A Date With Doji-chan
Whew! During the conception of my M-rated Shouta/Doji-chan fic, I came up with this piece that's much more all-ages-friendly. Timeline is sometime after episode 6 of Dogoon V, and "Doki Doki Night" did not/will not necessarily take place in this continuity.
Yankee is a Japanese slang term for "delinquent." Unlike the gender-specific sukeban and bancho, Yankee can be used to describe both boys and girls. I recently learned about this from Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (literally, Delinquent Boy and Glasses Girl, but translated as Bad Boy and Good Girl by UTB Hollywood in Los Angeles), Tokyo Broadcasting System's live-action TV series adaptation of the manga of the same name (though the English version is called Flunk Punk Rumble).
Kodai Shoujo Dogu-chan, Kodai Shoujotai Dogoon V, all characters, and references therein are the property of the Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. One Piece is the property of Toei of Japan. GuitarFreaks, DrumMania, and Dance Dance Revolution belong to Konami Corporation. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion is the property of Namco Bandai. No infringement is intended or implied. There are more references that will come, but I'll acknowledge them at the end of the chapter; there's something fun here that I don't want to spoil!
Chapter 1: Shall We Dance?
Shouta unlocked the door of the townhouse. "I'm back," he called.
"Welcome back," called Doji-chan in reply. She was in the kitchen poring over a recipe book.
Shouta parked his messenger bag on the kitchen counter. "Where are the others?"
"Doro-chan took them out to train. I said that I needed to clean up here, so I didn't go with them. I actually didn't have a lot of cleaning to do; I just didn't feel like training." Doji-chan shrugged, looking slightly embarrassed.
Shouta's eyebrows raised. "Really? So it's just you and me here?" When Doji-chan nodded, he began to think. Doji-chan sure does do a lot around here. I think it's high time she got to relax a little. He slipped his wallet out of his pocket, counted the money inside, and grinned. He approached Doji-chan and closed her book. "Get your sailor dress on. We're going out."
Doji-chan was surprised. "Eh? Why?"
Shouta smiled. "It's a nice day outside, it's Friday, and I just feel like you deserve to have a little time to just go out and have fun, so go get dressed. I'll wait for you here."
After Doji-chan put on her sailor dress, Shouta held the door open for her as she skipped out of the townhouse. She continued to skip until Shouta called, "Doji-chan! Where are you going?"
Doji-chan stopped. Where am I going?, she thought. She looked back at Shouta and cocked her head to the side. "Um, that way?" She pointed down the street.
Shouta rolled his eyes. He caught up to Doji-chan and held his elbow out to her. "Take my arm. I'll take the lead."
Doji-chan laid her slender hand in the crook of Shouta's elbow. "So where are we going?"
Shouta stuck his hands in his pockets as he thought for a moment. "Come on," he said, "I know the place."
Shouta and Doji-chan stopped in front of the Game Factory game center. "First stop, let's play some games."
Doji-chan looked all around the game center, eyes wide at all the lights, sounds, and motion around her. "It all looks like fun! I want to play it all!" She broke from Shouta to run up and stare at a UFO catcher machine filled with One Piece plush dolls, then she darted to another prize machine where round plastic dishes, all with wristwatches nestled within, rotated around a central hub with pusher arms. The movement of a couple of boys playing cooperatively on GuitarFreaks and DrumMania soon pulled her away from the prize machines, and she watched, as if hypnotized, until she saw the flashing pink and blue lights of a Dance Dance Revolution machine and ran up to it. "Oh! I want to play this!" she cried. Suddenly, she noticed that Shouta was nowhere in sight. "Shouta-san? Where are you?"
Shouta caught up to Doji-chan. "Don't run off like that!" he scolded. "If you want to do something, tell me, and I'll come with you." His eyes softening at the hurt look on Doji-chan's face, he reached into his pocket and withdrew some 100 yen coins. "So you want to play this? Do you know what you're supposed to do?" When Doji-chan shook her head, he stepped up onto the game platform. "Come on," he said to Doji-chan, beckoning her to join him. "We'll go easy since it's your first time." He dropped a couple of coins into the machine, picked the beginner mode, and pointed out the instructions. "Follow the music, and when the arrow reaches the top of the screen, step on the corresponding arrow under your feet."
