One straw: Chapter 4
Disclaimer:- Ranma-chan, Ranma, Kasumi, Nodoka, Tofu, Akane, Nabiki, Genma, Soun. These are all names of characters I dont own, Mina-chan on the other hand is mine. The scenes in this are also mine as I dont think Rumiko Takahashi would write something like the last scene.
Authors note:- READ THIS, IMPORTANT MESSAGE. For those readers who are under the age of eighteen or what ever is considered age of consent in your country please exit this fanfiction now. Those of my readers who are offended by incredibly frank and clearly defined sex scenes should also leave. This is not a lime warning, this is A CONCENTRATED LEMON WARNING!!! For those who read on dont say you havent been warned, this has female-female and female-male consensual sex.
/ Seven months ago, Juuban \
/ Kasumi \
Hed been her doctor, shed known it in her heart for so many years. She hadnt been the only one who knew it either as all the locals made a point of telling her about his antics when she wasnt around him to see the effects the mere mention of her name had on him. In the beginning it had been kind of amusing and flattering that such a serious and professionally minded man could be that way with just the mention of her name, a glimpse of her could send him into paroxysm of rapture, and the older members of the ward would watch with gentle amusement as the good doctor danced through the streets of Nerima, from a safe distance of course. As the years went on though things didnt change between the two as she thought they should, as she turned twenty he should have made the move that told her that she was truly special to him, and make some attempt to overcome his unusual reaction to her. Hed come to her alright but hed made sure he couldnt see her, smell her or even hear her voice as hed asked in the note that she listen to him only.
Hed explained that the depth of his feelings hadnt changed since hed first laid eyes on her when she was fifteen and forbidden to him. Of how he felt when he was told that she felt something for him in return. Then hed gone on to say how his lack of control was causing him to be a danger to all those around him, and that he needed to go away and find his centre again before this craziness became all that he was ever capable of. Dr Tofu hadnt touched her in all the time theyd known each other for fear of what he might do, but that one time hed reached out a tentative hand and caressed her cheek. Hed called her his special one to her face and even though hed told her hed be gone for a time shed floated home on a sea of emotions that she couldnt define. Joy sounded much too tame a word for what she felt at that moment.
As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months the joy she felt had faded a little but that was to be expected. A simple thought of him would renew the feeling inside of her though and nothing could touch her even though the world around her seemed to turn crazy with the arrival of Ranma and his father. The weirdness factor had escalated over the months but it seemed to happen to someone else, Kasumi could face any of these strange things for she had the knowledge that she held his heart in her hand and visa versa.
Then came the fateful day that Akane had been kidnapped and taken to China by Kiima, the whole household had seemed empty for weeks as everyone went after her youngest sister to save her and while they were gone she realized that her world had moved on without her. A whole year had passed her by without seeming to touch her in any way shed been so insulated by her love. From Dr Tofu there had been no word, not even a quickly jotted note. No news reached her from the local market either as he hadnt kept in touch with any of his previous patients.
Then things changed, and as is often the case it started with a letter arriving in the mail. She remembered that morning vividly as it was a catalyst for change in her life. Like many such mornings shed left the house for the short walk that led to the mail box and pulled out a sheath of letters and junk mail, as she usually did to save time in her busy schedule she started to sort it on the way back to the house.
Junk, bill, bill, junk, junk, junk, Nabiki, and Nabs, junk, Nabs, Nabs, junk, bill, oh, Ive got mail. She looked at the rest of the small pile and thought for a second, Nope dont have to rush with that, theres no one home but me. She picked up the letter and opened it. As she suspected it was from her long-time friend Mina, the usual greetings and salutations followed by a quick rundown of all that had happened in her friends life over the last few weeks since their last exchange, a quick mention of how lucky she was to know who she was destined for, it had been common knowledge between the two since school how Kasumi felt for Dr Tofu, then shed gone on to state that her love life hadnt been so great. Kasumi shook her head as she read the words, Not again! Youd think shed learn by now, pretty doesnt mean good. Oh well shed pen her commiserations back and support her friend through another break up and maybe try to beat some sense into her friends head about pretty boys, she smiled at the thought for a moment, her beat sense into someone.
She chuckled for a moment before continuing to read the letter. The rest of the letter turned out to be general news about several people they both new. Tacked on at the very end of the letter was an invitation to a warehouse sale being held by her Grand-father for family and invited guests only. She smiled as Minas Grand-father was richer than Croesus and liked to share with his family every now and then. This called for a phone conference, she giggled at the Nabiki like thought for a second before dashing for the phone and dialling the number.
Kasumi! Mina squealed excitedly. Long time no hear!
Well she doesnt seem too broken up about whats his name. Kasumi thought. How are you?
Me? Im fine. Im so over that dirt bag. Aaarghh, why do I have such bad luck with men?
Um, pretty boys?
Yeah, I suppose. But theyre just so pretty.
And they know it.
Alright already, enough about Kinomoto. Whats this really about?
I just wanted to call and see how you were after whats his name broke your heart. Kasumi shared a giggle with her friend.
You are so full of it Kasumi! You never even rang after Jiro left with that bimbo, so whats the real reason?
Ok you got me. Whats the deal with this invitation thing?
That? Grampas having one of his family get togethers at one of his warehouses. Hes offering a ninety percent discount to everyone who comes, invitation only of course. Think about it, a years supply of your favourite tea, yeah and I am talking about the one you drink only occasionally because its so expensive.
