Title: Rocket Angel
Characters: Kenji Yamazaki, Ayame Yuki, Naomi Yamada, Kairin Izanagi, Anika Kasuomi, Cleo Hiroshi, Cass Setsuko, Michiru Nanami, Hannah Midori, Hihara Yamazaki, Yuna Yamazaki.
Confidence level: 8
Story (Put in spoiler)
The year is 2053. The World has been plunged into chaos caught between the newly formed Neo U.S. and the scattered forces of L.F. or Liberation Forces. It has only been ten years since the start of this war between the Neo U.S. and the L.F. The Neo U.S. is comprised of North American with exception to the southern section, Japan, New Zealand, and parts of the Philippines. The L.F. isn’t in just one country. They have been found in many countries and their bases and outposts are well hidden. Aside from the typical branches’ of the military such as the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Neo U.S. created a new program. This new program was called the “Rocket Angel Program” and it was started in the year of 2045. The Rocket Angel Program was open to anyone yet not a single man had been accepted into the program. With the exception of the first man at the founding of the program everyman had been told they didn’t have the right qualities or qualifications to join. Of course this caused a big fuss with many of the men. Yet whenever the higher ranking officials personally visited the Commander in charge of the program, they came back with the same answer as they had received. In the application process to getting into the program very few if any men applied. Although in this year’s applicants there’s a surprise in store for the Commander in charge of the program.
Those of the applicants that were deemed a possible recruit were brought over to the main island of what was Japan. They were interviewed by officers of the Rocket Angel Program. Everything was going like it always had. Every other applicant was being turned away, but one applicant stood out from the rest. It was a guy named Kenji Yamazaki. He had made a request to the officer interviewing him to speak to the Commander Naomi Yamada. As this is an unusual request to be made they contacted their Commander to ask what they should do. *ring ring* *ring ring* “This is Commander Yamada Speaking.”
“Commander we had an applicant request to speak to you personally. What would you like us to do?”
“Send them up.”
“Yes Ma’am!” The officer hung the phone up and started walking toward Kenji. The officer said to Kenji, “Your request as been accepted. These guards shall escort you to the Commander’s Office,” as two soldiers in Rocket Angel Power Armor walked up, “if you try anything they will not hesitate to kill you if need be.” Kenji just stood there silently and nodded in acknowledgement. The two Rocket Angels started escorting Kenji towards Yamada’s Office. Kenji was getting a small glimpse of the inside of the Rocket Angel Building on his way. Kenji was in awe as he looked around to see it was much cleaner and more modern looking than other military facilities he’s seen. Kenji was lead to an elevator and as he stepped into it he saw the back wall was glass. As the elevator went up he looked out at the courtyard seeing recruits training. Before he knew it they were at the highest floor. Kenji followed the Rocket Angels out the door and followed them to a door in the center of the hallway with a Rocket Angel on either side of the doors. “Here we are.” said one of the Rocket Angels escorting him. Kenji entered the door and after 30 minutes came out with a set of training clothes, uniform, and a suit of Rocket Angel Power armor. Kenji had become an official Rocket Angel after his talk with Commander Yamada.
Kenji went back down to the ground floor. He stood there for a moment and realized he forgot to ask where the room he was staying in was. Kenji started walking and saw a recruit walking his way. He started talking and tried to ask the recruit where room 253 was. The recruit looked at him with a stingy look as she walked by without saying a word. It seemed as if the recruit hated him, yet Kenji didn’t think he met her before. Kenji kept walking and tried to ask any recruit or officer that passed by for directions. All of them gave him a hated look and walked past him without saying a word. Kenji was confused at what he did that made them all act that way towards him. Kenji spent the next few hours searching for his room. Still walking forward he got to what seemed to be the cafeteria. There were table inside and the left wall was glass with tables outside. Roaming the halls he finally found a map on the wall. At first he wasn’t sure which way was which. Then he saw the cafeteria and figured out which way he came from. The first floor along with the next four floors up was displayed on this one chart. He looked over and saw even more with the other floors on them. He looked through all of them and found his room. Kenji decided he would take the stairs for a change instead of the elevator. Along the way he ran into more recruits which treated him the same way. Kenji was finally at the door of the room he would be staying in. *knock knock* no answer. He figured it was safe and opened the door. He looked forward and to his surprise saw a girl standing there changing. Both Kenji and the girl stared at each other for a few seconds. Both their faces started turning red. “AHHHHHHH!” Screamed the girl. Kenji immediately dropped his stuff and closed the door. Two girls came running up and one pinned Kenji against the wall. “What did you do to Yuki?!” exclaimed the girl pinning him.
“I-I accidently walked in on her while she was changing. I’m sorry.”
The other girl opened the door and went over to the girl inside. “Yuki are you alright? Did he hurt you?”
“N-no he didn’t.”
The girl pinning Kenji asked, “Why didn’t you knock first?!”
“I did knock first, but there was no answer so I thought no one was there.” Kenji explained.
“Yuki is this true?”
Yuki replied, “Y-yes it is.” As she looked down.
Kenji looked on the chest of the girl pinning him and read a name “Hiroshi”.
Hiroshi looked at him and pushed him into the wall harder asking, “What are you looking at!?”
Kenji speaking as best he could with Hiroshi’s hand around his neck, “I-I was... reading your... name tag.”
Hiroshi loosened her grip a little, “That had be all you were looking at!”
Another girl walked up and in a stern voice, “Hiroshi! What is the meaning of this?!” Hiroshi immediately let go of Kenji’s neck and stepped back. Kenji fell to the floor holding his neck breathing a little heavy. He turned and looked to the girl that had just appeared and read her name tag, “Izanagi”. There were three more girls behind her but he couldn’t see their name tags. Hiroshi saluted Izanagi then began explaining herself, “Kasuomi and I were walking down the hall when we heard Yuki scream. We came running and we found this guy outside the door. I was subduing him while Kasuomi checked on Yuki.”
Izanagi lifted her hand and spoke, “And did you find out what the situation was?”
“Yes ma’am it seems that this guy,” as she looked back at Kenji then back at Izanagi, “walked in on Yuki while she was changing.”
“Was it intentional?”
“And yet after learning that fact you kept your grip around his throat keeping him pinned against the wall?”
Hiroshi stood there silently and just looked down at her feet. Izanagi walked over and stopped at Hiroshi’s side and put a hand on her shoulder. “Just try to calm down next time alright.” Hiroshi looked at Izanagi and they both smiled at each other. Then Izanagi walked over and kneeled down in front of Kenji and said, “So what are you doing here?”
Kenji answered, “This was the room I was told that I was going to stay in.”
“Oh really on who’s orders?”
“Your Commander’s.” As Kenji held out a piece of paper. Izanagi took the piece of paper and read it.
