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Ryoga Vs Ranma
"Who is he, Ranma?" Shampoo asked.
Ranma's senses were already gauging the level of skill of Ryoga
as he answered. "He's some guy I knew back in junior high. His
name's Ryoga Hibiki."
The crowds of students were all fixated on the figure that was still
crouched down in a fifteen�foot crater and grinning evilly at the blind
boy. On the sidelines, Nabiki and Akane listened in on their
conversation. Akane was especially interested in this newcomer who
had a grudge against Ranma.
"Well, Ranma. I see that you're still good at what you do best.
Running away." Ryoga sneered as he got up.
"He really mad at you Ranma." Perfume said.
"Yes. He no like seeing you." Lilac added.
Ryoga's temper went up a few more levels as he asked in a low
tone. "Before I beat the hell out of you Ranma, there's one thing I
"Oh? And what's that?" Ranma said in a calm tone.
"Why weren't you there for the fight?"
Ranma paused for a moment as he thought back to the events of
three years ago. "Fight? What� oh wait a minute, you're not
referring to THAT FIGHT are you?"
"Damn right I am! So tell me, you coward!" Ryoga snarled as he
held out his umbrella like a sword. "Why weren't you there?!"
Akane smiled a bit when she heard this. <So Ranma's really a
coward is he? All right! Cowardice! This may be just what I need to
get Dad to cancel that stupid engagement and�>
"But Ryoga! I waited for three days for you to show up!"
Akane's hopes plummeted when she heard this.
"Oh sure you did!" Ryoga said in a sarcastic tone. "You waited for
three days. But when I got there on the fourth day, you already
turned tail and ran!"
"You waited for three days? He came in on the fourth day?"
Ranma sighed as he said in a tired tone. "Ryoga, let me get me get
this straight. It took you four days to get to the place where we were
supposed to fight, even though it was the empty lot that was behind
The crowds began murmuring to themselves.
"Four days to get there?"
"This guy must have the world's worst sense of direction."
"Can't use a map."
"Gets lost easy."
"Shut up Ranma!" Ryoga continued. "You broke a duel of honor
and then you turned and ran back to China!" Ryoga opened his
umbrella. "You have no idea of the kind of suffering that I went
through to get to that lot!"
Ranma slung his staff over on shoulder while bowing his head and
rubbing his temple with a hand, massaging a slight headache. A
gentle tap applied to the correct shiatsu point relieved him of the
pain. "Ryoga, you were the one who set up the date for us to fight.
We were supposed to meet on Tuesday. It's not my fault that you
showed up on Saturday."
"Don't make excuses Ranma! Because of you, I've seen hell! Now
it's time to settle things for good!"
"What? You want to finish that fight?"
"I don't want to finish it! The fight's just begun! This is
REVENGE!" Ryoga then hurled his umbrella at Ranma like a spinning
Ranma's seventh sense was already tracking the flight of the
projectile as it sped toward him. Gauging the amount of ki energy
infused within the umbrella, Ranma shifted to one side, avoiding its
razor sharp edge as it whizzed past him. The students gaped in awe
as the umbrella sliced through a nearby tree branch before returning
to its owner.
"For all you've done to me Ranma, I'm going to destroy your
happiness!" Ryoga screamed as he closed the umbrella and charged
at his hated foe.
Motioning for Shampoo and the others to get back, Ranma held
out his staff and took a ready position. Unlike Kuno, the lost boy's
skill and power levels were far greater, which warranted more caution.
Dodging the first few umbrella strikes, Ranma thrust forward and
jabbed his weapon into Ryoga's chest, driving him back a few steps.
It was then that his sixth sense screamed out in alarm as something
charged at him from behind.
"Ranma Saotome! I fight on!"
Kuno had recovered from his earlier bout with the blind martial
artist and was now charging Ranma from behind. The unseeing
martial artist's seventh sense already projected an image of the
kendoist as he raised his bokken high to strike.
<Damn! I don't have time for this! One idiot after me is enough!
Better finish this quick!> Ranma ducked and leaned over to the side.
The wooden blade missed his head by a fraction. Ryoga however,
was not as fortunate as he was in the path of the extended weapon
and was struck in the head. Kuno was surprised that his perfect
technique had missed while Ryoga was momentarily stunned by the
hit. This was all the distraction Ranma need as he drove one end of
his staff into Ryoga's gut and directed the other end toward Kuno.
He then focused his ki into his weapon.
Both Kuno and Ryoga were driven back as the ends of Ranma's
pole suddenly elongated and plowed into their solar plexuses with
the force of a speeding car. The two antagonists were suddenly
flying backward at extreme velocities as the butt ends pushed them
clear off their feet and kept on going.
"WHAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT IIIIIIIISSSSS TTTTTTTTHHHHHHHIIIIISSSSSSS?!"
The students who were standing on either side of the fight scene
had to get out of the way as both of Ranma's opponents were sent
speeding backwards. Kuno was slammed into and through the front
gate with a tremendous crash equivalent to a rhino's charge. The
insane kendoist ended up in a pile of rubble with only his legs
sticking out of the heap of concrete and twisted metal. Ryoga plowed
through the front doors of the school as the other end of Ranma's
staff drove him into the building. His form disappeared in a cloud of
dust and flying pieces of wood, metal and other chunks of debris.
To the amazement of all the spectators, Ranma's battle staff had
extended to its full length, an incredible 250 feet! Each opponent had
been driven back 125 feet in two seconds!
Instantly, the weapon decreased in length and was back at its
usual size of five feet. Ranma took a neutral stance and waited. The
crowds were still in awe and among them; Akane couldn't help but be
impressed. Although she still resented him for her defeat, she began
wondering where she could get a weapon like that.
Ranma listened in with his enhanced hearing and probed with his
sixth and seventh senses for his two opponents. He determined from
the voices in the crowd that Kuno had been rendered unconscious.
As for Ryoga�
"Ranma! Where are you?! Come out and fight!" These shouts
were soon drowned out by the sounds of something crashing
through walls and breaking furniture.
