Disclaimer: The Ranmaverse and all of it's characters are property of the brilliant Takahashi-sama and I claim no ownership of them. Only the story belongs to me.
The morning had arrived just like any other but as Ranma slowly pulled
himself into a sitting position, he got the oddest feeling that some
thing was about to go horribly wrong. *Odd.* He thought to himself
as he scratched his head and got out of bed. *Why do I feel like someth'in is wrong?* Ranma thought to himself as he grabbed his clothes
and headed to the bathroom. He walked into the changeing room and was
about to pull his shirt over his head when a thought appeared in his
mind. *Better make sure.* He thought as an image appeared in his mind
of Akane hitting him over the head with a mallet if he walked in on her
in the bathroom again. He walked over and knocked on the bathroom
door, but got no response. "Anyone in there?" He called in keeping
the door in front of him closed. Still getting no response he quickly
walked over to the outside door and hung a sign that said the bathroom
was taken and then began to remove his shirt. Quickly pulling off his
shorts he entered the bathroom from the changing area and with in a
few minutes he was relaxing in a hot bath.
*Man that felt good.* Akane thought to herself a moment after her hand
had slammed into a pile of bricks and split them in two. *A nice hot
bath would be good right about now.* Akane thought with a smile as she
headed back into the house and towards the bathroom. As she went to
open the door something caught her eye and she stopped. After reading
the sign on the door a smile once again crossed her lips. *Finally
he's starting to learn.* Akane thought as she let out a soft laugh.
"Ranma!" She called into the bathroom as she remained behind the door.
*Did someone just call me?* Ranma thought to himself as he pulled his
head out from beneith the water. "Ranma!" The call came again. *That's
'Kane.* Ranma thought to himself as he sat up in the bath. "What's up
'Kane?" He called out to her. "Let me know when you're done okay?" Akane
called from outside the bathroom. "Sure thing!" Ranma called back as
he laid back in the bath tub. *Glad I put that sign up. I would have
a mallet in my head now if I hadn't. Though...* He thought to himself
as a smile crossed his lips. *Almost worth it ta see her naked again.*
Ranma realized what he had thought and shook his head, fearing Akane
would some how know he had thought it and start calling him a pervert
again. *Still.* He thought when he was sure she wasn't busting down
the door. *Might be worth it.* Ranma thought with a laugh as he went
under the water again and allowed himself to relax.
"Achoo." Akane sneezed as she was walking down the hall after leaving
the bathroom door. "Someone must have been thinking about me." Akane
said with a shrug as she headed upstairs to her room. *Wonder who it
was.* Akane thought to herself as she pushed open her bedroom door and
walked into her room. *Wonder if it was Ranma? I wonder what he got
for me.* Akane thought with a grin as she looked over at her calander
that was above her desk. She looked up at the gold star that was on
today's date. *Better be good.* Akane thought as she sat down on her
bed and laid back. *Maybe a date, or some flowers. Or candies, or
maybe a card.* Akane thought as she felt herself starting to blush.
*But then again it is Ranma, he probaly got me something boring.* Akane
thought as she sighed and rolled over on her bed. "He better not have
forgotten." Akane said outloud as she felt herself starting to get
angry. *Calm down Akane.* She heard herself say in her head. *At
least wait til he screws it up to be mad at him.* Her voice warned as
it echoed in her head. Akane sighed as she heard a knock on her door.
"'Kane?" Ranma asked to the bedroom door when she didn't answer his
knock. A moment later the door opened and she was standing in front
of him, still in her yellow gi. "Bath is open." Ranma said with a
small smile. "Thanks." Akane said before walking past him and heading
downstairs to the bath. "Yeah someth'ins wrong." Ranma said out loud
to himself with a sigh. "But what in the world did I do this time?"
Ranma questioned out loud as he headed back to his room.
"Breakfast is ready!" Kasumi called up the stairs before heading back
into the kitchen to bring the food into the room. When she returned,
Ranma and his father had already taken their places at the table. "So
what do you have planned for today Ranma?" Kasumi asked with a smile
as the others were walking up and taking their normal places. "Don't know
figured I'd work out, got this new kata that I'm try'in ta get down."
