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Seafood Fight at Su Shi’s Café


Su Shi had a café.



Sunday night was Seafood Night.

All Pirates eat for one half off.

The Pirates always arrived at 5 p.m.


All Ninjas eat two for one.

The Ninjas always arrived at 6 p.m.


They both liked to sit in a booth.
In particular, they both liked to sit in the big round booth in the back.


The day was Sunday.
Not just any Sunday, it was the second Sunday in March,
the Sunday of Daylight Saving Time.

Everyone set their clocks ahead one hour.
Those who did not use a clock set their rooster ahead one hour.


The Ninjas knew this and showed up at 6 p.m.



The Pirates were just back from Hawaii.
But Daylight Saving Time is not observed in Hawaii.

So the Pirates also showed up at 6 p.m.


Both the Ninjas and the Pirates tried to sit in the same booth.
The Pirates rushed forward and leaped into the booth.
The Ninjas just appeared in the booth from out of nowhere.


The Ninjas got mad.
They crouched low and glared at the Pirates
through the eye holes in their masks.

The Pirates got angry and shouted Arrrgggh!
And also, they wondered how the Ninjas intended to eat
with masks over their mouths.


The Ninja circled the Pirates.


The Pirates watched the Ninja circle them.
They also growled a lot, exposing their missing teeth.


The Ninja wondered how the Pirates intended to eat with missing teeth.


The Pirate captain said
"Give us the booth or we’ll make ye walk the plankton."


The Ninja did not say anything.
Ninja do not speak much.
After all, they have masks over their mouths, remember?


The Pirates drew their swordfish and rushed at the Ninja.


The Ninja jumped away, bouncing from floor
to table to wall to ceiling and back down behind the Pirates.
The Ninja stepped on the long ends of the
Pirates coats. The Pirates fell backward.


The Pirates swung from ceiling fans and wall fixtures.


They knocked over the Ninja.


The Ninja threw their starfish.


The Pirates dashed and clashed.
The Ninja snuck and ducked.


Secretly the Pirates were having fun…
and so were the Ninja.


One Ninja used a blowfish to shoot a dartfish.
It hit a pirate in his eye patch.

“Yo HO!” cried the Pirate
“You could put a mate’s good eye out like that!”



A big, burly Pirate swung his giant Hammerhead shark
but the ninja were quick, agile, and just a little lucky.
The Hammerhead shark slammed into a shelf on the wall.

One of Su Shi’s prized tea cups began to spin.
The Pirates stopped their shouting.

The tea cup started to totter.
The Ninja stopped their creeping.

The tea cup leaned way over the edge.
Everyone held their breath.


The tea cup fell gently back into place.
The Pirates sighed and wiped their brow.


The Ninja sighed and wiped a Pirate’s brow.
Pirates can get awfully sweaty.


The shelf went crashing to the floor.


Everyone gasped!


Su Shi came out of the kitchen.


“You” she said to the Pirates
Clean up!

She handed them sea sponges.


“You” she said to the Ninja
“Pay me two hundred sand dollars for damages.”

Ninja do not have pockets.
They had to borrow from the Pirates.


“Everyone” said Su Shi
No more rough-housing!



“Yes ma am” said the Pirates. “Yes ma am” mumbled the Ninja.


From that day forth the Pirates and the Ninja lived by a new code:

Always share your booth

Don’t rough-house indoors using dangerous sea creatures

Never, ever break one of Su Shi’s tea cups


Remember Daylight Saving Time.

  Seafood Fight At Su Shi's Cafe
by Todd & Brynna Strader
Copyright 2015 - All Rights Reserved


Todd Strader has spent most of his life preparing for his writing, mostly by holding an odd assortment of jobs, from scrubbing out printing presses to conducting court mediations . "I caught the writing bug the first time one of my papers was read in class. It was in the seventh grade if memory serves. My freshman year of undergraduate studies I signed up for an English class and a journalism class with the intention of ... well... being a writer of course. Unfortunately, those classes were full so I took speech instead and somehow ended up parting my alma mater with a degree in speech communication. I have always intended to return to my first love but life is full of ...
distractions. So now here I am giving it a go." Todd lives and writes in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A former Arts Director, when not writing children's fiction or spiritual non-fiction, he can be found working in the local library. He shares a “home by the lake” with his wife and daughter.

Brynna Strader is currently a high school freshman. She co-wrote this story with her father during middle school. Brynna intends to make a career writing and teaching. She enjoys young adult literature, manga and fringe web comics. Some day she hopes to make her own mark in these genres but in the meantime her bunny needs a cuddle. Todd and Brynna Strader hope you enjoy their story.

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Su Shi's Cafe specializes in sushi (pronounced SOOshee).
Su Shi is the chef, (she pronounces her name soo-SHEE)
On Sunday nights she also offers cooked shrimp and lobster
(Because Pirates and Ninjas like that too!)

Sushi is a Japanese dish consisting of
small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice,
served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, or egg.
Sushi is usually eaten with chopsticks.

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