Chapter 13:

Chapter 13

Queen of Dodge!

“Do you need anything else?” Mitsuri asked as she went to make her leave from the apartment.Bookmark here

“No, I’m fine…” Rentaro responded, “I’ll be okay…”Bookmark here

“Okay,” she went to turn the door knob when he said,Bookmark here

“I wonder if Minamimōto is alright…”Bookmark here

“Oh, your sister?” Mitsuri asked as she turned to face Rentaro who was sitting on the couch looking down at the coffee table. He seemed rather sad. Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he said, “Ever since we were kids she’s always been looking out for me, even though I’m older. She’s always been overprotective of me, even when I know I’m okay.” Bookmark here

“Oh, well,” she looked at her pink wrist watch before she said, “Why don’t you tell me about it?” She walked over to the couch and sat beside him, Bookmark here

“No, you’ll miss the game.”Bookmark here

“There isn’t a reason for me to watch the game anymore.” Bookmark here

“Why not?”Bookmark here

“Because you’re not in it.” She then blushed heavily as she realized what she said. She then placed her hands over her face and said, “I-I-I mean, well, it’s not that the other players aren’t cool, I just-“Bookmark here

“I know what you meant,”Bookmark here

“Really?” She asked as she peeked over at him from out of her hands.Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he said as he looked into her eyes and smiled. Her face turned red again before she returned it to her hands.Bookmark here

“Wh-Why do you have to be so darn cute…?!” She mumbled to herself, Bookmark here

“I guess, the first time Minamimōto stood up for me was when we started combat training with our dad. I didn’t like the way the Gi’s felt, so our dad would normally rough me up the most and even clap his hands over my ears causing my head to hurt. I felt like I wanted to die.”Bookmark here

“H-He really did that…?!”Bookmark here

“He did,” he said with a nod, “However, Minamimōto stood up for me. She always would get really hurt in the process, but she did it to keep our dad off of me.”Bookmark here

“That’s awful,” Mitsuri said with a frown, “He sounds like a jerk, I can’t believe a father would do that to his own child! He’s a truly evil person!” Bookmark here

“You shouldn’t say that about him,” Rentaro said as he hid his eyes with the shadow of his bangs, “As much as he’s done to me, he’s still my dad at the end of the day, and he still loves me.” A tear streamed from the shadow before it fell off his face. Mitsuri frowned as she wiped the tear from his face. He then turned and looked at her, “Your hands are very soft.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh…thank you,” she said as she looked away from him, “So, um…” she cleared her throat before saying, “So, are you staying here with your sister?”Bookmark here

“No,” Rentaro said, “Minami said she has her own place, and she said I wouldn’t like it. She said it smelled bad and it was by a loud train. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep comfortably. So I got this apartment which is paid for by the school.”Bookmark here

“Why doesn’t she move in?”Bookmark here

“Maybe she doesn’t want to, I mean we aren’t kids anymore, we don’t have to share a room.”Bookmark here

“You should ask her, you never know until you try.” Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he then looked back at the coffee table before he said, “You really care about me, right?”Bookmark here

“Wh-What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“You offered to take me home tonight, and when the balls exploded you came down to comfort me.” Bookmark here

“O-Oh, w-well, I just did what anyone would’ve done.” Bookmark here

“Do you like me?”Bookmark here

“L-Like you…?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he responded, “I’m normally not good at picking up on things like that. So I figured I’d just ask.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh, w-well…”Bookmark here

“It’s okay if you like me, I like you too.” Mitsuri’s face turned a bright red as he said, “I mean, you did run into me, and I did hit my head, but I think you’re very cute and a good person.” He then chuckled before saying, “Maybe I just think that because I hit my head.”Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah…but stuff like that goes away after a few days…”Bookmark here

“Oh,” he said, “Well, it hasn’t gone away for me. I still feel the same way.”Bookmark here

“…o-oh,” she said as she looked down and she clenched onto her skirt, “….w-well, i-if you w-want to go on a d-date, then…I guess…I’ll go with you…”Bookmark here

