Chapter Twenty-Two: Voices Carry:

The sun rose through the thick purple curtains. Anna eyed Bunny-tan in this new, awkward situation. It didn�t help that this woman looked like a female version of Tsuzuki. Anna poked Bunny�s right breast.

Asato-kun is a big boy, she thought. So would that mean�?

�Hey!� Bunny shouted, slapping away her hand. �They still have feeling in them, you know?� Anna drew back her hand.

�Sorry,� she said. Bunny rubbed at her huge breast.

�That hurt,� she whimpered. Anna glanced around the room.

�Uh, listen�� she spoke up. �You seem really nice, but��

�Yes?� Bunny asked. The other woman struggled to put it into words.

�I�m happily married, to a man,� she said. �And this is cheating. Imaginary, accidental, or not!� Bunny broke into giggles; Anna gave her a confused look. �I don�t think any of this is funny.� Bunny gave her a little smile.

�Don�t you know the unwritten rule?� she asked. Anna frowned.

�What unwritten rule?� Bunny pressed her forehead against Anna�s.

�Sex with courtesans doesn�t count,� she whispered.

�Huh?� Anna asked.

�I don�t count,� Bunny said. �I mean, look at me. I�m big, I�m bouncy, I�m good in bed, and I don�t count.�

The other woman frowned again. �So why are you here?�

Bunny lowered her shoulders. �Well, it�s a long story.�

�It�s okay. I have time to listen.�

Bunny glanced down at her heavy breasts. �I am a spirit who�s trapped in this story. I originally ran away to escape from a marriage.�

�Was it arranged?�

Bunny shook her head. �He was a good man. I knew I would grow to love him soon. But��

�What happened?� Bunny pressed her lips together.

�I�m no good at commitments,� she confessed, embarrassed. �So, I ran away on the night before the wedding.�

�But how did you end up in this book?� Anna asked.

�I heard singing,� Bunny answered.

�Huh?� The Tsuzuki female-counterpart propped herself up on the bed.

�The pages gave off a soft melody that drew me in,� she explained. �One touch of them and I ended up sucked inside the book.�

�That�s what happened to me!� Anna said with a gasp. �And you�ve been stuck here ever since?� Bunny nodded.

�Damn,� Anna muttered. As she pondered, Anna came to another realization. �My wounds are healed! I don�t know how you did it, but thanks.� Bunny�s cheeks turned bright pink.

�It was no problem,� she said, looking away. �I used my powers.�

�Wait� how�?�  Anna started to ask; then it then dawned on her. �Oh� you� Oh.� Bunny ran a finger along Anna�s shoulder.

�That was the best way to fix you up,� she said in a low voice. The other woman tried not to think about it as she flinched away.

�Uh� thanks again, I guess,� Anna said. �So, how do we get out of this book?�

�There�s a big gate that leads out of the city,� Bunny told her. �I couldn�t get out myself because the pages took my soul when I first fell into this book.� She gently took Anna by the hands. �But now, I thank you for getting it back to me.�

�When can we leave?� Anna asked.

�Sundown,� Bunny replied. �The gate will unlock then.�

�And your soul?�

�Give it to me at the gate. I myself am a key to end this story. Once the gate opens, you and I will walk out of this city for good.�

�Perfect!� Anna said aloud, then paused. �But, what should we do until sundown?� she asked. Bunny gave her a naughty little smile.

�What else?� she asked. Anna looked rather confused by all of this.

�But I don�t even know your name,� she said in a soft voice.

�It�s Bunny-tan.�

Anna slowly shook her head. �No, your real name.�

The purple rabbit woman climbed on top of her, gently stroking her cheek with her finger. �Baby, where we�re going, we don�t need names.� She leaned down and drew Anna into another deep, passionate kiss.