Time to continue my TRUE story. The only thing that you need to know to prevent confusion is that dialogue with parentheses are my thoughts. Thats pretty much it. So enjoy the second installment....
"So yeah, its not that hard Jun," I say as I slurp up my tonkatsu shouyu ramen at a local shop. "Damn this is so good!!!! From what I can tell, you guys, meaning the japanese, are easily intimidated by some of the most basic things and are quick to back down and that kinda amuses me. A well timed stare can make a whole lotta difference." Junichi fidgets in his chair. "But you, I mean….its just….well…." I look up at Junichi who continues to look down to his untouched ramen. I point at his ramen and he hands it over to me. "Alright! I get seconds!!! I have something known as gaijin power. You see, I bank on the fact that natives don't really want to have anything to do with me. At any rate, don't worry. I'll teach you well but for now lets get outta here. I'm done."
We begin walking down the dark street and continue to carry on our conversation. "So like I said, I have whats known as gaijin power. Its something done in many cities and places and hell even I do it. I mean if I KNOW that a person is a tourist then I'll do my best not to attract attention and avoid eye contact and steer clear of them in hopes that they don't ask me any questions in poor incomprehensible accents or even worst, have them speak to me in their language and expect me to understand." I look over to Junichi who appears to be processing the information. "So in other words, this policy is based on your thoughts of possible slight discrimination from us towards foreigners?" "SLIGHT?! You must be joking right Jun? Though I don't know much about this culture yet, I can pretty much guarantee that foreigners aren't the only ones discriminated against here." (Hmm?) I look over to a convenience store down the block and notice a girl of about 16 years old standing by herself. "Check it, I'm gonna ask her for directions to your house and lets see her reaction." I walk over to the girl. "Sumimasen!!!!" She looks up and sees me approach her and quickly twitches. (Damn she twitched before I even said anything) "Anno…." "G-G-G-Gomenasai!!! N-N-N-No Ingurish!!!!" She quickly turns and walks into the store. I merely turn to Junichi and give an "I told you so," kinda look to him. "Sugoi na senpai!" (Hold on…did this kid just call me senpai? We're the same age arent we? Plus technically we're in the same grade so his senpai claim would be….wait why the hell am I thinking of this?)
Tadaima!!!!! (I always wanted to say that. Tee-hee. Felt good.) "Okaeri. Ara, you two are back a bit late." Junichi's mother says as she sits in the living room. "Oh yeah, Jun took me to a ramen shop and I couldn't help but sample their wares, but don't worry, I still have space for dinner. Jun's mom smiles and walks into the kitchen. Junichi tugs on my shirt and whispers over to me. "Anno na senpai." "Hey no worries Jun. We'll continue the conversation later tonight after dinner." A few hours pass by and the conversation picks up again after Jun finishes his HW. "I'm ready senpai." "Mou ii yo!!! Enough of this senpai crap Jun!" I look over to him. "But technically you're taking me under your wing and teaching me something. Ooooh, then how about sensei?!" He smiles over to me. "*SIGH* just do what you want. So anyway like I was saying, a well executed stare can make a big difference in your encounters. Its one of the main factors of intimidation. The others being size, speech, ability and knowledge." "Knowledge? I have plenty of knowledge senpai." I look over to him as he sits on his bed with a look that shows he has hopes that he's one step closer to being intimidating. "Well not so much knowledge in your sense of book smarts but more along the lines of legend. People know you for what you've done. Whether it be something you did to someone or to a group of people or even to a place. As long as word travels and people know you for those exploits, then no one will want to mess with you. Makes sense right?" He nods in approval just taking in the knowledge. "Well technically ability leads to knowledge and legend when you really think about it. Anyway, get over here and lets work on the simplest and yet one of the most important things." He gets up and walks over to me as I stand in front of a mirror. "And that something is the stare."
