After promising two of three most important people in my life that I would behave myself at the gala, I retreated to my room to change. Recalling the last ball with horror, I shuddered at the thought of all that primping. But I guess that it was worth it in the end, so I might as well just go all out. Its not like Zero will see me like this too often... Might as well give him a small treat. Hm, Zero. I can't believe everything that's happened, leading up to this point.

"Knock, knock," Kaien came in, "Pardon the intrusion, but I just wanted to thank you, for doing this for me."

I smiled at him, "I never said that I would do anything... I only promised that I would try."

"I remember when you came here... How bitter you were. But for you to stay your hand, even temporarily... You've grown since then." He patted my head, frowning at the blandness of my appearance, "Heavens, we have some work to do!"

I grabbed his hand in a daughterly gesture, "Thank you."

He nodded, knowing just how much I put into that simple thank-you.

Kain

I looked at the mirror, wondering just how much Yuu had changed. The upcoming Gala was the first time I would see her since I had broken her heart, so I was more than a little afraid to see her now. Would she be happy? Would she be alone? Has she moved on? Will I have to watch her in the arms of another?

Plagued by my head, I took out the box from my pocket and looked at it for reassurance. No matter what happens, this nights must end no different than the last night. She would still hate him, and he would welcome her hatred, so long as she was safe.

"If you really love that girl, you should let nothing stand in your way. The ancients are nothing but a pack of sniveling dogs whose bark is worse than their bite." Kaname stood in the doorway of my room, a formal expression of understanding on his face.

I had thought of defying them a hundred times, but for every thought I had of doing so, it lead me to nightmares of a million fates worse than death, "She's better off hating me."

"Is she?" He didn't sound convinced, "There was a time when I was in a place similar to yours, but I refused to let Yuuki go."

It was extremely uncharacteristic for me to question Kaname-sama, but at this moment in time, I wasn't myself, "Why are you saying all of this now?"

He looked at me, his eyes staring through my very core, "Because I know that that girl will be at Cross's gala, and I know that you have suffered every single waking moment ever since she has left your life."

Zero

Yuuki... and Yuu. They're both going to be at the gala, looking their absolute best. They'll both be smiling radiantly, happy escorted around the room. And they will both be facing someone they left behind. Yuuki will have to look at me, look at me and see that I have moved on, and Yuu will come face-to-face with the vampire that broke her heart. I tried my hardest not to think of Yuuki, but as the day wore on, it became increasingly impossible. It was the Midnight hour, and someone's fairytale would be ending very soon...

...later that night...

Things had been chaotic all day, people running back and forth without their heads, but I was right, in the end, everything was worth it. My skin had been shined with silver, my hair twisted into a bun that spilled curls of white and red ribbons, and my body was tastefully draped in silk. My dress was dark red, almost the color of blood regrettably, a black sash tying around my waist to follow me on the floor. I wore a jacket of white lace, a dainty bow knotting it closed just under my collarbone. I wore a thick, coal choker, two tails falling down my back. Zero was in his uniform. Again. But he looked great, and it complimented my dress, or was it that my dress complimented his outfit? Either way, we looked good together.

"Are you ready?" Zero holstered his anti-vampire gun in his jacket.

I pulled my dress up nearly to my hip, showing him a mini-armory, "For anything."

Oh, what I fool I was...

Kain

The car pulled up to the old Academy, everyone pouring out before the pure bloods. I got out next-to-last, looking at the school without a flicker of emotion. I really had no thoughts to spare on my days at the Academy, but I masked my face before I could see the only thing that would give me pause. If I saw her... I don't have a clue as to how I would react. Looking at the front gates, I saw Kaien Cross greeting his guests, Zero glaring at the guests, and by his side was... Yuu? It was definitely her, every fiber of his being knowing her instantly, his hearing attuned to the rhythm of her heart. She was smiling, her arm locked with Zero's, and she looked radiant, more than the make-up and gown. It came from within.

