Badman City. By far the most unpleasant place Chime had been to on Earth, and that was including the forest where dinosaurs tried to eat him. But its unpleasantness was also unnatural. Something had happened here, though he was fuzzy on the details as to exactly what, to place this haze of distrust, hate, and general evil over the city. It was magic, of that much Chime was sure, but it was a magic far more powerful than his own. He couldn't undo it, not by himself. He could try to heal the people individually, though, and for the last several days, that's what Chime has been trying to do.
Most of the residents have brushed off his attempts at aid so far. They haven't appreciate a small, green stranger coming up to them and offering to heal them. At worse, they were suspicious of his motives, thinking he used 'healing' as a front for something much more malicious, and at best, they didn't appreciate the insinuation they were sick, and told him to get lost. The few citizens of Badman that had allowed him to try did look better, somewhat, after he was finished, but something of the city's curse still clung to them. He was better at healing wounds of the body, rather than the soul or mind, and he could do little more than offer a metaphorical bandage, a temporary reprieve.
A few days of this left Chime feeling drained, so he found his way to a park, which was mostly empty now, and sat down on a bench. His legs dangled a few inches off the ground, and he let his head fall back with a sigh, and closed his eyes.
Post by Yukine Yatsuya on Oct 1, 2018 21:19:51 GMT -6
Whump! Whump! Whump! Those loud noises echoed, draining out the silence of the quiet park where Chime resided. There, a young boy, a tad bit short for his age, bounced a basketball in the empty courts of the playground. It was a pretty washed up park to be honest. Trash was littered about, graffiti splattered against the walls and even slides of the jungle gym. He was too old for that junk anyways. Basketball was something that was of interest to him. Plus! If he was good at it, it could impress other folks too! Though, he wasn't really the most athletic, in fact, he was a bit wimpy. He wasn't a push over by any means nor was he some sort of kid that hated physical activity, he just wasn't...gifted I guess you could say.
That doesn't mean it wasn't fun! And he did grasp a bit of the concept and knew the rules perfectly! So there he was, adorned in a white T-Shirt and black basketball shorts along with some white sneakers. Nothing too flashy, just something he could go outdoors with. Just like most people, he definitely noticed some sort of...change within the city. But he grew up in a bad neighborhood his whole life. He was sort of used to the setting. Fortunately, he grew up to be a really nice kid. Dribbling once more and running towards the perimeter, he pivoted, sweat running down his forehead while he maintained a determined, focused expression. He bounced the ball once more to bring it upwards before he grasped it, bringing it over his head while sticking out his elbow. Popping his elbow back, his arm shot forward and his wrist flicked, his eyes burning with determination. Clang! The ball hit the backboard, bouncing astray and completely missing its target--the basket.
The ball hopped, rolling away from Yukine who went to chase it. Eventually, it stopped right by Chime's feet, leaving Yukine to stop in his tracks, staring down at the Namekian. The boy couldn't help but notice how exhausted the green humanoid looked...but then something else came to mind. Yukine squinted his eyes. "Huh...?'" He looked familiar...wait a minute! "Aren't you the guy who came to my aid in the alleyway?" Yukine asked, a puzzled expression plastered to his soft face. In an instant, he beamed, excited to see him again. "G-Gee, I didn't get to properly thank you, huh? Uh--I'm Yukine!"
"Hm?" Chime blinked his eyes open when he felt something bump his foot. He looked down to find...a ball? He picked it up to examine it, and found it to be surprisingly bumpy. How strange! He'd never seen something like this before, but he knew there were many, many different sports on Earth. He looked up, and saw who he presumed to be the orange ball's owner. Chime recognized him immediately as the boy he had met in the alley, just a few days ago. The boy wasn't any more powerful than your average Earthling, at least, as far as Chime could sense, but there was something different about his energy that he couldn't put his finger on. Something distinct from most of the humans he'd encountered. Chime was awfully curious, but thought it would be rude to ask, so instead just said,
"Oh, hi! That's me, yeah. Or, well, I dunno how much I actually did..." Chime glanced away and thought back to that encounter in the alley. That draconic man, despite his appearance, hadn't meant harm, in the end, but if he had, Chime highly doubted he had it in him to stop him. Not that he wanted to admit to that, "A-anyway! My name's Chime," He hopped off the bench and bent down to pick up the basketball, which he when held out to Yukine, "This is yours, right?"
