Yuu and Akane stared at the object in Kitsune's hands; whatever it was it must of been ancient because it was huge and covered in dirty gray bandages and cloth that looked like it had gone through a century of war.
"What is that?" Yuu looked closely at the bandages and noticed that it was covered in Chinese letters he for some reason didn't recognize.
Kitsune hugged the object tight to his chest, letting a smile appear on his face. "This is an ancient tome." He said, holding back the small laugh he wanted to let out.
"Why do you have an ancient tome!?" Yuu asks with a confused head tilt.
"It's a family heirloom from a lost world, grandfather gave it to me when I left."
"Who gives a family heirloom away as a parting gift" Yuu asked
"Grandfather said I might need it while I'm gone." He hugged the book tighter.
"You can give the back story later." Akane stepped in, feeling bored and anxious to move on. "We don't have time so show us what's inside Kitsune-chan!"
"O-okay, I'm sorry!" Kitsune snapped out of his memory daze and quickly unwrapped the object in his hands.
The bandages and cloth fell to the ground as Kitsune unraveled the contents.
"..." Yuu and Akane stood with blank faces, staring at the ancient "tome" in Kitsune's hands.
A giant, hard cover, yellow book was being hugged by the blond with care; on it was plastered the words "THE GOOD BUISNESS MANUAL!"
Yuu and Akane didn't say anything, their faces were frozen as they stared at Kitsune's bright smiling face...one thing was for certain; at that moment the two teens were thinking the same thing.
"THAT'S JUST A NORMAL BOOK!"
"Exactly how old is that book?" Yuu asked, a shaky finger pointed at the book and an awkward smile plastered on his face.
Kitsune's smile brightened more. "Grandfather says it's over 300 thousand years old!" Kitsune beamed.
Yuu and turned to Akane and they shared the blank expression again. Akane gave Yuu a nudge and he took another step forward.
"Exactly how did your family get the book?" Yuu asked hesitantly, trying ever the harder to make his weak looking smile seem the slightest bit natural
"Grandfather says that my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather's grandfather stole it from a dragon!" Kitsune closed his eyes in remembrance of the bravely fought battle for his ancient tome. "The people of that era were so brave to fight dragons of the eastern realm." Kitsune looked up to see Yuu and Akane with blank faces and wide eyes staring at the book.
Kitsune looked at them both with a curious stare. "What's the matter guys?"
"Nothing!" Akane said with a laugh. "We were just so surprised at how good it looked after so long."
"Ah yes." Kitsune closed his eyes again remembering his grandfather's wisdom. "Grandfather is very good at restoration, I am very proud of him."
"..." Yuu and Akane looked at each other and then back Kitsune before simply nodding in agreement about the situation.
"So what's the first step?" Yuu asked after a really long bout of silence.
Kitsune opened the giant book and began reading. "It says that there are three things a restaurant needs to succeed." he turned a page gently. "You must have good customer service, good food, and good atmosphere to be a successful restaurant" He stated before closing the book. "We'll need all three if we wish to make any money by the end of the day."
Akane smirked. "Customer service, I know how to give proper customer service.."
"We don't need your kind of help.." Yuu said bluntly.
"Aw Yuu-chan...you need to loosen up a little." She hugged him from behind, pressing her body against his back.
"You're loose enough for everybody." He said, slipping out of her embrace and giving her a smirk.
"So you really wanna die huh?" Akane pulled out a kunai and licked her lips, ready for the kill.
"Whenever you're ready, you perverted ninja!" Yuu cracked his knuckles and took a step forward. The two got into each other's faces and began another glaring contest.
"NO!" Kitsune cried, showing them the book. "It's bad to fight in a business!" He pleaded.
Akane and Yuu stepped away from each other, the ninja twirled the knife in her hand before throwing it on the ground while Yuu shoved his hands into his pockets; grumbling words under his breath as he did so.
