“Are you busy tonight?” Lish asked her cousin.
“Tonight seriously?” Kit asked into the phone.
“Well, he agreed, and I want to get this going.” Lish laughed.
“So because he agreed you want to get it going. What is it that about him that makes him special?” Kit asked.
“No, it is that he is normally busy. Masamune met with him earlier, and he seemed like he liked the idea. He is some sort of cop, so he is always busy on a case.” Lisha said.
“A cop?” Kit asked. “Great it isn’t like I haven’t had to deal with those today.”
“What do you mean?” Lisha asked.
Kit went on to explain about the break-in and the release of the rats in the building. She left out the part of being questioned by the hot detective though. He was in her mind a bit after, and she didn’t know why.
“So are you busy tonight?” Lish asked, knowing that her cousin wasn’t.
“No.” Kit said reluctantly. She really didn’t want to go out tonight, but if it will get this idea out of her cousins head, she was willing to do anything.
“Great. I will call and get you a reservation.” Lish said as she sighed. “I will text you with the location and everything else.”
“Hey what is this guys name?” Kit said as her cousin was about ready to hang up.
“Mitsuhide,” Lisha said as she did hang up and Kit went back into her bedroom to find something to wear. She looked in closet and realized maybe that she needed to update her dresses which were all slip dresses from about five years prior. She looked and found her go to one. A simple black dress that had a lace overlay. It was one of those dresses that was one elegant and timeless. It didn’t matter that it also help accent her charms. She went into the bathroom and stripped and stepped into the shower and let the heat of the water relax her.
Mitsuhide had stepped into his office in the precinct. He had just sat down when his cell phone went off. He looked at the number and shook his head.
“Aren’t tired of me yet?” he asked as he hit the talk button.
“Lish just got off the phone with her cousin. She is in, and you can do this tonight.” Masamune said as he laughed.
“Tonight?” Mitsuhide asked as he looked at his desk. “I guess that is fine. I don’t have a completely full desk to work on.”
“Okay. I will have Lish text you with the info.” Masamune said. “I shouldn’t have to say this though but I will. Please don’t scare this one.”
“Why ever would you ask that of me?” Mitsuhide asked as he laughed.
“I will only say this. I really like this one Mitsuhide, and I think she may be the one for me. Do you know how hard it would be for me if you and this cousin end because you were an ass.” Masamune said.
“When am I an ass?” Mitsuhide asked.
“What day of the week, aren’t you?” Masamune said with a laugh. “Look it is part of your charm I have been told, but the simple fact is I don’t know the cousin yet, so I can’t tell you if she is like us or somewhat sensitive.”
“Wonderful,” Mitsuhide said.
“Look Lish wants her cousin to get out as well. I think she is hoping for her cousin to end up with one of you. I will help her to a point I mean there are so many of you.” Masamune said, “Plus you do need a date for the wedding.”
“Why does everyone keep saying that?” Mitsuhide asked.
“Because you are like the only one of us that doesn’t have one. It has been a year dude it isn’t like this is a new thing.” Masamune laughed as he hung up the phone.
“I know that,” Mitsuhide said as he placed the phone down. He looked at his desk and started to clear the pile of paperwork he had on there. He wanted to clear enough of it, so he didn’t have to come back on the weekend to finish his work. He looked down at what he was wearing and knew it would be fine for a blind date and then went back to his work.
He was on his fifth report when his phone went off with a text message. He glanced at it, and sure enough, it was a time and a place. He wasn’t familiar with the restaurant, but he was with the small town on the water next to the city. He knew this was Masamune’s way of getting him out of his comfort zone where he would know about the place.
He looked at the pile that he had cleared and was surprised that he had time left before he had to leave. He thought maybe a quick shower wouldn’t be a miss. Despite what Masamune thought of his dating habits which were nonexistent, he did want to make a good impression with this blind date. He also decided that as long as she wasn’t hideous, he would make an effort to be nice. He did need a date for the wedding. Four weeks would be a record for him.
He dropped off the pile of cleared forms and reports to the chief and then headed for the locker room for a quick shower and then he would be on his way. “Akechi, what are you doing in here?” one of the other detectives asked.
