Criminale! 1 – Gerardo
CV – Midorikawa Hikaru
1AM. A rundown factory.
Hey! How long are you gonna keep me locked up here?
Tch. You’re ignoring me?
You won’t get much attention from the ladies if you’re so unsociable.
Hmm? So you’re finally awake, huh?
You don’t look so good. I guess it’s because those guys used a taser on you.
Just put up with it. The same thing happened to me.
Jeez, this makes me sick. Even a cold pizza would’ve been better than that.
On top of that, I’m locked up here and the guard just ignores me when I call him.
This is really annoying.
Oh, he’s angry?
If you’re angry, then unlock the door and come in. I don’t mind taking you on.
You’re going quiet again? You’re such a chicken!
You’re having a rough time too. You got locked up with someone like me…
Are you half asleep? You haven’t forgotten that those guys kidnapped you in the middle of the street, have you?
What’s your name?
Hmm… That’s not a bad name. My name’s Gerardo.
How long are you going to lie down there?
Come on, get up. You’ve been pulling on my arm for a while now.
Why are you surprised? As you can see, they’re handcuffs. Those guys put them on us. Now we’re handcuffed together like this.
Jeez, those guys are pretty awful! Did they think I’d keep quiet if I was handcuffed to an ordinary person like you?
At any rate, there’s no way of getting them off, so I’ve given up.
Well, at least the chain is pretty long. We’d be able to sit opposite each other for a game of poker.
I never thought I’d end up getting kidnapped with this stupid girl… Today is not my lucky day.
I wonder which one of us is worse off, considering you accidentally got caught up in a fight between mafia. Isn’t that right, Miss?
Since they’ve locked us up here instead of killing us, they’re either going to interrogate us or sell us off.
Hmm? Yes, I’m a member of the mafia. Those guys are too.
Hey! Don’t move! Have you already forgotten that we’re chained together?
Oh… So this is your first time seeing a member of the mafia?
You look so pale. Are you that scared of me?
Don’t pretend you’re not. It’s written all over your face.
Hey. You shouldn’t put me in a bad mood.
I could kill you right away if I wanted to.
There’s no way you can escape. Even if you try your best, we’re chained together. We won’t be able to get away from each other.
It’s no use. These chains are made of metal. Pulling at them won’t break them.
Where are you going? There’s a wall behind you.
See, it’s a dead end. There’s nowhere for you to run.
You’re acting tough, but haven’t you noticed something?
Your voice has been trembling for a while now.
How? Your voice is trembling.
Well, I don’t hate girls like you who try as hard as they can.
Consider the situation we’re in though. You’re going to do as I say for a while. If you start yelling, then things won’t be pretty.
You think I can’t do anything?
Even if my weapons are gone, I’ve still got something I can use. Like these handcuffs…
So… How do the handcuffs feel? Even you would know that I could easily break your neck by wrapping these chains around you.
Wrapping the chains around you, tightening them and using a little strength…
Hey. What does it feel like? The sensation of the cold chains being wrapped around you… It doesn’t hurt yet, does it? But it would be easy to do if I wanted to.
You’d die more painfully than if I just shot you.
Are you that frightened? Remember this well then. It’s up to me whether you live or die. Be smart if you don’t want to end up dead.
I’ll take off the chains. If you behave yourself, then I won’t do anything bad either. I’m not like the guys on the other side of that door, you see.
Yes, I’m completely different. I don’t want to be compared to them. I’m a member of Amphisbaena .
You haven’t heard of it? Amphisbaena… A mafia family based in Rome. A large organisation which controls the underworld of society. No one in the underworld of society hasn’t heard of it.
The guys out there are just a new family. They have no true achievements or any pride. They killed the Father of my family, you see.
That’s right, they killed him. He was assassinated.
You understand the situation, don’t you? I was kidnapped by the organisation who killed the head of my family.
I’d say that I’ve got a right to be this angry.
As if I’d know why I was kidnapped! There are too many possibilities.
