Criminale! 6 – Chara
CV: Shimono Hiro
7AM. In a dimly-lit room.
Oh? So you’re finally awake, huh?
You were out cold for a long time. It seems like the drugs those guys used really affected you.
Calm down. Getting scared won’t do any good.
Hmm? I don’t know where we are. The only thing I do know is that we’re in a room somewhere and that the door over there is locked, so we can’t get out.
That’s right. We’ve been locked up. And the two us are chained together with these things.
Why? Hahaha! You worry about such ridiculous things.
If you want to have a happy life, don’t worry about things that have already happened.
It won’t change the fact that we’re chained together. So instead of thinking about the reason why, shouldn’t you think about what to do next?
Hmm? You should see the look on your face. It’ll be fine. Things will work out by themselves.
What is it? Why are you surprised?
Ah… Hmm, so you’ve finally noticed?
Are you scared of my right eye?
I’m not angry. I’m used to that kind of reaction.
Anyone would normally react like that if they saw someone whose eye was completely black.
There’s nothing to be afraid of. Despite my appearance, I’m not a monster. I’m not going to eat you.
My name is Chara. Have you heard of Amphisbaena ?
You haven’t, right?
It’s a large mafia organisation, which has its base in Rome. I’m a member of that organisation.
I messed up on a important mission and got caught like this, by another group of mafia that opposes us. You just happened to be passing by when you got caught up in this.
Don’t you remember what happened before you got knocked out?
Ah, you don’t have to remember. That’s how it was. You were walking around the city when you bumped into me. Then we were captured together. That’s all it was.
What? The expression on your face is even worse. Have you gotten really scared?
Well, I guess you can’t help it, considering the person who is in front of you now.
If only I had been a reliable guy, who is your type.
This right eye is useful though. I can even make quick work of a difficult job. That’s because most people are scared like you.
Shall I let you take a closer look then? It’s unusual, isn’t it? For the white part of my eye to have gotten this black.
I can still see perfectly well. Your terrified face. Your trembling lips. Everything.
Don’t go all tense.
Okay, okay. I won’t get too close to you if you’re scared.
But I can’t go that far, seeing as we’re handcuffed together.
Well, what are we gonna do now?
This is our chance!
It’s obvious. Our chance to escape.
We’ll use this confusion to our advantage and get out of here.
A shoot-out is perfectly normal. I said all of us were mafia, didn’t I? I don’t know who’s attacking this place right now, but I should be grateful to them.
Hey, get up. We’re going to kick down the door and get out of here.
It’s locked, so breaking it is our only option. This rundown old door will break easily.
Of course I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. They won’t notice with all this gunfire.
Huh? You’re coming with me. We can’t stay apart because of the handcuffs, right?
Or do you want to end up as meat sauce? I’m telling you that you’ll get killed if you stay here.
Come with me if you want to stay alive. Now that we’ve been chained together, our fates are linked.
 Amphisbaena – The amphisbaena is a mythological ant-eating snake, which has heads at both ends of its body.
This fight is crazy! Looks like they won’t even notice us. We’ll get killed if we’re caught up in the gunfire. Let’s try and go somewhere quieter. Run as fast as you can, even if you’re out of breath!
Wait! Shh. Be quiet.
So things won’t be that easy, huh?
Look over there. That guy is in a troublesome position.
He’s keeping watch over the outside. He’s not looking over here.
We’ve got no choice. We’ll move a little closer. You stay behind me. As close as you can. Hide behind me.
Don’t worry. I’m going to beat him and get us out of here.
Hmm? This? It looks like an ordinary belt buckle, right? But when you do this… It’s got poison needles inside.
I’m going to throw it and it’ll stab that guy in the neck. That’s it.
I’ve got lots of things like that.
This is my second favourite weapon. My favourite weapon is these wires. They don’t make a sound, spill any blood and they’re reliable.
Well, we’re just going to knock this guy out for a while. There’ll be trouble later on if I kill anyone unnecessarily.
Okay, that’s sorted. I’m used to that.
That bastard! There were more of them?
This is my third favourite weapon. Knives spill blood, so I prefer not to use them.
Why are you thrashing about like that? A grown man should be able to put up with that kind of injury. If you don’t like it, then go and cry to your mommy.
Now’s not the time to be saying that! They came here because they heard gunshots. Let’s run for now!
Damn it! They’re following us! We’ve got to hide somewhere and let them pass.
No! A dead end!
This is no good! We’ll get killed if we turn back!
What should we do? That’s it!
On the roof! The square which looks like a window. We can hide in the roof space! We’ll use the wires to get up there.
Come on! Hold on!
They’re still wandering around. But it seems like they haven’t even considered that we could be right above them.
It’s a good thing we sneaked into the roof space. We’ll move along here and get out this way, I guess. There are a lot of spiders’ nests though.
Hey, are you hurt?
Ah, you’re right. My arm is bleeding. Did I get scratched by a bullet?
Even though I was asking about you, I ended up being the one who’s hurt. That’s no good.
Anyway… It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my blood.
I’ve been crazy about the Sicilian pizza with lots of cheese recently. My brother teases me and says “Your blood is going to end up the colour of cheese if you eat that all the time.”
Hmm… So it’s red as usual then.
Oh? Not really. It doesn’t hurt.
I’ve got to stop the bleeding though. It’d be no good if my blood left a trail behind.
We can’t stay here forever though. Let’s hurry up and get out of here. We’ve got a time limit too.
You didn’t notice? Look carefully at the handcuffs.
