I AM SO SORRY FOR TAKING SO LONG. First off, I was on vacation (which was wonderful) but the day after I got back…my kitty died…sniff sniff…I was too sad to write. And then my godmother (who is like a second mother to me) was admitted into a hospital…I was too worried to write!! And then when she finally got out…school had started up again for me! So little by little I've been writing…I hope you forgive me. I've spoiled you with my quick updates! Hahaha, just kidding.
And, I know I said the Epilogue was going to be short…but. It's not. I decided to make it longer because if it was short, it wouldn't have been worth the wait. So I decided to make it longer, as to be worth the wait! And I hope that this story is what you were hoping for!!!
And please excuse any grammatical/spelling errors. I'm taking a term paper class that's making me write an essay every week, so you'd think I'd be better at this stuff…but when it came time to writing this story, I got too tired to check all the errors. I did proof read…and I believe everything is in ship-shape, but if its not. I apologize.
Lastly, before I get started…I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all you reviewers out there…You helped me reach my goal and I love you all!!! I REALLY hope you enjoy the ending of this story, which for me was like a long journey. And a special thanks to Jamesters, who's been with me every step of the way, encouraging me to write more and more! Thanks guys, I love you all, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart.
It had been 7 years. 7 years since Anna and I got married. We still lived in Funbari at the Inn. With Anna as the co-owner and her new ideas, the En Onsen had become more popular and the En Onsen family grew bigger, in many ways actually. Everyone who worked there was considered "the family" and not only did that family expand, the Asakura family did as well. Anna and I had a son, just turned 4 years old, named Hana and Anna was seven months pregnant with our daughter. Finally Anna was living the life she deserved.
A lot of things had changed. Some people had moved on, like Julie for insistence. She took the offer and dormed at her school. She visited every so often, but when her schooling ended, she moved back to North America. But she does write every so often, she thinks that maybe she'll come back for a visit sometime.
The others, like Pirika and Ren, got married; it's going to be their fifth year now. Horo-Horo and Tamao were engaged to be married and Hao actually got a steady girlfriend. Things were different, yet the same and it made me feel extremely content. My family was my life now, and as long as they were happy, then I was.
I closed my eyes and folded my arms under my head as I let out a light chuckle.
"Yoh?" He opened his eyes and turned to his side.
"I'm sorry, did I wake you?" He looked at his wife apologetically.
"I'll say," she rubbed her eyes and spoke quietly, "What were you chuckling at?"
"I was just thinking," he whispered as he leaned in closer to her, "About how fortunate and happy I am to be here with you."
She leaned in and kissed him softly on the lips. Then Anna felt a light tug on her hair. She looked down.
"Me too?" There, lying between Yoh and Anna, was a miniature version of Yoh with blonde hair beaming.
"Of course, Hana," she leaned down and kissed her son on the forehead. He gave her a toothy smile and a little laugh as he hugged her.
"Hey, what about your old man?" Yoh ruffed Hana's hair.
Hana smiled and hugged his father, "Good morning, Daddy."
Daddy. Something stirred inside him whenever he heard that. It just made him so utterly happy to hear that; to know that he and Anna had made something beautiful and that they had the chance to help Hana be a happy, prosperous boy.
"And good morning, little sis!" Hana said getting hugging Anna's stomach. He felt a little movement and gasped as he looked up to his mother with an open mouth.
"She says 'Good morning, big brother'," Anna smiled at her son.
Hana smiled and stood up on the bed, "I can't wait until she comes!! We'll have lots of fun, won't we?"
Yoh nodded, "You'll be the best big brother there is, right?"
Hana nodded enthusiastically, "Uh-huh, uh-huh! Uncle Horo-Horo says that the big brother's job is to take special care of the little sister!!"
"And you're up to that job?" Yoh asked.
Again, Hana nodded enthusiastically, "Uh-huh, uh-huh!" Then he looked at his mom and calmed down a little bit, "When is she coming?"
"Not until another 2 months."
Hana's eyebrows furrowed and a pout was formed.
"Don't worry," Anna said, trying to sit up. Yoh helped her sit up and then she signaled for Hana to sit with her, "She'll be here before you know it."
"I hope so," his face lightened a bit.
Anna smiled and pushed a few strands away from his face and his smile was beaming.
Anna loved being a mother. She wanted to give her children the love she had when her mother was alive and she wanted to make sure her children would never encounter what she did when she was younger. Though, she knew that for her children to encounter what she did when she was younger was impossible, she just wanted to make them happy. I wanted the same as her and she knew we shared the same dreams. She once said to me when she was pregnant with Hana, "I'm so glad I'm with you. I could not think of a better father than you."
"I promise I'll give you and our son an easy life," I had told her.
She smiled and kissed me, "Then I'm counting on you."
"I won't let you down," is what I said and I had meant it. She made it easy for me as well to live up to what I had said. Everything was so natural with us and I knew that not everything in life would be easy, but as long as I was with Anna, then my life would be more than bearable.
"Chibi, you know what today is, right?" Yoh placed a hand on Hana's head.
Hana looked up at Yoh, "Mommy and daddy's anniversary!"
"Yes, so that means you have to sleep in your own bed tonight," Yoh ruffed Hana's hair a bit.
Hana pouted, "But I don't want to!"
"Mommy and daddy need some alone-time," he said gently to Hana.
Then Hana gave a glare to his father; one that definitely told everyone that he was Anna's son. Then he turned to look at his mommy with a pleading face, "Do I have to?"
Yoh gulped a bit. Anna was much softer on her own son than on anyone else. Anna opened her mouth and Yoh anticipated her answer, "I'm sorry, Hana, just for tonight."
"But why?!" His eye brows furrowed.
"You have to start learning how to sleep in your own bedroom," Anna said gently as she stroked his hair.
"But its lonely up in that room," he pouted.
"I'll stay with you until you fall asleep, okay?" Anna gave a small smile.
"Daddy too?" Hana turned to look at his father.
"Of course," he smiled, "Now, get dressed; we have a long day ahead of us."
"Okay!" He beamed as he jumped up and headed to his room.
Today they were going to Hick Town or, as it is now called, "Izumo." Since it became more popular, roads were created over the years to make it easier to get to. So, instead of taking half of the day to get there, it only took a couple of hours, and this time, there was a train route they could take.
