Chapter 54: Many Discussion. So Ripping. Very Cooking. Much Confrontation.
So, my goal was the 4th. That didn't happen. Obviously. I've had the last four days off of work though, and I wrote a great deal of this chapter during it! Do you realize that this story has hit over 500,000 words? 500,000. Let's put a feeling to that number, shall we? War and Peace is 587,287 words. You've seen War and Peace right? The book, not movie? It's huge. Like, freaking huge. That's a little less than nine chapters ahead of me. And this story definitely won't end around there. So yeah. My Lucky Star fanfiction that I started on a whim three or four years ago years ago (depending on whether or not you mean published or thought of respectively) has now turned into a Lucky Star fanfiction that is almost as big as one of the go-to books when talking about length. Of course, that's speaking merely of length. I'll admit, I've never read War and Peace, but I'd imagine that if it's still around and known, not to mention famous, it's gotta be pretty good. Or one of those works that English majors and the like love to pick apart.
"The curtains were blue."
"The curtains represent his immense depression and total lack of will to carry on."
The curtains were blue.
Meh, I've tried those things in here too, but I don't know if any of them did any good. I wouldn't be surprised if it were both of them. Meh, chalk it up to ignorant youth. I haven't got the time to read it and it wasn't exactly on my old school reading list. Anyway, enough with all of that. I think I'm gonna try and get on with the chapter already! I know I made you guys wait a long time for it...
Kagami poked her head out of the door, calling Tony, Konata, and Tsuki to attention.
"Alright guys, secret time is over." She said with a smile.
"So what's the scoop, Kagami?" Konata asked. Kagami's smile turned sympathetic.
"Sorry Kona, you know I can't tell you... It's a secret, ya know?" Kagami asked.
"No." Konata replied. "That isn't fair Kagami." She said sternly. Kagami cocked her head to the side.
"What do you mean, Kona?" She asked.
"Kagami, this was tearing you apart before! You were having an existential crisis and questioning everything about yourself and you just expect me to take a "I'm fine now"? There's no way I'd let it go at that!" Konata said.
"Kona, I can't. Dad made me promise that I would never tell anyone outside the family about that stuff. There's not really a lot I can do about it..." Kagami said. "You were okay with not knowing a few moments ago Kona, what changed?" Kagami asked.
"I thought you might tell us after you knew, like it was up to you if you wanted to tell us or not. But I've had a few minutes to think it over. I need to know what's going on with you Kagamin." Konata said.
"But I can't tell you... Dad said..." Kagami said.
"Kagamin, isn't there anything else that we can do? I want to know what's going on... Why you were able to do all of that." Konata said. Kagami sighed.
"Look... Maybe you can ask Dad... He wouldn't tell you before, but maybe if you can make a good argument..." Kagami said. Konata huffed as Kagami retreated into the living room. The three waiting in the hallway followed her. "Dad, Kona wants to know about the stuff you just told me..." Kagami said.
"If you were meant to hear it, you wouldn't have been asked to leave." Tadao said. Konata sighed.
"But..." She began thinking. "I will be." She said. "Eventually, me and Kagami will be married. Mom was in here when you were talking about it, so spouses get to know about it. Since I'll be marrying Kagami in the future, can't I know now?" Konata asked very seriously. Kagami gasped, covering her mouth with her hands and blushing.
"... It's a proposal then." She said. Konata smiled.
"I know it's a bit early, but I do fully intend on marrying you one day, Kagami." Konata said. Tadao crossed his arms.
"Hm..." He said.
"I don't think so." Miki said. Everyone looked over at her. She seemed as serious as Konata had been.
"What do you mean? Why not?" Konata asked.
"You two being married isn't legal in Japan." Miki said. Here, she smiled a bit. "Though, I do wish I could say otherwise, I don't think it'll change any time soon. So I don't think it would do to tell you." Miki said.
"I intend to change that." Kagami said with fiery passion. "If these schools ever open back up, I'm going to become a lawyer." Kagami declared. "I'm going to change the law and make our marriage legal." Kagami said. Miki and Tadao looked at the two.
"It will take more than a lawyer. Something like that is going to be a LOT harder than you think." Miki said.
"I hope you do though." Tadao smiled. "If you can do something like that, well..." Tadao said. Miki sighed.
"To be honest, from what I understand, at least, I'm pretty sure it's one old codger that's keeping it from happening." Miki said. "It's very likely that you'd never win from what I've seen." Miki sighed.
"What's gotten into you, dear?" Tadao asked. "It's not like you to be so pessimistic." Tadao said.
"But what they're up against..." Miki began, but decided she would stop and sigh instead of continuing. "I do genuinely hope you can find a way of legalizing your marriage. But I don't think you quite know how hard it will be. It'll be a battle harder than any you've fought." Miki smiled sympathetically. Konata sighed.
"But I'll be there to support her all the way!" She said. Tadao sighed and closed his eyes. Miki sighed.
"It's your decision, honey." Miki said. Tadao made a sound to recognize she had spoken, but made none to indicate his opinion. He sat for a few moments and thought. One eye opened and looked at Tony.
"Do you feel the same way?" Tadao asked.
"Well, other than the fact that my marriage would be legal, then yeah. I really do intend on marrying Tsukasa one day." Tony said. Tsukasa blushed and put her hand to her mouth. Tony smiled and looked at her. "If Tsukasa will have me, that is." He said. She looked immensely happy.
"Yes... I will!" Tsukasa said with a fierce nod. Tony smiled and chuckled.
"I can't say it'll be soon. I'd love to marry you Tsukasa, but I don't know enough about women. I need to learn about stuff so that I don't make some stupid mistake again. I made at least one already. And I almost lost you because of that." Tony said. Tsukasa smiled.
"I took the good times. I'll take the bad times." She echoed. "I'll take you just the way you are." She said. The two held eye contact for a moment. Tadao sighed, interrupting the two.
"Alright. Fine, I suppose." He said. He opened his eyes and looked at the two seriously. "I'll tell you the same thing I told those two. This is supposed to be a huge secret. Other than Miki, you two will be the only ones to not be legally a part of this family that will know this secret." Tadao said. Tony and Konata both nodded. Tadao looked at Tsuki. They stared at each other for a few minutes.
"... Oh come on!" Tsuki complained. "After all that, you're only gonna kick ME out?" Tsuki asked.
"Yes." Tadao said. Inori and Matsuri got up and walked over to her.
"Come on, we'll leave with ya." They both said as the three of them left.
"I can't believe I have to leave..." Tsuki mumbled.
"Well, you have to understand. Family secret and all." Inori said.
"What, about Yamato?" Tsuki asked. There was silence for a few moments.
"... How the hell did you know about that?" Matsuri asked. Tsuki seemed disheveled for a moment.
"Well aren't I like a part of the family now?" Tsuki asked with a smile.
