Kairi had just left Selphie by the landing dock. She knew from those journal thingies that Sora and Riku were here.
They just seemed incredibly cranky.
Tidus still didn't have a clue where he was going half the time in this place. Twilight Town, or at least that's what he heard it called, was so much bigger than the islands. It was crazy. And he really needed to find Wakka or Sora or even Riku and...
Was that Kairi? It looked like Kairi...
Kairi's head jerked up, and she beamed. "TIDUS!"
Running over towards him, Kairi waved her arms. "I'm so glad to see you!"
Great, it was her! And she was someone sane! Things were looking up.
He ran to meet her. "Me too. This place is friggin' weird!" And he seemed to like that word lately. It just summed everything up so well.
Kairi didn't much care. She ran like hell into his arms, hugging him tight.
"You're ok! You're ok! And you're not cranky!"
Tidus grinned like an idiot, hugging her back just as tight. She was okay! This was so awesome.
"Not cranky anymore!" He let her go, arms slightly flailing. "There's this other me you see and he's bigger and he keeps calling me tiny! But you're here now, so I don't have to be cranky right now."
"... there's another you?"
Kairi blinked. "And why did he call you tiny? You've gotten tall!"
"That's what I thought, but he's bigger!" Tidus raised one skinny arm to demonstrate. "There's another Wakka, too. They're from another world or something."
"Wow." Kairi boggled. "... you think there's a big version of me running around?"
Tidus blinked. "That'd be uh..." So far he hadn't seen any other doubles, actually. Except maybe that other person who looked like Riku but wasn't him, but that was another level of strange. "I dunno?"
Kairi shrugged. "Oh well."
She grinned. "I'm so so so glad to see you though. We all made it this time!" She'd explained to the others what had happened last time.
"Yeah." Tidus didn't remember much from what happened the last time, just that... well, they had disappeared and came back and he hadn't seen Sora and Riku since. He shoved his hands in his pockets. "I'm glad you got here safe."
Kairi smiled at him, sheepishly.
"... I'm glad you did too."
She was really, really, really pretty when she smiled. He grinned back.
"So um... Now what?" Real master of words, this one.
"Well, I'm supposed to go see Sora..." She swallowed sheepishly.
"Um, but we could meet up later!" Kairi laughed. "I've got to find somewhere to live!"
"Okay." He should go find Wakka or something then.
"... So do I." Tidus glanced up at the buidlings. There had to be apartments for rent somewhere. "... we can look together later?" He tried hopefully.
"Can we?" Kairi bounced on her feet. "Eeee, that'd be fun!"
"Yeah!" He had that to look forward to, now. Awesome. "I'll find you later then, okay?"
Kairi risked another hug.
"Yeah! Later, Tidus!"
He didn't complain.
"See you, Kairi."