When the third years retire from the club, Kirihara has to deal with taking over.
It was an obvious truth that few, if any, of them could become what Yukimura or Sanada or Yanagi was. Akaya nodded, and raised his voice. “It doesn’t matter. What we are is Rikkai. We will win.”
5079 words Characters/Pairings:
Furuya Touya, Hiiyama Nobuo, Kirihara Akaya, Kuwahara Jackal, Niou Masaharu, Rikkai next gen, Sakamoto Chiaki, Sanada Genichirou, Suzuoki, Yukimura Seiichi Published:
October 15, 2004
Kirihara deals with a stressful practice and finally snaps. In a good way.
Akaya tried to unclench his teeth before he gave himself a headache. “Both of you be quiet,” he growled.
Kirihara sets up some practice matches with Fudoumine, to the general annoyance of most concerned.
What was it, he thought crankily, with pushy senpai who couldn’t retire properly when they were supposed to?
3775 words Characters/Pairings:
Fudoumine, Fuji Yuuta, Hiiyama Nobuo, Ishida Tetsu, Kamio Akira, Kirihara Akaya, Niiyama Shino, Rikkai next gen, Sakamoto Chiaki, Tachibana Kippei, Tsunoda Naruki Published:
March 3, 2005
Kirihara’s second spin through Regionals, and Nationals, as a captain this time.
The pace of what Akaya couldn’t help but think of as the real tournament season had two very different parts. There was the daily practice with his team, which, while demanding and sometimes intense, had a smooth swoop to it. And then there were the actual tournament matches, that sprinted along like a heartbeat after an adrenaline spike.
2515 words Characters/Pairings:
Fudoumine, Ibu Shinji, Kamio Akira, Kirihara Akaya, Momoshiro Takeshi, Niiyama Shino, Rikkai next gen, Seigaku, Suzuoki, Tsunoda Naruki Published:
May 10, 2005
The new year begins and Kirihara suffers a bit of culture clash.
“What are you doing here?” Akaya exclaimed, wide eyed.
Suzuoki blew a stream of smoke at him. “The coaches drew straws to see who would stay with each division this year. I got the short one.”
2543 words Characters/Pairings:
Furuya Touya, Hiiyama Nobuo, Kirihara Akaya, Niou Masaharu, Rikkai, Rikkai next gen, Sanada Genichirou, Suzuoki, Tsunoda Naruki, Yukimura Seiichi Published:
September 22, 2005