Chapter 11:


Scorpion Grasses or simply, Forget-me-nots

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” — Confucius

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What was he thinking? He trusted her, a total stranger, and now he’s waiting for Aiko’s return. Bookmark here

This is stupid! She might have lied to him. Why does he still wait? Bookmark here

She is crazy and free, she already achieved what he desired for so long.Bookmark here

It was almost time for work. Where is she?Bookmark here

“I hope you won’t come back!” He says out of frustration and prepares to leave.Bookmark here

“Then should I go home?” A feminine voice follows his words.Bookmark here

He turns around. Bookmark here

“Well, you sure took your time!” Bookmark here

Kibo gives him a smile.Bookmark here

“Good morning to you too!”Bookmark here

She was right before his eyes. She kept her promise. Haru lets out a sigh in relief.Bookmark here

“Let’s go to the factory!” He says while grabbing her arm.Bookmark here

She makes a goofy face at the thought of waiting for again for a whole day.Bookmark here

“I will take you with me this time.” He says amused.Bookmark here

“You’re not going to make me do your work, right?”Bookmark here

“We’ll see about that!”Bookmark here

“You’re such a bully!”Bookmark here

“No, I’m not!”Bookmark here

They laughed and walked away from the park. Bookmark here

The sun was shining brightly on the clear sky. The weather was nice. Bookmark here

“If you keep holding onto my arm it will look weird to others. Don’t forget you’re holding air!” Bookmark here

“Let them stare then. It’s not like I care about their opinion anyway!”Bookmark here

“At least don’t talk to me until we get to a safe place.”Bookmark here

Haru takes his phone out and acts like answering a call.Bookmark here

“I should have thought of this earlier.”Bookmark here

“You never disappoint me!” Kibo giggles.Bookmark here

“Now we can be both crazy!”Bookmark here

Suddenly her mood changed. She should be more careful around him, at least until she understands how those bandanas work. It’s better if he doesn’t have a hard time because of her.Bookmark here

“Haru, are you alright?”Bookmark here

He couldn’t restrain his smile.Bookmark here

“Worried about me?”Bookmark here

“You wish! What on earth happened that night at the fountain?”Bookmark here

“It doesn’t matter! In fact, I forgot already!” Bookmark here

He starts to walk faster, making the girl almost run to match his steps.Bookmark here

He’s definitely not ok, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to talk about it.Bookmark here

“If you say so… Anyways just be more careful next time! Don’t get too excited to stay with me, happy boy!”Bookmark here

“Don’t think so highly of yourself, suicide girl!”Bookmark here

She lets out a deep sigh. He’s like a kid.Bookmark here

“I’ll let you win this time. But don’t get too confident!”Bookmark here

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“Wow! This place is so luxurious!”Bookmark here

“Is owned by the government, what do you expect?”Bookmark here

“It’s so beautiful! I don’t get how you can ever get bored of this!”Bookmark here

“You are too materialistic.” He cuts her with a tired voice. “There is more going on in here. This factory is not beautiful. It’s very dangerous, Aiko!” Bookmark here

“What a mood killer you are!” She whispers with a pouting face. “Wait for me!”Bookmark here

“We are going to the third floor. There is my office.”Bookmark here

“An office? To yourself? You must be some kind of boss or so…”Bookmark here

He let out a small chuckle. Bookmark here

“If it were that simple… I do not own a lot of political power, nor authority here. I’m just advanced because I have a good background.”Bookmark here

“Is your family well known?”Bookmark here

He nods.Bookmark here

“What do they do? You never told me a lot about your family.”Bookmark here

“Neither did you.”Bookmark here

They both give each other the “it’s complicated” look. Bookmark here

After that, the two of them walked in silence. Bookmark here

On the third floor, there was a big door right in front of the stairs. It had the words “Fear’s Representative Manager” engraved on it. It was covered in light purple paint and the doorknob was missing. As soon as they got closer, the door opened on its own, revealing an interesting room.Bookmark here

On the front walls, there were 3 giant screens with photos and information about a lot of people. In the corner of the office, it was a big desk with many papers on it. On the sides, there were bookcases with hundreds of books.Bookmark here