See, it’s right in the middle of the chain. A small bomb with a timer.
There 48 hours left. Ah, now it’s 47 hours.
Hmm? I don’t know why they put something like this on. Well, they’ve done something complicated like this instead of killing us right away, so there must be some kind of reason.
The handcuffs we’ve got on have a bomb attached. That’s the greatest present.
What, are you afraid?
You’re afraid of dying?
That’s what you’re afraid of?
I think you probably won’t understand this, but there are plenty of things in this world that are more frightening than dying.
If you’re going to experience hell while you’re alive, then it’s better to die and go to heaven. Being killed quickly by a bomb is easier.
You look as if you don’t understand. Shall I tell you then? What it feels like to think dying would be better…
I was just kidding. Now isn’t the time to be dying anyway.
Let’s hurry up and get out of here, okay?
9AM. At an unknown location. Two hours have passed.
We were able to escape in the end. But where are we?
Jeez. My stuff got taken away, so I can’t contact any of my allies.
Hey! What’s the matter? Are you feeling sick?
What? You’re just tired?
Well, you’ve been running around at full speed.
There’s a bench over there. Let’s rest for a little while.
Hmm? Hey, look at that. The sky looks really beautiful today.
Cobalt blue. It’s clear like painted glass.
Relaxing and looking at the sky like this is great.
Hmm? The time limit?
Ah… These handcuffs. I want to get them off quickly, but the bomb might go off if I make a mistake. It’d be terrible if it went “boom!” as soon as the handcuffs were off, right?
It’s difficult to move, but let’s keep them on a little longer.
Don’t look at me like that.
Well, a slight impact isn’t enough to make them go off.
There’s no way they’d put on something that’d kill us so easily.
Hmm? No, not really. I just had that feeling. Don’t worry about it.
We’ve still got time. All we have to do is get them off before time runs out, right? Panicking won’t do any good. Think of it as a game and try to have fun.
Well… When you’re a member of the mafia, things like this happen everyday. There are plenty of sights worse than this.
Yes, I’ve seen them too. I might actually be the one who’s experienced them the most.
I’m known as a hyena, and I do all the dirty work in the organisation. Dealing with dead bodies, transporting things and taking care of traitors. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve almost died. Getting handcuffed and being attached to a bomb doesn’t surprise me now.
You don’t seem surprised by that. You’re easy to understand. Your face gives away your thoughts. You were thinking that I’m a dangerous guy, just like my appearance suggests, weren’t you? You being afraid of the mafia and reacting like that is exactly the reaction I was looking for. I’m used to being hated.
I told you, didn’t I? I do all the dirty work. Even the other members of the family usually avoid me.
What is it? You’re all tense again.
Were you reminded how disgusting my eye is, now that you can see it in the light of day?
You don’t think I’m human like you?
Hey. What would you do if I really was a demon? Would you pray for God to help you?
Hmm? You’re pretty smart. Did you think that it would be a bad idea to put me in a bad mood in this situation?
Well, it’ll help if you’re obedient. If you make a fuss, then I’ll have to make you stop talking.
Remember this well. Our fates are linked to each other. If we’re going to survive, then let’s cooperate. Even if it’s only on the surface.
Alright, shall we go soon?
We’re going back to the family’s hideout. Amphisbaena’s base is in Rome. If we get there, we can do something about the bomb.
Where are we anyway? It looks like a town somewhere.
Ah, there’s a direction board over there. Let’s take a look.
Hmm… If you go east, there’s a national art gallery. If you go west, there’s the Basilica of San Francesco . So this is Bologna?
Right now we’re in the Piazza Maggiore . Over there is the Fountain of Neptune .
They took us pretty far. Well, we can’t help that. Let’s get back to Rome.
We’ll pass by Florence if we take the train from Bologna. We’ll be in their territory, but it’ll be too much of a detour if we take a different route.
Come on, let’s go to the station.
 Basilica of San Francesco – A church founded in the 13th century.
 Piazza Maggiore – A square in Bologna which is surrounded by several palaces and a church.
 Fountain of Neptune – A fountain completed in 1565, which is located in the Piazza del Nettuno, next to the Piazza Maggiore.
10AM. Bologna Central Station. Three hours have passed.
What? Why aren’t there any trains?
Alright, I’m sorry, Mister. I wasn’t telling you how to do your job.
It can’t really be helped if there aren’t any trains. We’ll try somewhere else. Goodbye.
Jeez. We’re really out of luck. They’re having trouble on today of all days. Well, if there aren’t any trains, then it’s no use being here any longer.
What should we do then? We’ll have to find some way of travelling for now, huh? We’re going to be helpless without any transport.
How about stealing that car over there?
Hmm? What is it? Damn, it’s the police. I thought I heard the sound of a bike… Trouble just keeps on coming!
Hey. Keep quiet, no matter what they ask. Unless you can follow my lead. We won’t be able to get back to Rome if we’re caught by the police. We’re completely done for if that happens.
What’s up, Mister? We’re in a hurry.
You’re on high alert? What for?
A terrorism notice?
Ah, I see. So that’s why the trains have been stopped.
Isn’t it just a simple prank? I know this place is troubled by that kind of thing, but you’re worrying too much.
Hey, I’m not a suspicious person. But I guess you can’t help being suspicious of the way I look.
Then why don’t you take a closer look? This black eye looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
Tch. So that’s why they got suspicious, huh?
These? They’re nothing important. We’re just into that kind of thing. Can’t you see?
