Nighttime Surprise

It was five years after the final battle between the Mews and Deep Blue. Ichigo, Lettuce and Pudding really missed the Cyniclons, and had quit Café Mew Mew after Ryou started saying how glad he was they were gone.

The girls stayed in touch, and spent a lot of time talking in Ichigo's room. Ichigo had broken up with Aoyama a week after the battle, and he had moved to England soon after. Since then she had been single, waiting for Kisshu to return.

Lettuce and Pudding had also remained single, and Pudding had managed to convince her father that marrying someone over twice her age wasn't going to be a good idea.

Lettuce had had several boys ask her out, but she always said no. She couldn't see herself with anyone besides Pai, so she rejected everyone else- politely, of course.

Ichigo sighed. It was getting late, so she went to get her pajamas on. As always before bed, she opened her window and said softly, "I miss you, Kisshu…." She looked out the window, but as usual, saw nothing but stars in the sky. Sighing, she left the window open, since it was nice out, and climbed into her bed, turning out the light. Little did she know, tonight would be very surprising….

After Kisshu, Pai and Taruto had returned to Cyniclonia, they had restored the planet, and were now hailed as heroes. For the past five years, they had helped their people move to the surface of the planet, build homes, and create a new system of government after they told the Council of Deep Blue's true intentions.

Now, however, the three brothers were on their way back to Earth, to see the Earth girls they loved. They had obtained permission to live on Earth if it wasn't possible to bring Ichigo, Lettuce, and Pudding back to Cyniclonia.

They arrived at around midnight, and met in the main room, then teleported off to find their loved ones.

With Pai: Pai teleported outside Lettuce's window, and carefully looked in. To his surprise and worry, Lettuce was sitting on her bed, her face buried in her hands. He tapped on the window, and her head shot up. When she saw him, she looked shocked. She hesitantly came over to the window, and opened it. "Pai?" she asked softly. "Is it really you?"

"Yes, it's really me," Pai said. "But why were you crying?"

"I-I missed you…." Lettuce said, blushing. "Um… do you want to come in?"

"Sure," Pai said. He teleported into the room, and Lettuce immediately hugged him. Pai hugged her back, and was startled when she asked, "Couldn't you have come back sooner?"

"I'm sorry," Pai said. "We were restoring the planet, and setting up a new government structure after the fiasco with Deep Blue took a while, as did building a city. And in a way, we were waiting."

"Waiting? For what?" Lettuce asked, puzzled.

"Kisshu and I were both waiting until you and Ichigo turned eighteen," Pai said. "Before I go into why, though, I have a question for you." He took a small box out of his pocket, and then went down on one knee, opening the box. "Lettuce, will you marry me?" he asked.

Lettuce smiled brightly, and said, "Yes!"

Pai smiled too, and took her right hand, then slid the gold ring, which had a small peridot porpoise on it, onto Lettuce's ring finger. "It's so cute, where'd you find this?" Lettuce asked.

"Kisshu carved it," Pai said. "The strange thing is, I didn't even have to blackmail him. He jumped at the chance."

Lettuce giggled, and wrapped her arms around Pai's neck, then pulled him into a kiss.

With Taruto: Taruto nervously teleported to Pudding's house, and started looking in windows. The second one he found was apparently Pudding's bedroom, because she was sleeping in a bed in there. She looked unhappy, though, and Taruto teleported into the room.

The noise seemed to have woken her, because she sat up, rubbing her eyes. Then she noticed Taruto, and looked shocked. "Taru-Taru?" she whispered. She got out of bed as Taruto said, "Hey, Monkey."

Pudding threw herself at Taruto, knocking them both to the floor as she cried, "Taru-Taru, you're here!"

"Yeah, I'm here- but I can't breathe," Taruto said.

Pudding smiled and released her death grip on him. "Is Taru-Taru staying?" she asked hopefully.

Taruto smiled. "I'm staying," he said- and immediately got half-strangled again by a very happy Pudding.

With Kisshu: Kisshu teleported outside Ichigo's window, and was surprised to find it open. He carefully climbed in the window, not wanting to wake Ichigo. He quietly went over to the bed, looking down at her. She was even more beautiful than she had been when they first met, and she looked so peaceful.

Kisshu carefully took his boots off, and slid into the bed with her. He was shocked when she snuggled against him, slipping her arms around his waist. He settled down, feeling her snuggle closer. He looked down at her as she mumbled something that sounded like 'cinnamon', but she was still sleeping. He carefully reached out and stroked her hair, and she purred softly, nuzzling into his hand.

Kisshu relaxed as Ichigo continued purring, and soon he was almost asleep- at least until a loud clap of thunder interrupted this peaceful scene. He felt Ichigo shiver, and then, as another clap of thunder was heard, her eyes opened. When she saw that she was hugging him, she squeaked, alarmed. "Koneko-chan, I'm not going to hurt you," Kisshu said softly.

