Ranma 1/2 and the gang are from the fertile imagination of Rumiko
Takahashi. Please don't sue me. I'm poor, etc, etc�
<" ">: Chinese language
Blind Man's Bluff
A small group was making its way toward the gates of a high
school in the district of Nerima. The group consisted of an extremely
aged woman, three young girls and a teenage boy. The aged woman,
who happened to be hopping on a staff that was three times her
height, addressed the group as they made their way to Furinkan
"Now I want you all to be on your best behavior while we are here.
You have all earned the right to be here and given the opportunity to
learn about the outside world. I will not tolerate any blood feuds or
vendettas, save for challenges. The council had decided that any
matter pertaining to our Amazon Laws would be interpreted at MY
discretion. Since I am the highest authority of our tribe in Japan, I will
have the final word on it. Is that understood?"
<"Yes Elder Cologne."> The group responded.
"Oh, and I would prefer if you would all speak Japanese, since we
will be living here." Cologne gestured to Ranma. "Do not hesitate to
ask Ranma or me about things you do not understand."
The purple-haired girl pointed to the school uniform she was
wearing. "Do we have to wear these clothes? Shampoo feels that it
does not suit an Amazon." Lilac and Perfume nodded. Ranma tugged
at the collar of his dark blue outfit.
Cologne nodded. Shampoo's Japanese had gotten much better
since Ranma had started tutoring her. She still had a habit of referring
to herself in the third person, but her sentence structure was not as
broken. "Yes child. I'm afraid that your regular clothes are a bit too�
revealing for such a place."
"Ranma never minded what I wore." Shampoo protested lightly
Cologne snorted in amusement. "In Ranma's case, he wouldn't
object to you in your birthday suit!"
The group snickered a bit at the private joke then continued on.
As they came to the front gates, they were a bit surprised to see a
mob of school boys begin to gather at the front of the main building.
Normally, this wouldn't be an unusual sight. What was unusual was
the fact that nearly all of them were brandishing various sports
equipment, practice weapons or some other kind of blunt or sharp
objects. Many of the boys belonged to the numerous sports teams or
martial arts clubs. As the crowd grew, the Amazons stopped at the
front gate to watch the spectacle.
In Ranma's case however, he was already assessing the situation
with his enhanced senses. Cologne noted this and asked, "What is it
Ranma did not answer for a long moment as he took in every bit of
information his physical and metaphysical senses were collecting.
Finally, he responded. "Hmmm. I count� about forty boys. Judging
from their emotions, they're expecting to ambush someone. Either that
or they intend to hit someone head on. Lots of them are breathing
hard and are out of shape. The amount of ki energies I'm feeling is
relatively low, almost nonexistent in just about everyone in that
crowd. I think that the entire lot has very little to no skill in the martial
arts. Except maybe for four of them near the back of the group."
Cologne looked over the rear of the mob and noted that two boys
were dressed in white gi outfits, signifying that they were from the
karate club. The other one was dressed in the practice outfit of the
kendo club, complete with body pads and facemask. The last one was
wearing the garb of a sumo wrestler. She could also sense that they
had slightly higher ki levels than the rest. "Very good Ranma. What
else can you sense?"
"Whoops! My mistake! Make that five boys. There's one who's
hiding behind a tree� forty paces from the right side of the front of
the main building. He's got the highest skill level of the lot. I sense�
arrogance and unbelievable confidence. Judging by his ki level
however, he wouldn't be able to beat a trained thirteen-year old in the
village. Heck, I would say that even Ling Ling and Lung Lung could
Cologne then turned her gaze to where Ranma had indicated and
sure enough, there was someone hiding behind the tree. The boy
appeared to be about seventeen or eighteen and was dressed in
samurai garb. He held a wooden bokken in one hand and a red rose in
the other. She then gauged the boy's fighting potential and had to
agree with Ranma's assessment.
Ranma then turned his head toward two approaching figures that
were running toward the gates. He noted the increase in hormone
activity in the mob of boys and decided that this was what they were
waiting for. "Step back everybody. This is going to be messy."
