Chapter Thirty-Two: Sakuramochi:
You ask me what I thought about
Before we were lovers.
The answer is easy.
Before I met you
I didnâ€™t have anything to think about.
--â€œIVâ€ from The Love Poems of Marichiko by Kenneth Rexroth 1978
August 1st, 2009.
Last nightâ€™s leftover rain dripped from the leaves in the trees. The morning sun had just started to shine over the little puddles. Tsuzuki and Anna sat on the back porch enjoying the view.
â€œThe rainâ€™s stopped,â€ he said.
â€œYeah,â€ she replied in a tone that sounded a little sad and distant. Tsuzuki looked at her rather puzzled.
â€œAw, why do you say it like that?â€ he asked. Anna lowered her shoulders and shook her head.
â€œItâ€™s justâ€¦ I miss the rain, thatâ€™s all,â€ she murmured. He gave her a kind smile as he softly held her hand.
â€œAw,â€ he said, â€œIt can be much better when the sun is out.â€ He noticed her face when she didnâ€™t speak.
â€œDonâ€™t tell me youâ€™re going to bail out on me every time the sun comes out,â€ the shinigami said sounding rather disappointed. She shook her head.
â€œNo, Iâ€™m staying throughâ€”no matter what!â€ Anna declared rather boldly. She held his hand for emphasis. He smiled at her.
â€œSounds good to me,â€ Tsuzuki replied. They looked out at the damp summer morning. Anna couldnâ€™t help but to smile a little.
â€œThink theyâ€™ll ever accept our relationship?â€ she asked.
â€œI highly doubt it,â€ Tsuzuki answered, â€œBut at least we can stay together untilâ€¦ well, you know.â€
â€œYeah,â€ his girlfriend said with a sigh. More rainwater dripped from the leaves as she smiled to herself. â€œYou know,â€ Anna spoke up, â€œIâ€™m going to enjoy being stuck with you.â€ He smiled back at her.
â€œSo am I,â€ Tsuzuki replied.
â€œI love you, Asato-kun,â€ Anna said with rosy cheeks.
â€œI love you too, Anna-chan,â€ the shinigami said back as his thumb rubbed on her hand. They shared another morning kiss on the porch.
They still are damaged people; love canâ€™t fix them in one day. However, its therapy has only begun for Tsuzuki and Anna. The rain has stopped now and now itâ€™s time to enjoy the warm summer sunshine.