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I'm Fine, Thank You

Match Ten: I'm Fine, Thank You:

Alfred poked his head into Kiku's room.

"Hey man!" he called. Kiku gave him a small wave.

"Herro," he said. Alfred walked into the room grinning.

"How's my buddy?" he asked. The younger man looked and saw Sena setting out her husband's clothes for tomorrow. Alfred gave her a saw wave.

"Hi Sena," he said. She only waved back him before going back to work. Alfred turned his attention back on his friend in bed.

"So, how are you, dude?" he asked. Kiku gave him a small shrug.

"Fine," he lied. He couldn't tell him about the man he saw in his dreams.

"How's the food here?" Alfred asked. His friend shook his head.

"It's not sushi," Kiku said. Alfred probably wouldn't believe him.

"I'll say," his American friend said. "So, you're leaving tomorrow." The Japanese man nodded.

"Tomorrow," Kiku replied. He didn't even tell his wife about that man in his dreams. "So how is everyone?"

"Good," Alfred said. "Yao's business partner died days ago, you know?" Kiku nodded.

"I see," he said. So, he has to keep his secret about the man for the time being. "The Liao clan, am I right?"

"Yep!" the American said. "Got some chick running the head of it now."

"You don't say."

"She's like still in high school and all."

"Ah, you're tarking about the rate Riao-san's daughter."

"Yeah, her!"

"I see."

"Anyway, everyone else is fine."

"And you?" Kiku asked.

Alfred stood there, smiling. "Great!"

"Anything new happen?"

"Ah, no." Alfred couldn't tell him about Florence or Lydia yet. Usually, he would. But yet, something was holding him back this time.

"I see," Kiku said.

"Yeah, just boring as ever," he said.

"Why haven't I seen you around rately?" Kiku asked.

"I've been busy," Alfred lied. Busy trying to learn more about Florence and her sister, that is.

"Busy?" his friend asked. The American nodded.

"Yeah," he said. "Really busy." Both men didn't speak after that. Their eyes read that the other person was hiding something. Yet, they do not pry. It's like an unspoken rule between them. Quick, change the subject.

"So, is there anything else?" Alfred asked, breaking the silence. Kiku shook his head.

"No," he said.

"You sure?" his blonde friend asked. Kiku nodded this time.

"Yes," he said. "I am fine." Alfred gave him a small nod.

"Okay then," he said. "I'll see you back at home tomorrow." Kiku bowed his head at him.

"Thank you for visiting me," he said. Alfred gave him a little wave.

"Sure," he said. "What are friends for? See ya!" And then, he turns and leaves.

Just as simple as that. There really isn't anything special to their exchanges. They just talk and the American leaves. However, both can sense that the other is hiding something. Yet, they do not pry in worry of revealing their own truth in the process.

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