Chapter 10: Back Pains

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In one month, I had seen so much improvement on Yuzuru’s skating. He wasn’t as wild since he came in May. Still, he was focused on his jumps than his choreography. He still needed more control so learning the basics of figure skating was helping him. Like I predicted, he missed more jumps due to the change in his skating. He did get better. 

I couldn’t get on the ice much since my skates were in bad condition. If I was needed on the ice, I just wore my old skates and pray that they wouldn’t fall apart. Luckily, Brian and Tracy didn’t notice since I covered them.

I watched Yuzuru sweat and groan in pain. It was normal for me to watch anyone who skated under Tracy and Brian. He missed a lot more jumps today since his axis was different from before. He needed to find his sweet spot. 

After four hours, his training was done. He sat down at the bench and took a sip of my energy drink. He was exhausted since he wasn’t used to the longer hours of training. In his eyes, Yuzuru looked like he was really in pain. 

Without him knowing, I poked his back and he flinched under my touch. “Itai?” I asked him. He gave me a nod and wiped the sweat from his face. “Maybe I should take you to a message therapist,” I suggested to him. He looked up at me. “You know anyone here?” he asked me. I gave him a nod.

“If you have time today, I can take you there,” I told him. He gave me a nod. I made a phone call to Aojima Nori. “Moshi moshi,” I heard a old man say. “Nori-san. Kino Ayako desu,” I said to him. “Ohayo Ayako-chan. What can I do for you?” he asked me. 

“I was wondering if I could bring a skater to you today,” I told him. “Of course. Actually, you can come in right now,” he told me. “Hai. We’ll be there sometime today,” I told him. “Alright take your time,” he told me. “Hai,” I said and hung up.

“We can go right now,” I told him. Slowly, he got up from his seat and walked to the locker room. After we got our things, we traveled to the location. I told Tracy that I would get home late. On the way, Yuzuru called his mother. He told her that he was going to get home late. 

“Ayako-chan is taking me there,” he told her. Next thing I knew, Yuzuru gave his phone to me. “Moshi moshi,” I said. “Ayako-chan. Please look after him,” she told me. “I will. I’ll walk him home after the treatment,” I told her. “Alright. Be safe,” she told me. “Hai,” I said and gave the phone back to Yuzuru.

Soon, we arrived at the building. We walked into the right room to see Nori-san. “Konichiwa,” I said and bowed to him. “Konichiwa,” Yuzuru said and bowed to him too. Nori-san gave me a smile and bowed back. “It’s nice to see you Aya-chan,” he told me. I gotten my treatments from him many times. Yuzuru looked relieved that it was a Japanese person.

Nori-san was a fan of Yuzuru.

Yuzuru gave his things to me and sat on the treatment table. Nori-san started to massage him in different places. “Itai!” Yuzuru screamed a bit. “Can you not raise your voice?” Nori-san asked him. “I already raised my voice! That hurts A LOT,” Yuzuru told him. 

“His muscles must be inflamed,” I suspected. “I think so too,” Mr. Nori said and messaged Yuzuru more. Yuzuru was in a lot of pain. I felt very sorry for him that I cringed when he groan in pain. I walked over to him and sat at a chair close to him. I took Yuzuru’s hand in mine. Yuzuru gave my hand a squeeze whenever Mr. Nori pushed on a painful part of his back.

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