Chapter Twenty-Seven: Demons Playing Cupid:
Emiko looked out the living room window of Kimoto Manor. She grinned as she saw Tsuzuki and Hisoka appear on the pathway. The butch demon turned inside.
â€œOh Hoto-chan!â€ she yelled, â€œTheyâ€™re here!â€ Hotaru cheered to herself softly.
â€œSo do we begin out project now?â€ she asked all hyped up. Emiko smirked at her girlfriend.
â€œYou get the boy, I get the girl,â€ she said in lower voice. The loli demon saluted her.
â€œRoger that!â€ she said. The girls scattered off to work.
The butch demon found Anna in her room locked in on her laptop. Emiko grinned to herself as she gracefully walked into the room.
â€œWhat do you want?â€ Anna asked. Emiko paused and smiled with a hint of mischief.
â€œHey, old pal,â€ she said with a wave. The target didnâ€™t look up.
â€œIs this another scheme to get Tsuzuki and me together?â€ she asked as she typed in the text box.
â€œYeah,â€ Emiko said with a nod. Anna still didnâ€™t look up.
â€œWhy?â€ she asked through clinched teeth.
â€œWhy not?â€ the butch demon asked with a shrug. Anna turned around to her this time.
â€œWhat kind of answer is that?â€ she asked with an eyebrow raised.
â€œWhy canâ€™t you admit it?â€ Emiko asked leaning in with crooked smile on her face.
â€œAdmit what?â€ Anna asked.
â€œYou thought about a relationship with Tsuzuki,â€ the butch demon said without missing a beat, â€œFess up!â€ Anna went quiet as she looked away. Emikoâ€™s eyes lit up.
â€œAh! You have!â€ she said out loud. Annaâ€™s cheeks went a bright red.
â€œOkay, yes I have,â€ she admitted with clenched teeth. Her tone changed as she lowered her head. â€œBut, I know itâ€™s not going to happen,â€ she muttered herself. The butch demon raised an eyebrow at her.
â€œWhy is that?â€ she asked.
â€œThat would be too weird!â€ the other woman said aloud. She shook her head as she tried to get the image out of her mind. â€œI was sixteen when I met him,â€ the woman went on, â€œAnd besidesâ€¦â€ Anna looked down at her feet. â€œIâ€™m on limited time here,â€ she muttered, â€œThe only reason Iâ€™m alive is because of a Hell Stone Tsuzuki put in my soul. Heâ€™s either going to take it out when this case is over or itâ€™ll break down and I will become white ash.â€ She snapped her head forward. â€œSo, an intimate relationship is not a good idea,â€ the woman summed up. Emiko brushed it off without a thought.
â€œHm,â€ the butch demon said back, â€œAll the more reason to grab him and grab him fast!â€ Anna looked at her funny.
â€œHuh?â€ she asked. Emiko smiled at her wickedly.
â€œItâ€™s not that hard to grasp,â€ she summed up, â€œIf nothing happens between you both before your time is up, youâ€™ll spend the rest of eternity regretting it, but if you and Tsuzuki do hook up before you do get sent away; youâ€™ll at have the beautiful memories to treasure with you.â€ Anna opened her mouth, but Emiko lightly put her finger to the other womanâ€™s lips.
â€œDonâ€™t talk, think about it,â€ she said in a whisper. The target closed. Emiko gave her a wicked little smile and leaned in close to Annaâ€™s face.
â€œBye-bye!â€ the butch demon whispered. She disappeared out of the room, leaving a confused Anna staring at her blankly.
Tsuzuki had just come into the house when he noticed Hotaru sitting before him on the couch. She gave him a huge grin.
â€œHiya,â€ she said an innocent tone of voice. Tsuzuki sighed aloud.
â€œYou again?â€ he asked trying to stay positive himself. The loli demon grinned at him.
â€œYes,â€ she replied leaning forward. She patted the couch next to her. â€œCome, sit,â€ Hotaru told him, â€œWe have to talk!â€ The Shinigami looked around; fine time for Hisoka to vanish on him! Now, heâ€™s stuck with dark Shirley Temple. The Shinigami walked over to the couch and sat down.
â€œGood boy,â€ Hotaru said with a grin. Tsuzuki stared at her.
â€œOkay, what do you want?â€ he asked.
â€œSo, tell me,â€ she said every so sweetly. Tsuzuki looked confused.
â€œTell you what?â€ he asked. Hotaru looked at him closely.
â€œWhy are you keeping Anna alive?â€ she asked like an innocent child. Tsuzuki prepared to wing the answer.
â€œIâ€™m keeping her alive for the investigation,â€ he began off the top of his head, â€œSheâ€™s going to be the bait for Haruka and her sons. Now that they know sheâ€™s alive, they will come and try to kill her again. When they do, weâ€™ll be ready to catch them.â€ Hotaru gave him a serious look.
â€œReally now?â€ she asked. Tsuzuki nodded.
â€œYeah,â€ he said, hoping to sway her. Hotaru narrowed her eyes at him.
â€œUh-huh,â€ she said flatly, â€œNow tell me why you really keeping Anna alive.â€ Tsuzuki stared in uncomfortable silence. She saw through his excuse faster than the boys at the Ju-Oh-Cho did. At least, they humored him by going along with it. What the hell did that dark pixie want with him and Anna in a fix? Hotaru smiled and shook her head.
â€œCome on, you know the answer to that,â€ she cooed in a baby-like voice, â€œYouâ€™re not even trying to dig for it. You are killing me!â€ Tsuzuki looked at her oddly. What was this dark cherub getting at?
In the hallway, Hisoka stood in the darkness. He heard every single word and the boy had every right to be suspicious.