Tsuzuki breaks the news to Anna. Anna decides to take control of the situation and fight back.
Chapter Twenty-Five: Hi-Chew:
A single ray in the dawn,
The bliss of our love
No sun shines there, no
Moon, no stars, no lightning flash,
Not even lamplight.
All things are incandescent
With love which lights up all the world.
--“VIII” from The Love Poems of Marichiko by Kenneth Rexroth 1978
Tsuzuki looked tense for the rest of the day. The secret was now out. He was going to be in serious trouble if he didn’t comply with Tatsumi’s demands. Tsuzuki buried his head in his hands.
“Oh god,” he mumbled. It was supposed to go down like this. Now they had to do the damage control. Tsuzuki sighed. He wasn’t the only one hurting.
Hisoka hadn’t said a word since this morning. The older Shinigami couldn’t bring himself to look at the boy. He had no idea that Hisoka… felt that way about him. Tsuzuki never saw the signs. But now…
Tsuzuki tightly shut his eyes. One problem at a time here. The Shinigami lifted his head. “/Right,/” he thought. First thing is first. Tsuzuki picked up his phone and dialed Anna’s number. He waited as for the phone to ring on the other line.
“Come on,” he mumbled. “Pick up!” The phone rang a few seconds more.
“Hello?” a voice asked. Tsuzuki relaxed.
“Oh good, Anna!” he said. “You’re there.”
“What’s going on?” his beloved asked. Tsuzuki paused and swallowed some. He looked around the office. Hisoka had left the room. Tsuzuki breathed out a little bit, but he knew that he wasn’t in the clear. He slipped under the desk and hid.
“We got a problem,” the Shinigami whispered.
“Why?” Anna asked. “What’s wrong?” Tsuzuki paused and swallowed again.
“Our secret is out,” he whispered. Silence on the phone.
“What?” his beloved asked. “How?” Tsuzuki frowned as he prepared to tell her the worst.
“That bounty hunter told on us to Tatsumi,” he said. “And…”
“Go on,” Anna said. Her lover took a moment to spill it out.
“He’s given us three days to break up,” he whispered. Silence on the other line. The Shinigami began to fear the worst. “/Please don’t be angry with me,/” he thought. To his surprise, Anna didn’t get angry.
“Oh,” she almost mumbled on the other line. Silence.
“What should we do?” the woman asked. Tsuzuki closed his mouth for a long moment. Okay, he told her everything. What next? He hadn’t planned that far. Oh… Tsuzuki bit his lip as he looked around from under the deck. No one in sight still. But, instinct told him to wrap up the phone call right now. He looked back at the phone.
“Look Anna-chan,” Tsuzuki whispered. “We’ll talk about this tonight, okay?”
“Okay,” his girl said back. “I’ll see you tonight. I love you.”
“Love you,” Tsuzuki said back. They hung up. The Shinigami crawled out from under the desk and went back to work. Or least tried to.
Anna lied back on her futon back at Kimoto Manor. She held the phone to her chest. Was the end here already? Anna tightly shut her eyes. Her grip tightened around the receiver.
“/Is this how it’s going to be in my life?/” she thought. “/People get so close to me and end up leaving me? Will Asato-kun be like Papa in the end?/” Anna’s hand closed tighter around the phone. She clinched her teeth and other fist.
“/No!/” she thought. “/Not this time! I’m tired of isolating myself! We’ve gotten too close to end it now!/” Anna ripped open her eyes. She sat up on her futon. Her heart raced as she mentally prepared for a battle. It took ten years for her to finally start to heal. Stopping would not do.
“/Okay then,/” she thought. "/I will fight./” They just had to talk about what to do next tonight.
Until then, Anna tried to find something to do. She breathed out some. “/Right,/” the woman thought. She got off the futon and went over to her laptop. Time to do more random research.