Sleeve- our current contest is for drabbles (100 - 250 words), and entries are due by Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Author: RavynSkye

Title: Final Loss

Prompt: Sleeve

Words:250

Rated: K+

Summary: In the wake of the worst natural disaster in recent history, Sesshoumaru and Rin suffer the devastating loss of their final hanyou child. Hanyou are not immortal as youkai, or (by fancanon), their mates, and outlivingyourchildrenistheultimatepricetopayforimmortality.

A/N: Dedicated to all those who died, and all those survivors who lost someone in the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

The apartment was dark, lit only by candles now they were without electricity after the quake, but Sesshoumaru and Rin remained largely untroubled by the lack of modern convenience, both remembering what it was like long ago before such modern marvels were visited upon their small island.

No, it was a far deeper tragedy which drove them to each other's arms in this chaotic wake of the worst natural disaster he could ever remember. Only Nagasaki and Hiroshima had been on the same scale.

Wrapping her up in his arms felt like home, gave him peace in troubling times, and he swore their bodies had molded to fit one another's' centuries ago.

Tears trickled down her ageless cheeks, silver droplets caught by his persistent comforting lapping at face.

"Shhhhhhhhhhhhh…" He stroked his wife's small head and did his best to calm her, futile though it may be.

He heard her whimper into his chest, "Oh Maru… The last of our children, and he's dead! We've outlived them all and… I just can't take this anymore!" The girl sunk back and disappeared behind the voluminous sleeves of his traditional Japanese nemaki. "Haruka is dead! How can you be so calm?"

"All things which walk upon the earth, must eventually return from whence they came."

It wasn't that he wasn't destroyed by the loss of his final son, but right now, the still very much alive Rin needed him to be her rock.

Bitter sounding words spoken reminded him, "All but us."