Here we are. Finally at the end of Looking In. I'd like to give an extremely big thanks to all of my loyal readers who stuck with me all 20 chapters! A shout out to Tenshi of course. Thanks for your support and ideas ; ) . I'm so happy that I got so many postive reviews! This is helping my author dream a lot. And a thank you to this site cuz I wouldn't be doing this without this site and all its amazing readers! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

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The Story Ends

I woke up late the next morning. Tohru was already gone downstairs. Light was shining through the thin curtains from the window. A bird chirped outside. The smell of pancakes was starting to taint the air with delicious sweetness. It was a normal day in Fruits Basket.

It was my last day here.

I lazily got out of bed and got dressed for school. I wanted to make the most out of my last day and I believed I owed Uo and Hana and goodbye as well. I walked down the stairs slowly, taking it all in, running my hand against the wall. Tohru was smiling as usual and serving Shigure, Kyo, and Yuki already. She warmly greeted me and started to serve me as well. I took a seat next to Yuki and began to eat, savoring my last Tohru-cooked meal.

"So, you're leaving today?" Kyo asked.

I chewed for a moment, stalling. "Yes."

"We're going to miss you, Emily-chan," Shigure said.

"Yes," Tohru agreed. "It won't be the same."

"Actually, it'll go back to as it should be," I said. I smiled. "This is a great story. I'm very happy I got to see it in person. You all are great people. Thank you."

Yuki smiled next to me. "We're very happy that you visited us."

"I am too," I said genuinely.

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School went by as normal. Uo flipped when I told her I was "moving" but Hana seemed to be her skeptical I-sense-differently self. Tohru's got great friends. We were just about to part from them later that day when I decided to say a few words to them as well.

"Hana-chan," I began, smiling, "Thank you when you find Tohru in the park."

Hana surprisingly returned my smile. "It's my pleasure."

I walked over near Uo. I leaned towards her ear and said, "Don't give up on Kureno-san, ok? He's a good person and you two will be together. Trust me on that."

Uo looked shocked but recovered with a smile. "You got it."

Tohru and I waved as then followed the guys. I walked alongside Yuki behind Tohru and Kyo. After a moment, Tohru dropped her bag. Kyo gestured that he had it covered and started to help pick up.

"I'm going to miss you," Yuki said, keeping out of earshot of the others.

I looked up into Yuki's soft and still gorgeous eyes. Him and Kyo have gotton so handsome. But that's just the fangirl in me I suppose. "I will too. I had a lot of fun here." I smiled, feeling as though I was glowing. "You're my favorite character, Yuki. You'll always have a place in my heart."

"As will you in mine," Yuki said. Then he leaned in and gave me a light but nice kiss.

We continued onward, finally arriving home. I was surprised to find Momiji, Haru, Hiro, Kisa, Kagura, Ayame, Hatori, and Shigure waiting for us. My original plan was to leave once we got back but the moment I walked into the house I was already getting swept away into a farewell party. Ok, so I lied before. Now this is my last Tohru-cooked meal. It was a very pleasant and happy party but as it got late, my departure began to come closer. Tohru and I saw everyone out, each person that passed me said a comment or too and their goodbye. I got a hug from Kisa, Kagura, and Momiji and an almost-kiss from Ayame (Yuki socked him one before that of course). After they left, I helped Tohru clean up and then we returned to the living room.

"Well, I suppose this is goodbye, Emily-chan," Shigure said.

"Not really," Kyo said. "You read, remember?"

I laughed. "Of course I read Kyo! I'm not a kindergartner!"

"That's not what I meant!" Kyo scoffed. A smile played at his lips. "And thanks, Emily. For earlier."

"No problem," I replied.

"Oooooh? Has Kyo-kun finally gone perverted?" Shigure teased.

"Shut up, you scum!" Kyo shot back.

"I'm going to miss you so much!" Tohru said, starting to cry. She pulled me into a tight hug and shook me back and forth.

"T-T-Tohru!" I gasped. "Can't…breathe!"

"Oh!" Tohru said, letting go. "I'm sorry!"

I laughed again and now gave her a hug. I promised myself I wouldn't cry but that's not working out so well. "I-I'll miss you too."

Tohru laughed and smiled, a few more tears falling down her face. "Thank you, Emily-chan."

"Shall I escort you upstairs?" Yuki said, appearing at my side.

"Ok," I replied. I waved to Kyo, Shigure, and Tohru, who did likewise, and followed Yuki upstairs. When we reached my room, I went over to the desk and picked up the silver rock.

"No chance of you staying?" Yuki asked playfully.

"Nah, I'll just be a side character," I said.

"Well, you're my favorite character from your story," Yuki said softly.

"I love you, Yuki," I said. I rose into a kiss with him again. This kiss was so beautiful, lasting a little longer that it should have, but still beautiful all the same. It ended with a tight, warm hug and me crying again. When I let go, I smiled and said, "Love Machi like this, ok? You guys are good together. I'm happy for you guys."

"Ok," Yuki said. "Thank you, Emily."

"I wish I was back," I whispered to the rock.

The last scene of Furuba world I saw was Yuki standing there in Tohru's room, smiling at me.

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After a week passed since my departure from Fruits Basket, I started to grow restless. I knew that the silver rock was hidden in the bottom of my sock drawer. On Friday I knew what to do.

I called Kasey over to my house again. She followed me up to my room, asking questions of course. I didn't tell her much of my experiences in Fruits Basket. Those were my memories to keep. And I was happy.

"So, are you going to tell me what we're doing?" Kasey asked, plopping down on my bed. Then she added, "Are we going to go back into the book?"

"No," I replied. "During my time in Fruits Basket I realized that no matter what you do to a good story, it'll always remain a good story. Why mess it up?" I dug out the rock and a hammer along with it.

Kasey looked alarmed. "What are you going to do?"

"I'm going to make things right and keep them that way. Its called balance." I left my room, Kasey at my heels, and went outside and into the middle of the street. I set the rock down and lifted the hammer high above my head. I slammed down on the rock and it shattered with a loud thwam! Little glittery sparks fell from it. At the same time those sparks flew out, tears fell from my eyes.

"Emily!" Kasey said, alarmed again.

But then I started to laugh. I looked up at the sky, smiling. "Thank you! Thank you guys so much! I'm so happy! Thank you!"

Kasey, bewildered, led me back inside. Even though she was talking worriedly, none of it reached my ears. As we were entering the house, I threw one last look over my shoulder at the street.

Silver dust rose up in the wind and danced around for a moment. Then it was gone.

A story had finally come to a close.

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Author's note: Thank you all again for reading this! It makes me a little sad to end such a good story that people like… but I'm very pleased with my work and I'm glad you are too! Please continue reading my future stories! I might be dabbling in the Full Metal Alchemist world next so I hope to get readers for that too!

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!

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