|That Empty Feeling
Author: chibi-kimi PM
[Complete] Kaoru's having financial problems and refuses to tell anyone...With the help of Tae and Megumi, Kaoru is able to make enough money to feed...only three? And that leaves her with that empty feeling...in her stomach...Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Kenshin & Kaoru - Chapters: 6 - Words: 18,442 - Reviews: 108 - Favs: 96 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 09-02-05 - Published: 07-30-04 - Status: Complete - id: 1989586
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This one does not own the Kenshin-gumi, nor does this one make any profit from this story about the Kenshin-gumi.
This idea just came out of nowhere to this one. This one hopes you enjoy the story... (Bit sappier than this one is used to, but...when this one gets an idea, this one must go with it...)
Kaoru sat on the front steps of her home, looking forlornly at the sky. The sun was just a little past directly over-head and the extensive blue never seemed to end. The occasional white cloud dotted the sky, but other than that, its extent was endless. The birds twittered in the trees and the cicadas chirped there coarse melody as the hot summer breeze rustled through the grass.
Kaoru could still hear the chattering of Sanosuke and Yahiko as they gobbled up the food she had made and argued over who was going to get the last bit of this and that. She didn't hear a peep from Kenshin, but she assumed he was still eating his lunch silently, avoiding the flying bits of rice courtesy of the other two. Just the thought of the food made her stomach growl, and she suppressed the feelings of hunger that were welling up inside of her.
Her thoughts broke as she realized an immense pain was building up in her stomach. The only thing she'd had to eat that day was a small bowl of rice for breakfast, and a bit of tea. Her stomach protested its emptiness again with a small growl and Kaoru stood up, frustrated with it all.
Just then, the front gates creaked open and Megumi stepped in. Kaoru was elated to see her, and ran over immediately.
"Well? Were you able to sell it?" she asked quickly, yet quietly. The others didn't know her problem yet. She had to keep it a secret. If they found out...but she didn't want to think about that right now.
"Of course, Tanuki. I have the money right here, as promised." Megumi handed her a small sack, and it jingled with the money inside. "The lady I sold it to gave the asking price."
"Really?" Kaoru looked up from the small bag, surprised. "But I thought...I didn't think it was worth that much."
"To those who know the story, it isn't near enough." Megumi said, almost sadly.
"Me-Megumi! You told..." Kaoru's eyes began brimming with tears. Megumi slapped her lightly on the shoulder.
"Baka. It's not like it's a really big secret (I mean just look at this place...). But the woman was quite understanding, and gave the asking price...Kaoru, it was a very pretty box. Where on Earth did you get it, anyway?" Megumi looked thoughtfully at the younger girl, who stared at the bag of money strangely.
"It was my Grandmother's...but that's not very important. It was old, and you told me to over-price it so that it could be negotiated. We have to give some of this money back to the lady who bought it."
"You really are just a stupid Tanuki. Think of the extra money as the woman's donation to you." Megumi turned around and started walking back towards the gate. "That's enough for three days," she said as quietly as she could. Kaoru nodded her head slightly and waited for the gates to close before letting the collected tears fall from her eyes. Now more people knew her humiliating secret. It just wasn't fair.
"Karou-dono, was that Megumi-dono just now?" Kenshin asked, looking out the door of the house. Kaoru only nodded, keeping her face away from Kenshin's, for fear that he would ask her why she was crying. She didn't want to say anything either, afraid that her voice would break. The last thing she needed was Kenshin worrying about her over nothing, so before he could ask any more questions, she walked around to the back of the house, hoping to get to her room without running into anyone. The last thing she wanted to do was explain the money and her tears. She didn't want to worry the guys with her new problem...
Kamiya dojo was completely broke, and her only choice was to sell off whatever she had that held value...even if it also held her most precious memories...