Chapter Twelve: Yukio:
I could practically have any girl I wanted. This was true even before my tadpole powers. But it means nothing if I don’t have Itori-chan. We lost contact after we left Chou Mori. Well, it was more after we finished college that we lost contact.
I found her again. I won’t lose her this time.
But, that is not the only thing I have to worry about. We keep changing. Changing and drawing more attention ourselves. There was already one demon that tried to kill Mikado. I think they are starting to follow me around too. I had to buy a knife after the first night after that.
I made it back to my apartment and went inside.
“I’m home,” I said.
“Welcome home,” Itori said from my living room. My mood lightened up as I walked over to her. She sat on my couch with her knees in the cushion.
“Why didn’t you open the curtains?” I asked. Itori shrugged and shook her head. Okay then…
“Anything happen here?” I asked.
“No,” she said.
“Ah,” I said. I sat down next to her. It took begging and pleading for her to stay with me. Even now I am not sure she won’t get up and leave me in the middle of the night.
“Did you eat yet?” I asked.
“No,” Itori said.
“I will order us something,” I said. She doesn’t even look up at me. I don’t think that she’s too happy about this.
“Look, it’s better if we all stay together like this under these conditions,” I said. Itori glanced over at me.
“We have to find the others,” I said.
“Why?” she asked.
“Mikado was nearly murdered last night,” I said.
“Oh no,” she said. “Is he okay?”
“Yes. But, these demons might be getting bolder now. We need to find the others and stick together as soon as possible.” I noticed the disapproving look on her face.
“What?” I asked. Itori shook her head. I put my arm around her shoulders.
“You can talk to me,” I whispered. It’s always been like this after we got out of Chou Mori. She keeps trying to close out everyone around her. Itori tries to hide her pain with her stylish looks and bright smile. Only, Saori and I have seen the real her.
“You sound just like Saori,” Itori said.
“Well, she does have a point,” I said. I still have to introduce her to the other tadpoles.
Suddenly, our phones buzzed.
“Hm?” I asked. Itori and I took out our phones and looked at the screens.
“It’s Saori,” I said. “She said that she found another group of tadpoles.” Itori tilted her head.
“More like us?” she asked.
“Yeah,” I said. I tapped the screen to reply.
“How many more?” I typed. Itori watched my finger move around on the keyboard before I hint send. It didn’t take long for Saori to reply.
“Eight of them,” she wrote back. Itori and I looked at each other.