All characters portrayed in this fanfic are used without permission and are the property of their respective copyright holders. They are used by fans for fans with no intention of making any money, please for the love of god donít sue me! Also I wrote this fanfic in 1999, it's very much out of date with my current writing style. The ideas presented are a bit rash and the justifications are about paper thin. Nonetheless I did write this and I do take credit for it. That out of the way, on with the fic!
* = Thinking but its not used in all instances
ďĒ = Spoken words
Ranma was in the washroom preparing for a soak in the furo, of course the reason for this particular bath was that he was a girl again, thanks to a wakeup call from Akane. He could have just changed back with a kettle but it wouldnít have been as relaxing and for some reason the water from a kettle always seemed a little to hot for her. Ranma had just finished rinsing off with cold water before jumping into the hot bath when suddenly a huge panda pushed her out of the way and sat in the furo himself, effectively keeping Ranma it.
"What did you do that for old man!" yelled a naked Ranma. To which Genma replied "You're not the only one around here that uses this bathroom, why donít you go talk to you fiancťe Ranma.Ē Ranma who was thoroughly disgusted with that particular idea decided just to walk out of the room before things started to get violent, she turned on her heel and slid open the door to the changing room and started to put her clothes back on. As soon as she had finished getting dressed into her favorite Chinese outfit she decided to go downstairs and see if Kasumi had finished breakfast. Ranma loved the fact that there was a constant supply of good food in the house, all those years of traveling on the road made her appreciate having food, and having someone as kind and as good a cook as Kasumi was a god send.
Ranma, who was distracted in her own thoughts, barely register the door opening in the hallway right in front of her. On reflex she did a back flip when the door was only a centimeter from her nose and even closer to some of her other attributes. "Hey watch what your doing Aka.." the words faltered in Ranma's throat because in her path stood an irate Akane. "You were listing to me through my door, Werenít you! Admit it!" Yelled Akane in a voice Ranma feared more then he liked to admitl. "Um..Well..Uh..No..uh I was just uh.." words were not helping Ranma, he knew if he didnít calculate what he said before he said it he would say something to make Akane even angrier which was the exact effect his broken speech was having on her right now. "I've had it with you!" Akane screamed at her "I never want to speak to you again!" with that Akane did a 180 toward the stairs and left.
"Jeez, why does Akane always have to be so mean to me, she wouldnít let me even explain myself." Ranma said with a hint of melancholy. She walked down the hallway the same way Akane did just minuets prior and went straight to table in the dining area and noticed Akane was absent, she must have really made her angry, but the more Ranma thought about it the more aggravated she got, she didnít do anything wrong, she was just walking down the hall and Akane just happened to open the door at the wrong time.
Kasumi, seeing Ranma's downcast look asked in an almost sad voice "Ranma are you alright you seem somewhat...sad" "It's okay Kasumi, Akane's just a little mad at me, but it wasnít my fault, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.Ē ďOh thatís too bad Ranma" Kasumi said in sympathy, she had seen many of Ranma and Akane's fights and knew just what he was talking about, she could picture it in her minds eye. "You better hurry up or you'll be late for classes today Ranma" Kasumi said slightly more cheerfully. "I'm not going, I've been slacking off on my martial arts training and I decided that I'm just gonna stay home today, besides what do I need math and stuff for, am I going to quiz Ryoga on the formula of a triangle during our next fight, yeah, that will be a big help." spouted Ranma feeling proud of herself for defending her reasons like that. Kasumi simply smiled, sat down Ranma's breakfast and walked into the kitchen to finish cleaning the dishes from everybody elseís breakfastís.
Ranma was now alone, that in itself was strange, but she was also thinking about some very pressing issues. Things that she usually avoided thinking about because she wasnít up to it. Mainly about her fiancťe problems, the girls had been reminding him more and more of this issue, even Ukyo had been more aggressive in pressuring Ranma's heart. Normally Ranma tried not to think about this kind of thing, it tended to make him depressed, not as depressed as Ryoga but depressed enough to be unsettled. She slowly ate, not having to pay attention to her food she let her thoughts drift.
