Case 5: Broken Star

“Let me sing a song for you, a song of my dearest wish.”

            Hatori vacuumed the floor as the radio he bought from a nearby store played on a shelf. Kurosagi walked out of her kitchen with a tray of chocolate nut cookies. Hatori glanced at her and asked, “Can you eat that somewhere else please?”

“You’re vacuuming anyway,” pointed out Kurosagi as she began to munch on the cookies sending crumbs to the floor. Hatori sighed.

“Am I really getting paid enough for this?” muttered Hatori. Hatori suddenly realized something and looked back at Kurosagi.

“So far with the clients, you haven’t received any money, just their most precious objects. Do you ever ask for money?”

Kurosagi smirked and said, “Of course I do. I do need money to run this agency.”

“Then when do you get money?”

The moment Hatori said those words, the door to the agency opened up revealing a short black haired thirty-year-old man in a black shirt and pants and white jacket. He smiled as he waved toward Kurosagi.

“Kurosagi, long time no see,” he greeted. Kurosagi smirked as she looked at the visitor.

“Nice to see you too, Orchie.”

The man, Orchie, chuckled. Hatori looked at Orchie with confused eyes.

“You know this guy?” asked Hatori. Kurosagi nodded and said, “His name is Orchie Kou, a detective and a longtime friend. He’s one of my connections.” Orchie nodded and looked at Hatori.

“And who might you be?”

“Hatori Ogami, Kurosagi’s assistant.”

Orchie was silent and then exclaimed, “What did you say?” Hatori repeated his words nervously. Orchie looked at Kurosagi with tearful eyes and said, “I wanted to be your assistant before, so why choose him over me?” Kurosagi sighed and said, “You’re already a detective, so you don’t need to be an assistant, child.” Orchie began to whine like a small dog. Hatori could have sworn that Orchie looked like the sulking Noda Sato.

Kurosagi sighed and asked, “So why have you come today, Orchie?”

Orchie sighed and said, “It’s always about work with you. Anyway, I do have a job for you.” Orchie pulled out a folder from his jacket and held it to Kurosagi.

“This file was just made today,” stated Orchie. Kurosagi took the folder and flipped it open. There was a picture of a blonde haired twenty-five-year-old woman in a star design dress with a murder file next to it. Kurosagi read it and sighed.

“Dahlia Dale?”

Orchie nodded and stated, “She’s a famous singer. Her body was discovered yesterday in her apartment room by her landlord.”

“So she was murdered by getting her throat slit?”

Orchie nodded. Kurosagi shut the file with her one hand and said, “Why do you want my help with this case?”

“Well her death was pretty sudden and her father is a politician. He doesn’t want anyone to know that she is dead until we find the murderer.”

Hatori gasped and asked, “So he wants the murder to be kept secret?” Orchie nodded and added, “No one knows that she’s dead except for her father, the landlord, and the police that were called.” He looked at Kurosagi seriously.

“We can’t cause a commotion, so we need you to get the clues, so we can narrow down the suspects.”

Kurosagi smirked and said, “You do know that I am expensive, right?” Orchie sighed and pulled out a check from his jacket pocket.

“Dahlia’s father is willing to pay you this much to help with the case.”

Kurosagi took the check and smirked when she saw the price. Kurosagi looked at Orchie and asked, “Is he really that desperate?” Orchie nodded and added, “He will do anything to get this murder solved.” Kurosagi chuckled as she placed the check to her lips.

“The deal is done, so take me to Dahlia Dale’s body.”

Orchie nodded with a smile and said, “We’re taking my car so bring your barf bags.” Kurosagi groaned placing the check in her bag. Hatori laughed uneasily as he shut the radio and the vacuum off. Orchie looked at Hatori, who was walking to Kurosagi, and asked, “Who says you’re coming?”

“But I always stick with Kurosagi in her cases.”

“So?”

Hatori could sense the hate in Orchie’s voice and began to wonder what he did to offend him. Kurosagi sighed and said, “Ogami-San comes along.” Orchie pouted and walked out the door of the office.

On the way to the car, Hatori leaned toward Kurosagi and asked, in a low tone, “How much were you given?”

“$60 million dollars.”

Hatori felt like he wanted to keel over when he heard the unbelievable price given to Kurosagi. It made him wonder how much money other people paid her before he met her.

Orchie opened the door to his car to Kurosagi and said, “Please take a seat.” Kurosagi nodded pulling a barf bag from her bag. Kurosagi crawled into the car. Hatori was about to follow her, but Orchie closed the door before he could do so. Orchie smirked at Hatori.

“You get to sit in the front with me, Ogami-San.”

Hatori could sense the sarcasm in Orchie’s voice and came to the conclusion that Orchie wasn’t too fond of him. Maybe it was “hate” at first sight.

When they were in the car, Orchie took off down the road. Hatori could hear Kurosagi barfing in the back and cringed. He looked back at Kurosagi and asked, “I heard they created a medicine for car sickness, so why don’t you take that.” Kurosagi looked up at Hatori completely green.

“Medicines have no effect on me.”

Kurosagi barfed again making Hatori look away from her. Orchie chuckled at the wheel and said, “Kurosagi really hates cars.” Kurosagi glared at Orchie’s back before barfing into her second barf bag.

After Kurosagi barfed into five barf bags, they had arrived at a high class apartment complex that seemed to reach to the sky. Kurosagi staggered out of the car with Hatori’s help.

“Do you need something to drink?” asked Hatori. Kurosagi shook her head slowly regaining the color in her face. She finally recovered and looked at Orchie seriously.

“Take me to her body.”

Orchie nodded with a smirk.

They walked into the apartment and headed straight to the elevator. Orchie pressed the top floor button in the elevator. The elevator closed and rose past all the bottom floors. With a single ding of the elevator, the elevator doors opened revealing an extravagant hallway. They walked into it with Kurosagi staring at the different portraits of the singer.

“Is this entire floor Dale-San’s?”

Orchie nodded and added, “That’s why it was only the land lord who discovered her body. No one else is allowed on this floor.” Kurosagi nodded.

Hatori looked at a portrait of the singer smiling with a cat in her arms and commented, “She’s really beautiful.” Kurosagi smirked at Hatori and asked, “Do you fancy her?” Hatori blushed and shook his head.

“She’s beautiful, but I only have Aoi in my heart.”

Kurosagi chuckled as she looked away from Hatori.

They reached a pure white door at the end of the hallway. Orchie opened it revealing a few policemen and a young woman in her thirties. Orchie led Hatori and Kurosagi into the room. Orchie looked at the policemen seriously.