I’m a leader in the organisation and a candidate to become the next Father. There are probably a lot of different reasons they could use me.
Well, I’m not planning on becoming the next Father though. There’s something more important that I’ve got to do…
Anyway… We’re going to get out of here. Sorry, but I haven’t got much time.
There are 48 hours left, huh? I’ve got to hurry.
What? You don’t want to leave?
You want to stay in this small and stuffy place with a man like me? What a good choice.
But if you don’t want that, then help me out. We’re handcuffed together. You’ll have to come with me.
You want to know how we’re getting out? Don’t worry. I’ve got a good idea.
Close your eyes. Cover your ears too.
Here we go!
 The amphisbaena is a mythological ant-eating snake, which has heads at both ends of its body.
It worked! We’re getting out of here!
Hey! Don’t just stand there! Come with me!
Huh? It was an amazing explosion?
Thanks. But it’s actually nothing special compared to the other bombs I’ve got.
Bombs can be discovered during body searches. I made one that wouldn’t get noticed. It’s not that strong, but it can easily break a door down.
So where’s the guard from earlier?
Ah, there he is. He’s out cold.
It’s obvious. I’m looking for the stuff which was taken away from me earlier.
Ah, there they are.
That’s right, twin guns. That’s what I was looking for.
I knew they’d be here.
My phone? Of course it’s not here. Our phones were probably thrown into the sea or crushed to pieces like a biscuit a long time ago.
I don’t have any way of contacting my allies and this guy doesn’t have the key to the handcuffs either.
Damn it. I guess I don’t have time to be looking for the keys.
Tch. Look, the rest of those guys are here.
What are you doing? Let’s get out of here while we can!
It’s dark. Even though it’s night, there are hardly any lights on. Where are we?
We got hit with a taser and taken somewhere else. I don’t know where we are either.
A steam whistle? So this is a factory district near the sea?
That means we’re in a port town…
Here they come!
Yes, they’re chasing us.
Jeez. Those guys are idiots, but they’re good at running.
We’ll never get away if we try and take them on. We’re getting out of here! Hurry up!
Damn it! They didn’t hesitate to shoot.
Why are you surprised by a gunshot? If you get surprised at every single thing, then you’ll cause trouble for me too.
This really is too much…
Let’s hide somewhere and wait it out!
We’re going to hide here.
It doesn’t matter where! As long as there’s a wall.
We’re going in there!
I don’t know! It’s a storeroom or something!
The door’s unlocked! We’re in luck!
This place is a real rat house, huh.
We managed to get in, but it’s smaller than I thought it’d be.
Don’t move. There’s not much room here. You’ll make a sound as soon as you move. Stay still.
What is it?
I suppose it’s only natural for you to be so tense when you’re this close to me.
Hey, hey. You still don’t trust me?
I told you earlier. I really am a member of the mafia.
In that case, shall I make you believe me?
What should I do?
Cut up your pretty face with this knife?
I only touched your cheek. I wouldn’t do anything weird like that anyway. But if they find us, we’ll end up full of bullets. Be quiet if you don’t want to end up like Swiss cheese.
This is what’ll happen if you slow me down. I’ll pull the trigger and blow your brains out. You don’t want to end up as that kind of corpse, do you?
Hmm… You’re scared, but you’re not looking away. You’re doing pretty good.
Tch. They’re here.
Just don’t make a sound. If you don’t keep quiet, I’ll be pointing my gun in your face again. We seriously will be done for if we get discovered. We’d actually be lucky if all we did was get shot.
If we get caught, we might end up cut into pieces or set on fire with gasoline. We definitely won’t be treated well.
Hmm? Are you trembling?
Hmph. Didn’t you push yourself too hard after all?
I don’t care if you’re trembling, just don’t make a sound. If you’re scared, then close your eyes.
I’m not going to do anything. I just put my hand there.
You won’t tremble so much if I do this. Everything will be over if you make a sound. Take a deep breath and calm down.
This isn’t good. They’re coming this way.
