Chapter 16:

Chapter 16

Queen of Dodge!

Minami fell backwards onto the bed with Yakuza on top of her. The two kissed as he placed his hands on her wrists before looking down at her. “Looks like you’ve caught me, Regional Champion Kanamori Yakuza. What’ll you do with me now?”Bookmark here

“It honestly depends,” he said,Bookmark here

“Oh yeah? On what?”Bookmark here

“On you,” he then leaned down and kissed her again before he kissed the side of her neck. A soft moan escaped Minami’s mouth before she wrapped her arms around him and kissed the side of his face. Bookmark here

“Hey,” she said softly, “I don’t…I’m not ready yet, to go all the way that is…”Bookmark here

“That’s fine,” he said as he pulled away from her and looked into her eyes, “I’ll be ready whenever you are.”Bookmark here

“Thanks,” she said with a smile,Bookmark here

“Anyways,” he then sat up and walked over to his gym bag, “You told me it was your birthday, and I didn’t know what to get you.” He reached into the bag and pulled out a small wrapped box before he brought it over to her, “However, this is something I thought would be nice.”Bookmark here

“You didn’t have to do that,” she said as she took the wrapped box and started to take the paper off. Beneath the paper was a velvet ring box which she opened to see a ring inside with small Rubies in it in an infinity shape with a gem in the center being made up of Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise. She blushed heavily before saying, “A-A-Are you…asking me to marry you…?”Bookmark here

“No,” he said, “They do them in America, it’s called a Promise Ring. Normally they’re given out after six months in a relationship, but I wanted you to have something for your birthday.”Bookmark here

“Wow,” she said as she looked down at it, “It’s so pretty…” She then put it on the ring finger on her left hand, “Thank you so much…” Bookmark here

“Of course,” he said, “Choki,” he then took her hand before looking into her eyes, “I want you to know that-“ He then sighed before saying, “No one has ever cared for me the way you do.”Bookmark here

“What about Didymus?”Bookmark here

“That’s different,” he said, “First with the boulder, and the other students I told you about, most people stay away from me. Then you happened, even after I had taken you out you still wanted to be around me. So thank you.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course.” She said with a smile, “And stop being so formal, we’ve been dating for three months now, you can call me Minami.” Bookmark here

“Are you sure?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course.” She said before she laid back on the bed, “Man, I really thought we were done for that last game.”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he responded, “Speaking of the last game, I’ve been thinking.”Bookmark here

“About what?”Bookmark here

“Maybe I should quit dodgeball.”Bookmark here

“What?! Why?!” She asked as she sat up, “You’re so good at it!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but I’ve been thinking about what you said to me. You asked what I wanted to do for a profession. I figured I should start thinking about that and find things I want to do. And I can’t do that just by playing dodgeball.”Bookmark here

“Oh, well, I guess that makes sense.” She said, “But, will you still be around so that I can play against you again? As fun as playing with you is, I feel more excited playing against you.”Bookmark here

“Do you really want that?”Bookmark here

“I do!”Bookmark here

“Then I suppose I’ll be around long enough for that to happen.”Bookmark here

“Thank you,” she said with a smile before she got off the hotel bed, “Now then, I’m going to go shower. Afterwards do you want to go to the pool?” Bookmark here

“You still have energy after that game?”Bookmark here

“Well yeah,” she said, “Even so, I likely would’ve just sat in the jacuzzi until I got tired.” Bookmark here

“If that’s what you want to do, then I suppose it couldn’t hurt.”Bookmark here

“Alright,” she responded before she grabbed her swimming suit from her bag before she then walked into the bathroom and closed the door. Yakuza sighed before he went over to his things and grabbed his phone. He dialed in a number before holding the phone to his ear. Bookmark here

“Hello?”Bookmark here

“Didymus, it’s me.”Bookmark here

“Ah, how are things going for you?”Bookmark here

“They’re fine.”Bookmark here

“And did you take Regionals?”Bookmark here

“We did,” Bookmark here

“Excellent work.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Is something the matter? You usually don’t call me unless it’s an emergency.”Bookmark here