Youre kidding right?
Nope, its gourmet all the way. Everything in the warehouse is like that, and trust me its gonna be big. So youre coming right?
Id love to, only she hesitated torn between two desires, on one hand she really wanted to go, on the other she had to be home to receive phonecalls letting her know what was happening with her family.
Uh-uh theres no only about this one girl, you are coming arent you. It wasnt a question anymore, it was said as more of a demand.
I want to, I really do. Its just my sisters in trouble and the familys gone to rescue her. I kind of need to stay here in case they contact me.
Right, thats just too easy. Im coming over and were going shopping. Kasumi would have questioned her friend further or protested but the click from the handset she held to her ear told her shed be wasting her breath. That was one of the things shed always liked about Mina, she had a streak of impulsiveness a mile wide and wasnt afraid to jump in with both feet, of course on occasion shed sunk over her head as the water had been too deep, but you had to admire that kind of enthusiasm. She replaced the handset before heading into the kitchen to clean up and make a snack for Minas arrival. If she knew her friend shed arrive in about half an hour. In fact it was more like twenty minutes, Kasumi wondered if her friend had grown wings and flown, with the way things had been over the last few months she wouldnt be too surprised.
Mina didnt bother with knocking at the gate she just pushed the latch and came round to the kitchen entrance, she had a standing invitation with Kasumi and the rest of the family treated her as if she were a member of it just like Kasumi did.
Hey Kasumi-chan how are you? The usual round of hugs and great beaming smiles were exchanged. So who got your sister this time? It was some Prince or something last time wasnt it?
Hmm, oh no that was the time before, and so far I havent heard from the family so I dont know who kidnapped her this time. Im sure theyll fill me in when they get back.
Thats just tacky, youd think theyd at least let you know theyre still alive or something.
Im not worried about that. Kasumi smiled at her friend.
Huh? Why not?
Well it is Ranma; I mean he always comes through in the end. So theres nothing to worry about. Kasumi shrugged as if shed explained the meaning of the universe and wasnt it all just too simple.
Im going to have to meet this mysterious Ranma one of these days. He sounds intriguing.
No, not going to happen. Not unless you want to fight an Amazon warrior, an Okonomiyaki chef and my little sister. Not to mention Kodachi Kuno.
I said not to mention Kodachi Kuno. Kasumi snickered at her friend before going back to the original point. Ranma has quite a number of fiancées; self appointed wives and significant others, and most of them are extremely high powered martial artists.
Okay, scratch that idea. Id still like to meet him though even if it is only to put a face to the name.
Ill see if I can arrange a neutral meeting place so that you wont be accosted while talking to him.
Oh my yes, for Ranma to talk to an attractive female without being attacked requires at least forty-eight hours prior notice and I think its seven separate phone calls to interested parties to reassure them the womans no threat to them.
Kami and I thought you and Tofu were messed up. Mina sat down at the table and picked up her cup of tea, the sandwiches could wait.
We arent messed up, hes just not here right now.
How long are you going to wait for him Kasumi? I know you love him but its got to have its limits surely?
Hes worth it Mina, Ive waited five years and I can wait longer. Kasumi smiled her private smile when she trotted out her favourite fantasy about her life with her new husband. Anyway you mentioned something about a shopping trip before coming over.
Yep! Were going to get you a mobile phone.
A mobile? I dont need one of those, the only person who calls me is you.
You know something? Thats really sad Kasumi, youre a really nice person and you should have loads of friends.
Ive got enough now, and sometime Tofu will come back for me.
Alright if you say so. Now lets go. Several hours passed and theyd finally found the perfect mobile for Kasumi and arranged for the redirect on the home phone so that she could come to the warehouse sale. So now that weve got that sorted youre coming arent you?
I wouldnt miss it. Do you really have to go? You could come back to the dojo for awhile. As they exited the shop, she wouldnt admit it to anyone else but the last couple of weeks had been too quiet and lonely in her estimation.
Yeah, Im sorry but Ive got to work tonight and tomorrow, you could come over the day after and we could head to the sale from my place?
Sounds like a good idea, so Ill see you on Friday. She waved as her friend walked down the street towards the train station before turning and heading back to the empty Tendo dojo.
The sale on Friday was everything shed hoped it would be, shed raided Nabikis hidden money stash under the third floorboard under her bed and pulled out nearly two hundred thousand yen, if she was going to get such good prices then shed be prepared to spend an absolute fortune. Armed to the hip pocket so to speak shed headed for her friends place, where shed had to listen to stories of the new love of Minas life. Kentaro was a publisher who specialized in manga, he wasnt rich, or at least not in the way some of them were, but he was well off, hed even be joining them at the sale. Kasumi had been pleasantly surprised when she saw a photo of him to see that he wasnt classically beautiful in the manly sense of the word. He was a rather average looking fellow with a serious mien. When she met him later she realized that he wasnt always that serious, in fact he had a very light manner and she could see immediately why Mina had fallen for him, he didnt flirt with anyone other than Mina the entire day they were together.
