D/C: I don't own Fruits Basket…and it bugs me just to say it!
Hello! Betcha you weren't expecting me, right? Well, everybody kept asking me for an epilogue and so I thought, "Fine; I'll write an epilogue", and here it is! It's a bit short, but you'll have to make do with it.
Yuki watched silently as the shiny black coffin was lowered into the ground. He wasn't the only one; the Sohma graveyard was filled with people. Yuki was sure every Sohma member had come to Akito's funeral. Even Kyo was here…and Tohru. She was standing next to him, and was crying silently. She was the only one crying, and Yuki marveled at her ability to feel any remorse for Akito.
He still couldn't believe that Akito had committed suicide. When Hatori had told them, he had just thought Akito was playing a cruel joke on them, but now, he was pretty sure Akito wouldn't jump out of the coffin and yell, "Gotcha!", especially after Yuki had seen the body. What he didn't understand was what could have possibly made Akito commit suicide?
Akito's coffin hit the bottom of the grave with a dull thud. Tohru slipped her hand through Yuki's and squeezed it. Yuki looked down at her, surprised at such a move from Tohru's side. She was now watching the men dump earth onto the coffin with an extremely sad expression.
'Hey,' he said softly, and he tugged at her hand.
Tohru quickly dried her tears on the back of her sleeve and looked up at him with a pained smile. 'Yes, Sohma-kun?' she said.
'Are you okay?' he asked.
Tohru shook her head. 'It's sad, isn't it?' she whispered, indicating Akito's coffin. 'When people die, I can't help but feel sad about their loss, even if I didn't the deceased person is somebody I don't know. It gets me thinking about the time when my mom died…and then I start to worry, how is his or her family doing?'
Yuki smiled at her. 'We're doing fine, Tohru-kun; you can stop worrying,' he said softly. She still looked uncertain. 'I promise we're fine.'
Tohru nodded, smiling. Then, Yuki dared to put his arm around her. He put his arm around her shoulders and pulled her close to him. Tohru blushed but she didn't move away. Instead, she leaned her head against him. Then they both stood and watched while the grave was filled with earth. When it was absolutely covered, Sohmas, in turn, approached the grave and rested flowers upon it before turning around and leaving the graveyard.
Yuki and Tohru stayed back until all the others had finished and left before they stepped up towards the grave. Tohru knelt down beside it and placed the bunch of white flowers she had been holding on top of all the other flowers.
'We're really going to miss you, Akito-san,' she whispered, as tears sprung to her eyes.
Yuki knelt down next to her and placed the single red rose he had been holding on the grave. Then he turned to Tohru, placed his hand on her shoulder and turned her towards him. He felt pained to see her crying again. He reached out and gently wiped the tears away from her eyes.
'Tohru-kun, you are such an angel, you know that?' he whispered, before bending down and kissing her forehead.
Tohru blushed furiously. 'Th-thank you, Sohma-kun,' she stammered.
'You know, you can call me by my first name,' he told her.
Tohru was taken by surprise, but then she smiled and nodded. 'Yes!' she said brightly. '…Yuki-kun.'
Yuki stood up and then he held her hand and helped her up to her feet. 'Let's go home, okay?' he asked. Let's go home…together…you and me…
'Yes, let's,' she agreed.
A/N: Well, there you go, the epilogue you've all asked for? So, what did you think of it? Short, but sweet, right? Well, I hope you liked it at any rate, because I'm expecting reviews, okie? Thanks again for those who reviewed my earlier chapters!
- S. N. B.