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Aruto's Story

By Lisa Farmer

Other / Adventure

Chapter 1

What was Kazuomi thinking? Why did he have to not only threaten me but my family as well? “You have 24 hours to get out of Japan I already have a passport for you” Kazuomi had told me in an alley a week ago.

“And what will happen if I don’t leave?” I had challenged him not really believing what he was proposing I should do.

“I will revoke your families citizenship and they will be arrested for not having proof that they are a citizen of Japan” He had replied with the look he gets in his eye that says he is not messing around besides with him he would never pose and empty threat to anyone.

“But what purpose is this serving for you? You and I have known each other for a long time why threaten me now?” I asked him shocked he would go so far to make sure that I would leave.

“Because I should be the next president of Easter not you!” He yelled out some of his spit got on my face I wiped it off with my sleeve before replying.

“But you are already the vice president of the Easter Company why would you want to be the president?” I asked him finally getting the reason why he suddenly threatened me, I am going to be the next president of the Easter Company and he was going to stay the Vice President when the current President, my wife’s father, passes away. Then again he has always been the business type and I have always been the musical type. The reason why he waited all of these years to challenge me to the position is because the President has not been doing so well recently and could die any day now. I never planned to take over any business when I met Amaya and the only way I was going to be able to marry her was to promise to take over Easter when her father died. I accepted knowing he had at least a few years left in him and I could figure something out. Now because of what I promised I would do to marry her I am far away from her in Italy. I didn’t tell her or anyone that I was leaving so they wouldn’t worry. I left everything behind except my favorite violin. Now that I have had a week to reflect on the decisions that might not have been the best action to take…

ONE WEEK LATER

I was playing my violin in a marketplace for tips using my violin case as a makeshift beggar’s cup. I was doing well today, I had drawn a small crowd in about 10 minutes and it was still early morning. Mostly I close my eyes when I play to keep my concentration, I only open  my eyes in between songs, every time I do the crowd has gotten bigger. I had played for a good half an hour before I noticed an elderly lady sitting at a small table that was to my right. I remembered seeing the same old lady earlier in the week when I had played here. An hour or so later I finished the last song I was going to play and started to pack up my violin. I put all the money I had made into an empty compartment of my violin case and set my violin inside. Most of the crowd had moved off by the time I was all packed up and ready to go a few were left and they came up to me to say how much they loved my music and that they have never heard anything like it before. I politely thanked them and they moved off I felt like there was still someone watching me, I turned around and saw that the old lady was standing behind me in a plain dress patiently waiting for me I guess. “Can I help you?” I asked wondering as what she could want from me. She broke out into a bright smile before responding.

“I love how you play and was hoping that you would come and play your violin at my restaurant. I will pay you for the time that you play of course,” She pleaded I didn’t respond right away. I was stunned that someone would actually try to hire me without me applying for a job at the establishment. I did more money than what I was making begging in the street.

“I would be glad to work at your restaurant” I responded. Luckily for me I know Italian from my late grandfather who taught me Italian and how to play the Violin when I was little. We would talk in Italian for hours and no one would really know what we were saying.

“Lovely I will show you where it is so that you know where it is in the future. When can you come in tomorrow?” She asked me as she turned down a street.

“I could start today if you need me to. But is it really a good idea to hire someone without even knowing their name or doing a background check?” I offered not having anything to do today. I was glad that I got a job doing something that I love but worried about how giving out jobs to anyone you could get some shifty people working for you.

“Oh why that is risky but I had a feeling that someone could not play like you do and be a bad guy at the same time. And it is rude that I haven’t introduced myself my name is Lidia Cirelli what is yours?” Lidia asked without breaking pace and for a woman of her age was pretty fast.

“I am Aruto Tsukiyomi it is very nice to meet someone as nice as you Lidia” I said politely as we arrived at what seemed to be more of a pub than a restaurant to me.

“Welcome to ‘A little taste of Italy’” Lidia said as she took out a small golden key and unlocked the front door. 
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