Chapter 18:

Chapter 18

Queen of Dodge!


The week passed and eventually summer break was here! Rentaro, Mitsuri, Ryusuke, and Kujiko all met up with Minami in the parking lot of the airport. “Hi!” Minami said as she raced over to Mitsuri’s car where everyone got out, “Do you guys need help with any of your things?”Bookmark here

“No, I think we’ll be fine.” Rentaro responded,Bookmark here

“Oh, I see.” Minami turned to Kujiko and smiled, “Hey! Can I help you with your bags?”Bookmark here

“M-M-Me….?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, you, you’re a new member of the team, I want to get to know you!” Bookmark here

“O-Oh, okay.” Kujiko said as she went to the trunk and took out a purple duffle bag followed by a straw sun hat. “U-Um, you can-“Bookmark here

“Here, I’ll take your bag!” Minami said as she grabbed onto Kujiko’s duffle bag,Bookmark here

“O-Oh! Okay…!” She said softly before the two of them started to walk behind the group and head through the airport. Bookmark here

“So tell me something,” Minami said with a smile, “How long have you liked my friend Ryusuke?”Bookmark here

“Wh-What?!” She then pulled her hat down to cover her face, “L-Like him, I-I-I-I don’t-“Bookmark here

“It’s okay,” Minami responded, “I’m not going to tell him.” She then looked ahead at the group as she said, “You know, I used to really like Ryusuke myself. I thought he was very cute, and he was always just so nice to me. So trust me when I say he’s one of the good ones.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh, well…I guess…” She gave a soft smile as she started to reminisce, “I went to the qualification match the school had…I honestly couldn’t keep my eyes off him. He was really cool out there and he did his best no matter how hard the odds were stacked against him. I’ve been trying to get the courage to talk to him for the past three months but I just couldn’t do it.”Bookmark here

“Why not?”Bookmark here

“I have a communication disorder…and it gets really bad when I’m around him….my chest gets really tight, and my body feels warm and I feel like I can barely breathe…it also doesn’t help that I’m naturally very shy…” Bookmark here

“Oh, well, you don’t need to be shy around Ryusuke. He’s very easy to talk to.” She said with a smile before she looked over at her, “Say, uh, how tall her you “Bookmark here

“M-Me….? O-Oh, I’m uh…170 centimeters.”Bookmark here

“SHE’S NEARLY AS TALL AS ME?!?!?!!!!!!!” Bookmark here

“I always felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb because of my height, but honestly I’m glad I met you…I finally found someone who is close to my height.” Bookmark here

Minami blushed softly before she smiled and said, “Yeah, well, us tall girls have to look for each other, ya know!” Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah…” Kujiko said with a soft smile, “I-I’m also glad you’re busty.”Bookmark here

“Wh-What….?”Bookmark here

“I’m 88 centimeters, or a 65 F, and I always assumed I was too big…”Bookmark here

“SHE’S BIGGER THAN ME BY A WHOLE CENTIMETER!!!! HOW?!?!?!?!!! SHE DOESN’T LOOK THAT BIG!!!!” Bookmark here

“However, you look bigger than me, probably because you’re Round Shaped and I’m Teardrop Shaped.” She then looked at Minami and said, “How big are you?”Bookmark here

Minami swallowed nervously before she looked down embarrassed and said, “I’m a 65 E…”Bookmark here

“O-Oh, so 87 centimeters. That’s a good size! I think we could wear each other’s bras and be just fine!”Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah…” Minami said with a growl feeling absolutely defeated, Bookmark here

Kujiko gave a soft smile as she said, “I like this conversation, I don’t really have many girl friends. The ones I do have live back in Hokkaido.”Bookmark here

“AND SHE’S A TRANSFER STUDENT?!?!?!!!!”Bookmark here

“S-So, um, your brother says you do Karate.”Bookmark here

“I do,”Bookmark here

“That’s very nice,” Kujiko said, “I do mixed martial arts. It’s a combination of boxing, Bōjutsu, Aikido, kickboxing, Kyūdō, Naginatajutsu and Jukido.”Bookmark here

