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Akane Vs Ranma
It was a bright morning in Nerima as Cologne and Pepper awoke in
their respective bedrooms. As they got out of bed, their heightened
senses of awareness instantly detected sizable amounts of battle
auras being emitted from the rear of the building. Both Amazons went
to their bedroom windows and leaned out to see what was going on
in the empty lot behind the establishment. They both smiled as they
watched Ranma and the three girls spar.
Lilac and Perfume were both leaping back and forth as they made
thirty-foot leaps, midair flips and other fantastic acrobatic maneuvers.
Perfume was armed with a wooden Bo staff, while Lilac was using a
pair of tonfa. Each girl was trying her very best to get the upper hand
on her opponent. Dozens of parries, strikes and thrusts were
exchanged between the two of them in mere instants. The sounds of
their weapons echoed loudly as they clashed together. On the other
side of the lot, Ranma was giving his cousin Shampoo quite a
workout. The girl with the purple tresses was using her favorite
weapons, the bonbori, which was a pair of round, steel maces. The
blind martial artist was armed with his special battle staff.
Cologne and Pepper both nodded as they went to dress up for the
day. A few minutes later, the two women were at the lot and were
watching on the sidelines. They began assessing the skill levels of
the fighters as they darted around the lot like maddened dragonflies.
"They're not going full out." Pepper observed as Lilac ducked
under a double-strike from Perfume.
"No." Cologne agreed as Lilac retaliated with a swing to the head.
The elder noted that none of the girls or Ranma was breathing hard.
"This is just a warm up. I've seen Ranma practice daily with the other
Amazons back in the village. The younger generations have
improved significantly since he started to train with them. Things
should start getting serious� right about now."
As if on cue, Ranma suddenly increased his pace and began
striking at Shampoo with even more intensity. Shampoo found herself
being driven back as Ranma's assault became even harder to counter.
Ranma smiled as he reached out with his sixth and seventh senses.
He could tell by her breathing that his cousin was getting tired. He
could also sense that some holes in her defense were starting to
appear. With a deft jab, he poked her in the abdomen.
"That's one, Cousin." The blind boy stated with a smirk.
Shampoo fought back with renewed determination as she tried a
five-hit combination. Ranma deflected each blow with ease. To the
untrained eye, it looked as if Shampoo was still on the offensive and
in control. To Cologne however, it was apparent that Shampoo was
starting to get careless.
"Shampoo. Don't lose your patience."
Ranma then sensed a slight opening near her left shoulder as she
tried a swing toward his head. Ducking under the blow, he brought
the front of his staff up and gave a light nudge. The movement was
barely a flicker but Shampoo felt it all the same.
Shampoo then got a bit irritated that she had yet to score a single
hit. Even though Ranma wasn't hitting with any considerable force,
the fact that he was getting through her defense was reason for her
to improve. She tried a double strike with her maces, but Ranma easily
dodged the attack and use his staff in a twisting motion to knock her
weapons out of her hands. Before she knew it, she was flying though
the air as her sparring partner suddenly dropped his weapon and
then put her into a judo toss.
Shampoo landed on her back, slightly dazed. When she looked up,
she saw Ranma standing above her with one end of his staff lightly
pressed up against her throat.
Ranma gave her a small grin as he said, "Strike three Shampoo.
Lilac and Perfume took neutral stances as they looked over to
where their fallen sister Amazon was.
"Shampoo do better against Ranma than last time." Lilac said with
"Yes. She last five more seconds." Perfume added with a smug
Cologne sighed as she said. "Indeed. However, she still has much
to learn about patience."
As Shampoo got up and dusted herself off, she gave Lilac and
Perfume a slight frown. "Hmpf! At least Shampoo can last longer
against Ranma than you two! Ranma always beats you in fifteen
Ranma shook his head bemusedly and kept up his smile. "Now,
now girls. Let's not argue. It's all right. You've all improved since we
left China. I'm proud of all of you."
All three girls smiled at the compliment as they all headed back to
Pepper's Place to prepare for school.
As the three girls and Ranma walked to Furinken High, they
decided to make the trip a bit of an exercise in balance training. All
four were traversing on a tall fence that was no more than an inch
wide. They weren't even using their arms to balance. As they got
halfway to their destination, they went into an fast run, with no loss
As they ran, they kept their senses peeled for any sign of Genma
Saotome or his friend Soun Tendo. After the ambush yesterday,
Cologne had left the girls with explicit instructions to watch Ranma.
Even though he did not want to be kept under surveillance, the blind
martial artist grudgingly agreed to it. After all, it was very unlikely
that Genma would give up on his insane promise to the Tendo clan,
and was capable of anything. It was also a safe bet that his friend
Soun was just as determined.
As the group approached the school, Ranma suddenly stopped as
his sixth sense suddenly picked up a huge surge of ki energies. He
then dropped down to the street level, a dozen feet from the front
gates of the school and went into a defensive stance.
The girls noted Ranma's sudden tension and dropped down to
"What wrong Ranma?" Lilac asked.
Ranma cocked his head to one side and listened. "We're about to
"By who? Genma?" Shampoo said as she and the rest of her group
also went into battle stances.
