*I got HTML to work! But sorry for the last chapter and it's horrid format. I can't stand .txt at least it's not as bad as it was when I used .doc now that was ugly. Hahaha speaking of things that don't work, I just took the initiative to learn how to do favorite authors/stories, and I put a few on there, but I can't remember all the great stories and authors out there. So you all have to update so that I can remember you *hint hint wink wink* ^.^ so here's my last chapter*
Chapter Eight Content
She blinked in the blinding light and sat up from her resting place on his chest. She kissed his forehead gently and slipped from his arms, put on a pair of blue jeans and a blue shirt with a single white horse on the sleeve.
She walked to the stables and pet Scarlet and Black Dove; she couldn't go anywhere without them.
Fuu popped her head out from Bleeding Heart's paddock and smiled, "Took you long enough. Clef almost had us convinced you weren't ever coming back."
"How did they handle it?" Fuu asked softly.
"Who handle what?"
"Hello! The practice!" Fuu shouted, "You sold a multi-million dollar practice!"
Umi shook her head, "I did no such thing."
"What?" Fuu whispered, "How did you let them down? You didn't just close it did you?"
"I didn't let them down in any way, and I didn't close it," Umi beat around the bush.
"You left a multi-million dollar practice with others around the world to fend for itself?!"
Umi shook her head again.
"You obviously did, you left who in charge?" Fuu's eyes were fierce.
"Me," Umi answered.
"Oh great, so you're in charge of a company that you left never to return," she rolled her eyes.
"No," Umi choked, "I never said I was here to stay."
"W-what?" Fuu's eyes widened, "B-but you're here, and you're back where you belong and..." Fuu protested, "What do you mean you're not here to stay?"
"I'm not here to stay," Umi said simply, "Please, just let it go."
"I won't! Do you have any idea what you're doing to us?! Do you even care?!" Hikaru thinks she's done something to horrible to upset you, Clef barely speaks or eats, Lantis probably wants to kill you because you what you've done to Hikaru, and I'm left to bear the brunt of it. Now you're back and everything's getting better and you plan to leave again?" Now she was close to tears, "Well I have to tell you, I'm not going to let you leave."
"Fuu, gomen nasai," she looked around her nervously and began to speak in rapid English so no one could over hear, "I love Clef, and I love you two like sisters, but I'm not ready to give up the life I have on Earth. I'm not ready to make that kind of commitment, and to tell you the truth I don't think Clef is either. He's the Master Mage of Cephiro, and his heart will never solely belong to me because of his duty and loyalty to this country is strong."
"That's not true!" Fuu screamed, "He loves you more than anything, even more than Cephiro, I know it. You can tell just by the way he looks at you, the way he acts when you're gone. He's ready."
"Even so, I'm not," Umi closed her eyes, "I wish this wasn't so hard."
"You don't have to always take the hardest road," Fuu said softly, "You could go easy on yourself for once," with that she turned and walked out.
"Dammit," Umi muttered and sighed heavily, "What am I going to do?"
"Good question," a gentle voice said from behind her, "One that I probably don't want to hear the answer to."
She winced as she turned and met the eyes of her lover, "Do you ever not sneak up on me?"
He shook his head, "Please."
"You said you wouldn't pressure me."
"I lied," his eyes were fierce, "Last night I felt complete; with you in my arms I felt whole."
"Clef-I..." she looked into trembling blue eyes and didn't know how to say no. "For a little while."
He smiled, and came forward. He kissed her warmly, and then pulled away, watching her intently.
"You make me nervous when you do that," she whispered, and he gently moved a piece of hair from her eyes.
"You have nothing to be nervous about, I love what I see," he kissed her neck, and she giggled as they walked back into the palace.
Over the next few weeks in Cephiro Clef convinced Umi to stay, permanently. The practice was given to a very capable vet-friend of Fuu and Umi's who shrieked in delight and swore she couldn't take it. Eventually, she did.
They explained to parents and siblings, and promised to be back to visit whenever they got the chance.
Fuu and Umi both terminated the lease on their flats, and headed back to Cephiro where everyone was glad to have the three Knights back in their home, forever now.
"We'll never have to worry about being alone again," Hikaru said gleefully as they walked into embraces and congratulations.
"Have you ever worried about being alone Hikaru?" Umi questioned, and Hikaru thought for a moment before shaking her head. This brought a laugh from them all.
"I guess this is our happily ever after," Fuu smiled warmly, and Ferio wrapped his arms around her from behind.
"This is our beginning," he said softly, and she nodded.
"The very beginning, of a very happy lifetime," Clef kissed Umi on the cheek, and Lantis took Hikaru's hand.
Persea sighed, lovesick, Caldina looked at Lafarga, and Ascot pulled Mieko close.
Never again was Cephiro threatened, the three each had a storybook wedding, and they all lived contentedly in the warmth of another's arms until well past old age.
~Dedicated to Mark and Tori, because you can always learn to love again.
*Explanations: Clef got to England because he's the Master Mage, hahaha. In my opinion he should be able to go there because if he can bring people then he can go. And *yes* I know this is messing with the original plot of the story, but so far I've done a bang-up job of rearranging CLAMP's original concepts, so work with me!
Thank-you's: Zipp, Kaiya, Vicious-Wolf, Shazzam, Shnickers, and everyone else who read or reviewed. ^.^ I obviously couldn't do it without you. My parents go absolutely insane; I run inside after school and immediately go to check reviews, so thanks for making the days that didn't go so hot good anyway.
I wanna say I love you to my stepsister who's going through some rough times. Of course I have to thank Tori Amos, for giving the inspiration and words on which to base this. Without her music I might not be as good as I am today. She has given me reason to hope, and maybe to learn to trust, the worst someone can do is break your heart, and if they don't it will probably break anyway, so at least enjoy the happiness you have with them.
And finally, I guess that's a wrap!*
Much Love~ Umi-chan