Posted by PURPLEYHAN STORIES on Sunday, May 1, 2016
“Game over, Reds.”
Tinignan namin ang isa’t isa pagkaalis ni Olive at hindi kami makapaniwala sa sinabi niya. I actually thought I just misheard him but Jett’s and Cliff’s expressions confirmed that I didn’t.
‘He knows...’ I said.
‘These Blacks...is this their way of saying that they shouldn’t be mess with?’ Cliff added.
According to Naia, Nox members use the term Red to describe us, just like how the underground community uses Black to label them. I can’t believe that I heard that word right after I read Naia’s information.
‘What are we going to do?’ tanong ni Jett at nagfocus ako dahil ang dami na namang tumatakbong ideas sa utak ko.
‘First, we should check Fatima’s room to see if there are clues about her identity. Second, we need to follow that guy. Cliff, you’re going with me. I need your animus. Jett, you’re the only one who can track him from afar. I’ll leave him to you.’
‘Roger,’ they answered in chorus.
Iniwan namin ang mga kasamahan ni Fatima na mga artista at dahil kasalukuyang naka-focus ang mga tao sa crime scene, which is in Rm. 605. Jett immediately left the scene and activated his animus, changing his eye shape and color to suit his plan of action.
‘Where’s Fatima’s room?’
‘Rm. 603,’ sagot ni Cliff at naglakad kami papunta sa room namin.
I activated my animus and changed myself into a police officer, which I saw at the airport before, and Cliff put on his own disguise as a police officer, too. Luckily, we have police uniforms. After changing, we immediately went to Fatima’s room and I quickly deactivated the CCTV by throwing a shuriken at it.
Saktong pagdating namin doon ay may mga pulis nang nag-iinspect sa 5th and 6th floor kaya natural lang kaming pumasok ni Cliff sa Rm. 603. Pagdating namin doon ay may isang babae at lalaki na hindi naman pulis at mukhang nasa mid-teens pa lang sila. Are they the detectives?
Naging alert naman kami ni Cliff dahil malaki ang probability na Senshins sila. We heard that there’s a prodigy in their generation and he already caught high-profile criminals at a young age. He’s branded as ‘the Akuma’ in the criminal community and I think the guy in this room is him. We need to be careful around them.
Naglibot ako sa room at ganun din si Cliff. Napunta ako sa kwarto niya at habang wala pang tao rito ay hinalughog ko ang mga gamit niya. Habang naghahanap ako sa maleta niya ay may nakita akong maliit na box pero locked ito. Binulsa ko kaagad ‘yun at naghanap pa ng pwedeng magbigay ng clues about her identity. Hinahalungkat ko ang mga damit niya nung may napansin akong hidden compartment sa luggage niya kaya naman agad ko ‘yung binuksan at isang maliit na envelope ang laman nun. Balak ko pa sanang tignan ang loob pero nung may narinig akong footsteps ay agad kong tinago ‘yun sa loob ng damit ko.
Saktong pagtayo ko ay pumasok ‘yung babae sa loob at nagkatinginan kami. I felt an immense pressure coming from her but based on her expression, she doesn’t have any idea about her strength. Nag-salute naman ako sa kanya at halatang nagulat siya. Maybe she’s a newbie.
“I’ve already searched her belongings and found her wallet,” saka ko tinuro ang wallet na nakalagay sa kama niya pati na rin ang ilang news clippings na nakalagay sa isa pang envelope. I gave it to her since, I think, they have no relations with the Blacks.
After that ay nilagpasan ko siya at lumabas na ng room. I gestured a go sign to Cliff when I saw him and we both left the room. We didn’t talk or use our patheia to until we reached my room.
“Use the barrier,” mahina kong sabi.
Para ma-ensure na walang makakarinig sa amin ay ginamit ni Cliff ang information barrier, which masks a place from the frequency of Erityian brain waves so that inner voices are disabled and in effect, can’t be heard. He placed a frequency detector, which is the size of a remote control, on the wall and pressed the barrier option.
“We’re safe,” sabi ni Cliff after ng activation.
Napaupo ako sa gilid ng kama at nilabas ko kaagad ang locked box and small envelope na nakuha ko mula sa gamit ni Fatima Trillas.
“I don’t know. I found it in her luggage. However, it’s locked and after inspecting, the lock mechanism is much complicated than what I expected.” Kinuha naman ni Cliff mula sa akin ang box at inispect niya rin ito.
“We need an excellent locksmith,” he suggested.
“But the greatest locksmith of our tribe is Dale and those from Classes A and B.”
Natahimik kami after that. I can send this box to Blake since he’s one of the best locksmiths in Class A but that’ll take a lot of time. I need to know the contents of this box as soon as possible.
“Nel, Cliff, can you hear me?” Nalipat naman ang focus namin ni Cliff sa earpiece namin dahil sa boses ni Jett.
“Olive’s leaving. I’ll tail him so bring my guns and follow me.”
I heard the urgency of his voice so we immediately packed our things. We also put another earpiece for the listening device at the crime scene. Paalis na sana kami sa hotel pero sinara ko ulit ang pinto nung nakita kong nagkalat na ang mga pulis maging dito sa 3rd floor.
