« So, Tsukishima, how are The Nano doing ? »
« As you suspected, Tokyo called them to kill Hinata since our dear King of The Battlefield missed, » he grinned.
Kageyama and him never have been the best friends in the world. To be honest, his amazing talent to shoot no matter the distance, the angle, the weather or the target pissed him off. He was clever, but the weapons were not his cup of tea. Too gross and heavy. Manipulating people fitted him more.
« As I thought… Do you know who is going to do the job ? »
« Yes. Their leader chose the ninth strongest killer. »
« Ninth ? That’s not a really high rank. »
« That’s what I thought first, but I approached the girl and I have to say that… She’s pretty good at shooting people. »
« The girl ? The hitman is… a hitwoman ? »
« Yes. Shall I take care of her ? »
« No, not now, » Sugawara disagreed. « If we kill their number nine, they would likely sent their number eight to replace her and so on… Plus, I gave Hinata my two best bodyguards, we don’t have to worry. »
« If I may say a word… It would be a waste to not seize a chance to kill one of their top ten ranked killer. The Nano are dangerous after all… »
« I know… But don’t kill her until she moves, okay ? Wait until the very last moment. »
« Understood. »
Tsukishima gave him a respectful bow and turned his wheels, heading towards the door.
« Tsukishima, » Sugawara called. « What about their leader ? Did you learn anything ? »
Tsukishima’s brown eyes widened behind his glasses. He didn’t expect this question.
« I don’t see him that much, since he’s not my target… Do you want me to spy on him too ? »
« No, nevermind… Keep your eyes on the hitwoman. »
« As you wish, Boss. »
Hinata’s flat was small but cosy, decorated nicely enough to not feel oppressive, and absolutely spotless. A fruity smell was filling the air, too light to be repulsive, and stills irrefutably present. Many photographs were adorning every single shelf and piece of furniture. Even the walls were covered with pictures of Natsu’s charming smile.
« You know… when you told me that you were going to protect me until my match against Tokyo, I didn’t understand it implied you two living here… » Shôyô bashfully said.
« Sorry about that, Hinata, » Tanaka grinned, embarrassed. « I know accommodating two strangers isn’t the funniest thing in the world, but it’s necessary to your protection. »
« O-Oh ! I didn’t mean it like that ! You’re not a nuisance or anything ! It’s just that my flat isn’t that big so… »
« Don’t mind, don’t mind ! » Nishinoya smiled and patted his shoulder affectingly. « Tanaka and I have known worse, right, Ryû ?! »
« Totally ! »
Hinata gave them his first sincere smile, and seemed to finally started to get used to their presence.
« You guys really are experts, aren’t you ? You do all that bodyguard-stuff so… casually. I’m a bit envious, I would be unable to protect somebody with my life, I’m too much of a coward for this… You surely have dozen of incredible stories to tell ! You’re cool ! »
The two bodyguards were now blushing like teenagers in the middle of their confession. They weren’t used to be told they were… cool ! The most recurrent terms were « idiots », « brainless » or « dumb and dumber ». Both of them proudly stuck out their chests and tried to look as ferocious as they could manage.
« Our job surely requests guts ! » Tanaka sputtered.
« Surely it’s not a job that can fit pussies ! We rock, Ryû ! »
« Noya-san ! »
« Ryû ! »
« Noya-san ! »
They both let go of their bags and suitcases and fell in each other’s arms, because even the manliest bodyguards needed to hug their bros sometimes. Carefully, Hinata seized his chance and discreetly slipped behind Nishinoya, judging him.
« That’s what I thought, » he said. « Nishinoya-san, you’re really shorter than me ! »
« The fuck you said ?! » the super tiny bodyguard shouted, grabbing the nearest thing to thrown directly in Shôyô’s face.
It proved to be one of Tanaka’s sacks, and it bounced on the floor as soon as Hinata dodged it, the leathered flap sliding and revealing a gun. The ginger-haired boy immediately froze, and his orbs never left the weapon as the tallest man put it back on his bag.
« Sorry, Ryû !! »
« Sorry about that. » Tanaka apologized, meeting Hinata’s petrified gaze.
The younger boy was obviously sweating, his back leaning against the wall, trying to be as far as possible from the gun as if it was going to bite him.
« Can I ask you something, Tanaka-san ? » he asked in a whisper.
« Go on. »
« Have you… Did you… already… k-kill someone ? »
Nishinoya’s eyebrows knitted together at this. He knew the answer too well, and he didn’t want his best friend to go through a whole bunch of questions.