The first girl that came to her mind was Akane, she was cute when she smiled, and sometimes she could be really nice. However though she was violent, unreasonable, unable to cook, a lead weight in water, and she never trusted him. For some reason though she found herself attracted to her, maybe because they were so much alike. Both Akane and herself liked martial arts, they were stubborn, proud people and took pride in their accomplishments. Also there was that pact between the families and both the fathers pressuring them together, it was so confusing. She wasnít sure if she liked Akane because of her honor in trying to fulfill the pact between families or if she truly had feelings for her. She decided she liked Akane, at least kind of liked her and let her thoughts drift to another girl.
The next girl that crossed her mind had long black hair tied at the back of her head. She wore a leotard and had a laugh that she could never forget. "Kodachi" the name came from her lips in a whisper. She physically shivered at the thought, Kodachi had poisoned her, tried to kill her, and didnít seem to like her curse, she was also a borderline psychopath. No, Kodachi did not seem to hold any standing in the fiancťe race, she didnít even have a valid claim to her. Someday she would have to figure out a way of getting Kodachi off her case, she could always pay Nabiki or something, she just hoped Kodachi would not flip out and start attacking them and stuff. Ranma's focus shifted yet again from the black haired girl in a leotard to a certain Amazon.
Shampoo, when she first heard her name she almost fell over laughing, but she soon found out Shampoo was nothing to laugh at. When she first fought Shampoo at the Amazon village she scoffed at her abilities as a martial artist. As Shampoo hunted her though she found out Shampoo played for keeps. However when Shampoo found out she was really a he Shampoo left for home. Even though Shampoo had been trying to kill her for months now he felt sorry for her and didnít want to make her sad, she was even tempted to go after her. So when she came back she was glad but when she found out she was still supposed to marry her she became upset again. There were only two things that Ranma did not like about Shampoo one was the fact that she had hunted and tried to kill Ranma for months, that sort of put her on edge around her even though she would never admit it. Second was that she turned into a cat and cats really scared Ranma, even though it let her understand Ranma's own curse she could not marry a girl that turned into a cat because of her phobia. Another factor in this was Cologne, she was tricky and devised many plans that she could use to capture Ranma. Ranma did respect Shampoo as a warrior now and treated her in such a way unless she wanted free ramen in which case she would just use a little bit of the Saotome charm on her. Inadvertently her thoughts started to drift again to one last girl, her oldest friend.
Ukyo, one of her only real friends, and her oldest friend. She was kind, and treated her good, she wasnít as stubborn as Akane and she listened to reason, but Ranma didnít really think about her as a fiancťe' that often, Ranma just thinks of her as a friend. "I know Ucchan loves me" she said to herself, she didnít want to hurt her but it looked like she was going to have to, but she would do anything to protect her, out of all of her fiancťeís she liked Ucchan the best but only as a friend, she considered Ucchan more family like then Genma. She just didnít like Ucchan like a girl friend, only as family/friend. So it was decided she couldnít marry Ucchan because she thought of her too much as family. He Refused to marry Kodachi because she is crazy, and she didnít want shampoo because she turned into a cat and her family was tricky. She just hoped she didnít hurt Ukyo too bad with whatever decisions she made in the future. She was her best friend after all and Ranma just hoped she could forgive and forget and keep being her friend. She knew Akane sort of kind of liked her too and she hoped that Ukyo would start liking her too.
Ranma had just finished eating her breakfast when Kasumi walked back into the room for her plate. "Oh Ranma you seem happier" exclaimed Kasumi in her sing song voice, "Well I just worked some stuff out" said Ranma with a smile, "I think that I'll go and practice Kasumi, see ya later" and with that Ranma left for the dojo.
