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Chapter Six: Going Home

The next thing I knew I was being picked up. “Let go of me! Get away, Xemnas!” I yelled at the intruder.

“Ow! Mickey, wake up! It's Axel!” the intruder said.

“Axel!” I said and my eyes opened up. Axel had me in his arms and was cradling me. “Axel!” I cried.

“Shhh. It's ok. He’s gone.” he said, brushing the tears out of my face.

“He came to get me and Demyx. He sacred me.” I sounded like a little kid. After I calmed down I looked at Axel. “Where is Demyx?”

“Mickey... Xemnas got him. He’ll hurt him most likely.” Axel said.

“I want to go home, Axel. I don’t want to stay here. Please take me home.” I begged him.

“Ok, but we won’t see the others until tomorrow.” he said. Still cradling me, he carried me to his car.

“It's night? He was here that long?”

“Yes.” He put me in the passenger seat and closed the door. “I’ll come for our clothes tomorrow.” he told me getting in. I looked down and saw that I was still wearing the bathing suit that I almost drowned in. I blushed and started to shiver. “You cold?" he asked.

“Duh! I’m half naked and you're fully dressed.” I pointed out.

“Here, take my shirt. It’ll keep you warm,” he said taking it off. I turned my head and started to blush. “It's ok. I washed. Take it.” he said.

I turned back around and put it on. The warmth of the shirt and the smell of Axel intoxicated me. “Thanks.” I said, half intoxicated.

“You're welcome, but we have to get going.” he pointed out. We were still in the parking lot.

“Ok, let's go.”

The ride was only fifteen minutes but it seemed longer. When we got to my house, Axel helped me out and to the door. “I know this sounds stupid but, Axel, will you stay with me tonight? You don’t have to...”

He stopped me. “Of course, Mickey. You're scared that Xemnas will try to come again and I understand that. But will Gippal mind?”

I thought about my older stepbrother. My dad and stepmom died in a crash a couple of years ago and my brother was eighteen. “No, he won’t mind. Come on in.” I said opening the door.

Gippal was on the coach watching his favorite movie, The Matrix. “Hey, Mickey... Wait! Why is Axel here? Whose shirt is that?” he asked.

I looked at Axel and then at Gippal. I drew a long breath so I could explain. “Axel doesn’t have a place to stay tonight. This is his shirt, 'cause I’m wearing a bathing suit. That explains the last question, too.” I said putting my finger to my chin and looking up like I was thinking.

“But why does he have to stay here? Why can’t he stay with Roxas or Sora?” Gippal complained.

“Because I invited him here and I’m dating him. Do you mind, Gipy?” I knew he wouldn’t mind now since I called him by his nickname.

“Fine, but he has to sleep on the couch.” he said going back to his movie.

“Here. Go get changed and I’ll stay here.” he said. He handed me a box with sea green wrapping and black ribbons.

When I got to my room, I changed from my two-piece into my skull pajama bottoms and Axel’s shirt. “I’ll give it back to him someday, maybe.” I told myself.

I walked over to the gift and opened it. It was a vial full of liquid with black lace. There was also a note.

     Dear Mickey,

     Here is one of my gifts to you. It is all the tears I have ever cried. I won’t need them anymore now that I’m with you. I love you with every fiber of my being.

          Yours forever,
          Axel

P.S When you come to me next time I will have the second part of your gift.

When I finished reading it I put the necklace on. I walked out of my room and opened Gippal’s door quietly. He won’t mind, I thought, grabbing a shirt exactly like the one Axel gave me. I ran down the stairs to Axel.

“What? Did you get scared?” he asked.

“Yes, I was afraid you left. Here's your shirt.” I threw the shirt at him.

“Thanks. Did you like it?”

“Like it? I love it! And I’m wearing it.” I said, holding the vial.

“Ugh! You two make me sick!” Gippal said.

“Oh, be quiet, Gipy! I’ve seen you and Rikku act like this all the time.” He didn’t say a word after that.

“You want the second present?”

My eyes were wide open. “Yay!”

“Tomorrow. I can’t give it to you right now.” he said with a smirk.

“Fine, but here is yours.” I said giving him a kiss on the cheek.

“Forget this! I’m going to my room to finish the movie.” Gippal said grabbing his DVD.

Axel and I started watching P.S. I Love You. I fell asleep with Axel behind me as listened to his heart.

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