Haru raised the gun as his target’s bodyguard stood and reached in his coat. He fired two bullets into him and then into the other bodyguard as well. His target brought his hands up, placating him and he pulled the trigger. He felt his gun slip back into its holster as he turned away and that’s when the pain blossomed in his back. He gritted his teeth as he twisted around, pulling his gun free and firing into the head of the surviving bodyguard. The man went down with a shocked look on his face and Haru moved closer, seeing the vest peeking out of his shirt.
“Shit!” He spat as he reached up and touched his shoulder where the bullet had exited. Luckily it had hit him high, but he needed to get out of there and to Cili. He knew he would never hear the end of this from her. He never slipped up, he was one of the best. He could partially blame it on intel. No one had said anything about bullet proof vests, but he also knew he should have expected it. He made sure the other bodyguard was dead then left, getting into his car and pulling out of the driveway.
“Oh stop being such a baby, it’s four stitches.” Cili said as she pulled the wound on Reugar’s leg closed.
“It hurts, Cili, damn.”
“Well maybe next time you won’t go vaulting over wrought iron fences.”
“For a doctor who works on killers you sure have a lot of sass…ow…I’m sorry.”
“Keeps me grounded.” She finished up and wrapped his leg then handed him a roll of gauze and medical tape. “Keep an eye on it and if you think you might rub the stitches then put that over it and try to keep it dry.”
“Seriously, be more careful.”
“Thank you Cili, I’ll try.” just then Haru came in and she sighed.
Reugar chuckled. “Maybe tell your boyfriend to be careful.”
“Oh I will.” Reugar walked out and Haru sat down, looking irritated and regretful.
“I’m sorry Cili.”
“What happened?” Her voice was soft and it put him at ease. It could have gone either way, a stern reprimand or loving concern. It could still be a mixture of both but he knew it was only because of how much she cared.
“I didn’t know they had bullet proof vests, but even though I wasn’t told I should have assumed damn it.” The cursing was partly his frustration and partly because she had just started cleaning his wound.
“At least it looks like a clean shot. Nothing important seems damaged so you should heal alright.”
“I know you’re probably upset with me, but a kiss would make me feel a lot better. It hurts like hell.”
She gave him a quick yet loving kiss. “I could never be mad enough to refuse to kiss you Haru.”
Being with Cili was the only time he felt truly human. She was so gentle and loving, easily chasing away any lingering darkness. He pressed his forehead to hers and sighed. “I love you, Cili.”
“I love you too. Why don’t you go tell the big boss you’re done then come and rest on one of the beds.”
“What if he has more work for me?”
“Tell him if he even thinks of giving you another job right now, I won’t cook him wontons ever again.”
He smiled. “You’re a real angel, you know that?”
“Only with you.”
He hopped down from the examination table and moved into her office, pulling out his cell and dialing his boss. “Haru.” His boss’s said after the third ring.
“Good, did you get hurt?”
How did he know? “Yes, sir.”
“Take time off or no more wontons for you…sir.”
His boss chuckled. “How cruel. Tell her understood and I expect a whole batch just for me next time.”
“You’ll have to take that up with her after work. I’ll be more careful next time.”
“You better. If you make Cili cry, I’ll raise you from the dead just to kill you again.”
“I’d deserve a million deaths for hurting her…I mean that.”
“I’m glad you know, now go rest. I suppose I’ll be talking to her later about another batch of wontons”
They got off the phone and he went back to Cili who said, “When I’m done here today I’ll come straight home. You better be resting when I get there.”
“I promise Cili and the boss wants to talk to you about more wontons. He wants a whole batch for giving me time off.”
She laughed, “That can be done.” He kissed her again then gave her a long hug. She smiled, always surprised at how affectionate he was. Most people would never believe a man who took lives for a living could be such an amazing boyfriend but he was. She had never been happier.
Haru’s shoulder was sore as he drove home and he hoped he healed quickly. He didn’t want to worry Cili in any way and he knew he could be stubborn when it came to his injuries. Since he had promised to be resting when she got there, he decided it would be alright if he cooked her dinner. She might fuss at him over it, but he would simply tell her that he was contractually obligated to insure she eat right as her boyfriend. He knew she worked hard and wouldn’t stand for her missing a single meal because of it. He decided on chicken and rice since it was easy to put together and practically cooked itself. Once he had everything in the oven and the timer set, he went upstairs and changed into a pair of sweats. He then grabbed a beer out of the fridge and flopped down on the couch, switched on the TV and found something on Netflix.
Cili came through the front door just as the alarm went off and she arched an eyebrow at him when he got up to go check on the food. “I don’t think cooking counts as resting.” She said as she kicked off her shoes and followed him.
