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#24. An Assassin Creeps Toward Mika

CROCODILE PRECINCT #24

tl by danluffey

4)
#24. An Assassin Creeps Toward Mika

6)
1: Sounds like you had a busy night, Mika...
2: I had no idea where you were, so your call really surprised me. I came straight here!
3: Sorry for making you worry so much, Rin...
4: And poor Takashi!
5: His father gets killed, then his house burns down...
6: Any idea who did it all?
7: If I said this was all connected to the man I've been searching for, would you be surpri...
8: Wh-what?!

7)
1: D-does that mean you finally found out his name?!
2: Not his whole name...
3: But I found out that he's being backed by a very large organization.
4: Takashi-san, I'm so sorry...
5: We did everything we could.
6: Apparently, my father wrote some kind of dying message.
7: At least, that's what Ritsuko's friend told me...
8: A message?!
9: You mean like a will?!

8)
1: Wh-who has the message now?!
2: Ritsuko!
3: And apparently only she knows what it says...
4: Your father may have written all the secrets about this incident on that note...
5: Including the name of the criminal, of course, as well as the organization backing him!
6: You asked her about it, didn't you?
7: Of course... but we haven't been getting along well lately, so...
8: At the time, she told me that she never received any kind of note...

9)
1: [Minister of Justice Kitabata's Estate
TEXT: The criminal is Kitabata Kazuya. The one protecting him is his father, the Minister of Justice from the Liberal Democratic Party, Kitabata Raizou.

10)
1: What a lie! You expect me to entertain slander of this magnitude?
2: Hohoho... you really think a person would lie on their deathbed like that, Miniter?
3: According to this note, your son Kazuya is a criminal, and you've been protecting him.
4: Do you know a woman named Hino Mika? She's been searching like mad for you two.
5: Hino Mika...
6: Perhaps your son did something to her that she didn't like?
7: This has nothing to do with you!
8: What do you expect me to do about that note?
9: You want money, don't you? How much do you want?

11)
1: Money?! Please don't misunderstand me. I don't rule Minatomachi for nothing. And as you already know, fifty or sixty of my girls are waiting outside your house right now.
2: You think I'd go this far for a little chump change?
3: What do you want, then?!
4: I want you to use your power, Minister...
5: and give us our own "laws."
6: Laws...? This note isn't enough, then.
7: First you need to bring Hino Mika to me.

12)
1: Ahh, that felt good. Did you go in yet, Mika?
2: Huh?!
3: Wh-why are you dressed up like that, Mika?!
4: The way things are now, I have no choice but to sneak into Ritsuko's ranks.

13)
1: Well, Rin? Do I look like a high school girl now?
2: Wow...
3: Women really are shapeshifters. All they need to do is put on a uniform and they can blend right in!
4: There's yours, Rin.
5: Pfffft!
6: Wh-what did you just say, Mika?!
7: Y-you want me to wear a sailor uniform too?!

14)
SFX: RRRRIP
1: Mika, if you want me to wear a sailor uniform at this age, you could at least get me a big enough size!
2: A-alright! I'm sorry, Rin!
3: Oh, that's right. You forgot this at the office, Mika.
SFX: FWIP

15)
1: Th-thank you. I didn't forget it, though...
2: But Mika, you said you found out the criminal's name, right?
3: Yes... by looking at the medical record I have in my bag.
4: Hmm... okay...
5: But part of the name's been burned away!
6: Dammit! We only have the beginning and endings of it!
SFX: SQUEEZE

16)
1: [Kitabata Estate

17)
1: Tch! The entire place is surrounded by those girls...
2: Yeah.
3: What in the hell could the Minister be discussing with that little hellcat?!
4: Maybe he's thinking of using her for something...

18)
1: Don't you think you're pushing things a bit too far, Minister?
2: After all, I brought that precious note all the way to you.
3: In exchange, I just want you to make a law that lets us be free...
4: And what do you say to that?
5: "Bring Hino Mika to me, and I'll do it?"
6: I see you really are a politician... you're certainly acting like one. But I'm not that stupid!

