Here's the next chapter of my new Darker than BLACK fanfic, Middle School Hell! Enjoy!

Hei felt like his wrist was being pulled off.

Kirihara was tugging his arm in the direction of her car, while using her free arm to retrieve her cellphone from the pocket of her navy suit. She glanced back at the him with narrowed eyes. He definitely looked at lot like Li. Maybe they were related, and she could question him on the subject. She could learn more about Li's family and get closer to catching him...

"So," she began, "what's your last name, Aki?

Hei dug into his mind, searching for a cover name. This was bad. "T-tokugawa," he finally blurted out. He still didn't know where he was supposed to tell her he lived, but he had an idea where he could say. He knew he couldn't stay in that place any longer anyway, and maybe if she saw how far it was, she'd give up on taking him there.

"Tokugawa? Weird name. That's a place, isn't it? Anyway, where do you live? I need to get you home."

"I live three hours out near the outer edges of the city."

She froze right as they reached her car. "What?" she asked, her eyebrows knitted and her glare furious. "You're kidding me, right?"

Damn her intelligence, thought Hei. Of course, he'd known deep inside him that she wouldn't fall for that kind of crap. "Yeah, sorry. Just trying to make a joke, you know." He laughed nervously. I have to get out of here, thought Hei, looking for an exit from this terrible situation.

"You're a hideous liar," she said, smiling, "Try again when you're older and more experienced. But seriously, where do you live with your parents?"

Hei rolled his eyes. "That's it, I don't live with my parents."

She frowned, opening the side door of her car and gesturing that he get in. He obliged and plopped down in the seat, watching her as she shut the door and got in her door at the driver's spot. Once they were both strapped, she adjusted her mirror so she could look at him.

"So, where do you live with your girlfriend?"

He jumped, hitting his head on the ceiling of the car and making her give a rare grin. "I don't have a girlfriend!" he shouted, "I don't live anywhere! Just leave me alone, okay?" He tried opening the door to escape.

"Hm," she mused, letting her finger drag on the steering wheel, "so you don't live anywhere, is that it? Or maybe you just don't want me to know where you live? Perhaps you do live with a girlfriend-" She stopped herself. "Wait a second, are you even old enough to live with your girlfriend?"

"I'm-" he thought for a second, disguising it with an attitude-ridden sigh, "16 years old."



"You can't possibly be 16. You act like you're 10 and you look like you're 13."

"I'm telling you I'm 16!"

"And I'm telling you that you need to learn how to lie better."

Hei realized that she had succeeded in annoying him. Of course he knew how to lie, he'd passed countless lie detector tests in his lifetime. He opened his mouth and she cut him off.

"So if you're 16, that means that you aren't exactly old enough to live with a girlfriend, hm?"

He shut his mouth, silently fuming and swearing at himself for coming with her. She frowned.

"I get your position, Aki. You probably got kicked out or you left your house, right?" He opened his mouth to say something again, but, yet again, got cut off.

"I'll take you to my house, and we'll look for your folks later, okay?'

She started the car and put it in reverse, manuevering her way out of the street parking spot. She drove towards her house without looking back at him.

It was silent for a long time.


No answer.


Utter silence.

"Kid, I will use firepower if necessary!"

Well that probably held some weight. 'Aki' ripped off the seat belt and bolted out of the car door, making a split-second decision to make a break for it and sprinting off. He heard her call his name and run after him, but he didn't care, he had to get out of there.

"HEY!" she yelled, sprinting much faster than he'd originally thought she could. He looked down at his leg muscles and cursed, realizing that he was shorter than he remembered, and lacking in endurance. In minutes he was panting. She hadn't even slowed down. In no time, she'd caught up with him, and dragged him back to her apartment.

He started grumbling something about her being to persistent and that she should stop following him. This kind remark was responded to by a whack to the head, making it throb.

"Ow," he said when she'd shoved him in her doorway and let him fall onto the floor. They'd gotten a few weird looks going up past the receptionist lady and the cleaning lady while passing the elevator and heading straight to the stairwell. She'd smiled and said 'cousin' simply to them before opening the doors to the stairs. There she'd made him run up 7 flights of stairs, reminding him to thank whatever entity he believed in for whoever invented elevators.

