Chapter Six: Hotaru’s Work:

Hotaru sat at the table.

“So, talk to me,” she said.


Mike sighed and dropped his shoulders. He shook his head.

“I don’t know,” the demon said. Hotaru narrowed her eyes.

“Come on. This isn’t like you. I want to help.”

“I don’t think you can.”

“Try me.”

Mike sighed again. “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?"

He shook his head.

“Why is that?”

“I don’t.”

“I get that. But why?” Hotaru shook her head. “This isn’t working. Time to change it a bit.” She took a breath.

“Right… When did this start?”

He thinks about it. “Maybe… five nights ago? I’m not sure.”

“Okay…”  She nodded. “Right. Right. How have you been sleeping?”

“Not at all.”

“Not at all?”

Mike shook his head.

“Well. Anything else?”

“It’s hard to say.” He rubbed his forehead.

“Take your time.”

“You can’t help me with this, you know?”

“I’m going to try.”

“It would be a waste.”

“I’m helping right now.”

“Huh? How?”

“By talking about it.”


She began to smile. “I am happy to help.”



She gave her an odd look. “Why?”

Hotaru tried not to laugh. Kazue glared at her.


“You’re blushing.”


“Come on. Spill it.”

“Spill what?”

Hotaru giggled. “Who is he?”

“He who?”

“You know…”

Kazue rolled her eyes. “There is no he!”

“She then?”


“Come on. You can’t hide from me. I will find out. I know that look.

“What look?”

“Don’t you know?”

“Know what?”

“The look of love.”

Kazue gave her a blank stare. “Huh?!”


“No! I am not in love! I don’t even know him!”



“Does it even matter?”



Kazue wrinkled her nose. “You’re crazy.”

“But am I wrong?”

“Shut up.” Her face turned bright red.

Hotaru sat smiling. “I could help you win him over.”

“Shut up!” Kazue put down her head and groaned aloud. Hotaru still smiled. This was going to be a fun assignment.

Between Mike’s problems and Kazue’s crush, she had so much work to do. But first, Hotaru needed to talk to Vivian about Mike.