As the Amazons watched in disbelief, the drama unfolded itself.
To the newcomers, they were confused at the spectacle. To Akane
Tendo however, it was just merely part of the same old routine.
"Akane Tendo! I love you!" WHAM!
"Please go out with me!" POW!
"This is for you!" CRASH!
"Let me�" CLONG!
The youngest daughter of Soun Tendo blasted through her
would-be suitors like a rhino on a rampage. The boys would only get
one or two seconds to attack her before they were beaten into the
pavement. As the battle raged, Ranma made a few sideline comments
to Cologne as his senses gauged her fighting ability.
"Judging by the way she's exerting herself, she's relying more on
brute strength than skill. I can feel her anger from here and it's making
her sloppy." A big bruiser suddenly grabbed Akane from behind, but
she gave him an uppercut to the jaw to get him to release her. "She
left herself wide open for that one. Her defense is lousy." A tennis
player swung his racket at her head. Akane barely managed to duck it
and retaliate with a roundhouse kick. "Reflexes need work. Her
reaction time is too slow." Akane then sidestepped the sumo wrestler
and tripped him up. She then dodged several more attempts to beat
her by members of the volleyball team. "Hmmm, the only reason why
she's holding out is because those guys aren't attacking as a group.
They're all getting in each other's way."
"Be that it may, this does not concern us Ranma." Cologne replied
as she began leading her group toward the school. "Now come along.
I need to speak with the registration office and it wouldn't do for the
four of you to be late on your first day of class."
It was at this time that Akane beat off the last of her unwanted
admirers. She stood amid a landscape of bruised and battered
adolescents. As she wiped her brow, she said angrily to her sister
Nabiki, who happened to be standing nearby, holding Akane's
bookbag. "I wish that these jerks would just lay off!"
"I thought by now that you'd be used to this kind of thing sis."
Nabiki commented as she handed Akane back her bag. She noticed a
small group heading toward them. "Well, looks like we got some new
Nabiki took in the group with her usual, calculating look. The three
young girls were all dressed in the school uniforms for Furinkan
High's female students. One girl had long purple hair and had a
couple buns near the top of her head. The second girl had dark hair
that was tied in a loose ponytail that went down to her waist. The
third girl had red hair that was done up in an elaborate braid that was
as long as the first girl's ponytail. The end of her hair was tied in a
bright gold ribbon. At the front of the group, was an aged woman,
only about two feet in height and was hopping along on a long,
gnarled, wooden staff.
Nabiki noted that the three girls were quite beautiful and emanated
an aura of intensity. Many of the boys who were sprawled on the
ground became entranced by their looks. That is, those who could
get their swollen eyes to open. However, what really caught her
attention was the lone male member of the group. Nabiki wasn't the
only one though. The handsome stranger who had just arrived also
captivated the numerous female students who had been watching
Akane beat up the daily mob.
Living under the care of Jasmine had caused Ranma to grow up
into a very attractive male. The problems of malnutrition and poor
health care under Genma were nonexistent, thanks to his adopted
mother's skills as a healer. Ranma was tall and his clothes seemed to
mold over the lean, muscular frame that his master Koga had spent
eight years in refining. The school uniform did little to hide the
definition of his muscles, especially in his chest, arms, legs and rear.
His hair was also done up in a loose ponytail that went down to
midback. The special herbal shampoo that he used made his hair
luxuriant and silky. His unseeing eyes still reflected that unique
shade of blue, which resembled twin pools of liquid sapphire. His
face was well defined and contained sharp, angular lines that made
him appear far older and wiser than his actual age. He walked with a
casual grace that bespoke of a gentle nature, yet also one of
confidence and power. There was no doubt in Nabiki's mind or the
minds of the other girls. Ranma was a hunk.
