The dream started with me waking up in a dark tunnel, alone and confused. I walk a couple of steps, wanting to find a way out. How the heck did I get here?
Suddenly, a small light erupts from one end of the tunnel, feeble at first, but it grows as I start running toward it. The light grows brighter and bigger, and when I reach at the end of the tunnel, a boy stands at the exit as if waiting for me.
I never saw him before, yet he felt so familiar. He had brown, spiky hair shooting out in different angles and striking blue eyes. I tried to approach him, but darkness decided it wanted to keep me in and a huge dark wall sprung up before me, blocking the way toward the light. Small, black creatures with huge yellow eyes sprouted out from the floor, wanting to keep me in by force. I tried to back out; stepping back into the darkness and the small, black fiends encouraged my fear.
And then, exactly on time, another flash of light and a key-shaped weapon appeared in my hands, filling me with courage. I narrowed my eyes and swung the weapon of light toward the beasts, killing at least two with each swing. But, as each creature died, more took its place, eventually swarming the place with too many dark fiends wanting to trap me into the darkness from which they came.
Confused and scared, I froze on the spot, not knowing what to do.
Then, on cue, a hand came out from the dark wall and I grabbed it.
"Reina!" a familiar voice called from behind the dark cloud.
The hand pulled me out back into the light. I looked up to see my savior and my heart filled with gladness as I recognized who he was.
"Roxas!" I cried happily while hugging him. But, when I let go, I saw that it wasn't him—it was the boy from before.
"Who are you?" you asked, scared. The guy gave a cute quizzical look as if he didn't understand what I was saying. Then, he pulled out something from his pocket and pressed it to my hand. I looked down to see what it was: a yellow, small, wooden star-shaped locket with tiny green leaves poking out of it, all hanging from a silver delicate chain. I noticed there was a hinge, to open it. Curious, I opened it and other brilliant light filled the room, blinding me.
"Reina, get up!"
You jolted up, your heart beating faster than usual. As you looked around, you let out a sigh of relief. You were on the couch in the Usual Spot, not some dark tunnel with some random guy. You let out a nervous laugh and looked to see who woke you up.
"Oh, hey Roxas." You grinned as you stared into the blonde's blue eyes.
"Finally! I thought you died!" he said, grinning.
"Well, you can't blame me. Hayner was giving one of his boring speeches again." You grumbled, while trying to stifle a yawn. That really wasn't the reason, though. That night you and your mom got into an argument about her not paying attention to you and…paying more attention to her boyfriend. You stayed up crying all that night, wishing for a normal family.
"Anyway, c'mon, I want to show you something." he said, a mysterious smile flitting across his face. You felt yourself grinning. You knew that smile very well; ever since you two were little, he always gave that smile to show there was a surprise in store.
"What is it? And…where is everyone?" you asked, noticing the emptiness in the Usual Spot.
"It's a surprise." He said, putting a finger to his lips.
"OK, fine," you said, getting up.
"Great, c'mon, let's go!" he said, grabbing your hand and heading out the door. You felt yourself blush on this while the both of you scrambled over to the Station Tower. You had a long-time crush for Roxas and you were sure he liked you back; Olette assured you on that one. Whenever you were with him, you thought of nothing else, just being with him made you feel complete.
"What's going on?" you asked, standing on top of the tower. It seemed empty. "There's no-one—"
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" Hayner, Pence and Olette jumped out from behind the corner, wearing pointy birthday hats. Olette was holding a chocolate cake.
"Surprise!" Roxas said softly from behind you. You turned around and hugged him tightly and he hugged you back, as tears formed in your eyes. You couldn't believe you forgot your own birthday and was grateful for your friends for throwing this party. At least you had some people who loved you; unlike your stupid mom.
"Thank You!" You said softly.
"No problem, I would do anything for you." He smiled gently and looked into your eyes. Your heart melted at his words.
"Ahem... Sorry to ruin you lovebird moment here, but Reina's got a cake to attend to." Hayner said, while Olette and Pence snickered.
"Shut up!" Roxas said playfully and you turned to blow out the fifteen candles on the cake.
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday dear Ray-nah,
Happy Birthday to You!
