”Excuse me! Please excuse me...!”
Your feet hitting hot cement, you hurriedly jogged along the sidewalk, all the while muttering apologies to the passer – by around you. The majority of the people immediately parted to make way for your rushing form; the intimidating uniform of yours playing a huge part in their obedience. You thanked them quietly, and continued on your way.
It was a rather hot Thursday, and the town seemed to be buzzing with people. The streets were crowded and you swore that the number of tourists only doubled. You inwardly wondered if something will happen today. Was there some kind of holiday, that you perhaps missed?
You digged your heels in the ground, picking up your space. The sun radiated extreme heat, and you grimaced at the fact that you were going to arrive at your job not only late, but all sweaty as well.
”Man, this day already sucks,” you grumbled under your breath.
It all started with your alarm not going off in the morning, then spending ten minutes searching for your keys, all followed by your car suddenly giving up on you with a loud puff.
And despite already having a bad feeling about the whole oncoming day, you tried to push your pessimistic nature aside and hoped with all your might, that your string of bad luck would end there.
When you arrived at the station house fifteen minutes late and entered through the big glass doors, you were more than surprised to see a smaller group of people gathered together before a big billboard. The horde of people dressed in all kinds of uniforms chatted animatedly with each other, vividly discussing what was pinned on said billboard.
You stopped at the entrance, trying to catch your breath, while curiously observing everything from a safe distance. Needless to say, your bad feeling only intensified at the sight. ’Just what in the world...?’
You glanced up at the cheerful voice. Jogging to you was a close colleague of yours, named Nitori Aiichirou, and behind him were a few more that started making their way to you. You straightened yourself up, and discreetly fixed your hair and uniform. You didn’t want to look all disheveled and sweaty in front of your novices.
Nitori reached you with less than a few steps, and stopped just before you.
”Good morning, Officer (Lastname!),” he greeted you light – heartedly, even giving you a dedicated salute. The others behind him did the same, straightening their spine to an almost painful degree. At this, you exhaled with a smile.
”At ease, you guys. We’re not in the military.”
Nitori’s cheeks were graced with pink, and a few people behind him started to snicker. ”B – but Officer (Lastname!) You are clearly one rank higher than us. It is only appropriate for us to show some respect towards you!”
You warmly smiled back at him. ”Oh, come on. Don’t act like I’m the chief of this department. I appreciate your respect, but don’t let yourself degrade like that,” you said, while glancing at the others behind him. ”That goes for you guys as well.”
The group behind Nitori only nodded, and retracted their hands to their side, all the while smiling shyly back at you. You grinned at them, before playfully ruffling Nitori’s silver mop of hair.
”And anyway! You just need one year and then you’ll reach the same rank as me! You know them habits die hard, so it would be high time to stop with them right now, before it turns everything awkward once you get your higher rank.”
He squeezed his eyes shut and let you have your way with his hair. ”But what if I won’t make it...?”
You stopped and looked at him a bit surprised. ...And then scoffed. ”Of course you’ll make it. You were trained by me after all! You didn’t start doubting my abilities as a teacher now of all times, did you?”
He only looked at you horrified. ”N – no, that’s absolutely not what I meant!” he stuttered, before unsurely glancing at his feet. ”The only person I’m doubting is myself. What if I’m not cut out for this?”
Your face hardened when you saw the little group behind him gradually losing confidence along with Nitori. You tut – tutted.
”Now, now! Where did this sudden outage of motivation and morale come from? Have a little faith in yourself! Trust in me as in your trainer and as a friend; you will all make it. And I’ll be the proudest officer when the time of promotion comes.”
The depressive air instantly vanished and your novices slowly got their good mood back. You smiled at them and they nodded back with renewed spirit. ”Yes, Officer (Lastname!)”
You quietly laughed. ”Much better!” Then you blinked and looked behind them. ”By the way. Can anyone tell me what’s all the ruckus about over there?” you asked them, while simultaneously pointing to the still present group standing before the billboard.
Nitori and the others followed your pointer finger with their gaze, before they fully turned around.
A girl with a hairstyle of a strict bun wasted no time to reply. ”Oh, that? Today is patrol day and the Lieutenant made a list about which areas we must keep tabs on. He also took the liberty to decide on who’ll be partners with who, and thus form a unit. I heard he made some changes now, but isn’t that strange? I never had any problem with my partner...”
By now you had a really bad feeling.
You kept a groan to yourself, while brushing past your novices, warily making your way to the board. Patrol day was something you weren’t really fond of, nor were a lot of your colleagues. It was probably one of the most boring tasks one could had the unfortunate luck to be assigned to, besides paperwork, of course. All you had to do was drive around town with one of the police cars, and make sure people see you and don’t do anything illegal.
You’d rather chase a criminal or go home and sleep, then invest energy in to something so mind – blowingly boring.
You could already feel yourself yawning, just thinking about it.
Reaching the board, you squeezed yourself through the thick group, wanting to take a look at the list, just to reassure yourself that you weren’t assigned to this - in your opinion – completely useless job. After a little struggle, you successfully danced yourself through everyone, and instantly traced the list with your pointer finger.
But to your misfortune, It didn’t take long to find your name. You exaggeratedly exhaled.
”Well. That’s just fantastic.” You made a mental note to listen to your gut feeling more in the future.
Sighing, you raised your pointed finger one more time, trying to find the one who was assigned to be your partner.
...And just when you thought the day couldn’t be worse, you found his name.
”Are you fucking kidding me?” you exclaimed, a bit louder then you intended to. A few heads turned in your way, and you drew your head back between your shoulder. After muttering a quiet sorry, you turned back and shot the list the nastiest glare you could
Unit 2; (Name) (Lastname), Matsuoka Rin; Monitoring Area of: Shirakawa, GC: 465, 67’ - 465 89’</b>
You felt your eye twitch.
