NO BREAK NEXT WEEK
Shizuoka Prefecture's inspector, Yokomizo, finally arrives at the village.
Heiji & Conan explain what's happened insofar in about 4 pages (of the file).
Yokomizo: "Calm down, ladies and gentlemen! You're all speaking like that monster's come back alive but... It's always been there... In the Kurogane Forest... The monster named "nue" has!"
Conan & Heiji: "HUH?"
Yokomizo says that there was talk about it having appeared 16 years ago: he asks the Mayor for confirmation and he says he's already told the guests the tale (about the cave-in).
Yokomizo: "See! It does exist, doesn't it! It's been living hiding in the forest for 16 years!!"
Both Conan and Heiji think he's starting to look like Yamamura.
The Mayor says he's concerned if it'll rain: he felt something lile a water drop back when the fires appeared again yet no more drops have fallen ever since then so he finds it odd. He also heard a sound like a carbonated drink's plug was opened: both the novelist and the writer were drinking carbonated drinks but even if they'd spilled some of those the novelist hadn't opened her drink and the writer's drink was too far away for a spill to reach the Mayor.
In the meanwhile Conan & Heiji search the grass at their feet and find small round white-colored lumps scattered around the area: they say that these allow for the culprit to start up fires without the need for matches.
The duo go back inside the hotel and begin to think of figuring out the sealed room's trick: they think that the novelist might've stabbed the archaeologist with a cap or something like that when he popped his head through the window yet she doesn't have any stick or anything like that.
Her belongins are:
. Writing utensils
. Sewing tools
. The white wine she ordered
. Sommelier knife
. Carbonated water
They then think that the writer might've used a blowgun but you can't hit the lower jaw from the side.
The writer's belongings:
. 3 Cola bottles of 300 ml each
. 2 bags of potato chips
. Folding knife
. Selfie stick
. 100 yen ligther
. A submarine model (I-400) he bought to kill the boredom and the optional addhesive
The Mayor's belongings:
. a scrub brush
Conan & Heiji realize that it's hard to decide who's the culprit based on their belongings: they meet Ran & Kazuha in the corridor
The dog scratched the wall as he barked when the "nue" cry rang out: they thought it was hungry so they gave it some food but it wouldn't eat it: Conan & Heiji recall that the dog barked when the cry rang out but it didn't when the "monster" appeared...
This mystery is... solved!
Heiji charges the girl with procuring some stuff:
. 3 shirts
. A scrub brush
. A mop
. A tool-box
. A cardboard box
. Spray paint
. Oil-based pen and sewing tools borrowed from the novelist
. Addhesive and knife from the writer
They also find an old photo in the room the 2nd victim was originally at: they guess it could be the excavation team that was searching for the buried treasured? The foreigner in the center of the photo reminds them somehow of the writer.
They shove that asides and go to recreate the trick with the tools: they gotta do it while it's still night or there's no point so they do some rush work: Heiji seems to have other reasons for wanting to do it during the night as well
4AM: the sun hasn't risen yet. Everyone is gathered on the hotel entrance: the duo recreate the monster seen before.
Kazuha: "Heiji! Where are ya? Help us!"
Heiji: "I'm here, I'm here!"
Heiji's hand, gripping the corner's outer wall... is as tall as the 2nd floor's window!
Ran & Kazuha: "HUH?"
Side-note: Heiji's hand is HUGE! Next number: a giant 10 meters tall will show up!?