“This is Kurosagi and she is to help with the murder of Dahlia Dale.”

The policemen looked at Hatori. Hatori shook his head and pointed down at Kurosagi.

“She’s Kurosagi not me.”

The policemen looked at Kurosagi, who waved at them. The policemen looked at Orchie wondering if he was serious. Orchie sighed.

“I know Kurosagi is small, but she is an adult. She’s a great detective.”

Orchie smiled at Kurosagi and said, “Should I introduce you to them.” Kurosagi nodded eyeing the three policemen present and the young woman.

“The guy leaning against the wall is Jonathan Medina.”

Jonathan waved at Kurosagi uneasily.

“The guy, who is NOT wearing his hat correctly, is Damian Kramer.”

Damian fixed his crooked hat with a light blush against his cheek.

“The last one is Mori Fumi.”

Mori nodded at Kurosagi.

Kurosagi looked at the woman sitting on the sofa and asked, “Who is the woman?” Orchie looked at the woman and said, “She’s the land lord of the building Rose Sanchez. We asked her to be here when we get the clues just in case she knows any suspects related to the clues.” Kurosagi nodded.

Hatori looked around the room and asked, “So where is the body?” Orchie pointed to a closed door.

“Dahlia Dale’s body is in there.”

Orchie handed Kurosagi a mask and warned her that the body was beginning to smell. Kurosagi nodded and slipped the mask over her nose and mouth. Hatori noticed the others slipping on masks and came to a realization. Hatori pointed at himself and asked, “Don’t I get one?” Orchie looked at him with a mask on him and asked, “I don’t have anymore.” Hatori shook in anger knowing that Orchie was doing that on purpose.

Kurosagi sighed. She pulled out a mask from her bag and tossed it up to Hatori.

“Put that on, Ogami-San.”

Hatori nodded thanking Kurosagi in the process. Orchie made sure that everyone was wearing a mask and then opened the door. Hatori cringed at the sight before him. In the room was the body of Dahlia Dale. She was laid across the king sized bed with her hair spread out like vines. The wound in her neck gaped open revealing the dried blood upon it. Her eyes were wide with fear clearly in it and dried blood streaks were around her lips. The red dress she wore had its front tore open with droplets of blood on it. Hatori prevented himself from hurling.

Kurosagi looked at Orchie and asked, “Was her body moved?” Orchie shook his head.

“There seemed to be a struggle, but we don’t know beyond that because there were no traces of fingerprints on her and the weapon is still not found.”

Kurosagi thought a while and asked, “So he might have been wearing gloves when he killed her and took the weapon with him?” Orchie nodded. Kurosagi smirked.

“So the killing was planned, interesting.”

Kurosagi looked at all of them and said, “The ones who don’t know me, I will tell you now that you are not to tell anyone of what you see today.” Mori, Rose, Jonathan, and Damian all nodded even though they were still confused. Kurosagi removed her mask allowing her to smell the rotting flesh of the star. Kurosagi didn’t even cringe as she reached out to the star.

“Give me the three clues I need to solve this case, Dahlia Dale.”

Kurosagi touched the body and gasped, her eyes becoming glazed. Kurosagi opened her mouth as she touched the body.

Help me, help me, HELP ME!

Kurosagi pulled her hand away and fell to her knees. Hatori and Orchie ran to her side and asked, “What happened?” Kurosagi glared at the body.

“She only asked for help and wouldn’t give me the clues. That means she didn’t understand me.”

Kurosagi looked at them seriously and said, “This only happens when I don’t ask them specifically.” Hatori gasped and asked, “You mean her name isn’t Dahlia Dale?” Kurosagi nodded and looked at Orchie.

“Is Dahlia Dale her true name?”

“It should be.”

Kurosagi cursed under her breath and said, “I can’t get the clues unless I know her real name.” Kurosagi looked at Rose causing Rose to flinch.

“How long has she been living in this apartment?”

“Since she was sixteen, so almost nine years.”

“And you never knew that she might have changed her name?”

“I really don’t know.”

Rose seemed to be struggling against the tears wanting to come out. Kurosagi sighed and said, “Looks like you aren’t going to be getting any clues.” Orchie sighed.

“That’s unfortunate and we really needed to stay low on this case.”

Orchie suddenly smirked and placed a hand on Kurosagi’s shoulder making her look at him.

“How about helping us out a different way?” asked Orchie in a somewhat mischievous tone. Kurosagi raised an eyebrow at him.

“A different way?”

Orchie chuckled and stated, “Use the secret that I love so much.” Kurosagi cringed making Hatori confused.

“Which secret?” asked Hatori. Orchie placed his free hand on her other shoulder and looked at her with almost sparkling eyes.

“If you can use that secret to go undercover, we might not even need the clues. Please do it for the case.”

Kurosagi sighed and said, “All right, but I’m only doing it because I want this case solved and I want to keep the money.” Orchie nodded with a smile upon his lips.

Hatori looked down at Kurosagi and asked, “Are you going to show a secret that I don’t know of?” Kurosagi nodded and added, “It’s not exactly one of my favorites, but I need to use it to solve this case.” With that, she leaned over the body and sank her teeth into her arm. Hatori, Rose, and the policemen gasped.

“What the heck is she doing?”

“Is that normal?”

“Does she do that to all dead bodies?”

Hatori reached out to Kurosagi to pull her away from the body, but Orchie held him back and said, “Just watch Ogami-San.”

Kurosagi pulled away from the body revealing the blood running down the side of her mouth. She gasped and clenched her body. Her whole form shook making Hatori concerned.

“Kurosagi?”

Kurosagi’s hair grew and slowly began to change color. Her entire body changed from a child’s to a woman’s. The small white dress she wore hugged her new formed body revealing every curve. Her hair became even silkier and the color finally changed to a beautiful golden blonde.

Kurosagi stopped shaking as all stared at her. Kurosagi opened her red eyes and looked at them in her new form. She looked exactly like Dahlia Dale. Orchie smiled as he looked at her, while the others were shocked.

“I love it when she transforms into a different person, especially when it is a woman.”

Hatori stared at Kurosagi in shock, until he realized that her cleavage was showing and the dress rose above her thy nearly revealing her bottom. Hatori blushed and immediately removed his jacket. He wrapped it around Kurosagi and screamed, “Don’t flaunt that body around!” Kurosagi smirked at Hatori.

“So you do fancy Dahlia Dale,” said Kurosagi, in a mature woman’s voice. Hatori gasped and said, “I don’t fancy her and how did your voice change too?” Kurosagi chuckled.

