Notes to loyal Readers;
I was Born in California, So While is English is not my first Language, American is. To Quote "The Amercians have not spoken English for Years" I do have a weird grammer base, I am sorry, but it has to do with how I was taught to write, as well as mental issuses.
new words and names;
Higimu; Hi -Flame and Gimu - Duty (obligation) for Flame of Duty. Not to be confused with but simular to Hogimu which can mean Fire of Duty.
Nakushita Aijin which translates as lost( no longer possessed (held/owned or under demonic control) or found) lover (Mistress). I am trying for a school that fights for Higher ideals then just to be the best of the best.
New Master of the Art
Just home from China. Ranma was in his room, looking at the heavy bundle that Prince Herb had handed him.
"Take this with you. I was unable to unlock its secrets, but something tells me you might be able to. I have also included what I could of my Line's Art." He lashed out with a palm-blade, slashing Ranma's hand. He then slashed his own. "So I can call you Brother, in more ways then one." he clasped the bleeding palms together, "I still need a wife of my own, Let me know if being a man gets to being too much for you." He laughed and walked off.
In the bundle was a massive locked Tome. The Covers were a metal forged stronger then steel, purer then silver, and harder then diamond. The lock was Chi based. it popped at the touch of Ranma's hand, but slammed shut if he ever removed his hand.
The works within were skills and styles that pushed his mind to the limit. It explained the theory of Chi and Ki weapons, like Akane's Hammers, and other Items like Genma's signs in panda form. Not everyone was able to pull them off, as they were a limited Skill, and would limit users further growth. As Ranma's was beyond the Cap as for using Chi and Ki when he was introduced to the basic skills of Forming Weapons and Items, that the Knowledge was now Forbidden to him. But it spoke of another option.
It explained the hidden weapon Art, and that he could use it, but that using it would drain his reserves, and limit any offensive abilities. It Explained how Mouse could hold so much, but what it cost him. How Shampoo was so good, but with her using it to hold her bonbori, how she had yet to release a chi blast.
It showed a Cloaking ability that was similar to Genma's, but where Genma could only disappear, Ranma's would be able to phase through solid matter.
It showed Chi/Ki being used to reenforce normal items to make them stronger, sharper, or what ever was needed.
Then Ranma's found Chi Weapons and Ki Weapons.
Flipping back to the front of the book, there was an Explanation of how Chi was ying to Ki's yang. Like Coke to Pepsi, was the best way for him to understand it. Now a Ki sword would shatter on a Chi Blade, so would a Chi blade when hit a Ki Sword.
Ranma's was thinking deeply on the Knowledge he had of his Art when he walked out of the Furo that morning, that he missed panda-Genma sneaking up behind him and smash him over the head with a Sign.
He awoke in a tux, standing next to Akane in her beautiful White dress...
Then the Stone Wall imploded...
Three days later, Akane Backhands him up over the town. He lands outside of Ukyo's restaurant.
Seeing him landing lightly as only he can, she preforms a flying glomp that would make her rivals jealous.
"I am so sorry, Ra-chan. I do not know what came over me." sobbed a distraught Ukyo as she latched onto him. " I heard from Nabiki that you were..." The rest was muffled into his shirt, and choked by her sobs, but Ranma's knew enough.
Nabiki had a hand in the fire works that was his life this last week. Other pieces fell into place, and a bigger picture began to take shape. And with it a plan to reclaim his life, his mind and his Art. But first he needed to know where she fitted into the whole thing.
When Ukyo had cried herself out, and fallen asleep, he passed her to the only one who loved more then he did. "Take care of her. I will be changing a few things when I return. Tell Her that she is my Friend first and foremost."
The pretty male nodded and bowed to Ranma, before carrying his mistress up to her bedroom and tucking her in.
Ranma's returned to the Dojo, Employing his Father's gifts. Landing cloaked on the Wall next the gate, he scanned the chi readings of those in the Dojo;
Kasumi was in the kitchen,
Soun and 'Fat Bastard' were on the Back porch,
Akane was in the Dojo, and by the sound, smashing more blocks into sand.
Nodoka was...With Kasumi. The Sword was what he finally noticed. Other then that Mom read like Kasumi when in the kitchen.