The blind fighter sighed as he used his hearing to gauge the
direction of the disturbances. It was heading away from him. Ranma
shook his head as he put away his staff.
"What happening over there?" Lilac asked as she and her sister
Amazons walked up to him. They watched in amazement as Ryoga
tore up the school looking for Ranma. Eventually, the sounds died
out as Ryoga came out of the school on the other side and went
charging off over the horizon.
Ranma shook his head. "That moron can't take more than a dozen
steps without getting hopelessly lost. I'd give him a week before we
see him again."
The rest of the school day went by without any significant event.
Akane had planned to challenge Ranma that day but after seeing him
take out both Kuno and Ryoga with hardly any effort, she had
decided that she needed to train more. Not that she would admit it,
but Ranma's display did tell her that defeating him would be not be
as simple as she thought it would be. Of course, she wouldn't admit
that she was intimidated, nope, not her.
Kuno on the other hand, had a flat line for a learning curve as he
tried to attack Ranma and free Akane from her unholy engagement to
the vile miscreant, not to mention save his beauteous Amazon
flowers. The insane kendoist spent more time in the nurse's office
than in his classes.
When Ranma and the girls returned to Pepper's Place, Cologne
informed the Unseen Light fighter that he had received a letter of
challenge from Ryoga.
"What it say?" Lilac asked.
Ranma ran his fingers over the ink as he read the letter. "Ranma
Saotome, I challenge you to a fight at the soccer field at Furinkan
High on Thursday afternoon. Be ready or else."
"Aiya. Thursday is tomorrow." Perfume commented.
"Don't worry about it." Ranma shrugged as he crumpled up the
letter and tossed it into a nearby trash pail. "That guy is absolutely
clueless when it comes to maps and directions. I'd give him five days
at least. Knowing him, he's probably in Kyoto by now." He then
headed up the stairs to his room.
Sure enough, in Kyoto�
"No you moron! Tokyo is THAT WAY!"
Ryoga nodded as he headed off in the direction opposite to where
the merchant had indicated. <Ranma! I swear that you'll pay for all
my suffering! You were just lucky that last time! I didn't get a chance
to go full out against you! Mark my words, when we meet again,
you'll be begging for mercy! Now which way did he say was
That evening, as the Amazons prepared to go to sleep, two
shadowy figures moved closer to the back entrance of the building.
Genma and Soun were both wearing dark clothes and had
handkerchiefs tied over the heads. As they waited for the lights to go
out, they began reviewing their plan to snatch Ranma and bring him
to the dojo. After the last light went out, they quietly leapt to the top
of nearby roof and then made their way toward a window at the rear
of Pepper's building, on the second floor. After much effort, they
managed to pry the window open and slip inside. Well, Soun slipped
inside. Genma got stuck halfway. Unfortunately, Soun had only
managed to open the window halfway and it wouldn't go any further
to accommodate Genma's wider bulk. Soun muttered something in
frustration as he grabbed both of Genma's outstretched arms, and
braced one foot up against the wall. He heaved with all his might as
he tried to pull his fat friend through the tight opening. With a final
grunt, Soun finally managed to yank Genma into the building. The
father of Ranma Saotome made a loud splat when his body hit the
"SHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" Both men quickly stood up and
held a finger up to their lips. They cautiously looked around for any
sign that their entrance had been detected.
"Do you think they heard that Tendo?" Genma whispered.
The two waited for a long while, before deciding that everyone
was still asleep. The two tiptoed their way toward the bedrooms
where Shampoo, Lilac, Perfume and Ranma slept. Soun smiled with
anticipation as he saw that the room at the other end of the hall bore
Ranma's name on the door. Motioning to his friend, they quietly
made their way and slipped inside.
The two men almost cried out in joy as they saw a mass on the
bed, seemingly asleep. Soun crept up to the bed and withdrew a small
cloth that had been dipped in chloroform.
"Forgive me son, but this for the good of the schools! You'll thank
me for this later!" Soun's eyes were filled with tears as he prepared to
Genma watched with glee, as Soun was about to apply the rag to
his son's mouth. It was then that he noticed a small, leather-bound
book on a nearby drawer. Noting that it was written in an ancient
dialect, the dim light bulb in his head clicked on. <Hey! That's looks
like a training manual!> After fighting the Amazons for eight years,
Genma knew that the warrior women were in possession of some
powerful techniques. The thought of having such potent martial arts
moves was all the incentive Genma needed to pocket the book into
the front of his gi without bothering to look at its contents. Of
course, this was the same line of thinking that Genma had when he
came across the training manual of the Neko Ken.
In one fell swoop; Soun's hand came down over the top of the
curled bundle. That was when all hell broke loose.
The lights suddenly went on and the two whirled around. Soun
blanched as he found himself face-to-face with Pepper again. The
owner of the building was none too pleased with seeing him or his
friend. Both men became even more horrified as they also noted that
she wasn't alone. Cologne, Ranma and the three Amazon girls were
also present and they were brandishing their weapons while taking
"Tendo?" Genma looked at his friend with apprehension.
Soun could only gulp, as he turned back toward the bed and threw
the covers and blankets to the side. His face registered shock as he
stared at the two pillows that had been under the blankets.
From outside of the establishment, one could hear a tremendous
row as war cries in Chinese were shouted out, followed by the
screams of terror and pain of two would-be kidnappers. There were
several crashes as furniture was tossed about.
"Genma! I kill."
"Die stupid panda man!"
"You no want get womans of Amazons mad!"
Then a familiar shout was heard.
"SOY SAUCE SENDOFF!"
Both Soun and Genma were flung out of a window as a huge
torrent of soy sauce basted them out of the building. They tumbled
to the street and landed face-first on the pavement, along with
several chairs and a table. The two bruised and battered disciples of
Happosai quickly picked themselves up and fled the scene, tripping
over themselves several times.
