Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Back to School

Taro had reported to Master Komatsu, leaving out certain details of course. Master Komatsu hadn't said much except for, "We must know more about the boy. Learn as much as you can." Although Michio had advised Taro not to worry about the purpose of his mission, he still wondered what his ninja clan wanted to know about this young high school kid for. The question kept rattling in his brain as he made his way to the classroom.

When he opened the door, one by one, the heads of every student in the room stopped to look at him and then immediately began whispering something to their neighbor. As Taro made his way to his seat, he did his best to catch as much of the conversations as he could. It seemed many of them were talking about his fight with Aimoto, just what he had feared.

The bell rang as a few students calmly walked into the classroom and took their seats.

Suddenly, the teacher appeared behind his desk. Taro himself was somewhat surprised.

One of the girls in the front who was deep in a conversation next to her suddenly realized the teacher was there. "Woah! Mr. Kawa" she exclaimed with a gasp. "When did you get there?"

The teacher sat up in his chair, flattened out some wrinkles in his white button-up shirt with the palms of his hands, straightened up his glasses and fixed his hair before saying in his unusual cheery disposition, "Oh, I was just taking a nap under my desk when I heard the bell ring and it woke me right up!"

The teacher then looked at the clock. "Oh, look see? It's time for class. Everyone in your seats."

Taro was very confused, but it looked to him as if everyone else was pretty confused as well and found comfort in the fact that he wasn't alone.

As Mr. Kawa began writing something on the board, the door slid open hastily, and there stood Aimoto.

"Late again?" Mr. Kawa scolded. "I just don't know what to do with you Aimoto."

Aimoto bowed apologetically saying, "Sorry" over and over.

Mr. Kawa touched his head with his hand and closed his eyes as if he was fighting off a headache, and then opening his eyes he pointed at the door and shouted, "Hallway!" and returned to his lecture.

Just like the day before, Aimoto grabbed some buckets, went in the hallway and closed the door behind him.

Class dragged on until finally the lunch bell sounded. As before, Mr. Kawa left as soon as he heard the sound, as if he had been expected it all day long.

Taro made his way to the field and saw that Aimoto was approaching him. He must be coming for a rematch, he thought.

Aimoto got to him but didn't say anything right away.

"What is it?" Taro asked.

"Come with me," he said.

Taro followed him through the field to the other end of the school as he did before to the old dojo. They entered and there was Master Tao Zing smoking a tobacco pipe sitting in the middle of the floor on a sitting cushion. In front of him was an incense stick slowly burning away and two other sitting cushions.

Aimoto looked at Taro and directing his hand toward the two cushions said, "Sit."

Taro did. He took his place on one of the cushions and Aimoto took the other. The old man smoking his pipe took no great effort to get to the point as he slowly sipped on his tobacco and blew rings of smoke in the air in front of him, his eyes closed, he looked as if he was having a great dream and didn't know anyone else was around.

"Master!" Aimoto shouted.

Master Tao Zing slowly opened his eyes to the sight of the two boys in front of him. "Very well he said," taking another sip on his pipe. "Taro, I have had Aimoto call you here to ask you..."

The master stopped mid-sentence and then took another sip of his pipe but did not continue.

"Master!" Aimoto shouted again, losing patience.

"I want you to join our dojo," he said at last.

Read "Taro, The Greatest Ninja to Live in the Shadows!" >>>>>

What? Should Taro join the school dojo, even after what had happened there the day before? Will this effect his ninja mission at all? Or perhaps he will gain another opportunity to observe Aimoto his target. Tell me what you think in the comment section below and find out more in the next chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High School!

No comments:

Post a Comment

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.