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What's more Dangerous than Crusing an L.A Freeway?
By D.B Sommer

 

From: "DB Sommer"
Subject: [FFML] [fanfic][Utena] What's More Dangerous Than Cruising an L.A. Fre
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 00:42:06 -0400

What's More Dangerous Than Cruising an L.A Freeway?
(Answer: It All Depends on Who You're Driving With.)

An Akio and Wakaba fic (All right, technically it's a Revolutionary Girl
Utena fic, but with The Devil and The Onion Princess as your stars, they
ought to get the headline.)

Oh yes, it's by D.B. Sommer

All comments and criticisms appreciated. You can contact me at
sommer@3rdm.net

Standard Disclaimer: I don't own the rights to Revolutionary Girl Utena.

You can find all of my fics now stored at:
http://angcobra.jumpfun.com/dbsommer.html

Many spoilers to the end of the series here.

These events start to take place in Episode 30, but from there it becomes
something...different.

You can take this about as seriously as the cowbell episode with Nanami


"Who's going to tell you when it's too late?
Who's going to tell you things aren't so great?
You can't go on thinking nothing's wrong.
Who's going to drive you home
tonight?"

'Drive' by the Cars.

Not that the lyrics really apply to the story. I thought it was just a neat
excuse to use a passage from another piece like all of the really good
author's do. ^_^

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Light gray locks of hair flowed backward with the wind as the convertible
cruised along the highway at nearly sixty miles an hour. The scenery
blurred past, though not so quickly that one was unable to enjoy it to some
small degree. Not that the currently vista was that much to see, even on
the four lane highway running alongside the seashore. Further up the coast
the landscape would transform from rocky seacoast to soft, chestnut colored
beaches where the car was eventually bound. A briny scent that permeated
the air and filled the driver and passenger's nostrils and the infinite
ocean itself would be all that remained the same.

"Are we there yet?"

"No."

The car's speed picked up as it followed a bend in the road. Things had not
worked out as planned; a rarity to one who wove a web of intrigue as
complex as that of any master spider. But it was nothing more than a minor
setback. For now, it would be best to get to the beach quickly. The sooner
they got there, the sooner they could return to the academy and he could
get back to his great plan once more.

"Are you sure we aren't there yet?"

"Yes."

It was to have been a simple plan. Invite Utena on a little jaunt in the
Akiomobile. Spend some more time wooing her and binding her closer to him,
then breaking down what remaining reservations she held in fooling around
with an engaged man. Soon, soon she would be his. Then it would be nooky
time.

"But the ocean's right over there."

"This is an island. We're surrounded by an ocean."

A pity his scheme had been thrown off course by that forceful girl who had
not only bullied her way into coming along for the ride, but had also
somehow forced Utena into remaining behind. The pink-tressed would-be
prince could defeat Touga in a duel with a smile, but couldn't find enough
courage to say politely, "I'm going alone with Akio. Now shove off, you
annoying, nosy, bitch!"

"You know, if you'd drive like a normal person instead of like some
eighty-year old grandmother, we'd be there by now."

Akio's face twitched slightly, the first time it had done such in months.
He used his best 'Chairman of Ohtori Academy' instructional voice. "Now,
now, Miss Shinohara. There's no need to be insulting. It's important to
remain within the speed limit. It is set for both our own safety and that
of the other drivers."

Wakaba waved dismissively at Akio. "Driving a few miles over the speed
limit isn't dangerous. Now doing something like, I don't know, hopping over
your windshield and lying back on the hood while the car runs on cruise
control would be dangerous."

The tires squealed as the car nearly swerved off the road. Akio barely
regained control before his all important vehicle scratched its paint job
against the guardrail.

"What?! What was that about?!" Wakaba said, startled.

"I thought I saw an animal crossing the road and didn't want to hit the
poor beast." Lies were as natural as breathing to Akio. He gazed
suspiciously at Wakaba. Where on Earth had THAT come from? It was such a
bizarre statement. Not that Wakaba failed to make a good point about
sitting on the hood of a moving car were it concerning someone less
talented than Akio. Still, saying such an unusual thing. Could she somehow
know? It was impossible, of course. She was not a part of his plan and
could not have any knowledge of either he or his Machivellian machinations.
He watched her closely as she stared at the road ahead. Could there be more
to Wakaba than met the eye? Perhaps she--

"LOOK OUT! RABID PENGUIN!"

