Bloodshed – The Awakening of Ren Kurosawa

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18 | The Awakening of Ren Kurosawa (1)

Ichigo travelled by bus to the bank that owns her parents’ house. When she arrived there all eyes were on her; it was the first, in a long time since she was the centre of attention. She was very confident about what was now going to take place and didn’t doubt herself one bit over it.

It was now her turn to be helped and one of the banks’ employees took her to an office in the corner of the building, which was very unorganized and dusty. She went up and sat opposite the desk clerk and they started talking;

Desk Clerk, “Hello my dear, how can I help you today?”

Ichigo, “ Yes I would like to purchase the house on Yen Park.”

Desk Clerk, “Excuse me miss but am I hearing you correctly? Are you talking about the house that the Chau family were murdered in?”

Ichigo, “Yes.”

Desk Clerk, “But that house isn’t up for sale.”

Ichigo, “I know that but I still want the house.”

Desk Clerk, “I’m sorry miss but I can’t sell you that house, it’s unhealthy.”

Ichigo, “Unhealthy?”

Desk Clerk, “Yes everyone that enters the house loses their life.”

Ichigo, “Why?”

Desk Clerk, “Well the family that lived in there was murdered and rumour has it that the house is protected by a great evil and no-one has found the daughter that went missing that night.”

Ichigo, “That’s interesting, but I have no interest what’s so ever in someone I don’t know nor know anything of.”

Desk Clerk, “Well okay then miss, I’ll go speak to my boss and get the paperwork.”

The desk clerk got up and left her alone for ten minutes then came back with a whole lot of papers; he sat down and said, “Here’s the paperwork for the house, I need your signature, here, here and here; I also need your bank statement and your identity booklet.

Ichigo gave off a skew smile at the desk clerk and gave him what he wanted and signed her name on the house’s document’s; she didn’t pay much for it because no-one wanted to buy it in the first place; the desk clerk approved the documents with the banks credentials and gave Ichigo the keys to the house. The desk clerk then said, “Well miss Ren Kurosawa you are now the new owner of the house on Yen Park; May the Lord bless your soul and protect you.”

She smiled at the man sarcastically and turned her back on him; when she did so she took her things as her smile dropped and walked out of the bank.

Ichigo went straight to the motorcar store without looking around she went straight to the desk clerk inside the store, she dropped her handbag on the man’s desk and she put the black kit bag next to her; she did this while everyone in the store had their eyes set on her, amazed by her beauty and elegance.

She said to the desk clerk before he could speak even one word, “Two years ago I came into this place and fell in love with one of the cars, it was a black Audi A5, I want that car now at this second and the forms for it! If you don’t have exactly what I’m looking for, tell me now so that I can leave and look elsewhere.”

The man looked over at his manager once she stopped talking, then got out the documents from his desk drawer for her to sign; everyone in the store heard what Ichigo said which made them all speechless.

Moments later the store’s manager came over with the car’s keys and led Ichigo to the car she asked for; the store’s manager opened the driver’s side door for her to take a seat and get a taste of the car. He told her “If you want to you can take it for a test drive to make 100% sure you want the car, while I get your forms in order; when you get back we can finish the transaction.”

She agreed and drove off with the car; she drove past the motorcycle shop and remembered the motorcycle she wanted, she made a U-turn and parked the car in the visitors’ section in front of the shop.

She got out of the car and locked it; remembering that she had forgotten the money at the car store, but that didn’t stop her from going in. when she entered the shop she wasn’t sure if the motorcycle was still available, so she went up to the man behind the desk; she looked at the guy and he had earphones in his ears looking like a fool with his head bobbing.

She stood there for ten minutes just looking at him act a fool and was kind of enjoying the sight; the entire time while she was watching him she grew calm and just stood there smiling.

After the ten minutes passed she jumped over the counter and grabbed him from behind holding him tight in her arms; Ichigo not realizing what she had actually done going overboard and doing something uncalled for.

The man stopped dancing and pulled Ichigo’s hands apart that was holding his waist, pushed her against the desk. He looked at her with a confused look on his face; Ichigo looked at him with widened eyes and a sore back realizing what she had done and suddenly felt uncomfortable.

