August 06, 2008 - 11:35 PM.

Dear readers,

After great consideration and literally YEARS of indecisiveness, I have finally decided to discontinue this story.

I am truly sorry. You have no idea how sad it makes me to say goodbye to a story that I have been writing since I was fourteen years old, but my heart is no longer with the Rurouni Kenshin fandom like it used to be, and I'm afraid that even if I did manage to get my shit together and finish PintheP, it would most certainly NOT meet expectations.

I know a lot of people that have been with me for a long, long time are going to be seriously disappointed, especially because I bet most of those that are coming back to PintheP probably expecting a new chapter. I'm sorry to leave you with only this author's note.

Because I AM discontinuing the story, I would at least like to summarize the rest of the story as I had it planned out - I owe ya'll that in the very least.

SUMMARIZATION:

After Battousai and Sanosuke have their showdown, they finally set aside their differences for the sake of Kaoru, who they both love, and Yahiko, who Sanosuke reveals is being held captive by Katsura much the same way that Kaoru once was. Kaoru is indignant and after some persuasion on her behalf, Battousai, Sanosuke, Misao, and the recovered Aoshi begin to plan their attack on Katsura's mansion. They discover a weakness in the fortified walls of the mansion, and make their move. After effectively making it inside the mansion, Aoshi, Sanosuke, and Misao go off to find the whereabouts of Yahiko, while Kaoru and Battousai make their way through the mansion in an effort to find Katsura and finally kill him, once and for all.

Eventually the two discover Katsura's private rooms, and Battousai infiltrates the rooms to dispatch him, only to discover that Katsura is not in his bed; instead, the dead body of Yahiko has been left there for him to find. Sickened, but unable to do anything, he is distracted by a scream. Racing back to Kaoru, he discovers that she has been captured by the obviously insane Katsura, who is holding her at knife-point.

Katsura gives Battousai a choice - he can surrender his weapons or he can watch Kaoru die. Suspicious and not entirely trusting of Katsura, Battousai stalls to give time for Sanosuke and the others to arrive. Once they do, things grow only worse; members of Katsura's gang show up and kill Aoshi and Misao. Now Battousai no longer has any choice in the matter; he surrenders his sword, but is completely devastated when Katsura does not keep his word -

...he slits Kaoru's throat, then and there, and Battousai flies into a rampage. He kills everyone standing, allies and enemies alike. Finally, Battousai is left alone with only his ghosts to haunt him, and his split personality for company.

END

YES. It's dark. But I'd always planned on ending it like that; this was categorized under "angst", so I'm sorry if you were expecting something happier.

Anyway, that's all I really have to say. Again, I'd like to apologize to all of you who have been waiting for an ending, only to be disappointed.

For what it's worth, I enjoyed every single moment of this story, and that pleasure was only multiplied by all the wonderful reviews PintheP recieved over it's four year existence.

I sincerely hope that you will come and visit me at my new account, shake.the.bones, where I write slash for the Harry Potter and Heroes fandoms.

Thank you all for a great ride.

All my love,

Sarah.