Of course, you’d be teamed up with Officer Matsuoka. You groaned one more time, wanting to tear the list off and throw it away. That Lieutenant Yamazaki. That smug bastard had surely done this on purpose. You tightened your jaw in irritation.
Not only were you assigned to patrol duty, but you were to do that with Rin of all people. This day just couldn’t get any better.
And as you stood there staring and muttering all kinds of profanities at the piece of paper in front of you, two policewomen appeared just beside you, slightly annoyed at the group around them.
”Geez, what’s all this about? Can’t they move over a bit?” grumbled one of them.
”I know, right? They have been standing here for twenty minutes now! How long does it take to take a glance at this stupid list?” replied the other, with just as much irritation.
You recognized these two. They started to work in this department at the same time as you did, but you somehow never seemed to remember their names. Quite frankly, there were times when you couldn’t even tell them apart, because they hung around each other so much.
”Eh? (Name)?!” cried one of them the moment she saw you.
You turned your head in their direction, mildly surprised. You didn’t expect them to recognize you.
”Um. Hey...?” you greeted them awkwardly.
”What are you doing here? Don’t tell me you were assigned to patrol duty?”
You stammered. ”W – well, unfortunately I - ”
The painfully loud gasp of the former interrupted you. You cringed. The whole group was staring at you by now.
”But Oh my God – look! Look who’s her partner!” exclaimed the gasping girl, enthusiastically pointing at the list, specifically to a certain maroon – haired male’s name. Her friend instantly snapped her head to the pointed area and her mouth parted in an amazed ‘O’.
”Oh my God, (Name)! You lucky gal, you!”
”Patrol duty with Officer Matsuoka? That must be the best thing I can possibly imagine! Just leisurely cruising around with the police car, not really doing anything, in the company of that hot piece of - ”
You raised your hand before she could finish that sentence.
”Guys, please. Could you keep it quieter! Everyone’s looking at us,” you told them, almost pleaded for them to just stop talking. They only stared back confused.
“...Well, it’s the truth.”
”Yeah, I’m almost jealous of you...”
You only scoffed. ”Well, don’t be. I am not in the least bit pleased with this.”
The two looked at each other, before they sneered at you. ”What gives? Is it because you... “hate” Officer Matsuoka?”
Incoherent spluttering escaped your mouth. “I do not hate him, I just don’t like working with him! Has any of you ever been partnered up with him? He is horrible! He always acts like a know – it - all, even when handling the most simpler tasks. And that domineering attitude of his? Where does he even get the right to act like that towards me? We have the same goddamn ranks! And don’t let me get started on his teasings...!”
Your two colleagues listened to you ramble off with great interest. But after a while, you caught the amused glint in their eyes and their mouths wanting to curl upwards. If there was something in this world that annoyed you more then Matsuoka, it was people who didn’t take you seriously.
So you stopped talking. ”What? What is it?”
“Aww, (Name)! Have you never really thought about why he acts like this in your presence...?” one of them drawled playfully, a daunting smirk dancing on her lips. You stared back at her, cocking an eyebrow.
“(Name), please. Aren’t you supposed to be one of the brainiest in our department?” teased her friend.
“You know how some men are,” continued the former. “They love to show off their masculinity by acting like some Macho Man. It’s kind of annoying, but cute at the same time,” she finished with a snicker. You only rolled your eyes.
“Yeah, right. Because patronizing me will surely prove how “manly” he is. And I doubt he would want to show his testosterone level to me of all people. No, I think he is just acting like a jerk, because he can.”
At this, the two of them deadpanned. “Is she kidding right now?” whispered one of them to her friend, that made you scoff. They exhaled loudly, as if they were trying to explain something to a child and failing to do so. “For the love of - ! (Name)! He acts like this because he wants to impre - ”
Halfway in the sentence, your colleague suddenly stopped. You only blinked back at her, and grew even more confused when you saw her friend freezing up as well. They went pale as a ghosts and with lips parted looked ahead somewhere behind you.
Just as you were about to turn around, and see for yourself what shocked them in to silence, you felt a sudden and ominous presence making itself aware behind you. You tensed slightly. With bathed breath, you waited for it to go away; hoping with all your might, that your colleagues didn’t get silenced because of whoever was standing behind you.
A short, albeit tense silence followed, and you felt the back of your neck and ears prickle with a strange, ticklish sensation. It almost made you want to run away.
The two policewomen suddenly flinched out of their staring, and started to back away.
“H – hey, sorry (Name). We just remembered that we were assigned to patrol duty as well! Unit 4, Meisho district!”
“Y- yeah,” her friend nodded vigorously. “So we better get going, too! We don’t wanna be late, or else Lieutenant Yamazaki will give us a tongue - lashing.”
And they were gone.
Before you could even blink, a bare and brawny arm leisurely rested itself on your shoulder, and a rather muscular chest was pressed against your back. You gasped and flinched, squeezing your eyes shut.
...That was until a low and husky voice rang uncomfortably near your ear.
“Well, well, Officer (Lastname). Talking about your partner behind his back, and in such a way to boot? Tsk, tsk, tsk. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
A shiver ran down your spine.
Quickly composing yourself, you jumped forward and turned around, only to meet the smirking visage of the last person you wanted to see right now. You gritted your teeth.
“Rin. What luck.” Ignoring the tone you used to greet him, he greeted you back.
“Nice to see you too, (Name).”
“How many times do I have to tell you to stop sneaking up on me? You scared the crap out of me!”
Your irritation fueled his amusement even more; the satisfied smirk on his face growing just a crack wider.
“Oh, come now (Name). It would be time for you to learn how to sense if someone’s sneaking up on you, since you are a police officer after all. If I had been a criminal, I’d have knocked you out with ease.”
You grimaced. Your shift with him didn’t even start, yet here he was already lecturing you like a parent would a child. Honestly, you always felt like he was looking down on you and sardonically teasing you. Unashamedly showing your annoyance, you retorted.