She moved, turned towards the desk, climbed on top of the desk and jumped over the counter and slowly walked out the shop. Near her car she felt a hand on her right shoulder and turned back to look who it was; it was the man who she had her arms around, for a moment they stared at each other looking deep into each other’s eyes.

She quickly got out of the gaze and said, “I’m sorry for what I did back there, I don’t know what came over me,” she looked down to the ground remembering the awkward moment and how awful she felt. The man looked at her and put his hand on her chin making her look at him by holding her chin up in his direction, he smiled at her and said, “You caught me by surprise and please don’t be ashamed of what you’ve done, I know who you are and I’ve been waiting for you.”

Ichigo looked at him confused and stepped a few steps back from him, “What do you mean by that,” she said while looking at him with a raised right eyebrow.

“You were here two years ago and I haven’t seen you since then, well what I’m trying to say is… I’m glad you did what you did back there,” now realizing that she knew who he was she then asked, “You’re the guy that waved to me while I was on the bus right?” He smiled at her and answered, “Yes and I’ve been thinking about you ever since. My name is Akihiko Naito, and since you’re here I’m sure you came to buy yourself the black Kawasaki Ninja 500R right?”

Ichigo looked at the strange man and said, “I’m Ren Kurosawa and yes I was going to ask you about it but you were too busy enjoying yourself so I just stood there watching you for ten minutes… then,” she was now too embarrassed to complete that sentence, Akihiko finished her sentence saying, “Then you decided to join in and dance with me forgetting about the motorcycle.”

The two of them laughed for a moment then went into an awkward silent mode. Akihiko saw how shy Ichigo was turning and took her by the hand leading her back into his shop; she followed Akihiko right to the back of the shop to the garage when they got there in the middle of the room was a motorcycle covered with a black silk cloth.

Akihiko removed the cloth, to her surprise it was the Kawaasaki Ninja 500R that she wanted, she looked at him and asked, “Why is it here and not inside where the others are?” he smiled as he answered, “I figured that you wanted it so I kept it here for you”. After hearing those words she felt a feeling inside her that she hadn’t felt before, she smiled back at him and said, “I do want it but I just don’t know how to ride it.”

“I can always teach you, but that’s only if you’ll let me,” Akihiko replied instantly. “I would like that,” she answered. The two of them covered the motorcycle together in silence and walked back to the front of the store; after watching Akihiko walk back to the other side of the counter Ichigo said, “I’ll purchase the motorcycle after I’m done with the car, and if it’s okay with you I’ll come by tomorrow for my first lesson,” Akihiko answered, “I’ll be here.” She smiled back at him then walked out shyly back to the car and drove off; the entire time Akihiko smiled while watching the beautiful Ren Kurosawa drive off.

Ichigo arrived back at the car store and parked her new baby outside then walked inside with the two men waiting at the desk clerks desk for her. She sat down to these words, “I take it you enjoyed the ride since you’ve been gone so long,” said the manager, “Just give the forms so I can leave,” she demanded.

The manager then asked for her bank statements and her identity documents to make copies of; Ichigo was getting tired of waiting, and grew impatient; the manager could see it on her face and it wasn’t good for business to have unsatisfied customers, before he gave Ichigo her documents back he made her sign ten different papers then told her “The car costs $24 0000, but you have the option of paying $1000 a month.” Ichigo looked at the man and picked up her kit bag from the floor that she placed next to her; after placing the bag on the desk she took out the swords and daggers, then the money; she made them count out $24 0000 while walking around with the swords and swinging them around; this took over an hour and Ichigo enjoyed seeing the fear in their eyes.

The store manager took the money then helped Ichigo to her car; holding both her bags in his left hand and opening the driver’s side door with his right like a real gentleman. She drove off with her car and the documents knowing she doesn’t owe a cent, but there was one thing left to do but first, she had to go home before doing so she went back home.

