Chapter 3:

Chapter 3

Queen of Dodge!

Minami stood outside the front gates of the school with her phone held to her ear. “Yes,” she said, “Yes I understand…” she sighed before saying, “Don’t worry, I’m finally on a good sports team. We’ll be able to compete and I’m sure there will be some kind of reward.” Her eyes saddened before she said, “I know…I’m still going to try my best.” Ryusuke walked up to the school as he took notice of her, “Okay, I love you, bye.” Minami lowered her phone and tapped on the red phone to hang up. She sighed before she turned to walk into the school,Bookmark here

“Ah! Choki-San!” Ryusuke said as he caught upBookmark here

to her, Bookmark here

“Oh, hey,” she said as she looked at Ryusuke,Bookmark here

“Just got here huh? Me too! Anyways, I was thinking of this one guy who could possibly recruit to the team! He used to do track and field, but now he’s in an automotive club! However, he is a third year, so I doubt he would want to consider how we’re in lower grades, but I figured let’s give it a shot!”Bookmark here

“Oh, uh, yeah, okay. Sounds good.”Bookmark here

“Are you okay?” Bookmark here

“Hm? Yeah! I’m fine, I was just on the phone with my mom. She just wanted to know how I was doing.” Bookmark here

“Ah, that’s nice. What’s your mom like?”Bookmark here

“She’s very kind and loving, and she’s honestly the best mother anyone could ask for.”Bookmark here

“That’s nice!” Bookmark here

“Yeah,” she said as they drew closer to the school, “Can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“Sure.”Bookmark here

“Why did you want to do dodgeball?”Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s simple, it’s because my brother is doing it.” He smiled before saying, “Growing up, it was just me, my brother, and my father. My mom died when I was little. Anyways, I’ve always looked up to my brother like a god, and someday I really want to make him proud of me.” He sighed as he said, “I was picked on a lot, as such I always thought he was embarrassed by me. So now that I’m doing dodgeball it’ll be something I’ll do that’ll make him proud of me.”Bookmark here

“That honestly sounds really nice,” she said with a smile, “I mean, not the part about you being picked on, but your brother being the reason you want to do dodgeball.”Bookmark here

Ryusuke laughed before saying, “Yeah! I get what you mean!”Bookmark here

“That’s a relief!” She said with a sigh,Bookmark here

“So, just letting you know, you don’t have to wear a Bunny Costume if you don’t want to.” Bookmark here

“Why do you say that?”Bookmark here

“Well you just seemed uncomfortable with it, I figured you were shy about your body.”Bookmark here

“Oh, I’m not.” She said, “I just,” she blushed as she looked away slightly, “I just don’t know if I want Yakuza to see me like that ya know? I mean, I like him, and part of me wants to wear a Bunny Costume for him, but at the same time he is our rival and I don’t want him to have some form of blackmail on us.”Bookmark here

“So you really aren’t shy about your body?”Bookmark here

“Well, I mean I am about certain things, but most of the time not really. When I practice my Kata at home I don’t wear a shirt.” Bookmark here

“Oh, so like a sports bra and-“Bookmark here

“No, I don’t wear a sports bra either.”Bookmark here

Ryusuke’s face turned red as blood sprayed from his nose, “Y-You don’t wear anything to cover yourself?!”Bookmark here

“No, not really. Most of the time having clothing on when practicing is very restricting.” Bookmark here

“Y-You aren’t going to be topless when we have a game though right?!”Bookmark here

“No, of course not.” She said before she grinned and leaned into him, “Unless you want me to.”Bookmark here

“N-No! I’d rather you wear your jersey!!” Bookmark here

Minami laughed as she said, “Alright! Alright! I’ll keep my clothes on!” She sighed before saying, “So you’ll take me to that one guy after school right?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course!”Bookmark here

“Alright,” she said with a smile, “I’ll see you then!” And with that Minami went into the school. The school day went by as any regular school day was. Homeroom, then science, math, philosophy and ethics, and so on. Ryusuke waited patiently for Minami before she eventually ran over to him, her school bag seemed a bit bigger than usual. Bookmark here