Just as the group came to where Akane was standing, a small
object came darting toward her. She deftly caught it, then frowned
when she saw it was a rose. The group also stopped when they saw
the boy that Ranma had detected earlier step out from his hiding
"Truly a boorish lot, these cretins who dare thought they could
win thy hand Akane Tendo."
Akane let off a depressed and disgusted sigh. "Kuno, I don't have
time for this! I'm going to be late!" Akane then tried to step around
the kendoist, but is stopped when Kuno holds out his bokken in
front of her.
"Wouldst thou not spar with me, my love? Must I once again
prove my worthiness to you? Should we not show all these peasants
that I am the only one worthy to receive thy favors? Very well, if you
can defeat me, then I will allow you to date with�" It was then that
he noticed Shampoo, Perfume and Lilac. "Hold! What loveliness do
mine eyes see today? Ah! The gods have seen fit to reward the great
and noble Kuno with not one, but four goddesses this day! What are
thy names beauteous ones? I would know them so that I may shower
you with the glory that is my myself!"
By now, the Amazons were getting a little more than annoyed at
the nonsense that this pompous kendoist was spouting out. The fact
that he was making overtures toward them only irritated them even
more. They already had their sights set on Ranma and in their minds;
this wannabe samurai couldn't compare to the blind martial artist.
They all gave him a look of disgust and ignored him completely as
they started toward the main school building.
Kuno of course, was too dense to see that he was being given the
cold shoulder. He promptly put himself in front of the group and
spread his arms. "Will you not give thy names to the greatness that
you see before you? Perhaps an introduction is in order? Yes! It is
proper to give one's own name first!" He then puffed out his chest
and began his introduction. "I am the undefeated captain of this
school's kendo club! The rising new star of the high school fencing
world! My name alone strikes fear in those who hear of it! My peers
call me the Blue Thunder of Furinkan High!" At this time, he raised
his bokken to the heavens and a bolt of lightning crackled in the
distance. He then finished his introduction. "Tatewaki Kuno, age
<Hmpf! What a showoff!> Cologne thought.
Behind the so-called Blue Thunder, crowds of students were
watching out the second and third floor windows of the school. As
soon as Kuno had finished his introduction, they began to gossip
"Blue Thunder? That's a new one."
"Yeah. Last week he was calling himself the Shooting Star."
"Who are those three babes?"
"Forget those girls. I want to know who that hunk is!"
Ranma sighed as he was also a bit put out by Kuno. To him,
Kuno's mouth hurt him even worse, due to his enhanced hearing.
Sensing the displeasure in his companions and in Akane, he decided
to speak for all of them. Motioning for the others to step back, he
came forward and addressed the insane kendoist. "Listen up. It's kind
of obvious that my cousin and her friends aren't interested. This girl
here doesn't want you either." Ranma gestured to Akane.
"Hey! I can speak for myself!" Akane retorted angrily. <Just who
does this stupid boy think he is?>
Ranma shrugged. "In any case, my friends and I are new here and
we really don't want to be late, so if you'll just step aside�"
Unfortunately for Ranma, Kuno was about as blind, (no pun
intended) to the truth as Mousse was. He of course denied all
overwhelming evidence. "You there! How may a common peasant
such as yourself, presume to know the feelings of a fair maiden when
she is in the glorious presence of one such as I? I will not stand for
this insinuation that I, Tatewaki Kuno am not the greatest gift that
the gods could bestow on the lovely Akane Tendo! Could it be that
you wish to woo her yourself?"
"So that's it! You insult my prowess as a great lover, as part of a
dastardly plan to undermine my efforts to win Akane's heart. With
myself out of the way, you hope to gain her affections! I will not
stand for it! Have at thee!" With this form of logic, (if one could call it
that) he swung his bokken at Ranma's head.
Ranma had long sensed Kuno's attack and backflipped out of the
way. As he landed, he tossed his bookbag to Shampoo and reached
behind him. He withdrew a small metal cylinder that was about eight
inches in length and one and a half inches in diameter. He held it out
in front of him and focused his ki into it. Instantly, the metal cylinder
made a strange sound (vreet!) and extended into a fighting staff that
was five feet long. Ranma took a stance while twirling the weapon.