Ranma said in between bites of his food that he was quickly shoving
into his mouth as he battled his father to stop him from stealing it.
"What about Akane?" Kasumi asked as she sat down and began eating her
breakfast. "She's on her own today, I've got too much ta do." Ranma
said with a shrug as he finished what was on his plate and was getting
up from the table. "But Ranma..." Kasumi started before she was
interupted by Akane rasing her hand.
"Forget it Kasumi. If Ranma doesn't care and wants to spend the day
by himself, that's find by me. At least I wont have to deal with an
insensitive jerk like him." Akane said coldly as she got up from the
table, hiding her face so they couldn't see the tears. Turning, she
quickly made her way upstairs and slammed her door, causing everyone
around the table to jump. "Baka!" Akane yelled at the top of her lungs
once she was safely in her room before she collapsed on the bed and
let the tears stream down her face.
"Ranma how could you?" Soun managed to ask before the tears started
to gush out and he began sobbing. "What'd I do this time?" Ranma
asked looking around the table confused as even Kasumi was giving him
a stern look. "You really are hopeless aren't you?" Nabiki asked
looking up at him as she finished her breakfast. "Will someone just
tell me what I'm miss'in here please?" Ranma asked with a sigh as he
looked around the table. "Her birthday you idiot." Nabiki said as she
got up from the table and headed upstairs. "Huh?" Ranma asked still
as confused as ever. "Today is Akane's birthday." Kasumi said softly
as she began to clear the table. "That's today?" Ranma asked shocked.
"Really boy, you should at least remember you're own fiance's birthday."
Genma said shaking his head. "I thought it was next week." Ranma said
as he hung his head. "No it's today." Kasumi said as she walked back
into the room to get the rest of the dishes. *I knew this was gonna
be bad.* Ranma thought to himself as he looked over at the stairs.
*Better get this o'er with.*
"'Kane?" Ranma asked as he slowly opened the door to her bedroom and
walked in to find her crying on her bed. "Get out." Akane said coldly
inbetween sobs. "I'm sorry 'Kane, I thought your birthday was next
week. Honost, I didn't mean ta forget it." Ranma pleaded as he slowly
walked toward her bed. "GET OUT!" Akane screamed as she turned to him
and threw the first thing she found, her desk chair, at him. Ranma
was caught off guard by her red and swollen eyes that he forgot to
dodge and was thrown backwards when the chair hit him. Before he could
get back up, Akane had slammed her door and he could hear the sounds
of sobbing coming from her room again.
"I just knew you were going to mess this up Ranma." Nabiki said as she
opened the door to her bedroom and found him still sitting on the
ground. "I don't need you rubb'in it in." Ranma said not bothering to
look up at her. "I'm not, step into my office." Nabiki said gestering
to her room. Ranma sighed as he stood up and followed her into the
bedroom. "I figured you would forget and so I got this." Nabiki said
holding up a small wrapped persent after closing her door. "How much?"
Ranma asked without hesitation, knowing Nabiki was only doing this for
her own gain. "50,000 yen." Nabiki said sitting down on the edge of
her bed. "50,000?! Ya have ta be kidd'in me!" Ranma yelled looking
over at her. "Nonnagosible." Nabiki said calmly, not showing even a
hint of emotion. "I'll find something else." Ranma said as he stormed
out of her room. "Suit yourself." Nabiki said to her empty room as
she put the gift in her desk draw. *He'll be back.* She thought to
herself as she took out her note book and started working on her numbers.
*Got ta think of someth'in, got ta think of someth'in.* Ranma thought
to himself as he made his way out of the house and started off down
the street. *Has ta be great or she'll ne'er forgive me.* He thought
as he shook his head not watching where he was going and ran into some
one. "Ouch." He heard as he shook his head trying to get out of the
daze he was in but before he could said sorry, he felt arms go around
his waist. "Hello Ran-chan I was just coming to see you." The girl
said with a smile as she held onto him. "Ucchan?" Ranma asked confused
as he looked up at her. "Sorry Ucchan I don't have time right now I
have ta get goin' so I can fix this mess." Ranma said as he pulled
her off him and put her back on the ground. "Why the long face?" Ukyo
asked as he started to walk away. "I screwed up." Ranma said shaking
his head as she caught up to him and started walking along side him.
