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#12. Puppet Master

PHANTOM STREET #12

tl by danluffey

80)
#12. Puppet Master

81)
1: Fu...
2: Fufufu...
3: /Eww....
4: /Is that a pervert?!
5: K...
SFX: BSSH
6: Kyaaaah!!!

82)
SFX: VWOOM
SFX: CREAK
SFX: FSSSH

83)
1: Shiragami Jin?
2: Yes.
3: Do you know him?
4: He's a "jack-of-all-trades"
5: who supposedly lives around here...
6: Oh, Shiragami-san...
7: Yeah, he lives real close. Want us to take you to him?
8: R-really?!
9: Wow, this is great! I lost my map, so I was really in trouble...

84)
1: Kyaaa!!
SFX: THUD
2: Ku ku ku...
3: Y-you lied to me?!
4: Hee hee hee...
5: I'm not going to let you get away with this!!
6: Make any noise, and you get hurt.
7: Ku ku ku... hee hee hee...
SFX: STOMP
8: N... noo...
9: Wh... who the hell are you?!
10: H...
11: Heeelp!!

85)
1: How much you got on you,
2: missy?
3: Huh?
4: For 50,000, I'll be glad to help.
5: Hey, asshole!
SFX: WHAM
6: Get the hell outta here!!
7: Uooohhh!!
SFX: SLAM

86)
SFX: THUD
1: Shige!!
2: Grrr!
3: Uoohh!!
SFX: SLAP
4: Ggh
5: Gah...
6: Gogahh!!

87)
1: Tch!
2: Stupid punks, making me work for free!!
3: Wh... what's that?!
SFX: GLANCE
SFX: TWITCH
SFX: STOMP
4: Hmph.
5: These are called Jufu.
6: They're how I make a living.
7: I use Jufu to do all kinds of jobs -- from security to exorcism.
8: I'm a jack-of-all-trades.

88)
1: Shiragami-san!
2: Are you Shiragami Jin-san?!
3: Umm... my name is Setoguchi Harumi!
4: A fortuneteller named Segi-san told me to come find you...
5: Please,
6: please do some work for me!
7: I don't do volunteer work,
8: missy.
9: Sorry, but I don't work for peanuts. You'll have to ask someone else.
10: I have money! I got a credit card from my dad...
11: I should be able to take out up to five million yen with it!
12: Ooh...
SFX: GRIN
13: That should do the trick.
14: What's the problem, then?

89)
1: Oh, so you happened to see the stalker that people have been talking about? Did you go to the police?
2: I did,
3: but they didn't believe me...
4: Hmph... yeah, I bet they didn't.
5: Who'd believe that someone was killed by puppets, besides a crazy person?
6: Ever since then, I've felt like someone has been following me...
7: So I'm worried that it might be that weird man.
8: Please, Shiragami-san, you have to believe me!
9: I really saw him!
10: I know, I know.
11: Just pay up,
12: and I'll believe whatever you want me to.

90)
1: So, what do you want me to do?
2: I won't make you become my bodyguard. I just want you to find out who's following me.
3: Hmph... fine.
4: You'll do it? Really?!
5: But you're still a student, right?
6: What did you tell your parents?
7: I moved out a while back and live on my own now, so I don't need to tell them anything.
8: Yeesh. A runaway?
9: Why did you move out?
10: Because my mom left, and my dad was so busy with work that he hardly ever came home.
11: I was always alone anyway, so I just figured I might as well get my own place.
12: Hmm. So no one was paying attention to you, and you were lonely...
13: so you ran away to try and get your dad's attention. So childish.
14: What?
15: Words like loneliness are only used by kids when their friends bully them.
16: It's just whining.

91)
1: Everyone loves themselves the most, after all.
2: Having "someone to help me whenever I need them" is just a fantasy.
3: H-how could you understand how I...
4: Oh, I don't.
5: I'm not a kid who goes around complaining.
6: I was born alone.
7: You don't need to worry about the job. I'll do what you pay me for.
8: Shiragami-san...
9: Is money really all you care about?

