Once again, I own nothing but the plot and anything that I create. I'm sorry about that that last chapter, but this one should clear up some mysteries.

Chapter Seven

Ranma sighed as he relaxed on a lawn chair in the backyard of his mom's house. His left ear flicked a little as he heard someone walk up behind him.

"Are you going to stand there all night or are you going to sit down, Professor?" Ranma asked calmly.

"How did you know that it was me?" asked Professor Oak curiously as he took a seat on the chair next to Ranma.

"Trade secret," said Ranma with a smirk.

"What happened to you?" Professor Oak finally said after a long silence. "You left as a twelve year old, granted a mature looking twelve year old, and two years later, you're an adult. What happened?"

"You remember when you found me?" Ranma asked softly.

"Like it was yesterday," replied Professor Oak.

"I was eighteen years old before I used a magic mirror to escape the hell hole that I called life," explained Ranma for the first time to him. "It transported me here, to this dimension as a child. Not too long after I started my journey, my body absorbed the last of the residue magic. The side affect was that I grew up a little."

"Magic, huh? Well that explains quite a bit about you," stated Oak as he rubbed his chin. He then looked at his watch. "Well, it's late. I'll see you tomorrow, Ranma."

"Night, Professor," muttered Ranma as he stared up at the stars. He slowly fell asleep.

(Dream Memory)

"Go Onix!" cried Brock as he threw his second pokéball.

"Go Guardian!" shouted Ranma as he threw his second pokéball as well.

A giant snake made out of black boulders appeared and let out a roar. Brock smiled as he saw his magnificent pokémon declare its strength.

Ranma's ball let out a flash of light that formed a little puppy. When Guardian took one look at the Onix, he let out a growl, flattened his ears, and pulled his upper lip back to expose his teeth. He would protect his master at all costs.

"Guardian, relax, it's just a challenge," Ranma called out from his trainer's box. Guardian visibly relaxed as he heard his trainer's voice.

"Alright, let's rock!" shouted Brock as he started the second match. "Onix, smash him!"

Onix let out a roar as it lifted its head all the way to the ceiling and brought it down hard on the ground. When it lifted its head, it expected to see the little Growlithe knocked out cold. However, there was nothing but a crater where it had smashed. The rock snake looked around, confused as to where the puppy went to when a burst of fire flashed in front of its face, effectively blinding it temporarily. When Ranma had heard that the Gym in Pewter City was a rock-type Gym, he had started working with both Guardian and Raigeki on strategies to take down rock and ground-types. One technique was to blind them with a bright flash of light.

"Guardian, use Hell's Fire!" said Ranma as Guardian landed on the floor after jumping off Onix's head.

Guardian nodded and closed his eyes, focusing on the power that was his birthright. He felt it well up inside him, until it felt like he was going to explode. Just as Onix regained his eyesight, Guardian's eyes snapped open, the irises replaced by flame. He opened his mouth and roared, blue-white flames shooting out as he did. The flames coiled around Onix like a snake, totally enveloping it. Brock cried out in pain as he felt the heat from the fire. Even Ranma had to back away, such was the heat.

"Guardian, back it down," cried Ranma as he saw the Gym catch fire. "Back it down, now!"

As the flames died down, so did Onix. With a groan, the massive rock snake fell to the ground with a giant thud. Brock ran over to check on its condition, but when he touched it, he pulled his hand away with a cry of pain.

"Shit, he's hot," yelled Brock in pain. He then pulled out Onix's pokéball. "Onix, return."

Once Onix was safely back in his ball, Brock turned a curious gaze to Ranma.

"How the hell did that Growlithe do that?" shouted Brock.

"I don't know," replied Ranma, a little shocked at the power behind that move. "I didn't know that it would be so powerful."

"Here, take the badge and get out," Brock growled as he tossed the Gym badge to Ranma.

(End Dream Memory)

Ranma shot up with a start. There, next to him was Ash, looking a little scared.

"Are you okay, Ranma?" he asked. "You were talking in your sleep."

"Nah, I'm okay. Just a bad dream," Ranma replied with a yawn. There was no reason for him to tell Ash about what had happened at the Pewter City Gym.

