My interpretation of a scene from chapter
84/Episode 41 of Rurouni Kenshin.
I Need to Know
Why is she here?
Why am I here?
I told her I was leaving.
He said he was leaving me...
I don't want her in danger.
He doesn't want me to be here.
Why didn't she listen to me?
He must think I'm a fool.
If anything were to happen to her -
But if anything happened to him -
... I'd die.
It would kill me.
I left to keep you safe.
I know he left to protect me...
Why do you always rush into danger?
I'm so reckless.
Wasn't I clear enough with you?
He told me exactly how he felt when he left.
Aren't you afraid?
I'm so afraid for him.
I wish you weren't here.
He must be so angry with me.
Go home. Please go home.
But I'm not leaving without him.
Can't you see you don't belong here?
I have a right to be here.
You're going to be killed.
Even if it kills me.
I can't always protect you.
He tries so hard to protect me...
I've failed in the past.
And he's never failed before.
You shouldn't trust a manslayer like me.
I trust him with my life.
I'll lie to you -
He carries secrets...
- and I might hurt you -
But he doesn't do it to hurt me.
- but still you follow me.
I'll keep following him.
Where do you think this journey will end?
I want to be with him at the end of his journey.
This place is death.
Even in death.
Why are you here?
I'm here because I love him.
"These friends of yours?"
The dark-haired man in the corner shattered the gaze between the two, his eyes drawn towards his former student, a single eyebrow raised.
Kenshin watched Kaoru for a long moment, then finally turned to his master.
"Yes," he said simply.
She's here because she loves me.
And I don't know what to do.
A response to Mir-san's TFME Autumn fanfiction challenge, focusing on perspective. Three-in-one is confusing, O_o
Written October 2003