Surprise! Here's the next chapter, a day early! I'm actually a few chapters ahead so I thought that you guys might like two chapters! The next one will be posted Wednesday as planned. Some of you may notice that I changed the rating. As I kept writing I noticed that there aren't really any scenes worthy of an M rating. Meh. I'm keeping that option open though. So, if there does come a chapter worthy of an M rating, I shall let you know. :D Anyways, first of all thank you to all the people that have reviewed! Yes, I'm looking at you vivalarapture, chloe200999, and LeprechaunGreen! And, also, a really big thank you to everyone following this story: 1rocker-chick, Amongthegreats, PrincessNeshh, crimsontouches, spiceypepper, and vivalarapture! You guys are amazing! :D I'm also greatly indebted to my dearest friend Nora! She proofreads all my chapters! Thank you Nora! Disclaimer: I don not own Soul Eater; I wouldn't be here if I did. Anyways, enjoys chapter 5: things just got serious
Maka stared at the envelope. In all honesty, she was scared to see what was inside. Her hands shook softly. She looked up at the detective desperately. He just stared her down with no mercy.
"Ca-can you just t-tell me what's inside?" she pleaded. Detective Holter shook his head. She swallowed air and looked back at the envelope. She couldn't even hide the fact that her hands were shaking as she reached for the bag. It took a couple of tries get it open. She didn't feel any more relieved when the envelope was in her hands.
"Do you notice anything about it?" Holter asked; Maka nodded.
"This is Soul's writing," she whispered.
"Anything else?" Maka shook her head. "In that case, open it." Maka did as she was told. She cursed her shaking hands as they made it difficult to take out what was inside. It was a letter, a piece of paper folded in three.
She didn't want to read what it said. She just wanted to go home. She was tired, mentally and physically. She wanted the police to deal with this. That was their job! She still didn't understand why she was there. She sighed and gathered the little courage she had left and unfolded the letter. Maka mentally prepared herself and turned off all her emotions. That plan failed as soon as she read the first two words.
"Hey Maka," it read.
"I missed you today. I saw you at school. You had everything like the spaz you are. I didn't. xD I will next time! Yes, I'll explain it to our teacher. Can't you cut me some slack? I'll come home as soon as possible. You'll be back before me…I want chocolate. I need some, in fact! :D Find some time to go to the store, yeah? Our mouths will be happy if you do! But first buy it! xD I will kiss you if you do this for me! Remember this: I love you.
Maka started to cry. She clutched the letter to her chest.
"Does it mean anything?" Holter asked.
"I don't know," she said through her tears. "It's written in his hand. But, it doesn't make any sense. I don't understand." She read it again. The detective thought about it for a while.
"Alright," he sighed. "Keep it and go home. We've already copied it." Maka stared at him, unable to comprehend anything anymore. He sighed again. "Go home, kid." Maka nodded finally and left.
As soon as she was out of sight of the police station, she ran. If this note was actually from Soul then something big was going on, something she didn't know about. But, Soul did. She looked at the letter in her hands. Of course she knew what it meant. She and Soul had used this code since they decided that they were best friends. Her heart rate accelerated.
She was at Kid's mansion in record time. Although Kid didn't think Soul was still alive, he was the only one she thought she could go to. He was the only one, besides Soul, who could keep up with her, when he wasn't distracted by his OCD.
Maka pounded on the door. There was no response. Irritated, she pounded again, still no response. The sun started to set. She was fifteen minutes in when she heard Patty's voice. Maka turned to see Patty and Liz walking up to the door.
"Oh, hey Maka," Liz said when they made eye contact.
"Um, hi," Maka said. "Is Kid here?" Liz shrugged.
"Don't know," Liz started. "Patty and I went to go eat and Kid went to see Lord Death." Maka simply nodded. "I don't know when he'll be back but, you can wait inside if you want." Liz gave a rueful smile.