Why? Sometimes you just want a bit of excitement. A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.  Haven’t you heard that saying?
You can check what I’m carrying. I haven’t got anything suspicious.
See. Are you satisfied now?
Hey! Why are you trying to touch her too? You’re not trying to grope a woman’s body, are you?
Don’t touch her!
How does it feel to be strangled with a wire?
Don’t worry. I’ll strangle you and send you to the other side.
Miss! Stay back! I’ll deal with this guy right away.
No matter how you look at it, he was trying to touch you.
Remembering it really bothers me! Of course this piece of trash needs to die!
Huh? We shouldn’t cause trouble here?
Is that alright now?
It’s alright. He’s just unconscious. I haven’t killed him.
But the people around us have gotten scared. Let’s get out of here before any more police turn up.
I lost my cool. I’m sorry. I couldn’t help doing it when I thought he might touch you, Miss.
Ah… I was calling you “Miss” because you’re a young lady. There’s no particular meaning behind it!
Anyway, let’s get away from the station. Let’s find some transport somewhere else.
 This is a quote from the German writer, Goethe.
11AM. In Bologna city. Four hours have passed.
I see. It seems like it’ll take a few hours for the trains to start moving.
That’s how it is.
I don’t have any choice about eavesdropping! They’d get scared if I started talking to them.
Especially normal travellers like them.
Well, we’ve got the information, so it’s all good.
We’ll make it to Rome in time. There’s no need to worry.
I wonder what we can do to pass the time?
How about looking for a store? We should get some food and drinks, right?
Those guys took my things, but I’ve got a bit of money. Together with the weapons I’m hiding.
I’ve got them underneath my clothes, so don’t worry.
Hmm? There aren’t any customers around.
Well, it’s better that way.
We’re chained together like this. Someone might be suspicious, like that police officer earlier. And my appearance stands out too much. It’s not a bad thing that there’s no one here.
Oh? Most of the drinks are sold out. There’s not much choice in this shop. It makes sense that there aren’t any customers.
It’s just mineral water, but is that okay? And we’ve got this too.
What is it? They’re potato chips. Samourai  sauce flavour. I recommend them.
You’re hungry, aren’t you? I’ve heard your stomach rumbling for a while now.
Alright, let’s hurry up and pay.
Hey, Mister! I’ll take these.
Hey, Mister… What are you doing? It’s pretty rude to point a gun at your customer all of a sudden.
He closed the shutters.
Tch. We’re locked in?
Ah, so there’s more of you… This is your territory, isn’t it? I’d completely forgotten.
Don’t worry. I’ll do something.
But even so, you wouldn’t believe the words of someone like me. Well, you don’t have to believe me. Just watch.
This way! We’re going to take cover in the shadows of the shelves and approach the enemy! Make sure you keep up!
It’s okay. Just stay low while you’re moving.
Alright! Help me out, Miss. We’re going to push these shelves down.
Just one more!
You’re out of bullets, huh?
Ah… My clothes are soaked. Ugh… They’re sticky too. Next time I hit someone with a bottle, I should make sure it’s not juice. That was pathetic.
Are you hurt, Miss?
Hey! Are you okay? What’s the matter?
What? You scared me.
Well, I’m glad you’re alright.
We can’t relax just yet. Things are getting crazy outside.
Their allies, huh?
We can’t go out the back. We’ll end up being surrounded.
Damn it. We’ll just have to hide somewhere and wait it out.
Hmm? What’s the matter? Down by our feet?
This is…a cut out? It’s a door?
There’s a basement room?
We’ll have to take a chance and hide down there.
I’ll go first. Come with me, Miss.
 Samourai – A spicy sauce made from oil, egg yolks, mustard, ketchup and chilli paste.
1PM. Bologna. The basement storeroom of the general store. Six hours have passed.
Things are finally quiet up there. I’m glad those guys weren’t too smart.
Are you okay, Miss? You did a good job putting up with this. At this rate, even if the trains have started moving again, we won’t be able to reach the station.
It’d be no surprise if they were waiting for us. Maybe we should find a car somewhere around here and travel by road after all. We’ll wait a little longer before we leave, just in case.
Well, we’ve got food and water, so we should be fine.
The store was probably using this place for storage.
Shall we eat something?
So I guess you’re not feeling hungry after suddenly getting attacked? But you should eat while you can. You won’t have any strength when you need it most.
Hmm? Why are you thanking me?
Huh? You think I’m kind?
What are you talking about? Are you half-asleep? Or are you still feeling confused now that you’re exhausted? I’m surprised you can say that now, even though you were scared when you first saw me.
I don’t know if you’re trying to please me, but don’t say that without meaning it.
Words are empty things, aren’t they?
“That which issues from the heart alone, will bend the hearts of others to your own.”
You haven’t heard that before? It’s from the book “Faust” , by Goethe .
Hmm? You’re being serious?
Then say it while looking at me directly. Can you say it while you look me in the eye? That I’m a kind and good person.
No one could truly be thankful to someone like me, someone so strange and unclean. There’s no one like that.
You’re so stubborn. That stubbornness reminds me of someone!
Why are you saying that now? Even though you looked at me the same way other people do…
I was calling you “Miss”, but you’re just a normal girl in the end…
It’s nothing. Anyway, there’s something you should understand.
Why are you looking at me like that? Are you afraid?
Is it because of my eye or because of a man pushing you down?
I’m one of the mafia. You probably imagined that you’d get treated a little roughly. If you didn’t consider it at all, then you’re too naïve. That might be good for you, but you can still probably imagine what I’m going to do.
