NOTE: Welcome to "I'm Not Broken". This is my first KaidouXRyoma fic. It's the fic that won the votes in my profile, so I've finally started it. I hope you all will enjoy.
I do not own any of these characters or the Prince of Tennis. I just happen to like to spend way too much time writing fics.
I'm Not Broken
At Seishun Gakuen, today marked the first practice for the tennis club after the 3rd years had graduated and moved onto high school. With the leaving of the 3rd years, it left the team wondering if they could really stay one of the top teams with the lack of good players. Though, the new captain, Kaidou Kaoru, wasn't going to just let the team sink down to the bottom without a fight.
"Five laps around the courts!" Kaidou pointed his tan finger towards the fence. "After you're done, we'll start practice matches."
"Do you really think we'll be able to make it with this bunch?" Momoshiro Takeshi held onto a clipboard and looked through the names. "The two of us can't win all the matches on our own."
"I know that," he growled. "That's why we have to push everyone of them past their limits. If we don't, we'll never know what any of them are capable of."
A short figure bearing a white cap walked towards the two boys caring a large, brown box in his arms. Placing the box on the ground, he looked up at them. "Is this what you wanted?"
Lowing himself, Kaidou pulled out a small weight band. "These will work."
"What do you have planned anyways, Kaidou-senpai?"
"We're going to make everyone wear them," Momoshiro noticed that everyone was almost done with their laps. "Seems like you won't be running today, Echizen."
Echizen Ryoma pulled at his cap and let out a sigh. "Mada mada dane."
The group of boys that were in the tennis club gathered around in front of Kaidou and Momoshiro. They watched carefully as Kaidou pulled out a blue weight band from the box and hand it to Momoshiro. The other boy started to write a few things down on the paper that was attached to his clipboard.
"Starting today, everyone will be wearing these weights around their ankles. If I hear any complaints about it, I'll make you run another 20 laps," Kaidou picked up another of the weight bands. "Form a line and get two of these."
Ryoma made his way to the end of the line. He watched as the others grabbed for their weights and quickly put them on. When he had reached the box, he scooped the weights in his left hand and walked away from the two older boys.
"Echizen hasn't been the same lately," Momoshiro noticed that Ryoma had placed himself farther from the others. "Do you think something happened to him?"
"It's not our place to ask," Kaidou glanced in the box to see that there was only enough left for the two of them. "Get all of them started on practice matches."
"Right," shaking he head, Momoshiro began to yell orders to the tennis club. Ryoma continued to isolate himself from the others. After everyone began to pick partners, he made his way away from all of them and out of the courts. Looking to see him leaving, Momoshiro began to follow after.
"I'll get him," Kaidou stopped the boy and headed in the same direction the younger boy was walking.
In the club room, Ryoma began to change out of his regular's uniform. He replaced it school clothing. As he buttoned his shirt, he heard the door open and quickly reached for his bag. Right when he saw Kaidou come in, Ryoma adjusted his eyes to the floor and proceeded to leave.
"Echizen," Kaidou stood in front of the door so the younger boy couldn't leave.
"I'm going home."
"I won't ask you what's going on, but I won't sit here and watch you skip practice."
Ryoma turned back towards the benches that rested in the room. On them rested his jacket. "I left it there for you to take care of."
"Your Regular's jacket?"
"I won't be coming back to the tennis club," he managed to squeeze past Kaidou and out the door. "I quit."
"What?" Kaidou stood there trying to figure out what exactly was going on. Once the words finally set in, he raced out to find Ryoma.
Past the school building and half way down the street, Kaidou finally managed to catch up to the smaller boy. Reaching out his hand, he grabbed for his wrist making Ryoma jerk back.
"Echizen, you can't just walk out on us like this," Kaidou growled. "What's wrong with you?"
"I thought you said that you wouldn't ask what's going on," Ryoma yanked his arm away from Kaidou.
"There has to be a reason behind you just quitting like this."
"Do you really think we could win the Nationals? Even with my help, it's pointless."
"We have to at least try," Kaidou clenched his fists together in frustration. "At first I didn't believe that we'd be able to, but, with enough practice, anything is possible."
"Without the others, we're just going to suffer loss after loss. Momo-senpai and you can't do it all."
"That's why we need your help. We have to do our best to train the teammates we have to become better. What else are we to do? Give up?" Kaidou tugged Ryoma's shoulder to force him to look at him. Right when he saw Ryoma's emotionless eyes, he took a step back. "If something's bothering you…you should tell your upperclassmen so we can help."
Ryoma shook his head and returned to looking at his feet. "I'm not broken…but I sure feel like I am."
"When they left…all of them…it felt like everything just fell apart," he fixed his bag that was falling off his shoulder. "I don't feel like I can be the pillar that Tezuka-buchou wanted me to become."
"If you just quit, you'll never know what you could become," Kaidou avoided looking at the younger boy. "The tennis club needs you, Echizen. Though, I'm not going to force you to do anything against your will. Just remember that there's always a spot on the Regulars for you."
Biting his lower lip, Ryoma turned away. "Do I mean that much to the club? Am I that important?"
"You're important enough."
"Huh?" raising his left arm in the air, he waved as he continued down the path. "I guess that means I'll see you tomorrow. For now, I'll keep helping the tennis club out, but I'm still not convinced."
Watching Ryoma leave, Kaidou crossed his arms over his chest. "Why do I have to deal with this?" Letting out a 'fshuuu' sound, he ran back to the school where he would find that the practice matches were already finished…and Momoshiro wasn't happy that he left him alone either.
NOTE: Chapter one is completed. What do you all think? It took me a good bit of time to write because my laptop continued to freeze on me, and I had to shut it off. I'm so glad I save my work every five seconds. Anyways, I'm sorry if characters seem out of character. I'm used to writing main parts for Ryoma, but Kaidou isn't a character I'm used to. I hope I did an okay job. I mean, I tried…that's really all I can do. Right?
Is KaidouXRyoma a pairing people like? Well, if it won the votes in my profile, it must be. It's probably more popular than TezukaXOishi. Actually, a few days ago I all of a sudden started to have pairings coming into my head. I was all "Whoa! Yeah! That's a good pairing!" It was probably a good thing no one was home because I started to giggle while writing them all down. It all started with NiouXFuji (which I think is pretty interesting) and ended with YuutaXRyoma (The full list is actually in my profile.). Yeah, that one made me question myself. Then, I came up with a story for the pairing, and I decided it's not as bad as some other pairs that are out there. I just don't really like Yuuta. Well, speaking of pairings, I have a poll up in my profile. You all should so go vote in it. So far, the main pairing I write for (FujiXRyoma) is winning. I should have known it would if I put them up there though.
Back to this fic. I have an updating schedule for all of my fics. The next update for this one here will be no later than Saturday (January 30th). That's not really that long at all. It's actually odd because most of my fics are at least a week in between each update. Oh well!
I'm not going to ramble any longer. Thank you for stopping by. If you liked this chapter, be sure to come back for the next one because this isn't going to stop with Ryoma just coming back to the tennis club like nothing happened. How lame would that be? Thank you again for reading, and I hope all of you will continue to support me~!