“Well, making sure you eat is kind of my job. I’m pretty sure it’s written somewhere in the contract.”
He nodded. “The boyfriend contract. The one that says I’m supposed to take care of my hard working, incredibly beautiful girlfriend.” He pulled the chicken and rice out then switched off the oven. “Besides, all I did was throw it together then put it in the oven. No heavy lifting and I stayed on the couch until now, so technically I was resting.”
She smiled, seeming amused by him. “Well thank you for making something, but no more boyfriend stuff after we eat. Rest, I mean it.” Her voice was firm so he knew he wouldn’t be able to get away with anything else. She had him sit as she served them each a plate then poured sweet tea into two glasses before placing those two glasses on the table. She had been particularly hungry so was relieved to already be eating with him despite the fact she would have preferred him just to lay down. She didn’t want him injuring himself further. “What were you watching?”
“Just another documentary, not incredibly interesting, but I was just burning time until you came home.”
“We could watch anime together after dinner if you want.”
“Sure, it’s been so long maybe we should start Saga of Tanya the Evil over in case we forgot something.”
“Yeah, I don’t even remember what episode we’re on.”
She shooed him out of the kitchen once they were finished eating, knowing if she didn’t he might help clean up. He simply brushed a kiss against her cheek and went and sat on the couch, finding their show and waiting patiently for her. He felt his entire being warm when she finally came and sat down next to him and wrapped his good arm around her as he started their show. “So, how was the rest of your night?” He asked.
“It was alright, I had to put one of the twins in a sling, dislocated shoulder. Then Rose brought in a woman she had found in the basement of her target’s house, the poor woman was in shock and banged up. I patched her up then had Rose take her to the hospital.”
“Damn baby, I’m sorry. Maybe I should have stayed.”
“It’s okay, you need rest too. How are you feeling?”
“Like an idiot.”
“You can’t know everything.”
“I should.” He pressed a kiss to her temple. “Good thing I have you as my doctor and nurse.”
She laughed. “Well now that you have some time off, maybe we can do something together.” He started to open his mouth and she pressed her finger against his lips. “Something easy, Haru, no hiking or climbing or anything that will put too much strain on you.” He frowned and she added. “You know I can practically read your mind right?”
“But one of my favorite activities with you just happens to be a bit strenuous.”
She blushed. “You’re bad and if it makes you feel better, I’ll do all the work.”
He smiled, gently nibbling her ear then giving it a gentle tug with his teeth before whispering, “Oh?”
Cili blushed a little more and said, “So bad, at least wait through tonight. Tomorrow we’ll have sex.” He smiled, easily shifting back into simply watching this anime with her. He hoped they could get through the whole series without having to start over again due to lack of watching. They often started anime over due to their lives so it took them forever to move on to something new. It didn’t much matter but there were a few other things he wanted to watch with her. They nearly fell asleep together on the couch after a few hours of watching but Cili was too worried about him to allow herself to simply pass out. He needed their bed. “Haru, come on.”
“But I’m comfortable.”
“We can get comfortable again in our room.” She helped him up and made him lean on her though he fought a bit. When they got there she snuggled up to him again “Goodnight Haru.”
“Goodnight my love.”
They were woke the next morning by Haru’s phone going off and he was surprised to find it not next to the bed when he reached for it. He realized he had left it in his pants pocket and quickly got up, retrieving it from the hamper. He was relieved to find it was only an alert telling him his payment had been transferred into his bank account. He went back to Cili and pulled her tightly against him. “Your arm baby.” She said softly without even opening her eyes.
“I’m being careful, don’t worry.” He pushed his nose into her hair and breathed her in. “What do you want to do today?”
“I’m not sure, you’ve never been so injured you had to take time off.” She said with a little laugh. “Maybe you could help me with those wontons and then we can go from there.”
“Sounds good. Shopping? It makes me sound so normal.”
She smiled, moving just so she could kiss his chest then settled back down. “You are normal, just what you do for a living isn’t and honestly, the people you kill, can barely be considered people most the time.” They cuddled a short time longer before they finally decided to begin their day. They went to the kitchen as they were and began preparing wontons for Haru’s boss. He was technically her boss too, but general rule of thumb, nobody was Cili’s boss. She would tell anybody off in a moment and it was one of the things that made Haru love her. It was weird since she was such a calm person that she could become so outspoken, but then again he considered himself kind and loving so most would be surprised he could take lives so easily.
