"So he's really going to be alright?" Netto asked, watching as Rockman was restored on the computers of Sci Lab.
"He'll be fine, just a few minutes more," Yuuichiro said, punching in a few final commands.
"I'm glad they're both okay," Meiru smiled.
The redhead was the only one of Netto's friends that had remained. Tohru and Yaito had gone home to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Meiru stayed because Netto had stayed and she was reluctant to leave him. And Roll insisted she wasn't moving until Rockman woke up.
"I promised him I'd be there when he woke up!" Roll had exclaimed. "And I intend to keep that promise."
So the pink navi was crouched beside Rockman, having already been treated herself.
A soft chime went off, signalling that end of the restoration process. Rockman's eyes opened slowly and he groaned softly, staggering to his feet.
"Rockman!" Netto and Roll yelled together.
"Hey Netto," the blue navi greeted, smiling broadly.
"Good to have you back," Netto murmured.
"Good to be back."
Rockman's eyes turned to Roll. "Roll…did I…are you…?"
She grinned. "Good as new – don't worry about me, Hawk did more damage than you ever did."
"So I did hurt you." Rockman winced and closed his eyes.
The humans watching stayed silent. This was something that clearly needed to be settled between the two of them, without any outside interference.
"Other than a bone-crushing hug, the most you did was warn me to stay away from you."
"Bone-crushing hug?" Rockman repeated, looking blank. "So I didn't actually…"
"No, you didn't," Roll grinned.
Rockman bit his lip and looked away from her. "Roll, I still don't remember much about when I was…you know. But I do remember…what you said, and I just wanted to ask you…did you mean it?"
Roll smiled gently, lovingly. "I meant every word. Did you?"
"Of course," Rockman breathed, looking as though he wasn't quite sure he believed his ears. "Of course I meant it! I thought that you…that you only said that to try and bring me out of it."
"Hey!" Roll said, pretending to be offended. "I may not be the nicest navi around, but I'm not that cruel!"
Rockman hummed an assent, his hand brushing her cheek. Struck by a mischievous idea, Roll suddenly grinned wickedly.
"Do you want me to do it again, you know, to prove I meant it?"
Unable to hold in his own smile at Roll's teasing, Rockman decided to tease her back.
"Let me think a moment…"
Roll waited a split second, then acted.
"You've thought a moment," she mumbled as she kissed him.
This was no chaste kiss on the cheek – this was wild and passionate. Rockman's arms wrapped around Roll and pulled her closer to him as her hands rested on the back of his neck, keeping him pressed to her.
Outside the digital world, Yuuichiro gaped at the screen. "I never expected anything like this."
Netto and Meiru were suspiciously silent, and he turned to the pair behind him.
"Don't tell me you two had an idea this was going to happen."
"Well," Meiru said sheepishly, "They were pretty obvious."
"You could feel something whenever they were together," Netto nodded. Then at Meiru's disbelieving look, "What, I can't be perceptive?"
"Roll was always talking about him…" Meiru continued.
"Rockman was always talking about her…" Netto chipped in.
"Roll's always worrying whenever he put himself in danger…"
"Rockman's always rushing to protect her…"
"Roll's always jealous of any girl around him…"
"Rockman always looks like he wants to delete any navi that makes a move on her…"
"So in other words, they mimic the behaviour of their NetOps," Yuuichiro muttered.
Both Netto and Meiru blushed and stammered their denials, but Yuuichiro shook his head.
"Usually I try not to interfere in your life, Netto. But I'm sick of you two dancing around each other. Profess love, hug, kiss, get it over with because I'm sure we could all breathe a little freer without the damn sexual tension." He said, standing and walking out of the room.
"Good luck, I hope you two are happy together," he said as he closed the door.
"Do we really…you know…do those things he said?" Netto asked, looking frightened at the very prospect.
"Look Meiru," he continued. "I like you. I mean, really like you…and I was wondering…I mean…"
"I love you," Meiru blurted, then blushed and looked at her feet. "I just thought I should tell you, I mean…"
"Really?" Netto gaped. "You love me too?"
"Well yeah, but – wait, what do you mean 'too'?"
"Well, I kind of…love you as well."
For a heartbeat, there was nothing but silence. Then Meiru squealed and hugged him.
"Oh my god," she whispered, "I never thought that you might-"
"I know what you mean," Netto murmured, running a hand through her hair.
Meiru gave a nervous giggle, holding him a little tighter.
"I want to kiss you right now," Netto admitted.
"So what's stopping you?"
The brown-haired boy pondered the question for a moment, then smiled. "Nothing."
Together, they leaned in and joined their lips.
In the cyber world, Rockman and Roll pulled apart, but not away.
"I love you," Rockman whispered.
"I love you too," Roll breathed.
Then the state of their operators caught their attention.
"Wow!" Rockman exclaimed.
"About time," Roll sighed. "Could they have been anymore obvious?"
Rockman laughed, and Roll continued.
"I mean, Meiru's always talking about him…"
"Netto's always talking about her…"