Tenchi Twins: Part II
Episode 09: No Need for Telephones
In the future, the phone rang in the Masaki house and Ryoko answered it, "What took you so long Washu? Tenchi's amnesia could be getting worse for all I know!"
"I'm not Washu," Ayeka's voice replied, "and what do you mean Tenchi has amnesia? Ryoko, you said you would take good care of him! I should have never entrusted Lord Tenchi to you!"
"Relax, he's fine, it's just a little case of sudden amnesia without any reasonable cause or explanation," Ryoko tried to make it sound like it was nothing, but she was worried. "Okay, maybe it's bad, but I don't know for sure. I've been calling Washu, but I keep getting the stupid answering machine."
"This is terrible!" Ayeka grimaced. Though she had married another earthling, she still held Tenchi dear as a friend. "What exactly happened? There has to be some kind of explanation. Did he hit his head?"
"No, nothing, he just woke up one morning and didn't remember anything that happened in the last few years. His last memory is from when he was still in high school. Other than that, he's not hurt. He's dealing with it well enough, but I hope Washu can somehow restore his memories." Ryoko explained.
"I see... Well I still think it's your fault Ryoko," Ayeka pouted.
"I thought you'd say that," Ryoko laughed.
"I did have another reason to call, but with Tenchi in such peril I don't feel like it anymore," Ayeka sighed.
"Wait a minute, who said anything about peril? I'm telling you Tenchi's fine," Ryoko really wished to believe that. "What were you going to tell?"
"It's nothing important it can wait," Ayeka replied.
Ryoko only became more curious, "c'mon don't leave me like this, tell me!"
Ayeka took a deep breath; she knew how stubborn Ryoko could be. "Oh, alright," and the princess lowered her voice to a whisper. "I got this new shipment of sake..."
Ryoko grinned, she knew what that meant. It was something that Ryoko and Ayeka had gotten used to doing once every few weeks. While Tenchi slept soundly, Ryoko would sneak off to the teleporter and go to Jurai. Ayeka would have already snuck away from her husband Kenji, and the two would spend the night drinking sake, telling stories and playing cards. It was a sort of secret girl's night out, except they stayed in a secluded room in the palace instead of actually going out. "That sounds great, but I guess it's not the right time."
"Yes, I know. I would be upset if you said you would come," Ayeka admitted.
Now Ryoko sighed, "I can't leave Tenchi alone right now."
"Ryoko," Ayeka spoke seriously. "Amnesia doesn't just happen out of nowhere. I will have the Jurai network investigate any unusual occurrences, meanwhile make sure to keep a close watch on Tenchi. Is he there with you right now?"
"No, he's taking a walk around the carrot fields, but Tenryo is with him," Ryoko answered.
"Alright, just make sure he's never alone. I'll call you back if I find anything," Ayeka voiced.
"Okay, bye..." Ryoko hung up and stared at the phone for a long moment, wondering if she should call Washu again. She reached for the phone and it rang just as she was about to touch it, making Ryoko jump back in surprised. She picked it up and answered it. "Hello?" This time she didn't yell Washu's name right away.
"Good day, this is Prince Altran speaking, may I speak to Lady Tenko?"
Ryoko thought about it, Tenko probably didn't feel up to dealing with Altran right now. Seeing things from a different perspective, Ryoko saw how insistent she and Ayeka were in the old days and how patient Tenchi was with them. "She's sleeping in today, she stayed up really late and will probably sleep in all day long. It is Saturday after all."
"Oh I see," Altran sounded disappointed. "I wouldn't want to disturb Lady Tenko's rest, please tell her I called."
"Sure no problem!" After that call was done, Ryoko once again contemplated calling Washu, and actually did it, only to find herself listening to a new automatic message.
"No matter what the problem is, it can be solved with a puppet show," Washu's pre-recorded voice played out, ending with a beep, ready to record a short message from the caller.
Ryoko blinked, the machine recording nothing but her breathing for the first few seconds. "Washu!" Another beep sounded, indicating that her time was up; it was supposed to be a short message after all. Ryoko growled at the phone and set it back in the receiver none too gently. She did give Washu's crazy advice some thought and soon Ryoko found herself once again picking up the phone and dialing Ayeka's number.
"Any news from Tenchi?" Ayeka answered.
"I really need to get Washu to install a caller ID on my phone too, all phones have it now, I don't know why we kept this old one," Ryoko spoke. "I don't have anything new to report about Tenchi, but Washu changed her automatic answer message again. If she was messing with that she must have heard my messages."
"Well, what was the new message? Does she have any advice?" Ayeka asked.
"She said that no matter what the problem is, it can be solved with a puppet show," Ryoko quoted.
There was a long pause on Ayeka's part, "that makes no sense, but I'm willing to try."
Ryoko shrugged, "it sounds crazy but I guess it wouldn't hurt. I've been telling Tenchi stories, taking him to places we used to visit and showing him pictures. I don't think a puppet show would make a difference, but we could at least entertain him. Maybe laughing is the key to recovering his memories."
"When did you have time to do all this? Since when has Tenchi had amnesia?" Ayeka was clearly displeased that she was not informed.
"Since yesterday morning, I thought Altran heard about it, didn't he tell you?" Ryoko asked.
