Miyazaki's body is found. Anna sees that abused, drug-addicted girl again. Tsuzuki takes his girlfriend to a temple to get her mind off of the child. While there, the couple run into Emiko and Hota...
Chapter Twenty-Seven: It’s Not Over Yet:
January 8th, 1984. Police crawled all over the Ogami-Kimoto house by morning. Ami was carried out in a body bag. Amaya and Shichiro put on a Golden Globe-worthy show.
“We don’t know what happened!” Amaya lied. “I went to her room to serve her breakfast. When I found the door wide-open, I went to investigate. I looked in and found her lying on the floor. Blood was flooding out of her mouth! I didn’t know what to do!”
Ami’s body was taken to autopsy. The doctor made the insinuation. One look inside made him and his assistant look like mindless corpses themselves. Ami’s inside were just blood and mush. That’s when they saw the burns on her wrists. Another Eda-Kimoto victim.
August 25, 2009. Police gathered around Kyoto Psychology Center by noon. Dr Miyazaki was taken away in a body bag. Police talked to the shaking secretary.
“There was blood flooding out of his mouth to everywhere!” she cried. “I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s the Eda-Kimoto curse, I know it! It was just like when that Hong Kong girl died years ago! Please let me go home! I don’t want to be next!” The crew watched in the distance.
“They got him too,” Watari whispered.
“He was just a pawn to be used,” Stella muttered with a snort. Anna only shook her head. Then, she happened to look and see that girl and man again. They too were watching the crowd as they were heading to school. The girl looked really out of it again. Bruises covered her arms and legs. She looked as if she would throw up at any given moment now. Anna just burned inside watching her. She needed to do something. But then, a hand rested on her shoulder. Anna’s eyes glanced behind her. Tsuzuki shook his head at her. She fully turned around to him.
“But I can’t stand by and do nothing!” her eyes protested. He put his arm around her and walked her away from the crowd. They came into the city. For the longest time, she held her tongue. Once in the open, she couldn’t hold back.
“I saw them again!” Anna wailed.
“I know,” he said. Her fists began to tremble.
“I can’t stand by and do nothing,” she said. “That girl needs my help.”
“I know,” Tsuzuki repeated. Anna let out a frustrated groan. The Shinigami watched her. His girl was in another mental storm. It looked like a bad one. Quick, do something to alleviate the situation. Tsuzuki looked for an out. Two monks had just left a modern coffee shop across the street with green tea in their hands. Perfect. Tsuzuki turned back to his girl.
“Let’s visit a temple,” the Shinigami perked up. Anna’s mental storm faded into confusion.
“Huh?” she asked. Tsuzuki grabbed her by the hand teleported out of the city. They appeared in front of Nishi Honganji. Anna looked around.
“Why are we here?” she asked. Tsuzuki gave her a little shrug.
“Felt like it,” he said.
“But what about Miyazaki?”
“We’ll get back to him later.”
Anna opened her mouth to speak, but Tsuzuki shushed her again. This went on more time before she gave up. Tsuzuki smiled at her.
“I needed to pull you away from there,” he explained. “I won’t let you do anything stupid, okay?” Anna sneered at him, but nodded reluctantly. Tsuzuki kissed her on the forehead.
“I know you want to help that girl because I want to do the same,” he whispered. “But we can’t do that with you worked up like that, understand?”
“Whatever,” she mumbled. Her boyfriend patted her on the shoulders.
“Okay,” he said. Then, the man led her into the temple. Anna reluctantly let him do so. What else could she do?
Inside the temple, the couple came across a shooker. Tsuzuki thought he was seeing things at first. Two women at the altar caught his attention. The more he looked, the more it became apparent to him. One woman was dressed like a dude with jeans a man’s white shirt. The other one looked like a loli Goth. Tsuzuki’s mind went into alarm.
“Anna,” whispered in a matching tone.
“Yes?” she whispered likewise.
She only nodded with pale face. Suddenly, Hotaru looked up and smiled at them.
“Hiya!” she cheered. She nudged her girlfriend on the arm. “Emiko-sama, look!” she said, loudly. The butch demon looked up. Tsuzuki and Anna stared at them still. Emiko began to smile and wave. Shock became puzzlement.
“Wait a minute!” Tsuzuki said. “What are you two doing here?” Hotaru flipped back her ponytails.
“Oh,” she said. “Just here for a little purification.”
“Huh?” Anna asked. Hotaru giggled.
“The others have been straying a bit,” she explained. “So, I brought the crew to clean them up.” She put her arm around Emiko.
“Isn’t that right, baby?” she asked. Her woman nodded. Anna blinked.
“What’s with her?” she asked.
“This was her day for cleansing,” Hotaru answered. “Kazue was first, then Mike, and now my Emiko-sama.” The other couple nodded, uneasily. Still sounds strange…
Hotaru led Emiko, Tsuzuki, and Anna all through the temple like tour guide with a group. The other three went along with it without any questions. Anna looked around. She spotted her again. The same girl at KU was sitting alone on the bench, crying. The woman’s rage reawaked. This was a bright girl with so much potential. Yet, the monster she was living with was raping and drugging her up. That just wasn’t right. She had to do something.
Anna looked behind her. Tsuzuki had gone over with demons further into the temple on the tour. The woman watched them for a moment. They didn’t seem to notice that she was not with them. Anna began to smile. Good for her. Time to slip away to work. The woman turned back to the girl. The child was getting up to leave. Better get moving. Anna took one more look behind her before following after the girl.
Hours later, Tsuzuki, Emiko, and Hotaru returned to find Anna nowhere in sight with them. Tsuzuki looked around for bright russet hair. When he didn’t see the color anywhere among the crowd, he turned to the demons.
“Where’s Anna?” he asked. Hotaru shrugged as she looked around.
“Don’t know,” she said. “Wasn’t she with us earlier?” That question gave Tsuzuki the exact clue he needed. He ran all the way out of the temple.
“Tsuzuki!” Hotaru yelled. “Where are you going?!?”
“To stop Anna-chan from screwing up!” he yelled.
“What?!?” the loli Goth shouted. But, Tsuzuki was too far gone to hear her. Hotaru stood there with a blank face.
Meanwhile, Anna followed the girl home.