"So what do we do first?" Yuu turned around to look at Kitsune whose nose was back in the book.
"First we should...ummm..." Kitsune flipped through more pages. "Oh, here we go! First we should make sure the name is okay!" He announced.
"I agree, this name kind of sucks." Akane said, pulling her skirt up. "The lettering is all weird and stupid looking" She buttoned up her white dress shirt and slid the sweater vest over her head just in time to feel the vibrations of her phone on her hip. "Oh.." She pulled the pink cell phone attached to her skirt off and pressed it to her ear. "Hello?"
"S-Sarah!?" She sucked in a breath at the sound of the demon child's voice.
"What's wrong with my letters Akane-chan?" She asked with a happy voice. "giggle I made it myself ya know."
"I-I knew that!" Akane said quickly, a bead of sweat went down from her forehead to her chin.
"Ya did...and you still said that?"
"I meant that I didn't know!"
"giggle well which one is it Akane-chan?" Akane began to panic, until something snapped.
"...I think that you're sign is the greatest sign in the world...hail Sarah.."
"I think it's perfect too Akane-chan!" She beamed! "I'm so glad we could come to an understanding!" Then the phone hung up, Akane silently flipped it closed and reattached it to her skirt.
"I think changing a perfect name like this would be stupid on all parties." Akane stated.
"Agreed!" Yuu and Kitsune blurted out in an instant.
"W-what else c-can we do?" Yuu asked.
Kitsune quietly let out a shaky breath before opening his book and reading its content again. "It says that the food might be detouring customers away from the stand."
"The food?" Yuu asked.
"It tastes awesome though." Akane said with a spoon full of rice.
"HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU TO STOP EATING, YOU FREE LOADER!" Yuu shouted, throwing a butcher knife at the ninjas head.
Akane ducked under the blade, shoving more rice in her face as she did so.
"It's not the taste though..." Kitsune said, turning a faint shade of red for being complemented. "It's the mobility.."
"Yeah, not everyone can eat rice on the go and a lot of people are busy so they need to eat something else." Kitsune closed his eyes and lost himself in deep thought. "Something portable."
"How about sushi!" Akane suggested, pulling the butcher knife out of the wall behind her. "I can dice up salmon like that!" She snapped her fingers to show how fast she was.
"We don't have any fish, and we don't have anyway to wrap up the sushi for people either." Kitsune closed his eyes even tighter as he tried thinking as hard as he could on an idea. In the midst of him thinking, a smell caught his attention. "What?" he asked himself, the smell hit his little nose again, forcing him to disappear behind the stove and pull out a mess of strange ingredients. "I know what we can make!" He said with a bright smile and wide blue eyes! "It'll take about an hour or so though.."
"What are we supposed to do for an hour!?" Yuu complained.
"The book says it never hurts to advertise!" Kitsune read aloud.
"How are we supposed to advertise?" Yuu asked his friend sharply.
"I could always get naked"Akane suggested, pulling up her shirt as she did so.
"What the hell kind of plan is that you pervert!" Yuu struck the ninja on top of the head with a karate chop.
"Ow Yuu-chan!" Akane whined, rubbing her head and looking hurt.
Kitsune stood for a moment, he looked down at his feet, not knowing what to say. While looking down, he noticed something on the ground.
"We can use this!" He said, his face brightening up at the sight of the object. Kitsune once again ducked under the table, this time he pulled out a giant white arrow with the words "EAT HERE!" spread across it in big bold letters. "One of us can stand in front of the shop and show this to passers by." Kitsune said, spinning the sign around.
"I'll do it!" Akane said with a smug smile on her face. "I'm the best at this anyway!" She declared with haughty laugh.
"Like hell!" Yuu snatched the sign out of her hand and walked over to the street corner. "You've done enough with your advertising today."He threw a glare in the ninja's direction before twirling the sign...and hitting himself in the face "OW!" He shouted, dropping the arrow and holding his bleeding nose.
