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#5. The Past in a Bloody Cross [1]

CROCODILE PRECINCT #5

tl by danluffey

4)
#5. The Past in a Bloody Cross [1]

5)
1: [82nd Precinct--

6)
1: [A.K.A...
2: [the Crocodile District.

7)
1: Are those two still asleep?
2: Yes... they've been asleep in the bedroom for two days now.
3: That last job must have really tired them out. They didn't even bother going home...
4: Yes... but they're injured, aren't they?!
5: Yes. I asked them about it, but they requested that we let them sleep first...
6: I see...

8)
1: Fuuu...
2: Fuaaahh!
3: Ahh... that felt good...
4: Hm? Mika!

9)
1: You're really catching up your sleep too, I see...
2: I'm just too hungry to sleep any more.
3: What time is it?
4: Oh, you're awake?
5: I dunno...
6: Wow... I guess we slept for three days straight.
7: Guess I'll take a shower...
8: and make myself a pot of coffee!
9: Mmm... I'm going to stay in bed for a little while longer.
10: How does your body feel?
11: I'm fine...
12: And your eyes?

10)
1: They don't hurt anymore. You don't need to worry. What about you?
2: Oh, my hands?
3: Don't you remember? I'm practically immortal! I'll be able to use them in another week or so. Dunno what the doctor'll say, though...
SFX: SHAAAAHHH
SFX: FSSSH

11)
SFX: FSSSSH...
SFX: TOK

12)
1: Looks like our sleeping beauties woke up.
2: Yeah... I didn't even know it was possible for someone to sleep that long.
3: Their bodies are different from ours, that's for sure. Maybe they're even equipped for hibernation!
SFX: KNOCK
4: Who is it?!
5: Okei, your boss!
6: Oh, hold on a second! Ladies are changing in here!
7: Alright...
8: /Ladies, huh...?

13)
SFX: CLICK
1: Still asleep, is she?
2: Hino went through a lot of shit in that prison... she's still completely exhausted.
3: I hear that prison really was hell. I'm just glad you're both alright.
4: Excellent work back there.
5: Enough dancing around, boss. You came here to give us our next job, right?
6: Oh, no. It doesn't seem like you're both back to perfect health yet. I want you to see a doctor.
7: Also, the HQ paid us a bonus for our work on this last job, so I wanted to hand it over to you.
8: A bonus? What do you mean?

14)
1: Think of it as "insurance" for the dangerous work you do each month.
2: Hmmm... I guess they really can be gentlemen when they try hard enough!
3: Well, the truth is...
4: I requested it.
5: M... Mika?
6: Oh... you're awake too?
7: Well, that's basically it. The jobs you are handling are highly dangerous, so I think you're only right to do that. And the HQ seems to have agreed as well.
8: I'll leave the envelopes here.
9: There is a check inside each one.
10: Wow... don't mind if I partake, then!
11: Rin... how much is in there?

15)
1: Huh...
2: How many zeros are there?
3: Umm... er...
4: Uhhh... five zeros!
5: Send them back... that's one zero too little.
6: M... Mika?!
SFX: JERK
7: Wh-what did you just say, Mika?! How dare you?! You should be thanking them!

16)
1: Me, thanking them?!
2: I think you have it backwards, boss.
3: And besides, you're the one who barged into the bedroom of a sleeping woman.
4: These days, women have the right to put on makeup and make themselves presentable before they go out in front of people.
5: Mika...
6: Fine then, I'll wait! Come and see me when you're ready!
7: Alright, but don't expect me to accept that sum.
8: Excuse me?! And just what is unacceptable about this sum?!
Let me ask you this -- are our lives only worth five zeros? Huh?!
SFX: JERK

17)
1: That's not what this expresses. It's merely a bonus!
2: It isn't compensation for death!
3: Well it is to me!
4: Every person in this office has no family or children! Only people who are truly alone are allowed to work here, because we face death every day!
5: But if we die in the line of duty, then where does that money go, huh?!
6: Putting my life on the line and abandoning my womanhood is the lifestyle I've chosen! And you're saying that's only worth five zeroes?! Money isn't the only thing I care about, you know! All I want you to do is understand my position! That's all!
7: Please contact the HQ and have them reconsider our original request.
SX: CLICK
SFX: SLAM!

