Epilogue

They slowly lowered her body into the ground, feeling a sense of loss. She had been legendary; the only ninja to ever live to the age of one hundred. There was pride there; they all respected her.

She ran away,
Leaving them never knowing.

She came back,
Not taking now but showing.

One of them is crying. It is a man, his hair, now dark, waving in the wind. He knows that he shouldn't be crying, it is not very "manly", but he can't help but do it. He is seventeen; he knows what manliness is.

A woman, his lover, grips his hand. She is crying too, even though she never met the old woman being buried. The two are clutching a picture, drawn by a seven-year old memory of this man.

None of them knew her, only the stories. She is the last of Them; the last of the legendary Rookie Nine. Kakashi-senpai's team. The last wisp of past, now condemned to be placed beneath stone.

But it is not prosecution. Not for the young girl who now races away, invisible to their eyes, to join the other memories who leak through the walls of this place, this city. It is anything but.

The moon has waned.

Sakura! Sakura! Yayo-I no sora wa
Miwatasu kaghiri, Kasumi ka? Kumo ka?
Ni-o-I zo izuru
Iza ya! Iza ya! Mini yuka-n

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Author's Note:

I can't believe I finished this. Wow. It feels weird. I'm not going to ramble on here, but I just want to say a few things:

Thanks to everyone who has reviewed this story! I'm glad you guys liked it so much!

The song used at the end, Sakura, is a traditional Japanese song. Here are the translated lyrics: Cherry trees, cherry trees, bloom so bright in April breeze/like a mist or floating cloud/fragrance fills the air around, shadows flit along the ground/Come, o come! Come, o come/ Come, see cherry trees!

Here are the lyrics to the song that inspired this little story, which I listened to constantly. The song is by Five for Fighting, called One Hundred Years.

I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way
A family on my mind

I'm 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

15 I'm all right with you
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you're wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm 99 for a moment
Dying for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

15 there's still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you're on your way
Every day's a new day...

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

See you soon!

Enjoy.