Chapter 8

Stand Together Complex

"In conclusion I would like to offer my congratulations to Mr. Kuze," Aramaki said. Motoko, Hideo, Batou, Togusa and Saito were in the main office of Section IX. After all that had gone on Chief Aramaki let Hideo off easy considering he got rid of a criminal who was too unstable to keep alive and that he had been stuck in the net for so long that it could be legally considered as a prison sentence. He was a free man no matter how you look at it.

"Thank you very much Colonel Aramaki," Hideo answered.

"Are you sure you do not want to redeem your position Major?" Aramaki asked Motoko.

"Yes," she said.

"Then I wish you the best of luck." He said. The two of them walked out of the office and to the hallway, Batou following closely.

"Are you sure you've got nothing left to say?" Batou asked apprehensively.

"Yes," Hideo answered not looking at Batou.

"Because I've got a couple things to ask you," at this point Togusa had walked out.

"Leave them alone Batou,"

"Why are you leaving, you've got your silent boyfriend! What the hell else do you want?"

Motoko turned around slowly and looked Batou straight into what was left of his eyes. "I came to help people, not be another arm of the government forced to kill or be killed."

"All right," Togusa intervened, "I've got a question but how did you two know each other?"

"A long long time ago," Hideo said, "I saved her life, she saved mine." After that, Hideo and Motoko walked back to their car leaving Batou in the middle of the hallway.

"I honestly don't know what she sees in him," Batou said.

"And you probably never will." Togusa responded.

"I couldn't stop thinking about you," Motoko said. "Day and night I kept making more and more paper cranes, trying to get it right. And when I did, they said you had left."

"I was on the run, eventually got picked up by the army. I kept making at least one crane per day just to remember you." Hideo said driving back to their home.

The next morning the two of them got up looking at their faces in the bright sunlight.

"'morning," Hideo said.

"Good morning" Motoko answered with a short kiss.

Hideo now held her in his arms and whispered, "I said that I would never leave you alone, and now I plan to carry that out." He reached under his pillow and pulled out a small red velvet box. "Motoko Kusanagi, my love, my lithium flower," he opened the box to reveal a beautiful diamond studded ring. "Will you marry me?"

"Of course," she said hugging him and kissing his neck while he followed suit. "Where did you get that ring?" she asked.

"When I was seventeen I made it my goal to find you again, and give this to you as a means of thanks."

In the coming months, Hideo and Motoko Kuze got married and adopted 3 kids, Hideki, Sayu and Shiori. The two of them finally had something they never had, a family. After leaving Section IX, Hideo and Motoko got jobs at the hospital where Togusa found Aoi, rehabilitating children and finding homes for them. It was what Motoko had wanted ever since she was a child on the operating table, a happy ending.

This is Aoi speaking, I hope that you have enjoyed reading my story, and yes it actually happened. Currently I'm writing this while watching their kids; they really are cute when they're sleeping. But anyway, I apologize for writing this in third person but those chapters were dictated by Motoko. We basically co-wrote this whole thing. This is Aoi signing out.

This concludes the Fan Fiction Stand Together Complex.