Hello Fish and Crackers and welcome to chapter four of Virtue and Vice.
Ragna and Platinum just got away from the incredibly annoying Bang Shishigami and now used their free dinner to their advantage.
Rebel Four: Unconventional Dinner
Ragna and Platinum were just guided to their table. They were sitting on opposite ends of each other. They gave each other a little stare of slight distain and impatience.
"So...that was some crazy shit that happened back there..." Ragna said in an attempt to break the silence.
"Yep..." Luna replied dully.
"I thought that ninja shit was going to make us go deaf..."
A period of awkward silence occurs. It was clear that both Platinum and Ragna were bored out of their minds. They both couldn't decide what was worse. Was it the completely lifeless and quiet environment or was it all the tomfoolery they went through together since they met each other? Suddenly, Ragna's expression changed as if he found out about something. He remembers that Luna acknowledged Ragna as her friend but he was skeptical about it because she probably said it in an effort for her and Ragna to get away easy.
"About you saying to that redhead chick that we were friends...did you really meant that?"
"Aww...Rags...of course not! You're freaking useless! You suck at life! You don't deserve to live!"
A vain popped near Ragna's head. It was clear that he was greatly irritated upon hearing that from Luna. Before he could retaliate, Luna spoke again.
Luna sighed. "But then again, Luna wouldn't have it any other way...not that Luna has any other choice..."
Ranga's anger subsided to a degree. He took a deep sigh himself and tries to press her buttons about the recent incident.
"So...if you had to choose between me and that ninja shit, who would you pick to deal with?"
"Why are you asking Luna these questions?"
"Because I'm bored and I have nothing to talk about."
"Well find something to do other than trying to flirt with Luna."
"I will as soon as you answer my question." Ragna said with his voice rising.
"Fine, I would rather deal with you than that scruffy ninja ass! Happy now?"
"Okay, why?" Ragna asked quickly.
"Luna doesn't have to answer that! She already answered your question!"
"I need some reasons why. There's nothing to hide, is there? It's just a friendly conversation."
Luna's eyes turned into menacing slits. "God, your lame! Luna would chose to deal with you because you don't have fan boys follow you around and you're not always shouting! Seriously, he's more annoying than you. Are you happy now? Better yet, why did YOU say to Bang that I was your loli friend?"
This question appeared to have caught Ragna off-guard. He clears his throat and then chose his words carefully.
"I...couldn't think of anything else to say..." Ragna said sheepishly.
"Bullshit. You could have just said that I was just your friend. In fact, when did we ever consider each other friends?"
Before Ragna could answer, the waitress by their table cleared her throat to announce her presence. Both Ragna and Platinum feigned smiles while keeping their respective hands together on the table.
"Am I interrupting something...or are you not ready to order...?" The waitress said with hesitation.
Ragna chuckled. "No, no, no, you came at the right time. We just got done selecting what we want."
"Ah, excellent! What will you have?"
Both Ragna and Platinum said in unison..."I'll have the Kagutsuchi Puffer Fish simmered in peppers and spices."
They stared at each other in astonishment after they said what they want. This only seemed to make the waitress more unsettled.
"Okay...what will be your beverage...tonight...?"
They both said again in unison..."Hot green tea, please."
The two of them gave each other contemptuous glares as their feigned smiles turned into sinister grins.
"R-R-Right away, your orders will be here soon..."
The waitress walked away with a hint of fear. As soon as they were positive that the waitress was gone, they went into conversation again. Ragna took the initiative to go first.
"What...the...hell? You like the Kagutsuchi Puffer Fish, too?"
"Yeah. You too, huh?"
"Yeah well, you might say that I started liking it first."
Luna leaned in toward the center of the table. "Fine...let's get technical."
Ragna did the same. "Okay...let's..."
Luna leaned in further. "Luna started to like it from the menu."
Ragna did the same. "I started to like it the first time I smelled it."
"You can't call dibs on the puffer fish through air."
"You can't call dibs on the puffer fish through the menu."
"Well YOU can't call dibs on the puffer fish, period!"
"I just did!"
"Luna did, also!"
Ragna sat back down on his end of the table and sighed loudly.
"Whatever...talking to you is such a headache."
"Oh is that how it is? Whatever..."
Luna sat back down on her end of the table and began to fidget with her fingers out of boredom. After about a minute, Luna looks up to see Ragna holding some sort of electronic device.
"What's that?" Luna asked with curiosity.
Ragna looks up before answering. "It's...a Gameboy..."
"Really? I heard those things are antique stuff! Can Luna see, please?" Luna said with her heart eyes big.
Luna moves her chair to Ragna's side to look over his shoulder. Luna can see that Ragna is stuck on a certain part of the game.
"Oh, what kind of game is this?" Luna asked in a rather childish tone.
"It's a game called Pokémon. I'm stuck on this part though. I'm having such a damn time going through it..."
Ragna was pushing the buttons rather hard because he's a bit frustrated with his minimal progress. Luna's lips slowly curved into a smile.
"Oh...so it's a type of puzzle..." Luna said mesmerized. "Can Luna try it?"
"Knock yourself off, Platinum." Ragna placed the Gameboy in Luna's hands.
