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Keefex/Deefe is the romantic/friendship pairing of Keefe Sencen and Dex Dizznee. Many understand that these two could be a couple. They interact many times throughout the series, have a mutual bond, and enjoy each other's company.

As well as this, they can also be seen defending one another and spending time together behind the scenes.

Pairing Names[edit | edit source]

  • Keefex (Keef/e & D/ex)
  • Deefe (D/ex & K/eefe)
  • Kex (K/eefe & D/ex)

Moments[edit | edit source]

Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities[edit | edit source]

  • When Dex asks about Sophie having a boyfriend, Keefe nudges him to feel his emotions.
  • Keefe leaps Dex to Everglen once he and Sophie are found from their kidnapping.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe agrees that making Dex blush is fun, though making Sophie blush is more fun.
  • Keefe says that Dex being a Technopath is awesome and asks why it's a secret. Dex blushes in response.
  • Dex describes his technopathy and Keefe says "'that is the coolest thing I've ever heard - and dude, we need to team up.'" When he hears this, Dex's face turns tomato red and he grins from ear to ear.
  • Keefe says that it "'could be handy having a Technopath around.'"

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe urges Dex to go public with his ability.
  • Keefe says that him and Dex "have to team up".
  • Keefe says that "'Dex is right'", and "[earns] himself a huge grin from Dex."
  • Keefe admits that he likes Dex, even though he wants to kick him.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen[edit | edit source]

  • Dex and Keefe raid Alvar's closet for human clothes together.
  • Dex pretends to gag when Keefe puts his arm around Sophie
  • Dex is left with the choice of holding Biana's hand or Keefe's hand. He chooses Keefe.
  • After Keefe makes a joke about them holding hands, Dex jokingly squeezes Keefe's hand
  • Keefe says that he won't bite as Dex hesitates to choose, and then tells him not to be squeezy when Dex takes his hand.
  • While going to the Black Swan hideout they are nominated to share a Lufterator.
  • They have "a very difficult time figuring out how to sit on their eckodon" (pg. 61), and after "several hilarious attempts, they settle for Keefe facing backward with his arms wrapped around Dex, and Dex reaching around Keefe to hug the eckodon's neck." (their faces were inches apart!)
  • Fitz calls them cute.
  • Dex and Keefe team up to prank Fitz.
  • When Della pulls Fitz and Biana into a hug and Keefe shows sadness over this, Dex makes him feel better.
  • Keefe gives them a team name, "Keefex," and Dex suggests the name "Deefe." Keefe says Deefe is lame.
  • Later on, when Keefe leaves to join Neverseen, it is shown that Dex is sad to not have Keefe there.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar[edit | edit source]

  • Dex admits to missing Keefe when Sophie brings him up.
  • When Keefe is told that the Neverseen kidnapped and tortured someone, he is very worried that it was Dex. He is the first person he mentions out of everyone, saying, "Was it Dex? Please tell me it wasn't Dex."

Dex and Keefe in Nightfall by Laura Hollingsworth

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Nightfall[edit | edit source]

  • At some point, the two met up. This is shown when Keefe pulls out his Imparter, given to him by Dex.
  • When Dex says he might fall over, Keefe calls him 'Dexy' before wrapping his arms around his waist to keep him standing.
  • Keefe asks Dex about his growth spurt, noting it before anyone else seems to. This causes Dex to shrug and blush.
  • Once Sophie grabs a hold of Dex's hand, his knees buckle. This makes Keefe give a joke about how she's always knocking guys off their feet as he holds Dex up.
  • After Keefe lowers Dex down onto the chair, Dex slumps over, almost fainting. Keefe asks if he is okay after he catches the caches that fell out of Dex's hand.
  • After Sophie and Dex have their infamous kiss and Keefe gets Sophie to tell him what happened, he makes sure Dex is okay.
  • Keefe says Dex's heart is fragile.
  • Keefe calls Dex sweet, innocent, and little.
  • Dex calls Keefe the Gift Master.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Flashback[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe whistles at Dex and tells him to remind himself to never get on Dex's bad side.
  • Keefe helped Juline created ideas of ways to punish Dex for not telling anyone where he was going.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe says Dex is the best Technopath.
  • Keefe is sarcastic about how Dex 'never' feels left out (proving a point to Sophie that he does).
  • Keefe calls Dex his hero after telling Sophie not to diss him by calling him sensitive or pouty.
  • Keefe calls Dex a master elixir maker, ultimate gadget manipulator, and is proud that he scored a kiss with Sophie before Fitz.
  • Dex takes notice that Keefe isn't with them and comments how he'd have a lot to say about "his pretty pink spotlight"
  • Dex calls Keefe a "way more powerful Empath" than Stina.
  • Sophie tells Keefe he'll love the nickname Dex gave her and he smirks at it once it's revealed to him.
  • When Keefe explains how weird genetics and manifesting are, he uses Dex as an example and says that he doesn't think it's because his parents are a 'bad match'
  • After going to London, Dex hails Keefe at night to tell him how exhausted he is, which Keefe later brings up to Sophie.
  • Keefe cackles evilly, telling Fitz that he has the power to make Dex and Sophie do whatever he wants them to as well as saying that they've proved this by getting him human treats.