92)
1: Yeah. Money's what makes the world go 'round.
2: After all... we live in an age now where money can buy people's lives.
3: What
SFX: KICK
4: is his problem?!
5: Money, money, money!
6: He's the worst!
SFX: CLINK
7: I bet he never gets ANY dates!
SFX: FSSH

93)
1: /Am I just hearing things?
SFX: FWAH
SFX: BSSSH
1: Kyaaaaahh!

94)
SFX: WHAM
1: Uuu.. ahh!
2: Hiie...
SFX: VWOOM
3: /It's
4: /going to kill me!
SFX: FWOOM
5: N...
6: Nooooo!!
SFX: HYOO

95)
SFX: SLAP

96)
1: Sh...
2: Shiragami-san?!
3: Wh...
4: What are you doing here?!
5: I got a funny feeling, so I followed you for a bit... and sure enough, you got attacked.
6: Is this... one of the puppets you saw?
SFX: NOD
7: Hmm... looks like
8: I'll have to get it checked it.

97)
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
1: And this
2: is the puppet that attacked her?
3: Yeah. Puppets are your specialty, right? I want you to find out who made it.
4: Hmmm...
5: You're saying this thing was walking around attacking people? That's kind of hard to believe...
6: It's probably some kind of fetish... but the only kind of person with enough skill to actually control something like this
7: would be a chisen* or some other kind of magician from China or Taiwan.
*: A sage with superhuman powers
8: Anyway, that's all I've got so far. I'm counting on you!
9: I'll see what I can do.
10: By the way,
11: is that girl at your place right now?
12: Yeah, she's so scared that she won't leave my side anymore.
13: So I left her in my apartment.

98)
1: Will she be OK?
2: Yeah, the room's protected with a Jufu barrier. As long as she doesn't open the door herself, no one will be able to get inside.
SFX: BLINK
3: Shiragami-san sure is taking a while...
4: Where did he go, anyway?
5: Oh no!
6: Who's this?
7: I don't believe it! Someone's actually going out
8: with that guy?
9: /Hm...
10: /Huh?
11: Wha?!
12: Wait a minute! This is Kagawa's older sister!

99)
But... why?!
2: Why does Shiragami-san have her photo here?!
3: /I mean...
4: /the last time I saw her...
5: /was six years ago...
6: /Six years ago...
7: Oh, come on in!
8: Eheheh... I came to play with you again!
9: You're always welcome in here, Harumi-chan!
10: Huh?
11: You have more flowers!
12: Yep. There's a person who brings me a flower every time he comes.
13: Oh, I know him! He's the one who drives here every day, right?
14: I don't like him, you know. He creeps me out.
15: Ufufu...

100)
1: He's actually a very gentle man, you know...
2: He just isn't very good at being honest about his feelings.
3: When my parents died in the accident,
4: he was the only person I could look to for support.
SFX: CLICK
5: Ah...
6: Yo. Still alive?
7: I came to check on you.
8: You could at least knock!
9: Gimme a break.
10: What's the big deal?
11: I'm going home.
12: Ah! Harumi-chan!

101)
1: /For some reason, I could never bring myself to like that guy.
2: /Then, one day...
3: Kyaaah!
4: Someone! Someone, come quick!!
SFX: GLANCE
SFX: WHAM
5-7: Dammit!

102)
1: /Wh...
2: /Where is she?!
3: If only we had money... if only we had enough money to go and get surgery overseas...
4: she wouldn't have died like this!
5: Dammit... dammit!
6: Dammit...
7: /Dammit!!

103)
1: /Does this mean... that man was actually Shiragami-san?!
SFX: VWOOM
SFX: PSH
SFX: CRASH
SFX: KYAAA...

104)
1: What do you think, sensei?
2: Hmm...
3: A puppet master, eh? I didn't know that anyone else possessed such abilities aside from Shigen.
4: This puppet looks very old...
5: I doubt it's Japanese.
6: Can you
7: track it?
8: Hmm...
9: I'll try.

