The boys return to Kimoto Manor to check something about Anna's power. Little bit of shoujo-ai towards the ends and now the actions kicks in!
Chapter Eleven: Locked Power:
October 7th, 1988. Ever since Anna was convinced, Daisuke worried about her powers. Despite running away from home, the Eda-Kimoto name still haunted him. He feared his daughter for a long time. It had been forty generations already. He worried about what powers his five-year-old daughter would have. The man worried that her powers would manifest soon. He got his second answer that afternoon.
Anna rushed into Kato’s living room excited.
“Daddy!” she exclaimed as she ran towards Daisuke with open arms. The twenty-three year old man embraced his little girl warmly.
“Sweetheart!” he said. “How was your day?” Little Anna looked up at him smiling with those little green-brown eyes of hers.
“I got many kitties to come to school today!” she announced proudly. Daisuke froze and looked at her.
“What did you say?” he asked. Anna smiled at him.
“I saw a kitty lying dead in the playground today,” she went on. “I felt so bad for it that I wished that it didn’t have to die. Suddenly, the kitty got up and walked away. Then, I looked up and saw many kitties watching me. All of the kids liked the kitties, but the teachers looked at me funny all day.” Daisuke became worried. The one thing he didn’t want to happen happened. In his bloodline, a witch or warlock’s power manifests through one simple wish. Anna’s powers must have manifested this afternoon with the cats coming back to life in the city. But yet, something was off here. Most of the ages for powers to manifest are twelve to seventeen. Anna was only five. This wasn’t good. His daughter was part of the third wave generation that the whole clan had broken down in sets of forty…
While Anna did her homework in the living room, Daisuke and Kato talked on the porch.
“They have manifested,” Daisuke said to the older man. Kato looked at him surprised.
“Already?” he asked.
“Yeah, which means…” the younger man began to say. Both men went silent.
“So what are you going to do?” Kato asked. Daisuke looked at him dead serious.
“I have no choice…” he mumbled. Kato looked on at him.
“You mean…” he began. The younger man nodded.
“I have no choice,” he said. “I’ll wait until after dinner though.”
“Will it hurt?” Kato asked concerned.
“No, no!” Daisuke said. “A sealing spell is completely painless and she won’t know what’s going on because it is so quick.” The older man relaxed some.
“That’s good to know,” he said. Daisuke didn’t speak. No time to do so. He had to save his little girl. Dinner went as planned. All three sat at the table eating. It looked normal as planned. When he finished his rice, Daisuke lowered his chopsticks. He looked at his little angel.
“Anna-chan,” the young man said. “How would you like to play a little game?” His little darling’s eyes lit up in surprised delight.
“Really?” she asked. “Now?” Her father nodded.
“Sure!” he said. “Come with me!” Daisuke stood to his feet and walked out the front door. The child followed behind, curious. Kato watched on in silence.
Father and daughter came out into the woods. Daisuke looked behind him a little bit. Anna stayed close behind him the whole time. Daisuke kept a brave face. He couldn’t let her know what was going on. That would probably frighten the child off. No! He couldn’t have that.
Father and child came into the center of the woods. A circle of white chalk waited for them. Anna looked around confused.
“What is this, daddy?” she asked. Daisuke turned around and knelt down to his little princess.
“It’s okay, honey,” he said softly. “This is part of the game.” Anna looked on uncertain. Daisuke gave her a little smile. He gently patted her on the head.
“It’ll be fine,” the father promised. The little girl began to believe him. She said nothing, but nodded. Daisuke kissed her on the forehead.
“That’s a good girl,” he whispered. The man rose to his feet. “Now step into the circle,” Daisuke calmly instructed her. The little girl quietly walked into the circle. She turned and faced him. Daisuke smiled on still.
“Good, good,” he muttered. “Now close your eyes and hold out your hand.” Anna hesitated at first. Daisuke felt her nervous fear.
“It’s okay sweetie,” he insisted. “Everything will be fine!” The little girl didn’t move. Then, she shut her eyes and held out her hand.
“That’s good,” Daisuke mumbled. He lightly touched her on the forehead. He shut his own eyes and began to chant the spell. A small vibration shook through the child. She wasn’t sure what was going on. Daisuke opened his eyes and removed his hand. He placed a piece of Botan Rice candy in her hand.
“Okay, you can open your eyes now!” the man said. Anna did so and looked in her hand. She became excited when she saw the candy.
“Thanks daddy!” she cheered. Daisuke gave her a little smile.
“You’re welcome,” he said. Problem solved… but not really.
May 2009. Tsuzuki knocked on Anna’s front door the next morning. Rihoko answered it right away. She looked and saw Tsuzuki, Hisoka, and Watari looking in. The young mother perked up.
“Hey guys!” she said. “Anna-san’s in her room on the computer. Yoko-chan and I are heading off to school. So, make yourselves at home.”
“Alright,” Watari replied. Rihoko bowed and turned inside the house.
“Come on, Yoko-chan!” she yelled. “We’ve got to go! Get a move on!”
“Coming!” the little girl yelled. Yoko-chan rushed over to her mother with her little pink Hello Kitty backpack. She nearly fell over due to the bag’s weight. Rihoko had to hold her up. The mom turned to the Shinigami.
