A/N: Yep here it is the last and final chapter to Forever loved by you. I know that it took a long time for me to get this up and I almost decided not to finish. But here goes nothing.
I would however like to thank all of you all for reviewing and enjoying.
Kikyou re read the short article in the newspaper. She couldn't possibly be dead for real. This had to be some sort of lie.
"She's dead." Kikyou whispered. "Kouga is this really true it can't be."
The black haired male nodded. He didn't really believe it at first either. It was something that just seemed highly unlikely.
"It's true. I called the record label you know just to be sure. They found her dead in her apartment. They still don't know if it was a suicide or if she was murdered."
The young woman couldn't believe this. Rei was a lot of things but she was hardly the type to commit suicide. She wasn't a quitter. Rei had proved how determined she was time and time again. There was no way that it could have been suicide. The only question was who could have murdered her. It was no secret that she wasn't the most likeable person. She might have had a lot of enemies business wise for all Kikyou knew. She wasn't the most likeable person period. Yet would someone actually murder her? Kikyou wasn't sure what she should be thinking.
"I don't believe this." Kikyou said.
"Yeah I didn't either. She may be nuts or whatever but I don't think that she'd kill herself." Kouga then took a sip from his cup of coffee.
Kikyou closed the newspaper and put it down. This was a hell of a lot to take in.
"I have to sit down. I…" she suddenly felt dizzy. Before she could fall Kouga grabbed a hold of her.
"Kikyou, Hey Kikyou are you alright?"
She was out cold. He picked her up deciding that he needed to take her somewhere to rest.
"Don't worry I've got you." Kouga whispered to her.
Meanwhile back at Sesshomaru's both Sango and Inuyasha were worried about Kikyou. She had been gone for quite some time now.
"Do you think that she's okay?" Inuyasha wondered.
He was unsure. She seemed different after she had that talk with Mrs. Katsuragi. He didn't know what was said during their conversation. All he knew was that it clearly had some effect on her. He really wished he could have been there for her when she was talking to the older woman.
"I don't know." Sango started. "I've never seen her like that before. I wonder what that woman said to her."
Sesshomaru sat in the chair reading a newspaper. He truly didn't care much about what they were discussing. It was none of his business as far as he was concerned. His eyes opened a little bit as he came across an article. He too had the newspapers air delivered straight from Japan.
"Isn't this the woman that you all keep referring to?"
He then handed the paper to Sango. Her eyes opened wide as she looked at the article in disbelief.
"What?" she didn't believe this. "No way is Rei really dead?"
Inuyasha looked at her his eyebrow raised in question. "What the hell?" She's dead." He repeated.
"Look here read what it says. It said that they found her dead in her apartment."
Inuyasha quickly read through the short article.
"I don't believe this. It can't be true that bitch is like the fucking devil. She can't die. I wonder how Kikyou is going to take this when she finds out."
"Inuyasha we have to find her and tell her this before she finds out some other way." Sango suggested to the silver haired man.
"You're right." He agreed. "Let's go."
A pair of mahogany eyes opened.
"Hmm." She sat up and looked around. She noticed that she was in a very nice hotel room. "How did I get here?" She wondered.
"Hey you're up. Are you okay?" Kouga asked her.
She turned to see Kouga sitting next to her bedside. "Kouga what happened?"
"Don't worry we didn't do anything. You passed out so I brought you back here. I didn't know what else to do." He then handed her a glass of juice. "Drink it you need to drink something. I ordered some room service too. You need to eat as well to keep up your strength."
Kikyou blinked curiously. He was behaving like the guy that she knew a very long time ago. It was actually refreshing to see him acting like his old self.
"Alright who are you and where's Kouga Hiroshima?"
He laughed a little. "Hey you know I'm not that jerk that you think that I' am. I know we had those bad times, but I remember you and I used to be really good friends at one point."
That was certainly true they had been great friends. That was of course a very long time ago.
"Yes we were friends. Kouga why are you suddenly going down memory lane? What is all of this about?"
He sighed to himself. "Kikyou I just wanted you to know that I' am your friend. And I wasn't working with Rei. She tried to get me to help her once before. But I didn't agree to it. I couldn't do that to you. You are still important to me."