"Now that was uncalled for Kuno! I don't know how you came to that
stupid conclusion, but I won't stand by and let you use my head for
target practice!" He then gripped his staff in front of him. "I'm Ranma
Saotome, formally of the Saotome School of the Anything Goes
Martial Arts! As a healer and warrior of the Nieuchiezu, as well as a
representative of the Unseen Light Martial Arts, I accept your
Akane's eyes widened as she heard this revelation. <Anything
By this time, the boys in which Akane had defeated earlier had
picked themselves up and headed into the school. They didn't want
to be anywhere near the battle zone. Akane however was transfixed
by the scene and didn't move. The revelation that someone else knew
the Anything Goes Martial Arts, plus the fact that he was facing off
against Kuno was too unbelievable.
Cologne's eyes narrowed as she looked at Ranma's weapon. She
had expected him to bring out his usual wooden Bo Staff. The fact
that she also detected a huge amount of controlled ki being emitted
from him when he made the metal rod elongate only furthered her
interest. To her eyes, the staff was made out of a single piece of metal
that somehow grew in length as if it were alive. She did not see him
press any hidden switches, nor did she hear any telltale sounds of
anything mechanical. Her mouth turned up slightly in a small smile as
she thought. <Hmmm. Now that's interesting� I'll have to ask Ranma
about it after he dispatches this fool. That weapon may be another
one of Koga's secrets.>
Kuno smirked as he assessed his opponent. <This fool doesn't
know that he is up against the unparalleled might of the great
Tatewaki Kuno. This will be too easy!>
On the second and third floor, the students leaned forward at the
windows to get a better view of the imminent battle between the
newcomer and the best fighter of Furinkan High. Nabiki Tendo had
already gotten inside of the school as was busy taking down bets.
She was giving Ranma the odds of twenty to one. Many of the girls
who thought Ranma was attractive moaned as they saw him face off
against Kuno. The majorities of the male student population had
become obsessed with defeating Akane Tendo and were therefore
ignoring the rest of the girls. The females were hoping at a chance at
this new boy, but if he was going up against Kuno, then all hope was
lost. Or so they thought.
"So you assume to face off against the unmatched prowess of the
Blue Thunder of Furinkan High? You must have grown tired of
"Shut up and fight Kuno! Unless you intend to bore me into
"Then have at thee peasant!" Kuno charged at his adversary, his
bokken raised high.
Ranma's seventh sense was already giving him an image of his foe
and he reacted accordingly. It would have been a simple matter to
quickly knock out his opponent with pressure points, but the Unseen
Light martial artist wanted to test out his new battle staff in combat.
Stepping back a foot, he swung his staff in a reverse arc, then
crouched down low. Just as Kuno's bokken began its downswing,
Ranma moved with amazing speed and got within his defenses. One
end of his staff came up and knocked Kuno in the chin, causing him
to stagger back. Before Kuno could recover, Ranma lashed out with
his staff again and gave a hard jab to the kendoist's kidneys. Kuno
went down. However, instead of pressing his advantage, he stepped
back for a few feet and waited.
Kuno staggered back to his feet and snarled. "Why you low-bred
cur!" He then slashed at his opponent, but Ranma simply jumped
over the bokken and with one free hand, he pointed at Kuno's
forehead. An instant later, he spun around and delivered a reverse
spin kick that nailed his foe in the temple. Kuno was knocked down
Angrily, the self-centered egomaniac came back up and then
delivered another series of slashes, thrusts and swings. The blind
martial artist proved to be too agile for him to hit. His sixth sense
warned him of each attack and his seventh sense gave him a detailed
image in his mind of every maneuver. Ranma used a variety of
sidestepping, ducking and leaping moves to evade every technique
used against him. As a result, the surrounding area was torn apart as
Kuno's bokken split the pavement, sliced though a nearby tree and
punched holes in the front wall.
