Disclaimer: I don't own Hot Gimmick. It is a creation of Miki Aihara…

Now please guys, I know I haven't updated in forever… and I have had this story up for a year… but you need to know, I had Knee Surgery on the 17th of April, and I can't do much. Plus, I've been drug induced w/ pain medicine… I've almost died b/c of the first pain killer they gave me, b/c of a possible allergic reaction. Sooo cut me some slack.


After the next few weeks, Hatsumi woke up to what had become a usual routine for her. Her alarm signal was of course baby Kazuki's cry. Despite her decision she felt a heaviness in her heart. Perhaps leaving Ryoki wasn't for the best. She knew that the baby had become restless since she had gone into hiding. She didn't know how long she could keep Kazuki away from Ryoki. But she didn't want to leave him alone with Ryoki either, and giving up and going back to that gloomy sadness wasn't what she wanted. She had to be strong.

Hatsumi took Kazuki into the bathroom with her. She decided that the two of them deserved a nice warm bubble bath. It ended up being a pretty fun time, with lots of giggles, and splashing. She simply felt relieved that she had her baby boy with her.

After the bath, when the two were dried and dress, they headed out into Azusa's living room, smiling when they found him on the sofa watching television.

"Hey how did you sleep?" Azusa asked, as he walked over to Hatsumi, taking Kazuki from her arms, so he could hold him.

"I slept wonderfully. So did Kazu. You've got a really nice place here Azusa." She said with a smile.

"Thanks, with all the money I've made with modeling, I can afford it." He suddenly went very quiet.

"What is it?" Hatsumi asked?

"Ryoki stopped by, looking for you. I lied of course. He seemed pretty frantic."

"He left me a voice mail, and I messaged him, saying no. He just doesn't understand that I'm not his slave! I don't deserve to be treated this way!" she said, as she clenched her fists, and huffed.

"Hey, how about you and I, and Kazuki go out today to a park. You can wear sunglasses, and a hat to hide yourself." He said with a smile. "I think the little tike would like it!"

Hatsumi smiled and agreed. She grabbed the diaper bag, and a hat and shades for herself. They headed out, Azusa holding Kazuki. They sure made a wonderful site, but she knew that she stilled loved Ryoki dearly.

When they were at the park, Azusa took Kazuki to the swings, and played with him until he fell asleep. He came back, carrying the sleeping boy, with a slightly tired look on his face. "That was fun!" he said.

"You two look great together!" she said. A huge smile lit her face up when she thought up something. "Why don't you be Kazuki's guardian? You'd be perfect if anything misfortunate happened to me." She said. She watched as he took this in. She waited with nervous anticipation, and relaxed when a lazy smile curved on his lips. "Hell yeah! I love this kid!" he said.

After some time talking, baby Kazuki woke up, with a fussy face. Hatsumi took him from Azusa and changed his dirty diaper. After that, he was still quite fussy. She looked for a bottle of formula, but couldn't find any. "Azusa? Do you think you can hold on to him while I go to the grocery store quickly to pick up some formula for him?"

"Sure it's not a problem." He said as he again took the baby. He watched as she ran off in a slightly frantic speed walk. When she was finally gone, he pulled out his phone and dialed Ryoki's number. After several rings, the dolt picked up. "What?" he asked, his voice hoarse.

"Dude, Hatsumi is at the grocery store. I saw her walking there." He said, avoiding mentioning the fact that he had been hiding her from him.

"ARE YOU SERIOUS!" he asked, his voice still hoarse, but no longer sad.

"Yeah, if you really want her back, and have actually developed some common sense, you'll go after her and apologize." He said before hanging up.

As she walked through the unfamiliar grocery store, that happened to be very crowded, she noticed that there were no signs labeling the category of items in the aisle. She had to go through each one, and finally when she hit the sixth aisle, she was able to relax a bit. She found the baby formula and noticed that there was a sale on wipes and diapers too. She grabbed some stuff, and then some bottled water to use to mix the formula. As she carried the basket full of baby goods, she rummaged through her purse for her debit card. Since she wasn't paying attention to where she was walking, she accidentally hit a person. She staggered backwards, and looked up, ready to apologize. The words froze when she saw who it was.

"Hatsumi." Ryoki said, his voice hoarse, his face covered with stubble, his hair in a total mess, while his eyes were blood shot, which looked as if it were from crying.

She just stood there, in total and utter shock. She tried to breathe, but it was as if the air in the store had thickened into some kinda smog, making it practically impossible to get into her lungs.

"Hatsumi." He said again, before collapsing to his knees in front of her. He rested his forehead against her knee's, as he began to silently cry. She couldn't make herself do anything. Watching him cry was breaking her heart.

"Hatsumi. Please, come back." He said brokenly. "I realized how much you mean to me. How much I love you, and how much I need you in my life." He lifted his gaze to hers, and saw that her eyes were wide in shock. "Please, I love you. Can't you see how much I love and need you?" he said on a croak. "I promise to treat you better. I didn't see how much of an ass I had been. I'll change, just as long as you'll come back to me." He said, his breath shuddering out with his sobs in which he was trying to hold back.

After several long moments, Hatsumi crouched down in front of him, and cupped his face in both hands, allowing their gazes to meet. "Do you really mean that you'll treat me better, like a human and not like your slave?" she asked, her voice barely a whisper. She saw him nod, and she knew that the only reason he couldn't speak was because he was overcome with emotions. She smiled, as she wiped away his tears with a gentle finger. She gave him a teary smile before bending her head down to his, capturing his lips in a tender kiss. He grabbed her to him, holding her tight, kissing her back, just as sweet and gently as she had done.

When they parted, their foreheads resting against each others, they smiled. Hatsumi had tears rolling down her face, but she stilled smiled. "I missed you so much." She said.

Ryoki kissed her again before pulling a box out. "I never want to lose you again Hatsumi." He said as he pulled out a ring, with a pink sapphire in the shape of a heart, with two diamonds next to it on either side of it. The band was silver, with tiny stars engraved into it, and she began to cry even more.

"Please marry me." He said. "and be with me forever." he said. He watched her, his body tense as he waited for her answer. After what seemed like minutes, Hatsumi nodded to him before giving him a teary yes. He slipped the ring on her finger before kissing her. They were startled when they heard a crowd cheering and applauding. The two looked around and saw that the shoppers had been watching them.

"Finally." Azusa said as he broke through the crowd, with baby Kazuki in his arms, and a bottle in the baby's mouth. "You're back together."


A/N: I know this took forever for me to update, but as I said before hand, that I have been busy, and resting and under some stress. Please note that my life doesn't revolve around fanfiction. I still hope you'll continue to read this story and my other stories. Please read and review!

Teri Baumer