Gemme: KimonosMature

The hotel, as Benny promised, was not far at all. We turned a few streets and we were there. I firmly grasped his hand to make sure he didn’t fall to sleep while walking. When we got there, I asked for which room belonged to Ben and headed straight up. He wasn’t in, but he said I could use it, seeing as Luca was so tired. As soon as I opened the door, as I guessed, he crawled into the double bed. I sighed, and started hunting round the room for some money so I could change my clothes.  "Are you going to sleep? I want to go see Benny, but you don't look up to the task.

"You make it sounds like I look like I'm dying or something," he mumbled

"You do look dead on your feet."

"How are you not this jetlagged?"

"I used to travel a lot, I get used to it." I tapped my head, "I'm also quite immune."

"S'alright for some."E

"So, you going to sleep then, or would you like me to stay for a little while?"

*closes his eyes* "I don't mind. I wouldn't mind a hug, though," *smile*

I sighed with a smile and moved closer to him, sitting on the bed beside him. "Okay." I muttered as I wrapped my arms around him.

*hugs back*

"Sleep well Luca, I'll be back later."


"I love you." I whispered into his ear as I kissed his cheek softly, withdrawing as I walked to the door but his reply was just in time. "I love you too," he murmured quietly.

I pocketed the money I had found in his bedside table and headed back downstairs, then out to the “Golden Dragon,” restaurant. When I got there, I immediately found Benny, I didn’t ask for a table or even if I could take a seat at his table, I just sat down. “Hey Benny.”

"Hey, Gemme," he smiled and then looked around, "no Cancer?"

"Jet lagged."

"And you've somehow escaped the wonder of jetlag," he laughed

"What can I say, my power's better than his." I smiled, ordering a fruit tea. "So, how've you been?"

 "Apart from totally freaking when I saw that chick with the purple kimono? Pretty good, thanks. Yourself?"

"It's best if you didn't know." I sighed, nursing the hot tea, it smelt so sweet, so good.

“Well, if you wanna vent," He shrugged, "you know where I am. Though I can't help but be kinda... curious."

"Like I said, it's best if you didn't know. However, if you wanna come with, I want to get some different clothes.” I smiled as I took a cautious sip from my cup.

"Yeah, sure." Wow, he agreed, I expected him to pass. Wow, I knew Luca would never go and I didn’t want to walk these streets on my own.

I gulped down the rest of my tea and rose from my seat, wrapping my arms round his neck. "It's good to see you again. I bet you're getting sick of seeing me though."

He put his arms around my waist and kissed me on the cheek. "Now why would I ever get sick of seeing my favourite sister, hmm?"

I smiled, squeezing him a little tighter. "It really is good to see you again."

He laughed gently. "I dunno why." he muttered with a smile. "C'mon. Shopping time, eh?"

"Yeah," I nodded, grabbing his hand as I dragged him out the restaurant.

"Someone's eager to go shopping." Not eager to go shopping, just eager to get out of these clothes...

"These clothes are smoky and horrible." I shrugged, reading people's minds as we went.

"Well ya live with a smoker, what did you expect?"

"Heh, yeah..." I mumbled as I pulled him into a dress shop. I began to ask if I could try a light pink kimono on, it had red cherry blossoms printed on it and I simply adored it as soon as I saw it. I asked Benny to stay there as I took it into the changing rooms. “Hey, Benny?” I called from the changing room. He was silent and I sighed, shouting his name again. “Huh?” He asked dazed. I rolled my eyes,

"Can you help me please?"

"With what?"

I pushed the curtain back; I need you to do my back up." I mumbled. He tied it up and I looked at him questioningly. “What’s wrong? You look in a daze.”

"I'm fine. Just confused, I guess. You guys appeared with no warning and you won't tell me what's been going on," he shrugged, "it's just weird, got me wondering."

“Really? What d'ya thinks’ going on?" I whispered, undoing the bow again and slipping out of the fabric. It was only a small shop; I didn't care if anyone saw me.

"I dunno. It just seems weird that you suddenly decided to go to England - and persuaded Cancer - and then to come here. But I'm sure you have your reasons. It's up to you if you ever tell me."

"Yeah, I missed you." I shrugged, looking round for my clothes.

"I'm not that stupid, Gemme, I can tell there's more to it than you missing me."

"Yeah, like what?"

"How am I supposed to know that, you're the mind reader here, not me."

"Then how do you know there's something more to it?"

"Normally you'd be quite happy to sit and chat for a bit before suggesting doing anything else, but you practically dragged me out and you're refusing to tell me what went on. You're a terrible actor, Gemme," he smiled half heartedly.

"Yeah, as I said, my clothes were smoky and horrible. Talking of clothes... where'd I put mine?" I growled, finding them not in the spot I originally placed them.

"You hung them up," he muttered, pointing at the rail behind me.

"Yeah." I mumbled, slipping on my trousers first. "Sorry."

"Gemme, you realise I'm gonna worry till you tell me why you're here and not at home."

"I am at home."

"You're in Japan. You're not even with Cancer. Seriously, what's going on?"

"I'm not with Cancer, because he's asleep and wherever he is, that's my home. Seriously, there's nothing wrong." He frowned slightly, unconvinced.

"Ben, there's nothing to worry about." I smiled weakly, slipping my top on.


I stopped, placing my hands on his shoulders, trying my best to think of something as an excuse as I held his gaze. "Luca's just been so tired lately, I haven't..." I paused, eugh, "been getting any." It was a poor excuse I know, but it was the best I had, then I realised how much it had been playing on my mind.

Ben laughed, "Wow. He's turned you into a sex fiend." I smiled, he believed me, thank God.

"I know, but I just can't help it." Now to just play along with it...

"Well don't drag him half way around the world again and he should recover soon enough," he smiled.

"Yeah I know looks like we'll be staying here for a while then."

"Cool. Three pairs of eyes is better than one when it comes to looking out for purple kimonos."

I laughed, "She’s been quite the menace from people's minds around here, could be fun." I smiled as I took the pink kimono to the till.

"Any idea why she's been doing it?"

"Nope, I'd need her mind for that." He was silent and I smiled, getting changed once more before walking back to the hotel, my clothes in the bag. This kimono was really soft and really comfortable. Hmmm, I may get used to this.

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