I don't own Ghost Hunt. The second story in my series. This is squeal to Lost.

Bloody Slippers

Chapter 1

It had been two years since the summer that opened the door into Mai's past. It was now her first year of college and she was majoring in the arts. Right now she was in the musical theatre program. She still worked part time for Naru and lived with her guardians Monk and Ayako.

"Very good, Mai." Her dance instructor said as Mai stretched her body out into the different moves. "I think you have the potential to become a great dancer, but you have trouble focusing. If you want to be great then you must become dedicated." The instructor walked away.

Mai finished her class and grabbed her bag. She headed out the door and out of the dance studio on campus. She looked at her watch and began to run. 'Shoot! I'm already late! Naru will never let me hear the end of it.'

Mai was running as fast as she could. Considering that she had just had her dance class and was tired and sweaty, running at record speed was not an easy task. She ran up the steps and burst through the door gasping for air.

"I- here! - Sorry- I-" Mai was cut off by Naru who had just come out of his office reading a case file.

"Your late." He said in his cold voice. "This is unacceptable behavior for an assistant of mine." He turned to face her now.

"I was about to apologize-" Mai tried to talk, but was cut off again.

"And your appearance is unacceptable too. What are clients going to think when they see a disheveled assistant?"

"But I—" Mai began again.

"Clearly this job is not important enough for you to practice professionalism." Naru turned back to his file and began to walk away.

"Hey! I haven't had a chance to speak! So don't even think about moving or ignoring me, you jerk!" Mai screamed at Naru who now turned to look at her. He raised his eyebrow.

"Then what do you have to say for yourself?" he asked her coldly.

"Look it's not easy. You knew I had a dance class today and you still scheduled me to come in at this time!"

"As you boss I am entitled to schedule you when I need you to come in." Naru replied.

"I understand that, but you're not even willing to schedule around my classes and rehearsals!"

"Your busy schedule never affected you work before this, I don't see why it should be a problem now."

"Naru! My life has changed since then!" Mai yelled at him. It certainly had changed. Ayako and Monk we're now her guardians and had let her quit some of the hectic activities she had previously been involved with. She had been going to see a therapist once a week for the past two years. Mai and Naru had even taken their relationship to the next level, but things had gone south for the couple. Mai started college and Naru became more demanding. He scheduled her extra hours and was not willing to work with her schedule so that she didn't have to rush from classes to work. This had cause a strain in their relationship.

"I'm aware of that, but that's no excuse for this kind of behavior. Don't forget that I'm your boss here and not your boyfriend."

"You don't seem to be my boyfriend at all anymore. Ever!" she yelled at him some more.

"If your going to cry do it on someone else's time and not mine." He then went back in his office.

"Bastard!" she screamed and stormed out of the office, past the rest of the team, crying.

"What was that all about?" Madoka asked Naru.

"It was nothing."

"That didn't look like nothing to me!" Ayako snapped.

"Mai was crying care to explain why?" Lin asked.

"It's none of your business."

"It is my business if someone makes my little girl cry!" Monk growled.

"Mai has been making great progress all things considered and lately she seems to be regressing." Ayako said. This caused Naru to pay attention. "You are making things too hard for her. She has been skipping her therapy appointments because you keep scheduling her. Don't you even look at the schedule that she gives you every week?"

Naru had been throwing away her schedules every time. "No I haven't. I give her a work schedule and it's her job to schedule around it. Not my job to schedule everything around her."

"Naru!" Madoka yelled at him. "What is wrong with you? You are being very unreasonable! Why?"

"I can probably guess." Yasuhara spoke up. Everyone turned to look at him. "Naru is having jealousy issues. He and his business are no longer the center of Mai's world and he can't deal with it so he is trying to make it so he is the center of her world. Also there is probably a lack of sex going on between the two because of this and Naru is feeling it."

Naru got up and stormed into his office and slammed the door.

Back to Mai

Mai had run off. She was so angry and hurt at that moment that she just kept running. She finally stopped and slumped on a bench. She looked up at the little coffee shop across the street. She decided to go touch up her face and get something to drink.

As she came out of the bathroom she ran into some of her classmates.

"Mai?" one of the girls asked. "It's great to see you!" she squealed.

"We never imagined running into you outside of class." Another girl said.

"Yeah. You always run off before anyone can invite you out." A guy added.

"Oh sorry. I have a job and my boss is very demanding." Mai smiled.

