Revenge, Inc. Part 16: A Short Story

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. Before I begin, I want to thank all of you for helping to make Revenge, Inc. Part 15 have the highest one day score for any of my Revenge, Inc. series/fictional hubs as it reached the high-water mark of 95! In addition to this, it was also a featured hub several times over and got the most views out of any of my installments in it's first week. So for that, I thank you kindly. Maybe one of these days, one of these installments will garner a 100 score. That would really make me proud!

I'm certainly on a roll not only with this story, but with my being late again and again, so once again, I thank you for your patience, your penchant for reading this, and your interest in this body of work which I struggled with for the past seventy-two hours trying to put together in a relatively coherent piece. Thank you for reading!

I really do hope that you take the time to read this series from its start beginning obviously with Part 1. It's hard for me to believe that didn't think to make this into a series until a friend of mine made the suggestion!

-ODP

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A Dire Message

An entire day had come and gone since we first arrived in Kyoto. I was enjoying my time being back in the clutches of civilization after having been removed from it so suddenly such a long time ago. Never before had I been to Japan and I was soaking it up as much as I could. It just felt right. It felt like progress. The sounds and smells were a wonder to behold. The architecture was incredible and people were welcoming and came across to me as if they and I were old friends who have not seen each other in years. I wondered if they realized that I’m white. I felt a certain release while there. But more than anything else, I was enjoying my time being with Natsumi. The time with her was long overdue ever since I first saw her. I envisioned something much like this.

“What’s wrong?” I asked Natsumi. Since first we woke early that morning when, she wore on her face an obvious concern and her eyes were distant. Something was bothering her.

“It’s my brother. I just know that he’s in danger.”

“Katsuro’s a big boy. I’m sure that he can take care of himself.” I couldn’t help but to smile.

“What? What is it?”

“I don’t know…Maybe he met a girl last night and that’s why he didn’t come back. I mean he’s been away on Jirai for almost as long as I have…He does like girls, right?”

“Yes, of course he does! But that's something he doesn't take too much interest in. Right now, he’s completely focused on finding the Four Demons of Legend. Nothing can stop him once he becomes determined to get things done. It’s just not like him to not come back after such a long time. Usually by now he would have sent word to us on his whereabouts.” Suddenly from behind us a familiar voice called out amidst the crowded sidewalk of downtown Kyoto. It was Kenji. He was calling out to Natsumi.

“This is for you,” Kenji said and handed her a folded piece of cloth of a kumo shibori or spider-web like design. Upon unfolding it, the cloth revealed the Four Demons of Legend with the caption, "Kyoto Station, 2000" or in other words, the message meant for us to meet them at Kyuoto train station at seven o'clock that evening. She then looked at Kenji who was visibly sweating, no doubt from all the running he did while looking for us. She was tried her best to read his face.

“How do I know this isn’t fake?”

“That's an easy question to answer, Natsumi. I’m still alive, aren’t I?” With lightning speed, Natsumi then produced a single-bladed shuriken from underneath her sleeve and pressed it against the nape of Kenji’s neck. With her other hand, she grabbed a clump of his thick coarse hair. But Kenji wasn't a bit ruffled. He maintained his composure and continued talking: “The Odas could have easily killed me and burnt down my business if they wanted to but didn't because they wanted me to deliver this to you!”

“And how do I know that I can trust you Kenji?” The blade Natsumi held that was pressed against Kenji’s neck went deeper. I was amazed that it didn't break the skin.

“Was it not Katsuro himself that said I could be trusted?” Although still angered, Natsumi backed down and retracted her shuriken. Kenji quickly went for his neck to check for blood and was relieved after having found none. "I may well be your only ally here in Kyoto, Natsumi. I hear your clan was wiped out on Jirai

“Almost wiped out,” I added. I went to reach for my katana from behind me but grabbed only air instead. It was back at Kenji’s. “We’re still here in case you haven’t noticed.”

“You’d be smart to watch your tongue, Kenji. Even a dog knows which master he serves.” Kenji then quickly bowed to her in response.

“Forgive me, Natsumi. I didn’t mean what I said, only that I am here to help.”

“Good. Then that’s all we need to know.”

Ninnaji Pagoda, Kyoto Japan
Ninnaji Pagoda, Kyoto Japan

Walking into a Trap

While back at Kenjis' and preparing to meet with Katsuro's captors, I couldn't help but to contemplate entirely the problem at hand.  Katsuro had been captured and was being used to get a hold of Natsumi.  The Odas obviously wanted to rid themselves of all the Watanabes and only Natsumi and Katsuro were left.  I wasn't comfortable with any of this.