Shortly after arriving theyd split up, Mina and Kentaro going one way while Kasumi headed for the tea section, where she picked up several special blends that shed never tried before because they made her favoured tea seem cheap, and that one cost several times what normal tea cost. She enjoyed taste testing them and was amazed as the complex flavours developed on her tongue. Two three hundred kilo bales of Koshihikari rice from Uonuma joined her tally as well as sixty kilos of something called Forbidden rice, the black kernels hadnt interested her at first but then shed smelt it cooking and seen the dark colour change to a deep purple, shed been intrigued. The flavour was rather nutty, but made a nice contrast to normal rice, not that the Koshi rice shed brought was normal, it was after Forbidden rice the most expensive rice on the market. Shed also been informed that the dark rice was high in nutrients and minerals and that had been the clincher as far as she was concerned. By the time she walked away that evening with her friend and Minas significant other shed spent the money from Nabikis stash and most of the rest of the money that shed left behind in it as well. Nabiki wasnt going to be pleased but thems the breaks, shed deal with that when the family returned.
It was a couple of weeks since the sale when the phone rang, she hadnt heard from Mina or her family yet so she was looking forward to chatting with either of them. The woman on the other end of the line was a stranger though, she had a pleasant speaking voice when she introduced herself.
Good morning, Id like to speak to Kasumi Tendo.
This is she, how may I help you?
My name is Atsuko Ono.
Oh my I hope nothing bad has happened to Tofu.
Thats why Im calling, Im afraid theres something I have to tell you. I just found out from my husband that he didnt call you and let you know that we were married.
Kasumi gazed at the phone for a second. That was strange; she couldnt see any reason why this ladies husband should have called her to let her know theyd gotten
Married? She whispered the word, but she must have been loud enough for Atsuko to hear.
Yes, six months ago. Tofu and I were married in Sapporo.
But then trailed off as nothing coherent came to mind.
Im sorry Miss Tendo, I didnt know about you then, and I had hoped that Tofu would call and tell you himself but he says he cant face you. Miss Tendo? Miss Tendo? The phone slipped from Kasumis nerveless fingers as the word married reverberated around inside her head she didnt pay any attention as the phone swung from its cable just above the floor, she didnt see the front room as she walked through it and out into the garden. The house was left open as she headed for the train station, nothing mattered anymore. Now she needed to talk to someone who knew what she was going through, Mina would help her, Mina could Kasumi sat down on a bench and stared blankly at the wall opposite her, feeling nothing, she didnt note the train approaching just reacted as she stood and pushed her way on board, twenty five minutes later she rang the bell on Minas door, a trip she would never remember for a reason shed never forget. The door swung open to show her friend who smiled as she saw Kasumi standing on her doorstep, but only for a second as she noted the shattered expression on Kasumis face.
Oh my Kami! What happened Kasumi, tell me your familys alright. She barely had time to react as Kasumi threw herself at her and enveloped her in a crushing hug that didnt feel like it would be loosened anytime soon, somehow she managed to get her arms free and return the hug on the distraught young woman and ushered her inside. Kasumi broke down completely the second the door closed behind her. It took nearly three hours for Mina to get the whole story and when she did.
That scum How dare he ..Leave you dangling for years Then marries . To say Mina was miffed would be an understatement she was a damn-sight closer to atomic detonation than merely miffed. How could any man treat her friend like that? Kasumi wouldnt hear of it though.
Hes not scum.
Yeah he is, and I should know, Ive seen enough of them. I dont know what else to call a man whod string a girl along for years, giving her hope and then marry someone else without telling her it was happening. Maybe cretin, asshole, louse, rat, good-for-nothing bastard fits the bill better? There, that felt better already, Mina took a deep breath to listen to her long-time friends rebuttal but decided it wasnt worth it and interrupted before she could get too far.
Theres got to be more to it but she was cut off by Mina before she could make any excuses for Tofu.
You might be right Kasumi but thats no excuse for waiting six months before you were informed about it. Would he have left you not knowing what had happened for the rest of your life? Was it some kind of ego trip for him?
Tofus not like that!
Maybe, but I know one thing he is, and you cant dispute it Kasumi. Hes a coward, it was his job to tell you not his wives, and it should have been handled face to face. Kasumi bit her lip as she thought that through, silently she agreed but deep down a stubborn voice kept butting in and telling her he wasnt. Another hour of off again on again tears and Kasumi gave into emotional exhaustion and fell asleep against her friends shoulder; Mina brushed the hair from her beautiful friends forehead and murmured.
Theres someone out there for you Kasumi, and hes special, just like you. She lay her friend down on the couch and went to get some blankets and pillows to cover her. Over the next week Kasumi went about her life as if shed survived the holocaust. She didnt sleep unless she was so exhausted she couldnt do anything else, eating was something she couldnt face. By the time her family returned theyd find a much slimmer version of the oldest Tendo daughter, not that anyone really noticed.
The house had never been so clean, some might think it was clean before but now theyd be disabused of that notion, shed been relentless in eradicating even the tiniest scuff marks or stains. Not a weed or blade of grass marred the perfection that the contemplation glade in the backyard had become. Visitors tiptoed from stone to stone in case they unbalanced the delicate wa that could be felt in the previously war-torn area.
It was a phone call that saved her from becoming obsessive compulsive about it all.
Hey Kasumi, were on our way home. Kasumi tried to reign in her emotions as she formulated a reply, she was the strong sister, her mother had specifically asked her to be strong for her father and younger sisters and she couldnt go back on a deathbed promise. Swallowing hard she replied.
