“Text”= Japanese talking
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“#Text#”= Australian talking
She wants to get out and party tonight. Why? Here is the best way to explain it:
Kat is now officially single. That’s right, she’s now divorced. Blake and Kate are no longer one. She was the one who asked for it. Blake… Well… Was rather an asshole. Kat learned that after he went to jail. She filed suit and got free. Since then, she’s been acting a little…
Ando sighed. That only meant one thing. He sat in the living room around two in the morning for her. Everyone else had gone to sleep already. He his head to himself.
Why do I keep doing this?, he thought. The clock ticked in the background. He had to stop this, somehow…
Then, there came a soft knock on the door. Ando lifted his head. And here she comes… The boy rose to his feet and walked over to the door. He peeked out the peephole. Kat looked like she would pass out any moment now. He unlocked the door to let her in. Kat fell at his feet. Her son shook his head.
Pathetic, he thought. Oh well, time to get to work. He grabbed her by the arms and dragged her down the hall. This became a nightly habit.
Kat awoke on her bed by noon. Ando sat next to her, looking over her. She blinked for a bit.
“Ando?” she asked. “You stayed with me last night?”
“I had to,” he said. He shook his head, disgusted.
“You didn’t have to,” she said.
“Yes, I do.”
Kat blinked at him. “Why?”
Ando sighed aloud. “I can’t believe you!”
“You are so pathetic!” He turned around to her. “You act like a child! I mean, look at you! You’re partying more than ever since you got divorced. When are you going to grow up?”
Kat tried not laugh aloud. Ando rolled his eyes.
“It’s not funny!”
Kat only laughed louder. Ando sighed and shook his head.
“You’re hopeless,” he mumbled. Then, he left the room.
Kat made it down to the breakfast table around ten a.m. Her mother sat there waiting.
“Good morning Katsuko-chan,” she said. The younger woman nodded. She sat down at the table. Her mother drank her tea.
“So how was your night?” she asked.
“Good,” her daughter said.
“Do anything special?”
“No.” Kat ate up her leftover fried rice. Her mother eyed her sternly.
“You know,” she said. “Ando’s really worried about you.”
“He misses you.”
“Ha! Where’ve I heard that one before?”
Her mother sighed as she placed her hands on the table. “What are you doing today?”
Kat glanced over at her. “Why?”
“Just a question.”
By now, Kat caught on. “Okay, what is it?”
“What do you mean?”
“Did Ando say something?”
“What do you plan to do with your live?”
“Do you plan to get a job? Get married? What? Help me out here!”
Kat threw down her chopsticks. “I’ve had enough of this!” She got up from the table out walked out.
“Katsuko-chan! Where are you going?!?” her mother cried.
“Just out!” the daughter yelled. Then, she headed upstairs to get dressed.
Tokyo screamed her name today. Kat looked around at the people in the streets. The woman couldn’t help but to smile.
This city is like a drug!, she thought. I can’t help but to come back for it! But where to start? Only she knew the answer.
She made it to the Athens Bar. The pink-tinted glass invited her in. She could almost smell the strawberry perfume inside. Kat closed her eyes to savor the moment.
“Mmm,” she said. “Feels like I’m home.” The woman pushed open the door and went inside.
Music drowned the air. Kat looked around at the at the women in maids costumes. She giggled to herself. Sure, she was too young for this place, but who cares? She came here for a good time.
“Kat!” she heard someone shout. The woman looked up to see a hand waving at her. She couldn’t help but to grin.
“Misaki-chan!” she called as she walked over to the bar. Kat’s friends all looked up and smiled at her. The woman took a seat with them.
“Hi!” she said. “How’s everyone?”
“Good,” the girls said. Misaki turned back to the bar.
“Another Pink Sparkler!” she called. Kat’s eyes lit up, excited.
“Ooo, what’s the occasion?” she asked. Her younger friends looked nervous at first. They whispered among themselves for a long minute. Kat blinked on at them.
“Is… there a problem?” she asked. The girls all turned back to her. Misaki cleared her throat.
“I’m getting married soon,” she said. Kat didn’t really react.
“Oh,” she said.
“I’m so sorry.”
“Well… you were married yourself.”
The girls looked away some. Kat looked on at them with an eyebrow raised.
“Well, what is it?” she asked. Misa lowered her head.
“It’s just…” she said.
“You’re thirty-one, aren’t you?”
“Well…” Misaki cut in. “We think you should find some stability… again.”
Kat frowned bitterly at her. She set down her glass. “You guys are totally f****d!” she snapped. The woman got up and walked out the door.
“Kat!” Misaki called.
“Totally f****d! Totally f****d!” she yelled over and over again as she slammed the door behind her. She marched all the way back out into the crowded street until… CRASH! The woman and another person fell backwards.
