A/n: Hello! To all my wonderful who made their way here from Amber Eyed Angel. This is indeed the long….uh, short awaited sequel to Amber Eyed Angel. I hope I didn't take that long to get this out. For all of you new to this story, you may want to read Amber Eyed Angel first. Although I will try to explain things a bit so you won't be too confused if you read this and not Amber Eyed Angel. One last thing! The title of this story will be changed to Violet Eyed Angel when I update the next chapter! Nekotsuki is once again my lovely beta who without her help this story would be crap.
Reviewers from Amber Eyed Angel!
Terry-McElrath - Glad you enjoyed Amber Eyed Angel's ending! Hope you enjoy this new story just as much.
Nekotsuki - In your review you could have said, stealing. I'm sure no one would have understood anyway. -grins-
animeinsomniac - Glad you liked how I ending Amber Eyed Angel. All your praise made my face go red! Thank you so much!
Streetwise Girl - I would answer your questions about the sequel… but what fun would that be?! -smiles- You'll have to read and find out!!
Ms. Zeal - To tell the truth, before I even thought of this sequel I had always planned on letting Hiroko go. I was never planning on killing him or revenge of any sorts. So it wasn't that I was delaying the revenge, it was there was none planned.
Me, random person of doom - Still sounds like a great dream!
lolo popoki - Hope you like the sequel as much as the first!
AekaAnime - I'm overjoyed to hear you loved the ending!
Dragonspirit4215 - Thanks for saying I have a way with words! That means a lot to me!
Shaolin 10 - Here it is at last! The sequel!
Saitouu Ryuuji - Saitou will be in this fic.
Shadow Wolves- Wow!!! Glad you liked Amber Eyed Angel so much!
Kenshin'sorrow - Actually, Vash didn't kill a lot of people. He only killed one (not saying who, I don't want to spoil anything). They even say in that city he destroyed, July right?, that no one was killed, only everything was destroyed. The idea of Kenshin and Vash being similar is very true! That could be the reason Trigun and Kenshin are my two FAVORITE animes!
tsumesgirl05 - Thanks for reading Amber Eyed Angel.
Chapter 1 - The Cat Came Back
The day grew colder as the sun set, as darkness crept ever so slowly over the world. It soon settled over the land and all was quiet. The city people had long since gone to bed, the streets were empty. The forest just outside of it was as still as the city, not a single sound disrupted the silence. Even the creatures of the night were quiet.
The surreal quiet was not lost on a young girl's ears. She lived just outside the city; she often visited this forest and now here she was, arms full of firewood, listening for the nightly noise. There was none.
The young girl dropped the wood in her arms; it clattered noisily to the ground. The desperate shout echoed throughout the dead forest.
"You're begging!" another voice yelled back in an angry hiss. "Why are you begging? Are you pleading for your life?! Did he beg too? I don't think so." This voice was very upset; it frightened the young girl. This voice sounded almost like an animal.
"Please! I don't want to die! I don't wanna die!"
A loud gunshot filled the forest and caused the young girl to shriek. She stood, trembling, her breath uneven. She listened for any other sound, but heard nothing. The silence was slowly engulfing the small child; it soon became suffocating. Grabbing a few of the dropped logs so her father wouldn't be cross with her, she sprinted towards her house. Once home she ran straight to her room, to hide, and to never speak of what she had heard. She covered her head with her hands, "Please," she begged, "Protect me."
And time moves on…
The sun was high in the afternoon sky, beating down on the crowd in the market place. The busy bustle of people moving about made it seem hotter than it really was. One man noted the heat with mild annoyance, shuffling the heavy bundle he was carrying so he could wipe a hand across his brow, which had started to collect small beads of sweat. As he wiped his forehead, his scarlet bangs waved back and forth with the movement.
"Kaoru-dono, are we almost finished?" he asked in an almost pleading voice.
His companion turned and smiled at him. "We're almost done, Kenshin. We just need to pick up a couple more things," she said as she turned and practically skipped to the next vendor.
Kenshin grinned and gave a weak laugh. "But do you have to buy it all at once?" he mumbled after her. He watched as Kaoru haggled with the merchant, promptly handing Kenshin yet another bundle to carry.