Inside the restaurant, Ranma went about helping the others to
clean up the mess. His sixth sense had already alerted him of his
father's approach and his seventh sense had located him and his
friend when they came onto the roof. Their footsteps were too quiet
for any normal person to hear, but Ranma's enhanced sense of
hearing picked them up easily. It was a simple matter to alert the
others of their unwanted visitors and prepare for them.
Unfortunately, due to the excitement of the event and the need to
clean up the place for business the next day, Ranma and the others
had totally missed the fact that something important was gone. It was
Ranma's copy of the book of tribal law.
Both Soun and Genma were totally exhausted when they reached
the dojo. When Genma bent over to catch his breath, the book
dropped out and landed on the ground with a splat.
"Saotome. What's this?" Soun asked as he reached over and
picked up the book.
"Huh?" Genma stood up and looked at what his friend had in his
hands. He replied in a slightly embarrassed tone. "Errrrrr� I guess�"
Hoping to change the subject, Genma asked, "What does it say?"
Soun gave him an irritated look. He knew that Genma was prone to
pilfering, an aftereffect to their training with Happosai. He opened the
book and started to read. A moment later, his eyes opened wide in
surprise and then narrowed as he tossed the book away.
"What did it say Tendo?"
"You know perfectly well that we both can't read a word of
"Let me see that." Genma retrieved the book and opened it up.
Sure enough, the text was in Chinese. That is whatever pages weren't
completely soaked with sauce. It was then that Genma recognized a
few sentences in Japanese. As soon as he read it, he began jumping
"What is it Saotome?"
"Tendo! This is it! The pledge will be fulfilled! It's a good thing
that you did choose Akane to marry my son!"
Tendo took the book and read where Genma indicated. "Amazon
Law number forty-four. In the event that an male member of the tribe
is defeated by a female outsider�"
The streets were soon echoing with the sounds of two middle-
aged men jumping and shouting for joy.
As expected, Ranma did come to the soccer field on Thursday and
Ryoga was nowhere to be seen. The blind boy had expected as much,
but he had come to the appointed time for honor's sake. When it was
clear to all that Ryoga was not going to show up, Ranma and the
others headed for home. He had several days to train before Ryoga
would appear and he wanted to be ready. His senses had detected
certain ki abilities in the Hibiki boy. On that note, Koga's student
began an intense regimen of training behind Pepper's establishment
each day after school. He didn't consider Kuno's constant attacks as
good practice since it was too easy to beat that idiot.
At the Tendo dojo, another person was hard at work trying to
improve her skills. Akane had been breaking several stacks of bricks
and smashing training posts in an attempt to gain a level of skill equal
to Ranma's. Her humiliating defeat, plus the fact that her father and
Genma were constantly pushing for her to marry him only fueled her
desire to beat the Unseen Light martial artist. In fact, they saw her
determination to beat Ranma as some misguided path to win Ranma's
love. To them they thought that it was just her way of expressing her
affection. After all, if she could beat Ranma, then it would be easier to
bring him to the dojo right? Of course, they did not tell her about that
certain law they had learned from Ranma's book.
"That's it Akane! Go get your fianc�e!"
"They're the perfect couple!" Genma added.
"Saotome! Let's get the wedding preparations ready when my little
girl brings home her groom!"
"I AM NOT MARRYING THAT JERK! I'M JUST GOING TO
BEAT HIM INTO A PULP!"
Soun and Genma were of course oblivious to her words as they
were caught up in their daydreams of the two of them marrying and
taking over the dojo. That meant that they could start on their
luxurious retirement early. They had planned to tell Akane about the
law of the Amazons after she had defeated Ranma as a form of
It was a warm Thursday afternoon the following week as Ryoga
finally made it to the soccer field at Furinkan High. The crowds
gathered there were huge and just about the entire student
population had showed up to witness the fight. Girls were cheering
on Ranma as he and the Amazons appeared on the field. On the
sidelines, Nabiki and her cronies were collecting wagers as the
students placed their bets on the outcome.
"Step right up! It's the fight you've all been waiting for! Ranma or
Ryoga! Win a bundle!"
Ryoga snarled and waited in anticipation as his archenemy
appeared. His chance for vengeance would not be denied. Soon, the
cause of his suffering would know pain and sorrow as he beat him to
a bloody mess.
Akane sat with her friends on the sidelines as she watched Ranma
and his entourage approach the center of the field. She had gotten to
the place early as she had no intention of missing this fight. This was
an opportunity to truly see what Ranma was capable of. His fights
with Kuno were jokes and her fight with him didn't count. She would
observe him and analyze his fighting style. If there were techniques
that she didn't know of, she would learn them. Then, when she
challenged him again, she would crush him. Akane smiled as she saw
an image of herself standing over Ranma's battered form, with him
begging for mercy. It wouldn't be an easy victory, but that would
make it even more satisfying.
"We're going to settle things once and for all Ranma!" Ryoga
declared as Ranma came up and stopped a dozen feet from where he
"Whatever Ryoga." Ranma said nonchalantly as he turned his
head to Cologne. "Honored elder. As this is a duel of honor, do you
bear witness to my accepting his challenge?" He bowed his head to
her in a gesture of respect.
"I do." Cologne said solemnly. Business was slow at Pepper's
Place so the Amazons had opted to witness Ranma's battle against
Ryoga. As this was a duel of honor with a tribe member, Cologne
made it a point to be present. She was pleased that Ranma was well
versed in their traditions. "Bring victory and honor to our tribe." The
matriarch motioned for the girls to follow and soon they were seated
on the sidelines.
Ranma then turned to Ryoga as he sneered at him. "Hiding behind
those girls won't save you Ranma! You were only lucky the last time
when you escaped me."
"I didn't run away Ryoga. You got lost!" Ranma slid into a ready
"Shut up!" Ryoga raged as he brought up his umbrella and also
took up a stance.
As the two faced off, Nabiki was busy talking to her lieutenants.
"Okay, the take is two hundred and twenty-five thousand yen."
One of the girls said as she totaled up the bets n a small calculator.