“Ow!” she screamed. “Why don’t you watch where you’re going, you…”
“/I’m so sorry, miss,/” a man’s voice said. Kat drew her eyes open. A pretty-looking young man sat before her, rubbing his head. Kat blushed silently as he looked up at her.
“/You’re not hurt, are you?/” he asked. Kat blinked at him, confused.
“Are you really… Japanese?” she asked.
“/Yes, I am,/” he replied.
“Then, why do you…”
“/Have an English accent?/” he asked.
“/Well, I’ve been in English for most of my life./”
“/You’re not hurt, are you?/”
Kat slowly shook her head. “No. I’m fine.”
“/Good to know,/” he said. He held out his hand to help her. Kat took it with red cheeks. They slowly rose to their feet.
“Thanks…” she murmured.
“/Alfie,/” he said. “/My name’s Alfie./”
“Kat,” she replied. They didn’t seem to know how to let go of each other for a moment. Kat deep into his eyes. Her heart did a little murmur. Why aren’t I moving?
“/Can you let go, please?/” he asked. Kat blinked at him.
“Huh?” she asked. Then, she looked down and noticed her hand. “Oh. Sorry.” She slowly let go of his hand. They stared at each other for another long moment. Alfie gave her a warm smile.
“/Well, I have to get going,/” he said. The man turned to walk away.
“Wait!” Kat called. Alfie paused and turned.
“/Yes?/” he asked. The woman stood up straight.
“Can I see you again?” she asked. Alfie blinked at her at first.
“/Sure…/” he said slowly.
Alfie walked over to her. “/How about this Friday night?/”
Kat nodded quickly. “Sure!”
Alfie stroked back some hair from her round face. “/Okay, I’ll pick you up at seven./”
“But… you don’t have my address.”
“But you don’t have my number.”
“/Oh yeah. Hang on./” Alfie pulled up his phone and Kat did the same. They exchanged numbers on the spot. Alfie hit save on his phone.
“/Okay then,/” he said. “/I’ll see you Friday./” Kat nodded with a classy little smile.
“Cool,” she said.
“Bye.” She got lost in a teenage dream as she watched him walk away. Alfie…
Kat went home still on her buzz. The rest of the family became curious. Ando had his own questions. He followed his mother back to her room.
“Anything good happen today?”
“Hm?” She blinked for a bit. “Oh. I met a cute guy today.”
Ando raised an eyebrow at her. “A guy?”
“Yep!” Kat sat up on her bed, grinning. “In fact we’re going on a date this Friday!”
Ando whipped around to her with big eyes. “What?!?”
His mother giggled. Her son frowned. I already don’t like this, he thought. Time for another spying mission.
Friday took its sweet time to get here. Kat was so excited that she started to behave for a change. She did her share of the chores, helped her mother and grandfather, and acted nice her brothers and son. The family couldn’t figure it out.
“She must haven’t found a good man to make act like this,” they kept saying. Ando didn’t buy it. I’m still going to be following them, he thought.
By seven o’clock, Kat waited in her room, giddy. She looked all dolled-up and kept her phone by her side. The woman squealed aloud in her head.
Ooo! I can’t remember the last time I got this excited for a date! Kat squealed aloud this time. Just then, her cell phone rang.
“It’s him!” she cheered. Kat picked up her phone and answered it.
“Hello?” she asked.
“/Kat, darling!/” a voice on the other end said.
“Alfie!” she said. “Where are you?”
“/Look out the window!/”
Kat hurried over and looked out. Alfie sat in his car on the phone looking up at her.
“/Hey there,/” he said. “/Ready to go?/”
“Yeah,” his date answered. “I’ll be right down!” Kat straightened herself out and headed out the door. Ando followed behind once they had pulled out of the driveway.
“So, where are we going?” Kat asked her date in the car. He gave her a little smile.
“/You’re gonna love this place,/” he said.
“Where is it?”
“/Hang on and see!/” He stepped on the gas down the street. Ando followed behind in a taxi cab.
Alfie pulled up at Club Serge. Kat looked around at the setup. Gold painted the walls outside as did silver with the big glass windows. She could see the pretty lights from outside. The woman turned to Alfie.
“How did you find this place?” she asked. He gave her a little shrug.
“/Just by driving around,/” he said. The man got out of the car and came around to her side to let Kat out.
“Oh, you’re so nice,” she said. Alfie held out his hand to her.
“/Here, let me help you out,/” he said.
“Oh no, you don’t have to,” his date said.
“/But, I want to,/” Alfie insisted. Kat blinked at him. This was new on her.
“Okay…” she said. The woman took his hand and stepped out of the car. They made their way into the club. Ando’s taxi pulled up behind them. He got out and paid the driver. He made his way into the club.