Entering the House like a ninja, Ranma's dropped his 'cloak' and stepped to the door to the kitchen. "Hey Kasumi. Mom, I need to speak to you both up stairs please. It will only take a few minutes."
It had been three days since the Wedding.
It was costing her more then she got from selling the info to the 'Crashers'. The Damage to the Dojo alone swallowed every yen she had swindled out of everyone. But then there was the Damage to the Stone wall, the House itself still needed minor repairs, and then the bribes to keep the neighbors from filing complaints.
Then her network was in a slump. Ranma had just returned from China, with Akane. The Amazons were walking on Eggshells around Ranma. Shampoo, was her normally bubbly self, but she would flinch when Ranma made a sudden move. Mouse showed for the Free-for-all, but did not attack Ranma. All he did was stand on the remaining wall and watch Ranma get attacked.
Nabiki was walking home from talking to Cologne about what happened in China.
flashback an hour
"Hello, Welcome to the Neko Hatten. How many today?"
"Mouse, I am over here." she turned him to face the door. "I just wanted a bite and to talk to the Elder." She plucked a menu from his hand. "I will be at my usual table. A Jolt Cola please. " She swept past him.
"Niho. Shampoo want new pictures of Ranma. Camera-Boss have?"
"Nothing new Shampoo, but I should have some of the older ones. Get me a spicy shrimp noodle with a wedge of lemon and lime. I will dig out my stock of pictures. You can have your choice of three for the meal."
"Five. Granny raised price of Spicy Shrimp."
"Done" Shampoo bounced away, much to the joy of the few salarymen sipping their tea.
"That was too easy." a voice at her elbow. The ancient Keeper of Mysteries climbed into a chair across from Nabiki, "Thought you would be avoiding us for a bit. From the damage my charges did to the Dojo, to any feelings of betrayal over the whole affair. "
"I am here for a few things. Biggest is the Question; What happened in China?" Nabiki pulled out a folder of pictures and set them aside. "Ranma is a bit up-tight, you are cautious around him, and Shampoo jumps every time he sneezes. Something big happened, but nobody is talking"
"I am sorry child. I am sworn by the council not to reveal what happened that day. All I can say is that I was correct to want Ranma for Shampoo, and wrong to follow the path We took trying to claim him for our Line." The Elder hoped on her stick and pogoed out of the room.
"Here Spicy Shrimp with wedge of lemon and lime."
"Thank you, Here is your bill for the Repairs to the Wall of the Compound, Dojo, and Kasumi's garden." Nabiki handed a detailed list to the perky purple haired gal, "Page four is my offered payment plan. and because I am feeling nice, Take six of your choice," the folder was slid across the table, "Besides, the Soup is perfect."
Shampoo got twice what the meal was worth, but Nabiki was preoccupied with other issues then last quarter's pictures of Ranma.
'What Happened out there?' She wonder, 'Ryoga lit out of here Grumbling something about Ranma not coming back right. Ranma did not come back right, Akane is as getting out of control, and the Amazons are flinching when ever Ranma moves. He is not even eating as much..' her train of thought drifts as She sees Ranma walking towards her.
"Ah Ranma, Just the person I wanted to..."Nabiki, leaning back against a stone wall, tried to wrestle control of the encounter but was brought up short when Ranma slapped his hand against the wall, next to her head.
"Hello Nabiki." He was shaking with anger. The Wall behind her began to vibrate. It was like what Shampoo did to the Wall of the Compound, but where Shampoo would cause the wall to shake then explode in less then a second, this was taking longer and when it blew, it would take out half the Ward. "Care to guess what I learned to today?"
Looking him the eye, "My guess would be that I had something to do about the Wedding that did not happen."
"How could you do that? To Me? To Akane? To your Father?" The wall shifted in pitch, to match his voice.
She swallowed, "Three Answers; 1, You and Akane will not work. One of you will end up dead within five years. 2, The Money was needed. Just last month I pulled the Dojo out of debt, and I still need to pay for the rebuilding of your Mother's place. That was a big goof on my part. 3, There were matters that required you to be single for a bit longer." Nabiki did not even twitch, as the thoughts 'like I need you, You are mine, and I will only release you when you are no longer needed. 4, I love you, I want it to be me in the white dress next to you.'
