A/N: Hi! I'm not sure if anyone remembers me, but I used to write a lot for Dead or Alive around 2011-2014. I had around 15 stories altogether and I stupidly deleted all of them (it's still one of my biggest regrets to this day). But anyway, I've decided to start fresh.

It's officially December 1st as I post this! I just finished NaNoWriMo and wrote the majority of this story in a month. I've never been so motivated to write something in my life! Also, this is my first time writing a mystery/crime fic, so don't be surprised if it sucks.

Okay, I'm done with my rambling. Please enjoy!

Warnings: Character deaths, mild language, blood and gore, alcohol references, drug references.

Disclaimer: All characters belong to Tecmo and Team Ninja. Please don't sue me.


BREAKING CHAINS

Prologue

The small town named DOATEC City is not known that well since it is pretty much placed in the middle of nowhere. There aren't that many people residing there, so there is an average rate of crime. Normally known as a quiet town, this time of the year was usually busy due to the school exams currently running, and the students of DOATEC High School were going crazy due to the overall chaos.

However, there was another particular reason why everyone in the town were so shaken up. This was because of the recent death of Maria Douglas, the extremely gifted opera singer. There were deaths happening all the time, but it wasn't so often when someone so famous would be murdered. It didn't help the fact that she was loved by so many people.

The death of Maria Douglas was broadcasted everywhere. This included the local news channel, magazines, and even the front page of most newspapers. Maria's photo (when she was alive) on the newspaper was viewed for a short few seconds just before being crumpled by a pair of slender hands. Hitomi Buchfink, the person who had crumpled the newspaper, threw it into the bin. She had been shocked by her death.

Hitomi was a senior high school student with average height and an athletic build. This was due to her father teaching her karate as a child. She wore her yellow and brown school uniform with pride, and her blue, almond shaped eyes gave her an innocent appearance. Her face was currently stricken with worry. However, the death of Maria Douglas was not the only reason why she was feeling so down.

"Hitomi, are you okay?" the girl walking next to her asked. This girl had pale skin, long brown hair, and brown eyes. She was of Asian ethnicity.

"I'm fine, Leifang," Hitomi sighed. Leifang glared at her best friend. She knew when the young German girl was lying to her.

"No, you're not," she said. "Come on, the lady was only an opera singer. It's not like you knew her personally."

"Thanks, you're a real help," Hitomi stated with a sarcastic tone. She then took a deep breath and decided to confide in her friend. "Okay, it's not just that… We're halfway through the senior year and I still don't know what I want to do when I leave."

Leifang smiled at Hitomi with reassurance. "I get what you mean. It's tough. I mean, I was twelve when I realised I wanted to get into science."

Hitomi chuckled. "That's not what I mean. At least you already know what you want to do. My dad is expecting me to take over the dojo. I would like to do that, but I want to help people in a different way…"

"I think you should tell your dad how you fee-"

Leifang suddenly stopped and turned around. Hitomi was curious as well. There were a couple of voices nearby. Both voices had an angry tone to them, so situation sounded worrying.

"We should see what's going on," Leifang said, dragging Hitomi with her.

All the way down the previously empty hallway were two other girls. Hitomi recognised one of the girls. Her name was Ayane. Hitomi already knew her due to being childhood friends with her brother, Hayate. She was a short girl who was currently two grades below Hitomi and Leifang. What gave her a unique appearance were her red eyes. Unfortunately, this trait would usually scare off any stranger who dared to approach her.

Ayane was currently shouting at the other girl. Leifang decided to intervene.

"Ayane, what is going on?"

"Nothing much," Ayane spat. "Well, except for the fact that Kokoro is being totally annoying once again."

Hitomi and Leifang looked over to the other girl. Kokoro was a petite girl with jet black hair that reached her waist, and her grey eyes contributed to her youthful appearance. The young girl was currently crying, and her body was shaking in fear. She was also holding a few textbooks.

"Just leave her alone, Ayane," Hitomi said, angrily. "What did she ever do to you?"

"Nothing. She just bothers me and I doubt anyone likes her anyway."

Hitomi glared at Ayane. "Why can't you be kind for once? Just back off and leave Kokoro alone!"

Ayane's glare immediately softened. She looked surprised. In fact, Hitomi was surprised as well. She had never yelled at anyone before. This sudden behaviour felt so strange, yet so empowering at the same time.

Ayane didn't say another word. Instead, she glared at Hitomi once more and turned around to leave. Hitomi could hear Ayane mumble something under her breath but she didn't dare to ask. A whistle then interrupted her thoughts. Hitomi looked to her left and realised that it came from Leifang.

"Hitomi, that was awesome!" she cheered. Hitomi could feel her cheeks reddening. She wasn't used to anyone complimenting her aside from her father.

The two girls then looked over at Kokoro who was still trembling.

