A Ranma Sailor Moon fic thingy.
By Sunshine Temple
Naturally, I own neither Sailor Moon nor Ranma. So here's the disclaimer
Ranma 1/2 and its characters and settings belong to Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan, Kitty, and Viz Video. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi, Koudansha, TV Asahi, and Toei Douga, and DIC.
Previous chapters and other works can be found at my fanfiction website.
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Book 1: Brooding Responsibilities
Chapter 10: Converting Enemies
Formerly: Revenge and Rebirth Part 2
Ukyou opened her eyes. Being alive was a nice surprise. A more pleasant surprise came after she looked her body over: She was still human. Turning her head, she took stock of what seemed to be a hospital room. The drab concrete walls were somewhat comforting.
The wounded girl leaned up on the bed to see the two other people in the room. The male was dressed in a grey Willard International Consulting duty uniform. Ukyou recognized the coloration and rank symbols on the uniforms.
The woman was a Lieutenant in Medical section. Her chestnut hair was cut almost too short to pass for a business professional style, and her brown eyes carefully studied a clipboard in her hands.
The man was a Captain in Operations section. Tall, thin, with dark blue eyes, and close-cropped hair, he looked Germanic to Ukyou. His clipped accent helped reinforce this perception.
"You're awake. This is good," Jarvis said looking the Assembly acolyte over. "Dr. Covington, her condition is stable?"
"Yes sir," the female agent nodded.
Jarvis continued. "We shall call your people. Unless you have a specific way you want to us to contact them?"
"No." Ukyou eyed the gun on his hip. She did not see her weapons anywhere in the room. This was to be expected; WIC and the Assembly were not on the best of terms.
"Really? Unusual. Then we will use a number that we know of. Cooperation on your part would be helpful."
"What happened to my partner?" Ukyou asked. There was a chance WIC had separated them.
"We don't know. None of the other victims in the building were Assembly. The building was sealed, but we believe a powerful Pattern D still managed to escape. She might have taken him or destroyed him entirely. We are still investigating."
"Oh." Ukyou slumped. She had watched Ryoga fight that demon, and now he was.... The girl pushed those thoughts aside. Now was her chance. "I'm not going back."
Ukyou exhaled. This was her chance. "I - I want to defect to WIC."
Jarvis kept his face neutral. "Really? I'll have to talk to my superiors."
"I'm sure they're already listening," Ukyou casually remarked.
Alexia looked over her work. Teleporting out of the building was a pain, but it was the only option. She was angered by the loss, but those demons while powerful were still ordinary humans originally. Who she had now was.... special. Alexia had appeared in the large household that now served as her headquarters. The remains of her brood watched expectantly when they saw their mistress' new find.
The blonde demoness smiled. The conversion process had some complications, but they were easily circumvented. It forced her to put some effort into the creation of a new broodling. The novelty pleased her in a way.
It was time for her to wake her newest creation. The demoness smiled. The Assemblyman made quite the lovely little thing. Alexia went over to the sleeping succubus and gently rocked her awake.
The first thing the young succubus noticed was her sense of smell The orange-haired girl could smell... another demon in the luxurious bedroom, one that was very familiar. Then came the other sensations from the new body. Her horns, wings, and tail felt alien and strange... The fangs were familiar at least.
The new demoness was at a loss. Her Assembly training told her that she must try to kill the monster that had turned her or at the very least destroy herself. She shook her head. Why would I want to kill my Mommy? And why would I want to throw away the precious gift I've just been given?
The orange-haired girl glared at Alexia. "Bitch! I’m going to destroy you!" She then screamed after steeling herself. She would kill the monster that did this to her, and then... herself.
Alexia’s face dropped and to the newborn demon the elder looked genuinely disappointed and hurt. The smaller demon shook her head again. Why did she care what this… thing thought of her. She was an Assemblyman, demons like this were prey to her.
The girl smiled in remembrance. Slaying all those demons had been satisfying. It was a shame she had missed out on the chance to feed on them. That was such a waste. She blinked and a slight growl escaped her lips as she promised herself that she would kill at least one more demon.
Extending the talons on her left hand, she focused her attention on Alexia, who was simply watching this with a slight frown on her face. The younger succubus flexed her hand and was puzzled at the sensation. She then looked to see slightly glowing semi-translucent dark green claws coming out of her fingers. Gazing through the weapons she almost grinned. Until now her experience had been on the receiving end of such claws.
Alexia maintained her outward appearance as her mood improved. The former demon hunter’s self image was being shifted. The young creature would have much the same fanatical hate and disdain to those not her own kind.
Loyalties altered and reformed.
The blonde demoness increased her influence over her new minion. The new succubus was almost ready. "Whatever you do, I forgive you," Alexia lied in a convincing tone. The demoness then relaxed her stance giving the appearance of compliance.
The younger demoness paused. She had not expected this kind of reaction from the monster that had taken her humanity. "But..."
"It's okay," Alexia said as she traced her fingers over the fins of the newborn's tail. Alexia was certain that the new girl would not extend her tail filaments.
"Oh... oh... Mommy." the young succubus' eyes widened in horror at what she had just said. "What... what am I?" She had her memories, but those were what she was. The thoughts and sensations she was feeling now were more familiar, more right.
Alexia gave a warm smile. She's almost ready. Just one more push. "I'll show you," she said as she stood up. The blonde then lead the smaller girl to the a full length mirror.
The newborn young demon looked at her reflection in shock. A beautiful seductress stared back at her. Her nude, just over five-foot tall, body was perfectly proportioned. Large expressive eyes were a familiar shade of bright green though now their shape was subtly different. The confused smile on her face was accented by a set of slightly longer fangs.
Little black horns peeked out of longish orange hair. Spreading behind her was a large pair of orange and red wings. An orange tail with red fins was pulled around and rested in her hands. Alabaster skin contrasted greatly to the tanned flesh the larger blonde demoness, who was also nude, that leaned over her.
"What do you think... my child?" Alexia asked, affectionately.
The orange-haired succubus stared at her reflection, mesmerized. It was the most impressive female body she had ever seen, and it was hers. A small trickle of blood flowed from her nose. Releasing her grip on her tail, she clumsily wiped it away.
Alexia smiled and cleaned up the smeared blood.
"I'm.... I'm a succubus," the orange-haired girl said weakly. The girl's eyes hardened. "No! You won't get away with this!"
"I already have." Alexia laughed as she pushed even more pheromones out and used her hand to rub the other demon's left horn.
The young demoness tried to fight the sensations within her, but soon she was purring and leaning into the hand petting her horn. The feelings intensified, and the young succubus' purring was mixed with cries of mindless pleasure.
The orange-haired girl gave one piercing cry that was a mix of growl and scream before she slumped back down. Her mind clouded she looked to Alexia, who then grabbed one of the young demon's horns and twisted it. The newborn succubus yelped and tried to move her head to minimize the pain in her horns.
"I'm trying to protect you, Dear," Alexia said as she held onto her creation. The blonde then angled the demon's head so the younger succubus was looking at her reflection. "You've got great potential, but you are so very young. And you will listen to your betters."
Nodding, the young demon studied her image. Alexia released her grip, but the newborn could still feel her presence.
"What are you?"
"I'm Assembly of-" the demoness started but was cut off by Alexia caressing her neck. The last bit of resistance crumbled and the girl embraced her new form "I'm a succubus." Her tone was confident and prideful.
you are, my dear
love you too," Alexia said, inwardly smirking. Normally, she would have
corrected her spawn telling her to call her Mistress instead of Mommy, but she
decided to let
something that bothered
"Oh, the traitor?" Alexia laughed. "Don't worry. We'll tear her apart... together," the blonde succubus reassured.
Deep within the corridors of WIC
Rei eyed the two demons. They had showered and changed their clothes, but she would still clearly recall the blood and... other items splattered on them. She turned to see the redheaded demon step out of an adjacent locker room. Ranma's hair was still slightly damp, despite being pulled back into the style she wore at school.
"You girls sure you don't wanna clean up?" the brood mother asked the Senshi.
"We're fine, thanks" Usagi replied as she pushed the image of a certain redheaded succubus helping her clean up out of her mind. The blonde's frustration grew. She did not want some demonic replacement! She wanted her Mamo-chan! But he was gone... killed by a lunatic, who Pluto seemed unable, or unwilling, to help bring to justice.
Usagi had met Murdock and she had done nothing. She chastised herself for not trying to... what? Kill the mage? A part of her wanted to do just that. Murdock had killed her Mamoru. It was fair.
Usagi banished those thoughts. Sailor Moon did not kill people. She had to keep those thoughts controlled... like other urges. She remembered what she did the first time her lover died... picking up Venus' sword and.... She wanted to be with him so badly, but she was needed here, and unlike that time her Queen Serenity was not around to reincarnate them. There was no assurance that things would magically return to normal, and as much as it hurt and as much as oblivion appealed to her, she had responsibilities more important than her own needs.
There was still the chance that Mamoru would come back. It had happened before. It will happen this time, the blonde swore. Usagi smiled at the thought. She would wait for him, he would be reborn, regain his memories, and she would find him. It would be very romantic. They would be together. What Usagi ignored, what had happened to her throughout her life, was that fate tended to have a sense of humor.
"Yeah, we didn't get as bloody as you did," Rei stated.
"Not for lack of trying," Minako said attempting to be helpful. "Our demons were just too scared and ran off."
