Hey everyone! Wow! I've really impressed myself! I've managed to upload four straight chapters in a row! I'm on a roll!

Well folks, it is with great regret that I must inform you that this is indeed my last chapter for this fanfic. I've wanted to finish this story before Dead or Alive 5 comes out, but I never imagined that I would be this quick. But I have had a great time writing this story, and I hope that you all have enjoyed reading it.

So without further delay, I present to you the final chapter! Hope you like it!

Chapter 12: Until We Meet Again

The first streams of sunlight found their way into the room, reaching up to the two lovers who were sleeping on the couch bed. Hayate quickly opened his brown eyes as rays from the sun gently touched his face. He looked down at Hitomi, who was resting her head on his bare chest. He stroke her brunette hair sadly, as he knew that it was time for him to go. Then he got up and gently laid her back on the bed, for he wanted her to sleep for a little longer.

Hayate then grabbed his clothes and headed for the bathroom, as he wanted to take a quick shower before he left. Turning on the hot water, he stepped into the shower. As he rinsed his red brown hair, his mind was filled with thoughts of the future. He wondered what was in store for him and Hitomi.

We've just confessed our love for each other last night, but now I'm heading back home and we'll never see each other again . . . That isn't right.

As he washed his body clean, he shook his head in disbelief. He just couldn't bring himself to accept what was to come. He didn't want this to be the last time he would ever be with the girl whom he loved with all of his heart.

This is unacceptable. I can't just allow myself to break both of our hearts. There has to be a way . . . a way for us to see each other again. We can't just make love for one night and then be separated from each other the next day. I refuse to just accept it like that.

For a long time, Hayate just stood there in the shower, letting the hot water soak up his entire body. He tried to come up with ideas where he could see Hitomi again. But no matter how hard he tried, he came up with nothing. None of his ideas seemed to likely work.

What can I do? I have my duties as the leader of the Mugen Tenshin clan. But I want to see Hitomi again. I can't just let her accept the fact that she could make love with me for only one night. I must think of something.

Turning off the shower, he stepped out and grabbed a nearby towel. As he dried himself off of the water, Hayate made up his mind.

No matter what, I will see Hitomi again. I don't know how, but I know there is a way, and I vow to find it soon. I want to spend more time with her, even make more love with her. I swear that we will be together again in the future, and I will not give up hope.

After drying himself off completely, Hayate quickly put on his clothes and headed out of the bathroom. When he reentered the living room, he was surprised to see Hitomi standing near the couch bed. She was covering her body with the blanket they were sleeping with and was holding it at her breasts. He could tell that she had just woken up.

"Hayate . . . are you leaving now?"

"Yeah. I just wanted to take a quick shower before I leave."

"I see . . ."

Hayate slowly walked up to the couch bed, put on his black leather jacket and grabbed his pack, flinging it onto his back. He was ready to go. Hitomi accompanied him as he made his way to the front door. But he stopped and drew the girl towards his body with his arms. He captured her lips with his, kissing her with love and passion. He wanted to show her how much he loved her. Pulling away, he wrapped his arms around her waist and allowed her to bury her head into his chest. As he hugged her tightly, he could hear her cry and felt tears dampening his white shirt. She was truly sad to see him go.

"Goodbye, Hayate . . . I knew this time would come. I promise you that I will cherish last night forever, and you will always be in my heart."

His arms wrapped tighter around her. He couldn't bring himself to break her heart like this. He had vowed to not let this be the end for them.

"This won't be the end for us, Hitomi. We will see each other again."

Hitomi drew back, looking at him with surprise in confusion on her face. Hayate then continued.

"I can't just accept the fact that we could only share our love for each other for just one night and then we go on with our separate lives, never seeing each other again. I refuse to let it end like this. I don't want to end our love so abruptly when it had only just begun. I want it to last forever."

The brunette sadly shook as she replied, "But you have your duties as the leader of your clan that lives in secrecy, and I'm just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. I don't think it will work."

Hayate gripped Hitomi's shoulders very tightly and peered straight into her sky blue eyes with his dark brown ones. He looked at her with such conviction and determination. His desire for their love to last was incredibly strong.

