Author's Note: And it's done! Gah, it feels so good to finish this one. Too bad now I have so much more on my plate! In fact, I may as well tell you guys what's going on with my plans for now
Right now, as I type this, I'm doing a little revision for the first chapter of Ace Mommy. You can probably expect that no later than this Wednesday. I also plan to write another chapter for Cave of Two Lawyers, which will hopefully not be much longer. Pretty soon, I'll be getting to work on my drabble series, which I've still yet to come up with a name for. And all throught November, I'll be typing (but not posting) chapters for my TEA Christmas fic, just so I can be sure to have it all ready to go before Christmas. So in short, I'm gonna be busy!
Again, I want to thank all of you for your support in this story! Without anyone showing interest, I probably wouldn't have finished this story so quickly. I'm glad so many people enjoyed it and I hope you stick around for more!
Train Station, Los Angeles
Phoenix stood with his girlfriend at the train platform, awaiting the train that would be arriving to take her back to Kurain Village. It had been a crazy week. Maggey's trial had sucked away quite a bit of Phoenix and Maya's personal time together. After the trial had reached its conclusion, Gumshoe took everyone out for a celebratory meal. The Gumshoes had spent the last few days preparing for the arrival of the baby, with Dick refusing to wait until the last minute, and instead cracking down on being the most prepared father ever.
The next few days, Phoenix filled out all the paperwork for the trial quickly so he could spend as much time as he could with Maya before she had to leave. He even closed the office early the day before and took her to Gatewater Land, where they spent the day reliving the memories of that special day years ago. Finally, the day had arrived and the two were standing, waiting for the train.
"I really wish you didn't have to go, Maya." Phoenix said, gripping the young woman's hand.
Maya stayed silent. Phoenix couldn't even read her face. Phoenix sighed. She's been quiet all day. I guess she doesn't wanna talk about this.
The two continued to stand there as Apollo and Athena watched from a distance, having come to see Maya off.
"I can hear so much sadness in the boss's voice." Athena said.
"I bet." Apollo said, his hand in his pocket, fiddling with something. "This is the first time in years they've been able to spend an extended period of time together, and they spent most of it solving a murder."
Finally, the train came speeding down the tracks. Phoenix sighed again. "Well, I guess we have to say bye for now." He said, looking at Maya. Again, she stayed silent.
The train finally came to a stop and the doors slid open. Phoenix expected Maya give him a hug or a kiss and step onto the train, but she remained in place, looking intently at the door.
People began to disembark from the train when suddenly, a certain person caught Phoenix's eye. She noticed him as well and rushed towards him, two or three large suitcases in tow.
"Pearls!?" Phoenix asked as the young Spirit Medium rushed towards him and wrapped him in a hug.
"It's good to see you again, Mr. Nick!" She cried. She quickly pulled back and looked at Maya. "I brought everything you asked for, Mystic Maya."
Maya's face finally registered a smile. "Thanks Pearly!" She cried as she hugged her younger cousin.
"Am… I missing something here?" Phoenix finally asked.
Maya turned to look at him and smiled. "You sure are, Nick. The other day I had a nice long chat with the Elders. And let's just say I… Persuaded them on a certain matter."
"And… What matter would that be?"
"Oh, nothing too big. I'm just allowed to perform my Master's duties outside of the village from now on."
"Wait… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?" Phoenix cried. "Maya, are you saying…"
Maya clapped her hands together and nodded. "Yep, I'm back and I'm here to stay, Nick!"
Pearl looked on at the two and gushed. "I'm so happy for you two, Mr. Nick."
"I… Maya…" Phoenix was trying to be mad, but he knew a person didn't need Athena's hearing to hear the happiness in his voice. Finally a gave up on trying to scold the woman and instead lunged forward and wrapped her in a hug.
Maya giggled and returned the hug. "Calm down, old man. You'll throw out your back!"
Athena and Apollo finally stepped forward. Athena spoke up. "So I guess we won't be seeing anyone off today, huh?"
Maya turned to the two and smiled. "Nope! You guys are stuck with me."
The two lawyers smiled. As they stood there, Apollo suddenly felt a strong slap to the face.
"Ow!" He looked at his attacker, who was none other than Pearl. "Pearl? What was that for?"
Pearl rolled up her sleeve angrily. "That was for breaking up with Miss Thena! Miss Trucy told me all about it!" She then delivered another slap.
Athena stepped in to shield her boyfriend. "Pearly! Calm down, it's ok. We smoothed everything out."
Pearl still had her sleeve rolled up. "B-but Miss Thena! He broke his promise with the Kurain Lily!"
"Actually," Apollo spoke up, stepping beside Athena. "About that. Athena, you have to realize I still feel terrible."
"Apollo, I already forgave you!"
"I know, I know. Still, it doesn't seem right for us to just pretend this never happened. Which is why," He then pulled his hand from his pocket and handed a small rectangular box to Athena. "I got you this."
"Oh, Apollo, you didn't need to do this."
Apollo chuckled. "Just consider it an 'I'm sorry I got amnesia and broke up with you' gift. Just open it up."
Athena smiled at him and went to work opening the box. Her jaw dropped when she saw what was inside.
Inside the box was a fake replica of the Kurain Lily. It was almost so perfect, she nearly swore it was real. The flower was attached to a baby blue ribbon; much like the she already wore in her hair to hold her ponytail in place.
"That flower is what brought my memories back, Athena. It's something that means a lot to both of us. So I thought you might like to be able to bring one with you wherever."
Athena pulled the ribbon the box. "Apollo, it's beautiful." She then quickly undid the ribbon already in her hair and replaced it with the new one. She looked at her boyfriend.
"How does it look?"
Apollo smiled and stepped closer to the girl. "You look amazing, Tiger." The two then shared a kiss.
Pearl looked on and gushed. "Aw, you two really are meant for each other."
Phoenix and Maya were already heading for the door of the station. Phoenix called out. "Are you two going to keep standing there sucking face or are you coming with us? Eldoon's on me!"
Athena looked at Apollo. "Betcha I can eat more noodles than you."
Apollo smiled. "Of course you can. Eating noodles isn't exactly easy with one arm."
"Pffft, excuses. Tell ya what; I'll use one arm too!"