“Well,” Yakuza then turned as he heard the shower turn on, “How do I tell her that I love her?”Bookmark here

“Oh! I had no idea you two were seeing one another, but then again, I almost knew it would happen. You seemed rather at odds with what to think after she kissed you. At that point I figured it was all uphill from there!”Bookmark here

“Yes, I get it.” Yakuza said as he walked over to the window, “You told me so.”Bookmark here

“That seems like an oversimplification.”Bookmark here

“Didymus!” He growled,Bookmark here

“Well, it’s rather easy actually. Just say the words I love you. It’s really no big deal, and I’m sure she would greatly appreciate it. She might even say it back. Unless you’re worried she won’t?”Bookmark here

“I’m not worried about that, I just…” He sighed as he rubbed his temples before he wandered back to the bed, “It’s easier said than done.” Bookmark here

“I’m sure you’ll be able to tell her eventually.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I hope so.”Bookmark here

“Now then, I really should be going. Have a nice night.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, you too.” He said before hanging up the phone and tossing it over to his bag. At that moment the shower shut off. He then turned back to his things before he got his swim trunks out. As he did the door opened and Minami stepped out, Bookmark here

“Alright! I’m all ready!” He turned and looked at her only to freeze in place. She gave a soft smile as she swirled one of her pigtails with her finger, “Do you like it?” Bookmark here

“Uh…yeah,” he said as he walked over to her, Bookmark here

“Thanks,” she held her hands behind her back as she said, “I saw it when I went swimming with my team, I thought it was super cute. However I didn’t money for it, so my best friend bought it for me.”Bookmark here

“You look very nice,” he said before he walked past her and went into the restroom before closing the door behind him. “You’re welcome to head down without me.”Bookmark here

“Are you sure?”Bookmark here

“Yeah I’m sure,” he responded. On the other side of the door he held his hand over his mouth and nose as his face boiled a dark red and his eyes bulged. He really couldn’t get the image of Minami in her swimsuit out of his head, especially considering the first thing he looked to was her breasts! Bookmark here

“Oh, well…I’d prefer to go down with you.” She said from the other side of the door, “I kind of want to hold hands…”Bookmark here

He then sneezed blood out his nose before he grabbed a towel and started to wipe his face. “Yeah! Just give me a second!” He then turned on the shower so she wouldn’t hear him turning on the sink to wash his face. Once he was fully clean he put on his swim trunks, turned off the shower, and walked out into the room. He turned and looked at Minami who sat on the bed leaning her head on her right knee which was pulled into her chest. He swallowed heavily before saying, “What’re you thinking so hard about?”Bookmark here

“Nothing,” she said, “We’ve been doing this for three months, and it really does feel like a dream vacation for a couple. I really don’t want it to end. When I’m with you I honestly feel like I’m on the top of the world. Never in a hundred years did I think I’d ever have a boyfriend, and in those hundred years I never thought he’d be so kind despite his tough exterior.” Bookmark here

“Yeah,” he said, “I know how that feels.” He walked over to the bed and sat beside her as he said, “With a name like Yakuza, a lot of people assume the worst of you. Then the accidents happened and since then I’ve only been focused on strength. I never thought anyone would care for me. When they did, I never thought I’d care for them in return.”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Minami said, “When we first met you always seemed cold and distant, from what my team told me, you’re just evil and mean.” She then smiled as she said, “However, the day of the Qualification Match, I was a total mess and you were there to listen, you even took me in, fed me, and gave me some nice clothes. You did all this for some random homeless girl who was just trying to help out her mom with cancer. And honestly…I couldn’t be happier to be your girlfriend.”Bookmark here

He looked down as he processed what Minami said. He really had changed since they met. And honestly it was all thanks to her. “Hey, I’ve got an idea.” Minami added, Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“For summer break, let’s go to Okinawa, I want to show you where I grew up.” She smiled before saying, “Plus my mom is dying to meet you.”Bookmark here

