Criminale! F 2

CV: Kondo Takashi

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Track 1

Southern Spain. A town somewhere in Andalucia.

This paella tastes pretty good.

It’s got plenty of ingredients and the stock is well made.

Just what I’d expect from a restaurant’s signature dish.

Right… Shall we get something to drink too?

Don’t worry about spending too much just because I’m paying.

Assassins make quite a lot of money.

It was a joke.

Hmm? I’m in a good mood?

I suppose so.

If that’s the case, then it might be because you’re with me.

Now that I think about it, it’s almost been a year since I met you.

I can’t believe that it’s only been a year.

I feel as if I’ve been with you for much longer than that.

But everything started from that incident.

Father passed away and you were targeted by his enemies.

We were handcuffed together and ran from place to place.

There were times when I thought we were done for, but your quick thinking saved us.

You named Father’s successor and Amphisbaena [1] returned to normal.

It really was tough.

But I might not have become the person I am now if those things hadn’t happened.

I’m travelling with a woman in southern Spain and eating paella under the shade of a parasol while gazing at the ocean.

It’s strange for me to say this myself, but I couldn’t have imagined doing this a year ago.

I’ve changed too, haven’t I?

Hey… Wait a minute!

Don’t look so confused. I wanted that prawn!

Jeez… You took it while I was talking.

I should be more careful around you.

You don’t have to apologise.

I’m not angry.

I said I’m not angry!

I really will get angry if you don’t give up.

You look confused.

At times like this, you react just how I expect you would.

Say you’re sorry then.

You can still taste the flavour of the prawn, can’t you?

Let me have some.

Why are you closing your mouth?

There’s no point in me doing this then.

I can just order another paella?

What an insincere reply.

It won’t be much of an apology if I buy it myself.

No. I won’t let you buy it.

I’ve got my pride as a man.

I want to kiss you too.

That was my plan from the start.

Is there something wrong with that?

Come on, open your mouth.

Give yourself to me.

It’s my phone.

I’m just going to answer it.

They called at the worst time.

It’s as if they’re watching me.


Yes, I understand.

Tell me the target, day and time.


I’ll make sure to be there on time.


Sorry. A job just came up.

I’ll be going back to Italy ahead of you, so have fun on your own.

I’ll pay for the meal.

Why are you sulking like that?

I don’t have a choice.

It’s an important mission and I’m the only one who can do it.

I thought someone smart like you would understand.

Well, this has been happening all the time recently…

The last date we had… The one before that too…

I cancelled both of them because of work.

The trip we came on to make up for that was also cut short because of my work.

But we can go on plenty of dates from now on, right?

We can just go on another trip too.

There’s no need to make a big deal of this trip.

What? It’s not as if I want to abandon you.

Why’d you even bring up dumping me for someone else if I keep leaving you?

Fine. We can break up if you want to.

I don’t particularly care. I can live without you.

I’ll go back to how I was before, killing people every single day.

Get down!

I’m fine.

They’re enemies, huh?

Which family is it?

No… This isn’t the time to be thinking about that.

I’ll deal with them, so you just hide underneath the table.

There are a lot of you here.

Wasn’t it difficult to get a table on the terrace of a popular restaurant during the day?

Right… This restaurant has a really delicious paella.

Take it to the afterlife with you.

I’ll do you a favour and chop up the bigger pieces.

Using this dagger, that is!

What’s the matter? You can’t do anything if you drop your gun?

Just one left…

It’s brave of you to attack me with a knife.

You can take your time regretting it in the afterlife.

While drinking sangria that’s been watered down with a bloody fruit soda!

Sorry I kept you waiting.

I’ve defeated them all.

Come on. Let’s go.

We should escape before backup arrives.

What? Behind me?

Damn it… One of them was hidden away…

You should at least escape on your own…

[1] The amphisbaena is a mythological ant-eating snake, which has heads at both ends of its body.

Track 2

12:00AM. An unknown room.

You’re awake. You were out for a while.

I’ve just woken up too.

Why’d they kidnap us and put us on this uncomfortable bed?

They did this too…

What are you talking about?

You can see what they are.

They’re handcuffs.

Your right hand and my left hand are firmly handcuffed with this cold metal.

For your information, I didn’t put them on this time.

It was those guys…


I can understand being scared, but don’t talk too loudly.

There’s a guard outside the door.

It’ll be dangerous if he finds out that we’re awake.

I don’t know what they want.

Well, there are only two types of people who’d target the mafia.

The police or a rival family.

There’s no way those guys are policemen.

Judging by the setup of this room, I think we’re at a hospital.

Outside of the window I can see something like a hospital wing.

There’s some scaffolding on that side.

I guess this is an old hospital that’s being torn down.

It’s got that atmosphere. Just like a horror movie.

Our enemy really does have interesting tastes.

Hmm? I don’t know exactly where we are.

My phone and weapons got taken away.

We can’t call for help either.

We’ll have to get out of here by ourselves and contact our allies.

