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<p class=MsoTitle><span style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver;font-weight:normal'>Rurouni Kenshin

Fanfic<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText align=center style='text-align:center'><span

style='font-size:6.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver;font-weight:normal'>Rurouni Kenshin &amp; Samurai X Original

Japanese Version ©N. Watsuki/Shueisha * Fuji-TV * SME Visual Works Inc. * Sony

Pictures Entertainment<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span

style='font-size:6.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>All Fanfics created by Chiruken (me)

were written for the sole purpose of shared entertainment and not intended for

publication or sale.</span><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span

style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'>~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span

style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoSubtitle><span style='font-size:18.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver;text-decoration:none;text-underline:

none'>A Love Story<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<h1><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver;font-weight:normal'>Fanfic By:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>Chiruken<o:p></o:p></span></h1>

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style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<h2><span style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'>Part 5<o:p></o:p></span></h2>

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style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<h3><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'>Barbarity</span><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver;font-style:normal'><o:p></o:p></span></h3>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'>"Of all the things that oppress me,

this sense of the evil working of nature herself—my disgust at her

barbarity—clumsiness—darkness—bitter mockery of herself—is the most

desolating."<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'>John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>Sagara Sanosuke, soft brown eyes alert and watchful, surveyed

the area leading into the hills just outside of Kyoto, the silver glow of the

full moon illuminating the darkened path, casting wavering shadows against the

foliage of the low bushes lining the meandering lane, creating a surrealistic

backdrop, and entered the forest, his steps eager as he closed the distance

between himself and the temple ahead.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>His steps faltered, his senses picking up the unmistakable sound of

rocks shifting and the scrape of a soft-soled shoe against the crunchy

undergrowth by the roadside, signaling the presence of someone concealing

themselves in the stygian darkness of the dense brush lining the trail.<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"Who’s there?"<span style="mso-spacerun:

yes">  </span>His voice sounded loud in the still silence of the secluded

forest.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>A crepuscular figure stepped slowly out of the darkness,

silver moonlight illuminating the slender form in mystery.<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"Sanosuke…"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>The soft voice, clear and harmonious, drifted on the night currents,

gently melodic in the cool, brisk air.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>"Kaoru…"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>He quickly

closed the distance and grinned his relief.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>He reached out and gently trailed his fingers down the side of her face,

expression tender and loving, before drawing her into the circle of his

arms.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"I missed you."<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>He murmured against her fragrant hair.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>Kamiya Kaoru laughed breathlessly.<span style="mso-spacerun:

yes">  </span>"You just saw me at dinner, Sano."<span style="mso-spacerun:

yes">  </span>She wrapped her arms around his waist and rested her cheek

against his chest with a contented sigh.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>"Yeah, but that was different.<span style="mso-spacerun:

yes">  </span>We weren’t alone."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>He

gently stroked her long dark hair, reveling in the silken texture and inhaled

her fresh, clean scent.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"You smell

nice…"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>With a sigh, he reluctantly

released her and regarded her solemnly.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>Kaoru resisted the urge to squirm in the ensuing

uncomfortable silence.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"What is it?"<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>He raked a hand through his already disheveled hair, causing

the chestnut strands to stand on end.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>"It’s about Kenshin."<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>She stiffened in surprise and regarded him with narrowed blue

eyes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"What about him?"<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>Sanosuke turned away and began pacing, a sign of his growing

uneasiness.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">   </span>"We gotta tell him,

Kaoru.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>We gotta tell him about

us."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>He turned back to her, lines of

worry etched in his face.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"The longer

we wait, the harder it’s gonna be…For him, for us."<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>"I know."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>She

whispered and turned away to stare into the surrounding darkness.<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Movement in the distance caught her

attention and she held her breath, squinting into the night to discern what it

was caused by.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>A moment later she

squeaked in alarm and took a hasty step back, her hand flying to her throat as

her heart leapt into it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"Sanosuke!"<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>"Kaoru?"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Sanosuke

stepped closer to her immediately, deep voice laced with concern.<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"What is…"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

</span>His voice trailed off as he stared down the dark road, back the way he’d

come, eyes widening in shock and a hint of fear.<span style="mso-spacerun:

yes">  </span>"Kuso…"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>He muttered the

expletive under his breath, his arms encircling Kaoru protectively watched a

familiar form step into the moonlight, face partially illuminated by the

silvery glow, revealing a set and implacable expression.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><span style='mso-tab-count:

1'>        </span>Kaoru trembled in growing anxiety and pressed back against

Sanosuke’s strong chest, taking comfort in the feel of his arms around her,

holder her close.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The moon’s glow was

momentarily obscured by the drifting of clouds, casting the landscape into inky

blackness.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>When the clouds passed over

and the clear night sky was revealed again, the stars twinkling like tiny

diamonds in the dark expanse, the road was empty, the figure, vanished.<span

style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>"Kenshin…"<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2 align=left style='text-align:left;line-height:200%'><span

style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'>**To

Be Continued…**<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span

style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'>~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoBodyText2><b><i><u><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'>Definitions:</span></u></i></b><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:silver'><![if !supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText2><b><i><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'>kuso:</span></i></b><span style='font-family:"Comic Sans MS";

color:silver'><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>1.Damn! Shit!; 2.feces<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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