Author: Sonomi-chan PM
Previously titled: The Veil of the Maiden's Shyness... While Takuro is away on business, Hinagiku is left home alone with the threat of an escaped felon in her area. Hinagiku/TakuroRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Suspense - Hinagiku T./Daisy & Takuro A. - Chapters: 8 - Words: 11,820 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 05-12-12 - Published: 02-12-08 - id: 4069540
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Disclaimer: I do not own or claim any rights to the manga/anime Wedding Peach, nor am I affiliated with it in any way.
I've been working on this for a little while and decided to post it. I noticed that there are no Takuro/Hinagiku fics out there, which is a shame, because they are such a cute couple. This fic contains no spoilers that I know of, but what I will say is that it is set after the series ends. I hope you enjoy. Review please!
"This man is said to be armed and dangerous. Women are advised to stay in doors and, more importantly, stay in the company of others. More details on this warning when we come back..."
"Great. They tell me there's danger in my neighborhood, then decide they're gonna go get coffee before they tell me the important stuff."
Hinagiku laid back on the couch and put the back of her hand over her eyes to block out the annoying light from the lamp on the near-by table. She was completely alone and utterly bored. It couldn't be helped, though. There was nothing she could do.
Her best friends, Momoko and Yuri, were both with their husbands in America at the moment. Because of Yousuke's and Yanagiba's complete dedication and prodigious skills in soccer, both men had been asked to attend a conference of sorts in California. There, they would be asked to play against great soccer players from all around the world in front of scouters, family, and friends, along with many spectators. Since their husbands would be gone for longer than a week—and their wives were jealous, clingy women, in Hinagiku's opinion—they insisted in coming along and cheering them on. So, that left Hinagiku and Takuro alone, which was just fine with her. Though she hadn't voiced it, she didn't think she spent enough alone time with her husband.
They had only been married for a few short months, she knew, but the fact was that the only time they saw one another longer than an hour was when they slept at night. She knew he was a busy man. Being a well- respected chemist was no joke, afterall. But there were times that she just wanted to curl up in his arms in front of the fireplace and just talk to him. She wanted to know what was on his mind, and she wanted him to know what was on hers.
As out of character as that kind of behavior is, she almost desperately needed them to have more moments like that. Unfortunately for her, the opportunity for that to happen wouldn't be for at least a few more days.
Takuro was also requested to leave the city for a conference. He was asked to do a presentation on his recent experiments having to do with a few recently discovered elements. Takuro had asked Hinagiku to come with him and attend his lecture, but after his failed attempts at explaining his research, she felt it best that she stay behind.
So, here she was, sitting on her couch, waiting for the commercial break to end so she could be told the best ways to protect herself from the escaped convict from the local prison the next town over.
And, surprisingly, she liked this situation better than sitting in a classy dining hall sitting at a table with a bunch of other chemists' wives, listening to them spout the same scientific terminology that Takuro had tried to educate her in.
Yup, the escaped rapist/murder was something she had no problem taking on.
Hinagiku sat back up when the news reporter began speaking again.
"For those of you just now tuning in, a man convicted of rape, assault and murder escaped from the local prison this afternoon around 4:40pm. He is described as a muscular individual in his mid-thirties. He has slightly graying brown hair, around five feet, nine inches in height, and is said to have scars around his neck and inner wrists.
On screen now is a picture of this man..."
"That scrawny guy!" She said as she got a good look at his severe lack of muscles and his malnourished looking face.
"I could take him on easily!"
She couldn't help but gloat about her fighting skills. Being a love angel meant that she had no choice but to stay on top of her game. She hadn't realized just how strong she was until Takuro commented on her physique.
After blushing for a little while, she noticed just how much she had toned out. After that, she made it a habit of eating healthier and exercising a little more. One could never be too careful.
"As we've said before, the killer preys upon young women and breaks into their home. Please note that he strikes and escapes most often when his victims are alone.
Women are urged to stay inside with their doors and windows securely locked. It is also urged that women be accompanied by someone at all times. That means anyone! Previous victims commented that having their children around have saved them from this predator..."
"Like a kid is really going to save me from a rapist." She commented with a huff. This news report was getting more and more dramatic for her.
"Here is an update! A past victim of this man says that he enters the house by—" The t.v cut off abruptly as Hinagiku threw the remote down.
"He gets in by going through the damn doors and windows like any other normal killer would! And here I thought this stupid channel was going to tell me something important."
She left the living room and made her way to the kitchen to make herself some tea. Though she was still pissed at the news, she was still a little sad to be left alone with a killer on the loose.
"It's at times like this when I need Takuro!" She commented as she put the water on the stove to boil. "And he isn't even here to protect me! What a lousy husband."
Just as she finished her task, the phone rang. She walked back into the living room, wondering allowed who it could be and was surprised to hear the voice on the other end.
"Takuro?" She asked. He hadn't called her since he left for the conference.
"Are you alright? I just saw the news about Niji Dash."
"Niji Dash. The escaped convict. Are you alright?"
"Oh yeah, I was just watching the news. I'm fine, Takuro. You worry too much."
She said with a blush and a smile on her face. His constant worrying always made her feel so loved by him.
"Hinako, please be careful. I worry because I love you and I don't want anything to happen to you."
There was a pause in speaking before he said,
"I'm on my way home right now."
"What? Takuro, that's just ridiculous! I am a Love Angel! I've tackled creatures way worst than this guy! You don't need to come back!"
"There was an update in the news report. Niji is said to be very close to our neighborhood!"
"Good! Let him come! I guarantee I can put his sorry butt back in prison, no problem!"
She said this with false confidence. Normally, she would have had no problem with a guy like Niji, but now she wasn't so sure. No one escaped from the prison he was held in. If he had the skill to accomplish that, then she really did have an idea what he was capable of.
"Hinako, please don't argue with me on this! Do not try to take this guy on! He's dangerous!"
"Just trust me, Takuro." She replied calmly.
"I bet you this whole thing will be over in a few hours. They'll catch the guy before I can get a shot at him and have him back in prison before I finish my tea, which is almost ready, by the way. Just stay and finish your presentation. I'll be here when you get back, safe and sound."
Takuro sighed on the other line. There was no sense in arguing.
"Alright, I won't come back. But in return you'd better call me all the time! And you can't leave the house under any circumstance."
"I mean it, Hinagiku."
"I said I won't do it. Stop worrying, Takuro. I'll be alright. Now, go back to what you were doing so I can drink my tea."
"Okay. Call me before you shower and before you go to bed. And first thing in the morning, okay?"
Hinagiku rolled her eyes before telling him she would do everything he asked.
"I love you, Hinako. Please be safe."
"I love you too, Takuro. I'll call you in a little while."
She hung up the phone and gave a sigh of relief and sorrow. She just made a stupid decision. She was starting to be really conscious of the fact that she was a young woman, alone in her house, without her husband for three more days.
She wanted desperately to tell him that she wanted him there with her. He might be a scrawny chemist, but he was the most reassuring person in the world to her. If he said something would be alright, then she knew, without a doubt, that it would.
But he sounded incredibly nervous on the phone. It was unsettling to her because she could tell the difference between paranoia and fear, and what he displayed was genuine fear for her safety. The fact that she was a love angel didn't even seem to ease his fear in any way.
"I'm just being paranoid." She said with a laugh. That was the only reassurance she could give herself at the moment. She was just going to drink her tea, shower and then go to sleep and hope the guy was caught before she woke up the next morning.