「 Hey, hey, the big sister is nice, but… 」
「 The little sister is amazingly cute 」
The camera and lights are closely observing Kudou Haruka.
Michi comes into the crowd of onlookers.
「 What’s with that woman 」
「 She’s just a high-schooler, and yet she’s getting interviews, she’s cocky 」
I hear some voices from the other athletes.
However, Kudou Haruka;
「 Oh, Michi, you’ve come 」
Haruka in her karate uniform greeted her sister with pride.
She’s been interviewed on TV all morning as if she’s the star of the show.
She’s already accustomed to it.
Michi’s sister gets carried away easily after all.
「 It seems that you made it through the qualifiers 」
Michi speaks with her usual blank face.
「 Naturally, who do you think I am Michi? 」
Kudou Haruka replies.
「 Maria had a bit of a rough fight, but she broke through 」
「 Yo! 」
Tendou Otome (Now Kendou Maria,) makes a pose
「 Don’t let your guard down, you’re always so naive Aneue 」
「 You don’t have to tell me that 」
As soon as Kudou Haruka said that…
「 !! 」
Michi’s fists end right in front of Haruka’s face.
「 Huh? 」
Next, Michi’s fist is also in front of Kendou Maria.
「 ?!! 」
Kudou Haruka and Kendou Maria couldn’t react to Michi’s quick movement.
「 Please wait until you’re stronger than me before you speak that way 」
Michi speaks coldly.
「 Michi, you!! 」
Kudou Haruka’s trying to grab Michi out of rage, but…
Michi brushed her off easily.
「 Aneue, don’t forget that you’re still inexperienced, if you don’t have humility, then you will lose 」
Michi stared at her sister.
「 U-Uhm 」
Then, a female TV reporter holding a microphone comes to the sisters.
「 Err, is she Kudou Haruka-san’s sister? 」
「 Yes. I’m Kudou Michi 」
「 Are you also practicing Karate like your sister? 」
Michi looked at her sister.
「 No, I prefer using Kudou arts 」
「 Kudou Arts? 」
「 Yes. My sister is weaker so she can only do Karate, she’s a dropout from the Kudou family who couldn’t learn the Kudou style 」
Michi purposely humiliates her sister in front of the camera.
「 H-Hey! Karate is much better than that comedic martial art of yours! 」
As soon as Kudou Haruka said.
Michi moves to Haruka’s bosom, elbows Haruka’s stomach, and touched Haruka’s chin with her fist.
「 You still have a match so I’ll leave it at that 」
Michi could knock out Haruka in a single blow with that speed.
It could be a reenactment of six months ago, where the sharp blow made Haruka faint and sent her to hospital.
「 Please have at least a better mental attitude. As you are right now Aneue, you’ll show a disgraceful sight on the ring halfway to the finals 」
Then, to Kendou Maria;
「 You too, your reactions are slow 」
She throws her fist right at Kendou Maria’s face again.
「 !!! 」
Kendou Maria guessed Michi’s movement this time and took a defensive stance.
Michi’s left hand went under Kendou Maria’s guard and touched her side.
「 You’ve regained your intuition, but you were able to respond to that speed before 」
「 You’ve been training with Aneue, who’s much less experienced, which slowed down your reaction time. Try fixing it 」
Then, while the cameras and lights are still rolling…
Michi stepped in front of Kendou Maria and delivered a series of lightning-fast thrusts.
Even more than earlier.
「 T-Too fast?!!! 」
The surrounding watchers and participating athletes are surprised.
「 Kuh! Uugh, Kuukku! Ugh!! 」
Kendou Maria somehow managed to deflect Michi’s attacks on the defensive.
「 Yeah, that’s great. You fixed it 」
Michi told Maria with a cool face, not breaking a sweat.
「 Haa, haa, haa, haa 」
On the other hand, Kendou Maria’s sweating all over, breathing heavily.
「 Don’t forget that breath just now. Instead of matching your opponent’s breathing, you should be faster, sharper than your opponent 」
「 G-Got it 」
Kendou Maria replied while struggling to breathe.
「 I can expect more results from you than Aneue. Do your best 」
Michi looked at her sister.
「 Aneue, do your best so you don’t feel regret later 」
「 Michi! You always look down on people like that 」
Kudou Haruka, whose reputation is destroyed, looks at her sister with hatred, in front of all the cameras and the crowd.