“Really?” He asked as he looked to her,Bookmark here

“Yeah, I-I’m not just gonna say no, I’m not one to turn down a date.” She said before she laughed nervously and said, “Even though I’ve never been on one…”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, I’ve never been on one either.” He said, “Unless you count the times Minamimōto and I would go to the shrines for New Years.”Bookmark here

“W-Well, that’s a different kind, so it doesn’t count.”Bookmark here

“Oh, okay,” he said as he smiled and sat up as he folded his arms, “Wow. I went from having an okay day, to suddenly a bad one, and now I’ve got a girlfriend.”Bookmark here

“G-Girlfriend…?!” Mitsuri said as she turned and landed face first in the pillow to hide her embarrassment, “J-Just wait to see how the first date goes…!”Bookmark here

Kiryu Academy GymnasiumBookmark here

Minami panted heavily as sweat beaded down every inch of her body. She glared as she looked into the eyes of Yakuza who seemed to be barely worn out. Since Ryusuke had gotten out the two had gone back and forth for nearly a half-hour “Minami doesn’t look well,” Ryusuke said, “Maybe we can get a break for water.”Bookmark here

“Good idea,” Daisuke said before his hand shot up and he flagged down the referee, “Hey ref! Can we get a water-“ Daisuke then froze as he slowly turned to see Minami shoot a powerful glare in his direction. He was filled with so much fear that he lowered his hand and said, “N-Nevermind.” Bookmark here

“Do you plan to die for this sport?” Yakuza asked Minami as she looked back at him, “You’re on the brink of passing out, it’s best to listen to your teammates.”Bookmark here

“I don’t need a break until I defeat you,” Minami said as she wiped her face, Bookmark here

“You should think rationally. Take a break until you pass out.”Bookmark here

“No,” Minami said, “That’s not the way I was raised. My dad told me I should never give up the fight until I’ve won.” Bookmark here

“This isn’t a fight, this is dodgeball. And you’re not going to be able to beat me, so take a break.” She huffed a few times before she bent down and picked up a ball off the floor, “I guess you’ll die.”Bookmark here

“I guess so,” Minami said before she screamed and threw the ball as hard as she could. A faint snap and a pop was heard followed by a groan of pain from Minami. She held onto her right arm as she fell onto her knees. Bookmark here

“Wh-What happened?!” Gaoma asked as the referee blew his whistle,Bookmark here

“Dammit! She hyperextended her arm!” Pacho said, “I told her this would happen!”Bookmark here

“Are you okay?” The referee asked as he ran over to Minami along with Pacho and Gaoma. Bookmark here

“Dammit Captain, I told you to be careful!”Bookmark here

“I’M FINE!!!!” Minami screamed,Bookmark here

“Come on,” the referee said, “We can switch you with another member of your team. You look like hell!”Bookmark here

“DON'T TOUCH ME!!!” Minami screamed as she then clenched her teeth.”I’m fine,” she said with a growl. She took a deep breath before she quickly popped her shoulder back into place. She gave a dull groan before she opened her free hand and quickly pushed it against the bend of her elbow causing it to return to its former state. She clenched her fist a few times before she got onto her feet, “Now leave me alone and let me finish the game.” Bookmark here

“You look like you’re gonna-“Bookmark here

“LET ME FINISH!!!” Her scream echoed through the gym, “Please…just, let me finish.” Bookmark here

“Captain…” Pacho said softly,Bookmark here

“I’m fine,” Minami said rather coldly, “Now leave me alone!”Bookmark here

“If she’s fine, then we have to continue.” The referee said, “I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

“It’s fine,” Pacho said as he and Gaoma returned to the bench as the referee returned to the sidelines and blew his whistle. Minami looked up at Yakuza before she took a few steps and picked up a ball. She looked down at it before the referee opted for them to continue. Yakuza picked up a ball and threw it at Minami as hard as he could. Bookmark here

