Criminale! 1 – Gerardo
CV – Midorikawa Hikaru
A request from Mia. Thank you for requesting!
9AM. Inside Rome. On an underground path. Thirty-two hours have passed.
Hey! Pull yourself together! Wake up! Hey!
You’re awake? Thank goodness…
Ah… Does your arm hurt? It’s okay, the wound isn’t deep. A bullet just grazed your arm. The shock of getting hit was probably worse than the injury. That’s why you lost consciousness.
I’ve patched it up a little. Well, all I could do was stop the blood with a handkerchief though.
No, you don’t need to thank me. I wasn’t able to protect you. You didn’t seem like you were alive when you collapsed. I thought you were dead.
I’m not joking. I really was worried. If that shot had been fatal…
Ah… No, I’m fine. It’s nothing.
Yes, this is an underground path. I know this area well. I was able to escape while I was carrying you. Considering they haven’t come after us, we should be safe for a while. I’m sorry, but you’ll have to wait a little longer. We shouldn’t leave just yet. I’m sure they’re still wandering around outside. We’ll start moving later on.
The hideout? Right…
Unfortunately, it’s probably been overrun by now. They’re looking for you. My allies have probably been taken hostage.
Let me tell you something… Don’t think of this as your fault. Father’s dying wish is absolute.
Your safety is the most important thing to us. However, we won’t be able to hold the conclave yet. If we can’t choose the next Father, then we…
No… I’m not going to hesitate. We’re going to leave Rome. We’ll go somewhere you won’t be in danger.
My allies who got kidnapped? Don’t worry about them.
It’s more important that you don’t end up in any more danger.
If the conclave can’t take place, then we’ll leave Rome and keep ourselves hidden.
Why don’t you want to go? Don’t worry about me or my allies. All you’ve got to worry about is yourself.
Tch. If you’re going to shout, then I’ll make you keep quiet.
Being grazed by a bullet is painful enough. You know how frightening they are, don’t you?
If you don’t be quiet, then I really will pull the trigger.
Damn it. You should be scared! A gunshot was enough to scare you before.
Are you that worried about us? We’re mafia! Bad guys who’d be better off dead. There’s no reason for you to worry.
Please don’t worry about me!
You still don’t understand the mafia. The rules are everything to us. Our loyalty towards Father too…
I have to protect you, even if it means giving up my own life.
No… Protecting you is my pride.
You’re a good girl, so do as I say. We’re going somewhere safe, got it?
Alright, we’ll leave once we’ve had a little more rest.
I appreciate that you were worried. But you should only think about your survival.
12PM. A country town in the suburbs of Rome. Thirty-five hours have passed.
We’re here. This is the place.
It’s an empty house, so make yourself comfortable.
Yes, no one lives here right now.
It’s been like that since I left it.
Is it that surprising?
This is my hometown. I used to live in this house.
This is the only place I’m familiar with that’s in the country, where they can’t reach us.
If they find this place too, then there’ll be nowhere else in Italy for us to go.
Never mind that. How is your arm?
I treated your injury on the train, so I don’t think there’ll be a problem.
It seems to be okay.
Let’s have dinner then. We should eat while we can.
We’ve bought some food, so I’ll make something.
You’re going to help? No, you should rest.
Ah… You’re right. We’re handcuffed together, so both of us will have to be in the kitchen.
Well, if we’re beside each other, cooking won’t be a problem.
Are you good at cooking?
I see. Well, you do live together with your mom.
It’s up to you what we make then. I can cook a little, but I’m not that good.
Shall we get started? The kitchen is this way.
Ah… You’re pretty good at this. It makes sense, since you do it everyday.
Hmm? You want to wash those vegetables? You should have asked me.
I’m next to the sink, so give them to me.
They’re done. I’ll leave them here.
Hmm? A frying pan?
Ah, so it’s difficult to hold because of the handcuffs?
Okay, okay. I’ll hold it then.
What is it? Why did you get worried just because our hands touched?
We held hands while walking for a long time, didn’t we?
See, like this.
It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Why are you only just thinking about it?
Hey, don’t be so quiet! What’s the matter? You’ve been acting funny since we got out of the underground path. Did you hit your head or something?
That’s right. Being cheerful is more like you!
Alright, I’m going to borrow the frying pan.
I haven’t helped anyone to cook since I was a kid. My favourite food is a piping hot risotto. I used to help make it all the time.
My dad wasn’t at home that often, so my mom asked me to help out a lot. When I went shopping for my mom, I usually got a little extra.
But the bag got too heavy and sometimes I had to leave the bag on the street so I could call my mom.