Ichigo looked up at his face, and whispered, "Kisshu?"

Kisshu smirked as he said, "That's my name, don't wear it out."

"You're back!" Ichigo said happily, and hugged him tightly.

Kisshu was shocked, and asked, "You really missed me?"

"Yes," Ichigo said, giggling at the look on his face. "It's been five YEARS, Kish. You'll be pleased to know that I dumped Aoyama a week after you left."

"YAY!" Kisshu said. "Wait, does that mean you love me?"

"Of course," Ichigo said happily. "So, are Pai and Taruto back to make Lettuce and Pudding happy?"

"Yep," Kisshu said. He turned on her light, and said, "Koneko-chan, get up for a minute."

"Why?" Ichigo asked.

"Just humor me," Kisshu said. He got up as Ichigo let go of him, and she got up too. Kisshu reached into his pocket, and took out a small box. Ichigo's hands flew to her mouth as Kisshu went down on one knee and opened the box, saying, "Momomiya Ichigo, will you marry me?"

"I'd love to, Kish!" Ichigo said happily. Kisshu took her right hand, and slid a gold ring with a pink cat-shaped diamond on it onto her ring finger. As soon as he let go of her hand, Ichigo threw herself at him and kissed him passionately. He kissed back with equal passion, holding her close.

The next morning, with Pai and Lettuce: The new couple had spent the night in Pai's room, and now Lettuce was taking Pai to meet her parents. "Don't worry, they know," Lettuce told Pai.

Pai looked at her, and smiled. "I trust you," he said, making Lettuce blush. Then he teleported to her room.

Almost as soon as they landed, they heard running footsteps, and Lettuce's mother ran in, then stopped dead. "Morning Mom," Lettuce said.

"Explanation, please," Mrs. Midorikawa said.

"Pai asked me to marry him!" Lettuce cried happily. She held up her right hand, so her mother could see her engagement ring.

"Oh, that's so sweet," Mrs. Midorikawa said. "Pai, you realize Lettuce has been waiting for you for five years, right?"

"She told me last night," Pai said. "I'm very lucky."

"Are your brothers out confessing their love?" Mrs. Midorikawa asked.

"Yup," Pai said. "If Taruto hasn't done so, however, he's in for it. Pudding's waited long enough."

"Let's hope she didn't strangle him," Lettuce said.

"I guess we should go check on them," Pai said.

"You two have fun," Mrs. Midorikawa said.

"Thanks," Lettuce said.

"It was nice to meet you, Mrs. Midorikawa," Pai said, bowing.

"You too, Pai," Mrs. Midorikawa said.

Pai smiled and teleported out with Lettuce.

With Taruto and Pudding: The two of them were making breakfast for Pudding's siblings when Pai teleported in with Lettuce, and Taruto looked up, then said, "YES, Pai, I confessed- and nearly got strangled."

"We were just coming to make sure Pudding didn't go overboard," Lettuce said.

"And to make sure you two weren't eating candy," Pai added.

"It's too early for candy," Pudding said. "Would Lettuce-oneechan and Pai-oniichan like some pancakes?"

"Sure, that's really nice of you," Lettuce said.

"Thanks," Pai said.

With Kisshu and Ichigo: They both woke up the next morning, and Ichigo said, "I'm so glad that wasn't just a dream…."

"Me too," Kisshu said. "Where are your parents?"

"They're supposed to be back from my aunt's sometime today; they were taking care of her because she was sick," Ichigo said. Suddenly her cell phone rang, and she said, "That's odd, it's Ryou. I'll turn on speakerphone so you can hear too."

She picked up, turning on speakerphone, and asked, "What is it now, Ryou? I thought I told you that I wasn't coming back five years ago."

"The computers sensed alien activity, and I can't contact Lettuce and Pudding for some reason," Ryou said. "I need you to get over here!"

"They're probably with their boyfriends, I wouldn't worry about it," Ichigo said. "Oh, and I've got great news!"

"What is it?" Ryou asked.

"Kisshu asked me to marry him!" Ichigo said happily. She didn't hear anything except a crash, and giggled, then hung up. "I think he fainted," she told Kisshu. "I've always wanted to make him faint; he'd be totally humiliated."

Kisshu snickered and said, "I wonder what he'll think when he hears Lettuce is engaged to Pai…"

Ichigo giggled, but then her cell phone rang again. "Keiichiro," she said. Picking up, she said, "Hi Keiichiro, is this about Ryou?"

"Do you know why he's unconscious on the floor?" Keiichiro asked.

"I told him that Kisshu and I are engaged," Ichigo said.

"Oh, congratulations," Keiichiro said. "Do your parents know yet?"

"They're not home till later, so no," Ichigo said.

