Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ninja Talks

"I just don't understand why they want me to gather intelligence on this kid," Taro said. After returning to the hideout, he immediately went to see his friend Michio.

"It's not our job to ask questions," Michio scolded him. "Any more than it is a master's job to take orders from those who serve him. You have to remember that ninjas are tools to be used. The only thoughts a ninja should have is how best to complete his mission."

Taro wasn't satisfied with this answer, but he knew his friend was right.

"But it sounds like you've already gotten in a bit of trouble, haven't you?" Michio leaned in toward Taro and continued excitedly. "So tell me about this fight you had!"

Taro's face lit up. "He was fast," Taro explained. "And skilled, too! He was an excellent fighter, and I dare say he might even have been a good match for you." Michio always performed better at combat that Taro did.

"I doubt that," Michio said. "But go on, tell the rest of it..."

Taro began relaying the details to his eager friend. He described every punch, every kick, every block. He did so in such vivid detail that Michio could see the whole thing play out in his head. Taro could too.

"That sounds like some fight," Michio said at last after Taro finished his story.

"I was pretty amazed at his speed. He might even beat Master Komatsu in a foot race," Taro said.

Michio stared at him blankly. "You shouldn't joke about such things. If Master Komatsu overheard..."

Taro cut him short. "I know, I know. It was just a joke. Anyway, he challenged me to a rematch."

"You shouldn't. You've drawn too much attention already."

"I know that," said Taro with a sigh, half wishing that Michio would have advised him to accept the challenge.

"What damage is done can't be undone," said Michio, a fairly common proverb in his clan. It was always important to focus on the future and not to dwell in the past. A ninja must always focus on completing his mission.

"What should I tell Master Komatsu?" he asked earnestly. "Should I tell him what happened?"

"It's probably best that you do," said Michio. "For every mission it is important to have proper oversight. Otherwise, it is like playing a game of chess blindfolded."

"But if I do tell him, they might decide I'm not ready to take on missions and keep me locked up here for another 3 or 4 years!" Taro protested.

"You may be right about that," Michio said not to excited for his friend's situation.

The two of them talked for several more hours. Taro told Michio all about how stressful it was to be thrown into such an awkward place, and Michio filled Taro in on his latest ninja missions as well. Taro learned that Michio had just gotten back from a retrieval mission of some disk that an important client wanted pretty bad. They both agreed that it was probably an agent of the government and there was some top secret files on the disk that was vital to the protection of the whole country. It was all speculation of course because lower ranked ninja rarely get filled in on the details.

"On of these days," Michio began. "I'm going to be a master too, and then I shall know what all of the ninja missions are for and who the clients are."

"Well don't forget who your best friend is when that happens," Taro said. The two of them had a good laugh and talked for a while longer.

As it got later in the evening, the two of them decided to part ways. Taro still needed to give his report to Master Komatsu. He bid fare well to his friend and headed toward Master Komatsu's hut. As he did, he made up his mind not to tell his master what had happened."

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It's the end of the first day of Taro's first ninja mission. What is in store for him for the next day? How will he cope with the new attention he's bound to get from the other students? Tell me what you think in the comment section and keep reading Taro's Ninja Spy High School!

1 comment:

  1. He's NOT going to tell his master what happened? lol! It figures. 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.