“That’s cool,” Minami said as she quickly thought up a lie to make herself sound cooler, “Well, I know Shaolin Fist, Mantis, Kenpo, White Lotus, and Wing Chun in addition to Shuri-te, Tomari-te, and Motobou Ryu.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s really cool.” Kujiko said with a soft smile,Bookmark here

“SH-SHE BOUGHT IT?!?!?!?!!!!” Bookmark here

“U-U-Um….c-can we be f-friends…?”Bookmark here

“Uh…” Minami said as she looked over at her, “I mean, yeah, sure, we would’ve become friends eventually.”Bookmark here

“You really mean it…?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Bookmark here

Tears swelled to Kujiko’s eyes before she said, “Th-Thank you so much!”Bookmark here

Minami sighed as she gave a soft smile. What was she even worried about? Despite her being the teams new favorite and her slightly larger busy size, Kujiko was actually pretty cute and wholesome. Once they got through the airport and out to the runway they came to a hangar which Yakuza was pushing open. Minami smiled as she set down Kujiko’s bag and ran over to him. Rentaro stopped to look over at Yakuza for a second, his last memory of him was the qualification match when the balls had exploded. However he knew that Yakuza didn’t mean to make it happen intentionally, if anything Yakuza had thrown the ball to defend himself so it was really Rentaro’s fault. Bookmark here

“Hey!” Minami said as she then wrapped her arms around Yakuza. Yakuza grit his teeth before he gasped for air as Minami backed away from him, “Ah! Sorry! Too tight?”Bookmark here

“It’s fine,” he responded before he looked at everyone else, “This is everyone?”Bookmark here

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

Ryusuke stood there with his fists clenched as Yakuza and Minami talked with one another. “What the hell does Minami even see in that guy?!” Kujiko looked over at Ryusuke’s expression only to frown. The fact that he looked angry or upset didn’t sit well with her. She then turned to Minami and Yakuza and it all clicked! Ryusuke was in love with Minami! Bookmark here

“Alright,” Didymus said as he walked out of the hangar, “Everyone have their things?” They all nodded in response, “Good, now come with me.” He then took them into the hangar where they got a good look at the massive jet. Bookmark here

“Woah…” Rentaro said, totally blown away, “Is that a Citation CJ1+?!”Bookmark here

“Ah, you know your jets.” Didymus said,Bookmark here

“Heck yes he does,” Minami said with a laugh, “He’s absolutely obsessed with aircraft.”Bookmark here

“I see,” Didymus responded, “Well, if we’re being technical, it’s more like a Citation CJ5+ model, it’s a combination of 1, 2, 3, and 4, and is improved upon greatly. The bottom side of it has reflector panels rendering it basically invisible during flight, and has a max range of 3,589nm and has a maximum speed of 600ktas. Being a part of MI6 as well as OSCT and GCHQ, I really got first grabs of it. So far it’s the only one of its kind, but more will be made available in the future.”Bookmark here

“Wow…” Rentaro said as his eyes dazzled and he started to drool a bit as if the worlds most desirable feast had been plopped into his lap. Mitsuri giggled as she said,Bookmark here

“You’re such an adorable dork.”Bookmark here

“Wow,” Minami said to Didymus as Rentaro rushed onto the jet followed by everyone else, “You really won over my brother, and by extension you’ve won over me.”Bookmark here

“I had no clue he had an interest in aviation, but I’m glad I was able to help.”Bookmark here

“So, I wanted to ask, have you ever been married?” Minami asked as she picked up her bag and walked with Didymus over to where everyone had stored their luggage, Bookmark here

“No,” Didymus said, “However, that’s not to say I didn’t try. Every now and then I’ve met a nice young woman, but it didn’t work out.”Bookmark here

“Oh, what about Yakuza’s mom?”Bookmark here

“Well, I adopted Yakuza.” He said as he put Minami’s luggage inside the jet, “I’ve tried keeping every mention of his mother away from him.”Bookmark here

