Revenge, Inc. Part 13: A Short Story

Author's Note

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back. I apologize for being tardy (I never liked that word) as this is the longest installment so far and I wanted to make sure that I cross all my T's and dotted all of my I's before publishing this. Being away from home, I wrote much of this installment--over 800 words with my Samsung Intrepid using Windows Mobile 6.5. I do hope that you enjoy reading this as I went through great pains (ouch) to write this. I also want to forewarn any of you before reading this, as this is by far, the bloodiest installment to date, among other things. But all of this was expected, at least by me. I urge you to skip this installment if you are not akin to violence and bloodshed. Thank you so much for your patience and enduring support. Without you, I'm writing for a hall full of empty seats.

-ODP

And of course if you're new to this series, I highly recommend that you start off by reading Part 1. Please click on the corresponding links below. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Revenge, Inc. Part 1

Revenge, Inc. Part 2

Revenge, Inc. Part 3

Revenge, Inc. Part 4

Revenge, Inc. Part 5

Revenge, Inc. Part 6

Revenge, Inc. Part 7

Revenge, Inc. Part 8

Revenge, Inc. Part 9

Revenge, Inc. Part 10

Revenge, Inc. Part 11

Revenge, Inc. Part 12

May the Spirits Watch Over You

Tanaka spotted first the Oda Clan's four ships anchored on the opposite side of where the Watanabe Clan's ship, Ritsuko, sat anchored near the southern shore of Jirai, but unlike the Watanabes, the Odas used long boats to reach the shore. Their number was overwhelming to say the least. We were easily outnumbered ten-to-one. As soon as the Watanabe Clan prepared themselves as best they could with little time they had, they knelt down before Master Akira who spoke out loud:

"This is the night you've long expected. Now is the time to pay with honor, the crimes of our ancestors and of ourselves. It is dependent upon you to carry on the tradition that is Watanabe. You know your stations and know better than your adversaries, the terrain of Jirai.". Master Akira then turned to Katsuro and Natsumi and when doing so, he placed his hands on each their shoulders. "My children, I pray that you will see again the sunrise tomorrow. I am proud of both of you. I could not have asked of anything more." He then returned his attention to all of us: "May the spirits watch over you."

"And they over you!" Was the succinct cry heard inside the stilted house. The entire Watanabe clan then rose off the floor and charged outside and into the storm. It was beginning to rain heavily.

"Cody-san!" He yelled out to me. I turned around and came back to him. "Now, listen to me very carefully. I do not want you to fight, as this is not your fight. This is Watanabe business. This is between Oda and Watanabe Clans.". I was hurt to hear this, maybe even angry. On average, each member of the Watanabe Clan would have to consequently defeat at least ten Oda Clan members to stand a chance. Now Master Akira was telling me to sit this one out? He must be toying with me, I thought. For the first time upon meeting the acquaintance of Master Akira, I was ready and willing to disobey him. I kowtowed before him:

"That is something I cannot do, Master. You will have to kill me first before. I'm apologize if I dishonor you with my decision to fight. To fight for you and for the Watanabe Clan is the best way I know how to honor you. To prevent me from honoring you, my master, would be dishonorable on your part. I apologize if you do not agree with me."

Master Akira gave me a nod and just as he did, the first of the Oda Clans' first volley of flaming arrows flew and reached their designated target, the tinderbox of a house. A few minutes, the house would be in flaming ruin despite the downpour of rain.

"It has begun," Master Akira said to me.

There was a new moon out that night.

NINJA
NINJA

The Battle For Jirai Island

There no words of confrontation between two sides like you see in the movies, where two leaders exchange heated dialogue and blatantly argue their cases before thrashing one another while each the others gentry looked on, patiently waiting for their cue to attack. No, no such build up of drama here, as each member of the warring clans literally went straight for the others' throat.

As I’ve said before, I’ve never killed intentionally and to that effect, I’m holding true to my word--for now. These droplets of rain are hitting me hard but I’m able to detract them and keep dry. I’m preventing myself from becoming moist. I remember to breathe in an exhale a breath, a blow, to the oncoming onslaught of sword and shuriken in mid-flight. I use that tame energy against my oppressors who think they know the darkness better than me—me, who had spent the past six months in it, living it, breathing it in, breathing it out, becoming It. I close my eyes to see them better than they could ever see me. I can hear them better than they can hear themselves. I’m searching for limbs and appendages. I don’t want to kill. I want to only disarm and dismember. An enemy that cannot fight relinquishes his title as an enemy, so long as he can no longer do anymore harm to anyone. In close contact, I’m causing compound fractures, breaking noses, breaking faces. I must admit, I get some satisfaction of hearing my silent foe screaming in terror as they see with their own eyes, their bone peering through their fleshy skin. So on the beach I leave them fighting for air and forever maimed. They’ll live, I tell myself as I walk away. You left them alive and that’s all that matters.

