Anna and Tsuzuki go downtown to shop for some things that Anna needs. On this trip, they run into Emiko, Hotaru, and Mike and learn the startling truth about them.
Chapter Thirteen: Lady Devils:
January 3rd, 1987. Today was the day. She had plotted this for years now! The “innocents” in Hell, as she called them, had suffered too long. Homosexuals, suicide victims, benign non-Christian worshippers, people who fell in love with the wrong people, and the non-baptized didn’t deserve to be in Hell in her eyes. Plus, Lucifer was a douche bag. All the more reason to start a revolution in Hell. It would be rough, but she made a promise before she died.
She looked around at her troops. All of the innocents were here. Perfect! Now to begin the revolt.
“My brothers and sisters!” she announced. “Today is the day we fight for our freedom and overthrow that evil bastard holding us hostage here! We shall never back down! Give it your all and remember why we are fighting today!”
“Yeah!!!” the innocents yelled.
“Let’s do this!!!” she screamed.
“Yeah!!!” they yelled. And the revolution began. Too bad it didn’t play in their favor. Lucifer and his forces overpowered the innocent. She and three others were exiled to the Living Realm. Some of the innocent army was executed. The other hid in fear. Lost pipe dream? Keep dreaming! She is still plotting for a revolt in Hell, even when living among the humans.
May 2009. Anna and Tsuzuki were downtown today. The woman needed a few things. She even had a list armed with her. Tsuzuki came along to keep watch over her. Tsuzuki came along to keep watch over her.
“So why can’t you use Rihoko’s things along with the things you brought with you to Japan?” he asked out curiosity.
“I’m running low on things in my backpack,” Anna reasoned. “I don’t want to feel like I’m using Rihoko and her daughter. So, I have to get a few things I need for myself. Besides, Riho’s breasts are at least an E-cup, so her bras and shirts wouldn’t fit me anyway!” Tsuzuki thought about that for a moment.
“Good point,” he said at last. “So what do you need?” Anna looked at her list.
“Clothes, soap, towels, sheets, meds, diffusers, printer paper, face wash, tea, toiletries, and a gift for Seita,” she read to him. The Shinigami looked confused.
“Seita?” he asked.
“The thief that tried to rob the manor last night,” she said.
“You still have him there?” Tsuzuki asked.
“Why?” Anna shrugged.
“Felt like it. I have observed him; he’s just a kid who lost his way. So, he’s my little project to help reform him,” she said.
“How?” the Shinigami asked.
“Showing him love and care,” the woman replied. “Judging by what he told me, Seita has never really known love. So, I’m going to give it to him. And I won’t quit on him either! I’m going to keep trying until I get through!”
“Can you even trust him?” Tsuzuki asked. “How can you be sure he won’t run off?”
“I asked Yoko-chan to keep watch over my little pal while we were out and Rihoko was studying for an exam. Plus…” Anna answered. She reached into the bag she borrowed from the Todai student and pulled out Seita’s muddy sneakers. The Shinigami looked stunned.
“You took his shoes?” he asked.
“Yep,” Anna said. “Can’t get far without these, now can he? Plus, he can’t phone the police and tell them what’s going on without incriminating himself, can he?”
“You’ve thought this through, haven’t you?” the Shinigami asked. He gal pal nodded.
“Have to for my project!” she said. Tsuzuki nodded. Anna was proving to be a complex woman. Made him want to learn more about her feverishly. Maybe later, though.
The shopping began right away. Anna got what she needed almost immediately. She used that name Niwa Midori, of course. Tsuzuki watched Anna operate. She told him how she would run this whole thing today.
“I worked out how to use the whole Niwa Midori thing,” the woman explained as they came to the first store. “I gave her a little back-story. Midori is twenty-six. Graduated from Todai in 2004 with a Communications major and a Psychology minor. She worked for a small interpreter company, Heiwa, but due to the poor economy, it went under. Midori is also single and lives alone.” Anna turned to Tsuzuki.
“How is that?” she asked. The Shinigami blinked for a moment.
“Wow!” he said. Anna smiled and nodded.
“Took me a while, but I can do it!” she said confidentially. “It’s like role-playing.” Tsuzuki nodded. She had a point. Clever woman, this Kimoto Anna was. Shopping went nicely in the end. Anna put on a show worthy of an Oscar with her Niwa Midori part.
“Want lunch?” Anna asked Tsuzuki when they were finished shopping. “My treat.” The Shinigami’s eyes lit up brightly.
“Really? You mean it?” he asked happily. The woman nodded.
“You’ve been so good and not complaining today,” she reasoned. “Any place of your choice, let’s go.” Tsuzuki grinned. He liked the sound of that one. They went to a small burger place. Anna paid for lunch as promised. Tsuzuki nearly forget that his was working today.
