San Cries

A/n:  This is a one-shot story (or so I think).  On more then one occasion, it will seem like there is going to be a lemon, (hey, this is a very romance based FF) CHEAK THE RATEING PEOPLE!  No lemons (I'm way underage).  Please review!  (GolenEyes86 looooves reviews, they're so KAWAII!)  Love you all!  Read on my Minions!

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'After all we've been through, you let me ride off?  Why don't you run after me?'  San rode her wolf-brother swiftly through the forest.  Further and further away from him.  'Why must I love a human?'  "San," her brother paused his dash for a minute.  "Are you crying over the human boy?"  "No!"  As she was trying to convince herself that she wasn't, she felt a drop of salty water drip down the side of her face.  Quickly, she removed it.  'Am I truly such a weakling that I would cry over him?'  When they got back to the cave, both of the wolves left to hunt for some meat.  She used this time to let out her tears, all of them.  'I guess I am then…'

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'San's eyes looked sad as she left, I hope she is okay.'  Ashitaka walked his red elk back to iron town, to see how they were planning to fix everything in peace with the forest.  His thoughts were interrupted as her herd Toki calling his name.  "Toki!  I'm over here!"  She found him and walked up.  "The men are already started.  We've got this whole new idea on how to make the iron underground, that way we have no reason to cut down all of the trees for wood."  She smiled.  "So, Ashitaka, where is the wolf girl, err…San, was it?"  His face was immediately covered with an emotionless mask.  "She went back into the forest."  He walked passed her quickly to start to work on his new home.

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Many nights passed, each staring out, hopping for the others return.  San sat on her cave, pale except her swollen eyes.  In the days gone by, she hadn't eaten or slept, just waited.  "San, you need to eat now."  Both of her brothers were border lined annoyed with this behavior.  'I want him to come…I need him here…'  "San, if you love that human boy, go to him.  You belong there."  San could have just cried right then.  "I'm going.  Take care my brothers."  She slowly climbed down the rock.  Through the forest she herd the tree's whispers.  "Go child, run to him."  San crept forced her body, exhausted from no sleep, malnutrition, and crying, to walk through the shadows of the silent new Iron Town.

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Wide-awake, Ashitaka awaited sunrise.  It had been too many days since he had seen her.  As he was about to close his eyes, he heard his friend Koroku's voice come through the door of his house.  "Ashitaka, San's at the gate of the village, she looks as if she was about to collapse."  He gasped, she was here?  "I'll go out to get her, you can go back to sleep."  "Okay."  Ashitaka waked outside to see San standing there, eyes half closed and arms dangling down her side.  He ran up to her as she stumbled and caught her.  He held her up, holding her shoulders tightly with his strong hands.  "San!  San!  What is it?  Why are you so pale?"  She cried silently and pulled herself closer.  He noticed how hard she was breathing.  "Ashi…taka…you, you didn't chase me…didn't chase me as I left.  Why?"  She locked her hands around him.  "Don't leave…me again, please."  Ashitaka put his arms around her now and gently rubbed her back to calm her down.  "It's okay, calm down…" She pulled herself closer if possible.  "I, I don't think I can stand anymore…" He picked her up as she slipped into unconsciousness. 