“So you are. I will let you in on something. I may have helped you this time but I still don’t like or trust you. No one does around here. So I would be careful if I were you. If you get into trouble no one will be coming to help you here.”
“Is this how it is for all new recruits?”
“Then why me?”
“It’s because you’re a guy.” Izanagi stood up and looked down at Kenji, “Most if not all guys look down on us women. They think they are superior and we are weak and helpless. To be honest I’m amazed that our Commander even let you into this building to start with. Let alone join the program. I’m not sure how you got into the program but you better watch your own back in here. No one in this building is going to watch it for you.” Izanagi walked into the room that Yuki was; and everyone else followed leaving Kenji sitting on the floor in the hall. Kenji could hear voices from behind the door. “Ha look at this. The Commander must not trust him either. She gave him one of the older versions instead of the newest version like us.” Kenji sat there thinking back to his part of his conversation with Yamada. *flashback*
Yamada “Here you go this is your Rocket Angel Power Armor.”
Kenji “Um Commander.”
“What is it? Is something wrong?”
“Well could I get the older version?”
“The older version. Do you know about the older version?”
“Yes I do ma’am.”
“And you’re aware of the risks of using it right?”
“Yes I do.”
“Alright then as long as you know.”
Kenji stood up and stood in front of the door. *knock knock* “Is it alright if I come in?”
He heard what sounded like Izanagi’s voice, “Yes it’s alright if you come in.”
Kenji walked into the room and looked at Yuki. He turned to her and he bowed his head and he apologized. Yuki stood there and blushed a little, while she just looked at him shyly. Yuki stuttered, “U-um I-I…well…t-thank you.” Kenji stood back up and looked around to see bunk beds around the room and lockers towards the front of the room. He saw in the corner the one bed that was bare. Then he looked at Izanagi and asked, “Excuse me Izanagi but which locker is mine?” Izanagi pointed to the locker that was furthest away from the door on the side of his bunk. “That one is, although that locker is mainly used for your Power Armor.”
Kenji looked at his sets of training clothes then up at Izanagi, “Then where can I put these?”
“There’s either under your bed or you find an open locker in the locker room. Trainings done for today but you can follow us tomorrow. For the rest of the day try to stay out of trouble, because as much as I hate it; you are now a part of the “Winged Angels Squad”.” Kenji decided that he had had a long enough day and decided he would go to bed early. He asks, “Izanagi what time will everyone be heading out for training?”
“About 0800 hours. So be ready”
Kenji stood at attention and said, “Yes ma’am” Kenji saluted Izanagi and then went to sleep. Kenji slipped into his bed and went right to sleep. Izanagi and the others were talking to each other. Izanagi started off, “So Kasuomi. Hiroshi. Tell me what you think of him.”
Hiroshi was the first to respond, “He seems really weak and I don’t think he’s too intelligent either.” Izanagi then looked at Kasuomi, and then she spoke. “Well by the looks of how things went he’s not too egotistic. I mean after all he apologized and bowed in front of all of us not just in front of Yuki. There’s not too much data to go off of so I can’t make any definite conclusions. But if he’s like most men he will give up soon enough if there’s enough stress. Along with complaining a lot if things aren’t going well for him.” Then everyone looked at Kenji. Izanagi broke the silence, “Well I guess we will all find out if he’s like other guys.” Everyone started heading right for their bed and getting comfortable. Yuki stood there looking at Kenji for a minute and realized that he was sleeping right below where she sleeps. Yuki leaned over and looked at Kenji’s face. While staring at Kenji’s sleeping face she started blushing and the her heart started to beat faster. Yuki felt her heart beating and got back up and climbed up into her bed and thought to herself. ‘Wha-what was that?’ As Yuki placed her hand over her heart and drifted to sleep.
Izanagi and the other girls got up at about 6:45 in the morning. They all started to head down to the cafeteria for breakfast. When Yuki suddenly stopped and said, “W-what about Kenji?” Izanagi looked over at Kenji. Just leave him be.” Everyone started heading for breakfast. Yuki took one more look at Kenji then followed the others. Kenji woke up at 7:30 in the morning to see everyone already up. Kenji turned to Yuki, who was the closest, and asked “Do we get to have breakfast?” Yuki looked down at the floor in silence. Hiroshi came over and said, “You missed breakfast already and there’s no time for you to go and get some.” Kenji looked down at the floor and said softly, “Oh…I see.” Kenji slowly got up and got dressed into his training cloths while keeping his eyes shut the entire time. All the girls in the room watched him to make sure he didn’t peak until they were done. They all finished getting dressed and started to walk out without saying a word. Kenji didn’t open his eyes till he didn’t hear anyone. He opened his eyes and saw that no one else was in the room. Rushing to the door quickly he stuck his head out and saw everyone walking down the hall. Kenji followed behind them all silently with Yuki occasionally looking back at Kenji. Kenji looked at all the recruits that they passed and it seems they were all acting the same way as the day before. He followed them till they went outside into the courtyard that he saw recruits training in before. A drill Sergeant was standing in an opening waiting for the squads to report. Kenji’s squad “The Winged Angels” stood at attention right in front of the drill Sergeant.
“Aaattennntion!!” screamed the drill Sergeant. “Alright maggots listen up! You’re on my time now so you will do as I say. I’m here to train your body so you won’t be out of the fight when it just started. You will be doing the basics. Push-ups, sit-ups, running, and everything else to boost your endurance. Each squad will be training on their own. I will be coming by to inspect the squads as they go. Dismissed!” Izanagi turned around and spoke to “The Winged Angels” squad, “Listen up squad we will be starting off with push-ups. We will start with one hundred push-ups, and start.” Everyone in “The Winged Angels” squad got down and started doing push-ups. Everyone was getting closer and closer. Yuki got to sixty and fell down. Izanagi got up and went over to Yuki and told her, “You did great Yuki take a break.” The rest were getting closer to one hundred. At seventy-five Kenji was starting to lose it. Izanagi walked over and bent down next to him. “Come on Yamazaki! You’re not allowed to stop there!” Kenji started going again. Dishing out push-ups as best he could. Kasuomi fell onto the ground at seventy-five as well. Izanagi came over to her, “Good job Kasuomi. Rest now.” Midori another member in “The Winged Angels” squad stopped just short of one hundred at ninety-five. Again Izanagi walked over to who fell, “Almost there Midori, maybe next time you will get them all, but rest now.” Kenji was straining himself just barely doing his push-ups. Izanagi came back over to him, “What’s wrong Yamazaki? Too much for you? If you can’t handle this then you might as well leave the program. Kenji’s arms were shaking as he pushed out the last of his one hundred push-ups. Yuki watched Kenji as he pushed himself so hard. Yuki had never seen anyone around her push themselves that hard. Yuki couldn’t look away. The rest of the squad finished their push-ups. Next they did running. Kenji got treated the same way as during the push-ups. They continued through all their exercises with Kenji still getting the same treatment throughout.
