*On the way to the hospital, three days after the last chapter.
The sky today is really bright, looks like the spring season finally started. I can’t wait for the summer to start. Too bad I can enjoy it anymore after my graduation since my mother insisted for me to work in IT Company. Argh…, I don’t want to work there. Life after high school seems bleak. But, before that I have to enjoy my vacation first. There’s no way in hell I go straight to work after graduation. And Tomo~mi will be on her spring vacation also. Hmm…, should we go on a vacation together? It’ll be horrid if others know about it though. I don’t even want to imagine that. Nah, it’s too soon for us to go on a vacation together anyway and we still can’t define what our relation actually is. If we go on a vacation together, it will be… very… awkward. And not to mention, there’s also Yuko-san illness. I can’t go away from town before she’s healthy. Just a few weeks before graduation now. And there is also the problem with Maeda. I hope Geki can give her a lesson or two.
It’s been three days since I was released from the hospital, from our agreement. Well, it seems like I can get both of the best things that ever happen to me, Tomo and Rappapa. If I erase Maeda from my mind, my life seems quite good now. I’ve visited Tomo this past two days, as I promised. Dance had been tailing me, though. During my absence from school, Dance had come to visit me every day. The last two days were not an exception. It was very hard to order her to go home, because she insisted to be my assistance. Gah…, she might be a quite decent underling. But, sometimes she’s really annoying. Thankfully she’s afraid of Gekikara. When I said I’ll go to Geki`s place she would ran away instantly. Because of that, I could go and visit Tomo without anyone knowing.
There’s Kokabuki of course. But, Tomo seems to believe in her, and she said her sister won’t tell anyone about me visiting her. So, I guess it was safe for now. I wonder though, what she had said to Kokabuki about us. She said she hadn’t told her anything, but I think it won’t be long before Kokabuki starts questioning her again about our relation with each other. I hope she’ll filter some of our stories. There are some things from my past that I really don’t want people to know.
The first time I visited her, her sister seemed too shocked when she saw me there. Two days ago and also yesterday, she seemed like she already know I would come. After she opened the door for me, she just said to her aneki that she would go to the recreational room though that room is more like ‘bored as hell’ room for me. I truly wonder how our genki leader can spend her days lock up in a hospital. It’s no wonder she keeps running away from it every time it was possible. I would too if I was in her position.
How will she react seeing me today? Ah… it doesn’t matter. Tomorrow they can go home after all, and I don’t have to deal with her anymore. Actually Kokabuki has been allowed to leave yesterday but she doesn’t want to leave her aneki alone. Gah, ‘doesn’t want to leave her aneki alone’ my ass. She’s just trying to keep me away from her aneki. What’s with her? These two days, after about 2 hours had passed she would come back to the room and turned on the TV quite loud. I didn’t have any other option but to leave. We couldn’t do anything with her in the room without blowing our cover off after all. At least when she’s bedridden at home, I can visit her without Kokabuki disturbs us. Ah… that’s reminding me. I have to go help Black today. She’s leaving the hospital later in the afternoon. The others are in the school right now. I take a quick look at my watch. Ah, well I still have almost two hours left and I almost arrive at the hospital. There’s still plenty of time.
During these past two days, we had been rebuilding our connection. Good to know that she hasn’t change that much aside from the fact that she’s not a kid anymore. We mostly talked about what’s on our mind at the moment. She had not asked about why I became a yankee yet, or when and why I came back to Tokyo. I hope she won’t ask that. I’m not sure I was ready for sharing that with her.
After I arrived in the hospital, I head straight to her room. I knock on the door, and Tomo opens the door for me. Strange, where’s that sister of her?
“Are you allowed to walk around yet?”
“I can go home tomorrow.”
“It doesn’t mean you can walk around yet.” I roll my eyes at her answer. “By the way, where’s your underling? It’s very rare to see you apart from each other.”
“She is my sister not my underling.” She said while she walked to her bed. “And, I don’t know where she goes. While we’re rarely apart from each other, it doesn’t mean that we have to be together all the time, right?” She raised her eyebrow in an asking manner. “And I don’t see Dance around this past two days too. She’s not following you around lately?”
“Ah… I always said that I was about to meet Geki. She ran away after I said that, literally.”
“Well, she is scary. It isn’t a wonder that people rather run away than to meet her.”
Though it’s true, I don’t like it. I truly don’t like it when people bad mouthing my fellow Queens. My rage meter starts to increase now. And she seems to know it.
“Sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. We have our rules, right?” She smiles and signaling me to come nearer. “Don’t just standing around there. Come here.” She pats the space on the bed on her side.