"Thanks," Maka muttered. Once inside Maka went to sit on a couch while the Thompson sisters went up to their rooms. Maka sighed. It wasn't always this awkward between her and the sisters. They were never super close but, in Maka's mind, they were close enough. She'd hoped that, since they had been on the mission in England, they would still be close. Maka closed her eyes. She didn't notice she had fallen asleep until Kid was shaking her shoulder.
Maka sat up quickly and rubbed the sleep out of her eyes.
"What are you doing here, Maka?" Kid asked softly. Maka looked around, trying to remember what she was doing there. It wasn't until she felt the letter still clutched in her hands that everything rushed back to her.
"I need your help." Kid nodded sat down next to her, not even bothering to ask her what she needed help with. "This is the letter from inside Soul's room." Maka handed the letter to him. He read once, then twice, and gave up on the third try.
"I don't understand," Kid admitted. Maka nodded.
"It's written in code," Maka said, her voice getting a little excited.
"Yeah, Soul and I have used this code since we were kids." Kid read the letter again.
"Are you sure it's not someone pretending to be Soul?" Kid asked. Maka shook her head.
"We've never told anyone this code before. He wouldn't do it now." Kid sighed. He felt bad for Maka. He looked at her face. Her eyes were gleaming. She thought she had something here. That hope was rising inside her at an incredible rate. He looked away. His heart broke for her a little bit.
"Do you know what the police are saying, Maka?" The question caught Maka off guard.
"N-no," she stuttered. "But does it matter? Soul is trying to tell me, tell us, something!" Kid put the letter down. He decided that she needed to know.
"Maka," he began slowly. "They think you did this." He couldn't look at her. He wasn't capable of seeing the confusion on her face. He continued, "They're saying that you're mentally unstable due to the traumatic experience you've gone through. There was no sign of any break in. And this note," Kid took a deep breath before continuing. "It only proves their point. If only you and Soul knew it, then, it makes sense that you would be the one who wrote it…"
Kid turned to face Maka. Tears were falling silently out of her eyes. She sniffled and picked up the letter. Maka understood now. They thought she was going crazy.
"I admit that it seems that way but, you have to believe me," she said in a firm voice. Kid nodded.
"I do." Maka stopped crying.
"Yeah," Kid started. "There's no way Soul would've gone down without a fight." A small smile crossed Maka's face. "And," Kid continued, "There's no way in hell he would've left you like that. It didn't make sense then, and it doesn't make sense now." Maka didn't know how to react to this.
"Actually, all of us believe you," Patty said, waltzing into the room. Maka looked up at her. "Right, Liz?" Liz made her entrance slowly.
"Yeah," Liz said. "Lord Death, Stein, and your father have been questioning us for some time."
"We've been telling them what they want to hear," Kid added. Maka, though happy to hear this, was confused.
"Then why didn't you tell me anything?" Maka asked.
"Because," Patty started, completely oblivious to the seriousness that the conversation demanded, "We still had doubt!" She giggled and span in a circle. Kid cursed at her ignorance.
"What if we're wrong?" Liz asked.
"What if he really is dead?" Kid added. "Then we would have to relive his death all over again. It would be as if he died twice." Maka nodded.
"What about Black Star and Tsubaki?" Maka asked. Kid nodded.
"They're in the same boat," he said. It felt as if though half of the burden had been lifted from Maka's shoulders. She took a deep breath to stop her tears from falling. A knock at the door stopped Maka from saying her thanks.
"Looks like Black Star and Tsubaki are here," Liz said before adding, "I called them over while Maka was explaining the letter was in code." They all flinched at the sound of the door being kicked in.
"Yeah, that's Black Star," Kid sighed.
"I'm here!" Black Star announced as he jumped onto the coffee table. Tsubaki quickly started apologizing to Kid. Maka looked up to see Soul's best friend. His eyes were fierce with determination. If there was proof that his best friend is still alive then, dammit, he was going to find him.
"Now," Black Start pointed at Maka, "Explain that letter!"