Disclaimer: Well, we've finally reached the real end, and I still don't own Vampire Knight...Arashi was right: Happy endings don't exist.
Epilogue: Unending Night
Kain looked back at the Moon Dormitory behind him as he closed the front door and walked towards the headmaster's house under the rising moon. Not much had changed in the five years he had been gone. Cross Academy still looked as it always had, except for the lack of students, this week being a school vacation. Only the headmaster, Zero, Yuki, and a few close friends had chosen to remain during the break. Now that his luggage was safely deposited in his old room, Kain was on his way to join them for a late dinner/early breakfast.
When Kaname died, most of the Night Class remained at the academy to protect and be near the newly discovered pureblood, Yuki Cross. Kain himself had stayed for almost five years before returning home to take a more active role in his family's company but only after he made sure Yuki-sama was sufficiently safe under the watchful eyes of Seiren, a former "bodyguard" of Kaname's. Not that such measures were really necessary with Zero Kiryu sticking to her like grease on a cheese steak, but one couldn't be too careful.
Kiryu—there was a name that still burned in Kain's mind, even after ten long years. No one had heard the smallest wisp of a whisper about Arashi since she disappeared.
The headmaster surmised that she only came to Cross Academy in the first place to meet her little brother before attempting to end her life; having a pureblood residing in the same place just saved her an extra trip. But even the headmaster couldn't begin to fathom what Arashi was doing out there, all alone, now that her best chance to die was forever gone.
Although the marks had faded within days of the feeding, Kain could still reach into his memory and feel her teeth slipping into his neck as if it had been yesterday. It was funny, the way time changed things, and vampires had more time than anyone, unless a crazed hunter went after them. Back then, Arashi had been the object of Aido's attentions and a weary, broken little sister to Kain. Now?
Well, obviously Kain had realized some time ago that he couldn't just look at her like a sister anymore, especially, as cruel and heartless as it sounds, with Aido dead. But what was she, then? He supposed he needn't worry about the matter after ten years. She'd given no indication that she was coming back, and he probably wouldn't be able to figure out anything until he saw her, anyway.
He opened the front door to see many familiar faces gathered together in the front living room, a hearty fire casting friendly shadows. Senri Shiki and Rima Tooya looked the same as always sitting on one of the couches. Takuma Ichijo still had his nose stuck in a ridiculous vampire manga. Ruka Souen still had that aloof stance that said, "You are not worthy of my presence." Seiren was standing off in a corner, alert as ever. Headmaster Cross's face was starting to betray his age with small creases forming at the corners of his eyes, but he was only human after all. Yuki-sama was leaning against Zero's side in front of the fireplace. Kain had no doubt the Kiryu never let their pureblood out of his arms when they were alone, but he was still a restrained stiff in public.
However, Yuki-sama burst towards the door as soon as Kain was inside. "We're so glad you could make it, Kain-san! It's been too long!" She looked like she was itching to pull the vampire into a bone crushing hug, but knowing how uncomfortable it was when purebloods to treat their subordinates that way, she refrained.
Kain gave Yuki-sama a side grin and nod of the head. To the room in general, he announced, "It's good to be back." Then, he noticed Kiryu giving a most decidedly devious smirk from his position by the fire. It almost made him look evil.
Zero walked over to join the two in front of the door. "So, what's the occasion?"
Yuki punched Zero in his arm. Even with her pureblood strength, it did about as much to him now as it had when she was human. Arashi's fire blood had kept her fellow Kiryu alive and better than new for years with no sign of any deterioration. Zero could even take blood tablets now the way Yuki did. Of course, every now and then he'd steal a snack from his wife's neck, but what was wrong with that?
"Zero! Why are you being so mean?" Yuki fumed. "Just because he missed the wedding two years ago and has barely spoken to us for a while is no reason to be like that!"
At this point, the headmaster popped in, "Ah, Kain! Are you here to see my adorable granddaughter?!" The man was bordering on squealing yet again. Note to all present: keep all things familial and cute at least three oceans away from this guy.
Kain used that infamous half-smile and replied, "Yes, I thought I better see what kind of danger Yuki-sama has unleashed on the world."
"DANGER?!" Okay, it had passed "bordering." He was officially squealing. "MY BEAUTIFUL AMAYA-CHAN WOULDN'T HURT A FLY! JUST BECAUSE SHE'S HALF PUREBLOOD AND HALF FIRE SOMETHING OR OTHER—"
Ignoring the high pitched shrieks that were quickly being silenced by a threatening glare from Zero and whispers about the baby being asleep, Kain asked, "Amaya-chan, huh?"
"Yeah," Yuki-sama answered. "I thought about naming her Kaname, but Zero wouldn't budge. He actually wanted her to be Arashi, so we found a cross between the two. Kaname-sama was a vampire of the night and rain is part of a storm, hence, 'night rain.'"
Kain's grin drooped down into a sad smile of memory at the mention of Arashi. "I think it'll suit her just fine."
