*Reader’s View* When I woke up, I noticed I wasn’t at home. I looked around and I saw Oliver sitting beside me, in the Green Arrow outfit. What the hell? “Ollie?” Oliver stood up and pushed a few strands of my hair out of my face. “How are you feeling?” “Ok, all things considered.” “Why didn’t you tell me?” “Why didn’t you tell me you were Green Arrow?” Oliver smiled and helped me sit up and I looked down noticing that my shoulder was stitched up. I rose an eyebrow at Oliver and he smiled sheepishly. “You did this?” “You were losing a lot of blood.” “So I guess we need to talk.” “That would be helpful, yes.” “Where do you want to start?” “How did you become an assassin?” Straight forward and to the point I see. I cut my glance away from Oliver and took out my swords and laid them on the table. Oliver looked at me with curiosity but said nothing. I picked one of them up and twirled it around in my hand as I started speaking. “When I was little, my parents had made a deal with the Creed for them to leave them alone and to never ask anything of them again. The Creed agreed one the condition they received their first born. My parents gave me up without thought, and when I was three, I was learning how to fight. I excelled in all the classes until I became the best I guess. I’m not really sure, it’s all still a little foggy.” “So they did wipe your memories.” It wasn’t a question but more of a statement. I looked up from my sword and shrugged. “I guess. I honestly don’t know. Hell I didn’t even know they wiped my memories until Slinger said they did.” “Why do you call him Slinger?” “That’s his name, the Iron Slinger. Now, mind telling me about your secret Green Arrow?” “You should already know it.” He gave me a pointed look and I sighed, he was right I did know it. “Your time on the island, your father said something and then you come back to avenge it?” “Something like that.” “Makes sense.” “Makes sense?” He looked confused and angry and I sighed. I stood up and sheathed my swords, turning to face Oliver who had gotten up too. “Are you scared of me?” “Should I be?” I laughed and shook my head, turning around from him. I could see Diggle and Felicity and…Roy? What the hell is he doing here? “Answering by deflection. That’s a good tactic.” “I’m not scared of you bug.” I laughed dryly and turned to face him, “You should be. The things I’ve done now, that makes me a monster. And I’m pretty sure the things I did while I was with the Creed considers me a monster as well.” Oliver sighed and walked towards me, wrapping his arms around me in a hug, a hug I didn’t return. “You are not a monster bug. You can’t be.” I laughed dryly and untangled myself from Oliver’s arm and made my way out to where the others were. Roy and Felicity looked shocked and hurt that I was the assassin supposedly terriozing the city but said nothing. Oliver followed behind me and grabbed my wrist causing me to turn and face him. “Where are you going?” “If the Creed is in the city, then I’m going to find them. You need to stay out of this one Oliver, they will kill you and I won’t be able to stop them.” “So what are you going to do then? Turn yourself over to them?!” Felicity and Diggle had turned, facing the computers making it out like they were working on something while Roy was training. At least they were trying not to be obvious. “I will not go back to the Creed. The only way I will go back there is for answers. I’m serious Oliver, stay out of this. I will put you down myself if I have to.” I yanked my wrist free from his grasp and walked out of the building, ignoring his and Felicity’s calls for me to stay. I looked around once I was above ground and noticed this was Verdant. Stupid. I ran thru the back alleys home and packed. By time Oliver came back over here, I would be long gone and he wouldn’t see me unless I wanted him too. *Oliver’s View* “So what you’re just going to let her walk right out of here, knowing she’ll recognize where we are once she gets above ground?! What if she tells people who you are?! What if she tells people where the cave is?!” “Felicity!” Felicity stopped talking and I rubbed a hand down my face. I walked over to the computers and pulled up everything we had on Y/N. “If I know Y/N and if she does go thru with what she said, she’s not going to be at her place. She’ll already have it packed and she’ll be long gone.” “Didn’t you place a tracker on her?” “No, I saw no reason to.” “So what’s the plan?” “It’s time Jason Cooper to get paid a visit from the Arrow. If he is with the Creed and he’s the one that alerted the Creed of where Y/N has been these past few years, then he’ll no how to contact them and who the Iron Slinger is.” “The who now?” I smiled at Felicity and pulled up what I had found on the Iron Slinger. “Jason and Y/N call him the Iron Slinger. According to Jason, he’s Y/N’s equal but if that was the case, he wouldn’t have just left when he saw me.” “Be careful Ollie. If you’re going after the Creed, they’ll come after you. Maybe this once you should head Y/N’s warning.” “Not this time Felicity.” I grabbed my bow and arrows and left the arrow cave, heading for Cooper’s building the Lexington. The light in his office was on so I made my way up there. I slid in thru the window, and loaded my bow raising it to face Cooper’s head. I pressed the button on my voice disrupter and fired a warning shot. “Jason Cooper! You have failed this city!” He didn’t turn around and when I got a closer look, he wasn’t breathing either. I lowered my bow and walked over to him, turning his chair. All over his body were cuts. Some went deep and others barely did anything. But what killed him had to have been the small knife to the heart that had a note attached to it. I picked it up and read it, immediately recognizing it. -Stop while you’re ahead G. Arrow. I’ll come for you next. I.D- I grabbed the note and knife when I heard the sirens outside. I put it in a bag and in my pocket. Hopefully I can get ahead of Y/N and stop her from going down this dark path she’s bound to go down. That’s what you do for the person you love isn’t it?
*Y/N’s PO* After I left the Arrow the cave, I went to go find Cooper. I knew it wouldn’t take Ollie long to get there so I would have to be quick and already be gone by time he got there. I found Cooper sitting in his office behind his desk working on something. I walked up to him, leaving my weapons in their holsters.