"No, not him. Them." Ranma pointed to the front of the school as
the yard was suddenly filled with excited boys. Members from the
various sports teams and clubs came at them in a huge swarm. Each
male student was brandishing a blunt object or some piece of sports
gear. As they rushed toward them, they began shouting out� date
"Lilac! Date with me!"
"Shampoo! I'm yours!"
"Please go out with me Perfume!"
The Amazons were quite shocked to find themselves being
attacked by the same group that attacked Akane every day, but they
were quick to respond. As the masses began converging on them,
they started to retaliate.
Ranma deftly took out five boys with pressure points before they
could get within twenty feet of Shampoo. He shouted out to his
cousin and friends. "Go easy on these guys! They're not real
fighters! I don't know what's going on but don't hurt them too
"No problem!" All three girls said as they began pounding the
stuffing out of their admirers.
Approaching the school from another direction, Nabiki and Akane
were running toward Furinken. The younger sister was running with
a full head of steam as she recalled the events of the previous night.
Last night at the Tendo home�
"Fianc�e?!" Akane said incredulously. Her hatred of boys came to
a fast boil.
Soun smiled as he gestured to his friend sitting beside him. Soun
and Genma had more or less recovered from their bout with Ranma
and Pepper and were cleaned up. Now they were in the parlor with his
daughters as he finished explaining the pledge.
"Yes. He happens to be the son of my dear old friend�"
"Genma Saotome." The fat martial artist made a low bow.
"Saotome?" Nabiki asked with interest. "Your son's name
wouldn't happen to be Ranma would it?"
"Yes! That's him!" Genma nodded. "However, I'm afraid that he
had been kidnapped and brainwashed into thinking he's an Amazon!
Soun and I risked our lives to get him back, but� we failed! Boo hoo
hoo!" Genma went into a fountain of tears, which Soun readily joined.
Soun was crying in earnest but to a pair of trained eyes like Nabiki's,
Genma act was about as believable as a 'B' movie.
"Oh come on now. You don't expect us to believe this, now do
you Mr. Saotome?"
"Oh my." Kasumi said. The eldest sister was just surprised as her
siblings as she began wondering what this Ranma was like. She made
a note to ask Nabiki about him, since she and Akane had already met
"I hate boys!" Akane said with her usual brand of subtlety. "Dad!
You can't expect one of us to marry that arrogant jerk do you?'
Soun stopped his crying spree and took on a serious expression.
"Akane! It is a matter of honor that you marry Ranma and carry on
the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts! It's already been
Soun took on a solemn look and said. "Yes Akane. Genma and I
have already decided that as the heir to our family's school, you will
marry Ranma." He then smiled as he said. "Don't worry Akane. Once
we rescue your fianc�e, then we can get on with the engagement!"
"I HATE BOYS! I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT!!!"
Soun turned and smiled at Genma. "You see Genma. She's very
excited about it."
"Yes! The perfect couple!" Genma agreed.
Nabiki groaned a bit as she couldn't believe how dense her father
and his friend was. However, this new development only opened up
to new possibilities. Ranma had already displayed several impressive
skills and having him engaged to the family could prove profitable.
She was now more determined than ever to learn all about Ranma.
Akane had spent the better part of the night screaming at her
father and his friend, categorically stating that she would never marry
Ranma. As a result, she had not gotten much sleep and neither did
anyone else in the house. Consequently, she and her sister Nabiki
were late waking up in the morning. They only had a few minutes
before the late bell would ring and they were both feeling the effects
of the lack of sleep. Now as they neared the school, her temper had
begun to rise again and she needed to blow off some steam. Usually
she would have been irritated to fight those boys who challenged her
every day, but today she was looking forward to pounding some
skulls. She was also looking forward to hitting Ranma as well, for his
part in all this mess. However, as soon as she got within twenty feet
of the front gate, she stopped and stared at the scene before her.
Nabiki also stopped and together, they gaped at the carnage. Akane
dropped her bookbag and Nabiki silently swore to herself, as she
hadn't gotten to school sooner and set up the betting pools.
Ranma and his sister Amazons were standing in the middle of a
landscape of bruised, beaten and battered male students. The fight
had not lasted long. It had taken them a mere ten seconds to
pulverize more than eighty opponents. The adolescents were
scattered about school yard, most of them were unconscious.
Surprisingly though, some of the would-be attackers were relatively
unscathed as Ranma had taken them out with pressure points.
However, the rest were going to need a visit to the nurse's office.
Despite Ranma telling the girls to go easy on their assailants, the
boys who had attacked the Amazons discovered that the girls were
far more formidable than Akane. Even their lightest punches, slaps
and kicks were the equivalent to being hit with sledgehammers. Oh
well, such is the way of Amazon life.
"I thought I told you to go easy on them." Ranma sighed.
"Shampoo did go easy on them." Shampoo protested.
"Lilac pull punches too."
"Not our fault males of Japan not as strong as Ranma." Perfume
"What� happened here?"
The four turned to where Akane and Nabiki were. Ranma had long
since sensed their approach. He shrugged and said, "I don't know.
We were just minding our own business and then these jerks start
attacking us. If I didn't know better, I'd swear that dope Kuno had
put them up to this."
"You there! How dare you interfere with my courtship of my
Ranma gave off another sigh, this time of disgust as he turned to
face Kuno, who had been standing behind the tree during the entire
"I thought so." Ranma had already sensed his presence when they
had arrived. His features furrowed into a visage of irritation. "You put
these boys up to this didn't you?"
