It seems that she is in a
good mood. At any rate her pride hasn't diminished of a single bit.
Teramoto: "I've been
told that I'd find you here, Furudo-san, I came here to thank you."
Erika: "You wanted
to thank me?"
I pretend to be
surprised. I laugh with amusement.
told me what you've done. I'm really not sure what to think about
you, but, for now, you have my gratitude."
Erika: "Do you
really think that I've done you a favor, Teramoto? All I care about
is to expose the truth. I couldn't really let the case to be closed
before my job was done."
then, you saved my friend. Regardless of the reason, I feel the need
to thank you."
Erika: "Good, well
done! Now everyone witnessed how much you care for you friend. Nice
do you mean?"
Erika: "Oh, nothing.
It's just that some people think you might be the one who tried to
Outrage. Not bad.
Erika: "It's all
right, it's all right! You've just demonstrated that you care a lot
about your friend, therefore you can't possibly be the one who framed
her, right? That couldn't have been your original intention. Which is
why I'm telling you: good job! You couldn't have waited for a better
chance to show your goodwill!"
The students around us
you... are you insinuating that my honest words of gratitude are
Erika: "Uh? Me? No,
not at all! Ah ha ha ha!"
My laughter is filled
with scorn. Teramoto grits her teeth and her eyes burn with hatred.
everything that I said! You're just a despicable person! I shouldn't
have come here!"
Erika: "Are you
leaving already? Why don't you take a seat? There are so many things
we could talk about."
absolutely nothing that I want to tell you anymore!"
Erika: "Oh, I'm sure
of that! I wonder how many little secrets you're hiding!"
The murmur becomes
louder. The spectators are discussing the scene that they have just
witnessed. Has it been a memorable show? Or was it dull and boring?
Judging by the reactions I would say that the reception is definitely
positive. I think it was a good performance overall, just a few
improvisations here and there, but the script was followed closely
However the spectators
are under the wrong assumption that the show is over. One of the key
actors is about to retreat behind the curtains, so they concluded
that this is already the end. Wrong! This is just the end of the
first act, the best part has yet to come.
Teramoto is completely
unaware, she doesn't know that the stage still requires her presence.
She is walking away, followed by her entourage, as if she has no
longer any business with me. Oh, but this is also part of the script.
She must keep going until I say the word. The next line is mine, and
the second act will not start unless I recite it. Should I do it now?
No, it is still too early! Let them think that this is really the
end, let us wait a little more! After all it doesn't matter how far
she goes, she will hear me, and then she will stop. Because that is
her role, because that is what is written in her script! She cannot
defy her fate, she is just a pawn, a puppet, a marionette!
Dance to my tune,
Teramoto, it is time!
The crowd falls silent.
Time freezes. The second act begins.
I cannot see Teramoto's
face, because she simply stopped there, midway, she didn't turn
around. But I bet she is surprised, I bet she can't believe to her
ears. And yet everyone heard me, everyone knows that I dared to utter
the forbidden name. The girls around me are particularly shocked.
Even if not all of them are among those who believe in Teramoto's
lies, they all know that I have just defiantly broken a taboo, they
know that this equals to a declaration of war. Most males are
confused, but they can still read the mood, they can still tell that
something major is happening.
Meanwhile Teramoto is
immobile, paralyzed. She probably doesn't want to believe that I am
actually challenging her on this ground, or maybe she is trying bide
her time while she thinks about how to counter my move.
Very well, if she is so
indecisive, let us give her an incentive! Let us remove any doubts
that she might have! Let us make it clear that she didn't misheard
anything! I stand up, and showing my most evil grin, I once again
My voice echoes in the
now silent cafeteria. The shocked expressions multiply among the many
faces of the crowd. I feel it, it is all around me! Fear! Outrage!
Dismay! But this is just an added bonus. These meaningless students
are just small fries, I cannot feast upon them, they cannot sate my
hunger! My real prey is in front of me. She finally turned around,
she is finally facing me, and what a wonderful view is she! Her soul
is boiling with rage, but she is smirking at the same time. She knows
what I am trying to do and she has accepted my challenge. It is
almost as if she is telling me: 'Come on! Say it again! Say it, if
ridiculous! Why would I even have a problem with that? I will show
her how little I care about her stupid rules! I will show her how
little I am affected by her superstitions!
But first I want to get
closer, first I want to make sure she can look directly into my eyes.
