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Chapter 12: CHAPTER 11: SERIAL KILLER

Chapter 11: Serial Killer

Irene Adler's POV

It's almost been two weeks since we had rescue Ms. Fuentebella. That case is indeed a hard case to solve. Napakaraming pakulo nung Machiavelli na 'yun. Buti nalang at halos kumpleto ang grupo namin and we complement each other, and that made us end the case.

Ms. Fuentebella is still on a hospital right now. She's in a deep trauma. Ikaw ba naman ang masangkot sa ganoon katinding kaso, hindi ka ba mato-trauma? Nagu-undergo rin ang aming adviser sa mga stress relief examinations at mga test para mabawasan ang trauma na dulot sa kaniya ng nangyari.

Same time when we rescued Ms. Fuentebella, ganoon din kahaba 'yung oras na hindi namin nakita or nakausap man lang si Machiavelli. Bakit ko ba siya gugustuhing makita muli? Tch! Irene, bangag ka ba? Buti na nga 'yung hindi mo na siya muling makikita, e.

Pero I thought he's a villain? Tapos ngayon, ni hindi man lang makuhang magpakita. Tch! Bahag naman pala ang buntot nung gagong 'yun, e. Siguro natakot dahil sa galing mag-solve ng case ng SHC. Kami pa ba?

I'm on my way to the SHC room, yeah. Going to the SHC room at ubusin ang oras ko roon habang naghihintay ng kaso ang daily routine ko. And if may case, those are the time na sobrang saya ko. As if regalo na 'yun para sa akin araw-araw.

I passed through the gate of my school. Sumalubong agad sa akin ang lupon ng mga taong nakapalibot sa isang spot. I wonder why are they gathering in that spot. Siguro may artista, o baka naman, isang sikat na author sa wattpad. Ugh! Why did I said that?

Hindi pa man din ako makagalaw ay may lumingon na isang estudyante sa dako ko. He was a boy. He ran immediately to my spot and talked to me. "Ms. De Morgan, right? You're an officer of the detective club. Am I right again?" Hinihingal niyang ani.

"Yes, I am Ms. De Morgan and I am an officer of the so-called 'detective' group." I told him with sarcasm. "Why?"

"A Grade 10 student is found dead. Ngayon lang na umaga. Siguro nagtataka ka kung ano 'yung pinagkukumpulan ng mga tao doon, that's the dead body of who I'm saying." Itinuro niya ang kumpol na mga tao na kanina ko pang ipinagtataka. Ah, kaya pala. Kaya pala maraming tao doon kasi may patay.

I immediately went directly to the spot. Pinaalis ko agad ang mga taong naroroon upang magkaroon ng space between me and the corpse. Like what the boy who talked to me said, there was a dead body of a boy. He's now bathing with his own blood.

Aba... teka, teka lang nga. Nasaan na ba 'yung mga clubmates ko? Late na naman ba sila?! Kung kailan naman may case, wala sila. Hayst!

The boy is indeed a student of Sherrinford High. He is wearing the official white polo with the logo of the school and a maroon pants as his under. He also is wearing his ID stating his grade, section and most importantly, his name.

He is Martin Abellana, a Grade 10 student in Manganese section. Sayang naman 'tong batang 'to, nag-aaral pa naman siguro 'to ng maayos. How tragic his life is? Pero mas tragic 'to sa pamilya niya. I tsk-ed three times.

"Excuse me. Daraan ang gwapo." A familiar voice said. As I looked to the place where the voice came from, I smiled in assurance. Yeah, the one who talked is the person na kabilang sa grupo namin na sobrang yabang. Wanna guess who?

"Buti naman at dumating na kayo. Saan ba kayo galing, ha?!" Mariing tanong ko.

"Uy, Russ oh, si Irene pinapagalitan tayo oh. Hindi naman siya president." Sumbong ni Sof kay Russ. Russ didn't even give a damn.

"Shut up! Secretary ako and you're only a member. So I order you to help me investigating this case! Puro ka satsat." Inis na ani ko kay Sof. Ugh! This man really know how to wreck my mood.

"Burn, Sof!" Pangungutya pa ni JD. Tch! Isa pa 'to, akala ko sasawayin na niya ang kaibigan niya, dadagdagan pa, e.

I wonder how JD managed to switch his personality even in a split second. Is he a paradox? "Nah! Shut up. Let's just start this investigation." Weird~!