*Perfect chance to be alone with Ran-chan.* Ukyo thought to herself with
a smile as she followed along side him. *Even if he is a little down.
Guess I'll just have to cheer him up.* "Tell me what happened." Ukyo
said with a smile as she placed her hand on his shoulder. "I forgot
about 'Kane's birthday, well no I didn't forget I thought it was next
week but it seems it's today. And now she's really mad. You should
have seen her, instead of just hitt'in me and call'in me an idiot she
just went up ta her room and has been cry'in e'er since. If I don't
get her a great gift to make up for it, she may ne'er talk ta me again.
And believe it or not, I'd rather have her beating on me then not
talk'in ta me." Ranma said shaking his head as they continued walking
into town. "I'll help you find the perfect gift." Ukyo said with a
smile as she started pulling him toward the nearest store. *Soon he'll
see that it's so much better to be with me.* Ukyo thought to herself
with a smile. "Thanks Ucchan you're such a good friend." Ranma said
with what little of a smile he could. *A friend? After today you will
know I am more to you.* Ukyo vowed as she started leading him around
"What about this?" Ukyo asked as she held up a set of hair barettes that
had little ducks on them. "Let's see either I'll get 'Ranma are you
saying I'm not cute enough so I need these?' or 'Little ducks? Do I
look like a little kid to you?'. Think I'll pass on those." Ranma said
shaking his head. *I would love to get these, maybe he's just over-
reacting to Akane's response.* Ukyo thought to herself as she followed
Ranma around the store. "Well what about this?" Ukyo asked after a
minute as she held up a blue sweater with a picture of dumb bells on
it. "She's always using those things right?" Ukyo asked as she smiled
up at him. "Hmm let's see 'What calling me a tomboy isn't enough? Now
you have to get me clothes that say it too?'. Don't think so." Ranma
said shaking his head. *Would she really react like that?* Ukyo thought
to herself confused then ran to catch up with Ranma.
Ranma sighed as he looked around the store. *None of this.* Ranma
thought to himself as he shook his head. *None of this is good enough
or will ensure she doesn't get e'en madder at me.* Ranma thought as
he sighed again. "Well what about flowers?" Ukyo asked when she saw
Ranma was getting even more into a funk. "Ta say sorry yeah but not
for her birthday. It has ta be special, it has ta be perfect, it has
ta mean someth'in." Ranma said shaking his head as he continued to look
around the store. *Why is he going through so much trouble, with the
way Akane treats him, she's not worth the effert.* Ukyo thought to
"Aiya Ranma!" Shampoo called out as she saw him in the store and ran
over, jumping into his arms. Ranma just put her back on the ground
and continued looking around the store. "What with Ranma spatural girl?"
Shampoo asked turning toward her when she saw she was standing there.
"He's wasting his time trying to get Akane a birthday gift. That girl
ain't worth this much trouble, he should just go with the flowers..."
Ukyo said then noticed Shampoo was no longer listening to her and was
instead heading after Ranma. *Damn she's gonna ruin my alone time.*
Ukyo thought as she hurried to catch up with them. "Ranma no worry
about violent girl, take Shampoo on date yes?" Shampoo asked with a
smile as she tried to throw herself in Ranma's arms again. "Not now
Shampoo, I'm busy." Ranma said not really paying attention to her as
he moved out of her reach and then started looking around again.
"Ranma Shampoo help you find gift then you date Shampoo yes?" Shampoo
asked after a moment. "No Shampoo. If you want ta help fine, but
I'm not goin' on a date with you." Ranma said shaking his head. *Well
at least I will be able to spend time with him.* Shampoo thought to
herself in perfect Chinese as a smile crossed her lips. "Okay Shampoo
help Ranma." Shampoo said as she started looking around the store.