They’ve stopped. Have they noticed us?
Don’t tremble. Stay still.
Come on. Close your eyes and let me hold you. Don’t think about anything. Or think about something like your favourite dessert instead. Then everything will be over quickly.
It seems like they’re looking for us.
Jeez. Go away.
What is it? You lost all your strength because you were so relieved?
Just make sure you don’t lose consciousness too.
Jeez. I’d leave you behind if I could get these handcuffs off.
I’d like to cut these handcuffs off, but I don’t have time to try.
I guess I’ll just have to go on the run with you.
Hey. We’re getting out of here.
We’re leaving this industrial area. Once we get to somewhere crowded like the port or the town, they won’t be able to try anything too crazy.
Don’t space out! Let’s go!
They were waiting out here!
They’re trying to kill us!
This is really bad!
You don’t need to tell me to come up with a plan! If we hide, we’ll just end up getting surrounded.
Damn it! In that case…
Hey, can you swim?
Answer me now!
You shouldn’t need me to explain that!
Jump into the sea! This way!
We don’t have a choice, so don’t complain!
Let’s go! Jump!
4AM. Out on the ocean. Three hours have passed.
It’s a good thing there was a harbour within swimming distance. We managed to get away.
Yes, they shouldn’t come this far to look for us.
They’ll draw too much attention if they look at every boat.
We really would’ve ended up getting shot if we hadn’t jumped.
What is it? You got scared when you remembered it?
Hah. You’re trying to be tough again.
For your information, even if you survive getting shot, it still hurts a lot.
Shall I show you how much it hurts?
I’m only joking.
You’ve noticed too, haven’t you?
We’re probably in Naples. We’ll rest here until our clothes are dry.
Yes, it’s fine. We’ll get found out if we start moving now.
And if we try to walk with wet clothes on, it’ll out tire us out.
I know we have to hurry though.
That’s right. I don’t have much time. I’m looking for someone. I have to find that person and return to the family’s hideout within two days. Otherwise my allies and I will all be dead.
It’s not something unusual in this world. It probably doesn’t seem real to an ordinary girl though.
Anyway, it should be okay if we deal with these chains now. Shall we try to break them?
Hey. Move over there. We’re going to make the chains taut.
It’s because I’m going to shoot in the direction of the sea.
That’s right. With this.
Of course I’m not going to make a hole in the boat.
Hurry up and move!
That’s far enough. The impact might surprise you, but just deal with it. Don’t let the chains move.
Damn it. So it’s no good?
I couldn’t make a single scratch, never mind breaking them.
They’re pretty tough.
It’s an annoying inconvenience, but we’ll just have to stay like this.
I’ll be counting on you for a while then, Miss.
Don’t start crying or slow me down.
I can go back to Rome once I find who I’m looking for. There’ll be someone who can take off these handcuffs when we get back to the hideout.
Behave yourself and follow me until then. I wanted to get the handcuffs off and leave you as soon as possible though. If that gun fight was enough to make you turn pale, then you’re going to have a hard time from now on. Those guys had no trouble shooting at an ordinary person, and one who was a woman at that…
Of course I’m not like them.
I wouldn’t fire my gun inside the city unless it was really necessary. All mafia are bad people. But we’re not completely thoughtless. We won’t cause any trouble for ordinary people.
Huh? I’m kind?
You really don’t get it. I’m not kind. The man in front of you now is a member of the mafia. A villain who will kill if necessary. There’s no doubt about that.
See. You’re scared right now. If you’re scared, then don’t try to be friendly with me. Even though we’re kept together by these handcuffs…
What is it? You’re not scared?
It’s fine if you want to be stubborn, but you should remember just what the mafia are like.
I’ve got time now. Shall I show you?
You don’t know what I’m going to do?
This is what I’m going to do.
Hey. Don’t struggle.
I’m not going to stop.
Give up. You can’t do anything when I’m holding you like this.
I told you to stay still. If you won’t understand no matter how many times I tell you, then maybe this will be a quicker way.
