Revenge, Inc. Part 18: A Short Story

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. A few of you wondered where this train called Revenge, Inc. would take them and asked the question,"Are we there yet?" Well, I for one am not nearly ready to throw in the towel just yet nor am I ready to end this story abruptly as the concluding installments are right around the bend if you will. I actually envisioned the entire ending of this series by about the third or fourth installment. As the action rises, I'll be coasting away into the NOVEL's end (so let's call it what it is, right?). I assure you that you will like what will come. Although I have not yet written the ending to Revenge, Inc. I have it stored in my fleshy hard drive I call my imagination. So with that said, I ask for your patience and your trust. I greatly appreciate your coming by week-in and week-out to see this story unfold. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride--no matter how bumpy or smooth it may be.

-ODP

As always, if this is your first time here, please please please start reading this series as it was designed and so begin reading Part One to get its full-effect. Not doing so is like getting dropped inside a very large and overwhelming maze of storyline. Thank you.

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

Revenge, Inc. Part 17

P.S. Thank you again and please enjoy.

Kosuke Lucky Fish Market

The more I listened to Katsuro, I knew that he didn’t want stop and so wanted to continue with his story and so let him finish. I needed to know how it was that he found the Four Demons or how it was that they found him.

“So what happened from there?” I asked Katsuro. “I’m guessing that this guy was the key to finding the Odas?”

“No, he wasn’t a clan member himself, but a henchman that worked for them and was a part of their network involved in their dealings. Two actual Odas died that day in the shootout. How did I know this? From the tattoos on their backs. Their tattoos make them easy to spot, but being able to see them is a whole different matter. The rest were other henchmen who were passing the time by gambling, which brings their death total to eight.” Katsuro laughed. “They’re all dead and I didn’t even have to use my katana. My ‘friend’ with the stomach wound the size of grapefruit was very cooperative. Only four words were uttered from his mouth before he went silent. Kosuke Lucky Fish Market’ he said to me. And so after he told me, I left without the threat of any real danger.”

“So why the hell didn’t you come and get Natsumi and me? We would’ve went with you!”

“That is exactly why I didn’t tell you. No, it was out of the question. I can’t be traveling around from one gang hot spot to the next in broad daylight, especially in the company of a foreigner! Such a thing is unheard of in Kyoto and would’ve attracted far too much attention, gai-jin. The last thing I wanted was attention and besides, I needed to find the Oda Clan before any one of us made any sudden moves against them. They may not be ninja, but the know how to disappear like them.

“So I went over to the Lucky Fish from the side entrance. The building was huge, taking up practically an entire block. It might look like a fish market from the outside, but their real business was racketeering, extortion, and money laundering. The Oda’s have, as you would put it, ‘Their fingers in every pie?’”

“Sure,” I said. “You could say that.”

“I was surprised to find that there was no one guarding the side entrance—no one wearing anything out of context of working for the place as a laborer. Perhaps this was just so as to not raise any suspicion. While I was outside the place, I grabbed one of the workers who was on his way to the dumpster and knocked him out. I then took his overcoat and went quickly inside to survey the place much like an inspector. I found a clipboard while walking inside and did my best to look like I knew what the hell I was doing. One of the workers looked at me with some confusion so I told him to ‘mind his own fucking business’. He then turned and walked away.”

“So what exactly were you looking for?”

“I wasn’t really sure at the time…Some kind of room hidden away from the rest of the place, much like that shit-hole bar I first walked into. I was working on my instincts. I walked to their upstairs and found nothing but offices and administrative workers who gave me a suspicious look. Inspection must be a normal occurrence there as no one else paid me any mind. Every so often, I’d pause, look down at my clipboard and scribble a check mark just for the heck of it. I’d then move on and continue looking over the place. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. It was your everyday fish market and was nothing really exciting, with the exception of its obvious size. But that’s what bothered me about it. The Kosuke Lucky Fish Market was just too big for its own good. I almost gave up looking around after some time and began doubting my soon-to-be-dead informant when something happened.”

“What’s that?”

“I saw two guys enter the cooler, one after the other. They were slightly better dressed then the rest of the day-laborers and were almost unnoticeable in comparison. No one but me seemed to pay them any mind but me. Well, after a few minutes went by and they still had yet to come out, I decided to go in after them to see what happened. As soon as I went in after them, one of them was waiting for me just as soon as I got inside. He went to stab me in the gut with a knife in which I blocked with my clipboard. I then took hold of his wrist and turned it against him. Apparently, I surprised his buddy, because he began running away from me—all the way to the back of the large, rectangular cooler. Where the hell does he think he’s going? I thought. He shoved past some hanging strips and disappeared. I got over there just in time to catch him as he began closing the heavy steel door against my face. I kicked the door open and sent the bastard reeling. I tell you, these guys are pretty damn clever…”

“So you found the hideout?”

