Chapter 19:

A/N: Before I give you the final chapter… here's something I would like to say…


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"Princess, you are really what I expected, clever, fascinating and beautiful. I should have expected you to see beyond the surface from the start. If you really want to know, I shall let you know since I will not expect to see anyone like you anymore."

"Faust… what do you mean?"

"Princess… let me ask you first… are you sure you have no other relatives that look exactly like you?"

"No… I have no one left except Juubei, Toshiki and my babies as family. All of them died in the fire when I was young. What has it do with the question I'm asking you?"

"Impatient aren't you? Well… long ago… very long ago… when I was still young… a fresh graduated from the university, with big hopes and dreams for my future… I came into the city to look for job that will help me to achieve what I want. However… dreams and reality never be able to match together. There were no jobs available and the country had just ended the war. I am desperate for anything that can keep me alive…"

"Ermm… Faust… sorry to interrupt… but what has it got to do with Kazuki?"

"Tsk… Tsk… Mr Emishi… you too are a little impatient… I will get to the part soon… where was I? ... Oh… I was desperate… times were bad… everyone fighting for survivor… finally… I found a shop doing odd jobs for them. The boss treated me very badly but I still continue to work there despite the cruel treatments as there's an angel near me daily to shine my life to its fullness."

Everyone looked at one another, except Akabane, and sweat dropped.

"Angel? I sincerely think he's really screw up here."

Emishi whispered to Shido pointed the area where he thinks Faust is really screwed up, which is the head.

"Mr Emishi, I sincerely suggest you to learn how to whisper when you want to do so next time. I can hear you very clearly… but it's okay."

"Faust, continue the story."

"Yes, princess… as you wish… the angel… who is also the only daughter of the boss I was working for. She was so sweet to me and always sneaks food for me. We had so much fun and I promised her that one I saved enough, I will marry her. She promised that she will wait for me. However… her father found out about our relationship and chased me out of the shop. Although we were both sad, there was a job offer that came up that I could not resist. We made a promise to wait for each other. It was years when I come back… I know she was still waiting for me… When I get to her father's shop… she was not there…her whole family was no longer there…"

"What happened?"

"At first I thought she broke her promise to me but when I started asking around… I was shocked. Few years after I left, my angel was forced to marry to the wealthy man in the next town. On the day of the marriage… my angel was found … dead… she had poisoned herself."

"Faust, I'm really sorry."

"No… princess… it's already been so long."

"What happened to the family?"

"Glad you asked that Mr Kakei. I found my angel's grave and swore to her that I will hunt down every single person that separated us. I was already a well known doctor back then. So it's not difficult for me to hunt down any person I want to. When I found every single person that was connected to the death of my angel… I tortured them and keep them on the verge of life. I want them to know the feeling of not dying but wanting to die. That was how I feel when at that time."

Everyone shivered after hearing the part on the torture. It was too horrible to imagine what had happened. No man in the world deserved to be torture in that way.

"And after so many years, I found you, princess… or should I readdress you… angel… I found you, my angel."

"No, I'm not your angel, Faust. She is dead and had moved on."

"What did you do to the people you tortured?"

"Mr Shido… I heard you are able to communicate to animals… Didn't they tell you what I did?"

"That's why I am asking you right now to confirm what they told me."

"Shido! What did he do?"

"Faust, what did you do?"

"Princess… if you want to know…"

Faust walked towards the opposite wall and pressed a button. The whole room shook a little and the wall opened up to reveal the most gruesome scene anyone, with the exception of Faust and Akabane had seen before.

There were people chained hanging to the ceiling. They looked like they were in pain however all the figures did not look real. They looked as if they had been wax and preserved.

"… what's all these?"

"Life human preserved."

"I'm surprised you know Shido."

"I don't. I just found out from the rats."

'Faust, what exactly had you done?"

"Princess… I just pour wax and chemicals on them while they were alive. Even if they finally died, their body will still be in one piece."

"Faust, your angel will not die in peace. She will be crying till now. Why are you so cruel?"

"I am not cruel. They are! They separated me and angel and forced her to death. They killed her! They all deserve to be treated this way!"

Kazuki could not help but broke into tears when he saw all those figures. Juubei held tightly to him to give as much support and comfort as he could.

"Princess… I did not mean to make you cry. Come over here."

"No, you are to be near Kazuki!"

"Mr Kakei! Let my angel go. She belongs to me!"

