Part 91: Episode 83: The Old Hall
Do you have an idea?
I feel like I should
I thought about the description of the bird Okosan saw again.
Its not something Id encounter normally, but for some reason Dont I know somebirdie like that?
Vague, as always. We do have a time limit, here. We must not fall behind!
I know, I know. If I remember what it is Ill say right away.
Would anyone else have seen this bird yesterday? My mind turned to one other bird
Maybe Yuuya was still in there? Lets go ask him again.
He said that he saw nothing out of the ordinary. If what Okosan said was true, then he was lying.
Which would mean that the doctor was lying, too.
Hmph. Very well.
I could tell he didn't like that idea, but right now it was the only possible lead we had. We made our way to the lab once again.
Salutations! How goes the investigation?
Well. Just who do you think I am?
Yeah, yeah. Unlike me, youre a very capable bird.
Yuuya, we wanted to ask you something.
Oh? Ill answer anything that doesnt violate my privacy, so ask away.
Did you really not see anything yesterday after school?
Im not sure what you mean.
We talked to San earlier. He said that he saw a blood-stained stranger going to the infirmary yesterday.
Did you see anything like that?
Umm Nope, sorry.
Could you be the blood-stained bird yourself?
Yikes! No, as you can see, Im not hurt anywhere at all.
Yeah, he did.
Anyway, I didnt see anything. Theres not much more I can say. Right, doctor?
Yes, thats right. No one came yesterday.
I dont think well find anything more here, Sakuya. Lets move on.
The music stops.
But I had no evidence to make that sort of claim, so I kept quiet as Sakuya and I left the lab.
Indeed. Where is it?
Thats the problem Id never heard of it before, either.
It sounds rather large. I wouldnt expect it to be that hard to find.
The record book said the fire broke out in the basement and if the building was burnt to the ground, it would have said so.
It should still be here, then.
Unused buildings ? Hmm
Oh, yeah. That old hall!
Thats what we call it. Its by the back gate, and its not used for Whats wrong?
Sakuya had scrunched his face in thought.
Now that you mention it, that is kind of strange.
Come, guide me there!
I led Sakuya out of the building and across the courtyard to the old hall.
It doesnt really look like a medical center
Its pretty much the same as the main building, yeah. Looks like the doors locked.
Then we shall break it down.
Youre starting to sound like a delinquent, Sakuya.
What? What did I say?
Dont worry about it.
Wed probably be suspended for breaking in here, but this is an emergency. We dont have a choice.
The two of us charged at the door, and our combined force was enough to bring the door down.
It has been left unused for five years. Hmm It appears that they didnt leave much behind.
Everythings empty I wonder if they cleared everything out when they seized the building?
This all looks pretty much the same as in the main building.
Bah! Did we come here for nothing!?
Lets look around a little more.
Look, this door still has a sign on it. I guess it was the reference room.
I do not relish the prospect of wandering about this mausoleum of schoolrooms, but very well.
The shelves are marked with dates perhaps they once held medical records. Theres nothing left now, though.
And Operation Hatoful?
Among the rows of dates, sure enough, theres a shelf labeled Operation Hatoful.
Operation Hatoful I wonder what it is?
Who knows? Something put in place along with the human representative business, so no doubt it was nothing good.
Is Operation Hatoful connected to this medical center? What if its the source of the mystery were tangled in now?
My head hurts.
The only things left are hmph, archaic medical journals.
Its the encyclopedia
An odd place to keep one.
Wait, look at the volume numbers!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.
I saw them like this in the library, too.
A bunch of old encyclopedias?
Yeah. Can I look at these for a bit?
Do as you please.
The ones in the library had the same binding. And in the place of volume nine, theres an extra copy of volume six
Look! This copy of volume six has a library sticker on it.
Perhaps it came from the library, then?
Someone must have brought it here when the medical center was still open They probably switched it with volume nine.
The other volumes all seem as they should.
There probably isnt anything in the extra copy of volume nine, but maybe we should go see if it came from here.
When we get back to the main building, lets go check the library.
Provided it isnt a mere waste of time.