So I walk, slowly, but relentlessly. Her demon is nothing before me,
I am by far scarier! My hands are sharp talons, my exposed teeth are
pointed fangs ready to savage her! This is the truth, there is
nothing supernatural about it! Demons aren't otherworldly creatures,
demons are humans that have fallen into the depths of their own dark
souls! And I am one! Look at me!
I am so close now that I
could bite Teramoto's nose off before she could even feel the pain. I
am a ferocious beast ready to devour the helpless game in front of
her. But she is doing quite a good job at keeping her cool, because
as much as she recognizes the dangerous animal that I am, she
believes to be safe behind the bars of her cage made of tricks and
lies. If only she knew how little protection they actually provide!
I hear the squeals of
several terrorized girls. One even dropped the melon-pan she was
holding. The whispering resumes, but curiosity prevails. All eyes are
on us, excitedly awaiting for what will happen next.
I briefly look behind me
to see what Satsukawa is doing. He is still sitting in front of his
table, and he is covering his face with both hands. Quite amusing.
Teramoto's grin is now
showing less derision and more anger. This is more like I want it,
but it can get better. Whatever will she do, now that I trampled
over her precious taboo? Too many people have witnessed my defiance,
she can't possibly let it pass without saying a word. But no matter
how she decides to answer, she will fall directly into my trap. She
is an actor, she is a pawn, she is a puppet. She had bound herself to
her own strings, I just pulled them. Now she must play her part.
Amuse me, Teramoto, dance
on my palm! Do not disappoint me!
Erika: "What's the
big deal? It's just a stupid, worthless name!"
hold tremendous power! You're just an ignorant fool who doesn't know
what she's dealing with!"
Erika: "Is that so?
Then why nothing has happened yet? Shouldn't Pazuzu appear or
something at this point? Why I don't see anything?"
here. Pazuzu is here! He's right behind you!"
Several people scream and
try to get as far as possible from where the demon supposedly is.
What a stupid and
pathetic trick she is pulling anyway. Pazuzu is behind me? Don't make
me laugh! As if there is even a chance that I will watch behind me.
Only a complete idiot would fall for that!
wrong? He's here! Don't you want to see him with your own eyes?"
Erika: "You're the
only one who can see anything behind me! You're making a fool of
Teramoto: "I can see
him because I have the gift! He's normally invisible to the eyes of
common men, but you've summoned him, he should be visible to you!"
Erika: "What a
the matter? Are you scared?!"
Erika: "Scared of
what? Your demon is absolutely insignificant! If he's really that
dangerous, then tell him to do something! Tell him to strike me! Tell
him to bite me or whatever! Can he at least touch me? How come I
don't feel a thing?!"
just not worth the effort! Pazuzu is laughing at you, he thinks
you're funny! He'll pay you a visit pretty soon, when you'll be
alone. You'd better prepare yourself!"
Erika: "Why not now?
Is he shy?! He can't perform in front of a crowd?!"
Some guys are laughing,
but most people are serious or even scared. This is a pretty exciting
Teramoto: "The more
you're making fun of him, the more he'll make you regret it!"
Erika: "Aaah, I'm
already bored! Is this all that you can do, Teramoto? Are you all
words and no facts? I'm quite disappointed! I was under the
impression that you were better than this. I thought you could prove
that demons exist with something more substantial than void threats!"
Teramoto: "I refuse!
People like you aren't worth the effort! People like you would still
deny the supernatural even if they bumped on it! If you saw a ghost
you'd say it's just your imagination! If several people saw it, you'd
call it mass hysteria! Your irrational skepticism and closed
mindedness is that ridiculous!"
underestimate me, Teramoto, if you could prove that demons exist, I
would believe it! I can endure any truth! That's the kind of person I
am! If the truth is that magic exists, then I will accept even that!
But first, you must show me the proof!"
useless, I won't waste my time with you."
Erika: "Then let me
be completely blunt. Whether the supernatural is true or not isn't
the issue. The issue is that you're just a fraud. All of your claims
are nothing but badly conceived lies! You're not an arcanist! You're
not an occultist! You're not a demonologist! You're not a medium, an
esper, a priestess, a spiritualist nor anything! You're just an
amateur who filled her head with a bunch of occult stuff from various
sources without ever achieving a proper understanding! You wouldn't
tell the difference from a serious magical theory and a baseless
urban legend to save your life! In the end your pretentious
supernatural lore is nothing but a pile of garbage without any worth
whatsoever! Don't you even realize how messed up your lies are? How
could you become any more pathetic! Don't make me laugh! This is so
stupid it isn't even funny!"