“You know that this is a trap, don’t you?”

“Of course I do, Cody. But nothing’s going to stop me from helping my brother. I have not other choice…If he was your brother wouldn’t you save him?”

“He’s my Master’s son and that’s enough. And even if he wasn’t, he’s the brother of the woman I love and that would make him reason enough.” Natsumi then turned around to look at me. I was expected her to do just that.

“Do you mean it?”

“You know I do.” She then walked over to me and placed both her hands upon my face.

“With all my heart, Cody…With all my heart.”

“Will there ever be a time when we can live in peace?”

“I hope so. But right now, Katsuro needs our help.”

The Kyoto Exchange

From a distance I watched as Natsumi walked atop the platform of Kyoto station while being accompanied by Kenji and so was on standby—ready for anything. To everyone else, they looked every bit like a normal couple, waiting for the next bullet train to arrive. For a time, I saw nothing unusual. I wasn’t sure what it was I was looking for, with the exception of some indication of foul play on the part of the Oda Clan who we obviously didn’t trust. Natsumi and Katsuro represented the only two children of Master Akira and the only next of kin in his passing—the remains of the Watanabe Clan and quite possibly the only blood relatives of the ever famous Hattori Hanzo. But aside from all of these facts, something more so was weighing heavily on my heart: When the Oda Clan ambushed JiraiIsland, they sought to destroy the entire Watanabe Clan, notably Master Akira. Only Natsumi and Katsuro remain. They were using Katsuro to lure in Natsumi. In responding to their request, they’ll have both Natsumi and Katsuro. It was plain and simple: The Odas want both of them dead in that way they would put an end to the Watanabe Clan once and for all. “Not if I can help it,” I whispered.

Two men in business attire and dark glasses approached Natsumi and Kenji. I could not see the action, but I was able to listen and before they reached them, I spotted them fifty-yards before the fact, having mapped out the entire station: One was carrying a suitcase. They looked normal enough but I knew better. Fucking chameleons, I thought. They’re blending in nicely with their surroundings. I stood by straining my ear to hear their conversation which wasn’t easy due to the fact that we were at one of the busiest sections of Kyoto. It was also clever move by the Odas to have chosen such a place as not only was it out in the open, but loud as hell. I was hamstrung by their choice of location. First, he acknowledged Kenji and then Natsumi.

“Kenj! You had time to get away from your shitty building, eh? Ah, Natsumi!” One of the business men said. “You certainly have grown! You remember your old boyfriend Toji, don’t you?”

“How could I forget?” Natsumi said.

“Die in hell, bitch!” The other businessman whom the other referred to as Toji said.

“Enough of this, where is my brother?”

“Easy, girlfriend! First we must have some small talk…” A pause. “You know, if I didn’t hate your guts, I’d ‘throw it in you.’ Isn’t that what the Americans say, Toji?

“The fuck should I know?” Toji said. “Do I look like an American?” Laughter.

“Here is the deal, Natsumi. You come along with us and we set your brother free, okay? I trade you my Watanabe for your Watanabe, okay? Kind of like Pokemon!” Another pause. I could’ve sworn Natsumi’s eyes turned to find me in her hesitation.

“Okay, fine. I’ll do it. But where is he?” I then heard a whistle and a few footsteps approached the group.

“We’ll kill you another time, asshole.” Toji said. Next was Katsuro’s unmistakable voice:

“If you lay a finger on my sister, Ritsuko…” So his name Ritsuko.

“No why would I ever dream of doing that? She’s too beautiful to simply kill.” Ritsuko said.

“I will find you, Natsumi,” Katsuro said. “For as long as it takes.”

“I am not afraid, Katsuro.” Just then, amidst the commotion, the train arrived, interrupting all other sounds of the conversation. It was my cue.

The one called Toji screamed in horror as a shuriken found his right eye and was soon silenced upon hitting the platform floor. Suddenly the crowd at Kyoto station erupted in panic and all bodies were scattering in every direction. The others who at first seemed to be just stationary around the area who were also dressed in business attire suddenly came alive were meeting me head on. On of the Odas drew a gun from his coat pocket but never did take aim of me, as the hand that was holding it separated from his wrist. I then reached back and grabbed a hold Natsumi’s katana and threw it over to Katsuro who caught it in mid-flight. And it was just in time too, as more of our “surroundings” came alive to participate. Kenji struck Ritsuko in the face but then Ritsuko produced a revolver from his coat pocket and pointed it at Natsumi.

“Let her go, Ritsuko” Kenji demanded.

