Ah, Kyoko. There's something that I've been meaning to ask you...
...What is it?
You were a detective before you even entered high school, correct?
Yes...it's been years since I first entered this line of work.
It's been that long? I thought *I* was young to start working as a detective... You're incredible, Kyoko.
...I feel kinda bad now. An apprentice like me doesn't deserve to share the title of Ultimate Detective with you...
But you're here because Hope's Peak Academy recognizes your accomplishments, yes?
I...don't know about that. I just solved a case by chance...
Be that as it may, you still grabbed hold of the truth and solved the case, didn't you? No one, not even you, can deny that outcome.
Others accept that you are a detective, and have also come to rely on you, too. The other day, I saw you running all over the place with Ryoma and Peko... No doubt because they needed your insights as a detective, right?
Ah, I was just looking for a missing cat around the academy... I've handled plenty of missing pet cases before, so I was able to help, but...
Do you think it's meaningless for people to rely on you?
...No, that's wrong. It makes me...so happy to be helpful.
Then I see no reason for you to compare yourself to me. Every detective is shaped by their motives, methodologies, and case histories.
That's why I believe I should always seek out the truth.
By adhering to your methodology, you've earned accomplishments as a detective, haven't you?
That's true... I'll never forget that, Kyoko.
I apologize for having such a negative attitude earlier. Thank you for encouraging me.
Kyoko, I'll be your P.E. teacher this time! Let's work hard as we work out! Harumph!
Aw, geez... I can't believe my shoddy little sister is the one teachin' this class...
Waaaah! Monokuma! What are you doing here!?
Um, I'm a student here, so...it's really not that strange for me to attend this class.
But you're always truant!
Well, yeah. The only thing that matters at Hope's Peak is acing the exams, right? So it's fine if I play hooky every once in a while or all the time, y'know?
No, it's not! Even the students who can't attend class are still out there using their talents!
Kyoko, you're still doing detective work while you go to school, aren't you?
Well, yes...I do at times.
That sounds so tough! Keep up the great work, though! You're doing an excellent job!
It's become normal for me. I've been living like this for a while now.
Well, having a talent is tough, too. You can't live a normal life or any other way, really... You pretty much have no freedom.
I am proud to be a detective, and I'm content with my current living situation.
Maybe you only think that way because you never had a say in the matter, hm?
Kyoko...I think it's commendable that you are so proud of your talent. But please do not spread yourself too thin. If things get tough...you can always talk to me or your classmates, okay? Of course, if you just wanna get together and tell some fun stories, that's okay too!
I don't really have any fun stories to tell...
O-Oh... Well, if you change your mind, you know where to find me...
Kyoko works so hard... You could learn a lot from her, Monomi. What do you do around here, anyway? I mean...why are you even at this school?
Ah, I remember you train with Kaito and Shuichi sometimes.
Hmm, so you know then.
I heard it from Shuichi. We talk from time to time since we're both detectives.
So you like exercising, Maki? I didn't know that.
Hey, what about swimming? Do you swim a lot?
I don't swim...that often. Only when I need to.
Only when you need to, huh? That's not a lot, is it?
No, it isn't... By the way, are you two heading somewhere together?
We're heading to the large communal bath.
Oh, I see...I'm surprised you go there.
I go sometimes when I'm invited.
I was on my way back from training when I saw Kyoko. It was perfect timing, so I asked her.
Oh, if you're done exercising already, do you wanna join us?
I'll pass. I'll shower in my room.
Don't say that. Eating donuts after taking a bath is the best.
...Isn't it usually ice cream?
Didn't you say you were going to refrain from eating donuts at night, Hina?
I-I did say that, but...geez, Kyoko, you're so mean!
I just thought...maybe I could take my time and talk with Maki over tea or something. We're in different classes so it's hard to reach her, but I wanna play sports with her.
Are you sure it's not just for donuts?
No, it's not! If there's a snack you prefer, then I'll eat that too, Maki!
The food doesn't really matter to me.
It seems she's coming with us then. Good for you, Hina.
Wait...I didn't say I would go yet.
Hehehe, yay! And Kyoko is coming with us, too!
You held a special nighttime girls meeting!
Today is the the sports festival... You're in the three-legged race! It's not your style, but you don't want to drag anyone down. Who should you be careful of?
I should discuss this with my partner
Let's do our best, Junko.
You don't look athletic, but your P.E. grades are pretty good, right? I'm relying on you then!
That's my line. I can tell from your movements that you exercise quite a bit.
Well, models do need some physical strength. And I need to keep my figure, so I exercise a bit. Did ya get a good enough look yet? You're very observant, Ultimate Detective.
