Chapter 8:


The Forbidden and the Gifted

[12:00 p.m., July 18th 2044; Warsaw, Polish Czechia. A tall man with vivid tattoos on his arms appears at a Train Station and stands in front of the platform with a train destined for Kiev, (Former) Ukraine. The train appears deserted, and the man walks towards the third carriage and takes his seat as sunlight beams down on him – a conductor then appears to take his ticket]Bookmark here

Conductor: The 12 O’Clock to Kiev, sir?Bookmark here

Ichigo: That would be so.Bookmark here

Conductor: Your name?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Ichigo sir.Bookmark here

Conductor: Ah, not from around these parts?Bookmark here

Ichigo: No sir.Bookmark here

Conductor: You know where you’re heading to right? You sure that you’re supposed to be travelling to Kiev?Bookmark here

Ichigo: If that’s what it says on the ticket, that’s where I’m heading. Bookmark here

Conductor: Did you even purchase this ticket sir?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yes, I did.Bookmark here

Conductor: Then how do you not know where you’re going?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Well, I know where I am going, I just don’t know where it is.Bookmark here

Conductor: What sense does that make?Bookmark here

Ichigo: All the sense in the world.Bookmark here

Conductor [Visibly confused]: Well, whatever, you’re grown enough to know whatever the hell you’re doing. I don’t get paid enough to babysit. [Pauses, then looks at Ichigo again] Head on in, the train’s gonna leave soon.Bookmark here

[Ichigo enters the train, which is apparent in its decrepit and desolate state. Ichigo takes a seat halfway about the carriage, and looks out the window]Bookmark here

Ichigo: Man, this is boring. At least give me an interesting job, y’know.Bookmark here

[His eyes begin to close, as a flashback of the previous day begins inside his small house]Bookmark here

Young Shin [To Ichigo]: Aw, you gotta go so soon! What’s it for, what’s it for?Bookmark here

Shin’s Mom: Shin, don’t get your brother all flustered before his job. You know better.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Sorry mom, but it’s no fair! He just came back!Bookmark here

Mom: I know sweetie, but it’s probably something important.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Since it’s something important, I wanna know!Bookmark here

Mom: Ichi?Bookmark here

Ichigo: That’s fine, haha. [To Shin] I’ve gotta go for a little travel out of the country.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Aw, but didn’t you just have to go somewhere?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Last time it was to Malaysia, this time I’ve got to go a little bit farther.Bookmark here

Young Shin: To where?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Somewhere in Europe.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Where?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Even if I tell you, you won’t know. You only know like five countries apart from Japan, don’t you?Bookmark here

Young Shin: Nah! China, Korea, Russia, England, France, America… see, I know more than five! Don’t think so low of me just cause you’re so much older!Bookmark here

Ichigo [Laughs, then replies]: Hahaha, okay mister geographer, but I doubt you know where Poland is.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Poland? Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yup, that’s where I’m going. [Pauses] Oh, mind me, it’s actually Polish Czechia. [Looks at Shin] Do you even know where that is? You were talking mighty fine a second ago.Bookmark here

Young Shin [Sheepishly]: No…Bookmark here

Ichigo: See? I told you that you wouldn’t know.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Oh, shut up! Plus, you promised that the next time you’d be travelling it’d be with all of us! Right mom? Bookmark here

Mom [Glances at Ichigo]: Well, you did say that Ichi…Bookmark here

Ichigo [To Shin, smiling]: Oh shoot, I did say that didn’t I? Well, after I do this, I’ll be all clear and have my time off! By then, we can arrange to go to a bunch of places. You wanted to go to some nice islands, right?Bookmark here

Young Shin: Yeah, I was just telling mom about Hawaii!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Perfect, perfect, then it’s settled. When I come back, we’ll go somewhere like that, on me. That sound good?Bookmark here

Young Shin [Whines]: Yeah, I guess. Just make sure you get this job done quickly, okay?Bookmark here

Ichigo: You know me, I’m the best in the business!Bookmark here

[A knock is heard on the door, and Shin and Ichigo’s mom walks over to open it]Bookmark here