"No, he didn't, just a minute, Ryoko, I'll be right back," Ryoko continued listening as Ayeka's voice was heard in the background loudly calling her son's name and scolding him saying that "when something important happens, you must tell mommy right away!" A few minutes later Ayeka returned to the phone. "Why did you take so long to tell me about this? If I haven't called, I still wouldn't know!"
"I didn't think it was all that serious. I really thought Tenchi just needed a day off and that he would be fine by the next day," that's what Ryoko was hoping for.
"Clearly, Lord Tenchi isn't getting any better on his own. We must help him, even if it means doing something ridiculous, like putting on a puppet show. It's the only clue Miss Washu has given us!" Ayeka felt infinitely silly talking about a puppet show as if it was a miracle cure, but it was all they had.
"I don't really have any puppets, but Tenko has a lot of plushies," Ryoko mused aloud.
"That will do, I'll help set up the puppet show so you should activate the teleporter for me right away," Ayeka just had to be there to help Tenchi in his time of need.
"How did you know it was deactivated?" Ryoko asked.
"Don't you think I know you well enough?" Ayeka asked with a laugh. "Altran needed to catch up with his Jurian studies anyway, so it's good that he wasn't able to run off for a while. I'll be waiting by the teleporter for it to activate again."
"Alright, I'm on my way to turn it back on," after hanging up, Ryoko went back to the teleporter room and turned it on. Within seconds Ayeka was there and the two went up to Tenko's room to plan out a plushie show.
Episode 10: No Need for Plushies and Cabbits
In the future, Tenryo and past Tenchi sat in the living room staring at the pile of boxes forming a miniature stage with a poorly painted background, hastily drawn on paper taped to the wall behind it. A broom sat horizontally on top of two columns of boxes, with a pair of towels hanging from it to simulate curtains. "This was grandma Washu's advice to curing dad," Tenko explained.
Tenchi and Tenryo slowly nodded, while Tenko too her place black stage. Ryoko and Ayeka parted the curtains careful not to demolish the makeshift stage. A Ryoko plushie from Tenko's collection was held by the real Ryoko on the little stage. "Tenchi! Where are you Tenchi?"
A Tenchi plushie held by Ayeka was moved to simulate entering the stage. "I'm right here Ryoko!" She tried to imitate Tenchi's voice but it just sounded weird.
"Tenchi, I love you, let's get married!" Ryoko improvised, they had not written a script.
"If you want to marry me, you need to become a real lady," the Tenchi plushie, voiced by Ayeka replied.
"What do you mean?" Ryoko sounded displeased.
"You need to follow Ayeka's example and become a lady like her. I'm sure that if you ask her nicely, she'll help you become civilized and polite; she's so nice and kind." Ayeka just couldn't resist.
"Is that the best script you can come up with?" Ryoko whispered backstage, though Tenchi and Tenryo could still hear her.
"I told you we should have written a script and rehearsed, but no, you said we didn't need it!" Ayeka complained.
Ryoko continued the improvised show, "I love you Tenchi, kiss me!" She smashed the Ryoko plushie with the Tenchi one.
"No, Ryoko, I told you to become a lady first!" Ayeka hit the Ryoko plushie on the head with the Tenchi one.
"I'm already more of a lady than Ayeka could ever be!" Ryoko hit the Tenchi plushie with her own, and more so Ayeka's hand.
"There's no way that's true!" Ayeka hit Ryoko's hand back and the argument continued.
It all evolved into Ryoko and Ayeka having a pillow fight with the plushies, while Tenko stood to the side with a bundle of plushies of the other characters in her arms, laughing as much as Tenryo and Tenchi.
When they noticed that Tenchi was laughing, Ryoko and Ayeka took a vow to their audience, who started clapping for their performance. "Well it looks like we made you laugh. Did that make your memories return?" Ryoko asked.
"Not really," Tenchi replied, "but this feels like something I do remember. I guess some things never change." Ryoko and Ayeka still had a very similar friendship and rivalry, even if there was no love triangle involved.
"What ever do you mean, Lord Tenchi?" Ayeka asked.
"Yeah, what could you possibly mean?" Ryoko added.
"Meow!" The sound of several cabbit ships was heard approaching the Masaki house.
"They're back!" Tenko put the plushies down in a pile and went to open the door, followed by Tenryo.
"Meow!" Ryo-ohki, Neo-ohki and Nya-ohki entered, each jumping to the arms of their respective official owners. A forth ship went off to the cave near the shrine.
The cabbits' return was celebrated with carrots and Tenchi finally got to see Ryo-ohki's children. Ken-ohki must have already gone back to Nagi. "This is Neo-ohki," Tenryo held his dark gray cabbit. Neo-ohki's eyes were red and the gem on his forehead was golden.
"This is Nya-ohki," Tenko introduced her cabbit as well. Nya-ohki was white with golden eyes and a gem of the same color.
"You already know Ryo-ohki," Ryoko continued, "the other cabbit we saw was Ren-ohki, he must have gone to look for Usi." Ren-ohki was a light gray, as if Ryo-ohki and Ken-ohki's fur colors were mixed together. His eyes and forehead gem were red.
Tenchi petted the little cabbits, "so there are now three cabbits living with us, no wonder those robots were needed in the carrot fields." The cabbits purred happily.
"There is one more, but I'll tell you later," Ryoko whispered.
The day went by, playing with the cabbits, telling stories and remembering old times. Later, after Ayeka had gone home, Tenchi asked Ryoko about the other cabbit she mentioned. "I'm curious about that other cabbit, was there a reason you could tell me about it then?"