"I got blood on me," Janet said as she rotated her transformation item in her hands. The knife's silver blade reflected the florescent light.
"It went away when you detransformed," Ami said.
"And when I transform again?"
"It will be clean and fresh. That's part of the magic."
"Oh. Then why'd Ranma shower?"
"I wanted to get clean," Ranma stated. After reverting out of Sailor DarkStar form she was physically clean but she did not feel clean. Disturbingly, she felt more sweaty than anything else. He, on the other hand... It was not just out of concern for her kids that Ranma returned to her demon form after the shower. The lingering taste of demonic flesh remained in his mouth too. The worst part was that feeding that way was not her worst option. There were other feeding urges she had, fortunately killing satiated them.
"It'd be nice if we had uniforms that'd clean us up," Akane grumbled. She had tried using her powers to shift her clothes, but the gore remained, just on different garments.
Ranma paused at that. For some reason her mind flashed to those demons with their fire shields. She then remembered her own fireballs consuming bodies. The redhead shook her head.
Maybe you shouldn't tear into your enemies like that. Rei thought as she looked over to see Minako happily chatting with Nariko.
"Hi, Mommy! Mina-chan thinks I should get my ears pierced!" Nariko smiled cutely at her mother.
"What? How'd that come up?" Ranma asked.
"We were talking and I noticed she didn't have pierced ears. It's odd for a girl her age to not have them," Minako said.
"Can I get em, Mommy? Please."
"I don't know. We'll see," Ranma shrugged.
"But you've got pieced ears," Nariko said with a slight pout.
"My senshi uniform has 'em."
"I've seen you with earrings in school too," Usagi added, quietly. A normal, a girly, conversation had drawn her attention. She wondered if Ranma was having problems like she was. A loss of humanity instead of a loss of a lover. A brief glance at Ranma's eyes confirmed this suspicion.
"Makes sense that it'd carry over," Ami said.
"I wonder if Ranma's male form has them too," Makoto idly remarked.
Akane snickered and Nariko giggled.
"Girls, that's not funny." Ranma sighed at her daughters.
"Now what?" Rei asked. She was not terribly interested in the demon's piercings. "Why are we here?"
"I wanted us to talk to each other," Usagi stated. "We should be working together."
"I'm just here because that Assembly girl's here," Ranma shrugged. "They'll tell me when she wakes up." She sighed.
"What's wrong Mother?"
"Oh nothing, just thinking about the girls we killed." Ranma lied slightly. She was also thinking about her eyes. It had happened again. The purple flecks had grown.
There was still more blue than violet in her eyes, if barely, but the trend was clear. The more demon stuff she did, the less blue there was to her eyes.
"They're just demons," Rei interjected.
Usagi almost laughed. It was true that Sailor Moon did not kill people, however she did kill demons and other monsters, many of whom where once human. Some of them she healed, but others, like that succubus this morning, she simply destroyed.
Ranma looked at Rei. The redhead's narrowed eyes softly glowed in anger. The demon's stance changed ever so slightly. Anyone who knew succubae body language would have been concerned for Rei's safety. Except Nariko and Akane, who didn't really care.
"And what about her and her kids?" Ami looked between the succubae and the humans. "They're demons too. The difference is that they're not just demons. They fight for the same things we do."
"But their methods..." Rei mumbled.
"None of us hesitated to kill that girls. We blew her apart," Janet reprimanded. "We killed her so hard that cannibalistic demons fled us in terror."
"Exactly, the only difference is that we didn't drain our kill," Ami stated in a strange voice.
"You sound as if that's a bad thing!" Minako exclaimed
"What? Of course draining's a bad thing! I was just saying that's the difference."
"We didn't cut them apart," Rei counted.
"Uh... I did." Janet held her up transformation item, a large knife that could expand into her staff.
Ranma sighed as the senshi argued. She hoped that Assembly-girl would wake up soon.
"Besides, is it really any different from us blowing away demons that used to be people?" Usagi asked Rei in a calm voice.
Makoto glanced at her princess. The blonde seemed to have retreated from the conversation again. There was a distant look to Usagi's eyes. It worried the Senshi, more than Usagi's nightly crying jags. Puzzlement grew on Makoto's face when she noticed the small smile on Usagi's lips. She wondered exactly what the princess was thinking about.
From a display on the wall of his office, Jacob watched Captain Jarvis' conversation with the Assembly acolyte. Looking over his shoulder, Jacob saw Commander Stillwater enter the room.
"What did the general say, Sir?" Jacob asked.
"We can conduct preliminary interviews with the acolyte. If she's a sincere defector we could learn a lot from her."
"I'm sure that will be easy to determine," Jacob remarked dryly. "She could be full of misinformation, or better yet a simple spy."
"Perhaps, but there's also the issue of her partner. Our scanners detected a powerful Pattern D and a Pattern A. Both have disappeared. If this was a setup, then the Assembly is much more capable than we thought. Our knowledge of them is somewhat limited, but it's best for us to be careful."
"Perhaps our new guest can help us with that."
"Maybe. I take it Section Chief Tofu did not find an Assemblyman among the dead?"
"No he did not, but his team is still going through the building. The carnage is pretty standard, but fairly extensive. They have found several Assembly weapons however."
Jacob nodded. "I'll tell Jarvis he can go a bit further then. What of Miss Saotome?"
"She was the one that saved the
acolyte from those demons. Make sure Jarvis does not do anything... excessive,"
"Yes sir." Jacob then pulled out his phone. He would call Lt. Tendo and tell her to inform Ranma.
"Interesting," Jarvis noted. "Revenge was the initial motivation for your joining?" Several sets of devices recorded his words.
"Yes," Ukyou nodded. She was sitting up in the bed. It had been painful to get up, but the doctor that had examined her seemed confident in a quick recovery. The worse were the burns and cuts on her leg. Her mobility would be reduced somewhat until those healed more. "It was a... family dispute between my own and Ranma's." The brunette did not elaborate further.
"I see." Captain Jarvis concentrated on keeping her talking. He could always go back and ask for clarification in subsequent interviews. The important part was to open up a dialog with her, to get her to talk. Jarvis paused to see if Acolyte Kuonji would continue of her own accord of if he would need to prod her.
"Funny thing, my partner had the same vendetta. Well... different reasons but the same target. Then we learned that Ranma had been turned into a demon. Actually, Father Oslo told Ryoga first. Then after Ryoga was almost killed by... Ranma, I was told who that redhead was.
"Though it was Ryoga who helped me see what was so wrong with the Assembly. Sure, he was always a bit... obsessive, and he could be a real stubborn jerk, but he was a good guy. We were killing monsters. Some of the things we'd seen demons do..." Ukyou had bowed her head and paused to clear her mind.
"Sure they cured his... problems, but they made him worse. Then I noticed that he was starting to get strange... It got worse the more... proficient he became." Ukyou sighed.
Jarvis nodded. He had read the reports on Assembly techniques, and knew they were dangerous but this girl had more detailed information.
"I guess it ate at me. I couldn't even confide in my partner. If he knew... if he suspected...." Ukyou shrugged. Ryoga was a good little Assemblyman. He would do the right thing. She looked up to see the door being opened. The agent that entered was unsurprising, but the person accompanying her was...
The pale girl appraised the room. "You! What are you doing here?" she suddenly shouted, flaring eyes that were a strange mix of blue and violet flecks.
Ukyou reflexively pulled back until she realized that she was not the target of the demon's rage.
"I am conducting an interview, Miss Saotome," Jarvis replied coolly. He leveled his gaze to meet the succubus'.
Ranma almost smiled. It amused her that these agents were still able to stare her down. They might be creepy, but they had guts. "Really, are you going to torture her too?"
"You were fully capable of stopping me last time, yet you stood aside and let me work." Jarvis darted his eyes to the defector before continuing. "I even gave you the chance to finish her off."
Ukyou blinked. She knew WIC had information extraction personnel. She assumed they were equivalent to those she had met in the Assembly, but even the grim-faced and black-robed members of the Inquisitorial Branch never feed people to demons. Her appraisal of the blue-eyed-blond changed for the worse.
"That was one of Alexia's brood. This is a human," Ranma replied.
Ukyou relaxed slightly. It was a demon that they were talking about. She tensed when the redhead turned to face her. The demon studied her, and Ukyou was about to ask the Captain to remove her. Ukyou wanted to learn more about what had happened Ranma, but not while she was vulnerable.
"Ucchan? Is that you?"
Ranma inquired. "It's been so long!" The redhead then leapt up and
embraced the acolyte. "Why didn't you tell me you were a girl?" the
succubus asked while nuzzling her old friend.
Impressively, Ukyou froze for only a split second. She screamed and shoved the demon, who surprisingly released her grip and tumbled onto the floor.
"Sorry," Ranma apologized. Why'd I do that? I guess I really missed Ucchan, but... Ranma recalled how affectionate her children were, and some of the things she had done. Stupid succubus body.
"You have no right to call me that, demon," Ukyou spat.
"Hey, I'm not evil!" Ranma snarled.
"You were evil long before you got turned; you and your father abandoned me"
Ukyou stared. The demon's cluelessness was without guile. If the redhead had tried to do a coy pout or a sob story as to how she begged Genma to not abandon Ukyou, that she could have bought as a demonic lie. But no self-respecting succubus would blink with dumb confusion on her face.