"Well, good luck," Keiichiro said. "I hope you'll be happy together."

"I think we will, thanks!" Ichigo said, and hung up.

"He's nice," Kisshu said.

"Yup, way nicer than Ryou," Ichigo said.

They suddenly heard noises at the front door, and Ichigo said, "I wonder if that's my parents…"

"Let's go see," Kisshu said- just as they heard, "Ichigo, we're home!"

"Coming," Ichigo called back, and said to Kisshu, "They know, so don't worry about it." Then she pulled him downstairs.

They found Sakura and Shintaro sorting out bags in the front hall, and Sakura looked up. "Oh, you're back, Kisshu?" she asked.

"Yep, and I couldn't be happier," Kisshu said.

"Mom, guess what?" Ichigo said.

"What?" Sakura asked.

"Kisshu asked me to marry him, and I said yes!" Ichigo said happily.

"Oh, that's wonderful, congratulations," Sakura said, nudging Shintaro.

"You're going to take good care of her, right?" Shintaro asked Kisshu.

"Of course," Kisshu said. "Ichigo is the love of my life, why wouldn't I take good care of her?"

"Just making sure," Shintaro said.

"Kisshu, are you going to live here?" Sakura asked.

"That's what I wanted to talk about," Kisshu said. "Because of Ichigo's part in saving my home, she, Lettuce, and Pudding have all been invited to live with us. We've been given permission to bring them back to Cyniclonia, and I was going to ask Ichigo and you two if it's okay for her to come back home with me."

"Will you be able to visit?" Sakura asked.

"Yes, it's only about a nine-hour flight," Kisshu said. "And you two can at least come to stay for the wedding."

"Ichigo, what about Moe and Miwa?" Shintaro asked. "You told them, right?"

"Yeah," Ichigo said. "Kish, can I invite them too? We've know each other since we were three, it wouldn't be fair to them not to let them come."

"Sure," Kisshu said, smiling.

"How soon are you leaving?" Sakura asked.

"I was thinking I'd bring Ichigo back alone, and give her some time to get settled in before having our wedding," Kisshu said. "I think that was Pai's plan with Lettuce, too. Then when we've got everything ready, we'll come back and get whoever else is coming. Is that okay?"

"I think that's a good idea," Sakura said. "But how are you going to contact us?"

"Ichigo's got a cell phone, right?" Kisshu asked.

"Yep," Ichigo said. "Will it get service so far away?"

"Mine does, and I stole it from that big store downtown," Kisshu said. "Don't worry, you can use mine if yours doesn't work."

"Okay!" Ichigo said. "Should I start packing?"

"Good idea, do you want help?" Kisshu asked.

"Sure, thanks," Ichigo said. "I should call Moe and Miwa, too."

Kisshu followed her upstairs, and sat on the bed as she dialed a number into her phone. Ichigo waited, and then Miwa's voice said, "Ichigo, what's up?"

"Get Moe and come over, I don't want to say this over the phone," Ichigo said.

"Okay!" Miwa said, and hung up.

Ichigo smiled and said, "They'll be here soon, let's get started while we're waiting."

Kisshu smiled back and watched Ichigo take two large suitcases out of her closet. She then said, "Can you take the drawers out of my dresser? It'll be easier to get stuff out."

"Sure!" Kisshu said happily.

"Try not to make a mess," Ichigo said. She giggled when Kisshu pouted. He took the first drawer out, and set it down. Ichigo started packing everything into the suitcases, with some help from Kisshu.

When Kisshu reached Ichigo's underwear drawer, though, he lost focus. Ichigo noticed he was going through it, and said warningly, "Kisshu…."

"Sorry Koneko-chan," Kisshu said, smirking. "I just can't help it!"

Ichigo sighed, shaking her head with a smile. Suddenly the doorbell rang, and Ichigo said, "That's probably Moe and Miwa. Let's go see!" She took Kisshu's hand and pulled him downstairs. Sakura was letting Moe and Miwa in, and they both looked startled when they saw Kisshu. "Kisshu, you're back?" Moe asked.

"Yeah," Kisshu said. "What's your name?"

"Sorry, I'm Moe, and this is Miwa," Moe said.

"Hi Kisshu!" Miwa said.

"Hi," Kisshu said.

"Ichigo, what did you want to tell us?" Moe asked.

"Kisshu asked me to marry him!" Ichigo said happily.

"That's great!" Miwa said. "Congratulations!"

"When's the wedding?" Moe asked.

"I thought I'd give Ichigo some time to settle in before having any big events," Kisshu said. "Pai and I got permission to bring Lettuce and Ichigo back with us."

"What about Taruto and Pudding?" Miwa asked.

"Pudding's not old enough to get married, so I think Taruto's going to stay here until she's of age," Kisshu said.

"So Ichigo, you're going to visit, right?" Moe asked.