“When I drink blood, I take the form of the blood’s owner for one whole day. I can even use their voice, Ogami-San.”

Hatori discovered another secret of Kurosagi, but found it to be completely embarrassing in his point of view. Orchie yanked Hatori away from Kurosagi and said, “Let’s leave the room, so Kurosagi can change clothes.” Hatori nodded still completely red. Orchie pushed all of them out and looked back at Kurosagi.

“I’ll give you more details when you come out.”

Kurosagi nodded and watched Orchie shut the door behind him.

When they were gone, Kurosagi removed Hatori’s jacket and her white dress revealing the perfect, scar less skin that was now hers. She looked down at the body and said, “I will find out who you are and I will find your killer.”

Orchie explained about Kurosagi’s transformation to Mori, Damian, Rose, and Jonathan for they were still shocked.

“So she’ll be in that form for a whole day and she’ll pretend to be Dahlia Dale, while searching for clues?”

Orchie nodded and added, “She’s done cases like this before, so she’ll be fine and I’ll just get some extra blood from the body just in case she needs more than a day.”

Rose clenched her fist and said, “A human shouldn’t be able to do that. She’s nothing but a demon.” Orchie glared at Rose and said, “She’s not a demon.” Rose was still shaking.

Mori sighed and said, “I have to agree with Miss. Sanchez on this. She can’t be human.”  Damian and Jonathan nodded in agreement. Orchie glared at them daring them to call Kurosagi anything offensive.

Hatori heard their words and remembered that Kurosagi called herself a “monster” during one of their cases.

Is she really a monster?

They heard the door open and looked up only to see Kurosagi in her adult form wearing a silver dress with her long blonde hair running down her back. Kurosagi looked at them her eyes now emerald green.

“So how should we go about this?”

Orchie smiled and was about to say something, until he heard the phone ring on a side table. Rose reached out to pick it up, but Orchie held her hand back and said, “Let Kurosagi answer the phone. We need to make it look like that Dahlia Dale is still alive.” Rose nodded.

Kurosagi walked to the phone and picked it up. She held it to her ear as she spoke.

“Dahlia Dale speaking.”

“Dahlia?”

“That’s me.”

“Why weren’t you picking up your phone yesterday?”

“You could say that I was busy.”

“Busy, doing what? Never mind, I need you to come to the studio to do your new song recording and to get ready for your drama debut, and then we have to go for your pictures for the magazine ‘Love Pop’. You also have a concert tonight. We can’t have you slacking, so hurry up.”

The caller hanged up leaving all of them speechless. Kurosagi looked at Orchie and asked, “Who is this crazy caller?” Orchie laughed uneasily.

“I think that was Dahlia’s manager, Shinogu Mikage.”

“Is the definition of manager slave driver?” asked Kurosagi obviously not pleased. Orchie chuckled and said, “You’ll be fine.”

Kurosagi sighed and said, “All right, but I need all the information on Dale-San to get her character right.” Orchie nodded and began to order Mori, Jonathan, and Damian to search around for any information on Dahlia.

Hatori looked at Kurosagi and asked, “Are you really going to be all right doing this case?” Kurosagi nodded pushing the strand of hair behind her ear.

“I’ll be fine, Ogami-San.”

Kurosagi’s voice was almost hypnotic. Hatori couldn’t stop staring at her. He snapped back to reality, when Orchie stood between them and handed Kurosagi a journal.

“I had the three boys whip this up in a flash. It has all the information on the people Dahlia knew and what her schedule is.”

Kurosagi thanked Orchie taking the journal from Orchie’s grasp. Kurosagi looked at Rose and asked, “How does Dale-San get to work?” Rose was shaking as she looked at Kurosagi.

“She takes her limo.”

Kurosagi grew pale and placed a hand to her forehead.

“It just had to be a car.”

Hatori immediately knew the problem and asked, “Do you want to just walk?”

“That would take too long, Ogami-San.”

Kurosagi realized something and looked at Hatori seriously.

“During this case, you won’t be able to stick with me,” stated Kurosagi. Hatori realized that too, but then came up with a solution.

“Maybe I can sneak in too as a reporter. I heard that reporters always stick around idols to get a story.”

Kurosagi smirked and said, “That’s fine with me. I’ll just tell Mikage-San that I allowed you to interview me and that you need to stay close.” Hatori nodded in agreement.

“Absolutely not!” objected Orchie. Kurosagi smirked at Orchie and said, “I want someone I know around me, so call Terry to make up the file.” Orchie pouted as he pulled out his cell phone.

“Who’s Terry?”

“One of my connections. She’ll make you a fake file for a popular news group, so no one will suspect you.”

Hatori nodded and wondered when he would meet this Terry.

Orchie hanged up the phone and said, “It’s done. He’s a news reporter for Star Lineup, so get to the limo and keep me updated on the status of the case.” Kurosagi nodded and left the room with Hatori. Orchie looked at the others and warned them to keep quiet about Kurosagi. They all nodded.

Kurosagi sped read through the journal and then shut it.

“It looks like I need to get to Bremen Studio.”

“Isn’t that a famous studio that created hundreds of idols over the years?”

“That’s the one.”

“Dahlia Dale must have been a great singer.”

Kurosagi looked at Hatori seriously and said, “It was not Dahlia Dale who sang, but someone else and we are trying to figure out who she is.” Hatori nodded.

They found Dahlia’s limo, where her chauffeur was waiting patiently. Kurosagi waved at him and said, “Nice to see you, Oscar.” The chauffeur, Oscar, nodded and opened the door for Kurosagi. Kurosagi slipped in and then said, looking toward Hatori, “Hatori Ogami is a reporter interviewing me, so please let him in.”

“Of course Miss. Dale.”

Oscar allowed Hatori to sit next to her. Oscar shut the door and then jumped into the car.

They were soon on the road to Bremen Studio. Kurosagi gagged trying to hold up her puke. Hatori gasped and pulled out a barf bag. He held it to her and said, “Don’t hold it in or it’ll get worse.” Kurosagi surrendered to her nausea pulling the bag to her. Oscar looked back at them and asked, “Are you all right Miss. Dale?”

“I’m…”

Kurosagi threw up into the barf bag. Oscar cringed and asked, “Do you want me to pull over?”

“You don’t have too,” said Kurosagi completely pale. Hatori rubbed her back telling her to hold on. Oscar looked at Hatori suspiciously and asked, “Are you really a reporter?”

Hatori nodded and added, “I’m part of Star Lineup.” Oscar raised an eyebrow at him and then looked at the clock in the car. It read eleven in the morning. Oscar looked back at them and smirked.