Haru hovered close when she started dipping the wontons in the pan of hot oil, ready to pull her back if anything happened. She smiled, causing his heart to stutter and a blush to steal up his neck. He didn’t mean to be so overprotective, but with the kind of work he did, he couldn’t help himself. He would kill and die for her without question and he never wanted harm to come to her. “Do you want to move the ones already out to a tupper ware container for me?” She asked and he quickly retrieved one and started transferring them so she would have more room on the plate.
“When you say you’ll make a big batch, you mean it.” He chuckled.
“Of course, he’ll be so wontoned out he won’t know what to do.”
“You’re going to wind up making him fat then he won’t be able to do his job.”
Cili laughed at the image in her head. Their boss was in his fifties, but broad and well muscled. He was tough and intimidating to most, but to Cili he was nothing more than a teddy bear. “Do you think he’d be mad?”
“I think he’d be too busy enjoying your cooking to notice.”
She smiled and soon they had the entire batch of wontons in a container to take to Holden. She wanted to thank him as soon as possible for letting Haru take time off so he could heal properly. Haru wanted to carry the container but his girlfriend was hardly helpless and right now he knew he’d get a firm no on the matter. They took it out to the car and stopped by Holden’s home where he seemed happy to see them. “You made them already?” His voice portraying how eager he was to eat them.
“Yes, thank you for giving him time off.”
“Thank you for this, your wontons are the best Cili. Do you two want to come in for coffee?”
“It’s okay, but thank you. We’re going to figure out how we’re going to spend our day.”
“You two should enjoy the one on one time. It’s important for a relationship, have a good break Haru and don’t come back until you have the all clear from Cili.” The two went back to their car and drove back to where they lived to talk about what they would be doing.
“How about a picnic or maybe fishing?” Cili said as they relaxed on the couch, snacking on the wontons they hadn’t been able to fit in the container.
“Do you think fishing is safe for my shoulder?” He rolled it, forcing himself not to wince at the ache there.
“As long as you don’t flail around like a crazy person, I don’t think you’ll reopen the wound.”
He nodded. “I think I can manage, but why don’t we do both? We can catch dinner and then just relax next to the lake.”
“That sounds perfect.” She pressed a kiss to his cheek and he quickly pulled her back to press one to her lips. He loved the blush that tinted her cheeks and he leaned into her, pressing their foreheads together. “What are you doing, silly?”
“Just reminding myself again about how lucky I am.”
She smiled, her heart tingling. “You’re so sweet.” They stayed like this a few moments before parting to find their fishing gear and everything else they would need. Once it was gathered Cili loaded the car while once again Haru wished he was allowed to help. “You ready to go Haru?” She asked after her final trip to the car.
“Yeah.” He hugged her before they walked out, just wanting to give her another reminder of how much he cared about her. They locked up and Cili drove them over to one of their favorite places to fish. She felt excited to finally be doing this again. It had probably been months since they last went fishing or on a picnic. “Could I help get everything out? It’s really not that heavy of stuff.”
“You’re right, it’s not, let me do it.” He looked sad so she sighed. “Just the fishing poles.”
Despite being wounded, Haru was still an amazing fisherman. It always amazed Cili how easily he pulled them out of the water. She knew they were both going to wind up hitting their limit and that she would either have to freeze some or give some away. There were plenty of people working with them that she was sure would appreciate them. “How’s your shoulder doing?” She asked.
“Good, a little sore, but nothing I can’t handle. I got wounded a lot during training.”
“I remember, I was just my dad’s assistant back then. You got stabbed and I had to help give you stitches.”
He smiled. “The face you made and we weren’t even dating then.”
“It’s because you just shrugged it off and Holden just stood there trying not to laugh.”
“Probably because a little thirteen year old was giving me the look.” He chuckled. “I think I was just more curious why a thirteen year old was even there.”
Cili smiled, remembering fondly working with her father. “Brains run in the family, I feel for kids that actually have to stay in school all those years.”
Haru chuckled. “Well, I’m grateful for it. You’re the best thing to ever happen to me.”
“I already said I’d have sex with you later.” She said with a grin that she was happy stirred up another laugh from him.
“You know I mean it.”
“I do, now stop being a dork.” He happily chuckled again and they went back to catching fish, only stopping when they had enough to eat today and then give out to the people they worked with. Haru insisted on helping prepare what they were going to eat and she let him, knowing if she kept him from doing too much he’d go crazy. He was smart enough to mind his wound.
Haru enjoyed his time with Cili by the lake and once they finished eating, they put everything away and just laid together, listening to the sound of the water lapping at the shore and watching birds fly over head. Even though he wouldn’t say it out loud, he was almost glad he had been injured. Sometimes he wondered if Cili got lonely, but she never complained and was always supportive of him. “How are you feeling?” Cili asked.
