Megumi Yoshikawa headed for the meeting place nervously, her short brown hair falling around her face. She looked like a typical Japanese high school girl, but only a few months ago she had been a young man named Kei. After a series of increasing dizzy spells Kei's doctor made a stunning diagnosis: he was genetically a she. Deciding it was better to be a whole woman than a partial man, Kei agreed to gender transitioning and became a girl.
'But was that really such a good idea?' Megumi sighed, kicking at a stone.
Since Megumi's return to her old school it had been one complication after another, including her former best friends falling for her. AND if that wasn't enough her only female friend Makoto Yutaka promised to 'take care of her' if she decided that she just couldn't handle sex with men. All in all it was enough to make her head swim.
"Oh yeah!" a woman's voice yelled off in the distance, then surprisingly loud cries of pain echoed out.
Without thinking about it Megumi hurried down the street, rushing around the corner to a scene of chaos. A gang of toughs at least ten strong circled around a girl, her slim form warily braced for battle. Light, shimmering brown hair flowed over her shoulders as a face pretty enough for a model stared out.
"Come on you scumbags," the young woman dressed in t-shirt and shorts growled out, "take your best shot!"
As the men charged at the girl Megumi ran forward too, moving to back the crazy girl up in the fight. She may be physically a girl now but Megumi was still a gentleman at heart, and she could not just pass by without offering help. Of course, she soon realized that the strange girl didn't really need her help.
Megumi was more of a street fighter but she knew karate when she saw it, and this kid was good! She fought with speed and power, dropping enemies with vicious blows and kicks, hammering them into the turf. Finally, panting, she realized the fight was over and turned to see her unlikely ally.
"Ah...," the young woman shook herself then bowed, "thank you very much." With a sheepish smile she asked, "You didn't see too much of that, did you?"
"I saw you defeat them, yes," Megumi admitted. It was odd, but talking to this girl made her want to slip into her boyish manerisms, but she didn't know why.
"Oh hell," the girl sighed. Giving Megumi a pleading glance she begged, "Please don't tell anyone what you saw!"
"It's all right," Megumi reassured her, "I won't." She smiled wryly, "I'm only in the area because of a meeting I'm going too."
The other girl's eyes widened, "You too?"
"Too?" Megumi blinked in surprise.
"You're going to the transgendered meeting?" she asked. As Megumi nodded she smiled wryly, "My name is Yuna Kurimi, though my real name is Randou Masashi."
"Long story?" Megumi guessed.
"Oh yeah," Yuna smiled wryly.
Once upon a time Randou had nearly died in a bus accident, his face irreversably scarred. The only clue to his identity was a girl's photo, so the doctor taking care of him used it as a guide to reconstructing his face. Several twists later and Randou found himself posing as Yuna, the twin sister of the girl who's photo he had kept.
"All right," Megumi admitted as they walked on, "that tops my story." With that she gave a somewhat edited version of her own tale of woe.
"Wow," Yuna shook her head, "I don't know if I could go back to school with everyone knowing I was once a guy."
"I didn't have much choice," Megumi shrugged as she said, "I guess I'm just not that good at keeping a secret."
"Hey, is that the café we're supposed to meet at?" Yuna asked, pointing ahead of them.
"Wonder who that guy is?" Megumi asked suspiciously.
The brown haired young man in a simple suit and tie was short, but his eyes practically shone from a bishonen face. His expressions were mild and his movements graceful, in fact the only thing off about him were his beautiful, luminous eyes.
"It looks like we're early for the meeting," he announced cheerfully.
"And you are...?" Yuna asked a bit suspiciously.
"Haruhi Fujioka," a warm smile, "and I'm a girl."
"Ehhh?!" both Megumi and Yuna blurted as they looked at the boyish girl in shock.
Haruhi just sighed softly.
All her life Haruhi had never really been too aware of her gender. Maybe it was the fact she had a transvestite for a dad, or maybe it was her own odd blend of male and female skills, but she had never really seen herself as a girl. So when she accidently broke a valuable vase at the Ouran host club, it was fairly easy for her to adopt a boys identity and join in with the charming of the ladies to repay the debt.
"That's wild," Megumi admitted, shaking her head. It seemed all three of them were the victims of very, very odd fates.
"Sorry," the cheerful older woman apologized as she hurried up to where the three were waiting, her long hair and slim build making her look elegantly beautiful. She smiled apologeticly, "I'm running behind today."
"Aoi Futaba?" Haruhi asked as she politely held the door for her.
"Yes," Aoi smiled, "a few of our other members will be here soon."
The four headed into the restaurant, met by a greeter and soon escorted to a private room they had reserved. "Miss?" Haruhi politely held out a seat for Megumi.
"Thank you," Megumi smiled wryly as she sat. Softly she murmured, "I wonder if Makoto might dress like you..."
"Makoto?" Aoi asked curiously as they all took seats.
"I didn't realize I said that aloud," Megumi blushed. She smiled slightly, "I have a friend named Makoto who's helped support me through my changes."
"You like her?" Yuna asked as she ordered a soda.
Megumi nodded, "She's a very close friend of mine. In fact she..."
"She...?" Haruhi looked curious.
Megumi blushed brighter, "She promised me that if I decided I couldn't deal with boys I was to come to her. She said she'd take care of me for the rest of my days."
"Do you think she was serious?" Aoi wondered.
"I don't know," Megumi said with a sighed. "She's also kind of boyish and," she blushed, "really cute."
"Have you ever gone out together?" Yuna wondered. She smiled as she clarified, "As friends or out on a date."
"No," Megumi admitted thoughtfully.
"Maybe you should give it a try," Aoi suggested gently, "and see what happens. You might just be pleasantly surprised."
"Maybe I will," Megumi brightened.
As a group of other young women and men began to arrive Aoi smiled, "And now it looks like the meeting is about to start..."
Notes: Megumi and Makoto are from Day of Revolution, Yuna is from Pretty Face, Haruhi is from Ouran High Host Club and Aoi is from You're Under Arrest. lol All these series are available in English, released by various publishers.