Exotic dancer Kasey Donovan witnesses a crime and can identify one of the culprits after the guy holds a gun to Kasey's head and uses him as a shield to escape the police. To top off the week, the man ends up becoming the new owner of Club Taurus, the host club where Kasey works.
Nagi Takamori, son of a Yakuza crime boss, runs into trouble when he tries to collect a debt for the organization. He gets out of the situation by using a blond-haired, blue-eyed stranger as his shield to escape. Nagi, also known as Little Boss, is raised to believe the best kind of witness is a dead one, but when he discovers his savior works in a newly acquired club, he comes up with a better alternative and makes Kasey his lover.
"Slow down, you're moving too fast," Kasey Donovan said to fifteen year old Jae-Hwa Kim.
Kasey hurried as quickly as he could, but he'd never been as fast or light on his feet as Jae-Hwa. And he didn't know the roofs as well. Kasey made it to the top of the building just in time to see guys in flashy colored suits parading through the streets of Kabukicho, pulling makeshift floats and acting like a bunch of idiots and tough guys.
They were the local Yakuza--Japanese mafia--who sometimes terrorized the area and shook down shop owners for money. Today they were there to drum up business for an upcoming festival. At such events, the Yakuza opened stalls to merchants and the members were hired to act as security. Each dealer paid rent in exchange for a stall assignment and protection during the street fair. The members of the mob organizations paraded every so often and Jae-Hwa always dragged Kasey to see it. Jae-Hwa liked the suits they wore.
But Jae-Hwa had dreams of one day working as a host at Club Taurus with their friend Isao Ishikawa. Isao had turned eighteen a couple of months ago. He came back to visit their neighborhood every so often to brag about his new job. Isao told them wonderful stories about meeting pretty women and making a lot of money, which Jae-Hwa had interest in doing. Jae-Hwa immediately changed his plans to become a teacher and decided to be a host after Isao assured them he could get them a job at the club as soon as they turned eighteen.
Like the hosts, the Yakuza intrigued Jae-Hwa because of their full body tattoos or irezumi. Jae-Hwa didn't want to a tattoo that covered up most of his body, but he did want something eye-catching people would take notice of.
Kasey didn't think he wanted to be a host and didn't like the Yakuza bastards. In fact, his only plans were to go to America to find his father who'd deserted him and his mother before Kasey had been born. He got tired of kids picking on him because he wasn't fully Japanese.
Jae-Hwa and Isao never treated him like an outsider, but they did tease him about his looks. Isao once called him pretty, which confused Kasey for days. How could he be pretty with hair the color of cotton, skin paler than anyone else in Asia and with eyes so light blue they looked like crystals? His mother had given him his father's last name because they had been married at the time of his conception. Kasey really didn't want anything from the man except to find out why he left. After that, he planned to settle in America and become a teacher. Jae-Hwa might have changed his mind about their dream, but Kasey hadn't.
The girls in the neighborhood often teased him too and called him a ghost.
Jae-Hwa always took up for Kasey, calling the girls silly and sending them on their way. Jae-Hwa protected Kasey because he was smaller than the other kids, and he promised to take care of him even after they became adults.
"Look at those suits," Jae-Hwa said, pointing to the men dressed in shocking pastel colors.
Mr Akihiko who owned the grocery near their homes called the Yakuza demons, and said they were just common thugs who shook down honest businessmen and brought vice and shame to the community.
Kasey didn't like anything about them--but he'd like to see some of their tattoos. He couldn't run as quickly as most of the boys in school but he excelled at drawing. He'd like to sketch some of their body art if he ever got the chance to get close. But he didn't do much drawing nowadays since Mr Akihiko had given him a radio for his fifteenth birthday when he discovered Kasey liked to dance. Mr Akihiko always fed their strengths, not their weaknesses.
Jae-Hwa told Kasey he liked his drawings and his dancing and he was sure Club Taurus could use his skills once they got hired on as hosts.
Kasey lay down on the roof and looked up toward the sky. He reached up pretending to touch one of the fast moving clouds.
Jae-Hwa stopped watching the parade and lay down next to him, capturing Kasey's attention with his handsome looks and gorgeous, dark eyes. Jae-Hwa leaned over and kissed him.
Kasey giggled and pushed him away. "What did you do that for?"
"I'm just practicing," Jae-Hwa replied. "Isao says he has to kiss a lot of pretty girls and get them to buy drinks."
Kasey scowled at him. "I am not a girl. Don't practice on me."
Jae-Hwa brushed his black bangs out his eyes. "Who else do I have to practice with? You do want me to get a host job don't you?"
Kasey nodded quickly. He only wanted Jae-Hwa to be happy and the kiss really hadn't been that bad.
Jae-Hwa kissed him again. This time slowly. He stuck his tongue into Kasey's mouth and moved it around a bit.
A warm feeling rushed through Kasey's body.
Jae-Hwa stopped kissing him and looked away nervously. "I promise to protect you when we're on our own. You'll see, we'll get an apartment and we'll have plenty of good food to eat."
Kasey sat up and nodded. "Okay."
"Promise me you'll never leave me and we'll always be friends."
"Even if we get girlfriends or get married?" Kasey asked.
"Yes, even then. If we ever get separated, I'll meet you here on this rooftop."
"Okay, I promise," Kasey said wondering why Jae-Hwa couldn't look at him.
Jae-Hwa rose and held out his hand to Kasey. "We better get back before our folks miss us."
Kasey took Jae-Hwa's hand and stood up.
"I'll race you back," Jae-Hwa said.
He took off quickly, heading toward the stairs. Kasey ran his normal pace knowing he'd never beat Jae-Hwa.