Oh thats nice, so Ill see you in a couple of hours? It always amazed her as to how unobservant her younger sister actually was at times. Forever on top of her various business ventures but strangely blind when it came to emotional cues from her own family. How she missed the scratched and slightly cracked tone of her voice shed never know.
Wrong coast, itll take a few days from here. First chance weve had at reliable phone lines in ages. Talk more when we get home, this is chewing up the last of our money. See you later Kasumi. The click on the other end of the line told her all she needed to know. Two days to get her emotions in order, shed do it! Wasnt she the responsible one, not even thinking for a second that the behaviour of each of the sisters was moulded by a similar conversation that had been interpreted in three different ways, and do it she did.
The rest of the family tumbled through the gate at a quarter past seven on a hazy Thursday night to be met by Kasumis normal beaming smile. No one noticed how strained it was, or how close to the edge she was. The emotions from her abandonment were still too raw for her to deal with them fully. The only one who seemed to feel anything different was Ranma, but then hed always been more sensitive to those around him than the others gave him credit for, and even for him it was only a vague sense of something not being right in his world. Like someone had entered a room in an obsessive compulsives house and tilted a picture slightly, the difference didnt leap out at him but niggled in the back of his head.
Kasumi played herself masterfully; in fact she could have taken up a career on the stage with the strength of her current performance. Somehow she made it through the night; shed even lied to Nabiki about what had happened to her secret stash of money, claiming that Happosai had been in the house while they were away. Hed done enough evil that no one even bothered to look any deeper. She only lied because she couldnt handle the fallout from something she deemed to be so trivial, not after .She crushed her pillow to her chest and cried again, something she hadnt done since shed left Minas place, not the great gulping sobs that would have alerted the household to her emotional state, but soft hiccups as she tried to suppress the raw emotions bottled inside her.
The morning came too soon for the matriarch of the Tendo household and was heralded by a sound she hadnt heard or particularly missed in the last five weeks as Ranma left his room in a shallow arc only to straighten her tank top as she stomped from the koi pond.
Damn it Oyaji I thought we agreed youd stop doing that!
Oh the suffering, to be graced with such a weak daughter. Genma stood in the bedroom window looking down at his bedraggled child and fought to keep in his guffaws of laughter, after all it wouldnt do to let the child know that launching him from the window was more for the expression on her face when she woke up sleeping with the fishes so to speak.
Weak!! Ill show you weak old man! After that any hopes of a lie in or even continuing to lay there resting was forgotten as she rushed to the window and looked down on a scene of wanton destruction, oh the humanity of it all. The delicate balance shed achieved had been destroyed, and Kasumi was doing something shed never done before. She fumed; an observer would almost be able to see the steam rising off of her shoulders as she stomped down to the kitchen to ready breakfast. Grabbing some packets out of the cupboard she put on the miso to simmer, not her normal made from scratch style but the instant stuff she kept for emergencies, the rice was the last of the old stuff, shed be damned if she gave them any of the new Koshi rice until she received an apology for the damage done to her garden. Yes, her garden, father might like to play at gardening but when there was back breaking work it was always her doing it.
Oh my, did I just? Kasumi sat down at the table and sipped a cup of tea, savouring the flavours of her new favourite as she tried to reign in an unfamiliar emotion, this must be a week for it. First angst, despair and sorrow, and now she was right royally vexed.
Ranma walked into the kitchen from the garden ten minutes later and looked sheepishly at the oldest Tendo sister. Sorry about the mess Kasumi, Ill try to clean it up later, or at least Ill give you a hand with the heavy stuff. Kasumi whod been thinking dire thoughts about what shed like to do with the two rambunctious martial artists revised her plans after that statement, the old man was toast. Ranma had just redeemed himself.
Why thank you Ranma, that would be good, and she smiled at him, getting closer to her normal persona than the day before. Ranma frowned slightly, it wasnt close enough to fool him, but it was close enough that he wasnt going to pry into her emotional state with his ki senses, after all this was Kasumi. In this house she led a charmed existence where none of the chaos and mayhem could touch her.
The panda whod walked through the house from the front door leaving a trail of muddy footprints, shed fur and puddles of water got a totally different reaction from the girl. Kasumi didnt bother to hide the glare she directed at the older Saotome.
Whats up with her? his sign read as she stormed from the room, he swore the light had shifted away from her for a second and the room was suddenly a much colder place than the warm welcoming room that it normally was.
No one was there to answer as Nabiki was still in bed, sleeping the sleep of the thoroughly exhausted, who knew that walking across the breadth of China before fighting an evil Phoenix monster(read watching as Ranma fought said monster) could be so tiring, not even coffee would pry her from her bed before midday.
Akane on the other hand was sitting in her room fuming, she didnt need rescuing all the time like some useless princess in one of those old fairytales shed read as a child.
Ranma was sitting on the roof contemplating his toenails, for the first time he had a moment to sit and think about what hed done, since walking the breadth of China while carrying two other peoples bags before hed gotten into the fight of his life, ironically for his life, and those of all the people watching from the sidelines, promptly killed the monster and returned all in the space of five weeks. He asked himself how he was holding up and received a mocking laugh from the depths of his martial artists soul. Martial artists dont kill, it mocked him only to have Ranma reply, Yeah we do, but only when it really is the only choice, like protecting other people. Id a died for that. Strangely the voice was silent for the first time in nearly three weeks, maybe it was the peace he always felt when he was here but he liked to think that it was that he was finally coming to terms with what had happened. Or as was much more likely, he was just too damned tired to care. His ki reserves had never felt this depleted and it felt like it was taking forever for them to replenish so that he could get back to normal.