“What do you have there?” Ryusuke asked,Bookmark here

“Oh, it’s nothing much, don’t worry about it.”Bookmark here

“Alright,” He said as he took her through the school, “There’s a lot I don’t know about this guy, the only thing I know about him is what he used to do and what he does currently. So just try not to offend him, we have no clue what could set him off.”Bookmark here

“I see,” she responded, “And what’s his name?”Bookmark here

“Takarada Yaguchi.”Bookmark here

“Hmm, Yaguchi.” She said, “Alright, got it!” The two wandered down the hall in silence for a while. Ryusuke then finally decided to speak up,Bookmark here

“Hey, so, Choki-San, can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Have you ever had a boyfriend?”Bookmark here

“No, not really.”Bookmark here

“Why not?”Bookmark here

“Well, there’s never really been anyone stronger than me.” She said, “However, he doesn’t have to be stronger than me, it’s just a preference. So if any guy that likes me asked me out, I’d probably say yes. It just depends on who it is.”Bookmark here

“Oh, really?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” she said, “However, I have my mind and heart set on Yakuza, so I likely wouldn’t say yes unless he beat Yakuza in a fight.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh…I see…” Bookmark here

They then came to a stop as they stood in front of a large garage which was part of the school. Loud music as well as the sound of tools could be heard from the other side of the door. “Wow, is this it?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, it is.” Bookmark here

“Sweet!” Minami said as she opened the door and walked inside. She was instantly taken back by all the girls in bikini tops and low hanging shorts. “Oh…uh,” she looked around before she found a switch. She moved the switch downwards which caused the music to shut off and the eyes in the room then turned to her. Bookmark here

“Ch-Choki-San-“Bookmark here

“It’s okay,” Minami said as she looked at Ryusuke. She then walked to the middle of the room and said, “Hi! I’m looking for Takarada Yaguchi! Is he here?!”Bookmark here

“Depends on who’s asking,” a voice came. A boy stood up and walked over to her. Minami gasped as she said,Bookmark here

“Wow! Are you a transfer student too?!” Bookmark here

The young man scoffed before he said, “No, I live here in Japan.” Bookmark here

“Oh,” Minami said a bit embarrassed, “I just…well…the color of your skin…I uh,” she then bowed to him and said, “I’M SORRY FOR ASSUMING THINGS!!!!!”Bookmark here

“You’re fine,” he said, “Yeah, you don’t find many black people living in Japan. So I don’t blame you.” He then folded his arms as she straightened herself out, “So tell me, why are you looking for me?”Bookmark here

“Oh, you’re Takarada-Senpai?”Bookmark here

“Call me Yaguchi,” Bookmark here

“Oh, well, uh…” She cleared her throat before she turned and looked at Ryusuke. Ryusuke only shrugged in response, not knowing what to do.Bookmark here

“Listen, as much as I appreciate you coming in here and turning off the music. I’d like to know what-“ Minami then quickly opened her bag before she spun and threw a dodgeball at him as hard as she could. At that moment time began to slow down. Yaguchi looked at the ball before he turned and looked down the room to see the ball was headed for a collision course with his latest work. He sighed before he quickly reached out and palmed the ball before he spun and threw it back. Minami then caught the ball into her stomach as she stumbled back a bit.Bookmark here

“Wow,” she said, “You’re pretty fast!”Bookmark here

“Are you with the Dodgeball team?”Bookmark here

“I am! I’m the captain!” She said, “We’re trying to get new team members! This year we really want to go all out so we can compete! We’ll even take down Yakuza and his team!”Bookmark here

“I see,” he said as he reached one hand in his back pocket and the other in the pocket on his side. He pulled out a cigarette and a lighter which he then began to use to smoke. “Interesting.” Bookmark here

“Uh…are you supposed to be-?”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it,” he said before he nodded his head to the side, “Come with me.” He then took Minami and Ryusuke into an office where he sat across from them at a desk. Minami closed the door as Yaguchi said, “Did you know, I attempted to go out for the dodgeball team my first year?”Bookmark here