18)
1: Wow, Mika... I didn't know you could argue with the boss like that!
SFX: HOO...
2: I just told him the truth.
2: But Mika, I thought you didn't care about the money.
3: Right?
4: Of course I do. I'm a woman, after all...
5: No, what I mean is... you're my partner, and I hardly know anything about you.
6: Oh? But I haven't hidden anything from you.
7: Why did you apply to work here in the first place, then?
8: You weren't just drawn here by the dangerous work and high pay, were you?!
9: Tell me why, Mika...

19)
1: And that silver cross that you always put under your pillow when you sleep... what is that thing?
2: That cross is from your past, isn't it? It bears some sad memory...
SFX: SLIP...

20)
1: Five years ago, in Sakata, Yamanashi... a truly hellish incident took place...

21)
1: After our parents passed away, my younger brother and I worked hard to maintain the small house our father had left us.
2: With our father's life insurance, and our money from our part-time jobs, we were able to support ourselves as we kept going to school and tried to make some kind of a normal life for ourselves.
3: But then, when I was in my second year of high school, and Tatsuo was in his first year of middle school...
4: I'm leaving now!
5: You forgot something, Tacchan!

22)
1: It's cold outside!
2: If you forget your muffler, you could get sick!
3: Oh! Whoops!
3: OK, see you later!
4: Be careful on your bike!
5: Tatsuo was working as a newspaper delivery boy...
6: Meanwhile, I was running errands for a nearby cafeteria every day after school...

23)
1: Newspaper!
SFX: DASH
2: Three more houses!
SFX: DASH
SFX: DASH
3: Haa!
4: Hoo!
5: Hm?!
6: What's that person doing over there?

24)
1: Wh-what's going on?
SFX: POOF
2: Ahh! Fire! Arson!
SFX: CLANG
3: Ahh! He's running!
4: Arson! He's getting away!
SFX: DASH
5: Goddammit!
6: Fiiiire! Arsoooon!

25)
1: It's an arsonist! He just ran that way!
2: Oh no!
3: I saw him light the fire with my own eyes!
SFX: DASH
4: Which way did he go, kid?!
5: There's been talk about a pyromaniac setting fires lately!
6: Let's go catch his ass and beat him!
7: Huh? Where did he go?!

26)
1: He isn't over here either!
2: Dammit! He got away!
3: Let's comb the whole area!
4: Alright! We've gotta make him pay!
5: Okay! I'll go to the police!
6: Hello? Is this the police?

27)
SIGN: Hino
SFX: RRRRING
1: Hello? This is the Hino residence.
2: It's me, Tatsuo! I'm at the police right now!
3: The police?!

28)
1: Don't worry! I just saw an arsonist setting a fire, and I went to the police to get help! They also want me to help them create a composite picture when I get out of school!
2: What? An arsonist?!
3: I just thought I should call you and let you know.
4: Alright... I'll be right there.
5: Phew... that really scared me...
SIGN: Composite Room

29)
1: No, his face is longer...
SFX: CLICK
2: His cheeks aren't that pointy.
SFX: CLICK
3: Nope...
4: Look carefully now, Tatsuo.
SFX: CLICK
5: Ahh!
6: Stop there!

30)
1: And so, the police went off Tatsuo's memory and released a nationwide warrant of arrest for the criminal.
NEWSPAPER: Mysterious Arsonist Revealed
Yamanuma Ryouzou
Fingerprints match up as well! Arsonist caused over three billion yen in damages
2: Tatsuo, you're really gifted up here! You have an amazing memory!
3: Even the chief complemented you!
4: I dunno... was it really that amazing? He had a pretty easy face to remember...
5: Don't go getting too big for your britches now! Hahaha...

31)
1: I probably could've caught him if I had chased him as soon as I saw him...
2: I'll bet you were just scared!
3: No I wasn't! And besides, I've trained my legs delivering newspapers!
4: Okay, okay, if you say so...

32)
SFX: DING DONG
1: Coming!
2: Tatsuo, is that you? I thought you had a game tonight...
SFX: DASH
SFX: SHAH
3: Hm? A police officer?

