Okay I decided to take a break from Kingdom Hearts for a moment and work on something else that has caught my interest these last few months, Fatal Frame, especially the third one. I was rather disappointed with the ending especially with what happened to Kei. So this is what I think should have happened, hope you all enjoy!
Rain. The sound, smell, and feel of the cool droplets filled her with an overwhelming calmness, one that Kurosawa Rei hadn't felt in a long time. Yet despite this, the fact that it was raining also brought upon her a sadness she had yet to let go of.
"Yuu," the name escaped her lips in a soft whisper.
Rei watched from the shelter of her living room as the droplets of water collided with the earth below. She sighed and slowly opened the sliding door and stepped out into the light storm, her entire figure wet in a matter of seconds. She closed her eyes and lifted her head to the sky, allowing the water to overtake her. It had been almost two weeks since the events involving Reika and the Manor of Sleep, and also the last time she was able to see her deceased fiancée in this lifetime.
"Why?" she asked, as if she were speaking to him in the Heavens.
Tears began to slide down her cheeks, mixing with the rainwater that continued to fall on her. She wrapped her arms around herself tightly, feeling as if another piece of herself died on that day.
"Why couldn't you take me with you?" she exclaimed, agony evident in her usually calm voice.
Rei continued to stand there weeping silently, the downpour slowly became heavier the longer she stayed there, but she didn't care. This severe weather was nothing compared to the heartache that she felt with the loss of her lover.
"When you die…then I will be gone forever. As long as you go on living…a part of me will continue to live on. That's why I need you to live," Yuu's voice rang through her head as clear as day.
"But don't you see, I can't go on without you. With you gone, I'll always be alone," she muttered, wiping the mixture of rainwater and tears from her face.
Rei knew that Yuu had wanted her to move on after the ordeal in the Manor of Sleep, but it was going to take a long time to recover from losing someone so close to her, if there was ever going to be any recovery process at all. She didn't want to burden Miku with her problems even though she knew that the young girl would listen, but she had enough issues of her own at the moment, it wasn't Rei's place to trouble with her anything else. A small shiver crawled up her back as the rain continued its relentless pounding. How long had she been out there?
'I-I guess I should go in the house before I end up sick,' she thought as she turned around and began to walk toward the house.
Rei took one last look at the gray skies before pushing back the blue curtains and entering her home. The sound of water dripping onto the hardwood floor echoed all around the entire room, she would clean that up later.
"Rei?" a male voice spoke breaking her from her reverie.
Rei looked up immediately, completely unaware that somebody else was in her house besides her. A sigh of relief escaped her lips at the sight of the familiar dark haired man.
"Kei…" she looked away from him, the way he was staring at her, she must look terrible.
"Sorry for just barging into your house like this, Miku said it would be okay to just walk in so…I hope you aren't mad."
Rei shook her head and returned her eyes to him, "No it's okay I assure you. Where is Miku by the way?" she asked, noticing that her housemate was not present.
"She decided she wanted to stay the night over my house with Mio tonight. She's doing well by the way."
Rei allowed a small smile reach her face, "That's wonderful news."
"It is, and its good that Mio finally has someone like Miku, who is around her own age, to talk to. The loss of her twin sister Mayu hit her rather hard. I could not imagine what she went through."
"I think I know what she's going through," Rei mumbled in response, tears ready to spill down her face.
She listened to his footsteps come closer to her, "Rei?"
"What is it?" she asked, wiping the tears from the corner of her eyes.
"You should change out of those clothes before you become sick," he began to chuckle, "I think Miku would have a fit."
Rei lifted her arm up to her face, she had completely forgotten that she was soaked to the bone the moment she realized that Kei was in her living room, this sudden forgetfulness made her feel flustered.
"R-Right, I'll be right back. Just stay right here," she replied and hurried up the stairs, the sound of Kei laughing softly reaching her ears as she entered into her bedroom.
She took one look at her surroundings before making her way over to her dresser. She began to rummage through her drawers for anything decent to wear. Out of habit she took one look over her shoulder every so often, each time she had to remind herself that no more spirits would cross over to the real world and frighten her again, nor would she have to wake up to an agonizing pain spreading across her body every morning.
"Never again," she whispered as she pulled out a pair of khaki capris and blue button-up shirt with a black tank top.
Rei was making her way down the stairs not even five minutes later, enjoying the feeling of dry clothes against her skin. She took note of her male companion resting peacefully on the couch.
"Kei?" she called to him as she approached the sofa.
"Hey Kei," she spoke his name again, slightly worried when she did not receive a response.
Her eyes widened, was it happening again? Was the Tattooed Priestess trying to take away another important person again? The memory of Kei almost being taken by the Priestess once before flashed through her mind.
