A Ranma ½ Fanfic by Sara T. Fontanini
Chapter 1: Visitors
It was a very muggy day in Nerima, Furinkan district. It had been nice and sunny the previous day, but now it rained cats and dogs. However, the rain was starting to thin out, until it was nothing more than a light drizzle. Now, more and more people were gathering in the streets.
However, there was a commotion that disturbed the relative peace. The people looked upwards as two people charged down the street.
"No buts! You know how much I hate these stupid deals of yours! Besides, we can't be wasting time here, when what we should be doing is getting a cure for our conditions!"
"But I haven't seen Soun in so long! Besides, I LIKE being 'cursed', and you should too!"
"No way! I'm gettin' a cure, and then maybe I can make you sane...okay, saner."
"Ranma, you always have to get your way, well no more! We're going to do something I wanna do for once, and that's final!"
There was a clang as a metal object hit someone's head, possibly a street-sign. Of course, the person would have to be pretty strong to accomplish that feat.
"Sorry, Ranma, but it was the only way to get you to come along. Sure, you'll be angry NOW, but one day you'll thank me for it. Now, let's get you up, and then we can go to the Tendo Dojo."
Soun Tendo looked in his mail, and found the best piece of news EVER. He literally cried tears of joy upon reading the back of the postcard, which had emblazoned upon it a picture of a panda eating bamboo (I know I don't have to mention it, but I felt like it, okay?).
He called out for his daughters, Nabiki, Kasumi and Akane. Akane took a little longer because she was in the dojo, busy with her training.
Soon, they were all gathered together, having been told some good news. An old friend of Soun's, Genma Saotome, was going to be coming by with his son, Ranma.
"And why would they be coming here?" Akane asked, annoyed.
He told them.
After Akane was done berating him loudly, and Kasumi was done lightly scolding him, they eventually got ready, Nabiki putting on one of her best kimonos (it's possible she has more than one). They all heard a knock at the door, and Soun and Nabiki raced to answer it. Kasumi and Akane slowly followed, hoping to get this farce over with.
Before they even reached the front door, Nabiki and Soun walked back dejectedly.
"Um, why the sour face, dad?" Akane asked.
Nabiki and their father simply pointed behind them, and the two other sisters walked over to see what was wrong.
They found two cute red-haired girls, one with a pigtail, and the other with a shorter, more boyish looking style.
The pigtailed girl looked away, her expression non-committal. "Hey. I'm Ranma Saotome."
The other girl held up her hand, beaming wide. "Hiya! I'm Gen-chan!" She pointed to the girl calling herself Ranma. "Sorry about this, but my daughter is kinda a stubborn sourpuss, but please pay her no mind!"
They simply stared, unsure how to properly respond.
Kasumi poured some tea, smiling warmly as she handed a cup to 'Gen-chan'. "So, you're old friends with our father?"
Gen-chan grinned. "Yep, he and I go way back. We used to train under the same master, and kept up good relations since." She put a finger to her lip coquettishly. "Of course, I haven't spoken to him for a while, since Ranma and I were out on a training trip across the world."
Nabiki and Akane glared at their father, suspicious. The older man shook his head vigorously.
"You know these people, Daddy?" Nabiki asked.
He shook his head.
Akane growled, irritated. "This girl says she knows you. Are you seriously denying what she says?"
Again, more shaking.
"And what about this Ranma?" Nabiki enquired, pointing at the pigtailed girl sitting in the far corner, glaring darkly. "Do you really expect us to believe that you engaged us to another girl, despite that being ILLEGAL?"
Again, he shook his head. He was starting to get a little dizzy.
Ranma blinked. "Wait, 'engaged'?" She turned to Gen-chan, fury upon her features. "YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT PART, OLD MAN!!!"
Gen-chan grinned conspiratorially, rubbing the back of her head. "Well, if I had told ya, you'd be even more against coming here. Besides, I felt it was time you had some more romantic experience, if you know what I mean."
Ranma scowled. "I don't need any more 'romantic experience'. I've had plenty of that as it is." She turned her head away, huffing.
Akane walked over to Gen-chan, extending her hand, smiling. "Hey, seeing as I can't exactly get engaged to Ranma, how about the two of become my friends? I'm sure we'll get along fine!"
Gen-chan smiled. "We'd be delighted!" She turned to Ranma. "Right, Ranma?"
Ranma sighed. "Sure, whatever." She looked up at the black-haired girl. "But don't think we'll be stayin' long."
