Chapter Eight: Cuddling:
I: Slow Night
I love nights like this. Anna-chan and I resting peacefully after we make love. The rainstorm patters on the roof above us, and she rests her head to my chest. I donâ€™t have to read her mind to even know whatâ€™s sheâ€™s thinking. Whereâ€™s the fun in that? Sheâ€™s looking at me right now with those bright hazel-green eyes of hers. The look that tells me she's recharging her batteries, saving her energy for the next go-round.
â€œWhatâ€™s on your mind right now?â€ she asks.
I smile and gently pat her on the head. â€œNot much,â€ I reply.
â€œWhat?â€ I ask.
Anna-chan shakes her head. â€œNothing.â€
â€œLook, canâ€™t I lie here and not think about anything?â€ I complain.
She giggles sweetly at the seriousness in my voice.
â€œWhat?â€ I ask.
She begins to laugh harder at my whining as I lower my head and sigh. I walked into that one, didnâ€™t I?
I lift my head. â€œAnd what were you thinking?â€
She stops laughing and smiles. â€œMe? Not much.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what I said.â€ I nudge her under the sheets.
She looks me in the eye. â€œWhat?â€
I shake my head, smiling. â€œNothing, justâ€¦â€
Anna-chan raises an eyebrow at me. â€œWhat?â€
â€œWhy? How is it okay for you to think of anything, but not for me?â€
I pout at her. â€œWell, thatâ€™s not fair.â€
She gives me a sympathetic look. â€œSorry, thatâ€™s how it is.â€ She pouts in sympathy when my face expression doesnâ€™t change.
â€œAwwwâ€¦ Don't fret. Come, move closerâ€ she says. Anna-chan gives me a little kiss. â€œBetter?â€ she whispers at my lips.
â€œFor now,â€ I say softly.
â€œSo what are you doing tomorrow, dear?â€
â€œNot much,â€ she says.
I notice her frowning as she speaks. â€œYou donâ€™t sound happy about that.â€
â€œIâ€™m bored during the day. Iâ€™m tired of look up things on my laptop.â€
â€œYou know, I envy you.â€
I pat her on the head, smiling. â€œYou get to stay home and I fill out paperwork and take souls away from their loved ones.â€
â€œStill, Iâ€™m bored.â€ She grasps my hand. â€œCanâ€™t you help?â€
I struggle to find the words.
â€œPlease?â€ she pleads.
I give her an awkward smile. â€œIâ€™ll see what I can do,â€ I tell her.
Anna-chan rests her head on my chest and murmurs â€œThanks,â€
â€œDid I tell you how much I love you?â€
She looks up at me. â€œNo, how much?â€
I hold her to my body. â€œI would be lost without you.â€
â€œIs that so?â€
She kisses me softly, and looks tenderly into my eyes â€œI feel the same way.â€
Anna-chan lifts her head. â€œWhat?â€
â€œSay how much you love me.â€
My eyes shift around with a blank stare. â€œYou mean, now?! Right now?â€
â€œI would be lost without you too.â€ I kiss her on the head.
â€œLook at us,â€ she smiles and sighs. â€œJust a pair of saps. Big olâ€™ mushy saps!â€
I canâ€™t help but smile with her. Maybe we are...
V: Heart Rush
I canâ€™t remember the last time it felt so good. I feel soâ€¦ happy. I still get depressed, but lately those times are few and far between. Anna-chan puts me at ease in ways I canâ€™t understand. My friends keep me together at work, but Iâ€™ve come to rely on her at home.
Ever since Anna-chan moved in, things have gotten better for me. Even so, a chill runs through my body. How long will this happiness last? I donâ€™t want to think about how badly this could end. The possibilities frighten me.
I'm lucky to have Anna-chan and everyone else around me. Even seeing Terazumaâ€™s ugly face puts me at ease. However, it could all vanish tomorrow without warning. I screw my eyes shut in panic.
â€œIs something wrong?â€
I look down. Anna-chanâ€™s hazel-green eyes stab me in the chest. Please donâ€™t look at me like that. You only make it worse.
â€œNothing,â€ I lie. â€œI will be just fine.â€
Her eyes tell me she doesnâ€™t believe me. Anna-chanâ€™s not an empath, but still sees into my heart. I decide to try and distract her.
VI: Good Night
I chuckle, if only to reassure myself. â€œOh well, you caught me; but Iâ€™ll be fine. I promise.â€
> â€œYou sure?â€ my loving wife asks as I hold her in my arms.
â€œYep,â€ I answer. â€œIn fact, are you doing anything tomorrow night?â€
â€œNo. I thought we had already decided.â€
I choke back a laugh as I rub her shoulder. â€œI just want to confirm our plans for tomorrow night,â€
She narrows her eyes as I answer. â€œA date?â€
â€œOf a sort. I figure you might appreciate a little change in routine.â€
â€œIt doesnâ€™t have to be much. Maybe dinner, catch a movie, or go to the park.â€
She rests her head on my chest. â€œMmm.â€
â€œMaybe stay in for the night and have dinner.â€
â€œActually, that sounds nice.â€
â€œGood night, Asato-kun,â€ she coos in a low smoky voice. I pull the sheet over her dainty shoulder.
â€œGood night my beloved,â€ I whisper back.