"You don't even realize what you did." Ukyo gave abitter laugh. To have caused so much pain and to be oblivious of it.... She would learn what had happened to Ranma, after she set the record straight with the demon.
Jarvis listened as the two teens dug through their memories to piece together what had happened. He had interviewed Genma Saotome and was not terribly surprised by that man's actions.
Ranma looked into her old friend's eyes. "Pops tricked me. I was just a kid! I didn't know that by choosing okonomiyaki, I'd abandon you. I didn't even know you were actually a cute girl!" Ranma slapped her hand to her forehead at that slipup.
"That means a lot coming from a succubus," Ukyou tried to keep her voice cold but a slight blush did creep onto her face.
"I'm not a succubus!" the redhead bristled. "Well... not all the way. I'll show you." She opened the door to the room. "Akane can you bring me two glasses of water?"
"One hot, one cold?" Akane, who was waiting with her sister and mate outside the room.
Kasumi watched Akane walk down the corridor. "A little demonstration, why?"
"Turns out the Assembly girl's an old friend. Though, I could have sworn she was a boy back then."
A ghost of a smile appeared on Kasumi's lips.
"Mommy, if she's an old friend she must have thought you were a guy too," Nariko explained.
Ranma blinked. "Yeah, Nari-chan that's right."
Akane returned with the two glasses and gave them to her mother. Ranma reentered the room and demonstrated using the hot water. "See, I'm still human." Ranma's blue eyes made contact with Ukyou's.
Ukyou looked him over. She knew powerful succubae could shape shift, and that she could not detect any demonic energy was meaningless. Her own senses were rudimentary and a demon powerful enough to change her form might be able to evade her detection. That water was a trigger however....
"Jusenkyou? But I thought demons were immune to that." Ukyou paused to consider what she had seen "What is there a spring of drowned succubus?"
"Might as well be. My cursed form's now a demon."
"And you just happened to turn people?"
"It didn't just happen!" Ranma almost growled. It was for the best that he did not. Ranma's male form was not nearly as capable as his female form in that department. "I had to save their lives."
"So, you turned them." Ukyou's voice was flat.
"Yeah. I know some crazy demon hunter like you'd rather die than live as a demon but not everyone thinks like that."
Ukyou tilted her head slightly. "I'm not that crazy. I wanted out of the Assembly." The demon hunter sighed. "But not like this.... not at Ryoga's expense."
Jarvis noted that Ukyou did avoided directly answering the question. His curiosity as to the nature of the relationship these two had increased.
"What happened to that guy?" Ranma had wanted to... The martial artist paused. He did not want to think about what he... no what she wanted to do to the demon hunter.
"We don't know." Jarvis spoke up. "We were unable to find him or Alexia."
"When I last saw him he was fighting her. If he'd won he would have come for me," Ukyou quietly added.
Ranma simply nodded. He knew what Alexia would have done to Ryoga. They all did.
The former acolyte steeled herself and looked Ranma in the eyes, eyes that were the same blue she remembered. "Thank you." Ukyou flexed her fingers. It was a reflex from her training. "If you and your..." She paused to find the appropriate word "kids hadn't helped me... Thank you."
"It was the right thing to do," Ranma shrugged.
Ukyou smiled warmly at that. A succubus had saved her, a demon hunter, from other succubae, and why? Not for the "purity of humanity" like the Assembly spouted off or for whatever mercenary reason WIC used, but for something as simple as it being the right thing to do.
"Now what are you gonna do?"
"I defected to the Company. I'm sure they'll want to know everything I know. At least I'm out of the Assembly. I'd like to get back at Alexia, but that seems like a pretty long line."
Ranma nodded. "I should get going. If you want to talk to me just ask one of these guys."
"Uh okay," Ukyou said. Ranma was the only person she really knew here.
Ranma gave a slight smile and exited the room.
Ukyou watched her old friend leave. The brunette sighed and turned her attention back to her interviewer. She started thinking of her future, and how to make the most of it.
Once Ranma was out of the room he used the cold water to return to demon form.
"You really wanna see that?" Ranma asked her mother. She and the rest of the brood were about to use WIC Toronto-B's showers after their daily flight training session. They had been intercepted by the ranking Science and Technology Section officer.
"From what you've told me it’s a very interesting attack," Nodoka said.
"I just wish the name was better."
"It's cute." Nariko's tone was eager enough, but her expression confirmed what she really thought.
"What did you expect Mom? You are a magical girl," Akane smirked.
Ranma sighed. "Somehow, being a succubus is less a problem than being a magical girl," she mumbled as she activated her Senshi form.
"Where do you want the demonstration?" Ranma asked, now with fully violet eyes asked. It had been three days since she had first used that attack, she had to admit it would be good to practice it again.
"I'll show you," Nodoka said. She lead them outside the building and across the facility's campus. Their destination was a large block of steel and concrete down at the end of an outdoor target range. The range was closed and a pair of young S&T agents were setting up cameras and sensors for what had to be a target.
"How is the Kuonji girl doing?" Nodoka asked as she was handed a clipboard by one of her assistants.
She seems happy to be out of the Assembly, but she did lose her partner. I
guess she's warmed up to me a bit." DarkStar's tail swished nervously. She
had gotten into the habit of visiting Ukyou in her... cell in WIC
The doctor noticed this and noted that her daughter had not mentioned what the former acolyte thought of her. She held those questions and instead explained what she wanted Ranma to do.
Agent Aida checked the scanner before walking back to behind the line. For once the weight of his sidearm was a comfort instead of a burden. These Pattern D's might be the major's family, but they were still demons. The brood mother was especially worrisome. He looked over to see his coworker Anayami was her usual composed self.
Sailor DarkStar smirked when she saw the agents scurry behind the protective shield and man their machines. One of them, the girl with an odd hair color, (a dye job, DarkStar could see the roots) had the almost robotic composure, that was extreme even among Company agents.
Ranma could just imagine that girl getting along famously with Kasumi. The other assistant was more nervous, almost human.
The demon focused her power. A fireball formed in her hands. Her concentration increased and its surfaced smoothed over becoming a glossy black. As she shouted her attack phrase she could see violet and silver swirls forming inside the orb, just before it launched out of her hands.
The orb raced down the field and slammed into the armor-faced concrete target. The orb split apart on the four inch steel plate and exploded in a forward arcing cone. Strangely enough the attack's secondary explosion seemed to come from behind steel armor.
Later examination of the high speed video capture and the test block would indicate that this is exactly what happened. The shards from the DarkStar Burst, sliced through the steel, embedded themselves in the concrete, and exploded.
But that would not be the result Nodoka would find the most interesting of this little test.
"Was that what you wanted?" DarkStar enjoyed blowing up the block. The demon walked over to the equipment's display. A slow motion tracking of the orb's progress was being replayed.
"I don't see what's so important," Akane commented.
"It's hard to see without obvious references, but that trajectory is all wrong." Aida pointed to the screen.
Seeing the confusion on her daughter's face Nodoka explained herself. "We've found something odd with your attack." She then went on to explain what she wanted Sailor DarkStar to do for the next test.
The redhead quickly smiled in understanding. She might not get science that much, but she understood the martial arts. If her mother was right, that attack might be much more useful.
A tall man stood on a overlook. Rain steadily poured around him but he did not notice. Unusual for the location, there was little wind and the precipitation fell nearly vertical, and his wide-brimmed had kept his head dry. Draped over his narrow-shouldered, but surprisingly spry frame, was a long coat. The ends of plain but sturdy pants peeked out of the coat's ends. These were tucked into a pair of boots that while in good condition had been thoroughly broken in. The coat's material was a faded grey-black oilskin that had clasped up the center using a series of snaps. A large satchel, also made of oilskin, was slung over one shoulder.
His eyes were a muddy brown, but his gaze seemed to dwell in the borderlands between dedication and obsession, faith and fanaticism. His hair, what could be seen under his hat, was a light brown that seemed to be of a respectable length.
Even without the notch in his coat's high, almost chin reaching, collar he would have strongly resembled a saddle-back preacher. These were men who went from place to place preaching the word of God to towns too small to have a permanent Shepard.
He stared at the rain soaked valley that spilled out below his position. Pine forests stretched bellow him. Out of necessity, the monastery was in a remote location, but the man enjoyed the scenic side effect.
"Father Oslo?" A younger man asked, bowing his head. He had walked out of the monastery and like the other man seemed unfazed by the rain.
"The Bishop is ready for you."
Father Oslo nodded. He entered the monastery and after passing plain stone and wood paneled corridors and finally through a small, but interestingly stocked, library, was let into a spacious and Spartan office. There was only one embellished aspect of the spare room. It was an immense, cunningly carved desk. The lovingly cared for oak glowed under the soft lighting of the room. That thought brought a smile to the father's face. He remembered the hours he had spend cleaning and polishing such objects during his own days as an acolyte. Humility was important to impart onto the young.
He did not allow his recollections to disrespect the man who had summoned him. Father Oslo bowed his head and let one knee touch the ground. The man behind the desk smiled, showing a little teeth that while white and straight were still... unpleasant. Though no one else at the monastery dared comment; besides after a while they stopped looking off.
Father," the man behind the desk said, to which
"It's one of your proteges. Acolyte Hibiki and his partner have failed to respond." Fortson's voice was conversational and warm.