Junichi looks at me and then looks into the mirror. He stares at himself for a good amount of minutes. "Come on….while we're still young Jun." He takes a deep breath and then makes a face. I look at the image in the mirror and then move to get a profile view. (Hmm…he's tilted his head and closed his eyes slightly but….what the hell??? He pouted his lips?) "Hey Jun, do you wanna intimidate them to back down or are you gonna make out with them?" "Make out with them?! What are you talking about senpai?!" "You've pouted your lips so the only thing you're gonna end up doing is either piss them off more or try to attract a boyfriend." He grumbles and jumps in his bed. "Enough! I'm tired of this!!!" He digs his face deep within his pillow. (Get the hell outta here!!!! He only tries once and then wants to give up because of one comment? This kid really pisses me off!!!) Junichi lifts his head. "It doesn't matter. I'll find a way to manage somehow." I continue to look over to Jun. "And how will you manage huh Jun? You gonna move away to another town like you did before under the pretense that your parents got a new job in another town?" Jun gets out of his bed and stares me down. (Eh?! Did I strike a nerve?!) For a split second Jun's stare causes me to hesitate a bit. (That's a good one. No tilt in the head, lowering of the brows and lowering of the eyes while maintaining direct eye contact and all without the pouty lips. Lets see how far I can take this.) "T-that was supposed to be a secret. How do you know about that?" "Well its far from a secret to me. So tell me Jun, now that you know that I know this, what are you gonna do about it? *YA~WN* Not like you could do much to me anyway." Jun growls. (I wonder what he'll do next. ) He runs towards me and lifts his right hand. (You've gotta be joking right? He's charging in with a right and its very slow and predictable at that. God his attack leaves so many holes to be exploited. Well I guess its time to bring him back down to Earth.) Jun swings his predictable right hand at me which I easily dodge by sidestepping and then I quickly counter by throwing an uppercut into his stomach. *NOTE- You're always supposed to punch THROUGH an object and not TO an object.* The blow drops him to his knees and then to his side as he rolls around holding his stomach. I crack my right hand knuckles as I look down to him. Yankee factor number 4(Yes I really did call it a yankee factor), ability. Don't you dare, as a person who has none even consider challenging a person like me, who has tons of ability, to a fight. Now know your place!" He slowly gets to his feet and runs into his bed. (I cant tell him that he made a great stare now, but damn that punch felt good! I got some of my frustration out finally.)
The next morning Jun leaves the house without saying a word. "Did something happen yesterday to Junichi?" I sip my tea and look over to his mom across the table who inquires to me. "I have no idea but you know us teenagers with our raging hormones and such. We can get moody at times." I smile and she smiles. Later in the day, I decide to pay Jun another visit at his school. I formulated a theory that Junichi would get beat down worst today due to my interference yesterday. Knowing that he had club activities, I went a little later. I hid behind a tree that's to the right of the courtyard entrance. Knowing that Jun had to make a left to go home, I figured he wouldn't spot me. So finally when he exits, he turns left with his face buried in a book (damn nerd) and as expected he's trailed by 4 boys about 10 steps behind. (Hmm…only 4 today. Maybe it wont be as bad as I thought. I trail a decent length behind as Jun continues to walk with his head buried in a novel unknowingly being stalked by four boys. The street lights cut on as the sunlight begins to disappear beyond the horizon. (Damn, how long are we gonna keep walking??? How come we arent home yet and how come those guys havent made their move yet?) Junichi makes a left around a corner and quickly the boys follow. (*GASP* what if the boys are merely trailing him in order to find his house and formulate a bigger plan later on?!) "CRAP, I gotta hurry. I might lose them!" I run around the corner and see nothing. (Where the hell???) Suddenly a garbage can lid flies out of an alley an onto the street. (Couldn't be.) I run over to the alley and slowly peer in. There I see Junichi with the garbage can raised over his head. (That's not too smart Jun. Even if he was to use that can effectively by throwing it, based on the size of the can, he can only hit 2 outta the 4 at best and then would be open to attack from the other 2.) He throws the garbage can but its easily dodged by all 4 of the boys. Junichi then backs up slowly and lifts his fists. (No Jun. Don't give them a reason.) *NOTE: By lifting his fists and presenting them to the boys, he in essence gives them the ability to say that they were merely protecting themselves or that he provoked them into battle. It's a tactic that I've used on numerous amounts of time. I think all the fights I won were based on a claim of self defense lol.*