Kuno smirked proudly as he replied, "But of course! These cretins
thought they could just approach the beauties behind you. The mere
concept is unthinkable! Like the lovely Akane, these fair maidens are
not meant for the likes of them or someone as lowly as you are! I had
therefore decreed that no boy might date with them unless he can
defeat them in combat! Only one as great as I may deem himself
worthy of that honor! How dare you get involved in their battles?"
Ranma snarled a bit at this pompous jackass. "All right! That's it!
I've had enough of your stupidity!" Reaching behind him, he took
out his battle staff and made it extend to its usual length. "I'm going
to put an end to this nonsense!" <Since words aren't doing anything,
it looks like I'm going to have to use some visual incentive to get my
point across. Much as I hate using force, it looks like this is the only
way for these jerks to get the message.>
Kuno smiled with confidence as he held up his bokken. "So you
think to challenge the mighty Tatewaki Kuno? Very well, miscreant!
Come and learn the error of your ways!" Kuno took a pose, as he was
certain that his earlier defeats were just flukes. After all� was he not
the greatest warrior in the school� no the world� no the universe?
Ranma snorted with disdain as he took a ready stance. "Whatever!
But WHEN I win, you are going to take back that stupid
announcement and leave my sister Amazons alone got that? I don't
give a damn about what you do with Akane. As far as I'm concerned,
you can have that ill-mannered tomboy, but keep away from Lilac,
Perfume and Shampoo! "
"Hey!" Akane said in displeasure, not liking that reference about
her, no matter how accurate that statement was.
The three Amazons became very surprised at the intensity of
Ranma's words. They had rarely seen him get so worked up about
something. Usually, he was the perfect example of control and
discipline. Being raised by Jasmine had shaped his personality.
However, they also knew that when Ranma did get upset about
something, he was also quite dangerous and woe to anyone who
ticked him off.
Another thought also crossed their minds. The fact that Ranma
was defending their honor could mean that he� cared for them. All
three girls blushed a bit as they began thinking of Ranma as their
knight in shining armor. Not that they needed such protection, being
proper Amazons, but the thought was nice anyway.
"Very well lowly one! If by some unlikely miracle that you can
defeat me, then I shall allow my warrior flowers to date whomever
they please! Although I know that only I am the ones that they have
their hearts set on!"
"Shut up and fight!" Ranma moved with blurring speed.
Kuno smirked as he raised his bokken to deliver a slash, but� he
never got the chance to execute the move as Ranma used his staff to
hit several pressure points on Kuno's upper body and legs. His
movements were too fast for the eye to see. One microsecond after
the duel had started, it was all over. Kuno once again found himself
paralyzed in mid-strike but only this time, he felt both shoulders
scream out in agony. Kuno clenched his teeth and tried not to scream
out. He failed.
The Amazons, Akane, Nabiki and the crowd who had seen the
spectacle winced as they saw Kuno's shoulders slightly distort
themselves. Then, like fallen tree branches, his arms slumped down in
their rigid positions. An audible popping sound was heard as his arm
bones were freed from their sockets. Ranma stood back and took a
deep breath. <Nothing like a little pain to make them understand.> His
sixth and seventh senses registered the increases in heart rates,
emotions and adrenaline of the would-be suitors of the Amazons.
Nearly all of them took several steps back. Ranma nodded. <I think
they got the message.> After taking a few more cleansing breaths, he
put away his staff and walked up to Kuno's paralyzed form. The
arrogant kendoist found himself unable to utter another sound as his
larynx suddenly locked up.
"Let me explain what I just did Kuno. Not only did I paralyze all
your major skeletal muscles, but also the pressure points that I
applied to your shoulders had caused them to dislocate themselves.
And in case you're wondering why you can't talk, I also used a
delayed pressure point to freeze your voice. I sure as heck don't want
to listen to your idiocy any more. " Ranma then struck a couple of
shiatsu points on his shoulders. "There. As soon as the full body
paralysis wears off, your shoulders will reset themselves. Mind you,
it'll really hurt when they do. However, it will take one full week for
you to get your voice back as it was your big mouth that started this
lunacy in the first place! I'm sure that the school will appreciate not
having to listen to your ranting for a while."
Ranma then turned to the crowds and said in a stern voice. "As for
the rest of you, you have all witnessed my victory against Kuno. The
decree set by him no longer applies to Shampoo, Lilac and Perfume
and I won't tolerate anyone who treats my sister Amazons with
nothing less than respect. If you want to date them, then just ask
them. If you wish to challenge them, then you will do so individually
and with the proper respect! I will not tolerate any more of Kuno's
idiocy, just because he's so dishonorable that he has all of you
attack a girl that he can't get a date with! Am I making myself clear?"
The crowds and the boys who were just starting to pick
themselves off the ground all nodded their understanding. After
seeing their greatest fighter get beaten so easily, the last thing they
wanted to do was to get Ranma riled.
Ranma nodded as he motioned for the three Amazons toward the
school building. As he walked toward the front door, he called back
to the throngs. "You can fight Akane all you want, though I can't
understand why anyone would want a spoiled brat like her. There are
hundreds of pretty girls in the school. I don't know why any guy
would follow a stupid rule made up by Kuno to date a violent maniac
like her. A guy would have to be blind not to see that." The Unseen
Light martial artist smirked at that last bit.