“We can’t leave using the front door,” sabi ko at agad naman kaming nag-proceed sa plan B.
“Then we’ll jump.”
We opened the window and fortunately, it’s already dark and our room is facing the riverside. We immediately jumped and landed on the concrete safely, thanks to our shoes. Tumakbo kami papunta sa main road pero bago kami tuluyang makalabas ay kinuha namin ang minimized cars namin at inactivate ang normal size ng mga ito.
Seeing my Lamborgini Aventador Roadster made me excited. I was about to enter the driver’s seat but Cliff tugged my arm.
“I’m telling you, Nel, drive slowly.” I knew he would tell that.
“Yeah, I know. Besides, I can’t drive with my normal speed because of the narrow roads and traffic.”
“Good. Let’s go.”
Sumakay kami sa sarili naming kotse at nagdrive palayo sa hotel. Inactivate ko ang tracking device ng sasakyan ko at nakita ko kaagad ang coordinates ni Jett. Well, it’s chasing time!
Habang nagdadrive ako ay ang dami kong naiisip. What if that Olive is just baiting us? Following him is a risky move but we don’t have any other choice. He’s the only Black we can observe right now and maybe, observing him will lead us to his colleagues.
Nakarinig naman ako ng boses mula sa left earpiece ko and that means nagsisimula na ang assessment sa murder case sa hotel. Incredible. I think they already solved the mystery behind it. Man, Senshins are really amazing in that field.
“The victim is Fatima Trillas, a 26 year-old actress. Time of death, 8:03 PM. Cause of death, head injury due to a hard blow in the back of her head. Murder weapon must be the bloody metal rod found under the bed. The suspects are actress Joy Reyes, since the crime happened in her room; actress Geraldine Sera and director Charles Santos, the first ones who discovered the body.”
After hearing that, nagtaka ako since hindi kasama sa suspects si Olive. Or maybe they didn’t see him because he already left?
I heard disapproval from the suspects but they were stopped by a girl’s voice. She began stating her deduction.
“Ms. Joy, nasaan ang susi ng kwarto mo?” tanong niya.
“I-I don’t know! Nawala ‘yun kanina habang nag-iikot ako sa hotel. Nung papasok na sana ako sa kwarto ko, hindi ko na mahanap ang susi sa bag ko kaya naman nagrequest pa ako ng susi sa staffs pero bago pa man din ako makababa, narinig ko na ang malakas na sigaw.” That must be Joy. So she lost her key, huh?
“Ms. Geraldine and Mr. Charles, magkasama ba kayo nung nakita n’yo ang bangkay?”
“Of course!” sigaw ng boses ng babae. “Sabay din kaming pumasok sa room niya dahil nagkita kami sa hallway. Galing ako sa room ko na katabi ng room ni Charles at lumabas ako para puntahan siya. Then saktong nakita ko siyang papasok pa lang sa room niya. Pagpasok namin, dun namin nakita...y-yung nakasilip na ulo ni Fatima mula doon sa veranda ng room ni Joy.” Rinig ko ang takot sa boses niya. Maybe seeing a head upside down, with blood trickling down from it is a horrifying view for them.
“How about you, Mr. Charles?” This time, lalaki naman ang nagtanong. Must be that Akuma.
“Katulad ng sinabi ni Geraldine, papasok na ako sa kwarto ko nung nagkita kami. Galing ako sa 4th floor kung saan sana namin ishu-shoot ang ilang scenes para i-check ang set.”
“Do you have someone to prove that you’re there? Or were you alone, just like the two suspects?”
“I was alone. Kapag nagchecheck ako ng set, mas gusto kong mag-isa.”
Nag-aanalyze na rin ako based sa narinig ko from the listening device. Pero napatigil ako nung narinig ko ang pagscreech ng kotse sa right side ko. Pagtingin ko, isang Porsche 911 ang nakita ko.
“Nel!” Jett shouted and I was surprised to see him beside my car. I immediately opened my window.
“What the hell are you doing here? I thought you’re following him!” Naging seryoso naman ang expression niya at narealize kong tinanggal na niya ang lenses niya. His blood-red eyes stared at me.
“I was but two cars came from his sides and when I saw the car on the right side, I had to tell you who’s inside.”
“What happened?” This time, si Cliff naman ang nasa left side ko.
“We need to save someone.” Pagkasabi nun ni Jett ay binuksan niya ang car niya at tumingin sa akin kaya naman alam ko na ang balak niyang gawin. I matched his car’s velocity and drove closer to him until he jumped to my car while his car shrunk into its miniature version and he swiftly moved his body through the open window. Just like that, he’s already sitting on the passenger’s seat. Cliff did the same and he ended up on the back seat.
“So, what’s going on?” Cliff asked. Jett took his gun set and started inspecting them.
“We’re going to save that guy,” sabi niya habang tinetest ang isa niyang baril.
“Who?” tanong ko.
“The guy we need to find. They have him. They got Nigel Grand.”