Hey everybody! I'm back and ready to go! I am so sorry I haven't updated this in forever. I've been busy with a couple KP one-shots, one for Christmas and the sequel for New Years, and a V-day one-shot for a different show. So long story short I've been pretty busy lately. But enough excuses. It's time to bring out the next chapter.
"It all started ten years ago…"
FLASHBACK: 10 YEARS EARLIER…
Ron had just gotten off the plane at Tokyo International Airport and was heading to baggage claim. After getting his luggage he headed outside and soon spotted a familiar face.
"Yori!" Ron yelled.
"Stoppable-san!" she replied in kind as they hugged.
"It great to see you again"
"Likewise, though you seem depressed"
"Yeah, well…" Ron trailed off. Yori looked at him concerned.
"It happened a couple days ago…" As Ron told Yori what happened she never lost her look of concern. By the time he finished the story they were at the base of the mountain.
"You should really install an escalator or something" Yori giggled at Ron's statement.
"Oh you and your American style jokes. Naturally it'll be…"
"Yeah, yeah. My honor to walk" Ron finished her sentence. "I'm beginning to think honor's not worth it" Ron muttered, but Yori caught it.
"How dare you say that!" Yori said angrily. "Honor is very important"
"I'm sorry. I'm just upset over Kim. I didn't mean anything by it" Yori's expression softened. But she was still a little miffed. "Why did I have to put my foot in my mouth?" Rufus popped his head out of Ron's pocket.
"Dunno" The rest of the walk was in silence. By the time they got to the top Ron couldn't take the silence anymore.
"You said that already"
"I know, but I just want you to know that I feel really bad about what I said. I guess I didn't know how much honor meant to you"
"You should have" Yori said, her voice more sad then angry.
"I know" Ron said, his voice full of sorrow. "I don't know why I said that back there, but I just want you to know you're one of my best friends. Even if we do live on opposite sides of the planet I still care about you very much" Yori just stood there tears coming out of her eyes. She was really moved by his apology. After a few seconds Ron decided to give up and go inside.
"If you don't want to talk to me the rest of the time I'm here it's ok. I understand" Ron was about to open the door when Yori stopped him by placing her hand on his. Ron looked at her quizzically for a moment before noticing her face was wet. He was about to go into panic mode when he noticed she was smiling at him.
'She's beautiful when she smiles. Wait? Where'd that come from? Though she is very attractive and limber. I bet she could do some amazing things in the be- stop it Ron!' Ron yelled inwardly. He was snapped back to reality by Yori shaking him lightly.
"Stoppable-san! Stoppable-san! Can you hear me?"
"Yes, pretty lady" Ron said still half out of it, but quickly came back to life and slapped both hands over his mouth as his eyes widened in realization. Yori turned her head away hiding a blush.
"Um…I, uh…" Ron couldn't think of anything to say.
"Let's go inside shall we?" Yori sad once her blush died down.
"Uh…yeah! Good idea" Ron said eager to escape this awkward situation. Yori opened the door and they walked in. Ron was immediately greeted by quite a few of the ninjas-in-training. After several greetings Sensei himself walked up.
"Greetings, Sensei" Ron said as he and Yori bowed respectfully.
"I trust you had a safe and pleasant journey"
"Good, now Yori will show you to your room. For now you shall rest, but tomorrow I expect you up bright and early to start training"
"Excellent. And the same goes for you Yori"
"Of course, Master"
"Good, I will be in my office if you need me" Ron and Yori bowed once more towards Sensei who bowed back before leaving.
"Shall we head to my room?" Ron asked raising his eyebrows suggestively. Yori stared at him confused for a moment.
"Sure, lead the way" Ron just stood there dumbfounded.
'How is it when I try to be funny it tanks, but when I'm being serious she laughs? Everything must really be backwards here' Ron just shook his head and grabbed his bags. They walked in silence to his room each lost in their own thoughts.
'Should I tell him how I feel?' She stole a glance at him. 'I know he just lost Possible-san, but it's not like they were dating or anything. If only he weren't so heroic, and hot. I need to talk to someone about this. I know! I'll talk to Ani-san after I get Stoppable-san situated' Ani was a fellow ninja and Yori's best friend. She was Japanese like Yori with curly black hair that went just past the shoulders and green eyes. She was also a couple inches taller.
'What's wrong with me? She must think I'm the loser like Bonnie always says I am. Though she hasn't said anything and she is too sweet to think of me like that' he take's a quick look at Yori and sees that she's deep in thought. 'Yeah, sweet like a naco with its cheesy, crunchy goodness and, oh man, they really need to get a Bueno Nacho over here' Ron was so zoned out he didn't see where he was going and crashed right through the paper thin wall that made up part of his room.
"Stoppable-san!" Yori cried out making Ron snap out of his daze.
"Huh? Wha?" Looks around. "Are we at my room already?"
"Yes, Stoppable-san. If you don't need anything I will be off"
"Ok, I'll see you later Yori" Yori started to walk off, but not before stealing a glance at Ron who was busy unpacking. She couldn't help a small smile gracing her lips as she went of in search of her friend unaware that she was being watched.
"So, he has returned at last" said a figure that was hidden in the shadows. A few minutes later Yori was sitting on the floor on her friend Ani's room.
"So, your boyfriend's back, eh?" Ani teased.
"He's not my boyfriend" Yori said trying to hide a blush.
"Sure" she replied sarcastically. "I think you should tell him how you feel before someone else snatches him up"
"Like who?" Yori said with more worry in her voice then she meant to.
"I don't know, but I do know that a couple of our fellow lady ninja's think he's cute and they aren't afraid to make their move" Yori still looked unsure.
"What if he doesn't feel the same way?"
"As Sensei would say, 'The tightrope walker'" Yori put her hand over her mouth to suppress a giggle at Ani's impression of Sensei. "Basically, life's about taking risks. Don't let him get away" Yori's expression changed to one of determination.
"You're right. I'm going to do it. I'm going to tell Stoppable-san how I feel"
"Atta Girl!" Ani cheered. "Go get your man!" Yori walked out of Ani's room feeling confident, but has she got closer to Ron's room she got more and more nervous.
"I must do this. I will do this" and with a renewed sense of confidence she continued on her journey. Just as she started approaching Ron's door her ninja senses picked up that something was amiss. Quickening her pace she got to Ron's room but before she could knock on the door a ninja with a hood completely covering the ninja's face dropped behind her. She whirled around only to be hit with knockout gas. She held out for several moments, but soon she succumbed to the noxious gas. After the ninja threw her over his shoulder he taped a note to Ron's door and pounded on it before leaving. A few moments later Ron opened the door and after looking around for a few seconds he noticed the note on his door. He pulled it off and started reading it.
Dear Chosen One,
I have your precious girlfriend. If you want to see her alive and unhurt then surrender yourself. On the back there is a map to my location. Come alone or else. I'll see you soon.
Ron turned the letter around and sure enough there was a map on the other side.
"Even Drakken's not that obvious. It must be a trap" Ron thought for about two seconds. "I have to take that chance" Ron donned his black gi and prepared to set off in search of Yori. Before he could Ani walked up.
"Hey Ron, where's Yori?" Ron looked at her gravely.
"She's been kidnapped"
I'd love to make this longer, but I'm going to Las Vegas in a little bit and wanted to post this before I go. Also, that should explain why I don't respond to your reviews right away. I hope you enjoyed the latest chapter. And for those who're reading "When a Man Loves a Villain 2: Summer Daze" I need help! I started the next chapter, but got hit with severe writer's block and decided to start this chapter. I'll update this story much sooner than before. I promise. R and R please.