Chapter 08: New Friends?
“Takuro! What is it, boy?!” Hitomi called out as her Shikoku, Takuro sped down the street, barking. Quickly jogging after Takuro, she was soon led to what had grabbed his attention. She gasped as she discovered what appeared to be an unconscious girl. Crouching down next to her, she took the girl into her arms.
“Miss, are you alright? Miss!”
No answer. Reaching for her cell phone, Hitomi pressed a white button located on the side of the phone. Not a moment later, a black sports car comes speeding down the street towards them and flawlessly parking right beside Hitomi. Bringing her arms underneath the girl, she scooped her up and brought her towards the car.
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“Goshujin-sama, what happened?!”
Hitomi did not reply, as she made her way quickly-- as quickly as she could manage, through the lengthy entrance hall into the living room and letting the girl down gently onto a sofa.
“Sayumi, take a look at her. I found her passed out on the sidewalk--”
“Oh, let me change first~~!”
Hitomi spun around to find her personal physician dressed in an obscene French maid costume.
“Where-did-you-get-that?!” She asked in shock.
“I had it made this morning, ya like?”
“No-- now come over here and take a look at her!”
Sayumi pouted, but obeyed.
“As you wish, Goshujin-sama.”
“Don’t call me that!!”
Focusing her attention on Eri, Sayumi dropped her playful attitude and got down to business. “As annoying as she is,” as Hitomi would say, the girl could be damn professional when the time came.
“From the looks of it, she passed out due to intense stress…she just needs some rest,” Sayumi reported with a shrug.
“You’re half assing this,” Hitomi accused.
“Yes, but she will be fine-- can we keep her~?”
Hitomi shook her head followed by a tiresome sigh. Sometimes she wondered what caused her to hire this girl in the first place-- other than the fact that they’ve been long time buddies and that she’s one of the best physicians in the country. Though, she’s had her doubts.
“Can you see if she has a wallet on her?”
Shoving her hands into Eri’s front pants pockets, Sayumi searched for her wallet. Unable to find it, she rolled the girl to her side and began to fish through her back pockets.
“Ah, found it!” Sayumi announced. “You know she’s got a nice rump~!” She giggled.
“How am I suppose to tell her, ‘Don’t worry, no one took advantage of you while you were unconscious,’ now?” Hitomi scolded, as she snatched the wallet from Sayumi.
“Why are you looking through her wallet--” Sayumi let out a sudden gasp, “Is your futsal career taking a downhill collapse?!”
“I’m just looking to see if she’s got an ID or some-- ah there we go.”
Holding up Eri’s ID, she read the info out loud.
“Kamei Eri, December 23rd, 1988, female, etc, etc,”
Looking through Eri’s wallet once again, she pulled out a folded piece of paper.
“Hmm, this seems to be the only contact info in here so I’ll give it a shot. Watch her while I go make a call.”
Looking down at Eri, Sayumi smiled at the unconscious girl. What a cute sleeper. Parting Eri’s bangs aside, she touched the back of her hand to her forehead. No fever…hmm.
Sayumi blinked, tilting her head to one side. Did she just say something?
“Hey, who’s Reina?” She asked softly. Eri remained quiet.
“Alright, I’ll let you rest,” Sayumi sighed.
Having searched all day, Reina and Risa headed back to the house sweat soaked and worn out. Halfway towards the front door, Reina stops in her tracks and begins to turn back.
“Tanaka-san…,” Risa called after her tiresomely.
“I can’t give up now, there’s no way,” she replied.
“Where have you been?!” Yuko shouted, as she comes jogging out of the house.
Reina shook her head.
“Not now! Eri’s missing, we have to find her!”
Yuko let out an angry sigh.
“Would you let me finish? If I wasn’t so worried about Kamei-chan as well, I would just let you and that impulsive attitude of yours go pointlessly search for her all night…“ Yuko paused. “There was a message on the answering machine. Seems like she’s been found and taken in to rest,”
Upon hearing this, both Reina and Risa fell to their knees in relief.
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Reina’s jaw dropped as she gazed passed the black metal gates at the house before her. “Big” was an obvious understatement. Glancing behind her, she could see that Risa and Yuko both worn the same stunned expression.
“Tanaka-chan, ring the bell,” Yuko ushered. Though a little hesitant, Reina proceeded. DING DONG~! The trio peaked through the gates to find a “Kakkoii” looking woman standing at the front door.
“Excuse me, are you here for Kamei-san?”
“Yes, we’re friends of hers,” Reina answered.
Grabbing her cell phone from her pocket, Hitomi used it as a remote control to open the gates.
“We’ve been waiting for you guys. I almost thought I had called the wrong place. I apologize for not turning to authorities-- but don‘t worry I had my physician take a look at her,” Hitomi explained as she led them through the entrance hall.
“Yoshizawa-san, is it?” Yuko asked.
“Oh right, yes. I’m Yoshizawa Hitomi,” Hitomi introduced herself.
“I’m Nakazawa Yuko.”
Following Yuko‘s example, Risa and Reina introduced themselves as well. Upon entering the living room--
Both Reina and Risa glanced over at each other, as they heard one another’s voice bounce off against the walls of the spacious room.
“Gaki-san, Reina!” Eri cried cheerfully, hopping off the couch and making her way quickly towards them. Pulling the two together, she wrapped her arms around them. At that moment, Reina felt as though she was ready to cry-- that thought was interrupted by the sound of whimpering.
“I was so worried!!” Risa cried, digging her face into Eri’s shoulder. Reina pulled away, allowing Eri to wrap both arms around Risa.
“I’m sorry, Gaki-san!” Eri apologized.
“Sorry, sorry, you always say sorry! No more! I’m not ever letting you out of my sight!” Risa cried.
The two stood crying in each other’s arms as the others looked on-- in slight awkwardness. Especially for Reina whom kept looking away and back.
“So you’re just going to ignore me, Kamei-chan?” Yuko joked loudly, breaking the “moment”.
Pulling away from Risa, Eri ran into Yuko’s arms and gave her a quick hug.
“I wouldn’t forget about you, Nakazawa-san!”
“I’m glad you’re alright,” Yuko said, as she pat her head.
“Remember not to overstress yourself, Kamei-san--”
“Waah!!” Risa blurted.
Everyone jumped, including Hitomi, as Sayumi had appeared out of nowhere, now in a nurse costume, equally as obscene as before. Slapping a hand over her face, Hitomi groaned.
“This-- this is my personal physician, Michishige Sayumi. Don‘t mind her, she‘s--”
“Ichiban Kawaii?” Sayumi interrupted with a giggle.
The room was silent. But it was soon broken as Eri broke into giggles, which contagiously spread around the room like wild fire. As the room echoed with laughter, Reina felt her heart stop when her eyes met Eri’s. She looked away; a slight tingle of fear fell over her body. Something in Eri’s gaze…was different.
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Ah, I totally have to apologize with my lack of updating. SORRY~~!!!