"Ha!" Akane laughed, grabbing the sign off the floor. "Serves you right!" She stuck her tongue out at the teen with another smug grin before turning towards the street and twirling the sign, throwing it up in the air and twirling it around again.
"That bitch!" He said, stomping over to Kitsune who at the moment was kneading dough in his hand.
"Oi, Jo-kun?" He called after a while of sitting around doing nothing. The blond looked up from his dough and stopped kneading. "What are you supposed to be making?" Yuu asked, he yawned and covered his mouth, boredom slowly forcing him to sleep.
"Bao Buns!" Kitsune replied with a cheery smile. "Grandpa used to make them when I was living at home.." He began to think of the times when he was little, when he was crying and someone would give a treat and tell him it was alright.
"Did he teach you how to cook too?"
Kitsune stopped, the question caught him off guard and forced his mind to a brief stop; he stood their silent for only a second before coming back to reality. "Yeah..." a warm smile appeared on his face, his hands went to his pocket and pulled out a black ribbon. "Grandpa once told me that cooking was something anyone could do, it was a doorway to a place where everyone could come together." He gave a small laugh, pulling the black ribbon to his hair. "He said that to cook for someone else was to open that door for someone else." He pulled his hair back and tied the ribbon in it, pulling up his hair and showing both of his clear blue eyes to the world. "I want to use cooking now so that I can open the door to our school and stay in that world for just a little longer...that's why grandpa gave me that book.." He turned and looked at Yuu with soft eyes and a bright smile. "So that I could keep the door to my precious place...open for as long as I can!"
Yuu didn't say anything, he stared a Kitsune with a blank expression.
Kitsune looked at Yuu for a minute, his expression went blank as he realized why Yuu wasn't saying anything; in an instant the small boy's blue went wide and his face became a completely flushed shade of red.
"AH! I said something embarrassing didn't I!?"
Yuu poked the blond's head with his index finger, he had a smirk on his face. "Baka..." He pressed the finger against the boy's forehead. "Don't go calling things like that embarrassing!"
Kitsune stared for a moment but for some reason slowly began to laugh.
(Hey, Narrator-kun here! For those of you who don't know what Bao buns are; please go to bottom of the page and read the explanation..THANK YOU!)
TWO HOURS LATER
"I'm done.." Kitsune said, wiping the sweat from his forehead and placing the buns on treys.
"Thank goodness!" Akane cried. "I'm sick of twirling this sign around when it's so hot out!" She whined, now only tilting the sign up and down. "Yuu chan, get me something cold to drink why don't you!" She said with her lower lip stuck like a little girl.
"Go get your own drink.." Yuu said, irritation starting to overcome his boredom.
"Why are you being so mean Yuu-chan!" Akane whined more, throwing the arrow on the ground. "And why isn't anyone showing up!?" She stomped her feet in frustration.
Just then, a girl and her mom walked by the stand once again
"Mommy, why is that prostitute from earlier standing in front of the food stand."
"Because dear, these people don't understand that no wants to eat at a whore house."
"Did they think people wouldn't talk about it."
"Well of course dear, these three must be idiots."
"Mommy, we've passed this place three times..are we lost?"
"Yes dear, and if it wasn't for my fear of getting sexual disease, I would probably stop and ask these three for directions."
"Oh...mommy, you're kind of fickle"
"I sure am dear...I sure am..." And then they left..again.
"..." The three stood silently.
"THAT BITCH!" Yuu roared, he stomped forward but Kitsune grabbed the back of his shirt and dg the heels of his feet into the ground for friction.
"No Yuu-kun!" He shouted in protest.
"THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!" Yuu spun turned around and looked at Akane with rage filled eyes.
"If it wasn't for you always having to be half naked, we wouldn't be in this mess."Yuu shouted."Now what are we supposed to do?"
"I have an idea Yuu!" Kitsune said. "We can still sell to one group of people tat haven't been outside all day!"