The squads’ Physical training was completed by about 12:37 pm. The drill Sergeant called the squads to attention again. “Alright listen up!” shouted the drill Sergeant, “None of you are even close to being in good condition! Your next training session is deals with your Power Armor. You all have twenty minutes to grab your Power armor and report back here. Dissmissed!” Kenji was exhausted. He was sweating bullets and barely keeping himself up. Everyone started on ahead with Kenji following as fast as he could. Yuki kept looking back at Kenji watching him push himself almost to the point of collapsing. The rest of Kenji’s squad made it back in time. Kenji was rushing trying not to be late. He got there just in time and get in position to hear the next Sergeant start to speak. “Welcome everyone I’m here to teach you about the Power Armor you were each given. I will be telling you about the inner workings of your suit, its abilities, and its programming.” The new Sergeant put a suit of Power Armor on a large table that somehow appeared there in the twenty minutes they were gone. “Come on everyone gather round so you can all see.” All the recruits in the squads present gathered around the table watching her as she explained. “All your suits are equipped with thrusters in the back and feet. When you become used to your suit and how to move in the air; your thrusters will become a big help. A shield generator that can protect not only you; but your Power Armor from most projectile and energy weapons. A special reactor in your suit that powers everything including the shield. Shoulder rockets that can lock on to multiple targets at once. Very powerful Pulse Lasers on each wrist. Also thanks to your suit your strength is increased by three fold.” All of the recruits were trying to follow what the Sergeant was saying on their own Power Armor. “Your suits are also equipped with a smart chip. It adjusts the power output of all your systems depending on the situation. It also helps with tracking and locking onto multiple targets for the Shoulder Rockets and control the fire rate of your Pulse Lasers so they won’t overheat.” Next she started explaining the programming but Kenji was poking around inside his own Power Armor’s programming seeing what he could do. It was about 3:49 pm when the Sergeant dismissed them.
Suddenly the speakers through the building went off and an announcement was made. “Would the following squad report the Prep Area: Thor’s Angels, Iron Angels, The Fallen Angels, Winter Angels, and The Winged Angels.” Izanagi turned around suddenly, “Alright everyone this is it! Let’s get our gear and show them what The Winged Angel’s can do!” Everyone threw their hands up and yelled, “Yeah!” The entire squad was running as fast as they could through the halls to their room. Recruits looked at them as they ran by. Everyone ran into the room and started changing and putting their Power Armor on. Even though Kenji was in the room with them none of the girls cared too much. They were all too busy being excited for their mission. As soon as they had their Power Armor on they all headed towards the Prep Area. Kenji followed closely behind to be sure he wasn’t left out of this. They had gotten to the Prep Area. The other squads were arriving as they were. A Major was standing in front of the launch bay doors. “Alright listen up Angels!” Yelled the Major, “We just discovered the location of one of the L.F.’s Bases. It isn’t that large but we can’t take any chances with them. The base is located about 100 miles south of here.” All of Angels were surprised at first at how close they had gotten. The launch bay doors began opening. Lights and sirens were going off. The doors were making a very heavy sound as they opened. The Major grabbed a radio and began to speak. “Now Angels! Go and show them why they shouldn’t mess with us!” Is what they heard coming from the radios in their helmets. When the Major finished all the Angel Squads took off through the door. All the squads went straight up higher than the building then preceded south. Suddenly over the radio they heard a voice. “This is Kobari of the Iron Angel’s Squad. I will be the Commanding Officer in the field for this mission. Iron Angel’s will be in the Center. Thor’s Angels take right middle. Winter Angels take the right. Winged Angels, left middle. Fallen Angels take the left. Alright everyone when we get there give them all you’ve got!” Kenji heard over the radio everyone cheering.
The Angels had been flying for half an hour when they could see the L.F. Base. “Alright everyone this is it. Let’s go!” said Kobari right before she started charging. After Kobari started charging every other angel was charging as well. Just as they started charging they spotted an L.F. Patrol Boat. The Iron Angels’ Squad started firing and destroyed the boat just as they passed over it. All the angels kept charging, in fact they were starting to speed up. Kenji was starting to fall behind a little. Since Kenji had an older version the amount of energy used for each system was constant and needed to be changed by the wearer. The new models, not only being lighter, were given to help automatically change the energy output for all the systems depending on the situation. Although it was very limited to how much it could change. Kobari saw a light start to rise from the L.F. Base and start to head towards them. Kobari ordered every angel to stop. She stayed there hovering in the air and looked closely at the light. When she looked closer she saw a ballistic missile. This missile was bigger than any other that the L.F. had used against the Rocket Angels. Kobari quickly ordered everyone to retreat. Every angel turned around and started flying away as fast as they could. Kenji remembered something he came across while he was learning about the programming of his Power Armor and he thought he should give it a try. Kenji started speaking to his Armor, “Threat assessment of Ballistic Missile on allied formation.” Kenji began to see a simulation on his HUD (Heads Up Display). It showed the missile catching up to their formation. He saw the figures of every Rocket Angel and then a highlighted area of the effect of the missile. Then he saw what his Power Armor predicted would happen. What appeared on his HUD was, “98% Casualty Rate”. Kenji thought to himself that it was unacceptable to him for that to happen. Kenji started flying in the direction of the missile. Izanagi and the rest of the Winged Angels Squad started to hear Kenji’s voice over their radios. “Izanagi, everyone. I’m sorry that I was such a burden to you all. I know I’m not what you expected to get for as a squad member.”
“Yamazaki why are you saying this now? Shut up and concentrate on escaping!” yelled Izanagi.
“I’m saying this now because it may be my last chance to.”
“What are you talking about?” Izanagi turned around to see that Kenji was far away from the formation heading towards the missile. “What are you doing?!”
“My Power armor predicted that there would be a 98% casualty rate.”
“Kasuomi can you confirm this?”
Kasuomi started having her suit run the same simulation then spoke when it was finished. “H….he’s right. There would be about a 98% casualty rate. Only about 2 or 3 of us would survive.”
Kenji began to speak again, “Everyone I just want to let you know. It was an honor and a privilege to be in the same squad as you. Goodbye.” Kenji’s radio shut off.
“Yamazaki get back here now!” Yelled Izanagi.
Just then a huge explosion was seen behind the fleeing formation. Most of the Rocket Angels hovered there in confusion about what happened. While the entire Winged Angel Squad hovered there in shock. More missiles were seen coming through the explosion of the first. Kobari spoke over the radio, “Everyone hurry up and retreat now!”
