Tista chapter 9 by Ergon
your target will be between the 5th district and the Rockefeller Center
mission execution will be according to your discretion
be sure to avoid the confusion of the event being held
the time limit is 0:00 tonight
now go and show it in the presence of the lord!
the heart of faith from which all else has been cut away and discarded!
the world beginning to warp!!
LAST CHAPTER: A gentle distance
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for all the sorrow
a warm ending
ghost: this is good isn’t it!
locked up in a cage like that, it would have been over for us!
We should have done this from the beginning!
to open your wounds and make you writhe:
right then! in the art gallery!
tista:don’t look at his eyes
until THE MOMENT arrives
I can’t look straight at him
ghost:what are you going to do? you’re doing it now? if you were to kill him in a place like that it would cause a huge commotion you know?
theres no need to make AN EXAMPLE of him either
tista:if I wait until the right opportunity my resolve will be crushed
for just this moment, give my heart armor of steel…!!
arty:what is it…
tista: the alley, behind 625 tom’s street
tom’s street is right around here…!!
has my pathetic resolve gotten a level up?
…are you stupid
her voice was shaking!!!
hey watch it!!
ghost: you cant call him anymore
he’ll say your name
as soon as he shows himself
do it right away
god sometimes grants us cruel hardships
don’t forget that
where did i go wrong?
dad: “look around you carefully tista…
don’t make the wrong choice…”
ghost: its not the wrong choice
the only one who can save us is you
do schoolteachers walk around with bulky things like that now!?
because theres nothing else
there wasn’t anything else
“im going to draw your face here
as proof that you were a dreamer!”
did I make the wrong choice?
*thump thump* (echoing footsteps)
ghost: um, hes here?
what are you doing? open your eyes
look at what you are
you’re here aren’t you!?
where are you!?
remembered a bit
about the past
the three of us made a promise
in the future, fulfilling our dreams
arty: no actually lets make it even if our dreams aren’t fulfilled, whoever is smiling is the winner
suzy: what do you mean winner?
and whats with that negative prediction
arty: shut up
its cause you said I’d never become president…
suzy: but then the meaning of drawing this will be gone
so lame akkun
suzy: that was quick
arty:in the future we’ll get together like this too
and if theres someone who isn’t smiling then we’ll help them to smile!
suzy: seems like a clever way to cheat
but that sounds good
in that case, first we have to make this kid smile!
that’ll be a tough one
it was to hard for me
I can’t …I cant smile
pretty miserable huh…
even though I kept telling myself that there was a light beyond this scope
my heart knows it
daddy is saying it too
“you were WRONG”
its no use anymore is it
I cant see anything
I don’t want to see anything
gonna call it a day ok
no!! it wasn’t…
are you awake now?
it seems your barrel is pointed a little bit off?
what are you doing?
come on, whats wrong
where is he
do it! you’re keeping the lord waiting you know?
you’re to aim for the brain stem
didn’t FATHER teach you?
you can put them to rest in the blink of an eye, before they feel a single bit of pain
whats wrong, look look
if you don’t SAVE HIM quickly he’ll slowly suffer?
that girl from…
idiot, get away
its ok I’m FBI!
Snow Ruethart…? We’ve spared ourselves the trouble of dealing with her
but it seems the time for playing games has finished
gods divine protection has just ended for you
Your holy duty has expired
I will now take over
may the both of them
pass through the gates of heaven together
you were able to calculate the trajectory with that small amount of data
you’re really something tista lone
but this time you will be SHOT DOWN
its no good
I can’t see him…!!
hes changed his position
caught in the act!!!
but under these conditions…
its been awhile
where ya been?
you haven’t forgotten our promise right
cause suzy, and I, you know…we’re crazy
because we’re not giving up
until you smile
what do you mean “sorry”
I just said “thank you” didn’t I?
god damn it!!!
what the hell is your EYE looking at
run arty!! into the building!!
are you crazy don’t move!! with those wounds!!
what are you doing anyhow
drop the gun!!
first-class terrorist sister militia!!
do you know what the root is for the word “monk”, mademoiselle?
apparently it comes from the greek word “monakos*”
do you understand?
