Chapter 2: Consequences and Repercussions
“Sakura, no. Don’t make me go out there like this.”
“How else are you going to get home? Teleportation?”
“...uh, well, I could...”
NO way. You have to get there sooner or later, and you know darn well
that you can’t teleport like Kaoru can without going all... nuts..., so don’t even think about it. I hate having to do this to you, but this is the only way...”
“I... I still can’t believe this. I look ridiculous! I can’t even tell if I'm African or Asian!”
“Look, all you have to do is act
“Act casual? How can I!? I just went over a complete sex change in a matter
“Look, I understand that. I could at least help you out. You don’t want to catch
any unwanted attention, do you?”
Just try to calm down and relax... We’ll think of something.”
That... would be hard to do. I stuck out like a sore thumb. I mean, here I am, a girl in
a boy’s school uniform which obviously was too big for me, looking quite a mess, and I got to get from here to home,
which, since the both of us found ourselves at an old abandoned factory clearly a good 5 miles away from Tamagawa, and even
farther from our house. The worst part is that there WAS a shortcut... but it
involved us going through Gedo High and the last time I checked, Gedo was pretty tough.
Now, if I was my old, boyish self this wouldn’t be much of a problem. Go
through, beat up a couple of gang members looking for a confrontation, board the buss at the corner of the school before anyone
really high up there in the boss rank showed up, and ride home... but this time there’s one little issue... I’M A GIRL...
I heaved a sigh as I stared outside of
the factory entrance, Sakura occupying across from me.
“Ok,” I surrendered, my new
timid voice lowering in defeat, “I’ll try to act as normal as I possibly can.” I grimly looked at my watch. “Perfect... It’s 12.15...”
I bet you’re wondering why I was
so ticked about the time. Well, most schools around here break for lunch from
12 to 1, and we were, by the looks of it, smack dab in the middle of the Gedo High Work Site where most of the gangs hang
out at. So do the math, Darrell... Two
Tamagawa girls in the middle of a construction site with 5 miles plus some change to travel to get home, but first you got
to cross the desert, where 100+ Gedo students are first going to wonder why two pretty ladies just like ourselves are on their
turf, then probably wonder if they wanna ‘play’, for lack of a better term for it.
“I think we should get a move on
before I get second, third, and fourth thoughts,” I told Sakura.
She gave me a nod in reply then looked
out on the junkyard herself again. “We shouldn’t run. We’ll attract too much attention, plus if we get into a scuffle, we’ll be at a huge disadvantage
with all those guys roaming around.”
“Right. Let’s get a move on.”
The two of us peered out the factory door
to see if the coast was clear. Then I caught a glimpse of Sakura running off
ahead. Instinctively I followed... but it wasn’t easy. As Sakura stopped behind a junk pile nearby, she looked back at me and twisted her mouth.
“What’s the matter?”
“Let’s just say I’m lucky
that were in this junk field. My pants won’t hold up, even with my belt
“Seriously? Did you have that problem when you were trying to find me?”
“I was too busy thinking about you to notice... Even then, I didn’t
have that issue...”
“Well, I guess you’re going
to have to wing it. It’s quite a while from here to the bus stop. Once we get on the bus it should be smooth sailing.”
“Yeah, I know. Let’s keep going.”
I then moved my right hand to my side while
reminding myself that our book bags were back where this whole ordeal started, and grasped onto my pants. Sakura got the message and moved forward. As we made our way
through the Gedo Work Site I got the opportunity to think about what I was going to do with myself. No one I know is going to recognize me. Hell, I don’t
even recognize myself. The thing that escaped my mind, despite all that happened
within the past 4 hours, was how I got like this in the first place. I just couldn’t
remember that point... or what caused it. I would’ve liked to say that
I could be calm about all this but really I was freaked out beyond belief.
“Sakura?” I whispered as we
snuck behind a rail for a building frame.
“I just thought of something... If I’m a girl then I’m going to need a name...”
“Hmm... You’re right about that...”
“So, what do you think?”
Sakura turned around to face me and gave
me a look. “Um... do you?”
“I don’t know. I mean...
I really don’t know...”
“I’ll think about it as we
We both looked forward, finding ourselves
at the edge of a building going under construction. As she looked around I looked
up and frowned.