Hiroshi turned to Izanagi, “Kairin?” Kairin hovered there for a second, “….Retreat.” The Winged Angel Squad flew back as fast as they could. The entire way they were feeling guilty over the way they treated Kenji. They were still shocked over the fact of how poorly not only they but everyone other Rocket Angel treated him. Yet he still sacrificed himself to protect the ones that treated him so horribly. They all returned and the Kobari made a report to the Major from before and informed her that the mission was a failure. The Major reported this and the circumstance to why it failed. Izanagi couldn’t bring herself to tell Kobari nor the Major. Instead she went directly to Yamada, the Commander of the Rocket Angel Program. *knock knock* “Come in.” replied the Commander. Izanagi walked in through the doors and closed them behind her. “Ahhh Izanagi. What can I do for you?” Izanagi saluted Yamada. “Now Izanagi there’s no point for that here.” She said with a smile. Izanagi hesitantly spoke. “Commander I didn’t report this before but we had one casualty on our mission. Yamada’s face went from calm and kind looking to a serious face. “Who was it and why didn’t you report this?”
“It was Yamazaki Ma’am. My apologies for not reporting it earlier. I…It was the first time I have lost an Angel in combat regardless how I felt about them.” Yamada stood up and went over to the back wall made of glass and looked out and spoke, though not directed towards Izanagi. “You are just like them.” *Flashback*
“Hihara! Yuna! Come on we need to get out of here!”
Hihara, “You go on!”
Yuna, “We will hold them off!”
Yamada, “We can all fight them together! Now come on!”
Hihara, “There’s too many of them! Many of us wouldn’t make it!”
Yamada, “Then I’m staying too!”
Yuna, “You can’t if you don’t go then they will keep waiting for us! You need to go tell them and get out of here!”
Yamada hesitantly started off towards the rest of the formation. She looked back one more time and said, “Thank you.” Then ran off.
Yuna, “She finally went dear.”
Hihara, “Ha took her long enough. Well honey you ready?”
“Always love. I just hope that he can forgive us someday.”
“Even if he can’t we are prepared to accept that. Right?”
“Right. I just hope he will be alright.”
“Don’t worry about him he will be just fine.”
“You're probably right. Here they come. Looks like this is it for us dear.”
Hihara stood up and took Yuna in his arm and kissed her. “As long as it’s next to you I can live with that.”
“Me too dear. Now let’s protect our friends.”
Izanagi broke the silence, “Just like who Commander?” Yamada turned around, “Izanagi what do you know about Yamazaki?”.
“Absolutely nothing. I didn’t even really want to be involved with him.”
“Izanagi you know his last name right?”
“Yes ma’am its Yamazaki. Why?”
“Perhaps you should check the record for Fallen Angels.”
“…Yes ma’am, but why?”
“You will see why.”
Izanagi saluted Yamada and walked out the doors. As soon as Izanagi left Yamada began to talk to herself. “I’m sorry Hihara. Yuna. I tried to prevent this from happening. I hope you can forgive me.”
Izanagi met up with the rest of the Winged Angel Squad. Hiroshi was the first one to speak, “So what did the Commander say?”
“She asked me if I knew his last name then told me I should look in the record for Fallen Angels.”
“But why?” Kasuomi asked.
“I don’t know, but she told me I would see why.”
The entire squad made their way to the wall with all the names of fallen angels and a terminal to look for names. Izanagi started using the terminal while the others just started at the list on the wall. Izanagi gasped and the others quickly looked at her and asked what happened. Izanagi began to explain. “There are two other names with the same last name Yamazaki. It’s says here that they died holding back enemy forces while the rest of their formation got away. They were married and had a child. It was a boy and his name was…”
Yuki, Kasuomi, Hiroshi, and the rest asked, “What? Come on what’s the name.”
“…Kenji.” Everyone started looking at each other. When to everyone’s surprise Yuki spoke up. “S-so Kenji’s parents were one of the first to be in this program?”
Izanagi looked at Yuki in surprise. “…Yeah. I guess this program means more to him then it does for the rest of us.” The Winged Angel Squad went about their daily routines. They remained very quiet and restless thinking about what happened to Kenji.
Mean while after the explosion of the first missile. Kenji survived but his armor was destroyed. As the next wave of missiles was heading towards the Angels more patrol boats were trying to pursue them. One of the patrol boats spotted Kenji floating in the water unconscious. The patrol boat that spotted Kenji radioed the other patrol boats and they surrounded the unconscious Kenji floating in the water. They brought him aboard one of the patrol boats and tied him up. They were starting to get excited when they thought of torturing him. This was the first time the L.F. captured a live Rocket Angel. They quickly brought Kenji back to the base that they were trying to destroy. Kenji started to regain consciousness and found himself chained up in the air. He was being hung by his arms with his legs being pulled. His arms were being pulled in opposite directions and his legs being pulled the same way. He looked forward to see what looked like an L.F. officer and a soldier. The officer started asking Kenji questions. “You’re going to cooperate or else we are going to have to make you talk.”
Kenji replied, “I would rather die first!”
“Oh really we will see if you still think that way after we’re done with you.” The officer signaled the soldier and he brought out a whip. The soldier unrolled the whip and began whipping Kenji. Kenji’s face showed the pain he was experiencing but he refused to yell out. After five minutes of being whipped the clothes Kenji had on were torn. “How about now?” The officer asked. Kenji just shook his head silently. The officer got angry and started beating on Kenji. After a severe beating the officer stopped and calmed down. “We have other ways too.” Again he signaled to the soldier and he pulled out his combat knife. The soldier started walking over slowly then he started to run his blade slowly across Kenji skin. The soldier made several cuts.
Then they took salt and started mashing it into the cuts that were made on him. The officer just looked at Kenji as he looked back. Kenji still refused to give in and tell him a thing. The officer pulled something out from behind his back. He had a syringe that was filled with a green liquid. The officer walked over to Kenji and grabbed his head. He leaned Kenji’s head over and injected the green liquid into Kenji’s neck. He and the soldier walked out quietly done for the day. Kenji was wondering what the officer injected into him then 10 minutes later his insides felt like they were on fire. Kenji spent the entire night struggling trying to get free feeling the pain of what they injected into him. Kenji did his best to not scream out in pain, but he couldn’t help but let it out.
The morning after the failed mission the Winged Angel Squad woke up. Hoping that what happened yesterday was just a dream. Each one of them, one by one, looked at Kenji’s empty bed realizing that yesterday was no dream. They went about their daily training, but in the afternoon when there was free time Izanagi visit the Commander. Izanagi asked their Commander, “Ma’am when will the next mission to that island be?”
“Why are you so interested in this mission?”
“My squad and I would like to avenge our fallen squad member Ma’am.”
“I said you’re dismissed.” Yamada looking at Izanagi seriously.
“Yes Ma’am.” Izanagi walked out and went back to her squad.
The squad asked, “So what did she say?”
