Epilogue

*So sappy you could pour it on pancakes. Hey, I like sap. I feel I deserve a reward for writing thirty chapters and a really nasty death at the end. And if you hang on for a bit, I'll show you what your reward is for reading the whole damn thing. O.o And no, Anria, you don't have to read it, coz I know how you dislike sap, especially just wildly inappropriate and OOC sap as I write! ^_^ *

Schuldig curled against Brad, letting the older man tangle his fingers in the orange hair. He sighed contentedly. Yet another night of amazing sex completed, and they were watching the dawn from the balcony. Never mind the fact they were both naked and people were beginning to appear in the streets below. Brad kissed his scalp.

"You've been very protective recently," Schuldig observed lazily.

"I almost lost you," Brad admitted candidly. "I love you."

"Hey, I'm not complaining," Schuldig protested. There was a moment's silence. "Ja, I love you too," he muttered.

"Why do you always sound so reluctant to say that?" Brad wondered aloud. "Is it such a bad thing?"

"Nein," Schuldig nibbled his lover's ear. "I'm just afraid this will all turn out to be some hideous dream, or joke, or something, and I wouldn't be able to take that. It helps to know you need me to say it."

Brad grunted. "I don't like being so dependant," he worried.

"Oh lay off it!" Schuldig grinned. "Ever since we met, we've been dependent on each other. Not just us two, but all four of us. Speaking of our younger half, I hear movement."

"Yes, Nagi normally gets up for school around now." Crawford settled Schuldig more comfortably in his arms. Schuldig nestled against his chest, pleased at the response he got. Schuldig craved a reaction from anyone he met. Attention seeking behaviour, they called it. And finally he was getting the attention he felt he deserved.

"But. he'll get there over an hour before it starts," Schuldig gave Crawford a confused look, and they both turned to stare through the French windows that opened onto the small balcony.

Nagi was humming. He was smiling. He was taking care of his appearance.

"Scheisse," Schuldig murmured. "The chibi's eating breakfast. Now there's a turn up for the books. And without being forced, too."

"What was it you said about him and that Weiss brat?" Brad suddenly remembered Schuldig's careless aside in their final battle with Tash.

"What? Oh, yeah, bit of sexual tension going on there. You know, hormones and stuff. Probably not a bad thing, really. I mean, we did save the world, so they can't still hate us."

"I rather think they can," Brad sighed. "Well, que sera, sera." He finally had someone who loved him not for what he could do, but for how he did it, who he was. It was a nice feeling, all things considered. Didn't mean he was going to stop pushing himself relentlessly to achieve higher and better, but at least he felt safe in the knowledge that if he didn't reach the standards he placed for himself, he'd have exceeded every expectation Schuldig had for him, but Schuldig expected nothing but to be loved, and Brad knew he couldn't do that any more than he already was. See? Really, really sappy!

"Whatever will be, will be," Schuldig warbled. Brad gave him a playful slap. "So, wanna fuck in front of the entire city?"

"Are you going to give me a choice?"

"There's always a choice."



Okay, where to start? A thank you list to exceed even the most effusive of Oscar speeches? An explanation of what I'm about to write next (really, it is relevant)? Or my little giftfic.

Yep, I'll do a giftfic for the first person to review this. I'll write any pairing, but I can't promise good quality stuff if you give me something like Farf&Omi. Okay, put it this way, something that could conceivably happen as long as the characters stay IC, or IC to the extent I normally write them. If it's really, really odd, expect a hideous attempt at humour. Wit I can do, but funny I'm not.

Since I seem to be doing this in the reverse order, next, a quick note to anyone who's going to keep reading my stuff once they've replace their eyes which must have fallen out after reading this epic piece. Since there's a lot of unexplored stuff in this fic, I'm going to write a sequel, and possibly several related pieces, depending on what I manage to cover / uncover in the sequel. These will be labelled NRtiein. The sequel will be called 'Repercussions', and will primarily deal with how Weiss cope after Tash leaves. It ought to include, Aya/Yohji, Omi/Nagi and maybe Farf/Aya- chan. I might put a little Brad flashback in to explain more of what's going on with him in the last few chapters here. One problem: I can't think of a plot to save my life. Admittedly, I started this one with no idea of what was going to happen, but I figured it out pretty quickly. If you're reading this at Mediaminer.Org, you'll have noticed my erratic updating. So if you want updates on a regular basis, review! It'll guilt me into writing more, and hopefully will inspire me. So, yeah, R&R = more chapters. No R&R = me forgetting I even started the damn fic in the first place.

If our giftficcer gives me a nice pairing, it may go straight to NRTie-in. Well, say gift-ficcers, since I'm putting this up on both Mediaminer.org and Fanfiction.net. Hey, maybe when I finally get my own site up and running, the first person to email me with a review having read the whole thing will get one too. I'm feeling a little uninspired at the mo. Blame it on writing ten chapters in three days.

Finally, shoutouts. Basically, just wanna say huge thanks to Anria for introducing me to WK and you should all go find her stuff now because it's absolutely wonderful! (type Anria Lalumin in a search engine, there's only so many possibilities, ne? Seriously, I'm not sucking up. Well, not much ^_^)

Next, Aoe and Shoori who have no idea I exist but write some of the best fanfiction ever and really ought to be writing novels, and whose fics introduced me to Schu&Brad, the only pairing I can write well for either character, as far as I know. And Yanagi, who even reviewed making me oh so happy, coz she writes the most amazing Nagi stuff.

And lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of thanks to all the wonderful reviewee people!!!!!!!!! I looked forwards to opening my inbox! Thank you to (yeah, I'm going to list! If you're not in there and you've reviewed, yell at me! Well, not if you reviewed after I put this up. Then you an bug me for a giftfic instead) Rikkali, Alz-chan, Blue Silhouette, TrenchcoatMan, Verie, Random Person, Kat, Skrya, Yanagi-sen, Kinneas, and Autumn. *pauses * do I need to get a real life? Nah, this one's much more entertaining.

Now, to get back to all that course work I've been neglecting. Guess who's supposed to be writing an essay on 'Much Ado About nothing'? ^_^ What, you think I just randomly started spouting Shakespeare? Seeing as this endnote seems to be getting longer than the epilogue.

ttfn, ta-ta for now!