Mom: Hello? Oh, Yuki, Hiki! How are you guys?Bookmark here

Young Yuki: We’re great! Is Shin home?Bookmark here

Mom: Yeah, he is, he’s just here. [Turns around and calls to Shin] Shin! You have company!Bookmark here

Young Shin [Yells]: Coming!Bookmark here

[Shin and Ichigo walk to the door]Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Ichi! We’ve missed you!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Hiki! Yuki! God, it feels like forever since I’d seen you guys! What’re you guys up to?Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Tak, Kenj and Hiki are gonna be moving out soon so we were gonna play a class game of football today!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh really?Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Yeah! You wanna come join us?Bookmark here

Ichigo: I would love to, but I can’t today. I’m busy with a ton of work.Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Awww. You’re always swamped with work aren’t you Ichi?Bookmark here

Ichigo: That, that is very true. Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Is work hard?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Well, I’d be lying if I said it was easy. [Laughs] But it’s certainly rewarding, I’ll say that. Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Where do you work?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh, all over the place! I do a lot of package deliveries and that kind of stuff for the big companies, so that’s why it’s kinda stressful, but it’s worth it!Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Aw, so that means you’re going to be out again?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, but I told Shin that once I’m back, I’ll take some time off to spend time with all of you before you guys go off into your upper-class years. Bookmark here

Young Yuki: You promise?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yup, I promise. Shin won’t let me live it down if I don’t keep my word, you know?Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Okay, make sure you play with us when you come back!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Will do! I’m out tomorrow, so I’ll try to be back by next week so that I can get some time in with Tak, Kenj and you too Hiki.Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Okay! [Turns to Shin] You ready to go? We’re gonna start our first game soon!Bookmark here

Young Shin: Yeah, I’m coming! You guys need a ball?Bookmark here

Young Yuki: Tak brought one, so we’re okay. Hurry up and come!Bookmark here

Young Shin: Okay, okay! [Turns to Ichigo and his mom] Bye! I’ll see you in the evening!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yup, see you!Bookmark here

[Yuki, Hikari and Shin close the door and walk towards the schoolground]Bookmark here

Mom [To Ichigo]: So, you leave tomorrow then?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah I do, early in the morning. Gotta drive to the international airport.Bookmark here

Mom: Really? You got to go all the way? Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, there’s a flight from there into Warsaw directly.Bookmark here

Mom: Really? Since when?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Honestly, I don’t even know. All I know is that cap said that there is one, and they get pretty decent business.Bookmark here

Mom: Still, it’s surprising they fly from here and not Tokyo.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh no, they probably fly out from Tokyo as well. Maybe there’s just a sect of Polish or Eastern European people around here?Bookmark here

Mom: I don’t think so… although we’re from such a small place, who really knows right?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Fair, fair. Bookmark here

Mom: Really though, are you ever gonna tell them the truth?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh, about my job? [Pauses] Maybe when they’re older. I don’t need them knowing what I do, and I don’t want them thinking this is the right type of life for them.Bookmark here

Mom: Even Shin?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Especially Shin. He’d be the first one to try and become the second version of me because it’s ‘oh so cool’ or whatever. He doesn’t need to get into a job like this, even if the pay’s great, and especially if he hasn’t been specially scouted out like I was.Bookmark here

Mom: To think this all started because they saw how good you were back in those martial arts classes…Bookmark here

Ichigo: I don’t regret being a part of it though and getting selected and all that. I do think they honed the best in me, and I’ve become really effective in this. But this really isn’t for everyone, and I definitely think there’s better opportunities in the making for someone like Shin. Bookmark here

Mom: Ya, I don’t think he needs to get into this type of stuff. Having both of you turn out like that… I can’t bear to imagine.Bookmark here

Ichigo [Sticks his index finger up and interjects]: Oh, that’s right! That’s what I was meaning to ask! Shit!Bookmark here

Mom: Language!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Sorry, sorry! But I forgot to ask Yuki where Hiki and all of them are going!Bookmark here

