Anna recovers from her wounds and she, Tsuzuki, Hisoka, and Watari find Yumiko's body. They then try to learn what happened to her.
February 14th, 1982. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be sweet and romantic, right? Not this year. A farmer went out to find new land to grow crops on. He begrudgingly took his wife out with him. She practically nagged him to take her with him.
“We never spend enough time together!” she complained.
“So?” he questioned. “I’m only looking for new fields for planting.”
“Let me come with you!” the wife insisted. “It’s Valentine’s Day! Pleaseeee!” The farmer sighed and rolled his eyes. So, here they were, spending a cold Valentine’s Day together. Against his will, no less. Think he’s having a bad day? Oh, it’s about to get worse.
The wife stood around in the field, bored.
“Honey, I’m bored!” The farmer rolled eyes.
“Told you you would be!”
“Are you done yet?”
“How long will that take?”
“Longer if you don’t shut up!” The old woman began whining under her breath.
“Honey, I’ve got to pee!” Her husband sighed aloud. Twenty years of marriage came to this? Heaven help him!
“Go find a tree or something! Just please, shut your trap!” The wife huffed and stormed off to find a place to pee. Silence for the farmer at last. Ha, he can dream!
“Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey! Honey!” the wife screamed over and over again at a distance. The farmer paused and rolled his eyes. “/Now what?/” he thought. The stressed man sighed and went to go check on his wife. She stood petrified in the winter sun further down the field.
“What is it now?” the man demanded. His wife didn’t answer. She just pointed to the ground ahead of her. The farmer slowly looked in front of them. Shock fell on him like a bomb.
“What… is that?” he stammered out. The couple was looking at the charred and bloated remains of a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl.
June 16th, 2009. “Is something wrong, Tsuzuki-san?” a small voice asked. The Shinigami looked up and saw Yoko-chan peeking into the hall at him and Anna. Her little face went pale.
“What’s wrong with Anna-san?” she asked in shock. Tsuzuki tried to calm the child down.
“Shhh! Shhh,” he whispered. “Yoko-chan, listen to me. Go call the paramedics! Quickly!” The little girl nodded and ran straight to the living room. Tsuzuki looked down at Anna as he tried to stop the reopened wounds from bleeding out.
“Come on, Anna,” he murmured. “Hang in there! You can’t die yet!” Anna was still out cold from the pain and blood loss.
In thirty minutes, the medics came by to treat Anna’s bloody wounds. Tsuzuki insisted that they not go to the hospital and patch her up here. (Couldn’t risk the attention from the public. The last thing they need was to be found by Haruka or her sons. That just wouldn’t end well.)
The procedure took another thirty minutes. Tsuzuki sat out in the living room, waiting. Kobe walked over to his feet and sat down, whimpering. The Shinigami lightly patted the puppy on the head.
“I hope she’s okay too,” he whispered. The Shiba Inu puppy whimpered again. Tsuzuki looked into the kitchen again. “/You have to survive, Anna,/” he thought. “/Daisuke, Yumiko, and Kirika need you to survive for them. Not just them, for the other victims as well. You can’t die yet! I won’t let you!/”
After about thirty minutes, a medic came back out. Tsuzuki quickly leapt up to his feet and hurried over to him.
“How is she?” he asked. The doc smiled at him.
“She’s going to be fine. You called us just in time. Any longer and your friend would have bled to death.” Tsuzuki relaxed.
“Ah, that’s good. Can I see her now?” The medic held up his hand to stop him.
“She’s resting right now. We just took her back to one of the rooms down the hall.”
“When can I see her?”
“Soon, just let her rest for now, okay?” Tsuzuki went silent and nodded.
“Okay.” The medic smiled at him.
“Very good.” The medics left shortly after that exchange. Tsuzuki relaxed again. Anna was safe again. Now to wait. In an hour, Anna came back out with a blanket over her shoulders. She gave Tsuzuki a kind little smile.
“Hey,” she said softly. A mix of relief and answer washed over Tsuzuki’s face.
“What happened to you?” he demanded. Anna’s lips trembled at first. She debated on telling the truth at first. The concerned anger in his eyes made her realize that she had no choice anyway. Another thought crossed her mind right then. “/He probably saw the…/” the woman thought in fear. She trembled all over. Now, she has to tell him the truth. Anna bit her lip again.
