SORRY for the SUPER long wait... I was so...what's the word? Not annoyed, not bored... CONFUSED as to how to end it. I thought I owed it to you guys to at least post it.. I had most of it done, but, like I said, I needed an ending. SO, I decided to have an epilogue. Should be up later today. I finished this chapter today, as well. =)


Chapter Fifteen


[Miyako POV]

Momoko was resting for the entire day. Her battle yesterday with Berserk was incredible. Kaoru and I would have helped, but we were too weak. Brick was also injured, but not as badly as Momoko. Close enough to be resting next to her, though.

Instead of the world being cloaked in darkness, like we thought would happen, our energies made the world a bit happier and better. We were all relieved and glad.

Now we can get back to our own little lives. We still protect the town from minor villains, but the major ones have been defeated by our energy. Not all of them were wiped out, because of Berserk's and Bruiser's energies, but we prefer it this way.

If we didn't fight crime, we wouldn't have much to do. We enjoy making a difference, even if no one knows who we are under the costumes. The PowerPuff Girls Z brought Momoko, Kaoru, and I together, and we can't imagine our lives without our PowerPuff Z selves.

Being the PowerPuff Girls Z brought Boomer, Brick, and Butch into our lives, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

I snuggled closer to Boomer on the couch in Professor Utonium's living room. Boomer was holding me, on his lap, on the left side of the couch. Kaoru and Butch took up the other side, talking about some sports event at school.

My eyes fluttered open. I stared into Boomer's eyes; eyes that were watching me. I smiled and he chuckled. "What is it, Miyako-chan?" he asked.

"Nothing…" I said playfully.

"No, seriously," he said. "What is it?" He was still playful though.

"Nothing… It's just that there's a dance coming soon at school for the beginning of the year and-"

"Would you like to accompany me?" he asked.

I beamed. "Of course, Boomie!"

He grinned and kissed me softly.

I did love this life.


[Kaoru POV]

I was on the couch talking to Butch about this soccer game that's going on next week at school. The conversation was going absolutely fine. Until Butch heard Miyako say something. "There's a dance at school for…"

I groaned. "Hey, Kaoru, do you maybe want to-"

I cut him off. "No."

He rolled his eyes. "You're going with me to that dance, Kaoru," he said.

"No. I hate dances. I hate dancing. I hate dresses. No," I repeated.

He smirked and snaked his arms around my waist, pulling me up to sit on his lap and close to me. "You're going, Kaoru, because I need to see you in a dress and because you need to have that experience," he said.

I rolled my eyes. "No way," I replied.

"Sure," he said sarcastically. He began leaving a trail of kisses from the end of my jaw up to my temple. Then he kissed my neck fiercely. "You're going."

"Mmm…"

He looked back up at me and smirked. "I knew I could make you go," he said, kissing my lips softly.

I pulled away. "What? No! I didn't-"

He pressed his lips to mine again and I couldn't resist a second time.

"Fine," I said, breathless.

He smiled and began leaving that damn trail of kisses again. It burned so good; I hated it. "Face it, Kaoru," he said. "I know you love me." His voice was smug.

I scoffed. "No fair," I muttered.

I didn't expect him to hear it. "It is fair, Kaoru," he said. "You see, you hold my heart. Every piece of it, broken and shattered, you fixed it perfectly."

I smiled, even though I didn't want to. It sounded sappy, but it was the perfect line to use. I was pretty sure he made it up, but it was lovely. Only a one-time thing, I promised myself. He buried his face in my neck. I started to run my fingers through his hair.

He nuzzled my neck, and I could feel him smiling. He wasn't smug about it, though. He was right. I did have the key to his heart, and he had mine. I hugged him tightly, knowing that he would be the only person to ever make me want to do that.


[Momoko POV]

When I woke up, I found Brick sleeping on a cot next to me. I smiled, watching his peaceful expression and just how perfect he looked. He wasn't perfect. He was far from it. But I didn't mind.

I took his sleeping hand in mine, giving it a small squeeze. His eyes opened slowly and landed on me. He smiled as he sat up. "Momoko," he greeted.

I smiled. "Brick!" I hugged him and he held me close. "How do you feel?"

"Me? How do you feel?" he asked.

"I feel better," I said. Then I remembered something that Miyako had told me. "But you know what would make me feel even better?" I asked in a flirty tone.

"What?" he asked.

"You. Taking me to the small dance that's coming up at school."

"I just woke up and you're bombarding me with news of a dance? You must really wanna kill me," he joked. "Of course you know I'll take you. I need every excuse I can get to hold you tight." He demonstrated by holding me even closer than we already were.

I blushed at how we weren't even an inch apart. "So you're taking me?" I asked, still in flirt-mode, and batting my eyelashes for the full effect, complete with the puppy dog eyes and cute pout.

It took him a second to answer. "Of course," he said. "But don't do that ever again. I lost ten brain cells because of that. Seriously. Too cute." I could tell he was joking, but he really liked my flirty face.

I smirked. "Sure, big boy," I teased.

"Hey!"

Our lips met in a second. It was like a magnet; we kept being pulled back to each other after we had that stupid little annoyance called 'oxygen'.

I couldn't wait for the dance.


[Kaoru POV]

Stupid dance. Stupid trail of kisses. Stupid tempting eyes and smirk. Stupid dress.

Miyako and Momoko had made me up before beautifying themselves.

I sighed and waited in front of the banquet hall with Momoko and Miyako.

I wore an shimmering emerald dress that reached my knees and had no sleeves. It was a V-neck and had a black satin sash at the top of my midsection and a small black bow in the back, tying it together. My hair was still spiked, but some of it was pulled back into a hair clip. Still messy, but "beautifully so". They also put me in one inch black heel sandals and an emerald hairclip. I had dark green eye shadow and black eyeliner. They'd applied red lipstick and bronzer.