“Why?”Bookmark here

“She’s just not a very good person,” he said softly as he didn’t want Yakuza to hear, even if he was deep inside the jet. “She had neglected him as a child, when he was born she took one look at him and decided she didn’t want him.”Bookmark here

“What? Why?”Bookmark here

“I have no idea,” he said, “However, she was 14 when she had him. I’m not one to judge if she wasn’t ready, but when I had found Yakuza he didn’t look like he had been fed since he was brought home from the hospital, or even at all if he was born at home. I had gotten reports of a baby constantly crying, I went to where they heard him and that’s where I found him. Due to the neglect the country said she was unfit to have him, and that’s when I adopted him.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s awful…” Minami said, “I mean…even if she wasn’t ready, why didn’t she just give him up for adoption??? Even so, she must’ve felt a need to take care of him.”Bookmark here

“We don’t know,” Didymus said as he then closed up the jet, “Even now, I’m a bit worried. After she lost custody of Yakuza, she moved to Okinawa two years later.”Bookmark here

“Oh!” Minami said as her eyes widened, “Oh shit! I’m sorry, I didn’t know she-“Bookmark here

“It’s fine,” he said, “That’s why I’m going with. I can observe you kids from a safe distance in case she shows up. For all I know she moved out of Okinawa.” Bookmark here

“Is there anything I can do?”Bookmark here

“Just enjoy yourself.”Bookmark here

“Alright…well, if you need something, let me know.”Bookmark here

“Of course,” he said, “You’re very special to him, even if he doesn’t always express it, and he seems cold and distant, he really does care about you.”Bookmark here

“I know, I love him too.” Minami said with a smile, “Did I show you the promise ring he got me?”Bookmark here

“I don’t think you have.” He said as she held up her hand to him, he smiled at it as he said, “It’s very nice, you’re very lucky.”Bookmark here

“Thanks,” Bookmark here

“Well, get on the jet and we’ll take off.”Bookmark here

“Alright!” Minami said with a salute before she ran up the steps and got into the plane. Her jaw dropped as her eyes widened, “Woah…” The cabin was nice and luxurious like the train she and Yakuza had been on before. The floor was a navy blue nap rug and the seats were large recliners. Along the right side of the jet was a long couch which stopped at a sink which was next to a large fridge. She walked around before she sat across from Yakuza in one of the recliner seats, “This is really nice. What else are you hiding from me?”Bookmark here

“Honestly I forgot about it. I spend most of my time in the city anyways.” Yakuza responded,Bookmark here

“Alright,” Didymus said as he closed the cabin, “This’ll be a rather fast and fun trip,” he walked past the group to the front where he turned around and said, “There are restrooms in the back, the fridge only has a few drinks, just juices and things like that. There’s also WiFi and if you want to watch it then a T.V. will drop down from the roof. Like with all planes and aircraft it’s best to have your seatbelt on when we take off, once in the air you’re free to move around.” Bookmark here

“Sounds like a fun trip!” Mitsuri said as she fastened her seatbelt, “Luckily I brought along a few fashion magazines.”Bookmark here

Kujiko fastened her seatbelt before she looked over at Ryusuke who had a game console in his hand, “What’s that…?” She asked softly,Bookmark here

“You’ve never heard of it?” Ryusuke asked, Kujiko shook her head in response. “Oh, it’s just a Smitch, it’s capable of 8k gaming as well as holding 8,000 games at once and it’s all handheld.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh, I see…what kind of games do you have?”Bookmark here

“Honestly, I have the only game in it I’ll ever really need.”Bookmark here

“Which one is that?”Bookmark here

“Oh! It’s called Saikyo Skirmish Squad! It’s a massive crossover fighting game with characters from almost every game imaginable! Recently they added characters from Street Kombat, Mortal Fighters, Teqken, and The Queen of Fighters! Here, take a look!” He then booted up the game as he showed it to Kujiko, “This game has well over 100 fighters and counting!”Bookmark here

“Hm…” Kujiko said as her eyes were fixated one character, she looked from the screen and then over to Yakuza before she looked back at the screen and back at Yakuza, “I-Isn’t that him…?”Bookmark here