“I hope this doesn’t ruin your career, Miss. Dale.”

Kurosagi was confused as she threw up into a new barf bag.

They reached Bremen Studio, which had people coming in and out of the revolving doors. Kurosagi regained the color of her face before walking out of the limo. Hatori followed behind her with three barf bags in hand. Hatori disposed of the bags and flung Kurosagi’s bag over his shoulder.

“So we just walk in?”

Kurosagi nodded, walking forward. The way she walked was like she was gliding. People passing by couldn’t help, but look with admiration in their eyes. Kurosagi and Hatori walked into the studio and saw workers and famous idols walking around to their scheduled areas.

“This is amazing,” stated Hatori. Kurosagi smirked and said, “Looks like entertainment is still a huge business.” Hatori looked at Kurosagi with a questioning look.

“Dahlia!”

Hatori and Kurosagi looked at the source of the voice and saw a man with brown lenses and short brown hair approaching them.

“Mikage-San,” said Kurosagi in her woman voice. Shinogu crossed his arms at Kurosagi and demanded what took her so long.

“Well you called me when I was changing clothes and Ogami-San took a while in getting to my apartment.”

Shinogu looked at Hatori and asked, “And why is this guy here with you?”

“Ogami-San wanted to interview me for Star Lineup. He was very persistent, so I agreed to it. He also told me that he needs to be close to me.”

Shinogu looked Hatori up and down and said, “Well this saves me the trouble on calling Star Lineup to put up your story. Just don’t be a hindrance Ogami-San.” Hatori nodded.

Shinogu looked back at Kurosagi and said, “Now let’s get to the recording before they decide to cancel it.” Kurosagi nodded and followed Shinogu with Hatori by her side.

They entered the elevator and waited as it rose up. Shinogu looked at Kurosagi and asked, “You memorized the song already, right?” Kurosagi nodded. Hatori gasped and leaned toward Kurosagi’s ear.

“What song?”

“Apparently Dahlia Dale was supposed to sing a new song called ‘Come to Me’ today. Orchie wrote it down in the journal he gave me.”

“The lyrics were in it?”

Kurosagi nodded and added, “The song wasn’t very hard to memorize.”

“What are you two talking about?” asked Shinogu with a raised eyebrow. Kurosagi chuckled and said, “Nothing of importance.”

The elevator doors opened revealing a hallway with multiple doors. They headed to the far left door that led to a room with amplifiers and other machinery created for music. The room had a clear window that showed a separate room with a microphone and few instruments like a guitar and a drum.

A man with a Mohawk and sunglasses in the room saw them and said, “About time you guys got here.” Shinogu bowed to the man deeply and said, “I apologize, but Dahlia was delayed in traffic, Velton.” Velton, the Mohawk haired man, shrugged and said, “I bet she was just screwing around with a man.” Velton turned away from them with displeasure in his face.

“Just get into the recording area, so we can record your stupid song.”

Kurosagi immediately didn’t like Velton, but still obeyed him as she entered the recording station. Hatori, Velton, and Shinogu went to the window looking at Kurosagi as she sat on the stool in the room. Kurosagi placed the earphones in the room over her ears and adjusted the microphone to her liking.

Velton pressed a button in the room allowing him to speak to Kurosagi in the other room.

“We already recorded the music, so we just need your stupid voice. Now sing when you hear the music got it?”

Kurosagi nodded.

Hatori glared at Velton and said, “Don’t call her voice stupid.” Velton glared at Hatori.

“I’m only saying as it is. Her voice never reaches people like it used to. She’s nothing but a broken idol to me.”

Hatori looked at Kurosagi worriedly.

Kurosagi placed her right hand gently on the earphones and closed her eyes. The music began to play. Kurosagi took in a deep breath and let out a voice that made Velton, Shinogu, and Hatori’s eyes widen.

“Many years ago, I was loved by you. You held my hand, when I was about to cry. You never left my side when the whole world turned their back on me. You promised to remain by my side forever and ever.  But Times have changed. You have left me in a sea of tears. All I want is you. Come to me. Take my hand once again. Come to me. That’s all I ask of you.”

As Kurosagi continued to sing, they could feel the heartbreak in the song. All three of them didn’t even notice the tears falling from their eyes. Kurosagi released the last note as the music began to fade. She opened her eyes and looked at Hatori, Shinogu, and Velton. She noticed the tears in their eyes and asked, “Is something wrong?”

Velton gasped and wiped his tears away. He smiled at Kurosagi, pressing the button on the sound board.

“Everything is fine. That song is sure to be a hit, Dahlia.”

Kurosagi nodded. Kurosagi left the recording room. Shinogu grabbed her hand and said, “That was wonderful, but now we have to go to the next appointment.” Kurosagi nodded. She was about to be dragged out, but Velton held her other hand making her look at him.

“I look forward to work with you again, Dahlia.”

Kurosagi smirked pulling her hand away from him. She grabbed a strand of his hair on his Mohawk and said, “Maybe when you fix this hair, Velton-San.” Kurosagi withdrew her hand and followed Shinogu and Hatori out of the room. Velton clasped his hair with his cheeks burning.

Kurosagi, Hatori, and Shinogu entered the elevator again. The elevator doors closed and began to descend. Hatori looked at Kurosagi rubbing his eyes and whispered, “You sang very well.”

“I hope so. I did win a singing contest when I was younger.”

“You could have become a sensation if you stuck with it.”

“No one would like to keep a child singer forever, Ogami-San.”

The elevator doors opened allowing them to step out. They entered a door down the new hallway revealing staff members running around frantically fixing up a set. Kurosagi looked at Shinogu and asked, “Is this where I am supposed to be for the drama?” Shinogu nodded.

“What drama?” asked Hatori in surprise. Kurosagi pushed a strand of her hair behind her ear and said, “I am supposed to be a guest star in the hit drama, ‘My Beloved Family’.”

“I’ve heard of that drama. It’s supposed to be about two families living in the same home and the troubles they face.”

Kurosagi nodded and added, “I’ve seen it once, but it can’t beat the cooking channel.” Hatori sighed.

“Dahlia, we have to see the producer,” instructed Shinogu. Dahlia nodded and followed Shinogu. They found the producer, Dorian Dred, sitting in his producer’s chair sipping on his coffee.

“Dred-San!”

Dorian looked at them and scowled.

“What took you so long?” demanded Dorian. Shinogu bowed deeply and said, “We apologize, but we had a previous appointment.” Dorian scoffed and looked at Kurosagi.

“You’re Dahlia right?”

