A Fox in Wolves Clothing

Prologue

Written by Lightspire

Disclaimer: The World of Darkness is the property of White Wolf Game Studio. Ranma 1/2 is the property of Rumiko Takahashi. I am making no profit off the distribution of this story.

In a heavily wooded area of one of the Tokyo areas rare large parks Lay a girl smiling as she slept among the trees. Her short, black hair shined with a sheen that made one think it may also have a hint of blue. The clothing she had was completely ripped at the seams. They were once pajamas, yellow with little ducks patterned over the light material. The girl appeared to be dreaming as she dog paddled in her sleep, almost like a dog would. As the sun slowly rose in the east and light hit her eyelids, she slowly opened one eye, her dream over.

Akane groggily awoke, groaning as she rolled around on the soft grass. The sweet smells of nature filled her senses and put a smile of contentment on her face that she hadn't known for a while, now. It took her a few minutes to actually realize that this wasn't where she was supposed to be waking up.

Her eyes shot open as she bolted upright, taking in her surroundings. She seemed to be a park, somewhere. The sun was peaking over the horizon, and her pajamas were in tatters, barely concealing her modesty. She took a moment to think about how she might have ended up here, with her night-clothes ruined. Fighting off her panic, she looked over herself. No bruising, no scratches. Other than her clothes, she seemed perfectly fine. Actually, she felt better than fine. She felt strong, here. She felt she could actually smell everything around her, and it filled her with peace to be in nature.

Thinking back to the night before, she couldn't think of any reason for her to be here. She had gone to sleep at her normal bed-time and so far as she knew, slept well. Ranma was away on a training trip with his father, so unfortunately, she couldn't blame him. She hadn't been kidnaped, it seemed. She just woke up in the middle of a forested park, like nothing was wrong. With her clothes ripped and torn, though it didn't look like they were cut, or ripped apart for any nefarious purposes... The more she thought about it, the more angry she got at the lack of answers. It simply didn't make any sense!

Shaking her head to clear it, she noticed the sunlight coming in through the trees. Kasumi would be up soon. Considering her state of undress, she'd have to make it home before that happened. Sneaking through the underbrush, she looked for a path, or a sign telling her where she was. After some searching she came across some discarded clothing near an old blanket surrounded by beer cans. Sneering at the thought of what they had been taken off for, she looked around and listened for the owners. Only the chirping of birds answered her silent queries.

Deciding not to look a gift horse in the mouth, she hastily grabbed a shirt and pants and beat it out of the area, happy to give a light punishment to the perverts of the park. She was half tempted to track them down for littering in such a pristine place, but time was working against her. A few minutes later she was wearing a very tight blouse and pants that would fit her father. But they did a much better job than the scraps that were left of her pajamas. She sighed as she threw the tatters aside. She'd really loved that ducky pattern.

After a while, she came out of the large park, and found her bearings. She had been in a park that was about a two hour walk from her home. She occasionally jogged to it on her free days. Deciding she could use a nice jog about now, she started her run home, certain that her family would know what happened last night. The only thing she had to figure out would be how to explain the clothes. She'd been pretty fortunate they were there, though she would be very happy to have a nice long antiseptic bath once she got home. Who knew what kind of wierd diseases those perverts might have?

As she ran, constantly grabbing at her ill fitting pants, she continued thinking about what happened, or what she remembered. She simply couldn't think of any reason for her to have ended up out there. While the park was nice, there wasn't anything particularly nice about it, besides it's size. The running, however seemed to make her remember this strange dream she had. She'd been running in it, just trying to get away from the city. There so many spiders there! She couldn't see them, but she knew that there were spiders everywhere, just looking to wrap her up in their webs. But she knew she'd be safe in the forest. These spiders didn't go near the forest. They liked the city. Akane couldn't think ofany reason for what this dream might mean... But as she ran, she figured that it might have been her subconscious telling her what was going on. Perhaps she'd been carried away by a giant spider and taken to the park? Ever since Ranma arrived, wierd things like that happened all the time... Though it wouldn't explain why she woke up and there was no spider creature...

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She sighed as she left sight of the park. It wasn't that the park felt safe. It just felt...Right. She no longer felt like being in the city. As she jogged past houses and other buildings, she couldn't help but feel a bit restrained. The running made it better, though. She was free enough to run and fight. And she even felt stronger than ever, now! Like just underneath the surface there was this entirely new creature, ready to burst out and rend apart anyone or anything that got in her way! Maybe she'd do some kata after her bath at home.

It was a bright and early morning as Mitsune Yamazaki walked into the concourse of Narita airport. She was dressed like any average twenty year old American college student. Worn jeans, faux leather jacket and a white t-shirt simply saying 'NO-ONE KNOWS I'M A LESBIAN' in large, black letters. She wore birkenstocks with no socks, and had burgundy hair with dark orange highlights in a short, but cute style. Taking a deep breath, she reveled in the busy goings-on about her. It was good to be back. She'd been away from her homeland for the better part of three years, traveling the globe. She was glad to have finally tracked her prey down to a place where she had some connections, for once. She was actually quite surprised to find out that an old friend was living in Nerima. She'd have to go there and catch up on old times, once this was all finished.

With a certain glint in her eyes and a mischievous smile on her face, she headed out to the baggage claim and fetched her old duffel, thinking about all the fun she could have. She could really use a bit of a break, anyway. All this hunting and killing was really putting on a crimp on her care-free lifestyle! She swore it was enough to make a girl go mad!

END PROLOGUE

Author's Note

I apologize for such a short prologue... I suppose it's more of a teaser than anything. This is my first fanfic, and I haven't written in a while, so I hope it at least holds up to snuff, if not now, then as later chapters come along. Anyway, let me know what you think, C & C is always welcome.