"Oh, okay," Ash said, feeling a lot better. "Hey, why don't you take me out tomorrow and show me some tricks of the trade."

"I've got a better idea," Ranma said as he got up. "Why don't I just go with you on your journey?"

Ash's eyes widened. "Really? That would be awesome!"

"Yeah, well why don't we get some sleep?" said Ranma before heading inside.

Ash stayed outside for a few seconds before coming to terms with the fact that his big brother was coming with him on his journey.

"Ah, Ashy, I still can't believe that you're all grown up and going on your journey," Mrs. Ketchum said while wiping away her tears.

"Don't worry Mom, I'll take good care of Ashy-Poo," Ranma told her with a smirk.

"Ah, shut up, Ranma," grumbled Ash.

"Seriously, I'll keep him out of trouble," Ranma said, clearing his face.

"Good, and make sure he always has enough clean underwear," she said with a sniffle.

Both Ranma and Ash face-faulted, not believing that she said that.

"Mom! Please," pleaded Ash as he stood back up.

"I'm going to miss you so much," wailed Mrs. Ketchum as she grabbed both of them in a bone crushing hug.

"Mom…air!" gasped Ranma and Ash at the same time, both going a little blue.

Mrs. Ketchum let go of them and they sucked in fresh air. Ranma decided that discretion was the better part of valor and high-tailed it.

"Welllookatthetime! Got to go," he said in a rush. He grabbed his bag and booked it.

"Ranma! Get back here you coward!" Ash yelled at his brother. He sighed and gave his mom a quick kiss and a hug before following his brother's example and getting out there quick, before his mom embarrassed him even more.

Mrs. Ketchum turned back to the guests at her sons' going away party. She gave a shrug before starting to clean up.

"That was close," sighed Ranma as he stopped and waited for Ash to catch up. He had forgotten just how embarrassing his mom could get. While he waited, he decided to let his best-friends out. He pulled out two pokéballs and tossed them tow the ground. When the light disappeared, a Pikachu and an Arcanine were standing there. Ranma smiled as he looked at his two best friends.

"Hey, you guys," he called out to them.

The two of them tackled him to the ground and started tickling him and licking his face.

Ash came running up shortly after that, slightly out of breath.

"You…are a jerk," said Ash. "You know that?"

"So I've been told…repeatedly," replied Ranma as he sat up. Guardian stood aside and Raigeki hopped down from his spot on Ranma's head. Ranma stood up and put the two empty pokéballs away in sub-space. "You ready to go?"

"As ready as I'll ever be," Ash replied as he tried to hide his nervousness.

"Stop being nervous, Ash," Ranma sighed as he saw his brother's nervousness. He shook his head, being overdramatic on purpose. "I leave for two years and you become a total wimp. How utterly sad."

"Shut up, Ranma," Ash said with a small blush of embarrassment. He was embarrassed because what Ranma said was true. "Come on, let's get going. Gary left for Viridian City an hour ago. I don't want to fall behind him too much."

"No problem, bro," Ranma said with a smirk. "I know a shortcut."

"Some shortcut!" Ash yelled as they ran from a flock of Fearow, whose nest they had walked through by accident.

"Hey, they weren't there two years ago," Ranma replied as he jogged along. In truth, he knew before hand that the flock was there, but he wanted to see how Ash handled himself out in the field. Ranma frowned as he got tired of the noise that the flock of Fearow was producing. He skidded to a stop, letting Raigeki slide down to his right hand before throwing him into the air. "Raigeki, you know what to do."

Raigeki let his electricity flow around him as he hit the first Fearow, then he pushed off from it as it fell to the ground, twitching, and flew towards the next one. That one he knocked out with a kick to the head. Raigeki repeated this procedure until the small flock was all unconscious. As Raigeki fell to the ground, Guardian ran forward and jumped into the air, allowing the smaller pokémon to land on his back. They both landed safely and Guardian ran back to Ranma, who rewarded the two of them with a smile of pride and some poke-treats.

Ranma turned back to find Ash staring at the knocked out Fearow with his jaw hanging. Ranma calmly walked over to Ash and put his finger under Ash's jaw, raising it back up to its closed position. "Come on, shrimp," Ranma said as he started walking away.

