" Hongo , please let go of me" Akina pathetically asked. Hongo did as she asked.
" that I already understood ." he said ignoring how she had sounded before. " I mean what are you doing on Tidat."
"Nothing of your concern" I said deciding I should act as nothing had ever happened between us. It was working just fine for him it should work as well for me. " I believe I can go wherever I want" I ended in my normal tone.
" I see." Was all Hongo answered me. I became relieved I could now talk normally with him.
Akina went back to her former self." that's better . this way she won't bother me as much." Hongo thought to himself.
I watched as Lona spoke to her people while I rested sitting on the floor. Suddenly a man broke loose of his chains making me jump up . But it was not needed because Hongo surge of ki quickly discouraged him. I did not sit again I paced back and forth for a while then stopped in deep thought then paced again. I was worried , Sakaki had not come back with Kenichi and Miu. I paced and paced but came to stop watching princess Lona trying to talk to Hongo . I chuckled that was not an easy feat to achieve I giggled even more when his disciples explained to Lona that he was very silent and meant no harm. My hand covering my mouth as I tried to hide my hard chuckle as the princess seemed even more charmed by him. But deep inside it hurt to see another woman all around him even though the possibility of something happening was zero. I chuckled more at her face except that Hongo caught me making me stop just with a stare. Believe me it was pretty effective.
Hongo got up and walked to Akina. She had finally stopped pacing and was giggling at what he assumed to be his situation . Akina had now entered deep thought not noticing him approaching. Near her he took a hold of her arm. It had blood flowing. A worrier will always be a worrier. She still was as she worried so much for others that didn't even notice her own wound. Shallow as it might be.
Akina jerked at the sudden touch. " what's wrong ?" she asked.
" you're wounded. How did this happened?" he asked with is normal tone.
" I don't know but it's okay it's very shallow. It will heal fast"she answered. He's grip got even stronger as he called his disciples .
" Seta , Hayami" his loud voice quickly made them look on our way. It was very strange to hear him raise his voice. " fix this" he said showing my arm to them. They quickly got a kit to came and help me. " fix this am I an object Hongo." I said but he seemed unfazed as always.
" sorry ma'am" seta said getting my attention. I was already used to be called ma'am because of my missions.
I sat on a rock to give them more access to the wound that was on my forearm to tell the truth I didn't know how it got there. Seta applied some medicine before speaking to me " it's very shallow it will heal fast" he ended but he seemed to want to say something so I asked " what do you want to say?" seta seemed surprised I hit the nail. " it's just not usual for my master to worry for such a small wound " I smiled sorrowfully " is it?" I said
"Yes it is. Must mean you know master for a long time" Hayami intervened as he wrapped a bandage around my arm." Yes but it's a long story." I ended just above a whisper. "You wouldn't be interested."
"All done."Hayami said. I gave a little smile "good, thank you." I said moving my arm a little to check it out.
"Are you alright Akina?" Lona asked from behind me. It gave me a small fright "Ah! I'm fine. It's just a scratch."
"Is that so? I was worried." She said. I nodded assuring her." No need to worry" I ended just before watching Sakaki come back empty handed. My bad feeling had it came true? I ran to him. " Sakaki where's Kenichi ? Where's Miu?" I asked frantic. He remained quiet as if trying to find his words. " Tell me what happened ?" I asked clasping my hands together. I was very nervous. I knew from my job experience that kids in this kind of situation truly had a great chance of being killed no matter what kind of training and on this particular case Jenazad was ruthless.
Hongo came near us two. " Don't tell me you lost them?" he calmly said placing a hand over hers clasped ones as to soothe Akina. " I couldn't find them" Sakaki said.
" So you mean to say you lost the two Ryozanpaku disciples" Hongo said which set Sakaki off.
" Are you saying I did this on purpose ?! " Sakaki lashed out.
" No. I'm just stating the obvious " Hongo stepped forward " you just…" But he was stopped and looked back to her. This way around she had grabbed his hand. Akina knew these two too well. They'd start fighting for real if she didn't stop them. Worry showed through her lenses fighting would solve nothing. Hongo's expression softened ever so slightly as his eyes fell on her. " Please. We shouldn't argue. We have to find them as soon as we can. The more time we waste the less chances they have." Akina intervened. Only now realizing she hadn't let go of Hongo's hand.
Hastily I let go of Hongo's hand. However it was too late. Memories were reawakening as soon as his hand was placed upon your own and his softened gaze fell on my eyes. Memories of how safe and how warm his loving arms felt around me reverberated both on my mind and heart. I just wondered how he felt as he now went back to an unreadable expression. Maybe he felt angry with himself for soothing me who left him. Sorrow flickered on my eyes.
