"Don't cry, Anna. Please? I mean, it's not like this is the first time we ran through that area." Kuroha said as she patted her friend on the head. "You left me behind. Again!" Anna erupted, eyes full of tears. Kuroha let out a nervous chuckle as she pulled back a little.
"Fine, fine. I'll let you choose our route next time we go for our jog, okay? Now come on, stop crying. Kuroha attempted to pat her friend's head again but her hand was swatted away.
"Liar. That's the last time I'll believe that. You say that every time I say that I'll go running with you, but you end up getting distracted and I always get lost." Anna stammered back. Kuroha laughed at her friend's reply.
"Lady Kato." A voice chimed in through the bath doors. Kuroha chimed back with a simple "yes." "Your mother has requested that you begin your preparations for travel. You are scheduled to leave in two hours here so please get ready. There will be no delays this time, please?"
Kuroha stared at the door and replied quietly with another simple "yes." "Kuroha. Is this another arrangement?" Anna questioned as she scrubbed Kuroha's back. Kuroha sat in silence.
"Why don't you just tell your mother and father that you don't wish to do things this way?" "They don't understand. That's why. All they want is for me to matched up with another well-off family.
I know they arrange these with my future in mind, but this isn't the way I want things to happen." Kuroha sat there, twirling her finger through her long black hair.
"Sounds like we have ourselves an agreement then Eiji!" Lord Kato said as she shoved another piece of rice cracker into his mouth, grinning widely.
"So, the wrap things up here. Moon, is there anything else you would want to add?" Lord Ojin said. Moon shook his head. "As long as we are able to follow through with the plans that I have laid out here in this ledger, we should be as straight as an arrow."
"Perfect. Would you be able to stop by my office at the end of this week master Moon?" Lord Kato said as he wiped his mouth off the leftover crumbs. "I look forward to meeting you again then." Moon stood up and offered his hand out for a hand shake.
Lord Kato stood up, wiped his hands off on his pant legs, and eagerly shook Moon's hand. "So this is why you called me over?" Moon said as Lord Kato was escorted out of the room.
Lord Ojin simply nodded. "Yes. We didn't want to make it too much of a deal and needed someone knowledgeable enough to take over the region. Though it will only be temporary. Maybe 5-6 months at the most?"
"That should be fine," Moon said as he sifted through the portfolio again. Moon slid his chair in and bowed to Lord Ojin. "I'll take my leave for now Father. I'll keep you in the loop of the activities as they happen."
"Moon," Lord Ojin interrupted. Moon paused, expressing a confused look. "Remember. You are the next line to take over this conglomerate. I hope that you'll keep that in mind as you continue your endeavors."
"Always." Moon simply replied. "Oh, on another note father, how is Ren?" Lord Ojin sat up from his desk and clasped his hands together, ending with a sigh. "He's doing fine. I haven't heard from in a while as well."
A moment of silence swept by. "I see." "Well, tell him I send him my greetings." Lord Ojin sat in silence as Moon made his way out of the room, escorted by Gouken.
"Do you have everything ready to go?" Anna said as she carried the last suitcase, stuffing it into the trunk of the vehicle. "I think so. Why did you pack so much for me anyways Anna? I'm only going to be gone for a week."
"Well, a week can be quite a long time. Especially if you do end up hooking up." Anna winked as she closed the trunk. Kuroha shot Anna a friendly-menacing look before closing the door. Anna simply smiled at Kuroha as she was driven away.