From this window… It’s impossible. It’s too high up.

We’ll have to get out by defeating the guard.

We’ll hide in the blind spot and make a loud noise on purpose.

Then we’ll wait for the guard to come in and attack him when the timing is right.

Alright then…

My right wrist is swollen. I might have sprained it when we got attacked.

My left wrist is in handcuffs and my right one is out of action.

I might as well have had both my arms ripped off.

There’s a lot of trouble ahead.

1AM. In a room which seems to be part of a hospital.

Sorry about that.

Did I knock him out?

Yeah. The plan worked.

Now we’ve defeated the guard.

I’ll get back my weapons and then…

Someone’s coming!

What should we do?


Try not to breathe loudly or make too much noise.


What is it?

The kids we caught woke up.

It’s alright though. I put them to sleep again.

What is it? You still want something?

This door gets stuck easily. We’ll have to fix it later.

You don’t need to help.

It’s a bother, so we’ll probably just break it down.

That’s not what you meant?

What are you going to help with then?

I told you the kids are already asleep.

They’re sleeping like babies.

They’ll wake up again if you’re too loud.

Just leave everything to me.

Please go!

Has he gone?

He might come back if we take too long.

Let’s focus on getting out of here.

What is it?

My acting was good?


You see, I’m so talented that you even asked for my autograph.

Let’s go.

Track 3

This feels pretty strange for a hospital.

Look up there. That ceiling is beautifully painted.

There’s a stained glass window at the end of that corridor too.

Sometimes I end up at the hospital because of my work, but I’ve never seen a fancy one like this.

It’s like a church or temple.

No… My wrist just hurts a little.

It’s swollen so much that I might have broken it.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to fight off any enemies with my hand like this.

Complaining about it will just make you worried.

Let’s hurry.

We’ll use this staircase to go downstairs.

Our enemies are probably guarding the first floor, so we’ll just pick any floor and go out the window.

We can’t see where we’re walking when it’s this dark.

Hold onto that rail there.

Right… About the conversation we had earlier…

We’ll have to find out where we are after we get out of here.

It’s no good calling for help if we don’t know where we are.

Did the handrail break?

Are you okay? Did you get hurt?

I’m fine. I did hurt my back a little though.

This kind of thing happens in my normal fights.

What about you?

I see. Thank goodness.

Let’s get up for now.

That surprised me though.

You suddenly lost your balance, so I didn’t know what’d happened.

This place has gotten pretty run down.

We got hurt by something that’s supposed to keep people safe.

Why are you apologising?

I got caught up in the accident too, but you couldn’t help it because we’re handcuffed together.

I would’ve helped you whether we were handcuffed together or not.

I haven’t been able to embrace you recently either.

It was perfect timing.

Why are you embarrassed?

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt your warmth.

You’re slender and warm.

Were you always this warm?

You’re right. I was so busy.

Even though we’re lovers, we didn’t have many memories together before this trip.

We got kidnapped like this and ended up with handcuffs on.

It’s ironic that we would finally get close to each other like this.

Ah. Right… We were in the middle of an argument.

Well, now isn’t the time to be fighting.

We can call this a ceasefire, right?

I heard some footsteps.

Damn it! There’s someone downstairs.

They don’t know that we escaped, right?

Anyway, let’s hurry upstairs.

I can’t believe there’s someone here too…

Put my hands up?

Hide behind me as much as you can. Got it?

So you’re not going to kill us right away.

You’re planning on capturing us instead.

I’m grateful for that, but is it really okay?

It looks like I’m pretending to be tough. Well, of course.

By the way, do you know what the most difficult thing about being an assassin is?

Escaping from the scene after you’ve killed your target!

You have a gun, so you should’ve stood somewhere I couldn’t reach.

I’m not going to let you pick up the gun!

We’ve dealt with him, but the guys from below are coming up.

Of course they heard everything.

A knife?!

Damn it…

I can’t fight as well as I’d like…

I can’t believe I’m having trouble fighting against someone armed with a knife…

Is this the end?

Can’t we come up with a plan?

The gun from before…

I’ll get stabbed if I try to pick it up.

I’ll do it if there’s even a moment’s chance.

Hey… No way…

Don’t get any stupid ideas!


I’m fine.

I just felt the recoil on my injured hand.

Never mind that! You…

We got the gun, but running towards the enemy is too careless!

Did you get hurt anywhere?

Come on! Let me take a closer look.

It’s difficult to see because it’s dark.

Your arm is bleeding a little.

It won’t be fatal.

Thank goodness. I mean it.

But it might get infected if we don’t treat it quickly.

Their allies will turn up soon enough if we don’t leave.

There’s no such thing as worrying too much.

You don’t feel the pain because of adrenalin.

Knife wounds start to hurt later on.

Let’s go inside a room and hide.

Track 4

2AM. Examination Room.

Come on. I’ll put a bandage on, so show me your arm.

Hold the gauze by yourself.

It’s a good thing we found some first aid supplies.

