aeroras: ([sora & riku] respecting; look up)
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Sora is asleep on his bed, limbs outstretched and tangled in blankets and sheets. His mouth is slightly open and there might even be a bit of saliva hanging out of the corner.

The room is dark, save for a crack of light from beneath the doorway leading to the hall.

And next to him, on the floor -- since Sora insisted he get the bed (after all it was his room they were in) -- is Riku. They decided, for old time's sake, to have a sleepover of sorts. It's been years since he's seen his best friend for longer than a couple hours at a time.

Should have been fun, only...the younger of the two boys tuckered out early. It isn't his fault, but he's been feeling extra tired lately, what with all the otherworldy adventures he has on a daily basis.

Date: 2007-03-22 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
Riku's not having such a great time sleeping, himself.

It's not the fact he's on the floor. The fact it's a clean floor, a arpeted floor, makes it a drastic improvement over where he has to sleep sometimes. It's also not the fact that he'd had to go to sleep earlier than he's used to... that was kind of a blessing.

No. It's the fact he's having a nightmare.

The subject of the nightmare could be any number of things, but the result is quite clear. A bit violent, at that - some flailing in his sleep, thumping the pillow, and now, a wordless shout.

This kid is not having a good time.

Date: 2007-03-22 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora is a deep sleeper, so it takes a lot to wake him up. He does shift in his position, though -- which basically means, rolling over onto one side of the bed, arm hanging over the edge.

He makes a snoring sound, like an abrupt intake of air, then he's back in his dreams.

Date: 2007-03-22 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
Riku can still sense some things, even when he's asleep. And that arm is sensed as a possible threat, and transferred to his dream world as something not so good.

In his sleep, he reachs out, grabbing Sora's arm and pulling on it.

Date: 2007-03-22 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Well, if that doesn't wake Sora, nothing will.

Being yanked out of bed -- since he is pretty much teeter-tottering over the side -- is not something one wants to experience.

He collapses over the edge, landing on the ground with a rather startling thump in a flurry of limbs.

"Hey! What the --" he yelps.

Date: 2007-03-22 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
Seeing as he didn't get landed on, Riku is still asleep. He flips himself over, making a frustrated sort of noise.

Date: 2007-03-22 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Fine.

Sure, it was startling and maybe even mildly annoying, but Sora is still in that state of half-sleep, half-wake so he got over that quickly enough.

He crawls back into bed, rolling over, his back to Riku.

Date: 2007-03-22 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
Peace. And then...





...the bed gets kicked.

Many times.

Date: 2007-03-22 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Just when he'd crossed into La-La Land again!

Grumbling, Sora flips onto his other side again, eyes half-opening to stare at Riku. Slowly, his sleepiness is fading away. Blast it all.

"Hey," he says, voice a little loud. "Riku -- what're you doing?"

Date: 2007-03-22 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
"Ngh," is the only response Riku gives.

Try poking him?

Date: 2007-03-22 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Nope.

Sora just wants to sleep.

"Forget it," he grumbles under his breath, finishing it with a yawn. "Just don't do that again." And then he's lying on his back once more, closing his eyes.

Date: 2007-03-22 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
So maybe Riku's woken himself up with all of this, finally.

So maybe he's not sure if he's awake or asleep, and he's not really sure where he is.

So maybe the darkness feels like it's closing in, and it's sort of taking over him. Maybe this makes him feel five years old.

But that doesn't mean he's crying. Not at all.

...

Okay, maybe a little.

He doesn't even remember Sora is there, or he'd never let himself.

Date: 2007-03-22 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
...

.......Sora can hear that. He hasn't actually fallen asleep. Only tried to. Irritation can do wonders to a boy's sleeping habits. He's been trying to get back into that peaceful calm, but...nothing.

Slowly, he opens his eyes, but doesn't shift or move at all. Just waiting. Hearing. And wondering.

That doesn't really sound like Riku. 'Cause Riku doesn't cry.

Date: 2007-04-04 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
There's ways to feel pathetic. This is one of those things that is at the top of the list. Written five times and underlined in bold.

Riku's a little more awake now, and he refuses to feel pathetic. He haphazardly wipes his nose and eyes. He sits up, eyeing the door; considering whether it'd wake Sora up if he snuck out.

Whether or not he's already woke Sora up.

Shit.

Date: 2007-04-04 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
He has.

And slowly, Sora is rolling over, reaching for the night-table lamp, feeling around for the light switch.

"Riku? You okay?"

Simple, non-judgmental and at the same time subtly concerned.

Date: 2007-04-04 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
"....yeah."

Riku's voice is short and to the point. This isn't something that he wants to discuss. It's not even something he wanted anyone to see.

Just his luck, huh?

Date: 2007-04-05 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
The light-switch is flipped on, and a dim sort of glow fills the room.

Sora swings his legs over the side of his bed and looks over to his best friend on the floor.

He gives him a wry smile. "Y'sure?"

Date: 2007-04-05 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
Track This
Riku can't lie much, can he? As much as he'd like to. It's not always possible, and even when it is, his eyes tell on him first.

So instead of lying, he chooses to say nothing at all.

Date: 2007-04-05 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"What's wrong, Riku?" Sora tries. "You can tell me, you know."

Date: 2007-04-05 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
And he has to say something, doesn't he? If he doesn't, Sora's just gonna keep trying. And probably make the Sad Eyes if he's walked out on now.

"Nightmares," he says, going for the vaguest sort of route.

Date: 2007-04-05 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
"Again?" He frowns, pausing for a moment before asking, "You've had 'em for a while, haven't you?"

He brings his legs back up towards him, crossing them in semi-yoga position.

Date: 2007-04-05 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
"Yeah," Riku admits. "Ever since we left the island."

Date: 2007-04-05 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora nods slowly. There is silence for a moment as Sora contemplates how to ask Riku a question he's been curious about.

He lets out a breath. There is no proper way to ask it however, so here goes:

"Are they the kind...like the ones I saw in your head?"

Date: 2007-04-05 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com



"No," Riku says. "Worse."

Date: 2007-04-05 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerora.livejournal.com
Sora's eyebrows raise. "Worse? What could be worse than that place? It was dark and...those things I had to face -- the clone of me, and Maleficent...Kairi..." He shakes his head.

"What kinda nightmares were they, then?"

Date: 2007-04-05 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tall-dark-and.livejournal.com
"Memories," Riku says. "Things that actually happened." That's what made them worse, wasn't it? The fact that it couldn't be changed.

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