Kyo was beginning to feel like he was part of the
"What have I done?" Kyo asked himself, frowning at
the memory, "Why did I let myself become afraid of Talpa?"
"Hey, Kyo," Ryo said, tapping on the bedroom door, "we're going to a carnival, hey, what's wrong?"
Kyo quickly dried his eyes with
the back of his hand, "a carnival, huh?" he said, putting on a fake
"You okay?" Ryo asked.
Kyo nodded, "Yeah, let's go."
Ryo shrugged, trying not to think about it.
The minute they walked into the gates of the carnival, Kento made tracks over to the concession stand.
"I'll take a 2 hotdogs with everything, a large soda, a giant pretzel, one cotton candy and," Kento went on.
"Kento, don't you know you should eat after your throw up rides?" his English best buddy asked with a smile.
"But I'm hungry now!" he whined.
A swarm of laughing girls began walking over to the house of
mirrors and Sage combed his blond hair with his fingers and made his way there,
going over his, 'Hi, my name's Sage,' speech mentally.
Sage's blue-haired friend sighed and shook his head, smiling
"Rowen, I wouldn't do that if I were you," Mia suggested, "these games are rigged!"
"It's hard to win," Ryo added, "You'll lose all your money, Rowen!"
"I have a perfect strategy, don't worry," he
nodded to the gamekeeper; handed him some money and he gave him a bow and
arrow. Rowen smiled confidently and concentrated on his target.
"Wow," Yuli mumbled, "way to go, Rowen!"
"It wasn't so hard," Rowen said, trying not to
"This is how you've practiced?" Ryo asked.
"Absolutely!" Rowen laughed.
"Thanks, Rowen," Yuli mumbled, looking at the
green four-legged animal. He saw another game that looked pretty tricky.
"Piece of cake," Rowen boasted.
Mia smiled, "well, I guess I must have underestimated Rowen a bit."
"Practice does make perfect," Ryo said,
"well, Kyo, what ride do you want to go on first?
Kyo didn't hear Ryo talking to him.
As if she felt someone watching her, she turned around and
looked back at Kyo.
She remembers me, Kyo said, it's her. I know it. Then
her remembered her green eyes, how they had looked at him right before he slew
"Kyo, are you okay?" Ryo asked, touching his shoulder gently.
"Huh?" Kyo blinked and turned his eyes to his
"Where were you just now?" Ryo asked.
Kyo looked back where the girl had been standing.
Their first ride was on the Ferris wheel.
After the ride, Ryo, Mia and Kyo were headed for another ride, the carousal. Though they were going to the carousal, Mia's eyes were turned to the Tunnel of Love ride.
"Why don't you two go without me?" Kyo asked, noticing Mia's path of vison.
"You sure?" Ryo asked.
"Yeah," Kyo said.
"We can meet up later," Mia said.
"No problem," Kyo said. "You two have
"I think there's something bother Kyo," Ryo said.
"I guess he's still trying to adjust," Mia said,
"he spent all his life in the Netherworld; it must've been pretty hard on
"Yeah," Ryo said, smiling, "shall we?"
"Thought you'd never ask," she smiled as she took his hand and they frolicked over to the tunnel of love.
Kyo saw a purple tent with a sign outside that said, "Fortune Telling FREE."
"Might as well give it a try," Kyo mumbled to
himself and stepped inside the tent.
"Ah, I've been expecting you," she said, her voice
even sounded like a real fortuneteller's; though it was possible she was only
Kyo took the seat, "I've never done this before," he admitted.
"I know," she said.
"You do?" he asked.
"Yes," she smiled and began circling her hands
around her crystal ball.
"What do you see?" Kyo asked.
"You've had quite an interesting past, haven't you?" she inquired with a smirk.
"Interesting, well, I guess you could call it
"Oh, yes, hard, wasn't it?" she said, "Let me
see what the cards hold out for you."
"What?" Kyo demanded nervously.
"The card of guilt," she said, laying it before
Kyo swallowed, guilt was exactly what he was feeling and the
image reminded him of what he had done.
"I see you've done something you regret," she said.
Kyo nodded, "I'll never forgive myself for it."
"But it wasn't your fault," she said, taking
another card of the deck and laying it on the table.
