The title of this means literally. "Genma is a sock puppet!" I'd
have explained this sooner, but it would have ruined the surprise of
the first part. ^_^

The second part is very short. There is an explination on why at the end. Enjoy the insanity anyway though. ^_^

Genma Ga Kutsushita Guujin Desu!

Part 2

Akane hates laundry!

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Ranma Saotome was sitting by himself with his puppet looking at
him. "School?"

"Yes, we are going to be staying a while," said Genma as he
nodded. Which was little more than Ranma moving his hand up and down,
but why nit-pick?

Nabiki poked her head around the corner and frowned at the boy.
"Shit. He's still here..."

"What?" muttered Akane irritably from behind her. "What's he
doing?"

"Talking too himself about going to school," grumbled Nabiki.

"Oh no!" whispered Akane as she paled.

"I know, we've got to stop this!" agreed Nabiki.

"What do you mean you know? You're not engaged to him!"

"Well you should have let him walk out last night!" said the older
girl as she frowned at her sister.

"Sorry," muttered Akane sheepishly.

Nabiki walked across the open door as if she hadn't been listening
too the conversation. "Hey Ranma, there's a high school nearby that
might take you."

The boy looked up at her and blinked. "Huh?"

"It's in Juuban, not too far away. You can just take the train.
They don't even have entrance exams!" The girl looked quite pleased
with herself.

"That's all right Nabiki. I took the liberty of enrolling my son
at Furinkan. He'll be going with you."

Akane burst around the corner. "What?!"

"Well, it only makes sense, you are engaged after all," said Genma
calmly.

"We are not engaged!" chorused Ranma and Akane angrily.

"How the hell did you manage to pull that off?" said Nabiki as she
frowned at the sock.

++++++++++++++++

Vice Principal Dunbar blinked at the boy who had walked into his
office with a sock puppet on his arm. "Can I help you?"

"Yes, I'd like to enroll my son in school." The boy's lips never
moved, in fact, he seemed like he was sleeping. A thin line of drool
was dripping from the corner of his mouth.

"Um. Son?" muttered the man.

"Yes, his name is Ranma Saotome. These are his records," said the
sock calmly as he pulled out a thick folder from the boy's shirt.

"Um, yes," muttered the man dumbly.

"Excuse me," said Genma as he stopped long enough to scratch his
son's crotch. He then turned to look at the man again.

"When will he be attending?" muttered the man. He wasn't quite
sure what else to say.

"He should start at the beginning of the week. We'll be staying
with an old friend of mine. I believe his daughters attend here. His
name is Soun Tendo."

"Yes," said the man as he accepted the folder and stared at it for
a minute.

The boy and his sock left the room quietly while he sat there
staring at the records.

The man blinked several times and then turned to a small bottle of
scotch that rested on the corner of his desk. He opened the drawer
below it and slid it inside off of his desk. After that he hung his
head and cried. "I hate my life."

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"Well, good luck Akane!" said Nabiki as she dashed away from the
scene.

"Wait! I'll go with you!" cried the younger girl desperately.

"He's your fiancee, you take him," replied the girl as she quickly
rounded the corner at a full sprint.

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Ranma walked behind Akane along the top of the fence. Neither
looked particularly interested in each other as they walked along.

"We're not getting married you know," growled the girl.

"Tell me about it," was his reply.

"So don't hang around me in school" snapped Akane.

"Don't worry! I can't stand macho chicks like you!" retorted
Ranma.

Akane hefted her bag to throw it at him.

Ranma promptly solved her problem by himself. His sock slammed
into the back of his head, she hadn't even seen him put it on. "Pop!
What the heck are you..."

Genma interrupted. "You're in no position to be picky about women!
Listen here boy, I'll tell you only once!"

Ranma promptly swept his own feet out from under him and crashed
into the canal.

She grinned at the sock and switched it for the panda form sock.
"What's wrong pop? Weren't you gonna say somethin?"

The sock growled as the girl jumped back onto the sidewalk. The
pair fought for a moment and Ranma landed in front of an old woman
emptying out a bucket of water over her doorstep.

The frail old woman looked up and blinked a she found herself face
to face with a black and white object that stared at her dumbly.

"GAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!" She backed away with her hand over her heart
and quickly rushed into her home.

Ranma wasn't sure why, but she felt oddly satisfied by this event.
She did stop to look down at herself and realized that she was
currently female. "Crap."

"You dope! What did you think would happen?" snapped Akane.

"Humph. Pop must have splashed me when I had my guard down," said
the redhead.

Akane pulled at her hair in frustration.

"I think I'll go take a bath," said Ranma as she turned back
towards the way they had come from.

