Me: Hey pepz!
Naru: Why must you butcher the English language?
Mai: Cauze its fun.
Naru: I'm surrounded by idiots.
Gene: HEY! *Crosses arms and pouts at Naru*
Naru: You know, you're only proving my point.
Me: Anyway, putting ego-crushing-Naru aside, side note to seshomaru94 question in her review. The answer is yes, yes it is.
Mai: ONTO THE DISCLAIMER!
Gene: Silver-chan doesn't own Ghost Hunt!
I had changed out of my swimsuit, and was now back in my original apple blossom kimono. Making my way down to the kitchen, I heard everyone bombarding Hanayo with questions about the babies, me, and Gene. The poor woman didn't even have enough time to answer before the next question would fly out of their mouths.
Ayako, Madoka, and Monk were doing a majority of the questioning, and even Naru was throwing in a few questions here and there. John was trying to have them let Hanayo answer, but like usual went ignored and Masako comforted him in his failure. Lin was typing out everything being said filling the room with a clicking sound that went along with everyone's constant chatter. Knowing Hana, she won't be able to hold onto her sanity for long if this keeps up.
'She always did hate being fussed over or given too much attention.'
"Are you guys done interrogating her yet?" I asked, stepping into the kitchen and successfully taking their attention off of Hana.
"Mai, thank Gods you've come!" She shouted, leaping off of her chair and glomping onto me.
"Hana, careful!" Izo scolded, taking her off of me.
"Hi, hi. Whatever you say. Now then Mai, let's get dinner on the table." She said, gracefully twisting out of Izo's grip. Grabbing my hand, she led me into the kitchen and left everyone else in the family room. She pulled out lean pork mince, cabbage, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic cloves, gow gee wrappers, vegetable oil, and teriyaki sauce. Not recognizing them as any recipe that she had taught me while I was here, I began to look around to see if I could somehow figure it out on my own.
"So what are we making? I asked, looking at all of the ingredients that she had pulled out one last time to see if I had just forgotten a recipe she taught me a while ago. "Gyoza."
"Gyoza? What's Gyoza?" As soon as those words left my mouth stopped dead in her tracks and looked me dead in the eye.
"You haven't ever heard of Gyoza?" she asked shakily. I nodded my head and her eyes widened so much that I was positive that they would fall out of her head. "Alright, to make thirty Gyoza you need 400g lean pork mince, 1 cup finely shredded cabbage, 1 teaspoon sesame oil , 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 3cm piece of peeled, grated ginger , 2 crushed garlic cloves , 30 gow gee wrappers , and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. While you need 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce and 1 teaspoon sesame oil for the dipping sauce. Can you measure them out for me?" she asked, getting out pans cutting boards and knifes. I easily measured everything out and kept them in their measuring tools just to be on the safe side. "Okey-dokey. First, place the mince, cabbage, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a bowl and stir it together. Then place wrappers on work surface so that you can then make dumplings by spooning 1 heaped teaspoon mince mixture on 1 half of wrappers. Brush edges with cold water and then fold the remaining wrapper halves over to enclose filling. Press edges together to close it up. Heat half the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Then remove it from the heat and turn it on to medium-high. Arrange half the dumplings in pan and cook them for 1 to 2 minutes or until bases are browned. Add 1/2 cup hot water, then cover with a lid. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Once you remove it from the heat, uncover and then let it stand for 1 to 2 minutes or until dumplings come away from pan easily. Repeat with remaining oil and dumplings. Then while you're waiting for the dumplings to cook you can make the sauce. You make it by placing the teriyaki sauce and sesame oil in a bowl and then stir it together." I fallowed her directions to the 'T' and he helped me out along the way. Before I knew it, we had successfully made dinner and Hana called everyone in for dinner as I placed everything out on the dining room table.
"It smells really good girls." Izo said, hugging his wife before taking his seat at the head of the table.
"Thanks, Mai did a majority of the work." She said, taking her seat next to him and motioning for me to sit across from her.
"Is the food safe to eat then?" Gene asked, poking into the room after taking a shower and changing into different cloths. Everyone turned to look at him with a confused face. "What, she super clumsy so I was just making sure she didn't accidently poison the food."
"HEY!" I shouted, pouting over at him as the room burst out into laughter.
"Mai would do something like that." Masako said, scoffing at me with her head held high.