<He's so fast!> Akane thought. <He's not bad!> For a moment, she
had the feeling that this newcomer might be even better than she
might be, but she quickly dismissed the foolish notion. <Of course, I
could do that too! This guy's just lucky! I'm the best martial artist
<He's good!> Kuno thought as he lashed out again only to miss.
<He may prove to be� errk!> His train of thought was abruptly
stopped when Ranma hopped up and delivered a snap kick to Kuno's
face, causing his body to straighten up. The wannabe samurai barely
realized what was happening when Ranma then delivered a blow to
the top of his head with his staff, making him bend over. Ranma then
pointed his staff at Kuno's stomach and focused his ki into it again.
Amazingly, the staff then grew to five times its length, driving into
Kuno's belly and drove him back, slamming him against the school's
wall. A large depression was formed as the cement crumbled,
knocking the wind out of Kuno's sails. The blind martial artist then
refocused his ki.
The pole shortened itself back down to its five-foot length. <Great!
It worked!> With it no longer pinning him to the wall, Kuno slumped
down. He shook his head and staggered forward, unwilling to admit
that this upstart was winning. Running on adrenaline, he made
another series of sword techniques at his opponent, but Ranma
dodged them all yet again.
As the battle raged on, Cologne became even more interested in
Ranma's new weapon. <Very impressive!> The other Amazons were
also amazed and so was the rest of the Furinkan student population.
After dodging the last of Kuno's attacks, Ranma retaliated by
dropkicking his enemy's face and then followed through with another
blow to the head with his staff. Kuno was soon bending over and
just as he came down, Ranma did a roundhouse kick and sent him
sprawling. As Kuno went down, Ranma held up his staff above his
head with one hand and began focusing his senses on his
surroundings. He smiled as he took in all the data and then focused
his ki into his weapon, causing it to shorten into a baton of about a
foot and a half in length.
Kuno was in major pain. No one had ever given him this much of a
beating before, except for Akane. Just as he was getting up when he
saw Ranma's staff suddenly lose more than three-quarters of its
length. Thinking that this was an opportunity, he rushed forward,
intending to give him a vicious slash to his head. Then Ranma did the
unthinkable. He threw his weapon away, then just stood in a neutral
stance with his arms crossed.
<What's he doing?!> Akane thought.
The blind master of the Unseen Light smiled as he sensed Kuno's
charge. However, he wasn't the least bit worried as he used his
seventh sense to track the flight path of his baton. He had hurled it
forward, but he had not aimed it directly at Kuno. Instead, the metal
projectile shot like a miniature missile and went by Kuno, missing him
by more than three feet. However, it then ricocheted off the fallen tree
that Kuno had cut down earlier, bounced off the school's flagpole,
then rebounded off the main building's wall before its angle of
trajectory sent it right back toward Kuno.
"YAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!" Kuno screamed as he raised
his bokken over his head to deliver the final blow to end this fight. It
was then that he felt something rush over him and heard the
distinctive sound of something being sliced. It was then that he felt
something hard hit the top of his head, then make a dull thud on the
ground beside him. He froze in mid-strike as he looked down. His
eyes widened as he saw what was lying near his feet. It was the
wooden blade of his bokken! He then looked up and saw that he was
now clutching a useless handgrip. His gaze then came toward his
opponent who was absently twirling his baton, which he had deftly
caught on its return trip.
"Well Kuno, it seems that you have a LITTLE skill with that stupid
sword of yours. Now let's find out if you have any skill without it."
Ranma then made his baton shorten back to original eight-inch
length, put it away, then went into a stance. It was at that time that
dark storm clouds began to form and the skies became darker. <I
guess it's time to end this. I really should have wrapped this up
Kuno was at bit of a loss of what to do next, as he had absolutely
no training in unarmed combat. In fact, he was still in the same mid-
strike position as Ranma rushed forward to finish the fight. With
lightning speed, Ranma delivered a series of shiatsu pressure points
to his upper arms, legs and torso. He even froze the muscles to his
mouth as he no desire to hear any more of Kuno's stupidity. The
kendoist became as rigid as a statue as his major skeletal muscles
Ranma smiled as he sensed the Kuno's battle aura die down. He
then added insult to injury as he walked behind Kuno and gave a firm
push with an index finger to the back of his head.
