It was three years after Kanade and Kaname were frozen and Hatori had gathered all of the nobles.
"You are to tell neither Zero nor Yuki about this, do you all understand?" Hatori said as he exchanged glances with each and every one of them. They all nodded in response. "Alright then. Go ahead."
Akastuki proceeded to melt the ice surrounding Kanade. Hatori grabbed hold of the limp girl and whispered in her ear,
"Wake up, my sweet. Let go of the boy."
Kanade's eyes slowly fluttered open as she took a deep breath and buried her face in Hatori's chest. Her fingers slowly parted from Kaname's and Aido quickly froze the pureblood's hand again.
"Kaname." The girl breathed.
"No, I'm sorry. He is still frozen."
"Huh?" She lifted her head to meet his gaze with her eyes half closed before quickly realizing the situation and jumping out of his arms. "Ah!"
He let out a chuckle, "Sorry my dear. You were simply unable to stand on your own is all."
Kanade looked around in confusion as she held her aching head. When she glanced behind her, her jaw dropped as she saw Kaname frozen. She felt her tears begin to form as her memories came back.
“It's too late Kanade.” Kaname's words echoed in her ears as she remembered clutching onto him in his last moments.
"Kaname…" Her tears began to fall as she stared up at his motionless body.
"I froze him… along with you." Aido said.
"The place was crumbling and… you wouldn't move. I wanted to save you both. And then after everything calmed down… Hatori said it would have been best to just leave you with him."
"Really…?" Kanade glanced over at the smiling man. "What…. day is it?" Kanade asked. She then noticed that he was wearing a suit and when she looked around she saw that everyone was dressed up. "Why are you all…?"
"Today is March 15th, 3 years after that day, Zero and Yuki's wedding." Hatori said.
Kanade's eyes widened in astonishment and she felt her heart drop.
"This is what you chose Kanade." Hatori said as he looked over at the frozen pureblood. "You chose Kaname and to let those two become happy."
Kanade held her head down, closing her eyes as tightly as she could and took a deep breath.
"Kanade." Rima said as she walked up to the girl. Kanade opened her eyes and looked up at the small model. "Let's go." Rima smiled for the first time in front of Kanade and held her hand out for her.
Kanade couldn't help but feel a sudden warmness envelop her as she took hold of Rima's hand.
As Rima began to lead Kanade away Ruka walked up and grabbed the purebloods other hand. Kanade stared down at their intertwined fingers in astonishment.
"I'm sorry that we never really talked. I was always jealous of the way Lord Kaname looked at you, but I'm happy that it was you in the end."
"Thank you..." Kanade said as she slightly smiled at the girl. She wanted to be happy about Ruka's words but they simply reminded her of the real situation.
Rima and Ruka both helped Kanade get ready for the wedding.
"I'm afraid that none of us will be by your side during the ceremony. We are all either bridesmaids or groomsmen." Ruka said.
"Oh...." Kanade said as she twiddled with her fingers and they fixed her hair.
"But Hatori will accompany you..." Rima said.
Kanade descended down the stairs of the unfamiliar place alongside Ruka and Rima. All of the boys waited downstairs watching the girls with smiles and patience, including Hatori.
When Kanade reached the bottom Hatori bowed and then held out his arm. Rima went to Senri's side and Ruka to Akastuki's.
Kanade hesitantly took hold of the smirking man and slowly trudged along his side towards the door with all of the nobles close behind.
"Why am I going anyways?" Kanade asked him.
"I figured it'd be nice for you to see." Hatori said with the usual smile plastered on his face.
Kanade and Hatori sat in the back of the crowd, trying their best to not attract any attention. The place was beautiful, covered in flowers, vines, and glimmering lights. It was absolutely perfect.
"Is it really okay for me to be here?" Kanade asked the pureblood sitting beside her.
"Of course… but if you like… there is still time." Hatori said as he stared straight ahead. "You can stop it."
