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Chapter One: Wake Me Up When September Ends

Summary: I was born on the streets. I became the adopted sister to my adopted sister and friends with her friends. Now we're all in your junior year, well, except for our friends who are seniors and our one sophomore friend. All of us juniors are excited because this is the year we have freedom to drive wherever we want! Unfortunately, I keep having either: dreams, visions, or nightmares about my family and my past. Can my friends and I figure out this matchmaker, and help me find my parents, because of the feelings I have inside that I know their still alive, and real?

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I woke up this morning, two hours early before my alarm clock was supposed to ring. Why, you ask? Well, today is the first day of school; it's also the first day of autumn. School started late for us, because weather had been really bad during the beginning of the month. It didn't stop until a few nights ago, and it was Friday when it did calm down, so, the school waited until the first day of autumn. My favorite season, then its spring then summer and finally winter.

Since I woke up early and I was really bored, I got up, put on my school uniform, which is a: white collard t-shirt with sleeves that I rolled up, a blue plaid tie, a blue plaid skirt, navy blue socks, and black shoes. After, I brushed my hair, brushed my teeth and, like most girls, put on makeup. I added clear gloss, black eyeliner, black mascara, and a really, really light shade of blue eye shadow. Then, I put my hair up in a ponytail. My hair was shoulder length, layered, and had a bright/dark shade of red on the tips. My adopted mother always tried to get me to show everyone my beautiful hair, because, for some reason, my hair was that way since the day I was born, and she knew that everyone would love it, but I always hated it. I put a black baseball cap on my head, and stuck my ponytail through the hole in the back. I had side bangs, so I left those on the sides of my head. I always tried hiding the tips, it usually worked, sometimes. No one, but my adopted sister and mother, knew that my hair was layered, and they were the only ones who ever saw me with my hair down.

I looked out my balcony window. Nature was calling for me. I walked over to the balcony, quickly, but quietly opened the doors and walked outside, closing the doors behind me. I walked over to the cement railing, closed my eyes and listened to the wind rustle the different shades of reds, oranges, and yellows of the tree leaves. The ground was covered with them, but not so much that you couldn't see the bright green grass. I felt the cool autumn breeze make my shoulder length, straight, light brown hair flow with its breath. I could feel my lips curve to a smile. I heard a whining noise, looked behind me, and saw my dogs, a dark colored Golden/Lab, lying on her back. Summer, my other dog, a pure bred Golden Retriever named Autumn.

"Shh!" I mouthed with my finger on my lips. It was quiet. I looked back over the distance. I felt like I could stand out on my balcony forever, but, alas, I had to go to school. I was sort of excited about going back to school; then again, I couldn't wait until summer again.

One hour and fifty minutes passed during my solitude on my balcony. I found that out, because my adopted sister, Naminé, came into my room, found me out on my balcony, and tapped on my window. I got a glimpse of my clock, too.

"How long have you been up this year?" Naminé asked me.

"So far, one hour and fifty minutes," I replied.

"An hour earlier than last year," she said.

I giggled a little.

"High school juniors, FINALLY!" Naminé said.

"I know, Drivers Ed., beware, the Miyagi sisters are coming!" I said.

"You make it sound like a bad thing,"

"What? We're bad," I said.

"No, you're bad, I'm ... I'm--"

"A goody-goody?" I interrupted.

"No, I'm just good," Naminé said.

"Yeah right," I said. "You couldn't handle telling dad that simple white lie!" I reminded my adopted sister.

"Well, I couldn't handle all that pressure, plus my conscience made more and more sense," Naminé said.

"That's why you write how you feel in your diary and never look back at it, or, write a letter to mom and dad about what you did and never send it, forgetting all about it," I said.

"Doesn't that only work when you’re angry?" Naminé said.

"No, it works for that, too," I said.

"And how, may I ask, do you know that?" she asked me.

"Why do you ask?" I asked; I knew that she knew that I was lying.

"Oh no, you've done more than I can imagine!" Naminé said.

"Shut up," I laughed.

"Oh no, our beloved cheerleading and Most Valuable Volley Ball Player, has broken rules!” Naminé said.

"Shut up," I laughed again. A question that I knew would shut her up popped into my head.

"So, are you and Roxas going to finally become a couple this year?" I asked. My hypothesis was right; my adopted sister's big yap was shut. "Naminé ...?"

"Maybe," she looked flush.

"If you two don’t become a couple soon, I swear I’m going to make you guys into one!” I replied.

"No you won't!" Naminé said to me.

"Yes, I will!"

"Whatever," she said finally, "Hey, Kita, are you ever going to show people how lovely your hair is?” she asked.