« Hey, Hinata, don’t ask stuff like this ! » he snubbed.
« S-Sorry ! I just- »
« I did. » Tanaka suddenly blurted out, plunging the three of them in an icy silence. « I did once… A woman. I thought she was going to kill my protected but… she was just a decoy… The shooter was somewhere else… I… killed an innocent woman… » he ended in a shaky voice, his fists clenched so hard that his nails was digging into his palms.
« It wasn’t your fault, Ryû ! You did what you had to ! You couldn’t know that- »
« I should have ! » the poor Ryûnosuke shouted out. « If I had waited one more second… Maybe I would have seen that she was unarmed… Maybe I would have seen the real shooter… I… I shot without thinking twice and this is unforgivable… »
Nishinoya clicked his tongue, casting a glance at Hinata who was stiff against his wall, looking so sorry that the dark-haired Crow couldn’t brought himself to scold him again.
« We’re bodyguards, » Yuu said in a soft voice. « We protect people, we don’t kill them… But sometimes, the best defence is attack. Sometimes you don’t have a choice. »
Your soles were slowly scratching against the concrete as you made your way down the street, finally stopping in front of a red door, briefly glancing at the sidewalk before ringing the bell.
« Her husband’s car isn’t parked… He probably already left for work. »
You rang the doorbell, waiting patiently until Elena opened to you, smiling happily at you.
« Hi there ! »
« Hey. What’s up ? »
You immediately regretted your question when she started to sing « I just had sex and it felt so good » at the top of her lungs.
« Why do you always make a point of embarrassing me ?! Why ?! » you groaned while trying to stuff her scarf down her throat to make her shut up.
« M’chorry, » she whined as she spat out her cloth. « But you’re gonna be happy, I’ve found some informations about Hinata Shôyô. »
« Already ? », you said with astonishment, taking off your shoes before going any further in her house.
Elena’s house was tidy and always had this delicate perfume of sweets and cake that you always found so soothing. She led you to the living room where were several scandalously too comfortable armchairs and you knew for sure that you would never be able to get your ass off of it if you ever sat down.
« The advantage of tracking a quite popular boy is that you can Google his name, » Elena told you as she let herself fall on her couch. « I found his biography and it was more than enough to start with… Oh, and apparently, a porn star has the same family name… The things I’ve seen… Seriously, I didn’t know a woman could do this with- »
« I don’t wanna know the object, animal or number of people you were about to finish your sentence with, is that clear ?! » you panicked. You sure were a sissy sometimes compared to Elena.
« But you consider the animal as a potential option on your own ! God, you really have issues, maybe I should tell Yuu to give you a deworming pill… »
« You’re NOT going to have a single word with my boyfriend unless I’m next to you with a knife under your throat to murder you if you ever dare to scare the shit out of him, do you get it ? »
« So protective… That’s cute ! »
You cleared you throat, trying to put up a front and not let the blush covering your cheeks spread any further.
« Anyway… What did you learn thanks to his biography ? »
« Well… The usual stuff like… His age, height and birthday… But there was also the name of his high school, were he started to be noticed. Karasuno High School. »
« Karasuno… It’s in this prefecture, isn’t it ? »
« Absolutely ! I asked Kenma to hack into their database and he found his former address for me, the address he lived at when he was still at his mom’s house. Once we located the mom, it was a piece of cake to hack her phone and access to all her directory. We found Hinata’s landline and with this, it was more than easy to locate his apartment. »
« Nice, Elena ! » you said enthusiastically. For once, she did her job seriously. « So, where is he ? »
« In another part of the town. It’s not too far away from the Gymnasium where the Tokyo and Miyagi’s match will take place, I think I already know the road he’ll choose that day. There’s a high building right in front of the Gymnasium, you’ll have no problem to hide here and shoot. You’re pretty good at shooting from a high angle shot, right ? »
« My speciality. » You smiled. « But… what do we do until then ? »
« We wait ! Big-Boss’s orders, no unnecessary moves. »
« I see… »
You were a little concerned by this. You were used to check on your future target before shooting it, but you also understood Daichi’s point of view. It would be too risked to hang around Hinata’s place and be spotted.
Seeing you doubtful, Elena quickly found something to distract you.
« Hey ! Tell me how you first met Yuu ! » she suddenly asked.
You blinked few times at this, not expecting this question in the middle of a mission’s organisation.
« I-I already told you this story… »
« I know, but I wanna hear it again ! It’s so… movie-like ! »
You sighed deeply at that. Your first encountering with Nishinoya was everything but romantic and « movie-like », like she said.