A while passed before Hana came down the stairs, running so fast his almost tripped. He came and tugged on his father's shirt, "Are we ready to go yet?"
"Almost," he put a hand on his son's head, "Mama's still getting ready."
"Bentos?" Hana asked as his stomach growled.
"Don't worry, I made some," Yoh smiled, "Want something to eat before we go?"
Hana nodded, "Banana!"
"Banana?" Yoh laughed, "Not an orange or an apple?"
Hana shook his head, "Banana!"
"Okay," he smiled at his son and then walked to the kitchen, "A banana it is then!"
Yoh handed the banana to his son and his son took it graciously. Then he looked up at his father, "Milk!"
"Hana!" Anna walked in, "Is that anyway to ask?"
"May I have some milk please, daddy?" Hana asked slowly.
Yoh ruffled his boy's hair, "You may."
Anna stood by Hana, "No child of mine is going to have bad manners."
Yoh let out a chuckle as he set the milk down in front of Hana.
"And don't let him get away with it," Anna put her hands on her hips.
"Sorry, mama," Hana looked up at his mother with his big dark eyes.
"It's okay," she said as she placed a hand on his head, "But we have to leave soon, are you ready?"
He looked at her and smiled as he nodded, "Can we bring the pictures?"
Anna nodded. Hana let out a happy exclamation, then quickly finished his banana and drank his milk.
"Done?" Yoh asked.
"Mhm," he nodded.
"Okay, get your jacket," Yoh smiled and then looked at Anna, "You've got the bentos?"
Anna nodded, "I can stick the photo albums in my bag too."
Yoh grabbed the photo albums and Anna stuck them in her purse. They could hear Hana upstairs rummaging through his things to find his jacket. Yoh laughed and Anna smiled.
Yoh slipped his hand into Anna's, "Are you okay? You don't need anything?"
"I'm fine," Anna smiled and placed her free hand on her pregnant belly, "I've packed enough things, just in case we get hungry."
"Want me to carry the bags?"
"I can handle it to the train station."
Yoh smiled and leaned in to kiss his wife. He barely put his lips on hers when he heard:
"Mommy! Daddy!! Are you ready yet??" coming from the top of the stairs.
"We're coming!" Yoh said as he tried once again to kiss his wife.
"We'll be late!" Hana called out.
Yoh gave out a little laugh and Anna shook her head with a smile placed on her lips. Anna gave Yoh a quick peck on the lips, "We'll continue later."
Yoh chuckled, "Even now, it's still always later."
Anna almost laughed as Yoh helped her up the stairs, "Then you think you'd be used to it by now?"
Yoh gave a little chuckle as he held on tightly to his wife, "More like tired of it."
Hana looked at his parents from the top of the staircase, "What if we miss the train?"
"We won't miss the train," Anna said, carefully taking steps, "Even if we do, your dad can drive us." Then, she finally made it up the stairs.
"Okay, Hana, are you sure you're ready?" Yoh asked.
The young blonde nodded. He had his jacket on and a backpack full of things he could do in case he got bored on the train.
"Alright, then let's go!"
"Yay!" Hana happily exclaimed as he turned to open the front door.
They made their way to the lobby area and then the front desk to say goodbye to Hao.
"And where are my brother and very pregnant sister-in-law going on their anniversary?" Hao asked as they approached the front desk.
"Me too, Uncle Hao!" Hana raised his hand and tried to see over the front desk.
"Oh, of course," Hao leaned over to look at Hana, "How can I forget my favorite little nephew?"
"We're going to Izumo!"
"Izumo? You mean 'New and improved Hick Town'?"
"Yup," Yoh answered, "We're going back to see Grandma Annie and to see what's left of old Hick Town."
"Hm," Hao put a hand on Hana's head and smirked, "Are you sure you don't need a babysitter?"
Hana's eyebrows furrowed, "But…I wanna go…"
"Don't worry about it, Hana," Anna sent a glare Hao's way, "Uncle Hao likes to think he's funny."
"You know I'm just kidding," he laughed, "Take some pictures so I can see what Izumo looks like."
"Sure," Yoh nodded, "Be sure to take care of the inn while we're gone. We've got to get going."
"Okay, ja ne!" Hao waved as the small family headed towards the door.
"Ja ne Uncle Hao!" Hana waved as he excited the inn.
Once out of the inn, the family started their walk toward the train station. Hana happily grabbed onto his parents' hands and swung them as he walked. He had been waiting for this day. He was excited to go to the place where his parents grew up. He loved looking at the photo albums from when his parents were little, and though they've told him many times that Izumo probably looks different than in the pictures, he was still excited for their trip.
"Excited, Hana?" Yoh asked.
Hana nodded, "How much longer?"
"Not too much longer to the train station," his mom said, "Be patient, Hana, the train ride's going to be long too."
Hana pouted for a little bit, but then his face lightened when he saw the train station, "There it is!"
Luckily Yoh and Anna's hands connected to Hana stopped him from running towards the train station. They got their tickets and boarded the train. Once they found their seats, Hana looked out the window with a smile on his face. It actually didn't matter to Hana where they were going, he just wanted to spend the day with his parents. It was obvious that he loved his parents very much, and he especially loved days like this where he could spend the day with both of them. Usually one would be at work or both would be and either Uncle Hao or Auntie Tamao would watch over him, but not today. Today he got to spend the whole day with them, not just a few hours, the whole day. And that excited Hana to no end.
Hana leaned over and rest his head on his mother's belly, "What are we going to do when we get there?"
"Well," Anna stroked Hana's hair, "First, we're going to visit Grandma Annie's grave."
"Grandma Annie?" Hana lifted his head up.
"Do you remember seeing her picture, Hana?" Yoh asked.
Hana looked around for the photo album. Once he found it, he started looking through the pages of when Yoh and Anna were little. He stopped on a page and pointed, "Her?"
It was the picture of Anna and her mother. Anna smiled, "Yes, that's Grandma Annie."
"She looks like you Mama!" Hana gave an open-mouth-smile.
Anna gave a nod and a small smile, "See this necklace? It was a gift from Grandma Annie."
"Really?" Hana sat up to look at the necklace and then he examined the picture, "She's wearing it in this picture!"