"No," I said. Why would she ask that stupid question? I don't like my hair, it brings back memories whenever people compliment it, I said to myself.

"Why?" Naminé asked. She knew the answer; she just wanted to find out more about my past every time I had a dream, vision or nightmare. That's what I called them.

"You know the answer," I said.

"I know, so, did you have a dream, vision, or nightmare?" she asked.

"Dream," I said. "It started over from the beginning and stopped a little bit away from where it last stopped.” I said.

"Interesting … Tell!" she said.

"No, you can read it on my blog later today," I told her.

"Fine, ruin all the fun," she said. We heard our alarm clocks ring and we went back inside to turn them off.

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After Naminé ate her breakfast, and my T.V. show was over, we got our brown suitcases with all our supplies in them and our school coats and met our friends outside. Together, we walked to school.

"So, what time did you wake up today, Kita?" Selphie, a girl with short, brown, hair, and one of my many friends, asked.

"None of your beeswax’s!” I replied.

"Naminé?" Selphie, and our other friends, looked at her.

"Two hours before the alarm clock," Naminé said calmly.

"Only an hour earlier than last year," Roxas said. He's the one Naminé should hook up with, but she's too chicken!

"Shut up," I said.

"So, Kita, are you going to do cheerleading this year?" Kairi, an auburn haired girl, but also one of my friends, asked. I never really liked the sport, but volleyball was the sport after it, and plus, I liked gymnastics!

"I guess I might," I replied.

"Well, we all know who's going to be captain this year," Kairi said. She and Naminé started giggling.

"Oh My Gosh, why does everyone start making fun of that?" I asked.

"We're not making fun, we're just giggling because this is junior year and you're going to be captain for the millionth time!" Kairi said.

"And you know what student's who've been our school's cheerleading captain's for more than two years get to do," Naminé said slyly.

"Oh gees," now I remembered, the girl who's been cheerleading captain at Destiny High Academy for more than two years have to give a speech and then demonstrate a few moves for more people to join the cheerleading squad. This is going to suck!

"So, you excited now?" Kairi asked.

"No," I said. Even if I wasn't captain this year, I'd still have to give a stupid speech and demonstration.

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When we arrived at school, to our horrors, they were having public tryouts in the gym.

"Aww gees," I muttered, displeased at what I saw.

"We're dead," Kairi replied.

"We're past dead, we're doomed to our death," Naminé said.

"No, no we're not," I told them, "we can do this, I mean; we've done things like splits, cartwheels, hurkies, and more! We can do this, and we'll get on the squad," I said to them.

"You're right, Kita, but I mean, we don't have a routine," Kairi said.

"All right, here's what we're doing ..." I got us three into a huttle and we devised a plan.

"OK!” Naminé and Kairi said as we moved out from the huttle. We went to sign up, when we ran into the coach.

"Mrs. Sasake," Kairi, Naminé and I said.

"Hello girls, I just came to tell you that I signed you three up as a group, is that all right?" Mrs. Sasake said.

"Oh, no, not at all!" we said. We were relieved; we were going to sign up in a group cheer together anyways.

"All right, your up after two groups," Mrs. Sasake said to us as she ran off to watch the other groups perform.

"All right, you two ready?" I asked. I turned back to look at them, they were watching people.

"No," Naminé said.

"We're not going to be able to make the squad this year!" Kairi replied.

"Don't say that!" I said. "We're the three who came up with some of those peoples routines!" I said.

"You're right, Kita, and this year, we have a routine no one's ever seen, that's why your always captain, your always a step ahead of everyone!" Kairi said.

I couldn't help but smile. Sure I was always a step or two, or maybe ten, ahead, but, it felt good knowing it was appreciated. I started taking off my jacket and replacing my black shoes with my white gym shoes. Kairi and Naminé did the same.

"Next up, we have Kita Miyagi, Naminé Miyagi, and Kairi Nakamura." Coach Sasake said into a microphone, and then moved it away.

We heard a big cheer, but that was only because we had our friends up on the bleachers there to watch us. We started on the big, polished gym floor ... (A/N: I'm a cheerleader, but we don't do the gymnastic stuff until high school. I'm sort of like Kita, my character, who doesn't care for the sport, but is only doing it until volleyball season. Anyways, just picture people doing flips, cheers, and jumps. And at the end, for some reason, I picture a pyramid, so you can think of that, too.)

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"OMG, you were awesome!" Selphie said.

"Thanks," I replied.

"Yeah, that was ... the best routine I've ever done," Kairi said.

"Yeah, Kita, that was fun," Naminé said.

"It was hard planning on such short notice," I said.

We all reached our lockers and started putting our stuff away. Well, all of us juniors did. We all had lockers next to each other, because the school allowed us to choose our own this year.

