The sky was at it lightest blue today as birds flew through the air and clouds waltzed into the sky. It was a hot day as the sun contributed the heat. However, that did not stop students of Star Hill High School from having fun and games in the hot sun during lunch break. Laughter and screams of delight rang through the air.
Under the apple tree that was the quiet corner of the school yard was a three friends who were leaning against the tree. One was a boy with long, silver shoulder-lenght hair and he was taller than the other two people who sitting at the root of the tree. Another boy has brown, spiky hair was resting his head sidewards on a girl's head with long, auburn hair and she was resting her head on the boy's shoulder. The boy and the girl were in their own world until the other boy rudely woke them up.
"Hey Riku", the boy with the brown, spiky hair said crossly. Next to him, the girl was yawning terribly. "Why did you have to interrupt our day-dream?"
Riku just grinned at his friend. "Well, Sora, you and Kairi are attracting unnecessary attention with your careless flirting."
"We are?" asked Kairi as she hugged Sora from behind.
Riku gestured around. "Look around you."
Sora and Kairi looked around them. They could see that most of their classmates were exchanging amused looks and were grinning. Kairi let go of Sora, disappointed.
"I think we over did it."
Riku snorted and folded his arms. Now with Sora and Kairi awake, all three of them have three similarities; all three of them have blue-ocean eyes.
"We have the Spring Festival Meeting after School right?"
Kairi nodded. "Yeah, Selphie is the President of the Spring Festival this year. She is organizing a play this year."
"I wonder what it will be?" Sora mused.
"Well, whatever it is," Riku said. "It looks like we three have to be in it."
"Isn't that great, Riku?" Kairi asked.
"Not for Riku," Sora snickered. "The last time we had a School play, Riku have to act as a maid because he has long and beautiful hair."
Riku punched Sora in the shoulder, none too gently. "Shut up!"
Sora and Kairi laughed and Riku also joined him. Their other friends looked at them, wondering what the joke about.
"Okay everyone!" shouted a girl with short, hazel-brown hair and emerald-green eyes. "Welcome to the Spring Festival Meeting! I hope we can make this Spring Festival the best event in this school!"
There were about 50 students crammed in the school hall. They were listening intently to Selphie who was elected president for the Spring Festival by their Art and Drama teacher, Ms. Allen. Sora, Kairi and Riku were sitting in the middle rolls.
"Selphie is getting wrapped up in this." Sora whispered.
Kairi smiled. "She always does when she is in charge of this kind of event."
"This year," Selphie continued. "We are going to perform a famous and romantic play!"
"What is it?"
Selphie paused dramatically and then said, "Romeo and Juliet!"
There was a short silence. Then suddenly, the class was talking ceaselessly. Girls were giggling while boys were chattering that they will be able to have some sword-fighting in this play. Selphie gestured for silence before announcing;
"And the lucky ones to play the main characters, are Sora and Kairi!"
Now that really got their attentions. Sora and Kairi just stared at each other, blushing. Selphie was beaming at them while Riku smirked. Selphie's next words wiped the smirk off Riku's face.
"And Riku gets to play Paris' part!"
By then, the school hall was in an uproar. Sora, Kairi and Riku could hear their names being chanted.
"SORA! SORA! SORA!"
"GOOD FOR YOU, KAIRI!"
"It's not fair!" Tidus cried. "I wanted to play Paris' part! Why must it be Riku?"
Riku was gaping at Selphie who winked at him. Then he shrugged his shoulders and grinned at Sora.
"I was hoping for a rematch against you."
"Oh Romeo, Romeo," Kairi recited from the script. "Wherefore art thou Romeo?"
"Oh sweetest Juliet," Sora responded. "I am here."
"Thou have come for me."
"And thou is the most beautiful woman in the world."
Sora and Kairi turned and glared at Riku who was sitting cross-legged on Sora's bed idly swinging the practise sword that will be use in the play. They were in Sora's room practising for the play. They made it a habit to practice after school every day until the Spring Festival and it's only tow weeks away. Sora and Kairi practiced hard; rehearsing the lines and making it more expressive. Riku, on the other hand, just listened to them, pointing out errors or giving hints.
Now he is doing it again. He just grinned at them. "Well, I must say that you both are getting the hang of this. I just feel like saying 'boring'."
Kairi broke into a smile. "Well, we have been practicing for weeks now. The play should be a snap by now."
Sora grinned. "Yeah."
