Chapter 5:

Chapter 5

Queen of Dodge!

The following week Minami stood in the hallway during lunch time talking on the phone. “Yes, I know it’s a lot to ask.” She said as Ryusuke poked his head out the door to see what she was up to, “I just honestly feel like I can’t do this without you. It’s a new place and it’s going to be scary, but I think you can do it.” After a few moments passed Minami smiled as she said, “Really?! Thank you so much!” She turned and saw Ryusuke before saying, “Alright, I gotta go, I love you.” She then hung up the phone and walked over to Ryusuke,Bookmark here

“I love you?” He asked, “Have you been going out with Yakuza behind our backs?”Bookmark here

“No, I haven’t, I’m still single.” She responded, “However, I was just talking to my best friend. I’m wanting them to come out for our first game.”Bookmark here

“Huh?! We have a game?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” she said with a nod, “I talked with the principal this morning, and he said we have a qualification match in about a month! This will then let them see where we are at with our skills and we might be able to compete regionally!”Bookmark here

“Wow! That’s great!” Bookmark here

“Yep! We just need another member of the team, perhaps even two, and we should be good. Hopefully we can get one before I have to order the uniforms.”Bookmark here

“I’m sure we’ll get one!” He said with a smile, “You seem to have recruited an All-Star team, Choki-San!”Bookmark here

“Thanks,”Bookmark here

“Hey, uh, can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Well, the guys and I were wondering, I mean you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but…”Bookmark here

“But what?”Bookmark here

“With being an exchange student and all, plus with us barely knowing anything about you, we were wondering if maybe you wanted to hang out tonight? It’s the weekend and we aren’t really doing much!”Bookmark here

“Oh, uh…” She paused to think for a second, “Where would we be hanging out?”Bookmark here

“Well, we had one idea to go to the pool, and then eventually go have dinner somewhere, and then we could go back to your place and-“Bookmark here

“Oh, I don’t know about that…my apartment is really small, and the air conditioning barely works.”Bookmark here

“That’s fine, we can go to my place!”Bookmark here

“Are you sure?”Bookmark here

“Yeah! Of course I am!”Bookmark here

“Oh, well, alright then.” Bookmark here

“Sweet!”Bookmark here

“However…” She began, “I don’t actually have a swimming suit…”Bookmark here

“What?! You don’t?!”Bookmark here

“No,” she said as she shook her head, “So maybe we could go swimming another time?”Bookmark here

“Oh, uh…” He then paused before saying, “The pool actually sells swimming suits! You can get one there! It’ll be on me!”Bookmark here

“What?! You don’t have to buy me a swimming suit!”Bookmark here

“No! I want to! That way you can go with us to the beach or pool anytime you want! Or even by yourself if you’d like!”Bookmark here

“Y-You really don’t have to do that,” She said as she started to blush,Bookmark here

“I want to! It’ll be fine!”Bookmark here

“Oh, well,” She rubbed her arm before she smiled at him and said, “Alright! I’ll find a way to pay you back! I promise!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course!” He said as he started to head back for the classroom.Bookmark here

“U-Um, wait! Serizawa-San!”Bookmark here

“What’s up?” He asked as he turned to look at her,Bookmark here

She swallowed nervously before saying, “Can we…um…” she then held up her phone and said, “Can we exchange line numbers?” Ryusuke’s eyes widened before she said, “I…well…I’ve been wanting to ask you for your number for a while now. However I wasn’t sure what you would say.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course.” He said with a smile as he walked over to her to exchange their numbers. “You don’t have to be shy about it, you’re one of my best friends Choki-San.” Bookmark here

She gave a soft gasp before smiling and saying, “I’m glad to hear that, I feel exactly the same.” Minami followed Ryusuke into the classroom before she sat back down at her desk and continued to eat her lunch. Every now and then she’d look up at Ryusuke before she then took out her phone and texted him,Bookmark here

Choki Minami: Hi best friend! ^_^Bookmark here

Ryusuke felt his phone buzz before taking it out of his pocket. He sighed and texted back,Bookmark here

