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Chapter 182 : Thorn of Death

「Now, Mina, turn it!」

Kyouko-san shouted from the tray…!

「Margo, tear gas!」

Maru-chan throws a tear gas grenade from outside the window!
Viola’s subordinates have their hands full with dealing with the sudden gunfire from the side…!
They can’t stop our car!
The rifles and machine guns roar!
The shouts and barks…!
The men shot fall down!
There are people who are fighting behind the cars and the entrance of the buildings too.

『Don’t fuck with me you idiot! Stop them!』

Viola shouts in a loudspeaker…
He himself ran to a nearby building.
Then…A white smoke wraps our car.

「Faster, Mina!」

Hearing Kyouko-san…Sensei steps on the accelerator…!
Our truck runs through the Chinatown!!!
Kei-chan and I hold our heads and crouched on the rear seat of the truck…!
The gunfires and screams are getting away faster…!

『Kei!…I’ll never let you escape…!!!!』

Viola’s voice echoes from far away.

◇ ◇ ◇

「…I’ll take the passenger seat. Margo, take care of the two on the back」

The teacher stopped the car after we ran about four blocks.
Kyouko-san who’s holding at the tray jumped down and entered the car.
Maru-chan went next to us in the backseat…

「We leaked that Cesario Viola will come to that place…!」

Kyouko-san said in a slight excitement

「Viola says that he’s the『King of Los Angeles’ underground society』…! However, there’s a lot of『Kings』in this huge city. Both on the surface and back. If there are colleages from the old days, there are also new emerging power. Obviously…there are a lot of『kings』who have a grudge against Viola. That’s why we told those guys…!」

Kyouko-san opens her laptop while saying that.
She probably likes to know the current situation.

「Viola is a man who usually disguises himself so nobody knows his identity.」 Therefore, Viola is always a one-sided assailant. Those hostile to Viola are the one’s always killed. But…!」

She’s reading information on the monitor with sharp eyes.

「This time, it’s the opposite. I told them that Cesario Viola would appear at that location in that time. Furthermore…It was clearly showed who is Viola in disguise…!」

Therefore…with Kyouko-san’s instructions.
Viola and others were shot by those opposing power.

「…What now Kyouko-san? Is there a route we can use?」

Sensei asks Kyouko-san from the driver seat.

「No good…LAPD and the nearby sheriffs began to move. It’s hard to escape the town with this car. Especially the inland are dangerous. Once they identify our escape route, we will be ambushed…!」

If we leave the city and head to Las Vegas or Phoenix…it’ll be a highway in the desert.
If we get caught by the enemy there…
There’s nowhere to escape to.
There’s no obstacles in the horizon after all.
Just like when father and mother were killed…
Nobody will come to help to a crime in the desert.

「That said, if we head to the Mexican coastline…that would be within Viola’s influence」
「Then let’s head north and go to San Francisco?」

Sensei asks Kyouko-san.

「No…let’s go back to the villa temporarily」
「…Are we going to hide in Los Angeles?」
「No way…I’m bad at holding up you see」

Kyouko-san smiles wryly.

「…We’ll be taking plan B!」
「The expenses will be rising again」
「Sousuke’s going to pay for it though right?」
「Right…roger」

Sensei seems to have agreed.

「Should we change cars somewhere before going back?」

Sensei looks at the car then asked.
This truck has been seen by Viola.

「We don’t have much time right now…Anyway, let’s hurry back」
「…Got it」

Our truck starts once again.

「It’s okay. There’s a lot of pick up trucks in Los Angeles…!」

Kyouko-san said to reassure us.

Our car passes through Los Angeles like that…
Along the way, we bought a hamburger on a drive through and ate it while driving.

「Eat even if you have to force yourself…you need strength in case you need it」

Kyouko-san said as she forced the hamburger to my stomach and poured in cola.
Kei-chan seems he can’t eat.

「…If it’s impossible then at least drink some cola」

Maru-chan said and Kei-chan somehow drank the cola with a straw…

「Are we really going to be fine?」

Kei-chan asked Maru-chan.

「Will I be saved?」

Maru-chan smiled at Kei-chan…【】

「In the end…I think it’ll depend on your willpower」

…Willpower.

