Revenge, Inc. Part 17: A Short Story

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. I must say that I wasn't sure that I'd get this week's installment done at all. Last night I had dreams about ninja fights, car problems, and Google Adsense while my computer drifted into hibernation and there it stayed until noon or so today (thank goodness for Autosave by the way). I fought my own personal demons whilst constructing this new installment and so, for the love of Maria, I sure do hope you enjoy it. As always, I thank you for your patience, your interest in reading my work, and your friendship. It means a lot to me that you're here reading this right now.

As always, if you are new to this series, I highly suggest that you start with Part 1. Please click on the corresponding link to do so. I hope to hear from you very soon as comments are encouraged and much appreciated. Thank you for reading!

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

Revenge, Inc. Part 13

Revenge, Inc. Part 14

Revenge, Inc. Part 15

Revenge, Inc. Part 16

Between Katsuro and Marak

I followed Katsuro to the end of Kyoto and away from Kenji’s on the other side of the city under the cover of night. We passed by the skeletons of store fronts and factories to a district that was long forgotten and was no doubt once a bustling center. Through the top of a building, Katsuro entered through the door of the fire escape and went quickly downstairs to the dark factory floor landing and I followed. Once inside, Katsuro lit a lamp and placed it atop a dusty work table. He then opened a steel closet and began rummaging through with haste until he found what he was looking for: Gauze, alcohol, a needle and some thread which he placed atop the work table. He then tore off his shirt to reveal a long gash right above his heart that hardened over with blood. When I made a move to help him, he stopped me.

“I can do this myself, gai-jin. I don’t need your help.” He then continued wiping away the blood with his torn shirt and began threading the needle. I was amazed by his speed and his surgical precision. Without realizing it, I began to pace the floor while Katsuro tended to his wound. There was so much on my mind. All I could think about was Natsumi. I had so many questions that needed answering: What the fuck just happened? Natsumi and I were supposed to get Katsuro back from the Odas—now Natsumi takes his place? After this went on for a bit, I couldn’t contain myself any longer.

“Why the fuck didn’t you stop Ritsuko? You were right there next to him. You or could’ve killed him easily!” Yes, I was yelling at Katsuro and I didn’t give a shit.

“You better calm down, gai-jin…” Katsuro was giving me a warning. He was unmoved when he spoke and I was anything but calm. He was sewing himself up. “You don’t think I wanted to save my own sister—the last surviving member of my family and of the Watanabe Clan other than myself? An attempt to help Natsumi was too big of risk.” He then took his eyes away from his needlework and looked at me. “There is much more to this than you know.”

“Yeah? Like what?”

“Well, to get the things we want, we have to make sacrifices.”

That set me off. I wanted to kill the fucking bastard. I walked over to Katsuro and placed my hands around his neck. But before I could get a solid grip, he tore my hands away and gave me a hard backhand across my face.

“IT WAS THE ONLY WAY!” Katsuro berated. “I risked my life to find them. I knew what they wanted because they told me. It’s no secret. Ritsuko wanted Natsumi all along. He’s wanted her since all of us were children. Anyway, as a whole, they figured that she was more important to them than me and that I was the key to finding her. Just as soon as we arrived in Kyoto, I knew where to look. I knew where they would be. I found them once and I can find them again. Handing over to them Natsumi was the only chance we had and Natsumi knew this.”

After Katsuro said this, I began taking it all in. Katsuro left us at Kenji’s to go and search out the Odas and then goes missing himself in the process. A message from them then insisted that we meet them and then Kenji told us that they had captured Katsuro. Natsumi and I go to meet them, but instead of getting back Katsuro and getting back at the Oda Clan, we end up losing Natsumi in the process and so had to flee from the police which brought us here…I pointed out to her that the meeting was a trap all along, but did Natsumi know her fate all along?

“So why the hell didn’t Natsumi tell me all of this?” I said. Katsuro laughed.

“Right, like you would’ve simply let her go in exchange for me? No, that would’ve never happened, gai-jin, not in a hundred or even a million years! The truth is that she knew this all along, but didn’t want to tell you for exactly that reason. You would’ve let them kill me if you knew the truth!”

