Akatsuki-hime: This is the final chapter. I can't believe this. I'm gonna miss this story but I'm happy that I finished it. I don't know if I'm gonna write more Gakuen Alice story after this. I have a new anime obsession at the moment. But I've definitely enjoyed getting reviews. Thanks to everyone who has supported me until now.
Disclaimer: Gakuen Alice doesn't belong to me. Aikawa Hinako is a crossover character from Bitter Virgin. L Bradford here is a character I borrowed from Love Monster.
Plot Summary: They were in love with each other, but everyone didn't approve of it. Enter the lives of Mikan Sakura, a popular and well-admired girl, and Natsume Hyuuga, a genius yet an outcast detested by many, as they try to overcome obstacles and protect their love.
The headmaster had escaped to the forest on foot, keeping a barrier around him strong in order to avoid being found. He was not going to let this incident past. He swore to himself that he will get back at Azumi Yuka and everyone who has turned against him, even his own two adopted grandchildren. So much for his full-proof plans, Yuka managed to see through all of that and got the upper hand. He had also received reports that his allies from the other Alice Academies were already in bars thanks for Yuka's subordinates.
He could sense the presence of Alice users everywhere in the forest. It would be difficult to elude them all. The barrier around him wouldn't hold on for much longer either.
He stopped under a tree to catch his breath, and then bright, orange flames surrounded him in an instant. This was definitely a surprise for him. He found it unbelievable that someone was able to find him despite the barrier he had put up.
"Your barrier is of no use when you have the Tracking Alice," a deep, cold voice spoke from behind the flames. "I was able to trace you because of you scent and you sure do stink, old man." The owner of the voice came out of the flames, striking fear in the man's heart with his crimson eyes.
"Hy-Hyuuga Natsume?" It was another shocking revelation. "But I thought you were…"
"You thought you had me killed?" Natsume continued for him. "I have Azumi Yuka to thank for saving my life. And haven't you noticed that I've been in this academy for a while under the guise of Yukihira Ikuto?" He conjured a fireball in his hand. "I'm going to make sure you'll get what you deserved for everything you did to me and Mikan. I'll make you pay for killing my father as well."
The old man stumbled and fell on his butt, trembling in fear. "Are you here to finish me off?"
"Don't flatter yourself." With his flaming hand, he reached out for the man's arm and burned his skin. "There's no way I would stain my hands with your wretched blood."
The headmaster struggled and shrieked in pain.
"This is the end of the line for you."
Everyone left the room, giving the mother and daughter some time alone.
Mikan was still in awe. Standing before her very eyes was a woman who looked just like her; the only difference was the hairstyle. It was as if she was staring at her own reflection. And she looked so young. But what was more unbelievable was the fact that her mother was really there.
"O-Okaa-san…?" She took a step forward, clasping her hands against her chest. She was hesitant. She didn't know what to say.
Yuka let out a sigh and walked up to her. "Do you know why sensei and I named you Mikan?" she asked, crossing her arms over her chest.
"Eh?" Mikan blinked in confusion. "What?"
"A Kanji of my name means Citrus, you know? Sensei also likes oranges, so we decided to name you Mikan. Well, sensei actually suggested it first, but I really like the name," Yuka explained, bringing a hand to the side of the girl's face. "And I think you should keep the Sakura name, since it goes well with Mikan."
"Mikan…" Her voice trailed off as she knelt down. "I'm sorry for not being there for you all these years," she said, lowering her head in regret. "Leaving you was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I really didn't want to separate from you, but it was necessary. I needed to protect you."
Tears spilled out of Mikan's eyes. "Okaa-san, you don't have to apologize…" she said between her sobs. "You don't have to apologize. I know it wasn't easy for you. I understand how much pain and suffering you had to face. I don't hate you for leaving me. In fact, I can never hate you, okaa-san!" She lunged forward and embraced her mother so tightly like there was no tomorrow.
"Mikan…" Yuka felt her eyes water.
"Okaa-san, I'm so happy that you're here right now. I'm so happy that we're together again."
Yuka embraced her daughter back. So much happiness washed over her like a wave. To have your daughter back again, to have her in her arms once more—any mother would be crying tears of joy for that. And she promised at that very moment that they will never be apart again.
Over a month has passed since the whole incident. Everything had been so peaceful for the students of Alice Academy, an exclusive school for special students gifted with Alice. Now with its new headmaster, the intelligent and beautiful Azumi Yuka, the future of the school never seemed brighter. Students were given their freedom and their rights, though they are still protected strictly by the school. The Dangerous Ability Class had been reformed and now they serve as the academy's top security personnel and bodyguards to some of the Special Star Students.
