Rurouni Kenshin Fan Fiction ❯ Unlost ❯ Unlost: Peace (prompt 16) {Xion & Enishi, Kingdom Hearts / Rurouni Kenshin crossover} ( Chapter 10 )

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Unlost, a Rurouni Kenshin / Kingdom Hearts crossover fanfic series by Raberba girl
Peace (prompt 16, table one) [rough draft]

Summary:  Enishi & Xion bond over ice cream.  Sequel to "Sunrise" and "Confused."

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Enishi and Xion didn't meet up for ice cream very often.  She was busy with work and her own friends, and he found that exploring this vast multiverse was an effective distraction from grief.  However, they did find opportunity to get together from time to time, and the more they spoke to each other, the more comfortable they became.

"She sounds really nice," Xion said, after Enishi had told her about something his sister had done for him when they were children.

"She was," Enishi said softly.  "She was...the kindest person I've ever known."

"You miss her a lot, don't you."

"Of course I do," he said in annoyance.  "Why wouldn't I?"

"Uh...I dunno.  If I lost someone like that, I'd be really sad, too."

He sighed.  "I feel like there's an empty hole in my heart that'll never be filled.  Like I'll feel like this forever.  That I'll never, ever be happy, because this world is not worth living in when she's not in it."

That couldn't be right.  Xion hadn't even known Tomoe, but she still loved living.  There were a lot of good things about these worlds.  'I wonder why Enishi can't see it.'  "Do you have any friends, Enishi?"

He snorted in derision.  "No."

"Well...why not?"

"Do I seem particularly sociable to you?  You're the closest thing to a friend I've ever had."

That gave her pause.  "Are we friends, then?"

"Guess not," he said sourly.

"I mean...I like talking to you and eating ice cream with you.  I really like talking to Roxas and Axel and eating ice cream with them, too.  They're my friends, so you are, too, right?"

He shrugged and took another bite of ice cream.

"It's just that...I used to feel empty, too...so, so empty....  But when I met Roxas, and then Axel, it was like the more I spent time with them, the more filled up I got.  I can...still kind of feel the hole here," she said, laying her hand over her chest, "but it's like far away now.  I can only feel it if I try, or if I'm alone for too long."

"I'm always alone," Enishi realized.  He stared down at his ice cream.  "I...."  'Have I just been lying around waiting all this time?  Waiting for what?'  Maybe he hadn't found peace yet because he hadn't tried looking for it.  "I meet so many people in these worlds...so, so many...."  He twirled the ice cream stick idly in his fingers.  "I should keep up with them, shouldn't I.  Talk to them more, find out about them, try to see them again whenever I come back...."

"I'm not supposed to do that because I'm...uh, because of my job.  But I think you can do that, Enishi.  I think most people do do that."

'Friends are never, ever going to make up for what I lost.'  Enishi finished his ice cream.  'But I bet they couldn't hurt.'

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Author's Notes:  Technically it's already February 27th, but this story still counts for the 26th because I haven't gone to bed yet. X'D

And darn, I'd hoped to get a lot of typing done while my stockpile lasted, but I didn't, so I'm back to having nothing ready to post ahead of time. *facepalm*

Complete:  10/100