“How do you know that I didn’t know it was you, in the first place? Have you ever thought about that maybe I always know that you’re the one behind me, but I just ignore you in hopes that you will leave me alone?”
He raised both of his eyebrows to his hairline, and you saw that he was struggling to hide his smile.
“Is that so...? Didn’t you just told me not to sneak up on you anymore, because I ‘scared the crap out of you’? You know, just a few minutes ago? I don’t think you would have reacted that intensely if you knew that it was me behind you, but the way you flinched gives me the impression that you didn’t even know that there was someone sneaking up on you.”
Oh, touché. He had you there. Not wanting to admit that he was in the right, you turned your head away.
“W -. whatever! We weren’t even in a dangerous situation, and I was completely relaxed! Not to mention that I was distracted, because I was talking to two of my colleagues. I’m sure I could have handled this if you were a criminal,” you exclaimed rather unprofessionally.
Rin exhaled in disbelief. “But that is exactly the problem, (Name)! You should never, ever, let your guard down! Not only are you endangering yourself, but your teammates, the civilians you are supposed to protect and your whole environment in general. Honestly, I can’t always be there to look out for you...,”
You almost choked on your own spit.
“Look out for me...?! When the hell did you ever look out for me?! All you do is criticize every single thing I do! Hell, you’d even criticize me for how I inhale air!” you retorted, your patience with him already thinning.
To your surprise, Rin didn’t roll his eyes nor did he scoff at you. Instead he continued staring at you, with quite the serious expression, and after a good few seconds you felt yourself shifting awkwardly under his gaze. You never really looked him in the eyes for too long, because you always feared that he would stare a hole in you, if you did. His overall persona was pretty intense, but it was nothing without his eyes.
Not knowing why he was looking at you for so long, you furrowed your brows in annoyance, and looked away.
“Why are you staring at me?”
He hummed, and cupped his chin with his thumb and forefinger. “Well, to be honest, I do think that you breath rather incorrectly. You gasp too much, you pant too much and it takes little for you to become short of breath.”
He shot you a rather smoldering gaze. “Though, I’m not sure if it’s simply because of your weak lungs ...or because of me.”
All you could do was stare back at him incredulously, before his insinuation finally sinked in. Exhaling rather harshly, you gave him a mocking smile.
“Yes. It is definitely because of you. And you know what? That’s why I’m gonna have a little chat with Lieutenant Yamazaki about this list here,” you said while gesturing with your head to the board beside you. “I’m sure he will find someone else for you to patrol with, while I can go home and rest my oh so weak lungs.”
At this, everything smug vanished from Rin’s face. “Oh really? And you think he will just listen to you, nod his head, and dismiss you peacefully?”
Crossing your arms, you raised your chin higher.
“Yes, he will. Either that, or I’m going to request for a new partner. I’ll accept everyone but you,” you told him, trying to look dominating.
To your confusion, Rin only gave you a mischievous smile. “I’d like to see you try that, (Name).”
If only it was legally and sociably acceptable to slap your colleague.
“W – what?”
“I think I made myself clear. My answer is negative.”
Silence engulfed Lieutenant Yamazaki’s office, as you could only stand before the intimidating man’s desk. Your lips parted, desperately trying to reason with the teal – eyed Lieutenant, but warily so, since you knew who you were talking to.
He in turn only leered at you, with hands folded in front of his mouth, and you inwardly scoffed for thinking that Rin’s staring was unpleasant.
You quietly cleared your throat, and tried to address this problem of yours again.
“With all due respect, Lieutenant, but I think that I could work so much more efficiently if my partner was someone else.”
He silently raised his eyebrows, and slowly crossed his brawny arms in front of him.
“Is that so? And may I ask why?”
You gulped, not really having any other excuse but your dislike against the shark – teethed man, who was currently at the far end of the Lieutenant’s office, leaning against the wall with crossed arms and a sneer. It annoyed you to no end that he was allowed in here, but you knew that you couldn’t protest against this, since he could easily come up with the excuse that he was still your partner, and had the right to listen to whatever you had to criticize about him to your higher – up.
You silently exhaled through your nose, fearing that if you did it louder, he would catch up on your irritation. Who knows, maybe he already did.
“...I just think that Officer Matsuoka and I are not the best when paired up together.”
You could feel Rin from behind you stare a hole in your back.
Lieutenant Yamazaki hummed and seemed to be ruminating a bit on what you said. You were determined to hold his gaze, but those teal eyes of his were giving you quite a challenge.
“I am not sure what you mean by that, Officer (Lastname). I’ts not the first time that I paired the two of you up for a task or duty, and every time you came back carrying out whatever I told you to with utmost precaution and precision.”
A miniscule breath of silence followed, before a strange twinkle flashed in his droopy eyes.
“In my opinion ...you are practically made for each other,” he told you quietly, almost whispering, and you blushed, because for a moment you didn’t know if he meant it in a professional sense or –
“Isn’t that right, Officer Matsuoka?” he abruptly asked, taking his gaze away from your form and turning to the man, who was still watching everything from the entrance. Rin only smirked and nodded.
“Yes, indeed. We are perfect together,” he drawled quietly while looking you in the eyes. Your blush only worsened and you tore your gaze away from his, turning to look at your feet instead. By know you knew that it was hopeless to request for another partner.
Rin and Lieutenant Yamazaki shared a rather deep past of friendship, and whatever Rin wanted, he’d get it from the Lieutenant without hesitation.
The Lieutenant sighed in contentment.
“Then, if there’s nothing else you’d want to talk to me about, I suggest you two prepare for today’s patrol duty. A summer festival will be held in this town, beginning somewhere in the late afternoon, and people from all around the world came to visit and take part in it. As we all know, in a big horde of people anything could happen. That’s why I ordered several units to patrol around various districts and maintain order.”
