When Rin woke up in the morning, she was instantly hit with the memory of the night before. She still couldn't believe it. She had thought it would never happen, but it turned out to be mutual. She got up quickly and stepped out into the hall.

Kohaku sat up in bed in the morning, and rubbed his head. A few minutes later it donned on him, he remembered everything from the night before. He sighed happily. He still couldn't believe it, but he didn't care, as long as it was that way all the same. He got up quickly and stepped out into the hall.

When Rin stepped out into the hall, so did Kohaku. She blushed and looked down for a minute, trying to think of what to do.

While Rin's head was lowered, Kohaku walked over and took her hand. "Come on, let's go make breakfast." He said, smiling.

Rin, still blushing, followed him. Their day continued on as normal, with the add in of them hugging every now and then.

One night, about two months later, instead of the rooftop, the chose a near by tree, after sitting at the fire with the rest of the group. They sat up in the tree, sharing a branch, watching the stars through the patches of sky through the leaves of the tree.

Their conversation reached a newer level this time around. While ever since that night on the rooftop, they were closer then ever, they hadn't quite reached this yet.

"You know, I still have a few memories of before I was alone." Kohaku said softly after their laughter had died from moments before. "None of them good ones. Ones I wish never happened, or that I had forgotten."

"Oh. Do you want to talk about them?" Rin asked carefully.

"Well, they're kind of scary some of them. And I don't know. I really don't know how to tell them. I have recently remembered some. Lately these visions of memories of the past have been coming more and more." He rested his face in his hands.

Rin took one of his hands from his face, and held it in her own. "You can tell me anything. I promise." She said, leaning down to look into his face. "Go ahead." She encouraged him.

And so Kohaku told of the scattered visions of memories he has had. The ones of Naraku, and how he was possessed by him, and made to do horrible things, all of which that he remembered he told her. How he had one memory of a girl named Sango that he barely remembered what she looked like, and still didn't know why he remembered her.

After he finished, he sat with his back to her, afraid to look at her, afraid of her reaction. But her reaction was far from what he had feared it would be. She put her arms around him from behind.

"It's okay. I understand. Naraku is an evil man. I'm sorry you had to go through that. And one of these days, we'll find Sango, and you can find out why she's so prominent in your memory. Okay? I'll help you find her. Don't worry, I'm here. I'll help." She said, resting her head next to his on his shoulder.

"Thank you." Kohaku said in a shaky voice, as he turned to put his arms around her as well, and buried his face into her shoulder.

They walked back to the house, and climbed through their window with out much talk between them, other then Rin's reassurances, and Kohaku's 'Thank you's. They hugged at the base of the house before they parted to go up to their rooms for a long while, enjoying the feel of being in each other's arms.

The next morning Rin came into Kohaku's room to wake him up, for he hadn't gotten up at the usual time.

"Hey, wake up." She said softly, as she shook him lightly. He groaned and opened his eyes. "Wake up sleepy head. You doing all right?" She asked him, a little worried.

Kohaku sat up and stretched. "Yeah, yeah. I'm fine. Really, I'm fine. I just, fell asleep a little late last night." He rubbed his eyes.

"Hey, maybe you should sleep in a little today. I'll save you some breakfast, and cover for you in chores. You rest for a while. You look really tired." Rin said sounding concerned.

Kohaku shook his head. "No, no, I'm fine, really." He smiled at her. "I'm all right." He got up and walked down to breakfast with her.

That night at the fire with Mika, Sakura, and Kira, they all discussed how to get Sakura to talk to Kiyoshi.

"Guys…" Sakura said, trying to get Mika to stop babbling about an extremely involved plan on how to get the two of them alone that involved someone faking hurt, someone buying bread, Sakura lost, and many other things that made sense.

"Oh come on guys." Rin finally said after she stopped laughing at Mika's elaborate plan that everyone knew was useless; they just wanted to listen because it was funny. "Let's leave her alone."

"Thank you Rin. See, at least one of you will stop!" She shot a dirty look at Mika. Everyone laughed.

"I'm sorry Sakura! If it bother's you, I'll stop!" Mika said, hugging Sakura, who returned the glomp-like hug awkwardly.

Their laughter rang out in the night, as they continued to try and find a way to tease each other. They returned late, and sleep came easily to each of them.


Erinay: Whee! Chapter 8 is done! I'm on a roll!

Rin: Wow. Where are you going with this...?

Erinay: You'll see! Hehehe, I have plans. Many plans.

Rin: Ooookay. I leave it to you then.