All of us responded to JD's chill command. Ayoko nang umangal pa, baka lalong masira ang mood ko na sira na nga dahil kay Sof.

Minutes later after starting the investigation, JD talked. "Noticed the slice on his mouth?" He's really direct to the point. Ni wala nga munang calling our attention before he spoke.

Tinignan ko nga ang bibig ng biktima. JD's right about the slice of a knife on the victim's mouth. It was an x-like shaped na slice. Hati ang kaniyang mga labi sa tatlo dahil na nga sa hiwa.

Hindi na kami nag-abala pang magtanong kung sino ang may motibong patayin ang biktima since wala ring namang ebidensiya around the area.

CAT officers then came out to get the victim's body and bring it on the hospital. Kami naman ay dumiretso na sa aming clubroom at nag-stay doon. Mukhang pare-pareho pa kaming lutang kaya wala pa kami sa huwisyo mag-imbestiga. Siguro maya-maya.

Nanatiki akong nakahiga sa mesa gamit ang dalawang kamay ko hanggang sa may nakita akong anino ng isang lalaking kahina-hinala na lumagpas sa room namin.

Masasabi kong kahina-hinala siya dahil his silhouette doesn't match to every boy's uniform here in Sherrinford High. He also has this mysterious aura that brought chills down to my spine, 'yung parang nakita ko na siya dati, but I don't know where and when.

"Gu-guys?" I called my clubmates. "Nakita ba ninyo 'yung anino na naglakad at nilagpasan 'yung room natin?"

"Wala naman Irene." Ani Ceah. "Baka guni-guni mo lang 'yon. Or gutom ka lang. Hindi ka ba kumain kaninang agahan?"

"Ta-talaga? Ba-baka guni-guni ko lang nga." Sabi ko.

Nadako naman ang mga mata ko sa ilalim ng pinto. There was this paper na sa tingin ko ay sobre. I stood up and reached the door. Kinuha ko ang nasabing sobre at binuksan ito.

"Ano 'yan Irene?" Tanong ni Sof. "Love letter para sa 'yo?"

Tinignan ko ang labas ng sobre sa pamamagitan ng pag-ikot nito. I saw the name of the receiver, stating: To SHC.

"No. It wasn't meant for me. It was actually for the whole club." Nakita kong saglit na inialis ni JD ang kaniyang mga mata sa kaniyang nilalaro.

I gave the said envelope to our president. I lent her the honor to open the envelope as our president.

When she had opened the envelope, there greeted us a medical picture. Dahil hindi naman ako interesado sa medicine and medical ideas, hindi ko ito alam.

Ibinaliktad patalikod ni Russ ang picture. Mayroong nakalagay doon. A group of words na sa tingin ko ay definition ng kung anong word.

"A condition in which the vermiform is inflammated? Is it a disease?" Nagtatakang tanong ni Sof.

"Yes." A voice answered. It was Ceah. "Actually, I know what the disease is."

"Talaga?" Gulat na tanong ni Sof. Ceah answered it by a nod.

"Appendicitis is the term. I researched it one time. That was wheb I decided to search kinds of disease in Merriam Webster Dictionary. August 2, 2018, 7:35 PM. 'Yun 'yung saktong time and date." Namamanghang ani Ceah.

Wow. Only wow. Grabe naman na natatandaan ni Ceah lahat ng detalye ng isang . He has this very good so-called photographic memory, huh? He also is a very good and very wide reader, huh?

But, anong kinalaman ng disease na sinabi ni Ceah sa grupo namin? "Is anybody of us positive with appendicitis? Sabihin niyo na habang maaga pa." Mariing tanong ni JD.

All of us shaked our head. "I have a – ugh! Never mind. Basta I have no appendicitis." Ani Ceah.

Ako lang ba o guni-guni ko lang ang mga narinig ko sa sinabi ni Ceah? His words has just slipped away, right? O baka naman iba ang meron siya?

Gusto ko sana siyang tanungin to assure but I think it's not the right time to. Now, we should deal with this mystery. Sino nga ba ang nagpadala nito at anong ibig sabihin nito?

But before that, we still can't figure out who the heck killed that awful man with an x-shaped slice on his mouth. Ano ba 'tong umagang 'to? Ka-aga-aga, ang dami na agad mga kakaibang nangyayari.

