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[k+2] Something's wrong. But what? Write-in.
-[k+2] Perfect place for an ambush. Take your gun out and don't sneeze this time.
-[k+2] Check both ends of the alleyway. Then check every window and door in sight, followed by the roofs.
-[k+2] See if there is anybody out and about. Civilians should be present. If they aren't... Prepare for the worst.
This isn't right. This can't be right. You reach for your gun, quietly pulling it free of its holster with the snap of a button. You haven't seen a soul. Either Seiga has some trick to avoid people, or something is very, very wrong. Your broomhandle at the ready, you begin looking for signs of life. You find no real entries in the alley, nor much in the way of ground-based windows, though the scant few windows are blocked. You can't really reach the fire escapes as things are, so you ignore the roof of both buildings, but you do look towards them to the best of your ability, spying nobody.
As you head for the streets to peek, you find yourself being held in place by the collar and gagging like you're being strangled. You spin around, gun at the ready, but Seiga is within the length of your arm, ducking under your swing. "I wouldn't recommend drawing attention~ The streets are far more active than alleyways, you know..."
You give her an odd look. "Then why have we not seen anyone?"
Tittering as she always seems to, she answers, "Why, I have ways to ensure that we aren't found~ Only issue is that something doesn't quite feel right..."
"Yeah, that's why I was checking things."
"No, no, not in ways seen ocularly, but ways seen nasally." You give her a bewildered look, earning the answer, "Something doesn't quite smell right." Before you can raise any issue, she adds, "It's faint, but... well, I think either she might have been injured, or... well, some other bloody affair may have happened. Mind you, it's possible it came from her arm, but... Well, the blood seems fresher than that."
You can't help but sigh. "Then, what? Do we leave?"
Giving you a grin, she answers, "Why, of course not~ I'm sure it's just fine."
"Then why did we stop...?"
"Why, I was looking for the blood~ If I can just find it, perhaps I can learn as to what might have happened. I'm not so skilled as to discern whose it is by scent alone. My nose is hardly so keen, you know." Well, at least her nose is normal.
"...This where it is?"
"Hmm? Ahh, no, it's where we're meeting her~ She'll likely kick you rather hard if you keep your gun out like that, mind you. So, unless you're into that sort of thing, I suggest you put it back in your pants. I'm sure she'd be surprised, to say the least."
You give her an incredulous look. "Why are you saying it that way all of a sudden?"
She looks left and looks right. "I was hoping that would flush her out if she were around. Ahh well~"
You can't help but grumble a bit. "Do you do this to everyone...?"
She chuckles a bit at your reaction. "If I said yes, would that make you feel better about my teasing~?" Before you can reply, she orders, "Now, help me locate the blood. Whether it belongs to Kasen, thug, or otherwise, we do have time to kill."
[ ] Search...
-[ ] Garbage bins
-[ ] Dumpster
-[ ] Walls
-[ ] Ground
[ ] Suggest...
-[ ] Fire escape
-[ ] Roofs.
[ ] Write-in
As an aside, I'm going to be trying to lengthen updates again. It's entirely likely there will be days with no votes, as adding choices is becoming more a reason to not write than to write. I'm terrible at making votes for my own stories, and I'm sure you guys will enjoy less lazy choices to be given, such as the dreaded write-in.