POV of both
JUST A DREAM
EPILOGUE: OUR FUTURE
This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looks so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles (1)...
It is where our lives began.
It is where we met.
It is where we were hurt.
It is where we loved.
It is where we belong.
The air tosses our hair as we stand under the blue sky, embracing this world with our hearts.
As I wait in the park, a couple passes by.
"Oh, you," they giggle and coo at each other. It's disgusting, really. Can't these people have a bit of compassion on the rest of us and keep their romantic sentiments to themselves.
Suddenly I realize: I am just as bad as them now. I am one of them.
God, help me.
But we can't help it, I suppose. We're just hopelessly in love. But I take comfort in the fact that I'm not that wrapped around Ichigo's little finger.
But wait, maybe I am. Crap! Now that I think about it, she could just say the word and I'd almost immediately do whatever she said. I just hope she doesn't realize it! She's a little on the slow side, though, so maybe I'm safe.
That isn't to say I'm completely unromantic. Ichigo seems to blush on a daily basis now, and I sometimes hear Minto teasing her about our relationship. Ichigo always retorts that we've been going out for a while now, and won't she please be quiet?
To which Minto replies: "So how long has it been that you've been calling him Ryou-kun now? You dated Aoyama for two years, and you kept his name at Aoyama-kun. It takes you only four months of dating--in this world, at least; the other one doesn't count--to start calling him Ryou-kun. So, you two must be in complete love-love mode, am I right?"
Ichigo always turns into a black-haired--but still somehow bright-pink--cat by this point, so I come in and rescue her.
All right, I admit it: I enjoy being the knight in shining armor. Especially since the rescuing involves a kiss.
Really, though, we're past such teasing. Our relationship--if ignoring the facts of our mutual ability to turn into cats and our late nights in the lab drafting a treaty with the alien race--is quite simple now. She loves me--she loves me--and I love her more than my own life, and that's all there really is to say.
But my love is all I have to give
Without you I don't think I can live
I wish I could give the world to you
But love is all I have to give (2)...
Would you call me if you need my love?
Where I can hear you perfectly.
You made me stronger
From the bounds of power, Dive! (3)...
"Come on, Zakuro! Can't you make your limo go any faster?!" I whine anxiously as I stare at the traffic.
She raises an eyebrow. "Shirogane's not going to kill you for being a few minutes late, Ichigo."
"But it's our four-month anniversary! I can't afford to be late! He might dock my pay!"
Zakuro smiles. I mean, she sort of does. You have to really squint to see it. "Speaking of not being able to afford: You don't have to worry about paying me back. I won't miss the money. Besides, this has been...kind of fun."
I grin. "I'm glad you liked our little outing too! Sorry, though; I honestly didn't mean to drag you into my last-minute shopping. And have you pay for half of Ryou-kun's gift."
"It's fine. I wanted to. Besides, you picked the perfect thing for him, and it's not as if you were going to let it go. You would have attacked the store clerk with your Strawberry Bell just to make him lower the price."
"Heh heh, no I wouldn't....Okay, so maybe I was thinking about it, but still!" I glance out the window again. There's still no sign of movement. My leg is filled with nervous energy as it bounces on the floor of the limo.
I really, really hope he likes my gift. I mean, it's the first thing I've gotten him that's so nice. And it's our four-month anniversary, too...
Has it really been that long? Has it really been that short? I can barely remember a time when I was not with him, but at the same time...
Oooh, I'm so happy~!
I remember that song I once heard on the television. It was such a sad song...
I fly towards the light,
That shines in the far away sky, but
The cold rain wets my wings,
And I'm alone again today (4)...
That's the one! Did I really relate to it once? I can hardly remember feeling so lonely... Shortly after that song, I met Ryou in our fake-present, and things fell into place, and I fell in love for a second time. Even if though we were pitted against that world, that strange reality, I always had him.
He's always been there...
I was stained, with a role, in a day not my own
But as you walked into my life
You showed what needed to be shown
And I always knew what was right
I just didn't know that I might
Peel away and choose to see with such a different sight.
And I will never see the sky the same way and
I will learn to say good-bye to yesterday and
I will never cease to fly if held down and
I will always reach too high 'cause I've seen,
'Cause I've seen twilight (5)...
The sounds of this city.
We have been through it all together.
...This the same place
No, not the same place
This is the same place, love
No, not the same place we've been before...
I am a constant satellite
Of your blazing sun
I obey your law of gravity
This is the fate you've carved on me
The law of gravity
This is the fate you've carved on me...
On me (6)...
How long has it been since I fell in love with you?
My feelings only increase
Will you notice them
Even though I've never once put them into words? (7)...
"Look, they're clearing away the accident now, so be quiet," she snaps in her own quiet way. It's enough to shut me up.
