Twin Trouble by Lioconvoy
Chapter One: Here is Ranma.
He looked down. This couldn't be happening…cursed springs didn't really exist. His father just came out of one a panda. Now slowly he opened his gi…he had boobs, two big, round boobs. His first instincts were to chase after his father and make him pay, but then what if he ran into Ryoga and knocked him into the springs. Deciding not to do what should come naturally to him, Ranma got out of the spring. It looked like his father had already run off though.
Sighing he hope his Pop wouldn't accidentally cause the event he was trying to prevent. This wasn't exactly what happened in the manga, but it was still close. If only he was able to get his hands on more volumes. First thing first, the less time he was a she the better. "Hey guide do you have any hot water."
"Yes. I always have hot water when we have visitors just in case. How you know hot water change you back? I not explain yet." Since he became Jusenkyo's guide none of visitors that fell in the springs were as calm as this young man, and he knew hot water could change him back. Still as much as he knew it seemed he didn't know that the Nannichuan could cure him. Just as well, that spring was dried up at this time of year anyway.
"It was in the pamphlet?" Hopefully the guide would accept that answer, although like his father he couldn't read Chinese, would the guide believe him if he said it was in a comic book with his name on it? Ranma ½, just how did Rumiko Takahashi know so much about his life? It seemed as though his past present and future were all written out in her tale. If she was right, there were two things in the immediate future he needed not to do; eat the dragon whisker soup, and challenge Shampoo. Maybe he had failed to wait a fourth day for Ryoga, but he wouldn't fail in these tasks.
Ranma sighed, he failed. He told the guide he didn't want to see the Amazon tournament, but his old man insisted they see it, he wanted in his words 'to show how weak women were'. Although he knew better than to eat the food on the table they sat behind, his old man didn't. As his 'daughter' he had to fight the champion in the fool's place. Shampoo wasn't weak, and the fight didn't go as the manga choreographed in the slightest, he had to earn his victory. Still he managed to do it, now Shampoo was probably still looking for them in China, one day she'd reach Japan, and what would he do then? At least he didn't have to worry about loosing all his hair.
It was two month ago they received their curses now. Somehow he ended up spending a lot of time as a girl and his old man was rarely a panda. Shouldn't they both have been water magnets? After a month long swim they were now on their way to the Tendo Dojo. He'd argue with the old man if he thought it get him anywhere, not to mention he probably already had one fiancé. Then again there was a slight chance Ukyo really was a guy and that his Pop simply stole his family's cart, but he wasn't that lucky.
"You've been awfully quite boy, something wrong?"
"Everything Pop." It took a week for the panda to return to Jusenkyo, nothing like that happened in the manga as far as he knew but he had only read a few scattered volumes the school otaku club had. Why his middle school had an otaku club was beyond him. Unfortunately they didn't have the complete series and although it had only ended a year prior it was very hard to come by. If he wasn't any better then his Pop, he would have stolen them, but he wasn't his old man.
Thinking, it wasn't something he used to do very much of, did normal people get sidetracked in their thoughts like he did? In the week he waited for the old man he help the guide out in exchange for meals, a place to stay, two sets of clothes, an umbrella, and some water proof soap. Apparently his simple looking little shack by the springs doubled as a souvenir stand. Jusenkyo had plenty of visitors, just most didn't use it as a training ground so they didn't fall in. He and his Pop were there early and that's why it was empty. Why people wanted to visit an out of the way cursed spring was beyond him. "Hey old man, how much farther to the Tendo's anyway?"
"We're here boy." What an ungrateful son he had. Every time it looked like it would rained he had to fight with his child over their one umbrella, considering the boy's cursed form was still human he should be more than willing to let his father stay normal. Then again the boy became a girl when wet, either way Ranma was a disgrace. Turning Genma led his son down the walkway to the Tendo family home. His boy didn't deserve the honor of marrying one of Soun's daughters, still he was his only son, and there was no going back to Nodoka to get another. He knocked upon the door and after a moment it opened and his old friend quickly hugged Ranma.
"At last! You've come!"
"Oooo! He's cute!"
"It's so good of you to come! So good of you to…" Soun felt something pressed against his stomach that he shouldn't have. Releasing the child his old college had brought with him, he slowly backed away.