You tensed up like an idiot…
Is this the first time someone has done this to your ears?
There’s nothing charming about you at all.
Well, resisting like that is no use. You probably didn’t take me seriously because you think I won’t kill you, isn’t that right?
Bad men are bad men. Do you understand what happens when you’re kind to them?
See… I’m not just going to do it to your ears, but here too…
Your neck is another weak spot?
Your reaction was pretty cute.
You didn’t like being licked?
I told you not to struggle. You’re such annoying girl.
We’re chained together. Even if you’re out of my reach, you can’t escape.
You can shout if you want to. If you don’t mind being caught by those guys from earlier, that is.
You’ve finally understood how dangerous being unable to get away from me actually is.
You won’t be able to do anything if I wrap your arms together with this chain.
It’s no use. Not even a gun could break these chains. There’s no way you could take them off yourself.
These guns are my favourite weapon. They’re pretty powerful. Would you like to see for yourself?
Do as I say if you don’t want to get shot. Having a gun pointed at you is scary, isn’t it?
Don’t forget what that fear feels like.
That’s right. I’m a bad person. I just choose the people who I use my strength against. I carry the pride of the mafia with me.
I like that look in your eyes. That fear suits you much better. Should I help you understand a little more?
The way you’re looking at me… Are you ashamed that I’ve disarranged your clothes with the muzzle of my gun?
Ah… A button from your shirt fell off. But it’s only the one at the top, so I suppose you’re not that bothered about it.
The second one. If you move, then I’ll shoot.
The third one. Shall I make things more embarrassing?
See. I’ll make a mark in this place that’s been exposed.
You’re an idiot.
Wriggling around in a situation like this is the same as being turned on.
It’s really red. Because you’re being so cute, I accidentally made a deep mark.
I’ll keep going. Even lower than this.
Hmm? Did something just fall down?
Don’t move! Stay still!
Where did you get this bracelet? Why have you got this?
You got it from your mom when you were a kid?
No way… Then you’re…
Hey. Do you know who your dad is?
You don’t know? You were told that he died when you were young?
I see… Damn it! Why didn’t I notice sooner?
Get up and sit down. I’m not going to do anything else to you.
Have a look at this. It’s my bracelet.
Yes. It’s the same as yours. Even this seal is the same.
Why? That’s what I’d like to know.
I got this from Father. This seal is a symbol of trust that’s not just given to anyone.
Only a few people have received one. When he was about to die, the man who gave away this seal brought those people together and said “Protect the daughter who was separated from me as a young girl”. That’s why I was looking for Father’s daughter. Aside from the family… She was the one person Father trusted… No… The one person he loved…
Now that I’ve said this much, you understand, don’t you? A girl who has a bracelet with the same seal as the ones belonging to the people he cared for… Father’s daughter, who I’ve been searching for… That’s you.
7AM. Outside the city of Naples. Six hours have passed.
We finally got out of the city.
What is it? You look as if you can’t quite believe this yet. There’s no doubt about it though. That bracelet is proof. You are the daughter of Amphisbaena’s boss. Father was suddenly murdered and now the family is in a state of chaos.
Times like this are dangerous. There’ll be no end to the number of people who want to destroy us. Even the people on the inside can cause us trouble. Someone who can be an absolute replacement for Father is necessary. A true successor who can unite everyone.
Ah. I’m not asking you to become that person. Someone related to Father by blood, in other words, you, have the right to choose that successor. That’s what the rule is.
Conclave. The election of the new Father. The time limit is one week. The new Father has to be decided by the time of the conclave. Otherwise the family will be destroyed. The only thing that awaits us is death. That’s why I was trying so hard to find you. In order to appoint our new boss…
Five days have passed. There are two days left. No… It’s not even two whole days.
We’ve got to get back to the hideout in Rome in the remaining 42 hours, otherwise we’ll all be dead. Of course you, Father’s relative, won’t survive either.