Doji-chan's first couple of attempts on DDR had her clumsily stomping on the arrows out of rhythm half the time, but she eventually got the hang of the game and was soon stepping in sync with Shouta on several of the simpler tunes. "This is fun!" After the last song on her sixth turn on the machine, Doji-chan hopped down. "What else can we play?" Before Shouta could answer, she tugged at his sleeve, something else having caught her eye. "I want to play this!"
Shouta allowed Doji-chan to lead him to a print club booth. He laughed. "Doji-chan, this is a print club booth. You really don't play on this. You get your picture taken and have it printed on little stickers."
"Oh, sounds fun! Come on, Shouta-san!" Doji-chan entered the booth, pulling Shouta in with her.
A print club booth was one of the last places Shouta wanted to be, but he kept quiet; he felt unusually happy at the sight of Doji-chan enjoying herself. Besides, someone has to show her how this thing works. After depositing the required payment, he told Doji-chan to pose for the camera. She responded by leaning her head against his shoulder and holding up two fingers in a "V" sign. Shouta saw the picture of the two of them on the video screen and the corners of his mouth turned up slightly, in spite of himself. After the machine snapped their picture, Shouta let Doji-chan pick the background for the sticker sheet, blushing when she chose to have the picture edged with hearts and flowers. "Okay, now we go outside and wait for your stickers to print."
Doji-chan began to skip out of the print club booth, but as she did, she crashed into someone passing by and landed on her hip. "Ouch," she whined.
"Doji-chan!" Shouta ducked under the booth's curtain and bent down to see if Doji-chan was okay.
"Oh, I'm so sorry! Are you all right?" A pigtailed girl in a yellow babydoll top and blue denim shorts crouched next to Doji-chan. "Let me help you up." Together, the girl and Shouta brought Doji-chan to her feet.
"Thanks," said Shouta to the girl. "I'm sorry about this."
The girl shook her head. "No, no, it was my…" Her voice trailed off as her eyes met Shouta's.
Doji-chan looked at the other girl curiously. Why is she staring at Shouta-san like that? She looked at Shouta, who seemed uncomfortable.
Just then, a boy with longish, slightly flipped strawberry blonde hair, wearing a green T-shirt and tan cargo pants, came walking briskly. "There you are," he said to the pigtailed girl, apparently snapping her out of her trance. "What's going on?"
"I accidentally bumped into this girl," said the girl, motioning at Doji-chan, "but we're both okay."
"Oh," said the boy. He turned to Doji-chan. "Sorry if we troubled you."
"It's okay…" began Doji-chan, but her voice faded as she got a good look at the boy who now had his arm around the other girl. She turned to look at Shouta, then back at the other boy.
"Doji-chan? Doji-chan, what's wrong?" Shouta looked at the other boy, and he was dumbstruck. The other boy was equally astonished, and everyone remained unmoving until the girl in yellow called her companion's name, "Chiaki?"
Chiaki blinked a couple of times before he looked at the girl with him. "Oh, sorry. Come on, Kotoha, let's go." Taking one last look at Shouta, the other couple went deeper into the game center and parked themselves at a Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion machine. Chiaki shook his head a few times as if to clear it. "Was I imagining things, or did that other guy look just like me?" he asked Kotoha.
Kotoha answered, "I thought so, too! He could have been your twin brother!"
"Maybe, but he could have done something with his hair. And he dresses like a dork. His pants weren't too bad, but you'd never catch me wearing the other stuff he had on. Even Ryunosuke's got better taste than that. At least it's not that Gedoushu pretending to be me."
Meanwhile, Doji-chan tipped her head to the side as she stared after the other pair. "That boy looked just like you, Shouta-san!"
"He did, didn't he? I'd never do my hair like that, though. He looks like a Yankee. He kind of dresses like one, too. I don't want to look like that." He looked at Doji-chan. "Let's get your print club stickers and get out of here. We have more to do."
Yes, I've been dying to throw in a scene somewhere in my writing where one Shogo Suzuki character comes across another in some form; I'd tried to work Cocoa Otoko. CD's and/or DVD's into my Shinkenger/Go-onger crossover, but it seemed too hackneyed. I don't know why, but I thought that putting Chiaki and Kotoha into this story actually worked... anyway, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, all characters, and references are the property of Toei of Japan and TV Asahi. My usage of such is strictly as a fan and does not imply or intend to infringe.
Stay tuned! The date's not over yet!