Part 107: Episode 99: Kazuaki
Im fine. I would just get tired.
Isnt talking to me a waste of time, Hitori?
Youve been busy recently, have you not? I know were short on money.
Thats not something you need to worry about. We adults are working hard to make sure you dont have to worry.
Youre a child too, Hitori. Youre only five years older than me, after all.
You dont think I should be working?
No, thats not what I meant.
Its not about whether youre doing anything or not. Youre part of the family, and we need you.
That doesnt help. With my body like this, I cant work or go to school. Thats just how it is.
Youre thinking too hard, Nageki
Lets go pick some millet from the yard. Its almost dinner time.
A full stomach scares the bad things away. Right?
Hatoful House. Where the rest of the war orphans and I live together.
I was always a little better at studying than the others, so I teach at the local school to help make ends meet.
Going to work, and coming home. Every Friday, we all gather together and have supper.
There are children who go to school. There are those who work, like me. And children like Nageki, who stay home--Our family is a patchwork of ages and lives, but we always eat together on this day.
What should we have? We might have enough left over, or we could pool our money and buy something.
I had more work than usual last month, so I got paid a little more than usual. Ill get something nice. Ill head home and see what everyone wants, first
Our home was surrounded by security vehicles.
Its an attack by the Human Liberation Front. We cant let anybirdie in.
We sent two human negotiators, but they were shot. Were going to storm the place.
Get back! Its dangerous!
Hey, you! Are you listening!?
I remember angry shouts coming from every direction. But I couldnt tell what they were saying.
The only things I could focus on were the gunshots from inside.
Today was supposed to be our day. No one has ever been missing on a Friday before. No one can disappear today. We have to be together today.
No matter what
Everyone. Everyone is covered in blood, immobile. The humans, the security forces, and my family.
What did we do? We had nothing. Our parents and our homes had already been stolen by the humans. All we had left were each other.
Why do they have to keep stealing from us? Why?
You were outside Good.
Nageki! Youre alive !
Everyone else ?
Nageki was hiding in the innermost room.
He must have heard everything, from inside his hiding place.
Human corpses are scattered throughout the room.
Nageki Were you afraid? Im sorry
It wasnt your fault, Hitori
I wasnt here when you needed me !
Dont apologize, Hitori I dont know how I could live if you were gone, too
When I found him then, I didnt notice, but
None of the human corpses in that room had been shot.
Its a little lonely
Hitori What should I do? Isnt there anything I can do to help ?
You just have to be happy and well. Dont push yourself. Well find something for you to do, okay?
He was never very healthy to begin with, but he was getting worse and worse.
What would start out as a slight cold would turn into a high fever, and go on for days.
It was painful to watch. Was it really just his weak body? I couldnt do anything.
Im fine. Im fine.
You still have a fever! Dont worry about the dishes. Ill take care of them.
I told you, Im fine
Dont If you just say how you feel outright, Ill feel better too, Nageki. Okay?
What do you ?
Whenever you say youre fine, you never are.
Go to bed for now, okay? Tomorrow Im taking you to a doctor.
Impairs his immune system ?
All living creatures inherit defense systems against viruses and the like from their parents, and we call them the immune system. But Nagekis is abnormally weak.
And thats why he gets sick easily?
Indeed. He can become infected with diseases that bodies such as yours or mine would fight off easily. It is probably best if he avoids going outside, as that could bring him into contact with more dangerous viruses. He could become seriously ill with little or no warning.
Please, can you cure him? I will find whatever money it takes. Hes the only family I have left!
I understand how you feel, but as I said, his condition is hereditary. I have never seen anything like it. Im sorry, but I cant help him.
I dont want to go. I want to stay with you, Hitori.
But youll be able to go to school! I can only teach you what I know, and theres a lot that I dont know.
And youll be able to make friends! The doctors there will help you with your illness, so you wont have to be sick.
Do you not want me here, Hitori?
Of course I do! But Im worried. If you were to get really sick, I wouldnt be able to do anything
I think it would be better for you to stay with the doctors. Ill be lonely by myself but I can wait until youre better.
Nageki hadnt told me he was fine since he promised not to three years ago. What are they doing to him? Are they doing something bad to him?
I tried calling Dr. Isa, but he always replied with Progress is good, and everything is fine. If everything is fine, why wont they let me talk to him?
He said he was undergoing intensive care in the basement. That must be where he is. How do I get there? I need to find the entrance to the basement.
I could hear urgent footsteps and the sound of wings. This building has all the most advanced equipment. They must have noticed me.
But I was greeted at the corner not by guards, but by panicked researchers. All shouting the same thing, all heading for the exit.
A fire! Subject 00 set a fire! Call the fire department!
Black smoke rolls towards me from the inner corridors. Nageki--Where is Nageki!?
Nageki! Say something, please! Where are you!?
The smoke is clogging my lungs with its foul stench. But I run onwards anyway.
Nageki is there, in a room filled with fire.
What happened!? What did they do to you!? Come on, we have to get out of here!
His face is clouded. He shuts the door, and I hear the lock click shut.
!? Open the door, Nageki!
Hitori I cant go outside anymore. I cant live anymore.
What did they do to you? Im a fool! All this time I thought you were getting better, thought youd come home cured ! I should be the one apologizing. Nageki, please! Come home with me, to our home!
Listen, Hitori I recorded everything that happened here, and hid it in the library. Its wrong. This is the only way to stop them
What are you talking about!? We can talk later! I cant let you die!
Can you do me a favor, Hitori?