Criminale! 2 – Lucia
CV: Kondo Takashi
11AM. Inside the freezer room of a tourist ship. Fifteen hours have passed.
It’s no good. No matter how many times I try, it doesn’t make a difference.
This isn’t the type of door that’ll break easily. It’s locked tightly and doesn’t seem to be opening.
This is the first time I’ve got locked in a freezer while working.
My body feels cold. At this rate, we’re going to freeze to death.
Huh? If only you were a polar bear?
Don’t say that. If you were a polar bear, you’d eat me and that’d be the end.
Now’s not the time to be saying that.
Yeah… I don’t like this either. I don’t want to end up like that frozen meat hanging there.
I’m going to break the door open. Stay back, I’m going to use a knife.
This definitely won’t open that easily though.
It’s no good. There’s nowhere I can push the dagger in to break the lock.
Hmm? There’s an emergency button, but just look… It’s frozen solid and there’s no way you can push it. It’s like there’s no point in having an emergency button. They should really check these things out!
There’s no other way out either. Hoping that someone comes to this room might be our only option. That depends on whether we can keep warm enough though. There’s not much chance of that.
My skin is starting to hurt. It’ll be dangerous for us to stay in the cold any longer.
Huh? You don’t have to do anything. I’ll sort this out somehow, so you just stay there.
You’ll just get in my way if you try to do anything. You know you’re a burden, don’t you?
Don’t do anything unnecessary then.
What can you even do anyway? Are you going to destroy this door? Or are you going to call someone who can help us?
Don’t show off like that when you can’t even do anything.
There’s something you can do?
You’re going to melt the ice on the emergency button?
That’s impossible. Your body temperature won’t be enough to melt it.
You’ll get frostbite if you keep touching it with your hands. If things get really bad, you might even become unable to use your hands. Your fingers could get frozen onto the button too. Can you still do it?
You’ll be fine if you cover the button with your handkerchief?
That’s not going to change how cold it is though, right?
You’re going to try it if there’s a possibility it might work?
Are you serious? Even though it might not work out…
You’re serious about doing it… That’s ridiculous.
See, it’s not melting at all.
Your hands are just getting cold. Just stop it already! Your hands are turning red.
You feel cold, don’t you?
Jeez! I told you to stop, didn’t I?
Your fingers are so cold… You’re lucky you didn’t get frostbite. Do you understand?
Huh? It was better than just dying?
Even if your hands hurt? Or you become unable to use your hands?
What are you talking about? You get scared when there’s a dagger pointed at you and turn pale when you hear the sound of gunshots, but you’re brave at times like this.
No… I don’t mean it in a bad way. I don’t mind people who are reckless like that. I thought you were the kind of girl who’d just get scared without doing anything. Your actions are interesting.
When you’re in danger, you react confidently.
Come on, come over here. Show me your hands. You should warm them up.
We’re both cold, so we can’t warm up much.
Well… I guess this is a little better.
I know you had your handkerchief, but it must have hurt. I’m surprised that you kept going without letting go. You probably wouldn’t have stopped if I hadn’t taken your hand away. You really are a strange woman.
It feels cold when you’re not moving around.
It’s not okay! You’re trembling too.
Yes… You look like you’re half-dead.
Come closer to me. We’ll be able to stay a little warmer if we do this.
The temperature is below zero. This’ll only buy us a little time.
Hey. You haven’t given up yet, right?
You don’t plan on dying here, do you?
Then try and come up with another plan. If your plan can stop us from freezing, then I’ll take back what I said about you being a burden.
Yeah… It’s a promise.
So have you got an idea?
Hmm? That thing?
Ah… The thing hanging from the ceiling. It’s a temperature sensor, right? It regulates the temperature in this room.
Huh? Are you serious about that? You’re going to break the sensor?
That might be possible… The cold air could turn off if the sensor breaks.
It’s only a possibility though! It could also do the opposite and make the room colder.
If that happens, we’re just going to die quickly.
