Disclaimer: I still. Do not. Own. Shugo Chara! Dang it. But here you go—the final installment of this little fanfiction I like to call…And He Came Back. I hope it is to your tastes.

Chapter Six

Shock. Complete, and utter shock.

"I-Ikuto…" I stared up warily. I refused to look back down into that box.

"You are the reason for everything. My love for you is." His large hand gently cupped the side of my face as he peered down at me with those simply amazing blue eyes.

"I don't understand," I muttered almost incoherently. "I really, really don't understand."

"You never seem to do," he said with a sigh. He brushed his lips against mine and then continued to speak. "I said I'd be back when you were older. I was waiting for you to grow up. And now, I'm sure you've grown up. You're going to graduate, and then I can claim you as all mine."

I stared foggily up at him. "What are you saying?"

He chuckled. "I want to be with you, Amu. Come on, put two and two together."

"I'm sorry, I definitely can't do math right now," I murmured.

"I am back and you are older. I want to claim you as all mine. If you would look back down just one more time, maybe you would understand."

I couldn't help it. I had to look down. And there it was. The simple little diamond in the center of a yellow gold band, with dark blue tiny stones on one side and tiny light pink ones on the other. Engraved along the sides of it were 'X's, just like my usual accessories. It was perfect, but I still didn't understand.

"It…Ikuto, I still don't get it."

"Jesus, Amu." He bent down and kissed me hard and fast, then did it again and again. And then he dropped to one knee, as graceful as the cat he always was, and spoke again. "Amu Hinamori, I am trying to ask you to marry me so that you will be with me in all our days, never to be apart, once you have graduated high school. Will you marry me, Ikuto Tsukiyomi?"

"Marry…?" I muttered. Then it started to piece together slowly but surely in my head—everything from the beautiful ring in my hands to the patient, loving look in his eyes. "But…but you'll just go off again to play music like you always have," I protested.

"No, Amu. I've been trying to tell you this the whole damn time. I. Am. Here. To. Stay. Or at least for as long as you want me, if you still want me," he growled.


"Amu, I love you. So very much. I want to see all those faces that I want you to only show me, just like I want to show you all the faces that only you will be on my face. So, Amu, please."

"Please?" The final few pieces finally clicked together in my head. I fell onto my knees in front of him. "Yes, Ikuto. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes." I cupped his face with both of my hands, pulling it close enough for me to kiss. The box with the beautiful ring in it rested beside me as I kissed him with everything that was that answer.

Ikuto pulled away from me for just a moment, slipping the ring on my left hand. Then he wrapped his arms around me and pulled me to him so tight, there wasn't any space in between us.

"Wait—you're not leaving again?" I asked. I had to be sure.

"Not unless I'm taking you with me," he said richly, leaning in to kiss me.

"Well, that's nice," I said softly, tilting in towards him.

When I was expecting change in the future, I was just thinking about graduation. But soon after that came wedding bells and a simply gorgeous dress. My dad, naturally, was flipping out, but he was okay with my engagement as soon as he saw the way we looked at each other. The wedding came soon, and Utau, Rima, and Yaya were my bridesmaids. Tadase-kun was Ikuto's best man, which made for an awkward time—almost. The groom kissed the bride and carried me off, both of us laughing.

For once I wasn't afraid of change. I wasn't afraid of the possibilities the future could hold. That night, I laid curled up against Ikuto in my favorite red plaid pajamas, feeling the happiest I had in a long while. He kissed the back of my head, my neck, my forehead—and then I kissed his mouth. The possibilities seemed endless, with him by my side. Maybe a blue haired kid with my golden eyes—or a pink haired kid with his endless blue eyes! There were so many chances, so many opportunities, and I wanted to explore them all with him.

"Ikuto," I began, turning myself to face him.

"Mmmm," he murmured sleepily.

I placed a hand on each side of his face. His eyes blinked slowly at me, drinking me in with a slight smile. "I love you," I told him.

"I love you, too." He pulled me even closer, nuzzling close. It was the first night of our honeymoon, but we were still home. Well, not my home—and definitely not his, either—but we weren't traveling all those place he had been. I trace a finger up his bare arm.

"I really love you." I kissed his nose.

"I really love you, too, Amu." He yawned. "Now let's get some sleep. I know we're going to have a long day tomorrow."

I cuddled up to him and inhaled his clean scent. I kissed his chest, and soon drifted into light sleep, at ease in his arms.

He wasn't going to be leaving me any time soon. I knew that. I would never doubt that again. Amu Tsukiyomi—it had a nice ring to it. I loved that man—I've always loved that man, and I always will. Everything from his little tricks to his rich blue eyes and hair of the same color. His love for me, and how he loves even my stubborn character.

The future was full of endless possibilities, all with me and him. I couldn't wait.

And there it is. I figure this ends it just about exactly like how I wanted it to. AMUTO forever and ever! Lots of love! Thanks for the support! Review and faves and etc. always accepted!

Thank you. Thank you. I hope they have a simply fantasmal future. (Considering it's Ikuto…yeah. They will.)

Green Snowbird.