Chapter Forty-Six: Logo Houses:

December 23rd, 2010.

6:00 p.m.

Kyosuke decided to give it all one more chance.

Tonight, him and April went out again. No clubs or bars. Just walking around the city. April looked at the trees in the park.

“Cherry blossoms and snow,” she said.

“Yeah, it takes a while to get used to,” Kyosuke said. “What’s Meifu like in England?” April tried to draw the picture in her head.

“Always green,” she said. “Rolling hills, always summer, food is always freshly made and when it rains, it’s like children laughing.”

“That must be nice.”

“It is.”

“So… which is better—here or England?”

“I don’t know. Both have their ups and downs. England is relaxed, but Japan has more to do.”

“I see.” Kyosuke resisted saying the wrong thing. Don’t say it! Don’t it! Don’t it! Don’t screw this up!

April stopped in her tracks.

“Kyosuke-san,” she said. The other shinigami paused. His stomach dropped. Oh no, how did I screw up now? I was so careful.

“Listen,” April said. “I sort of like you too.”

Kyosuke’s eyes widened. “You do?”



April gave him a weird look. “Huh?”

“But? There’s always a but. What is it?”

“There isn’t one.”

Kyosuke narrowed his eyes. “You serious?”


“Oh… Okay… Uh…” This came out of nowhere. Now what?

“And,” April said. “I apologize for my freak out days ago.”

Kyosuke tilted his head. “Did something happened today?”

April shook her head. “I just talked to Tana this morning.”

“I see…” he said. The shinigami felt himself smile.


The pair walked to a park. Another thought crossed Kyosuke’s mind.

“Hey, April-san,” he said.

“Uh-hm?” she asked. He rubbed the back of his head.

“So… what does that make us now?” Kyosuke asked. “Are we…? Are we…?”

“Are we what?” April asked. Kyosuke gulped.

“Are we dating now?” he asked.


“You know… We like each other and all. What do we do now?” His cheeks turned bright red.

“I’m sorry for the stupid questions.”

April patted him on the shoulder. She gave him a little smile.

“One step at a time,” the English shinigami said in a low voice. “One step at a time.” She gave him a quick kiss on the lips. April walked ahead of him. Kyosuke stood blushing and blinking.

“Huh?” he asked. It took a minute for the thunder bolt to sink in.

“Wow,” he murmured.

“You coming?” April asked up ahead.

“Oh!” Kyosuke said. He ran to catch up to his new girlfriend.