Dahil sa mga maiinit na mga nangyayari, kailangan ko munang magpahangin at magpalamig. And outside siguro is the perfect place para magpalamig. "Guys, labas muna 'ko ah." Paalam ko sa mga kasama ko.

"Samahan na kita." Russ suggested. I smiled to her before kami lumabas.

We positioned ourselves standing in front of nowhere. What I mean of nowhere is the idea of looking at a certain thing without planning it. 'Yung tipong parang nakatingin ka sa kawalan.

"I know why did you have to go outside. The ambience inside is being hot. 'Yung tipong parang umiinit at sumisikip ang room unti-unti hanggang sa hindi na tayo lahat magkasya." Panimulang ani Russ. "The same reason I used to come with you outside."

"You're right. Sinabi mo pa." Pabirong ani ko. "Hindi ko alam kung ano nang nangyayari sa akin. Kani-kanina lang, nakakaranas ako ng guni-guni, pero wala naman ata. I don't know. My mind is flying somewhere else."

"Hindi 'yun guni-guni, Irene." Ani Russ. "Nakita ko rin 'yun, but I'm afraid na hindi nila ako or tayo paniniwalaan since wala tayong strong evidence."

"So, you saw it too?"

"Yeah." She answered with a nod.

Nanatili akong tahimik hanggang sa may tumapik sa aking braso. It was a junior high school girl. "Hey, little girl. Anong kailangan mo? Ano nga palang pangalan mo?" I asked with a smile.

"I'm Lilianne, from Grade 7-Hydrogen. I'm here to give you this letter, I think." She lent me an envelope. Yeah, an envelope again.

"You made it? Why? Aw~, so sweet."

"Actually, I didn't made this, somebody asked me to give you this." The little girl said. Her statement is enough to send chills down to my spine. Maging si Russ na nakatinginan ko ay mukhang nagtataka rin.

"Si-sino?" Nanginginig kong tanong. She pointed her index finger to the tree near the building. There was a man na nagtago sa oras na tinignan ko siya. Hindi ko masyadong malaman kung sino siya dahil masyadong malayo na siya sa vicinity ng building. But one thing is for sure, he is wearing a black cap at kahit na malayo, nakita ko ang isang bagay na kumikinang kapag natatamaan ng ilaw.

I gave thanks to the girl and asked her to go back to her class at baka mapagalitan siya ng teacher niya. She immediately responded to my command naman.

About that mysterious guy, I have a hunch but I should find strong evidence to prove that he's that particular person coming into my mind.

We instantaneously went inside our clubroom to share what Russ and I got. "Ano na naman 'yan? Love letter? At saka, sino 'yung babaeng narinig ko sa labas? Maganda ba? Pakilala niyo naman sa akin." Salubong sa amin ni Sof.

"First of all, it's not a love letter. Second, we know who the girl is but she was just asked by somebody to give this envelope to us. Third, maganda siya but she is just grade seven at kung papatulan mo siya, ako na ang kakaso sa 'yo ng child abuse." Tuloy-tuloy na asik ni Russ kay Sof.

"Joke lang naman 'yun Russ." Ani Sof while giving Russ a peace sign.

"Never let a joke pass over your mouth in a serious situation." Mariing ani Russ. Naku, lagot ka Sof. "But never mind, it's not the right time to scold a childish senior high school student."

Nakita ko ang pagkahiya at pamumula ni Sof. JD even laughed at him. Isa pa 'tong gagong 'to, e. Tch!

Russ opened the envelope and as usual, a picture greeted her. Another medical picture to be particular. Ibinaliktad ulit ito ni Russ and another definition of a term surprised us. Nah! We aren't surprised pala, we anticipated this na, e.

The definition of a term is: 'An abnormal bodily state marked by such tumors to the part of the large intestine that extends from the cecum to the rectum.'

Hiniram ko kay Russ ang litrato at ipinakita ito kay Ceah. Binasa naman niya ito at saka nag-isip. "Alam ko 'yung part of the intestine that extends from the cecum to the rectum, it's the colon right?"

Tumango na lamang ako kahit hindi ko alam. Sa tingin ko kasi tama naman ito si Ceah sa lahat ng bagay, e. Kaya tango-tango nalang ako. "I think the term defined is Colon Cancer. One word reminds me of such disease kasi e. The word tumor."

Ah~! Ganoon pala 'yun? Now I know.

Pero... we still can't figure out what this mystery is all about. Ano 'to, may min-urder na doktor? Or doktor ang nag-murder? Ugh! Pagod na naman akong mag-isip. Tuyot na ata ang brain cells ko sa kaiiisip e.

