Ami groaned as she came out of her drug-induced stupor to find Dr. Cox and her mother staring down at her, waiting with baited breath, "Did it work?"
"We don't know yet." Cox replied, "Only time will tell."
I doubt it.
The voice. Hitomi. She was still here. It wasn't the aneurism.
I won't tell if you don't.
Ami didn't mention this.
"You'll have to stay a while." Cox informed her, "for observation."
"In the meantime, why don't you get some rest?"
"Rest." Ami replied, "Yes. I'll do that. I'll do that."
Saeko patted Ami's shoulder, "I'm going to get something to eat. Do you want anything?"
As they both left, Ami turned her attention inward, "Who are you?"
I'm you, kiddo. I'm the darkness you've kept locked away all these long years. You can't get rid of me. Despite your best efforts, I'm here to stay. So, tell you what. Let's call a truce. I promise not to hurt anyone you have any sort of relation with, if you promise to stay out of my way.
Ami grinned but no mirth showed beyond her lips, "It's a deal."
Fantastic. I'll always be here, ready when you are. And, Ami, let's face it. You weren't just going to throw me out like yesterday's news, right? You're too curious about me. You want to leave the quiet, shy, schoolgirl behind and live life a little dangerously, right? Of course, you do. I know you well enough, don't I? So, let's put the past behind us and be friends, alright?
Ami's grin turned dark, "Best Friends."
A/N: I've had an epiphany. Though this is the end of this particular tale, this can go a lot farther. And so, I've left room for further, separate, installments in the adventures of Ami/Hitomi. Or, failing that, I can leave it here. Tell me what you think, Yes or No.