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A/N: I've changed this from Chapter 1 to Prologue. I have an idea to continue this fic, and I am. Thanks everyone for the support.


By Bain




"How did you get here?"

Ranma picked himself off the ground where he landed. He noticed the owner of the voice was a lithe young woman a few feet away with wild cyan hair and golden eyes. She was holding some type of glowing red blade in her hand and was in a defensive stance and displayed an impassive look on her face. The floor he landed on was very hard and there were no visible walls or ceiling. To the horizons in all directions, there was end in sight except blackness. There was also no visible source of light, yet Ranma could see. He turned his attention back to the woman.

Ranma decided to turn on the ole Saotome charm. "Uh. . . umm. . . Look lady why don't ya put the glow stick away before you hurt someone with that. I've had a really bad day. A bad life actually." He said the latter part under his breath.

"Did Washu send you? Are you supposed to test me or something? This just another one of her experiments?" The woman seemed to be getting angry and moved into an attack stance.

Ranma noticed the mystery woman's stance and started waving his hands in the air in front of him in defense trying to calm the woman down. "Hey, hey! No need to get all excited! I'm not gonna hurt you or nothin' I swear. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the ole letch trying to make me wear. . . uh. . . I mean I was thrown in here because I wouldn't turn. . . umm. . . well, I'm not here 'cause I wanna be here, okay?"

"Like you could hurt me" she scoffed. "How did you get here then?" She said undeterred, still brandishing her crimson energy like blade in front of her.

Ranma started getting nervous with the woman pointing the blade in his direction. She looked like she was willing to use the blade on him with no remorse. "Well, it's like this. . . uhh. . . you wouldn't have heard about the panty thief in Nermia would you?"

"Nermia?" the woman asked.

"Ya, in Tokyo." The woman shook her head. "Well, ya see, he's a real big pervert, name is Happosai." Ranma looked at the woman's face. Seeing that there was no sign of recognition, he continued. "Anyways, I destroyed his favorite bra and panty set. He was real mad about that ya know? He had this scroll that he read off of, and it threw me into this place, he called it some kinda pocket dimension as he said it was my punishment for ruining his precious treasures."

The woman blinked twice. "Okay that's a bit odd. Are you in the habit of destroying women's lingerie?" the woman asked.

"No! I'm not like that!" Ranma responded in a huff.

"Gee, calm down. I was just asking. Don't get your panties in a bunch" Ryoko said with a smirk.

"I destroyed them so he couldn't make me wear them!!" Ranma yelled back.

"Why would he want you to wear a bra and panties? You're a guy!" She seemed shocked at the notion.

"Well, umm. . . I. . ." Ranma was blushing. He didn't know how to explain this to the woman.

"Never mind, I don't think I want to know." She let her energy weapon dissipate. "It looks like we're stuck here for a while. So what's your name anyways?"

"Umm, I'm Saotome Ranma."

"I'm Hakubi Ryoko."

"How'd ya get stuck in here?"

"Washu had a little lab accident. She wanted my help with some experiment. Something about my body's stress tolerance was higher than anyone else's made her choose me to help her. She was working on some new type of dimensional portal. It kinda blew up and when I woke up, I was here."

Ranma was not sure how to take the answer he was given. 'What the heck does she mean about stress tolerance?' he thought to himself. "How long have you been here?" He asked Ryoko

"Only a couple of hours so far. Washu will get us out I'm sure. She keeps bragging that she's the 'greatest scientific genius in the universe' and from what I've seen she's probably right." She looked a bit sad.

Ranma was a bit surprised at the title of this Washu person. 'Did she say universe?' Ranma thought to himself. Silence descended on the pair, neither of them sure of what to say next.

"Umm how did you make that glowing sword thingie?" Ranma asked to break the silence.

"This?" Ryoko created her energy blade again and swooshed it around. "I just concentrate my energy to form the image of it in my mind and, presto, the sword appears."

"That's pretty impressive. A blade made of Ki, right? I wonder if I can do that?"

"I don't know what you mean by Ki, if it's energy, than yes, it's just an energy blade. It's not that hard really, I don't see why not if you can generate the energy in the first place." Silence once again surface as the two did not know what to say.