Mom: Huh? What do you mean?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yuki mentioned that they were going somewhere. She kept asking me questions, so I never got to ask him where he was going.Bookmark here

Mom: Oh that? You didn’t hear?Bookmark here

Ichigo: How am I supposed to hear anything when I’m never in town?Bookmark here

Mom: Okay, that’s true. Bookmark here

Ichigo: So, what is it?Bookmark here

Mom: For their upper classes, Taki, Hiki and Kenji are all gonna be going out of town to Yokohama.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Seriously?Bookmark here

Mom: Yup. Apparently, they got selected for something or the other.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Like me?Bookmark here

Mom: I think theirs is more academics-based, but it was still scouting, nonetheless. They got offers to a school and accommodation, so they’re probably gonna be heading out.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Shin and the others?Bookmark here

Mom: It was only limited to three kids unfortunately, and you know those three.Bookmark here

Ichigo [Sighs]: Yeah. They’re just different. Good for them though.Bookmark here

Mom: Oh yeah, definitely. I do feel a bit bad for Shin though.Bookmark here

Ichigo: He’ll be fine. He’ll meet some new people in his upper-class years and he’ll keep with the guys who aren’t going as well. It may not be the same experience, but I think he’ll do well.Bookmark here

Mom: I hope so.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Don’t hope, haha. He’s the brains out of the both of us, I’m the toughness. It’s nice how unevenly distributed it is so we really know our strengths and weaknesses.Bookmark here

Mom: That’s fair. But you… you don’t go ahead and get yourself in too much trouble with this mission, alright?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, I know. I’ll get it done and not try and cause too much havoc.Bookmark here

Mom: Don’t rush things though, get it done the right way, we need you home in one piece, okay?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yup, will do! I didn’t get my nickname for nothing, you know?Bookmark here

Mom: I hate that nickname, Hell –, what was it?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Hellhound.Bookmark here

Mom: Ah, right. Cause you’re a really no-nonsense type of person on the case?Bookmark here

Ichigo: That I am, that I am.Bookmark here

Mom: Well alright, I have a night shift, so I won’t get to see you off tomorrow, so make sure you see to Shin when he comes home, and make sure you say goodbye to him either tonight or tomorrow, alright? He’ll be a mess if you don’t.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Will do. Don’t stress over me, I’ll be back before you guys know it, then I can go and play whatever games I want with my brother, for once.Bookmark here

Mom: Okay, I’ve got to head out, hopefully traffic won’t be too bad. Be safe on your trip, okay Ichi? Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yes mom, I’m 20 now and have been doing this for enough time to keep myself safe, haha. I’ll be fine, you make sure you get to work on time!Bookmark here

Mom: Okay, have a good trip Ichi!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Bye!Bookmark here

[His mom opens the front door, and hops into the family car before reversing and leaving]Bookmark here

Ichigo [Flops onto the couch, then speaks to himself]: I wish I didn’t have to lie about this one to ya, but you wouldn’t let me go if you knew what this was about.Bookmark here

[Ichigo closes his eyes, and the scene flips to the next day, early in the morning]Bookmark here

Ichigo [To himself]: Well, I got to say bye to Shin last night, so there’s nothing else. I can get going in peace.Bookmark here

[He walks down the stairs, only to see Shin downstairs]Bookmark here

Ichigo: Shin? It’s 5 am! Why are you awake? Getting such short amounts of sleep isn’t good for your brain you know!Bookmark here

Young Shin [Sleepily]: I know, I know, I just wanted to say goodbye to you once more.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Aw, thanks bro. I’ll miss you. I’ll make sure to get you something from out in Europe, I promise. Bookmark here

Young Shin: Promise?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, I promise. Now hurry off to bed, you look so sleepy.Bookmark here

Young Shin: Okay, I will. Have a good trip bro!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Thanks man, I appreciate it!Bookmark here

[Shin heads upstairs lazily, as Ichigo stands in front of the door and puts on his coat. He sees two headlights outside of the glass door, and opens the door]Bookmark here

