Yes, it's another story from me, the person who already has way too many unfinished stories on here! :D Yay!
This story was inspired mainly by BxxWeb's Haunted, which is awesome and something I should be watching. If you like paranormal things I recommend at least giving it a look. I'm addicted to it. xD
And, as the summary says, this story will contain language and violence. Most likely more language than violence, though. And arguing. It'll contain plenty of that.
I decided to not include Zenigata in this, as he'd have a very small role in the first chapter and it'd be like in the episodes where they put him in for no reason other to have him in the episode. And I hate that. So, while this story is happening, Zenigata is on a cruise that he won, living the high life and taking "all you can eat" very literally and cleaning out the buffets.
The Haunting of Darius Haddelway
Chapter One - R.P. Brenswick's Music Academy
Lupin hopped off the top of the dumpster and over the wooden fence, landing on the other side and continuing on down the littered alley. He glanced back as Jigen made it over the fence and smirked while continuing on.
Jigen ran a little faster to catch up as Goemon and Fujiko followed after him, all of them turning the corner and shoving their way through the crowds of people as police sirens rang in the distance.
Lupin turned and ran into a small theater, stopping in the lobby and bending over as he caught his breath.
Jigen got to the door of the theater and stopped, glancing at Goemon and Fujiko as they were finally able to catch up, the three then rushing inside.
"Why'd we come here?" Jigen asked.
"Shortcut," Lupin said, looking over as the theaters manager was walking towards them with a scowl on his face. "We'd better go."
The others looked back at the man before running off after Lupin as he entered one of the theaters and exited out the back.
"Where are we going, Lupin," Fujiko asked him as they stood at the end of the narrow walkway between the theater and the building behind it.
"It's a secret," he said with a grin.
"You have no idea, do you?" she said in displeasure.
"Wow, you finally figured that out," Jigen remarked.
"Shut up," she said, glaring at the back of his head.
"There are some old buildings about three blocks from here we can hide out in," Lupin said, seeing the coast was clear and running off again.
The four continued on down the street, getting about a block before they were cut off by a cop car. They stopped and made a quick left down a nearby street.
"Damn it," Lupin said as three more cop cars sped towards them while a small group of officers approached from the side.
Goemon ran faster, passing Lupin and facing off with the approaching cars. He pulled out his sword and sliced wildly as he ran, the cop cars stopping suddenly and falling into large pieces, the cops inside stunned.
The four kept on as the number of cops chasing them grew. Lupin glanced to his right, seeing a large building surrounded by an old wrought iron fence and overgrown vines and shrubs.
"We can cut through there," Lupin said to the others as he turned and ran towards the fence.
Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko followed, all staring up at the building, the outside showing signs of a fire, the door and windows boarded up.
Lupin easily made his way over the six foot fence and ran towards the front door.
Goemon gave Jigen and Fujiko a lift over it and then hopped up and climbed over.
They ran around to the side of the building and were on their way to the back of the property when Lupin saw something out of the corner of his eye. He stopped and peeked through a partially uncovered window of the building.
"What is it?" Goemon wondered.
"There was a woman in here," Lupin said as he looked around the dark interior.
"Probably some homeless lady," Jigen said.
"Help me," a female's voice called from inside.
"She needs help," Lupin said as he hurried to remove the other boards on the window.
"Let the cops help her," Fujiko said. She looked back, seeing and hearing nothing. "Mentioning cops, I wonder where they went."
Jigen and Goemon looked back, looking at Fujiko and shrugging.
"Probably got tired," Jigen said, turning towards Lupin to say something to him, only to find that he was already inside of the building. "What is he doing?" he wondered in annoyance.
"Lupin?" Fujiko called out as she stuck her head in the window. She looked around before crawling inside.
Jigen followed her, Goemon taking one last look around before going inside.
At the entrance of the gates stood the cops, all standing with looks of fear on their faces.
"The music academy," one cop muttered.
"They went inside? There?" another wondered in shock.
"What do we do?" one asked the man leading them.
The lead cop stared at the front doors of the building. "Let them go," he said in a low voice. He turned towards the other cops. "If the stories are true, we won't be seeing them again."
The cops stared at him as he walked by. They gave each other concerned glances before following, some taking one last look back at the building as they walked away from it.
"Lupin," Jigen hollered as he, Goemon and Fujiko walked down the damaged halls, Jigen using his lighter to keep from stumbling over the debris that covered the floor.
"What is this place?" Fujiko asked, looking around in disgust as she stepped over boards and piles of insulation. She looked up, a large hole in the ceiling showing part of the second story to her.
Goemon said nothing as he stared straight ahead and followed Jigen.
"Lu-" Jigen stopped quickly and gasped as Lupin stepped out of a room right in front of him.
"She must have gone upstairs," Lupin said to himself, not really noticing the others there as he looked around for the stairs.
Fujiko opened her mouth to speak when a young girls laughter echoed through the halls.
"Hey," Lupin yelled. "Where are you?"
"Is anyone else disturbed by this?" Jigen wondered.
"Yeah," Fujiko whispered.
Goemon only stared at them in boredom.