"Kei wake up!" she exclaimed frantically and began to nudge his shoulder.
His eyes opened at the contact and he immediately sat up, pulling what looked to be headphones from his ears. He noticed Rei breathing rather heavily, a look of worry in her dark brown eyes.
"What's the matter Rei? Are you alright?" he asked with concern, worried that the spirits were haunting her home once again.
She looked at him silently for a few moments, allowing herself to calm down a little before she tried to speak.
"Forgive me, but after all that has happened. I was…" she took a deep breath, "I was afraid that you were being spirited away when you didn't respond."
Kei began to tap the cushion next to him as a signal for Rei to sit. She nodded and slowly sat on the soft cushions of her sofa, she felt like a fool for assuming the worst.
"I didn't mean to frighten you Rei. My niece bought me this headphone set recently saying that music is a good way to relieve bent up stress, that's why I didn't hear you," he explained, attempting to try to change the subject.
Rei shook her head, keeping her eyes glued to the floor, "No I just overreacted that's all."
They sat there in a silence for several moments, neither knowing what to say to each other. Kei looked at the dark haired woman next to him from the corner of his eye and noticed a silver stream falling down her face. He didn't know whether he should wait for her to stop crying or embrace her, knowing that she was his deceased friend's fiancée. Something inside of him begged him to choose the latter.
Her head came into contact with his shoulder, the feeling causing him to tense. He had slight feeling of déjà vu in that moment, Rei had done the same thing to him as they watched Miku suffer under the nightmarish curse.
"I don't want to lose anyone else that's important to me. Losing Yuu was possibly the hardest thing I have ever had to endure…I don't want to go through that again," she said through her sobbing.
Kei continued to look straight ahead as Rei spoke of her suffering, there was so much that she had been through, that he was truly amazed how she was able to be strong most of the time.
Kei gripped both of her shoulders with his hands and gently pulled her away from him, making it so she would have to look him in the eye.
"You know Yuu would hate to see you like this," he stated, hating having to bring his friend into the conversation, knowing it could only cause her grief.
"I know…" she replied, wiping tears from her face with her left hand, "The last words he spoke to me told me that he wanted me to move on with my life…but I just can't. I can't just forget about him Kei, if I forget about him I will always be alone."
A strange feeling of disappointment began to well up in his chest as he gripped her shoulders tighter, but not to the point where he could hurt her.
"It's hard…dealing with the death of people that were close to you. I have lost my sister, my niece Mayu, and now my best friend. Death is difficult for everyone to deal with, but Rei…" she looked up to him, surprised at how close their faces were to each other, "You will never be alone. Miku is always around and…I'll always be there for you as well."
Her eyes widened at his words, "Kei…"
His serious face instantly changed to a small smile, his hands finally letting go of her shoulders, "Now that we have that cleared up, I think that Mio and Miku are expecting my return soon. Miku was worried about you being alone for long periods of time so she sent me over to check on you. Of course I came of my own free will and not under direct orders."
Rei allowed a small laughter to escape her throat, it felt like the first time she had laughed in a long time.
"Thank you Kei," she said as he began to push himself up off of the sofa.
He turned around to face her again, extending his arm out to her. She looked him for a second before reluctantly placing her hand in his, allowing him to help her up to her feet.
"Its nothing," he replied and began to make his way out of the living room, stopping in front of the door.
"How about you come with me," he suggested, not turning around to face her.
He chuckled in amusement, "Why don't you come over, I'm sure Miku would be overjoyed to see you out of the house and Mio would be happy to see you as well."
Rei thought about it for a moment, she didn't really have any plans for tonight, nor did she really feel like being by herself for the rest of the night.
"Sure. Why not, I've been wanting to see Mio since you brought her home from the hospital."
Kei smiled at her response.
"Just let me grab a jacket in case the rain hasn't ceased," she said and began to ascend the stairs once again.
He watched her until she disappeared from his vision, the smile never fading off of his face.
'I have to say Yuu, she is quite an extroadinary woman,' he thought, hoping those words reached his friend in the heavens.
Even though he had only known Rei for several weeks, he could understand what made Yuu fall in love with her in the first place, because he had started falling for her as well. A part of him really did feel guilty because she was his friend's fiancée, but he just couldn't help but feel attracted to her. Kei was so caught up in his own thoughts that he didn't hear Rei come down the stairs.
"Ready to go?" she asked him and began to walk ahead of him.
Maybe one day, when she was no longer grieving over the loss of Yuu…when she was ready to accept another man into her life, he could be the one. Until that day comes, all he had to do was wait.
So what did you think? This was my first Fatal Frame fanfic so forgive me if any character seemed OC. I really adore this pairing, love it to pieces. Anyway I do plan to write a sequel for this. Tell me your thoughts. Read, Review, etc.