"Faust, she is not your angel. Your angel is long dead."

"NO! THAT'S MY ANGEL! GIVE HER BACK TO ME THIS INSTANCE OR ELSE I WILL KILL ALL OF YOU!"

"Faust my friend, I think you are really in need of some treatment. Mr Kakei, Mr Uryuu, get Mr Kazuki out now. I will hold Faust for as long as possible. Mr Shido and Mr Emishi, kindly lead the way for them."

"DR JACKAL! DON'T YOU DARE TRY TO TAKE MY ANGEL AWAY! Hahahaaaa…… I will kill all of you! Every single one of you!"

Juubei and Toshiki tried to get Kazuki out of the door however it was blocked by the bodyguards of Faust. Everyone got into combat mood to fight their way out.

During the fight between everyone, Faust seized the opportunity to grab hold of Kazuki and pulled him away. Juubei and Toshiki tried to give chase but at that moment, there were several explosions in the mansion and the whole place was shaking. The way that led to where Faust ran off with Kazuki was blocked by the crumpling wall.

Toshiki had to bodily pulled Juubei out of the house to safety and pinned him down with the help of Shido to stop him from running into the crumpling house. It was not long for the house to crash down.


"Faust… where are you bringing me?"

"Somewhere for just two of us to be alone."

"I am not your angel. And I am not leaving with you."

"Princess… I really hope you can leave with me. We will be in a place just for ourselves."

"NO! I want to be in a place with Juubei and the babies. Faust, I beg you! Please let me go."

"It is very good to know you, princess."

Faust pulled Kazuki closed to him and planted a kiss on his forehead before pushing him down a window.

"Princess… live well and happily…"

After saying that, the ceiling came crumpling down on Faust.


"KAZUKI!!"

Juubei tried to get back into the house to save Kazuki but he was still held down by Shido and Toshiki.

"Toshiki let me go! I need to save Kazuki."

"We will all go in when it is safe enough!"

"Kazuki may not survive by then!"

"I'm pretty sure I'm still alive."

Everyone turned their heads to the owner of the voice. Juubei ran towards the person and hugged tightly in his arms.

"Juubei, you are choking me."

Upon hearing that, Juubei let go of Kazuki.

"Are you alright? What happened?"

"Mr Kakei, let's get out of here first. The ground is currently unsafe."

After everyone heard what Akabane said, they made their way to the car and drove to a safe distance before stopping for a break at a downtown café.

Once everyone had settled down with a drink around the table, Juubei asked Kazuki to tell them what had happened between him and Faust when he was pulled away.

"I don't know. I asked him to let me go and he did. He pushed me out a window and I landed on the thick bush and next thing I know, the place just crumpled down. I wondered my way to find you guys. When I heard Juubei shouting out my name, I quickly made my way here. The rest is as what you guys know."

"That's all. You asked him to let you go and he obliged? I'm truly surprise."

"Well… aren't we all. I wonder how that angel Faust so obsessed looked like."

"Talking about Faust, is he gone for good?"

"I believe so. No one will be able to survive within that fallen building."

"Juubei, we should thank Faust for saving me in the end. I think he knows that we both may not survive if we stayed in the building any longer, so he pushed me out in order to save me."

Juubei looked at Kazuki and smiled sweetly. He agreed in his heart that he had to thank Faust for willing not to pull Kazuki down with him and returned his beloved to him without conditions. Faust was indeed a man with many mysteries.

"Oh… before I forget. Mr Kazuki, this is for you."

Akabane placed a piece of paper which looked like a photograph on the table. Curiously, Kazuki picked up the photograph and gashed loudly. Juubei who was sitting beside Kazuki glancing at the photo and gashed as well.

"What happened to both of you? What's so surprising in the picture?"

Emishi snatched the photo from Kazuki and gashed too after looking at it. Shido and Toshiki got curious and took a look at the picture and they also were surprised by it.

"Dr Jackal, who gave you this photo?"

"Ah… I picked it up from the room when we were getting out of it. Doesn't the lady in the picture look like you, Mr Kazuki?"

Kazuki looked at the photo again and had to agree with Akabane. The lady in the picture looked exactly like him except she was dressed in a western costume. Before he kept the picture, some words scribbled at the bottom of the photograph caught his attention.

"Angie, my love…

Wait for my return & I love you forever.

Love you and forever will, Faust"


Few years later… …

"Stop chasing me!"