'She moves around pretty well' Ranma thought. 'And to be able to manipulate Ki like that, she must be a pretty good martial artist.'

Ryoko sat on the ground and brought her legs up to rest her chin on her knees. Ranma started looking around again. "I've already looked around, there are no exits."

"Got any idea how to get out of here?"

"Other than waiting for Washu to open a portal and get us out of here? Nope not really."

Ranma gave Ryoko a peculiar look. "You're pretty confident in her abilities, ain'tcha?"

"Not really. Half the stuff she makes blows up. She's always trying to experiment on everyone, using anyone she finds interesting as test subjects. But she dose know a lot and knows how to make some incredible stuff," Ryoko started to stare off into the distance. "Like me" she whispered. "I wish I had some sake."

Ranma noticed Ryoko fall into some kind of melancholy. He wasn't sure what to do. "I hate sitting around doing nothing. Hey how long you've been a martial artist Ryoko?"

"Martial Artist? I'm not."

"Really? You move like one. The way ya held that sword and your fighting stance."

Ryoko didn't respond. Seeing as she wasn't going respond, Ranma got bored. He stood up and started doing some katas.

"What are you doing?" Ryoko asked.

"Practicing my Martial Arts. Gotta keep in shape and I'm bored so I wanted to workout some. Nothing else to do."

Ryoko just watched as Ranma went through his forms. She was impressed with his grace and fluid motion. 'Wow, he's pretty good' she thought. 'He's got a hot body and look at him move. He looks better than Tenchi's. What am I thinking?!?' Ryoko looked away blushing.

Ranma noticed that Ryoko was blushing as he worked his kata but ignored it and continued.


Ranma was getting tired of just doing katas and working out. He hadn't spoken to Ryoko at all since he started practicing, which had been a few hours ago. For her part, Ryoko just watched Ranma as he worked out the entire time, enjoying the sight before her.

"That was pretty impressive, Saotome." Ryoko said with a smile.

"The Art is my life. I've studied the Art all my life and it's what I'm good at. I'm the best."

"Pretty confident, ain'tcha?" she said with a smirk.

"I guess. With the life I lead, I have to be confident. It's part of what keeps me going" he said with a grim look.

Ryoko noticed the twinge of sadness that was also present in his voice. "You can always sit next to me and share some of the confidence." Ryoko gave him a smoky look, smiling mischievously.

"Umm. . . I think I'll sit over here" he said nervously. Ranma sat a bit away from her.

Ryoko giggled a bit. "You're so easy to tease." Ranma started to pout. Seeing the pout on Ranma's face, Ryoko laughed out loud. "See what I mean? Hehe, okay I'll stop teasing you for now. So tell me about you Ranma, tell me about your life."

"Why do you want to know?" Ranma said instantly getting defensive.

"Well you said earlier, 'I've had a really bad day. A bad life actually.' I want to hear how bad it could be."

"You heard that?" Ranma said a bit surprised. He thought she didn't hear him.

"I have sensitive hearing. So you gonna tell me?"

"But why do you want to know?"

"You don't have to say if you don't want to. I'm just trying to make conversation. Besides, I'm a bit curious. We are gonna be stuck here for a while, and it would be a good way to pass the time."

"Umm, okay." So Ranma told Ryoko his story, about leaving his mother at the age of 6, going on the 10 year training trip, the various training he under went like neko-ken, the fateful day at Jusenkyo, meeting Akane, the multiple fiancés and all the rivals, the kidnappings, challenges, all the craziness in his life, up to Jusendo and the failed wedding attempt.

At first Ranma was a bit weary about telling anything to this stranger. But as he continued to tell his tale, he found that he wanted to tell someone all this and words flowed out of him like water spilling out of a broken dam. All his life he never had anyone to talk to, no one to confide in. Everyone wanted something from him, or thought the worst in him so he always had to hold something back. Even with his foot in mouth disease of blurting things out loud, he still couldn't tell anyone how he truly felt or what he thought. Ranma didn't know how much he wanted someone to talk to until now.

For her part, Ryoko listened very patiently. This dim area put her in a depressive mood. It reminded her of being back in the cave she was imprisoned so long ago. It was a relief that Ranma showed up, so she wouldn't be alone in here. Watching him practice and hearing his life story helped quell the feelings and emotions of being trapped and alone. She was surprised how much Ranma had gone through in his short life. The thing she noticed, he didn't seem to brag about his accomplishments, he just stated them like reading a grocery list. It sounded like it was more like it was a burden.