In battle, it was almost too easy. Each time I feigned an attack, my enemy fell for the trap I set and paid dearly. I'm painted by their mistakes and irrational judgment.

Every single one of their eyes are the eyes of Haley’s assailant and in each, I despise them wholeheartedly. I want to share with them the pain I felt and the pain my daughter must have felt upon falling victim to such a crime. I know that I am in the right. This violence was unprovoked and not by me. In defense of this Island, I am now a protector and who better to defend this Island than me?

The Oda’s come in waves and try desperately to drown us out like rats. Their multitude far exceeds our meager number and that was their plan. This was an all out war. I smile at the notion that they had no previous knowledge upon planning their attack, of a green eyed ninja, a foreigner, a gai jin to muff up their plans of total annihilation. I don’t mean to get overconfident, but maybe I can tip the scales in the Watanabe Clan’s favor.

A rush of dread overcome me, as if I was being summoned upon from a distance. Say what you will, but with my heightened awareness, I trusted internal instinct more than my own logic. I had the sudden urge to head back to the stilted house which by now was engulfed in flames and by the looks of it, was ready to collapse at any given moment. As I rush back, bodies are strewn every which way and by the looks of it, we were winning. The rest of the Watanabe Clan weren’t as diplomatic as me, or were they?

Segue To Hiroshi Pass


I recalled the time when training with the Bo staff with Master Akira while balancing myself atop the Hiroshi Pass, which was nothing more than a mere log that connected two high cliffs. It difficult to here his instruction over the torrent of waterfall crashing below into white foam:

"What is your favorite weapon, Cody-san?" When he asked me this, his Bo was at rest, but was always ready to strike. The worst thing one could do is to become "complacent of one's own enemy." Of course Master Akira taught me that. It was an easy question.

"The katana," I said. He knew that I was going to say that. It was the only reason why he asked me anything. He was clever like that; by only asking me questions he already knew the answers to. He smiled.

"Why?" Suddenly, he raised his Bo staff and began twirling it like an oversized baton. I raised mine in response.

"The katana flows like a river. It can maneuver around obstacles or go directly through it. With enough force, it could pulverize a mountain. It knows no lies and has no mercy. It has no equal. Its nature is unmatched. Infinitely sharp and fierce, it is boundless in its energy. Where there is no absolutes, the katana stands alone and is the embodiment of truth. It is now an extension of myself. My spirit is in harmony with my katana and to the end of my days, my spirit is bonded with my katana as the fire that forged it. It is the perfect weapon."

"No, Cody-san." I was stunned. I recited the entire Edict of Watanabe. I thought it through and found no flaws in my verse as I've recited over and over again and at times mumbled it as sleep took hold of me at night.

"I don't understand, Master Akira." He held his Bo staff in front of him and was at rest.

"The real weapon is the warrior, Cody-san. Through training with the katana, you became katana. By mastering katana, you became the ultimate weapon--the perfect weapon. Therein lies the true warrior within--inside--like a sleeping dragon. You fight with honor and passion in memory of your daughter, Cody-san. Over the years, I taught you to fight fear and to see without seeing. Despite the negativity around you especially by my son, Katsuro, you persevered and not once given up, as you approached your training with an open mind. You are my greatest student, Cody-san. Did you know that? You have surpassed even my greatest expectations and for that, I honor you." Master Akira then bowed to me.

"Thank you," was my reply. I was overwhelmed by such act of honor, for here was my master bowing to me his student. I felt compelled to help him up but dared not try.

"But you are not fearless, Cody-san. This I know and this you cannot hide...What is it that you fear? Ah, no. Please do not answer. Master Akira knows the uneasiness of your heart. You used to fear one thing, but now, you fear two things. The first is that you'll die without ever having found the person that killed your daughter. This is obvious, but the other reason is not so..."

At this point, I kept quiet and didn't say a word, focusing my mind on the emptiness of the still air so as to clear my mind of any thoughts he may be able to read...