Yoh smiled as he watched his wife and his son converse. He was sitting across from them, contemplating his life. He saw himself in his son and at times saw his wife. Then he looked at Anna's pregnant tummy. His smiled widened; his small family of three will now become four. And he was to have a daughter. If it was possible, his smile widened as he thought of her being daddy's little girl. Then he wondered if she's have blonde or chocolate colored hair, or if she'd get her mother's eyes. He wondered if Hana would go through a little bit of jealousy. He was so attached to his mother…but Daddy will help him out. Daddy will always make sure his family was happy. That was the most important thing in life now.
I smiled to myself and remembered when Anna told me she was pregnant with Hana. It was exactly 5 years ago. She had been sick for a while, so I didn't let her work…but in exchange, she made me go to work. It was our second year anniversary, but she made me go to work in the morning. Apparently, my worrying was annoying her.
"Tadaima," I said when I reached the bottom of the staircase after working my shift.
"Okaeri," Anna said from the couch.
I walked over to see her lying down. I leaned over from the back, "How are you feeling?"
"Better," she let out a relieved sigh; her attention was on the television.
I leaned further down to kiss her on the forehead. I took a little box that was wrapped neatly out from my pocket and held it over her head, "Happy Anniversary."
Finally, she looked at me, "Yoh…?"
She took the present and sat up slowly. She grabbed the remote and turned the television off, "Sit with me."
I was utterly confused, but I did what I was told. I sat next to Anna and faced her, "Is there something the matter?" Her mysterious attitude was starting to worry me.
"No, not at all," she turned towards me and wrapped her arms around my neck, "Yoh…"
She had me at the edge of my seat. She must've wanted to get me all nervous, there's no way she'd hesitate to tell me anything anymore.
Then she took one of my hands and brought it to her stomach, "I'm pregnant."
At first, my mind couldn't comprehend it. Her words repeated in my head several times as I felt the edges of my lips curve up slowly. I didn't blink, afraid that if I did, something in this moment would change.
"Are you all right?" she asked me.
"You're pregnant??" I felt my goofy smile upon my lips.
"Yes," I could tell she wanted to laugh at me, "With a baby."
"Ah!" Those words did it. My mind finally grasped what she said as I embraced her tightly, "I can't believe it!!! How far along are you??"
"I'm not sure," she said, trying push back a little from my tight embrace, "I haven't seen a doctor yet."
"I'll take you there tomorrow! Or we can go now if you want!" I was going to be a dad. I was going to be a dad. That sentence repeated over and over and over. Then my heart did a skip-jump when I thought: Anna's going to be a mom…we are going to have a child.
She kissed me softly, "Happy anniversary."
"Daddy?" the sound of Hana's voice brought Yoh out of his trance.
"What are you doing there staring into space like a grinning idiot?" Anna smirked.
"Was I?" Yoh laughed, "I'm sorry."
Anna looked at Yoh expectantly.
"What is it?"
"I want my husband to sit next to me."
Yoh smiled, "No problem." Yoh got up and sat next to her. Once she was sure he was comfortable, she leaned against him. Yoh wrapped an arm around her, "Is there anything you need?"
"No, I'm all right," she said as Hana switched photo albums. He giggled at the one that had his mom yelling at the camera look at each of the photos carefully.
"Will we be going here?" Hana asked as he pointed to the picture of Yoh and Anna sitting on a tree branch at their spot.
"If it's still there…" Yoh said slowly and longingly. It would be perfect if he could go there on their anniversary.
After a while of looking at the photo albums, Hana looked to his father, "Daddy?"
"What is it, chibi?" Yoh kindly looked to his son.
"What do you say, Hana?" Anna asked.
Yoh smiled and took off his headphones and placed them on Hana's head. He turned the music on low and saw Hana's little face light up when he turned the music on. After a little while, Yoh took the headphones off of his son and said: "Let's see if your sister wants to listen?"
Hana confusedly looked up at his mother, "Can sister hear?"
Yoh placed the headphones on Anna's belly, while Hana still looked confused.
"She likes it." Anna smiled.
"Really?" Hana asked with a curious open mouth.
"Yes," she took a hold of Hana's little hand and placed it on her stomach, "See?"
Hana's little face lit up with astonishment and gave his parents an unbelievable look, "She's moving! She does like it!"
Yoh placed a hand on his wife's belly and smiled, "You know you used to do the same thing."
"Really?" Hana's face was full of glee, "Is that why I like it now?"
Yoh smiled and nodded, "Yup. You were born loving music."
Hana looked happy and excited as he placed and ear next to the headphones, "I want to listen with sister."
Yoh and Anna both smiled. He would make a great older brother.
The rest of the train ride was basically the same. Hana listened to music, or looked through the photo albums and frequently asked "How much longer?" while his mother constantly told him to be patient. They had a few snacks and played games while looking out the window and eventually the train stopped. An Announcement came on telling everyone that they had arrived in "Izumo".
"Ready?" Yoh asked his wife and son.
Anna nodded while Hana grabbed a hold onto his daddy's hand. They made their way out of the train station and into Izumo. Their eyes widened at the site.
It was different.
It was the same.
The buildings were different, more modernized, but everything was in the same place. From where they were standing they could see the bank, but had it been 10 years ago, it wouldn't have been visible.
Yoh gave a little smile, "It's not that bad…I thought it might look a lot more different."
Anna nodded in agreement, "Things were probably added and subtracted as well…but it still looks like our home town."
Yoh smiled, "I'm glad…"
Anna nodded as she took a hold of Hana's hand, "Well, are you ready to go?"
Hana's hand was still connected to his dad's as well. Yoh looked at Hana, "It's quite a walk, are you up for it?"
"If you get tired, just tell me and I'll carry you."
"Okay," Hana nodded and they started their walk.
The town was bigger and there were more roads, which, in a way, made it harder to get to the cemetery. They couldn't just cut across roads like they used to. But that was fine. They enjoyed their family stroll to the cemetery as Hana swung their arms and sang a happy little tune.
After a while, Anna suddenly stopped.
"What's wrong?" Yoh asked as Anna let go of Hana's hand. She turned slightly around and stared off into a distance.
Yoh's eyes widened as he figured out where they were.