Looking toward home, and with a grin, she found her voice again. "And in reverse order; Father has had more activity trying to get you hitched these last 18 months then in the last 9 years, combined. Akane, Where to start with that brat? I love her, but I fear it would be worse for her if she was married to you at this time. She will either kill you, cause you to kill her or to kill someone else we all care for."
Looking back at Ranma, "You. Until last year, you were little more then a drain on our resources. An Outsider. But you are like a fungus, and you grew on me. You spread your spores, seeped into every nook and cranny of my life. Where there was once a void, now there is a spark." her hand cupped his face. "You have become more the Champion of Tendo Dojo and those who live there. You even attempt to help out around the house with chores and money as needed. All you 'ask for' is a place to sleep and as much food as you can keep away from your Father."
"Good Answers." He backed away, but the wall was still humming, "I will return to talk to you in a week. I need to clear my head. Tell the others I am going on a training trip. Alone!" and embracing Genma's Cloak, vanished into thin air.
The wall hummed for another 5 minutes. it was an addition 3 before her legs would work.
When they were standing in Ranma's room, "Mom, I need to take a training trip. During the wedding, the others came close to hurting you and Kasumi. That can not be allowed to happen again. I am going alone. I am only telling you, as I find you should be the one to tell Pops and everybody. I love you, Mother, and I was not going to go anywhere without telling you."
Packing up his bag and sling it over his shoulder, he turned to Nodoka. "I need to speak to Nabiki before I leave, but do not expect me back before the end of next month." He kissed his mother on the cheek.
"How will you live?"
"I have a few yen, I can cook simple meals, and do not need much if it is just me. My training ground has a fishing hole."
She dug unto her sleeve, pulling a small wad of large yen notes out. "Here. Take this."
"No need Mother, but I might be needing a loan when I return. "
Turning to Kasumi, he took her hands. "Be happy, Sister. I need you to distract Pops while you can, but do not let it hinder you in your pursuit of happiness." He kissed her on the check. "Got to go, or I will miss Nabiki."
twenty minutes later...
His head snapped up. Hearing a voice, the voice of his Target.
"Just the person I wanted to..." Nabiki, leaning back against a stone wall, tried to wrestle control of the encounter...
He got tunnel vision, more like scope vision, with a red cross hair centered on her pouty lips, her button noise, her...
'Get a handle big guy, this yummy number just sold you and your future to the highest bidder!'
Ranma's slapped his hand against the wall, next to her head, focusing Chi into the wall in a version of breaking point. "Hello Nabiki." He was shaking with anger. The Wall behind her began to vibrate. It was like what Shampoo did to the Wall of the Compound, but where Shampoo would cause the wall to shake then explode in less then a second, this was taking longer and when it blew, it would take out half the Ward. "Care to guess what I learned to today?"
Looking me the eye, "My guess would be that I had something to do about the Wedding that did not happen."
"How could you do that? To Me? To Akane? To your Father?" The wall shifted in pitch.
"Three Answers; 1, You and Akane will not work. One of you will end up dead within five years. 2, The Money is needed. Just last month I pulled the Dojo out of debt, and I still need to pay for the rebuilding of your Mother's place. That was a big goof on my part. 3, There were matters that required you to be single for a bit longer." Nabiki did not even twitch.
She Looked toward home, and with a grin "And in reverse order; Father has had more activity trying to get you hitched these last 18 months then in the last 9 years, combined."
'Him and Pops really pulled out all the stops and then some.' Ranma's worked hard to keep his face from showing his thoughts.
"Akane, Where to start with that brat? I love her, but I fear it would be worse for her if she was married to you at this time. She will either kill you, cause you to kill her or to kill someone else we all care for." Nabiki's voice had a sad catch.
'At least it would be an end to this mess' Ranma wanted to turn away.
Looking back at Ranma, "You. Until last year you were little more then a drain on our resources. An Outsider. But you are like a fungus, and you grew on me. You spread your spores, seeped into every nook and cranny of my life. Where there was once a void, now there is a spark. You have become the Champion of Tendo Dojo and those who live there. You even attempt to help out around the house with chores and money as needed. All you 'ask for' is a place to sleep and as much food as you can keep away from your Father."