This really must be an abandoned hospital.

There you go.

How does it feel? Is it too tight?

I see. So you’re fine then.

Don’t worry about my hand.

It’s sprained this much, so it doesn’t really matter what I do.

I appreciate you saying that you’ll treat it though.

Anyway, there’s something I have to check.

It’s a combat vest.

The guy earlier was wearing it and I took it from him.

I thought there might be something useful.

A few knives. Some bullets. A lighter.

It’ll be useful to have something that can light a fire, so I’ll take this.

Hmm? This is…

There’s a crest carved onto the knife.

This design is… I see.

It’s them.

There’s actually been a rumour going round for a while.

A certain organisation has been acting strangely recently.

They’re claiming to be the real Amphisbaena and that the recent conclave was fake.

No one paid any attention at first though.

What do they want?

That’s obvious. The mafia’s principles are simple.

It’s whether something will be valuable or not.

Don’t they plan on kidnapping you and announcing a new Father?

Then their claims would make sense.

Although we knew those suspicious guys were on the move, we took a holiday abroad without anyone to guard us.

Well, I thought we’d be fine as long as I was here…

But that put you into a situation like this one.

Of course I’d be feeling down.

Things turned out this way even though I believed in my strength.

It’s not as if I’ve given up though.

I’ll definitely protect you.

I won’t let anyone hurt you again.

I promised Father, who is no longer with us, that I’d protect you.

I wish I could tell you that you didn’t have to try your best…

But you really did help me out a lot during those 48 hours.

You can get started right away. Take this.

It’s the enemy’s phone. They were careless and didn’t lock it.

We’ll use it to find out where we are right now.

You look so happy. Even though all I asked you to do was a little job.

You’re happy that you can help me?

You really are… No, it’s nothing!

So did you find anything?

It’s 2AM? So it’s been a whole day since we were attacked.

In that case, I’m wondering how things are at Amphisbaena.

Whether they know about what’s happening to us…

Do you know where we are? Open up the map.

Hospital de Sant Pau [1] in Barcelona…

I’ve heard the name before.

I’m sure it’s a hospital that’s registered as a world heritage site.

It was being used until quite recently, but then it closed because the building had fallen into disrepair.

I see. So that’s why it doesn’t seem like a hospital.

After getting out of this hospital, we have to escape from our enemies and get back to Italy.

How can we escape?

Hmm? Have you got any ideas?

Street view? Won’t it be more difficult to see the way?

It’s no good doing that…

This is… You can see a letter H there, right?

Zoom in on that part.

There’s a heliport. The hospital has a heliport for emergency transport.

If we get on a helicopter, we’ll be able to reach Italy in one go.

There we go. That thing we can see from the window.

I’m sure it’s a helicopter.

Maybe they used it to bring us here.

Now that’s decided, let’s go!

We should contact our allies first.

Looks like we don’t have time for that.

They’ll catch up with us at this rate!

This way!

Someone was waiting for us?!

We’ll just have to force our way past them.

It doesn’t matter if they’ve got guns! We’ve got something too.

Even if I’m not using my dominant hand, I’m confident that I can throw knives accurately!


There’s more of them?!

Let’s get behind that pillar for now!

We’ve got this far… But they’re not going to make it easy for us to leave.

I’m not sure if we can even reach the first floor…

What would you do?

Attempting to push past them would be reckless right now.

I don’t want to make such a dangerous bet when I just said that I’d protect you.

But I can’t think of any other options.

What do you want to do? Tell me what you think.

Jump down? From where?

I know there’s a stained glass window behind us…

But you’re expecting us to break it and skydive down?

I guess we can jump down from this height.

If we’ve got the confidence to land properly…

I didn’t think that would happen.

We don’t have a wire like we did one year ago.

Can you handle that?

That’s decided then! Let’s go!

3AM. Barcelona. The heliport at Hospital de Sant Pau. Thirty-nine hours have passed.

Don’t look back! Keep running!

There it is! A helicopter!

The door isn’t locked. Good thing they’re not that smart!

Come on, get in! Hurry up!

[1] Hospital de Sant Pau was built between 1901-1930 and was used as a hospital until 2009. It is now a World Heritage Site together with Palau de la Música Catalana.

Track 5

It’s been a while since I’ve piloted a helicopter.

Father made me ride one a long time ago.

I wondered if there was any point in an assassin learning how to pilot something as conspicuous as a helicopter. I can’t believe I’m finding a use for it now.

That’s fine. I put it on autopilot, so I can relax for a while.

Hmm? What’s the matter?

You’re looking outside the window so intently.

The night scenery?

You’re right. The city lights of Barcelona.

Golden lights are shining all the way up to the bay.

I don’t normally pay much attention to the scenery, but this is pretty nice.

You seem like an ordinary girl when you’re so innocently happy.

You made a good choice at the hospital.

Your quick wit always saves us.

Even though you laugh and cry like other girls your age, at times like this you’re strangely decisive.

When things get difficult, you react confidently.