The girls in the crowds gave a loud cheer when Ranma said those
words. They also thought that Akane had been getting too much
attention and it had been about time that someone had knocked
Kuno off his high horse.
The only girl who didn't share their views was of course Akane.
As soon as she heard the 'brat' comment, she had almost exploded.
How DARE he call her that? Grrrrr. It was bad enough that she found
out that she was to be engaged to him, but this� this BOY had the
nerve to call her that in front of the whole school! These girls were
cheering him on to boot! Well she'd show them! She'd show them
all! Her thoughts were dark ones as she and her sister walked to the
main school building.
Within a day, Ranma had become the talk of the school, as his
stand against Kuno in defense of the Amazons was the main topic.
The girls of Furinkan were also enthusiastic about him. Not only was
he a hunk but by telling those Akane-chasing boys off, he made
many of them realize that the 'beat-Akane-so-you-can-date-her'
routine was just plain stupid. After all, they knew that Kuno was not
exactly what a person would call sane. So what did that make them for
following that rule? As a result, many of the girls had begun to get
apologies from a few former Akane challengers for ignoring them.
The females of the school were once again getting date offers, but
many of them still wished to go out with the one who respected their
gender. An Amazon by the name of Ranma Saotome.
As the day went on, Akane's temper had climbed up several
notches. It was nothing but Ranma this and Ranma that. Her friends
were always whispering about him and it did not do her vanity any
good as her popularity began to decline. It was around 3:00 p.m. that
she had finally had enough and made a decision. The school had all
but forgotten about her and there were even more insinuations that
he was a better martial artist than she was. That last comment struck
her where she was most sensitive. She had trained and trained and
she was proud of her status as a martial artist. No stupid boy was
going to take that away from her! As she thought about it, she also
considered the fact that her father wanted her to marry him to carry
on the dojo. If� no WHEN she defeated him, then she could show to
all that she is second to none and prove to her father that he wasn't
worthy to take over the Tendo dojo, thereby canceling the
engagement! She could kill two birds with one stone! With that in
mind, she stomped off to find him.
Ranma was once again sitting beneath the tree near the baseball
field, waiting for the three warrior girls so they could walk home
together. He was rather proud of himself at the moment. His little
demonstration had been very effective as those who attacked him
and the other Amazons had apologized for their behavior and were
now politely asking the girls out. Of course, the three still had their
hopes on snaring Ranma, but at least the suitors were being gently
turned down, instead of being seriously injured. He had also made
some new friends among the male students as he had spent a good
part of the morning healing those injured in the battle. His training
under Jasmine had served him well as a healer as he applied pressure
points and a few herbal remedies to ease their pain and speed up their
recovery. The school nurse was especially grateful as he took care of
much of the workload. He had also been getting more attention from
the female students as they had been asking him if he was seeing
anyone and requested that he play some more melodies on his flute.
Of course, the one person who did not get the message was Kuno.
Even after his body unfroze itself and his shoulders reset themselves,
he was still intent on destroying the 'foul sorcerer.' Only black magic
could have defeated a noble samurai. The pain that had accompanied
his shoulders when they realigned themselves had been excruciating.
Even more so as he couldn't scream out due to his paralyzed larynx.
As a result, he had tried to exact his revenge on the blind martial
artist. So far, he had tried to attack Ranma three times. Unfortunately
for him, that was like trying to approach a sophisticated sensor array.
Ranma's sixth and seventh sense always gave him enough warning
before the insane kendoist could get within fifty feet of him. Ranma
would defeat him quickly and efficiently. On these occasions, Ranma
realized that just about nothing short of a mortal injury would get the
Blue Thunder to use that tiny thing in his head. His brain. Ranma was
trained primarily as a healer, so he would not use any lethal
techniques unless there was no other option. With that in mind,
Ranma settled on just humiliating the kendoist every time he attacked
The first time, Kuno tried to cleave his skull in half, but a quick jab
of an index finger plus the Advanced Breaking Point, reduced his
bokken to sawdust. Kuno found himself in the pool again. The
second time around, he thought that he could rush him from the side.
That too met with failure as Ranma leapt over the slash and delivered
a pressure point attack to his hands, causing them to release his
weapon. Kuno's face was then introduced to the school's flagpole.
The third attack was by far the most embarrassing for the kendoist.
Kuno had tried to leap at him from the top of a storage shed, hoping
that the sun would blind his opponent. Sure enough, Ranma did look
up. However, casual flick of his battle staff intercepted Kuno and
sent him flying into the girl's locker room. The cries of 'pervert' and
'peeping tom' echoed loudly as the girls pummeled Kuno into the
Ranma shook his head as he thought about the enemy that he had
made. He was a very pathetic enemy to be sure, but it seemed that the
constant poundings from Akane had made him either highly resistant
to pain, or totally brain-dead. Ranma opted for the latter theory.
Just as his thoughts turned to Akane, his seventh sense picked up
something entering his area. Concentrating his sixth sense, he
detected a small amount of ki energy that was mostly unfocused. The
battle aura that was being generated was relatively small and without
discipline or focus, implying a relatively low level of skill in the art, as
compared to him or even the novices of the tribe. Of course, he could
detect some considerable potential but Ranma doubted that she
could develop it anytime soon. Judging by the angry emotions being
directed at him and how her footsteps were too loud, it could only be
one person. Using his sharp sense of smell, he confirmed who it was.
