Kubota is fighting
surprisingly well, but that isn't really a big problem. I can only
smile at his naivety and simplicity. He just doesn't have the
slightest idea of what kind of adversary I am.
Erika: "I honestly
don't understand why are you claiming that I made a mistake."
rejoicing and gloating as if you had already won the game, why is
that? I've absolutely no idea of what's going on in your mind. Was
your last move particularly good? I see not indication of that. To me
the game is still fairly balanced. Considering that you're supposed
to show me that you're more than just talks, I must say that you
aren't doing a good job."
Bleached Guy: "Are
you for real?"
Kuon: "Ha ha ha ha!
I don't know if you're blind or just a sore loser, my dear lady! But
you do have a point! This is really not a big deal! The game has just
begun! How-ever! Fear not, for this is but an appetizer of my true
Erika: "Aaah, this
is getting boring! This is getting really boring!"
Kuon: "W-what? Are
you saying that you don't consider me, Kuon Kubota, an interesting
Erika: "Seriously, I
think it's time for me to get serious, I've wasted more than enough
time with you."
Kuon: "What the...
Does that mean that so far you've been just messing around? Do you
have a secret weapon?!"
Kuon: "Ha... ah ha
ha ha ha! Excellent! I haven't felt so fired up in ages! What a woman
you are, my dear lady! No, great detective... Erika Furudo!"
Erika: "Finally you
acknowledge my name and my role. I'm honored! But this is hardly the
right time for you to rejoice! Prepare yourself, president of the
student council, Kuon Kubota!"
This is the way a true
battle should be fought! This is not bad at all! This is precisely
the right mood, the right atmosphere. I can almost feel the static
discharges from the tension between us, I can almost see the sparks
and burning fire in our eyes! Sublime!
Glamorous Girl: "Are
you still in kindergarten?"
Erika: "Shut up! Be
Kuon: "Very well, my
dear lady, I'm ready to witness your true power!"
Erika: "Then let me
crush your confidence in a single strike! Kuon Kubota, you're a fool
if you thought that I didn't come here well prepared!"
Kuon: "What do
Erika: "Did you
honestly think that I would simply expose a theory without any
evidence to support it?"
You can't possibly possess evidences of something that isn't true!"
Erika: "Oh, but I
have a witness! And he sure talked a lot! *giggle* *giggle*"
Kuon: "Hmph! Is that
all? It appears I was worrying for nothing!"
Erika: "Are you
sure? Not even if I say that this witness is Baba?"
right! Baba! In other words: your accomplice!"
He'd never... he... Wait... why am I even worrying? Ha ha ha... who
cares about what that delinquent says? Ha ha ha..."
Erika: "He told me
everything about the real contents of that bag. He told me everything
about the actual reason you secretly met that day!"
Baba did?! That can't possibly be true!"
Sunglasses Guy: "Hey,
boss... why are you that upset?"
Erika: "Right! I'm a
great detective, so I can spot even the smallest signs of anxiety and
nervousness from those whom I question. You see, people don't
suddenly start sweating an stuttering, if they've nothing to hide.
When I see such reactions, I feel something very akin to pleasure.
They say that serpents can even smell and taste the fear of their
preys, I like to think that I'm the same. I'm already savoring a most
exquisite delicacy. Your reactions are so evident that even your
dimwitted friend noticed them! Do you understand what that means?"
obviously trying to confuse me, but it won't work! If you've got
something sensible to..."
Erika: "What about
Before Kubota can finish
his sentence, I throw my best card on the table. Literally this is my
ace up my sleeve. I could have saved it for later, but everything is
proceeding so smoothly that I doubt a better chance will come.
Amused, I watch Kubota's face as it goes pale. His lower lip tremble,
and his eyes become so wide! He is so helpless that I almost feel
pity. Or rather, I would probably feel compassion, if I wasn't so
busy holding my laughter! Actually this battle is so lopsided that I
don't even know how come I am not bored already. He is nothing but a
mouse trapped between my paws, and he doesn't even realize it.
Erika: "A bookmark.
It's a simple promotional gadget featuring Fuwa-Fuwa Purin Nyan."
Kuon: "W-what's the
meaning... of this...?"
this means that I've indeed talked to Baba, and that I made him tell
me all the truth regarding that mysterious bag that I've seen that
day. Do you understand? I've inspected those doujinshi personally.
This shouldn't leave any doubts that Baba decided to cooperate. He
even let me take this bookmark as proof."
important part is that he admitted to be a huge fanatic of Fuwa-Fuwa
Purin Nyan, so much that he'd do anything in order to get his hands
on rare materials related to it. It mustn't have been too hard for
you to acquire this information, and through your connections you
managed to get all those rare doujinshi of his favorite show."
Erika: "Let me say
that I was really impressed by how quickly you reacted two days ago.