“I thought a shower before my date tonight was a good idea.” He said with a laugh.
“So you don’t want to smell like a rat?” the detective asked with a laugh.
“Yeah, something like that,” Mitsuhide said as he undressed and hung up his suit. Soon the water was hitting his skin, and as he used the scented soap, he didn’t really like that much, but it was better than nothing.
Kit hopped into her car and drove across the small town she lived in. She knew as soon as she received the text from her cousin that her cousin had picked the restaurant for her. It wasn’t a secret that it was one of her favorites. She began to wonder about the man that her cousin and her new boyfriend had set her up with. She hated blind dates. They never went well for her. The only one she knew of that ever did end up working out well was her parents. Though she had to laugh at that because she honestly thought it debatable in that it was a success.
When she arrived, she went into the restaurant. She looked at the hostess, “Hi, I am supposed to meet someone. Johnson party of two.” Kit said as she laughed.
“Oh, one of those dates?” the hostess asked.
“Yeah, sort of.” Kit said as she smiled.
“Oh well, he isn’t here yet. If you want to take a seat, we will seat you as he arrives.” The hostess said.
“Sounds good.” Kit said as she went to the benches and looked around. She sat there with her phone in her hand and waited. Though she was early, she wondered if she was going to get stood up. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened and one of the reasons she hated them. When the door opened, and she looked up and saw the Detective from earlier was standing there. She had to stop her mouth from watering because he looked even better now then he did earlier.
Mitsuhide looked around the entryway of the restaurant. His eyes found the tiny woman on the bench and recognized her right off the bat. She was the tiny doctor that had him go look at the security room which had left him even more confused about the event. He walked up to the hostess, which was just out of her earshot.
“Johnson for two.” He said, “I don’t know if she is here yet.”
“She is.” The hostess said. “If you go to the waiting area we will call you when your table is ready.”
“Thank you.” He said as he went back to the waiting area and looked at the woman who was also waiting. “Doctor?”
“Detective.” She said with a smile. “did you find the rat releaser?”
“Actually no,” he said as he sat down on the other bench across from her.
“Really that sucks.” She said, still smiling, and he could not remember what her last name was. He was known for his iron trap memory, but her smile seemed to block any chance of that from happening. He wondered at the man she was meeting. He was a lucky son of a bitch, Mitsuhide thought to himself.
“I have a few more questions about your security system if you don’t mind.” He asked as he looked at her. She looked down at her phone and then looked up. “Is your date running late?”
“I am beginning to think he isn’t coming.” She said.
“Oh.” He said.
“Sure ask your questions.” She said.
“Johnson party of two.” The hostess asked, and they both stood up.
“Wait you?” she asked as she looked at him.
“Your Masamune’s girlfriends’s cousin?” Mitsuhide asked as he looked down at her.
“Lisha is my cousin.” Kit said.
“They didn’t tell me your name. You introduced yourself as Doctor earlier.” Mitsuhide chuckled as they walked through the restaurant and to the window that overlooked the sound.
“Kit.” She said as she looked at him when he pulled out her chair for her.
“Kit. That is a different name,” he said as he took his seat.
“My parents got lazy after so many kids.” She laughed. “So your name is Mitsuhide? That is different.”
“Different is the best thing about the name,” he said. “My father didn’t think that one through considering the history behind the name.”
“I think I am missing something.” She said as she tilted her head.
“The original Mitsuhide Akechi, who happens to be like my fourteenth great grandfather, killed one of the unifiers of Japan in the sixteenth centenary. People surprisingly have not forgot that fact. My families line only survived because we came to America. The line got deluded as well.” He said as his deep laughter rumbled around her.
“Well, you wanted to ask some questions?” she asked as she looked up at him.
“That was before.” He said.
“Before?” she asked.
“I don’t cross business with pleasure.” He said.
“Well, I still want to help you. I mean it wasn’t completely an awful day having a half-day of work, but I don’t want more rats running around or worse.” She said with a smile.
“In that case.” He said as he looked at her as they placed their drink orders. “So what can you say about the system?”