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A/N: A severe case of writer's block, that is all. I would like to thank those who have giving nice and fair reviews and those who have supported this fics, I thank you.
Keitaro was on the rooftop of Shinsuke's Apartment Building and this time, there was a police officer with him. The officer was average height with short black hair and glasses. Keitaro was showing the device to the police officer.
"So is that it?" the officer asked.
"Yes Officer Nikawa," Keitaro responded, "this device was meant to kidnap me and take away my freewill."
"Any idea where it came from?" Nikawa asked as he looked closer.
Keitaro nodded, "Yes, it was created by a girl named Kaolla Su."
"Kaolla Su? That name sounds familiar…"
"Well, she's a princess from the Kingdom of Molmol."
Nikawa widened his eyes, "Oh yeah, now I remember hearing about her, the second princess of Molmol that came to Japan via exchange program and lives in the Hinata Inn."
"You know about the Hinata Inn?"
"Yeah, the truth is that some of my colleagues and I have been trying to investigate the Hinata Inn."
This surprised Keitaro, "Really?"
"Yes, actually we've been seeing machines like this going around and causing trouble and the one who seems to cause these problems is a dark skinned girl with blonde hair."
Keitaro sighed, "That would be her I'm afraid, that's Kaolla Su."
"We've tried to investigate but for some reason, our superior always told us to leave it alone and not to worry about because there was no real threat. Complaints have been made but they've been ignored. People have started to question if we been bribed or just simply don't care anymore." Nikawa gave Keitaro a serious look, "I need to ask you. How you know about this Kaolla Su and the Hinata Inn?"
"Well…the truth is that I was the manager over there."
This surprised Nikawa, "Is that so?"
"Yeah, I'm ashamed to say..."
"You know for a fact that Kaolla Su done something like this before?"
Keitaro nodded, "Yeah…"
Nikawa sighed, "We've also got complaints of some of the other tenants there. One of them is a girl that wields a sword. She caused the destruction of some vehicles, other properties and going after people with the intent to cut them down."
Keitaro was shocked and knew who he was referring to, "Motoko…"
"Keitaro?" Ritsuko spoke.
Keitaro and Nikawa looked to see Ritsuko approaching them.
"Oh, hello Ritsuko," Keitaro greeted happily.
Ritsuko waved at them and stopped in front of them.
"Ritsuko? Ritsuko Akagi?" Nikawa spoke.
"Hello Toshiro, it's been a while," Ritsuko said.
"Yeah, I haven't seen you since you started working for NERV. You still work there?"
"Do you two know each other?" Keitaro asked.
"Yes, we have a bit a history with other."
"That's right," Nikawa said and then looked at Ritsuko, "so how's Misato doing?"
Ritsuko sighed, "Still the same as always…"
Nikawa chuckled, "I see."
Ritsuko looked at the device, "So is the thing that was meant to take you away Keitaro?"
"Oh," Keitaro looked at the device, "yeah, but how did you…?"
"Isana told me what was going on; I wanted to see it myself. May I take a look at it?"
Keitaro looked at Nikawa, "Will it be okay?"
"Well, considering that Ritsuko is an expert of computers and artificial intelligence, I don't mind her looking at it, but don't tinker with it, it's evidence," Nikawa said.
"I know," Ritsuko replied as she went to take a look at the invention.
Aoyama Residence, Motoko's Room
Motoko sat in her room waiting for the council to call for her. As she waited to be summoned by the council to inquire about what had happened in the Hinata Inn, she looks back and thinking her actions and trying to give reasons why her actions were justified. The very idea that she was not being honorable as some have accused her of was not something she could accept nor could she accept the notion that she was some sort of bully just waving a sword. Motoko wanted to explain that she had her reasons and that she was protecting people from monsters and for her, it was the males that were monsters that would victimizes the females. Motoko couldn't help but feel as though she was betrayed by someone and that someone was Shinobu. She still couldn't understand how Shinobu could say the things she said to her and be ungrateful for all the things that her and Naru had done to protect her. She couldn't understand how Shinobu could act the way she did towards her but then Motoko felt that someone was to blame to not only to Shinobu's attitude change but also the things that had went on in the Hinata Inn and that person was the only one who she felt started this when he left and that was Keitaro Urashima.
"Urashima, this is all your fault," Motoko spoke in a low tone balling her fists, "everything that happened is because of you…you started all of this…how is it that you think you can get away with speaking to me and the others in such a rude and disrespectful tone?" Motoko thought of certain other people as well, "I wonder how Granny and the others are doing? I hope they're doing okay."
