Author’s Note: It’s been a while since I’ve worked on this series, and I thought it was about time I got back into it. I hope you guys enjoy! I also introduce some new characters in this chapter, such as Chun and the mysterious man who I don’t want to fully disclose yet. 🙂
Chapter 3: The Master’s Dojo
Sam was rather annoyed by his current situation, as well as his current location. The scientist known as “Thomas Seagull” had taken Sam into a strange underground passageway located underneath his laboratory/classroom. Sam was astounded to learn that the government had built underground sections beneath the space colonies themselves! Sam was awestruck by the real rocks coating the nearby walls and the actual dirt beneath his feet. He had no time to stop and admire it all, as Thomas motioned with his hand for Sam to follow him. Sam followed Thomas blindly through this strange maze of rocks and dirt, trying his best not to get freaked out by the numerous rats that were crawling through the area. Sam had always hated rats with a passion, it was one of his least favorite animals!
Sam and Thomas continued through the underground for what seemed like ages. Sam walked behind Thomas, despite his legs being tired from all the exercise he was getting! Sam’s attire had been caked with bits of dirt, a byproduct of being this deep underground. Despite being impatient and nervous, Sam kept his mouth shut and didn’t say a single thing. Sam was a respectful person and knew that whatever Thomas had to show him was important.
Eventually, Thomas stopped Sam and motioned above. Sam looked upwards and noticed a series of small wooden planks situated above. “There’s out exit, rookie!” Sam stared at the planks in awe, wondering what was behind them. Was this “dojo” that Thomas mentioned some kind of secret base? Or was it some kind of computer-room filled with high-tech technology? Whatever it was, Sam was about to find out!
Thomas reached his arms up and pressed his hands against the two boards. Thomas pressed on the boards firmly and started to dislodge them from their resting place. As Thomas did so, several rocks situated near the boards were pried loose and toppled towards Sam! Sam moved out of the way as the rocks came towards him, causing the bits of stone to harmlessly fall to the ground. Thomas looked over at Sam, who was frowning and not too pleased with the situation. Thomas chuckled awkwardly as he continued to press on the boards. “Whoops, sorry about that! Sometimes I’m a little too forceful when it comes to prying these boards away.” Stated Thomas in an apologetic ton of voice. Sam easily accepted Thomas’ apology, as his frown quickly uprooted itself into a smile. “It’s alright!” Exclaimed Sam, as Thomas returned his smile with one of his own.
Thomas then proceeded to push the two wooden boards upwards, dislodging them completely. Light filtered into the dark cavern as Thomas picked up the two discarded boards. He then proceeded to toss them out of the hole, causing them to land on the ground outside the cavern. Thomas then gripped some nearby rocks and climbed up them until he reached the opening. He then proceeded to hoist himself into the light as Sam tried his best to follow suit. Sam awkwardly gripped the rocks as best he could and haphazardly lifted himself upwards. Sam reached the opening and peaked his head through.
He was surprised to find that he was in some kind of large pantry. The wooden walls were lined with shelves, which were filled with various foodstuffs. Sam dusted off his clothing as he looked at all the strange foodstuffs that decorated the room. They appeared to be foreign delicacies, the kinds of food Sam had never seen before. “Where are we?” Asked Sam , as he glanced around at all the bizarre kinds of food that were placed across the room. “We are in the storage closet of my dojo, young one! Follow me and your training shall begin.” Replied Thomas.
Thomas stretched his arms up in the air and then proceed to lower them back down to his sides. Thomas then walked briskly across the stone floor until reaching a wooden door at the back of the storage room. Sam followed behind Thomas, as the scientist happily gripped the door-knob. Thomas slowly opened the door, which squeaked loudly as it slid open. A stronger source of light filtered in from outside the storage closet. Once the door was fully opened, Thomas stepped through with Sam following behind him.
The two stepped into what appeared to be a restaurant. The restaurant was unlike any establishment Sam had ever been to before! The walls were colored red and had strange golden squares situated in the middle of them. The carpet along the floor had oriental symbols situated atop it. There were various seats situated across the interior of the restaurant and each one was kept pristine and well-kept. Despite the well-kept nature of the building, very people were actually there. Only an old-couple and a small family were eating dinner there.
As Sam looked around, a man approached both him and Thomas. This man wore what appeared to be gold-colored oriental robes. The man appeared to be of Asian descent and had a very kindly demeanor. He smiled as he made his way over to the two. “Hello again, Thomas!” Thomas returned the man’s smile with one of his own. “Hey there, Chun! How’s it going today?” Chun’s smile soon turned into a frown as he shrugged his shoulders. “Well, it could be better my friend.” Thomas’ smile waned a bit as he furrowed his eyebrows, “Did something happen?” Asked Thomas, to which Chun responded by shaking his head. “It’s not that something is the matter, it’s just… I have a very strange feeling. Like something bad is going to happen.”