'He's a lot like Tenchi' Ryoko thought. 'Ranma has a lot more confidence though.'

"After the failed wedding, me and Akane got along better for a while. She didn't whack me around as much with her mallet. Lately it's been gettin' worse again though. The other girls are comin' around again, with them, the other guys too like Mouse and Kuno, and I Akane always blames me. Then there's Nabiki always sellin' pictures and tryin' ta get in between me and Akane. But what can I do? I wish I knew how Akane felt. Maybe, it wouldn't be so bad if I just knew."

"Most people would have gone crazy dealing with your life. I'm surprised you haven't blown up and killed someone already. I know I would have already."

"You're forgetting Saffron" Ranma said in a sad voice.

"But he didn't die right? I mean, he was reborn from what you said?"

"I didn't know he would come back. I new he stood between me and Akane. I crossed that line. I intentionally killed him." Ryoko could see the shame in his face.

"It's not your fault. You said yourself there wasn't anything else you could do. And if you didn't do what you did to that Saffron character, more people would have died. I think you're being too hard on yourself. It's not like you killed billions of people. . ." Ryoko went silent. She didn't want to think about her own past, so she decided to change the subject. "So are you in love with this Akane?"

Ranma's automatic self denial system went into effect. "What?!? That uncute tomboy?"

"Then care to explain why you keep rescuing her? Or let her abuse you? You don't have to lie to me Ranma, it's not like I'm after you or anything."

Ranma calmed down. He thought about it for a while. "Yes, at least I thought I did. After Saffron, I thought she was dead. It was like my entire world stopped. It hurt so much just to think about living my life without Akane. I don't know anymore though. She just doesn't trust me, she never listens to my side of the story and always tries to poison me with her cooking. I've tried so hard to be nice to her. But it never works." Ranma started getting depressed as he thought about it. He didn't want to face facts that Akane might not like him the way he felt for her. "It's so hard, she's always jumping to the wrong conclusions. Like if she knew I was here with you, she'd think I was trying to get you into bed or something."

Ryoko got a sly grin on her face. "Would that be so bad?" she said with a wink and leaned forward.

Ranma started to panic. "What? Yes. . . I mean no. . . I mean I'm not like that. . . not that no one would want to with you, I mean you're gorgeous!" At that point Ranma slapped his hand over his mouth to prevent saying anything worse, blushing furiously.

Ryoko was laughing out loud rolling on the floor, holding her sides. "Oh man the look on your face was priceless. Relax Ranma, I was just teasing." Ranma was mortified. Then he saw the humor of the situation, and chuckled. "Okay you got me."

"I sure did. You looked like you were getting a bit too serious. You should loosen up a bit, have some fun. And I'm glad to know you think I'm attractive" she said with a wink. "You're a good, nice, caring, honorable person Saotome Ranma. A little stuffy perhaps, a bit of a prude, but still okay." She winked at him.

"You don't think I'm a freak or a pervert or nuthin'?" he said softly, looking at the floor.

"No Ranma, I don't think you're a freak. Or a pervert for that matter. Honestly, it's not like you chose to become cursed."

"Thanks Ryoko. That's what I always say, but no one ever listens to me. All I ever hear is 'Ranma, it's all your fault' or 'Ranma, PREPARE TO DIE!!!' I get so sick of it sometimes."

"I can understand that Ranma. Like I said, I'm impressed you haven't blown up at any of your fiancés or rivals."

"Thanks Ryoko. For listenin' to my problems and junk. No one ever listened to my side of the story before, I really appreciate it." 'I wish Akane was more understanding like Ryoko here' Ranma thought to himself. "I can't believe I told you all that stuff. I haven't told anyone all that before."

"Well, I'm glad you told me. Can I give you some advice Ranma?" Ryoko asked, bringing Ranma out of his contemplation.

"Sure, I don't mind."

"Tell Akane how you feel, just like how you told me. Trust me." Ryoko got a very soft look in her eyes and looked away. "Not telling her how you feel is making it worse. I know, believe me, I know all to well" she said softly.

