The high school aged teen sighed. Just like any other day. She wondered faintly why she expected anything different. A thank you would be nice, but she was finally beginning to realize that she probably wouldn't be getting one any time soon, if at all.
With a morbid sigh she put the kettle on and leaned against the counter. With all of this waiting for water to boil for tea most of the day, Mai had plenty of time to relax and think. Mostly at first she thought about how her boss was an insensitive and inconsiderate jerk. Then after that her mind tended to wander. It seems like no time at all had passed when the kettle began shriek. She quickly took it off the flame and the drink makes its into a fancy, probably very expensive tea cup of Naru's and then to his desk. She doesn't wait around like she normally would (She'd just be kicked out and put down by Naru like countless times before) and instead she just went back to filing more paperwork (Just how much paperwork needs filing anyway? Is there an actual end?).
It wasn't all that long before the three o'clock client arrived.
She was an older woman probably in her mid fifties. She looked rather tired and frail, and with a possible haunting Mai couldn't blame her.
"You must be Miss Tachibana right? Please, right this way." She gently corraled the woman to the couch before entering Naru's office. "The client is here," she informed him, and visited Lin's office to do the same. Afterwards she made her way into the kitchen to fix the client some tea of her own. When she returned, Naru was seating himself on the couch opposite of the client, and Mai gave her the tea before standing next to her boss.
"Well to begin, I'm Naoko Tachibana," she said shakily, gripping her tea cup. "I live on a small island in Okinawa with the rest of my extensive family. Recently, the house has been shaking a lot. At first we thought it was just earthquakes, but confirmation from my sister's hosue nearby told us that it was just our house that was affected." She cleared her throat. "My youngest grandson Kazuhiko was found recently with scratch marks covering his entire body, among other things that have happened." The woman takes a long sip of her tea. "But the most unnerving, would be the possesions." There is a long silence that ensues.
"Please elaborate," Naru says, looking mildly interested.
"Three members of our family are believed to be possesed. The first was Kazuhiko; he was rampaging around, acting wild. We figured it was one of 'those' days; he is a young child after all, and a boy at that. But it dragged on for days, and days, to the point where he wouldn't speak any more. We tried searching for a medical condition that could cause it, but we came up short. Shortly after our search, he stopped altogether. We asked him why he'd done it, but he truly couldn't remember a thing about the entire ten days it'd happened.
"The next one was Tsukiko, my youngest daughter. Her rampaging lasted ten days as well, and again, she could not remember a thing. Then came my youngest sibling, Chie. The exact thing happened with her. There seems to be a pattern, beginning at the beginning of each month. I'm afraid that my mother, who lives with us, will be next, since she's the youngest of two, and she's become quite frail in the past few years. I'm terrified that something will happen to her."
"That's terrible!" Mai whispered with dread, bringing a hand to her mouth. Naru's head bowed slightly. Mai knew the signs.
"Okinawa is a far distance from here," he says, and for a moment she thinks that she's mistaken. But her hopes fly up again when he continues. "But your case seems interesting in the least. I'll need three rooms; one to set up in, two to sleep. Expect us there tomorrow."
The woman, whose face brightened up instantly, stood up and bowed. "I am so grateful," she said. "Thank you."
"My assistant will show you to the door." Mai smiled brightly.
"Yes, boss!" Leading the woman to the door, she opened it for the old woman, waving as she stepped outside.
It was August fifteenth. They had two weeks to figure this thing out.
As the high schooler packed her clothes that night, she faintly wondered what this case would be like. It would be like a vacation; being on a remote island. It was summer, so it would be fairly hot, especially way down south, and there would be ghosts around obviously. Mai actually, at this point, had begun expecting some spiritual attack each case.
I just hope we can help that family so nothing goes wrong, she thinks as she climbs into bed.
Please R&R. I'm working fairly hard on this story and I would very appreciate feedback, good or bad. ^-^ I am especially bad at writing long chapters, but if I can then I most certainly will! :D
Ghost Hunt isn't mine(dur da dur)