Rurouni Kenshin Fanfic

Summary:Kaoru and Aoshi go for a seemingly innocent stroll through the countryside, but Kaoru has ulterior motives involving the investigation of her rurouni's past. A sudden rain storm alters plans somewhat.

- PG - English –Humour – Multi-Chapter - Status: Complete –

Rurouni Kenshin & Samurai X Original Japanese Version © N.Watsuki/Shueisha Fuji-TV SME Visual Works Inc. Sony Pictures Entertainment

All Fanfics created by Chiruken (me) were written for the sole purpose of shared entertainment and not intended for publication or sale.

The Blanket Scenario: Aoshi & Kaoru

By: Chiruken

Chapter 11

"…And that's about it, Misao." Kaoru waited for the girl's infamous temper to break free.

"I…see." Misao sighed. "Why are you so lucky, Kaoru? Why couldn't it have been me? Oooo! I'm so unlucky!" She hung her head, the very picture of desolation.

"Um…" Kaoru cleared her throat. "If it makes you feel any better, Aoshi was concerned that you would be…um…worried by our prolonged absence."

Misao looked at her friend with shining eyes. "Really? Did he say anything else?" She leaned forward expectantly.

Kaoru shifted uncomfortably. "Well, you know Aoshi. He usually keeps his thoughts and…uh…feelings to himself."

"Yeah, don't I know it." Misao sighed. "But you know…I know someday Aoshi-sama will unwind enough and smile. I've never seen it yet, but I know it's in there just waiting for the right moment to come out."

"Try knotting your obi." She muttered under her breath.

"Hmm? What was that?" Misao looked at the older girl curiously.

Kaoru laughed uneasily. "N-nothing." She thought it wiser to refrain from informing Misao that her Aoshi-sama had actually laughed while they were in Otsu. It really served no purpose to talk about it. Besides, Misao would be upset if she knew she missed it.

"Well, in any case, I'm glad Himura was able to find you. He was really worried about you, Kaoru…especially when I told him you were going to Otsu."

Kaoru glared at the younger girl. "About that, Misao. It was supposed to be a secret, you know." She was still a little angry with Misao about telling Kenshin where she went with Aoshi even though things did work out after all.

"Well, how was I supposed to know? You didn't tell me that. Besides, I was worried, too, when the storm blew in. It can get really nasty around this time of year, especially in that area." There was no way that Misao would ever admit that Himura had tricked her into giving over the confidential information. She never would've guessed that hidden under that silly rurouni exterior he really was tricky enough to be a member of the Oniwabanshu.

Kaoru sighed and shook her head. "Oh well. It doesn't matter. Kenshin probably would've found out anyway."

Misao laughed and jumped to her feet to stretch. "Yeah, you're probably right. Himura has a way of finding things out, doesn't he?" She turned away quickly to hide her sudden blush and stretched her arms over her head. She turned back to Kaoru and frowned thoughtfully. "I wonder if he'd be interested in joining the Oniwabanshu."

"Uh…Misao…I don't think…"

"I'm thinking of expanding to other cities, like it was in the old days." Misao explained. "Since the end of the revolution our network has kind of fallen into, well, disrepair. It really needs some work right now."

"I don't think Kenshin is suited to that kind of…um…profession, Misao." Kaoru hoped that Misao would give up on the idea of recruiting Kenshin into the Oniwabanshu.

"Yeah, you're probably right. He's just too nice of a guy." Misao shrugged with a grin. "It was a thought, though. Maybe Aoshi-sama has some suggestions I can use." She hurried to the fusuma. "See you later."

Kaoru shook her head with a grin. Misao had way too much energy. It was hard to keep up with her on a daily basis. She stood and stepped through the fusuma intending to search for Kenshin and bumped into the person in question. "Oh! Sorry!"

Kenshin smiled and tugged his kimono straight again. "I was just coming to see you, Kaoru-dono, that I was."

"You…were?" She felt a pleased blush rise into her cheeks. She could even overlook her recent embarrassing tendency towards being an ungraceful clutz.

He nodded with his usual cheerful grin. "I was wondering if you'd like to see the cherry blossoms today."

Kaoru blinked in surprise and nodded quickly. Kenshin…sightseeing in Kyoto? Was he feeling all right? "I'd love to go, Kenshin. When?"

"Right now?" He suggested hopefully.

She grinned at his barely concealed enthusiasm. Whatever the reason for this change in his attitude about Kyoto, she wasn't about to question the positive results. "Sure. Should I ask Okon to pack a lunch?"

He should his head quickly. "That won't be necessary, Kaoru-dono. But…um…you should maybe wear your waraji."

She gave him a puzzled frown, but nodded all the same. "All right, Kenshin, I will, but where are we going?"

"That's a surprise." He grinned and turned for the stairs, enjoying the way her eyebrows puckered in bewilderment. "I'll wait for you outside, that I will."

Kaoru frowned uncertainly as they left Kyoto behind. "Kenshin, where are we going?"

He smiled and stepped closer to her, bending his head to whisper near her ear. "You mentioned a boat ride on Biwako yesterday. It's the perfect place to see cherry blossoms."


COMING SOON TO A PC NEAR YOU!

The sequel to the Multi-Chapter Blanket Scenario!

Kaoru is searching for mushrooms and gets caught in a rainstorm!

Add in a man with a relentless drive to eradicate all evil from Japan!

Throw in a group of desperate criminals and what do you get?

The Blanket Scenario 2: Saito & Kaoru