Ranma thought about it. "What if. . . what if she doesn't feel the same way? I mean. . . I don't know. . ."

"It's better to know isn't it? One way or another?"

"I guess. I just don't know if I could deal with it if. . ."

"I know that too. . ." Ryoko said softly.

The two sat in silence, each one lost in their own thoughts.


"I guess this place doesn't make you hungry or sleepy" Ranma said.

"Oh? I guess you're right. It's been a while hasn't it?"

"At least a day I think. It took at least half a day just to tell you about my life. I should starving by now but I'm not hungry. And I'm not tired. Must be somthin' about this place."

"What's the first thing you gonna do after you get out of here Ranma?

"Me? Well I don't know. Probably pig out, heh. What about you?"

"I'm gonna go find Tenchi, maybe tie him to his bed." Ryoko got a seductive look in her eye with that thought.

"Tenchi your boyfriend?"

"Kinda. . . well, not really. I love him, and I think he loves me, but Ayeka keeps getting in the way. And he keeps pushing me away when I try to get close." A pained expression bloomed on Ryoko's face.

"Who's Ayeka?"

"Oh, she's someone that's after Tenchi too. Always interrupts me when I'm trying to get close to Tenchi. Like that time I tried to seduce him in the bath, Ayeka busted in and stopped me."

"You tried to seduce him in the bath?!?" Ranma said in surprise.

"Oh yes, I sure did try, it was the only place I could get him alone and naked at the same time. I almost had him too but Ayeka showed up. She's so infuriating! Damn that princess, always thinking she's better than me." She got a sorrowful look in her eyes.

Ranma noticed the sadness. "Hey what's wrong?"

"Sometimes, I think she's right. I'm a horrible person, a monster."

Ranma was shocked. "What are you talking about? You're not a monster. Trust me, I've fought some, and they ain't ever looked as good as you." Ranma just realized what he said. "I mean you don't look or act like a monster!" He was blushing furiously. 'Stop being such a baka' Ranma thought to himself. "Besides, a monster wouldn't have listened to my problems like you did."

"You don't know Ranma" Ryoko said softly. Ranma noted the silent tears rolling down her face.

Hating to see anyone in tears, especially a woman, Ranma got up and went over to Ryoko, sat next to her. He put his arm around her and tried to comfort her. "Aww, don't cry Ryoko. Why don't you tell me? It can't be that bad." Ranma ran his fingers through Ryoko's soft mane.

"You're the first person I've met in a long time that hasn't treated me like some kind of monster."

"You're not a monster, Ryoko."

Ryoko buried her head into Ranma's shoulder. "You don't know Ranma" Ryoko said with a sob. "That's probably why Tenchi keeps pushing me away. He probably thinks I'm a monster too."

"Why don't you tell me why you think you're a monster then?"

"I. . . I. . ." Ryoko continued to sob into Ranma's shoulder. Eventually she stopped crying.

"You don't have to tell me if you don't want to Ryoko. I just don't like seein' people cry, especially my friends."

"Am I a friend to you Ranma?" Ryoko asked softly. 'Why am I crying in front of Ranma? He's nice and all, but I've never let anyone see me cry before.'

"Of course!" he responded loudly. Ranma stared into Ryoko's golden eyes fiercely. "You think I'd just open up to anyone? Besides, you didn't judge me just because of my curse. No one has ever done that before."

"I just don't want you to know my past I guess. I don't want you to think of me as a monster too."

"I won't think you're a monster."

"We'll see." And then Ryoko told Ranma of her life. How she was controlled and tortured by Kagato, the millions she was forced to slaughtered, attacking Jurai, crashing on earth, the fight with Yosho, how Tenchi freed her, about Tenchi, Tenchi's father, Yosho, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi and Washu, how they now all lived together at the Masaki family Shinto shrine in Ohkayama. She explained how Tenchi rescued her from Kagato when he reappeared and kidnapped her, and how Tenchi killed him.

She told him about Dr. Clay and her merger with Zero, and how a lot of her memories came back along with a lot of physical senses that Kagato had turned off so Ryoko couldn't feel any pleasure. Now she was overwhelmed with senses she hadn't used in 5 thousand years and memories she shut away of her servitude to Kagato, the suffering she caused others. The memories haunted her sleeping dreams. And of course she told no one of her difficulties, her worries, her fears until now.