She saw me as we reached the vampire hunters, I know she did. Maybe it was for reassurance, or perhaps it was to show me that she had moved on, but whatever reasons she had, she took Zero by the neck, kissing him deeply, passionately, slowly. Kaien scolded her, but she ignored him, losing herself in his lips.

Zero

It was aggravating enough to attend the damn gala, but to actually be made to greet every guest as they arrived... But I don't know why I was complaining, becuase no one knew what would happen when Yuu saw Akatsuki... I know I certainly wasn't expecting it.

I saw their car pull up, knowing that it was them by the sheer size of their vehicle. Stepping out form the limousine, Akatsuki looked right at us, no doubt recognizing Yuu. She saw him, and the minute she did, she pulled me into a kiss that was unlike any we've had before. It was rough, and wild, and dangerous. I heard someone telling us to stop, but all I could notice was Yuu... She was shaking ever so slightly, her body tense, and her eyes were misted over when we pulled back at last. Looking at Kuran and his 'family', she ran off. I went to go after her, but Yuuki was shaking her head.

"This isn't a problem for you to solve." She spoke coldly, but he had to agree with her, this was Yuu's problem that she had to solve alone, or at the very worst, with Akatsuki.

Yuu

Greeting people certainly wasn't a calling pf mine, but I'd do it again as a favor for a friend. I'd do a number things for a friend, as exemplified by my every action tonight. Or maybe I'd only do these stupid things for Kaien? Speaking of friends and reactions, I saw I was about to be tested when an unmistakeable shock of orange hair stepped from the last limo. So, he had come at last, that heartbreaking bastard! I was going to act like I hadn't seen him, but I noticed that my entire body was shaking when he looked at me. Furious, I acted on impulse and grabbed Zero, desperately kissing him like I've never kissed anyone before. I could hear and see everybody watching us, but I didn't care, becuase I was too focused on the vampire who had broken my heart... Oh, God! I was focused on him! Frightened by what that could possibly mean, I bolted.

Stopping near the dormitory, I slid down the wall in a wave of tears, my lace snagging in a million places. What happened back there? Why did I kiss Zero like that? And what was even worse, why was the kiss so terrible? But I knew the answer to that even before I asked myself those questions - I was still hung up on him. Even after all this time, I was still in love with Kain Akatsuki.

Sliding through the shadows, I could sense another presence besides my own, and what was more, I knew it wasn't human, "Just show yourself."

Akatsuki walked into the light, looking down at me, "Yuu..."

I looked away stubbornly, knowing full well that the only way to resolve this by talking to him, "Are you going to join me or not?'

He sat beside me, looking up, "I wouldn't blame you for killing me."

I sighed, looking at him at last, noticing how miserable he looked, "I'm not going to kill you. I made a promise."

"Still," He looked at me, blood-tinged tears falling slowly down his cheek, "You would be more than justified after what I did to you."

Yes, I would be justified in killing him on the spot, and after all these years harboring the hatred and pain, I doubt that anyone would blame me if I did kill him, "Shut up. I'm not going to kill you. I can't."

I knew him well enough to know that he was intrigued by my answer, but I also knew that he wouldn't ask me what I meant, "You looked happy."

"I was... Until you." I wasn't sure if I meant when he came back into my life, or I meant when we met, "I loved you. Do you hear me, I loved you! But then you broke my heart. All these years later, I thought that I had moved on, but the minute I saw you... I knew that everything has just been one, gigantic lie! I never moved on, that's why I spent these last few years hunting you... I wanted to kill you, you and everyone close to you, but the second I saw you, I realized that I was completely incapable of doing it. After all this, I still love you..."

He lifted my chin so I couldn't hide my tears, "Yuu, I never wanted to hut you... The only reason I did what I did was to protect you. I thought that if I stayed with you, they would try to hurt you, and I couldn't bear the thought of anything happening to you... I made you leave becuase I knew that if you were with your kind, you would be better protected."

