Chapter 38:

Chapter 38 [Kusagi Tashikawa]


I don't want to but I have to.Bookmark here

I poke the bunny kid soft cheek to wake her up, the kid moves her head away, her rabbit ears twitch and her left bunny leg twitches; she is still sleeping.Bookmark here

"Wakey, Wakey," I said.Bookmark here

The bunny kid let out a moan, as she blinks her eyes and her ears begin to perk up.Bookmark here

"Wake up please," I said.Bookmark here

She rolls off my body to the side of the bed, she begins to stretch her arms and legs. She sits up; a light yawning and she scratches the back of her right ears with her right hand as she looks around the room.Bookmark here

I raise my upper body so I can take a seat on the bed, I stretch my arm and snap my shoulder back to place, feeling refreshed from the sleep.Bookmark here

"Did you have a good sleep, Kid?" I ask.Bookmark here

She turns her head to me; nodding at my question with a small smile on her face.Bookmark here

"Hm...Kid? I keep calling you kid. what your real name anyway?"  I ask as I tilted my head slightly.Bookmark here

She looks at me first then her eyes wander upward, her lips pursed as if she thinking of something, she shakes her head and let out a small gentle innocence "I don't know".Bookmark here

"Wait you can talk?" I ask surprised, she nod her head toward me.Bookmark here

"You haven't uttered a single word since we met, I thought you were.... nevermind," I said, waving my hand.Bookmark here

"why haven't you say anything?" I ask.Bookmark here

"I don't know what to say.." she said in a soft tone, her hand fidgeting with each other.Bookmark here

"Don't worry about it, I'm just glad you can talk," I said, as I place my hand on top of her head between her bunny ears.Bookmark here

"You said that you don't know your name?" I ask.Bookmark here

"I can't...remember it," the kid said, uncertainty in her voice while her bunny ears droop.Bookmark here

"Hm, I can't keep calling you 'kid'. How about I think of a name for you. One you can use until you remember your name again. Ok?" I ask.Bookmark here

The kid beamed a smile of happiness while nodding her head vigorously with her ears perk up. I place a finger on my chin as I think of a name for the kid.Bookmark here

I look at her black hair and fur.Bookmark here

"Kuro" I let out.Bookmark here

Then I look at her rabbit ears.Bookmark here

"Usagi" I let out, an idea popped into my head causing my eyes to widen.Bookmark here

"Ok I got it, Kusagi is short for Kuroi Usagi, what do you think?" I said, while my right eyebrow raised.Bookmark here

"" the kid slowly.Bookmark here

"Kusagi Tashikawa, you need a family to goes with your name, why not my family name?" I suggest.Bookmark here

"Kusagi Tashikawa," she said again.Bookmark here

"What you don't like it, if you don't like it, we can think of another name," I said.Bookmark here

"No, no, I like it," Kusagi said.Bookmark here

"I'm glad you like it," I said, beaming a smile at her.Bookmark here

"Come on, let go downstairs and see whether we have any food or not," I said and get out of the bed.Bookmark here

Kusagi nod and get out of the bed.Bookmark here

We both walk down the stair and reach the living area; I see Cindy with concertation in her eyes as she types something on her computer keyboard while the metal briefcase connected to the Computer beside her.Bookmark here

"Why don't you go find some food in the kitchen while I go talk to Cindy," I said to Kusagi, she nodded and dash toward the kitchen.Bookmark here

"Watch out for the hole!" I warned.Bookmark here

I walk toward Cindy and took a seat at one of the swivel chairs near Cindy, I look at the work desk; it a mess filled with loose cables, electronic parts and the many empty containers of Unicornia ice cream.Bookmark here

"Someone sleep well," Cindy said, her head does not turn toward me, still focusing on the computer screenBookmark here

"What?" I ask, Cindy then point her finger at the clock beside the monitorBookmark here

I look at the clock; surprised to see it at 4.30 p.m.Bookmark here

"Did I sleep from morning to evening?" I surprised.Bookmark here

"Yes, you did, can't blame you. Last night was tiring" Cindy agree.Bookmark here

"Yeah I could still feel sore from last night," I said, as I try to snap my shoulder back to place.Bookmark here

"So what did you find?" I ask, turning my chair to face the metal briefcase.Bookmark here

"Well i did some cracking on the security in the metal briefcase but I ran through a tons of firewall, which could take 10 years of hacking and break the firewall just to open it, the briefcase itself is like freaking supercomputer, it won't open unless the authorized person places his or her hand on the biometric scanner," Cindy explained.Bookmark here

"In layman term?" I ask.Bookmark here

"We can't open it unless a person with authorized fingerprint places his or her hand on the scanner," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Don't you have a good news or something?" I sighed.Bookmark here

"I do actually, I was browsing the security code inside the biometric scanner and guess what I found?" Cindy quizzed.Bookmark here

"Cindy....." I said Cindy, turn to face me after turning her monitor so I can see it.Bookmark here

"I found out who has the authorized fingerprint," She said and showing me a picture of an Italian man with a ponytail.Bookmark here

