-Broken Petals-

Disclaimer: I do not own YYH.

A/N: Here it is! The sequel to Unshed Tears! Can't believe it? Well, here's proof!!

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Kurama watched Botan curiously. She had strange ways of doing things, but that only made him love her more.

"What are you doing?" He asked curiously, peering over shoulder.

"Go away! I told you before not to look!" She hissed with a secret smile. "Shoo!" He pretended to look hurt, his youkai side taking over.

"So much for my all-time dream.." He paused, adding a desperate note to his voice. "My mate won't even tell me what she's doing! You've been sitting there for over an hour!" He was pleading with her now.

"Hush!" Botan said with a smile. "You should know better than to come in here when I'm doing something."

"Doing what?"

"Nevermind what I'm doing!" She said, shaking her head. "You can't even be reasonable enough to listen to me when I say 'go away'." She giggled at his curiosity. She had done this on purpose. She was really reading a letter from Keiko and Yuusuke, who were on vacation.

"Its a letter!" He said angerly. "You didn't even tell me that we got a letter!" She laughed at him.

"Of course I did, sweety. I told you yesterday, but you were too intent on setting up more of our wedding. Sit down right here and read it, if you must." She giggled. She had been so happy since he had proposed to her.

"Did you read it yet?"

"I haven't even got halfway yet, thanks to you." She said, lightly slapping his arm. He picked the paper up and began to read it. He paled visibly when he reached the middle and toward the end. "What is it? Whats the matter?"

"They need Hiei and me to go to Makai with Yuusuke.. Kuwabara is already there waiting for us.." He saw Botan's eyes cloud with tears. She got up and ran out of the room. This was the last thing she needed right now. A fight. "He said I have to go within the month. We'll get married sometime within this time limit." He had chased after her and found her in a corner beside the couch.

"I don't want this to start up again!" She cried brokenly. "No more dangerous fights.." She cried into his chest softly. He hugged her to him and sighed softly.

"I know this is the last thing we need right now, Botan. I have to go, though. I'll take you to Keiko's when I leave." His soft voice brought her back to him. She knew he didn't want to leave but he had to help his friends.

"I suppose they were right in asking this of you. Everything happens for a reason." She pulled away from him and got up. "I was being stupid and I wasn't thinking." She wiped her tears away and frowned. "Besides, I'll have Keiko and Yukina with me. Not to mention Shizuru.." She smiled sadly.

"You'll have all of them with you. I promise that I'll be back." He said with a small smile.

"You better. I'll never forgive you if you leave me here." She said quietly. He smiled wider and brushed her bangs from her from her face. "The sooner you leave the better." She turned away from him and walked to the phone. She ran her hand over the back of it then picked it up. "I'll call Keiko and tell her that you're leaving."

"Okay." He watched as she fumbled for the right numbers with fond sadness.

"Keiko? Oh, hello, Shizuru.. Yeah. I'll be over in a few." She put the phone back on the cradle and stood there for a while. He knew she was crying again.

"I love you, remember that." He said softly, pulling her closer to him. She shook with sobs. She turned around and buried her face in his chest again, inhaling the beautiful scent of roses for maybe the last time.

"We'll get married when you come back.." She whispered. He pushed her back gently and glanced at her face. He leaned forward and brushed his lips against hers.

"Its a deal." He let go of her and walked to their bedroom. He came out about five minutes later, looking like the fighter she had grown to love.

"Be careful." He smiled.

"I'm going with you to Keiko's." He said with a smile. "I'm not just going to leave now." She smiled and nodded.

"Okay."

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Botan knocked softly on the door and waited. Yukina opened it and smiled sadly. She invited them inside and closed the door behind them.

"Keiko isn't doing so well. She's upset." Botan understood her pain. They all understood.

"Figures. Yuusuke going off fighting again." Botan bit her lip and hid her eyes in her bangs. Kurama sensed her discomfort.

"I'd better be leaving." He said just as the other two girls came into the room. "I promise I'll be back, love." He kissed her softly on the lips and she responded instantly.

"Bye." She whispered. He smiled reassuringly at her then walked out. As soon as he was out the door, Botan broke down.

"Calm down." Shizuru said, resting a hand on her friend's shoulder. "It'll be okay." Keiko glared at her.

"Let it out, Botan. C'mon, lets go into my room so that we can talk about it." Keiko was feeling a little better about Yuusuke leaving than she had when she was holding it in. They went into Keiko's room and Botan sat down on the bed next to Keiko.

"He promised me that he'd come back and we'd get married.." She sobbed. "I wish that it would be true.. but they're heading off into dangerous territory."

"I know that, Botan, but you have to believe that they'd come back. You have to believe in them." Keiko rubbed her friend's back.

"But that isn't all.." Botan cried harder. "He doesn't know.."

"He doesn't know what?" Keiko was confused. They told each other everything.

"I just found out yesterday.. before the letter even came. I was planning on telling him." She stopped and took a few deep breaths. "After he told me what the letter was about.. wait.. why did you come back again?"

"I thought that I'd feel better if I was home with you guys while they were off on a dangerous battle. I didn't want to be alone." Keiko explained.