"What violent girl like?" Shampoo asked after a minute. "Her name is
'Kane, not violent girl." Ranma said coldly. "What Akane like?" Shampoo
asked after a moment. "It's not so much about what she likes, it's
what she'll think and say when I give it ta her." Ranma said sighing.
"What about this?" Ukyo said popping up with yellow workout headband.
"That says 'Are you saying I need to work out more?'." Ranma said
shaking his head. "Shampoo no hear headband talk." Shampoo said confused.
"It's what 'Kane will say ta it." Ranma explained as he started looking
around again. Shampoo just shook her head and looked around. "Vio...
Akane like this yes?" Shampoo asked catching herself as she held up a
makeup kit. "Allow me Ranma." Ukyo said with a smile, then turned to
Shampoo. "That says, 'What am I not cute enough?'." Ukyo said impersonaiting
Akane. "Akane hard shop for." Shampoo said putting the makeup kit back
down, Ukyo just nodded in agreement.
"It's impossible!" Ranma yelled in the store a little while later,
causing everyone around him to stop and look. "Ranma no give up, we
find something." Shampoo said trying to cheer him up. "Yeah Ran-chan
you can't give up." Ukyo said with a smile. "Noth'in is right. We
haven't found one thing here that wouldn't make her mad." Ranma said
shaking his head as he sat down on the floor. "What about jewelery?"
Shampoo asked after a minute. "Yeah you can't go wrong with jewelery."
Ukyo said with a smile. "I've ne'er seen 'Kane wear any." Ranma said
shaking his head. "Well we can at least go look at it, maybe it wont
a bad gift for her." Ukyo said as Ranma stood up and they led him out
"Ranma what are you doing with my beautiful Shampoo!?" Mousse yelled
out as he jumped toward Ranma as they were coming out of the store.
"Not now stupid Mousse." Shampoo said hitting him over the head, causing
him to stop his attack. "Shampoo just help Ranma find gift for vio...
for Akane." Shampoo said before turning around and starting across
the street. "Gift for...?" Mousse started confused but realized he
was being left behind and ran after them. "Yeah she's pretty pissed
at him so we've been looking for the perfect gift for about an hour.
So far it's a no go." Ukyo said shrugging as they walked into the
jewelery store. "Everything we find, say Akane will be mad. So we no
find nothing yet." Shampoo said sighing. "Akane too hard shop for."
The Amazon said shaking her head as she started looking around the
store. "Hey Mousse." Ranma said as if he just noticed he was there.
"She must be really mad if you look like that." Mousse said when he
noticed just how down Ranma looked. "I've ne'er seen her so mad. She
didn't even hit me, just went up ta her room and started cry'in." Ranma
said sadly when he remembered the hurt look she had on her tear stained
"Well Ranma, I will help you look, I have some experense with buying
gifts." Mousse said with a smile as he looked over at Shampoo. "Lot
of good it did ya." Ranma said with a laugh. "It had nothing to do
with the gift itself, did it Shampoo?" Mousse asked as he looked back
at Ranma. "No gift nice, giver problem." Shampoo said agreeing with
him and ignoreing the hurt look on his face. "This is nice." Ukyo
said holding up a gold braclet. Ranma just shook his head, not sure
how but he knew she wouldn't like it. "This good?" Shampoo asked as
she held up necklace that had the kanji for pig as it's centerpeice.
*Last thin' I want is another pig touch'in her.* Ranma thought to himself
and then noticed the others were still staring at him. "Nah she'd
see it as me call'in her a pig." Ranma said shaking his head. "Akane
weird girl." Shampoo said shaking her head as she put the necklace back
down. "I think this will do nicely." Mousse said after a minute as
he held up a heart shape locket. Shampoo was about to call him stupid
but Ranma spoke up before she could. "Mousse that's perfect." Ranma
said with a smile as he hurried over and was handed the locket.
"I'll meet you guys outside, I'm gonna go pay for this." Ranma said with
a smile as he watched the others head out before heading over to pay.
"Would you like it engraved?" The man asked looking up from behind the
counter. "Yes." Ranma said with a smile as he told the man what he
wanted it to say. "Now what Ran-chan?" Ukyo asked with a smile as he
walked outside to where they had been waiting. "Now I need flowers."