'That was unexpected, but I can see the truth in her eyes. I need to think about a few things.' "Good Answers." He backed away, but the wall was still humming, "I will return to talk to you in a week. I need to clear my head. Tell the others, I am going on a training trip. Alone!" and embracing Genma's Cloak, he vanished into thin air and ran for it.
one week plus after wedding;
Nabiki looked over the repair crews who were working about the Dojo.
Kuno and his sister were the only ones who would not pay their share of bills, that was until all Ranma centric activities were denied them, and they payed up , granted Nabiki was charging them double, but hey, that was SKOP(standard Kuno operating procedure).
Everything would be done by sundown. Ranma was due back about that same time if only to talk to her. It was something she was both fearing and anticipating. what would he say to her, do to her, her network, her way of life.
The fathers were off on a bar crawl. Akane was at a sleep over. Nodoka was home, it was rebuilt over this last week. Kasumi was out shopping.
she continued to pace...
He landed lightly on the Compound wall. He was still using his father's cloaking ability as it was a mastered skill. He had not worked the kinks out of the new cloak, he kept shifting through objects he did not to and blowing up things he was try to pass through.
There she was; in her short shorts mini tee. 'Kami, does she know what she does to your standard oversexed male?' Duisuki was a pervert, but at times Ranma's thoughts were more ranged then his friends, but then Ranma knew what the human body could do, how far it could be stretched...
Shaking his head to recenter his thoughts, Ranma noticed that the place was empty. Dropping to the ground he entered the house and dropped his shoes and pack.
"Hey Nabiki. How about some Tea?"
'Oh how cutely she squeals and jumps.' he grins
Sipping her tea, she waited for Ranma to speak.
He seemed normal, but then that is as normal as Ranma got, he rarely looked pissed, afraid or anything other hungry. bored, often. annoyed, most mornings. but now he was calm. and as his possible target, that scared her.
She knew what he could do to the flesh of others. she knew her flesh would not survive should he...
"how much did you make on this one?"
The question surprised her. "Including what it cost to rebuild your mother's place, I just broke even."
"No, you did not. You have yet to pay me off. " he locked eyes with her. "Once a week you take Ranko out for Ice Cream. Your choice of place, you buy what she wants. You will share your week with her, as she will share ours."
'Pay him off? oh, he wants spend more time with me?'
Looking about the yard, "This will not stand. The Dojo is to become a holy place. A place that I can be at rest from those who are not of the Dojo. You will pay for my treats, you will keep those from outside, outside those gates. I will help where and when I can."
'Holy? oh he just wants to not be on guard all the time. It should cut down on the repair bills around here.'
He looked into his tea. "I will pose for tasteful shots. Both forms. All money from the pictures goes to the Dojo. When I am finished with my trip, Once a week, not on our night, I will consent to a date from the others." he looked her in the Eye. "Make them pay. I will even consent to a Date with Kuno, but at triple the rates of the girls."
That perked her interest. 'Who gets to say what is tasteful? can I keep the trashy shots for my collection?..Date? ...Pay? Kuno? okay what is going on here?' she frowned, "Why?"
"All for the Dojo. If any attack the Dojo, they lose the right to date me for three months. Tell Shampoo that if Mouse attacks within this Dojo, it will cost her the right to date me. Same for Ukyo and her posse. The Dojo will become a safe haven, or else."
'That tone is the same he used when he went to rescue Akane.' she licked her lips, "Not that I am doubting that you can or will back that choice, I am wondering how."
Ranma held up his hand. a rod of energy flickered into the visual spectrum. "a Ki blade, like those lightsabers from that 'je-di' movie. I should be able to create any weapon, but this all I can do at this time. " the blade flicked and broke. "and not for long. yet."
"Like Akane's mallets?" it slipped out...
"No, the way I understand it, she is using Ki or chi to create a normal wooden mallet. That skill limits growth in the more powerful Ki and chi arts. It has to do with the mind set and mood set of the creator. It is an advanced attack, but until she unlearns it, she will not be able to learn new skills. My theory is that she wanted a weapon to hurt someone, and her subconscious formed the mallet for her. It is similar to the Panda's signs, but he is doing it only in panda form. at least so far. "
"Okay, Weekly treats and talks with Ranko, make the Dojo off limits to attacks. Does that include dropping by with food?"