Sam stared at the two as they talked, as he too took notice of the strange ominous feeling. However, Thomas snapped him back to reality by snapping his fingers in front of the young man’s face. “Earth to Sam!” Sam gave his head a good shake as he snapped to attention. “Yes, Thomas?” Thomas grinned as he threw his arm around Chun’s shoulders. “This is my friend and owner of this restaurant, the man known as Chun! We go back a long time. The two of us used to run an online for a very old video-game.” Chun winked as he nudged Thomas with his fist. “Considering how much we updated that game, it never stopped being new! The people owning it now update it much more than we do.”
Sam’s eyes lit up at the mention of the words “video-games”. Sam loved video-games! “Ooh, what game was it?” Asked Sam as he broke out of his nervous persona and started acting like a giddy ten year old. Sam’s body fidgeted around excitedly as the two friends grinned collectively and exchanged glances. “We can tell you all about it later, Sam. For now, I’ve got to talk to Chun at the back of the restaurant. In the meantime, feel free to walk around the restaurant. When I get back, I’m going to show you the finest cuisine in all of Ginga!” Sam nodded excitedly. “That sounds fun, sure!” And with that, both Chun and Thomas vacated to the back of the restaurant, leaving Sam completed alone.
The young adult then proceeded to wander about the interior of the building. Sam’s feet gracefully walked through the very clean building. Sam walked past lit candles, gold-colored tables, and decorative Chinese plates. As Sam walked through the restaurant, he found himself mysteriously drawn to a table in the back. There appeared to be only one man seated at this table, yet his presence was strangely enticing. Sam walked towards the man, but as he did he felt his more energetic personality starting to fade. With each step, his nervousness returned. That excited and jittery person that was here just moments ago was returned to his state of anxiousness and awkwardness.
Despite Sam’s nervous demeanor, he continued to approach the mysterious man. Once Sam reached the man, he found himself unable to speak. Sam’s voice was lost in his throat as he stood in front of the man. The man wore a plain white T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. He was roughly 5 feet tall and was completely bald. The man wore a pair of expensive brown shoes that he tapped anxiously against the steel part of the table. The man had single white plate in front of him with an orange laid out across it. The main appeared to be peeling the orange, but had his eyes trained on Sam’s face whilst doing so. To outside eyes, this man seemed completely normal. However, this strange man had some kind of strange power. Sam knew that this man wasn’t normal, he just knew it.
“Are you lost?” Asked the man in a British accent, as he looked up at Sam. “I-I don’t think so. Sorry if I’m bothering you, I just… Came up here for some reason.” The man turned his head back towards his orange as he continued to peal it. “No one ever does anything for a reason, boy, so don’t feel ashamed about it. A reason is just an excuse and an excuse is just a lie. A person does something not because they want to, but because they feel that the want to.”
Sam’s legs started twitching nervously, there was something commanding about this man’s presence, something strange and unnerving. “W-Who are you?” The man stopped for a moment as he put his knife down. “Who am I? I’ve just come to see what’s going on, I primarily observe. Now, leave me, I have things to do and oranges to peel.” Sam’s body then started to move on its own as if he was possessed. He turned his body away from the man and started to walk off. As he walked away, he managed to turn his head and look back at the table… Only to find it completely empty. The man, or rather being had disappeared. Sam questioned if the man was real to begin with.
Once Sam had taken several steps, he found that his body was in his control once more. Sam breathed a sigh of relief, once again being able to move on his own. Despite this, Sam’s skin was pale white. Sam hadn’t even fought any aliens yet, and he was already a nervous wreck. As Sam stood there, Thomas walked up to him. “Hey there, Sam, we’re finished and I…” Thomas looked at the flushed expression on Sam’s face and froze temporarily. “Sam, are you… Alright?” Sam nodded and wiped the sweat off his face. “Y-Yeah, I’m fine. I-I-I-It’s just been a long day.” Thomas nodded and took the palm of his hand and used it to noogie Sam’s long head of hair. “Well, I apologize but this day will be a bit longer. We have some things we need to discuss. Come on, let’s grab a seat!”
And with that, Thomas lead Sam to a seat at the back of the restaurant. As Sam walked past the various tables, he noticed the table that the man was sitting at earlier now gone. It had somehow disappeared, just like the man who was sitting there before! Sam didn’t bring attention to this or say anything, this day was weird enough already. Sam fought the urge to discuss the man, as he thought it would sour the mood. Sam put aside what happened and sat down with Thomas to discuss some important issues…