Sometimes I just don't know what to think. After the battle I had awoken in the school hospital in a privet room. Apparently three days have passed since the ordeal, and things were finally calming down around campus. I had used up so much of my energy during the final battle that I had been put in a small coma up until now. Stretching out, I thought back on everything that happened and was glad that it was over.
College Mew Mew Epilog
"Ichigo, you're awake." Masaya greeted me, walking into my room. He sat down a vase of flowers and then placed himself in a chair beside my bed. "Thank goodness. I was beginning to worry."
"I'm okay, is everyone else fine?" I looked over at him as he took my hand. "I've been so worried."
"They're fine, don't sweat it." He thumped his chest. "They're all strong, you know that. In about a week or two, everyone will be as good as new."
"How is Incred...?"
Masaya looked to the side, not answering.
"He's...dead isn't he?"
He answered me with a short nod. "Yeah. The aliens took him somewhere to bury him after the battle and everyone was taken care of. None of us have seen them yet."
"They'll come back to see us before they go. We saved two aquas for them."
"Oh my god," I shouted out, suddenly realizing. "Masaya, we untransformed in front of a lot of people!"
"Its fine," He grinned lightly. "You know how since every college in the area were going to compete? We had college news covering it all. Everything on our transformations was censored out completely. I guess they didn't want anyone else to find out. A way of saying thanks for protecting them, I guess."
"He's freaking, of course." He shook his head and grinned. "Keeps wanting to see me change."
"Sounds like him." I fell back onto the bed and sighed. "When can I go home?"
"Tonight. They said you could go as soon as you woke up.
I smiled and stretched out. "Good. I need some peace and quiet."
It was weird being at the apartment again once again after everything was over. The looming sense of danger and the feeling of dread was no longer hanging thick in the air. No longer did I have to worry about being attacked at any given moment and worry if everyone else was okay as well. I didn't have to worry about Masaya going to the store by himself and not coming back after an hour or so. It felt really nice, and I was thankful for it.
I was alone currently, wrapped in a blanket and watch the T.V. A mug of hot chocolate was in my hands, warming them comfortably. When I felt someone behind me, I just assumed it was my boyfriend, coming back from his class. I was surprised, however, when Kish sat down next to me and leaned forward, resting his chin on his hands.
"We're heading back tomorrow," He spoke after a while. "I feel weird. I never once thought about how I would feel when I had to leave again..." turning to me, he gave me a faint smile. "I'm going to miss you. I don't know if we can talk from so far away with our communication device or not, but I'm hoping for the best."
"Are you okay, Kish?" I asked him, worried.
His face softened and before I knew it, he was laying down on the couch, head rested on my lap. "It's my fault," He whispered. "I never told him that you rejected me in the kiss. He died saving my lover that I didn't have."
I didn't know what to say to him. Instead I gently ran my fingers through his hair and let him rest on me. After a few moments, Kish opened his mouth again to once more speak. "We'll always remember him. He'll go down in all of our history books as a hero who sacrificed himself to save our planet." He shifted a little so he was looking up at me. "I think he'd like that. Always had an ego, that Incred."
Looking down at him, I nodded lightly in agreement. "Is there anything I can do for you?"
"This is enough," He replied, closing his eyes and sighing. "Just keep doing what you're doing."
I nodded and smiled, playing with his hair. Observing his face, I noticed he was a little troubled. Slowly a tear came through his closed eyes, then another. He didn't move to hide them; only let them slowly trail down his cheeks and into his hair. Gently I finger combed his hair as he silently cried for his lost friend and all the emotions he had kept up in himself since the war had started. I don't know how long we stayed like that, but it seemed to pass by in a flash before he sat up and opened his eyes, finally wiping away the salty water that had graced them. "Would you mind if I said goodbye right now?" He asked me, with a light grin.
"Okay." I nodded at him, feeling a little heart broken that he was really going to go again. There was no reason for him to ever come back this time. I would probably never see him again. "But before you do, here..." I reached under my shirt and pulled out my necklace that still had two shining tear drops in it. "This is yours."
"...Thank you," He took the necklace from me and put it around himself. "I'll try and contact you again sometime. So take care of yourself okay?"
"Of course. You too, okay? Don't get into too much trouble."
"Never." He smiled again, this time really meaning it. "I'm glad I met you, Ichigo."
"Same here." I hugged him close, feeling my eyes sting. He was more than a fast friend this time around. He meant something to me, in a weird sort of way. Like the best friend you've always had but never really thought of like that until they were gone for good. Sniffing, I pulled back and pecked his cheek. "You're going to make some girl really happy someday."
"I'll try." He looked at me one last time before nodding. "Goodbye Ichigo. I love you."
"I know. You too Kish. Be safe." He faded away from me without another word, leaving me with the fleeting image of his smiling face.
Feeling alone again, I hugged myself a moment before returning to my hot chocolate, feeling the warmth slide down my throat and cheer me up a little. It was time to start living again. And I was sure I could do it.
