Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction. It is not intended to infringe on the rights of Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, Asahi Sonorama, the Vampire Hunter D Production Committee, Studio Madhouse, Urban Vision Entertainment, or any other entity. Time and Completed Circles. By Cassa A. Dellinger I stand watching you ride away. The tears of both happiness and sorrow running down my face. I know that I will love you even with you gone. I can't love another when my heart is with you. I hope that you will remember your promise and return someday. The years slowly pass by and I watch the road each sunset hoping for a chance sight of you. Dan has lived in town for some time now. He and his wife are expecting their second child. Their first a young girl of five now is Ellen. Ellen visits me on Saturdays. She helps me with the livestock and has been asking me to teach her to use my whip. I keep telling her when you are older. She is persistent though. Dan is a Doctor and a happy father. I am content for now being Aunt Doris. Though there are times I wish I had a child of my own to care for. Time is passing more quickly now and Ellen is now seventeen. She is tall and has light auburn hair. Her eyes are light amber and she has many admirers in town. She cares nothing for them though. She is spending more and more time with me for which I am grateful. I have been telling her stories of the day you can and how you saved me from old Magnus Lee. Ellen reads to me now as I lay in my bed. I am thinking of you and not really hearing the words of the book Ellen is reading. Ellen gets up to answer the door since someone has knocked. I can see that the sun is slowly setting the sky is crimson and violet. I can hear soft foot falls on the stairs and I look towards the doorway of my room. There you stand as handsome and strong as the day you left. Your hair is still that dark auburn and those burning sapphire blue eyes of yours speak volumes even though you have said nothing. I feel a smile touch my face as a few tears run down my wrinkled cheeks. "Hello D." I speak softly though I am almost hoarse. You stand still a moment and then you come forward and take my right hand and place a kiss on the back. "Doris." I feel more tears fall slowly down my cheeks at the sound of your voice. The same quiet and powerful voice that I could never truly forget. "Are you well?" I ask in a hoarse voice. You stand still a moment and then softly say "Yes. And you?" I smile softly and nod. "I am happy even if I am old. Ellen is Dan's daughter. She keeps me company. Her little brother is Dean. He is training to be a werewolf hunter like my father was. Dan is the Doctor in town now." I know I am talking too much but I have so much I want to say. You just stand and half smile as I go on about the years and soon I stop talking. The sun has set and the full moon is casting a silver light across the room. I smile and softly say "Goodbye D. Thank you for coming back." "Your welcome Doris." I hear you say as I close my eyes. I can hear your soft foot falls leaving the room and I can hear Ellen telling you were to find Dan. Once the door is closed behind you I hear the barrier go on. I fall asleep and dream of the days gone by of the day I first met you and then the day you left. I can smell the flowers and feel the crisp fresh air of that morning. This time though I am riding with you as you leave. I am always with you now my love is in your heart.