Serizawa Ryusuke: Hi!Bookmark here

Eventually the school day came to an end. After Minami went home, showered, and got details from Ryusuke about the pool’s location, she headed out. As she walked from her apartment to the nearest bus stop she thought about what she might tell her teammates about herself. She could tell them basics such as her favorite food, colors, and hobbies. Perhaps she could tell them about her training in Okinawa. She didn’t think of what to tell the team for too long before a black car pulled up beside her and the window rolled down.Bookmark here

“Where are you headed?” Yakuza asked from inside,Bookmark here

“O-O-O-Oh, m-me…?! Well, I, uh-“Bookmark here

“Do you need a ride?”Bookmark here

“A ride…?!” She then took a deep breath before saying, “Yeah! Sure!” He then a opened the door for her and Minami got inside and sat on the cream leather seat beside him.Bookmark here

“Where to?” Bookmark here

“Oh, well, I’m just going to the Aquatic Center,” she said as she closed the door and held her phone up to him, “This one.”Bookmark here

“I see,” he responded before he turned to the tinted windows that separated the front and back seats. “Didymus, she’s going to the Sumida-ku Sports Health Center.” A few moments passed before the car then took off. Minami gave a soft smile before she looked down and tucked her hair behind her ear as her face turned red. “How are you?” He asked as he crossed his legs and leaned over onto his fist. Bookmark here

“Hm? Me?” She responded as she looked over at him, “I’m fine, how are you?”Bookmark here

“I’m alright,” he said, “So how’s it going with the dodgeball team?”Bookmark here

“Oh, uh, it’s fine,” she said as she cleared her throat, “My teammates are very nice to me, and we’re doing our best to train as hard as possible.”Bookmark here

“I see,” he responded, “Tell me, why don’t you just ditch that school and come and be on my team?”Bookmark here

“Well…” She then sighed before saying, “It’s hard to explain, but I’ve already got a good thing going with them. I don’t want to abandon the team I’ve made, not to mention my friends. And besides, I like the team I’m on, mostly because you get to be my rival.” Bookmark here

“How is that a plus?”Bookmark here

“You’re really strong! It makes me excited, and I want to train and push myself harder than ever before!”Bookmark here

“You sound like a martial artist from a Shonen manga.”Bookmark here

“Well, that sort of makes sense, I am a martial artist.”Bookmark here

“What do you do?”Bookmark here

“I do Karate.”Bookmark here

“What style?”Bookmark here

“Shuri-te, Tomari-te, and Motobou Ryu. My surname is Choki, and I’m a descendant of the martial artist Motobou Choki, so I was raised and trained in his styles.”Bookmark here

“But his surname was Motobou.”Bookmark here

“It was, but my father’s surname was Choki. I’m a descendant of his on my mother’s side.”Bookmark here

“I see,”Bookmark here

“What about you?” She asked, “I noticed when you took everyone out you clearly used a fighting style of some sort along with your dodgeball skills.”Bookmark here

“Kyokushin, Shotokan, and Shito-ryu.”Bookmark here

“That probably explains why you could take them out easily,” she said with a smile, “My older brother was taught the same ones as me, but later he eventually learned Kishimoto-di, Enshin, and Gojo-ryu.”Bookmark here

“Have you incorporated your martial arts into dodgeball?”Bookmark here

“No, not really.” Minami said as she shook her head, “In fact I’ve been a bit lazy with some of my martial arts recently. With dodgeball I often take what I learned from other sports.”Bookmark here

“You did other sports?”Bookmark here

“Kind of…I really traveled around a lot and transferred to different schools trying each one of the sports. I didn’t get on any of the teams, and eventually I made it to Kiryu Academy and I got onto the dodgeball team. Not only that but I became the captain as well.”Bookmark here

“Why did you do that?”Bookmark here

“Do what?”Bookmark here

“Transfer schools.” Bookmark here

“Oh…well….it’s complicated. I don’t really want to talk about it.”Bookmark here

“That’s fine,” he said as they started to pull up to the Sports Health Center, Bookmark here