That’s what makes you the woman I love.

I should apologise.

What for?

Well… We were fighting, weren’t we?

I thought I said something silly. I don’t know why I got so angry.

Even now it’s a mystery to me.

We’ll break up if you want. I can live without you.

Those things aren’t true.

Of course you’re a reliable partner too.

I can’t deny that when you’ve saved me so many times.

But more importantly than that, you’re my lover.

It’s only been a year since we met, but I already think of you as a part of myself.

No matter how much longer I live, I won’t meet another girl like you.

You’re an irreplaceable person.

Even though I knew that, I said terrible things to you.

So… I’m sorry.

You don’t have to apologise.

I was the one who was always cancelling our dates.

I don’t think it was selfish of you to be angry.

Anyone would get angry if they were left alone.

But if you’re concerned about it, then let’s say we’re even.

Right… We should contact our allies.

I’m okay. I just forgot that I’d hurt my wrist.

I wish I hadn’t remembered.

But it’s no good trying to forget once you realise it.

Are you looking for a first aid kit?

You won’t find anything useful.

So you really want to do something.

Right… Come here then.

Just come here.

Closer. Bring your body closer.

That’s right. Now close your eyes.

You opened your eyes wide even though I told you to close them.

If you look at me like that, I’ll be too concerned to kiss you.

You won’t be able to fix my hand right away, but if I concentrate on something else like this, it’ll distract me from the pain.

You said you wanted to do something for me, didn’t you?

Then do this with me.

Do you think a small kiss like that is going to comfort me when I’m hurt?

Make it a deeper and stronger kiss.

Use your lips to take away my pain.

So you can do it when you try.

One year ago, you kissed me in a clumsy way.

I wonder how you got so good at it.

Wait a minute! Who said you could go back to your seat?

I asked you to kiss me, but I didn’t say a kiss alone would be enough.

And I feel like the pain in my wrist got even worse when you moved away…

Now I’ll just have to keep touching you until we get to Italy.

Hmm? You weren’t coming, so I came to you instead.

It’s on autopilot, so it’s fine if I move away a little.

Even if you move to the edge of the seat like that, I’ll just chase you even further.

It’s fine if you’re doing it intentionally though…

Got you! Let’s continue that kiss, shall we?

You’re crying out like that even though you ran away.

That’s fine though. When I hear your voice, I can forget about the pain and the noise from the helicopter.

Contacting our allies? Ah, you’re right.

But if we call them now, they’ll hear your embarrassing voice.

Or are you into that kind of thing?

It’s no good getting angry. It just makes things even more interesting.

Alright, just calm down now. I’ll contact our allies later.

Let me touch you for a little longer.

What was that?

Did something hit the fuselage?

Anyway, I need to fix this and turn around.

The mechanism…

The controls aren’t going to work in this condition.

What on earth happened?!

How come they’ve got that kind of weapon?

This isn’t good! The tail rotor has failed!

We’re going to fall at this rate.

Damn it! I can’t let this happen now!

Track 6

4AM. A mountain range near Mataró. [1] Inside the crashed helicopter. Forty hours have passed.

I’m alive… Right…

I’m sure that the helicopter got shot down…

It’s just not my lucky day.

No… I’m alive, so I guess I’m lucky.

I can’t believe they had something so powerful.

Right… Hey, wake up!

Thank goodness. You’re awake.

There’s dirt on your face.

I guess it got onto your face during the crash.

I can only wipe it away with my sleeve, but is that okay?

Close your eyes for a minute then.

Ah… We managed to survive somehow.

I guess the trees acted like a cushion or we managed to fall slowly.

There you go. It’s done.

We’re still alive.

I don’t believe in God, but I suppose he’d be the one to thank for our good luck.

Okay… We should contact our allies first.

Alright! Looks like the radio still works.

Ah… Headquarters. This is Lucia. Please answer me. Over.

Headquarters. This is Lucia. Thank you. Over.

It looks like we’re connected.

I’ll talk to them while you keep watch.

We’re in the mountains so there might be animals around here.

Headquarters. This is Lucia. Requesting assistance. Over.

So there’s something happening over there?

I didn’t abandon my mission to have fun.

I couldn’t have contacted you, even if I wanted to.

That other organisation attacked Father’s daughter and had us knocked out for a whole day.

I’ll explain everything later. Just send us some help!

Let us know the pickup point and time. Over.

The airport? You mean El Prat Airport?! [2]

At 10PM tonight?!

You won’t be able to pick us up if we don’t make it?

We’re in the middle of the mountains with no idea where we are!

Of course it’s impossible!

The radio got cut off by static.

Is the enemy jamming the radio waves?

So they’re nearby?

We don’t have time to stand around.

The door is all bent from the crash.

We’ll have to break through it.

It’s really strong.

The two of us have survived together.

I’m not going to let us get caught!

Okay, let’s go!

5AM. A mountain range near Mataró. Forty-one hours have passed.

I’m glad we took the lighter.

