Chapter 1:

Chapter 1


I had a normal life like any other college student, until an event completely changed my life, as does manga protagonists who have their world turned upside down all of a sudden. Ok, but what happened to me? Well, I wasn't tele transported to another world, I didn't acquire powers through an accident, and I also didn't meet the love of my life. What happened to me was that I ended up being accused of murder. (Souta)Bookmark here

Thursday 08/06/20 6:30.Bookmark here

I always considered myself an unlucky guy, but I didn't expect anything from what had happened yesterday. It was night and I had just returned home when I find two police officers talking to my mother, they explained to me that I was seen at a crime scene near a narrow and empty street, which I always pass as a shortcut to get there faster at home. They said that the famous Japanese model was found dead in that place. If only the prosecution was my only problem... I contacted my lawyer to defend myself when I saw that things didn't look too good, he told me he wouldn't be able to participate in the case, I questioned him why, but he hung up. I called other attorneys in the area, but they all responded the same thing without giving me any further explanation. I was completely desperate, there was no one I could count on, I had no choice, so I decided to ask him for help. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta leaves his house and goes towards his university, arriving there he enters his room, it was completely empty except for a student sitting in the corner of the window who was reading a book.Bookmark here

The one sitting by the window and reading was Ryusaki, he and I have known each other since we were children, we studied at the same schools and now we are at the same university, however I had never talked to him, that's because he was always reading his books without interacting with anyone around you. Unfortunately, he was the only person I could count on. As he was always reading, I associated him as an intelligent person. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Hey Ryusaki! (Souta)Bookmark here

-... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Wow, how hot it's today, isn't is? Hahahaha. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Your name is Souma right? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Actually, it's Souta. (Souta)Bookmark here

-What you want? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Even though he was talking to me, he wouldn't stop flipping and reading his book. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Please help me prove my innocence! (Souta)Bookmark here

-If it's something about being caught cheating on some test I don't know if I could... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Isn't it! (Souta)Bookmark here

-Which?! It was obvious to me that you were cheating that day, was it possible that none of the teachers had noticed? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-What are you talking about? Well, whatever it's, forget about it. The truth is, I was accused of doing something very serious. (Souta)Bookmark here

-What could be more serious than cheating on a test? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I was accused of murder. (Souta)Bookmark here

-You committed murder? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

For some reason, the worried expression and the sweat running down his face made it look like he'd already decided that I actually killed someone. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I didn't do any of that, so I'm asking for your help. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhhhhh, there's no way I can help you, I'm just a student. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Please I have no one to turn to. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Take this. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki handed me a small piece of paper, on which the name Ricardo was written. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Is that the name of any lawyer I can contact? (Souta)Bookmark here

-No, it's a guy I know from inside the prison if you need anything just look for him. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-No way! I don't want to be arrested! (Souta)Bookmark here

-Dude if you want so much to prove your innocence why don't you call some lawyer to help you? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I've already tried it, but no matter which one I tried to call everyone refused. (Souta)Bookmark here

-All refused? This is weird. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Souta lowers his head to Ryusaki.Bookmark here

-Please Ryusaki, you're the only person I can trust. Please help me. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta in the middle of his request starts to cry because he is terrified that he might be arrested for something he has never done. Ryusaki looked at Souta's sad face with a serious face until he broke into a smile.Bookmark here

-Okay, I'll help you. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Serious? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, from what you told me there is something going on in this story. Also, it seems like a lot of fun to be part of it, so I'll help you out. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Thank you...thank you...thank you... (Souta)Bookmark here

Thursday 08/06/20 13:20.Bookmark here

I took Ryusaki to the crime scene where the investigation was being done, it was a narrow alley and very dark even during the day, that was the typical place that no one in their right mind would pass by. Arriving at the place where the victim died, there were several police officers and a detective guarding the perimeter.Bookmark here

-Sorry boys, but this area is temporarily out of access to normal people. (detective)Bookmark here

-It's okay, detective, I got permission to explore these surroundings. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta shows a note left by police officers who entered his house.Bookmark here

-I see, so you are the accused of the crime? (detective)Bookmark here

-So-so, as they didn't have any evidence against me, they let me stay loose and go looking for evidence to prove my innocence. The only thing I had to accept was putting on this anklet that tracks my position. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I see... well the place is free for you to search then. All clues are in their proper places wrapped in plastic bags, except the body you will have all the information on how the place was. (detective)Bookmark here

-Strange, you said the victim's body wasn't here, but he's still at the crime scene. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki had found a body beside the Dumpster in the corner of the wall.Bookmark here