“Will that be alright?”Bookmark here

“Yeah of course.”Bookmark here

“Then let’s do it,” he said, “I’d love to go.”Bookmark here

“Great,” she said as she stood up and walked in front of him, “Now come on, I want to go sit in the jacuzzi!” She grabbed his hands and helped him off the bed. Yakuza grabbed a room key as well as their towels on the way out. His face turned slightly red as Minami then held his hand by interlocking her fingers with his. They went down through the hotel before coming to the indoor pool. Minami smiled as she came to the jacuzzi and got in as Yakuza turned a dial to start the jets. He then turned and slowly joined her in the jacuzzi.Bookmark here

She smiled before she leaned her head on his shoulder and closed her eyes. He looked over at her before he sighed and folded his arms. “What’s on your mind?” Minami asked,Bookmark here

“It’s nothing,” he said, “Don’t worry about it.” Bookmark here

“That sounds like a lie.”Bookmark here

“It’s not, I promise.” Bookmark here

“That was a lie to,” she then wrapped her arm around him before looking at him, “What’s wrong?”Bookmark here

“There’s just a lot on my mind is all.”Bookmark here

“Like what? You can talk to me.”Bookmark here

“I know,” he responded, “It’s nothing to be this concerned over, I’m sorry I worried you.” He said as he hen stood up and started to get out, Bookmark here

“Hey, wait,” she said as she reached for his hand. She followed him out of the jacuzzi as she reached for his hand again, “Yakuza!” As he turned to her Minami suddenly slipped. Yakuza then reached out to her and grabbed her hand, he then slipped himself before the two spun before Minami was then pressed against a wall with Yakuza close to her. He panted heavily as he placed a hand on the wall behind her. Minami’s face turned a crimson red as her heart began to soar. Bookmark here

“Are you okay…?”Bookmark here

“I-I-I’m f-fine…” Bookmark here

“You sure…?”Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah, b-but…I-I-I told you I wasn’t r-ready…”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Y-Your hand…”Bookmark here

“What?” He then looked down to see that his left hand had slid up and underneath Minami’s bikini top and was now on her boob. He then quickly retracted his hand, “It was an accident…I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

“I-I-It’s okay…” Minami said as she placed her hands over her chest. “I…you just startled me and-“Bookmark here

“No, it’s not okay, I’m sorry.” He said, “I usually don’t behave this way.” He then sighed before he grabbed his towel and headed for the door, “You can stay here as long as you like, I’m going back upstairs.”Bookmark here

“No, wait!“ Minami said as Yakuza then left. She frowned as she said, “It was an accident…I’m sorry…” She sighed before she then got back into the jacuzzi. She sat there letting her emotions unwind as well as letting the awkward feeling die down. Once the jets turned off she got out and grabbed her towel before she went back up to the hotel room. Once she walked in she showered off before she put on a pair of panties and a t-shirt. She looked at Yakuza who laid on the bed facing away from her. Bookmark here

She got on the opposite side of the bed before she looked down at her toes. She then looked at her hands and then to the promise ring on her finger. She twisted it a few times before she turned and looked at Yakuza, “Are you hungry? Should I get room service?”Bookmark here

“I’m fine.”Bookmark here

“Okay,” she said before looking back down at the ring on her finger. After a few moments of silence she turned to him and said, “Do you want to watch T.V.?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

“Oh, okay.” She said befoee she looked down at her ring. “Hey, um….I know it was an accident, I just got a little startled. If anyone should be sorry it’s me, I didn’t look where I was going.” Bookmark here

“It’s alright,” he said, “I’m sorry as well.”Bookmark here

“You didn’t do anything wrong,”Bookmark here

“I did,” he said with a sigh, “Something has been bothering me for the past few months, and honestly it’s hard to explain.” His mind began to flash back to the different games they had played over the last few months, “Seeing you out there, and then eventually after every game when we’d go eat or stay at whatever hotel was closest. I felt something change inside of me. There’s something I’ve been meaning to say, but I don’t know how to say it.”Bookmark here

Her cheeks turned a rosy pink before she smiled and said, “It’s okay,” she then turned to him and said, “I love you too, babe.” Yakuza froze as his heart skipped a beat, or he had a heart attack. She smiled as she pulled her knees into her chest and wrapped her arms around them. “Saying I love you is a bit scary,” she continued, “I’ve been wanting to say it to you for a while now, I just didn’t know if you actually felt the same. However, now I know, so I really had nothing to worry about.” Bookmark here

