Chapter 18

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A/N: [TW // SA: unwanted sexual touching]

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Kairi sighed as she fidgeted with her Wayfinder charm on her bracelet and picked at the stray cat hair on her skirt. Another week had gone by since Sora entered crunch time. They still hadn't talked much, mostly through text, but she had told him about her interview today. She was a nervous wreck and could have used a pep talk from him, but Namine had been a shoulder to lean on last night when her anxiety was at its worst.

At least he was able to send her a "Good luck!" text. She'll just have to make due with these small things for now, she figured, at least until Heartless was done.

"Kairi Uchida?"

Kairi looked up at the nicely dressed woman standing by the door with a clipboard. She slightly held the door open and looked at her expectantly.

"Yes, that's me." Kairi stilled her trembling hands. This was it. Time to put on the confident front Kairi knew how to fake well at this point in her career. She followed the secretary through the door and down a short hallway. The secretary stopped in front of a non-descript door. She opened it and stepped inside. Kairi followed her in.

At the front of the large conference room was a long table with five men in suits seated behind it. They were all looking at her. It was almost like looking like a panel of judges; although, that's basically what they were. These would be the people that would decide whether or not she would get the lead position that she already knew she was underqualified for. Kairi straightened her spine and moved into the center of the room.

"Candidate number four." The secretary announced before bowing her head and closing the door.

Kairi smiled confidently and moved towards the table and held her hand out to the first man. "Kairi Uchida. It's a pleasure to meet you."

"Lexaeus." The red haired man responded politely as he firmly shook her hand. Kairi moved to the next man, still smiling with her hand extended.

"Vexen." The next man with long blonde hair introduced himself, also shaking her hand firmly.

"Xemnas. Very nice to meet you Kiari. I've heard a lot about you from Xigbar and Aqua." The man with long white hair in the middle said, shaking her hand with a smile.

"It's nice to meet you too, President Xemnas." Kairi already knew that he was the president of the company, making her palms start to sweat. She tried to physically hold the sweat back until she could at least finish shaking everyone's hands.

"Xigbar." Stated the next to last man who had a black eye patch over his right eye. He shook her hand before Kairi moved to the last man.

"Xaldin." The last man in line with long black hair introduced himself and shook her hand. "Please, take a seat. Let's get started." He gestured to the lone chair in the middle of the room, a few feet away from the table.

Kairi nodded and quickly took a seat.

Vexen cleared his throat and then addressed her. "We've looked over your resume. Your portfolio is impressive for someone your age with the little amount of experience you have. Not to mention the interview you did with Paopu Fruit Studios. That was unexpected and just goes to show that you have connections that others do not. I've also been told that the work you did at Destiny Island Expo was above and beyond what Aqua had expected. Overall, we've heard nothing but good things." The men nodded to each other subtly in agreement.

Kairi's heart felt as if it would burst out of her chest. There sounded like there might be a 'but' attached to what Vexen said. Regardless of the outcome, she'd thank them anyway. "Thank you. That's high praise coming from all of you."

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