Chapter 14:

Akazawa

One Thousand Mornings: Chapter 2: Rebirth


    An interview played in the background as footsteps could be heard pacing to and fro. “The government is withholding secrets from us, dangerous secrets that could be at the center of these recent attacks on our nation,” a voice could be heard claiming. “They’re afraid to tell the truth …” Bookmark here

     The television set clipped off as the few remaining officers navigated their way towards a conference room. Filing in one by one, they all directed themselves to their seats in the overstuffed space. At the front of the room, the Chief was flanked by two other men to his left, and another man and woman to his right. All dressed in a white collared shirt overlaid with a black suit jacket; save for one woman who wore a black suit, and a jacket as staunch white as snow. Notably missing from the room were both detectives, Kawamura and Lee.Bookmark here

     Small chatter rattled amongst the group while the Chief stood still. As the noise began to dissipate, the room lights slowly dimmed, and a beam of light shot itself from up above, plastering a white light onto the wall just behind the Chief and the other four individuals. Their shadow casted against the wall, significantly expanding their presence within the room. All the officers were now silent and focused straight ahead. The four individuals then took a seat behind a long table that stretched across the width of the front of the room, leaving the Chief the only one left standing. As an image projected onto the wall, the Chief began to speak.Bookmark here

          · At around 5:30pm, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrived on the scene at Osaki Station following reports of a woman who committed suicide by leaping in front of an oncoming train. She died instantly. The victim’s name was Ms. Naomi Honshou.Bookmark here

          · Five minutes after Ms. Honshou had committed suicide, Detective Lee and Interpol Agent Saori discovered Reiko Honshou’s; the daughter and only child of Ms. Naomi Honshou, remains packed carefully in a box left sitting in the living room of their home. The body was cut in to 24 pieces, with its muscle carefully sliced away. The body was then drained of all its blood, giving the assumption that the procedure was done by a highly skilled medical professional. The only trace of evidence to the culprit was a note taped to the bottom of the box which read, “Courtesy of The Organization”.Bookmark here

          · By 6pm, Murano Akazawa appeared in front of Reiko Honshou’s home, kneeling in the middle of the road with her hands held behind her head. According to her statement, she was the person responsible for transporting Reiko’s body. She is currently being held for interrogation.Bookmark here

          · Prior to this, at approximately 5:20pm, Tokyo Police Headquarters was attacked by what is currently being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. 6 officers have suffered injuries following what is believed to be the use of some form of electronic weapon. Two of which are in critical condition. The effects of the device are consistent with that of Neuro-Weapons. Bookmark here

     “There is currently no clear connection between the incident involving the Honshou family, and the attack on the Police force as of yet,” The Police Chief firmly stated to a room filled with distressed officers, detectives, and other members of the force. “But hear my words clearly, for we will pry through tooth and nail, walk through lightening and fire, and trek through a typhoon if we have to in order to catch these bastards! Not a single officer in this room will sleep until we have answers. Do I make myself clear?”Bookmark here

     “Hai!” The room of officers forcibly chanted in unison.Bookmark here

     “Then what are you all waiting for?” the Chief followed. “You have your orders, get going!”Bookmark here

     As the room scrambled on the one woman donned in her white coat stood up and faced the chief. Gathering his documents, he briefly glanced up at her. “I’ll give him one last chance,” he stated before exiting the room. Leaving the woman behind as her expression grew impatient. Bookmark here

     Pacing his steps as he navigated through the inner maze of the Police Precinct, Kawamura narrowed his focus down to one thing… an answer.Bookmark here

     “Detective!” the Chief called out from behind. As Kawamura stopped walking, he could hear the Chief’s footsteps pressing closer and closer. Kawamura turned his head ever so slightly only to catch a glimpse of the Chief standing over his shoulders. Bookmark here

     “People are calling for me to take you off this case.Bookmark here

     “Too many lives lost on your watch. Not to mention you were gone for two years.”Bookmark here

     The Chief crept himself up beside Kawamura while looking straight ahead. “Tell me why I should trust that you won’t just walk off like you did before?”Bookmark here

     Kawamura pressed his thumb against his wedding ring as he rolled his eyes towards the Chief. Although he was looking in his direction, he saw straight past him, focused more on his own thoughts. The two stood there for a moment without a single word. “Maybe you should just stay quiet; better that then you ticking me off,” the chief remarked as he steadily began walking forward ahead of the detective. However, Kawamura wasn’t so willing to relinquish the last word.Bookmark here