Post by Yukine Yatsuya on Oct 2, 2018 15:55:42 GMT -6
Yukine smiled, shaking his head. "Ah, your bravery did plenty!" He responded, still beaming down at him brightly. "If you didn't do that, there wouldn't have been a distraction, and plus, I doubt I could have mustered up the courage and run away. Huh, courage...running away. Ironic." He snickered, brushing it off while reaching out to take the ball back from him. Yukine held it between his arm and torso, sweat still glistening on his forehead.
Yukine wanted to ask about, well his origins just as, still unbeknownst to Yukine, Chime wanted to ask about his weird feel in his ki. But just like Chime, Yukine didn't know how to go about it without being rude. At the same time, Yukine's question would have been a bit...understandable, considering well you know, the obvious; it's not every day you see a green person walking about. He put it to the side for now. All he wanted to do at this point was let loose and have some fun! "Well its nice to meet'cha Chime! Say, would you want to play a game with me?" He bounced the ball onto the floor, letting it smack against the cracked concrete of the park. "We could have a little one on one, or even just shoot around!" Dribbling, he used his free hand to point a thumb behind his shoulder, directing Chime's view towards the court. "It'll be fun~!"
Chime smiled a bit and glanced off to the side sheepishly as he rubbed the back of his neck, "Bravery? Heh, alright, if you say so..." He wasn't sure if what he did was brave, or just stupid, but if Yukine said it had helped, then that was all that mattered.
He watched with fascination as Yukine dribbled the basketball easily. When was the last time he'd played a game? Chime couldn't remember. Not since he'd come to Earth, certainly, but even before that, he was never the most athletic Namekian. They had their own sports to play, sure, but that sort of thing was mostly done by big, strong, Warrior Clan people, not little Dragon Clan Namekians like Chime was. He looked at Yukine dribbling, then over towards the court, then back to the human again.
"A game? I, uh. I don't know how to play," He stayed standing by the bench as he spoke, and looked unsure of himself, "And I dunno how good I'd be anyway. Is it hard to learn...?" He took a few, self conscious steps forward, but doesn't completely join Yukine at the court just yet.
Post by Yukine Yatsuya on Oct 2, 2018 22:10:33 GMT -6
"Ah, don't worry, I'll show ya! It's really simple! I'll explain the rules and everything." Yukine reassured the dragon clan Namekian, nodding his head while counseling him. He cocked an eyebrow however at his worries of learning only to let out a small fit of laughter. "Pssssh, nah~! Trust me, with a bit of practice, you'll be an amazing player!" He then jabbed his own chest with his thumb, smirking. "Like me!" Pivoting, he began to job back towards the court, laughing while dribbling the ball. "Now come on! Let's shoot around, I'll show you the basics!"
After a bit of running towards the court, they'd stand on one half of the court, using only one hoop. No need to use two, right? "So, uh...how do I go about explaining the rules..." He muttered quietly, more to himself than to Chimes. His eyes lighting up, he raised a finger, figuring out an ideal place to start. "Ah~! First! Main thing, you can't double!" Showing the Namekian boy what a 'double' was, Yukine would dribble the ball to the floor once, letting it bounce back up to him only for him to catch it. Once he grasped it with both his hands, he continued to speak. "That's when you do this, you know, holding the ball with two hands after a dribble, and then going back to dribble again!" Yukine then continued to bounce the ball around. "You can hold it with two hands and dribble, but that's only after you get like a uh, rebound! That's when someone misses a shot and you get the ball again...oh and! And! You can't carry!" Yukine began to perform more dribble moves to his new companion, but this time, scooping the ball up awkwardly and going to bounce the ball again. "You aren't allowed to pick it up like that, any time the ball goes up unnaturally...like uh, you make it go up...if that makes sense, erm, then it's a carry!"
