Title: The Power of Love

Summary: There's a costume dance at school. What will Tohru be going as and who will take her there.

Warnings: Lots of fluff ahead.

NEW AUTHOR'S NOTE: ! I am so sorry for this being so late! Over a month! Eek! This was supposed to be a Halloween story, and it's done before Valentine's Day!

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4. I am going to write a Christmas Inuyasha story next… hopefully if I start it now, it will be done by Christmas! So, I guess I'm done with my Fruits Basket stories for now. I will try to get my last two chapters up for "Opposites Attract." Hopefully soon!


Kyo and Tohru walked home, side by side. Kyo was only too glad that Torhu kept the conversation one-sided. She chattered on and on about how much fun she had at the dance. She only took a breath when she asked if he had a good time.

"I always have a good time with you Tohru." Something inside of him warmed when he saw her smile and her cheeks redden with a slight blush.

After that Kyo kept one ear on her talking while he spent his time wondering about what Momiji said. He was so wrapped up in his own thoughts that he never saw Tohru wrap her arms around herself or ask him a question.

"K-Kyo?" Tohru stopped walking. "Is e-everything all r-right?"

Kyo finally realized that she was talking to him. So much for keeping an ear on her conversation, he thought. "Yeah, are you all right?" He looked confused. Something was off about her.

"S-sure, let's h-hurry home," she rubbed her hands up and down her arms, and started walking again.

Kyo was sure he heard her voice waver. Was she scarred, or nervous about something? At that moment a gust of wind slapped him in the face. It was cold out, but thanks to his black cloth-like cape, he was warm and the wind didn't bother him.

"Tohru!" he called after her, removing his cape. "You're freezing!" he said as he wrapped the cape around her shoulders.

Tohru was suddenly flooded with warmth, "No, I'm fine."

"Why didn't you say something?" he asked as he rubbed her arms, hoping to warm her faster.

"I just didn't want to complain." Tohru looked down at her feet.

"Are you better now?"

"Yes, thank you."

Kyo nodded his head slightly and the two turned down the path that lead to Shigure's house.

Suddenly, Tohru started talking again, like nothing happened.

"I'd love to have a reason to wear this outfit again."

"I'm sure you'll think of something," Kyo said.

"Oh, I have already!" Tohru replied excitedly, her face beaming. "I have decided that this New Year's Eve day, I am going to make brunch for everyone."

"Yeah?" Kyo asked, wondering why she would pick that day.

"Yes, we'll invite everyone in the zodiac over to Shigure's house." Suddenly, Tohru's voice quieted down, "And I was thinking of having it in the honor of the year of the cat."

Kyo stopped walking and his eyes widened, "But... but there is no year of the cat."

Tohru stopped as well, and gaining confidence in her idea, she said, "Well, as president of the year of the cat club, I declare that every year should be the year of the cat." Kyo just let out a small chuckle and at that moment, he never wanted to hug anyone as much as he did then. "And that everyone invited will have to wear a costume!"

"Aha!" Kyo said with a smile, "I knew there was a catch!"

Tohru giggled and the two resumed their walk home. All the while Tohru was talking about all the wonderful food she would make that New Year's Eve day.

As they approached the door to Shiguare's house, Kyo pointed out, "That's a lot of food for one person to make."

"I guess I'll have to have Kagura and Kisa help me! I'm sure they won't mind."

Kyo stood there silently, waiting for Tohru to open the door and say good night, but she didn't she stood there, looking at him. Was she waiting for him to say something? Was she waiting for him to kiss her good night, like this was a real date? Was this a real date?"

"I... uh, I had a good time tonight, Kyo," Tohru said as she pushed her hair behind her ear.

"Uh, me too." He moved a little closer to her and waited for her to respond.

"Are you going to unlock the door?" Tohru asked.

Kyo quickly took a step back. He patted his pant pockets looking for the key when the door flew opened.

"You two are the most boring couple I have ever seen."

"Oh, good evening Shigure!" Tohru said,

"We're you looking through the window?" Kyo asked at the same time.

"Yes and when you didn't even make a move I figured I had to come out here and save poor Tohru!" Shigure responded.

"Why you..."

Tohru walked into the house and Shigure was able to see Tohru's costume better.

"Tohru are you... Kyo?" Shigure had a hard time containing his laughter.

"I am the Zodiac Cat." Tohru said, beaming with pride.