"Unless they bring enough for the whole house hold, yes. But they will get the Chance to lavish their style of affection on me on their date. But they will 'pay' for the dates."
"Okay, set up dating time table. Can I include girls from school? how about guys?"
Ranma looked into his tea. "Girls from outside our circle may bid for a separate night, and any who attack us will lose their chances. It will be my chance to be out of the Chaos. Guys are the same as Kuno, and they sign a waver stating that they understand that if they touch Ranko improperly, they will pay in pain."
'broader pool, less profits' Nabiki's nose twitched like a rabbit
Ranma looked up. "One more thing. Drop Ryoga. I can't say anything, and I'm not asking you to, but no more covering for him."
"Okay, Weekly treats and talks with Ranko, make the Dojo off limits to attacks, set up dating time table, burn the pig. Anything else?"
"Not right now. it might change when I return. I have to finish my training. I only returned to have this talk with you." Ranma finished his tea.
She stood as he did, and padded after him 'love looking at the butt,' the thoughts slipped through her mind.
He slid into his shoes and pack, turned and pulled her into him and kissed her deeply. At first she thought it was a dream and let her self go with the flow. but he then as released her and vanished, Kasumi opened the front door.
"Ah, Nabiki, is there a problem?"
"Wha? Oh Kasumi, no there is not a problem. Just thinking of Ranma." and she staggered up to her room to lie down. She would take care of the dating set up in the morning.
He made it out of town without anyone knowing he was there.
He rode a train, panda style, as in that he was on the roof. When he was a few miles out he jumped and made his way back up to his private training grounds.
his mind kept floating back to the kiss.
and from the kiss his mind would slide deeper into the possablities.
2 monthes later.
Just back from his training trip.
Tendo School of Anything Goes
Those words were a big issue in his life.
There were a few things he found comforting behind them.
Then there was the Rest.
He then looked at the second sign nailed to the gate;
Challengers please use Side Gate.
Ranma frowned. Shrugged, and went around to the side gate.
He rang the smaller bell that hung there.
Nabiki opened the Gate. A frown found her pouty lips. "Ranma, Why are you ringing the bell at the Challenge Gate."
"I am challenging the Tendo Masters for their Sign and Dojo."
"How are you going to fight yourself?"
"I am not a Master of the Tendo School. I am a guest of the Dojo, nothing more. But I am expected to fill the post as Dojo Champion. I have had the thought that if I challenged the Masters Tendo, for their sign, their Dojo, Then I would be more then a guest, I would be the Master of the Dojo."
"So who would you be fighting?" Nabiki frown deepened, Ranma was planning something.
"The Masters Tendo. At this time that would be Soun and Akane. As this Challenge is to the Masters Tendo, Them Calling on Satome Ranma would forfeit the Match in my favor. I am willing to concede to a Handicap match of all Masters Tendo of the Physical Arts facing me at once." He grinned. "I will even allow Master Satome Genma to join them, provided he places his title as Master of the Satome School of Anything Goes. Should I win, I am the Master of this Dojo. The Tendo School, and if Genma tries to play, the Satome School of Anything Goes are without a dojo until they can reclaim it from me."
Ranma smikered at the mousy haired girl before him. "I will allow three days for them to practice their skills. This will also allow you to set up and run the betting pools. I also ask that you do not reveal the Challenger's Identity to the Dojo." He grined his cocky grin, "I would also ask for a cut of the Profits, considering that everybody who bets blindly will be betting on the Dojo, thinking that 'Ranma' will be fighting on their side. And that the Challenger is some unknown,"
"Twenty percent after Expenses." Nabiki lost her frown.
"Done" Ranma dug into a pocket. "30,000 yen on the Challenger, at house odds."
"Betting and profits?" Nabiki frowned again.
"You did not say that I could not bet. Besides, this means I have 30,000 and One reasons to win," Ranma flashed his cocky grin, 'well maybe 30,000 and two.'
He closed the gate, and then jumped the Fence.
Nabiki raised an Eyebrow.
"I couldn't enter by the gate. The Challenge is still three days away." He then entered the house, ignoring the Fathers. He kissed Kasumi on the cheek, before heading for the Furo where he lounged until Kasumi called him for dinner.
Nabiki walked into the Large room. A deep frown on her face as she held a heavy wad of yen in her hand.
