Hotaru calls Anna out for a little "spy cupid" game with Mike and Vivian.
Chapter Fourteen: Mischief:
My cell rang that morning. I picked it up off the kitchen counter.
“Hello?” I asked.
“Anna!” a woman’s voice chirped. “Just the person I wanted to talk to.” A puzzled look came over my face.
“Hotaru?” I asked.
“Yep!” she cheered. I blinked.
“What do you want?” I asked. She giggled on the other line.
“Play a little game with me!” she said.
“Huh?” I asked.
“Just go with me on this!”
Already, I’m not enjoying this idea. “What kind of game?”
“A spy game!”
I frowned. “A spy game?”
“Okay… on who?”
“Mikey and Vivian!”
Hotaru giggled. “Meet me at my house in an hour. Buh-bye!” She hung up before I could speak. I looked at my phone. I still have a bad feeling about this.
I stood at Wisteria House’s door moments later. When was the last time I had been here again? I shook my head and knocked on the door.
“Coming!” I heard Hoto-chan’s voice float from inside. I took a step back. Countdown to disaster! Hotaru opened the door with a grin.
“Perfect!” she cheered. “You’re here!” She pulled me in before I had a chance to speak.
I sat at the kitchen table. “Okay,” I said. “What is this all about?” Hotaru served me tea as she grinned.
“It’s the cupid spy game!” she cheered. I looked at her with a blank face. I turned to her son in his highchair. Akira only giggled and played with his food. I turned back to a smiling Hoto-chan.
“Yes,” she said. “I’m going to get Mikey and Vivian-chan together!” I blinked at her for a moment.
“Why?” I managed to ask. Hoto-chan giggled.
“He’s got a thing for her, I can tell,” she said. “And she’s just so naïve about romance and sex. She’s a virgin, you know?” I didn’t speak at first. Apparently, she can be just as mischievous without Emiko. Oh boy…
“How can you be so sure of that?” I asked.
“My instincts with young love as a demon are never wrong!” she bragged. “This couple has to happen!” I frowned and narrowed my eyes at her. Clearly, there is no way to talk her out of this. Once she gets an idea, it’s all set and ready to fly away. Emiko might have taught her well.
“But why me?” I asked. “Why not someone else?”
“Pul-leeze!” she brushed off. “Kazue’s no fun! Lucy doesn’t do romance. Rihoko has classes right now. What does Yoko-chan know about love at her age?” I drew my mouth closed as I nodded. She does have a point…
“But why not the guys?” I asked.
“No!” Hoto-chan said. “It has to be a woman’s touch!” I threw up my hands.
“Fine, fine!” I said. “I’ll help you out.” Hoto-chan’s squeal hurt my ears.
“You are a good soul!” she cheered. She turned to the clock on the wall. “Oh, we have to hurry!” She pulled me out of my chair before I could ask.
Moments later, we followed Vivian to the subway station. Hotaru held Akira to her chest. I gave mother and child an odd look.
“Uh… this may sound stupid,” I said. “But, why did you bring Akira along with us?” The loli demon bounced the baby for a bit.
“I can’t leave him with Kazue,” she said. “She’s lazy and won’t take care of him properly.”
“Couldn’t you put him in daycare?” I asked.
“Why bother?” Hotaru asked. “I’m home most of the time anyway.” I kept my mouth shut. I can’t argue with this woman.
Suddenly, Hotaru looked up.
“There they are!” she said aloud.
“Huh?” I asked as I looked up.
“There!” she said as pointed ahead. I looked and saw Mike walking towards Vivian. I noticed Hoto-chan grinning.
“Let’s get closer!” she whispered. At this point, I didn’t argue. She won’t listen anyway. I shrugged at her.
“Alright,” I said. Hoto-chan began walking really fast.
“Keep up!” she whispered. I just three up my hands. Slow down, lady! They aren’t leaving just yet. We got close enough to hear them talk. Vivian gave Mike an odd look.
“What are you doing here?” she asked. He shrugged at her.
“I was told to see your off,” he said. The girl blinked at him.
“By who?” she asked.
“Who do you think?” he asked. Vivian frowned.
“Oh,” she said. Mike nodded.
“Yeah,” he said.
“Now what?” Vivian asked. Mike looked at her for a moment. I gave the pair an odd face as I watched them from around the corner. Them as a couple? I think Hotaru’s instincts are wrong this time…
I was about to voice my opinions when Hotaru held up her hand.
“I know what you are thinking,” she said. “Give it time. They can’t see it themselves. That is why we must guide them that.” I blinked with an odd face.
“We?” I whispered like-wise.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “/I/ must guide them to that. Better?”
“Yes…” I mumbled. My eyes still stayed on her. Mike kept his eyes on Vivian.
“Well, do you want to me to see you off?” he asked. Vivian shuffled her feet.
“Why?” she asked.
“I came all this way, I mean,” he said. “So…” Vivian puffed up her cheeks and frowned.
“Whatever,” she mumbled.
“Wanna go get some coffee?” he asked.
“Sure,” she grumbled. The pair walked over to get their coffee. Hotaru nudged me on the arm.
“Let’s go,” she whispered. I gave her a small nod. She won’t listen me otherwise. We trailed Mike and Vivian for the rest of the morning.