"Have faith in me, Hitomi. I will find a way because I know it exists. I vow to make it work so that you and I can see each other again. I want to spend more time with you, share more memorable moments with you, and even make more love with you. I don't know when or how. It might even take a long time for us to see each other again. But I know that we'll see each other again. So believe in me. I will not stop until I find a way for us to see each other again. Please, Hitomi. I'm asking you this for the sake of our love for each other."

For a long time, Hitomi just stood there. Her hands were trembling as she held the blanket that covered her body. Her eyes were beginning to form tears as she stared at Hayate. Her entire body was shaking as he continued to grip her shoulders with his hands. She looked as she gave it some thought. She knew that seeing him again was nothing but a fantasy. It was like a dream that was destined to never come true. But there was still a piece of her heart that wanted to turn that fantasy into a reality. And he also had a point about their love. It would be wrong for them to just have one intimate night together and then abruptly end their love the next day. All of a sudden, Hitomi felt this burning desire in her heart to see Hayate again in the future. She too wanted their love for each other to never end.

Hitomi looked back up to Hayate and smiled as she answered, "Alright. I promise that I will wait for the day that we will see each other again. I'm putting all of my faith in you Hayate."

He returned her smile with his and drew her in for one last kiss. They wrapped their arms around each other and drew each other closer. The tears in Hitomi's eyes began to flow down her cheeks. She truly wanted to see him again, and she hoped that time would come soon. As they pulled away, Hayate nodded, silently telling her that it was time for him to go. As he opened the door, she held his hand, letting him know that she truly wanted to see him again. He smiled, letting her know that he would find a way to make that happen. He slowly drew his hand away until she finally let go and he went out. She stood by the entrance as she watched him go down the hallway until he disappeared as he went down the stairs.

Hitomi then made her way to the balcony and opened the double doors open and turned her attention to the entrance of the apartment, waiting for Hayate to emerge. Once he did, he looked up and saw her watching him. He gave her a wave of good bye and she replied with one of her own. He then turned and walked down the street, and she watched him walk further and further away until finally, he disappeared from her sight.

As she turned her attention to the rising sun, Hitomi spotted a blue butterfly making its way towards her. She reached out for it and it landed on her finger. She then whispered her deepest desire in her heart.

"I wish for me and Hayate to see each other again soon, and to have intimate and memorable moments that we will cherish forever in our hearts."

Then she let the butterfly fly away into the sky, towards the rising sun. As she looked out, her mind was filled with hope for a future where she would be together with the man she loved.

Hayate, I will wait for that day when you and I will be together again. I promise.

Hayate traveled far from the city towards the Black Forest, at the exact same spot where Hitomi had found him. Soon memories of their first meeting filled his mind. She was like an angel to him; saving him from his darkest part of his life, and bringing him back home with her. That gave him another chance at life. If it hadn't been for Hitomi, he probably would have been hopelessly lost with his life. He would never forget her for that act of kindness.

When he was absolutely sure that he was alone, Hayate quickly changed into his ninja garb. It consisted of a black shozoku with grey chest armor, arm guards and shin guards, and a dark blue headband around his forehead. His trusted sword, Jinran-Maru, was resting in its scabbard that was on his back. He was ready to return home. He then leaped up to the treetops, where he looked back on the city for one more time. He knew that Hitomi would wait for him until they met again, and he vowed to find a way so they could reunite with each other soon in the future. He then turned and sprinted through the trees, towards the rising sun.

As he leaped from tree limb to tree limb, Hayate silently renewed his vow of returning to the girl who would always have his heart.

I will come back to you, Hitomi. We'll be by each other's side and continue to share our love that will last forever. That day will come before either of us will know it. So wait for me. We'll see each other again soon.

I promise.

The End

Well, there you have it folks! My first DOA fanfic is complete! I might plan on writing one with Kasumi and Ryu since I love that couple too.

I just want to say thank you to LinKueiKunoichi, DragonNinja23, and Kage69 for your awesome reviews that have kept me going on writing this fanfic. And I want to extend my thanks to all of my readers who have been faithfully following my story.

Have a great summer!