Epilogue

Sometime after their release from hospital, Sesshoumaru concluded that his life would be empty without Rin and decided that it was high time that he settled down and had a family of his own. When he had voiced his decision to his brother and sister-in-law, he got mixed reactions. Inuyasha had laughed and teased his brother mercilessly while Kagome merely shook her head at her husband's childish antics and encouraged him with a cheerful smile. Discussing the situation with his brother had proved to be no help whatsoever and Kagome grew far too irritated with her husband's behaviour to fully concentrate on the matter at hand so Sesshoumaru was left with options of talking over the situation with Kouga or merely putting together a plan and putting it into action, but later settled on the former since it sounded like a better idea.

"It's about time you settled down," Kouga said gruffly, nodding his approval when his friend had finally spoken his thoughts. "You can't be a bachelor forever, you know."

"I could if I wished to."

"But you clearly don't, so there's no point discussing it."

"I suppose that's true."

"What will you do then?" Kouga asked, leaning forward on his desk and fixing his friend with a serious look.

"I have no idea how to proceed," Sesshoumaru admitted, looking slightly sheepish about his admission.

"Do you like you current situation?"

"Truthfully, I preferred it when she lived in the apartment."

"That's your starting point then."

"What is?"

"Tell her that you liked it better when she lived with you."

"I see."

Kouga had left his friend to his thoughts, deciding that Sesshoumaru would most likely want to plan every little detail of his plan before carrying it out. Just as his partner predicted, Sesshoumaru spent the rest of the day planning instead of working, but as there were no pressing matters to attend to, he did not see a problem. The confidence he felt in his plan at the office evaporated the moment he came to a stop in front of the door to his apartment. He knew Rin was inside and was most likely preparing dinner, but his courage abandoned him when he needed it the most. Sighing dejectedly, he pushed the door open and found Rin sitting on the sofa with a book open on her lap. She smiled brightly as he came into the apartment and sat down beside her.

"How was work?" she asked, putting aside her book to focus her attention on him.

"It was fine. Yoshiro Kamata has been sentenced to life in prison," Sesshoumaru said quietly, looking at Rin from the corner of his eye.

"Really? That's good news!" she exclaimed, leaning forward to wrap her arms around his neck. When he did not respond, she frowned and sat back on her heels. "What's the matter?"

"Nothing."

"I don't believe you. There is definitely something wrong," Rin stated, eyes narrowing as she looked at her lover suspiciously.

"Sesshoumaru sighed and smiled slightly. " I guess there's no fooling you."

"That's right; now tell me what's wrong!"

"The truth is that there is something I wanted to ask you, but I don't know how you will respond," he admitted, looking away and wondering how he was supposed to convey his feelings to the petite woman beside him.

"Oh!" Rin smiled and kissed his cheek gently. "If that's the case then you should ask. You won't know how I respond until you ask."

"Very well, I will ask."

Sesshoumaru turned in his seat and looked at Rin seriously. She tilted her head to one side and looked at him expectantly, not entirely sure what kind of question he was going to ask her. He sighed softly and took her hands in his before looking her in the eye and taking a deep breath.

"I have not attempted this before, but I feel that there is something I must tell you," Sesshoumaru murmured.

"Oh?"

"This is all very cliché, but you must know that when you are with me, I feel that my life is complete. When you are with me, I feel like the happiest man alive. Without you, I don't know where I would be. I don't want to consider life without you…"

"What are you trying to say?" Rin asked softly, her eyes wide as she stared at the man before her.

"I'm trying to say that I want you to stay here. I don't want to spend any nights alone; I don't want to wake up to an empty bed when that space could be filled by you."

"You want me to stay here?" she repeated, trying to come to terms with what he was saying. "Are you sure?"

"I'm very sure."


