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Mai, cannot turn into a spirit. She can astral project, like how the manga has shown, but she is not the extra character. K is a whole different person. You'll just have to figure him out.
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"I see you've calmed down quite a bit."
"I have, but I haven't forgotten what you did."
"... Then I guess it is time for me to start planning for a trip to Hawaii."
"You're leaving me?"
"If my life is on the line, then yeah."
"You do know that you are dead, right?"
"Of course I know that."
Noll got out of the van as soon as it stopped, the fresh air is what he needed right now. Especially after his meeting with K.
Speaking of the male, Noll found out that he was a more annoying nutshell than his own brother, Gene. For one thing, his smile had a thicker coat of idiocy on it. Gene knew when to be serious, but for K it seemed like an endless abyss. Other than that, he was a plain mystery. "I'm glad you think so."
Noll whipped his head and was met with the brunette leaning against the building. His smile in place. "What are you doing here?"
"Why? Should I not be here?" K questioned, pushing himself off the building. He nodded towards the equipment. "Such fancy things you have there sitting in that van of yours."
"It doesn't concern you." Noll answered with a slight glare.
K put his hands up in surrender. "Just stating fact."
"Can't you be useful instead of dawdling around here?" Noll stated, exasperated.
"Dwadling?" K echoed. "Who uses dawdling nowadays?"
"If it describes an idiot, then it has perfect use." Noll retorted. "Unlike a person who wouldn't make use of his knowledge."
"And what knowledge do you suppose I have?" The brunette questioned.
"Where my brother's body is." Noll countered.
"His body?" K pondered on the subject. "You mean to say that you think he's dead?"
"You're wasting my time." Noll glared at the male.
"Huh... Your brother is in a coma." K stated with a shrug.
Noll, shocked, was about to yell something when Lin's yell took his attention. He sent a glance back at the spot where K had been, and sure enough it was vacant. Shaking his head, Noll made his way to the front of the building. He'll have to wring out the information another time.
"He thought you died."
"I did disappear for quite some time, it wouldn't be surprising if he ripped Japan from its roots to find me."
"That... would be fun to watch."
"I will not get that sense of humor that you have."
"Neither do I."
Mai didn't know what happened, it was just too fast to comprehend. She did know that, she, at the last second, made a grab for the camera. It would have been terrible if it was crushed by the shoe shelf. The man that had pushed her away at the last second, was currently on the floor bemoaning his fate. Honestly! She didn't ask to be saved, did she now? Getting up, Mai placed the camera down near the fallen shelf to avoid further damage and made her way to the fallen man. "Here, let me give you a hand."
"I don't need your help." The male slapped her hand away.
A tick went off on her head. "I see how it is, don't worry, I get these kinds of people all the time, refusing help until they actually need it, you'd think they'd learn a few things, but noo~"
She huffed, extending her hand out to the man once more. "Now let me help, or I will put you on the list of people that I would haunt for the rest of my eternity."
Lin hesitated, subdued in shock with the outburst, but accepted the hand. "You should be in school now."
"I can spare time." Mai answered vaguely. "Top priority now is to get you to the hospital."
Noll had come around the corner and found that his assistant was being supported by a mere schoolgirl. The sight was amusing, but he had to check up on the welfare of his assistant as well. "Lin."
Lin turned to face his charge, his expression expertly schooled. "It's a minor sprain."
Noll did a once over and nodded in approval. "I see,"
He went closer to get a look at the person supporting his assistant. Getting a good look at her, something clicked in his mind. "I believe we have met yesterday."
"Ah, you're the 'no-smiles' guy," Mai nodded towards Noll. "I was merely taking this guy to the hospital. It's not that far from here."
"Your name." Noll asked, as he had Lin transfer to his shoulder.
Mai tilted her head questioningly. "Taniyama."
"I see, well, Taniyama-san, I believe the bell rang for the start of your school." Noll nodded in the direction of the said building.
Mai shook her head. "I already know that thanks to your friend, but I can spare enough time to lead you two the hospital."
"You'll grow even more stupid if you skip out on your classes." Noll countered.
Mai gave a frustrated smile. "Sorry for being a stupid person, now let's go, I don't have all day to spend with a smart person like you."
"Go?" Noll questioned, a brow raised. His gut feeling he had first had, on her being strange, deemed to prove true.
"Yes, to the hospital," Mai said, a sly grin made it to her face, as she covered her mouth with her hand. "what happened with me being dumb and you smart?"
Lin was definitely amused by now, his charge, from his perspective, was flustered as much as the mask of indifference would let him to be. "I would love to argue with that point a bit longer, but my assistant needs immediate attention."
Mai looked at one male to the other, frowning. "Alright let's go."
She then led the way to the hospital, the way there was quiet.
"You can stop laughing now."
"But it's just too funny!"
"Have I told you that your sense of humor is weird?"
