Kaoru stood outside the dojo looking up at the sky, longingly. The lonilness was evident in her eyes.

"Kenshin?" she asked cautiously, knowing he was on the roof behind her.


"Do you ever…hold yourself?" She paused, "Just to hold it all in?"

He raised an eyebrow at her, confused.

"Hold what in?" he asked innocently.

She looked at him for a moment before sighing.

"Never mind," she said suddenly tired.

Kenshin watcher her as she walked away, dropping her practice sword as she went. Kenshin saw a cut on her right palm as she moved, just so. He got serious, watching her leave, and wondering where the cut had come from.