Chapter 7: Yuzuru's First Day

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May….

I was completely done with the master’s program. In total, I had a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, bachelors in Japanese, minor degrees in Pacific Asian Studies, music and Apparel Design. I was deciding whether to go back to get an honor bachelor in History.

Currently, I had returned to Canada because Brian had something to tell me. Miyu drove me to the rink. “Your parents would have been very proud of you. At your age with all these degrees, I’m…just speechless at the moment,” she told me.

“I know what you mean. I think…they were there. I felt them almost,” I told her. She gave me a smile. Once at the rink, I walked into Brian’s office. “Hey. Welcome back. Have a seat,” he told me. I sat down in front of his desk.

“So…I have something important to tell you,” he told me. {Uh..oh.} I wasn’t sure to feel nervous or something else. “What is it?” I asked with little concern. He let out a deep breath.

“So, a while ago in April, I received a phone call from the Japan Skating Federation and they wanted to meet me in top secret. I went to Japan. They took me to some hotel. I had a private meeting with them,” he told me.

“Top Secret?” It sounded odd. “I walked into a room and there was Yuzuru Hanyu,” he told me. My heart jumped by the name. {Yuzuru.} “What about him? Why was he there?” I asked with confusion in my voice.

“I had no clue at first. He was the last person I expected to as me to teach him,” he told me. {What is going on?} “So…what happened?” I asked him. “I asked “Why do you want to come with me?” He said that he wanted to train here and with Fernandez,” he told me. 

{Train with Javi?}

“Why Javi?” I asked. He shrugged his shoulders. “He wanted to train with him. He has his own reasons,” he told me. I gave him a nod. It was really odd for someone who wants to trains with Javi. Javi was a very outgoing guy and somewhat lazy.

“What did Javi say?” I asked. “He didn’t really care if he train here,” he told me. After thinking for a minute, I thought of something. “Maybe Yuzuru being here will create some kind of motivation for Javi to get serious,” I told him. “Maybe,” he told me. I gave him a nod.

“So…I’m going to need you here more than usual. Since you are done with your education I’m assuming…I wonder if it would be alright for you to come here more often. You can help Yuzuru in the same way as Javi,” he told me. 

{I don’t need to think about this.}

“Of course. I missed being here when I’m away. I really want to help and learn,” I told him. He gave me a smile. “Thank you,” he told me.

“When will he be here?” I asked him. “He should be here next week. He will make frequent trips to here due to his schooling back in Japan,” he told me. “Okay,” I said. I got up from my seat and walked into my office.

{Yuzuru will be here.}

“Why am I nervous?”

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One week later……

I was in my office getting ready to welcome Yuzuru to the Cricket Club. {Hope everything is okay.} My table had a file on him containing his records and scores of his previous competitions. His winnings weren’t always consistent. 

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