Sup everybody? I'm back with another installment of "Future's Past". As promised this chapter is up quicker then the last one. Hopefully this on won't disappoint. Also, I made a big mistake in names. I meant Fukushima and have corrected the problem. I'd like to thank hope master for pointing it out in the first place. Anyway, let's get started.
Ron had just finished explaining the sitch to Ani. And both were quite worried.
"We have to find Yori"
"NO! I have to do this alone"
"Because whoever did this wants me to come alone and I don't want Yori to get hurt because we didn't follow orders" Ani took the note and read it.
"But Ron, there's nothing in here about going alone"
"What?" Ron took back the note and reread it. "You're right. Must have forgotten to add that part"
"I guess that means I'm coming along with you"
"Well I could use the help so yeah, you can come along" A few minutes later they were off on their mission. They walked in silence for a few moments before Ron spoke.
"There's something bothering me"
"Well, you. I mean you look like Yori, but you act like the girls I know back home"
"To be honest I'm Japanese-American"
"Yeah, I moved to America from Japan when I was three and go to an American high-school currently, but come here during the summer to train"
"I see" After several minutes of silence Ani piped up.
"So do you like Yori?"
"What?" the question caught Ron off guard.
"Do you like Yori?" she repeated.
"Well…yeah…I mean we are friends and all"
"You know what I mean" she said suggestively.
"I think she likes you quite a bit"
"I know, but…" Ron trailed off.
"It's just that with Kim's disappearance I guess I feel like if I said yes it would depreciate her memory" Ani stared at Ron with a look of shock and awe.
'Wow, he's like no other guy I've ever met. So kind. So caring. So cute. Whoa, where'd that come from? I can't be crushing on him. Yori already has dibs on him' She decided to put her feelings aside and focus on the mission at hand. "I'm sure Kim would want you to find happiness with another"
"Well I have never actually met her, but from what Yori tells me about her I think she would"
"I guess, but what if I screw up or something?"
"Just be yourself. She already likes you" Suddenly she stopped walking startling Ron.
"Shh! I thought I heard something" she whispered. At this point Ron noticed they were in a familiar place. A few seconds later a figure jumped out in front of them and kicked Ron in the stomach knocking the wind out of him. Ani quickly took a defensive stance.
"Who are you? What have you done with Yori?"
"I'm surprised you don't recognize me" said the masked ninja in a familiar voice.
"Fukushima?" Ani asked shocked.
"Yes, it's me, sweetie" he said taking off his mask.
"I'm not your girlfriend anymore" He grabbed her wrist with a scowl.
"Oh, but you will get back together with me. That is if you want to save the outsider's girlfriend" He said pointing to a cage that held Yori over a pit filled with sulfuric acid. "I'd hate to burn that pretty face of hers" By this time Ron recovered and swept Fukushima off his feet with a spinning kick to his legs before jumping to his feet.
"Stay away from her!" Ron yelled dangerously.
"You'll have to do better than that" Fukushima said as he got up and pulled a lever that started lowering the cage.
"Let her go!"
"Because I'll take her place"
"What?!" Cried Yori and Ani in surprise while Fukushima grinned evilly.
"A prisoner exchange, hmmm" He pretended to think about it while Yori continued to drop. "Deal" He said as he stopped the cage just a few inches above the acid.
"Ron, don't do it!" Yori cried.
"I have to"
"No, you don't"
"Yes, I do. I'm not going to let you get hurt because of me" Yori felt her heart beat faster.
'He's willing to sacrifice himself for me. I knew he was brave, and handsome, and…I think I'm in love' she blushed at the thought. By this time Fukushima was unlocking the cage and pulling her out and shoving Ron in.
"You didn't need to do this" she whispered.
"Yes, I did. I'll be fine, trust me"
"Please be careful"
"I will" Yori started to lean in as Ron did the same, but Fukushima pulled her away roughly.
"I got what I want. I have no further use for you" He said as he threw her to the ground. Ani quickly went to her side.
"I'm ok" Ani fixed a glare on Fukushima that would render most men impotent.
"You bastard!" she yelled at him. "What kind of low life scum are you?"
"Ani, please don't upset him. Just go. I'll be ok" Ani gave Fukushima one last glare, helped Yori up, and left. Hirotaka watched them leave then turned his attention to Ron.
"Now what do I do with you?" He said darkly as he approached Ron who sat down in his cage in the lotus position, eyes closed, in meditation. "I know. I'll lower and raise the cage burning him numerous times making him suffer as I have" Having made his decision he headed toward the lever that raised and lowered the cage and was about to pull it when he heard a noise. Turning his head he saw the Lotus Blade flying towards Ron.