Everyone in the neighbourhood saw the car drive up to the Chau’s house; out of curiosity they followed the car to see who was going to get out of it. When Ichigo stepped out of the car there were people outside waiting for her and watching her every movement. She closed the car and greeted everyone, from the back of the crowd, she heard “Hello miss Ren Kurosawa, it’s nice to see your beautiful face again,” the boy stepped forward out of the crowd; it was the younger boy that kept the yard well groomed every month. She walked over to him and gave him a kiss on his forehead she then took his hand and he followed her into the house.

Inside the house, she could see that the boy was a little scared; she then said to him, “Younger boy, you don’t have to be afraid”. The boy looked at her and said, “But young miss this house is born with a curse.”

“There is nothing wrong with the house” she said gently.

“But why were the people killed who entered the house and yet you and I weren’t?”, “Because I killed them and you’re next if you don’t shut up about it!!” she said thinking to herself but slowly said to the boy to reassure him of his safety in the house, “Remember what I said, you and I are protected, nothing will harm us if we do what they say and, everyone who lost their lives in this house were trespassing.”

“But before you ask any more questions; I have one for you,” she said while giving him a glass of pink liquid, “Why are those people so nosy outside?” the younger boy took the glass and sipped from it before he said, “I honestly don’t know, but my parents are like that as well.”

The two of them laughed and carried on chit chatting till late in the evening about random things and nonsense. “Well it was nice talking to you miss Ren but I have school in the morning,” said the boy. “It was nice talking to you too, don’t be a stranger now, you can visit me anytime,” the two said their goodbyes and the boy went home while Ichigo had her dinner then off to bed she went.

Ichigo woke up to a loud noise coming from the back yard and quickly ran outside to see what it was. She had on a black silk mini night gown. She stood outside in her back yard, it was pitch black outside, not being able to see what it was; she instead used her hearing and from the back of her left ear, she heard whispers, she then moved towards the sound slowly and immediately grabbed the two voices by their throats, pushed them into the kitchen before switching the lights on.

She saw that it was two men from the police station; they were speechless and breathless after what just happened to them. She could see on their faces that they were in shock and red from the force she had just used on them. She then walked over to the cupboard and took out three glasses, poured pink liquid into it and gave the glasses to the men to drink. Since it was still dead silent and Ichigo couldn’t decide whether to kill them or not she asked, “What are you doing here, do the two of you have a death wish?” the men looked at each other with widened eyes.

The light skinned one answered, “We heard from one of the neighbours, that there was someone living in this house.”

Ichigo, “Yes I’m the new owner.”

The paled skin man asked, “How is that possible?”

Ichigo, “I bought it from the bank?”

Light skinned man, “Why? Don’t you know that everyone dies that enters this house?”

Pale skinned man, “Not everyone, there’s that young boy and a lady named Ren Kurosawa.”

Ichigo, “I am Ren Kurosawa!!”

The men turned their eyes to Ichigo. The conversation continued until the early hours in the morning. The men tried getting information out from her about the killings but she had no idea about the murders. The only thing they got from her was that she’s protected from being murdered and the boy as well.

Ichigo ended up rushing the conversation because it was now time for her to go meet with Akihiko. She went down to the underground home and took a bath; afterwards she went to her closet, she couldn’t decide what to wear but eventually she put on grey sweat pants and a light blue hoody with black sneakers, she looked at herself in the mirror and laughed. It was almost 10:00 am when she left to go meet up with Akihiko and when she arrived at his shop he was waiting outside for her.

She stopped in front of him; Akihiko walked over to the driver’s side and opened the door and told her to move over, she did so and he got in. Her heart was beating fast as she looked in his direction, she could smell him from where she was sitting.

They arrived at an empty racing track where a motorcycle was waiting for the two of them. They got out not saying a word to each other not even a “Hello” just silence the entire time; Akihiko helped Ichigo on to the motorcycle while he got on behind her, he started the engine and of they went.

