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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Naminé, Diz, and Riku all thought that the reason that Sora wouldn’t wake up from his sleep inside the memory pod had to do with the fact that he needed Roxas to complete the process. What they didn’t know was that his extended sleep had nothing to do with Roxas or Xion. As Sora slept in the memory pod, his true memories came back to him as dreams.

The three of them watched the sunset from their favorite spot at the paopu tree. Sora and Kairi sat on the horizontal part of the trunk as Riku, like usual, stood beside them, his back leaning up against the tree.

“So, Kairi’s home is out there somewhere, right?” Sora asked, looking at Riku for confirmation. He seemed to know the most about their trip out of the three of them, and was also the natural leader of the three.

“Could be,” Riku answered. “We’ll never know by staying here.”

“But how far could a raft take us?”

Riku shrugged. “Who knows? If we have to, we’ll think of something else.”

“So, suppose you get to another world,” Kairi interjected, aiming her question directly at Riku, seeming to test his knowledge. “What would you do there?”

Riku seemed to be caught off guard from her question, for there was a brief pause as he considered it, before answering awkwardly, “Well, I haven’t really thought about it.” He’d put more thought into actually getting off the island, so much in fact, that he’d hadn’t thought of anything other than that. “It’s just that… I’ve always wondered why we’re here on this island. If there are any other worlds out there, why did we end up on this one? And suppose there are other worlds… then ours is just a little piece of something much greater. So we could have just as easily ended up somewhere else, right?”

“I don’t know,” Sora responded, flipping onto his back to clear the confusion that Riku’s monologue had sent through his brain.

“Exactly,” Riku said. “That’s why we need to get out there and find out. Just sitting here won’t change a thing.” There was a slight bitterness in his tone as he talked, not easily discernable for most, but it was to Kairi. “It’s the same old stuff. So let’s go.”

“You’ve been thinking a lot lately, haven’t you?” Kairi said softly, more of a statement than a question.

Riku turned to face her. “Thanks to you. If you hadn’t come here, I probably would have never thought of any of this. Kairi, thanks.”

“You’re welcome.”

However, the false ones given to him by Naminé and any others that happened in Castle Oblivion departed the same way.

“Naminé’s going to draw me!” Sora yelled at Riku over the sound of their wooden swords clashing together.

“She drew you last time!” Riku spat back. “It’s my turn!”

Unknown to them both, Naminé’s deft fingers had sketched the two of them in the midst of their heated battle, capturing them with their swords swinging, eyes flashing, and tongues lashing at each other. She looked up from her sketchbook, glancing up at them to see if she’d added all of her finishing touches before calling to them softly with a smile. “Sora? Riku?” Somehow they heard her over all the noise they were making and turned as one to face her. “Don’t worry; I drew you both,” she said, turning her sketchbook around so that they both could see.  “Look.”

When the sun set and their parents came to row them home, they found Sora and Riku sitting on either side of Naminé, all looking through her sketchbook.

There were real dreams too. He dreamed about home, he dreamed about Kairi, and he dreamed about Riku. In those dreams, sometimes it was before Destiny Islands were destroyed, sometimes the dream itself was Destiny Islands never being destroyed by the darkness. Sometimes, in the end, he’d saved Riku instead of having to shut him into the darkness inside Kingdom Hearts and the three of them were home, together. Along the way, Sora became lucid enough to know that he was dreaming, and he didn’t want to wake up, knowing that his search still wasn’t over. He could remain in his dreams, with Kairi’s and Riku’s arms around him, soft kisses on the beach, and whispered promises that they’d never be separated again.

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This feels unfinished to me, so I might go back and add... something (not quite sure what) to it, in the hopes that it'll feel more finished.

Decisions

Decisions

When Kairi was six years old, she fell in love with her two best friends – her boys, Sora and Riku – and knew that she was going to marry both of them, no matter what. Of course, her boys didn’t know it yet, having swimming and wooden swordfights on their minds more than girls, but she knew if she waited, they come to realize the same as she.

When Kairi was ten years old, she stood on the receiving end of a lecture by her adopted father as he explained to her that it was unnatural for a person to love more than one person, let alone marry, and that while her behavior was cute when she was younger, she was older and it was time for that to end. This information saddened her, and even as she explained that she was serious, he insisted that she speak no more of marrying both Sora and Riku.

When Kairi was fourteen years old, she sat on the dock with Sora, supposedly watching the sunset as her mind was turned elsewhere. She’d never forgotten the way her father had reacted four years earlier, and she felt that if what she wanted was so wrong, she’d have to choose. That was then, and she still hadn’t come any closer to deciding… or had she? “You know, Riku has changed,” she said softly, more to herself than to Sora.

“What do you mean?” Sora asked.

“Well… hm…” Kairi began, and then trailed off.

“You okay?”

Suddenly, the words just burst out of her, like water breaking through a dam, and she couldn’t stop herself from saying them. “Sora, let’s take the raft and go – just the two of us!”

Sora looked at her in confusion. “Huh?”

