Chapter 5: Quick Note
3 days later, as you came into work, you were greeted by your boss.
"Good Morning Michel," you smiled as you greeted him. "Another busy day huh?"
"Indeed! Let’s get working!"
The place was pact with people by lunch time, making it as busy as ever. It kept the place lively and you barely had anytime to rest. People tend to enjoy a sweet or two as they munch on their lunch, so people came to the Triple S Bakery. Your fellow co-workers and Michel were scattered all around filling up orders. It was exhausting none the doubt, but very fulfilling too. Seeing so many people come just warms your heart.
By the time people’s lunch breaks were over, the place finally calmed down a little. Then, a voice rang out.
"Hey Sakura! Hi Michel!"
"Hello child, how are you doing?"
"Good! I’m on break right now, so I thought I’d drop by."
"Well I’m glad you came, now you can tell Sakura she could take a break. She’s been at it since morning!"
"I’m fine Michel. But if I do, then you and everyone else has to rest too"
"Alright then. Break Time Everyone!"
"Yeah!" you co-workers hollered at Michel’s announcement.
You and Suzuki walked to a table and sat down. Suzuki was your best friend since high school (after Seiji and Toru). She was quite the charming girl, with long brown hair. She’d either braid her hair or put them up into a bun. Her outfits were always on the trend. But you two always stick together and your friendship never faltered.
Suzuki knew about what happened with Seiji and Toru and was curious about how things are now.
"So…have they explained things to you yet? You know about disappearing for a decade and 5 years?"
"Curious are we?" You giggled. "There’s still a lot to take in, but they filled me in what happened. So I guess everything’s ok."
"Aww sweetie! Hey what about that four-eyes guy? You need to tell me more about him!"
You two sat there for 30min having your chatting away about random things and details you’ve noticed about Hideki. A moment or two later, you heard the phone rang and came to pick up.
"Hi, this is the Triple S, what can I get for you?"
"This is she, may I ask who this is?"
"Oh! H-hi! Uhm what can I get for you?"
"Could you deliver to the PSD department 2 cups of the chocolate fudge pudding and one dozen macaroons?"
"Alrighty then! Are you treating your team?"
"Uh y-yeah something like that."
"Haha okay, well I’ll deliver it in about 15 minutes"
"Thank you Ms. Yuuki. See you then"
You hung up the phone and started getting the order. As you did that, a smile had crept up your face without you knowing, but Suzuki noticed.
"What are you all giggly about hmm? Seems suspicious…"
Suzuki raised her eye brows at you with a smirk on her lips.
"I-it’s nothing! Hey give me a ride to the PSD department?"
"Sure! Let me get my ride first! Meet me out front!"
Suzuki left, with you still lost in your thoughts. I’ll get to see him! You could feel the excitement causing you to blush. Wow I’m acting like a high school student with a crush. I need to calm down…breathe….
With the order ready, you called out to Michel saying you’ll be delivering sweets and will be back soon. After informing Michel, you head towards Suzuki’s car.
About 10-15 minutes later, you arrived at the PSD building. Suzuki decided to stay in the car and wait for you while you go in to deliver.
You entered the building, you were struck with a thought, Shoot! I forgot to ask him what floor he was on. Now I have no idea where he is… You walked towards someone closest to you and asked what floor Ishigami was on. The officer looked at you stunned since he couldn’t believe someone would come looking for Detective Ishigami, nonetheless, it being a woman. Shocked as he was, he still pointed out to you what floor you needed to be on. You thanked the officer and walked towards the elevator, with eyes on you. You felt confused and self-conscious, so you quickly entered the elevator and pressed Floor 12.
The elevator door opened and you exited. You walked down the hallway to a giant room filled with detectives working. You saw the three detectives, but they seemed so busy, so you didn’t want to call out and disturb them. You saw an empty notepad and quickly wrote down something. You put the note on top of the package (on the desk) and quietly left the way you came.
Ishigami glanced up towards the entrance for he felt there was a presence there. He didn’t see anyone there, but he immediately saw the package. He picked up the note and read it :
Saw you all working & didn’t want to disturb you. Hope you enjoy the pastries! Oh & don’t worry about the money, I’ll put it on the tab! Bye~
Before Ishigami knows it, he ran out of the office. Goto and Kurosawa looked up with confusion as they saw their superior running towards the elevator.
"What’s Ishigami doing?"
"I don’t know. Yo Kurosawa, what’s that pink box over there?"
They came to check out what was in the box. Inside, it was filled with colorful macaroons with 2 special chocolate fudge puddings.
They immediately knew who and where it came from.
"Goto! Do you think it’s possible that Ishigami’s-"
"I-impossible! W-We’re probably imagining it. Let’s just grab 2 macaroons and get back to work."
Exiting the elevator, you headed out of the PSD building. As you set foot outside, you were called out from behind.
"Huh? I-Ishigami?! What are you doing here?!"
"I-I saw your note. You should have said something."
"Oh sorry. Everyone just looked so busy, so I didn’t want to disturb you."
"Thank you for worrying, but next time you should say something."
"Mm! I will!" You spoke enthusiastically.
"Wait, uh did you come all the way down here just to tell me this?"
As soon as you asked this, Ishigami turned his head away. You caught a glimpse of him blushing which made you blush too.
"U-uh well, I guess I did. Thank you for the pudding."
"O-oh! You’re welcome."
You both looked up and locked eyes. You found yourself unable to tear your eyes away from his. You both stood there gazing at each other, until you heard Suzuki’s car honk.
You two both jumped at the sudden noise and broke contact.
"I should probably go now. See you later Ishigami"
You spoke with a smile on your face.
"Good bye Ms. Yuuki. Get back safe and until next time."
You walked towards Suzuki’s car and climbed in. You waved at Ishigami, who was still looking at you, and he waved back.
In the car, Suzuki began to tease you of your interaction with Ishigami. Shy as you are, you denied any suspicions she had, but you knew, that somewhere in your heart, you were beginning to fall for him.
The car drove away and Ishigami headed back to the office with a smile. He too had felt something stir in his heart, but couldn’t confirm anything yet. But he knew that he did feel something just by looking at her.
Unbeknownst to the both of them, a mysterious vehicle had been secretly following and photographing Ishigami and Sakura’s interactions. As she left, they followed behind in pursuit.