"What? Going to cry again? C-R-Y B-A-B-Y!!"

"ARASHI! Stop bullying Nozomi!"

Natsumi tried to stop Arashi, who looks exactly like Ban except the hair color is blond like Ginji's, but he was too fast for her. Nozomi, who looks like a little Kazuki, tripped and fell onto the ground and Arashi took this opportunity to pound on her.

"Natsumi, leave Arashi alone. He will get what he deserves in awhile."

"But Paul-san… oh… I see what you mean."

Natsumi grinned as she knew what Paul meant immediately when she saw the person who was walking in the café.

"Arashi! Stop pulling my hair."

Despite Nozomi's cries, Arashi pulled even harder on her hair and laughed loudly. He stopped laughing when he was lifted off the ground. Arashi could not help but felt a chili ran down his spine before he even looked at the person who had lifted him.

"Hello, Arashi, my sweet godson. What had you done to little Nozomi again?"

"Ermm… hi… Father Akabane. I did nothing."

"You sure… how many times did I tell you not to bully little Nozomi? Do you remember what will you get if you do not listen to me?"

Akabane smiled sweetly at Arashi but it does not take a fool not to know that smile means death.

Before Arashi realized what was going to happen, he was hanging on the ceiling held by the scalpels.

"Father Akabane, let me down! I'm sorry."

"Darling, keep quiet or else I shall seal your mouth."

With that threat, Arashi kept quiet. Akabane was Arashi's godfather. However, it was an unwilling part by Arashi's parents. But Akabane can be very insistence sometimes.

"Nozomi sweetie, what happened?"

Akabane bended down to pick up Nozomi who was sitting on the floor crying. He coaxed her for awhile before settled the crying girl down on a seat. Natsumi got out the first aid kit as Nozomi had gotten some cuts from the fall.

"Where's your brother, sweetie?"

"Hic… he said he has… a surprise for me… together with … Daddy and Mummy… Hic… so Aunt Natsumi took me… back... hic… from the nursery… first… hic… and Uncle Ban and Uncle Ginji also … asked Aunt Natsumi to pick… Hic… Arashi … from school first… so I came back… with him… but he keeps chasing me… and he… also Hic... keep pulling… my hair… "

"Ah… shouldn't you're the other protector, Shinya, sticks around too?"

"Uncle Shido said today… hic… Shinya… has violin lessons."

"Sweetie… don't cry anymore. Your mummy will be very worried and your brother will goes into fit again when he sees your pretty face covered with tears. Let Uncle Paul gets you some ice-cream first, okay?"

At the cue, Paul placed tall glass of sundae in front of Nozomi.

"I also want. Let me DOWN!"

"Arashi, SHUT UP!"


"Mummy, do you think Nozomi will like my present?"

"Darling, anything you gives her, she will love it."

"Okay… I hope she really likes it. It is just so right for her."

"I thought that is more suitable for your mummy?"

"No, it's very Nozomi. Daddy, let me down. I am a boy. I need not you to carry me."

"But darling… with your tiny steps, we may take forever to reach the café."

"Daddy! I do not walk tiny steps and who asked you to park your car outside the cafe!"

Both Juubei and Kazuki started laughing at Kiyoshi's comment. They had planned a surprise gift for Kiyoshi too but they had chosen to keep as a secret from the boy. It is not everyday to celebrate their bundles of joy's big day.

When the threesome entered the café, they were a little surprise to find Nozomi grinning at whatever Akabane was telling her. However, Kazuki rushed by his girl's side as he noticed the cuts on her hands and foots.

"Mummy?"

Kazuki hugged his girl tightly and tears started to swell up on his eyes. Seeing that, Juubei and Kiyoshi rushed over.

"Sweetie, what happened? Did you fell down just now?"

"Dr Jackal, what happened?"

"Nozomi, did that idiotic Arashi bullies you again?"

"My… my… who should both Nozomi darling and me answer first? Anyway, don't worry. We cleaned up her wounds and the culprit is currently on top. Kiyoshi darling, wants some sundae?"

Everyone looked up and found Arashi hanging on the ceiling. All could not help but sweat dropped.

"Dr Jackal, how are you going to answer to Ban and Ginji when they come back?"

At the moment, the get backers walked into the café. They looked around for their boy who will normally jump on them upon their return every time.

"Natsumi, did you pick my boy up from school?"

"I did."

"Where is he?"