"Looks like they've all placed their bets on Ranma."
"Nabiki� are you sure about this?" Another flunky asked. "If
Ranma wins, he'll bankrupt us!"
"Trust me girls, I'm a professional." Nabiki assured them.
"Fight!" Ryoga screamed as he charged at Ranma with his
Ranma's seventh sense gave him a mental image of his opponent
as he jabbed at his face with his weapon. A slight shift to one side,
and the point of the instrument missed his head with millimeters to
spare. His sixth sense began assessing his opponent as Ryoga made
a series of strikes with the umbrella.
<Hmmm. Pretty high in terms of strength and endurance. Better
defense than Akane or Kuno's but not by much. Fighting style is
focusing mainly on delivering power blows.> Ranma deftly dodged
each of Ryoga's attacks, then retaliated by delivering several kicks to
Ryoga's midsection. Each kick hit with sound impact, but the lost
boy only grunted a bit and stepped back a little.
"Hah! I hardly felt those, Ranma!" The Hibiki boy leapt back and
threw his umbrella.
On the sidelines, Shampoo said, "Ranma is not going full out."
Cologne nodded. "Ranma is just testing out his opponent's skills.
He usually does that with every new person that he meets. He'll be
getting more serious soon enough."
The razor-edged umbrella made a beeline straight toward Ranma's
head, but his since it was a ki technique, Ranma instantly analyzed
the technique. With a blurring motion with his right arm, he caught
the umbrella by its handle and in one smooth motion, he hurled it
back at its owner. Ryoga was a bit shocked to see his own weapon
hurtling back at him. Leaping off to one side, he avoided being cut by
the bamboo projectile and charged in at Ranma.
The umbrella went on and eventually tumbled to a stop near
Akane. Two boys who were close by went to inspect the thing as the
youngest Tendo sister listened in on their conversation.
"Hey, check out this umbrella."
The other boy grasped its handle and tried to pick it up. After a bit
of an effort, he then tried to lift it with both hands. He still couldn't
"What the heck is this thing made of? It weighs a ton!"
Akane was surprised to hear this as she went over to where the
boys were and tried to lift it herself. Even with both hands, she could
only slightly move it.
<Wow! This thing's heavy! Wait a second!> Akane looked back
at where Ranma and Ryoga were exchanging blows. <That Ryoga
guy carries this around one-handed?> She then remembered how
casually Ranma tossed it back. <No way! Ranma can't be THAT
While Akane was still denying the possibility that Ranma was
better than she was, Ryoga was getting frustrated. Not one of his
blows had landed, as Ranma seemed to literally dance around them. It
was almost as if Ranma knew when and where he would throw a
punch and kick. The hits that Ranma were landing were also
indicators that he had underestimated his foe's abilities. They were
starting to hurt and it was beginning to dawn on him that Ranma had
been holding back a little.
If Ryoga only knew that Ranma was actually holding back A LOT,
then he would have been more intimidated. Living with the Amazons
for eight years had not only given the blind boy extraordinary speed
and agility, but it had also greatly increased his strength and
endurance. It also helped when one of Ranma's frequent sparring
partners had been the giantess Dowel. When facing off against a
seven foot Amazon that was capable of snapping a man in half like a
toothpick, a person HAD to get stronger. The force of her hammerlike
blows had toughened Ranma's body with the same effectiveness as
the Backusai Tenketsu training. This was one of the reasons why
Ranma usually used pressure points, since his punches and kicks
could hit with the impact of a speeding truck. Right now however,
with all the troubles in his life, Ranma was in the mood to let off a
little tension and pressure points weren't as satisfying as punches
Ryoga took a few dozen more blows to the chest and midsection
before backing off. Ranma's punches and kicks were steadily hitting
with more power and the Hibiki boy had yet to score a good hit.
Taking a few more steps back, he grabbed the bandanna off his
forehead. This revealed another bandanna tied to his head. The lost
boy twirled the piece of cloth in his hand, then launched it at his
Ranma's sixth sense went off like a fire alarm in his head as his
seventh sense tracked the flight of the thrown piece of cloth.
Gauging the way the ki in the bandanna was focused, the Unseen
Light martial artist immediately assessed that letting it hit him was not
a good idea. Ducking out of the way, his seventh sense followed the
projectile's flight path as it sped toward the crowds behind him. The
mass of spectators also ducked for cover as the cloth whizzed over
them and sliced through the chainlink fence behind them. There were
several gasps of amazement after witnessing such a feat.
"Hey! Watch where you're throwing those things Ryoga! You
could hurt someone by accident!"
Royga paid no heed as he fired off several more of the makeshift
shurikens. Ranma's senses read his anger and realized that it was
making him reckless in his obsession to beat him. His seventh sense
was now gauging a dozen of the ki energized projectiles hurtling
toward him. Knowing that evading them would endanger the crowds
behind him, he instantly made his battle staff appear and elongated it.
Carefully focusing his ki into the pole, he began twirling it like a
propeller. On the other side, Ryoga snorted. His Iron Cloth technique
would slice through Ranma's weapon and him like a hot knife
through butter. His opinion changed however as his bandannas
suddenly disappeared when they made contact with the spinning
staff. A moment later, Ranma stopped twirling his weapon and held it
out parallel to the ground.
The eyes of the crowds and Ryoga widened as they saw that each
bandanna was neatly draped over the ends of the staff. Ranma
smiled. It had been a simple matter to gauge the ki energies of each
piece of cloth, then use his ki in the staff to counter them. Once the
bandannas made contact with his ki-energized weapon, they became
ordinary pieces of cloth again as the two ki energies canceled each
The blind boy began spinning his staff again and then with a
twisting motion, he sent Ryoga's bandannas flying right back at him.
The lost boy screamed as he was suddenly made the target of his
own technique. He barely managed to evade the bandannas as they
nicked his pants and cut a couple of holes in the sides of his shirt.
