Yay! PWP, OOC mushiness epilogue-iness! What more could you want? (EARMUFFS! …sorry.) Okay, I know this is a long time coming, but hope you enjoy all the same, and yes… there is a sequel in the works, among other things… *shameless plug: read Leaves of Lavender… end shameless plug* Oh well. Enjoy! ~ Em

He looked up at the sound of footsteps. Sounds like two people… hmm, must be Ryu and Ayane, then. Sure enough, the super ninja and the kunoichi came around the corner.

"You two have been inseparable. It's so sweet," he laughed. Truth be told, that was the only way you could tell that anything was going on at all, they spent lots of their free time together. No kissing, no nothing. Then again, it was his best friend and half sister, so what could he expect? Ryu was… not into that. Ayane was… not into that. What hope did their offspring have?

Ayane glanced across at Ryu. "Nah. Just where I've had to go, he's had to go as well. He's following me,"

Ryu shook his head. "She's following me,"

"Bull," Ayane scoffed. "See, look. I'm in front of you, therefore you're following me,"

"Okay, okay," Hayate held up a hand before the argument could get out of control. "So how was the last…" he paused theatrically. "…date?"

"It was good. I didn't have to pay," Ayane flicked a stray hair from her face.

"Yeah, I did," Ryu muttered. "What with you calling the waiters big nosed bohemians. I don't think I'll be able to enter that restaurant with you again,"

"He gave me someone else's meal!" Ayane retorted. "And to make things worse, it was something disgusting, like pea and ham soup!"


"You should lean to appreciate western food," Ryu shrugged, before turning to Hayate.

"See the way he talks to me? I don't know why I put up with it. Probably because I get free meals," Ayane said, smiling a rare, genuine smile.

"I knew I was good for something," Ryu replied, deadpan, before he smiled too. Hayate's eyebrows went up. The two people who were the most difficult to get to smile. Perhaps there were other visible signs of what was going on.

"You know…" Hayate paused, wondering how to word this. "You've broken one of the laws of being a guy, Ryu,"

"Only one?" his friend asked, still with his deadpan tone. "Do enlighten me, then,"

"After you know a guy for more then twenty-four hours, you're not supposed to go near his sister unless you marry her," he raised an eyebrow at his friend.

"Pah. Look at the guy. I think he's broken more then one of the laws," Ayane laughed.

"Excuse me? You probably adhere to more then I do," Ryu retorted. Probably not the wisest thing to ever come from his mouth.

Hayate stepped back delicately as an enraged Ayane tackled her 'boyfriend' if you could call it that. The word seemed too unlike them. He laughed as Ayane triumphantly pinned Ryu to the ground. "You succeeded in putting down both of you at once. Skill,"

"I know," Ryu managed to get out before he was silenced by Ayane's hand.

Another pause, as the Mugen-Tenshin clan leader watched the notorious Hajin-Mon assassin sitting on the famed super ninja.

"You two are embarrassing," he said finally.

Ayane suddenly got an evil glint in her eye.

"Hey, Ryu…" she asked, still perched on him. "Can I ask you a personal question?"

"Might as well. I might not answer it though,"

Hayate gulped.

"Are you ticklish?"


"Oh well, I guess you won't mind if I…" with that, Ayane suddenly started tickling Ryu's ribs. Hayate couldn't help laughing as his friend instantly tried sitting up, pushing the young kunoichi off.

"Don't you dare,"

"I dare," she retorted, continuing. It turned out that the super ninja was quite ticklish, actually. She managed to push him to the ground and tickle-torture him. Hayate watched with an amused expression until an uncertain voice broke his reverie.


He turned around to a young student from the clan, who kept shooting Ayane and Ryu scared glances.

"Don't worry about them. They're just in love," Hayate responded.

"…Oh…" the kid said hesitantly. "I don't think I'll fall in love then, if I end like that…" he shot them another glance. Hayate smiled.

"Good idea. I knew we taught you something,"