Chapter XVII: Riffling through the Past

Chiharu groaned and flung the pile of paperwork onto the lacquered floor.

"Such incompetence! Has anyone accomplished a single thing since I assigned you to this reconnaissance assignment?"

"We have searched every available record and there have been no results." Ritsu said as he gathered the scattered papers from the floor, placing back on the desk.

"This is unacceptable! The Miketsukami family is one the most prestigious Atavist clans in the country, and they have not found a single shred of information!"

"You must sustain patience, Lady Chiharu. Time must work at its own pace.."

She huffed and propped her feet onto the desk, her arms crossed over her chest and a troubled glower spread over her delicate features.

"We are running out of time. There must be something we can find on Miketsukami-san. His family holds the Nine tail's lineage. There should be one shred of evidence!"

"May I input a suggestion, Lady Chiharu?"

She turns on her servant, her eyes scanning, curious as to see what he has to say.

"Oh? And what might that be, Ritsu?"

"May I suggest gathering information from other sources?"

Chiharu leaned back further in her chair, eyeing him with interest. She hadn't yet thought of this.

"Go on."

"Well, I suppose that Miketsukami-san's previous employer, Kagerou Shoukiin knows a great deal about him.

Chiharu grinned and rose from her chair, walking over to Ritsu.

"Of course…That is brilliant! Kagerou was my sister's fiancé and may know a great deal about Miketsukami-san."

"Has my suggestion pleased you, Lady Chiharu?"

She laughed, throwing her hands up in the air, placing them firmly on his shoulders.

"Yes, you serve me well, Ritsu and when I have gotten what I wanted, you will be rewarded. Handsomely."

"I am grateful to you, Lady Chiharu." he said, kneeling before her, his head hanging low to the floor.

She turned away, making her way to the phone. She dialed and held the phone to her ear.

"Yes, Lady Shirakiin, what are your orders?" the caller said on the other line.

"Have your men pay the Shoukiin household a little visit. Gather what you can on Soushi Miketsukami."

"Yes, My lady, your order will be fulfilled."

"Excellent. You have your instructions."

Chiharu placed the phone back on its cradle and smiled, turning her gaze to the open window.

"Soon, my dear sister, your sweet little family will be no more."