“Yeah, I did. Who would think to put the entrance at the very end of a cooler?”

“That is pretty clever…So you killed this guy too?”

“No. He was my ticket inside. I knew that security inside must be pretty heavy and so I had this second guy lead the way with my shuriken pointing the way down one corridor to the next. And just like I thought, when finally we reached the end, another heavy door blocked a second entrance. Two ‘heavy’ armed bastards blocked my path. They must’ve weighed five-hundred kilos each. Once we were in plain sight, the stupid bastard that I was holding hostage yells out, ’Intruder!’ and quickly ducked down, like that would save him somehow. Well, the two guards then opened fire and shot my hostage immediately. I jumped up and kicked the light above all of us. It was my only hope. I then moved in for the kill. Now, this is where I get a bit hazy: I remember taking out one of the guards—the one closest to me and then moved on to the next when suddenly, I felt a pain in my neck. At first I thought I was dead, but then felt the familiar sensation of the quick-working poison my father once introduced me to and knew that I was only being knocked unconscious and not killed. With the sounds of the firing from the guards, I couldn’t hear anything else around me. Someone obviously wanted me alive. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here talking to you right now.”

The Time to Act

I was growing uneasy by the minute. I couldn’t hold it in much longer. All I could think about was Natsumi within the clutches of that Ritsuko. I was getting tense. Here we were just biding time while she remained helpless and was being held against her will. I mean what if that asshole was touching her? Or worst yet…“Well, you’re sewn up and we’re well rested,” I said getting to my feet and began flexing my fingers and the rest of my body. I was ready to act. But in response to all this, Katsuro just sat there and shook his head.

“No.” He said. I was appalled.

“No? Why the fuck not?”

“Patience, gai jin. The time is not now to strike. Right now, we wait.” He was killing me. All I wanted to do with find Natsumi. The thought of her falling prey to the Odas was inconceivable. How the fuck could he sit there and remain so calm? I thought. That was his sister that was in the hands of mortal enemy!

“Are you so far gone that you don’t understand the danger your sister is in?” After he didn’t respond, I raised my voice. “Right now they could be raping her! Do you understand me?” Suddenly, Katsuro go up and walked away. In a blind rage, I rushed toward him with my katana drawn. But before I could get within striking distance of him, Katsuro turned to me with his katana drawn. He was indeed ready for me to strike.

“So it is true…Do you take me for a fool, gai jin? Do you think I don’t know about you and Natsumi? Are you afraid that Ritsuko and the Odas will rape her the way you raped her?” My jaw muscles tightened up. I could barely speak.

“I didn’t…rape your sister, Katsuro.”

“You are a fucking liar!”

The two of us stayed that way for a long time. My entire body was shaking. I was fighting the urge to chop off his fucking head and I believed that Katsuro wanted to do the very same to me. His words were like acid to my ears. Both of us knew now where to find Natsumi but neither of us could go at it alone. Unfortunately, the two of us needed one another to help save Natsumi. There was no way that either of us could take on an army of one-thousand. There was no way in hell.

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

The suspense continues! Very fine writing with action, moral purpose and a good sense of place.


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Jesse-James 6 years ago

Incredible writing as always, and my only question is why don't you have a 100 yet...this should have pushed you up to like a 300 by now. Keep up the great work dohn.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for being the first to comment, juneaukid. I was going to squeeze in more action sequences but didn't want to force the issue. I'm happy to hear that you liked it!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Jesse-James. Hopefully by the time the final installment reaches its close, I'll have achieved that elusive 100 score! Thanks, bro.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Dohn, beautiful! Obviously both of you wanted to save Natusmi -- a brother is always protective of their sister --but the love of a lover is another thing -- I am still excited to see what will happen and unfold here, Happy weekend Dohn and thank you for your effort here, HMM Super Bowl tomorrow.... Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I am checking this out! It seems so engaging! Wow, Dohn - you write really well!!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Maita. There's still much to come and it would seem that Cody/Marak is in some hot water :) As always, I'm glad that you stopped in, Maita. There's a football game on tomorrow??? LOL


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Cheeky Girl! I'm great to see you, so welcome aboard. I hope to hear from you soon!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Incredible Dohn, thanks again for sharing your novel. I would definitely buy this book when you complete it. You are truly a skilled writer. Should be a good game tomorrow.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

dohn, Fantastic chapter. I am ready to read about the battle to come. Great story as you are an excellent writer.