"So you hurt me in the worst possible way? The only thing that might come close to the pain you made me feel is the pain of losing you to death, and even that would have been better than this! The thought of you being alive, choosing to leave me, that's my one fate worse than death." I leered at him, thinking of Zero, "You have hurt me, and whats worse, I had to hurt someone else to realize all of this."

"If I could take it all back, I would. But I can't, and that kills me more than anything else in this world. I've spent every minute of every day thinking of you; what we've done together, what I wanted us to do, and what I did. I was an idiot, and I haven't been able to forget a minute," He took a small box from his pocket, never once without it, "I wanted to give this to you, but instead, I - "

"Is that what I think it is?" I took the box from him, gazing at it in wonderful horror, snapping it open almost by accident.

Inside was the most beautiful band, and he took it out, handing it to me so I could get a better look at what was written inside as he recited it to me, word for word, "Nothing could make me live but you."

"You said that to me the night we went walking in the park. We were standing on the bridge, watching the sakura float downstream, and you took my hand, and you told me that I was kept you alive all this time. 'Nothing could make me live but you.'" I recalled the night perfectly, the feeling of the breeze blowing, the aroma of sakura almost overbearing on the water.

He gazed at the box on my lap, "I had that box with me the night I killed our dream. It's been in my pocket ever since."

I put the ring back in the box, closing it, "Our dream was a sweet one, the reality a crushing reminder that it all had actually happened."

"I know its too late now, but I want to apologize for what I've done to you... I was so afraid that you would forgive me, I couldn't bring myself to see you." Akatsuki wasn't being arrogant when he said that, I could tell.

"You really wanted me to hate you?" I laughed bitterly, "Well sorry to burst your bubble, but I don't. I want to, believe me, nothing would make me happier than to despise you, but I can't."

"Then what do we do?" He always could look at the bigger picture, even in the worst of times.

"Honestly?" I handed him the box back, "You can apologize properly."

He smiled in spite of himself, "I'm sorry that I hurt you the way I did, and I'm sorry that it took so long to apologize. I'm sorry that I was an idiot, and most importantly, I'm sorry I let you go."

"And I'm sorry that I kissed Zero in front of you. And that I let you push me away. But more than anything, I'm sorry that I forgive you..." I rethought that last one, "Well, someday."

He looked at me as if I had stuck him down, "No, don't forgive me - "

"Stop it! Stop with your self-sacrificial words!" I smacked him, leaving a glowing pink hand print, "You have no right to go play the hero!"

He held his cheek, "God, that is what I've been doing, isn't it?"

I nodded curtly, "Yes!"

"Yuu!" It was Zero, calling my name blindly.

I looked at Akatsuki, grabbing his arm, "Wait."

He shook his head, "This is between the both of you. But we'll finish this, I promise."

He was gone, back in the shadows before I could object. But there really was nothing to object to, becuase he was right. I had to set things right with Zero... Zero, whom I loved from the bottom of my heart, was unfortunately not the one for me. No matter how many good things I can say about him, and how much I love him, it isn't enough for what I must do to him.

"Zero," I wavered him over to me, "I'm glad that you're here - "

He shook his head, "Yuu, you don't have to say anything. I saw the way you looked at him tonight. Even that kiss told me what you really want."

"Then why are you here?" I was shocked that he had already seemed to come to terms with our break-up.

"You've been gone for a long time," He sounded like a a worried older brother, checking on his little sister to make sure that she hadn't entertained her male guest yet.

I smiled, "I haven't killed anyone, so you don't have to worry about that."

He nodded, "Have you spoken with him yet?"

I stared at the shadows behind him, "A bit. We're still working things out."

"Maybe you can still have the future you envisioned," He turned and looked into the shadows before departing, "You deserve it, Yuu."

Akatsuki materialized from the darkness almost behind me, laughing at what he had overheard, "And what future is that?"

I blushed, glaring at Zero's retreating figure, "I once told him that I thought we'd be married by now, if things had worked."

"Well, you weren't wrong about that," He held out his hand for mine, pulling my back free from the wall, "Come with me."