Everyone, except Akabane, Ban and Ginji, glanced towards the ceiling. Ban and Ginji followed their glance and was shocked to find their son hanging there.

"Arashi, what are you doing up there?"

"Daddy, help me down."

"Ginji, get that boy down. Akabane, what has my boy do to you again?"

"My… my… still as hot temper as always… you should ask darling what he did to Nozomi sweetie."

"What did my boy did to your girl, Yarnball?"

"Nothing except making her fell down and got cuts all over."

"And also pull her hair!"

Everyone turned their attention to Kiyoshi who shouted the last line.

"Darling, how did you know?"

"That's a routine. Knock Nozomi down first, then pull her hair till she cries. Shinya and me have grab Nozomi to safety everytime it happens."

Ginji who had gotten his son down looked at the boy angrily.

"Someone being naughty again. Should I ground you from the party tonight?"

"But Papa…"

"No Buts."

"It's not fair. Daddy, Papa and father all bullied me."

"Party? What kind of party, Kiyoshi?"

"Nozomi's birthday party. Arashi, you are grounded! Serve you right for bullying my sister."

"Am I having a birthday party?"

Kazuki smiled sweetly at Nozomi and Kiyoshi before he spoke.

"Kiyoshi darling, did you forget it's your birthday as well? Let's get back home to get ready, shall we? Ginji, its okay, let Arashi comes, we will all be there. I doubt he will dare to do anything funny tonight."

After saying so, Kazuki carried his girl out of the café followed by Juubei and Kiyoshi.


On the car… …

"Sweeties, why are both of you so quiet?"

"Shhh… Nozomi's sleeping."

Kazuki turned from the front side and found an adorable scene. Nozomi was leaning on Kiyoshi, fast asleep. Kiyoshi was dozing off but he was forcing himself to keep awake.

"Darling, if you are tired, don't force yourself to stay awake."

"But… yawn if I fall asleep, there's no one to watch Nozomi."

"You daddy and I will 'watch' after both of you."

Kiyoshi tried to protest but sleep soon got to him and he too fallen asleep.

"Aren't they cute?"

"Who in the world will be so fascinated by his/her own kids other than you?"

"Juubei, they are our treasures. We should fuss on them whenever we have a chance."

"Too much fussing is bad."

"Was it… then who is the one insisted to get should big gifts for the kids?"

Kazuki grinned at Juubei who simply grinned back.


"Sweeties, time to wake up to get ready for your party."

Kazuki nudged both Kiyoshi and Nozomi awake from their sleep however both kids just ignored and continued to sleep. They only woke up when they felt something licking their faces.

"Ah! It's a kitten!"

"Ah! It's a puppy!"

"Like your birthday presents?"

The two kids looked up and found Juubei, Kazuki and Toshiki standing at the doorway grinning at them.

"I thought we had only got a kitten from the pet shop just now for Nozomi?"

"Well… darling, Daddy, Papa and I all feel that you deserve something as well. With the puppy, you can train it to protect Nozomi together with you."

"Papa!"

Nozomi half ran and hopped into Toshiki arms.

"Sweetheart, I heard you were bullied by Arashi again? Should we give him some lessons back later?"

"Nope, Uncle Akabane already did so… and I don't want to hurt anyone."

"Sweetheart… you are indeed as good hearted as your mummy. Time to wash up. Kiyoshi, follow me."

Juubei and Kazuki looked at Toshiki, Kiyoshi and Nozomi making their way to the washroom and smiled at each other.

"Thank you for the wonderful gifts."

"Didn't you thank me enough every single day?"

"Yes, I will never thank enough."

With that, Juubei leaned down and kissed Kazuki deeply and passionately.

"Haha… Daddy and Mummy making out... AGAIN!"

Juubei and Kazuki broke off upon hearing the laughter.

"Sweeties, time to change your clothes."

Indeed, everyday is a brand new day of happiness for all of them, especially Juubei and Kazuki. They learnt to treasure everyday with joy and laughter and treasure every moment they have together, not living in regrets.

-END-


A/N: I know… lame ending… but that's what I can think of… please R&R… this is the longest chapter I ever typed out… . hope you enjoy the whole series.. just remember to REVIEW!! THANK YOU!! A BASKET OF CHCOCLATE MINT COOKIES FOR ANYONE WHO COMES ACROSS THIS STORY!! A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL PAST REVIEWERS AND READERS AGAIN!!