Soun Tendo looked up from the paper in satisfaction, yes everything was back to normal. Now all he had to do was propose his brilliant plan to get the two youngest children in the house married to his long-time friend and theyd be set. He took a moment to rephrase that last thought in his head as the thought of his daughter and Ranma marrying Genma, he couldnt suppress the shudder as what hed thought was just wrong in his estimation. The name of the Anything Goes style would be respected with Ranma acting as a figurehead, of course he was much to young to deal with the financial side of running the dojo so that would fall to the two fathers. It was only natural that wiser heads prevailed in cases like this, surely no one would begrudge them this small indulgence since theyd survived the training of the Master all those years ago. Neatly forgetting that it was more than twenty years ago and he should have long since been over it.
A week passed and Kasumi watched, reduced to a mere spectator as those around her went on with their lives. No matter what she thought of it felt like this was all there was to her life. A small voice cried out at the injustice of it, but couldnt really break free of the fetters shed placed HHHHHHHHHH
on herself. She felt worthless after Tofu rejected her, and nothing had really changed. No one took the time to make her feel like she was a part of the family anymore, she was just a glorified housekeeper, one who didnt even get the benefits of having the job. No time off, no pay, she might as well be a slave she thought with some resentment. She watched as Akane and Ranma resumed their normal state of affairs, the two fathers plotted their latest insane attempt to get the engaged couple married. Nodoka had been a surprise, she hadnt harped on at her son about the state of his manliness since hed returned from China. Nabiki? Well no one really knew what Nabiki was up to since shed leave for school early and arrive home late to eat dinner and then disappear into her room. Kasumi wondered if she was trying to replenish her lost funds and figured that it was the most logical assumption. All of this happened as if she wasnt even there, the only thing that kept her going was the ever cheerful Ranma as he greeted her and thanked her for the things she did for him.
Nabiki for her part had regained the lost money on the first day they returned, shed set an arbitrary amount for the information on Ranmas whereabouts for the last month and a half and waited for the student body to come up with it. Why no one thought to ask Ranma for the information shed never know, but who was she to look gift stupidity in the mouth. She figured the term stupid and horse was interchangeable since one had bucked her off numerous times in the foothills near Jusenkyou and she was always one to hold a grudge.
What Kasumi failed to factor into her ruminations was that Nabiki was often several steps ahead of everyone else in the house, so far in fact that a number of times shed been left with her plans high and dry after the normal chaos that struck the household shifted events into an unanticipated direction. It should be a required course at Tokyo U she thought as it did wonders for her forward planning abilities. Nabiki had already taken into account a number of the activities of the two fathers and drawn the conclusion that there would be a surprise wedding on the weekend, she made a tidy sum from that information alone, followed by the arrival of a large package from China that was promptly hidden, not nearly well enough to escape her notice though and shed sold the information that there was Spring of drowned man water available on the weekend.
Gilded invitations had been posted out to interested parties to a wedding at an undisclosed location, she could almost hear the howls of outrage when theyd sent in the required hundred thousand yen and been told that it was being held at the dojo. She smirked over that one for the entire night before the wedding.
As theyd watched the chaos unfold the next day shed revised her opinion of the humour value of the situation, the profit from her sales had just evaporated into thin air. The dojo wouldnt need repairs so much as a total rebuild, done the traditional way as was customary it would take several months and more money than she currently had. Figuring a way to make Ranma do the work for free had been easy, watching the disappointment on her older sisters face as shed extorted her future brother in law had been much harder, not as hard as looking out into the garden and seeing that gaping crater, or listening to her father mourn the loss of his legacy, but still it had hurt.
Kasumi was a roiling pot of unnamed emotions as she contemplated the actions of the rest of the family and Ranmas rivals on the previous day, unfair was the mildest word she thought about the whole thing. Whats more after the kids had rushed off to school this morning shed had to listen to Nodoka lament at her sons lack of anything remotely approaching manly behaviour, which prompted the her to wonder just what it was that Nodoka considered Manly in the first place. A thought that was reinforced when the front gate had been smashed open and Ranma-chan had stomped into the house muttering about damned ladle toting ladies who never looked where they were throwing water.
Ranma thats hardly manly to be in that form. Go and get changed immediately! Nodoka looked at her sometime daughter in disapproval and was only mildly surprised when the person in question glowered at her in return.
Manly? Is that all you ever think about? Ranma hissed at his mother shocking Kasumi with the intensity of his reaction. Strange as it seemed Kasumi still considered him to be male no matter what form he was currently in, after all body language didnt lie.
You wont speak to me like that young man, its not fitting for a manly man to speak to his mother like that. Nodoka was still reeling from the chaotic events of the day before or she might not have said that to the seething red-head who stood before her. Then again, this was Nodoka so she more than likely would have no matter what happened.
Manly! You wanna see manly, Ill show you manly! Come on Kasumi, lets hit the pillows. Reaching out he grabbed the hand of the stunned young woman beside her and started dragging her to the stairs. She was too angry to notice that Kasumi was hardly resisting the inexorable pull of his hand. He had no idea how useless shed been feeling over the last two weeks since finding out about her beaus desertion. The feelings of being unattractive had washed over her so many times she didnt feel like shed ever find someone to call her own.
