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In case you're wondering, you just stumbled onto a massive fanfic I've been writing since the end of Spring Semester 2001. I've seen the entire series, read all the translations for the manga, and now own all 28 volumes of it. (so what if it's in Japanese, there's still pretty pics to look at!) This story begins with "Cherry Blossoms in the Spring" and I've rewritten the special extra story here in the prologue. (the end of it at least) From here it's no holds barred as Sano returns from his world travels and the Kenshin-gumi gets swept up in a sinister plot aimed at destroying the Meiji government. Expect Action, Adventure, Romance, Humor, Angst, and everything else you come to expect from a series as cool as Rurouni Kenshin. Also, the entire story is a SPOILER so beware!

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Just to let everyone know in advance, this fic's central character is Sanosuke. "Run to You" is a story about Sano the way "Rurouni Kenshin" is a story about Kenshin. (not saying this is anywhere near as cool as RK but let me explain what I mean) In "Rurouni Kenshin" there are times when Kenshin isn't present and we get to see stories about the other characters. In "Run to You" Sano isn't always there and other characters will get plenty of time in the spotlight, but Sano IS the main character. The main characters I'm focusing on are Sano/Megumi, Aoshi/Misao, and Yahiko/Tsubame. Kenshin is married to Kaoru and they have their son Kenji and there's not much more to cover between those two, except to take a look at their married life. This fic focuses on the same things that Rurouni Kenshin focuses on. Action is one of the main focuses, angst plays a big part, and humor is there to lighten the mood. Romance takes a step up in importance in "Run to You" compared to Rurouni Kenshin.

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With "Run to You" I plan on tying lose ends left at the end of the manga. If you're like me, you saw "Cherry Blossoms in the Spring" more like a prologue than an epilogue. There are plenty of characters who's lives were not resolved at the end of the manga. (and anime) I'm mostly planning on tying Sano's loose ends, but quite a few other people will be taken care of as well. But before there can be any resolution, there must be some fun. There's a huge cast of bad guys (many of which we've already met) as well as good guys. (you already know most of them, I'm not adding any superfilous good guys) There's plenty of humorous situations as well as serious ones. "Run to You" is full of plot so if you don't like plot you're not going to enjoy it! :) And that's all I'm going to say for now so I don't ruin the fun! Please read and review! I'm looking for any comments/suggestions/questions that you might have. Feedback is important to me and keeps me going!

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Author: Arashi

Website: www.kenkaya.com

Disclaimer: I do not own Rurouni Kenshin nor am I making any money off this story!

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Run to You: Tales of Meiji 16

Prologue

"MONGOLIA!??" Surprise, shock, and indignation were readable on each of their faces. Kenshin paused a moment before he continued reading the letter.

"After that departure, I took a tour to America, then to Europe and then to Arabia and I've had a very good time so far. I'll be around here for a little while and then I'll go back to Japan, so get a delicious bowl of white rice and miso soup for me upon my arrival, ok?" Kenshin smiled and sighed contentedly. "See ya." The others were practically boiling over in frustration and confusion.

Megumi blurted out, "Does that idiot mean to cross the entire world?" At the same moment Kaoru also shouted, "What the heck is he thinking?"

"Does he mean to be an adventurer?" Yahiko asked in confusion. Kenshin just sat there thinking happily to himself, the smile still on his face. As Kenshin absently folded the letter, Megumi noticed a flash of writing on the back and familiar characters scrawled out in Sanosuke's terrible handwriting. Fox Lady.

"Let me see that." Megumi snatched the letter away from Kenshin's hand. She turned the letter around while the others watched her curiously. As she read she started fuming. Piqued by curiosity, Yahiko grabbed the letter away from the indignant woman and read out loud.

"Oh by the way, make sure Fox Lady knows I'm coming back." Megumi tried to steal the letter away from Yahiko as he read. He deftly avoided her lunge and finished reading without missing a beat. "She better be ready!"

"I have no idea what that idiot is talking about." Megumi turned her head to the side and stoked her hand through her long black hair, straightening a few stray strands. "What exactly am I supposed to be ready for?"

"I think Sano just wanted to make sure that we informed you of his imminent return Megumi-dono." Kenshin put in happily. "After all, you do live in Aizu. How could he know that you'd be here while we were reading the letter?"

Megumi boiled over it for a few minutes while the others started eating. That idiot takes off for 5 years and thinks he can just walk right back into his old life.

"Boy, Sano's sure been gone for a long time. A lot has happened since he left." Yahiko mused aloud through a mouthful of food. "You think he's changed?" Everyone looked at each other in silence for a moment, pondering the question. As one they burst out laughing (except Aoshi, of course). Each one of them shook their heads and answered at the same moment.

"Nope."

"Doubt it."

"Stupid question."

"We can hope can't we?"

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What better place to start than where Watsuki left off!? If you haven't seen/read "Cherry Blossoms in the Spring" I suggest you go find it! (my site has a link to Serizawa Kamo's Translation Index which has a link to picture and text files of the extra story)

By the way, my website www.kenkaya.com is centered around this fic and contains my fan art inspired by the story. For the FULL effect and most recent chapters check it out and let me know what you think!

Did I mention that I really really really want some feedback? This is a massive project and I need all the encouragement I can get to continue! Heck, if you think it sucks, let me know that I shouldn't be wasting my time! (hehe, you need to read to about chapter 11 before you tell me not to write anymore though!)

Well, what are you waiting for! Go on to chapter 1! (you'll meet the 'new' people at the dojo!)