「 Hayama-san, please stop making threats, you’re scaring the children 」
Shou-neechan said with a smile.
「 I don’t mean to be joking however 」
Hayama doesn’t break his smile either.
「 I’m estimating on how we can break through all of Yoshida-kun 」
He’s targetting me.
「 I’m taking you at your word Hayama-san, but your judgment is misguided 」
Shou-neechan continues the fight behind smiles.
「 If you think of using the young master to show weakness then you’re gravely mistaken 」
「 Oh? 」
The tense air wraps the surroundings.
「 Reika, please explain the purpose of the police for being here 」
Shou-neechan asks Rei-chan
「 Their first objective is to confirm the location of Kyouko Messer. Their second objective is to sell favor to Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama as an escort 」
「 That’s right. These are the main instructions from the higher-ups of the police department and the Japanese government, but as police, I think that you should focus on the first objective 」
Shou-neechan tells Hayama.
No, in fact, their aim from Mana or me is Kyouko-san, so we’ll never talk about Kyouko-san.
「 It would be best if we could arrest Kyouko Messer but, hopefully, you’d like her to leave the country as soon as possible, do you not? 」
「 Well, we monitor the threats to the security of the state, and we work to eliminate them as much as possible 」
「 We don’t want big names like Kyouko Messer to stay in Japan for so long to be honest 」
「 Then, allow me to give you a piece of useful information 」
Shou-neechan uses a card.
「 Kyouko Messer is no longer in this mansion 」
Hayama’s cheeks twitched.
「 Is that so? Do you know where she went? 」
「 That is Hayama-san’s job to find out 」
The two glare at each other.
「 Kouzuki security service and Kyouko Messer have opposed opinions for her actions in the future. Therefore, Kyouko Messer already broke from us. We don’t know what she’s planning to do next or where she is right now 」
Shou-neechan declares that Kyoko-san and Kouzuki security service broke up.
「 I knew it, it was the car that went out last night 」
Hayama immediately points the time when Kyouko-san left the mansion.
「 Who knows, I don’t 」
Shou-neechan feigns ignorance.
「 Hmm, I can’t believe what you say at all 」
Hayama tells Shou-neechan
「 If Kouzuki house and Kyouko Messer broke up, why is that foreign girl here? Isn’t that girl an agent Kyouko Messer brought from outside? 」
Hayama thinks that Edie is Kyouko-san’s subordinate.
No, that might be a bluff.
「 Oh her, Kakka bought this girl from Kyouko Messer. It’s natural that she’s left to us as soon as the deal is established 」
Shou-neechan says and looks at Edie.
「 Bought? 」
Hayama glares at Edie.
「 Yes. There are not that many talented bodyguards of this age that can take the job of young master’s bodyguard. So, Kyouko Messer brought one from the US 」
Shou-neechan said. Edie says something while grinning.
Shou-neechan replied in English.
Edie replied laughing.
「 What did they say? 」
I ask Mana.
「 Edie-chan asked “Is there a problem. Should I beat him up?” Then Seki-san said “It’s unnecessary. He’s not someone you need to dirty your hands on” 」
Edie looks at Hayama and laughed.
「 I’m surprised. Indeed, this foreigner looks strong 」
「 Yes, we told Kyouko Messer “We’d like you to search for a strong child, we don’t mind teaching her discipline her” 」
「 Yeah, it’s essential to teach discipline I’d like you to tell her to set a high value on old people like me 」
「 Oh, I’ll tell her not to let down her guard with the police 」
「 I see 」
Hayama’s snake eyes look at me again.
「 Then, this boy is indeed a keyman. Kouzuki Kakka bought a bodyguard from Kyouko Messer just to protect him. Just what are you for real? 」
「 Well, I don’t need you to talk in the spot. I’ll have you come to our HQ kindly 」
Hayama tries to grab my arm.
Rei-chan grabbed Hayama’s hand before Edie could move.
「 Are you interfering a public servant in his duties? 」
「 What about you? You’ll die in the line of duty 」
Rei-chan holds her cane.
