Solar Demise - Five Series

Part 5c - Mou Ichido: Ai Shiteru. [Once More: I Love You]

This is a supplemental side story to part five of my main story, Solar Demise.
It chronicles the events that took place with Ranma and Akane during part 5
of the main story. ^^

Ranma 1/2 is copyrighted by Takahashi Rumiko, along with a plethora of
companies. I don't make money from writing this, and I don't plan to.
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"Akane?"

"What is it?" I looked up at Ranma, humiliated. I had just poured my heart
out to him, and all he did was sit there. My mind went back to the conversation
I had with Ryouga about the difference between lovers and friends. Ranma had
just said that we were friends. Though I was happy that we weren't fighting, it
wasn't enough for me. I wanted, no, NEEDED more from him. Finally
paying attention to the look on Ranma's face, I noticed that something was
strange in his eyes.

It all happened in the span of about 15 minutes.

Before I could put my finger on that emotion, Ranma brought his hands to my
face, licked his lips and pressed them over mine, kissing me. His breathing was
ragged as he plunged his tongue into my mouth.

I closed my eyes and smiled, thanking whatever deity caused this to happen.
I hadn't been fooling myself this whole time! Ryouga-kun was right! Ranma loved
me, and it was more than obvious now. I closed my arms around Ranma, running my
hands along the crevices of his muscular back. We pulled away from each other a
moment, and before I could say anything Ranma picked me up and headed over to
our tent.

After Ranma set me down I crawled inside, obeying his gestures to do so. He
then crawled in after me. The look in Ranma's eyes was emotional, as he pulled
my body closer to his and continued to kiss me. A small moan escaped from his
lips, and he lay my body down on the pile of sleeping bags below. All I could do
was run my hands up and down his back as Ranma proceeded to kiss down my
jawbone, and into the bend of my neck. Each movement was rough, and feral; as if
Ranma was succumbing to a suppressed animal instinct. I shivered under his
movements.

"Mmm, Akane..." Ranma's hot breath over my skin was enough to make me melt.
Soon after, I felt his hands running down my body and up my shirt. One stopped
at my breast, and cupped it, tracing a finger in circles over my nipple. I took
a sharp breath. Nothing I have ever experienced before felt so... good. Ranma's
mouth closed over mine as if to quiet me, and he finally moved his hand away,
moving it to my back.

I kissed Ranma as best as I could while pulling off his shirt. Finally
realizing that he had to pull it off himself, I tore it off, much to his
surprise. Ranma stopped for a second and blinked at me through wide eyes. He
studied his surroundings, looking mostly at me, and down at his torn shirt. I
sat up after, and took a deep breath.

"Akane..." "Ranma..."

"You go first," I whispered, rubbing my arms.

"Okay." Ranma removed what was left of his shirt. "I don't know
where exactly to start, but..." Sighing, he took my hands and brought them to
his chest. "I'm sorry; I don't know what just came over me, but we can't do
this."

"No, it's okay." I smiled widely. "I got the answer that I was hoping for."

"No, Akane, it's not like that." Ranma stared at me, with a sad expression
on his face. What was he talking about? "Like I said, I'm not sure why I just
jumped on you like I did but-"

"I understand, Ranma," I interrupted. "You don't need to say it; I know you
love me now." I smiled softly and moved to caress his hands.

"No." Ranma's stare was steady and deliberate.

"What?"

"I don't love you, Akane."

Hands moving instinctively to my eyes, I brushed away a tear without
realizing that it had fallen in the first place. It felt as if my whole body was
trembling (it probably was). Had I heard him correctly? Taking a breath, I
dropped my hands and clenched them at my sides, fighting the urge to beat the
hell out of him. "You..."

"I... what?" Ranma looked as if he was bracing himself.

"YOU'RE DOING TO ME WHAT YOU DID TO UKYOU?!?" I shrieked, moving to slap
him. Ranma grabbed my hand before it could connect.

"But it's not-"

"SHUT THE HELL UP!" I tore my hand away from him again to wipe my tears
away. Balling my fists, I punched Ranma in the face as hard as I could. "You
BASTARD!" I continued to throw punches at Ranma as I spoke, not landing many of
them "You kiss me like that and expect me to think that you don't love me? Is this what really happened with Ukyou? You said SHE kissed you, but now I don't believe you! What the hell is wrong with you? Are you going to lead on all of the others on like this, too?"

"Why don't YOU shut up?" Ranma took hold of my arms, and pinned my entire
body down with his as he waited for me to calm down.

"What do you think you're doing?!?" I tried to head butt Ranma, but he
moved his head to the side and then rested it alongside mine.

"Akane, please listen to me," Ranma pleaded, whispering into my ear.

"Why should I, huh?"

"Look Akane," Ranma continued to whisper. Damn him. His voice was so
soothing, even as I was struggling against his weight. "Didn't you say you'd do
anything for me? All I'm asking is that you listen to me. I promise I'll let you
beat me, even kill me if you want if you still think I'm a jerk, just as long as
you let me talk first."

Sighing, I relaxed a little. "What?" I said, flatly.

Ranma continued to pin me down, still whispering in my ear. "I know how
much you may hate me right now for having said that I don't love you, but it's
the truth. Don't get me wrong though, Akane. I love being with you more than
anyone else on this earth."

A bit calmer, I replied, "So what's your point?"

"I can't love you when I barely know what it's like to just be your friend.
In all my life, I've hardly had someone that I could even call a friend. That's
what I want the most from you right now. I wanted to apologize for jumping on
you like that, but you were so... vulnerable... and desirable and sexy...
Something that I can't explain came outta me and wanted you for myself." Ranma
turned his head to sigh. "What I want to say I guess, is that I'm crazy about you; I don't feel right when you're not around, I always think about you, and there've been times when I've slipped a little before and thought to myself, 'Oh my GOD, I want her!' ...but I need to be your friend, first."

"You just told me you loved me." I stretched as Ranma released my hands and got up.

"... ...I'm crazy about you, I said. I'm going to love you." Ranma's voice was firm.

I laughed a little. "You're essentially giving me a raincheck." Ranma slouched to one side.

"I guess it's my turn to keep my promise." Ranma sat still, closing his eyes. "You gonna beat the crap outta me now?"

I've never felt like such a jerk. "Can I just say something?" I asked, waiting for Ranma to open his eyes.

"Of course."

"Okay," I began, folding my hands in my lap. "I just wanted to apologize
for hitting you, Ranma. Here I was, thinking all about how YOU hurt ME, and I
didn't even realize that you had your own problems."

Ranma sat silently, watching me. "I don't mind, Akane. Things are almost fixed now, right?"

"Almost?"

Silently, Ranma leaned forward a bit and pulled me close in an embrace. "Yeah."

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Author's notes: (1998)

Okay, I think I fixed it now. I've almost regained complete control of the
story. ^_~ Thanks so much for reading THIS far!