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Sayuki was tossing and turning in her bed. Kaiba had left her place over an hour ago and she still couldn't get him out of her head. After her blunt confession of Kaiba being her muse, he scoffed at her and left. Did she offend him? Sayuki sighed and turned to pull her digital clock towards her. It's past three in the morning and she still couldn't sleep. Sayuki groaned and slammed the clock back onto her nightstand, sitting up and rubbing her face. She gazed around her dark room.
"Screw it. I'm up." Sayuki took a quick shower and donned her usual attire of a turtleneck sweater and a pair slacks. Today she went with a light blue sweater. Satisfied with her choice, she turned on the coffee pot and opened her fridge. Kaiba did have some wonderful muscle tones. He looked like he could hold his own. Sayuki slapped shook her head. She listened to the coffee pot making her coffee as she took out her toaster and inserted her breakfast for champions, waffles. With a quick pop, her waffles were warm and toasty. She ate her breakfast over the sink with her hands and looked outside her kitchen window. It was still dark out but a faint line of light was peeking over the horizon. Sayuki washed her hands and poured her coffee into a to-go mug. She needed to walk to clear her mind. Sayuki grabbed her camera and left; humming to herself she left her apartment in search of a park.
"You just take this train towards Kaiba Corps and you should come out to Domino City Park in three stops. That's the best park to take a nice stroll." Sayuki thanked the kind old lady and continued on her way. She felt stupid. She got lost in her own neighborhood and when she found a train station, took the wrong train and ended up somewhere. Sayuki groaned inwardly. This turned out to be more of an adventure than what she originally intended. Sighing, she took her cell phone out of her pocket and texted Otogi, 'I'm lost. Care to rescue me?' Before she could pocket her cell phone it chimed within her hands for an incoming call. Well, that didn't take long.
"Hello?" Sayuki twirled her coffee mug in her hand and walked towards the train station again.
"Where are you? I'll be your knight in shining armor today." She could almost hear the smile through his voice.
"I ended up at Nakaba Pier. I'm taking the train towards Domino City Park right now. Want to meet up for coffee?" She damn well could go for another cup. There was a chuckle.
"Sure. That'll take you another hour before you get there. I'll be waiting." There was a click as Otogi hung up. Sayuki snapped her phone shut and shoved it in her pocket. She still couldn't get over the abruptness when a Japanese local ends a call. Shouldn't they at least say good-bye instead of hanging up after their business is concluded? She felt it was rude.
"Well, when living in Rome, do as the Romans do." Sayuki sighed and hopped on another busy train to which she hoped was the right way.
"About time you get here. I know a little café not that far from here. Let's go." Otogi held out his arm for Sayuki. She shrugged and let him tuck her hand in the crook of his arm. He did come out just to meet her with no prior plans. She could let him indulge in his flirtatious ways.
"That sounds nice. Is it one of those maid cafés I always read about? I've been curious to see why so many people are willing to pay so much money to see girls dressed up as maids." She glanced up at his face to see Otogi break out into a sleazy grin.
"Isn't it a guy's fantasy to see a girl dressed up as a maid and say 'Welcome, home master?' I'm sure any male in America can relate." He laughed. Sayuki frowned and grumbled.
"It takes one to know one."
"Touché." They continued in idle chatter as they proceeded to a café located across from the park. It took a minute for Sayuki to realize what the theme of the café was.
"Oh, my god… CATS!" Sayuki squealed in delight as she pet a nearby black cat lounging on the windowsill next to their seats. Otogi laughed.
"I figure you'd like it here. You texted me a little kitty face right away so I guessed that you loved them. This place came to mind when you mentioned coffee." Otogi reached out and held Sayuki's hand. She nodded absently in acknowledgement and petted the cat in awe. To think a place like this existed.
"Can I take your order?" Sayuki looked up at the waitress. She was a cute girl wearing cat ears. Otogi let go of Sayuki's hand looked at the menu.