One boy quickly runs up to Junichi who begins to throw another right. (Damn its that slow right again. Even an amateur can dodge that.) Junichi throws the right and as expected the boy dodges and runs past him. (Well that's it. His loss is guaranteed. Its hard enough for a skilled person to protect both his back and front so this kid has no chance.) Junichi turns his attention to the boy that ran behind him and instantly pays for it as one of the three boys on the other side throws a straight into his back. (Oooh that's gotta hurt.) Two of the boys link their arms with Jun's to keep him on his feet. (Hmm….i wonder if I should help him now. I did offer to help him and he did turn me down so….nah I guess I'll just continue to observe from the side lines. This lesson should prove to be quite effective.) The original boy that ran past him begins working his body. Shot after shot lands either in his stomach or to his sides. He then throws one more shot to his stomach that makes Jun cough something out. It was too dark to tell but it was probably blood. The fourth boy, who merely watched up to this point merely waved his hand and signaled a stop. (Hmm….so he must be the leader huh??? Too good to get his own hands dirty eh??? Probably thinking that if Jun ever told anyone, he could merely say that he never Jun and sacrifice his friends. I hate those types!) Slowly the leader walks over to Jun who has his head down and gasping for air after having his torso worked on for a good couple of minutes. The leader lifts Jun's head to look at him. (Okay Jun, just don't do any-) Junichi spits in the face of the leader. (Oh boy.) I don't know the leader's reaction since his back was to me, but he wipes the spit from his face and quickly throws a right into Junichi's jaw. A cross with so much force and speed that it causes both Jun and the two guys holding him, to fall backwards and onto the ground. The leader runs over to him and begins stomping severely on his back.
(Alright, I think he's learned enough for today. Its time to kick some ass!) I crack my knuckles and prepare to run into the alley. "OI KIMITACHI!!!!!" We all look up and see some oji-san peering out the window, screaming to the kids below. The little bullying group turns and begins to run out of the alley but the leader stops and gives Jun one final kick in the ribs for good measure. He then turns and runs out but quickly notices me and stops again. I merely stare him down as he stares me down. He points his finger at me and then makes a fist. I continue to only stare and he laughs and runs into the darkness down the street. "The audacity of that son of a-" *COUGH COUGH* I quickly remember Junichi and run back into the alley. Jun slowly begins to lift to his feet and spits out some more blood as I try to examine him. (I'll ask a dumb question.) "Hey are you alright?" I extend my hand down to him and he swats it away. "I can get up myself!" (Well…look whose grown a pair of balls all of a sudden!) " So what the hell are you doing here??? You were watching the whole time?" I nod. "Let me say this once Jun, don't use arbitrary items to fight with; even if you're outnumbered. It makes things a lot worse. And even if you do use one, make sure its an item that can take on ALL of your opponents. Oh and also don't spit into the leader's face. You see what happens when that occurs." I smile and he slowly begins to walk away. (Well this kid showed that he has something. His skill isnt there yet but he has heart so I guess that's something.) Jun slowly begins to tip over as he walks and I run to catch him. "Damn it, I thought you didn't need any help!" I put his arm over my shoulder for support.
"So is this how you plan on managing???" I continue to drag him along. "Shut up! I've realized that your way might be somewhat beneficial to me." (Hm?! Is he gonna admit that I was right??? Well, its not exactly the way I pictured it, but the lesson today created the desired effect. Geez, why is it taking so long to get home?!) "So will you help me?" I look over to Junichi who continues to look ahead but then quickly looks up at me. I immediately turn my head away and look in the opposite direction. "HMPH!!!! Just make sure that you fix yourself up a little before we get home. I don't want your mom worrying too much about you." Junichi begins to smile. "So does that mean…?!" "Yeah yeah yeah, I'll work with you Jun, but we've got a lot of work ahead of us. Make sure you're ready when you recover because I'm gonna teach you all I can!" Jun's eyes light up. "Arigatou senpai!!!" I kiss my teeth. "Don't mention it. I'm just doing this to pass the time. Damn it…I'm getting tired dragging your heavy ass around. Are we there yet?!" And with that, Junichi and Nica slowly continue their trip home down the dark desolate street…
Continued sometime later…