They were within the Flying Fortress as Alucard was beginning to awaken.

Tsukune and Inner Moka were facing a furious Akuha. Moka's eldest sister was in a murderous rage after having just seen Moka open her heart to Tsukune rather than to her. Ruby was present but she was badly hurt and had used up nearly all her strength. Mizore and Kurumu were there too, unconscious and seriously injured.

"I won't let you have Moka!" Akuha screamed and rushed head long at Tsukune.

"Tsukune look out!"

From out of nowhere Kurumu knocked him safely out of the way.

In the very next instant Akuha's invisible blade sliced into Kurumu; nearly cutting her in half and sending her blood gushing out. The brave succubus tumbled to the floor wordlessly.

"Kurumu!" Tsukune shouted. The shinzo blood in his came to a boil and its full power engulfed him. His rage was always greatest when he saw his friends in danger. He would do things to save them that he would not do for himself.

In a flash he crossed the space between him and Akuha and delivered a punch that shattered her jaw and sent her through the fortress bulkhead.

And just like that the fight was over.

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Tsukune was kneeling over Kurumu. A weeping Inner Moka and Ruby were standing beside him. The wound was obviously mortal, and it was so grievous that not even vampire blood could save her.

Ever so gently Tsukune took one of Kurumu's hands and spoke softly to her. "Kurumu?"

Her eyes fluttered open and she somehow managed a weak smile. "Tsukune? Are you all right?"

"I'm fine Kurumu. Are you… are you in pain?"

"No, but I… I feel cold. I'm not going to make it am I?"

Ruby let out a sob and Tsukune could feel his own throat tighten. Moka tried to wipe away her tears and look strong.

"No, you're not." He choked out. "I'm so sorry Kurumu-chan."

"It's okay Tsukune; I died protecting my Destined One. That's enough for me." She gasped and coughed up blood. The end was obviously near. "I love you."

"I love you too Kurumu."

With her other hand she reached up and stroked his cheek with trembling fingers. "Hey… if I'd lived… would you have married me?"

"Yes," Tsukune said as his heart was breaking.

"Really?" Kurumu gasped. "Do… you swear?"

"Yes, I swear."

"Yahoo! I'm marrying my Destined One!"

Kurumu was suddenly on her feet. All the blood and any sign of a wound miraculously gone.

"What? What just happened?" Tsukune said in confusion.

"Oh, all that was just an illusion Tsukune, everyone, sorry."

"An illusions?" Tsukune shouted not believing it. "Kurumu I thought you were dying!"

"I know, and I'm sorry, but look on the bright side! It gave you the motivation to kick Akuha's butt AND it let me finally beat out Moka and land my Destined One!"

"Kurumu how could you do something so deceitful and underhanded just to get an advantage with Tsukune?" Moka demanded

Kurumu stopped and stared at her for a moment. "Have you met me?"

Moka growled and had to have Tsukune restrain her.

"Well let's hurry up and stop Alucard and save the world. I really want to call my mom and start planning the wedding!"