Disclaimer: The characters in this story is created and owned by Rumiko Takahashi. I seek no fame with this story, it is just for entertainment.
Sentences written with Italic font are thoughts.
Chapter 2: Talking With the Gods
Ranma walked around in the bright white area that surrounded her. Why was she a girl at the moment? I'm pretty sure I died as a guy.
"You did die as a guy" A voice said.
"Who's there?" Ranma said, taking a stance.
"There's no need to be aggressive towards me, Ranma Saotome."
"How do you know my name?" She asked.
"We know all about you and your life from the very beginning to the end." The voice said.
"Who are you? Where are you?"
"Oh, I'm the One. I'm the maker of all living and the watcher of all life. I have many names. Some call me God but I think you know me best as Kami-Sama." The voice said.
"Kami-Sama?" Ranma asked. There was a figure taking the shape of a human in the distance. It came closer and stopped right in front of the red-headed girl. "You don't have to be afraid, Ranma. Let me explain to you why you are here and why you are a girl at the moment. First thing, you did die as a man and an honourable one to boot. "
The red-headed girl looked confused. Kami-Sama just smiled and continued.
"We have been watching your life as it progressed with great interest. You have become the most powerful martial artist in the world. Your have not yet completed the task that fate wanted you to have."
"And what is this task if I may ask?"
"It is to protect everyone you love and those near you from danger. Keeping them from coming to any harm was your number one priority wasn't it Ranma Saotome?"
"Yeah, it WAS my task and I failed it because I'm dead." The redhead answered.
"Well, your mission is not yet complete and I must say that it is not too late yet. As a matter of fact, I have seen all the things that have happened to you through your life and I must admit I am quite impressed that you managed to keep up for this long. When I say that it is not too late for you to complete your task I mean that I have decided to give you another chance."
Now the red-head was even more confused and asked. "How can you do that? I am already dead. My body is destroyed by all the splinters and the knife."
"That's true; your male body is not usable anymore, however your female body is fully capable of protecting the ones you love and those who can't protect themselves. That's the martial artist's code is it not?
There was someone that was willing to give her another life, another chance to do things right. There is no way I'm going to screw up this time. Ranma said to herself.
The red-haired girl frowned and nodded, "You want to give me another chance? I'm not ready to die just yet. I still want to protect the ones who can't protect themselves. There's so much I want to do before I depart and if I'm going to die then I want it to be a proper death and not from a poisoned knife and trashcan splinters." she said with a weak smile. Kami-Sama looked pleased with her answer and smiled back.
"You know that you'll have to live the rest of you life 100 % female right? That means you won't be able to change into a boy anymore." Kami-Sama said and looked down on the red haired girl. Suddenly the girl wasn't so sure about this. She looked up at Him with a curious look before saying "Well, I was actually getting used to the curse and changing genders all the time and you know what? It doesn't bother me so much anymore." Kami-Sama smiled and said. "I have been watching you for a time now and I must say I'm quite impressed of how well you have adapted to the curse, even with all the trouble and chaos going on around you. If you accept this offer which I guess you will then I will send you back to the world of the living after going through the things you should know about this second chance." The redhead nodded and the He started talking about a lot of things while Ranma just nodded and got it all noted mentally.
After what had felt like hours of talking He was done talking about all the important stuff. Ranma was getting tired and started yawning. She barely managed to keep up now. Come on Ranma, you can't fall asleep in front of Him. She said to herself mentally. He had already noticed that she was getting sleepy and decided that it was time. "I see that you're getting tired Ranma. Did you understand all of this? If you are ready I will send you back to the world of the living so that you may sleep. When you wake up tomorrow it will be like nothing has happened to you except that you cannot turn into a boy anymore." Ranma could only nod to this. "You might need to be prepared to answer some questions due to your resurrection." Ranma nodded again.
"Before you leave I wish to give you these. He handed two scrolls of rolled paper to Ranma who opened them and began to read. "This is martial arts techniques" She said almost shouting. "Yes, it is. I've had them for several centuries now and they have been passed on to some few martial artists that weren't so lucky in their time of life. It will certainly make you stronger and will prove quite useful when you are in a tight spot. Now you may wonder why I would give you these scrolls without anything in return. That's why I'm asking you this. There's a lot of crime going on around the world and the police doesn't seem to be able to handle it all so I would like you to help me and the authorities with the ones who takes innocent lives. One of the techniques that you've got there is called "Divine Retribution". If used correctly and at the right time which is a little moment before the criminal is about to commit their "deeds", the effect of this move will purge the evil thoughts of the criminal and make them unable of killing in cold blood again. It simply purifies the mind of all evil and makes them forget what they are about to do."
Ranma was amazed by the thought of all the good things that could be done with this technique.
"So, I'll become a crime fighter then?" Ranma asked.
"Something like that yes" He answered. Before continuing. "I do not expect you to travel around the world to pursue the criminals. It is more than enough with Tokyo."
"That was a relief." Ranma said with a relaxed look on her face.
"The other technique is called "Saviour of the Heavens." It lets you heal any wounds of a victim. Should you be too late to stop the crime that is. You can also use this technique on yourself in case you should come to any harm. To make it easier for you to understand I'll give you an example. Imagine that you have been shot in the stomach by a high power pistol and you can barely breathe. You can use this healing technique on yourself to vaporize the bullet inside you and fix the wound as well as your internal organs. Now, are you ready to go back to the world of the living and back to your new life?" Ranma nodded and put the scrolls in her "Stuff Space" before saying.
"It has been an enlightening experience to be here talking with you Kami-Sama. And I promise to do my best to defeat the crimes and save those who need help."
"I trust you with these techniques because I know you wouldn't use them for you own good but to help others which you've always tried. When you return to life you might feel a little nauseous when you wake up again."
"That's ok; I'm used to the feeling of pain and sickness thanks to a certain cook in the Tendo family." Ranma said with a poorly hidden smile.
"That reminds me of something. You want to repair that friendship you have with Akane right?"
"Of course I want that." Ranma said.
"Then you might want to stop putting your pride in front of everything. That wronged father of yours has made you into the person you are today. Your pride is the thing that prevents you from getting a better relationship with other people. Pride and honour isn't everything but it is nice to have a good reputation amongst the normal people."
"I understand, I think." The redhead said.
"I think that you have made if quite far with only this little conversation that we have had here. All that's left now is to see if you can do it down there. I will be watching you from above Ranma." He said and let loose a bright white light that consumed everything. Ranma let out a silent scream as she felt a tingling through her body as if it was changing like it usually did when the curse was triggered. The light lasted for about ten seconds before Ranma began to feel even more tired and suddenly fell asleep in her own body back at the Tendo dojo. The ruined body of male Ranma Saotome was no more. All that was left was a petite redheaded girl that was sleeping on the floor where there once was a body of a young male. Tomorrow was going to be a long day and she knew it.