Masaki Family Secrets...

Author: Daferge...

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Tenchi Muyo! is copyright by AIC/Pioneer Ltd...

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It is said that all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end...

And that even when you get to the end, there's a whole new beginning, waiting...

So, shall we go to our beginning and see how it all began?...

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Chapter 01... The Beginning...

( Some where... )

In a darkened room, a figure sat on a floating cushion, looking at the screen before them...

On the screen, showing a hillside overlooking the Prefecture of Okayama (Japan) landscape, an elderly male in priest robes stood, looking down at the new head stone in the family plot...

Much had happen in the past few years, but this was some thing that he had not foreseen...

The new stone before him read, 'Masaki Tenchi, Beloved Son and Grandson'...

The male, Katsuhito Masaki, a priest at the nearby Shinto shrine, was also a grandfather and this was his only male heir...

Sighing softly he softly clapped his hands...

After saying a short prayer, he turned and headed back to the shrine and his duties...

It had not been easy passing word of this to other family members, for most of them live a great distance away...

He hadn't heard back, yet, but he knew that there would be some that would taken the news harder than others...

But for some reason he thought he could hear some one giggle softly...

Smiling, he mumbled one word...

" Washu!... "

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The red-headed figure smiled too, for she owed this priest a great deal...

If every thing went as planned, she would have managed to repay some of it...

Thousands of years before, she had been a professor at the Galaxy Science Academy, doing all kinds of experiments and research...

But, although she was the greatest scientific genius in the universe, her people skills left much to be decided...

After the loss of not only her husband, but her only child, to his high classed family, she'd decided to create a child on her own, one in HER image, that NO ONE could take away from her again...

She got backing from the Juraian Military by telling them she was trying to create a SUPER SOLDIER, as they were at odds with a number of other Galaxy powers at that time, her husband's home world being one of them...

Of course, in the end, she would have to apologize, for even a great geniuses were known to fail...

But she would have her child, a daughter this time, to help her in her lab and with her research...

And so she had started, taking one of her eggs and combining it with cells from a power creature called the masu, she grew her 'child' in a test tube, a LARGE test tube, with the help of her two assistants, Kagato and Yakage...

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While stimulating Ryoko's growth as much as possible, Washu also created a female companion for her, that she called Ryo-Ohki, a cross between a small creature and a star-ship...

However, after creating a second male Cabbit Ken-Ohki ( for the female Ryo-Ohki ) and while Yakage was away on personal business, kagato managed to sedate a tired Washu and imprison her aboard his secret ship, the Soja...

Law enforcement were closing in on him for his criminal activities, drug dealing, arms sales, etc, for funds he used to build the Soja and other devices...

He had been using Professor Washu's private files to develop new drugs, as well as weapons...

He also sold minor weapons ( ones better than what was available at the time ) and made lots of money, but had kept the really advanced ones for the Soja...

He also stolen the container the child was in and even little Ryo-Ohki, whom he implanted a control device in...

Having access to Washu's research, he was well aware of the mental connection she would have with the child and decided to use it against her...

He placed her within a giant crystal created of a very special mineral that was able to increase the connection between the two...

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At first it was nothing, BUT, after the child was full grown and removed from the tube, Kagato embedded the three unusual power gems as Washu had originally included for the project...

Without the gems, Ryoko would have still been a powerful 'solder', but NOT the 'super' solder that she'd promised...

" Oh, well... Maybe next Time!... "

Or so Washu had planned to say...

However Kagato had other ideas...

Kagato had come to the conclusion that Fear and Terror were the quicker way towards his goals...

And by embedding the gems, Kagato accomplished a number of things, the first being that HE would be the one with a 'super' soldier/slave...

For he had managed to modify the three special gems, so he was able to mentally take over her body and force her to do his bidding, if she refused to do what he wanted...

To make it worst, Ryoko could see every thing she was being forced to do, completely helpless, unable to do any thing...

Although Washu was encased in the huge crystal, she was still able to sensed Ryoko's pain and agony, no matter how far away they were from each other...

And Kagato took great delight in the destruction and carnage he caused, for it was the space pirate Ryoko who would take the blame...

And so for several thousand years, Kagato tortured them both...

It was enough to drive even a goddess insane...

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And then 700 years ago, suddenly some thing happened, the pain and terror disappeared, peace and calmness took it's place...

Then, through the decades and then centuries, Washu discovered that, like herself, Ryoko was now 'sleeping'...

