Chapter Twenty-Three: Wagashi:
When in the Noh theater
We watched Shizuka Gozen
Trapped in the snow,
I enjoyed the tragedy,
For I thought,
Nothing like this
Will ever happen to me.
--â€œXLVâ€ from The Love Poems of Marichiko by Kenneth Rexroth 1978
July 8th, 2009.
Anna sat at her desk and wrote in her journal.
Wednesday: Asato and I kissed for the first time in ten years. We later slept together for the first time. I didnâ€™t think he would be so big. It hurt at first, but I ended up enjoying myself.
Thursday: Asato and I said we loved each other and made love. This time didnâ€™t hurt as much as it did the first time.
Friday: Asato and I vowed to keep relationship a secret. We made love and Rihoko walked in on us. (Must lock door more often.) I had fears later that night, but Asato said that we were in a relationship and eased away my fears.
Saturday: Asato and I made love again in the morning and spent whole day out together. We made love and exchanged childhood stories. He told me about his painful past. I kissed his scars and promised to heal them.
Sunday: I had more doubts early in the morning, but realized Asato and I were in a serious relationship. I came to love it so much. We spend the whole day cuddling in bed.
Monday: Asato and I made love that night.
Tuesday: Asato and I made love once again. He tongued meâ€¦ down there.
Anna blushed at the last part. Oh wow!, she thought. The woman forced herself to keep writing.
One whole week; it feels like Iâ€™ve been on vacation, a very sensuous and intimate vacation. I canâ€™t really gather all of my thoughts together about whatâ€™s been happening, but I just want more!
Annaâ€™s fingers trailed down into her white lacy panties. She felt horny just thinking about last week.
Outside in the rain, reality gave the lovers a nasty wake-up call. Tsuzuki appeared on the path to Kimoto Manor. His eyes stayed locked on another holiday in the sun. The shinigami stopped in his tracks as reality blasted him in the face. Thanatos stood on the porch, smirking at him as she held a mini bottle of sake in her hand. The shinigami glared at her.
â€œTsuzuki!â€ the bounty hunter called, â€œJust the person I wanted to see!â€
â€œThanatos, what the hell do you want?â€ he hissed. The bounty hunter smirked at him.
â€œBack to enjoy your little sex toy, I see,â€ she said. Tsuzuki narrowed his eyes at her.
â€œHow did you find us?â€ he asked.
â€œOh,â€ Thanatos replied, â€œI was at the bar a couple of days ago. I looked out the window and saw you with your little doll having lunch. I thought, hello opportunity! So, I have been following you guys around up to today.â€
â€œYouâ€™ve been spying on us?!?â€ Tsuzuki asked annoyed. The bounty hunter took a drink.
â€œOh, donâ€™t think I didnâ€™t see you guys last night!â€ Thanatos boomed, â€œYou had your head between her legs making her moaning.â€ She chuckled to herself. â€œSuch a shame really,â€ the bounty hunter said, â€œYou to have to give up your doll so soon.â€ Tsuzuki saw fire.
â€œSheâ€™s not like that!â€ he snapped. Thanatosâ€™ eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.
â€œOoo!â€ she said, â€œDonâ€™t tell me youâ€™ve gotten emotionally attached to your dolly already!â€
â€œCut the crap, Thanatos!â€ the shinigami barked, â€œWhy do you want Anna so much anyway?!?â€
â€œDonâ€™t you know?â€ she asked, â€œHer soul is worth 11,642,000,000,000 yen! Thatâ€™s enough to buy years, no! A lifetime of sake, a jeep, and an army! Give her to me now!â€
â€œNever!â€ Tsuzuki snapped, â€œAnna-chanâ€™s not a possession!â€ Thanatos laughed.
â€œAnna-chan, huh?â€ she asked, â€œMy, you really do love your doll! Too bad your boys at Ju-Oh-Cho are going to make you give her up soon!â€
â€œYou wouldnâ€™t!â€ the shinigami yelled.
â€œItâ€™s tempting!â€ Thanatos said in a sing-songy voice, â€œUnless I get her first!â€
â€œYou will not!â€ Tsuzuki yelled. The bounty hunter shrugged.
â€œFine,â€ she said, â€œI gave you warning. I will break you guys up for the moneyâ€”no matter what it takes!â€ Tsuzuki began to grab his fuda. Thanatos held up her hand.
â€œThere, there,â€ she cooed, â€œI was just leaving, no need for the hostilities.â€ Thanatos began walking away. She passed the shinigami.
â€œI will take her from you,â€ she whispered, â€œI want the money.â€ She disappeared as Tsuzuki tried his best to calm down.
Bitch!, he thought. Tsuzuki walked up the path and sat down on the porch. He sighed aloud as he shook his head. He already had the people at Ju-Ch-Oh and the Eda-Kimoto clan to worry about, now, Thanatos and Eros too? Oh, and donâ€™t forget the Hell Stone as well.
â€œIs something wrong?â€ a voice asked him. Tsuzuki quickly looked up to see Anna was standing in the doorway, staring at him.
â€œHuh?â€ the shinigami asked as he began to cool off.
â€œYou seemed upset about something,â€ his girlfriend said, â€œWhatâ€™s on your mind?â€ Tsuzuki smiled and shrugged.
â€œNothing, now that youâ€™re here,â€ he replied. He patted a spot next to him for her to sit and Anna complied. Tsuzuki looked her in the eye.
â€œActually,â€ he said, â€œWe have another problem.â€ The man didnâ€™t wait for a reply. â€œThereâ€™s a bounty hunter after you,â€ Tsuzuki went on. Anna eyed him oddly.
â€œWhat for?â€ she asked. He leaned in close to her face.
â€œYour soulâ€¦â€ the shinigami began, â€œHow do I put thisâ€¦ is worth so much money.â€
â€œHow much?â€ Anna questioned. Tsuzuki bit his lip.
â€œ11,642,000,000,000 much,â€ he said. Anna blinked at him.
â€œ11,642, andâ€¦â€ her voice trailed off. â€œWow! Thatâ€™s justâ€¦ okayâ€¦â€
â€œPlus, the girl that is hunting you wonâ€™t quit until she has broken us up and has you,â€ he summed up. Tsuzuki held her hand as he swallowed a bit.
â€œSo what should we do?â€ he asked. Anna let the situation write itself out in her head. A small smile spread on her face as she held his hand in return.
â€œIâ€™m not giving up my happiness for some greedy little cow,â€ she announced. Her lover eyed her.
â€œYou meanâ€¦â€ he began to say.
â€œIâ€™m making my own promise right now,â€ Anna declared, â€œIâ€™m not leaving you with her and you have my word on that.â€
â€œWell okay,â€ Tsuzuki said with a smile, â€œIt looks like weâ€™re going to be staying together for much longer.â€
â€œSeems that way,â€ Anna said. They leaned in and shared a kiss on the lips. Tsuzuki gave and she happily took. The shinigami felt up Anna with his free hand while she playfully nibbled on his lower lip in return. However, rain can turn on people all the same. Thanatos stood outside the gate watching invisibly. A cold smirk came onto her face when she had all the evidence that she needed.