Right. What shall I do?
If I wrap these chains around your neck, they’d be a perfect replacement for my wires.
Look. If I put a little effort into it, your neck will feel tight. I’m the type of man to do this kind of thing.
Stay still. The buttons on these clothes come off so easily. Look. Your body is gradually being exposed. Your beautiful skin doesn’t have a single mark on it. It seems that you were raised very carefully.
You cried out like that just because I touched your skin. You’re really sensitive.
You didn’t think I’d be as rough as this?
Hey. I told you not to struggle, didn’t I? Don’t excite me too much. You don’t want something terrible happening to you, do you? For example…
Not yet. I’m not going to let go yet.
Your face is bright red. Are you that embarrassed?
I like that expression on your face. It really turns me on.
What is it? You want me to stop?
Then why don’t you call for help? If you call out “I’m being attacked by someone from the mafia” those guys might come and save you. That’d be troublesome and desperate situation.
I’ve got to keep your dangerous lips shut.
What is it? You’ve got tears in your eyes. Your face is a mess too.
Do you finally understand? This is what kind of person I am.
Just try saying something shameful again. The same thing will happen to you again.
Hmm? What was that sound?
Damn it. This shelf fell because it had too much on it.
Are you okay, Miss? I’m holding up the shelf, so you get out from underneath me. Hurry up!
Damn it! Can you take off the chains around your neck by yourself? Don’t panic. Just take your time.
I’m fine. It just hit me a little.
Move away a little. I’m going to push the shelves over there.
Jeez. Don’t scare me like that.
I know it was just by chance, but it’s a good thing you were underneath me.
But wrapping those chains around you was a failure.
You’re not hurt, are you?
I told you not to thank me! I wasn’t trying to be kind. I’d just be in trouble if you got hurt.
Huh? I called you “Miss” again?
Like I said, there’s no particular meaning behind it.
I’m no match for you, Miss. Or maybe I’m just a fool.
You found out I was pretending to be a bad guy. It’s just not how I am.
That’s right. I wasn’t just handcuffed to you by chance.
You’re not just an unlucky passer-by who got caught up in this either.
You’re the young lady I’ve been looking for. I’m sorry for not saying anything. Once again, I’m pleased to meet you, Miss… Father’s daughter.
 Faust – A tragic play in which the Devil makes a bet with God that he will be able to lure God’s favourite human being (Faust) away from his righteous pursuits.
 Goethe – A German writer and statesman who lived between 1749-1832.
7PM. On the highway. 12 hours have passed.
How are you feeling? You’re not travel sick, are you?
It took some time, but I’m glad we got out of Bologna. We managed to get a car too.
We’ll keep going along the highway and stop at Florence. Then we’ll take the train to Rome. We could even drive all the way to Rome. That is, if someone doesn’t come after us.
A question? What is it?
Oh, that… Even though I called you Father’s daughter, it didn’t make any sense.
Things were so crazy that I didn’t have the chance to talk about it. Can I explain it to you now?
Father is our… Amphisbaena’s leader. That’s what we call him. You’re his daughter. It’s only natural for you to be surprised. It was kept a secret until now. Even the members of Amphisbaena didn’t know. I’m sure you were told your father was dead, as you were growing up.
I don’t know whether it was because his family were a burden in the other side of society, or because he wanted to distance his daughter from the world of the mafia, I don’t know the reason now. But I know you lived your life while having no idea your father was a mafia boss, and you should have continued to live peacefully, but it didn’t work out like that.
Father was killed the other day. Now Amphisbaena has lost its leader and is a complete mess. We’ve got to choose the next Father as soon as possible. It’s called a conclave.
Someone related to Father by blood can designate a new leader in his place. And you’re his only blood relative.
Without you, Amphisbaena will remain in chaos. That’d be convenient for the mafia who are our enemies. That’s why people from several different organisations are looking for you. In a frenzy.
I’m one of those people.
That’s right. This is the important mission I was talking about. To find you and bring you safely back to Rome. I didn’t think I’d end up with a time limit though. This timed bomb is like a form of interrogation too. No matter whether I’m punched or stabbed, I won’t feel any pain, you see.
Instead of that, I’ve got this. When the time comes, your precious young lady will be blown to pieces. I was told to give up information about Amphisbaena before that would happen. You don’t really remember what happened when you got caught, right? Your memories are probably in chaos. I came to help you when you were about to get kidnapped. Well, I ended up getting caught too though.
Forgive me for not being able to help you coolly. We were able to escape together like this anyway. But… I guess we can’t let our guard down until these handcuffs are off.
Don’t worry. We’ll definitely get them off. I’m not going to let you die.
That’s… I didn’t… I didn’t plan to trick you from the start. It’s just that when you first saw me, you…
There’s no particular meaning behind it. I certainly did act worse than I needed to. I thought it’d be easier to understand that way. I kept quiet about who you really were because I thought it’d be less trouble. So don’t make strange misunderstandings like you did earlier.
I’m just as you see me. A strange and horrifying hyena.
Even you were scared when you first saw me, weren’t you? Your first impressions were correct.
I’m not trying to trick you. I’m telling you things as they are. I told you, didn’t I? Protecting you and covering for you is my duty. It’s because it was an order from Father. I’m not being kind or considerate. You’re thinking too highly of me.
We’re about thirty minutes from Florence, huh? I thought someone might follow us, but it seems things are fine.
Hmm? What’s that? A person?
