Chapter 4: Brother?
“You are fucking kidding me.”
Hikaru looked at her brother, waving his arms around frantically. “No! I’m serious! Apparently there has been a witch hunt here!” Haruki held out his arms like he was trying to catch something. “Your dreams might be connected to that!” It seemed… Plausible at least. Hikaru nodded. “Worth a try, I guess.”, she told Haruki, who sighed in relief. “I will look into it tomorrow. I’ll take a detour to the library.”, Hikaru told her brother, who nodded heavily. “Yes. Please.”
The nightmares apparently went back to chasing again. Hikaru didn’t know if that was good or bad. However, she wasn’t as scared that morning as she was during the last one. School was uneventful too. Mister Cactloid was still ‘broken’ and her friends were still unaware of the weird dreams. Yuugi was silent, but only because he had bought a new, special kind of his favourite candy and was carefully inspecting and eating it. Koibito talked to Hikaru about Ryszard, as usual. “He has a cute accent, and he looks good, and he is strong and caring… He’s like a Polish God!” Hikaru almost spit out her drink as response. “You’re scaring me Koibi!” There was a moment of silence, before Koibito understood she was taking it a bit too far. “I’m sorry, but he’s just perfect!”, she squealed. Hikaru nodded, sighing, and gave Koibito a pat on her head. “I know Koibi, I know.”
Doing as her brother suggested, Hikaru decided to go to the library directly after school. The library was actually on the route she usually walked home, which made it a lot easier. Both yuugi and Haruki walked with her, and they looked at the old building used to store books. “I always thought this was a creepy place…”, Haruki muttered. Yuugi nodded. “Inside too, the books just go on and on and on…” Now it was Haruki’s time to nod. “I take that as ‘We are not going with you.’ Is that right?”, Hikaru asked. Both the boys nodded this time. “Haru-bro is going to show me his new old game!”, Yuugi said happily. Jealousy sparked up in Hikaru’s core, but she shrugged it off easily. “Kay, have fun guys!” She waved her brother and friend goodbye, before entering the library, which indeed looked a little bit scary.
There were books everywhere. It surprised Hikaru that Yuugi’s description of the library was so accurate. It meant he had actually visited it. She wondered if he got lost, like he did. And just when she wondered about that, a voice made her jump out of her skin. “Excuse me, can I help you with something?” Hikaru spun around. It was only the librarian. “Uhm, yes… Do you have any books here about the witch hunting that happened in this city?” The librarian nodded. “Follow me, miss…”
“Hikaru, my name is Hikaru.”
“Nice to meet you Hikaru, my name is Chihon.”
Chihon had pulled out some old and dusty books, with real leather covers. Hikaru admired them, before the librarian started talking. “There have been a lot of hunts in this city. But the most records are about one particular hunt.” Chihon opened one book, it was pale brown on the outside. “Known as the ‘Running Witch’, a witch that kept escaping from her captors.” Within a second Hikaru’s face turned pale. “She got killed in the end.”, Chihon said. “Her brother betrayed her and turned her in.”