「 Hmm, threatening a police officer isn’t that smart you know 」
Hayama said, but
「 You’re the police that protects the security of this country, right? Are you really okay setting sparks in the relationship of Kouzuki house and the Japanese government? 」
Rei-chan braced herself too.
「 The security police is a member of the police organization in the first place. I’m still a policeman 」
He raised his hand, and police officers in a black suit come off from their vehicles.
「 The mess done in the hotel lately was because of Kyouko Messer and Cesario Viola. Mr. Kouzuki Shigeaki’s death is undetermined. We cannot overlook a firefight in Tokyo 」
That’s right, we broke a lot of laws.
「 You underestimate the police. Don’t fuck with us! 」
Hayama threatens us.
The people from Kouzuki security service also tries to get off their car, but
「 14th squad, return to your cars! Don’t get involved! 」
Shou-neechan orders them.
The observers from Kouzuki security service don’t know what to do. They’re stuck.
「 Are you sure? If this man committed a violation of the law or did some criminal act, then we have to arrest the criminal and check the facts as to what happened! Just because someone is connected to a renowned house or has a powerful connection, we will not overlook him. That is the job of the police 」
「 In short, I don’t have the intention to be tied up by the higher-ups, the government, well, it’s basically the politicians or even Kouzuki house! 」
Hayama said, Shou-neechan.
「 You’ll just get fired 」
Hayama stays calm.
「 I don’t mind. I’m retiring at the end of the month anyway, if I can show a dirty connection between the state and one noble house, then I’ll be satisfied. I’m now acting based on my conscience as a policeman, based on my justice. In other words, we will enforce Justice 」
Is that his purpose?
「 Now then, Yoshida-kun, would you accompany me? 」
「 Even if you take him, we’ll get him back right away. We’ll appeal for an unfair arrest 」
「 Please do what you want. Hurry up and talk to a lawyer. In the first place, we can talk to him about all things during that time. Oh, what? If our experts make a serious effort, then it’ll take only a few minutes to get something from a high school boy! 」
Is he going to torture me?
「 Onii-chan! 」
Mana clings to me.
「 Oh right. While at it, we’ll be taking this girl in custody 」
The snake looks at Mana.
「 The reason for arresting Yoshida-kun will be a suspicion of kidnapping. In that case, we can surely detain him!
Does he intend to detain me as Mana’s kidnapper?
「 We’ll leak this arrest to the media. We’ll make sure to have Kouzuki house’s power turn hazy 」
The police officers approached us.
If my name’s revealed to the media as Mana’s kidnapper, then I’d be socially murdered.
「 Oh right, this mansion has more famous people inside 」
Is he talking about Yukino?
「 Hey wait! Hayama-san! This is going too far! 」
「 What going too far? I’ll never forgive the domineering attitude of the nobles! I have justice in me!! 」
The police approach us.
Oh, I should’ve brought my beat-up stick.
It can’t be helped.
It’ll hurt if I do it bare-handed though.
「 Ah 」
Perfect, there’s a brick on the side of the road.
「 Wait a second, Hayama-san 」
I said, crouched, and picked up the brick.
「 Yes, that’s just heavy enough 」
I hold on the brick and toss it up catch it.
「 W-What are you doing? 」
Hayama doesn’t understand the meaning of my behavior.
「 No, I just thought of hitting you with this! 」
I said looking up at Hayama.
「 What are you talking about? 」
I stand up while holding the brick.
「 No, look, you only have violence to fight violence, right? 」
I said. Not only Hayama. Shou-neechan, Rei-chan, and Mana froze.
「 Violence?! I’m a police officer you know! 」
Hayama shouts; the police officers stop walking.
「 Yeah, I know. Your violence is named police, right? 」
「 Violence named justice, Violence named the state, violence named the law, it’s all violence. So, I’ll fight it with violence too 」
「 Are you sane? 」
「 No, I believe that there’s just in the righteous. But, to follow righteousness, in the end, violence is used to lead the people to it. It’s violence that dominates the world 」
That’s what I learned in the past few days.