Hey… It’s not like I’ve always been tall. I was talking about when I was a kid, you know!
Jeez, that’s enough about me. Aren’t you done too?
What’s the matter? That’s the opposite arm to the one that got hurt.
Let me see. Show me your arm!
Your wrist hurts, doesn’t it?
This is… The handcuffs have been rubbing against your skin. It looks pretty bad.
Why didn’t you say anything? Did you think you’d be bothering me?
Don’t think too hard! Jeez.
You dummy! There’s still some medicine and bandages left, but we’re out of antiseptic.
This is all I can use instead. Wine is an alcohol too. I’m going to pour some on.
Hey! Stay still.
It’s no good if you don’t disinfect it properly.
Ah, did I put too much on? It’s dripping.
Why’d you make a strange sound?
Hmm… It doesn’t look like it was nothing.
Don’t struggle! This is your punishment for not telling me about your injury.
That was an interesting reaction.
Okay, okay. Getting angry while you’ve got that kind of look on your face doesn’t convince me.
Alright, it’s been disinfected enough.
Wait a minute! I’ll wrap a bandage round it.
Why didn’t you say anything?
It must hurt if it’s gotten this bad.
I told you this in Rome, didn’t I? Think about yourself first.
Don’t hesitate around me again.
It’s done. I’ve made the bandage tight, so it shouldn’t hurt that much, even if the handcuffs do rub against your skin.
You always seem to be the one who’s getting hurt. Even though nothing has happened to me…
Of course I’m worried!
If something happened to you, I wouldn’t be able to look Father in the eye again.
What? I told you I’m not kind!
For your information, no one in the family thinks I’m kind!
Most people are scared that I might shoot them.
You’re not scared? Don’t look at me so calmly! It’s going to drive me crazy.
Hey. The food is almost ready, right? Let’s serve it up and eat it.
Tch. Don’t laugh!
1PM. A country town in southern Italy. Thirty-six hours have passed.
Hmm? What’s the matter?
Ah, sorry. You were trying to talk to me? I didn’t realise.
There’s nothing wrong. We’re done eating, so take a nap if you’re feeling sleepy.
I’m just thinking about something.
What are you talking about? Are you trying to be my therapist or something?
Don’t act like you know how I feel.
I’m not worried about my allies being kidnapped. They understand that no matter what happens, you’re more important.
No, I shouldn’t go and rescue them. I’m prepared for this.
Damn it! I’ve already told you that I can’t do anything!
Are you telling me to save them? While I’m handcuffed to you?
There’s no way I’ll be able to protect you or my allies!
Think about what’ll happen if you get caught up in another gunfight! If you get hit again…
No, it’s nothing. You haven’t done anything wrong.
I said too much. I’m sorry, I got worked up about it.
Father has been killed, my allies captured and I’ve got my hands full with protecting you.
The conclave will end in 12 hours. The way things are going, Amphisbaena will be destroyed…
But… What can I do?!
I’m so pathetic. To tell the truth, I want to go and rescue them now. I can’t do it though.
It’s not because we’re handcuffed together. It’s my own problem.
I don’t have the confidence to protect you if we get surrounded by enemies.
I was telling the truth when I said I would definitely protect you. I’m serious about that.
But I can’t forget about when my mother died.
I still dream about it often, even now.
I couldn’t do anything when my mother was bleeding in front of me. I couldn’t even say a single word. Even though someone important to me had been hurt before my very eyes…
Someone like me isn’t cut out to be the next Father. No matter how highly my allies think of me, I’m not good enough to support Amphisbaena. If only I could proudly say that I’d be able to protect everything.
It’s not like that? What are you talking about?
I don’t need you to comfort me. Never mind that, you should get some rest soon.
We’re in trouble! Get down!
No way… They found this place too?
Damn it! Hide over here!
It was only my shoulder. It’s just a scratch. Don’t worry.
You’re okay too, aren’t you?
I see. Thank goodness.
But… I guess this isn’t the time to say that.
The house is completely surrounded. They’re shooting without any hesitation.
There isn’t anywhere to run. Damn it!
It’d be good if you could escape… But these things…
We’re handcuffed together, so you’ll get caught up in this, no matter what. There’s no way out.
I’m sorry I couldn’t completely protect you.
Don’t give up yet? Just what are you planning to do in this situation?
If I fight, then you’ll be a target too. I’ll get you to escape, even if it means cutting off my own arm.
It doesn’t matter what happens, as long as I protect you.
That’s right, it’s because it was an order from Father.
No… That’s not right. I don’t want someone else to die in front of me. I don’t want to be the only survivor.
I keep imagining you getting shot and being covered in blood.