"Power?" Kyo mumbled, looking at the design of the
"Something powerful made you do it," she said, "something," she put down the next card, "EVIL."
The card EVIL was a pair of red glowing eyes.
"And you were afraid of it," she put down another card, "FEAR."
Fear was of a young boy holding himself, looking back over his shoulder to the darkness.
"Yes, I was," Kyo said.
"But that is all behind you," she said with a hopeful smile, "after all that, you were still able to hold on to your INNOCENCE." She put down the next card; its design was of a young child standing between darkness and light, with the most innocent look on his face.
"I do?" Kyo asked, "but I've done some horrible things."
"But you didn't want to," she told him,
"That's the important thing.
Kyo almost stood up and left, "that's my fortune?"
"I know what you're thinking," she said with a
nod, "I'm not finished, my dear." She picked another card and laid it
FORGIVENESS was a brilliant, decent card of a child being baptized, his sins being washed away.
"People offered you their FORGIVNESS and
FRIENDSHIP," she laid down the card FRIENDSHIP by FORGIVENESS.
"Friendship and forgiveness," Kyo whispered, "two things I've never thought I'd have."
"Because of your INNOCENCE," she pointed at the
INNOCENCE card and pulled it down between FORGIVENESS AND FRIENDSHIP.
"Love," Kyo whispered.
"That monster may have had POWER, but you have more than he had," she told him, "INNOCENCE, FRIENDSHIP, FORGIVENESS, LOVE."
"Won't I have any power?" Kyo asked, sounding like a child.
She laughed, "Oh, my child, LOVE is POWER.
"More powerful than anything?" Kyo asked.
She nodded, "There's power in all things," and she
began to put down some more cards, "VIRTUE," it had the kanji of
virtue with a warrior, "TRUST," trust had the kanji of trust and a
man standing in the water, holding his hands out to a young and unsure child,
"JUSTICE," this card had the kanji of justice, with a man standing on
a solid rock, "WISDOM," the card wisdom had the kanji wisdom with a
man In a void of thought, "LIFE," life had the kanji symbol of life,
with a man standing on the mountains with his arms in the air,
"LOYALTY," Loyalty had the kanji symbol loyalty, with a man beside a
weak old man, helping him along the trail, "SERENITY," serenity was a
pleasant card, with the kanji serenity and a man with very peaceful smile
laying in an open meadow, "PIETY," the kanji symbol piety was on this
certain card with a man holding his palms together in prayer,
"That's amazing," Kyo exclaimed, feeling a hundred times better.
"Just hold on to your INNOCENCE," she told him, pointing to each of the cards, "it is what people LOVE about you and it may just save your LIFE."
Kyo stood up and began to leave. Suddenly remembering that
he forgot to thank her, he turned, "Oh, and--thanks?" the woman was
"I told you," Sai said.
"Don't even joke," Kento groaned, his hand around his mouth.
"I can't believe it," Yuli said, "Kento not hungry."
"What the?" Ryo asked, watching Sage and Rowen come from different sides, a trail of girls following them both.
Sage gasped when he saw Rowen come up, "Rowen!" he said.
"Hi Sage," Rowen said confidently, his hands in
his pockets, a girl on each arm, "How ya doin'?"
"Looks like you're not the only one who can get a bunch of girls to follow you," Mia teased Sage.
"Hey, what did the fortune teller tell you, mate?" Sai asked.
"Huh?" Kyo mumbled.
"I saw you walk out of that tent," he pointed to it.
"Maybe Kyo doesn't want to talk about it now," Ryo said.
"It's okay," Kyo said, "but I can't tell it
"Sorry girls," Rowen said.
They all groaned, "but can't see just see you win another game?" the girl on his right arm whined.
Rowen shook his head, "maybe another time."
She kissed his cheek, followed by the girl on his left.
"It was nice meeting you, Sage," a girl asked,
"call me, okay?"
"Sure," he said, watching all his girls
"What is that look for?" Rowen demanded, polishing his fingernails on his shirt.
"You idiot!" Sage shouted, "Just what were you doing?"
"I was only trying to be like you, my friend,"
Sage let out an exasperated sigh.
They all got some snacks, except for Kento who was still
feeling a little queasy.
"I never expected to tell you guys this," Kyo
said, opening his ketchup packet, "but I've already told Ryo and since
you're part of his group, I should tell you.
