Chapter 22:

Chapter 22


-Huuff huff... (person)Bookmark here

At night in a city with very peculiar buildings, a man runs in the middle of a deserted street, it seems he was running away from something. He was quite scared and desperate, to the point where he didn't know where he was running, until it took him to a dead end street. He looks around looking for an escape, until he hears the sound of a can being dropped, at which point he is consumed by fear, he loses the strength to stand up and falls to the ground.Bookmark here

-Please... don't come any closer. (people)Bookmark here

A shadow is reflected on the wall he was leaning against.Bookmark here

-NOOOOOOOOOOO!! (people)Bookmark here

Thursday 10/15 7:50.Bookmark here

Inside Akemi's office, she was reviewing some documents while Souta prepared coffee for them to drink.Bookmark here

-Here it is. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Oh thanks. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-How is he? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhhh, it's very smooth, it looks like you mixed something in it to get rid of the bitter taste. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I remember you saying that you didn't like very bitter coffee, that's why I mixed some chocolate in the middle of the coffee powder, making it, in addition to being sweeter, lose some of its bitterness. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I didn't expect you to know so much about coffee. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I love it, that's why I know so much. I like how drinking a simple cup gives me the feeling that everything is calmer around me. As if I entered a submerged state of reality. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, I can feel it too, everything is so calm, silent and peaceful. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Eeehh... everything so peaceful... I wanted this feeling to last forever... (Souta)Bookmark here

WAAAANNN! [noise of door slamming]Bookmark here

-IT´S SHOW TIME!! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Well, it looks like my happiness just went away. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes. (Akemi)Bookmark here

With dead eyes Souta and Akemi throw the rest of their coffee into a pot with a plant.Bookmark here

-Hey what are you doing? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Doesn't matter, say what you want? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Why does it look like you're mad at me? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Because I have enough reasons. (Souta)Bookmark here

-So Ryu, what job did you take this time? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Ahhhh... actually I was in need of help with this, after our last job there was no more interesting case for us to solve. I'm getting really bored, even classes are tiring. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here


-Haaa! You're just jealous because I have this badge that lets me miss every class and you don't. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I don't know if I feel angry with your snobbish face or sorry for the stupidity. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhh! (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Hmmm? What was it? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I just remembered that we won a new case this morning. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-A new case? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, this one. It appears that a city is having a large number of disappearances, there is no clue as to the possible culprit, but the residents suspect that it is some cursed spirit that is haunting the city. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-A spirit? What is it, Scooby and his friends were too busy to figure it out and sent this to us. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Obviously this is a mistake of the residents, it must be someone pretending to be a ghost to scare everyone and not be discovered. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yes, it seems that we have no choice, after all there is no way for him not to accept this request... (Souta)Bookmark here

-Huh? What are you talking about? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki was tinkering with the coffee machine.Bookmark here

-Ryu... what are you doing? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Me? Humph... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki opens a simple smile on his face.Bookmark here

-You know, sometimes we have to rest, do nothing, unite with nature, do you understand? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Could it be Ryu... that you're afraid of ghosts? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Huh? Hahahaha what are you talking about? Hahahahaha of course not. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki starts drinking from his coffee cup.Bookmark here

-What are you doing? This cup is empty. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhhh... are you feeling it? It's like I'm submerged... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Souta and Akemi begin to force Ryusaki to solve the case.Bookmark here


Ryusaki clings to the door so as not to be taken away.Bookmark here

-Release Ryu! (Souta)Bookmark here

-NEVER!! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Ryu! We have to solve this case. They placed an order for us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-If that's the case, send them to call the ghost hunters. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-What are you talking about Ryu? Stop being a crybaby and come p***! (Souta)Bookmark here

They manage to get Ryusaki to let go of the door and lead him being dragged on the ground as he pleads for help to everyone they pass.Bookmark here

Thursday 10/15 7:50 PM.Bookmark here

After a long car journey, Ryusaki, Souta and Akemi finally reach their destination. They were immediately surprised by the structure of the place, it was as if the city was built based on a horror movie.Bookmark here

-This is amazing, I've never seen anything like this. (Akemi)Bookmark here

- Count Drakula must be the mayor for her to be like that. Don't you think Ryu too? (Souta)Bookmark here

The two look back and don't see Ryusaki.Bookmark here

-What is that? Did he get to his feet while we weren't looking? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Where did he go? (Akemi)Bookmark here


-Akemi, did you happen to hear that? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I heard. I'm starting to get scared, what if in fact Ryu has already been kidnapped? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Which? That's impossible, after all these ghost things don't... (Souta)Bookmark here

