Prince: 29. The Crash
Thunder was crashing as we made our way through the streets of Inaba, eventually coming to the shopping district, which we needed to go through on our way to Namatame's apartment complex. Kanji-kun, Yosuke-san, Yu-san and I had run ahead of the others. As we ran, I ran beside Yu-san, and he accidentally brushed his arm up against mine.
"Sorry," he said through his huffing breath.
"Oh," I said, "It's quite alright… Er…" I wanted to congratulate him for deducing that the culprit's vehicle must have been a delivery truck, but I assumed that now was not the best time. We were about to take a turn out of the shopping district, when suddenly I heard a massive crash ring out and echo in the distance. The air seemed to vibrate with a small shockwave. Whatever it was that caused the impact, I knew that it could not be a good thing. We all stopped in our tracks and looked out over the buildings in the direction where the sound had come from, and lo and behold, smoke was rising out
Prince: 28. Deductions
I ran as fast as I could force my legs to run. Even though I had my umbrella to shield me from the rain, with the speed I was running at, I had rain splashing into my face and soaking me completely. I hardly noticed, though, thinking solely of the small girl whose life was in danger. Run, I kept thinking to myself, come on, run faster! It seemed like I couldn't get my damned legs to move fast enough.
I then heard my phone begin to ring and felt it vibrate in my pocket. Hurriedly, I shoved my hand into my pocket and pulled out my phone, answering it and holding it up to my ear. "Hello?"
"Hello? Naoto-kun? It's Yosuke!" Yosuke's voice came in a rushed tone through the speaker.
"Yosuke-san!" I said, "I'm assuming you've seen the Midnight Channel!"
"What!?" said Yosuke-san, "The Midnight Channel!? No, I've been doing inventory at work! What did you see!?"
"It was Nanako-chan!" I cried.
"What!?" He was practically screaming. "You can't be serious… It can't be true! Are you sure!?"
Prince: 27. The Midnight Channel
The next day, I had joined with Yu-san at his request for lunch. We sat together on the rooftop of the school, and gratefully, I who had not brought my own lunch again began to politely devour the California roll he claimed to have prepared the night before. There was more than enough for the two of us, and as soon as the sticky rice and crab meat touched my tongue, I experienced a restaurant-like sensation of flavor which I had not expected from someone his age. I briefly wondered if he had really made this himself, but I had no reason to doubt my Leader’s honesty.
“This is quite tasty!” I observed, “I’m amazed you can cook so well, Yu-senpai…” In fact, I felt slightly jealous of his skill. I wished that I could cook like he did. “I’m a stranger to cooking... B-but perhaps I should learn to…”
“Eat up,” he said kindly, “I made it for you.”
“Really…?” I blushed slightly.
Prince: 26. My Unwise Decision
Yu-san walked me part of the way home, until I insisted on walking by myself. When I reached my house, I immediately ran up the stairs. “Good afternoon Naoto-kun. Er… Naoto-kun?” I heard my grandfather call from behind me.
“Good afternoon, Grampa,” I called down to him, barely paying attention. I quickly walked into my room, reaching under my mattress and grabbing the small revolver I kept in my possession that I usually carried with me on special investigations. After making sure that my gun license was tucked in my wallet, I rifled through some of the clothes in my dresser until I came across a small box of ammunition. Stuffing the bullets into my pocket and grabbing the glasses Teddie had given me, I swiftly left my room. However, I suddenly bumped into my grandfather in the upstairs hallway, and frantically, I slipped the revolver into my back pocket, concealing it with the back of my uniform. “S-sorry, Grampa...”
“Is something the m
Prince: 25. The Phantom Theif
"I am thou."
"...Again?" I tried to open my eyes to the fog within my heart, but when I tried, I saw that the fog was so thick that I could barely even open them.
"Thou art I."
This time, I could not see anything, even the faint outline of my Persona's wings. Instead, all that lay before me was thick, grey fog as far as my eyes could allow me to see. I tried to look down at my hands, but to my surprise, I could not see them. Was the fog really this thick? No, I had the sense that something was amiss. "...What's going on?"
Suddenly, with a flash, Sukuna-Hikona's deep blue face appeared inches from mine, prompting me to jump abruptly. He looked different from how I had remembered him, however. His fiery golden eyes, which had once seemed passionate and fervent, now seemed sinister and threatening. "Naoto Shirogane… 'Detective Prince…'" His tone seemed mocking and hurtful, and his voice seemed to be dark and warped. It seemed vaguely yet painfully
Prince: 24. White In Black
When we had made our way to the Hot Springs, after stripping down in the changing room and wearing nothing but a white towel, as well as me taking a long time to finally step out of the changing room in front of the others, we spent a good while soaking in the warm water of the springs. Although I had promised to Nanako that I would come and spend time with the others, I was highly uncomfortable. The anxiety I was feeling was not as bad as what I had felt during the beauty pageant, but I still longed to be clothed and unseen. While the others relaxed and shared nonsensical gossip, I stood off to the side and faced away from them, simply waiting for this ordeal to be over and done with.
It wasn’t long before Yukiko-san turned her head to me and spoke. “Come on over,” she said, “There’s plenty of room.”
“Huh?” I said, looking back at the girls, who were staring at me with concerned yet welcoming expressions. “O-okay…” I c
Prince: 23. Our Check-In at the Amagi Inn
"No, Ted, you can't have everything," said Kanji-kun.
"B-but I'm so hungry!" Teddie dramatically whined, "This day's grueling events have left me feeling so weak and famished!"
"What, do you think we're stupid, Ted?" Yosuke-san snapped at him, "We saw how much you loved BOTH of the pageants!"
"Fine," Teddie pouted, "Then I guess I'll just get some yakisoba. No, wait… I want takoyaki… Those little fried octopus balls… Waah, why are you making me choose just one!?"
"Just pick something already!" Kanji-kun snapped.
"Hmmm," Rise-san was staring at the menu of the stand we were in front of. "Maybe I should go for something lighter… I should probably work on maintaining my figure…"
"But I thought you were on hiatus," said Yu-san.
"O-oh! That's right… I am…"
"Oh! Big bro!" A small voice came from our left, and as we turned, we saw Nanako-chan running toward us with a broad smile on her face. Her cheery expression made me smile as well. It was a