“Sakura, look up,” I whispered
“Uh...? OH... Gedo kids... Let’s
sneak around. As long as we don’t get in sight, then we’ll be fine.”
As you probably guessed, this was a
Gedo hideout. Some members of Gedo, either in uniform or wearing rough street
clothes, were sitting on the rails handing above our heads. Luckily they were
just talking, so they didn’t notice us as we hugged the rail under them and tip-toed forward. Once we were a safe distance away we ducked behind a large support rail and kept going at a regular pace.
“How about Ire?” Sakura blurted
out of the blue.
“Huh...? Oh. No, I don’t think I like that name.”
Sakura put a hand on her chin and looked
at the ground as we walked through the building frame, our sneakers kicking up dust as we took step by step. I looked into space for a few seconds, feeling my newly formed moderate length hair with a hand, then a
mane for myself hit me.
“No way. Doesn’t suit you... How about Tiara?”
I let that one sit in my mind for a while
before I shook my head.
“Akari?” the blossom kept suggesting.
“Hmm... no... SNK would sue for sure... but I feel like we’re getting close...”
Sakura smiled at me and then gave it one
more thought. I did so, too. As
I looked up to the sky again I thought of my mother, the first female that I knew...
Her name was Lisa... And when Akari was said it almost molded... Maybe...
After a few moments I was sure... and I
guess Sakura somehow was thinking the same thing.
“Arisa,” the both of us chimed
at the same time. We then looked at each other, startled at first, but then nodded.
“Arisa it is then,” I announced,
“ but then there’s the family name...”
“Well, you could use mine and we
can pass you off as a cousin of mine.”
I shook my head. “I'd rather not. Once they do a family history check
its all over for me. Um... It’s
got to be original so that no one notices and links between me and my old self... Er...”
“Hoshi?” Sakura smirked. I merely gave her a blank look.
“Now don’t you think Ryu and
Capcom have enough troubles with that name...?”
She giggled. “I know. Just kidding with you. Mari?”
“I... don’t think so...”
“Nice, yes... Maybe a bit too nice... I’ll sit on that.”
Sakura went on for a full minute jump through
family names that I could use and it wasn’t until we reached the end of the metal field where she hit it.
My eyebrows rose when that name reached
me. “Kyubei, Arisa... A. K. K. A. Now that I like enough to use.”
“So are we settled?”
“Sure looked like it – oh,
“You’ve got to be kidding!”
If bad luck could have a picture, this
was it. At the other end of the huge building frame, we ran to an open field
with no remote hiding places in sight and about 65% or so of it Gedo occupied. People
were on the left and the right of us, doing actions from eating to showing off strength.
Needless to say, it would be impossible for us to go through and not be noticed...
At that point I was convinced. Either I was dreaming this whole thing,
or this is some great master’s way of playing a joke on me.
“Well...” Sakura mumbled, “got
any bright ideas?”
”Hardly,” I mumbled. “Looks like we don’t have a choice.
Might want to ready yourself for a run for it.”
For once in her life, Sakura found herself
denying a run. “And get ‘pulled over’? I don’t think so. There’s got to be some way to
not get noticed...”
“Hmmm... Maybe we could—“
“Well, well! What do we have here? Two schoolgirls have lost their way!”
The sound of that voice behind me made
me cringe and made my heart stop from the sudden surprise. Sakura and I turned
around and came face to face with Ei... er... Edge, just one of the main Gedo lords that run the school. As of height he was only a little taller than us... minus the huge blond hair he had standing on end. Add that, and he seemed to be a good 6 inches taller more and honestly, that fact
bugged me... or was it the face that his punk smirk was constantly on his face whenever I looked at him? I don’t know, don’t want to know. Edge really
does get me edgy.
“Edge...” Sakura whispered. “Look, today’s been a long day...”
“Ah, but the thing is, you’re
on Gedo turf, and when you’re on Gedo turn, you’re on my turf, and my turf is the big boss man, Daigo’s
turf. I think the matter of why you’re here in the first place needs some
attention, little world warrior.”
Sakura’s mouth twisted. “Well... I’d rather not talk about it. It’s
sort of personal...”
is quite the understatement... I found myself thinking.
“Anyways,” my friend continued,
trying her best to be calm about this confrontation, “could you do me a favor and... you know... let us thr—uh!?!”