Jeez. What are they doing standing in the middle of the road? What kind of idiot would be walking on a main highway?
No, that’s… Miss! Get down!
8PM. On the highway. 13 hours have passed.
Jeez! Those guys are so persistent!
I can’t believe they were lying in wait on the highway! And they sent all those cars after us too…
Look. All the cars around us got hit and are stuck where they are. I didn’t want to get caught up in this, but there’s nothing we can do.
Damn it. The glass of the back window broke. We can’t take anymore of this…
It’s okay. My arm just got scratched.
Never mind about it. Just put your head down!
Hmm? The blood? Well, of course someone would bleed if they got hurt.
Despite how I look, I am human.
There’s no need to worry. But I won’t forgive them for getting my leather jacket dirty.
Jeez. I’m going to make sure they get the cleaning bill later.
We’re going to get away now! We’ll be going as fast as a roller-coaster, so make sure you don’t bite your tongue!
9PM. Near Florence. 14 hours have passed.
We finally lost them.
Can you check the car’s navigation system, Miss? Where are we now?
So we’ll be in Florence soon? Well, we’re making pretty good time, considering we got interrupted.
Ah… Tch. So this is as far as it’ll go?
It got like this because it took all those bullets. It’s actually lucky that it kept moving this long. Sorry, but we’ll have to walk the rest of the way. We’ll walk to the station in Florence, then take the train to Rome. Let’s go.
Jeez. That turned out to be a terrible drive.
Hmm? What’s the matter?
Ah… I’m still bleeding?
Well, it should be okay. It was a pretty deep cut, and it might take a long time to heal. But it’s alright.
Ah, now that I look carefully, my leather jacket is a mess. It’s not just the cleaning bill I’ll be sending, but the repair bill too.
You look as if you want to say something.
Well, now that you mention it, I suppose so. From your point of view, it would be strange. I’m laughing so much, even though I’m hurt.
I don’t feel pain most of the time.
Why? Hmm, I wonder what the reason was. There are too many possibilities.
I told you that I’m a hyena who does all the dirty work, didn’t I? When I was younger, I was trained somewhere. No, it might be more accurate to say that I was forcibly educated… I wasn’t even treated like a human. Well, it was only natural. That institution was meant to create machina.
Humans who are unaffected by feelings, never make a mistake and listen to any order, just like a robot. There was a foolish leader among us who tried to make them.
I was thrown in an institution together with my elder twin brother. Everyday we were given education and torture.
I was subjected to many things I wouldn’t want you to hear about. When I thought to myself that I was in pain, it hurt even more. So I convinced myself that it didn’t hurt when I was being tortured. Then one day, I really did stop feeling pain.
That wasn’t the only thing I stopped feeling. I didn’t even feel as if I was alive.
That’s why I’m not scared of dying either.
That’s why I’m not even scared of being attached to this bomb.
I don’t actually understand why you look so pale. If you or I were to die, the most I would feel is “oh, well”.
I’m not going to die a meaningless death. There’s no way I can let you die.
The plan to create machina that I just mentioned was abandoned in the end. My brother and I were no longer necessary, so we should have been destroyed without anyone knowing… That was when Father saved us.
I’ve got a debt to Father.. your father… that I cannot repay. So his last words… the order to protect his daughter is absolute. I’m going to protect you. For that reason, I can’t let myself get killed so easily.
What is it? Don’t be so quiet. I’m sorry if that bored you.
Well, you understand now, don’t you? Just as you can see, I’m a monstrous creature.
Why are you denying that? Someone who looks like me definitely is strange. I’ve been called names like “demon” or “monster” since I was a kid. Ever since my eye got like this in the institution. It was probably around the time when I stopped feeling pain that my eye changed colour. I felt sick when I saw my reflection in the mirror. Even I think it’s strange. My body that doesn’t feel any pain and my black eye. My very existence is strange.
Ah… There might be another reason that I’m not afraid to die. I don’t want to live very long either. Well, it might be better for a monster like me to die quickly.
Hmm? Are you in a position to say that’s not true? You were scared when you first saw me.
Oh… You’re not scared anymore? Then look closely at my eye.
Come on. Look at me directly. Look into my eyes.
Can you look at my black eye without turning away?
Why aren’t you looking away?
I’m done with this. What are we doing looking at each other? It’s ridiculous. Looking at something like this won’t make you feel happy.
You really are stubborn. You get that from your father. I’m surprised you did that while looking so pale.
You are! You’re completely pale. You’re as white as a sheet…
Wait a minute! Aren’t you feeling sick?
You dummy! Don’t pretend you’re not! You’re even having trouble standing!
Don’t apologise. You’ve come close to dying several times in the past day.
It’s only natural that you’d feel tired. I’m sorry, but it’s dangerous for us to rest here. Hold onto me, I’ll help you.
Huh? You’re being so obedient. I thought you’d be more reluctant.
Hmm? What is it?
I told you not to thank me. Come on, let’s go.
The next day. 10AM. Inside Florence. 28 hours have passed.
Hmm… Florence Station… It’s over there?
We’re going to walk for a little longer. Will you be okay? I want us to get on a train before the enemy finds us.
There are 20 hours left before the bomb will explode. We can’t afford to take our time.
There are a lot of people around here though… It’s only to be expected because Florence is a tourist destination, but still…
Hmm? What are you looking at?
The church? Oh, that. It’s the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella , right? It’s a geometrical and beautiful building, isn’t it?
Many important works of art are also kept there, like The Birth of Mary by Ghirlandaio  and Masaccio’s Holy Trinity .
