Casual Encounters -CHAP.3-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.3-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie's life seemed to have hit an interesting turning point. She'd work her four nights a week, get her usual average of six hours sleep the days following her shifts maybe a couple more if she'd drank too much and then spend nearly all of her other time with Ikebukuro's infamous intel broker.
Sometimes Izaya would come and find her at work. But most of the time he'd just send her a message telling her to go and meet him somewhere. She jumped willingly every time. Her thirst for excitement had reached an ultimate high and Izaya seemed to be the only drug for it.
It was like she'd signed a contract with the devil. She was his henchgirl, his minion, his pawn Whichever way you looked at it her role wasn't exactly flattering. But the truth was she couldn't do it alone. She was still new to Ikebukuro and on her own she was just a lost girl in a city too big. She wasn't streetwise like Izaya yet. He was happy to spe
Casual Encounters -CHAP.1-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.1-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie Honda paced impatiently back and forth along the alleyway behind the club she worked at. She'd already finished her shift and had been just about to leave when she'd spotted Shizuo Heiwajima lurking around near the entrance to the club This was when she'd made her sharp exit out the back.
She was a flirty person by nature and would happily use that to her advantage when it came to getting things that she wanted. However, she'd once made the mistake of flirting with Shizuo when he was working as a bartender at the club to try and score some free drinks. She'd gotten the drinks but she'd also gained an unwanted admirer. He'd obviously taken her a little too seriously.
So now she was stuck in the back alleyway. If you could even call it an alleyway It was an area used mainly for storing empty bottles by the club. Besides the way she'd come through all she was facing were three solid walls.
Casual Encounters -CHAP.2-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.2-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
The following week went by as usual without any extra visits from anymore shady characters, let alone the mysterious info broker. Ritchie hadn't even seen Shizuo Heiwajima around for the last several days. That was definitely a welcome turn of events.
Another welcome factor was the staff turnover at the club. The boss had hired one too many newbies, meaning a lot of the dancers didn't have to do as long a shift as usual for at least the next few weeks. Ritchie made sure she was one of the first ones to be put down for some shorter shifts. Finishing early meant you got to hang around the club while the night was still going and all staff, on shift or not, were entitled to free drinks. Who wouldn't want that?
So on Friday, Ritchie was even happier than she usually was at work as she sashayed around the pole on stage at half past midnight, knowing she only had half an hour left of her shift before she could go and join the happy clubbe
Casual Encounters -CHAP.4-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.4-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie was starting to get annoyed. Really annoyed.
She'd had a crappy night. Firstly, they'd decided to try out some new music while she was on shift. It was pretty dire and she'd felt like it had affected her performance quite a bit.
Secondly, Gobei was on bartender duty. He was always ridiculously stingy with the spirits.
Thirdly, it seemed to be asshole night. Every lecherous man and his dog had tried hitting on her in the last hour. She wouldn't have minded if she'd attracted at least one hottie But no. There seemed to be some kind of bachelor party for the uglies going on tonight.
She wanted to go home. It was only two in the morning and she wanted to go home. It was pathetic.
She'd been sat at the bar with her phone out for the last ten minutes, pretending to text and hoping it would discourage the creep next door from talking to her. Unfortunately he was oblivious
Casual Encounters -CHAP.6-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.6-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
The next morning Ritchie woke up in her own bed. It wasn't until she'd gotten up and made some breakfast that she remembered what had happened last night.
Damn What had she been thinking? Like their relationship needed anymore complications. Though she was glad at least that she'd made the smart decision to come home and hadn't gone any further than making out.
She'd wanted to figure out what was actually going on before she did anything else stupid. For all she knew Izaya was just playing her. He'd been willing enough to co-operate last night but he hadn't been particularly bothered by her abrupt departure either. It wasn't a game she really wanted to play.
Plus even she wasn't so much of a slut that she'd sleep with two different guys in the space of a few days.
