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Chapter 18

Some time has past…(a few weeks)

"Naru, what are you doing?" Mai asked as she walked into the bedroom.

"I decided to take on a case." He said as he threw his shirts in the suitcase.

"I thought we had both decided to take a break and concentrate on our marriage." Mai's voice rose in pitch.

"Look Mai, you can take a break. In fact I think you should, but I enjoy working and am choosing to do so by taking this case." He walked over to the dresser and began to pull open his sock and underwear drawer.

Mai walked over and put her hand on it slamming it shut. She turned her body and leaned on it blocking it from Naru.

"Mai, please move." Naru sighed and looked at her pissed off expression.

"Oh am I being immature?" she looked at him with innocent.

"Knock it off, Mai. I need to finish packing." Naru said.

"Oh gee. I guess I'm being difficult. Oh that's too bad." Mai glared at him.

"Are you implying something?" He glared back.

"Well duh." She folded her arms. "Let's see…


"Mr. Shibuya how does that make you feel?" the therapist asked.


"Naru?" Mai turned to her husband. She shoved him in the arm jerking him out of his daze. "Naru! Stop falling asleep! He asked you a question."

"Oh yeah… Sorry. What did you ask?"

"How does that make you feel?" the therapist asked again.

"I feel hungry." Naru said.

"Come again?" the therapist was confised.

"I feel hungry. It's already past lunch and I want to go eat." Naru pointed to the clock.

"Naru!" Mai yelled. "I'm so sorry."

"It's alright. At least this time he said how he felt."


"You know I get impatient when I'm hungry." Naru said coolly.

"Naru, you impatient no matter what." Mai glared.

Several flashbacks

"Naru, what are you feeling right now?" Mai asked him. They were sitting at the breakfast table. Naru was reading a newspaper, while Mai leaned forward on the table and eyes him curiously.

"I don't know." Naru said as his automatic reply. Aka "I'm not paying attention to you, but I'm going to answer so you don't get pissed or keep asking me."

Mai tried to keep herself from getting annoyed. "Could you may be put down the newspaper and look at me?"

"I don't know." He said again.

This really pissed off Mai. She stormed away from the table. Could anything tear his attention away from that newspaper?

Mai could find out… aka "What am I going to have to do to get your attention?"

"Honey, I think I smell gas. I think we have a gas leak."

"Whatever you say." He continued to read.

Mai went up stairs and pulled out her costume make up. She grabbed her bottle of fake blood and smeared on her shirt and bare skin. She then went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. She put more blood on that and on the kitchen surfaces till she was satisfied it was good and gory looking.

She then scurried into the dinning with the knife held under her arm. "Naru, I think I need to go to the hospital."

This time he completely ignore her. The door bell rang.

"I guess I'll go get it." Mai said. She made her way to the door forgetting that she was covered in fake blood.

"Hello?" she said as she opened the door to a stunned Masaru.

"Mai?" he looked like he was trying to figure out what to do.

"Oh…" She looked at her appearance. "Sorry I was trying to get Naru's attention and well I got a little carried away."

"I see.." He seemed relieved. "I was afraid you turned out to be a killer."

Mai laughed. "Not yet, but very close to… come on in."

Masaru walked into the apartment.

"So what bring you here?" Mai asked.

"I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing." He smiled at her.

"Bored. I really miss working and just having fun." Mai flopped down on the couch.

"Well I've got some spare time and nothing to do. I'll teach you about the proper way to make gore." He and Mai laughed.

Just then Yasuhara come out of one of the downstairs guest rooms. "Oh good morni….ing…" he looked at the blood covered Mai.

"How did you get in here?" Mai looked pissed.

"I used the emergency key that's in the office." Yasuhara smiled.

"Why are you here? How long have you been here?" Mai freaked.

"Since last night. Masako and I had a fight and she threw me out. So I decided to crash here. Are you mad?" he asked slowly.

"You know what, I'm actually not. You're just in time. We're going to have fun." Mai laughed.

Masaru, Mai, and Yasuhara created fake fatal wounds with the costume make up and then began to act out some kind of fight scene. Mai being in the theatre she also had a collection of fake swords.

"Aah I got you!" Mai cried out as she stabbed him with the sword. Yasuhara dramatically fell to floor and pretended to die.

"No…*coughing choking*.. I … have lost! *choke then body goes limp*" Yasuhara lay on the floor.

