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#7, Reindeer

Title: What is Christmas? (chapter 7)
Author: eikou (JeiC)
Characters: Riku, Sora, Kairi
Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer: I don’t own Kingdom Hearts…Square Enix and Disney do. I just have an overactive imagination and write silly stories.
Warnings: yaoi implications...maybe if you squint and turn your head to the side

What is Christmas?
Chapter 7

*by JeiC
Hearing laughter from down the hall, I move over against the wall, waiting for it. A few seconds later, Sora and Kairi go running past me, both of them wearing Santa hats, though my best friend is carrying a box, but I couldn’t tell what was in it as he passed as warp speeds.

What can I say? I learned that trick in school…mostly after having gotten plowed into a few times by the spiky-haired brunet. After they passed out of sight, I shrug and continue on my way to return the book I had borrowed from the library. I knew they were up to no good, but it wasn’t my place to stop those two. Though I suppose it could be a little cruel of me just to leave my friends unleashed like this.

Reaching the library, I put the book back where I had found it, and start scanning the titles again. There’s such a wealth of information here that isn’t available on Destiny Islands. I know I could spend years just combing through these texts, but right now, my main focus was on understanding the dark power that still resides in my heart better than I currently did. I may comprehend it emotionally, but intellectually, I was still lacking. If, and this is a big if, it came down to it, I wanted it in my arsenal as a weapon.

The thought I had in mind was if I could get a grasp of it, then perhaps I could use it in conjunction with the other magic I had been learning. It might be a long shot, but it was worth looking into rather than relying solely on my instincts to drive me. I could’ve opened up a dark portal to get to safety when I was out in that blizzard, but I didn’t want to tip my hand that I’ve regained that ability. It would cause unnecessary worry, and one hell of a lecture from the King that I really didn’t want to hear.

It isn’t that I don’t respect King Mickey – I actually take any advice he gives me quite seriously, but I have my own path to walk, and sometimes, that means by learning things my own way. The royal mouse has been a good friend since we met, but I don’t want to hurt him by making him think that I’m going to fall back into darkness.

Pausing in my search, I pull out a different book that catches my attention. Steadying myself on the rolling ladder in which I had been using, I open it to read the first couple of paragraphs. I shouldn’t be indulging myself in fictional books at a time like this, but my curiosity won out.

Might also be the faint Christmas carols being played in the background that made me pick up the similarly themed book. I suppose a short break from my quest couldn’t hurt. Searching to the point of burn out is never good, and we are supposed to be on vacation after all.

Wandering back towards the fireplace, I kick off my shoes and curl up on one of the couches near it, dragging the afghan over my legs and cracking open the book to read. The sounds of the crackling fire and the gentle music create a comfortable background to bury myself in the time old tale. Provided I read the year that it was published properly to make that assumption of course.

I burn through the text as the hours pass quietly. Apparently I become so immersed that I don’t hear the door nor the giggling of my two friends before something is plopped on my head.

Glaring at them, I reach up and pull the headband off, examining the antlers protruding from it. Kairi is smart…she knows I’m going to retaliate so she stays at a distance, leaving the closest person for me to grab being Sora.

Pulling my best friend off balance over the back of the couch, I yank off his Santa hat and stick the antlers on him instead. “You make a better reindeer than I do with hair the color of yours.” Smirking, I take the cap that I had confiscated and put it on, which amused our female friend to no end.

Though her attention quickly shifted. Pointing at the bay of windows, Kairi exclaimed, “Look!”

Hopefully not falling for another prank, both Sora and I turn our attention to the windows facing out of the castle. Not believing what I’m seeing, I get up and pad over and laugh when I get there. Reindeer…real reindeer are outside. I’ve never personally had seen them before in my life, and here a group of them were, just standing there watching us watch them.

The other two had come to join me, and at one point, we all looked at each other for the briefest of moments, but when we looked back, they were gone. Just like magic.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Aww, very cute! And yes, Sora makes an awesome reindeer. :D
Dec. 10th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm blaming the picture on the xmas25 profile for starting this...
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