A few tables over, Emiko, Hotaru, and Mike were spying on the pair. Emiko’s idea to go out today. Hotaru and Mike were just happy to get out of the house today. The trio had been following them all day. They took notes of Tsuzuki and Anna’s every move.
“Anything yet?” Mike whispered.
“Nope,” Emiko said. He sighed and rolled his eyes. The girls looked at their roommate.
“What’s wrong?” Hotaru asked.
“That’s what it’s been for the past five days,” Mike complained. “Nothing! I say we drop this surveillance now! We aren’t going to get anything by this point!”
“Can’t!” Emiko argued.
“And why not?!?” the man snapped.
“I’m still not satisfied on trusting her yet!” the leader hissed.
“Oh like your revolution in Hell?” he hissed. Emiko became pissed and hit him in the face.
“Bitch!” Mike hissed. Hotaru looked out at Tsuzuki and Anna. Her face went pale.
“Guys,” she whimpered. “They see us!” The other two frozen and looked up. Tsuzuki stared, or rather, glared at the trio. They got really nervous.
‘What now?” Mike asked. Emiko smirked.
“Expose ourselves,” she said. The other two looked on shocked.
“What?!?” they asked.
“Not too much though,” she went on. “Not the surveillance!”
“They’re coming this way!” Hotaru exclaimed. The other two looked up again. Tsuzuki and Anna were walking over to them. Emiko straightened up some.
“Just act normal!” she whispered. The three of them did so. The pair approached them. Emiko slowly looked up.
“Oh, hi guys!” she said, smiling.
“Have you been following us all of this time?” Tsuzuki asked bluntly. Emiko smirked.
“Yes, we have!” she announced. Silence for a moment. Okay, Tsuzuki hadn’t expected this. Maybe, a lie or two. But not the blunt truth.
“Why?” Anna asked. Emiko grinned fox-like at her.
“Not here,” she said in a low voice. “Follow us.” Emiko got up from the table and began to leave. Hotaru and Mike followed behind. Tsuzuki and Anna looked at each other for a moment.
“Should we trust them?” Anna asked. “They could be plotting something, after all.” The Shinigami shrugged.
“Do we have any other choice to find out, right now?” he asked. The woman shook her head.
“Guess not,” she said. They followed behind the trio with caution. The five of them came to the park. Emiko and her roommates turned to the pair. Anna and Tsuzuki waited.
“Well?” Anna asked. “Talk to us!” Emiko turned to her roommates smirking.
“Well guys,” she said. “Should we them or tell them?” The other two grinned at them.
“Show them!” Mike announced. “And then tell them!”
“Oh yeah!” Hotaru agreed. Tsuzuki moved in front of Anna to protect her. The trio shut their eyes and began chanting. A heavy wind blew all around all five of them. Anna clung tightly to Tsuzuki. The trio began to transform. In thirty seconds, they turned into black, ugly, monster-like creatures. Pretty scary-looking too! Tsuzuki and Anna looked on in shock. Emiko, who looked like a cross between a dog and a bear, stepped forward.
“Yes,” she said. “We are demons!” The pair stared on in silent shock. Secret’s out now!
In a few minutes, everything died down a bit. The trio went back to their human forms. Tsuzuki stayed close to Anna out of distrust of them to her. Emiko noticed his bitterness and became offended.
“Oh, so you hate us because we’re demons, now?” she snapped. Tsuzuki didn’t answer. He only glared at the demon woman. That made things even worse.
“Well that’s just peachy!” Emiko snapped. “He hates us because we’re demons! If her hated Hotaru-chan and I because we were lesbians, that would be one thing. But, no! He hates us all because we’re demons! Bastard! A Shinigami that hates us because we are demons from Hell! That’s just bullshit!”
“And what am I supposed to think?” the Shinigami asked.
“We’re not evil!” Emiko argued.
“Why should we believe you?” Anna asked. The butch lesbian sighed.
“Because,” she said. “We were exiled here among the living from Hell!” Tsuzuki and Anna became confused.
“Why?” they asked. Emiko sighed again.
“Want the long version or the short version?” she asked.
“Short!” they all said.
“Fine,” she said. “In ’87, I decided to overthrow Hell to free some innocent souls. Needless to say, it failed and Mike, Hotaru-chan, and I were exiled here. The end!” A moment of silence. She sneered at her audience.
“There, I told the truth!” Emiko snapped. “Happy now?” Silence. Tsuzuki blinked.
“Why?” he asked.
“Why what?” Emiko asked.
“Why revolt?” the Shinigami questioned. “I mean, what’s the point?” Emiko’s face softened some as she looked down at her feet.
“I made a promise to someone years ago…” she mumbled. The demon looked up right away. “That’s all I’m going to say!” she said. “Happy now?” Still silence. Emiko breathed out. There, she told the truth. Well, almost all of it. She didn’t know if Anna was innocent or not. Back to the surveillance…