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Tadashi and (YN) both gasped for air, truly breathing for the first time in days. They both stumbled out from the portal hole in the ground and felt sharp pains in their stomachs and an intense dryness in their throats. Their eyes felt heavy and they felt the affects of exhaustion.

"We made it," Tadashi said as he stumbled over to (YN). "Oh my God, we actually made it." When he reached her, he surprised her when he cupped her face in his hands and kissed her passionately on the lips. It was too brief for (YN) to reciprocate the kiss. "You're a genius," Tadashi said when he pulled away.

(YN) just laughed and flung her arms around Tadashi's neck in another kiss. His eyes were wide for a moment before he closed them and wrapped his arms around her waist to bring her closer to him. They almost forgot about their hunger and thirst during their kiss, but the presence of it was what made them pull away.

"I live above a cafe, I think I still have the key here somewhere," Tadashi said. "Let's get something to eat and then we can rest."

"Sounds like a plan to me," (YN) said with a nod. Tadashi took (YN)'s hand and they both laced their fingers together as they headed off to downtown San Fransokyo.

Tadashi reached into his pocket with his free hand and dug out the key to the cafe. The sign on the front said that it was closed and the lights were off, which meant that Aunt Cass was out running errands.

"I live here with my Aunt Cass and my little brother Hiro," Tadashi said. "But it doesn't look like anyone's here. We can explain to them that we're alive after we wake up from our nap."

"I'm definitely cool with that," (YN) said with a yawn. Tadashi locked up when they entered again and went behind the counter.

"Any preferences?" Tadashi asked as he grabbed a muffin.

"I'll honestly eat anything," (YN) said with a shrug. He chuckled as he slid a bottle of water across the counter for her alongside a muffin. After eating a few pastries and drinking a few bottles of water, they decided they were satisfied.

They both decided that their clothes needed washing, so they tossed them in the washing machine and Tadashi let (YN) borrow one of his t-shirts and a pair of sweatpants for the time being, regardless of the fact that they were a few sizes too big on her. They took turns in the shower before they went to sleep to clean the remnants of the in between off of them. By the time they had both finished bathing, their clothes were ready to be dried.

It didn't take either of them long to fall asleep. They curled into each other underneath the blankets and covers. Tadashi's arm was wrapped around (YN)'s waist and her head was buried into the crook of his neck. Mochi happily curled up at the foot of the bed to join them.

They woke hours later and still in the same position, only Tadashi's fingers had weaved through (YN)'s hair. They lingered in bed for a few moments, making small chatter that was almost pillow talk.

"I want to show you my lab," Tadashi said. "But my Aunt Cass is probably downstairs and I should probably tell her that I'm alive."

(YN) giggled and ruffled Tadashi's hair. "Probably."

"I want her to meet you, too," Tadashi said. "She'd adore you."

(YN) wasn't completely sure where it all came from - maybe it was the joy of being alive - but a sleepy Tadashi was an affectionate Tadashi.

"Really now?" (YN) said with a goofy smile. "Why's that?"

"You saved my life, (YN)," Tadashi said. He gave her a smile that hinted at adoration. "I can't ever thank you enough for that."

"Yeah, well, you saved mine too," (YN) reminded him. She kissed his cheek. "We're even."

It was then when they both got out of bed to get dressed; it felt good to wear freshly washed clothes again.

"Ready to go give my aunt the scare of her life?" Tadashi asked nervously. (YN) could tell that he was terrified; there was no telling how she would take her dead nephew suddenly traipsing down the stairs like an ordinary day.

"It'll all be fine," (YN) reassured. "It's not like she'll be upset that you're alive."

"Very true," Tadashi said with the shrug of a shoulder. He took a deep breath as he straightened his blazer and let (YN) go down the stairs first. Cass was busy with a table at the cafe, so she didn't notice them walk down the stairs, but Tadashi went to go wait at the register to pretend he was going to order something. His head was down and his hat covered the top of his eyes.

"How can I help you?" Cass asked, not paying attention to who was on the other side of the counter.

"Hey, uh... good to see you again," he blurted out, not sure what to say. They both looked up at each other and Cass did a double take.

"Ta... I'm sorry, sir, you look just like my nephew. What can I get for you?"

"Aunt Cass... It's me. It's really me," Tadashi said.

The tears that had welled up in Cass' eyes began to spill. "Tadashi?" She said in a whisper.

Tadashi nodded and went around the counter; he glanced at (YN) and indicated to her that she should join them with a nod of his head. (YN) followed Tadashi and his aunt into the back room where Cass immediately engulfed Tadashi in a huge hug.

"How is this possible? We buried you, we... We..."

"I know, Aunt Cass, I know," he said softly. "When I died, I went to this strange place. It's where people who died before their time because of something they did that they shouldn't have go. I met this girl, (YN), there, and she found me when I woke up. She told me she was looking for a way out and asked me if I'd like to join her, so I did. And now we're here," Tadashi explained. "I can tell you all about it later if you want."

"Is she the one with you?" Cass asked as she pulled away from the hug. Tadashi nodded and gestured to (YN). Cass smiled at her and surprised her with a warm hug. "Welcome back. Thank you," Cass said. "Where's your home?"

"Actually, she's staying with me," Tadashi said with a shrug. "She didn't really have a home to go back to, so I invited her here."

Cass pulled away from her embrace from (YN) and smiled at her again. "Not a bad one to keep around, Tadashi." (YN) laughed at this. Cass turned back to her nephew and wiped away more of her tears. "I just can't believe you're back and alive."

"Hiro's at San Fransokyo Tech, right?" Tadashi asked to confirm.

"You should go there," Cass said. "He'd love to see you, Tadashi. We've missed you so much." She began sobbing again and she and Tadashi hugged one another for the second time.

"I've missed you, too. No more running into burning buildings, okay?" Tadashi said.

"Don't you even joke about that, young man!" Cass scolded through her tears, which made Tadashi and (YN) giggle lightly. "I'm so glad you're back. You should go see Hiro, he should be at your lab. When I close up shop I want you to tell me everything, okay?"

"Absolutely," Tadashi said with a smile. "Thanks, Aunt Cass."

Tadashi lead (YN) out of the Lucky Cat Cafe and saw that his motorcycle was still outside. He climbed on as he started it up and tossed a helmet to (YN). She climbed on and sat beside him as they sped off to San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

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