Tsuruko entered Motoko's room, "Motoko…"
Motoko turns to see her elder sister, "Sister?"
"The council is ready to see you now."
Motoko nodded, "Understood."
Motoko got up and began following her sister out of her room, closing the door. Tsuruko and Motoko leave the residence.
God Cry School, on route to the council room
The Aoyama sisters arrived and head for the council room to meet with them. As they were walking by, there were male and female students, four in total each wearing a gi and a hakama watching them walk by.
"Hey look, it's Motoko and Tsuruko," one of the male students said.
"I heard Motoko got in some serious trouble when she was in Tokyo and was actually evicted from the place she was living," a female student said.
"Tch, that's no surprise," the second male student said, "after all, with her running around with her sword attacking people for really no reason, I'm surprised this didn't happen a long time ago."
"Yeah, why does she feel the need to embarrass herself and be a stupid sexist idiot," the second female student said with distain, "she thinks that she some superior all-mighty warrior but I bet Nagisa and Kazuya could each beat her in a one-on-one fight."
"Yeah, I agree," the first male student added, "hell I bet Hayato could beat her no problem."
"It would be so better if Nagisa or Kazuya were to take over the dojo," the second male student said.
"Yeah, neither of them would ever bring such disgrace in which no doubt Motoko has done," the first female student added.
Motoko and Tsuruko heard the things the four students were saying and Motoko was angry that people were talking about her.
"How dare they say such things," Motoko said as she was about to walk up to them.
"Motoko, don't," Tsuruko said stopping Motoko.
Motoko turned to Tsuruko, "But sister…"
"Now is not the time, you have to meet the council and besides, I have a good idea of what you intend to do and let me tell you that council will not be too happy with you if you go to 'teach them a lesson'."
"Are you saying that I should just let them continue saying such rude things about me?"
Tsuruko simply looked at Motoko, "Not so pleasant when people insult you and your character. Those are the things you done in the past little sister but the difference is that what those four have said are true sadly while you say things about most people without really knowing them and it's just through your own prejudice like Hayato for example."
Motoko was shocked, "But sister-"
"It also goes the same with Uncle Shinsuke, Aunt Isana, Kazuya, and Nagisa for that matter. The things you said to them, is it any wonder why they never bother to visit us or why they no longer invite you for the tournaments Uncle Shinsuke holds."
Motoko couldn't believe what her sister was saying and turned head away from her with a scowl, "You don't understand anything Tsuruko. You never did."
Tsuruko was taken back a little bit and sighed, "You sound like that girl Narusegawa. I'm starting to think that she has been a real bad influence to you."
"Don't talk about Naru like that," Motoko responded defensively.
Tsuruko simply glared at Motoko and made the younger Aoyama female nervous.
"Let's go." Tsuruko said as she continued walking and Motoko turned to see Tsuruko's back and followed her.
Kuromitsu Inn, Shakiko's Room
Shakiko looks at her old friend, Hinata Urashima and the three girls she brought with her, Naru, Kitsune, and Su.
"All right, you will all start tomorrow and be prepared because we will have lots of guests coming over around 4PM," Shakiko said.
Hina and the three girls nodded.
Shakiko continued, "While we wait for the guests to get here, you girls will help with the preparations with the sheets and the trays and also help in the kitchen."
"The kitchen…with what exactly?" Naru asked.
"My chefs will need help with the gathering of ingredients; all you have to do is do what they ask. Not to worry, it won't be anything hard and they certainly won't ask for you to help with the cooking."
"Um, sure, okay," Kitsune said.
"No problem," Su responded happily while thinking she could get eat some of the food in the process.
"Well, all right, it shouldn't hard anyway," Naru said.
"Shakiko, what about me?" Hina asked.
Shakiko looked at her long time friend, "Hina, you will be at the front desk with me and my granddaughter Hikaru."
"Oh, I see, very well, that will be my duty tomorrow," Hina said with a smile.
Shakiko nodded, "Good, now that we are in an agreement, I'll take you to your room."
"Room? As in just one room?" Naru asked.
"That's right…is there a problem?"
"How is the room?"
"It's small to be honest."
"Shakiko, couldn't we have at least two rooms or a bigger room?" Hina asked almost pleading.
"No," Shakiko answered immediately, "I'm allowing you all to have a room in exchange of you all working here; don't start requesting a whole lot."
