Chapter Twenty-Five: End to Home:
ï¿½Here it is,ï¿½ Hotaru said, returning to the office. ï¿½I found the key.ï¿½ She found everyone standing around and staring the book intently. The loli demon giggled to herself.
ï¿½Pretty good story, huh?ï¿½ she asked.
ï¿½Shhh!ï¿½ everyone hissed.
ï¿½Oh,ï¿½ Hotaru whispered. ï¿½Anyway, hereï¿½s the key.ï¿½ She held up a small silver latch clip. Everyone glanced up at it.
ï¿½How does it work?ï¿½ Tsuzuki asked.
ï¿½Iï¿½ll show you,ï¿½ the loli demon said. She walked over to the book and placed it on top of the pages.
ï¿½Now what?ï¿½ Watari asked.
ï¿½We wait,ï¿½ Hotaru said. ï¿½It would help to back up, soon.ï¿½ Everyone took a step backward, but kept reading.
Takeru rose to his feet. A look of shock spread over Bunnyï¿½s face.
ï¿½Itï¿½s you!ï¿½ she gasped. Anna looked back and forth, puzzled.
ï¿½Uhï¿½ okay,ï¿½ she said. ï¿½What the hell is this?ï¿½ Takeru walked over and took Bunny by the hands.
ï¿½Iï¿½ve been looking for you,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½Why did you run away from me?ï¿½ Tsuzukiï¿½s female counterpart lowered her head.
ï¿½I was scared,ï¿½ she confessed. ï¿½Iï¿½m sorry.ï¿½
ï¿½You were scared?ï¿½ the boy asked. ï¿½But why? Donï¿½t you love me?ï¿½ Bunny pressed her lips together.
ï¿½I do, butï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½But what?ï¿½ Takeru demanded. ï¿½Tell me why!ï¿½
ï¿½Hold up here!ï¿½ Anna cut in. ï¿½What is all of this?ï¿½ The couple looked up at her. Bunnyï¿½s cheeks turned bright pink.
ï¿½Oh,ï¿½ she murmured. ï¿½This is my fiancï¿½ I was talking about.ï¿½
ï¿½Huh?ï¿½ she asked. ï¿½This guy?ï¿½
ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ Takeru answered. ï¿½And who are you?ï¿½ Anna put up her hands.
ï¿½Somebody trying to go home,ï¿½ she said. ï¿½And Bunnyï¿½s helping me out.ï¿½
ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ Bunny said quickly. Takeru looked at both women.
ï¿½Still doesnï¿½t answer my question,ï¿½ he said. Bunny looked down at her feet. Anna clenched her fists at her sides.
ï¿½Tell him already,ï¿½ she said. Takeru raised an eyebrow at her.
ï¿½Tell me what?ï¿½ he asked. Bunny swallowed with her eyes to the ground. ï¿½What does she mean?ï¿½ Takeru asked. ï¿½Bunny, say something. What is she talking about?ï¿½ The Purple Rabbit lifted her head.
ï¿½Iï¿½m scared of commitment!ï¿½ she blurted out. Takeru looked at her with wide eyes.
ï¿½What?!ï¿½ he asked.
ï¿½I love you so much,ï¿½ she confessed. ï¿½But, I canï¿½t handle marriage. I donï¿½t do commitments or relationships.ï¿½
ï¿½Well, we donï¿½t have to get married if you donï¿½t want to,ï¿½ Takeru admitted. Bunny looked at him, surprised.
ï¿½What?ï¿½ He kindly shook his head.
ï¿½I just want to make you happy,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½If you donï¿½t want to get married, fine.ï¿½
ï¿½You promise?ï¿½ she asked with big eyes.
ï¿½Yes! Just come home, please?ï¿½
ï¿½Well?ï¿½ Anna asked. ï¿½Whatï¿½s it going to be?ï¿½ Bunny pressed her lips together as she smiled.
ï¿½Put my soul back into my body,ï¿½ she commanded. ï¿½I want to go home.ï¿½ Anna gave her a proud smile.
ï¿½Yes, maï¿½am!ï¿½ she replied. The woman reached into her skirt waistband and pulled out the gem.
ï¿½Put it in and hold my hand,ï¿½ Bunny instructed, taking Takeru by the hand as she spoke. Anna took hold of Bunnyï¿½s other hand and shoved the gem, her soul, into her chest. Once the gem went into Bunnyï¿½s body, a giant pink light formed and swallowed all three of them whole.
In the office, the bookï¿½s pages began to glow.
ï¿½Stand back, everyone!ï¿½ Hotaru shouted. The crew stepped back again as pink light shot out of the pages. Anna came forward and landed her feet on the thin carpet. She opened her eyes as she drew in slow breaths. Hotaru stepped forward with a little smile on her face.
ï¿½Welcome back,ï¿½ she said. Annaï¿½s eyes looked worn out as she surveyed her friends.
ï¿½Iï¿½m back,ï¿½ she whispered. Anna slowly sank to her knees and passed out on the office floor as the book on the desk closed itself for good.
ï¿½Anna-chan!ï¿½ Tsuzuki exclaimed. Hotaru rested her hand on his shoulder.
ï¿½Sheï¿½ll be fine,ï¿½ she told her. ï¿½Let her sleep it off.ï¿½
ï¿½Could I at least move her to a couch?ï¿½ the shinigami asked.
ï¿½Fair enough,ï¿½ the loli demon said with a shrug. She walked over to the desk and put her beloved book back in the bookcase, never to be touched again.
In the doorway, the little purple rabbit watched the
group of people move about.
Iï¿½m free to go back home now, she thought. I thank you. The rabbit bowed her head and vanished into thin air.