Shirasaka Sousuke violently kidnapped Minaho-neesan and others, turned them to prostitutes.
The law or justice did not help Minaho-neesan.
Therefore, Minaho-neesan used violence to fulfill her revenge.
Margo-san and Kyouko-san are physical violence.
Leaking information on the internet and guiding opinion is also violence.
Borrowing the power of a powerful man like Jii-chan is also violence.
Cesario Viola had to be controlled by violence.
If he didn’t die, Nei’s peace of mind would never come.
「 You brought your violence named police so we’ll have to stop you using violence too 」
「 Wait a second! 」
Shou-neechan tries to stop me in panic, but.
「 Shut up and follow me 」
I tell Shou-neesan calmly.
「 Mana, get on Rei-chan’s back. Rei-chan, take care of her 」
「 O-Okay 」
Rei-chan’s puzzled, but she grips her cane tighter.
「 Edie! 」
I talk to the tanned fighter.
「 ！ 」
Edie smiles at me.
「 No killing. ドント・キル 」
「 OK．darling 」
「 Do you even understand? Do you want to fight the public safety police? 」
「 You can see it 」
I swing the red brick in my hand.
「 You were picking this fight so you must be ready, right? 」
Not just Hayama, everyone from the police are all confused.
The staff from Kouzuki security service too.
「 W-We’re the police you know? 」
「 Yes, I know 」
Then, one of the police officials tries to put his hand on the bosom of his suit.
Edie threw a Shuriken right in front of his foot.
The police officer’s frightened.
「 It’s better if you don’t take out your gun, Edie might lose her control 」
「 Now then, should we begin our exchange of violence. 「 Oh, Kouzuki security service’s observers don’t need to join. It’s just stupid to get injured from this, right? 」
I tell the members of the 14th squad.
「 Just Shou-neechan, Rei-chan, Edie and I can win this 」
「 Can’t help it 」
「 We’ll meet your expectations 」
Rei-chan holds her cane.
「 Why is this?! 」
「 What’s with this, are you stupid!? Why do you follow such a brat?! 」
Hayama shouts to Shou-neechan.
「 This man’s lived on a world with different reason than you 」
「 He doesn’t have the weak guts to be afraid of the authority of the police 」
Hayama’s eyes opened wide.
He stared at me.
「 Y-You, just who the hell are you? 」
Hearing that question. Mana replied.
「 Misuzu-oneechan’s’ partner! 」
Unrest spreads to the Kouzuki security service’s observers.
Oh, the average guards don’t know it yet.
「 Yes, this man is Kouzuki Misuzu-sama’s partner, Kakka gave his approval 」
「 I’ve heard that she had a fiance, but… 」
「 Now way, really? 」
「 Then, this man will be the successor of Kouzuki house? 」
Kondo and others leak out their thoughts.
「 That’s not decided yet. But, he’s undoubtedly one of the candidates 」
「 We were taking all the troubles not to cause troubles. This is your fault, Hayama-san. You have induced the public security police to confront Kouzuki house so please take responsibility 」
「 Dammit! Arrgh! 」
He lost strength.
「 If he’s related to Kouzuki house then say that from the start. You’ve given me unneeded shame 」
Then, he looks at his black-clothed subordinates.
「 We lost, go back. If take him away our department will be dismantled. I don’t mind if I get fired, but I can’t have the whole organization break down 」
「 It would be fine if it were just a politician or higher-ups, but the other party is a monster who can shut down the whole media in Japan. That’s not someone we can win against with our sense of justice 」
「 That’s enough 」
What’s with this adult.
「 You keep playing with the word justice. Where do you think your justice is? 」
What he’s actually doing is just threatening with the violence of police power.
Then, as soon as he realized that he’s an unfavorable position, he goes to escape.
「 Hah! I don’t want a brat protected by Kouzuki house tell me that! 」
Hayama speaks as if spitting out.
