Revenge, Inc. Part 9: A Short Story

Author's Note

Domo arigato. Sorry, I always wanted to start off with that sentence...How many of you finished that sentence with, "Mister Roboto?" Thank you for coming back and for following this story. I'm embarrassed to see that I'm still using the heading "Short Story" eight installments after the fact. But isn't a novel just an extended short story anyway? In any case, I just want to say that after moving so fast with this story, I've decided to slow down a bit. Mind you, I'm not exactly slamming the brakes here, rather, I'm just easing off the gas. I hope that you enjoy Part 9 as it delves into a lot of back story that was previously missing and so needed some attention. I apologize in advance that the first section is long, but if I didn't think it necessary, it wouldn't be here! Thank you and please enjoy.

-ODP

In case you're new to this series, please take the time to now catch up with the series, beginning of course with Revenge, Inc. Part 1. Please click on the corresponding link below to begin.

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

Ninja Scroll

The Way of the Ninja
The Way of the Ninja

Katsuro

There was no time to waste. I turned and went inside and found my katana leaning up against the wall of my room and ran outside to find that the same black figures were closing in on the house and were now less than fifty yards away. They were ninjas, all of them. I could tell by their ninjatos or distinct ninja swords strapped to their backs as they ran. But something was wrong, because this time, I counted eleven figures in all. Suddenly, the unmistakable flash of another katana shone in the moonlight and then I felt its sharp edge pressing firmly against the nape of my neck…Sonofabitch. How the hell did he reach me so damn fast?

“Who are you, Gai-jin?” An unfamiliar voice said into my ear like a lover. I could feel the heat of this stranger’s breath he was so goddamn close. After I hesitated for a moment, the edge of the blade became more pronounced. There was no escape.

“Cody” I said out loud and dammit if I didn’t almost say Cody-san like Master Akira had been calling me all that time. When he spoke again, I could better hear his somewhat heavy Japanese accent. The other eleven ninjas surrounding the two of us showed mocked amusement.

“Who the fuck are you and what are you doing on my family’s island?”

“Katsuro!” It was Master Akira. “Let him go!” Although reluctant to, Katsuro let me go. The two then argued with one another in Japanese which I of course didn’t understand. “I apologize, Cody-san. This is my son, Katsuro.” I felt my neck to check for blood and when I found none, I turned and sized him up. Though skinnier than me, he was all muscle. My guess is that he was about a hundred and sixty pounds or so.

“I could have killed you, Gai-jin…Very easily.” He said to me while sheathing in sword. He glared at me and I wanted to punch him in the fucking face.

“Enough, Katsuro!” Master Akira said. “That’s no way to treat guest. This is Peter’s friend from America.” I amused myself with the thought that Peter had friends outside of the States but only for a moment. Katsuro took off his mask and smiled. I think that he did so just so I could see that he was smiling.

“My apologies, Peter’s friend,” he said and bowed to me without looking away. I had a sudden urge to kick him right then and there. I guessed that if I kicked hard enough, I’d be able to break his chest cavity. Master Akira then said something and the other ninjas from Katsuro’s party went inside the house. Although all bowed to honor Master Akira while walking inside, one in particular took slightly a moment longer to look at him.

“So, are you paying back your debt, father?" Katsuro said. "Is that why he is here?” He gave his son a crossed look.

“You are tired and cold from your travels, Katsuro. Maybe some food will warm you.” Again with that smile—He glared at me and went inside, the cold bastard. Master Akira and I were alone.

“I don’t think my son likes you, Cody-san.”

“That’s too bad,” I said, smiling. “Because I really like him.” He let out a laugh.

"You have strong spirit inside you."

"What is 'Gai-jin'?" He shook his head.

"Not a good word, Cody-san. Very impolite for Katsuro to say to you...It means 'foreigner' of worst kind, especially friend of Bilingsley."

"But why? What's he got against Peter?"

“You no listen, Cody-san...Billingsley, NOT Peter.

“Okay, so what about the Billingsleys?”

Tanaka (left) and Katsuro (right) fighting on the beach

Akihito and William

“Long time ago, my father Akihito and William Billingsley—Peter’s grandfather—were business partners before Second World War. Both very important business men with lot of money. You see, after destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, my father lost everything because all businesses in Nagasaki like textile plant. William offer help to my father so he can help Japanese who make living from him because no matter what happened, he was responsible for his people. So my father helped his people relocate to Okinawa and Hokkaido to find new life...Do you understand?”