We might have gotten into trouble while travelling on the mountain paths in the dark.

Well, I was scared when the enemy found us though.

It should be morning soon, but it’s not getting lighter.

The air feels damp too.

Is it going to start raining?

Stop! It’s our enemies.

Let’s hide in the shadows of the trees and wait for them to pass by.

Have they gone?

This is really bad for my heart.

Come to think of it, this has happened before.

When I was running around the mountains of Enna with you one year ago.

I can’t believe the same thing happened twice.

We’re even wearing handcuffs again too.

It’s a piece of cake because the path is downhill.

You’re joking around during a life-threatening situation…

You’re always so tough. I’ve fallen for you all over again.

It’s going to rain soon.

[1] Mataró is the capital of and the largest town in Maresme county. It is located 30 kilometres north-east of Barcelona.
[2] El Prat Airport is an international airport located 15 kilometres south-west of the centre of Barcelona.

Track 7

6AM. A mountain range near Mataró. Inside an old mountain cabin. Forty-two hours have passed.

This way!

It seems like there’s no one here…

I’m glad we found this cabin before it started raining hard.

The table and the lamp are all dusty, so I suppose it’s not being used anymore.

There are lots of different tools here.

A knife and some rope… This one is a slingshot?

A shotgun too… So this place was used by hunters?

Ah… There’s no need for you to touch it.

It’d be terrible if it went off.

Don’t just stand there. Sit down.

Luckily there’s a sofa there.

It’s dusty, but it should be fine if you take off the cover.

I can finally rest.

Too many things happened in just half a day.

Well, at least we’ll have plenty of stories to tell when we get back to Rome.

Why’d you suddenly lean on me?

Are you feeling sleepy?

It’s okay. You must be tired. Get some rest.

We don’t have much time, but going down the mountain would be impossible right now.

Hmm? I’m going to stay awake and make sure our enemies don’t turn up.

We’re handcuffed together so I’ll be lying beside you, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

Why would you be shy now? Just go to sleep.

I’m not going to force you. You can stay awake if you want to.

Talk about something? You’re asking me to do that?

Saying something interesting is the most difficult mission in the world.

Right… I’ll talk to you about mathematics then.

I’m interested in Goldbach’s Conjecture [1] right now.

It’s been hundreds of years since it was created, but it still hasn’t been solved yet.

In other words, it’s an unsolved problem.

To put it simply, all integers greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes.

A similar conjecture, called “Goldbach’s weak conjecture” [2] also exists…

So when 2n = p1 + p2 and “n” is the greater number…

I’m not chanting a spell. It’s an equation.

Anyway… 2(n+1) is…

Why don’t you go to sleep if you’re feeling tired?

You look as if you’re struggling to keep your eyes open.

Why don’t we talk about something else if you’re bored?

Of course it will be about mathematics.

The existence of a solution to the Navier-Stokes Equations [3] and their perfection…

See, you’ve fallen asleep now.

Ah, you’re awake.

Sleepily looking up with a worried expression… You’re just like a toy.

Why don’t you stop pushing yourself too hard and rest instead?

You’re still going to be stubborn?

Why are you that concerned about staying up?

Because I’m talking about my hobbies…

I was trying to help you sleep, but it had the opposite effect.

I don’t talk about myself that much now.

There’s nothing really to talk about.

If I had to talk about something, it would be my hobby mathematics and going to work.

But you’d find that kind of conversation boring, right?

It’s not the kind of thing you would talk to a woman about, especially if she was your girlfriend.

Even I know that much.

I can’t talk about work either, not even by accident.

I’ve changed? Me?

That can’t be.

It’s only been a year since we met.

Right… I fell in love with you during those 48 hours.

If you think about it like that, it might be enough time.

You’re right. If you say I’ve changed, then I probably have.

Now that you mention it, I certainly have…

I spend more time thinking about you than when we first met.

Come here.

Hey. Have you worn that dress before?

I thought you hadn’t.

Did you buy it for this trip to Spain?

It’s ruined now though.

When it’s gotten so torn and dirty like this, I suppose you’ll have to buy a new one.

I’m sorry. You were looking forward to this trip so much that you bought new clothes.

But I ignored your feelings.

At some point, I began to take your presence for granted.

I could even say thoughtless things like “I can live without you”.

We could go on a date anytime.

If something came up at work, I thought you’d understand if I told you about it.

I was behaving like a spoiled child.

But… The mistake of taking you for granted had its advantages.

We don’t know what might happen tomorrow.

We could suddenly be separated.

I forgot about something so obvious, even though I’m a member of the mafia.

Now I’ve remembered something though.

Just how important you are…

You’ve been chased by enemies and gotten into dangerous situations. I think it’s pathetic of me not to remember unless I’m thrown into situations like those.

I won’t forget again though.

I won’t lose sight of someone important to me who is irreplaceable.

I’ll promise you again. I’ll definitely protect you.

No matter what happens, we’ll both return home alive.

It’s alright. I’m sure things will work out.