33)
1: Yes, how may I help you?
2: Good evening, Hino-san. I just dropped by from the HQ.
3: Thank you very much for assisting us in the arson incident.
4: Oh no, my little brother just happened to catch him, that's all.
5: The truth is, we've received reports that Yamanuma has been lurking around these premises recently.
6: There's a possibility that he may try to retaliate against Tatsuo, so I came to check up on you.
7: Oh my... that's scary. Tatsuo's at school right now, playing in a baseball game.
8: I think I'll take a look around just to be safe.
9: Okay, I understand...

34)
SFX: FSSSH
SFX: CLANG

35)
1: Umm...

36)
1: Umm... is something the matter?
2: No... excuse me!
3: Do you have any matches? I'd like to smoke a cigarette...
4: Oh, sure...

37)
1: Thank you...
2: /That was scary...
3: That man is starting to creep me out...

38)
1: Oh, thank you...

39)
1: I hope Tatsuo comes home soon...

40)
SFX: KNOCK
1: It's Tatsuo!
2: Hm... maybe not.
3: Huh?!
4: That policeman's shoes are gone!

41)
1: Did he leave without saying anything?
2: Huh... ahhh...

42)
1: Kyaaa!
SFX: DASH
2: Stay still!
3: Nooooo!
4: Be quiet, or I'll strangle you!
5: Uuu!
SFX: CHOMP
6: Wait, you bitch!
SFX: DASH
7: Kyaaa! S-someone, help meeee!

43)
1: I said wait, dammit!
2: Hyaaaahh!
SFX: WHAM! SLAM!
SFX: STAGGER...
SFX: DRAG...

44)
SFX: TOK
SFX: ZZZZIP

45)
1: Heheheheh...
SFX: SLIP
SFX: CLICK

46)
SFX: DING DONG
1: Ahhh!
2: Kyaaaaah!
3: W-wait! Bitch! Stay still!
SFX: WHAM
4: Tatsuo!

47)
SFX: SLAM
1: Stupid whore! Shut the fuck up!
2: Ahh!!
3: What's wrong, Mika? Open up already!!
SFX: WHAM
4: What happened? Open the door!!
SFX: WHAM
5: Alright, I'll just go in through the window!
SFX: RATTLE
6: It's open!

48)
1: Mikaaaaa!
SFX: DASH
2: Mikaaaa!
3: She's not here..
4: Aahh!
5: Tatsuo! Stay back!
6: It's dangerous! You have to run away!
SFX: THUD
7: Shut the fuck up!!

49)
1: Mikaaaa!
2: Where are you?!
SFX: DASH
3: Mika!
SFX: WHOOM
SFX: CRACK

50)
1: Nooo! Tatsuo!
SFX: WHOOM

51)
SFX: THUD
1: T... Tatsuo!!
2: Now there's no one to get in our way! Get over here, you cunt!
3: Stay still and take it like a whore!!

52)
1: Aaaggh!
SFX: WHOOM
SFX: THUD
2: Aaahh!
3: Uaaahhh!

53)
SFX: GRAB
SFX: SNAP

54)
SFX: FWOOM
SFX: UAAAHHH
SFX: RRRRRIP
1: Aaahh!

55)
1: Uuuu! Fucking bitch!
SFX: DASH
2: W-wait! Dammit!
3: Ggghh...
4: Goddamn whore...
SFX: KNOCK

56)
SFX: KNOCK
1: Hino-san!
2: Hino-san, what's going on?!
3: Ahhh! Help me! A man broke in!
4: What? A man?! Open the door!
5: Hino-san! Open up!
6: Shit! The neighbors!
SFX: RATTLE

57)
SFX: FWOOM
1: He's getting away!
SFX: DASH
SFX: HOP

58)
1: Haa, haa... he got away...
2: Oh no! Tatsuo!
3: Tatsuo!
4: Tacchan!
5: Tacchan!!
6: Tacchan! Wake up!
7: Hino-saaaan!
8: Where's the man?! Are you alright?!

59)
1: Please! Hurry up and call a doctor! And an ambulance!
SFX: STOMP
2: Ahh! Tatsuo-kun!!
3: Where did the man go?!
4: Shit! He must have ran out through there!