     “If it’s someone that can take a case and go through all the checkmarks then fine, find whoever you want. But if you want this case solved, then I’m the only person you’ve got.” Kawamura stood facing the Chief’s back with his expression rigid. The Chief nearly slowed for a second before saying, “You’re getting ahead of yourself, detective. We’re no longer just answering a missing person report anymore. You do understand that don’t you?” The Chief then continued at his original pace while adding, “Don’t let me regret letting you into this room.”Bookmark here

     Kawamura twisted his mouth slightly as he watched the Chief walk off ahead of him, only to then follow suit.Bookmark here

     He stepped into a dark room, save for the light passing through the two-way mirror that stretched across the entirety of the wall to his left. Already present in the room were Detective Lee and Agent Saori. They all peered through the glass into the adjacent room, where Murano Akazawa sat; hands chained to a metal table in confinement. The time was now 7pm.Bookmark here

     “How did we miss this?” asked an unenthusiastic Lee. “We didn’t,” responded Kawamura, “there weren’t any leads.” Saori looked upon the two men as they swept up the loose grains of their scattered thoughts. “So, instead you followed behind Chiasa with a circus crowd?” she ironically queried. Silent, Kawamura simply glanced upon her with indifference. Standing to the side, the Chief held his arms crossed and his posture stiff as a board. A perturbed feeling of quietness tiptoed its way into the atmosphere. Reiko’s death and the recent attack on the precinct became a pool of quicksand, rapidly sinking the investigation into unimaginable depths. They were barely holding their chins above the surface at this point. With a false sense of conviction, Kawamura stated, “Let’s get this started,” before exiting the room. Lee sat quietly and watched him from a distance.Bookmark here

     Sitting across from Akazawa, the table separating the two felt like a vast expanse of space. A sort of vacuum, or a void absent of thoughts. In front of Akazawa, Kawamura felt the same lack of direction that he’d felt the first day he interrogated Chiasa. The question mark that brandished their characters were nearly identical to one another. Their personalities put him on edge. Bookmark here

     He placed a pile of photographs of Reiko’s mutilated body out on the table in front of him. The images were putrid, and grotesque. Showing every detail front and center. Bookmark here

     “You carried a box with an entire body in it. . . all by yourself?” Bookmark here

     He stared at her, trying to read her posture, but she simply kept her head pointed downwards the entire time. Her expression was empty. No fear, no nervousness, no guilt, no anxiety. The whole time she kept running her fingers across the chains of her handcuffs without a flinch. Bookmark here

     “You handed yourself in. You didn’t even try to get away with it. Bookmark here

     “What I want to ask you is, why?” Bookmark here

     Kawamura bobbed his head slowly from side to side as he monitored Akazawa. Wondering when she would open her mouth. With a calm voice, she finally indulged him. “You must feel hopeless. . . Bookmark here

     Letting the conversation breathe for a moment, Kawamura took his time with a response. “You didn’t answer my question?”Bookmark here

     Akazawa remained unfazed. Casually gliding over his statements in favor of her own dialogue. Bookmark here

     “The harder you look, the less likely you are to find what it is that you’re looking for. Eventually you’ll end up turning that magnifying glass of yours—onto yourself.”Bookmark here

     Kawamura made a malign gesture towards her.Bookmark here

     “What are you afraid of, Akazawa? You came this far, just tell me what this is all about!” Bookmark here

     In a heightened tone, Akazawa pushed back. “Whatever answer you’re expecting to get from me, I don’t have it!” Bookmark here

     Kawamura slowly pulled himself backwards while eyeing Akazawa up and down. He slipped another photograph on top of the table. A snapshot of the words Courtesy of the Organization. “Akazawa, what do you know about this ‘Organization’? Do they have Yuki Nakamura? And are they the ones responsible for Reiko?”Bookmark here

     Akazawa took a short peek down at the paper, then refocused herself upon Kawamura. “You’re asking the wrong person that question.”Bookmark here

     “Then tell me where to find these fuckers, and I’ll ask them myself.”Bookmark here

     “Good luck with that!”Bookmark here

     “Is that supposed to mean something?”Bookmark here

     “Timing, detective! You’re not in tune with the timing.”Bookmark here

     Still holding his composure, Kawamura stood up from his chair. “. . .We’re done here.”Bookmark here

     Stepping towards the doorway, he left Akazawa with one last statement, “You’ll tell me what I want to know eventually,” to which Akazawa then replied, “Be careful what you wish for.”Bookmark here

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