Ranma smirked as he sensed the lost boy's shock and tracked the
flight path of the cloth missiles. As he had intended, he threw the
bandannas back with only enough energy to put Ryoga back on the
defensive. The bandannas soon lost their momentum and became
harmless again as they landed far short of the crowds.
"Grrr! Ranma, you're going to pay for that!" He couldn't believe
that Ranma could catch on to one of the Hibiki family secrets so
Ranma stood in a ready stance and waited for his opponent's next
move. Ryoga began charging at him and threw a series of punches
that would have made holes in concrete walls. Each blow was
countered with the staff or dodged as Ranma's sixth sense gave him
a split-second warning each time Ryoga threw a punch. It seemed
that the lost boy would never be able to score a hit, but then Ryoga
grinned as he suddenly leapt back and held up an arm. The crowds
were surprised to see a handcuff latched onto Ryoga's wrist. The
bracelet was attached to a thin, five-foot line and Ranma then noticed
that his right wrist also had a handcuff on it.
"What's the big idea Ryoga?" Ranma asked in an even tone.
"What's this for?" Ranma had sensed Ryoga putting the cuff on him,
but he had been too busy dodging.
"Just making sure that you don't run away." Ryoga sneered as he
charged at his foe.
"How many times do I have to tell you that I didn't run away! You
got lost!" Ranma ducked under a haymaker then delivered a sidekick
to Ryoga's gut, driving him back again. However, he was yanked a
bit forward as the line pulled taut. Ryoga took advantage of Ranma
being momentarily off balance and charged at him again. Ranma was
about a fraction of a second too slow as he tried to step away.
Ryoga's kick impacted with Ranma's chin, causing his body to snap
up. Ranma also lost his grip on his staff as he fell backward.
Ranma curled his body into a tuck and roll to absorb the impact,
then vaulted back to his feet, just as Ryoga tried to stomp on him.
Ranma bent down and then drove his head up and into Ryoga's chin.
The lost boy was driven to the ground on his back. This time
however, Ranma remembered the line and braced himself as Ryoga's
body hit the soil. Then Ranma displayed his full Amazonian strength
as he jerked at the line with that single hand and had Ryoga's body
in the air. With a smooth motion, Ranma slammed his opponent to the
ground, making a fair-sized depression in the field. Ranma jerked the
line again and repeated the process. Again and again, Ryoga was
slammed to the ground and the lost boy soon realized that attaching
himself to Ranma had not been a good idea. The crowds winced with
each time Hibiki's body made contact with the ground. Finally, the
blind boy decided to end it by spinning Ryoga's body around by the
line. After a few dozen rotations, Ranma cut his ties with Ryoga.
Since he didn't have the keys to the cuffs, he improvised. Using his
seventh sense, he located the locking mechanism to his handcuff.
With his free hand, he used his index finger and applied a
concentrated amount of ki into the hole. There was a snapping sound
as the latch broke apart, thereby freeing his wrist.
Ryoga went flying and landed on his back some twenty feet away.
Ranma took this opportunity to calm down and retrieve his staff.
Once his center of focus was achieved, he took a defensive stance
Ryoga groggily got to his feet and was fuming with rage. He
wobbled a little as was still a bit dizzy from all that spinning around,
but he soon came out of it. He angrily took out the key to his
handcuff and unlocked it. Throwing it away, he got into an
aggressive stance and screamed out. "That does it Ranma! No more
games! This ends now!" His body suddenly flared up as a bright
green aura surrounded him.
The crowds were more than intrigued by this new development.
"Whoa! What's that?"
"Check it out! It's like those special effects on TV!"
"What is that?"
On the sidelines, Akane's eyes widened. She had heard her father
mention this several times before. This was Ryoga's battle aura. It
was a visual expression of his ki. Soun had said that ki could make a
person stronger, faster and grant amazing recovery abilities. It was
also said that one could strike at a person with just his or her ki alone.
Her father had admitted that he had not yet mastered this skill other
than that Demon Head technique of his and that was only a scare
tactic. Akane had dreamed of being able to achieve this kind of skill
level, but so far she had only been able to generate a faint aura, and
that was when she got really mad. Ryoga must be extremely gifted in
the martial arts if he was able to generate this much ki. If Ryoga was
able to do this, then maybe she could learn it. It was then that she
saw noticed something else. The rest of the crowd saw it as well.
"Hey! Look at Saotome!"
Akane's eyes, along with everyone else's, became even wider as
they saw Ranma begin to glow with an incredibly bright blue aura.
<No! It can't be! Ranma can't be THAT good!> Akane's hopes in
defeating Ranma began to plummet even further
On the field, Ranma was focusing all his senses and readying
himself for the final conflict. The ki buildup he sensed in Ryoga was
enormous and he also detected something else as well. <That's
weird. Why is Ryoga suddenly getting so depressed?>
Ryoga was smirking as he saw Ranma's expression of confusion.
<I've got him now! All of his fancy tricks won't be able to save him
from this!> "Take this Ranma! SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
Ryoga suddenly threw his arms forward with cupped palms. A
huge blast of green energy suddenly exploded forth from his hands
and raced toward Ranma. Ranma's sixth sense was on overload as he
barely managed to duck under the attack. The ki blast shot past him
and slammed into a chainlink fence and exploded.
"Wow! Did you see that!"
"What the heck was that?"
"That was soooo cool!"
Akane's jaw dropped when she saw it.
Ranma got up and faced off against Ryoga, who happened to be
smiling evilly at him. His brow furrowed as he began using his senses
to analyze what had just happened.
"Surprised Ranma?" Ryoga taunted. "It's my most powerful
technique! Something I learned during my quest for vengeance!"
"You mean, something that you came across while you were lost."
Ryoga raged at the comment. "SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
Ranma's sixth sense gave out another warning and Ranma twisted
out of the path of the attack. The blast exploded on the ground
behind him a dozen meters away.
