GENRE: Science Fiction
Cho is a galactic spy and Natsuke showed up at her hotel, compromising her assignment. She kicked him out. He got pissed. She needs his help, so she's on his planet, confronting him about it.
"You know, it was rather cruel of you not to tell me sooner that someone was following me."
Natsuke didn't say anything.
"Seriously, if you had just told me sooner, I might not be in this situation." I might've been able to salvage my assignment. Found some place new, started over.
He put his hands on my shoulders. Their warmth seeped through my thin silk robe. He tried to turn me around to face him, but I shrugged his hands away.
"What are you talking about?" he asked.
"Don't even give me that crap."
"No, Cho, I'm serious. I only meant it as a joke."
I turned around then. "It didn't exactly sound like a joke."
"God, no, well . . ." He slid his hand through his long, unbound hair. "What I mean is that I meant it as a joke."
Right. Sure you did. I glared at him.
"Okay, so I know it didn't really come out as a joke, but, well, things got out of hand. And then I got really mad, and . . ."
"You wanted to get back at me by saying someone was following me."
"Yes?" He seemed almost embarrassed by the admission.
"But someone really was following me."
Natsuke just stared at me, his face blank, like he was hiding his emotions. I knew then that he was telling the truth.
"Actually two someones were following me."
His eyes widened even more. "I am so sorry. If I had known, believe me, I would've told you right away."
At least that made me feel a little better. But, wait-- "If you didn't know anyone was following me, how did you know where to find me?"
Natsuke looked away from me, shifted his stance slightly. Not enough that someone who didn't know him would've noticed, but I had spent nearly two years as his sort-of-girlfriend, sort-of-bodyguard to be good at reading him. Whatever his reason was, he did not want to be having this conversation. Eventually, his eyes took on this soft, almost dreamy-romantic look as he said, "I just need to look up at the stars and I always know where you are."