“Can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“What is it?” He asked as the car came to a stop,Bookmark here

“Do you have a girlfriend?” Yakuza gave a dull groan which caused Minami to panic, “Oh! No! I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to offend you! I’ll just-“ as she went to open the door she then realized it was locked. Bookmark here

“Choki,” he said, “Beating me at dodgeball isn’t going to be easy, you’d be better off joining my team than trying to do the impossible.” He then turned to her and looked her in the eyes. Chills ran down Minami’s spine, his brown eyes seemed to be red in color and looked almost demonic, “The only way you’d be able to beat me is if you pulled a gun on me, but even so I’d destroy you before you could empty the clip, even so it still wouldn’t kill me, that’s how impossible it is to stop me. Do you understand?”Bookmark here

Minami swallowed before she responded, “Nothing is impossible, even if it takes the whole school year to train and prepare, I am definitely going to win.”Bookmark here

“Fine,” he said, “Just don’t take the loss too hard.” He then unlocked the door and Minami popped it open before she went to step out, “And Choki,” she then turned to him before he said, “For the record, no, I don’t have a girlfriend.” Minami nodded before she got out and closed the door. She watched the car drive off before she sighed and placed her hand over her soaring heart,Bookmark here

“Oh my god, he’s so cool!!!!” She said to herself as a slight breeze picked up and her hair began to blow in it. Inside Yakuza’s car he leaned back as a voice then came to him,Bookmark here

“Well, what do you think of her, sir?”Bookmark here

“She’s fine Didymus,” he then gave a soft chuckle as he smiled, “I like her burning spirit, none of the captains at Kiryu Academy have ever had such a drive. Our qualification match against them will be interesting.”Bookmark here

Back at the Sports Health Center Minami walked into the doors to see her teammates gathered by the front desk. Ryusuke took notice of her and waved at her as they walked over to one another. “Hey! I’m glad you made it!” Ryusuke said,Bookmark here

“Yeah, I wouldn’t miss it for the world!”Bookmark here

“The guys and I have already paid for us, as well as you.”Bookmark here

“What?! You didn’t have to pay for me! I brought my own money to pay for myself!”Bookmark here

“Seriously, don’t worry about it.” Ryusuke said with a smile, “Now come with me, I’ll show you where they have the swimming suits!”Bookmark here

“O-Okay,” she then followed after him over to the store that was inside the building as they began to look around for swimming suits. She looked around for a while before she found a suit she liked. It was a two piece in a white-pink pearly color with black polka dots. The top of the suit was somewhat frilly and the bottom of the suit was smooth with a bow on each side. She looked it over before she took notice of the price tag and her eyes bulged. Bookmark here

“Hey,” Ryusuke said as he came over to her. She panicked before spinning around and hiding the suit behind her back.Bookmark here

“H-Hi!”Bookmark here

“What have you got there? Did you find one you like?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, well…sort of…”Bookmark here

“What’s the problem?”Bookmark here

“Well…I-“Bookmark here

“Is it not your size?”Bookmark here

“N-No…that’s not the problem, it’s-“Bookmark here

“Here let me see,” he said as he shoved past her to look at the suit, “Oh, wow,” he said, “This would look really cute on you!” He said as he took it off the rack, “Want to go try it on?” He asked as he pointed to the dressing room.Bookmark here

“Wha-“ She turned to the dressing rooms before she looked back at him, “It’s just…well-“Bookmark here

“Come on, I’ll go with you!” He said as he grabbed her wrist and took her over to the dressing rooms. “I’m not going inside with you, but just take as much time as you need!” He then handed her the swimming suit before he gently pushed her into the changing room. Minami then sighed as she started to undress and get into the swimming suit.Bookmark here

“Can I ask you something…?” She said from the other side,Bookmark here

“What is it?” Ryusuke asked as he sat down on a bench across from the room Minami was in,Bookmark here

“Do you…well, why are you doing this…?”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Why are you being nice to me…? I was going to pay for myself today, and now you’re buying me a swimming suit…not to mention it’s very expensive, nearly 6,000 Yen…”Bookmark here

