Chapter Twenty-Two: Voices Carry:
The sun rose through the thick purple curtains. Anna eyed Bunny-tan in this new, awkward situation. It didnï¿½t help that this woman looked like a female version of Tsuzuki. Anna poked Bunnyï¿½s right breast.
Asato-kun is a big boy, she thought. So would that meanï¿½?
ï¿½Hey!ï¿½ Bunny shouted, slapping away her hand. ï¿½They still have feeling in them, you know?ï¿½ Anna drew back her hand.
ï¿½Sorry,ï¿½ she said. Bunny rubbed at her huge breast.
ï¿½That hurt,ï¿½ she whimpered. Anna glanced around the room.
ï¿½Uh, listenï¿½ï¿½ she spoke up. ï¿½You seem really nice, butï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½Yes?ï¿½ Bunny asked. The other woman struggled to put it into words.
ï¿½Iï¿½m happily married, to a man,ï¿½ she said. ï¿½And this is cheating. Imaginary, accidental, or not!ï¿½ Bunny broke into giggles; Anna gave her a confused look. ï¿½I donï¿½t think any of this is funny.ï¿½ Bunny gave her a little smile.
ï¿½Donï¿½t you know the unwritten rule?ï¿½ she asked. Anna frowned.
ï¿½What unwritten rule?ï¿½ Bunny pressed her forehead against Annaï¿½s.
ï¿½Sex with courtesans doesnï¿½t count,ï¿½ she whispered.
ï¿½Huh?ï¿½ Anna asked.
ï¿½I donï¿½t count,ï¿½ Bunny said. ï¿½I mean, look at me. Iï¿½m big, Iï¿½m bouncy, Iï¿½m good in bed, and I donï¿½t count.ï¿½
The other woman frowned again. ï¿½So why are you here?ï¿½
Bunny lowered her shoulders. ï¿½Well, itï¿½s a long story.ï¿½
ï¿½Itï¿½s okay. I have time to listen.ï¿½
Bunny glanced down at her heavy breasts. ï¿½I am a spirit whoï¿½s trapped in this story. I originally ran away to escape from a marriage.ï¿½
ï¿½Was it arranged?ï¿½
Bunny shook her head. ï¿½He was a good man. I knew I would grow to love him soon. Butï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½What happened?ï¿½ Bunny pressed her lips together.
ï¿½Iï¿½m no good at commitments,ï¿½ she confessed, embarrassed. ï¿½So, I ran away on the night before the wedding.ï¿½
ï¿½But how did you end up in this book?ï¿½ Anna asked.
ï¿½I heard singing,ï¿½ Bunny answered.
ï¿½Huh?ï¿½ The Tsuzuki female-counterpart propped herself up on the bed.
ï¿½The pages gave off a soft melody that drew me in,ï¿½ she explained. ï¿½One touch of them and I ended up sucked inside the book.ï¿½
ï¿½Thatï¿½s what happened to me!ï¿½ Anna said with a gasp. ï¿½And youï¿½ve been stuck here ever since?ï¿½ Bunny nodded.
ï¿½Damn,ï¿½ Anna muttered. As she pondered, Anna came to another realization. ï¿½My wounds are healed! I donï¿½t know how you did it, but thanks.ï¿½ Bunnyï¿½s cheeks turned bright pink.
ï¿½It was no problem,ï¿½ she said, looking away. ï¿½I used my powers.ï¿½
ï¿½Waitï¿½ howï¿½?ï¿½ Anna started to ask; then it then dawned on her. ï¿½Ohï¿½ youï¿½ Oh.ï¿½ Bunny ran a finger along Annaï¿½s shoulder.
ï¿½That was the best way to fix you up,ï¿½ she said in a low voice. The other woman tried not to think about it as she flinched away.
ï¿½Uhï¿½ thanks again, I guess,ï¿½ Anna said. ï¿½So, how do we get out of this book?ï¿½
ï¿½Thereï¿½s a big gate that leads out of the city,ï¿½ Bunny told her. ï¿½I couldnï¿½t get out myself because the pages took my soul when I first fell into this book.ï¿½ She gently took Anna by the hands. ï¿½But now, I thank you for getting it back to me.ï¿½
ï¿½When can we leave?ï¿½ Anna asked.
ï¿½Sundown,ï¿½ Bunny replied. ï¿½The gate will unlock then.ï¿½
ï¿½And your soul?ï¿½
ï¿½Give 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.ï¿½
ï¿½Perfect!ï¿½ Anna said aloud, then paused. ï¿½But, what should we do until sundown?ï¿½ she asked. Bunny gave her a naughty little smile.
ï¿½What else?ï¿½ she asked. Anna looked rather confused by all of this.
ï¿½But I donï¿½t even know your name,ï¿½ she said in a soft voice.
Anna slowly shook her head. ï¿½No, your real name.ï¿½
The purple rabbit woman climbed on top of her, gently stroking her cheek with her finger. ï¿½Baby, where weï¿½re going, we donï¿½t need names.ï¿½ She leaned down and drew Anna into another deep, passionate kiss.