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The Martial Artist's Daughter

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Genma paced back and forth nervously, glancing at his wife every now and then. She had given birth to their child a while ago but the nurses were still swarming around her. Their child had been whisked away before he could even get a look at the newborn. A few moments later, the buzzing died down as the doctor entered the room with with a solemn look on his face. Genma paled and feared for the worst. In a shaky voice, he asked “What’s wrong?”

“I’m sorry Mr. Saotome, there was some complications while your wife was giving birth,” the doctor said.

The Saotome couple both widened their eyes at the news. Nodoka broke out into a sob while Genma looked like he was slapped across the face. Genma wanted an heir to train and raise so they could carry on the Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts. Who else would carry on his lineage? “Wait,” the doctor said, noticing the couple’s reaction. “I wasn’t finished. Although it is true that you can no longer have any more children, your wife did successfully give birth to a healthy baby.”

Genma let out a sigh of relief as hope flowed back into him. All was not lost. He still had an heir. His school will not die. He could even make good on his promise with his friend Soun to unite the two school. His son and one of Tendo’s daughter could get married. He was drunk on happiness but the moment the doctor opened his mouth to speak again, Genma was knocked out of his happy little fantasy.

“Congratulations, it’s a girl.”


 

The doctor asked the married couple what they wished to name their daughter. Nodoka wanted their daughter to be named Ranko but Genma insisted that their newborn be named Ranma. He wouldn’t budge so she relented and allowed him to name their child. She knew how much Genma wanted a son so she would let him have this at least.

“Genma,” Nodaka called while caressing their baby in her arms. “Would you like to hold her?”

Her husband stuttered and almost drops their newborn daughter, not expecting for Ranma to be passed to him so suddenly. Genma looked towards his wife with an anxious look on his face, only to be given a smile in return. He sighed and looked towards his daughter who gazed back at him. They stared at each other for what seemed to be an eternity before Ranma breaks their contest by grabbing her father’s thumb while cooing at him. He is shocked by the sudden display but at the same time, feels a warm emotion stirring up inside of him. Ranma may not be the son he wanted but in this moment, Genma decides that he doesn’t mind settling for a daughter.