After Anna learns the truth about Kato, Eros ambushes her and gives her a warning to stop innocent bloodshed.
Chapter Twelve: Eros’ Warning:
Anna walked home with her box in shock. The sudden news hadn’t worn off yet. / Kato-san is dead?/, she thought. The conversation lingered on in her head.
Kyoko led Anna inside. The younger woman gave her a serious look.
“What’s going on?” she asked. “How did Kato-san die?” Kyoko sat down, pale and trembling. She broke a promise to her old friend. The secret was now out. Too late to turn back. Kyoko clenched her fists.
“I don’t know the details,” she said. “I just got the letter.” The old woman reached into her jacket and pulled it out. Anna took the piece of paper and read over it. The woman shook her head.
“I don’t believe it,” she said. “Where is the body?”
“The morgue,” Kyoko said.
“How did he die?” Anna asked.
“I don’t know.”
Anna sat back. “And the e-mails?”
“Me and him.”
Kyoko shook her head. “I can’t tell you that.”
“He told me not to tell you.”
Anna sat back, trying to take it all in. “He’s dead. He’s really dead.”
“Whoa…” Anna turned to Kyoko. “What happens now?”
“Be careful, I guess?” There was a pause. Anna lowered her shoulders.
“Do you know where he kept Papa’s boxes?” she asked. Kyoko rose to her feet.
“Follow me,” she said. The old woman headed out of the apartment. Anna followed behind in silence.
So now, the younger woman was at a loss. Kato-san is dead?/, she thought. It can’t be./ Then, more thoughts formed in Anna’s head.
Did he die trying to help me against my family?/, she thought. /If so, did Haruka kill him? Or did she get someone else to do it?
Suddenly, Anna felt someone grab her from behind. The woman cried out as a soft, heavy hand covered her mouth. She tried to fight back, but found herself dragged into an alley.
“Let me go!” she tried to yell. Despite her attempts to get free, the assailant wouldn’t let up.
“Shhh,” a male’s voice whispered. “I won’t hurt you.” Anna glanced up over her head. A pair of golden eyes stared down at her.
“Why should I trust you?” she hissed. The eyes leaned in with a young-looking face. Anna looked angry-puzzled.
“Who the hell are you?” she snapped. The man with the boyish face shushed her again.
“I am called Eros,” he whispered. “I am a Shinigami bounty hunter.” Anna’s eyes widened as she tried to escape again. Eros held her in place.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “I’m not here for your soul. I only have a message for you.” He took his hand from her mouth. Anna narrowed her eyes at him.
“Why should I believe you?” she asked. Eros didn’t blink.
“Because Tsuzuki-san and his partner are about to kill an innocent,” he said. Anna paused.
“Asato?” she asked. “Why would he?” Eros let her stand.
“They are investigating the murders in Nihon University Junior and High,” he said.
“Yeah,” Anna said. “Asato told me yesterday.”
“A demon is behind the killings.”
“I know that. Asato told me. What else is new?”
Eros looked deep into Anna’s eyes. “They have the wrong suspect.”
The woman looked surprised. “What did you say?!?”
“My partner thinks the same thing and is going to kill the girl in question.”
Anna blinked for a moment. “Okay. But why are you telling me this? Why me? What do I say to them?”
“Just be careful and tell them the one they seek is not the demon.”
“Then… who is?” she asked. Eros shook his head.
“There is now more time for questions,” he said. “Just go to Nagasaki and stop the lamb’s blood from being split!”
“But what about my box?” Anna asked. She didn’t get an answer there. Eros was already gone. The woman looked around her.
“Hey, where did you go?” she asked. Anna stood still as she closed her mouth.
She still had her doubts, but curiosity thought about buying a ticket to Nagasaki.