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San moaned as she woke.  Opening her eyes slowly and saw Ashitaka's looking down on her.  'He must have stayed awake watching me.'  "San, your awake.  You didn't sleep very long."  He stroked her hair as she looked at him.  "You look like you haven't eaten in days.  Try to eat some rice."  She tried to sit up, but was too weak.  He helped her and she leaned against his shoulder for support.  San felt as though she couldn't move.  It was so strange, for she had lived her life in the rough forest, always being the strong one.  Now he was taking care of her, she didn't have to be alert, or strong.  "San?  Are you still awake?"  "Yes, but I can hardly move."  'It doesn't even look like she could eat…so weak…'  "San, do you remember when I was shot by one of the villagers?  You took care of me, and now I can return the favor."  He chewed the rice, then bent over her.  After not eating in days, she was hungry.  After a while lie on his shoulder quietly, gathering all of her feelings together.  "San, San, are you asleep?"  "No…" He put his hand on her cheek and looked at her deeply.  Her wolf side told her to nuzzle his caring, soft hand.  He put his other hand on her back to help her sit up.  She now nuzzled his neck, enjoying the feeling of his body warmth.  "San…" his hands traveled up her back to her brown hair, his fingers running through it.  She stopped for a minuet and leaned against him.  "Ashitaka…" She moved up a little to gently bite the sensitive skin on his neck.  As her forehead touched his skin, he felt how feverishly hot it was.  Pulling her back, he saw how pale she was still.  "San, your still sick.  Are you okay?"  She looked out and saw every thing as a blur.  'My head is pulsing, what's wrong with me!?'  Ashitaka laid her back on the bed.  "I'm going to sleep now.  Try to do the same."  Before he could walk out, San grabbed some of the fabric on his shirt.  "Don't leave…I, I'm…"  'Scared…' He seemed to know what she meant.  "I'll stay."  Ashitaka slowly climbed over her and draped his arm over her skinny form, holding the trebling girl tightly.  In response, she turned around and moved closer, if possible.  He quickly kissed her cheek.  "Good night, San."

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Ashitaka was the first to awake the next morning.  He slowly lifted his hand to San's face to feel for fever.  'Normal, it must have gotten better after she ate and slept some.'  "San, San, wake up."  He shook her slightly.  She moaned lightly and opened her eyes.  "Where am I?!"  She tried to sit up, but Ashitaka's strong arms stopped her.  "It's okay, you're in my hut, remember?"  She relaxed.  "A little, last night seems like a blur.  I had a headache."  "Are you feeling any better this morning?"  San nodded her head.  "Well, I have to go to work on Iron town now.  Will you be okay here by yourself?"  "Yes…" He got up and started to walk out.  "Wait…Ashitaka.  Why didn't you come after me?"  Ashitaka slowly walked back to the bed, where San was now sitting up, and sat in front of her.  "Because I didn't know you wanted me to.  You said you loved me, but you also said you couldn't forgive the humans for what they had done."    Again, he took her shoulders, keeping her from burying her face into his chest.  "San, I am human…and so are you."  San could hardly take being reminded that she was one of what she claimed to hate…and be different from.  "Can you forgive both of us?"  She started to cry again.  "Yes…yes…" He held her close now.  "You have to understand though.  Moro had dedicated her life to killing the humans, and I was raised by her.  I've lived my whole life being told to someday kill that dam woman."  For minute, nothing mattered.  "I have to help with Iron Town.  Rest while I'm gone."  Ashitaka leaned over and kissed her lightly.  San leaned into it, deepening it.  Ashitaka pulled back, leaving San with a dazed look.  "Goodbye."  As the door closed, San fell back onto the bed.  'I never knew a human show of emotion could feel like this…' The feeling wouldn't leave her head all day, even when she was dreaming…

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"Koroku!  Widen the ditch over here so it won't collapse in the rain!"  Ashitaka was overlooked the construction of the new Iron Town.  "There, that should do it," Koroku climbed out of the hole and wiped the bit of sweat off his face.  "Break time!"  "Okay see you later."  'I should get back to San now.'  Meanwhile, San was waking up in the hut.  "Ashitaka…" "Yes?"  He had just walked in from the main part of the town.  San smiled at him happily.  "Hello."  He leaned over to kiss her as he had when he left, but this time, stayed longer.  San again leaned into it and, unable to control herself, opened her mouth slightly as he did the same.  The swirl of emotions was almost too pleasurable to handle. 

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A/N:  I know I said this would be a one shot, but I'm so sick of typing and I want to post it for you!  So I'll have the next chapter soon!  Chow!  ^_^

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