Just another day at the office. Watari, the company scientist, was locked in his lab brewing up a new concoction; Tatsumi, the secretary, was in his office doing paperwork; Tsuzuki and Hisoka were in their office, Hisoka doing work and Tsuzuki sleeping; Terazuma and Wakaba were at their desks, Wakaba reading a magazine and Terazuma flipping through a book from the library; Konoe was in his office, looking over recent cases; and the Gushoshin were reorganizing the library and worrying about the book Terazuma had yet to return.

An exhausted sigh from the doorway grabbed Tatsumi's attention; he looked up at the figure in his doorframe.

"Konnichiwa Tatsumi."

"Konnichiwa Konoe. How can I help you?" Tatsumi asked monotone.

"Would you mind calling a meeting? We have a new case."

"For Kurosaki-kun and Tsuzuki-san?" He asked.

"No. For everyone." Konoe turned and left the secretary's office as Tatsumi raised a curious eyebrow at his back.

"Now that everyone is here..." Tatsumi trailed off as he noticed Tsuzuki beginning to fall asleep. He cleared his throat. "Tsuzuki-san."

"Hai! Gomen Tatsumi! I didn't get much sleep last night."

"That's no reason to fall asleep in the office Tsuzuki-san." Terazuma growled.

"Shut up you shape changing freak!" Tsuzuki growled back.

"Don't start you two." Tatsumi warned.

Instant silence.

Tatsumi pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose and continued. "As I was saying, we have a new case. We are to protect a family who seems to be the next target of a mass of murders. The majority of the family goes to Kaiwaia High, so most of us will be posing as teachers there in order to keep an eye on them. The family is highly known and very respectable, they're known as the Sohma family. There is also a girl named Honda Tohru we have to keep an eye on, she also seems to be a target."

"The Sohma family, huh? Why would someone want to kill them?" Terazuma asked.

"They're a highly respectable family. They are very powerful, they are feared by some, and have a few enemies that I'm sure would like to do something unconstitutional to them."

"Who do we look for at the school?" Tsuzuki asked.

"Sohma Hatsuharu, Kyo, Momiji, and Yuki. Along with Honda Tohru of course." Tatsumi paused to look over a few papers. "The other members of the Sohma family are Akito, Ayame, Hatori, Hiro, Kagura, Kisa, Ritsu, and Shigure." Tatsumi waited a moment for questions. "This family is special in more ways than one. The zodiac curses the family. Ayame is the snake; Hatori is the dragon; Hatsuharu is the cow; Hiro is the lamb; Kagura is the boar; Kisa is the tiger; Momiji is the rabbit; Ritsu is the monkey; Shigure is the dog; Yuki is the rat; and Kyo is the cat."

"And Akito?" Hisoka asked.

"He is the head of the family; he is the power and the authority. Although he has no curse himself he carries all their burdens of the family and he is a very sick person. Honda-san is the only one outside of the family who knows of the of the curse." Tatsumi explained.

"What triggers their transformation?" Watari asked.

"Stress and or the embrace of someone of the opposite sex. But it isn't triggered by people within their family." Tatsumi cleared his throat. "For instance, Kyo can hug Kagura without changing but he cannot do the same with Honda-san."

"I see." Hisoka nodded. "I suppose that makes sense."

"What about these series of murders?" Terazuma asked, eyeing Tsuzuki as he began falling asleep again.

"Hakushaku-sama reported it. Groups of people were killed all at the same time, meaning the lights of the candles all went out at the same exact time."

"How is that possible?" Wakaba asked.

"That's what we are to find out." Tatsumi told her.

"What are our assignments? When do we start?" Terazuma asked.

"Kurosaki-kun, Wakaba, Fukiya, and Torii will pose as students. Tsuzuki-san, Terazuma, Watari, and I will pose as teachers. We start tomorrow."

"Saya and Yuma?" Hisoka asked, eyes growing slightly wider.

"They have been informed of the case and will join us as soon as possible after they finish their latest case." Tatsumi told him. "I will inform them to control themselves on this case in particular."

"OK." Hisoka nodded, only slightly relieved.

Everyone filed out of the meeting room and went back to work, with the exception of one purple eyed shinigami who had fallen asleep.

A hand rested on his shoulder and shook him lightly.

Tsuzuki stirred awake and looked around blearily.

"I thought we fell asleep early enough?" He said.

Tsuzuki smiled. "It's not that. I had a bad dream that kept me from sleeping. But that's OK, I got to watch you sleep."

His cheeks flushed slightly. "A bad dream? What was it?"

"Anou..." Tsuzuki fidgeted.


Tsuzuki shook his head. "No."

"Your past?"

He nodded shyly. "Hai."

He cleared his throat. "It can't hurt you now you know."


"I'd hug you but remember, we're trying to keep this relationship a secret." He smiled slightly, something rare on his face.

Tsuzuki nodded. "It's OK. I'm fine now." He smiled.

"OK. We should get back to work."

"Hai." Tsuzuki agreed.

"I'll make sure you get some rest tonight." He told him, slightly sternly.

Tsuzuki whimpered. "But..."

"Not tonight Tsuzuki. You need sleep just as much as anyone else." He told the now Inu-Tsuzuki.

Whimper. I was looking so forward to it though. "OK."

"Good puppy." He smiled.

Tsuzuki grinned.