"Now that's done," Riku said as he stood up and brandished his sword at Sora. "En garde!"
Sora grabbed his own sword which was leaning against his cupboard and charged at Riku. As the two boys were dancing around with their practice swords, Kairi rolled her eyes towards the ceiling and muttered;
The day has finally arrived. The Star Hill High School was gayly decorated with ribbons and banners. Moogles were floating around selling refreshments or souvenirs of the play. In front of the main entrance of the school hall was Ms. Allen, the Art and Drama teacher, and another student who were behind a desk selling tickets to the crowd. It was a long queue consisted of happy families who came to see their children perform in the play and the residents of Destiny Island who wanted to see 'Romeo and Juliet' performed by the school.
The School Hall was more crowded and noisier as more and more people entered the hall. Behind the stage, students who were in charge of the props busied themselves while the actors were cuddled together in one corner.
Selphie, who was holding the script, said, "Okay everybody! This is it! Let show the world our acting skills! Let give it our all tonight!"
They was a soft applause from the actors as they moved into position. Sora, Kairi and Riku were left behind.
"I'm so nervous!" said Kairi.
Sora placed his hand on Kairi's shoulders. "Relaxed. Just remember our lines and we be fine." he counseled.
"You better remember your fight steps as well, Sora," Riku said. "Because if you trip again I.... wait, who is that big fat guy over there?"
Sora and Kairi looked at where Riku was pointing. Behind the prop of the castle was a giant figure who was wearing red and blue armor-type of clothing. Strangely, the two pointed, black ears and the giant muzzle give the figure an appearance of a bull-dog.
"Pete," Sora hissed.
Kairi gasped, "What is he doing here?"
Riku cocked his head, interested. "Isn't he that guy who assisted Maleficent in stopping that swarm of Heartless from attacking us in The World That Was Never Was?"
"The same guy", Kairi answered. "What is he doing here?"
"Whatever it's," Sora said. "It is up to no good."
Pete was heading deeper into the studio.
Then there was a loud applause from the crowd who were waiting for the play to begin.
"Damn!" Riku swore. "The show is about to start!"
"What are we going to do?" asked Kairi fearfully.
Riku thought deeply and then said, "You two just continue in the play as if nothing happen. I'm going to see what is he up to."
"But..." Sora began.
"You two are the most important characters in the story." Riku said firmly. "If you two won't show up, everything will be ruined. Besides", Riku grinned. "Pete is heading towards the costume room and I think I know what is he planning. I can handle him."
Sora and Kairi were about to protest when Riku added, "Remember, the show must go on!"
Sora and Kairi stopped their protests and nodded. Riku sped towards Pete leaving Sora and Kairi enough time to go on stage.
"Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
"Thou worry naught. I'm here, as always."
The first phase of the play ran smoothly and the crowd were listening to every word that was said at the play. Girls were crying softly when the play was getting mellow. Boys were grinning and chuckling as they hear Sora saying those words. The adults were respectfully silent for the whole play. It was going well.
As the play progressed to the part when it is decided that Juliet should marry Paris, Sora glanced uneasily for Riku. It is about time Riku makes his appearance. What happened to him?
"Alas dear Romeo," Kairi said snapping Sora back to the play. "I have to marry the hated Paris and no matter the pleading and the tantrums I have made, my parents failed to yield."
Sora knelt before Kairi and hold her hands. "My heart is sadden to hear of such woe. Fear not. Even though we are separated, know that you will always be in my heart."
"I don't think so!"
Sora and Kairi turned towards the voice. Coming into the spot-light was a huge person who was wearing a feathered hat and clothing that were threatening to pop out. He was wearing a mailed gauntlet and studded boots. A rapier was hung at his waist.
"Nobody is getting my Juliet", drawled Pete. "As long as my name is Pete, I mean, Paris!"
"Hey," one of the boys in the crowd said. "Isn't Riku supposed to play the role of Paris?"
His companion shrugged. "Maybe he is the substitute for Paris."
Behind the excited crowd, Selphie was turning the pages of her scripts furiously.
"Wait a minute! He... Paris... I mean Riku or whomever it is, suppose not to come out yet! And why is Paris costumes so silly-looking?"
"Stay back foul fiend", Sora declared, planting himself protectively between Kairi and Pete and drawing out his sword. "Begone or I smite your head off!"
Sora turned to face the bewildered Kairi and mouthed the words, 'Just-play-along'. Kairi got the message and nodded but stood up uncertainly.
