Chapter Twenty-Six: It’s Just for Us:
"I saw my aunts for the first time."
Tsuzuki lightly stroked her cheek with his fingertip. "Where?"
"Between Chijou and Meifu. They're trapped there."
"Shhh! Keep your voice down, okay?"
"Just keep your voice down."
Tsuzuki nuzzled her neck. "Very good."
Anna glanced at her fiancé. "I finally met my kitsune."
He stared at her with big, silent eyes. "You… what?"
"Yeah, she got me back here. She even told me her real name."
"And what is that?" he asked. Anna leaned in close and whispered it into his ear.
Tsuzuki gave her an odd look."That's it?"
"Yeah," she said, nodding. He opened his mouth to speak, but she gently covered his mouth.
"Eint! Don't repeat it; it's a secret."
He blinked at her. "But why tell me?"
She smiled and gave him a little giggle. "Because, you're going to be family now."
"Oh, it's a family secret?"
"Yes." She gently ran her finger down his chest.
He kissed her on the forehead. "I love you."
"I love you, too." She looked at him with serious expression. "But what will we do about the others?"
He looked at her. "What do you mean?"
"When will we tell them about our engagement?"
"Dunno. When do you want to tell them?"
"I don't know; they're your co-workers."
She lightly held his hand. "We'll work something out."
"We'll think of something." She leaned in close to him. "Hey, we just survived a month of mess; this will be nothing."
"This is true."
She looked him in the eye. "Don't forget our words."
He smiled at her. "We will be okay."
"Yes, yes. We will."
October 30th, 2009.
Tsuzuki carried Anna on his back to the lobby. The other shinigami looked up and saw them.
"What's going on?" Watari asked.
Tsuzuki smiled. "We're checking out," he said.
"You sure that's okay?" Wakaba asked.
"Yeah," Anna said. "They just cleared me." The others said nothing as she nuzzled her fiancé’s neck. Tsuzuki chuckled.
"Hey, stop," he said. "That tickles." The man turned to his friends.
"Oh yeah, I learned a little more about the kitsune," he said. That sure caught everyone's attention.
"You did?" Tatsumi asked.
"Yes," Tsuzuki said with a nod. "Her name."
"Her name?" Konoe questioned him.
"Yeah, her real name," the older shinigami repeated.
"Well, what is it?" Watari asked. Tsuzuki shook his head.
"Sorry," he said. "I am not inclined to give you that information." Anna nuzzled his neck. Tsuzuki chuckled again.
"Is that right, Anna-chan?" he whispered.
"Mmm," she murmured. The pair headed out of the hospital. Everyone stared at them, blinking. Okay… What just happened?
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