“That’s not true.”

“You know it is! Only my sister and I can understand how important it is to get rid of them and my father knew it all too well. How can I expect a foreigner to understand the importance of family? She was willing to sacrifice herself just so I can get back at them. I sacrificed myself first just to find them. So you see? That is the kind of person she is, gai-jin. She is a true ninja, a true Watanabe.”

After hearing this, more thoughts began to invade my mind: The words Katsuro used to describe his sister were the same in which she described herself to me and that she was a true ninja. She herself has said this to me before a long time ago. But was her resolve so strong that she would risk her own life to avenge the passing of her clan and now, her father? I surmised that it was the only way.  It was beginning to make a lot of sense. I too had lost loved ones which created uneasiness inside me. Unnatural circumstances created unnatural feelings. And there, somewhere in the middle of it all, balance is restored.

“There is much that has happened since the three of us arrived in Kyoto. You disappeared once we checked in at Kenjis. How did you ever find those bastards in the first place?”

It was then that Katsuro began his tale.

How to Catch a Demon

“First, it must be understood that the Oda Clan are not truly ninjas. Yes, their methods are very much like ours, in their movements and in their training, as it has been passed down through the generations. But the true nature of their training is not to become ninja, but to understand the ninja, because only then would they be able to destroy them, to destroy us. By try as they may, one of the things they could not change was their way of thinking. Their mentality and anguish is that of the aizukotetsu-kai. They are a ‘violence group’ a crime syndicate. They protect those who cannot go to the police, whose dealings are less than legal and take everything that is not given to them.

“Such group feeds off the most desperate of the innocents. Girls from the Philippines and China are promised a good life for want of nothing, but are then bought here to the mainland, including Kyoto and are forced into prostitution. And it’s not just the Philippines and China either; young, attractive girls from Mexico who with strong backgrounds in English, are enticed to come to Japan and teach only to later find that they've become fixtures at strip joints and brothels that are owned and operated by the local gangs. Slavery may have been abolished in your country, gai-jin, but it isn’t so for the rest of the world, especially not here in the Far East. It is still very much a reality here. Girls can be ‘bought’ for about $5,000 easily if one can find the right vendor. I of course knew this and so went looking for it for the purpose of finding these demons.

“There is a saying that decrees that, ‘if you are to catch an animal, you must first know for where it feeds.’ Here in Kyoto, such places are plentiful, as it is a hot-spot for crime and corruption. I first started out looking through some of the arcades. When I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for there, I moved on to a vacant bar which to the passerby looks nothing more than a pure shit hole and so were wise to find one with good lighting and quicken their step. I told the bartender that I was looking for ‘a game and that I had money I was itching to get rid of. The bartender smiled while looking me up and down and then went to the back of the bar while taking his sweet old time. A few moments later, I was patted down and was directed down a corridor which led downwards and into a sub-basement, perhaps one of the many levels of hell. I took in my surroundings as continued walking. I left my effects in a trash bin outside the place where I knew it to be safe.

“Like a good sport and total stranger, I began losing purposely to ease the tension of those around me. ‘Damn!’ I told all of them. ‘I'm having the worst luck today! I have even worse luck with girls!’ When one of them asked me why this was, I began telling them about how my wife and kids ran away from me that morning and that things were going to shit.

‘So why did she leave you?’ One of the goons asked after the laughter died down a bit.

‘I don’t know,’ I said. ‘Maybe it was my cooking.’

'More laughter exploded from the crowd around the smoky round table. It was all in good fun. All of us were having a good time and being sporty about it. One of them slapped me on the back and offered me a glass of Johnny Walker and I was wise to accept. When the conversation died down, I slammed the empty glass down and digressed:

‘I’m not that old yet,’ I told the crowd. ‘I could sure use a young woman, maybe a tight little schoolgirl to teach me a few new things, maybe cheer me up a bit, eh? I’m not from here, you see, a mere stranger to these parts.’ A couple of looks were exchanged and then a silence fell if only just for a moment. I could feel the tension in the room grow stronger. Behind me, a thick muscular thug was reaching into his inner coat pocket. I could feel the shift of the floorboard as I sat as his weight shifted from one foot to the other. It was at that moment that I knew I struck gold.

