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Chapter Twenty Three: You, Me, and Her…

Summary: Naminé just transferred to a co-ed boarding school. Will love bloom for our little artist? Or will it be just an ordinary year? Roxas x Naminé and minor Sora x Kairi R&R!

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Welcome back Namie. I’m glad to see you again!” Roxas smiled with a blush.

Me too!” Namie smiled back as her cheeks had a hue of pink.

Naminé couldn’t help but feel jealous, “What the heck is wrong with me…” she thought as she stared at the two, “shouldn’t I be happy for them?”

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It was the first day in July. The weather was great just as usual, but Naminé was in Kairi and Selphie’s room with Olette like always.

“I can’t believe she’s back!” Kairi exclaimed with her hand over her mouth.

“What does Roxas think?” Olette asked the blonde sitting beside her.

“I don’t know…” Naminé sighed inwardly.

“Well, since we’re going to the beach this afternoon, why not invite her? It is common courtesy, ya know. And besides she used to be our friend too!” Selphie smiled.

“Okay,” Naminé agreed.

“Oh, by the way Naminé I threw out that tacky one-piece you own and replace it with a new white one that has a sky blue heart!” Selphie told.

“WHAT! You can’t just go through my closet and judge my fashion sense!” Naminé exclaimed.

“Try sharing a room with her. Half the stuff in my closet was thrown out and got replace by other stuff,” Kairi sighed.

Naminé just sighed along with her, “I’m gonna go back to my room now to call Namie and change…”

Everyone told the blonde girl goodbye as she walked out of the room. As soon as she walked to her dorm, she quickly got the phone and dialed Namie’s number.

“Hello?” a feminine voice answered on the other side of the phone.

“Hey Namie, I was just wondering if you wanted to hang out at the beach with us today,” Naminé informed.

“Us?”

“My friends and I.”

“Oh sure! I don’t have any plans for today anyways. Is Roxas gonna be there?” Namie couldn’t help but ask.

“Yeah, of course,” Naminé replied.

“I see,” On the other side even though Naminé couldn’t see, Namie frowned slightly. “By the way, I think I’ll just drop by the dormitory and meet you that way. My cousin’s house is only like two blocks away anyways.”

“Okay, see you then!” the phone call soon ended, and Naminé went to search for her new swimsuit.

As she looked around in her closet she noticed a few of her shirts missing a few new one that replaced it. Naminé began wondering how Selphie even had access to her and Roxas’ room but shrugged it off as she went in the bathroom to change into a different attire.

As soon as she finished dressing up and packing, she went out of her dorm room to meet up with her friends. Down the hall she saw two people. It was Roxas and Namie. The two seemed to be laughing at something in the moment though. They looked so happy; seeing them together made Naminé feel an instant pain in her heart.

Why should I be jealous…it’s not like I was ever with him…” Naminé thought.

She took in a deep breath. As the blonde girl went up to the two, she greeted them with a smile.

“Hey guys!”

“Oh, hey Naminé,” Roxas smiled back.

“Hi Naminé! By the way the others already ready left before I came. So Roxas and I decided to wait for you,” Namie informed.

Naminé took a closer at Namie, “Hey, your eyes are green!” she said as she pointed at her eyes.

“Yeah, I thought it would be easier for everyone to tell us apart if wore my transparent contacts,” Namie told with a slight smile.

“Oh…”

“Now that you’re here Naminé, let’s go!” Roxas told.

The three of them walked over to the near by train station and went down to the beach. As soon as they reached their destination, Naminé looked at the sandy beach with awe. The sky was so blue and cloudless. They could hear the ocean waves crash on to the shore before pulling back. The actual sea was so deep and blue in color.

“Wow, I haven’t been to the beach in a while!” Naminé exclaimed.

“Knowing you girls, I think I’ll just go ahead after I change,” Roxas laughed as he pointed to the changing rooms.

Namie just punched Roxas in the arm playfully, “I take that as an insult Roxie!”

“Don’t call me that!”

“Roxie, Roxie, Roxie!” Namie smirked.

Naminé just stared blankly at the two, “What flirts!

“Roxie!”

“Natsuki!”

“Roxie!”

“Natsuki!”

“You know, your not really insulting me seeing how that’s my last name,” Namie grinned.

Roxas pretended to have a hurt look on his face. Naminé just started to get ticked seeing them act so childish.

“You know what? Let’s just change already!” Naminé said in a sarcastic manner as she dragged Namie’s arm into the change room for girls.

“What was that for?” Namie pouted as soon as the got inside.

“…”Naminé didn’t answer but continued to have a faint death glare at Namie.

“Is something wrong?” Namie asked with concern.

“Nothing’s wrong!” Naminé yelled unintentionally.

“You like Roxas too, don’t you?” Namie grinned.

“W…What?” Naminé stuttered; she never saw that question coming.

“So you do!”

“I…I…” Naminé blushed, “How about changing first and let’s talk about this later!” Naminé said as she walked inside one of the stalls.

“Denial!” Namie teased.

“Shut up!” Naminé blushed harder.

The two finished changing into their swimsuits and went outside to look for the others knowing Roxas already went ahead.

“So Naminé, you never did finish telling me. Do you, or don’t like Roxas?” Namie grinned.

“I…how about you huh?” Naminé said turning the tables around, “Do you like Roxas?”

“Of coarse I do!” Namie smiled. Naminé was shocked at how forward she was. “I always have…but know matter what, I like seeing you him better!”

“What! So you’re giving up, just like that?”