Shigure burst out laughing, clutching at his stomach. "You're Kyo!"

"Are you through?" Kyo asked as the laughter died down.

"I wouldn't worry about him," Tohru said, "he's just laughing to hide the fact that his feelings are hurt."

"Hurt? Why would my feelings be hurt?" Shigure suddenly sobered up.

"Because no one went to the dance dressed as you." Shigure was a loss for words. "Well, good night boys," Tohru said and walked up to her room.

As the two watched her walk up the stairs and out of sight Shigure said, "I think we're a bad influence on her." He paused a moment and then added, "I should go see if she needs any help de-cating herself."

Shigure started up the stairs, but Kyo grabbed a hold of him and said, "Don't you dare go anywhere near her! She'll be fine." With that Kyo walked up the stairs to go to his own room.

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Tohru ran into her room and shut the door. She laid down on her bed and brought her knees to her chest. She thought this night was something more than just two friends going to a dance. She wanted them to be more, but didn't know how to tell him. Would he even accept her? Would he want to be with her? She shook her head and cleared the thoughts from her mind. This was not helping her in any way. She had to find a way to break the curse. She got up from her bed with a sigh and knew that it was time to remove the fantasy.

Meanwhile downstairs...

Yuki came into the house and saw Shigure standing in the hallway. "What are you still doing up?"

"Kyo and Tohru just got home. Did you know she went as Kyo?" Shigure said with a little laugh.

"Yeah, she even got him to dance with her."

"Really? Now that's something I'd pay money to see!"

"Well, I am off to bed; I have a meeting in the morning." With that said, Yuki walked up the stairs.

As Yuki passed Tohru's room, he decided to check in on her, and knocked on the door. He heard a soft, "Come in," and he entered her room.

"Oh, hi Yuki!" Tohru said with a smile on her face. "How did everything go at the school tonight?" she asked as she kept backing up into the full-length mirror in her room.

"Fine, did you have fun?"

"I sure did!" Tohru responded as she was trying to figure out how to remove the tail.

"Do you need help?" Yuki asked as he walked further into her room.

He reached his hand out towards her, and Tohru jumped back, "No!" she said a bit loudly. "Uh, no," she said more quietly. "I can get this."

"It's no big deal, I can help you."

The truth was, she had no idea how to take the tail off, but didn't want Yuki that close to her, touching her. A part of her was also hoping that Kyo would have felt the same way. "No, really Yuki, I'm fine." She moved away from the mirror and asked, "Are you going to be home for breakfast?"

"No, I have a meeting in the morning. Kimi and Machi said they would bring breakfast in for us."

"Oh, okay, well, good night then."

Is Tohru dismissing me? Yuki thought to himself. "Well, um, good night." he said and as he left her room he closed the door behind him.

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Tohru tried for another 30 minutes and the only thing she could think of doing was to just rip it off, but she didn't want to destroy the material.

She flopped down on her bed and heard footsteps on the roof. Kyo! Kyo could help her! But then she felt her face heat up, the tail was dangerously close to her bottom. She felt her whole face burn, but she had no other choice.

She walked to her window, "Kyo?" she called out.

Tohru heard his footsteps near the edge of the roof and saw his legs hang down over the edge. "Tohru, are you still awake?" she heard him say.

"Yes, I need your help."

Using his cat-like abilities, he was able to swing down from the roof, and jump in through her window, landing perfectly on his feet.

"It's a good thing you're a cat, or you would have fallen." Tohru said.

"Yeah, well, cats always land on their feet." Kyo paused for a moment, "Talking about cats, why are you still one?"

"I'm having a little problem with the tail and ears," she said as she turned her back towards him. "I can't see how Mime put it on. Could you help?"

Kyo moved closer to her and then stopped, "Are you sure you want me to help you?"

"Oh, um, I didn't really want to ask Shigure or Yuki," she said in a small voice. "I can always just wait until tomorrow, go back to Ayame's shop, and have Mime help me. It's no big deal. I just thought I'd take it off now."

"No, its okay, I'll help you," he sat down on the bed and Tohru went to stand in front of him, her back turned towards him.

Kyo worked quietly as he pulled all the pins, which held the tail in place, out. He only let out a few quick mumbled apologizes when he accidently touched her.

When he was finished, Tohru turned around, stretched out her back, and said, "Wow, I didn't realize how heavy that tail actually was."

Kyo stood up and started working on her ears, "Well, when you're actual cat size, you don't even notice it."

