roxas and Namine spent the rest of that night with each other, celebrating their engagement and just being with each other.  That night almost didn't happen, but that just made Roxas appreciate the time he had with Namine even more.  He would cherish every day with her for as long as they both lived.
This is my entry for the Chained-Promises [link] Celestial Days event. This is also my first RokuNami fanfiction. I've paired them in three other stories, but this is the first that they've been the main focus. All other times have been Namine with Riku or Vanitas and Roxas with Xion.
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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."

Roxas obeyed.

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?"

He nodded.

"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.

And they all lived happily ever after~

The end.
*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 :iconkiome-yasha: 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~

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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.

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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.

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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.

"Thank you."

"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

"Agreed."

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?

"No."

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.

End Chapter
Like I promised,a gift to my friend :iconsorasprincesss:. 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 :heart:. This fanfic has caused me too much grief, and I wanted to see it to the end on a good note.

Chapter 2 link: [link]

Credit for cover goes to my friend :icontenchufreak: who surprised me.
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"Lightning, come on or we won't be able to meet up with Serah and the others in time!" cried Hope from downstairs.

"In a minute! Just... let me get some things before we head out."

"Alright, will meet you at the rail stop." Hope said as he rushed out the door. He could tell it was going to be an amazing day.

Lightning sighed as she took a glance at her closet. It had been so long since she had ever opened it, after what had happened to her all these years. The long battles, the people that she met... it felt strange to come out now and wear something that wasn't part of her life. It just didn't feel… comfortable.

Guess some things never changed huh? as her hands raised up and picked out her choice. Hopefully, today might bring some new light into her life.

When Hope saw Lightning head towards the rail stop in her summer outfit, he couldn't help but stare in shock. The more he looked, he couldn't help but let out a giggle, much to Lightning's annoyance.  

"What? Can't I choose my own outfit?"

"Heh heh." Hope chuckled. "Except that outfit hasn't changed at all, just like you Light, heh heh."

"Why you little..."

"Oops... Bus is here... come on Lightning" shouted Hope as he leapt onto the bus leaving Lightning fuming.

Cheeky little fellow

The trip down to Bodhum was normally quiet during this point of time but instead, scores of people were heading down towards the beach wearing what Lightning assumed to be the latest trends in summer wears and carrying all kinds of strange tools with them, buckets, shovels, beach balls… it was like Bodhum had suddenly became a total stranger to her.

When they got to the stop, Serah, Snow was waiting for them at the stop. Serah was dressed in a blue dress while Snow was wearing a black sleeveless vest with his beanie on, the two of them chatting happily.

Well, someone decided to get into fashion. Lightning still couldn't understand what Serah saw in this bumbling joker. Sure, he stood by his promise and took care of her sister after all these years after Serah started living with him but other than that, there was nothing more. Nevertheleess, Lightning decided to ignore the thought for now and let the day take its pace.

"Hope, Sis. over here" shouted Serah

"Serah!"

"Good to see you again, Serah. Long time no see, Snow"

"You too, Sis.  And wow Hope, you look a lot taller now"

"Heh, thanks to Lightning I guess." Hope chuckled.

"We were wondering what took you guys so long to get here. Any later and we won't be able to get a good spot to see the fireworks tonight." said Snow as the four of them approached the gate.

"It's all Light's fault for taking so long in her room." Hope said

"Is not... I... just had to put some suntan on…" rebuked Lightning, not planning on giving away the truth. Though from the blank looks from the others, she could tell they weren't buying it. "Just... just don't ask about it, ok?" as her face started to blush.

Snow saw the slight redness in Lightning's face and was about to pop a question when…

"Hey guys come and have a look at this! They brought the petting zoo to Bodhum. Come on!" and raced off with the others chasing behind him while Lightning heaved a sigh of relief.

Good save Hope

She was more than glad to follow Hope this time, if it meant stopping Snow from asking any questions. Who knows what that guy has in mind?

It didn't take long for  them to catch with Hope  who was leaning on the wooden fence watching baby chocobos and sheep while children of all ages went inside the closure to hug, pet and take photos.

" Aww, they are so cute! " giggled Serah as one of the baby chocobos ran up to her and nudged its head against her face.