「 It’s you who looks down on people, despite being weak 」
「 I’m not weak! 」
「 Then, prove it by winning the matches today in your class 」
「 I know that! 」
Kudou Haruka shouts at Michi.
「 I’ll be watching without many expectations 」
She says without changing her expression.
「 Well then, since everyone else hasn’t done their encouragement yet… 」
Michi said, then she tries to leave the place, but…
「 Hey, wait! You small girl! 」
An unusually fit woman in red training gear stepped forward from the spectators.
「 Do you have business with me? 」
Michi replies with a cold tone.
「 Yes, I do, that’s why I called you. I’m Toushi Dan from Command Sambo. I run the gym called “God’s Ursus” 」
Her age is about 20 years, I guess? She has blonde hair, shaved eyebrows, and a scary look.
「 Kudou Arts, Kudou Michi 」
Michi greets back.
「 I don’t care about that. I want to ask if you can move that much, why are you not participating in the competition? You weren’t in the qualifiers, so that means that you’re not a contender, are you? 」
「 I have no interest in fighting in this place 」
「 What the hell? I came here wanting to fight those who are stronger. I can’t just accept the fact that you’re not participating in the tournament and yet, you preach the contestants with such a condescending attitude! 」
Toushi Dan said. The other athletes in the place agreed;
「 Now that you mentioned it 」
「 I feel like she’s mocking us from above 」
「 She should’ve just participated before complaining to the athletes 」
The hostility towards Michi forms.
「 Oh, sorry girls! She can’t do that. Mitchan can’t participate in this tournament you know! 」
Nei speaks to the spectators with a bright tone.
「 W-What’s with this beauty? 」
「 Huh? Is she a celebrity? 」
The boys are taken aback by Nei’s beauty.
「 Why can’t this girl participate in the tournament? 」
Toushi Dan looked at Nei with a fighting spirit and asked.
「 Well you see, look at Mitchan, she’s still in middle school 」
The organizers of the competition don’t allow participants that are younger than high school students.
「 Y-You’re still in middle school? 」
Toushi Dan is surprised. Michi took out her school ID from her pocket.
「 I’m in third-year middle school 」
「 I mean, you can already tell just from looking, right? Mitchan’s got such a cute and small body! 」
「 My chest is still growing 」
Michi replies with hurt feelings
The spectators became noisy.
「 S-Seriously?! 」
「 Now that you mention it 」
「 She’s so strong that I thought that she’s already a high school girl 」
「 Huh? Then that means that Kudou Haruka can’t win against her middle school sister? 」
「 That girl’s on her third year in high school right? 」
「 She’s weaker than her three year younger sister 」
「 What a disillusion 」
Haruka’s ratings dropdown.
「 Strength has nothing to do with age 」
Kuromiya Motoko-san, who’s watching Michi’s situation with us, speaks up.
「 Michi-san is strong. Her sister is weak, that’s all there is to it 」
Hey now, you just declared Kudou Haruka is weak to the public.
「 Now, let’s go Michi-san. Everyone else isn’t finished with their encouragement 」
「 Yes, let’s 」
Kuromiya-san’s wearing their out-of-place hakama. Everyone around her is left in a daze due to the elegance and glamour of the daughter of nobility.
「 Okay, then let’s go! Good luck, Haruka-chan, Maria-chan! 」
「 Let’s go, Kuromori-sama 」
「 Ah, yeah 」
Nei and Kuromiya-san took the lead and we left Kudou Haruka.
「 M-Michi! 」
Kudou Haruka’s startled and tried to call to stop her sister.
「 Y-You better remember this! I’ll get the champion! 」
Michi glanced back at her sister and left the place without replying.
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「 Aneue’s the type who will relax when she’s doing good progress 」
Michi tells me now that Haruka’s out of sight.
「 By making her angry like that, she can focus on her competition. That’s how she’s always been since childhood 」
Oh, so that’s why.
She made Haruka angry on purpose.
「 Besides, by doing that, the impression of the other athletes on your sister will also change 」
「 Yes, they will misunderstand that she’s weak that she can’t even beat a middle schooler, and so they will undervalue Haruka-san’s strength 」
「 You have to be someone who has discerning eyes or you won’t understand the meaning of Michi-san’s actions 」
Kuromiya-san’s bodyguard, Mikuriya Kurumi-san said.
