Kit was not the type to stay in bed lounging all day, but she felt today it was fitting. He was there keeping her warm, and his little teasing touches were keeping her on her toes enough. He relented the tv remote to her after he couldn’t find anything on to watch. Mornings were not his thing. He never watched tv during the day because he was always reviewing files. He settled in behind her and let her pick the show or movie.
He was thinking about the case that introduced them together though it was friends and her family that sealed the deal. He was thinking on how to get the information he needed to help narrow down the pool of people involved. The problem was the more he thought about it, the more he was concerned for the building. One attack, so to speak was a lot of work, but the fact that it was at a time no one was really around made it seem like it was an inside job. He looked down at her and thought it might go further if anyone from her job found out she was involved with the lead detective on the case.
“Sweetheart?” he said softly.
“What Mitsuhide?” she asked as she turned upwards to see him.
“As much as I would love for this to be a real possibility of you doing, I need to be wary enough.” He started to say.
“Mitsu, what is it?” she asked.
“I don’t think you should say anything about you seeing me, even socially.” He said. “At work, I mean.”
“Can I ask why?” she asked as she now turned to face him.
“Kit something is not adding up and the more I think about it, the more I am questioning things. Something about the rats bothers me, and I don’t know what but whoever released them knew the perfect time to do it, and no one of the five thousand people that worked there saw them. To me, that seems like an inside job. if you say something about knowing me or worse that you are dating me as the lead detective that puts you in the line of fire.” Mitsuhide said as he looked at her. “The last thing I ever want is someone who means something to me to be put in that place.”
“I understand, Mitsuhide. If it makes you feel better, I never talk about my personal life or lack of one at work. Work is work, and home is home.” Kit said as she touched his face gently. He nuzzled into her hand, and the feeling made her smile. “Do you want to talk it out?”
“Talk what out?” he asked.
“When I am stuck on something, I have to talk it out.” She said. “I just remembered. I thought of something last night, but it really didn’t make to much sense at the time. About two years ago, there was a person, Riley Franks, who worked in the infectious bacteria section. He once said something about releasing rats in the building if his work wasn’t approved. It wasn’t, and he was fired for something, but I don’t know what really.”
“Well, that is something. Do you know what he could have been fired for?”
“I can’t say for sure, but it had something to do with some sort of harassment. Some people tried to play it off like it was he was just let go, or he chose to leave, but I remember the fit he was throwing when security had to come and remove him.” Kit said.
“What I don’t get is why rats in the first place,” Mitsuhide said.
“Shock factor maybe?” Kit questioned. “A lot of people work for the company in the first place because of their stance on animal testing. Having rats in the building regardless of they were released to protest something, or for some other reason, it is a big deal. Now we have to watch out for more rats because the chances they got all of them is slim to none. So now a company that is proud of the fact that it does not use rats now has a rat problem.”
“That could be a part of it, but there is more. This whole thing reveals more and more every time I think about it. I can say this for sure. Nothing is simple about this case.” He said with a sigh. “What is worse is I now have a personal connection to the case.”
“That is worse?” she asked, almost hurt by the words.
“Worse in I want to figure it out and remove the threat or possible one, quickly. I don’t want you anywhere near there until I figure this out.”
“Oh.” She said.
“Sweetheart I don’t want you in the crossfire because of me.” He said softly as he brushed a stray lock off her face. “I never want someone I am friends with or more, involved in what I do.”
“Makes sense.” She said softly, as well. ”What would I fall under?”
“More.” He said as he leaned forward and kissed her. “I definitely want you to be more.”
“Good.” She whispered back as she took the lead and kissed him. Her hands went to his face and framed it. When she was done, she pulled back with a smile, and she went back to her spot half on him with her head on his chest.
He looked down at her, and somehow he was going to make her feel the way she made him feel. He was burning for her, and he knew it. This tiny creature made his blood boil in a way no other woman had ever done. He was ready to throw all of his principles out the window because of her and the simple way he wanted everything about her.
Soon time went by, and every once in awhile, he would pad over to the door open it a crack and then shut it with a sigh. He knew it would be a while before he could get back into the city now. He was assuming a week. He had already answered a text from his boss about him not being there. He was trapped outside the city for the time being. The snow removal itself would be a headache. He thought of the last time and the fact no one figured out a better way to do it for the next time. He really needed to get out of the city. A sleepy little town like this one would be nice, he thought.
Her phone went off. She looked at it, and it was again her cousin. She decided to answer it.
“What do you want?” Kit asked her cousin.
“Crabby, I see.” Lisha laughed.
“Not really.” Kit said.
“So how was the date?” Lish asked.
“Fine.” Kit replied.
“So would you be willing to see him again?” Lish asked.
“We already worked that out on our own, Lish.” Kit said.
“So?” lish prompted.
“I can’t really girl talk about him with you right now.” Kit said.
“And why not?” Lish asked.
“Because then he would hear everything I have to say.” Kit said as he moved his hands a little closer to her waist.
“What?” Lisha asked. “He is there with you?”
“Yeah, he is.” Kit said.
“Kit did he like drug you or something?” Lisha asked, now being serious.
“No.” Kit said as she started laughing. “Now you have the worse timing on the planet for setting people up on a blind date of all things lish. Have you even seen outside since last night?”
“I wasn’t looking.” Lisha said, “Holy Crap!”
“Exactly. It started while we were on our date. By the time we noticed all the roadways were blocked. He can’t get back into the city.” Kit said.
“A hotel?” Lisha asked.
“Lisha, we are in a hotel. He can’t get back into the city. I can’t get across town. Luckily the hotel across the street from the restaurant you chose had a cabin left.” Kit said.
“Masamune wants to know if he is behaving?” Lisha asked.
“Is he behaving?” she asked as she looked at him in the eyes which were dancing with amusement. “I guess so. I mean, he is housebroken. Guys, he isn’t a dog.”
“Dogs are slightly less annoying.” She heard Masamune say.
“Wait I am on speaker?” Kit asked.
“Well. Umm.” Lisha said.
“It’s fine.” Kit said as she put them on speaker as well.
“Am I behaving?” Mitsuhide asked. “What am I five?”
“Well, dude, you know how you are,” Masamune said.
“And I know how you are,” Mitsuhide said as well.
“Is this going to turn nasty?” Lisha asked.
“Mitsuhide.” Kit said as she placed her tiny hand on his shoulder. He looked at her and smiled.
“No,” Mitsuhide said as he answered Lisha. He nuzzled his face into her hair as she finished the conversation. When she hung up, he took the phone from her hand and put it on the nightstand. He turned to face her again and then kissed her till her head hit the pillow with his hand behind it. “You didn’t tell them anything about us going out again.”
“I told you I don’t want them to let this go to their heads.” She said.
“What if we work out and move forward?” he asked so softly it was almost a whispered whisper.
“Move forward as in like get married?” she asked and he nodded. She smiled, “I guess then we can tell them it was a success.”
“You’re not balking at the idea.” He said.
“Did you think I would?” she asked, and then laughed. “By your count, we are on our second date getting ready for our third. We have already slept together and will be again tonight. Mitsuhide I don’t know what the future holds for you or me or even an us, but I would like to see. I mean you can say things like that but only time will tell.”
“Kit you are a hundred percent right.” He said with a grin.
“Good that you see that. Now, remember it because I will almost always be correct.” She let out a small laugh that had no sound, and he watched her as her nose crinkled up, and her smile was beyond lovely. He brushed his fingers through her hair and then held her close as she went back to watching tv.