Chapter Eight: Goya Chanpuru Drops:
Banana plant in autumn storm
rain drips into tub
hearing the night
July 1, 2009.
Day three and the rain lightened up to a drizzle in the morning. Emiko and Hotaru walked into the kitchen smiling and hand-in-hand. Mike sat at the table waiting for them while Kazue ate her leftover fried rice while looking pissed for being woken up so early this morning like usual. The male demon cleared his throat at his other housemates when they made their way to the doorway. The lovers looked up to see him with a face of a stern father after his daughters broke curfew.
â€œMorning ladies,â€ he said with matching tone. Emiko and Hotaru giggled like little schoolgirls.
â€œHey Mikey!â€ Hotaru cheered. He kept his eyes locked on the girls.
â€œHow was your night?â€ he asked. The lovers grinned at him with another giggle. Their fingers laced together in their grip.
â€œGreat!â€ they replied in unison. Kazue rolled her eyes and sighed over her food. She knew what was coming next. Mike lowered his chopsticks.
â€œGirls,â€ he said, â€œAnything good happen lately?â€
â€œMaybeâ€¦â€ Hoto-chan said, cuddling up close to Emiko. Mike raised an eyebrow at her.
â€œMaybe?â€ he asked, â€œWhat do you mean maybe?â€ More giggles followed.
â€œDepends,â€ Emiko answered in a coy way.
â€œOn what?â€ Mike asked her with an eyebrow raised and his arms folded across his chest. Hotaru kissed Emiko on the neck.
â€œWhy do you want to know?â€ the butch demon asked so innocently. Mike shrugged as he tried to time when he wanted to give little hints as to what he knew what they could be plotting this time.
â€œBecauseâ€¦â€ he said.
â€œBecause why?â€ Hotaru asked him in sweet little child persona.
â€œBecauseâ€¦â€ Mike said as he readied himself to come out and say it. Kazue finally rolled her eyes and put down her chopsticks; she hated this game!
â€œWhat Monkey-boy is dancing around here with is that he thinks you both are up to something again because you are fucking so much again!â€ she blurted out annoyed. Mike shot a heated glare at her.
â€œGee thanks, Sunshine!â€ he hissed, â€œWay to be discreet about it! Not!â€ Kazue shrugged at him.
â€œHey,â€ she said. â€œYou said help!â€
â€œNot like that!â€ he snapped. Emiko and Hotaru pretended to look hurt.
â€œMikey!â€ Hotaru exclaimed, â€œHow could you say that?â€ Mike looked at them sternly.
â€œOh come on!â€ he said, â€œIâ€™ve known you for how many years?â€ Both girls went sheepishly quiet; Hotaru looked at her girlfriend.
â€œWe might as well say it,â€ she said, â€œHeâ€™s on to us.â€ Emiko pressed her lips together.
â€œRightâ€¦â€ she said. The butch demon turned back to Mike.
â€œOkay,â€ she said, calmly, â€œHoto-chan and I are playing cupid with Tsuzuki and Anna.â€ Mike blinked at them once.
â€œWhat?!?â€ he asked in disbelief. The couple sat down at the table and broke it down for their roommates. Kazue smirked at them.
â€œYouâ€™re terrible, guys,â€ she said. Mike gave them a sharp look.
â€œYou do realize Ju-Oh-Cho wonâ€™t allow this, right?â€ he asked.
â€œYes,â€ Emiko and Hotaru said.
â€œSo, why do it?â€ Kazue finished.
â€œBecause, isnâ€™t love worth fighting for?â€ Emiko questioned as she stood up in her chair, â€œThese two love each other, but they canâ€™t see that! We are leading the way to the reign of love!â€ Hotaru put her hand of her chest for emphasis.
â€œThank you!â€ her girlfriend said. She sat back down in her seat and took a breath. Mike shook his head.
â€œHis boss and co-workers wonâ€™t allow it,â€ he pointed out.
â€œThatâ€™s why we wonâ€™t say a thing,â€ Emiko reasoned. Mike raised an eyebrow at her statement.
â€œWe?â€ he asked. Emiko nodded as she grinned at him.
â€œYes, we!â€ she replied.
â€œOh no!â€ he said quickly, â€œIâ€™m not turning a blind eye or getting mixed up in another one of your schemes!â€
â€œPlease donâ€™t tell, Mikey,â€ Hotaru pleaded, â€œPlease Mikey! Please, please, pleaseeeeeee!â€ She even used the cute kitty eyes on him. Mike tried to look away, but it was useless.
â€œThey could send us back to Hellâ€¦â€ he pointed out.
â€œSo?â€ Emiko asked, shrugging, â€œWeâ€™re exiled from there already. We canâ€™t go back anyway.â€ Mike nodded rather bitterly.
â€œTrueâ€¦â€ he agreed, â€œBut, Iâ€™m not going to test that theory.â€ Hotaru kept her kitty eyes on him. Mike still kept trying to resist and losing badly. He finally sighed in defeat.
â€œFine!â€ the demon said at last, â€œI wonâ€™t say a word!â€ Hotaruâ€™s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.
â€œYay!â€ she cheered as she leapt over to hug him. Mike only rolled his eyes.
â€œWhateverâ€¦â€ he mumbled. Emiko sat back smirking. Score: Team Hotoko: 10,000+ Mike: 0, she thought.