Night 1 Ends
Miyano sighed after finishing the last call. She had only been able to catch few people, and they hadn’t been very helpful. It almost made her feel like she wasn’t trusted. Miyano decided the best course of action now would be try to catch the ones who hadn’t answered her in person.
As soon as she opened her door, however, she realized that her plans would have to wait. Kamite was standing in front of her, hand raised as if ready to knock. He seemed clearly agitated and when prompted, told her that a Finnish was missing, and there was blood. ”The mayor has ordered us all to meet at HYPE park in an hour. He wants to talk.” Kamite moved aside to let Miyano past him. ”I’ve been going around gathering people.”
That couldn’t be good, Miyano thought as she followed Kamite after locking her door. They headed silently down the road. ”Oh, you don’t have to follow me, I’m still going to get more people,” Kamite told her after noticing she was following him. ”I see.” Miyano answered after they reached crossroads. ”I’ll go into the park already then,” she continued and headed left. Kamite went the other direction, towards Nomemory’s house, waving goodbyes.
The park wasn’t far from her house – in fact it wasn’t far from any house in the town. Miyano wasn’t sure how it was even possible, but she had long ago given up on thinking about that. And right now there were more pressing things to wonder. Maybe the mayor had news about Fuji. Maybe she had been found alive somewhere, maybe her kidnapper had been caught, maybe, maybe, maybe…
Shiver went up in Miyano’s spine when she saw the mayor. They were already there in the park, chatting to couple police officers, and by their grim looks, what was been talked about was anything but good. Her hopes crashing down, she put on a what she hoped wasn’t utterly depressed look, and waved at the mayor. Noticing her, they waved back, but didn’t call her over.
They probably don’t want me bothering them right now, Miyano thought and sat down at nearby bench, watching the park slowly starting to fill with more people. She saw Kamite go to them and whisper something. The mayor nodded and took a microphone next to them. Everyone who saw that went quiet. Miyano stood up and moved closer. Whatever this was, she wanted to hear it clearly.
”Today, I have very grave news for all of you. Our friend, Memesu (Shiratori)
, has disappeared. It is not very likely they will be found alive at this point. Moreover, the I’m told the scene is a lot like...What happened before.” The mayor gulped before continuing, ”...But in this case there is something else. You see, the roads in and out town all have police guarding them, have been since the årevious incident, in fact. Nobody has passed them since that either.”
Miyano looked around. Most people looked perplexed, but some, just like her, seemed to have realized what the mayor’s words meant.
”I repeat”, the mayor continued, ”Nobody has left this town since after Fujiwara’s disappearance. Nobody has come in either. I’m forced to conclude...that one of us, one of the citizens of this town...is a murderer.”Day 1 Begins.Memesu (Shiratori)
has been killed.