"Oh no you don't" he said as he tried to catch the blade, but it moved out of his range and ended up in Ron's hands. He turned it into a key and unlocked the cage.
"Oh dear it looks like I'm defeated, NOT!" he said pulling out a sword of his own. Ron jumped out of his cage turning the Lotus Blade back into a sword.
"On guard?" Fukushima just charged and the two engaged in a swordfight. Unbeknownst to the two Yori and Ani had watched the whole thing from a high vantage point not far from the battling pair.
"Should we help them?" Ani asked worried.
"Yes, I think so. Now that he's free from his cage we don't need to worry about hurting Ron-san"
"Ron-san?" Ani replied with a smirk. "I'd tease you about it, but this is neither the time nor the place. Let's go" The two young women quickly headed towards the two battling warriors. Meanwhile the battle was getting intense with neither gaining the upper hand. Fukushima was getting tired of the stalemate so he blocked Ron's attack and kicked him in the chest knocking him backwards. He lifted his sword looking to strike while Ron was down, but was kicked from behind by Yori. He fell down face first dropping his sword.
"Stay away from him!" Ron was shocked. He'd never seen Yori so tweaked before. Ani helped Ron up and they turned and faced Fukushima.
"You lose" was all Ron said as he turned to leave followed by Yori and Ani. As they started walking away Fukushima picked up his sword and tried to stab Ron in the back, but Ron turned around and swung the Lotus Blade breaking Fukushima's sword in half. Fukushima was shocked. Not only did Ron break his sword in half, but he was surrounded by a blue glow.
"Like I said, you lost" once again he turned to leave, but Fukushima had one more trick up his sleeve. He pulled out a small dagger from his shoe and grabbed Yori by the hair and pulled her next to him holding the knife to her throat.
"Drop the sword" he said. "DROP IT!" he yelled. Ron quickly obeyed his blue glow fading.
"Let her go, you don't need to do this" Ron pleaded. "You may be a traitor, but you're not murderer" Fukushima just stood there considering his words.
"Maybe you're right" he said letting Yori go. "And maybe your wrong" he lunged at Ron aiming the dagger at his heart, but Ani was quick to react and grabbed his wrist with her right hand twisting it so his hand was knuckles down and she put her left arm over his arm then under it placing her left hand on her right wrist locking his arm up. She put pressure on his arm making him drop the dagger.
"Yori could you help Ani restrain him?"
"Sure" while she grabbed Fukushima Ron turned the Lotus Blade into rope and tied him up.
"Let's get back to Yamanuchi" After they got back and turned Fukushima over to a couple other ninjas who would turn him over to the authorities Ani went to her room to rest and Ron walked Yori back to her room.
"I just wanted to say thanks for everything you did for me back there" Yori look at him affectionately.
"If anything it is I who should be thanking you. You saved my life"
"Hey, you would've done the same for me" They walked in silence for a while until Yori decided to do something bold. She captured Ron's hand with her own. Ron looked at her in surprise for a moment.
"Sorry" Yori whispered letting go of Ron's hand.
"Don't be" Ron said with a smile as he took Yori's hand and interlaced their fingers. A few minutes later they got to Yori's room and Ron reluctantly let her hand go.
"Thanks for walking me to my room"
"No problem. By the way, I know you like-like me" Yori lowered her head a slight blush coloring her cheeks. Ron put his hand under her chin lifting her head up. "I just want you to know I feel the same way" Yori's eyes widen in shock.
"Really" Ron said has his chocolate eyes stared deeply into Yori's dark orbs. Suddenly, it was like some invisible force was pushing the two teens together. As they got closer both closed their eyes and then their lips met in an electrifying kiss that sent sparks flying through their bodies. Ron put his arms around her waist deepening the kiss. Yori following suit almost immediately wrapping her arms around his neck. After a few minutes they finally came up for air.
"Wow" they said in unison.
"Jinx you owe me a kiss" Ron joked. Yori gave him a quizzical look. "Never mind. Yori, will you be my girlfriend?"
"I'd love to"
"And that's about it"
"Wow. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you, but it seems you were in very capable hands"
"And I still am" Ron joked making Kim roll her eyes. They made small talk until a young woman walked down stairs wearing a pink tank-top and black shorts. Kim looked at her for a moment.
"Do you have another daughter? She looks like she's ten-years-old" Kim said getting a little upset.
"Kim I only have one daughter, she's my sister"
"You're sister?" Kim looked between Ron and the young woman.
"Yeah, besides, I'm not ten, I'm twelve"
"Wait a minute…Hana?"
I know it's not much of an ending, but I don't know how else to end it. The next chapter will be out soon. And it will introduce some old "friends" into the mix. As always, suggestions, helpful criticisms, ideas, and warm sunny days are more then welcome. R and R please.