another damned Kingdom Hearts fic
Disclaimer: Disney and Squareenix
own Kingdom Hearts, and me.
Pairings: Implied Sora/Riku, if you
want to read it that way.
Set: About a year before Kairi
Ummm... not really. (I'm still working through the game myself). Based
on ideas/themes from the opening of the game and the first level (on
I still don't want spoilers people!
Noone is allowed to tell me how this game ends!
When Riku was ten years old he
woken up early one morning and gone down to the beach to watch the sun
rise in silence. As the colours on the horizon changed from black to
blue to crimson red, he'd stared into the distance, searching for
something, although what it was, he couldn't have said. He'd gazed at
the sun intently as it rose, blinking back tears and black spots, and
it suddenly seemed as though there was something out there. He'd
instantly stood, shucked off most of his clothes and plunged into the
ocean, striking out in an attempt to reach that other place. That place
which was Somewhere Else.
He'd swum for a long time. Of all
the children on the island, he was the strongest swimmer. Not even
Tidus could keep up with him in a test of endurance, and it had been
quite some time before he began to tire.
By then of course, it was too late
to turn back.
aching, lungs burning, he'd continued to swim onwards under the bright
sun. His pace slowed, but he was determined to get There. Wherever it
A short while later he paused,
unsure of his direction.
Where was it again? It had to be this way. Voices roared in his head,
driving him onwards.
Twenty minutes later his left calf
and he suddenly found himself flailing in the water, unable to regain
his stroke or stretch to relieve the pain or...
cool hands stroking his face
keep his head above the water as he
spluttered and struggled...
a soft voice saying, let go, relax
and his mind emptied of all
coherent thought as panic overwhelmed him and the water closed in and
over him and he...
let yourself fall
fell into the darkness.
don't be afraid. i'll be here to catch
you. don't be afraid.
awoke for the second time that morning, shuddering and puking his guts
out in the bottom of a canoe, while anxious voices shouted wildly
around him. Small arms encircled his chest, clinging on to him tightly.
"Riku! Riku! Hey you guys, he's
waking up! He's alive! Riku, can you hear me?"
arms tightened convulsively around him and Riku became aware of a warm
body pressed against his, supporting him, holding him, keeping him
It was pure chance,
Selphie told him later. Sora had woken up early for once, and decided
that it was a good day to challenge all of his friends to a morning
race across the beach. When they hadn't been able to find Riku, they'd
gone ahead and headed there, just in time to see him strike out past
the safe waters and into the deeper areas of the ocean where they
weren't supposed to go. Knowing they'd never be able to catch up with
him by swimming, they'd taken one of their parent's canoes and paddled
off frantically in pursuit.
"It was really weird," Selphie
"Wakka and Tidus were convinced you were just practicing or something,
but Sora was freaking out. I've never seen him so scared." She gave
Riku a thoughtful look. "So, what WERE you doing out there?"
he told them all. I was just seeing how far I could go, that's all.
Gotta keep in shape so that I don't wind up weak like the rest of you
His parents scolded, Selphie
teased, and Tidus and Wakka double-teamed him in a massive headlock and
Sora said nothing for a few
moments, then smiled brightly at him and asked if it would be okay if
he slept over.
That night Sora crawled into Riku's
bed and spooned up behind him, arms reaching around to encircle the
older boy again.
Riku kicked backwards gently. "What
are you, five? Go back to your own mattress Sora. I'm fine, don't be
such a worrywart."
"Where were you going?" Sora asked
quietly, uncharacteristically serious, and Riku felt himself stiffen.
"I wasn't going anywhere!"
"To another world?" The smaller boy
There was a long silence.
"I don't even know if there are other worlds," Riku said finally.
"There are," Sora seemed certain.
"I know there are. You want to see them, don't you? Me too."
"Yeah?" Riku thought about this. "I
don't think we can swim there though. If I can't, no way you could make
Sora poked him sharply in the side.
"Don't make jokes. It wasn't funny."
"Sorry," Riky said finally,
grudgingly, not wanting to admit he'd screwed up. "Thanks."
"S'okay," Sora forgave him
instantly. "Just... next time don't scare me like that."
the one who can't take care of himself," Riku growled. "If you ever
went to another world, you'd probably get eaten by something."
"You are so juvenile!" Riku twisted
around in the bed to bring himself face to face with Sora.
"Am not," Sora shot back. "I bet I
get to another world before you do!"
Riku suddenly remembered the
sensation of drifting away, of being swallowed into the darkness.
don't be afraid. i'll be here to catch
Sora was very warm, and his breath
tickled against his face. It anchored him.
don't be afraid.
"We'll go together," Riku said
"Wh-what?" Sora blinked in
surprise, rearing back.
and me, we'll go together," he said repeated, enthusiasm and excitement
growing in his chest. He slung an arm over Sora, and brought their
heads together, their breath mingling. "We'll go to another world
"Really?" Hope dawned in Sora's
eyes. "You mean it?"
"Yeah," Riku nodded. "Yeah!"
"Alright!" Sora hugged his friend.
"It's a promise! We'll go see other worlds together! It's gonna be
gonna be INCREDIBLE!" Riku said, grinning wildly, and the two boys
giggled together for a few minutes before calming down, the days events
Riku sighed and closed his eyes,
finally able to
relax. "You should go back to your own mattress," he murmured as
exhaustion crept over him.
"Don't wanna," Sora yawned hugely.
"Sleepy. Warm." He snuggled closer and closed his eyes, then opened
"You promised Riku, remember. Next
time, we'll go together. You won't leave me behind this time."
"Sure, sure," Riku mumbled, already
"I promise," Riku sighed, and let
the darkness take him.
let go, relax
let yourself fall
don't be afraid. i'll be here to catch you
don't be afraid
we'll go to another world together.
Auuugghhhh!!! The opening of Kingdom Hearts is just way too cool, and
it PREYS on my mind, yes it does (hence the repeated use of "don't be
afraid". Alas I could not work in a reference to "only you can open the
door" although I tried really hard. The ending line nearly ended up
being, "i can open the door", but then I thought about the fact that
all three kids wanted to go together, and it got changed to this
For a while I briefly toyed with
the idea of Sora
being the one to nearly get drowned, but my brain kept telling me that
nope, it was Riku being massively obsessive again. So I gave in to the
demands of my brain. Note that this fic is set about a year before
Kairi shows up.
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