Happy Wonderland


Halo Twenty-Three: Tandeki:

Mikado opened Google and began to type in new search terms. He started by typing on letter at a time. T… A… N…

"What can you tell me about the Tandeki Group?" Mikado asked. "Oh come on, you must know something about them." He finished typing in "Tandeki Group" in the search box. Mikado shook his head.

"Come on, don't give me that," he said. "I know for a fact that they are real. You might even be one of them." His boss persona slipped out in his cold smile. "Oh, just a thought. What would I do if you were? Well, are you?"

-Two Nights Before Christmas-

Since he couldn't get his hands on what the Tandeki Group were doing with their projects, Izaya decided to go for the next best thing. Tonight, he managed to hack into the personnel files. To his suspicion, he found it pretty easy to get into. The last time he tried to hack into the files about Tandeki's project, his laptop drive ended up being fried beyond repair. The information broker found himself slightly impressed.

"Well then, looks like they expected me to get curious," Izaya said to himself. Still, he had work to do. No time to be impressed by their underhanded techniques. Izaya clicked on the file containing the profiles on the inner circle. He then clicked on the first one to check his eye.

Nakahara Junko

Age: 36

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland (Hence the thick Scottish accent when she talks, Izaya noted.)

Birthdate: April 20, 1979

Nationality: Japanese

Junko graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2001 with honors in biology and botany with chemistry as her minor. She was in the middle of nursing school when she was recruited by Kitano in 2004. He paid for her to finish nursing school in Japan. Her mother, Chiba Kyoko, was highly-skilled doctor in Ikebukuro until she abruptly left Japan and relocated to Scotland in 1978. Junko's father, Nakahara Jiro, was murdered that same year along with his secretary.

This part intrigued Izaya. He remembered looking around online out of boredom and came across the Orito Iin Clinic murders. An intern found Nakahara-sensei's blood splattered in blood, but the bodies were never found. That case alone when give him days to get lost in research, but that would have to work. Izaya went to next profile.

Otomo Aya

Age: 47

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Birthdate: July 19, 1968

Nationality: Japanese

Aya graduated from Tokyo University in 1990 with honors in abnormal psychology with a minor in developmental psychology. She was working as a therapist around the time that Kitano recruited her between 1999 and 2000. Aya and her husband, Daisuke, divorced in 2005, and had joint custody of their daughter, Mari.

Asato Etsuko

Age: 56

Birthplace: Nara, Japan

Birthdate: July 12, 1959

Nationality: Japanese

Etsuko graduated from Nara Women's University in 1980 with honors in chemistry and biology with a minor in psychology. She had just finished med school when Kitano recruited her in the summer of 1989. As far back as records could tell, Etsuko has been in the Tandeki Group with Kitano the longest. She prefers to keep her family and personal life a secret.

Judging by her status and how she ran a tight ship in the groups projects, Izaya had a good guess that Etsuko was Kitano's second-in-command. He noted that in his head as he went to the next profile.

Hajime Daichi

Age: 29

Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan

Birthdate: August 7, 1984

Nationality: Japanese

Daichi graduated from Tokyo University in 2005 with honors in mathematics with psychology as his minor. He about to begin grad school when Kitano recruited in 2009. Like Junko, he paid for Daichi to go to grad school. He lived with his mother, grandmother, and two younger sisters before moving to Tokyo.

Izaya sneered at Daichi's profile picture. He looked too much like a pretty boy than a person majoring math and science. His picture would've been better suited for a pop idol magazine. Izaya had to guess that Daichi was the baby of the inner circle. He made another mental note before going to the next profile.

Myojin Osamu

Age: 33

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Birthdate: November 23, 1980

Nationality: Japanese

Osamu never went to college, but after he met Kitano 1998, he was inspired to go to community college. He later went to Osaka University in 2000. During his second year, Osamu joined the Tandeki Group in 2002. He came from a broken home with an alcoholic mother, absent father, and a delinquent bully older brother.

Izaya noticed that Osamu looked more like a gangster than a scholar. The more he read about the members of the inner group, more drawn in he felt himself getting pulled in. Their background came a long list of information in his back pocket to use in his advantage. However, there was still one more profile. This one was the top of pile, the fat golden duck. Izaya smirked as he clicked the last profile.

Kitano Katsuhiro

Age: 69

Birthplace, Tokyo, Japan

Birthdate: January 18, 1947

Nationality: Japanese

Izaya once again read over the Kitano's heart condition, his stay in the hospital from ages two to fifteen, his mother working in a factory, and his baby sister dying after she was born. He skipped down to the man's family life. His wife disappeared with no explanation or leads. Kitano had two daughters, Shoko and Chiasa. The older of the two's, Shoko, first husband died in a traffic accident in 2004. Izaya glanced over that before he scrolled down.

Hang on… His eyes latched onto something that he had never noticed before. Izaya had to read over it three more times before it sank in. Well now, he thought. This is rather interesting. The information broker picked up his cell phone and made a quick call.

"Shinra!" he said. "Old friend, how are you tonight?"

"Izaya, why are you calling me?" the doctor complained. "I'm on a date right now. Ow! Celty!"

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," the information broker said. "I need you to look up something for me."

"Don't you have Namie for that?" Shinra asked.

"Namie… has been disposed of at the moment," Izaya said. "Besides, you are a doctor. You could have better access to private hospitals than I could."

"Why can't you do it?"

"It's a long story. Will you do it for me, please?"

"You won't let up on this, will you?"


"Fine, what do you want me to look up?"

Izaya's lips curved into a cat-like smile. "I need you to look up a certain patient in Hokuto Keiko Hospital."

"Okay… What's the name?"

The information broker gave Shinra the name before hanging up. Izaya closed up everything before he shut down his laptop.

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