She wasn't sure what the best plan of action would be. Avoiding Izaya altogether for a little while seemed like the si
Casual Encounters -CHAP.7-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.7-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie woke up the following morning with a migraine already setting in. Groaning in pain, she turned restlessly in her bed. It didn't take her long to realise that she wasn't alone. Oh yeah, it was one of those mornings again Maybe she was a slut after all.
She reluctantly opened her eyes. Izaya was sound asleep next to her, breathing heavily, a slight frown creasing his forehead. Ritchie would have been interested to see the information broker at his most vulnerable stage if she hadn't felt like she was nursing the hangover from hell.
Sighing, she rolled over onto her front and buried her painful head in the pillow. Hangovers she could deal with. Hangovers she tended to deserve. Migraines just weren't at all fair. If only she could just get back to sleep
"I'd watch you don't suffocate yourself if I were you, Ritchie-chan. That would be a real shame."
Oh great, Izaya was awake
Casual Encounters -CHAP.5-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.5-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie was so happy to be out. No work, no other commitments and definitely no Izaya.
Since he'd introduced her to his place she'd been spending far too much time there easily taking advantage of his offer for her to go up whenever she pleased. She enjoyed being there but at the same time it also annoyed the hell out of her.
Izaya was definitely interesting company and of course interesting was the top quality she looked for in a person. But she hated that he had such a hold on her. She found herself trailing down to his apartment at every spare moment. Even when she was supposed to be catching up on sleep after work she'd still be going there where she ended up passing out on the couch on more than one occasion.
She even kept a spare pair of Moschino heels there. That definitely wasn't a good sign. The spread of her shoe wardrobe always dictated where she spent most of her time.
I Know, You Know -CHAP.14--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.14--DN-3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I did eventually let L inside, after I was sure that he wasn't going to disappear if I closed my eyes. I needed to get a grip he was here, that was good and everything... But now I had to try and be professional.
Though it's kinda hard to be professional when there's bright green wrapping paper decorated with cartoon caterpillars and ladybugs on your floor Damn it, old man.
"I hope I'm not interrupting you," said L, casting his blank gaze over the childish wrapping paper.
"No, it's fine. I just wasn't expecting company," I replied hastily, grabbing the paper from the floor and scrunching it up. I tossed it into the wastepaper bin in the corner in one shot. Score.
Unfortunately, L's attention was on my desk and he hadn't seen my awesome sport skills. I don't think he'd even heard what I'd said. "Who sent you that?" He indicated the broken clock.
"My grandpa," I said.
Casual Encounters -CHAP.12-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.12-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie was starting to feel like the world revolved around her. She could now understand why Izaya had such a god complex. Shizuo had had the easy opportunity to take out his mortal enemy and he'd given it up just because she'd asked him to. Of course that could have been because he was surprisingly a gentleman, but Ritchie chose not to factor that into it.
She'd had the power over Izaya for once and she'd decided not to use it. She didn't regret her decision though. She didn't want to play this game the same way that Izaya did getting the pawns to carry out his dirty work. She wanted to make the moves herself. When it finally came down to it this was going to be her checkmate.
But lately he was back to being perpetually happy and all of her devious intentions disappeared as she revelled in their relationship being back to normal. Well, as normal as it could be for them.
Though after a while, as usua
Casual Encounters -CHAP.11-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.11-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie spent the next few days in an almost dreamy haze, following Izaya around like a lost puppy. She still felt that she'd won the last round between them So she could afford to drop a few cool points by giving into her need to be around him for a while.
The only time she'd even left his place had been to fetch his coat from her locker at work. She wasn't meant to keep it any longer. She was back now. The game was over.
He'd seemed very smug when she'd brought his coat back, which she still didn't quite understand. Had the whole thing been because he knew she'd eventually bring it back? But he was the one who'd come to her first Technically.
But then she thought it over. If Izaya hadn't found her in the park the other night how much longer would she have been able to stay away from him? The absinthe incident had proved that she hadn't been handling the separation all that well.
Casual Encounters -CHAP.10-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.10-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
For the next week Ritchie's mood seemed to be at an all-time high. Sei wasn't mad at her, she now had a coat (albeit on loan) to battle the cold in and, best of all, she felt free for the first time in months. Not having to answer to Izaya was doing wonders for her mood.