"Hey, there he is, ask him," I whispered to my sister as we put away our things, and pointed to the person a locker down from hers.

"Who are you talking about?” she asked.

"Roxas, moron," Kairi whispered in, she was the person between Naminé and Roxas.

We suddenly noticed that Roxas might have heard his name, for he was looking around. Then he shrugged it off and went back to getting his book. So did the rest of our friends and myself. 'Gees, they're both stupid, no wonder they're a perfect match,' I said to myself.

"Hey, I know what you're thinking," Naminé said to me.

"I guess that's what being a sister and best friend can do," I said.

"Whatever," Naminé said. "I just know you too well," she added.

"Yeah, right," I replied.

“When will they stop?” Kairi mumbled to Olette, a girl with brown hair who kept her hair tied in pigtails and sort of braided.

“Hello juniors,” a familiar voice said. We turned around and saw our senior high friends.

“Hey, Yuffie,” we all replied.

“Hey, did you guys hear about all the weird stuff that’s been happening down in the cafeteria and around the halls?” Yuffie asked us.

“No,” I replied. “What stuff?” I asked.

“Oh, nothing but kids falling asleep and not waking up, and then them moving, but not going anywhere.” Yuffie replied.

“Yeah, right, their all probably just pulling a prank.” I said.

“I don’t think so,” Yuffie said. It now sounded spooky. “Well, bye, guys!” she said as if something good had happened, then left with the other seniors.

“O … K?…” I said.

“That was … weird,” Olette said.

“Freaky,” Hayner replied. I also thought that he and Olette should go out, but they’re both too blind to see their burning love. Wait … did I just say ‘burning love’?

We started walking to class. Down the hall, turn left, then right. We walked into darkness. “What the … where are we?” Naminé asked.

“I--I don’t know,” I replied.

“Kita !?…” I heard my sister cry out for me.

“Naminé!” I called out for her. It was dark. I heard screams. My friends. My sister. Then, out of the darkness, came my friends and my sister. They turned into brain eating zombies! It was like a scary movie, everything was black but the figures were blue. I let out an ear piercing scream. Everything went black again. The scenes switched to a beautiful day in a park. A park in Hallow Bastion, now known as Radiant Garden.

‘Look, Mommy! Look, Daddy!’ a girl called.

‘Kita, you be careful!’ a woman called. She had my hair. My eyes.

‘Don’t worry, Akina, she’s strong, just like her old man!’ a man called as he put his arm around the woman and looked up at the girl who was climbing up a tall oak tree. I have his smile and laugh.

That little girl … she’s … ME!

The little me giggled and continued up the tree. Higher and higher. ‘I’m almost as tall as the world!’ I called out as I stood on one branch.

There was a rumble from the earth. ‘EARTHQUAKE!’ a voice shouted loudly. Everyone ran in different directions. I jumped down the tree and started running with my parents.

‘Hurry, Kita!’ my mother called as we all ran.

We ran fast into the city where people lay in the streets dead, or close to death. Cars sped in every direction. I lost the grip of my parents. I was lost without them. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ I yelled at the top of my lungs.

‘KITA!’ I heard a voice cry out over the crowd, but faint.

They’re right there! Move forward! I kept yelling to the little me, but the little me couldn’t hear. It was like I was a ghost who couldn’t be seen, or heard.

‘Mommy! DADDY!’

‘KITA!!'

Everything was black.

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“Kita … Kita, wake up … it’s just a dream, Kita, wake up!” I heard a voice calling.

“Mommy … Daddy!” I heard myself screaming as I kicked my feet in all sorts of directions. My hands were forced to sustain them from flying everywhere, my head was bobbing from side to side.

“Kita …!”

“Mommy! Daddy!” I yelled again.

“KITA!” more voices yelled.

I woke up, sweating. I was in a white room. Flowers, cards and candy surrounding me and my ’bed’. “Wh--where am I??” I asked. Where was I?

“Kita, the doctors say you were in a coma, but I think it was just a long, long nightmare,” Naminé said.

“What? No, no, I couldn’t have been asleep … I mean, it’s only been a day, right?” I said.

“Actually …” Kairi said.

“Kita, you’ve been asleep for a month. It’s not September,” Olette said.

“It’s October,” Roxas said.

“What? No, I couldn’t have been asleep for more than a day. It’s only been a …” I started towards a calendar. “… a MONTH?!?” I fainted.

“Kita!” I heard Naminé’s faint screams, then the voices of doctors and nurses.

Well, I saw another little tiny piece of my past, and now I remember that great Radiant Garden Earthquake Disaster we learned about in our history class.

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