The bishop gave a slight laugh. "One could say that. It seems that the demon Hibiki and Kuonji were tracking led them into a trap." The bishop ran a pudgy, but oddly nimble, hand over his bald head. "All we know was that our acolytes went into a building crawling with demons and Willard mercenaries."
"You want me to ascertain what happened?" If he were a younger man he would have sighed, but he had experienced the deaths of enough brave and rash acolytes.
"You and a squad of your best men. I want to know what happened, I want you to make sure our missing people's souls are laid to rest, and I want you to exterminate everyone who dared to stand against us!" the bishop shouted, his voice finally gained an edge.
Bishop Fortson smiled, again showing
those upsetting little teeth. He knew
"Why are we here with these...
"Watch your tongue," Alexia corrected in a casual voice
"You need to learn the usefulness of humans," Alexia said as she opened the salon's door.
The demon saw her spawn's respectfully skeptical look. "They're a species designed to serve us as food, fodder to make minions, or servants," Alexia whispered to her daughter as the entered the store.
What she told Aurora ran counter to her own education, but it was better than the truth. If anyone other than her grandmother had told Alexia the true origin of their species, she would have considered it pathetic lies. But, while Alexia's grandmother was overly sentimental, the ancient demoness was not one to suffer delusions.
"Hello Alexia. Is this your daughter?" the stylist asked. She smiled at the younger succubus. "She is a lovely girl." The woman could see why the girl's mother brought her here. Her body was very nice, but it could be complimented a lot better than the simple t-shirt and jeans the girl had on now.
The orange-haired succubus nervously licked her lips. Mother had gone through a lot of trouble for her.
"Daughter, it's a bit early for that," Alexia laughed. "First we've got to give you a proper makeover."
"Once we've made a proper princess
of you then the fun can begin," Alexia whispered in
The stylist smiled as she organized her equipment. It was good to see such a wholesome family: loving mother and adoring daughter.
Ukyou smiled at the warm rays of sunshine on her face. For a few seconds she was able to put aside her worries. Her partner's fate, her betraying the Assembly, her imprisonment, the aches in her still damaged leg, and her... feelings for a demon, were out of her mind. Right now she was outside, breathing fresh air and laying on the grass. It was a welcome change from a solid week of recycled air, florescent lights, and concrete inside that underground base. It was also a positive sign, her privileges had increased
She was still on a WIC base, but this one was much nicer than that other one. This was reinforced by the pair of agents that watched her from a few meters away. Ukyou heard someone approach. The person's footsteps were surprisingly quiet. Though his blocking her sunlight was a pain.
The former Assembly acolyte opened her eyes. It was Jarvis. "Did you pass along my request?" she asked her interrogator.
"I did." Jarvis' speech while clipped did not have its usual accent.
Ukyou suspected that he could switch in and out of it to better aid information extraction in some way.
"The Commander is considering it."
"It's better than having me rot away in some safe house for the rest of my life."
"There is the question of loyalty."
"I know, I betrayed one organization. What's to say I won't betray another?" Ukyou almost laughed. In all her dreams of quitting the Assembly, she never really considered what she would do once she was out. Now that she was, she found herself being drawn back into the business.
"I'll let you know when the Commander does make a decision," Jarvis smiled
Ukyou's thanking response was cut short by an angry growl. She watched as all the agents moved their gaze to the direction of the noise and instantly moved to their weapons. Afterwards Ukyou would realize that she had done the same thing, except that she was unarmed.
Soon, they were rewarded by seeing a trio of succubae fly over-head, dive down, pull up, twist and retreat. It was a maneuver Ukyou recognized: a demonic strafe. Though she could tell that the redheaded brood mother had added some new wrinkles to it.
From Ukyou's prone position it was quite an impressive formation. Her eyes could even pick out the satisfied grin on the lead demon's face. She suspected that's why the succubus was so pleased. Ranma was fulfilling what she saw as her role as a male martial artist and a brood mother, protecting and training the weak, protecting and training her children.
Ukyou could see the martial artist and warrior within the succubus, fankly, that worried her.
Jarvis cleared his throat and pulled out an electronic device. "You mind? I believe we were at the composition of what the Assembly uses to treat their blades and ammunition?"
Ukyou nodded and started explaining what she knew of the process and materials. It did not take long. "Is that all?" Jarvis asked as he stopped the recorder.
The former Assembly acolyte nodded. Her eyes scanned the sky briefly.
"I believe they're still on base. Jefferson, Reynolds, take Miss Kuonji to the brood."
The two agents saluted and escorted Ukyou around a couple buildings. When she rounded a corner and got a clear look at what the demonic trio was doing she paused. It was not the flying that she had seen them do earlier, and it was not the sparring that she had seen the day before. It was a combination of the two.
Ukyou saw a curious mix of ground and air combat. A demon would be flying in the air one moment then would drop to the grass, dodge and leap back up, or would try to intercept her sparring partner another way. The succubae instantly switched between aerial and terrestrial modes. The brood mother was the most fluid though her spawn were performing well too.
Even Ukyou's trained eyes strained to capture their movements. Again she felt the absence of her weapons. The traitor to the assembly of man watched as the redhead neatly tipped over and landed on the ground in a tight roll. The demon then smoothly untucked and sprung her body liken an uncoiled spring. Claws appeared and seemed to cross over a dozen yards. The demon unfolded her wings and slashed into the air.
Ukyou blinked. The redhead had turned towards her.
Ranma turned, reduced her altitude, and landed a few paces from the brunette. She folded her wings back and her tail lazily swished back and forth. "Hi, good to see they're lettin' you outside now." The demon wiped her brow. It took more effort in this form but she could still sweat.
"I guess it is." Ukyou found herself unable to meet the demon's eyes... for very long.
Ranma noted Ukyou was more than intimidated and afraid. The succubus could smell those emotions radiating from her, but there was something else to. Ukyou's body language was also off a bit. The redhead noted that it had become easier to pick up on such things.
The succubus had a fair idea what was making Ukyou uncomfortable. The demon sighed. She supposed it was a mistake to hug Ukyou and call her cute. Though Ukyou was not reacting too badly. Ranma wondered if Ukyou even knew what her feelings were.
However, the succubus declined to broach that subject. She told herself that it was to avoid making the defector more uncomfortable, but that was not the whole truth.
After what she hoped was not a terribly long pause, Ranma spoke. "They been treating you okay? I know that Jarvis guy's pretty... intense." She then turned to her kids, who were still sparring, and waved them to come over.
"No, he's been okay. Captain Jarvis is a professional."
"That he is," Ranma dryly remarked. She recalled that little green-haired succubus and what Jarvis did, and what Ranma herself did. The demoness turned to see her children land, much more gracefully than they used to. The brood mother smiled..
Both Akane and Nariko felt the pride their mother had in them. Their cheeks gained just a hint of crimson. "How's it going Ukyou?" Akane asked.
"Why're you guys so calm around me? I'm a demon hunter."
"So are we," Ranma shrugged.
"Yeah... you guys were training how to fight other demons I guess," Ukyou frowned. The brood was also training on a Company facility.
"Sorta," Ranma laughed. "I've been tinkering with my family's school, modifying things for flight, tails, claws. Stuff like that."
"I see." Ukyou's response was a bit muted. She was at a loss of how to reply.
Ranma laughed again. This time it was strained. The demon turned away and tried to reduce the information she was getting from the human. Picking up all those emotions... it almost felt like an invasion of privacy.
Kasumi walked up to the group.
"Ranma, Major Saotome's on base." She eyed the former Assemblywoman before turning back to the redheaded succubus.
"Mom? Oh, okay," Ranma sighed. Ukyou and "feelings" was not something she wanted to think about but she had to. "Akane, Nari-chan, stay here with Ucchan. I won't be long. Come on Kasumi."
After the agent and the brood mother left, Ukyou looked at the agents and demons that she had been left with. She laughed nervously.
"I guess we can keep sparing," Akane suggested to her mate.
"I've done some thinking," Ranma said as she looked down at the glass coffee table in what looked like a reception room. She could see her reflection. Even at the awkward angle and the imperfect reflection the violet in her eyes was clear. "People die in what we're doing. There was that agent you had in the school. Chase I think his name was. I don't want.... We have to do this but..." The demoness cleared her throat.
"I don't want my kids to be without a Mom. They still need me," Ranma blurted out.
Kasumi and Nodoka exchanged a glance. "What do you... propose?" Major Saotome asked.
"If I... die. My girls will need to be taken care of. They're a bit older now so I think nothing drastic will be needed, but still." Ranma knew that Nariko was not strong enough to use the forced biting method, but she might be able to do it the... other way. Ranma hoped that there would be no need for that. Not with them being at their age.
Nodoka looked into her daughter's eyes. She knew what drastic meant, and wondered if her two granddaughters could survive without demonic parenting. "Of course. I'd do anything to help my family."
"Well... I hope it doesn't have to come to that; you needing to be... something else. I think Nari-chan could.... You wouldn't be... babies... maybe."
Nodoka nodded. She had assumed as much.
"For my sister, I'll do what needs to be done." Kasumi's voice was flat but with conviction.
Ranma smiled slightly. Kasumi, and her own mother for that matter, preferred to die as a human than live as a demon, but if it would save Akane and Nariko...
"Good, I'm glad we got that out of the way," the succubus had one less thing to worry about. She stood up but was stopped by her mother reaching over and hugging her close. The demoness wrapped her arms around her mother automatically.