Minutes have just passed pero hindi pa rin namin mawari ang koneksiyon ng misteryong ito sa grupo namin, if ever na meron.

Bored na bored na ako sa kaiisip at kauupo sa upuan ko nang may kumatok sa pinto ng clubroom. Sof immediately went to the door and opened it. Iniluwal nito ang isang lalaking senior high school student. Kumaway ito sa amin.

"What can we help you?" Bungad ko sa kanya.

"Just wanna report a case." Aniya. Dahil sa kaniyang sinabi ay tila nabuhayan ang aking mga ka-grupo at nawala ang mga iniisip sa isip nila.

Nakaupo na ngayon sa upuan ng conference table ang aming kliyente. Nakaupo naman sa harap niya si Russ at ako. Nakatayo naman sa likod namin ni Russ ang tatlong boys.

"I-I'm Marky Fernando. Nice to meet you po." Aniya.

"Be direct. What case is it?" Inip na ani JD.

"Ah, sorry po." Paumanhin niya. "A dead girl is seen sa labas ng gym po. Kilala ko siya, she is from batch Copernicius po ata..."

That's our batch name, right? Meaning, ang biktima ay kaklase ng isa o dalawa sa grupo namin... That's a sad news for us.

"Sana po ay malutas ninyo ang kaso. I believe on you po." He said. "Thank you po pala for entertaining, I'll go na po."

I nodded. Lumabas agad siya ng pinto at umalis. Dali-dali kaming nag-asikaso ng mga gagamitin sa pag-iimbestiga at saka dumiretso sa gym.

There greeted us a group of people na nagkukumpulan sa isang spot. Hindi na ako magtatakang nandoon nga ang biktima.

The people lent us a way immediately after nila kaming makita. Kahit malayo pa lang ay naaamoy ko na ang nakasusulasok na amoy. I wonder kung bakit nagchi-chismisan ang mga tao dito, e ang baho-baho na nga. Tch! Ibang klase.

"The victim is Angelica Mendoza. She was the first one to talk to me when I transferred here." Malungkot na ani Russ. "She came from XI- Andromeda, kaklase ko siya, and she's also my seatmate."

I can see a hint of sadness in Russ' eyes.

Going back to the victum. She is stabbed by a sharp object many times. Kitang kita kasi sa katawan niya ang mga butas na sanhi ng pananaksak sa kaniya. Unbuttoned din ang blouse ng biktima. It's still unclear if the victim was raped or not. Hindi naman kasi misplaced ang ayos ng palda at underwear niya.

"Guys?" Pagtawag ni JD. I looked at him. "I have a theory."

"Ano?" I asked as I raised my eyebrow.

"Rude. What's your problem with me?" Tanong nito.

"Ikaw mismo. Ikaw mismo ang problema ko." I said. "Ugh! Just continue talking."

"Okay. I'll continue. Did you see that not-so-ordinary stab on her right breast?"

Tumingin ako sa dibdib ng babae. Meron nga itong saksak na korteng pa-ekis. It seems like it is that same stab sa unang biktima.

"Parang alam ko na 'yang teorya mo, JD." Ani Sof at ngumiti-ngiti. "Teorya mo na pervert ang pumatay no?"

I glared at him. JD slapped him in his nape. "Aray naman!"

"Seriously, Sof! That's not my theory!" Sabi ni JD, at sa kaniya pa nanggaling ang mga sinabi niya ah? "What I'm saying is that it's the same culprit who killed this victim and the first one, that boy near the gate."

JD has a point. Kung titignan kasi, mayroong pagkakapareho ang pagkakataga sa bibig ng unang biktima at sa dibdib ng pangalawang biktima.

To conclude, we're talking about a serial killer here. But why the fuck does he or she kills, bukod sa pagiging killer niya? I need a reason! I can't let the case remain unsolved.

The CAT officers then came at the place. They got the corpse and they're going to bring it now in the hospital.

We ordered one of her classmate to contact her parents and tell them to go to the hospital. I can imagine how painful it is to her parents seeing her dead, cold and tortured body. It is a big burden to their heart. And I will curse who the fuck killed her and many other innocent people.

We also tried to search for an evidence or two, but there's no unusual thing at the crime scene. And because we failed to find an evidence, we then decided to go back to our clubroom.