Right… Florence also has the Uffizi Gallery . The Accademia Gallery  and National Central Library  too. When you look at it like this, Florence is a treasure trove of art. If we weren’t in this situation, I’d take my time looking…
Well, I suppose so. I like art and literature. You want to know what I like most?
I think it would have to be Goethe’s books.
Egmont , Hermann and Dorothea … I suppose the most well-known one would be “The Sorrows of Young Werther” …
What? You haven’t read it? It’s a masterpiece of German literature. You might be asked to write a report on it at school, you should at least know the plot.
What’s the matter? Why do you look so surprised?
Well… A lot of people say that it’s unusual… No one would imagine that someone who looks like me would be interested in art and literature. Even I think it doesn’t suit me. I said too much again, didn’t I?
Listen up. Forget what I just said.
Just forget it! Why do you need to remember it anyway? It won’t be any use to you.
Alright, alright. Fine then. If you want to hear about it, then I’ll tell you all about art and books.
Yes, I’m telling the truth.
Jeez, you really are a curious person. What do you want to talk about then? Classical literature? Or modern novels?
1PM. On the train to Pisa. 30 hours have passed.
Ah… We ended up taking the long way round. I didn’t know the trains between Florence and Rome had stopped too. But at least there’s a train going to Pisa. We can change at Pisa to go to Rome.
This is pretty boring… Why don’t we talk about something?
We’re going to talk about books! I’ve thought of some books you might like. I’ll tell you about them, if you like.
Okay… This one is a fairy-tale, by the way. A rat, dog and rabbit appear in the story. It’s pretty funny!
Lightning strikes the naughty rat, but the dog and rabbit who were holding hands with him got struck too.
Hmm? What is it?
Huh? Why are you laughing?
Did I look that happy?
I wasn’t really trying to cheer you up.
No… I was just thinking that you’ve become able to smile in front of me a lot. I’m not angry.
It’s not like that… To be honest, I’m confused. I’ll misunderstand again, so don’t show me that face too often.
Nothing, I was just talking to myself.
Anyway… It looks like we’re here. Come on, let’s go.
Wait. Don’t move. Look outside the window. That man standing on the platform is an enemy. He’d look like an ordinary businessman to most people, but that suit looks unnaturally bulky. It looks like that when someone is hiding a weapon underneath.
Sorry, Miss. You’re going to experience something a little scary, but please forgive me. We’re going to hide inside the toilet. I’m best at close-hand fighting. I’ll be at a disadvantage somewhere wide like a platform. Alright, let’s go.
 Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – A church opposite the main railway station in Florence, which was built between 1246-1360.
 The Birth of Mary – A painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, which shows the Virgin Mary as a baby and her mother, St Anne.
 The Holy Trinity – A painting depicting Christ, God and the Holy Spirit, by Masaccio, the first great Italian painter of the 15th century.
 Uffizi Gallery – One of the oldest museums in the world, it was established in 1581 and is home to well-known works of art such as The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli.
 Accademia Gallery – An art museum founded in 1784, which is home to Michaelango’s sculpture of David.
 National Central Library – A library founded in 1714, when the scholar Antonio Magliabechi donated his entire collection of books to the city of Florence.
 Egmont – A play which relates the Count of Egmont’s fight against the Duke of Alba.
 Hermann and Dorothea – A poem set at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars (1792), in which Hermann, the son of a rich innkeeper falls in love with Dorothea, a poor maid.
 The Sorrows of Young Werther – A novel written in the form of a collection of letters from Werther (a sensitive and passionate artist) to his friend Wilhelm.
Stay still. Don’t say anything.
He’s coming. We’ll make our move when he comes near. We’re going to jump out when I give the signal. I’ll strangle him with this wire. Got it?
Don’t worry about it. I’m not going to kill him. He’s just going to rest for a little while.
Thanks. Everything went well because you helped.
Alright… I guess I should take his weapon.
Hmm? A taser?
You don’t know what it is? When you press the switch, your opponent will be unable to move, as if they’ve been electrocuted. It’s useful for catching someone without killing them. It won’t work on me though!
He’s got backup! Let’s get out of here, Miss! We’re going to break the window and jump out.
I’m going to use this. This pendant of this necklace can be used as a punch for getting out. It won’t be a clean break, so take care not to get hit by any shards of glass. Let’s go!
3PM. On the railroad tracks. 32 hours have passed.
We should be okay now we’ve got this far.
Damn it… We’re pretty far from the station. There are enemies at the station. Getting on the train to Rome is impossible. But if we wait around too long, we’ll run out of time.
Should we steal another car? No… We got attacked while we were driving. It’s too dangerous, huh?
Ah… You’re right! That’s it!
If we can’t get on a passenger train, then we’ll take a freight train!
That was a great idea, Miss! I know where we’re going next then. We’ll keep following this railroad…
Hmm? What’s wrong with your leg, Miss?
It’s swollen! Did you sprain it when we jumped out the window?
You’re okay? Like hell you are! I can see that it’s gotten red. I’m sure you’re having trouble standing.
Are you an idiot? You can’t walk with your leg like this! It’s strange that you were able to even run this far.
No… I’m the one who’s an idiot. I should have noticed sooner.
I’m not trying to be kind. Why are you looking so happy, even though you’re hurt?
Don’t thank me. I don’t need that kind of thing.
Like I said… Quit trying to be friendly with me!
I’m tired of you counting on me!