"I might as well walk," I growl.
"How would you with the huge mob of people on the sidewalk and the streets?"
I fall silent for a moment. Then, after a bit of pondering, I wonder out loud, "I wonder why he chose me."
Zakuro must have expected that I was thinking about this, because she doesn't miss a beat to reply, "Because you two were made for each other. Yin and yang."
"But he could have picked a less troublesome opposite!" I huff. "It's because of me reality got screwed up, because of my carelessness that I died for, like, eight minutes. Because of me that he had to wait for me for two years... That's right, he did, didn't he...? Aw, man, I stink! He really should find a new girlfriend! And I can't even make it to our date for our stupid four-month anniversary on time!"
Zakuro has a way of not needing words to communicate her full meaning. However, she usually doesn't use violence.
"OW! Why'd you kick me?!"
"Because you're being stupid. He was the fool who changed reality. Now that I think about it, you're not opposites. You both can be idiotic."
She shoots me a look. "He loves you for better or worse. If you still doubt it, get him to do something disgustingly romantic like recite a poem for you. 'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.' Or something to that effect."
I stare at her. Then, in my mind's eye, I stare at Ryou-kun looking deep into my eyes, reciting romantic poems. "That's a brilliant idea, Zakuro! He'd have to really love me to do something like that!" I pause. "But it's not really that I doubt his love for me, it's just that he deserves better."
At her silence, I glance over at the eldest of us Mew Mews.
She is smiling gently.
And I realize what her smile is saying: He deserves the best, and for him, the very best is you.
"Thanks, Zakuro," I say with a smile.
Round and round in looping time
We live and come to understand things
At times laughing, sometimes crying,
We will continue to walk again today (8)...
It's only you, it's only you
Who I loved
My eyes tear up in the wind
And you become distant.
I'll remember forever
Even if just about everything changes
It was just one, it was just one
But in the brilliance that I'll show you, there's only one thing that was fulfilled
I'll protect it forever and ever (9)...
I glance at my watch for the eighteenth time. No, nineteenth.
"Mommy, that guy's been standing there for a long time. He looks scary. Is he a spy?"
"Shh! Ikuto, that's rude!"
Great. Now people think I'm suspicious. Maybe only kids do, but they count as people. Thank you, Ichigo. I swear, if you forgot about this date, I'll storm into your high school, kidnap you, and force you to do nothing but clean dishes for no pay all week without breaks, not even to eat or sleep.
But then, if I kidnap her while she's in school, she'll be wearing her new high school uniform. And she looks absolutely adorable in it. So maybe I'll bug her even more by just standing in the kitchen, watching her.
"Mommy, he's smiling!"
"Ikuto, what did I say?!"
I glance at my watch for the twentieth time. I then switch to my cell phone. Again. She really needs to charge her phone once in a while.
I'm here waiting for you
Even if the future awaiting us is unlike today (10)...
What can I tell you?
Only being such a small self
I won't tell you more now
Because the words are so
Weak against time (11)...
There are still moments when we look back on those days and shudder.
Those were nightmarish days.
Because there were no goblins to get just the two of us, but instead monsters out for all our friends and fellow humans, the horror was constant.
The peaceful days when we were unable to challenge fate were the worst of the nightmares.
But we prevailed, like good triumphs over evil, just like in the storybooks.
And now we are ready for our happily ever after.
We think we deserve it.
Your fingers gently enfolded mine
As if silently protecting me...
Don't cry until the end...
I love you too much (12)...
I'm going to kill her.
As I pace through the park, I imagine everything that could have happened to her.
A car crash again? That's not even funny.
She probably just forgot.
Maybe she just lost track of time.
Oh, for pity's sake! I'm sure she'll be running down the path, panting and begging forgiveness for being late in just a second.
...It's been four months, but I always make sure she's a proper distance away from roads when we go out. But it's not just with cars I'm cautious about: I keep her away from sharp objects (I never allow her to cook. I tell her to just come to the cafe if she wants to eat something, but she doesn't listen). I make sure we stay away from the questionable parts of the city.
I know I drive her crazy when I act so cautious, but she can't blame me, either. She only just made a full recovery a month ago. And this is the longest we've ever had such peace. It's natural to suspect something is amiss with every turn.
But despite my overprotective nature, she still accepts me. She still loves me. And that's probably the craziest thing in our messed-up lives.
Because I have you
Because I have tomorrow
Because I can't live on all alone
I feel you so close by me
I guess that's love
Because you know how much pain tears can bring
I want to find a smile in your transparent eyes
As I search for a definite meaning in them (13)...
Finally, the accident's cleared up and we're able to go.
"Jeez, it's about time!" I cry as the limo starts moving.
"You do realize," Zakuro says in a bored voice as she texts someone, "that you could have borrowed my cell phone to call him."
