"I will do what I want! I don't have to tell you guys all the time!" I winced a little as I heard my brothers' voice yelling. I really didn't know why he was yelling so much, and always at our parents anymore. I mean I know that Toshi sometimes didn't agree with what they did, but he normally listened to them. As of late, that had changed.
I was in my room, in my pajamas, and hugging one of my teddy bears close to me. My room might be on the second floor of our home, but I could still hear them clearly when they were yelling. Just like I could hear my brother coming up the stairs right now. How did I know it was him? There were a few reasons: a) he was muttering: b) he was the only one that stomped up here. The room that our parents used was down the stairs.
"Toshi." I said as I climbed off my bed, and out into the hall. He stopped and looked at me in an irritated matter: even though I wasn't sure why.
"What is it, brat?" He always called me that lately. I didn't care. I knew he didn't mean it in a bad way, and I was fine with being called that.
"What are you doing?"
"Getting my stuff, and going to a friends house. Why are you asking?"
"I was just wondering."
"Well, go wonder somewhere else." He waved his hand so that I knew he didn't want me to bother him anymore. I looked at the ground before shuffling back into my room to crawl back onto my bed. I just sat there playing with my stuffed animals as I thought about my brother. I didn't know what had happened to get him into such a mood, but I was determined to find out so I could get him out of it. He would listen to me he had to! I had to help him get out of whatever got him into the darkness.
I sat there for I don't know how long trying to figure it out as I continued to play with my little, cuddly animals. They normally made me feel better, but today my mind was too occupied with ideas that I didn't notice what I was doing with them too much. I still noticed them just not like I normally did.
"Akiko." I looked up as a man with blonde hair came into the room, and I smiled at him.
"Hey, daddy!" I said happily, but my mind still wasn't where my body was.
"Hey." He smiled back at me. "How's my little girl?"
"I'm good, but I can't talk for very long."
"Oh? Why is that?"
"I'm trying to figure out how to get Toshi back from the forces of evil."
"Honey, that-" He gave a small laugh that soon subsided into seriousness. "He hasn't been recruited by the forces of evil."
"Of course he has! Why else would he act like that? He's been acting like that a lot, and he doesn't act like that!"
"He's growing up." He looked at me with the same blue eyes that my brother had gotten from him. "He's going through a tough time right now."
"Growing up? Are you sure he's not going to the dark side? Because when I grow up I'm not going to act like that."
"Sweet heart, you might not be like that when you are his age. Boys and girls go through different changes. You will mature faster than he will, and he is going through his changes right now. That's why he is angry all the time."
"So he's just angry? No dark side?" I wanted to make sure. I'd ask about what else he meant about how we would go through different changes later, but right now I just wanted to make sure my brother wasn't going to turn evil.
"He's just angry. There is no dark side coming to claim anyone in this house."
"Do you promise?"
"I promise, and you know what else I promise?"
"That I won't take you to the pool tomorrow if you don't get some rest. So, get to sleep."
"Isn't mommy going to come say goodnight too?"
"She's getting things set up. We're going to watch a movie in our room, and she doesn't want to run into Toshi again. She doesn't want to make him more agitated tonight."
"Who's house is he going to?"
"You heard that from up here?" I shook my head at the question.
"He told me before telling me to go away."
"He went to Akio's house. Now - go to bed."
"Alright." I said before crawling under the covers. When he bent down to tuck me in like normal I looked into his blue eyes seriously. "Do you promise that Toshi isn't going to go to the dark side?"
"I promise, my dear." He gave me a kiss on the forehead before standing up again. "I told you that there is no dark side coming to claim anyone in this house." Those were his last words before he walked out of the room, and shutting my light off.
"Mom." I called as I walked down the stairs. It was passed the time she normally got me up for breakfast, and I couldn't hear her down on the lower level at all. "Mom! If you jump out of the closet again I'm going to tell daddy how mean you are!"
There was no reply from anywhere, and I frowned. Normally Dad was down here with her, but I couldn't see him either. I was clutching my favorite blanket as I walked around the first floor. The first place that I tried was the kitchen. Nobody was in there. It was completely silent, and I didn't really know what to think about that. Normally the radio was on, at least; even if there wasn't anyone talking.
"Dad!" When I still didn't get an answer I started to worry a little bit. Normally someone would come out from hiding already. "Mom! Dad!" I tried again. Why weren't they answering me? I knew that they hadn't went to the store both cars were still in the driveway.
After trying most of the bottom level I tilted my head. My little search had ended with me standing right outside my parents room. I was a little hesitant to go in; they had told me before not to go in their room. That was their private space, and I was going to respect that. Most times I did anyway Toshi never did. This time, however, I was not. The door was open just a crack, but it was noticeable. That was what made me decide to go in anyway they never left the door open when they slept.
I slowly pushed the door open, and what I saw made me scream. All I could see was the lifeless bodies of my parents spread out on the ground, and red. I could feel my body trembling. I could feel myself suddenly feel cold. Whatever I could feel wasn't enough to make me stop screaming.
"Toshi!" I ran into his arms as he walked through the door. He had only went outside for five minutes at the most, but I was having random panic attacks when I was left alone. He dropped the stick that he was holding and wrapped his arms around me.
It had only been a week since our parents had been killed. It felt like just yesterday.
"It's okay, Akiko." He cooed; rubbing comforting circles on my back. "I'm here, and I'm not going anywhere. I promise."
I buried my head into his abdomen and gripped onto his shirt. We were staying with our Aunt at the moment she was at work while we were both at home. I had heard Toshi talking with Aunt Kouri before; he was going to try and get us a home of our own. I had also heard him when he thought I wasn't paying attention. He would mutter to himself.
And he thought that it was his fault. That if he would have been home it wouldn't have happened. That he could have protected them.
I knew that there was something else too something he wouldn't tell me about. He wouldn't tell me a lot of things, but he still told me a fair amount more than any other person would tell their kid sister. If I wanted to know he would answer me honestly, but he was lying about something. I didn't want to ask what.
At least I had him, and that was all I could ask for. All I would ask for was that he wasn't taken from me too.