Hello ladies and gentleman!
Welcome to the anime edition of Clue! If you don’t know what the game Clue is here is a little background:
“Clue (Cluedo outside the U.S.) is a popular murder-mystery board game. It was originally published in Leeds, England in 1949. It was devised by Anthony E. Pratt.
You move around the game board (a mansion), as of one of the game’s six suspects, collecting clues from which to deduce which suspect murdered the game’s perpetual victim: Mr. Boddy (Dr. Black, outside of U.S.), and with which weapon and in what room.”
In this edition you will be doing the same thing as in Clue. Here you will read the initial set up of the murder, each suspects alibi, and at the end of the week you will vote on who you think murdered the victim and where they did it. You will start on my blog, then I will link you to the next suspect (which will be another blogger on WordPress), then they will link you to the next suspect, so on and so forth. There are a total of 6 suspects in this game just like the original Clue. The last person’s alibi will have the poll where you will cast your vote.
When reading the story you will see “I” throughout the course of this game. “I” is you the reader who should be read as the detective. This story is in third person (which is essentially you the reader). I will be posting today, the next person will be posting Monday, the third person will be posting Tuesday, the fourth person will be posting Wednesday, the fifth person will be posting Thursday, and the sixth person will be posting Friday. You will have to come back each day to see what suspect is up for questioning. Then on Friday/Saturday you will have time to vote. So buckle up my pandas. This one is going to be a bumpy ride!
“It was a dark and stormy night. We were all gathered at U.A. Academy for some odd reason. Maybe it was because All Might had called for a meeting amongst colleagues, maybe it was for no good reason at all. Whatever the reason…we were all trying to dry off from the pouring rain that was coming down like cats and dogs. All of us were gathered in All Might’s personal study. Ferid shed his coat already and was seated on the couch drinking a cup of tea Froppy had poured for him. Froppy was courteous enough to take our coats and warm us all up with some freshly brewed black tea.
I watched as Nora, Kumiko, and Glass brushed water droplets from their hair before turning their attention to Froppy with the tea. Quent was scowling in the corner, unbothered by the wetness that was seeping into his clothes. Frau was being useful by stoking a small burning fire that was dancing in the fireplace. I watched as he threw another log onto the fire and it sparked up tiny embers in return. I couldn’t help but wonder why I was called here as well? I seemed out of place amongst all these other people. All Might wouldn’t have called me here for no reason, so I took off my damp coat along with my cap and placed it on the coat rack next to the fireplace to let them dry.
Froppy made her way over to me and offered me a cup of steaming tea. I nodded and gladly accepted the cup generously. I took a sip of the brownish liquid and felt the warmth slide down my throat, warming me up from the inside. I scanned the room once more, my eyes flitting back and forth taking in all the people gathered about. A million questions running through my mind. Froppy had finished her rounds and set the empty tea tray on the side table next to the study doors before making her exit. I strode over to chair next to the couch Ferid was on and took a seat, tea cup still in hand. Nora, Kumiko, and Glass were still huddled amongst themselves making small talk. I couldn’t hear what they were talking about, but it seemed relatively important.
I watched Ferid take another sip of the tea he was nursing, and Frau was still staring into the fire he was entranced by. Quent still hadn’t moved a muscle from the dark corner he claimed when he first entered the room. Odd if I do say so myself. I balanced my own cup of tea on my knee, anticipating All Might’s entrance. I wondered when he would arrive? It wasn’t like All Might to be late, but it also wasn’t like him to be early either. Soon, I thought. All Might will be here soon.
Suddenly the lights and the burning fire went out! The teacup fell from my knee and landed on the floor with a clatter. I could see nothing but darkness, but could hear scuffling and other odd commodities about the room. What the hell was going on? I stood up and tried to feel my way around in the darkness. I bumped into the table that was directly in front of my chair when I first sat down but couldn’t grasp anything else. I yelled out, “Is everyone okay? Can anyone find the light switch?” More random noises and grunting. A thump on the floor. I could feel my pulse quicken and the heat rising in my body. I was starting to feel a little panicked. I tried calling out again. “Hello? Is anyone there?” It felt like an eternity had gone by but still no one answered. And that when it happened! Someone cracked me in the back of the skull and I was out like a light.
I woke up sometime later in total darkness. The power must still be out. I decided I had to try and get the lights back on. I slowly got up, the back of my head throbbing but I tried moving in the direction of the study’s double doors anyways. I recalled seeing a light switch by the door. I shuffled to my left and finally touched a smooth surface. A door perhaps? No, a wall. A slide my hand to the right and found a switch. I flicked the switch up and down but nothing occurred. I tried again. Nothing. I took in a deep breath and tried for a third time. The lights came flickering back on.
And then I heard the screams.