"Let's go," Shakiko said getting and opening the door with Hina and the girls following her.
Second floor hall of the Kuromitsu Inn
Shakiko leads Hina and the girls to the room that they would be staying.
Kuromitsu Inn's Vacant Room
Shakiko opens the door of the vacant room and Hina and the girls went inside and look around.
"This will be your room for the time being," Shakiko said, "I expect you all to be prepared and to be ready to start tomorrow. Now Naru and Kaolla…"
Naru and Su look at Shakiko.
"Yes?" Naru asked.
"I know you two have school tomorrow but I expect you to begin work when you get back and I want no excuses, understood?"
Naru thought of something that was important to her and it had just occurred to her.
"Um but what if I have a lot to study for?" Naru asked, "I do tend to have to have a lot of assignments and studying to do."
Shakiko simply looked at Naru, "I fail to see how that's a good excuse. You have to make due, I won't tolerate you not working."
"But are you saying that I should ignore my studies?" Naru asked upset, "I do have a lot of work and I can't afford to get behind. I thought that I would be able to do my studies first before I began my work."
"You thought wrong. I told you, we're going to be busy at around four and there's a lot work that needs to be done before the guests for the 4 o'clock arrival and serving them."
"But that's not fair," Naru countered, "I understand what we need to do, but I need at least a bit of time before then. If I don't, I'll end up behind and that would not be good."
Shakiko narrowed her eyes at Naru, "Listen young lady, you think you're the only one who goes to college and gets lots of work. I have employees who go to their schools as well and they make due in what they have to do and they are able to manage so I want no excuses from you."
"But-" Naru tried to argue.
"If you don't like it or don't think you can handle it, you can just leave."
Naru was shocked and Hina didn't like what she heard.
"Listen Shakiko, there's no need for that. Naru will work hard, it won't be a problem," Hina said.
Naru looked at Hina and then looked down upset.
"Get settled in, I'll call you all for dinner later on," Shakiko said leaving the room and closing the door.
Hina sighed and looked at the girls, "All right girls, let's get settle in here."
"Granny, I don't know if I can handle this," Naru said worried, "I can't afford to be behind on my studies."
"Geez, what about all that talk you went on about handling this with no problem, saying that it wouldn't be so hard," Kitsune said, "besides Keitaro was always working and keeping the Hinata Inn in working order and he had a lot to study for as well. It's not like any of us had bother to help out when we should have. Hell, Shinobu was doing the same thing as well. She cooked and cleaned for us while having school as well."
"Would you stop Kitsune," Naru said glaring at Kitsune, "what would you know anyway?"
Kitsune huffed pointing at Naru, "I know that you always talk and act big and tough but when it really comes down to it, you can't really back it up and you always resort being a coward."
Naru was shocked at what Kitsune said, "You got some nerve."
"You have always been like that Naru, when you can't handle your own real problems, you always run and hide and expect someone to solve it for you or lash out for really your own selfish reasons. It like back in high school, you always had me-"
"Okay, okay, Naru, Mitsune, that's enough both of you," Hina interrupted, "let's not get into an argument right now. Naru, I know it's hard but we have to make do. I don't think Shakiko will be willing to let this slide but don't worry, if you all work together, you'll be able to get things done faster and Naru, I'm sure that you'll still have plenty of time for your studies."
"Fine," Naru said still upset but went to get settle in.
Su was just watching what was going on and wasn't sure how to make of what was happening. She took out her remote control from her bag and tried to see if she could get the signal back from her machine she sent after Keitaro.
Kitsune heads out of the door, opening it.
"Mitsune, where are you going?" Hina asked.
"I want walk around, that won't be a problem, would it Granny?" Kitsune responded.
"Uh, no, of course not, just be careful Mitsune," Hina responded.
"Yeah, be careful not to try to trick someone out of their money or try to get yourself drunk and flaunt yourself to some perverted guy," Naru commented.
"Naru, how could you say that?" Hina said shocked at what Naru said.
Naru just huffed and looked away.
"Hmph, whatever," Kitsune said and left the room.
When Kitsune left, Hina went to Naru, "Naru…"
Naru looked at Hina, "What?"
Hina frowned at Naru, "That was uncalled for; you shouldn't have said those things."
"She started it, what about the things she said about me?"
"Naru, this is not needed. We need to stay strong; it won't do well if we started fighting with each other."
"But it's her fault," Naru insisted, "She had no right to say those things to me."
