Disclaimer: RK is not mine. Sigh =(

Scenario: Kaoru loses her memory and meets Seta Soujiro, her savior. Will she regain her memory about Kenshin and the rest of her friends?

Spoiler: Jinchuu Arc ^_^ .. This fic may be a lil angsty..depending on what I do.

~A Memory Forgotten~

            It was a beautiful morning. Kaoru stretched out her arms as she got out of bed. She then started to roll up her futon and pillow and later changed into a gi and yukata to get ready for practice with Yahiko that morning. As she was walking to her door, the screen suddenly slid open. She was face-to-face with her beloved.

"Kaoru-dono, breakfast is . . . " Kenshin paused, surprised to see that Kaoru was already up and ready for the day.

"Kenshin.." Kaoru was pleasantly surprised to see Kenshin at her door and she could feel her cheeks becoming warmer.

"Breakfast is ready." Kenshin finished and quickly went back down the hall.

Kaoru followed him and went to the kitchen. Yahiko and Sanosuke were already at the table seated and ready to eat.

"Ohayo mina." Yahiko and Sanosuke just glanced in her direction and nodded. Then Kaoru went over to Kenshin's side and said with a bright smile on her face, "Good morning Kenshin."

Kenshin replied, "Good morning Kaoru-dono. Please sit down, the food is ready, de gozaru yo."

"Hai." Kaoru went back to the table and sat down.

Once Kenshin brought everyone's food, everyone started eating. After breakfast, Sanosuke left to go see Megumi while Kaoru and Yahiko went to practice. Kenshin walked outside and started to do the laundry. Everything was normal at the Kamiya dojo.

Kenshin was very content. In his mind, he thought, it's so nice to have everything at peace again. Six months ago, I had just rescued Kaoru from the grips of Yukishiro Enishi. Sano was wanted by the police and Megumi went back to her homeland, Aizu. It was pleasant to have Sano and Megumi back in Tokyo. The police had bigger problems on hand, so they had stopped looking for Sanosuke. Megumi, having reunited with her family, decided that she wanted to come back to Tokyo to keep up her medical practice here…and possibly because she had heard that Sagara Sanosuke was back. Kenshin smirked. He wondered when those two would finally confess to each other their feelings. But then he remembered that he hadn't confessed his love for Kaoru yet either. With a sigh he went back to concentrating on the pending task at hand, the laundry.

Back in the dojo, Kaoru was teaching Yahiko a new kata. As she was watching Yahiko repeat what she had just shown him, she remembered that she had an errand to run in the afternoon.

"Yahiko, I have to run an errand. For the mean time, practice the kata until I come back."

"Whatever, busu." Yahiko said still concentrating on his execution of the kata.

"Bye Yahiko-chan!"

"DON'T CALL ME CHAN!"

Kaoru stifled a giggle; she could always use that to get a rise out of him. Kaoru went back into her room and changed into a decent kimono and walked outside. She saw Kenshin with his back bent over, arms in the tub doing the laundry. Kaoru smiled, she had missed her rurouni so much when she was held captive on Enishi's island.

"Kenshin! I have an errand to do, I'll be back later."

Kenshin turned his head away from the laundry and looked at Kaoru and smiled his typical rurouni smile. "Alright, Kaoru-dono. Where are you going exactly, if I may ask?" After the whole Enishi incident, he felt he needed to watch out for her 24/7, mainly for his sake if not her. He remembered how he felt when he saw Kaoru's lifeless body in front of him, a cross-scar on her cheek. The pain that he felt then, there would never be words to describe it. Even though he later found out that it was just a doll, the mere idea of losing Kaoru was too painful to fathom.

"I'm going to Akabeko and then to Dr. Genzai's place to see Megumi. I haven't talked to her much since she has come back from Aizu." Kaoru beamed.

"I'll come with you." Kenshin stated as he started to wipe his hands on his apron in order to dry them.

"No, no Kenshin. I'll take care of myself. I'm only going to see Tae and Megumi. I'll be fine! I'm assistant master of Kamiya Kasshin Ryu, don't forget."

"I know Kaoru, but I'd feel better if I was there with you." Kenshin replied.

Kaoru just sighed and looked at him with her big blue eyes. "Onegai Kenshin. Let me go by myself. I can't always depend on you all the time. Plus, this is such a small task. I'll be back in an hour and a half, maybe even less than that."

