Disclaimer: I don't own Disney, Square Enix or anything affiliated with them.

Author's Note: This is my final chapter in this story. This chapter will pick up at the end of the last of the last chapter, follow through to include the scene at the beginning of the first chapter, and proceed past that. I hope you enjoy it.

Warning: I'm rating this chapter M due to some intimacy between King Mickey and Queen Minnie. Lemon content. Most of it is T rated however. And the M rating is only for the beginning.

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WELCOME HOME

King Mickey and Queen Minnie finished their shower about an hour and a half later. They had finished rinsing off and stepped out of the tub together. They got their towels and began to dry off together.

"That was the best shower I've had in a long time," Queen Minnie grinned.

"It was the best shower I've had in a long time, too," King Mickey grinned. "Anyone who thinks you can't have fun in the shower is completely wrong," he said.

"I agree. You can SO have fun in the shower," she replied. Both shared a laugh. She leaned up and kissed him gently on his cheek.

"Now you're squeaky clean," she smiled.

"Squeak squeak," he chuckled. She giggled. "You're squeaky clean now, too," he smiled.

"Squeak squeak," she chuckled. He chuckled, then kissed her on her cheek.

"You were right. I shower did do me some good," he said with a grin.

"It did me some good, too," she replied with a grin. He then took his towel and wrapped it around both him and her, pulling her close to him. She smiled and happily accepted his action, brushing the front of her body against his, and wrapping her arms around his torso, under his arms.

"Thanks for showering with me, Minnie. It was fun," he smiled softly. She felt herself just relax in his arms. She smiled lovingly up into his entrancing brown eyes.

"You're welcome, Mickey. It WAS fun," she smiled softly. She then nestled her body against his and rested her head against his chest, sighing happily and contently as she did.

"I love you, Minnie," he whispered softly.

"I love you, too, Mickey," she whispered warmly. With her cheek against his bare chest, she could feel his heartbeat. She just relaxed and melted in her King's loving arms. His warm and gentle body felt good against hers, and his heartbeat was like her lullaby. The only thing on or around either of the young mice was a bath towel. She pulled back and gazed into his eyes.

"I told you a shower would do you some good," she smiled.

"I think a shower did BOTH of us some good," he smiled playfully. She snickered.

"I can't deny that," she smiled playfully. She gently began to stroke her fingers up and down his back as she smiled tenderly up at her sweetheart. "Feel better, doll baby?" she asked with a smile.

"Yeah, I do. I'm clean for one thing," he chuckled. She chuckled too. "I'm home, and you and I are together again. This is the best I've felt in a long time," he said. Her heartstrings got plucked at his words. "You feel better?" he asked.

"Yes. I feel much better. I'm clean, too. You're home, and you and I are together again. This is the best I've felt in a long time, too," she smiled. His heartstrings got plucked this time. "I'm so glad you're home, Mickey," she smiled, leaning up and touching her nose to his.

"I'm so glad to be home, Minnie," he smiled, touching his nose to hers. They pulled back as their chocolate brown eyes and warm smiles met.

"How about we get dressed?" he asked.

"Okay," she replied.

He pulled the towel from around them and placed it on the rack. They placed their clothes in the clothes basket and unlocked the bathroom door. They walked out of the bathroom hand-in-hand and begun to walk gently across the hardwood floor in their bedroom. Where they had just came out of the shower, their bare feet was still a little wet and was slippery on the hardwood. King Mickey and Queen Minnie stepped gently over to their bed. She walked around to the nightstand on her side of their bed as he stepped over to the one on his side.

They each got their underwear, gloves and pajamas out and laid them on the bed. He slipped on his gloves and then his boxers. Then he pulled on his brick-red lounge pants and then pulled on his red short-sleeved t-shirt. She slipped on her gloves and then she placed her red hair bow on her head and tied it. Then she slipped on her panties. Then she pulled on her red lounge pants and then pulled on her pink spaghetti-strap tank. Both stayed barefoot. They each walked down to the bottom of their bed and took each others hands. She grinned slyly.

"I want you to rest tonight. Tomorrow night we'll go to bed early, but we won't be sleeping until late," she said. He tilted his head to the side and grinned.

"How come?" She inched her face up closer to his.

"Because I have another 'welcome home' and 'thank you' present I want to give you," she smiled a little seductively.

"You do, huh?" he grinned.