A Hero Falls

The flames were climbing higher and higher as what once was the Watanabe stilted house was all but ready to collapse like a burning house of cards. It's walls were falling down one by one. The heat was overwhelming and so too were the Odas. Master Akira's endurance was all but spent--I could see it in his eyes the dying flame of life. His defenses were being wiped out as he could barely take on one ninja, let alone three. It was then that it all came together. The history between the two Clans--the palpable hatred that existed for over three-hundred years...It was Master Akira all along...He was the target, the ONLY target. Master Akira was completely surrounded and when first he saw me he smiled.

"Cody-san," Master Akira said to me as if exchanging pleasantries in times of peace.

Just then, the ninja looked at me and without breaking his eye contact, impaled Master Akira who fell down onto his knees and was motionless. There was a satisfaction in his eyes when his blade made it clean through. I was too late. I charged at the group and the other two ninjas came at me swinging their ninjatos in an attempt to overtake me. But I dodge the first swing and came up, carving a vertical incision from groin to chin and left the bastard quivering atop the smoldering floorboards. I then swung around the catch the second swing and twisted wrist and caught the second ninja with my elbow then followed through with a slash to castrate his right hand. He looked at me with shocked surprise and fell to the floor and attempted to locate his missing hand. The third ninja was and charged straight at him. He winked at me while waiting by holding still his ninjato straight up. I wasted no time. I did a head fake which he didn't fall for but then caught him by surprise, as I came across in a diagonal motion with such force that I cut his blade in half along with half his head in the process. When he fell to the floor, I wiped what I thought was sweat from my face. I immediately went over to my master and tried to help him up, but he wouldn't budge.

"Master? Can you hear me?" He looked as if in meditation. He was kneeling in a pool of radiant blood. With his head raised, he spoke to me for what would be the last time.

"I am now complete, Cody-san. I have paid my debt. I have honored my family. I'm going to leave now and find my wife...In your training, you have been forged in the fire of anger and once you have taken form you were cooled by the water of wisdom. You are reborn. Cody-san you are no more. You are now Marak. I have taught you all that I know, just as it was decreed to me. Funny thing is that you taught me much as well...The student teaches the teacher, eh?"

"This house is burning down! We have to leave, right now!" He laughed at me.

"This house has been burning for over three-hundred years...Only now is it crumbling. Leave now, Cody-san, and fulfill your promise. You have made me very, very proud." And with that he touched my face and smiled for the very last time.

Continue reading...

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"What shakes the bamboo forests?" -Master Akira Watanabe
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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Awesome, just read 11, 12 and 13. I love it. I think I'm going back to the very beginning and reread the whole 'shabang' in one go. Great job Dohn its definitely book caliber... (the look in that silly cats face always makes me smile)

regards Zsuzsy


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

all I can say is excelente Senor, hi Dohn, it is getting more fired up now, the words of master Akira is touching at the end, heroic too, and I admire the brevery of Cody-san,

Heres waiting for the next ch,

good job always,

Thank you Dohn, Maita


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I've got to start from the begininning. I'm so behind, I know. I'm excited to get into this though. I've heard wonderful things. But I did need to tell you Happy New Year, so Happy New Year, and I'll be to this part for real asap. Cheers.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Happy New Year Dohn!


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MBP42 6 years ago from have received my official license as a Pastor, praise God

happy new year, good writing, when will you be publishing your book?


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Zsuzsy Bee-Thank you so much, Zsuzsy Bee. I knew you were waiting until I had a block before you dove into it. I couple of my "followers" actually sit down with popcorn or a cup of tea to read this series in much the same way, if you could believe it. I'm amazed at myself that I was able to publish both 12 and 13 during the holidays. I bet that cat is really soft to pet :D

@prettydarkhorse-You know how much I enjoy hearing from you, Maita. This installment was a bit long, but I'm glad with the finished product (besides the occasional editing I must do, lol). If I wasn't writing this, I just might be a fan too ;)

@Frieda Babley-Hello, Frieda! It's great to hear from you! That's wonderful news. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about this series, as it's really just kicked in the door of my life and let itself in. Happy New Year to you too! :D

@cindyvine-Hello, Cindy! It's great to hear from you too! I bet it's warm where you are! (It's 15 degrees here right now :( Happy New Year :D

@MBP42-Happy New Year! Thank you so much for that! I plan to sign this year as a matter a fact. I'm still editing my first novel and soon as it's complete, I'm meeting with agent. Thanks for the inquiry!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Great scene Dohn. I'm cheering Cody on and feel sad that Master Akira has to die (but I think he expects this already). See, I'm starting to think that your characters are alive. Keep on writing my friend, we'll be waiting for the next, and the next, and the next :).


