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Chapter Ten: Finally, Our Date! And Horrible News

We got back and we were quiet till I got to the living room.

“You okay? You didn’t say anything the whole way here.”

“Yeah, but he did it all wrong. It goes like this...” he pulled me close and whispered for me to start.

“My dear Romeo. Are you hurt, my love?”

“No, my dear, but let us kiss and forget this blastful fight.”

Unlike Demyx, Axel took it slow and he didn’t hurt me. It left me wanting more.

“See? That’s how you do it with my girl.”

“Ah, I’ll remember that when I kiss you. What will Gippal say?”

“Hmmm, I don’t know. But I know one thing. We can finally go on that date I promised you... but where?”

“I know! The park.” I smiled and went to the kitchen.

“What are you doing?”

“Packing a lunch. We left before lunch, you know.”

I packed three sandwiches (one for me and two for Axel), two Dr. Peppers, and two sticks of sea salt ice cream. I grabbed the bag and we headed out the door.

We walked to the park since I lived so close. I skipped most of the way. Axel just walked, but I swear he was smirking 'cause I was acting so childish. The park was beautiful with trees here and there, dark emerald green grass, and a fountain with crystal clear water. It was quiet with all the kids in school. All we saw were old couples feeding pigeons. I waved to them being friendly until we got to the fountain. I sat down and gave Axel his sandwiches. I ate mine and soon became thirsty. I opened my drink and took a sip. The Dr. Pepper fizzled in my mouth and made me feel tingly. Axel took his time slowly eating his sandwiches. I took out my ice cream and left his in the bag.

“Mickey, if I asked you a question would you get mad at me?”

“Never. What is it?”

“Did you like kissing Demyx?”

I felt hurt by the question. “Why would you ask me that, Axel? That hurt. You want to know what I told him after the kiss? I told him that I hated it and didn’t know if I would ever get the taste of him out of my mouth. But that kiss you gave me cleared it right out.”

Axel laughed and I started to laugh with him. The old couple looked at us like we were crazy, but we kept laughing. Then the laughing died down and he pulled me in to a hug. “Please forgive me for ever doubting you.”

“I will always forgive you. You know that.”

“Ok. So now that I got that out of my brain, I've got to ask you another question. Why is Demyx at our school?”

I was also puzzled by that question. “I don’t know. All that he told me was that he left the gang and wanted to be my friend.”

“No one can leave them that easily. I left, but I didn’t know what would happen after that. I don’t like it. They must be planning something. Promise me that you won’t get close to him or anyone you don’t know that looks suspicious. Please promise me that.”

“I promise. Stop worrying, I’m okay.”

“Fine. Hand me my drink and sea-salt ice cream so we can get back to your house. School is almost out and you still need to call Gippal.” He quickly ate the ice cream and drank the soda then he got up and threw the trash in the trash can. He took my hand and we left the park.

We got back to my house and he picked up the phone to hand it to me. “Here, call Gippal. He will be leaving work now.”

I dialed the number and he answered. “Hey Gipy, you don’t have to come get me. Why? 'Cause I’m already home. Yeah, uhh, Axel took me home. Okay. See you when you get home. Bye.” I hung up the phone and turned to Axel. “He will come straight home.”

“Ok. Hey, I’ve got to go. Watch the news. I've got a bad feeling that something bad may have happened today. See you tomorrow.” Axel gave me a hug and left.

“Okay, bye.” I was stunned by what had just happened and went to sit on the coach. I stayed there until Gippal got home.

“Hey shorty, how was your day?”

“It was okay. I hated school today and probably will forever now.”

“What happened at school, Teddybear? Tell Gippy what happened.” I pouted and waited for him to sit next to me. He used to do this when I had a bad dream about our parents after they were gone. He sat by me and I sat my head on his shoulder and started to explain my day to him.

“Well, first of all Demyx is going to my school and I don’t like him. I got frog's blood all over me and it was Demyx’s fault. And, in stupid theater arts, I had to kiss that nasty, low lying, snake in the grass. I could still taste him. Ewww... I can. I think I’m going to barf if I think about it. And now Axel says that he feels like something terrible has happened, I just don’t know what. But enough with me... How was your day, Gippy?”

“I don’t know if I could top that, but I’m getting a raise and a promotion. Assistant Manager. How does that sound? I’m getting $10 an hour for 10 hours a day. I have to work every day except Sunday. So, what would you like now that I’m Assistant Manager?”

“I would like more minutes, please. I’m running low.”

“Okay. And anything else?” he hugged my shoulders.

“No. Can I watch TV?”

“Yeah, but first I want to check the news.” I tossed him the remote since it was closer to me. “Here. If anything is about to go wrong, the news will know.”