As soon as you realized that someone was behind you, you promptly put
up that charade to cover the real reason you were there. It is truly
amazing how you suppressed the urge to turn around, that way you gave
the impression that you still hadn't noticed us. But Baba, who was in
front of your eyes, gave clear indications that he did. In other
words, simply by looking at him you had already understood what was
going on. Everything you said and did from that point was all an act.
Baba followed through somehow, but he wasn't very convincing."
Kuon: "And... the
real reason I was there... was..."
to deliver the reward you had promised him!"
Kuon: "Wait! Reward?
For what exactly?"
Erika: "My my,
didn't you pay attention to my reasoning? You needed to convince Baba
to do what Teramoto asked from you. I said that you probably
threatened him, but everyone knows that a carrot and a stick work a
lot better than a stick alone."
Kuon: "And why would
I still give him the reward after, according to your theory, he
completely messed up the plan by killing Gotsuji?"
Erika: "At that
point you just needed to make sure he'd stick with you. What if he
decided to partner up with Teramoto instead, and work with her to
turn you into a scapegoat?"
Kuon: "Ha ha ha...
ridiculous... absolutely... ridiculous!"
Erika: "However this
is the truth! There's no longer any point in denying it. You see,
Kubota, it's very naive to think that everything will always go
according to your plans. And it's also pretty stupid to rely on other
human beings. In the end you just cannot predict what they'll do,
unless you possess a superior mind like me. Look at the current chess
game, for example. Right now you're absolutely sure that after you'll
take my knight, I'll take yours with my pawn. This would result in an
advantage for yourself, a small but decisive victory. However, why
are you taking for granted that I won't move my knight? Humans aren't
robots, and they don't always take the most logical step. Sometimes
they do something apparently illogical for the sole purpose of
throwing their opponent out of balance. In other words, rather than
letting you gain the advantage that you're aiming for, I'll do
something that you definitely don't expect! Of course you'll still
win this exchange in the end, but not in the way you wanted.
Recovering from that won't be a problem at all, because soon enough
you'll be playing by my rules, and not yours. To make it brief, this
is my answer, Kubota, I sacrifice my knight!"
Kuon: "What's this
nonsense?! Are you talking seriously?!"
Erika: "I'm very
serious, Kubota, losing a mere knight isn't a bother to me. Moreover,
it won't fall alone! Behold! Knight takes pawn at e5!"
As I violently move my
piece into its new position, Kubota's pawn gets blown away. It rolls,
it spins, while tracing an arc midair, and then it hits the table. It
bounces once, and then another time, it stops right at the side of
the chessboard. Everyone observes in amazement the first victim of
this game. Nobody dares to breathe while witnessing this unexpected
Amusingly the one who is
surprised the most is my opponent: Kubota. He is literally
The other two guys
simultaneously move closer to the chessboard, and the more they
inspect it, the more their faces show incredulity and perplexity.
Kuon: "I can't...
Sunglasses Guy: "Is
Bleached Guy: "Hey,
detective, what the hell are you thinking?"
Erika: "I don't
expect you to fully understand the depth of my strategy."
Sunglasses Guy: "Isn't
this absurdly bad?!"
"Absolutely, definitely bad. I can't even think of something
Erika: "Now now,
don't exaggerate. Kubota can still hold his ground."
Sunglasses Guy: "The
hell are you talking about?! Aren't you the one who's in deep shit?!"
Bleached Guy: "Give
me a break... Not even a kid could make such mistake..."
Erika: "What? You
guys are really funny! This isn't a big deal at all."
Bleached Guy: "Hey,
are you blind?!"
Kuon: "Hu hu hu
Suddenly Kubota is
laughing in a very creepy and disturbing manner.
Kuon: "Hu hu hu ha
Sunglasses Guy: "Boss?"
Kuon: "HA HA HA HA
He no longer have any
restraints. He laughs shamelessly with his head fully tilted
backward. I guess that at this point he doesn't care about his
ridiculous pretense of elegance and gallantly anymore.
Whatever is causing such
outburst of cruel and arrogant display of hilarity? He seems to be
really enjoying himself, and somehow his laughter is contagious. I
can't help but giggling.
Kuon: "Aaaah! I get
it! So this is the kind of person you are, my dear lady!"
Erika: "You think
you can understand me? Now that's truly funny!"
Kuon: "I understand
the irony, the paradox! You accuse me of being all talk and no
substance, you claim that my apparent perfection is nothing but a
facade! But that's truly you! That's what you are! Aaah! What
Erika: "What's this
nonsense? Explain yourself!"
Kuon: "It's all a
bluff! Your theory, your chess tactics, your flaunted detective
skills, they're all fake!!!"
Erika: "You've got
some nerve... Kubotaaa!"
Kuon: "But how can
you deny it, when you make such blunders?! You're well below the
level of an amateur! You say that you're going to sacrifice your
knight? Is that really what you think?!"