Who do you think I am?

I’m an assassin who was given the best training by Father.

A scherano. [4]

I’ll cut down any enemies who try to attack.

I’ve got a partner I can rely on too.

We’ll be able to escape.

Come on, go to sleep.

You’re not feeling tired?

But there’s nothing to do, even if you stay awake.

Or should I continue to kiss you?

If you just stay quiet and blush, then it doesn’t feel like a joke anymore.

Your eyes aren’t looking that way because you’re tired, right?

Where should I kiss you next?

Ah… I guess there’s no need to ask you.

I’m probably going to kiss you all over anyway.

You’re telling me to wait now?

What for? Do you want to continue our conversation about mathematics?

I’ll let you choose what you want.

Talking about Frank Morley’s theorem [5] or being kissed everywhere.

Which one would you like?

Pick one before I finish counting down from five.

Five, four, three…

Right! I’ll do something more intense if you don’t answer me.

Two, one, zero… You’re out of time.

Why don’t we do something more intense than a kiss, just like I promised?

It’s your fault. I gave you a chance.

You were the one who let it go.

It’s no good saying you’re tired now.

You said you weren’t earlier.

Okay… I’ll kiss you here next.

Your voice is gradually sounding better.

Stop being stubborn for no reason.

You want to do this too, don’t you?

I want to do it. I want to feel you.

I don’t know why, but I really want you right now.

It’s probably because I’ve noticed something.

Rather than noticed… I’d say I remembered it.

Just how much I admired you.

How much I loved you.

I won’t hide it at times like this.

You know that, don’t you?

So you shouldn’t hide anything from me either.

Show yourself to me completely.

I want you to tell me how much you love me.

Got it?

[1] Goldbach’s Conjecture is one of the oldest and most well-known problems in number theory and all of mathematics. It states that every even whole number greater than two is the sum of two prime numbers.
[2] Goldbach’s weak conjecture states that every odd number greater than five can be expressed as the sum of three primes.
[3] In physics, Navier-Stokes Equations are certain partial differential equations which describe the motion of viscous fluid substances. The equations were developed over several decades from 1822 until 1850.
[4] Scherano is an Italian word meaning “assassin”.
[5] Frank Morley’s theorem is known as “Morley’s trisector theorem” and states that in any triangle, the three points of intersection of the adjacent angle trisectors form an equilateral triangle called the Morley triangle.

Track 8

10:32AM. A beach near Mataró. Forty-six hours have passed.

We were able to get down from the mountain without our enemies noticing.

But we can’t relax just yet.

If we want our allies to pick us up, then we have to be at the airport at the right time…

The sea? It must be the Balearic Sea. [1]

I’d like to find out where we are, but the phone we borrowed had GPS.

I threw it away a while ago to make sure we weren’t being followed.

Hmm? Ah… So there’s a sign.

I didn’t see it because it was hidden by the trees.

It’s meaningless if no one can see it.

Umm… 21 kilometres to Mataró. 52 kilometres to Barcelona.

El Prat Airport is south-west of Barcelona, so it’ll take about 1 hour by car.

It’s almost 11AM. If we find a car somewhere and travel along the highway, we can get to our destination by 12PM, but things won’t work out that easily.

I’m sure our enemies will get in the way.

They must be waiting in the city, so taking public transport like the train or bus is dangerous.

If something happens, we’ll be in trouble if we don’t drive by ourselves.

Hmm? That’s a jet ski…

There are lots of them being ridden in the sea, right?

I envy how much fun they’re having…

Perfect. Let’s borrow one of them.

11AM. Out on the Balearic Sea. Forty-seven hours have passed. One hour before the meeting time.

This is my first time on a jet ski, but riding along while feeling the sea breeze like this is pretty refreshing!

When you ride one yourself, you can understand how the people having fun felt!

Hmm? Why do you look so unhappy?

You’re cute, so frowning like that will spoil your pretty face.

Are you angry about me stealing the jet ski?

I didn’t have a choice. There was no other way.

I just borrowed a jet ski that was left on the beach.

It’s not like I hurt someone in order to get it.

Just pretend it isn’t happening!

I’ll find the owner and pay them back.

Never mind about that. Make sure you hold onto the handles tightly so you don’t fall off.

Is this really the time to be embarrassed about what position you’re in?

You’re less likely to fall off if I’m behind you.

Of course I’m not confident about swimming with handcuffs on.

And if someone shoots at us, I’ll be your shield.

If you understand, then do as I say.

Alright. Good girl.

Hey. Look at that!

The rays of sun shining on the blue sea look beautiful.

The night time scenery we saw from the helicopter was beautiful, but this is nice too.

Ah… A dolphin! See, over there!

It makes such a beautiful arch when it jumps.

It looks like that painting someone did… Chris…

Who was it again?

I guess that red-haired twin knows more about art than I do.

I’ll ask him when we get back to Amphisbaena.

But I’m surprised we got to see a dolphin show out in the wild.

I feel kind of like I’m watching a show.

