This is the final chapter of A Chance to Change Everything.

It's been a wild ride, and this is long overdue.


The Geofront was an absolute mess. The roof and the majority of Tokyo 3 had been completely destroyed. The charred remains of the mass production evangelion units littered the landscape, and the partially eaten corpse of Unit-05 was in…chunks.

The engines sputtered and threatened to die as the San Antonio attempted landing. The entire ship was damaged, more from the violent maneuvers Misato had ordered and less from actually combat damage. The engines themselves were put under a lot of strain by being forced to do things they were never designed to do while in atmo. The main structure of the ship had been put through extreme stress and as a result various systems had 'problems.' The landing equipment was one such system.

"Hey…Captain Katsuragi? I'm having some trouble landing the ship…" Saffron was methodically prodding the various primary, secondary, and tertiary landing control systems interface. She wasn't having much luck deploying enough landing struts to properly support the weight of the ship. If she couldn't do that the damage to the ship would be vastly increased from the added stress of uneven support of the ship's extreme mass.

"What's the problem? You just, you know, go down until you touch the ground." She was still high on the victory they had just achieved. They were not as lucky the last time around; this was a great victory for the human race. Third impact had 'killed' everybody on earth, and only a little over a quarter had ever come back from the great LCL Sea.

"Oh, we're gonna hit the ground pretty definitely, just without most of the landing equipment deployed." She tried pumping the manual priming handle for the hydraulic actuators that would deploy the landing gear.

"That…would be a problem. You know, I'm pretty tired of this ship, everything on it breaks so damn easily!" Misato sighed, "Any solutions?"

"We could try landing in the lake?"

Misato put her face into her palm, "Yeah, fine, let's do that." 'I hate my life so very, very much.'

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The Units 02 and 01 returned to the cages after the MP Evas had been destroyed. As soon as the white monsters had been vanquished the JSSDF forces had offered an unconditional surrender and threw down arms. They realized that with their white allies destroyed and the 'hostile' Evangelions still active they had no chance of victory.

In the cages Shinji and Asuka disembarked from their respective entry plugs and dropped down onto the catwalk. The victory was a sweet one. They were met by a strangely familiar looking trio when they finally made it to the command deck to report their success in person.

"Who are you…?" Shinji was the first to find his voice.

In front of him were three people who he, though there was a huge age difference, could recognize immediately. The plugsuits they were wearing helped.

"I think you already know" The older Shinji said with a smirk on his lips.

The younger Asuka looked at the group in front of her with great skepticism. She settled her eyes on the older Rei, the smiling Rei Ayanami. 'She can do that? What is this' "Ayanami? Since when does wondergirl smile? This is a trick right? Who are you really?"

The older (yet for some reason younger than her companions) Rei laughed. If one was perceptive they would have seen the older Asuka twitch slightly at the outburst. Rei spoke, "I'm Rei, really, just a little…different. It's funny what a little amnesia can do for a girl. You, Asuka, have not changed at all, you did very well out there. I'm quite impressed."

Younger Asuka smiled nervously, this new Rei was an improvement but she made the younger girl uneasy.

"So, what was that space ship? I didn't think anything like that existed… Just where did you guys come from?" Shinji inquired.

The older Asuka smirked, "Well now, that would be telling wouldn't it?"

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After Unit-00 had been recovered by recovery crews River Tam was extracted from the entry plug. Her right eye was a mess, most probably from synchronization feedback when the spear impaled the Eva's head.

She was taken to the medical wing where she was put under observation by her brother, his own medical skills exceeding that of the vast majority of the doctors employed by Nerv, with the possible exception of Ritsuko Akagi.

"She gonna be alright doc?" Said her visitor, who, surprisingly, was Jayne.

"Uh, thank you for the unexpected concern, I'm not sure we can save the eye, but she should live." Simon answered. He looked back from Jayne and to where his sister lay sedated in her bed, "What she did was stupid and irresponsible…but, I guess we couldn't have stopped her anyway, and… she may have saved all of us, so I'm not sure we should have tried."

"Girl did what she thought was right, can't blame her for that."

Simon cocked an eyebrow, "Indeed…"

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The San Antonio made a big splash as it finally touched down on the surface of the lake, moments after initial contact various airbags deployed around the perimeter of the ship in order to stabilize it upon the water's surface. This served to not only help keep it afloat, but to keep it from rolling over in the water.

From a hatch on the top side came a thin grey haired figure, male but seemingly ageless. As he stepped out onto the hull several similar figures faded into existence around him. They were human… and also not. They had certain angelic attributes, not unlike the Angels who had failed to attack.

"It was a dangerous gamble, Tabris."

