"Enjoying Spain?" a thin voice inquired. Later, the full view of a twisted grin emerged from the shadows.
The recipient of the question did not answer. His view was the fading palette of colors on the canvas of the sky. Waves were rolling not so far away. "Did Kurei send you?" he asked, finally.
Joker nodded. "Have you ever believed in karma?" A cocky grin spread across his lips. "I would think so, you being an endorser of destiny. Or have you heard that ridiculous line—your cheating heart will tell on you?"
Raiha's jaw clenched. "I didn't come here to be annoyed, clown."
Joker leered. "What's the matter, boy? Drowning in the hope of reconciliation? Or are you too dull to realize your ship has sunk—leaving you way in over your head?"
Raiha couldn't take it anymore. All those water puns. "You will shut up if you know what's good for you."
Joker loved playing with the bait. But even more, he was loving the fact that he was getting on Raiha's nerves. "They make a striking couple, you know."
"I know. Shut up." Raiha's voice reached a dangerous edge.
Joker relented. A little. "A perfect example for your destiny campaign. Two people drawn naturally by the forces of the universe without the pathetic intervention of outside forces. Outside forces that prey on the doors of the human heart. The human heart where true love already dwells." He paused. "Romantic, isn't it?"
Something that was previously dangling harmlessly at Raiha's side almost pinned him to a tree through the neck if he had not dodged in time.
Raiha threw him a dark smile and started to walk away.
Joker scoffed. "You know why it didn't work out between you and that girl? Because you opposed another natural force perhaps stronger than destiny." Another pause for effect. "Karma." He pulled out the weapon that almost killed him to give back to the man. "What goes around comes around."
It was a katana.
Revised version, guys. What do you think? I hope you guys found some improvement… hehehe.
This is really the end now. Okay, if it's hard to comprehend, I think you have to go back to chapter II for reference. The guy chasing her around the woods. Pay attention to his weapon.
Thank you, whoever you are sitting there and reading this. It means a lot, believe me. So if there's something you want me to know, why not hit the review button and communicate it?
It's standard for me to say my thank-you's to everyone who has made the effort to review. So here goes:
pratz—for everything would not have been possible without you. Have I ever told you I love you? J
xabie—reviews from great writers always bring forth mixed feelings. I'm flattered, honored, but at the same time I feel as if I'm not truly worthy enough to receive such compliments. Well, thank you for detailing what you liked about the past chapter, xabie. I truly appreciate it and cherish as well, since I'm a big fan of yours. By the way, I'm thinking of doing a fic on your challenge. I'm still deciding which scene. Continue being the great writer that you are. Of course, that's no mean feat for you.
damouse—first of all, sorry for keeping you waiting. Your enthused reaction on the update touched me. You know what, when I write from Mi-chan's perspective I always think of you, hehehehe, to be honest I think each perspective I designed hoping that it would make you fall deeper and deeper and…okay, I'll cut it out. What happened to your other fic, huh? I liked that one. Always conjuring up scenes on what would happen next. Arigato gozaimasu, damouse, for reading this and for loving it. It turned out the way it did because you were there.
khy-- nung nabasa ko review mo, naisip ko kaagad, tutuparin ko ang kahilingan niya. Kaya sa wakas, at nagkatuluyan na rin sila. Sorry ha, kung matagal kang naghintay, pabaya rin kasi ako. Thank you because your review got me working, and now look where we are. Girl, I love your Kindred arc, and I love you for the decision to write more on what happened between the last two chapters. Keep at it, because you know, may fan kang nag-aabang. Thank you sa lahat, sa advice mo about manslaughter and murder, for everything else.
MoonPhoenix—You know, I've never had a review like the one you gave me. I'm really glad you see something more than the romance. If it aroused your curiosity, I'm glad it had that effect. Let's just say one of my goals was not just romance… but to get my readers to think. You proved it worked. Thanks for reading.
Koala4u—I know I'm bad, honestly, I'm wishing you'd be converted to a Tokfuu fan already, so I can say (and I've been wanting to say this): "Welcome to the club." I'm actually very, very happy that my fics had something to do with the consideration of converting. Thank you for reading "Paradox" and "Love, Be Eternal". I hope you liked these two final chapters.
mar00gs—A biased tok-fuu Filipino fan. It's my honor to meet you. Thank you for the encouragement. Here, I got it finished so that you won't be up on your toes waiting for eternity. Sana isang araw magkita tayo, so we could bond over Tokiya and Fuuko. Well, thanks for reading.
FireArrow—thanks for your review. I'm glad it caught your interest which was hopefully sustained to this very moment—when you read the thank-yous. I'm sorry for the slow update and hoping you like the outcome.
Mazzao-na-Mizu—As mar00gs (another reviewer) put it, hello kababayan. I never got to answer your question but I hope the greeting just did. Thank you for your compliment on the idea, but it belongs to pratz. She just chose me to write it. I have to apologize, for it's general knowledge that I'm slow at updating. But I hope you're reading this thank-you right now, and that the ending has pleased you. Thanks for believing in me.
Lady Penquin—did I get your name right? Was the 'q' intentional? Thank you for reading. Thanks for the review that I truly appreciate. Because you asked, here it is. They are an item now. Hope you're as happy as they are.
TETOT99—There are lots of things I wanted to thank you for when I read your review that I can't express. So I'll just use layman's terms. Thank you for loving this fic. I'm sorry if Raiha had to be pushed to the background. I guess I just realized I'm really a hardcore Tok-fuu fan. Well, I hope you like the last chapter (the epilogue was done to compensate for pushing Raiha away too much, it's for you). Thank you for believing in me.
Kaze Yurei—It's been a long time since I heard from you, so that must explain why I was so ecstatic when I read your review. Your reviews always mean a lot to me, girl. Hope you know that. Thanks for taking the time. Hope you like how things turned out.
Flare-Chaa—Thank you for reminding me to update and for caps-locking it for emphasis. Well, now that it's over and done (the fic) what's left is to thank you. Thank you for your precious effort in reviewing. You have done me a great honor.
Kat-gurl1—I really don't know how to handle compliments, and yours, quite simple but saying much threw me in a state of awe. Here's a good writer, complimenting me. What do I do? So I thought of saying thank you. Your review inspired me.
Michelle Kay—I'd have to say it's an honor for me, truly, to know that you like my fics, because it means people tolerate them even if they're not that great. Thank you for that wonderful review.
Dark Phoenix—With 21 words, you touched me. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for giving it a piece of your heart.
Satin Nightingale- Thank you so much for reading this and for loving it! Keep Tokfuu in your heart always…
Massao-na-Mizu- wails in glee Yes! You're back! I'm so glad you dropped by to say hi and leave your comments. I found them so inspiring that I revised some parts of the fic, for you. Hope you like this updated one better. Kinilig ka ba? Hehehehe… Tokfuu forever tayo ha! Itaas ang bandila! Muah Thanks for the review, sis. Means a lot. ;-) Take care of yourself.