"Aiiia!! Who that in arms, Ranma?" I looked up. Ranma had just entered the Cat Cafe sure enough. A girl lay unconscious in his arms. Akane stood just behind him, worry spread across her face.
Shampoo went and stood in front of Ranma, blocking my view. I got up my self to take a closer look. "I don't know, we found her like this this in the middle of the street," Ranma said.
He set her down on a nearby table, giving me a better look of the girl. She was beautiful, more so than even my Shampoo, if that is possible. Her clothes were little more than torn rags, leaving much of her frail and tiny body uncovered. Long legs and large breasts were peeking out from the thin and frayed mini skirt and blouse. Tears littered both articles, and many bruises and cuts as well. A particuarally nasty gash ran along her hairline, bleeding slightly down the side of her face. Her face was framed by long, wavy golden brown hair that reached her waist. Her small and rosy lips were slightly parted, and a moan escaped them.
Shampoo's grandmother appeared at the table side, standing on her stick as usual. We all gathered round close to the girl. Dazzling blue eyes opened, staring up at us tentatively. Akane reached out to her, and she flinched, closing her eyes tightly. A yearning built up inside me when she shut them, and I wanted nothing more than for her to open those lovely eyes again. I shook my head, trying to scatter the sudden thought. Why did I just think that?
"Its all right," Akane spoke softly, hand still stretched toward the girl, "We're not going to hurt you. What happened?" she touched the girls arm, lightly, on a massive bruise. "Please, can you tell us who did this to you? We want to help."
Those eyes opened again and the built up desire in me fled instantly. I sighed. Ranma glanced at me but said nothing. Instead he focussed on the girl.
"I'm Akane Tendo, and this is Ranma, Shampoo, Shampoo's great-grandmother Cologne, and Mousse. We're not going to hurt you. Ranma and I found you lying in the street and brought you here to the Cat Cafe. Can you tell us what happened?" Akane had helped the girl o sit up while she spoke, pointing to each of us as she said our name aloud.
"M-Mika. Why are you... uhn!" she passed out again, falling forward. I caught her before she hit the floor, her hair rolling along my shoulder. I held her gently against me, one hand on her upper back and another on her waist, keeping her still. The skin on her waist was perfectly smooth, but something rough scratched against me hand on her back.
I sat down carefully and held her more sturdily against me, where she sat in my lap and had her head resting against mine. "What's on her back?" I asked. Cologne hopped over and parted Mika's hair. Some of it brushed across my face, and I could smell the strawberry shampoo she must use.
"It looks like a seal of some sort," Cologne said, eyes squinting while she studied the thing in question.
"Seal? What type of a seal?" Ranma asked.
"Hmm... I don't know. I can't read the writing on it." Cologne answered.
"Really... what type of writing is that? Its so... exotic looking," Akane said.
I brushed her hair a little farther out of the way so that I myself could take a look. The writing was very odd, full of many dashes and curls. But it looked more like a picture, upside down. "It looks like an angel's picture, with wings wrapped around the body. Take a look." I said, glancing at Shampoo.
"Hmm?" she came around to stand behind me, and glanced at the seal. "Aiya! Mousse right! It is picture, not writing!"
"Well, that's one mystery solved," Ranma said.
Akane nodded. "Wait, Mousse, how could you see that? You're not wearing your glasses."
"I'm not? Oh, wait they're... right...here..." I pulled them out. "That's strange, I can see everything so clearly, I was certain I had been wearing them."
"What's going on here?" Akane asked to the quiet room. That's what I want to know.
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Short, I know, but that's it for now. This is the prequel to a story I had previously submitted, 'Come Find Me!" but since no one reviewed it, its been scrapped until I get it a little more interesting, like saying just who the heck Mika is and all that. Please R&R, I really do need the criticism! I don't care if you flame me, just say something! Please?