Somehow, Taki's touch on her head made the 'boy' feel calmer. Tatsuha knew he would let her choose what she wants without pushing her with his ideas and in addition make her confused.
'But I have a secret identity to hide… I must be careful…'
Suddenly both of them heard the bell from the front door ring. Tatsuha let Taki open the door while she finished her dinner and washed the dishes. Before she took some soap, Tatsuha heard some rumbling voices from the living room that came closer to the kitchen. And Taki's two 'clowns' showed up with some shopping bags in their hands.
"I SAID GET OOOOUUUUT…!"
Tatsuha sweat dropped when the two decided to hide behind her back away from Taki. Tatsuha could see clearly why the singer really hated those two when they came and disturbed his peace time.
"Get out! NOW!"
"Geez…! Tacchi! We brought some snacks for Tatsuha-kun…!"
"Yeah…! We can't let him starve while he's still running away from home…!"
But the vocalist didn't want to hear all the reasons that the 'clowns' gave him. He just wanted them to leave. Tatsuha only stood there not knowing what to do with the angry singer and his two friends who were scared of him. She could see some snacks, drinks, and a couple packs of dry food in the bags.
"Arigatou, Ma-san… Ken-san… But we already have dinner…"
She smiles with regret and then Ma and Ken decided to sulk in the corner. Of course Tatsuha felt guilty after seeing them like that.
"You guys heard that? Now out!"
The guitarist and the keyboardist were whining and clinging to the kitchen's door as Taki grabbed their collars to throw them out. Tatsuha understood Taki who didn't like to be bothered by his friends, but of course the teen had no heart to throw Ma and Ken out. So she tried to calm Taki down. "Ta, Taki-san… they just wanted to help me… Please let them stay here…"
Taki sighed as Ma and Ken began wagging their imaginary tails to Tatsuha.
"You don't need to be their protector… They're only here to play the PlayStation and disturb me… That's all…"
Tatsuha looked at the three older guys one by one.
"I… In that case…, would you mind playing the PlayStation quietly…? So Taki-san can sleep in his room peacefully…" Ma and Ken nodded with smiles on their face. Taki shook his head, he couldn't believe what he saw. Tatsuha was so motherly. The two 'clowns' actually listen to 'him' without any complaining at all.
Tatsuha let them play with low volume. She looked at Taki who was stood near the kitchen's door all the time, "You can sleep now… I will do the dishes…". Tatsuha walked to the kitchen, Taki still hadn't moved from his spot.
Taki rubbed his head "Look… it's not like I want to go to sleep… I just want them to leave so I can sit and enjoy my quiet time… that's all…"
Tatsuha sighed and turned to the singer. "I know… I just… can't refuse their kindness… Look… they even brought us foods…"
Taki sighed. He looked at the shopping bags on the table and took all the snacks out of the bags. Tatsuha put some of them in the refrigerator. As the black haired teen opened the refrigerator, Taki could see that it was full of food now.
"Wow… you must have spent all the money, didn't you…?" asked Taki. Tatsuha smile and shook her head. "Of course not… Here's the change…"
Taki was amazed at the teen when he counted all the money in his hand. He could see all of food Tatsuha had bought but 'he' still couldn't have that much money as change.
"Did you use your money…?" asked the singer curiously.
Tatsuha shook her head again while she prepared some snacks for Ma and Ken. "Of course not… I just bought the cheaper stuff there… I'm lucky they have discounts and lots of high quality stuff with cheaper prices… Don't you ever go shopping there?"
The teen raised her eyebrows when Taki shook his head. "No wonder your refrigerator was so empty before… By the way, why don't you serve them some drinks or snacks…?"
"Naaah, they can take whatever they want, I don't want make myself busy for them…"
"What? But they're your friends…!"
"Well, what's wrong with that…? They always do whatever they like…"
Tatsuha sighed and took some drinks and snacks from the shopping bag which Ma and Ken brought.
Ma and Ken cheered when Tatsuha put the snacks near them with sodas. Since Taki never served foods or drinks for his friends, Tatsuha's politeness must really make them happy. Of course the two liked the teen in an instant.
Taki sat on the sofa and drank his soda while Ma and Ken continued their game with their busy mouths, munching the snacks nonstop. Tatsuha stood there and about to leave the living room with a yawn. She didn't care to join the guys there.
