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Chapter 7 Meeting at the Ape Dojo

November 21, 1997

Tommy took a second look at the agenda for the day. Rocky must have not noticed what he had written.

"Rocky, are you sure this is right?" Tommy asked.

Rocky laughed as he saw what Tommy was pointing at.

"Come on, Tommy, the class is ready for the advanced techniques," he said.

"I'll take your word on it," he sighed.

"All right then, let's get to it," Rocky said.

He laughed as he threw a hand over Tommy's shoulder.


Tommy walked out of his class and wrapped a towel around his neck.

"How was class?" Rocky asked.

"Man, Rocky, you were right. The kids picked up like that," Tommy said.

"Told you. Trust me every now and then," he laughed. A car suddenly pulled up to the driveway. "The next class starts in an hour, Tommy. Hello, Tommy?"

Tommy was too busy looking at the person getting out of the car.

"It's Kim," Tommy said, looking back at Rocky.

"Did you hear me?" Rocky asked.

"Yeah," Tommy said.

Kim locked her door and entered the building.

"Hey there, Kim," Rocky greeted her.

"Hey yourself, Rocky," she smiled.

Kim grabbed each side of Tommy's towel and pulled him down.

"And you, mister?" she asked.

"Breaking for lunch," Tommy said.

"Good. Aisha's coming by soon so we four can eat," Kim replied.

"May I ask what we're eating?" Rocky asked.

"Aisha is picking up food from this hamburger place that just opened up," Kim said.


Kim and Aisha had just finished their hamburgers.

"How's the food you all?" Aisha asked.

Rocky nodded.

"Man, this stuff's good," he said.

"I'm already full," Tommy moaned.

Kim laughed as Tommy leaned back in his chair.

"Just don't throw up during class," she joked.

"Funny, Kim," Tommy said.

"I thought so," she smiled.

"Come on girl, let's get to the mall," Aisha said, getting up.

"All right, Aisha. Rocky, we're leaving Aisha's car here, okay?" Kim asked.

"That's fine, Kim," he said.

Kim grabbed the food to throw it away.

"How do you like the car, Aisha?" Tommy asked.

"It's great. Thanks again for letting me have it, but are you sure you didn't need it, Kim?" she asked.

"No, I've had that thing for a good three years, but don't worry, it works fine. It was just time to get a new one," she said.


A few minutes before closing time, a car horn started blowing outside the Ape Dojo.

"That would be Kim, Rocky," Tommy said.

"Go, Tommy," he laughed.

He grabbed his bag and headed out.

"See you tomorrow," Tommy said.

As Tommy was walking out, Aisha was walking in, bags in hand.

"Oh no, I'm going to have to build a bigger closet," Rocky joked.

"Whatever, Rocky. You should she how much Kim got," Aisha laughed.

"I can only imagine," Rocky said.

"Are you ready to close up?" Aisha asked.

"Yeah, let me get the keys and I'll lock up," Rocky said.

"All right. See you at home," Aisha replied. Aisha got up on her tiptoes and quickly kissed Rocky. "Love you."

"I love you too," Rocky smiled.


Tommy walked into the kitchen area where Kim was cooking dinner and wrapped his arms around his waist.

"It smells great, Kim," he said.

She turned around to say something but Tommy's lips stopped her.

"As I was trying to say… it'll be ready in five minutes," Kim said.

"Can't wait," Tommy smiled.

"Can you get the plates out?" Kim asked.

"Sure," Tommy said. Kim filled up her plate of food and sat at the table to join Tommy. After taking the first bite of food, Tommy could tell something was bothering Kim. "You okay there?"

"I've cooked better meals," Kim sighed.

"It tastes good to me," Tommy smiled.

"Thanks," Kim said.

Tommy could not help but feel there was something more than that.

"Come on Kim, you got to tell me what's going on," he said.

"I've been having nightmares about that night. I think it means he's still out there somewhere, just waiting to make his move," she sighed.

"Kim, it's been over a year now. I don't think something like that will go away anytime soon," Tommy said.


May 11, 1998

When Tommy arrived at work, Rocky was already there.

"Hey there, I thought you might have slept in today with how late you are," Rocky laughed.

"Sorry, Rocky, the truck has been messing up lately," Tommy said.

"I think it's time to get a new car," he suggested.

"I think so, too. Hey, have you heard anything from Justin?" Tommy asked.

Rocky turned his way and nodded.

"Yeah, why?" he asked.

"He hasn't called in a while. He must be taking the whole losing powers thing hard," Tommy said.

"Not really. He told me now that he's going to start fresh," Rocky replied.

"Fresh?" Tommy wondered.

"Yeah, he's making plans to move out of the state with his dad," Rocky said.

"Good for him," Tommy replied. "Starting fresh should help him."


As Tommy walked into the house, the phone began ringing.

"I'll get that, Kim," he said.

"All right, Tommy," she called.

"Hello?" he asked.

"Tommy, it's Adam," he said.

"Hey, Adam, what's up?" he asked.

"Do you think you need a frog at the dojo?" he wondered.

"Why are you asking me? Rocky's the one that runs the show. Didn't we have this conversation a while back?" Tommy asked.

"If you say so. I'll call him tomorrow. Later, Tommy," Adam said.

"Wait, did you quit your job?" Tommy asked.

"Yes," Adam admitted, "I just didn't like how the owner was running the business."

"I see," Tommy said. "Bye."

Kim walked up to Tommy.

"What did Adam want?" she asked.

"A job," Tommy laughed.


My 12, 1998

Rocky sat on the couch as he answered the phone.

"Hello?" he asked.

"Rocky, it's Adam," he said.

"Hey my man. Tommy says you're going to be hitting me up for a job?" he laughed.

"Yeah," Adam sighed.

"That's fine with me," Rocky said.

"Cool. So, when do I start?" Adam asked.

Rocky laughed at the excitement in Adam's voice.

"Would you like to come tomorrow?" Rocky said.

"Yeah, tomorrow's cool," Adam smiled.

"Great. See you then," Rocky laughed.

"Bye," Adam said.


May 13, 1998

Tommy walked up to Adam after class.

"Yo, Adam how was your first class?" he asked.

"Great. I was beginning to think I wouldn't be able to feel such satisfaction again," he said.

"You missed it, didn't you?" Tommy asked.

"I sure did," Adam sighed.

"Well, you're doing what you love," Tommy said.

"Yeah, I am," Adam smiled.

"Kim's waiting for you outside," Rocky said, walking up to Tommy and Adam.

"Thanks man," Tommy replied.

The End