Ichigo: Man, it’s cold as shit out here! Dang, no wonder people hate waking up this early to go out, y’know?Bookmark here

Takuya [Rolls down his window]: Yo, Ichigo, short time no see!Bookmark here

Ichigo: Man, it’s good to see ya, but why the hell is this such an early wake up?Bookmark here

Takuya: That’s just how the flight was scheduled, nothing we could do there.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Man… [Pauses] It’s just you in the car though, right?Bookmark here

Takuya: Yup.Bookmark here

Ichigo: So, shotgun?Bookmark here

Takuya: If you want it, take it, haha. Bookmark here

Ichigo: The heating better be blasting you scrooge.Bookmark here

Takuya: Scrooge? Me?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yes you. Bookmark here

Takuya: Oh, come on, that’s no way to talk to the man who gives you your luscious salary. Bookmark here

Ichigo: You could quadruple it if you wanted to, you know?Bookmark here

Takuya: Oh, come on, don’t bring that stuff up! Bookmark here

Ichigo [Opens the passenger side door and sits down]: I knew it, the heating's not on, damnit!Bookmark here

Takuya: It is!Bookmark here

Ichigo [Looks over] Being on the lowest god-damn setting isn’t being on damnit! Turn it up already, Jesus Christ!Bookmark here

Takuya: Fine, fine. How are you finding this cold though? Bookmark here

Ichigo: Compared to the afternoons this is freezing mate. Plus, you know where I was last.Bookmark here

Takuya: What, Sydney? It’s hot there now? Ain’t it winter?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Their winters are pretty warm and waking up doesn’t feel like you wake up in the back of a damn freezer.Bookmark here

Takuya: It’s like 6 degrees mate. [Pauses] Anyway…Bookmark here

[The car reverses out of the driveway and off onto the road]Bookmark here

Ichigo: What time’s the flight?Bookmark here

Takuya: 7:00.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Why the hell is it so early?Bookmark here

Takuya: Cause you’re flying back in time, so you’ll probably arrive at like noon local time.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Still, this is a pain. I’d rather take a night flight and arrive at midnight.Bookmark here

Takuya: You haven’t heard?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Heard what?Bookmark here

Takuya: They don’t allow flights to land after 11 pm now. There’s curfew in place till 5 am.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Really, eh?Bookmark here

Takuya: Tensions are flaring out there. People are saying that it’s probably gonna erupt into a full-scale war between those countries.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Hasn’t it already?Bookmark here

Takuya: Well, not officially. Then again, I don’t think anything’s gonna actually be recorded officially.Bookmark here

Ichigo: So, what your saying is, it’s a shitshow out there?Bookmark here

Takuya: Yup.Bookmark here

Ichigo: And you’re sending me in there… for what?Bookmark here

Takuya: There’s some troublemakers.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Troublemakers? The countries in chaos and you’re worried about troublemakers?Bookmark here

Takuya: Listen, I wouldn’t be asking the ace in the hole for this job if it wasn’t something big. Bookmark here

Ichigo: Fair, fair, but why the hell do I have to intervene? It’s all the way across the water in Europe. I know I do a bunch of international jobs, but they’re already beating the shit out of each other out there, can’t we just let em go?Bookmark here

Takuya: Not really.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Eh?! Why not?Bookmark here

Takuya: There’s one guy we’re kinda worried about.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh yeah? Spill.Bookmark here

Takuya: Last name’s Katarov. First name isn’t known. Big, tough, Russian guy.Bookmark here

Ichigo: You got a picture or something?Bookmark here

Takuya: Check the tablet in the glove.Bookmark here

Ichigo [Reaches down and opens the tablet, revealing a sketch of Katarov]: This is all we have?Bookmark here

Takuya: Y’know getting pictures of wanted criminals is damn hard.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Okay yeah, that’s fair. But still, you guys think this guy, singlehandedly, is gonna cause a mess in a place that’s already ripe with chaos?Bookmark here