You acknowledged each other's talents before the event!
I should be careful of teams with strong bonds
I should not underestimate the Ultimate Princess's leadership skills.
So the person in the next lane is Kyoko! I shall be your opponent!
Shouldn't you be saying, "I look forward to our match?" Well anyway, likewise.
My country has no events like this, so I am most excited! I fully intend to go all out!
It seems you're pretty enthusiastic about this. I'm sure you'll be difficult to beat.
You engaged in an intense battle with Sonia and her partner, who were in the next lane!
I should be careful of anyone who looks fast
...Are you cautious of me?
Was I staring at you rudely? I didn't mean it like that... I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings in any way.
You...didn't do anything. I just felt like you were.
You're sharp. You and your partner, Tenko... You both have superior physical abilities, so I took note of how powerful you two are.
Well, true. Even though sports festivals are a pain...I don't intend to hold back.
There's someone in my class who would nag me if I don't do my best.
You engaged in an intense battle with Maki and her partner, who were in the next lane!
Today is the fall school festival... Should you work or check out everyone else's exhibits? What will you do?
There are exhibits in each classroom
Hey, Kyoko...wanna check out the haunted house? I made all the mechanisms in it!
This haunted house does seem to be quite elaborate, but I'll have to decline.
Wh-Why!? It'll be fun for sure! Oh... Or are you afraid or ghosts or being surprised or something like that?
No, it's nothing like that.
Of course not...
Well, if you think it'll be boring by yourself. I can go with you. But I'll probably be really scared, so you're gonna hafta protect me!
Aren't you the one who made all the mechanisms?
Going in together seemed like a hassle, so you declined Kazuichi's offer...
I heard there are shows in the gym
It's magic... It's magic, it's magic, it's magic!
Ah geez, like, shuddap already!
Is there some kind of trouble here? Although, I'm sure I can guess what's happening.
Oh, Kyoko, you came at a good time. Himiko was about to perform some magic tricks, but...
I was gonna do have a magic show filled with magic! Not tricks!
She's been acting like this... When I asked about her magic tricks, she got all stubborn and kept saying it was real magic.
You're the one that's being stubborn! How many times do I have to tell you I'm a mage!?
Cuz like, no way magic exists, right? Kyoko, say something.
Kyoko! Will you watch my magic show?
Hm...if you say magic is real, then Junko will have to believe it.
Ah, now you've done it. Don't you know? Kyoko can definitely figure out all the gimmicks to your magic tricks.
No...there's no gimmicks or tricks in my magic! Kyoko will tell you!
You heard her, Kyoko. Make Himiko realize that all her magic tricks are just gimmicks.
Alright...watch and be amazed by magic, you two.
I never actually said I would watch the show yet...oh, she's gone.
You thought about what to say to Himiko and Junko, while you enjoyed the magic show!
I'll work a shift at the juice stand
Man, I'm exhausted from working so hard! Give me a cold one!
Here you go.
Did you need anything else?
This might be none of my business, but why don't you smile more, Kyoko?
I mean, you're in customer service. A nice smile... Man you'll have the guys begging to buy your stuff.
I haven't run into any problems yet. If it's about my cold demeanor, I'm working on it.
Oh, alright... I was just saying.
I'm sure you would say that to anyone though, right?
Not really. That advice was just for you!
Leon's advice aside...you decided to treat your customers like actual human beings!
Your last winter at the academy...but you've been too busy lately to be sad about graduation! You did some detective fieldwork at dawn, and now you're back at school... What will you do?
Maybe I'll drop by the classroom
Kyoko? Is something wrong? The closing ceremony is over...
Nothing, I just stopped by... I've been so busy with work lately that it's hard to visit often.
I see. You do seem pretty busy lately, Kyoko...
You weren't here for Christmas. I thought... I wouldn't see you until next year...
That's what I thought, too. What are you doing here alone?
I thought you might...come back here.
Um, Kyoko...? I know you're busy, but... If there's something bothering you, you can tell me. I can help you, Kyoko. Maybe I won't be much help, but... I want to try.
Then...tell me about yourself, Makoto.
Huh? Me? Why now?
I have told you stories about myself, so I think you should tell me yours now, right?
W-Well, I guess you're right...
It's just...I'm so normal. I'm so normal that my story might be over real quick...
Your normal stories might be a nice change of pace for me. I don't really know how normal boys live...
Ever since I was a child, I lived abroad. Afterward, I went to an all-girls middle school. The only males I interacted with were other detectives or clients.
I see... Then my story might be new to you.
