Chapter 6

Ritsuka tried to blink the sleep away but his eyes burned from crying and his body was exhausted. He sniffled lightly and curled himself up tighter, gripping Akane's shirt again and letting his head rest against the others chest. He felt Akane's arms hug him again and the tears started again. His body shook as Akane whispered various things to try and help calm him down. Almost none of it worked and the red head just laid there ass the boy cried himself asleep again. It had gone on like this all night. Akane was extremely tired but refused to sleep with Ritsuka so distressed. He'd napped a few times but one Ritsuka would wake up and start crying again he'd be right up to comfort him. They'd shared some tea with the man Ritsu but Ritsuka wasn't in much of a state for company so the man gave them a room and Akane had spent the rest of the day and night trying to help him.

By now it was well into the morning. They hadn't seen Seimei or Soubi and he wanted to keep it that way. He started to stretch a bit and felt his stomach grumble and growl with hunger. He contemplated getting up to eat but didn't want to risk Ritsuka waking while he was gone. He heard a knock at the door before Seimei opened it.

"Ritsu told me what happened. How is he?"

"Fine for now." He answered and looked to the sleeping boy.

Seimei nodded before opening the door further. "Breakfast is in the kitchen. Go eat."

"But-"

"Akane. I'll watch him. Go eat and bring something back incase he's hungry."

Akane grit his teeth and looked form Seimei to Ritsuka a few times before heaving a sigh and slipping from the bed. He headed out of the door and to the kitchen. He saw stacks of waffles on the counter along with bacon and eggs and a pitcher of orange juice. He made himself a plate and sat at the table to eat. He didn't look up as Ritsu sat at the table and opened up the morning's newspaper to read, not wanting to make eye contact or start a conversation. He quickly washed down the last of his food with juice and jumped up, making Ritsuka plate and rushing back to the room. In the hallways he bumped into someone, almost dropping the food. He looked up and saw a familiar blond. With growl he shot him a glare before shoving past and back into his room, setting the plate on the nightstand for when Ritsuka woke up.

Soubi looked at the red head that passed and pushed his brows together, confused. First off, who was that? And second, why did he look so pissed? Shrugging it off, he walked stiffly to the kitchen and sank into a chair with a hiss. He heard a chuckle from Ritsu and shot him a glare. A plate was set down in front of him and his head tugged back by his hair. He smiled when Seimei crashed their lips together for a quick kiss before smirking and releasing the other.

"Eat." He said before sitting at the table and pushing the chair back onto two legs as he put his feet on the table, earning a glare from Ritsu.

"Please, if you must act like an animal, at least wait until I'm not around." The sensei complained over the paper.

"Oh let loose." Seimei said with a laugh.

"I see you broke Soubi-kun in rather quickly."

"Well, I had to let him know Master was back." Seimei boasted with a grin as Soubi glare at the two.

"Anyways," Semei started and stretched before taking his feet off the table and leaning on his elbows. "What are we doing today?"

"What do you mean? Do whatever you like, just leave me out of it."

Seimei frowned and looked to Soubi.

The blond sighed. "Just call Nagisa. She always has something to do."

"Now now Soubi-kun, why must you be like that?"

The blond rolled his eyes and pushed his finished plate away. "Sorry, sensei, but you're not in charge anymore."

"Oh? Really now? Seimei, control your pet."

Seimei couldn't help but laugh at this and threw his hands up in defense. "Don't bring me into this. I love watching you guys fight."

"Why don't you guys just fuck and get over it already?" Soubi intervened.

The two looked to Soubi then each other before grimacing.

"I'm not into arrogant bastards." Seimei said simply.

"I'm not into sadistic bastards." Ritsu retorted.

"Right…" Soubi sighed and pushed himself up. "I'm going to shower."

"I'll call Nagisa then join you." Seimei added with a knowing grin.

-x-X-x-

Ritsuka munched on the bacon and sniffled a little, feeling drowsy and ready to fall back asleep. He leaned against Akane's shoulder and yawned.

"Hey! No going back to sleep! Come on, wake up!" Akane smiled and nudged the other, making Ritsuka giggle through his tiredness. He set the half empty plate aside and took another drink before stumbling a bit to get out of the bed.

"I need a shower." He mumbled, stretching his head and yawning again as he arched his back and stretched. His ears flattened and his tail kinked up before going limp. Akane got up and followed him with a grin into the bathroom. He slipped his arms around Ritsuka's waist and ran his hands up the others chest, nipping his neck.