Teramoto: "Shut up!
What the hell do you think to know?! Who the hell do you think you
are?! You know nothing about the spiritual world! Don't come and
pretend you know what you're talking about!"
Erika: "If you're
really that good, then prove me wrong! Stop hiding behind your lies
and your worthless excuses!"
you've seriously pissed me off! I don't normally use my powers to
curse people, but I think I'll make an exception for you! On my name
I'll curse you to an existence of pain and madness! And may you never
find salvation until your last day on this world!"
Erika: "Ah ha ha ha
ha! Keep telling your lies, Teramoto! Keep spouting your meaningless
words! At this point everyone should've realized that this is all
that you can do!"
Teramoto: "What a
pathetic attempt to discredit me! These girls know what I can do!
These girls have seen that what I tell is the truth! Your insults
won't change that!"
Erika: "Then let me
see what they've seen! Come on! Show me these great powers of yours!"
I can't! I'm no longer allowed to perform my rituals. I'm already
working on sealing the demon elsewhere, but it'll take time. For now
I have no choice but to keep a low profile."
Erika: "Then I'll
Erika: "Let me
participate to one of these 'gatherings'! You've done a lot already,
I'm sure you can do one more!"
Teramoto: "Are you
wrong? Can't you do that? All you need is twelve volunteers, right?
You've got one already, I volunteer! You can use my spiritual power
however you want!"
Teramoto: "As if I
can really do that after all that have happened! The teachers would
never allow me..."
currently have no authority over that shed! It's been sealed by the
police, and no one can prevent the investigators from using that
place however they deem necessary in order to solve the case."
Satsukawa: "Wait a
moment, Erika! We never talked about this!"
Satsukawa finally decided
to join me.
Erika: "Don't you
want to solve this case? This is a chance to learn more."
will never agree with this!"
Erika: "Why not? Do
you really think he'd care just because someone died there?"
is... crazy... crazy! How can you ask me to perform my ritual
wrong?! Aren't you dealing with dead people on a regular basis?! Why
are you suddenly so uneasy?! Does it bother you that much to be in
the same room where someone was killed? How odd!"
that's not it!"
Erika: "So, can you
do it or not?"
Teramoto: "I'll get
in trouble if I..."
Erika: "You're not
going to do it by your own initiative. This is something that I'm
explicitly asking you to do! You won't be held responsible for that."
means... I will?!"
Erika: "I doubt the
principal will make a fuss about that, don't you agree?"
Satsukawa doesn't answer,
but he knows what I mean. Wakamatsu is willing to pretend to look
elsewhere while I deal with Teramoto. That much was made clear just a
few hours ago.
Erika: "Then it's
decided! You can start making the necessary preparations."
Teramoto: "Wait a
moment! I didn't agree to do that!"
Erika: "Does that
mean you're pulling out? After all that I've said? I already knew
that you were a fraud, but I thought you had a spine."
Erika: "Oh, I see!
You're afraid that I'll see through your tricks. It's quite
That's not the issue at all!"
Erika: "Then what's
the issue? What's the problem?!"
The discussion regarding
the case goes on for several minutes. Satsukawa seems to be quite
excited about the constant progress that we have made so far, but the
truth is that we have reached a dead end. I have already talked to
everyone that it is believed to be related to the crime, almost all
the evidences that could be gathered were already analyzed, no
conclusive proof has been found. Gotsuji had many friends, but most
of them have solid alibi, so there is no point in questioning them.
The culprit must be among the persons that I have already talked to,
but I am missing vital clues. Therefore my only option at this point
is to probe those people, in other words, I must cause reactions. I
will throw stones into murky waters and look for whatever will
surface. The problem is that certain conditions are required in order
to get the best possible results, and that means I must patiently
At any rate I still
haven't received any reports regarding the victim's computer, they
sure are taking their time with that. Hopefully something relevant
will come up. For now, I must keep the pressure on certain
individuals. I can't really be sure it will give me any results, but
since they are still hiding things from me, there is a chance they
will turn out to be useful.
Finally, the bell signals
the end of the fourth period and the start of lunch break. The almost
soundless atmosphere suddenly livens up with the voices of hundred
students talking at the same time. On the background an ominous noise
can be heard. It starts as a quiet rumble, but then it grows in
intensity, more and more, until it becomes a thunderous roar. It's
coming closer, it's heading right where we are. Satsukawa looks
worried, but there is no need to. The stampeding crowd of hungry
students is aiming for the food stalls, and where we are now, we are
Here they come. Like a
raging torrent they flood inside the cafeteria. A huge compact crowd
rapidly forms around the food shelves, completely hiding them from my
sight. The many voices blend into an incomprehensible mass of noises,
but occasionally I can distinguish students yelling their requests
and vendors stating the prices.