"So punk", Pete said, not bothering to speak in Shakespeare's style. "You want to be smash into smithereens? Fine by me! Go forth my Dark Army!"
Sora and Kairi found themselves surrounded by Armored Knights Heartless. They menacingly closed into them while Pete was laughing.
"HAHAHA!" he laughed. "Too bad you don't have your ultimate weapon with you! Now, you're a goner! ATTACK!"
One of the Heartless close in on Sora. Calmly, Sora lifted his play-sword and swung it at the charging Heartless. The crowd gave a gasp; the Heartless faded.
"Wha... ?" Pete blustered. "B-but you don't have your Key... I mean your Ultimate Weapon!"
Sora's smile turned into a smirk. "This is my Ultimate weapon."
Before Sora's and Kairi's parts, Kairi used her magic to give Sora's Key-Blade the appearance of a normal sword in case of a scenario like this. With a confident smile, Sora slashed and bashed at the Armored Knights Heartless. The crowd were taking it all in. They were cheering and encouraging him.
"Smashed them, Sora!"
"Teach that cowardly Paris that he shouldn't depend on such a weak army!"
"Man! Selphie sure knows how to rouse a crowd! Such cool henchmen!"
What was suppose to be a play in a school hall turned into a gladiator show in a coliseum. Everyone were wild. At last, all the Heartless vanquished. All that was left was Pete-Paris.
"GGGRRRR", Pete growled. "You think you can stop me? Come forth my champion!"
Another Heartless appeared. This one is two times bigger than the Armored Knights Heartless. It's similar to the earliest Heartless but its' armor were sturdier and more reinforced. A thick helmet covered most of its' face and two sharp blades were attached to both its' arms.
"Attack, Gidion! Cut him into pieces!"
Despite the heavy armor, Gidion move so fast that Sora barely had time to parry its' blow. Gidion and Sora traded slashes, strikes, stabs and swings but it proved that both were evenly matched. The crowd were staring at the fight in awe, oblivious that it wasn't play-acting. Pete was laughing himself silly while Kairi was fighting an impulse to stop herself from helping Sora and ruining the show. Sora accidently tripped when he was dodging Gidion's attack and fell hard on the stage. The crowd gasped and moaned while Kairi covered her mouth. Gidion brought down both its' blades while Sora lifted his Key-Blade to protect himself.
The Gidion was violently thrown backwards and knocked the laughing Pete off his feat. Both of them ended up in a pile. Sora stared in daze and noticed he was lifted up by someone taller than me.
"Sorry I'm late, Romeo. But it seems you handle things up by yourself"
Sora turned to face Riku who was wearing a Holy Man's robes with a crucifix around his neck and a sword, The Way of Dawn in disguise, in his hand. Pete and Gidion finally stood on their feat.
"Who are you?" demanded Pete. "How dare you interrupt my victory?"
Riku stood up and shouted, "I'm Brother Lawrence! Son of Father Lawrence and friend of Romeo!"
The crowd went wild as they cheered at this turn of event.
"What?" Wakaa exclaimed. He was playing as Father Lawrence. "I have a son?"
Next to him, Selphie was frantically tearing off pages of her scripts.
"What the hell?" she was almost screaming hysterically. "Where did this Brother Lawrence get in the play? What the hell was Riku thinking?"
"Evil fiend!" cried Riku. "Thou have done injustice on thee innocent damsel and thee honorable man! Now, begone before God bring thy divine wrath upon thou!"
The crowd roared with applause as things were heated up. Kairi raised her eye-brow. It was really amazing how Riku can act as a priest without weeks of practicing. Maybe he can be an actor.
"Enough with the 'thou', 'thee' and 'thy'," Pete shouted. "Prepare to meet thy maker! Drat! Now you make me said 'thy'!"
The spectators laughed at this. This was turning into a comedy.
Gidion charged towards Sora and Riku with raised blades. Sora darted in the left and Riku ran to the right. At full-speed, they dodged Gidion's attacks and cut off its' arms. With no arms to fight, Gidion was defenseless. Sora did a mid-air somersault, landed on Gidion's armored thighs and sunk his Key-Blade into Gidion's chest.
Gidion shuddered as Sora leaped back from the Heartless. Gidion's knees hit the floor hard and before he could fall face-flat, he faded away leaving a pink heart floating in the air. There were silence in the crowd, only to be broken by claps and loud cheering.
