An Aquatransexual's best friend
Warning: fanfiction is made by fans. It can not make sense at times. Read wisely.
Caution: Ranma ½ was made by Rumiko Takahashi and its anime is licensed by Viz media in North America. Now if only the anime could have been completed…
Notice: that this is an update. Writers block is evil. EVIL!
This fic is dedicated to Kris Leena: this chapter ended with what I showed her.
You have been warned…
Chapter 3: Getting to know each other.
No! Not like that! Pervert!
It was a while before Akane woke up again.
"Look who's awake," smiled Ukyo. "What happened to you?"
Akane shook the cobwebs out and glared at Ukyo. "It shouldn't matter that you aren't related to him by blood. YOU. GREW. UP. TOGETHER! It's sick! It's disgusting and wrong! Why are you still trying?"
"Fine. I don't care if the world sees it like that." Ukyo turned away. "I wouldn't even care if he was my brother biologically. I still love him," she sighed. "I know he doesn't feel the same way. He probably never will. Regardless, I still feel the same, you know? Maybe if I didn't, things could be different."
"My head is hurting again." Akane massaged her forehead.
"Maybe I just dwell too much on what I want. But if he changes his mind…" Ukyo turned around, smiling.
"You're a sicko." Akane clutched her stomach.
"But enough about that. Why don't you want to be near him?" Ukyo crossed her arms.
"I have nothing against Ranma. It's just… if anyone found out we're engaged…" Akane trailed off.
Ukyo sighed. "Does it matter? You don't want to marry him, he doesn't want to marry you, and I sure don't want you two to marry each other. Just keep that in mind and nothing else matters."
"Ukyo… I have a question. It might sound bad, but… um… do you have a social life?" Akane asked very quietly.
"What do you mean by that?" Ukyo narrowed her eyes.
Akane looked around the room. "Well… do you… um… How many friends do you have?"
"What does that have to do with- Oh… yeah… I see your point." Ukyo winced.
"So, if I'm around a boy, it can be so embarrassing. Not to mention how Kuno would react," Akane sighed.
Ukyo took a deep breath. "Well, at least get to know Ranma. We're going to be staying a while, and I need time away from him if I'm going to stay sane. It pains me to be with him, knowing it won't happen, ever. This whole engagement thing just put me down, you know?"
The blue-haired girl was unsure. "I guess I could try, but it's still risky."
"Hey, maybe you could help him too! Right now, he kinda thinks that you think that he's a freak. Last night didn't help." Ukyo put her hands on her hips.
It was Akane's turn to wince.
Ukyo rubbed her chin. "And then there's the fact that he isn't used to being a girl… Although what happened the day we arrived in Japan didn't help either."
"What happened then?" Akane asked.
"Um… you know that Ranma's body is completely female, right? That includes everything, especially hormones." Ukyo rubbed the back of her head nervously.
"What does that…" Akane's eyes went wide. "No… Even getting a period?"
"Yep… he flipped when that happened. I had to explain it to him. He's trying to be more 'manly' to make up for that whole 'turns into a girl' thing. Being around a girl who acts like a girl might help him. He doesn't like being a girl, and that's understandable, but it's hurting him inside. It also doesn't help that I'm the only girl he knows and I don't act like a girl. Maybe take him around town as a girl, help him be more comfortable. He really does need a friend," Ukyo requested.
Akane sighed and thought it over. She really was a bit harsh… and even he should deserve a chance. "I'll do it. What are you going to do?"
"Me? I'm going to think things over, figure out where I stand in life… that sort of thing." Ukyo shrugged. "Maybe check to see if there's a cheap place to open a restaurant soon."
"I still think you guys are all weird." Akane stood pat.
"Normal sucks, sugar." Ukyo smiled before leaving.
"A girl can be a pervert… What is going on in the world?" Akane shook her head in disbelief.
"I don't know what's gotten into Ucchan," Ranma sighed as she and Akane toured around the district.
"She wants us to be more friendly to each other," Akane answered. "I'm sorry that things went the way they did."
"Me too… Although why do I have to do this as a girl?" Ranma demanded.
"Being a girl isn't a bad thing!" Akane yelled.
"That's not the point!" Ranma groaned in frustration. "I'm not supposed to be a girl! It's not natural! I don't have anything against girls, I'm just not supposed to be one!"
"Well, you are one now," Akane noted.
"I'm not going to act like one, if that's what you want." Ranma put her foot down.
"I don't care about that," Akane replied truthfully. "There are things that you can do as a girl that a boy can't do."
"I know…" Ranma said darkly.
'That was worded wrong,' Akane thought as she remembered what Ukyo told her. "There are good things that girls can do."
"Like what?" Ranma asked. "I can't think of any place on the body that girls can be hit that's less painful than boys. I know, I tried it myself."
"Is everything to you about martial arts?" Akane wondered out loud.
"Yeah, so?" Ranma raised her eyebrow, confused at the question.
"There are things in life beyond that, you know." Akane shook her head.
"Most of that stuff seems boring, anyway. Pops said it was a waste of time and the only thing Ucchan thought mattered was cooking well," Ranma explained.
"I guessed as much. Your father is wrong, though," Akane pointed out.
