"Yes, Neal?"


"What is it?"

"Say it again."

"Say what?"

"Say my name."

"Oh…Neal. All right. Neal."

"Mmm. I love how you say it. I love you."

"I know. I love you, too…Neal."


"There's nowhere I'd rather be right now, Kel."

"Hmm, really? I could think of dozens of places."

"Oh? I'm sure."

"No, really."

"Mm hmm. Like where?"

"Well…the bath. The Isles. My parents' fief. Outside, where it's snowing. In bed."

"With me?"

"No, with Wyldon. Of course YOU, silly. Who'd you think?"

"You wound me, you horrible tease. Isn't being in my arms good enough?"

"Hmm, now that you mention it…"

"You really are terrible."

"Yes. I know."


"And you love me."





"It's snowing."

"Yes, Neal. Thank you for telling me. I've been wondering what those little white flakes outside are. You're a really enlightening experience, you know."

"Yes, I know. But that's not my point. It's snowing."

"Is there a point to this?"

"Do you want to go outside?"

"But I'm warm right here."

"It's all right, Kel. I'll keep you warm outside."


"Like this."


"Mmm. Ohh. I like that."

"I thought you would, Kel. Now, would you like to go outside?"

"Hmm…all right."


"It's beautiful."

"Yes, I just love being out in the freezing cold air surrounded by even colder wetness that gets everywhere."

"Oh come on, Meathead, you're the one who wanted to come out here!"

"Kel, PLEASE! I told you not to call me that."

"Whyever not?"

"It's embarrassing. Besides, it gives people the wrong impression. Once when you called me Meathead in public, a woman thought you were harrassing me."

"Oh. My."

"It's not funny! I want people to see us as…as us."

"How insightful."

"You know what I mean. I want people to see us as being in love."

"Because that's what we are, aren't we?"

"Yes. In love."




"I think I'm getting cold."

"Oh, dear. We'll have to remedy that, won't we?"

The End

:III: This tale has come to an end. Not a complete end, though, perhaps. If any of you would like to see this continued in a sequel, please send me your thoughts, suggestions, criticism, any kind of feedback (email if you'd like: whiteshadow48 at hotmail-dot-com). If a sequel is undertaken, it will likely be about Kel and Neal resolving the difficulties of their relationship, and possibly even Ariane dealing with her parents'…changes. Assuming that Yuki and Neal had married within a year of the end of Lady Knight, I suppose this fic is set about eight or nine years after their marriage. Thus, Neal is approximately in his early thirties, and Kel is late twenties or so. The sequel shouldn't be set very long after the end of this. The sequel will, of course, be as short as this one, but I promise it will be worth the read.

:III: I would like to thank each and every one of you who has reviewed me—you all are the best. Thank you for your support. I love you all! Especial thanks go to Dom's Lover for inspiration and eating chocolate with me; the eternity for continual help, support, and invaluable input; and CrystalLili for wonderful corrections and suggestions. Cheers to you all!

:III: On a final note, I beg all of you readers to drop me a review. Like I said, review! I feel horrible because I'm pretty much and and over with fanfiction… but still email me, who knows what could happen.