Across the street, slightly, was where Anna's old house should've been. There was nothing there, just a vacant lot. The house was torn down and cement covered the ground that once possessed tall grass.
Anna couldn't help but feel a little sad. For the most part, she hated that house, yet she loved it still. It was true that she could never forget her horrific past, but she had plenty of things now that would take her mind of it. She tried not to think of that house as a horrible place, but as the place where she lived when she met Yoh and where she and her mother lived. So it was a little sad, seeing the place holding her memories of mother gone.
"Mama?" Hana tugged on Anna's dress. His little eyebrows furrowed, "Are you okay?"
Anna put on a small smile for her son, "Yes, let's keep going. There's nothing here but an old vacant lot."
They started walking, but Yoh looked worriedly to his wife.
"Don't worry," she almost whispered, "The 'now' is the only thing I'm concerned with."
Yoh gave a little unsure smile, but then Anna smiled at him, and he knew it was all right.
They continued their trek, but after a while, Hana's swinging of the arms slowed down and his sings turned into a mumble. He looked up at his father, "Daddy, I'm tired. Uppies?"
"What do you say?" His mother asked.
Anna nodded in approval and Yoh smiled, "Sure."
Anna let go of her son's hand while Yoh picked Hana up and put him on his shoulders.
"Wow, daddy!! You're tall!!" Hana leaned forward slightly, "I can see everything from here!"
Yoh chuckled, "Tell me if you see anything interesting, okay?"
Hana nodded as they continued their walk. On the way, he pointed at various things like birds or buildings until they finally made it to the cemetery.
Once they found Grandma Annie's gravestone, Yoh set Hana down. Hana stared at the gravestone. He curiously traced the letters and looked up to his mother who was standing right behind him.
Anna placed her hands gently on his shoulders, "Say a little prayer to Grandma Annie."
"Like what?" Hana asked.
We had told Hana about Grandma Annie and why she wasn't around. We knew that he was too young to grasp the concept of death, but we had no choice but to try to explain it to him. If we didn't, he'd ask questions as to why we didn't see her when we'd go visit her.
"Grandma Annie had to go far away," we had told him.
"Why?" was the typical reply.
"Sometimes people are called to go away," Anna explained.
"To live somewhere else?" he asked innocently.
"Something like that," I said, "She still watches over us, but we can't see her."
"It's the rules," I continued.
"Then why was she called to go away?" his brows furrowed in confusion and slight frustration.
I put a hand on his head, hoping to relax him a bit, "Usually it's not our choice. But when we are called, we have no choice but to accept it."
His eyebrows furrowed more, "Will mommy and daddy be called away?"
"Not for a long time," Anna said gently.
Hana smiled, satisfied with that response. We could tell he didn't get it and we didn't expect him to, he was only 4. But he understood that we were going to see Grandma Annie without actually seeing her and he decided not to question anymore. He was perfectly satisfied knowing that we won't be "called away" for a long time.
"Can she hear me?" Hana asked as he tried to think of what he could say.
"Of course she can," Anna said, "Tell her anything you want."
"Okay, then," Hana said slowly and then smiled a sheepish grin that he inherited from his father, "Hello, Grandma Annie! You don't know me, but I'm your grandson Hana. I've seen pictures of you, and you look like Mama. Mama always wears your necklace. She says that it's special to remember people we don't see anymore. And you're not here, but Daddy says that you're still watching us." Then Hana turned slightly around and touched his mother's belly, "You're watching us, but did you know that I'm going to be a big brother? Mama says that my sister is going to come soon and then we can visit again so you can see her!"
Then Hana turned to look up at his mother and smiled. Anna gave a gentle smile. She loved Hana's toothy grin. It reminded her of Yoh's and he was so innocent, just like his father.
"Should I tell grandma more?"
Anna ran a hand through Hana's hair, "You did a good job. You can tell Grandma more if you want."
Hana smiled and told his grandma a little more about himself. Anna was so proud. She was a little afraid at first that he'd be reluctant since there was nobody he was actually talking to and also he had never met her before. But Hana was excited and enthusiastic and Anna was glad.
Yoh smiled and said a little prayer in his mind for his mother-in-law. He knew now that Annabelle was truly resting in piece knowing that Anna was happy and that her first grandchild was ecstatically telling her things about himself.
"Well, should we set up a picnic?" Yoh asked.
Anna nodded and Yoh set out a blanket next to Annabelle's grave. It had been their plan all along to have a picnic at the cemetery. It was unusual and it was way past lunch time, but they didn't care. Months before, Yoh had asked Anna what she wanted to do for their anniversary. Since she was pregnant, he wanted her to pick and she decided that she wanted to visit her mother's grave; and there was nothing else to it. She didn't really care about how Izumo looked. Her one goal was just to see her mother's grave, since they haven't visited since before Hick Town was turned into Izumo.
Yoh helped his wife sit down and handed her a bento. Hana told his grandmother that it was now time to eat, so he sat down next to his mother. Yoh then took the time to clean Grandma Annie's grave. While he did, he smiled and talked to her a bit and thanked her for giving life to such a beautiful girl like Anna.
When Yoh was done, Anna gave an offering to her mother. She told Hana to say a little prayer in respect. They all closed their eyes and clasped their hands to together to say a little prayer. When they were done, they decided to eat.
They took their time since there was nothing else planned. They took a few pictures to add to their photo albums and Yoh and Anna played a few games with their son. And though they still had time before they had to head back to the train station, there was still one place to visit. One place that they hoped would not disappoint them.
"Are we going home now?" Hana asked a little sadly as he saw his father pick up their empty bentos.
"Not yet," he smiled as he helped his wife up, "We've got one more place to go."
Hana's face perked up, "Is it far?"
"Not that far."
"Will I like it?"
Yoh and Anna both smiled, "Yes, if its still there. Now, let's say 'Bye' to Grandma Annie before we leave."
Hana walked over to the grave and gave a little bow, "Bye Grandma Annie! We'll come back soon! Next time, with my little sister!"
Anna smiled. She faced the grave and gave a little bow and whispered, "Goodbye, mother. I promise to visit soon when our daughter is born so you can see her. I love you."
Lastly, Yoh gave a little bow and said his goodbyes, much like Hana's form of goodbye. When he was done, they decided to make their one last stop and then head home.