Akio's thoughts were disrupted as Wakaba shouted at the top of her lungs
and pointed towards the road in front of the car. Automatically, he swerved
while trying to spot the... rabid... penguin?

"Pay more attention to the road instead of checking me out," Wakaba warned
once Akio had full control over the car again.

"I assure you, I was not, 'checking you out,' as you so crudely referred to
it," Akio assured her, unleashing his most seductive smile. "It would be
improper for the Chairman of the Board to have an affair with a student, in
any case."

"Right." Wakaba gave Akio a half-lidded stare before returning her
attention to the road.

An almost imperceptibly narrowing of the eyebrows was the only sign that
indicated Akio was disturbed. This was not going the way he had envisioned
it. Not at all. When it had become obvious that Wakaba had managed to
intrude in his scheme, he simply decided to take the path of least
resistance and agree to Wakaba's terms. They would head up the shore for a
little while and Akio would waste some time amusing her so that at least
she could tell Utena what a good time she had (and perhaps make the true
target somewhat jealous and more eager for his attentions), then they would
head back. But Wakaba was proving herself more of a nuisance that Akio had
anticipated.

"We're still not there yet, are we?"

"No." That came out just a tad too quickly, Akio thought to himself.

"I'm getting bored," Wakaba sighed as she rested her elbow on the top of
the door and laid her head on it.

The eyebrows went back to their normal position as Akio thought things had
finally calmed down. In a little while, they would be at the beach, then
everything would go more smooth-

"Hey, Akio. Want to see a neat trick?"

For a moment, he considered chiding Wakaba about her inappropriate
familiarity with him, but then decided it would not be worth the hassle.
Just so long as she didn't do it on Academy grounds. Utena might
misinterpret the greeting as there being a bond between him and her friend.

"Very well."

Wakaba brought her hands together, turned to him and leaned closer, easily
violating the driver's personal space. "Watch me pull a sword out of your
chest."

"What?!"

Before he could react, she placed her palms on the middle of his chest, and
suddenly a hilt appeared between her hands. She gave it a quick pull
backward, and the rest of the blade beneath the hilt appeared, a good three
feet in length.

"AHHH!" Akio shouted in shock as he jerked the wheel hard to the right and
nearly crashed the car into the side of the hill.

He continued crying out in fear until Wakaba managed to shout over him,
"It's only a trick! It's only a trick! Watch!" She placed the point of the
sword against her chest and pushed it forward, the blade vanishing from
sight until the hilt touched her chest, where it finally stopped. She drew
back and the blade reappeared, then plunged it forward again. On this last
time Akio watched more closely as he saw that the 'blade' was folding into
itself instead of actually entering Wakaba's chest. There was a mechanical
click as the blade stopped at the hilt again.

"I knew that." Once again Akio was the picture of composure as he sat back
in his seat, driving one handed and allowing the wind to blow his hair back
in that irresistible bishonen manner. He smiled as casually as he did when
setting someone up.

"God, you need to switch to decaf," Wakaba muttered. "I don't know what
Utena sees in someone so high-strung."

Akio continued smiling. It was all just a coincidence. Just a weird,
bizarre, coincidence. Things like that had been known to happen. Not to
him, perhaps, but they did happen. There was nothing strange about it and
there was nothing to threaten his plans, and really wasn't that all that
mattered? Yes, he thought to himself as the smile remained fixed in place,
there was nothing to be concerned about.

"I'm going in the back seat to stretch out," Wakaba announced as she
unfastened her seat-belt with a click.

"You can't go back there while the car is... in... motion..." Akio watched
in mute horror as Wakaba bent backward with a flexibility that would have
done Utena proud, and reached behind her, grabbing the top of the headrest.
She then kicked off with her feet and performed a handstand before landing
idly in the backseat, the top two buttons of her dress undone and revealing
a slight amount of cleavage while her hair blew back in the wind.

"Nevermind," Akio said in a quiet voice as returned his attention to the
road again and increased the speed of the car. He did not dare look over
his shoulder and intentionally avoided gazing at the rear view mirror. He
didn't want to know what was going on behind him. All he needed was to get
to the beach. Fast.

After another couple of miles, Wakaba's voice came from right next to his
ear. It was a surprise to him, since he hadn't heard her move from
passenger's side to driver's. What came out was a sensuous purr he had not
thought possible from such a simple girl.