‘So that’s why there were so many people out in the streets,’ you realized.
You heard Rin step away from the wall and walk beside you. You just made sure not to look up from your feet. “Don’t worry, Lieutenant. We’ll make sure everything goes swimmingly,”
The sun’s wrath only heightened, you concluded, as you felt beads of sweat slide down from your neck, vanishing at your cleavage, slipping under your uniform. You sighed and tiredly raised your hand to your forehead, wiping away another layer of perspiration.
It was already late afternoon, and yet it was still as hot as it was in the early morning. Even the police car didn’t manage to keep the heat out, making you and Rin practically melt away in the vehicle. You couldn’t wait for your shift to end.
With another sigh, you laid back and rested your head against the headboard of your seat and lazily watched Rin trying to turn on the air conditioning. He muttered profanities under his breath as the device decided to play stubborn and refused to work.
With a groan he stopped, and let himself fall back rather harshly in to his own seat; the police car reacting with a bounce. He grabbed his cap and throwed it on the top of the car’s dashboard. And then came silence.
You turned your head and looked outside the window, watching people prepare for the festival. A group not far away from the police car was hanging paper kites and stars to a long row of stands, while another one was hanging different kinds of tanzaku on bamboo trees. Some were already dressed in their yukata’s and a good number of children were outside as well, playing with each other and running among with eyes sparkling in utter excitement for the night.
The sun was slowly setting and right now you absolutely hated to be on patrol duty.
“You want to go outside, don’t you?”
Rin’s voice was pleasantly calm, and yet you still flinched a bit. Turning your head, you saw him, still sitting in that laid back position, his head positioned forward giving you a side glance. His eyes were hooded, and the way he rested his head against his seat exposed his rather well endowed neck and collarbones, along with his Adam’s apple.
You regarded these little details about him, before looking down to your lap and nodding silently. He sighed and raised his hand to the back of his neck.
“I know. You’re not the only one.”
At this you raised your a head a bit and looked at him questioningly. He only closed his eyes and cracked a fond smile. “Me and my friends used to go to this festival every summer when I was a kid. We tried out every possible food and game we could. I remember loving to play with those water gun shooter games and eating Ikayaki until I couldn’t move anymore. After that, my friends and I were so exhausted that we only had energy to stay and watch the fireworks.”
He quietly snickered at the end before he too grew silent. You couldn’t help but notice that his voice sounded deeper and more serene as he told you about his childhood, and you found yourself actually liking that gentle rumble that resonated from his chest.
In the quiet car it soothed you to a surprising level, and you hated to admit it to yourself, but you wouldn’t have minded if he continued quietly murmuring to you about whatever he could talk about for a longer period of time.
You heard him lightly exhale beside you and you felt goose bumps awake on your forearms, for you could see his toned chest heave from the corner of your eyes.
Not really knowing how to react, you quietly hummed, indicating that you understood what he said. But in order to keep the awkward atmosphere away, you decided to tell him something about your childhood as well.
“I have never been on a festival like this. In my younger years, my parents simply forbid me to go, for they have been scared of me getting kidnapped or something. This was some strange paranoia they had, I don’t even know. And when I got older, I just didn’t particularly had the interest to go. But now, watching how much fun people have....”
Shifting your attention back outside, you missed him swiveling his dark eyes to your form.
It was obvious that you were trying to sit upright and properly, but the heat made it impossible for you to concentrate on anything other then breathing, and so you were more or less slumped against your seat, with slightly opened legs and hands crossed under your chest.
He took it all in and was just about to look back forward, when his eyes caught the beads of sweat leisurely rolling down from your glistening neck to your chest.
You discarded your uniform jacket long before you two even entered the police car, and the black tank top you wore right now showed a quite amount of cleavage.
He couldn’t help but watch as the droplets slowly slid down and followed the topography of your collarbones, just to further continue on their journey and vanish between the valley of your two mounds, which were peacefully rising up and down underneath the dark cotton fabric. His gaze lingered on that spot for a good while, against his better judgement.
The sun’s last rays managed to cast teasing shadows on your shoulders and chest, enhancing your womanly curves. You looked absolutely ravishing and he would have felt content just sitting there and watching you.
It didn’t help his case at all, that your crossed arms supported your breasts even more, giving them a plumper shape.
He quietly sighed in appreciation and turned his head away, whilst slowly unbuttoning the first few buttons on the top of his uniform shirt. He briefly wondered if the cause of his overheated body is really the weather and not you. A wry smile appeared on his lips.
The silence was slightly disturbed by a few kids that passed the police car. Their laughs could be heard from inside the vehicle as they frolicked away, with school bags carelessly thrown over one shoulder and jockey caps turned backwards.
You followed them with your eyes, a fond smile slowly making itself visible on your lips. Rin smiled as well.
“Heh. Little rascals, aren’t they?”
“Yes. They remind me of someone,” you told him, while looking him in the eyes and giving him a teasing smile. Taken completely aback by your response, he could only stare at you.
You snickered and shaked your head, whilst looking away. “Nothing. Forget what I said.”
Rin only raised an eyebrow, slightly amused but still trying to act as if this comparison offended him.
“C’mon, (Name). What did you mean by that? You better explain or I could take it the wrong way,” he told you and you could hear from his tone that he tried to act flirty. Angling an eyebrow upwards, you turned your head back to him.
“The wrong way...? How could anyone take this the good way?” you asked him, deciding to take part in his little game.
He shot you a smoldering gaze. “I think that your type of wrong and my type of wrong aren’t the same.”
Flirtily enigmatic as ever. You were rather baffled at this, and felt yourself blush when you realised what he was trying to hint at. You tried to laugh it off. “Oh, please! If you are referring to your sexy bad – boy persona, then you got it completely wrong. I didn’t mean it like that.”
He leaned forward, and cross – rested his arms on the car wheel. “Sexy, huh?” He grinned.