Kuno fell flat on his face, still frozen in place. Even though he
couldn't move his mouth, he still managed a slight, unintelligible
sound that was a cross between a groan and a whimper.
It was then that there was a moment of silence. You could hear a
pin drop in the schoolyard. Then a loud cheer, accompanied by
applause was heard. The students began whooping and shouting as
they had just witnessed the utter defeat of Kuno.
"All right! He did it!"
"Who is that guy?"
"Cute nothing! He's gorgeous!"
"Pay up Nabiki!"
On the schoolyard, his fellow Amazons was congratulating
"You did great Ranma!" Shampoo smiled as she gave him a hug.
Cologne hopped up to him and said, "Very good Ranma. You have
defended the honor of our tribe. Although, I didn't expect the fight to
last that long."
"Sorry about that. I wanted to test out my new battle staff. Now
that I have, I don't have to worry about him any more." He gestured
with a thumb to the fallen kendoist.
"By the way Ranma, may I see that new weapon of yours?"
Ranma shrugged as he handed her the small metal rod. Cologne
then scrutinized it, but could find nothing out of the ordinary about
it. It appeared to be just a solid metal cylinder that weighed just less
than six ounces. She could see no mechanical devices, no moving
parts or hidden switches. She could however, detect the residual ki
energies that Ranma had used to make it expand or shrink. She tried
to focus her own ki into it, but could not make it change its length.
She then looked up at Ranma and said, "Very� interesting. I take it
that this was another one of Koga's secrets?"
Ranma nodded as he took back his weapon, focused his ki into it
and made it elongate into its five-foot length to demonstrate. He then
shrunk it backdown to its eight-inch size and put it away. "Master
Koga taught the technique to me a couple of weeks before he died. I
made it during the trip to Japan. It does have some more uses than
my old Bo Staff."
"We'll talk more about it later. For now, we must the four of you
into class. I'm afraid that you three are going to be late because of
this. Come along."
The group passed both Kuno and Akane, who was still standing
in disbelief at what had occurred. As they entered the building,
Shampoo turned to Ranma and said, "What about Kuno?"
"Don't worry. The pressure points I used will wear off in about an
"He wasn't much of an opponent, was he?"
Ranma smirked as he said, "Nah! I could have taken him with my
The Amazons all shared another chuckle at the private joke.
Outside the school, Akane finally snapped out of her shocked
state and hurried her way into the school. As soon as she entered the
hallway, the skies began to open up and the rains began to fall,
drenching the still frozen Kuno.
<Curse you Saotome! I, Tatewaki Kuno shall see to it that you will
suffer the awesome wrath of the Blue Thunder!>
A few meters away, a large form was hunched behind a tree that
was near the front schoolyard. It was covered in black and white fur,
which was being soaked by the falling rain. It, or rather he had
witnessed the entire battle.
<Hmmm. Getting that son of mine back may be trickier than I
thought! The boy's always with those damned Amazons and it looks
like he's gotten better too! No matter! I'll just get Tendo! He'll help me
after I've explained everything. Once we get Ranma to the dojo, then I
can just kiss all of my worries goodbye, and be set for life! Nothing
can go wrong!>
Genma Saotome then made a beeline toward the Tendo Dojo. In
the distance, a flash of lightning crackled, almost as if it was a sign
for things to come.
In one of the classrooms, the attentions of the male and female
students were fixated on the four newcomers who were standing at
"Class, we have four new students at Furinkan High." The teacher
gestured to the three girls. "This is Shampoo, Lilac and Perfume." He
then gestured to the one boy. "And this is Ranma Saotome. They
have just come from China so let's give them all a 'Nihao' welcome."
