Key Eight: Bookman:


-Last Month-

Ami's fingertips brushed against my eye patch in her bed. "What happened to your eye?" I gave her a little chuckle.

"I got into a stupid fight over a girl," I said. "His knife took my eye."

"Oh," she said, cringing in my arms.

"If you think that was bad," I said. "You should see the other guy!" I laughed at my own joke. I am a liar, but I have to lie in this case. She could never know my true nature.


"Lavi! Lavi!" a raspy voice hissed at me. "Lavi, wake up!"

I awoke to a heavy weight on my bed. I open my eyes to see an old man, smoking and glaring at me. I blinked rather confused at first.

"Huh?" I asked. "Am I dreaming?" My nose curled at the smell of cigarette smoke.

"Old Panda," I mumbled. "Is that you?" The old man frowned and smack in the leg. I winced as I clenched my teeth. Yep, that's the old panda, alright, I thought. However, that led to more questions in my head.

"What are you doing here?" I asked. "How did you find me?" That panda flicked out his cigarette.

"I found you through your innocence," he answered. I looked down at the hammer charm around my neck. I almost forgot about that old thing. I thought it had lost its power during the great crash. At one point, I contemplated throwing it away. My own fondness to my hammer wouldn't let me do so in the end.

"Oh," I muttered.

"Look at yourself!" the old Panda hissed. "What the hell have you been doing?" I sheepishly looked away.

"It's a long story…" I muttered. This is bad. I couldn't let him know what all I had been up to these past few months. It's bad enough that I broke the taboo of sleeping with a human girl, but I also got her pregnant too. If I go back to Heaven now, they will try, convict, and sentence me to become one of the fallen. However, I didn't get time to form a cover story in time when I felt Ami stirring awake beside me.

"Babe, who are you talking to?" she asked as she sat up in bed. I really got in trouble when she and the Old Panda's eyes met. The latter raised an eyebrow at her.

"And who is this?" he asked. Ami folded her arms across her chest.

"I'm his girlfriend!" she said boldly. I clenched my teeth as I could already see where the rest of this scene was headed. The Old Panda took another smoke.

"Is that right?" he asked.

"That's right! Now, who the hell are-?" she barked. Ami would've finished, but morning sickness got the better of her. "Oh shit," she mumbled. My girl jumped out of bed and raced to her bathroom. The look of worry came over my face as that Old Panda frowned in disapproval. It didn't take him long to put the pieces together.

I am so screwed…

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