"Who was at the Challenge Gate, Imoto-chan?" Kasumi called from the Kitchen.
"A new Challenger. He Challenged the Masters Tendo for the Sign and the Dojo. It is to take place in three days. He is even betting rather heavily on himself. "
"That is okay." Soun spoke from his game of Magic the Gathering. "Ranma will make short work of him."
"That is just it, Father. The Challenge was addressed to the Masters Tendo. If Ranma is called upon as Champion, the Challenge is Forfeited to the Challenger. He has declined to give his Name, or to Name his School." Nabiki grinned at her Father, "He has allowed that both practitioners of the Tendo School of Anything Goes may face him two on one. He has further stated that one Satome Genma may Assist the Masters Tendo, if he is willing to Risk his Title of Master of the Satome School of Anything Goes, in a three on one match."
Looking at Kasumi, who had entered the room to set the table for dinner, "The Match is to take place in three days. I just hope I can get enough bets to cover his wager; 30,000 yen. If he wins at this point, he will own the Dojo, Challenge or not. How long until dinner?"
"You got about ten minutes." Kasumi frowned, looking at Panda-Genma. "Fifteen if Mr. Satome wants to eat with us. No pets will be allowed at the Table."
Panda-Genma froze. Debating losing the game to Soun, or rushing to the furo to clean up for dinner.
Dinner won out.
Leaving Soun to pick up the cards.
Nabiki made her way to her room.
She made three calls. All the same. "Hey, new Challenger for the Dojo. Set odds at 3:1 for one on one, name your campion, 5:1 for two on one, name your champions, 7:1 for three on one. Ranma not allowed as a champion, as he will cause Dojo to forfeit. If they still want to bet on Ranma, take names and bets as side-bets. We all know Ranma will fight to protect Akane from an over aggressive Challenger. Challenger is yet unnamed."
She hung up before the girls could say anything. Excluding Ranma as Champion would cause the thinkers to bet on the two on one or three on one, the rash betters would bet across the board, hoping to cover all odds, and only those who disliked Ranma would bet on the challenger.
She thought of calling the Amazons and Ukyo, but decided that was a Non-Ranma issue and so they could hear about it from the network. After all Ranma had asked for her not to declare that he was the Challenger. Besides, she could call tomorrow to allow the girls know that Ranma was back in town.
This could be very profitable if she put the right spin on it.
'Maybe ask Ranma to show Akane a few tricks...'
the next morning...
The First she heard was when walking to the school grounds.
New Challenger for the Tendo Dojo.
odds as listed:
3:1 One on One ; Name Champion
5:1 Two on One ; Name Champions
7:1 Three on One
Champions as listed
Tendo Soun, Tendo Akane, Saotome Genma
She pulled her betting Money, and turning to her favorite bookie. "Why no Ranma?"
All the other betters froze. Ranma was the chosen Favorite.
The Bookie looked over her glasses at Ukyo, "The Challenger Had Stated that the Challenge was to the Masters of the Dojo, and only because he finds the Tendos so limited in their skills that he is even willing to allow Genma into the fight. It is only because Ranma has no title that he is not listed as a viable Champion."
Ukyo counted out 5,000 yen, "side bet; Ranma fights, but the Tendo's keep the sign." She hands over the cash, and takes her slip. Everyone around her pile their cash on the same bet. The Bookie just took it all down. Hopefully the Boss would think of something.
The First she heard of it was in Class.
"So Akane I hear you are in a Challenge in a couple of days." Some pervert of a guy called out.
"I hear you will have to fight this time, instead of hiding behind that Stud Ranma" A big nosed girl called out from the other side of the room.
She started to glow...
The First he heard of it, Some kids were talking about who would be so powerful as to Challenge the entire Tendo Dojo, Claiming that Ranma had no value other then that of a Wondering Monk.
He did his job, He reported it to the Elder and Xain Pu.
They decided they would be there to watch, and maybe drug Ranma...
He over heard some bookies talking about the Challenge, and so ran off to tell Master (whack-job) and Mistress (uses her own stash) Kuno …
Nabiki heard that some were asking for tickets to see the match. She first thought of the yen, she could get from the venders, ticket sells, and souvenirs...