As Kikyou listened to his words something told her that he was telling the truth.
"Kouga it's alright. I believe you and it doesn't matter anymore. She is supposed to be dead isn't she?"
He gazed at her. "You still don't think that she's dead. Do you think that it was some kind of set up?" He wondered.
Kikyou only nodded. "I don't know what I believe. I know her very well though; I just can't believe that she would commit suicide."
"They still aren't sure if it was a suicide. It could have been a homicide for all they know."
Kikyou had tons of mixed emotions. This woman was responsible for her successful career. Yet she also did everything in her power to make her miserable. She wasn't sure how to feel about all of this. It didn't change the fact that Rei was her mother. She had to be feeling something regarding her mother's death. If she was even dead that is.
"This is a lot to take in. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do now."
"Hey?" he spoke as he put her hand on to her shoulder. "I'm here for you."
She nodded. "Kouga I appreciate what you've done so far. But you have to know that I….."
"Yeah I know. I saw the engagement ring on your finger; so you and dog boy are getting married huh?"
"Kouga that's not nice. He has a name and it's Inuyasha. Yes I' am engaged to him so you shouldn't expect anything more than friendship." She told him honestly.
Kouga didn't say anything. He understood where she was coming from. He had enough respect for her not to interfere.
"Yeah I hear ya I figured as much when I saw your finger. Kikyou I want you to be happy that's all I really wanted anyway. The more I that I think about it you and me we wouldn't have worked. We probably should have just stayed friends."
The raven haired woman agreed with him 100 percent. "You're right. Thank you for the juice. I'm going to go now. I really think that it's time for me to go home."
"Sure I guess I will see you back in Tokyo then."
"Right goodbye for now alright Kouga." Kikyou enjoyed seeing Paris. It was definitely a nice home away from home. Everything had been nearly perfect for the package she had received. Other than that her experience had been a good one. She gazed at the ring on her finger for a moment.
"Inuyasha it's time we went back home." She thought to herself.
She needed to start putting her life back together. And if Rei were truly gone then there was nothing holding her back anymore. She heard her phone ringing.
"Hello?" she answered.
"Kikyou where are you?" She heard Inuyasha's voice.
"Hello Inuyasha don't sound so worried I'm fine. I'm on my way back now."
"Okay. Hey we have to talk its important."
"Sure." She nodded. Kikyou bid farewell to him. she could only imagine what he wanted to talk about. He said that it was important and he did sound serious on the phone.
"I have to tell him what I found out about Rei. This is important news."
At part of her wondered if she should tell Mrs. Katsuragi about what happened. Perhaps the old woman would want to know that she was dead. It didn't matter though as she realized that she did not have a number to reach her.
"Oh well maybe it would be better if she didn't know." Kikyou thought.
She soon sat down at a bench. She was on her way back but suddenly felt the need to enjoy the scenery before her. She looked up when she saw a woman and her child. She was tying her daughter's shoelaces; after she was done they walked away and hand in hand. Kikyou couldn't help but to think about her relationship with both of her mothers. Makoto Himura had been the one who raised her. She had been the only mother that she had ever known. She would always love her for everything that she had done for her.
Yet seeing that little girl with her mother made her wonder about some things. She wondered how differently things would have turned out if Rei had raised her. Kikyou had so many mixed emotions she wasn't sure where to begin.
"Kikyou?" she heard her name.
She turned to see Inuyasha and Sango heading her way.
"Sango, Inuyasha what are you doing here?"
"We were worried about you." Sango started.
"Yeah and we have to tell you something it's about Rei she's dead."
When they saw that she didn't have any type of reaction they began to worry. They were expecting some sort of expression to rise to her face.
"Kikyou didn't you hear him. we just found out from this article in the newspaper. We had to tell you right away."
Kikyou nodded and motioned for the two of them to sit down with her.
"I already know Kouga showed me the article."
Inuyasha bit down on his bottom lip a little. "He didn't touch you did he?" he immediately wanted to know.
"No don't worry nothing like that happened at all. I went to ask him what he knew about all the things that were happening. And that's when he showed me the article."
Sango blinked placing her arms around her friend.
"Kikyou are you okay?"