Kurosagi nodded. Dorian sighed and said, “I expected you to look younger. Oh well, just get to the dressing room to change and then we can start.”

Kurosagi nodded and did a small bow. She looked at Shinogu and Hatori and said, “I’ll be right back.” She turned away from them sending her hair flying. Hatori blushed at this and placed a hand to his mouth.

Kurosagi seems completely different in that form.

Kurosagi entered the dressing room only to see a seventeen-year-old boy half naked. He gasped turning red and said, “Why are you in here?” Kurosagi sighed and said, “My apologies. It seems this is the wrong room.” Kurosagi bowed and then walked out closing the door behind her. The boy stared at the door with a blank look.

Kurosagi entered another dressing room and saw a woman in a red tank top and jeans organizing her makeup. She looked at Kurosagi and smiled.

“You must be Dahlia Dale.”

The woman held her hand to Kurosagi and introduced herself as Jennifer Avez, the makeup artist of Bremen Studio. Kurosagi shook her hand with a small smile. Jenifer sat Kurosagi down in an empty chair and said, “We better get you ready fast.” Kurosagi nodded.

Jennifer began to brush Kurosagi’s hair and do her makeup making sure that nothing was out of place. Jennifer smiled and commented, “Your skin is so smooth. Just like silk.” Kurosagi smiled in thanks.

Jennifer placed the last of the makeup and then nodded in approval. She handed Kurosagi a business woman’s suit and said, “Put that on and then we can start. I hope you memorized your lines.” Kurosagi nodded and watched Jennifer walk out.

Kurosagi slipped into the costume and peered into the mirror. She looked like a business woman ready for work. She remembered that the lines written in the journal made her sound like a serious woman. She also noted that the drama was mostly about money problems and sighed. She found a pair of prop glasses and slipped them on. With that, she walked out of the dressing room.

Kurosagi walked up to the producer and stated that she was ready. Dorian looked at her and asked, “Why are you wearing glasses?” Kurosagi pushed them up the bridge of her nose.

“This is my character.”

Dorian sighed and said, “Whatever, just get ready with the cast.” Kurosagi nodded and went to the back of the set. She saw the actors and bowed to them.

“Please take care of me.”

A small girl, who looked around twelve, scoffed at Kurosagi and said, “Just don’t be a crappy actor Miss. Singer.” The others nodded in agreement. The boy she saw in the dressing room looked at her and said, “You did memorize your lines right?” Kurosagi nodded.

“I had to memorize them or it will be an insult to the producer.”

A woman around the age of twenty-nine sighed and said, “That’s true, but you are new to the acting world Miss. Singer.” Kurosagi smirked.

“My name is Dahlia Dale, not Miss. Singer, Debbie Kramer.”

“You know my name already?” exclaimed the woman. Kurosagi nodded and pointed at each of them.

“You’re Debbie Kramer. You play the mother of Tama and Momo: Darla. You’re Satoshi Lian. You play the son of Darla: Tama. You’re Juliet Sanders. You play the younger sister of Tama: Momo. You’re Ren Ueto. You play the father of Hikari: Genbu. And you’re Aya Elric. You play the daughter of Genbu: Hikari. Am I correct?”

All of them were speechless. Kurosagi chuckled and said, “I hope you all remember my name as well.” They snapped back to their senses and looked away from Kurosagi.

Dorian called to them saying that they were going to start soon. Satoshi, the seventeen-year-old boy; Ren, the thirty-year-old man; Aya, the eighteen-year-old girl; Juliet, the twelve-year-old girl; and Debbie, the twenty-nine-year-old woman entered the set leaving Kurosagi behind.

They went to their places. Dorian flicked his finger signaling the beginning of the show. Debbie began to search around the room frantically.

“What’s wrong Darla?” asked Ren in his actor mode. Debbie looked at him and said, “The tax collector is supposed to be coming today and I don’t have any of them paid.”

“Calm down, I’m sure that they will understand.”

“Understand? They didn’t understand last time, so why now?”

Debbie fell to the sofa sobbing. Ren rubbed her back trying to calm her down. Juliet peeked from behind the sofa and asked, “Mommy why are you crying?” Debbie looked down at Juliet and pulled her into a hug.

“I’m not sure how we can continue to live here.”

“Mommy?”

Kurosagi approached the fake door and knocked on it. Debbie flinched and said, “They’re here.” Ren opened the door revealing Kurosagi. Kurosagi pushed the glasses up the bridge of her nose as she began to speak.

“Is this the residence of Darla Harrison and Genbu Kui?”

Ren nodded. Kurosagi stepped onto the set and looked around the house.

“Your house is very lovely,” complimented Kurosagi. Kurosagi suddenly tripped and fell toward the sofa. Ren gasped and caught her. Kurosagi smirked and muttered something to Ren making him confused.

“Thank you, Kui-San.”

Kurosagi sat in the sofa opposite of Debbie and knocked on her head.

“I just sometimes lose my balance,” said Kurosagi jokingly. Ren gulped and asked, “Are you the tax collector, for real?”

“That’s me,” said Kurosagi flashing a bright smile. Debbie gulped and said, “If you came for the money, then I’m afraid that…”

“No need, no need.”

Debbie, Juliet, and Ren’s eyes widen.

“What did you say?”

Dorian gasped knowing full well that the line wasn’t in the script. He was about to call cut, but stopped when he heard Kurosagi’s next line.

“Before I came here, I looked at your balances. You do have bad credit and your jobs that you currently have aren’t enough to pay for the taxes, so I spoke with my superior about this and told him that we should put you on a saving account.”

“Saving account?”

“That’s right. With the Saving account, you can save up the money gradually for your unpaid taxes. The money will also increase if you find better jobs. This was specifically designed to help families like yourselves.”

Kurosagi patted Juliet’s head and added, “Raising children is hard enough, so let’s lessen the burden.” All of them were silent.

Satoshi, who was above the stairs, suddenly tripped and slid down the stairs. Aya gasped and ran after him saying, “Sa…Tama.” Satoshi landed on the bottom groaning in pain. Kurosagi went to Satoshi before Dorian could say cut and said another line not in the script.

“You OK?” asked Kurosagi. Satoshi nodded. Kurosagi giggled and said, “Looks like I wasn’t the only one who loses balance.” Satoshi blushed making Aya gasp. Ren shook his head and asked, “What’s your name, so we can thank you properly for lessening our burden?”

Kurosagi looked toward the camera. She removed her glasses and smiled brightly.

“My name is Emi.”

The entire cast blushed including the producer and staff. Dorian shook his blush away and said, “That’s a wrap.” All of them went back to reality and looked at Kurosagi, who just sighed and fixed her hair.