“I was flogged… and electrocuted,” she admitted. Tsuzuki looked at her puzzled.
“Today?” he asked in shock.
“Actually,” Anna admitted. “The electrocution was today and the flogging… many weeks now…”
“Weeks?” Anna nodded. She lowered her head to the floor. Tsuzuki was now angry and worried.
“Why did you do that?” Anna breathed in heavily to talk again.
“I wanted to defend myself.” Tsuzuki looked surprised.
“Huh?” Anna looked up at the Shinigami again.
“You asked me to help you stop my family, right?”
“Well, I figured I would be useless to you with my powers locked up. So, I went to Emiko and them to try and break papa’s shield.” That didn’t sit well with Tsuzuki, of course.
“Emiko? You went to the demons?” Anna nodded again.
“Don’t you realize that they could have killed you in the process?!?” the Shinigami yelled.”
“Better by them than by Haruka or Yasuo!!!” she yelled. It was then, Tsuzuki saw what Anna was saying. She didn’t want to play the victim anymore. She was only trying to fight back. Fair enough for trying to take her life back. Tsuzuki sighed and smiled as he lightly patted her on the shoulder.
“Just be careful, okay?” he said. Anna nodded at him.
“Okay, I promise,” she answered. Tsuzuki felt much better now. Suddenly, his cell phone rang. Both of them looked up.
“Excuse me,” the Shinigami said. He pulled out his phone and flipped it open. Anna waited as Tsuzuki talked on the phone. The conversation only lasted about five minutes.
“Oh,” he said. “I see. I’ll be right then.” Then, the Shinigami hung up. Anna looked on at him.
“What is it?” Tsuzuki looked up at her.
“That was Watari. He and Hisoka found Yumiko’s body.” Anna’s eyes in surprise. She quickly grabbed him by the arm.
“Let me come you with!” she pleaded. Tsuzuki looked concerned.
“You sure about that?” he asked. “You sure you’re up for that?” Anna nodded quickly.
“Yes!” she insisted. “No more keeping me in the dark. I want to know it all! I have to! So take me with you!” Tsuzuki said nothing at first and nodded.
“Alright, you can come with me.” Anna smiled and bowed her head.
“Thank you.” Tsuzuki took her into his arms and teleported out of Kimoto Manor. They made it to the morgue in a few seconds. Watari and Hisoka stood near the locker waiting. Anna raced over to them.
“Where is she? Where is Aunt Yumiko?” Watari and Hisoka stepped away from the drawer. The scientist pulled it open. Everyone looked inside. Before them lied a cold, bloated, and burned body of a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl. Her limbs, stomach, and face were covered in third degree burns. What was left of the skin looked a grey-white color. The silky, long black hair was still there as well. Anna looked up at the Shinigami.
“Are you sure this is her?” Watari didn’t speak, but showed her the girl’s ribcage. Anna looked and saw “Eda-Kimoto” and a flower burned into the white-grey skin. The woman said no more.
“Anna meet Yumiko,” Watari spoke up. “Yumiko meet Anna.” The woman trembled as she imagined what her aunt’s last moments could have been like.
“If there was only some way to…” Tsuzuki looked up at her.
“Find out how she died?” The witch nodded.
“Yeah.” A moment of silence passed. Then, an idea came into Tsuzuki’s head.
“We can.” Anna looked at him oddly.
“How?” Tsuzuki looked over at Hisoka.
“Would you mind finding out how she died, Hisoka-kun?” The boy’s face didn’t change.
“Sure.” Hisoka stepped forward and put his hands on the girl’s burnt right wrist. He closed his eyes and focused for a moment. Everyone else waited. In three minutes, Hisoka came back and quickly let go. The others waited still.
“Well,” Tsuzuki said. “What did you see?” Hisoka shook his head as he looked pale all over. He slowly backed away and went outside. The Shinigami and woman heard the boy throwing up. The crew went outside to investigate. Hisoka stood before them, trembling.
“What happened?” Watari asked. Hisoka sucked in a mouthful of air.
When he could speak again, the boy said, “How could someone do all of that to their own daughter?!? It’s just so… sick!” The others looked at each other in shocked silence. That bad? No, it would get worse. Much, much worse.