I kept my word! the epilogue is out today! Im a bit sad to finish the story, as usual, but I've never not finished a story and I wasn't about to start now! and won't in the future!
I would like to thank everyone for reading! i love writing and just need to get back in my groove for it!
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Enjoy! (sorry its a bit short!)
Three Months Later
Its been three months since Sasuke rode back to Sapporo and we returned out to our home beside the seashore. I have found once again my favorite spot on the veranda overlooking the beautiful waters of the sea. I can hear the waves crashing against the rocks and from the corner of my eye I can glimpse the trail that leads down to the docks where Sasuke is right now.
So much has happened its hard to believe that in the past months and years that I have been able to find true happiness in my life. Though the land is still trying to regain itself again from being scourged from the war, it is comforting to know that no longer will Sasuke be leaving my side to fight men. I can still remember the day he rode back into Sapporo and through the estate gates.
We had received word that the war was over and for several days I would sit where I could see if Sasuke would be coming through the estate gates that day. It was nearly a week later before I heard the sound of men returning home and I knew Sasuke would be among them. I was back near the empty koi pond as usual when I heard the shouts arise and I can still remember how my heart raced knowing he was among those returning! Reaching the front of the estates I saw him dismounting his weary horse and even before he had the chance to say or do anything I was already swept up in his arms.
It was so good to feel him around me again. And I was happy that the nightmare was over. We would no longer have to look over our shoulders or run from each other again. That night after a small celebration we retired together only to spend hours exploring each others bodies. Reacquainting ourselves with each other again. The thin long scar that marred his back had caused me worry at first, but soon it didn't even matter.
We stayed for several more days in Sapporo before we ached to head back to the seashore house. I had missed the small comforts it had provided me when I had first appeared there and wanted to be reunited with the small comforts it provided as well as the solidarity it would provide. Nori accompanied us back and I was grateful for the older woman's presence. When Sasuke would leave on his ships, it was nice to have Nori around to keep me company and vice versa.
Since coming back from Sapporo, Sasuke has only left the port once for a short trip north to help rebuild some of the ports that had been destroyed because of the war. The merchants had apparently been talking of creating more of a stabilized system so that in the event of another war breaking out, the ports and merchants would be secure and allied amongst each other and would make sure equality remained throughout the waters. Though they weren't sure the system would work, but they would at least try.
As for myself. I have never been more content that I am now. Not even when I was living in the small farming town that I grew up with my parents. So much had happened in the last two years. I could never go back to that time when everything was innocent in life and I only had to worry about harvesting my father's crops.
Now I had been exposed to the true evils and vileness of the world, I could never go back to the view I had always had on the world, but my contentment that I had now, helped push that all aside. Though Sasuke was still never verbal with his love, I knew it was there. The way he would glance at me, the way he touched me when making love with me, even some of the words that he spoke, spoke of his true feelings for me and for that I was grateful. He had helped me in so many ways and for that I don't think I would ever be able to thank him for that, however, in some way I might be able to pay him back.
I had had some suspicion in my final days in Sapporo, but once reaching the seaside estate with Nori's help, we discovered that in some way I could thank Sasuke for everything. I was carrying a child within me, and before meeting Sasuke, carrying a child would send shudders through me, but knowing it was Sasuke's child, it made me grow warm. I hadn't revealed the news to him yet, but soon I would. I hoped he would be pleased with my condition when I would finally tell him.
Hearing the shouts of the men, Sakura raised her head from her journal that she had started once she had moved back out the estate from Sapporo. In it, it contained the story of her life from the time she was a little girl to now. The journal she had decided would be hidden away once the final words were written it. She wanted to know that her account was recorded, but after closing the book she never wanted to relive it. It would be a distant memory and maybe she would start another one.
Laying the journal down, she walked over to the edge of the veranda and saw one of Sasuke's ships coming into port. Since returning he had usually stayed behind at the ports with Sakura to help make sure that everything in the books and town was in order before heading out for longer ventures. Grabbing a cloak she made her way around the veranda to the edge of the stairs that led down to the docks.
Looking down she was able to see the dark hair of her husband making its way away from the docks and up the wooden stairwell. A smile flitted across her face as she watched him. This is the way it should be she knew. Awaiting a husband she knew and loved instead of fearing a man that controlled her. When he came fully into view, he looked up and his dark obsidian eyes met hers. A warmth filled them and again her lips lifted. Oh she couldn't wait to tell him about their child. When he reached the top of the stairs enveloped her in her arms and she knew this is where she belonged. This is what her entire life had led her too. She was born a farmer's daughter and had become a merchant's wife and along the way she had been saved.
So there it was the ending of the story! Hoped you enjoyed it as much as i enjoyed writing it!
As for my next story. I am currently working on it, however it won't be posted for a while. I have info on my next story on my profile, but i don't want my updates to be sporadic as they have been with this story. i want to complete more of it before i start posting.
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