"I've got an idea of something we can do to make this trip more...
interesting."

A lesser man would have gulped in surprise at the suggestion that was held
in the question. But Akio Ohtori was no mere peon, and his experience with
women was the greatest of anyone, surpassing even Touga's in quality if not
quantity. He recognized the telltale signs of an attempted seduction and
prepared himself by huskily replying, "What would that be?"

"Let's see if you can drive with your eyes closed." Wakaba hands fell upon
his face and covered both of his eyes.

"LET GO OF ME, YOU STUPID GIRL!" Akio could hear the tires screech and the
car spin around in a circle in the middle of the road from his sudden loss
of control. As suddenly as they had embraced him, the hands were removed,
and Akio looked around the road to reorient himself. Luckily there were no
other cars in sight, and it appeared he had come out of the spin somehow
pointed back in the right direction. He was about to look over his shoulder
and shout at Wakaba, when he suddenly realized she had managed to return to
the passenger seat at some point without him seeing it.

"You nearly wrecked us!" Akio accused.

"Oh, come on. It was just a joke."

"That was no joke. We're going back."

Wakaba sniffled. "I'll tell Utena you made me cry."

That caused Akio to reconsider. Utena was obviously infatuated with him
(how could she not?) but they were still at a point in their relationship
when the wrong word could ruin everything and force him back to square one.
Especially if it came from someone Utena regarded as a friend.

"Very well, but no more horseplay," Akio warned.

"Oh, all right. I was just trying to make the drive less boring." Wakaba
let out a tired sigh. After a moment, she muttered under her breath,
"Saionji wouldn't have panicked like that."

Akio's eyebrow twitched again. She was probably right. But the only reason
the easy to manipulate ass wouldn't have been frightened was because he was
too stupid to realize he was in danger. He was the kind of moron that would
do something really dangerous, like stand up in a motorcycle sidecar while
it was moving or something.

"Why don't we listen to some music?" Wakaba asked.

Now that was a good idea. Perhaps it would keep Wakaba quiet. He turned on
the radio' and waited for the first song his favorite station, AKIO-1290,
would play.

o/~ Help me make the most o/~
o/~ Of freedom and pleasure o/~
o/~ Nothing ever lasts forever o/~
o/~ Everybody wants to rule the world o/~

That would be enough of that. Akio quickly changed the station.

o/~ We were waiting, for the end of the world o/~
o/~ We were waiting, for the end of the world o/~
o/~ Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you're coming o/~

Akio's eyebrow twitched as he changed it once again.

o/~ I want it all o/~
o/~ I want it all o/~
o/~ I want it all, right now o/~

With a snarl, Akio changed it once more.

o/~ I knew I'd love you o/~
o/~ until the end of the world. o/~

"Argh!" That was it. This time he was switching to the one station that
would definitely not have one of those annoying, stupid songs.

"Welcome back to USUK-860, the adult Classical Symphony station. Nothing
but classical music twenty four hours a day."

Akio breathed a sigh of relief as he carefully maneuvered the car between a
slow moving dump truck and an only slightly faster mobile home in the next
lane.

"But since no one with a life actually listens to classical music twenty
four hours a day, we're going to try a little something different. Here is
R.E.M, with...

o/~ It's the end of the world as we know it o/~
o/~ and I feel fine o/~

"Change the radio!" Akio shouted to Wakaba as the mobile home slowed down
enough that he had to have his full concentration on driving. He was just
maneuvering past the large truck when he heard the sound of plastic
breaking and wires being ripped in half. He darted his eyes over just in
time to see that the radio that Wakaba had torn out of its housing in the
dashboard go flying over the passenger door and into the middle of the road
behind them.

After a moment, Akio managed to get out, "Why did you do that?"

"You told me to change the radio. Obviously you have to get rid of the old
one if you want to put a new one in," Wakaba explained, as though talking
to a four year old child.
"By the way, where is the new one?"

Akio wiped the sweatdrop from the back of his head. "Actually, what I meant
change the station, not the radio."

"Oh?" Wakaba looked curiously at him, looked back at the road behind them,
then turned back, crossing her arms in indignation. "Saionji wouldn't have
been so vague. He would have said exactly what he meant."

Akio felt himself openly grimace in the presence of someone other than his
sister for the first time in years. This was quickly becoming too much even
for him to take. Wakaba was annoying beyond belief. She had defaced the
Akiomobile, the ultimate sin, and now it was time to pay.

