Red-Zone ================== Racing to the Next Level Editor's Note: This story is a SEQUEL. I recommend you read first Red-Line, because 1) for you to be able to follow the story, and 2) I will take some ideas from the prequel and use it over here. (This story is FICTIONAL, but may depict real-life locations, cars, etc. which is not intended to. Any similarities on characters and names in this story to real life is purely coincidential.) Chapter 1 - My First Car "I-Iya da!! My R34 lost to an MR2?!" *before that, 4 months ago... April 7, 2019* (voice from downstairs) - ? - "Zaira honey! Are you done yet? We better hurry or you won't be able to see anything good!" - ?? - "I'll be there in a minute, Mom!" - ? - "Hmm, one minute..." (looks at wristwatch) *a minute later* - ?? - "I'm ready!" - ? - "...Exactly one minute, and in record time! Usually it would take you about five minutes to fix yourself up." - ?? - "Stop it, Mom." - ? - (chuckle) "All right, if you say so. Well then, let's go!" Me and Mom are going to the used car lot, because today is the day that I have my own car. Since I learned how to drive in Mom's car, I've always wanted to own one. We're leaving early in the morning so that we can still catch up to the good stuff. (conversation: inside car, while driving) - ? - "Otoosan told me there's a place where high-quality used cars are up for sale. Let's take a look there first." - ?? - "Okay, it better be high-quality. I want a car that looks great both outside AND inside!" - ? - "You sure are excited, sweety." - ?? - "Of course I am! Why wouldn't I be? I just had my license two weeks ago. Hurry Mom, it's just like you said, we better hurry or we won't be able to catch the good stuff!!" - ? - "Ahaha! Take it easy, darling. You know Otoosan hates it when I get a speeding ticket." (short pause) "You know, you remind me of myself when I was your age. I had the same feeling; can't wait to get my hands on my own car, then driving around as much as I wanted." - ?? - "Hmm... I think I'll just do that." - ? - "Seriously? ....Oh, we're here." The place was on the left side of the road, "Yamada's Used Cars". - ? - "--Really now?? So this is what he's been up to. Why didn't your father tell me....?" - ?? - "Huh?" We parked the car and went inside. - * - "Ah, Mrs. Akawa! It's been a long time!" - ? - "Mr. Yamada! Long time no see, too!" - * - "My goodness, you don't look any different now compared to when we last met. You've just gotten taller!" - ? - "I could say the same for you, although you look a bit...old..." - * - "Yeah right. So, what brings a lady like you here? Have you grown tired of your Celica and going shopping for a new car? Hahaha!" - ? - "That wouldn't happen in a thousand years. Actually I came here because my daughter now wants to have her own car." - * - "Daughter?" - Mrs. Akawa - "Oh, that's right. It's been 17 years since we've last met. (turns to me) Zaira, I would like you to meet Mr. Yamada. He's a good friend of your father." - Mr. Yamada - "This is certainly sudden. Pleased to meet you, I'm Ryo Yamada." - Zaira - "Pleased to meet you, too. I'm Zaira." - Mr. Yamada - "Zaira, eh?...Hmm...I can imagine where the name came from. Man, I am very surprised, Zinaida-san. Who would've thought that on our next meeting, you would be bringing your daughter? And...(looks at me) ...in my point of view, I think she's going to turn out to be a beautiful woman like you!" - Zinaida - "Oh stop it! You're embarrassing her!" - Mr. Yamada - "Ahahaha! So it would seem." - Zinaida - "All right, that's about enough. Ryo, can we take a look at what you got up for sale?" - Mr. Yamada - "Why not? Follow me, this way please." - Zinaida - "My goodness. You have quite a number of customers here." - Mr. Yamada - "Of course. My shop is known for its high quality standards when it comes to used cars. We'd like to keep it that way." We followed Mr. Yamada, and when we got to the cars... - Zinaida - "Wow, all of them sure look nice." - Mr. Yamada - "They're properly maintained at the garages here, but sometimes we take them out for short drives to see if they're really running properly. They won't be good enough for sale if they would just be sitting in one corner rusting and growing mushrooms, will they now?" - Zinaida - "Hahaha, me and my husband never get tired of your jokes. Zaira honey, why don't we go take a look around? See if there's something that catches your eye." - Zaira - "Okay!" We went around the cars. There was a huge variety of brands, from Subaru's to Mazda's, to Honda's. - Zinaida - "By the way, sweety. What kind of car are you exactly looking for?" - Zaira - "Uhm, I dunno. I guess something fast and.....out of the ordinary?" - Mr. Yamada - "Is that so, young lady? We have just the cars for you." - Mr. Yamada - "This here is a Subaru Legacy. It's got AWD and 275ps, I think that's quite fast. You don't often see Legacy's on the road." - Zaira - "Looks plain and typical for me. No good." - Mr. Yamada - "All right, what about these two Mazda's over here?" - Zaira - "FD? Hmm, I like it, but it's too common. MX-5...too small." - Mr. Yamada - "Okay then... how about this import?" - Zaira - "No way. That Camaro is way too big and way too heavy. I would be struggling every day driving that." - Mr. Yamada - "You know, you remind me of your father. You have the same taste when it comes to cars. Well anyways, let's move on." - Zaira - "An Integra...Dad would be the one driving it instead of me, he goes crazy over Type R's." (looks at the Golf) "I've always liked the hatchback design of the Golf. Is it AWD or FWD?" - Mr. Yamada - "It's a GTi, so it would be a FWD." - Zaira - "Eh? I was hoping it would be an R32. I don't really like FWD's" - Mr. Yamada - "Hmm, you're one tough customer. Okay, how about the Lancer Evo over there?" - Zaira - "Lancer Evo's are more suited for boys than girls. ...Oh, an NSX! It would be better if it were a Type R, but then again Dad would be the one driving it instead of me." - Mr. Yamada - "Zinaida-san, you've got to do something about your daughter. I'm running out of cars here! Just kidding, hahaha!" - Zinaida - (chuckle) "Come on honey, isn't there something you like?" - Zaira - "A blue Nissan. It's kinda nice but...it looks intidimating. *grumble* Isn't there something here that's--" Just when I was about to give up, I noticed this car sitting in the last row. - Zaira - ".............whoa............." - Zinaida - "What's the matter, sweety? Have you found what you're looking for?" I went over to the white car to get a better look. I inspected the car. - Mr. Yamada - "This is something new, never imagined a girl like her would be interested in an MR2. A fine, if you ask me." - Zinaida - "So, what do you say, Zaira? Do you like it?" - Zaira - "...No, I don't like it. ............I LOVE IT!!! It looks a lot more better in person!" - Mr. Yamada - "That model is a G-Limited, so it has a natural aspiration." - Zaira - "Really?? WOW!! Now I love it even more!!" - Mr. Yamada - "But the GT-S turbo model is faster. We have one here somewhere..." - Zaira - "I don't care. I always prefer NA, I hate turbo lag." - Mr. Yamada - "Well, if you say so. (turns to my mother) Mrs. Akawa?" - Zinaida - "Well, if she likes something, she wouldn't pick anything else. How much is it?" - Mr. Yamada - "Given it's in pretty good condition, I'd say it would be Y750,000. Is that a fair price?" I looked at Mom with a puppy face. - Zinaida - "All right, all right, anything for you, sweety. (turns to Mr. Yamada) We'll take it." - Mr. Yamada - "Yosh! Now if you will please follow me over to the office so that the purchase can be made." There was quite a line when we got to the office. After two-and-a-half hours of waiting and paper arrangements, the white MR2 is finally mine!! All mine!! Mwahahahaha!! - Mr. Yamada - "It's a pleasure doing business with you, Mrs. Akawa." (offers to shake hands) - Zinaida - "You're welcome, Ryo." (shakes hand) - Mr. Yamada - "You ladies take care now." - Zinaida - "Thanks. Zaira, say thanks to Mr. Yamada." - Zaira - "Arigato gozaimasu for the car!" - Mr. Yamada - "Ahaha, no sweat!" I had a chance to drive the MR2 when I followed Mom back to the house. Dad had the garage built so that it can hold two cars side-by-side. - Zaira - "I can't wait to drive my new car to school! I want to show it off to my friends!" - Zinaida - "Calm down, Zaira. Don't worry, there's two days left until school starts. Be sure to thanks your dad once he comes back." - Zaira - "Definitely! I can't wait to see the look on his face when he sees the car!" School starts the day after tomorrow, perfect. I have the time to stare at my new car all day long tomorrow. - Zaira - "I can't believe it, my own car... (notices some dirt on the side) Hey now, white's a very hard color to clean! Better wipe it off." *the next day, Start of School... April 9, 2019* - ? - "Yo, Kimiko!" - ?? - "Hey there, Ayane!" - ? - How're you doing?" - ?? - "I'm fine. How about you?" - Ayane - "I'm fine, too. So, it's our second year now in high school, eh?" - Kimiko - "Can't believe time flies really fast. Our first year and spring break, it feels like they all just happened yesterday." - Ayane - "Yeah. Man, although I wanted for a longer vacation, I'd rather hang out with you and Zaira at school!" - Kimiko - "Same here. By the way, have you seen her?" - Ayane - "Nope, not yet. Where could she be? I thought she would come early, she said she had a surprise for us." While walking towards the main building, a white car parks near them. - Kimiko - "Never seen that car before." - Ayane - "I didn't know you could memorize vehicles that come and go in the campus! Haha!" - Kimiko - "Is that something that should be laughed about? I just noticed." A girl steps out of the car. - ? - "...'Sup girls?" next on Red-Zone: Chapter 2 - The Calling don't miss it!! as promised, I have brought to you fellows the sequel. This is my birthday gift to you. note: BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG Thanks to bergauk for his work on the pictures!! U da man!!