Anna and Tsuzuki check out of the hotel. Anna realized that she has to end this episode of infection by confronting the root.
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Hypnos:
Tsuzuki awoke the next morning and let his eyes search the dim room. He found Anna standing in front of the mirror. She had her back to him. The woman was dressed in a short blue skirt with a hot pink tank top. Anna was sliding on a see-through matching blouse over her top. Tsuzuki watched on in silence. Anna grabbed her hair and put it up in a ponytail. Her boyfriend sat up in bed. Anna paused and turned around when she heard the sheets shuffle. Tsuzuki locked eyes with her. His girlfriend gave him a little smile.
“Good morning,” she whispered. Tsuzuki only blinked at her. He suddenly began to remember last night. His eyes widened really fast.
“You…” Tsuzuki began to say. Anna gently put her finger to his lips. His eyes looked at her wrist and then met with her eyes. She gave him a gentle smile.
“Shhh,” she whispered. “I know. There’s no reason to repeat it. Just keep it in here.” The woman put her hand to his chest. Tsuzuki closed his mouth. Anna smiled and panted him on the shoulder.
“Now, get dressed,” she said. “We’re checking out today.” Her boyfriend blinked at her.
“Why?” he asked.
“Because,” she said. "You have to work, remember?” It took him a moment to get it. He chuckled when he did.
“Oh, that’s right!” the man said. Sweat drop on Tsuzuki’s head Anna’s eyes lit up brightly.
“Wow,” she said. “That’s the first time I heard you laugh in days.” Tsuzuki slowly smiled.
“Yean, I guess so,” he said. Anna stood up straight.
“Now get up and get dressed!” she said. “We have to go. Your clothes are in the bathroom.” Tsuzuki only nodded.
“Oh yeah,” he said softly. The Shinigami got out of bed and walked into the bathroom. Anna sat down on the bed and waited. He’s starting to feel better again. He only recovered from this episode. She and him still had a long road of recovery ahead of them. But first, there were two urgent problems to handle first. One being Dr. Yamashita. The other, of course, was Asmodeus.
Anna grabbed the sheets she sat under. Fire burned in her head. Asmodeus must pay for the infection he planted between the lovers. She would be the one to exact revenge. She would have to do it alone. Alone. The last thing Anna wanted was to drag Tsuzuki deeper into her problems. He shouldn’t have to suffer anymore. But what about her?
Anna breathed in heavily. Fear or not, she had to fix this. She tried to swallow the lump in her throat.
“You okay, Anna-chan?” someone asked behind her. The woman came out of her thoughts and looked forward. Tsuzuki stood in the bathroom door, fully clothed. He kept his eyes trained on her. Anna quickly shook her head.
“Yes, yes, I’m fine,” she lied. Tsuzuki didn’t buy it, of course. He kept it to himself, though.
“Ready to go?” he asked. Anna smiled as she nodded.
“Yep,” she said. Then, Anna stood up, gathered up their things, and headed out the door. Tsuzuki followed behind. The woman checked them out and paid the bill. Tsuzuki turned to Anna once they got outside.
“We’re not going back right away, are we?” he asked. Anna pressed her lips together smiling as she shook her head.
“Nah,” she said.
“Okay…” her boyfriend said. “So where are we going?” Anna shrugged.
“Just walking around the city,” she said.
“That’s it?” Tsuzuki asked.
“Yeah,” she replied. Her boyfriend went quiet for a moment. He nodded at last. Anna only kept her smile.
“Come on!” she pressed. “It’ll be fun!” Tsuzuki only smiled and nodded. They spent the morning walking through the streets of Kyoto. Neither one spoke. Didn’t feel like it. Tsuzuki took in the scent of Anna’s hair. A sense of calm came over him. She wasn’t scared to die anymore. Anna just wanted justice for her father and aunts’ deaths. No, that was a side note. So why was she still with him? Love and trust? Tsuzuki had to ask. He turned to his beloved.
“Anna-chan,” he spoke up. His girlfriend glanced at him.
“Hm?” she asked. The Shinigami paused to form the question in his head. He took in a breath.
“Why didn’t you leave me?” he asked. “I killed many people and I might end up killing you.” Anna paused in her tracks. Tsuzuki stared at her back. She didn’t turn around.
“No, you won’t,” Anna murmured. The Shinigami blinked.
“How do you know that?”
“I don’t.” She turned around to him.
“I’m just going to trust you not to.”
Tsuzuki raised an eyebrow at her. “Just like that?” Anna gave him a little smirk.
“Yes, yes. I do love you after all, silly!”
Tsuzuki couldn’t help but to smile. There it was. Nothing but trust and love. She patted him on the arm.
“Now come on,” Anna said. “We still have time to kill before we go back to the others.” Anna hurried through the park. Her boyfriend only smiled as her skirt bounced with her movements.
“/Right,/” Tsuzuki thought. Then, he followed behind her.