“Beautiful!” She thought to herself.Bookmark here

“You will spend your time here. Take a seat on an armchair or on the sofa and help me out with some papers.”Bookmark here

“I’m not your secretary!”Bookmark here

“But I’m the one who saved your life once. You will repay me by helping out!”Bookmark here

“I didn’t ask to be saved!”Bookmark here

“And I didn’t ask you to follow me.”Bookmark here

“Screw it! You won again…” She says while jumping on the sofa. “It’s really comfortable!” Bookmark here

“I will give you a few documents and I want you to read them. Then write down the essential things and give the notes to me. I will decide if it’s worth signing them or not.”Bookmark here

“Yes, sir!” Kibo brings a hand to her temple, giving Haru a military greeting.Bookmark here

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“Can I take a break?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

“But I’m bored!”Bookmark here

“I don’t care!”Bookmark here

“You’re so mean!”Bookmark here

She stands up to stretch a little. A groan leaves her mouth without realizing it.Bookmark here

“Can I explore the building?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

“But-“Bookmark here

“I said no for The Ninth Heaven’s sake!”Bookmark here

“Why not?”Bookmark here

“Because I said so.”Bookmark here

He seemed tired so Kibo used this opportunity to leave the room.Bookmark here

“I can bring you coffee! I’ll be back!” She runs outside before giving Haru a chance to say something.Bookmark here

“You don’t even know where anything is…” The boy says with exasperation. “What a fool!”Bookmark here

She walked into the hallway with a curious look. As she went further, the offices became fewer and fewer. At some point, there was one left, but in place of those, workers used long tables. They shared even the computers and giant screens. Bookmark here

“This is unfair!”Bookmark here

She looked around for a while before finally finding a coffee machine.Bookmark here

“I don’t know what he likes…” She says while staring at an empty cup. “What should I do?”Bookmark here

She decides to make espresso after some intense thinking.Bookmark here

“You better like it or I’m spilling it on your stupid documents!”Bookmark here

When she returned to the main hall, a slim figure stopped in front of Haru’s office.Bookmark here

Kibo approached the person slowly. It was a woman with two funny hats. She had two-party cones on her head. The right one had a red heart on it, while the left one had a broken heart. She was about the same height as Kibo.Bookmark here

The woman had the hair and shirt the same color, a soft yellow. Her eyes were green and her look had foreigner features. Maybe European?Bookmark here

She turns her gaze towards Kibo’s direction.Bookmark here

The girl looks around to see if anyone was there besides the two of them. There was no one.Bookmark here

Is she looking at her? But how can she see an invisible person? Can someone have more soulmates?Bookmark here

When Kibo decided to say something, the strange woman sighs and leaves without a word.Bookmark here

“She would have said something if she saw me, right?”Bookmark here

Kibo enters the office and finds a worried Haru.Bookmark here

“You’ve been gone for hours! Where the hell have you been?”Bookmark here

He runs to her, making sure she’s ok.Bookmark here

“I went to get coffee!” She says with an innocent smile on her face.Bookmark here

“From now on don’t leave without me!” He grabs the cup and brings it to his nose. “Espresso?”Bookmark here

“With a fade scent of vanilla!”Bookmark here

“What if I don’t like it?”Bookmark here

“What if I pour it on your documents?”Bookmark here

“That will be a waste.” He drinks without complaining anymore. “It got cold. Did you stopped by somewhere?”Bookmark here

“Sort of. I had a staring competition with a yellow woman.”Bookmark here

He approaches her to check her temperature. Bookmark here

“Do you feel sick? How many fingers do you see? He asks while showing his middle finger.Bookmark here

“Very mature of you! But for real, there was only the two of us and she looked into my eyes.”Bookmark here

“You said, yellow woman?”Bookmark here

“Yes. Do you have any ideas about who she might be?”Bookmark here

“Yellow is the official color of Surprise District. Was it a light or dark shade?”Bookmark here

“Light. That was a pretty yellow!”Bookmark here

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