Chapter Eight: Hunt for Lust Red:


Tsuzuki hadn’t had any alone time with Anna. He had to try and make this happen tonight. It started with a text.

-3:00 p.m.-

Anna’s phone buzzed in the room.

“Hm?” she asked. Anna picked up her phone. One new message from Tsuzuki. A little smile came onto her face.

“Come down to the library.”

Anna couldn’t help but smile.

“Oh,” she said. She looked down at her clothes. Jeans and a brown sweater. Would this be good enough? Anna looked in the mirror and frowned. Maybe wear something cute? She tilted her head.

It wouldn’t hurt to try.


 -3:28 p.m.-

Anna walked through the library entry, looking around.

“Asato-kun?” she asked. Only Ono-san sat in the corner reading another book.

“Not here, huh?” Anna asked. The penguin didn’t even look up.

“Hum,” Anna said. Then she felt a ghostly hand on her right shoulder. The woman froze and glanced behind her. Warm chills ran through her body.

“Meet me in ten minutes.”

Anna whipped her head around. No one was there. A cat-like smile spread across her face.

“Okay,” she said. “I see what you’re doing.” Anna turned and walked down the hall. Ono-san read to himself still.


“Asato-kun,” Anna said in the hallway. “Where are you?” She checked her phone. No new messages.

“Hm…” Anna said. She turned behind her. Nothing. The woman frowned.

“Hm…” she said again.

“Anna-san,” she heard in front of her. She looked up to see Tatsumi in the hallway.

“Oh,” Anna said. “Tatsumi. You heading to the library?”

“Yes,” he said, “What are you doing out here?”

“I’m on a little hint,” she said. “Have you seen where Asato is?”

“No, I haven’t,” Tatsumi said.

“Hm…” Anna said. She took a moment to think.

“Is something wrong?” he asked.

“Oh, no, no, no,” she said, waving her hand back and forth. “It’s nothing like that.” She turned and walked away. Tatsumi had an odd look on his face.

“Huh?” he asked.


Meanwhile, Tsuzuki smiled to himself. This had to be perfect. Kirika-chan was sent off to play with Saya and Yuma. The shinigami didn’t have to go all out tonight. The hot springs would be the perfect background. Tsuzuki looked at his phone.

Five… Four… Three… Two…


Tsuzuki opened his text app. He typed up a quick message. The shinigami smirked. Perfect. He hit the send button. Now, all he had to do was sit back and wait. Tsuzuki sat back and let his mind wander off to the evening he was planning.


Anna’s phone buzzed in the dining hall. She couldn’t help but smirk.

“Ah-ha!” she said. The woman pulled out her phone. New message from Asato-kun. Anna opened it.

“Meet me at the hot springs. :-*”

His wife’s cheeks flushed bright pink.