"No. You're not. Not like that." Matsuri said. "We haven't told you. Mom and Dad haven't told you. And none of the others have had time to tell you. So how. Do. You. Know?" Inori asked. Tsuki waved her hand in front of her dismissively. Having let something slip, she began her familiar spell again.
"Ahehe... It's complicated..." She said. She suppressed the curiosity of the girlfriends and forced them to be less inquisitive. She wasn't entirely sure how it worked, but her uncle had taught it to her and he was one of the best at these sorts of things
"Hm..." Inori folded arms. "Fair enough." She shrugged.
"Yeah, well, if you know already, there really wasn't any reason for you to be kicked out." Matsuri shrugged. Suddenly feeling like the topic had been closed, she decided on a new one. "So, you look a lot like Tsukasa. What's up with that?" Matsuri asked. Tsuki chuckled nervously.
"Well, they say that there are at least seven people in the world that are supposed to look exactly like you... With more than seven billion people in the world, there are bound to be look-alikes..." Tsuki said.
"I suppose that that would make sense." Inori said.
"With so many people there would be some that would bound to be similar looking." Matsuri said. "Still, I never thought you'd also have some sort of abilities. Like Tony does." Matsuri said.
"Well, he was born with his powers, so why couldn't I?" Tsuki said.
"How do you know he was born with them?" Inori asked.
Crap. Tsuki thought. "Ahehehe... It's REALLY complicated." She said for the umpteenth time, also reusing her spell.
"Once again, fair enough." Inori said. Tsuki sighed in relief. After what happened in the car, she was worried the spell had stopped working.
I guess it was just a fluke... "Hey, I think it would cause trouble if they knew that I knew about the whole "Yamato" thing. So we should totally NOT tell them about it, alright?" Tsuki said.
"I guess that makes sense." Matsuri said. "Yeah, we should keep this from them." She said. She found the current topic had overstayed it's welcome. She looked over at Inori. "You know, we've only had one real date." She said.
"Earlier, yeah." Inori smiled. "I guess we can't really consider the others dates." Here, Inori sighed. "I can't believe it." She said.
"To think, that all of this time, my love was literally in the room right near my own." Matsuri said.
"If only I had known before." Inori said, staring into Matsuri's eyes. Sharing a moment with each other and leaving Tsuki entirely out of the loop, the door opened and Tadao poked his head out.
"Alright, you can come on back in." He said. Tsuki looked around at the two lovers, who spent another moment there before walking back into the living room. Tsuki followed.
"That's it!" Konata shouted as Tadao finished his explanation of their family heritage. Everyone in the room looked at her.
"That's what Kona?" Kagami asked.
"That's why you've been so much of a natural!" Konata said. "The descendant of some legendary hero like Yamato Takeru? Fighting is in your blood! That's why!" Konata said.
"Anyone with the blood of a legendary hero would be able to master basics like we were teaching you with ease." Tony said.
"I dunno, I never was very physically fit." Tadao said. "I tried to learn some basic Karate, but I was never any good or anything."
"I guess the blood just runs stronger in you Kagamin~!" Konata chimed.
"I don't think blood works that way, Kona..." Kagami giggled.
"You didn't think Yamato Takeru was your ancestor or that you had any mystic sort of background too! Who knows about this kind of stuff Kagamin?" Konata asked as Tadao walked over to the door.
"Alright." Tony began thinking. "Hey Mom, you said you were a history buff, right?" Tony asked. Miki nodded.
"It was Ta-kun who said that, but I do love history." She said with a smile.
"So... Hachiman is Emperor Ojin, correct?" He asked. History was never his strong point. Miki nodded, however.
"Yes, he was." Miki said.
"Any relation? I know that Yamato Takeru was an Emperor as well." Tony said. Miki giggled.
"While you are correct that they are related, it's a bit of an odd web." Miki smiled. "If I were to be simple about it, Yamato Takeru would be Hachiman's grandfather." Miki said. "Though, I read somewhere that he returned for a day to teach some of his swordplay to Emperor Ojin while he was a boy." Miki said. She got a distant look in her eye, as if trying to remember some obscure detail. "I'm not sure if I remember the names of the techniques... Or if they were even named there..." She said. Tony chuckled.
"I understand, you don't need to push yourself." He said. "Well Kagami, your ancestor is the ancestor of the god who's been helping us." Tony chuckled.
"Both direct descendants of Amaterasu herself." Miki pointed out. She smiled. "If you believe the myth, at least." She said. "Of course, if you really did have divine blood in you, it would probably be diluted to the point of nothing." She said.
"Yet it seems to be acting up." Tony said. "I'm assuming, at least. What else could cause Kagami to blow away someone who was twice as powerful as the guy who just about killed me?" Tony asked.
"Again, I don't think blood works like that." Kagami said.
"Meh, who knows." Tony shrugged. "Well, that's pretty crazy. Next time we see Hachiman, I'll have to tell him about this." Tony chuckled. "You're related in some way, at least."
"Though, only through Yamato Takeru." Miki said. "His consort to have your line, Kagami, was Princess Miyazu. For Emperor Ojin, his consort was Futajiirihime." Miki said. "If I remember correctly, that is." She added as an afterthought.
"Well, cool." Tony said.
"So I'm related to gods now. Wonderful." Kagami sighed. "Looks like I'm just as special as you guys after all." Kagami chuckled. "So that means that, by extension, Tsukasa is also a descendant of Yamato Takeru and, by extension again, Amaterasu..." Kagami began thinking.
"If you believe the myth, that is." Miki smiled.
"If I believe the myth, that is." Kagami nodded. "Well, with all of the things I've seen and heard in these past few months, I wouldn't be overly surprised if something like that WERE the case..." Kagami chuckled. "Maybe that's why Amaterasu is so interested in her." Kagami smiled at her twin. Tsukasa blushed a bit.
"I guess Onee-chan." She smiled.
"Maybe it's why you can heal stuff?" Konata suggested.
"Ah, speaking of which." Tony said. He turned to his girlfriend. "Tsukasa, apparently my body is gonna crash again. It's the reason I couldn't help Kagami earlier. Do you think that there's anything you could do to help me out with that?" Tony asked.
"But... I thought I healed you earlier!" She said. Tony shrugged.
"You healed me, but somehow that got missed. Go figure." He said. "Do you think you could heal me again?" Tony asked. Tsukasa's bow drooped a bit.
"I'm sorry I didn't heal you right the first time..." She apologized. Tony waved his hands in front of him.
"No, it isn't your fault! You're still new to this whole thing! The fact that did what you did was amazing in and of itself! I couldn't believe that you healed me where, apparently, Tsuki couldn't!" Tony said. Tsukasa smiled again.
"You really mean that?" She asked.
"Absolutely!" Tony said and gave a thumbs up. Tsukasa giggled.