-What are you talking about Ryusak... ahhhhhhhh there really is a dead body there, WAIT WHY ARE YOU KICKING HIM?! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?! (Souta)Bookmark here

- Sorry boys, but this isn't the victim's body. Hmmm, give me a second. (detective)Bookmark here

The detective approached the body lying on the ground with a teaser (stun gun).Bookmark here

-Hey wake up! (detective)Bookmark here

He brought the gun close to his body and turned it on, making the man who was sleeping unconscious wake up with the electrical discharge.Bookmark here

-Ahhhhhhh, what do you think you're doing you as*****?! (beggar)Bookmark here

-Sir, have I not already told you that you are prohibited from entering this area while the investigation is in progress? (detective)Bookmark here

-Prohibited? This is my house, you cannot forbid me to enter my own house. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Is a piece of cardboard with a cloth found in the trash your definition of home? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Humf, your insolent, that's why I shit and shoot on people. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Wait, what do you do? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Sir, I already warned you, if you keep getting in the way, we'll have to use more severe means. (detective)Bookmark here

-I don't care what you say, I've lived here my whole life and I won't leave for nothing. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Wait, so you're saying you never left this place? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Exactly, my history with this place is as old as your mother, now leave me alone. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Wednesday, August 2, around 2 am, did you happen to see a murder scene happening at this location? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Don't be silly, this kind of thing doesn't happen here... often... at least I don't remember any this week. (beggar)Bookmark here

If the murder happened near that location the victim would have reacted causing some noise, if he didn't see anything maybe he killed her in another location and brought her body here. There is also the possibility that this madman didn't even hear anything while he was sleeping, he sleeps like a rock, even Ryusaki kicking him wasn't enough to wake him up.Bookmark here

-Well, if you've done what you wanted to do, I ask you to excuse me, it's time for me and my honey to spend some time alone. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Honey? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, my love. (beggar)Bookmark here

The beggar takes a female mannequin out of the trash can where there was a hole in her mouth, which he was using to kiss and sticks his tongue inside.Bookmark here

-Uohhhhhh, this is disgusting man, this thing was in the trash, how can you put your mouth on a thing like that? (Souta)-That hole... did you make it? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Yes, I made two holes in it myself with a needle and a lot of effort. (beggar)Bookmark here

-Two? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-You don't even want to know where the other one is and what I use him for. Hahahahaahahaha. (beggar)Bookmark here

-That was enough. Come with me. You two feel free to scour the area in peace. (detective)Bookmark here

He put a handcuff on the beggar and led him out of there.Bookmark here

-What a disturbing scene, I hope I never have to see these things again. Right Ryusaki? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I liked. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-What? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Okay, let's look around and see if we can find anything useful. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-OK. (Souta)Bookmark here

It had been about two hours since we started looking for clues and we hadn't found anything. The place was small, so this gave us the opportunity to review every corner of it very carefully without any rush, looking for every detail that might have gone unnoticed, but still we didn't find anything.Bookmark here

-How was, Ryusaki? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Nothing good, no matter how hard we look we won't find anything here. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-That means he was careful not to leave any traces. (Souta)Bookmark here

-That's an option. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-An option, is it? Tell me, in the thrillers you read what the detective would do in a situation like this? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I don't know, I don't read thrillers. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I see, you don't read thriller books... wait, I called you precisely because I thought you were an expert in this area from reading this kind of book so much. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I'm not a big fan of drama and suspense. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Why? (Souta)Bookmark here

-It's stressful and distressing to read something like this, you know, you are suffering all the time because of the problem presented, to finally have a feeling of relief that the problem has been solved. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-And what kind of book do you like to read then? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I only read comedy. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-So, my life is a joke? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Let's ask people who live nearby if they noticed anything suspicious that night. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-OK. (Souta)Bookmark here

That region was surrounded by old, run-down buildings that were still in operation, so we split up to save our time. However, the operation was not progressing well, we went to the apartments, but most were empty and those who weren't were just old people and ordinary people who said they didn't want to waste time with 18 years old. At the end of that Ryusaki and I met and sat down on a bench exhausted.Bookmark here

-And there? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Nothing. You? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Nothing. Did you try to ask people passing by? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Yes, nothing. You tried? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Nothing either. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-How is it possible for someone to be able to kill a person in a place surrounded by buildings without being seen by anyone and without leaving any trace behind? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I already figured out how. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Serious? (Souta)Bookmark here

-The killer can only be a ghost. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Souta starts hanging Ryusaki with a rear naked choke.Bookmark here

-When it's not your head that's at stake, it's easy to make jokes, you shit. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Help... I can't... breathe... pfuaaaaaaaaa. Calm down I was just kidding. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