/ Ranma \
Ranma bolted upright on the narrow cot that had been left for him to use, his breath came out in great gasping billows as the sweat ran down his face. Its be ten or more minutes before his heartbeat returned to some semblance of normal. Hed had That dream again, it was no wonder that he woke up sweating, it had easily replaced the dream about cats or phoenix kings or any number of horrible things that had been done to him in his short life. None of those made him feel like this though as he thought about it. That had been one of the most intense days of his life, ranking right up there with killing Saffron for sheer emotional intensity.
After screaming at his mother hed dragged Kasumi up the stairs, not giving her time to protest. It was only after hed slammed the door to the bedroom shut that hed turned to her and apologised for pulling her into his problems. Shed just stood there looking like her usual angelic self and smiled as she demurred his apology.
Dont worry about it Ranma, Ill be alright. You just wait here for a while. Shed slipped from the room after that and hed decided to take her advice. Hed been surprised when she returned a few minutes later with a thermos under each arm, both of which shed placed in the corner of the room before turning back to him.
Hi. She said softly as she approached the diminutive red-head. Just a short step away shed turned around and asked for assistance with the zip on her day dress. Oh boy had he swallowed at that, but hed complied with her request, shed never had any ulterior motives before. As his fingers brushed the nape of the taller girls neck shed had to suppress the tingling sensation that had invaded her fingers, and the deepening of her breath as she exposed a slice of Kasumis skin to the light of day. This was different to seeing her in a bikini somehow, tantalizing, forbidden. Shed only been asked for help with the zip as she attempted to get her heartbeat under control. Finishing the task shed expected Kasumi to leave so she could change into whatever outfit it was she wanted to. Ranma gasped as she just turned back to him and shrugged her shoulders letting the light materiel slip down her arms and onto the floor. Underneath hed been a little surprised to note that she wore some rather lacy underwear, stuff that wouldnt have looked out of place in a lingerie catalogue, and he knew because Happosai had shoved enough of them in his face trying to get him to wear one outfit or another.
Kasumi stood there with a smile on her face as she reviewed the reaction of Ranma before stepping in close once more, she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him into an embrace, resting her head atop the red curly hair at the crown of Ranmas head. Shed felt the shuddering inhalation as Ranma drew in her scent, if shed expected nature to take its course after that shed be sadly mistaken as Ranma shoved her way out of Kasumis arms.
S-s-sorry Kasumi, Ive gotta, go, yeah thas right! he was heading for the door when he heard the first sob, she turned round just in time to see the eldest Tendo sink to her knees with tears running down her face and to feel her heart crumble at the sight. Whats wrong Kasumi? All thoughts of flight died a sudden death as he felt the need to get to the bottom of this. Bad thoughts she thought to herself as she ran the word bottom around in her head a few times.
You dont like me? Kasumi wailed.
No! Thats not it Kasumi!
You dont think Im pretty. The depth of her anguish kicked up another notch as she took Ranmas rejection to heart. Here was a young man, one that was supposed to be driven by hormones to want to bed anything that moved and hed turned her down. Rationally she knew that he had good reason for shielding her from the craziness in his life, but rationality had taken an hiatus leaving emotions in charge. Emotions knew rejection when they felt it.
Damn it Kasumi, youre not pretty, youre damn beautiful and you know it.
No Im not!
Yes you are, Ranma stated finally.
But you dont want me, so I cant be beautiful. Ranma looked at her in stunned disbelief, how could she ever think something like that?
Hey I never said that! Youre one of the most desirable women Ive ever met. The statement started out emphatic but ended softly as if he realized just how far hed sunk. He hadnt taken his eyes off her underwear clad body since hed turned back into the room. He couldnt understand why his nipples felt so tight all of a sudden or why the room suddenly felt that much warmer. Her next words stunned whatever higher mental faculties hed had left and left his emotions in charge.
Prove it! shed stood up and unclasped her bra letting it slide to the floor. Ranma went for one of the thermoses on the floor only to be stopped by Kasumis hand, Not like that, well do this my way.
Her fingers had trembled a little as theyd unbuttoned the younger girls shirt, pulling it down her arms and off she dropped it to the floor leaving Ranma bare from the waist up. Un-cinching her belt Kasumi had pulled them over the wide flare of Ranma-chans hips, leaning forward shed dipped close to Ranmas face with her breasts causing the teenager to draw in a shuddering breath.
I have to show you something first. Shed led a naked Ranma over to the futon and laid her down on her back, spreading her thighs shed placed her hand over the red thatch between her legs and gently pulled her labia apart examining the red-head closely she determined that at some time the martial artist had torn her hymen without even noticing, or maybe she had but just dismissed it as being part of this body. Without any further preamble shed placed two fingers at the girls opening and pushed them inside up to the third knuckle. Ranma hissed at the uncomfortable sensation, and winced as they were withdrawn, the next few thrusts were actually getting painful when Kasumi drew her fingers from her body and looked up at her.
Thats what it feels like when a man pushes his penis into a woman when shes not ready. Did you like the way that felt, did it feel good? Ranma shook her head, she didnt want to ever feel that again, and not just because it was wrong for that to happen to a boy either. And you dont want to do that to anyone else do you? Ranma shook her head again, the mere thought of hurting someone like that made her feel nauseous.
