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Chapter 25: No More

The rain pattered over his head as it dripped from the petals of the pure white roses he held in his arms. The darkness of the whole place contrasted greatly to the beautiful bouquet. In his mind he still replayed the earlier events of that night.

The way Shigure convinced him to come to the ball wearing a formal black tuxedo, how embarrassed he was when he saw himself wearing such a thing but thinking how Tohru would like it.

The way he came to the Halloween Ball with only Tohru's smile in mind, the way he heard Yuki yell after her…

The way he turned around and the way Tohru sharply turned around too, only to wrap her arms around his cousin, Yuki.

The way smoke cleared and the way she still held his cursed form in her arms. The way her hair fell over her face and the way she apologized to him.

The way she confessed that she hated herself for being so jealous when she saw Yuki and her best friend, Hanajima, together. The way she told him that she was confused about her true feelings…

The way his heart broke when she whispered and sobbed the words, I think I still like you.

The way Yuki's eyes widened when he realized that Kyou was standing only a few steps away, capable of hearing every word said. And the way Tohru turned to him with eyes full of tears. The way the rain started to beat down on him as if he wasn't hurt enough, as if to tell him that this was not just a nightmare…that this was real.

Kyou—kun…she said it with such hesitance and shock.

He turned away finally, unable to bear the sight of her crying. He didn't want her to see him for he knew his eyes were sad.

Kyou, Yuki called.

But he paid it no heed. He gritted his teeth, unable to take the heavy feeling in his chest. He felt so angry but not even his anger could surpass…his despair.

So he ran away. He ran as fast as he could, as far as he could go. Tohru's call for him rang in his ears even when he was miles away. He didn't want to turn around if all he was going to see were her tears. He didn't want to open his eyes if all he was going to see was the rain. He didn't want to cry if he didn't have Tohru to smile for him anymore.

Now far, far away from his pain, he stared down at the ground which held nothing significant. His hands gripped the beautiful bouquet tightly until the ivory flowers slowly withered to the rain-stained floor. His knees were trembling and his breaths were coming out in huffs. This was too much.

With a splash he fell to his knees and looked up to the weeping heavens, crying out the pain of his heart. He screamed and screamed until his voice cracked and he could scream no more. And then all that was left was tears and he cried…

He wanted to hate Yuki. He wanted to hate Tohru. They caused this heartache. But the saddest thing was that he couldn't bring himself to hate them. After all…he was the cat. And no one could ever love the cat.

Not even Tohru…


Hanajima sat in his clinic, staring out at the rain and the way it wrapped everything in darkness. The radio played a new song in the background; she hated every word of it. Hatori probably did too. But that didn't stop him from playing it. It was probably going to get stuck in her head after tonight.

I asked her for a smile

She couldn't I don't know why

Could it be that it's all over?

An image of an angel's winged back appeared in her mind. She could still remember the way Yuki ran. He got further and further away.

Such a short love affair

I feel it's so unfair

But what can I do

To keep this love oh so true

Her hands still trembled. She could still feel the way his wings slipped passed her fingers.

The feelings can't be gone

We've only just begun

Now why must we end it?

In all her years of knowing the Prince, she had never seen him walk away. She had seen him smile as if he meant, she'd seen him run his fingers through his hair in thought. She'd seen him receive gifts from fan girls and she'd seen him give them to someone else.

I feel we should go on

Cause I could feel the fire's warmth

The sparks of love

That keeps it shining on...

She'd seen his eyes sparkle with genuine happiness, and his aura brighten with genuine warmth, and his hand touch a shoulder of a friend in need with pure and genuine intentions. She'd seen him look at Tohru with longing, and at Kyou with contempt.

I'll be standing here

Even though it's through

I have this space in my heart for you

But she'd never seen him walk away before. She never thought she'd see the day that his back would go further and further from her…and be hurt by it.

I don't know how I'll fake it

And I doubt if I can make it

"I made you some tea." His deep voice broke through her musings and she turned from the window, pulling at the edges of the blanket he gave her so that it could wrap more securely around her shoulders.

And if you get to realize

Just turn and look into my eyes

She turned to him and watched him set down the tea on the table. He handed her a cup and their cold fingers grazed each other.

Cause then you'd come know

That it was me after all...

She brought it to her lips and drank, not caring that the water scalded her tongue and lips. It was warm…and right at that moment, she was colder than she'd ever been before.

You know we still have time

It's not too late to change your mind

Why must we end it?

"Are you feeling better?" he asked her, his face still an unreadable mask.

She looked up at him and asked back, "Why did you come for me?"

I feel we should go on

Cause I could feel the fire's warmth

The sparks of love

That keeps it shining on...

"I told you, didn't I? I'll always fix you." His words held so much caring in them. And Hana knew that was exactly what she needed. She needed to be fixed.

I'll be standing here

Even though it's through

I have this space in my heart for you

"Hatori…" she said, the name feeling foreign.

Hatori looked up at her with surprise but was unable to see her eyes for they were shadowed.

I don't know how I'll fake it

And I doubt if I can make it

"What would you do…if I kissed you…"

The tea cup he was holding slipped from his fingers and fell to the floor, spilling it's contents.

There was a long while of silence.

And if you get to realize

Just turn and look into my eyes

"I would…" he finally mustered. "…kiss you back." Would Yuki have said something like that? Would he have made the same face?

Cause then you'd come know

That it was me after all...

Without warning she stood and slowly walked towards him and all Hatori could feel was the wild beating of his heart. But Hanajima slipped on the tea cup that fell and Hatori caught her just in time.

White smoke poofed from him and Hanajima's eyes widened. She found herself looking down at a sea horse as she supported her own weight with her own two hands.

And Hatori, ashamed at first, told Hanajima everything.

That it was me after all...

"I think…it's cute." Hana said finally, still looking down at him. And tears started to well in Hatori's eyes at that, knowing that Hanajima said nothing but the truth. To feel so accepted and needed…as if the curse didn't matter at all…

I'll be standing here

Even though it's through

I have this space in my heart for you

Another poof came and he was back to his bare human self. And all he could do was take her face in his hands and pull her to him. Their lips collided just as lightning struck outside, casting silhouettes of their romance over the tea-stained floor.

I don't know how I'll fake it

And I doubt if I can make it

Did Yuki kiss like this?

And if you get to realize

No…

Just turn and look into my eyes

Cause then you'd come know

Hatori kissed like this. And Hatori answered her. And Hatori came for her… Yuki broke her and Hatori fixed her. A tear fell from her closed eye. No more Yuki. No more pain.

That it was me after all...

She hated this song with all her heart…but she knew it would get stuck to her mind.

No more Prince Yuki…