Chapter Eight: Cuddling:
I: Slow Night
I love nights like this. Anna-chan and I resting peacefully after we make love. The rainstorm patters on the roof above us, and she rests her head to my chest. I don't have to read her mind to even know what's she's thinking. Where's the fun in that? She's looking at me right now with those bright hazel-green eyes of hers. The look that tells me she's recharging her batteries, saving her energy for the next go-round.
"What's on your mind right now?" she asks.
I smile and gently pat her on the head. "Not much," I reply.
"What?" I ask.
Anna-chan shakes her head. "Nothing."
"Look, can't I lie here and not think about anything?" I complain.
She giggles sweetly at the seriousness in my voice.
"What?" I ask.
She begins to laugh harder at my whining as I lower my head and sigh. I walked into that one, didn't I?
I lift my head. "And what were you thinking?"
She stops laughing and smiles. "Me? Not much."
"That's what I said." I nudge her under the sheets.
She looks me in the eye. "What?"
I shake my head, smiling. "Nothing, just…"
Anna-chan raises an eyebrow at me. "What?"
"Why? How is it okay for you to think of anything, but not for me?"
I pout at her. "Well, that's not fair."
She gives me a sympathetic look. "Sorry, that's how it is." She pouts in sympathy when my face expression doesn't change.
"Awww… Don't fret. Come, move closer" she says. Anna-chan gives me a little kiss. "Better?" she whispers at my lips.
"For now," I say softly.
"So what are you doing tomorrow, dear?"
"Not much," she says.
I notice her frowning as she speaks. "You don't sound happy about that."
"I'm bored during the day. I'm tired of look up things on my laptop."
"You know, I envy you."
I pat her on the head, smiling. "You get to stay home and I fill out paperwork and take souls away from their loved ones."
"Still, I'm bored." She grasps my hand. "Can't you help?"
I struggle to find the words.
"Please?" she pleads.
I give her an awkward smile. "I'll see what I can do," I tell her.
Anna-chan rests her head on my chest and murmurs "Thanks,"
"Did I tell you how much I love you?"
She looks up at me. "No, how much?"
I hold her to my body. "I would be lost without you."
"Is that so?"
She kisses me softly, and looks tenderly into my eyes "I feel the same way."
Anna-chan lifts her head. "What?"
"Say how much you love me."
My eyes shift around with a blank stare. "You mean, now?! Right now?"
"I would be lost without you too." I kiss her on the head.
"Look at us," she smiles and sighs. "Just a pair of saps. Big ol' mushy saps!"
I can't help but smile with her. Maybe we are...
V: Heart Rush
I can't remember the last time it felt so good. I feel so… happy. I still get depressed, but lately those times are few and far between. Anna-chan puts me at ease in ways I can't understand. My friends keep me together at work, but I've come to rely on her at home.
Ever since Anna-chan moved in, things have gotten better for me. Even so, a chill runs through my body. How long will this happiness last? I don't want to think about how badly this could end. The possibilities frighten me.
I'm lucky to have Anna-chan and everyone else around me. Even seeing Terazuma's ugly face puts me at ease. However, it could all vanish tomorrow without warning. I screw my eyes shut in panic.
"Is something wrong?"
I look down. Anna-chan's hazel-green eyes stab me in the chest. Please don't look at me like that. You only make it worse.
"Nothing," I lie. "I will be just fine."
Her eyes tell me she doesn't believe me. Anna-chan's not an empath, but still sees into my heart. I decide to try and distract her.
VI: Good Night
I chuckle, if only to reassure myself. "Oh well, you caught me; but I'll be fine. I promise."
"You sure?" my loving wife asks as I hold her in my arms.
"Yep," I answer. "In fact, are you doing anything tomorrow night?"
"No. I thought we had already decided."
I choke back a laugh as I rub her shoulder. "I just want to confirm our plans for tomorrow night,"
She narrows her eyes as I answer. "A date?"
"Of a sort. I figure you might appreciate a little change in routine."
"It doesn't have to be much. Maybe dinner, catch a movie, or go to the park."
She rests her head on my chest. "Mmm."
"Maybe stay in for the night and have dinner."
"Actually, that sounds nice."
"Good night, Asato-kun," she coos in a low smoky voice. I pull the sheet over her dainty shoulder.
"Good night my beloved," I whisper back.