Chapter Two: Proposal:
The doorbell rang at seven in the morning. Anna hurried to the door and opened it a crack. Tsuzuki looked inside at her. The woman became overjoyed as she slid the door wide open.
â€œTsuzuki,â€ the woman chirped, â€œYouâ€™re here!â€
â€œIs something wrong?â€ he asked. Annaâ€™s face changed to a somber look.
â€œI think grandma killed someone dear to papa,â€ she said. The Shinigami looked at her puzzled.
â€œWho?â€ he asked.
â€œCome with me,â€ she whispered. Anna turned and went down the hall with Tsuzuki following behind. They came into her room. Daisukeâ€™s office looked more like her space. Before, Anna still had everything still packed up with only her personal photos were on the wall. Now, the woman had unpacked some. Tsuzuki couldnâ€™t help but to smile. At least, she was planning to stay in Japan untilâ€¦
â€œTsuzuki,â€ a voice spoke up. The Shinigami came back to earth. Anna stood in front of him with a serious look on her face.
â€œYeah?â€ the Shinigami asked quickly.
â€œDo you remember the Kimoto Yumiko and Kirika cases?â€ Anna asked. Tsuzuki kept eyes on her.
â€œYes, why?â€ he replied. The woman turned away and booted up her laptop. Once her computer came up, Anna logged in and clicked on Foxfire. She pulled up the bookmarked police report. Tsuzuki read it quietly and turned back to Anna. She looked at him seriously.
â€œI think grandma killed my aunts that year,â€ she said in a trembling voice. Tsuzuki looked at her confused.
â€œWhy?â€ he asked.
â€œSame reason she had papa killed,â€ she replied, â€œShe wanted their kitsune!â€
â€œOkay, saying that is true,â€ Tsuzuki reasoned, â€œWe didnâ€™t see any burn marks on the bodies. Come to think of it, the bodies were never found.â€
â€œExactly,â€ Anna added, â€œShe killed them and did something with the bodies.â€ Tsuzuki looked uneasy about this theory. Anna noticed his face.
â€œLook,â€ she said, â€œDo you guys miss any souls in â€™82? Think hard! This is really important for me!â€ Tsuzuki thought about it for a moment.
â€œI canâ€™t remember off of the top of my head,â€ he replied. Anna grabbed at his coat desperately. The Shinigami was caught off guard be such sudden movements.
â€œPlease Tsuzuki,â€ the woman pleaded, â€œGrandma killed papa! She might have killed my aunts! I canâ€™t let her get away with that! I justâ€¦ I just canâ€™t!â€ Anna went quiet as Tsuzuki shushed her. The Shinigami gave her a little smile.
â€œIâ€™ll see what I can do,â€ he whispered. Anna looked at him with big eyes. She was about to speak again, but Tsuzuki covered her mouth softly.
â€œI will see to it,â€ he insisted, â€œBut youâ€™re got to stay calm in return okay?â€ Tsuzuki wasnâ€™t lying; she could see it in his eyes. The woman knew that she was in good hands with him. Anna nodded as she pressed her lips together. Tsuzuki slowly lowered his hand from her mouth and took her hands. Annaâ€™s eyes pleaded for justice. They pushed Tsuzuki into the hole even deeper.
â€œDig up the Kimoto Yumiko and Kirika cases?â€ Konoe asked at Ju-Cho-Oh in shock.
â€œPlease sir,â€ Tsuzuki pleaded, â€œThis could be crucial to the case!â€
â€œOn what grounds?â€ the boss asked.
â€œHaruka might have killed her daughters for their kitsune,â€ Hisoka reasoned. Tsuzuki looked at him in surprise. His partner was originally against this idea.
â€œThis will get you into more trouble,â€ Hisoka warned the older Shinigami.
â€œBut what if sheâ€™s right?â€ Tsuzuki asked.
â€œDo you have any proof?â€ Hisoka asked. The older Shinigami looked at him with a blank stare. Hisoka sighed and shook his head.
â€œYou idiot,â€ he mumbled to him. However after some begging and pleading, the boy finally agreed to back him up on the proposal. Konoe raised an eyebrow at him.
â€œDo you have any proof?â€ he asked.
â€œNot at this very moment,â€ Hisoka replied, â€œBut we would like to rule out any other possibilities by at least looking over the case files.â€ Konoe looked them stoically.
â€œForty-eight hours,â€ he said. â€œThat is all you get!â€
â€œThank you sir,â€ Tsuzuki replied. They bowed at the boss before leaving his office. The boys didnâ€™t speak as they went to the library. Hisoka kept his eyes on his partner the whole time.
I hope to heaven youâ€™re right about this, Tsuzuki!, he thought.