Yuki and Zero's romance...well right now there doesn't seem to be much of any, besides little glances between them here and there. Yes Yuki does love Kaname, but she also loves Zero, she even admitted that she desired his blood which means she still has lingering romantic feelings for him. Yet then when she drank Zero's blood she said that it was only because she needed blood so she could concentrate on the academy instead of her hunger...which leaves me slightly confused
Although now the story's at the ultimate climax with Yuki and Zero against Kaname. If Yuki does go up against Kaname then I see the opportunity for her and Zero to go farther in their relationship. However if she hesitates again...then I don't really see how much more things can progress between them. Really we won't know for sure until chapter 84 comes out, that seems to be the pivotal point for everything right now
Ok, I understand your conflict and confusion.
Here is my analysis.....I would like to consider myself pretty good at understanding how Japanese stories and themes work.
Does Yuuki love Kaname? She has not admitted this in any recent manga: not outloud and not internally (as she does with Zero). The Japanese LOVE to delay gratification....and love to throw a bunch of monkey wrenches into a romance. Why? Simply bc we get a better payoff in the end if the couple is presented with insurmountable events that they overcome together, causing their bond to strengthen.....
As for Yuuki drinking his blood, WE KNOW she has been craving it. But she didn't initially want to take his blood (and not bc of Kaname...there were NO thoughts of him in her dilemma) bc she knows how he feels about vampires....and how his life is always controlled by them in soem way.....she wanted to show him (in her subtle way) that she is no ordinary bloodsucker, and she can resist the urge to drink.
As for Zero, I truly believe he wanted to return the favour to her since she saved him from becoming Level E....and you have to admit, sucking blood is VERY intimate! Very personal. If you look BACK at that scene, Zero had to give her a reason to drink his blood (to make her resolve her internal conflict of taking advantage of him for his blood), that is, they are on a mission working together and he needs to have her strong and alert (I am paraphrasing here). Another subtle note, Zero offered his wrist to her, but she drank from his neck--a more sexual position, more intimacy. He did NOT resist.
If you look at that scene, do not get confused at what is being said.....in shoujo type stories, most of the action lies in what is NOT being said (actions louder than words sometimes)....so all those little glances.....they are building up to something. They are not there for NO reason. These are subtle threads the author is weaving. If you compare it to the Kaname storyline, there isn't much of that....in fact, when he is out of sight, he is also out of mind in terms of romance (especially now....Yuuuki is not suffering any internal conflict with her love for him).
One more thing I thought of....when Ruka created that illusion of Zero killing her, she KNEW if was not him. She knew....there was NO hesitation. She KNOWS Zero's heart.....if there is one thing she is confused about, it is Kaname's heart....how could someone so beautiful, sweet, romantic, protective, adoring of her be so secretive and manipulative towards her???
I think the author has the players lined up in place for something major.
Any idea how long this series is supposed to continue?
It really does need a nice ending, some resolution. I love it so much, but it needs a nice solid conclusion.