Declaimer: I don't own D. Gray - Man.

Warning: Character Death. : (

!Very important Info!:

This is a side story for both "Secrets" and "The Joker, the Jack and the King"

Part 6: Maria would give her family the only thing she could… Her love… her life… her tears fell and her blood covered the ground…


Maria couldn't believe the path that her life had taken. It had only been months ago that she had been an Exorcist, one of God's Soldier's in the Churches holy battle against the Earl.

It all seemed like an eternity ago…

Her life had changed so much within these short few months, she was no longer an Exorcist. Maria had fled the Church, having no real idea on where she should run to…

It all started shortly after she had broken off her relationship with Marian Cross. Maria had known that they wouldn't work out, she had always known. The young red haired man loved the chase more then the women that he chased. Maria had known this in the beginning, but it had still hurt in the end.

The bastard would have a black eye for a week. The young woman took a small amount of pleasure with this fact, fully knowing that she could have beaten the shit out of him a lot more, but he wasn't worth it.

The blond haired woman had taken the first mission that she could, and it was this mission that would be the starting point, the starting point of everything. That one moment would eventually lead to the end of her life…

Maria was always running… Always fleeing from something.

Maria had heard of the Noah, the right hand of the Millennium Earl. She had never ran into one until that night. She had encountered a group of about five level two Akuma, the young woman had activated her Innocence and had taken control of one easily, her song directing it to attack and destroy the others.

She had sighed after the demons were destroyed, she had turned to leave and continue her search for the Innocence that was thought to be in the area…

Maria had turned and came face to face with a young man with dark brown hair, his gray eyes flashing and his mouth twisted into a wide smile. Maria had known that there was something very wrong with the young man, she just had this feeling that there was something very wrong with him.

He was quick to introduce himself to her, kissing the back of her hand like a nobleman would. "Neah Allen Walker." he had said, his voice smooth and his gray eyes curious. Maria had blinked and then had frowned. The first words past her dark pink lips had been a demand to know how long he had been there, and what was he smiling about? Didn't he see the demons that she had just destroyed?

Neah had simply chuckled, his gray eyes once again flashing. If anything his smile widened. "I was hoping to get your name, I heard you singing and I just knew that I had to get your name…" he started, his smile falling from his face when Maria frowned at him and started to walk away.

He chased her, but Maria ignored the odd man and continued on her way. That had been the first time that she had ever ran into a Noah, though she hadn't known it at the time.

Maria also hadn't thought that she would ever see him again. Though in her next mission she saw him again, Neah once again asked for her name, his smile wide and charming. Maria once again frowned at him and brushed him off, much to the confusion of the finder that had been with her at the time.

It wasn't until her sixth mission after their first meeting that Maria realized that she was being stalked. Her blue eyes narrowed at the man in an angry glare. Neah had raised his hands in a surrendering manner, his eyes widening when her lips parted and she had let him have it…

Half way through her tongue lashing he had started to smile, this only making her more furious. He had tried to be charming by telling her that she was quick beautiful when she was angry. ..

Maria had frowned very deeply, her eyes narrowing when she came to the conclusion that this man must be toying with her, it was now that she had demanded to know who he was and how he kept showing up everywhere that she was…

He had smiled wider and had said that he would tell her if she were to tell him her name. The young blond haired woman had huffed and finally conceded. Neah had smiled even wider, he had then promptly spun on his heel and made to leave…

Without keeping his end of the bargain.

But Maria was not going to just let him walk away. Her mind telling her that he must be an Akuma or some broker that worked for the Earl…

Her Innocence had already been activated, her lips twisting into an angry frown. She parted her lips and had used her Innocence to stop him in his tracks, or so she thought…

Neah had stopped like she had wanted, but then he had turned and her blue eyes widened at the sight of his smile. The young woman realizing that her Innocence had no effect on him. The young mans gray eyes flashed with something like amused anger, his voice even and oddly insulted when he had spoken. "Now that's not very nice…"

To this day Maria wasn't sure exactly why she had stormed up to him and taken fistfuls of his black coat and pressed her lips to his. Maybe it was the way that he had spoken, or his wide and arrogant smile that just seem to do nothing but piss her off…

Maria had pulled away and offered the man her own smirk before walking away. The young woman for some reason very pleased with the completely stunned and speechless look that she had left her stalker with.

It was their next meeting when Maria had learned that he was Noah. She had gone once again to collect Innocence. There had been a traveling circus close by, her fight with the Akuma that were also after the Innocence had brought them to the large performance tents…

Neah had appeared and had quickly brought the fight to an end by destroying the Akuma himself. That argument had been nothing but a few cold words and angry glares. This time he fully introduced himself as Neah Allen Walker, the Fourteenth in the Clan of Noah.