"But what about these Fearow? Can't I catch one?" Ash whined as he hurried to catch up.

Ranma stopped and turned around quickly, catching Ash by surprise. "You do not have the necessary skill in order to even train a Spearow, let alone a Fearow," Ranma snapped in annoyance. "If you want a Bird-Type then we'll get you a Pidgey. They're really easy to deal with, at least at first."

Ash hung his head sadly; he knew that Ranma was right. In the face of trouble he had panicked and ran instead of facing the problem head-on like his older brother did. He trudged along as they walked, so caught up in his thoughts that he almost didn't notice when Ranma stopped. As he turned around, he saw a myriad of different emotions pass across Ranma's face.

Ranma had been feeling a little guilty about being so harsh with Ash, after all Ash was only just starting his journey, but then his enhanced hearing had caught the sounds of a struggle not too far away. He stopped to consider what to do, but then he decided to check it out. "Ash, stay here. Look around the area for anything to catch," Ranma said as he took off his pack. "I'll be back in a little while." Before Ash could say anything, Ranma was gone, closely followed by Raigeki and Guardian.

Misty had been fishing peacefully when two people had appeared out of nowhere and attempted to steal her pokémon. "What do you think you're doing?" she shouted as she clutched her pokéballs to her chest.

"Hand over the balls, girl, and you won't get hurt," said a man with a gravely voice.

"We're going to have those pokémon, one way or another, so you best give them to use now," said a woman with long blonde hair.

"Raticate!" growled a very large rat.

"Leave her alone!" Ranma shouted as he appeared on the scene. The three of them looked at him before going back to what they were doing.

"Starmie, go get them!" Misty shouted as she threw one of her pokéballs. A large purple pokémon appeared in a flash of red light. It looked like two giant starfishes stuck together, but it was shiny and had a huge jewel in the center of its 'chest.'

Ranma left eye twitched as the three of them ignored him. He watched in amazement as the girl's Starmie put up a good fight, but was taken out with a massive hit to its jewel from Raticate. "Do you want my help now?" he asked sarcastically as he walked closer.

"Just who do you think you are?" asked the blond girl.

"Cassidy, I think that is the Gym Destroyer," the gravely voiced guy said as he looked closer at Ranma.

"Butch, don't be an idiot," Cassidy said as she slapped him upside the head. "The Gym Destroyer is just a myth!"

"Actually, your partner is right. I'm the one known as the Gym Destroyer, though I never mean to actually destroy those gyms, it just happens," Ranma told them with a shrug. He stopped about twenty feet away from them, with Raigeki and Guardian skidding to a stop behind him. Both of them glared at him before turning their attention to the two Team Rocket members.

"Oh, this is too good!" Cassidy shouted as she clapped her hands together in glee. "We can get this loser's pokémon and the Gym Destroyer too!"

"Hey! Who are you calling a loser?" Misty shouted in anger as she put away Starmie's pokéball. She had taken the opportunity to recall Starmie while Team Rocket was dealing with the new guy.

"Raigeki, Thunder Blast," Ranma said calmly. Raigeki used Ranma's head as a springboard and launched himself into the air. Once he was directly overhead, Raigeki let out a massive bolt of electricity that struck the ground between Butch and Cassidy. The shock from the blast flung the two of them in opposite directions. "Guardian, take the rat. Raigeki, take Cassidy."

Ranma ran after Butch, who hadn't even landed yet from his close encounter with Raigeki's Thunder Blast. He was slightly disappointed when Butch crumpled to the ground with one hit to the jaw, completely knocked out. Ranma turned and looked to see how Raigeki and Guardian were doing and let out a laugh. Raigeki was sitting on Cassidy's head, while the rest of her was buried in the dirt. And Guardian was dragging their Raticate by the tail; the giant rat was still kicking and clawing at the ground, trying to get away. Ranma looked closer and saw that its butt was very well done and there were a few patches of fur missing.

"You idiot! You destroyed my bike!" Misty screamed while holding up the charred remains of her bike.

Ok, I know this is short, hopefully a little longer than the last chapter. I have had major writer's block on this story and most of my other stories as well. Additionally, I have decided to take this story in a different direction than I originally planned.

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