"Good morning." Sofie said in return to her friends, and gave them a warm smile. She walked briskly down the sidewalk with Ranma at her side, early the next morning.
"I hear your going to represent us in Rythmic Gymnastics!" The girls grinned. "Don't let us down!" Sofie nodded. "Leave it to me."
Oh, right, like you've mastered anything! Ranma shook his head in silence as he walked ahead of her.
Sofie flinched, and her heart pounded. WHAT?! DANGER!?
"SOFIA TENDO, PREPARE YOURSELF!!" Courtney flew from above, clamping down her sword at Sofie. Sofie grabbed the sword and thrust backward, flipping Courtney--although she landed on her feet.
Uh-oh. Courtney--"The Black Rose"!
"YOU AGAIN!" Sofie shouted, still holding the end of her sword. "Ambushing me first thing in the morning!"
" "Ambushing!?" I was doing no such thing!" Courtney growled. "I have merely come to visit with Ranma."
"Oh? Then why don't you..." Sofie ripped the weapon from her hands and swiped it at her opponent. "...Go right to HIM!?"
Ranma sweated and ran away, unable to control the terror he felt looking at Courtney in such a away; her having 'uncontrollable desire' for him made Ranma frightened. I can't deal with this...
"Oh!" Courtney gasped as she saw Ranma flee. "Wait, please!" She screamed running after him.
Running at a faster pace after realizing Courtney was following him, his eyes met Kuno; another student, carrying dark, lovely red roses as he walked the direction Ranma was heading from.
Sofie... I can see her so clearly... in all her Gymnastic grace! These red roses shall speak my encouragement.
"SOFIE, I LOVE YOU!!" Kuno yelled to himself, whipping out a sword of his own.
Ranma leaped into the air, the pole of the sword just missing his body. He pounced and landed his foot right on Kuno's face. Obviously this was a normal situation for Ranma...
"What do you think your doing!?" Ranma yelled, still attached to the male student.
"Ranma Saotome. What do you have against me?" Kuno huffed grabbing Ranma shirt, ignoring the long red mark that tattoed his face, which was covered mostly by his wavy--yet poofy-- black hair.
"Wait just a--" Courtney grabbed Ranma from behind and began to shake him back and forth blushing.
"Oh, Ra, N, Ma, Sir!"
Ranma's lips quivered and he sweated more and blushed in return.
"Hmmmmm..." Kuno said, staring at the two. Ranma pouted, but Courtney never loosened--better yet released-- her grip on his clothing. That same blank expression caked on her face.
"Yes!" Kuno said embracing them, and then letting go. A drop of persipetation slowly ran down Ranma's forehead.
" "yes" What?!"
"Yes, you have my permission to go steady!" Kuno replied, swishing out his Japanese fan with a large red dot in the middle.
"I am so happy!" Courtney smiled, hugging Ranma harder.
"Wait a minute! You can't tell me what to do! I have no intentation of going st--"
Slow, but heavy tears poured out of Courtney eyes, but she made no cries. Ranma's eyes widened, and he froze. Courtney bit onto her High School uniform and sniffed hard.
"SO!! YOU HATE ME!!" She screamed, probably so loud the whole small Japanese town could have heard.
"No, no! It's just... heh heh, I have... um... A FIANCEE!" He grabbed Sofie and pushed her forward. "Her. Really."
"Now wait just one minute..." Sofie protested.
"I'm not doing this by choice." Ranma whispered shaking.
"Your pathetic." Sofie rolled her eyes and turned away.
"F-f-f-fiancee? You?" Courtney pointed to Sofie.
"More or less..." She frowned.
"So. How interesting." In a flash, Courtney whipped out another ribbon and thrust it at the two. "What do you say, then? Shall we wager Ranma in the upcoming match?" She smirked.
"WHAT did you say!?" Are you insane!?" Sofie shouted clenching her firsts and teeth. She felt a hand on her back and turned to see none other than Kuno.
"I think it's a fine idea, Sofia." He said, with a blank expression that seemed yet so familiar... "If you wish to leave Ranma, you need only to lose."
"HAHAHAHA! She needn't worry about that! She'll be losing in any case!" Courtney laughed. Sofie growled with a flushed face. The crowed that had surrounded them stayed silent in awe.
