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This article, Revelation of My Heart: The Murderous Truth, was added by Wahpah who determines its usage on this wiki.

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"Y-You...! You...! I hate you! How could you do this to me? That was the last thing I had left of my parents! I hate you! I hate you, I hate you, I. HATE. YOU."

The screams could be heard even through the closed car doors and windows. People the car passed by on the road looked at it in wonder. What a marvel? Occasionally, there would be a Soul that had once resided in the human world, who didn't run to see it, but still stared as they were overtaken by some sort of nostalgia. As it bumped and rocked on the dirt road, the screaming only got louder.

Sayama was not a happy passenger.

"I'm sorry, but this is stupid! Why would you flirt with me if you knew this was going to happen?! What am I supposed to do for a living now!? I'm surprised you didn't just rape me and run away; I would have been MUCH happier!"

Frantically, she pulled at the handle to the door. Of course, it was locked! And she was being kidnapped! This was perfect; just too perfect! Met a guy, thought he was nice, but then it turns out he's part of an underground crime syndicate and a serial killer, so everyone comes and wrecks her shop! Perfect!

"And then you kidnap me too; guess it wasn't enough to ruin my life, huh...?"

A lesser man would've been crying by now.

However, Shou remained silent, his head low, his arms folded across the chest, and his hat and head lowered in an attempt to cover his face. His red, long hair did the rest of that, however, completely obscuring his view. He took every harsh word like a man, like a stone wall. He didn't allow himself to react to her, feeling guilty that he had gotten involved with him in the first place. He was sorry that it had ever happened to her, of all people. She hadn't deserved any of it. All of it was supposed to be directed to him and him alone.

But those bastards just had to go and destroy an innocent's life. For no reason at all.

As they both were sitting in the backseat, there were two less than happy people at the driver's and passenger's side. Angelika wasn't allowing herself to show much emotion, only a flicker of annoyance at the other woman's voice. She was also slightly disappointed in Shou. Hadn't she warned him that this would happen? The man just didn't know when to listen! But, at least it didn't hinder anything of her own agenda... she didn't want her men being uprooted by such emotion.

On the driver's side.... Oliver was just about ready to blow.

The screaming of Sayama already brought about the urge to just pull out his pistol and shoot a big old "stop crying like a bitch" bullet right into her face. However, this car (which they had stolen) was clean and new. He didn't want blood staining the seats and making it an obvious target for Shinigami police. Secondly, Shou would clearly be pissed at him for killing his girlfriend. He had already fought the kid off before, and they just nearly about killed each other before Ms. Kraut intervened. However, judging by the signs of tightening fingers on the wheel, narrowed eyes, and gritted teeth, he was slowly allowing his personal interests override his logic.

Why couldn't Harber-Bomber leave the bitch behind him? It was ridiculous and pointless to take her with them!

Momentarily, Sayama directed her attention away from Shou, and to the other two passengers. The eccentric man and woman with something up her butt... But she wasn't mad at them. They hadn't done anything to ruin her life. And... she could see her temper was getting the better of her...

She'd deal with the situation as it presented itself.

"Excuse me...." She began, speaking quietly and politely. Her words were for Angelika. "Could you please tell me where you're taking me?"

"Hm?" Angelika craned her head over the seat in order to give a questioning look. "Actually, we weren't planning on taking you anywhere." She admitted, allowing a light shrug of her shoulders. "Yoshizawa took it upon himself to take you within our custody. You would have to ask him yourself." Though she attempted to sound pleasant, the apathy was clear in her voice. As Oliver reached for the radio, he looked towards the silent man with a scowl.

"Yeah. Where're we dropping off this banshee bitch? The sooner we get rid of 'er, the better."

"I understand you may be jealous because you're not getting any--" Sayama coughed, obviously displeased at using the expression, "--but it's still not polite to give anyone such nicknames, Mr. Tits."

Immediately, Angelika snickered, unable to control it. Immediately, she slid her hand to her mouth, glancing over at the rather dumbfounded Oliver. He held that expression for a moment, but scoffed and turned himself away. "Whatever..." He muttered, annoyed that he couldn't fight with his mouth as well as his guns. He switched the radio dial in order to flip through the channels. "Nah....eh.... oooh, nasty.... fuckin' retarded...." He muttered for a moment more, before his voice abruptly aimed itself back at Shou.

"Hey, Jap, you never answered me back there. Where are we taking her?"

But, still the man remained silent.

"Hmph."

At the mention of his supposed nickname, Sayama diverted her gaze back out the window. The scowl on her face was ever-present. "Didn't give me time to get anything, and now I don't even recognize the neighborhood. Perfect... Just perfect..." She was only slightly concerned that she was upsetting him. She'd be more concerned if he started striking her; that would certainly end any attraction she still possessed towards him; but at the moment, she was only concerned with herself. What was she going to do, once they disposed of her?

Oliver smirked, an idea forming within his head. "Maybe we can pawn her off to some underground boss for some extra money. No missions can be a bore for the wallet, and now that she's associated with a serial killer...." At the emphasization of his words, he saw his body flinch a little. "...she might have a good price on her. With the way she dressed last night, I think she'll be right at home with--"

"She's not being traded off."

The tone was calm, but the venom was all too clear. However, it didn't phase Oliver any. In fact, it only seemed to amuse the man even more. "Then what? We don't have anything to do with her. It'd be so easy to just dump her on the street and let her walk all the way home!" He pressured.

"We're going to keep her at our base for a few days, just to make sure that the people who did that to her won't find her any time soon. Hatred can go far, and when someone uses it as an ignition for violence, the resulting fire can spread to whatever direction for who knows how long. She has nothing to do with my criminal actions, and I intend to keep it that way."

This earned a sympathetic look from Sayama.

She was almost tempted to just forgive him, and start leaning on him, flirting with him again; making him happy, and helping to convince him that everything was okay...

Almost.

Instead, she stared like a statue out the window, almost considering killing the man sitting in front of her for his insolent remarks. Sell her off to an underground boss? Apparently, they didn't know how well she could handle herself. Still, she could guess they were at a higher level of power than she was...

But that wouldn't stop her from trying, would it? At least, from trying to kill the rude one. The other two could do with her as they pleased.

"Makoto-san." Shou's voice had lost its venom when it was directed towards her, returning to a solemn tone. "That was just it. I didn't know this would happen. They always came after me, because I was the one to blame. Instead, they all took the cowardly route and attacked you instead. I had nothing to do with the vandalism of your shop."

"I understand, Shou... It's okay... I just want some time to rest." Sayama replied earnestly. She wanted to lean on him. Badly. But it would be inappropriate; if he pulled her towards him, it'd be an entirely different story. But, why would he do that if he thought she was mad at him? So there was zero chance, wasn't there? She sighed... The window would have to do...

Immediately, this caused him to raise his head a little, his bleak eyes peering at the woman at the sound of her earnest voice. "....strange." He remarked dryly. "Although I don't believe I'm forgiven, I'm surprised your tone lightened so quickly...." After all, he had just said it himself; hatred ran deep. According to her, he had just destroyed her way of life as she knew it. Wouldn't that stir up a lot more emotion?