“She has a lot of crimes against my family to pay for. Unless you’d want to take her place she is coming with me. Would you die for her, Kenji?”

“Yes, I would.”

“Excellent!” Ritsuko then raised his revolver and fired. Kenji immediately dropped to the floor and remained motionless. In response, Natsumi screamed as she was dragged inside the train by Ritsuko. Once the doors closed, her screaming was instantly cut-off. The train then began to move and pick up speed. Just as soon as I tried getting evenly remotely near the train more Odas in disguise surrounded me, making it impossible for me to anything to help Natsumi. Gun shots were heard in the distance and the Kyoto police made their presence felt in all of the commotion. The Odas scattered away like cockroaches just as a battalion of cops arrived on the scene, telling us to not move and threatened to fire if we did.

“Time to disappear, Marak.” Katsuro said. Although I didn’t want to, I did exactly that.

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Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Comments 45 comments

ralwus 6 years ago

Dam you dohn! I almost had a heart attack. Dam this is good.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! I can't tell you how good it is to hear from you, Charles. You got us all worried about you here in Hub Land. Thank you so much for the comment and for being the first! Geez your fast!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Another very exciting segment. I very much enjoyed the read set in a station I have often visited. Cheers to you.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you as always, juneaukid! I don't have the slightest clue of what Kyoto station looks like, but had to give it a try! Thank you!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

dohn, Oh my gosh, you had me on the edge of my seat for that last part. This is another great chapter. Great work!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much Pamela! It was not easy to construct! However, I think I finally figured out where this is going, so rest assured, I really do believe all of you guys are going to like the ending! Thank you again.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Excellent action sequence Dohn. Your description of everything was vivid. This story has been a pleasure to read. Thanks.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, TFT. The scenes were difficult to construct so to hear such great comments is very rewarding. It's always great to hear from you.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Beautiful Dohn, I cant wait again for the next installment, I love the action love and the scenes too although of course I dont where they will take Natsumi. For the love of Natsumi and her dad, I know that Marak also is willing to help Katsuro, but then now you gotta find a way to save Natsumi now. May I add again, the pictures are breathtaking,

And you should have been 100 all in your hubs,

Thanks so much Dohn, am watching Jets/Colts (gotta love the underdog) Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Maita. I can't even begin to tell you how hard I worked on this hub. I think it would have been easy to write about quantum physics than to write this installment! There's still much more to come as I'm finally reaching the last parts of this series in which I've already mapped out. It's great to hear that you guys are indeed enjoying this.

The Jets had a great run, but unfortunately, I don't think they'll pull it off today :(

Dohn


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

There's never a let-up - it's so consistently brilliant, Dohn - thanks so much!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Shalini! I'm so happy to hear the responses so far.


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Run Down Battery 6 years ago from UK

Hey Dohn, I really enjoyed the narrative and the atmosphere evoked. If I have one criticism it';s this. I honestly think you've overworked this one as, for me, the writing doesn't flow as serenely as in most of your other accomplished writing. For example, 'I stood by straining my ear to hear their conversation which wasn’t easy due to the fact that we were at one of the busiest sections of Kyoto.' This just doesn't sound like you to me?


Justine76 6 years ago

The second Natsumi said “with all my heart” I thought, damn...she's dead.....

This is so EXCITING. I sure hope your still enjoying it, Dohn.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Run Down Battery-Hey, RDB. I'm not sure how to react to your comment. Whenever I write this series, I get into character as this is a first-person narrative. To me, his line suits him well and is really no different to the context of how he has been speaking in the past 15 installments. I have to ask, have you read the preceding installments up until now? This may clear up some of the confusion. As always, I appreciate your opinion.

@Justine76-Hey, DM. Yes, I'm having a lot of fun writing this still :D To hear that you're enjoying this makes it easier for me to write! Thanks again, buddy ;)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Chameleons indeed. I must admit this would look brill if turned into a movie. I hope Natsumi doesn't come to harm. Very interesting chapter. Cheers Dohn.

Ps. the pictures of the building and temple are so lovely and elegant.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It would be an absolute dream to see this made into a movie! I'm glad that you enjoyed reading this, Lady_E. As always, thank you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I thought this was supposed to be a short story. LOL. I am learning so much from you writing this story. Where do you find the time? Do you sleep?


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Yes, the jig is certainly up! I guess I got all of you guys to read an entire novel online :D Sleep is a dream!


