Chapter 26:

Chapter 26


In a completely devastated hall, where the only thing that was found was three people and a dead body, you could hear the noise of something running towards those people.Bookmark here

-Folks!! You guys are fine!! (Marie)Bookmark here

-Marie! Where were you? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Kyaaaa!! This is... (Marie)Bookmark here

-Yeah... the monster attacked her just now, there was nothing we could do. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-What happened? I was talking to the leader. What happened while I was gone? (Marie)Bookmark here

-You must have noticed that you hear a blackout in the mansion, after that Akemi lit a lighter and lit the place, however the monster took advantage of the lack of light to attack. As Akemi was with the light source, I think this caught the monster's attention and made him try to attack her. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes, luckily I managed to dodge the attack and fled with Souta under a table, but unfortunately this girl ended up being killed in my place. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I see... (Marie)Bookmark here

-Things are getting more and more complicated. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I think we have no other choice! (Marie)Bookmark here

-What do you mean? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Things are over the limit, we can't wait any longer, so I'll show you our leader. Please follow me. (Marie)Bookmark here

The three followed Marie down a long upstairs corridor.Bookmark here

-Aren't you a little sudden? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yeah... what if he doesn't want to talk to us? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Don't worry, I was already setting up this meeting. A little earlier I had told him about you, who were here at the mansion. At first he was a little surprised and said he would think a little bit first, so he asked me to sort out some tasks that needed to be completed in the library while he thought about it. (Marie)Bookmark here

-So, you mean that in the end he accepted? (Souta)Bookmark here

-I still haven't heard your answer. (Marie)Bookmark here

So he's really going to be pissed at you for us to take him to him. (Akemi and Souta)Bookmark here

-I think he'll love meeting you, so don't worry. (Marie)Bookmark here

Souta as he walked looked suspiciously at Marie.Bookmark here

A little earlier, before Marie found the three of them in the lobby.Bookmark here

-Ryusaki, I know this is not the best time to say this. But you still have suspicions about Marie, don't you? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Forgive me... if you want I stop distrusting her! I can try to accept it without any fear... (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-It's not that. I think from that point on there's no denying that she's our prime suspect. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Eeehhh... everything happened in a very strange way. First our hotel and now this meeting she arranged with the association staff, on all those occasions he's shown up and tried to kill us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yes, whatever is happening, Marie is not a poor thing, she has something to do with this whole story. That's why Ryu, I want you to watch her steps closely, even more than you've watched so far. If at the end of it all you tell us it's her, I'll take your word for it a hundred percent and I'll arrest her right away. (Souta)Bookmark here

-OK. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Back to the present.Bookmark here

-We're here! This is the door to the leader's room. (Marie)Bookmark here

Marie goes to the door and knocks three times.Bookmark here

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-In between. (?)Bookmark here

-Excuse me, I brought a visitor. (Marie)Bookmark here

-Oyahoo! Good night boss! (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

The old man who was sitting in the chair looks at them.Bookmark here

-Are these people by any chance? (leader)Bookmark here

-Yes, they are the people I spoke of. (Marie)Bookmark here

-I understand. Nice to meet you, I'm Kevin Orlando Rola, I'm from the 12th generation descendant of the founder of this city. (Kevin O. Rola)Bookmark here

As I thought, this generation title seems to be something extremely important to these people. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-My name is Ryu. Only Ryu himself is great. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Nice, I'm Akemi. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Nice, my name is Souta. (Souta)Bookmark here

-So, first of all I have something to ask you. (Kevin)Bookmark here

It was too complicated, he didn't seem happy with our presence. What will he ask of us? (Souta)Bookmark here

The gentleman gets up from his chair, at that time the three were extremely surprised by his height and his bearing, he didn't look like he was sitting, but he measured about 1.93 meters and, despite his face looking old, his body was in excellent condition. He faces the three of them and suddenly makes his move.Bookmark here

-PLEASE I BEG YOU! SAVE OUR CITY! (Kevin)Bookmark here

Aaaaaaaa???... (Ryusaki, Souta and Akemi)Bookmark here

-Papa! Don't kneel down like that suddenly, you could burst your spine. (Marie)Bookmark here

-That's right Dad, you're pretty old, any slip and you're fu... wait Marie, what did you call him? (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Ahhh. Hahahahahahahaha. (Marie)Bookmark here