I’d take the long way if we had more time.

You think so too?

You’ve worked hard so far.

Why don’t we go home while enjoying our journey on a jet ski?

I wish I could say that, but there are some annoying flies buzzing around.

They’ve started shooting!

Hold on even tighter than you already are.

I’m going to go faster so they don’t catch up!

80. 90. 100.

117 kilometres. That’s as fast as we can go?

We’ll end up being lifted off the seat.

The enemy is speeding up too.

How many are there? Four, five…

I don’t have time to count them!

I’m going to change direction and go right.

We’ll go left next!

My hand… I thought most of the pain had gone…

I can’t control the jet ski properly because I sprained my hand.

My hands are literally tied today!

It’s alright. You don’t need to worry.

This is nothing compared to the pain of losing you.

I’ve made up my mind to protect you.

I’ll follow through on that promise, no matter what happens.

I can see the pier in front of us.

I can probably go underneath it. We’ll just about make it though.

Here goes! Put your head down!

We did it! We’ve lost the enemy!

Where did that come from?!

Were they lying in wait for us?

Are you hurt?

Thank goodness.

The mirror broke?

It’s going to be difficult to see…

What is it? What’s wrong?

Is that the compact mirror I bought you around the time of the conclave?

I said you should get something prettier, but you really wanted that one.

Because it had the symbol of Saint Lucia on it.

A mirror that links you and me.

You still have it with you…

I see. So I should use it as a rear mirror?

Your quick thinking always surprises me.

You’re better at staying calm than a useless spy.

I won’t let that mirror get broken. I’ll dodge all the bullets.

11:50AM. Out on the Balearic Sea. Ten minutes until the agreed time.

I can see it! There’s the airport!

But I wonder where they’re going to land.

There’s a tall fence before the street.

If only I could go the long way round…

Our enemies are behind us and we don’t have enough time.

In that case, the only choice left is…

What is it?

I was thinking the same thing.

That’s right. The same thing we did at the hospital.

We can’t be sure that it’ll go according to plan.

If we fail, then it’s over.

Will you still trust me with your life?

I thought you’d say that!

Here goes! We’re going to break through the fence!

[1] The Balearic Sea is a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea near the Balearic Islands.

Track 9

11:55AM. Above the Balearic Sea. Inside a small jet plane. Forty-eight hours have passed.

We had a pretty rough time, but now we can finally get back to Italy.

Our allies have the Italian airport under their control.

At this altitude, we won’t have to worry about getting shot at, like when we were in the helicopter.

Hey. What have you been doing all this time?

You’re having trouble taking off your seatbelt?

I’m not making a fool of you. I was thinking that you’re clumsy and cute.

Give it to me. I’ll do it for you.

Ah… You couldn’t take it off because it wasn’t on properly.

Umm… At times like this, you should start with the buckle…

Don’t move. Your face is red. Are you okay?

Have you got a fever?

Well… You were walking around the mountains without a lot of clothes on.

You rode a jet ski too. It makes sense that you caught a cold.

It’s not like that? What is it then?

Your ears feel ticklish.

You’re smart, but sometimes you’re pretty silly.

What’s the point in revealing your weakness?

Isn’t a loud scream like that an overreaction?

I’ll give you a little extra.

That was so funny!

The pilot might get angry if we make too much noise, so I’ll stop here.

There you go. Your seatbelt is off.

Hey. Let’s go somewhere on a date when we’re back in Italy.

Our enemies are looking for you, so you won’t be able to go out for a while, but we’ll organise another holiday when everything calms down.

Where would you like to go?

Do you want to go back to Spain? Or somewhere else?

I think I’d like to go to Japan.

You know that I like sushi, right?

I’ve been there several times, but I’d like to go with you next time.

It’s easy to find conveyor-belt sushi in Italy now, but I’ve heard that conveyor-belt sushi in Japan is amazingly hi-tech.

When you put your empty plate into the slot, it starts a roulette where you can win a prize.

It’s amazing, right?

I guess they’re trying to turn sushi restaurants into casinos.

Just what you’d expect from the place Marco Polo called the “Land of Gold”. [1]

So where do you want to go?

You’ll go anywhere with me?

I’m no match for you when you say it with such a pure smile.

Alright. Then the next place we’ll go is…

What was that?

Hey, Mister! What happened?

The enemy is close by?

No way… Weren’t we supposed to be safe?

Even if they did chase us from behind, shouldn’t you have noticed sooner?

I’m sorry. You’re right.

It’s no good if we panic now.

They thought this far ahead?

They want to capture you, no matter what.

You can’t be serious! Are they crashing into us deliberately?!

Should we use the parachute to escape?

No… We’re in the middle of the ocean. It’s too dangerous.

We’re still some distance away from Italy.

We’ll just have to fight!

I’m sorry, but you’re going to end up in danger again.

Are you ready?

That’s just what I expected!

Mister! Have you got any weapons? Anything will do!

An assault rifle?!