Tohru stood quietly as Kyo pulled the bobby pins from her hair. "There, how's that?" he asked as he finished and quickly ran his fingers through her hair to get a few knots undone.

"Perfect." Tohru responded. "Thank you."

"Sure."

Tohru looked up at Kyo, he wasn't moving away, he was leaning down towards her. This is it! Tohru moved closer to him and her eyes started to close. As she stood there waiting, she realized he wasn't going to kiss her.

"Tohru," she heard him speak her name and her eyes opened wide, "I… good night," he said as he walked around her and headed for the door.

Boys are stupid! You have to tell them precisely how you feel! No hints or subtleties! The words from Uo rang through her head. Uo told her precisely that when Tohru could no longer hide her feelings for Kyo from her friends.

Tohru's back was still facing Kyo as she heard her bedroom door open, "Kyo," Tohru started and mustered up her courage, "I love you."

When Tohru didn't hear him leave or respond to her declaration, she turned to look at him. Kyo stood there in her doorway, frozen. "Kyo?" Tohru said in a quiet voice.

She watched as Kyo closed her bedroom door and turned to look at her. She couldn't read the look on his face. Kyo opened his mouth to say something, but closed it, saying nothing. He did this one more time before he croaked out a, "H-how?"

Tohru was stunned, that wasn't what she was expecting. Maybe he was wondering if she loved him like a friend, or a brother. Tohru moved slowly towards him, not wanting to scare him away. She grabbed his left hand and held it between her own. She opened her mouth and quietly said, "As a forever kind of love."

"No, Tohru," Kyo said pulling his hand from her grasp. "How can you love me," he said as he pulled his sleeve up, showing off his red and white beaded bracelet, "when this is the only thing that's keeping me from turning myself into my true form."

Tohru shook her head, "Being a gigantic grasshopper is not your true form," she said as took his hand back in hers. "This," she continued on, as she played with the beads on his wrist, "helps you stay in your true form."

Kyo kept left his hand where it was, "The curse…"

"I will break it," Tohru told him point blankly. "I will find a way."

"And if you can't," Kyo softened his tone of voice.

"I still want to be with you, forever."

Kyo wouldn't let himself rejoice. Not yet. There were still things she didn't know. "Tohru, if by graduation…"

Tohru cut him off, "I'll break it before then. If not, you will have broken Yuki's nose by then."

Kyo's eyes widened, she knew about his entrapment and she was encouraging to hurt Yuki? "You know." Tohru nodded her head. "What if…"

Tohru knew what he was going to say, "I won't let them take you away from me," Tohru said, as tears filled her eyes. "If we have to run away, we will. The world can be our oyster."

"What kind of life would that be for you?" Kyo cupped her cheek in his hand and wiped a tear away. "Leaving behind your friends, your family?"

"And what kind of life would I be living if you weren't in it?" Tohru shook her head, "I don't want to even think about a life like that. I want you… no I need you to be in my life."

"But…"

"Kyo, if you don't feel the same way, then tell me," Tohru said as more tears began to fall, "But don't try to talk me out of the way I feel about you."

"Tohru, I love you, too." He watched as Tohru continued to cry. "I didn't think it was ever possible to love someone so much." At his words, he felt as though a heavy burden, that has being weighing him down, finally lift from him. Without losing another moment, he bent down quickly and pressed his lips against Tohru's. Her eyes flew open, not expecting the kiss, but soon relaxed and enjoyed the sensation.

"I love you," Tohru said as the kiss broke. "It doesn't matter to me that you're a cat, and a gigantic grasshopper."

Kyo laughed at her description of his monstrous form and sighed in relief at her words. He knew that she accepted him for who and what he was, and that he would never be without her.

"Tohru, I want to hold you. Even if it's for a second, I want to do it."

Instead of replying she just opened her arms and wrapped them around him, holding him tight to her. She closed her eyes and waited for him to transform… but it felt like it was taking a long time.

"Kyo?" Tohru's head leaned against his chest; she could feel his heart beating rapidly. His arms tightened around her.

The curse was broken. She couldn't believe how easy it actually was. "What… how did this happen?"

Tohru snuggled deeper into his chest and smiled, "It's the power of love."

The end


Corny, I know. Sorry, but I love it! I think I did an okay job of keeping everyone in character! I hope you all enjoyed my story! Thank you for all your wonderful reviews! Until next time!