Red grazed your cheeks. “Rin,” you warned. He chuckled, suddenly feeling very exhilarating, for the thought that you found him attractive really appealed to him.
In the meantime you were busying yourself by looking outside again, too embarrassed to so much as glance in his direction.
Rin rested his head on top of his crossed arms, and observed you with a cheeky smile.
“If you find me so easy on the eyes, then why did you protest against being my partner so much? Sheesh, even going to the Lieutenant to complain...”
Suddenly, he straightened himself in his seat and leaned in closer to you.
“Do I make you uncomfortable?” he asked, and purposefully lowered his voice in to a sultry one. Despite his breath tickling your ear shell pink, you didn’t turn around, for you were afraid to see the clear – cut features of his up – close.
Instead, you continued to pretend to be genuinely interested in watching the people outside slowly start the festival.
“Pff! As if! Don’t flatter yourself, Rin” you scoffed with a smile. “I didn’t want to be your partner, because you always act bossy whenever you and I are on a mission.”
He tsk – ed with a grimace and leaned back in his seat. “Bossy? I can’t help it if I have to order you around, because you never know what to do, and how to do it.”
That struck a nerve. Furious, you instantly turned around.
“What the hell do you mean by that?! I managed to finish several duties all on my own in the past, and I never needed anyone’s guidance back there, so I don’t know what makes you think that I’d need it now!”
“What? You mean those lame, single ‘missions’, where you have to walk around town, and look all important, or the one’s where you have to bring coffee for the Lieutenant?” Rin asked, channeling his most unimpressed look. You were near wringing his neck. Fuming, you quickly found a way to retort.
“Oh, yeah? And who was the one who locked himself out of his patrol car this year, because he forgot to take his keys with him?!”
He tensed immediately. “That was one time, (Name)! It would be high time for you to get off that case!”
“It would be also high time for you to stop treating me like a rookie!”
“I wouldn’t be treating you like a rookie, if you wouldn’t act like a rookie, (Name)!”
“Locking yourself out from your car is a rookie mistake, FYI!”
Like vicious dogs, the two of you were just about to jump at each other, when a static noise interrupted your whole fiasco. Both of your heads turned to the radio.
“Unit 2! Unit 5 to dispatch.”
You and Rin glanced back at each other and stared for a mili second, before you snatched the radio, determined to grab it before he could. Clearing your throat, you raised it to your mouth.
“Unit 2, affirmative.”
“Unit 2 needed at Shirakawa 465, 71’, code 10 – 38.”
“Code 10 – 38...? A suspicious person wandering in 465, 71’...?” you heard Rin mutter beside you. “That’s the northern part of this district, If i recall correctly,” he mused and immediately typed the coordinates in to the GPS.
“Unit 2, en route to 465, 71, code 4 – 10,” you replied to the radio, and with a quiet beep, ended the transmission. Rin hurriedly grabbed his police cap and positioned it on his head, before he inserted the key in to the ignition, and awakened the car with a gentle grumble. You put your police shirt back on, but decided to leave it unbuttoned, before grabbing your seat belt and buckling up.
Rin shifted in to gear with precised movements, and pressed on to the right pedal for acceleration. The Toyota Crown cruiser instantly obeyed, and the both of you took off.
The ride to the designated area was awkward at its best, and Rin couldn’t help but think that the fact that you were hot didn’t lessen the fact that you could be also quite annoying.
He was completely unaware that you were thinking the exact same thing.
Later radio transmissions with other units revealed, that a group of illegal drug dealers were busted in the neighboring district. They were apparently lurking in some narrow, dark street, and while they weren’t causing any casualties, they did seem rather suspicious. To be on the safe side, officers kept an eye on them and observed them from afar, but it was all clear why they appeared to be suspicious, when their first customer appeared.
Officers immediately interfered and the group made a run for it. Five men, in their early twenties. Two of them ran north, opposite of where the festival was held, and the third one ran north – east. They were all captured before they could escape, safe for the fourth and fifth one. The former having been escaped with a stolen motorcycle, and the fifth one escaping in to the Shirakawa district.
And that’s where Rin and you came in to the picture.
The coordinates lead you two to a rather run down part of the district. As the two of you swept the streets, lined with shabby and abandoned buildings, you spotted a figure not far away from you running amok. Unbuckling yourselves and guns prepared, you exited the patrol car and ran after the man.
The pursued must have heard the echoes of two more pair of feet joining his, and after a quick glance over his shoulder, made a beeline to one of the abandoned buildings. You recognized that building.
“Oh, sure! Just go and run in to that creepy old hospital that has been out of use for god knows how long!” you wheezed with irritation while picking up your space. Rin only cocked an eyebrow, but didn’t say anything.
The man reached the entrance doors and broke them down, before vanishing in to the eerie darkness. You two only followed him. But just as you were entering the hospital, out of breath and chest rapidly heaving, the realization hit the both of you.
You lost sight of him.
Rin cursed under his breath, while you swept your eyes over the entrance hall.
Any kind of opening to the outside was boarded up, covering everything in darkness. The smell of musk and expired medicine almost made you nauseous, making you wrinkle your nose. The walls were horribly scuffed and little pieces of cement and dust were left scattered on the floor.
Across the two of you stood the reception desk which had old papers lying on it, among other folders and various shady things.
As Rin glanced to the side, he blinked at something and nudged your arm.
“Hey. Look over there,” he whispered to you. Taking your eyes away from some creepy looking posters hanging on the walls, you followed his gaze. On the left side of the building, built into the wall, was a something that looked akin to a big, old fashioned door. Rows of bars protected the front of it, and a clock – like device was resting on its upper frame, that looked as if someone cut it in half.
You frowned. “An elevator...?”
Without any hesitation, Rin made his way over to it and after closely examining it, pushed the button beside it. To your surprise, the elevator’s door opened with a ‘ding’, and even the lights inside it flickered alive. Rin looked back at you.