"Uh-huh," she smiled playfully. "Do you know how long it's been since we did anything in our bedroom, or anywhere else for that matter?"

"Too long."

"That in the bathroom was just a tiny piece of my 'welcome home' and 'thank you' present to you. Tomorrow night, I'll give you the rest of my present," she said with a little seductive smile.

"I still have the rest of my 'thank you' present to give you, too. That in the bathroom was just the preview," he said with a little seductive smile.

"Really, huh?" she grinned.

"Uh-huh," he smiled playfully. "I'm not THAT tired tonight," he grinned. She giggled.

"You just came home today. I want you to rest tonight. We have all night tomorrow and any other night we want. Tonight, I want you to just relax," she smiled.

"Okay. Thanks, sugar," he smiled.

"You're welcome, sweetie," she smiled. She leaned up and kissed him on his lips. She pulled back a few seconds later and gazed into his eyes. She then wrapped her arms around his torso, under his arms and rested her head against his chest. He wrapped his arms around her back and began to rub his hand up and down her back. She sighed happily before she spoke.

"I missed you so much, Mickey. I'm so glad you're home," she uttered.

"I missed you, too, Minnie. I'm glad to be home," he murmured. She nestled her cheek against his chest as she held him and he her. She could feel his soothing heartbeat. It was like a lullaby to her. Every time she heard it, it began to relax her. His heartbeat combined with him rubbing her back and holding her in his arms always relaxed her.

"I love you, Minnie," he whispered.

"I love you, too, Mickey," she whispered. She softly kissed his chest. She pulled back and took his hands into hers.

"Feels good to be home, doesn't it?" she asked knowingly.

"You have no idea. I missed home and you so much while I was away. Every day I thought about it. I kept thinking about all the wonderful times we shared. How much time we spent in the courtyard, on the balcony, everywhere. I missed it all. And it feels so great to be home and know that we can spend time together again."

"I missed it all, too. I missed you so much. But now you're home. And we can spend time together again, and make lots of new memories together," she smiled.

"I'm looking forward to it," he smiled.

"Me, too," she smiled. They each shared a smile. "And tomorrow, I want to have a 'welcome home' party for you," she added.

"You don't have to do that," he said.

"I want to. And you deserve it after all that you've been through. We'll have a nice cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers. And I'll make you a special chocolate cheese cake," she replied.

"It sounds wonderful, Minnie, but I don't want you to have to go through all that trouble."

"It's no trouble at all. I want to do it, Mickey. You shouldn't go through what you did, and not get some sort of 'thank you' for it. You deserve it. And it'll be fun."

"Are you sure?" She gave him a loving peck on his cheek.

"I'm positive."

"Okay. Thanks, Minnie. That means a lot to me," King Mickey smiled.

"You're welcome, Mickey. Anytime," Queen Minnie smiled. "It'll be a 'thank you' present to you from me and everybody." She let go of his hands and moved her hands up his arms and put her arms around his neck, as he moved his arms around her waist. "Welcome back, King Mickey," she smiled.

"It's great to be back, Queen Minnie," he smiled. King Mickey glanced up and out of the sliding-glass door leading out onto their balcony. His gaze then fell upon her.

"How about we sit out on the balcony for a little while before we go to bed?" he asked warmly. Queen Minnie smiled. It was as if he read her mind.

"Sure. I'd love to," she smiled sweetly. They happily took one anothers hand as they walked out onto their balcony. They sat down on the swing and cuddled up together. King Mickey sat with his arm resting gently on his Queen's side and his other on her hand, which was on his chest. Queen Minnie lay with her head resting against her King's chest and shoulder and her hand on his chest. She also had her feet up on the swing. They also intertwined their tails. Both felt happy and content.

It was a beautiful starlit night. Both young mouse lovers just sat in peaceful silence for a little while, enjoying the comfort and feel of one anothers presence. Both of them knew that nothing could top this. They sat enjoying the warmth of each others company.

"It sure is peaceful tonight," the King said with a smile, looking up at the starry night sky.

"It sure is," the Queen said, snuggling against him. "The stars look so peaceful," she said.

"Yeah, they do," he said.

"And they have you to thank for it," she smiled proudly up at him.

"Thanks, but I didn't do it alone. I had help," he said modestly.

"Maybe so, but the others couldn't have done it without you," she said.