"Would you please join us and tells us all about yourself? You're the mystery of the school." One of the girls asked. Mai joined them at their table. She explained that her boss was also her boyfriend and that lately he had been very demanding of her.

"I mean I understand that its not very professional to have you boss schedule around you life, but he's making it very hard for me to schedule my life around work."

"Wow we can all understand how hard it is to do school and work, but most bosses are very cool about scheduling. Nothing as grueling as yours and he's your boyfriend." One of the girls said.

"Did you hear about the New York Summer Showcase? They are looking for someone to play the lead in the revival of the ballet The Red Shoes. It's open to anyone all you have to do is send in an audition piece." Another girl said.

"You should try out! You'd be perfect!" one of the guys exclaimed.

"Really? I don't know…." Mai said "But you know what it can't hurt to at least tryout."

Mai felt much better after spending sometime with her classmates. She knew what she wanted to do now. She walked through the door to their apartment and was greeted by her puppy and cats.

"Hey guys. Where's Monk and Ayako?" Mai shuffled through and into the kitchen where she was immediately confronted with her guardians.

"Mai!" They both ran towards her.

"Um hey guys. It's nice to see you too." Mai was a little surprised by their behavior.

"We were so worried." Ayako said as she patted Mai down and inspected her for injuries.

"Yeah kiddo, we saw you running away crying and when you didn't come back and we could get a hold of you we began to worry." Monk explained.

"Oh yeah. Naru and I had a fight. I was late for work again. I think I understand why he's so strict now, but I still think he's being a little insensitive."

Monk and Ayako exchanged looks as they all sat down for dinner. They chatted about different things pertaining to their day.

"Oh I wanted to tell you guys about something important. I've decided to tryout for the New York Summer Showcase. It's the chance of a lifetime and really want to do it." Mai told them.

"That's wonderful, Mai! Are you sure you're up to it though?" Ayako asked.

"I know I am and this is something I have to do if I ever want to be a great dancer."

"Well if you're sure about it then you have our blessing. I know how important it is to have the support of your parents when following your dream." Monk said.

"Thank you, thank you!" Mai squealed and hugged and kissed them.

Back to Naru

Naru was in him office staring off into space. He was hoping that Mai would have come back or called, but she hadn't. Naru was too proud to admit that maybe he was a little to harsh on her and that all things considered she was fairing well under the pressure from him. People who are the victims of traumatic crimes as Mai was don't always handle stress well. It had been two years and he knew the wounds were still fresh for her.

There was a knock at the door and Lin entered. "We need to talk."

"I don't think there is anything that we need to discuss at all." Naru turned his chair around so his back was to Lin.

Lin walked over and looked in the trash bin and pulled out the last three weeks of schedules that Mai had given to Naru. "Oh we definitely need to talk. You have to cut Mai's work load."

"If I can remember correctly I'm still the boss here." Naru said angrily.

"If I remember correctly, your not the one who signs my paycheck so technically I don't work for you." Lin replied. "Aren't you the least bit concerned that Mai has been skipping her therapy sessions because of you?"

Naru was silent. That had surprised and worried him to hear that Mai was no longer go to therapy when everyone knew she still needed to. She had made great progress, but she was not completely healed and she probably would never be.

"Look it's not too late. Go to her apartment and just apologize and start being more considerate and schedule around her or make so she can schedule around work and school a lot easier." Lin turned and left.

Naru sat there is the dark and thought about what Lin had said. He began to think back to earlier that day when he and Mai had fought. He had made her cry. He had sworn to Gene that he would never to that to her. Maybe he should go and apologize, but Naru decided that it would be better to wait and till she came into work again.

Ok so this the 2nd story in the series. I'm really looking forward to the last one. I put a lot of thought into that one, but I have to write this one and the next two first, which I'm excited about too. I'm just being kind of sloth like when it comes to writing because its been hot and I have major sunburn. Naru and Mai are struggling with the stresses of how to balance your love life and stay professional and college. It's something that most people who are in a relationship when they go off to college deal with. How to keep the one you love or care for in that part of your life too. The next story that I've decided so far to call Change is going to be like. How to deal with the person your becoming and how to deal with someone who is changing. Do you accept it or do you resist? The one that will come after that (but I don't like the title Gained) will take place years later with Mai 25 and Naru 26. It's going to be mostly about Naru perspective on the situation that he and Mai have to deal with. The final story Love is going to come right after that and its going to be mostly Mai's perspective. What she has to deal with because of what happened in the previous stories.