"RANMA SAOTOME! I CHALLENGE YOU!" The Tendo girl took
This announcement caught the attention of all those present. The
crowds of students who had been milling about the school grounds
stopped in their tracks and turned to where they heard Akane shout
out her challenge. This was a first. Akane Tendo, the star of the daily
morning battles and confirmed boy-hater, was actually challenging a
boy to a fight! The crowds began to converge on the spot near the
tree in order to watch. Nabiki and her cronies were among them,
taking bets. Today had certainly become interesting.
"Did you hear that?"
"Akane just challenged that new guy!"
"Check it out!"
"Three thousand yen on Akane!"
"Two thousand on Akane!"
"Five thousand on Ranma!"
"Hey! If Ranma wins, then that means that he becomes her
Ranma casually got up and leaned against the tree, crossing his
arms and not saying a word. Akane took this lack of a response as
another slight to her.
Ranma cocked his head slightly to one side and replied, "Well
"Didn't you hear me? I said I challenge you!"
"I heard you the first time." Ranma said with a bored and slightly
annoyed tone. "So what?"
"Are you being a coward? Are you refusing my challenge?"
Ranma shrugged, as he said, "No. As an Amazon, I must accept all
challenges. However, I don't think you'd be much of a challenge for
me. Check that. You wouldn't be a challenge at all."
"What� did� you� say?" Akane's anger began to reach a new
high, as her voice became low and deadly.
Ranma shrugged again. "I didn't know that you were hard of
hearing. I said�"
"ARRRRGGHHHH!" Akane rushed forward and started swinging.
Ranma however, had already sensed the attack and deftly dodged it.
Before Akane knew it, her outstretched arm was grabbed and she was
tossed to the right like a rag doll. She landed on her face on the
ground as Ranma casually turned around to face her. He stood in a
neutral stance with his hands behind his back.
"A predictable charge." The blind boy said calmly as he waited for
the girl to get up.
Akane growled as she rose and tried another punch to his face.
This too was easily dodged as her forward momentum put her off
balance. A simple leg trip by Ranma and Akane was on her belly
Akane got up again and attacked. A moment later and she was
"Not even child's play."
"Grrr! Hold still!"
Akane was pushed into the tree.
"All bark and no bite."
Akane was on her backside.
"Shall I get you a seat cushion?"
"ONE MORE TIME!"
Akane was eating bark again.
"All that bark isn't healthy you know. You should eat more rice."
"DIE YOU STUPID BOY!"
"This is getting really boring. If you don't have anything new to
show me, then you should quit now."
Akane lunged forward, but Ranma was already within her defenses
as he extended an arm and casually flicked a finger at the tip of
Akane's nose, then stepped out of the path of her haymaker.
The youngest daughter of Soun Tendo stepped back and held her
nose, which was stinging a bit.
"A novice could have blocked that one Akane." Ranma said with a
"Not likely." Ranma replied as he once again tripped her.
The fight, if one could call it that, went on for several minutes as
Ranma easily danced around Akane's clumsy attacks. By now,
Akane had become winded and slightly bruised as Ranma used only
enough force to counter her moves. So far, he had only redirected the
force of her attacks so that they would make her fall down or cause
some minor injury to herself. Whatever hits he made against her were
intended more as insults than actual attacks. It had been ridiculously
easy as his enhanced senses picked up all of her techniques and
analyzed her fighting style. Of course, her martial arts skills were
overrated as far as he was concerned.
Meanwhile, Akane had become so angry, that all she could see
was a red haze. Ranma was making a mockery of her skills. Not one of
her attacks had even come close to hitting him. Her temper finally
reached its apex as she shouted out without considering the
consequences of her words.
"YOU BASTARD! JERK! PIG! I'LL BEAT YOU! THERE'S NO
WAY THAT I'D MARRY A JERK LIKE YOU!"
There was a collective gasp in the crowd as they heard this
statement. Ranma however, had been expecting something like this,
given yesterday's events. It was then that he made a move. Brushing
aside two of Akane's punches like a man who was casually swatting
away a couple of flies, he moved forward and�
Akane staggered back and held her cheek. He had not put any
considerable force in the blows, but the insult was still there. He�
slapped her! Her! Akane Tendo! No one got away with that!
Another double slap by Ranma and Akane was again stunned.
Ranma simply stood as he crossed his arms. "What's the matter
Akane? Not used to an opponent who can fight back? What? You
were expecting me to just hold still and take your physical and verbal
abuse? By the way, would you stop with the name-calling? I feel like
I'm talking to a five-year old."
"You are nothing but a stupid boy! All boys are perverts and my
father must have been out his mind when he engaged me to you!"
Akane spat out as she prepared to attack him again. By now, the
crowds had begun whispering to themselves.
"Akane's engaged to Ranma?"
"Oh no! There goes our chance for happiness!"
"Aw! And I was just about to beat her too!"
Ranma's expression became stern as he replied. "Your calling me
those names just because I'm a boy does nothing but show your
own ignorance. We've only just met yesterday and you're already
putting me in the same category as the others? This is stupid and I
won't take this any more." Ranma suddenly blurred forward and used
a series of pressure points. Like Kuno, Akane found her body locked
up in mid-strike.