And so it was that Rin Yoshida who had suddenly appeared in Sesshoumaru Taisho's life became a permanent fixture. There was never a spare moment when they were not together. Soon after admitting Sesshoumaru admitting his feelings for her, Rin had agreed to share the apartment with him and had agreed to fill the empty space in his bed. She had been delighted by him finally admitting his true feelings and could scarcely contain her happiness, much to his amusement.

Rin eventually met Ayame and the two became fast friends with Rin even becoming godmother to Ayame and Kouga's daughter when she was born. This had sparked a conversation between Sesshoumaru and Rin about whether or not to have children before they were married. They concluded that neither of them were in a great hurry to fill the apartment with children and decided that marriage would be top of their list of priorities.

The pair had been a couple for nearly three years when Kagome's badgering, Inuyasha teasing and Kouga's complaining had finally pushed Sesshoumaru into proposing to Rin. It had been a beautiful event, one that Rin would remember for the rest of her life. A quiet beach, late at night had been the scene Sesshoumaru had come up with as the perfect setting for his life changing question and with the soft sound of waves in the background, he had proposed under the moonlight to the woman he loved so deeply. The moment she had said 'yes' he had thought that his life could not get any better, but when they were finally married and he could finally call her his wife, he wondered if there was any possible way that life could get better still.

Needless to say, life did get better. A lot better. It started with the acquisition of a new house which Rin described as perfect for raising children which had sparked hope within him. Rin proved to be quite good at decorating the house, but had left one room untouched. When Sesshoumaru questioned her about the empty, unpainted room, she had merely smiled and said that the time would come when that room would be used and there was no sense decorating it now only to have to possibly redecorate it in the future.

Eventually, the pair did decorate that room together after Rin informed her husband that he would soon become a father. Initially oppose to the idea of finding out if his child would be male or female, Sesshoumaru soon changed his mind when the room they had set aside for the child still stood undecorated even though it slowly started to fill with furniture. It had been amusing for Rin to watch him struggle with the desire of wanting to be surprised on the day of the child's birth and wanting to decorate the room for his child.

Rin found even more amusement in the fact that on the day of the child's birth, Sesshoumaru had been in more of a panic than she was. He had paced the room impatiently through the long hours of her labour, but rushed to her side every time she gave any indication of discomfort. When the child was finally born, Rin had seen a side to her husband that she had not known existed until the moment the nurses left the new parents with their child. A single tear had trickled down his cheek as he held the tiny girl in his arms and Rin felt tears forming in her own eyes as she listened to him promise to cherish his daughter forever.

The happy family expanded several years later. Three became four when a son and brother joined the family. Rin could not help but he proud of her husband and daughter as they both cooed over the new addition to the family, promising to do everything within their power to ensure his happiness.

As the years passed, the once undecorated room changed twice to suit its occupant's tastes but it would change once more when both of the other children were slightly older. After much protesting, their son had finally accepted that he would be sharing a bedroom with his sister, but Sesshoumaru still remained in the dark about the reasons for Rin's decision. Late one night, in the privacy of their bedroom, Rin had told Sesshoumaru of the third addition to the family and he had been overjoyed. The next morning when their two children had bounded into their bedroom with their usual exuberance, Sesshoumaru had informed them of their new sibling. Like their father, the pair were elated by the news and their parents listened quietly as their children agued over whether it would be better to have a brother or a sister.

Rin had sighed as she watched her children take their argument out of their bedroom and continued it on the way down to the kitchen in search of something for breakfast. Her husband shook his head slightly but smiled as he turned his amber gaze to the woman beside him. She returned his smile and it had grown when his hand found its way to her stomach as it had done so many times in the past. With a sigh of contentment, she drifted back to sleep in her husband's arms. Her last thoughts were of how incredibly lucky she was to have found a man like Sesshoumaru and how blessed she was to already have two wonderful children. A smile crossed her face briefly and she sent a prayer to any God listening, thanking them for blessing her with such a family before sleep claimed her and took her to realms where she could dream of the very family she prayed for each and every night.