He chuckled. “I’m fine baby, really. It’s like I have a big bruise.” He brushed a kiss to the top of her head. “I’m just happy to be here with you.”
“It’s so warm it’s making me sleepy.”
“Do you want to go?”
“We don’t have too, just let me lay here for a little while longer.”
Haru was happy to oblige and rolled onto his side so he was facing her. He ran his fingers through her hair, smiling at how adorable she looked as she fell asleep. “You know you’re my angel right, Cili?” He asked softly so he wouldn’t wake her.
Haru relaxed, almost tempted to let sleep take him as well, but he couldn’t, not with her out here. If anybody came to bother them he wanted to be ready to protect her. He was far too well acquainted with what horrible people were out there and the kind of things they did, especially to women. He hoped nobody was ever foolish enough to hurt her, but he’d make them regret ever even looking at her if they did. Basically everyone he worked with would help him too, but he’d stay awake and make sure she never had horrific memories to recover from. It was only when it looked like it might start raining soon that he woke her with a kiss. She woke easily, always coming to quickly when he woke her this way. “It might rain, lets go home.”
“Okay, I hope you didn’t stay here too long for me.”
“It’s nice just having some peaceful time with you, I enjoyed it, truly.” They both got up, loaded their car then headed home. They felt lucky that the sky didn’t begin to pour until they were already inside the home they shared. “How about we lay together more after we get everything put away, we can watch anime in our bedroom” He suggested.
“Sure, it’s wild having all this time to simply relax.”
“It’s nice…you aren’t ever lonely are you?” He ventured to ask and she gave him a confused look.
“Where did that come from?”
“It’s just something I worry about from time to time.”
“I don’t have time to get bored Haru so don’t be silly. It takes a lot of my time keeping you guys together and I do a lot of studying just in case something comes up I don’t have experience with. I never want you or anybody else I help to need me to do something and me not know how to perform it.”
“I just don’t want you to ever feel neglected.” He ran his fingers through her hair and took her face gently in his hands. “I love you so much and if I lost you because I made you feel less important than my work, I would die.”
“Haru, you silly man, I know how much you love me.”
“No you don’t, it’s so much more than you could ever imagine.” He pressed his lips against the softness of hers, his entire being warming and sinking into her. “You make me feel so alive, Cili.”
He smiled. “Only for you, you bring it out in me.”
“Help me put this stuff away before we get too distracted.”
He had to keep himself from scooping her up and carrying her to bed once everything was put away. He would clean the fish later so she wouldn’t have to. She was already taking care of him and even wounded he could manage fish. He took her hand in his and lead her to their room, his heart dancing when she giggled at his apparent struggle with habit. “Sometimes, you’re too cute for words.” She said happily.
He grinned, tugging her onto the bed. “Well I’d really like for us to be less cute for a little bit.” Cili started a passionate kiss then with exceeding care took his shirt off. He smiled again, she was still fussing over his injury. She was far less careful with his pants and soon had his length in her mouth. He deeply moaned, rising within moments. Once she had him erect she slipped off her underwear and went to straddle him, he whined and she smiled, knowing he wanted to see her breasts bouncing as she rode him. She knew he’d want that, but sometimes it felt good to not only tease him a little but to have him ask to see more. She tugged off her shirt and unhooked her bra so he could see all of her and he couldn’t stop admiring her as she moved.
“Cili, my beautiful Cili.” He couldn’t keep his hands off of the softness of her skin, the heat of her drove him mad with desire for her. His hands dropped to her thighs, his hips rolling to meet hers so her back arched and a loud moan escaped her lips. He let his hand slide up, his thumb rubbing against her.
“Haru.” Her loud cry and quivering heat were enough to push him over the edge and he pulled her down, his lips finding hers as he released into her depths. He rolled then onto his side, his arms still wrapped around her as he pressed loving kisses to her lips and they caught their breath. He loved how she looked afterwards, the mess of her hair, her flushed skin, and how sensitive she was to his touch. She gave a little sigh and snuggled into him. “I love you.”
“I love you too.”
“Satisfied?” She said in a teasing tone.
“I don’t know, maybe we should go another round.” He teased back.
He kiss her forehead. “I’m extremely satisfied.”
The rest of their day was spent cuddling, napping and watching anime then the next morning Haru got up early and began cleaning the fish, still feeling energized from making love to her. Even though that was nowhere near the passion they normally had while making love it was a drug to him all the same. Before he knew it he was humming, his thoughts only on her and getting these fish ready for their friends. He felt her come in the kitchen before she even said anything. “You’re in for some real punishment Haru.”
