Thursday, August 5, 2010

The First Day of School

Taro approached a tall black gate opened wide. On either side was a brick wall stretching far in both directions and surrounding an even more magnificent structure. “MIZUA HIGH SCHOOL,” the wall read. This was his destination.
   
Young high school students wondered about a big courtyard. Most of them appeared to be about the same age as Taro himself. They all wore a uniform. The women wore blouses with a sailor-style collar and knee-length skirts, and the men wore formal looking suits with slacks and buttoned jackets, the same uniform Taro was now wearing. Despite this, Taro didn’t feel as though he fit in. As he walked down the paved path between the two large grassy patches of the courtyard, he suddenly felt as though none of his training had prepared him for this at all.
   
As he walked down the path, he looked side to side for his target. Regardless of how he was feeling, he knew that his mission was more important than his insecurities.
   
He looked to the right and saw some students playing with some sort of black and white kick ball. He eyed them carefully but determined that Ichiro Aimoto was not among them. He turned his gaze to the left, and saw other students carelessly chatting under a tree. Again, he didn’t see his target. He looked back and forth but didn’t see a thing. He knew that he would have to keep a sharp eye out. The quicker he could identify the target, the more he would have to report back. Perhaps, he thought, if he completed his mission thoroughly enough, he could escape this place and return to the comfort of his home until he was needed further.
   
“Watch out!” someone called.
   
The sound of rushing air was quickly approaching Taro. He turned his head to see the kick ball the other students were playing with flying in his direction. Before he had time to think, his leg was flying through the air to oppose it. The ball, as fast as it was flying, was no match for the mighty strength of Taro’s kick. The ball collided and compressed against Taro’s shin and shot back in the other direction, through the tree, and out of sight past the wall.
   
The other students stood around staring at Taro. Their shock was palpable.

Next: "The Incident" >>>>>

Taro's first day on his ninja mission. Things seem to be going pretty bad for him already, but will he be able to pull it off? Espionage and fighting are one thing, but this is something different all together. How can he fit in with a bunch of students when he has never so much as left his ninja hideout? Let me know what you think in the comment sections and find out more on the next exciting chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High school.

2 comments:

  1. Taro's experience of the school (and school in general) reminds me of the Luke Gardner's (or something's) from the "Shadow Children" series.

    I really like how this entry was a manageable length, btw :3

    The ball should be deflated, by the time it hits the goal XD

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  2. ROFL! That's the greatest! *super-ninja Taro kicks the ball over the wall* "um...oops?" So much for low profile? xD

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.