The same thing happened to my mother. I couldn’t do anything.
You definitely won’t die? How can you be sure of that? Everything will be over if I can’t protect you.
You’re going to believe that I can protect you?
You’re lying! You wouldn’t be able to say that if a gun was being pointed at you. You must be scared of dying too.
You’re not scared?
I’m surprised you can say that in this situation!
Your voice is shaking for starters.
Your body is trembling too. How can you say that you’re okay?
It’s obvious that you’re trying to be strong. Of course you’re more scared than I am. That’s because you’ve got to trust me with your life. So don’t say that you’ll trust me so easily.
Yes. That’s right. It’s just like you said. I’m the one who’s scared. I’m the one who isn’t believing in myself.
Hey. I’m going to ask you again. Will you trust me with your life?
Alright. I’ll take care of it then. I’m going to protect you.
They’ve broken the door down. Come this way! Get behind me.
Six guys? Fine. I’ll take you all on.
I’ll make sure you won’t get hurt. So don’t leave my side.
Okay, here I go!
That’s all of them now, huh… It really was tough protecting you while fighting off six guys.
Hey! Don’t get so close to me all of a sudden!
It’s not safe! I’m still holding my gun.
I’ve said this several times, but you don’t need to thank me. I protected you because I wanted to.
I’m glad you’re safe though.
Don’t move. Let me hold you for a little longer. I was able to protect you.
No, I’m not amazing at all. I couldn’t have done this if you hadn’t believed in me.
This isn’t the time to be relaxing though.
Now that this house has been attacked too, we’ve got nowhere to run. What are we going to do next?
Well, if we can’t run, then there’s only one answer.
Hey. Will you be able to trust me and stay with me until the end?
No matter how much you struggle, you’ll get caught up in everything because of these handcuffs…
Can you trust me to protect you no matter what happens?
Haha. You’re so calm. You might actually be suited to being in the mafia.
If there’s nowhere to run, then we’re going to fight back.
We’re going right into their hideout. I’m sure my allies are there too.
To tell the truth, I’m not sure how much chance we’ve got, but I want to protect you and my allies.
Yes, let’s go and save my allies.
Hmm? What is it? You look as if you want to say something.
You’ve got a plan?
We’ll pretend to make a deal with them?
So you mean pretending to hand you over to the enemy?
No… That’s too dangerous, no matter how you look at it.
It would get us into the boss’s room though. They really want you dead, you see.
Once you’re in their hands, they can do whatever they want.
But we could be killed as soon as we get there. So you want to bet on that chance?
Are you serious?
You can’t get scared and quit halfway through. So you’re really ready to do this then…
Alright. If you’re that insistent, we’ll do it. We’ll pretend to hand you over, and get the enemy to take off the handcuffs.
After that… Right… We’ll set off a bomb to distract the enemy.
I showed you before, didn’t I? I can disguise a bomb as something else.
Right… One in the shape of a cigarette would be perfect.
We’ll definitely have to walk through the hideout to reach the boss’s room. That’s when we’ll secretly plant some bombs in the corridors.
We’ll take advantage of the confusion to deal with the boss or find my allies. It all depends on the situation. We’ll do whichever is most possible. You understand how we’ll do it, right?
Jeez! Only Father’s daughter could think up a plan like this one. You’re just like each other.
Come on, let’s go together!
6PM. Inside Rome. Outside enemy headquarters. Forty-one hours have passed.
Hey. Thanks for keeping watch. I’ve come to get my allies back.
Ah. I’m not interested in fighting. Let me see the boss. He’s taken some of the people I care about hostage. You know I can’t do anything unreasonable, don’t you?
I’m glad you understand. Alright, show me the way.
So you’re the boss? All these guys here… I guess this is your way of welcoming me.
You want this girl, don’t you?
I’ll let you have her if you release my allies.
What? You don’t trust me?
It doesn’t matter if she’s Father’s daughter, my allies are more important.
The way things are, it’ll be impossible for her to choose the next Father. There are only a few hours to go before the one week time limit for the conclave ends.
There’s no more use for her.
Yes. If you don’t believe me, then you can search me.
See. I’m not carrying any weapons, am I? Are you satisfied now?
If you are, then hurry up and take her.
Look at her. She’s pale and trembling.
Deal with her before she starts crying.
Come on, take her away.
Ah, take these annoying handcuffs off first.
Hmm… So it was the boss who had the keys.
I’m finally free.
Right… She’s yours now. So it’s my turn next. Where are my allies?
In the underground cells? I see… Show me the way then.
Can I say something to the girl first though?