Marie and Kevin sit together with the three of them on the sofa and explain the situation.Bookmark here

-I see, so you are really father and daughter. (Souta)Bookmark here

-It makes a little sense now for a person so young to take care of such important matters. (Akemi)Bookmark here

I don't think you can say that, as you are also young and have one of the biggest companies in Japan in investigations. (Souta)Bookmark here

-I'm sorry for not having told you before. It's just that I didn't find the right time for it, I also have to keep as much secret about it. Because no one in this town can know that my father is the leader. (Marie)Bookmark here

-And why couldn't they? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Because of my past. (Kevin)Bookmark here

-Father, no! You don't need to force yourself into anything. (Marie)Bookmark here

-It's okay Marie. After all, they are people you trust a lot, aren't they? So it's okay for me to tell them that. (Kevin)Bookmark here

-OK. If you say pope. (Maire)Bookmark here

-Please sir, if it's useful information in our investigation. Please explain all the details without missing anything. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Very well, you may have already heard about the former mayor of the city who made frightening measures for the tourists who passed through here so that none would be left... (Kevin)Bookmark here

I think I was a little wrong about this little gentleman, I thought he was grumpy and a terrible person, but he is extremely good people and is even helping us by telling us about his story. (Souta)Bookmark here

-That mayor who abolished all tourists... it was me. (Kevin)Bookmark here

I have to stop judging people so quickly! This little gentleman is not at all kind!! (Souta)Bookmark here

-I can't believe why you who did all that and are now leading a revolution against the system you installed yourself? (Akemi) Bookmark here

-Out of regret. At the time I was very young and didn't really understand how the world worked, but after kicking everyone out I could see society changing, but not in the way I expected. I thought that all things would improve and fix themselves, but I was wrong, I was very naive to believe that, not only were some things not resolved but others were getting worse and worse. (Kevin) Bookmark here

-How the economy? (Souta) Bookmark here

-Yes, that was the first thing I realized. I was totally baffled by the whole situation I created. However, the people could not see these things, for them it was a complete victory, they were euphoric and could not see around them what was really happening. Not knowing what to do I decided to run away from all that, I stayed hidden inside the house, I was already quite grown up at that time, but it seemed like I was a scared child. The way I saw the world and swore it was reality was completely wrong, at that moment I was just a lost child not knowing anything. That's when she appeared, a traveler who became interested in the history of our city. She came to my house first, as she was lost and didn't know where the city was. (Kevin) Bookmark here

“-Can you tell me where she is? (?) Bookmark here

-I think you better not go there. They hate and despise all tourists. You will not be welcome. (Kevin) Bookmark here

-I know. (?) Bookmark here

-If you know why you still want to go there? (Kevin) Bookmark here

-To meet the man-eating monster! (?) Bookmark here

-Are you crazy by any chance? Do you want to die? (Kevin) Bookmark here

-But aren't you curious too? (?) Bookmark here

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-Curious? (Kevin) Bookmark here

-Yes! Curious, in seeing the beast up close, they say that it is the very hatred that the former mayor had that ended up taking the form of a demon. (?) Bookmark here

-This is ridiculous. You are crazy. (Kevin)" Bookmark here

-And that's how I met the woman who would later become the mother of my daughter, she was very naive and carefree, but it was this side of her that attracted me and made me be enchanted by her. (Kevin) Bookmark here

-So you mean your mother was a tourist Marie? (Souta) Bookmark here

-Yes, but no one in town knows about it, just me and my father are the only ones who know about it. (Marie) Bookmark here

-And where is she right now? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Unfortunately... she ended up dying of an illness shortly after giving birth... that day, I still remember... how beautiful her face was. (Kevin)Bookmark here

-My condolences... (Akemi)Bookmark here

-But now that you know my story, let's get to the main subject. What is your goal and how can I help you? (Kevin)Bookmark here

-Our objective is simple, we are investigators and we are here to unmask the person dressed as a monster. (Souta)Bookmark here

-Unmask you say?... so let me ask you something, what would happen if this monster actually wasn't a fantasy person but a real beast? (Kevin)Bookmark here

-Do you really think that's not a human being? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Of course not, that is really a demon. (Kevin)Bookmark here

-Wh-wh-what nonsense. Monsters don't exist. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

