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#8, Cookies

Title: What is Christmas? (chapter 8)
Author: eikou (JeiC)
Characters: Riku, Roxas, Namine
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Sharing family traditions with people I consider like family.

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 8


*by JeiC
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Setting the tray of treats aside to cool, I begin cleaning up the kitchen. The Queen had agreed to let me cook whatever I wanted to while I was here. Well, the offer had been extended to all of us, but Kairi and I knew better than to let Sora anywhere near the kitchen.

I’m afraid that I’m the reason behind all of that. It has been a holiday tradition with my family to make various treats over the month of December. Each of us would take turns making something every few days since whatever we made would be gone by the time it was the next person’s turn. With three older brothers, food goes fast. Not to mention when my spiky-haired friend would come over…

For someone so small, I don’t know how he can eat so much.

By the time I’m finished washing all the bowls and utensils, the cookies are cool enough to put on a tray to bring back to my room where the other two were busy with schoolwork, or at least they were when I left. Both of them had been working hard and I felt the need to reward their efforts, though this is probably about the only thing I can make that my family really likes. I know the triplets are hard to please, but even they can’t stay out of the kitchen when they know I’m making them, which usually ends up with a wooden spoon or a handful of flour hitting one of them in the face. I egged one of my brother’s once.

Yeah, I can get pretty nasty when I have people trying to sample them before they’re finished. Even Dad got in on the antics with Kadaj and Loz. Yazoo seemed to learn quickly and would stay to watch the end result with Mom from the living room.

When the three had gone off to college, I started making other things to fill the void until they came back during winter break, but…it just wasn’t the same without everyone there, and there was always so much food that I’d bring half of it to school for Sora and Kairi. Never did tell them that I made a lot of it.

I wonder what it must have been like when I was gone…what it’s like now that I’m here with my friends instead of spending the holidays at home with family. Maybe I can make more for them when I get home. It won’t be the same, but…

Shaking my head, I pick up the towering tray of cookies, but not before popping one into my mouth. Hey, I made them, it’s only fair I get the first one. Besides, they’re still warm, and warm cookies are the best.

Gingerly carrying them through the halls, I find myself staring at the door to my shared room, wondering how I’m going to get in. Attempting to balance the tray in one hand was out of the question since I couldn’t find a solid point to do so with. Kicking the door lightly, I call, “Hey, guys, can one of you open the door?”

Some mumbling between the two and the door opened without a soul in sight. Okay, I’m not sure what is going on here. Putting the tray on the table where we all had our work spread out around us, I turn to find two sets of eyes peeking at me from behind the door they were holding open.

Shaking my head, I wave for them to come out. “Let me guess, Sora fell asleep again.”

Trying to appear unaffected by my comment as he closed the door, Roxas didn’t even answer. Namine just came back to Kairi’s seat, or would it be her seat? This two people being the same person thing gets confusing after a while. Tentatively, she took one of the cookies off the tray and began nibbling on it, “These are good, where did you get them?”

By that point, Roxas was also devouring a cookie, but at a lot slower pace than his other usually does. Turning to the girl, I reply, “I made them. It’s kind of a holiday tradition.”

“But it isn’t Christmas,” the boy with the windswept spikes points out. He’s right, but even Sora doesn’t know what I know, otherwise he would have been over everyday, competing with my brothers on who could inhale the most.

Looking back at my notes, I respond, “It doesn’t have to be. I made them because I wanted to.” Granted, I had meant to share them with the other two, but in a way, I’m glad that they had decided to come out at this time. The former Nobodies got left out of a lot of things, and at this time of the year…well, I’m not sure where the rest of the thought is going.

“Kairi says thank you,” Namine spoke quietly, which caused me to look up at her and raise an eyebrow. The redhead was aware while the blonde was in control?

I finally voice my question, “She knows what’s going on?”

The girl that worked endlessly to chain Sora’s memories back together nodded, “It’s difficult to explain though.”

Transferring my attention to Roxas, his attention is down in the book, but he answers anyway, “It’s different for me.”

Silence falls between us as we all return to our studies while snacking on the cookies I made. Occasionally Namine asks for help on her math assignment, but the spiky-haired blond simply sits there, reading the book that his brunet counterpart had been assigned for his literature class.

“Thank you for the cookies, Riku.” Looking up, I blink at the boy who hadn’t met my gaze. His nose still buried in that book. “I wanted to say that before Sora woke up.”

Namine added her thanks as well, knowing that if Roxas leaves, then she has to as well. I almost feel like I’m living a double life with my friends and their former Nobodies, but I smile, just glad to know that they enjoyed such a small little tradition. “You’re welcome.”
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sky_wanderer
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Riku cooks? Dang, that is so hot. ^_^; He can make me cookies any day! Very cute chapter though- I love that you include Namine and Roxas. *hugs them both*
eikou
Dec. 10th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
*L* I forgot to add that every time Loz gets hit he goes running and crying to mommy.

Haha...yes, my Riku can cook, but he doesn't tell people that. Gotta keep up his image after all.
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