I’ve Made a Mistake (Ch.2)
still here everyone! The second chapter. We did not forget about y’all or this life-giving college AU. Hope you like it! @tokugawalady and I are, as always, so happy that anyone indulges us and reads this. <3
I’ll go on ahead and tag some people I know read the first one. @frywen-babbles
“I expect you to water the plants and to feed Ichigo daily.” Ieyasu’s deceptively sweet voice had more than faded away, leaving a sharp tone that kept MC on edge. “Don’t go poking your noise around in places you don’t belong.” MC nodded, biting her lip thoughtfully. Right, she could do that.
“If you do that, you should stay alive just fine, at least in theory.” He was sneering at her and suddenly she remembered the look of terror that had been on Toramatsu’s face when he had been talking to her.
Yeah she was screwed.
But hell, it was a nice apartment. Spacious, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. A decent kitchen and living room space. Her room even had a walk in closet! It was a dream for her rent price. The only drawback was her new roommate.
She shivered thinking about the cramped studio apartment she had been kicked out of not twenty-four hours ago.
If living here meant participating in some illegal activities and keeping plants and pets alive, she figured she could do it.
“Of course I expect you to be clean and to be quiet. I’m sure that even someone of your mental capacity could realize that we can’t have people poking their noses around here.” MC nodded, idly jotting his rules down onto a notepad. She’d heard tales of his capacity for cruelty and was doing her best to avoid confrontation.
Not to mention she felt like if she drew too much attention to herself the cops would be here at the drop of a hat.
MC would not do well in jail.
“Anything else?” She asked, trailing her eyes up his form, resting them on his angelic face. How could someone so physically perfect have such a shit attitude?
“You may not invite people over. The nature of my work demands some degree of secrecy. Which to dumb down for you, means you can’t just have all of your friends over.” You had to resist the urge to roll your eyes.
“That is all I have for now, don’t expect it to be the end. Someone like you is bound to break some rule.” He turned on his heels, leaving you to admire his form.
You took a deep breath.
Time to unpack.
“MC, I really think you should at least let me check out the place I mean, you are a young single woman and he-“
“Inuchiyo, I appreciate your concern but you are not coming over. I have already moved all of my stuff in. I have already met Ieyasu. Its fine. I am fine.” MC kept her voice calm. She had been preparing for this.
“This witless manju is going to get herself killed. “a voice from across the room piped up. MC inwardly groaned. Mitsunari was never lacking in opinions. “I’ve never met a more aggravating base-born whore’s son than Tokugawa.” He was glaring daggers at both you and Inuchiyo. “Also, this is a damn library, show some respect and shut up.” His quiet hiss had you turning away. She couldn’t catch a break today.
“Look MC, all I’m saying is that you have options”
“Tokugawa isn’t a demon” MC huffed, crossing her arms. “I’m an adult, I can handle this. If I can’t handle it, I will leave. As adults are wont to do.” She grabbed her books, shoving them in her bag. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I actually have to study. “ She turned, stomping off.
Between Ieyasu and Inuchiyo she was going to end up living on the streets.
No, not today. She was more than willing to sacrifice her pride for that plush bed and lack of creepy manager.
The apartment complex was pretty empty when she got back. It was easier to study in the quiet of her new room than to try to justify herself to her friends. When she went to put her key in the door a voice stopped her.
“Hey are you sure you have the right place?” MC froze, stealing a glance over your shoulder. A tall, friendly looking man stood behind her with teal eyes as bright as a sunshine-filled day.
“Oh…U-Uh yeah. I am.” She turned to face him, offering out her hand. “I’m MC, a new tenant here.”
“Sanada Yukimura, I’m your upstairs neighbor.” He blushed as soon as her hand touched his. Endearing.
“Nice to meet you Yukimura!” She smiled, a bit forced. MC did not need any extra or outside attention at this point…she just needed to get inside.
“You’re staying here, at this place? I thought they already had two tenants?” He was still looking at you with that concerned face. Why?
MC had a feeling she knew why. She had a feeling that the reason behind his concerned face was a certain blonde haired man that she was now living with.
“Yeah, one of them moved out, so um, now I am here.” She gestured at the door.
“Oh, so you and Toramatsu?” The boy was blushing again, clearing getting the wrong idea.
“Er…no. Toramatsu’s moved out. I’m staying with Ieyasu.” The blush faded quickly on Yukimura’s face, replaced with a determined look.
“Are you sure about that?
“Positive.” MC’s tone was growing more irritable by the moment. She did not have the time…
“Just be careful, if you need me I’m upstairs.” Yukimura grabbed her arm, holding MC’s eyes with his own. “Seriously. Any time, I’ll come help.”
“T-Thanks?” She gently tugged her arm away and turned back to the door. “Really I appreciate it. I’ll see you around, okay?” MC fiddled with the keys as she heard him walk away. Once she was sure he had left, she opened the door, sliding inside.
“This is all too much.” She mumbled to herself before looking around. “Better do my chores so I don’t get kicked out.”
The plants came with strict instructions on water amounts, MC couldn’t help but laugh at the details.
Ieyasu was definitely a pharmacy major. His attention to detail and numerics was evident.
Once that was done she turned her attentions to the rabbit.
Ichigo was a pretty bunny. Soft and brown. She chirruped when MC went to feed her the fresh veggies Ieyasu had designated.
“He really does spoil you huh?” MC trailed a finger across her soft fur, rewarded with a very pleased bunny.
Ichigo wasn’t scary at all.
“I wonder why everyone is so afraid of you, hmm? You’re a sweet little thing.”
Elsewhere in the town, Toramatsu woke up from a nap in a cold sweat, a nightmare of that damned rabbit playing in his head over and over again.
He turned over, covering his face with a pillow. Maybe one day he could rest.
That day just wasn’t today.
After doing her chores, MC set about to making dinner. Tempura and noodles. Something easy. She made sure to make extra for Ieyasu. Maybe he’d want food?
By the time he got back to the apartment she had cleaned and done most everything he had asked her to do.
And she was tired.
But she’d done it.
He stepped into the kitchen, barely sending a glance her way, grabbing a container of lettuce from the fridge.
“U-um.” MC stuttered only briefly. “I made dinner, if you want some.” He paused, a frown on his face.
“This filth is what you call dinner?” He pointed at the plate she had made for him. “I wouldn’t eat that slop if they were paying me to. What do I look like, some unhealthy stereotype like your friends?” Whatever she had done had really set him off because he wasn’t close to done. “I’m trying to actually live past 30, in order to do that I decided not to indulge in that unhealthy nonsense are trying to pass off as food.”
MC shook her head, trying to hide the dejected look on her face as he continued to fuss. He went so far as to throw her leftovers away. No no. MC chanted in her mind, she was strong. She was not affected by this childish behavior.
He must just be hungry. That was why he was angry all the time, he didn’t have the right vitamins.
She looked away from him, standing and stepping out of the room, failing to notice the surprise on his face as she walked out.
She just needed to sleep.
“Toramatsu,” MC’s singsong voice was unnerving on the other end of the phone. Toramatsu sighed. He had been waiting for this call. In the background the sound of Yasamusa’s yelling drowned out most of the fear that he had of MC. It wasn’t like he had upgraded by moving out of his apartment.
“I just want you to know, that I understand why you did what you did.” Still sickly sweet. He wondered if she had taken lessons from Ieyasu in the last three days.
“But I’ll remember.”
And then she hung up.