“Well, yes, but didn’t those your father helped hate the fact that they were getting help from an American—the enemy?”

“Of course my father did not tell them where ‘help’ really coming from. And help not free, Cody-san. Help was loan to pay back.”

“But wait, then why does your son hate him then? Why does he hate the Billingsleys?”

“Suppose you want to borrow money from bank…How do you do this?” Dammit, the light finally came on. I should’ve picked up on it sooner.

“Okay, so Jirai Island belonged to your father? He used this island as collateral for the loan?”

“Yes, Cody-san. Father had nothing else. Jirai last resort and part of Watanabe clan for four-hundred years. The two make agreement and as thank you gift, my father gave William Billingsley Watanabe Katana to show honor.” My face reddened with embarrassment. All this time I was swinging Master Akira’s priceless family heirloom around like a teenager’s dick. I shook my head.

“I cannot keep this katana then, Master Akira. It’s just not right. I must give it back to you.”

“No, Cody-san. Your friend Peter gave to you as gift. Watanabe Katana belongs to you now.”

“But Master Akira…”

“No more! Keep it!” A silence then ensued as I continued thinking about the entire story. Master Akira was looking up at the night sky and its full moon.

“So, has the loan been paid back?” Master Akira laughed and then shook his head.

“You see airstrip, Cody-san? Peter is carrying out his father’s dream like good son. He want to turn Jirai into Fantasy Island…Maybe have midget in white suit, hmm?”

“You must be joking!”

“Never joke, always truth. In two years contract is up…Done deal. Jirai Island will belong to Billingsley, LLC, unless…”

“Unless you pay off the debts you owe?”

“Correct. But I don’t think we can in time.”

“Which explains Katsuro?” Master Akira took in a deep breath and sighed.

“Like I said before, Cody-san. Katsuro hate Billingsley. They make Watanabe clan struggle for many years. After my father died, Watanabes have only lease to Jirai and nothing more…”

“But wait, what about your team of ninjas inside? How do they all fit into this?” Now, when Master Akira turned to look at me, I flinched at the sight of him. It was absolutely sinister.

“In time, Cody-san, in time. All questions will be answered. For now, it is time for sleep.” Master Akira then began walking inside while talking and so his voice grew faint. “A lot of training tomorrow…Need energy…Maybe you train with Natsumi.”

Although many of the questions I had about everything, there were still several other questions that still needed to be answered. Most of what I wondered about was of the Watanabe ninja clan. For a long time, I stood on the porch staring out into the wide-open sea under the light of the full moon.

Natsumi

When I woke up the following morning to the sounds of fighting outside, I was yet again under the impression that we were being attacked just as the night before and yet again, I was wrong. Turns out that Katsuro and a formidable opponent from his team named Tanaka were sparring with one another. The other ninjas in our camp were rooting each of them on but as the fight wore on, it was clear that Katsuro would win, just as he had planned. More than likely, he instigated the entire duel, just to remind his father that he still was the Alpha Male of his ninja team. When I joined the others to watch them, Katsuro turned to look at me and gave me a wink. I then rolled my hands into fists and was instantly ready to strike. Never before had I wanted to kill a guy so badly...So much so that I could taste blood. But as soon as I moved to meet him head-on, Master Akira rose up from the beach where everyone was sitting and blocked my path.

“I want you to train with Natsumi today, Cody-san” He said. “Go into jungle and look. Much training to do and you still have much to learn.” With this I did a double-take and in response, he stood firm and stared at me.

“Yes, Master Akira,” I said and bowed to him out of courtesy. Not long ago, this same elder kicked my ass. I didn’t want to experience what round two would be like, first-hand.

While walking through the jungle floor, I thought about how it would be that I defeat Katsuro. He obviously had the upper-hand when it came to the art on Ninjitsu which I was still learning from Master Akira and making very good progress, mind you. Just once, I’d like to take him on. So maybe this Natsumi will help me to defeat Katsuro…I relished the thought. Maybe he’ll be the one to prepare me…Maybe…Just then I stopped in my tracks while walking by the grandest of all the waterfalls on Jirai Island because there underneath it was the prettiest girl I’ve ever laid eyes upon outside of Adrianna. I’m not sure how long I stood there watching her, but when she turned to look at me I turned around.