I whipped around to see Nora, Kumiko, and Glass screaming at a pool of blood splayed out on a broken coffee table in the middle of the study’s floor. Quent was in a different corner of the room, both Ferid and Frau were staring at the blood. The girls were holding onto each other, their faces wrung with wrought and worry. I saw that the pool of blood flowed into drag marks across the floor towards the study’s double doors. I decided to follow the bloody trail and now stood in front of the wooden doors. I threw open the doors to find a dead Froppy laid out at my feet. The girls screamed again! How did this happen? Someone in this room must have been involved in this. Who was it? Was it all of them or one of them? I stared at Froppy’s lifeless eyes. This poor innocent aspiring pro-hero had just been murder….and it was my duty to find out who did it. “
“At this point I felt like it was pertinent to question everyone separately. I sent Frau to the school’s cafeteria, Ferid to the library, Nora to the training room, Glass to the principal’s office, Kumiko the dormitories, and Quent hung around the hallway in which the murder took place. I had my suspicions about Quent, but I had to question everyone fair and square. I decided I would start my questioning with Glass in the principal’s office since it was right around the corner from the crime scene.
I found myself in front of the office doors and gave a light knock before entering. I could make out Glass fiddling around with one of the desk’s drawers, but it seemed to be locked. “What are you doing ?” I asked casually. Glass didn’t seem to realize I was present and jumped with a start. “Nothing!” She exclaimed before taking a step back. “Doesn’t look like nothing.” I said with an inquisitive tone. Glass snorted before she replied, “I said nothing.” She crossed her arms with a vexed expression. I took a step towards her, she took another step back. She was pressed up against the wall now. Nowhere to run I thought with an amused sense of self. She was like a rat in a cage at this point. This was the perfect time to question her.
I started with why she was here and where she was when Froppy was murdered, since I was knocked unconscious during the power outage. I had no idea where to start or who to blame, but I had to start somewhere and Glass seemed to be the perfect suspect.
“If I told you why I was here I would have to kill you detective. Don’t you know a lady never kisses and tells?” She looks at me, eyebrows raised. This woman was trying to play mind games with me, but I wasn’t going to let her. I repeated the question again. Glass let out a long sigh before saying, “Fine. I’m here to find out information on upcoming pro-heros. I need to find one that might be able to help save my world from destruction. I may or may not have been snooping around the teacher’s and All Might’s office for files on the pro-heroes.” I gave her a puzzled look. “I’m from another world you see. I thought maybe I would be able to find files on pro-heros in All Might’s desk, but that stupid thing is locked.” She glared at the desk pointedly. I give her a slight nod of understanding before I ask her if she might have seen or heard anything suspicious.
“If I remember correctly, that vampire…what’s his name again? Ah, yes! Ferid was acting funny. He kept looking around the room with those red eyes of his. He looked like he was thirsty, and not thirsty for just tea if you know what I mean. My guess is he was thirsty for blood.” Speaking of blood, I see a small stain of blood on the corner of Glasse’s kimono. She follows my gaze and notices me staring at the stain. She tucks her left hand behind her back before saying, “Nose bleed.” I make a mental note of the blood stain. I then inquire about Glasse’s weapon. I remember her tucking away an item or two in her kimono in All Might’s main study. “You mean these?” She says pulling out a set of daggers from each of her kimono sleeves.
She whips them open to reveal they are in fact bladed fans. I nodded curtly. “They don’t call me the Fan Hero for no reason,” she says smirking. I don’t see any blood on the bladed fans, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t wash them off before my arrival. I tell her forensics will need to take a look at them for any evidence. She folds them back up and walks over to hand them to me. I walkie for one of the forensics team members to come pick them up for testing.
“You know he carries that sword around with him everywhere right? I don’t think it’s just for show either. I bet he’s killed more people than he would have you believe Detective. I wouldn’t be surprised if he killed that young girl. He seems like the type that would murder you if you crossed him. Maybe Froppy served him the wrong tea or maybe she just annoyed him. Who knows. Whatever the case, she’s dead now…and someone needs to pay the pied piper.” Glass says with a sneering tone. I also notice that Glasse’s kimono is a little out of place. The shash is a little off and the red string in the middle of her waist looks like it was tied incorrectly. Did these pieces get moved during a scuffle perhaps? Were they tied back together in a hurry? Things were starting to piece together bit by bit. Her alibi didn’t seem to make much sense, but I had other suspects to question first before I could pass any judgement. I told her it wasn’t polite to snoop through other people’s things before heading back towards the door. Before I made my way out Glass said, “Vampires are cold-blooded killers Detective. Remember that blood is worth its weight in gold to them.” I look back over my shoulder and she is standing there arms crossed over her chest once more. She looks annoyed? No, she looks determined. She’s probably sure of herself that she won’t be named the killer. I have to applaud her. She knows how to put on a good show.
I walk back out into the hallway, shutting the office doors behind me, and hand Glasse’s fans over to the forensics member before making my way over to the library. I was gonna find out who killed Froppy…even if it was the last thing I did.”
Head on over to Mel in Animeland’s blog for the next suspect’s questioning! Click the link here: wp.me/p7V76x-1Le.