"That part went right out of my mind." Botan smiled through her tears. "But.. theres a big problem.. I have to face him when he comes back."

"Take your time." Keiko could tell that her friend was having trouble telling it.

"I'm pregnant." Botan blurted out. She cried on Keiko's shoulder and the girl comforted her.

"How long?"

"One month." Botan answered. "I can't believe that I have to tell him when he gets back."

"Why didn't you tell him when you had the chance?"

"I didn't want him to worry after that. We're going to have to get married after the baby is born." Botan put a hand on her stomach. "I can hardly wait to see the little bundle of joy."

"Me either!" Keiko exclaimed happily. "You'll have something to keep your mind on." She smiled and hugged her friend.

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"Botan? How're you doing?" Botan opened the door and let Keiko in.

"I'm doing fine. Is dinner ready?" Keiko nodded and smiled. "You don't think you're going to get sick on us, do you?" Botan shook her head.

"No, I don't think so.." She paused. Looking at Keiko, she shrugged. "I have no clue but.. I haven't been sick yet."

"Maybe its luck." Keiko turned around and Botan followed her out to the kitchen. "But you know where the bathroom is anyway, right?"

"I'm not stupid." She said with a grin. Yukina and Shizuru gave them confused glances.

"Whats going on?" Yukina asked. "Are you sick, Botan?" Botan looked at Keiko and raised an eyebrow.

"You didn't tell them?" Keiko shook her head. "Well, then, I will. I'm pregnant." She smiled happily at the looks of surprise on the two girl's faces.

"Congrats!" Shizuru said with a smile. "Celebrate?" Botan shook her head.

"Not supposed to do anything that might result in hurting the baby." She put her hand on her stomach. "I used three different tests."

"How did you know to test yourself? You aren't showing yet." Shizuru inspected Botan's stomach. She shrugged.

"I did get morning sickness a couple of times. It didn't start until about a week ago. I shouldn't get sick if I eat healthy." Yukina smiled.

"I'm happy for you." She said quietly. "Does Kurama know yet?"

"No, not yet. I was going to tell him but after he told me what the rest of the letter said, I guess I didn't want him to worry."

"Enough chatting! I'm hungry!" Keiko said with a grin.

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Kurama met up with Hiei and Kuwabara later that night. He didn't look too thrilled to be fighting again. His eyes may have been sparkling with excitement but there was also that dark worry that hung over him like a dark cloud.

"Whats wrong, Kurama?" Kuwabara asked. Hiei knew what was wrong but didn't say anything. Yuusuke elbowed Kuwabara in the ribs.

"Shall we go?" He asked with a small smile to lighten the mood. They all nodded and went through the portal that resided in Reikai.

"Kitsune, I know you don't like leaving her but remember not to slack off in your fighting--"

"I know, Hiei." Kurama said coldly, cutting the fire demon off. "I know perfectly well how to fight on my own. I don't need your advice." Hiei kept silent after that. He knew better than to piss Kurama off more.

"We have to go to the south when we get out of the portal." Yuusuke said with a frown. "Koenma said that we have over a month to get this done. I know we can beat an army of whatever it is we have to beat. They can't be that tough."

"Then whats causing all the trouble?" Kurwabara asked. He didn't like this. He had one of those feelings.

"They are. Their army is huge but if we get them in small doses then it won't be so hard." Yuusuke replied. He had a bad feeling too.

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Botan woke up, missing the warmth of her mate. She felt her stomach lurch. Running to the bathroom, she made it just in time. Sitting on the cold, hard tiles, she felt tears running down her cheeks. She wished he was here with her. His arms wrapped around her, the beautiful scent of roses.. She snapped out of it when the second round of nausea hit her. Her breathing quickened.

"Botan?" Keiko wrapped a blanket around her shivering friend. "Better?" The girl nodded. She felt her stomach settle. Turning to Keiko, she threw her arms around her and started crying.

"I miss him already.." She cried softly. Keiko wrapped her arms around her friend and comforted her to the best of her ability. This was going to be hard for the first couple of weeks, maybe even a month.. maybe he won't return. She shook the negative thoughts out of her head. She needed to be strong for Botan.

"You're going to do just fine. Now, get dressed. We're going shopping to take this off our minds." She let go of Botan and stood up. She smiled and walked out of the bathroom. Botan sat there for a minute or two then flushed the toilet and brushed her teeth to get the taste and smell from her mouth. She walked out and went to the guest room that she was staying in. Her eyes watered again but she closed them and sighed. She could get through this. She will get through this.

"I have to get through this." She said to herself as she pulled a blue skirt over her thin waist. She wasn't showing all too much. There was a little there but it wasn't noticeable. She then put a white t-shirt on and examined herself in the full-length mirror. Brushing her hair and putting it into the normal pony-tail, she looked like she normally did. She remembered when she stood like this in front of her mirror, he would come over and stand there holding her from behind. Worry clouded over her senses for a while as she stood there.

"Ready to go?" She snapped out of it at the sound of Keiko's voice. She grabbed her purse and raced out the door. "Great, lets go." Keiko grabbed the keys to her car and walked out before Botan. Sighing, she followed her out, closing the door behind her.

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