"I couldn't have done it without their help, either."

"Well, together, you succeeded. You saved the worlds, and you're home." The young King and Queen shared a loving smile. They nuzzled their noses together, then cuddled up against one another again.

"It sure feels good to be home," the King said with a sigh of contentment. He felt her snuggle closer to him.

"It sure feels good to have you home," the Queen uttered with a sigh of happiness and contentment. They met each others smile and eyes. She leaned up and pressed her lips to his in a loving and passionate kiss. They each broke the kiss after a few seconds and pulled back to meet each others smiles and chocolate brown eyes. They then snuggled close again. The mice sat there enjoying being together again.

"I missed us being able to sit out here together," she said.

"I missed it, too. But now I'm home..." he smiled. She looked up at him.

"...And we can sit out here every night that we want," she smiled.

"I'm glad," he said.

"Me, too," she replied. They shared a tender smile then looked back up to the clear night sky. They sat there together looking up at the stars, when suddenly they each saw a shooting star soar across the dark-blue sky.

"Mickey, look! A shooting star," the Queen said.

"Why don't you make a wish?" the King asked. She turned to him, moved her hand up to his cheek and smiled as she stared into his eyes.

"I don't have to make a wish. I've already got what I wanted the most. You home." The King smiled.

"Aw, gosh. Thanks." She stroked his cheek as she leaned up and kissed him softly on his other cheek.

"Why don't you make a wish?" she asked. He smiled as he placed his hand on her cheek.

"I don't have to. I already have what I wanted the most. To be home with you." The Queen smiled.

"Aw, Mickey." She kissed him on his cheek again. He softly kissed her forehead.

"I love you, Mickey. I love you so much," she uttered.

"I love you, too, Minnie. So much," he murmured. He leaned down and brushed his lips against hers. Pulling back, they shared a loving smile. They touched their noses together, smiled, then snuggled up together again.

"Mickey," she started.

"Hm?" he asked. She raised her gaze to meet his.

"What was it like? Traveling from world to world? How did you make it? Where did you sleep?" she asked curiously. He sighed as he thought for a moment.

"It was rough. Every world was a new adventure. It was kinda fun... traveling from world to world. But I never forgot about home..." He looked down at her. "...or you. Making it was was a day-to-day thing. When I stopped to eat, it was mainly just a quick bite. And you know... Every time I stopped to eat... I always though about you." She felt her heart flutter. "I always ate alone. I missed being able to eat with you. I missed that so much." She gently begun to stroke her fingers up and down his chest as she listened.

"When did you rest? And where?" she asked.

"Most of the time I went to Traverse Town to rest, since they have a hotel." He chuckled. "Though I'll admit I never seen the owner of the place." She smiled slightly. "I'd get a room and rest for the night. I'd get up the next morning, get a quick breakfast and head back out. Their beds are okay, but they're not like ours. And there's something else they didn't have..." He looked at her. "You." She felt her heart begin to melt. She smiled comfortingly up at him.

"Well, now you're home. You can sleep in your own bed..." She giggled. "...and with me. You can sleep without having to worry about the worlds. And you can rest and know that when you wake up, you can stay home. You were never alone. I was always with you. Just like you were always with me. And now you're home and we're together again. I'm here with you now, and I always will be." He smiled at her. "You're not alone anymore. I'm right here with you. You're home and we're together again. I'll be next to you all night, I'll be next to you when you wake up, and we can eat together now. You don't have to feel alone now. I'm right here with you." The King felt his own heart flutter.

"Thank you. That means a lot," he smiled as he embraced her.

"You're welcome," she smiled as she returned his embrace. They pulled back after several seconds and gazed into each others eyes.

"Everything I went through... It was worth it. Just to get to come home to you," he smiled.

"Everything I went through... It was worth it. Just to get to have you home with me," she smiled. They leaned close as they touched their noses together. They pulled back after a few seconds and as their smiles and eyes met, then they snuggled up together again. They sat there a little longer, when suddenly the King yawned. The Queen giggled at him but was cut off when she yawned.

"How about we turn in?" she asked.

"Sounds good to me. I'll sleep like a log tonight," he replied.

"So will I," she said. She eased off him a little and he stood up and offered her his hand. She smiled sweetly up at him as she took his hand and stood up along side him. "Thank you," she smiled, wrapping her arms around his shoulders.

"For what?" he asked, wrapping his arms around her back.

