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It’s been a year since the day Takemichi had saved everyone, and he was happy as well. Takemichi and Hina are not together anymore, but there were no hard feelings, and they were still friends. The young man is still in contact with his friends except one.

Takemichi was told that Mikey is doing his own thing and is leaving far away. Takemichi, the naïve, innocent guy, believed his friends, but that is far from the truth.

One night Takemichi got home from another day from work. He was heading home when he got a call from a familiar number.

“Draken-kun.”

“Takemichi, do you have time to talk right now?” It sounded like his friend had something important to talk to him about.

“What is it?” Takemichi asked as he spoke on the phone while walking.

“It’s about something toman lied to you about.” Takemichi didn’t understand what they could have lied to him about. “It’s about Mikey.”

“Mikey.” A familiar name that Takemichi hadn’t heard for a long time now. He was told that Mikey wasn’t in Japan anymore and that he went aboard.

Takemichi suddenly had this horrible feeling in the pit of his stomach.

“Mikey never went aboard. He’s still in Japan. Takemichi knew where this was going. He made a gang and is doing dangerous things.”

“So Mikey was the only one not happy.”

Takemich felt like he knew something was wrong, but at the same time, he wanted to believe his friends.

“We didn’t want you to worry you,” Draken said. “But then we heard that Mikey is back in Japan.”

“Why are you telling all this to me?”

“It’s because he’s looking for you. We feel that you could be in trouble.”

“Thanks, Draken. For telling me everything.”

“Takemichi, go straight home and don’t even stop anywhere.”

“I got it.”

The call ended, but Takemichi couldn’t help worry about Mikey.

Draken said that Mikey had been doing dangerous stuff, so does that mean he’s scary too.

When Takemichi got home, he was tired from work. He was hungry too, but the young man was too lazy even to make something to do. He laid on his bed thinking about the conversion that he just had with Draken.

Takemichi eyes slowly closed, and he fell asleep. An hour later, he woke up from the sound of his doorbell ringing. He was still sleepy, but the young man got up from his bed and headed to the door. Takemichi never got visitors this late, and if it were his friends, they would let him know they were coming.

Takemichi opened the door, and a man stood there. Takemichi stared at the stranger. He looked familiar to Takemichi.

Suddenly it clicked inside Takemichi’s head. This man with long pink mullet hair reaches his shoulder and has two scars on both sides of his lips. This man looked different from what he remembered.

“Sanzu-kun.”

“Oh, you do remember who I am.” The man seemed happy that Takemichi remembers him. “We had a hard time trying to find you.”

“What are you talking about?”

“The king missed you a lot. He went crazy not having you by his side.”

“The king?”

“Yes, the king searched everywhere. We in bonten helped look for you, but you were missing.”

“I don’t understand. Does king mean Mikey?”

“The king is happy to find you finally.”

“Find me? But I have always been in Japan.”

Takemichi then remembered that one time that Mitsuya told him to go to Osaka with Chifuyu.

“Takemichi, come with me to see the king.”

Just as Sanzu was about to grab Takemichi’s hand, another appeared in front of the pink-haired man.

“He will not be going anywhere with you.”

“Draken-kun.”

“Always ruining our plans.” Sanzu was annoyed. He didn’t want to make a scene here. “I’ll come again.”

Draken turned around to face Takemichi.

“Are you okay? You not hurt.”

“I’m fine. He didn’t do anything. But you have some explaining to do.”

Takemichi let the taller man inside his apartment.

They sat in the living room.

“That time Mitsuya told me to go to Osaka, did Mikey come looking for me.”

“Yes, he did. His men came looking too.”

“Mikey isn’t the same person you know. He will kill anybody in his way.”

“Why has he changed?”

“That day you left Toman is one of the reasons.”

“The day I left.” Takemichi doesn’t even remember since he was in the past, and when he came back, things had already changed. “Why did I leave?”

“That’s something I don’t know,” Draken said.

“I think I need to speak with Mikey.”

“Are you out of your mind? He’s not the same person anymore.”

“I know, but I want to speak to him.”

“I’m sorry, Takemichi, but that is something I won’t agree with.”

“Draken-kun.”

“I have to leave and don’t even try to contact Mikey.”

Once Draken was gone, Takemichi was alone once again.

That night Takemichi tried to go to bed, but then he had a dream.

In it, he saw Mikey as he remembered. Still, then something horrible happened the bodies of his friends were surrounding him, and the man was laughing at them as if they were nothing.

Takemichi woke up sweating.

 

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Sanzu went back to the king, and everybody else was staying. It lived in a vast mansion.

“Sanzu, why have you come back alone?” The king spoke.

“I’m sorry, my king, but Draken appeared and stopped me.”

“Maybe I should go next time.” Kakucho said, getting up from his seat.” He would most like listen to me since I’ve known Takemichi since we were kids.”