"Reminds you of that pet Sazh got for his son doesn't it?" Snow replied slightly hesitant as if recalling a terrible experience with Sazh's chocobo.

"It sure does, though last I heard they had to set it free back in Pulse since it was getting big."

"I always wanted to rear one at home, but Dad doesn't allow me, says it takes up space in the house." Hope said as he cuddled one of the sheeps.

"Well now that you are staying with my sister, I don't think she would mind having a pet in the house. Would you, Sis?' said Serah and smiled at Lightning who was standing outside the closure.

"Eh?"

"Really Lightning? You wouldn't mind?" asked Hope pleadingly.

"Well… I guess so?"

"Awesome! You are the best Light!" shouted Hope as he hugged Lightning tight.

"Hope, get off me. I can't breathe. " Lightning said as Hope hugged tighter while Snow and Serah laughed.  What did I get myself into this time? *sigh* Well he did save me earlier so I guess I can reward him just this once.

"Hey, speaking of which. Marqui and the gang are setting up a nearby stand up ahead. Wanna pay them a visit? Drinks are on me this time."

"Why not? I hear they managed to set up a few stalls in Cocoon selling Nora sports clothes. And it has been a while since we last saw them as well." Hope said

"I'm fine with the idea.  Doesn't hurt to see old friends every now and then." Lightning said though she wasn't so sure. After all she didn't trust the Nora gang that well during the last few times they met.

"Sweet! It's just up the beach houses along the upper coast. Let's go!"

Upon arrival, Lightning was surprised by the changes that the bar had taken. Before it was just a normal drink stand with only a counter and a few tables and chairs but now the whole place had turned into a massive club house. People were listening to the music being played on stage, Lebreau was at the bar counter taking customer orders, Gadot showing dance moves on the dance floor but Yuj and Marqui were nowhere in sight.

"Wow... This place sure has changed a lot. It's like a whole new venue." Hope said

"Yeah, Yuj was the one who suggested the idea of expanding the business. But I didn't think they would be able to pull off such a feat." said Snow.

"Guess those guys really are something, huh? Though, who is the one doing the designing for the clothes?"

"Snow, guys... Over here!!"

"Marqui?! Is that you?"

"Ha-ha, yeah Snow, it is." smiled Marqui.

"Man, you have grown a lot since back then. And nice clothes."
"Heh,thanks, Hope. You aren't too bad yourself."

" You think?" laughed Hope.

"Say Marqui, have you seen Yuj?" asked Serah.

"Yuj? Last I heard, he headed to Nautilus to get some clothing materials. He will be back later I guess."

As Snow, Serah and Hope chatted with Marqui, Lightning had retreated to  the bar counter to get some quiet time of her own while watching the others. Not that she didn't like mingling with crowds, but she found it hard to come to terms with people that she belittled before and now that they managed to achieve something near impossible, well it just made her feel more guilty.

Why do I get the feeling that I am made to feel guilty or awkward today?

Just then,   she felt someone press a glass into her hand and looks up to see Lebreau.

"House specialty just for you, Lightning. A treat for you."

"Oh.. hey Lebreau." Lightning said. "And thanks for the drink."

"No problem, but it was the guy over there with a leather jacket who treated you over there. Said you look like someone who has been working all there."

"Huh?"

Lightning stared at where Lebreau was pointing and saw a dark blue haired male wearing a black leather jacket drinking just a few chairs down.  He looked to be about her age but yet there was this coolness around him that seemed to ignore all attention around him.

"Who is that?"

" No idea, Guy just showed up with three of his friends out of nowhere. He's been sitting there all day now."

Lightning walked up to the male who was still enjoying his drink and tapped him slightly on the shoulder.

"Hey,  er.. thanks for the drink earlier."

"Don't mention it really. After all, you reminded me of someone I know."

" Say, you don't seem to be from around here, do you?"

'Well I can't say I am.  Lexford wanted to travel so he dragged me and my friends on a trip to the grasslands.  What followed later was just a blur really. The next thing I knew, we landed in this place."

"Haha I guess you can say the same thing about me today, getting dragged into this strange event altogether." smiled Lightning while Noctis gave a small laugh at the irony.

