From The Desk of Sphinxy8a
As you can see from the title this will be the final chapter to Two Years After. I wanted to thank ya'll for reading it and I really wanted to thank the people who reviewed it. Because it is the final chapter I made it longer than usual. I hope you like my ending and if you don't well then please review and tell me what you didn't like and even if you did like it tell me why.
Two Years After:
Chapter 5 part 2
"Hmmm… I wonder what he said," Riiko said to herself a few hours later, as she got ready to go in to the club.
"Well don't you look delicious," said Gaku as he popped out of Riiko's closet.
"When are you gonna learn to use a door Gaku," asked Riiko as she put the finishing touches on her new outfit.
"What's with the new clothes," asked Gaku as he ushered her out of the apartment and into the company car.
"Soshi mentioned that I probably shouldn't go into the club in my normal clothes."
"Smart kid," murmured Gaku to himself.
"What was that?"
"I was just saying that he was a smart kid."
"Why do you say that?"
"Sometimes I really wonder about you. I guess it's a good thing that Soshi's here for you; otherwise I don't know what would happen to you."
"What are you talking about?"
"I'm talking about that kid wanting you to dress up for him and having the satisfaction of knowing you were thinking of him while you were getting ready. "
"What? He made it seem that it would help with the made up reason for being there."
"Come on. That club wouldn't care if you showed up in rags as long as you had money hidden in them. He "mentioned" nicer clothes so you would dress up for him."
"I don't believe it."
"Keep telling yourself that. So, what are you gonna say once you're in there?"
"Truthfully I haven't figured it out yet."
"Well you better figure it out real soon doll cuz it's almost show time," said Gaku as the vehicle slowed down to a halt in front of the clubs iron gates.
"Got any advice," asked Riiko nervously as she stepped out of the car.
"You already know what to say," said Gaku before he pushed a button and the car door shut by itself and he zoomed off down the street.
"What's that supposed to mean," Riiko asked herself as she put her hands on the door and pushed them open.
As she did this she was met with the sound of laughter and merriment. The club was a bit darker inside than she remember so as she was adjusting her eyes to the dimmer lighting she didn't notice the male host come up behind her till he whispered in her ear.
"Well isn't this a treat," exclaimed the host quietly in her ear.
"I'm sorry," said Riiko puzzled.
"I was just saying that it was a treat to have a new guest here," said the host still whispering in her ear.
Riiko just smiled nervously and turned to look at him. As her gaze shifted she got a clear look at the rest of the room including a look at the figure that looked exactly like Night.
For a moment she forgot what she was doing and just stared at him. The host noticed where her gaze had stopped and said, "Unfortunately, Night has already been booked for this evening. Tell you what since this is obviously your first time here I will make sure that you are with someone almost as cute as you are. Incidentally he is also new to this club and I am sure he would love to make your acquaintance."
As he said this Riiko remember why it was she was "supposed" to be here and made an effort to take her eyes away Night, turning them instead to the host smiling at her.
"Ok. That sounds good."
"Good. Let me ring for him. His name is Charlie. So far he has done a very fine job," said the host as he rang a small bell. From behind a curtain came Soshi a.k.a. Charlie and just as he said he would, he acted surprised and actually stopped in mid-step and exclaimed, "Riiko" gathering the attention of everyone in the club including Night. Playing along Riiko exclaimed,
"Soshi! Or should I call you "Charlie"! I can't believe you! All this time I was thinking that you were working so hard and here I find you doing who knows what with these girls. What do you have to say for yourself?"
"Riiko… How did you find out I was here? I mean… I…"
"I ask you what you are doing here and all you have to say is "how did I find out?" Come on, we live together for goodness sake, of course I'm gonna notice when you're acting strangely. Plus our friend told me he saw you walk in here a few hours ago. I didn't want to believe him so I didn't do anything till I got tired of waiting and called the restaurant asking for you. They said that you had quit. That's when I decided to come in here to look for you. I was really hoping you wouldn't be here. I can't believe you would do this to me after we… never mind that. But you said you loved me!"
"That's what they always say Hun," said a voice that sounded strangely familiar if somewhat high pitched.
"I do love you Riiko!"
"Then why would you hurt me this way?"
"If you would just let me explain…"
"Errrrr…. If you two don't mind could we please move this to another room. One that's preferably away from here," asked Riiko's host.
Ignoring the host Riiko said, "Well then, we're all listening."
"The reason for my coming here is because I wanted to help pay for your college. You know that I want you to come with me and since I couldn't help you get your grades up in time to apply for you to get a scholarship; I thought I would work at a place that would pay me a lot in a short amount of time. I remembered the other night when we were… at home that you said I was so handsome that I could be a host for a host club."