Let me show you how to do it right, okay? Ranma didnt bother to answer as her head was too busy reeling with everything thatd happened so far today. When the larger girl had slid up her body to engage her lips in a deep searching kiss that had re-engaged her mind, what followed had culminated in a blinding flash of pleasure that had rolled through her body for minutes as Kasumi drove her fingers deep inside her. At first shed clenched tight thinking it would be like before, but even with her opening being tighter than the first time the digits had slid home easily making her catch her breath in surprise, a breath she never recaught as Kasumi drove her closer to something shed never felt before. When Kasumis lips and tongue had joined in Ranma went completely over the edge, she even screamed out loud. A noise that wasnt missed downstairs by her mother, strangely enough said woman had been listening to the noises that had been coming down the stairs and had drawn the conclusion that her son was being very manly indeed.
Kasumi had left the red-head lying on the futon panting in stunned disbelief at the power of the ecstasy shed felt, while she left to retrieve one of the thermoses, opening it she poured hot water over Ranma-chans body and watched in fascination as the changes occurred, as the baby fat disappeared leaving behind a washboard stomach, hips narrowed and breast disappeared leaving behind pectorals that most body builders would die for. Her mouth went dry as she watched a certain place grow, and grow and then some more. Shed read books on human anatomy and knew that six or seven inches was normal for a man, what she was looking at made him twice the man shed thought he was.
What followed was in Ranmas estimation no less intense than what hed felt before in his female body, in fact Kasumi followed the exact same path down his body. The kissing had been the same, even the duelling tongues, her mouth on his neck had drawn a groan from him, and as she enveloped one of his nipples while tracing circles around the other had felt very nice, not as intense as what hed felt before but still it felt really good. She nipped at the tiny amount of loose skin around his navel then kissed it better as she ran her tongue over the area.
In the ten minutes that it took her to travel the length of his body and back to his manhood hed felt everything shed done, and nothing was as intense as what had happened to his female body. He could add sex to the list of things that felt better in his female body along with ice-cream and chocolate. That was until Kasumis trembling hands found him, encircling his rock hard shaft shed gently massaged it gradually pulling his foreskin back to expose the angry purple helmet of his penis. When she reached down and touched it with a tentative tongue hed groaned louder than at anything else shed done to him.
Kasumi smiled at the loud groan shed elicited from him, she really didnt know what she was doing, shed only read about this kind of thing in the books shed borrowed from Tofu sensei to let him know she was ready to move on in their relationship, a fact hed never taken advantage of. Shed never felt this excited before, oh shed masturbated like the books had taught her but this, this was even more exciting. She only hoped she didnt mess this up.
Ranma reached down and rested his hand against the top of her head and she gave into the pressure, taking an inch of his member into her mouth and swirling her tongue around it like shed read about. Ranma closed his eyes at the sheer intensity of the sensation as she applied suction to the tip of his cock. Then groaned even louder as she sank down to take as much of him inside her mouth as she could, which proved to be about five inches. It was more than enough in Ranmas estimation as he pulled away causing his eyes to cross slightly as she applied pressure and swirled her tongue against his shaft and then the head again. Thirty seconds later with his eyes firmly closed, his head thrown back and his hands holding Kasumis head as she bobbed faster and faster while stroking his balls and shaft with her hands Ranma exploded, while his female halfs orgasm had been a wave of pleasure that had washed over her, this was more like a super-nova that caused him to black out for precious seconds. Kasumi was surprised when she felt the shaft twitch in her hands and while she was prepared to deal with his ejaculate she hadnt known that a man could produce so much of it.
She looked up in satisfaction as she thought about what shed just done, there was no way he could deny she was attractive to him after that. The fact that shed done it right was borne out in the results. She grinned as Ranma opened his eyes and looked at her, and smiled even more when his eyes widened as she stretched her arms over her head before wiping her lips and the bridge clean of the creamy liquid that clung to her. Shed looked down and said.
My turn? Ranma wasnt sure what hed done to deserve this slice of heaven but he wasnt going to throw a gift like this away. He remembered everything shed done to his girl side and decided to see if he could adapt anything he already knew to make it feel any better. The only thing that came to mind was reiki, and maybe some of the shiatsu points he knew. Deciding to give it a try he moved over Kasumis naked body after a few minutes of exploring he felt Kasumi shudder beneath him and cry out in surprises as her orgasm washed over her, and he wasnt even finished with her left breast yet, he still had the other one and a lot of other territory to travel before he was finished, thinking on that he sank a little deeper into the soul of ice as he needed to keep control. By the time he skinned Kasumis knickers from her body she was weeping in reaction to the feelings hed evoked, her body went rigid when she felt his breath against her.
Reaching out a tentative tongue just like she had before, Ranma tasted his first woman, and decided he liked it. The heavy musk that filled his nose just added even more depth to the rich salty, ambrosial flavour that filled his mouth as he ran his tongue from her perineum to her clitoris, before returning to stab his tongue between the folds of her vagina. Dragging the rough surface of his tongue back to her clitoris for another pass he used a hand to hold her hips still as she writhed against his mouth, needing something that shed never felt before, never needed before, not like this. The middle finger of his free hand slid inside and up to the first knuckle before he met resistance, then he turned it around causing Kasumi to cry out again, this felt so different than when she did it herself. He withdrew the finger and then pushed it slowly back inside her crooking it slightly so that it applied more pressure to the wall of her vagina. Speeding the motion of his hand as he sucked her labia into his mouth he was unprepared as her body clenched around his finger tightly not letting go as the walls of her vagina rippled against the trapped digit. Kasumi screamed as the intensity of the feeling washed through her, pulling on her lover urgently she forced him up her body and grabbed his member before guiding it to her depths. Looking him in the eye she whispered, Now.