“I’m sorry,” I called out to her. “I didn’t mean to stare.” In truth, the only thing that I was embarrassed about was getting caught in the act. “You see, I’m looking for a ninja—his name is Natsumi. Master Akira says he’s supposed to help me train.” She let out a playful laugh which to this day I can still hear.

“What is it?” I asked her. "What's so funny?"

“You found me,” she said aloud.

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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

What a wonderful story. Thanks, dohn, for sharing it. I also loved the photos you presented. Don White


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow, Don. Thanks for being the first one to post. I'm glad that you like it so far, including the photos, as I thought they'd liven up the story line a bit. Thanks again!


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi Dohn, to day I came all prepared with a nice cup of tea, to enjoy part9. Thank you my dear friend. You are an excellent writer. Love it.:)


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Oooopppsss, I nearly forgot to check if you already have part 9. Getting more and more interesting. The arrival of the son puts a rather new twist plus Natsumi, hhhhmmmmmmm, is there a love story here? :D

By the way Dohn, I just watched Ninja Assassin (don't know if you are familiar with this). Your hub kind of reminded me of what I saw in that movie (not the blood and gore but the speed and the stealth of the ninjas). Thanks for this installment.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow! You are such a good writer. I look forward to all of your "short stories"


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi Dohn, morning, wow, I will be in love again, Natsumi is here, I know it will be a story of a bit of love, haha, maybe someday Cody-san will beat Natsuro, LOL< am enjoying it, very nice as usual,

BTW, thanks for your comment in my 100th hub, thanks for your offer of help too, Domo arigato! Maita


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina

I like this Dohn...I had to do some re-winding and a lot of reading this morning to appreciate part 9! You are a very good writer, looking forward to the next part (love the anticipation and visual of what is to come next). More than that, I would like to see you expand and get these things into print and on the shelves....you really are good!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Domo arigato gozaimashita cara anato no shosetsu. I deshita, ne! You novel is really coming along.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Kiera7-Thank you for that! I'm honored to receive such a compliment. Hearing that people actually take the time to read my stories in itself is a blessing to me. Thanks always.

@Emievil-What do you mean, 'I nearly forgot to check'? LOL. That's fine, Emie. I just know that eventually you'll get around to reading it as your enthusiasm for following it shows in all your comments. About Ninja Assassin...I made it a point to not watch that movie as I'm fearful of how it might effect my storyline! Sadly, I'm going to have to wait until I complete Revenge, Inc. in order to watch it and from what I hear, it's pretty darn good and bloody as heck. Love story? What love story? LOL.

@Alekhouse-Thanks so much! Were it not for such encouraging comments, I would have stopped writing this series after "Part 1." I'm glad I didn't :)

@prettydarkhorse-Morning, Maita. Ahhh...L'more. Tis a wonderful thing, no? Yes, I wanted to employ this component into my series. I'm throwing out there and am watching where it lands...Katsuro is yet another element :D I'm still in awe that you managed to reach your 100th hub in less than three months. I can't even tell you how proud I am of you. You truly deserve it, Maita, and you know it.

@emohealer-I'm so happy to see you again! It's my dream to be able to walk into some random person's house and see my book on their shelves. Writing is the only occupation I want to pursue. To hear you say that is very inspiring and I thank you.

@juneaukid-Geez...You're going to have to translate that for me! I'm guessing that it's a either a funny comment or a really encouraging one. Funny about your calling this a novel. I've been pacing the floor about what I plan to do with this series. A novel would be possible. I know that I make this 50,000 words now as I have enough storyline to do so...Domo arigato :D


Am I dead, yet? 6 years ago

Dohn--you know I have the hardest time staying away from this. I tried to--again wait until the middle of the week to read pt 9--so what I done was earlier read the opening statement...said ok--thinking I was satisfied enough to wait...then I started reading the first paragraph--then before I knew it--I was at the end!!!!!!!!!!!

w00t fantastic! Dohn--now I am sad, I will have to wait again for the next installment-- now enters a female character! -nom nom nom- Dohn--deliciously written...Ninjas are da bomb!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, terrific. The girl ninja master. I can't wait for the next installment, as usual. You thickened the plot nicely with the backstory, and it needed it a little bit, to keep the ball rolling on.