'NO! This a Tendo Dojo Issue. They are lucky that they ARE ALLOWED to bet on this match. If We should Lose the Challenge, We could be Homeless by the end of the month.' Nabiki frowned. 'I might be able to keep Kasumi and myself off the street, but how far would Ranma Push this Master of the Dojo thing. He has been getting angrier since he returned from China and that Saffron issue. Then there was that wedding snafu, and the only reason Ranma did not hurt me was because It cost me more in the end to sweep this under the rug. Including his weekly Ice Cream trips.'
Looking at the member of her troupe, "No, there will be no spectators. Only outsiders will be the Amazons as the Elder will be asked to be the Judge. See to it for me. Please."
the Pack broke up.
As she entered the House, Kasumi handed her the Phone.
"Tendo Nabiki, How may I help you?"
"It is I who can help you. The Name of the Challenger is Higimu, of the Nakushita Aijin School. As is the custom of my School, I have no Family Name. I will take the Family Name of the one who 'finds me'"
"What is all this, New name, new school, new customs?" Nabiki looking about to see if anyone was listening.
"Just spicing up the Game. I am tried of being Ranma of the Saotome School, so I thought I would be 'Flame of Duty' of the 'Lost Lover' School for a bit. A rather unknown, whose almost unbeatable. His only Defeat was to a non combative Artist. Oh, I will need a Heavy Cloak with hood, And Help with a new wardrobe for the Fight. I was thinking that tonight, when we go for Ice Cream, We could do a little shopping. My treat this time... Manager."
Then the line went dead.
"Ah Kasumi, Tonight Ranma is needing my help with a project. We will be out late. Tell Father that I have had to run some Errands and have taken Ranma incase trouble tries to find me. Also tell them That they had better practice or We could be lose the Dojo. Akane Too." She turned and left, Ranma joining her at the corner.
Elder Cologne was Surprised to see a young runner from Nabiki. The Girl bowed after waiting calmly. "Elder, no doubt that you have heard of the Challenge to the Tendo Dojo. Tendo Nabiki has asked that you stand in judgement of the Challenge, so neither side can claim that the other has cheated. As it stands, you and your Charges are the only outsiders to witness the Challenge for the Dojo."
"Yes Child, I will be there." The Elder smiled.
The youngling bowed and left, her task completed.
This was going to be good.
In the Dojo
'Now They will see just how good I am. They have laughed at me and my skills. ' She thought as she powered her way kata after kata. 'Now they will have to admit that I am the best of the Female Teens if nothing else. If I Show that I am good enough, Elder Cologne might even teach me.'
She danced on.
The Fathers watched her.
"You know Tendo, that I am the Best of all three of us. If you sweet loving Wife had not passed, it would not have mattered, for you would still be in your prime, and would have gifted Akane with your skill."
"I know Saotome. I know. Our only chance of winning is if Ranma fights. And the Challenge states that Should Ranma fight, We forfeit." He hung is head.
Then both heads pop up, and splash Genma with cold tea. "No Ranma, but said nothing about Ranko!" both the thin man shouted and read the panda's sign.
three hours later...
Nabiki lounged in wicker chair on the third story balcony of a small eatery, known to a select few. Ranma had brought her here, back when they were first engaged. The fact that he had brought her here again spoke highly of what he thought of her.
Ranma was finishing a large bowl of rice, vegetables, and chicken. His third.
"So 'Higimu', What are your plans for the fight?" She looked into her tall glass of iced coffee, as he finished his bite, i.e.; his bowl.
"I am really tired of that 'uncute tomboy' and that fat bastard of a pig, I mean Panda, always hitting me and blaming me for every little thing." he set down the bowl and chopsticks, and looked her in the eye. "As the Master of My School, and it is mine as it no longer Pop's as I have advanced beyond him, I am free of the abuse they wish to inflict on me. All I have to do is enforce my will. I do not know the skills of your father's Art nor the old freak's, but I know more then they know, and use more then they use."
He leaned back. "I need to learn to care for a Dojo if I am to run a Dojo. I have the Basics of Repair, Rebuild, and even some Upgrade. I need to learn Money Managment, as well as Housekeeping. So I decided that for now, I will put a hold on my advancement in the Combative Arts, and learn from the two greatest masters in the Area. I will need a place to learn these Arts and I learn best in a Dojo."