Realizing exactly what she’d said, she tried her hardest to cover it up. “Just kidding!” she said, forcing a giggle.

“You’re the one who’s changed, Kairi,” he commented, still confused by the sudden twists and turns that the conversation had taken.

“Maybe…” she murmured in agreement, before she got to her feet, intending to head home. “Sora, don’t ever change.”

That night, she dreamed of aquamarine eyes and cried, knowing that she’d made her decision, but that she’d never be whole with what she was giving up.

Kingdom Hearts Quiz

I stole a Kingdom Hearts quiz from a fellow author since that's my current fascination and here goes:

1.) Who is your favorite Kingdom Hearts character(s)?
Riku, Sora, Kairi, Roxas, Axel.

2.) What is your favorite pairing?
Sora/Kairi/Riku – Yeah, that’s a threesome. So? (And any couplings that come out of the three.)

3.) Are you a Kingdom Hearts yaoi or hentai fan?
Um… neither. I lurve both equally.

4.) Ever cosplayed Kingdom Hearts characters? If so, who, where and how many times?
No, but I really, really, want to!

5.) List your collection of Kingdom Hearts junk and merchandise, if any.
Wall scroll, two posters, Sora plushie, Sora’s necklace, Heartless necklace, Kingdom Hearts I, II, 358/2 Days, Birth By Sleep, and Re:Chain of Memories.

6.) Have you ever felt that you were destined to be with a Kingdom Hearts character? If so who?
Hellz yeah! Riku, of course.

7.) SoraxKairi or RikuxKairi?
Both, but of course, my complete happiness consists of all three. OT3!

8.) AxelxKairi or AxelxRoxas?
Axel/Roxas. Axel/Kairi is too much Stockholm syndrome for me.

9.) Which path is your favorite? Light, Darkness, Dawn, or Twilight?
I’d have to say Dawn or Twilight.

10.) Do you support the XemnasxSaix theory?
There’s a theory? That’s news to me… I guess no since I really don’t like Saix to begin with, even if Xemnas is hot.

11.) Do you support the 'Axel is gay for Roxas' theory?
Damn right!

12.) Your favorite Organization Xlll member(s)?
Roxas and Axel, maybe Demyx. And Xemnas, cause he’s hot.

13.) Are you pro-Kairi or anti-Kairi?
I’m pro-Kairi – the rest of you are just jealous ‘cause she’s got TWO hawt guys! (Three if Roxas is included.)

14.) Have you played all the Kingdom Hearts games?
I haven’t played the original Chain of Memories, but I don’t mind in the least cause I’ve got the remake.

15.) Have you read the manga?
No. That’s like those movie novels to me.

16.) Do you believe Sora has ADD?
Just a little bit – cause we all do.

17.) Japanese or English?
Both?

18.) Pro-Naminé or Anti-Naminé?
Pro-Naminé. I can get behind some Roxas/Naminé or some Riku/Naminé.

19.) Demyx = Annoying or funny?
Funny.

20.) Do you believe Demyx's Somebody was from Atlantica (Splash Island)?
Wtf are you talking about?

21.) Zexion = Sexy beast or Emo?
Emo. Look at the hair.

22.) Which character would be the best crossdresser?
Hmm… Marluxia. He’s already got flowers and pink hair. We’re going to ignore his unusually deep voice for now.

23.) Axel = Gay or straight?
Gay for Roxas!

24.) Which character would be best OOC? Who and how?
Hmm… I’d say Sora. I mean, seriously – no one is that optimistic, make him a little more serious at times, and not pessimistic, but able to be more realistic.

25.) Do you like Kingdom Hearts fanfics?
Hell yah!

26.) Do you write Kingdom Hearts fanfics?
Yes.

27.) Do you like lemons?
If it’s well-written. I’ve come across lots of bad ones that made me cringe…

28.) Do your parents know any Kingdom Hearts characters?
No.

29.) Have you watched the Kingdom Hearts Crazy Files?
No… where is it?

30.) Have you seen the 'Axel Falls For Kairi' series?
Um… what?

31.) Have you ever got someone else hooked on Kingdom Hearts?
No – but I’m working on it, lol.

32.) Have you ever been drawing the characters in school and have someone randomly say "WOAH! you like Kingdom Hearts too!?"
No, I can’t draw.

33.) Have you ever been in class drawing any of the characters and the teacher comes up to you and says "WTF is this?! O.o;"
No.

34.) Has Kingdom Hearts affected your school life and grades?
No…

35.) Are you broke thanks to Kingdom Hearts?
No, I'm broke thanks to bills.

36.) Do you want to eat sea-salt ice cream?
Sure… know anywhere where they make it?

37.) Would you ever join Organization Xlll?
Um, sure. It would balance out the males to female ratio a little bit, seeing as how the only women were Larxene, Xion, and Marluxia. What?

38.) Do you draw Kingdom Hearts fanart? If so, count how many there is in your gallery.
Didn’t I say I can’t draw?