"I'll have a café latte." Sayuki glanced at the menu.
"I'll take a chai tea frappuccino. Please withhold any whipped cream." The girl nodded and left. Sayuki picked up a cat, that resembled the lucky cat, who approached her and set it on her lap. When the cat was settled, she looked up at Otogi.
"I think I found my new favorite place. Is it expensive? I can handle the costs if it isn't more expensive than Starbucks." Sayuki was absently petting the cat, earning herself a purr.
"You're safe then. It's actually just a bit cheaper. They just close before ten because of the cats. Hey, Sayuki I want to ask you something." Otogi's expression turned serious and his green eyes focused on her with an intensity she wasn't familiar with. Sayuki laughed nervously.
"Please don't tell me that you like me or want to go out with me. I rather not." She smiled to try and take the edge out of her statement. Otogi's eyes widened in surprise then he smiled, looking a little disappointed.
"Well, you were quick to catch on. Is it really that bad that it's me?" The waitress set their coffee on the table and left them quickly. Otogi took a sip from his cup. Sayuki shrugged and stared intently into her coffee. There was a little heart drawn with caramel.
"I just got out of a bad relationship just before I moved here. I'd like to stay unattached if you don't mind. I think a relationship would get in the way. Besides, I can only see you as a friend." Sayuki poked the heart with her finger to destroy it and sucked on her finger. Otogi sighed.
"You sound bitter. Any particular reason?" Sayuki drank some of her coffee and shrugged. It was painful to think about her past relationship.
"Let's just say I learned early on that if you give a guy all he wants, he gets bored and leave it at that. I'd like to forget about it." Otogi conceded with a nod and Sayuki felt a little bit better. At least he won't pry at the issue any more than usual. Sayuki looked out the window over the black cat lying there and spotted Kaiba passing by.
"Eh? I think I'm seeing things…" Sayuki rubbed her eyes and blinked several times. She had to be imagining things.
"What is it?" Otogi was attentively looking outside to try and spot who or what she saw. Sayuki smiled nervously. It wouldn't make sense that Kaiba would be walking around here. Would it?
"It's nothing. I think I'll go now. Thanks for the coffee." Sayuki rushed out before Otogi could refuse. She felt uncomfortable with him there after imagining Kaiba passing by. Sayuki decided to take a stroll in the park.
Sayuki was walking along one of the paths and came across a small stand selling ice cones. Her mouth watered as she considered buying one. Kids surrounded the cart with their parents, waiting excitedly for their turn to get a delicious icy cone. Sayuki stood in line, digging into her wallet for some cash. A kid caught her eye. He came up to her waist, shaggy black hair and blue eyes. He stared longingly at the icy cones. Sayuki looked around and didn't see his parents. She shrugged and tried to ignore the kid as she moved up in line. But he looked so sad... Sayuki was a family away from a delicious cone. She glanced back at the kid. Their eyes met. The kid looked shocked then turned around. He started to slowly walk away, sneaking glances at the cones.
"Miss? What would you like?" Sayuki's attention snapped back on the ice cones.
"Oh, yea. I'd like two please. Two blue ones." Sayuki handed the money over and received a blue cone in each hand. The chill started to seep into her hands. She ran over to the kid.
"Hey, kid! Wait!" The kid stopped and turned around to watch curiously as Sayuki handed him a cone. He slowly reached out and took it from her. "You looked like you wanted it so badly. I couldn't just ignore you." Sayuki smiled with the kid smiled happily and took a bite from his cone. He held out his hand in a handshake.
"I'm Mokuba. What's your name?" Sayuki shook his hand and chuckled to herself. He looked so cute with his lips turning blue.
"I'm Sayuki. It's nice to meet you. Are you here by yourself? Is that ok?" Sayuki and Mokuba were walking side by side along the path.
"I'm waiting for my brother to get off work. What about you? Are you waiting for your boyfriend?" Sayuki laughed out loud.
