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Everyone's A Suspect

By Megan Hutchinson

Drama / Mystery

Chapter 1

As Rai and I were about to open the doors to our school, Yuri's voice called from behind us. Turning around, I saw her running up to us, smiling from ear to ear. "I thought I'd find you two here! What are you doing here anyway? No school today, remember?" Breathing heavily, she put her hands on her hips.

"Oh, well, I forgot some stuff in my locker so we decided to come pick it up." I raised an eyebrow at one of my best friends. "Did you need us?"

Yuri looked at us and started bouncing up and down. Squealing with delight, she exclaimed, "Light just asked me out on a date!" I froze. Rai bit her lip.

Seeing our expressions made Yuri calm down. She looked at us and frowned. "What's wrong? Aren't you happy for me?" Closing my eyes, I hid my face in my hands. That jerk. He used me! Now he's going to use Yuri! I clenched my fists. Sensing my anger, Rai put a hand on my shoulder.

Opening my eyes again, I stared at Yuri a minute before saying, "I don't want you going out with Light. He-"

"Seriously?!" Yuri cut me off. "How can you be so selfish?" I blinked at her. She thinks I'm being selfish?!

"Yuri, listen to me! Light won't take your relationship seriously. When I wa-"

Again, she cut me off. "I don't care if you don't like him. We're going to Spaceland later today."

She was getting on my last nerves. "I get Light all to myself!" And that's when I ticked.

Pounding my fists against the glass doors I yelled, "Yuri, you're being stupid about this! Just listen to me! I'm trying to help you!"

Glaring at me she whispered loud enough for us to hear, "You really wanna help, Kisha? Then leave me alone…" Yuri whipped herself around and walked away.

When she was out of my sight, I covered my face with my hands and slid down against the door. Rai sat next to me. "I'm sorry she didn't listen. You know Yuri. Too stubborn for her own good."

I shook my head. "What's going to happen when he breaks up with her in a few days? She's going to be heartbroken. Just like…" I sighed heavily. "Just like I was." Yuri probably thought I was jealous. Light Yagami was perfect. Very attractive, athletic, top-score grades. Now Yuri was his millionth girlfriend.

Pushing myself up off the ground, I stormed off. After a furious speed walk, I sat down on a metal bench by the sidewalk. Soon Rai found me and joined me. We sat silently together for awhile. I can't believe Yuri was acting like this. We've all been best friends since first grade and we've never fought like that.

Finally I said something to break the deafening silence. "I feel really bad, Rai. What should I do?"

Sighing, Rai turned her head towards me. "We both know it's not your fault. Yuri gets emotional a lot. It might be best just to let it go until tomorrow." She's too emotional for us to handle.

"Yeah, you're right. Maybe I'll wait awhile to apologize." After a moment of silence I stood up. Looking at Rai I asked, "Do you want to go grab some ice cream at the shop downtown? I'm craving something sweet at the moment."

Smiling, she got up and followed me.

The next week was a blur. Yuri never talked to us, or even glance in our direction. Then, eight days after the fight, right as the last bell of the day rang, Yuri came up speed walking up to us. The scared expression on her face made me think Light did something.

"You two are the only ones I can trust. I'm really scared right now."

I held my hands up to stop her. "What's wrong? Was it Light?" The silence said yes. My fists started clenching. "Yuri, what did he do?"

Putting her hands up to her head she avoided my question. "Wait, please just let me finish." Rai and I nodded for her to go on.

"When Light and I were on the bus to Spaceland, the bus got hijacked. Then an FBI agent showed us his identity and then the criminal left and got hit by a car!"

Tilting my head in confusion I asked her, "You and Light were on that bus?"

Nodding, she continued. "Then, just recently, I read that 12 FBI agents died of heart attacks, and one including the same one who showed us his identity!" Wait, where was she getting at?

Yuri moved a smidge closer to us. "I-I'm afraid that Light had something to do with it." I gasped in shock. Could Light have killed an FBI agent? I knew everyone was on edge since the Kira killings had started but- hold up. Kira has been said to kill people, and those people die of heart attacks. He most likely killed those FBI agents. But what if… What if Kira needed a name and face to kill? And one FBI agent showed his face and name to Light and Yuri. Could… Could Light be Kira?

Glancing at Rai, I could tell she was thinking the same thing. Yuri bit her lip. "I'm going to confront Light tonight after school."

My eyes widened with disbelief. "No Yuri! What if Light is-"

"I know that's a possibility but it's a risk I'm willing to take!" I hate it when she interrupts me like that. Suddenly, she started fiddling around in her backpack, then grabbed something out of it. Handing me an envelope she whispered, "Only open this if… if something happens to me." Then, like a flash of lightning, she was gone.

I woke up the next morning with my stomach in knots. There was this feeling, a scared and frantic feeling, that just lingered around me. I couldn't get it to go away, no matter how hard I tried.

"Hmm…" Sitting at the table, eating my apple pie, I thought about how I was going to apologize to Yuri. I think I'll just go over to her house and walk with her to school. Yeah, that sounds good.

My mother sat beside me, drinking her coffee and reading checking the news on her phone (even though the t.v was right behind us). My father was long gone, on a business trip in Monaco. I hardly ever see him. Like I even care anymore.

Mom saw my emotionless face. Waving a hand in front of me she asked, "Are you still there, sweetie?" Blinking a couple times, I took a bite of my apple pie.

"Yep," I said with a mouth full of pie. She just laughed it off like she laughs off every stupid thing I do. When I was in second grade, we were hanging out in the town park. A boy came up to me and tried to kiss me. So, I threw him down the slide. Mom thought it was the funniest thing on earth. But the boy's mother didn't think so. Now, even though I'm 18, she still thinks I'm the funniest daughter in the world.

After I left home for school, I made a detour and stopped at Yuri's house. Opening the door, I waltzed right in without knocking like I usually do. Yuri's parents would never get up until noon, so I knew I wouldn't be bothering them.

Climbing up the stairs towards Yuri's room, I got that terrifying feeling in my stomach again. It rooted it's way deep inside me. The closer I got to Yuri's room, the more painful it became.

I stood there, knocking on her door a couple ten times. No sound came from the other side. "Yuri?" I called. "Hello? Yuri, please open up! It's me, Kisha!" Realizing that something was wrong, I started banging on the door with my shoulder. Finally I broke threw the room, breaking the door off it's hinges.

Just as I was trying to get up from the floor, I hit my head on something hard above me. Slowly, I crawled forward a bit, then turned around. I felt like I'd just been punched in the stomach about twenty times, the feeling there growing even worse. A chill ran up my spine just as a tear ran down my cheek.

A rope was tied to the ceiling fan. The other end was tied to something. A neck. Yuri's neck. She had cuts and thrashes all over her body, stab wounds everywhere. Yuri had been murdered.

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