The Competition

September 23rd, 2014

Ayako hesitated as she stood at the door, looking at the doorbell. Did she want to do this? She could easily be walking into the lion’s den. She thought about Sada at the gym. She had looked contrite as she apologized for being so mean. Ayako felt her stomach tighten and flutter at the memory of the sauna. The Sada in the gym had been a very different person. Ayako supposed it was possible that Sada had felt badly. Maybe she had not meant to push them so far and had just been caught up in the moment.

Sada had invited her to work out at her house, claiming to have a small but effective home gym. Ayako had not intended to take her up on the offer, but theirs was shut down today. Something had gone wrong in the saunas and over the night; the entire building had been steamed. The sign had promised they would be closed through the weekend for cleanup, leaving Ayako desperate. The Central Texas Bikini Regional was this weekend and Ayako wanted to be toned and ready. Last year, she had missed placing in the top three by a tenth of a point. This year she had a real shot at first place.

Ayako rang the doorbell and waited. The door opened and Sada smiled at her, looking genuinely happy to see her. Ayako relaxed a little.

“Come in.” Sada gestured for Ayako to enter. Ayako walked inside, looking around at the living room she was invited into. It was roomy and sparsely decorated. “I’m glad you took me up on the offer. I only go to the gym a couple of days a week, but I like having people to work out with.”

“Thank you for inviting me.” Ayako followed Sada through the living room, into the kitchen to an open door leading down. “I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, but your invitation ended up being a life saver.”

“I know. I heard about the sauna.” Sada shook her head. “I hope it was an accident and not someone’s stupid idea of a prank.”

“Me too.” Sada led Ayako down to the basement. Here, she had a nice gym set up with free weights, a machine to work arms and legs, a punching bag, and an open matted area for general workouts. Ayako also noticed a rack of medicine balls of different sizes and weights and two large exercise balls. Looking around her, she thought she might be in Heaven.

“I’m glad you like it.” Sada walked to the exercise balls and rolled them out onto the matted floor. Ayako walked over and sat on one of them, bouncing to test its firmness. “I’m pretty serious about working out and it’s nice to not have to worry about gym hours.”

“Yeah, I’m stuck in an apartment. Having something like this is a dream.” Ayako sighed. “I’ll get there one day. Thank you again for inviting me over.”

Sada waved a hand at her. “My pleasure.”

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