"We're going back." Akio's tone brooked no argument as he saw an open spot
in between the four lanes which would allow him to make a U-turn so they
could head back the way they had come.

"Do it, and I'll tell Utena what you really planned to do with her on this
little trip."

Akio's eyes widened slightly. He considered turning anyway, then continued
past. "I have no idea what you mean. We were merely going to take an
innocent drive to the seashore."

Wakaba snorted at that. "Right. An innocent drive. I suppose that would
explain the rubber sheets entirely covering the backseat."

Damn! Akio thought. He should have known better than to allow his concern
for staining the Akiomobile's upholstery to supersede his master plan. But
he hated washing out those kind of stains. It was yucky.

"And what do we have here?" Wakaba said as she opened the glove compartment

"Stop that!" Akio commanded. "Have you no sense of private property?"

Ignoring his statement, Wakaba opened the door and pulled out a small box.
She shook it before him. "Why, they're condoms. And extra-smalls too. Now
isn't that a surprise?"

Akio flinched at the jibe. Oh, the shame of it all. His hand lashed out to
snatch the box from out of her hands, but Wakaba was faster and kept the
box just out of reach.

Wakaba taunted him with the box. "Saionji's so big he has to use magnums."

"Quit comparing me to..." Akio's voice trailed off for a second. "How would
you know his size?"

"Duh. He was in my room for nearly a whole month. You know he had no money.
How else do you think he 'paid' for staying with me and having me feed him?
Lord knows I sure don't lust after him for his personality."

"Oh." Akio had to admit, that explained everything.

But now he had a major problem: how to keep Wakaba quiet. Utena saw her go
on a ride with him, so that left everything short of graduating her like
Mikage and having her presence erased from campus right out. Of course,
there was the one tried and true method of wrapping a woman around his
finger. The one that had never failed.

"Since we're finally alone. Why don't we forget all about Utena and just
enjoy ourselves." His hand found its way to Wakaba's thigh. "You know, the
only reason I consented to bringing you along is because there is a certain
air about you that I find intriguing." He felt her hand fall over his. She
then lifted both of their appendages up, caressing his as she did so.

He had her. She had fallen to his wiles just like every woman had. They
were all such simple minded creatures ruled by their hormones. Sometimes it
was just too eas-

*SLAM*

"ARGH!" Akio shouted as he found his hand forced into the open glove
compartment and the door slammed on it. A tear trickled down his cheek from
the pain as he withdrew his hand and held it gingerly. "What did you do
that for?!"

"Like I'd ever fool around with a slut like you," Wakaba said dryly.

"Slut? What do you mean by that?"

"Oh, puh-lease." Wakaba rolled her eyes at him. "Absolutely everyone knows
you're the biggest ho' on campus. Not counting Touga, of course."

"Well that goes without saying considering how many women he..." Akio
caught himself. "Err... I mean I assure you that I have no idea of what
you're talking about."

"Ha! Then you and Utena are the only ones," Wakaba smirked. "Everyone knows
you'll screw just about anything with tits and two feet."

A sheen of sweat broke out upon his brow. "I'm engaged."

"To Kanae. Yeah. Right. Like everyone doesn't know the only reason she
agreed to get engaged to you was so she could keep her parents from finding
out what way she really swings."

"WHAT?!"

"It's true. She's a big time dyke," Wakaba said casually. "Her and Juri are
always competing with one another to see who can bag the most chicks. Did
you know that little rugmuncher once did Nanami and all three of her
flunkies at the same time?"

A gasp of surprise escaped Akio's lips. Kanae was a lesbian? And an
effective one as well? And all this time he had thought of her as being
nothing more than an air-headed puppet. Now it appeared she might actually
be interesting. Then the rest of the statement hit him.

"Wait a minute. She's using me? She can't use me. I'm the one that uses
people," Akio protested.

"Only the stupid ones," Wakaba said with a knowing smile. "I mean, let's
face facts, most of the people on the council aren't exactly the most
well-adjusted individuals there are. It's easy to mess around with their
minds. Touga thinks he scores with all of these women, right? That they all
decide to just come up and throw themselves at him because he's so charming
and good-looking? Well, the fact is all of them keep losing bets and having
to sleep with him is the penalty. It's kind of a school tradition by now."