It was not long till the two began to get into long conversations about themselves, family, friends and society amongst all other things. Lightning gradually took a liking to Noctis despite having no knowledge of who or what he is. While Noctis on the hand enjoyed Lightning's companionship for he found someone that he could relate to  about what was on his mind.

"Noctis, so that's where you were." shouted a tall scarred eye figure.

"Gaz, what  are you doing here?"

"Lex and the others have been looking for you for some time now. Your father wants you back at the meeting room fast."

"So I guess this is goodbye then." Lightning said.

" Seems that way for now." Said Noctis " But it was nice knowing you, Lightning."

"Same goes to you, Noctis. And thanks for everything."

"No problem. Hey, perhaps we can meet up again? I could give you a tour of my place sometimes"

"Sure. I will be looking forward to that."

"Come on, Noct." and soon, Noctis and his friend disappeared into the crowd.

"Seems like an interesting person, Sis." Someone whispered from behind, giving Lightning a bit of a shock.

"Serah, when did you get here?"

" Oh, you are not that hard to find, since you are the only person I know who has pink hair around here. And not to mention  So who was that guy?"

"Oh, just a tourist from another place.  He was looking for directions to the train station."

"Tourist? A tourist that you spoke with for nearly an hour? Must have been a very confused tourist."

"Y..yeah, he was."

Meanwhile, Marqui, Gardot, Yuj, Snow and Hope found Lightning and Serah at the bar counter. They four of them had a game of darts and Hope won the match outright

"Man, You have improved so much now Hope. Your accuracy is dead on with the darts, despite you being the youngest."

"Yeah, though it was not as bad as seeing you beat Snow 6 times in a row. Now that you have to admit was awesome."

"Aww come on guys. I .. just wasn't focused enough."

"Indeed Snow, indeed."

"You really got to show us some tricks some time, Hope."

"Maybe next time guys, maybe next time."

"So did you guys enjoy your game" Serah asked.

"Yeah, it was a good one. Hope won us outright. "

"Though if this keeps up, we might have to call him Master Hope"

"Aww shucks, it was nothing. You give me too much credit." Hope blushed while the other laughed.

"Hey, have you guys heard anything from Sazh lately?"

"Well, last we heard was that he started his own touring guides around the world. It has been really popular amongst the people lately. We even heard rumours that there are foreigners outside of Coccon requiring his services."

"Wouldn't that affect his family time with Dajh? I mean with such a busy schedule.." Lightning asked.

"On the contrary, Dajh  actually decided to follow his father during his tours. Last I heard, Dajh is even heading his own tours to the younger children in Cocoon."

"Wow, hard to believe how much those two could accomplish.". The gang nodded in agreement.

After bidding farewell to the Nora gang and purchasing some items from the shacks, the gang headed to the shores to get a good view of the fireworks.  As they sat down by the sands facing the night sky,  Lightning couldn't help wonder a thought she had held back for some time now. She recalled stories that Serah told her of the adventures taht Snow took her on the bikerides and of teh exhiliaration but now that she thought back on it, it amounted to nothing on her judgement.  

Snow… Just what does she see in him really?

"Hey Lightning.."

"Oh, it's you Snow."

"Still out of sorts after that trip to the bar?"

"Not really..  it's just…after all these years of taking care of my sister, I still can't understand what she sees in you."

"Well,  maybe it's because of my charm?" Snow gleamed with a huge smile, causing Lightning to let out a small laugh.

"Come on, Snow, be serious on this."

"Alright, alright. But what can I say really, Your sister is the perfect person on the world."

"Aww come one Snow, there's gotta be something at least." Hope looked on.

"Yeah, Snow. " Serah hugged him tightly

"Geez,  guys give me a break here."

"Tackle hug!" Hope jumped right in front of Snow, causing all four of them to fall backwards onto the sands.

"Hope!"

"Aaahh.. run!" Hope got off and raced around in circles with Snow hot on his heels, while Lightning and Serah smiled as they watch on.

Just then the sounds of fireworks sounded off in the distance. A brilliant lightshow was soon displayed into the night, with all kinds of colours  flashing off spirals, streams, creating a beautiful sight.

"Wow.."

"It's beautiful"

"Amazing!"

" Just like I promised you every year Serah. And it will go on for the rest of our lives." Snow replied while hugging him.