“Nothing she dismissed me before she gave an answer.” They all went back to their training disappointed. Meanwhile in the L.F. base Kenji’s body wasn’t feeling as much pain from the liquid they injected. Just as the pain was becoming less the officer and soldier came through the door. “So do you feel like talking yet?” Kenji just stared at him silently. “Well don’t worry we have more planned for you today. The soldier came over to Kenji and grabbed Kenji’s right hand. The soldier then grabbed his finger and broke it. Kenji screamed in pain and the officer said, “How about now?” Kenji still didn’t say a word. The soldier broke Kenji’s fingers one by one, and yet Kenji still didn’t say a word. The officer nudged at the soldier and the soldier nodded. The soldier grabbed Kenji’s right arm and bent it backwards breaking his arm at the elbow. Kenji let out a loud scream of pain. It was already the afternoon. “We will break you no matter what we have to do!” yelled the officer. Kenji looked up to see the officer pull out a hack saw. The officer handed the hack saw to the soldier and whispered in his ear. Kenji watched as smirks appeared on both their faces. The soldier came over and grabbed Kenji’s leg and put the saw to it. The soldier began to slowly cut through Kenji’s left leg. Kenji’s screams of pain could be heard outside the small building he was being held in. It was hours before Kenji heard his leg as it hit the ground. Both the officer and soldier still looked at Kenji as he stayed there silently. The officer and soldier were getting really irritated. As soon as Kenji looked up he saw a dull knife in the soldier’s hand. The soldier grabbed Kenji’s head and slowly brought the knife closer. Kenji felt the knife as is slowly started digging in to his face. The soldier was using the knife to slowly and painfully take Kenji’s right eye out. Kenji let out a horrific scream as his eye was being taken out. Kenji passed out after he felt his eye come out of his head. The officer feeling that it wouldn’t be any more fun if they did anything while he was unconscious they left the building. Izanagi and the rest of the Winged Angel Squad decided they would take their own revenge whether they were given orders or not. After dinner they all got suited up in the Power Armor and as quietly as possible snuck outside. They got as close to the shore nearest the building as they could. They started flying right along the surface of the water so they wouldn’t be seen on radar. Izanagi spoke over the radio, “Alright ladies we will avenge our fallen comrade tonight, but I will not accept another loss. So if it gets to rough we are leaving got it?”
“Yes ma’am!” responded the rest of the Angels. They started heading towards the L.F. base that they failed to destroy the first time.
The Winged Angel Squad reached the shore of the island of the L.F. base in the early morning and undetected. Everyone started moving as quietly as they could. They hid behind a bunch of large bushes. “Alright Kasuomi, Setsuko. Go gather some information for us.” Izanagi commanded. “Yes ma’am.” Kasuomi and Setsuko responded quietly. Both Kasuomi and Setsuko quietly got right next to one of the buildings and heard voices and started listening in.
“Man. Have we gotten anything out of him yet?”
“Nope not yet I never thought they would be this tough to get information out of.”
“Me neither. I thought they would crack by now.”
“I guess Rocket Angels aren’t just strong in battle.”
“Rocket Angel? It must be Yamazaki. I thought he was dead.” Kasuomi softly said to Setsuko.
Kasuomi and Setsuko heard the voices start up again, “So is he still alive?”
“Who knows, after all that I heard was done to him I would be surprised if he still has the will to live.”
“Really I haven’t heard what happened to him. Tell me what you heard.”
“Well I heard that they whipped, beat, and cut him. Also they put a very painful but no deadly poison in him. Then they broke all his fingers on his right hand and arm at the elbow. Cut his left leg off slowly with a hack saw and took his right eye out with a dull knife.”
“My god and he still didn’t talk?”
“They said they haven’t got any information from that Rocket Angel. In fact I think the two in charge of torturing him just left to continue right now.”
“Come on Setsuko we have to tell Izanagi now.” Kasuomi and Setsuko left and got back to Izanagi as quickly as they could. “Izanagi Yamazaki’s still alive!”
“What where is he?”
“I don’t know but whoever was in charge of torturing him left to continue now.”
“Alright. Forget revenge now we have to rescue Yamazaki and get out of here safely.” The Winged Angel Squad searched and saw two men walking towards a building. They figured that those were the men that Kasuomi heard about earlier and decided to follow them. As soon as the two men went inside the door. Hiroshi and Midori knocked them both out and dragged them inside the building they were entering. Everyone came into the building and then they heard Yuki gasp. They all turned around to see Kenji hanging there. His clothes ripped to shreds, his fingers and arm broken. Blood was all over his face with a pool of blood below him. As they looked down they saw his left leg was missing. Setsuko stepped back and almost tripped over something. She looked down to see Kenji’s leg and eye lying on the floor. “Hiroshi, hurry and cut Yamazaki down.” Izanagi ordered. Hiroshi got Kenji down and asked someone to help carry him. “What should we do about these two?” asked Kasuomi. Izanagi said, “We will take them, maybe our people can get some information out of them. Give Yamazaki to me.” Izanagi took Kenji on her back. “Hiroshi, Nanami, take the officer and Kasuomi, Midori, take the soldier. Setsuko take his leg and eye they may be able to reattach them.”
“Yes ma’am.” Answered everyone. They all slipped out the base and started heading back for the Rocket Angel Building. Izanagi had Kenji on her back with Setsuko holding his leg and eye. Both the L.F. officer and soldier were being held by their legs. On the way back the officer regained consciousness. “Where…Hey let me go!” Yelled the officer. To everyone surprise Yuki was right in front of him and spoke, “You shut up! You should pay for what you did to him!” Yuki then kick the officer in the face and knocked him out again. Everyone was used to Yuki being very shy and reserved. Seeing her speak out first and acting violent was a first for everyone.
The Winged Angel Squad was almost back to the Rocket Angel Building. Izanagi contacted the Flight Tower near the building. “This is Izanagi of the Winged Angel Squad. Have a security team and medical team ready on arrival.”
“We don’t have any record of the Winged Angel Squad leaving for a mission. Please explain or you will be shot down.”
Izanagi thought this would happen and she knew that they would all be punished for leave without authorization. “We all snuck out and went to the L.F. base south of her to avenge out fallen comrade. When we arrived we discovered that our comrade was still alive. We rescued him and took two prisoners. We need the security team to take these prisoners and try to get some information out of them. Our comrade is in critical condition so we need that medical team ready now!”