Miyako was wearing a strapless light blue dress that reached a little past her knees. Instead of the satin sash at the top like my dress, her entire midsection was black satin. It was like a corset, almost, and was pointed at the bottom. She was wearing deep blue ballet flats. Dark blue eye shadow, pink blush, and light pink lip gloss were on her face, as well as a bit of white eyeliner. Instead of her usual pigtails, she let her hair down. It was still curly and reached her shoulders because of that. She also had a small French braid in her hair, on the right side of her face, leading down to one of the curls.

Momoko had on a reddish-pink halter dress that reached a bit above her knees. It was longer in the back than in the front. She had a black satin sash around the bottom of her waist, near the hem of the dress. Hers was a small V-neck as well. She had cherry lip gloss on, red blush, and dark red eye shadow with silver eyeliner. Her hair was loose with a small ribbon around her head, tied at the back. Half of her hair was brought to the front, covering a small bit of her dress.

We were waiting for the boys to get to the banquet hall. The school had brought everyone to a fancy ballroom, still dark with a small disco ball, for the dance. We had been on a different bus than the boys, so we still waited.

Not long afterwards, they showed up. My eyes were only watching Butch. He was wearing a tuxedo with a dark green dress shirt under it and a forest green tie. All the brothers were wearing the same thing, but in their respective colors. His hair was spiked up and he smirked at me, probably to hide his actual thoughts. He held his hand out to me, and I took it. "Boy, you sure know how to clean up," I commented as we entered the ballroom. "And you actually own a monkey suit?"

He chuckled. "I guess," he replied. "I didn't think you owned a dress, either."

"Touché," I said.

"Really, though. You look beautiful," he said. I blushed scarlet.

"Thanks," I muttered.

We didn't really want to go dance with everyone else. We weren't like that. We found a spot to sit and planted ourselves there. He turned to me and nuzzled my neck, snaking his arms around my waist. Here we go again, I thought.

He left that same trail of kisses, all still burning beautifully. I placed both my hands on his cheek and pulled his face up so he could see me. "Don't do that," I said quietly.

He smirked. "Why not?"

I sighed. "Just don't."

"Because you like it?" he asked, kissing my neck. I was weak there.

I pulled his face back up to see me. "Seriously. No," I said.

"Fine," he replied. His arms were still around my waist and he pulled me up to sit on his lap again. He kissed me hungrily, and I responded.


[Momoko POV]

Brick took my hand and led me inside. "So do we get to dance?" I asked.

He rolled his eyes, smiling, and twirled me. "You just healed from a vicious fight with your evil counterpart not too long ago, and you want to dance?"

I nodded. He smiled and wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me closely. I smiled as I placed my arms around his neck and leaned into his warmth. I kissed him and he responded with the same passion. "Love you," I said nonchalantly.

"Love ya more," he teased.

"Yeah, right," I said.

He rolled his eyes. "We're not seriously going to have a fight over who loves the other more, are we?"

I laughed and he laughed with me. "No," I said. "Unless you want to."

He grinned evilly, but playfully. His lips attacked my neck, then made their way to my lips.

I smiled and chuckled, placing my head on his shoulder, just swaying.


[Miyako POV]

Boomer and I watched Brick, Momoko, Butch, and Kaoru smiling and enjoying themselves. I smiled, thinking of how happy they all were.

"Care to dance?" Boomer asked me, holding out his hand.

"I didn't know you could dance," I said, taking it.

"There's a lot about me I plan to tell you, this being one of them," he said, smirking.

We made our way to the dance floor where all the others were. It was a slow song, so we just swayed and kept close. I didn't feel like going anywhere but here.

"You know, evil will be harder to find now," Boomer whispered.

I frowned. "I know," I said. "It's fun fighting evil, and it's so wonderful when you feel needed, ya know?"

"Well, I'll always need ya," he said.

"I know," I replied. "I don't think that's exactly a secret. Neither is the fact that I need you, too."

He grabbed me by the waist, whispering in my ear, "Great, then we understand each other." We both chuckled a bit before resuming the dance.


[Kaoru POV]

"So, you think we'll be evil-free for a while?" I asked Butch, now sitting beside him.

He frowned. "We're at a school dance, and you're asking about our 'superhero' lives and whether we'll have to deal with evil for a while?" he sneered.

I rolled my eyes. "Seriously, though," I said, "it's been bothering me for a bit."

He shrugged. "We're all getting stronger, still, so we'll be ready just in case," was his reply. "Besides, what would life be without a few monsters and bad guys to beat up?"

I smiled. He really was, even if I didn't want to admit it to anyone, perfect. The, now familiar, action of wrapping his arms around me, holding me closer to him, felt normal. He did so right now, and kissed my cheek.

I laughed silently. Even though I wasn't exactly the most feminine girl on the planet… Well, who was I really trying to kid? I was a total tomboy. But even a total tomboy girl like myself can have girly times. This was one of them. I could love someone, and I knew that.

I wrapped my own arms around Butch and, even though we were silent, I could feel and hear his smile in the air.


AWESOME, no? Well, sorry it wasn't as juicy as some might write it to be... It was a bit hard to stay in character sometimes. Epilogue up soon, and I'd just like to thank ALL my reviewers, fans, etc. for believing in me and kicking my butt to make me write. ;)

Elouise Victoria, a reviewer who asked me to write not too long ago, was actually why I considered finisjhing it soon. =) Thanks! You asked in such a polite and kind way, that, I just had to write! Thanks to all my peeps out there-I love you all! lol

-HUNNYABEE! :D