“It’s not that I want too or anything…” Namie told with more serious expression as she stared off into the ocean.

“Then why?” Naminé stopped walking to look at the other girl.

“I just…I just don’t have a chance…not by a long shot…”

“Huh?” Naminé was confused. What did she mean? By the looks of it, Roxas still has feelings for Namie.

The serious look on the emerald eyed girl quickly put on smile, “Hey the others are waiting for us. Let’s go!” Namie began running down the beach and Naminé quickly followed her friend. Further down the beach they soon spotted their friends.

“Hey guys!” Naminé greeted cheerfully.

“Holy crap! There’s two Naminés!” Sora pointed as he stood up from his spot beside Kairi.

“No, that’s just Namie and Naminé!” Kairi stated as she whacked her boyfriend lightly on the back of his head.

“Hi guys! How’ve you been?” Namie smiled.

“What’s up Namie? We haven’t seen you for so long!” Selphie squealed.

“Nothing much. Traverse Town is such a bore compared to Twilight though,” the blonde girl laughed.

Everyone began crowding around Namie and welcomed her back. They all wanted to catch up, seeing that their old friend was back. Soon all the boys began swimming in the ocean while the girls stayed on shore talking.

“So Naminé, do you like Roxas. Because I don’t think he likes the whole friend thing from what Hayner’s been telling me,” Olette said.

“Friend thing?” Namie didn’t know what was going on.

“When Roxas kissed Naminé at the annual Christmas party, he also admitted his feelings,” Selphie told.

“Really!” Namie’s face lit up and quickly faced Naminé.

“But Naminé here, said she just wanted to be ‘friends’” Kairi added in.

“What? But you told me you liked him!” Namie exclaimed.

“What!” Olette, Kairi, and Selphie exclaimed.

“I didn’t tell you anything!” Naminé blushed.

“You like him?” It seemed Kairi and the others weren’t listening.

“And you turned him down? What wrong with you woman!” Selphie yelled.

“But what if we got into a fight or something. What then?” Naminé sighed.

“Look at Namie and Roxas, they’re still friends!” Olette told as Namie just nodded along.

It’s just that…ugh, forget it,” Naminé stood up and walked away.

“You know you love him!” Selphie yelled from afar.

Naminé just grumbled and walked at a faster pace as she looked for a more secluded place to be alone.

Roxas heard Selphie’s yelling and got a little curious.

“Hey who do you think Naminé likes?” Roxas asked him guy friends.

“Uhh…you?” Riku answered seeing that it was pretty obvious.

“I think I’ll just ask the girls myself,” Roxas swam up to shore and walked up to the girls.

“So who’s the guy that Naminé likes?” he asked as he squatted down beside them.

“Eek!” Selphie turned around to see Roxas, “Oh I didn’t see you there. You shouldn’t sneak up on me!”

“Sorry!” Roxas apologized. “I just wanted to know who Naminé likes after all your yelling.”

“N…nobody in particular!” Olette stuttered. They all knew they had to keep it a secret and either way it would be a lot better if Naminé said it herself.

“Okay…”Roxas eyed them suspiciously but shrugged it off. “Where is she anyways?”

“She walked off somewhere,” Kairi told.

“Oh, I think I should buy her some ice cream. That should cool her off,” Roxas smiled as he stood up.

“I’ll come with you! I want some Sea Salt Ice Cream anyways,” Namie smiled as she stood up with him.

“Sure,” the two walked off to find the nearby ice cream place.

“I have a bad feeling about this…” Olette stated. The two other girls just nodded.

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As the two were about to order, Namie began thinking.

“Hey Roxas, the popsicle might melt if we wait to long. So let’s just buy Naminé one when she passes by.”

“Okay then,” Roxas nodded. The two blondes just bought popsicles for themselves and waited at a nearby bench in front of the ice cream place.

Naminé was at the empty side of the beach. She was sitting on the bent trunk of a tree that bared star-shaped fruit as she stared off into the ocean.

“I do like him, but…” Naminé sighed, “He probably likes Namie…but what did she mean, ‘I don’t have a chance?’”

Naminé got off the tree and began walking back. She felt like eating a Sea Salt Ice Cream after all that thinking, so she went to buy some. As she came closer, she noticed a certain two sitting on a bench together eating popsicles.

Namie giggled, “I still remember all those times you bought me one,” she said as she referred to the ice cream bar.

“Yeah, so many memories,” Roxas smiled.

“Hey, you have some ice cream on your face.”

“Really, where?”

“Right here,” she said as she wiped it off the side of his cheek.

The two just started to laugh.

Naminé could feel her blood pressure rising. She was always an easy target for jealousy, “Grr…seems to me she has a perfect chance…” Naminé just forgot about the ice cream and stormed off.

“Hey look, it’s Naminé!” Roxas face lit up as he just began running towards her leaving Namie alone. Namie just sighed.

“Hey Naminé, wait up!” Roxas yelled as he soon caught up to her.

Naminé just stayed quiet with an angry expression on her face.

“Hey, what’s wrong?” Roxas gave a worried expression.

“Nothing…” Naminé was still boiling inside.

“Naminé, I heard what Selphie said.”

“What? She told you!”

“No, but the more reasons to know, right? So who do you like?” Roxas asked as the two stopped walking.

“I… I like…” Naminé began blushing madly. This was her chance to tell him!

“Yes?” Roxas leaned in closer so he could hear.

“I…I can’t tell you!” Naminé just made a run for it.

“Okay there…” Roxas sighed. “Who could she like…?”

Naminé just began cussing at herself, “I’m so stupid!”

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