“Well, the guys and I paid for you because you’re the captain of the team. It’s the least we could do.” He said with a smile, “And…well, I guess I’m buying you a suit to say thanks.” He sighed as he rubbed the back of his neck and said, “To be honest, I was pretty pathetic during tryouts…even later when we practice I’m still very pathetic, Daisuke even asked me if I was sure I wanted to be on the team today.” Bookmark here

“Your brother said that…?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, it’s kind of mean, but I do see why he said it. I’m nowhere near as big as everyone else, I’m not really athletic, and I’m kind of scrawny. However, after you beat him and became captain, you added me to the team despite knowing nothing about me. You gave me a chance, Choki-San, so I guess I’m just repaying you for being so nice to me.”Bookmark here

“I didn’t know you felt that way…”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he said,Bookmark here

“I promise I’ll find a way to pay you back.”Bookmark here

“You really don’t have to-“Bookmark here

“No, I really should.”Bookmark here

He sighed before saying, “If you insist.”Bookmark here

“I do,” she then sighed before she unlocked the changing room door, “Well, what do you think?” She then stepped out wearing the swimming suit and Ryusuke’s eyes dazzled as a hot red blush decorated his face. Bookmark here

“You look…” he then swallowed nervously before saying, “You look so beautiful…” Minami blushed before she cleared her throat and said,Bookmark here

“Thank you,”Bookmark here

“Yeah!” He said with a smile, “You’re extremely beautiful!”Bookmark here

“Th-Thanks…” Minami said,Bookmark here

“Here,” he said as he walked behind her and took the tag off, “I’ll go pay for this! You go ahead and catch up with the guys!”Bookmark here

“Oh, but, I don’t really-“ She said as he ran off. She sighed before she went back into the changing room and picked up her clothes and went over to the girls locker room. Inside she placed all her belongings in an empty locker before she went to the large pool area. Her eyes dazzled as she took everything in, “Woah…this place is super cool!” Bookmark here

“Hey! Choki!” Daisuke called from a table not far off. She turned to them and waved,Bookmark here

“Hey guys!!!!” She said as she walked over to them. Naturally all the guys eyes shifted down Minami’s body….before they were locked on her abs.Bookmark here

“WOW!!! CHOKI-CHAN IS REALLY STACKED AINT SHE?!?!!” Pacho said,Bookmark here

“YEAH YOU SAID IT PACHINKO!!!!” Gaoma added,Bookmark here

“I WONDER IF WE COULD GRIND A WHOLE STEAK ON THOSE!!!” Yaguchi then said,Bookmark here

“WHETHER ITS GRINDING MEAT OR OUR FACES CHOKI-SAMA IS TRULY A GIFT FROM THE GODS!!!” Daisuke said as the four of them got up and rushed over to her. It didn’t take long for Ryusuke to regroup with them and they started to enjoy themselves. Gaoma figured he wanted to test out Minami’s strength, so he sat on Pacho’s shoulders and interlocked his hands with Minami’s.Bookmark here

The two pushed against one another before Pacho then turned and Minami slipped and fell under the water. Gaoma gave a loud laugh of victory before Minami reached up from under the water and pulled him and Pacho into the water before getting on top of them. With an evil chuckle she held their heads underwater until Yaguchi tan over to her and picked her up from under her arms. She gave a soft scream before she and Yaguchi fell backroads. She sat up and looked around at her team mates before they all laughed. Bookmark here

Later Minami found herself wanting to go down the slide. On the slide you’d sit in a large inflatable tube in which two people could sit. The guys stood there arguing with each other for so long that eventually a little boy came over to Minami. “I’m a bit scared to go down the slide…” the little boy said, “Can you go down with me?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course!” Minami said with a smile as she took the little boys hand and headed up the stairs. The guys on the team all gasped before the little boy slowly turned his head to them and gave them a smug grin. The faces of Minami’s team mates burned to hot angry red before they went to run after them when a loud whistle blew followed by a lifeguard telling them not to run. Bookmark here