Akane couldn't believe that she had lost so easily and tried to
move. However, she found that she couldn't as she was forced to
listen to Ranma.
"Don't make excuses Akane." Ranma said simply. "Your defense
is lousy, your reflexes are too slow and your fighting style is way too
easy to predict. You wouldn't have even been considered as a novice
back in my village."
Akane growled as she tried to lash out at him. Unfortunately for
her, it was a futile effort, as her limbs still wouldn't respond.
Ranma shook his head. "Just because you can punch and kick
doesn't mean anything. Judging from your performance, you've had
maybe three years of training. Four tops and not very intensive. So
what if you can beat up those boys every morning? Considering that
they have very little to no skill in the martial arts and the fact that
Kuno holds back a lot only shows that you've let those little
successes go to your head."
Ranma sensed her struggles and sighed in disgust. Akane was
nothing more than a spoiled brat. She had been getting away with her
behavior and attitude for too long. "Akane, don't even bother. Those
pressure points I used will keep you paralyzed for about an hour.
Face facts Akane. I beat you." Ranma paused for a second as he
used his senses on the girl. Finding only loathing and disgust
directed against him, Ranma shook his head and turned around. He
had his fill of this person as he calmly walked back toward the school.
"Hey! Don't turn your back on me you jerk! We're not finished
Ranma didn't turn to face her as replied, "As far as I'm concerned,
we're done." He then decided to add one of Cologne's favorite
phrases. "You're about a hundred years too early to give me any
On the sidelines, Nabiki was being bombarded with questions as
the crowds tried to get the scoop on how Akane and Ranma were
engaged. The middle sister smiled as she began charging them for the
information, which would more than make up for the losses on the
outcome of the fight.
Once she had finished her business transactions, she walked over
to where her sister was still frozen. Fortunately for Akane, no one had
tried to take advantage of her, although a lowly student named
Hikaru Gosunkugi was gleefully taking pictures of her from behind
the tree. He especially got excited when an errant gust of wind blew
up Akane's skirt for a brief moment. It was then that he felt a tap on
his shoulder. He turned and flinched when he saw Nabiki.
"Okay Voodoo Spike, hand it over."
"No!" This was probably the only chance he'd have of a picture of
"Would you like me to reveal to the school board about that
messy incident last Friday?"
Voodoo Spike frowned as considered his choice. A moment later,
he reluctantly gave Nabiki his camera and went off to sulk.
Nabiki smiled as she mentally made a note to have the film
developed. Kuno would pay big bucks for these shots. She then
walked over to her sister with a bit of a smug look. Although she did
love her sibling, she had been getting a little jealous of all the
attention Akane had been getting when Kuno made that decree. As a
result, neither she nor the other girls in school had a chance of
getting a date. The spoiled little princess had thought that she was
the center of the universe. The middle sister smiled as she thought
about Ranma. Not only was he not interested in her violent maniac of
a sister, but also he did not let Akane get away with her temper
tantrums. It also didn't hurt that he was tall, dark, and handsome and
was in possession of several unique skills. Just seeing his
performance today offered up more opportunities for profit.
<Hmmm� maybe I should talk to Daddy about this engagement
Near the tree, Akane was still frozen in place as she silently fumed.
The students were going to have a field day with this. Ranma beating
her would make people assume that she would have to date him. That
and the revelation of the engagement only made things worse. She
regretted saying that in front of the whole school. However, the most
irritating thing about this whole mess was that Ranma had defeated
her. She had lost to a boy! It was so humiliating! She was supposed
to be the best! She wasn't going to take this, especially from a boy!
She'll prove to all that she was the best! <Just you wait Ranma! I'll
beat you! You're going to see what a 'true' martial artist is capable
"I know what you're thinking of Akane."
Akane could only move her eyes and saw Nabiki off to her right.
"If you think you can beat Ranma, forget it. Judging from what
I've seen, you are nowhere near his level in skill, power or anything
to do with the martial arts.
"Who asked you Nabiki?" Akane retorted angrily. "I'll beat him!
You'll see! There's no way that I'm going to let a boy show me up!"
"Now, now Akane. Is that any way to talk about your fianc�e?"
"HE'S NOT MY FIANC�E!"
Nabiki sighed as she waited for the paralysis to wear off.
Near the outskirts of Tokyo, a certain lost boy with a black and
gold bandanna was near exhaustion. It had taken him a week to
finally find the right route and he smiled in anticipation for his long-
<Ranma Saotome! Prepare to die!>
At the end of the day, Ranma and the Amazons returned to
Pepper's Place. After completing their homework, the girls decided to
go out and see the sights in Tokyo. Ranma declined their offer to go
with them. Pepper had decided to show them around and left the
running of her establishment to one of her assistant managers. A
while later, Ranma was sitting on the roof of the building, seemingly
staring at the sunset. That is, if he could see the sunset. A few
moments later, his sixth sense, hearing and sense of smell picked up
the approach of Cologne.
"You seem troubled." Cologne said as she at down beside him. "Is
there anything that you'd like to talk about?"
Ranma was about to say no, then sighed. "It's nothing really
important Elder. I'm just thinking about a few things."
