Until You Come Back to me Again
Disclaimer: Sailor Moon is not mine. Sailor Moon and all the characters within the series belongs to Naoko Takeuchi.
Summery: (A/U) Usagi and Mamoru grew close, growing up together in the local orphanage, never wanting to each others side. But after Usagi gets into a life-altering accident and Mamoru is adopted, will the two reconnect after years of separation?
AN: Once again, it took me forever, and for that I apologize. I want this story to have a proper ending, and therefore didn't want to just whip one out. I hereby present my final chapter of this story!
"Can we talk?"
Mamoru continued to stand there, appearing confused. It took him a few moments, but he nodded and opened up the door wider, allowing her to step in. Standing in the foyer of his home, Usagi scanned the entryway, drinking in the lavish scenery briefly before turning her focus back on him. She could hear breath sharpened as she inhaled, taken aback by how handsome he looked. Assuming by his appearance, she could tell she was interrupting something.
"Were you going somewhere?" she asked. "I could come back later if you are."
"No, no, it's nothing trust me," he answered rather quickly. "Come in, please."
Nodding, she removed her damp shoes and coat, handing it to him as he outstretched his arms. She followed him as he hung it up and escorted her into the living room. She watched as he turned off whatever program was on the television and then look at her, his eyes filled with what she could only assume to be curiosity. She could feel the tension and awkwardness between them, prompting even more butterflies than before.
"You have a lovely home, Mamoru-san," she stated, hoping to break the uneasy silence.
"Thank you," he simply stated.
The moments continued to linger. Taking a deep breath, she licked her lips, darted her eyes to her feet and clenched her hands, hoping to relieve the nerves inside, and opened her mouth. She took a breath, trying to muster up the words to say to him, but she couldn't. Each breath made her heart pound with unexplainable emotions.
"Usagi?" he asked in a voice that sounded so gentle, she could feel her heart's pace change drastically.
She looked back up at him. Barriers broken, she truly looked at him for the first time in years. Just like the eyes burned in her mind months ago, she saw the same pair staring back, as blue as cobalt. No longer was he just an individual that she met her first day of University, nor was he a good friend of her past whom she had a close relationship with. In front of her stood a man; one who studied until all hours of the night, was addicted to coffee, enjoys watching sports, who truly cared for her. She had walked away from him after he told her a difficult truth, and yet he continued to stand here in front of her.
Words were unnecessary, she decided, as she leaned into his chest. His arms quickly enveloped her, taking her in deeper as he buried his face into her hair. It was an unexplainable feeling, almost like something clicking deep inside of her.
Her yesterdays in front of her, the mysteries unfolded and changed all that is, and all that used to be.
Pulling back slightly, she gazed up at him. She had never felt a feeling such as this, one so overpowering to her mind and heart. She could feel the signals being sent to her within, bellowing at her to react further. Closing her eyes slightly, she stretched up on her toes and pressed her lips to his.
"Stop, Mamo-chan, it tickles!"
Mamoru smiled as he watched Usagi brush the pollen off the tip of her nose, muttering playfully about how she was about to sneeze. "Usako, everything tickles you," he laughed. Taking the daisy held in his hand, he reached up and tucked it into a piece of Usagi's bun. "There, now I can't tickle you with it anymore," he stated.
He sighed happily as she smiled at him. "Come on now," she said, "Get back to work!" Handing him a roller, she continued on with the project at hand: giving the Juuban Children's Home a sprucing up.
Nodding in agreement, he lathered the large, brown door with a bright red paint. No longer would this place appear dark and meek, but it could be perceived as a place where children in need really would have a home, not just a temporary living situation.
Ever since winter break, everything changed tenfold. Right before Spring semester began, he received a letter stating that he was accepted to study the summer abroad at Harvard University in America. His parents, beyond overjoyed, gladly offered to pay the tuition and expenses involved.
Also, Coach Tomoe from the soccer team asked if he would return to the soccer team for Senior year. Although hesitant at first, he agreed to it. He found that not only was it good to add an extra-curricular activity to his resume, but it was a great stress reliever from studying. Moreover, he absolutely loved playing and felt like he fell back into his niche.
More importantly, he had her back in his life. Since her visit, the two of them grew closer than he ever imagined was possible. They spent the next few days of her visit getting to truly know each other again. He was able to take the memories of the blonde haired, blue eyed girl and allow them to mesh with the woman in front of him.
Usagi dumped Seiya right after she left Hiroshima. She told him that he was quite vocal and angry about it, but right when they got back from break they saw him with another woman. Shrugging it off, she laughed and said he couldn't have cared too much and never brought it up again.
Usagi also received some interesting news of her own. Although a freshman, she was accepted to study in Greece for a laboratory internship, paid in full. Unable to pass up an opportunity at such a young age, she graciously accepted.
When the two of them returned for Spring semester, they signed up to volunteer at the Juuban Children's Home. They decided that they wanted to give something back to the place that brought them together and to show those who are alone that there is always hope both beyond and inside the walls that surround them. Friendships can last a lifetime, love can blossom, and dreams can come true.
"Mamo-chan, why do you keep grinning like that? You look like a goof!"
Laughing, he looked back over at her, that sparkle in her eye he saw seven years ago.
"What can I say, I just keep thinking about how lucky I am."
Dropping his roller, he grabbed and enveloped her into his grasp. As she squealed out a playful "Mamo," he placed a kiss on her temple and hugged her tighter.
"I'll always be here for you Usako," he murmured into her hair. "No matter where life brings us I'll wait for you, until you come back to me again."
On a prayer, in a song
I hear your voice and it keeps me hanging on.
Raining down, against the wind
I'm reaching out 'til we reach the circle's end
When you come back to me again.
Thank you for those who supported my story and my work, it means the world to me
A few things that I would like to disclose now that this story has come to an end six years later:
1. This story is told by two character's POV. Yes, it is unusual and often times frowned upon, but considering the basis for this story, I found it nearly impossible to stick with one individual's view throughout the entire story. Considering two individuals are impacted throughout, I hope you can see why I did this.
2. In case anyone hasn't been able to tell, I have picked apart Garth Brooks' song "When you come back to me again" and applied it throughout this story. Clearly it's stated as the "end" of the story, but if you scan back, you will see one line inserts throughout.
. I will be periodically going back through and editing the chapters to this story. Although posted in this account in 2007, it truly came to be in 2005 (check profile moonlightusa). Since then, I have taken multiple writing workshops and I have learned way more than I ever could have known when I was 19. Of course, it will not be one of those delete and re-add for more comments like some do, but it'll be subtle edits. Besides, a 19 year old imagination is way more vivid than my 25 year old one now!
Once again, thank you to those of you, past and present, who continued your support and egged me on to keep creating more chapters. You guys are the best!