This is my take on what will happen when Tohru, Kyo and Yuki graduate high school. This follows the manga storyline about Kyo being imprisoned and Yuki being forced to live in the main house with Akito for the rest of their lives. (Read chapter 63 for more info. Thanks to Elina C. for the text translations!) I hope you enjoy the story! ^_^ This is rated PG-13.
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Making Our Future
By: FayeValentine00 (Sarah-chan)
Chapter 1


*BANG, BANG, BANG*

I ran down the stairs as fast as I could, trying to get to the door before anyone was woken by the thunderous banging. I wrapped my robe tightly around myself and then opened the door, immediately getting hit by a wave of humid summer air.

"Kagura?!" I said her name in shock when I saw her pale face and red puffy eyes. Tears made trails down her cheeks and her nose was red from excessive wiping.

"Tohru!" The older girl threw herself into my chest, holding me tightly in her grasp. Heavy sobs tore through her small frame and my robe began to feel wet with her tears.

I wrapped my arms around her, holding her just as tightly as she held me, my own tears falling along with hers. Without having to ask, I knew what was on her mind. It was the same reason for my sleepless nights. It was why I'd been the first to hear Kagura's frantic pounding.

"Don't let him do it, Tohru! Don't ... Do-n't let him d-do it!" Her sobs grew louder, ending any attempt that she'd been making to speak.

"I'm sorry." I whispered through my tears, trembling with a mixture of anger, fear and sadness.

I'd spent the last year trying to figure out a way to stop tomorrow's even but doing that meant breaking the junnishi curse. Every idea or plan that I'd thought of proved to be fruitless and this afternoon I'd even come to the point of wondering if it was even possible to break a centuries old curse. Moments later though, I'd quickly pushed aside all of my negative thoughts and returned to my old favorite saying, 'Never give up.' I knew that there had to be a way to save everyone so I'd been up the whole night thinking about it.

I looked over at my clock and was shocked to realize that it was already 4:25. The graduation ceremony that Yuki, Kyo and I were going to be attending would begin in a little over 8 hours. My heart began to pound in my chest. There was so little time left but if I didn't do something, Kyo and Yuki would be lost to me forever and that was completely unacceptable.

Akito's words replayed in my head as clearly as I'd hear them almost a year ago. "Kyo is going to be imprisoned after he gets out of high school, just like the predecessor with the Junnishi cat curse, forever. Forever. Even Yuki will stay next to me in the house. Everyone will live and then die. All the junnishi will live at the same house, same room, same pace. A blessed future, the never-ending party will not be taken away, be robbed of, or will ever be changed. ... They will be constant but I won't let you be a part of it."

My hot, salty tears began to roll down my cheeks a bit faster as Kagura and I moved over to the couch, holding each other tightly in silence for a long time. A little while later, she leaned back and met my eyes. I had to hold back a gasp when I saw the vacant, pain filled eyes that started back at me. She seemed like a completely different person from the beautiful, energetic girl who'd taught me what real love and true dedication really meant. This was the woman who'd loved Kyo her entire life and would do anything to help him yet this time, there was nothing she could do. She was a member of the junnishi. She too was locked into her horrible fate and Akito surely would not allow her to interfere with his plans.

"I don't want him to go! it's not fair. It's not Kyo's fault! We have to stop him. PLEASE TOHRU! ... PLEASE STOP IT!"

Her small hands held the sleeves of my robe in a death grip and shook me lightly as she pleaded. Seeing my friend in such utter distress brought on a new wave of tears but I still found my self trying to give her a reassuring smile.

"I'll try. I-I swear I'll try!"

We ended up crying together for a little while longer before Kagura finally wiped her eyes and sat up straight with a calmer exterior. "Thank you, Tohru. I should go and let you rest."

"I won't give up." I gave her a halfhearted smile that was full of concern and then gave one final hug before walking her to the door.

"I'll be back later."

Just as she was stepping out the door, a soft voice startled us.

"Kagura, wait."

We both turned around to see Kyo standing in the shadowy hallway. I couldn't read the expression on his face but I could tell by the bags under his eyes that he hadn't slept all night either.

"Kyo." Kagura spoke his name softly with an expression of shock on her face. Tears welled in her eyes again and I could tell that she was fighting the urge to throw herself into his arms.

It tore my heart out to see them looking at each other in so much obvious pain. That was the first time I really realized how much they truly cared for each other. I couldn't fathom the idea of seeing them ripped apart forever. I knew Kagura would be crushed if Kyo was imprisoned and from the look in Kyo's eyes, it seemed that he felt the same way.

"I'll walk you home."

"Okay."

I watched them both walk out the door and towards the forest path that led to the main house. Neither of them said a word but they walked so closely that her shoulder nearly touched his side. I knew then that this curse had to be stopped once and for all.



"I'm so sorry, Kyo." I spoke softly, breaking the tense silence between us, when we entered the forest. "I don't know what to do."

Kyo stopped dead in his tracks. He didn't turn to me or say a word, he just looked straight ahead. I watched him for a minute until I couldn't handle the silence any longer. I stepped in front of him and put my hands to his cheeks, tilting his head down so he was looking at me. it wasn't until that very moment that I saw the tears in his eyes.

"P-please say something, Kyo. I-I don't want to lose you!"

He blinked once and I saw a lone tear trail down his cheek as my plea sunk into his head. A moment later, his arms reached out and before I knew it, I was locked tightly in his embrace. His face was buried in my hair and I could feel his warm breath and tears on my neck.

I wrapped my arms tightly around Kyo, my hands making a soft trail up and down his back. I tried to hold back my tears while Kyo cried openly for the first time since we were children but still, several tears found their way down my cheeks.

Several minutes later, when Kyo was a bit calmer, he softly whispered into my ear. "I'll never understand why you care so much."

I tightened my grip on him and couldn't help but smile to myself as I spoke honestly from my heart. "You're the most important person in the world to me. I couldn't bare it if you went away."

Kyo sighed deeply and took a step back so he could meet my eyes. He saw the tears rolling down my cheeks and gently wiped them away. "Don't cry, Kagura. It will be okay."

For some reason, Kyo trying to reassure me made my tears flow faster. He was the one facing a life of imprisonment yet he was also the one wiping away MY tears and telling ME that everything was going to be okay. It made me feel even more useless then I already had.

I gave him a half-smile at best but did manage to stop my flow of tears. Kyo was right. My tears weren't helping. I had to say calm and clear-headed just in case a way to free Kyo arose.

A passing thought in the back of my mind told me that Kyo was being more attentive tonight then he had been in his whole life. At first I didn't think much of it because we were both upset and emotional but then I realized what was really going through Kyo's head.

A jolt of shock shot straight through my body and I grabbed Kyo tightly by the shoulders, looking up at him in horror.

"Kyo, no! You can't let him do it! You can't give in. No matter what Akito says, this is not your destiny! You have to fight him. TELL ME YOUR NOT GOING TO GIVE UP!"

His eyes dropped away from mine and I knew at that moment that Kyo's decision had already been made.
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Chapter 2 - Yuki talks to Tohru and more Kyo x Kagura. (That scene is just for Mona!)

I hope you like it! ^_^