I imagined I'd be able to upload this final chapter sooner - it's short, and uses parts of the sequel (ch. 10) so there wasn't that much to write. But it took its time... maybe partly because it wasn't a happy chapter to write.
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A/N: This was quite a long one - probably could have been compressed a bit, at times (though in a way I'm disappointed it didn't reach 100k...) but of course, there's still the sequel, so I can't really say this'd be over yet. The sequel can be found here.
Leaving you with a poem from the late Heian/early Kamakura period, by Fujiwara no Teika (1162 – 1241):
On a spring night
The floating bridge of dreams
Swirling round the mountaintop
A cloud drifts into the open sky