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Breaking the Ice
By Icegal

 

**SPOILERS for Jinchuu Arc**

"Hi! I'm home!" I shouted out.

At the sound of my voice, the young children dropped whatever they were doing and stampeded towards me, shouting, "Where did you go?" all at the same time. Their sudden dash towards me caused me to lose my balance. I laughed. They were a bunch of lovely innocent children. With the children piled up on me, I managed to sit up with much difficulty. I ruffled the hair of a young boy as they related their ups and downs to me. Standing, I lifted the youngest one of them all, Yuki, and bounced her in my arms. She giggled and put her tiny arms around me. Yuki was a shy and timid girl. It felt good to see her laugh. I like being around children. It is refreshing to see them laugh and play under the smiling sun. It was a childhood I never had, and maybe that's why I loved them so.

Cradling Yuki in one arm and holding the hand of another, I made my way back to the hut. My stomach growled as the nice smell of dinner cooking on the stove tickled my nose. There she was, standing at the door in her white kimono with an apron tied around her waist, her face masked with calmness. My wife. Her familiar scent of plum blossoms mingled with the fragrance of nature. I smiled at her,

"I'm home!"

If it weren't for the orange glow of the setting sun that played around with the shadows on her face, I could've swore I saw a twitch on her lips. I placed Yuki back on the ground, and kneeled down on the ground, reaching eye level with them.

"Ok everyone, it's almost dark. Time to go home for dinner!"

They nodded reluctantly and ran off, waving their hands as they turned to face me.

"See you tomorrow!!"

I waved my hands and watched their retreating figures. Sighing, I turned back into the hut and closed the door.

"You seem close to the children and they seem to adore you," she said.

"Hm?? Really? They're a lovely bunch of kids. By the way, I have something for you," I said, taking out a package from my pouch.

Turning away from the stove, she took the parcel away from me and opened the folds of the thin paper carefully. My heart raced as she unfolded the parcel. She had a look of shock and surprise at what she saw. It was a white kimono with specks of light purple and tiny sakura embroideries. She fingered the material and lifted it up from the package. Her eyes gleamed with joy as she took in every detail of the kimono. There was a simple dark grey obi folded neatly in the package.

I had pleaded with Sakura to help me tailor the kimono, while the designs were drawn by me. I felt that Tomoe looked good in white and since I couldn't show my face in the downtown market, I had to persuade Sakura to buy the cloth and tailor the kimono for me. The final product was flawless. Sakura had certainly done a good job. The flowers were sewn with great care and the work was one of the finest I have seen.

I stole a glance at Tomoe's face and saw a smile tugging at her lips. Her eyes were radiant with joy. She looked like a picture.

"Like it?"

"It's lovely."

She folded the kimono and placed it on the floor.

Feeling slightly relaxed at her comment,

"That's good, I pleaded with Sakura-san to help me get it done. Treat it as a gift for remembrance of the great 6 months we've shared so far and also to thank you for teaching me what happiness is."

She stared at me and blushed. This time, she smiled, her expression one of joy, happiness and it was enchanting.

"Arigato."

She smiled! She's finally smiled! Feeling happy and proud of what I have achieved, I beamed.

"Kirei," I mumbled.

I guess she heard my comment as the flush in her cheeks deepened to a deep crimson colour.

"You're blushing!" I teased.

"Hey! Don't tease!!" she replied, a mischievous gleam in her eyes as she placed her hands on her hips, "Otherwise I won't cook for you anymore! And you can starved!"

"Oh yeah? You would....wouldn't you?" I grinned.

This was one side of Tomoe I've never seen, so cheerful and happy. None of her sadness reflected in her eyes.

"Just watch!" she said with a grin as she turned to stop the fire.

Laughing, I pulled her into my arms.

"Alright...Alright...You win."

She turned to look at me with dark brown eyes. Surprisingly, she didn't pull away, but leaned against me, chuckling. Seeing her so jubilant was like a rare chance at finding a rare gem. Precious and fabulous. I laughed along with her, holding her close and taking in her scent, hoping I would see more of her vibrant self.

Author's Notes:

Hi! I was getting tired of seeing Tomoe with her usual cold look and dark eyes, so here it is! She is a little OOC ne? ^^' I don't know what urged me to write about this....^^' Oh yeah...for all of you who have read Vol. 20 of the Manga, the kimono Kenshin designed was the one she was wearing before leaving the house to meet the Yaminobu. As usual, comments, flames, etc are GREATLY appreciated....^^

Ja ne~!

-icegal-

 

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