"Yup," Ichigo said. "And you two are definitely invited to my wedding."

"Great!" Moe and Miwa chorused.

"Koneko-chan, we should finish packing your stuff," Kisshu said. "Pai was ordered to report back as soon as we came to a decision."

"Okay," Ichigo said. "Moe, Miwa, it was nice to see you again."

"Thanks, and don't forget to visit," Moe said. She and Miwa hugged Ichigo and Kisshu together, then waved and left. Ichigo headed back upstairs with Kisshu, and they finished packing up her stuff.

Sakura and Shintaro came in as Kisshu closed the second suitcase. "You're going?" Sakura asked.

"Koneko-chan, do you have everything?" Kisshu asked.

Ichigo looked around her room one more time, and finally said, "Yep, I think that's it." She went to her parents and hugged them, then said, "Bye, I'll let you know when the wedding is."

"Thanks," Sakura said. "Have fun, and good luck."

"We will, and thanks," Ichigo said.

"And thanks for agreeing," Kisshu added. "It was nice to finally meet you both."

Sakura smiled and said, "We wouldn't say no, not after seeing how happy you made Ichigo."

Kisshu smiled back, and picked up the suitcases. Ichigo got her backpack, and grabbed Kisshu's shoulder, waving to her parents. They waved back as Kisshu teleported to the ship.

When they landed in Kisshu's room, they set Ichigo's stuff down, and Kisshu said, "I think we should go find Pai. He's probably wondering why I haven't contacted him."

"Okay," Ichigo said. "So what does Lettuce's engagement ring look like?"

"It's a gold band with a little porpoise made of peridot," Kisshu said. "Pai had me do the carving."

"Wow, you carved these?" Ichigo asked as they walked out of the room.

"Carving is my hobby," Kisshu said. "Gemstones are more difficult than wood, but I think both carvings came out well."

"Well, I love mine," Ichigo said.

Kisshu smiled, and they went to the main room, just as Pai teleported in with Lettuce and a few suitcases. "You got here before me?" Pai asked.

"Yup," Kisshu said. "Hi Lettuce."

"Hi," Lettuce said. "Thanks for making this ring, I love it!"

"Sure," Kisshu said. "Koneko-chan, show her yours."

Ichigo showed Lettuce her ring, and Lettuce said, "That's so cute!"

"I agree," Ichigo said. She looked at Pai and said, "Thanks for making Lettuce's dream come true."

"Thanks for making Kisshu's dream come true," Pai replied. "So how long did it take you to miss Kisshu?"

"24 hours," Ichigo said.

"I thought you said you dumped the treehugger a week after the battle," Kisshu commented.

"I didn't see him for a week after the battle; I was a bit busy," Ichigo said.

"With what?" Kisshu asked.

"I…. um…." Ichigo said uncomfortably.

"We got a week off from the Café after the battle, and Ichigo spent every waking moment of that week either sobbing or trying to convince the rest of us that she'd be better off dead for choosing Aoyama over you," Lettuce said. "I really think you should have said goodbye, at least."

Kisshu looked at Ichigo, who buried her face in her hands and asked, "Lettuce, did you have to tell Kisshu all that?"

"I figured he should know," Lettuce said.

"You weren't exactly happy either," Ichigo commented.

"Neither was Pudding," Lettuce replied. "I spent the majority of the last five years sleeping over at her house, because she was so broken up over Taruto that she couldn't sleep. I'm just glad she finally got over hating Pai."

"Me too," Ichigo said. "Especially since you and he are now engaged; I think it would put a strain on your friendship if she still wanted to take Pai down."

"Don't mention that part of the battle when we're on Cyniclonia," Kisshu said. "Killing children is illegal on our planet, and the laws are very strict about it. If someone kills a child, they get the death penalty. We didn't even tell Pai and Taruto's parents about that."

"We won't mention it," Ichigo said. "And Pudding's got another three years to get used to the idea."

"Good," Kisshu said. "Pai, do you need help flying the ship?"

"I need a copilot, so yes," Pai said. "Why don't you take Lettuce and Ichigo back to your room, and meet me in the control room."

"'Kay," Kisshu said. He took both Ichigo and Lettuce by the shoulder, and teleported to his room. "It's about a nine-hour flight," he said when they landed. "It's also a four and a half-hour time difference, so you might want to get some sleep on the way; it'll be about 2 PM when we get there."

"Okay, thanks Kish," Ichigo said. Kisshu kissed her and teleported out.

Ichigo and Lettuce both settled down on Kisshu's bed, excited about going to a new planet.

Okay, unlike most of my stories lately, this WILL be continued. I think I've got a plan, and it involves 4-5 very long chapters, so please tell me what you think! I'd like to hear all your thoughts on this idea, and don't worry, I'll work on my other stories soon! Please Review!