19)
1: Mika has absolutely nothing to do with me. Even if I may be a bit of a troublemaker, what possible reason would I have to kidnap her?
2: Well, Minister?!
3: H-how dare she speak to him that way!
4: The bitch...
5: Minister! Excuse us!
SFX: WHAM
6: Who the hell do you think you're speaking to, huh?!
7: You think you can get away with that?!

20)
SFX: THUD
1: Think that's rude? Then how about this!
2: You think I'm gonna pretend to be some prissy princess just because I'm in front of a Minister?!
3: I came here to negotiate with him! And this is how I negotiate! Now, I don't remember him calling for his dogs to come in, so why don't you just get the hell out?!

21)
1: You fools! Who asked you to come in?
2: Don't interrupt us!
3: Y-yes sir!
4: Fine. I accept your conditions.
5: Good... I was hoping you'd say that. Besides, when you have so many dogs at your disposal...
6: I find it hard to believe that catching one little woman is beyond your power.
7: What exactly is the law you want me to create?
8: The law? Heheh... it's simple.
9: I just want you to turn a blind eye to whatever my gang does.
10: I'm sick of having girls get sent to juvie for little mess-ups. Heheheh...

22)
1: I think I'll be leaving now, Minister.
2: I know what you're thinking. I know your secret now, so I'm a liability. But I wouldn't come after me if I were you... I have over 70 girls at my disposal. Hohoho...
3: Don't be ridiculous. I'd never do such a thing.
4: Well then, here's the note.
5: Goodbye now.
6: /So that's Ritsuko...

23)
1: /Now I finally know who's been after me... the woman that dad didn't want to talk about...
2: /Hino Mika!
3: /I can't just keep running around like this. I don't want to be at dad's mercy forever!!

24)
1: Minister... what should we do about that Ritsuko girl?
2: We'll leave her alive... she should prove useful later.
3: /Which only leaves one person...
4: /That little fly that keeps buzzing around in front of us...

25)
SFX: WHISTLE
SFX: SCREECH
SFX: CLACK
SFX: CLICK
1: Wh-who's there?!

26)
1: It's Kitabata!
2: Oh, it's you...
3: Another one of your rivals has gotten a bit too uppity, eh?
4: Aahh!
5: No. This time it's a woman.
6: A woman?!

27)
1: Aahhh...
2: That's right. This woman.
SFX: FWIP
3: I have other files on her...

28)
1: I-I'm not sure I heard you right... you want me to go after a WOMAN this time?!
2: Y-you've gotta be kidding me...
3: As you know, sir, I don't kill women... I've only ever offed rival politicians and businessmen for you up until now...
4: I know that!

29)
1: I'll pay you three times the usual.
2: What?! Just for one woman?!
3: Wh-what kind of a woman is she?
4: Not the usual kind.
5: We're talking business here! Send the girl away!
6: Tch! You're the one who barged in here.
7: So, why do I have to kill such a hot chick?

30)
SFX: GARGLE...
1: You don't need to know the reason. You just need to kill her.
2: Well yeah, but that makes me even more curious.
3: I received information that she's staying at a hotel in Minatomachi.
4: Go and check out the hotel, find her, and eliminate her.
SFX: FWIP
5: Fine!
SFX: STAB
6: Here's half of the money. Check it if you like.
SFX: THUD

31)
1: I'll give you the rest when you bring me news of success!
2: I'll leave the method of killing up to you. You're the professional here, after all.
3: Yeah... and since she's a woman...
4: /I'll have to do her beautifully...
SFX: WHISTLE

32)
1: Hm?!

33)
1: Mika! Those are Ritsuko's girls!
2: Ritsuko's?!
3: Is Ritsuko with them?!
4: I didn't see her.
5: Yeah, I don't either...
6: She isn't here. Must be hiding somewhere...
7: It doesn't seem like she went to school today, either.
8: How about we catch them and make 'em talk?
9: I don't think that will work...