No, I won’t let them kill you. I was given one last order by Father. I’m going to protect you. I’ve got these handcuffs on, so you don’t have a choice anyway. You’ll be coming to Rome with me.
That’s how it is. We’ve got to go on the run together. You make sure you’re prepared too.
Huh? Why are you looking at me like that?
Ah, just forget about what happened on the boat. I did it to threaten you. I wasn’t serious.
A normal person really shouldn’t be friendly with the mafia!
I thought you wouldn’t get close to me if I scared you a little.
But when I tried to do that, I found out you were the boss’s daughter…
Anyway… Maybe pulling off your clothes was too much…
I’m sorry. Jeez!
That’s no good. It seems like you’re completely suspicious of me.
What is it? It’s so noisy, considering it’s morning.
Over there. Kids are playing in that plaza. They’re having a lot of fun playing ball.
Jeez. Why aren’t they at school?
They’re cute? Really?
They just look cheeky to me.
They’re just like the kids from downtown Rome. Sometimes I talk to them and they’re pretty noisy. They’re little kids who don’t know a whole lot yet, you see.
They’re pretty careless though, aren’t they? They look like they might run out onto the street at any moment. Even though there are cars there.
The ball went into the street!
You idiot! Don’t run out there! Damn it!
That was close.
Yes. I shot the tire. I’m glad the car didn’t hit anything.
Hey! Don’t start running like that! Have you forgotten about the handcuffs?
I’ll go too, so don’t panic!
Are you okay, kid? Can you get up?
Grab hold of my hand!
You don’t seem to be hurt. Alright.
You know, it’s dangerous to run out in the street all of a sudden. Do you want to get hit by a car and end up like that ball did?
Be careful from now on then!
There, you can go now.
He’s gone now, huh.
Why are you looking at me like that? Is it that unusual for the mafia to help someone else?
Wait. Don’t say anything else.
I know. You’re going to tell me I’m kind or something, aren’t you?
I’m not trying to act like a good person, but I’m not all bad either.
Did you want to see a traffic accident happen right in front of you?
Exactly. That was the only reason.
Right, we should be going too.
I had to fire my gun, so we shouldn’t stay here too long.
From here on is the old city, Spaccanapoli .
Now that I think about it, we haven’t had anything to eat or drink. Let’s get something.
Of course there are a lot of people passing by. Will it draw too much attention if the chains are showing?
Hey, hold out your hand.
You want to know why? We’re going to hold hands. If we stay close to each other, then the handcuffs and chain are difficult to see, right?
Don’t complain! It’s better than drawing attention to ourselves.
Don’t be so tense! I know you don’t like staying close to me, but it’s only while we’re walking through the city. Just be patient.
Even if I say I won’t do anything, you probably won’t believe me.
Huh? You’re going to trust me?
Hmm… Well, thanks. What made that happen?
Hey… It was only a coincidence that I helped that boy earlier. You shouldn’t feel moved by that kind of thing! I told you this earlier, but I’m a bad person.
It’d be no good if you were cautious about me all the time though.
Damn it. Never mind. Just keep close to me.
Right, let’s look for a cafe that’s open.
What are you doing? How long are you going to spend eating that salad?
It’s difficult to eat? Well, the handcuffs are hanging under the table… But aren’t you still taking too long? Watch me.
That’s it. In other words, you’re really slow.
Why are you sulking? Alright, alright. I just have to do this, right?
What? You can tell by looking, can’t you? I’m going to feed it to you.
Is this really the time to be embarrassed?
It’s more strange that I’m just holding out this fork for no reason. Hurry up and open your mouth.
That’s right. You should’ve done that from the start. I guess you can have some pasta next.
There you go.
It feels like I’m giving treats to a dog.
Don’t get angry! Alright, one more bite.
Ah, I’m sorry! I reached too far.
Don’t cough so much!
Are you okay?
Tch. We ended up drawing attention to ourselves anyway. Have some water. Hurry up and eat so we can get out of here.
Once we get out of here, we’ll buy some things we need at the market and ride the train to Rome.