"It is?" Akio asked in a small voice. "Touga's a handsome and suave guy,
second only to myself. Why would allowing oneself to be seduced by him be
so bad?"

"It's because he's the absolute worst in bed. He hasn't satisfied one woman
in the least since he got here. Apparently he thinks so much of himself
that he believes women will get off just running their hands across his
chest or something."

"I see." Akio made a mental note to start changing his techniques. And here
he thought women enjoyed that sort of thing. Anthy certainly never
complained about it.

"Nanami and Saionji are pretty self-explanatory. And as for Miki. Get
this," Wakaba could barely reign in her laughter enough to speak. "One day,
we had everyone in all of his classes carry around stopwatches and
constantly time him on everything. Nothing but clicks followed him wherever
he went. Every time he tried to time something, everyone else would too and
then tell him his timing was off. By the end of the day he was ripping out
his hair thinking he had somehow ended up in the Twilight Zone. WAHAHAHA!"

"What about Juri?" Akio asked.

"Oh, Juri's a lesbian, so she's cool. We don't screw around with her."

Akio couldn't believe it. How could all of these things be going on with
him completely unaware? It was impossible. He was the one in charge, the
spider at the center of the web. He was the puppet master, and it was
everyone else that danced to his tune as he pulled their strings.

And then something occurred to him. "Wait a moment. If you have no interest
in me, why have you been acting with such blatant adoration whenever I'm
around? For that matter, why did you force yourself into come along on this
car trip?"

"I thought it was obvious. I'm just using you to get to Utena."

For the first time in his life, Akio facefaulted. It wasn't a pleasant
experience, especially when driving a car.

"You can't use me!" he protested.

"Too late," Wakaba sneered. "I already have."

Akio felt his temper reach a boil. "Enough! Your manipulations end now!
You've made an error if you think you can get away with this. You made a
mistake in tipping your hand, and now you're going to pay."

There was no fear upon Wakaba's features as she boasted, "I think not."

"What do you mean?"

"It's simple," Wakaba snorted. "If anything happens to me, like I don't get
back to school today, a certain number of items will be mailed to a certain
number of individuals."

Akio felt an icy hand grip his heart. "Explain."

Wakaba pulled a photo from out of a pocket of her dress and showed it to
Akio. "Look. It's a picture of you giving Mrs. Ohtori a fitting. And I
don't mean for shoes."

The icy hand contracted. If Mr. Ohtori found out, he would be finished.

"And boy does she look bored," Wakaba added.

"Shut up!"

"Let's see what else we have." Wakaba pulled out several books.

"What are those?"

"Just a little literature that will be sent to Anthy."

Akio read the titles and felt his blood run cold. Things such as, 'Female
Empowerment: How to Say NO! to the Men in Your Life,' 'Sibling Devotion,
and How Much is too Much,' and 'How to Kick Your Manipulative Brother's Ass
in 10 Easy Steps' were among them.

"No!" Akio recoiled in horror.

"And best of all, copies of these will be sent out too." Wakaba held up
another photo triumphantly.

"What are they?"

"Pictures of you and Touga in compromising positions!"

Akio snatched it out of her hand. "Impossible! How could you have gotten
pictures of us together when we were so carefu... hey, wait a minute,
that's not me in the picture. I'm nowhere near that flexible."

Wakaba smirked. "Stupid, it doesn't have to be you. It just has to look
like you."

Akio carefully considered the girl before him. "You're evil."

"Of course. I'm a woman."

That was it then. She had him by the balls, figuratively, of course. Akio
had to admit Wakaba played the game supremely well, better than Touga ever
had. "So, what is it you want from me in return for you to remain silent
about these matter?"

"What everyone wants, of course."

"You can't have the Akiomobile."

"Fine," Wakaba's shoulder slumped in defeat. "Then I'll just settle for the
power to revolutionize the world."

"How did you find out about that?!"

"Anthy talks in her sleep."

For the briefest of instants, Akio almost asked her to explain that.

Almost.

Akio's free hand slid to a secret recessed compartment in the door. "But in
order to gain the power, you must defeat me in a duel."

"I know," Wakaba replied.

Fingers fell upon the handle. As unexpectedly brilliant as Wakaba had
turned out to be, she had underestimated him again and for the last time.
And to think, Anthy actually had the audacity to chide him for making the
secret compartment, though everyone knew cool cars always had secret
compartments. Slowly, with his hand still hidden from Wakaba's sight, he
pulled back on the handle. "You can still reconsider," he offered.

