The next morning, Tomoe woke up first. He spent a few precious minutes watching Nanami sleep, and wondering how he had bared being away from her for almost twenty years.

"Tomoe?" Nanami murmured, stirring "Oh, good morning."

"Good morning, Nanami." Tomoe said, planting a kiss on her forehead. He still couldn't get over how different she looked now. She felt so fragile that he could snap her in two with a flick of his wrist.

Nanami got up, and Tomoe followed suit. Tomoe went through to the kitchen, and left Nanami to get ready for the day.

"Oh!" Naoko exclaimed as Tomoe entered the kitchen. She turned around in surprise.

"Apologies!" Tomoe said.

"It's okay, I'm just not used to people coming into the kitchen." Naoko turned back to her work.

"What are you making?"

"A basic breakfast. Fried fish, rice and tea. Not much. But then I'm not much of a cook."

"It smells divine." Tomoe replied.

"Thanks." Naoko replied, smiling. She finished up cooking, and served three meals. Nanami came in, and the three started to eat.

"Ikadakimasu." They said.

When the food was all eaten, Tomoe helped Naoko to wash up, and then the three sat down.

"I guess I should explain about things then." Nanami said. She looked over to Tomoe, who nodded. Naoko excused herself, and went off to school.

"Well." Nanami started "I'm not entirely sure what to say. Naoko is your daughter. I know we only did it once, but it seems that was enough."

Nanami looked at her hands, and Tomoe reached over and placed his hand on top of hers. He squeezed them.

"I believe you. But I must ask about her eyes..."

"I know they are the same colour as Mizuki's." Nanami added, her voice flat "But I never did anything with him. Naoko's eyes are like that because she can see them."


"The spirits. The supernatural. She can see all of them, even though she is a normal human."

"Ah." Tomoe looked around "Where is Mizuki, anyway? I haven't seen him in twenty years."

"He's probably with Naoko, or hiding from you in the woods. He probably knew you were coming back, so he decided to run away and hide."

"And why would he need to hide from me?"

Nanami grinned.

"He and Naoko are, well, they're going out."

Tomoe's eyes went wide and he stood up. He turned and marched outside.

"You stupid snake!" He yelled "Get back here! How dare you be with my daughter!"

There was a rustling in the bush, and Mizuki showed himself.

"Tomoe!" He said, flashing a smile "I haven't seen you in ages! How are you?"

"Don't you 'how are you' me, you snake! What have you done to my daughter!"

"Well, you weren't here to raise her." Mizuki shot back, looking up at him through his eyelashes "And I think the better question would be what haven't I done to Naoko?"

"Mizuki! Stop it!" Nanami scolded, coming outside "Stop annoying Tomoe. You haven't done anything with Naoko, and you know it."

Tomoe laughed, and Mizuki blushed.

Nanami coughed, and went back inside. Tomoe looked over at her.

"Mizuki. What's wrong with Nanami?"

"She's getting old." Mizuki replied "You've been gone for twenty years. Alot can happen to a human in that time."

"I really have missed a lot, haven't I?"

"Yes, you have." Mizuki smirked "But I can show you the past."

"With your incense burner."


"Then, would you show me the past?"

"Depends." Mizuki flashed the most innocent smile he could muster "Get down on your knees, and say 'Mizuki is the best familiar to Nanami ever!'"

Much to Mizuki's surprise. Tomoe got down onto his knees.

"Mizuki is the best familiar to Nanami ever." He mumbled. Mizuki stared at him in surprise for a second, but then smiled.

"Okay. I can take you back."

Mizuki led Tomoe to the spare room, and got out his incense burner. Tomoe laid down, and Mizuki got the burner going.

"I'll come with you." Mizuki said "I can talk you through everything that happens. I'll do it so Nanami can't see or sense either of us, but we can see her."

"Okay." Tomoe nodded.

He closed his eyes, and drifted off into darkness.