A.N. This is an idea I had kicking around in my head. I really, really love Naruto/Ranma crossovers so I decided to do one. Many other talented writers will probably do much better stories than me, but here's my offering on the pile. And yes, the first chapter is kinda weak, but almost all of the first chapters I've seen are pretty mediocre. Bear with me.
White clouds floated lazily by, their puffy bodies pushed along by the gentle winds. Shikamaru stretched and yawned on top of his favorite cloud watching spot as he calmly watched the clouds float on their way. He would have given just about anything to be one of them today. He made a small sound of irritation as he remembered exactly why he was up here.
Breakfast had been an ordeal. His mother, thought he loved her dearly, had taken it in mind that her son should have a girlfriend. She had already set up some meetings with a few girls without his knowledge, none of which were quite his type. He could have told her that it would be a bad idea, but the woman could be incredibly intimidating when she dropped her 'mommy' mask. Needless to say, he wasn't going to waste the breath. He'd just have to humor her and hope it was over soon.
The redhead Kotachi was a giggling airhead. He had mentally rejected her as soon as he saw her. He knew he wasn't supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but he hadn't had to probe too deep to find out that she was every bit as bad she looked. Sure, she was hot, but so were most of the girls he knew.
The blond girl, Yoriko, had looked somewhat promising. She was smart, funny and kinda cute. Then, she started talking about her ex-boyfriend. How he had taken her to this place and how they had done so many wonderful things together and she wondered if Shikamaru would be like him. He had politely but bluntly excused himself. He didn't need that kind of pressure in a relationship.
Last was the brunette, Kiyo. She was, without doubt, one of the most beautiful women he had ever seen. Unfortunately she had a serious princess complex that he just couldn't deal with. 'If I wanted someone with a princess complex, I'd ask Ino out' he thought bemusedly.
Bottom line, he simply wasn't looking for a relationship right now. He'd see what happened when he was a little older. Make that much older.
When he finally escaped the girls, he had wandered toward his favorite hill, intent on doing a little cloud watching to relive his stress. He hadn't gotten more than two steps out the door when he bumped into Temari and Gaara.
The Kazekage had official business in Konoha and Temari had tagged along for the ride. She had greeted him with her customary hug, squeezing him tight despite the obvious displeasure of her brother.
Shikamaru began sweating as Gaara leveled a venomous gaze on him. He heard the rustling of sand in the giant gourd and threw his arms out to the side.
"Not touching! Not touching!" he shouted as the sand started to slither out of the gourd.
This appeared to be enough to mollify Gaara, as the sand calmed back down, although the Kazekage still eyed him with an intensity that was disturbing. Then he got smacked over the head with Temari's huge fan for not returning the hug. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
He had escaped down the street, and as he ran through the crowd he heard Temari yelling at her brother for scaring him off.
He thought he was home free, but lady luck must have had it in for him today, because as he dodged yet another pedestrian, he ran into Ino. Literally.
When he had finally uncrossed his eyes from the abrupt collision, (that girl had a really hard head!) he found that he had landed in a rather compromising position. His first clue was the pillowy softness he felt on his cheek and he was pretty sure that no one had thrown a few pillows between the two of them. With a sinking feeling he made what he would later qualify as one of the stupidest moves of his life. He reached up with a hand for tactile confirmation. Squishy, check. Round, check. Hardened little nub at the end, W…T…F?!
As he slowly raised his head, he noted with dread and a little morbid fascination that his head was indeed lying on Ino's chest. He also noticed that she was blushing a cherry red. Had he been in a less apprehensive state of mind, he would have noticed that it made her look a lot cuter.
"Uhhh, Ino?" he said as he slowly extracted his head from her bosom.
This seemed to shake her out of her trance. She looked up at him as comprehension slowly dawned. "Shikamaru no hentai!" she screamed as she shot up and took a swing backed by righteous feminine indignation.
Shikamaru vacated his spot as Ino's fist tore through the concrete. He noted with more than a little dread that the blast radius of her hit had made a four by four by three depression in the ground. 'When did she get Sakura's crazy strength?' he wondered as he dodged for his life.
Sensing a killer aura behind him, he had spared a look to the side to see Temari watching them. She looked seriously ticked off. Wonderful.
"Shika-kun, how dare you grope another woman!" she yelled as she opened her fan and jumped at him. He dodged her first strike and ducked beneath a punch from Ino.
Temari swung at him again. "The only woman you should be groping is me!" she yelled as she continued to try and hit him.
Shikamaru would have facefaulted if he wasn't running for his life.