"Okay, I'll try again... Maybe the one that I used before..." Tsukasa wondered. She looked around to see everybody looking at her curiously. She blushed a bit. "Do I have to do it in front of all of you?" She asked. Tony chuckled.
"You just did it in front of potentially millions of people. And an audience. Now you're embarrassed to do it in front of your family?" Tony asked. Tsukasa blushed a little bit more.
"Well, I wasn't the center of attention before..." She mumbled.
"Yes you were." Tony said. "You brought a dead man back to life. Of course you'd be the center of attention. Besides, people always look at the beautiful girl with the pretty singing voice." Tony pointed out. Tsukasa's face exploded.
"Yeah, it was a really pretty song." Kagami smiled and scratched the back of her head. Tsukasa whined a little bit.
"But that was just because it was Amaterasu's song!" Tsukasa protested.
"Tsukasa, your voice was angelic! It was amazing!" Tony said. He sighed. "Fine, we can go elsewhere." He smiled and left, Tsukasa behind him.
"So what are we talking about?" Tsuki asked as she walked back in, along with Inori and Matsuri.
"What took you guys so long? Dad went to get you a while ago." Kagami said.
"These two were having a moment. It seemed rude to interrupt them." Tsuki giggled.
"Sorry, sorry." Matsuri waved her hand in front of her face with a smile, making it quite obvious that she didn't feel any guilt at all.
"Oh yeah." Konata said, looking over at the two. "By the way guys, here's the check from the tournament. I hope it's enough." Konata said, handing them the check money. Matsuri and Inori both held onto it gingerly and looked at the amount. Inori thinking and running some numbers in her head.
"I think..." She put her finger to her lip and continued to think. "I think this should be a little more than enough..." She smiled. She and Matsuri both looked over at Konata.
"I feel really bad about taking this much money though..." Matsuri said. Konata shook her head.
"Don't. Think of it as an investment! So, do you think that Yutaka might be able to live here now?" Konata asked. Tadao sighed.
"I guess that would be alright. We would just have to figure out where she would live." Tadao said. "We only have so many rooms."
"Let's see..." Inori began thinking. "Mom and Dad's room... My room... Matsuri's room... Kagami's room... Tsukasa's room..."
"Kona-chan's room." Tsukasa corrected. Inori looked surprised, but nodded.
"Alright... Konatan's room." Inori said. "That's all of our rooms." Inori said.
"Me and Kona can live in the same room." Kagami volunteered selflessly, as she would claim.
"Um..." Konata began.
"What the big deal, Kona?" Kagami asked. "We've slept in the same bed before." Kagami said.
"Not really. Usually you just kick me out with a huge blush on your face." Konata giggled.
"What about after you defended me against those thugs?" Kagami said.
"Wait wait wait." Matsuri interrupted.
"When did this happen?" Miki asked.
"What happened?" Tadao asked.
"And where?" Inori asked.
"They wouldn't tell me either." Tony said.
"Later." Kagami waved her hand dismissively.
"See?" Tony said.
"Yeah... We did sleep in the same bed then..." Konata blushed a bit.
"You were so cute..." Kagami giggled. She gasped through her nose sharply. "THAT REMINDS ME." She said grandly, turning towards Matsuri. "You lied." She said bluntly. Matsuri looked confused.
"What? About what?" She asked.
"What you said on the phone the day before the festival." Kagami said. Matsuri blinked a few minutes.
"I have no idea what you're talking about." She said, having only been more confused by what Kagami was saying.
"Remember? Tony picking a cute girl?" Kagami asked. Inori began staring at her girlfriend.
"What was that?" Inori asked. "We've been officially dating for ten minutes and I find out you're cheating on me with my sister?" Inori asked.
"What are you talking about? Seriously, I don't remember what you're talking about." Matsuri said.
"You kiddin'?" Kagami made her voice a bit deeper to show that she was now making fun of her older sister. "If we weren't related and I were a lesbian, I'd hit it." She quoted.
"How do you remember this stuff?" Matsuri asked.
"Well look at you now!" Kagami pointed accusingly at the couple. "You ARE related, you ARE a lesbian, and you are, IN FACT, hitting it!" Kagami shouted. Matsuri and Inori both blushed. Konata, on the other hand, burst into laughter. Inori looked over at her girlfriend and glared.
"Really? Tsukasa. Really?" Inori asked.
"You have to admit, she's really cute." Matsuri said, her blush turning carmine. Inori sighed.
"I have to admit... I can't exactly blame you..." Inori giggled a bit. The both of them looked at Kagami. "Look me in the eyes and tell me you can." Inori said. Kagami stared at the two of them for a moment, the room halting for a brief moment. Finally, Kagami sighed.
"No, no I can't. Still, you lied." Kagami said to Matsuri.
"Even her sisters want her." Konata giggled. "Everyone loves Tsukasa."
"There's just so much to love." Matsuri commented.
"Hey, if I got to eat her cooking everyday then maybe..." Konata said.
"Don't finish that sentence, Kona." Kagami said.
"What, you can lust after your sister but I can't?" Konata asked.
"That was that and this is this." Kagami said.
"That was this and this is that." Konata said quickly.
"That makes no sense." Kagami said.
"I've never had any sense to begin with." Konata responded.
"True, very true." Kagami said. "Still. I know I'm not gonna go after Tsukasa." Kagami said.
"You don't know I'm not?" Konata asked.
"See, why don't I trust you?" Kagami asked.
"Because I'm not trustworthy." Konata said. The two stopped and stared at each other through overly squinted eyes before dissolving into laughter.
"I didn't follow any of that." Matsuri said.
"Well, it wasn't a straight conversation." Kagami said.
"In more ways than one." Konata said. Tsukasa opened the door suddenly and poked her head in.
"Hey, is it okay to come back in now?" She asked.
"I dunno Tsukasa, you might get attacked if you do." Konata chuckled.
"Wuh-what?" She asked.
"Never mind." Kagami smiled. "You heal Tony again?"
"Yeah, I should be good." Tony said, following Tsukasa into the room. "Hopefully, at least." Tony added on as more of an afterthought. "If not, that's gonna suck." He said.
"So what's everybody talking about?" Tsukasa asked innocently. As the room fell silent, she looked around and tried to get a response of any kind, but almost everyone in the room simply blushed and averted their gaze, seemingly wanted to avoid eye contact at all costs. Tony looked at everybody's responses and almost seemed to read their minds.
"Tsu-chan is mine." He said, putting his arms around her protectively. She smiled and blushed.
"Hey, you don't own her now." Matsuri said.
"I didn't say I owned her." Tony said. "But she IS my girlfriend."
"I don't really get it, but I'm happy." Tsukasa smiled and cuddled up to her boyfriend.