“Jason Cooper! It’s time we finish our little talk!” Jason dropped what he was working on, looking up at me and slowly moving away from his desk.
“Nu-uh Jason stay there. I just want to have a little talk. I’m not going to kill you.” “What do you want to know?” “Why did the Creed send Iron Slinger after me?” “They want you back, they want Black Death back. You’re the best assassin to pass through there and they want you back. You should know, no one leaves the Creed.”
I nodded, walking closer to the desk so I was sitting across from Cooper. “Where is the Creed at now?” “I don’t know. They move every two weeks. They’ve learned not to stay in one place after you took down one of their bases.” “And Iron Slinger? Where is he located at? He has to be going somewhere when he’s not coming after me.” “He’s based out of the city, that’s all I know.” “Thank you Jason.” Jason nodded and I went to stand when I heard movement from outside and saw a shadow pass. “Get under the desk. Don’t come out until I tell you to.” Jason nodded and crawled under the desk. I got up, unsheathing my swords and walking over into the shadows. “Я знаю, ты здесь”
I said nothing, listening for his footsteps or his breathing but I heard nothing.
“Just come out Iron Death. Make this thing a whole lot easier for the both of us.” “I am not going back Slinger!” “Then I get to do this the hard way then.”
I heard him move then and I ran out, slashing my swords in his direction. Slinger took out his swords, and we started to dance around the room. The only sound was the clanging of our swords and the platter of our feet. I got tired of this so I took out my gun and flipped my sword back into its place, throwing the gun into the air and flipping over Slinger, grabbing the gun and shooting him in the side. He fell to the ground with a loud “thud” But he didn’t stay down for long before he looked back at me and then ran towards the desk where Cooper was crawling out of. Slinger looked at me before he took one of his daggers and stabbing Copper in the heart.
“Noo! Slinger I will kill you!” “I hope you do!”
Slinger shot out the window and jumped out of it as I ran to Cooper.
“Cooper, Cooper come on man. Wake up.”
Cooper didn’t move and I hesitantly checked his pulse. There was a very small, weak pulse and I got up, writing a note for Oliver. I took out the knife, blood rushing out as I placed the note on the end of the dagger, reinserting the knife.
“I’m sorry Jason. I really am.”
I released my knife from my gauntlet, making marks over Jason’s body. Once I was sure Ollie would think this was me, I went over to the window, the slight breeze making my hair fly around behind me. I looked around for any sign of Slinger but instead I saw the arrow coming my way. I jumped out the window, falling into the shadows and out of sight. I watched Ollie come to the window and look around for me. I went back more into the shadows until I was sure he couldn’t see me. I turned, walking away into the night. I had someone to catch and to kill. And this time, I won’t stop until they are all dead.
So many good things in this one… I’ll just include one chunk. Plus at the very end: Kussun: “I’m fine. あれ？違う。 I’m funny.”
From about 11:00-14:00 (The stuff in quotes Kussun said in English.)
[Drink Bar Daisuki-san’s email: Lately after getting home from work I have canned mandarin oranges. Do you two like that? What kind of canned fruit do you like?] Nanchan: Hahaha! Kussun: “Oh, okay.” Do you like canned mandarin oranges? Nanchan: I do like them. Kussun: Ohohoh. “Yes, me too.” Nanchan: Hahaha! Kussun: “Me too.” Nanchan: I like canned peaches too. Kussun: Ah, “peach.” Nanchan: “Peach.” Kussun: “Peach can.” Nanchan: “Peach can.” Hahaha… Do you like yellow peaches or white peaches? Kussun: White peaches. Nanchan: Me too. Kussun: “White peach. White peach… Yellow peach.” Nanchan: Kusuda-san, what kind of canned fruit do you like? Kussun: “Sweet corn.” Nanchan: Sweet corn? Kussun: “Yeah.” Nanchan: Corn? Kussun: “Yeah.” Nanchan:The kind where it’s really packed in there? Kussun: “Yeah.” It’s sweet corn. Nanchan: Do you always eat that? Kussun: “Yeah.” I just eat it straight, with a spoon. Nanchan: Eh? No way! Really? Kussun: Yeah. Nanchan: That’s unusual! Kussun: It’s good! Kussun: If you put it in the fridge so it gets cold, it’s really good. Nanchan: Wait. You cool it? In the fridge? Kussun: I cool it, I cool it. Nanchan: Really? Kussun: Until the can goes “kin kin.“ [Nanchan dissolves into laughter.] Kussun: Until it’s like, "Ouch, that’s cold!” Eh? What happened? Eh? What happened? What happened? Eh? Why are you laughing? Nanchan: Hahaha! “The can goes kin kin!” Kussun: Eh? Nanchan: It’s all over! I can’t go on anymore today! Kussun: Eh? Nanchan: Please just go on by yourself!
[After the break.]
Kussun: “Okay.” It’s Lucky Kusuda and South Jolno’s NozoEli Music Avenue.
Nanchan: No way…
Kussun: We’ve got the sweet corn cooled until the can goes kin kin, and next up we have this merry corner [da ze]!
“This Week’s Harasho!” For this corner we ask you to send in surprising episodes from everyday life that make you say, “harasho!” Depending on the episode… South-chan will award up to 10 points…
Nanchan: Hahaha! Are you trying to say Nanchan? South-chan?
Kussun: South-chan will award up to 10 points! People who get the full 10 Harasho will get the special radio program Himitsu no Hanazono present!
Nanchan: I don’t think any mail we get can beat today’s Kusuda-san.