Hana thought long and hard while his parents held his hands and guided him along the now paved road. He wondered, where else they could go before they had to head back home? He thought about the pictures and what else he wanted to see. Then something clicked in his mind and his mouth broke out into a smile. Oh, he hoped that where they were going was what he wanted to see. In the pictures he couldn't see very well, but what he could tell was that there was long grass, a lake and a tree. Hana started to get excited as he thought of going there and running in the tall grass. His parents had once told him that that was their favorite place when they were little. He was hoping he'd be very fond of it as well.
Yoh and Anna got very nervous when they came close to where their spot was supposed to be. What if it wasn't there? It wouldn't be a surprise if the tree was gone or if the lake dried out…it was old. It's been there since they could remember and it was probably there for a decade or two before they were born. It should be no surprise if it was gone now. And though it should be no surprise, they would still be disappointed. So disappointed that they would wish they never had come to check it out. That spot was their meeting place. That spot was their favorite place. That spot was where they told all their secrets. And that spot was probably where they fell in love. If it wasn't there…then what of their beautiful memories?
"There!" Hana disconnected his hand to point, "I see a tree! Is that it over there??"
In the distance they saw an old tree with only about 5 surviving leaves attached to it, threatening to blow off at any moment. The grass was still tall, but not as tall as they had remembered. And from what they could see from the distance they were in, the lake seemed to no longer exist, instead mushy grass folded over it.
"Let's go! Let's go!!" Hana wanted to run over there.
"Hold your horses," Anna held tightly onto Hana's little hand, "No running."
Hana gave a little groan, "Can we walk faster, at least?"
"Be patient, Hana," Anna said as she took in the scenery, "We'll be there soon enough."
It was a little unbelievable to her that their spot was still there. She was almost expecting to be disappointed, so much so that she didn't know how to react now that it was there.
"You can smile, Anna."
Anna looked at her husband, still a little confused on how to feel, "How is it possible that it's still here?"
Yoh shrugged, "Let's just be grateful that it is."
As they got closer they saw a sign that said "Under Construction". They paused before they got any closer. What did "Under Construction" mean? Were they going to pave this old road into a street and knock down their tree? Did it mean that they weren't allowed to go over to it?
Little Hana ran over to the sign, "What does this mean?"
"I don't know," Anna said slowly. So she was going to be disappointed. She shouldn't have thought for a moment that it was possible to visit their old spot.
Then Anna felt a warm hand upon her threatening cold one, "Let's go anyway."
"Yoh! The sign says "Under Construction"!"
"So?" Yoh looked around, "I don't see a sign that says "Keep Off"."
"But, generally, "Under Construction" means—"
"Aw, c'mon, Anna," Yoh smiled, "If we were little, you would've told me that we should do it anyway. Besides, this is the last time we'll be able to see our spot as we remembered it."
Anna looked over at Hana trying to read the sign. He didn't know how to read, but he started saying the letters out loud. She didn't want to set a bad example, but then again, he doesn't know what the sign says and he wouldn't know. Besides, how soft was she getting if she actually had debate whether or not to visit her favorite spot? Usually she'd go in even if the sign did say "Keep Off". She put a hand on her belly and smirked. It was hormones making her soft.
"Well, let's go," Anna gave Yoh's hand a little tug.
Yoh gave a smile, "That's my Anna!"
Finally they had reached their spot. The lake wasn't completely gone, but it was more like a marsh now. It was mushy and it seemed to run into the grass. Anna couldn't help but to tell her son not to touch it. He moaned in agreement and decided to run in the tall grass instead. Even though it wasn't as tall as he hoped it would be, he was still determined to have fun.
"Daddy, can I climb on the tree?"
"Um, I don't know," he looked at the tree, "It's pretty old…"
Yoh looked at his wife and she shrugged, "We'll just have to keep an eye on him."
Yoh gave a half-smile and looked at his son, "Be careful okay?"
Hana nodded, "I just want to go on that branch!" Hana pointed to the one Yoh and Anna used to sit on all the time.
Yoh gave a gentle smile, "Okay, well then how about I just pick you up and put you up there?"
"Okay!" Hana nodded.
"Do you want to take your backpack off?"
"No," he shook his head slowly, "Uncle Hao told me to give you a gift for your anniversary. I want it to be a surprise!"
"Oh?" Yoh smiled, "Well okay then, but don't drop it, okay?"
Hana nodded as his daddy picked him up and placed him on the tree branch. Hana sat straddle-style on the branch and leaned his back against the tree. Then he took some things out of his backpack and said, "Don't look!"
Yoh laughed and said "okay!" while he turned to his wife and said, "I think he gets that forceful tone from you."
Anna rolled her eyes, "Whatever, help me sit down."
Yoh laughed as he helped his wife sit down. He leaned against the tree and sat down with her. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her to him. She didn't fight this as she leaned against his chest. She let out a relieved sigh as she heard Hana humming from above her.
"Have a good day?" Yoh asked softly as he kissed the top of Anna's head.
"Mhm," she nodded as she turned slightly to face Yoh, "Did you?"
Yoh nodded as he kissed Anna softly, "It just keeps getting better."
Anna smiled. She looked up for a moment to see if Hana was watching, but he was almost directly above them and he seemed to be too into whatever he was working on. She snuggled closer to Yoh's chest, "When I think about all that's happened in our lives…I wonder how we possibly survived without each other." Then she looked up at him for a moment, "Well, I suppose you living without me had a lot less problems."
"Don't be ridiculous," Yoh pulled Anna closer to him, "Don't refer to yourself as a problem. You know I missed you terribly and thought of you all the time."
Anna sadly looked down, "I wish I was as optimistic as you. I thought about you…but I never thought about meeting you again."
Yoh gave a little chuckle, "But we saw how that turned out didn't we?"
Anna gave out a sigh, but it wasn't relaxed like Yoh thought it would be.
"Is something wrong?"
She lifted her head up, but her eyes were still downward. She didn't look up until she spoke, "I know it's stupid. But I still wish we go back in time and grow up together."
"It's not stupid, I wish that too."
"I'm just…" She struggled to say these words, but she believed she could be honest with her husband, "…afraid that, since they were so long ago, the memories from the good times will fade and I won't remember them clearly."