“With the empty glass that I was still holding, I stood up and shoved it into the only light in the entire room which hung from the ceiling and then kicked over the card table. The guy behind me began firing which in the confusion got everyone else to start firing. Apparently, I caught everyone completely off-guard, as they began firing at one another. I remembered of course where everyone was and so took my pick of the bunch, which was the guy directly behind me. I’m sure that he would have killed me had I not acted in time. These guys aren’t the types that ask you whether or not you’re a cop before they kill you. It’s just a waste of their time.

“I dragged the guy, who was screaming for some reason, up and through the corridor of the bar and when finally there was enough light, I saw why it was that he was screaming. I saw that he was shot in the stomach and so was bleeding all over the place. I looked back and a trail of blood led back to the sub-basement. I had to act fast. I pulled from my back the souvenir tattoo of the Four Demons of Legend I got from Jirai and placed it in front of him.

“‘I’m looking for some demons,’ I said to him.”

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Comments 38 comments

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks again Dohn for sharing this wonderful, exciting story with us. I am disappointed that Katsuro actually allowed Natsumi to be taken and hope that the guy who was shot in the end of this chapter, provides useful info. Beautiful Story.

Best Wishes.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Dohn, this is a good introduction to the place --KYOTO-- prostitution et al, which is very true, and the passage of the value of family which is very important in Asia -- and catching the Demon too. I can see clearly the true characterisitics of ninjas as well. Beautiful and let see what they are going to do to save Natsumi, as both men love her so.

Nice and neatly done again,waiting for the next ch. Thank you Dohn, Maita


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

Wow! That's very interesting story. You can really write and I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing/


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm so happy that you enjoyed reading this, Lady_E. Again, I could not bring myself to publish this on Friday, EST (US) so had to settle for Saturday. Just to hear your approval is worth it! Thank you as always!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Maita. I wasn't sure how this installment would be received as I had to go back/flash back to explain how Katsuro found the Oda Clan in Kyoto. I thought it important enough to share with all of you guys. I did have to do a bit of homework for this one as you could see. Yes, this is happening today. Some of the elements in this story are of course true. I'm so happy to hear that you liked this, Maita! Thank you as always.

Dohn


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks again amulets! It's good to see that you've taken an interest in my fictional pieces. I appreciate your reading this, thank you.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Hey, I'm on time to comment this time! LOL About Natsumi - so many questions. Will they be able to save her? Will they be able to save her ALIVE and whole???? Hope I get to see the answers to that next ch dohn :).

This chapter is kind of different. As Maita said, it touches on family values and human trafficking / prostitution - which is still a sad reality in Asia. Glad you can highlight this in your story Dohn.

Waiting for the next chapter here :).


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm so glad to hear from you early, Emie, especially since I was late again in publishing this one AGAIN. Yes, I thought to go back, do a bit of homework, and delve a little bit into what transpired when first the three of them arrived in Kyoto. I love your questions, Emie, and I promise that they will get answered very soon.

Thanks as always, buddy! It always brightens my day to see and hear from you!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

There is always the question of Natsumi. You sure have a way of keeping your reader's attention. I think as the weeks go by you're getting better and better.