I glance at her cell phone. "Yeeeaaahhh....I'm dead, aren't I?"
"Don't even joke about that!" Zakuro says sharply, startling me. Then her eyes sadden and she looks away, slightly embarrassed.
That's right. Even Zakuro was devestated by my death. For weeks after I came back, my friends always at to have a hand on my shoulder, or on my cast, or something. They didn't bother hiding the fact that they were worried I was going to leave them again.
"Sorry," I apologize quietly.
It was a struggle, trying to come back. Half of me was being pulled away, while half of me grasped desperately to any remaining shard of this world that I could reach.
Then I would hear Ryou-kun's voice.
That gave me something to hold on to.
And I made it.
I made it.
Always, always embracing
The fragments that rained into my hands
I already had the strength
To keep smiling to the end (14)...
A sigh. "I said, 'It's okay'."
"Oh. Hee hee."
Another sigh, but this time with a very slight smile. "What do you think he got for you?"
"Ryou-kun? Hmm... Probably a cat toy. He likes to make fun of me, even though it's HIS fault I'm like this. And he has cat genes, too, so I'll have to trick him into turning into Alto and then bring out the little mouse he likes so much--oh, crap."
Zakuro merely stared at me. "You actually did trick him into turning into his cat self before. And he honestly started playing with the mouse toy?"
I grin. "Yeah. He has a hard time controlling his cat-side when he's actually in cat form. But don't tell anyone; he'll cut my salary if he hears I told you."
"...Anyway, what do you seriously think he got you?"
"Umm... He might have gotten me another necklace. Or maybe he got me a CD. I'm not sure." But either way, I know I'll absolutely love it. We know each other completely; he definitely got me something I would like.
Even if he didn't, I'd love it anyway just because it was from him.
Who ya think you're kidding?
He's the earth and heaven to ya
Try to keep it hidden, honey we can see right through ya
Girl ya can't conceal it
We know how you're feelin', who you're thinking of
No chance, no way, I won't say it, no no
You swoon, you sigh
Why deny it, uh oh
I won't say I'm in love (15)...
We see each other.
All anger and apprehension fade away, leaving only relief and joy.
We walk up to each other, smiling.
I tied a ribbon in my hair
And then I tried to smile
I got the feeling that
I was changing who I was
A little bit of courage
I had forgotten that fact
Until I met you.
Any girl can become fearless
By knowing a certain kind of magic (16)...
"It's about time."
"Sorry. Traffic jam."
"And you didn't call because...?"
"Because I'm stupid."
"I already knew that."
"...Are you trying to make me mad?"
"Anyway, here's your present."
A mouse on a string.
"Sorry, I couldn't resist. Here's your real gift. Happy anniversary."
A ticket to Umibozu's concert!
"Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Kyaaaa!"
We laugh at the outburst.
"Here's your gift!"
A limited edition textbook on all documented scientific findings.
"Well, it wasn't easy, but I saw it in the store and I didn't think you had it, so..."
"Holy--! Ichigo, you paid this much for a textbook?!"
"You didn't pay for all of it, did you?"
"Never mind that! Do you like it?"
"This is way too much, Ichigo--"
"Do. You. Like. It?"
A sigh, and then a smile.
"Yeah, I do. Thank you."
We smile in the way we only can when we're together.
We slowly lean towards each other, not noticing the gawking nearby children and their embarrassed parents. Our eyes close, and our lips press together gently.
Cause You're just a dream
This is my reality
If I could be in your dream
All I wanna do is be with you be with you
Be with you
You're just a dream
Oh whoa you're just a dream
Just a dream (17)...
THE END--no--THE BEGINNING
Prettyinpinkgal: It's over. I'm just finishing this up in school, and I can't believe it's over. I've worked on this for almost four years, and it's done. Wow...
Thank you so, so much, everybody. I would have given up on this story long ago if it had not been for all of you. I hope you enjoyed the epilogue--I wanted to show how Ichigo and Ryou are much more bonded now, and their past experiences are not forgotten, but they still are moving towards their future. I hope that was conveyed properly.
Perhaps I'll make a much more lighthearted sequel. It's too soon to tell, and I want to finish my other works before any sequels take place. But thank you all for your support!
Disclaimer: I do not own Tokyo Mew Mew or the following songs:
1: Story of a Girl
2: All I Have to Give
3: Agape by Melocure
4: Tsubasa wo Daite
7: Eternal Snow
8: Every Heart
9: Toki wo Kizamu Uta
10: A little pain
11: No More Words
12: Saigo no Yakusoku
13: Sore ga Ai Desho
14: Last Regrets
15: I Won't Say I'm in Love
16: My Sweet Heart
17: Just a Dream by Jump 5