"Ranma!" Courtney stated, turning toward her love. "When this match is over... you shall be mine! FAREWELL!" She twirled, again; disappearing into a spiraling tornado of black rose petals.
There was an awkward silence as the people in the crowed stared at the oddly colored vegetation that covered the pavement.
"... Really. That girl is such a deviant. But even so, Ranma Saotome..." Kuno turned to him, as the boy was again at his side. "... Take care of my sister." He sighed.
"Huh?" Ranma gasped. "Wait a second. What did you just say?"
"I said, take care of my little sister." Kuno repeated, picking up the red roses his once carried from the ground. "Even though I am her brother... I have to admire her for being so wicked... so nasty, so spiteful... and so thoroughly twisted." He huffed as she stared at her black-rosed path. He again glanced at his flowers and handed them to Sofie. "Please, Sofie. Try not to let her injure you." His face was bland, but a tear rolled down his cheek as Sofie took the flowers with a wide expression. He turned away, and with pride, made his way down the sidewalk again as low cherry trees covered in blossoms brushed the top of his head. "When Courtney wants a man, she doesn't let go. She'll surly try something evil in the match." Kuno's voice trailed off, and most likely no one heard his last line before his vanished into the shadows of the trees.
Sofie posed in the air, holding her battling clubs tight in her palms. She spinned them around, then gabbed them down quickly at Ranma's arms as he sat on the floor watching her in the Tendo training hall... just missing. She huffed and picked up her ribbon. Twirling her tool again, she whipped at Ranma, making sharp cracks with her weapon... again, her guest dodged the attack.
"Would you sit still and let me practice on you!?" Sofie shouted.
"My, my. Such progress. You can stop now." Ranma shook, attached to the ceiling rafters by his fingertips. Sofie growled and threw a ball at him [missing].
"Don't hand me that crap!" She yelled. "let me get one thing clear! I am not fighting for you!"
"I know that." Ranma said, leaping back to the floor.
"Okay then. But this is martial Rythmic Gymnastics... so I need a partner to practice!" Sofie told him, holding her thin long club in her hands.
"Duncan hasn't come for the last few days..." She sighed and stared at the training hall door. "... and I was counting on him."
SNORT! Sofie and Ranma looked down to see the familiar, small black pig with a yellow and black banana waddle to the girl.
"P-chan! You too have been gone, haven't you?" Sofie smiled cuddling him in her arms. "Where have you been?" Ranma poked his finger on Duncan's nose.
"So where were you trying to go, P-chan?"
Duncan frowned tiredly. "What a lousy sense of direction."
"Lousy sense of-- Come on! He's not Duncan!" Sofie told Ranma as Duncan nipped his finger. Ranma pouted.
"Of course he's not. let's practice."
"Okay!! Here I came!" Sofie jabbed out her clubs in Ranma's direction, whipped her long flimsy ribbon at him, but he dodged all the attempts using a hoop, lying on the floor.
"There you go, Sofie." Kasumi snipped a bandage that rapped around Sofie's foot after her earlier fall. Sofie's tears dripped onto her bed covers as she sat in silence.
"Man. My sister the klutz!" Sofie elder older sister, Nabiki, sighed as she sat watching on a chair nearby. "Tripping yourself!"
"I guess you have no choice but to withdraw from the match."
"I'll be there!" Sofie wiped a tear away with a fierce look in her eyes.
"You think I'll let a girl like that beat me!?"
"No, Sofie! Wait!" Sofie hopped off her bed and onto the floor, as her ankle throbbed with pain. Kasumi sighed and helped her back in Sofie's bed.
"See? You'll just have to find a replacement."
"That's easy to say!" Sofie cried holding her leg in pain. "What other girl is that nimble... in such great shape... and knows the martial arts!?"
There was another long quiet pause as silent stares turned to male Ranma.
"Huh!?" He flinched. "W-w-wait a second! I'm not going out there in tights!"
SPLASH! Water dripped onto Sofie's room floor while Duncan grabbed the new female girl's clothing and brought it closer.
"I guess we'll be spending all night practicing, hm?" Duncan smiled.