Ryoko nodded, she and Tenchi were sitting on the rooftop enjoying the soft breeze. "Yes, it was a hard time for Ryo-ohki and Ken-ohki. When Nagi found out that Ken-ohki was the father, she wanted to keep the baby cabbits. We settled for having some go with their mother and others go with their father, but there were three, so we argued about that, because I only brought her one and left the other two at home with Tenko and Tenryo. This happened at Nagi's place, while I was busy fighting with Nagi, the baby cabbit that was to be Nagi's was kidnapped. Ken-ohki and Ryo-ohki tried to save their son, but were unable to do it. I blamed it on Nagi because the kidnapping happened while we were in her hideout."
"But the cabbit was rescued later, right?" Tenchi asked.
Ryoko continued, "the one who was kidnapped was Ren-ohki. Ken-ohki and Ryo-ohki were hit with paralyzing rays before they could transform into ships. The effects did not last too long, but long enough for the kidnapper to get away. We chased after him as soon as Ken-ohki and Ryo-ohki recovered and just as we were leaving, Usigon or Usi for short, Nagi's nephew, arrived in a small regular ship to try to talk his aunt into letting him keep a baby cabbit. He tagged along with us on the rescue mission."
"I see, so Ren-ohki eventually became Usigon's cabbit, they knew each other for practically as long as Tenko and Tenryo know Nya-ohki and Neo-ohki," Tenchi realized.
"That's right, and it was during that rescue mission that I made it clear that it would be Usi to keep Ren-ohki and Nagi didn't put up much of an argument. You see, while we were rescuing Ren-ohki Usi was hurt protecting him, that's why we entrusted Ren-ohki to him, knowing that he would take care of the baby cabbit, even if he was still a child himself. They both made a full recovery soon after, and we turned in the kidnappers to Mihoshi and Kiyone, after beating them up a little," Ryoko explained.
"At least it was all solved," Tenchi knew that Ryoko's definition of beating them up a little possibly included broken bones, abundant bleeding and being on the verge of death an in emergency room for the next few months.
"As for the forth baby cabbit, we didn't find out about him until later. During Ren-ohki's captivity, he was cloned. Cabbits are very rare and nearly impossible to clone and only one of them turned out right. He was sold in the black market to the highest bidder who happened to be a space pirate, Laser's father, who gave the cabbit to him," Ryoko narrated.
"Tenryo mentioned Laser when we were at the carrot fields, then he has a cabbit ship who is actually Ren-ohki's clone?" Tenchi inquired.
"That's right," Ryoko confirmed. "When we found out, we managed to take Rune-ohki, the clone, to Washu, we were able to capture him, he was very ill at the time. We technically kidnapped Rune-Ohki because Laser thought we wanted to steal him and wouldn't trust us. It was for Rune-ohki's own good anyway. Washu managed to stabilize him and cure him, with that, he became the first truly successful cabbit clone. But because Rune-ohki grew up with Laser in a different galaxy, he doesn't really see Ryo-ohki and his siblings as his family, not even Ren-ohki. I'm not sure if Rune-ohki and Laser even understand that Washu saved Rune-ohki's life."
Episode 11: No Need for the Prince who Fell from the Sky
The second day future Tenchi spent in the past was almost over and night had already fallen. It went by normally, as any other day would, as if Tenchi was the same Tenchi from that time. Coincidentally, that version of Tenchi along with the Ryoko who belonged to that past time, were sitting on the roof of the Masaki house. "We do this sometimes in the future," Tenchi had said.
Ryoko was enjoying her time with Tenchi, as the stars shone peacefully in the clear night sky. Anyone would think that the same peace would last, at least until the sun came up, but the falling of a shooting star would dictate otherwise. "Tenchi did you see that?" Ryoko followed the course of the apparent meteor with her finger pointing towards its landing spot.
"I wonder what it was, some kind of meteor?" Tenchi had a strange feeling about it. He had sensed some Jurian energy just now. "Ryoko, can you teleport us over there? I want to see if it really was a meteor."
"Going deep into the wood with Tenchi at night, no problem!" Ryoko hugged Tenchi and teleported them both into the landing spot of the unknown object.
Upon arriving, Tenchi found that it was not a meteor, and the presence of Jurian energy suddenly made sense, "Altran."
"It's a boy," Ryoko blinked in surprise. "Tenchi do you know this guy?"
"Yes, he's from my time and he's unconscious," Tenchi tried to wake Altran, but he was out cold. "Ryoko, teleport us to Washu!"
"Got it," Ryoko teleported them both and they appeared in Washu's laboratory.
"Washu!" Tenchi called.
Without looking up from her work Washu replied, "don't worry about it I'm almost done with the time travel devise."
"Never mind that now, Altran is hurt!" Washu looked at Tenchi, he was carrying a boy with purple hair who was badly hurt.
The pink haired scientist jumped off the massive machine she was working on and pressing a few keys on her holographic laptop, which made an examination table rise up from seemingly nowhere. "Put him there, Ryoko grab an extra medical kit and give me a hand."
"What me?" Ryoko pointed at herself.
"Yes you, now go!" Washu replied.
Ryoko rushed to get the medical kit and brought it over. "I don't know anything about first aid, what should I do?"
"Learn," was Washu's simple answer.
"Washu, this isn't the time for first aid training!" Tenchi complained, as he too joined them around the examination table.