Kenshin grunted and thought, She's right. There are going to be times when I'm not around her side all the time. I have to trust that she's going to be all right. I don't want to smother her. With this thought in mind he said, "Okay, Kaoru-dono. But please be safe."

Kaoru smiled brightly at this and started walking towards the gate. "Arigato Kenshin. See you for dinner!"

Kenshin smiled worriedly as she walked out of the dojo.

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As Kaoru left the vicinity of the dojo, she let out a huge sigh. I haven't been outside of the dojo by myself for ages! But I can't blame Kenshin for being so protective of me after what had happened with Enishi. Sigh. He's so handsome. I thought about him so much when I was with Enishi. All I could think was, I wish I had told him my feelings about him instead of keeping it locked up within my heart. However, when I saw Kenshin again walking towards Enishi and me, I was so happy. When he finally defeated him, I thought that I would be able to tell him how I felt, but the words just wouldn't come out of my mouth. A week after the incident, I had finally worked up the courage to tell him. We were sitting outside the porch at night looking into the night sky.

"Kenshin.."

"Hai Kaoru-dono. What's wrong?" Kenshin turned to look into the sapphire blue eyes of the girl who sat next to him.

"Kenshin, thank you for coming to save me."

"I wanted to save you Kaoru-dono." Kenshin said looking intensely into Kaoru's eyes. Kaoru's face started to turn into a reddish hue and her eyes looked down at her feet. Her heart beat rapidly at the thought of what she was going to tell him next. She finally got up the courage to look back into his face.

"Kenshin, I … I .." Kaoru stammered.

Kenshin interrupted her by putting his hand on top of her hand. Kaoru blushed even redder. Kenshin gazed into her eyes. "Kaoru-dono, I care about you a lot and I admit that I have strong feelings for you. However, please give this unworthy one some time before. . before .. anything more happens between us. I feel like I need to visit Tomoe's grave again to give her some peace on what happened. Please understand."

Kaoru looked up at him and nodded. "I understand, Kenshin. When do you plan to go back to Kyoto?"

"Sessha thinks I will go back in six months or so. Once things get back to normal."

Kaoru nodded again and squeezed his hand. Kenshin looked at her and smiled. "Thank you Kaoru-dono for understanding. I don't know what this unworthy one did to deserve you."

Kaoru blushed and smiled at him. Then they went back to gaze at the bright stars above them.

Sigh Kaoru thought. He still hasn't gone back to Kyoto, yet. He is probably going to leave soon though. Her heart ached at the thought that Kenshin was going to be gone for a while.

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Kaoru got back to the dojo in the time that she said she would. Kenshin saw her come in and breathed a sigh of relief. Truthfully, ever since she stepped out of the gate, Kenshin had an uneasy feeling because he couldn't stand by and watch her.

"Welcome home, Kaoru-dono." Kenshin said once he saw Kaoru taking off her shoes. "Dinner will be ready in a few minutes."

Kaoru smiled back at him and said, "Okay Kenshin. I'm going to go take a bath real fast." Kaoru then went to her room to get ready for a bath.

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At dinner, everyone was gathered around the table. Kenshin cleared his throat.

"I'm going to go back to Kyoto tomorrow. I'll only be gone for three days. In the meantime, Sano and Yahiko please look after Kaoru-dono while I'm gone."

Kaoru looked up at Kenshin. He was leaving her again… but she knew not for long and that he would be back soon. She knew this was something that he needed to do alone. She nodded her head at him showing that she understood what he was saying.

Everyone ate quietly after the announcement. When all the dishes and bowls were cleaned, Kaoru approached Kenshin while he was sitting on the porch. She sat down next to him.

"Kenshin." Kaoru whispered.

"Hai. Kaoru-dono?" Kenshin turned around to look up at Kaoru's face and smiled.

"I'll miss you. Please be safe and come back soon." Kaoru continued. She could feel her eyes getting watery.

"I will miss you too Kaoru-dono. I'll come back soon. Don't worry." Kenshin looked at her lovingly.

With that said, he embraced her.

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- To be continued

Please read and review!! The real plot doesn't happen till the next chapter. =D I don't know if it's going to be K/K or Sou/Kaoru because I like Soujiro a lot ^_^ hehe .. and there are not that many fics with that particular pairing. Okay, thnx.