"Actually Mai is an expediential cook. I advise that you taste it before you judge something like that." Hanayo said, throwing a glance around the table shutting everyone up in an instant. "Now that's better. Thank you for the food." She said, being the one to take the first bite of the Gyoza. Everyone waited patiently for her reaction to the morsel. Even I was wary about eating. She reached for her cup of tea and finally noticed that she was being watched by everyone. "What are you all staring at? If you don't eat soon then the lovely meal that Mai has made will be cold." As soon as those words left her mouth, everyone dug in.
"Mmmm. Mai, when did you become such a good cook?" Monk asked, stuffing food into his mouth.
"Hana-chan taught me."
"She must be a good teacher if she could make someone as hopeless as you create something this good." Masako scoffed, making my blood start to boil. Before I could lash out at her, I turned my attention to Hanayo and saw that she stopped eating.
"Hana, are you not hungry?" Izo asked, making everyone look over at her.
"No, it's just-" She looked over at the food with slight disgust and I instantly knew what was wrong with it.
"Looks like Mai isn't all that good if her teacher doesn't even want to eat it." Masako said with a snooty glance sent my way. "Personally, I don't blame her. In fact, I don't believe that I could eat anther bite."
"No, it's not the food it's just-" Hanayo stopped herself from speaking, knowing that she didn't want to gross anyone out with her weird cravings as of late. Deciding to just ignore what they were saying, I got up from the table, without anyone noticing, and made my way into the kitchen to retrieve what it was that Hana was craving.
"It's just what?" Izo asked.
"It's just her pregnancy cravings. She hasn't been pouring this on everything she eats." I said, answering for her as I placed the two bottles that contained the two things she's been craving for like crazy.
"Honey mustard and BBQ sauce?" Gene asked, looking at the two bottles in slight disgust.
"He-he, yeah." She said, taking the two bottles and pouring some of each onto her plate. She then took one Gyoza and dipped it into both. "Yum."
"Not even going to comment. Back to the matters at hand. This case seems to be posing quite a challenge. Yasuhara, brief everyone on your research." Naru said, nodding towards Yasu as the signal to begin explaining his findings.
"Okay Big Boss! So far there has been blood messages, people locked in rooms, those locked rooms filling up with blood, and animals, mainly dogs, disappearing and then reappearing dead. As of now there has been no disappearances, and we were called in before one happens."
"Wow, that's a lot of stuff happening." Monk said, counting up all the things that Yasu had mentioned on his hands.
"Sounds like we're gonna need lots of soap." Ayako depaned, wrinkling her nose in displeasure at the fact of there being a high chance of us getting all bloody.
"Um, Davis-san. Doesn't it sound a bit too dangerous to actually sleep there?" John asked, bringing this little safety hazard to everyone's attention.
"That is correct. Which is why we will be sleeping here at the Tsuki household during the case while our base will be at the actual haunting."
"Wait, you're all staying here?" I asked, not sure whether to be extremely happy, or worried that I would be spending a lot of time with my old family.
"I don't believe that I said anything else, or did your brain function deteriorate as much as your life has?"
"Why you-" I began, before being cut off by Hana holding up her hand.
"Oliver deary, please remember what it was that I told you on the phone before you got here, because I will without any problems what-so-ever fallow through on it." Naru had visibly flinched away from her, and quickly turned his gaze onto Izo.
"What are the sleeping arrangements?"
"Well, seeing as we only have three guestrooms, and one is being turned into a nursery, the girls will be sleeping in Mai's room as the boys will be sleeping in Gene's room." Hanayo answered, getting up from her seat at the table. She stood still and quiet for a moment before her eyes turned into the calm silver. "I'll get the door."
"What door." Yasu asked, just as a door bell rang throughout the house.
"Well that answers that question." Gene said, shooting Yasu a look down the table.
"What I want to know is who could be coming here this late at night?" Izo said, getting up to fallow his wife to see who this mysterious visitor was.
"Let's go see." Said Monk, usurping Ayako, Gene, and Yasu out of their seats to see who it was. Naru fallowed his brother, and the rest of the team fallowed after him. As I got up to fallow them myself, a sickening feeling pooled in the bottom of my gut. 'Why do I have a feeling that it's not going to be good?'I thought, making my way down to the shop behind everyone else.
Me: Well that wasn't one of my finest chapters.
Gene: Yeah, um what was up with the Gyoza?
Me: I don't know, I found it on the internet and I wanted to put it in here.
Mai: So this was a legit recipe?
Naru: I doubt that Mai would be a good cook though.
Me: And here starts another fight.
Gene: Please review everyone!