Finally, he took the only option left to him and bolted down a side street with the two harpies screeching on his tail. After a long and convoluted chase, he finally shook his two pursuers and had headed right to his cloud watching spot. The last thing he needed right now was more trouble
Speaking of trouble, he sensed some more coming his way. Specifically, the loud, orange kind. He groaned softly. He should have known.
Shikamaru rubbed his forehead in exasperation as Naruto bounded up the hill to the top of his favorite cloud watching spot. He made the final jump and landed somewhat less than gracefully at the top of the hill. Shikamaru immediately knew that this couldn't possibly bode well because the blond haired boy was fairly vibrating with excitement. Naruto plus excitement usually resulted in bad things happening. And if you were lucky, no one was permanently scarred or disfigured.
"Hey, I've got this really cool jutsu that I just finished! It's really powerful and cool and…" Shikamaru held up his hand as Naruto started rambling.
"Naruto, why are you telling this to me? Couldn't you tell other people? Like Sakura or Tsunade?"
Naruto frowned. "Well, I can't find Sakura-chan and I don't want to show it to Tsunade-obachan. She wouldn't appreciate how cool it is!"
Shikamaru sighed in annoyance. "Isn't that Sakura right down there?" he asked, pointing to the small, pink haired figure that was walking a little below them.
Naruto perked up as he saw the diminutive kunoichi. "Oi, Sakura-chan! Up here!" he yelled as he jumped up and down and waved his arms. Sakura looked up and gave Naruto the 'one minute' signal before she started jumping up the hill. Shikamaru gave a quiet puff of annoyance. He had hoped that Naruto would go down the hill and show her whatever crazy new jutsu he had learned. He didn't know why Naruto thought he would care about it.
Sakura made the final leap and landed softly at the top of the small hill that was now getting rather crowded.
"What's up Naruto?" she asked, taking in the quivering Naruto and the annoyed Shikamaru.
Naruto bounced on the tips of his feet as he wildly waved his arms. "Sakura-chan, Sakura-chan, I learned this cool new jutsu! It's really awesome!"
Shikamaru tuned it out and went back to cloud watching, having heard this all before.
Sakura, on the other hand was mildly interested. "What kind of a jutsu is it, Naruto?" she asked, tilting her head slightly.
Naruto grinned widely. "It's an improvement on Rasengan that ero-sennin said I should try! I call it Super Beam Rasengan! I do a Rasengan in each hand and smash them together and then it push the chakra out into a beam shape! It took out nine trees on my test runs!" He puffed out his chest proudly as Sakura looked fairly impressed.
Even Shikamaru was interested. 'Hmm…pure power as usual. Not that I'd expect anything else from Naruto. He practically oozes power and all his moves are based on his incredible chakra reserves.' He raised his head slightly and focused his eyes on Naruto's. "Are you going to show it to us or are you going to sit there and pose?" he asked as Naruto grinned.
"Yeah, I'll definitely show you this super cool new move! Watch that big tree over there!" he said, pointing to a large tree that was about ten feet from the bottom of the hill.
"Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!"
Two clones appeared on either side of Naruto. "Alright guys, we need to do this right!" Naruto shouted as the clones nodded and began swirling the chakra in Naruto's hand. As two blue spheres began to form in Naruto's hands, Shikamaru couldn't help but be impressed in spite of himself.
'Never mind the beam part, having enough concentration to make one Rasengan in each hand is very impressive. It would take an inordinate amount of concentration to keep the chakra swirling in both hands.'
Naruto dispelled both clones. "Ok, it's ready to go!" he said as the two Rasengan in his palms pulsed and glowed. He concentrated, and then pushed his palms together. "Haaaaaaa!!" he shouted as the two swirling chakra energies met, kicking up winds that almost knocked over Sakura and Shikamaru. However, instead of a beam, the swirling energies thinned and expanded, creating a large blue swirling hole that seemed to tear at the fabric of reality. Sakura was yanked into the swirling blue morass and disappeared from sight before the startled eyes of the two boys.
The last thing Shikamaru heard before gale force winds sucked him into the hole was Naruto's sheepish voice. "Oops." Then he was pulled off his feet and plunged through the blue hole into the unknown.
Naruto jumped in after the two shinobi and without the source to sustain it the blue hole rippled and shrank into non-existence.
A.N. Yes, I know there's no Ranma in this chapter, but I have to establish the premise behind why these two series could possibly combine together. I promise there will be some Ranma goodness in the next chapter. Also, some feedback would be helpful. Unless, of course, you absolutely loath it and don't want to waste your precious time writing a review for a story that you hate. If so, I understand. Otherwise, constructive criticism, OOCness alerts, plot holes, etc…are more than welcome in the reviews. Thanks.