"For everything you've done. For saving the worlds, for fighting the darkness, for coming home, everything. Thank you so much, Mickey," she smiled.

"You're welcome, sugar. Thank you, too, Minnie," he smiled.

"For what?" she asked.

"For everything you did. For fighting the darkness, for saving our world, for waiting for me, everything. Thank you so much, Minnie," he smiled.

"You're welcome, doll baby," she smiled. They each leaned close and started to kiss, but they both started to yawn, cutting them off. They each chuckled.

"Now... Where were we?" he asked with a grin.

"Right here," she smiled as she leaned up and pressed her lips to his, her leg rising behind her. They broke the kiss after a few seconds and pulled back to look into each others eyes.

"No matter how many worlds I travel to, I'll never see anything as beautiful as you, Minnie," he smiled.

"Aw, Mickey," she cooed. She leaned up and kissed his cheek. "I could travel to every world, but I would never see anything as handsome as you are, Mickey," she smiled.

"Aw, gosh," he smiled. He leaned down and kissed her forehead. They took each others hand as they walked into their bedroom. They closed the sliding-glass door and locked it. King Mickey turned to Queen Minnie with a devious grin.

"I'm gonna getcha," he grinned. The Queen caught the gleam in his eye.

"You'll have to catch me!" she laughed as she bolted toward their bed with him right behind her. They hadn't played together like this in a long time. Both were having a blast with their game of tag. Both were laughing as she quickly jumped on and crawled across their bed and jumped off the other side. He stopped on the previous side of the bed. He started around the bottom of the bed, but she quickly crawled across their bed back to the opposite side as he made it to her former side. Both were having fun and laughing.

Queen Minnie and King Mickey were both laughing as they played. The King then crawled across the bed. The Queen laughed as she ran to the bottom of their bed, about halfway between their bed and their bedroom door. He jumped off the bottom of the bed and advanced toward her. Both were laughing and having fun. She decided it was time he caught her, so she let him. He ran up to her and wrapped his arms around her gently, picked her up and twirled her around. She laughed as she wrapped her arms around him as he picked her up and twirled her. She loved being in his arms. And he loved for her to be in his arms. He gently set her feet back down on the hardwood. He had his arms around her waist and she had her arms around his neck. They both let out soft chuckles as they each stared into each others eyes.

"That was fun," she smiled.

"Yeah, it was," he smiled. "It's been a while since we did that."

"Yeah, it has been. But now we can do it whenever we want," she smiled.

"I like that," he smiled. She chuckled, leaned up and touched her nose to his.

"How about we turn in? You could use a good rest," she said.

"Sure. You could use one too," he replied. She raised her hand to his cheek and gently cupped it.

"You've had a long journey. But now you're home," she murmured softly.

"It has been a long journey. And now I'm home," he uttered.

"Welcome home, my love," she smiled.

"It's good to be home, love," he smiled. They leaned close and pressed their lips together as she stroked his cheek with her fingers. After a few seconds, they each pulled back and smiled.

"C'mon. Let's hit the hay," she said.

"Not gonna argue," he replied. She chuckled lightly. They walked over to their bed, knelt down side-by-side and took each others hand as they said their prayer together, then the each stood up. He bent down and picked her up in his arms bridal-style. She chuckled as she happily wrapped her arms around his neck and nuzzled her cheek against his.

"You're wonderful, Mickey," she uttered as she gently rubbed the back of his head with her fingers and nuzzled her cheek comfortably against his.

"You are, too, Minnie," he murmured as he nuzzled his cheek comfortably against hers. She pulled down the covers as he held her. Then he gently crawled onto their bed and gently laid her down as he settled next to her. They each propped their heads up on their hands with their arms elevating them as they laid facing each other.

"Feels good to be back in your own bed, doesn't it?" she asked knowingly with a smile as she begun to stroke the top of his hand, which was laying in front of him, between them.

"Oh, you have no idea. The hotel beds were okay, but none of them were a match for ours. The bed and pillows weren't as soft and the covers weren't as warm. And I never went to sleep with you next to me, or woke up to you every morning. I missed that," he said.

"Oh, Mickey," she smiled. She leaned closer to him. "Now you can. You're in your own bed, and I'm here with you." She softly kissed him on his forehead.

"Thanks," he whispered.