The Eurostar won’t take that much time. Even if we take into account the time we’ll spend shopping, we should be able to get on the train before 11.
Come on, hurry up and eat.
 Spaccanapoli – A narrow street which passes through the historic centre of Naples.
1PM. Outside the city of Rome. Twelve hours have passed.
We rode north on the Eurostar from the central station of Naples and arrived at the terminal station in Rome.
We were in Rome before we knew it. It didn’t take long. Now we’re going to Amphisbaena’s main base. We’ll get the handcuffs off there. Then you’ll decide who the next Father will be.
Who should you choose? You can think about it when you get there. There are plenty of capable people, so don’t worry.
What? I told you I’m not planning to become the next Father. I’m not that type of person.
Wait! Those guys…
Yes, they don’t seem to be normal people.
It seems like they were waiting for us.
Damn it! This is gonna be trouble!
So they’re not going to give up so easily after all.
Let’s hide! They’re coming this way!
The way things are, they’re probably wandering all around Rome.
It’ll be difficult to get to the main base like this.
There’s nothing we can do about that.
Amphisbaena has a hideout near here. That’s where we’re going.
6PM. Inside Rome. At a hideout. Sixteen hours have passed.
You look bored.
Don’t open that window. It’s dangerous and bugs will get in too.
I hate bugs.
Well, I know it’s uncomfortable being in here while handcuffed together.
Just hold on until tomorrow.
We’ll try to go early tomorrow morning. Those guys won’t be able to move in a large group because it’ll draw too much attention.
We’ll leave here before dawn and take the quieter streets. If we do that, it won’t take us long to reach the main base.
I’ve finished getting my weapons ready too. I’ve got several backup weapons, so I’m completely prepared.
Anyway, resting here tonight is the most important thing. I know it’s early, but if you’ve got nothing to do, then how about going to sleep?
There is a proper place to sleep, although it is just one bed.
Yes. We don’t have a choice about sleeping in the same bed. We can’t get any further apart than this, you see.
You’ll have a hard time tomorrow if you don’t rest now.
Huh? You’re going to sleep on the floor?
Why would you do that when there’s a bed here?
Why’d you fall over? You really are an odd person.
You’re like a dog after all.
We’re connected at just the right length by these handcuffs too. Shall I pull you back here?
Come on, come back. You shouldn’t keep running from your master, should you?
Your face is bright red.
Hey. Could it be that you’re interested in me?
Is that so? If you’re not, then I suppose you won’t mind sharing a bed.
We’re only going to be sleeping in the same bed for one night.
But… You’re going to be sleeping beside the man who did all those things to you on the boat, and who is a member of the mafia…
You don’t think nothing will happen, do you?
It’s too easy to push you down.
So… You’ll be fine, won’t you? Even if you spend the whole night with me…
Alright. I was only joking.
Jeez. You’re such an odd person.
Well, let’s think about the bed later. Before that, I’ve got something good for you.
This is it. You’ll sleep well if you drink it.
Sit down. On top of the bed should be fine.
Come on, drink it.
What? Aren’t you going to drink it?
Don’t say something like that. Drink up!
Respect for the mafia’s blood ties and sense of courtesy…
Yes, it’s good manners.
That’s the spirit!
My body is warming up from the inside. I wish I’d had this in Naples.
Ah, I’m sorry. Was I staring that much?
It feels kind of strange to be drinking with Father’s daughter when I didn’t even know he had one before.
You probably never imagined your father was a mafia boss, did you?
On top of that, you found out that your father died and you ended up getting involved in a dispute between the mafia. I feel sorry for you.
It doesn’t feel real? Well, I guess that’s only natural. You don’t know what Father looks like.
I think that he loved you. He kept himself hidden so that you wouldn’t get involved. He was always concerned about you though. Otherwise his final order wouldn’t have been to protect you.
I used to drink with him sometimes. He was someone special to me. I respected him.
When I heard his final words asking to protect his daughter, I felt that I had to grant that wish. That was the last thing I could do for him, you see.