Ranma said with a smile as he headed down the street whislting. "Why
he need flowers?" Shampoo asked confused as they watched him. "The
gift is for her birthday, flowers to say sorry." Ukyo explained and
then started down the road after him.
"Ran-chan what's wrong?" Ukyo asked as they walked into the flower
shop to find him standing there staring off into space. "I don't know
her faviorte flower." Ranma said sighing. Knowing they were going to
be there for at least an hour if she didn't do anything, Ukyo quickly
picked up a bouquet of red roses. "Can't go wrong with these." Ukyo
said with a smile as she handed them over to him. "Ya sure?" Ranma
asked as he looked down at the flowers. "Yes!" All three called out
in unison startleing the people around them. "Okay." Ranma said with
a smile as he went over and paid for them. "Do you go through this
much getting gifts for Shampoo?" Ukyo asked Mousse after Ranma had
walked away. "No I just normally pick up the wrong thing first and
have to come back when I realize the flowers I had gotten were in fact
a leg of lamb." Mousse said turning to them. Ukyo and Shampoo just
looked at each other and then busted up laughing.
"You sure you don't want us to come with you Ran-chan?" Ukyo asked as
they stopped outside the Tendo gate. "Nah if she sees me with ya
guys, it'll probably just make thins' worse. But thanks guys for all
ya help today." Ranma said with a smile as he turned to them. "Shampoo
happy to help, but now you owe Shampoo date." Shampoo said with a smile.
"How about instead, we ALL go on a picnic. Ya, me, Ukyo, Mousse and
'Kane, providing she starts talking to me again. Will that work?" Ranma
asked with a smile. Shampoo thought about it for a moment before
answering, "Okay that work for now." With a smile the three turned
away and started back the way they had come.
*Here goes noth'in.* Ranma thought to himself as he pushed open the
gate. As he walked in, he stopped when he saw Akane with Kuno at her
feet. *Great e'en he remembered.* Ranma thought bitterly. "Oh but a
rose that fails to meet thy beauty..." Was all Kuno managed to get out
before Akane had punched him and sent him flying into orbit. "I said
no Kuno!" Akane yelled after him before looking up and seeing Ranma
standing near the gate. Anger started to appear in her eyes, and Ranma
moved to apoligise but before he could there was a loud crash coming
from the wall and a moment later Ryoga was standing there. At once
he saw Akane and ran over toward her.
"Happy birthday Akane." Ryoga said blushing as he held up the gift he
was holding to her. "Thank you Ryoga, so nice of you to remember."
Akane said ignoreing Ranma who was still standing next to the gate.
"I got it why I was in Hong Kong." Ryoga said with a smile as he watched
her unwrap the gift. "It's beautiful Ryoga, thanks." Akane said with
a smile as she held up the fan that was decorated in flowers. "'Kane?"
Hearing her name, she looked up to find that Ranma had moved closer
while she was unwrapping Ryoga's gift. "Go away Ranma." Akane said
coldly as she turned and headed in the house.
"'Kane wait." Ranma called out and tried to go after her, but Ryoga
had blocked his path. "Leave her along Ranma, I don't know what you've
done but I think you've caused her enough pain for today." "Go away
pig boy." Ranma said as he tried to go around Ryoga. "What did you
call me?!" Ryoga yelled as he started to charge after Ranma, but Ranma
just jumped out of the way and Ryoga landed in the Koi pond. "Cool off."
Ranma said as he landed on the roof and started making his way to Akane's
window. Seeing she hadn't made it upstairs yet, he quickly opened the
window and went inside to wait for her.
"Baka, baka, baka." Akane said under her breath as she walked in her
room and closed the door behind her. As she turned around a breaze
swept across her and she realized her window was open. "Huh?" Akane
thought out loud to herself as she turned and spotted Ranma sitting on
her bed. Anger started to flare up in her eyes when she realized he
was there. "Ranma!..." She started to yell, but before she could even
blink, she saw the blur coming toward her and as the rest of what she
was about to say got caught in her throat, she was staring at Ranma who
was just inches from her face. "'Kane listen..." Ranma started but
was interupted when Akane began to start yelling again. "Ranma get out
of my room!" Akane tried to push past him but he reached his arm
around her and caught her by the waist, holding her body up against
his. She found herself unable to speak as she felt the heat from his
body covering hers.