“Who?” Ryusuke asked before Kujiko then pointed to Yakuza, “Hm? Yakuza?” He looked at the game and found the character Kujiko was fixated on, “No, that’s Kagema. He makes Yakuza look like a softie. Yakuza is intense, but Kagema is probably even more intense. His father Hakama threw him into a geyser when he was child, and since then they’ve been fighting ever since. I don’t think Yakuza is anything like him.” Ryusuke then looked at Yakuza as he said to himself, “However, I’m sure Yakuza could survive being thrown into a geyser…”Bookmark here

“How’d you sleep?” Minami asked Yakuza as the jet began to pull out of the hangar,Bookmark here

“I slept fine,” Yakuza responded, not bothering to open his eyes to look at her, “What about you?”Bookmark here

“I slept better than I did when I first came here, my new apartment is pretty big. Or…it at least feels big. My futon is really nice.”Bookmark here

“Why didn’t you get a bed?” Bookmark here

“Beds are nice and all, but I really prefer futons. It’s what I was raised on.”Bookmark here

“I see,”Bookmark here

She smiled as she said, “I can’t wait for you to meet my mom. Since you’ve helped her out she’s been on a nice path to recovery, she’s even moved back home.” She pulled up her phone and showed him a picture her mom had sent her, “Look! Even her hair is growing back!” Yakuza sighed before he slowly opened his eyes and looked at the picture before he looked at Minami, now he knew where Minami got her smile from. Bookmark here

“She looks nice,” he said as he closed his eyes again and leaned back.Bookmark here

“Are you okay?”Bookmark here

“I’m fine,” he said, “Are you okay?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I’m fine.” She then sighed as she leaned back before she looked over to Rentaro who had his eyes glued to the window as he watched everything go by. She smiled before saying, “Hey! Rentaro!”Bookmark here

“Hm?” He responded not looking away,Bookmark here

“You better sit back in your seat right if you don’t want to get cut in half by your seatbelt.”Bookmark here

“I’ll be fine, no one has ever been cut in half by a seatbelt.”Bookmark here

“Not that you know of,” she said with a soft giggle as she then leaned her head back and looked up at the ceiling, “So are you going to tell me about your girlfriend?”Bookmark here

“She's not my girlfriend.” Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Mitsuri added, “We’ve been on a few dates, but nothing official yet.”Bookmark here

“How many is a few?” Minami asked,Bookmark here

“Oh, about three or so.”Bookmark here

“Ah, I see.” Minami said as the engines to the jet started up, “You guys are totally dating.” Before Mitsuri could speak up to try and snap back at Minami the jet then took off at a high speed before it took off into the air. Once in the air Mitsuri felt somewhat sick from taking off so suddenly. She wobbled back and forth before she undid her seatbelt and ran to the bathroom as fast as she could. Minami undid her seatbelt before she sat in the seat beside Yakuza, “Hey, what’s wrong?” She asked as she placed her hand on his arm, “I just spent three months with you, I know when you aren’t feeling well.”Bookmark here

“It’s nothing, I don’t want you to worry about it.”Bookmark here

Minami frowned, did he perhaps overhear her conversation with Didymus. “Please just tell me,” she said, “Is there anything I can do to make it better?”Bookmark here

“It doesn’t concern you,”Bookmark here

“Well right now I’m concerned, what’s going on?”Bookmark here

Yakuza sighed as he realized Minami wouldn’t leave him alone about it. He then spoke softly as he said, “I’m in pain.”Bookmark here

“You’re in pain?” She responded softly, “What’s wrong? Is it a physical pain? Emotional? Mental?”Bookmark here

“Physical,” he responded, “Before the game I started to work out, and I pushed myself beyond anything I had done before. After that it was the game and then straight to Regionals. I haven’t had downtime until after we came home and now it’s all catching up with my body.”Bookmark here

“I’m so sorry,” she said as she rubbed his arm, “That doesn’t sound like fun. As soon as we land and get to where we’re going you can lay down, okay? Maybe a nice warm bath in the springs or bathhouse will help too.”Bookmark here