"Ill start with some stretches" said Ranma as she stooped down in order to properly stretch her back, it was at this moment that one of the ceiling beams decided to give way. It fell from directly over Ranma and being in a unstable position it fell right on her back pinning her to the ground. "Ugh......owwwww" groaned Ranma as she pushed herself to her feet despite the fact that she was pinned to the ground. She stood unsteadily on her feet, an angry red and black bruise forming along the small of her back. She felt like she would collapse at any minute so she decided to set down in the corner. Of course she had taken harder hits from Ryoga but all of those times she was either expecting it, or in a battle ready position where her chi could be focused to dampen blows. What could have caused the ceiling beam to fall like that anyway, she glared at the ceiling with a look that threatened violence, maybe the ceiling was getting revenge on her for all the holes......
After resting for a while Ranma decided that he wanted to get out of the house. Just walk around the town for a bit, sure everybody was in school except Shampoo and Mouse and Ryoga, come to think of it more people were out of school then in school. Oh well maybe he would be able to enjoy a peaceful walk around town anyway. Walking down the street she surveyed the damage that had been inflicted by her and her 'friends', walls had been patched, pot holes filled, and windows replaced, it looked like a new town since the last time she had really looked at it. The sun was shinning, the sky was blue, it really was a beautiful summer day.
She walked past the Ucchan and sure enough there was Ukyo right outside arguing with a delivery man.
"I said that I wanted ten orders of pickles, now go back and get the other five unless you want me to get angry!" screamed Ukyo at the delivery man, "Iím going Iím going, Iím going" he repeated over and over again until he was in his truck and out of sight. "I swear if they mess up my order one more time Iím gonna have ta hurt someone." mumbled Ukyo to no one in particular. Ranma snuck up behind Ukyo and when her mouth was right by Ukyo's ear she said in a normal voice "Hi ya Ucchan", immediately Ranma regretted her course of action, without Ukyo really thinking about it, reflexes took over and Ranma meet Ukyo's spatula dead on for the umpteenth time in her life.
Ukyo looked down where her spatula rested on the pavement and peered at the figure beneath it, "Ranchan!" she yelled and scooped her up with the spatula and brought her inside. "You just hold on Ranchan I'll help you" Ukyo said with concern, she laid her down on a table in the Ucchan and went to get her some water for when she woke up.
It was about ten minuets later when Ranma started to stir. She pushed herself into a sitting position with her hands and looked around. "Where am I?" she asked anyone within listing range "You're at my restaurant Ranchan" Ukyo said, her voice still laced with concern. "Ukyo, what am I doing here?" questioned Ranma "Well I sort of hit you..." Ukyo trailed off in a pathetic voice. "Oh..... well I was sort of looking for you anyway." "You were!" Ukyo said happily, stars appearing in her eyes. "Yeah, I'm kind of hungry, I didnít eat a big breakfast." Ukyo face faulted
Ukyo didnít say anything, and with precision and ease bore throughout years of practice, Ukyo had thoroughly cooked the Okonomoyaki in the record time of one minute and fifteen seconds. She flung it off the griddle and directly onto Ranma's plate, "Eat up" she said happily. And eat he did, the now male Ranma took a full ten seconds before he was done. "Ahhhh.... that was great Ucchan, could I have another?" Ranma asked full of pep, "Another hot one coming up Ranchan" Ukyo said with a smile. While Ranma was waiting intently for his next Okonomoyaki while Ukyo took the time to admire him, "Ranma what do you think of our relationship?" Ranma almost choked on his food, he was thinking the exact same thing, well, when he was not thinking about the next Okonomoyaki. Struggling to come up with an answer he said the first thing that came to his mind. ďUmmm, Uhh.. We're friends and all, you're my best friend Ucchan" he said forcing a smile, Ranma knew this wasn't the answer she wanted to hear. She looked at him with a dead serious expression on her face and said in a even tone "Is that all you really think of our relationship", Ranma knew that she shouldnít answer the way she was thinking but it was the only thing that came to mind, hopefully it would spare Ukyo some pain down the road.