"Naru, that behavior of yours is not helping anything. You need to stop, you're pushing people away and that's not good. You pushed away my grandson and you pushed away Shinobu as well."
"It's not my fault, they're the ones wrong, not me," Naru insisted again and walked away from Hina, "Shinobu is ungrateful and Keitaro is a cowardly pervert. I'm sorry Granny but that's the truth."
Hina didn't know what to do and she just went to get settled in as well.
"Naru, I'm going to say this, if you keep this up, you'll ruin any chance that we will have to get the Hinata Inn back. You don't want to prove Marumi right, do you?"
Naru was shocked and didn't know how to really respond.
In front of the entrance of Shinsuke's Apartment Building
Keitaro was in front of the building with Ritsuko and Officer Nikawa with Keitaro getting ready to see his parents and his sister.
"Remember Keitaro, you're coming over to my apartment to have dinner later in the evening," Ritsuko said smiling.
Keitaro chuckled, "Yeah, I know. I'm looking forward to it."
"All right Keitaro Urashima, we'll have some people come over to pick up that machine. We'll be also heading to the Hinata Inn," Nikawa said.
Shinsuke shows up, "Officer Nikawa, we'll help with removing the device and cooperate with you whatever you need."
Nikawa nodded, "I appreciate your cooperation."
"Keitaro, good luck when you see your family, I'm sure they'll be happy to see you."
Keitaro smiles, "Thank you Shinsuke. We'll, I best be going."
Keitaro leaves to go see his parents and sister at their residence. Shinsuke and Officer Nikawa discuss further regarding the situation and Ritsuko smiles and heads back to her apartment.
As Keitaro leaves the building and walks a few miles, a voice calls for him, "Keitaro Urashima."
Keitaro stops and turn to see a middle-aged woman with brunette hair.
"Uh, yes?" Keitaro asked.
"I'm Saori Narusegawa, I'm Naru's mother."
Keitaro's eyes widened, "Oh, um, what can I do for you?"
"I have some questions for you about my daughter."
Lobby of the Kuromitsu Inn
Kitsune arrives at the lobby and there was Shakiko at the front desk.
"Well, well, Mitsune, are you looking for something?" Shakiko asked.
Kitsune looks back and then looks at Shakiko, "Actually, may I use your phone? I need to make a call."
"Who are you calling? Just so you know, this phone is not meant for social calls."
"It's not a social call, I need to call someone and warn him about something," Kitsune said almost sounding desperate.
Shakiko got curious, "Warn someone about what?"
"I…uh, I can't tell you."
"I just can't."
Shakiko nodded, "Are you worried that I will tell Hina?"
Kitsune looked at Shakiko with a surprised look and Shakiko nodded with confirmation.
"I thought so. Listen, I won't tell Hina but would you mind telling me what's really going on?"
"Wh-What do you mean?" Kitsune asked with a nervous tone.
"What is really going on with Hina and what has been happening with Hina's inn, the situation with you girls…and of Hina's grandson, Keitaro."
"Wait, didn't you already hear it from Granny?"
"I got the sense that Hina was not really giving me the whole story and when she was telling me certain things about her grandson, I noticed you looking away with mixture of disgust and shame."
Kitsune was amazed, "Wow, you're sharp."
"Thank you, now will you tell me? I promise I won't tell Hina."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, to be honest with you, Hina hasn't exactly been straight with me recently for some reason and I want to know what's really going on. There are things that to me don't add up."
Kitsune figured that if Shakiko was able to speculate about certain things and vowed not to tell Hina, then she figure that at the least, Shakiko Kuromitsu is trustworthy.
Kitsune nodded and felt comfortable, "Okay, here's what's been going on."
With Keitaro and Saori
Saori told Keitaro about when she went to the Hinata Inn after learning that her daughter was to be evicted from the premises by Marumi who had taken ownership of the Hinata Inn.
"So, Aunt Marumi was able to get ownership of the inn," Keitaro commented and then thought in his head, "then I better go there later on and make it official for her to have undisputed ownership. I'm glad I had the deed revised."
"Yes, it was then that I went there to pick up my daughter," Saori said, "I wanted Naru to come home with me."
"How did that go?"
"Not good, she refused to come home and decided that she would rather be anywhere but with her own family, the people who actually care for her."
"I'm sorry to hear that," Keitaro said.
"I just don't understand why Naru refuses to see us…I was wonder if you had an idea why."
Keitaro was a bit surprised, "Me?"