Takuya: Yes… yes we do.Bookmark here

Ichigo: You’re crazy. You told me that this job was gonna be tough, I thought I’d have to bring down a group of people or someone in power or something. This guys just another criminal. Whatever though, I’m not gonna complain about getting something lighter than my pay grade.Bookmark here

Takuya: As much as I’d like to tell you that you’re right about it being easy, it just isn’t. Criminal or not, this guy’s probably on your level when it comes to one-on-one fighting.Bookmark here

Ichigo: That’s a lie.Bookmark here

Takuya: I’m being honest. He’s a pretty wanted guy for his opposition of the state, and he’s worked a bunch in the shadows, according to the information I have.Bookmark here

Ichigo: I don’t buy it. Yeah, he’s criminal, yeah he works with some other sketchy guys. You guys in the law really blow everything out of proportion and vilify everyone and everything. Scummy.Bookmark here

Takuya: That I can’t deny – we’re damn good at vilifying people we don’t. But there’s just something different about this guy, cause it wasn’t us who recommended you for it.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Huh? Then who did?Bookmark here

Takuya: They did. The Polish Government did, at least.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Really? [Pauses] Wow, that means I’m really well regarded internationally. Dang, I’m shook.Bookmark here

Takuya: You’d think that our ace in the hole would be world renowned, right? Like, I’m all for saying that this could be blown out of proportion, but they’re paying huge for you for this job, as you probably already know.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, when I saw the amount, holy shit. I didn’t think you guys had it, and whad’ya know, I’m right. Damn scrooge. Bookmark here

Takuya: You’re right on that note at least, there was no way that our people would’ve been able to fork over that type of money. That amount, it’s ridiculous.Bookmark here

Ichigo: So, you really think this is a big deal? That this guy’s someone special?Bookmark here

Takuya: Well, I’m the one who scouted ya out, so I’ll never talk bad on you, and I’ve never seen you lose a one-on-one scrap. You’re tough as nails for sure, but this guy just has a different type of aura to him. It’s not like it’s big, tough, and intimidating, it just resonates and sends shivers. Bookmark here

Ichigo: Does he have any lackeys or so?Bookmark here

Takuya: Well, none that we really have any leads on, but I wouldn’t really be surprised if he did. The way he talks and carries himself, that’s where that aura comes from. Plus being strong? Yeah, you bet your ass you’ll have a decent following.Bookmark here

Ichigo: So, what the government wants is for me to smash this guy down before he gets too big of a following and all that? Especially with all the tension building?Bookmark here

Takuya: That’s what it seems like, yeah. It’s weird cause we have a name, we have a face, we have all the information needed besides a picture, but we barely actually know anything about the guy.Bookmark here

Ichigo: No witnesses of what he’s done before?Bookmark here

Takuya: Nope.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Victims?Bookmark here

Takuya: Too dead to talk.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Former colleagues? Friends? Family?Bookmark here

Takuya: His parents passed some years back; he doesn’t have any brothers or sisters and other relatives claim to not know much or anything about him.Bookmark here

Ichigo: What about the colleagues?Bookmark here

Takuya: He doesn’t have a work history recorded. Maybe went under another name or something of the sort to get out of taxes and all. Who knows, we don’t have that information at least.Bookmark here

Ichigo: You think they have that type of information though?Bookmark here

Takuya: Whad’ya mean?Bookmark here

Ichigo: You think they haven’t given us information on purpose?Bookmark here

Takuya: Huh? Why would they do that? They’ve forked out such a grand…Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, yeah, they’re paying a ton or whatever, but couldn’t this just be a way to lure me out to fight this mystery guy and lose?Bookmark here

Takuya: Why the hell would they want that?Bookmark here

Ichigo: I don’t know. Couldn’t that be a possibility though, assuming he’s as strong as he is?Bookmark here

Takuya: Sure, it’s a possibility. It’s also a possibility that I grow wings and become a friggin bird. Some things just aren’t gonna happen.Bookmark here

Ichigo: No need to be sarcastic, scrooge.Bookmark here

Takuya: It’s true though. Like, what would they gain out of doing something like that?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Take down your enemies most threatening guy at the hands of a criminal, not your own hands.Bookmark here