"Yes, yes, you have, and that isn't anything new."
Noll had somehow managed to shake off the, very, persistent girl. She did leave, after exchanging a few words with a couple of head Nurses and Doctors, who gave them a nod. He sighed, a minor migraine seemed to make its way in his temples. "Troublesome."
"Taniyama?" Lin asked amused.
Noll rolled his eyes. "No, I'm talking about the old school building."
Lin chuckled. "I haven't seen you this frustrated since Gene pestered you with ketchup and mustard."
"Don't remind me." Noll groaned, he changed the subject. More important matters in his eyes. "I now don't have an assistant."
"Why not ask that Taniyama girl?" Lin suggested.
"You have got to be kidding me." Noll shook his head.
"When have I ever joked?" Lin questioned blandly. Noll kept quiet and Lin smirked. "Exactly."
The younger male sighed. "Whatever, I'll figure something out."
"I'll look forward to the news." Noll merely rolled his eyes.
"I have an idea!"
"Enlighten me, 'O great one'!"
"Was that sarcasm in your tone?"
"... I don't know... ?"
Mai had no intention of staying after school. She absolutely did not want to be in the same room with 'no-smiles' guy. That would just be suffocating, and with this morning's incident, the pressure would kill her. He might even be some weirdo that really had no life, and the cold look was permanently stuck on his face. That would be terrible. Michiru called, making her way to her desk with Keiko and Yuuri. "Don't you want to stay, Mai?"
"Not a chance." She muttered.
"But it's the first time we are sharing stories with a senpai!" Keiko urged.
"Do what you will, I am not going near him." Mai stated, placing the last book in her bag. She didn't want to catch the nonchalant look disease, it was too early. Now all she had to do was make a run for it.
"Oh Mai, you're no fun when it comes to guys, makes me feel sorry for you." Yuuri sympathized.
"I don't see how that is going to help me." Mai countered, she slung her schoolbag on her shoulder and made her way to the door. "Now I'll be off! Have fun with your ghost stories!"
"What was that?!" Mai turned to face the new voice, a spectacled girl, with braids. If she could have described her in a word, it would be gloomy. "Is that why I have been having these string of headaches for this past week?"
"Uh, no?" Mai frowned. Was it a week that they had started the ghost stories? She doubted it. "But if you want to complain do it sometime else, I have things to catch up on."
With that Mai slipped through the door, and made a run for the exit. Reaching the bend, she heard a faint male voice, with a couple of exclaims. Mai give a victory smirk. "Just made it!"
She soon made her way out of the school and was off the school grounds in five minutes flat. She had nearly passed the old school building completely, when she was stopped. "You there! Stop!"
"So much for freedom." Mai grumbled, she turned around and found 'no-smiles' guy running towards her. She raised a brow at the heavy breathing male. "Should I bask in the awkwardness, or forget that it ever happened?"
"Forget it." Came the breathless reply. Noll recomposed himself. "Anyways, I need to talk to you."
"And I don't want to." Mai countered blandly.
Ignoring the remark, Noll continued. "I want you to work for me."
"For you?" Mai questioned. "I made sure that your camera was out of harms way, I don't see the need to work for you."
"My assistant is now in the hospital thanks to you." Noll pointed out. "And I need you to compensate for his absence."
"What if I say no?" Mai suggested.
"I won't be below of looking up your address." Noll countered.
"And if I call the police?" Mai questioned, carefully analyzing her doomed predicament.
"I will have to call in extreme measures." Mai blinked. Extreme measures was definitely that was something out of reach, especially for a guy like this. It could be a bluff…
She let out a breath. "Answer a question, and I just might work for you."
"And that is?" Noll pressed, he had to fight the urge to smirk at the easy victory. He liked to consider himself as an expert with psychological wars, and the self-earned title wasn't that easy to achieve either.
"I have been wondering on the position of assistant and boss," Mai started. "isn't it supposed to be the other way around."
That possibly couldn't be the reason, could it? Noll pushed the thought away. "It's simple, because I am the president of my company."
"And that is?" Mai pressed, she didn't buy a single thing of it. Presidents of companies had much older people than the person in front of her. It was way too suspicious, even if he was some spoiled rich brat.
"Shibuya Psychic Research." Noll concluded curtly.
"Funny thing to name it after you." Mai shrugged. "You didn't state your expertise."
"I'm being deceived, right?"
"Do I look like I deceive people?"
"So you accept the job," The statement hung on the invisible threat of the previous extreme measures.
"I don't have a choice do I?" Mai sighed.
"No." Noll gave a small grin.
"I should tell you this now," Mai shook her head, crossing her arms. "I doubt I'll ever get along with you."
"That is fine with me." Noll agreed. "Now let's go."
"We start work, starting now."
"Oh~ I feel like playing Cupid!"
"That is the best idea I have heard from you all day."
"You really like your younger brother a lot, huh."
"I am his older brother."