"Now I can sleep next to you again. It's been so long since I could lay down next to you, to be able to feel you next to me all night, to wake up to you in the morning. I missed that," she said.

"Well, now you can. I'm here with you now," he smiled. He leaned close and kissed her on her forehead. She leaned close and brushed her lips against his.

"Thank you so much," she whispered. She pulled back and their eyes met.

"Did you get the letters I sent you?" he asked after a few seconds.

"Un-huh," she replied. Queen Minnie rolled over, got out of bed and got down on the floor on her side of their bed. King Mickey watched her curiously for a moment. She then came back up holding a small, clear, plastic storage box. She climbed onto their bed, turned on the light on her nightstand and set the box on the bed. She bent her knees and pulled her feet to one side of her as she snapped off the lid. He sat up, turned on the light on his nightstand and made his legs comfortable.

"I read and kept every letter you sent me. From the one you left for Donald and Goofy, to the last one you sent me before you came home. And I kept all the holiday cards you sent me, too," she smiled as he got out some of the letters and begun to look over them. It touched him to know that she had kept every letter and card he had sent her. He felt his own heartstrings get plucked.

"You... kept all these?" he looked up and asked. She smiled and nodded.

"I have everyone in the order you sent it. I must've read over each one a hundred times," she smiled with a little chuckle.

"Gosh, Minnie... That means a lot to me," he said, his eyes staring to moisten.

"You mean a lot to ME, Mickey," she smiled softly. "Every letter was like a gift. I couldn't wait to open it. There were the only way I could stay in touch with you. Every letter meant a lot to me." He put the letters back in the box and leaned close and embraced her. She smiled as she embraced him back.

"Thank you so much, Minnie. That means a lot to me," he uttered.

"You're welcome, Mickey. You mean a lot to me," she cooed. They held each other for several more seconds before they each pulled back a little and their eyes and smiles met. She gently cupped his cheek with her hand and gently stroked it with her thumb. "Welcome home, Mickey," she smiled softly.

"Thanks, Minnie. It feels good to be home," he replied.

"It feels good to have you home," she responded. She gently sat up, got the box and got out of bed. She put the box back under her side of the bed and then she crawled back into bed next to her King.

"Thank you so much for writing me while you were gone, Mickey. That meant a lot to me," she said as she pulled the covers over their feet and legs.

"You're welcome, Minnie. I wanted to keep writing you. I wrote a letter every chance I got," he replied.

"I'm sorry I couldn't write to you. I really wanted to, but I never knew what world you were in. I'm really sorry," she said with a downhearted tone. He leaned close and placed his hand on her arm and begun to rub it.

"Don't worry about it. I know you couldn't write back to me. Don't worry. But now we're together again. We're not separated anymore. We're here with each other," he smiled. She felt her heart twirl. She then took his hand and interlocked their fingers.

"We're together again. We're here with each other. Right were we belong," she smiled. They shared a brief smile then leaned close and touched their noses together. They each pulled back and smiled.

"Think you could sleep, sugar?" she asked.

"I don't think a gummi ship could wake me tonight," he grinned. "How about you?"

"I don't think a gummi ship could wake me tonight, either," she grinned. They each rolled over and turned off the lamps on their nightstands, then they faced each other again. King Mickey lied down on his back as he settled onto their bed.

"Oh, man, this feels good," he said contently. She smiled at him. She gently raised her hand to his cheek and softly began to stroke it with her fingertips.

"You just lie here and relax, baby. You're home, and I'm right here with you. You're home to stay. I'm right here with you and I always will be," she whispered lovingly. He smiled up at her.

"Thanks, baby," he replied.

"You're welcome, sweetie, " she smiled. She leaned down and kissed him softly on his cheek. "I missed you so much, Mickey. I''m so happy you're home," she smiled.

"I missed you, too, Minnie. I'm happy to be home," he smiled. She leaned down and brushed her lips softly against his as she tenderly stroked his cheek.

"I love you so much, Mickey," she whispered. He felt his heart melt.

"I love you, too Minnie. So much," he whispered. She pulled back and met his smile. Queen Minnie lied down and snuggled up to her King, resting her head on his chest as she draped her arm across his chest, and put her hand on his side. He gently rested his arm around her back and his hand on her waist. She sighed happily and contently as she nestled her body comfortably against his.

"Mmm... Oh, this feels so good. I missed being able to lay next to you like this," she said.