"Cut the cake, I'm starving." Hayner whined, putting a hand over his tummy.
"You're always starving." Pence said, earning a glare from Hayner.
Olette handed you a plastic cake-cutter and all of you loaded your plates with cake and sat down to watch to sunset. It was gorgeous, as always. The colors of the sunset clashed with the slowly darkening town but that's what makes Twilight Town so special.
The two opposites, the darkness of the town and the sunset's light, came together to make something beautiful and unique is what gives the town its charm.
"Thanks, you guys." You said out loud, while munching on the soft, brown cake. It was delicious and you were sure it was Olette's cooking that made it so.
"Oh don't thank us." Pence said, giving a mischievous smirk.
"Yeah. Don't thank us, thank ol' Roxy over there." Hayner said, waggling his eyebrows meaningfully.
"Hey! " Roxas exclaimed and you poked Hayner with your fork, along with giving him a Death Glare.
"OK, ok, fine." Hayner said, shutting up at the sight of your face.
"What do you think about the Struggle match next week, you guys?" Olette said, changing the subject.
"Me and Roxas are going to enter, aren't we?" Hayner said, smiling. Hayner and Roxas were easily the best strugglers in the group, though you came pretty close.
"Yeah. We'll make it to the finals and take the prize then we'll split it up!" Roxas said.
"I can't wait to see the look on Seifer's face when you guys beat him!" you said, grinning.
"Seifer's not feeling so hot, y'know?" Pence said, doing an uncanny imitation of Rai, one of Seifer's goons. Everybody started laughing and thinking about the upcoming Struggle tournament when Pence snapped you from thinking about anything.
"Hey, do you guys think we'll always be together like this?" Pence asked out loud, fiddling with his cake.
"I sure hope so…..why d'you ask?" Olette said.
"Oh…I don't know…just thinking out loud I guess." Pence replied. Nobody had anything to say to that. The thought of leaving each other hit everyone like a tidal wave.
"What's wrong?" Roxas asked, looking at me.
"Oh, it's nothing. It's just that…I feel summer ended so quickly. After this, we won't be able to spend so much time together, right?" you said, letting your feelings out.
"Well, I doubt we can be together forever. But isn't that what growing up is all about? What's important isn't how often we see each other, but how often we think about each other. Right?" Hayner said seriously, in one of his rare 'moments'.
"Yeah!" you said, "I'll never forget any of you guys!"
"Promise?" Roxas asked with a grin.
"Yeah, promise" you said looking into his eyes. You two sat like that for a while, before a diversion caused you two to break apart.
"What the hell?!" Hayner shouted. Apparently, Pence accidentally dropped cake on Hayner's head when he got up to get more. All of you guys started laughing and Hayner glared at Pence.
"That means more cake for you I guess." Olette said, laughing.
Then, it seemed an evil idea struck Hayner and he grabbed a handful of cake, ready to swing it Pence.
"Oh, gosh, no!" Pence screamed, realizing what Hayner was about to do and scrambled off, with Hayner chasing him, cake-faced and angry. After a long session of cracking up, Olette got up and said, "I'll go get those idiots." which left you and Roxas alone. After a few moments of chuckling, the air went silent, except for the distant sounds of the train. The sun was sending its last golden rays before setting down for the day.
"Oh, I almost forgot." Roxas said, reaching for his pocket and pulling something out. "It's for you." He said, handing the gift to you. You looked at it and gasped. It was a small star-shaped locket hanging from a silver delicate chain. Just like the one in your dream.
"Do you like it? I made it by all myself." Roxas asked nervously.
"I-it's gorgeous." You said truthfully. Even though the freaky coincidence of the same necklace being in your dream, it actually was beautiful and the chain sparkled even in the last rays of light. In addition, it opened up to reveal two pictures: one with you and the group and another with you and another with just you and Roxas, faces touching.
"There's this old myth that goes with it too, "Roxas went on, "They say if you share of a paopu fruit with anyone, your hearts will be intertwined forever. And I always want my heart to be next to yours. I love you." You looked up at him, tears forming in your eyes.
"I love you too, Roxas."
He leaned toward you and you leaned in too, and soon you lips touched, getting you two into a passionate kiss that made you want to press a 'pause' button and hold forever. There seemed to be a fire ignited in both of you and you never wanted it go out.