34)
1: They have some sort of "blood bond" that keeps them from talking.
2: Hmph...

35)
SFX: STOMP

36)
SFX: SLIP
SFX: CRACK

37)
SFX: TWITCH
SFX: DRAG
1: The master keys. Perfect!
SFX: STOMP
SFX: CLICK

38)
1: I'm so sick of wearing this...
2: Look! All the people in the hotel are staring at us!
3: Yaaaawn...
4: Today was a total waste!
SFX: YAAAWN
SFX: CLICK

39)
1: Ahhh, I'm so tired...
SFX: THUD
2: Rin, wait! You can't fall asleep yet!

40)
1: Already...?
2: Snoooore...
SFX: CLICK
3: Ahhh!

41)
1: Wh-who's there?!

42)
1: Wh-who's behind there?!
2: R-Riiiin!
3: G-get in here!
SFX: CLICK
4: Don't move!
SFX: RRRIP
5: Don't say a word!!

43)
1: Aaahhhh...
SFX: FWIP
SFX: SLIIIICE
2: Aahh!
3: /Well I'll be damned... that Minister must have a heart of stone if he wants to off such a beauty... so much, in fact, that he paid me three times extra...
4: /I just can't hold back my curiosity any longer... what kind of a woman is she?
5: It's my first time meeting you, my dear, but I must say... I'm rather pleased to be meeting you in such a titillating situation...
6: Wh-who are you?

44)
1: I dunno. Who am I?
2: A robber who was waiting for you to get back? Or a rapist? Heheheh...
3: /He's calm... and I can tell that he's trained with knives...
4: /He's a pro!
5: /A pro... assassin?!
6: /Th-then he must have been sent here to kill me!
SFX: ZZZZ
7: SNOOORE
8: Wh-who hired you?
9: Who hired me?

45)
1: I dunno. Who could it have been?
SFX: STOMP
2: Aahh!
3: My only job is to send my target off to the next world in a beautiful fashion.
SFX: JERK
4: Especially when my target's a woman.
SFX: FWIP
5: Aahh! Nooo!
6: Aaaaaahhh!
7: Don't move!

46)
SFX: SLAP
1: I said I'd do you beautifully, didn't I?
2: Wh-what are you doing?!
3: Beautifully... and without waste... heheheh... just think about how you'll look when you're dead!
SFX: FWICK
SFX: FWACK
4: That hurts! Stop it!
5: I told you not to make any noise... this is nothing compared to a knife stabbing right into your heart...

47)
1: Just relax...
2: Heheheh... beautiful, so beautiful...
SFX: SLIP
SFX: SKRITCH
SFX: SQUEAK
SFX: WHAP

48)
SFX: SPLOOOOOSH
1: Uaaahhh!
SFX: CRASH

49)
SFX: WHAM
1: Goddammit!
SFX: GRAB
SFX: THUD
2: Uwaaahh!
SFX: BLAM
SFX: CRASH

50)
SFX: FWOOM
1: Uaaahhh!
SFX: THUD
2: Kyaaah! Someone fell!

51)
1: Haa... hoo... that was close...
2: I wanted to try and find out who hired him... but I guess now that he's fallen out of a ninth story window, that's no longer a possibility...
SFX: SNORE
SFX: CLUNK
3: Wake uuuuup!

52)
1: Aaahh! Mika!
SFX: THUD
2: It's about time you woke up, Rin! I was just attacked by an assassin here!
3: Wh-what? An assassin?!
4: Ahh... Mika... wh-what happened...
5: To hunt or be hunted... THIS is the proof that I've gotten my target's attention.
6: Look, Rin... this is proof that he's taken the bait, and we've gotten one step closer to reeling him in!