"I missed it to. But now we can," he replied.

"Yeah, we can," she responded. He felt her snuggle closer to him as he heard her sight softly.

"Comfy?" he asked.

"Mmm-hmm. I'm so comfy. This is the comfiest I've been since you left," she smiled. "You comfy?"

"Yeah, I am. I'm very comfy. This is the comfiest I've been in a long time, too," he smiled. She gently nuzzled her cheek against his chest.

"Mmm... You're so warm," she uttered.

"So are you," he murmured. He softly kissed the top of her head. He gently placed his hand on her cheek and begun to stroke it tenderly with his fingertips. She sighed happily at his touch. Queen Minnie hadn't felt this peaceful, happy, content or relaxed since her King left. And now she felt just as she always did when she was with him. King Mickey hadn't felt this peaceful, happy content or relaxed since he left either. And now he felt just like he always did when he was with her.

Queen Minnie tilted her head upward a little to meet King Mickey's eyes with her own. They each smiled.

"Promise me you'll be here when I wake up," she said. It was a plea and a request mixed together.

"Don't worry. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right here when you wake up. I promise," he replied. She smiled lovingly. "You'll be here when I wake up, right?" he asked. It was a plea and request mixed together as well. She pulled herself closer to him.

"There's no other place I'd rather be. I'll be right here when you wake up. I promise," she answered. He smiled tenderly.

"I'm not going anywhere. Right here, with you, is where I belong," he smiled. She felt herself turn into mush at his words.

"Oh, Mickey," she cooed. "I'm not going anywhere, either. Right here, with you, is where I belong, too," she smiled.

"I love you so much, Minnie," he uttered. She felt here heart melt inside her chest.

"I love you, too, Mickey. Like crazy," she murmured. He leaned down and brushed his lips softly against hers as he tenderly caressed her cheek with his fingertips. He pulled back and their smiles and eyes met.

"Good night, Minnie."

"Good night, Mickey. I love you."

"I love you, too. Sweet dreams, doll."

"Sweet dreams to you, too, baby." The young King and Queen each leaned close and pressed their lips together in a another good night kiss. Pulling back, they smiled, then they cuddled up together again. He gently pulled the covers up over them as they settled down together in their bed.

It didn't take King Mickey very long to drift off. He had spent many lonely nights in the hotel in Traverse Town. He missed being able to feel his Queen next him every night. He'd lie alone in a cold empty bed and think about his companion. Now he was home with her. She laid cuddled up to him just like she had many nights, and the night he left. He glanced down and looked at her. He smiled. She was smiling her warm and tender smile as she lay nestled next him with her head on his chest and her hand on his side. The last time he saw her like that was a year ago. Back then, he had to leave. And it was tearing him up inside. But now, lying there with her, he knew he was home. He could stay there next to her all night.

He laid there feeling the warmth and softness of her delicate, petite young body nestled against his. He took a sniff of her hair and his nose instantly caught her wonderful scent. She smelled like strawberries. How he missed that wonderful smell. He didn't feel alone anymore. He felt at peace. He could feel her soothing heartbeat against his own, and he could hear her soft breathing. He closed his eyes as he settled down to sleep. And for the first time in a whole year, he could sleep in peace. He was home, his love was cuddled next to him, and the war against the darkness was over. He was home. His eyelids grew heavy and sleep overtook him.

Queen Minnie drifted off to sleep shortly after he did. She had spent many lonely nights in their bed. She missed being able to feel her King next to her every night. She'd lie alone in their cold and empty bed and think about her companion. Now he was home with her. She laid there cuddled up to him, listening to the soothing and tranquil sounds of his heartbeat and breathing. She heard his breathing soften and felt him relax. She glanced up and looked at him. She smiled. He was smiling his warm and gentle smile as he laid there next to her. She knew he had dozed off. She knew he was tired after all that he had been through. The last time she saw him smile was a year ago. It was the evening of the day he left. But now, lying there with him, she knew he was home. She could stay next to him all night. She knew he deserved a decent rest. She eased up just slightly and gently moved her hand to his chest and begun to stroke her fingers up and down it tenderly.

She smiled at him as she looked at his sleeping form. She still couldn't really believe that he had went through what he did. He was her hero. He was her King. She admires him so much. Regardless of what he did, or of what people thought of him, he was still a hero to her. Her hero. Her King. Her only love. She softly pressed her lips to his cheek in a tender kiss. She pulled back and whispered softly to him.

