When I woke up, I felt my head being propped up. I could tell I was still on the beach by the smell of the salty sea and the sound of the crashing waves. A hand touched my cheek, and pulled hair out of my face. Whoever was holding me sighed sharply, almost as if they were in pain. I opened my eyes, and was shocked. It was the stranger!
I suddenly sat up, pushing him away and jumping back, summoned my keyblade.
“It’s you!” I gasped in surprise.
The stranger summoned his keyblade.
“Wait!” I cried, holding up my free hand, “I don’t want to fight! I want to talk to you.”
The boy stood there for a long moment, then chuckled.
“Don’t worry, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
His keyblade disappeared and walked towards me.
“What’s…what’s your name?”
The stranger didn’t answer for a minute. He seemed hesitant.
I continued: “The sister you mentioned the last time we… ‘met’. Did she have silver hair, like you?”
He turned his face away from me.
“Yes. Kiera” he replied.
“You’re her brother, then. Riku” I stated.
Riku chuckled dryly.
“You’ve put the pieces together pretty fast” he stated.
“Who was Kiera, besides your sister I mean?”
“Kiera…” Riku echoed, “Kiera wasn’t related to me by blood. She washed up on the beach one day, with no memory of who she was, or where she came from. My parents decided to take her in. She became the little sister who always followed me around.”
“Did that annoy you?”
Riku chuckled. “Sometimes. But we grew very close. One day, after our island was swallowed up by darkness, we got separated. When we met up again, she expected me to stay with her…”
He paused for a moment.
“But I let her down. The darkness overtook me, and I never saw her again. Now she sleeps. I wait for her to wake up, along with Sora.”
“I’ve heard that name before. I overheard the other members talking about him.”
I took a deep breath and sighed.
“Riku…Is Kiera my…am I…Kiera’s Nobody…?”