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Prince: 11. The Investigation Team
When the dismissal bell rang, a wave of excitement rushed through my chest. I was one of the first out of my classroom as soon as the door slid open, and I quickly exchanged some things at my locker before heading out of the building. I high-tailed it down the road, ignoring the timid expressions given to me by the students I passed. My mind was on the case, and it excited me to become involved with it once again.
I arrived at Junes not too long after, heading to the food court, where I expected them to meet, since I had observed that they had often met there before. To my surprise, I was not the first one there, as I had been expecting. I cocked my head when I saw a bright ball of red and blue already pacing beside one of the tables.
"Excuse me," I spoke up as I approached the little mascot bear, who turned and looked at me when he heard my voice. "Teddie, was it? Is this where the others are meeting?"
Teddie seemed confused. "Hmm? They're meeting here?"
"You weren't informed?" I ques
Prince: 10. I Return to Yasogami
"...And this is the playground. We come here right after lunch every day."
"Wow, it's so big! What do you guys do here?"
"We play out here, stupid. What else would you do in a playground?"
"Well, we usually play tag or hide-and-seek, but there aren't a lot of places to hide, and the teachers get mad at us sometimes if we run too fast. We also play on the swings and the slide, but everyone's always fighting over the swings."
"Well, there are a lot of kids here... Who's that?"
The young boy looked in the direction that the new girl had pointed. "That girl? Oh, that's Naoto. We don't talk to her."
"Why not...?" said the little girl, "She looks lonely..."
"She's weird," said the little boy, "We tried to play with her, but she would always say she was busy reading those big stupid books about detectives. And when she did try to play with us, she'd always want to play detective. She had long hair before, but one day she came to school and it was really short, like a boy. She's also
Prince: 9. A Painful Conversation
I was startled awake by the sound of the front door creaking open, and was in a daze for a few moments, not even remembering that I had dozed off while watching TV in the parlor. I was so out of it that I barely even knew where I was, or who I was, for that matter. I started to come back to my senses when I remembered tucking the photo of me and my parents safe inside my desk before coming back downstairs to finish eating and watch some television. I didn't usually watch television, but seeing as there wasn't much to do around here when I wasn't doing homework or working on case files, I decided to give it a try and watch a reality crime show I had heard a few students at school gossip about. ...It was very inaccurate in comparison to actual crime and investigation.
When I regained my senses, I noticed that my grandfather had been the one to open the door. He was home from work. He turned to me with a smile on his face, and then came over and ruffled my hair. "Hey, Naoto," he said soft
Prince: 8. Ghosts of the Past
It was very bright out when I woke up. The sun shone through my curtains and illuminated my entire room. When I opened my eyes, I was seeing double for a few moments. My head was spinning and I was still drowned in vertigo. When I looked at my clock, I saw that it was nearing three in the afternoon. I had a bit of a double-take when I realized this. I'd never slept in this late before, or this heavily, for that matter. I noticed that I hadn't even moved in my sleep, I had been so tired, and I hadn't dreamt at all, yet I had felt some amount of time pass; it had been a time devoid of thoughts or sound, or even movement. The only thing I had noticed was the slow beating of my heart, which had droned on through the hours of the night and through the day. I couldn't believe I had slept this heavily, but perhaps it was because I needed the rest so badly.
Come to think of it, I would have slept even later, were it not for one factor... I had woken up to the enraged, painful growls that rever
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