Anna comes to Nagasaki to see Tsuzuki. While out for dinner, she goes to Kiko's and Jun tries to hit on her.
Chapter Thirteen: You Were Born to Bare a Heavy Load:
Nagasaki. Anna looked around the busy noon city. She glanced at her surroundings. /This is where Asato and Hisoka work, huh?/, she thought. Her trip came as a short notice. Poorly planned too. Anna just dropped off the box with Emiko, went home, packed up her things, and headed out to the train station. But, she was quick to reason with herself.
This is just a surprise visit/, she told herself repeatedly. /I am only here to see Asato-kun for one night and then maybe I’ll leave by this afternoon. Anna looked at the town clock. /Still noon/, she thought. The woman weighted her options. Tsuzuki and Hisoka were still in school. Anna breathed out.
Okay/, she thought. /Gives me time to check in and study Papa’s notes. Anna picked up her luggage and began heading out.
She checked into a nice hotel under the alias of Niwa Midori. Anna got a nice room over-looking the city. Once settled, she looked at her phone.
/Should I call Asato-kun and tell him I’m here?/, she thought. Her eyes stayed fixed on the number. One little button. One little button to strike up a conversation. So easy.
Anna closed her phone in the end. /I’m supposed to surprise him/, she thought. Calling him would give it away. The woman put up her phone.
“I should study those notes,” Anna said to herself. The woman turned to her bag and pulled the notes out. She lied back on the bed and started reading.
Around dinner time, Anna looked at her phone. Hm/, she thought. /What do I want to eat? Room service or go out? Both seemed tempting.
Nagasaki evening air. Anna took it in with each step. /So different from Tokyo air/, she thought. Tonight was a sushi night. Anna looked around for a cheap sushi place. She found a small place near her hotel. Anna sat by the window and ate her dinner. As she shoved trout into her mouth, she noticed something outside across the street.
“Hey,” Anna spoke up. The guy behind the counter looked over at her.
“Hm?” he asked.
“What is that over there?” the woman asked. The man looked and saw Kiko’s across the street.
“Oh that?” he asked. “That’s just Kiko’s.”
“What is it?”
“It’s just a student bar.”
“A student bar?”
“A juice bar for the students in the city.”
Anna nodded a bit. “I see.”
The man chuckled a bit. “Don’t tell me you want to go.”
Anna turned to him with a smirk. “You know, I just might.”
The man shrugged at her. “Nothing. It’s all you.”
Anna bowed her head. “Thank you.” Then, she paid her tab and headed out the door.
This was a sudden change. Loud dance music pounded to her ears. Anna covered them as she observed her surroundings. This place looked like a college bar. Anna frowned. Just like California/, she thought. /Too much like it. She made her way over to the bar. The bar tender gave her an odd look.
“Aren’t little too old to be here?” he asked.
Anna tried to make herself smile. True… She did feel out of place here. Just like she did in any bar in San Diego. She shook her head.
“Nah, I’m just checking things out,” she said.
“Ah,” he said. “Care for a drink?”
Anna thought about that for a moment. “What do you have?”
“What kind of juice?”
“Apple, mango splash, tomato, sparkling apple, ginger, and the special: wild berry.”
“I’ll take a sparkling apple, please.”
“Coming up.” The bar tender got right to work. Anna looked around her. So many high school students everywhere. She felt really old now. Anna shut her eyes and shook her head.
/ Why am I here?/, she thought. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now…
Suddenly, Anna noticed someone sitting next to her. The woman looked and saw a skinny kid with big glasses, staring at her. She blinked at him.
“Well hello,” Anna said. “Can I help you?” The boy gave her an excited smile.
“You look nice,” he said.
“Thank you…” she said, softly and awkwardly.
“You doing anything later?” the boy asked. Anna’s eyes shifted a bit.
“Why?” she asked. The boy looked behind him, turned back to his target, and grabbed her hands.
“Date me!” he pleaded. “I think you’re hot.” Anna looked confused.
“Wait! Are you hitting on me?” she asked. The boy’s face turned bright red.
“Yeah… uh… no… uh… kind of… I don’t know!” he stammered out. The boy lowered his head in disappointment. Anna chuckled at him.
“I’m too old for you and I already have a boyfriend,” she replied in an attempt to let him down easily. The boy lowered his head again.
“Figures,” he mumbled. “You wouldn’t go out with someone like me. I can’t get a date if my life depended on it.” Anna looked at him in pity.
“Don’t say that,” she said. The boy shook his head.
"Oh god,” he mumbled. “This was so stupid of me.” The boy looked up at Anna.
“I can never get the girl I want,” he said. Anna gave him an odd look.
“What do you mean?” she asked.
“I’ve had a crush on this girl ever since I was twelve,” he said. “She never notices me though. She’s one of those popular kids in my school. She’s smart, beautiful, and really nice. Almost like you.”
“She’s here tonight, with a date.”
Anna looked around the bar. “Where?”
He pointed further down the bar. Anna looked and saw Sayako with another senior boy. She was laughing and enjoying herself over their drinks. He kissed Sayako on the neck and she giggled again. Anna looked back at the boy with her. He softly sighed to himself.
“She is so pretty,” he murmured. The woman blinked at him.
“Okay…” she said. “Then why hit on me if you like her so much?”
The boy shrugged at her. “I don’t know. Trying to make her jealous or something. Pretty dumb, I know.” Anna looked on it pity.
“What is your name?” she asked.
“Jun,” the boy said. “Fukuda Jun.” The woman smiled at him.
“Midori,” Anna lied. “I’m Niwa Midori.” Jun took another sip of his drink. Anna gave him a little smile. /This boy needs a little guidance in love/, she thought.
She could stay in Nagasaki a little bit longer…