Disclaimer: I've stated for the last nine chapters that I don't own Ranma ½ so what makes you think I might suddenly decide to claim them as my own?
AN: Happy Holidays, people! As has been kindly asked of me, here is the epilogue. Consider, it your holiday present. Is anyone as jazzed as I am that my last chapter turns out to be #10? Hee hee. Anyway, I had a few different ways as to how I was going to do this. I was soooo tempted to be evil and just have the entire post be just the question that Ranma answers, nothing else--not even Akane's answer, but I figured I was already being a bit cruel. And yes, I'm planning a sequel, which is why this chapter isn't as substantial as it could be. The 1st chapter won't be posted for a while. I'm not trying to let months go by between chapters like with what has already happened. The plan is that I'm going to write at least 4 or 5 chapters ahead so that even if I'm not able to take time out to write, I can still post like once or twice a month and not let things hang in the ethereal unknown of abandoned writings. If anyone is curious to how far along I am in the writings, check my author page. I like to write quick blogs there as it helps me keep track of things. Hopefully it won't be long before I'll get more written and will post the new story. Until then, hope everyone has a great holiday, great new year and of course, read, enjoy and review!
Akane was startled but she was able to answer him fairly calmly. "Sure, Ranma, do you want me to come back on the roof?"
"Uh, no, that's not necessarily." Ranma replied. He held onto the dream catcher in front of him, almost as if it could shield him. He wasn't sure what he thought he needed protection from. It wasn't like the dream catcher would do much good if she got angry enough to chuck one of her dumbbells at him.
Akane stayed standing as she watched Ranma literally hanging upside down in her window. She didn't think it was a very comfortable position, at least not for a long period of time. "Do you want to come inside?" She asked.
"Um, no, that's OK." Ranma refused. The pig-tailed boy didn't think it would be safe to step into his fiance's bedroom.
They stared at each other for a few minutes as they each tried to gauge the reaction of the other. Ranma was nervous. He wasn't sure if Akane would take what he would ask the wrong way. Akane was just curious as to what Ranma wanted to ask her.
It was her curiosity that won out. "What is it that you wanted to ask, Ranma?"
"Di . . .d, did you miss me, Akane?" Ranma hesitantly spoke.
Akane's eyes widened in absolute surprise. Of all the questions that her forced-upon fiancé could ask, that one was definitely not on the list of the likely. The young Japanese man stared at the blue-haired girl as she stood there in shock. He didn't think it was that big of a deal. Well, he had hoped it wouldn't turn into a big deal.
The young Japanese woman realized that she was being a bit dramatic about things but honestly, it really was a surprise for her. The question just hit a little too close to her own heart. She contemplated how to answer. The short-haired girl could do the usual-get offended and deny everything. It was the safest way to reply but she was no longer willing to go that route. Was she willing to tell him the truth though and risk the pain and humiliation that might come? Akane just wasn't sure. 'Well,' she thought to herself, 'nothing left but to gain.'
"I did, sometimes, miss you." Akane carefully replied and hurriedly added another part to the sentence. "As a friend." She nearly cringed at herself for adding it on since it wasn't completely true. She missed him as more than a friend but she just wasn't ready to admit anymore than that.
It was Ranma's turn to be in a little bit of shock. Although he did ask, he just hadn't really expected Akane to actually give a straight answer. She did tack on that last part, which made it a little more acceptable to how they used to respond to each other, but it had been said. Ranma figured that he ought to give a little too. "I missed you too, Akane. As a friend."
Akane's face broke out into a happy smile at her fiancé, who perhaps wasn't so forced on her.
"Well, see ya, Akane!" Ranma spoke and pulled himself up and away from the window.
The blue-haired girl could only shake her head at the pig-tailed boy's antics and close the window after him.