Altran stirred a little and coughed as Ryoko accidentally choked him with bandages. His eye shot open and he pulled at the bandaged on his neck, "Lady Tenko!" Then he passed out again.
"Tenko," Tenchi whispered. "Washu, as soon as he's out of danger, please continue working on the time traveling machine and finish it right away. Tenko must be in danger and for all I know, Tenryo and Ryoko could be in danger too."
"Tenko? Our daughter Tenko and our son Tenryo from the future?" Ryoko did not need nor wait for an answer. "Washu! Get that machine working, Tenchi and I need to go save our children. Just leave this kid to us!" Thus Ryoko began to wrap up poor Altran in bandages like a mummy.
"Lord Tenchi!" Ayeka barged in, calling almost desperately. "Oh Lord Tenchi are you alright? I felt a pain in my heart and couldn't understand why. Then I thought, maybe Tenchi is in danger."
Tenchi glanced from Ayeka to Altran, unable to hide the purple haired boy's precense. "I'm fine."
"Who is this?" Ayeka snatched away the bandages Ryoko was suffocating Altran with, "and why is Ryoko being allowed to torture the poor boy?"
"I wasn't torturing him; I was giving him first aid!" Ryoko tried to take the bandages back and it quickly turned into a tug of war.
"Stop it, both of you!" Tenchi tried to stop the fighting. "Ryoko you were supposed to bandage his injuries not mummify him."
"It's all a part of learning. Besides, I think I did a pretty good job for my first time giving first aid!" Ryoko defended herself.
"Yes, I know, just try to tone it down, alright?" Tenchi then turned to Washu, "how is the machine coming along?"
"I'll need a little more time to finish it," Washu replied.
"C'mon Washu, hurry!" Ryoko called impatiently.
"You think you can do it faster?" Washu threw a wrench which Ryoko and Ayeka dodged; the wrench flew straight into Tenchi's forehead.
"Tenchi!" Ryoko and Ayeka called at the same time and started scolding Washu for hitting him; of course the scientist's logic was that the wrench wouldn't have hit Tenchi if they had not ducked out of the way.
The ruckus woke the unconscious future prince of Jurai, who started fighting with the excessive bandages. "Where's Lady Tenko?"
"What happened to Tenko? Did she get hurt?" Tenchi immediately asked.
"Oh no, she's not hurt. Laser and I were fighting for Lady Tenko's love. There was an explosion of energy and I ended up here." Altran explained.
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Meanwhile in the future, "Altran! Altran! Come out you coward!" A red haired boy stood on the steps of a shrine yelling at the top of his lungs.
A girl with white hair with a blue tint sat at the steps, a bucket of popcorn was set between her and a boy with golden eyes. "Nice show," Tenko commented.
"Yeah, I've never seen Altran make such an escape, he just banished. I wonder how he did it." Tenryo voiced.
"I know what happened," a child who had appeared seemingly out of nowhere, peeked in between the siblings. Tokimi placed a hand behind her head and giggled. "I guess Tenchi's precense is stronger than I thought. There seems to be some left over energy lingering in the air here and twenty-five years into the past forming a connecting between the two misplaced Tenchis. Altran's Jurian energy reacted to that and he was thrown to the time where the other Tenchi is."
While the twins investigated further by questioning the mysterious child and bribing her into talking with popcorn, Laser was completely oblivious to the conversation going on literally behind his back, as he continued shouting for Altran to stop hiding and show himself.
Episode 12: No Need for Explanations
The next morning in the past, Washu had finished her time machine. However, it was only ready to transport one person. "You should go first Altran," Tenchi offered.
"I thank you Lord Tenchi, but I cannot accept your kind offer." Altran looked at the machine that could take him home, he wanted to go but wasn't quite ready, though he was already healed. The situation was explained to him, since he would be going back to the future soon.
"Really, it's alright," truthfully, Tenchi didn't want to leave Altran in the past, he might slip and reveal too much information to the people of the past, which might be later erased, but would still be troublesome to deal with.
"I must insist, besides there is something I wish to do while I'm here. I wish to go to the carrot fields and train as Lord Tenchi did in the past. Please allow me to learn the secret of the carrot field training!" Altran vowed deeply.
Tenchi blinked, sure working on the carrot fields required a lot of exercise, but it wasn't some kind of special training. Even so, it looked like it was very important to Altran so Tenchi agreed. "Okay, I'll teach you everything you need to know about working on the carrot fields."
"Thank you Lord Tenchi, I won't let you down!" At least this meant that Tenchi would have some extra help. Tenchi and Altran went off to the carrot fields.
Meanwhile, Ryoko found Ayeka contemplating the lake. "What are you looking at?" Ryoko looked at the lake but found nothing out of the ordinary.
"Nothing, I was just thinking," Ayeka replied.
"About what?" Ryoko inquired.
"About that boy, I feel as if I know him, but I know I've never met him. He's a Juraian and he has the same hair color as me. I've been wondering if he's somehow a long lost relative. But why was I never told such a person existed in my family?" Ayeka looked out into the lake and sighed, "I guess the name of Altran wasn't as original as I thought."
Ryoko already knew who Altran really was, but it had been kept a secret from Ayeka, only his name had slipped out. "What do you mean?"
"Don't you remember?" Ayeka looked a little upset, "of course you wouldn't remember; you were drunk."
