Trylon City has been experiencing a series of black outs. Is the Ministry of Science involved? Shunsaku Ban is sent to investigate! But when he gets there, he finds that finding the source of these blackouts is the least of his worries…Rated T. No Parings.

WARNING: This story contains dark themes, occasional swearing, insanity, alcohol use, mentions of blood and disembodied voices. If this isn't your thing, that's perfectly fine, I won't judge. Just hit that 'back' button and have a nice day.

Still plan on reading? *rubs hands together evilly* excellent…

Lights Out

The last of the lights on the machine faded as darkness swept over the room. Another attempt to shut it off for good had failed. Soon Trylon City would have its power back. The only good thing about deciding to take the building 'offline', Dr. Chaman thought to himself, was at least no one would be able to fully trace where the energy was going.

Enough was enough though; he was tired of the secrets, tired of the speculation. All because of something he was trying to prove, what was he trying to prove? He didn't even remember…it felt like it had been so long ago.

'They'll have to know…this was never my intention, I never meant for any of this to happen...'

Suddenly he felt a chill run down his spine, like invisible fingers, one that he knew all too well. "Isao…I should have known this was your work."

Isao chuckled. "Guilty as charged…but tell me Doctor…why would you want to get rid of all this? Your…dream?"

"Dream? Is that what you think this is? It's nothing but a nightmare!"

"You succeeded…didn't you?"

The question caught him off guard. "What?"

"You wanted to know…what was on the other side. And now that you've found it…you just want to…shut it all out?"

"It's not like that!"

"Was ignorance…really bliss?"

"No it's – what could you possibly know about that? "

"Let me tell you something Doctor…Hell doesn't have an…on and off switch…"

The once delicate fingers running down his spine closed themselves tightly crushing each vertebra, paralyzing him.

"Isao, what are- oh god, no! NO-!"

Outside the room, Kuro was pounding on the door. "What the hell Chaman?! Open this door!" He had been standing there for nearly an hour demanding to know what was going on.

Isao looked down at the Doctor, a truly noble man right until the end. What a pity that he had to go. A small sound caught his attention. It was that other bothersome man, what was his name? Oh well, not like it was going to matter in a few moments.

At this point Kuro had slumped against the door, tired of from trying to beat it down, when a small chill ran down his spine. "Isao." He said breathlessly. "What are you doing here?!"

Isao sighed. "Just a little something I had to…take care of…"

Kuro realized now that the room he had been trying to get into for the last hour was strangely quiet. Then he put it all together. "What the hell did you do to him?!"

"Here…let me…show you…"

"Unexplained power outages continue throughout the Trylon City area this week, leading many to blame Ministry of Science's northern building. With some of its laboratories located 400 feet below the ocean, the off line facility has recently become infamous for its top secret research. Prompting widespread speculation on the nature of their experiments. And more specifically the purpose of Project Phosphorus. Although the Ministry of Science continues to decline any comment, leaked documents routinely point to the development of a sort of generator."

"Still," the blond anchorwoman continued. "Others seem to focus on some kind of biological research. While details remain few and far between, one fact remains undeniable, whatever the Ministry's Northern Branch is building, the likes of it have never been seen before."

"Speak of the devil." Shunsaku Ban muttered under his breath as he passed by the TV screen in the Ministry of Science's lobby. Ever since the ministry's northern branch went offline, strange reports had been coming in, and things weren't quite adding up. He had been called in by Dr. Ochanimizu personally, to investigate this matter.

He was a bit confused as to why, when the Ministry had connections to other more prominent crime investigators. But he wasn't really in the position to say no, since cases like this where hard to come by, and rent wasn't exactly cheap.

Riding up in the glass elevator, he pondered this question while looking out over the city. He wondered what would happen if Metro City were to experience blackouts on the same level that Trylon City currently was, and all the chaos that would likely ensue. Fortunately here they were very rare, and for that they were lucky.

In fact, Shunsaku could only think of one time recently that he had ever seen all the lights go out on the Metro City skyline. But that had been quite a while ago.

"Hello Professor."

"Hello Stranger."Dr. Ochanimizu chuckled. "It's been a while."

"Yeah, it has."

"Just wish it were nicer circumstances."

"Well, I guess that's life. Maybe when this is all over we can head back to that place on Fifth Street. With that piano bar, remember?"

"That was my white jacket, I remember."

"Oh, come on. It's not like I went out of my way to do that."


"Right, anyway…"

An hour later he and Dr. Ochanimizu were wrapping up on the details of the case when they were interrupted by a little voice that Shunsaku knew well, it was his occasional tag along Uran.

"Doctor? When-…Mr. Ban? What're you doing here? Are you gonna go solve another mystery? Can I come?"

"Sorry kiddo, not this time."


"Now Uran, I'm sure Nora is worried about you." The doctor cut in.

"But Nora's no fun. And Astro isn't back yet; - it's really boring at home!"

"Uran. We'll talk about this later."

"...Fine..." Uran walked out of the room and the door slid shut behind her. It wasn't fair! If she were Astro she wouldn't have gotten shooed away. Was it because she was younger? Because she was a girl? Because she wasn't as strong?

Uran frowned at the unfairness of it all. So maybe she wasn't as strong, she was still just as tough! But these days all she seemed to be good for is something to be shoved out of the way, and that was something that…suddenly gave Uran an idea.

The two watched the little girl reluctantly leave the room in silence.

"Huh, I figured that was the case." Shunsaku said finally.


"I thought it was a little strange that you'd be sending me when you've got someone like Astro."

"Well...that was part of the reason. Plus, Astro's so recognizable that it would ruin any attempt to go undercover. And then there's the nature of the...investigation itself..."

"Makes sense. If the deaths of these two had something to do with this, I'm not sure he'd fully be able to process what sort of motives someone could have had." Humans could be strange creatures, and while he wasn't trying to give Astro any discredit, something this strange was probably better being looked at first by another human.

"I'm not even sure that I do."

Shunsaku glanced towards the large floor to ceiling windows that looked out over the city. It must have been great to have a view like this all the time.

"Did you know this, Nirav Chaman, personally?"

"I guess you could call him an old acquaintance. He came here from Tibet, and worked here briefly before he transferred to the North Branch in Trylon City, but that was nearly ten years ago now."

"I see, and the other man?" he referred down to the file in his hand. "Hibine Kuro?"

"Never heard of him. According to that report, he was working as a psychiatrist in the hospital nearby."

Shunsaku turned from the window towards the doctor again "So why exactly do you want me to investigate this?"

Dr. Ochanimizu sighed. "People are demanding answers, the branch went offline and the number of blackouts in Trylon City went up. That can't be a coincidence."

"But if it was something Chaman was working on...-he's dead now. What else would be causing them?"

"That's exactly what I was wondering. The North Branch building is part of the Ministry of Science, so if it has something to do with all this then I'd like to get it sorted out."

"And rule it out if it doesn't?"

"More or less."

[A/N]: When I refer to "branch buildings" here's what I mean. The way I see it is that every country has different ministries. Their main buildings are in or near the capital cities while smaller divisions are in different regions. Like the way a major company has a headquarters, but has other locations that report to that main building.

Geographically speaking, if Metro City is Tokyo, Trylon City is most likely Sapporo. Both are in Japan but Sapporo is much farther north.