“Is that all Dred-San?” asked Kurosagi. All of them thought that Kurosagi would be scolded, but all Dorian did was smile at her and asked, “Would you like to become a permanent cast member of the show?” Before Kurosagi could even speak, Shinogu grabbed her hand and said, “She’ll think about it, Dred-San.” With that, he dragged Kurosagi out of the room with Hatori behind.

Dorian ruffled his hair and said, “To change the money problems in the drama is a risky move, but that gives it an easier time to progress the relationships of the characters. She must have known this. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a great actress like her. I hope she comes back.” Everyone nodded in agreement feeling the impact of Kurosagi’s acting.

As Kurosagi, Shinogu, and Hatori walked, Hatori leaned toward her ear and asked, “Were you an actress too when you were younger?” Kurosagi nodded.

“That was a long time ago.”

Hatori smiled and said, “Well you are still good at it apparently.” Kurosagi smirked at him. Shinogu looked back at them and asked, “What are you two talking about?”

“Nothing.”

Shinogu sighed and said, “Well we better hurry to the photo shoot.”

“For ‘Love Pop’ correct?”

Shinogu nodded. They entered into a room where a model named Matthew Avelino was getting his pictures taken. Shinogu snuck behind the photographer, Julie Lawrence, and tapped her shoulder making her look at him.

“What took you so long?” whispered Julie.

“Sorry, but we had other engagements.”

Julie sighed and looked at the crew members and Matthew.

“Dahlia is here, so change the background.”

They nodded and began to move things around as Matthew walked off. He looked at Kurosagi with his broad chest showing and said, “Why in the world are we taking pictures of an old hag like you? You will never be able to compare to my beauty.” Matthew tossed his long blonde hair about. Matthew saw Hatori and winked at him.

“Hey good looking.”

Hatori cringed and hid behind Kurosagi.

I knew that some idols are gay, but I never expected to actually meet one.

Kurosagi glanced back at Hatori and then looked at Matthew with a smirk.

“Before you insult me, let’s see if you can actually be with me in a picture.”

Matthew scoffed and turned away from Kurosagi. Kurosagi looked at Julie next and asked, “Can I have the clothes I am supposed to model in?” Julie nodded and said, “It’s on a hanger in the dressing room.” Kurosagi nodded and headed to a dressing room.

Kurosagi entered the room and saw a two piece swimsuit on a hanger. She sighed as she began to remove the business suit off of her body. She slipped into the swimsuit and walked out of the room letting her hair down. She looked at Julie and asked, “Is the set ready?”

Julie nodded and instructed Kurosagi to sit on the bench on the set. Kurosagi did as told. Julie prepared the camera and said, “Now the theme is ‘Summer Beach’, so try to look like you are in the beach.” Kurosagi nodded and took in a deep breath. Kurosagi kicked up her left leg and giggled. Julie took the picture with wide eyes. Kurosagi then held her right hand in the air and looked into it like there was water in it. Julie took the picture. Kurosagi did other poses making it seem like she was on the beach. Julie took multiple pictures and then looked at Matthew, who had a sour look on.

“Join Dahlia now, Matthew.”

Matthew sighed and joined the set. He sat next to her and whispered, “I’m not touching you old hag.” Kurosagi smirked at him and held his cheeks making him gasp. Kurosagi pressed her forehead to his and said, “As a model, touching is essential, so this should be just fine, Avelino-San.” Matthew blushed. At that moment Julie took the picture. Kurosagi then leaned into his chest and made him hold her back. Julie took the picture with a smile. Kurosagi kneeled down tracing her fingers on the floor. Matthew remained standing, but then began to reach toward her. Julie took the picture before he could touch her and then said, “That’s a wrap, good job.” Matthew gasped and pulled his hand away from Kurosagi. Kurosagi sighed as she stood up.

Julie went to Kurosagi and asked, “Can you model for us again, Dahlia?” Kurosagi smirked and said, “Only if Mikage-San says OK.” At that point Shinogu appeared and pushed Kurosagi to the dressing room.

“Get dressed, so we can go.”

Kurosagi nodded and walked into the room. She began to change into a dress she was provided and looked into the mirror. She touched her reflection and said, “Too bad I’m not you, Dale-San.” Kurosagi walked out of the room and was immediately pulled by Shinogu.

“Let’s get going, so we can have time to prepare for your concert.”

Kurosagi nodded and grabbed Hatori’s hand pulling him along. She looked back at Julie and Matthew, who were talking to one another happily. Kurosagi told them goodbye making them look at her. Matthew just blushed, while Julie waved goodbye to her with a bright smile.

“Come back soon.”

Kurosagi just showed a sad smile. Hatori noticed this and asked, “Are you OK?”

“I’m fine.”

They entered the elevator once again. Kurosagi looked at Shinogu and asked, “Can I be excused? I promise to be back in time for the concert.” Shinogu nodded and smiled.

“You have worked hard and they even want to work with you again. This could send your career soaring, so you deserve a break.”

Kurosagi thanked him and looked at Hatori. She leaned toward his ear and said, “I need you to come with me.”

“Of course.”

The minute the elevator stopped, Kurosagi and Hatori walked out. Kurosagi looked back at Shinogu and said, “We’ll be right back.” Shinogu nodded even though he was looking at Hatori with serious eyes.

Kurosagi pulled Hatori out of the building and behind a wall.

“Did you see anything strange in her work place?”

Hatori thought awhile and stated, “Well everyone that we met seemed to hate you, but then warmed up to you.”

“Exactly, I’m thinking that Dahlia or the one who calls herself Dahlia was withdrawn. She must have been stressed the way Mikage-San drives her.”

“Do you think it might be suicide?”

“She might have been thinking about it, but she was clearly murdered.”

Kurosagi sighed and said, “Only if I could get the clues or know who she truly was.”

“Lily!”

Kurosagi and Hatori flinched. They looked to the side and saw a man in his thirties looking at them almost out of breath. The man approached them and grabbed Kurosagi’s hand.

“Lily, why didn’t you come to the meeting place like we promised?”

Kurosagi stared at the man and then smirked. She held his hand and asked, “Do you know me, sir?” The man gasped and asked, “What are you talking about Lily and what’s with the sir?” Hatori reached out to the man and asked, “Who are you?” The man looked at Hatori and asked, “My name is Tien Noriko, and who are you and why is Lily with you?”