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi my dear good friend Dohn, just came back from my trip and so much happened. Anyway I am glad I am back now. So good to be home and specially feeling so happy to read your brilliant work again. I still didn't unpack I wanted to read first part 16 and 17 and it was perfect. Beautiful. It was great also reading all your others hubs too. I did rate up all your work. You really doing so well my dear bro. Its so good to visit you again. I really missed you my favorite writer.:)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, TFT! I'll be sure to give you an autograph copy once it's released, my friend (and I'm not joking either). Yes, the Super Bowl is going to be a lot of fun, I think. It should be a high scoring game. Thanks as always.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Pamela! Yes, I'm gearing up for the battle scene between the Watanabes and the Odas. It's going to be wild to say the least!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Gosh, Kiera7! It's great to hear that you're back from your vacation and I'm flattered that you didn't even unpack! I've never been good at accepting comments but I appreciate every single one of them. To hear that you make such a tireless effort to read and appreciate my work is very rewarding. I couldn't ask for anything more. I hope that you and your family are well. I'm honored to receive such a compliment. Thank you my good friend.

Dohn


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

*sigh* I'm late again. got busy over here with a special (offline) project :). I'm out of patience with Katsuro also. I'm thinking what is he really waiting for. Reinforcements? :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Nope, you're not late, Emie. You're right on time :) I don't think I'm writing this story anymore...My characters are! I just hope you like the next installment ;) Thanks as always, Emie.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

really nice information. I read this hub twice to know more about this topic. good work my friend.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, prasetio30. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific story, getting better all the time! Look at all the people still following it!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks, Paradise. Looking back, I can't believe that I'm still on pace to finish this *coughs* novel. There are many more readers that like to read this in chunks and they will come around eventually! Thank you as always.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Aaaaw. I hope they get to her fast. I feel sorry for him. Another interesting chapter.

The photo in the middle - I'm curious to know where it was taken.

Thanks again for sharing this with us, Dohn.

Best wishes.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Elena. Yes, I felt bad for Cody too (in truth, I'm always rooting for him). To answer your question, it's an aerial shot of Kyoto, Japan. I love the mix of old and new from that photo. Thanks as always for following this story!


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Will you look at that! Chapter 18 already? Thanks for not easing up on the action. A book should definitely be in the offing. Or forgo the book and go straight to a film adaptation :D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

More to come, my friend! Can you tell I watch a lot of movies? I really had no other choice but to write this story! Would you care to be the cinematographer? I could sure use your talent (and did I mention that you get free beer as a perk?).


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

once again you make me come back and back.. I almost wish you'd come for a guest spot on my blog, and talk about this lovely writing...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi Rebecca! I just might take you up on that offer, right after I finish the series :) Please let me know. It's always great to hear from you.


cosette 6 years ago

who knew the Lucky Fish market was a front? clever. hee hee i liked it when he was ever so casually strolling through it with a clipboard :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

So ya like my random name for a fish market? How lucky can a fish be if it's caught? LOL. Thanks, cosette!


Justine76 6 years ago

AAAARGHHH....going on to the next!!!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hahaha! I love it! This is the kind of responses I crave :D Much obliged, DM!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

*These are the kind of responses :)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Dohn - I've missed this - sorry I've been erratic on HP. Back again into your story - and I must say, you've created suc a powerful and rivetting tale!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

No apologies necessary, Shalini! I'm just happy to see you again and reading this. I'm close to closing this story/book/saga out, lol. Thank you so much for the comment!


ralwus 6 years ago

Something missing from his poisoning to the next scene. I don't get it and I don't think an editor will either.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Well, all I can really think of is simply a recap of the event--I know what you mean and the change that's needed is minor. Thanks.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

I didn't really get the poisoning thing either, exactly what it was, but maybe we weren't meant to at this point. Looks like those two will be friendly enemies because they don't have much of a choice, but wonder why her brother thought it was rape. ???? (:v


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I know :) Keep in mind that he was poisoned/knocked unconscious so the Oda Clan did wanted Katsuro alive...He was captured up to this point and that was when Cody and Natsumi went to rescue him. This entire passage was all a flashback for Katsuro, which leads up to the event of him being captured.

As for the rape thing...It has to do with non-consented sex (or sex with Natsumi without her brother's permission, thus "rape"). It really is an honor thing more than anything else. I might have to work on this as I don't want anyone to be alienated from this!

Thanks again for pointed all of this out Valerie!

Dohn

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