Hey, Miss. Don’t think badly of me for selling you out. This is what the underworld of society is like. Don’t hold a grudge against me.
Ah… That’s no good. You really do look like you’re going to cry.
But if you’re going to hold a grudge against anyone, it should be your father. Your father, who was a mafia boss.
See you later. We might not meet again though.
A kick was enough to knock you down? Haven’t you gotten weak?
Stay away from here!
That’s right. Keep calm.
Ah. Surrounding someone and pointing your guns at them isn’t really fair.
I don’t even have a weapon.
Haha. Well, it’s only natural for you to take out someone dangerous like me before the girl.
Alright, I’ll put my hands up. That’s fine now, isn’t it?
Yes, it’s too bad. I thought the bombs would make you panic a little more.
Has my plan failed? No, not at all. I was actually waiting for you to point your guns at me.
That was a good shot. Throw the gun this way!
Alright, that’s perfect!
I bet you didn’t think that girl would be the one to shoot!
It looks like the plan worked.
3PM. A country town outside Rome. Going back to when thirty-eight hours had passed.
Jeez. Only Father’s daughter would be able to come up with a plan like this one. You’re just like each other.
Come on, let’s go together!
Right… They’ll probably search me, so I’ll give you my gun. Use it if you need to.
If something happens, they’ll target me first. They can deal with you afterwards, you see.
Well… Can I count on you if they target me? I’ll be trusting you with my life.
That’s just what I wanted to hear. I believe in you, partner.
Let me tell you something. Don’t underestimate that girl. She’s our boss’s daughter after all.
Alright, shall we start?
Haha. I don’t know how long it’s been since I was able to use my guns without anything holding me back. I’ll show you the power of my twin guns.
Over there, huh?
You won’t get away with that!
Hey, partner! Make sure you stay hidden!
You really are Father’s daughter. You’re calm when it counts.
You trust me? That’s right. I trust you too.
I’m going to force them out of my way!
It’s over, huh…
Are you okay?
I’m glad you’re not hurt.
I’m fine. It’s just a scratch.
There’s nothing to worry about now. The two of us got through this difficult moment together.
I’m glad that my allies got away safely too.
We took a chance and we won. That dangerous plan worked.
I thought you were just a clumsy person, but I’m actually impressed.
What’s the matter? I suppose you must be tired.
Hmm? We’ll rest for a while. You’ve got a really tired look on your face.
You did well, but you must have been scared. You did a great job.
I’m going to give you a reward. You’ve done enough to deserve it.
Hmm? You’re more relaxed than I thought you’d be.
You’re not surprised when I kiss you now?
It’d be cute if you were relaxed like this all the time.
The plan wouldn’t have worked if you hadn’t been there. Thank you.
What? It was all thanks to me? Are you being an idiot? Don’t say such embarrassing stuff!
I did promise that I wouldn’t let you die, but don’t keep saying things like that!
It makes me nervous when you say that you trusted me.
But… Well… I trusted you too. I was able to believe in myself and you, because you were there.
You were the one who taught me that. So…
H-Hey! What’s the matter?
Huh… She’s asleep?
Hey! Wake up! We were having a good conversation… Hey!
1AM. In Rome. Inside a house. Forty-eight hours have passed.
Are you awake? Jeez, you fall asleep so easily.
Don’t you remember suddenly falling asleep in the car on the way home?
It was probably because you felt so relieved after all your tension went away.
This place? It’s my own personal hiding place. In other words, it’s my house.
So how are you feeling?
Your body felt a little warm when I carried you here.
You didn’t feel so warm when I touched you just now. Do you think you’ve got a fever?
I see. That’s fine. It looks like getting some rest made you feel better.
You want to know what time it is? It’s 1am.
You took up the whole of my bed and slept for three hours. I couldn’t rest at all because of that.
Ah… I’m beat.
You dummy. You don’t have to get up. I was only teasing you. Just lie down.
My allies escaped and got back to the hideout safely. They’re already working on rebuilding it.
It doesn’t matter about me! I’ll join them later. I can’t leave you on your own.
Anyway, don’t be so cheeky when you’re not even a member of the family!
Well… It was also thanks to you that they were saved.
Hey. About what’s going to happen next…
I know you might still be tired, but can I ask you to do something?
The conclave. The arrangement for choosing the new Father.
The time is almost up, but we can still make it. I want you to choose the next Father… Our new boss…
The handcuffs are off and there’s nothing holding you back. Once you choose the new Father, you won’t have to be involved any longer.
You’re an ordinary person, you see. I won’t ask you to be part of the family. You can go back home once you’ve chosen the new Father. You probably felt like you’d gotten caught up in something terrible, but it was thanks to you that I got this far. I’m grateful to you.