The Paris atmosphere inside the club added onto the charm of the date. Alfie got them a table near the back big window. He treated her like a lady all night. Ando watched the couple from the bottom stairs. Both he and his mother couldn’t believe that Alfie was being nice without any hidden motives. Kat finished her drink.
“I get you,” she said aloud. Alfie raised an eyebrow at her.
“/What do you mean?/” he asked. Kat smiled at him like a little kitty cat.
“You’re just being nice so that you can get in my pants, right?” she asked. Alfie kept a gentleman-like smile.
“/I might,/” he said. Kat smiled as she step aside her glass on the table. She nuzzled her date’s ear.
“Take me away from here,” she whispered. Alfie pretended to look shocked.
“/Now?/” he asked.
“Yes,” Kat replied. “Please?” Her hand lightly caressed his knee under the table. Alfie felt his cheeks fire up red.
“/Uh… well… okay…/” he said. Kat giggled.
“/Where do you want to go?/” her date asked. She leaned her head on his shoulder.
“Anywhere,” she whispered. “Anywhere where we can be until morning.” Alfie chuckled a bit.
“/Okay then,/” he said. “/I’ll be happy to do that./” Kat did her best to contain herself. Alfie paid the bill and they were on the move again. Ando followed close behind.
Alfie led his date to a hotel on the other side of the city. Not a love hotel as Kat had expected in the past, but rather a standard place for when the locals are about to leave town in the morning. Kat looked around as she got out of the car.
“I don’t think I’m ever been here before,” she said. “It’s nice and quiet.” Too quiet. This night didn’t really feel like her element at all. Kat was more used to looking out for herself, love hotels, and one-night stands. But this…
Kat shook her head to herself. “/Is something wrong?/” she heard someone ask. The woman quickly looked up. Alfie stared deep into her eyes. She backed up a bit startled.
“/Did I do something wrong?/” Alfie asked. Kat shook her head as fast as she could.
“No, no!” she answered. “I’m fine.”
“Yeah!” She took her date into her arms. “In fact, let’s just enjoy tonight, okay?” She kissed him on the lips. Alfie lightly pushed her off.
“/Okay…/” he said. “/Just let me order the room first./” Kat slowly let go of him.
“Okay,” she replied. Alfie breathed out.
“/Thank you,/” he said. Then, he walked into the lobby to check out the room. Kat followed inside quietly. Ando went inside the hotel in the back way.
Kat still couldn’t piece it together. This should be uniform for her. Just have sex and leave in the morning? But… She shuddered again.
Alfie walked forward to her. His lips came within inches of hers.
“/You are really beautiful,/” he whispered before kissing her. Kat had no choice but to kiss him back.
Am I really…
Alfie gently pushed her back onto the bed. Kat went on with it in her nerves.
No! I can’t be! No.
He slipped his tongue into her mouth. Kat took him into her arms in desperation.
This wasn’t supposed to happen! This wasn’t supposed to be like this! But, why can’t I stop?
She gave herself away without any thoughts. Alfie was so gentle to her. He saw to it that she got a sea of pleasure out of it herself. Kat clung to him the whole time as she took it all in. The sheets underneath them seem to swallow them both up in one gulp.
Am I really in love?
At three in the morning, Kat awoke with another uneasy feeling in her stomach. This one just refused to leave her. She looked over and saw Alfie sound asleep next to her. The pain spread in her heart. Kat tightly shut her eyes.
I can’t do this!
When Alfie awoke alone in bed, he looked around puzzled. Huh?
“/Kat?/” he asked. “/Where did you go?/” He noticed that the bathroom door was closed. Curious, the man got up to investigate. He softly knocked on the door.
“/Kat?/” he asked. Silence. Alfie knocked again. “/Kat?/” he asked. “/Are you okay in there? Talk to me./”
“Go away!” the woman cried. Alfie blinked.
“/What?/” he asked.
“Last night shouldn’t have happened! I’m sorry if I led you on, but we just can’t be together!”
“/Led me on? What are you talking about?/”
“JUST GET OUT!” Kat listened and heard footsteps walking out of the room. When the door closed, Kat broke down and sobbed.
However a couple of hours later, Kat opened the door and looked out. To her surprise, she found Alfie standing near the window looking at her. She blinked in confusion.
“Alfie?” she asked. “What are you doing here?” The man gave her a gentle smile.
“/I don’t care what you’ve been through,/” he said. “/Just give me one chance, okay?/” Kat looked at him with big, confused eyes.
“But…” she began to say. Alfie held up his hand and walked over to her. He took her into his arms.
“/Just trust me on,/” he said. “/I don’t care about your past. I just want to love you. Okay?/” The woman didn’t speak. With big eyes, she only kissed him on the lips. Alfie kissed her back with a smile on his face. He led her back to the bed and before another fiery round of passion from last night.
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