"I wasn't drunk!" Ryoko defended herself, even if she didn't know exactly about what occasion Ayeka was talking about. Then the realization came to her. "It's about the time we stayed up late drinking and talked about what we would name our kids if either of us got Tenchi. I remember, you said that if it was a girl you would name her Ayinka and if it was a boy Altran."
"That's right, much more original than Tenko and Tenryo," Ayeka nodded to herself.
"Those are good names!" Ryoko argued. "You know, just because someone else has the name Altran doesn't mean you can't still use it. No name is completely unique, there's always someone somewhere who has that same name."
"I suppose you're right," Ayeka paused and feigned exaggerated surprise. "Oh my, I said Ryoko was right, I wonder if I'm getting ill."
"Real funny Ayeka," Ryoko childishly stuck out her tongue and Ayeka responded in a similar way.
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In the future, a brand new day had also started and Washu had finally returned. The scientist explained everything, including the fact that this was Tenchi of the past. Ayeka paced around impatiently, worried about her little boy, while her husband Kenji, tried to comfort her though he was also worried.
"Well since Tokimi is being stubborn and would rather watch how this plays out, I guess we'll have to use my time machine to straighten out this mess, erase some memories and make it all be alright. I still have my old time machine and knew this would happen, I didn't erase my own memories back then," Washu noted looks of her audience consisting of Ayeka, Kenji, Ryoko, Tenko, Tenryo, Tenchi of the past and the three cabbits, Ryo-ohki, Neo-ohki and Nya-ohki. "But since you're from the future, or relative future, you will all get to keep your memories. It's just your past selves that will forget. Also, Ayeka you can stop worrying about Altran, as I recall he's perfectly fine."
"Why didn't you say so sooner?" Ayeka yelled.
"Somebody's cranky today," Washu shook her head. "Anyway, I'm sure my past self and I can fix this in no time and send everyone to where they are supposed to go. I'll give my old time machine a tune up."
The atmosphere was calmed and everyone waited for Washu to be done. In the mean time Ryoko, Tenko and Tenryo introduced Tenchi to some of their favorite futuristic videogames and Ayeka and Kenji returned to Jurai for their royal duties, assured that Altran was in the care of the Tenchi from their time, twenty-five years earlier.
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Tokimi watched it all unfold with a somewhat dissatisfied expression. It was too predictable because Washu still held the memories of the past. But Tokimi could overwrite that past and while it remained as ever changing as the future, the memories would be unclear and that past would become unpredictable, unless Washu reverted to her true form, which was something Tokimi knew she would only do as a last resort.
With that in mind, Tokimi went to find Laser, when Washu caught up, she would just make some extra changes again. Locating him was easy enough for Tokimi and just as easily she sent him and Rune-ohki to the past, off to crash in the carrot field were Altran and future Tenchi were working. With Tokimi determined to continue having her fun, who knew for how long the chaos would last.
Episode 13: No Need to Fight for Fair Maiden
"Rune-ohki, try to stabilize the systems!" Laser called, the cabbit ship was really trying, but it didn't work.
Rune-ohki had previously been in space, off to Jurai to search for Altran, whom from Laser's point of view had ran away from battle. Storming the Prince's home planet with one ship would be classified as crazy by many. No matter how powerful the cabbit ships were, Jurai would have him vastly outnumbered. Of course such basic survival logic completely eluded the hot headed space pirate.
As Rune-ohki spun around, the scenery of space changed to the blue skies of the earth twenty-five years earlier and the lake in front of the Masaki house rapidly approached. "Up! Up! Up!"
Rune-ohki couldn't stop on time and dived into the lake, but thankfully ,he slowed down enough not to crash into the bottom, and was able to resurface, wet, dizzy, but otherwise unharmed. Feeling exhausted, Rune-ohki returned to his cabbit form which caused Laser to plummet into the lake with the much smaller Rune-ohki landing on his head.
With no clue that he had been thrown back in time, Laser made a short swim out of the lake with Rune-ohki on his head. The commotion brought out the visiting Mihoshi and Kiyone, while Ryoko and Ayeka stood in the mist of it all, dripping went from Rune-ohki's splash.
"Space Pirate Queen Ryoko!" Laser twitched noting that his cabbit was to blame for Ryoko's current state. "This has all been a trap set by Altran, but I will avenge you!" He glanced at Mihoshi and Kiyone who were still in their uniforms, "and the Galaxy Police will not stop me!" Then he ran into the house, leaving wet footprints as he went along.
"Who was that?" Ayeka finally asked.
"I have no idea," Ryoko replied. That guy was calling her the space pirate queen and saying he would avenge her against Altran. He must have some connection to the future. Red hair with blonde at the end like fire, what color were his eyes? Purple? A cabbit ship? Didn't Tenchi mention something like that during one of their late night talks on the roof. "Laser!"
"Laser?" Kiyone repeated.
"Yes, I think that guy is Laser and he came from, from the same place Altran came from," Ryoko tried not to give out too much information, but saying it that way simply sounded confusing.
"No he's not!" Ayeka immediately protested. "I can tell he's not a Juraian. Besides, Altran is very nice and polite, that man was very rude. Just what does he have against Altran and what's his connection to you?"
He wished to become her son in law, but Ryoko couldn't say that. "He has no real connection to me; he's just a fan, one of so many. I'm not sure what he wants with Altran."