They are all pretty much
focused on their battle, so only a few actually noticed us. More
people will, though, as soon as they leave with the spoil of wars in
Erika, I think you are overdramatizing the situation."
Erika: "Don't spoil
the mood, Dlanor. This is war, that's how these guys and girls see
it. It would be rude to trample on their feelings by downsizing the
seriousness of this everyday strife."
Satsukawa: "Ah, I
can empathize with that... It certainly brings back a lot of
did you also need to fight for your food, back in your high school
days? Didn't you bring your own bento?"
Satsukawa: "I wasn't
that lucky, my parents have always been pretty busy with their jobs.
What about you, Erika?"
Erika: "Me? The mere
thought that something like this could happen in the all girls
boarding school I was enrolled in is utterly preposterous. Running
and yelling were prohibited and severely punished. At any rate, the
cafeteria there was the real deal, they served us food directly at
our tables. This one here barely qualifies as such, there isn't even
Satsukawa: "This is
a catering service, I think. The food is made elsewhere and then
brought here every day. Look, I think it's even written on these
tags... Food service provided by Ushiromiya... group..."
Erika: "Would you
shut up, Satsukawa-san? I'm trying to concentrate!"
Damn it! I have just
listened to something extremely unpleasant. I feel like I am going to
I better think about
something else, I must concentrate on my surroundings. More and more
students have noticed me at this point, it is only a matter of time
before Teramoto shows up. Meanwhile it wouldn't be a bad idea to try
and listen to whatever the people around me are talking about. If I
focus, I can listen to specific conversations even in the middle of
this chaos. I just need to isolate the background noise from what
really interests me. This isn't something that everyone can do, but
with enough practice and the right aptitude it isn't impossible.
I am picking up several
conversations, most of them are trivial and irrelevant, but some are
about me and about what I have done yesterday. The news regarding how
I freed Hibari from suspicions are already spreading, just like I
hoped. That girl must have been bombarded with questions from her
many classmates this morning, and she certainly didn't omit to tell
that she is no longer a major suspect. Inevitably that has become a
hot topic, I am witnessing it right now.
That apart, nothing
really relevant is being said. I was hoping for indiscretions, some
kind of rumor that could pique my interest, but nothing of that sort
is being discussed. Two boys are joking about Teramoto and about how
her secret cult was uncovered, they think they cannot be heard in
this confusion. A mixed group of five is discussing about the great
Hibari hunt that I started yesterday, one of them actively
participated, and he is giving a detailed account of his heroic
deeds. Another group is animatedly arguing about the supernatural,
one guy keeps telling that it's all rubbish, but he is outnumbered by
girls that apparently have been thoroughly fooled by Teramoto's
tricks and propaganda.
Pointless, this is all
absolutely pointless. The small and trivial talks of these brainless
students aren't of any interest to me. So I decide that this isn't
worth my time, I might as well stop focusing.
However... a group of
girls that was originally talking about Hibari, suddenly changed
topic, they are talking specifically about me now. This isn't
particularly relevant, but at this point I am curious, and I need to
kill time anyway.
"Who's that woman
anyway? Great detective Erika Furudo? What's with that?"
"She doesn't look
much older than us, do you think she's actually a detective?"
"I've heard she's
just a civilian, the man with her is the true investigator."
"I'm sure I've heard
the name Erika Furudo before..."
"No way! Are you
telling me she's actually famous?"
"Don't listen to
her, her memory is really bad. She's probably confusing her with
"Uaaah! That was
"I'm just stating
"At any rate she's a
strange person, no matter how you look at it..."
"Careful! Don't look
into her eyes! Don't make eye contact!"
"Ha ha ha ha!"
"Wait! Wait! I
"Oh? So who's she?
I'm really curious!"
"She's one of the
victims of the Rokkenjima incident!"
incident? What the hell is that?"
"W-wait a second!
Victim? Does that mean she's a ghost?!"
"Don't be silly! I
told you her memory is all jumbled up, there's no way that woman is
actually related to that incident."
"Do you remember the
story about that incident? I only have fragmented memories."
"Yes, a few years
ago there was still a lot of people talking about that. It all
suddenly died out at one point, and everybody stopped caring ever
"So, was Erika
Furudo one of the victims?"
