Thursday, 25 June 2015
Chapter one (segment six), 2016, August, Ryu
Three days later he received a mail from Urufu in the morning. It was terse, and to the point: “Found him. Done.”
That started a nightmarish ping pong game of messages which forced Ryu to re-evaluate his friendship with Urufu.
“What do you mean with 'Done' more exactly?”
Two hours later the answer arrived. “Police. Dead.”
“Whoa! Urufu, what did he do? Dead, did you two get into a fight? Was he shot?”
Ryu ate a late lunch when Urufu finally responded. “Worked in restaurant. Married. Prison.”
“Urufu! Please more information!”
And that information waited until three in the afternoon to materialise. “Prey married after school. Pregnant wife. Found him in restaurant. Called police.”
“Urufu. I understand the police part, but what do you mean with dead?”
Ryu deserted his mother in the middle of their late dinner when his phone beeped next time. “Nakagawa nullified marriage. Prey to prison. Killed himself.”
“Urufu! Did he suicide! That's too much. I need to understand what happened.”
The last message didn't arrive until after Ryu had fallen asleep, and it was the first thing in the morning that he noticed. “Lost family. Suicide. Good riddance.”
Almost a day it took. Ryu answering more or less immediately when he received a message and Urufu waiting for hours before he sent one back.
Ryu decided against answering that last message. Instead he called his sister.