"Who!" Yuu spun around like lightning and grabbed Kitsune's shoulders with giant eyes of desperation!
"I-I-I-I-I..deep breath...I think we've been selling to the wrong people." Kitsune said with a determined look. "We can sell to the students!" He said, he craned his head to the side to look at Akane. "Akane, we need a way to attract as many people here as we can."
"Well most of our school is boys so..." Akane began to lift up her shirt.
"NO!" Kitsune shouted. "How about...something...just a little more...humble..." He said, turning red again.
"Humble huh...?" Akane closed her eyes in tense concentration, she stood their silently (for almost an hour) thinking until something struck her. "I have an idea."
"What is it?" Yuu asked, taking a step back when he saw the look of delight in the pervy ninja's eyes.
Akane licked her lips and gave Kitsune a sly smile, taking a step forward.
"A-Akane!?" Kitsune took a step back.
""Just stay still okay...my cute little Kitsune-chan..."
Twenty Minutes Later
"Are you sure this is going to work?" Yuu asked, taking another picture with Akane's phone.
"Why wouldn't it Yuu-chan?" Akane asked, she gave a wide smile.
"This is so embarrassing!" Kitsune stood, shaking.
"It's okay Kitsune-chan!" Akane giggled, pulling him closer.
"Okay, I'm done!" Yuu said, tossing the phone to Akane.
"Now for the fun part!" Akane cheered. "One..two...three...and done!" Akane typed in a few numbers with her phone and the pictures went to everyone in he school.
The boys locker room was filled with talk of the next game.
"Hey, you think we should practice our defense?" Generic a boy with black hair asked.
"Yeah probably..hold on.." The boy was caught off when he heard his phone ringing; he pulled it out and looked at an email with a picture attached. "...whoa..." He gasped after looking at the image on his phone.
"You got this picture too?" The black haired asked, staring at his phone.
"I got it too!" Another boy.
The same thing was going on the girl's locker room too
"What are we looking at!?" A girl asked in wonder, every one gathered around her.
"Something awesome!" A girl said, smiling from ear to ear.
"No one's coming and we have to go to bed because of the curfew soon!" Yuu said, kicking a can out of sight.
Akane simply gave the boy a bright smile.
Out in the distance, the sound of feet stampeding down a hall could e heard.
"Three...two...one!" Akane counted down, Yuu turned to see a mob of students running out of the school and towards the gate. "It's show time Kitsune-chan!" She giggled, grabbing Kitsune and locking arms. As the students were about to make it to the gate, Kitsune and Akane stepped out in front of them, letting everyone see what they had done.
"Too KAWAII!" A girl screamed.
"TOO HOT!" A boy said.
Kitsune and Akane, dressed in maid uniforms, their arms locked and their smiles unwavering. Kitsune looked at them all with a an embarrassed and shy smile. Akane winked at the boys, licking her lips and letting her eyes catch as many people as they could.
"Welcome to "Star Dining!, please treat us kindly!" They both said in unison.
"Speaking in unison is so Kawaii!" A girl announced, the others around her agreed with nods.
Akane and Kitsune's uniforms differed slightly. Akane's clothes wrapped around her body so tightly, the emerald Shinese dress was short and the slit on the side was cut high, up above her hip (if their had been any wind, you would have seen her in a whole new way) though you could clearly see her waist and hips, the absent of a underwear strap made it obvious that she had nothing on underneath the tight skirt that was a little too short for comfort. Her feet were adorned with a pair of dark stiletto heels that made her legs look amazing. Her hair was tied in a messy ponytail with a string of emerald beads. All in all she looked hot
Kitsune's was slightly less...showy (which means slutty). Kitsune wore the same sleeveless Chinese dress as Akane but Kitsune's was red instead of emerald and the blond's hair was in ox tails instead of a pony tail plus Kitsune managed to wear a pair of black spandex shorts under the short skirt.
