Chapter Twenty-Four: Doubt:
Tsuzuki walked Anna home like a gentleman. Hisoka gave them all the grim details of Yumikoâ€™s once he calmed down. A few minutes ago, Tsuzuki looked dead on at Hisoka.
â€œSo how did she die?â€ he asked. His partner stared at him dead on.
â€œShe was kidnapped on her way to school,â€ he explained in a trembling voice. Everyone looked in shocked.
â€œKidnapped by whom?â€ Anna asked.
â€œYasuoâ€¦â€ Hisoka said as with his voice breaking down. He breathed heavily as he recollected everything he saw from the corpse. Tsuzuki patted him on the shoulder.
â€œTake your time if you need to,â€ he said softly. Hisoka nodded, took in another deep breath, and slowly went into detail about Yumikoâ€™s last days before her life was snuffed out. Everyone went pale when Hisoka finally stopped talking.
Now, Tsuzuki tried to lighten the mood.
â€œYou think she did the same toâ€¦ Kirika?â€ he asked. Anna didnâ€™t speak and Tsuzuki went quiet as well.
â€œOkayâ€¦â€ he mumbled. They made it back to Kimoto Manor. The pair was surprised to see Rihoko standing at the front door waiting for them. She had a small piece paper in her hand.
â€œRihoko,â€ Anna said. â€œWhatâ€™s going on?â€ The young mother waited until they were close enough.
â€œYou had a phone call, Anna,â€ she told her. The woman raised an eyebrow at her.
â€œA phone call?â€ she asked, â€œFrom who?â€
â€œSome lady,â€ Rihoko replied.
â€œWhich lady?â€ Anna asked.
â€œShe wouldnâ€™t give me her name,â€ the busy roommate said, â€œBut she told me to give you this.â€ Rihoko handed Anna the note. The other woman took and read it with Tsuzuki.
â€œCheck tape entry #26,â€ the note read. The pair looked at each other for a moment.
â€œYou sure you want to do this?â€ Tsuzukiâ€™s eyes asked Anna.
â€œYes!â€ hers replied. With that, the Shinigami and woman raced right into the house. Rihoko looked around confused.
â€œGuys, whatâ€™s going on?â€ she asked following them to Annaâ€™s room. Tsuzuki and Anna dug through the box of tapes. They found tape entry #26. Tsuzuki put the tape in the player and pressed play.
-Tape Entry #26-
March 29th, 1983.
My name is Kimoto Daisuke. I am eighteen years old and a single dad. Anna-chan reminds me so much of Kirika-chan. Both were quiet little babies; they were only hussy when they were hungry. Both my sister and daughter looked like smart babies. I thought Kirika would be a doctor when she got older. I think Anna will be a doctor when she grows up, or a teacher; so many possibilities.
He paused on tape.
Something still bugs me about Kirika. Haruka came back with her without dad that March morning. We still donâ€™t know what happened to him. Haruka wonâ€™t tell us anything. Some people think dad is dead. He hasnâ€™t called or written to us since he and Haruka left us all alone. I have to wonder.
He paused on tape again.
Saying all of that brings me to my question, who is Kirikaâ€™s father?
-End of Tape Entry #26-
Tsuzuki, Anna, and Rihoko all looked at each other silent.