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marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

Way cool. I really enjoyed this series. "Just like Pokemon!" lol. You should collate this and publish it in due course. It's worth it.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Dohn, This is such an exciting story and once again you left us sitting on the edge of our seats wondering what's next. Excellent story.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, juneaukid! As of course you know, this isn't any getting easier with the passing of time. I find new challenges every single week but am keeping in mind the plot for all to enjoy. Thank you so much for the comment. It makes my writing this that much more rewarding.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You really are a fast reader, Marco! I've been seriously thinking about just that. Time will tell, but for now, I really want to make a push at publishing my first novel well, first. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, my friend. It's always wonderful to hear that more people are picking this up and are reading. To see that one of my long-time "fans" has done just that makes it that much more rewarding! Thank you!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Pamela. I almost missed writing this installment all together, as I really hit a brick wall. However, I began thinking about some of the things that I failed to mention and so Katsuro's story was born! It's so good to hear from you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I know it's hard to do this every week. You have really risen to the challenge. I am still enjoying.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for commenting, Tammy! It's great to see so many return to read the continuation of this series (some short-story, right?). See you next week!


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

Another nail biter dohn LOL...can't wait to read the next one :D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Enelle! See you next installment :D


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Is it not getting time to wrap it up? I thought I knew where this story was going...but now...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Patience, my friend. All things do come to an end one way or the other! I'm closing in on the part where I do exactly that, so please bare with me. Thanks for the comment, Paradise7!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

oh DOHN, thanks so much for your POST in the forum, just read it, I am not even half of your talent, Thanks and good feng shui for you, luck and blessings, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Gosh, Maita, you're welcome. I only wanted to give you credit where credit is due! Unless I'm wrong, this is your first 100 score hub. I remember how excited I was when I got mine! So congrats to you, Maita, for being the best! Great job!

Dohn


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Incredible pace Dohn, I am impressed. I am waiting for the next segment. You have really put your talent in to this story. Thanks so much for sharing.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you again, my friend. This is certainly not getting any easier to write, but I'm having a lot of fun struggling with it! I appreciate your comment as always and look forward to hearing from you again.


cosette 6 years ago

can Katsuro be trusted completely? i fear he may have ambitions that will put Natsumi in peril. maybe i am wrong. i love watching this story unfold from your mind to your keyboard. i'm smiling because i am watching it all bit by bit, which is exciting to witness.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm so happy to see you reading this again, cosette. It's a joy in itself to hear what you think. I struggle with this story every week but somehow manage to post a new one, albeit late! Thank you again, cosette :D


cosette 6 years ago

aw...

hey i have some catching up to do! ;)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, cosette. Yes you do :)


Justine76 6 years ago

WHAT!!!!????

I haven't gotten my daily digest in weeks, it seems...

I love this..."How can I expect a foreigner to understand the importance of family?"

Its so you!! Im off to try to catch up. Great work as always.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, DM. We're nearing the end of this series, so I really hope that you catch up very soon so we can talk about it :) I'm so happy you picked up on that line! Thanks, buddy :D


Justine76 6 years ago

:) no, no..Thank YOU!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

*sighs* Wouldn't it absolutely suck to be a performer without an audience? You ROCK babe :)


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

" Unnatural circumstances created unnatural feelings. And there, somewhere in the middle of it all, balance is restored." So wrong! No balance between revenge, but bad luck only! I wonder, is the real Ninja really think that way, or is it just you, Dohn??? Hmmm.... I'll move to the next chapter then!

By the way, finally I managed writing short story in English . \^0^/. Please Check, will you, Dohn? And please give me honest review? Since you are pro on this, I really believe your opinion. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/literature/WHAT-ITS-FEEL-DONT-...

Thank you, Dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Freya. No, this is the mantra of their clan, since you asked. I'm just the microphone and not the speaker. I'm glad to see that you do have your beliefs in place. Marak/Cody's philosophy and that of his Master Akira are theirs alone. Thanks for the inquiry!

I'll definitely check out your story, Freya. I'm sure that it's good and no, I'm no pro! However, I did go to college for it and excelled at it. You're welcome, Freya ;)


ralwus 6 years ago

I've got some catching up now. I think your man has his own demons now.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

He certainly does, Charles. Thanks for coming back. It's good to hear from you.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Her brother has a plan, but I wonder what it is. He is correct that Cody would not have gone along with it. suspenseful story. (: v


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Valerie. It was a challenge to rationalize all of the thoughts of my characters when writing out their lines. I just hope that you like what you;ll find in the next few installments ;)

Dohn

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