“Ok,” Condor’s voice drew the attention of the students as they chatted among themselves, making them look towards at him through the glass as he addressed the staff member in the interview room, “you need to come clean about everything.”
“But I have come clean!” he cried, “please! Hook me up to a lie detector, do background checks, truth serum? Please! You need to believe me, I’m innocent, I’ve been set up and I don’t know why! I’m a scape goat for someone else!”
He was getting really worked up by now, frustration bubbling in his voice as he tried to somehow make Condor believe him, vocal chords straining with emotion as one hot, angry tear of dispair slid down his cheek.
At seeing the guys desperation, Condor conceded.
“I spoke to my intern,” the winged hero said in a more gentle tone, “I believe you are helping pay for some medical bills…”
“But I’m doing it the right way! I’d never steal to try and get the money, I was raised better than that!”
Condor nodded, “for now, I will let you go. You are free to head home tonight but just know that if you try and run away… we will find you.”
“I have no reason to run, my family need me at home so that’s where I’m going to be,” the guy replied, wiping the tear from his eye.
Condor nodded and walked over to him, extending his hand to help the guy up out of the chair.
“I’ll get to the bottom of this,” Condor said sternly, “don’t you worry.”
“Thank you so much,” the guy said gratefully, “I know you’ll do your best.”
Condor nodded and then walked the guy out into the hall, to where the superintendent was already waiting for him.
“I’ll leave him with you,” Condor said, waving the intendant and staff member off before walking into the viewing room where his students were waiting it him.
“So you’re really going to help him?” Jinsei asked hopefully as her hero crush entered the room, tucking his wings in a little more so that he could fit through the door.
“Yes,” he replied, “he’s most probably innocent… Can you identify how to tell if he was lying?”
“Umm, well, he wouldn’t have challenged you to use the lie detector or truth serum on him if he were lying,” Jinsei said thoughtfully.
“No… sometimes villains do say that, to try and call your bluff,” Soshi interjected, looking at Jinsei before looking back at Condor, “was it because he kept to the same story?”
Condor nodded, “people who are lying will keep changing the story or try and throw it back onto you, accusing you of deliberately testing them for no reason, which also throws you off topic,” he said, glancing along the line of students, “Liars will tell the story from start to finish and if you interject or ask about specific parts out of order it will throw them off and they’ll get agitated.”
“Well that makes sense,” Jinsei said.
Condor continued, “this staff member started his story randomly in the middle. If he had started with ‘well this morning, I woke up and brushed my teeth then got my bag ready…’ then I would be more inclined to believe he’s lying.”
“Wow… so it’s little things like that, huh?” Jinsei mused with an amazed look in her eye, “you’re so smart Condor!”
Chi scowled at hearing Jinny praise Condor, “well this staff member never once touched his face or made strong eye contact nor looked away which are all tell-tale signs of lying.”
“Oh wow!” Jinsei said, whipping her head towards her blond friend, “that’s really clever, how did you know that?”
“That’s correct, Bakugou, well done,” Condor said with a smile.
Chi puffed his chest up and smirked at Jinsei.
“See, told ya, I’m gonna be an amazing hero,” he said confidently.
Condor gave him an amused look then addressed them all.
“Well, I think that’s enough for today, it’s starting to get late so you all head home and I’ll see you tomorrow.” He turned quickly and made his way to the door, “I uh, have to get back to the office quickly so will you all be ok to make your way back on your own?”
“Yes! We’ll be fine,” Jinsei said confidently, “we’re heroes in training!”
Condor nodded then walked out and down the hall, itching to get back to the office.
The minute he walked out of the police station he spread his giant wings and shot off into the sky, heading back to the agency building.
“I hope Kana is there,” he thought as he flew swiftly to the roof of the building.
He alighted on the concrete then ran for the door to the stairs and yanked it open, keen to see his friend again. Off he trotted, down the stairs and as he rounded the corner he ran straight into his mum who had ducked off to the shop nearby and was going to come back to chat to him.
“Mum!” he said with surprise as he grabbed her to stop her from falling over, “sorry, I was in a hurry and I didn’t see you.”
“God, you gave me a fright, Nugs, is everything ok?”
“Yeah. Where’s Kana? Is he here?” Hiyoko asked quickly, looking past his mum down the hall.
“I’m not sure, sweets, but before I forget, you and Kana are invited for dinner tonight at 7:30pm… at our place.”
“Oh? What’s the occasion?” Hiyoko asked, finally looking at his mother.
“It’s grandma and grandma Rei’s anniversary and we want to celebrate it. Well… it was Bri-Bri’s idea because ‘love stands the test of time and we need to celebrate it even when they have passed on and are singing the hallelujah chorus with Beyoncé’,” Mrs Takami said with air quotation marks around Brian’s comment.
“Yeah, that’s sounds like uncle Bri,” Hiyoko said with a laugh, “ok mum, see you then, sorry I gotta go, I gotta find Kana.”
“Ok, sweetheart, see you tonight!” she called, waving as he took off down the hall.
Hiyoko got to his office door and threw it open, his face breaking out into a big smile and wings vibrating a little when he saw Kana.
He floated a feather over to his friend and plopped it down on his shoulder before saying “boo!”
Kana just held a hand up and waved, not even looking up- completely unfazed by Hiyoko’s playful greeting.
“Awww, you were supposed to get a fright,” The winged hero pouted playfully, walking over and punching Kana gently in the arm.
“I felt you coming,” Kana signed, giving Hiyoko a cheeky side glance.
“Damn your quirk,” Hiyoko teased, “hey also, we’ve been invited to dinner tonight, you’re coming right?”
“Yes, I am coming with you. I spoke with Anthony earlier. He invited me,” Kana signed.
“Ok cool, uh… kinda missed you at the police station, but whatever,” Hiyoko said with another playful punch to Kana’s shoulder.