And...I don't mind the story, as long as it's about you... I should control my emotions better...and I shouldn't overstep my boundaries, but...
You spent some time talking to Makoto about various things...
I'll go straight to the dorms
Oh, Kyoko. You weren't at the closing ceremony today, were you? Busy with work or something?
It was a sudden request. I finished it quickly, but I still couldn't make it to the ceremony.
Hm...must be tough. You were even working on New Year's, too.
Yes, I usually have work on Christmas, as well as the start and end of the year...
However, I'm sure you're busy as a model throughout the whole year, right?
Huh? Ohhh, of course... I have tons of photo shoots and stuff. But it's not like you where you have to deal with sudden cases or all-nighter investigations. You have to say several days at a place for investigations, right? That seems tiring.
Not really... I'm used to it.
Oh, are you busy tomorrow?
No, I already finished the last case request, so now I'm free... What did you want?
Hina talked to everyone about holding a party, even though Christmas already passed. Since you're free, would you be able to go?
Yes, I should be able to.
Ah, but you might get a sudden case request. Are the cases first priority?
I'll tell Hina you might not be able to attend, but...I hope you can go, Kyoko.
I...hope I can attend as well.
You became a little excited for tomorrow!
Someone suspicious just walked by...
Wait. Who are you...?
I am not an intruder. I have been permitted to stay at this academy.
I'm aware... You have been a rumor at the academy for two years now. An irregular male student of the same year with long hair... I never thought I'd meet you.
I've witnessed your existence, but I'm sure the school security doesn't plan to remove you. I won't question the fact that you've been allowed to stay here on school grounds.
Your last winter at the academy... Graduation will be here before you know it. You have a few months left on this campus... Why not walk around while you still have the chance?
Maybe I'll commit the school into my memory
Oh Kyoko, I didn't see you at the closing ceremony. Did you just get back?
I did... Now, goodbye.
Heeey, hold on. Aren't you being too cold?
But, I should've seen it coming. A detective shouldn't be around a leader of evil. You were investigating an incident my subordinates were involved in, right?
What are you scheming?
I'm trying to warn you, obviously! As schoolmates, I'm doing it just this once!
The incident you're involved with isn't simple. It'll be dangerous if you step in any further.
If you're trying to ask what my intentions are, it's to confirm your lies.
You treated my warning as a lie and even tried to ignore me... You got balls, Kyoko!
But you did some detective work today, right? We may be in different classes, but couldn't you assume I knew cuz I'm somehow involved in it?
It would've been easy to guess I was out for work when you didn't see me at the ceremony.
Well, that's true. But that doesn't really constitute as proof that I'm lying, right?
There's a different reason why I can say you're lying.
Ooh, and what's that? Tell me.
The case I received today was an incident that occurred several decades ago. Even if the case was solved, we wouldn't be able to arrest the culprit. However, the victim wanted it settled. He is suffering from a terminal illness... He wanted to know the truth while he was still alive... And that's why he requested me.
Well? It's improbable that you would be involved with a case that long ago, don't you think so?
Hmmm...so you lie too, huh? That even sounded like a true story... But it's weird a detective would talk so readily about the victim's background...
Would I have lied about my story? If your claim is true... ...then please explain the content of the case I was involved with today.
...Geeeez, I should've expected that from you, Kyoko. You can't be fooled that easily. I'm sure you'd be able to expose all my crimes, too. So scary.
Playing mind games like these with Kyoko might not be so boring!
Your last winter at the academy... Today is the closing ceremony, and you're up early... Thinking about only having a short time left at this academy makes you sad... And from that comes restlessness. What will you do?
I should take a walk around the dorm
Hm? Kyoko? You're up early.
I have to leave for some urgent business.
Now...? Are you going to skip the ceremony?
That's right. I'll be able to come back early, but I won't be back for the closing ceremony...
Have you told your classmates?
No, but I have told the homeroom teacher...
Ah, well...I can let Makoto know, if you'd like.
The Monokubs said we were all supposed to do a spring cleaning of the grounds... If you're going to miss it, I thought...you might want someone to take your place.
If that's the case... I'm sorry, but would you mind doing it?
Ah, don't worry about it! It's alright to depend on others when you need to. I'll give you some advice someone gave me. Don't try to do everything by yourself. Sometimes, asking for help is exactly what you need. Even if it's something small.
Ah, but...I might be getting a little *too* much help from everyone...
I never meant to hold it in... That was never my intention. When you involve yourself in someone else's business, you can easily misjudge them.
I'm sure you're right. There are certainly situations like that.
But aren't there times that make you think...you want to really trust someone? Even if you might get hurt?