「 What do you mean? 」
「 Master, you’re in your 6th Kyu in Kudou arts, and so you’re accustomed to handling my body well. That’s why you may have not noticed, but… 」
「 Us bodyguards have to suppress the enemies in public spaces, even when the VIPs are attending a party. At times, we take out the enemy without anyone noticing around while the guest of honor is giving his speech 」
Oh yeah, taking down the enemy before anyone notices and taking them out of the venue quietly.
「 Earlier, Michi-san purposely made a defensive body movement that looks weak. Like the way you stride, making your center of gravity look bad 」
「 Naturally, they understood that Michi-san has considerable skill, but only because she’s fast and that even if they face her, they think that they’ll somehow beat her 」
Oh, I see.
Restraining her combat skills.
「 My speed and sharpness were conveyed to those people, but the weight and destructive power of my fists were only conveyed to the two people who can actually perform my techniques 」
Michi stopped before the attack connects, but if those did, I wonder how serious the damage would be?
Her fists didn’t reach anyone but Kudou Haruka and Kendou Maria.
That’s why they were sweating.
「 That’s why the contestants around who saw Michi-san and the two of them thought that they could win it 」
「 That Toushi Dan could see through it, but… 」
「 I’m still inexperienced 」
I see. So that’s why that Command Sambo was asking Michi why isn’t participating?
「 However, she’s the only one who noticed Michi-san’s intentions among all the other athletes 」
「 Yes. Perhaps Michi-san’s sister will have it easier in this tournament 」
Kuromiya-san and Mikuriya-san said.
The commotion just now will become a rumor and the other players will let their guard down when it comes to Kudou Haruka and Kendou Maria?
「 That’s all I can give to my sister 」
「 Yeah, she’s fired up now. Well done, Michi 」
I praised Michi.
「 Oh, Darling, Michi. Everyone came 」
We bumped into Edie in one of the waiting rooms.
Edie’s wearing a sports bra and body fit shorts with her navel exposed.
She’s eating vanilla ice cream.
「 Edie, you’re eating ice cream while looking like that, are you sure that your stomach won’t turn bad? 」
「 It’s fine. Relax, relax. 」
She’s laughing it off.
「 Oh, there you are! 」
「 Found the foreigner! 」
A group of women, apparently contestants wearing the same pink training wear spotted Edie and gathered around her.
「 Fujiwara-san, this way! Found her! 」
Then, the group of pink training wear women surrounded us quickly.
「 Oh, this girl? 」
Then comes a woman wearing the same pink wear, but taller than the other girls, and her hair’s tied back.
「 Yes, Fujiwara-san, it’s this girl 」
An about 20-year-old contestant with a towel wrapped around her head points at Edie.
「 What? 」
「 Oh, this is the girl I beat up during the morning qualifying round! 」
Edie smiled at the players pointing at her while licking her ice cream.
「 Doing good? 」
The towel athlete.
「 I’m not okay at all! 」
She’s real angry.
「 Fujiwara-san, I lost to this girl because she broke the rules!! 」
Edie broke the rules?
「 Me too! I lost because she was breaking the rules! 」
Another girl in pink said.
「 Oh, you were the one on the second match 」
「 It’s not just our players, but all those who fought against you in the morning all said that it’s foul play! 」
Edie did foul play?
「 I’m sorry to barge in but that’s what my girls are saying. Can you come down to the convention center for a minute? I just want to talk 」
The tall athlete named Fujiwara talked to Edie with a sullen expression.
「 Who are you? 」
However, Edie smiled it off and asked her.
「 Hey you! You don’t know Fujiwara-san?! 」
「 Stop kidding around! 」
「 How can you be a martial artist if you don’t know who Fujiwara-san is? 」
「 Don’t be stupid! You stupid foreigner! 」
Oh, more women in the same pink training wear are gathering.
Seems like they’re a huge martial arts organization.
「 Hey, you all shut up 」
Fujiwara-san told the pink-wear group.
「 If you don’t know then I’ll tell you 」
Fujiwara stared at Edie.
「 I’m Remy Fujiwara, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. I’m the head of the organization called the European Fujiwara clan 」
You’re using Brazilian Martial arts, yet your organization is European?
「 I’m Edie 」
Edie smiled at Remy Fujiwara.
「 And so, what kind of foul play did I do? 」
Edie asks with a smile while eating her ice cream.
「 You bitch, you’re still making it a joke. You have a stun gun or something, don’t you? 」
The towel head athlete shouted.
「 That’s right! You used that to shock our bodies during the match! 」
The other one who fought Edie also gave her testimony.