"I'm not a very hateful person. I still dislike you. But I don't hate you, and I understand how circumstances led to what happened. I doubt it helped that your two companions murdered about twenty people, but that's okay, too. I heard it was in self-defense."

"Not completely, no."

"Heck no."

Both of these denying statements were said by the two in question, who shared a brief moment of surprise as they glanced at each other. However, it soon faded away as they turned back towards their respective positions. Oliver was the one to speak first, his voice easy-sounding and yet spiteful as he spoke. "I was shootin' the fuckin' cowards in the back! Whoever told you it was self-defense needs to get their brain checked out! Hahahaha!"

"Mhm." Sayama hummed. She didn't want to be bothered anymore. And, she was sure that if she just ignored Oliver, he would go away. Like a neglected animal, maybe he'd just crawl off and die on his own. Her eyes closed slowly, surveying the countryside until they closed completely, after which she drifted off to sleep.

This was when Shou allowed himself to stare at the woman. She looked quite peaceful and at ease, at least for the moment. She said she didn't hate him.... but it was still because of him that the mobsters decided to destroy her shop. He was just at fault, whether he wanted it or not. Even so, she allowed herself to forgive so easily. A part of him scolded her for her easily trusting nature. He was a criminal.... why was she taking so much ease with him?

And more importantly, why was he allowing himself to ease into her?

He just didn't understand....

Leaning back, he closed his eyes and drifted in his own thoughts.


Sayama woke up alone.

The first thing she noticed was how empty the room seemed. Everything familiar to her had vanished, leaving a strange emptiness inside of her. It was like something that was supposed to be there was taken away, but she couldn't remember what. It was on the tip of her tongue, but she couldn't quite place it.

Her eyes flickered to the empty side of the bed. Why did she even bother to buy one this big?

She was barely able to work up the courage it took to pull herself out of bed and undress. As she entered the bathroom, she looked in the mirror for a moment. She was what most men would consider attractive... A man would at least tap her before he decided to run away, couldn't he? At least then she would know he wasn't interested in a romantic relationship, and was just horny...

Sniffling, but keeping a stiff upper-lip, Sayama climb into the tub for her shower. She turned the shower nozzle all the way to the side; at the hottest possible tempurature, it would scald her, but it would be relaxing. Afterwards, she stepped out, dried herself off, and then began brushing her hair and applying her makeup.

Maybe it was because she was drunk? He didn't want to take advantage...?

That could have been it! But then, why didn't he ask her if she wanted to go out again? Did she make too much of a fool of herself? These thoughts plauged her as she pulled on her dress. They were comfortable; all the same style of dress, but all different colors. This one was dark blue. She looked like a nun. An attractive nun.

After eating a quick breakfast of toasted bread, she opened the door and headed towards her shop.

As she headed there, another figure was headed in the very same direction - Shou.

He was dressed in his full attire, this time with his sword attached to his waist. He had a rather conflicted look about him as he allowed himself to walk towards the shop, heart mixed with guilt and shock. As if expecting a threat to appear at any time, he had his sword on the hilt. It was as if he was dreading what he was going to see, seemingly fearing seeing Sayama again. Was it because he feared he had hurt her feelings with his denial of pleasure, the denial of a chance to see each other again? If so, then why was he even coming?

"W.... What..?"

A broken shell of a woman stood at the remnants of what used to be her childhood.

Shards of glass decorated the ground; in another situation, it might have looked pretty. Like a child had carelessly spilled glitter on a dollhouse, and neglected to clean it up. The rest of the shop, however, did not look as delightful. The door had been busted in; from where she was standing outside, she could see that she didn't want to see the inside. The ceiling had been caved in -- apparently, they had somehow gotten on the roof -- and graffiti covered the walls.

WHORE.

TRAITOR.

LEAVE.

Her eyes drifted along the grass that used to be in front of the house. It became obvious that... that they had taken all of the flowers that had been in the shop, and burned them. A large black scorch mark was to her left.

.... Why...?

Sayama broke down, and began to weep.

What could the man do? He couldn't say it would be all right, for it wasn't. The rest of them had marked her, branded her and excommunicated her. There was nothing all right about that, was there? Therefore, he just stood silently and watched her cry. However, he found his feet slowly moving forward, touched by the raw emotion that was showing. Despite everything, he wanted to embrace her, to show her that he was there for her. He wanted to make her feel better....

And therefore, he kneeled down to her level when he got close, placing a hand onto her shoulder.

She flinched... and then, after she realized who it was, generally relaxed. She didn't understand it... any of it. But he was here now... She accepted his presence. He was her last costumer... So he was special. This distorted way of thinking is what led her to lean into him, and then hug him, sobbing into his shoulder.

"I owe you an explanation."

Shou embraced her, making a home for her within his arms. His face was nearly buried into her long hair. It was a guilty pleasure he had at the moment, for he knew it would fade away the moment he told her. "They didn't do this because they hated you.... or at least, just because they hated you." He said grimly. "It was because they know who I am.... and they loathe me for it."

"W....What..?" Sayama hoped he wasn't telling her what she thought he was telling her. "But it's not your fault, right..? Y-You didn't do anything... I didn't do anything..." Her mumbling got quieter and quieter. "Who are you..? You... told me already..."

"I haven't told you the whole truth."

With that, Shou commited to doing an action in which he never would've thought of doing. With her in her arms, he used a forceful twist to spin her around, his arms immediately locking around her neck in a sleeperhold. "I'm a serial killer. Over two hundred souls have been slain, their blood on my hands." He whispered, tightening his hold so that she would fade away as quickly as possible. All the meanwhile, however, he was keeping it so that she could keep from passing out in order to listen to him. "Those friends of mine....? They're partners with me in a criminal mercenary business. People and objects alike serve as cargo, whether they make it to their destination.... or not."

Sayama would have responded, but her jaw was locked in Shou's sleeperhold. Instead, she weakly pulled at his arms and thrashed her legs, which really only served to tire herself out more. She didn't want to be associated with him anymore. Was he going to kidnap her, and sell her? Was that why he had gotten close? If she could reach her sword, she would cut him in half right this secon--

But then it dawned on her. She had nothing left. She couldn't reach her sword. And she couldn't harm him, even if she was able to. The helplessness settled in on her, and she stopped struggling.

"I'm really sorry it had to end like this. I really am...." Shou spoke grimly. "But at least I won't have to do something as disgusting as lie to you anymore." With that, he tightened his hold in order to increase the pressure and quicken the speed that unconsciousness was overtaking her.

For a few brief seconds, Sayama struggled a bit more, before finally succumbing to the drowsiness that was overtaking her. Her body was limp, now, and in her sleep, she looked a bit peaceful, though the trails of the tears she had been shedding a moment earlier were still visible in the sunlight.

Now he could take her.

