After their meal, the couples went their separate ways. Rin found herself at the pier by the sea watching the sunset with Sesshoumaru. Turning around to face her, Sesshoumaru cupped her face in his hands and gave her a genuine smile.


"Hai?" Her hands trembled slightly where they lay on his shoulders.


"Aishiteru Sesshoumaru," she said with a smile as she looked up at him.

As the sunset behind them, their lips met.

Looking back on that day a year later, Rin had to smile. She glanced around the room and was filled with a glow of happiness as she saw Inuyasha and Kagome sitting happily across the room from her. Sesshoumaru sat beside her, his arm wrapped possessively around her shoulders while his hand lay on her slightly swollen abdomen. She smiled as she watched him grin and rub her belly delightedly while Inuyasha and Kagome's laughter filled the room. That day on the pier had been the perfect beginning to the perfect relationship.