Akane simply smiled. "Sure, no problem."
Ranma didn't trust her. Hell, she didn't trust anyone other than her travelling companion.
She shook her head. No WAY was she remembering that time. It was too disturbing to reawaken.
She had gotten her things together, ready to run away. She would have to find some way to get Gen-chan away from the others, and then they would be able to go back and cure themselves.
She was stopped by Kasumi, who had asked her if she needed a bath. Ranma nodded, realising how long it had been since had had a nice bath. Besides, the hot water would be a godsend.
While Ranma had gone off to do...whatever it was she wanted to do, Akane had challenged Gen-chan to a sparring match. The red-head agreed, grinning happily.
It was a tough match; they blocked and countered like old pros, and were a pretty even match for each other. Eventually, Akane charged with a flying high kick as Gen-chan tried to hit the tomboy with a spinning knee strike.
They hit each other at the same time, landing on the floor with a heavy thump.
Gen-chan got up, chuckling. "That was quite a workout, Akane-chan."
Akane smiled back. "As long as you weren't hurt too bad." The red-head didn't really seem that capable, to be honest, and Akane worried for her constitution.
Gen-chan gestured dismissively. "Pshah! Ranma's been giving me a much harder time. I've trained her to be as strong as physically possible, and she can beat me easily!" She smirked teasingly at Akane. "She can even mop the floor with you, I bet."
Akane blushed angrily. "Yeah right!"
The red-head shrugged. "Believe what you want, but it's true."
"Wait, you said you trained her?"
Gen-chan nodded. "Indeed I did. I trained her when she was quite young, and taught her a lot." Her expression saddened. "However, I didn't exactly teach her the right lessons all the time, and I actually hurt her quite often. I...I regret a lot of things I did in regards to her wellbeing." She started crying. "I...I'm a terrible person!"
Akane walked over, hugging the red-head comfortingly. "Of course you're not. You're a very kind person, Gen-chan, I can tell. I won't pretend to understand a lot of what you said, but I know you care for your sister deeply, and I know she cares about you too." She separated herself from the red-head. "Now, I think you should go take a bath. You reek!"
Gen-chan nodded, and turned to leave. "Thanks Akane, you're a good friend. But, Ranma isn't my sister. Like I said earlier, she's my daughter!"
She left the room, leaving a very confused Akane by herself.
Ranma sighed. This was the best. It had been too long since he had last had a nice, long, hot bath. The door suddenly opened, and he feared it was one of the Tendos.
Instead, it was Gen-chan. The young man sighed in relief.
"Pops, don't barge in like that. You almost gave me a heart attack."
The red-head stuck out her tongue. "Sowwy." She began to undress and clean herself.
Ranma's face twitched. "And don't act like that. It creeps me out."
Ranma growled, and Gen-chan leapt into the hot furo. A large, middle-aged man popped up in her place.
"Aaah!" The man sighed. "Nothing like a hot bath to get you all nice and relaxed."
Ranma sighed. "Geez, Pops, you're such a pain. Well, we're leaving."
Genma stared at him uncomprehendingly. "But we just got here."
"And we're leaving. We can't hang around here, not when we could be curing ourselves of this damn curse!"
His father looked away, frowning in annoyance. "That again? You know I don't want to be cured, I can't stand being me. Besides, it's too boring being a man!"
Ranma growled. "What did you just say!? Wasn't it YOU who had taught me the virtues of bein' a man!?"
"Biggest mistake of my life. I should never have said those things. It was wrong and narrow-minded."
"Narrow-minded!?" The young man screeched. "We're going and that's final!"
"I don't wanna!" Genma replied like a spoiled child. "Besides, it would be mean to Akane-chan, to just leave without saying goodbye!"
Ranma charged at his father, and they both fell out of the furo. They began struggling against each other.
And that's when Akane entered. They stared up her. She stared down at them. There was a moment of silence.
She slowly, calmly, closed the door, leaving the two men alone.
Genma sighed. "And I was hoping to let it out a little more gently."
And then Akane screamed.
What do ya think? I had this story in my head for a while, and put it off until after I finished a few of my other fics. I'm putting it up now before I forget.
This is a weird idea I had, thinking 'what would it be like if Genma had the same curse as Ranma?', and this is the result. I also wanted to have Genma's personality change during the period when he and Ranma were cursed.
I like Gen-chan! She's so adorable!
I hope you like it, and please comment!