Takuya: Enemy? [Laughs] Oh Ichi, that’s right, you’re clueless in how politics and all work.Bookmark here

Ichigo: What?Bookmark here

Takuya: You think we’d have a truce with these guys if they were our enemies? You think we’d oblige to their demands in the state that they’re in?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Well, no.Bookmark here

Takuya: Exactly. The Polish are a pretty good ally for us in Europe, so we help each other out in times like this – obviously with a cost though. Obviously, we aren’t gonna be sending in a battalion to go to bat for them during their little tension with the other Baltic countries, but if there’s a pest that we can get rid of, we’re happy to oblige if they can come up with a rich enough payout.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah, alright. That’s fair enough.Bookmark here

Takuya: Why’d a double-cross cross your mind all of a sudden though?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Oh nah, it just felt weird that they’d really need me for this, because I’m still not fully convinced of this guys strength… unless he really is a menace and they’re just hiding information, but I guess it’s wait and see, right?Bookmark here

Takuya: Yeah. I think the one issue is that you’re fighting there, not here.Bookmark here

Ichigo: That’s not a problem. I’ve done a number in enough countries; I can handle that.Bookmark here

Takuya: No, no, I mean like, you’ve never had a job that was in a country that was in the situation that they’re in right now, right?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Eh, that gives me more reason to run rampant. I can finally have a good enough fight, y’know? I’m tired of getting bored.Bookmark here

Takuya: Oh, so you’re enthralled by the thrill?Bookmark here

Ichigo: You could say that, yeah.Bookmark here

Takuya: Interesting, interesting. I mean, you do look like someone who’s got a lot of pent-up anger and all that, ahaha.Bookmark here

Ichigo: It’s not only that. I’m always doing chases and the lot in big cities where there’s so much surveillance. Sure, I’ve become good at being an assassin, or whatever you call them nowadays, but I always loved a straight up fist fight with no rules and everything on the line.Bookmark here

Takuya: But didn’t ya say that you think that this guy’s weak?Bookmark here

Ichigo: I think he’s weak, but I don’t know that for sure. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if he was strong as hell. Having a tough guy to take down makes you feel better about the victory if you aren’t holding back, you know?Bookmark here

Takuya: Yeah. Hopefully he isn’t worth the price they put on his head though.Bookmark here

Ichigo: I don’t think anyone’s worth the price they put on his head. Hell, I don’t even think I’m worth that much.Bookmark here

Takuya: Aw, don’t downplay yourself. Those brats from Sydney would probably value you at that, if I’m being honest.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Those guys were such bums, man. Sydney’s nice and all, but man, their thugs are a bunch of wusses. I didn’t even have the heart to beat em too badly, I just handed em off to the authorities.Bookmark here

Takuya: Wow look at ya, taking the under and throwing people in jail, rather than just killing them. That’s a first.Bookmark here

Ichigo: Knock it off. [Laughs] If you give me actual demons, yeah, I’ll slaughter them. These guys were just some hot shits who thought they’d make waves. Seeing how scared they were was enough for me to be honest.Bookmark here

Takuya: Haha. [Looks up throw the windshield] Oh shit, we’re already here.Bookmark here

Ichigo: No way man, how’d we get here so fast?Bookmark here

Takuya: We’re like 2 clicks out, but we’re basically there. Bookmark here

Ichigo: Don’t tell me…Bookmark here

Takuya: Going 150? Yeah, you bet your ass I did. And no one can pull us over cause of the car.Bookmark here

Ichigo: It’s crazy the number of privileges you guys in power get, y’know.Bookmark here

Takuya: Oh, I’m well aware, aha. But for the most part, we do the right things, and hell, you’re apart of us, even if you’re undercover. [Pauses] Anyway mate, go and do what you need to do, I’m counting on ya to not disappoint us, alright mister hellhound?Bookmark here

Ichigo: Yeah man, I won’t disappoint. Hopefully the job’s something interesting enough and worth my while at least.Bookmark here

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