Before Hatori could say a word, Tien punched him in the face and demanded, “Are you the reason why Lily didn’t meet me?” Hatori clenched his cheek. Tien looked at Kurosagi with hurt in his eyes and asked, “Why are you with this guy? Didn’t you promise to marry me or was that a lie?”

Kurosagi crossed her arms at Tien and asked, “So this person is named Lily?” Tien was filled with confusion.

“What are you talking about Lily?”

Kurosagi smirked and said, “My name is not Lily and it isn’t Dahlia either. My name is Kurosagi and I need you to tell me everything you know about this person.”

“What?”

Kurosagi pushed a strand of her hair behind her ear and added, “I need you to help me find her murderer.” Tien was struck speechless.

Kurosagi, Hatori, and Tien went to a small restaurant. Kurosagi wore a hat and sunglasses to cover her features. Kurosagi entwined her fingers as she looked at Tien.

“Now tell me what you know about this Lily?”

Tien nodded still looking hurt.

“Lily was the twin sister of Dahlia. Dahlia disappeared, so Lily took on her identity, erasing her old identity. Lily was a good girl, but she was stressed with work, so we made a promise to meet each other yesterday and get married. She never showed up.”

A tear escaped from Tien’s eye and muttered, “How could she be murdered?” Kurosagi thought awhile and asked, “Did you know Dahlia Dale?” Tien nodded.

“I was part of the dancers during her concerts. Dahlia was a great singer, but she began to lose her touch and just disappeared. Lily surpassed her.”

“When did you learn that Lily was pretending to be her sister?”

“When I noticed how her singing improved and how she loved sweet things. Dahlia hated sweets.”

“I see,” muttered Kurosagi. A waitress came by and placed a plate of Chocolate chip cookies with cream on the side in front of Kurosagi.

“Your order?”

Kurosagi nodded thanking the waitress. Kurosagi munched on the cookies making Tien chuckle.

“I see that you like sweets just like Lily,” said Tien. Kurosagi nodded. Kurosagi’s mouth was full, so Hatori spoke next.

“Did Lily agree to the marriage?”

Tien nodded and added, “She was actually quitting show business to be with me.” Kurosagi perked up.

“Oh really? Did anyone else know about this?”

Tien thought awhile and gasped in realization.

“The Landlord knew. She heard my proposal while passing by us in front of the apartment.”

Kurosagi smirked licking the cream off her fingers. She stood up from her seat and said, “Looks like I need to speak with Sanchez-San.”

Kurosagi was about to walk out with Hatori, but Tien grabbed her hand making her look at him. Tien gripped her hand and asked, “Is Lily still in the room?”

“Most likely. Her death is supposed to be a secret for now,” stated Kurosagi. Tien was shaking as he asked, “Can I please see her?” Kurosagi nodded and added, “As long as you drive because I refuse to ride the limo again.” Tien nodded.

After paying for the cookies, Tien, Kurosagi, and Hatori headed to Tien’s car. Kurosagi climbed into the car. Hatori pulled out a barf bag from her bag and handed it to her.

“Best be prepared,” said Hatori. Kurosagi nodded and took the bag. Tien looked at the barf bag and asked, “Do you get car sick?’ Kurosagi nodded and added, “Don’t you dare tell anyone.” Tien nodded. Tien started the car and drove down the road as Kurosagi began to feel nauseous.

When they reached the apartment, Kurosagi walked out staggering. Hatori supported her holding three barf bags. Hatori threw them away and looked back at Kurosagi.

“You really need to see a doctor about this.”

“Shut up, Ogami-San.”

Tien walked out of the car and asked, “Where is the landlord?” Kurosagi looked at the building and smirked. She pulled out her cell phone from her bag and hit the five key. She held the phone to her ear.

“Hello,” said Orchie though the receiver.

“Orchie.”

“Kurosagi, did you find something?”

“I did, but I need you to hold Sanchez-San.”

“Why?”

“She forgot to tell us something important about the victim.”

“I got it.”

Kurosagi heard Orchie talking to the other policemen, but then heard a crash and them yelling curses.

“Orchie?”

“She got away. I think she’s heading to the stairs.”

“Got it.”

Kurosagi hanged up and looked back at Tien and Hatori.

“She’s making a run for it. She’s headed toward the stairs.”

Tien and Hatori nodded and ran into the building. When they were in, Kurosagi pulled out a vial labeled rabbit filled with ash from her bag. She swallowed the ash and smirked. She dashed into the building at an incredible speed. She ran pass Tien and Hatori making them stop in their tracks. She ran up the stairs and met face to face with Rose. Rose screamed as Kurosagi grabbed hold of her. Kurosagi pinned her against the stairs preventing any chance of escape. Kurosagi smirked down at Rose, who was shaking in fear.

“Why did you run? Are you hiding something?”

Rose burst into tears and exclaimed, “I’m sorry. I killed my beloved Dahlia!” Kurosagi frowned as Hatori, Tien, Orchie, and the other policemen reached them. Kurosagi looked at Orchie seriously and said, “She says that she killed Dale-San.” Orchie pulled out a pair of handcuffs. Kurosagi held her hand up and said, “Please wait.” Orchie nodded. Kurosagi traced a finger on Rose’s cheek making her twitch.

“When you say you killed her, do you mean the real Dahlia Dale?”

Rose nodded and muttered, “I was the one who gave her the pills.”

“So she doesn’t mean Lily’s murder?” asked Tien. Kurosagi nodded.

“Where is the real Dahlia Dale?”

“I buried her under the statue in the last room. I thought she came back, but it was all a lie. It was a different person.”

“Lily,” muttered Tien. Kurosagi sighed and said, “You hid Dale-San’s body, but I think she committed suicide. You never did force the pills down her throat did you?” Rose was crying. Kurosagi stood up and looked at Orchie.

“Get the real Dahlia Dale’s body from under the statue,” ordered Kurosagi. Orchie nodded telling his men Kurosagi’s orders. Orchie looked back at Kurosagi and asked, “So she’s not the one who killed the other girl?” Kurosagi nodded. She glanced back at Tien and added, “But now I know her real name, so I can get the three clues.”

They headed up the stairs bringing Rose with them. They went to the floor of Dahlia’s room and entered the crime scene. Tien couldn’t help his tears from falling as he looked at the body, not caring about the smell. Kurosagi looked at Tien and said, “Don’t tell anyone of what you see.” Tien nodded wiping his tears away.

Kurosagi placed her hand over the body and said, “Tell me the three clues I need to solve this case, Lily Dale.” Kurosagi touched the body feeling the force enter her body. She gasped as her eyes became glazed.

“Fame, letter opener, marriage.”

Kurosagi removed her hand staggering a bit. She smirked looking at her hand.