"No, don't have one. I'm going to take pictures soon. Want to hang around till your brother comes to get you?" Mokuba's eyes lit up at the prospect.
"Sure! What are you going to take pictures of?" Sayuki took a moment to think and looked around her. The Kaiba Corporation building was the one that stood out to her. She pointed up towards it.
"Of that building. It seems like it demands attention so I'll give it some. Plus, it can double as my work." She smiled down at the young boy. He smiled. They continued on their walk, chattering about various things until they finished their ice cones. They settled behind a pond to take pictures of the building. The sun was starting to set when a man approached them. Mokuba hid behind Sayuki.
"You, you're Mokuba. Your brother did this to me! I lost everything!" Sayuki turned around to see a man in a trench coat pull out a gun from inside his jacket. He reeked of alcohol and sweat. His eyes had a wild look as his hands shook as he pointed the weapon at them. Sayuki sighed.
"Mokuba, close your eyes and cover your ears. Don't open them until I tell you to, ok?" Mokuba looked up at her with fearful blue orbs, and she smiled down at him. He nodded and did as she said. Sayuki glared up at the guy, ignoring all her instincts to run away. "Really, dude? What the hell is your problem? Do you have to interrupt me?" The guy blinked in confusion.
"His brother is the reason I'm living off the streets! He deserves to suffer like I have! My business has gone under and my wife divorced me. How can I live?" The man slurred. He stumbled a few steps closer. Sayuki's heart started to pound. She tried to keep her voice calm as she spoke.
"Can't you see I'm busy? I'm a real murderer. I killed my unborn child and cooked him. I made him into dumplings. You're interrupting my next meal. Do you want to die?" Sayuki glared at him. The man immediately stopped in his tracks. His eyes widened like large saucers as what she said started to seep in. He screamed, dropping the weapon, and running away. He started yelling off the top of his lungs, pointing at her.
"MURDERER! SHE'S A MURDERER! CALL THE POLICE!" Sayuki tapped Mokuba on the shoulder. He had already opened his eyes. He looked amazed. Mokuba lowered his hands from his ears.
"Amazing! What did you say?" Sayuki handed Mokuba her cell phone.
"Nothing. You might want to call your brother. Right now. Hurry. I think I'm going to jail…" Sayuki mumbled the last part. Mokuba's eyes widened as he took her cell. Right after someone yelled at them.
"STOP RIGHT THERE! Step away from the boy!" Sayuki looked up to see a few police officers approaching them with their weapons raised. The drunk was behind them, looking fearfully at her, pointing at her accusingly. Sayuki moaned inwardly to herself as she raised her hands.
"Really officers. It was all just a misunderstanding." Mokuba was pulled away from her and shoved behind one officer protectively. Sayuki shrugged at Mokuba's questioning look.
"Kick your weapon over to us and get down on the ground. Nice and slow." Sayuki frowned. What a wonderful evening.
Sayuki was sitting in jail inside an empty cell. The drunken man was in another cell across from her, sleeping in a cot. She sighed.
"Hey, officer? When can I get out?" She lay back on her cot, looking up at the ceiling.
"You're here for awhile. Get over it," the officer yelled back at her from afar. Sayuki moaned in dismay. She just had to open her big mouth. She was being held as a suspected murderer and the drunk for attempted murder. Joy. Sayuki turned to face the bars of her cell. A loud commotion can be heard. It sounded like arguing.
"I have paperwork that says you can. Now do your job and release her." Sayuki sprung up and leaned into her bars, trying to hear what was going on more clearly.
"I need permission from my superior first."
"Then call him!" Sayuki gasped. That sounded like Kaiba. Why is he here?
"Alright! Hold on." There was silence. Sayuki let her arms rest through the bars and sat with her forehead in between. What's going on? Her attention snapped to the door with the disgruntled officer who arrested her at the park approached her cell. He glared at her.