"I'm so glad you're home, Mickey. You don't know how much it means to me to have you home. You deserve a good rest. You're my hero. You're home now. I'm right here with you, and I always will be. I'm so proud of you. And I'm so glad you're home. I love you so much, Mickey." She smiled as she softly stroked his chest. "Welcome home, baby. I love you." She softly kissed his cheek again. "Sweet dreams, sugar. Sleep tight." She knew he heard her. She sighed softly and happily as she closed her eyes and cuddled up to him again, resting her head on his chest, her arm across his chest and her hand on his side. She softly kissed his chest as she lay nestled next to him. She laid there feeling the warmth and softness of his gentle young body as she lay nestled against it. She took a sniff of him and her nose instantly caught his wonderful scent. He smelled like green apples. How she missed that wonderful smell. She didn't feel alone anymore. She felt at peace. She could feel his soothing heartbeat against her own, and she could hear his soft breathing. She settled down to sleep using his chest as her pillow, his arms as her blanket, and his heartbeat and breathing as her lullaby. And for the first time in a whole year, she could sleep in peace. He was home, she was cuddled up to her love, and his war with darkness was over. He was home again. Her eyelids grew heavy and sleep overtook her.

King Mickey and Queen Minnie drifted off to sleep cuddled up to one another. After being apart for a whole year, they were together again. And both were loving every second of it. Both of the young mice were very thankful to be together again. Lying snuggled up to each other, they felt happy, content, and complete. They each slept peacefully throughout the night.

Morning arose over Disney Castle. The sunlight's beams shone through the window into the bedroom of the young mouse couple.
Queen Minnie's eyes fluttered open as she awoke. She immediately realized that she was lying nestled next to her lover with her head on his chest and her hand on his side. She smiled and sighed happily and contently as she nuzzled her cheek against his warm chest and nestled her body closer against his. She glanced up to his face and smiled. She thought he looked cute. He was sleeping so peacefully. She decided to let him sleep a little longer. She didn't have the heart to wake him up right now. But she wasn't getting up either. She wanted to keep laying there next to her companion a little longer.

She couldn't help but smile up at him. He was with her again. He was home. The year-long wait was worth it to her. She was with him, and he was with her. And she wouldn't settle for anything less. She loved waking up to him every morning. She hadn't slept next to him since the night he left. And she missed it. But now he was home, and she could sleep next to him again. He was lying on his back with his arm around her waist and his face facing her. She could smell his tranquil and soothing scent which tantalized and soothed her senses. She hoped he slept good. She knew he deserved it. She glanced across his sleeping form to the digital clock on his nightstand. It was about 9:51. They usually got up earlier than this, but she wanted him to sleep in a little. To her, he deserved it after all. She decided to go ahead and wake her sleeping prince. She hated to do it, but she knew they both should get up.

She raised her hand to his cheek and softly brushed her fingertips across it. She leaned up and kissed him softly on his lips.

"Mickey. It's morning, baby," she whispered softly. He whispered a little and his eyelids fluttered open, revealing his warm brown eyes. She kept smiling at him as he woke up. King Mickey's eyes adjusted and he glanced down as his gaze instantly met his lovers loving stare.

"Morning," she smiled.

"Morning," he smiled with a sleepy smile. She giggled. She leaned up and pressed her lips to his. About four seconds later, they each broke the kiss and pulled back a little to meet each others eyes and smiles.

"Good morning, Mickey," the Queen smiled.

"Good morning, Minnie," the King smiled. "How'd you sleep, sugar?" he asked.

"I slept really good. I slept good because I was sleeping next to you," she smiled. "That was the best sleep I've had in a long time. I haven't slept that good since you left." They shared a smile. "How did you sleep, cupcake?" she asked.

"I slept good, too. But that was because I was sleeping next to you," he smiled. "That was the best sleep I've had in a long time. I haven't slept that good since I left." They shared another smile then they leaned close and kissed. He gently stroked her arm as she gently stroked his chest.

"I love you, Mickey," she whispered. "I'm so glad you're home."

"I love you, too, Minnie," he whispered. "I'm glad to be home." They snuggled up together again. They laid there listening to each others breathing and feeling each others heartbeat, warmth and presence.

