Chapter Ten: Fighting Myself:
Hisoka sat in his room around lunchtime. His bitterness came back to beat him again.
ï¿½Just look at you,ï¿½ Kohaku cooed. ï¿½Just look at you.ï¿½ Hisoka lifted his head and saw the kitsune grinning at him. The shinigami rolled his eyes.
ï¿½Donï¿½t you ever give up?ï¿½ he asked. It smirked as it narrowed its eyes.
ï¿½Aw, Hisoka-kun,ï¿½ the child said. ï¿½Youï¿½re so mean!ï¿½
ï¿½Go away!ï¿½ the shinigami hissed. ï¿½Iï¿½m here because of you!ï¿½ Kohakuï¿½s lips twitched into a smile.
ï¿½Is that really it?ï¿½ the child asked. ï¿½Or is it because of your partnerï¿½s love for his wife?ï¿½ Hisoka gritted his teeth.
ï¿½Shut up!ï¿½ he hissed. The kitsune leered at him.
ï¿½O-h!ï¿½ it said, ï¿½So I am right!ï¿½
ï¿½Why should I? You know itï¿½s the truth! Am I right?ï¿½
ï¿½I said shut up!ï¿½
Kohaku gave him a crooked smiled, ï¿½But you know I am right. Just admit it, that lady has a point.ï¿½
Hisoka flopped back on his bead. Kohaku lied on top of its prey.
ï¿½Aw,ï¿½ it cooed, ï¿½Admit it, you are jealous of Anna.ï¿½ Hisoka turned his head away. Kohaku leaned down to his neck.
ï¿½Youï¿½re so stubborn,ï¿½ the child whispered. ï¿½Thatï¿½s what I like about you. But seriously, say it. Say you are jealous of Anna.ï¿½
ï¿½No, Iï¿½m not!ï¿½ Hisoka barked.
ï¿½Look me in the eye and say it,ï¿½ the kitsune commanded. ï¿½Look me in the eyes and say it!ï¿½ Hisoka froze when he heard that. Lying wouldnï¿½t work, Kohaku could see through them. Hisoka frowned at his disposition.
ï¿½Fine,ï¿½ he mumbled. Kohaku leered at him.
ï¿½Hm?ï¿½ it asked. The shinigami clutched his sheets.
ï¿½Tell me something,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½Why are you still around?ï¿½ Kohaku looked down at him when it heard that question.
ï¿½Hisoka-kun,ï¿½ the kitsune cooed. ï¿½You already know why.ï¿½
ï¿½No, I donï¿½t,ï¿½ the prey grumbled. The kitsune turned the boyï¿½s face to it and leaned down for a kiss.
ï¿½I feed off your jealousy and displeasure,ï¿½ the child murmured. Hisokaï¿½s eyes widened in alarm as their lips touched. He pushed it off as fast as he could. Kohaku sat on the floor smirking.
ï¿½Why so cruel, my love?ï¿½ the kitsune cooed. Hisoka sat up glaring at it.
ï¿½Donï¿½t call me that!ï¿½ he snapped. Kohaku pretended to look hurt.
ï¿½But why not?ï¿½ the child asked.
ï¿½You donï¿½t love me!ï¿½ the shinigami snapped. ï¿½You just love to toy with me!ï¿½
ï¿½But Iï¿½m not lying,ï¿½ Kohaku insisted. ï¿½As long as you stay jealous and angry at Anna, I will stay and love you.ï¿½ Hisoka rose to his feet frowning.
ï¿½Hey, where are you going?ï¿½ Kohaku asked.
ï¿½I have therapy!ï¿½ the shinigami barked as he headed out the door. Kohaku smiled as the heavy wood slid shut.
ï¿½Thatï¿½s okay,ï¿½ the kitsune child muttered. ï¿½I will be right here waiting.ï¿½
In the hallway, Hisoka heard, ï¿½I know how to beat it.ï¿½ The shinigami looked to see a girl about twelve years old with long red hair waiting just inches from him. She bowed her head.
ï¿½Iï¿½ve been expecting you,ï¿½ she said with elegance.