by Dragonsdaughter


I don't own Rurouni Kenshin. Nuff said.


This takes place right after Enishi attacks the dojo, I combined a few elements of the Anime and the Manga so be lenient.

This is Sano visiting Kaoru's `grave'.


I'm here.

I'm sorry I'm late, I couldn't ... I just couldn't come when the rest of them were here. I came to say good-bye.... no, I'll be back. Don't you worry, I'm going to go train. To become stronger.

Here, I brought you some flowers. They're jasmine blossoms, like your perfume. I hope you like them, I nabbed `em off that big stone house Gohei is living now.

Yeah, I thought you'd like that. I... I miss you, the Dojo is empty without you there. You know, it looks a lot shabbier without your presence. I gave Yahiko the key to my apartment in Ruffian Row... maa-maa, don't you worry. My buddies will look after him.

Megumi isn't talking to anybody just yet, but I think she's healing. I also talked to Tae and Tsubame, they're still trying to get through to HIM.

Ah, dammit. I have to say ... to you at least. He let us both down. He should have been here when we laid you down. Instead I was the one to carry you... I was as gentle as I could be. Maybe it was for the best. I miss you so much, I promise, I'll get stronger and then I'll hunt down that freak white hair and he'll pay.

I'll take him down, because HE won't. We found him in Rakuminmura, he's gone. His body is still here, waiting to rot. I think he's trying to follow you.

Maybe, maybe it's our fault. Mine and HIS, we protected you too much. Maybe if you had learned more, gotten better with that sword... maybe you would still be here. You know, now that I think about it. Doc Genzai told me a story once... when he was patching me up and somehow we ended up talking about you. I'll tell it to you, you'll like it.

A boy was walking one day and came across a cocoon with a butterfly struggling to get out. He picked it up and tore open the cocoon and the butterfly flew out all beautiful in black and gold... then it fell to the ground, dead.

The strength it would have gained from breaking out of it's shell would have been what it needed to live. When he protected the butterfly, he killed it.

It took this to get me to realize that Doc Genzai was talking about you! You were like that butterfly, now that you're gone I can see what you would have been.

Gods, Jo-chan. I'm sorry!