60)
1: Hurry up and call an ambulance!
2: He's badly wounded! We need to make a call at once!
3: How could he go after these two?! That monster!
4: Ahh! The ambulance is here!
SFX: WEEOOOO

61)
SFX: WHOOO
SIGN: Central Hospital
SIGN: Surgery

62)
SFX: SLIDE
1: T... Tatsuo?!
SFX: RATTLE...

63)
1: Aaahhh...
2: T... Tatsuo... ahhh...
3: D-doctor...
4: I'm sorry, but it was too late.
5: His head was split open, and he was bleeding internally...
6: T... Tatsuo...
7: No... noooo...

64)
1: Nooo... Tatsuo...
2: How could this happen...
3: Looks like the police are here.
4: It's about damn time!
5: Where's Hino-san, the victim?
6: Get away from me! It was one of your men who killed Tatsuo!
7: What?!

65)
1: You're horrible! How could you... how could you let him die like this?!
2: M-miss!
3: I'm Hara from the Criminal Investigation Division. Can you please tell us what happened?
4: Calm down, and...
5: Calm down?! How could I possibly calm down here?!

66)
1: A man wearing an officer's uniform killed Tatsuo!
2: He attacked me, and then when Tatsuo came home he threw him into a wall and killed him!
3: Wh-what? It was an officer?!
4: What are you saying?! Calm down and explain yourself!
5: Why would an officer of the law kill a little boy? That's ridiculous!
6: It's true! You need to go catch him! He ran out the back door of my house!
7: Calm down, I said!
8: We're her neighbors. When we went inside the house, the criminal had already fled, and Tatsuo-kun was bleeding on the ground.
9: We heard a lot of loud noises, though...

67)
1: Hurry up and go after him!
2: Ahh! Hino-san!
3: Ahh!
SFX: STAGGER...
4: Hey... h-hey, you!
5: She passed out!

69)
1: Aaahhh...

70)
SIGN: Drive Slowly and Safely
SIGN: POLICE

71)
1: Hino-san. You surely must be mistaken. An officer couldn't possibly have attacked you!
2: Mistaken?!
3: Just calm down and listen to me.
4: We've been searching for the man who you described, who broke into your house... but we haven't been able to find a single clue.
5: And as an officer of a law, I don't want to believe that one of my own men could have committed such a heinous act.
6: On top of that, you are the only witness!
7: Which leads me to believe that the criminal must have been disguised as an officer.
8: Disguised?!

72)
1: That's right. He dressed up as an officer and lied about being on patrol in order to get inside your house.
2: He probably dug up a little information on you beforehand, and knew that you lived alone with your little brother...
3: B-but why...
4: To shut you up.
5: To shut me up?!
6: Wh-why would he want to shut me up?
7: Your little brother Tatsuo-kun saw him, correct? That's what allowed us to discover that he Yamanuma Ryouzou, was the serial arsonist.
8: So you're saying that Yamanuma dressed up as an officer and came into my house?
9: Yes. Hold on a minute. We prepared something for you.
SFX: SLIP
10: Please take a look at this.

73)
1: We took Yamanuma's face and pasted it over and officer's.
2: Well? Does this look like him?
3: No!
4: The man who attacked my brother and I was not Yamanuma!
5: Hmmm... but are you sure your memory is 100% reliable?
6: Perhaps the mental shock and distress from the incident warped your memories a bit!
7: I know that this wasn't him, though.
8: He looked different. His eyes, his nose, his face... it all looked different!
9: Hmmm...

74)
1: People tend to hallucinate sometimes, though. And remember, you've never seen Yamanuma in person before.
2: Yes, but... I had more than enough time to get a good look at his real face. I even served him tea...
3: Yes, that reminds me... we took a sample from this cup to determine the criminal's blood type. It's AB!
4: And so is Yamanuma's...
5: /I wasn't hallucinating!
6: /I know that it wasn't Yamanuma who attacked us...

75)
1: /The criminal and Yamanuma don't look anything alike... but perhaps I wasn't seeing straight due to the mental distress... but how could that be?
2: /Either way, I won't know anything for sure until Yamanuma is caught and made to confess...
3: /I'll know if he's the real killer if he has two wounds in his back from where I stabbed him with the cross...

