Special Note: So here's the deal. I saw someone else try this, and it's not against the rules, so I decided to do it too. This is a collection of first chapters of story ideas I have. I want feedback on these to help decide which ones I want to continue and how soon to do so. I'll gradually be adding more to it, but I'll warn you now that they will all feature a Ranma x Akane pairing. As a special treat, if you leave a signed review, I'll give you a sneak peak of some information I have planned for that particular story while avoiding spoilers.

First up is a story that I had originally published under its own entry but will now be featured here instead.

The Tomboy Bride

Disclaimer: "Ranma ½" was written by Rumiko Takahashi, while "The Princess Bride" was written by William Goldman.

Chapter 1: Tragedy Strikes

The cute ten year old redheaded girl was in her room playing "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" on her Nintendo Wii, as this was the closest her parents would let her get to practicing her martial arts while she had a cold.

Eventually, her bedroom door was opened to admit an attractive woman with short dark-blue hair in her early 30s. "Nodoka, your grandfather is here to see you," she told the girl.

"Which grandfather?" asked Nodoka nervously.

"Grandpa Tendo," answered the woman.

"Well, at least he's better than Grandpa Saotome," grumbled Nodoka, "but Mom, can't you tell him I'm sick?"

"He's here because you're sick," explained her mother.

"He's no fun," complained Nodoka. "He's just going to cry while going on and on about how it was all because of him that you and Dad got together, or he's going to want to play shogi only to cheat like a Kuno."

Nodoka's mom sighed. "I know my father can be high maintenance, but that's pretty much true of everyone in our family outside of your Aunt Kasumi. He's already here, so just talk to him and be nice."

Before long, a man in his late 50s came into the room holding a book. He had long hair and a mustache, which were now mostly gray. He sat down on the bed next to his granddaughter, while her mother left the room. "I've brought you a special present," he began. He handed the book to Nodoka.

"The Princess Bride?" scoffed Nodoka. "No offense, Grandpa, but I've seen the movie like a dozen times by now. It's a classic."

"I know," responded her grandfather, "but when I was a kid, the movie hadn't been made yet, and this was one of my favorite books. Don't worry. I'll liven it up just for you."

"I guess that doesn't sound too bad," replied Nodoka. "I'll try and stay awake."

Her grandfather opened the book and began to read.

Akane was raised to be the heir to the Tendo School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts in the Nerima Ward of Tokyo, Japan.

(Nodoka started giggling as she thought, 'Of course he's going to read it this way. This might be fun, after all.')

Her favorite pastimes were martial arts, of course, and tormenting her arranged fiancé who lived there as the heir to the Saotome branch of the school. His name was Ranma, but she never called him that.

Whenever Akane got angry, she would take it out on Ranma. "Well, I'm sorry if being around me is such a problem, dummy." "You uncute tomboy!" Ranma would reply only to be smacked by Akane's fist or a nearby blunt object.

"Try my cooking, please," suggested Akane. Ranma took a bite only to immediately wash it down with a glass of milk. "You uncute tomboy," he muttered as he held his hand to his stomach. That day, Akane was amazed to discover that when Ranma said, "You uncute tomboy," he really meant, "I love you." It was even more amazing when she realized that she loved him back.

They were finally willing to get married, but first Ranma had to travel to China to complete his martial arts training before he could inherit the Tendo Dojo. It was a very emotional time for the couple as they said good-bye.

"I'm afraid I'll never see you again. What if something happens to you?" worried Akane.

"I'll always come back for you. Ranma Saotome never loses," promised Ranma with his usual arrogant grin. "This is true love."

Ranma never made it to his final destination. After swimming to China, he was captured by the Dread Pirate Lady Ranko, who never left captives alive. When Akane got the news that Ranma had been murdered, she went to her room and cried for days. "I will never love again," she promised.

Author's Notes: Okay, this idea just came to me, and I had to get started on it. Don't worry; the other chapters should be longer, and it won't be quite as straightforward a parody as it seems so far.

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