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On to the chapter!

The Geek in the Pink

Chapter 14: Colloquies

"He's coming here? Now?"

Kenshin nodded meekly. He couldn't tell Sanosuke everything on the phone, so he asked him to come to the restaurant. He hadn't thought it through; after he'd hung up with the man, he wondered about what he should say to him once he arrived. Sanosuke was, after all, a policeman or something similar...Kenshin couldn't just tell him that he is an assassin.

Aoshi pushed a hand through his hair. "I warned you, Kenshin. I warned you," he muttered.

"Look, I didn't know this was going to happen," Kenshin protested. "We were just having dinner! We were in a public place; I didn't believe they would dare and do something."

"And that's your problem, you fool," Aoshi snapped. He took a drag from the cigarette he was holding. "You should never underestimate the enemy. You'd think that after the last time, you would've learned not to do that."

Kenshin's head snapped up. His eyes flashed. "Aoshi..." he said warningly.

Aoshi didn't flinch. "I'm just stating the facts," he said coolly. "I'm just pointing out the obvious. I'm reminding you of what had happened last time so that you won't repeat the same mistakes again."

"Bit late for reminders, don't you think?" Kenshin muttered.

Aoshi snuffed out his cigarette with his shoe and shoved his hands into his pockets. "We should get out of here," he stated. Kenshin raised an eyebrow at him. "You're really not planning on staying here and waiting for Kaoru's brother, are you? Don't be so stupid, Himura. Honestly, do you just lose sense of everything when you're in love with someone?"

Kenshin wanted to strangle him, but Aoshi did have a point. He gripped the hilt of the sword Aoshi had been so kind to bring along. Really, what good would it do him to just stay put and wait for Sanosuke to arrive? After all, he couldn't tell him anything substantial...he couldn't tell him anything which would not discriminate him. The best thing to do would be to just go and try to find Kaoru on his own.

"Let's go deal with them."

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Sanosuke was furious.

He was generally a calm man; few things could make him furious. One of these things involved Kaoru, and people who harm her.

Sanosuke was also quite panicked.

He was generally a fearless man; few things could make him afraid. One of these things involved Kaoru, and the idea of Kaoru being hurt.

Tonight, all of these things were happening. He still couldn't believe that he'd spoken to a member of the Juppongatana. He'd been hunting those guys for years and never once did he come into contact with them, but the one time he didn't want to talk to them, they contact him? Something was definitely wrong with the picture here. And where was that bastard Kenshin? Where was the guy who'd put Kaoru in such a situation in the first place?

A waiter approached him. "Sir, I just asked the valet, and he says he saw the redhead leave in a car with some other man," he said.

"So his car is still here?" Sanosuke demanded.

"Yes, it's still here."

"Take me to it, and give me the keys," Sanosuke ordered. When the waiter started to protest, Sano merely held up his badge. "Now."

The waiter nodded wordlessly. He mentioned for Sanosuke to follow him, and they both went to the valet, who in turn led them over to Kenshin's car and opened it for them. Sanosuke snatched the keys out of the valet's hand, sat down in the driver's seat and shut the door behind him.

"Sir-" the valet started.

"I'm confiscating this car, so please don't interfere. Now leave," he snapped. When they were gone, he leaned towards the glove compartment and popped it open. It was empty save for a beeper. Frowning, he picked it up. "I thought kids these days had cell phones..."

Just then, the beeper beeped and a number appeared on the screen. As a man who was desperate for any form of lead, he took out his cell phone and quickly dialed the number. He listened to the rhythmic beat of the phone for a few moments before someone finally picked up.

"B-battousai?"

Sanosuke's frown deepened. "Who is this?" he demanded.

"Shinamori-san? I'm s-sorry, no offence, b-but I'll be requiring Battousai's services this time, so could I p-please talk to him?" the man stuttered.

"You asshole," Sanosuke hissed. The man gasped, but Sanosuke had already hung up.

His breathing was becoming heavy, and he was clenching his fists so tightly the knuckles were becoming white. Of all the people Kaoru could have dated, she had to pick the cold-blooded assassin known as Battousai? He banged his fist against the dashboard.

"Damn it, Kaoru! Whatever happened to your instincts?"

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Kaoru was pushed into what looked like a round conference room. There was a round table, and a number of people were seated around it. On closer inspection, she counted eleven. It was too dark for her to make out their faces, however. The door was shut behind her, and Seta made his way to the only vacant chair left.

There was an ominous feel to this room, and Kaoru felt terrified in spite of herself. She took a couple of steps back and bumped into the closed wooden door. Her hands were still knotted together...not that that mattered, anyway. She didn't think she'd be able to escape even if she wanted to.

"Kaoru-san, we're delighted to have you with us," someone said in a raspy, coarse voice.

She gulped. "Why did you bring me here? What do you want from me?" she croaked.

"Now, now, let's wait for your friend, Kenshin, to arrive first," the same person replied.

There was a swift movement that barely registered in the corner of her eye, and someone was standing next to her. Kaoru felt beads of sweat forming on her forehead as she slowly turned her head around to look into the bandaged face and fathomless eyes of the speaker. She thought she saw a glint of red in them. There was something about him that made her heart drop to her stomach.

"And then we'll start the party," he breathed into her face.

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A/N: All done! First time I've done three perspectives in one chapter. Oh, well. I hope you liked it. Please review!

- S. N. B.