" Don't worry. They won't they die easily. Jenazad wants Miu to be his disciple and will probably use Kenichi for that purpose." Hongo explained bringing me back from my inner thoughts.
" Right. That's true" I said plainly.
" Then we should look for them" Sakaki proposed.
" Yes we should."I said slurred in thought. Sakaki and everyone stayed put I looked like I wanted to say something . Now my brains were working better I had calmed down. "Lona do you have a computer" I asked turning to her. "Sorry. I don't have one"
" We have one" Hayami chirped in. "Is that so. Thank you ."I beamed a smile" Does it have a satellite connection ?" He nodded." Great. Could you set it up for me?" I asked. Hayami turned to Hongo for an answer which was positive. However everyone else was still puzzled as what I wanted to do.
" Well there's more that one way to find someone. I'll try it one way." I started as I helped Seta and Hayami set the equipment up which didn't take long. " But Sakaki and everyone could start a search and when you find something you could come back. then we'd go to the rescue" I said as sat in front of the computer. " Is this alright?" Everyone nodded and spread out but Seta, Hayami and Hongo which puzzled you. " What's wrong?" I asked "what are you going to do?" Seta asked. " I'll try to trace Kenichi with a device I placed on him but it wasn't in good state. So I think I won't have the greatest luck" I answered while typing on the keyboard. I didn't notice when Hongo sent them to search as well. " Done! Search is under way." I happily declared." Is there anything more you want to know" I blinked my eyes. There was no one else but Hongo with me now. "Uhm… you can go search too. I can take care of myself" I said conscious of him. My heart was still coming to terms with many feelings. " I know you can." He plainly answered. "Then there's no reason to stay. If I get a result I'll warn everyone." I said stepping further from him.
"There is. I want to talk with you " My eyes widened " I want to know why are you so fearful of me. Or did you think I wouldn't notice" he said walking towards me. "I…I…" words didn't form on my lips. I was panicky I tried to avoid eye contact. "I …"
"I what, Akina?" Hongo asked. Hand clasped on my head and neck. Making me stare straight on his eyes. So close. We were so close. So close to each other .
Hongo was standing right in front of Akina´s gaze, a strong grip on her so she wouldn't escape. So very close like they hadn't been in years. She could almost feel his long hair graze her cheek. He could feel her speedy breathing so much alike his nervous heart beating .what had possessed him to do such a thing.
" I'm scared" Akina suddenly answered him . " I'm scared" she repeated gripping hard on the arm he was holding her but Hongo didn't let go. She didn't want him too or else she wouldn't talk anymore. Akina decided to let it all out and he was surprised she answered so directly. " I… No longer know what you think or what you feel . " Akina clenched harder on him and nuzzled her face closer to his arm." I don't know if you hate or like me. " Hongo noted some hesitation on the word like. " And then you confuse me. You are cold to me and then care for me. I do not know what to do. I still love you" A single tear started to stream down Akina's that Hongo pressed her closer to him but her arms came between them resting on their elbows. Akina was trembling. " Just tell me. " Her hands fisted his shirt." Just tell me you hate me. I know you do I left like a coward after our last argument. " Hongo remembered that argument it was one of the rare occasions they yelled at each other. Then he felt Akina's head resting on his chest, silent tears smearing his shirt. " I love you " Hongo whispered to Akina's ear his voice deep. She scrambled in his grip shocked but he overpowered her. So she'd stay close. " It's true I tried to hate you but it was futile I could not do it" Hongo raised his head from Akina's neck gazing straight on her surprised expression" I love you" he said again closing in the few inches between them with a tender kiss.
" Are you telling the truth?" I asked insecure when we broke apart. Hongo noticed my insecurity before answering me. " I am." He said kissing my forehead. " But I …. " I stuttered my was heart racing " SSh. Everything's alright" Hongo said with a soft tone before kissing me on the cheek." But Akira we…" " , we'll discuss that later" he whispered clearing my tears with his thumbs. " Thank you, Akira" I said with a smile just before placing a peck on his lips. I clearly felt him stiffening with my touch for the first time that night but it wasn't the first I was just oblivious to the other ones. This was proof that I'd calm down. I giggled at the realization. To him my smile was… "Beautiful " I heard Akira's deep voice mutter just before claiming my lips with his own in a deep kiss. Taken by surprise I stiffened but soon relaxed in his arms kissing back placing my arms around his neck, fingers tangled in his hair. Bliss…..