"Oh!! Look over there! Some daikon! We could use some more some more of that!" She ran off to the next stand with Kenshin following behind her with a happy sigh, doing his best not to drop anything.
He watched Kaoru as she looked over the radishes; he couldn't help but smile as he did so. After everything that had happened with Enishi, it was nice to see things had finally settled down, and everything seemed to be back to normal. Although, nothing could really go back to the way it was.
Now it seemed even better.
She had told him the first time they met: I don't care about your past. Now, after all that had happened, she still really meant that. After he had told her about Tomoe, after she was kidnapped by Enishi, after all that she still wanted to be with him.
So here he was, still in Tokyo, with people who really cared about him, shopping with the one who cared about him most. He quickened his pace, trying to catch up to her.
They weren't the only ones shopping that day. A young woman stood in the street looking down at the paper in her hand. She wore a light green, western-style dress and her black hair fell gracefully around her shoulders, not tied back by anything. "Let's see, I still need to pick up some…" She checked her list once more. "Daikon radishes." She made her way towards the vendor, but her step was a bit off. She leaned slightly to the left as she rested her weight against the cane in her hand, with the bag of groceries she had already bought banging back and forth against her leg as she walked.
"Kenshin! Hurry up!" The woman's head snapped up as she looked towards the call.
"Kenshin?" she repeated, scanning the crowd.
"Sessha is coming!" A yell came to answer the voice that had called out.
The woman's shoulders slumped slightly. "Sessha?" she repeated sadly. "That's not something he would say." She continued towards the vendor sadly, when a flash of red caught her eye. Once more her head snapped up. Her breath came faster and faster as she looked again, trying to find the source of the red. She had seen flashes of red before, but they always turned out to be a flag or someone's clothing. Finally she found the red; it was someone's hair.
Her heart stopped; she felt her hands lose their grip on the bag she had been carrying. It crashed to the ground as she tried to breathe, watching the man with red hair try to make his way through the crowd without dropping any of the many bags and packages he was carrying. Finally, something snapped in the woman and she moved as fast as she could towards the man.
Kenshin stopped. It felt like someone was watching him. Although they didn't feel threatening in any way, he was trying to figure out who was watching him when a burst of energy ran through his senses. "KENSHIN!" a feminine voice called out. Before he even had time to turn around to see who had called him, a woman crashed into him, pulling him into a hug.
"Oro!" he cried, as he began to tip from the sudden force and the awkward way he was carrying the bundles. He tipped backwards until he, the strange woman hugging him, and Kaoru's groceries fell to the ground with a loud thud.
A few people passing by stopped and stared at the two people lying on the ground, then moved on. Kaoru turned to see what the noise was, and was surprised to see Kenshin sprawled on the ground, his eyes spinning, with some strange girl in western clothes on top of him. "Kenshin!" she shrieked. "What are you doing?! Who is she!?" Kaoru wanted answers and she wanted them now.
Kenshin got a hold of himself and sat up. "I don't know who she is," he said, stunned. He certainly didn't remember any girls from the west, although she did look somewhat familiar.
"I found you! I finally found you!" the woman cried happily, burying her head in Kenshin's chest.
"Kenshin!" Kaoru yelped, infuriated by what she was seeing.
"I found you! My angel! At last!"
Kenshin's blood ran cold for a moment. He looked down at the woman's side and saw a cane lying in the dirt. 'It couldn't be!' he thought, grabbing the woman's shoulders and pulling her back so he could get a good look at her eyes. Emerald green eyes locked with violet ones and the two studied each other carefully. Kenshin recognized those cat-like eyes right away. 'Neko…' He just couldn't believe it.
Suddenly the woman blinked a few times and backed away. "I'm sorry!" she said hastily. "I thought you were someone else!" She looked completely embarrassed as she reached over and picked up her cane. She studied Kenshin carefully. "You look so much like him, but your eyes…" She trailed off, her eyes getting a far away look to them, as if dreaming about the past.
"Neko, it's me," Kenshin said quickly.
Hearing her name startled her. "It's…it's really you then! Kenshin! It's really you!?"
Kenshin couldn't help but smile at the girl in front of him. "Hai."