Yukine scratched his head, sighing slightly. "G-Gee...I guess there is quite a bit of rules you should know, I'm not even done explaining..." Shaking his head, he grinned slightly deciding it was best to worry about all that later. "Uh, that's the jist of it, only other thing is you should take the ball back after I miss a shot, air balls don't need to be taken back. When you take it back, just go behind the three point line." Yukine pointed at the white arch that surrounded their side of the court. "Those are worth two points though, cause its street ball. Anything else you do, I'll correct you on! D-Don't sweat it though haha...I know it seems a bit...confusing at first! But trust me! You'll get the hang of it dude!" Yukine seemed to know a ton about basketball, too bad he wasn't built for it with his short stature and lithe build. "At any rate! You wanna have a one on one? Or you wanna shoot around for a bit, get used to it and all~"
Chime's hesitation lasted only a moment more, then he was nodding, and following along after Yukine towards the court. The boy's cheer was infectious, especially in a gloomy place like this, and Chime soon found himself laughing along with him, "Hah! Well, okay, if I've got an expert teaching me, it won't be that hard, right?" Truthfully, Chime welcomed the distraction. Part of him felt guilty about going to have fun while there was still so much work to do, but his efforts around Badman City hadn't yielded many results yet. The few times he'd tried to relax since coming to Earth, something had happened to interrupt it, and he'd otherwise been training or exploring or studying. Maybe a break would do him some good.
As soon as they got to the court, Yukine started rattling off rules to the game, without any particular order that Chime was able to discern. The Namekian stood with wide eyes, and looked entirely lost. Double? Dribble? A shot? What were they shooting? Not each other, were they? And if you missed the other person, you got a 'rebound' and could take another shot? That white line was important, too, that got you three points...somehow. Chime didn't quite get it, and was honestly overwhelmed by all the rules, but he figured it was something easier understood by doing than by talking about it.
"I think I'm ready to try it! ...Oh, wait, hold on!" It occurred to him that robes might not be the best thing to play a sport in, so Chime quickly jogged over to the side of the court and left his blue robe there, neatly folded, along with his red sash. It left him in a white sleeveless shirt, and his puffy, Namekian-style pants. He rejoined Yukine on the court, and hunkered down into a low stance that looked more like he was preparing to spar or wrestle than play a game, "Okay! Now I'm ready!"
Post by Yukine Yatsuya on Oct 3, 2018 23:12:14 GMT -6
Yukine blinked, watching the Namekian child run towards the bench to remove his robes. Guess that would get in the way while playing a sport like this, huh? Smirking as he came back, he perked his eyebrows up as he watched him get into...a rather odd stance! That was an unorthodox style of play, now wasn't it! "Aha, playing defense I see?" Yukine grinned, beginning to dribble. He started to perform some simple dribble moves, like bouncing it through his legs. It was pretty slow and sloppy, but it did the trick.
He bounced the ball to the left, moving his body that way for just a moment before freezing. Using this moment of hesitation, he continued to run that way, attempting to blow by his new friend and headed towards the hoop. But considering that chime had absolutely no idea on how to play the game, who knew what he would do to stop Yukine. Maybe Yukine really should have took his time in teaching the alien kid how the game of basketball works.
Chime stuck his tongue out when Yukine started dribbling the ball around, and watched with intense concentration, probably more than was warranted for a simple one-on-one basketball game. Maybe he was overestimating the sport, but from the explanation he was given, it seemed very complex. But Chime was determined to do a good job! Maybe he could even learn to do that bouncing the ball between his legs thing that Yukine was doing.
First, though, he would have to actually get the ball. Chime ran alongside Yukine as he made his was left, and then stopped. Anticipating a change in direction, he dashed off to the right, completely falling for the other boy's feint and getting left in the dust as he ran off towards the other end of the court. He was already losing, that was no good! Yukine didn't try and throw the ball at him, though, so that must not be the goal of the game. Something to do with those nets on the far ends of the court, then? Those were so tall, though, how were they supposed to reach those? Just throw the ball at them?
Chime could only ponder all this for a second, as he ran after Yukine as hard as he could, and tried to get into reach of him to just grab the basketball away from him with both hands, in a way that was probably against the rules, but the Namekian didn't know any better.
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