If you really believe that why are you shaking with fear? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Anyway, we will arrest this creature and prevent it from causing more damage to the city. Unfortunately we are not politicians or anyone of importance trying to help you convince others that tourists should be accepted. Forgive us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-No, actually you are already helping us a lot trying to defeat the devil. (Marie)Bookmark here

-I understand, anyway, if it's the real monster or not, you'll capture it. I can really help you with this, so ask for whatever you want, I promise to do my best to put an end to this terrible beast. (Kevin)Bookmark here

-So let's go straight to our plan... (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Do we have a plan? (Souta)Bookmark here

-No idea, I was being excluded until now, how would I know if we have a plan or not. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Then let's go to my plan. (Akemi)Bookmark here

Marie takes a map of the city and opens it for Akemi to show them what she was planning.Bookmark here

-We are here and the city center is here, this is the place we passed this morning, where a victim ended up being attacked and killed and this is my friend's clothing store. (Marie)Bookmark here

-Thank you Marie, now let's move on. When we were walking around the city I noticed an excellent place to ambush the beast and it's this one, between this mansion, Marie's friend's store and the center, it's wide open and surrounded by some buildings, that is, it's perfect for us to see well what happens around if we position ourselves on top of these buildings and at the same time to limit the view of the monster and its escape route. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I understand, but to attract us we will need a bait... (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta and Akemi look at Ryusaki who was white and transfixed with the idea that someone would serve as bait.Bookmark here

-If you want, I can serve as a... (Marie)Bookmark here

-It's not going to work. (Souta)Bookmark here

-The monster will only appear if the person is one of the three of us. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-It's okay... I'll be the bait. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

-Ryu... you don't need to force yourself, it doesn't necessarily have to be you. (Souta)Bookmark here

-It is not alright. Plus I feel like she really wants to taste my meat, so if so I'm sure she'll be attracted more easily. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki looked at Akemi, she looked deep into his eyes and saw that he was really serious about being the bait.Bookmark here

-So it's okay, you'll be the bait. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-That's it? There is nothing else? (Kevin)Bookmark here

-We are dealing with something that acts impulsively, the simpler the plan, the more chances we have of it being successful. Because the issue here is time and we don't have much time to waste planning something more elaborate, we have to act as soon as possible. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I see, the faster we put it into practice, the better. (Kevin)Bookmark here

Akemi goes to Souta and speaks in a low tone in his ear so that only he could hear.Bookmark here

-I need to talk about something. (Akemi)Bookmark here

Leaving Ryusaki with Marie and her father, Souta and Akemi went outside.Bookmark here

-So, what did you want to talk about? (Souta)Bookmark here

-It's about Marie, we can't let her be alone. If that happens our plan could be ruined. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-I understand, if she stays out of our sight, there is a possibility that she will meet the person dressed as a monster and give away our movements. (Souta)Bookmark here

-So you understand. The important thing is always someone to keep an eye on her, we've been deceived for a long time, if we let her lead this game it will be our end. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-Yes. The time she was in control of the situation is over, now it's our turn to take the lead. (Souta)Bookmark here

Akemi nods in agreement with what Souta has said.Bookmark here

-Now you will tell Ryu about what we talked here, while I watch over Marie. (Akemi)Bookmark here

-OK. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta and Akemi return to the room. Marie looks at them entering. Akemi sits in the armchair across from them, while Souta goes to Ryu and leads him out of the room this time.Bookmark here

-Did something happen? (Marie)Bookmark here

-No... we were just getting ready, after all... we're facing a monster, aren't we? (Akemi)Bookmark here

-So you understand? (Souta)Bookmark here

-Yes. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

Ryusaki looked very thoughtful and Souta noticed this.Bookmark here

-Hey Ryu! Tell me, do you know who's the culprit behind all this? Not that I want to defend Marie or anything. I just don't want to regret it in the end, distrusting a person who was so kind to me. (Souta)Bookmark here

Souta begins to remember the first day they found her and how she went out of her way to help them.Bookmark here

-Ahhh. A person who just shows up out of nowhere and is in favor of helping you with everything, because “he also thinks this is the best way”, who gets along with you from the start and doesn't seem to be any problem. There's no way a perfect person like that appears right away. We were attacked in the hotel she prepared for us, we were attacked in the mansion she made available... after all that, I have no doubt who is the culprit behind this. (Ryusaki)Bookmark here

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