Archetwist gameplay part 2. Weirdly, I find myself more drawn to Sokai in this AU than in canon. On the islands, they’d each harbor a slight crush on each other but in general be more interested in just having fun and being friends. But all the FF kids keep pestering them about it, particularly the fact that Riku is also part of their trio and is ~clearly~ the superior choice for Kairi anyway. Riku knows about Sora’s crush and teases him about it, but Sora kinda doesn’t get it and honestly thinks it’s becoming a competition for Kairi’s affections. When Sora sees his chance to whisk Kairi off on an adventure, he jumps at it. But Kairi of course realizes how completely sketchy this is, especially when she finds Riku in distress. Because while she may not be interested in him romantically, but they’re still best friends and he’s RIKU; he’s supposed to be stronger than anything! If he’s fainting and vanishing, shit is going DOWN.
As the game progresses, a lot of other characters make assumptions and are generally annoying about how Kairi is on a quest to rescue her ~boyfriend~. Which makes Sora even more upset because he buys it. Maleficent keeps reminding him that he’d better save Riku first, because if Kairi does it, it’ll be like a fairytale and they’ll for sure fall in love! Meanwhile Kairi is going hoarse from trying to explain to people that girls and boys are perfectly capable of non-romantic friendship and that she’s trying to find her guys because they are IN DANGER, not because she is hopelessly in love. (And even if she does kinda like one, that’s not the point and it’s not even the one you think!!)
GRANTED since this is my stupid AU they all end up in an OT3 by KH2 anyway. But.