Chapter Two: Botamochi:
The next morning cheered right up when Tsuzuki awoke to his beloved huddled over him.
â€œMorning,â€ she whispered. A smile spread onto his face.
â€œHey,â€ he whispered back as the shinigami gently reached up and played with her hair.
â€œSleep well?â€ Anna asked.
â€œMmm,â€ Tsuzuki replied, â€œI dreamed of you last night.â€ Anna eyed him closely.
â€œReally now?â€ she asked, â€œWhat did you dream about?â€
â€œLet me show you,â€ Tsuzuki offered. He lured her in close for a kiss and she found herself happy to give in.
Outside, Thanatos watched with a sneer glued onto her face. Theyâ€™re at it again!, she thought. She still couldnâ€™t believe Tatsumi was talked out of that summons like that. Something or someone got to him and she was determined to find out whom. However, Thanatos wasnâ€™t the only one not enjoying the newfound romance.
Obviously, the Ju-Oh-Cho disapproved of the relationship. Tatsumi wanted to gag at the loving glance they stole at each other. Despite the relationship being open, the couple still had to follow Japanese etiquette. Tatsumi practically kicked himself every waking hour for letting Hotaru talk him into letting the couple stay together. The secretary figured out what Hotaru pulled on him.
She used as spell on me, Tatsumi thought in shock, Why thatâ€¦?!? She justâ€¦?!? Whatâ€¦?!? He planned on how to get revenge on her later.
Hisoka dealt with it the hardest. He had developed feelings for Tsuzuki over the years and he hoped that he would be able to tell his partner one day. Now, that moment was robbed from him because Tsuzuki loved someone else-- a woman no less. He always came to work over the moon from last night; this morning was no different.
Hisoka wanted to scream at him to stop grinning all the time. The boy couldnâ€™t even look the older shinigami in the eye without feeling more heartbreak. Hisoka tried not to it get to him. Itâ€™s none of my business! Itâ€™s none of my business!, he would tell himself repeatedly, but that only weighted the pain down.
â€œSomething wrong?â€ a voice asked him. The boy quickly looked up to find Tsuzukiâ€™s face inches from his own. This morningâ€™s afterglow hadnâ€™t died down yet. Hisoka felt like screaming at him. Instead, he shook his head.
â€œN-Nothing,â€ he lied. His partner eyed him in concern.
â€œHisoka,â€ Tsuzuki spoke up, â€œI will always be here if you need to talk; you do know that, right?â€ The boy pressed his lips together and nodded. Tsuzuki smiled as he patted him on the shoulder.
â€œGood,â€ he replied. The man went back over to his desk to pretty much slack off. Hisoka could tell that Tsuzuki was going to be lost in another fantasy with Anna soon. The boy sighed and lowered his head.
That evening, Tsuzuki, Anna, and Hisoka all ate dinner out together at a Chinese restaurant in Tokyo. The boy looked on as his partner and his girlfriend subtle way. He tried to understand the bond they built between over a month. Anna seemed to comprehend Tsuzuki really deeply and vice versa with the shinigami to the woman. Their bond might have been as strong as his with Tsuzukiâ€™s, but it was justâ€¦ Hisoka shut his eyes to search for the answer.
â€œDisgusting, isnâ€™t it?â€ a voice questioned in his ear. Hisoka quickly opened his eyes and whipped around. Lucy sat behind his table with a lit cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Hisoka blinked at her.
â€œYouâ€™re not allowed to smoke here, you know?â€ he pointed out. Lucy rolled her eyes.
â€œSuch a goody-goody,â€ she mumbled. The Goth snubbed out her cigarette.
â€œAnyway,â€ she went on, â€œI would rather steal him from you than her.â€ Hisoka gave her a funny look.
â€œWhat?â€ he asked. Lucy smiled and shook her head.
â€œOh come on!â€ she said, â€œI have seen it in your eyes since we first met!â€ Hisoka went quiet. â€œAm I that obvious?â€ the look in his eyes asked. Lucy patted him on the shoulder.
â€œThere, there,â€ she murmured, â€œYou should have been bolder with Tsuzuki. Nowâ€¦â€ Lucy looked over at the couple. They were feeding each other Shumai dumplings with their chopsticks. She turned back to a somber Hisoka.
â€œI donâ€™t like it either,â€ she said, â€œBut, it is what it is; get used to it.â€ Hisoka sat in uncomfortable silence. Anna giggled aloud as Tsuzuki spoke. Their love made everyone around them cringe and roll their eyes.