Ignorance is Bliss
A Rurouni Kenshin Fanwork
by Gemini

Rated: R for flesh bokkens and such. :p
Spoilers: If you don't know about the Revenge Arc, Tomoe and Enishi, don't read this.
Timeline: After the Revenge Arc, although this does not stick faithfully to the manga.
Disclaimer: Rurouni Kenshin is property of Nobuhiro Watsuki, Shueshia, Shonen Jump, Sony and most notably, NOT me.


'Find a weakness, find a weakness.' Kaoru chanted in her head as she walked back to the dojo. 'But what kind of weakness? How is Kenshin weak?' A voice that sounded strangely like that scary ex-Shisengumi, Saitou Hajime growled in her head, 'You are his weakness.'

She scowled. 'What does that mean? I should get myself kidnapped again? All that would do is make him feel guiltier. No, no…I need to find something else.'

'He is a man, raccoon girl. Men are naturally weak when it comes to members of the opposite sex.' Suddenly, Megumi had joined Saitou in Kaoru's head.

'So what does that mean?' Kaoru asked the fantasy kitsune-doctor.

'Well, I know you don't have much of it…but perhaps you should utilize what little sex appeal you have and seduce him like I showed you.'

Kaoru turned bright red. 'There is no way I'm doing that…yet. He'd think I was a…a…woman of loose morals! And I have plenty of sex appeal!'

Imaginary Megumi snorted. 'Right. Men love sweaty tomboys who prefer wooden bokkens to ones made out of flesh.'

'Flesh bokkens? What…?' Kaoru stopped dead in her tracks in the middle of the road as imaginary Megumi's meaning became clear. 'Hentai!'

The fox doctor in her head giggled. 'Raccoon-girl, I'm just a figment of your imagination. If anyone's perverted around here, it's you.'

Kaoru hung her head. 'I've become a pervert.' she said sadly to herself.

"Kaoru-dono?" Once again, the love of her life, the idiotic ex-assassin with a guilt complex had managed to startle her at a moment when she would have preferred to be alone. "Are you all right?"

Kaoru suppressed a shriek. 'Why does he keep doing that? Do I need to put bells around his neck so I can hear him coming?' That thought led to some other, more inappropriate thoughts that she immediately had to squash before she began spurting blood out of her nose and keeled over.

"Kaoru-dono?"

"I'm fine, Kenshin." Kaoru managed to squeak. "I was just…um…thinking about something."

Kenshin studied her for a long moment. "You've been acting rather strange lately, Kaoru-dono. Are you all right? Do you want to talk about anything?"

'Yes! I want to talk about how I love you so much it hurts and how I'd like to hurt you because you're still sleeping in another room and calling me Kaoru-dono, you clue-less moron!' She shook her head. "No, no, everything's fine, Kenshin."

He didn't look convinced, but he dropped the subject. "Let me walk you home, Karou-dono."

She realized then that he was carrying the tofu bucket and some other assorted packages.
"I didn't know you were going to go shopping Kenshin, I would have gone with you."

He smiled. "I didn't know we were running so low on ingredients. It was a last minute trip." He shifted the packages and bucket around until he had a hand free to lightly grasp Kaoru's elbow to guide her, the most he would ever touch her.

She wanted to cry as she felt the warmth of his fingers through her sleeve. It was so little…not enough for her. She wanted him touch her everywhere, to lose his guilt and reservations and finally let her love him like he deserved.

They did not speak as they made their way down the street towards the dojo, each lost in thought. When Kenshin let go of Kaoru's elbow to open the gate for her, she felt the loss of his touch keenly. Finally unable to hold back her tears, she gave a hasty excuse and rushed to her bedroom, wanting to be alone.


A/N: Flesh bokkens. Hee hee.