"Did you guys see her?" Lupin asked.
"No," Fujiko said. "Can we just get out of here now?"
Lupin didn't hear her as he walked to another room and looked inside of it. He turned back to the hall when he saw a figure at the end of it as it ran into one of the rooms.
"There!" Lupin pointed and ran down the hall. He got to the room and ran inside, disappearing from the others view.
"Lupin," Fujiko yelled in anger.
"Come on," Jigen sighed, following after him.
The three got to the room and walked inside.
"A classroom?" Fujiko said as burnt remains of desks littered the floor.
Goemon walked up to a partially burnt article that was pinned to the wall. "Randolph P. Brenswick big winner at Beethoven festival."
"Music school..." Jigen said as he walked to a damaged piano, hitting one of the keys, the off-tune note echoing off the walls.
"Damn it, Jigen," Fujiko yelled as she jumped from the sudden eerie sound.
Jigen looked at her and gave a slight shrug.
Another off-tune note sounded out.
"Knock it the fuck off, Jigen! It's not funny!" Fujiko stood with a look of fear and anger on her face.
Jigen had stepped back from the piano and was staring down at it in fright. "I didn't fucking touch it, I swear!"
"So, it just played by itself?"
"Yeah, it just played by it's fucking self!"
"It's old and damaged," Goemon said. "It's nothing."
"Ye-yeah... I guess..." Jigen said as he kept a close watch on the piano as he walked away from it.
"Lupin," Fujiko yelled, seeing him standing in another hallway and running up to him.
"What is it? Did you find her?" he asked.
"No, I didn't find her! I want to get out of here, Lupin! This place is creepy..."
Lupin looked at her and laughed. "Creepy? Come on, Fujiko. It's just an old building."
"The fucking piano played by itself, Lupin," Jigen said as he and Goemon walked up. "I'm getting the hell out of here."
A woman's scream filled the building, causing Jigen and Fujiko to jump. Goemon looked around with caution while Lupin looked around in desperation.
"You okay?" he yelled. "Damn it, where the hell are the stairs?"
"Lupin," Jigen yelled as Lupin ran off once again.
"I don't like this place..." Fujiko whimpered, wrapping her arms around herself as she looked around.
A door slamming sounded from the end of the hall.
"I'm with you on that," Jigen said as they all looked towards the noise.
"Hey, where's Goemon?" Fujiko wondered, looking to where he once stood.
Jigen looked back, not seeing him anywhere. "Goemon," he yelled. "Damn it, we can't be splitting up like this!"
"Should we look for him?" Fujiko said in uncertainty.
"We can't leave him here," Jigen muttered. "Come on," he sighed as he walked back into the classroom the old piano sat in.
"You won't find him," a faint child's voice said before it giggled.
Jigen pulled out his gun and spun around, his hand shaking slightly as he held it out. The floor creaking behind him, he spun around and fired before he could think.
Goemon pulled out his sword and sliced the bullet in half. Sheathing the sword, he glared at Jigen. "What is wrong with you?" he said in a slight growl.
"Goemon," Fujiko said in relief. "Tell us you heard that."
"Heard what?" Goemon wondered.
"That fucking kid!" Jigen said. "You didn't fucking hear that?"
Goemon looked at both in confusion. "No, I didn't..."
"Hey guys," Lupin called out. "I found something!"
The three rushed towards the voice together. They ran down the hall, looking in rooms as they passed them.
"Where are you?" Jigen yelled.
"I'm right here," Lupin said as he walked up from behind them.
"What'd you find?" Fujiko said, happy they were all back together.
"What do you mean?" Lupin asked.
"You said you found something..." Fujiko gave him a blank look.
"Fuck..." Jigen sighed. "It's... it's that thing! It's fucking with us now!"
"Thing?" Lupin wondered. "What are you talking about, Jigen?" he laughed.
"Who cares," Fujiko said in a raised voice. "Can we just get the hell out of here?"
"Yes, let's get out of here," Jigen said.
"You can't leave, Jigen," a boy's voice whispered.
Jigen jumped, letting out a short yell as he turned around.
"What is it?" Fujiko asked as her fear rose. "What?" she yelled.
"You didn't hear that?" Jigen asked her.
Fujiko shook her head, too scared at that point to really say anything.
"It was a kid!" Jigen said. "A boy! He said we can't leave!"
Lupin stared at him in amusement. "You're just imagining things, Jigen," he laughed. "Come on, I saw a sign that the stairs are this way."
The three watched as he walked casually down the hall. Goemon walked past Jigen and Fujiko and followed. Jigen and Fujiko glanced at each other before quickly catching up to them.
They found the stairs, making their way carefully up the old wooden slats and exiting out a partially burnt down door.
Lupin took out his lighter to see the area around him.
The second floor was worse than the first, the floors missing in areas and the walls reduced to burnt out slats. The ceiling for the most part was gone, light filtering from the damaged roof shining down past the third floor and into the second.
Lupin zig-zagged through random rooms when he couldn't get further in the hall.
The others followed as they passed from hall to hall, nobody really knowing where they were anymore.
