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Chapter Four: Reunion
That night, I had the worst night of my life. I’ve had bad nights before, ever since my parents… Well, they’ve been bad, but that night was the worst. I saw the faces of my parents, but they were different, they were full of the lies that they had told me. And no one was there to save me from myself, not even Demyx. I saw my parents through a large glass window, fighting and yelling at each other. Then the next thing I knew, I was standing on a high balcony with a rope in my hands. I got frightened, threw down the rope, and slowly backed away. I tripped over something and started falling. I sat up in bed in a cold sweat. I started to cry as I sat there shivering. I heard Hirai stir, I didn’t want to wake her up but I didn’t want to go back to sleep. Not just yet. I quietly got up and put on my slippers and grabbed a flashlight. I silently opened the door and slipped out.
I walked down the hallway and into the student lounge. I opened the large wooden door and went in and flicked on the light. I closed the door and turned around and nearly jumped out of my skin. Kairi and Olette were sitting on the couch in front of the TV eating chocolate. They both looked up when I turned on the light.
“Leckie… Hey, are you okay?” Kairi asked, worried. I shook my head and felt tears still running down my face. “Come here, sweetie.” she said and I walked over and leaned against her shoulder. She stroked my hair and asked in a soothing voice, “What happened?” I told her and Olette about the dream I had had.
“That’s horrible!” Olette said sadly. “Are you okay?” she asked.
I nodded and suggested that we watch TV, I wanted to get my mind off the dream. Suddenly sleep overcame me and I drifted into peacefulness.
I was woken by a soft nudge. I opened my eyes and nearly jumped out of my skin. Kairi’s face was an inch away from my own.
“Hey, guys! Wake up call, huh?” I said drowsily.
“Come on Leckie, it’s nearly noon and you’re still in bed! We’ve go places to go!” she exclaimed cheerfully.
I looked around the student lounge. The whole gang was there. Tidus, Riku, Sora, Roxas, Wakka, Namine, Olette, Namie, Selphie, and Kairi. “Nuuuuuu!” I groaned and pulled the blanket back over my head. It was soon pulled off and Wakka hurled me over his shoulder and carried me to my room. “Hey! So not fair, you guys!” I stated as the small party made its way down the hallway. We soon came to a stop and opened the door directly, well, behind me. Suddenly, Wakka dropped me on the floor inside my room.
“Come on! Get dressed!” Namine ordered happily.
I groaned, crawled over to my bed and curled up on it. “No sleeping for you! Get up!” Selphie said and pulled me off the bed.
"Alright, alright, I’m up!” I said in defeat, walking over to the bathroom.
I put on some cover up, mascara, eyeliner and a bit of eye shadow. I also pulled my hair up into a pony-tail. I was about to walk out when Namine threw some clothes at me and said for me to get dressed. I closed the door and quickly pulled on a pair of Demyx’s old pants and a long black t-shirt with a white hibiscus flower on the bottom. I opened the door, but without warning, Namie rapped a bandana around my eyes.
“Hey! What the-“ I said shocked.
“Don’t struggle.” Olette instructed.
“Here, follow me.” Namine said as she grabbed my hand. “Sora and I will lead you out.”
“Lead me out? Lead me out where?” I asked but didn’t get a reply.
Sora and Namine lead me for a while; I figured we were headed towards someone’s car when I started hearing the loud roar of traffic. “Slide into the middle, me and Namine will sit on either side of you.” Sora said as he helped me into the car.
Roxas started the car. It started with a loud growl and soon turned into a soft melodic rhythm. I leaned against Sora’s shoulder and said, “I’m gonna use you as a pillow, m’kay?” He laughed and said sure. He reached up and got Selphie, who was sitting in the front, to turn on the radio. ‘Beautiful Soul' by Jesse McCartney started to play softly out of the speakers and I drifted into a peaceful, dreamless, slumber.
I was suddenly awoken by a gently shake. I opened my eyes. Forgetting that I had a bandana on, I freaked out for a minute.
“Hey, it’s okay. Remember the bandana?” Riku said, grabbing my hand.
“Huh? Oh yeah, ha-ha, that was scary.” I laughed as I climbed out of the car.
“Here, hold my hand and I’ll lead you in.” he said and led the way, up a few steps and into a building. I heard a door close behind me and voices around me. Riku leaned close to me and whispered into my ear, “You ready?” He pulled the bandana off and I blinked as my eyes adjusted to the light.
I looked around; I was in Yuffie’s house. The whole gang was there, including some of Yuffie’s friends. Cloud, Leon, Aerith, and Tifa were all there. “Hey all, long time no see.” I said waving.
“Hey, you!” Yuffie said happily and grabbed me in a hug.
“Hello Yuffie.” I gasped out.
“Yuffie, you should put her down before you suffocate her.” Cloud stated from across the room.
“Oh, oops!” she said and let go.
“Ha-ha, thanks! Good to see you, too!” I said. I walked around the room saying hello and hugging everyone.
“Alright, come on, enough greetings! Come over here!” Selphie exclaimed and grabbed my arm and pulled me over to the other side of the room. She placed her hands over my eyes.
“Can you see anything?” Pence asked from the couch.
“Nope.” I replied.
“How may fingers?” Wakka asked.
“Three hundred and eighty six.” I said with a smirk.
“Close enough, come on out!” he called.
“Who come out of where?” I asked, confused. Selphie removed her hands from my eyes and I gasped. “Demyx!” I screamed and ran to hug him.
“Hey, kid! Long time no see, huh?” he said, hugging me back.
“Hey, don’t I get a hug?” Axel, his best friend said as he stepped out from behind him.
“Of course you do!” I said and rapped my arms around his waist.
“What's up, slugger?" he asked, smiling.
“Nothing out of the ordinary.” I replied as I walked over to the couch and sat down beside Yuffie. Demyx followed and sat down beside me. “So, how has college life been treating you two? Got a girlfriend yet? If you say no I will be very shocked.” I said with a giggle.
“Actually, yeah, I do.” he said meekly. “Her name’s Larxene and I think you’d like her a lot.”
I nodded and looked around the room. “So, how did all of this come about?” I asked, not really to anyone.
“Well, after you fell asleep on the couch last night, Olette and I woke the guys up and told them of our brilliant plan, and we called Yuffie and then…” Kairi started, she turned to Cloud.
“Then Leon and I went to Traverse Town to get these two.” He jerked a thumb over his shoulder at Axel.
“Then the rest of us worked on getting you here.” Tidus and Hayner said smiling.
“What were you doing sleeping on the couch, anyways?” Sora asked. Kairi gave him a whack on the arm. "Oww, what was that for?” he asked angrily.
Demyx looked at me quizzically, “Why were you sleeping on the couch?” He looked me in the eyes.
“Who are we talking about?” I asked, giving him my dumb blonde look. “Hey Roxas, what time is it? I’m hungry.”
Roxas looked at his watch and said, “It’s like one-ish. Huh? You really don’t eat breakfast, do you?” he laughed.
“Nope, but I will eat lunch. Let’s got to Wendy’s.” I said and pulled Demyx to his feet.
“Alright, alright. Let’s go, you guys.” he said and we all walked out to the cars.
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