Perceptive pureblood that she was, Yuki tried to draw Kain's attention to something else. "Would you like to see her? She's asleep right now, two doors down the hall on the right." Or maybe she was just a doting mother.
"Sure." Kain was willing to take the bait and be distracted.
He walked down the hallway silently and opened the last door to find a small nursery complete with a furnished sitting area and fireplace. The crib in the back of the room was a beautiful piece of woodwork, but the baby inside put the luster of the railings to shame. She had inherited the Kuran brown waves of hairs, and her porcelain skin shone brightly in the glow from the fire.
Turning away from the crib, Kain glanced over the sitting area in front of the chimney place. A few long sofas were arranged around a rug, much like the living room out front. Kain was a little surprised that Yuki-sama hadn't followed him and was ready to return to the group when an unexplainable compulsion struck him. He wanted to see if the couches were as soft as they looked.
Well, far be it from the powers of the universe to stop a vampire who wants to poke the top cushion of a couch, so Kain took a few steps towards the red furniture. He was all ready to see if it was indeed a piece of exquisite quality when he looked down.
There she was, her timeless face completely unchanged by the years. Her hair had been cut short, about the length of Zero's. The blanket was slipping off her sleeping form, and there was nothing about her appearance to suggest that she'd just spent ten years alone in who knows where. It seemed a bit anti-climatic. After ten years of relentlessly listening to every rumor, every piece of meaningless news, there she was, sleeping contentedly right in front of him.
He moved to the front of the couch and kneeled down beside her. She still hadn't stirred. "Well," he whispered, "now I know why Takuma was so insistent in his invitation this time."
Kain wasted no more time on words. He leaned down and pressed his lips to the side of her neck and bit her. His fangs met no resistance and punctured the skin easily. The sweet fire blood had lost none of its potency, and Kain drank for a few moments in absolute bliss.
When he pulled away, he wasn't surprised to see Arashi's eyes open and staring at him bemusedly. "What was that for?" she asked.
Putting on that abominable smirk again for the first time since she had left, Kain answered, "Kaname-sama got a taste. I'm guessing Aido did, too. I was feeling left out." Arashi smiled back and sat up allowing Kain to take a seat. "What are you doing here?"
"Part-time bodyguard and teacher: apparently, Amaya-chan inherited a little bit of fire power along with that vampire blood." Arashi rubbed her eyes, forcing the sleepy stupor away.
"You planning on staying here for a while?" Kain couldn't drag his eyes away from her, literally. If he so much as blinked during her answer to this, he might miss a crucial twitch or flinch that would speak more truthfully than words.
"Yeah, for a while," she answered without hesitation.
Not detecting anything to the contrary in her body language, Kain said, "Good." It was official. He didn't have a name for it yet, like "love," but Kain could finally admit that he needed Arashi. All thoughts of a brother-sister relationship were totally out the window. But he would have to approach this carefully. After all, the last guy who tried to kiss Arashi finally got his kiss, but he wound up dead.
"Stay with the kid for second," Arashi ordered. "I'm going to go get Yuki, who is currently rushing back to the living room with the others, trying to act like they weren't just eavesdropping."
Kain was glad to be in this place, to be home, even if the people were a little nosy.
"Oh," she paused at the door, "I like you, too." Kain gave Arashi one of his few flustered and bewildered looks. She tapped her head with one finger. "Mind reader, remember? I may be a vampire, but I'm still an elemental."
Well, he would need to watch what he thought from now on, although he didn't think Arashi would really invade his privacy like again. It was impossible to tell where things would go or how long forming a "relationship" would take, but they were vampires. They were practically immortal, especially the one with elemental powers. Kain didn't expect a perfect, easy route to lay itself out for them. Neither did Arashi. They didn't need "perfect." It wasn't worth looking for "perfect" because it would never be found.
Happy endings don't exist. But how can they when endings don't exist? The world of vampires is an unending night filled with the storms of life. And there's always a new mystery to unravel hidden in the storm.
Yep, I have finally completed this stupid fic. Phew...too much work. pants heavily like old beagle after running too much to retrieve tennis ball
Well, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers, the people who have favorited me/the story, alerted me/the story, and those who reviewed...especially the wonderful people who indulged my idiotic demand for ten new reviews before posting this ending. (Be sure to thank them because I could've and would've refrained from posting this without their encouragement.)
Not that anyone really cares, but I do not know what kind of fic I'll attempt next. I have ideas for a bunch of different series, but nothing concrete...so ideas are welcome, though I make no promises, except: for the next fic, I will type the entire thing before posting the first chapter, so I can update once a week instead of once a month. It might make for a shorter amount of time from start to finish, but I doubt anyone would mind that. (People today like instant gratification, right?)
Thanks again to everybody! All your support forced me to actually finish this! Feel free to leave a review (you know, since it is the end and all) whether you liked, loved, hated, or despised it!