Lowering himself, he scooped his hands up under the girl's knees, another arm wrapped around her back. His teammates would certainly be enraged over his decision. But, as long as she stayed here, she was now a target of her shop's attackers. They would not allow this to slide so easily, as long as the blood of the ones he killed still could be smelled on his hands. She didn't deserve to die in such a cold and cruel manner. For as long as he could, he would protect her.

Even if she hated him for all eternity.


Blink.

And now, she was awake. Wide awake. And the reality of everything was still as clear to her as it had been when she fell asleep. Sayama heard once that when you fall asleep, the brain used dreams to organize information in the mind. She assumed that when she woke up, she would be able to decide what to do.

Sayama was wrong.

Upon this realization, she noticed that the rumbling of the car had stopped, along with the sense of vertigo she always recieved while traveling in some kind of vehicle. That was probably what awoke her. "Are we here?" She asked, half expecting an answer. There was a definite possibility that they had just abandoned the car with her inside of it.

"Yup." Oliver promptly opened his car door, as did Angelika. They both stepped out, shutting their doors. "Welcome to your new home, Ms. Banshee..."

Shou waited a moment before opening his door, stepping out, and then shutting it. He then went over to her side, opened the door, and held out a hand for her. He may have been a criminal, but he was still a gentleman! At least, to her. Maybe he would've done the same treatment for Angelika.... if she wasn't his boss. But, as it was, sadly, he was stuck acting like a good subordinate instead of someone too close.

Sayama stepped out briskly, glancing at Shou briefly before taking a few steps away from the car and folding her arms. What was she to do now? Did he expect her to just begin wandering around their destination on her own?

Oh, right. She disliked him.

Hiding the slight hurt, Shou stepped back from her and turned on his heel, walking away. He allowed his body to drift in the direction of the door, face completely turned away from her. As he approached, Angelika approached Sayama, placing a hand on the shoulder. "It isn't a mansion...." She commented in a briefing tone. "But it's not exactly a prison, either. Since Shou isn't aiming to take you prisoner and protect you instead, this'll be where you'll be staying for whatever amount of time. Make yourself at home, dear...."

Shou shoved the doors open.

It was quite an apartment-like place, average in appearance. However, despite its quality, it was well-decorated and cleaned up, emphasizing the amount of work put into cleaning it. This didn't even look like a criminal base, but rather any old home owned by the common citizen. Generally, it looked quite comfy inside.

"I understand. Thank you for taking care of me." Sayama nodded politely. She would wait until Angelika took her hand off her shoulder before she moved away; she wasn't intimidated in the least, considering she believed it to be a reassuring gesture. "How long do I have to stay here?"

Angelika shoved her hands within her pockets, making her way through the doors. "Until Yoshizawa's certain that the coast is clear for you." She answered, taking a glance over her shoulder at the girl. "Which will either be when your "groupies" get bored and stop hunting you, or he decides to do something himself. If you're lucky...."

She paused for a moment.

"....no. If you're unlucky, the latter option will happen."

Then, she stepped inside, leaving Oliver and Sayama outside. However, Oliver would approach the door himself, stopping for a moment beside her. "Welcome home, sweetheart!" He chirped, lowering a hand to rudely slap her rear with a resounding SMACK! "Hope you don't make too much of a mess with your boyfriend! Haha!" With that, he walked briskly inside.

A blush appeared on Sayama's face, and her hands quickly shot down to her behind to cover the afflicted area. She wouldn't do anything in retaliation; she knew better, considering she was imposing on the group's hospitality, but the way her bottom lip began to curl signaled she wanted to hurt the man badly. Why couldn't Shou do that!?

It seemed that Oliver had unintentionally succeeded in bringing Sayama out of her bad mood.

Immediately, Oliver allowed himself to fall on the couch in the living room, grabbing the remote and turning it on. "Hey, Angie!" He called over to Angelika, who was raiding the refrigerator. "Got anything to eat in there?" The German woman in question turned to look over at him, two apples held in her hand. His anticipating look faded away, and he scowled slightly. Unphased, Angelika simply tossed one to him, which he reluctantly caught. "What the hell? Why do you always get this health food crap?"

"This isn't Oktoberfest, you moron." Angelika retorted, turning back to look through the refrigerator again. "Not even you can stand drinking beer 24/7, and I would like both of you in top shape. Well, at the very least, you, since Shou doesn't drink much." This made Oliver scoff, rolling the apple around in his hand.

"He's just a pussy who can't handle hard liquor. That's what that is...."

"Frau Makoto...." Angelika turned her gaze towards Sayama. "Would you like anything?"

"Oh!" Sayama snapped out of her daze for a moment. "Uhm... Could I have some celery and some water? If you have any, I mean!... Celery. I mean. Yes. And if you don't have that, an apple would be fine." Sayama sent an earnest smile Angelika's way.

With an acknowledging nod, Angelika promptly tossed her the remaining apple. "You may. But, if you don't mind, I'd like you to fetch them yourself in the refrigerator. I apologize, but I dislike giving vegetables through direct contact.... you know. Germs." She explained, making a seat for herself.

"I don't mind, but I highly doubt you would have any germs crawling about you, Angelika. Perhaps if it was one of the others here I could see where you were coming from..." Instead of getting the celery, Sayama caught the apple and fixed herself a glass of water. She already had the apple, and there was no reason for her to be picky.

This caused Oliver to chuckle, even as he took a bite out of his own apple. "Hey, I resent that, Banshee!" He interrupted. "Besides, I think, if anything, Ruskie would fit in the same category as the three of you in the case of germs." He looked thoughtful for a moment. "Wonder where the guy is...."

"Oliver..." Sayama hummed. "Why don't you tell me more about yourself? You seem quite fascinating..." In truth, she just wanted some leverage. But it would help pass the time. Some more lies would make for an entertaining story. In the meantime, Sayama took a small bite out of her apple.

"Huh?"

That's when Oliver gained a surprised look on his face, his eyes shifting towards Sayama. However, immediately it faded towards a more thoughtful look. "Well, there's a lot to say about me, I suppose. Where do you wannna start? Childhood, Adulthood, or how did I manage to make it into this merc business?" He questioned, cocking an eyebrow.

Sayama raised one in turn. "What? No degenerative response; no sexist insult; no remark on my appearance, how loud I scream, or how annoying I am? You're disappointing me, Mr.Holmes... But let's start with how you got into the Mercenary Business."

Oliver merely rolled his eyes. "All right, then. Just for you, Ms. Banshee...." He retorted, allowing a smirk to cross his face. "I got into the mercenary business because of how good I am with firearms. Assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, you name it, I can kill you with it before you can even bat an eyelash. Generally, I'm the tank of this little group, clearing the way and fucking up everybody who stands in the way."

"A bit egotistical, are we?" The woman hummed, but nodded politely at his response, acknowledging that she understood. "Anyway, I only wanted to know your function on the team. Frankly, I have no interest in your personal life, or, really, in you, so you can go crawl in a little hole now or whatever it is you do with your spare time." And, with a final hmph!, she turned her attention to their apparent leader. "Angelika, what do you do?"