"Romeo! Romeo! Romeo!"
Sora and Riku turned to each other and smiled with Riku's patting his friend on the back. Behind them, Kairi ran towards Sora and flung herself on him saying;
This was greeted with a loud applause.
Pete was grinding his teeth. "Fine! You can keep that woman! I'm getting out of here!"
With that, Pete ran off the stage as the audience threw tomatoes and boos at the retreating Paris.
"I wonder if that will happen to me if I acted as Paris", Riku whispered to Sora as he saw tomatoes hitting Pete's back. "Anyway, finish the end you two."
Riku left the stage, leaving Sora and Kairi on the stage. Whoever was in charge of the lights decided to shine it on them while turning the stage lights off. The crowd remained silent to hear the ending. Sora and Kairi, who memorized the real ending, have to create a new one.
"Oh Romeo, my dearest Romeo", Kairi began. "Now with the cowardly Paris gone, we can be together forever."
"Oh Juliet, my sweetest Juliet", Sora continued. "And I'll always be at your side as long as our mortal lives allow us."
Sora and Kairi kissed to indicate that was the end. The crowd clapped furiously and threw bouquets of roses. When Sora and Kairi took the bow, the applause was even louder and Sora's and Kairi's friends were screaming their names.
It was a good night.
"Well", Selphie pouted with her hands on her hips and glaring at all the actors. "I don't know what just happened but all that were not in the script!"
Everyone were behind the stage, being reprimanded by Selphie.
"This story was suppose to be a romantic and tragedy! Not Romantic, action and comedy!" Selphie raged. "And who was that guy who played as Paris? And you", she turned her glare to Riku. "Where did this 'Brother Lawrence' came from?"
Riku grinned and gestured defensively. "Well, it was my own imagination. After all, priests do get marry and have kids. As for Paris, we didn't know we're going to have another actor doing my post."
"Whatever!" Selphie snapped. "Wait till Ms. Allen say about this! I promised her it will be a good show! I... "
At that moment, Ms. Allen chose to appear at that moment. She a short, sweet little lady with her white hair tied in a bun. She wore a red dress and high-heels shoes. Although she looked frail, she have a strict temper that can reduce a muscle-builder into a crybaby. To the surprise of everyone, she was smiling.
"Everyone!" she began. "That was magnificent! No, beautiful! Such actions! Such drama! Such... arts!" She turned towards Sora, Kairi and Riku and shook their hands. "You three have done so well! I'm impressed! No! The word 'impress' is too mild a word! I'm stunned! The Board of Directors wished to award Star Hill High School with the Best Acting Awards for the year and you three would get special awards for all the hard work you have done for this play!"
Sora, Kairi and Riku thanked Ms. Allen and were beaming to each other.
Ms. Allen turned to Selphie and shook her hands vigorously. "You have done such a good job, Selphie! Such creativity! Such imagination! I never thought you have such talents my dear. From now on, you will be permanent president for all school event until you graduated!"
Selphie, too stunned to speak, nodded her appreciation.
Ms. Allen turned to the other actors and beamed at them. "I would like to thank all of you for your hard work! I hope you will participate in the next school event!"
With that, Ms. Allen walk off. Everyone were staring at her. Tidus, who played as one of the Royal Guard, broke the silence, "You were saying, Selphie?"
Selphie found her tongue and said, "I simply don't what to say."
"That was a good show!" Sora said as he brought two milk shakes, one chocolate, one strawberry, to the table he and Kairi were sharing.
"We deserved a treat for our hard work." Kairi said as she and Sora clinked their glass of milk shakes.
"Cheers!" they chorussed together.
Sora and Kairi were at the open air cafe under the starry night to celebrate their success of Romeo and Juliet. After the performance, Riku alerted the security about the imposter Paris. After a search, the only think that the security can determine was a flattened feathered hat and a bent play-sword but no signs of the imposter. Looks like Pete got away. Riku turned in early due to today's event.
After finishing their milkshakes, Sora and Kairi walked towards the beach where the moon can be seen. They were holding hands while they were walking.
"Well Sora", Kairi said. "Shall we finish our lines?"
Sora grinned. "Absolutely!"
Kairi cleared her throat and said, "Oh Sora, Sora, will you always be at my side forever, Sora?"
"Oh loveliest Kairi", Sora continued. "As always until death part us."
Their eyes closed as their lips made contact and they kissed deeply under the pale moon.