[Ranma][FanFic] Regrets After It's Too Late

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Neil Reynolds

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Feb 24, 1997, 3:00:00 AM2/24/97
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Regrets after it's too late

Sometimes I see her when I go to the dojo to think. I can finally
admit to myself that she is a beautiful woman, at least when she
smiles. She smiles so rarely, and I know it's my fault.

Her hair is still short. She's never let it grow long, since the day
it was cropped short during my battle with Ryouga. Short hair suits her,
though I never could have admitted it when we were together. She wanted
to be like Kasumi, or maybe her mother, but she hasn't the temperment.
If she were like Kasumi, I don't think I would have fallen in love with
her.

She looks the same as she did the last time I saw her alive. Angry,
sad and defiant. I wish I could have told her I love her before it was
too late. I know she loved me, I wish I could just hold her, maybe hug
her, but we're unable to touch.

Sometimes I rage against the unfairness of it all. She's found some
measure of peace, but I continue to grieve. I ought to leave this dojo,
she belongs here, and I don't. But this house was the first place I
lived that felt like home. And this is one of the few places I can
pretend we're still together. When I don't see her, I can pretend she'll
enter shortly, and pound me over another girl, or her own cooking. When
I can see her, I can pretend she's ignoring me.

Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like for us, if Happosai's
last bomb killed Akane, instead of me.

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