Chapter Eleven: A Close Dinner:
Anna left the Research Center to have a surprise waiting for her outside. Tsuzuki stood inches away from the building. The woman looked pleasantly surprised as her cheeks turned cotton candy pink.
â€œAsato-kun,â€ she murmured. â€œWhat are you doing here?â€
â€œI came to pick you up for dinner,â€ the shinigami replied. Anna gave him a little smile.
â€œJust dinner?â€ she asked.
â€œYes,â€ Tsuzuki said with an innocent nod. Anna looked at him intently.
â€œYou sure?â€ she asked in a naughty way. A sweat drop formed on Tsuzukiâ€™s head as his eyes shifted around.
â€œOkay, maybe a bit more!â€ he blurted out, â€œMaybeâ€¦â€ Anna giggled at his tone.
â€œWhy do you do that to me?â€ Tsuzuki whined. Anna smiled as she walked over to him and leaned in close to his ear.
â€œLike I said,â€ she said softly. â€œI only tease guys I love.â€ Tsuzuki held her close as his cheeks reddened. They went to Chimoto for dinner. Tsuzuki insisted that it would be his treat. They were quiet at the table as they waited for their food. A question drifted back into Annaâ€™s mind.
â€œAsato-kun,â€ she spoke up. The shinigami glanced at her.
â€œHm?â€ he asked.
â€œWhy did you call me all upset this morning?â€ Anna asked. Tsuzuki didnâ€™t speak as he lowered his eyes to the table.
â€œI donâ€™t want you to get killed,â€ he mumbled. Anna blinked at him.
â€œWhat are you talking about?â€ she asked. â€œDid something happen?â€ Whatâ€™s the matter?â€ Tsuzuki shifted his lower eyes away from her.
â€œWellâ€¦â€ he began, â€œLast night, I had this dream that you were stabbed to death in front of me.â€ Tsuzuki looked so pale as he felt his hands trembling. Anna lightly touched his hand. The shinigami lifted his head to see her giving him a gentle smile.
â€œThere, there,â€ Anna murmured, â€œI wonâ€™t let myself be killed without a fight.â€
â€œButâ€¦â€ Tsuzuki spoke again.
â€œShhh,â€ Anna whispered, â€œDonâ€™t speak; just nod.â€ Her man did so once. Anna gave him a kind smile before she gently kissed him on the tip of his nose. Her fingers lightly stroked his left cheek. Her boyfriendâ€™s face felt so warm as the woman held his face.
â€œWe will be okay,â€ she said in a low voice.
â€œAnna,â€ Tsuzuki murmured.
â€œNo,â€ the woman whispered. â€œJust say it back to me; four little words. â€˜We will be okay.â€™â€ Tsuzuki hesitated as he tried to look away, but her eyes kept drawing his own back to them. He folded by her gaze.
â€œWeâ€¦ will beâ€¦â€ Tsuzuki stumbled with his words. Anna waited patiently while the shinigami felt as if he had been caught smoking a blunt and was now holding his breath. Tsuzuki tried again.
â€œWe will be okay,â€ he broke down. Anna smiled at him.
â€œThank you,â€ she said as she bowed her head. The woman let go of him as Tsuzuki only stared at her. Their food arrived and they spoke no more.
In the back corner, he lowered his paper disgusted. She had a boyfriend now; not a shallow relationship like she had with Henry in college. No, this was intimate with its roots spreading to the very bottom and growing upwards to the summer sky. That meant only one thing.
Maybe itâ€™s time to pay her a little visit tonight, he thought. He licked his lips as he focused his eyes on her.