Chapter: 2 (re-edited)
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The patriarch of the Tendo clan, was sat at the low tea table in the homes veranda, tears were streaming down his face as he stared at a post card that had just arrived in the mornings post depicting a Chinese giant panda, but what he really cared about was the message.
"At last, Saotome has arrived!" Soun exclaimed, than called out, "Girls, girls, family meeting!"
The eldest Tendo daughter, the matron of the house, Tendo Kasumi leaned out of the kitchen and called out, "just a few moments father!"
Soun then went wandering through the other rooms of the house to find his other children, he quickly found Nabiki in her room, reclining on her bed reading a graphic manga book, and said to her, "Nabiki, we're having a family meeting in a few minutes, and where is your sister?"
Nabiki took very little obvious interest in the news of the 'family meeting' and replied to her daddy's question, "I think Akane went out for a jog dad." then she went back to finish reading her manga.
With that said and done, Soun turned and went back to the veranda, sat back at the low table and took a sip of his cooled tea thinking that today was going to be a very good day.
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It should be noted at this point that no two actions occur in a vacuum.
There are in fact times where the Universe and (some would say) the System Force would act on a whim, a bit of serendipity to affect a key change in the lives of mere mortals.
The next few minutes in Nerima Japan would be witness to just such a monumental change.
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The street was damp and slick from the earlier spring rain, the shoppers and vendors going about their everyday daily business when there was a throaty womans voice carried through the side street.
"Well, I think the whole thing stinks ol' man! I mean, trying to chose my fiancée for me, you must have some nerve!"
The speaker of the voice was revealed as she stepped out onto the main vendors street. She was a striking woman, probably in her early 30's with dark ruddy red hair tied up in a bun at the back of her head that had a short pony-tail to it that just barely brushed the nape of her neck. She was wearing an eccentric outfit for her robust bombshell figure, consisting of black Chinese slippers, blue short pants that showed her ankles and shapely calves, then there was her top, a partly opened red yukata top that showed an immense amount of cleavage tied off with a golden sash with tassels on its ends. The overall look was that of a confident and maybe slightly dangerous woman.
The effect of the everyday people on the street was profound.
The men stared on in lust, most not hearing or caring about her earlier statement of a 'fiancee'.
The women through glared with hatred in their burning eyes at the knockout woman that had grabbed so much male attention away from themselves. That trollop!
So much attention was in fact on the woman that the people barely even noticed the giant panda lumbering along out of the alley behind her, that then held up a sign that read; ^"Honor demands it boy!"^
The panda, who was in fact Genma Saotome in his cursed form then took a swipe at the women with his sign, she deftly avoided the sign.
Though he didn't press on an attack, he certainly wasn't intimidated by her, no way.
But he had learned to be cautious around Ranma now, oh sure, the physical resemblance to his long unseen wife who had a penchant for wielding a sword and unusual kinky ideas... naw, certainly not intimidated!
The woman just arched one red eyebrow and said calmly, too calmly, "Wanna' try that again ol' man?" she then took a very loose tiger stance.
Well, maybe he was a 'little' intimidated by her...
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Akane couldn't believe what she was seeing, today she had decided to change her usual jogging route slightly and go through the shopping streets, not a huge change, just for a different sense of scenery.
But now here she was like most of the rest of the crowd, staring at the woman, obvious to Akane's "well trained eye" (chuckles) was a martial artist, as the woman faced off from a giant panda!
The scene, the crowd was treated to, was almost surreal at the panda leapt forward in a lunge. The woman jumped to the left and practically pirouetted in mid air to land behind the beast. Then she taunted the animal for being slow, as if the animal could understand her.
Surprisingly the panda did in fact respond. 'He must be her trained panda.' Akane thought to herself.
Akane then saw something that caused her inner martial artist to come to the fore, the woman had her back to the panda, the panda had used its immense strength to rip a road sign from the pavement, and was about to swing it like a club at the woman's head!
In that instant Akane sprinted through the crowed calling out, "Watch out!" to the woman.
Akane saw the woman turned to face her, brown eyes locked with blue before Akane felt a terrible impact to the back of her head, she wobbled unsteadily on her feet for a few seconds before her vision went blurry and she fell into darkness and began to collapse.
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Ranma was crouched on the ground, cradling the girls head off of the pavement as she took a moment to glare at the unconscious lump that was now the panda. After Ranma had seen what Genma had done to an innocent bystander, she had quickly and mercilessly launched an blitz attack to knock the panda-man out, her fury was so great.
Ranma did notice though when the blue haired girls eyes opened slightly, she smiled as it looked like the girl was going to be okay. Ranma then asked, "It's okay dear, you've gotten a bit of a bump to the head. Do you know where you live? I can help you home."
Akane could just groan slightly as she looked up, then her eyes fluttered closed a bit again.
'what a great lady.' was Akane's thought as she stared up at the worried face of the woman.
A good Samaritan in the crowd called out, "That's Akane Tendo! I know where she lives, here let me help you get her home."
And with that Ranma and the unnamed shopkeeper pulled Akane to her feet, with only a "owie" from the girl, and they then half carried, half walked the girl home with the mans directions.
The panda was conveniently left behind.
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"Hello! Anyone home?!" a womans voice called into the house from the front door.
Kasumi was the first to get to the door, and there she saw her sister being helped inside by a strange woman, it was obvious that Akane was hurt.
"Oh my, Akane, what happened?" Kasumi asked, very concerened as she rushed to help her sister and the unknown woman.
"Ah, Kasumi, I was stupid and got into this lady's fight, and then a panda clocked me from behind!" Akane whined, then winced as the woman and Kasumi helped Akane sit down in the tea room.
"A panda? How odd." was Kasumi's questioning comment.
"Akane, it's no big deal, I said so earlier, ya' gotta' stop beatin' on yoursef, I'm just glad that you're alright. The ol' man is really strong, he musta' pulled the hit at tha' last second." the woman said, and Kasumi internally winced at the womans rough speech.
Nabiki had in the meantime just come down the stairs still struggling to tie the obi to her kimono, and see what was going on.
Soun Tendo had also just come into the room, and approached the woman, and said, "Thank you miss for helping my daughter home safely. If there's anything I could do for you miss..." he trailed off waiting for her to introduce herself. Of course his eyes also darted down to her cleavage several times.
The woman gave a bit of a throaty laugh, scratched the back of her neck and said, "I'm Ranma Saotome, sorry 'bout that."
Soun thought back to the post card he'd received earlier, 'bringing Ranma from China, Genma.' then he thought, 'She must be Genma's new wife...' before Soun's world went dark.
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AN: Thanks to TerraBull for Ranma's wardrobe ideas, sort of a Tsunade look.
Thanks to Spokavriel and frice2000 both of fukufics for helping in the editing process of this chapter.
Also thanks to any and all reviewers and commentators.