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[BGM: http://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=AFuzVeJnSR0 ] Umineko: Eternity
You take one more look at your mother's downtrodden expression, and it's decided.
"Excuse us for just a moment."
Saying that, you shoot a meaningful look in Renko's direction. She seems to get the message, seeing how she follows you out of the room.
"I'll go get Mr. Hearn if you can get Mary. Does that work?"
"Ah. Yeah, sure." For a moment her expression is dumbfounded, but she recovers. "Are you sure that's a good idea? I mean, I'm pretty sure I can get Mary to come, but her dad is really... I guess he's kind of intimidating."
"I can handle it." You wave your hand in a dismissive way, trying to reassure her. "Okay then, I'll meet you out here in just a couple of minutes."
You turn and take a step towards the stairs, but Renko grabs your arm. Seems your hand waving wasn't very reassuring, after all.
"Shouldn't we tell your mom? I mean, what if she thinks we ditched her? She'll only be even more sad."
"I asked to be excused for just a moment, and that's all the time this should take. Besides, she'd probably be sad if we said we went to get someone and came back empty handed, so it's better this way!"
Renko doesn't seem very convinced. She goes after Mary regardless, and you also make haste in tracking down your target. It doesn't take long to find the room Mr. Hearn and his friends are in, though it took a maid or two to direct you.
As you stand outside the door, thoughts of what to say to him go through your mind. You keep repeating words over and over in your head, your hand lightly touching the door knob. Finally, you manage to knock. A voice tells you to enter and you do as it instructs.
"Ah, so is this your precious daughter?" A portly man sits at the poker table, across from Mr. Hearn. His grin is almost as wide as his bushy black mustache. "Gotta say, Grig, good looks run in the family!"
Mr. Hearn puts his cards face down on the table. Turning around, he proceeds to stare daggers at you as you close the door.
"What is it? Didn't you hear that I had a poker game with my friends tonight?"
He gestures towards the portly man and two others who are seated with him.
They're all rather shady figures. One man has gray hair tied back into a ponytail and signs of age all over his face. The other man has a scrawny face and messy black hair, with a pair of large glasses over his eyes. The fat man doesn't seem that strange, but with this company he's probably just as shady.
"I know, but..." Mr. Hearn's steady gaze makes you squirm. "Um, couldn't it wait until later? Mom really wanted to eat as a family."
"Aw, she just wants daddy to be there for din-din!" The fat man grins as Mr. Hearn glares in his direction. "Lighten up, Grig. We can wait."
"Hideyoshi, don't think I've forgotten that trick you pulled last time. I intend to take back every yen you stole."
The fat man, Hideyoshi, clams up. He wipes his neck with an embroidered handkerchief and starts pretending to admire the furniture.
"You're a real hardass, Hearn." The gray haired man smiles disdainfully as he speaks. "Skipping out on dinner with your family to get back money you don't even need. Revenge is more filling, isn't it?"
Mr. Hearn ignores him and turns his attention back to you.
"You're disrupting my game. I think it'd be in your best interest to tell Junko I'm busy and get out of my hair."
"I know you don't like me, kid. You better learn your place, though, or else you might lose that nice apartment of yours."
Those words easily shut you up. Mr. Hearn turns back to his game, and picks his cards back up. He reaches into a box by the table and grabs a cigar, then turns to look at you once more. His stare his cold and firm.
You back into the door and fumble for the knob. A quick bow and then you leave the room behind.
It didn't even occur to you that you were holding your breath. You exhale and then breathe in deeply in an attempt to calm down. You try to think of something else, anything else, and your thoughts turn to Renko.
Another maid helps lead you to Mary's room, which seems to still be locked. Knocking lightly, you ask if Renko's there. Silence follows, and you try again.
"She was here a short while ago, and she left."
Your heart sinks a little. So Renko failed to...?
"Mary..." You knock on the door again. "Can you let me in?"
"Give me a good reason."
"I wanted to apologize for earlier." She's quiet on the other side, and you continue. "I said some things I shouldn't have, and... I'm sorry."
More silence. You stand there a moment, your hand touching the door knob. You sigh and turn to go back, just as the door opens.
Maribel stands in the door frame, looking at you a little skeptically. It takes her a moment, but her look of skepticism fades.
"I should be sorry... I guess." She looks up and away as she speaks. "You didn't even say that much. I went a little overboard, perhaps."
"...So, does this mean you'll come to dinner?"
"No, it means that I'm sorry for jumping to conclusions." Having said that, her stomach growls. "...I guess I'll have dinner anyway, though."
Your mood picks up a little, hearing that. Her attitude is irritating, and she doesn't sound very sincere, but at least your mom will be happy this way.
The two of you soon reunite with Renko outside the dining room. She's more than surprised by Mary's presence.
"What the hell? I thought you were getting her dad! You took my job!"
Renko laughs, and Maribel crinkles her nose a little. She looks a little disgusted.
The three of you walk into the dining room, where your mom sits with a half plate of food. Her face lights up when she sees who you brought, and she quickly orders a maid to bring Mary something to eat. Taking a seat, you get back to having dinner.
It didn't take too long to eat, and Maribel wasn't really that talkative. You know it meant a lot to Junko anyway, and she even told you as much before checking up on the maids.
"So, I was really surprised back there." Renko props her arms up on the table, her gaze fixed on Maribel. "I asked you about it and you wouldn't leave your room with me. How'd Aoi convince you, huh?"
Maribel wipes her mouth with a napkin and sets it down neatly on top of her plate. She looks in your direction, a hint of a smile showing through her cold exterior.
"You called me Mary."
You set your own silverware down and think back. Yeah, you did call her that, didn't you?
"That's why I listened to him, at least. I came down to eat because I was hungry."
And just like that, the heartwarming sensation that was building up in your chest is gone. Mary really knows how to kill a mood.
"In any case, I think I'll return to my studies. Excuse me."
She stands up, pushes in her chair, and leaves the room in silence.
"...Ah, I should really thank your mom for the food before I go."
Renko gets up, then makes a beeline for the room Junko went into.
"...Maybe I should follow Maribel..."
"I'd advise against it, Master Aoi." Eliza appears behind you, seemingly from nowhere at all. "She takes her studies very seriously. Besides, I believe Mr. Hearn wished to speak with you?"
"...How did you-"
"I'm a servant in his mansion. I know these sort of things."
You were actually going to ask how she got behind you, but you decide against it.
[ ] Go find Mary.
[ ] Go find Mr. Hearn.
[ ] Go find Renko.
-[ ] Ask her to stay the night.
-[ ] Ask if you can stay the night.