"Akane! Stop! Come one, let's get in!"

"I'm helping you get undressed, Master."

Ritsuka smiled and giggled lightly, the hands on his chest pulling his shirt up. He lifted his arms to let the clothing be pulled completely off. He felt the fingers undoing his pants and wiggled his hips to help them slide off.

"Alright then, pet. Help me get washed." He said with a smile as he glanced back at the other.

Akane just smiled back and quickly shed his clothing as Ritsuka started the water and got in. He climbed in after him and pulled him close before feeling Ritsuka push him away. He frowned before the soap and loofa were handing to him and Ritsuka gave him an expecting look. Both cracked a smile and Akane started to wash the other thoroughly. They took a good hour long shower, the water being almost cold by the time they got out. Ritsuka held the towel around him and went to look for his suitcase in the room. He jumped when he saw Seimei sitting on the bed, Akane bumping into him from behind.

"Well, it's nice to see you two having a good time without jumping one another." The man said with a smile.

Ritsuka's face flushed and Akane just wrapped his arms around him. "Oh trust me, it was tempting."

Ritsuka batted him off and went to his bag to start getting dressed. The red head smiled and did the same. When Seimei didn't leave or state why he was there he looked up to him while pulling his pants on.

"Yes?"

"We're going out."

"Out where, Master?" Ritsuka asked and pulled his shirt on before brushing out his hair.

Seimei shrugged. "Just out. Maybe shopping."

Akane grimaced. "Ew. I'm being reduced to a little girl… Shopping? Really?"

Ritsuka laughed as Seimei just cocked a brow. "I'll remember that."

Akane rolled his eyes and ran his fingers through his hair before pulling on shoes. The three left the room and followed Seimei to the entry way where there was a rather loud woman wearing lolita dresses.

"Hurry up! I'm picking up Seven on the way."

Ritsuka only had time to blink before he was squashed against someone's chest. He grunted, feeling the air taken from his lungs before the familiar voice spoke in his ear.

"Ritsuka… I've missed you."

He felt the knot in his throat as tears started to swell. He opened his mouth to speak but couldn't say anything. He heard a growl before he was pried from the blonde's grasp and instead tugged back by Akane who held him possessively. He looked up at the red head, noticing the venomous glare he was giving Soubi. Part of him was happy about it. He gave a small smile and leaned back into the red head's embrace to help calm him down. Akane relaxed a little and pulled Ritsuka along before anyone could speak.

Soubi just stood there, stunned and confused. He stared after the red head that took his Ritsuka, speechless until Seimei pulled him away from his thoughts by pressing a kiss to his neck.

"What…"

"That's Akane. I got him to help wean Ritsuka off of you. I'm very stingy."

Soubi furrowed his brows, still confused but more over on Ritsuka's reaction.

"But,"

"Hush now. Time to go. I'll make sure you get to say hi later. For now, you're mine." Seimei took Soubi's hand in his and they headed to the car that way.

They took a van to fit everyone; Seimei driving with Soubi in the passenger seat, Nagisa in one of the second row seats, and Ritsuka and Akane in the very back. Ritsu had decided not to come. Soubi kept glancing at Ritsuka through the mirror, watching as he talked with Akane, blushing and laughing. He sighed and rubbed his forehead.

They ended up pulling up to a mall after they picked up Seven and everyone piled out. They went to eat first and Ritsuka stayed attached to Akane, though not completely by his own choice. Soubi tried to get close to him a few times but every time he did he was snapped at by the red head or pulled away by Seimei. It seemed Seimei's plan was working, but it still worried him.

They walked through the mall, Nagisa and Seven arguing about something before they walked into a store that was filled with different frilly and girly clothing. Seimei chuckled lightly and followed them inside, leaning over to Akane.

"Hey girly, it's the perfect store for you." He said with a smile while the red head just rolled his eyes.

Ritsuka looked around at the different dresses, eyes wide. There was so much fabric… He looked through the different colors and styles before he felt someone behind him. He jumped as Seimei reached around him and grabbed the dress he'd been looking at, whispering into his ear and making him turn bright red.

"B-but! M-master!" he protested as he was pushed towards the dressing room. He was shoved inside and Seimei held the door closed.