Right hand of the Earl.

And still she couldn't fathom why the next time that they met, that she had once again kissed him. Or how that second kissed turned into a whole night in the arms of her enemy.

By morning she had snuck away and had returned to the Order. Content with the fact that she would never think about the man again. She fled his bed and never planned to look back…

It was three months after that when Maria had found out that she was pregnant. Her whole world came crashing down around her.

Once again the young blond haired woman found herself running.

Because the risk of the Order finding out that she was carrying the child of their enemy was just to great, and the idea of trying to lose the unborn child was not even a thought in her mind. The young Parasitic Exorcist knew that the Order would either kill her and the unborn child or worse, let her bare the child and use it…

Maria couldn't allow herself to think about the things they would do to the child of a Noah. The experiments, the torture…

She had fled, the fear of what the Order would do to her child much worse then the thought of becoming a lost one. Though she never became a fallen…

Neah, like all the times before had somehow found her. Maria had fully expected him to leave her in that small backwoods town, to never see the man, the Noah, again. But he didn't leave her. He down right refused.

Maria's whole pregnancy had been a interesting experience. Neah and Maria didn't know anything about the other, not really. But the young woman found herself falling in love with him anyway.

And she knew that he had fallen in love with her also.

Then their child was born…

Neah's older brother, Mana Walker, helped the old midwife. Neah was a complete wreck at her side, her grip on Neah's hand hard…

The old midwife barked out orders, to Maria to push and Mana to ready the towels. Maria had been told that the old woman was a very close friend of the Walker family. That the old midwife had been the one to deliver Neah when he had been born.

Maria was sure that she was breaking bones in the Noah's hand, the old midwife telling her to push one last time. The blond woman swore, her grip on the Fourteenth Noah's hand tight as she fought to heed the old gray haired woman's old wavering voice…

The small wail that followed was the most beautiful sound that Maria had ever heard. Mana helped the midwife clean the baby before handing the small thing of to his younger brother.

It was in that moment that Maria knew that she truly loved this man standing next to her. It was then that the Exorcist knew that she would do anything to protect her small little family.

Watching the man that she should hate, that she should kill, a man that the Holy Church deemed beyond salvation smile like that at the small bundle within his arms…

She knew then that the church was wrong, that the Noah couldn't all be evil and vile, not when a Noah could smile like that at his child. Not when he then look at her, an Exorcist, with such love and wonder…

It was then that Maria saw the green glow coming from the blankets. Neah had smiled sadly and handed of the small little thing wrapped within to her. The blond haired woman had felt fear grow in her heart then, would this man leave her because their child had been born with Innocence?

Leave her and this beautiful little girl in her arms?

Neah had chuckled and kissed her damp forehead. It was then that the young man started to hum that melody that Maria so loved…

Maria understood when Neah had to leave. When he had to return back to the Earl's side. She had made herself understand, because she knew that it killed the young man that had stolen her heart to leave her and his small daughter, though it seemed to ease their separation for the Noah to know that his brother was with her…

Maria didn't know what she would have done without Mana. In those first few days…

She loved her small little family.

Damn the rest of the world. As long as she had this…

So when Timcanpy came fluttering back to the small little wooden cabin that her family called home in a panic, Maria had known that her world was going to be lost to her. Maria was alone, Mana and Neah gone from the small home.

It was just her and her small defenseless child.

The young Parasitic Accommodator tucked a soft white blanket around her sleeping child, laid a loving kiss tainted with tears onto her darling little daughters forehead. Her pained blue eyes took one last look upon everything that mattered to her…

Her blue eyes clouded with her tears as she turned her eyes to look at her child's left hand. The young woman leaned down and kissed the glowing green cross, the Innocence that her precious daughter had been born with…

"Your papa and uncle will be home soon my little Ellen," the young woman whispered as more tears fell. "So sleep, mama will be right back…"

Maria turned and fled the safety of that small and old wooden cabin, her heart heavy with her lie. She could hear Crows approaching and the young woman knew what she had to do.

She would run for the last time.

The Crow from the Black Order gave chase…

And even as Maria ran, her lungs burning in her chest as she felt the pressure from the Crows magic come upon her, even then Maria knew, she knew that if she was given the choice that she would never change anything that she had done…

She would love her enemy and the child that they shared. She would forever love her family…

Her last breath ghosted past her blood stained lips a few long moments later and the young woman couldn't help but smile softly, her blue eyes no longer seeing. She didn't really believe in god anymore, not like she used to, but…

"Please, I beg you…Innocence… please keep my family safe…"


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