New Ruler of the Southern Lands

Epilogue

Another day has gone
I'm still all alone
How could this be?

Dear Kagome,

A year has passed though it just felt like yesterday that I woke up in the hospital next to mom and I was so shocked that I was ten years old once more. It was like that whole ordeal with the Feudal Era never happened, we wondered what happened.

We asked the doctor what happened to us and he said that we passed out from stress and exhaustion, however we knew what really happened. We asked the doctor if you were in another room but he said no. When we returned home you weren't there either and we looked for you everywhere but there still weren't any sign of you.

Where did you go sis?

You're not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold

You know, I remembered all that happened. How I hurt you and killed all those people. I tried so hard to stop but I couldn't, I wasn't strong enough, not like you. You're strong, sis, and I never hated you for it.

Are you alive sis?

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away?

I heard what you said before you disappeared, you told me to take care of myself and called me a little warrior. Mom doesn't seem to remember what you said to her and sadly she began to think that you died fighting Naraku and that other guy. Who was that guy Kagome? And why did he hate you so much? I know you're alive Kagome, you're just somewhere else healing.

Will you come back sis?

Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

I moved my room to yours for I could always remember you; how we use to play with one another, how you would usually rip your hair out trying to figure out a math problem. Haha, you always hated Geometry.

But you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my hear
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But you are not alone
'Lone, 'lone
Why, 'lone

But I also remember how you would cry yourself to sleep when Inuyasha hurt you. I never liked Inuyasha after he made you disappear for six years.

I know it's wrong to jump to conclusions but I know he hurt you. I remember when I came into your room wiping the tears stains from your face when you're sleeping. You always thought they rubbed off on your pillow, but no, I wiped them away. Because I'm your brother and as much as an older sibling is suppose to take care of the younger one, I wanted to take care of you and protect your shattering heart.

Just the other night
I thought I heard you cry
Asking me to come
And hold you in my arms

Back then I wondered, "How you could be so strong but so fragile at the same time?"

You always hid your pain behind a smile like a mask hiding your beauty from the world. Every time you came home you were always exhausted from traveling, your clothes torn or ripped from battling a demon. Mom would usually cry when she saw the blood on some of your shirts, I cried too, thinking that one day you would never come back because you were killed by a demon. And when you came back home with all smile covered in dirt, cuts, and bruises, I just want to cry and hug you. To beg you to stay here where you would be safe. However, I knew you would go back because you wanted to protect everyone and that if you didn't get back the shards of the Shikon No Tama, everyone would be in danger.

I can hear your prayers
Your burdens I will bear
But first I need your hand
Then forever can begin

Sometimes I would curse that jewel and would sometimes wanted to seal up that well but I'm not strong like you to put a seal on it. I laugh now when I thought Grandpa could do that and how I asked him to seal it while you were sleeping after a long day's travel back in the Feudal Era.

Grandpa told me that you were just like his other daughter Loonia. I never knew Grandpa had another child, mom never mentioned she had a sister. I asked him how you could remind him of his other daughter. He told me that Loonia always had this sense of duty, if she had to do something she would do it and never quit. I then asked him how you could remind him of her when you were mom's daughter and he told me that some things are better left unsaid. After that, he never spoke of her again.

Were you Loonia's daughter, sister?

Well if you are, I don't care. You are still my big sis and nothing could change that, we're still family.

Every day I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

When are you coming sis?

I miss you and mom won't enter my room without tearing up. I won the soccer championships, the coach said he never seen anyone who ran so fast and I laughed saying he should see you run.

I remember how you helped me with my soccer practice. I swear you looked like bullet when you run around, I could barely see the ball while you were kicking it.

Oh, remember how you found me and Inuyasha talking on the porch and you heard me say, 'I love you' to Inuyasha? Your expression was so priceless! I would have laughed my butt off if I didn't feel like pissing my pants. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you thank you for helping me get Hitomi. Even though I have to start all over now that I'm little again, thanks allot sis! I bet you're laughing at me right now [pout].

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
For you are not alone

Hey sis, do you remember the first time I went for soccer tryouts and all the kids were picking on me because I was smaller then them?

Remembered how you showed up at soccer practice and you saw them pushing me around, I still remember their expression when you kicked the soccer ball and it hit the leader's face and he went out like a light. You looked like you were going to murder them when you shouted for them to 'grow some balls and pick on kids their own size and to get a brain while they were at it'.

I swear mom looked like she was going to have a heart-attack when I told her about it. You were always there for me when I needed help, it was like you had this little "Souta Radar" that told you I was in danger lodged in your brain.

Whisper three words and I'll come runnin' by
And girl you know that I'll be there
I'll be there

I miss you so much sis.

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

And I wish you were here for I could tell how sorry I am for hurting you like I did.

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart

I pray for you every day that you are somewhere safe and alive. I don't know if you're in the Feudal Era or somewhere hiding from us, but wherever you are, I just want you to know that I'll always be waiting for you to come back home.

For you are not alone
For I am here for you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

Take care sister and come home soon.

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart

Sincerely,

Souta Higurashi, your loving brother


Souta stared at the letter in his hands before dropping it into the dusty old well, he watched it disappear in the darkness before turning and walking back up the stairs to the door. The sound of the door sliding close echoed throughout the empty well house. The letter laid innocently down at the bottom of the well, its words gazing up at the roof.

For you are not alone…

Suddenly in a small glow of blue light, the note disappeared leaving only little sparkles of blue light.


You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson

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