"You'll be...lat..." Akane realized what she was saying and
stopped. "Okay. I'll see you later then."

Ranma frowned. "You're right, I'll be late. I don't want to start
school as a girl though!"

"Good point, just go home and take a bath. Isn't there a spring or
something in China that will cure you?" asked the girl as she offered
him a small frown.

"All you need is hot water?" said a familiar voice from behind
them.

Akane felt the hairs on the back of her neck bristle suddenly. "Oh
no! Please no!"

"Huh?" Ranma turned around to find a friendly looking man in his
late twenties smiling at her.

"It's nice to meet you," said the man as he and the skeleton in
his grasp bowed deeply. "If you need hot water for something, just
come by my office. It's on the way."

Ranma blinked and nodded. "Hey. Thanks."

"Um, good morning, Dr. Tofu!" muttered Akane nervously.

Genma in his panda form appeared behind Akane's head. "Boy! Quit
stalling!"

The girl backhanded the offending sock and it vanished from sight
just as the doctor looked in that direction. "That's odd, I thought I
saw something there..."

"Huh? Oh, that's just my..."

Akane quickly covered the girl's mouth. "It's nothing."

The man blinked and started to walk towards his office with the
pair.

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After about a minute the trio arrived outside of the office. Tofu
looked at Akane and smiled. "Why don't you just wait here. I'll take
Ranma inside and get her that water."

The girl blushed and didn't really want to say yes, but couldn't
think of an excuse before the pair was gone.

++++++++++++++++++

Ten minutes went by and Akane frowned. "What's taking them so
long?" She began to grow nervous and glanced towards the door.
Finally, she sighed and walked inside.

"Ranma? Dr. Tofu?" The office was empty.

That was when she heard what sounded like Ranma crying. "What
the?"

She poked her head around the corner and found Tofu and Ranma
sitting across from each other. Ranma was bawling his eyes out, and
Tofu had a serious looking frown on his face.

"And sometimes Pop touches me! You know! There!" cried the
redhead.

"This is awful!" muttered the doctor as he looked thoughtful.
"Have you contacted the proper authorities?"

"They just laugh at me!"

"Hmmm. How does he touch you Ranma? Can you tell me about it?"

Akane was white as a sheet.

"Yeah. Sometimes I get an itch ya know. He just grabs me and
scratches it with his mouth!"

"His mouth?" muttered Tofu as his eyes widened.

"Yeah. Pop likes to use is mouth," sputtered Ranma through her
tears. "It feels weird!"

"I imagine so, for someone as young as you," muttered the man as
he nodded. "Very traumatizing. You must understand Ranma. What he's
doing is wrong! This has to be dealt with, or he'll probably keep
doing it too you. I can tell you don't like it, but..."

Ranma nodded as she wiped the tears off of her face. "Yeah."

Tofu frowned and stood up. "I think I've taken up enough of your
time. We should talk later, perhaps after school? It would be best if
we kept this from your father for now."

The redhead nodded and accepted the cup of hot water from the man.
She stood up and sniffled as she turned away and walked towards the
door.

+++++++++++++++++

Akane was standing outside the office as pale as a ghost. She
shivered at the thought of what she had heard. Maybe that was why
Ranma was the way he was? Could it be? A deep pang of sympathy went
out towards the boy as he emerged from the office as fresh as when
he'd gone in. He seemed much more cheerful as he dumped the water over
his head and changed. "Ah. That's better."

"Maybe that's why he's all alone? Maybe that's why he hates to be
a girl so much!" thought Akane in horror. "Could it be? Mr. Saotome is
really a pervert!?"

She followed after the boy in silence as he walked towards the
school.

As they grew nearer, she seemed to remember something. Her face
grew hard and she charged forward at full sprint. Ranma kept up easily
from behind her and stared rather dumbly at the scene. A large crowd
of boys was waiting at the school gate. The girl in front of him
dashed headlong into the mess and began to beat the living daylights
out of anyone who stood in her way.

"Um..."

Nabiki Tendo gasped as she sat the boy sitting on the wall
watching the scene. "No! He made it here?" She growled irritably and
leaned out the window. "Ranma! Maybe you should go home, I think
classes will be canceled because of injuries!"

The boy looked up at her and blinked. "What's going on?" He failed
to notice the weird looks everyone surrounding the girl were giving
her from her perch in the window.

Akane finished up her battle as the last of the male student's
fell from her path. "Honestly! Every morning! You'd think they'd have
learned by now!"

"Truly such a boorish lot," said a definitely masculine voice from
behind a nearby tree. "Evidently they each intend to take you out, on
the dawn that they finally defeat you!"

Akane caught a rose that was tossed to her and sighed. "Oh.
Upperclassman, good morning!"

