"Alright, I'll take it." He groaned. The dog barked happily and went closer for him to take bag. It barked on last time and walked away. As soon as it was gone, he went to toss it back into the garbage. It was his brother's voice that gave him the pause. By the least, should see what it was. He couldn't reach a decision yet and decided to hang on to it a little longer until he finally decided on what to do with it. He continued and turned into a corner before bumping into someone.
"Tsur…Tsurugi?" Tenma asked in surprise and took a step back while Tsurugi frowned.
"I thought I told you not to ever talk to me again." Tenma jolted.
"Oh…oh right. S-sorry." Then Tenma looked up at him hesitantly. "D-did you like your gift?"
"Your gift?" He asked. Tenma then saw it in his hand. Tsurugi was about to tell him not to get any ideas but then he took another look at him. He was visibly shaking and his eyes were close to bursting. The last thing he really wanted was to have deal with this kid in a crying state and so with a low sigh…he opened it up just to get him stop pestering him over it.
He was stunned. Tenma looked at him and began fiddling with his hands. "Is…is it okay…?"
"This…you got it that shop yesterday?" Tsurugi asked to verify his thoughts. Tenma nodded hesitantly.
"I…I'm glad." Tenma whispered. "I just wanted to make sure…I-I'm sorry. D-don't worry, I won't bother you again."
Then Tsurugi actually remembered what he said yesterday in a flash.
"You really know how play the guilt game…you know that?" Tsurugi sighed as he scratched his head. Tenma didn't really know what he meant by that. Tsurugi sighed again and took off his scarf. Tenma jolted in shock as Tsurugi wrapped around his neck.
"There…that's your Christmas gift." Tsurugi said. "Now we're even."
That only came as an even more of confusion to Tenma. "I guess I might have been too harsh…"
Tsurugi said it in a low mutter and so Tenma became even more confused. Tsurugi looked and groaned. "You don't know what I'm talking about aren't you?"
Tenma shook his head. He sighed and mumbled something inaudible.
"Wha-…huh?" Tenma asked but Tsurugi shook his head and started to walk away.
"I'll only say it once."
Tenma kept looking at him. He didn't know what he was talking about.
"Come on." Tsurugi called without turning. Tenma blinked and slowly followed.
"I-I don't understand."
"Of course you don't. That's because your brain is about the size of a pebble." Tsurugi sighed. Tenma blinked in shock. "H-hey…! I'm-!"
Then something caught Tsurugi's eyes. Something fast. Before his brain could even process anything, he turned and quickly grabbed Tenma and pulled him back just inches away from the runaway truck. It missed them narrowly. Now both on the ground, staring at over turned truck, the two were too shocked to even speak.
"Ts-Ts-Tsurugi…" Tenma muttered out a bit.
"Y-yeah…" Tsurugi said as he shakily let go of him. "T-that was close…!"
"Yeah…" Tenma said while still on the ground. "I…I didn't even notice…!"
Tsurugi looked at him. It was clear he was severely shaken, especially with all that had already happened yesterday. He helped his friend up, who was still shaking vigorously as he saw the people help the driver out. Somehow he was alright.
"C-come one, Tenma…I'll bring you home." he said to calm him. Tenma gulped and nodded.
"What…?" Tsurugi asked. He was starting to get his nerves back.
"T-thank you …" Tenma said before suddenly beginning to cry. Tsurugi quickly wrapped his friend around with his arms. "H-hey! You just survived nearly getting hit by a truck! Why are you crying?"
Tsurugi rubbed Tenma's head to help calm the boy down as he hiccupped. "I-I know…I'm sorry. I-it's just that…I don't know what would have happened if you hadn't been here…"