53)
1: Mika... you were just attacked by an assassin, and he did THAT to you... but you're still only focused on your target?!
2: Alright! I get it! I get it, Mika!
3: What's been cut away here will soon return...
4: But what's been cut away from my heart...
5: I know... I know exactly what you mean!
6: I-I feel terrible for just falling asleep like that!
SFX: WEEEOOOO

54)
1: He failed...
2: Minister, do you want us to go check the room?!
3: What's the point? They've surely left it by now.
4: B-but minister!
5: There's nothing more to do here.
6: /I only have one option left now...

55)
1: [Minister of Justice - Kitabata Raizou's Estate
SFX: THUD

56)
SFX: CREAAAAK
1: Heh! Now that the fascist's gone, I finally have a chance to get some fresh air!
2: He even took most of his dogs with him, too!

57)
1: Y-young master!
2: Where are you going?
3: Ochiyo? I'm just going out for a walk!
SFX: RATTLE
4: I'll be back before dad is!
5: B-but the master forbade you from going out!
6: I know that! He's treating me like a kid, just like always!
SFX: VROOOOM...
7: Well I'm sick of being a caged bird! It's going to make me rot from the inside out!
SFX: WHOOOSH

58)
SFX: FWIP
1: You idiot! You think you can keep me tied down forever with that?!
SFX: SCREECH
2: Kyaaah!
3: That hurt, you son of a bitch!

59)
SFX: FWOOOOOSH...
SFX: VROOOOM

60)
1: [Crocodile Precinct
2: You two are really hard to keep track of. Once you leave, we're never able to get in touch with you.
3: Well we weren't out enjoying ourselves! We were just trying to crack this case!
4: But you haven't even told us what it is... and yet you keep racking up the expenses...
5: Stop acting like such a woman!
6: The police force belongs to the people, right?
7: Boss... I'm very sorry...
8: But I'd like to wait a bit before I reveal the nature of this case to you. I know I'll be able to safely explain everything in a little bit...
9: Mmm...

61)
1: I can't say I approve of you tailing a personal case like this, but since it's you, Mika, I'm willing to compromise.
2: Just for the record, I don't want to get involved in any more weird cases!
3: I mean, I don't mind getting physical, but as far as the money's concerned...
4: You talk way too much for a man, you know that?!
5: Wh-why did you tape up my eyes too!
6: Because they're just as bad!
7: Gyaaahh!
8: I-I'm gonna go bliiiind!
SFX: STOMP

62)
1: So you're Ritsuko-san... I heard about you from my dad.

63)
1: Oh, so you're Kazuya-san... the only child of the Minister?
2: I'm surprised you were able to find us.
3: I just overheard you talking with my dad.
4: You overheard us? So you were spying on us, then?
5: What do you want from me?
6: Yeah...
7: I want to meet Hino Mika.
8: Mika...
9: And why is that? She's searching for you like crazy.
10: Did you do something bad to her?
11: Huh? No... I haven't done anything!

64)
1: I'm just tired of being chased around by her, so I thought I'd go out and find her myself.
2: Hah! Sorry, but I doubt you could take her, Richie Rich.
3: That's why your dad is working so hard to stamp her out himself, right?
4: My dad does his own thing, and I do mine... if she's targeting me, then I want to make the first move and stop her!
5: Sorry, but Mika has nothing to do with me. If you want to search for her, then do it yourself!
6: You guys are really two peas in a pod...
7: You can't even catch one girl between the two of you!
8: Pfft... she thinks she's so tough... I know that if I keep a close eye on her, she'll lead me to Mika eventually...
9: And when that happens, I'll take the first strike and finish this...

65)
SFX: STOMP
1: Ahhh, they're here! Hurry up and put the things away!
SFX: GRAB

66)
SFX: RUB
SFX: MUNCH
SFX: CRUNCH
1: Hey look! This hat's pretty cute!
2: Ahhh...
3: I like this one!
4: /So this is what they were talking about when they asked my dad to make them a law...
5: /They want to make it so that they can do whatever they want around town without getting in trouble with the police... they just want to manipulate my dad's power!

Crocodile Precinct Vol. 11 / END

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