"As long as you have true friends, who stand by your side, nothing will bring you to your knees. Though your soul and heart may cry out, your bonds will keep you standing. Standing and alive."

--Thunder Demon

(Thanks for the quote!)


"Do you know what is going on?"

"He said that it was an emergency..."

"Why isn't he here then?"

"Better yet, why are we here?"

"I guess it is a little odd..."

"A little? We're in an--"

"Arcade?" Tai finished the sentence for Jyou, and everyone turned to him. All at once they were asking what the problem was and why they were there. He finally got them all seated around a booth, and faced them. Ten pairs of eyes stared at him, their full attention given to him.

"I called you here because there is an emergency, one that I realized I needed to finally fix. We," he gestured at everyone around the table, "Are falling apart. We're basically hanging by threads."

"We are?" Davis said, puzzled.

"He means our group," Kari explained.

Everyone looked at Tai, varying degrees of guilt on their faces. Tai spoke again. "Yeah, we're all responsible, but it took me a while to realize that meant we are all responsible for fixing it too. 'Cause how can you be a group when you can't work as one?

"So we are here to work this out?" Sora asked.

"Yep," Tai nodded.

"But why an arcade?" TK asked.

"Oh, I just had a hunch that this would be a great way for all of us to get to know each other again."

Everyone nodded, but seemed at a loss for what to do next.

"So do we just play games now?" Ken asked.

"Yeah! Lets play games!" Miyako cheered.

"But with what? Our good looks?" Yamato asked.

"Yep!" chirped a voice from behind Tai. Everyone turned and gasped in surprise and happiness as Mimi stepped forward dumping a bag of game tokens on the table. "Or at least my good looks, which are what got us these tokens. I just talked with the token guy for a few minutes and he just...gave them to me."

Sora groaned. "Why didn't you just pay for them?"

Mimi looked outraged. "I'm not rich!"

"Thank goodness," Tai muttered and Mimi sent him a secret smile.

"Well? Let's go!" Davis cried, grabbing a pile of coins and taking off, as TK and Ken did the same and followed after him. Others started to disperse, and Tai took the opportunity to grab some coins and Sora, taking them all to the skeetball machines.

Sora started the game, but Tai didn't. She finally looked over at him, realizing he was staring at her. "What?" she asked.

"Sora, for the longest time, I wished that we could go back in time so that I could have you before you chose Yamato." Sora tried to interrupt, but Tai stopped her. She looked sad and anxious. "But then I realized that none of that matters to me anymore. It wasn't our time. But, maybe now is."

"What are you trying to say?" she asked, an undecipherable look on her face.

"'Its not getting what you want, its wanting what you got.'"

She smiled, taking his hand. "That was actually a good quote, I'm impressed."

"Well, I did have another good one, too. You know, "'If wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak.'"

Sora looked at him in disbelief. "That is NOT how that quote goes."

"Yes it is!" Tai said indignantly.

"No, she's right, its 'If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride'!" Yamato's voice came from behind a nearby arcade machine. Several other voices laughed from the same direction.

"What are you all doing back there?" Sora demanded, blushing slightly.

"Waiting for Tai to make his moooove!" Mimi said in a singsong voice. Ten heads poked out from various places, and Sora blushed even darker.

Tai, however, not wanting to disappoint, pulled her in for a kiss.

Their friends whistled and cheered, but Tai just deepened the kiss when Sora slipped her arms around his neck.

It was good to be home.


(Disclaimer: The "wanting what you got" quote is from the song "Soak up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow and the misquote about horses is a reference to one of the best TV shows ever, Firefly.)

AN- Ah, the end is here! I'm so very glad that some of you stuck it out to the end, and I adore EVERYONE for their support of the story! I hope it didn't disappoint too much. Again, thank you to all of my reviewers!

So, you want to know about future projects? Well, for now there aren't any. I will be updating and finishing my other current story "Find My Way Back to You" but then after that I am probably done. I might try to do some one shots (chapter stories get so involved) and I have started working on another longer story called "Tokyo Princess", but I don't know if anyone would be interested in that.

This leads me to the final point of business. PLEASE REVIEW! Any specific characters you would like to see in a one shot? Would you like me to try posting "Tokyo Princess" just so you can decide if you like it? Any ideas, just let me know!

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Until the next time, peeps.