Nijima is shaking, an imperceptible tremor as she leans against the railing. In her hands, she clutches the briefcase containing Sae-san’s treasure. The flashing lights of the police force and the glittering casino reflect off of Goro’s costume in a dance of color, the white armor accomplishing little but shining a spotlight upon the two of them, barely hidden away from the police’s view. They’re hundreds of feet above the action, observing from a balcony of one of the casino’s many rooms. Goro can barely see Joker’s form underneath the police presence holding him down, loaded guns pinning him in place by trigger-happy officers. The plan is working perfectly, but the growl Goro lets out at the sight is hardly an act.
A ragged voice fizzles in his ear piece, strained against the horrified exclamations of the rest of the Phantom Thieves. “Get … out … of h-here,” Joker chokes out, and then he’s gone.
“It can’t be,” Goro says, voice nearly drowned out by the shouts below and panicked chattering in his ear. “This wasn’t supposed to happen! The Phantom Thieves were to end after this mission, but I didn’t want it to end like this!” Nijima tears her eyes away from Joker’s arrest to see him scream, “This isn’t the justice I wanted!”
Nijima squares her shoulders. Her hands still tremble as she gathers her composure, not nearly as skilled an actor as Goro but still Joker’s trusted second-in-command. She holds the treasure protectively to her chest. “Let’s go, everyone.” It’s a command, and she purposefully turns her back to the violent scene below them. “If we’re caught here, his courage will be in vain.”
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