Soi Fon looked up from the list to the empty sign above the restaurant. "Are you sure this is the place?" Next to her, Yoruichi scratched the back of her head, looking at a list of places offering jobs. "Well, the address is right." Both women couldn't help but look at the tarp next to the door, covering an enormous hole in the two story building's front wall.
"Well," Yoruichi began "It's not too late to apply at that lesbian bar. What was it called again? …'Something' Locket… I'll remember it eventually."
Soi Fon sighed, "Perhaps. I've noticed a few other buildings that look a bit damaged here in Juuban. Still, let's at least see what it's like." "Plus," thought the younger one in irritation, "I really didn't like the looks some of those women were giving MY Yoruichi-sama."
Walking past a rather old motorcycle and a minivan parked near the restaurant, they went inside. The interior décor was tasteful and seemed rather cozy. It was easy to see that it would be especially popular with couples; the first thing they noticed, however, was that no one was there.
"Hello? Anyone here?" shouted Yoruichi, "We're here about the offer in the paper?"
Suddenly, a door in the back of the main dining area, which presumably led to the kitchen, opened a few inches and an old woman poked her head out. She immediately retreated, and a shout could be heard: "Shiro, someone came!" The woman opened the door again and walked out.
She was a few inches shorter than Soi Fon, dressed traditionally, and had graying light brown hair. Her face was fairly wrinkled, but they appeared to be mostly from years of smiling and laughter, evidenced by the large toothy grin she was wearing.
Bowing, the woman introduced herself. "Hello, my name is Satsuki Kawakami. My husband and I own this restaurant." Yoruichi returned the greeting. "Nice to meet you, I'm Yoruichi and this is Soi Fon."
Satsuki nodded. "I imagine you'll want to get a look at the place, then?" Before either of them could respond, the elderly woman grabbed their arms, and with a surprising amount of energy, led them through the doors she'd passed through earlier.
"This is the kitchen, nothing really special about it," Neither Yoruichi or Soi Fon could disagree with the woman, it was a fairly normal kitchen, as far as restaurants go. Near the door they'd just gone through were a set of stairs leading to the next floor. "Shiro and I live upstairs, why don't we go up there to talk?"
On the next floor, they entered a small living room, in which an old balding man could be seen with what looked like a cute plastic wand into a duffel bag. Two suitcases were laying next to him.
Satsuki turned to the shinigami, "This is my husband Shiro. Shiro, these ladies are here about the offer." To this the man grunted, and shoved a sheathed, battered-looking katana into the same duffel bag as before. Yoruichi and Soi Fon were rather nonplussed by this, though Yoruichi did wonder why the man had a katana in the first place.
"Don't mind him," the old woman sighed, "He's always been a bit surly." Thinking for a moment, she grabbed a framed photograph off of an empty looking end-table beside a couch. Come to think of it, Soi Fon realized, the whole room seemed empty, as though everything had been packed away.
Her smile never leaving her face, Satsuki presented the photo to the two other women. "This is Shiro and I when we were younger," she said, pointing to the two figures on the right: a dark haired serious looking young man, who seemed irritated by the energetic brown haired girl with her arm around his shoulder, who was smiling widely at the camera. Next to her was a gentle looking girl with long black hair and pale skin, who held hands with a very severe-looking but blushing redhead… who had a pair of horns protruding through her hair.
Satsuki pointed at the dark haired girl in the picture "And this was my best childhood friend." She blushed a little and continued, "She used to have such a crush on me. She eventually fell for her," she gestured to the redhead. "Though to be honest, Shiro and I didn't get along with her at first. We, ah, "befriended" her eventually though."
As she finished talking, Satsuki handed the photo to Shiro, who put it into the duffel bag and zipped it up.
Soi Fon looked at Shiro, who stood up holding the two suitcases and the duffel bag slung across his shoulder. "Um, are you two packing?" she asked finally getting a word in edgewise against the reminiscing older woman. Yoruichi nodded, she had been thinking the same thing
Sastuki smiled at the two women. "Oh, that. Well, Shiro and I are going away. It's always been our dream to travel the world." The two women looked at the old woman aghast. "What? But what about the job openings?"
"Well, let's just say that you'll certainly be working here." said Satsuki with a mysterious grin. "Why don't we go over the fine details."
Soi Fon and Yoruichi stared at the old couple as they exited the building with their luggage and got on to the motorcycle. As the machine roared to life, Shiro Kawakami revved the engine, then plunged into the busy street, crossing several lanes of traffic. The two women could only stare at them dumbfounded. "Ah, Soi?"
"We're trying to make money, right?" Soi Fon nodded, still acting nearly catatonic.
"So… how the hell did we end up buying a restaurant?" A shrug from the violet haired one's lover.
"Um, excuse me?" came a voice from behind them.
Turning around, the two shinigami saw a beautiful dusky skinned woman with long dark hair. There was a green tint to it. "Did I hear you right? The Kawakami's sold this place to you?"
Yoruichi recovered her wits first, enough to manage "Oh, er, yes, that's right. I'm Yoruichi Shihoin, and this is Soi Fon my girlfriend." At this, Soi Fon came back to her senses. The black haired woman blushed but nodded at the newcomer. "How do you do?"
The woman smiled, unfazed by the admission. "It's nice to meet you, my name is Setsuna Meioh."
Yes, there was a reference to Shanejayell's "Arisugawa's Locket" in the beginning. Awesome writer, I highly recommend their stories to those that don't mind copious shoujo-ai.
Shiro and Satsuki Kawakami are my own creation, and are named after Soi Fon and Yoruichi's Japanese voice actors. The first names are Yoruichi's cat and human form actors (Shiro Saito and Satsuki Yukino), and the last name comes from Soi Fon's VA: Tomoko Kawakami. At first I just wanted an elderly couple for plot, but eventually I decided to add a little backstory to them… I kind of want to know more about them now… -_-^
Those of you familiar with the Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha fandom will get what "Befriending" might involve for (and let's not lie to ourselves about this) a bad-boy demon hunter and his magical girl girlfriend.
I'm certain that I messed something up vis-à-vis buying a restaurant. It's probably infinitely more complicated than hinted at here. The only explanation I can give is that with all of the monster attacks in Tokyo (especially in the Sailor Senshi's corner of the city) the logistics of buying and selling buildings and businesses is probably very different from normal. My guess: housing values are very low, while insurance is through the roof.
Anywho, that's it for this story for now. I'll probably continue it eventually, but I don't know when that will be. For now, Yoruichi and Soi Fon will be making cameo appearances, along with a few other Bleach characters, in my Sailor Moon fic: Setsuna's Blind Dates.
I'll now be working on Setsuna's Blind Dates and a few oneshots I've got planned.
…I don't really like this chapter… I focused too much on the backstory of my original characters… I'm embarrassed with myself.