The Promise
A Ranma 1/2 Fanfiction
By Azurite
azurite_moon@yahoo.com OR sailor_andromida@yahoo.com
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"The Promise" by When In Rome belongs to them. Like,
duh. By the way, it's an oldie. ^.~ So sue me, I
listen to attic station hour! Actually don't
sure me-- I'm not making any profit from this,
and it's not as if I own Ranma or anything... just
the premise of the story. Ask me before
redistributing, even though it's practically a
shoe-in that I'll let you. ^^

Like all my other fics as of late, this is a songfic.
Not to mention a romantic one, occurring after
Manga 38-- you know, the failed wedding. But you
knew that! ^.~
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When you need a friend, don't look to a stranger
You know in the end, I'll always be there

It wasn't as if she meant to get into fights, or get
kidnapped by exotic princes. They obviously saw
something that Ranma hadn't really seen yet. Oh,
he saw it-- but he didn't understand it, really.
And he made it a point to tell that to Akane too--
in the form of relentless insults and ridiculous
teasing words.

But in the end, he avoided sticking his foot
in his mouth-- if it meant that she was safe.
Safe with him, preferably. There were times when
it seemed Akane favored guys like Ryoga, or
so-called "normal guys" like the perverts at
school. But she always ended up in his arms,
smiling that he had saved her once again.

Maybe he'd never be able to tell her, but for
at least a moment, he knew that she could see
what he felt in his eyes. He felt somewhat
satisfied by that.

But when you're in doubt, and when you're in danger
Take a look all around, and I'll be there

There were times when she was mad at him to the point of angering
Ranma-- something he thought he'd never let her do. After all,
he tried to tell himself, she was just Akane: a dumb, uncute,
unsexy, stubborn tomboy. But there was more to her than those
stupid words. She was a woman, she was beautiful, and she
meant more to him than he could ever know.

That was why it stung so much when "it was over" and someone
else had gained her precious affections. Though they always
made up in the end, it seemed to be a never-ending cycle
of almost-love and hate.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be

Many times he tried to tell her just how he felt. But his
family was cursed to live in interesting times, which, nine
times out of ten, meant that he would never have the right
moment. That there would ALWAYS be other fiancees, other
enemies, and foolish fathers.

The words could be planned hours in advance, but they always
came out wrong. But what was worse was not the missed chance,
but the sad look on her face after he'd opened his big mouth
and shoved his whole damn leg in. Those hazel-brown eyes
wavering with unshed tears, as if she was mustering up the
strength and resolution to fight back in her own mental way.
She was so much stronger than Ranma could ever give her credit
for, having been through so mcuh and still sticking with him.
Even if she yelled, and hit, and... cried...


But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will

One day, Ranma said every morning, even as he was thrown out his
bedroom window to the koi pond, one day he would tell her.
It wouldn't necessarily be the perfect moment, in the perfect
place, at the perfect time, but he'd tell her. He'd mean it,
and she'd believe him, and then maybe she'd love him back.

When your day is through, and so is your temper
You know what to do, I'm gonna always be there

It was hard being engaged to three girls at once-- one
was possessive, violent, and a bad cook; another was
a best friend who Ranma had thought was a guy for ten years;
the last was a bouncy Amazon warrior who barely spoke Japanese,
but was endowed with the body of a goddess. It made his day
harder when he wanted to savor the moments of peace he got
oh-so-rarely. So even when Akane "caught him in the act" and
pounded him, he took it in stride. One day, he would tell
her everything-- how he felt, and how not everything was
as it looked when it came to his fiancees or enemies.

Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended
These words just come out, with no gripe to bear

But sometimes, it wasn't just her. Akane wasn't always
a violent, uncute tomboy, Ranma resolved. It was his
fault quite a lot too. She only got mad at him when
he teased her with completely false words. But it
had gotten her to improve her training, gotten her
to see past the cover of things, and blow off bottled
steam.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be

For Akane, she knew that she jumped to conclusions, and that
she needed to trust Ranma more. Though she never doubted that
he would help her in a time of need, she wanted to help herself
sometimes, and not rely on Ranma-- because that would be both
their downfalls. So when he acted like a chauvanistic jerk, she
shot back with all the power and fire she could muster.

But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you

Akane felt more than guilty that she was at fault for at least half
their petty fights. After all, guys were after her, she was the
obstacle between Ranma's other "matters of honor" and she often
forced Ranma to choose between her and his cure. But she respected--
and even loved Ranma for that honor. For his courage, and strength,
and the amazing sensitivity that came through when she needed it
the most. Even if he was stubborn and blind, she'd make him fall
for her. One day, when the time was right-- she'd surprise them all.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be

How do you tell your best friend that you don't love her? Ranma
rolled the question in his head, contemplating possibilities
that couldn't end in tears or extreme pain. None came to mind.
He could plan and plot as much as he wanted, but no one could
help him but himself- so when it came down to it, he ended
up screwing up another life by trying to fix his mistakes.

He'd have to break it to Ucchan sooner or later. That yes,
she was cute, and yes, he owed her a debt of honor-- or
at least, his shameless father did. But he didn't --couldn't--
love her. When he thought of the feelings so often associated
with love-- rushing blood, pumping hearts, flushed, hot skin,
and electrical emotions running from fingertip to fingertip--
the only face he saw was Akane's.

And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will

Regardless of what situation she was in, or how it had come about...
regardless of what she had last said to him, or even if she
was trying to be some kind of foolish martyr, Ranma would walk
around the world to get to Akane. To save her, and bring her
back to where he felt she belonged-- with him. Safe, in his arms.

If he could only tell her, he could promise her then, promise
her that he would never leave her, and that he loved her...
so much...

I gotta tell you
I gotta tell you

He had to tell Akane this, tell Ucchan this, tell Shampoo this.
Get rid of the fiancees that were being led on by his inability
to speak his mind, and find that right moment. By his lack
of-- COURAGE, it really was, to fix his own errors even if he
looked unfavorable in their eyes in the end.

He had to tell his father this, and Mr. Tendo, and Nabiki, and
Kasumi. So there would be no more madness, urges for marriage
and cures, no more blackmailings, no more subtle hints to
do what was right.

Had to tell Kuno and Kodachi, to get them off his back. To help
them help each other, and finally act like a family.

I need to tell you

Ranma was searching for that right moment, and the words to say,
one clear night. The stars seemed numberless in the navy
sky. Laying on his back on the roof, he imagined each scenario
in his mind, but he could never get past those five little words:
"I need to tell you..."

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be

From there, he would look away ashamedly. What a courageless idiot
he was, bumbling when there was nothing else to distract him!
Letting all the evils of his life come in, and lurk. To destroy
his one chance at a final sense of peace and happiness...

But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you

Maybe she didn't even know he was trying so hard to find that
one moment. Those right words to say. That way, there'd be a
little bit more time to search for them. One day, he'd tell her.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be

One day, he'd tell them all, and rid himself and others of the
confusion, the hurt, the pain. Settle everything, and maybe,
just maybe, give them a shot to all be friends in a normal
sort of world.

And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will

He'd walk the world if it meant knowing how to tell her those
three simple words, and express what he now knew had been in
his heart for so long. That he loved Akane Tendo, that he
cherished Ukyo, and that he respected Shampoo. One day...

I will
I will
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OWARI
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Ah, I liked that! Another instant songfic that I had lying around
in my ideas file. What do you think?

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