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi Dohn, to day I have read for the second time from part 1 to 13, and I enjoyed twice much. Its really excellent bro. I love it. Thanks for this great work. Bless you my dear good friend.:D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@emievil-Thank you, Emie. Did I ever tell you that this is no cakewalk to write? Hearing such awesome feed back helps me to continue. I hope that none of which I've written (at least not for the most part) is like Ninja Assassin as I've still have not seen it. Thanks ;)

@Keira7-Thank you, Keira7. Wow, that's wonderful to hear. I thank you for doing so. One of the things about writing a story is that you never really get the full-effect reading it as does your audience, so I don't "see it" as you do. I hope that you're enjoying your New Year so far!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

You have created an exciting, thoughtful and reflective piece that shows deep honor and respect. Thank you.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, juneaukid. Hearing you comment is reassuring to me in my pursuit to see this work completed. As always, I look forward to hearing from you again in the upcoming installments. Happy New Year!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great work again Dohn. This is looking like a great Novel.Thanks.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Truth From Truth-Thanks as always, TFT. It's certainly shaping up to become one. I hope that I can get it published one day.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

This is DEFINITELY looking like a novel, or a novella. You've still got us, I hope the story still has you. This is great, and I think I will also have to go back shortly and read them all over from the beginning so's not to lose the thread of the plot. Thanks, Dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I can't tell you how happy I am to see your comment! I was afraid that this installment might be a bit too graphic. Yes, this is definitely shaping up to become a novel. It's already too long for it to be a novella and I'm not nearly finished! I hope that you do--a few hubbers did exactly that in succession over a couple of cups of coffee/tea. I'm overwhelmed by the response. Thank you as always.


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Very nice story. Wishing you the best in 2010.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Hey dohn, no worries. There's no similarity, other than the techniques which are not found in Ninja Assassin alone. Just keep on writing. I know it's hard to think and to write a story such as this. Guess that's why you became the writer and I became the reader. LOL :D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Philipo-I'm glad that you like it, Philipo. Thank you, you too :)

@emievil-Phew! That's great to hear! I was hoping that I wasn't rehashing something that someone else already did. Believe me, I've seen my fair share of martial arts movies, including the ones that starred Sho Kosugi, if you know him. It's fun seeing where my imagination takes me :P I'll keep on writing so long as you keep on reading ;)


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great segment dohn! It will be very interesting to see where your hero lands next :D - am looking forward to the next installment!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Dohn - I can't wait for the next one!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Enelle-Thanks for the look over ;) I really do appreciate it. Most of the time, I have no idea where he's going at least no more than 24 hours before each Friday, lol.

@Shalini Kagal-So good to see you back, Shalini. I hope you had a wonderful New Year's. I can't believe I'm onto Part 14! Just yesterday (it seems) I was posting Part 1! Thanks :D


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

This was truly magnificient, dohn. You did yourself proud. Your imagery and metaphor were excellent - Master Akira and the burning house which finally crumbles as the Master dies.

The biggest tribute is the pleasure of your fans, which in your case is absolute. "I taught you to fight fear and to see without seeing." That had to be the main principle and growth for the protagonist. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Don White


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for commenting, Don. Great job picking that up! So far, you're the first. I contemplated this scene for weeks now and am glad that I've finally been able to incorporate it into the storyline. I'm overwhelmed by the responses. One day, this will be displayed on retailer's bookshelves!


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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

real long one dohn, though it was nice hub and a very happy new year to you too.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, sweetie1. I'm glad that you liked it. Happy New Year to you as well :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Aaaaw, this is a touching one. Master Akira's job completed and it was so sweet the way he bowed to Cody. Such an honour but those Knobs of Ninja's had to strike again.

I wonder what Cody' second fear was... Anyway, I wish him Luck.

Great story Dohn. :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Lady_E. Such is the way of the world--live by the sword and die by the sword. In time, all will be explained, I promise you ;)

Thanks as always!