76)
1: /Tatsuo... I'm really all alone now...
2: /But I won't cry... not until I get my revenge... however it may come to me...

78)
SFX: TICK TOCK
SFX: RATTLE
1: Ahh!
SFX: RATTLE
2: Wh-what's that?!

79)
1: /What's that noise I'm hearing?
SFX: CLANK
2: Ahhh! A fire!!
SFX: WEEEOOO...

80)
1: /It's close by... but judging from the wind, I shouldn't have to worry...
SFX: WEEOO
2: CLAMOR
3: SHOUT

81)
1: That's the Takaracho Vault! It's really burning up!
2: But I thought that vault was deserted!
3: It must have been that arsonist!
4: Yeah! Someone had to have set that fire!
SFX: GWOHHH
5: The arsonist?!
6: /That means Yamanuma's here...

82)
SFX: DASH
SFX: WEEOOO

83)
SFX: GWOHHHH
1: Hey, you! It's too dangerous to go in there!
SFX: GWOHHHH

84)
1: Aaahhh! Hurry, quick! The fire's spreading to my house!
SFX: GWOHHH
2: Hurry up and put it out!
3: No, wait! Help me carry my things out first!
4: Everything's burning uuuup!
5: Put out the fire! Oh no... it's going to collapse!

85)
SFX: DASH
SFX: CLACK
SFX: DASH

86)
SFX: GWOHHHH
1: Heheheh...
2: /That's Yamanuma!

87)
1: Aaahh... heheheh... this is the best... buuurrrn! Burn to the grouuund!
2: It's all gonna buuurrrn!
SFX: GWOHHH
3: Oh yeah... mmmm...
4: /That's what he's been setting all these fires for?
5: /Yamanuma isn't the one who killed Tatsuo... he doesn't even resemble him!
6: /I need to find solid proof, though.
SFX: DASH

88)
1: Wh-what?! Yamanuma? The arsonist?!
2: Y-you're not kidding around, are you?!
3: I'm not! Please, come with me and you'll see!
SIGN: Arson Defense
4: Wh-where is he?!
5: On the roof of that building!
6: alright!
7: Let's split up into two groups and corner him! Don't let him see you!
SFX: DASH
8: OK! Once we get him, there's gonna be hell to pay!
9: Turn out the lights.

89)
SFX: TOK
1: Ahh!
2: Huh?! Th-they found me?!
3: Ahh! They're over here too!

90)
1: I... I'm surrounded!
2: /I need to escape... if they catch me, they'll kill me!
3: Ahh! He's climbing up the side!
SFX: SHOUT
4: Pull him down!
5: Get away!
6: Get away from me!
7: This way! Don't let him get away!
SFX: HOP
8: Catch him!
9: Don't let him escape!
SFX: DASH

91)
SFX: WAAAHH
1: Aahhh!
2: They're over here too!
3: Aahhh!
4: Aahh!
5: O-okay...
SFX: LEAP

92)
SFX: CRUMBLE
1: Waaauaahhh!
2: Aaahh!
SFX: THUD

93)
1: Uaah... ahhh...
2: H... help me! Get a doctor...
3: Ahh... please, call someone... please...
4: Sure. But before I do that, show me your back!

94)
1: P-please... just call a doctor... or an ambulance... quickly...
2: I know... I'll call for one right away.
3: Just...
4: Wh-what are you doing?!

95)
1: I need to see if you have any scars on your back!
SFX: RRRIP
2: What?! There aren't any marks at all!
3: I knew I wasn't hallucinating!
4: The police's theory was completely wrong!
5: I'm going to go call an ambulance now!
6: Uuu...
7: /Yamanuma wasn't the man who assaulted me and killed my brother...
8: /If the police arrest him, they'll understand that they were wrong!

96)
1: This way! He fell over there!
SFX: DASH
2: Look around over there!
3: Oh no! If they find him, they'll probably kill him!
4: Aahh!
5: There he is! He's right over there!
6: Here he is!
SFX: DASH
7: It's Yamanuma! The pyromaniac!
8: Kill him! Lynch his ass! He burned down my house!

