Hotaru turns to Emiko to discover the truth behind Saito and his mother's deaths.
Chapter Five: Confirmation:
By sunrise, Hotaru knocked on Emiko’s office door.
“Enter!” her girlfriend called. Hotaru hesitated at first. Then, she took baby steps inside.
“Uh…” she mumbled. The butch demon sat at her laptop, typing. Her glasses told Hotaru to distract her. So, she had to make this quick.
“What do you want?” Emiko asked. “I’m busy!” Hotaru stood up straight.
“I need you to look up something!” she said in one breath. Emiko looked up at her.
“Sorry?” she asked.
“Please look up something for me,” her girlfriend repeated.
“What do you want to me to look up?”
“Tajizawa Saito and Happy Puppy Apartments!” There was a pause. Hotaru waited for a tense moment. Emiko didn’t blink.
“Alright,” she said. Hotaru lightly breathed as her girlfriend got to typing. Odd request, but better than nothing. Hotaru looked on.
“Well?” she asked. Emiko didn’t look up.
“There are many articles about his mother’s murder,’ she replied. Hotaru rushed over to the computer. It was true. Many articles about the murder popped up on the screen. Her face dropped. /So it is true…/, she thought. Emiko looked up at her.
“Anything in particular?” she asked. Hotaru scanned the screen. One title caught her eye.
“Click on that one there,” she said. Emiko looked on with her.
“Apartment under investigation for murder-suicide,” she read. “That one?”
“Uh-huh,” Hotaru replied. Emiko clearly had her own questions, but said nothing. Instead, she shrugged her shoulders.
“Alright,” she said. She clicked on the link. The article popped up in a flash. The demons read over it together. Hotaru’s stomach dropped at the words.
“Man commits suicide after his mother and mother’s lover’s murders,” she murmured. The loli demon shook her head. No!/, she thought. /I don’t want to believe any of this! But yet… Hotaru bit her lower lip. Emiko turned to her.
“Anything else?” she asked. Hotaru lowered her eyes.
“I love you,” she said softly. Then, she quietly walked away. Emiko gave her an odd look.
/What was that all about?/, she thought.
In Ju-Oh-Cho, a new case for the Tokyo Division had gotten under way.