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Kato and Michiko's blooming relationship hit a small problem when an unwanted rival tries to tear them apart for the young priest himself.
Michiko and I had good lunch date the next day. I asked for her phone number and if I could see her again.
"Sure," she said. "Here you go." Michiko gave me her phone number on a napkin and took it with a smile.
"I'll call you," I said.
"Alright," she said. Things went on nicely from there. But then, I hit a little problem.
Her name was Sakumoto Anri. This lady has had eyes for me since I first came to Kobe. Flirty woman to be frank. She did anything to grab my attention. Her Western-style dresses were always low-cut and really short. She kept trying to sleep with me every chance that she got. I kindly turned her down. But, she won't quit! So, it is easy to imagine she found out that I had a girlfriend in the course of six weeks.
I remember that it was June when Anri came back around to the counseling office where I worked. The air conditioning was broken again that morning, so the office felt hot and uncomfortable. I felt like passing out that morning.
God damn it!, I thought. Fine time for the air conditioning to fail today! Could this morning get any worse? Then, there came a knock on my door.
"Enter," I mumbled. My ears trained on a pair of pumps clacking across the hard floor. I paused with a pounding heart. /Oh crap!/, I thought. Don't tell me...
I lifted my head from my desk. And low and behold, Anri stood in the doorway, smiling at me. I tried to make myself be pleasant, by smiling.
"Hello there, Sakumoto-san," I said. She gave me a little giggle. I blinked at her.
"Uh... can I help you?" I asked. Anri walked across the room to my desk. She leaned in so close that her small nose almost touched mine. The strong scent of her French perfume made me back up.
"Can I help you?" I asked again. Anri's plump, red lips curved into a smile.
"My company and I are going out to this newly opened French restaurant in town," she said. "My original date just called and canceled."
"I'm sorry to hear that," I said.
"So, I was wondering if you were doing anything tonight," she said. I gave her a little smile.
"Actually, I am," I said. She gave me her famous teasing smile.
"Oh, what?" she replied. "More studying with the scripture?" I shook my head.
"A date," I said. Her face dropped when I said that.
"What?" she asked. "With who?"
"Hino Michiko," I said in pride. I looked at her face for a reaction. She looked on at me with disbelief.
"No!" she gasped. I smiled and nodded at her.
"It's the truth," I said. Anri stood there with a loss for words.
"Well... uh... wow... okay... Congratulations," she struggled to say. I smiled and gave her a little nod.
"Thanks," I said. "Anything else?" Anri shook her head at me.
"No," she said. I laced my fingers together.
"Okay then," I said. "Have a good day." My "fan" turned and walked out of my office. I sat back feeling rather confident. I had no idea how far Anri would go just to have me. I would find out later that night.
At seven o'clock that evening, I stopped by the Hino house. I looked really nice that night too. I went out of my way to get dressed up and save up enough money to get my girlfriend out to the nicest restaurant in town. I drew in a breath./Why am I so nervous?/, I thought. You and Michiko have been on many dates before! This is nothing new to you. When I rang the door bell however, I was in for quite a surprise.
One of the maids greeted me at the door. I blinked at her. Huh?
"Uh... is Michiko-san in?" I asked. The maid gave me a little smile.
"Sorry, but Michiko-sama does not want to see you again or ever," she said. I missed the boat completely at first.
"What?" I asked.
"Have a good day," the maid said. Then, she slammed the door in my face. Uh... what just happened?
For weeks, Michiko wouldn't return my calls or talk to me. After two weeks, I began to get suspicion. /Something's fishy here/, I thought to myself in my office. I decided to go and investigate the matter. I paid a surprise visit to Hino manor on my lunch break. I pounded heavily on the door.
"I know you're in there, Michiko!" I yelled. "Come out here and talk to me! What's going on? Why are you avoiding me?" I looked when I heard a window opening. I noticed a face peeking out through the curtains. I could tell that Michiko was looking right at me at this very second. I hurried over to the window.
"Michiko-chan!" I said.
"Go away!" she shouted at me. I gave her a blank stare.
"What?" I asked. "What are you talking about? Why have you been avoiding me?"
"Why don't you run back to your other girlfriend?!?" she yelled. Okay, she just lost me there. I gave her a face that told her so.
"What?" I asked.
"Don't act like I'm an idiot!" Michiko wailed. "You've got another woman on the side while we were dating!"
"What other woman?" I asked.
"She came by my house and told me all about you!" she wailed. "She told me about how you've been seeing for three months and how you just want my money!" I blinked really confused at first. I suddenly then began to get any idea of who was trying to break us up here.
"This woman, what did she look like?" I asked.
"Why does it matter?!?" Michiko wailed.
"I think I might know who you're talking about," I said. "Just describe her for me." I could hear Michiko huffing in anger at me.
"She had long dark green hair and was dressed up really nice," she said. I gritted my teeth.
"I knew it," I mumbled.
"Knew what?" she snapped. I looked straight at her.
"That woman is named Sakumoto Anri and I am not seeing her," I said. Michiko still didn't believe me.
"How can I be sure you're not lying?" she asked.
"She's been obsessed with since I first came here to Kobe," I said. "I want nothing to do with her. I promise!"
"And what about me?" she asked. I clenched my fists so tightly that I could feel the blood pumping in them.
"I love you for you," I said. "I don't care about your money or your status!"
"You promise?" she asked.
"Yes!" I declared. Then, the curtain drew back to reveal Michiko's surprised face. I held up my hands to her.
"See?" I asked. "I would never be like that to you. I truly love you." I noticed that her eyes welled up with big tears.
"I'm so sorry, Iwao-kun!" she whimpered. "I should have never doubted you." I just gave her a little smile.
"It's okay," I said. "I forgive you." I just let my girlfriend cry as I sneered in my head. I'm going to have a talk with Anri later.