Emiko tries to make nice with Hotaru.
Chapter Fourteen: Valentine Ghost:
August 14th, 1960.
“Tell me about yourself,” Emiko said. Sumire took a moment to think.
“Well, I died in the Kobe fire bombing,” she said. The butch demon paused over her soy sauce coated rice.
“You were?” she asked. Sumire nodded.
“Yeah,” she said. “I was visiting my grandmother at the time. I didn’t even see it coming. I remember a flash and boom.” She threw up her hands for emphasis.
“Everything was gone,” Sumire added in a quiet voice. “All I saw was the foundations of buildings.” Emiko ate quietly.
“Wow,” she murmured. “That really is Hell.” Sumire tired to make herself smile again.
“What about you?” she asked. Emiko smiled back at her.
“Well, my life’s not as interesting,” she said. “I was in a Catholic school.”
“Catholic school?” Sumire asked.
“Yeah,” the butch demon said. “It wasn’t that great. Didn’t really fit in.” Sumire blinked.
“Why?” she asked. Emiko held up her hand.
“Ent,” she cut in. “To be continued.”
“But…” Sumire spoke up.
“To be continued,” Emiko said. The other woman opened her mouth to speak.
“To be continued,” the butch demon said. Sumire reluctantly closed her mouth. Emiko smiled.
“Good girl,” she said. The other woman only blinked.
January 8th, 2010.
Emiko walked outside to the backyard. Hotaru stood near the fence in tears. The butch demon tried to smile.
“So this is where you went,” she spoke up. Silence. Emiko steeped forward.
“Come on!” she said. “Everyone’s waiting inside.” Silence. Emiko walked closer.
“Baby?” she asked.
“Stay away!” Hotaru cried. Her girlfriend paused.
“Hoto-chan?” she asked. Hotaru didn’t turn around.
“This is all for her?!?” she cried. Emiko clenched her fists.
“I made a promise,” she said.
“But you used us! You used me!”
“It’s not like that.”
“Then what is it like?”
Emiko closed her mouth. The truth would make no sense to her no matter how hard she tried to put it in words. Hotaru whipped around to her with big, teary eyes.
“Do you love her more than me?” she asked.
“No!” Emiko yelled. “It’s just…”
“Just what?” the loli demon asked. Her girlfriend gritted her teeth.
“I love you both!” she declared. “I love you both, equally.” Hotaru choked back her tears.
“Did you enjoy fucking her better?” she whimpered. Emiko blinked at her.
“Huh?” she asked.
“Did you enjoy fucking her better?” the loli demon asked.
“I never slept with her,” Emiko said.
“You promise?” Hotaru asked. Her girl nodded.
“Yes,” she answered. The loli demon gave her a little smile.
“Good,” she said. “That’s all I wanted to know.” She walked past her girlfriend with a forced smile on her pale face. Emiko stood silent and bit her lower lip.
This wasn’t over yet.