Lessons learned ch 10

As they pulled into the house, she smiled as he helped her out of the car. There were a few packages at the front door which he expected as their shopping trip over the weekend had bee so fruitful. He was like a kid opening them when he brought them into the house one by one.

“Where are you going to put those?” she asked. “I don’t think there will be enough room in his room for him.”

“Noelle, really?” he asked.

“Mitsuhide things are already spilling into the loft and soon will be down here as well.” She laughed as he looked at the swing and realized she was right. Not that there was too much, but the fact the baby stuff was everywhere.

“You know what?” he asked.

“What?” she replied back knowing what he was going to say.

“I don’t care. This house was to empty before. Since you moved in it finally feels like a home.” Mitsuhide said as he stood up from putting the box down and looked at her.

“It has been less than a week.” She replied.

“It seems like forever.” He grinned. His phone started going off, and he saw the number and knew it. He picked up “Akechi.”

Noelle watched him as he nodded and he wasn’t saying much, but she knew he was more of a thinker than a sayer type person. It was one of the things she understood about him the most. He did like to watch people. He often found the things that made them tick, and he either teased them about it, or he used it to get under the other persons skin. He was just that way. It was one of the things she loved about him as well.

He then asked out of the blue, “So when?” and then the silence again and then, “now?” he looked at her and nodded to stand up. They were leaving again, but she had no idea to where they were going. He grabbed his keys off the counter and waited for her as he hung up the phone after agreeing to meet.

“What was that about?” she asked.

“The fire marshal has cleared the building, and that was the local police. The night of the fire I gave them my card to contact me about your apartment when the scene was cleared so we could get whatever was left. Tomorrow they will be releasing the building back to everyone else, but we can go now to get your things.” He said.

“How bad is it?” she asked she was trying to prepare herself for the worse.

“The back half of the building is bad. Your apartment, though, wasn’t hit as bad. The whole building was a firetrap, though. So whatever you want to get you can tonight.” He said. “I don’t know the extent of the damage, but they did say most of your stuff is intact.”

“Well, that is good.” She said with a sigh.

“I know you were worried about it, so it is.” He said with a smile. “I think we should get as much of your stuff as possible tonight before the looters get there.”

“Again, you are right.” She said.

“How much do you really have? One car full? A truck?” he asked.

“A car full maybe.” She said. “Most of it is clothes and books. I didn’t really have all that much except a bassinet for him.”

“Well, that is one thing we still need.” He said with a smile.

“Thank you, Mitsuhide.” She said.

“For what are you thanking me for?” he asked, slightly surprised.

“For being you.” She said as she took his hand and gave it a squeeze.

“I am not sure that is worth thanking me for.” He replied with a laugh.

“Mitsuhide you were just going to take me in, and buy anything and everything I need, that the baby needed or you thought he needed at least, for no other reason than you were attracted to me.” She said.

“There are other reasons besides that one.” He said softly.

“Like?” she asked.

“Noelle, you are good and decent. You were taken advantage of and left in an impossible situation. I watched you, and you tried your hardest to just survive and complete your degree. It was easy to see the things about you that I can relate too and the things that make you perfect for me.” He said. They arrived, and he flashed his id to the police officer there guarding the building as they were allowed to park in front of the building off the street. He took her hand and went up the stairs, and she walked to her old apartment. She opened the door and saw that the rooms were mostly untouched by fire damage. She looked around and started throwing things into the baskets she had from moving in.

Soon the place was mostly gutted, and she looked around one last time. He stood behind her as she glanced around. “Ready Mouse?”

“Ready Mitsuhide.” She said as she took his hand. “Why do you still call me mouse?”

“It fits.” He said. “You know people call me a snake because I seem to know peoples weaknesses and I am supposedly sneaky. Snakes eat mice for dinner but after playing with them. Though sometimes, when you place a mouse in a snakes cage, they will bond with it. They will continue to eat other mice, but they will love the one mouse forever.”

“Am I that mouse?’ she asked, laughing at him.

"You are my mouse, yes.” He said.

“What kind of snake are you though?” she asked.

“Whatever kind that will protect you forever.” He said as he got into the car. “Now let’s go home for good mouse.”

“I like that idea.” She said as he pulled away and she didn’t have to think about that apartment again.

At dinner, she asked for the business ideas he had. He began to outline it to her, and she looked at him and thought it was a brilliant idea.

“I didn’t know it was all by word of mouth.” She said.

“It is. Which for the most part has built my name up and I can work with any department, but the fact is there are many of us that can do the job and they get passed over. So I think that having a centralized company in which people can be matched up to the correct job for their specialty would be best.” He said.

“It would. Not only for all of you but for law enforcement too. If we streamline all the information, we could double or triple the productivity for both you guys and them.” She said.

“Do you think you could do it?’ he asked.

"You mean start it up?” she asked as she looked at him.

“Yes. I mean start it up and keep it running.” He asked.

“I think I could with a little help. The thing is I don’t know exactly what you need to do. I have a good clue that you need a database of people that will contract out from the company, but I am not sure on the details of what they will do exactly.” She said.

“I will handle that part.” He said with a grin. “The business part you can do, though.”

“That part is easy.” She said.

“How long do you see it taking to set it up?” he asked.

“Mitsuhide if it is this straightforward, I can have it up and running before the baby is born.” She said, and he smiled.

“Then you can stay home and run the business and take care of the baby.” He said.

“I could do that.” She smiled.

“Good. Now you tell me what you need, and I will get it for you.” He said.

“Right now, I need to go shower and rest.” She said as she looked at him. “I will start making lists of things we need to do tomorrow while I am supposed to be working for some professor.”

“That’s fine.” He smiled, “I am sure that professor doesn’t have much for you to do except sit there so he can look at you.”

“You are one weird man.” She said as she shook her head and walked to the kitchen with her plate. She went to turn and found herself encircled in his arms. “Mitsuhide.”

“Yes, my love?” he said softly in her ear.

“Time for a warm shower.” She said.

“I couldn’t agree more.” He whispered and began moving her towards the master bedroom.

“I can take a shower by myself.” She said.

“I dare say you can. However, I want to help you.” He said.

“Help is not what you want to do.” She replied, and he laughed.

“I just want to love you, Noelle.” He said.

“When you put it that way.” She said over her shoulder as she walked into the bathroom and left the door open for him to follow. He did, and neither of them said much more for the rest of the night.

They lay in the bed together as she was sleeping, and he was awake rubbing her back as she took deep breaths. He was in heaven. He felt the baby move again and smiled to himself. His life had changed so much in the last few days he had to lay back and love it. He was feeling like everything in the world was for his taking at the moment. He moved closer to her and held her against him with the baby in between them moving slightly he never felt so much for two people in his life. this was his life now. His heart was now outside of his body, and it was in the form of this tiny woman. He let his eyes fall slowly as he wanted the last thing he saw to be her, and the first thing he saw in the morning to be her. Soon their lives would change again when the baby would be born. He was going to enjoy every moment of both of them for the rest of his life. He sighed as his eyes finally closed, and he went to sleep to only see her face again in his dreams.

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