“Y-yes ma’am I will alert them right away.” The operator in the Flight Tower contacted the security and medical teams and already had them waiting for the Winged Angel Squad to land. Just as they were landing both the security and medical teams came closer. The medical team had a stretcher on wheels for Kenji. Hiroshi, Nanami, Kasuomi, and Midori handed the officer and soldier to the security team for interrogation. Izanagi put Kenji on the stretcher and Setsuko gave Kenji’s arm and eye to one of the doctors. Everyone in the Winged Angel Squad followed the medical team as they were wheeling him away. They took him through a pair of doors and one of the person from the medical team stopped the Winged Angel Squad, “I’m sorry you can’t come in here. If you want you can watch from the observation room around the corner.” as she pointed to the right. They all went around the corner and to their surprise they saw Commander Yamada. “C-commander.” Yamada looked at Izanagi and the rest of the Winged Angel Squad then looked back through the window. They all came towards the window and looked through to see Kenji laying on a table and doctors all around him. Everyone watched as they brought Kenji’s leg and eye out. Yuki asked, “What are they going to do?” Again everyone was surprised even Yamada. Kasuomi then spoke up, “I’m guess they are going to reattach his leg and eye. He’s lucky that he’s unconscious.”
Then Yamada spoke, “It’s very painful. In fact it’s like a living hell to be awake while they are reattaching a limb.”
“How do you know that?” asked Kasuomi.
“I know because I was awake when they did it to me.” As Yamada grabbed her left shoulder.
Suddenly they heard loud screams coming from the room. They all looked to see Kenji trying his hardest to get free while screaming loudly from the pain. All they could do was watch as it unfolded. Yamada then spoke softly but not directed to anyone, “I’m sorry Kenji but just try to bear a little longer.” Izanagi looked at Yamada and asked, “Commander you knew that his parents served in the Rocket Angel Program didn’t you.”
“Yes I knew when I met him.”
Yamada, “What reason do you have to join this program?”
Kenji, “My reason is… that I always wanted to be in this program and it means more to me than most people.”
“And why do you think that?”
“Because my parents put their sweat and blood into this program.”
“Your parent? What were their names?”
“My mom’s name was Yuna and my dad’s name was Hihara.”
“Wait your last name wouldn’t happen to be Yamazaki would it?”
“Yes it is.”
“Kenji is that you?”
“Hi Naomi. I’m surprised you even remember me.” As Kenji smiled.
“How can I not be remember you. It’s been a long time. So you want to follow in your parents footsteps huh?”
“Yes I do. In fact every time they came home they would tell me about their missions and show or teach me something about it.”
“I see so it seems their enthusiasm about this program passed on to you.”
“It sure did. This program mean a lot to me. This is my dream to join this program and maybe one day be as great as my parent were.”
“Do you know him personally Commander?” asked Izanagi.
“Actually yes I do. I served with his parents and we were in the same squad. They showed me their child who was Kenji. I got to know him and in fact I became his godmother, but after they died I didn’t know what happened to him.”
“Is that why you let him into the program because of his parents and that you know him?”
“No its not. I heard his reason why he wanted to, and to be honest he has better reasons than most that are in this program.”
The doctors just finished reattaching Kenji’s leg and they were getting ready to start on his eye.
“I feel bad for him that he has to be awake while their doing his eye.” Yamada said.
“Why’s that Commander?” Izanagi asked.
“While getting a limb reattached is like a living hell. Getting your eye reattached is much worse. I can’t even imagine the pain he’s about to experience.”
“What do you mean. Did you have it done to you too?”
“No I fortunately was lucky enough to avoid that, but I knew someone who had it done. Unfortunately they had an average amount of will power.”
“What does that have to do with it?”
Yamada looked at Izanagi just as they started reattaching Kenji’s eye. Hearing blood curdling screams coming from Kenji. “Her will wasn’t strong enough and she ended up losing her life because of it.” Everyone looked at Yamada in horror, but Yuki turned a looked at Kenji as she watched him suffer from getting his eye reattached. “If he survives through this there is no doubt he will pass out when it’s finished.” They all watched as the doctors finished up. The screams stopped and Kenji laid there motionless. Everyone in the Winged Angel Squad looked and shock as they thought Kenji died from the operation. Yamada only looked at one of the doctors than saw her give a thumbs up. “He’s alive.” said Yamada. Everyone sighed in relief as they started to make their way towards the door. “Wait!” everyone freezed when Yamada said that word. “No one’s allowed to see him yet.” They wheeled Kenji to a room where only if you had the right key card could you get in.
Kenji slowly opened his eyes and saw white. “Am I dead?”
“No you’re not. You’re back at the Rocket Angel Building.”
Kenji looked over to his left to see Yamada sitting there. “How did I get back here?”
“Your squad rescued you Kenji.”
“Really? I thought they hated and despised me.”
“What gave you that idea Kenji?”
“Well with the way Izanagi and everyone else treated and talked to me. Izanagi even told me that no one here would help or get my back because I was a man. That I better watch what I do.”
“Really well I’m sorry that everyone treated you that way. I can understand a little why they may be like that towards men in general. Especially with the way most are out there. Although I would have hoped that they would have trusted that because you were allowed in the program, that you were different from most men.”
“I’m sure if I saw Izanagi or anyone else from my squad I would get an ear full at least.”
“You mean you feel that way about everyone in your squad?”
“Well Izanagi, Hiroshi, and Kasuomi I got the feeling that they didn’t like or trust me. Most of the rest I didn’t get to be around much but I still got the feeling that I was unwanted. I guess the only decent one was Yuki even though I accidentally walked in on her as she was changing when I first got here. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had a bad feeling towards me.”
“Well don’t worry no one can get in here but me and a few doctors. There will be no visitors unless they go through me. Alright.”
“Thank you Naomi.” Naomi Yamada got up and was about to leave when Kenji spoke up. “Naomi…”
Naomi turned around, “Yes?”
“It’s been a long time since I have gotten to see and talk to you. Do you mind if we talk for a bit?”
“No I don’t mind.” Naomi said as she smiled. “What is it you want to talk about?”
“Well I guess I wanted to ask you what have you been up to and how have you been since I last saw you when I was a kid?”
“Well Kenji. I wasn’t in the best shape after your parents died. They were my best friends. When I finally came to my senses I remembered you but when I went back you weren’t there. Where did you go?”
“Oh.” Kenji looked up at the ceiling. “I waited as long as I could, but before you came back they took me away to America and decided to give me foster parents.”
“Were you happy with them?”
“Well I didn’t hate it but I would have wished I could have been with you instead of them. I was also worried about you.”
Naomi leaned over and hugged Kenji. “Thank you. Ever since your parents died I felt I was on my own. I didn’t even have much support from my family. They weren’t very worried either. I guess when it all comes down to it I still have you as family. Am I right?”
Kenji smiled and said, “Yeah. You’re about the only family I have. I guess my foster parents are family but they aren’t so fond of the military or my choice to join the Rocket Angels. Well I know in front of anyone I should call you Yamada or Commander, but if it’s alright with you can I call you Naomi when no one else is around?”
“Sure as long as I can call you Kenji when no one else is around. Well Kenji I’m glad I got to talk to you but I need to go and take care of things. Ok.”
“Alright Naomi good luck.”
“Thank you Kenji.” Naomi walked out the door and closed it. When she turned around she saw the rest of Kenji’s squad standing there.