"Not much, truthfully...." Angelika admitted, chuckling a little at Oliver's completely shocked expression. "I give out orders and make sure Yoshizawa and Holmes follow them to the letter." She reached into one of her trenchcoats, pulling out a cigar. "Oliver, would you be a dear and get me a lighter?" The man in question scowled at her, but reached into his pocket to whip out a lighter within his own coat. He tossed it to her, and she caught it with her free hand.

"So you're the boss?"

Sayama's head tilted until it was almost sideways. "And Mr.Incrediblysexist doesn't mind getting orders from a woman? If you have any stories of you putting him in his place, please, tell me. I'd find them very entertaining~..." Moving her head back to the correct position, she frowned at the thought of getting cigarette smoke blown into her face.

"Fucking whores...."

As Oliver muttered obscenities to himself, Angelika lit the cigar and inhaled a puff of it for a moment, before taking it out and exhaling smoke. However, she was courteous enough to turn her head away from Sayama. "I'd say the only story of that nature I can remember is his recruitment. He was quite reluctant to join, and I had to have Anton relieve him of his weapons before we could speak to him..." She closed her eyes, folding her arms across her chest. "And because I was a woman, Oliver had the guts to challenge me to a fist-fight in the thought that he could beat me easily. Of course--"

"You cheated!" Oliver said indignantly, fixing a glare at Angelika. "That wasn't even a fight! You kicked me in my nuts!" This made Angelina smirk, a half-lidded stare in his direction.

"Maybe you should protect those jewels of yours next time, Schwachsinniger."

This earned a few giggles from Sayama, who had to turn her head away to keep herself from plain bursting out in laughter. "Erm... so... uhm... what... what do you do?" She asked, finally regaining her composure. The apple was gone now; she was just guzzling down the water. "Shou gave me a explanation, but... I'd rather hear it from you."

"Everything that someone with a sense of morality wouldn't do." Angelika explained, keeping the cigar in the corner of her mouth. "Destructions of specific buildings of interest, cargo trading, human trafficking, assassinations, liquification of some interest groups, and the like. All of this for a few thousand dollars." She used her hands to explain as well as with her words. "It really pays for itself. The only catch is that you have to keep your head from being blown off from your shoulders, your arms and legs still in one pieces, and generally yourself still breathing."

"Oh... That's!... Well..." Sayama began mumbling. She couldn't really say that she agreed with any of it, especially the human trafficking. "I'm sure you're... very good at what you do..." Looking to her side sheepishly, Sayama scratched the back of her head, trying to think of a proper way to continue the conversation.

"Aw, the slut's squeamish!" Oliver once again brought his taunting voice to play, finally allowing himself to sit up. He folded his arms across his chest, tilting his head to the side with a smirk. "Don't worry, I won't tell anyone about it. Though, I just might be able to put some ribbons in your hair, place you in a fluffier dress and take you out for a night of dancing...."

"... You... You'd really do that for me?" Sayama was staring at Oliver hopefully. Her eyes glistened like a little girl's on Christmas, and, if not for the statement she was about to provide, one would think she was about to run over and the hug the man out of joy for what he had just said. "Maybe I could get you a new pair of balls, too! With so many guns, it's kind of obvious you're overcompensating for something~..."

"Hey! My balls are in mint condition, thank you very much!" Oliver retorted, sniffing haughtily. "Though, I doubt I can say the same for you!"

"Oh, you're right! My balls and my penis are in such horrible condition."

"I'm talkin' about the balls on your chest!" For emphasis, Oliver pointed a finger towards her breasts. "'Cause they're just too soggy and droopy to be called tits!" THere went that word again. He was certain people were going to start making fun of him for saying it now. Ugh, why did he have to outburst at the bar like that? Couldn't he have just said "hell" or something like that?

"They're not soggy and droopy!" Sayama yelled back at him. "They're perky and young... looking! YOU'RE JUST MAD BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE ANY!" She was referring to breasts when she said that. It was so obvious! Why didn't she see it before? He kept shouting out tits! and making fun of her because he wanted to be a woman! "Listen... I'm sure you could go find a plastic surgeon, or something, that would be more than happy to snip off your meat weasel."

"Oh, you wouldn't be saying that if I ripped off that dress, bent you over and shoved it up your--"

"All right. I've had enough of this conversation." Angelika said immediately, though her tone expressed boredom. She allowed herself to stand up, her hands in the pockets of her coat. "I'm going to see how Yoshizawa's doing. Try not to do anything stupid, you two....?" With that, she calmly walked out of the room.

"Gah! You are unebelievable! Now she's going to think I'm as stupid as you!" Sayama moved towards the couch, then positioned herself in front of him, her arms folded, her eyes blazing. It was if she was expecting something...

An amused smirk crossed Oliver's face, and he lifted a hand to check his fingernails in an idle movement. "Hey, it's not my fault. If you had just kept my balls out of the convo, this never would've happened...." He retorted smugly. "Unless, of course, there was something you were trying to tell me....?"

"You have no idea how tempted I am right now to smack you." Sayama stated, sitting next to him on the couch. Briefly, she contemplated lodging her heel between his legs... But she had the feeling that would only serve to make Angelika more infuriated with them both.

This caused Oliver to turn his head, a raised eyebrow in a questioning look. "If that's true, then why aren't you with Jap right now?" He asked coolly. "I mean, I thought you would've been all up and eager to join Kraut to see how the guy's doin'...."

"Yes, I suppose with a brain as small as yours you'd figure someone would be eager to see the person who nearly single-handedly ruined their life." She retorted calmly, refusing to look at him. "Small brain, big guns, small penis~..."

This made Oliver laugh heartily. "Ruin? There could've been a lot more ways to ruin your life than this, little girl...." He retorted mockingly. "For example, he could've left your ass there for the pigs of the bar to fetch. After all, who'd leave such a pious beauty out to waste? Or, maybe he could've just start screwing you right there, then leave you! The possibilities are so damn high...." He turned away from her, closing his eyes.

"But, seriously. The only ones who ruined anything are those punks that fucked up your flower shop. That blade of his didn't cut shit of yours, don't you agree?"

"Yes, well, I don't believe anybody asked you two to kill everybody in that bar, either." The girl scowled at him. Of course it was their fault. Who's fault was it, then? They wouldn't have done anything to her shop if he hadn't shown up there. She would be selling flowers right now, and daydreaming! But instead, she was stuck in some hole in the ground with a lesbian, a pervert, and a serial killer.

"It's a fucking bar!" Oliver retorted earnestly, raising his hands up in a shrug. "Of course shit's going to happen in a bar. Haven't you watched the movies?" He folded his hands across his head in a nonchalant manner. "The people who're stupid enough to start shit are the ones who die first." Was she attempting to change the subject? Bah. What a case of denial....

"What kind of retarded logic is that!?" Sayama screamed. "God, you are so retarded... You don't just go around killing everybody who starts a problem! Have you ever considered that there might be a PEACEFUL solution to a problem? HM?!"