"No way."

His hand was in position. Too bad for Wakaba, and she had proven so adept
at the manipulation game as well. But in the end, they all fell to Akio
Ohtori; it was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east. "Very well. I
say that the duel shall begin NOW!" As the final declaration left his mouth
he drew the sword from its secret compartment. It had just cleared the door
frame when Akio discovered that Wakaba had drawn a concealed weapon of her
own.

"Typical prince, bringing a sword to a gunfight," Wakaba sighed.

"Yough camp ume ma mun," Akio said around the barrel of the pistol jammed
in his mouth.

"Of course I can use a gun. It doesn't say anywhere in the rules that you
have to use a blade. It's just assumed you'll use one since that's the only
weapon you guys are any good with. Now do I win?"

Akio considered that. Wakaba pulled back on the trigger. That made it two
votes for and one against declaring her the winner.

"Amow me mu make mou mo nee ems of mhe mirld."

"Then to the Ends of the World we shall go," Wakaba said cheerily.


They drove for a time before arriving at the miniature dueling ground at
the top of the Ohtori Academy tower. Across the way, Wakaba could see the
stone path form out of darkness. At the end of the path both could see that
it led to the vine-covered marble doorway that contained the power to
revolutionize the world.

"There is a problem, of course, Wakaba," he refused to show her the respect
of using her last name. "If you use the Rose Bride, Utena will hate you
with a passion that even the power to revolutionize the world cannot burn
away. But without her, you'll never be able to survive the swords of
humanity's hatred." And that was to say nothing of Wakaba's inability to
open the doors. She lacked the physical power to force them open.

"On the contrary," Wakaba said, remaining with her back to Akio as she
stared at the doorway. "I've already figured out a way around that."

"There is no way around it," Akio insisted.

"Sure there is, if you use your imagination"

Wakaba turned, and Akio felt an icy hand clutch his heart again. "What are
you talking ab-"

The butt of the pistol struck Akio in the head, and he fell into
unconsciousness.


When Akio awoke, he looked down and saw Wakaba was already making her way
across the narrow pathway to the doors. All around the blades of humanity's
hatred began flying in her direction.

Wait a minute, looking down?

Akio took inventory of himself. He was hanging suspended in mid-air.

Wearing a dress identical to the Rose Bride.

"This is completely ridiculous!" Akio shouted to Wakaba. "Wearing a dress
does not qualify one to be the Rose Bride. You actually need to be the Rose
Bride. Humanity's blades will only go after her. They won't be fooled by
some hanging cross-dresser. Besides, the color of the dress clashes with my
eyes."

Wakaba stopped walking forward as the blades drew ever closer. "You think
they won't go after you, do you?"

"Of course not."

The blades, whistling through the air in hunger, were nearly upon her.
"Tell me, Akio, would you describe humanity as being smart, or incredibly
stupid?"

"Incredibly stupid, of course. But what does that have to do with
anythin..." Akio's voice trailed off as the dawn of realization finally
struck him. "Oh shit."

Not a single blade wavered as they traveled past Wakaba and headed directly
towards Akio.

"Fine! But you'll never get through that door! You need the Sword of Dios.
And you need a really strong arm. And you need really cool hair, like every
other member of the Student Council and myself. You look like a giant onion
with that hairdo! It will never work!"

He watched in amusement as Wakaba walked up to the barrier. Oh, how he'd
laugh at her frustration when it failed to budge in the slightest. Even if
it hadn't been magically sealed, he doubted she could have opened such a
heavy door.

Wakaba examined the door for a moment. She then nodded her head, as though
coming to a decision, and began pounding hard upon it with her fist. Akio
snickered at her obvious frustration as the blades drew closer and were
nearly upon him. The stupid little girl would never-

"Open up! This is the police!" Wakaba shouted.

Akio watched in mute horror as the door opened itself up for her.

Now Akio understood the truth of the unearthly compulsion that had made him
refer to himself as 'The Ends of the World.' That was certainly what it
felt like as Wakaba darted inside to the darkness beyond the doorway. As
the first, childlike sob escaped his lips, he saw Wakaba poke her head out
and shout, "Hey, Akio! Don't worry! I'll see to it you're a prince once
again when I'm done revolutionizing the world!"