"I'm so proud of you. You're such a good Mother," Nodoka said hugging the demon tighter. Ranma responded by spreading her wings and folding them other Nodoka's shoulders and back. Despite their disparity in height, the large structures easily accomplished this.
Kasumi decided to give the mother and daughter this private moment and excused herself.
Ranma leaned her head against her mother's chest and purred happily as her mother ran her hand through the demon's hair. Nodoka was careful to avoid the redhead's horns.
I just wish I could be half the mother you were. Nodoka thought from within her child's wings.
A pair of beautiful bronzed women leaned on the bar. They looked somewhat alike though their difference in ages was too close for people to think of mother and daughter. The younger looked like she was hardly the requisite nineteen to legally drink. The older had a curly mane of blonde hair, while the younger had an equally long wave of orange locks. They both had green eyes that evaluated the other patrons with hunger.
Alexia slid over to her minion and
smiled. She put her hand over one of
The brood mother smiled as she
watched her daughter's reaction. The young demon was so eager to perform, yet
so worried about screwing up and disappointing mother. While
Alexia smiled as she evaluated the human. His physical appearance was good, though the demon evaluated him in much the same way a stockman looked over a steer. The human's energy and scent indicated that he would be filling and tasty. Alexia nodded her approval.
Putting a seductive smile on her
Alexia observed her daughter's performance with pride, at her own skill in crafting minion. Her spawn had quickly gotten the attention of her prey and started working on him. The blonde demon smiled. Once you pushed the right buttons, humans were simple.
Eventually, Alexia got up and paid
for her drink.
Alexia landed on the roof of the
apartment building that the human had taken
The newly tanned demon looked down to see a single drop of blood fall from her face and onto the human's chest. It was quickly joined by another. The succubus snarled and put a finger to her nose. It came back bloody.
The human asked a question, but
In-between feeding sessions
Hopefully Mother will let her be more thorough with her prey next time. The demon also hoped that the next time would come soon. The energy she had gotten was good, but more important than nourishment was the sense of power that she could revel in.
know... it's a bit too dark to wear those things," Gabriel chastised his
fellow agent, as he locked the silver Company sedan.
"Maybe it would've been better if you guys had just stayed in the car." Ranma sighed as he walked slightly ahead of them.
"You're the one that wanted an escort."
"No, I'm the one that wanted a ride," Ranma grumbled.
Kasumi and Nabiki were busy, and Ranma could not ask his mother for help, not with what he was getting.
"You sure your kids are.... fine?" Gabriel asked, for the third time by Ranma's count.
"Yeah, they're having... fun." The pigtailed martial artist shook his head. He had found that times like this were the best chance for him to get a break. While mating pairs of succubae were surprisingly private with their intercourse, they still wanted Mother to occasionally watch them perform, both for approval and for... suggestions.
"And they'd better be fine. I am trusting you guys to watch over where we live." Ranma knew they were not that far from home. If they got warning he could change and fly over there within ten minutes, and Mother was there too.
"Of course," Gabriel said in an understanding voice. The kid was concerned about his spawn. The agent shook his head. He found it strange that a demon mommy was more normal than... whatever this teenage guy was.
Ranma groaned. At least this was less awkward than when they were in the car. He smiled. He had seen the item in one of Akane's magazines and knew it would be perfect. Ranma's grin increased slightly; he could even give it to Mother while in his real body.
The martial artist had his hand on the department store's door handle when he caught a beige van reflected in the glass door. He watched as the door slide open. "Guys... you see that?" Ranma asked quietly.
I seem 'em,"
"They're human," Gabriel said while he looked at the bulky bit of electronics he was lugging around.
Ranma frowned, in his other body it would be easy to tell. But to his eye, those men moved like humans.
"What? Wha'ya guys talking about? Wait for the police?" Ranma's voice was conversational in tone and volume but his gaze was even.
"Come on you're saying you guys can't do anything to humans?" Ranma looked at the two agents' guarded expressions. "Fine. Screw you losers, I'll do it myself."
it's a good chance they could be
working for the opposition," Gabriel added as
"Stupid company rules and goons," Ranma grumbled as he walked over to one of the large concrete combination ashtrays and trashcans that flanked the doors to the store. It had rained earlier in the morning and some water had collected into the curved depression that surrounded the lip of the trashcan.
"Goons? We're not that bad," Gabriel said as he adjusted his coat. The agent was really using that was cover for checking the position of his weapon and extra ammunition
could have gotten something cleaner,"
"No time," the succubus said as she glared at the bank, and extended her senses. "Human, as far as I can tell. And there's still one guy in the van."
take the driver; you two go into the bank; I'll be right in,"
"Good you're even wearing a purse," Gabriel noted.
Ranma raised an eyebrow in curiosity. Despite being able to wear pants, albeit leather ones, she continued to generate a leather purse. She suspected that it was because of her time using one at school. Her eyes widened slightly with realization at the agent's plan.
As the short redhead entered the bank she allowed fake shock to cross her face. Gabriel delved into a similar type of chicanery. Three gunmen: two in the main room watching the handful of customers they had forced onto the ground and the last was collecting money from one of the bank's employees. No one seemed hurt…. yet.
"Hands up!" the taller of the two gunmen shouted at the two intruders.
"Bad time for you and your pretty girlfriend to stop in, eh?" his partner added.
"Just get them down on the floor, Mike!" the one collecting money shouted.
"Right, right," the shorter of the pair, Mike said. "On the ground you two!" He then waved his gun at them, a pump-action shotgun, and suggested using a few choice offensive, both in explicit and racial nature, that if they cooperated they'll be home and having sex in no time.
Gabriel's eyes darted to Ranma's purse then back to the gunmen. The redhead simply contained her anger at their suggestion.
"Your little girl going to make a deposit?" Mike laughed. "Darrel, check her purse."
The taller of the two gunmen stepped closer to Ranma, "Hand it over little girl."
The redhead slipped the purse off of her shoulder and reached with the hand out holding it. Darrel responded by stepping closer. He barely say any movement as the small girl blurred, followed immediately by an immense pain in his chin as something impacted it.
After smashing into the first gunman's jaw, Ranma tossed him aside and leapt at the other one. Mike only caught a hint of movement before the redhead had clamped down on the sides of his neck with one hand and twisted the gun out of his hand with the other. The maneuver broke his finger and almost ripped off a thumb. The demon then pulled his head forward and slammed it into her own.
The robber at the counter panicked. Things had changed too fast. Darrel and Mike had been taken out by a little girl, and now her boyfriend had drawn a gun on him.
kill the moron," a new voice said. "Hey Red, go ahead and gut these
two, then finish this last worthless bastard. I already took care of the
The demon paused in thought. "Nah, this is boring me," Ranma said after dropping the now unconscious Mike. Lack of oxygen and head trauma will do that to a person. The key was to squeeze the arteries going into the brain at the sides of the neck instead of the windpipe going down in the front. The former was a far quicker way to cut off the flow of oxygen to the brain. Though it did carry more risk of hurting the person.
Though the redhead was not particularly concerned. She felt dirty just touching such incompetent lowlife scum. At least her real enemies were more of a challenge, and not just punks like these.
"Wait no! You cops can't kill me if I surrender!" the last robber said as he dropped his gun and put his hands up.
"Not at all," Ranma smiled showing a bit of her fangs.
The last robber slid back. More afraid from the girl than the two men pointing guns at him.
"Yeah Sis, I guess I could do that, but did you have to ambush me like this?" Nabiki asked.
"Sorry." Akane blushed in that subtle way succubae did. She supposed that it was rude to question her sister immediately when she had gotten home, but Akane preferred to get this over with before Mother got home.
"No problem," Nabiki smiled at the irony. For once Akane was the one asking Nabiki to take her photo, especially given who the photo was for. "You know my standard rate?" Nabiki said as she walked up the stairs to her room.
Akane nodded. After Nabiki had picked up her camera and some film, they went into Akane's room, or at least the room Akane kept most of her stuff in. "Don't worry, I don't need to many photos," Akane assured her sister. She had been practicing in front of a mirror and had found the perfect pose.
"Good." Nabiki fiddled with her camera. She was not terribly worried. Akane had asked her to take these photos. Ranma and Kasumi should not blame her if something happened. "Okay Akane, I'll do it, but you're gonna have clothes on."
"But... it's for my mate," Akane pouted.
"I've seen enough naked demons thank you. And I'm not getting your mom pissed at me." Nabiki had figured that Ranma was not home.
"Please," Akane whined trying to look her cutest, which given her species was a bit of an achievement.
Nabiki shook her head to clear her mind. "Just wear a bikini."
"Yeah... good idea," Akane agreed as her clothing shifted into a tiny blue string bikini. She looked herself over then paused and shifted into a less skimpy version. After all, Nariko saw her in the nude everyday. "We're doing two. One with me looking human and another with my full form." Akane then posed.
"Right," Nabiki said as she adjusted her camera.
"You really scared the piss out of that last guy when you said you killed the driver. Heck I could smell that he was this-" Ranma held her finger a quarter inch apart- "close to losing it," Ranma said before she sipped her beverage.
said no such thing. All I said was that I took care of him. I almost wish he'd
"Why? You know all the paperwork we have to fill out when we kill a civilian," Gabriel stated, deadpan.
"Bah, they're worthless. They let me get too close."
that was very clean for you,"
"What's that supposed to mean?" Ranma bristled. "Yah know those special bullets you guys shoot are pretty dang messy too."
