Chapter 0:


The Graffers


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-Akito, there's no time, the cops are here, all is lost now.Bookmark here

-Yes but... our history...Bookmark here

-As long as we're alive we'll make history.
So let's go!!!Bookmark here

-"Who wants to jump, jump".Bookmark here

-"who wants to die, die".Bookmark here

-Careful,  somone's coming!Bookmark here

-Ouchh!Bookmark here

-Hey, what's the metter with you?!Bookmark here

-I thought it's cop.Bookmark here

-Police! Stop Right there!Bookmark here

-Akito this time it's the cops, run!Bookmark here

-We can't just leave her here,  she's hurt.
Plus, I think she saw you when you hit her.Bookmark here

"Everything that happened last night seems so surreal. Was it a dream. No, it definitely wasn't. I can still feel the excruciating pain of that blow. Should I go the Police or just forget about it? No, that cannot happen, I must know who is behind the attack. Still who bandaged me, and how come I woke up in a shelter house?Bookmark here

-Yamada, can you please pay attention to class? We are all aware that you are still recovering from that fall on the stairs  so if you're not upto it you could go home for today.Bookmark here

"Why did I lie about what happened, why is there a part of me that wants to protec/t the one who hit me? Maybe it was a misunderstanding, that would explain the bandages. Or maybe it was just another delinquent who felt remorseful and couldn't bring himself to let me die in a puddle of blood. I feel like I'm going crazy. I need a break"Bookmark here

As I was walking towards the classroom door, someone barged in, a new student, or so he seemed until I heard his voice . He was wearing the schools uniform but I don't remember ever seeing him. He was quite dandsome with deep mysterious eyes. His body was not too bad either, athletic, he was definitely practicing a specific sport.Bookmark here

-Who are you and why are you disturbing my class? The teacher asked the boy.Bookmark here

-Well, my name is Eiji Arata and I just transferred here.Bookmark here

When I heard his voice my whole body just froze. He was the one, the one who did this to me. What was he doing here? Was I the reason? I was screaming inside, flooded by fear just waiting to brust out.Bookmark here

-You! What are you doing here? Did you come to finish the job?Bookmark here

-Do I know you?Bookmark here

-Whaaat?Bookmark here

-Miss Yamada, is everything alright? Do you know this boy?Bookmark here

-This bastard is the one who...Bookmark here

"What am I doing? I just told them I fell down the stairs, they won't believe me if I tell the thruth now. I need to find out more about this person, find if he is indeed the perpetrator. But still, he's cute. Yamada, focus, he is the one who did this to you! Eiji Arata that's the name he used, but I'm pretty sure I heard the other person calling him Akito. Why do I have feeling I've heard this name before?"Bookmark here

-I'm sorry, I'm still a bit confused. I will go home now.Bookmark here

-Mom, I'm home!Bookmark here

-Hello dear, how are you feeling?Bookmark here

-Better now, thank you!Bookmark here

"Of course I didn't tell her the thruth either, she would've been too worried. I can handle this on my own."Bookmark here

My mom was on the sofa watching the news when they started talking about the incident I was involved in as well.Bookmark here

-The vandals who call themselves "graffers" have crossed the line. Not only they are staining the image of our beautiful society by doodling on buildings and parks, but last night they defaced the statue of our beloved city founder. The police have began an investigation and have a few key witnesses that will help solve this case. Unfortunately, the surveillance cameras footage didn't help identify the ones responsible as they were all wearing face covers".Bookmark here

"So that's what happened. It wasn't a murder attempt, it was those graffers. Now I know why the name "Akito" sounded familiar, It's all over the city. Could it be that  Eiji Arata and Akito are the same person?!"Bookmark here

-I'm going to bed!Bookmark here

-Alright dear, sleep tight!Bookmark here

The following morining.Bookmark here

-Aimi, time to go to school!Bookmark here

-Mom I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm having a fever. Can I stay home today?Bookmark here

-A fever? I'm calling for an ambulance right now!Bookmark here

-Mom, it's not necessary, I'm just not up to it.Bookmark here

Mother was always panicking for the littlest thing, even a scratch. Thruth be  told I'm feeling fine, I just need to find out what to do  about Arata or what's his name.Bookmark here