Or so she thought.
She kept expecting Izaya to text or call her Or even show up on her doorstep. The freedom had just seemed too good to be true But he hadn't. And after the first week she'd started to realise that she'd been waiting for him to get in touch constantly checking her phone and always making sure to survey the area outside her work.
She'd genuinely believed that some freedom from Izaya was what she'd really wanted. But after a week of not seeing or hearing from him she'd discovered just how much she craved his company. That realisation irritated her beyond belief.
And what was even worse was
I Know, You Know -CHAP.10--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.10--DN-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I sincerely hoped that L wouldn't mention our little break-in stint to Gibson or the others. Seeing as it hadn't benefitted us in any way not to mention caused a fair bit of trouble I didn't see a reason for any of them to know about it. Telling L 'not to tattle' seemed a little juvenile though, so I didn't. Who knew if he'd even do as I asked anyway? I just had to hope that he had the sense to keep his mouth shut.
Unfortunately that didn't seem the case, because as soon as I got to the hotel the following day I found Gibson in a particularly tetchy mood. And something told me it was most likely my fault.
Sure enough, as soon as he spotted me he got to his feet and beckoned towards one of the doors. "Gee. A word?"
Uh oh I gazed imploringly in Kenichi and Chad's direction but they both pointedly turned away. Cowards. They knew I was in trouble and they weren't going to get involved. L on the othe
Casual Encounters -CHAP.17-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.17-DRRR3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Quitting alcohol entirely was not easy… If it had been anything other than her pride at stake then Ritchie wouldn't even have bothered with it. As it was, she was determined to prove to Izaya that she could do it. Even if she had to resort to drinking at least several cans of energy drinks a day just to stay sane.
And what made the situation even worse was that Izaya had been increasingly boring over the past few weeks. He'd clearly been onto some new gossip that had interested him, because he was away from his apartment more and more… And when he was there he was usually absorbed by whatever was on his computer screen.
This did not bode well for Ritchie's already agitated state, brought on by her withdrawal symptoms from the absence of alcohol. Things with Izaya were always interesting – everything always came down to a new game, a new challenge, a new fight for control… He'd been the most exciting thing in her life since she'd moved to Ikebukuro, as much a
Casual Encounters -CHAP.14-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.14-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ritchie woke up the next morning wanting to die. All of her limbs ached, her stomach roiled with nausea, her head felt like it was about to split into two It was like being hungover, except in this case she could remember everything that had happened.
That wasn't a welcome difference.
She wasn't exactly thrilled to remember that she'd returned from the club to throw herself at Izaya, get rejected and then freak out on him. Let alone the fact that he'd even called Shinra and Celty out in the middle of the night to check on her How embarrassing.
At least she was alone she'd opened her eyes to discover that the bed was empty besides herself. She had no doubt that Izaya would take the first opportunity he could to make fun of her.
It took her a very long time to get out of bed and ascertain that she wasn't going to throw up though her stomach was still suggesting otherwise. S
I Know, You Know -CHAP.11--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.11--DN-4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After the incident at my office we all knew it was no longer safe there. Nobody was in any doubt that it had something to do with the case, so I'd had to move into one of the rooms at the hotel. With Chad as my escort I'd gone back to my apartment a few days later to pick up everything I'd need.
The forensics team had already cleaned up the office, which I was grateful for. I didn't need any lingering reminders of what had happened the horrific images still in my head already had that job covered.
Luckily whoever had broken into my office hadn't been able to get into my apartment upstairs. The damage had been limited to the ground floor. They hadn't even gotten into my desk, so my laptop that I kept locked inside was still intact.
I hadn't really known how long I'd have to stay at the hotel for and how much stuff I'd need so I'd just grabbed the suitcase that I always used to visit my family in
Casual Encounters -CHAP.15-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.15-DRRR3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Over the next week when Ritchie did drink she made sure it wasn't around Izaya and also that he wouldn't have to endure the after effects from it. There was no way she was quitting alcohol cold turkey but, annoyingly, she knew that Izaya had had a point in their last argument So she was trying her best to compromise.