Speaking of which, a certain Special Star student was standing before a grave, carrying a bouquet of flowers in her arms. A warm, gentle smile curved on her lips as she set the flowers before the grave which read:
Beloved Teacher and Friend
Rest in Peace
"Otou-san, I came to visit you again like I promised last month," Mikan said, her soft hair dancing to the breeze that passed through. "Last week, okaa-san showed me a lot of pictures of you. I didn't know you were in the motorcycle gang before you pursued college. That surprised me."
There were pictures of him playing practical jokes on his fellow teachers. There were pictures of him carrying a young Narumi-sensei. She especially liked the picture of him carrying a ladder where an elementary student version of her mother was hanging at the other end. Her mother told her some interesting stories about her father, about their past, and about their love.
Thinking about how nice it would have been if her father was still alive, Mikan assured her father that, even though she didn't get the chance to meet him, she loved him with all her heart. And she knew that her father loved her so much too.
"Otou-san, okaa-san is really amazing. She handled everything so well this past month." She crouched down and cupped her face with her hands. "And you know what? Tsubasa-senpai's been reunited with his sister again! Isn't that great? Aikawa-san's memories returned as soon as I dispelled the effects of that old headmaster's Alice. Senpai also introduced Misaki-senpai to Aikawa-san too. Koizumi-san's body returned to its normal state and had gone back to America to take on the role as the new head of Alice Academy there. On the other hand, L-kun had gone over to the Alice Academy in Europe."
She stood up and straightened her skirt. "Hotaru and her brother are on a one-week vacation with their family since it is semestral break. And Ruka-pyon got picked up by his mother a while ago. His mother is so beautiful!" She let out a sigh. "Yup! Everyone's fine! Really fine!"
"Polka-dots, time to go."
A vein popped up as she turned to the owner of the voice. "Natsume, not that nickname again! I'm not even wearing polka-dots today!" she snorted.
Natsume simply shrugged and rolled his eyes away. He was still taciturn, rude, and a downright pervert, but he was her pervert. They've gotten off to a rocky start in the academy. There were so many things that obstructed them. But despite the pain, the separation, and the countless trials, they've managed to overcome them. They proved that their bond was unbreakable.
Looking up at her beautiful face, the scowl on his face faded. She was so good and lovable. Plus, she was pretty amusing with that pouting face. How could he resist such a charm? Especially now as he moved closer and took her chin in his hand, and he began to kiss her mouth with quick nips that made her gasp.
The kisses felt good against her lips. She couldn't find the strength to pull away. She just gave in. His hands held her head on either side now, and his kisses were growing deeper.
Their sweet moment was suddenly interrupted by a ringing tone of 'Ranbu no Melody'. It was Natsume's phone ringing.
"Great," he muttered sarcastically. As he saw the caller ID the frown on his face grew deeper. "You've got perfect timing, you inventor freak."
Mikan giggled. "It's Hotaru."
"Mikan's got a photoshoot today, so don't make her late, you perverted idiot," Hotaru said from the other line. Her voice was calm and cool as usual. "And don't you dare damage my camera robots or I'll make you pay…Literally."
Natsume had the urge to burn the phone.
"Say Hi to Mikan for me. Later, jerk," Hotaru said and she hung up.
"That witch," Natsume grumbled as he put his phone back into his pocket. "She's still making money out of you."
Mikan smiled. "I don't mind at all, as long as Hotaru's happy."
"I mind, and it's annoying."
"Well, it almost time for the photoshoot. Let's go, Natsume." She was about to pass him when he grabbed her arm. Then she quickly found herself being dragged into the arms of her boyfriend. "Natsume!"
"Wouldn't hurt to be late," he told her, kissing her face.
"You're just doing this to annoy Hotaru. Her robots are gonna tell," Mikan said with a giggle. She kissed him back, then sighed. "But the preparations are all set. It wouldn't be right and…"
He placed a finger on her soft lips. "Just shut the hell up, polka-dots," he said just before he claimed her lips once again.
Sighing, she gave in. The photoshoot would have to wait. Right now, she had to satisfy her boyfriend's hunger.
They were in love with each other and now everyone approved of it. Well, there were some jealous fanboys, but Natsume couldn't care less. The cute, bubbly, and popular Sakura Mikan, and Hyuuga Natsume, the genius loner, were able to overcome the obstacles and protect their love.
END OF STORY
Akatsuki-hime: I suffered a major case of writer's block here. I didn't know how to end this story. It was like all the ideas piled up in my head didn't add up. I know it seemed a bit rush. But I did enjoy writing the mother-daughter reunion. And the kisses! That I cannot resist! Natsume can be such a perv… Okay, that's all I have to say. Please review! Review! Don't send m flames, okay?