Riuko: Alright. I'm back from boarding school and in college. As a bonus, I have a laptop, so I am set! …Mostly. I still need a memory card reader so I can upload new stuff to deviantart.

A.L. Newcomb: *elbows Riuko* Why don't you tell them the good news?

Riuko: I just did.

A.L. Newcomb: Not that news, the other news.

Riuko: ?

A.L. Newcomb: You got a boyfriend.

Riuko: *blushes furiously* S-S-So! Just because I haven't been on a date in five years doesn't make it that big a deal. You made a big deal when I told you I had a crush on Train too!

A.L. Newcomb: And I so told you that he liked you.

Riuko: … Shut up. Okay, I'm proud that I have a boyfriend, but it's only been a few weeks.

Train: Get on with it already. We've been waiting.

Caress: Maybe you have, but I haven't.

Eve: Riuko doesn't own Black Cat.


Third Person POV

Three days earlier…

The room was dark, even with the grand windows that allowed in vast rays of sunlight covering either side of the great hall. At the end of the hall was a throne, and perched upon this throne was a man. His eyes were that of a trustworthy person, but his persona was something else altogether. Before him knelt a young man with steel grey hair. The man was nervous, but didn't let it show. He'd failed his mission, thus failing his master, his leader, his lord. While his lord was a forgiving person, this had been an important mission. The mission had been crucial to their success and he had failed.

"Do you have anything to say for yourself?" The young man looked up at the figure in the throne. Sunlight illuminated his purple clergy robes, but not his face. His eyes were covered by darkness. He was enraged, which was a rather rare mood for him to experience. "Well?" The young man faced the floor again. "Why do you not have the girl?"

"Sh-She escaped from me and my men my lord."

"Give me one good reason why I shouldn't have you locked up right now!" Execution was an infrequent punishment for lower ranking members of the organization. For top ranking members like the young man, it was unheard of.

"She-She had help."

"Who possibly could've driven off my best warriors?"

"It was a man and a young girl," the younger man replied. The lord snorted, dissatisfied with the answer. "They were incredibly powerful, and the man had a tattoo on his left collarbone; the number XIII." The lord's face rose further into the darkness as he straightened his back.

"Really? Oh, then this will be quite interesting. It seems our little dove has found herself a friendly Black Cat," the master replied.

"You-You don't really think-"

"It is quite possible that she has made friends with the Black Cat. If this is the case then we do have quite the dilemma. Fetch Rose. I believe she would like a shot at this mission."

"But sir I-"

"You are injured Binding Chains, and despite your powers, you will need some time to recover. Take it easy. Have Thorned Rose do the work for you. You've done well. Very well."

"Yes World's End-sama." Then he was gone.


Caress POV

In the present…

'Oh shit. Now what am I supposed to do?' I cursed in my head. 'I can't tell them why… I got it!'

"I don't really feel comfortable sharing that," I stated honestly.

"Well, if we're going to be able to help you we need to know everything Caress," Sven stated as he put out his cigarette in the ashtray on the table.

"Err… well… um…"

"It can't be that bad can it?" Train asked.
"I really don't want to tell you guys that yet," I replied stubbornly. Sven sighed.

"Well, we won't force you, but it would be helpful to know."

"Sorry." I looked down at my hands in my lap and fidgeted nervously. "But I guess I could tell you who the second most powerful Rumor was." 'Okay, what am I thinking? This is a horrible idea!'

"Who is it?" I looked down at my fidgeting hands again and began to bite my lip.

"Me," I mumbled softly. "The second-in-command of Rumors is-err-was me." Train fell out of his chair and Sven knocked his over as he stood up.

"You? You're second-in-command?" Sven yelled.

"Was," I corrected. "End-sama had me put in that position so he would have a good reason for keeping a secure eye on me. He didn't want me running off." Train pulled himself up using the table.

"How can we be sure you're not trying to trick us?" Train asked.

"Why would my own people beat me up so badly just so I could trick some random sweepers? I swear if I hear one more word from you Heartnet, I don't care what you've done for me, I'm gone!" Train backed down and mumbled an apology. I glared at him and growled. Seriously, had he no brain? Sven just shook his head at Train, practically admitting to Train's idiocy. I stood up, taking a jacket Eve was handing to me.

"What's up Caress?" Sven asked.

"We're done here," I stated. "I can't stand being in his presence any longer." I pointed to Train. "I'm going to the library. Want to show me the way Eve?" Eve nodded and got out of her chair, leading me to the door. "I just want to be left alone right now." No one said anything when Eve and I walked out.


Riuko: I'm cutting it short because I have writer's block and the only thing running through my head right now is Land of Demons ideas. Please review.