I think this is a good point. I added the scene because, I believe I received a criticism from someone else that I didn't include the other characters enough. I wanted to portray a world in which the Nina/Ryu relationship wasn't even a question. A picture of what it would look like if Katt and Ryu had her blessing. This was the best way I figured I could accomplish this while keeping with the context of the story. Looking back however, I feel you're right in saying that it would be impossible for her to slip back into Windian society so easily. History has shown superstition is a powerful thing even when the people have no idea what the root of their irrational beliefs are (Nazi Germany).
I know what you mean. But I don't exactly agree. The way Capcom left everything open ended is the reason you and me and Joe Shmoe can share their interpretations of what happened. If Capcom fleshed out everything they imagined in the game, what would be left for us to write about? Just my take, I appreciate your review and am glad you enjoyed the story. And by the way, even though I prefer Katt, Nina one of my favorite video game characters, that's how awesome this game was.
The first time I played the game of course I got the ending without the flying Township. I play all my games (or try to) without walkthroughs the first time through. I don't think anyone found that hidden staircase without looking at a walkthrough. And anyway I always liked that ending better. Its all noble and stuff and brings the story of his mother and the guardians full circle. The flying Township always seemed a little deus ex machina to me.
The Crimson Wave
I was never looking to rewrite a story in the context of the plot of the game. I only used the plot as a loose outline. The direction I was trying to take was something that could have been with some imagination. Because granted, anything involving a Ryu/Katt relationship (or anything other than Ryu/Nina really) is going to require some imagination and deviate from the original context and plot of the game simply because Capcom leans so heavily towards a Ryu/Nina pairing. As for how I know how Ryu is interested in Katt or vice versa- I don't. That's just my interpretation based on my feelings for the characters. I think everyone should be welcome to their own whether or not they are supported by events in the game. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that the context that I wrote the story in is a scene where Ryu and Katt are sort of in their own little world. While it's true that it's impractical when looked at as a subset of the plot of the entire game, I feel like if it's only taken at face value, the events and biases aren't that unrealistic. As for the personality thing, you're absolutely right. I noticed that after I finished writing it. Katt should be made of stronger stuff than I portrayed in this story. But them's the breaks. Who knows, maybe she's got a soft side that she's never shown anyone before. Maybe after she comes in from beating up on monsters she goes upstairs and puts on fancy dresses and sleeps with teddy bears.
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll be straight- as of now, I have no intention of adding to this story (may do other Breath of Fire fics though) since I am pretty happy with the way I ended it. That being said, anyone is free to continue with the story line in whatever way you see fit. Just drop me a message or comment so I can make a note for readers to check out any additions.