"I don't know." She admitted honestly. "I'm not really sure how I should feel."
Sango understood exactly what she was trying to say. "Kikyou it's going to be alright. You know it's okay if you don't feel bad about her death.
Kikyou sighed. "I feel bad for her. She wasted so much time being so hateful and vindictive. She truly was insane. Do you both think that I'm foolish for feeling this way?"
"No." Inuyasha shook his head. "You're being a lot more understanding than I would be."
"Although I do feel sorry for her a part of me can't help but feel relieved. A part of me can't help but feel relieved. Maybe now that she's gone I can put my life back together. Well let's go there's really no point in staying here any longer."
"So we're heading back home?" Sango asked.
"I think its time we did go back the sooner the better."
It was silent that night. Tomorrow they would all be heading back home to Japan. Kikyou sat outside she found that she couldn't sleep. It was a really lovely night how could she resist sitting out here and enjoying it. So much had happened to her over the past several months. She needed to get it all out. Once she returned home she wanted to get into the studio. She could channel all of her negative feelings into something positive. Kikyou liked the sound of a new album could be a good thing for her. She did net to let go and get all of her feelings out; because holding them all in wouldn't be any good for her.
"Kikyou are you alright?"
She turned around to see Inuyasha standing there.
"Hi yes I'm alright. I was only doing some thinking."
Inuyasha sat down besides her. "You're thinking about Rei."
"She has entered my thoughts here and there. I am even starting to wonder if she's really dead."
Inuyasha put his arms around her. "Hey if she really is gone then I think that you'll be better off. I've seen the hell that she put you through. You don't need to go through that again."
Kikyou didn't speak for awhile. She felt a tear stroll down her eyes. Inuyasha immediately caught the salty scent of her tears. He gently wiped it away.
"Please don't cry." He told her.
"I know that she isn't worth my tears but I can't help but to feel some remorse. I feel badly for her she could have had a much better life. She was my mother no matter how badly I wish that I could change it."
Kikyou had come to except this fact a long time ago.
"Yeah I know if I could change who I was related to I would in a minute. Do you think I actually like being Sesshomaru's brother?"
She laughed a little. She realized that he was trying to make her feel better.
"Thank you very much for trying to cheer me up."
"Sure anytime. Hey Kikyou I was thinking why don't we just leave early. We can just take Sesshomaru's jet and get the hell out of here."
She blinked curiously at his impulsive behavior.
"Inuyasha we can't just leave them. Sango is my best friend."
"Yeah I know that but I think those two are into each other. We'd be doing them a favor."
Somehow Kikyou doubted that. "I'm not so sure."
"Okay." He kissed her cheek. "I'll be waiting for you in the morning. I think you'll take me up on my offer though. Goodnight."
He said no more as he walked back into the house. Kikyou smiled to herself.
"Okay Inuyasha we'll see."
The next morning Inuyasha stood waiting for his fiancé. He had a good feeling that she wouldn't stand him up. He was leaned up against the tree his arms folded.
"I'm sure that she will be here." He thought to himself.
He couldn't help but to reminisce about their journey together. The two of them had been through a lot together. They had faced much more than the average couple. And to think that it had all started because of that one night in that club Poison. If someone would have told him that she would have walked in that night, he would have never believed them. It just seemed like something impossible.
"Hey there are you going to stand there all day. Or are we actually going to leave anytime soon?" Kikyou's voice brought him back to reality. He turned to look at her smiling a little.
"I knew that you would show."
"I almost didn't." She admitted. "I didn't feel right leaving Sango. I wrote her a note; I think that she will understand. It doesn't mean that I don't feel bad about this though."
"Sango will understand. She knows that we want to be together. Let's get going okay."
"Alright it will be nice to get back home so that we can start living our lives again."
"Yeah I'd say that it was about time I think." Inuyasha reminded her.
Kikyou smiled softly reaching for his hand. Life would be good from now on she was sure of it.
"Inuyasha thank you really. I wanted to thank you for everything. If I didn't have you and Sango backing me up I don't know what I'd do."
"Keh don't worry about it you know that I'm always going to be here for you no matter what."