"Please Ranma, you may call me Cologne. I hear that you stood up
for the girls at the school today."
Ranma shrugged and gave her a bemused smile. "Well, it's not like
they couldn't have stood up for themselves."
"Why did you stop that decree of Kuno's? It would have been
impossible for any of those boys to have defeated them anyway."
"Well, to tell you the truth, I had some practical reasons to why I
"Well, for one thing, those boys were nowhere near the skill level
of Shampoo, Cologne or Perfume. Heck! Even with them holding
back, those guys still got hurt a lot more seriously than they ever did
with Akane. If they did that daily, then well, it wouldn't have been
"I see. So you were concerned for their welfare."
"Partly that, but I was also concerned for the girls too."
"Oh?" Cologne became very interested. Ranma was showing
concern for her great-granddaughter.
"Yeah. Fighting against those mobs wouldn't have provided them
with any challenge and that would cause them to lose their edge. I
mean, you've seen Akane Tendo fight right? She's gotten so used to
the morning battles that she's fallen into a pattern. She's had no
incentive to improve and her skills have become stagnated. I beat her
so easily that it was embarrassing! I don't want Shampoo or the
others to become careless and then lose to a weak outsider. I'm sure
that they don't want to end up married to an idiot like Kuno."
"Ah. You were thinking of law number forty-three, correct?"
Ranma nodded. "Although our tribal laws may be strange to
outsiders, I understand the meaning behind them. I was just making
sure that the girls wouldn't get into a situation like that."
"Very thoughtful of you Ranma. I'm sure that the girls appreciate
the gesture but you needn't have bothered."
Cologne smiled at Ranma's confusion as she explained. "It pleases
me that you have taken our laws and customs in your heart.
However, since you have only memorized the traditional laws in
which Jasmine has taught you, I am not surprised that you are
unaware of the revisions to law number forty-three."
"Yes. Jasmine only taught you the traditional laws, as she never
expected you to leave the village. But you see, about twenty years
ago, our tribe had decided to break free from our isolation. To that
end, we began sending out our most promising members to study the
outside world. Our group is only one of many. We have sent
Amazons not only to Japan, but also to Russia, England, Italy, France
and even to America. It didn't take the Council long to realize that the
Kiss of Death and Kiss of Marriage would cause conflict with the
laws of those foreign lands. After much debate, they had decreed
that the Kiss of Marriage and Death would not apply to any female
Amazon who happened to be studying abroad as they feel that it
would distract her from getting an education."
"So even if they had lost to outsiders, then they wouldn't have
been forced to marry or kill them?"
"That is correct. The only time that it would affect an Amazon is if
she is formally challenged and that the duel is in the presence of an
Elder. In this case, me. And also remember that I will have the final
decision on the outcome."
"That's good to know Cologne." Ranma paused in his thoughts
and then posed another question. "Cologne, you said that a female
Amazon wouldn't be affected by law number forty-three if she was
studying abroad. What about law number forty-four?"
Cologne sighed sadly, as she knew the meaning behind the
question. "I'm afraid that it is still in effect. Should an outsider girl
defeat you, then you would have to marry her. The Council did not
think to revise that rule since males did not have to worry about the
Kiss of Death."
"I� see." Ranma nodded in thought. "It's a good thing that I beat
Akane Tendo then." He shuddered at the thought of being married to
such an ill-tempered girl.
"Yes, and I would advise you to keep the knowledge of that law to
yourself. If that good-for-nothing father of yours ever learned of it,
then it would be a tool to use against you."
Ranma nodded. His father had caused him enough grief and the
blind boy wanted nothing more to do with him. Genma wanted the
union between the Saotomes and the Tendos. Ranma had sensed it
during the ambush. Well, if this was the one pledge he wanted to
keep, then that was the one that Ranma would refuse the most!
Genma was not going to get away with it! Ranma would NEVER wed
For a long time nothing was said as the two sat in silence. Cologne
was enjoying the vibrant colors of the setting sun and wished that
Ranma could see them. The blind boy sensed Cologne's pity and
decided to change the mood.
"Oh by the way Cologne. Have you looked into that little matter
that I mentioned this morning?"
Snapping back from her inner thoughts, Cologne nodded as she
replied. "Yes, I have used some of the contacts that I have in Japan
and Pepper had given me the name of a very good private
investigator. She has told me to be wary of him, since he is a bit of a
pervert. However, he is reputed to be one of the best. If anyone can
find your real mother, he will."
The Unseen Light fighter nodded. Other than the fact that he knew
his mother's last name to be Saotome, he had no memories of her.
The last time he had ever seen her was when he was five. That was
the time that Genma had taken him away on his training journey. Less
than a year later, he had been subjected to the Neko Ken training and
had been condemned to live out the rest of his life in darkness.
Ranma's only recollections of the woman who had birthed him
were vague and far too distant. He could only visualize in his mind a
faint, indistinct image of a kind-looking woman, holding up her
laughing son for a photo. He did not know where she lived or even
her first name. Genma had prevented all contact between them and
never let on to her whereabouts. In fact, aside from the occasional
letter that he wrote to her, Ranma would have never known that he
had a mother. Of course, Ranma knew that Genma was not an honest
person and his past actions would not have been approved. By now,
Genma was probably avoiding her until he could regain his son.
"So who is this detective?"