After Minami went down the slide with the young boy…and then each of her teammates individually, the group eventually grew tired and decided it was time to head out. They showered off before getting dressed in their normal clothes. Minami didn’t think to bring a bag, so she folded her new suit into a nice square before she held it close to her body. As they left the health center Minami was shocked to see them come over to a van which Daisuke unlocked. “You have a car…?!” She said,Bookmark here

“I do,” Daisuke responded, “Well, I mean, it’s a van,” he said as he slid open the side door to let everyone else in, “And it’s not even mine, it’s my mom’s.”Bookmark here

“I didn’t know you can drive,”Bookmark here

“I can,” he said, “I mean, not officially. I’m 17, so I should only be allowed to drive a motorcycle, however I knew I had to make an exception for today.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, thanks for today, it was a lot of fun.”Bookmark here

“You say that like it’s over, there’s still more to do! Hop in! You can have the front.”Bookmark here

“Oh, alright.” Minami said as she went around the vehicle and got into the passenger side door. As soon as Daisuke got into the car they headed off. On the way to their destination they turned on the radio and sang along to the songs, however Gaoma got a few words and names wrong so they’d have to stop to correct him. They eventually came to a more suburban area where they stopped at a house. Gaoma was the first one from the car before he raced over to the front door. Bookmark here

“Aha!!! I won!!!”Bookmark here

“So what is this?” Minami asked as she followed the group to the front door,Bookmark here

“Oh, this is my place.” Ryusuke responded,Bookmark here

“What?! Your parents are fine with so many people over?!”Bookmark here

“They’re out of town for the weekend,” Daisuke said as he opened the front door letting the other team members go inside, “Even so, I’ve done this before with the other team. So it’s not like they don’t know what’s going on.”Bookmark here

“Oh, okay.” Minami said as she walked through the front door followed by Daisuke and Ryusuke, Bookmark here

“Everything is going to be in the backyard, you can hang out there until I get everything ready.” Daisuke said,Bookmark here

“Oh, alright!” Minami said as she followed Ryusuke to the backyard. Her eyes dazzled at how spacious it was, there was a firepit in the center of the yard, and a large tent was pitched beside it. On the back patio stood a grill and several lawn chairs. “Woah,” Minami said, completely breathless, “This is pretty cool.”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Ryusuke said, “However, can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Do you have anything to wear to bed?”Bookmark here

“Wear to bed?” She asked, “What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Well, uh-“Bookmark here

She then gasped as her eyes popped open, “W-WAIT!!! Y-YOU’RE EXPECTING ME TO STAY THE NIGHT?!?!!!”Bookmark here

“Well, yeah,” Ryusuke responded, “It’s sort of a team bonding thing.”Bookmark here

“I-I HAD NO IDEA!!!” She then groaned before saying, “I SHOULD’VE PACKED!!!” Bookmark here

“Oh, uh…” He then paused to think for a few minutes before saying, “Oh! I know! You can borrow one of my mom’s nightgowns!”Bookmark here

“What?! No! I’m not going to wear your mom’s nightgown!”Bookmark here

“Hmmm,”Bookmark here

“You know it’s probably for the best,” Yaguchi said as he walked over to them, “With your height it would probably look more like a skirt or even a house dress.” Bookmark here

“Ugh, this is the worst! I had no clue I’d be spending the night!” Bookmark here

“Didn’t you get the list I sent you?” Ryusuke asked,Bookmark here

“List?! What list?!”Bookmark here

“The one I texted you,”Bookmark here

“You texted me?!” Minami said as she took out her phone and started to go through it. Ryusuke looked through his own phone before saying,Bookmark here

“Oh, I see…I forgot to hit send.” Ryusuke said sheepishly,Bookmark here

“You forgot to hit send?! Minami said, Bookmark here

“Yeah, do you want me to send it now?”Bookmark here

“There’s no point now, I’m here now aren’t I?! I’d only be wasting time!” She then sighed before saying, “Whatever…I can just sleep in the clothes I have on.”Bookmark here