“Fame, letter opener, and marriage: the three clues I need to solve this murder.”

Kurosagi looked toward Orchie and asked, “Was the murder weapon a letter opener?” Orchie nodded and added, “We discovered the weapon after you left. I meant to tell you, but your phone was off.” Kurosagi chuckled and said, “What a clumsy murderer.”

“Whoever killed Lily Dale knew about the marriage,” stated Kurosagi. She looked at Tien and asked, “Besides Sanchez-San; was there another person you saw when you proposed?” Tien shook his head.

“It was only her.”

Kurosagi smirked and said, “Someone else knew about your proposal and I think I know how to figure it out.” Kurosagi held her hand to Tien, a smirk still upon her lips.

“Are you ready to follow me into the darkness to discover who killed your beloved?”

Tien stared at her hand. He then placed his hand in hers and nodded.

“I want to know.”

At around 6:00 P. M. Shinogu was waiting at the stage. Many Dahlia fans waited outside chanting Dahlia’s name. Shinogu nibbled on his thumb nail.

Where’s Dahlia?

“Mikage-San!”

Shinogu looked up and saw Kurosagi approaching him. Shinogu sighed in relief.

“What took you so long?”

“I ran into some trouble,” said Kurosagi. Shinogu sighed and pushed her to the stage saying, “Just get ready before they start to riot.” Kurosagi nodded and walked onto the stage as the music began to play. Her voice echoed throughout the audience causing them to cheer. Kurosagi sang so beautifully that some began to cry.

Shinogu smiled as he watched her sing.

“She sings very well.”

Shinogu gasped and looked to the side only to see Hatori with a notepad in his hand and a bag over his shoulder.

“Ogami-San, right?”

Hatori nodded and said, “I interviewed Dahlia and she told me that she plans to leave show business, is that true?” Shinogu shook his head.

“She loves show business and you saw how good she was today. She wouldn’t leave it all behind.”

“What about marriage?”

Shinogu twitched and said, “She has no such plans.” Shinogu glared at Hatori and said, “If you are planning on adding gossip to the paper, I will sue.” Hatori chuckled and apologized.

“One more question: Did you believe that Dahlia would ever commit suicide?”

Shinogu clenched his teeth and punched Hatori across the face. Shinogu was breathing heavily as he looked at Hatori.

“Dahlia would never do that, bastard!”

Hatori rubbed his cheek noting that it was the second time he was punched in the face.

Kurosagi finished her concert and walked back stage. She saw Shinogu’s angered expression and asked, “Are you all right, Mikage-San?” Shinogu regained his composure and nodded. He glared toward Hatori and said, “Don’t associate with a man like this.”

Shinogu reached out to Kurosagi, but Kurosagi avoided his touch. Kurosagi bowed to him and said, “Ogami-San told you that I was going to quit and it is the truth. I’m sorry.” Shinogu was shocked.

“You’re lying.”

“Lily.”

Shinogu flinched and looked behind him only to see Tien walking toward them. Kurosagi smiled at him and walked pass Shinogu. She went up to Tien and kissed him upon the lips. Shinogu cringed at the sight. Kurosagi pulled away from Tien and looked at Shinogu with a smile.

“I want to marry my beloved Tien.”

Shinogu shook his head. He looked at Kurosagi and said, “I made you who you are today. I made you a star and now you want to leave it all behind for that bastard.” Shinogu pulled a pocket knife from his pocket smirking.

“I guess you won’t be a reborn star like last time unless I kill that man.”

Shinogu lunged at Tien ready to kill. Kurosagi went in front of Tien taking the blade into her heart. Tien gasped screaming, “Lily!” Shinogu stared at Kurosagi and chuckled.

“Well I had to kill you again for the process to work.”

Kurosagi smirked and clenched Shinogu’s wrist. Shinogu gasped.

“I see. The only one who will lose something with Lily quitting would be you, her manager. You knew that Dahlia committed suicide, but you just didn’t understand how she was ‘revived’. You learned that Lily was impersonating her when Noriko-San proposed to her. You were there that time, but in hiding. You couldn’t have her quit, so you killed her and hoped for her to be ‘revived’ again. You are the true murderer.”

Shinogu gritted his teeth and said, “My thinking wasn’t wrong. You came back. You became an even greater star than before.” Kurosagi shook her head. She shoved Shinogu away leaving the knife in her heart. Shinogu sat on the ground staring up at her. Kurosagi pulled the dagger from her heart allowing the wound to heal instantly. She ran the blade along her cheek allowing the blood to smear her cheek. She smirked at Shinogu and said, “Dahlia and Lily Dale are dead.” She dropped the knife and removed the contacts from her eyes revealing her red eyes. Shinogu cringed.

“Who are you then?”

Kurosagi held her hand toward him and said, “My name is Kurosagi, the great detective.”

“Kurosagi?”

Kurosagi smirked.

“Fame was the connection to the murderer; letter opener was the murder weapon; and marriage was the reason why she was killed. The connection has been made, so fall into the darkness, Shinogu Mikage.”

Shinogu’s screams couldn’t be heard over the cheering fans and police sirens.

Kurosagi, Hatori, and Tien walked down the road. Tien looked at Kurosagi and asked, “What’s going to happen?”

“That’s for the court to decide, but I will assure you that Orchie will punish him in his own way.”

Tien nodded and asked, “Will Rose Sanchez go to jail too?”

“She only hid the body of a person she admired, but only the court can decide her punishment.”

Tien nodded again. He looked at Hatori, who was rubbing his cheek, and asked, “Are you OK, Ogami-San?” Hatori nodded and said, “I’m used to getting hurt.” Tien chuckled. Tien looked back at Kurosagi and asked, “Are you going back to your office?” Kurosagi nodded.

“Can I come?”

Kurosagi smirked at Tien and said, “I may look like your beloved for now, but I can never be her replacement.” Kurosagi bowed to him and walked off with Hatori leaving Tien alone in the street.

Hatori looked at Kurosagi, when Tien was out of sight, and said, “You could have been a little nicer.” Kurosagi showed a sad smile and said, “I needed to be harsh or he would pursue me.” Kurosagi looked at her hand as the clock struck midnight. Kurosagi changed back to her child form sending the clothes to the ground. Hatori gasped and covered her body with his jacket.

“You could have told me that you were going to change back,” reprimanded Hatori. Kurosagi chuckled clutching the jacket around her small body.

“Tomorrow, Dahlia and Lily’s death will be known. As of tonight, the magic is over.”

Kurosagi walked down the road with Hatori by her side not looking back.

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