Are you still going to try?
Hmm… Great. Let’s do this then!
What? You thought I’d say something different?
A peaceful idiot wouldn’t choose a dangerous option right now. There’s no advantage in taking a chance like that one. But the right answer is the opposite. Do you know what the most important thing is at a critical moment, when you might live or die?
It’s intuition. It’s just like flipping a coin.
Will it be heads or tails? Only someone willing to bet their life can survive.
That unpredictable side of you isn’t so bad.
Alright. I’m going to place my bets on you too. So let’s hurry up then.
We won’t be able to reach it by jumping. There’s nothing we can stand on either.
You’re going to sit on my shoulders?
Hmm… So you’re going to use me like a ladder? That’s pretty brave of you.
That’s fine. I’ve decided to help you out. I’ll do it.
I’m surprised you keep coming up with all these ideas. I’m impressed with your quick thinking. Your reckless energy too.
Here. Use my dagger to break it.
The blade won’t get chipped.
Look at this mark. It was specially made by Father. So make sure you keep hold of it.
It’s getting difficult to breathe. We really are going to freeze.
Hurry up! It’ll be dangerous for us to get any colder than this.
Alright. I’m going to stand up.
I’m fine. It’s hard to use your strength when you’ve lost warmth though.
I can just about manage.
Your hands are trembling. Hold on tightly with both your hands!
The handcuffs are in your way?
There! I’ve stretched my arms out as much as I can, so you should be able to reach somehow!
Use all the strength you’ve got left!
That sound… It’s stopped…
You’re right. Just wait. I’ll let you down now.
Are you alright? Your legs got cold, didn’t they?
It’s okay if you hold onto me like this.
It looks like the cold air stopped completely.
You did well. It was all thanks to you. We’re safe now. There’s no need to worry.
Yes… It looks like we won the bet. We managed to avoid being turned into blocks of ice.
We really did survive.
Why’d you suddenly lose all your strength? You were so determined earlier!
You really are an interesting person.
I’ll take back what I said, just like I promised. You’re not a burden.
I thought this was a troublesome job, but I might actually have gotten lucky.
2PM. The island of Sicily. Near the port of Agrigento.  Eighteen hours have passed.
Agrigento, huh… It’s taken quite a while to reach the first port. I guess that’s what you’d expect from a luxury passenger ship.
Thanks to your efforts, we’ve survived and reached land.
I’m glad to have the sun shining on us now.
Yes… I think we managed to get off without anyone suspecting anything. We hid the handcuffs the best we could. There were lots of other passengers getting off too, so we were able to blend in with the crowd. But it wouldn’t be a bad idea if we got moving right away.
Come on, this way. Let’s get away from the port quickly.
Huh? Your hand? I’m just holding it. What’s wrong with that?
Why? I don’t have a particular reason…
You’re probably still tired. You won’t slow down if I drag you along, will you?
What’s with that reaction? Are you embarrassed?
Ah… If you’re not embarrassed, then you won’t mind holding hands.
Come on, let’s go.
I didn’t say where we were going?
We’re going to Enna  first.
That’s right, it’s in the centre of Sicily. It’s a town on top of the mountains which has a historical atmosphere. That’s where we can meet my allies.
It’d be more accurate to say that we’re going to the mountains near Enna. I think it takes about two hours to get there by train.
The police will probably be keeping watch around the buses and trains though. We’ll just have to get there by finding a car somewhere.
Don’t worry. We’ve got thirty hours before we need to meet them. We’ll have plenty of time, even if we hitch-hike all the way there. Our problem is how to keep running during that time.
This isn’t good! Come here!
It’s the police. Looks like they’re on guard duty. A whole group of them…
There’s no way this is a coincidence. Doesn’t it seem like all the police in Sicily are out on duty?
Using all those police just to chase two people… The Italians who are on the side of justice always amaze me.
We’re on a island without any way of escape. A crowd of police are following us. We’ll be killed if we get caught. This situation really is troublesome.