I've read several articles about the Rokkenjima incident, I remember
all the names of those who are supposed to have died there. Erika
Furudo is not among those."
"But I'm sure..."
mixing it up with something else."
"Hmmm... now I
remember. There was this girl in middle school that was a real
fanatic. She knew everything about the Rokkenjima incident, every
speculation, conspiracy theory and so on. She's the one that told me
about Erika Furudo."
"That doesn't look
like a reliable source, don't you think?"
"But still, when you
think about the Rokkenjima incident, a great detective really fits
nicely, don't you agree?"
"Ha ha ha! So true!"
"C-can somebody tell
me what this Rokkenjima incident is about? I feel left out!"
Are you still with me?"
Erika: "Where else
do you think I am?"
reminded you something bad, you shouldn't think about it."
Erika: "I wasn't
thinking about that!"
Is this a damned
conspiracy to remind me that hateful case? To think there are still
people talking about that cursed Rokkenjima incident in this century!
The students of this school shouldn't even remember that day. Now I
am really in a bad mood. There is nothing that I could hate more than
an unresolved mystery!
should concentrate on the current case. Don't you need to talk with
someone? Why are we still here doing nothing?"
waiting for that someone to appear."
Satsukawa: "Who are
you talking about?"
Erika: "She'll come;
surely. At this point everyone should know that I'm here."
it's really difficult to follow you, you know?"
Erika: "That's good,
I don't want to be followed."
Satsukawa: "Not even
by your partner?"
Erika: "Dlanor is my
partner, you're just an occasional helper."
it's always good to know what your role is... Oh..."
She is here. Followed by
her entourage, Teramoto makes her appearance. All the actors have
been assembled and the show can finally start. The spectators seems
to have noticed what is about to begin and they gradually become
quiet, not unlike what usually happens when the lights of a theater
are turned off.
Unknowingly following the
script, Teramoto spots me and comes closer. My first line comes after
hers, so for now I simply look at her, waiting.
We take our leave so that
the principal can return to her work, whatever that may be. With
Dlanor and Satsukawa by my side, I walk through the deserted
corridors of the Mitsugi institute. I can faintly hear voices coming
from the classrooms as I pass by, teachers teaching their lessons to
their many bored students.
The next step of my plan
requires to put on a little show, and a show needs spectators. So I
have no choice but to wait until lunch break, which will start in a
little less than a hour.
Satsukawa: "Can I
ask you what exactly are you plotting?"
Ah, I almost forgot about
Satsukawa, I should have seen this question coming.
Erika: "Weren't you
listening? I'm going to teach Teramoto what's her place."
Satsukawa: "I know
that. What I don't, is how exactly are you planning to do that."
Erika: "Are you that
impatient? Surely you can wait a few minutes."
Satsukawa: "The more
you try to avoid the subject, the more I worry. I need you to tell me
what you're planning before you do it."
Erika: "But then you
might decide to stop me, and that would be counterproductive for the
success of my strategy."
exactly the point!"
don't raise your voice, you're disturbing the lessons."
sorry... Wait, don't chance the subject again!"
Stairs after stairs we
reach the first floor. Satsukawa is following me without even minding
where we are going, he is too focused on the current discussion.
worrying for nothing. I won't do anything to Teramoto until
Erika: "If all goes
Satsukawa: "But you
said I'd know what you're plotting in a few minutes."
He lets out a sigh.
Satsukawa: "I'm sure
there's something that I'm missing. Why do I need to wait a few
minutes? Wait... it's almost lunch break..."
Erika: "See, you can
answer your own question by yourself."
Satsukawa: "In other
words you plan to involve someone else in your machinations."
Satsukawa: "Who are
you involving this time?"
Satsukawa-san, it's a wonderful day, you shouldn't spoil it with
you say I shouldn't relax when I'm around you? By the way, what
exactly are we doing here?"
Erika: "Why? Aren't
We have reached the
cafeteria. It almost look as if it is a completely different place,
now that there aren't any students around, but soon enough it is
going to become pretty crowded. The food stalls are being prepared at
this very moment, three people are busy replenishing the shelves with
fresh products: an-pan, melon-pan, yakisoba-pan, croquettes,
cream-pan, donuts, salad-pan, pizzas, miso-pan, various types of
sandwiches, and so on. These will soon become casualties of a fierce
war. When the bell will toll, repeated assaults from waves of hungry
students will make short work of them.