Kikyou nodded. She was aware of his loyalty to her. She had appreciated the kind of relationship she had with Inuyasha. Kikyou knew that she would never take this relationship for granted.
"I'm very lucky."
The trip to the airport was a silent one. Kikyou and Inuyasha held hands as they watched the remaining sights of Paris. It was sort of like a silent goodbye for the two of them.
"Hey we can always come back if you want?" He suggested. "Hell we can even honeymoon here if you want."
"I have enjoyed France. It was a truly beautiful e experience for me. I suppose that I wouldn't mind coming back here one day. For now though I don't think that I want to come back for awhile."
"It's understandable. Hey I called Koji earlier he said that he would already be waiting for us at the airport."
"I still feel very guilty about leaving Sango that way. I shouldn't have done that."
"Don't worry Kikyou. Sesshomaru has more than one jet. I'm sure it will take no time for him to call for another one to come pick them up. I doubt he would just leave her there, like I said I think he has a thing for her."
Kikyou chuckled lightly. "I can't picture him having a thing for anyone; if they do like each other though I will be happy for them."
"Yeah he needs a girlfriend or something. He always did." Inuyasha teased.
Meanwhile Sango had just woken up to find the letter besides her bedside. She quickly read through the letter. She couldn't say that she was surprised by Inuyasha's impulsiveness. Sango also looked to see that Kikyou had left Sango her credit card as well. Kikyou had obviously felt so bad about leaving her like this she wanted to make sure she got home.
"Oh Kikyou you really didn't have to leave your credit card. Well at least she's happy."
Sango went downstairs only to see Sesshomaru sitting there reading his newspaper. She wasn't completely sure about how she should feel right now. Here they were alone without Kikyou or Inuyasha. It was to say in the least very awkward.
"You're awake." He spoke without bothering to glance at her.
"Yeah it looks like we've been ditched huh."
He turned the page in his newspaper and she sat down across the table. She already knew that he was not the talkative type by far.
"We should probably go after them. If I know my fool of a brother, he might do something idiotic and crash my jet for all I know. When you're ready we should go."
"Alright." She nodded and scrambled to get ready.
It took no time for Kikyou and Inuyasha to board the jet. Koji was already on board awaiting their arrival. Kikyou sat down gazing out of the window. Inuyasha stared at her for what seemed like forever. He wanted to ask her what was on her mind. He really wanted to know what she was thinking and if he could help.
"Are you okay?"
"Yes. I was only taking one last look at France before we take off."
"Passengers we'll be taking off shortly." Koji's voice was heard.
Inuyasha leaned over kissing her cheek lightly. "We're taking off soon. Do you have everything that you need?" he wondered.
"Yes I have everything that I need right here." She managed to smile for him. The couple kissed once more before Kenji took off. Kikyou decided that she would use this time to start writing some new lyrics. It had been such a long time since she had written anything down. Inuyasha sat watching as she started to pen down her feelings on paper.
"Are you thinking about going back into the studio again?"
"Yes. I have so much to go on now. I think a new album could benefit me in the long run. I can't wait to get back there and start working on it right away."
"I'm sure that you'll do great. I can't wait to hear it when it's done."
It wasn't long before a strange sound was coming from the bathroom. Inuyasha and Kikyou exchanged looks with one another.
"Did you hear that?"
"Yeah I did." Kikyou nodded. "I'm going to go check it out."
The raven haired woman went back to see what had made that noise. Inuyasha followed after her. Kikyou took a breath before opening the door. To her surprise and horror she saw that it was Kenji. He was sitting there on the floor with several ropes around him.
"Koji! What the fuck happened to you?" Inuyasha quickly reached down to untie the black haired male from his prison. Kikyou stared at him.
"Inuyasha he isn't breathing. Look at him he's not moving."
Inuyasha felt his neck to see that there wasn't a pulse. He exchanged looks with Kikyou. If this was Kenji sitting here dead then who was flying the plane. Kikyou looked to the front of the plane to see someone she really hadn't expected to see ever again.
"Mrs. Katsuragi?" Kikyou questioned in disbelief.
"You're talking about that old woman. What the hell is she doing on this plane?"
Kikyou walked over to the elderly woman. She stopped a few feet away from her. She didn't know what to say to her at first. She did have many questions for her though.