“I rather sit here.” I sit on the chair near her bed. She’s pouting on me in response. “Your sister has a habit of opening the door before knocking. What explanation we’ll give to her when she sees me and you on the same bed?” I have to give some explanation to her to stop her from pouting or it’ll worsen. “And we’re supposed to put on a ‘mask’ and act in front of other, remember?” She’s still pouting. Sigh… how could I forget how spoiled she were back then. Just because she is the Kabuki Sister right now, it doesn’t mean that part of her change. I wonder if Kokabuki ever saw this part of her. It doesn’t seem so. I smiled at that.
“What’s the matter? Why are you smiling like that?”
“Hem? Ah, nothing, really.” She is eyeing me, suspiciously. “Er…,” damn, what should I tell her, “I’ve just remembered that Black can go home today.” She’s still unconvinced. “And that’s a good news, well for me and other Rappapa`s members.”
“Well, I guess it is.”
‘Phew…, safe.’ “Err…, by the way what did you said to Kokabuki about us?”
“I haven’t said anything yet.”
I raise my eyebrow at that. “That’s impossible.”
“Well, it’s the truth. She’d asked…, but, I said I will explain later.”
“I think she’ll ask you about it again soon. Since she had and will be seeing me around you more.”
She frowns cutely. “I know. What about you?”
“What about me?” My defense automatically turned on. I’m not used to being questioned and I don’t like being questioned. From her expression I know she can feels the sudden change in me.
“I mean, what will you say to Dance and your fellow Rappapa if they ask you about us?”
“I’ll try to keep them off from knowing as soon as possible. If our act good enough I don’t think they’ll notice.”
“I think it’ll be hard for you to keep Dance from knowing, since she always following you around.” Well, that’s what Yuko-san had said too.
“She’s not here now, isn’t she?” Talk about the obvious.
“She’ll know sooner or later, considering how close she is to you.”
“Then it’s my problem not yours.”
She rolled her eyes at my remark. “Can you cool your temper down? It’s hard to keep a conversation when you’re like this.”
“I am cool.” I folded my hand in front of my chest.
She frowns at me and then suddenly she smiled mischievously at me. “I just remember something…”
“What?” I automatically move away from her, as if sensing danger. Damn, she looks hot when she’s like this.
“Well… when I visited you before you went home, your temper got you again right? And then…,” she stand up and put her hand on my face, caressing my cheek. She then slides her finger from my nose to my cheek and then caressing my jaw line, smiling evilly, seductively all the while.
‘Gulp…, what the…, hell…,’ my heart beats faster and faster. And when I feel like I’m about to faint… she pulled her hand and laughing. At me. Damn, she got me again.
“Ahahaha…, you should’ve seen your face.”
Grrrr… I’ve had enough of her messing around with me. Now that I know that she’s definitely wants more from me than a mere friend, she won’t be messing around with me this much if she only considers me as a friend, I do know what to do. It’s time for some revenge. I stand up in front of her. Her laughter has finally dies down. Now, it’s my turn. I pushed her towards the bed, make her lays on her back and grab both of her hands and put it above her head. Successfully pinning her on the bed. She’s giving me her best ‘fish out of water’ expression. Heh, who’s laughing now?
I move myself closer to her, trying to keep our eye contact as long as possible while trying to keep myself from laugh out loud. I move my head closer to the side of her head. Hmm…, she smells nice. My nose touch her ear unintentionally, I can feel and hear her sharp intake of breath. God, it’s really hard to keep my laughter from coming out. Instead I whispered in her ear, “Don’t messing around with me.” And to complete the effect of my prank, I bite her ear a little and stand up again while trying my best to not laugh.
She still too shocked to move, while her face is really red. ‘Heh, gotcha….’ Well, actually my action also affects me. My heart still beats faster than normal. For a moment, a tense silence filled the room.
“What?” she breathlessly said.
I frown innocently at her. “What’s what?”
She sits up on the bed and shaking her head. “Nothing.”
“Snrk… heheh….” I can barely control myself anymore. She’s glaring at me now.
“That wasn’t fair you know.”
“So does your way to cool me down.” Actually she’s rising me up, but on an entirely different matter.
“But it did work.” She smirks. “Right?”
There it goes again. The more I spent time with her the more I think that she’s riling me up on purpose. And I’m more than ready to start our ‘actually playful, but
often riling me up’ banter again. I was just about to talk when my phone beeping. Hm… an email from Sado it’s seems. It’s quite unusual for her to message me. Since, she’s the type who’s calling more than texting.
“Sado-san. I wonder wha….” I stoped talking as soon as I finished reading the email.
Geki’s down. Hasn’t told Black yet. You’ll help her later, right? Do tell her at that time. Make sure your words won’t shock her much. I don’t think I can tell her from a mere phone call and I can't go and tell her myself. Have other things to do.
