Hisoka, Watari, and Tatsumi figure out most of the truth and try to fix it before it gets worse.
Chapter Thirty-One: Decoder:
The Shinigami sat in the lobby. They had the pieces to the puzzle in their minds. Watari looked at the pages before him.
“Tsuzuki has her trapped?” he asked. “Could explain why he hasn’t been around lately.” Hisoka shook his head.
“No!” he forced out. The other two looked at him. Hisoka’s fists trembled.
“He’s not like that!” he protested. “He… He would never do that to her!” Tatsumi put his hand on his shoulder. The young Shinigami looked up. Tatsumi gave him a calm, sober look.
“We know,” he said in a low voice. Hisoka closed his mouth.
“Right,” Watari said. “So, what’s going on?” They all sat silent. Watari looked at the notes.
“An angel, huh?” he asked. “Could be Muraki.” Seemed possible. He did have motive and the power. But what if…
“What if it isn’t?” Tatsumi asked. Hisoka and Watari eyed him. The secretary shrugged.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It just feels like it.”
“Okay,” Watari said. “Then who?” He looked at the paper again.
“An angel,” he mumbled. Then, he turned to Tatsumi.
“What did Hana-san say the angel looked like?” he asked.
“Violet eyes and a black trench coat,” Tatsumi replied.
“Anything else?” the scientist asked. Tatsumi shook his head.
“No,” he said.
“I see,” Watari said. “Hmm…” The other two looked at him.
“What are you thinking?” Hisoka asked. Watari turned to them.
“Supposing,” he said. “Now, this is just a theory. But, what if something happened to Tsuzuki and someone took his form. Then, he raped and poisoned Anna. Now, he has her trapped in her mind and torturing her.” The others were quiet.
“Okay,” Tatsumi said. “But how?” Watari took a moment to think.
“Forced into it?”
Watari shrugged. “Blackmail, I don’t know.”
“But with what?” Tatsumi asked.
“Something to with Anna-san?” Hisoka suggested. The men eyed him. The boy shrugged, defeated.
“Makes sense,” he mumbled. They understood his pain.
“Okay,” Watari said. “But why?” The men stayed silent.
“Maybe… something’s changed in their relationship?” Hisoka offered.
“Alright,” Tatsumi said. “But how?”
“Well, they didn’t break up,” Hisoka said. “He’s been too happy before all of this.”
“In any case,” Watari cut in. “How we save them both?” Talking turned into thinking.
“I could get Anna out, but Tsuzuki’s a different matter,” Watari said.
“We need to find him first,” Tatsumi said.
“But, where is he?” Hisoka asked. No one offered a single clue. They looked at Watari.
“So how do we get Anna-san out?” Tatsumi asked. The blonde scientist smiled.
“Thought you wouldn’t ask!” he said. “Come with me.” Then, he stood up and disappeared out of the lobby. Hisoka and Tatsumi looked on at him. Unease filled their stomachs.
I don’t like where this is going/, the latter thought. /But we have no choice. Hisoka followed behind. Tatsumi took a breath and did the same.