He then sighed before he rolled onto his side and looked over at her, “Are you still hungry?”Bookmark here

“I’m a little hungry,” she said, “But I’m honestly more tired than anything else.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, it is pretty late.” Bookmark here

“Yeah, we should really get to bed.” She turned and went to turn off the lamp before Yakuza said,Bookmark here

“Choki,” Bookmark here

She then turned and looked at him, “Yeah?”Bookmark here

“I’m curious about something.”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“What do you look like with your hair down?”Bookmark here

“My hair down? Why?”Bookmark here

“I just wanted to know what it looked like.” Bookmark here

She gave him a soft smile as she sat up and grabbed onto the ties on her pigtails, “Honestly, it’s kind of long, and really messy.” Once she took the ties out she shook her head back and forth a few times before she jostled her hair with her fingers. She looked at him with a smile and said, “What do you think?”Bookmark here

A soft blush slowly came to Yakuza’s face as he cleared his throat and said, “It’s very nice.”Bookmark here

“Oh?” She said with a smile before she leaned in to him and pointed at his face, “You’re blushing.”Bookmark here

“I’m not,” he said as he shut his eyes and growled only causing his blush to grow,Bookmark here

“Yes you are! And it’s getting brighter!”Bookmark here

“I don’t know what you mean,” he said as he rolled over,Bookmark here

She giggled before she pounced on him and kissed his cheek, “I honestly think that I of all people got you to blush is super adorable! And it’s only because I wore my hair down!” She sighed before she got off of him and turned off the lamp before getting under the covers, “But it’s okay, I won’t tell anyone your secret.” She looked up at the ceiling as she twisted the ring on her finger, her eyes softened before she said, “However…since I now know a secret of yours, I’ll tell you one of mine.”Bookmark here

“And that is?”Bookmark here

“Well…it’s going to sound kind of girly….but…” She blushed heavily as she leaned back into the pillow and said, “I’ve always kind of wanted a boyfriend who would let me wear his jackets….it’s cheesy, and something you’d see in a romance manga…but honestly I thought it’d be really nice…being able to wear something that was his…and that smelt like him and felt like he was always hugging me no matter where he was…”Bookmark here

“Hm, I see.” He said before he looked over at her, “Anyways, we have a train to catch tomorrow morning. We should get to sleep.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…” Minami responded before she rolled away from him and said, “Goodnight…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, goodnight.”Bookmark here

The following morning Minami couldn’t really seem to stay awake. In the hotel room, and then in the cab, and even at the train station. Once the luxury train arrived and they got on it and went to their rooms Minami sat at the table looking out the window. Her eyes opened and closed as she struggled to keep herself awake. Yakuza came up the stairs and walked over to her at the table. “Are you cold?” Bookmark here

“Kinda…” Minami said, “I’m just tired…I think I slept wrong…I’m just really tired…”Bookmark here

“Why don’t you come lay down.” He said as he took her hand and took her down the stairs. He then sat on the bed and she cuddled into his chest. “Here,” he said as he turned before then wrapping something around her. She looked down at it to see that it was a black and silver letterman’s jacket with a silver 94 on the left front side. “All of the team has one, you aren’t exactly part of the team, but you did your best these past few months. Not to mention, you’re my girlfriend, and you sharing your secret with me last night meant a lot to me.”Bookmark here

“It’s your jacket…” she said softly as she smiled, Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about returning it, just do one thing for me.” Bookmark here

“Hm…?” Minami responded softly just before falling asleep,Bookmark here

He looked down at her to see her asleep. He sighed before he kissed her forehead and said, “Keep it warm for me, okay?”Bookmark here

A//NBookmark here

And with that the first arc is officially over! The second arc starts tomorrow on Sunday! It’ll go back to a regular schedule, however, now chapters will be released Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week! Going into the next arc there will be a new visual for the story, and the current visual will be uploaded to Twitter where you can download it and use it as a wallpaper for your phones! I hope to continue this trend until the end of the story!Bookmark here

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