He was on his knees, gripping her arms tightly. The look on the poor girl's face was one of pure anguish.
He shuddered as a bolt of pain ran through his body.
"Tell me who I am!"
"Yuuki, tell me who I am!" he demanded.
"You're you. You're Zero," she said bewildered.
"Will you forgive me?"
"Zero, I don't understand why you're doing this! Please! What happened?"
Zero held the terrified girl at arm's length. He couldn't believe that he was going to do this.
He hated the fact that he was going to damage her.
His eyes flickered to the darkened outer perimeter of the campus. Kaname emerged from the shadows like a silent cat.
"No," came her choked whisper. "Don't."
Zero's eyes met hers.
"You never answered my question," he told her plainly. "Will you forgive me?"
"What if I say no," Yuuki threw out mulishly.
He closed his eyes and smiled.
"Only you," he whispered to himself.
"I'd still do it, but it would be more difficult," he said out loud to her.
Kaname moved towards the two. Yuuki rounded on him and quaked when she saw the feral gleam in eyes.
"You can't do this," Yuuki yelled at the vampire lord.
Kaname looked at her, eyes losing their gleam and filling with sympathy.
"I'm sorry, Yuuki."
Her knees gave out and she fell, her arms slipping out of Zero's grip.
"Yuuki?" asked Zero, panicked.
"You do not have to do this!" she screamed, grabbing his hand and glaring at him through her tears.
The silvered haired man turned his face away from hers, unable to face her accusing brown eyes.
Yuuki stumbled to her feet and moved to stand in front of Kaname.
"Please," she said in an undertone, meeting his red gaze. "For me. Don't do this."
"I'm sorry. It's not my decision to make, Yuuki," he said bluntly.
She curled her hands into fists, fingernails biting deeply into her palm and drawing blood. She could feel the two vampires strain against her blood's call. Yuuki slowly turned to Zero.
"Before I forgive you," Yuuki said softly. "Grant me one thing."
"Kiss me," she ordered.
Zero turned his head to look at Kaname.
"Don't look at him. Look at me."
His twilight eyes met hers again and he quickly closed the distance between, crushing her fragile body to his own.
His hot lips yearned for hers and he kissed her greedily, knowing that it would his last memory of her. He drank her in as much as he could.
Their fingers entwined tightly, binding their love for the brief moment they were able to hold each other.
Zero reluctantly pulled away from their kiss first. He turned his back on her and started to walk where he had last seen Kaname, who had disappeared into the trees.
Yuuki's hand slipped from his and he immediately missed its warmth.
He heard her soft voice tell him the words he had always longed for.
"I love you."
It was almost impossible for him to not turn around and imprison her lips with his own again. Zero listened to her starting to sob quietly.
"I forgive you."
The degenerating vampire smiled to himself and walked towards his fate.
In a clearing outside of campus, stood Kaname.
"You're goodbyes done?" he asked disgustedly.
"Yes. Let's just get this over with."
"In a rush to die, are we? Happy that you got what you wanted all along?" Kaname asked cruelly.
Zero growled menacingly at the other vampire then grimaced as his suppressed pain bolted through his body.
"Please?" he asked, facing away from Kaname, to the direction he had last seen Yuuki.
"With pleasure," the red-eyed vampire purred viciously, then struck.
With his dying breath, Zero though of Yuuki and her warm lips. A slight smile formed on his lips and his eyes dulled as he faded into nothingness.