Open on long crane shot: Tendo home and dojo. Audio: environmental noises -- birds chirping, a jet passing overhead, bicycle bell, wind, traffic. No human voices. Dolly down to front of building, then around to garden and koi pond. We see the shattered remains of the failed wedding of issue 38. The Tendo and Saotome families, for the most part, are still in shock and dealing with it each in their own way: Nodoka huddles with Genma, Soun sobs in the dining room, Nabiki is counting gift money, Kasumi is beginning to clean up, and Ranma and Akane are arguing. We can't hear what they're saying; all we hear are the environmental noises. But it is a fast and furious argument, interspersed with quick reaction shots of the other family members, who are becoming increasingly agitated. The argument grows in vehemence, to the point where it begins to crack even Kasumi's calm facade. The argument ends as an expression of rage, betrayal and fear flashes onto Akane's face and she slaps Ranma; the crack of flesh against flesh is the only sound from the argument that we hear, and it echoes like a gunshot. Closeup on Ranma as he struggles with his own feelings of anger and betrayal. He spins on his heel and stalks to the far end of the yard, beyond the koi pond. Closeup on Akane as her face runs a gamut of emotions; then she turns and flees into the house. Closeup: Alarm clock. It reads 8 PM. Pull back to reveal it is on the nightstand in Akane's room. Akane is seated crosslegged in the middle of her bed. She is crying. Outside her window, it is dark. Music up. AKANE Many times I've tried to tell you Many times I've cried alone Always I'm surprised how well you Cut my feelings to the bone She gets up and steps to the window. Looking down, she sees Ranma lit in stark relief by the light from the house. He is sitting in zazen on the boulder by the koi pond, brooding. AKANE Don't want to leave you really I've invested too much time To give you up that easy To the doubts that complicate your mind Kuno bursts into Akane's room and tries to embrace Akane; he is reciting something to her, but as before, we cannot hear what is being said. AKANE We Belong to the light We Belong to the thunder Akane absently swats Kuno out her window, then leans back against the wall to its side. She closes her eyes and hugs herself. AKANE We Belong to the sound of the words We've both fallen under Whatever we deny or embrace For worse or for better We Belong, We Belong We Belong together Cut to over-the-shoulder shot of Akane in the darkened garden looking in on the family as they eat a late dinner. Ranma seems to have recovered from their argument and is fighting with his father over morsels. As the camera zooms into the open doorway, only Kasumi looks concerned that Akane isn't present, and after a glance upwards, leaves the table. Camera pans from the doorway to Akane's face, which is still tear-streaked. AKANE Maybe it's a sign of weakness When I don't know what to say Maybe I just wouldn't know What to do with my strength anyway Akane closes her eyes. Dissolve to rapid flashback montage of arguments and fights. AKANE Have we become a habit Do we distort the facts Now there's no looking forward Now there's no turning back Montage ends. Kuno appears from behind the boulder near the pond and approaches Akane from the rear, his arms open as if to hug her. AKANE When you say We Belong to the light We Belong to the thunder Akane spreads her arms wide and without knowing it knocks Kuno unconscious. AKANE We Belong to the sound of the words We've both fallen under Whatever we deny or embrace For worse or for better We Belong, We Belong We Belong together Cut to interior darkened Tendo house, late at night. Medium shot: Akane at the door to the guest room. Carefully and quietly, she pushes it open just a hair. Inside, a thin wedge of moonlight illuminates Ranma, sprawled on his stomach on his futon. Closeup on Akane. Love and desire war with fear in her eyes as she steps fully into the room. AKANE Close your eyes and try to sleep now Close your eyes and try to dream Clear your mind and do your best To try and wash the palette clean Ranma rolls onto his back, and seemingly in his sleep... RANMA We can't begin to know it How much we really care Closeup on Ranma as his eyes snap open. Cut to Akane, surprised and fearful. Cut back to Ranma, as he sits up and holds out his hand to her. RANMA I hear your voice inside me I see your face everywhere Medium shot as Akane hesitates a moment, then drops to her knees and wraps her arms around him. Ranma's arms are around her in a flash. Camera pans in closeup around the two as they sing, and we see tears in the eyes of both. RANMA AND AKANE Still you say We Belong to the light We Belong to the thunder We Belong to the sound of the words We've both fallen under Whatever we deny or embrace For worse or for better We Belong, We Belong We Belong together As the vocals fade away, the camera pulls back to show the two in a deep embrace that leads to their first real kiss. And as they kiss, the camera pans up and off them to reveal the despondent face of Kuno pressed against the window. FADE OUT "WE BELONG" A RANMA 1/2 SONGFIC by Robert M. Schroeck Staged around the song "We Belong", by Pat Benatar From her album "Tropico". Written by D. Navarro & R. Lowen Time Copyright 1984 by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. Ranma 1/2 characters trademark and copyright Rumiko Takahashi and her licensees and syndicators. All rights revert to their original owners. Dedicated to my wife Peggy on the occasion of our 8th wedding anniversary, 6/23/98.