Right… What would you do in this situation?
That’s right. Let me hear your idea. You understand the situation we’re in, don’t you?
It’ll be difficult to deal with them all because I’m handcuffed to you.
If we try to run, we’ll get shot and that’ll be the end.
By the way, I’ve only got a limited number of throwing knives. Of course I don’t have enough for all of those policemen.
So what would you do?
You’d only target one of them? Which one?
The man arrogantly giving out orders?
Hmm… So you’re pretty smart for an ordinary person.
That guy is the captain of the police around here.
You should target the person in charge at times like this. The plan will be to take advantage of the confusion to escape. If you realised that instinctively, then you really are interesting.
Let’s go with that plan. Leave it to me. I won’t miss.
Those guys have started running around in confusion. This is why people who can’t even make a single decision by themselves are useless.
Let’s go while we can! Run!
Of course some of them noticed us!
It’s troublesome, but we’re going to hide for now!
They’re still wandering around. I hope we can keep on hiding here…
Ah… Just put up with this position! The two of us won’t be able to hide unless I hold onto you.
The storage compartment of this truck is too small.
Don’t be scared. Come closer this way, otherwise we’ll get discovered.
You’re all tense. Are you that worried?
I’m fine. I’ve been in plenty of desperate situations.
I’ve always worked things out by myself somehow too. It’s always been that way since the time I was hired by the police. I was nothing more than a tool to them. If an assassination was successful, then things would be fine. If I failed, then I’d be abandoned.
They didn’t care if I died because there’d be plenty of people to replace me. The only person I can rely on is myself. Things are still the same way now. I won’t even trust my own allies.
Wait. A few policemen are close by.
You don’t have to be nervous. No one will find us as long as they don’t check every truck. It’ll be fine.
Or not… They’ve started checking every truck.
Are they bored or something? They hardly do any work most of the time!
They’re coming this way. We’ve got no choice. We’ll just have to make sure we’re ready.
What is it? Why are you stopping me?
They’re definitely going to find us if they look inside the truck!
We’re going to miss our chance to attack if we don’t jump out right now!
What about the driver? You’ve got to explain properly…
This is bad! They’re heading straight for this truck.
I’m going to have to stab them as soon as they find us.
I don’t know how far we’ll be able to run though.
The truck started moving?
The policemen are already so far away. We’ve been saved by Lady Luck and managed to escape somehow. Were you able to see the driver getting ready to leave?
We should be thankful to the driver too then. It was perfect timing. We’d have been surrounded if we jumped out then. That means you made the right decision.
I owe you one. You really are brave at the strangest times.
Hey… Are you okay?
Wait… Why do you look so tired?
Huh? You’re relieved?
I really don’t get you.
We’ll stay on this truck a little longer. Luckily, we’re going in the right direction. I hope the policemen chasing us won’t find us again though…
4PM. The countryside town of Caltanisseta, Sicily.  Twenty hours have passed.
I got tired of riding on that truck because the driver kept on taking breaks!
Well, it’ll take us about another hour to get to Enna.
We’re in the countryside, so I guess that’s why there’s no sign of the police.
I suppose we should spend the night here.
It’d be dangerous to stay at a hotel, so we’ve got to find an empty building.
Hmm? What is it?
Well, you’re staring at me pretty intensely.
Ah… So you’re thinking about what I said on the truck.
That I can’t even trust my allies…
Things are fine as long I complete a mission, even I do it alone, aren’t they? When I’ve killed the target, my work is done. There’s no need to team up with someone else, is there?
You’re asking if it gets lonely? You really do ask some strange things.
It would be a miracle if I teamed up with someone else.
Anyway, we should stop chatting and hide these handcuffs.
You’re being pretty obedient for a change. Have you got used to this?
I guess you haven’t. Your ears are still bright red.
Act more normally. So that we look like a romantic couple standing close to each other.
Your face looks tense. Your movements are awkward. People are going to get suspicious.
