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Chapter Twenty Seven: It's Not The End, Is It?
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.
Naminé soon stopped and hugged him causing the boy freeze from surprise. “I really care for you to Roxas, sorry for everything really.” she smiled.
Roxas smiled warmly and hugged her back. “Could you stop saying sorry already? That’s the only thing I’ve heard from you all this time.”
“Oh, Namie set up a group meeting tomorrow, but I was wondering…” Roxas paused, “If you wanted to go around town later on.”
“Sure, we can meet by the front of the park or something.”
“Great,” Roxas held her tightly again making the smile on Naminé’s lips spread wider.Roxas knew she didn’t say the three words back, but it didn’t matter at the moment since she was in his arms. The two stood there under the moonlight never letting go of each other.
“Why are you moving?!” the entire gang yelled in unison.
“Didn’t I say I’d only be here for the summer?” Namie laughed nervously, "It's not like I said I'd live here forever or anything."
Summer was soon coming to a close, seeing how only three weeks separated them from the day school would begin once more.
“You could have given us more warning you know!” Sora yelled.
“Yeah, I mean tomorrow?” Olette pouted.
“Sorry, it slipped my mind,” Namie apologized.
“Say it isn’t so Namie! Say it isn’t so!” Selphie sobbed dramatically as she clinged to Namie’s arm.
If anime tear drops were possible, everyone would have one by now.
“Will we at least be able to see you off?” Riku asked pushed the brunette girl away from Namie. It seemed everyone in the entire gang was protesting against Namie's leave.
“I’m not sure; the time isn’t exactly set as far as I know.”
“How could you not know?” Hayner asked with his arms crossed.
“My aunt never told me so…yeah.” she sighed.
“Goodbye Namie,” Tidus frowned, waving his hand.
“She’s not going yet, Tidus!” Wakka yelled at the shorter boy.
The group shared one last laugh with their close friend.
“Hey, why don’t we take a group picture?” Pence suggested holding out his camera.
“Why not?” Namie smiled.
As the huge group of friends were setting themselves up, Pence tried to find a good place to put his camera on.
“Say cheese!” Pence grinned. He soon ran towards the gang and they all smiled. A few flashes came by and the session was over.
“I can’t believe you’re leaving,” Kairi frowned, “How about we go shopping one last time?”
“Isn’t it raining in the afternoon?” Olette reminded.
“Who cares,” Selphie told.
“Okay, I do have time to spare,” Namie assured, “But I’m meeting with someone later so I have to go early.”
“Great,” Naminé smiled, “I’m actually meeting with someone later too. So I guess were both leaving early.”
“Oh, I need to tell Roxas something real quick,” Namie left the girls and went over to Roxas.
Namie tapped on the blonde boy’s shoulder causing his to turn around.
“You really should have told us sooner you know. Selphie would have definitely had a party,” Roxas laughed.
“Yeah, that’s why I didn’t say,” Namie smiled, “Oh Roxas; I see that you and Naminé are still within the same group, so something good happened right?”
“Well…” Roxas’ gaze left hers.
“Tell me!” Namie demanded, “Because if she didn’t say it back then…” her thoughts began to drift.
“It turned out okay. But she didn’t say it back, you know what I mean,” Roxas still had a faint smile on his face.
Namie frowned, but it was for a different reason, “She’s indecisive huh?”
“That’s Naminé for you,” he laughed.
“It will turn out for the best for sure,” she smiled, “Well, Kairi and the rest just invited me to go shopping so I better join them.”
As she was about to turn around, Namie stopped, “Roxas?”
“Yeah?” Roxas' gaze turned back towards her.
“Can you…meet with me later today, after I go shopping with the girls?” her eyes looked away as if trying to hide a secret that should never be told.
“Umm, yeah. How about at four forty at the park gates? I told Naminé I’d meet with her at five,” Roxas informed scratching the back of his head.
“It will be quick, that’s for sure,” Namie told looking off into the distance.
“Namie?” Roxas knew something was wrong.
As smile soon erased all evidence of the serious expression she once had, “See you later!” she soon ran off to the girls that were already departing from the rest of the group.
Roxas stood there shocked at what he just saw as he watched her walk away.
“Why aren’t you buying anything, Namie?” Selphie exclaimed as she clung onto the many shopping bags at her hands.
“Namie just said she forgot her wallet a few seconds ago Selphie,” Naminé reminded.
It seemed only Naminé and Namie had no shopping bags at all. Olette with one, Kairi with three and Selphie with…let’s just say she had a lot.
“Do you want anything in particular? Because you know we could buy you something as a farewell gift,” Olette told.
“No thanks,” Namie assured.