Good work, my friend. I know we're all enjoying this story very much and don't want it to end anytime soon!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@AIDY-You made me smile with your comment. Years back, when Stephen King's serial, "The Green Mile" came out, I went absolutely nuts waiting month after month for the next installment to arrive. It seems that the same thing is happening here: I'm torturing my readers, week-in and week-out. I wish you could see what I go through to deliver this series. You'd think that I'm nuts...I write this series like a real katana is moving ever so much closer as I near my deadline ;) Thanks so much for the comment. As always, I'm floored that your a fan :D

@Paradise7-I'm glad to see you here as always, Paradise. I was actually thinking of making this 12 parts, but now it looks like that won't be sufficient for the entire scope of what I'm trying to employ. I was amazed at myself with what I came up with for the backstory. I just began rationalizing a few things and came up with this. Sure, it could use a bit of tweaking, but that will have to come later. Right now, I'm waist-deep in plot line. Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to me that your following this story ;)


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

LOL, I meant that I was very busy during the week and didn't have much time for HubPages (sounds like I'm making an excuse :D). About Ninja Assassin, uhm, you know the guy who has the leading role is actually an Asian star? I actually didn't know what to expect but uhm, it's bloody all right :). Not going to tell you more, you'll just have to watch it :).


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I know ;) It doesn't matter much to me when you read this series, just so long as you do! We're approaching the busiest season of the year. It's going to be interesting to me as to what goes on as I'm making a strong push to get a "real job." I'll do my best to keep up with my activity here but rest assured, Revenge, Inc. will NOT be compromised! I'll probably get to see Ninja Assassin when it comes out of DVD! Thanks, Emie!


Justine76 6 years ago

I have to wait for DVD's too, so I hope no one else spoils the movie!! Wanna know something that maybe will sound silly, but I think might make you happy? I actually woke up this morning and thought.."Yeah!!its Monday!! I can read another chapter of Revenge!!" Dohn, you make Mondays bearable. :) Oh, and about the Green Mile, I was thinking the same thing a while back. I got to read it whole, since my husband had aquired the set before we married. I wondered at the time, how could anyone have stood the waiting? It must have been torture.. But it is sweet torture, like waiting to find out what your getting for Christmas. Fantastic job once again!!


ralwus 6 years ago

Two thumbs up. I can't wait to see Cody-san get his ass kicked twice now. Once by Natsuwhatshisname and again by the newest arrival, Pretty Girl, Natsugirly I think. Cody-san needs that anger taken out of him yet and jealousy or whatever it is, one or two more ass kickings just may do it, mebbe another from the old man too just for fun. LOL Great one Dohn!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

It's getting betterer and betterer Dohn - can't wait to find out what happens once the lovely girl enters the scene!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Justine76-Ha! That's great to hear that you're anticipating new installments of this series. I wouldn't recommend anyone to do what I'm doing here, as it is difficult (I think a good story should be difficult to write, right?) Ninja Assassin looks good, but I really don't want to watch it yet, as it'll surely influence me in a direction that's "already been done." I'd like to do it "my way" if at all possible. I'm glad you're enjoying it :D

@ralwus-Hahaha! Yes, Cody better behave himself, or else! Here on this island, there is no Tribal Council and no getting voted off the island. Shark food will surely be the result of bad behavior ;) I'm glad you liked it, Charles. There's much more to come.

@Shalini Kagal-Thanks, Shalini. Week in and week out, I struggle with this story but no one is more surprised than me with how things turn out in the end. Hearing such positive responses is certainly appreciated!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh la la... I like the ending of this one. I'm singing "love is in the air". lol.

Enjoyed reading the story and liked the pictures.

Great story, Dohn.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks, Lady_E. Like I said before, no one is more surprised as to where this "short story" is going. If I can continue to be fascinated with this story, it's a good bet that my readers will be as well.

As far as I know, yes, they do. I don't think there's a size difference as it is very rare for women to become ninjas in the first place (a little twist I added).

Thanks again!


Useful Knowledge 6 years ago

I finally found time to read part 9. I love the picture for the added effect. Love the story. It gets better and better aeach time!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, buddy. You know, if it weren't for you, this story wouldn't have gone beyond Part 1, right? I have you to thank for that. Obviously, I'm glad you approve, lol.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

My email alerts are not working!!!! Causing me to miss so much. But I finally remembered I hadn't read this yet. Took my lunch hour to catch up. Now I wish I had waited another 2 days so that I could read two installments at once.