"…No." Kanade said as she held her head down. "I want Zero to be happy. There is no hope for me… my happiness is dead and gone in a frozen state…. but him…"
'He just might be able to finally move forward and hopefully smile with all of his heart… if I just stay quiet and in the shadows.'
The music started and the groom appeared. Kanade's eyes widened as she saw the silvered hair boy walk down the aisle.
"He's missed you a lot you know. Comes and visits you almost everyday." Hatori whispered to her.
"Visits?" Kanade said, not taking her eyes off the beautiful man.
"Yuki and him visit together once every few months, but he would come alone every other time."
"Wait... how do you know about--?"
The bridesmaids and groomsmen came out. Starting with Kaito and Yori who were the best man and maid of honor.
"It may interest you to know that those two are together." Hatori said.
"Really?" Kanade looked over at him in surprise and he nodded. Kanade then watched them walk towards the altar together.
Then Aido and Maria walked down with locked arms.
Hatori lightly chuckled and said, "No. Aido spends a lot of his time working with Kuran's old notes to try and find a medicine that can make vampires into humans."
Next down the aisle was Ruka and Akastuki which Rima informed her that they were together as well. Then it was Senri and Rima who Kanade knew were together and always would be from the start.
'Everyone is so happy. They all found someone… and me… In a way you could say I'm just a ghost right now. I died that day and there is nothing for me here now except to watch everyone move on.'
The music changed and everyone stood up, including Kanade and Hatori. Everyone turned towards the doors and Kanade noticed from the corner of her eye on the other side if the room that Yagari and Seiren were holding hands.
The doors slowly opened and then she appeared, the most beautiful bride Kanade had ever seen. Dressed in white, with her dark brown hair pinned up, her brown eyes glimmering, and her pale skin sparkling as she held onto her bouquet with one hand and gripped onto the Chairman with another as she slowly made her way down the aisle. Kanade would have been staring at her the entire time, but she instead she found herself not able to take her eyes off Zero. He was… smiling. His emotions of utter happiness radiated around her.
'Zero… I'm so… happy for you.' Kanade thought to herself as a smile began to tug at her lips. Memories of all their moments came flooding back:
"Shouldn't you be in class?"… "Shouldn't you be doing the same?"… "Get to class."
"Get away from her!"… "What is she?"… "Human and you aren't having a taste."
"What are you doing here?"… "Chairman asked me to take you to class."… "I'm fine. I can find my way myself." … "Obviously not."
"Why do you always come here?"… "I find this place comforting. Why do you always follow me?" … "I find you comforting."
"Don't touch me."… "We will get through it together."
"Don't leave me, please." … "I thought you were going to take a bath." … "I don't want to be alone. I've always been alone."
"Zero, come on we have to go to class. We are probably already late."… "Can't we just sleep?"
"You never smile like that unless you’re thinking about him. Do you… care for him?... “…Yeah. But not like how I care for you…”… “…I care about you as well.”
“Around you I feel nothing but human. I forget what I am when I am around you... I forget all my pain and just get lost in your humanity. Even when you’re like this, even when you act so formal… I feel human again."… "Does this mean that you are no longer internally battling with yourself to kill me?"… "I don't think I could ever bring myself to do such a thing. I promised to protect you didn't I?”
"You should have just let me go." … "You will never die under my watch. I'll make sure you live forever… because no matter where you are I will always be watching over you and I will always make sure you're safe."
"From now on I'll always be there to heal your wounds. I'm sorry I couldn't earlier…" … "Even if you’re the one that put them there?"… "Of course."
“Maybe we should try again."… "Why would you say that?"… "Because, You are the only thing that matters to me."
" I never want you to leave my side ever again. I don't know if I could take it. Losing you... was one of the worst things in my life.”
"I'm so glad I'm back in your arms."… "As am I."
"Zero."…" Yes?"…" Kiss me."