"Yes, you were her boyfriend at some point, right?"
Keitaro looked away, "I…was, but…"
"It wasn't really much of a relationship. There was no trust and to be honest with you ma'am, Naru didn't have a real concept of what a relationship is. Of course neither did I and ashamed of myself for it."
"Regardless, I want to ask, did Naru ever talked to you about her life before the Hinata Inn, you know anything as to why she wouldn't want to come home from time to time?"
Keitaro thought about for a minute, "Well, I'm sure by now that Naru was saying this because she was just being selfish but…Naru did say something about how she didn't feel like she was loved and that she felt that she was casted aside."
"What does that mean?" Saori asked shocked of what she heard.
Keitaro shook his head, "Ms. Narusegawa, I'm sure now that Naru was just being unreasonable…just like I was with my own family and even when your daughter Mei came to talk to Naru and to convince her to see you all, Naru said that she felt that she was being drifted aside and when and that things changed when you remarried."
"When I remarried?"
"Yeah, it's silly, I know. I'm now sure that you really care about Naru and that you, as well as your husband and your daughter miss her but Naru was just being, well, unreasonable and she felt that she needed to be the center of attention and if she doesn't get that, she deludes herself in thinking that the person or people don't really care about her and she turns her back on them or like with me, she would act violent."
"Center of attention…" Saori said as she started to get a conclusion about her eldest daughter.
Keitaro bowed to Saori, "Ms. Narusegawa, I'm sorry."
Saori was taken back at Keitaro's action, "Why are you apologizing to me?"
"I enabled Naru to continue to act selfish and violent when I should have done something about what she was doing. I failed as manager of the inn that she was living and I'm also sorry for my interference when Mei came by to try to talk to Naru. I now know that what I did was wrong."
Saori decided to ask, "Why did you interfere?"
Keitaro looked up ashamed, "I was being selfish myself."
"Yes, I was afraid that if Naru went home, she would be taken away and I didn't want that, especially since I was in love with her and honestly, I had a distain for Mei when I shouldn't have. It was wrong of me and for that I'm truly sorry."
Saori crossed her arms and looked at Keitaro with a serious expression, "Do you really mean that?"
"I do, some people say that I'm a nice guy but that's not true. I know that I deluded myself in thinking that was being nice and protecting the girls that I believed were my friends, but I was wrong. I've let people get away with things that were wrong and I've hurt and betrayed those who really cared for me."
"Like your parents, your sister, and even your aunt, Marumi, and your cousin, Yoshinari, right?"
Keitaro was a bit surprised at what Naru's mother was saying but nodded in agreement, "Yeah, which is why on my way to see my parents and sister and apologizing to them as well."
Saori nodded, "I see. Well, Keitaro, I thank you."
"Hm? For what?"
"For the things you told me, I think I know why Naru avoids us and it seems that it is just as I guessed, I am at fault to a degree."
Keitaro was shocked, "What do you mean?"
"When my first husband and I got divorced, I put my attention on Naru and always paid attention to her when she was growing up. When Naru was always in trouble or ever needed anything, I was there for her and did everything for her," Saori paused a bit, "I guess I let my daughter live a sheltered life and as a result when I remarried and Mei came in the picture, my focus wasn't just on Naru anymore and here I thought that Naru would be excited to have a sibling around, but I guess…"
"Ms. Narusegawa…." Keitaro spoke with concern.
"I think I finally understand. Thank you for giving me a clue about my daughter Keitaro."
"…You don't need to thank me, I'm sorry for the problems I may have contributed."
"…If you really believe that then you should actually save that for my daughter Mei…"
Keitaro thought about it for a moment and then nodded, "You're right, I should apologize to Mei, I may have been rude and not really realized it…then would it be possible that I can meet with Mei so that I can apologize to her."
"I'll see what I can do."
"If you can I will be grateful," Keitaro then bowed to Saori, "my sincere apologies but may I say one thing."
"What is it?" Saori asked curiously.
Keitaro looked at Saori, "I hope you don't pin the whole thing about Naru's upbringing on yourself. Regardless of the circumstances, Naru made the choice of how she wants to be, there's really no excuse for it. I know that I'm the last guy to say something like this but when I look back on the things that have happened and what I have done as well…it's just that it really depends on the person in the end I believe."
"…I'll think about it…I have to go, thank you again for telling me."
"It's no problem; I sincerely hope things turn out well for you. Well, I have to go myself; I need to head for my parents' house."