Ranma shrugged. "It seems that way, what with Jusenkyo and all…"
*Growl* Ranma's stomach made its appearance.
"I know the perfect place…" Akane announced.
Ukyo sat under the bridge by the canal, throwing rocks into it.
The last few days were like opening up a sore wound. Ranma shot her offer down years ago, but now that it had mostly healed and they were getting on with their lives, her idiot of an adopted father went and engaged Ranma to some stranger.
Reality was setting in and she had to face it again.
Ukyo sighed and threw another rock, skipping it four times across the canal.
What saved this from being the end of the world was that it was an arranged marriage, one that the victims didn't like.
While Ukyo got over not being able to achieve her dream, she hadn't yet been able to accept that he would one day be with someone else.
'I'm just being a protective younger sister, that's all,' Ukyo realized as she continued to skip stones.
'They all do that, really. Whoever Ranma does fall in love with, I've got to make sure she's good enough.' She skipped a stone, it splashing four times yet again.
She chuckled at that. 'I'm more of an overprotective father than pops is.'
*Skip, skip, skip, splash* The stone sank.
'What if Dad lived? What if they just left and I was still with Dad? What would have happened then?' Ukyo pondered, flipping a rock in her hand. 'Would I still care for Ranma after he left with his father? Would I feel abandoned? I wonder…'
She stared at the rock, pondering her own thoughts. Twisting it over and over again, she wasn't looking at the details of it. 'Maybe Genma would have stolen my dad's cart and I would be vengeful… Would I try to track them down and get my revenge? Knowing him, he would steal the cart… Maybe I would just get over it, branching off into a new life far away from here… Maybe…'
In frustration on where the thoughts took her, she threw the rock at the other side of the bridge, shattering the stone on impact.
'I shouldn't think like that,' she mused. 'I can't focus on what ifs. I have to focus on what to do now.'
She threw her head back and let her breath out.
'If I sell okonomiyaki at school, I can afford to open a restaurant soon. That place nearby is extremely cheap for some reason. I could even buy the building and everything before too long.' Ukyo smiled. 'At least I have that….'
"Mphghp I haven't eaten a hamburger in years. *swallow* Why is there a place like this here, anyway?" Ranma asked as she ate her hamburger.
"I have no idea, but it's nice," answered Akane. "Nabiki likes their potato chips…"
"You don't say…" Ranma ate. "I… err… I just want to say… thanks for the food… Yeah."
"You're welcome," Akane stated, looking at Ranma closely as the redhead ate. "I'm sorry we got off on the wrong foot…"
"Well, I am too… It could be worse, though… Good thing Ukyo was there to keep you from walking in on me." Ranma smiled.
Akane laughed. "That would be bad, yeah… Ranma… what you said earlier… I don't want to make you be a girl. It's just… I don't want you to think it's bad… you know?"
"I guess… Just don't expect me to like it. I'm a guy, no matter what I look like."
"That's what I'm afraid of!" Akane exclaimed. "Turning into a girl… Don't… don't you have any plans to exploit that… at school?"
"Huh? No. Why?" Ranma raised an eyebrow.
"I don't want trouble there… I… *sigh* It's hard to trust a boy who can turn into a girl… What if… you use it… for… other reasons?" Akane fidgeted.
"No… Like what?" Ranma tilted her head in confusion.
Akane growled. "The girls' locker room!"
"Why would that be… oh…" Ranma looked at herself. "Look, I'm not going to, alright?"
"And how do I know that? Every boy I know would kill to be able to turn into a girl JUST to go into our locker room!" Akane tried to calm her breathing.
"I'm not other boys, Akane," Ranma stated simply.
"Prove it," Akane challenged.
"How?" Ranma threw her arms in the air.
"I don't know!" Akane admitted. "I'll try not to judge you, but… just watch your urges!"
Ranma rolled her eyes. "Keep being paranoid, Akane, why don't ya?"
"It's just… I… ARGGG!" Akane screamed in frustration.
"You know, there is one good thing about being a girl, I guess…" Ranma drawled out.
"What?" Akane was shocked.
"They gave me an extra burger…" Ranma scratched her head in happy confusion.
Author's notes: Unfortunately, despite all the trying, this took a long, long time to write. Then Kris Leena died. I… I couldn't write anymore for this chapter. And due to the nature of the only one that I, Noy get to speak my mind, I decided to just end the chapter here… it was as far as I showed her before she passed away. This was my first fanfic and it is only here because I asked Kris Leena to look over it in December 2010. She laughed and corrected a few things, therefore giving me enough confidence to post it here. I eventually convinced her to get an account so that she could read other people's fanfiction and that I could thank her easier. Unfortunately, this fic has problems due to my plans with it, being way too much for me at the time. As it is I'm still working on fixing the problems for the future. Hopefully, though, I will be able to get back on track and finish this. The ideas are there, but to make it work logically, I have to figure out how to connect them right. I've learned from this fic and the other AU fics are written as I go along, not trying to stay as close to canon as this one is trying to. With Kris Leena's death, I'm more motivated to finish this as she told me not to waste any talent that I have in writing. I WILL finish this fic eventually. Sorry for taking so long between updates and sorry for spewing like this. I just had to get it off my chest.