“Hm…” he responded,Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“I don’t get it,”Bookmark here

“Don’t get what?”Bookmark here

“How you could care for someone like me, especially for so long.”Bookmark here

“Well I always knew I liked you, and even later I found out you weren’t such a bad guy. The more I learned about you the further I fell in love with you. Not to mention you helped out me and my mom, that’s a huge thing for anyone to do, and as such I’m extremely grateful for that.” She smiled as he opened his tear filled eyes and looked at her. She sighed as she looked into his eyes, he did appear to be in immeasurable pain, almost like he was strained. “Why don’t you lay back? Try and get some rest.” He then closed his eyes before he leaned back in his seat, Bookmark here

“Will you be here when I wake up?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, of course.” She said with a smile as he then laid his chair back. Minami sat there just admiring him before she laid her seat back as well. After a while of gazing at her boyfriend she started to feel a bit sad knowing that he was in pain. She then got out of her seat and walked through the cabin before she got in the cockpit. Like the cabin, it was quite luxurious. She looked to Didymus who smiled at her before he pointed to the seat next to him. She sat down and picked up the pair of headphones on the floor and put them on her head. Bookmark here

“What do you think?” He asked,Bookmark here

“It’s so beautiful…” Minami said as she looked out at all the clouds, “My brother would absolutely freak if he were sitting where I’m sitting.”Bookmark here

“He’s more than welcome to join me.” Bookmark here

“I’ll let him know.”Bookmark here

“So what brings you up here?”Bookmark here

“It’s Yakuza,” she said as she leaned back, “He said he was in pain, and he said it was from before the qualification match.”Bookmark here

“Yes, he did push himself to the extreme.” Didymus said, “I’ve seen him work hard, but never as hard as before that game. I think that’s when he started to get a crush on you.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Well, he knew he certainly didn’t want to lose. So all he began thinking about was how he was going to beat you, so he began working out nearly three times a day. He even managed to pull a plane for a few feet.”Bookmark here

“What?! He pulled a plane?!”Bookmark here

“Yes,”Bookmark here

“Like, one of these?!”Bookmark here

“No, it’s a military plane, it’s one used duringBookmark here

The Worlds Strongest Man event. Those men have worked and trained their entire lives, some even used steroids to improve their performance.” He sighed as he leaned back and said, “Pushing himself at such a young age and to that extreme has probably destroyed his body.”Bookmark here

“I didn’t think he was that strong…” Minami said in disbelief, “How am I ever going to surpass him…?”Bookmark here

“Who knows, but if anyone is going to do it then it’s you.”Bookmark here

“I hope so…” Minami responded, “So, you said you were with MI6, what is that exactly?”Bookmark here

“It’s a British Secret Intelligence Agency.”Bookmark here

“Oh! So you’re like a spy?!”Bookmark here

“An oversimplification, but yes, I’m a spy.”Bookmark here

“Wow! What kind of stuff have you done?!”Bookmark here

“Almost anything you can think of.”Bookmark here

“Have you killed anyone?!”Bookmark here

“If I told you then I’d have to kill you as well.”Bookmark here

“What?! Why?!”Bookmark here

“Because it’s classified.”Bookmark here

“Ugh! Come on, please tell me!”Bookmark here

“When it becomes unclassified I will.”Bookmark here

“Okay,” Minami said before she stopped to think, “Has there ever been anyone you haven’t been able to stop? Like a terrorist or something?”Bookmark here

“Well, as the matter of fact, yes.” He said as he then put the jet into an autopilot mode as the seats then moved back before they spun and faced each other.Bookmark here

“Ooooo~!” Minami said utterly blown away at how cool the seats moving was,Bookmark here

“About 30 years ago or so there was an immensely powerful man known as Khünbish Khan. He was a Mongolian who looked to conquer Japan, however he didn’t have many followers, so he set off on his own. He eventually made it to Japan and he began to cause destruction, which is when I became sanctioned here. We figured Khünbish was hiding and presenting himself as a Yakuza or even a Sumo Wrestler. His trail went cold for a long time until we discovered he had a son about 19 to 20 years ago. We tried to keep tabs on his son Bataar but his trail eventually went cold as well.”Bookmark here