"Mrs. Katsuragi what are you doing here?"
"Kikyou I just had to see you off of course. It would have been rude of me if I didn't get a chance to see you off. After our heartfelt talk I just felt close to you."
Inuyasha stood in shock. Things didn't feel right at all. He had a really bad feeling in his gut. And his gut instincts had never failed him before.
"Yeah well you should not be here lady. And what the fuck did you do to Koji?"
Mrs. Katsuragi simply smiled warmly. It was a creepy kind of smile that Kikyou knew all too well. It was a haunting sort of smile that could not easily be forgotten.
"Kikyou I know you must recognize me by now. I mean how could you possibly have forgotten? You know that I would never leave you."
Kikyou and Inuyasha watched as Mrs. Katsuragi removed her mask. She took off her gray wig to reveal her long flowing raven colored locks. She popped out her dark brown contacts only to be replaced by her natural mahogany orbs.
"Rei." Kikyou whispered.
"No goddamn way." Inuyasha shouted.
Meanwhile Sango and Sesshomaru had arrived just a little too late at the airport. They discovered that Inuyasha and Kikyou were already gone.
"I assumed that this would have happened."
"Sesshomaru what are we going to do now?"
"We follow behind them in my other jet. I don't trust him on his own without doing something foolish."
Sango smiled a little. It seemed like maybe deep down the great, powerful, cold Sesshomaru Miyazaki was concerned for his brother.
"So you do care. That's very brotherly of you Mr. Ice Prince."
"Ice Prince." He repeated. "Come with me. You are truly lucky I find you less annoying than most other humans." He admitted.
Sango watched as he led the way to meet his second jet.
"I suppose maybe he likes me too." She thought.
"Are you coming or not?" Sesshomaru asked.
"Hai." She nodded as she followed behind him.
Kikyou fell back into the nearby chair. She could not say that she was shocked to see her alive. She doubted that whole suicide thing from the very beginning.
"I knew that you weren't dead. There was just no way that you would have killed yourself."
"Bitch." Inuyasha muttered. "Why couldn't you just do her a favor and die. You've put her through enough hell as it is. Why the hell didn't you just go away?"
Rei laughed out loud leaning up against the chair.
"I wouldn't just leave my darling Kikyou. I am after all her mother."
"Why though Rei. I don't understand why you would have faked your death just to come here to Paris. Did you want to just to torture me all over again?"
"Aww sweetheart did you cry for me? Were you sad about my so called death? That is so sweet Kikyou dear I knew that you cared about me."
Kikyou said nothing as she shook her head. Rei raised an eyebrow to her.
"What's with that look Kikyou?"
"I do not care about you! You may be my mother and I have already accepted it. But I don't care about you. You are highly mistaken if you thought that. In fact a part of me was hoping that you were indeed dead. You have no idea how much I wished for it." She yelled at her.
The older raven haired woman looked completely frozen. It was as if she had the life drained out of her. Kikyou and Inuyasha watched as a tear escaped her. In a weird way she looked vulnerable, broken, she looked more human than Kikyou had ever seen her.
"You ungrateful brat. I spent so much time developing your career. I made you who you are today. Without me you are absolutely nothing."
"You're wrong!" Kikyou stood up finding her strength. She stared Rei directly in the eyes. "I was raised by Makoto Himura. She was the only woman I will ever acknowledge as my mother. You may have given birth to me but you are not my mother. And I was just fine before you came into my life, and I will be much better without you." Kikyou told her the honest too god truth.
Rei backed away from her. She felt another tear come down her eye. She couldn't take her daughter talking to her like that. It hurt too much. A small smile crept up on to her face.
"Is that how you truly feel. Kikyou you have no idea how much pain you've caused me with your words. I really hate to have to do this to you but it's necessary. You just made me feel like I'm going to die." She stopped as she removed her jacket to reveal that she was wearing a bomb,
"No fucking way lady. Are you out of what's left of your goddamn mind?" Inuyasha shouted.
"I'm going to kill myself for real this time and I will take you with me my dear."
Inuyasha lunged at her trying to stop her from hitting the bomb only it was too late. Rei had hit the bomb setting it. Kikyou could see that they had 5 minutes before it was all over.