"You're free to go. There are no charges. You're clean." Sayuki glared.
"Duh! That's what I've been saying. I only made up stuff I saw on a movie I saw off Netflix." The officer shook his head and he unlocked her cell. Sayuki was lead out ruffly by her arm towards the front. Her eyes widened when she realized that an angry Seto Kaiba was silently fuming beside the Mokuba. Mokuba at least looked happy to see her. He threw himself in her arms.
"I'm glad you can get out. Sorry about all that. That guy will be put away a long time. Thanks for helping me." Mokuba smiled and his eyes where filled with wonder. Sayuki blushed.
"Uh, it's nothing. Don't worry about it. I'm guessing that's your brother…" Sayuki motioned towards Kaiba. He was impatiently tapping his foot. Mokuba stood proudly next to him.
"Yea, he's my brother! His name is-"
"We've met Mokuba. Ibara, are you stupid? Can't you just call the police like any other normal human being?" Kaiba crossed his arms. Sayuki pouted.
"But that guy had a gun and he was trying to shoot and I got irritated and I did just watch that movie and I had a crazy idea but it worked…" Sayuki mumbled. Kaiba shook his head. Mokuba looked between the two.
"Nii-sama, how do you two know each other? I've never seen her." Sayuki was still pouting. Kaiba sighed.
"She's the photographer for my tournament. Let's go home." Kaiba turned and Mokuba followed. Sayuki stood there. Why does he get to make her feel bad? She did save his brother. Kaiba turned back around and grabbed her arm.
"Let's go. I'm giving you a ride."
"Wha-?" Sayuki didn't get to object as Kaiba dragged her to a waiting limo. Mokuba looked excited that she was coming along.
Sayuki was chatting with Mokuba about America when they arrived at her apartment.
"Awww… I hate that you have to go," Mokuba dug out a cell phone from his pocket and handed it to her, "Here's your phone. I couldn't get it to you before now. Sorry." Sayuki took the phone and chuckled.
"No, I was kind of on the ground being handcuffed. It's understandable." Mokuba smiled.
"I programmed my number. I want to hang out again some other time so I'll text you." Mokuba gave her a quick hug. Kaiba silently listened to the exchange. He nodded in acknowledgement as Sayuki glanced at him.
"Well, thanks for the ride. I'll be going now. See you two around." Sayuki shuffled her way out of the limo. Mokuba waved her good bye as Kaiba followed her out. They were at her doorstep. Sayuki looked warily at Kaiba. "I didn't mean to cause you trouble. I really was just trying to help." Kaiba watched her quietly. The seconds seem to drag on for hours.
"For buying trouble with a snow cone? I don't think you need to thank me for that. At least Mokuba seemed like he had fun. Except for the whole drunk guy thing…" Oh, god. She was starting to ramble. She kept talking and talking, even about the cats at the café. Kaiba was silently watching her. When he took a step towards her, Sayuki shut up. "I'll go now." Sayuki opened her door and closed it. His silence unnerved her. It was a few more moments before his shadow disappeared from under the door. She leaned against the door and let out a sigh in relief. She needs to work on her Kaiba ranting problem. Those damn pictures are making her imagine him giving her that look.
So that's the next chapter... Please R&R. I know Sayuki has gone through all the honorifics. LoL I'll address that so don't jump ahead of me now! ;) In August, I more than likely won't post a chapter because I'll be participating in the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge that month. I'll try to get another chapter at the end of this month so that everyone isn't left bereft for a month. Anyone interested in helping by being my beta readers for that challenge let me know. I'll just need people to read and share your opinions. Nothing too strenuous like actually going through my spelling and grammar. LoL
How was everyone's fourth of July? I actually got to watch fireworks from my balcony of my new apartment. Super lucky. Anyways, thank you all who reviewed and added my story to their alerts. I enjoy all the attention. :D Still looking for beta readers for my stories. Send me a message if you're interested! Other than that, I'll see you all next time!