"Get dressed deary. Don't take too long, I'm not very patient."

Ritsuka grumbled and looked at the dress that had been chosen. IT was rather frilly and poofy at the bottom but the top was nice. It was meant to go around the side of the shoulders and obviously show off cleavage which he did not have. He swallowed thickly and ran his fingers over the silk fabric around the chest area and sighed, undressing and slipping it on. This was embarrassing and just not right. He looked at himself in the mirror and groaned. He knocked on the door to show he was done and he was allowed out. His ears hung limply and his tail stayed wrapped around his leg. He wasn't enjoying this.

He pouted when he stepped out and hung his head so he wouldn't have to look at anyone. Nagisa and Seven were off doing something without them so only the four were together. Akane and Soubi merely stared while Seimei grinned widely.

"How cute." He commented and pulled the boy against his chest, giving him a quick peck on the cheek. "And the blush looks perfect!" He smirked as Ritsuka tried to hide his cheeks.

Akane was trying very hard to stay quiet and hide a very obvious erection. But he couldn't help but laugh somewhat. Ritsuka looked at him and gave him a death glare. Frowning e stomped over to one of the racks and picked address before thrusting it into Akane's arms and shoving him towards the dressing room.

"Change. Now." He ordered and slammed the door. HE crossed his arms and leaned against the door with a pout.

Seimei just laughed while Soubi tried to figure out what was going on. He was very lost on the relationship the two boys had, and most of all, what relationship Akane had with his Master. He looked at Seimei when the other smiled at him and shook his neck.

"No." He said and crossed his arms, raising his chin in the air.

"Oh yes. Otherwise you keep the ring on tonight." Seimei grinned and held out a maid-like outfit. He pulled Soubi into the dressing room and closed the door behind him. Soubi glared at him and refused to even hold the outfit. Seimei shrugged and gripped Soubi's shirt, tugging him close. He pressed their lips together and shoved his knee between the man's legs. Pushing their hips together he unbuttoned Soubi's shirt while kissing him. He grinned and pulled back, staring at the blond for a minute before shoving the top of the outfit into his hands. "On, now."

Soubi grit his teeth and glared at the other halfheartedly. He opened his mouth to protest but all that came out was a gasping moan. He felt his pants being removed as Seimei started to pull the skirt on. Growling he tugged the shirt on and pushed Seimei back.

"Happy?" he growled.

Seimei licked his lips and shook his head. He pressed Soubi against the wall harder, pulling his hands above his head. He pushed their hips together and started to hike the skirt up.

"Master, if you ruin or soil the outfit you'll have to buy it." Soubi panted.

"That's fine. I'm starting to like this. Maybe I'll buy a few." Seimei chuckled and crashed their lips together again.

Ritsuka heard grumbles and complaint's from Akane and couldn't help but grin. He peeked inside and giggled lightly to himself. Akane looked up and scowled, already having the dress on and trying to zip up the back. Ritsuka walked over and helped him zip it up before looking him over.

"Um. Wow." He rubbed the back of his neck and smiled sheepishly. "I uh… yeah."

Akane smirked. "What? Do I turn you on?"

Ritsuka pouted and turned away, crossing his arms.

"Aww, I'm sorry, did I insult you?" Akane smirked and hugged Ritsuka from behind.

"Come on, let's get out of these before I order you to screw me right here."

Akane smirked and kissed Ritsuka's neck before letting him go and stripping out of the dress. Ritsuka did so as well and pulled on his clothes. When they finished they left and looked around the store but didn't see Seimei or Soubi. Ritsuka furrowed his brows before he heard a slight banging noise. He walked over to one of the dressing rooms and went to open the door before he heard Soubi moan. His eyes went wide and he quickly walked away from the small room and pulled Akane away as well.

"What was that?" Akane questioned, looking back.

"Nothing, come one, let's go find Nagisa."

Akane smirked. "Sure, sure."

Ritsuka and Akane had found Nagisa, how was waiting outside the store for them.

"Where's Seimei?" Nagisa questioned, ready to go.

"He's, um, not done…yet." Ritsuka answered with a light blush.

"Ugh! That nasty old pervert! He's as bad as Ritsu!" She shrieked. "Alright, come on. Guess I have to babysit."

She threw her arms in the air and started to stomp off. "Come on Seven, I'm hungry."