"…You know I can give you a ride there if you like."
Keitaro was surprised at Saori's offer, "Are you sure, I don't want to trouble you."
"It would be no trouble at all."
Keitaro rubbed the back of his head, "Well, if you don't mind, then I'll take you up on that. Thank you ma'am."
"Then let's go," Saori said as she went to her car with Keitaro following her.
Lobby of Shinsuke's Apartment Building
Shinsuke watched as officers were carrying the device Su made and were taking to their truck that they had parked in front of the building. Officer Nikawa appeared and nodded.
"That will be it, we'll be informing the Molmol Embassy and the Security Bureau," Nikawa said.
"This will not bode well for Molmol," Shinsuke commented.
"We'll be heading for the Hinata Inn, we've received call before coming here that there are more inventions like that in the Hinata Inn."
"Do you know who that caller is?"
"Actually yes, we've received it from someone who said that she became the new owner of the Hinata Inn, Ms…Marumi Urashima."
Shinsuke was surprised, "Really?" Shinsuke thought for a moment, "I wonder if Kyoshiro's sister…"
The phone rang interrupting his train of thought and Shinsuke went to pick it up.
"Hello, Shichimura Apartment Complex, this is the owner, Shinsuke Aoyama speaking," Shinsuke answered.
"Hello, I need to speak with Keitaro Urashima," Kitsune's voice responded.
"Keitaro? He's not in right now. Who is this?"
"I'm sorry, I can't tell you. Do you know where he went? I need to warn him of something."
Shinsuke narrowed his eyes, "About what?"
"Someone created some sort of machine to kidnap Keitaro and take away his freewill, Keitaro needs to know about this as soon as possible."
Shinsuke relaxed a little, "There's no need to worry about that."
"What do you mean there's no need to worry?" Kitsune was getting upset and panicking a little from that response, "Did you not hear what I said?"
"Calm down, there's no need to worry because it's already been taken care of."
"What do you mean?" Kitsune asked surprised in her tone.
"Keitaro was already aware and stopped the machine himself and now that machine is now being taken to the authorities."
"…Keitaro already knew and he stopped it himself?"
"That's right so there's no need to worry."
"Oh, I see," Kitsune was relieved at the fact that Keitaro knew and stopped the device Su made, "um, if you don't mind, do you know how Keitaro found out about it?"
"His sister told him, she heard the inventor was going to do something like this and gave Keitaro something to counter the machine."
"…I see, so it was Kanako who helped him."
Shinsuke got curious, "Are you one of Keitaro's friends?"
Kitsune was taken back from that question, "I'm…I don't think Keitaro would consider me his friend anymore but I'm someone that cares about him a lot, even if he himself doesn't believe me. I just wanted to make sure he's safe. It's a relief that he is…I have to go but thank you for telling me."
"Wait, could you least tell me your name so that I can let Keitaro know?"
Shinsuke didn't get a response because Kitsune hung up the phone. Shinsuke looked at the phone.
"I wonder could it be that…" Shinsuke said in a low tone.
Lobby of the Kuromitsu Inn
"Darn, looks like Kanako was one step ahead of me," Kitsune said sadly, "oh well, as long as Keitaro is okay, that's all that matters."
Kitsune decided to head back to the room she was sharing with Hina, Naru, and Su.
Hina and the girls' room in the Kuromitsu Inn
Kitsune arrived back at the room and saw Hina looking out of the window, Naru reading a book wearing her glasses, and Su trying to figure out get the signal back from her machine she sent after Keitaro. Su was actually getting a bit nervous and wondered what was going on as she was scratching her head.
Hina looked at Kitsune, "Welcome back Mitsune, are you okay?"
"I'm fine Granny," Kitsune responded.
"Where did you go off to?" Naru asked suspiciously.
"That's none of your business Naru."
Naru huffed, "Whatever."
Hina sighed sadly at how Kitsune and Naru have been reacting to each other, "If Keitaro was around, this wouldn't be happening. These two are supposed to be best friends but now, it seems all they do is arguing…such a cruel fate this is."
Council Room of the God Cry School
Motoko was sitting in the center of the council room. She was facing the members of the council with her grandmother, Etsuko Aoyama in the middle. Motoko's parents were facing her left side and Tsuruko and Hayato were facing her right side. Motoko was looking around as the people in the room were staring at her.
"Motoko, we have questions for you regarding your stay in the Hinata Inn in Tokyo," Etsuko started.