Some one, had managed to defeat her and had put her into a status chamber of some sort...

As she studied these feeling, the only data her was getting, she began to come to a number of conclusions...

The first was that the person responsible must be a caring person, for they had not just sealed Ryoko away ( as they could have ), they had taken great care that not only was her body slowly healing, but that her spirit was too...

Then there was the 'freedom' she had, she had the ability to leave her body and move short distances from it...

To Washu, this hinted that this might not be a permanent situation...

She had enjoyed the feelings Ryoko had when she finally managed to go 'outside'...

The odd sensation Ryoko got, from sitting on a rock, at the mouth of a cave, looking out across a valley filled with trees...

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It was as if she too was there, instead of trapped deep within the Soja by Kagato...

It helped her retain her ability to resist Kagato's attempts to access HER mind...

For she still had much knowledge and power that he wanted, that he needed...

Ryoko's success during her attack on Jurai had proved that the gems had power similar to, if not greater than, the power possessed by the Juraia Royal family and their trees...

It had been one of his main reasons for keeping her around, like a trophy, instead of dropping her into a black hole or a giant star...

So as he got more and more powerful, he was so sure that she was getting weaker and weaker...

And Kagato wanted THAT power...

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In the years before Ryoko's release and her own, Washu sensed some thing, some thing different, yet familiar...

A young mother and child would pass the cave entrance on their way to the shrine...

One day Ryoko realized that the child could see her, see her standing there and it smiled at her...

No one had ever smiled at her before and she was startled...

So, the next time she saw the baby, she smiled and waved at him...

And he giggled and waved back...

She felt strange...

Very strange...

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As the years passed, Ryoko spent as much time as she could, out side waiting...

Waiting for the young mother and her child...

When next she saw him, he was older and walking on his own...

As they approached, it was as if the little boy couldn't see her any more...

They approached and passed, without even looking her way...

But at they walked away, she saw the boy smile and wave at her with his free hand...

Ryoko had that strange feeling again, she would later learn that it was happiness...

But soon she would feel other things too...

Like sorrow...

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Not long after, when the white stuff covered the ground and you could see your breath, Ryoko heard a sound...

A sound coming from the mouth of the cave...

When Ryoko got to the mouth, she was surprised to find the young boy there, kneeling against her rock on the cold ground, crying...

She would later learn that the the young woman, his mother, had died...

Kneeling down next to him, she put her arm around him, to protect him from the cold and began to gently stroke his hair...

Though she was like a ghost and she couldn't actually feel him, she was still able to radiate enough heat to keep him warm...

He slowly stopped crying and then fell asleep in her warm embrace...

When the searchers found him, he was resting against the rock, a dry circle surrounded him...

At the same time Washu had felt some thing she hadn't felt in a long time...

Not since her husband and child had left...

Love...

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( Several days earlier... )

Washu was watching some one else, a young boy, sitting alone on the house's wooden pier...

She had been there when a very upset princess Ayeka had lost her temper and thrown Ryoko across the room, then shouted all kinds of things at Ryoko...

She could only watch, with the rest, as Ryoko and Ryo-Ohki had flown off, into the sky without a word...

She had been able to said good-bye to the Juraian princesses when their father, the Emperor ORDERED them home and sent a task force to escort them...

She had even managed not to express relief when the GP officer, Mihoshi ( who tended to wreak havoc on her precious test instruments ) took her leave soon after...

But the whole time she felt that some thing wasn't right...

So, after going through ALL the data from the past couple days, she come to an unusual conclusion...

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So it was that she made her way out to the pier and stood behind Tenchi for a moment, trying to form her words...

When she spoke, it was soft and gently...

" Tenchi?... "

It took a while before he managed to turn, to see who it was, tears in his eyes...

" Washu?... "

Holding out her hand, she spoke softly...

" Please, come with me... "

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( Back in her Lab... )

Looking at Tenchi sitting there, she knew she had decided right...

He hadn't even resisted as she had led him into the house and then into her lab, so he really was depressed...

She tapped her desk to get his attention, before beginning...

She spoke softly...

" This family ihas become broken and it needs to be put back together!... "

Once she knew he was paying attention, she continued...

She started by mentioning that just before the fight, officer Mihoshi had detected, a fair size rock that was approaching the planet...

Since the planet's primitive, but effective near-space detection system had failed to spot it, She had checked it out...