Gabriel nodded in agreement.
"You sure we should wait here?" Ranma asked as she looked around the bar.
"It's the closest restaurant to the bank. That is where the Colonel told us to wait."
"Yeah but I'm under nineteen"
"You looked old enough that no one's asked you for an ID."
"Yay... the wonders of being a sex demon," the redhead quietly deadpanned.
"I'm sure the Colonel is talking with the police at the scene. Making sure everything's nice and smooth with them," Gabriel sighed.
"Least we don't have to worry about getting chewed out... much."
"What's with that? I thought you guys were working with the local police. They didn't seem to like you guys very much." Ranma had found the police were fairly annoyed by what they had done.
stepped on their toes by going out of jurisdiction. We're not supposed to go
"Unless they're cultists or mercenaries in the service of non-human entities of course," Gabriel added.
know that reminds me about something Sophie and Rob did,"
"Relax, Red. Just take another sip of your beer. You can get that thing for the Major after the Colonel stops by," Gabriel explained
"Okay. You know the only reason I'm having one of these is because I'm curious."
"Not like one drink would effect a Pattern D."
and she's just nursing it,"
"Anyway back to my story. Remember, Sophie was pretending to be Rob's wife so that's why the policeman said 'Mrs. Talbert are you aware that your cooler is full of human eyeballs.' "
"I can't believe Rob blurted his real name." Gabriel shook his head. "And Of course those weren't human eyes, and the case was hardly full. There couldn't have been more than a dozen in there."
you wanna tell the story?"
"No, you go ahead."
"What's wrong with you guys? All that hassle just for some monster eyes? You two had to impersonate FBI agents just to get Rob and Sophie out." The succubus shook her head.
was better than our backup plan,"
"Lemmie guess. You guys were gonna bust them out with helicopters and a daring midnight raid?"
"Never mind," Ranma sighed. "What about those vampires or whatever that were out in the woods to the South?"
the Pattern Silvers and Lieutenant Patterson's team busted up their base
we haven't heard anything from them. We think they're done for."
"Though we did hear some weird stuff. You ever see the Senshi in battle?" Gabriel asked.
"Not really. Why?" Ranma asked.
"Get this. Their leader Moon, she's got this beam weapon and Morrison swears it's a kaleidoscope."
The succubus shook her head. "Man and I thought my powers were lame."
"Oh it might look a bit silly, but the thing burned a Pattern D to ash," Gabriel said.
"Huh," Ranma frowned.
like how that attack of yours has a silly name, but, oh man, its effective"
Ranma blinked at them. "You guys know about that test too?"
"Only that you tested a new
power you found in that office building fight. Looked impressive,"
"You don't know the half of it," Ranma smiled darkly.
Gabriel adjusted his coat and looked at his watch. "You and your girls were doing very well that warehouse and then in that office."
"I think it has to do with
all their training,"
"Of course I'm gonna train my kids. They're Saotomes."
"Yeah, a bunch of bouncy succubae doing their 'demon-fu' would attract some attention," Gabriel said.
"Yes and what they wear's
got nothing to do with it,"
"My uniform's a lot better
than what those other magical girls wear!" Ranma defended.
"Yeah, it's got an even shorter skirt."
"It's still better," Ranma pouted.
"Hmm... I was tempted. We didn't eat lunch yet you know," the succubus said with a wink.
"See man, some things you can't just say around a demon."
"What? I kinda
forgot what you were for a min."
"Nah… not worth my time," Ranma smiled with genuine amusement. Her eyes widened and she turned to face the new arrival. The demon could have sworn she had not sensed the man enter.
isn't this a surprise," Jacob said with a crooked smile that was almost
natural on his normally stoic visage. The WIC officer sat down on the edge of
the semi-circular booth pushing
The succubus blinked and adjusted herself. Unexpected physical contact was always... odd. She was also surprised that it had taken her this long to sense Jacob.
"Colonel Edwards," the two lower ranged agents said simultaneously giving quick salutes. Jacob Edwards glared at the two agents. "I had an interesting conversation with a Toronto Police Captain. Two suspects with concussions and a few broken bones, one so scared he shit himself, and the less we say about what Agent Kowalski did to the driver the better. The captain had some... interesting questions."
Ranma smirked. She knew that one robber was close to losing it. Serves the punk right. That'll keep him from stealing.
"Now normally agents from PR Section handle this, but since a Pattern Silver was involved." Jacob gave a sideways glance at Ranma. "Commander Stillwater felt I should handle it."
"What's wrong? We did the right thing," Ranma said.
Jacob smiled as he reached over and took Gabriel's unopened replacement beer. "Yes it was," the officer said as he popped the cap off.
Gabriel similarly boggled. This man had been instrumental in their training. His operations were still analyzed by cadets, right up there with the Sheppard's Creek investigation that started WIC.
Ranma simply shrugged.
"I don't see anything wrong with your actions. You were assisting Miss Saotome here," Jacob said evenly as he sipped his drink. He disliked the Canadian beer but he drank cordially anyway. In truth this incident was something he wholeheartedly approved of. This Pattern Silver had gone from using Company facilities to leading agents.
The officer allowed a small grin to form on his face. It seemed that his plan of being honest and supportive to Miss Saotome was paying off. At least that was one less issue to worry about.
"What I'd like to know, right now, is what actually happened. Unsurprisingly, witnesses at the scene were a bit... unreliable." Jacob chuckled.
"You almost strangled him to death," Jacob noted.
"I see." Jacob sighed. "And after that?"
Gabriel took a turn telling what had happened, with Ranma filling in the details of what she had done. "And you know what happened once the police arrived," Gabriel finished. "Sir, do we know who these guys are and why there were there?"
"We're looking into their backgrounds now. So far, it seems like a quartet of simple and stupid thieves. Though that would be a great cover for something more."
someone else sent them to that bank at that time knowing we would be there,"
"Though that would require surveillance of us and having those guys on standby, and for what purpose? It's not like anything happened to us." Gabriel countered.
"We're still investigating their backgrounds, their van, and their homes," Jacob said.
"I can't believe you paranoid loons. Maybe we just stopped a simple bank robbery?" the succubus asked.
"Why take the risk?" Jacob replied as he finished his beer.
Lieutenant Tendo walked down the corridors of WIC Toronto A. She stopped when she passed the commissary and saw who was inside. She first saw Captain Jarvis looking over his cup of coffee. Kasumi followed her superior's gaze to see a quartet of teenaged girls.
Inside the commissary, Ranma was chatting with her daughters and Ukyou. "Don't you mind that he's watching you?" The succubus looked at the agent with narrowed eyes.
"Not really," Ukyou admitted as she sipped her iced-tea. "It's not like this place isn't crawling with cameras, and part of my defection was that I tell them everything."
Ranma shrugged and resumed her lunch.
Jarvis smiled slightly. The events of Miss Saotome's life were rather noteworthy. The young succubus', or was it young man's, life was intertwined with NH activity. Two of Ranma's childhood friends joined the Assembly of Man, the martial artist's own mother joined the Company, and in an attempt to get a cure he ended up becoming a Pattern silver. He could relate, his own childhood had... non-human entities as well.
All of these events were largely due to the actions of Miss Saotome's father, a person Jarvis wished he could have disposed of in a more permanent manner. Jarvis renewed his smile. Genma was only part of the picture. The man was friends with the Drake, a longtime associate of WIC. The Company connection was largely due to Drake.
Jarvis was always fascinated by the connections between people, the secrets they held, the interlocking way one event fell into another. That was partially why he had the job he did.
He got to pry information out, analyze it. And while it could be... messy it was still professional. It rarely got personal. Jarvis blinked.. He supposed others would find counter-intelligence more of a... passion.
Jarvis then looked to see one of his team leaders enter the commissary, carrying what looked like a prototype weapon.
"Hi, Sis!" Akane exclaimed as Kasumi entered.
"Hello," Kasumi said as she sat down next to Ukyou. Opposite them, Ranma sat with her kids on either side of her.
"That looks new," Ukyou noted looking at the weapon Kasumi was holding.
"It's the new series," Kasumi said.
"What's the deal with those things anyway? You guys even have a name for 'em?" Ranma asked, only partially interested.
Kasumi grinned and patted the beefy weapon. "The standard WIC Hog fires two sizes of ammunition. The idea is to give more flexibility and firepower. It's based off of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon the US Army abandoned. Our version has some changes.
"Most notably the using a 7.62mm round for the lower barrel instead of the 5.56mm which gave us more options for specialist ammunition, in addition to the greater power. The Company version was initially called the Heavy Armament Optional Weapon. But you can guess why the 'a' was dropped in the nickname."
"The gun's really that much of a pig?" AKane asked.
Kasumi nodded. "The design does have some problems. It's heavy. Debilitating so in the first versions. And we're not expected to march 'in country' for long distances with these like the army. The beast asl had problems in loading and in separation of the 20mm section."
"Hence: Hog." Ukyou shook her head. The Assembly had similar disparaging semi-official nicknames for things.
"Uh yeah... great," the redheaded demon sighed.
"Though this versions not nearly as hoggish." Kasumi lifted the weapon. "We've got your mother to thank for that," the officer then said to her fiance.
"Mom made that?" Ranma asked.
"The major designed new lighter components for it, still needs to be tested to make sure it can handle field usage."