Grimacing, you declined. “No way in hell will I step in to that vertical coffin. How do you know it’s not gonna fall down or trap you? By the looks of it, it must be older than my grandmother.”
Rin sneered at you. “Aw, (Name), don’t tell me you’re scared. What are you afraid of? You have me, so don’t worry. I’ll make sure to keep you safe.”
Your expression only darkened. “Show those chompers back where they came from, Rin, or so help me. I just simply don’t trust that elevator. Or anything in this creepy building.”
You shivered, before continuing. “You go ahead and search for that dealer on the upper floors. I’ll be here on the first floor searching. And if I don’t find him here, I’ll just use the stairs.”
Rin only shrugged. “Suit yourself. But if you’re in trouble, promise me that you’ll call for me.”
That surprised you quite a bit. “Uh ...okay? Whatever,” you said, while turning away, already on your way to check out the corridor to your right. Rin immediately stepped away from the elevator and ran to you. A gasp escaped you, as he firmly grabbed you by your hand and turned you to him. Then he grabbed you by your shoulders and made you look at him.
He practically seethed this to you. You only stood there, beyond confused. “What is up with you again? I’ll be fine, now stop acting so overdramatic.”
He gritted his teeth at your easy – going attitude. “I am not acting overdramatic! I am just making sure you’ll be safe.”
“More like treating me like a kid again. Do you honestly think I am that incapable of being a police officer?” you growled, whilst brushing his hands off of your shoulders. “Now stop telling me what to do, I’ll handle him.”
“(Name) - ”
“I’ll be fine, now go! The more we dawdle around the farther he will get away.”
Rin watched apprehensively as you turned around and entered the corridor adjacent to him.
He sighed and tiredly closed his eyes, before slowly turning around and stepping in to the rusty elevator.
He hoped he would encounter the pursued man, before you did.
As expected, the place you started to explore, wasn’t any brighter than the waiting room. Eeerie silence reigned the corridor, with only your hesitant steps disturbing it. Several doors lined up your path, but only a few of them were actually intact, while a good amount of them had no door at all. You tried your eyes not to wander in to the rooms that had no doors, being too afraid to see something that you’d rather not.
With a gun in hand, you stalled yourself and continued surveying your environment.
Everything in this place creeped you out, but you forced yourself not to think about the numerous ghost stories you heard about this place from your friends and colleagues.
No matter if one believes in the supernatural or not, this place could have the same intimidating effect on anyone. You wondered how Rin took all of this.
Shaking your head, you walked further along the corridor, gun pointed ahead, ready to shoot if you so much as heard a movement.
...Which is why you were heavily contemplating whether you should turn around or not.
There was absolute silence, no matter how hard you strained your ears to hear something. The criminal you two were chasing is either running or hiding away somewhere. The silence was so heavy, you swore you could hear him breathing if he was here somewhere. Which you didn’t.
Sure, you could check every room and see if he was there, but they were so vacant, that he would have to stick himself on the ceiling or turn invisible in order to remain hidden. Your hold on your gun slightly faltered.
Maybe you should go back to Rin? What if the pursued man already left the abandoned hospital through some backdoor?
Nervously adjusting the cap on your head, you decided to turn around.
For now, you’d just go back to Rin and see what he found. Maybe he already captured the man...?
Picking up your space, you vaguely looked around one last time in the corridor, before leaving. You hated to admit but you were kind of relieved. That place still creeped you out. After you arrived back at the waiting room, you turned your head left to right, and then carefully made your way to the stairs, still adamant about not using the elevator.
Gun still in your hand, you made sure to not let your guard down.
And despite the silence, you didn’t notice one more pair of legs keenly following you.
The third floor of the hospital looked just the same as the entrance of it. Dust, more dust, dead cockroaches, spiderwebs, spooky looking medical facilities and - what a surprise; even more dust. After Rin exited the elevator, (which surprisingly still worked), he immediately grabbed his gun and started pacing around the place.
With the sun being already down, he wished more than anything to switch the lights on, but he was unsure where he’d find them. Not to mention that he’d practically jeopardize the whole chase with his action, since the pursued man would instantly know that one of the officers is on the third floor.
That, or if he believes in ghosts...
Rin shaked his head. This is not the time to be comical.
With careful steps he walked along one of the corridors. Of the end of it was a huge door of rusted metal. The OR, he guessed. No wonder why there are hardly any rooms around here. But the man surely didn’t hide there, did he...?
Quietly exhaling through his nose, Rin made his way to the doors closing the hallway to an end. As he reached it, he warily rested one of his hands on it’s huge handle, and tightened his hold on the gun in his other hand. Counting to three, he closed his eyes for a short second, before pushing the doors open with a quick movement.
Gun pointed forward, he swept his eyes over the room.
But it was empty.
The only thing that caught his attention was the design of the whole room. It wasn’t really an operating room, but rather an operating theater. This and the elevator gave the building a more haunted like feeling. With a twitch in his eyes, Rin also started to wonder how old this hospital is. Shouldn’t it have been tore down already or restored or something...?
Sighing, he slightly lowered his gun. Was it even worth sweeping through this abandoned building? The two of you have been here for half an hour now, and you still didn’t find anyone. Or at least, he guessed that you didn’t find the man as well, since you would have already signaled to him. Scratching behind his neck, he turned around.
...And that’s when he heard the resonating sounds of steps in the far distance.
Adrenaline kicking in, he immediately distanced himself from the OR and hid away behind a medical cupboard that stood all lonely in the vast hallway. With extreme caution, he listened to the steps making their way closer and closer to the hallway.
Gulping, he tightened his hold on his gun and waited. Rin hoped that it was just you, but he had to make sure. He couldn’t just call out for you, since it was too risky. Seconds passed as the steps suddenly halted. It sounded like the person currently lingering there was standing not far away from the corner.