"You can't dodge forever! SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
"I don't have to." Ranma said calmly as the next blast was
avoided. Ranma's senses had picked up that Ryoga was using his
own feelings of depression as a medium to project his ki. He
remembered his sensei Koga telling him about how some masters
used their own emotions to project their ki. Cologne and the other
elders had also displayed such skills to him. During his time in the
village, Koga had taught Ranma certain countermeasures against
such techniques, should he ever come across them. This was one of
Ryoga was taking delight that he had his foe on the defensive and
launched an especially large ki blast at him. He was certain that
Ranma could not possibly avoid this one.
"SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
The crowd gasped as they saw the blind martial artist make no
move to dodge the huge blast of energy that was hurtling at him.
Many of them shut their eyes, as the blast was about to hit. Akane
was one of the few who wanted to see what happened.
Just as the blast was about to impact, Ranma's battle aura
suddenly flared as he slashed forth with his staff. The end of the pole
made a vertical arc that sliced into the attack. The huge fireball of ki
exploded in half and each piece formed a smaller fireball that
harmlessly whooshed past Ranma on either side. They both
dissipated into nothing and Ranma stood in a ready stance..
The crowds couldn't believe what had just happened and Ryoga
was dumbfounded. Akane's jaw dropped to the ground.
"Huh? No way!" Ryoga screamed in denial.
"Unseen Light Martial Arts special technique. The Ki Cutter."
Ranma said calmly.
As soon as Nabiki saw the technique, she got to thinking.
<Hmmmm. There he goes again with that Unseen Light stuff. Just
what does that mean?>
On the sidelines, Cologne nodded. "Very impressive."
"How did Ranma do that?" Shampoo asked.
"Somehow, Koga had taught Ranma how to use a small amount of
his own ki to effectively counter a large amount of opposing ki. I can
see the practical uses of such a technique."
"What do you mean?"
"Keep watching." Cologne indicated with a finger.
"SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
Another blast was sent rocketing at the blind boy, and this too
was cut in half.
"SHI SHI HOKODAN! SHI SHI HOKODAN! SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
Ranma calmly focused his ki into his staff and sliced each of
Ryoga's attacks into smaller bits of ki.
On the sidelines, Cologne explained to her great-granddaughter.
"You see child. Ranma is focusing a small, but concentrated amount
of ki into his staff. Unlike a normal martial artist, who would use an
equal amount of ki to counter each of Ryoga's blasts, Ranma's
technique is specifically slicing the attacks by canceling out a small
line in each of Ryoga's ki attacks. The remaining energies are
rendered useless as Ranma cuts a path through them. Ryoga is
wasting large amounts of his own ki as Ranma is conserving his. Our
fellow Amazon will outlast his opponent. You can see that Ryoga is
Shampoo nodded as she saw that Ryoga was starting to feel the
effects of firing off continuous ki attacks.
Ryoga gasped as he fired off another blast, which was cut in half
almost causally by Ranma. He couldn't understand it! Ranma was
mocking his best moves. This was the last straw. It was time to pull
out all the stops!
Ranma paused as his sixth sense got wind of Ryoga powering up
his remaining stores of ki. Something big was about to happen.
Ranma began powering up his own aura and began reaching out with
his senses. It was time to show Ryoga just what he could really do.
"You may be able to handle to normal Shi Shi Hokodan, but let's
see you beat this!"
Ryoga took a stance with his legs planted firmly on the ground
and his arms held at the sides with elbows bent. His hands clenched
into fists as he reached into his innermost feelings of depression. His
aura flared up like a miniature nova as he let loose with biggest blast
of ki he could muster.
"ULTIMATE SHI SHI HOKODAN!"
A globe of ki the size of a large house exploded upward to about a
hundred feet, then descended down toward where Ranma was. There
was no place for Ranma to evade it. It was far too large for Ranma to
cut. Everyone thought that this was the end. In less than three
seconds, it would all be over.
Ranma however, did not move. In fact, after cutting the last attack,
he had took a stance with his staff held out above him, parallel to the
ground and focused his innermost energies. His senses reached out
for all the available spiritual energies that were available in such a
short time. Tiny pinpricks of white light suddenly appeared and were
absorbed into his body. His form glowed with a white aura. Just as
the green ball was about to impact. Ranma thrust his staff upward
and spun it above him.
The staff spun about with tremendous speed as the depression ki
came crashing down. The huge ball of green energy tried to push its
way down as Ranma's legs began to buckle under the strain.
However, the blind martial artist held his ground as he spun his staff
even faster. The depression energy flared once then exploded into
smaller fragments as the staff chopped it to pieces. Smaller fireballs
went off in all directions away from its center and the crowds had to
duck for cover to avoid being hit. Then there was a bright flash of
light as the remainder of Ryoga's attack exploded.
When the light died down, Ryoga was in a state of total disbelief.
Ranma had defeated his most potent attack and only seemed a little
winded. The Unseen Light Martial artist calmly put away his staff and
took a new stance. He was pulling his hands back and they were
cupped. Between his hands, a small blue orb began to form.
Akane thought that after seeing that last technique, nothing
Ranma could do would surprise her. She was proven wrong as she
saw Ranma powering up.
Ranma smiled as he sensed his opponent's shock. He was a little
bit unsteady after stopping Ryoga's ki attack but he was far from
finished. He had only absorbed enough energy to counter Ryoga's
attack and he still had one technique to use against the lost boy.
When he focused enough of his ki, he reached out with his senses
and located Ryoga's spiritual signature with his sixth and seventh
senses. <Locked and loaded.>
"Well Ryoga, I took what you had to offer. Now let's find out if
you can handle one of mine!" The blue orb grew to the size of a
basketball and small swirls of white mists formed around it. He then
thrust out his hands and launched the attack. "SPIRIT SEEKER!"
The blue ball of light shot out and elongated until one end tapered
off into a tail. The ki attack resembled a miniature comet, making a
high-pitched whine as it sped toward his foe. Ryoga's adrenaline
kicked in as he dove to dodge the projectile. For a moment, he
breathed out a sigh of relief as the comet screamed past him, but then
he heard a change in its pitch. Looking behind him, his eyes widened
in shock as the comet made a U-turn and came right back at him.
"YAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Ryoga rolled to the side as
the comet narrowly missed him, but to his horror, the ki bolt simply
pulled up and rocketed skyward. It then made an extreme reversal and
streaked down at him like a blazing meteor.
"SHI SHI HOKODAN!" Ryoga didn't know where he got the
energy to fire off the ki blast, but with a relentless missile after him;
he suddenly found a desperate strength. The ki blast he launched
while on his back was nowhere near as strong as his earlier ones, but
the lost boy hoped that it would be enough to stop Ranma's attack,
or at least diminish it.
Then, to everyone's amazement, and to Ryoga's horror, Ranma's
ki attack did the unthinkable. It made a spiraling maneuver like a
fighter plane taking evasive action and dodged Ryoga's ki blast. The
depression ki shot up harmlessly where it eventually dissipated.
The Hibiki boy let off a terrified scream as the comet put on a final
burst of speed and blasted into him. There was a huge detonation as
the ki bolt exploded. A gigantic, smoking crater was formed as the
explosion sent dirt and other debris flying. The crowd went silent for
a long while and not a sound was heard. Then, when the smoke
cleared, the crowds leaned forward to look.
There was Ryoga, flat on back and obviously unconscious. His
clothes were singed and torn in many places. His hair was a frazzled
mess and his eyes were glazed. It was plain to all that the fight was
There was a large cheer among the crowds as they applauded
Ranma's victory. The blind boy in question breathed out a sigh of
relief as the Amazons hurried over to congratulate him. Mentally
guiding his ki attack to dodge Ryoga's counterblast had been a little
draining. The Spirit Seeker was one of Ranma's own creations. Since
he could not aim a ki blast with his eyes, he instead used his senses
to lock onto his opponent's spiritual essence, since no two people
were alike. Then he simply impressed that information into his attack
and let it go off on its own. The Sprit Seeker was like a smart missile
and would not stop until it hit its target or was destroyed. A couple
of other assets to this technique was that Ranma still could control it
while it was in flight and that it would only attack the person it was
locked onto. The blind boy didn't have to worry about innocent
bystanders getting hurt.
Akane was speechless as she watched the Amazons. She just
couldn't believe the display of power and skill Ranma had
demonstrated. Nabiki however, was on her back and unconscious.
After seeing Ranma win over Ryoga, the middle Tendo sister had
fainted dead away, realizing the huge sum that she would lose paying
off the bets. Her flunkies however, were not as fortunate as they were
besieged by a mob of students that were demanding that they pay off
their winnings. On the field, Ryoga remained sprawled on the ground
as the ancient Amazon congratulated Ranma.
"Well done Ranma. You do our tribe proud."
"Thank you elder Cologne." Ranma replied.
A while later, when the sun was just setting, Ranma was happily
walking along the streets, his delivery completed. Pepper had given
him an address that wasn't far from the restaurant and sent him to
deliver the takeout order. After the food was brought to the address
and the money was received, Ranma headed back to the restaurant.
As he made his way, he kept his senses peeled for any sign of Genma
and his friend, should they try to kidnap him again. When he sensed
a ki signature that was similar to Soun's, he went into a ready stance.
It was then that he noted that it wasn't Soun Tendo, but rather
someone who was related to him. As he reached out with his senses,
he felt an aura that was as pleasing to him as Jasmine's. He detected
a high level of serenity and calm, emphasized by a kindness not
unlike his adopted mother's. It made him feel warm and fuzzy inside
and he decided to investigate.
Kasumi Tendo had decided to have a warm cup of tea at a small
coffee shop, before heading back to the dojo with the groceries. The
establishment was packed and she had the only empty booth left. As
she heard the front door open, she turned her gaze toward the front
and saw a young man in his late teens or so, enter the establishment.
Her heart rate began to increase slightly as she took in his
appearance. This person may look younger than herself, but this was
no mere boy. He was tall and well formed. She blushed slightly as she
saw the rippling muscles of his arms and chest. The red Chinese shirt
he was wearing did little to hide the lean, firmly toned torso. His hair
was a luxuriant black and was tied up in a loose ponytail that went to
his midback. The rest of him was just as pleasing to her eyes as well
as to the eyes of all the other girls who had caught sight of him. He
also seemed to radiate warmth and a maturity that seemed to go
beyond his years. However, it was the eyes that captivated her the
most. They were the most striking shade of blue that she had ever
seen. However, it puzzled her that his eyes didn't seem to move or
react to the bright neon sign as he passed by it. He didn't even blink
as he got a full glare of the bright light.
Ranma quickly located the source of the aura and began walking
toward it. He noted that she was female and gauged her age to be
around nineteen or twenty. His seventh sense picked up the bags of
groceries beside her and that she was sitting alone in a booth. He
began probing even deeper into her aura and detected a few more
things that his initial scan had missed. He sensed a self-imposed
barrier over her innermost emotions. He determined by her aura that
she had experienced a traumatic event in her life that had caused her
to erect that barrier. Ranma also picked up a feeling of tiredness, and
guessed that a tremendous burden is put on this person daily. He
detected an enormous sense of responsibility as well as a sense of
duty. He could feel extreme honor and loyalty within this person. She
was a gentle and caring soul. <She'd make a good healer.> Ranma
was a bit surprised to find these characteristics in someone that was
related to Akane and Soun but the similarities were present. There
were also minute pieces of their auras mixed in with hers, indicating
that she was regularly in contact with them. Ranma then chided
himself for thinking that she was like Akane and Soun. Just because
Akane was a violent maniac and her father was an obsessive idiot,
didn't mean that the entire family was the same. This one was
different and although he would never fulfill the pledge, Ranma
decided that he wanted to at least get to know the other members of
the Tendo clan.
"Excuse me, but is this seat taken?"
Kasumi was a bit shaken that this handsome boy was talking to
her but she quickly regained her composure. "Oh no! You may sit
here if you wish."
