Chapter 16:

Kanzaki Shinya

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

It was already past midnight when Kazuma and Yui cried in each others arms in front of Yui's front door.Bookmark here

“What's going o- Huh? Yui? Kazuma-kun? What are you doing here?”Bookmark here

The door was opened by Yui's mother who was in her pajamas.Bookmark here

“M-mom!” Yui hugged her tightly.Bookmark here

Kazuma smiled as he witnessed the reunion between mother and daughter.Bookmark here

“Y-Yui? I thought you were sleeping at your friend's house?” the mother was surprised.Bookmark here

After she heaved a sigh, the mother hugged her back.Bookmark here

“Hm? Kazuma-kun, what happened to you?!” she was shocked after she saw the state of Kazuma.Bookmark here

His shirt was tattered, dirty and many blood trails were visible. He had injuries all over his body and face.Bookmark here

“Oh, ehm, well...” he did not know how to explain the whole story.Bookmark here

“Excuse me, I am from the police. Let me explain the situation.” the officer barged in from behind.Bookmark here

Thus, the police officer explained everything. He told her that Yui was kidnapped in a factory in Shibuya by a gang and that Kazuma located her and somehow rescued her.Bookmark here

At first, the mother's eyes were widened in shock and she was holding a hand in front of her wide open mouth but soon she had a far more relieved look on her face as she held Yui in her arms and cried tears of joy.Bookmark here

Kazuma and the officer only stood there as the mother had to cope with the information.Bookmark here

“Uhm, I hate to disturb your reunion but I still have to bring those two to the hospital for a check-up.” the officer nervously said.Bookmark here

“O-oh, yes, of course... Thank you, officer.”Bookmark here

“I will be back, mom!” Yui waved her goodbye with a sad smile.Bookmark here

Yui and her mother let each other go as Yui and the officer went back to the car.Bookmark here

“Uhm, Kazuma-kun...”Bookmark here

Kazuma was also about to go back to the car until Yui's mother called him.Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“I – No, our entire household thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving Yui. We are truly grateful to you and are in your debt.” she bowed her head deeply as she thanked him.Bookmark here

“Please raise your head. I didn't do it for a 'thank you' or for having you owe me something. I did it because it was her. She's important to me so it's obvious that I had to save her. And no matter how many times she is in a precarious situation, I will always run to her side.” Kazuma stated as he looked at her reassuringly and with a toothy smile.Bookmark here

Then, she slowly raised her head again and looked him in the eyes for a moment as she also wore a kind smile.Bookmark here

“?”Bookmark here

She approached him and also gave him a hug.Bookmark here

“You truly are the son of your parents, hehe. They would be surely proud of you!” she snickered.Bookmark here

Kazuma flinched internally. His eyes started to become watery again but no tears came out.Bookmark here

“Then, I will leave her in your care, alright? But try to stay out of dangerous situations, okay? After all, I also consider you as my son!” she added with a teasing and yet reprimanding tone.Bookmark here

“Wha-”Bookmark here

“Kazuma, hurry up!” Yui shouted quietly but still audible for Kazuma.Bookmark here

“Now hurry before they leave without you!” Yui's mother shove him softly.Bookmark here

“O-oh, y-yes...”Bookmark here

When Kazuma entered the car, he looked back to Yui's mother. She waved at them as she smiled kindly.Bookmark here

The car engine started and they drove to the hospital.Bookmark here

“What did mom say to you?” Yui asked curiously.Bookmark here

“N-nothing...” Kazuma lied as he looked suspiciously out of the window.Bookmark here

“Is that so...” her eyes got sharper.Bookmark here

She sighed. She knew that something happened but she decided to not ask further.Bookmark here

“Hey, Kazuma...” she turned her eyes on him.Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“Hehe, I guess this can wait...” she giggled.Bookmark here

Kazuma fell asleep.Bookmark here

“We're here, kids.” the officer stated after they arrived in front of the hospital.Bookmark here

“Hey, Kazuma wake up. We're at the hospital.” she shook him gently.Bookmark here

“Kazuma?”Bookmark here

“Is something wrong?” the officer asked Yui while he opened the car door.Bookmark here

“Kazuma doesn't wake up.” she smiled wryly.Bookmark here

“Hm? Let me see.”Bookmark here

Then, they stepped out of the car and the officer opened the door next to Kazuma to check on him.Bookmark here

“!” his eye widened.Bookmark here

“Stay here! I will call help!” he sprinted into the building.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Yui was baffled.Bookmark here

She wondered why he was in such a panic and proceeded to look carefully at Kazuma.Bookmark here

“!”Bookmark here

The interior of the car was not bright enough during the ride so she was not able to notice it. But thanks to the lamps near the hospital, she had a clear vision on him.Bookmark here

