Chapter Six: Mochi:
All day in grey rain
hollyhocks follow the sun's
October 31st, 1999.
Anna waited in her closet prison in fear. It had been quiet for some time now and she wasnâ€™t sure if her attackers were really gone. The girl shut her eyes as she began to fear the worst.
What if papaâ€™sâ€¦, she thought, Please donâ€™t let that happen!
The girl froze when she heard footsteps outside. Annaâ€™s breathed quickened as she pressed her hand over her mouth. Theyâ€™re back!, the girl thought.
However, the voices sounded different this time. A boy and a man asked about what happened. Anna became curious and listened closely.
â€œItâ€™s them, alright,â€ a man said.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t make any sense,â€ a boy about her age said, â€œWhy would they turn on their own after so long? They had the opportunity to kill him any time they wanted. Why now?â€ The conversation rather puzzled the poor girl. Who exactly were those men that broke to kill her father? Were those the police outside just now? Maybe a neighbor heard Daisukeâ€™s screams and called the cops. However, Anna didnâ€™t hear any sirens or calls pulling up to the house.
She didnâ€™t notice that she ended up drawing attention to herself inside when she was tapping her foot against the tatami mats nervously. By the time she realized what happened, it was too late.
Oh no! Theyâ€™re going to find me!, she thought as she tried to stay still in the closet. Anna panicked as the door was opened wide. Tsuzuki examined her closely as stared at him with big eyes. Feeling his heart ache for her, he tried to be gentle with the terrified girl.
â€œItâ€™s okay,â€ he whispered as he reached forward and pushed aside some her bangs, â€œTheyâ€™re gone now; we wonâ€™t hurt you.â€ The shinigami noticed the girlâ€™s gold necklace with a little charm of a cat with its paw out away from it hanging around her neck. When Anna saw Daisukeâ€™s body lying on the ground in a fix, she quickly grabbed the cat as tight as she could before sinking to her knees and screaming out for her father. She didnâ€™t let go of it the rest of the night.
June 30th, 2009.
Tsuzuki looked up at Anna as she sat on her laptop. â€œHey Anna,â€ he said from her futon.
â€œHm?â€ she asked not looking up at him.
â€œWhat ever happened to that cat necklace you had ten years ago?â€ Anna turned and blinked at him for a moment.
â€œWhat do you mean?â€ she asked.
â€œYou know,â€ Tsuzuki said with a small shrug, â€œYou had a gold cat necklace back then and you held the charm all night out of fear, remember?â€
â€œOh!â€ Anna said as a light bulb went off in her head, â€œThe chain near the clasp broke two years after I went to America. Aunt Allison promised to have it fixed, but never got around to it. I still have it though. Want to see?â€
â€œSure,â€ the shinigami replied. Anna opened her desk drawer and reached inside. She pulled out a small glass container and showed it to Tsuzuki. He took it in his hand and looked at it amazed.
She kept it after all these years?, he thought as he looked at the gold inside.
Outside in the thick afternoon rain, Emiko rang the doorbell with a grin on her face.
â€œComing!â€ a female called on the other side. The door slowly slid open and Rihoko looked out smiling.
â€œOh hi, Emiko!â€ she chirped, â€œWhat brings you by?â€ The butch demon looked around inside the manor.
â€œHey Rihoko-chan,â€ she said, â€œIs Tsuzuki here at the moment?â€
â€œYes,â€ the young mother answered with a puzzled tone in her voice.
â€œCould you bring him out here?â€ she asked with a cat-like grin.
â€œSure, I guessâ€¦â€ Rihoko mumbled.
â€œCould you get him now?â€ Emiko pushed.
â€œUhâ€¦ okayâ€¦â€ Rihoko said uneasily. The young mother went inside the manor as Emiko waited patiently. Her grin spread up to her ears when Tsuzuki came to the door. His face dropped when he saw the butch demon.
â€œHi!â€ she cheered with a wave. The shinigami rolled his eyes.
â€œYes, Emiko?â€ he asked.
â€œSo have you told her yet?â€ she asked like a hyper little child waiting for a present in the mail. Tsuzuki looked at her confused as he blinked at her.
â€œTold who what?â€ he asked. Emiko sighed aloud as the glow from her face died away.
â€œHave you told Anna you love her yet?â€ she asked. Tsuzuki looked on in lost silence before it suddenly and slowly it clicked in his mind.
â€œNo,â€ the shinigami replied, shaking his head.
â€œWhy not?!?â€ Emiko whined at him.
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ he said with a shrug, â€œNot the right time, I guess.â€ Emiko didnâ€™t want to hear that. She came over to hear stories of hot, juicy first-time sex, but a romance plot that wasnâ€™t going anywhere. This called for another little push.
â€œWhat do you mean?!?â€ she shouted, â€œYouâ€™ve got to jump at the chance when it is right in your face! Sheâ€™s right there, waiting for you! Anna is fine and she wants you!â€ She drew back with a small, catlike smirk. â€œPlus, sheâ€™s a virgin,â€ she whispered loud enough for his ear to check. Tsuzuki looked up at her with big eyes and a red face.
â€œWHAT?!?â€ he yelped, â€œHow do you know that?!?â€ Emiko grinned at him as her mind plotted out how to run with this.
â€œHoto-chan and I tried to have a three-way with her,â€ she said like a sweet a little child. Tsuzukiâ€™s face went a deeper red at those words.
â€œYou did what?!?â€ he yelled. He felt like passing out at such revelation. No! No! No!, the poor manâ€™s mind shouted repeatedly. Emiko laughed, he turned out to be so fun to mess with on a day like this.
â€œDonâ€™t worry, itâ€™s only a joke!â€ she brushed off, â€œNo, Anna told me once I messed with her some.â€ Tsuzuki raised an eyebrow at that statement.
â€œWhat do you mean messed with her?â€ he questioned.
â€œThatâ€™s beside the point;â€ she said quickly, â€œAnna is hot and waiting for you. Snatch her up while the fresh virgin gates are still open! Make me proud!â€ The shinigami really looked lost as she patted him on the back.
â€œUhâ€¦â€ he said, staring at her. Emiko gently covered his mouth.
â€œDonâ€™t say, do! Got me?â€ she asked. Tsuzuki didnâ€™t know how to answer as the butch demon grinned at him once more.
â€œBye-bye!â€ she said waving. Emiko disappeared into the rain. Tsuzuki stood there, blinking.
They just donâ€™t know when to give up, do they?, he thought with a sweat drop on his head.