The boy ignored her and smiled. "And now, might you spar with me?"
He held a wooden sword out and pointed it at her.

Ranma jumped down beside her and landed lightly. "Boy. You're
popular aren't you?"

"Who are you?" snapped Akane.

"What? You brought me here remember?" said Ranma in confusion.

"I don't want to be associated with you!" she growled under her
breath. "Get lost."

"Okay. Jeez," muttered the boy as he looked at the tall boy. The
older student had taken notice of him.

"Who are you boor? Aren't you being awfully familiar with Akane?"

"Huh? Yeah. Kinda," said Ranma as he thought about it for a
moment. "I'm..."

"Ah! Is it not the custom to give one's own name first? Fine then,
mine I shall give!" cried the boy loudly.

"Man, what a loon," muttered Ranma.

"Who are you to talk?" grumbled Akane sourly.

"I am Tatewaki Kuno! Captain of the Kendo club, undefeated new
star of the high school fencing world, the sound of my voice sends
fear into the hearts of my peers! They call me, the Blue Thunder of
Furinkan High!"

Nabiki and her friends were very interested in this new
development.

"Blue Thunder?"

"You heard that before?"

"News to me," responded Nabiki calmly. She was thinking it might
be kind of fun to watch Kuno pound the little weirdo.

"Okay. Well I'm staying at the Tendo Dojo..."

"What? Under the same roof as Akane? I shall not allow it!" cried
Kuno as he slashed at the boy with his bokken.

Ranma jumped into a flip and avoided the strike. He took off his
bag as he went and landed in a combat stance. "I am Ranma Saotome, of
the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts! I accept your challenge!"

The pair collided in battle, Ranma clearly showing the superior
skill. Finally, it all came down to a single blow. The sky overhead
rumbled angrily as the gentle rain showered down on the two
combatants. Ranma's fingers touched Kuno's forehead, and the Kendoist
was slashing in a missed strike that passed by the boy's neck.

The students gasped in awe as Ranma's feet hit the ground. He felt
the rain touching his skin and the feeling of the change grew
stronger.

Quickly, he pulled Genma onto his arm and it lashed out, taking
Kuno in the chest hard. A red and black blur shot towards the building
and into a storage shed.

The students were dumbfounded.

"Was that a sock puppet?"

"I dunno, but whatever it was, it was really good!"

The boy who said that was promptly smacked by all surrounding him.

"Ouch! Hey!"

Akane merely stood in the rain, staring at the scene in a sort of
shocked stupor. "I...my life is over!" She rushed after Ranma and his
puppet, following them into the storage closet.

"Damn! If it hadn't rained, I'd have nailed that moron with
one..."

"I wouldn't be so sure," said Akane as she opened the window and
climbed inside the room with them.

"Huh?" muttered Ranma dumbly. Genma was currently holding a kettle
in his mouth, and was apparently in his panda form.

"I mean your throat," replied Akane as she pointed at the bruise
that had formed there.

"Wow. He didn't even touch me!"

"If he had, you'd be breathing through your neck now. A pretty
even match don't you think?"

"Oh, I don't know about that."

Akane stared at the boy for a moment and realized that he was
scratching himself with his sock puppet. She got a revolted look on
her face and gasped.

"Pop! You animal! In front of Akane no less! I told ya ta quit
doin that ta me!"

The girl blinked at this. "Huh?"

"Well if I don't, you'll just have to itch then!" said Genma's
sign.

"Fine!" snapped Ranma angrily.

Akane promptly fell off her perch in the window and onto the
floor.

+++++++++++++++++

Kuno looked at the markings on his forehead with a small mirror
and frowned. "Hmmm..."

"And you don't remember him even touching you?" said Nabiki with
her eyebrow arched a little.

"Hmmm. I thought Ranma Saotome was good, but I shall never forget
this offense of the sock puppet!" declared Kuno angrily.

"He wrote that you're an idiot on your forehead and all you're
worried about is that he hit you with a sock puppet?" said Nabiki as
she frowned at the boy. "Boy, you really are an idiot."

"You realize that I hate you," grumbled Kuno.

"He spelled it wrong too," commented Nabiki.

Kuno just sat there and pouted. "Ranma Saotome, I shall have my
revenge!"

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TBC...

I cut it off here, because I realized that the rest of the Kuno
arc would be largely unchanged from this point on. Genma has no real
impact on the story, or even an appearance after this. So, I shall
move on and skip a bit. Next time We'll start up with Tofu and
Kasumi's story, and then go on to Ryoga. I've got a special surprise
in store for you with that one. The next chapter should be
considerably larger as well. So, until then, read Gaijin or something.
^_^