-RUUUOHHHHHHHHH! (monster)Bookmark here

Something with a deformed face goes towards Souta and Akemi.Bookmark here

-AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! (Souta and Akemi)Bookmark here

-Hahahahahahahaha. (monster)Bookmark here

-Huh? Why did he start laughing out of nowhere? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I understand, it's you right Ryu? Trying to scare us with that mask. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta goes to the monster.Bookmark here

-Hmmmm? (monster)Bookmark here

-DIEAAAA!! (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta punched the monster in the face and as soon as he fell to the ground he continued punching in anger.Bookmark here

-I'll teach you never to scare us like that again in life. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Hey! You have to try this ice cream they sell, it's just amazing. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Not now Ryu! I'm giving you a lesson you'll never... wait, if you're there. Who? (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta removes the monster's mask and sees that it was just a stranger.Bookmark here

-Hmmmm, who is this? Ta p***!! His face is all deformed what happened? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here


-I am fine. (unknown)Bookmark here

-Fortunately. Is there a hospital nearby for us to take you to? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yes, next to the cinema, there is a hospital. (unknown)Bookmark here

-Okay, we'll take you there, so please hold on a little longer. (Akemi)Bookmark here

They take him to the hospital to be examined and wait for the result in the waiting room.Bookmark here

-So you mean that Souta became some kind of delinquent? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Shut up, I thought it was you. (Souta)Bookmark here

-What?! You mean you wanted to do that to me? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Calm down, calm down, Souta ended up losing his mind at the time, after all that guy was trying to scare us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Scare? Like this? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-So I see you've already found him. (?)Bookmark here

-Who is it? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Nice to meet you, I'm Marie, I'm the 13th generation of the founder of this city. (Marie)Bookmark here

-Tell us Marie, how do you know him? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-The person you found, was Mr. John, he has the habit of scaring everyone who tries to visit our city. (Marie)Bookmark here

-You mean he's some kind of maniac or something? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Not exactly that, but then, where is he? (Marie)Bookmark here

- Lying on a stretcher, between life and death. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-WHAT? WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM? (Marie)Bookmark here

-This guy here. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I'm sorry, I ended up losing my mind and going after him. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I see... it's okay, it's natural that this would happen sooner or later. (Marie)Bookmark here

-You who brought Mr. John here? (doctor)Bookmark here

-Yes, it was us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Looks like he's alright, so you can rest assured. (doctor)Bookmark here

-Wow. (Souta)Bookmark here

-How lucky you are, Souta. This time you were almost to blame for the murder. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Shut up. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I know we don't know each other right yet, but could you please let me introduce the city? (Marie)Bookmark here

-Of course, it will be extremely helpful to have someone who knows her to introduce us, it will help a lot in our investigation. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Investigation? (Marie)Bookmark here

-Yes, we came here because of a request. (Souta)Bookmark here

-SO YOU REALLY CAME??!!!! (Marie)Bookmark here

In the middle of a busy street, where people all walked in classic clothes, Ryusaki and his colleagues were guided by Marie.Bookmark here

-I'm sorry for my emotion earlier, is that I never thought you would come. (Marie)Bookmark here

-So it was you who sent us the order? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yes, actually I've been trying to ask for help for years, but everyone refused and no one ever came. (Marie)Bookmark here

-All refused? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Yes, only you have come so far. (Marie)Bookmark here

-What was Ryu? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Wasn't it just me who was afraid of ghosts? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Is that what you're worried about? (Souta)Bookmark here


-Who is he? (Akemi)Bookmark here

Marie frowns a little at this point.Bookmark here

-He's our mayor. (Marie)Bookmark here


-Hmmm. Looks like he's happy. (Souta)Bookmark here


-Or not. (Souta)Bookmark here

-These filthy pigs are insisting on corrupting our beloved city with their disgusting auras. BUT THIS IS ABOUT TO END, WITH ME HERE, I WILL MAKE NONE OF THEM DARE TO COME BACK HERE! (Mayor)Bookmark here

-UOOOOOHHHHHH!! (citizens)Bookmark here

The mayor bows to the audience and leaves.Bookmark here

-But what was that? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Marie, could you explain to us what's going on? I believe it is important to our investigation. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Could we talk about it while we have a coffee? I believe this will take a while. (Marie)Bookmark here

In a very rustic bakery with tables spread across the street, Ryusaki and his friends sit to hear what Marie would tell them.Bookmark here