"Snow.. "

Lightning looked at the pair hugging each other tightly and after over hearing what they said amidst the sounds of the fireworks, she knew that the answer was before her all this time and it was one that she was could put her mind to ease.

"So Lightning, what did you think of the festival?" Hope asked as they walked down the plankway.

"It wasn't too bad. I didn't think I would have this much fun really aat one festival really."

"I just thought it would be great for you to come out once in a while after working so hard. After all, you are my sister and friend."

"Yeah, guess I needed a bit of time out after all. And Hope, thanks. Tonight was one of the best nights I could ever ask for." Lightning smiled while Hope grinned as they both walked out into the night .
Sypnosis: The yearly Boudam carnival opens it doors to audiences near and far. What will you find in this celebration of the crystals?

Time to try out something new this time round, seeing the competition in the FNC club that I joined in.. The general outline for this fic is that Lightning joins Snow, Serah and Hope at the summer Bodhum festival and during the event, Lightning runs into all kind of occurences.. with special mention of Card-kun and Noctis's gang of friends..

This is still a WIP so any helpful comments will come in handy here.

P.S. Can you guess what Lightning wore to the festival?

[Final Stage Update]: And that's that... I actually enjoyed doing this fic despite working on very low source materials but it turned better thatn I had planned, especially working on dialouge for Noctis since we have no idea how he actually converse with ppl XD.

BUt wait, where's Card?... Well you will have to wait and see but until then.. I hope you enjoy this

Final Final Stage update: Had a second proofread to rectify some errors but other than that, there is nothing to worry anymore XD
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Chapter 1: A Blind Date?!

Lightning was sitting on her couch watching television- with boredom. Things have been a lot calmer ever since Cocoon was saved from the Sanctum. Her younger sister, Serah, was still engaged to Snow Villiers, and they would get married in a few months. Serah suddenly came walking in and said to Lightning's face, "Lightning. You need a boyfriend!" "What?! Where did that come from?! That was so out of the blue!" exclaimed Lightning.

"Well," said Serah, "I'm getting married in a few months"

"Why do you need to remind me of that? I already know."

"Well, isn't it strange-"

"You getting married to Snow- yeah, that's very strange."

"No, not that. I'm 18, and you're 21. Also I'm getting married before you. Don't you feel sad in any way?"

"No. You know Serah, I don't need a man to make my life complete." said Lightning trying to see the television past Serah's head.

"But Lightning," said Serah, "I want you to be happy and not die alone!"

"I'm already happy being single."

"But before mom and dad died, you were dating like, all the time! Can't you try again?"

"No."

"For me?"

"No."

"Once? Please?" asked Serah making a puppy face.

"… Fine…" After Lightning saying that, Serah's face lit up. "Whew. I thought you would never say yes!" said Serah. "Why?" asked Lightning. "Because I already set you up on a blind date tonight!" said Serah showing a cut red dress. "You say what now?!?!"

"Now, go get changed! You don't want to keep him waiting!" said Serah while pushing Lightning into her room. After waiting, Lightning came out in the red dress- embarrassed. "You look beautiful!" said Serah. "I feel weird." said Lightning bluntly. "Don't worry. You'll adjust." "I don't know..." said Lightning looking in the mirror. Then, Serah noticed something, "Hey, is it me, or is there something wrong with your thigh?"

"Oh," said Lightning, "nothing's wrong. I'm just bringing Blaze Edge with me."

"What?! Why are you taking Blaze Edge to a blind date?!"

"Well, this is a BLIND date. I have to be prepared if this guy is a weirdo." said Lightning as her sister sweat dropped.


Lightning has now arrived at the restaurant.

"This looks expensive." said Lightning to herself. She entered the restaurant looking a bit lost. "Um," said Lightning to the wait at the podium, "I have a reservation. One of the names is 'Farron'." The waiter looks at the list and says, "Yes, right here. Let me lead you to your table."

While she was lead to her table, she looked around at how sophisticated the place and the people were. "Here's your table, ma'am." said the waiter. "Thank you." said Lightning as she sat down. She then looks down at the tableware. 'This looks REALLY expensive.' She then looks at the other tables. She then sees a man with black hair sitting at a table with a blond haired girl. 'That guy must be really annoyed with that girl talking his ear off. Speaking of a guy, where is my date? Does he like to arrive fashionably late? I just hope he's not a snob or anything.'