The TV flicked on and I read the bottom of the TV screen. “Teacher arrested for plagarism. She altered the famous work of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and will no longer work at Travese Town High School. School already has replacement teacher and will be at the school tomorrow.”

“Wow. Axel was telling the truth. This is horrible! I wonder who will be the new teacher? I've got to call Kairi, she might know. You can watch TV.” I ran to the phone and picked it up. I dialed Kairi’s number as fast as I could. It only rang once.

“Hey Chicka, I’m on the other line with Namine. I’ll patch you through on three way, okay? So, how was your day? I guess you have seen the news.”

“Yeah, I have. Do you know who the new teacher is?”

“Sorry Mickey, I don’t know. What about you, Namine?”

“Nope. Sorry, Mickey. But I did hear it's a guy. I hope he is cute.”

“Okay. Bye guys, I've got to make dinner.”

“Okay. Talk to you later.”

“Bye!”

I hung the phone up and turned to Gippal.

“So, any news?”

“No, they don’t know. Can we get to school earlier tomorrow? I want to see who he, or she maybe, is. What do you want to eat?”

“Hmm, hamburgers and homemade french fries?”

I sighed and thought about the work. “Fine, but you're doing the fries. I will do the hamburgers.”

“Soda or punch?”

“Soda.”

“What about dessert? We've got cookies or ice cream. It’s sea salt.”

”That’s tough. Hmm, both? You need some spoiling today, after this horrible day you've had.”

We finally got dinner ready with only a few minor cuts to Gippal’s fingers.

“That was good. Now for the ice cream and cookies.” Gippal said.

I grabbed the cookies while he got the ice cream. I had a wonderful night with my brother, I was unaware of what else was happening on that night.

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Punches flew. It was five against one. “Ugh...” Blood flew from the one being attacked. The five seemed merciless and lethally deadly.

“What are you doing back with us, you scum? Personally, I thought we saw the last of you. What do you want?”

The one being attacked stood up and took off his hood. The red hair was speckled with blood from his mouth. “I want answers. Why are you attacking her? What do you want with her and with me? Why won’t you leave us alone?”

“Tsk, tsk, tsk. Axel, I thought you would know better than that. I can have anything I want. Including her. Xaldin, Marluxia.” Two shadows appeared behind their leader. “Take Axel, and make sure he doesn’t remember anything. I want to see that look on her face, like the last one we killed. The pain was delicious and that torn grimace on her face... You should have been there, Axel.”

Axel jumped up and started to attack their leader but, before he could, the two shadows grabbed him and dragged him away. “I’ll get you and when I do you are dead! You hear me, Xemnas?! I will kill you!” The death threats faded away.

“Hmm. Demyx, come here.”

Another shadow came to him and bowed down. “Yes, my liege?”

The leader took off his hood to reveal the face Mickey feared. The only things Mickey now saw in her dreams were those horrible cold eyes.

“I want you to get me that job. Then we will finally have her and this job will be over.”

“Yes, my liege. My liege, may I ask a question?”

“What is it?”

“What will you do with her after we capture her?”

“I don’t know yet. I might give her to you if you like. Would you like that?”

“Yes, my liege. I would like that very much. My liege, may I ask another question?”

“Yes?”

“What will you do with that traitor?”

“Why do you want to know that? Are you getting soft on me, Demyx? I hope not, or I might have to kill you next. Understand?”

“Yes, my liege. I will go now.”

The shadow left and soon another came up behind him. “Larxene, I want you to follow him. If anyone notices you, kill them.”

“Yes, my liege.”

Soon all of the shadows were gone. “Hmm...” Xemnas rubbed his temples. “Mickey, what will I do with you? You have turned an old softie that was a killer back into one and made one of my best killers become an old softie. What will I do?”

Xemnas stood there, still rubbing his temples and thinking about these questions. “How can I assist you?” A man in a white outfit appeared.

“Tell your master that I’m going as fast as I can, but you could help me. There is a man named Axel. Can you wipe his mind?”

“Why do you still doubt me, Xemnas? I may be his messenger boy but I’m more powerful than all your men combined. Yes, I can do that. Is that all?”

“Yes, that is all.” The man left. Am I doing the right thing? Xemnas thought. “I’m doing the right thing. Only the death he gives is worse.” Xemnas said out loud.

“Yes, you are right.” A man in red stepped out. “The only thing that is worse than being hated is the death I bring. When will I have her?”

“Soon, my lord.”

“Good, I’m watching you.” The cloaked man lowered his hood, revealing a man with black hair. “I want my dear brother to feel how I feel. Numb and alone.” Then he left, leaving Xemnas dumbfounded.

They’re brothers? Xemnas asked himself. The room was now cold and desolate, like many evil hearts... including his.

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