Akio's shoulders slumped in defeat as Wakaba disappeared from sight again.
"Oh well, at least I have something to look forward to," he supposed as he
felt the blades begin to pierce him


It was a brand new day in a brave new world.

Juri Arisugawa threw open the wooden paneled doors and burst into the gym.
She looked around once before spotting the person she was looking for. She
turned and approached with a confident step to confront the captain of the
fencing team. It had taken her a night of deep thinking, but at last her
thoughts became as clear as her heart. After much angst and heartache, she
was at last able to say the words that at one time she believed would never
pass from her lips.

"Ruka," she threw herself into his arms. "Now that you've recovered from
your almost fatal heart condition and have returned to me, I now realize
that I can, in fact, love a man. You are the person I love most of all. I'm
sorry I fell for that conniving little backstabber, Shiori. My eyes have
been opened at last to the fact that love isn't dependent on gender. I
realize now that you were always the one that loved me the most, even to
the point that you were willing to forsake your own happiness for mine. I'm
sorry it took so long, but at last we can consummate our fiery passions the
way a man and woman should."

Ruka held her close and stroked her hair softly. His eyes were filled with
caring as he said, "Juri, there's something I have to tell you too."

Her loving gaze remained fixed upon the object of her affection. "Yes?"

"I'm gay."


Touga Kiryuu gazed in the mirror another ten minutes before decided that at
last the time had come. It had been enjoyable while it lasted, but as with
all good things, this too had come to an end. Now that it had begun, it
would only be a matter of time before the rest was lost as well. No longer
would girls fawn over him. No more being a member of the Student Council
(for certainly he would have to quit because of this disgrace). Even
Saionji had at last bested him at something. He could applaud him
graciously, but Touga did not feel up to admitting that Saionji was now a
better man than him.

Instead, he would pack his things and leave like a thief in the night, not
informing anyone where he was going. He couldn't live with the looks of
pity and revulsion the others would give him for his... disfigurement, for
that was what it was. There was no escaping it. He was now less than half
the man he had been. All that was left for him now was to transfer to a
school on another continent where no one would know what he had been.

Once satisfied he had packed everything he would need, Touga headed off
into the sunrise, for it was too early for a sunset to head off into,
though that would have been more appropriate. He threw on a large,
wide-brimmed hat, gave one last look at his home and the academy, then left
without another glance back.

Premature balding really sucked.


Nanami Kiryuu softly stalked her prey from behind. She didn't know what had
happened, but overnight her eyes became clear as she realized that her
brother really was nothing more than a pompous slut with good hair (or at
least he was before he started to go bald). She could do much better than
him. Much better indeed. In fact, there was someone she already knew who
was sweet and gentle and caring and whose hair, while not as cool as her
brother's, was still very nice and she could enjoy running her fingers
through it.

They were alone in the school library. He was poised over a book, reading
it intently. She knew he was unaware of her presence. She preferred it
remain that way so that she could surprise him with her offer. It was
something she allowed no one but the most important of people to do.
Before, she had only made the proposal to Touga, but he said he didn't want
to and never took her up on her offer. He claimed he didn't like to do such
things, but Nanami just knew her new paramour would

Softly, she moved up behind Miki and whispered seductively in his ear,
"Would you like to pet my pussy?"

"AHH!" Miki shot up out of chair and made a run for it. With Touga gone,
all of the girls seemed to think he should be the campus slut now. They
were constantly throwing themselves at him, calling him at all hours,
showering him with gifts, attention, even a baby grand piano. He never had
a moment to himself. Even Kozue was acting weirder than usual, begging him
to 'spank her like the bitch that she was.' Now it had become apparent that
Nanami had joined the list too. What had he done to deserve this hell?

Nanami frowned at Miki's departing form. She looked down at the kitten she
had nestled next to her bosom. "It looks like Miki doesn't like cats any
more than big brother did. Oh, well. I'll just have to try harder. All of
those other girls aren't worthy of his attentions, after all. He's for me
and me alone. I'll have to take some time out to execute what I have dubbed
my 'Nanami and Miki Begin Dating Plan'. He'll thank me so much when I'm
done."

Nanami walked off with her kitten in a gentle embrace.