It looks like that’s the best you can do. It’s actually cute, like I’m walking with a little kid.
That’s true, isn’t it?
If you’re able to get angry about it, then I guess you’re okay. Let’s go.
There are some things I want to get, like food. I wish I could eat some fish at a restaurant, but I don’t want to stay in one place for too long.
Ah, there’s someone selling arancini.  Why don’t we have some while we’re walking?
Medicine, bandages, food… I’ve got most of the things I want.
All we’ve got to do now is find somewhere to stay.
Hmm? Ah… They’re selling this kind of thing too…
Which one do you want?
Don’t women like these kinds of accessories?
Hmm… Or what about this stuffed toy?
Why? I’m telling you that I’m going to buy something for you.
You look so surprised… You came to Sicily on holiday, right?
You haven’t done much shopping, have you?
Once we start driving to Enna, we won’t be able to visit any other shops. Is that okay with you?
Anyway… It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t pay you back for the favour you did earlier.
I see. If you understand, then choose something. We can’t carry a lot, so just one thing.
This is the first time I’ve given someone else a gift. Don’t choose something weird.
Why are you looking surprised again? I just felt like it. There’s no particular meaning behind it.
Well… I suppose you’re a little special.
 Agrigento is a city on the southern coast of Sicily and is known for being the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas.
 Enna is a city in central Sicily which is located on top of a plateau, nearly 1000 metres above sea level.
 Caltanissetta is a town near the city of Enna.
 Arancini are stuffed rice balls which are coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. The usual fillings are ragù, mozzarella and peas.
11PM. The countryside town of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Inside an empty building that we sneaked into. Twenty seven hours have passed.
Are you feeling sleepy?
Well, you’re spacing out.
You’re tired, aren’t you?
I need a little more time to work on these daggers. You can go to sleep.
You’re not sleepy? It doesn’t look like it though.
You look tired and worn out.
The helicopter will arrive at the meeting point in about twenty hours.
Early tomorrow morning we’re going find a car and make our way to the base of the mountain in Enna. Then we’ll climb to the meeting point at the top of the mountain. The path will be a rough one, so you should conserve your energy.
Hey… Have you…
Stay still. I’m just checking something.
Your temperature, of course. Is there any other way to do it apart from touching your forehead?
I knew it. It’s warm. You’ve got a fever.
You didn’t even notice? You’re such an idiot.
Go to sleep. You got a fever because you’re tired. We don’t know when those guys chasing us might find out about this place. This might be your only chance to rest.
You haven’t slept much since we got attacked yesterday, right? It’d be no good if you got completely exhausted.
I’d get bored if your interesting reactions to everything stopped.
If you understand, then get some rest for now. Even just lying down is enough.
I’ll stay with you for a while. But there’s nothing in this empty building, so we’ll just be lying on the floor.
Have you slept on the floor before?
I thought so. Well, it’s possible to sleep anywhere when you’re tired.
Come on, lie down.
I’ve just realised that this situation isn’t so bad.
Do you remember when we were in the bathroom together?
The way you reacted back then was interesting too.
Maybe I’ll do whatever I want, just like before.
I’m not going to let you escape. I’m holding onto you tightly. You won’t be able to escape that easily. Have you also forgotten that we’re handcuffed together?
Even if you run away, I’m just going to catch up with you. Just give up and let me hold you.
Maybe it’s because of your fever, but you feel warm. You’re gradually getting warmer too.
Why is it my fault? I haven’t done anything to make your temperature rise.
Holding onto you is nothing special. If I was going to do something…
I’d have to do something like this.
You reacted just like I thought you would. How interesting.
Even your neck is bright red.
That kind of reaction makes me want to tease you.
What is it? You look like you want to say something.
Why am I doing this?
Well, isn’t it because I’m interested in you?
What about it?
Didn’t I tell you?
Ah… I think I didn’t tell you because it’d be troublesome.
I’m interested in you.
Well… I didn’t feel that way at first. We were only together because of my mission. You were an annoying person. A burden. That was how I felt.
