After opening your phone to contacts you looked up at Dabi.
“What’s your bosses number? I’m gonna call him.”
“Oh… uh…” He pulled his phone out and scrolled down to Tonkata’s number then read it out to you so you could put it into your phone.
Angrily, you punched it in and hit ‘call’ then shoved the phone up to your ear and waited.
Tonkata answered curiously- as it was an unknown number that wasn’t saved in his phone, and you greeted him quickly and told him who you were.
“Listen,” you said, cutting right to the chase, “I don’t know if rumours have hit your ears yet but I wanted to get in first and explain things before it got out of hand.”
“Does this have to do with your boyfriend- Dabi, and Omawei- a girl on the team.”
“Yes, it does… has your 16 year old server been in your ears?” you asked, trying to hold back your sass.
“Well… yes, she came to me quite concerned—,”
“Ok. Now. Let me tell you the real story,” you said, not bothering you cover the annoyance in your voice now, “your 16 year old server has never liked Dabi.”
“Yes, that’s true…”
“And so she is trying to marr his name. He has never dated, nor made a pass, at Omawei but Omawei has developed feelings for him.”
“Ahh,” Tonkata hummed, “that makes more sense. And in all honesty I thought, well, I was more worried that something like this might happen. Dabi is very good with the girls and I have seen the looks they give him.”
“Well he’s always been professional. He has never done anything inappropriate to any of them,” you said sternly.
“Yes, I was a little alarmed at the accusations,” Tonkata mused.
“And I assume she demanded that you fire Dabi?” you asked.
“Yes,” Tonkata confirmed.
“Well there you have it. She has a bone to pick with him and she wants him gone so she’s lying through her teeth to get him booted out.”
“I see,” Tonkata said, “is Dabi with you now, may I have a word with him?”
You looked at Dabi and handed him your phone.
“He wants to chat. Take my phone, I don’t have much longer to go and then my shift ends so I’ll start closing up.”
Dabi nodded and took your phone.
“Boss.” He said as he put the phone to his ear.
There was a pause as Tonkata said something to him and your man nodded as he turned for the shop doors, talking as he went. “Yeah… I figured…”
You sighed as he walked out.
“I don’t want this bitch to win. It’s not fair for her to say shit like this and get away with it,” you thought.
“I know what’s been said,” Dabi said to a Tonkata as he walked over to his car and leaned up against it with the phone still to his ear, “although, I only became aware of the extent of it today…”
“What happened?” Tonkata asked, “I’d like to hear your side of the story before I deal with the other side.”
“I was at the Hall training the girls, as usual, and then my girlfriend showed up and blew up about me dating someone on the team which shocked me because this is news to me. Who the fuck am I supposed to be dating, that I don’t know about? And then she told me that a girl had approached her at the mall and had told her I was seeing someone. She didn’t say who the girl was, she didn’t ask for her name.”
“Mmm?” Tonkata hummed.
“So I described the team server to her and my girlfriend said yes that it matched the description of the girl who had come up to her. I’m not surprised because I know she doesn’t like me but I didn’t know her accusations had some truth to them.”
“I see,” Tonkata added in.
“After the lesson, I go to leave, and Omawei chases me and asks me to help her practice and when I said no, she, through a short conversation, revealed that people think her and I are dating and that she hadn’t corrected them. THEN, she gets adamant that we are meant to be together and starts going on about shit she shouldn’t even be entertaining the idea of,” he said, getting more and more angry as the story unfolded, “I told her very clearly that, no, we are not dating, and no, I am not interested in you. To which she had a meltdown. I don’t know any more because I left at that point.”
“Mmm,” Tonkata hummed thoughtfully, “well, I was on my way in when the team server stopped me at the gate and said she was concerned for her teammate because you had allegedly said some hurtful stuff to her and she was concerned that it was because Omawei had refused to do unsavory acts for you because you and Omawei had been dating in secret and now you were wanting more from the relationship.”
It was at that point Dabi was glad that he had your phone in hand because had he been holding his own he feared he would have thrown it across the car park and smashed it into a million pieces.
“What she is doing is a crime,” Dabi seethed, “she could get jailed for saying shit like this.”
“Very true,” Tonkata agreed, siding with Dabi immediately, “don’t concern yourself too much with her, I will see to it that she is properly disciplined… but what would you like to do?”
Dabi grunted and looked down at the ground, his brows scrunching as he warred with his options.
“I enjoy my job,” he said after a while, “I really do. Volleyball is a big part of my life… but…”
“Yes?” Tonkata asked regretfully, knowing there was going to be a catch.
“I can’t stay if this is going to be a reoccurring theme. I’m not trying to blow my own horn but if these children keep getting crushes on me then it’s going to make things very… not… fun.” He desperately wanted to swear again but he thought he could possibly have used up all his swear allowance with his boss and so toned it down.
“What do you suggest then?” Tonkata offered gently. He knew where this was going and he didn’t want to push Dabi in either direction… so he waited for the ravenette male to say it by himself, unprompted.
“As much as I feel like this has been a defeat on my part,” Dabi started, “I just don’t want to have any more rumors hanging over my head… I’m sorry… but I’m going to have to decline working with you and the team…”