I'm sorry to tell you this guys but this WILL be the last chapter. Please don't beg and plead for more, or for a sequel, I'm currently working on other stories that I'm sure will bring in just as much attention as this one did. But you have to be patient when it comes to that. The only person that is aware of the new story knows to keep her mouth shut :D Or I'll drive all the way to good old Canada and hunt her down…Ahem…anyway, please enjoy, and don't forget to review.
One Month Later
"Michiru-mama! Help!" Rune screamed from the living room. I watched Michiru run from her desk out to the sound. I couldn't help but laugh at her as I stood up to follow.
"Honey what's wrong?" She knelt down next to him and looked him in the eyes. I only stood at the door and watched the scene before me.
"Mama there's a spider! Kill it! Kill it!" He clung to her and pointed to the eight-legged arachnid crawling across his coloring book.
I couldn't help but roar in laughter when a scream left Michiru's lips. "You shouldn't have called for your Michiru-mama."
"Mommy kill it!"
"Honey please kill it!" Michiru pleaded with me and picked Rune up to move away from the table.
"Why should I kill it? It is a living creature. It does deserve to live ya know." I didn't move from my spot at the doorway. I just couldn't stop laughing at the sight of them cowering in fear of a tiny helpless spider.
Michiru's eyes narrowed as she glared at me. "Either you kill it or you're sleeping on the sofa"
"OK, OK." I moved to the table and picked up the book that he was crawling across. I didn't kill him; instead I took him to the patio door, slid it open then set him free outside. "See, you don't have to kill something to get rid of it."
When I turned around I was greeted by a set of small arms around my legs. "Thank you mommy." He gladly took the book when I offered it to him.
"See, no more icky spider." I patted his head and he went back to the table to continue his coloring. "And you young lady…how dare you let him suffer like that. What did that poor spider ever do to you?"
"It existed. That's what it did to me." She folded her arms over her chest and pouted. She was so cute when she did that to me. I could never help but to give in to her.
"You're so cute when you pout." I smiled as I wrapped my arms around her waist. "The icky spider's all gone now honey, it's not going to bother you anymore." I said in a playful, mocking voice.
"It may not bother me anymore, but you surely are!" She smacked my shoulder and pulled away from me. "I think this event deserves pizza, what do you think Rune?"
I folded my arms over my chest and watched them chase each other into the kitchen to order the food. I couldn't be happier now. I have the perfect family, I couldn't wish for anything better. I have a woman who loves me, and accepts my past. I've got the most amazing son I could ever imagine. And the best part of it is we're all happy. I sighed and turned to walk upstairs. I was so happy, yet I couldn't have been more nervous.
I was planning on a special night out with Michiru this Friday night. All she knows is that she's got to get dressed up and be ready to go by 6:15. I've got it all set up. Setsuna is coming over at 5:00 to take Rune to the movies and keep him at her apartment. We'll go down to the car and I'm going to take her across town to the move exquisite restaurant in Tokyo. That's where we'll enjoy dinner and dancing. Then, just as the night couldn't seem to get more perfect I'm going to pull her out onto the balcony and ask her to marry me.
I looked down at the aquamarine and diamond ring I had just recently purchased for her. I do hope she likes it. I hope she says yes. I think I'd be heartbroken if she didn't.
I glanced at the clock on the wall, it was already nearing 5 o'clock and Michiru still hadn't returned home from her class. Normally she got home anywhere between 4 and 4:30. Yet here I was, anxiously staring at the clock waiting on her.
Finally, fifteen minutes past five I heard the back door open up and the sound of my love greeting me. "What took you so long?" I walked out to the back door to give her a soft kiss.
"I'm so, so sorry Ruka. There was an accident on the freeway. I had to come all the way through town to get home." I watched her take off her jacket and hang it on the rack next to mine. I watched as Rune ran over and hugged her. "Oh I missed you too. How was school?"
I sighed and watched them walk up the stairs. I could hear Michiru telling Rune all about her day. At that moment all ounce of worry left my mind. Tonight was still going to be the most perfect night of our lives.
I waited until I was sure Michiru was in the shower before going into the bathroom to put gel in my hair. "Setsuna still isn't here…" My voice trailed off as I watched the shower curtain's reflection in the mirror.
"She probably got caught in the traffic. She lives out near the college doesn't she?"
"Yea…" Again I sighed. At this rate we were going to be late for our dinner reservation. "I'll be downstairs, take your time honey." I left the bathroom and stopped long enough in the bedroom to put on my white tie. Michiru always loved whenever I wore all black, except for the white tie.
About the same time I heard Michiru turn the water off; I heard the front door open and Rune yell out. I sighed a breath of relief when I heard Setsuna's voice respond to his. "Thank god." I hurried downstairs and looked at her. "Freeway traffic?" She simply nodded and picked up Rune.
"Are you all ready to spend the night with Auntie Sets?"
I smiled and watched him wiggle out of her arms. "I have to get my bag." He ran up the stairs.