“Bye guys,” she said.
“Bye,” the boys replied. Mother and daughter departed for the day.
“Come on, Yoko-chan,” she said softly. The Shinigami watched them leave. They turned back to each other. Back to work. There was just something they had to see about Anna. Tsuzuki made it down the hall to Daisuke’s office. He knocked on the door.
“Come in,” a soft muzzled voice spoke. Tsuzuki slid open the door. Anna sat at the computer typing away. She didn’t seem to have slept at all last night. The Shinigami slowly approached her from behind. The woman froze and looked up. The sight of her sight tugged at Tsuzuki’s heart. Anna looked like she had been crying over Henry all night. Best not to talk about him. Tsuzuki looked over at the timeline. He noticed that the pictures of Anna and Henry were gone. The Shinigami looked back over at her.
“Some of your pictures are gone!” he pointed out.
“Yes,” Anna said sternly. The Shinigami dropped it from there.
“You okay?” he asked. The woman nodded.
“Yeah,” she lied. “Never been better!” Tsuzuki knew that wasn’t true. She was in pain. He knew because he felt pain of his own every single day. One could guess that he saw a bit of himself in Anna. However, this is speculation for the time being. It hasn’t been fully cleared just yet.
“Did you just come here to ask that?” Anna asked coldly distant. Tsuzuki came back to earth after she spoke.
“Wha? No, no!” he said quickly. “Watari, Hisoka, and I had to see you about something.” Anna’s face changed.
“What for?” she asked.
“There’s something we have to see,” the Shinigami told her.
“What for?” she asked.
“What is it?” Anna questioned.
“Come outside with me,” the man said. Then, he left the office. Anna looked after him for a moment. This all felt so familiar… Yet, she was interested though. The woman got up and left the room to follow her guardian.
They came out into the backyard. Watari and Hisoka were already waiting for them. Anna looked at the setting. She noticed a laptop sitting out open with some pricey machinery attached to it. She became even more lost. This reminded her of the night. These boys were up to something, she could tell. Tsuzuki turned to her.
“Anna,” he said. “We just have to know about your powers!” The woman looked confused.
“What are you talking about?” she asked. Hisoka stared dead on at her.
“You are familiar with your family history, aren’t you?” he asked.
“Vaguely,” Anna replied. “I have heard the stories growing up. I asked papa about them once, but he refused to tell me anything. Days before he died however, he briefly told me that we were witches and warlocks. I thought he was joking at first, but he drilled into my mind that it was true.” The Shinigami relaxed some. Good, she wasn’t completely in the dark. Nice start for them.
“Good to know!” Watari said. “Saves time from explaining everything.” Anna still looked confused.
“But why are we out here?” she asked. Tsuzuki braved himself for this part.
“We want to see where you stand with your powers,” he answered. Anna nodded a bit.
“Alright,” she said. “What do you need me to do?”
“Just step into the center,” Tsuzuki told her. “Watari is going to scan you.” Anna looked over at the other two Shinigami. She still wasn’t sure about this. Yet, the woman was interested.
“Okay,” she said. Anna stepped into the center. She turned to her waiting audience. This was just like the “game” she and Daisuke played all those years ago. What would happen this time? Watari got on his laptop and got to work.
Amazingly, it only took five minutes to scan Anna’s power.
“I’ve got it!” Watari announced. Anna looked up confused.
“Already?” she asked.
“What do you have?” Tsuzuki asked.
“Take a look,” he said. Everyone crowded around the scientist. A round red beating circle sat in the middle of a cool white background.
“What is that?” Anna asked.
“Your own powers,” Watari explained. “As you can see here, they are very active at the moment.”
“Can you tell us how strong they are?” Tsuzuki asked. His friend shook his head.
“Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get a full report,” he said. “Her powers are locked up tight!”
“Can’t you unlock them?” Hisoka asked. Watari shook his head again.
“The only one who can unlock Anna’s powers died ten years ago,” he replied. All of them went quiet.
“Daisuke!” the other two Shinigami said together. Watari nodded.
“But look at this!” he said. He clicked on a spot that was in the center-right and blew it up. The detail grew right away.
“See,” he said. Everyone watched it closely.
“Are those… cracks?” Hisoka asked.
“Yeah,” Watari said.
“What does that mean?” Tsuzuki asked.
“Her powers are trying to break through the sealing spell,” the scientist said. “They are trying to grow, but Daisuke’s spell is preventing them from doing so.”
“When will the shield break?” Tsuzuki asked. Watari shrugged.
“It’s hard to say,” he said. “It could break at any time.” All of them went silent. They all looked at the scan. They now had a time bomb to deal with along with increasing damage.
“Locked powers, huh?” Emiko asked as she watched the crew on the monitor. “Things just got a whole hell lot more exciting!”
“So what happens now?” Hotaru asked as she sat in her lap in their living room. Her girlfriend smiled and kissed her on the forehead.
“Well dearest,” the butch lesbian said. “We keep watching and move in when the occasion rises.” Hotaru giggled.
“Can’t wait!” she chirped. Her lover smiled again. They shared another morning kiss together. Ah, work and pleasure. Makes a good prelude to the piling storm Kimoto Haruka was releasing from Pandora’s corrupt bloody box. For now, came more hot kisses between the girls.