"I was only saying that. I didn't want you to actually become a host and especially not for me. I told you I was gonna figure out how to get the money. You didn't have to do this."
"I know I didn't, but that's the sort of thing you do when you love someone."
"Oh Soshi…I love you too."
"I love you Riiko."
"Awwww," said that same strangely high pitched familiar voice.
"So will you stop working here?"
"If you really want me to."
"I'll do you one better than that. You're fired," said the host.
"Alright. Riiko let me go get my things and we'll go home together," said Soshi before he kissed her lightly and turned to gather his things from the back room.
As she waited for Soshi, Riiko couldn't help but feel relieved that they were almost out of there.
"I'm ready," said Soshi as he took Riiko's hand and they headed toward the door. Just after they were out the door and were about to head toward their bus stop a hand reached out and tapped Riiko on the shoulder, signaling them to stop. The both of them turned around and were met with Night's Replacement.
"I know why the both of you are here," he said in the exactly the same way that Night would have. "I appreciate the lengths that the both of you were willing to go through to make sure I knew you were together but that doesn't mean that I will go back to Kronos Heaven. They only want me back because I figured out that this "malfunction" is not only occurring in the Nightly series but in all the series. When I told them I was gonna make sure that all the other models knew about what they were gonna do when they got us all back they sent agents and when that didn't work they sent you two in because in a particularly nasty fight I had with the last agents to come here I had to access an old fighting program that was programmed into me when I was to be your replacement. The program also held the names of yourselves, and I was compelled to say your names. I am sure that the only reason for your being here was because they blackmailed you, saying that if you did not do this thing then they would make you pay the amount Night was originally sold for. I am sorry for this." With this being said the replacement turned to go back into the club.
"Wait," said Riiko. "Why are you like this now? The last time we saw you, you were on the rampage, how are you so different?"
"The scientists have reprogrammed some parts of me so that I no longer feel aggression towards you, Soshi and even Night."
"Finally one thing those guys did right," muttered Soshi.
"So what are you going to do now," asked Riiko.
"I'm going to go find all of the models and tell them about my discovery and hopefully they will make the decision to leave their masters for both of their safety. I should be going now before Kronos Heaven decides to come after us right here. Soshi will you do me a favor and play along with what I'm about to do?"
"Uhhh… sure what is it- argh! What the hell?"
"Oh I see," exclaimed Riiko and then she helped Soshi up. As this was happening the replacement had disappeared into the night leaving Riiko and Soshi alone.
"Well that was interesting," said Soshi as they made their way to the bus stop while massaging his face.
"Yes it was…"
"Riiko are you ok? I mean it must have been hard for you to see the replacement after not having seen Night in two years."
"Oh I'm fine."
"Really I am. When I first saw him I almost called out to him but then I remembered that I needed to "rescue" you and I got into the moment. And then just now when he was talking to us I realized that this figure wasn't my Night. My Night is at Kronos Heaven and he'll probably be staying there for a very long time. Soshi, I've finally realized that what I need to do is move on with my life and so I'm asking you if your offer still stands?"
"And which one would that be," asked Soshi with the beginnings of a grin to grow larger on his face.
"The one where I…"
"Soshi! You know the one I'm talking about," said Riiko as she tried to smack Soshi.
Just as Riiko's blow was going to land Soshi caught them and held them in one hand and became very serious. "Riiko, I really need to hear this from your own mouth, because I want this. You know I do, but I will take this no further till you tell me here and now what you want."
"Soshi, Will you… be my… tutor."
"I'm playing. No but really Soshi will you be my boyfriend?"
"I don't feel like being your boyfriend if you're gonna be this mean to me," said Soshi as he turned away mostly to hide his smile.
"Soshi," said Riiko.
"Huh… ohhhhh," said Soshi as Riiko reached up and took his face in her hands and kissed his jaw.
"Will you go out with me now?"
"What do you mean maybe," asked Riiko as the bus pulled up in front of them.
"I mean that kiss was substandard," said Soshi as he got on the bus. "I'd consider it if I got a better one."
"Well at the rate you're going you won't be getting any more," called after him as she followed him in. "And by the way, what was it that you were saying to me before you went into the club earlier? I didn't hear it!"
Meanwhile across the street in a dark alley two figures stepped out of the shadows.
"I told you it would work," said Gaku as he took off his platinum blond wig and popping a candy into his mouth.
"I should have believed you, sorry."
"No problem. After all you were asleep for a couple of years you don't know the kind of guy I am anymore. So Night what are you really gonna do since you're not gonna go back to Riiko?"
"I don't know."
"You could always work for me at my takoyaki company."
"I suppose there could be worse things to do with my time."
"It's not that bad!"