A/N: Welcome back to the finale everyone. One last chapter and then "Secret" is complete. No hints, just read and enjoy!
Anko hadn't thought of any of the particulars of getting married because Kakashi had only proposed about ten days prior! She was starting to get panicky again thinking of all the planning and what was expected of them now that it was known they were official engaged. She could feel the blood run out of her face.
Kakashi looked over at Anko and saw that she didn't look right. He said to Tsunade, "I wanted to make sure I told you that before I forgot."
Tsunade said, "I'm glad you did. I'll take care of things right away." Tsunade said, "Shizune, we've got to get going. We've got something to take care of."
"Right away Tsunade-sama. See you later Genma?" Shizune wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a wet kiss that he enthusiastically returned.
When she released him, he said, "Sure. Come on over when you're available. I'll be waiting." With that, Tsunade and Shizune left after saying their good-byes.
Kakashi had returned to Anko and whispered, "You ok? You look tired."
"I am. I need to lie down." But she didn't get a chance to because Genma approached them.
He said, "Listen you guys, good luck. Seriously. I think it's great that you're getting married. It doesn't happen to us very often. I hope for the best for you."
Kakashi said, "Genma wait." Genma stiffened immediately, not knowing what Kakashi had in mind for him. "I just wanted to thank you for helping save Anko's life. If it weren't for your help, we wouldn't be here celebrating today. Even though you did have your lips on her, I'm still grateful for what you did. I think I owe you a few drinks." Anko stared at Kakashi, not believing what was coming out of his mouth.
Genma said, "I'm just glad I could help, but a few drinks sounds good some time. Couldn't let Anko leave us too soon. In the end, the better man won. Congratulations." He and Kakashi shook hands, and Anko smiled at them genuinely. Then Genma said his goodbyes so he could go home and wait for Shizune to show up and keep him occupied the rest of the evening.
Within an hour, the rest of the 'family' all said their congratulations and wished the newly engaged couple the best. Kurenai and Asuma were the last to leave. During the entire surprise yui-no, Kurenai had everything under control. There were no big messes made, and she made sure that all cups were full, and then collected when everything was said and done. Kakashi and Anko had no mess to clean because Kurenai had taken care of everything.
As they were preparing to leave, Anko said to Kurenai, "I'm kicking your ass as soon as I'm able to."
Kakashi said, "What Anko means to say is thank you for the surprise yui-no. It was very thoughtful of you."
Kurenai looked at Kakashi with shock on her face. She thought he's not teasing me. What the fuck is wrong with him? Maybe that concussion he got rattled his brains a bit too much. She said, "Why THANK you! I'm just glad I could do it. We are family. You're like a sister to me." She hugged Anko and said, "You'll still have to catch me to kick my ass." Anko growled in her ear. "Time to go Asuma!"
Asuma shook Kakashi's hand and said, "Good luck man. Get some rest; you both look like you need it."
Kakashi said, "Yeah, off to bed. Thanks for everything."
Kurenai and Asuma left Anko and Kakashi who promptly collapsed gently on what used to be Kakashi's couch.
Anko looked at the decorations that still hung around the apartment, "I'll need to take those down eventually, and find out who those beautiful pillows belong to. I wonder if Kurenai borrowed them, or rented them for the occasion?"
Kakashi turned to Anko and said, "I think we should have sex on those pillows."
"Is that all you ever think about?"
"That's all YOU ever think about."
Anko gave him the eye and said, "Sometimes."
"Evil," Anko said. Then she added, "Ok enough already. I need to sleep. Tonight was a bit much."
"You didn't like the surprise yui-no?"
Anko looked at Kakashi suspiciously and said, "Did you have anything to do with it?"
"NO! I was just as surprised as you were that they threw us a party."
Anko was still suspicious. She believed that he wasn't lying, but there was something else. "I have to ask you something."
"When you sneakily brought me to the obi shop, did you do it so that Kurenai would see us and find out our secret?"
Kakashi sat up and said, "Anko, I had no idea where Kurenai was going that day. I kept our secret a secret, even though I almost told everyone about it every day. You did always stop me though." Anko got a little distant. "What's the matter with you?" Kakashi asked her.
"I just got bombarded tonight with so many questions. Things we haven't thought about. Things we haven't talked about, and now everybody knows we're engaged, and they keep asking more questions! You weren't there when they were asking me things. You were off talking with Tsunade. What were you two talking about anyway?"
Kakashi said, "I had to tell Tsunade that Shinju from Korekimi's office is in cahoots with Orochimaru, and that she was the one who set me up. She said she was going to find her and turn her over to Ibiki immediately. That's what we were talking about."
Anko got quiet again.
Kakashi said, "I know you're a private person Anko. I am too, but sometimes you have to let other people in. I've learned that since we've been together. It's the best thing I've ever done."
Anko said, "I know! But the last person I let get close to me was Orochimaru! And he came back for me! And we both almost died because of him! You're the only person that I've let get close to me since him."
"You're still not ready to be married are you?"
"Quite frankly, no, I'm not."
Kakashi looked away from her and said, "Anko, do I embarrass you?"
Kakashi stood up, "Are you embarrassed for people to know that you're engaged to Kakashi the perv? Kakashi the guilty lone shinobi? Kakashi who's always late for everything?"
"No! Never! I love you for you, and I don't want you to change!"
"Well then what is it? Why do you have such a problem marrying me?"
Anko tried desperately to search inside herself and find an answer that he'd understand. But she couldn't find one. She said, "I don't have a problem marrying you. I want to marry you some day, but I'm just terrified right now because this is something I've never done before! Just loving you was so new to me. And when you came back from being gone for so long, everything happened so fast, and now everyone knows! I guess I just wanted a little time to get used to it all. I just want a little more time!"
Kakashi began to think that Anko may never be ready. He walked toward the bedroom and went inside. Anko said, "Where are you going? What are you doing?"
Anko stood up and went after him, but he came out of the bedroom with some clothes before she could stop him. He paused and said, "How much time are you going to need?"
"What? For what!"
"Until you're ok accepting the fact that I love you and want to marry you. How much time do you need?"
Anko honestly didn't know. Her eyes pleaded at him, "I don't know. My head is foggy and I can't think. I don't know!"
Kakashi walked to the door. He opened it and said, "Let me know when you do."
"Wait! Where are you going?"
"I'm going back to my old apartment to think things over. I think you need some time to think things over too."
Anko really started to panic. She said, "What, are you telling me you don't love me anymore?"
"On the contrary Anko. I love you more this second than I ever have. But if you can't let me all the way in, and you can't see sharing the rest of your life with me, then, maybe a little time apart to think about things is what you need. What we both need."
Anko practically threw herself at him and said, "This is not what I want. I want you! I want you here with me!"
"But do you want to marry me?"
"YES! Some day I do!"
Kakashi walked up to her and hugged her and said, "I love you Anko. Tell me when that some day is." He let her go, and walked out the door and closed it behind him.
Anko stared at the closed door and stammered, "I . . . love you too Kakashi . . . so much." Then she collapsed on the floor and cried so hard her very soul felt it.
A/N: Go ahead and hate me. Those of you who know me, you know that it was time for a little tragedy. Don't forget, sometimes life doesn't always give us the happy ending we want. But just so you know, the next story will pick up right where this one leaves off. Still, I hope you enjoyed "Secret" and all it's humor, twists, turns, and ultimately, this last little shock. If you haven't, or even if you have, please review this story and let me know what you think.
My sincere thanks to everyone who's taken time to read this story. It was a pleasure sharing it with you all. See you soon!