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A thirteen and a half year old Sora lies prostrated beneath the humid shade of the Paopu tree, his arms and legs spread out as though he will attempt to create a sand-angel. His eyes are closed.

It's a hot summer day -- one of the hottest ones so far! -- and he isn't really sure what to do with himself. Staying at home, indoors, was not an option; it is far too bright and sunny. It would be such a waste.

He can hear the distant sound of waves crashing and sweeping across the shore, and the occasional buzzing of insects around him. Everything is a little numb and foggy, and the inevitable feeling of sleep begins to beckon him despite all circumstances.

Date: 2007-03-12 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
On a day like this, there's only one place Sora will be.

Outside.

For anyone else, even armed with that information - that would still leave quite a large number of potential places to search. But not Kairi. She knows where he'll be.

She walks across the sand, silently - though she winces a bit from time to time, at the heat of it on her bare toes - moving unerringly toward the Paopu tree. He's lying beneath it, eyes closed.

She positions herself just above his head, so their faces will be reversed - and leans over him - her head casting a shadow over his.

"Boo." she says, softly.

Date: 2007-03-12 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He hears a voice, and suddenly the reddish light behind his eyelids becomes dark -- it is enough to call his attention, and has him opening his deep blue eyes to stare up at a familiar face. One of his favourite faces to see, in fact.

A goofy little lopsided smile crosses Sora's face.

"Hey, Kairi," he returns, voice just as soft.

Date: 2007-03-12 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She smiles back.

She drops to her knees in the sand, bringing their faces closer together.

"Hey, day-dreamer." she says, poking him in the forehead.

Date: 2007-03-12 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He grins now, eyes shutting the moment Kairi pokes him before opening again.

"I was just resting my eyes," he says, before rubbing them slightly. "So, what's up?"

Date: 2007-03-14 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
"I thought maybe you'd gone off exploring in your mind-" she says, with a grin. "-off exploring other worlds. Without taking me or Riku with you."

She extends one of her hands to him.

"I was wondering if you wanted to go for a swim?"

Date: 2007-03-14 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"Nah," he says with a slight shrug. "You know I wouldn't leave for anywhere without you guys."

He takes her hand a brief moment later, once his laziness has passed, hoisting himself to his feet soon after.

"Yeah! That's a good idea -- it's too hot to do anything else, anyway."

Date: 2007-03-18 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
"Good," she says with a somewhat impish grin, snagging his arm and - gently, yet firmly - pulling him toward the water.

"I've already got my swimming stuff, so lets go."

Date: 2007-03-18 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He returns the grin, letting her lead him towards the water, looking quite forward to getting cool.

Only -- "I don't have my stuff," he says as an afterthought. Not that it matters. He's been into the water in whatever he was wearing at the time before.

Date: 2007-03-18 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She's already taking off her tank-top, discarding it onto the sand just out of reach of the waves - she learned that lesson the hard way one time - revealing the straps of her bathing suit.

She peers back at him over her shoulder.

"So?" she says, her tone suggesting this isn't the slightest bit important. "When has that ever stopped you or Riku before?"

...when has that really stopped her for that matter.

She slips out of her shorts, she tosses the shorts with the shirt - this is beach gear, so she doesn't care if it gets wrinkled. She adjusts the straps on her pink bathing suit, before turning back to Sora.

"Well, are you coming?"

Date: 2007-03-18 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He isn't sure why but suddenly he finds himself a little self-conscious when he watches -- for a brief second -- Kairi discard her clothing.

Shaking his head quickly, he shrugs. "Of course!" And so he dumps his shoes next to Kairi's things, before pulling his t-shirt up and over his head.

Then he grins again. "Race you!"

Date: 2007-03-18 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
"You're on!" she replies, laughing.

One step.

Another step.

One more and her feet are in the water.

Date: 2007-03-18 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Well...Sora let Kairi win. Yeah. That's it.

Only a short moment later, Sora joins Kairi in the water, feeling the immediate temperature drop reach his bare feet. So soothing.

He turns to Kairi, grinning a little mischievously.

"Hey, Kairi!" He splashes at the water, bringing it towards her.

... :D?

Date: 2007-03-18 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She makes a noise - a cross between a shriek and a giggle - and retaliates in kind.

:D!

Date: 2007-04-05 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Laughing, Sora begins to gather some momentum, bending his knees a bit to get a larger 'scoop' of water. In the meantime, his pants are quickly soaking up.

No talking, now. Too busy trying to get Kairi as drenched as he is!

Date: 2007-04-05 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She won't go down without a fight!

She takes advantage of his knees being bent and gently shoves him - attempting to knock him off balance.

Date: 2007-04-05 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"Huuuh?"

Cue one surprised Sora. He attempts to regain his balance, but with the moving water, he feels himself being swayed by the current. This results in him losing his footing.

Hitting at the waves, Sora flails his arms. "Whoa -- hey!"

Date: 2007-04-05 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She giggles - in triumph.

Date: 2007-04-05 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He takes a breath and lets himself sink lower into the water. Then taking the necessary steps, Sora wraps his arms around Kairi's legs, pulling them from beneath her.

Quickly he surfaces, grinning and laughing.