"Are you okay?" Leifang asked.

"I-I'll be fine. I just need to stick up for myself more..." She then turned to Hitomi and bowed at her. "Thank you for helping me."

"You're welcome," Hitomi smiled. "How do you know Ayane?"

"Oh, we're in the same class," the young girl sniffled. "But… But she's right. I guess I can be annoying at times..."

"Don't listen to Ayane," Leifang said with a wave of her hand. "She's rude to most people. Don't let her get to you."

Kokoro wiped her tears away and attempted to smile. "I won't. Anyway, I need to go to the library and quickly deliver these textbooks. Thank you, again."

Once when Kokoro had disappeared, Hitomi tried to avoid Leifang's stare. Unfortunately, she couldn't handle the uncomfortable feeling for long and turned to look at her best friend who was currently smiling as wide as the cheshire cat.

"Hitomi… You know that was amazing, right?!"

"Leifang…"

"Come on, the way you handled Ayane was awesome."

Hitomi sighed. "Yes, but that's only because I like to solve things before they get complicated."

"That's true. Hey, you should be a detective since you like solving things so much," Leifang joked. She continued to laugh until she noticed that Hitomi seemed to be deep in thought about her comment. "Oh come on, Hitomi, I was joking."

"No… You have a point," Hitomi smiled. "This town is small and there are some crimes… Maybe I can help solve them."

"Hitomi, it's a dangerous job…" Leifang warned her. By the look on Hitomi's face, Leifang already knew it was too late. It looked as though Hitomi was taking this very seriously now.

"No, I think I actually want to do this. Of course I need to do some research, but I will definitely look into it. You're a genius, Leifang!"

And with that, Hitomi left her best friend behind in the empty hallway and proceeded to run over to the computer lab to begin her research. Hitomi was elated because just as she had lost all hope, she had finally found a new meaning for her future.


After a few weeks of endless research, Hitomi decided that this was most likely the path she would take. She knew that being a detective consisted of dangerous work, but this was something she really wanted to do. Even if she was able to make one person happy, it would make her world.

As soon as she found out everything she could online, Hitomi decided to head over to the DOATEC City police station. That way, she would be able to listen to the experiences and opinions of the most admired officers. When she entered the station, the first thing she saw was a young woman at the front desk. She currently had her head leaning on her shoulder as she was taking a phone call. Her manicured hands were typing away at the keyboard as she spoke in a polite tone. Her other notable features were the obvious spray tan she had on, as well as her short, bleached hair.

Hitomi waited at the front desk as she waited for the woman to end her call. Once she did so, she looked at Hitomi with a smile.

"Hey, Hitomi," she greeted. "What brings you here today?"

"Hi, Niki," Hitomi smiled. They had known each other for a while now due to Hitomi's friendship with Zack. Niki was currently dating him, and unlike Zack's previous short-term flings, this relationship seemed to be the real deal.

"I'm here because I think I want to be a detective," she continued. "I just want to find out some information and see how everything works around here."

"That's great!" Niki clapped. Then she leaned over her desk so only Hitomi could hear her. "I'd be careful, though. This can be a dangerous job. I don't want you getting hurt."

"I already know about that," Hitomi nodded. "I'll be fine."

"It would be great if you were able to join us," a frail voice spoke. Curious, Hitomi looked around the room to find an old man at the other side of the room. He had a slight mohawk and the back of his long, white hair was braided. He had a hunched back and a serious expression on his face. Due to the town not having many residents, Hitomi already knew who this man was.

"O-Officer Gen Fu," Hitomi greeted. "Hello. I think I'm interested in any positions you have around here. That is, if you'll take me in…"

"Of course," the old man confirmed. "We need all the help we can get. However, once you graduate from high school, you need to take a prestigious course all the way across the country. Do you think you could manage being away from your friends and family so long?"

It didn't take long for Hitomi to think about it. "Of course I can. My mid term exams are already finished, and I found the course online last week. I've already enrolled and hope to be accepted soon."

"You're very quick," Gen Fu stated. "That's very good. We need more detectives over here, so you're welcome to join us when you complete your course. We only have two officers. In fact, our first proper detective is starting toda-"

"Hey, everyone," a deep voice interrupted. The young man's face was covered by the stack of boxes he was currently lifting. He struggled as he walked past Niki, who giggled at the sight of him. "I'm here as the newest detec- WOAH!"

Hitomi cringed as the young man fell over. Pens, pencils, and a bunch of folders fell out of the boxes and were now scattered all around him. Hitomi was surprised to finally see his face because he looked to be even younger than she was. His shaggy blond hair was currently sticking up at unusual places due to him falling over, and his slightly rounded face was glowing red due to his embarrassment. Niki quickly rushed over to him in order to help him with the boxes.

"Th-thank you…" he muttered.

