Hyouka - Volume 2 - Chapter 8
8 - Credit Roll
Log No 00299
Mayuko: i'm really, really grateful
Anonymous: enough of that already
Anonymous: you've been thanking me for a while
Anonymous: you even thanked me at school, so there's no need to thank me anymore
Mayuko: but still
Mayuko: thank you
Mayuko: since it was all my fault
Mayuko: even though everyone seemed to enjoy the murder scene
Mayuko: since it's that sort of script
Anonymous: just don't follow up with ’’i'm sorry’’
Mayuko: i'm sorry
Anonymous: everything's been taken care of
Anonymous: though it didn't end up as the movie you had hoped for
Anonymous: what's important is that it's been completed
Mayuko: don't say that
Anonymous: which line were you responding to?
Mayuko: oh, i meant, the part about it not ending up as i hoped for
Mayuko: what i would hope for most
Mayuko: would be for everyone to go hurrah in the end
Anonymous: really, you're so easy to read
Log No 00313
A.ta.shi♪: seems like you got things sorted out
Anonymous: all thanks to you, sempai
A.ta.shi♪: why you're welcome. glad to be at your service
Anonymous: though i feel sorry for him
Anonymous: for doing something like that to him
A.ta.shi♪: you really think so?
Anonymous: really what?
A.ta.shi♪: as in you're really sorry towards him
Anonymous: since you're on the other side of the world
Anonymous: i felt like bluffing
A.ta.shi♪: lol, figures
A.ta.shi♪: but you know?
A.ta.shi♪: you've lied to me as well, haven't you?
A.ta.shi♪: so you keep your trap shut!
Anonymous: i, lied?
A.ta.shi♪: that's right. you shouldn't manipulate people on the other side of the world
A.ta.shi♪: especially me
A.ta.shi♪: just kidding
Anonymous: i wasn't really lying
A.ta.shi♪: you wanted to protect the girl who did the script, which is why you asked me for help, right?
A.ta.shi♪: in other words, the problem lies with the script, right?
A.ta.shi♪: you knew i would reject solving such a hopeless problem
A.ta.shi♪: yet you still wanted to protect her
A.ta.shi♪: you sure know how to help yourself under the pretext of helping someone else
A.ta.shi♪: though it seems that idiot still hasn't realized
Anonymous: my priority has always been to ensure the success of the project
A.ta.shi♪ has logged out
Log No 00314
Houtaru: will this be fine?
L: yes, this is good
L: you've got a strange username
Houtaru: i misspelled ’’houtarou’’, but correcting it is too bothersome, so
Houtaru: yet this feels strange
Houtaru: my last access time was only just now
L: oreki-san, is this the first time you've usd this?
L: used this?
Houtaru: oh well
L: so what was the script that hongou-san had envisioned?
Houtaru: no, i'll do it
Houtaru: since i didn't ask her, i'll just have to speculate
Houtaru: if kaitou didn't die, then there would be no sealed room
L: even without the role of the cameraman?
Houtaru: you sure can be mean, you know? first, the killer is kounosu, she came in via the window
L: eh? but isn't the window?
Houtaru: there're two control room windows, either one's fine
Houtaru: using a rope, kounosu climbed into one of the control room windows
Houtaru: she then stabbed kaitou
Houtaru: though it was not enough to kill him
Houtaru: she then used the rope to return to the second floor
Houtaru: she then walked down the stairs to the lobby as though nothing happened
Houtaru: that's it
Houtaru: must be quite bitter for haba
L: what about the seventh actor hongou-san was looking for?
Houtaru: oh that? she wrote that requirement in before she completed the script
Houtaru: though i only realized afterwards, but there were 7 people in the movie
L: eh? no, there should be 6
Houtaru: it's not limited to the actors
Houtaru: there's also the narrator, remember? the one introducing the characters
Houtaru: even in the credit roll, his name was listed alongside theirs
L: oh, now i see!
L: but i don't understand, the room where kaitou collapsed
L: why is the door locked?
Houtaru: kaitou must have locked it himself from the inside
L: but why?
Houtaru: to run away from the killer, which is pretty common
Houtaru: but it's probably not the case here
L: i think i know
Houtaru: really? that's rare
L: since i think i understand a bit of what hongou-san is thinking
L: after getting stabbed by kounosu-san
L: kaitou said to her
L: why did she stab him
L: by any chance, maybe she wasn't aiming to kill him
L: so kaitou-san decided to cover for kounosu-san
L: as kounosu-san returned to the 2nd floor, he returned to the right stage
L: huh? but how does that explain the wounds?
Houtaru: i was thinking the same thing
Houtaru: that could be easily explained. maybe he got hit by the splattered glass
L: that's some strange glass
Houtaru: i meant ’’shattered’’. stop correcting my spelling, are you ibara or what?
Houtaru: maybe he was injuring himself so he could use that as an excuse
Houtaru: why did kounosu stab kaitou? and why did he forgive her?
Houtaru: we may never know the answer unless we ask hongou
L: guess it can't be helped
L: even though i'm curious about it
L: to stab one's own classmate, and to run away from the classmate that stabbed you
L: how would hongou-san envision such scenes?
L: i'm very curious about it
Houtaru: by the way, there's something i'd like to ask
L: yes, what is it?
Houtaru: this might be my imagination, but
Houtaru: didn't you yourself realize one answer from all this?
L: but i didn't solve anything
L: why do you say that?
Houtaru: the three from class 2-F plus me
Houtaru: you were convinced by none of our deductions
Houtaru: this is so unlike you. does that have something to do with your resonance with hongou?
L: oh, i see
L: let's see, it's because i think hongou-san and i are alike
L: oh, this is a bit embarrassing
L: so please don't laugh
L: truth is
L: i don't like stories where people die