Last revised - 10 May 2004 Reason - typos
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Disclaimer: Ranma ˝ and all associated characters are the property of Rumiko Takahashi and are used without permission. This fan-fiction isn’t intended for commercial use but is rather a tribute to Ranma ˝. Inspired by the late Robert A. Heinlein's short story "All You Zombies --" (published 1960).
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Where I Came From By Cloud Dreamer (and son Thomas)
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was meditatively sipping tea when she became aware that
Laughing lightly, Nodoka responded, "of course not. The names Genma and I took when we each set out on our own in our teens were not our birth names." She held up her hand to forestall any questions and continued, "Genma's story is his own to tell. Mine, however, is rather simple. I was discovered wandering the streets and suffering from amnesia. The authorities estimated my age at sixteen based on medical data and they issued me identification on that basis."
She smiled to herself in fond memory. "A few years later I met Genma, we courted and married. Several years later Ranma was born and the rest, as they say, was history." Her face saddened, "just like my son and Genma are now."
flash of anger briefly illuminated Nodoka's eyes. Oddly enough it did not seem to be directed
Upstairs in her room, Nabiki froze in place. She was home from college for summer break and idly practicing her eavesdropping skills more from habit than need or interest.
Nodoka bowed slightly to the older woman, "thank you for curing Genma and Ranma of their curses." At the others acknowledging nod she continued, "but that is also where this part of the story begins. After you cured them, Soun threw a party for them. All of them, even Ranma, got a bit tipsy."
The old woman snorted. "Drunk, you mean."
Smiling slightly, Nodoka continued, "Well, Nabiki was angry that Ranma was cured without her permission. Seems she considered the curse her personal cash cow." Nodoka shrugged her confusion at this point. "I don't understand that at all, but that is the only explanation for what happened. She found Ranma intoxicated and decided to use the situation for a little 'fun' and revenge. She had taken up hypnotism and used it to convince Ranma that his real name was Genma and that someone was trying to steal his identity." She grinned as she added, "surprisingly, it was slow going until Nabiki pulled out some very old photos of Soun and Genma. She told Ranma that with his new glasses, he looked just like he did in that old picture."
that what happened?" asked
nodded as a tear slid down her face. "Yes,
but the story doesn't end there. There
is a reason why Ranma never came back."
She glanced at
a waste," sighed
Nodoka idly slid her palm across the table, wiping at dust that wasn't there. She smiled sadly and said, "Because it doesn't matter. Nabiki is trivial. She does harm, yes, but she'll never acknowledge it because she is as blind to others as this Kuno boy she disdains."
In her room, Nabiki flushed with anger as she snarled, "Trivial am I? I'll show you differently, just you wait."
"Trivial? I'm not sure I understand, Nodoka."
"Elder, it's like this. If the Tendou's were to lose Kasumi, they would mourn for years. If it were Nabiki, they would get over it in a few weeks, a month at most. Already her youth is fading and the only man she'll possibly ever get is one that she buys." Nodoka sighed in frustration; "not even causing Ranma's death has fazed her. As far as being a 'person' of worth, she is not. She is thus trivial, dangerous yes, but unimportant in the long run."
Nodoka grimaced, "what else can I do? There is nothing that will restore Ranma, and to take action against Nabiki's careless greed will only hurt those that Ranma did care for. He considered Kasumi his sister, and he did care somewhat for Akane."
In her room, Nabiki slowly turned to the mirror and gazed at herself. A single tear slid down her face as she tried to deny Nodoka's words.
Puzzled, Nodoka replied, "Why do you ask?"
The elder Amazon grimaced, "I have trained in the martial arts all my long life. I can distinguish one person from another by reading their chi and yours hints to me of an impossible story. A story I cannot believe, yet I have no choice." She sighed, "I was hoping you would be willing to tell me."
poured them both another cup of tea.
They sat there in companionable silence and just as
to mention getting away from any potential ears," snickered
In her room, Nabiki snarled as she moved to gather a parabolic dish. They were not going to have secrets from HER.
On her way past the kitchen, Nodoka paused and then picked up Kasumi's portable radio/CD player.
As the two mothers seated themselves under the plum tree next to the koi pond in the Tendou side yard. They sighed in unison in appreciation of the pleasant day and gentle breeze.
Nodoka started the CD playing and adjusted the sound so that it masked their voices. Nabiki stalked back to her room in frustration.
"A ki signature is dynamic. Its basic form never changes yet the texture changes with age and ability. All this I know, but there is something more, Nodoka."
"Are you sure?"
have always liked and respected you. May
I have your word not to repeat what I tell you,
"You have my word as an Amazon Elder, Nodoka. This conversation is your secret."
"Where should I start? You know of Ranma's life and how he was taken from me shortly before his sixth birthday, then trained for ten years under Genma before coming here. I believe you know most of the events in his life during the four years he lived here."
"Yes, Nodoka, I know of that and now I know how he perished too. But that is not what I wanted to know. Nodoka, where did you come from? What is your history?"
Nodoka laughed lightly, "Come now Elder, you of all people should know that no mother can tell her life without talking about her family!"
smiled a small, sad, secret smile to herself before stating, "no, I was telling Nabiki some mostly unrelated events that
her imagination would lead her to that conclusion." She laughed at the surprise on
was hoping you could tell me about that
"But I don't understand, Genma vanished instead of just becoming a permanent panda."
"I'm sorry Nodoka, give me a moment to think this through," whispered the aged amazon.
Nodoka returned to the kitchen to replenish their tea and fetch some cookies,
Finally she sighed in frustration as she slammed the volumes closed and returned them to storage. "I don't believe that idiot. Sometimes I think Ranma was the personal embodiment of Murphy's Law. If there was a way for something to go wrong in his life, he found it. Or rather it found him."
"So, Elder, what did you find?"
'Humm, do you have any idea what happened to him then?" asked Nodoka with amusement edging her voice.
Nodoka nibbled on a cookie before she innocently asked, "which cursed form?"
"Yes," replied Nodoka. "Genma was locked into his original cursed form, that of a girl. In the same way that Ranma physically matured into Genma's form, 'Ranko's' form also matured. The binding magic did wipe all uncursed memories from Genma just as you intended to do, that included all of Ranma's and Genma's male memories too. It sent him back in time to before Shampoo's parents got married." She smiled sadly, "that's how I ended up in the past with no memories of who I was." She giggled, "it also explained how I was attracted to Genma when I first met him. After all, if you can't love yourself, who else can possibly love you?"
"Yes, pardon me a moment," said Nodoka as she rushed into the house in response to a strident summons. She returned a few moments later to sit next the older woman. As Nodoka opened her blouse and began to nurse her son, she remarked, "after I had Genma declared dead, it was a simple matter to convince Soun that the only way to fulfill his and Genma's pledges to unite the house's was for him to marry Genma's widow, namely me." She snickered, "after all, 'I' did make that pledge did I not?"
the first time in nearly two hundred years,
Nodoka smiled, "I'm not Genma, he was only a stereotype in Ranma's hypnotized mind but I'm not Ranma or Ranko either anymore. I am Nodoka Tendou."
"Wh . . . where did you come from?"
Nodoka grinned a Ranma type grin, "I am my firstborn better half," she smirked.
Urd, half-divine, half-demonic and the goddess of the past, smirked to herself as she reviewed Soun's file on her laptop. "Well, that's not how Dad would have done it, but, well, I guess your unofficial wish did happen eventually." Her mischievous chuckles were cut short as her screen momentarily blanked out to be replaced by the message,
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Author's notes . . .humm, I wonder what the wish was?
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