One could've sworn the tension in the room was enough to spike the room's temperature at the moment. There was a deathly moment of silence, Oliver not allowing himself to speak for a moment. Then, he opened his eyes to stare at Sayama. He still held that amused smile.... but his eyes had completely changed. His pupils had shrunken, and at the level they were narrowed, it gave off a rather predatory look. "Funny...." He remarked dryly. "I don't see you using a peaceful solution to this little drama thing going on..."

The woman's resolution didn't falter. "Oh, really? Talking is civil. Shooting someone in the back as they're trying to get away isn't." After a brief scoff, she once again allowed herself to turn away. Why was she even conversing with someone so barbaric?

"Well, I ain't civil."

There was a CLICK sound where his thigh was. In the moment she had turned away, he had pulled out one of his guns and leveled the barrel in the direction. "Matter of fact, I could just as easily shoot you and get your bitchy attitude away from me as of this minute. Sure, Angelika might be annoyed, but she wouldn't give a damn about a stranger's life. Jap, however, is civil. Far as what I've seen, he's done nothing but help you out. Even now, he's keeping you from getting your ass lynched. What the fuck are you doing to repay him? Bitch about how your life was ruined by him."

"... Shut up and leave me alone."

Here eyes staying nervously on the gun, the woman left the couch as quickly as she possibly could. How was he doing this to her?! Yoshizawa ruined her life, and now she was the bad guy!? That wasn't how it worked... She didn't ask for this. For him to abduct her and give her a new home. For him to protect her. And now she was feeling bad?!

Quickly, she went in the same direction she had seen Angelika leave in. She wanted to... apologize. Possibly. Maybe she overreacted slightly. Maybe. Probably not.

As she left, a triumphant grin crossed Oliver's face. He raised the gun up to the ceiling in a cocky manner, closing his eyes in content. "And they say guns can be used only for violence...." He muttered, re-holstering it within its holster. Idly, he wondered if he should go follow after. But, that would probably make her nervous due to the fact that he had "threatened" to kill her. Instead, he decided to rest himself onto the couch, folding his arms once again behind his head.

Jap better thank him later.

Taptaptaptaptaptap.

The annoying tapping noise was courtesy of Sayama's heels. Why hadn't she noticed it before? She needed some more comfortable shoewear. Some pumps, maybe... Dismissing the thoughts from her head, she continued forward, restraining the urge to break into a sprint. She needed to get there! What if Angelika stole him away before she could apologize?

"I warned you that this would happen...." As she got nearer to the room, she heard Angelika's smooth voice behind closed doors. Judging the size of the doors, it was obviously a large room the two were in. Though slightly sympathetic, it showed more indifference than anything else. "The people of society just can't accept people such as us within their ranks."

"She said that she dislikes me...." Next came forth was Shou's voice, grim and slightly depressed. "But I saw the look in her eyes. She hates me for what I did to her. How can one only dislike after their very way of life has been destroyed? She is a forgiving woman, but all I've done is kill her trust. She can't even look at me now."

"Then you should abandon her."

As she approached the doors to Shou's training room, Sayama figured it would be better to let them play out their conversation before entering. Kneeling down, she peeked through a keyhole under the right doorknob, so she could see the two better. She could hear them fine from where she was, and the only hopes she had were that Shou chose not to abandon her, and that her heels hadn't given her away.

"I....I just can't do that." Shou spoke again. She could see his figure sitting down on the floor cross-legged, head hung down as it shook. "She doesn't deserve what happened to her. I'm going to make sure she remains safe from the ones who destroyed her shop. It may not bring back her forgiveness.... but I have to start somewhere."

Angelika's figure was looming over him casually. "And how do you plan to start?"

"By finding out who dared to attack the two of us in such a manner."

Click.

As the doors swung open, Sayama wondered how the two would react to the revelation of her presence. She figured Angelika's response would be something along the lines of: I knew this the whole time muahahahahaha while Shou's would be like: What? No way! This is... impossible!.

Angelika was the first to look up. "Oh.... did you get tired of Oliver's presence already, Frau Makoto?" She asked lightly, stepping back a little from Shou. The man in question was looking at her with slightly widened eyes, a clear expression of surprise on his face. However, he squinted them shut and offered a smile in her direction. It probably wouldn't work.... but, being hostile was just going to make things worse.

Sayama smiled warmly back. Immediately, she walked over to him and sat down next to him, hugging him tight. She hoped this would comfort him for the moment, until she could explain things. "Oliver is smarter than he looks..." She remarked dully.

Angelika allowed herself to smile at her statement. "Brute force would never be the only reason why I hired him, after all." She answered, tilting her head to the side a little. "I assumed you heard everything, then?"

Shou, of course, was even more shocked by the close contact she made. Idly, he felt like a big teddy bear, wrapped up in her arms like this. He allowed himself to say nothing, but allowed himself to relax in her grip. Was she already forgiving him....? Part of him was still scolding her to not be so easy-trusting, but.... would he need to raise his sword again? This was certainly making him step away from the path of vengeance....

With a nod, Sayama kissed Shou's cheek. "Unfortunately." Her eyes flashed a hint of disgust at Angelika, presumably because of what she had said concerning Shou and Sayama. However, Angelika wouldn't get any of it. If Sayama did hate Shou, then Angelika would be giving her good advice. He would have needed to get over her. "Your apology's accepted, big boy..."

"R....really?"

This statement caused her to turn his head to look at her as best as he could (she had his arms pinned) in order to look at her. "Do you really mean that, Makoto-san?" He asked softly, though hopefulness escaped through his carefully placed tone. "Even after what I've done to you....?"

"Mhm! Mhm!" She kissed his cheek, for longer this time, and then finally released him. "But you'll still need to make it up to me." Sayama added, nodding appropriately. A date would be fine. Or dinner.

"I'm listening...."

Angelika, taking the hint, decided to leave immediately. She walked past them, certain they would ignore her presence either way. As she walked off, he took the opportunity to wrap his own arms around her, covering her waist. He brought her closer, their foreheads nearly touching with their promixity. The cynical part of him hated every bit of this; he was supposed to be emotionally distancing himself from her, to keep her from his corruptive touch. He was supposed to be protecting her, but this.... and yet, he just couldn't keep himself away from her.

At this time, three certain words were popping within his head, three words that would generally express his feelings at the moment.

"You mean, you can't think of anything on your own? I don't want to have to spell it out for you, Shou..." Sayama brought a hand up to stroke his cheek. Her mouth twisted into a small smile, and she boldly gazed into his own eyes, daring him to be the one to kiss her first.

"I can....." Shou answered softly. "But, I want to make sure that you are truly happy. I love you...."

As he spoke those words, he allowed himself to take that dare. He moved his head in, capturing her lips gently with his own. The passion, the emotion that he had been withholding for so long could be felt from him to her. Volumes of words had been spoken through the kiss, every word being understood perfectly. One of his hands slowly moved upwards, fingers running themselves through her long hair.

