"Well, Usagi-chan, you're pregnant." Ami pursed her lips
as Usagi collapsed backwards into one of the padded chairs in the
office Ami shared with her mother.
After a few minutes, the blonde opened her eyes. "Pregnant?"
Her eyes pleaded with Ami. Nevertheless, the blue-haired girl nodded.
Usagi closed her eyes again. "Drat. What do I tell Mamo-chan?
Heck, what do I tell ChibiUsa?"
"Well, since this is October, you can tell her she'll be born
in nine months." A thought occurred to Ami. "I guess this
means ChibiUsa will have to go back to the future now. After all,
she can't very well stay around while you're pregnant with her."
"But what if I send her back here again? I did it before!"
Usagi was, by all appearances, trying frantically to keep her mind
off the subject. Odd, really. Ami had always thought that she'd
be happy when this happened.
"It'll be okay, Usagi-chan. We'll all be with you. Always."
Ami clasped the blonde's hands in hers. Usagi smiled gratefully
and hugged her.
A Ranmoon fic
by Jonathan Rosebaugh
Disclaimer: Ranma ½ and its characters and settings belong
to Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan, Kitty, and Viz Video. Bishoujo
Senshi Sailor Moon belongs to Takeuchi Naoko, Koudansha, TV Asahi,
and Toei Douga, and DIC.
Thanks to Siaru for prereading!
Prologue: Fiat Homo
As it turned out, ChibiUsa stayed in the past up until the final
weeks. She took the whole pregnancy thing very well in stride, considering
that it was she who was about to be born. She tired of feeling
the baby kick and catering to Usagi's cravings rather quickly and
devoted her time instead to helping Mamoru prepare for having a
child, picking out clothes and such. Her father did wonder
why she kept giggling during that job, but he held his tongue.
In retrospect, he shouldn't have. A week before the due date, Pluto
took ChibiUsa away, on orders from her future self. ChibiUsa seemed
to be expecting it, but nobody really thought about it much. They
were too busy thinking about Usagi's pregnancy. The days passed
quickly, and soon all eight girls were sitting in the waiting room
of a hospital, waiting for Mamoru to return with the news they were
He walked into the room and over to them, face pale. The Outers
stood up expectantly; the others, rather tired, remained in their
chairs. "It's…." He stopped, then began again. "It's
The Inners and Hotaru huddled around Usagi's bed, looking at baby
ChibiUsa. Haruka and Michiru stood back near the wall, near Mamoru.
"I just don't get it," Ami said. "My computer claims
he's ChibiUsa, but he obviously can't be."
Minako nodded. "Transformation magic can change genders; Usagi
discovered that for herself. But there's no way ChibiUsa could have
kept an illusion going that long. The magic just doesn't last. She
had to have been the real McDonalds."
Rei sighed and bopped Minako. "That's 'the real McCoy'. But
you're right. There has to be some explanation. And I know just
the person to provide it."
"Setsuna," everyone agreed. With impeccable timing, Setsuna
opened the door and walked in.
"Yes, yes, I know," she said, silencing the babble of
questions. She approached the bed. "Usagi-chan, have you chosen
a name for your son?" When the blonde shook her head, Setsuna
continued. "I suggest 'Ranma', since that's what he'll be named
in the future. No, I wasn't able to discover why this happened.
My future self is blocking me, so do I believe we'll find out sometime.
But I found out what we need to do about this situation."
Usagi closed her eyes, sighed, and opened them again. "I should
have known. Well, this is probably going to take a while. Can we
get any ice cream in this place?" She smiled.
"I'll, ah, see what I can do, Usako." Mamoru headed for
the door. Usagi sat up and tried to make herself more comfortable.
Makoto held out her arms. "Can I hold him?" Usagi obliged
her and Makoto sat down and smiled at the baby.
"Hold him while you can, girls." Setsuna looked sad.
"He's leaving us in a week. I have to take him into the future
and place him with foster parents. I'm so sorry, Hime-chan."
"But… but… but…" Usagi dissolved into tears; not
the torrential crying she had so often exhibited a few years ago,
but the tears of a mother for her child. "So that's why I sent
her back here after we dealt with Nemesis," she said after
several minutes. "That was the only time I'd get to spend with
my child as a child. And I wasted it with foolish quarrels."
Setsuna sat on the edge of the bed and wiped tears from her princess's
eyes. "I wish there were another way. I spent hours trying
to think of one, but the only timelines that showed an alternate
path required extremely distasteful things, things that I would
never in my nightmares ask you to do.
"I need to ask your forgiveness, Hime-chan. Your little Ranma
will suffer many things, things that I could prevent. But I won't.
It's necessary that he endure what will happen if he's to do what
he has to do. Even so, that's precious little consolation."
Usagi smiled weakly. "I love you, Setsuna. I love all of you.
I know you'll do what's right."
The baby began to cry. After checking one probable cause, Makoto
said, "I think he's hungry." Usagi opened the snaps on
one arm and held out her arms for her son.
After getting him situated for feeding, she continued to watch
him, a sad smile on her face. "I hope you can remember who
your mother is, Ranma-chan. Setsuna-chan will make sure your foster
parents take good care of you." Unnoticed by anyone, Setsuna
winced, and a tear rolled out of one eye.
To be continued.