It was sort of obvious that Edge wasn’t
paying much attention to Sakura. He does have a weird sense of an attention span. The thing is that he wasn’t listening because he didn’t want to... or
that he’s just that dumb. It was because his eyes were on ME...
I instantly stiffened up as Edge’s
eyes lay on my body. The way he was looking at me made me sweat in nervousness. I don’t normally spend any time around him, but I knew this had to be out of
character right here...
“And you’ve got a new friend
with you, too,” he went on, his eyes rising up to meet mine. “A surprise... That other kid’s always tagging with you... but this is definitely an improvement
over that little firefly pest.”
I was always quick to take things like that personally and this was no exception.”
“Gee... thanks...” I muttered,
my voice hiding my sense of sarcasm. I then loweved my voice to give a silent,
“...broom head...” under my breath.
“What was that?”
I gasped and held my mouth shut with my
Edge’s smirk just grew a little. “Hmm... I guess you must be REALLY new.
Don’t you know you’ve got on the wrong... version of a school dress... or is Tamagawa going under some
alterations through those pansy sailor suits they have their girls wearing, eh?”
That quote really got both Sakura and me
riled up, but the two of us tried our best to not lash out on him. Before I could
respond, Edge slightly bent his head over to give me a closer look. As he did
so, I took a step back, growing a bit wide-eyed as I could literally feel his eyes on me.
I felt my head tuck down a bit, not making direct contact with him, just barely looking up from the top of my eyes. Little did I notice that my cheeks started to tingle a bit and give off a slightly
“Oh... so you’re one of those...
shy types. What’s your name, girl?”
“A... Ari... Arisa...” I responded weakly.
“Well, then, Arisa, you’re
new around these parts, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to... lay down the law of Gedo.”
Edge giving a speech? Spare me... please...
“Uh, actually...” my soft voice
cut him off, “I’ve heard quite a lot about you. Second in command
behind Daigo Kazama to run the school’s gangs. Master of knives and other
stuff. I think that’s pretty cool.
I personally like the way you got your hair, too.”
Edge cocked his head back a bit and gave
me a slightly confused look. “Oh, you think so?”
“Uh-huh,” I nodded, moving
my head a little slowly. “I also heard you were quite strong for someone
of your stature. You fought against Justice High when they kidnapped the Big
Boss. Anyone who could do that must be quite brave.”
Aww... look. Big bad Edge is blushing. I flashed a shy smile and he put
his hands in his pockets and looked to the side in response. I wish I had a camera. This was a Kodac moment for sure.
“Darrell...” Sakura whispered
in my ear as she leaned over to me, “What are you doing?”
“Just give me a second...” I wiped it off my face as Edge looked back at the two of us. I couldn’t quite get why, but I enjoyed messing with Edge.
It was a rare opportunity to see him as a softie... My boy self would
have never seen this.
“Well... yeah. I’m like the main man around here. If anything is gonna
happen, its gotta run through me first.”
“Oh... so, do you think that maybe
you can let my friend and I pass through this big yard? I mean... there are so
many gang members over here and there is only 2 of us... I don’t want any
“Don’t think nothing of it. You’ve got clearance. Go on and
get out of here. Just watch where you step.”
“Thanks! Come on, Sakura!”
I looked over to her and noticed she had
the biggest look of shock and surprise on her face. I found myself giggling as
I grabbed her hand, gave Edge one last look, and confidently went forward. As
we crossed the yard of bullies, Sakura looked back at me and asked, “Are you SURE you’re Darrell again?”
“Why would you ask a silly question
“It’s just that... I never,
ever saw you act like that before... If it had been any other time you two would’ve
“Yeah... yeah, I guess I would’ve...”
“So why? Why did you act so... so... girlish back there?”
I just shrugged. “In all honesty... I don’t know... I mean... I...
I just looked at him and... well... the words just started to spill out... I’ll
be honest. The outcome was smoother than fighting, that’s for sure.”
“Well... you’re right... For a second there, I thought you were really serious about--”
I instantly shook my head. “Are you nuts? I mean... Edge? No way. In case you haven’t noticed, Edge and I hate
each other. There’s no way I’d...”