"Aww…it's so cute." Olette said from the corner, too far away for you to notice.
"At the rate they're going, they might as well buy a house and-"Hayner started but Pence nudged him the ribs and giving him a glare.
"Hey, don't look at me like that! I still have to get for the cake you know-" Hayner said and Pence started to open his mouth but Olette shushed them.
"We don't want to ruin this for them, guys!" Olette said.
But to you, nothing can ruin this day.
You came walking back home, feeling a little dazed but elated nonetheless. The door was locked, which meant that your mom was out somewhere with her boyfriend, no doubt.
You jabbed the keys into the lock and went in feeling weirdly sleepy. Maybe the cake made you crash. You decided to go to sleep, but when you entered your bedroom, you froze in horror.
Standing there was a tall person cloaked in some black garb.
"Wh-what d'you want?"
The person didn't reply, but you started running down the hall, trying to get out of the house. In a haze of a darkness you recognized, the man appeared, grabbing a hold of your wrist and taking you into the dark portal.
"Have you done what I asked you to?" said a male voice as a cloaked person appeared beside him.
"Yes, DiZ." the person replied.
"Good." Diz said approvingly, "If all goes well, we might have the second key."
"I'm not sure if she'll be able to reach the purest part of her heart if she still has memories of Roxas." the cloaked person said.
"When she meets him," DiZ nodded to the person on a bunch of blue screens, "her memories of Roxas will eventually fade, along with Roxas himself. He can't hold on to everything and shall eventually have to give everything back."
"So…he'll just fade?" the hood man asked and DiZ nodded.
"What a pity…" the hooded person said
"It is the fate of a Nobody." DiZ said.
You woke up to the loud sounds of laughter the next morning . You recognized it was your mom's and her boyfriend's voices. You rolled your eyes angrily and got ready to go straight to the Usual Spot, thinking about the weird dream.
Tall man in black cloak? Going into a weird dark portal? Yeah right.
You laughed and decided telling Roxas about it.
Memories from yesterday flooded into you and you turned deep red just thinking about the kiss. You looked into the mirror and touched the star necklace he gave you and beamed.
He loves you!
Hurriedly, you got ready, and half-skipped over to the Usual Spot, excitement rising in your chest.
When you got there, you noticed only 3 people were there: Hayner, Pence, and Olette.
"Hey guys." You greeted them and looked around, "where's Roxas?"
The three stared at you blankly before asking, "…erm, who?"
"Roxas….you know, blond hair blue eyes….?" You said, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. The three shook their heads and looked at you as if you're crazy. You realized it could be some practical joke they were pulling off…but this wasn't funny…and all of them seemed to be serious.
"What d'you mean you don't know him? What about yesterday? On the Station Tower?" you said but they still gave you the same look.
"It was just us four yesterday, Reina…."Pence said, sharing worried glances with Hayner and Olette.
"How could you forget him!" you said outraged.
"Reina, are you sure you're feeling ok?" Olette said gently, putting her hand on your forehead. You flinched and said, "I…I don't know…I think I need some fresh air…" you said before turned and heading outside where the cool summer breeze hit your face. Each corner you faced, you had a hope he would show up on the other side…and after every turn you had the same disappointment: he wasn't there.
He wasn't anywhere.
But you didn't give up and kept telling yourself, 'He might be there….let's double-check this place….maybe around this corner...or the next...or the….'
You searched every place twice, asked everyone who knew him but they all gave the same answer: "Who's Roxas?"
You walked around town, frustrated. How could everyone forget him in just one night? You remembered last night and recalled how it felt like a dream. But you knew it wasn't a dream; all those memories, all the times together, they just couldn't be a made-up facade.
And you couldn't forget him like everyone else did, you made a promise not to forget him and it was going to stay as a promise.
'That hooded guy….he did something to everyone…' you thought desperately, even though you knew it was just a dream. 'But what?' You went walking like that for a while; head down in thinking, when you bumped into someone.
"Oh, Sorr-" you started when you looked into two, clear blue eyes, "Roxas!" you exclaimed, but it wasn't him.
It was the boy from your dream.