They drove around the track twice before Ichigo started her driving lessons. When they stopped Akihiko got off the bike and he told Ichigo what to do, she listened carefully to him and for a while, she was riding like a professional; this was only because she was determined to master anything she put her mind to. She did this over ten times around the racing track till she got sidetracked; daydreaming about Akihiko, she heard his voice screaming at her “REN!!!!!!! Concentrate you’ll get hurt!” she asked herself, “Why is he screaming at me?” Not realizing that she was wobbling with the bike which made her fall over and land a few feet away from the bike and landing on her back with a broken ankle.

Akihiko immediately ran over to her. “Ouch, Akihiko it hurts,” she said in pain not being able to move. “I know come here.” He picked her up in his strong arms and put her in the car.

Ichigo’s POV…

FLASHBACK

I walked into the store since I couldn’t see the motorcycle from the entrance, oh look wait what’s this guy doing? He looks like he’s having fun, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed myself… well, actually I can it was the last time I killed… speaking about kill I need too cool it down since I’m going to be living in public now.

He’s so adorable though… wait no what did I just say how can I even think like this. I came here for a motorcycle and I’m going to get it. I then jumped over the counter on to the desk; he still can’t hear me. I jumped off the desk and couldn’t land properly on my feet because of these stupid shoes. I almost fell over and I grabbed him by his waist to stop myself from falling, oh how strong he feels; his hands are ice cold.

Why is he touching me wait I need to let go now I guess… He turned around and pushed me away from him against the desk, he looked at me with a confused look on his face; I looked back at him with widened eyes and a sore back from hitting the desk. I realized what I had done and suddenly felt uncomfortable.

I turned towards the desk, climbed on top of it and jumped over the counter and slowly walked out of the shop. Near my car I felt a strong hand on my right shoulder, I turned back to look at who it was. It was him, the one I held my arms around. For a moment, we stared at each other looking deep into one another’s eyes.

I quickly got out of the gaze and said, “I’m sorry for what I did back there, I don’t know what came over me.” I looked down at the ground embarrassed. He looked at me and put his hand on my chin making me look up at him, he smiled at me and said, “You caught me by surprise and please don’t be ashamed of what you did, I know who you are and I’ve been waiting for you.” I looked at him confused, stepped back from him and asked, “What do you mean by that?” While looking at him with curiosity.

“You were here two years ago and I haven’t seen you since then, well what I’m trying to say is … I’m glad you did what you did back there.” Now I remembered where I knew him from so then I asked, “You’re the guy that waved at me while I was in the bus right?” he smiled at me and answered “Yes and I’ve been thinking about you ever since. My name is Akihiko Naito, and since you’re here I’m sure you came to buy yourself the black Kawaasaki Ninja 500R right?”

I looked at him, it’s strange how he knew that but I introduced myself anyway, “I’m Ren Kurosawa and yes I was going to ask you about it but you were too busy enjoying yourself so I just stood there watching you for ten minutes… then,” I was too embarrassed to complete my sentence; he took my hand and he finished my sentence saying, “Then you decided to join in and dance with me forgetting about the motorcycle.”

We laughed for a moment. Akihiko saw how shy I was getting and took my hands once again and led me back into his shop. I followed him to the back of the shop to the garage, when we got there, in the middle of the room was a motorcycle covered with a silk cloth. He removed the cloth and it was the one I wanted, I looked at him and asked, “Why is it here and not inside where the others are?” He smiled as he answered me, “I figured that you wanted it so I kept it here for you.”

After hearing those words I felt a strange feeling inside that I never felt before so I smiled back at him shyly; I don’t even know why he made me feel so shy. I said, “I do want it but I just don’t know how to drive it”, “I can always teach you, but that’s only if you’ll let me,” he answered me instantly. “I would like that” I answered.

The two of us covered the motorcycle together in silence and walked back to the front of the store, afterwards, we went back to the front of the shop. Akihiko moved away from me to the other side of the counter sadly I said, “I’ll purchase the motorcycle after I’m done with the car, and if it’s okay with you I’ll come by tomorrow for my first lesson,” Akihiko then said, “I’ll be here.” I smiled back at him then walked out shyly back to the car and drove off; the entire time Akihiko smiled while watching me drive off…

END OF FLASHBACK

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