Ranma was shocked and appalled at what Ryoko had suffered through. He held her as she told him her story. Ranma couldn't believe someone could survive through such ordeals that Ryoko had suffered through. To be tortured the way she was. His heart went out to Ryoko when she told him how she let Yosho beat her, hoping he would kill her and end her misery. But he didn't kill her and she was imprisoned in a cave for 700 years. He could understand how she could fall in love with Tenchi who she watch grow up and freed her from the cave, then freed her again by killing Kagato. Ranma saw Ryoko in a new light. He felt a lot of respect for her, to suffer as she had and still be such a caring person that she showed him.

"Nowadays, I try to stay away from Tenchi. It's hard enough to control my emotions as it is with all these new memories and sensations. I can't take it when he pushes me away and I swore to myself I won't let Tenchi see me cry. And he's growing closer to Ayeka, I know it. And I can't do anything about it."

Ranma continued to hold Ryoko as she started to cry once again. Eventually she stopped. Ryoko was enjoying the sensation of having someone hold her. She felt safe for once, something she hadn't felt in a long time. It felt good that he wasn't trying to run away or push her away like Tenchi always did. 'If only Tenchi would act like Ranma.'

For Ranma he didn't know what to think. He just felt an overwhelming urge to comfort Ryoko, he found it pleasant to hold her in his arms. They sat together in silence for a while. Then Ranma broke the silence.

"You're not a monster" he said softly.

"What Ranma?" Ryoko asked as she was broken out of her revere.

"I said you're not a monster. What happened to you was not your fault. Those people that died, you had no control over. It was that Kagato guy. What a jerk. I'm sorry you had to suffer through all that. Makes my problems seem petty."

"Thank you Ranma, you don't know how much that means to me."

"No problem Ryoko. Can I suggest something about Tenchi?"

"I guess" she replied a bit apprehensive.

"Instead of glomping on him so much, try talking to Tenchi. Trust me, I can't stand it when girls glomp me all the time."

Ryoko pondered what Ranma said. "I'll think about it."

They continued to sit in silence holding each other, enjoying their embrace.


"You think we'll ever get out of here?" Ranma asked.

Ranma and Ryoko were lying down together, in each other's arms. They both told each other that it was just to stay warm and more comfortable that way. They figured if they were going to be stuck in this pocket dimension, at least they could do was try to be comfortable.

Since there was nothing really to do, they had talked for hours about their likes and dislikes, and about their adventures. They laughed together as they told stories about how they lived and the antics of their companions. Sometimes they would just hold each other in silence, lost in their own thoughts, then after a while they would start chatting again.

"Sure, it just takes time. Washu can fix almost anything even it isn't broken. It just might blow up the first time you try it though after it's been fixed."

They both laughed at that. "I think we've been here a few days now" Ranma said. "So how fast does Washu usually take to fix stuff?"

"Already getting tired of my company?" Ryoko teased.

Ranma chuckled. He was getting better at handling Ryoko's teasing. "No no, nothin' like that. I'm just wonderin' how everyone is doin' out in the real world without us."

"I know what you mean. I'm trying not to think about it. I mean what if we are stuck in here forever?"

"Well it could be worse" Ranma said in a neutral tone.

"How so?"

"I could have been here all by myself without you Ryoko" he said softly staring into her eyes blushing. He was surprised at what he just said and tried to cover it up. "I mean I would have been bored out of my mind here all alone. Ya that's it." Ranma said laughing nervously.

"I'm glad you're here with me and that I'm not alone in here too Ranma." Ryoko said a bit embarrassed. "Before you showed up, I was all alone in here and I was panicking a little. It was reminding me of being trapped back in the cave. I don't know what I would have done if you didn't show up when you did."

"Well that's something you won't have to worry about since I'm here" he said cheerfully.

"I guess it wouldn't be so bad if we were stuck here forever" Ryoko said in a low voice. Ranma stared into Ryoko's eyes. 'Oh wouldn't it be nice to kiss Ranma' she thought to herself. 'Where the heck did that thought come from?' She found she could not look away.