"Well whatever it is, I'm going to stop him. The last time I saw Altran he was heading for the carrot fields with Tenchi, such a hard working boy," Ayeka sounded like a proud mother, which was just too ironic.
Ryoko's smile grew as she tried to hold back the laughter that only she could understand. However, she was unable and exploded in a fit of giggles, which made Ayeka blink in confusion, while Kiyone stared and Mihoshi joined in laughing, even if she had no idea what she was laughing about.
Laser came rushing out of the house, but Rune-ohki was no longer on his head, though it didn't look like he noticed. "Stop running away you cowards!" He dashed in the direction of the carrot fields.
"Wait!" Ayeka rushed after him.
"Ayeka, maybe you should let them deal with this alone. It's a fight for fair maiden!" Ryoko followed as well. "Even if I heard fair maiden isn't interested in either of them," she said to herself.
"I'm going too, someone has to stop the trouble," Kiyone rushed after them as well.
Mihoshi was quite confused but she followed Kiyone, "wait for me!"
Upon arriving at the carrot fields, Laser started searching for Altran. "Altran! Come out here, Stop hiding!"
"What are you doing here?" Altran questioned, though he was ignored.
"Mind your own business farmer, I'm looking for someone," Laser looked at the distance, to the edge of the carrot fields, but couldn't find anyone else there.
"What did you call me?" Altran squeezed the hoe he had been previously using to work the land until the wooden handle snapped in his hands. "I am not a farmer!" Logs started to appear all around him and he drew his laser sword. "I am the prince of Jurai!"
Laser stood dumb folded, no doubt about it with that energy and the sword, this young man was in fact Altran, the prince of Jurai. "How come you're not wearing your pretty yukata today, Mr. porcelain doll?"
The red haired space pirate started laughing loudly, which only angered the prince further. He had borrowed some of Tenchi's work clothes since his elaborate layered yukata, complete with a cape and plenty of decorated layers, was not a proper attire to comfortably work in the carrot fields. "You'll pay for your offense!" Altran charged towards his opponent, but for some reason he was moving in slow motion.
Ayeka, Ryoko, Kiyone and Mihoshi had arrived to witness the spectacle, when the skies suddenly turned dark and the clouds became thicker, spiraling towards one spot in the center of the sky above the carrot fields. The sun was covered by a curtain of clouds, as if night had come earlier than it should. Then, in an anti-climatic way; a child-like figure poofed in a cloud of green, purple and yellow smoke, floating in the air, holding a silver haired boy by the back of his shirt, a cabbit sat on the boy's head.
The clouds went back to normal and the sky cleared. "Battle royal!" Tokimi tossed Usigon to the ground and he fell on top of Laser knocking him down.
Altran recovered his normal unexpectedly and tripped over the pile formed by the other two boys. "What trickery is this?" Altran deactivated his sword, got up and dusted himself off, while Laser and Usigon struggled to get to their feet. "Why are you interfering?" Altran pointed an accusing finger at Usigon.
"Yeah, stay out of this, it's the final battle to the death for Tenko!" Laser pushed Usigon away.
"The final battle to the death for Tenko?" Usigon echoed. "In that case, I shall participate as well! Please cheer for me Ren-ohki, I must do this alone." He placed the cabbit on the ground.
"Why do you want to join the battle, this is for Lady Tenko's love, and you just want to kidnap her!" Altran didn't like where this was going.
Usigon blushed, unable to hide it any longer, "actually, when we were children, often visited Tenko so that our cabbits, who are siblings, may play together and so Ren-ohki could see his mother. Since then... since then..." Usigon stopped, his face becoming bright red. "I'm not even sure if Tenko remembers that..."
"This can't be!" Altran was horrified. "Neither of you deserves Lady Tenko! What about you space pirate, you only wish to use Lady Tenko to gain a reputation among the space pirates because she is the daughter of the Legendary Lady Ryoko, even if of course, Lady Ryoko had already reformed long before Lady Tenko and Lord Tenryo were born."
"Well, it might have started that way, but have you seen how she's so calm while we're all fighting over her? It's as if she's hiding some kind of secret or something. She's mysterious and that's attractive," Altran felt his blood boil at Laser's words and without further ado, the three boys were locked in an epic battle of screaming insults and hair pulling.
Ryoko, Ayeka, Kiyone and Mihoshi blinked at the anti-climatic so called 'epic' battle. Tenchi, who had been tied up by Tokimi, his mouth taped shut, crawled over to the group and was finally noticed. "Tenchi!"
The girls immediately freed him, though the tape was specially painful to remove for which Ryoko offered a 'healing kiss' and her battle with Ayeka followed, while Mihoshi started crying because everyone was fighting and Kiyone helplessly tried to subdue the chaos. Tokimi disappeared again.
Episode 14: No Need for Goddesses
In the past, "order! Order! Class is in session!" Washu was dressed in a black graduation robe, little flat hat included and a pair of too small glasses. Though this was supposed to be the simulation of a classroom, Washu looked more like a judge than a teacher, banging the little wooden hammer on the desk.
The students from the future consisted of Tenchi, Altran, Usigon and Laser. The students from that current time consisted of Ryoko, Ayeka, Mihoshi, Kiyone and one more person sitting in the back. Sasami was cooking a feast for all the unexpected guests and the cabbits were with her.