“Commander can we see him now?”
“Sorry ladies but no visitors.”
“What? But why?”
“For personal health reasons.”
Everyone in the Winged Angel Squad looked down in disappointment.
The doctor came in and spoke to Kenji, “Alright it seems that you will make a full recovery and be able to use your eye and leg like you were able to before. We want to move around and continue your daily life here as much as possible. Avoid trying any physical training or anything to physically demanding. You will need to use a crutch at first. It will take time for your body to get used to your leg again. It may take a day or two to even be able to move it the way you want to. Your arm won’t take that long to heal either thanks to a new experimental drug we used. If all goes well it should heal your arm and hand within about four days. Your eye may take three day to be able to use again. We would like you to try and get your food from the cafeteria. Over the next few days you should get better and it will become easier for you. I highly advise you to move around to recover faster.”
“Alright thank you doctor.” Kenji started to get up and fell to the ground.
“Careful there. Your body needs to re-learn how to use that leg again. The more you move around the quicker your body will learn to use it again.”
“So that’s why you wanted me to use the crutch at first right?”
“Right. Now let’s get you up and on your way. Also I think it better that at the end if each day you come back here for a checkup. Tonight try sleeping in your bed in your room after the check up ok.”
“Alright. Thank you for the help.” Kenji went out the door and started making his way towards the cafeteria.
Kenji’s squad was eating lunch in the cafeteria. They were sitting at a table almost in the center of all the others. They sat there eating there meal quietly still wondering how Kenji was doing. Kenji finally made it to the cafeteria and got it line. He made his way through and got his food. Kenji was trying his best to move and carry his food at the same time. Kenji just finished getting through the line when he fell and dropped his tray with all his food. A crashing sound went through the entire cafeteria. Everyone looked in the direction of the sound and saw Kenji and his food on the floor. The Winged Angel squad couldn’t see and just went back to eating. Kenji started picking up the mess as fast as he could. Everyone was silent at first and then quiet chatter was heard through the crowd. Izanagi was listening to others as she ate.
“Do you know what happened? They looked horrible.”
“What an idiot dropping their food.”
“I thought they were dead.”
“Knowing it he probably did something stupid and pathetic.”
That one word stuck out of everything else. Izanagi said to herself, “He?” Izanagi quickly stood up to see Kenji throwing away his mess and trying to walk away. Izanagi quickly leaned in towards the middle of the table and said, “Hey its Yamazaki.”
“What really?” everyone responded then stood up to see Kenji almost outside.
They all quickly got up and threw the rest of their food away and made their way towards Kenji.
Kenji had reached outside and stood there looking into the sky. “Yamazaki!” Kenji heard from behind him. He turned to see everyone coming towards him. Kenji could only turn to the side and look down. “Yamazaki…”
Kenji bowed and said, “I’m sorry everyone. I’m sorry if I gave this squad a bad name or anything like that.”
“Bad name? Well you defiantly gave us Rocket Angels a good name among the enemy.” Izanagi replied. Kenji looked back up, “What do you mean?”
“According to what we heard from L.F. soldiers when we were at that base and from the soldier and officer we captured. They completely fear us at this point especially after they couldn’t get a word out of you with all they did. But enough about that how are your injuries?”
“Well they say I can’t use my leg for now. My body still needs to learn how to use it again the same goes for my eye. My arm and fingers might heal in a few days thanks to an experimental treatment they are giving me. Although I’m going to take this time to learn more about my Power Armor” Kenji started making his way back to the room with everyone still following him. Kenji was going down the hall when he tripped and started falling. Kenji opened his eyes and Hiroshi and Midori caught him before he hit the ground. “Why did you guys do that? I thought you guys didn’t like or trust me.”
“To be honest none of us did really,” said Midori, “but after what you did even after the way we treated you. We figured you couldn’t possibly be as bad as most guys.” Kenji got his footing back and stood up. “Thank you. Well you guys should get going. I wouldn’t want you to get chewed out for being late because of me.” Izanagi looked back at everyone else then back at Kenji, “You’re probably right.” She turned around to face the others. “Alright everyone lets head back to the fields.” Everyone stood at attention and said “Yes Ma’am!”Kenji stood there watching the rest of his squad walk down the hall until they rounded the corner. Kenji smiled when they were gone talking to himself, “Looks like I finally have a squad that I can protect with my life just like you. Don’t you think mom and dad?” Kenji went back into the squad’s room. He leaned against the side of his locker pulling the hand-held computer from his locker with a cord running to his power armor. Words began flashing on the screen, ‘Operator’s Name?’ “Kenji Yamazaki.” spoke Kenji to the computer. ‘Access Granted’
“Display Operation Manuel.” The screen flashed as the Manuel was being brought to the screen. “Systems and energy output.” Kenji watched as the computer jumped to a certain section in the Manuel that read ‘Rerouting power to different primary systems’ Kenji had only caught a glimpse of this section before. He read that he could take power from certain systems and over power others. Of course the systems he took power from would either operate at a slower and lower quality or stop operating all together. Though the systems that received the extra power would operate faster and better. It was possible to reroute power with the computer but the power armor had to be shut down. Kenji read each section about what would happen to the primary systems if he either took or gave power to them. At the end of the section it explained how he could reroute power in the heat of battle or while in use. Also it showed him the amount of energy each system used. He read them as followed:
Life Support 5%
Kenji also read that he could have different set power settings. So he could arrange the power of his suit and have it saved as a certain power mode. Propulsion was the rockets on his suit that made him fly and hover. Weaponry was primarily the lasers on his suit, while Movement was the extra strength his suit gave him when moving around in it along with how quickly his suit reacted to him. Computer was the targeting system along with his compass and radio. Shields was obviously the power used to generate the shield that protected him. Then Life Support was for providing the user with air when they are traveling at high speeds or high altitudes. Though when you over powered systems it puts strain and pressure on the user. He read a warning towards the end. Stating what kind of strain would be put on the user when certain systems were over powered.
Before Kenji knew it his squad came through the door. They were all talking to each other about how their training went and how the food was at dinner. Kenji looked out the window to see it was dark outside. He sighed then got up and headed for his bed. “Yamazaki have you been in here the whole time?” asked Setsuko. “Yeah I have. I didn’t realize how fast time pasted.” Everyone looked at each other and smiled then looked at Yuki. “You were right Yuki. Good thing you brought that food.” Kenji sat on his bed looking a little confused. When Yuki shyly came forward with a tray of food. Kenji was surprised and asked, “What made you think I would have been here the whole time?”
“…I… I-I don’t know. I just had a feeling you would.” Yuki said as she looked away and held the tray out. Kenji took the tray and looked at Yuki and smiled. “…Thank you.” Yuki looked at Kenji blushing and smiled happily. Izanagi stepped forward and stood in front of Kenji. “Alright now that you’ve proven to us that your good guy how about we introduce ourselves officially. I will start this off. I Am Tech Sergeant Kairin Yamada and I’m the Squad Leader.”