Sayama closed her eyes and allowed herself to be absorbed in the kiss. She clutched Shou's back... pushed her lips harder against his... thoroughly enjoyed his fingers tickling the back of her head. And when they were finished, a faint blush spread across her cheeks, and she allowed herself the luxury of resting against his chest. "So... how does dinner sound?"

"It sounds wonderful." Shou answered readily, nuzzling his face in her hair. "Obviously.... the bar won't be one of the places that we'll go for that." He chuckled inwardly.

"Does my hair smell good or something..? Or do you just have a fetish for that?" Sayama asked teasingly, closing her eyes. She was still tired. "I don't think Angelika is going to enjoy having me around..."

"How come....?" Shou questioned, pulling his face away from her head and looking at her questioningly. "If she didn't enjoy having you around, she would have never allowed me to get this close to you."

"Really?" Sayama raised her head immediately. She was smiling brightly, as if he had just made her the happiest woman in the world. "I thought she hated me! She's polite, but she always acts so... so...."

"Formal? Serious?" Shou supplied, giving her a questioning smile. "Do not worry. It's in her nature to act in such a manner towards people, even Oliver and I. It doesn't mean she hates you." However, he knew that Angelika would disapprove of the relationship immediately. But even he wasn't sure what she would do about it. Would she force them to separate? He hoped not...

In response, Sayama hugged him tighter. "I should make myself useful around here, shouldn't I? I could cook and clean around the place when you guys are here, and look after it while you're gone..." She offered. She was offering her services as a maid.

"You mean.... are you offering to come with us....?" Shou asked softly, a bit of worry within his eyes. "Makoto-san, I.... I couldn't take you away from the place you were born. Your life is here, isn't--"

However, he immediately realized what he had just said.

"Y-You...! You...! I hate you! How could you do this to me? That was the last thing I had left of my parents! I hate you! I hate you, I hate you, I. HATE. YOU."

"And then you kidnap me too; guess it wasn't enough to ruin my life, huh...?"

She didn't have a life here. All of it had been destroyed when they attacked her shop. His eyes lost their light, a bleakness falling over them. A guilty expression came over his face, and he averted his eyes away from her. He felt ashamed and stupid for bringing up such a subject, to act so ignorant. "No...." He whispered. "I doubt it is now. I took that away from you, didn't I....?"

"No..." Gripping his chin with her pointer finger and thumb, she turned his head back towards her and planted a quick kiss on his lips. "The people who destroyed my shop did... you didn't have anything to do with it." Slowly, she nestled back into his chest. "And don't try to tell me otherwise. I won't believe you. I want to stay here, with you, and that's that."

This made the man relent immediately, and he lowered his hands. "Very well. But, we'll have to see what Angelika thinks about this." He answered. "The decision for your keeping is ultimately hers, not mine."

"Oh! Let's go ask her! Right now!" She ordered. With a single hand, she pulled him to his feet, and pushed him towards the door. "C'mon! Hop to it! Use your balls so I don't have to grow some!"

"Wha--"

Even when she wasn't drunk, her language was quite colorful! However, he simply allowed himself to be pushed along like a dolly, his eyebrow constantly raised along the way. They were soon nearing the place where they had entered; the living room. As the two approached, Shou could clearly hear the voices of both Angelika and Oliver.

"....so you helped do it?"

"Yep. All I had to do was point a gun at 'er and talk, and she learns her lesson! She didn't get it when I was just talkin' to her. Just goes to show you that guns are much better then words."

WHAM!

The back of Sayama's hand connected with the back of Oliver's head, involuntarily bending his head foward and sending spittle flying out of his mouth. Then, immediately, she ran and hid behind Shou. Slowly, she inched him foward hoping to elude Oliver's detection until she was on the other side of both her man and his boss.

However, Oliver already knew who had done it.

Shou and Angelika would've never touched him.

Anton wasn't here.

So that left one other person in the room - the one who was trying to sneak away.

"G...guh....geh....!!!" He spluttered, spit trickling down the corners of his mouth. "Y...you bitch!!!" Immediately, he stood up, grabbing one of his pistols and directing the barrel towards Sayama. He was going to kill her for that one! Well.... maybe not kill her. But just a few shots, right in the kneecaps! That would get her to sing more than Shou would ever--

His thoughts were stopped immediately. For as he was aiming the barrel towards her, Shou already had his blade out, unsheathed, and pointing it at Oliver. The cutting edge was dangerously close to his neck. In instinctive response, Oliver leveled the barrel straight at Shou's head. Both were now at a stalemate, and their weapons could kill each other with either a single swing or a pull of the trigger. However, they each held their own nonchalant looks about it, Oliver comically shocked, and Shou with a smirk on his face.

"W-what the?! C'mon, Jap, are you seriously letting her get away with that?! At least let me put a few caps in that ass before you have the rest!!"

"Sorry, Holmes-san. But as long as I'm here, you're not laying a finger at her."

"I'm sorry, Mr.Holmes... How about this? I'll make it up to your by spitting in your mouth. That way, you can pretend you had your first kiss!"

Oliver growled, finger tightening on the trigger. "Keep talking, bitch. I'll shoot you through this guy!"

"Now, now, boys...."

Angelika's voice once again came into play. She had her hands folded across her crossed legs. "We don't want to start violence in front of our guest... it's quite unbecoming." She said warningly, her eyes drifting towards the lovers. "But, I've talked with Oliver about this, and I've come to a decision." This wiped the smirk off of Shou's face, replacing it with slight apprehension. This was the moment of truth....

A tuft of blonde hair popped up over Shou's shoulder. Because Angelika; and everyone, for that manner, could only see Sayama's eyes, it would be impossible to read her facial expression. However, it was one of incredible dread. What if she had just ruined her chances of staying together Shou..?

All it took for Angelika to do so was a raise of her head, a closing of her eyes, and a slight raise of her eyebrow. Then, she parted her lips and allowed her opinion to seep through her throat.

"Leave this group, Frau Makoto."

That was all it took to cause Shou's heart to completely shatter, his hopes dashed away into an instant. In that simple moment, Angelika had taken his very chance of living and smashed it - no, she painfully squeezed it like a fruit until all of the juice sapped out of it. He lowered his sword, his expression one of defeat. Yet, he somehow managed to retain a calm composure about himself. But the aura of depression was all too clear.

"Guess this just wasn't our time, Makoto...."

"W.... What...?"

Sayama stepped out from behind Shou, and took several defiant steps towards Angelika. "Why? Why do you want me to? Why would you let him bring me here, let us get close, let us make up, and then just tell me to go away?! Why not just let him leave me where I was? And you--" She turned towards the man who had proclaimed just minutes before that he loved her, "--why aren't you opposing this!?"

Angelika merely remained silent, though she opened one eye. Shou himself shook his head slowly, clearly conflicted. "I...I...." He muttered, trying to come up with the words to explain. Sure, it was easy to strike Angelina down in cold blood. But that would also mean Oliver could take that split-second time to shoot him as well as Sayama in the head. What worth was that? They would simply be dead, and he doubted he could beat Oliver's well-timed reflexes. He loved her.... but going against Angelika would be a grave mistake.

