“I’ll admit. It’s an odd way to think about it, but if it helps you sleep at night, then ok.” You chuckled at him with a small head shake.
“Allow me just this once to indulge,” he said with a small bow once he had stood up behind the hedge.
“Ok,” you replied again.
The shop was pretty much in order, but you had to file the paperwork and make sure you had the handover ready for Mr Totoru while your old boss found all the papers on his end and organized a solicitor to write up the contracts of sale.
While this was all going on you were still teaching the kids volleyball and, on top of that, you were secretly arranging for all of your different sessions to come with you to watch Dabi play with his team at the annual tournament rounds- which you thought the kids would enjoy… especially Yoshi.
Everything was set for 2 weeks time.
A lot happened in that timeframe. Mr Totoru bought the shop for a good price and they settled very quickly, then you organized for a mini bus to take you and the kids to the games.
All of the parents were aware of this trip, but it was a surprise for the kids, and you were excited to announce it to them on the morning.
Bright and early, you and Koemi were at Mr Totoru’s place, as usual, and were practicing happily while you waited for the twins, Mio and Emi to arrive.
They all turned up around the same time and the parents happily left them with a wink at you and a big ‘have fun’ to their kids before they left.
“Ok everyone,” you called, clapping your hands to get the excited kids attentions, “we’re not playing volleyball today… Goro, put the ball back please, I’m talking to yo—Kyo, no we’re not playing today.”
“Why?” Goro’s voice squeaked.
“Because,” you started, ready to launch into your reveal, “we’re going to—,”
“BUT I WANNA PLAY!!” Wailed Kyo suddenly.
“Hey, woah, woah, listen now, we’re—,”
“Emi wants to play too,” Emi’s voice quivered with emotion.
“We’re going to watch the Blue Flames play!” you said quickly.
The kids all burst into tears and for a moment you were very confused. They were supposed to be super excited? This wasn’t matching what you had envisaged every night before you fell asleep in bed for the past month???
“Why are you crying?” you asked them, looking from one tear stained face to the next.
“Emi wants to play vollEball!” she wailed again, with the boys bringing in the backing vocals for good measure.
“But we’re gonna watch the Blue Flames volleyball team play?” you said again, like you were hoping they would suddenly be excited the next time around.
“Daddy?!” Koemi suddenly announced, putting the two and two together.
“Yes! We’re gonna see daddy play volleyball today!” you said excitedly to her.
“Yaaayy!!!” she suddenly screeched with excitement, making the other kids stop for a second.
“Your daddy is playing volleyball?” Emi asked her.
“Ah ha!” she replied excitedly, “daddy is a ace!”
“I wanna be a ace!” Goro suddenly announced, still passionate through the tears.
“I’m ace!” Kyo cut in.
“No me!” Goro wailed.
“Ok, you know what?” you said in a suddenly very tired voice, “let’s get on the bus, ok? Come on, let’s go.”
The kids were all still yelling and asking questions, with intermittent crying, while you led them to the mini bus now parked out the front, and helped to load them on and buckle them into their seats.
“Where are we going, Miss Y/N?” Emi asked as you buckled her in.
“To watch the Blue Flames win the annual tournaments,” you said to her, trying not to be too annoyed by all the hassle the morning has bought.
“Watch daddy win!” Koemi announced from beside Emi.
“Yes,” you said to her.
“I see’d Blue Flames on the TV,” Kyo said.
“I like them,” Goro said, suddenly ceasing with the tears.
“Ok good. Because that’s where we’re going,” you said, holding your sigh in until you were in the passenger seat of the bus, “ok, let’s go,” you sighed to the driver who just gave you a sympathetic look.
The kids were mostly quiet on the ride there so you had a chance to recharge while you all headed in and then as you pulled up, you got them all ready to hop off.
“Ok, we’re all going to hold hands going in, ok? Ok? Goro, Kyo, holding hands please… yes, good, now Mio, Ko and Emi, hold hands please.”
Thankfully, they were all happy to hold hands and you led them off the bus, by your little girl’s hand, and into the stadium you all went.
Thankfully, you had prebooked and the door attendants knew who you were when they saw you approaching with the kids in tow.
You all got front row seats behind the lower stands and you sat the kids down to watch the game.
Thankfully, they were all mesmerized by the players and watched intently while they all warmed up.
Little Koemi spotted her daddy right away and screamed out at him from the top of her lungs.
He looked up and grinned across at you and the kids, kissing his finger tips then throwing them up at you all.
“Hey boys,” you heard him call to his team, “my girls are here. Luck is on our side today.”
You grinned from ear to ear. He had always maintained that you were his good luck charm, and now it had been extended to Koemi… but you liked that.
“You got this, daddy,” you called to him.
He winked at you then tossed the ball up and served it across the net to practice.
“Woahhh,” the twin boys chorused, eyes locked onto Dabi.
“That’s my daddy!” Koemi announced.
“You daddy strong,” Mio said quietly to her, as she had been otherwise mute this whole time.
Soon the opposing team arrived and practice continued then the game started.
The kids were all mesmerized, until Kyo and Goro needed to go to the bathroom.
“Ok, come on, we’re all going for a little walk,” you announced to the kids, getting them to all hold hands as you led them out and down the hall to the disabled toilets for the boys to use.
After getting them sorted, you went back in to watch some more of the game and they all insisted on standing and peering over the little barrier that had been set up to stop things getting onto the court.
All of them looked so cute standing on tippy toes, watching Dabi and the team smash their opponents.