He looked out towards China, as if he could see that far. "Have any of the others told you what happened in China?"
"Not the Whole Story." Her tone was calm, cool even. 'What is he up too?'
"I was forced to kill a man, a god even, to save Akane. Does she even say thank you? No. Then we get home, and there is the Wedding Snafu. Then She blames the whole thing on me, because 'those damn perverted hussies of mine' blow up the place, and then starts hammering me for picking on Ryoga, who Attacks me in the First Place." Ranma starts to glow a pale blue green. "And then Pops and Soun..."
Nabiki grabs up her glass of Water and flings it at Ranma. "Hi-chan, Relax."
"I am Breaking the Engagement with Akane." Ranko looked at Nabiki, "It falls to you to fulfill the oath our fathers made 'oh so long ago'. Kasumi is out of the running. I have called Mother, and asked her to join us for Ice Cream in," Ranko pulled out a pocket watch, popped it open, "3 minutes at our usual place." Standing she pulled out a wade of Yen and dropped it on the table.
Nabiki Stood slowly. 'I now have the sexiest plaything for a taxi, and She is mine should I want her. Do I want her?' She smiled. "Yes."
Ranma picked up the Bags, swept Nabiki into her arms, and jumped.
She had received a weird Phone Call; "Met me at the Snow Queen's Palace, eight tonight. It concerns Your Daughter's Happiness."
Then the line went dead.
'My Daughter? I do not have a Daughter...unless they mean Ranma and his girl form. '
She Arrived at 7:30, and after having a small snack and some tea, she saw Ranko land outside the door, carrying Nabiki in her arms with a bunch of bags.
She was not the only one to see Ranko land, The serving man behind the counter started filling the largest bowl he had with all the left over scrapings of Ice Cream. It was all the Ice-cream that they could not sell this week in those flavors, but could not throw out either. Then he topped it with Chocolate Ice Cream, and then hot fudge, sprinkles and a few cherries. His Buddy whipped up a fudge-mocha-cappa swirl, what ever that is, and they both carried their 'delights' to the Table where Redhead and her 'Friend' were joining another guest. "Hey Ranko, good to have you back. Missed you theese last two monthes."
Nodoka watched as the two guys swept away, "What was that about?"
"This place is where Nabiki and I come for free eats. We sit in a central table and smile cutely at the boy who buy us treats in the hopes that we might return the favor. It is all in good fun."
Nabiki took a sip of her smoothie "So you got the call, eh?'
"What was it about?" Nodoka's hands slipped below the table.
"First I must ask; have you heard of the Challenge to the Tendo Dojo?" At the older woman's shake of her head, "Father and Akane have been Challenged for the Dojo, not just the Sign, but the whole Place. Father has gotten very relaxed about who can Challenge and what terms. The Challenger tells me his Name is Higimu of the Lost Lover School of Anything Goes. He has no Family name for he is lost in the ways of Love. Until a Lover finds him, he is without Surname, but at the same time is not Ronin. "
"What has this to Do with my 'Daughter' and her Happiness?"
"The Challenge states clearly that it is for the Masters' Tendo and, if He is willing to surrender his title of master, Saotome Genma. If Ranma is to fight, the Match is forfeited, and father loses the Dojo."
"I need you to show up, Mother, and Claim that I am Saotome Ranko, and that Saotome Ranko is not of the Tendo Dojo." Ranma spoke, peering over her melting pile of sweetened goo. "No Doubt that Chichi-baka is thinking that I as Ranko can fight for him and Soun. I will also like you there to enforce the Rules when the Elder can not."
"You have yet to answer me."
"Mother." Ranma was suddenly male, "I am Higimu. I am tired of the Life I have been living for the last 2 years. Nabiki is my Intended, as I have thrown off Akane, and will not allow Kasumi to enter into the Game. When Higimu wins and Claims the Dojo, He will declare that Genma, Soun and Akane must leave. They may return in two to three Years and try to reclaim the Dojo. If they return before that time as anything other then students, They will face Saffron's fate."
"And your Happiness?"
Ranma was back to his female form, "That involves the time I spend with my Mother."
She grinned over the spoon in her mouth.
An: this is a rewrite/ cut and paste repost. Not that anything was wrong with the first posting, but I wanted to streamline the full body of the work.
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