Hotaru starts to suspect that something wrong wit her friend, Saito. Meanwhile, another body is discovered.
Chapter Two: Demented Innocence:
Hotaru noticed something wrong. Saito had changed lately. She noticed it on the first of November. He kept shaking.
“Saito, is something wrong?” she asked. She reached out to touch his hand, but he smacked her away.
“Ow!” she cried.
“Don’t touch me!” he shouted. Hotaru quickly backed up.
“Saito?” she asked. The young man calmed down. He breathed out.
“I’m sorry,” he mumbled. Hotaru tried to rub his back, but he shoved her away. Hotaru looked confused.
“Saito?” she asked again. Sobbing caught her ear. The loli demon looked and saw her friend crying. Saito lifted his head. Tears filled his eyes.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me!” he wailed. He leaned against her chest.
“Help me!” Saito murmured. “Please help!” Hotaru blinked.
Saito grabbed onto her dress. “Don’t leave me!”
Hotaru blinked at him. Okay… She hadn’t expected this. Her eyes trailed to the sky. Oh boy! Now what do I do?
Downtown, an elderly man came home from picking up his pension when something caught his eye. One red shoe. One red shoe on a tiny foot sticking out in the bushes. The old man blinked.
“What’s this?” he asked himself. The man stepped forward for a closer look. The foot came attached to a leg covered in white stockings. A little gold anklet grabbed onto the ankle. The old man straightened his glasses for a better look.
“Hello?” he asked. “Hello, miss? Are you okay?” No answer. The old man stepped closer. /Maybe she’s asleep/, he thought.
“Hello?” he asked. “Hello, miss? Are you okay?” No answer. It was then he noticed tiny drops of blood on the leg.
“Miss?” he asked. “Are you hurt?” His eyes trailed upwards. Horror invaded his face. The woman’s chest had been ripped open. Blood covered the face and cavity. The ants crawled all over the body. The old man’s money fell straight to the ground. A choking scream filled the air.
Saito turned to Hotaru. “I did something bad!” he wailed.
“What are you talking about?” she asked. “What do you mean?”
“I killed somebody!”
Hotaru had the face of a lost foreigner.
“What did you say?” she asked. Saito trembled all over.
“I didn’t mean to! I didn’t mean to! I didn’t mean to! I didn’t mean to!” he whimpered. “I’m so sorry!” He broke down crying again. Hotaru patted him on the shoulder.
“There, there,” she whispered. “It’ll be okay.”
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry, mother,” he kept whispering in his hands and lap. His sobbing grew worse.
“Shhh,” Hotaru whispered. “It’s okay. It’ll be okay.” Really now? His own confession only strengthened up her own doubt about him within her.
But, she couldn’t leave him. He needs me right now/, Hotaru thought. /So, I have to stay with him!