Have you noticed something about yourself? When you’re in a desperate situation, you get a defiant look in your eyes. You really are Father’s daughter.
I kind of like it when you show strength at times like that. It’s interesting.
I don’t get bored when I’m with you, you see. This kind of thing isn’t so bad.
This dramatic escape is going to be over tomorrow though.
Once we leave Sicily, you’ll be taken somewhere safe. You’ll stay with me until then.
Yes. Good girl.
You didn’t listen to me at first, but now you’re pretty obedient.
What’s different now?
Huh? You trust me?
That means you’re relying on me?
Hmm.. I see.
I don’t know whether you can count on me. I haven’t ever spent that much time with anyone else. This is the first time someone has said anything like that to me too.
I guess it doesn’t feel too bad though. If you’re counting on me, then I’ve got to make sure I get you back to Amphisbaena’s hideout. Not because it’s my job, but because I want to.
Let’s go to sleep. Good night.
I hope your fever will have gone down when you wake up.
7AM. The countryside town of Caltanisseta, Sicily. Inside an empty building that we sneaked into. Thirty five hours have passed.
Wake up! Come on! Get up!
How are you feeling?
I see. That’s good.
I wish we could have some coffee to wake ourselves up, but we can’t take it easy.
I’ve got a feeling there’s someone outside. It’s probably the police. It seems like they’ve followed us.
Don’t worry. There’s a way we can escape.
Didn’t you notice? There’s a sewer here.
There’s a small entranceway in the garden.
If you look out this window, it’s covered by the trees in the garden.
We should be able to escape if we can get in before they notice us.
Then we’ll wait a while before picking up a car and going to the meeting point.
Don’t be scared. I’m sure we can do it. Let’s go.
2PM. Sicily. Among the mountains of Enna. Forty two hours have passed.
Are your legs okay?
I guess they can’t be… We’ve been walking for more than an hour.
The path is rougher than I thought it’d be too.
I thought we’d be able to drive until we were halfway up the mountain. It’s not much further, so just keep going for a little longer.
We’ll come to a lake if we keep going north. That’s where we’ll meet my allies.
Come on, give me your hand. I’ll help you, so hold onto me.
Your hand feels warm. Your fever hasn’t gone down yet?
You’re not okay! We can’t rest here though.
When the helicopter gets here, we’ll use the infrared strobe light to send them a signal.
Now that we’ve got this far, we just have to keep going for a little longer.
You’re not the kind of person who’d complain about this, right?
Yes. Let’s go.
Wait. There’s someone coming.
There’s more than one person. Hide!
The police? They followed us all this way?!
No… They might have figured out where we were going from our escape route.
There are too many of them… Let’s take a different path.
It’d be too difficult to run through them.
I can sense them over here too!
They’ve seen us?! Let’s run!
It’s dangerous. Let’s get out of here.
They’re still looking for us.
It’s no good. Even if we try to run, this place is swarming with police officers.
It looks like we’re completely surrounded.
Have they gone?
We won’t be able to stay hidden in these bushes forever.
We’ve got to come up with a plan.
I’m fine. An injury like this is no big deal.
Never mind about that…
I knew it.
Yes. It’s the infrared strobe light.
It broke when I fell over earlier.
Now there’s no way of contacting my allies.
It’s not your fault. If we hadn’t gotten out of the way earlier, we would’ve ended up full of bullets. There wasn’t anything else we could have done.
Don’t look so worried. Things will work out somehow.
No… I’m going to make them work out.
We’ve finally come all this way.
There’s no one around, so they’re not holding back at all.
They haven’t found us. They’re just shooting at random.
They’ve lost their cool.
They’re planning to kill us, no matter what.
We’re not safe here either. Let’s go.
It’s no good. They’re hiding around here too.
They’re probably gathering around here because they’ve found us.
The more time passes by, the closer they get.
Are you okay?
Your legs are at their limit. You couldn’t help it.