"Ukyo" he said, his voice stern "Yes?" she questioned "Iíve got something that Iíve been meaning to tell you" he continued "something I should have told you a long time ago" Ukyo was hanging on Ranma's every word, Ranma was going to tell her how he really felt, finally after all these free meals she would get paid off. "Ukyo, you are my best friend but, thatís all you are too me, I could never really think of you as a fiancťe let alone my wife, Iím sorry Ukyo, I hope we can still be friends." Ranma didn't want to see what came next, so while Ukyo was still in shock he fled, she was just going to get mad at him and hit him anyway, so much for it working out he thought with his eyes misting up a bit.
Ukyo had just heard the thing she most feared hearing in her entire life, her fiancťe, did not love her. She was so shocked she just stood there and watched him leave, she didnít even try and stop him. Then the full magnitude of the situation hit her, her life was over. Almost her entire life devoted to him and still she had come up empty handed. It just wasnít fair! She would have done anything for him, to be with him, but no sacrifice in the world would be able to bring him back, if she ever had him in the first place that is. Nothing turned out, it was hopeless, she was dead, she slowly turned her head downward toward her throwing spatula with a wild glint in her eyes
Ranma started leaving the Ucchan in a fast walk but that walk turned into a jog and soon is was a full out run. Running from what he wondered, running from Ucchan? But why? he thought to himself, *why would I want to run away from her if I wanted to keep her as my friend? Iím going to make the same mistake the old man did*, Ranma turned around back toward the Ucchan, *I don't want to leave you behind to suffer!* So, with his determination built up and his mind set he headed back toward the Ucchan, although it was a considerably slower pace.
As Ranma neared the Ucchan he immediately noticed that the feeling around the place had changed, what once was a enjoyable light atmosphere was replaced by a heavy depressing atmosphere, one would almost think Ryoga was afoot. At the back of his mind there was a nagging feeling 'something is wrong' but he just chalked it up to Ucchan being angry. Maybe they would patch up and Ukyo could still be his friend.....
All future thoughts left Ranma as he surveyed the sight before him. His friend Ucchan was standing behind the counter. Her hand was raised and she was bleeding from her wrist, she had bought her other hand up and was preparing to do the same to her other wrist, her mini spatula gleaming with blood as she did so. Ranma suddenly snapped out of his reverie and shouted "Ucchan what are you doing! Stop it!" Ukyo turned toward Ranma noticing him for the first time "What does it look like Iím doing stupid" her voice was breaking from her emotions "without you I may as well be dead, Iím.... Iím just makeíin it official!" she went to cut her other wrist but Ranma tackled her from the side. Ukyo looked up at Ranma from her position on the floor, *him, all for him, my last thoughts will be of him* she thought to her self before passing out in his arms.
Suddenly it dawned on Ranma exactly what Ukyo was doing, she was going to kill herself. He looked down toward her bleeding wrist and immediately started to search the Ucchan for bandages to patch her up, through all his years of martial arts he got hut often so he was fairly confident that he could patch her wrist up all by himself. In a mater of minutes he found all the necessary materials and started on the task at hand. Soon he was done dressing the wound and he carried her upstairs and laid her down on the bed. He looked at her face, so peaceful and calm and wondered how he could ever cause her to hurt herself like that. *I really like Ucchan but I didnít realize how much she liked me, she was willing to die for me, I didnít think that anyone was willing to die for me* he thought to himself "Iím sorry Ucchan, sorry for everything, sorry for hurting you, sorry for letting you hurt yourself, but most of all Iím sorry for rejecting you, please Ucchan wake up" he said in a pleading voice. But she didnít, she laid there taking shallow breath after shallow breath but she seemed to be getting better, thank god. Ranma decided that it might be a long while before Ukyo woke up so he decided that he should go, he wrote a note telling her to call the Tendo dojo the second she woke up he put it on the nightstand next to her bed and then he left. He felt guilty for leaving her like that but decided it was for the best, besides he didnít want her getting angry with him the second she woke up.