"I'm happy you're happy." Tony said, not breaking eye contact with the rest of the room over-protectively. He realized he was guarding a puppy in a room of animals seeking her. In front of him laid a fox, rabbit, a panda and a mouse. And he could tell that they were all waiting to pounce on his little puppy.
"This is getting silly." Tsuki commented, reminding the entire room that she, in fact, exists.
"Oh yeah, I forgot you were here." Kagami said.
"Well, you haven't said anything!" Matsuri said.
"I was listening." Tsuki smiled.
"If you want to talk, you're allowed to ya know." Konata said.
"Nah, I really didn't have anything to add anyway." Tsuki said. "Even if you pause in a conversation, I usually don't have anything to say then!" She said.
Getting the weirdest feeling of Deja-vu right now... Tony couldn't help but think.
"Well isn't that just kinda what we started doing around here?" Kagami asked. "Two people start talking and then get super into it until the point that nobody else seems to be able to get a single word into the conversation." Kagami said.
"Yeah, it seems that way. Well, a whole bunch of people talking at once seems bulky." Konata said.
"Not if everyone contributes." Matsuri offered.
"And if everyone says a couple of things, then maybe it isn't so bad?" Inori said.
"But if a couple of people only get a couple of lines while a couple of other people get the whole dialogue, then what's the point?" Kagami asked.
"Well, I suppose you do have a point there..." Matsuri said.
"Maybe we should just go with what we've been doing." Konata said. Everyone nodded in agreement.
"So, anyway." Tony spoke up. "I think I'm gonna head home. I'm exhausted and hungry and I want to go to sleep." He said as he stood up. "Are you ready to go, Tsukasa?" Tony asked. Tsukasa looked around the room at her family. As if giving a farewell look, her gaze lingered on each of them for a few seconds. Then, she closed her eyes, nodded to herself and stood up.
"I'm ready Kan-kun." Tsukasa said, smiling as though she were mustering her determination.
"Alright then, we'll see you guys later." Tony waved. As he and Tsukasa began to leave, Kagami jumped a bit.
"Tony!" Kagami said. Tony looked back over at her.
"What's up?" He said. Kagami got up and ran over. Leaning up and cupping her hands around her mouth so as not to be overheard, she spoke.
"Do you have any toothpicks in your house?" She asked. Tony was perplexed at the seemingly unrelated question.
"Well... Yeah." He said.
"Get rid of them." Kagami whispered very seriously.
"Hehe..." Tony chuckled uncertainly, trying to see if it was a joke and if Kagami would begin laughing with him. When Kagami made no move to, he stopped. "Why?" He asked.
"Just do it." Kagami said. "Get rid of all of them." She said.
"Er... Okay..." Tony said.
"Before Tsukasa finds them." Kagami said.
"I got it, I got it." Tony said. "Thanks. Anything else I need to know?"
"Do you have any unused pieces of furniture in plain sight?" Kagami asked.
"Er... I dunno... I think there's a chair that I might not use too often. I used to have clothes on it before Tsuki cleaned it." Tony said.
"Clean it. Use it." Kagami said. Tony blinked a time or two before nodding.
"Er... Okay... Why?" Tony asked.
"I was gonna let you find out about it, but it's that thing I told you about Tsukasa earlier." Kagami said. "Just trust me unless you want to go find a forest." Kagami said. The phrase only confused Tony more.
"Find... a forest..." Tony said.
"Trust me." Kagami said.
"What are you two talking about?" Konata asked.
"Kan-kun, what's going on?" Tsukasa asked.
"Tsukasa, I can honestly say that I have no idea." Tony said.
"It's nothing, Kona." Kagami sighed, not having been able to tell Tony everything she had wanted to tell him. He would have to learn about it all on his own from here on. "Tony." Kagami said very seriously.
"Kagami?" Tony asked, very confused by all he had heard.
"Don't forget what I told you. Listen to what I said." Kagami said. Her piece spoken, she sighed and turned to Konata. Everyone had been staring at the two and it made Tony feel uncomfortable.
"... Anyway... I'll be sure to do that, Kagami, thanks for the heads up." Tony nodded to Kagami. Konata looked at the two for a moment, and then understanding seemed to dawn on her.
"Aaahhh, I see what's going on..." Konata said. "The way you got so jealous when I clung to him, the very yandere feel I got from you, YOU and Kan-kan are having an affair!" Konata shouted, pointing at the two. Kagami punched Konata on the top of the head.
"You idiot." She said, though she couldn't suppress her smile.
"That not it?" Konata asked.
"Definitely not." Kagami said. Konata hummed again.
"... So-" Tony began.
"No Kan-kan, you're not allowed to leave until I figure this out!" Konata pointed accusingly at him while a bump swelled on her head. She crossed her arms and hummed. "Hmm... Did you tell him where I hid that special lingerie for Tsukasa at in her new room?" Konata asked. Kagami began staring at Konata, who was staring back.
"..." Kagami simply continued to stare at her.
"..." Konata, seemingly deciding that a staring contest was in order, stared back.
"...No." Kagami said.
"Kon-kon, I'd like to speak with you in private, later." Tony said.
"Down Tony." Kagami said without looking away from Konata. Soon, another bump joined the first one on Konata's head. "Idiot." Kagami said.
"So..." Tony began and trailed off to see if he would be interrupted again. When he wasn't immediately, he decided to continue. "Can I go now?" Konata waved dismissively.
"Yeah, yeah, I'll figure it out when we talk in private, later." Konata said.
"No private talk!" Kagami shouted, though she was ultimately ignored.
"Well, I'll see you all later!" Tony said as he left the house, Tsukasa in tow. Everyone in the room watched the door in silence for a moment.
"... I miss her." Matsuri said.
"She's been gone for ten seconds." Kagami said.
"Well, at least we got a new little sister~!" Inori shouted as she tackled Konata.
"Pile on Konatan!" Matsuri shouted as she leaped into the fray.
"Hey, she's mine!" Kagami shouted as she ran up and got tangled in.
"Oh dear god help me!" Konata shouted.
"..." Tadao watched with an amount of concern for his future daughter-in-law.
"..." Miki watched. "... My, what an eventful day it's been." She smiled in a carefree way.
Tony and Tsukasa opened the door to their house. The two had decided that walking was the best method for getting home rather than apparition or the subway. Never the subway. The two walked in and looked around. There was a pack of toothpicks that had somehow fell through the cracks of Tsuki's cleaning. Or they had been placed there. He had no idea how this place was cleaned. In any case, he quickly dashed over and snatched them before Tsukasa could see.
"Kan-kun?" Tsukasa asked. "What was that?" She asked, cocking her head to the side as Tony hid the pack behind his back. Tony was briefly reminded of a puppy.
"It's nothing Tsukasa, don't worry about it." Tony waved his free hand around, distracting her from the small amount of magic he had worked to send the package away somewhere. "So..." He looked around. "What do we do now?" Tony asked.