In a swift movement Minami looked up before she swung her arm to the side deflecting the ball sending it flying through the gym. Yakuza grinned before he grabbed the next ball and hurled it towards her. Minami ducked and turned her head to the side allowing the ball to fly past her as she continued to walk towards him. “W-Wow…!” Ryusuke thought to himself just as another ball was thrown at Minami. Minami quickly held out the ball in the hand causing the ball in the air to stop momentarily before she spiked it to the ground with the ball in her hand. “Sh-She might actually do this…!” Ryusuke clenched his fists before he screamed, “YOU CAN DO IT!!! MINAMI!!!” Bookmark here

Yakuza looked around before he picked up the last ball on his side of the court. Minami then picked up into a sprint as she prepared to throw the ball. “DO IT!!! CHOKI!!!” The team screamed as she approached Yakuza. Yakuza looked down a bit before he closed his eyes only to open them moments later. He then threw the ball in his hand at Minami at full force. Bookmark here

The gym seemed to fall silent as Minami could only hear herself scream before she deflected the ball coming towards her into the ground. “THIS WILL CARRY MY TEAM!! THEY’RE GOING TO THE TOP AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME YAKUZA!!!” She then got closer to a position to throw the ball. “I PROMISE I’M GOING TO TAKE KIRYU ACADEMY TO THE TOP!!!!!” She screamed once more as she then started to throw the ball. The only sound she could hear was Ryusuke’s voice saying,Bookmark here

“Minami! Look out!” Bookmark here

However, it was then drowned out by Minami’s scream, followed by the ball soaring through the air and making contact with Yakuza’s chest. The result was a thunderous sound that shook the windows and caused the lights to flicker. The eyes of the team widened as they saw that Minami actually managed to hit Yakuza. Minami stood there with her mouth hung open and her eyes widened as she stood there panting heavily like a dog. Yakuza looked down into her eyes and said, “How pathetic.” Before the whistle of the referee went off,Bookmark here

“Choki Minami has stepped out of bounds!!!” Minami’s world felt dark as her heart skipped a bit and she gasped. She looked down to see her foot halfway over the line in the middle of the gym, “As such Kiryu Academy is disqualified!!! Mishima Academy is the winner!!!” Bookmark here

The sound Minami could hear was the deafening sound of her own breathing. It seemed to get louder and louder. And before she knew it she was sitting outside the school on the front steps. She sat there with her arm wrapped in bandage, as well as a bandage for the cut under her eye. At her side sat her gym bag. “Hey, Minami,” Ryusuke said as he walked up to her, “Well…” he then sighed before saying, “Even though we didn’t win, we still did better than we thought we would, so the guys and I are going out to celebrate. We would really like it if you would come with!” Minami remained silent, “Y’know, it isn’t your fault. That stuff happens to all the pros during the heat of the moment.” He then chuckled before saying, “Daisuke said he accidentally did that on his first game, so don’t take it too hard.” Silence. Ryusuke sighed before he said, “Do you want company…?”Bookmark here

“No,” she said as she stood up, “I was just leaving.”Bookmark here

“Do you need a ride?”Bookmark here

“No,” Minami said as she walked past Ryusuke, “Thanks for being my friend…” Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah,” he said before he then clenched his fists, “Minami, I need to tell you something. The truth is, I love you!” He then turned and said, “Will you go out-“ he then froze to notice that Minami was already gone, “With me…?” He sighed before he ran to the front gates of the school. Minami then turned and hid behind one of the large pillars, “Minami!!!” He looked around before he growled, “Minami, please! Where’d you go?!?!!!” He sighed, “I’m sorry I didn’t confess back then in the tent! I’m sorry I didn’t confess in the locker room…” He then looked down the street before he sighed and began to walk down the street. Bookmark here

Minami held her hand over her heart as tears fell down her face. “Why didn’t I say it back…?” She then stood there crying for a few moments before she eventually began to calm down. “Even if I did…I can’t have a nice guy like you seen with a loser like me…” She then looked down the road and began to walk into the night. Bookmark here

A//NBookmark here

Damn! Minami was so close! Don’t worry! There’s still more to come! The last day of the character popularity poll is today! I'll be posting it in the comments! The results for the poll will be posted with tomorrow's chapter!Bookmark here

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