I trailed off as I found out that the
people to our side stopped whatever they were doing and stared at us. Sakura
noticed it, too, and stayed close to me, the both of us looking right back out there...
I felt my heart start to pound. What’s their deal?
“Let’s... just try to watch
our backs...” Sakura warned.
I looked again to the side of me to sport
another group of Gedo students. Two of the guys from the group gave me this look,
raising their eyebrows while smiling slyly. Oh, boy... I just ran through this...
“Hey, kid! Why don’t you come over here and get to know me a little better?”
I just looked at him and gave a nervous
smile but didn’t respond. I looked up and sighed in relief. I looked up and sighed in relief. I could see the roof of
Gedo High from here...
“Let’s get out of here,”
I whispered. “Not much farther.”
Sakura just nodded and the two of us began
to scamper across the field. As we steadily saw more and more of the high school,
I felt more and more at ease as I could start to see the street grow in our view. Once
I could get a good view of it, I broke into a run. Was that... Ah! Yes! There’s
a bus coming right up the street!
“H... hey!” I heard Sakura
shout from behind me.
“You got any bus fare money, Sakura? The bus is coming! Let’s hurry!”
“Yeah, I got money... but just slow
down a second! You’re going to—“
I skidded to a stop just as I almost ran
past the school, a sudden body standing in my way. I almost ran into him, barely
stopping in time, but my upper body still had momentum, so I struggled to catch my balance... only to be disrupted by a pair
of arms wrapping around my back and pulling me close. The strong smell of cologne
filled my nostrils immediately, and I coughed a bit. Just great... Now what!?
“Hey, why don’t you watch were
you going you little cross dresser? There’s no rush... is there?”
“Well, I was trying to get to the
bus stop...” I replied, my head rising to look up to the face of a Gedo gang member up close and personal. Compared to my... er... 5’ 3” height or so, this guy looked a good 6’ even and built... BUILT. I mean... the muscles that surrounded
me almost seemed to crush me as he held me. I could barely look over his mass
to the street... and I let out a yell, noticing that the bus was RIGHT THERE at the bus stop, some people coming off of it
“HEY!” I shouted out, struggling
to break free, “WAIT UP! UGHH....!
YOU MIND HERE!?”
“Well, now! Look, guys! This girl’s rather fussy, isn’t she?”
Let my friend go! She didn’t do anything to you...! AH! Uh... oh....”
Just what I needed... By the time the guy finally let me go, the bus’s doors already closed and it slowly pulled away from
Gedo and out of sight behind another building. It was then that my blockade threw
me backwards, making me stumble backwards and tripping over my sneakers. I let
out a yelp as I fell on my butt, rubbing it slightly. It was then that I noticed
that Sakura and I were totally surrounded... All around us, Gedo students gazed
at us, roughly 15 or 20 in all, all male (typical) and with the look of... Well...
I rather not say.
“Well, if you want to head on over
to the bus stop, then by all means... that is... if your cute little ass will head over to my way first...”
As the group around us gave light chuckles
to that, I felt my forehead twitch. Geez!
What’s up with today!? Its like everyone’s out to get me all
because of this whole change! I was REALLY getting tired of all this!
“Well,” the big man of the
group said again, “what do you say? Should be... fun.”
“Man, you have no idea who you’re messing with...” I grumbled, my face starting to show disgust as my body tensed
in anger. I just dealt with two rapists before.
I wasn’t in the mood for 20. I wasn’t in the mood for 1. Dammit, all I wanted to do was go home and just TRY to wish this
was all a dream, but WHY!? Why this!??
“Hey, look at this! Little princess here seems to have an attitude problem!” another voice from the small crowd.
“Oooooh... I like that...” a third shot out. “I got first
dibs on her!”
“Third right here!”
With each new voice I could feel my anger
start to peak... I closed my brown eyes, feeling that same boil of my blood from
“Damn hentais...” I muttered,
feeling myself about to blow. Just what was going ON with these guys? Its like everyone’s freaking attracted to me like flies to a zapper.
I definitely think Sakura could feel how I was feeling, for she simply whispered to me in my ear...
“Whenever... you’re ready...”
I didn’t respond. I was too busy ready to let loose on the whole Gedo population if I had to.
I was NOT the guy... er... I mean... girl, to mess with today!
