Part Three

It was a warm Saturday morning when I woke up early. I had awoken earlier than I had in a long time; the sun was just peeking over the horizon. I groaned and didn't even bother opening my eyes. I just rolled over in my big comfy bed. And I began thinking about Vash.

How I missed him. I felt my throat swell as tears began to fall from my eyes. He was gone and he was never coming back. I was alone. I will always be alone. No one could ever replace Vash in my heart.

I decided in that moment that I would not even try or accept anyone else in my life. It was either Vash or no body. Forget marriage, forget children, I didn't need either of them. I was just going to find something new to make me happy.

It was just when I made this revelation that I heard a knock on my door. Groaning once more I turn over onto my back. The early morning sun had just begun to glare through my curtains. I tried to ignore the sound coming from my apartment door.

The knocking became more persistent and I sat up in anger. I threw my blankets to the floor. I leapt out of bed and stomped to the door, still in the male's dress shirt pajamas. I harshly opened my door and was surprised to see the love of my life.

"Vash?" I questioned.

"Hello," He said using his free hand to wave at me.

"What's that?" I asked at the person over his shoulder.

"It's my brother," Vash answered calmly.

I glared at him. This was the last thing I needed on an early Saturday morning.

"Vash, no," I protested.

Vash entered my apartment and gently placed his brother down on my sofa.

"Vash, I said no," I told him.

"I heard you," he said standing and walking past me to close my still opened door. "But this is the only way we can be together."

"What?" I asked.

"I left so I could take care of my brother, but with him here I won't have to leave you," he smiled down at me as he grabbed my shoulders. "Meryl, please. We need this. I can't live without you. I don't want you to be with someone else. I want us to be together."

I stared up into his aqua green eyes. He was pleading with me to allow his brother to stay with us. I knew if I didn't Vash and I would be miserable for the rest of our lives. My life would be short, while Vash's could last for many more decades. I couldn't do that to him, I couldn't do that for us.

"Okay," I said. "He can stay. We can do this. I can't live my life without you either."

Vash smiled brightly at me before he embraced me and kissed my passionately.

"I love you so much," he said.

"I love you too," I returned.

I looked around. My apartment was nearly too small for two people let alone three.

"I think we're going to need a bigger place," I announced with a frown.

Vash glanced around us.

"Well, he's still unconscious," he stated about his brother. "I don't think Knives is going to need that much space to move around."

"But we will," I say. "We can find a bigger place in a smaller town that we can afford."

"What about your job?"

"I know of a town that has a smaller branch of Bernardelli that we can live," I answered simply. "That way I can work for the same pay in a more affordable town and you can take care of Knives without us having to worry too much about money."

"I don't know."

"Vash, trust me. We're going to need this and we're going to need a place where when Knives wakes up, he can't cause that much trouble. And we're going to need somewhere that won't draw attention to who you are."

For a moment, Vash just stood there looking at me with uncertainty.

"Okay," He finally agreed. "We can do this."

I smile brightly at him and kiss him.

"I'm going to call Millie," I said as I walked to my bedroom to use the phone. "She's going to want to know this."

When I told my best friend of our plans to move, Millie agreed. She believed a smaller community would be better for us. She also believed that we would need help and decided to move with us. It was like everything was falling into place.

Now I had the love of my life and my best friend. After a month of depression and numbness, I was happy again.

END OF When You're Gone.