"Can I see it?" Ukyou was curios in how WIC armaments compared to those of her former organization. Kasumi complied but not before dropping both magazines and working the actions to check that there were no chambered rounds.
Ukyou was neither surprised that the weapon was loaded nor at Kasumi's actions. She lifted the gun and practiced shouldering it. "Nice, it is a lot lighter. Wouldn't have any problem carrying this all day," Ukyou said as she handed the weapon back.
Kasumi had her doubts, the former acolyte was strong, but the Hog was a boat-anchor of a gun. "You've used one of these before?"
"The Assembly has acquired WIC weapons in the past," Ukyou flatly replied. It made sense. After all, WIC had gotten Assembly weapons... and personnel. Though most of the time such weapons were scavenged after battles with Non Humans. WIC and the Assembly rarely fought each other directly.
Ukyou remembered when her partner had first fought Ranma. He had lost one of his umbrella swords. Undoubtedly, it was now resting in a WIC warehouse somewhere. Not that her partner would care about that.... not anymore. Once again, she hoped that Alexia had simply drained, killed, and eaten her partner instead of something worse.
Kasumi nodded. "I just got back from some field tests at the B base,"
"Really? We're just going there for some training," Nariko said.
"Is Miss Kuonji going too?" Kasumi's voice had gained some distance as she eyed the former Assembly acolyte.
"You can call her Ukyou, sis," Akane said.
Kasumi noted that Akane did not say Ucchan; the agent turned her gaze to the demon. "I'm going to drop this off at the Major's lab. You want to come?"
"Thanks for reminding me," Ranma said getting up and picking up the box her mother's gift was in. The redhead then hugged her daughters. "You two play nice with Ucchan until I get back," Ranma said before following Kasumi out of the room.
"I'll have Aram drive you to the other base; he and Gabe aren't doing anything now," Kasumi decided. Sophie, the forth member of Kasumi's team, was still at the B facility going over a control test with the previous model weapon.
"You're testing the new model too?" Ukyou asked eyeing the metal case that lay between the two front seats to the WIC van.
"Sure," Aram shrugged as he drove the vehicle. "We're the ones who're gonna use these things; they'd better have us test them. Isn't that what the Assembly does with you guys?"
"Not really," Ukyou sighed. "Our weapons are more custom made based on our own abilities."
"Tell me about it," Ranma grumbled from a the back bench seat. That umbrella was a pretty annoying weapon. She was in her usual position between her daughters.
"Yeah," Ukyou sighed. Ryoga had told her what he managed to do to the demon.
"Creepy little cultists," Aram said before glancing at Ukyou.
"No you're right; why do you think I quit?" Ukyou asked with a shrug.
"Heh... It's kinda funny. WIC's not the creepiest bunch of demon hunters is it?" Ranma shifted over to give Nariko more room.
"Not by a long shot," Ukyou grimly remarked.
"Next time we go out you should bring your kids. They didn't have to stay home," Aram offered.
"Yeah Mommy, you went without us," Nariko pouted.
"You two were busy last night; I was just gonna buy Mom's gift but then we spotted those idiot robbers"
"Yeah, took longer waiting for the Colonel than taking care of them," Aram shook his head.
"What do you expect. It's not like those guys were a challenge or anything, just scum." Ranma leaned back slightly.
"That they were," Aram agreed.
"Maybe you can come Ucchan," Ranma suggested.
"I don't know." Ukyou looked out the passenger side window
"Why not? You're getting more privileges. Being allowed outside and..." Ranma's voice slowed as she spoke, something was off. She looked to see similar worry erupt on her daughters' faces followed by Ukyou starting to blink.
The Scanner in the van started to chirp in an irritating pulse of increasing frequency. "Shit," Aram swore as he increased the vehicle's speed and activated his radio. "This is Agent Kowalski my Scanner's going off, hasn't been resolved yet." Aram then told his location and what the device could tell him.
"Alexia!" Ranma shouted when it became clear what was coming.
That was when the fireballs started to hit the van. The first couple hit the roof of the vehicle, deformed it, and started to burn through. A pair slammed into the back of the truck; one blew apart the rear windows another uselessly hit the bumper. One fireball hit the rear wheel well and dripped onto the tire blowing it apart.
"Stop the car!" the redheaded succubus ordered as she transformed into her DarkStar form. "Kids!" the succubus pointed to her sides before looking up herself. As Aram braked the vehicle, DarkStar leapt up and tore her way trough the roof of the van. Akane dived through the window and took flight, while Nariko simply opened the passenger sliding door and jumped out.
Sailor DarkStar extended her wings and gained altitude. Sensing where the majority of the succubae were she turned towards them. A frown crossed the demon's face, she would have preferred the enemy's formations to be tighter but... She then ordered her kids to take flanking positions on either side of her
"DarkStar Burst!" she shouted generating and expelling the black orb at the closest enemy demon. The targeted succubus dropped her altitude hoping to avoid it.
Sailor DarkStar simply smiled and concentrated. The obsidian orb jigged down just enough to smash through the point where the succubus's wings joined her back. Then curved up gaining altitude until it slammed into the demon.
The sphere blew apart dissolving the demoness into a cloud of meat, blood, and bone. Shards from it burst out and a fair number impacted into the flesh of demons. The embedded fragments then exploded, crippling or killing six more demons. The redheaded demon smiled as she absorbed energy from her kills.
As that happened Akane and Nariko had fired their own, simpler, fireballs hitting those that their mother had missed or only wounded.
Aram handed his sidearm to Ukyou who immediately dropped the safety before opening the gun between the seats. "How long 'til backup comes?" Ukyou asked as Aram tossed a pair of magazines to her.
Aram thought of the fast response team the Company kept next to a helicopter and the ready teams on ground vehicles. "No more than ten or so minutes," Aram said as he pulled out the HOG and checked the ammunition.
The agent opened the van door and as he stepped out aimed the weapon to the sky "Watch my back!" he shouted and fired at his first target, and started to run from the van to the forest.
Sailor DarkStar banked off to the side as a white-haired succubus below and to the front of her exploded. In actuality, the 20mm high explosive round had only blown apart the demon's torso. The succubus' extremities separated and tumbled to the ground where they splattered across the width road and well into the woods on either side of it.
"Morons!" Aurora screamed as she watched her sisters die. It was supposed to be a simple mission: hit the van fly in and kill the humans and the traitor and subdue and rescue Eclipse and her mate. This is my first mission. Mother has trusted me to do this. I won't fail her. Aurora swore.
"Kill the humans!" Aurora ordered as she closed in to deal with the traitor herself.
DarkStar and her kids flew through their opponents using their superior maneuverability and training to weed out their enemies. Support fire from the ground helped. Although, some of the shots Aram fired were dangerously close, but his accuracy was unnervingly good.
"Fuck!" Aram swore, switching to 7.62mm mode on his gun. A three round burst of silver jacketed rounds blew apart the closest succubus' skull and gave him enough time to drop the spent 20mm magazine and slap in a fresh one and switched back to it.
"Pretty much," Ukyou agreed as she finally took down the succubus that had tried to circle around them. The trees gave them cover, but it worked both ways. The demoness was wounded but she was getting closer. At least they weren't exposed out on the road by the smoldering van.
The agent narrowed his eyes as a pair of demons swooped down to try to surprise him. He fired two shots. The first demon was hit in the navel and lost everything between her knees and her breasts. The second flared her aura and instead of trying to dodge she lobbed the fireball she was holding.
Aram depressed the trigger killing the succubus, just before his head was consumed by the magical napalm.
Ukyou turned and took the weapon from the dead man's hands. She shuddered and tried to avoid looking directly at the still burning, melted, and charred remains of his face. At least he went quickly enough. She shouldered the weapon and backed a few more paces deeper into the forest.
Sailor DarkStar pursued the handful of remaining succubae, picking off the stragglers. A pack of almost twenty had been quickly decimated, though some were so weak they could hardly summon fireballs or fly worth a damn.
Those of Alexia's brood that were still alive seemed intent on getting to Ukyou and..... the redheaded demon's eyes widened when she got a clearer look at the slumped figure at the edge of the forest.
She swept back her wings and speed down to the scene. A succubus flew up to stop her but DarkStar simply dodged the incoming fireballs, extended her tail filaments, and whipped the weapon into the enemy's face as she corkscrewed past her. The energy collected hardly registered as she continued in.
Nariko and Akane gave a worried glance at their mother but followed her.
Ukyou swore as she switched to 7.62mm mode, once again wishing she had had the time to loot Aram's corpse for ammunition. A trail of demonic remains marked her trail deeper into the woods. She calmed her breathing as she tracked her surroundings.
The succubae had smartened up. Instead of charging and trying to launch their fireballs at her, they tried to shoot from a more concealed position. All the time forcing her to expend ammunition.
Her senses pricked and she twisted around firing a couple bursts at the succubus that had tried to come in behind her. Before the demon could hit the ground another came from the opposite direction. Ukyou reversed her position and shot the remaining rounds into the other succubus. Dropping the now useless HOG and pulling out Aram's other gun Ukyou wondered how much time had passed and when backup would come.
"Not having a good day, are we Assemblywoman?" a sensual voice, from above taunted.
Ukyou brought her weapon up and fired. Slowed by the succubus' flaming aura the bullet punctured the demon's torso but the wound was far shallower than it should have been.