-So where do I start? (Marie)Bookmark here

-I think from the beginning it would be better. (Souta)Bookmark here

-So let's go back to 40 years ago, in a time when I wasn't even born, there was a child with great pride in the city, she loved every part of it, after all that's where he grew up. However, as he got older, he realized that some people didn't give the same value as he did, those people were tourists. He saw them throw trash around the city, break some monuments and pollute the air in that region without caring, for him it was obvious that they wouldn't mind, it wasn't their house, they just came here to have fun and they were leaving. When he asked the elders, they said they couldn't do anything, that they put up notice boards, but even so they disobeyed them and continued to do these infractions. It was then that that child began to grow up with a great grudge in his heart. Over the years he gained loyal subordinates who followed him, he gained the trust of all citizens and at age 16 he made a revolution. By forcing all tourists to leave or die by staying, he began his mandate not to let any more tourists dare enter our city. It completely changed politics and education, causing everyone to be taught from an early age that tourists were despicable beings. (Marie)Bookmark here

-Let me guess, was this person that mayor? (Souta)Bookmark here

-No, this person who spent the years hating tourists, ended up disappearing completely from society, no one knows for sure where he is. The new mayor is just one of his loyal followers. (Marie)Bookmark here

-So you mean that Mr. John is another faithful follower? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Why did you finish this? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, since the haunting started to scare off tourists and gained fame even outside the city, he started to dress like a monster to try to scare away the new tourists who were entering the city. (Marie)Bookmark here

-So, it means that everyone really hates tourists. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I do not think so. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Why do you think that? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-When we arrived in town and I went to buy ice cream at the store, or even at the hospital and here, we were treated very well, I can't believe these people really hated us. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Yes, there are some people who want this policy to end and most of them own the commercial establishments. This happens, because since it was implemented, our trade started to fall and we stopped buying things that came from abroad. That made our city stay in the past, we don't have TV, modern clothes, even our carts ended up lacking parts or medicine to give to the horses. We are increasingly regressing, which is why a large part agrees to end this policy, so that an opposition group has been created. (Marie)Bookmark here

-We need to meet them! (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Huh? (Marie)Bookmark here

-Marie, you said there was a group right? We need their help. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-But why do you need their help? (Marie)Bookmark here

-You just told us that people hate tourists, obviously this ghost is one of those people trying to drive them away so they don't come back. That's why we need the power of these opponents to catch the culprit. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Exactly. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Hehehe. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I understand, but I don't know if I can take you to the leader, you know, just in case. (Marie)Bookmark here

-OK. We understand. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-It would be kind of difficult to get everyone together, but luckily a meeting was scheduled for tomorrow at eight pm, so it will be very easy to make them meet. (Marie)Bookmark here

-How lucky. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Looks like we're off to a good start in this investigation, isn't it Ryu? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Huh? Oh yes, sure. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Did something happen Ryu? (Souta)Bookmark here

-That little candle sitting behind me. Since we arrived she hasn't stopped staring at us. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-I believe she's in favor of the mayor's policy. I think it would be better if you don't wear these outside clothes anymore. (Marie)Bookmark here

-You're right, I think we'd better mix it up so we don't cause problems. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Do not worry! I have the perfect location for this. (Marie)Bookmark here

Marie takes them to a large clothing store that covered an entire city block by herself.Bookmark here

-Marie is you! (store owner)Bookmark here

-Shizu! (Marie)Bookmark here

The two run towards each other and embrace.Bookmark here

-Hahahahaha. How I missed you. (Shizu)Bookmark here

-I'm sorry, I was pretty busy helping my dad. (Marie)Bookmark here

-It's okay, don't worry. (Shizu)Bookmark here

-Ohhhh, you really know a lot of people. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Who are them? (Shizu)Bookmark here

-These are outsiders who agreed to help us with the investigation. (Marie)Bookmark here

-And even! I thought they would never come. Thank you very much!! (Shizu)Bookmark here

-No need to thank us now, we haven't done anything yet. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Shizu I need your help, could see us common clothes for them. (Marie)Bookmark here

-But of course, leave it to me, if you're going to help with the investigation I'll do whatever it takes. Please follow me. (Shizu)Bookmark here

She took extremely elegant clothes to give to the three, who put them on right after receiving them.Bookmark here

-I think it got a little tight on me. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I believe that's normal. (Souta)Bookmark here

While they were getting ready, Shizu began whispering to Marie.Bookmark here

-Hey! Now tell me Marie, who is that over there? (Shizu)Bookmark here

-Ahhnn, were you interested by any chance? (Marie)Bookmark here

What are they talking about? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ahhh, I thought he was cute. (Shizu)Bookmark here