-Are you sure about this?Bookmark here

Mooom I'll be okay. You can go to work.Bookmark here

-Hmm if you say so, but call me if something changes.Bookmark here

-Yes I promise. Have a good day!Bookmark here

-Bye sweetie!Bookmark here

"The whole situation was bothering me,  plus I hate lying my mom, but do I really have a choice? Should I report this to the Pollice? But what if he is innocent? Why should I care? They are already vandalising buildings, especially the statue of our city's founder."Bookmark here

Little did I know start this will change the moment someone rang the doorbell downstairs.Bookmark here

My room was on the 1st floor, so I could see the main entrance.Bookmark here

My heart almost stopped  when I saw the police car outside.Bookmark here

"How did they find me? Everyone knows it was just an accident. Surely they must have checked my school first and because they couldn't find me there came to my place. I need to sneak out somehow and find that Arata. I hope he will have the answer to my questions and end this ordeal. Who know maybe he's not even guilty..."Bookmark here

"Yamada, this isn't the right time, focus!"Bookmark here

"It's 11:47, the classes aren't over yet.  But how will I get past the pollice ansd show up at school when I should be in bed, sick?"Bookmark here

-Puffy, leave me alone, I don't feel like playing, I've  got bigger problems now.
That's it!Bookmark here

-Wolf!Bookmark here

Puffy is my dog, a Pekingese that can get  really mad when not given enough attention.Bookmark here

-Puffy, it's only toothpaste. Now go outside and play with the nice policeman!Bookmark here

-Mate, do you see that dog coming towards us?Bookmark here

-Oh  come on, it's only a Pekingese!Bookmark here

-Yes, but THAT Pekingese is rabid!Bookmark here

-What?!Bookmark here

"Looks like it worked, great job Puffy!"Bookmark here

At school.Bookmark here

"This day couldn't be any worse, hiding in the bushes stalkinga so called criminal. It was a cloudy day and I was wearning sunglasses and a khaki hoddie. I left in a hurry and i look like a mess. I could have at least showered.Bookmark here

I can see him, 4th bench from the window.Bookmark here

-Hey you, meow. What the hell am I doing?Bookmark here

-These stray cats, someone please close the window. Says the teacher.Bookmark here

-Nao!!! Tell Arata to come autside, I need to speak to him.Bookmark here

-Yamada, is that you? The police  was looking for you!Bookmark here

-I know , hurry up! There's no time! I will tell you all about it later.Bookmark here

-Nao, is someone there?Bookmark here

-Just the cat, Sir!Bookmark here

-Then close the window adn go back to your seat!Bookmark here

-Do you have an eraser? Asks Nao, on Arata.Bookmark here

-Catch!Bookmark here

-Thank you!Bookmark here

"Go behind the school there's someone there who wants too see you!"Bookmark here

After school.Bookmark here

-Where the hell have you been? I've been waiting for more than two hours!  The birds shat on me!Bookmark here

-Yuck! Well a message an eraser it's not very convincing.Bookmark here

You criminal! What were you doing in the Central Park that night?Bookmark here

-Criminal? I think you've got the wrong person.Bookmark here

-No, I'm sure it was you!Bookmark here

-Where?Bookmark here

-You're the asshole that hit me in the head!Bookmark here

"Rei, you idiot, always putting me in trouble!"Bookmark here

-You must ve Yamada, right? I'm sorry that someone attacked you, or you had an accident but I have no idea what you're talking about. Have a good day!Bookmark here

-Hey, Akito wait, don't go!Bookmark here

-Akito?! My name is Eiji Arata.Bookmark here

"Suddenly he become unsettled. you could see on his face that he  was really worried."Bookmark here

-Before I passed out, I heard the name "Akito" loud and clear. then yesterday in class I heard your voice, the voice of Eiji Arata, which means you are one and the same person. According to last night news you are one of the vandals, and your presence there wasn't random. This name Akito is marked all over town especially in the Shima Central Park.Bookmark here

"HMMMM. This girl might men trouble for us..."Bookmark here

-Okay, let's say you're right. what are you gonna do about it? go to the cops?Bookmark here

-That's entirely up yo you and how you'll answer my question. who are you really, and what is graffity for you?Bookmark here

This time, graffiti was mentioned as street art, not an act of vandalism the way it's usually seen by societu and media.Bookmark here

-This is not the right moment to answer that, but if you keep quiet we'll have to go back to where it all started.Bookmark here

-And where is that?Bookmark here

To be continued...Bookmark here

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Joe Gold
Phoenix Rebirth

The Graffers

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