I know the only reason you think I’m kind is because you don’t have anyone else to rely on. That’s called Stockholm syndrome. A state of mind where you try to befriend the person who holds your life in their hands, so that you can survive.
You’re trying to be friendly with me because of the frightening opponents and frightening situation! Because you don’t want to die! Isn’t that right?!
You went quiet all of a sudden… So I’m right, huh?
What’s the matter, Miss?
Stop! Don’t hit me again! Why’d you do that all of a sudden anyway?!
You’re right… You couldn’t suddenly hit someone who really scares you…
But if you aren’t forcing yourself to follow me… How can I make sense of you becoming attached to me?
Is it okay for me to believe that you really aren’t scared of me?
Hey, Miss… Look right at me. Look me in the eye. Will you really trust me? Are you serious about relying on someone who looks like me?
You’re the third person to look at me directly and say yes. Only my brother, Father and you have been able to do it.
I’m sorry for complaining. I wasted our time.
It’s fine now! Let’s go. We can’t keep standing here in the middle of the railroad either.
Hmm? What is it? There’s no way I’m going to let you walk. I’ve got to carry you like this, right? You’re going to trust me and rely on me, aren’t you? Let me carry you then.
Okay. Tell me right away if your leg hurts.
Hey, Miss. I shouldn’t be able to feel pain, but what you did earlier was strangely painful.
10PM. Beside the railroad. 39 hours have passed.
How’s your leg? Does it hurt?
All we could do was patch it up a little and rest for 12 hours. If you push yourself too hard, it’ll get worse again. Tell me right away if it starts to hurt.
Ah. There’s the freight train. Okay, this way.
We’re going to hide in the shadow of this container and wait for the railway staff to leave. Once we get inside the container safely, all we have to do is wait until we arrive in Rome. If we fail, then it’ll all be over.
Looks like they’re gone. Okay, let’s get inside the container now.
I see you’re a stubborn guy too. I understand. I’m not going to move. I’ll stay like this.
What? So you’re not going to kill me right away?
You think I’m going to give up information about Amphisbaena just because you threatened me with a gun?
Stop! Don’t touch her!
Damn it! I know how you guys do things. You’re going to kill us after I give you the information, aren’t you?
If she disappears, then the next Father won’t be chosen. If you use the information I’ve given up to destroy all our hideouts, then Amphisbaena will disappear. I’m one of the lowest people, so I might actually lose to your organisation.
You think I’m going to keep quiet just because you’re holding a gun to my head? I’m not going to do that. Unfortunately, I’m not afraid of dying.
Yeah, she’s more scared than I am. She’s a normal girl, you see. But something like that won’t be enough to break her. Isn’t that right, Miss?
Hey, Miss. You remember, don’t you? You know, that thing. The rat, dog and rabbit.
You really are smart, Miss. You’re not Father’s daughter for nothing.
Ah, you didn’t understand? I’ll give you a hint then. Metal conducts electricity. Did you know that?
That’s right. So electricity will travel through our handcuffs and your gun. Electricity can pass through human bodies too.
You don’t know what I’m talking about? Alright, Miss. I’ll leave the rest to you.
I’m sorry, Miss. Do it!
The answer is a taser!
You look as if you don’t know what happened. You didn’t notice her putting her hand in her pocket, did you?
1PM. Inside a train going to Pisa. Flashback to when 30 hours had passed.
Hmm? A taser?
You don’t know what it is? When you press the switch, your opponent will be unable to move, as if they’ve been electrocuted. It’s useful for catching someone without killing them. It won’t work on me though!
You take this, Miss. Use it to protect yourself in case something happens.
You pointed the gun at my head, didn’t you? That was your mistake. She used the taser that was in her pocket on herself. So that all of us would be shocked together.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel any pain. That’s why I can still move like this!
He’s out cold?
Are you okay? You did great, Miss.
You took notice of the fairy-tale. You really were bold. I didn’t know whether you’d pick up on my strategy. I’m glad that conversation was enough. I was pretty happy.
That must have hurt. I’m sorry! This wouldn’t have happened if I’d noticed what was behind me…
No… You’ll hit me again if I say that. Well… Thank you, Miss.
11PM. Inside the freight train container. 41 hours have passed.
A freight train is pretty shaky.
I think my body is going to hurt all over once we arrive in Rome.
But now we can finally relax. If things go according to plan, we’ll arrive in Rome early in the morning. Then we can finally release ourselves from this annoying bomb.
You must be tired after all those new experiences you’ve been having since yesterday, right? Lie down until we get to Rome. But… It must be difficult to lie on the floor of a container.
Hmm? What’s this bag? Earth for gardening?
Well, you could use this as a cushion…
Are you okay? No need to worry about me.
We should move away from this position… We can’t stay close together like this.
I don’t really mind… But you must hate it…
What? You don’t? We’ll stay like this the whole time then…
Your body feels warm and soft all over. It seems like the perfect thing to hold while you sleep.
Hey, Miss… You should put up a little resistance. I won’t be able to stop myself if you don’t…
Even though I did my best to hide things from you, it’s all going to be a waste. Even though I said to myself that I wouldn’t count on anyone, I feel strange when I look at you.
You wouldn’t understand when I’m saying this all of a sudden.
You’ve always been someone special to me. I’m a hyena. Even my allies in Amphisbaena avoided me. Even though people fear me, they’ve never liked me. There was never a time when other people thought I wasn’t strange.
That’s why building a wall around myself became a habit. If people hated me from the very beginning, then I wouldn’t get hurt.
