A/N: This is it. Everything has led up to this moment where the door would be closed and locked up forever. How sad did I just make you feel? Hah, well I made myself sad by saying that. Damn. Okay, so this is the epilogue to the entire series I've created. I hope you enjoy this final conclusion. It's named after the song from the animated movie, Anastasia, "At the Beginning," by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx. Enjoy.

Disclaimer: I wish I owned time, so I could go back and start this whole thing over again, but I don't. I do own these tears though…

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Epilogue: At The Beginning

She was walking in a large open field of flowers. She saw possibly everyone she knew in this same field; all seeming to enjoy themselves.

Uryuu was playing with water guns with Ryo, Nozomi, Chad and Shuuhei. "Uryuu," Nozomi questioned, pulling his shirt as Ryo continued to chase Chad and Shuuhei with his super-soaker.

"Yes, Nozomi?" Uryuu replied with a smile.

"Daddy's been gone for awhile now. Doesn't Soul Society realize he saved their butts?! They need to give him a break!" she said, letting her unruly attitude show.

Uryuu smiled at the girl's behavior. She was a perfect mix of her parents. "Don't worry, he'll be back soon. You're father is an important guy. Without him, who knows what this world would be like! He won't have to go back for a long time after this."

She smiled brightly, "Good! Now let's go! I'm going for Ryo, who are you going for?"

He smiled down at her, "Chad. Ready? One, two, three!" The two then took off running after their targets.

Orihime then bent down and picked up a little girl about three years old and began to comfort her due to a bee flying near the little girl's head. "It's okay, Nami. Mommy's got you. Shhh."

Orihime then handed over a picnic basket to Tatsuki, who wore a fake smile due to the anticipated food in the said basket. Tatsuki looked up and smiled at a little boy who called out, "Mommy."

Renji was seen swinging the said little boy around in the air. "Dizzy yet, Hoshi?" Renji chided to his son with a smirk. The little boy with red hair giggled and said, "No," in a tone where you could hear his dizziness.

Byakuya, who had a little boy with bright orange hair on his shoulders, began to walk towards Unohana who was sitting beside Rangiku, Momo and Toushirou.

"Uncle Bya? You know, you're really tall! I heard daddy's almost as tall as you! Mommy showed me pictures. She said one day I'll be really tall! You think I'll be taller than you? Maybe then I could give you a piggyback ride! But not if you get fat because then I won't be able to pick you up. But maybe I'll end up being strong like daddy too!" The little boy continued to talk as his uncle rolled his eyes. There was a moment of silence that surprised Byakuya, until the boy spoke again.

"Uncle Bya, do you know when daddy will be home?" he asked sadly.

"He'll be home any minute, Yoshi. Don't worry," Byakuya couldn't help but smile. No matter how much he talked, he still loved his nephew.

Rangiku was testing the two with questions on how well they knew each other to see how good of a couple Momo and Toushirou were. Toushirou sat there not seeming to care at all, yet answering when he was asked a question. Rangiku was reading out of a magazine and when Toushirou got a question wrong he got furious, grabbed the magazine and threw it. He said what a stupid game it was while crossing his arms over his chest and looking into the distance. Momo giggled and kissed him tenderly on the lips to calm him down.

We were strangers
Starting out on a journey
Never dreaming
What we'd have to go through
Now here we are
And I'm suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

Rukia stood there watching it all. It was so surreal. She couldn't help but smile at the pure bliss around her. She then felt a pair of arms wrap around her waist from behind. She jumped slightly, but relaxed into the familiar feeling. She closed her eyes and leaned back into his body with a smile on her face.

"Why on earth is a beautiful woman like you standing alone on such a wonderful day like today?" he said softly into her ear.

No one told me
I was going to find you
Unexpected
What you did to my heart
When I lost hope
You were there to remind me
This is the start

She raised an eyebrow with a smirk. "Well my husband went away on business. And I believe he would kill you if he saw exactly what you were doing right now."

He chuckled. "Are you so sure? Maybe he would applaud me for not giving up a chance like this," he said, following with kisses down her neck and onto her bare shoulder.

Life is a road
And I want to keep going
Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road
Now and forever
Wonderful journey

She turned around in his arms as his kisses left shivers down her spine and wrapped her own arms around his neck. "Hm, you're not as good looking as my husband." she said smiling widely.