Are you scared?
You don’t look okay, but you’re still putting up with this.
I like that about you though.
Yes. I like it.
I told you I was interested in you, didn’t I?
I didn’t care whether other people lived or died.
I’d eliminate my targets. Otherwise I’d end up dead.
That was the only thing that existed inside me.
There were times when I got rid of my partner because they held me back.
I wasn’t interested in other people either. But I don’t want to lose you. No matter what.
Not just because it’s my mission. I don’t want you to die.
I’m not going to die here. I’m going to take you back with me.
We’ll be able to escape if we can signal the helicopter somehow.
Think about it.
The two of us have come this far. There must be something we can do.
Isn’t that right?
I’m counting on you.
Yes. I’m counting on you.
This is my first time relying on someone else, so I can’t find the right words to say.
We definitely won’t lose if we’re together. That’s what I believe.
You’ve got that usual look in your eyes back again. That’s how things should be!
Yes. Things wouldn’t feel right if we gave up.
We’re going to outwit those policemen. Got it?
I really do like that expression on your face. I’d even show it to you if I had a mirror.
Hmm? What is it?
You’ve remembered something? What?
That’s… What we bought before…
7PM. The countryside town of Caltanisseta. At a shop. Going back to when twenty three hours had passed.
So… You said anything would be fine, but what do you want?
I’ll buy it for you, so don’t worry about the price.
What? You’re okay with a compact mirror?
Well… It does have an impressive printed image which makes it look like a souvenir.
You could choose something cuter. Not that emblem with short swords…
I don’t know that emblem. Does it have some kind of meaning?
The symbol of Saint Lucia?
Saint Lucia… That’s who I was named after.
You went out of your way to choose something like that… That seems pretty deep.
But… Well, that’s fine.
If that’s what you’ve chosen, then I’m happy to give it to you.
Make sure you take good care of it. It’s a precious mirror that connects us two, you see.
The mirror of Saint Lucia… We might be able to use it!
Luckily the sky is clear.
If we use the mirror to reflect the sunlight, I’m sure the helicopter will see it.
Even if the police notice us, we’ll work something out before we get on the helicopter.
I’m here with you. You should count on me.
Don’t worry. I’m sure they’ll notice this light.
Yes, I’m sure of it!
It’s the helicopter! They’ve noticed us!
Whoa… You idiot! You’re getting too worked up!
I understand how you feel, but just calm down.
You’ve probably forgotten that I’m injured.
I’m happy too. It’s not like I’ve got to explain it, right?
But… I’m not like a kid who’d hug someone else all of a sudden.
Jeez. I didn’t think something like this would end up being useful…
I see. I was wrong.
It was just what I’d expected from the mirror that connects you and me.
It was useful after all.
Let’s go while the police are too busy worrying. All we have to do next is reach the meeting point.
At Amphisbaena’s hideout in Rome.
8PM. At a room in Amphisbaena’s headquarters. Forty eight hours have passed.
We finally got the handcuffs off. We’ve been wearing handcuffs all this time, so my wrists feel much lighter now.
Ah… It was my fault for losing the key to begin with, was it?
That doesn’t really matter. Looking for it would’ve been a bother.
Why do you look so shocked? I’ve always had this personality.
I’m not going to change, no matter what you say.
It’s 8PM, huh?
Did you notice? It’s been exactly two days since I met you. Forty eight hours.
Just two days. It really doesn’t seem like that though.
Yes. Same here. It was a really long time.
All the jobs I’ve had recently weren’t that interesting, but that was an amazing two days.
It was all because of you. You were always surprising me.
Don’t run away. It’s too late for that, isn’t it?
I’ve touched you in all kinds of places over the past two days.
This isn’t the first time I’ve touched your cheek either.
It’s difficult to hold myself back anymore…
Hey… My mission is finally over.
We’re going our separate ways… But I don’t plan on letting you go.
I told you, didn’t I? I’m interested in you.
I’m sure there’d only be one woman capable of being an equal to me, even if I searched the whole world.