‘If only I was sure that he didn’t had any gun with him. Then I could just easily arrest him with me threatening him to shoot. He didn’t shoot at us when we chased him. So maybe...’
Stalling himself, Rin dared to take a glance from behind the cupboard.
It was the dealer.
‘Shit,’ he cursed inwardly. Was this the place he first escaped to since he entered this place, or was he first somewhere else? The elevator was dusty; he was sure that nobody used that for a long time before him. He must have used the stairs. And Rin could only wonder.
‘Did (Name) encounter him already?’
He felt anxiety build up inside of him. He had to do something now. There’s a fair chance that this man is weaponless, so if he could just only... Deeply inhaling, he closed his eyes, concentrating...
...and then leapt out from behind the cupboard and pointed his gun at the dealer.
“Stop right there! You are arrested for illegal drug tr - ”
Rin felt his throat going dry at the sight before him. By the time he jumped out the man before him was already pointing a gun at him. A gun. The dealer had a gun with him.
Beads of sweat run down from the side of his face as he now was having a staring contest with the man before him; both of them sizing up each other with guns.
Heavily concentrating on what to do next, he started to form a plan. The most crucial thing to do now was for him to play cool, even if he was anything but. He wasn’t allowed to show any kind of nervousness to the man before him.
But he did wonder where the man got his gun from. And why he didn’t use it before.
There was a growing hunch forming in the back of his mind that could answer his questions, but this particular answer was so abhorring that he didn’t dare to think about it.
Was this man luring the two of you inside so he could finish the both of you? Why would he play such games with the two of you, that would only make it worse for him. The most important thing for criminals is to escape as soon as possible, and not waste his time with this.
And the only ones in this area who owned guns legally was him and you, but...
...that surely didn’t happen did it?
Rin was at this point so worried, that he felt the inside of his chest and stomach sink.
No, there’s no way. You should be all right. You are probably still on first floor wandering around and this man just hid it from the two of you...
“Where ...where did you get that gun?” Risking to hear the worst, Rin decided to ask.
To his horror, the man before him shot him a nasty smirk, that exposed his teeth in a way that looked more like he was pulling a face at something. “Your little girlfriend down there lent it to me,” he told him and snickered at the end, as if he just told a good joke.
A joke. Rin only wished that what he just heard was just that.
Growing more and more scared for you, his hand along with his gun begun to shake from anger. “What have you done with her?”
“Don’t worry. I haven’t killed her if that’s what you are worrying about...”
The dealer before him ment this as a reassurance, but it only looked more like provocation with his stupidly grinning face. But as it seems, he wasn’t finished just there. He let out a quiet laugh and licked his lips, while his eyes shifted to the entrance of the hallway for a miniscule time.
“But damn, man. Is every chick in the police force this hot?”
Rin’s eyes were already blazing with rage at this. How dare he...! But the man only continued with his perverse fantasies.
“If yes, then I wouldn’t mind if you arrested me here. If that means that I’m surrounded with girls like this... Heh, maybe I could join the police force! Chicks are crazy after guys that turn good from bad anyway. Whaddaya say, officer? Do you know if this one’s already taken...?”
That was it.
Rin gritted his teeth as he felt wrath completely swallow his rational side. Without any thought, he pulled the trigger of the gun. With a gasp, the other man jumped out of harms way, but the bullet managed to graze his side, making him lose his balance and fall to the dirty floor.
He cursed Rin, who didn’t even pay any mind to it, as he immediately run up to him and restricted him on the floor and held him down with swift movements.
The hoodie the criminal wore was slightly tattered and sprinkled with blood, and in normal circumstances, Rin would have already arrested the man and tended to his wound.
Under normal circumstances.
But as it seems, this case wasn’t considered a normal circumstance to him, as he knocked the gun out of the dealer’s hand with more force than necessary and arrested him, before straddling him. The dealer’s eyes widened in surprise. “H – hey, what are you - ”
And then he cried out in agony, as Rin started suddenly punching him square across the
“Son of a ...!”
He went berzerk. Not only did this sorry excuse of a human knock you out, but he dared to talk about you like that and in such a manner?! Feeling completely livid, he continued beating the man in front of him, forgetting the fact that he wasn’t supposed to use violence against defenseless criminals.
He vaguely payed attention to another pair of steps making their hasty way towards him. Someone cries and pleas of him to stop. Two pair of smaller arms trying to get hold of his that was still vehemently hitting the man underneath him.
The dealer already passed out under his hands, and after realizing that, he slowed down before stopping with a loud huff. He watched with tired eyes as the criminal’s face transformed in to shades of purple and blue, before he finally noticed you.
“Rin, what is wrong with you?!” you shouted at him, as you saw him finish the brutal manhandling. He didn’t say anything for a long time, only stared back at you, trying to regain his breath and calm his beating heart. The hallway echoed his panting.
“So you go around criticizing and patronizing me whenever you can, thinking that you are so much more superior to me, but then you go around beating defenseless criminals to crap?!”
The level of your irritation possibly reached it’s peak now. Crossing your arms, you stared down at Rin, who was still straddling the criminal.
“Defenseless? He wasn’t defenseless!” he retorted while standing up in a gawking - stumbling fashion. “He had a gun with him. Look over there, I knocked it out of his hands,” he said defensively, while pointing at the gun lying on the floor a few steps away from you.
“I saw that, but that’s exactly the problem, Rin! You started hitting him after you knocked the gun out of his hand! It would have been suffice if you just straddled him and arrested him with the handcuffs! You know this!”
He only gritted his teeth at you. “Well, if you would have been more careful, and didn’t let him take your gun, than he would not have taken me at surprise, and go full force on him!”
Genuine confusion appeared on your face. “My gun? What the hell are you talking about? My gun is still with me.” And with this, you took out your gun from its holder, showing him.
