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Summary: Short little waffy fic of Kaoru and Kenshin. Takes place somewhere during the manga, after the Kyoto Arc. I've been told there's OOCness, so there probably is. P This is for you, Selphie-san! ^_^

Song: "Leap Of Faith" By Michelle Branch

//"Thank you for everything you've done... and farewell. I am a rurouni.. I will wander once again."//


Kaoru woke up with sweat pouring down her face. The door to her room slowly slid open to reveal a soft rurouni's face. "Kaoru-dono? Is something wrong?"

She looked back and failed to smile. "n-No, it's okay Kenshin.. I'm alright..." Her voice shook with each word.

Kenshin shook his head. "No you aren't. You're scared. What's wrong?" He sat behind her and gently placed his arms around her shoulders. "You seem.. troubled."

Kaoru blushed, then nodded. "I was just.. having a bad dream."

"Really..? About what?"

Kaoru shook her head. "I.. I don't want to-" Her voice broke and her eyes squeezed shut. Tears started raining down her face onto the futon. "don't want to.."

"Shh..." His hands starting carressing her bare shoulders. "It's all right, you can tell me."

Kaoru swallowed. "I was just having a nightmare about when you left."

Kenshin blinked and his hands froze. ".. huh? But that was so long ago.."

Kaoru smiled. "Ya, well.. umm nevermind." She blushed.

His hands traveled from her shoulders down to her arms. "Why is this bothering you, Kaoru-dono?"

"Because- because you've been acting so weird lately! I don't understand.. I'm afraid you're going to-"

The hands wrapped around her stomach, and Kenshin cut her off with a deep voice she hadn't heard much before. "I won't leave you again."

Her face and neck turned slightly crimson. //What is he doing?// "But.. why are you acting so strange?"

The rurouni smiled. "Kaoru-dono, for 10 years I've done nothing but wander, and before that I was all over the place for my... assignments. I'm just getting adjusted to having a family and people that actually care for me. Okay?"

She smiled. "Ya.. okay.." She blushed more as his hands wrapped themselves around her chest and waist. "Kenshin, why are you-"

He placed a finger on her mouth. "Shh.." His lips lightly pressed against her shoulder. "When I left you, I thanked you with a sudden hug. Now you've done so much for me, that such a simple gesture is not enough. I want you to know that no matter what happens and no matter what I do, I'll always love you and I'll never leave you alone again. Do you understand, Kaoru?"

She nodded numbly. //He dropped the honorific..//

"I love you." He flipped her over so he ended up on top. His mouth covered hers, locking them into a passionate kiss, and sent her tingling all over. Her cheeks turned bright crimson and her neck grew hot. It seemed like hours before they managed to stop.

He smiled at her. "Are you alright, Kaoru?"

She nodded. "D- don't be silly, Kenshin.." Her face turned even redder. "Of course I'm all right."

"Do you wish me to leave now?"

She blinked, and looked into his eyes. Despite his words, the look on his face betrayed him.

"No.. stay."

He grinned. "Arigatou."\\

Kenshin woke up.



Author's Note: Muahahahaha.

Erm, I mean, hi! Arigatou for reading, and don't forget to leave a note! ^_^

Oh ya, and the reason there are double slashes at only the end of Kenshin's dream is cause sometimes you don't know you're dreaming until you wake up.