Disclaimer: The characters in this fic, such as Kurando, Anastasia, etc. don't belong to me; they are property of Midway, so don't sue! ;.;

Dedications: God, my friends, my cousins, my readers, Aruze for gracing this magnificent RPG with a sequel – despite the ending they chose to go off of – and finally, random bouts of sudden inspiration that gave me the idea to write all these.

Shadow Hearts II: Snapshot

Installment: Yearning

By Tiger5913

Drabble #15 – Christmas, Yuri x Alice

December 25th, 1914.

Throughout the village, children ran around, screaming their delight for the joyful day. Families gathered in their warm homes and enjoyed just being together. Couples, beloved partners, they had the best time, celebrating with romantic dinners and intimate events at the darkest peak of night.

Watching all of them with hooded eyes, the fusionist sighed and tightened his hold on the fragile glass bottle. As much as he wanted to enjoy the holiday, his heart just wasn't in it. A stolen glance at nearby dangling mistletoe made him wince and look away.

Wish you were here, Alice

Drabble #16 – Loneliness, Kurando x Anastasia

His wife quickly made friends.

He could see why. After all, she was warm and friendly, always smiling and bounding around, a real bundle of delightful energy. The adult villagers adored her, the kids liked playing with her, and most of the teenagers were her friends. Because of his occupation, the young Inugami leader was frequently away, but he never had to worry about his spouse being lonely… even though he himself felt so without her presence.

But when Kurando returned home from his trips and Anastasia greeted him with tight hugs, it was as if they were never apart.

End of Installment

Response To Reviews

Angel-chan2: Oh, trust me, I am totally still alive, but I'm just swamped with so much stuff to do. School will be ending soon, though, so I should have more free time to write after that. Thanks for the good luck wishing; I'll certainly need that next week with finals. So, you've beaten SH:C? Congrats! I only got the good ending because I don't like unhappy endings, but that's just me. The good ending made more sense to me, anyway, because I'm sure that Yuri followed his heart's desire in wanting to be with the woman that he loved forever. Anyway, which ending did you like more?

CuddlyChristina2004: Ack, girl, where have you been? I haven't seen you in ages! I hope that you'll be done being busy and come back soon!

kingleby: Hehe, thanks! I don't know too much about SH3, but I'm already interested in Johnny x Shania. I guess I'm jumping the gun, eh? Oh well, I need an outlet for my ideas!

Lord Kain: Thank you for your vote of confidence! And no, I'm not still angry about the joke at GameFAQs, just really disappointed. I be sad now. :(

Lynn Seiza: Hey there! Trust me, you're not the only one that was surprised by my SH3 drabbles, hehe. I'm just happy that they've received such nice feedback. :) Hmm, a drabble on the Magimell brothers… sounds like a request, my dear. :D Or more Karin x Nicolai, you say? If you want that, I've recently uploaded a fic of them, so if you're interested… ;) Ah, you know that all guys are jealous of Nicolai. He's so hot and has many girls drooling over him, so the others want to be like him. Who cares, let's continue to adore and worship Nicolai!

MikoNoNyte: Well, some of the speculation is good, but as we have both seen at GameFAQs, it can get crazy and out of hand too. I can't wait until the game comes out… I can certainly feed my pairing muse and write more fics. :D

Raven Shinobi: Yep, I'm getting a head start on the SH3 pairings, hehe. I'm such a romance freak that I had to do it. :P Well, I already know about the shocking twist of SH3, but I certainly won't spoil it here! E-mail me if you want to know…

Rikainiel: Oh hun, none of your writing is rubbish! Unfortunately, I'm not into the DBZ scene, but I await the day that you write another SH piece. :) Hehe, I'm glad that you enjoyed my Yuri x Karin drabble, because I sure was worried about how I wrote that. Hey, if you're getting into Karin x Nicolai, I just uploaded a new fic of that pairing, so check it out if you have time! Damn me and my evil influence, bwahaha. It's all in my plans for taking over the-er, I mean, nothing… XD

SilverLocke980: Locke! I'm glad you're enjoying my little installment of drabbles, hehe. I know that you're more partial to full-length fics, so I'm honored that you would read and like these short little pieces. I hope that you will write more SH fics yourself, for you certainly shouldn't make that Karin story your only one. I'll get a KurAna out of you if it's the last thing I do… Bwahahaha! XP

The Libra Chick: Libra! Eek, I'm not the best writer at this site, trust me. There are way more talented people here, and I'm not arrogant enough to assume the position of their lead, heh. Anyway, when you get settled into your new home, I hope you'll start writing fics again. I'll read your Dynasty Warriors 5 stories!

Lastly, A Comment To All Readers: Hi again, everyone! Again, I'm sorry that I took a long time to get out new fics. But next week I have finals, and after that, school will be out for a couple of weeks, so I'll try to get some writing done then. And trust me, I fully intend to finish The Belated Honeymoon, but I confess that I'm really worried about how I wrote the contents of Part Five, so I'm taking my time and being careful with it. But it's getting pretty long, and I hope that you readers will think that the end product was worth the wait. Well then, I'm off to study now; I'll see you guys next time!