Chapter 33:

Kasumi gets invited to the MMA club

Former Magical Girls and their Daily Lives

He had all day to talk to Kasumi, but he decided that it would be better to do it early in the morning.Bookmark here

"Good morning, Kasumi."Bookmark here

"Ohio," Kasumi said, "Wait, who are you supposed to be?"Bookmark here

"I'm Keiji Tainaka, and I'm a member of the MMA club. We are curious if you wanted to join our club."Bookmark here

"Why so?"Bookmark here

"You may remember that last week you beat up a pair of robbers in plain daylight, and I was wondering if you wanted to join the MMA club."Bookmark here

"What is MMA?"Bookmark here

"It stands for Mixed Martial Arts. It's like a fighting club, but more like boxing, but it isn't boxing. You can kick people."Bookmark here

"So, kickboxing?"Bookmark here

"No, it's a free for all kind of thing."Bookmark here

"Pro wrestling. New Wapan, right?"Bookmark here

"New Wapan isn't a real sport."Bookmark here

"What do you mean it isn't a real sport?"Bookmark here

"I mean, it's all staged, isn't it. Everything is planned out."Bookmark here

"Hey, you are telling me that dozens of elite wrestlers fight every year, and it isn't a real event. You are telling me that it's all planned out."Bookmark here

"Well, yeah. That's just how it is."Bookmark here

"I'm going to beat you up."Bookmark here

"That's what I was hoping you would say."Bookmark here

Kasumi recoiled. "What do you mean by that? Are you some kind of sadist?"Bookmark here

"No, I'm not. The word you are looking for is 'masochist'. Which I not am."Bookmark here

"Why do you want me to beat you up then?"Bookmark here

"I'm inviting you to the MMA club."Bookmark here

"Didn't you just say that all of the results are planned out?"Bookmark here

"No, I said that the matches in New Wapan are planned out. The ones at the MMA club are legit."Bookmark here

"How do I know that?"Bookmark here

"Because we are an actual organization that holds matches, and there's no overarching plot like New Wapan has."Bookmark here

"That sounds boring."Bookmark here

"It is real, unlike New Wapan."Bookmark here

"Don't insult New Wapan!"Bookmark here

"I'm not trying to insult it. It isn't real wrestling. It's more like a play that you see every week."Bookmark here

"You are telling me that I was watching theater all of these years?"Bookmark here

"I guess."Bookmark here

"I don't like theater."Bookmark here

"But you watched it."Bookmark here

"That's the problem."Bookmark here

"Anyway, about the MMA club."Bookmark here

"What do you want me to beat you up for some reason that isn't sadist or masochist?"Bookmark here

"It isn't 'some reason'. Ever since you popped up on the news, the club thought that you would be a good match for our club."Bookmark here

"I guess. But kicking a guy in the face isn't that hard."Bookmark here

"Yeah, but he had a gun."Bookmark here

"He had a gun?"Bookmark here

"You didn't know?!"Bookmark here

"No! I was just angry at him for yelling while I was thinking. If he actually had a gun, that was a really dangerous move. The safer route would be to wait for negotiations to be over and for the hostages to be released. Running from across the room gives the robber a lot of time to shoot you or someone else."Bookmark here

"Why do you have a reasonable idea how to survive a hostage situation?"Bookmark here

"Experience."Bookmark here

"What kind of experience do you have?"Bookmark here

"Anyway, you are inviting me to the MMA club?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, that was the idea. So, do you want to join?"Bookmark here

"I guess I could try. When are meetings?"Bookmark here

"We have one today after school. Can you make it?"Bookmark here

"I can punch someone in the face?"Bookmark here

"I don't think that's against the rules."Bookmark here

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