"I... don't know." Tsukasa smiled as she thought. Tony's stomach growled. "Oh! You're hungry, I'll make food!" She said, glad to have something to do.
"I ate already, you don't have to worry about it." Tony said.
"No, I heard your tummy! I'm gonna go make something!" Tsukasa said.
"You know, I still haven't seen you cook..." Tony said with a smile.
"Come watch!" Tsukasa cheered happily. The two entered the kitchen. Feeling like showing off for her boyfriend, Tsukasa began to concentrate. With the power of a cooking goddess, she began to tap into the ethereal powers of the comsokitchen and channeled the great strength from beyond. Tony watched as she suddenly snapped on two of the burners on dramatically. She then rose her hands once more and snapped the other one on, one being occupied with the pot of dengen. She put a pot in the sink to begin filling with water as the stove began preheating, all while she grated cheese and sliced tomatoes. Tony watched in awe.
"So... So many arms..." He looked on in wonder. "This is Tsukasa's... True form.. The Goddess of Cooking!" Tony shouted. Realizing he was being an idiot, he shook his head. "Or not... Those are all just afterimages, but I can't follow all of their movements... She's moving her arms so fast that she looks like she has more than two!" Tony said. Suddenly, it was like one of the cabinets fell open. A small bag of rice fell out. As Tony was about to move to catch it, Tsukasa's hand shot up and hit it. It opened up and the rice fell into one of the now boiling pots of water. When did she take them from the sink? This was moving way too fast for Tony to keep up... Tsukasa, knowing she was nailing it, smiled to herself nostalgically.
It all started when Kona-chan came over years ago and Misa-chan stopped by with her friend without us knowing... Suddenly, I had to start cooking for three extra people while I was cooking for everyone else! Misa-chan said she was allergic to what I was going to make so I had to make her a completely separate meal at the same time so she could eat with everyone else... Plus Konata didn't like what I was making either, so I had to make something else for her too... Could it be done? She wondered to herself. I didn't think I could actually do it... She thought. But I pulled it off... I actually pulled it off. After that, I wanted to see how far I could go... I started cooking four meals separately. Then five. Now I can cook separate meals for our whole family AND friends at the same time! She thought to herself.
"This is the Goddess of Cooking's power, eh?" Tony chuckled to himself.
It's been a while... I wonder if I can still... Tsukasa wondered to herself. She stopped with the ingredients. Synchronization! She repeated the word Kagami had taught her as she made her move. She threw the cheese, tomatoes, carrots she had gotten at some point, a potato that Tony didn't remember owning and a large piece of chicken that seemingly came from nowhere up into the air. She grabbed the pot of boiled rice and moved it into the air and back down quickly before grabbing a strainer and straining the rice above the pot. She put it on a plate while the water fell back into the pot without missing a drop. Tossing the strainer into the sink, her hand found a knife. She moved it seemingly once through the ingredients above the plate of rice before tossing some condiments in the air below the ingredients. The cheese, tomatoes, carrots, and chicken were suddenly cut into nine pieces each above the plate. She swung the knife one more time through them as they fell, turning them into eighteen pieces as they fell through the condiments, becoming perfectly seasoned on the way down. They hit the plate and formed a type of curry. The condiments mixed with the water left on the rice that hadn't been completely strained to make a sort of sauce. The meal complete, she turned around, a rare look of pride on her face as she held out the plate. Tony couldn't take it for a moment though, still attempting to take in what he had just witnessed.
"Tsukasa..." Tony mumbled. If she could apply that ability to fighting... Me, Konata and probably Hachiman would be mincemeat to her... Tony chuckled humorlessly. For the moment that he entertained the thought, he ignored Tsukasa's position on hurting, much less killing, anything. He was then extremely glad that she had that attitude. From Tony's eyes, the entire last movement, her Synchronization, had only lasted a handful of seconds. He couldn't follow most of it, and what he could looked like a blur. If Tsukasa could fight like she could cook, no man alive would be able to match her. Suddenly, he felt something on his chest. Coming back to his senses, he saw Tsukasa's finger on his chest, just above where his heart was. He blushed. "Um... Tsukasa, what are you doing?" He asked.
"Well, whenever Onee-chan started to space out..." She began. "And it worked!" Tsukasa cheered. "I was worried that you didn't want to eat..." She said.
"Ah, of course! I was just a bit lost in thought..." Tony chuckled as he took the plate. Tsukasa stared at him intently, waiting for him to taste the food she had prepared. He took the utensils given to him and took a bit. As expected, he practically vomited rainbows from the taste. "Holy mother of all that's holy, this is amazing!" Tony shouted to the heavens. He half considered using magic to make beams of light shoot from his mouth to me even more dramatic, but ultimately decided against it. Tsukasa blushed, smiled, and fidgeted a bit.
"Good... I'm glad... you like it..." She suddenly seemed out of breath.
"Tsukasa, are you alright?" Tony asked, putting the food down to help support his girlfriend.
"Yeah, Kan-kun." She said with a happy, albeit tired, smile. "I just get really tired when I cook that fast." She said. Tony smiled and pecked her on the head.
"Oh, I have an idea!" Tony said. Having completely forgotten about the energy in his ring recently, he tapped into it and began replenishing Tsukasa's energy. The rate she was losing energy, however, concerned Tony. If this had continued without him giving it to her, she may well have lost consciousness after a few more seconds. "Hey Tsukasa..." Tony began.
"Yes Kan-kun?" Tsukasa asked.
"You don't have to push yourself so hard, you know?" He smiled. "I can't have you fainting after every meal." He chuckled. Tsukasa simply smiled back tiredly.
"Okay Kan-kun... But how was it? Did I look cool?" She asked with her best puppy eyes. Tony smiled warmly.
"You found a way to be cool and hot at the same time." He said. Tsukasa blushed deeply, her strength beginning to return. The energy in Tony's ring ran out before he could put her back at her full strength, however. The amount of energy she had lost in that mode terrified him. She would probably have been okay after sleeping, but he didn't want to take the chance. He decided to use his own energy to replenish the rest of her strength. Compared to his own reserves, it was almost a trivial amount.
"Are you okay Kan-kun?" Tsukasa asked. Tony realized how he must have looked and smiled again.
"I'm fine Tsukasa." He smiled widely.
"You just looked worried..." She said. Tony smiled a bit wider.
"You're so adorable Tsukasa." Tony chuckled as he ruffled her hair. Tsukasa blushed a bit more. "Here, I don't think I can eat all of this..." Tony said, as the portion of food that Tsukasa had made was truly enormous. He had been hungry, but had already eaten as well. Grabbing another pair of utensils, he returned to the table. "Here, let's share it." Tony smiled.
"But you're hungry!" Tsukasa argued.