39.) Is Riku still sexy even possessed by Ansem the Heartless?
Riku is sexy no matter what.

40.) Do you have a Kingdom Hearts OC?
No, no, no, no, no… ew.

41.) Looking back at some of your answers, do you think Kingdom Hearts has taken over your life?
Nope, not nearly as much as I thought it had. =)

Pancakes

This might say a lot about my maturity level, but I found this to be hilarious!


What is the world coming to?


I'm so disgusted that I really don't have anything to say.

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Music Meme -- Day 31

Day 31 is a song that I think everyone should hear. That song is If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback. I find it to be awfully inspiring, and even on the days that are crummy, it gives me a little more strength to keep going. I couldn’t link the official vid, so I’m using one from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (My second favorite video game series).


The List:

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band

Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album

Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy

Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 19 - A song that turns you on
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to
Day 23 - A song you often get stuck in your head
Day 24 - A song you like to work out to
Day 25 - A song you're embarrassed to admit liking
Day 26 - A song you like that is the only one you have by that band

Day 27 - A song you got because you overheard it and all you could remember was one line
Day 28 - A song that you don't like but inexplicably keep anyway

Day 29 - A song that you've heard a million times but still don't know all the words
Day 30 - A song you could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time

Day 31 - A song you think everyone should hear 

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Music Meme – Day 29 & 30

Day 29 is a song I’ve heard a million times but still don’t know all the words. For this one, I’m going with Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback.

 


Day 30 is a song that I could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time. I’m going to go with I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys. Hey, I was surprised I knew all the words too!


The List:

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band

Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album

Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy

Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 19 - A song that turns you on
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to
Day 23 - A song you often get stuck in your head
Day 24 - A song you like to work out to
Day 25 - A song you're embarrassed to admit liking
Day 26 - A song you like that is the only one you have by that band

Day 27 - A song you got because you overheard it and all you could remember was one line
Day 28 - A song that you don't like but inexplicably keep anyway

Day 29 - A song that you've heard a million times but still don't know all the words
Day 30 - A song you could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time

Day 31 - A song you think everyone should hear 

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Music Meme – Day 27 & 28

Day 27 is a song I got because I overheard it and all I could remember was one line. For this one, I’m going with Here (In Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye. Sara was the one who had it and from the first time I was like, “Hey, I really like that.”


Day 28 is a song that I don’t like but inexplicably keep anyway. I’ll have to go with Unfaithful by Rihanna. One, I don’t like the way her voice sounds in it, and two, I think the lyrics are stupid.


The List:

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band

Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album

Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy

Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 19 - A song that turns you on
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to
Day 23 - A song you often get stuck in your head
Day 24 - A song you like to work out to
Day 25 - A song you're embarrassed to admit liking
Day 26 - A song you like that is the only one you have by that band

Day 27 - A song you got because you overheard it and all you could remember was one line
Day 28 - A song that you don't like but inexplicably keep anyway

Day 29 - A song that you've heard a million times but still don't know all the words
Day 30 - A song you could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time
Day 31 - A song you think everyone should hear 

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Music Meme -- Day 25 & 26

Day 25 is a song I’m embarrassed to admit liking. For that one, I went with Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys. Granted, they were one of the popular boy bands when I was growing up (along with N’Sync and 98 Degrees), but now? Yeah…


Day 26 is a song that I like that is the only one I have by that band. For this one, I went with Anthem of Our Dying Day by Story of the Year. I love this song, but for some reason, I never tried to look at their other work. Too lazy, I suppose.


The List:

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band

Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album

Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy

Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 19 - A song that turns you on
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to
Day 23 - A song you often get stuck in your head
Day 24 - A song you like to work out to
Day 25 - A song you're embarrassed to admit liking
Day 26 - A song you like that is the only one you have by that band

Day 27 - A song you got because you overheard it and all you could remember was one line
Day 28 - A song that you don't like but inexplicably keep anyway
Day 29 - A song that you've heard a million times but still don't know all the words
Day 30 - A song you could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time
Day 31 - A song you think everyone should hear 

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Music Meme – Day 23 & 24

Day 23 is a song that often gets stuck in my head. For this, I decided to go with Prelude 12/21 by AFI. I have to listen to it once a day at least after it gets stuck in my head or I’ll go crazy, lol.


Day 24 is a song that I like to work out to. I’m going to go with Forever by Chris Brown because I used to always walk to the tempo on the treadmill when I went to the gym.


The List:

Day 01 – A favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band

Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album

Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy

Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 19 - A song that turns you on
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to
Day 23 - A song you often get stuck in your head
Day 24 - A song you like to work out to

Day 25 - A song you're embarrassed to admit liking
Day 26 - A song you like that is the only one you have by that band
Day 27 - A song you got because you overheard it and all you could remember was one line
Day 28 - A song that you don't like but inexplicably keep anyway
Day 29 - A song that you've heard a million times but still don't know all the words
Day 30 - A song you could sing right now despite not having listened to it in a long time
Day 31 - A song you think everyone should hear 

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