Author: ocramed PM
Nodoka paid a price for her crime, now she takes a journey towards redemption. Complete.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,107 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 04-12-04 - Published: 04-05-04 - Status: Complete - id: 1805197
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Disclaimer: "Ranma ½", "World of Darkness" (including the character Penny Dreadful), and the Nendo-Kata concept belong to their respective owners.
Note: This is a sequel to "Nodoka's Ascendant".
The lone girl looked at her object of her desire, through her magical lens. She knew very well that something as inviting as the Tree of the Golden Apples would have something around to keep intruders at bay.
Quietly, she muttered a spell, that would muffle her presence. Then, from her grassy knoll, the girl crept towards the tree…
The girl cursed herself, as she removed her foot from the broken twig. However, she did not sense any guardian present.
When the girl finally made it to the tree itself, she took her Rune inscribed twig cutter, in order cut the mystical tree without damaging it, and removed a single apple. Quickly, she placed the apple in a special wooden box, in order to Hermetically seal it, and turned around…
…To face a rather large serpent.
"Oh, crap," Nodoka Masaki said, as she backed up.
"You will make a rather interesting meal, daughter of Eve," the Serpent said, as it widened its jaws.
Nodoka pulled out a gumball.
"Can I have some gum first? After all, I can't get away from such a magnificent creature such as yourself."
"Very well, enjoy your last meal, daughter of Eve."
"Thank you," Nodoka said, as she popped the gum into her mouth. Quickly, as she chewed her gum, Nodoka cast a CORRESPONDENCE rote, which affected the special dimensions of the gum itself. Then, she blew her bubblegum bubble…
Instead of a small bubble, a huge bubble quickly expanded…
With the snake was entangled with gum, Nodoka ran. Even though the snake was blinded, its sense of smell was still very sharp. So, it was chasing Nodoka down the hill.
Nodoka ran, but made a wrong turn. Now, she found herself standing over the edge of the Abyss, a place where nothing survives.
"I hope Penny is right about this," Nodoka said, as she dove over the edge. Penny had made arrangements with an ally to provide a "Wonder" that would open a gate directly to the Digital Web (i.e. the dimension that represented virtual 'net space).
Once Nodoka sailed over the edge, she activated the device (which looked like Timex wristwatch)...
In the Digital Web, everyone was in their virtual form, whether they were "real" or "fake" in appearance. At the Digital Web Café, Penny Dreadful was drinking ambrosia wine at the bar, when a virtual hole opened up…
"Oof!" Nodoka said, as she landed flat on her stomach.
"What took you so long?" Penny said dryly.
"I had a snake problem," Nodoka responded. Then, she went to the bar. "The usual please."
"Coming right up," the android-like bartender said.
"So, are you ready?"
"Ready for what?"
"You know. You visiting your once-son and her newest addition has GOT to be a nervous affair."
"Yeah, it is. I mean, Ranko and I are talking and all, but…"
"You're still nervous about being part of the family. Perfectly understandable."
"Yeah. But, I promise that I'd be there, and I wanted to get the new baby a gift."
"Well, you could have gone to 'Toy's R Us' to pick up a gift."
"And pass up a chance to obtain a sacred Golden Apple? Please."
The SACRED Golden Apples are said to bestow wisdom, knowledge or immortality to anyone who partakes it. However, it is the seeds that bestow these qualities permanently, once consumed.
"Well, we better get going then," Penny replied. "You know that I don't want to pay over charges for 'net access."
Nodoka rolled her eyes.
Back in Tokyo…
"Don't worry Ranko, she'll be here," Akane Hibiki said, as she comforted her sister-in-law.
"I hope so," Ranko said, as she looked out on the streets of her neighborhood. It's hard to believe that she is living in the home of her childhood. "I mean, this is the first Christmas holiday season with my…mother here with us."
"I'm just glad that you two were able to patch things up."
"Well, not entirely. I still owe her a sparring session."
"Mommy, Mommy!" Sakura said, as she ran to the main foyer.
"What is it, hon?" Ranko said.
"Something's wrong with the computer!"
Ranko looked at Akane sharply.
"Get Ryouga and the others, and follow me."
Ranko went to the main study, and cautiously went to the computer. Even though the computer was "off-line", an instant message window was on. Shrugging, and not sensing any danger, Ranko opened the message box. A video screen was lit, and a familiar person was shown.
"Ranko, this is Nodoka," Nodoka said. "Permission to come aboard?"
A stream of light particles flew out the video monitor and danced around a bit. At that point, Ranko's guests had filed into the study.
"Ranko, what's going on?" Ryouga asked.
Before she could answer, the light particles coalesced into a familiar form.
"Ah, much better," Nodoka said. She wore her usual leather get-up, boots and shades.
"Did you HAVE to do that?" Ranko said.
"It was a short-cut from another dimension," Nodoka said, as she put away her shades.
"I didn't know you could do what you just did," Akane said, as she leaned on her husband.
"I can't. I was using someone else's account for transport."
"Well, next time, try visiting the normal way, okay?"
"As you wish," Nodoka said.
A short time later, after Nodoka settled down…
"What's her name?" Nodoka asked.
"Her name is 'Reiko'," Nabiki replied, as she nursed her daughter.
"And are you…?"
[Yes, I am Nendo-Kata now,] Nabiki though telepathically.
[I see,] Nodoka responded likewise.
[Since when have you become telepathic?] Ranko asked.
[Well, I wanted to get to know you better, so I went to an Al-Batani mystic to learn Rotes of the MIND.]
"Well, that's nice to know," Ranko responded. "By the way, what did you bring?"
"This," Nodoka said, as she presented her gift. "This is a sacred Golden Apple. Anyone who eats this will become wise, more knowledgeable or immortal."
"Did you-?" Nabiki began.
"No, I don't need the apple for myself, since I am a magus-in-training."
"Well, regardless of what you want to be, you always have a place here in this family."
Nodoka nodded. Perhaps, this thing could work out between her and Ranko after all.