"So let's see it." She folded her arms over her chest and looked at me.
My hand shook slightly as I pulled the ring case from my pocket to show her. "Do you think she'll like it?"
Setsuna smiled at it and nodded. "I think she'll love it…Tell me though. Why do you want to ask her to marry you so soon?"
I tried so hard to fight off a smile. "I just think it's time. Setsuna she's been so amazing and thoughtful toward me. I just hope she says yes."
"Yes to what?" I jumped and quickly placed the case back into my pocket when I heard her voice echo down the staircase.
"We're talking about one of Setsuna's friends. He's going to ask this girl on a date. I hope she says yes, it'll be the best thing for him." I smiled at her, trying not to laugh when Setsuna elbowed me.
"You're good." She whispered into my ear before being pounced on by a five-year-old. "We'll see you two sometime tomorrow afternoon. Have fun at dinner." She picked him up and walked out the door.
"So, where is my big, strong, handsome Haruka taking me?" She reached her hands up to fix my tie, and then slid her arms around my neck.
"Well if we don't leave soon we're going to be late." My heart sank when I looked at my watch and saw we only had twenty minutes to make it across town. We would end up being late. It's alright though. It's still going to be a perfect night. Right?
At the Restaurant
"Tenou, Haruka. Party of 2." I told Michiru to take a seat while I talked to the host at the counter. I watched him look down at the book in front of him.
"And what time is your reservation?"
I sighed. "It was suppose to be for 7pm. But we ended up running a little bit late."
"I'm sorry sir; we already gave that seat to somebody else. But if you have a seat I'll put you on the list of those waiting."
"How long do you think it will be?"
"Shouldn't be more than…two hours."
"Thanks…" I walked over to join Michiru. "We missed our reservation time. He said it'll be about two hours." My eyes met with the floor. I couldn't look at her. The night was falling apart around me. I shivered when I felt her hand on my cheek, turning my face toward hers.
"There's this nice restaurant that my parents used to go to. It's secluded and never busy. If you'd like we could go there." She smiled softly at me, trying to reassure me.
I nodded. "That sounds nice. How far away is it?"
"About 45 minutes, if that's alright?"
I smiled and nodded again. "I'd like that. Let's go." I stood up first and offered her my hand.
Approximately 30 minutes later, on the road
From what Michiru says about this restaurant it's got both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating has a wonderful view of the ocean. It sounds amazing.
"At the stop sign up here, turn left."
"When was the last time you were out here?" I glanced at her after I made the turn onto the dimly lit road.
"About 10 years ago. I hope it's still out here. There, that road there takes you right back to it." She pointed to a gravel road which I turned down. "Dad always brought mom here on their anniversary."
I pulled up in front of the building and put the car in park. The headlights of the vehicle illuminated the building before us. My eyes became fixed on the charred wood and brick that was scattered around the nearby area. It appeared as though it had burnt down some time ago. I slowly got out of the car and walked toward the pile of rubble.
I couldn't help it anymore. I couldn't remain optimistic that tonight was going to stay perfect. "Fucking son of a bitch!" I kicked a charred piece of wood as hard as I could, it snapping in half in response.
"Baby what's wrong?" I ignored her and allowed another string of curses to escape my lips. "Ruka calm down. What's wrong?" She placed her hand on my arm to get me to calm down a little bit.
"Tonight was supposed to be perfect. You were supposed to get home and get ready, Setsuna was supposed to come over and pick up Rune at five, we were supposed to be at the restaurant by 7 and have an amazing meal. But it didn't turn out that way at all. Instead some jackass decided to cause an accident on the freeway that caused both of you to be later than expected, which in turn caused us to be late for our reservation, which caused us to lose the spot to someone else. Then this place burnt to a crisp years ago. I'm sorry that tonight turned out so horrible."
"Honey it's alright. All that matters is that I got to spend it with you." She wrapped her arms around me tightly. "Let's just stop in and get a pizza, and then spend the rest of the night inside."
I shook my head. It wouldn't be the same though. At least I knew there was one part of my plan I could still act upon. "There was something else too that was supposed to make tonight special." I took both of her hands in my own and looked into her eyes. "I need you to close your eyes, alright?"
She nodded and did so, a smile playing gently at her lips. "What's this surprise?"
I took a deep breath, in a vain attempt to swallow the lump in my throat. I dug through my pocket, but soon frowned, the box was gone. No wait…I reached my hand into my other pocket, thankfully it was there. I've never been more nervous in my life. I carefully got down on one knee and opened the box. "Open your eyes." She did so and gasped at the sight of the aquamarine ring. "Will…Will you marry me?"
Her eyes went wide, she appeared dumbfounded. She couldn't even form any words; she only nodded her head before hugging me tightly.
I kissed her passionately before pulling away just long enough to slide the ring onto her finger. "Thank you. Thank you so much."
I looked down into her eyes and saw a sly grin come to her face. She leaned forward to whisper into my ear. "Let's skip the pizza and just go home."
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