「If you have the will to『survive』…then you can overcome any hardships」

Kei-chan…

「I honestly think that I’m fine dying…but」

Kei-chan looks at me…

「I’d like Onee-chan to live. I’d like her to live and be happy!」

My heart is wet from my twin brother’s words…

「I want Kei-chan to live. I want Kei-chan to be happy」
「I…I’m no good. I can no longer be happy…!」
「That’s not true…!!!」

Maru-chan grabbed our hands.

「Both of you…! You are worrying at each other…that’s good!」

Her beautiful eyes look at us.

「The sister for her brother’s sake…and the brother for her sister’s sake…survive with all your life. You have the『will』 Put that in your chest firmly…!」

Maru-chan pats her chest.

「It’s not for your sake…if you think it’s for someone else…then you should be able to find resolve!」
「…Yes, understood」

I replied
But…Kei-chan
He just looked down in silence…

◇ ◇ ◇

Then…the car returns to the villa we left this morning

「…Let’s use that one」

Kyouko-san points at the boat anchored in the bay ahead of the villa.

「We’ll reach the sea with that and be picked up by a big cruiser. An acquaintance of mine is supposed to be sailing a ship today. Mina’s acquainted with Joan Slim right?」
「Yes…he was introduced by Kouzuki-sama. When he came to Japan, we sent one of our『women』to his hotel…」
「We’ll have Joan help us…that man’s cruiser is as good as a luxury hotel. We’ll have him take us to San Francisco Better, we can even go to Hawaii…!」
「…That seems to be expensive」
「We can just push that to Sousuke」
「Got it…Then, I’ll contact Mr. Slim」

Sensei takes out a phone from the driver’s seat.

「Margo, prepare the boat with me」
「…Roger」

Maru-chan opens the door and gets off the truck.

「You two…what’s wrong? Feeling unwell?」

Looking at Kei-chan who has a pale face…Kyouko-san asked.

「I-I’m fine」

Kei-chan answered, but…

「We can’t get to the boat immediately so rest in the villa for a while!」

Kyouko-san said then gave the key to me.

「Look after him」
「…Yes」

Then…we got off the truck…
Kei-chan and I held hands…

「…Are you okay, Kei-chan?」
「…U-Un. Onee-chan」

I’m worried
Ships on the sea shake a lot.
In our state right now…
Will Kei-chan be able to hold out?

「Anyway…let’s go to the living room. I’ll prepare warm tea」

I pull Kei-chan…
Opening the door to the living room…

…………!!!

…I thought my heart would stop

「Heey, we’re barging in!」

Who’s there is…
Rosalind Orlando drinking tea…
Then…The one sitting opposite to Rosalind…

「…As expected, you are mine. This must be fate!」

A man in white suit
If I recall…it was Shirasaka Sousuke

「Mr. Shirasaka told me this. This is where you were hiding」

Rosalind said with a mean smile

「Don’t worry…I didn’t tell my brother anything. I’ll be killed if I made a bad report…!」

I see…
Normally, Rosalind is supposed to act together with Cesario Viola all the time…
She didn’t show up in Chinatown…
She knows this hideout…

…Zubabababa!
…Tatun, tatoun, tatoun!!!

I hear gunshots from outside the villa.

「We’ve caught the twins! I don’t mind if you kill those outside!」

Rosalind shouts at the transreceiver
…It was a trap.

「…Are you really sure? Aren’t those outside your friends?」

Rosalind asks Shirasaka Sousuke.

「No way. Those people are from Brazil, my enemies. I would appreciate it if you can handle it here」

Shirasaka Sousuke said while smiling.

「Well…I don’t mind whatever it is」

Rosalind looks at us
She took out a pistol from her handbag…
She aimed it at me…

「…Uwaaaa!」
「…Kei-chan!」

The frightened Kei-chan embraced me.
His cold sweat flows in my body.

「I’ll take Kei home. Actually, I’d like to shoot you in this place but if I don’t bring you back, my brother will kill me…!
「Then, I’ll take the sister…you don’t mind that do you?」

Shirasaka looks at me with vulgar eyes.

「Yeah…I’ll give you a discount from the original price」
「…This is what they call『WIN -WIN situation』don’t they?」

Shirasaka smiled.

「The gunshots outside has stopped…it seems that it’s all done…」

Kyouko-san and others…
Kei-chan and I despairs…
At that moment…!

…Bashu!!!

Kyouko-san jumps in the window!!