“No!” Ryusuke said, “Here! Come with me!” He said as he turned and raced into the house. Minami sighed before she followed him through the house and eventually upstairs to a bedroom. Ryusuke went into a dresser and started to look everything over before pulling out a shirt and taking it to her, “Here! This is my dad’s! You can wear it!”Bookmark here

“Your dads…?!” She asked as she unfolded the massive shirt, “Well…uh…I don’t know, will he mind?”Bookmark here

“I don’t think so,” Ryusuke said with a smile,Bookmark here

“Well…alright then,” she said with a sigh, “Hey…by the way…”Bookmark here

“Yeah?”Bookmark here

“Thank you…for the swimming suit, and paying for me, and your dad's shirt, and having me over…I don’t know how to repay you enough.” Bookmark here

“Choki-San, seriously, don’t worry about it!”Bookmark here

“But I can’t not worry about it!” She said, “Everything you did today was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. Even when we first met, and every day after, you’ve been nothing but kind to me.” Bookmark here

“Seriously, it’s okay. You were new, and I wanted to make a good first impression.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…” She said softly as she looked down. After a few moments she said, “Hey…I’ve got an idea,”Bookmark here

“An idea…? About what?”Bookmark here

“You can’t tell anyone.”Bookmark here

“I won’t,” he said, “What is it?”Bookmark here

Minami’s face started to turn red as she twisted the shirt in her hands before saying, “To repay you…” she then looked him in the eyes before saying, “I’ll let you touch my boobs…” Ryusuke’s face turned bright red as he began to study,Bookmark here

“W-W-W-Wait! H-H-Hold on, Ch-Choki-San, I don’t th-think that’s a good-“ Minami then snickered before she started to laugh, “Idea…” Bookmark here

Minami continued to laugh before she wiped tears from her eyes and said, “I’m joking with you, you should’ve seen the look on your face!” Bookmark here

“S-Sorry…”Bookmark here

“And hey,” she said before she quickly planted a kiss on Ryusuke’s cheek before she headed for the door and said, “We’re best friends,” she then turned and looked at him with a smile, “You can call me Minami from now on, okay?” Ryusuke’s eyes widened as his face turned a bright hot pink.Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah…” Bookmark here

“Now come on, let’s not keep everyone waiting!”Bookmark here

It eventually came to nightfall. The team members sat around the fire pit after having eaten dinner. Daisuke eventually stood up and said, “Alright, we’ve all had fun today, yes?”Bookmark here

“Yes!” They all said unison,Bookmark here

“Good,” he said, “You know, I was the captain of the dodgeball team for a whole two years until Choki-San beat me.” Bookmark here

“I’m sorry…” Minami said as she hid her face,Bookmark here

Daisuke and the other guys gave a soft chuckle before Daisuke then said, “However, I’m glad she did. I realized I can’t always be the best forever, and that there’s always someone bigger and stronger than me. I’m just glad that it was someone other than Yakuza.” He then looked into Minami’s eyes before he smiled and said, “I’m honestly just glad that Choki-San decided to keep me on the team after she had beaten me.” Minami blushed before smiling, “Now then! I think it’s time Choki-San says a few words!”Bookmark here

“What?! No!”Bookmark here

“It’s not that bad,” Daisuke said, “Just tell us about yourself.”Bookmark here

“About me…?” She said as he sat down, “Well, alright.” She then stood up before saying, “I guess…I’ve always been really active and fit. Growing up I learned Karate and I kept doing it and got really good at it. My mom actually taught it to me, and before that she taught it to my dad, so they kind of took turns training me. I always wanted to be the best martial artist around, but eventually I had to go to school, and I transferred over to Kiryu Academy after that I met you guys.” She then gave a soft sigh before saying, “Was that good?”Bookmark here

“Yeah! That was fine!” Daisuke said as they all began to clap for her. Bookmark here

“Alright, my turn!” Gaoma said as he stood up. He then looked to Miyami and said, “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SIT DOWN CHOJI!!!”Bookmark here