“What happened?” Ryusuke asked,Bookmark here

“The current captain at the time was racist,” he said, “However, I did track and field, at least until the end of my second year when I tore my ACL, now I’m here.”Bookmark here

“Oh, well, I assure you it’s different. I’m certainly not racist!” Minami said, “However, I still apologize for assuming you were a transfer student!”Bookmark here

“It’s fine,” Yaguchi said with a chuckle,Bookmark here

“Um…where are you from? If you don’t mind me asking?” Minami asked,Bookmark here

“My father is from right here in Japan, he was born in Kyoto, my mother is from Nigeria, and her mother is from Jamaica.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that makes sense why you did track and field.” Ryusuke said, “Some of the fastest people on the planet are from there! They’re so cool! I watched the summer olympics one year! It’s crazy how fast they are!” Bookmark here

“Yeah, it’s crazy.” Yaguchi said as he extinguished the cigarette in a crystal tray, “Did you know Dodgeball originated from Africa?”Bookmark here

“Really?!” Minami said absolutely shocked, “When I did my research after I went home, I always assumed it was from China!”Bookmark here

“That’s what some people believe, it might actually be true. However, the first solid bit of evidence that we have, and the first recorded history of the game was in Africa. It was a little over 200 years ago, and instead of balls they threw rocks at each other.”Bookmark here

“Ouch…” Minami said,Bookmark here

“They said it was a game to build endurance in their warriors, but sometimes it was to the death.”Bookmark here

“Sounds intense…” Ryusuke said,Bookmark here

“It might have been,” he said as he leaned forward and smiled, “Either way, dodgeball is in my blood. So if you want me to play, then you’ve got my attention.”Bookmark here

“Uh, yeah! Yeah! We’d love that!” Minami said as she reached in her back and pulled out some papers and a pen, “Uh, just fill these out, it’s a sign up sheet, consent form, and you’ll put your shirt and pants size so we can get uniforms and stuff.” Bookmark here

“I see, and is there anything else you need from me?”Bookmark here

“Nope! Not really!” Bookmark here

“Good,” he said with a smile as he began to fill out the forms, “With this, I can finally show the school what I’m really made of. I’m often overlooked and steered away from due to the color of my skin.”Bookmark here

“Well I assure you that no one on the team is like that.” Ryusuke said, “Well, at least from the team we have so far. After you we still need about one to possibly five more members.” He paused before he looked at Minami and said, “Wait, how many members do you think we’ll need?”Bookmark here

“I think seven will be fine,” Minami responded, “It would give us two substitutes, plus it’s the perfect number.” Bookmark here

“What makes you say that?”Bookmark here

“Well, in America it’s considered a lucky number. However I really like the number because my favorite movie of all time is Seven Samurai. So I think seven players to reflect the samurai would be great.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that actually sounds pretty nice.”Bookmark here

“It does,” Yaguchi said as he then handed Minami back the papers, “Anything else?”Bookmark here

“Not really,” Minami said, “Practices are usually after school, however there’s no practice today. So I’ll see you tomorrow!”Bookmark here

“Sounds great,” Bookmark here

“See you then!” Minami said as she took the papers and stood up, “Come on, let’s go.” She said to Ryusuke as she left the room. Ryusuke followed shortly after her and they began to walk back through the school. Bookmark here

“Say, Choki-San?” Ryusuke said as he grabbed onto the straps of his bag,Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Since there’s no practice today, I was wondering…would you like to go somewhere with me?”Bookmark here

“Where would you want to go?”Bookmark here

“Oh, uh, I haven’t really thought that far. I figured, since you transferred here there might be somewhere you want to go.”Bookmark here

“Hmmm,” she said to herself as she put Yaguchi’s papers into her bag, “Actually, I’ve got to head home today.”Bookmark here

“Oh, I see…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I’m sorry, but thanks for asking me. We can hang out some other time, okay?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, sure!”Bookmark here