「…What!!!」

Rosalind aimed the pistol in panic and Kyouko-san kicked it off.!
The black pistol danced in the air and rolled on the floor.

「…Six subordinates in all?」

Kyouko-san glares at Rosalind.
Rosalind looks at the handbag and the pistol on the floor.
…She must still have a weapon in her handbag.

「…That’s right, what about it?」

At the moment Rosalind said that…!

「…You’re really a liar!!」

Kyouko-san aims at the window she rushed into…
She throws an iron kabutowari!!

…Busha!

「Gyaaaaaaaaa!!」

Rosalind’s follower hiding behind the window spouts blood from his forehead and blown away!!

「…That’s seven!」

Suddenly, the door opens!
Rosalind’s subordinate held it’s gun…!
But, Kyouko-san slipped into the man’s foot…!
Then she kicked up his crotch!!

「…Gueeeeeeeeeee!!」

The man who has his vital point crushed collapsed in agony.

「…Eight!」

A man screamed from outside the window…!

「Kyouko-san…I knocked down the two!」

Maru-chan said.

「That’s ten…is there someone still hiding?」

Kyouko-san looks at Rosalind with bloodshot eyes.

「Just what are you?」

Rosalind mutters in a frightened voice.

「You know it don’t you? I’m a Brazilian…Kyouko・Dothnomechey…!」
「You’re…『Kyouko Messer?』」

Rosalind’s surprised…

「There are those who call me that too…!」

Rosalind looks at Shirasaka…

「Why didn’t you tell me that it was『Kyouko Meser』?!」
「I-Is she that famous?!」
「…You’re an idiot!」

Rosalind insults Shirasaka…and Kyouko-san…

「Sorry…Sousuke is a real idiot. He’s helpless you know…!」

Then…she looks at us

「Let’s go and escape!」

Shirasaka shouts at Kyouko-san…

「Wait…bring me too, Kyouko. If I get left behind…Cesario Viola will kill me…!」
「Isn’t that great Sousuke? It’s a punishment for betraying us…die!」
「Don’t say that…I’m the representative of your organization!」
「What about you…you easily sold us to that woman…!」
「…I」

Kyouko-san spit on the floor…

「…Get out quickly I’ll have you pay all of the expenses here. You don’t mind that do you?」
「Y-Yeah…well of course…by the way」

Shirasaka looked at us…

「Since I’ll be paying up…it’s okay to think that I own these children don’t I?」

Kyouko-san slaps Shirasaka’s face!
Shirasaka’s large body was blown off to the back of the wall

「W-What are you doing!」
「You see…it’s impossible for humans to own another!」

Kyouko-san’s eyes were burning in anger.

「I’ll take responsibility for these two…I won’t let you touch them even with a single finger!」

Shirasaka looks up at Kyouko-san with eyes of hatred.

「…I don’t mind it even if you die here, I’ll just report it to『Kakka』」

Kytouko-san’s hand has the kabutowari shining as she hold it.

「…Wait, Kyouko!」

…Then
Suddenly…Rosalind jumps to her handbag!
She grabbed the pistol from inside…

「Onee-chan, it’s dangerous!!」

Kei-chan jumped in…
Kei-chan who’s been pale all this time…
Kei-chan who’s trembling…
He picked up the pistol on the floor…!

「…Die!!」

Rosalind aims the pistol towards me

「…Like hell you will!!」

Kyouko-san throws the Kabutowari towards Rosalind

「Agaaa!!」

The iron lump hits Rosalind’s left chest and her body rotates…
…But still
She pulled the trigger of the pistol…

Doguuuuun!!!
The muzzle blows fire!
…Then

「…Kei-chaaaaaaaaaaan!!!」

Kei-chan’s belly…
There’s blood coming out…!

「Dammit…!」

Rosalind…
Holds her pistol again…!
She aimed her muzzle at me…

「…Aaaaaaaaaaaー!!!!」

Kei-chan rushes towards Rosalindー
While holding down his wounded stomach!
…Then.
He jumped at Rosalind…!

「Get away…Kei!」

Rosalind’s second bullet went through Kei!

…Dogyuuaan!

Kei-chan’s body jumps up…!
Kei-chan clenched his teeth…
He shot the gun towards Rosalind…!!

…Jyohyuuuuun!

A hole opens in Rosalind’s stomach…!