I followed him back into the courtyard, vampires doting the area here and there, and he stopped me in the middle of the grounds, "Yuu, I know that it will take time to rebuild what we had before, but I want you to know that I plan on waiting for you, even if it takes until the end of time.

"What are you doing?" I hissed as a crowd began to gather around us in curiosity.

He bent down on one knee, pulling the box out from his pocket, "Yagari Yuu, even if takes forever to earn your forgiveness, I want spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?"

I was speechless, seeing Kaien and my father watching from a distance, the ex-hunter nodding his head yes enthusiastically, "Say yes!"

I took a deep breath, "You broke my heart, and now you come here asking me something like that in front of all these people?"

"Yes," He nodded, "I'm not asking for us to get married right this minute, I only want you to entertain the idea."

"You moron!" I shook my head in frustration, "I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you the minute we fell in love! I don't care if it happens tomorrow or a hundred years from now, but I will marry you."

Shisho glanced at his friend, "That sounds like what her mother said to me."

... Some Time Waaay into the Future...

Well, it didn't take a hundred years. Akatsuki and I married a few years after he proposed at the Gala, and shortly after our honeymoon, I gave birth our first child, a son named Kentaro. I was no longer a hunter, Kaname turning me into a vampire as a wedding gift. Zero and I are still friends, though I don't think his wife thinks much our friendship, or of me. I don't care for her, but we remain civil.

"So, what are you thinking of naming the child?" Zero asked as he handed me the baby blanket he had bought, annoyed that he had been dragged to my baby shower.

I looked at my husband, stifling a laugh as our oldest daughter drew on him with a washable marker, "Setsuna, stop drawing on daddy. Well, I was thinking something simple, like Toshiro, but of course he disagrees and wants to name our son Tsubasa."

"Another boy?" Kaien looked at me in amazement, "But this will be your third son, won't it?"

I nodded, "I was kinda hoping for another daughter so Setsuna won't be the only girl anymore... Well, we'll just have to keep trying, won't we?"

Akatsuki picked up our current youngest, Hinata, and put him in his lap, "Hinata does want a little sister, doesn't he?"

The child ignored his father, playing with the teddy bear he had been given last year for his birthday, "Down."

I smiled, standing up precariously, "Pardon me, I have to use the bathroom."

Kain

I watched my wife like a hawk as she maneuvered flawlessly through the room. Even though she was a vampire now, I watched over her as if she were made of glass that would break at just the slightest disturbance.

"Forgive me for asking, but doesn't she miss her old life?" Kaien watched her retreat as well, still fascinated to see a pregnant vampire.

I smiled, "I thought that she might go crazy when we had Kentaro, but she really is a great mother."

"Vampire hunters can be mothers too," Zero thought of his own mother.

I shook my head, "I'm sure that they do, but that's not what I mean. She just lights up when ever she's around the kids... It's almost as if this is what she was meant to do."

"Mother's really are something amazing..." Kaien thought of Juuri, "Speaking of which, where are Kaname and Yuuki?"

"Kaname really wanted to come, but something came up. In fact, I'll probably have to join them soon - "

"And miss you're wife's baby shower?" Kaname walked into the room, greeting everyone with a smile, Yuuki silent by his side.

"Yuuki!" Kentaro ran up to the pure blood, grabbing the hem of her skirt.

She smiled at him, picking him up as the others filed in behind, "Kenta-kun!"

"Did you ever imagine this?" Yuu had returned from the bathroom, slipping her hand in mine.

I squeezed her hand, "Never."


Ok, so I had a much better, longer story in mind (not planned), but as that clearly isn't happening any time soon... Not to mention the fact that I wanted Yuu with Zero in the end... What can I say, I also really loved her with Akatsuki, and I only wanted her with Zero becuase I didn't want him to be lonely anymore... Poor Zero! And the formatting might have changed as well... And I may be wrong, but it seems to me like vampires in Vampire knight can reproduce, so... Yeah. Well, regardless of everything, unfortunately, this is the end.