Why is Hisoka going off on his own? What exactly does Muraki have planned for Tsuzuki?
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Snake’s Jaws:
By afternoon, Tsuzuki joined Hisoka at Chiba Inu Cram School. His partner wasn’t too sure about this.
“Should you be up now?” he asked.
“Yeah,” Tsuzuki insisted. “I’m fine.” Hisoka didn’t believe him.
“Stay close to me, okay?” he said.
“Right,” Tsuzuki brushed off. So, the search began. They had a clear idea of what they were looking for.
“How do we draw him out?” Tsuzuki asked.
“We don’t,” Hisoka said. “He’ll come to us.” His partner didn’t like the sound of that. Yet, what else could they do? Muraki didn’t fall for easy traps. He could be watching them right now. Tsuzuki drew in a breath. He battled to keep himself together.
“She fed on you last night, didn’t she?” Hisoka asked. Tsuzuki paused.
“Why?” Tsuzuki asked. His partner shook his head.
“What will you do?” he asked. Tsuzuki bit his lower lip.
“I don’t know,” he admitted. Hisoka eyed him.
“Tsuzuki…” he said. His partner shook his head.
“I love her,” he said. “I really do. But… But…” The man clenched his fists.
“I don’t know if we’ll survive this!” Tsuzuki admitted. Hisoka watched him, silent. It still stung to hear it again. Why couldn’t he just accept it already? Tsuzuki loves Anna. He even married her. Hisoka cursed himself.
/Why won’t it let me be?/, he thought. Suddenly, the boy paused.
/Is… someone applauding?/, Hisoka thought. The Shinigami looked around.
“Tsuzuki,” he spoke up. “Did you hear that?” His partner glanced up at him.
“Hear what?” Tsuzuki asked.
“Somebody clapping just now,” Hisoka replied.
“No…” the older Shinigami replied. The younger one looked behind him. He nearly jumped at what he saw down the hall. Familiar white hair floated in the air. Hisoka took a step back.
“No…” he murmured. “That can’t be…”
“What is it, Hisoka?” he asked. The younger Shinigami trembled. He jaw dropped in shock. Suddenly, Hisoka raced down the hall.
“Hisoka!” Tsuzuki yelled. He was about to race after him when someone grabbed onto his wrist. The Shinigami glanced behind him. A pair of silver eyes stared him down.
“Muraki!” Tsuzuki hissed.
“I thought he’d never leave,” the doctor murmured. The Shinigami glared at him.
“What did you do to him?” he hissed. The doctor smirked.
“Nothing,” he replied. “It appears that he has become a victim of his jealousy and sorrow.” Tsuzuki tried to break away, but Muraki held him in place.
“Don’t bother,” he said. “You won’t be able to save him this time. How ironic; you and that woman caused his pain too.”
“Don’t bring Anna-chan into this!” Tsuzuki hissed. Muraki cleared his throat.
“Anyway,” he said. “I have a little present for you.” Tsuzuki narrowed his eyes at him.
“What is it?” he asked. Muraki smirked to himself.
“Come with me,” he said. The doctor pulled his object of obsession towards the doctor’s office with him. Tsuzuki kept looking in the direction Hisoka went. Muraki’s words stung in his ears.
“You and that woman caused his pain too.” That worry left a nasty mark in his heart as he and the corrupt doctor disappeared further down the hall.