You sure Kasumi? Ranma might not be very experienced but he knew that this was a big step for her to take, then sighed as she merely nodded while gritting out another Now. Her body was still coming down from the intense pleasure of her fifth orgasm when Ranma drove through her hymen eliciting a pained gasp from her. He stilled his body as he felt her still undulating vagina grip him like a vice and waited for her to relax. Which she did in rapid order, he wasnt taking any chances though and remained still while she rotated her hips to simulate a thrusting motion. Ranma pulled the soul of ice around himself even tighter as she threatened to overwhelm him with the power of the sensations.
Kasumi was getting frustrated, she was moving but it wasnt enough she needed him to move too. Ranma. She gasped out as another wave of pleasure washed over her, not anywhere near as intense as the others shed felt so far. When he met her eyes shed nodded and murmured that it was alright and he could move. To which hed responded with a slow thrust and withdrawal, so slow it was almost imperceptible, on the next thrust he was just a little bit faster. No one would ever be able to notice such a minute difference though, not even the person receiving it.
The next minute consisted of exactly seven thrusts, the last of which caused Kasumi to clench around him and gasp, and thats the speed he continued to thrust at for the next ten minutes, Kasumi didnt even know where one orgasm ended and the next one began for the entirety of those minutes but she was coming(pardon the pun) to the end of her endurance. Ranma began to speed up as he let his own emotions have more sway, releasing the soul of ice just a little bit, the pleasure built up inside him and eroded more and more of his control until he had lifted her legs and rested them on his shoulders before pistoning in and out faster and faster, but not too fast, she was still rising towards an orgasm when the sensation escalated even further, her eyes widened as her mouth gaped open trying to keep her body supplied with oxygen.
Shed forgotten how to breath properly some minutes ago but now decided that breathing was a waste of time, and just let the sensations build inside her, she would have screamed as the mother of all orgasms washed over her but she didnt have any breath left for that. Ranma on the other hand roared as his own orgasm washed over him burying his manhood deeply inside this incredible woman hed shuddered as her body milked him of every last ounce of energy he had. Collapsing on top of her hed tried in vain to regain his breath so that he could support his weight. While Kasumi lay there stunned her body thrumming with the pleasure hed instilled in her. That last orgasm had been more intense than all the others put together and she revelled in the feeling of his body lying atop hers. She reached around him and held him close feeling his body relax as he stopped trying to get up. Sleep caught the both of them unawares in its embrace as they both had very pleasant dreams.
/ Downstairs, Nodoka \
Nodoka looked up the stairs when the timbre of the voice changed to the deep husky bass of a male receiving pleasure and smiled, her son was really being manly with the eldest Tendo it seemed, the smile widened when she heard him yell out as his first orgasm washed over him.
A minute or so later a womans voice could be heard, but it sounded totally different to what shed heard before, which puzzled her. Something wasnt computing unless there were two women up there with her son, she smiled even wider, Oh so manly. Before the realization of who that first woman might have been crashed over her, that wasnt very manly was it? The elder Saotome couldnt think of a positive spin to put on the actions she suspected her son of so she let it go, after all shed already judged him as a man months ago when shed realized that Ranko was Ranma. Itd taken a lot for her to adapt to that particular situation but hed proved himself over and over, so there must have been some manly reason for him to let that happen to his girl side.
Half an hour later the noises upstairs reached a crescendo and then silence reigned. Going up stairs shed opened the door slightly and seen her son entwined with Kasumi, sweat glistening on both of their bodies as they slept in each others embrace.
Thered be time enough later for the storm that would descend on the couple for what had happened today.
Authors note:- For any purists out there who think I just committed a crime against canon pairings I challenge you to show me proof that Kasumi and Dr Tofu are fated to be paired, likewise with Ranma and Akane. Not that I care, I write because I enjoy writing, and hope that someone out there enjoys my writing too.
If you read this chapter dont forget to review, this is very important to me as this is the first ever lemon scene Ive done, and I do mean ever. So any pointers on how I could make it better, or about my writing style would be very helpful. Of course if you just want to let me know what you think of me after that scene I dont mind either.
For those wondering about how Ranma ended up in America after this, read the bit where I say the storm descends later, and it does. In the next chapter to be precise. So hold off on your curiousity until then please, I promise that all questions will be answered, probably in more detail than youll want to know.
For those interested the rices Kasumi bought from the warehouse sale are real, they exist and can be found on wikipedia.
Koshihikari rice from Uonuma area of Niigata Prefecture is probably the most expensive rice in Japan, though not the only area its grown Uonuma rice is said to have the best flavour of Koshi rice grown in Japan hence the hefty price tag.
Forbidden rice would be an interesting style to use for something different. Smells like popcorn when cooking, turns the water bright purple and is high in nutrients and minerals. Tastes nutty. Forbidden rice is an heirloom rice, meaning it isnt widely available, it is open pollinated and will grow from dropped seed unlike many hybrids today. It also has a history, some stories about the rice go back hundreds if not thousands of years.