Why had her father backed away from the boy like that? He was making such a fuss over him coming. Then Nabiki got a closer look, moving in front of her father she poked the boy in the chest. "He's a girl."
"Could you please stop that?" Ranma sighed, well the Tendo patriarch hadn't fainted, and the other two Tendo daughters were just arriving now. This was different then the manga too. Then again only he was transformed.
"Saotome! I thought you said you were bringing your son!"
"Calm down Tendo, this is my son. Have one of your daughters bring us some hot water and I'll explain everything." Genma smiled. It seemed the boy had three very lovely ladies to choose from. Soun's oldest looked much like his late wife and every bit as elegant. Then there was the short haired child who was still poking his son in the chest despite protest, judging from the look in her eyes she was intelligent. Lastly there was the final girl, she looked identical to the short haired one, but had long hair like the eldest; he could also tell she had a fighting spirit, a weak one though.
"Oh my Ranma has a Jusenkyo curse?" How strange, did that mean Madogu were real as well or maybe there really was an evil organization plotting to rule the world with monsters. Kasumi smiled. She and Tetsuro-kun were going to have to have a talk. "I'll be right back."
"Nabiki, stop pocking her, she's our guest. What's a Jusenkyo curse?" Her sister finally stopped poking the girl standing outside their door in the rain. The redhead was cute, and her boobs were bigger that her own too. How had her father mistaken her for a boy? How had Nabiki for that matter? It was so obvious. Akane frowned; the only thing boyish about their guest was her attitude.
"I'm sorry do you want a turn?" The middle daughter smirked. Boy or not, she was going to stick Ranma on Akane. Her sister didn't like boys anyway. Still what was this Jusenkyo curse, and how did bubble headed Kasumi know about it.
"Maybe we should move this to the living room, please come in out of the rain. Saotome you better have a good explanation." Soun scowled, Genma loved to pull all sorts of stunts. What was he pulling now?
Hot water and an explanation later, Ranma sat at the Tendo's dining room table waiting for Soun to say 'things weren't too terrible after all'. As he sat with his father next to him, the three Tendo daughters sat across from him staring. The patriarch sat at the table's head. This wasn't what he was expecting either, the house was more western then Rumiko Takashi depicted it. The table wasn't a kotatsu, low to the ground, but a hand carved wooden table with matching chairs. Here it came; Soun got out of his seat, walked behind him, and started patting him on the back.
"Well things aren't so terrible after all. No reason why the school can't be joined. Ranma, these three girls sitting across from you are Kasumi, Nabiki, and Akane. Kasumi is nineteen and an excellent cook. Nabiki is sixteen and very good with finances. Lastly Akane, she's also sixteen and quite the fighter. Choose the one you want, she will be your fiancé."
"Wait Nabiki and Akane are sixteen? I thought Nabiki was seventeen?" The two looked a lot alike though. It seemed Takahashi could be wrong without him interfering. Now the question became just how much was she right about?
"Unfortunately Akane and I are twins. So if I was seventeen she would be too." Why did he think she was seventeen? Everyone was always saying how much she and Akane looked alike. Heck even Kuno confused her with her sister half the time.
"I think you'd like Akane. She'd be perfect for you." Not that she didn't think it be interesting to be engaged to someone with a curse, he was a bit too young for her. Kasumi smiled, besides it was probably fate that he'd be with Akane anyway.
"I agree. You definitely want Akane."
"You hate boys don't you. You're in luck, he's half girl."
"Nabiki, that latter part was my line."
Ranma's jaw dropped, Kasumi had probably read the manga. Regaining his composure he decided to play along with fate. "Um, I wouldn't mind if you don't mind Akane."
The younger twin took a look at her possible fiancé. He was cute, and right now he seemed a bit shy. It was weird he turned into a girl, but maybe…maybe that meant he could understand her. Tofu-sempai didn't really like her anyway and… "I guess."
"Good then it's decided. Now when to have the wedding?" Genma smiled after all this time the schools would be joined.
"Yes so much has to be prepared." This made things so much easier, Soun was wondering how'd he wed Akane, she was a bit too fierce, this killed two birds with one stone. Then again…, now Nabiki needed someone, marrying one twin before the other could be problematic.