"Lorenzo Hestaz, and one of our target!" She exclaimed.Bookmark here

"Hmm, how do we even get his fingerprint?" I ask.Bookmark here

"With this" Cindy said, while taking out a portable five fingerprints scanner.Bookmark here

"It's a portable five fingerprints scanner, you catch or kill him whatever your decisions are then you just place his right hand on the scanner, it will send the data to me here where I can transfer it into the briefcase" Cindy explained.Bookmark here

"Easy as pie," Cindy said, smiling at me.Bookmark here

"Sure...why can't we let the briefcase stay closed?" I suggested.Bookmark here

"We can but maybe there something inside that we can use," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"With all this happen do you heard any news about the masked woman or the mastermind behind the Anomaly Inc?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Yeah, they are going full gear on this, I heard a rumor there are sending the masked woman but I'm not sure it the truth or just another rumor nevertheless you might want to be careful," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"We gonna bring the pain," I said.Bookmark here

"Indeed we do" Cindy replied.Bookmark here

The sound of the warehouse door being open can be heard, I turn to the source of the sound and saw Lucinda entering the warehouse with multiple shopping bags in her hands. I glance at Cindy; I can see she avoiding eye contact with Lucinda with a glower forming on her mouth.Bookmark here

"Cindy we need to talk about a sensitive subject," I said, Cindy, turned to me.Bookmark here

"Please don't" Cindy grunt.Bookmark here

"Yeah we do, look I know you are angry or disappointed on Lucinda but you can keep giving her the cold shoulder," I said.Bookmark here

"Why can't? huh, she knows what she did, she deserves it!" Cindy scowled.Bookmark here

"Look, my uncle once said that no matter how highly you think of someone, or how great a person you think he is, she or he is still human and human has flawed," I said.Bookmark here

"You once thought highly of Lucinda maybe you thought she is strong, smart, loyal, forgiving and many more"I continue.Bookmark here

"But she is still a human, she has her flawed maybe she overreach trying to protect you but she did because she loves you and doesn't want to see you get hurt, I can't blame her for that," I said, Cindy's eyes rolled.Bookmark here

"You remember the story you tell me about you betraying her, has she ever hated you for that?" I ask.Bookmark here

"No" Cindy grunt.Bookmark here

"Because you have a flawed and she accepts it, you are together with Lucinda right? Like in a relationship " I said.Bookmark here

"Yeah," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Look to be in a relationship you need to accept each other flawed, she accepted you're, why can't you accept her?" I said.Bookmark here

"It complicated, Ok," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"It not, you're the one that making it complicated," I said.Bookmark here

"What am I suppose to do? just forget what happened, it not that easy, she betrays my trust Haru" Cindy said.Bookmark here

"I don't ask you to forget about it, I'm asking to at least talk to her and try to work something out,"I said, Cindy, lower her head.Bookmark here

"I know you still love her and she loves you, don't let this whatever happens in the past end the relationship you had with her," I said.Bookmark here

"Give her a chance?" I said while raising my fist for a fistbump.Bookmark here

"Ok, fine" Cindy said smiling while returning my fistbump.Bookmark here

"That the Cindy I know and also the kid name is Kusagi," I said,Bookmark here

"Kusagi? You're naming her now?" Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Yeah?" I ask.Bookmark here

"At least pick a better name," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"The kid like it! that all that matter" I said then get up from the chair, Cindy went back to her work and I walk to Kusagi.Bookmark here

Kusagi ran up to me and show me an apple in her hand, Kusagi pouted and droop her ears; showing disappointment.Bookmark here

"Is that all you can find?" I ask.Bookmark here

Kusagi nodded.Bookmark here

"You know what, let get out and get some food," I said.Bookmark here

Kusagi extends the apple toward me but I push the apple back to her.Bookmark here

"You can have it,"I said, kusagi smiled and take a bite of the apple.Bookmark here

"If she gonna head out, she needs clothes to cover herself from the cold and people outside, luckily I have that clothes," Lucinda said walking to us.Bookmark here

"What you got in mind?" I asked, turn and faced Lucinda.Bookmark here

"It a surprise" Lucinda said while giddy raising the shopping bags up.Bookmark here

I glance to Kusagi and she glances back at me; her hand behind her back. Is she feeling nervous about what going on, maybe never experience thing like this before. I nudge my head and smiled at her; I reassure her that everything is fine.Bookmark here

"Let hurried, I can't wait to dress you up" Lucinda hummed.Bookmark here

"Promise me, Lucinda, to take it easy on Kusagi" I chuckled.Bookmark here

"Kusagi? Is that her name?" Lucinda asks, Kusagi nod her head.Bookmark here

"Well kusagi there nothing to worry about, it just what girl do, we dress up" Lucinda reassure.Bookmark here

"Come on," Lucinda extends her hand, Kusagi slowly takes her hand.Bookmark here

"I will be waiting here!" I said as Lucinda drag Kusagi away.Bookmark here

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