On his way home he had a long time to reflect. He thought about what Ukyo had done, by far her reaction was beyond the most extreme thing he could think of. To try and kill herself, she must have been really depressed, but then Ranma got to thinking what if she had killed herself, he couldnít imagine life without her, he didnít want a life without his Ucchan. If Akane left with some guy he would be furious, but he couldnít even imagine Ukyo even marring anyone, he just couldnít deal with it. Could it be he cared more for Ukyo then the woman he loved. Yes, it was true, he cared about Ukyo more then anyone else in the world, more then his worthless old man, more then Shampoo, even....even more then Akane. Now it was clear to him, Ukyo, he would marry Ukyo. Suddenly he remembered something Kuno told him once, he told it to Ranma's girl form on the playing field by Furinkin High, "What we have we prize not whilst we enjoy it, but loved then lost, why then we rack the value and find the virtue possession would not show us whist it was ours" that sort of summed up the way he felt right now, he just hoped the Akane's reaction would not be as severe as Ukyo's otherwise he would really be in trouble.
Ranma walked slowly into the gates of the dojo, all was quiet, Kasumi was in the kitchen, Soun and Genma were playing shogi but aside from that everyone was at school so Ranma went upstairs to sit in the furo until Akane got home. Although he was far from tired he soon fell asleep in the warm waters and in almost no time at all Akane has arrived home. She got home the same time she normally got home, about 3:45 and she went upstairs to her room and slammed the door.
Ranma woke with a jump, he was relaxing in the furo when he suddenly heard a door slam. *That would mean Akane's home* he thought and he decided to get out of the furo and dress. He walked out of the laundry room and straight to Akane's room, he knocked on the door and called out to Akane "Hey Akane, its me Ranma, let me in Iíve gotta ask ya something". Slowly the knob turned from inside and Akane stood in the crack of the door "Could this wait till later Ranma, Iím kind of busy?" she said in a monotone voice. Ranma was about ready to do just that, wait till later but he remembered where it got him earlier "No" he said his voice as impassive as stone, "No, we have to talk right now" Akane was taken aback by the stern voice he used and moved out of the doorway, "Well I guess we can talk right now.. I guess." She went over to her bed and sat on the corner of it, Ranma moved to the opposite corner of Akane and sat down.
"Akane, I like you a lot.........Ē Ranma started to say, but Akane had already jumped to conclusions, *he likes me, he really admitted he likes me....* "But I cant marry you, I think I'm going to marry someone else." Ranma managed to get it out in an even tone. Akane thought she was ready for anything, he could have said he was going on another training journey and be gone several weeks, maybe he could have said he was going to China to look for a cure for his curse, but no, not this, she wasnít prepared for this. Akane was rendered speechless just as Ukyo had been before and just stared off into space. A question suddenly popped into her head, a simple question, but a simple question with an important answer. "What made you decide?" she asked prickly sensations around her eyes letting her know she was starting to cry. "Ukyo tried to kill herself." he said as serious as she had ever seen him. "Tried to kill herself?" she asked hopping that he would clarify. "I told her I could not marry her and left, when I walked back in she has slit her wrist and said her life was not worth living." he said struggling to keep control "I ran at her and prevented her from cutting her other wrist, she passed out and I dressed her wound, I thought she was going to die, and I realized how important she was to me." he finished up the last part while choking out a strangled sob.