A//NBookmark here

Chapter 3 complete! When I first posted this story I didn’t think it would be very popular! However in the first day of the contest this story for over 500 reads! 500 READS!!!! When I started writing it took MONTHS to get to 500 reads and now I’ve done it in less than a day! Bookmark here

Well, guess this means I have to share things about the characters now! Lol!Bookmark here

To get this out of the way for the people who will want to know in the long run…Minami’s chest size is 87 cm which in Japan is a 65 E and in America is a 30 D. When I planned her out, I knew I wanted her to be busy, but I didn’t want her to be so busty she was out of proportion. I knew she was going to be muscular, so I tried to give her breasts in proportion with the rest of her muscles! Bookmark here

Her birthday is July 10th and her favorite food is whatever’s closest to her and whatever she can get in her mouth. She’s also a fan of Super Sentai, with her favorite seasons being Denshi Sentai Denjiman and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, she plans to marry Gokai Red once they invent inter dimensional and inter universal travel. Bookmark here

Minami is also inspired by Ushio Hinomaru from Hinomaru Sumo. A lot of my friends think she’s inspired by Hibiki from How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift, but really she’s inspired by Hinomaru. Hinomaru has a fire in his eyes and a drive to become the best. He never gives up in a match, and when he’s beaten he acknowledges that he loses and he goes right back to training. I knew if I ever made a sports series I wanted the main character to have a similar drive.Bookmark here

Yakuza is inspired by Kazuya Mishima from Tekken. However, unlike Kazuya, Yakuza was not thrown from a cliff by his father as a child. The main reason for his inspiration was Kazuya’s design. I really like Kazuya’s hair and how he’s tall and muscular and really has that whole “he’s a huge f***ing jerk” look. Another person with this look is Kazuma Kiryu from the popular game series Yakuza, who Yakuza is also inspired by, and it’s the same franchise he’s named after. I still haven’t played Like a Dragon…Bookmark here

Ryusuke is 166cm or 5 foot 5 and a half, which makes him 3 and a half inches shorter than Minami. His favorite food is Onigiri which he likes to put Teriyaki sauce on. Despite me having him planned out and having him written, I still don’t have a design for him. One of his earliest concept designs had him looking like Deku but with glasses. When Pacho described him as pretty I then pictured him with longer hair. I’m still having troubles with a design…Bookmark here

Pacho is about 167 cm or 5’6” making him three inches shorter than Minami. Like Ryusuke, he still doesn’t have a design, and doesn’t even have a concept design! His strange infatuation with Minami is that she’s bigger and possibly stronger than him. Being a big guy himself he’s always been worried about having a normal girlfriend because he doesn’t want to accidentally hurt her, the fact that Minami is so tall and really muscular is quite attractive to him!Bookmark here

Daisuke is 172 cm or 5’8” making him only an inch shorter than Minami. He greatly admires Minami for her strength and athletic abilities. Despite Minami being the Captain of the team he still sees himself as the main father of the team. He’s bisexual and has a boyfriend! His boyfriend will appear later in the story! Bookmark here

Yaguchi is 180 cm or 5’11”! He’s two inches taller than Minami but an inch shorter than Yakuza who is 182 cm or 6’0”! Like he mentioned, his mother is from Nigeria, and his father from Japan! He’s the same type of mixed race that I am, except both my parents were black, so my biological grandfather or grandmother must’ve been Japanese since it’s not as big of a percentage as everything else, but still in the majority! Yaguchi is named after my favorite human character in the Godzilla franchise, Rando Yaguchi from Shin Godzilla. If the dodgeball team were the Justice League, Minami would be Superman, Ryusuke would be Green Lantern, Daisuke would be Martian Manhunter, Pacho would be…uh…Bookmark here

….and Yaguchi would be the Flash respectively!Bookmark here

Next chapter hits on Sunday! Make sure to go follow me on Twitter @geisha_official where I’ll post updates and even drawings! Once Minami’s team is fully assembled there will be a character popularity poll! Bookmark here

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