[Y] Yuugi brought it up, so it has to be good. (3)
[N] Hold on, why isn't Arata greeting us? (1)
[N] Why are we in front of Arata's house? (1)
Whenever we've gone to Arata's house before, he's almost always there to greet us. In fact, the only times he left were when he was out shopping and visiting us. He's let us know when he's coming before, so that wasn't it, and since it's already past shopping hours, that was out.
And why were we here anyways? Was this to be some sort of surprise party or something?
"Hino, what's the matter?" Whenever I'm deep in thought, I tend not to talk to anyone but Yuugi, so I instinctively turned away from Mikiru, only to receive a pat on my head from Master.
"It's not good to be secretive here, you know," Yuugi chided me. "Are you wondering why we're here?"
I shook my head. "Master, you've brought us here, so I trust you. I did wonder about it a little, but it doesn't bother me now."
"Alright, if you're sure. Let's not go in yet; Kirisame doesn't know we're here." Yuugi gave a hearty laugh, probably at my supposed timidness.
Mikiru spoke up. "So then, what are we doing out here? Just waiting for him?"
"Nope," came the energetic reply, "we're waiting for someone, sure, but not him."
"And that someone is?"
"Just 'someone'! You'll know when you see him."
The banter faded out of my mind as I looked upward. I wondered how it felt to be out of the underground, the pollution of the sun a constant threat on your body. I wondered how it feels to be able to be strong, like Yuugi is. I can't even imagine what kind of pain she must have had to endure in order to look like an oni.
"Oh, there you are!" I recognized that voice. Arata's father? I quickly turned around, but Mikiru beat me to him. He took my favorite hugging arm spot away from me! Reluctantly, I approached him and hugged his right side. It was rare to see him, and he was kind of a father figure for all of us kids, so it was nice to just embrace the fact he was there.
"And Yuugi, how's it been?" Daisuke saluted to Yuugi, who returned the gesture.
"Pretty good. You don't look like you've been living on the surface, so that's good!"
Oh right. Daisuke was living on the surface for a while. Apparently he had a daughter, but I've never met her, so I don't think she ever came down here.
Daisuke's voice rang from above me. "Is everything ready, Yuugi?" Yuugi nodded, signalling for the two of us kids to ready ourselves. As both of us reluctantly backed away, Yuugi's smile became noticeable. "So," Yuugi poked Daisuke, "you're moving back for good, huh?"
[ ] "Is your daughter coming too?"
[ ] "Including your wife?"
[ ] "Oh, I see. Arata doesn't know."