And I'm done at last! This is just a SHORT epilogue, detailing what
happens ten years later. I want to thank everyone who reviewed, you made
this all possible! A special thanks to Sagitarious Devil for her reviews
on every chapter! Hope you all like the epilogue, although, as I said, it
is SHORT. Thanks again!
Disclaimer: I own no parts of Rurouni Kenshin or anything, so don't sue. I
have nothing to give you.
Ten Years Later...
"Are you going somewhere?" asked Megumi. Yahiko nodded.
"Yeah. I'm going to dinner with Tsubame. Why?" Megumi smiled and
shook her head.
"I was just wondering. Just make sure you get back before midnight."
"Again?!" groaned Yahiko. "Well...all right." He left the room.
Megumi returned to the food she was preparing.
Yahiko stopped at the gates of the dojo. Or rather, the clinic.
Kenshin and Kaoru had disappeared immediately after they had left them
alone that day ten years ago. There had been no word from either of them
since then, except for a brief message saying that they had had a son:
Kenji. After waiting five years, Megumi and Dr. Genzai had turned the dojo
into a clinic and had moved in with Yahiko and Sanosuke, and four years
after that, Megumi and Sanosuke were married. Although no one had said
anything yet, Yahiko could see that Megumi's belly was getting larger
already; another baby on the way.
He stepped through the gates. He had been going out with Tsubame for
the past three years, and hoped that someday they too would marry. It
surprised him that the loss of Kenshin and Kaoru from his life hadn't hurt
him that much. After all, Kenshin had been like his older brother; Kaoru,
his older sister. But yet, he felt no pangs of regret, no burning desire
to find them. He was content with his life, and felt sure that they were
too. He came up to the Akabeko and saw Tsubame standing in front of it.
He grinned and walked faster.
"Oi! Tsubame!" he called. She turned and smiled.
"Yahiko-chan!" He made a face. Even though he was twenty four years
old, she still called him Yahiko-chan, although now it was more of a joke.
They embraced each other and shared a brief kiss.
"Should we go?" he asked. She nodded. He took her hand and led her
down the street.
* * * * *
Kaoru looked over at the still sleeping Battousai and smiled lovingly
at him. Images of the previous night played in her head, and her smile
grew wider. She rose from the bed and went over to where baby Kenji was
snoring. She softly stroked his face and he opened his eyes. His innocent
grin was enough to make her day. She lifted him into her arms and carried
him into the kitchen, where she began to prepare breakfast.
Having almost finished the cooking, Kaoru heard footsteps approaching
and leaned back from the pot she was stirring to gaze at her beloved.
"You look like you're pretty tired," she said jokingly. He smiled
and sat down next to the baby. Kenji leaned his head against his father
and went back to sleep. Battousai lifted the child into his lap and looked
up at Kaoru. She was laughing hysterically.
"What?" he asked, confused. She paused to wipe a tear from her eye
as she was laughing so hard.
"You look so funny like that!" she gasped. He also began to laugh.
Kenji woke up and looked around, puzzled. He saw his mother and reached
out his small arms for her. Still laughing, she walked over and picked him
"Ready for breakfast, Kenji?" she asked. He stared at her. She set
him down at the table and put some food on the table. Battousai sat on
Kenji's right and Kaoru on his left.
"Eating your breakfasts is always a surprise," said Battousai,
smirking. Kaoru scowled at him in mock anger. Kenji tugged his father's
sleeve and said, "Papa?" Battousai and Kaoru looked down at him in
amazement. Then, with cries of joy, they picked him up and hugged him.
"Kenji!" cried Kaoru. "You said your first word!" Battousai was
speechless, and only able to hold his son lovingly in his arms.
"Papa!" cooed Kenji happily. "Papa papa papa papa papa papa papa
papa papa papa!!!" Battousai put his empty hand around his wife's shoulder
and pulled her to him. They huddled together, all three made happy simply
by each other's presence. Battousai rested his head on Kaoru's shoulder
and looked at his beautiful son. For the first time since he had killed
Tomoe, he felt truly at home, and it was a feeling of pure joy.
Well, I really am done with this story now! I hope everyone had fun
reading it, and I was really pleased with the number of reviews I
got...more than I ever got before! Thanks everyone. A new story of mine
called "Once More" will be coming out shortly, just as soon as I get around
to writing it. Until then...
Aku Soku Zan