Here it is! The fantastic conclusion. Yay! It's late, I'm exhausted, but I felt so bad for leaving you all empty handed.
Please, please enjoy! For all of my loyal readers (yes, like, the three or four of you), you are amazing!
The ride home was like nothing I'd ever experienced. Uo hopped into the driver's side, while Kyou and I slid into the back seat. As she pulled the car out of the lot, I felt Kyou move in his seat – wait a second, did he just move towards me? Of course, I was still feeling a ton of self doubt - performance anxiety, let's call it - about the whole situation, but sure enough, there he was, sitting closer to me than he was before. I took a deep breath and rested my head on his shoulder. He gently placed his head on top of mine and nuzzled it. Taking another fairly deep breath, I turned a little in my seat and wrapped my arm around his waist. Shock and awe to me, not only did he not throw me out of the car, but he put his hand on my forearm, obviously seeing if he could reach my hand and finding himself unsuccessful. I closed my eyes and enjoyed exactly where I was. Luckily for me, Uo kept driving.
He woke me up when we got home. It was late, but we both had keys, so there was no problem. We removed our shoes at the door, snuck up the stairs, and stopped in front of Kyou's door.
"Well," Kyou started. "I guess I should like, go inside and sleep, huh?"
"Yes," I replied. "That would be a fine idea. Although you may want to take those beads off beforehand, unless you want some interesting marks in the morning."
He looked at me like he didn't want to leave. It was odd, really. After all these years of being afraid of getting this physically close, not to mention emotionally, to Kyou, and now here we are, with him not seeming eager and thrilled to leave my side.
"Go to bed, Kyou," I said, as soothingly as I could. I could tell he was a little stressed out about the whole situation, and I didn't want to make it any harder than I already was.
He gave me a small nod and a small smile before dropping his head turning towards his door.
I stopped before I really knew what I was doing. I reached out and grabbed his face with my hand. He turned back towards me and smiled. I couldn't help but smile back at him.
"Y'know, if you're having trouble sleeping, you can always come see me. You do know where I sleep," I said. I leaned my face closer to his while he tilted his down. Our foreheads touched, as did our noses. I gazed at him.
"I do," he responded. We closed our eyes and I nuzzled his nose with my own.
Without saying another word, I turned around and headed to my room. Closing the door behind me, I started to take off my costume of sorts, putting kandie on my dresser and my jeans in the hamper. I was almost in my sleeping pants when there was a very quiet knock on my door. Quickly pulling on the rest of my pants, I hobbled towards the door and opened it to find Kyou.
"You sort of caught me in the middle of something," I said bashfully. I looked down at my almost fluorescent white chest, and when I looked up, I could feel the roses in my cheeks.
"Not exactly," Kyou responded, being in the exact same dress as I was.
"At least you're keeping up with the dress code. Come in."
He walked in and shut the door. I went over to turn off the lamp on my dresser and walked back towards the bed.
"Was there something you wanted to talk about?"
"Not really." Kyou grunted something and put his head down. I walked over to him and put my hand on his shoulder.
"What is it?" Like he would tell me.
"Promise you won't laugh at me!"
I giggled. "Shh!" I whispered. "Tohru and Shigure are asleep."
"Promise me, you damned rat!"
"Kyou, don't worry about it. Tell me."
"Fine. I promise not to laugh at you, you stupid cat."
Kyou got a little red in the cheeks. It did go quite nicely with his orange hair and dark red eyes.
"I love you."
Did I just hallucinate that?
"What?" I shook my head like I had water in my ears, and Kyou's face turned bright red.
"I'm pretty positive that I love you. I know it's weird, like, the weirdest thing ever, but I do."
My stomach had dropped to my ankles.
"You know what?" I asked, not entirely sure that I wanted an answer.
"Huh?" He looked up at me like he was about to cry, like he wanted to run away, except he was sitting on my bed.
I sat down next to him on the bed, as close as I could be, and cupped one of my hands around his face. And making as little sense as I had ever made to myself before, I did it. I pulled his face closer to mine, until all I could see were his dark red eyes.
"I love you too." And I kissed him.
We sat like that, forehead to forehead and nose to nose, for quite some time before either of us moved. I went to go turn out the main light in my bedroom and Kyou stood up and looked like he was ready to leave.
"Leaving?" I asked.
He looked like he didn't want to go, but was leaving anyways.
"You can stay, if you want." I flashed him a big smile. And, like a small child, his face lit up and he grabbed me in his arms and flung us both onto the bed. In the dark, I crawled up next to him, laid my head on his chest, and laced his fingers with mine.
The world was dark and quiet, and I was thoroughly enjoying my life. I was here, in my bed, with the man that I loved more than I thought I could love, with no one to judge me or laugh at me. I almost fell asleep, but there was something keeping me awake.
And then it hit me.
"Hey Kyou?" I asked quietly?
He groaned in response.
"Did something happen to the back of your neck?"
He opened his eyes and turned towards me. "What?"
"Remember that night you came home in the rain? Well, you transformed, and there was a little patch of black fur on the back of your neck. It just confused me was all."
He giggled and rolled his eyes. "Oh. That."
"That's a that?"
"Yeah," he retorted. "Let me show you."
He flipped over on his back and brushed the hair from the back of his neck to reveal a dark spot. But as he moved into the moonlight, it became more and more clear. I got down, looking at it and there, plain as day, was a tattoo on the back of Kyou's neck. I looked at it and couldn't really believe it.
"Why on earth did you get that?"
"I told you I missed you, didn't I? And I guess you don't exactly believe me. After a while, it got so bad not having you around, well, I put a piece of you on me."
I flipped his head back towards me and kissed him. The two of us fell asleep that night, curled and wrapped up in each other's arms, as we belonged. Me, having a new sense of confidence and a little better understanding about the insanities of life, and Kyou, with a fresh kanji tattoo on the back of his neck.
Nezumi, it read. Loud and clear.
Thanks everyone, so much.