However, that was when the surprising happened.

Angelina grinned. Then, slowly, she began to chuckle. But it wasn't soon before she slapped a hand to half of her face and started laughing, though not enough to be laughed at herself. This made Oliver, who was smirking at the revelation, turn incredulously to her in shock. What was she laughing about now? Surely, the Banshee bitch leaving wasn't that funny!

And now she was being laughed at?!

That was enough. That was the last straw. She wouldn't stand for this. She wouldn't have her life ripped away from her twice while some ignorant bitch laughed at her. Small particles of reishi began to clump together in her hands, until her Zanpakuto formed, unsheathed, in her hands. In the next second, she swung it at Angelika, hoping to behead her in a single blow.

"WHAT THE--" Oliver shouted, disbelief written across his features. As fast as he could react, even he wasn't able to predict the Zanpakutō materializing in such a manner. He instinctively raised the gun towards Sayama's head, in the vain hope that he could kill her before she could slaughter his helpless boss. However, even he knew that it was far too late for her.

Shou's own eyes widened in shock as she watched her swing, his own reactions too dulled. "KACHO!" He shouted, raising his own hand in a vain effort to pull away the sword hand--

SPLURCH!!!

Blood splattered across the wall next to Angelika.

There was a deathly silence within the household. Thanks to a forceful push of her chair back, Angelika had not been beheaded. However, she had been hit, her laughter abruptly silenced with that very blow. Her head hung to the side, blood dripping down her face. Her hair was covering her eyes, but her mouth was open, letting out pained gasps with every breath. Her own human liquid was staining the front of her shirt. With a shaky hand, she clutched the bloodied half of her face, lowering it and allowing the blood to stain her own hands.

"Seems like...." She managed to whisper, head still hung. "That..w-was the worst time to make a joke...."

Air steamed out of Sayama's nostrils. It went on like that for a few seconds. Sayama standing there, breathing heavily, audibly, with her blade stained red. Then, slowly, she sheathed it, glaring daggers at the woman in front of her. "A... joke?"

That's when Angelika raised her head up.

The blade had sliced cleanly through the right eyeball, the source of the bleeding. Her remaining eye was half-lidded, and the grin she held was all too clear. It held quite a bit of malice within itself, yet still contained amusement. "That's right, Frau Makoto...." She said, only expressing a slight amount of pain. "Making you leave would serve to ruin Yoshizawa's performance in my business, and I just hate to see a good warrior go to waste because of my decision... but, I never thought you would resort to attacking me over it...." She hung her head down, her shoulders shaking with chuckles. "I...it's been a long time.... since I've felt such pain... Yoshizawa chose right, after all...."

Shou remained silent, hand lowered, and his unreadable gaze towards both of them. Oliver put on a scowl, holstering his gun and approaching the two slowly in order to prepare to patch Angelika up. However, he was a bit nervous nearing Sayama; he didn't want his eyeball sliced, too!!!

"You've obviously never been in love, Angelika." As soon as she heard him approaching, Sayama turned her head quickly towards Oliver. "Stay where you are." She ordered gruffly. She unsheathed her blade again, for emphasis. "I don't want you anywhere near me. Go get some gauze, disinfectant, some bandages... And then, when you get them, hand them to Shou. I'll have him bring them to me. You may want to hurry yourself, also. Every second you waste is a second closer your boss is to dying..."

Oliver gritted his teeth, glaring at the girl with a clear loathing. "Who the hell died and made you que--"

Abruptly, he was silenced when he spotted the cold glare Shou directed towards him. One master swordsman, he could take. However, he didn't know what capabilities Sayama had. Two swordsman could most likely make him struggle to his own death. With an angered growl, he stormed off in order to find the necessary medical equipment that would preserve Angelika's life.

As soon as he left, Sayama directed her attention back to Angelika. Her hands worked quickly -- she tore the hem of her dress and wrapped it around Angelika's head in an attempt to stop some of the bleeding. Afterwards, she made sure to keep Angelika's head tilted foward. If she kept it leaning back, the blood would pool up and clog her arteries, and she'd end up drowning in her own blood.

"I'm sorry, Angelika..."

Sayama surpressed her motherly instinct. She wanted to hug Angelika and tell her everything would be alright! Seeing anybody in this pitiful state made her want to comfort them! "Are you going to hold this against me..? I can admit I may have... overreacted a little."

A groan of pain, before Angelika managed to answer. "You have nothing to apologize for, dear...." She said assuringly, managing to slowly overcome the agony she was feeling. "It's natural for one to act like that in such circumstances..." She had to keep herself leaned over. Drowning in her own blood would be rather.... embarrassing, after all....

"Well, let's take the initiative now. What kind of eyepatch would you like, Angelika? You could get a nice heart-shaped one, that's pink, or one of those japanese-style ones with the three strings instead of just two -- which color do you want, you could get green, or blue, or--" Sayama cut herself off, expecting Angelika to add some of her own ideas to the fold.

"I think the simple old-fashioned black would do." The German woman remarked dryly, not bothering to make any movement. Her ears could clearly hear Oliver's footsteps racing to the room, a First Aid Kit in his hands. Wordlessly, he handed it to Shou, who grabbed it and handed it over to his lover.

Zip!

Angelika now had bandages covering half of her face. The only things that were spared was her left eye, her mouth, and a small amount of the right portion of her hair, which now hang down over the bandaged eye. The disinfectant, remaining bandages, and First Aid Kit was now discarded on the floor. Sayama herself was dabbing at Angelika's skin with a gauze sponge, cleaning up the blood.

"There! Allllll better!"

As Angelika finally raised her head up, her hand tracing the bandages in order to make sure everything was in order, Shou took it upon himself to stand right beside Sayama. That was when Angelika turned her gaze to him, expression now serious. "Regardless, you're still under my wing, Yoshizawa. I still expect you to perform to the best of your ability. If I see that progress behind hindered by this woman's presence, you'll have to get rid of her. If you can't accept that.... then leave."

The Japanese man nodded. "Hai."

"So... What am I to do while I'm here?" Sayama asked. She had thought she would act as a live-in maid, but she didn't want to bring that to Angelika's attention. Perhaps she already had some kind of duty she could think of for her! She wasn't about to freeload.

Once again, Shou allowed himself to step in.

Sheathing his own blade, he placed a hand on Sayama's nearest shoulder. However, he kept his gaze onto Angelika. "Makoto has suggested that she could serve as a housekeeper in order to monitor the cleanliness of our base. Is that all right, kachō?" He hoped he was doing the right thing by suggesting this. After all, it was what Sayama wanted, right?

Angelika looked thoughtful for a moment. "Well..." She mused. "I really haven't been thinking about something such as that... but, I suppose that would be a good fill-in job for you, Frau Makoto. That would cause the pay to have to be stretched out a little, but I believe we can manage for you."

"Oh, thank you!" Suddenly, but gently, she hugged Angelika. "Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you...!" Sayama started squeezing harder. "I can also act like a watchdog too, when you guys are away! You saw, right? I have a Zanpakuto and everything...!"

