On the Run

Chapter Seven

For the next few days, Tohru sat in her room, not eating or drinking. Her friends were worried about her, including Hana and Utoni, who has come to visit.

"She's going to kill herself if she doesn't eat" Utoni said. "Damn that woman!" She slammed a fist on the table.

Yuki had never really gotten along with Kyo, but now that he was gone, he felt a sort of loss that he'd never thought he could feel towards the cat. Perhaps it was because they were no longer trapped by thier spirits. He was worried about Tohru, who had become like a sister to him and to all the Sohmas. She had freed them from a curse that had them trapped for years. She was thier salvation, but in her moment of triumph, she lost the one person she cared about more than anything.

Kyo was floating in nothingness. He had no sense of time or direction. He didn't know if he was awake or sleeping.

"Where am I?" He asked. A young woman with beautiful red hair appeared before him.

"You are in the space between" She replied, holding a hand out to him.

"Mom?" Kyo choked back. Naru smiled at him and held out her hand.

"That was a nasty wound you recieved" She said, pointing to the hole in his stomach. Kyo looked at it, horrified.

"Am I dead?" He asked.

"Do you want to be?" Naru asked.

"Yes..I mean No...I don't know" Kyo said frustrated. "If I said yes, would I be with you?" Naru looked at him gently.

"Yes, but you would be with out Tohru and she would be without you" She said. Another figure appeared. This woman looked young, but she also looked wise beyond her years. She had silver blonde hair and a crescent moon on her forhead.

"Are you an angel?" Kyo asked. The woman laughed, her voice was musical and light.

"No" She said. "I am the goddess Selenity, the original bearer of the silver crystal which my great granddaughter, Usagi, not holds in her possession" She smiled at the orange haired boy and held out her hand.

"You have sacrificed much, Sohma Kyo" She said. "And for that, I will grant you your life if that is what you wish"

"I would liked to live" Kyo said. "I would like to hold Tohru in my arms and tell her that I love her. I would like to grow old without the fear of being a monster" Selenity smiled.

"You are an honest boy with a good heart" She said. "Because of that, I will allow you to defy death" She placed a hand on his stomach and the wound closed up, leaving no trace that he was ever shot. Naru smiled at her son.

"Have a good future" She said. "I am proud of you" Kyo closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he was standing outside the temple. Momiji, who had been sitting on the steps tossing a ball in the air, stopped and looked at him with very wide blue eyes.

"Hey twerp" Kyo said. This phrase caused Momiji to jump up and throw his arms around Kyo.

"You're alive" He exclaimed. "But how?" Kyo ruffled the blonde's hair.

"How about we go inside and I tell everyone all at once" Momiji nodded and dragged Kyo into the house.

"Kyo's Alive!" He shouted. "Come on everyone, Kyo is here" Utoni stormed into the room.

"Momiji that isn't...holy..." She dropped the towel she was holding. "Orange top?" She said questioningly. Shigure entered the room.

"Momiji what is all the yelling about?" He asked, not even noticing Kyo. Momiji gestured to the older boy.

"Kyo's alive" Shigure turned to look and nearly had a heart attack.

Once everyone was assembled, Kyo told them what he had experienced and what Selenity had said. Tohru's eyes filled with tears as she saw the man she loved, sitting and talking as if he had never been shot. She flung her arms around him and he welcomed her embrace. She burried her face into his chest, sobs wracking her body. Everyone else decided to give the couple privacy and left, hurriedly.

Kyo and Tohru stayed there, wrapped in each other's arms until morning. They were truly happy and were ready to put the past behind them.