The flames of the aura were a familiar green. Ukyou squeezed off a second shot but the gun was knocked away as the orange-haired succubus instantly closed the distance between them.
"Mother's going to be very angry," Aurora said almost conversationally as she disarmed the human and pinned her arms back. "I suppose I should bring back something for our troubles."
The succubus drained a bit from her prisoner savoring the flavor of the energy. The human was quite tasty and had potential "Don't worry, you'll love being one of us," Aurora whispered to the tantalizing human.
"Ryoga?" DarkStar asked as she landed a few paces from the former assembly acolytes. The orange-haired succubus' scent was familiar despite the obvious changes. "Oh man, I mean, I knew this might have happened to you but still."
"My name is Aurora. I will kill you, filthy traitor," Aurora snarled, her eyes flaring green. She then pulled Ukyou in front of her and renewed her aura.
Sailor DarkStar sighed. It looked like this version of Ryoga was just as crazy as the church nut.
Ukyou blinked. Even if Ryoga was not totally gone, she was still a servant of Alexia's will. She then gave a short nod to the redheaded demon.
Sailor DarkStar saw this and knew what she had to do. As she spoke her eyes began to angrily flare violet "Fine. Kill the damn human! Not that it matters. We survived and you and your little friends are all going to die. We've fought before and this time you don't have your little anti-demon toys; now you're just a weak little newborn."
Aurora extended her claws, and was blasted by a pair of violet beams that came from the traitor's eyes. The violet energy narrowly missed Ukyou and burned through Aurora's aura, shoulder and a good portion of the spot above her left breast.
"Forgot I could do that didn't you!" DarkStar yelled as she ran forward, intent on feeding. Her friend had been killed and she was going to get her not so metaphorical pound of flesh.
As Aurora was blown back, she ran the claws on her left hand across the front of Ukyou's stomach. Aurora regained her balance and glanced between her bloody claws and the gaping wound in her. "We'll see how much you care about humans." Aurora taunted as she spread her wings.
"Ahh hell!" Ukyou gasped as she sat slumped on the forest floor trying to hold herself together.
DarkStar looked down at the blood streaming out of Ukyou's wounds and the bits of intestine poking out between her arms and the tattered remains of her shirt.
"See you girls later," Aurora laughed as she flew off. Her mirth giving way to concern about Mother's reaction to her... failure.
Kneeling over Ukyou's form Sailor DarkStar took a closer look at the dying girl. Her demonic senses made that abundantly clear. "Ucchan!" DarkStar blinked to clear the tears from her eyes. "Ucchan... is.... anything at all?" she asked as she hugged Ukyou.
"Turn me," Ukyou gasped. Two weeks earlier, before her defection, she would have asked for Aram's gun instead.
Though if thsoe events had gone differently she could easily have been another minion of Alexia, and mated to the demon that was once Ryoga.
"What? You know what that means?" the redheaded demon whimpered as the tears forming in her eyes started to freely fall down her cheeks.
"Of course I do you jackass! Do it!" Ukyou shouted, glaring at the demon.
DarkStar looked at the girl she held, the scent of her blood and sweat filled the demon's nose. "Why then?"
"I'm running out of blood idiot!" Ukyou's frustration grew. "I just got out and I don't wanna die like this, with you I have a chance." There was another reason, but she decided to hold back on telling it, while she still could.
Akane and Nariko watched in silence, holding hands and watching for enemies. They knew what was going on.
DarkStar nodded and wrapped her wings around the human. "Last chance?" Ukyou cried in pain but nodded in agreement. The demon pooled her energy and bit into the human's neck.
Ukyou felt and alien presence intrude into her body and start changing it. Her flesh rippled and shifted as her body altered and formed into a new design. She quickly passed out letting her new mother complete the work in silence.
"Oh shit," Lieutenant Patterson said from his door-gunner position on the WIC Blackhawk helicopter. He could just make out the plume of smoke rising from the road. It matched the location Agent Kowalski had given them. "Rich you see anything?"
"Just a cluster of stationary pattern D's the most powerful one is definitely Pattern Silver too." Specialist Agent Morrison replied.
"That's them, at least they survived," Patterson said before ordering his team to check their rappelling gear again.
"There's dead in the road," the pilot said over the communications link which was also connected to base. "I see a grey Company van. It is on fire."
"Bring us down. I want you to maintain orbit for fire support," Patterson ordered the pilot.
"Yes sir." The pilot then reduced the altitude of the helicopter and held it level over the road long enough for Patterson's team to descend to the ground.
"That's a lotta dead demons," Stevenson remarked as he looked down the road, his weapon at the ready. His HOG was set to 20mm mode.
"Yeah the cleanup geeks are gonna have a field day," Morrison remarked as he inspected the van. "It's clear of bodies, sir!" He told Patterson.
"Okay. Any friendlies among the dead?" the officer asked. A voice on his headset informed him that more teams were inbound on ground vehicles.
"I don't recognize any of the parts, but that doesn't mean much," Stevenson said.
"I see something at the edge the woods!" Jenkins remarked. She narrowed her eyes and looked past the two succubae corpses in front of it.
"That's the direction Miss Saotome is in," Morrison said after checking his Scanner.
"Let's go!" Patterson said before leading his team towards the woods. "We're going in, estimate ETA on further backup?" he asked into his headset.
"Sir, it looks like Kowalski," Jenkins said as she rolled over the male body. It being male was the clearest indicator of who it was. Further confirmation would require either fingerprinting and a DNA test.
"What took you guys so long?" Akane demanded as she dropped to the ground. The agents turned to her but immediately lowered their weapons.
"We got into the helicopter as soon as we got the call, I'm sorry. Any other casualties?" Patterson stated doing his best to ignore the meat that the blue haired demon was eating.
"Not anymore," Nariko quietly said as she wiped some blood off the corner of her mouth.
"Where's Miss Saotome?" Patterson asked.
Akane turned and started to walk back while Nariko made a motion for him to follow.
"You three secure the area," the officer told his mean before following the two demons. Stepping over some demon bodies he quickly reached them. The redheaded demon was sitting on the ground protectively cradling the defector with her wings and arms.
"Ucchan, it's time to go," Sailor DarkStar said trying to wake the girl up.
The platinum blonde-haired succubus stirred and nuzzled closer to her mother, while mumbling the word Mommy
"Uhh... gimmie a moment," DarkStar said a slight blush rising on her face.
End Chapter 10
Return Omake #1: Poor Nabiki
by Migele (email@example.com)
Nabiki sighed. She hated it. Akane was a succubus now, a freaking sex demon, and she was mated to Nariko! She still had to deal with the fact that it was that stuck up idiot Kuno in Akane's room. Nariko's pleasant, helpful, albeit clueless demeanor did not help things either. Sleep was eluding Nabiki. In the beginning the moans and screams were hard to ignore, and now she simply wanted silence.
Then there was the fact that those two were worse than rabbits. After the seventh, the middle Tendo had stopped counting the times she walked in on them having sex. Half the time they never saw her, the other times they were polite, paused or reduced their pace, and asked her if she wanted to join in before continuing.
After her alarm went off, Nabiki got up and walked towards the bathroom unhappily. The two girls had been at it for what seemed to be half the night at it again, for the third time that week, and it was only Friday. More like a zombie than a human, she passed a blushing demon and stepped into the bathroom. Her groggy brain ignored the moans from the shower and the running water.
"Nabiki, how nice of you to wash up before joining in," said a sultry voice from the stall.
When Nabiki turned, she saw Akane standing naked with a wing around Nariko, who of course was equally nude. Nabiki felt really stupid standing there in her pajamas with a toothbrush in her mouth. She decided to ignore them when they started toweling each other off and giggling. As fast as she could, she left the room and dressed… only to bump into the girls' "mother", the redheaded bimbo who was responsible for all this. Ranma sidestepped Nabiki with only a perfunctory apology before walking up to Nabiki's sister and lavishing attention on the two broodlings.
At breakfast Nabiki ignored that Nariko told everybody that she walked in on them again without a camera in her hand. She ignored Akane's disappointed pout and the glares that Kasumi and Ranma gave her.
While driving the brood to school, she found that the younger demons had decided to test the making out possibilities of a small car like hers. Only Ranma, who told them not soil her back seats, kept anything more from happening.
In school she just had to walk into the one toilet with a broken lock and stumble, literally unfortunately, onto the pair of demons making out.
On way back home she decided to go shopping and found out again that the lingerie shop she entered was also used by the two demons, she walked in on them once again since they never closed the curtain completely. She noticed that her older sister was there, carefully watching the situation and chatting with the "coworker" she brought with her.
At home she had a few hours luck until she was sent to fetch everybody for dinner and she realized that the demons calling "come in" didn't necessarily mean that it was a safe thing to do. At least this time it was just the brood taking a nap. Meaning, that while she saw more skin than in a Playboy, there was no sex. Just some very suggestive and flexible cuddling.
That night she was watching her ceiling and listening to the demon couple at it again. "I hate my life," she muttered as she tried to fall asleep.
Omake notes: Here it is. Thanks go to Migele for writing this thing, with corrections by J. St.C. Patrick.
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Revision Notes: Did some cleanup and tightening. And wow this is another chapter that ups the game of the Alexia arc. And I still mean it, it's really awesome all the work that people have done to help me with this story, well this collection of stories now. There's also a buch of new art on my DA page: https://sunny-temple.deviantart.com