"Where are you going, Tat…?" asked the singer.
"I want to sleep early… good night, guys…"
Tatsuha gave a little smile to the ASK band.
Taki stared at the television without any sense of interest at the game which Ma and Ken playing. But now he was wondering if the television volume was too loud, and his friends looked like they didn't care about it. He kicked Ken's back. "Hey, don't be so loud… Tatsuha's trying to sleep…"
The next morning at Eiri's house… the pink haired singer was slicing some bread for breakfast. She smiles at her dearest son on her side. He giggled when Noir licked the butter on his little fingers. Riku always try to wake up early so he could help Shuichi make breakfast. But of course for a little boy, he always found his mama's pretty face when he opens his sleepy eyes in the morning to wake him up. Shuichi gave the boy a kiss on his cheek and asked him to wake up his papa. The boy ran to his parent's room, and found Eiri still sleep. Slowly, the boy climbed up to the bed and sat on the blond haired man's side.
"Papa… Wake up…! It's morning…"
"Come on…! Mama made us a sandwich with tuna inside…!"
Eiri groaned and stretched his body. He sat as he yawned. Eiri couldn't help but smile at the grinning little boy. Riku giggled when his Papa ruffled his hair lovingly. "Okay… Let's go… before she asks Noir to wake me up…" Riku laughed and followed his papa to the dining room.
Riku poured a glass of orange juice carefully for himself. Shuichi sat accompanying her husband and son. Noir sat quietly near Shuichi's leg with a milk mark on her furry mouth.
"Have you called Tatsuha…?"
Eiri stopped munching when Shuichi had her eyes on him. He sighed and rubbed his head. "Not yet…"
"Why…?" The pink haired lady sighed.
"I… well, I think Tatsuha needs some times to recover… I know I hurt him badly… We never had a fight like that before… I feel guilty too…"
Shuichi was a little bit surprised as Eiri said that he felt guilty. He never showed or told about his feelings.
As she stroked Eiri's hand, the man saw his wife's eyes. He didn't like seeing a worried or sorrowful look from those violet eyes since he saw Shuichi in a really deep pressure a year ago, which made him really sad. It hurt him a lot seeing her like that.
Eiri smiled at her, so Shuichi could feel better and not worry anymore.
"I'll call Tatsuha now…"
Shuichi smiled as her husband walked and picked up the phone and pressed its buttons in progress.
He listened waiting for the tone in the phone to stop so he could talk to Tatsuha, but Tatsuha's cell phone wasn't responding at all.
"He didn't pick it up…?" Eiri tried one more time but the response was the same. So he tried to call his home in Kyoto.
A ringing phone make the old monk stop making his breakfast. It was very convenient that he could cook for himself, since his daughters and son not there with him. The oldest Uesugi picked it up and heard his son's voice.
"Eiri…, I haven't heard your voice in a long time…"
Eiri rubbed his head while his dad was asking some questions through the phone. Shuichi smiled when her husband tried listen to his dad patiently. A year ago, her dearest blond haired novelist promised to her, that he would improve his relationship with his father. During this time everything went smoothly…
Eiri's tone changed after he asked Tatsuha's condition to his dad. Shuichi got worry as she saw her husband's face. He still had his ear on the phone.
"Wha, what do you mean Tatsuha's not there…?"
Shuichi was surprised and shocked, she stood from her seat and approached her husband. Eiri patted her shoulder, asking her to calm down.
"Tatsuha said she would stay at your place before she left… She didn't go to your place?"
"She…! I mean he was…! But…!"
The blonde haired man's voice locked in his throat as he remembers their argument before Tatsuha left. The argument made his little sister cry and become angry at him. Then she ran away from him…
Eiri bit his lip and gritted his teeth. His eyes closed tightly with his palm covering his face. Regret was what he felt at that time. Genjou was waiting for his son's answer from the line.
"Dad… I'm so sorry…"
"What's wrong, son…?"
"It's my fault… Tatsuha run away…"
Genjou listened to his son's story carefully. He sighed as Eiri finished and apologized again, again, and again.
"Have you tried to call Tatsuha's cell phone…?"