His head was bleeding.Bookmark here

“K-Kazuma...”Bookmark here

Her body trembled.Bookmark here

The following scene was chaotic. People came in a hurry with a stretcher. Kazuma was carried to the hospital while Yui, whose injuries were small, got a regular check-up by a doctor.Bookmark here

After the check-up, she waited in front of the operation room, where Kazuma was. Since she saw his head bleeding, her face did not change at all. All the time, her eyes were just lifeless.Bookmark here

Then, the officer came back after he had a phone call.Bookmark here

“Let me drive you home.” he suggested.Bookmark here

“No... I want to stay here...” she said without moving her sigh from the operation room.Bookmark here

“I see.”Bookmark here

He took a seat beside her.Bookmark here

“Then, I will also stay here.”Bookmark here

Yui showed no reaction. In her current state, nothing was worth her attention besides from Kazuma's well-being.Bookmark here

Now they waited. As time went on, Yui's anxiety grew further. Her body started trembling again and tears began to form in her eyes. But she had to stay strong. She bit her bottom lip.Bookmark here

After hours passed, multiple doctors left the room.Bookmark here

“H-how was the operation?!” Yui asked in panic as she stood up quickly from her seat.Bookmark here

Even the police officer, who was asleep until they came, was nervous.Bookmark here

The doctors removed their face masks first and let out a sigh.Bookmark here

“A success.” a doctor said with a tired smile.Bookmark here

“Now he needs a lot of rest.” another one added.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

“H-hey!”Bookmark here

Yui fell on her knees as she was relieved to her the news.Bookmark here

The officer tried to help her get up until he realized that she was asleep.Bookmark here

“Geez...” he smiled.Bookmark here

“I will take her home.” he said to the doctors.Bookmark here

“Yes. And please let the boy rest for a few days. An interrogation should be avoided.” one of them recommended.Bookmark here

“Yes, of course.”Bookmark here

And thus, Yui was driven home.Bookmark here

In the meantime in an alley in Shibuya, a rough looking guy with a buzz-cut hairstyle and tattooed arms was out of breath.Bookmark here

“...haaahaaa... did I shake them off?” he asked himself while he tried to stabilize his breathing.Bookmark here

It was Fujiwara Ryuuji who finally managed to escape the police. Thanks to Kazuma, he and his companions were able to escape in time. However, while they ran away, they somehow split up.Bookmark here

“!”Bookmark here

Suddenly, Ryuuji heard footsteps. He tried to turn around.Bookmark here

“Don't turn around.”Bookmark here

Ryuuji's entire body shivered. He recognized that voice which was full of mockery and mischievousness.Bookmark here

He began to sweat bullets.Bookmark here

“I witnessed it all.” the mysterious person said as he came nearer.Bookmark here

“I may have predicted this outcome but I'm still pissed off. So tell me, who will take responsibility?” the person continued with a now threatening and annoyed voice.Bookmark here

Ryuuji tried to explain himself but his words were stuck in his throat.Bookmark here

“I-I'm sorry, Kanzaki-san...” he could only apologize.Bookmark here

“Turn around.”Bookmark here

Ryuuji blindly followed the order and turned around.Bookmark here

“!”Bookmark here

He did not notice that he had almost no distance to him. Kanzaki Shinya was standing right in front of him. He wore a yellow windbreaker, a black cap and sunglasses to hide his face.Bookmark here

“Shall we start now?” he grinned maliciously.Bookmark here

“W-what's the meaning of this?” Ryuuji was baffled.Bookmark here

“Take responsibility.” Shinya replied coldly.Bookmark here

“B-but-”Bookmark here

“Fujiwara Yamada, a the owner of a ramen shop. Fujiwara Honami, a elementary teacher. Fujiwara Sakura, still attending middle school. I can go into detail if you want to but you surely understand my intentions, right?” Shinya grinned.Bookmark here

“...please leave them be... I-I will take responsibility!” Ryuuji grabbed Shinya's shoulder desperately.Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

“Aahhrg...” Ryuuji bowed as he held his stomach in pain after Shinya kicked him in the stomach.Bookmark here

“Then let's do it.”Bookmark here

Shinya took his cap and glasses off revealing his emerald green eyes and his long black hair styled in man bun.Bookmark here

“Haaahaaa...” Ryuuji groaned heavily as he prepared himself.Bookmark here

“Hey, you can join in, too!” Shinya called other people out.Bookmark here

One after the other appeared after Shinya called them.Bookmark here

“N-no way... the m-main force?!” Ryyuuji could not believe his eyes.Bookmark here

Now five people were surrounding him in the dark and narrow alley.Bookmark here

“Haha, damn it...” he laughed at himself.Bookmark here

The police sirens were heard for the second time in Shibuya.Bookmark here

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