Each installment has it's own surprises. You've done a great job of keeping me interested! I have a rather short attention span, so that's quite a feat.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for reading this, Duchess! I appreciate that you DO READ so whenever you do is payment enough for me. I've never written anything like this, but having worked in a video store as a teenager certainly helped out, as I watched just about everything under the sun while reading everything I was allowed to read at the public library. I'm so happy that you like it as it certainly not easy tying everything together as it grows into a much larger work.

In another 36 hours, part 10 will be out :D See you soon!


cosette 6 years ago

and another petal unfolds. I think of you carrying this amazing story around in your head and it just, I don't know, it's just wonderful.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yeah...There are ninja fights in my head everyday :D I gotta get it out :) Part 10 is going to be tougher to work out. It's all "up here." I just have to make the transfer ;) Thanks, buddy!


cosette 6 years ago

haha...why am i thinking of that song "Kung-Fu Fighting"? now it will be playing in my head the rest of the day :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hahaha! That's exactly what I was griping about after I posted that last comment! And it's all because of you!!! I'll have to watch Kung-Fu Panda today. It always makes me raff, lol.


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Ninja training with woman ninja on top - could be a hentai! LOL This is turning out to be quite THE story! :D


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Buddy. There were (and are, dammit) some women that know more than I do about certain things...I thought it fitting to have it such right here in this series. It certainly does spice things up a bit :D


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

I apologize for my tardiness reading installment #9! I don't know how I could have missed it - but I went to read #10 and realized I was missing something LOL!

Really nice twist :D am off to read #10 now....


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Enelle. Just hearing your comments is fine :D I'm glad that you enjoyed it and hope to see you in Part 11, which should be ready in a few hours :) Thanks so much for your readership as always.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Excellent story Dohn. really nice pace.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, TFT. Two more installments and you'll be caught up!


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Mrvoodoo 6 years ago from ?

Bad ass Ninjas and foxy Kung-Fu chicks, what's not to love.

This is a real page turner, can't wait to see what happens next, and luckily I don't have to, lol. =)

* You might wanna add your link to part 10 on this one at the end like you did on the others, think you forgot on this one.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Mrvoodoo. Thanks for the head's up! I've gotten hundreds of visits and your the first to point that out :( Thanks again. I always look forward to hearing what you have to say.


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marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

"All this time I was swinging Master Akira’s priceless family heirloom around like a teenager’s dick." Classic line!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I'm back! I put myself "on restriction". I had not yet written a Small Business HubMob hub, so no more "reward" such as reading until I did my homework!

Nice surprise twist again!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@marcofratelli-There he is! Haha! I'm happy to oblige, my friend ;)

@rmcrayne-Yes, yes, meat before pudding! Thanks, Rose Mary! And a find job you do, might I add ;) I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying this.


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Dohn, I did expecting a fight! LOL

Sweet twist! New romance?


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Cool. Thanks. Yes. LOL. I'm very happy that you're catching up to this story. You know it's ending very soon, right? Keep on reading whenever you can :D


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My brother Dohn...

Awesome, smooth, way too exciting! I laughed when I saw the name for I knew it was a woman. I remember female Japanese names quite well. Cody is going to have to mind his manners with Natsumi or he´ll get his butt kicked over and over...Hahaha! Loved it, man. It is truly great! Thumbs up! Warmest regards and blessings,

Al

P.S

BTW check out "World of Samurai-My son´s story" There are some additions you may find interesting


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks, Al. As far as I know, only you and juneakid (among those reading this series) know Japanese. Both of you can read into this story better than others and that's definitely an advantage. I just "fell in love" with the name Natsumi as soon as I found it. Thanks as always, my brother.

Warmest Regards,

Dohn

And yes, I'll will have a look!


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i like the way this ended, it caught cody off guard. i am almost at the half way point.....


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks again, loveofnight. I think that you're going to like Natsumi. I cant' wait to hear your thoughts.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Oh my word, first an old man beats your ass, and now a pretty woman is about to do it. You've gotta be soar all the time. Nice that the guys in black turned out to be friends, well, kinda, anyhow. Good story. (: v


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Well, not me but my main character (although I must admit that from time to time I do deserve a beating :) Much more to come Valerie, so I hope you keep on reading!

Dohn

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