"You must find her, Eiri… If you need to, call police… I'll call her friends, but I'm not sure she's stay at their house, since she has an identity to hide…"
"Okay, dad… Bye…"
Shuichi still stood near him, with Riku who got worried too and asked "What's wrong…?"
"What's wrong with Tatsuha-san…?"
Eiri looked at his family one by one.
"Tatsuha… he's run away from home…"
"What? We should call police…!"
Eiri stopped her before Shuichi took the phone. "Wait… I'll try to find him by myself first…"
"Don't worry, Shu… Tatsuha doesn't know Tokyo… If he was in Tokyo now, he mustn't be far away…"
"That's why…! If he doesn't know about Tokyo… he must be lost!"
"Dad said, he maybe at his friends' house… Maybe he's already in Kyoto now…"
Eiri looked at Shuichi's serious eyes puzzled. "What do you mean with 'no' …?"
The lady tapped her fingers to her chin. "You told me about your argument with him yesterday… He wants to continue his studies in Tokyo… and I can tell he's very serious about it… He must be some place in Tokyo to reach his dreams since you forbid it…"
Eiri and Riku raised their eyebrows.
"Wow! Mama you're so smart!"
"Yeah… I didn't even know you could be so smart…"
Shuichi pouted and pinched Eiri and Riku cheek softly. But the father and son couldn't help but giggled. They kissed the pink haired lady's cheek to make her happy again.
Tatsuha rubbed her eyes to see her wristwatch on the table. The black colored G-shock watch showed 8 a clock in the morning. "WHAT?"
She hurriedly jumped from her bed and ran to the kitchen. Nobody was there. Only the PlayStation and some cans of soda with an empty bowl of snacks last night. Tatsuha sighed and rubbed her head. The ASK members must have gone to the in the morning. She cleaned it up and found a note with her name on it like before.
'Tatsuha, we must go to work and we don't want to wake you. You must be so tired… Please have some rest. I don't know how the breakfast taste is but I tried to make breakfast for you - Taki'
'Hey, Tat! I helped Taki too! The breakfast must be so great, maaaan! - Ma-kun'
'I made you a coffee! It will taste like heaven! Trust me! - Ken-chan'
'JUST DIE BOTH OF YOU!'
Tatsuha giggled as she read the notes with Ma and Ken's bad handwriting below Taki's note for her. Especially at Taki's last note which was wrote as a response to the two notes from Ma and Ken above.
After she threw the garbage at the trash can, she ate her breakfast, made by the ASK trio. And it tasted… like hell… So Tatsuha decided to make her breakfast by herself.
After finishing breakfast, Tatsuha went to her room and checked her cell phone.
"Damn! I forgot to charge the battery! It turned off!"
Tohma was in his office with a lot of paperwork on his table. He read some of them and threw some from his hand back to the table. The president sighed tiredly, so he decided to walk out of his room. Some employees greeted him through the hall way. He smiled back at them and kept walking to the cafeteria. He found his wife and his baby son there. Mika giggling together with their baby as she put a hat just like her husband's top hat on the baby. "You really look like your dad…!"
Tohma chuckled when Tohru started laughing with an oversized top hat on his head. He joined his family. Suddenly Mika's cell phone rang, so the brunette lady gave Tohru to his dad. "Hello, Mika Seguchi spea…"
"WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?"
Mika closed her ear when Eiri's yell was heard through the phone. She shocked as well her husband. Eiri's voice could heard loudly and clear, although Mika didn't set her cell phone into loudspeaker mode.
"Eiri? What's wrong?"
Eiri was in his car with Shuichi next to him. She tried to calm him down, since Noir was hissing at him because Eiri's yell shocked the black kitty as well. They were on parking area. Some people stared at them in shock. Sometimes, Eiri forgot how to control his temper. That's why, he needs Shuichi to always be with him.
"I called your house, nobody at home! Where are you, Meeks? I need to talk to you!"
"I'm at NG's cafeteria with Tohru and Tohma…! Where are you? What's wr…?"
Eiri cut the line before Mika could ask him more. But not for long, the cafeteria door opened and in came her brother along with Shuichi.
Eiri grabbed Mika's hand and dragged her somewhere out of cafeteria. "H, hey! Eiri what's wrong? Sh, Shuichi? What's wrong with…!" Mika was cut off by the closing cafeteria door. Tohma dumbfounded after his wife and Eiri leave from their sight. Shuichi stood there with Noir on her shoulder and a worried looked.