He smiled, "Oh really? Well I bet this will change you're mind," he said, closing the gap between them and placing his lips on hers gently.

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

He pulled away. "He can kiss better too," she said innocently with a smirk.

He scowled, "'Can kiss better' my ass!" he said, forcefully capturing her lips into a much more passionate kiss.

When they finally pulled away, she was left breathless, which made him smile in victory. She rested her head against his chest, "Mr. Kurosaki is definitely getting lucky tonight."

We were strangers
On a crazy adventure
Never dreaming
How our dreams would come true
Now here we stand
Unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

"Music to my ears," he said with a smirk that Rukia knew was on his face without having to look.

They stood there in each other's embrace for some time as they watched their family enjoy themselves. "You know," Rukia started. "I've had a dream of this a long time ago. It's exactly how I pictured it."

Life is a road
And I want to keep going
Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road
Now and forever
Wonderful journey

Ichigo closed his eyes and bent his head down to take in the lavender scent of her hair. "Oh yeah?" he questioned with a smile. "So if you've already dreamt this, why don't you tell me what happens next?"

She pulled away and looked up into his amber eyes. Violet met amber once again in a beautiful embrace. She held a slight smile while she talked, "That's just it. I never got to see what happened after this."

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

He smirked and bent down to capture her lips, not being able to resist. They remained that way for quite some time, but then pulled away, with his arms still wrapped around her waist and her arms around his neck.

He smiled tenderly at her as they stared back into the windows of their souls. "Then I guess all we can do is live life to the fullest and if anything bad ever comes our way, we just have to keep holding on, huh?"

I knew there was somebody somewhere
Like me alone in the dark
Now I know my dream will live on
I've been waiting so long
Nothing's gonna tear us apart

Rukia smiled back in the same manner and gave a slight nod. "Right," she said softly.

"Daddy! Daddy!" was heard being called. The couple turned to see their children running toward them in excitement from about fifty feet away.

Life is a road
And I want to keep going
Love is a river
I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road
Now and forever
Wonderful journey

Ichigo looked back to his wife and smiled. "I need you to know, that every moment I spent with you, from every time we fought, to every time we tried to save each other, I wouldn't give up any of those moments. Not one. Every little scratch I got that you yelled at me for, saying it was because of you that I got them, was worth getting. Just to have another moment with you. Just to get a chance to see you pissed off at me for something, to see you laugh, to see you sad. But most of all, just to see you smile. You made my life something I could have never dreamt of having. You're something I can never replace and will hold in my heart forever."

I'll be there
When the world stops turning
I'll be there
When the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

"You can't come up with your own lines anymore, huh, Kurosaki? You have to steal them from your past self, huh?" she teased.

He chuckled and then went serious again, "No. I'm just letting you know that after all these years, it still applies."

Life is a road and I wanna keep going
Love is a river I wanna keep going on...
Starting out on a journey

Rukia smiled up at him sincerely, "I love you too, Ichigo." And as they moved in for another kiss, their children crashed into them, wrapping their arms around their legs. They were startled but then bent down and picked up a child. Rukia picked up and began tickling Yoshi and Ichigo began to make Nozomi soar through the air as they made their way back to the rest of their family.


Life is a road and I wanna keep going
Love is river I wanna keep flowing
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you.

The End


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Can you believe it? I can, but I don't know if I want to. All good things have to come to an end, sadly. So it's finally over. It's been a great run though. It started in April, but it feels like just yesterday. You guys must be thinking, "She finally made it happy!" Haha well, yes I did. I always planned on making it happy. I mean I would have killed myself if I ended Leaving Town like that and never came back with this story. So anyways, I want to let you know how much I appreciate everyone of you guys. You gave me a lot of support and I loved writing this. So thank you so much. I will end this the same way as always. Later

- By the way, I hope that you'll be happy to hear that I'm nowhere near done writing for you guys. There is Run To You that I put out which is AU, but there is another one that I will soon put out. It's going to be called These Days and it will take place after the series has ended kind of thing (I know it's not over, but it will act like it did). It's going to be more believable to happen in the series if you know what I mean. If you want more descriptions just ask me. So I hope you guys follow me through another journey. Love ya! Later