“NO!” Jinny screamed, jumping up in her seat and covering her mouth with her hands, fear written all over her face as she watched Chi clutch at the arrow as it remained embedded into his thigh.
“It’s ok.” Soshi lied, trying to placate her with his words as he stood up beside her, “he’ll be fine, he can get it out.”
The pair watched, mortified as Chi tried to remove the arrow but couldn’t, his breaths coming in shorter, sharper bursts, as blood soaked his pants.
“Stop the fight. Stop it!” Jinny cried at the screen, “they can’t do this to him!”
She turned to run out the door but Soshi grabbed her.
“Jin, you can’t just run out there, this is an official match, don’t worry, they’ll stop it if the can see it’s going to go too far.”
The pair returned their eyes to the screen and watched as Chi looked up, anger boiling over as he locked his crimson red eyes onto his target- the archer across the stage from him, and took a staggering step towards him.
Jinsei watched with horror as he dodged another flying arrow and continued to stalk towards the archer; who was almost spent by then.
“It’s a suicide mission.” Soshi said softly, fearing what Chi was about to do.
“Is he going to take them both out?” Jinsei whispered, cowering as Chi got closer to his target; sweat pouring down his face.
“Oh no.” Soshi said in a dead voice, “why does he do this?!”
Suddenly Chi exploded, taking out the archer and himself and flinging them both out of bounds in a second; a cloud of smoke and dust enveloping the two.
“CHAOS ENSUES!” The announcer cried, debris and dust billowing around so much so that no one could see what had happened.
As the dust cleared the paramedics ran on scene, collecting both Chi and his opponent and whisking them off the the nurses office to attend their wounds.
“So who won that round?” Soshi asked no one in particular.
“No one, I guess.” Jinsei replied, “I want to go and see Chi.” She added stiffly.
“He’ll be ok.” Soshi said.
“No.” She replied in a quivering voice, “I want to go and see him now.”
Soshi looked at her, his iridescence orange eyes filling with worry as he looking into her despairing brown ones.
“Hey.” He said softly, still holding her arm, “he’ll—.”
“No!” She replied sharply, “I need to see him!”
Overcome with emotion she turned and ran from the room, leaving him there at the TV as she tore out and down the hall, running for the nurses office.
As she rounded the corner she ran head first into someone and they grabbed her before she could fall over.
“I-I’m so sorry I—.”
She froze as she looked up into the handsome face of the winged hero: Condor, his gorgeous white wings casting a shadow over both her and himself.
“Hey.” He said with a lopsided smile, “you ok?”
“Uh, umm, umm.”
“You did a great job today, I saw your fight; Kirishima, isn’t it?” Condor said.
Jinsei opened and closed her mouth multiple times before deciding to just nod instead.
“Keep up that fighting spirit.” He added as he let go of her shoulders.
“T-Thank you, Condor, I, I’m your huge fan, I mean, like, big fan. But not too big in a weird way but just, I love you so much; BUT NOT LOVE AS IN LOVE LOVE BUT—.”
Condor chuckled and patted her on the head sympathetically.
“Hey, it’s fine, I’m just a regular guy.” He replied, “but with wings.”
Jinsei let out the most unhinged cackle she had ever heard come from herself and immediately slapped a hand over her mouth with embarrassment.
“I’m sorry, that was so weird, ugh.”
“It’s fine, nice to have talked to you, we’re off now.” He said as he jerked his head towards Kanaka who was standing beside him with his black lower face mask on.
“Oh! Seismic Kana!” Jinsei gasped, “I’m sorry! I didn’t see you there, wait, that’s so rude, I’m so sorry, WAIT, you can’t hear me. Oh maaaan!” She wailed, feeling stupider and stupider by the minute.
“Kirishima, breathe, you’re cool.” Condor said with a chuckle, “have a good rest of your day, and good luck with the ceremony.”
“Yes! I will! You too!” Jinny said brightly, holding her smile until they had passed her before letting the grimace show on her face. “Ugh, I just made a total idiot of myself!” She wailed internally. “So much for looking cool.”
She covered her face with her hands and ran on, bee-lining for the nurses office and Chi.
“What were you thinking?!” She whispered harshly to the bandaged up Chi as she slid in between the curtains into his bay.
“I wasn’t.” He replied with a crooked smile.
“Well obviously!” She berated him.
“I figured if I wasn’t going to win then I was gonna take the bastard out with me.” He said with a devious smirk.
“And you did, you idiot.” She replied with a small smile and head shake. “Are you ok? I was worried about you.”
Chi blushed and looked away.
“You were worried?”
“Yeah! Of course?” Jinny replied sassily, “You’re one of my best friends, of course I’m gonna be worried.”
Chi’s face fell.
“Best friend.” He thought with distain for the word.
“Well, I’m fine.” He replied, “and I lost, so now we’re even.”
“I don’t care about any of that! I’m just glad you’re ok.” She replied, reaching out to caress his bandages. “Is your leg ok?” She asked as she placed a hand on it.
“Y-Yeah? Why?” He stammered.
“Because you had a flippin’ arrow in it, THAT’S why!” She grunted, “I saw you trying to pull it out.”
“Yeah, I couldn’t because of the shape of the arrow head.” He replied, “fucking hurt.”
Jinny gently ran her hand over his leg, wanting to help in some way but not knowing how and Chi blushed again as she touched him; his mind going south.
“I-I think you’d better go.” He said quickly, trying to adjust himself in the bed.
“Why?” Jinny asked, confused.
“Umm, because.” He snapped, “go. I’ll see you later…”
“O-Oh, ok?” She replied softly, taking her hand from his leg and slowly backing out of the small bay.
Chi let out a sigh of relief as she left and tried to reach a hand to his crotch to adjust himself, praying his little ‘excitement’ would go away.
“She’s your girlfriend, isn’t she?” The voice from the next cubicle over asked.
“Shut up, man, you know she said ‘best friend’.” Chi snapped, replying to his opponent who was in the next bay behind a white curtain.
“Oh. Thought it was code.” The guy replied, “you two sound like a couple.”