I… No, never mind.
I’ll introduce you to all my allies when we get to the headquarters. Choose one of them.
I’ve said this before, but they’re all capable guys. Talk to them for a while and choose the one you think is best.
You’ve already made up your mind?
So you mean…
Is it really okay for you to choose me? There are plenty of other talented guys.
Right… For starters, do you even think that I can really hold the whole family together?
I won’t forgive you if you’re not being serious.
You really think so… Does this mean that you trust me?
I see. Thank you. If you’re going to choose me, then I’ll do anything I can to protect Amphisbaena.
I’ve finally got the confidence to say that. I was able to protect you and my allies because you encouraged me… I’m finally able to believe in myself.
Yes. I can confidently say that I can protect my allies now.
Alright. I’ll become the next Father. I’m going to protect Amphisbaena.
But that’s not all.
I want to protect you too.
I want to continue protecting you from now on. I love you.
I want to entrust myself to you. If I’m going to live as the Father from now on, then I want you by my side, watching over me.
I actually don’t want you to leave. I don’t want to let go of you.
Hey. Stay by my side from now on.
You really will? You mean…
I’m not going to let you take back those words.
You’re sure about this, aren’t you?
I’m not going to let you go again.
I want to make you all mine. Understand?
Don’t look at me like that. I’m not gonna be rough.
I think you’re really cute. So I won’t do anything to scare you.
Come on, relax.
Does that tickle?
How about this then?
That’s cute. Even your neck is red.
Don’t hold onto me so tightly. I won’t be able to make you feel good.
Your body feels as if it might break when I touch you like this.
I don’t know where you got the strength to confront a mafia boss from.
It’s okay. Let me see your body.
I remember when I teased you on the boat, you resisted me.
You remember that, don’t you? It was in Naples.
That was when I realised you were Father’s daughter. The person I had been looking for.
I don’t want to say something ridiculous now that I’m looking back on it, but I think it might have been fate that got us kidnapped together.
Don’t laugh! Hey, you…
Damn it. I’m going to make sure I leave a mark on you.
Don’t try to resist. How about I wrap those chains around your arms again?
That’s no good. Show me your hands. I’ll make sure you can’t move.
I’m not going to let you escape. I’ve got no intention of doing that again.
You should realise that you’ve been caught by a man from the mafia. One who’s a boss too. Don’t think you can get away from me.
I suppose so. There’s no way you’d say that you’re leaving.
You’re my trusted partner, the daughter of the man I respect and someone important who I love.
Now I’m confident that I can protect everything that’s important to me. I’ll make sure to protect the family too. That’s because I’m the one you’ve chosen to become the new Father.
Hey. I want you to stay by my side and watch over me all the time. Watch me live as the Father for the rest of my life. I’m going to protect you for the rest of your life too.
I don’t need to tell you what I mean, do I?
Come on, what’s your answer?
The promise we’ve made isn’t a blood oath, but a promise for the rest of our lives.
This is no good. I said I wouldn’t be too rough, but now I’m not so sure.
That’s right. I’m happy.
Jeez. You don’t have to ask about every single thing!
Be quiet now.
I’m the only thing you need to feel right now.
I’ll make your whole body know how much I love you.
I love you. I won’t let go of you again. We won’t need handcuffs to keep us together forever now.
Several months later. Downtown Rome.
Your mom’s a really nice person. I’m relieved that she smiled and she said we could be together.
She’s a calm person? I suppose you’re right. She is the person who loved Father, after all.
And you’re just like Father. Hmm… Or are you more like your mom?
Anyway… Our new life begins today. Shall we go back home?
Hmm? Your mom is coming to help again the day after tomorrow?
I’m busy working, so I won’t have that much time to help.
Yes. I’m the Father, you see. I’m going to be even busier than before.
But you’ll be here from now on. You’ll make dinner and wait for me, won’t you?
You don’t have to do anything that special. Just something ordinary will do.
I don’t have that much cooking equipment at home anyway. Anything will be fine.
When I know that you’ve made dinner and are waiting for me, then I can keep going, no matter how busy I am.
Is that really all you’re bringing with you though? Don’t you think that’s not enough? Just one small suitcase…
If you say it’s enough, then that’s fine.
Alright, give it to me. I’ll carry it.
I could tell it wasn’t heavy just by looking.
That’s not why I’m taking it. Keep this hand free.
I’ve gotten into the habit of holding your hand on this side. I suppose it’s because we were handcuffed together like this.
You think so too? We’re the same then.
From now on, the space by my side is only for you. I won’t ever let you go, so make sure you’re ready for that.