“Mmm Cili, should we go back in the room?”
She sighed, a smile now on her face even though she had tried to fight it down. “Haru.”
“I’m not that injured my love.”
“Still, sneaking off like that.”
“I’ll make sure to make it up to you a hundred times over once my shoulder is completely healed.” He looked over his shoulder and winked at her, grinning at her blush. “I’ll gut them, you bag the ones you want to give away. Sound good?”
“I suppose. I should get dressed first.”
“But we’re all alone.”
“Are you pouting?”
“Do you think it would get you to stay naked?”
“You’re bad.” She went and grabbed some ziplock bags out of the pantry then started rinsing the fish and sticking them in bags. Haru leaned down and pressed a kiss to her cheek and then another to her lips, causing her skin to heat up.
“I love you my sweet, sexy angel.”
“I love you too.”
They discussed what they had been watching as they worked and soon had everyone’s fish packaged and ready to go. Cili drove again and they spent a little time with everyone as they dropped off fish, it was another amazing day spent. The following morning Cili looked up things going on near them as she drank her coffee since it was she who woke up first this morning. She took interest in a festival that was more of a fundraiser. They were holding it to help out the local homeless shelters so the two of them could have fun and be helping at the same time. Now that she knew what they could do today she left her computer and headed into the kitchen to start farmers casserole.
It took a little over an hour to get done so she only made it when she woke up first in the morning. Haru made his way into the kitchen just as she was setting the timer. “What’re you making?”
“Did you just get it in?”
“Yeah, if you’re starving you wont hurt my feelings if you grab some cereal.”
“No, I can wait. I’ll just sip a cup of coffee.” He said since he saw there was an almost full pot on the counter.
“Alright my love.”
He grabbed his favorite cup out of the cabinet and filled it then took a sip. “You always buy the best coffee.” He breathed it in. “Hazelnut this time.”
He leaned against the counter. “You know I never would have thought I would have things like a favorite coffee mug or be able to enjoy mornings with a beautiful woman.” She moved into him and wrapped her arms around him.
“Is it really that strange?”
“It was at first. I used to think why did she pick me? I’m not normal, I come home with blood on my hands, but she looks at me like I’m the most amazing thing in the world. Why me?”
“Because the first time I met you, I fell in love. I know I was young, but there was something about you.”
He kissed the top of her head. “You changed me, Cili. Holden gave me focus, he gave me the skills to survive, but you gave me life and reason.”
“It’s true.” He tipped her head back and in that moment he had a thought of what he could do to show her how much she meant to him. He wanted to marry her, to give her a family if she wanted one.
He’d need a ring but amazon could help him there. They had gorgeous rings and there wasn’t any way that he could go somewhere alone for awhile. When night fell and she was sound asleep he snuck out of bed and went over to their computer, browsing until he found the perfect one. He paid for overnight shipping so he’d have it by morning. Now that he had the idea in his head he just couldn’t wait. Morning came and he told her he wanted to stay home and relax with her which she agreed to easily. When the knock came he couldn’t get up fast enough. She finally grew suspicious when he took it in their room and shut the door. “Haru?”
“Just wait out there please.”
“What did you order?”
“Um..okay.” She stood on the other side of the door waiting until he finally came out, having changed into something nicer and holding a small box “Haru?”
He got down on one knee and opened the little box. “Cili…I’ve been wanting to show you just how much I love you and I couldn’t think of a better way to express how much of a blessing I find you than to ask you to marry me. I want you to be my wife and I want to have kids if you want them, please Cili.”
She was a little dumbfounded but quickly found her words. “Yes! Of course I will Haru.” she looked close to tears as he slid the ring on. He kissed her, relieved she said yes. Marriage was a huge step, even if she was willing to live with him so he had been a little nervous as he got ready to pop the question. “I do really want kids too, If I didn’t want to fit into a gorgeous dress I’d want to start trying now.”
He smiled, caressing her face. “Then we’ll start trying on our wedding night.”
“To be honest, I didn’t think you’d ever want to get married. I mean, I know you love me but it’s surprising for some reason.”
He kissed her forehead “I’m just glad you said yes Cili.”
“I want to go ahead and call some of my family members.”
“I’ll call the guys while you do that.” She excitedly ran to her phone and he happily went to grab his own. They spread the good news for a few hours then the rest of the day they couldn’t stop making love to one another, both utterly happily. Their life may be full of a lot of grim situations but their love was deep and passionate, filling them to their core with the sort of happiness most only dream of achieving with another human being.
~ The End