"Thank you." Ranma sat down and said. "It's so crowded in here.
I'm glad that there was a seat left."
"That's all right."
Ranma paused to use his sense of smell. A slight sniff was all he
needed. "Excuse me, is that Earl Gray?" He pointed to the cup in her
"Why� yes it is. How did you know?"
Ranma shrugged nonchalantly and tapped the side of his nose.
"Let's just say that I have a nose for these sort of things." He
gestured for the waiter and ordered a cup of tea. He then turned back
to Kasumi. "Oh where are my manners? I'm Ranma Saotome."
Kasumi perked up when she heard this. "Oh! So you're Akane's
fianc�e. I'm pleased to finally meet you. I'm Akane's sister, Kasumi."
Ranma took a deep breath. He had been expecting this reaction. In
a gentle but firm tone he replied. "Pleased to make your acquaintance
Miss Tendo, but I'm afraid that you are mistaken. I am not her
"But your father and mine had�"
Ranma held up a hand, and said, "Miss Tendo. Despite what my
father and yours have told you, I assure you that I have no intention
of ever marrying your sister. To be quite honest, and mind you, I
have nothing against your family personally, but I will never fulfill the
pledge to unite the schools."
"But, it is a matter of family honor."
"Honor is good and all, but I will not be forced into a marriage that
was made by my poor excuse for a parent who thinks that I'm just a
piece of property to be sold off to the highest bidder."
Ranma held up his hand again and said, "Before you say anything
else, let me explain a few things that may help you understand why I
have no wish to follow through with this."
Kasumi was about to protest again but then kept silent. She
nodded her head and waited for Ranma to continue.
Ranma nodded as he paused to try and think up a way to best
explain to her. <Hmmm. How do I go about doing this? Should I tell
her about me being blind? No, I can't. I really don't want her pity.
But... she's seems like a nice person and I don't think there would be
any harm in telling her. Maybe I should just lay all my cards on the
table. It would certainly make things easier to explain why I don't
want to go through with Pop's stupid ideas. But�ahhhh nuts!>
The eldest Tendo girl waited for Ranma to explain as she took in
his features. He was a handsome boy and seemed very well
mannered. She couldn't take her attention away from those eyes.
They were beautiful eyes and seemed to relay a kind of willful
determination, yet sadness at the same time. It was then that she
noticed something. Near the edges of his eyes were tiny pink lines.
She looked a little closer and saw that they were scars, which
indicated an injury that had been sustained many years ago. She also
noticed something else as an ambulance with its sirens blazing and
lights going passed by the shop. Since they were in a both near the
front windowpane, they got quite an earful and Kasumi had to turn
away slightly from the bright lights. Ranma however, didn't even
blink. However, she did notice that Ranma gritted his teeth a little at
the sound of the sirens. It was then that she took another look at his
eyes and wondered why she never noticed it before. The eyes never
moved and didn't seem to be focused on anything. The pupils were
always dilated and never constricting in turn with any bright light
that came his way. She also thought about the way he reacted to the
siren's noise and how he knew she was drinking Earl Gray tea. She
began to suspect that Ranma was hiding something important and
she was beginning to suspect what it was. There was one way to test
"I don't know how I can explain this to you without letting you
know about some� things about me. I� don't even know where to
start." Ranma said finally.
"How about starting with the fact that you're blind." Kasumi said
in the quietest whisper she could manage.
"Huh?" Ranma was more than shocked as he turned toward
Kasumi smiled a bit as she saw his reaction. As she expected, the
muscles around his eyes acted accordingly by widening, but the
pupils still remained the same. Usually, when a person is confronted
with a shock, the pupils would change with his eyelids.
Ranma's senses picked up her feelings of triumph and realized that
he had fallen into the trap. "H-H-How did you�?'
"The clues were all there, but I must admit that you had me fooled
for a while." Contrary to popular belief, Kasumi was not totally
oblivious to things outside the Tendo home. In fact, she had an
intelligent mind that rivaled Nabiki's and was even far more observant
than the middle sister, who relied more on her flunkies to gather
information. "Your eyes didn't blink when you passed by that neon
sign or when that ambulance came by. Your pupils don't change and
your eyes don't move to focus in on anything. You knew what kind
of tea I was drinking by its smell and you winced a bit at the sirens.
You heard me say that you were blind even though I said it in the
barest whisper that I could. I've heard that blind people have been
able to develop their senses of smell and hearing to a level better
than a sighted person's."
"Very� perceptive of you." Ranma admitted as he gained new
respect for Kasumi. "I must say that you caught on faster than most
people have. I thought that no one in Nerima could have figured it
"I must admit, from what Nabiki and Akane have told me, you've
handled yourself far better than a person who can see. Now� about
Ranma shook his head while smiling and began speaking. "Well,
since you've figured it out, I guess it wouldn't hurt to get a few things
off my chest. In any case, you're right. I am clinically blind. I was born
with sight but I lost it at a very early age, due to my father's poor
Kasumi listened intently as Ranma began his story.
To be continued�
I got the idea of the Spirit Seeker after seeing an episode of
Dragonball Z. Yamcha's guided energy ball seemed to fit in well with
Ranma's condition. I also came up with the idea of the Ki Cutter.
Ranma uses his ki extensively so it made sense that he would know a
few ki attacks and defenses.
For those of you who think that Ryoga's battle with Ranma wasn't
intensive enough, take note that Ranma had received training that
was a lot harder than canon. Living with the Amazons had toughened
him up to a higher degree than in the anime or manga. Also, remember
that Ryoga has not received the Breaking Point training and therefore
doesn't have the high endurance that he normally has. Ranma on the
other hand had received extensive strength and endurance training
from sparring with Dowel. Since Ranma knew an advanced version of
the Breaking Point, he had to find another way to increase his
endurance and toughness.
This revision is to help make things a bit more smoothly and to
show that Kasumi isn't really on a prescription of Valium. After all,
she can't be THAT dense and I figured that she would be more
attracted to this Ranma.