Dr. Yamashita tells Anna about his problem. Meanwhile, her third uncle finds her and tries to kill her.
Chapter Twenty-One: Nobu:
In the Kyoto Psychology Center’s waiting room a man in his fifties saw Anna with Dr. Yamashita. Hello opportunity! He quietly left the room. His brothers had to hear this.
Yasuo and Shichiro were having lunch on the Kyoto University Campus across the street when the man came over. He stopped in front of them, breathless. Shichiro looked him up and down.
“Nobu,” he addressed.
“Hey!” the youngest brother said.
“What brings you by?”
“I found her!”
“I found her! I found her! I found her! I found her! I found her!”
“Found who?” Yasuo demanded. Nobu stood up straight.
“I have found Anna.” The other two were silent.
Yasuo raised an eyebrow at him. “You sure?”
Nobu made a face at him. “Of course! I could since our kitsune inside of her!” Shichiro nodded as if in thought.
“So it is true. The kitsune is trying to escape Dai’s shield.”
Yasuo clapped his hands together. “I’m going to go kill her now!”
Shichiro shot a look at him. “Why do you always get the best kills?”
“Mama depends on me the most and I’m the oldest!” His brothers rolled their eyes.
“What?” Yasuo barked.
“My kitsune needs the work!” Shichiro shot back.
“Do you need the work or does your wife say you need it?” the older brother challenged.
“Leave Amaya-chan out of this!”
“Don’t!” Nobu cleared his throat. The other two looked up at the younger man. Nobu stood up straighter.
“Let me try and kill her,” he offered. The brothers tried to not to laugh.
“You?” Yasuo asked.
Nobu nodded. “Yes.”
“But you’re too gentle!”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“You’re too soft!”
“Plus, you couldn’t kill a baby if your soul depended on it!” Shichiro added. Nobu fought to keep down his anger.
“I can too!”
“Prove it!” Yasuo challenged.
Nobu looked around. “Now?”
“Yeah. Go out and kill the lamb now.”
Nobu fidgeted a bit. Now, he wished he hadn’t said anything. Too late for that. He nodded. “Okay!” Then, the old man hurried off. The other brothers watched him.
“He can’t do it,” Yasuo said.
“No,” Shichiro agreed.
Meanwhile, Anna walked into the city to pick up lunch with a full head. Dr. Yamashita dumped so much on her.
“What?” Anna asked, blinking.
Dr. Yamashita swallowed. “It’s kind of hard to explain…”
“Tell me what happened. How did you cause their death?”
Her former psychiatrist took in a deep breath. “Six weeks ago, a disturbed young woman came to see me. She was notorious at KU for drug use, suicide attempts, drinking, and sleeping around. She came for my help and I did so. However, her therapy wasn’t going anywhere. Last week, I terminated our sessions. This morning, they found her threes pregnant and dead in her dorm bathtub.”
Anna blinked. “She committed suicide. That’s not your fault.”
“Not with the Eda-Kimoto clan’s burns on her wrists!”
“What did you say?!?”
Dr. Yamashita looked down at his feet. “Now, everyone at the center and university thinks I sent her to be killed because I terminated her sessions.”
“So what do you want me to do?”
The doctor grabbed her shoulders. “Help me, Anna! I’m innocent! You know that! Everyone thinks I am supporting your family! I hate them as much as everyone in this country! Can’t you help me?”
Anna stood there in silence.
Now, she had an overloaded plate. Tsuzuki was depressed. Dr. Yamashita was in trouble. Her family wanted to kill her. Plus, her time was running out. Bad day was an understatement.
Then, she bumped into someone rushing by her. Anna paused and bowed quickly.
“Oh, I am so sorry!” she cried. “Are you hurt?” The person turned around.
“No, I’m good.” Nobu looked up and saw his niece. His whole face went aglow.
“Anna-chan, it’s you!” The woman shook her head and backed away.
“No,” she said. “You must have me confused with someone else!” Nobu didn’t listen.
“My niece!” he cried. “It’s really you!” Anna looked around for an escape. She shook her head again.
“Uh… I have to go now…”
“But my niece, it’s me, Nobu!” He grabbed her by the arm and held on tight. Anna tried to fight back, but her body went limp and numb. Nobu slowly let go. This spell was his favorite. So quick and painless. Anna would be dead in seconds. Nobu stood there and waited.
“/Any time now!/” he thought.
Dark indigo black. Anna opened her eyes and looked around.
“This again?” A feather-like wave began to sweep her away. She tried to go back to where she originally was standing. (If she was standing that is.) The harder she struggled, the heavier the pressure became. Yet, she didn’t stop or cave under.
“I don’t have time for this crap! Asato-kun needs me! I have to get out of here!” Anna began to feel a white hot light on her back. Oh, it was to go! Anna upped her own struggling against her uncle’s spell.
“I can’t die yet! Asato-kun, papa, Aunt Yumiko, and Aunt Kirika need me!” The woman kept fighting her forcing death.
Nobu was about to strangle his niece when something caught his eye.
“Huh?” he asked. Anna quickly came to and shoved him off. She didn’t even stick around long enough to see the results. She just took off running and didn’t stop until she made it back to the hotel.