"No problem, sweetie," Niki cooed, which made the young man blush even harder.

Once the young man stood up from the floor, Hitomi noted that he was shorter than most men. He walked over to Hitomi and Gen Fu and smiled.

"Er, sorry about that," he chuckled, rubbing the back of his head. "My name is Eliot Saunders. I'm here as the newest detective for the DOATEC City police department."

Gen Fu nodded at Eliot. "Welcome. I'm glad you are able to join us. I'm sure your skills will suit this place just fine."

"Thank you, sir."

Gen Fu looked over at Hitomi. "Eliot here is actually a grade below you. He graduated two years early since his school deemed him as very bright. He's starting today. Maybe someday you can join him."

"Oh, are you thinking about becoming a detective?" Eliot asked. Hitomi nodded in response. "That's great! You're going to love the course. It's hard, but it will be worth it."

"That sounds awesome," Hitomi smiled. "How long have you been in town for?"

"Only a few days. I don't have much money right now, so I'm currently bunking with a roommate. He's always drunk… and very light-headed," Eliot confirmed. Hitomi noticed that he seemed to be slightly annoyed by the mention of his mysterious roommate.

"Always drunk?" Niki questioned as she continued gathering Eliot's belongings into his boxes. "Are you talking about Brad Wong?"

Eliot nodded at her question. "Oh gosh," Niki rolled her eyes. "That man tried to flirt with me the other day. If Zack found out, he would be a dead man."

"Speaking of Zack, how are you two going?" Hitomi questioned.

"I think he's going to propose soon… Which is nice…"

"Really? You don't seem to be very happy about it," Hitomi noted.

"Oh, I am happy!" Niki confirmed. However, she didn't sound convincing. "I just… I don't know."

"I'm sure things will turn out great for you both," Hitomi smiled. Then she turned to Gen Fu. "Thank you very much for speaking with me today. I'll do my best to join your police force."

Gen Fu nodded in response. He was a serious man due to his line of work, but Hitomi knew he was grateful that she had shown up today.


A few months had passed and Hitomi was still more determined than ever to make it into her course. Part of her felt bad since Leifang had to deal with her nagging every day, but she didn't seem to mind. They were currently studying at the diner for their final exams.

Hitomi's head was currently buried between the pages of a mathematics textbook. This had always been her worst subject, along with the majority of all students across the world.

"Why is this so hard?" she muttered.

"Because you're not paying enough attention," Leifang answered as she wiped down another table with a rag. They decided to study at Johnny's Diner today since Leifang had an eight hour shift there. She had been working there for a few months in order to save some spare money. She seemed to love the job since there were barely any customers.

"That's easy for you to say, Leifang. You practically breathe these equations."

"I have to be good at it if I want to get into science," Leifang told her. She moved over to the next table. "You can look through my notebook if you want. I have a bunch of simple equations in there."

Hitomi smiled with gratitude and opened the notebook. Her face immediately fell as she noticed that Leifang's bubbly handwriting only contained the most confusing mathematical equations.

"This is ridiculous…" she sighed.

Leifang frowned at her friend. "Come on, don't be like that. You're going to succeed in these exams and then you will thank me for the rest of your life because I am the one who told you to become a detective."

"That's true. Thank you, again."

"No problem. That's what best friends are for. Besides, if there are any crimes that you need help with when you get back, then I'll do anything to help you."

"You're the best, Leifang," Hitomi smiled. She then decided to look through Leifang's notes once more until she found a more simple equation to learn from.

It wasn't long before Leifang was distracted from her cleaning. She quickly flattened the crinkles on her blue maid dress as the bell rang. When she saw who the customer was, she glared at him.

"Ugh. What do you want?"

"Just a hamburger," the customer ordered. He was a tall man with oddly shaped eyebrows. "I'm not dining in here, so take away will do."

Hitomi took a quick glimpse at the man. He wore a white buttoned shirt and had black slacks to compliment the outfit. He had a slightly tanned complexion and his dark brown hair was spiked up with gel.

It didn't take long for Leifang to make his order. Once she placed it inside a brown paper bag, she shoved it onto his broad chest.

"There you go. That's $5.70."

Once the man handed Leifang the money and received his change, he turned around and headed out of the diner without a word. When the door had closed, Leifang quickly ran over to the window and cupped her hands around her eyes. It looked like she was trying to see where the man was going.

"Are you seriously spying on Jann Lee again?" Hitomi asked.

"Yes."

"But you were just rude to him."

"So?" Leifang said, her eyes still scanning Jann Lee. "I'm always rude to him."

"That's because you like him," Hitomi teased.

"Shut up!" Leifang shouted, turning away from the window. "I hate that guy!"

Hitomi noted the blush forming on Leifang's cheeks and giggled. "Of course you do… But seriously, you should admit your feelings to him sometime."