It's not possible? “interested” and “cute”, is this that famous event? Looks like my time to shine has finally arrived, I never thought the day I was popular with girls would come. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yeah, he has an interesting face, but it won't happen, from what I saw he seems to be dating the pretty girl. (Marie)Bookmark here

Hehehehehe, wait, do they think I'm involved with Akemi? That doesn't make a lot of sense, because she and I didn't even show Marie anything to think about it. That means they were talking about... (Souta)Bookmark here

-Ryuuuu... (Souta)Bookmark here

-Hmmmm, did you call me? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Die you worthless worm. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Huh? What did I do? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-So, what did you think? (Shizu)Bookmark here

-They're perfect, thank you very much. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Well, well, no need to thank me. (Shizu)Bookmark here

-Then I think we're already going. (Marie)Bookmark here

-Ehhhh, really? (Shizu)Bookmark here

-I still have to find a place for them to sleep and it's getting late. (Marie)Bookmark here

-OK. Please, when all this investigation is over, don't forget to stop by to visit me. (Shizu)Bookmark here

-Don't worry, we'll go. (Akemi)Bookmark here

After arriving at the hotel, Marie tells them that she needs to resolve some issues about the meeting tomorrow and says goodbye to them leaving them alone.Bookmark here

-Looks like it's all taken care of. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Ahhhhhh, finally. I couldn't stand walking anymore, now we can sleep and rest. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Not really. (Akemi)Bookmark here

Ryusaki feels a shiver running down his spine and slips away so no one would notice.Bookmark here

-And why can't we sleep? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Now is the perfect time for the monster to show its face, so we can't miss this opportunity. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I understood. Then we will act. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes. Hope you also come with us Ryu. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Kyaaaaa. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Where you were thinking you were going. (Souta)Bookmark here

-You know... I don't think it's a good idea for the three of us to go investigate. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-It's because? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I already know! We'll split up, you two will look for him around town and I'll guard the perimeter around here. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Which?! Not fud****... (Souta)Bookmark here

-OK. So we are going. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Which? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Let's go Souta. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Oh yeah, wait. (Souta)Bookmark here

In the middle of town, two people walk through it carrying a pair of flashlights, looking for something.Bookmark here

-Seriously, I can't believe you agreed to that. (Souta)Bookmark here

-That idiot would only disturb us, seriously, he's so scared of something that doesn't even exist, he's still a child. He better stay behind anyway so I can concentrate on my work. (Akemi)Bookmark here

Wait... what is this... is Akemi cursing Ryu? God, if this is one of your acts, know that your child is ready to accept your grace. (Souta)Bookmark here

-He may be a genius and have an impeccable deduction in court, but he is very stupid and acts like a child... (Akemi)Bookmark here

YES! YES! YES! YES! (Souta)Bookmark here

-He doesn't take anything seriously. (Akemi)Bookmark here

YES! YES! YES! [YES! YES! YES!] (Souta)Bookmark here

-Frankly it looks like a scared little animal... (Akemi)Bookmark here

YES! YES! YES! YES! (Souta)Bookmark here

-But in a way... that attitude of his is even cute. (Akemi)Bookmark here

AT THE! AT THE! AT THE! AT THE! [NOT! NOT! NOT! NO!] (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, in a way he is very attractive. (Akemi)Bookmark here

What the f*** is this?! She must have been continuing to curse him, not getting more and more attracted to him. God you bastard. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Akemi concentrate. I think I heard a noise. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Huh? I'm sorry I ended up getting lost in thought. Where did the noise come from? (Akemi)Bookmark here

Actually, I didn't hear anything, I just wanted you to seem to talk about Ryu. Seriously, he can't even be protecting our hotel, that bastard must be sleeping at this time. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I can not sleep. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

I know they're both in a lot of danger out there, but I can't help but be tense about this situation. There's a monster walking around and I'm alone here in this room, by the way, I'm in a very unfavorable position. If he walked through the door he would have full view of me on the bed. I think I better hide in this closet next door. Even if the monster entered the room he wouldn't know where I am. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki gets out of bed and walks to the closet. He opens it to hide and his view of the closet is a picture of an all black man deformed and contorted inside the closet. The figure was staring at him, it was as if she was waiting for him to open the door to attack him, Ryusaki doesn't show any reaction, he just slowly closes the closet door. When he turns his back to run, the monster breaks the locker and jumps on top of him.Bookmark here

-AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

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