Akane just held back a laugh and put his arm around Ritsuka's shoulders and followed her. They went to the food court and the lady bought some sort of food box that she shared with Seven, who was actually on a diet and insisted she couldn't eat her own. Ritsuka dragged Akane off after getting some money from Nagisa and took them to an ice cream store.

"I'm not a big fan of sweets. I'll just share." Akane said as he looked over the many assortments of ways that one could have a simple ice cream. Whatever happened to just 'chocolate or vanilla'? Ritsuka had ordered a chocolate dipped vanilla cone and they head back. Ritsuka ate away most of the chocolate shell so that Akane could get to the ice cream. Akane would push the cone closer to Ritsuka face as he took a lick then pulled the cone away and leaned down, licking the white cream off of the boy's face. They both laughed as they got back to the table, Seimei and Soubi being present now.

Soubi watched the display and couldn't help but feel a little jealous. Ritsuka had started out as his and Seimei's, and now he was off having fun with some red head. He scowled lightly and felt Seimei rub his shoulders before whispering in his ear.

"You can have your chance now. Let me split them up." He pulled back and walked over to the pair of boys. He took one of Akane's arms and pulled the boy back. "Come with me. I need to speak with you."

Akane nodded and gave Ritsuka a quick smile before being pulled away by Seimei. Seimei ended up just sitting in a booth and pulling him onto his lap. It was a little awkward but he waited to see what was going on.

"Let Ritsuka make his own choices," was all Seimei said. Akane's brows furrowed and he looked over to Ritsuka before seeing Soubi wrap his arms around the other and take a lick of the ice cream. Of his master's ice cream, smiling at his master, and pulling his master away from everyone. He tried to get up and stomp over to them but Seimei held him in place by his waist.

"Stay. It's Soubi's turn. He hasn't seen Ritsuka in a while."

"I don't want that bastard anywhere near him!"

"And why is that? Are you afraid he'll take him away from you?"

"W-what?" Akane stopped, a bit unsure of himself. "Of course not! Ritsuka is mine now!"

"Then why are you so worried?"

"Because… I…"

"You're afraid Ritsuka will be the one to leave you?"

Akane grit his teeth and sagged in the other's grasp and frowned.

"He's supposed to be mine now… My master. Mine."

"I'm guessing Nisei never let you get close?"

"Not really." He grumbled and leaned back against Seimei's chest. "He said I had to wait until I was sold."

"He had good reasons."

"But Ritsuka is so hung up on Soubi! What if he-"

"Hush. He's not getting Soubi back even if he wanted to. I don't like to share."

"But-"

"No buts. Ritsuka is happy with you. Make him want you. You're his pet. He needs to learn that. Just give him time. Did you ever give him that gift you bought?"

Akane perked a bit and reached into his pocket, having made sure to keep the gift with him at all times. He pulled out the bracelet and sighed.

"When they come back maybe you should." Seimei suggested, resting his chin on Akane's shoulder.

"Alright…" he sighed.

-x-X-x-

Ritsuka felt tense, awkward, hurt, confused, happy, excited, and anxious all at the same time. His heart was pounding as Soubi had his arms around him but something just wasn't right. Soubi had pulled him away and they sat on the edge of a fountain in the mall. Soubi had him curled on his lap and was nuzzling into his neck.

"Did you miss me?" Soubi asked with a smile.

"Yes." Ritsuka whispered, fiddling with his fingers.

"You don't seem so happy."

"No! I am! I really am!" He defended quickly, perking up and tilting his head back to look at the other.

Soubi chuckled. "Why don't you tell me about that red head of yours?"

"Akane?" Ritsuka smiled and sat up a bit more. "Master said he's my pet now. But I'm not really sure what to do…"

"What do you mean?"

"Well… Akane takes more control than me, and I feel like Master is disappointed that I'm acting master-like."

"Does he follow your orders?"

"Well, yeah, when I tell him to but-"

"Has he ever disobeyed you?"

"Well, not exactly, but-"

"Then you have nothing to worry about. Just don't let him walk all over you. Take control. But it seems to me like you've already got it down."

Ritsuka nodded and looked back to his fidgeting fingers.

"Wehadsex." He mumbled quickly and tensed a bit, expecting Soubi to be hurt or upset but all he got was a light laugh.

"Did you enjoy it?"

Flushing bright red he gave a meek nod.

"Well then, I'll say you've got yourself one good pet."