"H....haaaah....!!" This was one of the few moments where emotion could actually be expressed on Angelika's face. What was usually a rather stoic face had now turned to one of helplessness and comical panic. "A...all right, sweetie, but please refrain from crushing me....!!"

It didn't help at all that she saw Shou smiling a little, and Oliver having discarded his rather angered facade for a fit of laughs. "Hahahaha! Look! It's a Kraut plushie!!!" He jeered, practically howling with laughter.

"O-Oh! I'm sorry!" Sayama let go immediately, worriedly checking Angelika over, before she deduced there was nothing wrong with her. Happily, she smiled again. "Thank you..." She whispered a final time, before turning to Oliver. "Would you like a hug, too?"

That immediately ceased Oliver's laughter. Immediately, he took a step back from her, one of his fists clenched and raised threateningly. "Do it, and I'm gonna have to drop you." He answered matter-of-factly. There was no way he was letting that Banshee bitch touch him!

"Oh, come now. It'll feel gooo-oooood~!" For emphasis, Sayama extended both arms and made some cooing noises. If there were any children around, she was sure they would flock to her arms! Who could resist something like this? A nice hug, form such an attractive woman...

It seemed someone was being a little vain.

"Noooooooooooo, stay back!" Oliver immediately took a step back, not enjoying the sudden attention she was giving him. "Back, Simba, back!"

"Uhm...." Shou's smile became a bit sheepish. "I hate to be impatient, Makoto.... but, since we have things settled up here, what say we get going?" He asked calmly, stuffing his hands within his coat pockets.

"Don't be jealous because Oliver's getting a hug, Shou. You'll get your turn." Sayama scolded condescendingly, then advanced towards Oliver, keeping both arms extended. "C'mon! Let's get it over with, Oliver! One quick hug, and then we can both be on our way."

Would it get them out of his hair faster?

Hopefully.

And on that thought, Oliver allowed himself to relent, his eyes rolled and his stance dropped. "....Fine." He grumbled, extending his own arms out. Reluctantly, he embraced her in a friendly manner, waiting for a moment as she did the same. He found it slightly funny. One moment, the bitch was saying to not get near her, and now she was giving him a hug? Had she decided it was ok for him and her to start being friends now?

....

Nope. He couldn't have that.

And so, after Shou shook his head sagely and turned back towards Angelika, one of his hands went down south and gave her backside a firm squeeze, just to tick her off some more.

"Oh... I'd stop doing that if I were you..." There was a sharp pain in the back of Oliver neck. What an idiot! She hadn't relinquished her zanpakuto, and now the blade of it was sticking into the tip of Oliver's spine. "You're going to stop acting like a pervert, okay? Bloody wanker..."

Oliver snickered at the words "Bloody wanker", not minding the fact that the blade was sticking into his neck. "Hey, you asked for a hug, Jikky. I was warning you to stay away, but you had to test me, didn't you?" He couldn't back away from her due to the sword, so he just waited for her to tear himself out of his grip. Upon seeing Shou turn around with the raise of an eyebrow, he immediately slid his hand back upwards in order to avoid his wrath.

Of course, Shou had heard what was said. However, it seemed like he didn't need to intervene. Sayama had things taken care of, didn't she? There wasn't any reason for him to cut up Oliver for that if Sayama would do it herself, right?

"Apologize." Sayama growled. She pushed the blade further in. Oliver's blood began to pour down the length of the blade, mixing in the residue of Angelika's blood. "It's not that hard. I'm sorry, Sayama, I won't try to cop a feel anymore."

A hiss came from Oliver, the sword burying both paining and agitating him. However, his tone was rather mocking. "Sayama, I'm sorry that your ass was so just impossible to refrain from touching." He answered sarcastically. "Please spare this awesome god that is a soul."

"... Fine." Pulling her sword out, Sayama released Oliver from the "hug". Silently, she smiled to herself. He had called her butt attractive! That made her really happy. Honestly, she'd be happier if Shou began copping feels, but apparently that was too much to ask for... Giggling as she walked, Sayama hooked her arm around Shou's. She was ready to go!

This brought Shou's rather comically exasperated look away from his face, replacing it with a polite countenance. "All right, then...." He commented, using the "link" they had to calmly escort Sayama to the door. He looked back at his two comrades. "If Anton gets back before we do, could you inform me?"

Angelika nodded, folding her hands and resting her elbows on her knees. "We'll make sure to do that." She affirmed calmly. "Now, I understand you love each other, but I have a dislike for children, so..." Purposefully, she trailed off at Shou's rather shocked expression. Why did she have to be so lewd at times? However, the statement did make Oliver chuckle.

"Why do you dislike children? Think about it. You could train him or her to be your little protege. Who's going to run V-14 when you're gone?" Sayama questioned calmly. Secretly, she wanted to say don't worry, we'll do anal, but that would be incredibly rude and impolite.

"Hmm....." Angelika closed her eyes -- ahem, eye -- in thought, tilting her head back. "All right, I do suppose you have a point there. On second thought, disregard my statement and do what you wish." Of course, she was jesting once more, but Sayama had brought up a point. Maybe she did want someone to follow in her footsteps and run the business, or just let it crash altogether? She would want an apprentice in the case of the former decision...

"Did you hear that, honey?" Shou's partner tugged at his arm, pulling him away from the group. "She ordered us to make her an apprentice. We should get to it. Where's your bedroom?" She gave a have-giggle, because the woman was half-joking. She'd love to do it this very second.

"Hey." Shou said remindingly, though putting on an amused smile of his own. "I haven't even gotten to take you out yet, Makoto-san! Don't get too excited...." With that, he pushed open the door, leaning his head close towards her ear. "But if you're not tired.... then I think it'll be quite the night, won't you agree....?" He whispered slyly, that smile turning quite devious in nature.

"You'd be surprised. I have quite large reserves of energy. I think you'll be tired before I even start to sweat." Of course, she was lying. This wasn't something she did all the time. "But, you're right. Let's go to dinner. Where are you taking me~?"

"Anywhere that's fancy."

With that, Shou promptly shut the door behind them, walking his newfound girl down the street in order to search for a well-decorated, but moderately vacant restaurant.

"Taco bell! No, wait, McDonalds! Or... Burger King? I don't know. I like McDonalds' fries and chicken nuggets better, but Burger King always seems to be cheaper. Which one do you want to go to?"

Well.... that was certainly unexpected.

A slightly incredulous look was directed towards Sayama, courtesy of Shou. "Well, at least you're not the strictly traditional type...." He remarked, laughing a little. To think that she would've liked going to some fast food restaurant! But, at least it made things easier on him. "I think a bit of McDonald's would sound good, then!"

"Yay! C'mon, let's go. Mr.Fancy-mercenary-with-his-own-headquarters-and-high-payroll, you're paying. I want Chicken Nuggets!" Feverously, she began pulling him foward. Sayama didn't know where a McDonalds was, but she damn sure wanted to get there as fast as possible!

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