"What happened…?" asked Tohma softly as Tohru began playing with his daddy's fingers.
Shuichi sat on a seat near Tohma and told him everything about Tatsuha. The president was shocked as well. But they could do nothing, before Eiri decide what to do.
Mika and Eiri were talking outside, in a park. No one was there so Eiri didn't stop Mika when she yelled. "WHAAAAAT…?"
Eiri told her everything, including their argument some days ago. "You can punch me, kick me, or everything…" the blonde novelist said softly. Eiri felt so bad to let his sister leave him after they argued some days ago. Sometimes, he forgets Tatsuha is a girl… his little sister.
Mika couldn't say any words. She was so worry, panic, angry, and confused. But she could see how guilty Eiri was. If she yelled at him, he'll feel worser and that wouldn't help at all. She sighed, and looked at her little brother, who sat on the bench with his head hung low.
Mika patted Eiri's shoulder and sat on his side. "Should we call police…?"
Eiri shook his head. Mika showed a 'why?' face to him.
"If press and public found out about this… There'll be more bad gossips… And I don't want Shuichi to be dragged in to this…"
Mika fell silent and sighed again. The brunette lady understood what Eiri feels right now. She doesn't want Shuichi will face a same situation like before either.
"Well… What should we do now…?"
Eiri looked at his sister eyes. He told her about what Shuichi's thinking. Maybe she's right… Tatsuha's still in here… in Tokyo.
The Uesugi brother and sister decided to talk with Shuichi and Tohma as well in Tohma's office. But of course they kept Tatsuha's secret.
"I couldn't contact him using his cell phone number…" Eiri sighed. He leaned his head on Shuichi's shoulder. Mika had her palms on her forehead while Tohma stroked her back. Tohru was sleep peacefully on the sofa near his parents.
Tohma and Shuichi looked at each other. Eiri and Mika decided to not to call police, but they didn't tell them the reason. The Uesugis looked so desperate, so the singer and the president couldn't ask more.
Suddenly, Mika raised her head. Not for long she showed a smile on her face. "Well… who's hungry…?". Eiri raised his hand as an answer without words from his mouth.
"Let's find some food…" said Mika as she stood.
Shuichi and Tohma looked at each other again after the brunette lady and the blonde haired novelist gone outside from the office. Shuichi shrugged and picked Noir as she wait Tohma picked his baby carefully.
"Well, let's just let them do what they want… we can't push them too hard…". Shuichi nodded to her president. When they arrived on the cafeteria, they found Mika and Eiri on the VIP seats with a large portion of food front of them.
"Come on, Shu… I ordered these for you too…" said Eiri with mouthful.
Mika helped Tohma to placed Tohru on the sofa carefully, so the baby wouldn't wake up. Then, she continued eating her lunch.
Tohma and Shuichi sat quietly, with their wife and husband eating to relive their stress. "Tohma-san… What should we do…?" Tohma shrugged and shook his head after Shuichi whispered to him.
Few hours later, Mika and Eiri fell asleep in Tohma's office, on the big sofa. Shuichi covered Eiri with her jacket. Tohma did the same thing to his wife. He took his coat and let Mika rest her head on her brother's shoulder while Tohma's coat warmed her. Tohru was still asleep on the other sofa.
Shuichi sat and drank the tea which Tohma poured for her. Noir rested herself on Shuichi's lap. They sighed in the silence. Only Eiri's snore was heard. The singer and the ex-keyboardist could do nothing, but wait for Mika and Eiri to wake up, and hope they would relieve from their stress.
Tohma sighed and sat quietly near his wife. Shuichi looked outside the window. Under the wide sky, she wondered, "Where are you, Tatsuha…?"
Since Tatsuha is gender-bender here... please be careful about the 'he' and 'she' stuffs there...
Some of them are Tatsuha's POV and some other are people who don't know about Tatsuha's identity. But for Eiri, Mika, and their father, sometimes they use 'her/she' to Tatsuha, but when they're talking with other people who don't know, they call Tatsuha as 'him/he'.
And thank you very much for lacie411(Deviantart account) as my beta-reader^^