“Sorry,” Minami said as she began to laugh before sitting down.Bookmark here

Gaoma then cleared his throat before saying, “Alright! I’m Gaoma! I like to eat every kind of meat and I live at my house! Although I’m independent enough to live on my own! I’m also going to be the one to single-handedly carry this team to victory! Any questions?!”Bookmark here

“I have a question,” Yaguchi said, “Why the hell can’t you get anyone’s names right?”Bookmark here


“ITS YAGUCHI!!!” Yaguchi screamed in return,Bookmark here

“OH YEAH?! WANNA BET?!?!!!!”Bookmark here

“I have a question,” Minami said, “Why is your hair gray? Did you dye it?”Bookmark here

“No!!! It’s a medical condition called Mary And Tony’s Drone!!!!”Bookmark here

The team then looked to Minami in hopes to translate, “He means Marie Antoinette Syndrome…” She said with a slightly flat expression,Bookmark here

“THAT'S WHAT I SAID!!!” Bookmark here

“It really wasn’t…” The team then said in unison, Bookmark here

“WH-WHATEVER!!!” He then turned to Pacho and said, “IT'S YOUR TURN PACHINKO!!!”Bookmark here

“Well, alright then.” Pacho said as he stood up before Gaoma sat down, “Well, there’s not much to say about me. I had a pretty nice childhood, and growing up I thought my dad was the coolest. Like you know, he’s a Sumo Wrestler, not only that but he’s a Yokozuna. My favorite memory of him is when he took me to see a bout, and it changed my life forever. He eventually started to train me and I got really good at it! I only really use my Sumo skills for self defense, and I rarely get angry or violent.” He then nodded before saying, “Alright, any questions?”Bookmark here

“How much do you weigh?!” Daisuke asked as his hand shot up,Bookmark here

“Currently I weigh about 275 pounds!”Bookmark here

“Huh?! You’re only 35 pounds heavier than me?!” Minami said totally shocked Bookmark here

“YOU WEIGH 240 POUNDS?!?!?!?!!!!” The team said EXTREMELY shocked,Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Minami said sheepishly as she rubbed the back of her head, “Muscle really weighs a lot more than fat,” she then turned to Pacho and said, “Not that you’re fat Pacchan! I mean, you are, but it’s like, the good kind I guess!”Bookmark here

Pacho gave a laugh as he said, “I get what you Captain.”Bookmark here

“Anyways, I have a question,” Minami said, “How would you feel of you and I had a few exhibition matches.”Bookmark here

Pacho’s heart skipped a beat as he felt a sudden spotlight shine down on him. He looked over at Minami and couldn’t get over just how beautiful she was, “The most powerful woman in the world wants to spend time with me so she can beat in my face! Tell me I’m not dreaming!” He then cleared his throat before saying, “Come again?”Bookmark here

“Would you like to have an exhibition match with me? Just to test out strength and skill.”Bookmark here

“I’M NOT DREAMING!!!!”Bookmark here

“Maybe you could teach me a few things as well,”Bookmark here

“THIS JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!!!!!” He then cleared his throat before saying, “Yeah, I’d like that.”Bookmark here

“Cool,” Minami said with a smile,Bookmark here

“Alright,” Yaguchi said as he stood up to destroy the extremely uncomfortable and awkward tension in the air. “I’m Yaguchi, did track and field, tore my ACL, and eventually got into automotives. However, I wanted to be on the dodgeball team for a long time, but I was given the short end of the stick.” He then turned to Minami and said, “I really owe it to Choki-Kouhai for giving me a chance.” Minami blushed before turning away, “Alright, no questions.” Bookmark here

As the night went on the team grew closer. The fire was eventually put out and the team all laid there together in the large tent. Gaoma had somehow found a way to sleep from the large mesh strip that hung from the ceiling. It was normally used for bags but he assumed it was a hammock. As Gaoma snored in his sleep he’d occasionally give an evil chuckle as if he had just killed something in a dream he was having. Bookmark here

Minami laid awake looking out the mesh window up at the moon. “Choki-San,” Ryusuke said softly,Bookmark here