"KENSHIN!" Neko yelled, throwing herself on top of him again. "It's really you!"
"What's going on!?" Kaoru yelled, completely confused over what was going on between her Kenshin and this strange woman.
"Kaoru-dono…" Kenshin trailed off as he picked himself off the ground, then helped Neko to her feet. "Neko, this is Kamiya Kaoru." Neko smiled sweetly at Kaoru, and gave a slight bow of her head in greeting. "Kaoru-dono, this is Mid-"
"I'm Neko!" she interrupted, extending her hand to Kaoru.
Slowly Kaoru extended her hand and took Neko's. "So, you know Kenshin?" she asked awkwardly.
"Why, yes!" Neko smiled happily. "When I was little, he saved my life, and then he took care of me for almost a year after my parents died."
Kaoru stepped back a little in surprise. "You lived with him for that long!?"
"Iie," she replied sadly, her eyes falling to the ground. "For a few months of that time I lived with someone else."
"Ah, what brings you to the market, Neko?" Kenshin asked quickly, trying to change the subject.
"Oh, I was just picking up a- MY BAG!" Neko turned to find her dropped bag. "Excuse me! I'll be right back." As Neko retrieved her bag, Kenshin and Kaoru started to pick up their dropped items.
"Kenshin, why didn't you ever tell me about Neko?" Kaoru asked.
"It's been a long time since sessha has seen Neko. Sessha just didn't think you would ever need to know about Neko." He picked up another bag. It had been a long time; ten long years. He and Kaoru had just finished gathering their things when Neko came back.
A bright smile was on the young woman's face as she walked towards them. 'I wonder how old she is,' Kaoru found herself thinking, as Neko chatted quite happily to Kenshin about some of the things she had bought. 'She can't be much younger than I am. How old was she when she met Kenshin?'
"How long have you been in Tokyo?!" Neko's excited voice broke through Kaoru's thoughts.
"Ah," Kenshin rubbed the back of his head as he thought. He smiled sweetly when he came up with the answer. "About a year."
"Wow! A whole year?! I should have come here sooner!"
"You don't live in Tokyo?" Kaoru asked hopefully.
Neko shook her head. "Iie, visiting." Kaoru couldn't help but feel a little bit happier, knowing Neko wasn't going to be staying in Tokyo forever.
"Where are you staying?" Kenshin asked.
"In a hotel in the western section of town," Neko enthusiastically answered.
"You're into western culture?" Kaoru asked, eyeing the dress Neko wore.
"Hai, very much! I see a lot of business men from the west. I couldn't help but fall in love with their culture! This dress lets me be so much more mobile than a kimono. You should come by my hotel and see the beds!" she exclaimed. "They're a lot different from futons!"
"That would be nice. Sessha has heard that they sit off the floor."
"They do! And they are so soft and comfortable!"
"I have an idea. Why don't you come to the dojo and have some lunch with us?" Kaoru interrupted.
Neko blushed slightly. "I don't want to be a bother."
"It's no bother. You're a friend of Kenshin's!" Kaoru said happily. "Besides, this way you could meet Yahiko and Sanosuke. They're our friends, although they're a bit strange," she admitted. "Don't you think it's a good idea, Kenshin?" He agreed with a smile and a nod of his head.
Neko's grin widened. "Sure, I would love to see Kenshin's dojo! I'm surprise he got one started in under a year!"
Kaoru nearly fell over. "No! It's my dojo! The Kamiya Kasshin-Ryu dojo!"
"Sessha just lives with Kaoru-dono," Kenshin said, with a weak laugh.
"Oh, I'm just surprised to hear that a woman runs a dojo." Neko bowed to Kaoru. "Gomen! I did not mean to be rude!"
Kaoru laughed slightly. "No, no, don't worry about it. I didn't tell you it was my dojo, you just assumed, no harm done." This was a friend of Kenshin's. Kaoru didn't want to scare her away. Even if she was prettier and about the same age as herself, any friend of Kenshin's was welcome in her dojo.
A/N: Yes, a short chapter. Forgive me… but, hey! It's an update! Just reinforcing this. THE NAME IS CHANGING TO VIOLET EYED ANGEL THE NEXT UPDATE.