--------A few years later-------------
"Hurry up, Ichigo, he's waiting on you!"
"I know, I know!" I beamed out, fixing my veil. Mint fluttered around me, fixing my dress in various places to make sure it was perfect. "Do I look okay? Is my hair right?"
"You're beautiful," Lettuce confirmed for me
"He'll be speechless!" Pudding added in, smiling brightly.
I was so nervous I had trouble standing straight. My wedding dress clung to my tightly and flared out at my waist, going down in several layers of lace and silk. I licked my lips, tasting lipstick that was lightly flavored with strawberries. I heard the wedding march start to play and then my dad was next to me, smiling and fighting back tears. "Come on, Daddy," I comforted him, taking his arm and turning to the door. "Walk me down the isle, Daddy, it's about that time. Does my wedding dress look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don't cry."
He smiled brightly at me and wiped his face. The doors opened and my bride's maids walked through first, arm in arm with their boyfriends and Masaya's friends. After Zakuro pasted by, the music changed and everyone inside stood up. I then started walking with my father down the long isle of the church.
Masaya looked so handsome, standing there in his tuxedo. He was so mature, smiling at me as I walked, awed at how I looked. The church was packed full of people. Friends, parents, family, and almost everyone that I've met along my way of life.
"Who gives away this girl?" Keiichiro asked my father, playing the role of our preacher. This time it was real, though. Ryou had paid for everything himself and Keiichiro was going to wed us legally this time.
"I, her father, give her away." My Dad spoke, taking my hand and placing it into Masaya's. My fiancée met my eyes and winked at me.
Keiichiro's words flew smoothly over the church, and I almost lost myself in them, blushing at the vows and replying quickly to when he asked me if I would take Masaya as my husband. I heard a few people giggle at this, Including Pudding, who quickly covered it up. Turning to Masaya, I smiled. "And does this lady have a ring to represent such a promise?"
"I do," I turned to look at Zakuro, who gave me a ring. "With this ring, I thee wed," I spoke out, looking into his eyes. "I promise to cherish thee in sickness and in health. In good times and bad, until death do us part."
"And does this man have a ring for this lady?"
"I do," Masaya spoke out, turning to his best friend and ring bearer, Mark. He looked a little spaced out. "Mark," Masaya hissed at him under his breath, making him jump lightly.
"Oh yeah, ring, ring." He dug in his pockets a moment before realizing that it was in his jacket breast pocket and fished it out of there. Several people sniggered, but I could only smile. It wouldn't be the same without Mark's goofy flare to things. "Here ya go, bud." He handed it to Masaya, who was trying not to faint from panic of the idea of Mark losing his ring.
He turned back to me, and met my eyes. "With this ring, I thee wed..." Slowly I let him slide it over my gloved finger. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered I was supposed to take off my glove before he did it, but I didn't really care at the moment. "I promise to cherish thee in sickness and in health. In good times and bad, until death do us part."
I blushed darkly and beamed up at him, feeling my ears and tail pop out under my veil and dress. I didn't care, no one would be able to see it, and those that knew of it would only smile. "Well?" Keiichiro asked, grinning. "You may kiss the bride of course."
Masaya lifted my veil and then my chin lightly, looking into my eyes. "I love you, Ichigo."
"I love you too, Masaya." I closed my eyes and felt his lips on mine. Several people cheered around us, and I put my hands around his neck, kissing him deeper. Now several people were wooting at us. Pulling back, I laughed happily. "We're married!" I screeched out quietly, making him laugh.
"Come on," He took my hand and led me back down the isle, where everyone else was following.
"Throw the bouquet!" Pudding shouted out, as I picked up the flowers.
"Everyone ready!?" I shouted out over the music of the reception. Getting cheers, I turned around, and laughed. "One...two...three!" I hurled it over my head backwards and listened to every scream out to try and catch it. Then I heard a familiar male voice.
"What does this mean?" He asked, making me turn around quickly, to see Kish standing in a tuxedo next to Pai and Tart. "Do I win a prize or something?"
Not being able to help it, I laughed out with everyone else. My life was perfect now. I had my friends, my happiness, my family, and soon I would be starting my own. Masaya was about to start his new job as a director and narrator of a series about endangered species and diffent kinds of animals. I was now manager of Ryou's café where all of my friends still worked at, just having fun. It seemed like everything was perfect again.
And I was happy.
A/N: Wow. It's finished. Took me just a little over a month to complete, and spanning 60,000 words, but I did it. I'd like to thank everyone who read this story, and also those who has left reviews for me to encourage me along the way. I'd like to take this time to apologize for days I didn't update, and for the many, many spelling and grammatical errors I made long the way.
My next project will be coming up soon, so be sure to look for it. Once again, thanks for reading and I hope everyone enjoyed this along the way. I hereby dedicate this story to all of you who were with me from the start. Thanks a lot guys.