Epilogue

I raised my head to look up at the cosmic sky with its beautiful white cotton wool-like fluffy clouds. I stretched my hands upwards, trying to reach for the sky.

" You've haven't been out like this for a long time, haven't you, Hikari? " Mito-san asked me.

I turned mid-way in the wheelchair to face her and gave her a wide smile.

I have been confined to a wheelchair by the doctor's order ever since I was discharged from the hospital, a week ago. It seemed that I had over-stretched the limits of my body and also, at random times, my legs would indefinitely give way when I am either standing or walking. He classified this as weak muscular movement. However, I think that this had something to do with over-using my powers.

" Uh-huh! " I agreed, nodding.

The older woman returned my smile with her own gentle one. She laughed and ruffled my hair dotingly.

" You're so cute, Hikari-chan! " she cooed.

I blushed with embarrassment at her remark.

" We'll go shopping later after I'm done with the laundry. "

" Mito-san! " Gon shouted from the open doorway of the cottage. " The food fight is seriously getting out of hand! Mito-san! "

The older woman sighed and shook her head, placing the white sheet haphazardly over the line before turning to me.

" Will you be alright, Hikari? "

I grinned and nodded.

" I'll be fine so don't worry. "

" Honestly, those guys are nothing but a bunch of juvenile kids! " she mumbled under her breath before she stalked off towards the house.

" Mito-san, but they really are kids… " I whispered, giggling.

Once Mito-san was gone, I grasped the handles of the wheelchair tightly and pushed myself up.

Still…

I mustn't give up hope…

That I will be able to walk once again…

" Hikari? "

" AHHHH! " I yelped before I lost my grip and fell back into the wheelchair clumsily.

I looked up and was found face-to-face with Kurapica.

" K-K-Kurapica-san! " I stammered, blinking rapidly. " What are you

doing here? "

I winced inwardly at the shrill tone of my voice.

His blue eyes were filled with amusement as he leaned down to face me fully.

" You don't know what the meaning of 'giving up' is, don't you Hikari? " he asked me, smiling.

I shook my head frantically, " Not in my vocabulary though. "

" Do you really want to walk again, Hikari? "

I nodded, my hands gripping tight the handles and once again lifted myself off the wheelchair.

Kurapica moved back, a few paces away from me and held open his arms wide.

" Come, Hikari…Come to me, " the boy urged, motioning towards me.

My smile was wide as I nodded vigorously.

" You can do it, Hikari! " he called out.

I took a small tentative baby step forward and felt myself wobbling unsteadily. I looked to Kurapica and he nodded to me, urging me on.

I took another one and almost instantly, my legs gave way and I stumbled and fell down.

" Hikari! " Kurapica started towards me.

" No, don't move, Kurapica! " Senritsu's voice rang out. " Let her get up on her own. "

Then turning to me, she smiled, " Come on, Hikari. Stand up, I know that you can do it. "

I nodded and then pushed myself up, grimacing at the considerable pain that ran through my legs as they struggled to hold my weight.

" I can do this on my own! " I told myself through gritted teeth. " I can do this because I want to be able to walk again like I once did before. "

Then, I took a step forward almost in defiance, ignoring the pain completely.

" Hikari, come on, you can do this. "

Kurapica motioned towards me to come to him.

Wobbling, I stumbled forward hesitantly and took another step, again and again, until…

I fell into his open arms, exhausted. He gathered me up into his arms and touched his forehead to mine.

" I'm so proud of you, Hikari… " he whispered and then, he leaned closer and his lips met mine, in the most softest and tender kiss.

" I love you, Hikari… " he breathed against my lips as he ended it.

I blushed, but forced my gaze on his own.

" K-Kurapica-san…no, watashi kimiwa aishiteru, K-Kurapica, " I stammered, my blush turning my face now completely red.

I knew he had spoken his true feelings out to me and I had reciprocated.

" Hikari, I will be leaving tomorrow from Whale Island. "

My eyes widened.

" Eh? But where will you be going? " I asked him.

He shrugged his shoulders, " I've been travelling my whole life so who knows… "

He looked at me, " I know that it's going to be dangerous but do you want to follow me, Hikari? "

My eyes met his as I stared at him, deep into those blue, blue eyes.

" I'll go…I'll follow you, Kurapica…wherever you go, I'll follow you no matter what happens… "

He smiled and I did the same.

" I promise that I'll protect you. "

" What is this? " Senritsu chimed in. " I'm going too…wherever you guys are going. I'll go. "

Then, all three of us, burst out laughing.

" Oh yeah? "

All of us turned. The rest of my friends were standing there, at the doorway of the cottage.

" Don't forget about us, Hikari! " Gon, Killua and Leorio shouted in unison as they ran forward towards us, happy smiles all plastered on their faces.

" Uh huh, isshouni! " I announced, giggling.

This was finally it. One chapter of my life has already ended but another was bound to begin. And I predict that it will be…soon.

THE END

Note from 'moi': There! That's the end of the whole story…I really want to thank all you readers, including those I've not known but have been following through with my story from time to time. Please, please do me a favour and review for the last time. It would be a reward for me to know what your opinions are about this story after I have put in a lot of effort to finish this up. This special chapter is posted early because today's my eighteen birthday~! Thus, I would like to share my happiness with you guys and thank you so much~! What great timing to end this story on my birthday!!! Do keep in touch if you want to ever add me on msn. Just feel free to add me at death_!!