You know, I sat here and tried to figure out why I couldn't get the next chapter out, and I realized… it wasn't a chapter I needed but an epilogue! Hahahaha! I am glad finally be able to draw this to a close. It has been a long and hard struggle and a lot of 'life' tried to keep me from completing this, but I made a promise to myself and even though it is past the New Years, it is close enough for me. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and now I will grace you with the end.
Tomoyo and Eriol arrived back at Syaoran's apartment just before 11:30 the next day. Sakura greeted them at the door with a calm smile.
Tomoyo's eyes sparkled as she returned the gesture stepped forward to hug the girl. "You are looking better. I hope you slept well."
Sakura's grin broadened as she turned to catch Syaoran's eye with her response, "I did, thank you. Slept better then I have in a long while." turning back to their guests, Sakura stepped aside to grant Eriol access into the apartment past her. "I'm glad we could see you guys one last time before you had to return back home."
Eriol smiled and nodded to her before walking over to Syaoran who had been blushing since Sakura's greeting to them. Smirking to himself as Syaoran quickly passed him to enter the living room, Eriol turned back to the girls who were still standing by the door. "So, where to? Anywhere you guys want to go?"
Both girls shook their heads. Syaoran sighed in mock exasperation. "Do you two always have to be so difficult?"
That got a laugh out of everyone as Syaoran ushered everyone back out of the apartment and down to the street.
Hoping into Eriol's rental car, they ended up at a local mom & pop's restaurant. Quant and good, but quiet enough to be able to hold a conversation.
"It was really good to see you guys and it was wonderful meeting you Tomoyo. I'm sorry it wasn't as fun-filled of a trip as it could have been. We shall have to plan something else again very soon." Sakura leaned back in her chair and smiled at Tomoyo and Eriol who sat across from her.
Tomoyo nodded in agreement and added quietly, "It was marvelous to meet you too. We will have to keep in touch! I feel like I have made a new best friend." Both girls laughed at the comment.
Syaoran turned slightly to focus on Sakura's profile. As the girls continued to reminisce his nerves began to relax. After the devastating ordeal things were beginning to look as they had before. No, things would never be the same, but things would get easier.
Touya entered the front room of his shared apartment and saw Yukito asleep in a chair with a book lying on his lap. Walking to him slowly, he kneeled in front of him and removed the book from his lap while gently placing a hand on his knee. "Yuki" Touya shook the man lightly until his eyes opened. "Let's go lay down for a bit."
Yukito nodded his head slightly and pushed off the chair as Touya stood. Yukito moved to pass Touya but was stopped as his hand was grabbed. Turning back, he saw a warm smile on Touya's face. He nodded yet again and returned it with a smile of his own before leading Touya down the hall with him. 'I won't be alone anymore. There are people who do truly love me.'
Standing alone on a hill at sunset, Fujitaka watched the beautiful colors cross the sky.
"Wait for me my love"
The wind past through his hair as if to say'always' and he felt at peace.
Standing to the side of the hallway with his hands in his pockets and watching in silence as Sakura chatted with her fellow classmates, Syaoran was reminded of how things use to be before there friendship faltered. 'How had he let her go like that? How had he not noticed her grief earlier? When did I just let her go?'
He was pulled out of his musings as Sakura's eyes focused on him excusing herself from the group of girls she was talking. Nodding her farewell to her friends, she started to approach Syaoran.
Pushing off the wall he was leaning against, Syaoran waited for her approach. She said nothing as she smiled softly at him while winding her arms around his waist. Removing his hands from his pockets, he loosely wrapped one of his arms around her shoulder as he gently caressed her cheek with his other hand. "How did I get so lucky?" He whispered to her as he leaned down and kissed her gently.
Answering his question in a response so quiet it was almost lost in the commotion of the hustle and bustle around them, she leaned forward "I am the lucky one." She kissed him so gently that it left his skin tingling while she added, "Thank you for loving me." before laying her head on his chest.
"Always Sakura." he said with so much determination it sent electricity up her spine adding to the tightening of his arms around her. "I will love you always."
And that, my friends, is where I will leave you. The end of this story, but who knows? It may just be the beginning of another. Take care of yourselves and each other in this New Year. Don't take love for granted, and always let those you love know. Life is shorter then we would like it to be.