「…Uaaaaaaaaaa!」

Rosalind drops the gun from the acute pain
Kei-chan then fell on the floor.
…Slowly
…In slow motion

「…Kei-chan!!!」

I run towards Kei-chan

「…Kei-chan, Kei-chan, Kei-chaaaaaaaaan!!!」

…Kei-chan

「Onee-chan…Run Hurry…!」

Kei-chan looks up at me.,

「…Not without Kei-chan…Kei-chan…!」

I’m in panic

「Onee-chan can go alone. You can leave me…!」
「I can’t do that…No way…Kei-chan!」

Maru-chan jumps into the room

「…Kyouko-san」

Kyouko-san was…

「It’s impossible…there’s two in his stomach…there’s no way to stop the bleeding. He lost too much blood」

…No way
…If this goes on, Kei-chan
…Kei-chan

「…This is fine, Onee-chan」

Kei-chan said

「Even if I live…I can no longer be happy…!」
「Kei-chan you idiot! Didn’t Onee-chan promise you that she’ll make you happy! I’ll marry Kei-chan! I’ll bear Kei-chan’s child! I’ll do anything! I’ll do anything so…!」

I tell Kei-chan while crying.

「…Happiness. Become happy. I think that Onee-chan deserves happiness…!」
「Uwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!」

I screamed in tears.
…I can do nothing but cry.

「…Seriously, what the hell. With this, brother…Viola would kill me…!」

Rosalind opens her mouth filled with blood.

「Dammit…why did it hit Kei?…The sister’s the one that should’ve died」

She drags bloody self to the handbag.
Kyouko-san suddenly takes a stance.

「…I don’t have any weapons. Don’t worry. I just want to smoke…」

Saying that…Rosalind took out a cigarette from her handbag.
Then she put one on her mouth and set it on fire.

「Fuuuuu…That’s calming」

Meanwhile…Kei-chan’s body is bleeding.
Every time Kei-chan’s heart moved, blood overflows.
His body is getting colder every second…

「oh…Onee-chan…it’s cold…really cold!」
「…Kei-chan」

I embraced Kei-chan’s body.
I cried…clinging to him.
My tears fell to Kei-chan’s face.

「…Oh…Onee-chan’s tears…they’re warm…!」

…Kei-chan

「…It’s okay, Onee-chan…」

Then…
Kei-chan stopped moving…
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…!!
My screams and tears can’t stop.
…It’s exploding.
…I’m bursting out…!
…Help me, Kei-chan…!

「…Now then」

Saying that, Rosalind takes out a phone from her handbag.

「Hey…what are you doing!」

Kyouko-san shouts but it was too late…

『…Rosalind? What’s wrong…Hey, where are you!』

the voice leaks out from the phone.
That is her brother
…Cesario Viola

「…Sorry brother, I was done in…I’m finished」

Rosalind whispers to the phone.,

『Done in?…By who?!…Hey!』

The voice on the other side is yelling

「Kei-chan died…Kei-chan died here」

…Kei-chan
…He died?

『Hey…what’s going on!? Rosalind! Did you chase down the guys who took Kei?!』
「That’s right…I made a blunder and got cornered. I’m no more. I’ve got a bullet in my internal organs…!」
『You…Kei’s also done in…?』
「Didn’t I tell you earlier…Seriously…you’re really dimwitted…!」
『Who…who did it! Who shot you and Kei…!』

…At that time.
Rosalind looked at me…
Then she smiled

「…Yasuko」

…Yasuko
…Najima Yasuko
That was my real name.
Viola and others are calling me『Yasuko』…

「Kei-chan and I were shot by『Yasuko…!』」

Rosalind…
She didn’t want her brother to know she shot Kei-chan.
Therefore…she pushed the sin to me.

『…Yasuko did?』

Rosalind’s eyes opened wide…!

「That’s right! Kei-chan and I were killed by Yasuko!!!」

…Douuun!!

At that time…Rosalind’s head was blown away.
…It was Sensei.
Sensei came from the entrance.
The pistol she’s holding has white smoke rising from it.

「…You let her talk too much Kyouko-san」

…Sensei said

「O-Oh, right. Mina」

Kyouko-san picks up the phone from Rosalind’s bleeding head.
Then, she spoke.

「…It’s me, Kyouko・Dothnomechey」
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