Working title: Justice is Underrated

Working title: Justice is Underrated

Genre: uh, I don’t know? Realistic Fiction?

Word Count: ~1,100 words and ~6,000 characters

Feedback: Probably general thoughts, but I would appreciate critiques and suggestions about anything, really.

(Also, I wrote this at like 1:00 am in my bed  on my phone after trying to fall asleep, so any grammar corrections/clarifications would also be appreciated)

Ooshima plans to invite 3 of his friends so that they can have some “fun” with Kyouko. Hatake overhears this and does not approve. He threatens Ooshima to cancel his plans or Hatake would break all of Ooshima’s bones. He then breaks Ooshima’s left pinky to prove he’s serious. The next day, Hatake runs into Kyouko in the halls after school and asks if she has plans with Ooshima later. She says he planned to reach second base with her that evening. Hatake then tells Kyouko the truth, even though he expects her not to take it too seriously. When she meets up with Ooshima, who now has a noticeable splint on his left hand, she says Hatake told her something strange earlier and asks Ooshima if it’s true. He tries to deny it, but is a bad liar, and Kyouko sees right through him and confronts him. Ooshima is clearly pissed and hits her. Hatake then comes out of nowhere to save the day (he was watching Kyouko to make sure everything went okay) by kicking out Ooshima’s legs. He tells Kyouko to leave and soon after, Hatake breaks many of Ooshima’s ribs by pressing his knee into Ooshima’s chest. After a few moments, Kyouko arrives with Kojima-sensei, who then confronts Hatake. Hatake responds by asking Kojima to skip the speech about how justice should be served and says “I’ve seen enough people go unpunished. I’d rather the criminal be punished, even if it’s too severe, than have them not be punished at all.” Hatake says he will take a month-long suspension and will write a letter of apology to the school, but he refuses to apologize to Ooshima in any shape or form. Kojima reluctantly agrees to Hatake’s demands and states that Hatake will come Monday at four pm to collect his homework and will be off of the premises by four thirty, and he will come Friday at four pm to turn it in. He will then have an hour long session with the counselor and will be off the premises by five thirty, and he must write a letter of apology to the school. Hatake easily agrees. Not long after this, Hatake leaves, Ooshima is escorted to a hospital, and Kojima asks Kyouko for her side of the story. She does so with as much detail as she could provide. This leads Kojima to question why Hatake would break Ooshima’s bones. Ooshima and Kyouko are clueless, so he asks the counselor to prod Hatake for the reason. That Friday, Hatake meets with the counselor, who waits a bit before asking the question. When he finally asks, Hatake goes into his backstory. His parents were a part of a secret Japanese military squad that was tasked with sneaking into North Korea for some information (said information tbd) but they are unfortunately caught. The Japanese prisoners were only given the bare minimum to survive, and many of their human rights were violated. But they did all survive, for now. Unbeknownst to everyone, Hatake’s parents included, Hatake’s mother was pregnant. It didn’t take long for his parents to find out, and they decided to keep it all a secret, knowing the Koreans would just kill all three of them if they found out. Everyone imprisoned there worked incredibly hard to prevent the guards from finding out. Hatake was then born in a North Korean Prison. However, due to the poor conditions at the time and place of birth, Hatake’s mother did not survive for much longer afterwards. The guards then decided that it would be more paperwork for them to report the child’s birth and kill it than to just give it the dead woman’s food, so Hatake was allowed to live. The survivors did everything they could to impart their knowledge and wisdom into Hatake. They made sure he knew the importance of justice, kindness, humility, and even work ethic. They talked about the outside world, and tried to prepare the young Hatake for when he stepped into it. After all, the prisoners were working on a secret escape plan. Using the flimsy prison eating utensils, including even the trays, and their bare hands, they had begun to dig a tunnel under the one unused bed (and there will be a more in depth explanation of how the guards never found it when I think of one; fell free to give suggestions). Ten years after the birth of Hatake, the tunnel was finally complete, and everything was lined up for them to make their great escape. The tunnel led to just the other side of the mighty fence around the prison, but was still guarded by the many spotlights, sniper towers, and any other traps around the prison. The only one who survived the escape was Hatake, and only because of the sacrifices of the other escapees. He then survived in South Korea, doing odd jobs for nearly no pay, until he could finally leave for his parents’ homeland, Japan, at the age of fourteen. While doing these jobs over the last four years, he saw injustice after injustice in the cruel world that he now lived in. Unfortunately, there was no possible way for his family (the Japanese squad that was captured as well as the other inmates) could prepare him for what he would find in the outside world. After arriving in Japan, he worked hard to find and pay for a place to live, the food and water he needed to survive, and everything else the world threw at him. But he survived. At the age of fifteen, he was caught by a truancy officer and subsequently enrolled into junior high/highschool. The counselor is understandably befuddled by this story, and intends to fully dive into these sessions with Hatake. In the end (it doesn’t even matter kek), it does explain why Hatake had such violent tendencies when it came to dispatching justice. He had seen the guards punish the prisoners in many different ways in the years he was stuck there, as well as the many horrible things he saw in the back alleys of South Korea and Japan while trying to make a living.

That’s all I have for now. Feel free to give critiques, complaints, questions, concerns, or suggestions in the comments and thank you for reading these fun ideas I thought of after watching episode eleven of the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War (evidenced by the Japanese characters and setting despite the fact I am not Japanese). It was honestly the most beautiful and powerful episode of any show I have ever seen.