The classroom began whispering among themselves.
"Wow! What a bunch of babes!"
"Man! Maybe I can get a date with that cute one at the end!"
"Oooh! Look at that hunk!"
"I wonder if he's attached?"
"Class settle down." The teacher called out. The room was
immediately silenced. "Even though they are new here, that does not
excuse them for being late." He turned to the four. "You will go out
with Miss Tendo and stand in the hall."
Near the front of the class, Akane growled as she heard her name.
<Darn! It's that Ranma's entire fault that I was late!>
In another class, Nabiki Tendo was a bit irritated. Although most
of the betters had placed their money on Kuno winning, the upset
that Ranma had caused had ended in large payoffs for the few that
wagered on him. The net result was that she and her factors had
come out with only a slight profit margin.
<Hmmmm� there's more to this Ranma Saotome than meets the
eye. I'm going to have to keep track of this one.> She turned to one
of her flunkies and gave her the assignment to keep Ranma and the
Amazons under surveillance.
It was then that she looked out the window and saw that Kuno
was still lying on his face in the front school yard. Rain was coming
down pretty hard and the middle Tendo daughter sighed as she
asked the teacher to be excused to go drag Kuno in. It wouldn't do
for her biggest income generator to drown.
Ranma and Shampoo were soon standing outside the class on one
side while Lilac and Perfume stood with Akane on the other side.
Each was holding a bucket of water in each hand. Outside the school,
the rain had stopped and the sun was out. Akane was a bit miffed at
having to stand outside with a boy and she didn't waste time in
voicing out her displeasure.
"This all your fault that I was late!"
The three Amazons girls looked at Akane with irritated
"What you talking about? Is not Ranma's fault you no go in." Lilac
"Is true." Perfume added. "No one stop you. Why you no go in?"
Akane became even more angrier as she replied, "Well, why didn't
you three go in yourselves?"
Shampoo became very annoyed at this girl's hostility toward her
cousin. "That's because we're Amazons. Ranma accepted that stupid
boy's challenge and it is our duty to witness it."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Akane said in a not so nice
Meanwhile, Ranma was already sensing the hostility level rise and
tried to settle things down. "Girls, please don't argue. You really
didn't have to stay and see me fight that idiot Kuno. Cologne was
already there and she acknowledged that I won." He then turned to
Akane. "I'm really sorry that you got punished for being late but I
don't really see how getting mad at me is going to help."
"Oh go soak your head! " Akane then mumbled in a quiet but
angry whisper. "Boys are nothing but perverts, especially Kuno!"
"Why you call Ranma pervert? He no do anything to you!" Lilac
said as she tensed up.
"Because all boys are perverts!" Akane hissed back. "They all
want the same thing and Kuno started this whole mess!"
Ranma didn't like to be called something without good reason, but
the last statement caught his interest. "Excuse me, what was that?
Kuno started what?"
Akane simmered down a bit as she replied, "Early on, Kuno made
this dumb speech that if a boy wanted to date me, he'd have to defeat
me in combat."
Ranma smirked as he remembered Amazon Law number forty-
three, subsection five. "So that's the reason those boys were
Akane nodded. "Kuno also attacks me in the end. I beat him every
time of course, since no one's better than me!" She said the last bit
with pride, as she knew that she had no equal in the martial arts in all
Lilac and Perfume were about to disagree when Ranma interrupted.
"I don't think so. Judging from my fight with him, and from what I saw
of your fighting style, I'd say that he was better than you are. If you
beat him every day, then I'd guess that he holds back a lot."
The three girls nodded in agreement as they too had come to the
Akane began to fume at this comment. "Oh yeah? Well don't
underestimate me! Why don't one of you try me on for real
Ranma shrugged as replied in a quiet tone. "Who knows? Maybe I
will." Ranma had no qualms against fighting the opposite sex. Living
with the Amazons for over eight years had taught him that calling
women the 'weaker sex' was an easy way of getting into a heap of
trouble. He had sparred with the warrior women and considered them
as equals. If they were willing to dish out pain, then he had to
respond in kind. They expected him to fight back. They demanded it.