You’re telling me to hit someone flying in a plane with that?!

No… I suppose I don’t have a choice.

Fine. That’s good enough. Where is it?

Under the seat? Is this it?

Guns aren’t my speciality, but I don’t have a choice.

I’m going to the other side. Come with me.

Mister! Lower the altitude and open that hatch!

We don’t want to get blown away by the pressure.

Come on, hold on tight.

The clouds are really thick up here.

Sit down and hold onto me from the front.

I’ll be in a more stable position that way.

They’re in a pretty convenient position.

Even I should be able to do this…

Did I hit them?

No… Was it bulletproof glass?

I’m not really surprised by now though.

Have they got a machine gun?

They’ve got everything!

If I don’t sort this out quickly, we really will fall.

Mister! Don’t you have any other weapons?

What? Why don’t you have anything?

It should have been safe…

I see… That was the plan…

There’s nothing more we can do?

Damn it!

What’s that silver ball?

And this is a slingshot…

What are you doing with something like that?

Right… At that time…

9AM. A mountain range near Mataró. Inside an old cabin.

It’s stopped raining.

So did you manage to get some rest?

Let’s go then.

I want to get down the mountain before our enemies find out where we are.

Right… We should take some kind of weapon with us.

There should be lots of hunting weapons here.

Umm… Something we can use…

Of course something big like a hunting gun will slow us down.

So I suppose we should bring a knife… Or maybe…

What’s the matter?

On top of the table?

Ah, it’s a slingshot.

This is completely different to a child’s toy.

It’s made for hunting.

If you hit your prey with a slingshot, it won’t get bullet holes in it, right?

You can sell them at a higher price that way.

It’s small and easy to carry, but it’s not as powerful as a gun.

It’s not as adaptable as a knife either.

A strange choice for fighting against human opponents.

Hmm? You can take it with you if you want to.

Why though?

I suppose it’s better than nothing.

Even something like that can be a protective charm.

As you say, if there’s a chance for us to get home together, then we should try anything we can.

Alright. Take it with you then.

You took the slingshot from the cabin with you, didn’t you?

But how is that ball going to work when a gun was no use?

No… Wait a minute…

Bulletproof glass… A metal ball…


Have you seen the commercial where they hit security glass with a hammer?

Although the glass didn’t break, it turned white from all the cracks.

Bulletproof glass is the same.

Something light like a gun is no good, but if you hit it with something a little heavier, like a slingshot, then your enemy won’t be able to see at all!

I’ll use this. It should be heavy enough.

Hmm? It’s the rifle’s magazine.

Hurry up! Give me the slingshot.

Pulling the slingshot when I’ve sprained my right hand is no easy task…

You’re going to help me pull it?

Thank you.

Let go when I give the signal. Got it?

Not yet. Not yet. Pull it further. Now!

[1] Japan was known as “Cipangu” in accounts written by Marco Polo. According to his accounts, Japan was thought to be rich in gold and silver. This was true during Medieval times due to the volcanism of the islands and the possibility of accessing precious ores without deep mining.

Track 10

Three months later. At a clothing store in Rome.

Are you done?

That’s great. It looks cute.

It fits perfectly too. Why don’t you get it?

Okay. Get changed back into your clothes.

I’ll pay while you’re doing that.

Excuse me. I’ll pay by card.

What is it? You’re going to wear it now?

Alright then…

But make sure you put on a cardigan when we’re outside.

I don’t like the thought of people staring at you.

On our way here, lots of young guys turned around and looked at you.

I reached for the dagger in my pocket without thinking.

I’m joking. I wouldn’t use my beloved daggers on worthless men like that.

I’d use something more disposable like throwing knives.

Get your things quickly and come out here.

We’re going to be late for the movie.

Come on, the shop assistant is back.

Thank you.

Let’s go.

How unfortunate.

If only they had the same dress as the one that got ruined.

They don’t make it anymore though.

I think that one looks good too, but are you really happy with it?

I see. It’s fine as long as you like it.

I’ll have to do a good job protecting you so it doesn’t get ruined.

I wonder what those guys were trying to do.

Come to think of it, they haven’t done anything since then.

Well, we came back alive, so I suppose it doesn’t matter.

We’ll let the smart guys in Amphisbaena figure it out.

Come on, let’s continue our date.

It’s a phone call from work?

I’ll pretend I didn’t notice it.

They called my normal number, so it can’t be an emergency.

I’m on a date with you today.

I told them not to call me unless it’s important.

But they’re still calling me. I don’t care.

What? You got angry about my work last time.

So you don’t mind me leaving you in the middle of this crowd?

Then that’s decided.

Just ignore it.

You’re making that face again.

Are you going to be selfish or shy?

I turned down a job. So you’d better make up for it.

You space out just because I kiss you.

I’m not going to let you go yet though.

No… I’ll never let you go.

There’s no such thing as forever, but I’ll keep on walking with you as long as I live.

What’s your answer?

That’s good.

I love you.

My only partner in this world.