"Kyo thought he should be the one to tell you,"
"You all know that I am Ryo's brother and I was in the Netherworld all my life," Kyo explained, "but only Ryo knows what I've been through."
"We can imagine what it was like," Rowen said.
"Yeah, imagine," Kyo said, "you can only
"How many times have you been in there?" Yuli asked.
"Too many," Kyo replied, "I've lost count--twenty, thirty--I'm not sure."
"Has anyone else been in it?" Rowen asked.
"Anubis," Kyo said, remembering his screams.
"I wonder why," Sage said.
"Talpa never told me."
"Hey, where'd you go?" Kento asked.
"Oh, sorry," Kyo whispered, "thought I saw
someone I knew.
"Who?" Sai asked.
"A girl I knew," he replied.
"What did she look like?" Sage inquired.
"Well she looked like you, Mia," he said as he pointed at her.
"Me?" she mumbled, "but that's impossible, I'm certain I don't have a twin!"
"Oh no," Kyo said, blushing a little, "she
just had the same hair and eye color as yours, but her eyes were greener and
her eyes were a redder.
"When do we meet her?" Rowen asked.
"I'm afraid that won't be possible," Kyo said.
"Why not?" Yuli asked.
"Because," Kyo said softly, "she's dead."
"But if she's dead," Kento said, "how come you just saw her?"
"You guys," Ryo muttered, "that's enough."
"It's okay, Ryo," Kyo said.
"Talpa made him do it," Ryo told them, "it wasn't Kyo's fault."
"I didn't even know her name," Kyo whispered, remembering her screams.
"Why didn't you tell Kento he could just stick it?" Kento demanded, "That's what I would have done!"
"Maybe I should have," Kyo said, "but I was
only twelve and I was scared to death of Talpa.
"But Talpa's long gone now," Ryo told his twin, "he can't hurt you anymore."
"What did Talpa want with you anyway?" Sai asked.
"To prevent you guys from coming to destroy him,"
Kyo replied, "Somehow, he knew that we were going to be born and that one
of us was going to have the armor of wildfire.
"That's sick," Kento groaned.
"Well, tell us what happened when you got your fortune told," Mia said, changing the subject.
"Yeah, tell us," Sage seconded the motion.
"She told me to forgive myself and hold on to my
innocence," Kyo said.
"At least she didn't take away all of your money," Kento said.
Kyo smiled slightly, "yeah."
"I want to get my fortune told too," Sage said.
"Me too," Rowen added.
They went to the tent but the fortuneteller was gone.
"She's still not here," Kyo observed, turning back to the others with a frown.
"It must be her lunch break," Kento guessed,
"speaking of lunch, I'm beginning to get my appetite back!" he patted
"And help you to the bathroom, no doubt," Sai groaned as his bottomless-pit friend led him along.
"I've got to see this," Sage said, following them.
"Rowen, why don't you show me how you won all those games," Yuli inquired.
"Hey, no problem, Yuli," Rowen said, leading him over to another game, "let the master show you how it's done."
"We're going to ride a roller coaster," Ryo offered, "want to come along?"
"We all just ate," Kyo reminded.
"Oh yeah," Ryo said, blushing slightly.
"Let's go to the house of mirrors instead," Mia suggested.
"You two go ahead," Kyo told them.
"But Kyo," Ryo pressed and Mia touched his shoulder gently as she shook his head.
"Okay," Mia said, "you can come join us later if you want."
"Thanks, Mia," Kyo said.
The couple left Kyo alone.
"I didn't get a chance to thank you for," Kyo began, "Hey--you're not the fortune teller that was here before."
"My aunt's taking a break," the new fortuneteller
explained. Her voice sounded younger. She wore a blue hooded cloak and her head
was hunched over, so Kyo had a hard time seeing her face, "I'm taking over
for a while.
"I already got it," Kyo told her, "but thanks."
"Please, sit," she urged, "I'll read your
"That's right," Kyo said, "she didn't read my palm."
Kyo sat down and held out his palm.
"Sometimes," Kyo mumbled.
"You're still innocent and always will be," she
differed. "Ah, and this line says love is in your path.
"But that's impossible," Kyo argued, pulling his
hand back, "I'm already in love with someone, but she's gone.
"Oh, yes, you killed your lover, didn't you?"
