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AkuZeku Co-op Fiction Chapter 3-6
Pairing: Axel x Zexion
Done and Completed by Cloakedschemer06
Word Count: 848


"Sorry 'bout that, Kairi. Didn't see your shorty-ness there."

"Get bent, Axel." Then another giggle fell from her glossy lips as she noticed Zexion finally calming down. "But thanks for helping me up."

And so it continues…

"Don't mention it; I always knew you'd fall for me." Axel grinned that well-known, irresistible smirk of his.

Zexion couldn't help but laugh, a peal so genuine, it startled the other two.

It warmed Axel's heart to see Zexion finally opening, even just a little, especially after this morning's class. He had never seen anyone so devoid of emotion, so withdrawn and cold that they looked like a ghost.

Axel shuddered internally at the memory of the haunted, soulless look on the emo's face as he told them about his past. The kid seemed to have aged well beyond his years with just a few  words, not to mention the whole three hours it took for him to speak through just to end the lecture.

A small part of him had wanted to get up in the middle of the class, walk up to Zexion, and simply embrace him, just to make the kid realize he wasn't alone anymore.

Axel hadn't even realized that the two people beside him had sobered up from their little fiasco until Kairi's voice brought him back to the present time.

"Hey, so, you two want to go get something to eat uptown at lunch or are you sticking to the nasty cafeteria food here?" Kairi asked, tilting her head slightly.

"Erm…" Axel glanced over to Zexion.

Zexion returned his gaze for a moment, and then turned his attention to Kairi once more.

"I don't have much funding. If you recall, I had to get into this school by talent and circumstance alone. I couldn't pay the fees, and without my experience to save my hide, I would have never come to this school in the first place. They offered to give me whatever food I wish from the cafeteria here as part of my, reward, I suppose, for allowing myself to be a lamb led to slaughter."

Zexion hadn't meant to sound quite so bitter; he truly hadn't, but he knew from the way the other two cringed slightly that he had been, far more than he had consciously realized.

"My apologies," he mumbled.

"Nononononono, it's okay," Kairi smiled, "no need to apologize. I guess I just forgot that you didn't have to pay to get in. It's not a bad thing, I mean, it means people don't realize you're differe-"

"Kairi, shut up," Axel snapped.

The red-haired girl turned on Axel, raising an eyebrow.

"That was rude! I didn't mean anything- Oh," she paused.

Zexion had turned away from them both, shaking his head, and mumbling softly.

"It's not your fault. You don't know any different, either of you. Not that I blame you two for being ignorant; it's merely human nature and nothing more."

"Zexy, don't be like this. C'mon, we'll go get something to eat now wherever you like, alright?" Axel offered as he walked up to his new-found friend and wrapped an arm around his shoulders, giving them a squeeze.

Zexion shrugged off his arm, "No, I'm not hungry. I-I'll see you after class, Axel. And you'd better go to yours. I don't want you to jeopardize your schooling for someone like me, understood?"

The smaller of the trio started walking off in no general direction. He simply wanted to get away from those two; all he ever wanted was to be left alone - couldn't they understand that?

He pulled out the map he was given when he had first arrived and set off towards his next class, sober, and resolute that he would not let anyone, anyone, see under the cold walls that protected his heart ever again.

Not Axel. Nobody.


"What was that about?" Kairi glanced over to the tall red-head next to her as they watched the smaller boy retreat.

"Look, Kairi, you gotta watch what you say around the kid-"

"I didn't mean anything by what I said! I didn't realize-"

"That's just it. You didn't realize. You weren't there in the class, were you? You didn't get to see his face and how quickly he just…he crumpled in on himself. It was like he wasn't even there, like his body was just a shell without a soul," Axel mumbled.

Kairi cringed away from him. It wasn't often that Axel -sarcastic, easy-going, smart ass, Axel- was serious. In fact, there was only once that she had seen him this way and it made her heart ache to see him this pained. He, himself, sounded just as Zexion had and his thin stature suddenly seemed far too thin. Was this what he meant by Zexion looking old beyond his years?

Of course, everyone knew what had happened to Axel, but nobody ever talked about it to his face. They were too afraid to. Sure, Axel was lean, extremely so, but he had proven many times that people shouldn't judge by appearance alone. Hell, he was the one who had given Xigbar that nasty, gnarled scar on his face.

It was all because Xigbar had brought up the one thing that nobody ever dared to bring up around Axel:

the death of his little brother.

~To Be Continued
Okay, so sorry to Akarui for this being so late of an update, but it IS done.

I suggest to whoever writes the next bit to title it as the 4th chapter. I think six parts to one chapter is pretty good XD)

I definitely wanted to write a hell of a lot more. I had such a hard time just stopping there, but the new rules say we SHOULD stop somewhere around the 2 page mark, and mine is 2 pages size 10 font so...bleh XD.

No, it is NOT EDITED. It was written in a burst of inspiration, so I'm leaving it as it is.

And sorry for it being so dramatic, but yeah, that was the mood I was in, so bleh.

Here you go, enjoy~ <3

Axel, Zexion, Kairi, and Kingdom Hearts is (c) to SquareEnix and Disney

Ideas and story (c) to me ~CloakedSchemer06
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Fantasytwin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
i truly hope you are making a continue or have made so you can show me! I won't sleep before i've read the ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mwahahahahahah!!!
CloakedSchemer06 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Thank you :3 and it will continue with the next person, I believe XD. It's a co-op story between all of us in the AkuZeku fanclub :3 Check it out!
Fantasytwin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
ok let me know when the continue is done then!
Xxrosi-chanxX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Wow. It's...interesting. The emotion shows. Though why you refer to Zexion as "the emo" is beyond me, but it could just be me forgetting the earlier parts.

I have no words for this. I wish I could give you a good, proper critique, but I just don't have the words.

This is outside my realm of experience. So the only word that I can apply is "interesting", when it really is so much more than that. There's a lot of potential here, but I think you have a bit of growing as a writer to do. I'm not saying it's not good, I'm saying that it's a little...unpolished. And I know it's un-beta'd, and that accounts for a lot of it, but there is still room for growth. This isn't a bad thing. All of us have room for growth. I just thought it was something to give some consideration to, perhaps.

I like it. I really do. I just don't know what to think.
CloakedSchemer06 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thank you. Wrote in a very emotional time, so I would hope emotion would show XD. I think he calls him that...but I could be wrong XD.

That's okay, thanks anyways.

I know, I know. I wanted to keep it short and simple. I could have added much description and went far deeper into it, but I just had the idea and it's very unpolished. Growth is lovely I suppose. I've lost my writing touch, I know.

Thanks again.
Xxrosi-chanxX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
You have NOT lost your writing touch. It's just half-hidden behind that topiary over there.
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