“I don’t care what you guys do but bring him here.” The man is known as the king called Sano Manjiro walked out of the room where the rest of the guys were.

Mikey went to his room and took out a photo from one of the drawers, and he stared at the picture of Takemichi and him when they were in toman.

If his men couldn’t bring Takemichi to him, he had to do it himself.

The following day Takemichi got a call from a familiar number.

“Kaku-chan.” Takemichi picked up.

“Can we meet? I want to have a chat with you.”

Takemichi knew that his childhood friend was part of Bonten, where Mikey was. Takemichi knew that Draken wouldn’t allow this, but he had to find a way to learn how Mikey was.

Takemichi agrees to meet with Kakucho that afternoon.

Takemichi decided to meet his childhood friend at the mall. The young man was cautious, even if it was his friend from when they were kids.

They met at a café at the mall.

“Kaku-chan.” Takemichi smiled as he greeted his friend.

“Takemichi.”

The man known as his childhood friend had changed. Looking nothing like the person he knew.

“Michi, come with me to Bonten.”

Takemichi had a feeling it was something like this since Sanzu wanted him to come too.

“Why are you asking me that?”

“The hero needs to be with us. No Manjiro needs you.”

Takemichi didn’t know what to say.

“Why are you even with Mikey?

Takemichi remembers that his childhood friend was loyal to Izana before he passed away. He would have never guessed that Kakucho would change his mind.

“Things happened, and I’m with Manjiro now.”

Hearing Kakucho called Mikey that name was strange to Takemichi because he is so used to everybody calling him Mikey back in toman.

“Let me think this through.”

Takemichi got up from his seat, about to leave.

“Michi.” Kakucho was about to grab Takemichi’s hand, but then another hand pushed it away.

“Chifuyu.” Takemichi looked surprised to see his best friend here.

“Stay the hell away from him!” Chifuyu looked angry.

The best friend took hold of Takemichi’s hand, and they left Kakucho.

“Takemichi, what are you doing here alone with that guy?” Chifuyu asked as they were walking through the mall.

“He wanted to talk, and I thought it would be okay since I was in a crowded place.”

“Are you an idiot? He’s part of bonten, so the people don’t care what they do because they are afraid.

Chifuyu walked Takemichi home even though there was no need. Chifuyu was afraid that something would happen to Takemichi.

When they arrived at Takemichi’s apartment, there was a back of a figure standing there.

“Who’s there?” Chifuyu called out. There was a familiar tattoo on the back of the guy’s neck that Takemichi had seen somewhere before.

“I had a feeling that Kakucho couldn’t take care of things.”

“That voice.”

“So it’s you, Mikey,” Chifuyu said.

Chifuyu stood in front of Takemichi, being all protective of him.

“Takemitchy, I came for you.” The man turned around.

Mikey didn’t look like what Takemichi remembered. His hair had changed and was short now. Mikey looked a bit pale, and those looks in his eyes were dangerous.

“Takemichi, you have to get out of here.”

“What do you mean?”

“Mikey isn’t the same person you knew.”

Mikey charged and attacked Chifuyu. He went down with a loud noise. Chifuyu got hurt since Mikey is stronger than him, even when Mikey looks weak.

“Chifuyu.” Takemichi cried in a worried tone.

He was about to run to his friend, but a hand grabbed him, pulled him in, and locked him.

“Now, now princess, wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”

“Sanzu-kun.”

“Takemichi,” Chifuyu called out even if he was hurt.

“Mikey-kun, please don’t hurt him.” Takemichi cried out. He didn’t want Chifuyu hurt.

Mikey was standing in front of the injured man.

“I promise to go with you, so please don’t hurt Chifuyu.”

Mikey turned away from Chifuyu and walked to where Takemichi was trapped.

“Takemichi, what are you doing?” Chifuyu tried to get up, but he couldn’t move, and his eyelid was slowly fading.

“Sanzu,” Mikey commanded.

Sanzu then hit the back of Takemichi’s head, and then his eyes slowly closed, losing consciousness.

Mikey touched Takemichi’s face gently before telling Sanzu to carry the conscious young man.

Sanzu threw Takemichi over his shoulder, and they left where Takemichi’s apartment was.

                                   

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When Chifuyu opened his eyes, he saw that he was on a bed. Chifuyu whined in pain when he tried to get up from the bed.

“You’re awake.” Mitsuya was the one who entered the room when the other awoke.

“They took Takemichi.”

“I had a feeling it was something like that.”

“What happened?” Draken entered the room when he heard the commotion from Chifuyu.

The young man explained the whole thing that went down.

“Mikey actually came in person.”

“I don’t think he will hurt him since Mikey cares too much for him.”

Draken agrees what Mitsuya said was right, but he was still worried.