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Yeah, I thought the story was complete, too. Then a silly idea lodged itself into my brain and demanded a tangible form...This isn't as well-written as I'd like it to be. Will it ruin the story? I don't know, and at this point I don't care. It's Saturday morning, I'm doing overtime, I'll be stuck here till five and I'm sneaking in bits of writing to cheer myself up. I'm looking forward to reading comments/flames/whatever after work so don't forget to review, yeah? )

First Date: Epilogue

"I swear I saw them come in here!"

"Really..." Sano muttered doubtfully. Scratching at his spike-haired head, he swept his gaze over their area of the park. Apart from the old lady feeding the ducks in the pond, there wasn't another person in sight.

"I'm sure I saw a redhead and brunette standing right here just a minute ago!" Misao insisted. "It couldn't have been anyone but them, right?"

Sano shrugged unenthusiastically. He hadn't seen anything like that, but he really didn't feel like arguing with Misao at this point. "Well, even if it was them…there's no one around now." He gave one last look around the park, more to appease the girl than anything else. "Looks like they've given us the slip again."

"Oh, I'm sure their somewhere around..." Misao said, a determined gleam in her eye. Her eyes swept across the park with an intensity that seemed almost diabolical. Sano thought he felt a shudder run up his spine. "They can't keep running from us for long..."

Sano couldn't hold back his groan. Didn't weasel know when to give it up? He was getting pretty sick of being led around on a merry chase around town. Kaoru and Kenshin could move a lot faster than he thought, and seemed to have been making about a million twists and turns, just forthe heck of it. Sano had given up hope of ever catching up to them. He'd settled for planning to corner them the next day and teasing the hell out of them. But it sure didn't look like Misao was about to abandon the hunt.

Noticing a marked lack of snide remarks and complaining from Megumi, Sanosuke turned to regard her, curious.

She had her gaze directed skywards. For a moment it seemed like an exaggerated expression of exasperation. But on closer inspection it looked more like she was just staring at something above. And the expression on her face...amusement? "See something interesting, fox?"

Startled, Megumi mere blinked at him for a moment before hastily replying, "Oh, no, no, it's nothing." Quickly regaining her composure, she then pointedly at Misao, who was still scanning the area with the ruthless efficiency of a killer cyborg searching for its target. "Shouldn't we be getting out of here if we're going to catch up to our runaway lovers?"

Sanosuke raised his eyebrow, suspicious at the sudden change of topic. "How come you're suddenly so eager to get on with the chase?"

This time Megumi really did roll her eyes in exasperation. "Look, I just want to get this ridiculous pursuit over with, alright?" she huffed. Somehow she didn't sound as irritated as he thought she would.

Sanosuke decided to refrain from pointing out that if she was tired of it, she could simply leave. Being stuck alone with Misao in predator mode was not an appealing thought. Instead he said, "Sheesh, fox, no need to get mad. I was just asking." Turning back to Misao, he called out, "Oi, Misao! I think they're long gone from here. We'd better get moving if we don't want to lose them."

Misao's shoulders slumped slightly as she let out a disappointed sigh. "You're probably right," she muttered. But then she brightened again, and chirped, "Okay, Sano, which way do think they went?"

About two metres up, on a tree in the park, next to the pond where an old lady was feeding the ducks, Kaoru whispered, "Are they gone?" Hugging the trunk of the tree, she tried to peer down.

Perched on another branch opposite Kaoru, Kenshin leaned forward and watched as the figures of Megumi, Misao and Sanosuke disappeared into the distance. "I think now we're safe."

"Well, that's what we thought earlier." Wanting to see for herself, Kaoru turned to look over her shoulder, but overbalanced and started to tip backwards. "Whoa!" she cried, her arms flailing as she tried to regain her balance.

Kenshin quickly reached out to grab her arm, steadying her. "Thanks," Kaoru breathed, grateful.

For a few moments, the two of them simply sat there, allowing themselves to finally relax. Then Kenshin broke the silence. "Want to get back down and finish what we started?" he asked, his voice low and decidedly suggestive.

He smirked when he saw Kaoru's cheeks redden. She immediately recovered, though, and threw him a mock-indignant glare. "It's only our first date, and you want to make out?"

He shrugged. "Hey, it's not my fault you're so incredibly kissable."

"Anyone ever tell you what a smooth talker you are?"

"I speak only the truth."

"Oh, shut up and help me get down."

AN (again) : Oh dooo...revieeewww...