Checking it's possible flight plans, she discover that there was a slim chance that it could enter the planet's atmosphere and impact near the island of Japan...

Though there was a good chance that it would break up upon entry, Mihoshi didn't want to take the chance and had taken it upon her self to destroy it, without permission...

Not wanting to worry the family, she hadn't mentioned it to any one...

However, Washu's sensors had detected the rock's destruction and she managed to get Mihoshi to tell her about it...

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To Washu, there was some thing that didn't add up...

With this planet's near-space detection system, the GP's surveillance satellite, as well as her own network, even a rock that size shouldn't have gotten that close to the planet without being detected or at-least being noticed...

It was only because Mihoshi had altered her normal patrol route that the rock had been detected at all...

Using Mihoshi's ship, Washu was able to find and collect a good bit of the rock that hadn't been destroyed by Mihoshi or dropped into the atmosphere and burned up...

Her detailed study of those fragment proved most informative...

First, the chemical composition of the rock confirmed Washu's suspicions...

It's dense mass not only suggested that it wasn't from this system, but that it would have survived entry into the planet's atmosphere and although small, it's mass would have caused great destruction...

Second, by scanning the fragment in greater detail, Washu discovered indications of man-made compounds, especially some used only in the making of sub-light propulsion units...

There were also compounds used only in short range communication devices...

The final clue was a fragment of crystal, of the type used in artificial Intelligence computer systems...

It contained a set of coordinates on the planet, a point not far from the Masaki shrine...

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There was no doubt in Washu's mind...

The rock had been an attempt on the Masaki family, especially on Ayeka and Sasami's lives...

And it didn't even have to have been a direct hit, the kinetic energy from the rock mass would have been destructive for hundreds of kilometers in all directions...

It had been just by chance that she set up a shield over the house, a week before...

Nothing short of a direct hit would have effected them...

But she didn't want to think about the collateral damage...

Washu didn't even want to think about how many innocent people would have been killed by the blast alone...

Millions...

Maybe tens of millions...

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After a short pause, she continued...

For as long as there had been governments, there had been people plotting to over throw them, for better or for worst...

The Juraian government was no different and for a race with such long lifes, plotting ways to get power and keep it was common place...

This would be Tenchi's introduction into galaxy politics, where losing could not only cost you any power you might have, it could cost you your life too...

Only now there was a wild card in the mix, a card called, Washu...

After doing crash research, Washu had sources Jurau and the Galaxy Police didn't, she discovered traces, hints really, of a plot to over thrown Emperor Azusa and to yake control of the Juraian Empire...

A plot hundreds of years in the planning and in the executing...

A very careful plot...

A very ruthless plot...

A plot that had seem to have contacts every where, including Galaxy Police Headquarters, as well as within the walls of the Juraian Palace it's self...

And she had a plan to expose the plotters and get the family, her family, back together...

The problem was that she needed Tenchi to do some thing for her...

She need Tenchi to - DIE...

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( The present... )

A hand came to rest on Washu's shoulder, returning her to the present...

She looked up into Tenchi eyes and saw the sadness there...

He had done as she asked, because he trusted her and now, to the Galaxy, he was DEAD!...

He knew what he had to do it, but he didn't like having to deceive those he loved...

He especially didn't like causing them such pain...

They both watched as his grandfather left the family plot, heading down the path, back to the shrine...

After he was gone Washu smiled...

It's time to make another move...

Taking Tenchi's hand, they made eye contact...

She gave him one of her very mischievous smiles...

" I think it's about time for us to shake things up, some more... "

Tilting her head slightly, her smile brightened...

" How would you like to see one of the family again?... "

One of Tenchi's eyebrows went up, she was only letting him know what he needed to know, JUST before he had to do it...

" Let's go pick up Mihoshi and then we can see if Sasami is doing any thing... "

Getting up she started to walk toward the shadows surrounding her work station, stopping at the edge of the light...

The shadows hid her smile...

" By the way... Do you happen to speak like a pirate?... "

Tenchi started to say some thing, but when he heard Washu chuckle, he just sighed, shook his head and followed her into the darkness...

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After they were gone, a figure stepped out of the shadows...

A beautiful female with long bluish hair and a sad smile...

Tsunami smiled in the direction the other two had gone...

" Your adventure has just begun, Crown Prince Tenchi Masaki... "

A tear came to her eye...

" And you're going to have a truly wonderful family there with you, every step of the way... "

At that she began to fade out...

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To be continued...

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