It made them respect him all the more when he did so. The Amazons
were proud of their status as great warriors and treating them like
they were weak was a sure-fire way of shortening one's lifespan.
Ranma was about to say something else when the hallway echoed
with an angry shout. The Amazons and Akane turned their heads to
the sound and saw Kuno rushing toward them with a full head of
steam. He threw a bucketful of dirty mop water in Ranma's direction.
The blind boy and the three Amazons nimbly jumped out of the way.
Akane barely managed to evade as the water splashed over the floor.
"Ranma Saotome! Prepare to feel the wrath of the Blue Thunder!"
Kuno yelled as he took out a fresh bokken from within his samurai
The Amazons landed behind Ranma as Shampoo asked, "What is
he so mad about?"
Ranma smirked as he pointed to Kuno's forehead. "I guess he
finally noticed the little message I gave him during our fight."
"What message?" She looked up at Kuno's forehead and saw the
words 'World's Biggest Dope' etched in Chinese. "When did that
happen?" Shampoo thought back to the fight, then recalled the time
when Ranma pointed a finger at him. "Oh, Shampoo remember now!
Very funny!" She started laughing and a minute later, her fellow
Amazons joined her.
Kuno was not amused. "You will pay for your insult against my
personage!" Kuno then began swinging his sword at Ranma. It had
been embarrassing enough that he had to pay Nabiki 5,000 yen to
drag him into the school because he was paralyzed. He also had to
pay her another 10,000 yen when he discovered the phrase on his
forehead and Nabiki had a Chinese dictionary on hand. "Die you low-
With Ranma's enhanced senses, Kuno's strikes were evaded with
ease. Dropping his buckets to the floor, he began leading Kuno
toward an open window near the end of the hallway. When he got
near it, he smiled and stood with his hands behind his back.
"Come on Kuno, take your best shot!"
"That I shall!" Kuno slashed at his foe, intending to split him in
However, this was not to be as Ranma stabbed forth with a hand
and extended a finger. As soon as the digit made contact with the
wooden blade, it glowed for a brief moment, then exploded into a fine
cloud of sawdust. Kuno yelped as his weapon was suddenly
shortened and he found himself still moving forward. With that same
hand, Ranma grabbed him by the front of his robes and tossed his
poetry-spouting adversary out the window.
"Go soak your head!"
"Wait! This is the THIRD FLOOR!" Akane came running toward
Ranma shrugged as said, "Don't worry, the pool will break his fall."
Shampoo, Lilac, and Perfume all leaned out the window and sure
enough, there was Kuno, floating face down in the water. A moment
later, he came sputtering up and thrashed about, screaming "Curse
you, Ranma Saotome!"
Shampoo looked at Ranma and asked. "How did you know there
was a pool down there?"
The blind martial artist simply grinned and said nothing. The
purple-haired girl then realized that her question was a rhetorical one
and said. "Never mind."
To be continued�
Well, it was only expected that Genma wouldn't give up on his
dream to marry Ranma off and live in luxury at the Tendo Dojo for the
rest of his life. Of course, we don't really expect Ranma to go along
with this notion and you can be pretty sure that the Amazons won't
let him go either.
For those of you who are wondering, Ranma new battle staff is
similar to the one used by Goku in Dragonball and is activated by his
ki. I'll explain more about it in future chapters.
I wanted to make this rewrite a bit more expanded as the original
chapter was a bit short. I also wanted to show how stuck up Akane is
as she considers herself the best martial artist in Nerima. As you may
have noticed, Ranma's personality is different from canon. Eight
years with the Amazons can do that.
Well, this rewrite now begins Nabiki's suspicions about Ranma
and will later reveal his little secret. Come on now you didn't expect
Ranma to defeat the best fighter in the school and not catch Nabiki's