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Tenchi Muyo!: Airs of the Past

Alternate Ending: Final Lullaby.

There were two distinct thuds as two bodies hit the ground. The one standing avatar surveyed the carnage and then screamed.

Seconds earlier...

Tenchi dove up between Ryoko and Arekon, shielding her from what he was sure would be a fatal blow. In the same instant that the older man brought his sword down, Tenchi swung the lighthawk blade through him.

Ryoko watched in horror as both of them fell to the ground.

A horrid laughter bubbled from Arekon as blood escaped his lips. "Halfway there," he chuckled. Ryoko shot him a look of complete loathing and with all the power she could muster incinerated him.

"Tenchi..." she whispered his name quietly as she knelt next to him and cradled his head in her lap. "Please," she begged, "don't go"
Tears flowed freely from her eyes. "Washu! Tsunami! Where the hell are you!" she screamed.

"Ryoko," Tenchi whispered her name softly. He gazed up at her, tears in his eyes.

"Tenchi!" she pulled him into her embrace gently. She whispered in his ear, "Don't you dare die on me."

He coughed, "Sorry. I didn't exactly plan it this way."

"You're so stupid, Tenchi. Why did you have to jump in the way?" She asked as fresh tears formed in her eyes.

"I had to," Tenchi started to explain.

"I know," Ryoko interjected, "I know." She kissed him carefully. "Just hold on," she begged.

"I love you, Ryoko," he whispered, "I'm sorry."

She held him tight, "Don't talk like that, Tenchi."

He drew in a deep breath.

"Goodnight my angel time to close your eyes

And save these questions for another day

I think you know how much you mean to me

I think you know what I've been trying to say

I promised I would never leave you

And in your heart I'll always stay

Wherever you may go

No matter where you are

I never will be far away

Goodnight my angel now it's time to sleep

And still so many things I want to say

Remember all the love you have from me

And how we'll be together someday

And know I'll always be beside you

I'll see you in your sleep

our love is lasting and deep

Inside this heart

You'll always be a part of me

Goodnight my angel now it's time to dream

And dream how wonderful your life will be

Someday our child will cry and if you sing this lullaby

Then in your hearts there will always be a part of me

Someday we'll both be gone

But our lullaby will go on and on

that's how you and I will be."

Tenchi's voice faded slowly as he finished, his body giving into the wounds inflicted upon him.

"Tenchi?" Ryoko sobbed into his shoulder holding him tightly as she called his name, "Tenchi, please..."

One Year Later...

Ryoko sat in Tenchi's old room. She hadn't changed it much since his passing. The only small change was the crib that sat next to the bed. She smiled down on the small girl sleeping quietly.
"Sleep well little Tenko," she whispered. "Goodnight, My Angel, time to close your eyes" She began to sing their lullaby softly.

The End.

I wanted to write a happy ending too, so that's why this has ended up as an alternate ending. I'm still a sucker for happy endings, but I find that death can make a story so much more potent on occasion.