She then sees a blond, spikey haired man who is very handsome walk toward her table. 'I-Is that him? Wh-Why is my heart beating so fast?' The man comes over and says," Excuse me. Are you the older sister of Serah Farron?" "Ye-Yes." stuttered Lightning along with some blushing. 'I just know my face is red right now!'

"Serah told me that you two look alike; and so that made it easier for me to find you. Oh, by the way, my name is Cloud. Cloud Strife." he said while reaching his hand over. "My name is Lightning." she said while shaking his hand. "So," said Lightning, "how do you know my sister?"

"My friend Yuffie introduced me to her. Apparently, they both set us up with this unexpected blind date." said Cloud. The waiter comes over and says, "Would you two like something to drink?" "Sure. To keep it simple, I'll have water." said Lightning. "Same here." said Cloud. "Yes, sir. Yes, ma'am." said the waiter before he walks away. "Just asking," asked Cloud," are you some type of athlete in any way?"

"Wh-Why do you ask?" asked a blushing Lightning. "Well, I'm guessing that because that you drink water and women at your age would probably buy an alcoholic drink. Also, you have a nice athletic body that is balanced with femininity along with it being beautiful and attractive." said Cloud. Lightning started to blush harder. "Um, thank you. Well, I'm actually an ex-soldier of the Guardian Corps." responded Lightning. "You're an ex-soldier, too? I'm an ex-soldier of SOLDIER!"

"Wow! Actually, right now I have my Blaze Edge with me." said Lightning. "Is that a gun?" asked Cloud. "Yeah. It can also turn into a sword. I brought it because I thought you might've probably been a weirdo or a pervert or something. But I don't need it now."

"We sure do think alike, Lightning." said Cloud. "Why?" asked Lightning. "I brought a weapon for the same reason you did. I would've brought the Buster Sword, but it is too big. But, I brought a pocket knife instead." They began to laugh and blushed a little at each other. The waiter came back and asked, "Are you two ready to order?" "Yes." said Lightning. "Sure." said Cloud. "What would you like?" "Spaghetti and meatballs." both Cloud and Lightning said at the same time. They looked at each other and blushed again. "Sure. It's coming right up." said the waiter.

They both started to talk then the food came. The spaghetti and meatballs were all in one, big bowl. "Excuse me," said Cloud, "we both ordered spaghetti and meatballs." "I know." said the waiter before he left. "I guess… we're supposed to… share." said Lightning while blushing. "I guess so. Let's eat." said Cloud.

They both started to eat the noodles that were in the huge bowl. While they were eating, they both had the same noodle in their mouth at the same time. They were getting too close then Lightning bit the noodle and went back- while blushing, of course! Cloud had the noodle hanging out of his mouth. Lightning started to laugh. Cloud blushed, slurped up his noodle, and then laughed, too.

A man barged through the doors and held a gun at the black haired man Lightning saw earlier. "This is a robbery! I'm mostly here for you." he said then looked at the man. "You're just lucky that I don't have my swords with me, or you'd be scared right now." said the black haired man.

"Looks like there's a commotion going on over there." said Cloud as he turned around. "A guy is trying to rob someone." said a woman sitting at a nearby table. "I'll take care of him." said Lightning. "Good," said Cloud, "now I can see your skills." They both smiled at each other. Lightning walks over fast, not wobbling in her heels. The robber spots her and says, Hey, pretty girl. Leave, or get shot." "I won't leave unless you leave." said Lightning. "Heh. I'm not scared of a pretty lady." said the robber.

"But, are you scared of a pretty lady with a weapon?" asked Lightning. "Huh?" "Which would you prefer: gun or sword?" "..." "Fine. How about both?" said Lightning while taking out Blaze Edge. "What?!" exclaimed the robber. "Everyone, get down!" exclaimed Cloud.

Lightning ran forward. Just right before the robber fired his first shot, Lightning snapped her fingers to use her gravity powers. She jumped over the robber's head while being upside down; thanks to her powers. While being upside down, she shot him the leg. "Ah!" yelled the robber. Lightning landed on her feet and quickly had Blaze Edge turn into a sword. The robber kept shooting and Lightning kept blocking them with Blaze Edge.