"Do you know what some of Ichiru's last words were to me? He told me, '”Live on, and fulfill your goal. Protect her at all costs. Make her happy.” Are you... are you happy?"…"Of course I am Zero." … "You are such a bad liar."
"You may now kiss the bride." The priest said and Zero pulled Yuki in for a kiss. Kanade felt her tears begin to stream down her cheeks, as her smile grew even bigger. The two newly weds walked back down the aisle together and Zero swore that for a moment he saw the beautiful nostalgic smile, but when he got closer she was gone.
As Yuki and Zero walked out of the church and everyone threw rice and rose petals at them as they made their way to the car, Kanade and Hatori stayed in the back, far away from the crowd, watching from a distance at their smiling faces.
"That was so boring." Hatori said as he yawned.
"Shut up." Kanade said as she watched Zero and Yuki.
"… Yeah, lets go."
Zero glanced over and he could see the slight sway of familiar blonde hair in the wind turning the corner behind the church, but he simply bushed it off.
"So… what now?" Kanade asked the pureblood boy as they walked down the street towards the academy.
"You go back into your slumber."
Kanade stopped, her eyes wide. Hatori turned towards her and cocked his head to the side.
"What's the matter?"
"That's it? I go to their wedding and then get frozen again? What's the point?"
"Hm? I thought you would have wanted to be beside your love."
"… He's dead." Kanade said as she held her head downcast. "… Why is he frozen and not… ash?" Kanade asked.
"Because, there is still hope." Hatori's smile widened. Kanade's body grew weak and everything went black.
Years later Kanade was unfrozen for the second time. This time the only nobles who were there were Aido, Takuma, and Akastuki.
Hatori held onto her limp body as she once again slowly untangled her fingers from Kaname's. When she gained her senses she stood up and narrowed her eyes at Hatori before punching him right in the nose. He laughed as he stumbled back a few steps.
"What was that for?" Hatori said as he regained his posture.
"Knocking me out with your powers!” Kanade yelled at him.
"You were asking stupid questions." He smirked.
"I was not!"
"Calm down will ya?" Akastuki said.
"How long has it been this time?" Kanade said as she took a deep breath and clenched her hands into fists at her sides.
"5 years since the wedding." Hatori said before grabbing her by the arm and pulling her outside.
"I don't understand… what is there to see now?" Kanade asked as she followed Hatori through the streets of the city.
"Just wait will you?” They walked for a little longer until he suddenly stopped in front of a small, unfamiliar house. “We are here."
"What's this place?" Kanade asked. The front door suddenly opened and there was Yuki with two small children holding her hands. Kanade's eyes widened and her jaw dropped. "…. Is that--?"
"Her and Zero's two children. Yori and Kanade."
"She's the older one, the four year old. The other one is about 2."
"They are so… beautiful." Kanade said as she watched the two children clutch onto Yuki. The older one had brown eyes and long white hair and the younger one had violet eyes and mid shoulder brown hair.
"Oops! Mommy forgot to kiss daddy goodbye! Kanade, stay with your sister. I'll be right back!" Yuki exclaimed before running inside.
"She's so reckless." Kanade laughed as she watched her sister run inside, leaving her two children in the courtyard.
"Who are you?" A small voice asked. Kanade looked down and it was Yori and her sister standing in front of her. Kanade looked over and Hatori was gone, she mentally panicked as the little girl stared up at her.
"Me?" Kanade asked nervously as she pointed at herself. They both nodded. "I'm… I'm no one."
"Are you a friend of mommy's?" Yori asked.
Kanade paused for a moment as she stared at the window that showed the silhouette of Yuki fixing Zero's tie.
"Yeah… an old friend."
"You look like the frozen lady." Little Kanade said.
"Mommy and Daddy make us visit these two frozen people holding hands underneath this big stone building every once in awhile." Little Kanade said. "You look exactly like the pretty frozen girl."