"Father, don't you think we should hold off on any wedding plans. Akane and Ranma are still in high school, and they hardly know each other. Wouldn't it be best to wait until after graduation?" First try, polite tone, the second try would be in private without the polite tone. She'd bring up her own marriage, as the oldest daughter she should be married first.
"Maybe you're right Kasumi. Just the fact that the two of them are engaged ensures the schools future." It would also give him time to find someone for Nabiki and to prevent Soatome from taking what was rightfully his daughter's. He knew too well how his old friend worked.
Akane brought Ranma upstairs. He had his travel pack over his shoulder and was dragging bamboo umbrella. She wasn't exactly sure how she should be talking to him. He was pretty quiet too. It was odd, he was so defiant to his father, but he was polite to everyone else. Maybe they should talk about something, but what?
Okay Takahashi's Akane was a violent tomboy who only heard what she wanted to hear. What was the real Akane like? Did the fact that she was twins with Nabiki change things? He really wanted to stay on this Akane's good side, the fact that they didn't get in to an argument after they were officially engaged was a plus and he really didn't want things to start rolling down hill.
"Is that umbrella all that heavy?" It wasn't that great of an ice breaker, but it wasn't like she had that much experience talking to boys. Pounding them yes, talking to them no.
"Yeah, it's that way on purpose though. Just carrying it around is training, you know like in Dragon Ball when the Turtle Hermit made Goku and Kuririn carry around those weighted turtle shells. Right now I'm just being a bit lazy." Not many people had heard of Ranma ½, but he was pretty sure everyone had heard of Dragon Ball. Then he saw Akane's face and it became obvious that he was wrong.
"Is that a manga?" Several of the guys in school went on about Sailor Moon, AI Love You, Ai Yori Aoshi, or Maharomatic. Once during lunch she got a look at Ai Yori Aoshi and it made her sick. Ranma was half girl but he was still a pervert?
Okay…he said something wrong…this was not good she was scowling now. How could he recover? "Yeah it's by Akira Toriyama, it can be a little childish at times, but it's a pretty good series. Do you have something against manga?"
"I've seen what boys read."
Angry tone…what did she think he read…Ranma ½ wasn't that bad, neither was Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon had the transformation scenes…also it was Shojo…the otaku club was all males, but a lot of what they had was Shojo. Now that he thought about it, Ranma ½ and Dragon Ball were the only Shonen…"Um, I don't know about other males, but I don't read manga to look at the drawings of girls. I read them for the fighting, like in Dragon Ball, the weight training is a pretty good idea.
Stopping at the door that would be Ranma's, Akane calmed down a little. Maybe he wasn't a pervert, there were more manga out there then just what her classmates read after all. "You just read them for the fighting?"
"Well…I sort of had a crush Ami Mizuno…" If he wasn't honest, she might just get madder at him. He really didn't want that.
"And just who is Ami Mizuno?"
"Ami Mizuno is a short hair, shy, and intelligent girl who is secretly Sailor Mercury. I'm not a big fan of Sailor Moon myself though. Kasumi is, her favorite is Makoto Kino, and she even has a pair of rosebud earrings just like Makoto's. So Ranma what other girls' manga do you read? How much will you pay me to keep this quiet?" Nabiki smirked, her older sister had sent her up with some linen for Ranma's bed, but she seemed to show up at the right time to make some money. If she could convince Ranma it was a secret worth keeping that is.
"Sailor Moon is a girls' manga? But all the guys in class read it." Well maybe if Kasumi read it, it might not be that bad, but why did the males in her class read it? Ranma was blushing bright red now too, why was that?
"You see Akane; normal guys read it for the girls in short skirts and the transformation scenes that practically show the Senshi naked. Judging from the blush on your fiancé's face I'd say Ranma reads it for the romance." Although Akane was a boy hater, her two best friends spent all their free time looking at guys, so it wasn't surprising none of them read Sailor Moon, her twin might actually like it if she gave it a chance. She was definitely going to be making money from Ranma.
Taking a look at Ranma, Nabiki was probably right. Well as an apology for jumping to the wrong conclusion she should get him out of her sister's debt. "Nabiki, if you try to blackmail Ranma, I'll tell Kuno you kept the teddy bear he gave to you thinking you were me."