"Yes," Motoko responded.
"Motoko, we have heard things about you that bothered us. Tsuruko has already told us of the things that have happened and the things you've have done and we know that your sister is not the type to look at things the wrong way and she's certainly not the type that would dare lie to us. We want to hear what you have to say for yourself."
"In other words," one of the council elders said, "we want to know what you were thinking. Why have you used your sword and the techniques of the God Cry School for your heinous actions on people, mostly those of the male gender?"
"Attacking people who aren't even armed and not martial artist themselves," another council elder said.
"I was doing what I was taught," Motoko answered.
"What you were taught?" Another of the council members asked, "What does that mean?"
"I have been accused of being dishonorable but that is not true, I was being what I was supposed to be, as someone who uses the techniques of the God Cry School, I was protecting others from people from other people who are vile and those who are possessed by demons."
The room was silent with what Motoko was saying for just a little bit.
"Do you really believe that or are you simply deluding yourself?" Etsuko asked.
Motoko was shocked, "Grandmother…"
"What about your attacks on Keitaro Urashima, who acted as the manager of that dorm you were staying? To someone who was unarmed…"
"You mean that pervert who was looking for a chance to cop a feel on the other tenants there?"
"Cop a feel, you say?"
Motoko got upset hearing Keitaro's name, "That male pretends and acts nice but he couldn't fool me. He's a coward and a sexual predator that uses his position for his perverted conduct. I didn't want the others to suffer and be traumatized so that's the reason that I would attack him. So I was being protective of the other tenants."
"Is that really your reason?" the third councilman asked.
In front of the Urashima Bakery/Residence
Keitaro gave his thanks to Saori for the ride and Saori herself nodded and drove off. Keitaro looked back at the place. It has been the first time in a long time that he was at his parents' place. He took a deep breath and went to the entrance of the bakery. He opened the door and saw his mother, Nanami at the counter.
"Hello, wel-" Nanami cut herself off when she was surprised to see to see who it was, "Keitaro?"
Keitaro smiled sheepishly and waved at his mother, "Hi Mom, how are you?"
Nanami couldn't speak as she was surprised to see her son. Kyoshiro and Kanako entered the bakery and when they were surprised to see Keitaro as well.
"Keitaro…" Kanako spoke surprised.
"Keitaro…son, you're…here," Kyoshiro spoke surprised.
"Hi," Keitaro said, "I'm sorry that I didn't stop by to visit. I wanted to see you all again…if that's okay with you all."
"Of course it is," Nanami said happily, "Welcome home Keitaro."
"Welcome back son," Kyoshiro said.
Kanako went up to her brother, "Keitaro, I'm glad to see you here. I just didn't expect you to come here on your own."
Keitaro smiled again, "Yeah, I know. I decided to come here on my own. I really wanted to see you all again."
Kyoshiro and Nanami gathered around their son.
"I have something to tell you all," Keitaro said.
"What is it?" Kyoshiro asked.
Keitaro nodded and bowed to his family, "I'm so sorry."
This surprised Kyoshiro, Nanami, and Kanako.
"Keitaro?" Nanami spoke.
"I owe you all an apology for my behavior. I was being selfish and inconsiderate."
Council Room of the God Cry School
"Motoko, do you believe that the actions have taken was to punish those with 'perverted' intentions?" Etsuko asked.
"Yes Grandmother," Motoko answered.
Etsuko sighed, "Motoko, I've hear that you feel that all men are perverted. That's not true, is it?"
Motoko was surprised by what her grandmother asked before answering, "I find that it is true."
"Surely that can't be. You must know that not all men have perverted desire as you assume," Etsuko responded in a reasonable tone.
"But it is true," Motoko insisted, "That's what I've seen. Every men wants one thing from women and that to control them and force them into…sexual situations."
The rest of the council elders felt insulted and enraged by what Motoko had just said.
"You stupid girl," one of the elders said, "Do you even hear yourself?"
"What kind of nonsense are you spewing?" The fourth elder said.
"How dare make such accusation of such…such…." The third elder said losing his temper, "ignorant notions."
"It's true," Motoko said loudly, "all men are such perverts, some pretend to kind and gentle to women but I know and seen it myself."
"Motoko, are you including me in that as well," Hirosuke spoke feeling embarrassed and ashamed of what his younger daughter said.
Motoko looked at her father, "…Well…no, you're one of the few exceptions."
"Is that why you attack men with your sword as punishment for their perversion, as you say?" Motoko's mother Fumiko asked.