Ranma continued, "I hadnít realized how important I was to her, her family rejected her, she has no friends, the only thing that she has is her shop, and the only reason she has that is to stay close to me." he paused "Everything in her life has been for me or because of me, I cant believe I didn't see it before, I just hope that she can forgive me." he finished up and stared at Akane, expecting her to blow up at any minute. "What are you staring at me for, I donít care what you do, go ahead leave, go see your darling Ucchan" she said her last word full of daggers and demons. "So you understand?" Ranma asked nervously "Of course I understand, now get out of here, our fathers set this engagement thing up anyway, I never liked you and never will, now get out of my room!" she yelled almost in tears, *She understood, finally something goes right for me!* he ran out of the room but in his excited state failed to notice just how sad she was and how her words reeked of sarcasm. "Ranma...." she said silently to the room in a pleading voice, but Ranma was gone.
Ranma ran out of Akane's room, his thoughts were in a jumble but he felt great. *Finally maybe my fiancťe troubles are over, maybe, just maybe all the chaos is finally over and I can just live my own life, yeah that'll be nice* Ranma started walking back to the Ucchan, maybe Ukyo was awake, but it suddenly started raining and Ranma became Ranma-chan to his/her dismay. Ranma steadily jogged up the street in the rain and before she realized it she was at the Ucchan. She left in such a hurry earlier she failed to lock the door or even put up the closed sign *I hope no one stole anything* Ranma thought to herself. She walked inside and closed the door behind herself, it was dark in the Ucchan, the door was closed, the drapes were pulled, the lights were off, and even though it was the middle of the day it was raining outside right now, overall the Ucchan had a very dark and uninviting atmosphere. Ranma hesitantly called out "Ucchan are you awake yet!" silence was the only answer she got so she tuned toward Ukyo's room and began climbing the stairs. She began running over scenarios in her mind trying to come up with the best method to attack this particular situation. But her mind froze when she reached Ukyo's door at the top of the stairs.
She hesitated for a few seconds before deciding to go inside. Eventually though she just reached out and turned the knob and went in. It was dark inside the room and the pitter patter of rain could be heard at the window, it was also slightly hot because of the lack of ventilation. She cautiously went over to the bed and sat on the edge right next to Ukyo's head. She slowly extended her arms and placed her hand on Ukyo's shoulder, Ranma shook her lightly "Ukyo wake up, its me Ranma" she said softly, almost a whisper.
Slowly, ever so slowly, Ukyo's eyes fluttered open and she stared at Ranma sitting next to her. "Am I dead, is this heaven" she asked almost afraid of the answer. "No Ucchan, your not dead" Ranma said with a measure of happiness in her voice. "Ranma, why did you save me?" she asked, her voice pleading "Why couldnít you have let me die?" her voice was breaking from her emotion and she broke down in tears, grabbed Ranma's shirt and started to cry into it. Ranma, in her most sincere and pleading voice replied "Because I love you......It took me almost losing you to realize but now I know your the most precious thing in the world to me....I donít think I could go on without you...." at the conclusion of her statement Ranma too started crying and held Ukyo even tighter to herself and together they sat, in the darkness, crying and murmuring soft sounds to one another trying to re-assure the other everything would be ok. After several minuets of mutual comforting Ukyo broke the silence. "I thought you said that a real man never cries" she said through the tears. "Well, Iím making an exception just this once, because I love you Ukyo Kuonji.Ē
And there they sat, for hours uncounted. Talking and laughing and holding each other. They were happier then either could ever remember being before in their life. And together they were, to them they were the only oneís in the world. And thatís all that mattered.
This fanfic originally started out having a lemon plot but it evolved and became something where I just didnít have the heart to include sex. This was one of the first fanfics that I ever started. I started this one before I even started anything else that has previously been published by me. Ukyo is one of my favorite characters and I believe that she deserves whatever she wants. Her reaction may seem a little extreme in the fic but to me I rationalized my reasoning behind it fairly well. I would like to thank anyone that has managed to read this mindless dribble and if you want to read more you can go to my home page at http://www.destructve.com/rvincent/ there is a link to my fanfic page there and wavís and such and some is from other series like slayers and pokťmon. 1900
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