Of course he could never make things easy for her.
She'd still passed on Sei's offer to go out, just to prove that she could do it and that she did have some self-control. But she soon regretted it drinking by herself in between seeing Izaya just wasn't the same. She decided that what she needed was to chill in the club after one of her shifts. She hadn't done so for a while and she missed it.
Plus she'd had a text from Lexi, saying that she and some friends were meeting up for a drink and that she'd convinced them to meet at the Ouhei club where Ritchie worked. She figured t
I Know, You Know -CHAP.9--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.9--DN-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You'd have thought that finding our prime suspect dead would have put us at another dead end. Slowed us down. Totally de-motivated us. But in fact it was the exact opposite. I couldn't remember us ever being so active.
L's paranoia had obviously gotten the best of him and our new headquarters was now at the hotel he'd been staying at while he was in Kyoto. Since he'd now been present at two crime scenes he'd begun to worry about the possibility of people recognising him in public.
Apparently my office was now in a 'too urban' area and he couldn't risk raising any suspicions. Of course I'd just rolled my eyes at every word. My office hadn't moved anywhere. It wasn't my fault he'd suddenly become so uptight.
So our meetings now took place at this high-class hotel that was right on the other side of town. It was a pain in the ass. Since it was so far to keep trekking back and forth Gibson, Kenichi and Chad all took up
Casual Encounters -CHAP.9-DRRRCasual Encounters -CHAP.9-DRRR4 years ago in Romance More Like This
It felt like someone had upped the temperature on Ritchie and Izaya's relationship. The sexual activities were happening more and more frequently now and Ritchie found she was spending nearly all of her time with Izaya. It was insane. She was once again totally addicted to being in his company.
Izaya seemed perfectly happy with their arrangement. Whenever Ritchie attempted to branch off and socialise with other people a bit more he'd find some way to reel her right back in. At times Ritchie didn't even care about this. As long as he gave her whatever else she wanted she was more than happy to be at his side.
But another side of her felt the need to rebel. Unbeknownst to Izaya she'd started to widen her social circle taking the time to talk to some of the other girls at work more, getting into contact with some of Sei's friends who had been on the bar crawl, arranging meet-ups with new penpals she'd been making on a website fo
I Know, You Know -CHAP.12--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.12--DN-4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Why did shit always go down when I was hungover?
The ride to the crime scene all the way over in Ujitawara was not pleasant. We took two police cruisers, so I purposely chose to ride in the opposing car to L. I then spent the entire journey with my eyes shut tight, willing my stomach to settle.
I was hoping that my self-pity would keep me detached enough so that I wouldn't freak when I saw the body of the victim. I'd never done a crime scene whilst hungover before and I definitely didn't need anything else to turn my stomach.
To avoid L meant not being in the same car as Gibson, which was a shame because he already knew more details about the victim. All Kenichi was able to tell me was that the victim was female and that the scene was more similar to the last one we'd encountered near Wazuka. That wasn't a comforting thought.
The other cruiser got there first. I didn't know who had called in the m
I Know, You Know -CHAP.7--DN-I Know, You Know -CHAP.7--DN-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The following few weeks sucked. I mean really sucked. We arranged interviews with as many of Carter's ex-girlfriends as we could sniff out. Melissa Burnham was happy to help out with names but it was obvious she was disappointed that no progress had been made since I'd last seen her. That didn't help me feel any better.
We didn't learn anything from the exes. We recorded all of the interviews and passed the videos onto L, but he concluded the same. We still scheduled periodic meetings after each new interview. The uncomfortable atmosphere in my office never got any easier. Every meeting would end up in awkward silence, at which point L would then leave and the rest of us would breathe a sigh of relief.
The police officers involved and I were all in unsaid agreement that L was truly unusual. Nobody had said anything outright insulting about him though I'd certainly dropped a few bold comments but there were always a lot of knowing glances exchanged when L was aroun