"Anna," Yoh looked at her but her eyes shifted downwards, "Are you still afraid of you past?"
"I'm not afraid, it's just," she cuddled closer to Yoh, "that I could never forget something like that. No matter how pleasant my life is now."
Yoh sadly looked at her remembering that not too long ago she had a nightmare and was talking in her sleep. He had to hold her and whisper soothing things to calm her down. He knew the nightmares would never go away, he just wished he knew how to sooth and relax her so she wouldn't have anymore nightmares.
"And I don't want Hana to know," she gave a quick glance to Hana on the tree branch. He wasn't paying attention to them; he was concentrating hard on his "project".
"Don't worry," Yoh started to rub her back, "He won't have to know. And we have so much to look forward to." He put a hand on her stomach, "We still have our whole lives ahead of us. I know you won't be able to forget your past, but we'll create new memories and you won't have to think so much of the old ones. You will never see Kyosuke or Kosuke or Haijime again. It'll just be us and our family at the Inn."
Anna put a hand on Yoh's cheek, leaned forward, and kissed him. But as they kissed, something bright was reflecting on their face and they had to pull away to see what it was.
"We have perfect timing, don't we?" Yoh laughed.
"It seems so."
It was one of the most beautiful moments of the day: sunset. There was no more lake for the sun to reflect off of, but it was still beautiful. Somehow, the little puddle that was left over from the lake reflected the sun into their eyes. It was bright and beautiful. The orange-pinkish sky and the purple clouds around it seem to be all too perfect and nostalgic. Memories flooded their minds just by the mere sight of it. Wide smiles crept onto their faces and they knew that this made their anniversary perfect. The sunset was their childhood defined and nothing could ever change that.
"Mommy! Daddy!" Hana said at he stared wide-eyed at the sunset.
His parents looked him, "Yes, Hana?"
"Can we take a picture of it??" His mouth was wide open in excitement.
"Of course." Yoh helped Anna to get up. Once they were both settled standing, he took out the camera and snapped the picture.
Anna turned towards Yoh, "I guess that's our cue to leave then?"
Yoh nodded and turned towards the branch Hana was sitting on, "It's time to go, chibi. Pack up."
Hana pouted, "Home?"
"Yup. It's going to be late by the time we get home and I have to work tomorrow."
Hana pouted more, "Will we come back?"
"After your sister is born."
Hana's face lit up, "Okay!"
He put his stuff into his backpack and put it on. Yoh reached up and instead of placing Hana on the ground, he placed Hana on his shoulders, "Ready to go?"
Hana nodded excitedly. Yoh couldn't see him, but Yoh could feel Hana's movements and sense his happiness. Yoh looked over to his wife, she smiled and he took a hold of her hand.
As they started walking, Anna looked to Yoh, "We should take a cab to the train station, just so we're not late."
Yoh nodded. They were quite on the main road yet so when they got there, he signaled for a cab.
"Tired, chibi?" Yoh asked as they got settled in the cab.
Hana was leaning against his mother's arm. He nodded and yawned, "Uh-huh."
Yoh ruffled his son's hair a bit, "Don't worry, you can sleep on the train and then we'll be home before you know it."
Hana nodded and hugged his backpack, "Then present!"
Yoh smiled and nodded, "Sure!"
The ride to the train station didn't take too long and they were sitting on the train before they knew it. Once they settled in, Hana took off his backpack and opened it, "Present time!"
Both Yoh and Anna stared curiously at their son as he brought something slowly out of his backpack.
"TA-DA!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!" Hana said as he handed his parents a drawing of the family all holding hands.
"You've got quite the artistic talent," Yoh nodded at the picture, even though they were drawn as stick figures, "But who's that?" He pointed to the small figure holding onto Hana and Anna's hands.
Hana pouted, "It's my sister!"
"Oh!" He looked closely at the picture and saw that Hana drew a bow in her blonde hair.
"Don't worry, Hana," Anna put a hand on his head, "I could tell who it was."
Hana gave his mother a big smile and snuggled closer to her.
"Thank you for the present," Yoh said while ruffling his son's hair a bit.
Hana nodded and then yawned.
"You should rest," Anna said as she pulled her son closer so that he was leaning on her stomach, "You've had a long day."
Hana nodded into her tummy and closed his eyes. He fell asleep almost instantaneously.
"You should rest too," Yoh said softly to his wife, "You must be tired."
Anna didn't argue as she leaned onto her husband's shoulder and closed her eyes.
"I love you, Anna."
Anna smiled, "I love you too, Yoh."
A sudden thought came to Yoh's mind and he couldn't help but laugh.
Anna opened her eyes, but was still leaning on his shoulder, "What is it?"
"I was trying to imagine us old," a chuckle escaped his mouth, "I wonder what it would be like? Of course you'd still be beautiful, but I wonder what I would look like? Do you think I should grow a mustache?"
"Hmph," Anna laughed.
"Was that an indirect 'no'?" Yoh laughed.
"Just go on with your ponderings, dear."
Yoh laughed, "And I wonder how many more kids we'll have?"
"Hmph, you want me to bear you more children?"
"The more the merrier, right?"
"You just say that because you don't have to go through the pain of child birth."
"But it was worth it, right?" Yoh said looking over at his sleeping son.
"It sure was…" she said as she stroked Hana's hair as he slept soundly against her.
"Besides, I go through 'pains' too…"
"Oh, yeah? Like what?"
"Like dealing with your mood swings," Yoh laughed.
Anna got up from Yoh's shoulder so she could glare at him semi-eye level.
Yoh laughed and kissed her softly, "I love you, honey."
"You're lucky I'm too tired," she smirked and resumed her spot on Yoh's shoulder. She closed her eyes, "I think it'll be fun growing old."
"Yeah?" He smiled.
"Yeah, we can be like your grandparents," she smiled, "And then pass the inn onto Hana or his kids. The En Onsen will be a family owed in for generations to come. And we'll be old and gray."
"But we'll be able to look back on our lives with a smile."
"Good," Anna said as she wrapped her arm around his and snuggled closer, "I'll be looking forward to that."
"Don't worry I promised to give you an easy life," Yoh smiled as his wife.
