Before Atsushi even managed to open his mouth to warn him, the pink bubble burst in Akutagawa's face. It released a fine powder into the air and Akutagawa kitten-sneezed, which was weirdly adorable coming from him, before resuming his usual deadpan expression.
(more) Kunikida had given this mission to Dazai, who had handed it off to Atsushi without even looking at it and Atsushi, ever diligent, headed off to the docks to investigate the sudden influx of reports of 'impropriety.' Whatever that was supposed to indicate.
He hadn't expected to run into Akutagawa - though he wasn't entirely surprised, it felt almost a little like he was being stalked, at this point. But he WAS surprised that Akutagawa seemed to blindly walk right into the ability user's trap.
That wasn't like him, at all.
"Maybe he's immune to the ability?" Tanizaki suggested, his voice slightly tinny and far-off, after Akutagawa didn't move for a few moments.
"Akutagawa?" Atsushi called, a little more worried. Akutagawa's head snapped around and fixated on Atsushi, and even from this distance he could clearly tell that Akutagawa's eyes were dilated.
"Oh crap," Atsushi said, as Akutagawa pounced him.
"Nope," Dazai said cheerfully, leaning forward slightly so he could better watch the chaos unfold on his monitor. "Akutagawa is definitely not immune."
"My pants-!" Atsushi screeched over the intercom, and Dazai very kindly switched off the video feed.
Tanizaki said, "uh... shouldn't we send someone to help Atsushi?"
"Nah," Dazai said. "Atsush-kun is more than capable of handling Akutagawa himself." He was still smirking at Tanizaki when a very loud, very obviously and very obscene moan came through Dazai's earpiece, and Tanizaki turned a fetching shade of pink. Dazai tapped his earpiece once.
"I told you Atsushi-kun could handle him." Dazai repeated with a self-satisfied smirk.(less)