“Woah, what do you think happened?”Bookmark here

“Well, Khünbish would be nearly 70 now, so it’s likely he’s already died of old age, or is slowly dying. There’s not much I feel he could do of harm in his old age, unless of course he had his son carry on for him. However, we’ve heard nothing from his son.”Bookmark here

“I’m sure you’ll catch him eventually,” Minami said with a smile, “Speaking of dads, do you know Yakuza’s dad?”Bookmark here

“As the matter of fact, I do.”Bookmark here

“What’s he like?”Bookmark here

“Well, he spent some time in prison, about 10 years or so. It’s part of the case with Yakuza’s mother, even now people are still investigating.”Bookmark here

“Well…” she looked back to the door before looking back to Didymus, “What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Yakuza’s father was a teacher at an all girls school, and Yakuza’s mother was one of his students. His father said that his mother behaved rather well, but there was something off about her. She never said a word about him until after she left Tokyo two years later, that’s when he was caught and taken to prison. After he got out I got into contact with him, I told him that his son was safe and asked if he wanted to meet him.” He then leaned back and rubbed his chin, “Though he acted very strange.”Bookmark here

“How so?”Bookmark here

“When I called him on the phone, he said I was playing games with him, and that Yakuza’s mother had told him that Yakuza had died at childbirth.”Bookmark here

“Why would she do that?”Bookmark here

“I have no clue, and we haven’t been able to find her to ask her. However, there is a warrant out for her arrest in Tokyo, so if she ever returns I’ll be one of the first to know. That way we can get answers.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…that’s weird,” Minami said as she started to think, “Are you sure that Yakuza’s dad was her teacher?”Bookmark here

“We’re positive,” he said, “We had a DNA test done.”Bookmark here

“Yakuza let you do that?”Bookmark here

“Well, sort of, I was cleaning his room and just took a hair of his from his pillow.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that sounds easy. I’ve always been told you need to give blood.”Bookmark here

“You can get a DNA test from any part of your body. You can even have your hair melted down and condensed into a diamond.”Bookmark here

“Woah! Really?!”Bookmark here

“Of course,”Bookmark here

“That’s so cool,” she said as she turned and looked out the window. She then froze before she looked at the ring on her finger, “….Didymus…”Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“These gems aren’t made of Yakuza’s hair are they…?”Bookmark here

“I don’t think so,” he said with a chuckle as he leaned forward and looked at the ring on her hand, “No, these look like genuine rubies.”Bookmark here

“Good,” she said, “What are the blue ones?”Bookmark here

“Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise.” He said, “They’re Yakuza’s birthstones. Yours are rubies because you were born in July, and the blue ones are his because he was born in December.”Bookmark here

“Oh, December huh? I thought he was born in the spring.” Bookmark here

“Nope,” he said, “December 20th is his birthday.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s five days before Christmas.” She then paused before saying, “What do you think I should get him?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know, you’ve got all year to figure it out.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but…I really need to get him something special, he’s gone above and beyond for me in more ways than I can count, and I love him with all my heart. However I don’t know if I’ll ever have money to afford something nice for him.”Bookmark here

“Well, I’m sure that no matter what you get him, no matter how expensive, he’s going to love it because it came from you.”Bookmark here

“Thanks,” she said as she leaned back, “So…can I ask you something?”Bookmark here

“Anything.”Bookmark here

“I kind of lied my way into the corner to make myself look cooler than Kujiko,”Bookmark here

“Ah, I see.”Bookmark here

“So…how do I learn Kung Fu and make it look like I always knew it?”Bookmark here

“Well, you could watch videos and do as they do, however, I have no experience in Kung Fu, so I’m not sure how to help.”Bookmark here

Minami sighed before she said, “Alright, thanks Didymus.” Bookmark here

A//NBookmark here

This is definitely the longest chapter I’ve written for this story! But it sets up some pivotal moments in the future of the arc.Bookmark here

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