"Rei?" she started.
"We are about to die Kikyou the least you can do is call me mother."
"Will that be your final request from me? Do you want me to call you mother? Will it help ease your tortured soul?" Kikyou questioned.
Inuyasha looked around for a moment as he tried to analyze the situation. He didn't have time to think about Rei and her crazy ass right now. He needed to get Kikyou the hell off this jet now. He grabbed Kikyou.
"Kikyou we're going to jump hold on really tight to me okay."
"And how the hell do you expect to live without a parachute?" Rei asked.
"We'll be fine. Kikyou you know that I would never let anything happen to you right."
Kikyou only nodded as Inuyasha wrapped his arms around her kicking the door open. Kikyou took one last look at Rei. She was standing there smiling that same warm smile of hers.
"Goodbye mother. I will pray for you despite everything."
"I love you Kikyou. And don't ever think for a second that you'll be rid of me."
Kikyou felt a tear fall down her eyes as she held on tighter to her fiancé. Without waiting another second Inuyasha jumped from the jet with the raven haired woman in his arms.
"It's going to be okay." He whispered to her.
Kikyou looked up when she heard the loud explosion. It was all over now. Rei was gone this time. There was no possible way that she would have survived.
Also in the air were Sesshomaru and Sango they watched as the plane blew up. Sango looked completely horrified.
"They were on that plane. Kikyou she…."
Sesshomaru raised an eyebrow to her. He could smell the salty scent of her tears. "Do not cry." He put his hand to her shoulder.
"How can you tell me that?" She shouted. "She's my best friend. I can't believe this happened. She…"
"I know Inuyasha. He wouldn't allow anything to befall her so you can quit worrying. I'm going to land this plane and we will see the damage."
When Kikyou opened her eyes she and Inuyasha were standing near the water. He had not let her go. And in all honesty she couldn't believe that she was actually still alive.
"Hey Kikyou?" he whispered.
"It's over now okay. She's gone look."
He pointed to the wreckage of the jet in the water. The damage was unbelievable Rei just had to perish in that bombing that she had planned.
"Inuyasha you saved my life again. I don't know how we are standing here right now, but its all because of you. Thank you very much. I love you."
He wiped the tears from her eyes smiling softly. "It's ok. I love you too. And now she's gone so you can be okay again."
The couple looked to the water for what felt like forever.
"Sesshomaru's going to be pissed about that jet." He whispered.
"Looks like you've got something right for once brother." Sesshomaru's voice was heard as he was now making his way over to the couple. Sango followed behind him.
"Kikyou thank Kami you're okay. I was scared for you? What happened up there?"
"It was Rei. She was alive after all. But she has to be gone now she was the one that caused the explosion." Kikyou explained.
Sango only nodded as she hugged Kikyou. She was just thankful that Kikyou was alive right now.
"This has certainly been an epic event." Sesshomaru spoke. "But I feel that its time that we went home and leave this to the proper authorities."
"Right." Sango agreed. "Come on Kikyou, Inuyasha lets get going Japan is waiting."
The lovers exchanged looks and Kikyou turned back to look at the wreckage once more.
"I will pray for you." She whispered. "I don't know what else I should say. I agree its time to go home."
They all took one more last gaze at the damage before walking away. It was finally over. The nightmare could be put to rest. Kikyou was more than sure that she could start putting her life back together. There was nothing holding her back. Michiko Himura was finally dead and gone. Although those words would probably forever haunt her. And then there was that look in her eyes.
"Kikyou are you ok?" Sango asked.
She turned to her best friend smiling sadly. "I am as well as to be expected. She is gone and now I can put my life back to the way it was. I can finally look to my future."
The jet took off leaving for its destination of Japan. The only thing that remained behind was the rubble and wreckage in the water. The once clean water now filthy with exhaust fumes and oil from the explosion. Nothing was left except for the painful memory. The memory of a crazed woman who believed that she was helping her daughter. Her greed and insanity caused her to lose her life in the end. After all nightmares must come to an end right?
The water flowed gently despite the corruption that it had just suffered. Out of the water a hand emerged shooting itself into the air……….