If I pretended to be someone frightening, just like my looks suggest, then I could feel like “I deserved this”, no matter how someone looked at me. That’s how I’ve lived until now.
But selfishly enough, while I felt that way, I was also hoping for something. Just like you said, I’m only pretending to be a frightening person. I don’t like violence either. Although I said I wouldn’t mind dying, I’d always been wanting something. You’re the daughter of the person I owe my life to. Perhaps you’re different from everyone else. Maybe you’ll accept me without being afraid. That’s what I was expecting.
But at that time, when you woke up in that room, you were afraid when you looked at me. That was no surprise, considering that someone as strange as me appeared before you. You haven’t done anything wrong. It was stupid of me to expect something. So then I decided that I would keep pretending to be a frightening person.
Why are you apologising? I told you earlier, didn’t I? You haven’t done anything wrong. If you didn’t react when you saw my eye, that would have made me bothered.
Hey, we’ve looked at each other directly like this before. You didn’t look away, right? Are you really okay with this?
You really aren’t scared of me, are you? My arms and my body are stained forever… Can you still manage not to be afraid of me?
I see… Right.
It’s no good. I can’t hold back any longer.
Miss… I love you. It’s not just because you’re the daughter of the man I owe my life too. I love you as a person…as a woman… I truly love you.
I’m not used to saying things like this… But…
Don’t say it first! I was trying to do it… Jeez!
I love you.
Don’t look at me like that. A kiss won’t be enough for me if you do.
I’m not going to stop now. I held back until now, because I thought there was no way that you’d love me. But things are different now. I want you to know how much I love you.
I want to show you how much I care about you until you can’t bear it any longer.
Your voice is amazing… I felt this way before, but you really are sensitive. Or is that your ears are particularly sensitive? Then what about here?
So you’re sensitive everywhere?
But I’m glad no one else got to see you like this.
Is it okay someone like me to touch you? That’s what I would have said until now… But I’m not going to do that anymore.
You trust me. You weren’t afraid of me. You saw who I really am. I want to respond to those feelings you have.
Being straightforward, without hiding anything. I want to tell you my honest feelings. I want you completely. I want you to be all mine.
Holding onto me all of a sudden isn’t fair. If you do something cute like that, it’ll be even harder for me to stop.
It’s no good. I want to love you even more.
Your body really does feel warm. It tells me that you’re alive. When I’m holding you like this, I regret wanting to die.
I don’t want to die. I want to keep on living. So I’m still able to feel this way too.
I imagined that not wanting to die was something that weak people felt when they were just about to die. That’s not right. Because I want to keep living. Because I don’t want to be separated from the person I love. Those things are what make you feel that way. I want to keep living. I want to be with you. Even after I get back to Rome. From now on, forever.
I’m happy that you feel the same way. Let’s be together forever then. Let’s go together as far as we can. It’s a promise.
5AM. Inside the freight container. 47 hours have passed.
Hey, wake up.
Good morning. How are you feeling? Does it hurt anywhere?
I’m glad to hear that. You really did sleep well though. Was is really that good? My…
I’m only joking! Don’t get angry!
We’ll be in Rome in about thirty minutes. Amphisbaena’s base isn’t far from the station. We’ll defuse the bomb as soon as we get there. If we do, then we’ve won.
Alright, let’s just relax and enjoy the rest of the train journey. How about we talk about books again…?
What was that? An explosion?
Watch out, Miss!
Are you okay, Miss?
Look outside. The train has derailed. It’s fallen completely on its side.
Seriously? I’m surprised we survived.
Right! How much time have we got left?
What? We only have 10 minutes?
We were out cold for that long after the train derailed?
Damn it! Even though we were so close to Rome!
We’re supposed to just stay here and count down the time we’ve got left?!
It’s okay. I won’t let that happen. I’m not going to!
I finally feel that I want to keep living. I want to be happy with you!
There’s no way I’m dying here!
Don’t give up, Miss! Let’s fight against this!
As long as we have even a second left, we can’t give up. Right?
Alright! That’s why you’re my girl!
This is a gas cylinder? Liquid nitrogen?
I see! So that’s why this container was full of gardening things. It’s probably for making dried flowers.
You know about it, right? You freeze flowers with liquid nitrogen. If you do, they’ll look the same for many years. Time stops…
Isn’t this it? It might work!
We’re going to freeze the bomb! Let’s take this chance! It’s better than doing nothing!
Let’s go, Miss!
Hey. It’s almost been 48 hours since we met. If we survive and get through more than 48 hours… Will you be the first one to kiss me?
It’s a promise!
6AM. Time is up. 48 hours have passed. And…
Keep your promise.
That’s right. We were able to survive. This is the end of the 48 hours we spent on the run.
Several months later. Florence.
Okay! Let’s go to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella next. We only passed by it the other time we came here. We’ll take our time looking at the The Birth of Mary and Masaccio’s Holy Trinity.
You chose Father’s successor and ended the conclave. It’s strange for me to say this, but peace is something great.
Hmm? Alright, alright. Let’s hurry then. You really are an energetic person. What happened to how obedient you were with the handcuffs on?
Well, I guess I’m the same. I couldn’t have imagined smiling like this back then.
Right, this is what Goethe said: Great is the joy of existence, and greater yet we feel in the presence of the world.”
And he also said: Love is the truthful crown of existence. An endless good fortune.
It’s all thanks to you that I feel happy now. You’re the crown of my existence and endless good fortune.
Thank you for loving someone like me. Let’s stay together from now on. Let’s spend our time together. I love you.