Wakaba stuck her head out the window and enjoyed the morning air. It was
always nice to feel the sun shining off her face and warming both her body
and spirit. She paused a moment to look over the well-tended rose gardens
below. They were beautiful too, with an elegance that-

A heavy object impacted with her back and attached itself to her like a
giant remora. "Hello, Wakaba, my favoritist girlfriend in the world. I
didn't see you walking to school today and missed you so much. I know I've
said it before, but I feel I must say it again: you're the only one for
me."

Wakaba desperately held onto the sides of the window in an effort to keep
from falling out and plunging to her death. "Let... go... Saionji," she
gasped.

The green-haired upperclassman released his hold, allowing her to reenter
the building. He then gave her a suspicious stare. "You weren't avoiding me
by chance, were you?"

"Of course not," Wakaba said casually. "It's just that-"

"Hi guys," came a voice from down the hall.

Saionji's eyes narrowed as he saw who had called out the greeting. "Oh,
it's them."

Wakaba smiled at the new arrivals. "Hi, you two. How's it going?"

Utena Tenjou and Anthy Himemiya (who was Utena's best, and very platonic,
friend, Wakaba would be happy to point out) looked at each other, then
shrugged. Utena answered first. "You know how it is, same old same. Nothing
really interesting ever happens here."

"Last night was pretty interesting," Wakaba teased.

Utena blushed slightly. "Well, okay. It was sort of interesting, I guess.
But next time don't keep me up so late. I'm pooped." As if to emphasize his
point, he yawned and scratched his balls.

Saionji recoiled at the crude behavior displayed by his rival for Wakaba's
attentions. "And what, praytell, were you doing up late with Wakaba?" He
leveled an accusing finger at Utena.

The tall, pink-haired boy held his hands up defensively. "Relax. Not that
it's any of your business, but we just had a late night cram session in
geometry, that's all."

"You forgot to mention that you two also made out. Miss Wakaba was most
loud during the end of last night's particular session. Much louder then
the last time." Anthy smiled happily until she realized Utena was giving
her that fearful 'You've really done it to me this time,' look. Wakaba gave
Anthy a frown as Saionji shot his rival a lethal stare.

Anthy held her hands to her mouth in shame. "Oh dear, I wasn't supposed to
mention that, was I? It's not like I intentionally eavesdropped, but with
my room next door to Mr. Utena's, it's not like I could have failed to
notice it either."

"How dare you defile a beautiful flower like Wakaba! Keep away from her,
you romancer of women!" Saionji drew a bokken, which caused Utena to turn
around and run. Wakaba's cries to the fleeing Saionji about calming down
fell on deaf ears. As the duo ran out of sight, she leveled her scowl at
Anthy, who just smiled guilelessly back.

"Sometimes I wonder just how much you've really changed," Wakaba muttered.

"What was that?" Anthy asked.

"Nevermind," Wakaba said quickly, though for a moment she thought Anthy's
glasses took on an unearthly, almost frightening gleam.

A barking from the far end of the school corridor caught Wakaba's
attention. She turned and watched as a dog rushed up to Anthy and began
barking happily at her. Anthy went down to her knees and began petting the
dog's fur.

"It's nice to see you, but you shouldn't have followed me to classes. They
don't approve of pets in the halls."

Wakaba waved at the dog while smirking. "Hey, Akio. Long time no see."

The dog started to growl at Wakaba, which was met with a hard smack to the
rump and a "bad doggie" from Anthy. "How many times have I told you not to
growl at people? Go back home. I'll deal with you later."

The dog whined and slunk away with his tail between his legs. Anthy turned
back to Wakaba. "I don't know why you keep forgetting his name. It's
Prince, not Akio."

"I know, I know." Wakaba admitted. "A promise is a promise, and it had to
be kept. Still..."

"Still what?" Anthy asked.

"Nothing." Wakaba shrugged. "Anyway, let's head to class. The boys should
be done messing around anyway and meet us there." Wakaba paused a moment to
gaze outside again. "Life is certainly good."

"Yes, it is," Anthy agreed as the duo headed to class.


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Special thanks to Miwa, Fido, and Lara Bartram, for song suggestions and
Alan Harnum for bitching about the need for more Utena fics out there. ^_^

Songs on the radio in order.
'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Tears for Fears
'Waiting for the End of the World' by Elvis Costello
'I Want it All' by Queen
'Until the End of the World' by U2 and
'It's the End of the World as We Know It' by R.E.M.









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