"Oh no!" Mai cried as Masaru struck her. She fell on the couch.

Masaru picked up the kitchen knife from the side table and held it in the air and cried "Victory is mine! I've killed them both!"

Naru had finished his paper and got up from the table and walked into the kitchen to get a drink. As he walked back into the dining room he did a double take. He saw a room covered in blood.

He heard a commotion in the living room and ran to the door. He scanned the room and saw Yasuhara on the floor with a gaping head wound. Mai on the couch with a slashed throat, and finally Masaru standing in the middle on the room covered in blood holding a knife declaring he killed them.

"Oh hey, Naru." Masaru said. His cell phone rang. "Oh hey. Yeah, yeah. I'll be there. *hangs up phone* Well I have to get going. See ya." He turned to leave.

"Thanks for coming over." Mai sat up and smiled.

"We should do this again." Yasuhara got up off the floor.

"What's going on here?" Naru yelled.

"Nothing, honey. Absolutely nothing." Mai walked up the stairs to the bedroom.


"You're not even trying to talk to me." Mai yelled.

"I don't need therapy." Naru finished packing his suitcase and slammed the lid down.

"What's wrong with therapy? I've been seeing a therapist for years." Mai put her hands on her hips.

"Yes, but you need to.." Naru knew he made his big mistake there.

"Excuse me?" Mai's voice got dark and sinister.

"That's not what I meant. I mean you case is different. You had more issues.." Mai continued to glare ominously at him. "What I mean is given what happened it was beneficial to you."

"And given what happened to us, it could beneficial for you as well." Mai said.

"Mai, I don't do therapy leave it at that. I love you and will spend the rest of my life with you, but no therapy." Naru zipped the suitcase.

Mai sighed trying to calm down. "How long will you be gone?"

"At least two weeks." He said.

"Two week?" Mai yelled.

"It's in Hokkaido." Naru went to the bathroom to grab his things.

"And of course you won't allow me to go with you." Mai was getting really angry.

"No. I want you here where you can be relaxed and safe." Naru tried to smooth things over, but was failing.

"Naru!" Mai growled as Naru grabbed his suitcase and headed for the door.

"I will call you tonight. I love you." Naru said calmly and kissed Mai.

"Don't bother." She pulled away and stormed back upstairs.

Later that night

Naru had tried to call Mai, but she wouldn't answer. He had figured she would still be mad at him. He could only hope that she would have cooled down by the time he got home.


Naru had been gone for two weeks and had called to say he would be gone for an additional week. Mai was not too happy about that. She loved her husband and she believed in her marriage… At least she use to.

The dark feelings kept flooding back. Every time she was away from him for too long, a black veil seemed to cover her world. Sometimes she was able to shake these feelings, but that was usually when she was working.

Sitting at home all alone she could hear it whisper to her.

"Left home all alone. What will it be like with children? Mai being left all alone to take care of the babies."

"Stop it." Mai cried.

"Wasting away at home. No more career for you."

"Shut up!' Mai screamed. She knew she had to make a decision right then and there.


Naru returned home after being gone for three weeks. He walked through the door. The place seemed different. It was quiet. No to greet him.

"Mai? I'm home." He looked around. "She must have gone out." He saw no sign of the cats and of the Noba. He walked in the bedroom and set down his suitcase. That's when it hit him.

Mai's things were gone. Naru rushed around the house. The pets were gone along with their toys. He saw that there was message on the answering machine. He pressed the play button and braced himself.

"Naru, I'm sorry it has to be like this, but there was no other way. How could you leave in the middle of everything? I could forgive for almost anything. Anything at all, but a lack of interest or effort in our marriage is something that I can't forgive. I will always love you, but I can't just sit and waste away. I have to do this. You made your choice clear when you walked out that door. I can at least put all my energy and passion into something I can excel at. I took the pets with me. Maybe someday we will see each other again. Goodbye, Naru.

Naru turned as her heard the door open. Ayako stood in the door way.

"I'm so sorry, Naru." She said. "She left me a message too. I came over here as soon as I got it. "If you go after to her, I'm sure things will work out."

"No, she made her choice." Naru said. "Good night, Ayako." And he turned and walked out the door.

Ok don't hate me just yet. The next story will have our Naru and Mai. I want to remind you there are two more stories. Hope you enjoyed this story and I hope you guys are looking forward for the next Beating of a Heart. Please review.