The beach looked so busy today. I looked at the many people walking by. None of them looked like thugs. Hell, they don't even know what's going on. What the hell is Karen planning now?

I turned to her and Amethyst.

"Why are we out here again?" I asked.

"To meet with that guy on the phone," Karen replied.

"And do what?"

Karen shrugged. I glared at her.

"You mean you didn't think this through?"

Karen shrugged again. "Not really…"

"Brilliant! Fucking brilliant!"

"Hey! What else can we do?"

"She's got a point," Amethyst pointed out. I sneered at her.

"You're not helping," I mouthed. Amethyst looked away some. I breathed out hard. Then, I happened to notice what, or rather who, was over Karen's shoulder. A puzzled look came over my face.

"Karen," I said.

"What?" she asked.

"Why is she here?" I asked.

"Huh?" Karen asked. She looked and saw Ida's corpse sitting in a beach chair under an umbrella table. She had on shades and a big straw hat. Karen turned back to me with no emotion on her face.

"Oh," she said.

"Oh?" I asked. "Why did you bring a corpse here?"

"Shhh. Not so loud."

"But why?"

"Someone could hear us."

I dropped my arms to my sides. "I meant bringing the body with us."



"She's the back-up in case…"

"In case what? They try to kill us?"

"Uh, guys," Amethyst spoke up.

"What?" we asked.

"Isn't that those guys up there?" she asked, pointing down the walk. Karen and I walked over to her for a better look. Three men in black suits and shades walked through the crowd as if looking for something or someone.

"Think it's them?" I whispered.

"I wouldn't doubt it," Karen whispered. The men walked closer as they kept looking around. I heard Karen draw in a breath.

"Okay," she said. "Everyone ready?"

"So what's the plan?" Amethyst asked.

"Just follow me," she said. Then, Karen walked forward into the crowd. We watched her with nervous looks on our faces.

"I hope she knows what she's doing," Amethyst whispered. I only nodded. But then, I happened to turn my head and looked behind me. My eyes drew wide open.

"Oh shit!" I muttered. Amethyst directed her eyes at me.

"What is it?" she whispered back.

"Where's Ida-san?" I whispered. She gave me a strange face.

"Why? She's right…" Amethyst said as she turned and looked. The body had just disappeared. It wasn't sitting in the chair that Karen had placed it in.

"Oh shit…" Amethyst mumbled. She raced up towards the beach in a flash.

"Wait up!" I yelled as I ran after her. The beach was just as filled as the board walk. She tried to look around at the mass of people before us.

"Where do we start?" I asked.

"Anywhere!" Amethyst shouted. We split up and began looking. I tried to see past all of the sea of skin nearly blinding me in the sun. Eww! Too much! Too much! But, I made myself keep walking. Have to find the corpse before we're all dead! Right…

I hauled ass all over the sandy, fleshy landscape to find Ida-san's body.


The female boss and her thugs arrived in Okinawa at ten in the morning. Their mission? Those guys still wanted their money. You know, the money that Ida ripped off with the man on the phone? Yeah. They still want it back. The scarred face took a peek around.

"You sure this is the place, boss?" he asked.

"Exactly," she said. "The message in the wire-tapping said to be right here."

"Yes ma'am," he said.

"Let's head out," she spoke up.

"Yes ma'am," the boys said. They made their way south through the crowd. Meanwhile, Karen met up with Ida's alleged business partner. This man looked like a Yakuza-wannabe out of the manga. His gold chain, earrings, scars on his neck and cheek, and cheap suit made Karen sneer.

He's trying too hard, she thought. Oh well, time to make this quick to end this mess for the weekend. Karen made her way over to him. The man happened to look up and see a Thai woman in her twenties jogging over to him. He raised an eyebrow at her. She came within inches of him. He looked her up and down.

"Who are you?" he asked. Karen put on her best fake smile.

"I'm Ida-san's representative," she lied. The man blinked at her.

"But, where's Ida?" he asked.

"Yeah. About that…" she said. "She's… How do I put this?"


Karen pushed her hands together. "She's a bit sick at the moment." Naturally as she expected, this man didn't believe her.

"Take me to that bitch!" he snapped.

"But I can't!" the Thai woman welled. "She's not feeling well!"

"LIAR!" he yelled. The man stormed forward into the crowd. Karen trailed behind him in a passive way.

"Please sir!" she said. "She really is not well! Please stop!" The man didn't listen as he kept on walking. Karen put on her best poker face for the trip. Along the way, she made a quick little phone call.


Amethyst and I met back up in the middle of the beach.

"Any sign of her?" I asked. Amethyst shook her head.

"Damn it. Where could she have gone?" I muttered. Amethyst's attention turned to the crew lying out on the beach. But then, she paused.

"Hey, isn't that the hat that Kare put on the body this morning?" she asked.

"Huh?" I asked as I looked out as well. It took me a minute, but I found that ugly-looking flowered straw hat in the sand. I gasped out loud.

"You're right!" I said. That wasn't the thick of the problem, however. A little kid was burying the body in the sand. At first I thought yay! Our problems are all solved. But then, I remembered Karen stuck with that thug that had called Ida earlier. That's when Amethyst grabbed me by the arm and dragged me over to the boy and the body.

"Hey kid!" she yelled. "Give her back! We need that lady for something!" The kid stopped burying our boss' corpse and looked up at us, frowning.

"No!" he snapped. Amethyst gave him a puzzled looked.

"Why not?"

"She's mine!"

"But we need for something right quick."

"I found her first!"

"Hand her over, kid!" I snapped. He stood with his arms folded across his chest.

"Make me!"

Amethyst and I smirked at him with bloody thoughts running loose in our heads.

"That can be worked out," I said. The boy in his shorts didn't flinch.

"How?" he challenged. Amethyst and I snickered.

"Well now," I said as we walked towards him with our hands open and out to get him. "We'll have to show you better than we can tell you!"

To make this whole bizarre tell nicely wrapped up for all to see:

Amethyst and I tackled the kid and took back the body. We made it back to Karen where we found her trying to stall that mob guy and some members of the Yakuza here to collect their money. Those guys were fighting while Karen stood back and watched.

I would have done the same thing too.

This all kept up until the police arrived. They arrested both parties and took Ida-san's body away. We were more than happy to go back to Tokyo in the end.

Not bad for a dead summer weekend, huh?

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