The pink haired self proclaimed genius cleared her throat and directed everyone's attention to the projected slide show in the front of their improvised classroom. "this is Tokimi," a picture of the troublemaker goddess appeared on screen. "For her own amusement, she made the Tenchi from our time switch places with his future self from twenty-five years into the future."
The room was filled with whispers that quieted down when Washu hit the desk with the little hammer again. "To preserve history as well as possible, the future Tenchi has been taking the place of his past self. In the future, the Ryoko from that time had assumed that Tenchi had amnesia and was trying to help him recover his memories."
Washu glanced at Usigon and Laser, who were throwing paper balls at each other and occasionally at Altran, who tried not to join their childish game, but looked like he was losing his patience. "Those three," three spot lights shone over Altran, Usigon and Laser, "are also from the future."
The slide show changed to show a picture of Tenko, "this is Tenko, she's Tenchi and Ryoko's daughter from the future."
"What?!" Ayeka yelled.
"Please be quiet! Have order! Order!" Washu made use of the little hammer again, but the room did not become quiet this time. Instead she sighed and pulled a very large squeaky hammer seemingly out of no where. The squeak echoed and everyone fell silent as their ears rung.
"As I was saying, Tenko has a twin brother, Tenryo, who is older by seven minutes." There was a picture of him. "This guy over here," Washu pointed at Laser and changed the slide show picture to one of him, "is a space pirate seeking to go up in ranks by linking his family to the family of the legendary space pirate Ryoko. Or at least that's how it started, but it seems he ended up liking Tenko for real."
"Over here we have Usigon," he appeared in the picture of the slide show, "he's Nagi's nephew. He used to play with Tenryo and Tenko when they were little but they distanced out as they grew. Usigon is actually quite shy and doesn't know how to admit his feelings for Tenko, that's why he's been trying to kidnap her all this time, thinking that if it was just the two of them in deep space, he would be able to muster the courage to tell her how he feels."
"Shut up!" Usigon sunk into his seat, face bright red.
"And now," there was a drum roll, "presenting his majesty the crown prince of Jurai, Ayeka's son from the future, Prince Altran!" Confetti rained, Altran blinked and Usigon and Laser glared at him.
"Miss Washu," Altran voiced, "may I ask why you introduced me in such a way?"
"I happened to hear Jurai made a nice donation to the Academy of Science in the future, so you get a special introduction," Washu laughed and gave a thumbs up.
"I see," Altran looked a little embarrassed, but at the same time prideful, "there's no need to thank me, it's all for the good of science."
"You said he's my son from the future?" Ayeka stood from her seat.
"Yes, yes, that's correct, but please seat down and remain silent everyone. You don't want me to bring out the squeaker again, do you?" All of Washu's students shook their heads and she smiled satisfied, "oh and one more thing, stop passing notes Ryoko!"
"What notes?" I'm not passing any notes," Ryoko hid the little love notes that she had been passing to Tenchi.
"Just stop doing it," Washu continued her information about Altran, a picture of the prince occupied the slide show. "Altran is the self proclaimed fiance of Tenko, who follows her around declaring undying love every chance he gets."
"Now that we know the three young men who are interested in Tenko I will reveal the face of the man who Tenko wishes to date." The room was filled with gasps and the suspense hung in the air as Washu clicked to the next slide, but it was blank. "As you can see this is a blank slide, that is to say that Tenko, has not yet decided who she wishes to go out with, and probably doesn't like any of you that way."
Altran, Usigon and Laser started to complain and another battle of name calling and hair pulling ensued, until Washu once again wielded the giant squeaky hammer.
"My ears are still ringing from the last time," Ayeka grimaced and held Altran back. Simultaneously Ryoko pulled Laser out of the battle and Tenchi held back Usigon.
"Corner! Corner! Corner!" Washu pointed at Altran, Laser and Usigon, sending each to a corner in the classroom. "Now, let us continue, as I said, Tenko has a twin brother named Tenryo," the slide show showed a picture of Tenryo again, "and there is also someone who likes him, who he doesn't quite see that way, being the subject of unrequited love runs in the family I guess." Washu clicked for the next picture. "This is Chinei, Tenryo's self proclaimed girlfriend, who seems to hear things differently than they are said."
"Now for the cabbits," Washu clicked to the next slide. "This is Neo-ohki one of the children of Ryo-ohki and Ken-ohki, he is Tenryo's cabbit ship and pet." The picture changed again, "here we have Nya-ohki, Neo-ohki's sister and Tenko's cabbit ship and pet. The third child is Ren-ohki, who lives with Usigon. Finally," the last picture was identical to Ren-ohki, "we have Rune-ohki, a cabbit cloned from Ren-ohki, whose life I saved even if a certain someone is very ungrateful."
"You mean you didn't kidnap him to experiment?" Laser asked.
"That's right, little Washu stabilized Rune-ohki and saved his life!" Washu explained in a baby voice. "Without little Washu, Rune-ohki would have been doomed!"
There was a moment of silence, followed by the whispers of Washu's audience, commenting about the situation among themselves. "Class is not over!" Everyone was once again silent. "As I said before, Tokimi is behind all this. Since she keeps changing the events of the past, my memories are not being updated fast enough and I can't predict what she'll do. The only way to stop her would be to wait until she gets tired of this, or a goddess versus goddess duel, but that won't be any fun. Oh and by the way, can any of you tell me why I know all of these things and why I'm revealing them to you? I should clarify that history will not be affected because I will erase all of this later, but why do I know it and why am I revealing it? Anyone?"