Cologne paused before answering. "His name is Ryo Saeba, but he
is better known as City Hunter."
The very next day, as he and the others came to school, Ranma
and the girls were surprised to see the usual mob of boys at the front
gate. At first they thought they were going to be attacked again, but
Ranma sensed that they were not there for combat. Many of them
were emitting feelings of sadness and acceptance as the head of the
group, a boy from the debating team, stepped forward and addressed
the blind martial artist.
"Ranma Saotome. You have won."
"Huh? What are you talking about?"
"We accept your engagement to Akane Tendo and acknowledge
your victory over her. We will no longer fight her."
Ranma blanched at this. "What?! I'm not engaged to anyone,
especially not to that brat!" The Amazons also displayed their
displeasure. It was then that Ranma's sixth sense went off and his
seventh sense picked up the approach of someone. Ranma jumped
forward and dodged the bokken strike as he heard a sickeningly
"NEVER RANMA SAOTOME!"
Ranma was a bit surprised to hear Kuno's voice as he turned to
face off against him. He had thought that he had paralyzed Kuno's
larynx for a week. A quick probe of his opponent revealed that
someone had used the release points to free up Kuno's vocal cords.
Kuno glared at his hated foe with a rage that could burn through
lead. He had been forced to see a specialist in shiatsu in order to get
his voice back. The only specialist in Nerima was a certain Doctor
"My word! Whoever did this to you certainly knew what he was
doing." Tofu remarked as he looked over Kuno's throat. A few
successive taps to the right nerves and Kuno gasped out.
"ARRRRGGGGHHHH! THAT HURT!"
The young doctor smiled as he asked in a good-natured tone, "Oh
really? Where does it hurt?"
Kuno stared dumfounded at the good doctor as he realized that he
could speak again. "I� can talk! Oh the heavens must surely smile
upon me this day!"
It was then that that the door to the clinic opened up and a certain
young lady entered.
"Why hello Doctor Tofu. I'm hope I'm not disturbing you or
Instantly, the young man's glasses fogged up and he began
twitching a bit. "K-K-Kasumi! W-w-what a wonderful surprise!"
"I hope that I'm not interrupting anything."
"Oh no! I-I-I was just playing with Betty here!" Tofu reached out
to grab his skeleton, but unfortunately, his aim was a little off. Check
that, it was way off as he grabbed Kuno.
"Now see her my good doctor! I� wait! Wh-what are you�
ARGH! STOP! OW! YEOW! HOLD IT! OW! OW! OW!"
"NEVER RANMA SAOTOME! I WILL NEVER ACCEPT YOUR
ENGAGEMENT TO AKANE!"
Ranma was more than perturbed as he took out his battle staff and
extended it. "Now hold on a second! I'm not engaged to that
"LIAR! RELEASE YOUR HOLD ON HER!"
Ranma sensed Kuno charging and prepared to counter. It was
then that his sixth and seventh sense detected the approach of
Akane and her sister Nabiki. He also sensed something else
approach. This newest arrival had a far greater ki level that all three
combined and the emotions it was radiating were ones of
depression, anger and extreme rage. These emotions were directed
solely at him. Ranma almost got hit by a slash by Kuno as he used
his senses to gauge the power level of this threat. He then frowned
as he recognized the ki signature. It was a presence in which he had
not felt in three years.
"RANMA SAOTOME! PREPARE TO DIE!"
The blind martial artist leapt up to avoid a figure as it descended
from above. At the same time, Ranma used his seventh sense to
dodge Kuno's bokken and lashed out with a sidekick. Kuno was sent
sprawling as Ranma landed and took a stance, ready to face off
against this latest threat.
The figure landed in a crouching position and caused the
pavement beneath him to explode. The crowds backed off, just as
Akane and her sister came to the front gate. Everyone stood and
waited for the smoke to clear up. When the clouds of dust parted,
they revealed a boy of around sixteen or so, dressed in brown pants,
a yellow, sleeveless shirt, black and gold headband and carrying a
heavy backpack. He was still crouched down and his arms were
holding a massive bamboo umbrella. He gazed at Ranma and smirked,
displaying slight fangs.
"I found you� Ranma Saotome."
Ranma gritted his teeth. Things had just gone from bad to worse.
Well, Ranma has fought Akane and as expected, it was no contest.
Akane's world has been forever shattered and now she is more than
determined to defeat Ranma and prove her superiority. Of course, she
doesn't know about law number forty-four. Genma and Soun will
eventually learn of it and that will be their key weapon to try and
force Ranma to cooperate with their promise to unite the schools.
However, don't expect our master of the Unseen Light to go along
Ranma is actually hitting girls? Well, just remember that the
Amazons have raised him and the warrior women expect him to treat
them as equals if not superiors. Ranma is also very knowledgeable in
their laws and will follow them. The revision to law number forty-
three was just to show that the Amazons are not totally inflexible with
their ways or customs.
Ryoga is here and for those of you, who have forgotten, Ranma
did meet up with the lost boy in Chapter One.
Well, I hope this revision has made things go a little more
smoothly. For those of you who think that I've gone off the deep end
and included Ryo Saeba into this, well I just finished watching the
latest OAV of City Hunter and I thought it would really get
interesting when he comes across a group of beautiful Amazon girls.
And who better to find Ranma's mom than the best detective in