Teramoto knows that she
has nothing to gain from accepting my challenge, she knows that it
would be just a pointless risk for her. That is why she doesn't want
to do it, that is why she is trying to find excuses. She is
sufficiently smart and she can keep her cool, she wouldn't let
herself be blinded by anger and fall for an obvious trap. In other
words no matter how much one teases her, she is the kind of person
that would keep her emotions under control and always take the most
That is precisely why I
needed a public.
Normally she would just
ignore my bait, but given the current situation she can't afford to
do that, and at this point she must have already realized it. She is
looking at the many students that are surrounding her, and she
doesn't need spoken words to understand what they are expecting her
to do. She must accept, there is no other option. She has been
shamed; if she were to simply walk away now, she would inevitably
lose power and prestige.
When I will be done with
her, she will look back at this moment, and she will think that a
damaged reputation is still better than one that is completely
destroyed. But right now she doesn't think there is a serious risk of
that happening. She knows that there is much more to lose than to win
from my challenge, but as long as she believes her chances of victory
are high, that isn't really a big concern to her. Conversely if she
refuses, it is certain that she will lose something.
The occultism club
members that are with Teramoto don't have any doubts, their leader
must fight. They follow her and they are loyal to her because they
have faith in her ability to win any kind of argument. She can stand
her ground against teachers, not even the principal can intimidate
her. They certainly respect her and admire her for that. So it is
absolutely unthinkable that she would be scared now. Teramoto can't
possibly betray their expectations.
As soon as she realizes
that she has no choice, all traces of indecisiveness disappear from
her eyes. She knows she must accept, and her pride doesn't allow her
to think that she can lose. Her mind is set: she will fight me, and
she will crush me. She will make me pay for all my insults, she will
make me regret challenging her. This is what she is thinking, the
But it is quite amusing
to see her so confident! I really couldn't ask for anything better.
This is how I want her! Play your role to the fullest, Teramoto!
Teramoto: "So you
want proofs, how typical! But are you really sure about that? Can you
really bear the shock of witnessing something that will completely
change the way you look at the world?"
Erika: "I told you
already, I can bear the weight of any truths!"
Teramoto: "I wonder
about that! I think you're simply confident that I won't be able to
prove anything. When the time will come don't cry on me, don't say I
didn't warn you! You'd better prepare yourself."
amusing, but this is just pointless talking! If you decided to accept
my challenge just say so!"
Teramoto: "Not even
a second thought! I admire your determination, albeit this is
probably just the result of your recklessness. As you wish then, I've
decided to grant you this honor, I'll open your eyes to the truth of
Erika: "Pfff ha ha
ha ha ha!!! This is great! You think you can tell me what the truth
is! Aaaah! This is truly awesome! Fantastic! Totally perfect! The
only detail left to discuss now is... when!"
Teramoto: "I need
time to prepare for the ritual, and I need time to find volunteers.
Considering what happened there, I expect that very few will agree to
Erika: "Of course
I'm not asking you to do it today, but I don't have time to waste, my
investigations must go on. I'll give you until tomorrow, how about
really pressuring me, aren't you? Well, I think it'll be all right.
As you desire, Furudo-san, tomorrow I will perform my last ritual in
the abandoned PE shed of this school! Assuming that I'll be granted
permission, of course."
Erika: "Don't you
worry about that. Pretend that you already have it, tomorrow it'll be
made official anyway."
don't know that for sure..."
question my predictive abilities, Satsukawa-san! Oh and... people!
Don't tell anything to the teachers, okay? You don't want them to
mess with Teramoto's gathering, right?"
Teramoto: "I take it
I'll be seeing you tomorrow morning, I'll let you know the exact time
and place then."
Erika: "Good, this
it'll be a great day! I'm looking forward to it!"
Erika: "My thoughts
Teramoto: "You don't
really know who you're messing with!"
Erika: "Do you?
Erika: "What is it?
Lost for words already?"
Teramoto: "I was
just thinking that you're indeed a mystery. Who are you exactly?"
Erika: "All that you
need to know is that I'm a great detective."
Teramoto: "I see...
then that's what you are, nothing but a delusional fool..."
Erika: "You've got
guts... calling me delusional!"
Teramoto: "Ha ha!"
What kind of reaction is
that? Is she mocking me?!
I will take great
pleasure in destroying her!
It seems that Teramoto
decided that the conversation is over, and with an impish smile she
invites her lackeys to go elsewhere. I could take this chance to
pronounce some sarcastic parting words, but I choose not to in the
end. The show is over.
The students resume their
chatters and little by little they disperse. Not having anything else
to do in the cafeteria, I also invite Satsukawa to find a more
tranquil place to go to. He agrees, and we rapidly abandon the
are you really sure that Wakamatsu will be fine with your plan? I
don't think she'll just pretend to look elsewhere while Teramoto
involves more students in her occult practices. You were supposed to
make her stop that, not to instigate her to do it again."
the principal will never know. All that I wanted from her was to
postpone the punishments."
Satsukawa: "I can't
really say you've been discrete... Will your challenge really remain
a secret? Considering how fast rumors spread in this school, pretty
soon every single student will know about it. It's bound to become a
hot topic, and the chances that it will reach a teacher's ears are
Erika: "I have
confidence that the students will be careful. Apparently, for about
two years, Teramoto managed to organize several gatherings without
anyone noticing. The students here certainly talk a lot, but they can
keep their mouths shut when a teacher is around."
this might be true... but the situation has changed. They teachers
are probably a lot more alert now, especially around Teramoto and her
certainly the risk that they'll find out, but if that happens, I'll
come up with something. There's no need to worry about a mere
easy for you to say that, but if we give you permission to proceed
with your plan and Wakamatsu finds that out, I'm going to be in a lot
Erika: "When she'll
realize that I solved the Teramoto issue, she'll be too happy to
Satsukawa: "I hope
you're right... I'm not even sure that you'll actually solve
Erika: "Was that
supposed to be a joke, Satsukawa-san? Because I don't really find it
funny. Teramoto's reign will end tomorrow, nobody will believe in her
lies ever again."
Satsukawa: "At least
one of us is confident..."
am also confident in Miss Erika's success."
right... I forgot about Dlanor..."
The main objective of
today has been reached, now I only need to wait.
Satsukawa: "By the
way, where are we going?"
Erika: "To a nice
place where we can relax."
something wrong? You look tired."
Erika: "Is that how
you're not energetic like your usual."
Sometimes I wish
Satsukawa would just shut up.
Satsukawa: "I guess
you can be gloomy too sometimes."
Erika: "I used to be
always like this in the past..."
The past, a period of my
life that I want to forget. I haven't always been a detective, I
haven't always been a witch of truth. Before meeting Bernkastel, what
kind of person I was? I have removed from my memory a lot of details
about my past self, and I am quite glad of that. The me before
becoming what I am now is a me that I don't want to be reminded of.
However right now I feel
like I have lost a piece of myself, and in its place I have regained
something that I decided to discard. Why is this happening? It isn't
because of Teramoto, it isn't because I am tired. If I am suddenly
returning to the past, it is not because I want it, it is because the
past itself decided to come back.
As much as I would rather
not think about it, I simply cannot. And so, while I absentmindedly
keep on talking with Satsukawa about uninteresting topics, my mind
travels back to that cursed day.
The Rokkenjima incident,
the Rokkenjima explosion incident, the Rokkenjima serial murder.