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Definition Of An
By David A. Tatum
From: "David A. Tatum"
Subject: [FFML] [fanfic][Repost][Ranma] Definition of an Uncute Tomboy
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:09 AM
In the aftermath of the events yesterday, I, like everyone else, was glued
to the television yesterday, doing my best to find out everything I could,
speculating on our nation's reaction to this incident, and doing everything
I could to find out what was going on. However, as some others (such as
Jerry 'Patchmonkey' Levine, who mentioned it in a beautiful essay on how
he's treating this incident on the Megatokyo board, and I hope he posts that
somewhere more visible for all of us to read. It certainly inspired me!), I
did everything I could to do what I normally did that day. I went to class-
which was cancelled as I arrived. I took care of my pets, made myself lunch
and dinner, talked to my girlfriend over the phone for a bit (joking with
her, actually, some of that time). It may be early, but it's time to resume
as much normalcy as possible.
At about 1am last night, (i.e., earlier today), I resolved I'd go back to
fanfic writing. I can't go to class tomorrow- it's cancelled- and what else
am I going to do? Sit and watch television coverage of the bombing all day-
again? Hell no! I'm not going to let these bastards win by making them
have me live in terror- or worse, depression. I'm going to write, dammit.
I was going to see if I could write up something small and WAFFy, but I
haven't got anything that I could finish quickly. So, I'm going to continue
one of my already on-going fanfics (I've got 17 of them- no need to start
another one!) and repost this WAFFy little vignette to help the list resume
nromal function in the meantime. My sympathies to any of you who might have
lost friends or family in the incident, but I still encourage everyone ELSE
fic-writing, as well... or, if you aren't a writer, then to go, find your
favorite fic, and read it. Or go out to lunch or something, but do whatever
you enjoy. Have fun- treat the time off you're getting from the tragedy as
a vacation. It may seem a little cold, but it's the best way I can think of
to not let these terrorists win.
As I say with most of my fanfics... enjoy.
Definition of an Uncute Tomboy
A Ranma Shortfic by David A. Tatum
Author's Notes: This fanfic is inspired by a brief bit of exposure to my
girlfriends 11 year old cousin and his friends. It just sort of gave me a
Akane turned off the television set, a troubled expression on her brow.
The documentary she had just watched struck too close to home. Perhaps she
should talk to someone about it. No, no-one else who she could trust to
keep her concerns a secret would care. Well, that wasn't quite true- there
was one person who would care, and he was perhaps the best person to judge
of all. That decided, she stood up and started looking around for Ranma.
She found him up in his room, reading a manga. She walked in, looked
around to make sure that no-one was hiding around and spying on them, and
knelt in front of him.
"Ranma?" she began.
"Hmm?" he grunted, not looking up from his manga.
"Ranma, am I... that is, do you think... that is... Ranma, am I abusive?"
"Huh?" he said.
"I just saw a program on television about spousal abuse, and it worried me-
am I abusive to you?"
Ranma just shrugged, still reading his manga. "Nah. You're just a
Akane nearly hit him for that, but concern over what the documentary she'd
just seen had said stopped her. "Ranma, be serious... I need to know- am I
"I was serious," Ranma sighed, snapping his manga shut. "You aren't
abusive. You're just an underdeveloped tomboy."
Akane got really mad at that. Why was he making fun of her at a time like
this- didn't he see she was genuinely worried about this- and not just for
herself, but for him as well? "Ranma!" she growled, moving in on him.
"Look, let me explain," Ranma said, noting the anger in her eyes and
backing away into a corner, making warding gestures.
Akane's control reasserted itself. Now that she thought about it, he
wasn't using the usual teasing tone of voice he had when he was insulting
her. Perhaps she should give him one last chance to give her a serious
"Explain," she said sternly. "But if you just insult me like that again,
I'll knock you flat, abusive behavior or not."
"I wasn't insultin' ya, I was telling ya the truth," Ranma noted, much to
Akane's chagrin. Before she could say or do anything about it, he
continued, "Hey, would you rather be an underdeveloped tomboy or an abusive
Akane stopped at that. She certainly didn't want to be abusive, but she
also didn't want to be thought of as an 'underdeveloped uncute tomboy.'
"Neither!" she snapped.
Ranma shrugged. "Then stop hitting me. Until you do, though, you're
either an underdeveloped tomboy or an abusive young lady- your choice."
Akane REALLY wanted to hit him right then, but her desire for a straight
answer held her back. "Look, Ranma, are you going to tell me what you mean
by that or not?"
Ranma shrugged. "Whatever. Look, have you ever watched kids playing in
the playground? Boys, I mean."
Akane hesitated. What did that have to do with anything? "I guess I have,
"Good, then you should understand." He took a deep breath. "We're
friends, aren't we? I mean, we fight a lot, but despite that we're still
"Well... yeah, I guess," Akane agreed self-consciously.
Ranma relaxed slightly. "Ever notice that boys like to roughhouse with
each other, even when they're friends?"
"Um...." Akane had no idea what he was talking about.
"Well, they do," he confirmed. "I've always felt that our fights were sort
of like a couple of kids roughhousing. I tease ya, you pound me- it's fun,
sometimes. Of course, we really are too old to be doing that sort of
thing, and it is a rather boyish trait, so I'm an immature jerk and you're
an underdeveloped tomboy, but why should that matter? If we're still
fighting like this when we're in our twenties, I'll be worried, but we
still have a few years where we can still blame our fights on youth."
Akane blinked. She'd never thought of it that way. "Do you... do you want
me to stop hitting you, Ranma?"
Ranma chuckled. "Nah, I want ya as a tomboy for now. Ya tried to stop
earlier when you made that promise to Kasumi, remember, and I teased ya
until you gave up, right? If ya ever stopped being one, then I'D have to
grow up, too- and I'm not ready to grow up."
Akane relaxed, a weight on her shoulders lifted. She stood up and turned
As she started to open the door, Ranma stopped her.
"There's something I wanna say to ya," he said. "I may never marry an
uncute tomboy like you... but I don't expect you to remain an uncute tomboy
forever, okay? When I'm ready for ya to stop being an uncute tomboy, I'll
stop being an immature jerk, okay?"
Akane smiled slightly. "Okay, Ranma. I'll keep being an uncute tomboy
until you're ready."
Sir Desaix, member # 116 of the Knights of the True Fiancee
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