AWOKE TO THE THREAT
I recall blinking back surprise when I laid eyes on her today. For the last couple of years I had been ignorant to the emotional tension that exists between them! He had always said she was his benefactor, that he would always owe her. But to see that intangible chemistry that I did today … women are intuitive that way, it would seem. I guess in some ways, I’d always known.
What I could not know was why she did not follow him back from Japan then. Maybe even he does not know why. Today she came knocking only to ask for a favour, to which he immediately jumped through hoops to fulfil. But that wasn’t what alerted me to her presence in his heart. It was the way he stood with her, never near enough to touch her, for fear of electrifying himself, but always close enough to hear her breathing. It was the way his eyes almost watered when he looked at her, just before he quickly turned away. It was the way she seemed apologetic for claiming his debt, like instead, she owed him an even larger one.
I can’t un-know now what I do know. There is a real threat to my position, in the form of Chi Kinjo.