"No it wouldn't be so bad" Ranma said softly. 'Wow, she's so beautiful' Ranma thought to himself. 'I wonder what it would feel like to kiss her. Arrg, why am I thinking about kissing Ryoko? She's my friend!'

Slowly their two faces moved toward one another. As their lips met, a brilliant flash of light enveloped them. They suddenly let go of each other and found themselves on the floor of Washu's lab.

"Well well little Ryoko, I see you brought home a stray in that pocket dimension" Washu said leering suggestively. Both Ranma and Ryoko were blushing profusely and got up off the floor letting each other go. Washu just cackled at their embarrassment. /Well Ryoko/ Washu mentally projected. /Anything you want to tell mommy dearest about your little vacation?/

/No Washu, there's nothing to tell. Ranma got stuck in the same place I did by accident/ Ryoko replied back mentally.

/That didn't look like nothing to me, little Ryoko, the way you two were holding each other/

"I don't have to explain anything to you Washu," she said out loud. Ryoko turned to Ranma. "Let me take you home, it's the least I could do."

"Uh, okay, thanks." Ranma turned to Washu. "Thanks, uh, little Washu, for rescuing us." Ranma remember what Ryoko told him about how Washu liked to be addressed. He bowed to her. "How long were we trapped in there?"

"4 days" replied Washu. She was looking Ranma over. 'My my, what an incredible specimen he is.' She started to day dream about all the different types of experiments and tests she could run on Ranma.

Ryoko recognized the look on Washu's face. "Don't even think about it Washu, he's a friend of mine."

Washu feigned ignorance. "I don't know what you are talking about Ryoko."

"Let's go Ranma, take you home right now." And with that she grabbed Ranma's hand and pulled him out of the lab. Then they teleported outside the house. Ryoko grabbed him around his waist and flew off.

Ranma never experienced anything like flying before. The closest was falling, or roof hopping. It didn't compare to actually flying. He was amazed. They flew in silence just enjoying the experience of flying together. Ranma pointed out Nermia as they drew closer to Tokyo, and directed her to drop him off in front of the Tendo dojo. The landed softly.

"Is it always like that?" Ranma asked in wonderment.

"What flying?" Ranma nodded. "Ya, pretty amazing eh? There's nothing like flying."

Ranma and Ryoko stood together in awkward silence. "Thank you for the ride" Ranma finally said.

"Any time Ranma, maybe I'll stop by and give you a ride around town" she said with a wink.


"Yes Ranma?"

"I just wanted to say, I'm glad I got stuck in that place with you." Ranma's voice was filled with sincerity.

"Me to Ranma, I'm glad we met, and I'm glad we are friends."

"Well I guess this is it". Ranma gave Ryoko a hug. "Take care of yourself Ryoko, and please drop on by to visit anytime."

"Thanks Ranma, maybe I'll take you up on that offer sometime." With that Ryoko flew back to the Masaki home.

Ranma did not enter the Tendo home until Ryoko was completely out of site.


Author's Note

Well, this is my first fan fiction. Please let me know what you think, and if I get enough responses, I'll try to continue the story.

I got a lot of responses from for this fic, and I am pretty surprised. Thank you to all that read this fic and reviewed it. I don't mind criticisms at all. I didn't think it was that good, but I guess I did okay.

I know it's kinda rushed, but Ryoko has always been a bit forward and Ranma could never say no to a woman, I thought it was fairly in character for both of them. I didn't want them to spar or get into a match against each other, mainly because I didn't want this fic to focus on their abilities, and I'm sure both characters would like to get away from the constant conflict in their lives. I wanted to show more characterization and social interaction. I can't say this is an original idea. I got it from Lord Archive's, The Insanity Continues, where Ranma and Akane was trapped.

Now to be honest, I have no idea where to take this. It was meant to be a one shot, but I've gotten sooooooooo many requests to continue this, I will try. I am just wracking my brains for what to do. It's kind of hard without any kind of proof reader or having someone to bounce ideas off of. I have to be honest, I've never seen Tenchi Muyo before, I just like Ryoko from all the fanfics I've read. I am a sporadic writer at best, I get inspirations and I just start writing and writing. That's how this fic started. I hope I can continue to write stuff most of you will enjoy.