A/N – This is based on the sake-centric philosophy Hiko imparts to Kenshin under the stars.

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All the Small Things

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"There is more to life," Hiko said – and often – "than Hiten Mitsurugi. Art and music. Poetry and philosophy. Good companionship. Sake. All these things and more, baka deshi, make life worth living."

Later, Kenshin would remember those words. When the road was frozen and cold, he found beauty in the ice and snow. When the crippling heat beat down, he rested under a shady tree, discussing poetry and old legends with an old, crippled samurai. Even during the Bakumatsu, there had been moments of warmth and humanity, isolated bulwarks against despair.

There was peace, he discovered, in the small things.