"Ah? Really? Um well…"
Kanade could see Yuki beginning to open the door and she began to panic even more.
"Sometimes Daddy takes me to see the frozen lady and he tells me stories about her and he always looks so sad." Little Kanade said.
"Really?" Kanade said in surprise. "What kind of stories does he tell you?"
"Well he says that he would follow her wherever she went for no reason when they were in school and she'd always get all red. Then after class she would sit underneath this big apple tree and he would sit under this tiny cherry blossom tree."
"It was always like that." Zero said as he stared up at the frozen girl. “I always felt like a tiny cherry blossom tree compared to her. And even though my existence was so very small, I just couldn't stay away." Little Kanade looked up at him in confusion.
"Why are you crying daddy?" She asked.
"Sorry… I just… thinking about her angry expression just makes me really happy." He said as he smiled up at the frozen girl.
"You're so weird Dad."
"Kanade? Yori?" Yuki called out for them. "AHH where did you go? This is no time for hide and seek!" She exclaimed as she ran around the courtyard looking in the bushes.
Kanade lightly chuckled at her silliness.
"Don't tell your mom or dad about me okay? I'm nothing but a ghost." Kanade said as she smiled down at the two. She turned around and the girls watched her as she walked off.
"Mommy?" Yori said as she stood in the gateway with Kanade, watching her in confusion. "What are you doing?"
"Huh? How did you hide there without me seeing you?" Yuki asked as she walked up to them.
"We weren't hiding mommy!" Kanade said.
"We were talking to the ghost girl." Yori said.
As Kanade reached the street she ran into Hatori.
"Where the hell did you go?" She asked.
He shrugged his shoulders and smirked. "If those two saw me I wouldn't hear the end of their incessant questions."
Kanade walked over to his side and they made their way through town.
"You're so annoying." They walked in a long silence. "So… are you going to tell me?" Kanade said after while.
"Tell you what?"
"Who you are."
Hatori stopped walking and Kanade turned around to face him.
"I don't know what you're talking about." He said, his smile depleted and his eyes completely blank.
"Yes you do. There's something I don't remember isn't there? Our engagement 8,000 years ago was arranged. You have no love for me, yet you're still attached to me in some way." She walked up to him so they were inches apart and locked eyes with him. "Just who exactly are you?"
He smiled down at her, pulled his hand out of his pocket, and stroked her cheek.
"One day, I'll tell you."
Kanade's body got heavy and she began to collapse, but Hatori caught her in his arms.
"You bastard." Mumbled before her eyes closed completely.
He chuckled, "I know."
Hatori held onto Kanade's freshly unfrozen, limp body as she once again slowly pulled apart from Kaname.
"Come on dear. We haven't got much time." Hatori said before he carried her out with immense speed.
A few minutes later when Kanade came to her senses she woke up in Hatori's arms outside.
"Let go of me you snake." She hissed. He laughed and set her down. "Again with your damn sleeping ability. Honestly you're really starting to piss me off." She then realized that they weren't in the usual place.
"Where are we? …. When are we?"
"It's been about 992 years since last time my dear."
"WHAT!?" Kanade exclaimed with her eyes wide and her jaw dropped. She looked around frantically. "You're joking right? I don't see any flying cars or anything you have got be joking!"
"I'm not joking and there are no flying cars." He said with an unexpected serious tone.
Kanade then realized that they were in a graveyard and her heart dropped. She closed her eyes as tightly as she could and slowly turned around. When she finally got the courage to open them she met eyes with the menacing gravestone that held his name.
"No…" Kanade whispered as she fell to her knees over the patch of dirt.
"The funeral just ended." Hatori said.
"This can't be happening… he's a vampire…"
"Only us purebloods live forever Kanade. He was just a simple ex-human vampire."
"Well it isn't fair!" Kanade exclaimed as she looked up at him with her tears flooding down her cheeks.
"It's amazing… how you're absolute hopelessness seems to give others hope."