"Thank you," she said softly and tiredly, but also contently, "I wish I could do something for you. There is no way I could even compare to what you do for me."
"Nonsense, just being my wife is enough."
Anna gave a soft smile, "I love you."
Yoh kissed the top of Anna's head as she drifted off to sleep.
Anna had lived a hard life. Trying to make it easier for her was the least I could do, because I was happiest, whenever she was happiest. And it made me happy to see her cool and collected attitude. She was still the same old Anna, just not as cold or distant anymore. She knew her life was never going back to the way it was before. I looked at her content sleeping face. She was safe, happy and—
"The next stop is…" the announcements interrupted Yoh's thoughts, but he never really heard what the next destination was. All he knew was that Funbari was still a ways away and he had to think of something other than sleep to occupy his time.
He smiled at the memory that entered his mind. It was quite an appropriate thought, considering what day it was. He remembered their wedding day and he couldn't keep the smile off his face.
We had a small wedding. Or as Horo-Horo called it, we got "hitched". Anna didn't want anything big and frankly, I didn't either. So the wedding only involved a few people from the Inn and of course, my family.
Unfortunately, Pirika was superstitious, so she wouldn't let me see Anna before the wedding. But I was somewhat glad she didn't, because I was taken by surprise when my beautiful Anna walked down the aisle. She was always beautiful, so I didn't think it was possible to look even more gorgeous. Her pure white gown and blonde hair just lit up the room. Her dress fit her perfectly and accented her curves, her hair was pulled back into a bun, but decorated with pastel flowers, and her neck was decorated with her mother's necklace. She made me feel like a peasant marrying a princess.
When she stood beside me, she smiled. It was the most beautiful thing in the world. I know I must've given a sheepish smile back because it looked like she was going to laugh. And then she turned her attention on the ceremony ahead of us.
When it was over, and we finally had a chance to ourselves I asked, "Can you believe it? It's been exactly 13 years since we first met?"
"It was a good idea to get married on the same day we met all those years ago," she smiled.
I smiled back, "Were you nervous to get married?"
"Only because there were other people there," she said as she looked at me, "What about you?"
"There were people there?" I said jokingly.
She gave a slight roll of the eyes.
"Well, being married is not going to be that much different than how we are now. Do you think so?"
Anna shook her head and then smiled.
I smiled, but I didn't know exactly what she was smiling about, "What is it?"
"It's just," her smile was so beautiful, so gentle, "For the first time in what seems like forever…I feel normal."
"Yeah…like no crazy step father or brother is after me, and," she looked at her white dress under her delicate gloved hands, "I never thought I'd be getting married. Ever since I was born and my father left, I've never felt normal. But now I'm here, just married to you because we were childhood sweethearts. It feels…normal."
I smiled. Anna never talked much about her feelings, but I was glad that she was comfortable enough to talk to me about it. Well, she had to be now that I was her husband. But I knew she would've talked to me about it whether she was married to me or not.
"Do you want kids?"
That wasn't the question was she expecting. She started to fiddle with her gloves. "I…I do someday. But not now…I'm not ready for that…"
I smiled to reassure her, "I'm just asking."
She smirked, "To complete our 'normal' life?"
I gave a little shrug, "Yeah."
She put a hand on my thigh, "I'd like that."
I leaned into kiss her, but then Manta entered the room and said that everyone was waiting for the newly weds.
I got up and offered my hand, "Ready to go?"
She took my hand and nodded.
"The next stop is Funbari Station!" The announcement shook Yoh from his thoughts. He knew that, as much as he hated to, he had to wake up his wife. He wished he could carry her, just for old time's sakes, but he also had his son to carry. Besides, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to carry his very pregnant wife home.
"Anna," he said softly as he shook his shoulder a bit, "Anna, we're almost home."
"Hm," she moaned a little as she woke up reluctantly.
"Not really," she said as she got up from leaning on his shoulder, "But I didn't expect to get great sleep on a train."
"Well, we'll be home before you know it and then you can truly rest."
"But when we get home," she gave a sly smirk, "I won't want to rest."
Yoh caught his wife's smirk and smiled, "What can I do but comply with my wife's wish?" He asked as he kissed her forehead.
"We have now arrived in Funbari!" The announcement exclaimed.
Yoh got up and gently picked up his son, trying hard not to disturb his peaceful slumber. Once Hana was safely in the arms of his father, Yoh reached out to help Anna up. She took his hand and didn't let it go as the family exited the train station. Once again they signaled for a cab and were on their way to the Inn.
Yoh set Hana between him and his wife, and smiled as he pushed some loose strands away from his little face. He was absolutely beautiful; truly his mother's son. He never even knew that something so beautiful could be created from him and Anna.
I smiled as I remembered back to the day my son was born. Anna had convinced me to go to work. The baby wasn't due until a few days later, so I did as she said. But after a while, something didn't sit well in my stomach. I knew something was happening and I had the uncontrollable urge to go see if Anna was okay.
"Can you take over for a bit?" I asked my brother.
"Ever since Anna came back into our lives, you've been slacking off on your work," Hao said jokingly.
"You know that's not true," I laughed, "Besides, she's pregnant and I'm worried."
"The baby isn't due just yet though."
"I know…but, I won't be able to concentrate until I know she's all right."
"Eh, fine, whatever," Hao leaned on the desk, "Just remember that you owe me."
"Right, thanks!" I smiled and headed to the B level.
When I got to the door, I heard a grunt on the other side. I panicked and opened the door quickly to see Anna on the floor, in a little puddle.
"SHUT UP AND HELP ME!" She yelled out in pain, "It was a pain in the ass walking up these stairs!"
"But…wha-what's—" It was just happening too fast for my mind to comprehend.
"I'M HAVING THE BABY YOU IDIOT!"
"AH!" It registered in my head that I had no idea what I should do. I knelt down beside her and started to panic, "Uh…uh…!!"
She moaned in pain and grabbed me by the collar harshly, "Take…me…to the hospital…!!!!"
"Right! Right!!" I tried helping her up. Then I somehow made it to the lobby and then the hospital. I think I was more panicked than Anna was. She practiced her breathing, while I kept asking if she was all right. She'd just snap at me to shut up or call me idiot.