Someone in the back of the classroom raised their hand.
"Yes, the adorable little girl in the back."
All eyes turned towards the one who had been sitting there all along but no one noticed. "You know all of this because you're the me of the future and I'm a genius therefore you're a genius!" The real Washu of that time replied, revealing that their teacher had been future Washu all along. "You're letting everyone know because you want to see what happens if you do, in other words, it's an experiment!"
"That's right!" Future Washu cheered. "Come get your golden star."
"Yay!" The Washu of that time, happily bounced to the front of the classroom, where her future self put a star sticker on her forehead.
"Two Washus," Tenchi spoke quietly.
"This is trouble," Ryoko finished for him and Ayeka nodded in agreement.
Ayeka was concerned about her future and Tenchi's future with Ryoko. One question echoed endlessly in her mind, who was Altran's father?
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Tokimi had reappeared lured to the past by Sasami's banquet. Everyone was seated enjoying the feast and in the presence of so many guests, plus Yosho and Noboyuki, Ayeka slipped away.
It was Sasami who first realized that her sister was missing and Tenchi knew why she must be upset. "I'll find her."
"I'll go," Ryoko offered, "it's okay," she assured him and disappeared as if she knew where to look.
Ryoko reappeared in a small cabin near the temple on the way to the cave, the place where Tenchi and Ayeka stayed to wait out the rain one day. "I thought I would find you here."
"Everyone is happy with the stories about the future and Altran is a true prince I'm sure," Ayeka's eyes were watery, but she didn't want to cry, she had been holding it back.
Ryoko opened her mouth then promptly closed it. She quietly sat down and wondered what to say. "Um..." She tried to find the right thing to say again and failed to do so one more time.
"It's alright Ryoko, you don't need to say anything, I know, I've known for a long time," a few tears escaped, but the princess looked as if she wasn't really surprised. "Even if I might have denied it later, I once said that you were the only one who could reach Tenchi..."
"You know, even if it's not Tenchi, you'll have someone special," Ryoko finally broke her silence. She wasn't sure if this was what Ayeka wanted to hear, but it was all she could offer as a consolation. Though many times they claimed to hate each other, Ryoko and Ayeka had become friends.
"Yes, I know; if he won my heart somehow, then he must be a great man and I can't let Altran disappear. I just want to make sure I don't marry only to mend my broken heart," Ayeka mused.
"Relax; I'll help you put him to the test. The princess of Jurai was abducted by a space pirate and forced to do all sorts of things, such drinking and gambling, who will save her?" Ryoko smiled.
Ayeka laughed a little, imagining the situation. She had seen Tenchi's choice, but did not admit it until she had to. "We should actually do that sometime." She would recover in time, Ayeka knew she would.
When Ryoko and Ayeka returned to the house, everything was quieter than when they left. Those of the future had already returned to their time and the Tenchi of the past was also back, he looked a bit embarrassed as Mihoshi insisted on hearing the details of the dates he had with future Ryoko. There were small silvery glowing triangles of light on their foreheads, as they got ready to have their memories erased, something that was absolutely necessary according to Washu.
"What did we miss?" Ryoko asked.
"Usigon, Altran and Laser started fighting over the last sushi roll and wouldn't let Tokimi have it. She got caught in their fight and... Well, let's just say that those three could even give a goddess a headache. Tokimi said she didn't want to play anymore and that she needed a vacation. She disappeared after that and my future self and I just finished setting things right and sending everyone to their proper time. The only thing left to do is erase everyone's memories. I don't have to give you the speech about why this is needed, do I?"
"No, no!" "Of course not!" "That won't be needed!" The house was filled with such words; they didn't want to encourage Washu to get into one of her time paradox super long scientific speeches, even if they were to forget about it.
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After everything was set right, Tenchi of the future, back in his own time was watching one of Washu's home movies along with Ryoko, Tenko, Tenryo, Ayeka, Kenji, Altran, Usigon, Laser, Chinei and the cabbits.
"I can't believe you recorded all that," it would really take a goddess to catch all those moments on film.
"Well at least it's all clear now and no one will accuse me of trying to kidnap Tenko," Usigon had a feeling that he shouldn't have said anything, and that well based feeling originated from the glares that Altran and Laser were giving him.
"Stay away from Lady Tenko!" The prince yelled.
"Tenko is mine!" Added the red haired space pirate.
While the three boys argued, Tenko continued calmly eating cookies, "these are really good."
"I'm happy you like them future sister in law, Sasami taught me how to cook and bake," Chinei happily announced, she then looked at Tenryo with starry eyes. "Do you like the cookies too?"
"Yes, they're good," Tenryo backed away a little, while Chinei continued leaning in closer with the same starry eyed look. "Um... I'm going to... polish the carrot field robots," Tenryo made his escape.
"You're inviting me to a romantic walk on the carrot fields? How wonderful!" Chinei followed, as if she had heard something completely different from what Tenryo said.
Altran, Laser and Usigon continued their fighting, while everyone else, who had grown used to the chaos, continued enjoying the cookies and watching Washu's home movies.
Disclaimer, I do not own Tenchi Muyo, or Universe. Tenko, Tenryo, Neo-ohki, Nya-ohki, Altran, Usigon, Ren-ohki, Chinei, Laser and Rune-ohki are characters I made up for this story.