A nice little filler about Emiko, Hotaru, and their strained relationship.
Chapter Twenty-Two: Because I Do:
Evening on the same day…
Hotaru closed the front door behind her. She looked around the dark living room. "Up waiting for me again, Emiko?" she asked. The butch demon stared at her.
"Not long," she said. Hotaru stared back at her.
"You didn't have to," she said.
"I wanted to."
"I miss you."
Hotaru gave her a puzzled look. "I'm still here."
Emiko shook her head. "We don't talk much anymore."
"We're talking right now."
"That's not what I mean."
Hotaru blinked at her. "Oh…"
Emiko sighed. "I just miss you." Her girlfriend joined her on the couch. She rubbed her on the shoulder.
"Aw, what's wrong?" Hotaru asked with a little pout.
Her girlfriend shook her head. "We're not as close as we once were."
"We don't talk like we used to."
"Aren't we talking now?"
"The only time is when we're translating Daisuke's notes."
Hotaru shrugged her shoulders. "Ah."
Emiko turned to her. "Are you seeing someone else?"
"Are you unhappy?"
"Is it my fault?"
"What are you talking about? Where is this coming from?" Hotaru asked with an eyebrow raised. Emiko shook her head at first. She kissed her girl on the lips. Hotaru sat there and took it. Her girl slowly pulled away.
"We don't even sleep together anymore," Emiko said in a low voice.
"Well if that's the problem, then…"
Emiko held up her hand. "It's not that."
Hotaru blinked. "Then… what is it?"
Her girlfriend grabbed her by the hands. "I miss you!"
"I'm right here."
"No, I really miss you!"
"Okay…" Hotaru said, uneasily.
"I really miss you!"
The loli demon still didn’t see the whole picture. "Okay, but why?"
"Because I do," the butch demon answered. Hotaru went quiet from there. So that's it. Hm, I have to fix this somehow. The loli demon came up with an idea.
"Hey, you want to go to a party Saturday?"
Emiko looked up at her. "You mean Tsuzuki and Anna's party?"
The butch demon nodded before Hotaru hugged her gently. It wasn't much, but it would have to do for now. Emiko-sama…