Naminé took a quick glance at her watch finally realizing the time, “Oh I have to go now it’s four o’clock. See you guys later!”
“Meeting with Roxas?” Selphie teased.
“You could say that,” Naminé smiled.
“Oh, I have to go now too,” Namie told the group.
“Well, see you both later,” Kairi and the others waved them goodbye as the two went off.
Naminé had finally chosen her outfit which she knew would take forever to choose. The outfit consisted of a dark blue t-shirt, jeans, and an unbuttoned white polo. She quickly got dressed, but as she stepped out of the bathroom she remembered something.
Quickly rummaging through her drawer she finally spotted the very yellow star-shaped charm that Roxas had given her ages ago. “Roxas will definitely be surprised when he sees this,” she smiled.
She quickly stuffed it within her bag and went out the door.
By the park gates another blonde girl was waiting for Roxas to come by.
“Why am doing this?” Namie sighed. She was right on time, but it seemed Roxas was late. On her arm she already felt a few drips of the rain that everyone foresaw.
“Sorry Namie!” Roxas told slightly jogging to her side. “Sora, was trying to tackle me down because I pushed him into a puddle,” he laughed.
"It's okay," she smiled.
"So what did you want to talk about anyway?"
“Umm, Roxas,” Namie took in a deep breath, “How do you feel about Naminé?”
“I love her, you know that,” he grinned.
She frowned but continued on anyway, “How do you feel about me?”
“What do you mean?” Roxas asked densely.
“Roxas you know what I mean. What do you really feel about me?” Namie asked once more, trying to hide the desperation in her question.
Roxas' looked at her directly this time, as if to prove a point, “Namie, you’re leaving soon. You don’t have to do this. I mean, you know I’m meeting up with Naminé in less than a few minutes,” he gave a serious tone.
Her gaze was fixed to the ground; she couldn’t just give up now. Especially after what they've been through. “Remember the time you told me you loved me?”
He sighed as he remembered that day last year so clearly, “Yes.”
“And remember when you told me that even if you found that girl, you would still love me?” Namie was trying her hardest to fight back the tears. The light drizzle still continued, but it wasn’t enough to soak them.
“Namie…” it wasn’t just hard for Namie to begin to admit all of this, it was hard on him too. Why did she have to make him remember those feeling so long ago that he though he had forgotten?
“When I came back, I saw that look on your face. I though I forgot all about you too, but when you hugged me like that, I didn’t even know what to say.”
“That hug was meant for Naminé. I mistakened you for her remember?”
“Even so, when you thanked me for figuring out she was ‘supposedly’ for you, you hugged me the exact way you used to. And when I came back, you gave me a look as if I never left you.” She took a few steps closer to the boy making sure she was right in front of him.
“Namie, you were my girlfriend. You left me because I couldn’t just forget about my promise girl so easily. We were on a break and went to Seifer to make me jealous,” Roxas continued, “You didn’t even come back to me, you left so suddenly only letting the others know.”
“But she did the same thing too right? Going out with Seifer just to make you jealous? Of course she didn’t leave though, because I helped you both through it all.”
“So what now Namie, you hook up me and Naminé together only to split us up last minute? How could you? You’re not the same Namie I knew. I though Naminé was your friend too,” Roxas told. He tried his hardest not to yell, and yet not to make her cry...but still.
"She is my friend!"
"Then why are you doing this? You know exactly how I feel."
“But Roxas she couldn’t even remember you. Even after all that time, I still remembered you. Roxas, I love you!” she poured her entire heart out in those last three words.
“Namie, I-” the next thing he knew Namie’s lips were on his own.
Even though it wasn't his intetion, he slowly closed his eyes getting lost within the kiss.
By the train station, Naminé had finally stepped out.
“I knew I should have brought an umbrella,” Naminé sighed, "I hope I'm not late either."
All she had was a newspaper she had found in the train station keeping her dry as she ran to her destination, “Hopefully Roxas isn’t soaked,” the thought made her laugh as she continued to run.
She wondered what Roxas would have planned for the afternoon even with the horrible weather. If he had an umbrella, maybe they could go for a walk in the rain. It was Roxas after all, so who knew what he had planned.
Naminé continued to run until she found two figures through the pouring rain. Stopping in her tracks, she saw the two blondes kissing in the rain.
Naminé was frozen. It was like déjà vu, but it wasn’t like before. This time she could move, she couldn’t speak. There they were, Roxas and Namie kissing right before her eyes. Namie’s arms slowly found their way around Roxas’ waist holding them closer.
"Why?" Naminé forced all her energy into saying the name that usually went out so casually, “R-Roxas?”
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