This was all cute and what not but what sold it was the blond's face. Big blue eyes begging you for some relief from the embarrassment; they looked like two separate skies both being filled with an endless shining blue.
Akane hugged Kitsune closer to her body. The two stayed with their arms locked together and began again to speak in unison.
"Thank you for coming." They both said. "Please enjoy the meal we've prepared just for you!" They separated, showing that a table with a plates of Bao buns set across it.
"Wow, those things smell good!" A student said.
And so the day went by like this, Kitsune, Akane and Yuu sold hundreds of the Bao Buns and raked in the cash; everything was as awesome as awesome could be...until this happened.
"Thank you for coming!" Kitsune said with a smile. He dropped the yen pieces into a jar that was almost full and waved goodbye to the boy who smiled and took one of the Bao buns before leaving to talk to his friends. "Another happy customer...I just wish I didn't have to wear this, I am a boy after all.." he said to himself, turning another shade of red for the fifteenth time that day.
"Things are looking up Jo-kun, no more worries!" Yuu said with a happy smile.
"Yeah!" Kitsune cheered, the two high-fived...and parted just in time to avoid a flying Bao bun. The soft dough hit the wall right behind Kitsune and Yuu, making them spin around to see a group of thugs dressed in white dress shirts.
Three menacing looking teenagers walked over to the stand, all the other kids stepped out of their way as the group strolled closer to Yuu and Kitsune.
There were three of them; the one on the left was a thin guy with spiky black hair, he was tall but had a skinny build, the one on the right had a completely shaved head and two piercings in his ear and the one in the middle had messy brown hair and a ponytail, they all wore the same white dress shirt and blue jeans combination and they all looked like jerk faces!
"So what do we have here?" The boy in the middle asked with a smirk, picking up another Bao bun. "You little ones having a party and not inviting the big kids?"
"That's not it!" Kitsune said sheepishly.
The leader glared at Kitsune and hurled the bun at him, striking the blond in the face. Kitsune staggered backwards, the dough smacking him in the face and scattering the filling everywhere.
"Who fuck asked you to speak up!" the bully said and picked up another bun, this time he threw it on the ground and stomped on it. "I hate Chinese food, tastes like shit and smells like throw up!" He stomped on it more. "I'm doing you brats a favor, think of it as forgiveness for not inviting your senpais to a dinner party."
"Please stop that!" Kitsune begged, specs of food still stuck to his face. "We have to sell those!"
"You're actually making these guys pay for this shit!" The leader laughed along with his two friends. "Why would someone pay for food like this!?" He kicked over the table and started stomping on the food with his friends. "Hey, why aren't you kids smiling?" He asked with a smirk.
Everyone around the three were glaring at him with a fury. He could see the hatred in their eyes.
"Oh, I get it!" The boy said after pretending to concentrate for awhile. "It's that chick over there isn't it?" He said, pointing at Kitsune. "You're mad that someone like that is profiting off of this shit food." He deducted, his friends nodded in agreement. "Don't worry, I'll take care of it and take that money so you can all invest in my future." He said, taking a step towards Kitsune who quickly grabbed the jar and hugged like his life was on the line.
"You can't have it!" The blond proclaimed. "This is something that me and Yuu and Akane-chan worked hard to get so please leave it alone!"
"What the fuck makes you think I'm asking for it!?" He said, he took another step forward. "Hand it over bitch!" He reached out a hand but it was grabbed before it could do anything. "The hell?"
"I don't like what you said about the food senpai." It was Akane, a small innocent smile was on her face as she held the bully back with one hand. "You shouldn't say something like that until you've tried it for yourself!" She shouted, using her other hand to shove a Bao bun into the boy's face.
The raven haired leader began to choke violently on the meat filled dough.
"See, isn't it delicious!" Akane asked.
The boy fell to his hands and knees, spiting out the food to regain his composure. "YOU BITCH!" He roared again, standing up and letting his fist fly at Akane's face.