The robber has now suddenly run out of bullets. "What's wrong? Ran out of ammo?" asked Lightning sarcastically. "Uh... Erm..." The police suddenly come in. "Put your hands up!" "Here's the robber. He was unable to actually tale any money. I was able to subdue him by shooting him in the leg. Don't worry about me. I'm an ex-soldier of PSICOM." said Lightning to the police. Cloud comes up and says to Lightning, "C'mon. I already paid. Let's go before a fiasco happens." "Sure." said Lightning. They exit the restaurant.

Lightning and Cloud are now outside the restaurant. "You were great in there." said Cloud. "Thanks." responded a blushing Lightning. Lightning looked a little passed Cloud's shoulder and noticed Serah. 'Serah?! What the heck is she doing here?!' Lightning's facial expression showed her thoughts. "Is there something back there?" asking Cloud as he turned around. "I guess not." said Cloud. "Phew. She hid just in time!' "Well," said Cloud, "I really enjoyed this night." "Me too." said Lightning. She took a quick look at Serah. Serah made a kissy face implying that she wants them to kiss.

'She wants me to do what now?!'

Then she gave them the hand movements of "go on, go on."

'Okay. You can do this Lightning.'

Cloud and Lightning are now staring at each other (while blushing, of course!). Lightning put her right pointer and middle fingers to her lips. She then kisses them and puts her fingers on Cloud's cheek. "Thank you for this wonderful night. Let's hang out sometime." said Lightning. "Yeah." said Cloud with a warm smile. "Bye." they both say to each other.

Lightning walked toward Serah with a blushing face. "Lightning, what was THAT?!"

"You wanted a kiss, and I gave him one."

"Not like that! I thought you like him!"

"I do. But you can't force someone to kiss someone else on their first date in a long time. Especially when its a blind date."

"Fine. But can you tell me what happened? I only came when the police arrived. Why did the police come? And what do you think of Cloud?"

"I'll tell you tomorrow."

"Awwww. Okay."

'Cloud. He's really cool. I'm glad I met him.'
Here is my fanfiction Lightning's Man! I had some issues with uploading literature, but it's alright now! I already have chapter 2 written down in my notebook, but I'm too lazy to type that up now XD Please enjoy and comment!

Synopsis-Summary thing!:
What happens when your little sister sets you up on a blind date? Madness, of course! Lightning was a former soldier of the Guardian Corps and is now spending her life keeping her younger sister, Serah, away from her fiancee, Snow. Lightning has been single ever since her parents died; but Serah thinks she should spend the rest of her life with someone. Lightning might fall for the guy, but what about the other three soon to come?!

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       Halloween was on its way, while everyone else laughed and joyed over the holiday as a time to dress up and eat enough candy to make one throw up, Sora tried to get a grip on reality. His brain shifted in and out of its normal state and submerged itself into the deepest depths of darkness. His mind showed him things he did not wish to see; a white girl screaming in the forest for her mother, a man running away from something that the visions never showed, the love of his life being chopped up in to tiny pieces by his own hand. Repeating over and over and over until his head burned and his body ached. He would blank out for entire periods, missing the lesson or the test and getting detentions for stuff he thought he never did.

The things they said he did were horrible. Once he stabbed someone with a pencil, he was told that he threw a desk out of the window, and that he tried to kill one of his more hated teachers with his bare hands. And he would always awake in his own seat, everyone in the room staring at him. The students say that his skin would turn black and his eyes glow yellow. His teeth would sharpen and his hair turned black, and instead of fingers he had claws. They say he ran on all fours like an animal when he walked anywhere. Sora couldn't explain why he did what he had done, so he suffered the punishments over and over.

Tonight was the night of Halloween and Sora had blanked out for an entire day, running off his bus and all over town destroying anything in his way, and seriously injured some citizens. Sora was afraid to go to school that day, afraid of what he might do or how he might do it. But his girlfriend Kairi insisted that he go to school. So he followed her insistence and went to school, cautious about every step he took. But that day nothing had happened, out of the ordinary anyway. Kairi was to have a Halloween party at her house tonight and that everyone was supposed to wear their scariest costume ever.

