Anna breaks down and told Anna about the storm brewing on the surface. Meanwhile, Asmodeus is plotting to severe Anzuki's relationship.
Chapter Fifteen: Narcolepsy:
It was just like when her friends coaxed her out of the water. Anna sat in her room in a daze the whole day. Tsuzuki watched her from the doorway. He hated her like this. Her pain made her untouchable. He didn’t know how to help her. Tsuzuki was about to speak when Hisoka touched his shoulder. His partner looked up at him. The boy shook his head. Tsuzuki pouted at him.
“Let her be,” Hisoka whispered. The older Shinigami opened his mouth to speak.
“But…” he tried to say.
“Let her be,” his partner said again. “She’ll talk when she’s ready.” Tsuzuki only stared at him. He reluctantly lowered his head. Hisoka gave him a kind smile.
“Come on,” he said. “We have work to do.” Both boys walked away.
She heard them from inside. Anna was there, but distant. That monster found her again. Her mind kept playing that night over and over again in her head. Asmodeus meant to have her. He let her go this time. Next time…
“/I don’t want to tell Asato-kun about this,/” Anna thought. “/But, he has to know. What if Asmodeus decides…/”
Anna shook her head. “/No! I don’t know what I’d so if anything happened to Asato-kun!/” She huddled her knees to her chest tighter.
Hours later, the door slid open. Tsuzuki peeked around inside.
“Anna-chan,” he whispered. “You here?” No answer. Tsuzuki carefully walked inside.
“I brought you some tea.” No answer. He found her near the door. She still looked out of it. Her lover sat down next to her.
“How are you?” No answer. Tsuzuki looked into the darkness.
“If you want to talk about it, I’m right here. Okay?” No answer. Tsuzuki took in a breath and got up to leave.
“I saw a murder six years ago,” Anna spoke up. Tsuzuki paused in his tracks. He glanced over at her. “Sorry.”
Anna stared at her tea with blank eyes. “Back in ’04, I was at a party at Clare’s beach house. I couldn’t sleep that night. So, I wandered out to the beach.” It hurt to say it, but it had to come out.
“I saw this man rape, eat, and kill an angel. I wanted to run, but my legs wouldn’t move. Finally, he saw me. I really panicked then. I thought I was going to die.”
“Listen, you don’t have to say anything else.”
“No! I have to say it!”
Tsuzuki held back a bit. “Drink up some first.”
Anna nodded and took a sip. She kept her eyes to the floor.
“He came up to me and kissed my hand. Then, he said in my head, ‘I will devour you the next time we meet. But tonight, I will let you go.’”
She took another sip. “And last night, he tracked me down. Asmodeus had thrown me into his vile game. And… And I don’t want you dragged into my mess!”
Her thoughts broke with a light shush. Anna looked up to see Tsuzuki’s face inches from her. He lightly shushed her again.
“It’ll be okay.”
Anna stared at him quietly. “But…”
He shushed her again. “I won’t let anyone hurt!”
“But… he’s not like my family! Asmodeus is more than a monster! He’s…”
Tsuzuki shushed her again. “We will be okay.”
“We will be okay. Say that to me.” Silence.
Anna stared deep into eyes. She gulped softly.
“We will be okay.” Tsuzuki kissed her on the forehead and caressed her face. The numb feeling began to ebb within Anna.
Outside, Asmodeus had been watching them from outside. But, anger wasn’t on his mind. In fact, he was plotting to use this relationship to own advantage in his game to ravish the witch.
“/I will wither their love!/” he thought with a smirk as he vanished into the thin night air.