"'Kane I'm sorry. I didn't know it was ya birthday, I thought it was
next week." Ranma said softly as he held onto her tight, making sure
she wouldn't get away before he had the chance to finish. "I e'en had
a dinner planned, I made reservations at a restraunt and figured we
would go for a moonlit walk after that. But seems I screwed up e'ery
thin' again." Ranma said shaking his head as he let go of her and walked
over to the bed and sat down. "You really had all of that planned?"
Akane asked quietly as she stayed in her place at the door. "Yeah, I'm
sorry I got the dates messed up. Here." He said holding up the flowers.
"Thank you Ranma, they're a nice birthday present." Akane said with a
smile as she walked over to him and took the flowers. "That's not ya
present. That's ta say I'm sorry." Ranma said softly. "Oh." Akane
said as she sat down on the bed next to him and smelled the flowers.
"Here." Ranma said holding up the bag that he had set down on the bed
behind him. Putting the flowers down, she reached over and took the
Reaching in, she pulled out a rectanglur shaped box and let the bag
drop to the floor. Slowly, she opened the lid to find a heart shaped
locket. "Happy birthday 'Kane." Ranma softly whispered in her ear.
"Ranma it's beautiful." Akane said with a smile as she looked up at
him. Ranma smiled sweetly as he reached over and flipped the locket
to show her the engraving on the back. 'To my 'Kane, love Ranma'.
"It's perfect Ranma." Akane said as she reached over and hugged him.
Shocked for a moment, he just sat there, but soon he reached his arms
around and embraced her. When they finally broke he reached down and
picked up the locket, and put it on her. "Thank you Ranma." Akane
said with a smile as she reached down and held the locket in her hand.
"Any thin' ta make ya smile." Ranma said as he wrapped his arms
around her again and pulled her to him.
"Let's go 'Kane!" Ranma called up the stairs as he waited for her. "So
where are we going anyways?" Akane asked as she came down the stairs.
"Not goin' ta tell ya." Ranma said sticking out his tongue as he headed
out the door with Akane following. "Why not?" Akane asked as he jumped
up on the fence and began walking along it. "Cause it wouldn't be a
surpise anymore silly." Ranma said with a laugh as he headed toward
"Aiya Ranma here!" Shampoo said running over to them and was about to
jump into his arms when she saw anger starting to appear on Akane's
face, so instead she turned toward her and hugged her. "Happy birthday
Akane." Shampoo said with a smile when she had let go. Akane, confused
by what had just happened, just stood there dumbfounded. Ranma gently
nugged her with his elbow and shaking her head she looked up at
Shampoo. "Thank you Shampoo." Akane said doing her best to smile,
still not sure what the Amazon was up to. "Hello Akane, Happy birthday."
Mousse said with a smile as he walked over and kissed her on the cheek.
He quickly backed away when he felt both Ranma's and Shampoo's glare
on his back. "Happy birthday Akane." Ukyo said with a smile as she
walked over to them. "Thanks you guys." Akane said as her smile
brightened, still not quite sure what was going on.
"I owed them a picnic for help'in me pick out ya gift today so I
figured today was a good a time as any." Ranma said with a smile when
he saw the confused look on her face. "You guys helped him pick out
my present?" Akane asked looking around at everyone. "Lucky we did too.
Poor Ran-chan was so lost that if we hadn't he would probably still
be there." Ukyo said laughing as they started walking over to the
blankets that were spread out on the grass. "Thank you everyone."
Akane said with a smile as they all sat down and started passing around
*Helping out the enemy huh Shampoo?* Colonge thought to herself in
Chinese as she watched the group start eating. *This just will not
do Great-granddaughter.* Colonge thought to herself before she took
off pogoing on her staff. Shampoo looked over to where she had just
been but seeing no one there, ignored the feeling that someone was
watching her and brought her attention back to those around her.