"You'd better be glad I didn't turn you into the Police, kid." she said coldly.

His eyes widened. "What do you mean by that?"

"You're a contractor, I can tell."

Hei's mouth opened in astonishment. Kirihara frowned sadly. She'd known from the begining. He swore inwardly, realizing that his reaction had given him away. He shut his mouth quickly and looked up at her darkly. No hiding it now...

"So what?"

Those words startled Misaki. It made her wonder, what exactly was wrong with being a contractor. Other than threatening public safety, she really couldn't think of anything. She chided herself, thinking that she needed a response.

"I can't let your appearance go unnoticed."

He smirked. "How'd you know what I was?"

She thought a moment, then made an uncertain frown. "You remind me of someone."

The boy flinched. "Who?"

"Someone... special."

"In what way?"

"They're unlike anyone else."

"Did you love him?"

It was her turn to jump. She opened her mouth and sputtered for a moment. "I-I don't- What do you mean by that?!"

He stared at her, realizing that he'd nailed her. "So you did."

"I never said anything like that!" she whisper/yelled. He flinched again, before getting up and walking over to her couch and flopping down on it, putting his arm over his eyes.

She watching him, bewildered. What a strange contractor... She walked over to her couch and looked down at him. She'd let him stay here for now, until she could find another place for him. Preferably somewhere she could watch him closely.

"Goodnight, and don't worry about it, I won't leave," he said suddenly, his voice cracking at 'leave'.

"Fine," she replied, heading off towards her room to fall asleep on her bed and let her worries drift away.

The next morning, she woke up to find him sitting groggily on her couch, rubbing his eyes like he hadn't had any sleep. If she glanced at him, she might've been able to delude herself into thinking that he wasn't a contractor. She tapped his shoulder and gestured towards the door with her thumb.

"You'll be posing as my younger cousin. I think you understand the circumstances, hopefully, anyway."

Hei nodded, letting his eyes linger on her face longer than he should have. She continued ignoring him and finished her breakfast, wiping her mouth, and grabbing her cell phone.

"Let's go."

He followed her down to her car yet again and sat in the back seat. Neither of them said a word, which was fine with him. It'd just be awkward if he said anything anyway. Not to mention he felt like he couldn't talk to her without feeling uncomfortable.

"You don't want to go back to your family, huh?"

He gave her a look, then shrugged and stared at the back of her headrest. Things had gone so terribly wrong in such a short amount of time it made him feel unstable, like when he'd been drinking. Kirihara sighed and started the car, driving it all the way to headquarters. School didn't start until next week, so she had some time to spend around investigating. She had other reasons for being there, however. The kid in the backseat wouldn't be talking anytime soon, and she wanted to find out more about him. Sure, he was suspicious, but she had trouble thinking of him as dangerous. He'd made her unstable when he'd said 'So what?' like there was nothing weird about it. It gave her the chills when she thought about the expression on his face as he'd said it boldly, perhaps daring her to respond with something valid.

She pulled into her old parking space at headquarters and opened his door, gesturing for him to get out. He stepped out of the car, his eyes veiled. He followed her into the building, his hands in his pockets.


Misaki whirled around, finding herself face-to-face with Yusuke Saitou, her former partner. "Don't call me that," she whispered, "I'm not supposed to be here, but I wanted to show you something that you can't let anyone else know. You and Kono are the only ones I can trust with this. Don't let anyone else in the department know. Heck, just get Kono and come with me, we're going out to lunch for a talk."

Yusuke twitched a little when she mentioned going out to lunch. "Uh, yes ma'am, I'll get him right away." He turned to retrieve Kono, but stopped himself and glanced in Aki's direction. "Who's the kid?"

"That's what we'll be talking about."

He nodded before running up the stairs to find Yutaka. Kirihara waited until she couldn't hear his footsteps before going over to Aki's ear. "I'd like to get as many answers as possible out of you, contractor. You seem different. I want to know why."

He stared at her. "I guess you'll find out soon enough."

She nodded. Somehow, she knew he was right.

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