"I didn't mean to.
"Of course not," she said, her voice almost
sympathetic, "someone made you do it.
"I'd never forgive myself," Kyo vowed, "Never."
"Did she forgive you?"
"She told me she understand."
"Then she forgives you."
"It's not the same," Kyo spat, "I'll never see her again!" he rose to his feet and attempted to leave.
"Please wait," she called back.
Kyo stopped in his tracks. Somehow, her voice seemed so
He turned and looked back at her as she began to rise.
She lifted her hands to her hood and pulled it back,
revealing her face, dark green eyes and auburn hair, bangs that fell down to
her cheekbones and her hair in layers.
Kyo couldn't speak.
"Do I know you?" she asked.
"It's possible," he said, "but I--" he
concentrated on her face, he had looked upon a similar face before,
She nodded, "yes."
Impulsively, Kyo ran over to her as he let out a happy
"I--I," he blushed, "don't even know your name." His blue eyes were full of innocence.
"Ala," she told him.
"Ala," he whispered, "such a pretty name."
"I don't know yours either," she said.
"I don't understand this," Kyo mumbled, "How can you be alive?"
"It's strange," she said, "I was awakened,
hearing a voice. It told me to wake up and run away.
"The voice of the Ancient," Kyo told her.
She looked down, "My parents were killed and so were my
"Then, they brought you to me," he said remorsefully, "They wanted me to slay you."
"It wasn't your fault, Kyo," she whispered.
"That monster forced you into doing it.
"I'm so sorry, Ala," Kyo whispered, "It was the hardest thing I had to do."
"I'm all right now," she placed her hands on his
face, "right after I heard that voice, I took off and ran as fast I
"I wish I had a chance to see you smile before," Kyo said.
"None of that matters anymore, Kyo," Ala murmured, "I'm smiling now, aren't I?"
"Seeing you again," he whispered, sliding his fingers down her cheek, "It's like a dream."
She closed her eyes as a sigh escaped her mouth.
"I spent so many years punishing myself for that," Kyo admitted, "I felt so guilty."
"There's nothing you need to feel guilty about,"
she said, laying her head on her chest, "nothing ever again.
Kyo held her closer as he put his chin on the top of her
head, "I love you too."
"You have every right to be happy as much as everyone else," Ala told him.
Kyo kissed Ala all over here face in sweet, innocent
"I love you," Kyo breathed.
"Ala, we," her aunt walked in, "oh,
Ala laughed silently and let out a soft cry of surprise when
Kyo kissed her again.
AN: I wasn't really planning on this, well, in a way I
It was a double wedding.
Kento was eating perhaps his fourth cake.
"Come on, mate," Sai shouted, pulling on Rowen's arm, "they're about to throw the bouquets and garters!"
Rowen groaned, "Oh, okay."
Mia and Ala threw their bouquets at the same time.
"Hey, I know her," Rowen and Sage said as they pointed to them.
"Heads up!" Kento warned as two white garters were flying overhead.
One was located around Rowen's finger and Sage jumped to
catch the other.
The two girls who caught the bouquets giggled at Rowen and
Their honeymoons were in different locations.
"What's this?" Kyo asked, looking at a rather
"A surprise," Ala replied.
Kyo picked up his new bride and carried her inside.
"Wait here," Ala commanded as she stepped behind a
As he waited for her to come out, Kyo snacked on some
Ala wore her auburn hair half-up.
"I've never done that for you before, have I?" she asked, losing her breath.
Kyo shook his head, "that was lovely.
"It's been a while since I've done that," she confessed.
"Are you sure?" he asked teasingly, "I can
tell you've must have practiced quite hard."
Still innocent, even now, Kyo blushed slightly as they were both naked underneath the covers.
"I've never done this before," he admitted shyly.
"That's okay, Kyo," she whispered, "Neither
"Ala," he breathed.
"Shh," she hushed softly as pulled him to her and kissed him deeply.
Ala slid her fingernails up and down his back and located her
fingers in his thick black hair.
They finished making love and it was the most beautiful
either of them had ever felt.
"Ala," he gasped.
"I love you, Ala," Kyo said.
"I love you too, Kyo," she whispered back, "can you just hold me now, all through the night?"
"Yes, every night," he replied, pulling her close
in his arms.