Soubi nuzzled Ritsuka's neck again and made the boy giggle.

"But, Soubi, what about us?"

"What about us? What do you mean?"

"Well… because, what happened."

Soubi sighed. "Don't worry about it. I still love you Ritsuka, but not in the way you think. You're part of our family now. But I love Seimei."

Ritsuka nodded. "I like Akane."

"You only like him?"

"Well, I'm not really sure how I feel. But I'm glad that he'd here."

Soubi nodded and stood up, taking Ritsuka's hand. "Come on, let's get back before they worry."

Ritsuka nodded in agreement. Soubi ruffled the boy's hair and pet the black cat ear before taking Ritsuka's hand and walking back with him. Once they were back in sight Akane was up and tackling Ritsuka. He glanced at the blond but grit his teeth and didn't say anything. Soubi let Ritsuka go and went back over to Seimei before stretching and grinning.

"How'd it go?" Seimei asked.

"Perfect." Soubi answered smugly. "I'm guessing Akane is here to stay?"

"Yup."

"So he's going to be going through training as well?"

"Not the same, but similar, yes. Moreover to help Ritsuka though. I think Akane has enough fire for both of them."

Soubi snickered and leaned back. "When are we going home?"

"What makes you think you're coming with us?"

Soubi's face fell as he turned to look at Seimei. "Master, you don't mean-"

"Do not assume anything Soubi."

"Yes Master." He answered quietly.

"Let's go. I have some plans for tomorrow."

The blond nodded and everyone got their things together before heading back out to the van. On the way back Akane pulled Ritsuka to the back of the group. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a red bracelet that had a rosy pink stone in the middle.

"The thing said it's meant for good luck. I thought you might like it."

Ritsuka looked at the item and smiled softly, touching the stone with a finger. Akane took Ritsuka's arm and held his wrist up before tying the bracelet in place.

"I like it." Ritsuka whispered then smiled and wrapped his arms around Akane's neck and squeezed him tightly. "Thank you."

Akane smiled and wrapped his arms around Ritsuka's waist and hugged him back.

"Hey. Come on you two." Seimei called back to the two that had stopped. Everyone else was already in the van. They laughed lightly at each other and quickly ran to the van, jumping into the back. Ritsuka kept a tight grip on Akane's hand, a wide smile on his face. He couldn't stop jumping lightly in the car, giddy and happy.

When they got home he told Akane he'd meet him in the room and went over to Seimei, who was already pulling Soubi back to their room.

"Um, Master, can I talk to you real quick?"

Seimei looked back at him and nodded but didn't stop his advances on the blond. Once in the room he was tearing the other's shirt off as he waited for Ritsuka to speak.

"Well, I um, wanted to know if I could please take the rings off, please?"

Soubi chuckled lightly before Seimei attacked his neck, causing him to moan.

"You know you're on punishment."

"Yes. I know." Ritsuka said, upset. He turned to leave before Seimei spoke up again.

"I have something planned for tomorrow for us three, seeing as we haven't seen Soubi in a while. You can either wait until then or if you'd rather go ahead with Akane then tomorrow may not be as pleasing as I'd planned for you."

Ritsuka smiled and nodded. "Thank you Master!"

"Ah, but one more thing."

"Yes?" He asked, already halfway out the door.

"Being on top feels great." Seimei said with a wink before the boy left, closing the door behind him. He turned back to Soubi, looking over the assault of hickies he'd already left on his neck. "Now, where were we?"

A/N:
Wooooo!
So, this took me two days to write, but I was just lazy to start it xD
But it's summer and the more I read other people's stories and think about mine I want to write more!
Sadly though, I feel like this story is getting close to the end. There will still be more chapters, but I doubt there will be another sequel.
But that's ok, because I've got another surprise!
I have thought of a new story and already have the first bit typed up.
It won't be out until after this one is finished and most definitely until I get at least five decent chapters already typed.
Anyway, tell me what you think, give me ideas of what you want, read Save the kittens! By kareen2006
It's long but worth it!
Plus Yoji is spelled without a 'u' -.-
I reread Loveless and realized I seriously need to study it more often like I used to…
Volume 9 comes out soon! =D
No I do not know the set date, and no 9 isn't the late manga in the series.
If it was then it would have to be long as hell to answer the billions of questions the fans have
So R&R
love ya!

-S