"I ate earlier, so I wasn't that hungry and if I eat all of this, I'm gonna be miserable later. You'd be doing me a favor by eating with me!" Tony said. Tsukasa smiled.
"I'm not that hungry though!" She protested. Suddenly, as if by some mystic cue, her stomach growled. The two of them looked at her stomach and met stares.
"... There's a rumbly in your tumbly." He said with a frightening seriousness. He brought some a piece of chicken with some of the sauce on it up. "Time for something sweet." He said. Tsukasa smiled and sighed the sigh of the defeated. She opened her mouth.
"Ah~!" She said as Tony began feeding her.
"See? Is that so difficult?" Tony asked. "Amazing, isn't it?" Tony asked.
"It's good." Tsukasa smiled. I'm glad it came out good, I haven't cooked like that in a while... She thought. It was odd, this had been the first time she hadn't crashed hard after it as well. Guessing that Tony had done something, as she had felt a refreshing sensation along with the usually draining one that came from using her "Goddess of Cooking mode", as everyone seemed to call it, she sighed with happiness. The two smiled as they shared the meal together, and both shared a mutual thought.
This is gonna be great. They both thought at the same time.
Inori, Matsuri, and Kagami all sat down in front of Konata, who looked quite ruffled.
"Sorry Konatan." Inori apologized.
"Yeah, we got a little carried away." Matsuri said, chuckling humorlessly a little.
"She's my girlfriend, I don't know why I should apologize..." Kagami said, looking pointedly away from Konata.
"You ripped my clothes..." Konata said.
"Not entirely sure it was an accident..." Kagami mumbled, blushing.
"You realize that I never got any of my clothes from my house, right? This is, like, my only pair of clothes right now." Konata said.
"Sorry Konatan..." Inori sighed. Matsuri gave a similar response.
"So why don't we just go on over to your old house and get some more! Maybe pick up a few of Yutaka's things since she'll also be staying here for a while." Kagami said. Konata sighed nodded.
"I don't know if I wanna go back there yet." Konata said. "I don't want to see Dad again." She said. Kagami sighed. She understood her girlfriend's hesitation to go to a meeting that could potentially turn fatal to her father.
"Then I'll just go." Kagami said.
"No." Konata said.
"Why not?" Kagami asked.
"Because it's super dangerous if he's still like he was! Even with the training you've gotten from me and Kan-kan, you're still not in any position to defend yourself from a grown man." Konata said.
"I just kicked a grown man's ass on the subway by myself. A fighter specifically trained to be able to beat Tony and anything that got in their way. I think I'd be able to handle your father." Kagami smiled.
"You know how to set that off?" Konata asked. Kagami put a finger to her cheek and thought for a moment.
"..." She thought for a long moment. "Nope." She eventually conceded.
"So then it doesn't count." Konata said.
"Kona, let's go together! You can wait outside just in case I need you and then you'll be right there when I'm done!" Kagami said. "That way you still get to come and protect me if he goes haywire." Kagami said.
"But what if I don't make it in time?" Konata asked.
"I'm sure you'll do fine Kona." Kagami smiled. "Come on. Let's go get you some clothes." Kagami said. Konata sighed.
"You sure I couldn't just borrow someone else's clothes?" She asked.
"None of them would fit you." Matsuri said. "Even Tsukasa's old clothes probably wouldn't..." She commented.
"How do you know the size of Tsukasa's... Er.. Never mind. Don't answer that." Inori began, but thought better of it. There are some things that mankind should simply never know. Konata sighed.
"Alright. Let's go." Konata said as she stood up with Kagami. The two of them left the room together, leaving the two couples remaining.
"That was simply delicious, Tsukasa." Tony sat back and rubbed his stomach. While Tsukasa's earlier display of amazing powers had intrigued him, the meal was good enough to take his mind off of it. Looking at her incredible prowess, it wasn't hard to imagine some weird ancestry in her. There had been a truly large amount of food on the plate, enough that it had been in danger of toppling over, so the two were quite stuffed. Tsukasa smiled and patted her own tummy.
"I'm glad you liked it so much Kan-kun..." She said. She was feeling sleepy now, undoubtedly from a food coma, and decided that she would have to get up so as not to fall asleep in the kitchen chair. Tony followed suit and the two entered the living room. The two of them sat down on the couch together as Tony turned the television on. Calling on the convenience of magic once again, he took a movie from Tsukasa's room, though he wasn't precise enough to do so with any accuracy, and brought it to his hand. He looked down to find Sleeping Beauty.
"Want to watch a movie?" Tony asked, brandishing the movie grandly. Tsukasa giggled sleepily, though she seemed to be glancing at something.
"Sure Kan-kun." She said. Tony got up, Tsukasa reluctantly leaning off of him, and put the movie in. When he looked back, Tsukasa was staring at the other chair in the room intently. Tony studied her for a moment, trying to figure out what she was thinking. Suddenly, she got up from the couch and walked over to the chair, taking a seat in it. What thought she had been having now over, she turned back to the television and, namely, Tony. "What's wrong, Kan-kun?" She asked. Tony huffed a breath of confusion before shrugging.
"Nothing's wrong, just thinking." He said.
"What were you thinking about?" Tsukasa asked.
"You know, I wonder that too." Tony said cryptically. Tsukasa giggled at the, what was to her, silly remark. She dropped the subject, just like Tony had planned. The two settled into their respective places and began watching the movie. Tony, having observed Tsukasa's odd actions, recalled Kagami's comment about using that chair. He shrugged to himself and made it about twice as long as Tsukasa before falling asleep.
Konata and Kagami walked down the street, though there was no "doo wa diddy diddy dum diddy doo" singing this time. Konata was feeling rather somber at what she might have to end up doing to protect her Kagami, while Kagami was trying to focus on how to get through to Konata's room diplomatically. She was a little torn, however. The last time that she had formulated a plan before-hand, it hadn't gone well at all. However, not making a plan made her feel even more apprehensive about attempting to go in. As much as Kagami knew that Konata could make it in time and deal with anything that Sojiro decided was necessary, she didn't want to have to make her girlfriend go through something like that if at all possible. Because one could do something most certainly didn't mean one wanted to do it.
"So, what kind of clothes do you want me to get?" Kagami asked, hoping to break the silence that had lasted between the two of them. While it had not been awkward, Kagami still hoped for some semblance of communication between the two. She wanted to know more about how Konata was feeling at the moment.
"Doesn't really matter..." Konata said. "Just get whatever you think looks cute or comfortable." Konata said. Kagami sighed a bit, though she was determined to keep their conversation going.
"Huh, usually you don't really think about what kind of clothes look cute on you if it isn't for your cosplay cafe job." Kagami teased. "You just kind of throw on whatever you find laying around.
"Well, I usually don't care, but I know you like it when I wear cute stuff, so why not?" Konata asked. Kagami smiled at her little love's logic and simply nodded.
