Serena- And so concludes this story. I hope beyond hope that you all enjoyed it! My next fanfiction probably won't be out for a long while- I want to get more of it typed up before I start posting it, but with summer coming (I only have 18 more days of school left!) and me being slightly insomniac, well, it'll be posted eventually. Thank you all so much for your support, it's meant a great deal to me.


By: Serena


Five years later:

She watched as the shifting sand spun in a weaving pattern, below her home. Pale hands softly rested on her swollen belly through her silk nighty. She smiled, enjoying the breeze that teased at her fiery hair.

Another redhead with hair as equally vibrant came to stand behind her, resting his chin lightly on her shoulder and his hands resting over hers against her stomach. The young woman's smile only broadened and she leaned into him, "Something troubles you, Kazekage-sama," she whispered into his hair.

"Only because something troubles you…" her husband replied, also in a whisper. "You should not dwell on the past."

Sighing, she twisted to get a better look at him, "I know…" Her gaze traveled past him, beyond time and space, "I…I just… can't get her out of my head… I can't get her off of my mind…" She glanced back at him and a rueful smile played at her lips, "I know she's gone, and there is nothing I can do but…" She trailed off.

"Hn." Despite the lack of verbalization, the redhead knew what her lovers tone meant- he had something profound to say. "She is still here if we make her still here."

She had never been one for deep, sensual melancholy thoughts… no, that had been her sisters job. Her sister had been the one with her nose in a book from birth. "What are you talking about?"

"If this child of ours," his hands lightly began caressing her swollen belly, "is female, let her be named after your late elder sister."

"Mmm." She melted into his touch, and the idea of immortalizing her sibling. "Sabaku no Rui," she mused. "I like it."

The dream faded from my mind, reluctantly, as sleep fled from my consciousness. The darkness still reigned supreme, but I didn't really care. I was happy, I was content, I felt better than I had even after Sasuke's return.

I slowly slipped from Sasuke's embrace to find my way to the balcony overlooking the street outside. Once upon a time I would have paid mind to the fact that my pajamas didn't cover as much of my body as I would have liked, however now I knew the night would protect me.

On a small mosaic table sat a potted flower- in full bloom. The red petals were conspicuous against the blanket of night and healthy. I smiled- I had been doing that for so long my mouth was beginning to hurt. I suppose a small pain in your mouth is the only draw back from being so happy.

"R-Rui," came a muffled voice from the bedroom. I turned and beamed at my black knight. His hair was disheveled and his eyes were squinted trying to block out the barely existent light. Beautiful. "Come back to bed…" he mumbled.

My mouth was beginning to hurt again, but I didn't care- I was happy. I made my way back to the bed we shared and folded myself back into his embrace.

And then I realized something… my future was absolutely unlimited- completely unrestricted. My destiny was unobstructed, unhindered, unhampered, and perfectly clear.

Though it was my sisters name, it was truly I who was…