“I am Airmen 1st Class Cleo Hiroshi. If you need muscle and a straight forward assault, then I’m your Angel.”
“I’m Senior Airmen Anika Kasuomi. I’m glad to create a strategy to defeat and out-smart our enemies.”
“Oh Yeah! Now it’s my turn! I’m Airmen Michiru Nanami I will do my best to keep yours and everyone’s’ spirits up! Woo!”
“Alright calm down Michiru.” Said Kairin with smiled.
“Hi. I’m Airmen Cass Setsuko. If we ever need to get through an area with any kind of trap. Send me first.”
“Hello. I’m Airmen 1st Class Hannah Midori. If you need someone for a combination I’m your best bet. I specialize in teamwork as oddly as that sounds.” Said Hannah just before she laughed.
“Last and of course not least…” Kairin directed towards Yuki.
“I-I’m Airmen A-Ayame Yuki…I’m just trying my best to not get in the way.” All the other Angels in Kenji’s squad sighed after Ayame finished. “Alright Yamazaki we introduced ourselves. How about you introduce yourself.”
Kenji smiled then stood up still leaning on the crutch, “I am Airmen Kenji Yamazaki. I can’t really say that I specialize in anything since I haven’t been here for even a month. Not much else really to say.”
Cleo suddenly grabbed Kenji’s power armor. “How about we go talk to logistics and get you a newest version.” Just as Cleo was about to walked out the door. Kenji stepped forward and yelled, “No!” Everyone looked at Kenji just as he lost his balance and fell to his hands and knees. “Why do you want to keep this old version of the suit?” Cleo said holding up the power armor. “I have my reasons.” Kenji said looking at the ground. “Would you care to share those reasons Kenji?” Kairin asked. Kenji just stayed on his hand and knees silent for a bit. “…Alright Cleo put Kenji’s Armor back into the locker.” Just as Cleo was putting it back in Kenji spoke, “That’s the same version that my parents wore when they died protecting their friends and comrades.” Everyone froze and just looked at Kenji silently. “Also it’s true that it won’t adjust automatically like all of yours, but it not as limited as yours.”
“What do you mean?” One of them asked. “It’s hard explain but I can push my suit’s limits farther than yours. Maybe you guys will see in battle sometime.” Kenji got up and went over to his bed. “Well I think I will eat the meal you guys brought then go to bed. It’s a lot harder to move in these things than I thought.” Michiru suddenly spoke, “I guess that means we are off to play. Yea!” Michiru said as she jumped and everyone laughed as Michiru spoke. “I guess we will be seeing you then Kenji. See ya.” Said Hannah as everyone was leaving through the door. Ayame walked out the door, but stayed right outside. She waited for everyone to be out of sight. Then she came back in the room. “Ayame? I thought you were going to have fun with everyone else.”
“No. I decided I’m going to stay here.”
“but why? Don’t you want to go have fun with the others?”
Ayame shook her head and looked down at her feet, “I usually end up sitting to the side watching everyone else play.”
Ayame looked up and replied, “Yeah?”
“You mind if I ask what they play.”
“No I don’t mind. They usually play some kind of sport like Volleyball, basketball, and soccer. There are also people who play other games like random board games or card games.”
“What else is there to do?”
“Hmmm…Well I guess most do that at this time of night. Oh well they do use a room to do karaoke too. I guess that’s it.”
“Wow. I never knew all that happened at this time of night. Does it happen every night?”
“Yeah it does.”
Kenji chuckled a little and Ayame looked up at Kenji confused. “What?”
“Nothing. I was just thinking that maybe I will be able to play with everyone else, but after I thought it. It sounds pretty stupid.”
“No it’s not stupid!”
Kenji looked at Ayame surprised. With her continuing, “It’s not stupid. I know everyone else might think badly of you, but I’m sure they will come around. They just don’t know how good of a guy you are yet.” Ayame just then realized what you had just said and looked away blushing and said, “I’m sorry. I…” When Ayame said that Kenji smiled and before she could continue Kenji came over and gave her and hug and softly said, “Thank you.” Ayame was in surprised when Kenji hugged her but she was happy. She just stood there enjoying this precious moment. Kenji thought back to what everyone else said and quickly let go and stepped back. “I-I’m sorry I got a little carried away.” Kenji said right before he bowed at her. Ayame looked at Kenji and quickly responded shaking her head, “N-no it’s ok. You didn’t do anything wrong.” Kenji stood back up, “Ayame…”
“Could we keep what happened her between ourselves?”
“Thank you. I would rather not have everyone distrusting me because I did that, after all I went through to gain it.”
Ayame stood there thinking, ‘Is he talking about that hug?’
“Also,” Kenji spoke again, “thank you for thinking of me and bring the food. You really saved me there.” Kenji said with a smile on. Ayame couldn’t help but smile back, “Y-your welcome K…K…Yamazaki.”
Kenji looked at Ayame for a second then spoke, “well I guess I will go bring this tray back to the cafeteria and then go to sleep.” Kenji got up and was about to leave when Ayame interrupted, “N-no let me take that for you.”
Kenji stood there silently for a few seconds then smiled, “Thank you Ayame.”
“No p-problem.” Ayame said as smiled and walked out the door. Kenji laid in his bed slowly starting to fall asleep.
Ayame was walking down the hall towards the cafeteria. Kairin and the others were on their way back talking to each other about the games they played. Cleo looked forward and saw Ayame carrying the tray that Kenji’s food was on it. Cleo looked at Izanagi and pointed towards Ayame holding the tray. “I knew it!” Ayame looked at Cleo confused letting her continue, “He’s just as lazy as every other guy!” Kairin looked at Ayame with her arms crossed. Cleo started to walk off towards the room angrily, “I will show that ass…”
“Wait!” Ayame yelled. Everyone looked at her confused. She looked down at the tray and said, “I…I wanted to take it for him.”
“Oh…” Cleo said feeling relived that her trust in Kenji wasn’t misplaced. Kairin started walking towards Ayame. Just before she walked past Ayame she gave her a smile. Ayame looked at Kairin as she went walking. “Hurry up and don’t take too long.” Kairin said as she waved her hand back. Ayame answered back, “Yes ma’am.” Ayame started off towards the cafeteria to drop the tray off. Just as she dropped the tray off she turned around to find 3 other girls standing there. Ayame looked at them as they started to get closer and surround her. She took a step back with her back against the wall. One of the girls put her hand on the wall right next to Ayame’s head. “We all know how your squad is starting to treat that guy now. You better start treating him like before and you better convince the rest of your squad to do the same. If you don’t then your squad is going to get the same