Akane slapped the fist away with her left hand, she used her right hand to grab the boys wrist and pressed down on a pressure point with her thumb.
"AHHHHHH!" The boy fell to his knees in pain, Akane never easing up on the pressure point but instead smiling at the boy as he shouted in pain.
"Boss!" The two other members of the group shouted in unison.
"Wow, hitting girls and throwing things at Kitsune-chan like that...tell me senpai, how old are you supposed to be?" Akane smiled down at the boy who couldn't even look up at her.
Without warning, the boy with a shaved head came charging at Akane with tremendous force.
Akane didn't move, she waited for the boy to come closer before releasing the leader and leaping over the bald one, kicking off of the back of his head as she passed him by in the air.
The kick sent the bald boy sliding across the sidewalk...unfortunately it sent Akane off course, she landed off balance and fell on her butt.
"I knew I should've worn a shorter skirt." She said as she rubbed her back. "this long stuff is no good for fighting..." She tried to get up but was having troubles which is why the bullies were able to grab her and pin her to the ground by her wrists
"Someone needs to make you learn your place!" The leader with the ponytail said, he pulled back a fist and got ready to let it loose.
Akane closed her eyes tightly, preparing for the punch.
"Hey, if I knock you unconscious you won't have to eat that ag-" A fist smashed deep into his face and sent him flying backwards, tumbling across the sidewalk.
Everyone looked up to see Yuu glaring at them all, his eyes were wide and his face was blank but it quickly began to contort into a burning rage. "If you shits...talk about my friends food again..." He walked over to the boy lying on grabbed him with one hand, pulling him up off the ground and close to his face. "...I will fucking murder you...understand!? He threw the boy to the ground.
"You fucking brats!" The boy spat. "We don't even wanna be anyway!" He laughed, shaking a little bit as he got up and slowly retreaded backwards. "Come on guys!" He called before turning an running away, the other two boys ran after him and suddenly the sidewalk was silent. Yuu picked up the buns that hadn't gotten stomped and picked them up in his arms before walking to Kitsune who was sitting against a wall, still hugging the jar of coins tightly.
"Oi, Jo-kun!" Yuu nudged the teen with his foot.
"Yuu-kun?" Kitsune looked up, he was so concentrated on the coins and the buns that he hadn't noticed his friend walk up to him.
"Want one, I heard they're really good." Yuu flopped down next to him and handed him a bun.
"Thanks Yuu-chan!" Akane snatched it and sat next to the tan teen.
"THAT'S NOT FOR YOU, YOU ASSHOLE!" Yuu protested.
"Be nice Yuu-chan!" Akane pouted.
"How are you still eating after all that rice!"
"How am I supposed to keep my figure if I starve myself like one of those crazy people, you don't me all skin and bones do you!?"
The two continued like that, shouting back and forth at each other like children.
And Kitsune, the bright eyed blond couldn't stop smiling...
The Next Day
"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN WE DIDN'T MAKE ANY MONEY!" Yuu almost leaped over the principals desk to get at Sarah.
"Silly Yuu-chan!" Sarah giggled. "You know you can't sell food on school property!"
"You knew that didn't you!" Yuu slammed his hand on the desk in a rage.
"What makes you think I know Article two section four of our school's laws and regulations?" Sarah asked, feigning confusion. "Anyway, even though this didn't work out, I have another job for you...and it's easy too!" She said the last bit with a wide smile.
and so began Yuu and Kitsune's lives as workers...
End of chapter 4
Narrator-kun here to tell you what I see in the next chapter
I see...boxes, wardrobes and kidnapping.
I can tell you more but it'll cost you
A bāozi or simply known as bao, bau, humbow, nunu, bausak, pow or pau is a type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like (i.e. made with yeast) item in various Chinese cuisine, variation as to the fillings and the preparations. In its bun-like aspect it is very similar to the traditional Chinese mantou . It can be filled with meat and/or vegeterian fillings.