Book 8.5: Unlocked[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe thinks of Dex and thinks he can help him
  • Dex comes over to Keefe’s house to help him as Keefe recovers
  • Dex reassures Keefe: “‘Hey,’ Dex said—and when Keefe didn’t respond, the bed shifted, like Dex had sat down beside him. “I’ll see what I can come up with, okay? And if I can’t figure it out, I’ll check with Tinker. Or I can always have Sophie enhance me. Sometimes that helps me find the right answer.””
  • Dex refused to make an ability restrictor for Keefe no matter how much Keefe pleaded
  • Dex could feel how scared Keefe was even though he wasn’t an Empath
  • Dex tried to comfort Keefe: Finally Dex said, “Okay. I get it. Elwin described what happened yesterday, and… yeah, it’s pretty terrifying. But… you just manifested yesterday, you know? You haven’t given the ability any time to settle. You don’t even know exactly what the ability is, or have a name for it yet! And you haven’t tried whatever concoctions Elwin and my dad are making right now. You also haven’t let me see if I can come up with some gadgets to help—or some elixirs. I make a lot of those, too—and I’m pretty good at it. And you haven’t tried training. So… can’t we start with all of that? Before we try anything more drastic?”
  • Dex reassured Keefe that he wasn’t alone
  • Keefe grabbed Dex’s wrist, saying, “If it doesn’t work, you have to help me.” and Dex agreed
  • Keefe was surprised and embarrassed when he saw that Dex had been there while he was sleeping
  • Keefe looked at Dex up close and noticed he looked tired, which made Keefe feel touched
  • Dex tries to make Keefe feel better, reassuring him when it doesn’t work
  • Dex felt uncomfortable talking about him and Sophie in front of Keefe
  • Dex tells Keefe he can talk to him
  • Dex tells Keefe he can do it, and he can control his abilities, reassuring him that he’s stronger than he thinks

Similarities & Differences[edit | edit source]

Similarities[edit | edit source]

  • Both attend Foxfire.
  • Both are part of the Black Swan.
  • Both formerly attended Exillium.
  • Both were formerly in the Right Hemisphere of Exillium.
  • Both are pranksters.
  • Both have almost died at least once.
  • Both have a family member working in an Elvin organization (Black Swan or Neverseen)
  • Both have had crushes (current or former) on Sophie.
  • Both are male.
  • Both are elves.

Differences[edit | edit source]

  • Keefe has a parent who is in the Neverseen, while Dex does not.
  • Dex has a parent who is a member of the Collective, while Keefe does not.
  • Keefe joined the Neverseen for a short period.
  • Dex has siblings.
  • Dex has periwinkle eyes, while Keefe has ice blue eyes.
  • Dex is one year younger than Keefe.
  • Keefe's ability is Empathy, while Dex's ability is Technopathy.
  • Keefe is very flirtatious, Dex is not.
  • Keefe's parents are a so-called "Good Match" while Dex's parents are a so-called "Bad Match".
  • Dex's parents are rejected by society.
  • Dex's parents are kind and understanding, while Keefe's father is verbally abusive.
  • Keefe's father has an ability, while Dex's is a Talentless.
  • Dex is part of Team Valiant, while Keefe is not.

Main Character Ships

Pairings with Sophie Elizabeth Foster

BianaLinh and BianaLinhDexFitzTamKeefe and FitzJensiKeefeMarellaValin

Pairings with Fitzroy Avery Vacker (a.k.a. Fitz)

DexKeefeLinhSophieMarellaKeefe and Sophie

Pairings with Biana Vacker

SophieDexTamMarellaJensiKeefeLinhLinh and Sophie

Pairings with Dexter Alvin Dizznee (a.k.a Dex)


Pairings with Marella Redek


Pairings with Keefe Sencen

SophieTamMarellaDexBianaFitzLinhSophie and Fitz

Pairings with Tam Song


Pairings with Linh Song

SophieMarellaDexBianaFitzSophie and BianaWylieLinh

Pairings with Wylie Endal


Side Character Ships

Pairings with elves

Alden and AlinaAlden and DellaBrant and JolieElwin and PhysicGrady and EdalineCassius and GiselaOralie and KenricQuinlin and PhysicTiergan and PrenticeTam and Glimmer

Pairings With Other Species

Bo and RoCad and RoLur and MityaSandor and GrizelSilveny and Greyfell

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