Ragna looks at the screen and it appeared to be that Luna seemed to know what she's doing in this game. Ragna's eye twitched a bit and forced a light chuckle.
"Ha, ha, ha...um...how can you solve it?" Ragna asked in a gentle matter.
"Why can't YOU solve it?" Luna replied rather cutely while playing the game.
After a while, Luna is able to solve the puzzle and is on the other side of where Ragna started. Ragna's mouth gaped a bit because Luna got it on her first try whereas he himself was stuck on that part for some time, apparently. Luna puts the Gameboy on the table.
Luna pats Ragna on the back to comfort him as she spoke. "There! There! Sometimes you need a little bit of help in a game! Ha, ha, ha!"
"But...how did you...do it...just like that...?" Ragna asked in disbelief.
"Luna and Sena used to play games like that all the time when we were younger. Of course, we don't have the time anymore."
"Oh..." Ragna looks behind Platinum to see that their fish is being served. "Well...I'm starving, let's chow down!"
After a while, they had their heads down on the table from aching stomachs. On the table were two plates and many empty glasses. Ragna's head rose.
"That fish is so damn spicy but the flavor inside is the tops."
Luna's head rose from the table. "Yep...ah...so delicious..."
Ragna takes a deep breath. "So Platinum, where do you live by the way?"
"Why are you asking this? Is it so you can stalk Luna, you lolicon?"
"No...it's just that I'm just curious. Aren't you...guys...a little young to be living on your own?"
"We're nomadic. We usually don't stay in one place too long."
"Nomadic? Where do you sleep?" Ragna asked rather worryingly.
The question disturbed Platinum a bit and her body language changed a bit to show some insecure gestures.
"In the...woods..." Luna said sheepishly. She shook her and retaliated. "Why do you care?"
"Actually...I don't know myself. We've been meeting with each other a lot since we met the first time and well...I guess naturally I get curious about a person I see...not that it matters to you, anyway..." Ragna finished with a gruff tone.
"Since you asked Luna where she lived, why don't you tell Luna where YOU live?" Luna said with her arms crossed.
Ragna crossed his arms. "I live in an apartment complex. I actually work at a store not too far from this restaurant."
"Wait, you have a job? Why does Luna see you then if you have work?"
"Because this is my two week vacation period. I'm entering my second week starting from today."
"When did Luna meet Ragna?"
"About four days before the vacation begun."
A period of silence occurs while Ragna and Platinum stare at each other blankly. They know some personal information about the other but rather...uncomfortably. Suddenly, Ragna punched the desk. Luna gets startled by this.
"What the hell are you doing?" Luna asked with an eyebrow raised.
"I know I'm going to regret this but...you're going to stay with me...TEMPORARILY."
Luna's eyes went wide. "What? Really?"
Ragna nodded. "Yeah. I know I may regret it but...you're going to stay with me in my apartment. Just get out of your nomadic life and stop sleeping in the street. It's ridiculous. I can't tell you how bent my back must be from sleeping in the street all the time."
Luna gave a fist pump in the air. "Sweet! Just don't try to do anything sexual to Luna while she's sleeping."
Ragna's eyes thinned. "Don't try to do anything sexual to ME when I'm sleeping."
Luna pointed at Ragna empathetically. "YOU don't try to do anything sexual to Luna, period!"
"You're...sexier than I am!"
Luna's face went slightly red. "Shut up, lolicon!"
"You too, attention whore." Ragna said with a grin.
A few minutes passed. Ragna returned to his seat while letting out a sigh.
"Are we going to go soon, or what?" Luna asked impatiently.
Ragna stretched out a bit. "Yep, I just submitted our coupons out front. We can go now."
"Th-thanks...I guess that...master Jubei was right about you...you may be an asshole but you're a bit nice." Luna said with a slight smile.
Ragna smiled back. "You can be pretty nice if you try, too. Well, two imbeciles like us were more than enough students that our master could handle."
Luna scoffed. "What, like Luna? You're the only asshole around here, lolicon!"
Ragna grinned. "I'm not half as psychotic as you."
Luna grinned as well. "Sorry but for an SS-Criminal who has a bounty on his head who is taking in a child and even has a job, you're totally high."
The entire restaurant goes silent for a moment. Ragna and Luna stopped talking, realizing their mistake.
"Wait, did I just hear somebody say that the SS-Criminal Ragna the Bloodedge is here and claims to have a child in his grasp?" A man's voice said.
"Oh...shit..." Both Ragna and Luna said.
Ragna punched the table again. "I've should have guessed that would have happened. Damn you, Luna!"
"Luna swears that her mouth just slipped, Rags."
They could overhear a part of the chatter.
"Is that really Ragna the Bloodedge?"
"It could be...he has the same white hair, red jacket...and is less ugly than in the picture, too."
"It could be but...what's that child doing with him?"
"It could be his hostage!"
"We have to save her!"
Ragna punched the desk again.
"Think fast, Luna!"
Ragna slings Platinum over his shoulder and performs a Hell's Fang to escape out the door before anyone could react. The entire restaurant stands up, holding utensils for weapons. They sprint out the door to give chase to Ragna.
Stay updated for a night in Ragna's Apartment.
Rebel Four: End