As the boys of Ju-Oh-Cho and Anna worry about what happened to Tsuzuki over three days, Anna is whisked off by the girls to a party in downtown Tokyo.
Chapter Two: Downtown Party:
Game Board Set
In the course of three days, Tsuzuki had been acting strangely. Nobody at Ju-Oh-Cho had seen him at work. His apartment hadn’t been lived in since the morning of the tenth. Nobody knew where he went.
“Has he called you?” they all asked Hisoka.
“No,” he told them. Why would he? Maybe he’s with Anna?
On day three, Anna sat in her room studying her notes when her phone rang.
“Hello?” she asked.
“Hey,” Hisoka said on the other line.
“Hisoka?” the woman asked. “What’s on your mind?”
“You seen Tsuzuki anywhere?” he asked.
Anna paused for a second. “Come to think about it, no, I haven’t seen him.”
“Any phone calls from him?”
“No. Why? What’s wrong?”
“What’s the matter? What happened to Asato?” Hisoka hung up the phone. Anna frowned as her heart sank. /Asato-kun…/, she thought. The woman dialed her fiancée’s phone. Anna waited as the other line rang.
“Hey, I’m not in right now. Please leave a message after the beep,” his voice mail said. Anna’s worry deepened.
“Hey, Asato-kun, it’s me,” she said. “Your coworkers are worried about you. Please call me back.” Anna hung up the phone. Suddenly, there came a knock on her door. The woman glanced over at the sound.
“Yeah?” she asked.
“Hey Barbie!” a woman yelled from the hallway. Anna quickly sat up in her chair.
“Lucy?” she asked. The Goth slid open the door. Anna blinked at her.
“What do you want?” she asked.
“We’re going out tonight,” Lucy replied.
“Midge insisted that you come along with us.”
Anna turned to her, blinking. “What?!?”
“That’s right. Now get off your ass, get dressed, and come on,” Lucy ordered. Anna pouted.
“Willow knows I don’t party,” she complained. The woman turned to Lucy.
“Do I have to?” she complained.
“Yes, now get up!” the Goth said. Anna puffed up her cheeks.
“Fine, fine,” she complained. “I’ll do it.” Lucy folded her arms across her chest.
“I’ll stand right here as you do so,” she said.
“Sheesh!” Anna sighed. She walked over to the closet to get her clothes.
“Ease up!” she said.
“No,” Lucy said. Anna sighed as she dropped her shoulders.
“Jeez,” she mumbled to herself.
In thirty minutes, the girls were out the door. Anna stood in the doorway feeling awkward. Rihoko, Emiko, Hotaru, Willow, and Stella all smiled at her.
“Oh!!! You look so cute!” Willow squealed. Anna looked down at herself. Black jeans and a light blue Cheongsam shirt, not exactly her choice in clothes. But Lucy kept pushing her. So, here she was.
“Yeah…” Anna mumbled to herself. Lucy gave her a hard pat on the back.
“She could do better,” she said. Anna gave her a cross glance.
How?/, she thought. /By dressing like a whore? Uh… no. I will pass. It’s too cold for that. Willow clapped her hands together.
“Right!” she said. “Let’s go!” The girls headed into the city. Anna glanced over at Rihoko the whole time. She too wasn’t keen on this party tonight. Anna turned back to the party animals.
“Why are we out here?” she asked.
“Cause, good for you!” Emiko answered. “You and Rihoko just sit around in that house all day.”
“I have school,” the busty young mother protested.
“Well not right now,” Hotaru pointed out. “You’ll be on break in a couple of days.” Rihoko nodded a bit.
“True, but…” she started to say.
“Where are we going?” Anna asked. Willow turned to her with a grin.
“Kitty Cherry Splash!” she bragged. Sweat drop on Anna’s head*
“Kitty what?” she asked.
“I found it myself,” Willow replied.
“I see,” Anna said as she forced herself to smile. Oh boy…
Kitty Cherry Splash looked like Hello Kitty’s dream house on speed. Pink and glitter nearly blinded the girls. Kazue, Lucy, and Stella sneered at the building.
“This is Kitty Cherry Splash?” Stella asked. Willow grinned at her.
“Found it myself!” she said. “Like it?” The other woman stayed quiet. Willow clapped her hands again.
“Right! Let’s go!” she said. The American woman headed inside. The other women followed inside reluctantly. The inside looked worse.
Pink and glitter times ten in here. Jpop music pounded inside the pink December air. The waitresses look like kitty girls. Same thing went to the guys. The woman looked on with strange looks. Willow turned to them smiling.
“Enjoy!” she cheered. Then, she disappeared into the crowd. Rihoko leaned over to Anna.
“You’ve got a weird friend,” she whispered.
“Yeah,” Anna said as she nodded. Most of the girls into the girly party vibe. Most of them did. Anna sat at the bar with her drink. Her mind wandered off with the music.
Why am I here?/, she thought. /I don’t party. Willow knows that. Anna never partied in college. She studied in her dorm and went to Photography club every week. Anna even stayed in on her birthday. So much so that the club had to kidnap her out for the twenty-first birthday. Anna shook her head at that night.
Then, her mind wandered off to Tsuzuki. She checked her phone. No new messages. No phone calls, hasn’t shown up for work, not stopped by his apartment or Kimoto Manor. He would at least call her back. Right then, Anna shared the boys’ concern.
“Hey Anna,” someone said. The woman looked up. Rihoko leaned in close to her face, smiling.
“What’s on your mind?” she asked. Anna shook her head.
“This isn’t my type of place,” she said with a sigh. Rihoko took a seat next to her.
“I know what you mean,” she said. Her roommate nodded. The nerdy woman noticed her phone.
“Expecting a call?” she asked. Anna looked up.
“Huh? Oh. Sort of,” she said. The woman turned back to her drink. She breathed out and lowered her shoulders. Anna turned back to her roommate.
“You know what?” she said. “I’m going home. I’m just going to take a shower and go to bed.” Rihoko looked at her.
“Okay…” she said. Anna paid for her drink, got up, and left. The busty mama gave her a little wave.
“Okay… bye…” she said. And Anna was gone.