remaining in solitude, there is a certain thing we must be
our shame and our apperance publicly scorned
mocked as commoners
I cannot endure to look at you
police and swat with me up the emergency stairs!
provide support to the 48th division as well!!
damn it Charlie…
who called them…
*monakos: only solitude
the area is crawling with the organization’s agents
please be careful
snow: is that girl important?
are you splitting company and letting her out of the cage?
a man in the police department remembered a girl from a case 12 years back, who had the same name and bore a strong resemblance
in this sludge pot of a city, disappearances aren’t rare so it didn’t stick in anyones mind
but in the cases of several “tistas” who had gone missing, that girl was there too
her parents killed
picked up by the organization
and turned into a murder machine
proko: stop it!
snow: in the snipers nests of most professional hitmen, any sign of emotion was generally nonexistent
but at sister militia’s, they were there
spilling out, like the scream of a heart being torn apart
proko?: any trace of self-worth must merely have been thrown away, among the trauma of the past and living in a despotic organization
that’s what her eyes showed
snow: you’re wrong!
of course shes regretting it isn’t she? her own existence! her whole life up until now! you haven’t showed any compassion!
proko: but that’s not true!
its not true..!!
snow: if you’re giving repentance
the people shes killed!! and the people to whom shes caused suffering are the ones you should give it to!
snow: the police and the courts will guarantee your protection with all their power!
proko: I’d just
I’d just like you to wait a little…
priest: you can’t hold a siege while bleeding like that
hurry up and come outside
if it be a car
if it be anything
my arrows are not afraid
the next time you show yourself
it will be the end for both of you
don’t be stupid…
I’m fine! they’re just flesh wounds!!
im sorry arty…
shut up! stop apologizing!
you were smiling
weren’t you arty
you drew the picture
I wont let him die
what are you say..*thunk*
tell the police you only came with me because I threatened you
if I can protect your smile
I might be able to smile a little too…?
that’s a good girl
the weak point of these eyes of ours is that the field of vision is extremely narrow
they are exceptional in assassination but terribly poor when it comes to defense
if you want to stay alive
you’ll have to silently disappear without a trace
if your general location is discovered you can be targeted with arced ballistics and ricochets, by your reflections in the glass and metal
even being in narrow places or under walls has no meaning!!
an open space…?
have you given up?
turn to ashes
still facing the day after tomorrow
there are still
many scenes I would like to see
scenes without sadness
theres not only one
because I know now
“I wonder what you will see with those eyes, tista…”
the things you tried to show me, daddy!!
to see them all this time
2 years later
real name: Riddim Shagir, was a cleric of the holy order of the sacred heart
this material is a report on crimes related to the holy order of the sacred heart submitted by him to the FBI
it is also a report from the cooperative criminal investigation over the last two years related to the militia cases in various nations
whats been grasped is only the tip of the iceberg
it may suspend the operational capabilities of the organizations new york branch only momentarily
even so, this is crucial evidence
it’s a huge step for us
next…the plea bargain?
I don’t want anything
I only ask
about her reduction of penalty, and treatment
Akkun did you hear? they said she just regained consciousness yesterday!
it seems she got permission for a visit, so why don’t you try and go meet her?
Riddim Shagir’s person will be transferred to raccoon prison
you don’t have to tell her about me
because that child is always quick to blame herself, you know…
was this good enough?
you aim for the brain stem
well done, scar
now, I wonder…
although her existence is neither poison nor medicine at this point…
well, that is something for the top to decide
but I’m sure she realizes…
that there will be no end to it after all
you have a visitor
good morning, me!
its been awhile!
it’s a good thing that guy came for us quickly isn’t it…
if we’re gonna be together from now on as well
why don’t we try and get along a little better…
your hair’s grown a lot
“is given the sentence of 120 years in prison”
here you go!
you’re lonely by yourself right?
thank Suzy! she fixed it up real nice for you
its not too late
“after 1/3 of her sentence has passed, upon review of her condition and circumstances”
to start over, and for your dreams to come true…
I don’t think its too late at all
master arty will always always be on your side
“parole, under 24 hour surveillance will be considered”
first, shall I tell you…
may these eyes
be filled with pleasant scenes one day
see you tomorrow children
gentle scenes, that come and visit quietly
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