"I love you Kona." Kagami said.
"I love you too, Kagamin." Konata replied. "Of course, this also implies that I'll get to do some dressing up of you some time in the near future." Konata gave Kagami a sly look that sent a shiver down her spine. There were so many things that Kagami knew Konata would want her to dress up as, and if she continued going to tournaments and such, she may very well get the funds to do such a thing. Kagami gulped over dramatically and smiled again. Some costumes would be the kind she'd like to show off to Konata in...
"So, cute and comfortable. Gotcha." Kagami smiled and nodded. Silence fell back between the two as Konata mentally prepared herself for what she may have to do and Kagami decided to just wing it once she got inside the house. The two walked in relative leisure, though they would have been there much sooner had they taken the subway.
Never the subway.
It wasn't very long before the two arrived at Konata's old house. Knowing Sojiro was on the other side of the door, Kagami sighed.
"If you need me, just shout." Konata said as she leaned against the small amount of wall that was beside the door. Kagami couldn't help but think how cool she looked like that. She smiled.
"No problem. I'll let you know." Kagami smiled warmly. Konata nodded solemnly, seemingly gathering her determination and confidence up. Kagami sighed as she walked into the house. Closing the door behind her, she saw Sojiro on the couch. No television or movie was playing and he was slouched over, looking contemplative. He stared at the ground and seemed quite oblivious to her existence. Thankful for her good luck, she began to move as silently as she could towards Konata's room.
"Hey." He said. Kagami stiffened and looked over her shoulder at him.
"Yeah?" She asked.
"What are you doing here?" Sojiro asked, still having not looked from the spot on the ground. He didn't seem angry, or bothered by her presence. More like... He seemed very tired. That he was asking simply because she was there. Kagami sighed. There were a great many ways she could reply. However, her gut feeling told her to simply explain herself.
"Konata's clothing got ripped at my house." She said, turning around. "I came to get her some more clothes." She said. Sojiro sighed.
"I see... Then she's staying at your house right now?" Sojiro asked. Kagami stared at him cautiously for a moment.
"... Yeah. She is." She said. Sojiro chuckled hollowly.
"Don't worry. I'm not gonna try and steal her away in the middle of the night or anything." He said. Kagami jumped a bit, her mind having been read all too easily. "I'm just glad to hear she's got a place to eat and sleep." He said. Kagami didn't need Tony's special powers to know what the man was thinking. He was obvious depressed that his daughter had chosen Kagami over himself.
"So then you don't mind if I go and get some of her stuff?" Kagami asked, starting to turn towards the door. Sojiro sighed.
"Where's Yutaka?" He asked. Kagami turned back around.
"We were thinking about having her come live with us as well." Kagami said. Sojiro seemed to shift in surprise, but still kept looking at the ground.
"So you were the ones who sent those movers?" Sojiro asked. "I didn't think your family had that much money if you came to move Konata out yourselves." Sojiro said. Kagami, now thoroughly confused, cocked her head to the side.
"Movers?" Kagami asked.
"Yeah, they came and got Yutaka's things, saying they were being paid extra to get it all in one day. All of her stuff was taken." Sojiro said. Kagami, having not expected this at all, was now glad she had abstained from thinking of a plan before coming in.
"That's odd. And they didn't say who sent them?" Kagami asked.
"I had assumed your family did." Sojiro said. Kagami sighed.
"I sure hope they were actual movers..." She said. Sojiro shook his head.
"They were. I know the company, it's well known." He said. A silence prevailed for a short time. It was weird conversing so normally with Sojiro at the moment. He heaved a great sigh. "So, my two little girls have both left me." He said. Kagami sighed and walked over. She put a hand on the man's shoulder. She wasn't entirely sure what moved her to the action, but the man seemed quite vulnerable at the moment.
"We're gonna take care of them. Don't worry about it." Kagami said. Sojiro, looking all the more contemplative, sighed for what seemed the thousandth time.
"I'm not worried. Tadao is a great father." Sojiro said. "He raised some really smart and compassionate girls." Sojiro said. "Not many could stand where you do and try and comfort a man like me..." He said. Silence descended again.
"Listen, it isn't too late. Kona is right outside the door. You can make amends right here, right now." Kagami offered. And for a moment, it seemed that Sojiro honestly considered it. Eventually he shook his head to show he was done thinking.
"Konata seemed to put a lot of faith in you. Don't screw it up as much as I did." He said. Kagami sighed.
"You know..." She said. "I've thought a lot about your position." She said. "I used to hate you. I did for a long while for what you put Kona through. You made her cry. You broke her heart. I hated you so much." Kagami said. It did nothing to raise the man's mood. "But..." She trailed off. "Now... I just pity you." She said. Sojiro couldn't help but be confused by her sudden change of heart.
"Pity? Why?" He asked, for the first time, his voice actually gaining some real emotion. Kagami retracted her hand from his shoulder and took a step back, as if preparing herself for what was to come. There was a sudden moment where Sojiro felt a powerful sense of nostalgia as he, also for the first time since Kagami's arrival, looked up into her eyes. In a blend between his voice from the past and Kagami's from the present, a declaration was made.
"Because I know that no one can ever love Kona as much as I do." She said.
"Because I know that no one can ever love Kana as much as I do!" He saw himself shouting at his what was then future-father-in-law who couldn't imagine that Sojiro had taken an actual interest in Kanata. The man had been adamantly against their relationship for the longest time. Kagami looked at him fiercely, standing her ground for whatever Sojiro were to say, another nostalgic point. There was a few full minutes, however, where Sojiro just stared at nothing in particular, lost in his nostalgia so. He closed his eyes and sighed.
"Look... Kagami..." He began. Kagami's nostrils flared at the man addressing her like an old friend. However, she held her tongue to see what the man would say.
"What?" She asked. Sojiro looked up at her.
"I need to ask you a question." He said very seriously. "Please. Please, I need you to answer me with the utmost honesty." He said. Kagami breathed deeply.
"Fine. Ask away." Kagami said, recognizing the gravity of whatever it was. She would listen and answer as seriously as she could manage.
"What are your goals?" Sojiro asked. "Other than my daughter, of course." He added as an afterthought. Kagami cocked her head in confusion at the seemingly unrelated question.
"Hm? What do you mean?" Kagami asked. Sojiro sighed.
"What do you want to do with your life? If this... relationship were to work out, will... will my daughter have a secure future?" Sojiro asked. "Will you... CAN you promise me that?" Sojiro asked. Kagami sighed and closed her eyes, smiling a small smile.