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

WTF?! I was kinda looking forward to reading the continuation to where you stopped in the previous chapter - now I'm as annoyed as Cody was! Damn Kenji! Just when things were getting um interesting! Argh! Haha

Revolver-toting Jap bad guys! I say let the new rounds of action commence!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hahaha! Yeah, the bad guys always find the shortest and most efficient way of killing people. Introducing new characters was important and I spent a bit of time doing so with Ritsuko. More to come, my friend :)


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Well, I kinda liked Kenji. Oh, well. When ya gotta go... ;) This is really revving up again dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I was surprised myself when Ritsuko shot him (as I should, for the full-effect). I'm so glad that you're enjoying this, RedElf. See you soon!


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I like your writing. You're very good.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

What the...????? Why did I miss this??????????? Was surprised with the guns dohn. Seems like the ninjas are also blending into the mainstream Japan :). This is a very good twist, although I'm also disappointed you didn't continue where you ended in the last installment :D. I'll be watching for the next one this Saturday (our time). Thanks in advance :).


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@lovelypaper-Thank you so much for that! I appreciate it :)

@emievil-LOL. Both you and Cris A had exactly the same reaction! Yeah, I thought the guns would modernized the story a bit as the Oda Clan aren't completely trained in the Ninjitsu--they're more about bringing an end to the ninja clans entirely and do everything in their power to eradicate them from the face of the earth. Sorry I couldn't "deliver" the goods from before, due to the fact that I didn't think it necessary ;)

Thanks again, Emie!


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Jesse-James 6 years ago

WOW!

-that's all I have to say.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks again, Jesse-James. As always, I appreciate your comments!


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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

The hub is flawlessly awesome. Pictures displayed are breathtaking. The presentation is good as all the facts are systematically placed and well crafted. Thanks a lot for providing so much enjoyable hub.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

keep them coming dohn just loving this series.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@stephensaldana-Thanks again. Your comments are very flattering! I appreciate you visiting.

@Rebecca E.-Thanks Rebecca. I'm working on Part 17 while writing this!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

dohn121, It took me 3 days to get through but I read and enjoyed it! took me that long because I have been busy this week.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for doing that bat15! That really is wonderful to hear. I'm glad that you like it so far and hope to hear from you again. I'm working on Part 17 as I'm writing (yeah I just repeated myself).


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

Hey dohn! Another exciting segment - kind of thought the brother would buy it, but wasn't expecting Marak losing another girl...he doesn't have a very good track record does he? LOL


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Haha! No, Marak certainly does not. Thanks for the comment. It's always wonderful to hear from you and see that you're still following this story as it unfolds is flattering. To also hear that you're still enjoying this is a bonus! Thanks, Enelle!


cosette 6 years ago

whoa. the tension mounts.

i always wanted to ride one of those bullet trains. have you been on one? so when is the movie coming out? you're gonna be famous.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

No, unfortunately I've not ridden in one yet (but I will one day!). I swear, I do see this as a movie. So far, I see Dakota Fanning playing the role of Haley and that's it :) You have to stop making such flattering comments, cosette!


tlmntim9 6 years ago

I just discovered this and you so I have much to catch up on but nonetheless, Bravo!

Tim W and Wayne Wilks


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Tim. That's certainly great to hear. I hope that you do begin the series. I look forward to hearing your response!


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

I can really see this getting published and even made into a movie. I believe it would also make a good TV series. I'm happy to know you before you become really famous!

I sure didn't see this latest plot twist coming, but I never really have except for the blind ninja training part.

I said I would read one part per day, yea right. I have been reading this series literally all day!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow. You really spent the whole day reading this! What better compliment could I ask from anyone? You know, I see this story just like a movie when writing it. Truth is, I watch movies just as much as I read (and I read a lot).

I'm flattered that you said that, thank you! I really do believe that I'm right now on the cusp of getting published (but not for this work). Time will tell as to what will happen to me. But I always believed that I would get published, just that it's a matter of time.

Thanks so much for SPENDING THE DAY reading Revenge, Inc. I sure hope you didn't have to do anything really important!

You're more than half-way through the series now, did you know that?


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

Nah I never have anything all that important to do. I wanted to write something, but reading your hubs helps to teach me a lot so its time well spent.

Yes, Now I'm actually just starting on Part 19.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Haha! It's good to hear that you think it's beneficial to reading this. I've read a lot of books and so just write the stories that I'd want to read in the style I'd like to read it in. That pretty much sums it up.

Holy cow! O_O You're almost caught up now!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Damn, what a mess. It is as I supposed. Cody will fight along side of her brother to get her back. Good read! (: v


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I nearly forgot what happened in this installment and so had to re-read it. I did a tiny bit of editing in the process, haha. Yes, the two will have no other choice! Thanks Valerie.

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