Chapter Twenty-Eight: Hypnos:
Tsuzuki awoke the next morning and let his eyes scan the dim room. He found Anna standing in front of the mirror with her back to him. The woman was getting dressed in a short blue skirt with a hot pink tank top. Anna slid on a see-through matching blouse over her top. Tsuzuki watched as she grabbed her hair and put it up in a ponytail. Her boyfriend sat up in bed. Anna paused and turned around when she heard the sheets shuffle. Tsuzuki locked eyes with her and his girlfriend gave him a little smile.
â€œGood morning,â€ she whispered. Tsuzuki only blinked at her. He suddenly began to remember last night. His eyes widened really fast.
â€œYouâ€¦â€ Tsuzuki began to say. Anna gently put her finger to his lips. His eyes looked at her wrist and then met with her eyes. She gave him a gentle smile.
â€œShhh,â€ she whispered, â€œI know. Thereâ€™s no reason to repeat it; just keep it in here.â€ The woman put her hand to his chest. Tsuzuki drew his mouth closed. Anna smiled and panted him on the shoulder.
â€œNow, get dressed,â€ she said, â€œWeâ€™re checking out today.â€ Her boyfriend gave her a blank stare.
â€œWhy?â€ he asked.
â€œBecause,â€ she said, â€œYou have to work, remember?â€ It took him a second to understand what she was saying. He chuckled when he did.
â€œOh, thatâ€™s right!â€ the man said. A sweat drop formed on his head. Annaâ€™s eyes lit up brightly.
â€œWow,â€ she said, â€œThatâ€™s the first time I heard you laugh in days.â€ Tsuzuki slowly smiled.
â€œYean, I guess so,â€ he said. Anna stood up straight.
â€œNow get up and get dressed!â€ she said. â€œWe have to go. Your clothes are in the bathroom.â€
â€œOh yeah,â€ Tsuzuki replied with a soft nod. The shinigami got out of bed and walked into the bathroom. Anna sat down on the bed and waited. Heâ€™s starting to feel better again, but he only recovered from this episode. She and him still had a long road of recovery ahead of them, but first there were two urgent problems to handle first. One being Dr. Yamashita and the other, of course, was Asmodeus.
Anna grabbed the sheets she sat under. Fire burned in her head. Asmodeus must pay for the infection he planted between the lovers. She would be the one to exact revenge and do it alone. The last thing Anna wanted was to drag Tsuzuki deeper into her problems. He shouldnâ€™t have to suffer anymore. She breathed in heavily. Fear or not, she had to fix this. She tried to swallow the lump in her throat.
â€œYou okay, Anna-chan?â€ someone asked behind her. The woman came out of her thoughts and looked forward. Tsuzuki stood in the bathroom door fully clothed. He kept his eyes trained on her. Anna quickly shook her head.
â€œYes, yes, Iâ€™m fine,â€ she lied. Tsuzuki didnâ€™t buy it, but he kept it to himself.
â€œReady to go?â€ he asked. Anna smiled as she nodded.
â€œYep,â€ she said. Anna stood up, gathered up their things, and headed out the door with Tsuzuki following behind. The woman checked them out and paid the bill. Tsuzuki turned to Anna once they got outside.
â€œWeâ€™re not going back right away, are we?â€ he asked. Anna pressed her lips together smiling as she shook her head.
â€œNah,â€ she said.
â€œOkay,â€ her boyfriend said, â€œSo where are we going?â€
â€œJust walking around the city,â€ Anna said with a shrug.
â€œThatâ€™s it?â€ Tsuzuki asked.
â€œYeah,â€ she replied. Her boyfriend went quiet and nodded.
â€œCome on!â€ Anna pressed, â€œItâ€™ll be fun!â€ They spent the morning walking through the streets of Kyoto. Tsuzuki took in the scent of Annaâ€™s hair. A sense of calm came over him. She wasnâ€™t scared to die anymore. Why was she still with him? Tsuzuki had to ask; he turned to his beloved.
â€œAnna-chan,â€ he spoke up. His girlfriend glanced at him.
â€œHm?â€ she asked. The shinigami paused to form the question in his head. He took in a breath.
â€œWhy didnâ€™t you leave me?â€ he asked, â€œI killed many people and I might end up killing you.â€ Anna paused in her tracks. Tsuzuki stared at her back as she didnâ€™t turn around.
â€œNo, you wonâ€™t,â€ Anna murmured. The shinigami tilted his head.
â€œHow do you know that?â€ he asked.
â€œI donâ€™t,â€ his girlfriend admitted. She turned around to him. â€œIâ€™m just going to trust you not to,â€ the woman boldly said. Tsuzuki raised an eyebrow at her.
â€œJust like that?â€ he asked. Anna gave him a little smirk.
â€œYes, yes,â€ she answered, â€œI do love you after all, silly!â€ Tsuzuki couldnâ€™t help but to smile. There is was: nothing but trust and love. She patted him on the arm.
â€œNow come on,â€ Anna said, â€œWe still have time to kill before we go back to the others.â€ She hurried through the park. Her boyfriend smiled as her skirt bounced with her movements.
Right, Tsuzuki thought as he followed behind her.