97)
1: Aaahh... haa, haa...
2: Don't let him get away! He's trying to run again!
SFX: STAGGER
3-4: Haa...
5: After him! Kill him!
SFX: DASH
6: Aaahh!
7: Wait! Yamanuma's injured! He can't run anymore!
8: Don't lynch him! We should hand him over to the police!
9: Are you kidding me?! He burned up all of my assets!
10: He even killed people with his fires!

98)
1: Aaahh... h-heeeelp! Aaahh!
2: Aaahhh!
3-4: Haa...
SFX: GWOOHHH...
5: Please! Please, just stop!
6: Let's hand him over to the police!
SFX: CRAAASH

99)
SFX: DWOOOOM
1: Aahh...!
2: Aaahh!

100)
SFX: GWOHHHHH...
1: Ahhh! Save him! Quick, save him!
2: W-we can't let him die yet! Save him!
3: St-stay back! Are you nuts?!
4: Save hiiim!
5: You can't let him die! We have to turn him in to the police, or else they'll close the case on my brother's killer!
6: Now they're just going to put on him... aaahhh!
7: Calm down, lady! If you run in there you'll die!

101)
SFX: THUD
1: Aaahhh! I needed him...
2: His testimony and his back would be able to convince the police that the killer's still out there...
3: If he burns up then I'll lose my only hope!!
SFX: BEEP
SFX: GWOHHH

102)
SFX: POLICE
1: Inspector Hara, who was in charge of your case, isn't in right now...
2: Oh... is he out?
3: I can speak with you, if you like. However, I believe that the case regarding your brother's death has already been closed.

103)
1: Closed?!
2: But my brother's killer still hasn't been arrested!
3: It's true that he hasn't been arrested, but he is dead. It was Yamanuma, the arsonist.
4: Although, he may have committed suicide, after being chased by so many people.
5: Yamanuma is not the man who killed my brother!
6: Before he died in the fire, I looked at his back! He didn't have any of the wounds I made with the cross!
7: Hmmm... but you're the only one who's seen his back, correct? Are there any other witnesses?
8: You mean you don't trust my eyewitness account?
9: Of course I do. However, the police require material evidence in order to act. And multiple witnesses are more reliable than a single witness.
10: Now that Yamanuma is dead, and his back is burned beyond all recognition, we won't be able to pursue that angle.

104)
1: But... I saw the killer with my own eyes. And I firmly believe that it wasn't Yamanuma...
2: My belief was only reinforced by the fact that Yamanuma had no scars on his back.
3: Hmm... but we at the police force are thoroughly convinced that he was the one who killed your brother.
4: Unfortunately, though, he died in the fire. So the case is closed...
5: But he didn't have the wounds I gave the killer!
6: You... you're still a child. How do you even know you actually wounded him badly enough?
7: You may have just had a bad dream and mistaken it with reality.
8: A bad dream?!
9: Please, don't get upset...

105)
1: You just want to blame the murder on Yamanuma because you don't want the police to look bad!
2: That's preposterous!
3: Like I said, the police require material evidence to act! That is all!
4: Umm, excuse me, may I ask you a question? When do you think Inspector Hara will be back?
5: Huh? Inspector Hara?!
6: He's lone gone, miss.
7: Long gone?!

106)
1: Yeah. He got transferred to Hokkaido.
2: I think he went to a station in Muroran City.
3: Hokkaido?!
4: It just happened all of a sudden last week.
5: Muroran... Hokkaido...
6: The HQ really likes to throw him around.
7: I wonder what he screwed up this time?
8: Who knows...
9: /Why would Inspector Hara go all the way to Hokkaido? It doesn't make sense.
10: /He said that he would do his best to solve my brother's case...
11: /I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this... like something much larger is at play here... something inside the police force itself...
12: /I'm going to go to Hokkaido... no matter what happens to me... no matter what danger awaits... I need to give my brother vengeance!

107)
1: And so, I gathered up all the money I had left and took time off work to go to Hokkaido.
2: Somehow, I had a feeling that Inspector Hara knew something about the case...
SFX: WHISTLE
SFX: RATTLE

108)
SFX: VROOM...
1: The police station? It's over there.
2: In the thicket!
3: There it is!

Crocodile Precinct Vol. 2 / END

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