Erika: "Don't take
me for a stupid, Kubota. I know what I'm doing. If a pawn is worth
one point, a knight is worth three. Basically after you'll take my
knight you'll be ahead by two points in material. It may look
illogical, but it's all part of a precise tac..."
Kuon: "Why should I
waste my turn in taking your knight, when you just left your queen at
the mercy of my bishop!"
Kuon: "How is it
even possible that you didn't notice?!"
Sunglass Guy: "What
the hell, ha ha ha... Seriously!"
Bleached Guy: "Do
you realize what kind of ridiculous error you've made?"
Kuon: "But this is
not the end! Oh, no! I have more to tell! Even if you had simply lost
the knight, it'd be still completely wrong! Did you honestly believe
that surprising me with an unexpected move was worth the loss of two
points? That doesn't make any sense at all! Your logic is an insult
to everything that the noble game of chess represents! If I couldn't
react and adapt to the unexpected, how would I be worthy of the title
of Grand Master! No, even a casual chess player should be able to do
that much! And that proves you just pretend to be entitled to talk
about tactics, when you in fact know nothing!
I begun to realize all of
this while you pointlessly tried to sully my reputation! And since
I've already gone this far, I might as well let you know of the
others inexcusable blunders you've made! I understand why you lied,
and why you needed to resort to a bluff in order to reach your
objective, but it all backfired when you revealed your ignorance! In
the first place it's impossible that Baba gave you that bookmark,
because I know for certain that it was tragically lost! You probably
thought that he didn't even notice, and here, my dear lady, is
exactly where you blundered! Let's disregard the fact that Baba isn't
really a fan of Fuwa-Fuwa Purin Nyan, but if he really was, as you
claim, he'd never willingly part with something related to her! In
other words you don't understand an otaku's heart at all! An otaku is
entirely dedicated to his passion, mind and spirit! Even a bookmark
is an invaluable treasure! Everything even remotely related to your
favorite anime must be collected! Just because it's promotional
merchandise it doesn't mean it's worthless! Nooo! On the contrary!
There's no way they'll reprint that bookmark, you only have a once in
a lifetime chance to get gadgets such as that! How could you so
nonchalantly claim that he wouldn't mind giving it away! I feel my
head exploding just thinking of such abominable absurdity! Know
shame! Repent! Apologize to Fuwa-Fuwa Purin Nyan!"
Kuon: "Let's end it
here and now! This chess piece will deliver the righteous punishment
for your insolence! Bishop takes queen at d1! Disappeeeear!"
In a single, skillful
movement of his hand, Kubota takes my piece between his middle and
ring fingers, and replaces it with his own. A powerful "clack"
can be heard as he stomps his bishop firmly on the chessboard.
He did it, he really did
it! He captured my queen, my strongest piece!
He stares at me with a
victorious and derisory grin, while his friends clap their hands to
celebrate his recent conquest.
Normal Girl: "Whoooa!
Amazing! I don't know much about chess, but even I understand how bad
it is to lose the queen!"
Sunglasses Guy: "A
queen is worth nine points. in other words, it has the same value of
nine pawns, three knights, or three bishops. She can take the boss'
bishop now, but that'd be still a loss of six points."
Bleached Guy: "Not
exactly, her knight is still under attack. She'll lose it, if she
doesn't take it to safety. Whether she decides to take the bishop or
save her knight, she'll break even in the end. In other words all
that she gained so far is a single pawn, one point! While the boss
took her queen! This is a net gain of eight points for him!"
Kuon: "In truth, she
really doesn't have a choice! She must take my bishop with her king,
or she'll end up losing even more pieces! Not like it'll make any
difference at this point! Ha ha ha ha ha! Soooo, my dear lady! Don't
you think there's no longer any purpose in continuing this game? At
this point the outcome has been already decided! This game has
Erika: "It's really
disappointing, but you're right. This game has already ended."
Kuon: "Hooo? I'm
impressed! I thought you'd stubbornly try to deny the harsh truth,
but it appears that you've decided to accept your defeat with
dignity. I commend you! How-ever! Will you also admit that you
shamelessly lied regarding Baba? Will you also admit that your
insinuating that I took part in Gotsuji's murder was nothing but a
I let out a dramatic
Erika: "Very well...
I recognize it, it was all a bluff. I was aware that my theory was
wrong since the very beginning. After all, a very short time passed
since Gotsuji's murder and Hibari's arrival to the crime scene. It's
clear that my reconstruction and the facts do not add up. And at this
point, I might as well admit that I never questioned Baba after that
day. I lied. Of course he didn't give me that bookmark, I simply
found it lying on the ground."
Kuon: "That's right!
That's how it is! Finally the dark plot has been uncovered! Once
again justice prevails! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!"