Date: 2007-04-05 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
Her arms flail in frantic circles for several seconds, as she now fights to retain her balance. But Sora's weight is pulling her down and she knows she doesn't have a chance.

So she does the only thing she can do.

She falls.

On Sora.

Date: 2007-04-06 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora lets out a yelp, mid-laugh, and falls back into the water with Kairi on top of him.

For a moment, he does some further flailing underwater before he eventually reaches the surface once more.

"That wasn't my plan!" he cries, laughing a bit.

Date: 2007-04-06 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She does some very un-ladylike spluttering as a sizable amount of displaced water splashes her face.

They're both soaked now.

Soaked and completely tangled up together.

She grins.

"Call it a tie?" she asks, water dripping down her nose onto Sora.

Date: 2007-04-06 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora looks up at her, blinking drops of water from his eyes, and laughs a bit.

"All right," he says eventually, "it's a tie."

He sticks out his tongue.

Date: 2007-04-06 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She sticks out her tongue right back at him.

Boys. Honestly.

"A tie then." she agrees.

She tries - and fails - to untangle her legs from Sora's. All she succeeds in doing, is slipping. A moment later, her face is pressed into Sora's shoulder.

"Oof. Sorry."

Date: 2007-04-06 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora helps her -- or tries to -- placing his hands one on each of her arms in an attempt to hoist her off him.

But the water is wet and they're both wet (and slippery), and he's laughing, unable to find the strength.

The water continues to lap at them. Sora just decides to stay still, instead.

Date: 2007-04-12 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She giggles - she can't help it - it's just so ridiculous. In the back of her mind, she knows she ought to feel mortified or at the very least embarrassed at the ...situation she and Sora are presently in.

But she doesn't.

She just feels well, a little bit giddy, really.

That, and her arms are starting to feel as though they're made of jello.

Which is bad, since they're currently holding up most of her body-weight.

Date: 2007-04-12 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"Are you cold?" he asks her, still laughing a bit.

He is getting to be. The water is everywhere -- his clothes, his hair, drenching everything -- and it's chilly. In the hot sunshine, it's soothing, but after a while, his body cools to a point where he is no longer feeling the summer heat.

And yet, he doesn't quite want to move.

Date: 2007-04-15 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She hesitates before answering his question - surprising herself. Why is she hesitating? She is a little cold - not enough to be truly uncomfortable - but enough that she's starting to notice. She should just admit it.

...but what will happen if she doesn't? Will they stay this way?

Or will...

Why is her heart suddenly hammering so?

"A little," she says softly.

'Coward.' the voice in the back of her head taunts her.

Date: 2007-04-15 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora smiles.

"It's okay," he replies, just watching her for a moment, his smile faltering a bit. "So am I."

Inexplicably, he's feeling awkward. But why should he? It's just Kairi, after all...

"We could go back to the beach and warm ourselves," he suggests, as a wave laps at him from his feet to his head, cold like ice. A shudder betrays his attempt to be nonchalant. "If we can get up."

Date: 2007-04-15 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
"Oh?" she says, tone light - teasing.

Teasing puts her back on familiar ground. It's safe to tease Sora.

"Yeah, we could do that. But then, once we dry off you'll just complain that you're too hot all over again."

She grins at him, inviting his rebuttal.

Date: 2007-04-15 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"Not true," he says, sticking out his tongue. He'd cross his arms, but they're a little preoccupied at the moment.

"I'll be fine, you'll see."

Now he'll just have to prove it.

Date: 2007-04-15 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
"I'm sorry if I squish you," she says, before rolling to one side. She's reasonably successful - she doesn't fall directly on Sora for a second time - though she does wind up accidentally smacking one of his legs with her knee. With a wince, she tries to stand.

A little shaky, but she manages. Once she's sure of her feet, she offers him a hand up.

"Sorry about that.."

Date: 2007-04-16 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora lets out a half-pained sort of yelp upon being kneed by Kairi, but laughs it off as he sits up and takes her hand.

His back and hair are dripping with water and perhaps he is getting dreadfully chilly, but eventually he manages to stand (though not without a bit of stumbling in the process).

Date: 2007-04-16 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
She walks on still slightly wobbly legs, back toward the beach and stops just past the point where the sand touches the water. She drops down on the sun-warmed sand, not caring that the grains will get into her still soaked hair and eventually cake into mud.

She flops onto her back, grinning.

Date: 2007-04-16 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora follows her, laughing lightly as they crawl out from the water like a pair of rather silly looking (and hardly frightening) monsters. He can see their dry clothing and shoes waiting for them in the sand a few paces away, but he doesn't care to get them right now.

Grains of sand cling to his skin as he settles down beside Kairi, folding his arms behind his head.

The warmth from the sun is nice.

Date: 2007-04-16 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keyblade-girl.livejournal.com
Once Sora has joined her, she closes her eyes - feeling warm and content.

The two of the are silent for a few minutes.

"I wish we could stay like this..."she says softly. "You and I."

Date: 2007-04-16 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
At that, he turns his head slightly, watching her face for a moment. With her eyes closed, it's easier to just stare without any of the embarrassment or awkwardness that tends to follow.

"Yeah," Sora returns a moment later, his voice and breathing slower. He turns his head back to look up at the sky, vast and never-ending, above them. "Me too."

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