At the hospital our doctor told me it was okay to hold her hand, so of course I did. But had I known she was going to squeeze it until it turned blue…I might've settled for verbal support.
"I can't believe you did this to me!" she grunted.
I gave a sad smile. I guess letting her squeeze the hell out of my hand was the least I could do, "I'm sorry, Anna. But you're almost done, just one more big push!"
I could tell she wanted to glare and say something else to me, but she was having trouble breathing and tried to push with all her might.
But then just like that, it was over. It moved in slow motion, yet it was sped up. Her final push, and then all I could remember was hearing it; the sound of my son crying. Yes. My Son. My son…my son. I couldn't stop repeating it in my head until I finally said it out loud, "My son…"
I moved so that I could go get a look at him, but then I felt a slight squeeze on my hand. I hadn't even realized that Anna had stop squeezing until she did it again. I looked at her with furrowed eyebrows.
"Not fair, I birthed him," she said out of breath, "After all this trouble…either I see him first or we see him together."
I smiled and bent down to kiss her moist forehead, "You did well, Anna."
"Yeah, well don't ask me to do it again," she smiled.
Then the doctor came over to us, presenting our little boy, "Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Asakura, you've given birth to a beautiful baby boy."
"Huh?" I snapped out of my happy memory.
"We're here!" Anna said as she gestured towards the inn.
"Oh!" Yoh gave a sheepish smile, "I must've spaced out again."
"What about this time?" She asked as Yoh paid the cab driver.
"About this little guy's birthday," he said as he gently picked up Hana. Then he went to the other side of the car and helped Anna out.
"You mean you remembered when I was in agonizing pain?"
"Um," Yoh gave a nervous smile, "Uh…I…I'm really sorry."
"If you were really sorry," she put a hand on her very pregnant belly, "This wouldn't have happened."
"I'm just kidding, Yoh," Anna said as she started to walk to the B level, "Why wouldn't I want another child?"
Yoh smiled and followed his wife, "Then you don't mind?"
"Of course not," she grabbed his hand, gave a light squeeze and smirked, "As long as you're there to hold my hand."
Yoh gave a nervous laugh, "It still hasn't recovered from the last time!"
"Well, you're going to have to get used to it if you want more kids."
Yoh sighed and looked at his left hand, "Well, I'm right handed anyway…so I guess that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make."
Anna smiled as they made their way to their home.
When they arrived, Yoh opened the door and then entered into Hana's room. Anna walked over to the bed and lifted his sheets so Yoh could place him down. Once he did, he took off Hana's shoes and his jacket. When Yoh was done, Anna placed the covers over Hana and made sure he was tucked in comfortably. Then Anna leaned over and kissed his cheek and whispered, "Goodnight."
Yoh gave his son a little kiss on the forehead and followed Anna out the door. He helped her down the stairs and then went to fold out the bed while Anna got ready for bed.
When Yoh was done, he changed into his nightwear, which was just his undershirt and boxers, and sat on the side of the bed. He closed his eyes and gave a tired sigh.
"Tired?" Anna said suddenly from behind him and made him jump a bit. She sat behind him and gave him a hug from behind.
"Mhm," he agreed and leaned onto her ever-so-slightly.
She kissed his neck, "You didn't sleep on the train, did you?"
"Nope," he closed his eyes. "I "spaced out" again."
"You've been doing that a lot lately, haven't you?" she asked as she leaned into his back.
"Well it's our anniversary, shouldn't we be reminiscing?" He turned his head slightly toward her.
"You're right," she turned his head more towards her, making him move too; "We should be reminiscing." Then she kissed him passionately on the lips.
Yoh couldn't help but smile as he turned his whole body to face her. He cupped his hands perfectly around her face and she dug her hands into his hair. He started to lean over her a bit, but as far as she was concerned it was all right, she actually encouraged it and pulled him closer to her.
Kyoyama Anna, now Asakura Anna. My best friend, and love of my life. We were like apples and oranges, two opposites, but we complemented each other and knew each other inside and out. We met on that fateful day in kindergarten and just knew that we were meant to be together, through thick and thin, from sickness and in health, in the good times and in the bad…for as long as we shall live. We were separated for nearly 8 years, but fate brought us back together, because everyone knew that's where we were supposed to be: together. And that's how we'll stay.
Anna could be difficult at times and secretive about her emotions, but in the end I knew she trusted me. In the end I knew she loved me as much as I loved her, and she needed me as much as I did her. And she wouldn't let the past rule her life, because not only was there sadness in her past, there was good too. It was her choice to remember what she wanted, and now I knew for sure that she didn't hate her past because it wasn't her fault. All the past was, was a bad memory, and that's how she chose to look at it because it couldn't come back, and it wouldn't come back. She wouldn't let it, and I wouldn't let it. She was in control and that is why—
Yoh and Anna pulled apart as they heard their son's voice from the staircase.
"What is it, Hana?" Anna called.
"I can't sleep…" they could hear him slowly coming down the stairs, "And it's dark…can I come sleep with you?"
"Hao was right," Anna mumbled.
"How was he right?"
"We should've got a babysitter," Anna smirked. She was joking, yet there was a little truth behind it.
Yoh laughed while Hana reached the edge of the staircase.
"Come here, honey," Anna called to Hana and he ran as fast as he could to her side of the bed. He almost collided into her belly but she stopped him and picked him up. He snuggled tightly in his mother's arms and she rubbed his back, "After tonight, you're sleeping in your own bed, got it?"
Hana rested his head onto her neck and nodded. Anna gave his a little kiss and tried as carefully as she could to slip into the covers.
Yoh smiled and slipped into the covers to join his family. He said goodnight to his son and then leaned over to give his wife a goodnight kiss, "I love you, Anna."
"I love you, Yoh."
—She is Perfectly in the Right Mind.
Have I become a mushy, squishy, jiggily mount of goopy glop? Yes, I think so. I tried to make the Epilogue like a reverse Prologue…like instead of him narrating the present in the italics, the past was italicized…which I guess how it's supposed to be. I really hoped you liked it. I had so many ideas for the epilogue and I had trouble choosing which path to take. But I think it turned out fine, right? I really hope so. I would HATE to disappoint you. Seriously. I hope it was worth the wait. Again, sorry for making you wait so long!
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