So Akane had some craftiness as well, that was unexpected. He was afraid when she started getting mad at him for reading manga, she'd be exactly like Takahashi's Akane, but it seemed she was different after all. The fact that Nabiki kept a teddy bear that was meant for her sister showed she was different too. "Why did Nabiki keep a teddy bear?"
Laying in his bed Ranma smiled, it seemed he'd have this room to himself. After his conversation with the twins ended and he got downstairs he was told his father would be staying in the Dojo, 'sleeping in a bed would make him soft.' Whether or not his father actually said that, he didn't bother checking, he just went back up to the room to unpack.
It was possible it was the fact he had this room to himself was Soun's doing. The Tendo patriarch didn't seem as weak willed as his fictional counter part. He seemed to have a bit of mistrust in his old man too. The other Tendo's seemed different than the way the manga painted them as well.
Kasumi acted oblivious and as bubble headed as her manga counterpart, but when she complained about Nabiki saying her line it proved there was more to her. Then the short haired twin mentioned the eldest had a pair of earrings like Sailor Jupiter. Those facts together… Kasumi was an Otaku… maybe. Ranma ½ was a Shonen, Sailor Moon was a Shojo, the otaku club at his middle school read a lot of things you wouldn't expect young males to read, so… would a female otaku read things you wouldn't expect girls to read?
Next was Nabiki, at first she acted exactly as expected, but then after Akane turned the tables on her, he saw a side he wasn't expecting. Apparently the older twin loved teddy bears. Once he put his stuff down, the younger twin led him to their room; Nabiki's side was covered in teddy bears from floor to ceiling. It was pretty cute the way middle daughter tried to defend herself. Eventually she got so defensive she Akane started bickering. That was when he went downstairs.
His new fiancé…at first this Akane seemed different than the Akane of the manga, then she seemed the same, and finally she pulled a 180 on him. Over all she seemed like Takahashi's Akane, but she had a little Nabiki in her too. Probably because in real life she and Nabiki were twins, they had influence on each other.
For the last two years since he first read Ranma ½, he had done what he could to change what he though would be his future. Some things were still falling into place, but others…
Getting up from his bed, he walked over to the opposite wall and went into his empty backpack. From inside a secret pouch he pulled out his journal. Before going to sleep he'd take the time to write in it.
---- Lio's Corner:
-This story was born from ideas I had for my other fics. In the end I thought they wouldn't fit, but I'd write something new. When I started the chapter I couldn't sleep till I ended it. I hope you all enjoyed it.
- It's called Twin Trouble not simply because I have Nabiki and Akane as twins. Their will be other twins is this story too. More than you can shake a stick at.
- This story does not take place in the "real world" although in the world it takes place in the Ranma ½ manga exist too, as well as Sailor Moon, Flame of Recca, and Guyver and many others.
-I'm normally not a fan of Ranma and Akane match ups, cause in my opinion that's the way it really goes anyway, but after reading a rough draft of Paragon chapter 5, by Kenko I thought I'd give it a shot.
-The following Omake is not apart of the actual story continuity. It was written by WarGiver after he pre-read this chapter.
WarGiver's Omake for Twin trouble
Ranma was walking down the road to Nerima, he was in Juuban at the time, when he heard the sounds of battle. He just arrived to see a monster killed when he saw the fighters, they were the sailor senshi.
It took only a moment as Ranma saw the Twin Sailor Mercurys, and for them to notice him. one of the Mercury twins (Ami) locked eyes with Ranma, and Ranma and Ami Mercury both feinted with nose bleeds.
Jupiter looked at the other Mercury questioningly.
The other Mercury was rubbing her forehead and said, "Figures, she exists in the Sailor Moon Manga. She has a crush on the Ranma character in Ranma 1/2, and he turns out to be real like her."
Uranus pokes the out cold Ranma with her boot and laughed out, "Looks like that crush ran both ways."
Uranus got swatted by identical twin Neptunes who were frowning at her.
Jupiter went to pickup Ranma to take him with them to the shrine for answers, "I never heard of this Ranma 1/2 Manga but the name Ranma is familiar..." she gets a good look at Ranma, "Sempai?"