Rin stood there completely lost. “B – but then...! He said that...! H –how... He said that he took the gun he used just now from you!” You exhaled tiredly. “Yes, because I think that he had his own gun with him all the time. He just probably didn’t want us to know, and lured us in here, so he could deal with us later. How do you think would he have taken my gun from me, anyway?”
Suddenly looking very serious, he stepped closer to you. “He said that he had ...done something to you, and stole it from you. He specified that he did not kill you, but still...”
You just scoffed. “And you believed him? ...Oh wait,” Annoyance slapped you again.
“Of course you believed him. Because you still think that I am so incapable of dealing with criminals, that you could easily imagine that. Thanks a lot, Rin.”
He cursed under his breath, and raised his voice. “Well, you still can’t sense if someone’s following you! Of course I imagined the worst! Of course I was worried about you...!”
Puffing up you chest, you stepped dangerously close to him, almost nose to nose, and seethed with anger. “Just so you know, Mr. I – know – it – all! This time I did sense someone creeping up on me! We fought a little, and he outsmarted me, but he did not manage to knock me out or steal my gun!”
Rin’s sharp stare faltered, and his surprise may have annoyed you even more. “Really...?” he breathed.
You groaned, and stepped away from him, before the urge to hit him swallowed you. Crossing your arms, you looked away and pursed your lips.
“Yes, Rin. Really. I know, it’s such a surprise...”
Picking up on your sarcasm and overall hurt pride, he quietly cleared his throat. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it like that... It’s just that I am really worried about you sometimes. But not in a way that I think I’m perfect or anything, it’s just - when it comes down to it – I do have more experience than you...”
Not seeing you react in any negative way, and seeming to listen, he continued, picking his words very carefully.
“In fact, I think that you are very much competent for this job. You have the right sense of justice and brains to boot. All you need is a little more training regarding your combat skills, but that’s all,” he finished, and could not help the small blush painting his cheeks in red. So he looked away.
Meanwhile, you looked back at him, lips slightly parted. Needless to say, this caught you completely off guard. You don’t even remember if Rin has ever complimented you.
“But if that’s really how you think about me, then ...why did you never tell me this before...?” you asked him with eyebrows furrowed in slight confusion. Suddenly finding his leather shoes more interesting, he replied quietly.
“In all honesty, I thought that you knew this by now. That’s why I never held back with my critics.”
Inhaling deeply, he looked up and rested his eyes on you. “But I swear, I never thought that you are not cut out for this job, ever. Maybe my tone rubbed you the wrong way, or maybe you misunderstood something, and I apologize for that.”
Uncrossing your arms, you couldn’t detect if he was honestly speaking or not. But it suited him just perfect, to confess this to you somewhere secluded, where only you two were. ...And a knocked out criminal, but that’s beside the point.
“So... is that why you went berzerk on him? Because you thought he did something to me?”
Rin blushed again, and hesitated a bit.
“Err, yeah. T – that’s right. He even told me that he did something to you, and I couldn’t help myself. ...Guess he was lying to lure some kind of reaction out of me...”
Jaw tightening, he decided to shut his mouth about one more particular reason why he reacted the way he did. About the main reason he attacked the dealer. Mentioning it would most definitely equal a confession from him, and he couldn’t risk that. Not yet anyway. You’d surely figure out if he said anything about it. He knew you would.
But to his delight, you were quick to lead the conversation to something else.
“Well, what’s done is done. But no matter how close you are to Lieutenant Yamazaki, you won’t escape punishment because of this. You are aware of that, right?” you told him, with a hand on waist.
“Yeah, I know...,” he replied quietly and a weak smile graced his lips. He’d take all kinds of punishment if it means that he could defend your honor. The important thing now is that you are safe and close to him.
“We should get him back to the police station,” he said and you nodded with atmost agreement.
“Yes, please. This place is still creeping me out. The earlier we leave, the better I’ll feel...”
Rin only snickered good – heartedly as he crouched down and hurled the dealer on his shoulder. Taking your leave, you both descended down the stairs at your request.
Night replaced day, with the sun being long gone. As you both exited the abandoned hospital, the fresh air of late July and the stars twinkling up ahead greeted you. The festival was already in full swing, concluding that even from this part of the district you could clearly hear music and celebration.
Suddenly, an idea occured to Rin. A risky one but he contemplated it carefully as you two made your way back to the patrol car. As he laid the unconscious criminal in the backseat of the car, he thought about it one more time.
Then, when the two of you were already in your seats, and on your way back to HQ, Rin gripped the steering wheel a bit tighter, and gulped. Well, now or never.
You hummed, signaling that he had your attention. Rin felt another layer of sweat breaking out on his skin, and he was annoyed, because he was so sure that he was done with sweating today. “You said, that you’ve never been to these kinds of festival before, right...?”
Angling an eyebrow upwards, you turned your head to him. He was looking ahead, his eyes glued to the road, the wheel securely gripped. And yet, you sensed some kind of hesitation from him.
“Yeah, that’s right. ...Why do you ask?”
Inwardly exhaling, he tried to act as nonchalant as ever. “Well, I was thinking ...we had quite a shift today and we even catched a criminal. So how about, after we take this man back to HQ,” he paused, and you watched him with bathed breath as he gulped another one.
“...That we go there together...? What do you say, (Name?)”
A brief silence ensued. You only sat there, staring at him with wide eyes. Have you just heard him right?
Not knowing how to restrain yourself, your lips started to curl. And then you snickered.
You saw Rin snap his eyes to your for a second, before shifting them back to the road. He scoffed annoyed, hoping to hide his embarrassment with this.
“What? What’s so funny?”
You stopped snickering, lest he took it the wrong way. “My, Officer Matsuoka. Are you asking me out on a date?” He didn’t say anything for a good while, and you were already starting to feel embarrassed for jumping the gun, but then he did something unpredictable.
Surprised, you stared back at him and waited.
“Yes, a date... Let’s go on a date together, (Name).”