Kairi looked up when Sora's hand found her shoulder, its warmth comforting. She gazed at him while he was close, wanting to take in his handsome features while she still could. She could never forget his face, but every time she saw him (which was rare) he looked different--wiser, stronger, more mature. "I would like that," she replied with a nod and small smile. She would have to go to town under a disguise, of course, but she would absolutely do such a thing to get away for a while.
Riku glanced over at the blonde. "Oh, I know. Sora and I were spying on you," he told her with a smirk. "He's convinced it's a date, and by the way you've eyed Roxas lately, I could say the same." Out of the group, Riku was the most observant. He had to be, as both a Keyblade wielder and a trainer. He didn't miss the small things, like the way Namine gazed at Roxas a little longer than usual whenever they were crossed paths.
Kairi lowered her gaze in sadness. "I miss you too..." She blinked, stiffening slightly. "I mean...we miss you..." She glanced to the side, grimacing. She really was out of touch with who she was around Sora. She hadn't seen him in so long...
Riku smiled, almost proudly. He considered Sora a brother of sorts, as well as a best friend. "I know it," he agreed with a nod. "Let's just hope he doesn't have to use his training anytime soon." The kingdom had been safe for years, no darkness in sight. But they all trained for precaution, as expected.
Kairi linked her hands behind her back; it wasn't much of a formal stance, but it was comfortable. "They've been...demanding," she revealed with a small smile. "How is training with Riku?" She hadn't seen her other friend in a while, either. Being royalty did have its downsides.
Riku crossed his arms, releasing a small chuckle. "Interesting..." he repeated. "That's putting it lightly. I can hardly get him to stand still." Sora tested Riku's patience over the years, but even the Master had some learning to do. He guessed he and Sora were a good pair that way.
Kairi blushed as soon as Sora walked around the corner, having realized too late what was happening. And when he kneeled, her blush intensified. "Sora, you don't have to do that..." she tried. It was only the two of them, and while she appreciated his respect and effort regarding her title, around him she just wanted to be Kairi again.