Motoko nodded, "Yes Mother, that's true."
Tsuruko decided to say something, "Little sister, do you really think that it is only men that have sexual desires?"
Motoko was a little surprised, "Why are you asking me that? You of all people should be aware of this sister."
"So you don't think that there are women who are susceptible of sexual desires and fantasy as well?" Hayato asked.
"You should bite your tongue Aramaki," Motoko countered, "you are just as the rest of them and I wish my sister would see that. Women are capable of being strong and would never think of perverted things like men do."
"Motoko, you may be my sister, but I won't tolerate you insulting my husband any further and you are not really someone who should be saying things like that."
"Tsuruko, this is exactly what I'm talking about. You-"
"Grandmother, may I show you something?" Tsuruko asked interrupting Motoko.
"Tsuruko…" Motoko was upset that Tsuruko cut her off.
"What is it Tsuruko?" Etsuko asked.
Tsuruko went to the corner and picked up a bag. She went back and opened the bag and pulled out a few novels.
"What's this Tsuruko?" One of the elders asked, "This not the time for reading materials."
"Tsuruko, what is this?" Etsuko asked.
"Sister, what are you doing?" Motoko asked.
"I didn't want to do this Motoko but you leave me no choice. I need to make you see that you are being nothing more than a liar and a hypocrite," Tsuruko said, "do you recognize these?"
Motoko took a closer look and realized that they were the novels she herself wrote, "That's…where did you get these?"
"What are they?" Hirosuke asked.
Tsuruko and Hayato passed one of each of the novels Motoko wrote to her parents, her grandmother and the rest of the council elders and when they all saw and read a few pages of them, they were shocked at what they read and they all looked at Motoko, who was now feeling embarrassed and blushed.
"Motoko, what's the meaning of this?" Etsuko asked glaring at her younger granddaughter while holding up one of the novels that Motoko wrote.
"By the way Motoko, you can thank that Konno girl for providing them to me," Tsuruko said.
"Motoko was surprised and angry at the person that gave her sister her 'materials', "Dammit, Kitsune…"
Motoko imagined Kitsune laughing at her the same way she would when she played one of her tricks on Keitaro.
Stairs of the Hinata Inn
A car drove up and parked near the entrance. Two men in suits came out of the car. One was a middle-aged balding man that was skinny, and the other was a young man with brown slick hair.
"This is the place, the one Sosuke told us about," the middle-aged man said.
"The Hinata Inn," the young man said.
"All right, let's get this over with."
The two men walked up the long stairs of the Hinata Inn.
One of the Hinata Inn's Rooms
Marumi looked out of the window and saw two men walking up the stairs.
"Ah, they're finally here," Marumi said, "but it doesn't like Sosuke is with them. Where is that husband of mine? Is he coming by later? I told the police that my husband an expert with computers and that Su girl's room is locked with a computerized code," Marumi paused for a moment, "oh well, I better go greet them."
Marumi left to meet with the two men.
Entrance of the Hinata Inn
Haruka saw the two men and opened the door, "Hello? May I help you?"
"Good day ma'am," the middle-aged man started, "we're looking for Marumi Urashima."
"That would be me," Marumi said as she came down to greet them, "I'm the one who called."
"Called?" Haruka asked not knowing what was going on.
The two men nodded as they showed their badges and it surprised Haruka.
"I'm Detective Maeda," the middle aged man said, "This is my partner, Detective Ishida."
Ishida nodded, "Hello."
Marumi nodded, "Thank you for coming. Um, where is my husband?"
"Oh yes, he will be arriving shortly, he getting his equipment," Maeda said.
"Very well, I'll show you."
Marumi led the two detectives to the second floor while Haruka was still confused as to what was going on.
Balcony of the Kuromitsu Inn
Su was having no luck getting the signal of the device she sent so she decided to find out what was going on. She pulled out another control device and activated it. It brought to her a mechanized turtle. She activated the screen that was on the control device.
"I need to find out what happened…I'll find you big brother Keitaro. I don't know how you eluded my invention but I will find out."
Su sent the mechanized turtle off to find out what happened to her Keitaro Grab 100 and what was Keitaro doing at the moment.
That's it for this chapter. Next chapter: Keitaro makes amends to his parents and sister, the council's inquiry with Motoko continue, Hina and the three remaining Hinata Girls start work at Shakiko's inn with…unpleasant results, and Shinobu get a chance meeting with Keitaro.