Sora obliged to go, as he believed that his crazy and unsettling blank outs were over with and now was figuring out what costume to wear. He had picked out several and was planning on using his costume from Halloween town when his body was over taken by shivers that ran throughout his body. They raked his body making him moan with pain. His head burst inside the skull, he closed his trying so very desperately to will the pain away. When he opened them again, he looked down at his hands and was horrified at the sight; they weren't hands anymore instead in their wake were black claws. He screamed hard and fell over, hurting his lungs in the process. He quickly crawled to his dresser mirror just in time to see the black was spreading to his face. The tendrils crawled over his skin, then his mouth were he felt his teeth sharpen, then over his nose then to his eyes where he saw that the blue eyes he had always known turned into yellow balls of light.

The pain raked his body once more, making his knees buckle. When he finally awoke from his unconscious state, he found he could not control his body. His body acted like it had a mind of its own, another that was controlling it, but Sora could feel no other presence in his head. His body seemed thirsty for something, but Sora couldn't figure out what it was. It half walked half crawled to the bed where the invitation lay waiting to be picked up. His body looked at it, and then jumped out the window heading in the same direction as Kairi's house. Sora's brain started to panic, as he slowly realized what his body wanted, and he was not on the same track as it. But he was powerless to stop it.

It was about eleven almost twelve when Sora's body arrived on the scene, Sora in tow in its skull, trapped and forced to watch. 'No wait,' Sora thought. 'Someone just pat us on the arm…I FELT THAT!!' The body hungrily weaved its way through the huge crowd, one thing on its mind. When they finally found her, she was talking to Roxas. Her costume was creepy; vampire fangs, short black dress, black and pink striped tights, with a witch had on her head. She was creepy, but in eerily sexy way. But the body wanted her alone, that way it could do what it wanted in peace. Sprinting on all fours, it went straight for his neck. Unfortunately, Roxas didn't see it coming, and Sora's claws went straight threw his neck. He could feel Roxas' blood on his hands, oozing out of the five puncture wounds on his neck. His eyes instantly went into a blank dead stare.

"Good bye," said the body's gargling voice. It came out thick and low, but at the same time it was partly Sora's voice. And with a swift motion of his hand, the body pulled his claws out of Roxas' neck, turning his attention to Kairi. Kairi screamed; blood curtailing, high pitched, long scream. The rest of the guests backed away from the two. Kairi's face was a mask of horror and disbelief. Next the body swooped Kairi on its back, and jumped out the window. He ran on all fours and he ran for a long time. Finally they came to a rest at a gnarly looking tree, setting Kairi down underneath.  She shivered and twitched against the tree, her teeth chattering and her lip quivering. The body was extremely close to her, close enough to kiss her.

"Why Sora? He was your nobody, your own flesh," Kairi whispered. The body just grinned with a toothy smile, showing off the entire razor sharp teethed mouth. It leaned it closer to her and she tried and hard as she could to get away. Its claw hands were on either side of her on the tree, making escape impossible.

It was almost touching her lips when it said, "Welcome to my life." It suddenly changed course and bit her on the shoulder.  The razor sharp teeth glided easily through her flesh, making a huge circle of blood seep through her dress. Her eyes widened in surprise, her voice suddenly ripped away from her. Her body started twitching and shaking; from the spot where he bit her was darkness. It overwhelmed her body making her like him. Sora's body stood up, watching its master piece cry out in utter agony, twitching and arching its body to fit the new thing it was turning into. Her skin now black and her eyes glowing yellow balls of light, she crouched and started to walk like a crazed wolf. Sora's body stared doing the same and soon the two were fighting, each doing different moves and techniques on the other, running, hitting, biting, whining. Eventually they declared that they were equals and set out to find things to destroy together.

They wreaked havoc on Twilight Town and it inhabitants. They swam through the sea and went to Destiny Island, killing everything in sight, and once their home was trashed and it was almost morning they ran into their secret cave, and passed out. Only to awake with no home, no friends, nothing but each other for the rest of their lives.
This is for the :iconchained-promises: Halloween contest, the :iconkhultimatefanclub: Halloween contest, the :iconkhclub: November contest, and the :iconwelovekingdomhearts: Halloween contest, so I hope you like it and i hope you will comment and give me feedback on it!

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