“Hm?” She responded as she rolled over and looked him in the eyes, Bookmark here

“S-Sorry…Minami…”Bookmark here

“You’re fine, what’s up?”Bookmark here

“Well…I wanted to ask you something.”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Well…what do you think about me?”Bookmark here

“You’re honestly very kind,” she said, “You all are.”Bookmark here

“Well yeah, but-“Bookmark here

“However, you’re the one who’s always been the nicest to me.” She then rolled onto her back and rested her arms behind her head before saying, “I didn’t have any friends back in Okinawa, and when I transferred schools I was so scared I wouldn’t make any. However I then met you, and you were just so kind to me, and it really meant a lot to me. After you came the team, and with the team came more friends.”Bookmark here

“Oh, I see.” Bookmark here

“Can I ask you something in return?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, what is it?”Bookmark here

“Do you like me?”Bookmark here

“L-Like you…?!” He said as his face turned red, “Like, what do you mean like you? Like as a friend, or like-“Bookmark here

“As more than a friend.” She clarified, “I mean, I really really like Yakuza. I even got to know him a little better as he gave me a ride to the pool.” Ryusuke swallowed heavily before he sighed and rolled onto his other side, “But…if you asked me out, I’d…well, I’d probably say yes, I don’t know, is that crazy?”Bookmark here

Ryusuke laid there for a moment before he sighed and rolled onto his back, “I think you should follow your art,” he said, “I mean, come on, there’s a thousand guys out there like me, and there’s only one of Yakuza. If you like him then go for him.” Bookmark here

“Oh, so you don’t like me then?” Bookmark here

“No,” he said, “I mean, yes, I do like you, but more as a friend.”Bookmark here

“Thank god,” she said with a sigh of relief, “I would hate to be at the peak of a love triangle.” She then stretched before she rolled over and grabbed onto Ryusuke and held him close to her. She gave a soft giggle before she said, “Thank you for being my best friend, it means more to me than you can imagine.”Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah, of course.”Bookmark here

She then smiled before saying, “Say, have you ever been kissed before?”Bookmark here

“Wh-What?! N-No! I haven’t, I haven’t even had a girlfriend or-“Bookmark here

Minami then burst out laughing as she rolled onto her back and gave him a playful shove, “I can’t believe you fell for my stupid charm a second time!” She then stopped laughing and her and Ryusuke froze as Gaoma gave a dull growl before he went back to sleep. Minami gave a soft giggle before saying, “We should probably get some rest.”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Ryusuke said as he began to settle in, “Minami…”Bookmark here

“Yeah?”Bookmark here

“If…Yakuza doesn’t want to go out with you, then what’ll you do?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know,” Minami said as she rested her hands behind her head, “Probably get so depressed I’ll die.” She then sighed before saying, “However, I wouldn’t let it keep me down for too long. Yakuza is one of many guys out there who are stronger than me. Even so, I don’t think I’ll keep looking for stronger guys after him.”Bookmark here

“Why do you say that?”Bookmark here

“Because maybe I need to focus on what I want, and not something my dad suggested for me. Besides…” She smiled before she said, “I met this one guy today and he’s really cute.” Bookmark here

“Oh, I see…” Ryusuke said not catching on,Bookmark here

“Can I tell you something?”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“At the pool…when you called me beautiful,” she smiled before saying, “Thays the first time a guy has ever called me that. They all look at me and see me as just big and strong and because of that I’m unattractive. So it’s just…I don’t know, thanks.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course.”Bookmark here

“Anyways, we should get some sleep.”Bookmark here

“Yeah okay,”Bookmark here

“Goodnight Ryusuke.”Bookmark here

A//NBookmark here

Hey! I dropped another chapter haha I just felt bad I couldn’t publish a new chapter on time! Plus this chapter is VERY important, and I couldn’t wait to share it! I wanted to show how the group resonated not only as teammates but as friends! We also see that Minami has a little crush on Ryusuke, so she slightly feels the same way about him that he feels about her! We also get more interactions between Yakuza and Minami showing how they behave as rivals. I’ll try to get a better uploading schedule I promise! It’ll be easier now that I’m more than halfway finished with this first arc! Bookmark here

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