"Okay, Lupin, you've had your fun," Fujiko said, fed up with search. "Let's just get out of-"
"Hey there," Lupin said as he stopped in the doorway of one room. He looked towards the other end of the room and smiled. "Why are you here? This place isn't safe."
"Who... who is he talking to?" Jigen asked in a low voice.
Fujiko and Goemon stood next to him and watched as Lupin spoke to an empty space.
"We should get out of here together," Lupin said as he held his hand out. "Hey, wait!" He sighed and ran out the door and into the hall, stopping when he saw nothing there.
"Lupin, what are you doing?" Fujiko asked as she and the others caught up with him.
"There's a lady here," he said, looking back at Fujiko. "You didn't see her?"
"There's no lady here, Lupin," Jigen growled.
"She was right there," Lupin yelled as he turned and faced Jigen. "Stop being such an asshole and help me find her!"
"Find who?" Jigen yelled. "There's nobody in this shitty place!"
"If you're going to be that way, fine!" Lupin got into Jigen's face, saying nothing before he backed up. "I don't need your help! Why don't you just go!"
"I'm not leaving you here, Lupin!" Jigen stepped forward and grabbed Lupin's forearm.
"Don't touch me!" Lupin growled, pulling his arm away from Jigen and stomping off.
"He's acting strange," Goemon noted.
"Really, Goemon?" Jigen said in an almost yell. "Tell us something we don't fucking know!"
Goemon narrowed his eyes at Jigen and then turned to find Lupin.
"Where are you going?" Fujiko asked.
"To help him," Goemon stated as he kept walking.
Fujiko growled in frustration.
"He's gonna do something stupid..." Jigen sighed, referring to Lupin and his knack of getting into trouble when women were involved.
"He's not very smart," a voice around them laughed.
Fujiko gasped and pressed herself against the wall, looking around as tears filled her eyes.
Jigen tensed as he searched for the owner of the voice. "Where are you?" he yelled. "Why don't you just show yourself, you fucking coward!"
"Jigen, stop," Fujiko begged.
"You think this is funny?" Jigen yelled as he looked around.
"Come the fuck out, you stupid piece of shit!"
"Stop!" Fujiko shrieked as she held her bowed head and sobbed. "Just stop it," she cried.
The anger drained from Jigen as he looked over at her.
"You're all gonna die," a child's voice mocked them.
"Shut up," Jigen said through clenched teeth.
"You guys coming or not?" Lupin asked as he walked towards the two.
"I said shut up!" Jigen screamed, looking up and glaring at Lupin, his demeanor quickly changing when he saw him. "Lupin..."
"Are you... are you guys okay?" Lupin asked as he stared with uncertainty at a once raging Jigen and then at a crying Fujiko. "Fujiko?" He walked towards her and placed a hand on her shoulder. "What the hell did you do to her, Jigen?"
"Me? What did I do? I didn't do anything! Why don't you ask that non-existing girlfriend of yours what happened?"
"Just because you didn't see her doesn't make her non-existing!"
"We were looking right where you were, Lupin! We didn't see anything!"
"Well, then maybe you all need glasses!"
"Oh, so we're the problem? We aren't the ones who-!"
"Jigen," Goemon said calmly.
Jigen looked at him in shock. "You're taking his side?" he asked in disbelief.
"I saw her," Goemon said, giving him a serious look. "We have to help her."
Children's laughter filled the hall, Jigen looking around as he tensed with anger.
A loud crack sounded from above, Jigen looking up as a beam from the roof broke loose and crashed through the third floor ceiling. He glanced down to where it was going to fall, Fujiko standing there, unaware of what was going on.
"Look out," Jigen yelled, rushing forward and grabbing Fujiko, pressing her against the wall as the beam fell and crashed through the floor, falling with a loud thud to the first floor.
They all stared in shock at the scene.
"They're trying to kill us," Jigen mumbled. "They're trying to fucking kill us!"
"What are you talking about?" Lupin asked, having had just about enough of Jigen. "This is an old building. All your annoying yelling probably shook the thing loose."
"You didn't hear them laughing just before that beam fell?" Jigen asked, looking desperately at Lupin and Goemon.
They looked at him as though he were insane.
"They laughed! And then that fucking thing fell and almost killed Fujiko!"
"I didn't hear anything, Jigen," Goemon said.
"Did you?" he asked as he looked at Fujiko.
She shook her head 'no'.
"God, Jigen, you're acting like a maniac," Lupin sighed. "It's an old building. Obviously there was a fire here. Old burnt buildings fall apart. It's natural."
"And is seeing and hearing things that don't exist natural?" Jigen asked.
"I wouldn't know. God, man, what are you smoking?"
"I'm not smoking anything, Lupin!"
"Well, then, maybe that's your problem!"
The two glared at each other for a few seconds before Lupin walked off.
"We need to find that girl and get her out of here," Lupin said.
Goemon said nothing as he followed Lupin.
"What's going on, Jigen," Fujiko asked as her voice quivered.
Jigen said nothing as he glanced at her before staring at Lupin and Goemon as they walked down the hall.