No, it can’t be. It’s impossible. But, Sado won’t make a joke on thing like this. But… Oh, God, not her too. There’s no way it could…, I mean…, she… is crazy… right?
“Tomo?” My gaze finds her again at her calls but my head is still in a state of chaos. In between rage, confuse, sad, mad, angry, worry, anxious. “Tomo, are you okay?” Her hand reaches for my face.
“… Er… Okay, I guess…”
I avert my gaze away from her. Not sure whether I should tell her or not. Both of her hands cup my face, makes me unable to avert my gaze from her anymore.
“What is it?” Her voice helps me to tone my thought down. “Talk to me. I don’t like seeing you like this.”
And I don’t like making you worry over me. Perhaps I should just tell her. She’ll know sooner or later.
“Geki’s down.” She looks as shocked as I was. “I have to go. Sado asked me to tell Black.”
She gives me a sad smile and nods. “I understand. You’ll come help me move out of the hospital tomorrow?”
“I better not. Seems like your friends will come. I’ll just go to your place instead. Call me after you kick them out of your home, and I’ll be there.”
“Alright. See you tomorrow.”
I stand up and start out of the room when something clicked in my head. I walk back to her and give a chaste kiss on her forehead, “bye.”
She looks surprised at my action, and yet she’s giving me her mega-watts smile, “bye.”
*Black`s room in the hospital.
I was intended to knock the door twice but the door already opened for me after one knock. Thankfully I was able to stop my hand from knocking again, because if I’m not, I’ll be knocking at her boobs.
“You’re as fast as usual.” I said with a smirk on my face. I and Black are not as close as i was to the other. Even though I closer to other Queens, it doesn’t mean that we’re on bad terms. It’s not that I hate her or something; it’s just that… we have almost nothing in common. But, nevertheless as a fellow Rappapa we still have our bond. If we’re not it’ll be impossible for me to be here.
“And you’re really slow.” She said in her usual expressionless voice. “Considering that I saw you entering the hospital more than an hour ago. I don’t think the walk from the gate to here taking that long.”
I raise my eyebrow at her with my mask intact, hopefully. Damn, I forgot her window facing the hospital`s front gate. I hope she won’t ask where I was.
“Don’t worry, I won’t ask anything.” This time I can’t stop my surprise from coming out in my face. “Since, I too, have things that I won’t tell others too.”
“Yeah, there are things that better kept secret from others.” I look around, the room looks free from personal belonging already. “You’ve finished packing already?”
“Well then, let’s go. The administrative has been cleared out to right?”
She nods again. God, she needs a proper talking technique course. She’s too... silent.
We’ve already arrived for ten minutes or so. Black had serve me my favorite strawberry milk tea because ‘you’re my guest and you had helped me with my bags before’ she said. During the way from the hospital to here, I was thinking how the hell am I suppose to tell her about Geki. Black has been analyzing me all the while because she’s damn well known that I’m not usually that silent. Ah, well… since being blunt is my forte perhaps I should just tell her like I would usually do. Hope it won’t upset her much since... well, she’s pregnant now. Er…, yes she is in her first semester of pregnancy. The only people who know about it are only Rappapa`s Shitennou and our leader though.
“Er…, Sado sent me an email before I visit you.” Her gaze somehow makes me feel anxious. “She said in her email that Geki’s down.”
She has this surprised expression in her face, and the shock and worry. “How is she?” She averts her gaze to her lap, her hair blocking me from seeing her face.
“I don’t know yet.” I pat her shoulder. “Hey, this is Geki we’re talking about. She’s strong. Don’t worry too much.”
She gives me a slight smile and a hushed, “I know.”
I don’t know what I should say anymore. She and Geki are quite close. Sometimes it seems like that there’s more to them than just friends. Even though they never said anything about it, it’s just that…, there are some things about them… Hm…. Argh. I don’t know. I better go before I make a fool of myself and before my rage meter start to rise because of this tense silence.
“It’s late. Perhaps I should go home now.”
“… Yes, you should…” She then walks me out to the door. “Be careful from the bad guys.”
I raise my eyebrow. “You think I can’t handle them?”
“No. I don’t want another Rappapa`s Shitennou being send into a reform school because she beats the hell out of some guys who’s trying to seduce her.” She said with an evil smirk.
“Suuuurreeee…” I smirk back at her. Sometimes she can be pretty amusing. “G’ night then.” And, to home I go.
Here is chapter 7. I can finished it quite fast since my country are having a looooong weekend this week. So I have lots of spare time
Hope you guys like it.
@kahem: well... Tomochin is tsundere (I think), maybe that's the reason why she get the Tsundere song in A4.
@sakura_drop_: i'm glad you find their personalities fitting.
well, I already told you that I like your fics, right?
@bochang: Hem? Familiar? Really? Perhaps we know each other in real life