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box: Narita Airport
So then, this is the same as saying you don't know anything
Is my daughter alright!?
What did the Air Frantz president say!?
What's the situation at the scene of the crash!?
How are you planning to take responsibility as a company?
Are the search operations inside Kargyzstan being conducted properly!?
left: ♣...................Please, let this be untrue...
miru: Alyosha-chan! Katie-chan is safe, isn't she? Isn't she?
box: Alyosha and everyone, after hearing on the news that the plane Katie was on crashed, came to the Narita Airport to ascertain the truth
Miru-chan, it'll be alright...
//It's Katie-san we're talking about, I'm sure she'll show up suddenly as if nothing happened
box: Ryuunosuke and everyone expected Katie to be safe
*A bird strike?
Don’t international air routes lie at the altitude of over 10 thousand meters!?
//I've never heard of any birds flying that high!
We're trying to confirm this now, but that was the last communication from the pilot...
I've also heard that the plane exploded in mid-air and its pieces flew 10 km in every direction!?
That is also something we're trying to confirm...
*Bird strike = an accident involving a bird colliding with an airplane. There are many examples of birds being sucked into a jet engine.
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A mid-air explosion...
box: Alyosha Stalina is an assassin from the Republic of Estolakia
miru: I... I... I said that "Katie-chan was right not to come," so that's why...
In the past, Alyosha brought down a plane used by the Solessian government's military
Back then, there was a plan proposed as a candidate for that assassination
It was to breed an improved crane species, induce the birds to fly to a high altitude, and blow up explosives hidden within their bodies
In the end, the attempts to improve the crane did not go as expected, and the plan was not put in effect
The fact that an accident occurred above Kargyzstan some time later, the fact that it was caused by an unnatural bird strike, led Alyosha to a conclusion
Katie was assassinated
Alyosha-chan, don't be angry!
//I'm sorry, I'm sorry!!
Alyosha was a little taken aback
She realized that she felt anger because of Katie's death
Until now, as an assassin, she didn't feel anything about people's deaths and has controlled her emotions well
There wasn't a single time when she was disturbed by the death of a comrade or an opponent, whether on the battlefield or on the scene of an assassination
That's how she was trained
We will keep you informed if any additional information becomes available. The next press conference is scheduled in one hour.
//We've prepared a break room for all those involved, please feel free to make use of it
//Let's go somewhere else...
With both of them feeling so down...
At least I must keep our act together...
Ch- Cheer up, there hasn't been any definite information yet
All we can do now is pray for Katie-san's safety...
That's why we should believe and wait
You mustn't cry...
ryuu: Mustn't cry...
Alyosha was feeling discomfort
There was a dull pain gripping the inside of her chest
When she thought of Katie, or looked at Miru’s or Ryuunosuke's faces, it grew ever stronger
The unfathomable irritation boiled over and turned into anger that assailed Alyosha
And then she became irritated with herself for being unable to control it
What's going on with me...? She was completely bewildered by the sensation, as if she wasn't herself anymore
But it blunted Alyosha's judgment for just a moment
Who is she!? She's not some amateur!
It doesn't matter, we'll rub all three of them out!!
Watch out for the knife!
She was one step behind the two pro assassins...
What's worse, she foolishly let the enemy sense her true fighting skill
Alyosha was regretting that she had let her guard down
She had to protect those two no matter what...
Are you going to protect both of them?
sfx: bang x4
//Restrain them and watch them like hawks to make sure they don't kill themselves!
By a hair's breadth ♥
Katie-san!!?? (small): Eh? Eh?
There's no damage to the cervical vertebrae or the respiratory tract
She's just fainted from the sudden impact to her carotid artery
She'll wake up shortly
Miru, are you alright?
Am I dreaming?
You became a cat and came to see me?
Don't kill me off as you please
This is real
//Should I show you the email you sent me from the airport?
miru: Katie-chan! Katie-chan!! Katie-chan!!!
katie: Hol- Hold on, Miru!? You're suffocating me!
miru: You were safe, weren't you!?
Actually, I went to board Flight 235 at the last moment
But that’s when I got this leaflet by chance
Japan Expo is currently open!?
And the location is nearby on top of that!
Ma'am, please place your carry-on here
It’s necessary for me investigate just how much the Frantzians understand Japanese culture!
You'll be late for your flight
So I canceled Flight 235, went to the Japan Expo, and returned on the next flight
The Frantzians weren't that bad either
But because of the accident with Flight 235, our flight was diverted to the Deli airport in mid-air, and I had to wait there, returning only at this time
Here, Miru, a souvenir
They respond to brain waves. If you get excited, they'll move.
Thanks to the Japanese otaku culture (smaller): I barely escaped with my life ♥ (smallest): I'm loving it more and more
...I'm glad, I'm so glad
Miru, don't cry!
See you later, Ryuunosuke
box: Asari Estate
//Yeah, see you!
What was all that stuff that happened today?
I've been wondering for a while now, just who exactly is Katie-san?
So, those two assassins went after Miru?
Karamazov still think that Miru is Kortik
Alyosha, I found something
That girl we met at the bath house is Kortik No. 3
And No. 3 is Kortik No. 2's... meaning your... clone
What's more, there's a total of four clone bodies
No. 3 stands out from among them, and so she commands the other three clones
I think the one you defeated in Mie was probably an inferior one
No. 3 knows that you're Kortik, Alyosha, but she didn't tell that to Karamazov...
She doesn't want anyone stealing prey like you from her
She wants to defeat the original because she's a clone... Or it’s simply a caprice of hers...
No. 3's actions are different from those of the assassins, she will deviate from the beaten path...
//Katie, the Flight 235 accident was not a coincidence
It was an action of Karamazov
They targeted you, Katie
I knew it...
What a thing to perpetrate...
I'm sure it was the work of No. 3
//She's crazy enough to sacrifice 500 civilians to target a single person...
Then Ameria too will take advantage of this opportunity
//Acting against Karamazov should be more than enough of a pretext to send our troops out
If the army moves, Karamazov won't be in a position to target us anymore
But I think No. 3 will keep on going after us without a change
//No. 3 is your equal in strength... No, she might have even greater power
Don't let your guard down!
I will protect Miru, and Ryuunosuke, and you without fail
...Katie, I'm so glad you returned safely
Wha- wha- wha- wha-...
What are you doing!!? Are you into THAT!!??
box: In the former Solessian Union, it was customary between intimate friends to kiss each other on the lips as a greeting or as a sign of gratitude
right: ♣Let's enjoy a moment of calm...!!
To be continued in the next issue (Nov 30)