It was around 13:40 and we couldn't find any information that would help us.Bookmark here

-Why don't we take a break and go eat something? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Right. (Souta)Bookmark here

We got up from the bench and walked out of the place, the further away we went I was becoming more sure that the murder didn't take place there. That place didn't have security cameras, and it was very dark and empty at night, it would be the ideal place for a crime scene with no tracks, so even though I find it difficult to have happened there, why would the victim approach a place like this. While I was investigating the place, I took the opportunity to read about the report left by the police, the victim's house was searched in it and no letter or message was found that would induce her to go there, in addition her cell phone was inspected and there was no message suspicious, meaning no one instructed her to go there. Looking at it from this point, what is most likely to have happened is that the killer killed her elsewhere and brought her here. If I found out where this place was, it would be enough to prove my innocence, so the reason for accusing me for always passing through here wouldn't make much sense. But still, who did it and why? Was she a famous person, was she a hater or something?Bookmark here

-Hey Ryusaki, we can eat here. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Lamen? Okay. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Good afternoon, two medium servings of the traditional house, please. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Okay, two servings coming out. (chef)Bookmark here

I sit next to Ryusaki at the counter.Bookmark here

-Hey Ryusaki, why did you decide to help me? (Souta)Bookmark here

-What are you talking about, you kept getting pissed off asking me to help you. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Yes, but you seemed a little apprehensive to accept at the beginning and I would understand very well if you refused until the end. Why in the end did you end up accepting? For me, accepting it doesn't suit you, it's not something the Ryusaki I know would do. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhhhhhhh... Ryusaki is too big. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-What? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Call me Ryu. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Ryu... why did you end up accepting? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Hmmmmm... I think it was because I thought it would be interesting. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I thought you didn't like drama and suspense. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I dislike. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-So why did you think it would be interesting? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Hey Souta, we're friends, aren't we? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Why is he asking me this?Bookmark here

-Yes... of course we are. (Souta)Bookmark here

-And even? That's great. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

I had never seen Ryu smile like that before, he looked like someone else.Bookmark here

-What we were talking about before... (Souta)Bookmark here

-Here's the order, two traditional ramens. Enjoy. (chef)Bookmark here

- Thankfully, I was starving. Thanks for the food! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

After eating we started walking straight home. Halfway through, Ryu's phone starts vibrating and he picks it up.Bookmark here

-Uaahhhhhh. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-What happened? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I'm sorry, don't cry, it won't happen again. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Who are you talking to? Let me see this. (Souta)Bookmark here

When I approach his cell phone, I immediately regret wanting to have seen it. It was a 2D girl with pink hair crying, her name is Maki-chan and is from a mobile game that has become quite famous among kids and girls.Bookmark here

-Ryu... why are you playing this game? (Souta)Bookmark here

-DON'T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY! I know it's weird, I know that, I even tried to stop him from playing it several times. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-You tried? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes... but every time I stopped playing the other day, she showed up a notification and when I opened it was her crying asking me if she wasn't enough for me. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Hey man why are you crying in a crouch while rubbing your finger on the floor, have some dignity.Bookmark here

-And even! Now that I remember. Hey Souta, we can stop by a place before we leave. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

The place Ryu took me was an ice cream parlor with a Maki-chan poster.Bookmark here

-Hey Ryu... what is this? (Souta)Bookmark here

-There is a promotion with a launch of a Maki-chan milkshake, in each one comes a code that has a chance to give you a skin for your Maki-chan. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I really think it would be better not to ask, but what kind of skin is this? (Souta)Bookmark here

-It's her wearing pajamas while holding a pillow written "Yes" and "No" on the back. Anyway, I need to get this skin at any cost. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-You know how sick you are, don't you? (Souta)Bookmark here

That's right, I need to send a message to my mother saying that I'll be arriving later because I went a bit off the beaten path.Bookmark here

-Here! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Why are you asking me to hold this. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I'm not asking, I'm giving it to you. I just need the code that comes in it. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Why don't you take it? (Souta)Bookmark here

-You are crazy! Have you seen the color of it? It must be infested with chemicals, if I take it, I'll end up dying sooner. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

But is it okay if I'm the one to die early?-Hey, did you get it? (Souta)Bookmark here

-No... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Why are you crying? It was obvious you weren't going to take it off right away.Bookmark here

I came home around 3:55 pm, my mom asked me how it went and I said we didn't find anything useful. She was quite worried, but I told her not to get too excited about it that justice was on my side. However, I was still nervous about the situation, we didn't have anything and the trial was going to be in two days. I would really like to continue looking for more clues today, but I thought it best we go back and read all the reports the police made available to me.Bookmark here


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