Chapter 211: Bargaining Point

Copyright© 2011 by Murasame

(They stand outside the police station.)

Yahiko: All right ... Let's do it.

Misao: You really think this is going to work?

Yahiko: Yeah, we'll get in.

Misao: Right!

Yahiko: Go!

(They charge off.)

Megumi: You sure they're okay?

Aoshi: It's their plan. Let them do what they want.

(Inside, Chou slumps in a chair while Saitou reads his report.)

Chou: Oh man I'm tired. I been running around all day...

Saitou: ... Hm. It's not enough. (He tosses the report aside.) You don't have enough evidence. You'll have to go out again.

Chou: What!! What's wrong with the stuff I already got?

Saitou: I can't bring anyone in on this.

Chou: Forget it! Being an undercover agent sucks!

Saitou: You always say that. Stop talking and work.

(There's a knock on the door.)

Voice: Delivery...

(Yahiko bursts in, wearing a false mustache and glasses and carrying a big tray.)

Yahiko: Got your order of soba right here!

Misao (similarly disguised): Order up! Here's your nice fresh sushi!

Yahiko & Misao (thinking): We're in! Now if we can just lure Saitou out--

Saitou: It's the Kamiya brat and the girl from the Aoiya.

Chou: What do you want?

Yahiko & Misao: They guessed right away?!

Saitou: It doesn't matter, just get them out of here.

Misao (tearing aside her disguise): Well if we have to--

Yahiko: We'll do this by force!

(Chief Uramura enters with Megumi and Aoshi.)

Chief: Inspector Fujita, you have guests. (noticing Yahiko) Oh, you're here too.

Yahiko: How could you let Aoshi in here?!

Chief: Well, I heard all about everything from Miss Takani and thought I should let him have a look.

Yahiko: You're too trusting!

Saitou (to Aoshi): I see you got sick of meditating.

(A little later. The soba & sushi are gone.)

Saitou: What do you want? I don't have time to waste with you. Get to the point.

Yahiko: We don't have much time either, so tell us quick. Where is Yukishiro Enishi now?

Saitou: I have no reason to tell you. Go home.

Misao: That's too quick!

Yahiko: We're not asking you to tell us for free. What if we had important information to trade?

Saitou: Would it be something like, Kamiya Kaoru is still alive?

(Yahiko and Misao are struck dumb.)

Saitou: Guess it was.

Aoshi: How did you know?

Saitou (tossing down some papers): Look at these. Documents found in the cellar of Yukishiro Enishi's hideout.

Chou: If it's my work, you know it's the best.

Yahiko: What, you're a spy for Saitou now?

Misao: That is so uncool.

Saitou (as Aoshi reads): An almost impressive document detailing Kamiya Kaoru's physical appearance. And what could be learned from the confiscated Iwanbou third model. A mysterious hollow large enough for one person was found in the belly. If you think about it, it all makes sense--

Megumi: Then why haven't the police done anything?

Saitou: The search for Yukishiro Enishi takes priority over the verification of the life of one girl. That's the circumstances we're working under.

Misao: What? That's your reason?

Saitou: All right, all right. I'll look for Kamiya Kaoru when I have the time. Now go on home.

Misao: No way. You think that's good enough?

Yahiko: Saitou. Then what about this. If you tell us where Yukishiro Enishi is now, you can leave the search for Kaoru to us. Then you can concentrate on finding Yukishiro Enishi with a clear conscience...

Saitou: Hm. In other words, I can abandon the search for Kamiya Kaoru.

Yahiko: Yes. Kaoru's our friend. Wherever she is, we'll do everything we can to find her!

Saitou: Fine. With the condition that you stop bothering me, I accept. At the present time, we're not sure of his location.

Misao: What!?--After all that?

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