There’s something else I can do for him?
Becoming Father and protecting the family definitely is something that I can do for him. My allies have recommended me too. But I don’t plan on doing that.
You want to know why? Are you interested in getting to know me?
Jeez, you really are a strange person. It wasn’t that long ago that just looking at me was enough to make you tremble. Don’t get too curious. You’re a normal girl. You’re not going to become a member of the family.
When the conclave is over, you’re going to go back to your normal life. You’ll end up in trouble if you get too involved.
Alright, alright. What do you want to know? The reason why I became a member of the family?
It’s not really an interesting story. You still want to hear it?
I used to live in downtown Rome. It was just the three of us, me and my parents. We weren’t rich, but we lived peacefully, without any trouble. However, that life suddenly came to an end one day. We were caught up in a gunfight between the mafia.
My father was the first to get shot, and my mother died protecting me.
That’s right. Right in front of me. I stared at my mother, who was covered in blood and shouting at me to run. I couldn’t do anything. Before I knew it, I was running as I heard the bullets raining down, pushed forward by her shouts telling me to run.
After losing my parents, I became a pickpocket in order to survive. It was Father who called out to me at that time. Just when I thought that I had been found by someone kind, it turned out he was a member of the mafia too. However, he was a good, caring man. He apologised when he heard the story of my parents. Even though the incident was caused by a family who had nothing to do with him.
When I met Father, I realised that the mafia had a sense of duty and humanity. Unlike the police… They did nothing when my parents were killed. An evil organisation that protects is much better than allies of justice who won’t protect anyone. I made a promise to Father and became a member of Amphisbaena.
I can’t believe that look on your face. You asked me to tell my story, didn’t you?
I don’t need any sympathy. It’s not something unusual in this world.
Right. You’re satisfied now, aren’t you?
Anyway, you should hurry up and sleep. It’s time for kids to go to bed.
I’m surprised you can say that. You’re just a kid who keeps on tripping up.
Alright, I’m going to sleep too.
See, you really are a kid. Don’t panic just because I kissed your cheek.
We’ve got an early start tomorrow. I really am going to sleep.
I’ll be fine on the floor. Do what you want with the bed. Make sure you get a good rest.
7AM. Inside Rome. At Amphisbaena’s main base. Thirty hours have passed.
Here we are. I really didn’t think we’d get here without anyone getting in our way.
That’s right, welcome to Amphisbaena. This is our main base.
We made it here somehow. There are eighteen hours until the conclave is over.
Well, I suppose we got here with plenty of time to spare.
Right… Now isn’t the time to be celebrating. We’ve got to take these handcuffs off first.
Why are you so restless? Are you that happy to get the handcuffs off?
Of course I’m happy too. But… That’s right… It’s too bad that I won’t be able to tease you any longer.
We won’t be handcuffed together for much longer. I might just tease you while I still can.
Ah! Hey! Don’t run away! You can’t get away from me anyway.
Come on, stop moving! Be good and stay here…
Gunshots? How come?
Those are no ordinary guys…
Damn it! Machine guns?
Calm down. My allies will stop the enemies from moving forward.
Damn it! They’re not just bad guys, they’re crazy too! I can’t believe they’d attack the main base…
No. Even though the family doesn’t have a Father, it wouldn’t be that easy for them to get in. There must have been a spy in the family!
This is bad! They’re moving in this direction.
They’re coming! Get behind me!
Huh? Don’t underestimate my twin guns!
Hey, this way! Hide in those shadows!
They’re coming one after another. They’re looking for you. You’ll get killed if you stay here.
If you die, then the rest of us are done for too. I can’t let that happen, no matter what.
Let’s go! We’ll escape through the window!
We’re going down! Hold on tight!
Tch! Some of them were waiting outside too…
Run! All we can do right now is run!
Don’t look back! We’ll go right at the next turning!
Hey! Pull yourself together! Hey!
Hey… You’ve got to be kidding! Open your eyes!
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.