But this is no concern of
mine, because I am already here, and I can take whatever I want
without going the trouble of fighting for it. This is all third rate
commoner food, but there is the added bonus of being able to choose
first. That alone, I am sure, will greatly improve its flavor.
food is meant for the students of this school... I don't think..."
Erika: "Excuse me,
which among these rare delicacies is the most sought after?"
croquettes are by far the most delicious. They usually sell out after
the first five minutes or even less."
Erika: "I'll have
three of those. Satsukawa-san, why don't you also take some?"
Satsukawa: "I... I
think I'll just take one of those yakisoba-pan..."
Erika: "Aaah... what
a waste! You should always pick the best option when you have the
Satsukawa: "But if I
chose the croquettes, there'd be less for the students..."
Erika: "That's the
best part of it!"
really are... hopeless..."
After paying the vendor
for the food, we sit at one of the many empty tables of the
cafeteria. I specifically chose one in a central position.
Erika: "Maybe I
should wait a while, it'd be fun if the first students rushing here
would see me already eating their precious croquettes."
Satsukawa: "Give me
a break, why do you even care about such petty mischiefs?"
Erika: "I like to
see the reactions. Dismayed faces are particularly endearing to me, I
can never have enough. Oh, but there's also dejection, outrage,
shame, shock, disillusion. So many different flavors!"
all pretty negative stuff."
Erika: "But do you
know what I like the most? It's that particular expression you can
only see on those who realize they've just been busted. It's a
mysterious thing, some become completely red, probably because of the
intense shame they feel, others turn pale, I suppose from the shock
and from the fear of the consequences, but invariably they all start
sweating a lot and their lips warp in funny ways."
Satsukawa: "I guess
that's what you want to see on Teramoto's face."
Erika: "Oh, not only
Satsukawa: "Let me
double check something, just to be sure: the reason we're here today
is to find more clues about the murder case, right?"
Erika: "How rude,
why are you even doubting that?"
for a moment I almost forgot that my job is to find a criminal, and
not to support you in your questionable hobby."
Erika: "My favorite
hobby is to solve mysteries, Satsukawa-san, I'm an intellectual
Satsukawa: "But not
all the mysteries are about crimes."
Erika: "What if I
told you that the mysteries of this school are all, in a way or
another, related to the murder case?"
seems a bit fortuitous."
Erika: "Then, what
if I say that they might be related?"
Satsukawa: "And I
guess we can only be sure after we thoroughly investigate them."
Erika: "Is there any
Satsukawa: "Well, I
guess I cannot deny that Teramoto is connected to the case. The P.E.
shed was her secret base, after all."
Erika: "Don't forget
the murder weapon, and the hammer too. Those are both hers."
Satsukawa: "Come to
think of it, when you consider that both the crime scene and the
weapons are directly connected to Teramoto, it becomes very hard to
believe this is a murder she planned."
Erika: "And there's
more, the person that was meant to find the corpse is also closely
connected to her."
we making a mistake then? Teramoto had nothing to gain from this
whole set up, she's already paying a heavy price, and she turns out
as the main suspect."
Teramoto and her circle are directly involved in a non planned
accidental murder, or someone wanted to frame her."
right, there's also that first hypothesis. The fact that we didn't
find fingerprints on the sword or the hammer, might suggest this is
actually the case."
Erika: "If she could
think that far, why didn't she move the corpse elsewhere?"
she couldn't. Maybe she didn't have enough time."
Erika: "But then why
involving Hibari of all the people?"
is also deeply connected to that place, and unlike Teramoto she knew
the victim well. She might have been chosen as an ideal scapegoat."
normally I'd completely agree with you. The idea of that girl
betraying her best friend to save her own skin is certainly
don't think she's the kind of person that could do that?"
Miss Teramoto showed genuine concern for he friend. It is very hard
to believe it was all an act."
"I see... but if someone really tried to frame her, don't you
think we would've found Teramoto's fingerprints on the weapons? Why
would the culprit remove them?"
"Maybe they weren't there to begin with..."
"How? Even if you suppose she cleaned them recently, unless she
was wearing gloves, she would've still left her fingerprints."
"What's even more strange is the fact that she didn't seem to be
worried about that, as if she already knew we didn't find them."
"How do you explain that?"
"I don't know, but it doesn't matter. In the end when I'll be
done with her, I'll just need to ask, and she'll obediently answer."
"So there's no other choice, we need to go with your plan..."
"It's all for the best in the end. Even the principal agrees
with it, although she doesn't want to openly admit it."