You’re the only one who can be my partner.
Stay with me.
You understand what that means, don’t you?
What’s your answer?
That’s not a bad answer.
I’ll never get bored if I’m with you. I’m looking forward to the future.
Ah… But you might not be happy with me.
Why are you surprised? I’m going to keep working from now on.
You won’t live a normal life if you’re with an assassin.
I can tell you this though. I don’t know whether you’ll be happy, but I definitely will.
So you’ll be happy if you’re with me?
Jeez. That’s what I like about my partner.
I’m not going to let you escape then. I’ll make sure you’re never bored.
Hmm? It’s no good?
The bed is soft, so your back won’t hurt, right?
That’s not what you meant?
I didn’t do anything while I was working, so it’s alright, isn’t it?
I’m the type of person who completely desires something they’re interested in.
So I can’t hold back when you’re right here in front of me.
You really do get embarrassed easily.
I’m going to leave a mark to show that you’re mine.
It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, is it?
Don’t be so tense. It’s difficult to do when you’re nervous.
Are you scared of being touched by an assassin like me?
You didn’t hesitate to answer. You were so scared when I pushed you down before though.
But you become braver when you’re in a tough spot, don’t you?
Don’t get angry! It was a compliment.
That’s right, a compliment.
Come on, look up.
Does that tickle too?
Your neck is so sensitive.
You’d die if I bit your throat, wouldn’t you?
You think I can’t do it?
I won’t sink my teeth in, but I can bite you gently.
You’re so cute.
I’m not teasing you. I’m telling the truth.
Hey! Don’t take my glasses away!
Jeez… Are you that annoyed about me looking at you?
Come on. If you don’t give them back…
I’m going to do something terrible to you.
Jeez. You’re so stubborn.
I’m going to make a mark here too.
Did you think you could beat me?
I’ll make sure you understand.
Come on. If you can’t bear it, then why don’t you give up?
It’s too soon for you to trick me.
Why are you looking at me like that? You don’t like me teasing you?
I see. So you feel the same way as I do. I’m happy.
This might be the first time I’ve felt honestly happy like this.
That’s because this is also the first time I’ve desired something.
That’s right. I’ve held a knife in my hand for as long as I can remember.
Work was the only thing in my world and all I would do is kill everyday.
There wasn’t really anything that I desired.
But now I can make this clear. I want you so much that I can’t bear it.
I’m not going to let you escape, even now that the handcuffs are gone.
Make sure you keep me entertained.
What’s your answer?
Yes. I’m looking forward to it.
If you’re going to keep me entertained, then I’ve got to do my part too.
That’s not it. I’m not talking about my job as an assassin.
I’ve got to take good care of you so that you’ll always rely on me.
I love you.
Several days later. In a room at Amphisbaena’s headquarters.
How long are you going to spend looking in the mirror?
You’re ready enough, aren’t you?
It’s not weird! That dress was made for you, so it should fit perfectly.
I don’t know what you’re so worried about.
Haa… Parties are so annoying.
I know it’s something to celebrate! The new Father was chosen and the fight for control is over. Amphisbaena is safe. There’s nothing else to worry about.
It’s thanks to you choosing the right person.
Even I’m grateful and glad that someone was chosen. But this is a different matter. I don’t want to attend a party. It’s so boring.
Haa… It’s tradition. The mafia’s respect for formality is nothing more than a bother to me though.
But that dress really suits you.
You look so cute that I want to take it off.
I love you, so isn’t it natural for me to think that way?
I don’t want other men seeing you look this beautiful either.
Hmm? It doesn’t matter if we’re a little late.
The most important guest is the new Father. It’s not you.
I’ve got no interest in anyone else apart from you though.
No, I’m not going to let go. You’re mine, aren’t you?
Yes, that’s right. You’re my partner.
But at the same time, you’re also one of my possessions.
Something that only belongs to me. I’ll never let go of you, so make sure you’re ready for that.