The grey haired Angel smirked that ever present smirk, "The payoff was worth it. This one will never have met me, but… I'm sure you'll agree that shifting the timeline was better for the long term survival of their race. You've seen this, and I've seen this. They proved themselves before, proved that they were the ones who should survive the war."

A thin woman wearing a skin tight black suit slid up from a hole in the hull of the ship, which sealed behind her, "And they were worthy, as such we had to help, what we learned from the Third Impact the first time around."

A man with a pair of blue foils hanging from his back continued, "and we learned, for every evil man, there is a man of honor. For every Gendo Ikari, there is a Shinji Ikari. And even then, the man was not completely evil. He was motivated by love, which is what they have that makes them worthy."

Finally, the original speaker, a woman with a double helix pattern coiling up her arms spoke again, "Your point is valid… What are we to do now?"

The smirk fell from Tabris's face, "we leave, to let them start their new age. Our time is over… but theirs is just beginning."

He was answered by a chorus of nods, and slowly they faded out of existence. Tabris shot one last glance at the Nerv complex, and then he too disappeared.

The Angels were finally nothing more than a memory, a funny thing about memories though, is that some times they can become quite real for you again, but that's not for now.

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The Nerv forces of the current time period had been very helpful in returning the Evangelion units to the San Antonio following the engagement with the Seele forces, as such, various crane equipment and VTOL craft were lifting the future Units-01 and 00 into place atop the launch lifts. The Evas and their new home were reunited.

Elsewhere on the ship a similar reunion was taking place.

"Mom!" the girl yelled as she ran fill tilt towards her mother, slamming into the older woman with the force that could only be mustered by a child wanting for their mother.

Misato was shaken by the impact, and quickly put her arms around her daughter; it was good to have her back after such a long time.

Andrea cried tears of joy and relief as she was held in her mother's arms after all that had happened that day.

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Little information was gleaned by Nerv before the crews of Serenity and San Antonio had returned to their respective ships and taken off. Said crews had decided that it was best that they not give away too much information about a future that may not actually take place in the same way, to avoid contaminating the timeline and inadvertently shape the future into the dystopia that it had been.

The repairs hadn't taken as long as one would have thought, as through something not quite coincidence, San Antonio's systems shared a remarkable similarity to those at Nerv HQ in the Geofront.

And so, as the two ships took to the sky the people of Nerv stood watching as those who had shaped their lives so much in recent memory left for wherever it was that they came from.

Gendo Ikari was inspired, and decided in that moment that while he could never change the past and what he'd done to both Rei, by isolating her and stunting her socially, and to Shinji, by abandoning him, he would spend the rest of his life trying to make up for it. He owed it to Yui, and he owed it to his children.

Asuka decided to stop hiding her feelings, knowing how easily everything could be taken away. She kissed Shinji that day. A real kiss, a kiss with feeling behind it. Everything was going to get better from here on out, she was sure of it.

Shinji liked that. Shinji also realized that by not running away he made a real difference, and that he'd never run away again, and face his fears. That was what the visitors had shown him while he knew them.

Rei knew that she could feel love, she saw it in the face of her other self, and saw how she looked at that muscular mercenary, strange as that match-up may be. She could see the love Simon had for his sister, and the love he had for Kaylee. Yes, she wanted those things, and when she looked at Shinji she realized that she could in fact have them if she wanted.

Kaji and Misato found themselves with each other, with his job as a spy now defunct he was able to be everything Misato needed him to be. He was going to be that and so much more, if she would let him.

Misato came to similar conclusions as Kaji. With the threat of the Angels apparently gone, she could finally let her father rest, and move on with her life, take a positive direction and reach for the future.

Johnny had stayed behind. He wanted to be there and watch the future unfold, he wasn't a young man any more, and he needed a change of scenery. Blackjack was to be retired, he'd put her on display, a tribute to those who'd helped save the world.

The entire assembled staff of Nerv snapped off a salute as the two ships reached the critical altitude and with a snap they jumped off to parts unknown. Nobody knew where they went, or if they would ever been seen again, but they knew that they owed them everything.

After the ships had left, things slowed down.

There had been talk of dismantling the Evangelions, but those ideas were quickly put down. While it was possible for the Evangelion to be used for ill intent, it would only be with the consent of their designated pilots, they wouldn't move for anybody else.

And should the Angels return, or should another group rise up and try to take Seele's place, they would be ready, and they would fight. That is why Nerv exists, after all.

Two years after what became known as the battle of Tokyo-3 Gendo Ikari found himself looking up from the floor of the Geofront at the construction of the new Toyko-3, a memorial to those lost and a beacon of hope for a brighter future.

He grinned, "God's in his heaven, all's right with the world." And this time, it was for real.

From somewhere in the distance, not far from a small melon patch, a radio played a song, it was somehow appropriate.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
It's all right


There will be a continuation, we've got to know what happened to our friends from the future, right?