「 We’ll back off, for now, Seki-san, I’ll pay back this favor 」
「 You jest 」
She replied to Hayama with a cold smile.
「 You were the one who was disrespectful to our young master, do you not intend to apologize? 」
「 I-I’m telling you to forget things and let go. We’re also tolerating things, so you don’t mind doing me a favor, don’t you? 」
「 That won’t do, is there anyone here among the police who’s in the next seat of Hayama-san? 」
She looks at the men in black clothes.
「 M-Me 」
A man with a physique too good for someone past 40s raised his hand.
「 I’m Hashimoto. My rank is.. 」
「 That’s all I need for now Hashimoto-san. My question is what you would do? 」
Hashimoto looks at Hayama.
「 I think that this is a problem with Hayama’s behavior 」
「 Hey, Hashimoto?! 」
「 I’ll report this case to my boss 」
「 Please do apologize in a formal letter, okay? 」
「 Yes 」
「 Wait a second! Hashimoto! That would make us owe Kouzuki you know! 」
「 It will be, we’ve committed a blunder 」
「 No wait, we’re the police. I don’t care if they’re a renowned house or something but owing a favor to a businessman is just… 」
「 This is our blunder, so we will take responsibility for it. Hayama-san has no say in it 」
「 Hashimoto? 」
「 We’ll acknowledge this as Hayama-san’s arbitrary recklessness. Would that do? 」
「 Thank you 」
Hashimoto bows his head to us.
「 Hey, you guys too! 」
The police officers lower their heads in a hurry.
「 Wait a second, you guys 」
「 We cannot let our future be sacrificed just for Hayama-san’s personal sense of justice 」
「 You’re already retiring, but we’re still working in this organization 」
「 I-I 」
「 Seriously, give us some slack! 」
Shou-neechan looks at me.
「 Young master, you don’t need the brick, do you? Please throw it away 」
O-Oh right, I’m still holding the brick.
I throw it away.
The brick fell on the asphalt road and broke two pieces.
Oh what, that’s some fragile brick.
「 Hashimoto-san, as I said earlier, Kyouko Messer isn’t here anymore. Please look for them yourselves 」
「 Y-Yes 」
「 However, if you’ll give Kouzuki house consideration, please continue to guard Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama If you retreat like this, you won’t be able to save your face at all 」
「 That’s true. We’ll continue our monitoring, I mean, guarding for a while 」
「 Thank you 」
Shou-neechan next looks at the observers of Kouzuki security service.
「 You guys, the matter with the young master being Misuzu-sama’s partner is confidential, don’t speak of it 」
「 Y-yes! 」
「 With this, you finally understand why Misuzu-sama and everyone else frequents this mansion, and as to why Reika is escorting young master 」
「 Hey 」
Hayama who’s discouraged speaks to me suddenly.
「 In the end, from which distinguished house are you from? 」
「 Getting engaged to the lady of Kouzuki house means you’re from a distinguished family, right? Are you an illegitimate child from some famous family? Or could it be? No, you can’t be an illegitimate child of Kouzuki Shigetaka 」
「 Look for that yourself, you still have some days left until your retirement, right? 」
He won’t discover anything even if he investigates though.
◇ ◇ ◇
Both sides return to their vehicles.
「 I told you not to say a word, but you immediately spill things 」
「 They learned from director Yamaoka after all 」
「 Well fine, for now, the guys from Kouzuki security service will respect you 」
「 The police will no longer be a problem. No matter what organization it is, some people break the relationship with other organizations due to their self-rules 」
「 Furthermore, they came out at this stage 」
「 You’re right, Reika 」
The two look at each other.
「 What does that mean? 」
「 They purposely sent out a strange guy to see our internal state 」
「 They’ll say it just like earlier “One guy was impolite on his own judgment. Sorry” and that’s the end of the story 」
I see; so that’s why.
They discarded the guy who’s near his retirement age.
「 Well, we’re able to manipulate the information well. Let’s consider that as a win for now 」