It had been two weeks since the failed wedding and Akane was currently talking to her friends Yuka and Sayuri during one of their study sessions at the library.
"Hey Akane, has anything changed in your relationship with Ranma?" Sayuri asked nonchalantly.
The tip of Akane's pencil broke and she sighed heavily. "No… Things are like they've always been, which is so weird because they're not."
"What do you mean Akane?" Yuka asked, pausing in her homework to watch her friend. Akane had told them the basics of what had happened in China, but she never got into any details.
"A lot… happened in China. At one point, Ranma even thought I was… dead." These were hard things to admit. She didn't want her friends or family worrying about her, but it was hard not being able to talk about these things.
Sayuri gasped and Yuka dropped her pencil, covering her mouth.
Akane quickly waved her hand dismissively to reassure her friends. "I wasn't! Of course… but I couldn't move or say anything at the time. He was holding me, and I think he was crying…"
"How romantic." Sayuri sighed breathily.
Akane took a deep breath, preparing for the big reveal. "I don't know for sure, but I think… I think I heard him say- ". Here Akane stopped and closed her eyes, picturing it in her mind.
"What did he say?" Yuka asked.
"What did he say?!" Sayuri whisper-shrieked eagerly.
Akane's cheeks pinked and she felt her stomach flutter and she looked down at the table. "That he loved me."
Sayuri and Yuka turned to each other and let out some girly-celebratory shriek as they flailed at each other in excitement. The librarian poked her head around the stacks of books and shushed their table. Properly chastised, the girls quickly composed themselves.
"That's great Akane!" Yuka encouraged her friend who looked rather depressed after such good news.
"I asked him before the wedding if he loved me. He denied saying it and as soon as he found out my dad had some Nannii-chuan, he ran off and started a big fight that ruined the whole thing."
"He said he didn't love you?" Yuka asked with wide eyes.
"No! He said he didn't say he loved her. That's different!" Sayuri defended fiercely, always the romantic at heart. "Right Akane?" She turned to her friend who sat slumped in her seat, fiddling with her broken-tipped pencil.
"I don't think it really matters. We do nothing but argue anyway, Ranma is always such a jerk." She sighed heavily.
"Ranma's always been a jerk, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love you." Yuka soothed. She was the more levelheaded of her two friends.
"Maybe I'm just wasting my time. I'm the un-cute fiancé after all." She pouted, thinking about Ukyo, the cute fiancé, even if she was a cross dresser or Shampoo, the beautiful but deadly Amazon from China.
"I'm sure everything will work out." Sayuri said, sitting back with a scheming glint in her eye.
Akane sighed. "We should get back to work."
"Hey Daisuke, Hiroshi, over here!" Sayuri called, waving from her booth in the ice cream shop, sitting next to Yuka. Sayuri had met up with Ranma's friends Daisuke and Hiroshi at school and had told them they were needed for an important meeting after school regarding Ranma and Akane. Daisuke had agreed on their behalf out of curiosity and because quite frankly, he could really use a sundae.
"Ladies, shall we order something sweet?" Daisuke said in way of greeting.
"What's this meeting about exactly?" Hiroshi asked after sitting and nodding a greeting to the two girls across from him.
"We've already ordered but go ahead." Yuka said.
After the boys ordered their ice cream, Sayuri got to the point. "I have a plan."
"A plan for what?" Hiroshi asked.
"To get Ranma to admit his feelings for Akane, to Akane." The first was hard enough, the last was impossible.
"It'll never happen." Daisuke scoffed and he grabbed his sundae as all their ice cream arrived at the same time and he dug into it voraciously.
Sayuri took her time taking a self-satisfied sip from her milkshake before flashing them a wicked grin. "That's why we trick them both."
"Them both?" Hiroshi asked curiously, pausing in raising his spoon to his lips, but only for a moment.
"Of course. If Ranma knows she's there, he'll never admit anything."
Daisuke rubbed his forehead in confusion. "Sayuri. Just tell us what your plan is."
"Yeah Sayuri, what is your plan?" Yuka prompted eagerly.
Sayuri clucked her tongue at them, disappointed that they were ruining her fun. "Alright. You know the half wall by the baseball field? Monday at lunch the three of us will go sit on the far side of the wall by the baseball field. You invite Ranma to sit with you guys on the other side and get Ranma to admit his feelings! Akane will hear everything and they can finally admit they love each other!" Sayuri finished with a triumphant smile.
"But you got the easy part!" Daisuke whined.
"It's not that hard!" Sayuri argued. "Ranma's easy enough to trick."
"That's not the hard part." Hiroshi muttered. "Getting him to admit his feelings is the hard part."
"He does get awfully defensive, doesn't he?" Yuka reflected, taking another bite of ice cream.
"That's an understatement." Daisuke muttered, scrapping ice cream from the sides of the dish.
Sayuri sat back in the booth and tapped her chin thoughtfully. "Well if you don't think you're up to the task…"
A competitive glint entered Daisuke's eye. "Of course I'm up for the task!" Daisuke declared, slamming his fist on the table. Yuka and Hiroshi shared a look and shook their heads while Sayuri smirked and drank more of her milkshake.
Sarahplainntall here! This is my first Ranma 1/2 fanfiction, so be kind and enjoy! I appreciate you for reading and if you potentially favorite or review, THANK YOU!