“Look, girl... We can make this easy or hard on you... but honestly... I think I speak for the group when I say that I
always liked my bitches rough...”
A hand grabbed onto my left arm... and
bam! I snapped.
“HOW ABOUT YOU SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH,
YOU PERVERTED BASTARD!!”
A quick whip of the wrist to break away...
and in 0.4 seconds flat, the first victim was put in his place. With a sickening
crack that could’ve been mistaken for a baseball bat hit, the person directly to my left was a good 3 feet away, on
his face in a curled position, down and out. Before anyone could pick up what
was going on, I stuck again like lightning. My left leg whipped around as I spun
and took out the guy next to him... then my fist caught on fire and decked the member behind me as he tried to sneak me.
The next 2 minutes was like an all out
brawl; me and Sakura against whoever came close to us. I didn’t pay any
attention at all to the sheer numbers that seemed to rise as we took down one gang member after the other. All I knew was that each attack I threw blasted each and every thug around me. There was no need for me to even charge up my flames at all. I
was fueled by something even stronger; utter rage. I don’t even think anyone
laid a hand on me during that duration. Whatever took over me... I made sure
to take full use of it.
Hmmm.... a pause in the rush. After kicking the last person away from me, I started to pant heavily, my body beginning to come over its
adrenaline rush. I blinked as I noticed that a majority of the Gedo population
was down and out around us. The area was littered with bodies like a post war
zone. After a few more pants, I heard movement and threw my head over to its
side, getting the chance to check out the other people who fortunately didn’t get into the scrap, merely looking on
with wide eyes, shocked. My eyes hardened and I held my fist in front of my face...
then threw it back down to the ground, a flame sparking off it and burning an unconscious gang member that lay at the side
“WHO ELSE WANTS SOME OF THIS, UH!?”
I roared, my voice totally changing from petite to that of an Amazon of sorts. “YOU
STILL WANT TO FUCK THIS BITCH!? HUH?! WHO!? WHO’S DUMB ENOUGH TO BE THE 50TH PERVERT TO GET ON MY BAD SIDE TODAY!? LET ME KNOW SO I CAN STOMP THAT DICK OF YOURS RIGHT UP YOUR ASS AND BACK UP OUT YOUR
Instantly jaws dropped as the remainder
of the Gedo students stayed frozen in their positions. I made sure I got the
message across. This girl was ticked off to the point of no return, and if you
favored your well-being, you best stay the hell away. After a few moments of
quiet, I told myself to calm down and took deep breaths. I felt an arm gently
wrap around my shoulder and I closed my eyes in relief.
“Sakura... Let’s... just go home...”
“I’m well ahead of you on that,
As I turned around along with my friend,
I made sure I made my first step towards the street a hard stomp onto someone’s abdomen, a loud shout shooting out in
response. Turns out, it was the idiot who grabbed me in the first place. As we finally got to the street, luckily in time to meet an approaching bus, my head
hurt. The adrenaline in my system fully vanished, now my body was just tired
and my mind agitated. I hung my head wearily and my eyes stayed closed until
the bus screeched to the stop. The two of us stepped on and Sakura paid the fare
with yen from her pocket. We took a seat towards the middle of the bus, Sakura
taking the window seat, and we both heaved sighs. This was quite one tiring day...
“Finally...” the blossom whispered. I simply gave a confirmation noise.
“Thankfully this bus will drop us
off close to home...” I added.
“Look, for the rest of the day, we’ll
just say home. I’ll go off and get our bags from the alley in a few hours.”
After that Sakura grew quiet. I just stared off into space, finding myself staring at the window closest to me to the gray sky. It didn’t rain yet even after all of this mess... It might as well had. Go on and make this day even worse for
me, why don’t you? As the bus approached a bridge heading towards the center
I felt really, really tired. All this fighting off rape really took it out of
me. With a yarn I closed my eyes and let my head rest on Sakura’s shoulder. She simply accepted it and snuggled next to me, and together we caught some much needed
rest. As I drifted off, I just couldn’t help hating this. I never asked to be a girl, and even then I never asked to get raped by almost an entire school. Why me? Just... why?
But at the same time, I remembered who
was next to me throughout it all...
...and I knew that I was truly blessed
to be with her. I was fully convinced that whatever happens... we’d be
there to fight it together...
...whatever it was...