105)
TEXT: the girl for the puppet
don't make me wait
1: Tch...
SFX: BRRRING
SFX: CLICK
2: It's me.
3: Hyousuke? Did you find out anything?
4: Yes. That puppet belongs to a Chinese puppeteer named Koushuuei.
5: He died over a hundred years ago, though.
6: Apparently, his art of choice was "shoukihou."
7: Shoukihou?!

106)
1: With shoukihou, the caster uses crystals to amplify his spiritual energy and then seal it inside a puppet created through a curse. This allows the caster to control the puppet as he wishes.
2: This was originally an esoteric art from Taoism, and is also known as "shoukihou" and "kukihou."
3: Someone stole this puppet three years ago, along with another one and the crystals to control them with.
4: The thief was never found, of course.
5: So now the puppets have made their way over to Japan...
6: I have no idea how the current criminal got in possession of them, though.
7: I'm impressed you even managed to get this far. How did you find out?
8: That's a trade secret.
9: By the way... sorry, but would you mind bringing the puppet back here?
10: Huh? Did something happen?

107)
1: No...
2: Nothing happened...

108)
TEXT: LEAVE THE PUPPET HERE
TEXT: THE GIRL IS BEHIND THE DOOR
SFX: THUD
SFX: CREAK
1: Hey... are you alright,
2: missy?

109)
SFX: SLICE
1: Wha...
2: Gh...
3: Uohh...
4: Ggh!
SFX: VWOOM

110)
SFX: SPLAT
1: Shit...
2: I fucked up!!
3: Fufufu...
4: You're
5: the puppet master?!
6: Fufu... I'm really sorry I have to do this to you, especially after you were nice enough
7: to bring my puppet back to me.
8: So I'll make sure
SFX: PWAHH
9: this is quick.
SFX: VWOOM

111)
SFX: SMASH
SFX: BCCCCH
1: Seal art --
2: "Karingan." (*Flame Phosphor Orb)

112)
1: Hohoh! So that's how your seals work...
2: It's my first time seeing them in action.
3: Not bad, for one in your condition.
4: I doubt you can do much more with that wound, though.
SFX: STAGGER
5: Uu...
SFX: THUD
6: Fufufu...
7: Where am I?
8: Shi... Shiragami-san?!
9: Murder is a pretty exciting game, you know...
10: Wha...
11: It's rather thrilling to be able to kill people without staining one's own hands.
12: Fufufu... no one can catch me now.
13: After all, who would believe that a puppet killed someone?

113)
SFX: CREAK
1: Fufufu... I just put a new spirit in it.
2: Now it can finally move again.
3: Uu...
4: Aah...
5: Fufufu... you don't need to worry.
6: I'll make it quick.
SFX: STAB
7: Wh...
8: at...?!
SFX: DROP

114)
SFX: CRASH
SFX: TWITCH
SFX: SLIP
1: Ggh...
2: Aaaahhh!
3: Goh
SFX: SPLURT
4: Gheeeee!!
5: Guh... gah
6: Fu... fufufu.
7: Y-you...
8: What... did you do?!
9: I just stuck
10: a Jufu on to your doll.
11: That's one of my 708 seals. It's called "Shakkai." (Borrowed Puppet)
SFX: FLAP
12: It lets me control objects as I please.

115)
1: Now, I'm no pro puppeteer...
2: But thanks to you re-energizing that puppet, I was able to move it a bit.
3: Y... you...
4: Gh...
SFX: STAGGER
5: Uohh...
SFX: SLIP
SFX: GYAAAAAHHH

116)
1: Shiragami-san! Shiragami-san!!
2: Hang in there! I-I'll call an ambulance at once!
3: Sorry... but I don't like hospitals.
4: What are you talking about?! Now isn't the time to be picky!
5: I'm going to call one right now!
6: Just stay there!
7: H... hey!
8: Sheesh...
9: Well well... you don't look too good.
10: Hyousuke?
11: Mind lending me a shoulder?
12: Hey, don't push yourself there.

117)
1: I can't let myself get carried into some hospital.
2: It would ruin my reputation.
3: You sure?
4: What about her?
5: She'll be fine.
6: This job's...
7: over now.

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