"Do you think we should get up?" he asked. She snuggled further into his embrace as she sighed happily.

"Maybe. But I'm just too comfy to get up right now," she replied.

"Heh, so am I," he chuckled. They laid there a little longer together, just enjoying being with one another again. They laid there about ten more minutes before the Queen spoke. She sighed before she did.

"I guess we should go ahead and get up," she said. Although she really wanted to keep lying there as did he.

"At least we still have tonight to lay here together," the King smiled. She tilted her head upward to meet his eyes.

"Yeah. I'm glad too. That's my favorite part about the night... Us spending it together," she smiled.

"That's my favorite part, too," he replied. She chuckled and leaned up to kiss his cheek. She then eased off him a little as they both sat up. They each stretched a little and yawned before they crawled out of their bed. They finished stretching then they each walked around to the bottom of their bed and wrapped their arms around each other. Queen Minnie wrapped her arms around his chest and back as she nestled her cheek against his chest. King Mickey wrapped his arms around her back and began to rub one hand up and down her back. She sighed happily and contently as she snuggled further into his embrace.

"You're wonderful, Mickey," she uttered.

"You are, too, Minnie," he murmured. She held him in her arms for a little longer before pulling back slightly to stare up into his eyes. He gently picked her up bridal-style in his arms and twirled her around once. She squeaked softly and happily as he picked her up and twirled her. She also laughed as her twirled her. She wrapped her arms around his neck as he held her. He finished twirling her and just held her in his arms. They smiled as they gazed into each others eyes.

"I love you, Minnie," he smiled.

"I love you, too, Mickey," she smiled as she nuzzled her cheek against his. She then kissed him on his cheek.

"Whaddaya say we go out on the balcony?" he asked.

"You read my mind," she replied. He gently set her down on the floor and she took his hand into hers as they walked to the balcony doors. They unlocked the doors and stepped out onto the balcony together. They each took a breath of the fresh morning air as the sunlight beamed down.

"Gosh, it's going to be a beautiful day," he said.

"Yes, it is. It'll be perfect for your 'welcome home' party," she replied, intertwining her arm around his.

"Are you sure about doing it?"

"I'm positive." She gave him a playful pack on his nose. "You deserve it." He smiled, then looked up at the puffy, white clouds floating by.

"It sure feels good to be home again," he said with a content sigh. She nuzzled her side against his.

"It sure feels good to have you home again," she said with a happy and content sigh of her own. He turned to her.

"Today's a new day. Now we're together again. Starting now, I want to make up the time that we were apart," he said.

"I want to make up the time that we were apart, too. Starting now," she replied.

"We can't change the past..." he started.

"...But we can make our future," she finished. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders as her wrapped his arms around her waist. "The past is the past, but the present is now. I'm willing to leave the past behind us and concentrate on the present and future. I'm willing, if you are," she smiled.

"To the present, and to our future," he replied.

"To the present, and to our future," she agreed. They each smiled as they leaned close and kissed, her leg going up behind her. They each pulled back a few seconds later as their eyes and smiles met. "Welcome home, King Mickey," Queen Minnie smiled.

"Thanks, Queen Minnie. It's great to be home," King Mickey smiled.

"It's great to have you home," she responded as she hugged him a little tighter, nuzzling her front closer against his.

"So, are you ready to face this new day together?" he asked.

"As long as you're with me, I'm ready to face anything," she replied.

"Thanks, doll," the King smiled.

"You're welcome, baby," the Queen smiled. They leaned close and touched their noses together. They each pulled back and smiled as they held one another. Then they hugged each other closer as they each looked up together at the clear blue sky.

King Mickey and Queen Minnie were happy and content. They were together again. Neither of them would trade anything for this. They were together again. They were where they belonged... With each other. Neither time nor distance could weaken a love as strong as theirs. Regardless of the hardships they faced, everything was as it was before. They were together. And both of them knew that nothing could ever tear them apart. Regardless of the distance and time they were apart, their love and desire for one another remained as deep as the ocean and as strong as steel. Nothing had changed between them. As the two young mouse lovers held each other, they each felt happy, content, safe, and loved. They were together again. And nothing could ever separate them. And both of them were thankful for that, for each other and for them being together again.

As they held each other, they each knew... He was home. And both were thankful for that with all their hearts.

The End.

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Author's Note: I hope you enjoyed my first Kingdom Hearts fic.