"What are you talking about so suddenly? I'm not hopeless." Kanade said as she stared at the gravestone in despair.
"Of course you are. You're the most hopeless girl I know."
"You're just a hopeless little girl, lost, lonely… and even though you may not seem like it, you care about others unconditionally."
"I told you to shut up."
"Always calling out to Kaname like he's dead and gone, but in reality that's just you being hopeless again."
"SHUT UP!" Kanade screamed as she grabbed hold of him and threw him down onto the ground. She pinned him there as she stared down at him with her tear glazed red eyes and wet cheeks. "I'm done with your shit. Tell me. Tell me who you are right now!" She hissed. "How do you know so much about me? How do you always know? Who are you?"
"… Why does it matter? I'm just some bastard who is always causing you problems." He said as he pushed her off and started to walk away. Kanade watched after him as she sat up.
"... No you're not." Hatori stopped, but he kept his back towards her as she stood up. "It was you wasn't it? You were the one who showed me my parent's past." He didn't say anything as he kept his back towards her. “… You always seemed to be there with a hint of the truth when I was stuck in the dark. You let me drink your blood on purpose when Kaname attacked the Association to give me strength. You made me curious about the holes in my memory when Kaname erased his existence and you left the story by the tree with the ring so I'd remember just enough at the last second. You purposely let me escape when you tried to turn me human. You kept unfreezing me at peeks of Zero and Yuki's life so I'd have closure… you aren't a bad guy at all. You didn't mean to kill me that night 8,000 years ago... you actually care for me."
There was a long silence as the wind picked up.
"… I drank your blood." Hatori said after awhile before slowly turned towards her. "My curse… if I drink a persons blood I know everything. Their past, their future, absolutely everything."
Kanade's eyes widened as everything clicked in her mind.
"So… you know everything… about me?"
"Every dark secret, every smile, every tear, everything." He said as he held his head downcast.
Kanade slowly walked up to him and he watched cautiously through the curtain of his hair as she approached him with her head down. When she was only a few inches away she wrapped her arms around him, holding him in an embrace.
"I'm so sorry." She whispered. He stared ahead in surprise, his eyes wide. He then looked down at her and slowly wrapped his arms around her before burying his head in her shoulder.
"Thank you." He whispered.
'You're forgiveness... your voice...'
Kanade could feel her shoulder begin to dampen as his tears fell and his happiness flowed through her.
'You just wanted to be understood and so you clung to me.
I'm so sorry.
I understand your pain.'
"So I suppose now the mystery is solved." Kanade lightly laughed. "There is nothing left but you and I. Maybe… we could stay together…"
'I always thought that you were my salvation, that just the nearness of you would save me from this terrible existence.'
Hatori pulled away and stared down at her.
"You would choose to be with a guy like me? Where all your secrets are exposed?"
Hatori smiled down at her for a moment and Kanade began to feel her body become heavy.
"What are you doing?" She asked as she tried her best to keep herself standing.
"I'm sorry, but you're not mine to keep. Today's the day the furnace's fire is finally put out."
'You, with your impossible strength and your
absolute hopelessness; a total contradiction.'
The fourth and final time Haotori unfroze Kanade was only a few minutes after he had froze her again from the third. Hatori laid her down beside Kaname on the stone table with Yuki and her children standing a few feet away.
'Everything about you makes me feel alive once again.'
"Shhh. Don't say anything, just listen." He whispered into her ear.
'My dear Kanade, the girl who's lived many lives, the hopeless girl with so much strength. You saved me from absolute desolation. There is one more thing that you need to know.'
She listened as Hatori said the truth about her; how her embodiment was human all this time. He then moved on top of her and leaned down.
"Please be happy." He whispered as Kanade slightly opened her eyes and stared up at him. "For the both of us." He leaned down and pressed his lips against hers.
'May you finally be able to smile with all of your heart... until the end of days.'