"The only feelings I have towards that prick is hatred."

Hitomi sighed. She was more stubborn than anyone she had ever met. There was no use arguing with her, so she continued studying. After all, her future depended on it.


Another few months had passed, and it had definitely changed Hitomi's life for the better. She fortunately made it into the detective course. Despite being afraid to tell her father of her chosen career, he was nothing but proud. He watched Hitomi from afar as she happily began to move her belongings into a box.

"I'm very proud of you, you know," he said.

"Thanks, Dad," Hitomi smiled, turning around to face him. "These next two years are going to be hard without you, but I'll always be doing my best."

"That's the spirit. Even though you won't be taking over the dojo, I can still find some instructors. Hayate is already doing a great job, but I need someone to teach the younger kids."

"Good luck with finding someone. I'm sure Hayate won't mind if you ask him to teach the kids for now."

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him," Hitomi's father said. "Speaking of which, you should say goodbye to him. He told me he was going to the diner before his shift ended."

Hitomi picked up the box and dragged it across the room with the other filled boxes. "I'll see him once I finish packing."


With the help of her father, Hitomi was able to pack her belongings faster and was luckily able to fit each box into the back of her car. She noticed her car was a lot heavier to drive now, but she successfully made it to the diner in a short period of time. When she got out of the car, she was surprised to see Hayate, Leifang, and Ayane there. There were two other people with them as well.

"I'm going to miss you, Hitomi," Hayate said, giving her a hug. He then wrapped one arm around her shoulder and the other one around a slightly taller man. "I'm sad because Ryu over here is leaving in a few days as well. Both of my friends are leaving me, and I must say I'm deeply offended..."

"Hayate, don't be so vain. You know I have to leave," Ryu said, attempting to take Hayate's arm off him. It wouldn't budge, so he gave up.

"Why are you leaving?" Hitomi asked Ryu.

"My father has asked for me to visit him in Japan. It doesn't help that he recently went blind."

"Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope you take good care of him."

Ryu nodded. "I will."

Ayane stood nearby, twirling her short brown hair. "Why am I even here?"

"Because Hitomi is leaving town today. We need to wish her all the best," the girl standing next to her said. Ayane ignored the girl and kicked the ground in frustration.

"Thanks, Kasumi," Hitomi said, acknowledging the girl. Kasumi smiled in return. Like Ayane, she was also Hayate's younger sister. Her auburn hair was tied back into a ponytail, which further complimented her striped top and white overalls. Her wide, amber eyes looked over to Ayane once again, but she was ignored once more. Hitomi knew that the two sisters didn't have the best relationship. She didn't know why Ayane disliked her own sister so much.

"You both need to be careful," Kasumi said, acknowledging both Hitomi and Ryu. "Also, please don't be afraid to keep in contact. I… I hope to still be friends with the both of you."

Hitomi smiled but she noticed that Kasumi seemed to be shy all of a sudden. She knew that Kasumi was mostly referring to Ryu. Hitomi then looked at Hayate. He just smiled at his sister. He seemed to be completely oblivious of the situation.

"Don't worry, Kasumi. I'll make sure to keep in contact with you," Ryu said with a slight smile. This was odd to Hitomi since she rarely saw him smile.

However, Ryu's smile quickly turned into its usual frown when Leifang pushed him aside. She approached Hitomi and gave her the biggest hug.

"I am going to miss you SO MUCH," she said dramatically.

"I'm going to miss you, too," Hitomi told her. "We can write letters to each other in the meantime!"

"Okay," Leifang smiled. She was sad, but she decided to use this time to be happy for her friend.

Hitomi made her way to her car and looked back at her friends one last time. She waved at them but stopped once more as she heard a thick Russian accent speaking nearby.

"Christie! You are under arrest for the murder of Maria Douglas. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you." The man said this bitterly as he handcuffed a tall woman with short, silver hair. He led her over to the police car parked nearby and roughly shoved her inside. Hitomi was surprised as she was chuckling at her current situation.

"Playing rough, are we, Bayman? You know I like that, but you are a pathetic coward!" Christie snapped, revealing her hidden anger.

Bayman sighed in annoyance. He was a man in his early thirties who was tall and had a wide, muscular build. He had a stone expression on his face as he got in the car.

Hitomi turned around to see Gen Fu nearby. He made his way over to the car and looked at Hitomi. She nodded at him in response, swearing to complete her detective degree in order to help him out at all costs.

And with even more determination than ever, Hitomi headed into her car and started the engine, driving away from her quiet hometown.


A/N: And that's it for the Prologue. I know I listed a lot of warnings at the beginning, but they will happen later on in the story. For now, this story is rated T but I might change it to M.

And with that out of the way, I really hope you enjoyed this. Please tell me your thoughts. Constructive criticism is welcome.

See you next time!