Afterwards, he didn't want to explain why she'd unnerved him, and since she was dealing with the emotional chaos caused by Jin-e she forgot to ask.

Why wouldn't she just go away when he wanted to keep her safe? No, she gave him her ribbon and made him promise to return to her side.

'It's my favorite ribbon. I'm lending it to you. But be sure and give it back - if you forget and go wandering again, I'll never forgive you.'

And then she got kidnapped. And almost killed by Jin-e's Shin no Ippo. So frighteningly close to ending up like another girl he'd cared for. Why wouldn't she just go away when he wanted to keep her safe? No, she wrapped him in her shawl and promised to stay by his side.

'I'll stay here a while longer. You need a sheath to hold back the madness.'

Holding the favored cloth he had been given by someone most precious, he'd gone forth to fight those who would harm her, and between the fighting and the laughter he wasn't sure who he was thinking of anymore.

No, he wouldn't be telling Kaoru why she had unnerved him for a moment.


Um. I'm trying to write a Tomoe response of sorts to 'Everything Repeats,' and I think I got a bit too into finding things that are alike. You know that look Kenshin has when it hits him why Kaoru is giving him the ribbon, just before he smiles at her? I think this refers to that and the following events. ...Opinions, please?