Adventures of The Sumoboru Sides (Part 1)
The "OCCUPIED" sign above the Mala Stew Room lit up. A fair and well-shaven piece of tofu entered and shut the door behind him. All was well and quiet in the Public Sumoboru Steamboat Bathhouse. As Sumoborus filtered in one by one after a long day of work, a sudden burst of heavy metal music boomed from the Mala Stew Room.
"BURNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT... MALA IS MY SOULLLLL!!!"
The Sumoborus turned their heads in shock (and annoyance) but resumed their activities after realising it was Dubu who was listening to his heavy metal music. Nobody dared to approach or enter the room for fear of getting shouted at by the angsty teenager. Dubu twisted the heat dial to 100°C and turned the knob on. As he waited for the foam of his bubble bath to form, the tofu quietly drummed his fingers on the metal walls and tapped his feet to the beat. He dipped a feet into the burning hot mala stew and started warming his voice up.
"THEY WANT ME WITH CHEESE, BUT I ONLY WANT TO BE MEEEEE," Dubu screamed.
As the lyrics to his newly written song "Death by Cheese" echoed through the Sumoboru Steamboat, the angry tofu shot a deathly glance to the curious Crabbo who had been peering through the glass window.
"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!" Dubu yelled.
The now-terrified Crabbo quickly retracted her craning neck after realising that the hormone-filled teenager was the cause of all the ruckus. Dubu, whose eyes burned with passion, returned to his vocal warm-ups. Nothing was going to stop the edgy teenager from achieving his dreams of becoming a top heavy-metal artiste.
Back in the Public Steamboat Bathhouse, sumoborus gathered to gossip about the newly released episode of the world-renowned webcomic, "When Your Rice Meats Mine". "Did you see how Solanum drew the main lead's features? How can anyone be this good at illustrating comics??" Ricebo exclaimed.
A deep chuckle emerged from a corner of the bathhouse. As the steam from the stew slowly drifted apart, the fog lifted to reveal a charming purple brinjal with a tall build and flawless skin.
Nasu, who goes by his pen-name Solanum, felt a deep rush of delight. His new episode was receiving much more support than he had expected!
As the mysterious brinjal quietly worked on illustrating new characters for his upcoming webisodes (webcomic episodes), he felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned to find the A-List influencer Cheesebo holding up a name card.
"Hi there, would you be interested in joining our modelling agency?" Cheesebo asked.
The brinjal panicked and turned bright purple, further exuding his pure and innocent image.
"No thank you," he whispered.
He flipped his laptop shut and hastily made his way to the exit. As the elusive brinjal made his way out of the Public Sumoboru Steamboat Bathhouse, he left a trail of intrigued passersby who wondered how anyone or anything could look so stunning.
The brinjal sighed as he mentally shelved the idea of revealing his identity to his avid webcomic readers. "No one's going to like me purely for my illustration skills if I ever reveal my face," he murmured.
Stay tuned for more adventures with The Sumoboru Sides coming soon!