“So you’re letting BK-201 run around loose in Karakura because there are invisible monsters stalking the citizens, and the cops want the help.” Folder in hand, Ishizaki Kanami leaned back in Misaki’s guest chair, curls more frazzled than usual. “If it were anyone else, Misaki….”
“I’m not letting him run around loose,” Misaki said primly, toying with her cold lemonade. Even ice didn’t seem to cut the heat today. Though maybe that was having taken the past few days to think through what she’d asked Kanami to do, and what the consequences were likely to be. “If he leaves that radius he’s back on the list. I’m just advising you that Doll analysis of the Karakura area is not cost-effective if you’re likely to lose the Dolls in the process.” She glanced at the file Kanami was looking through, copies of some of the most relevant Karakura cases, and shuddered. “And you just might. The creatures – the Hollows – apparently will target coma victims that catch their attention.”
“I see that-” Kanami stopped. Swallowed.
Misaki eyed how far she was through the file, and made a guess. “The Yanase house?”
“…Whoa boy.” Kanami sagged back, a little pale. “That kind of damage to the bodies, and no other Contractor there besides BK-201?”
“Okay, they’ve got a problem,” the Astronomics researcher stated. “And no, I don’t want my boys and girls scanning anywhere near it if it might come looking for them. We’ve got defenses against Contractors. How can we protect them against things we can’t see coming?” She looked up, gaze intent. “And why would BK-201 stay where these creatures are, even if you are giving him a safe spot from scans? It’s not rational.”
Misaki had been thinking that through, too. “No, it’s very rational. First,” she held up a finger, “think about who we’ve caught in the Syndicate so far. The power and influence they have, the people in other countries they’ve implicated… the Syndicate reaches worldwide. Any move he makes, he has to calculate how likely it is they’ll have a kill team in place to catch him. Odds are he can’t leave Japan without someone picking up his trail. BK-201 is good, but the Syndicate can hire dozens of Contractors.”
“But if he stays here, anyone they hire has to get into Japan – and past Section Four,” Kanami realized. “Wow. That’s….”
“Ruthless? Rational? A perfect Contractor?” Misaki suggested.
Kanami gave her a mischievous grin. “I was going to say, sounds like he thinks you’re really good at your job.”