Just like what we asked to CAT, they then sent us the medico legal of the victim. It states that the victim died due to many stabs, especially that x-shaped stab which caused damage to her heart. Since when I saw the victim, alam ko nang dahil sa pa-ekis na taga siya namatay, it was obvious na malalim ang stab dahil grabe ang paglabas ng dugo at kita na ang laman.

We remained silent until we got into our room. No one dared to break the silence. Lahat mukhang may iniisip. And that's super unusual, dahil alam naman nating lahat na sobrang maingay kami lalong-lalo na si Sof.

"Nalalaos na ba ang crime investigation skills ko? Bakit hindi natin mahanap ang suspek?" At sa wakas ay may nagsalita. It was Sof's questions.

"It's not that. Our ability will remain with us until we die. It's just that, mailap lang ang tunay na suspek. We are talking about serial killer, remember?" Russ answered. And then no one dared to talk again.

Nanatili kaming tahimik hanggang may tumunog na ringtone ng cellphone. We all looked at each of our phones. It's not from my phone. Nakita kong tumayo si Russ at nagsalita. "It was from my phone. A number is calling. Sagutin ko lang ah."

She then went outside and started talking. I can hear murmurs of Russ outside. Hindi naman nagtagal ay pumasok na siya sa clubroom. She greeted us with a worried face. Why? Ano na namang nangyari?

Tinignan lang namin si Russ while waiting her to talk. "Another student is found dead behind the Watson's Hall." Her statement and her face, nakakahawa ito. Nag-alala ako sa mga nangyayari sa eskuwelahan namin. Ano ba 'tong nangyayari?

Walang umangal at lahat kami ay pumunta sa likod ng Watson's Hall. Hindi pa nga nagtatagal nang may namatay dito tapos may namatay na naman, ugh! Is this school cursed?

According to the latest data obtained by the SHC, the victim is a Grade 9 student and is named Rachelle Montes. And despite she was killed by a stab, malinis ang suot niyang puting blouse. Ang tanging madumi ay ang dugong kumalat sa may stomach part ng blouse.

I wore my gloves and sat near the victim. Hinawakan ko ang leeg ng biktima, it was warm. Meaning, hindi pa matagal nang pinatay siya.

I asked a piece of cloth sa mga kasama ko. JD unwore his polo and gave it to me. I unbuttoned the victim's blouse at agad na inilagay ang polo ni JD sa breast part ng victim. Ipinahid ko ang blouse niya sa sugat niya na tila ba nililinisan ito. Doon ko lang nakita ang pamilyar na hitsura ng taga.

"Another usual x-shaped slice." JD said.

CAT then came after I looked at her wound. Nagrereklamo na din nga ang CAT dahil pagod na raw sila kakapunta at kakabalik sa ospital. They also gave us good luck before going, sana raw mahuli na namin ang culprit. In that way daw, mabebenefit pareho ang CAT at SHC. Find authorized novels in Webnovel, faster updates, better experience, Please click <a href="https://www.webnovel.com/book/scene-of-the-crime-detectives_15185853405326505/chapter-11-serial-killer_40764950955746799">www.webnovel.com/book/scene-of-the-crime-detectives_15185853405326505/chapter-11-serial-killer_40764950955746799</a> for visiting.

Minutes later, ni-contact agad naman kami ng CAT and told us na ang ikinamatay ng biktma ay dahil naputol ang small intestine ng biktima that causes bacterial infection around the body. Kung naidala din daw ng maaga ang katawan ng biktima, like one hour after being stabbed, naagapan pa sana. Unfortunately, hindi nakita ng mas maaga pa ang katawan ng biktima kaya 'yun, dead on arrival.

We also received a gossip saying every families of every student are getting worried. Siyempre, wala dun 'yung pamilya ko, wala 'yung mga 'yung pake sa akin. Wala ako dun maaasahan. At saka, I'm a strong independent girl who doesn't need my family's sympathy.

Because of the crimes and incidents happening inside the school, the school administration including PJ decided to cancel the classes immediately after the latest crime happened.

Hindi kami pinayagan ni PJ umuwi. Tinawagan na rin naman daw niya ang mga pamilya namin at sinigurong papanatilihin kaming ligtas inside the school premises. Ipinatawag rin niya kami at pinapunta sa kaniyang office, we don't even know the purpose kung bakit niya kami pinapapunta sa kaniyang opisina.

[ABANGAN]


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