"Sojiro." She said. Suddenly, her face turned deathly serious. "Listen to what I'm about to tell you. This is something I'm going to say as many times as it takes and I mean it every single time. I. Love. Kona. I'd do anything for her. Believe me when I say that I'll take any job to make sure she's comfortable." Kagami said, looking him dead in the eye. "As for my future job aspirations..." Here, she looked up as she if she were thinking heavily on the question. "Well, if the colleges ever open back up, I had an idea of trying to become the Prime Minister, though that was just an idea. Plus I could totally be the Empress if I could put the effort in. Barring that, though, I'd say that I'd try and become a lawyer." Kagami said, thinking hard. Sojiro smiled.
"Hmhm. Prime Minister, eh?" He asked with an amused smile. "I'm going to hold you to that, you know." He said. Kagami cocked her head to the other side this time.
"Huh?" She asked. Sojiro chuckled.
"Well, Konata is an expensive girl. Do you know how much a game system costs, not to mention games for it? Plus, she needs food! My my Kagami, you've got yourself into trouble now." Sojiro laughed. Kagami looked at him suspiciously.
"I... know all of that. What are you saying...?" Kagami asked hesitantly. Here, Sojiro's expression turned just as serious as Kagami's had been.
"I'm saying you'd better take care of my daughter. You made her fall in love with you, so no complaining. I'm not gonna let you back out of this relationship, even if you beg and moan." Sojiro said. Kagami looked at him for a moment, in awe of what the man was saying.
"... Thank you Sojiro..." Kagami said.
"Make my Konata happy. If you ever need anything I have, or anything I can give, it's yours. My blessing goes with you." Sojiro said. Kagami stood for a moment, taking in what he had said to her.
"... Sojiro..." She was speechless. That established, she did the only thing she could think to do. Giving an extremely rare gesture, she hugged the man. The man she use to hate. The man she then pitied. And now, a man who seemed to genuinely be asking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He patted her head.
"You'd better get going. Konata might get anxious." Sojiro said. Kagami detached herself from the man and composed herself again.
"I'm surprised that you're saying something like that. I'd have thought you'd try and get Kona to come live back here." Kagami smiled.
"Well, I would love it if she did. It's a lot more boring around here without her. However..." He began to comment. "She chose you." He said, a bit ruefully. "That means that, given the choice, she'd rather live with you instead of living with me. That being said, I think it'd be more convenient for you if Konata lived with you guys. After all, her cooking is the best!" Sojiro said. Kagami giggled a bit.
"Her cooking is pretty awesome." She said. "You know Sojiro, I came in here really hoping I wouldn't have to talk to you. I was afraid of what might be said and that Konata might have to come in to stop you from attacking me again. That would have really hurt her, you know?" Kagami asked, though not really meaning for it to have been a question. "But..." She trailed off for a moment. "Now... I'm glad that I got to talk to you. I was wrong. You do care about Kona." She said. Sojiro chuckled.
"Konata is the one I care for most in this world. She's the only person, my only connection with Kanata. She's very precious to me and I hate myself for hurting her. The two people who come close are Kanata and Yutaka. I love my daughter, even when she was leaving my house after almost killing me." He said.
"She almost what-now?" Kagami asked. Sojiro waved his hand dismissively.
"Later." He said, although most certainly meaning never. Kagami was now very aware of how irritating it must have been for Tony to be on the receiving end of a lot of those. "It isn't that I didn't love her... I just didn't love what she was doing..." He said. "I'm still not entirely certain that I can agree with it happily, but... It makes her happy. That's all I need." Sojiro said.
"As much as she'd like it, she doesn't really need you to take such an...active... part in it. If she only knew that you didn't hate her, or that you could at least tolerate our relationship, that would do wonders for her." Kagami said. "She would be so much happier than she is now." Kagami said.
"You think?" Sojiro asked.
"Definitely. This whole affair has been weighing down on Kona since it happened. Even if a lot of stuff has happened since then and she keeps a cool front, it's still pretty easy to see." Kagami said, having looked right through her little girlfriend. "Do you want me to go get her?" Kagami asked. Sojiro chuckled nervously.
"I'm afraid. I'm scared of how she's gonna react..." He said. "What a father, huh? Scared of his own daughter..." Sojiro said.
"At least it shows you care how she feels." Kagami smiled. She walked over to the door, but heard a voice from the other side. She put her ear to the door.
"...is... Ka... me..." She could barely make out. She cracked the door open and looked out to see Konata pacing, completely immersed in her own thoughts. "This is for Kagami. I'm not gonna hold back, I'm gonna protect her... Even if he is my Dad..." She repeated over and over to herself.
"Kona?" Kagami interrupted her. Konata jumped and tensed up to show she was ready to beat something within an inch of it's life on command. When it was shown such a display was not needed, she put her arms down.
"Kagamin?" She asked, confused at why Kagamin had not only taken so long, but why she didn't have any extra clothes with her. Kagami smiled a kind smile.
"There's someone who wants to talk to you." Kagami said.
"Luckier~! Channel~!" Akira shouted. "Hiya Luckies~! I'm your navigator, Akira Kogami~!" She shouted.
"And I'm the assistant, Minoru Shiraishi!"
"Uuuu~! All of that was crazy intense! And all the girls looked totally cute~!" Akira shouted. "Can I be the one to get cute the next chapter?" Akira asked the camera with her best puppy eyes.
"Next chapter can be the one when you realize you always were." Minoru commented. Everything seemed to pause for a moment. Suddenly, Akira glared death at Minoru.
"Hey. Idiot. Stop with the commentary." She said. Minoru, taken aback by her sudden shift, went back through his plan. He thought it was pretty smooth. He wondered what had offended her, but then she continued. "I'm not cute." Minoru looked at her, confused.
"Of course you are, Akira." He said.
"NO I'M NOT! I WEAR A TON OF MAKEUP, OKAY? THIS CUTE LOOK COMES OFF AT NIGHT!" Akira started screaming at him. "I chain smoke, I drink, I'm not even popular anymore! I got this job when I was beginning to lose my popularity! I just wear a ton of god damn make up!" She shouted at him, tears flowing freely. She got up and ran off.
"..." Minoru stayed pasted to his seat for a moment.
"I already knew all of that."
I'm not entirely sure what I wanted to do with this chapter. I kinda forgot most of what I had planned, so this took me longer than I had hoped. However, one good burst of inspiration and a couple of all nighters saved the day! Er... Mostly. See, there's two ways to get around a writers block (Had a lot of them during this chapter). One, I can wait for a burst of inspiration to hit or two, I can just write something mediocre and hope for the best later on. I try to wait when I can, but meh. Who knows? Well, obviously you probably do, you're the reader. I have no idea if most of these ideas are good or not. I hope so! And I'll definitely keep working on it for as long as people still read! I can't help but wonder if I'm losing something by not having as big cliffhangers at the end of every chapter... Like leaving off when Sojiro calls out to Kagami or when Kagami is about to find out about her heritage. Hehe, well you're all gonna find out eventually!