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dave272727 6 years ago from Kentucky

Really powerful stuff in this one! I was on the edge of my seat. You have breathed life into Cody, the evolution of grieving father to warrior has been a lot of fun to read. I look forward to what you have in store for the next installment!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Dave. It's great to hear such encouraging words from so many talented people here at the HubPages. I'm having a lot of fun with this and hope to continue on with the pace. Tune in Friday!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

It will be interesting to see what Cody's second (and perhaps his greatest?) fear will be. You have played the "death of the Master" card very well here in a very moving scene. I am sure we will find the Master remains very much alive in Cody as we go along. The physical death of the house with its master adds some lovely levels of symbolism to the narrative.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's wonderful to hear from you, Redelf. Creating that last scene took a while for me to devise. I'm happy with it, to say the least, but there are two or three scenes that I'd like to rework. Overall, I don't think that there's too much for me to rewrite! I"m so glad that you dropped in and enjoyed it. Until next time?


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I agree with some of the comments above - Cody has become more than just a mean lean fighting machine and the story has evolved into more than just a 'kill 'em all' readfest! Great job - how many times do I have to say that?! Haha :D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You know, that's exactly what I set out to do. If I wanted to just write about action with throats and limbs getting slash without a plot line whatsoever, I'd just work for Michael Bay, lol. Thanks so much for the comment (and how many times have I said that???) This series has taken a life of its own. I'm just letting my fingers do the talking!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very good story. Great fight seen and I love that Katana IS the ultimate weapon.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks, Pamela! There's just something absolute about the katana. The Truth comes to mind, at least to me. It's always awesome to hear from you.


Useful Knowledge 6 years ago

I felt the whole battle as I read. What a surprise when The Master dies at the end. Great writing. (standing ovation). I am off to read the next one.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, UK. I knew you'd like this as well. It really saddened me to let him go, but thought it necessary for the entire scope of the story. The story is after all king!

Thanks for the ovation :D You're too much ;)


Justine76 6 years ago

Awww...its the begining of the end of the flashback!!! The justified anger is becoming solidified, the revenge/justice path is starting! ...every single one of thier eyes are the eyes of Haley's assailant.....such passionate emotion!! I love it. :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

:D Thanks, DM. I wanted to establish Cody/Marak's animal rage on the battlefield. I thought it imperative that I do so. I'm glad you're enjoying it ;)


ralwus 6 years ago

I have returned to a most riveting piece of word smithing. You have almost out dome your self dohn. Now to read some more.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks so much, Charles! Again, this installment was tough to produce but overall, I'm happy with the result. It's great to hear such encouraging words.


Am I dead, yet? 6 years ago

Never apologize for publishing late! I intentionally do not read these until I can go on to another chapter--I made the mistake and clicked the 'continue' reading link and landed in chapter 14--I had to come back to comment here! I found it fascinating that in relation to training and philosophy--the art of revenge is more than one can bargain for! I mean, this character went from the loss of a child to work out a battle of himself--to a strictly disciplined machine...wait...I'll comment more when I finish 14!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I can't help but to apologize, AIDY, because if if the shoe was, hypothetically speaking, on the other foot, I'd be pretty upset that the author didn't hold true to his promise to publish. I'm doing my best but it certainly is NOT easy. I think the old me would've hit a brick wall by now! See you in Part 14 AIDY! It's always great to hear your responses.


Justine76 6 years ago

so i forgot where i left off, and read this again. still kickass!!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Extra traffic is always a good thing :D Keep reading, DM!


cosette 6 years ago

omg sorry i missed reading you. i was sick for two weeks then catching up with life and stuff. i missed this, you know. reading you now...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I was a little curious about that, cosette. It's good to hear back from you and I'm guessing that you are better now. As always, thank you for reading this series :)


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Nooooo.... T.T


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yeah, this installment was very tough for me to write. I got attached to him as well...


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I've been away from this series for awhile and had to go back and refresh my memory. WOW. This is impressive. Wonderful fight scene - not that I'm into fighting myself - but you've done a really good job.

One to read 14 now


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Duchess! A few of the people that have been reading this say the same and of course I'm happy to hear it. When I do go back to edit/rewrite this, I'm actually going to add more fight scenes! You're never late to read any of my stories or hubs, Duchess! It's always wonderful to hear from you.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

I read two chapters tonight, but this ended very sad. the timing was perfect, but still sad, and I wonder if Cody will now bond with his son, who he hated so much. Will have to read on to find out. (: v


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Valerie. You know, out of all of the installments that I wrote for this series, this was by far the toughest. Yes, you are certainly correct about your prediction--but it's more a necessity rather than out of choice in his doing so. It's always great to read your comments. I look forward to them!


Just A Voice 6 years ago

Good chapter! Very curious about this 2nd fear. Will read on to find out...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Just A Voice. It's great to see that you're still reading my work. Thank you.

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