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Official Profile[edit]

Background[edit]

Events[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Barawa's propensity to refer to his juniors and associates with the honorific "-kun" is an allusion to Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Japanese translations of Sherlock Holmes (or at least when it's referenced in media), "My dear Watson" is localized as "Watson-kun."

Special Cutscenes[edit]

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Happy Birthday Cutscenes
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Happy birthday, Captain! Come on, I'll take you to this great tavern I know!
The food and drink is unbeatable, and they always keep a table reserved for the great Detective Barawa!
Ah, but perhaps it'll be a bit boring for someone as young as you...

2

(Captain), so today's your birthday. I invited you to a restaurant last year without remembering what kind of food you like.
But this year will be different! Here's an invitation to a leisure resort! We'll even get a few freebies if we go today!
Hah hah hah! You want to get going, then? To Auguste, the greatest resort destination in the skies!
Ah, I forgot to ask: where are we headed now? Huh, Golonzo Island?
Aw, crud! That's the opposite direction of Auguste! I should've chosen a better time and place...
To think that I'd mess up this year too... But let me say this.
Happy birthday, (Captain)!

3

Happy birthday, (Captain)! I came to talk about my gift to you this year!
Ha-ha-ha! Don't look so nervous! I know I tend to get carried away and turn something big into a big flop...
But I'm keeping it simple and taking you to a fantastic restaurant on this island!
Ha-ha! Don't worry! I've already got a reservation, and there's no mistaking the island like last year.
The check?
Ha-ha! Nothing to worry about there, (Captain)! Just leave that to me!
Just, uh... leave it to me. Ha. Ha-ha-ha...

Happy New Year Cutscenes
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Hmm? So it's New Year's Day, is it? I guess I had a little too much fun last night with Eugen and the boys. Hah hah hah.
Well, I better get to work. Hah hah. Call it tradition, but I always find myself cleaning my tools the morning after a long New Year's Eve.

2

Yawn... Ah, sorry, Captain. Happy New Year!
Should we get on with the big annual cleanup? I'll work on the pipes.
I worked on the pipes last year too? Well, I figure a big guy like me should really get in there and give 'em a good scrubbing, you know?

3

Happy New Year, (Captain)!
Hm? Why the puzzled look, (Captain)? Surprised to see me so energetic for the new year?
To tell the truth, I've been waking up and going to bed early to go along with my weight training! Ha-ha-ha!
The key to building muscle is a balanced diet, a good night's rest, and a sweaty workout routine.
Thanks to that, I'm as healthy as a horse no matter how many colds I catch! So you can count on me all year round this year, (Captain)!

Valentine's Day Cutscenes
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Unbelievable... Is it Valentine's Day?
I never thought I'd get any chocolate from you, (Captain).
Even a genius like me couldn't see that coming! Now I really owe you one! Ha ha ha!

2

Yay! Chocolate for me this year too?
Oh, could it be that you... No, wait. I must present the evidence before jumping to the conclusion!
We first met on... But, no, you first heard about me from... No, no, no, but then why did you...
...
I'm at a loss here. I do appreciate the chocolate, though!

3

How incredible... They do say that good things come in threes though...
But to think that I'd get another gift of chocolate from you, (Captain)! This is indeed baffling—a mystery, I'd say!
I still have the empty boxes from the chocolates you gave me last year and the year before... Yes, preserving the evidence is a basic detective skill...
And now with this third box that you've given me, it can only point to one truth... And that is...
...
Lost on me...
Well, mysteries are like finding your way through a maze, so for now I'll happily enjoy these chocolates. Thanks, (Captain)!

White Day Cutscenes
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Trick or Treat Cutscenes
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Trick or treat!
If a thief tries to pull a trick around here, my fist will give 'em a real treat! Bwahaha!

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Logic or treat! Tricks won't work on me. If you want candy, then give me a logical explanation!
Huh? What do you mean, forget it? Wait, I'm sorry! Please don't go...

3

Logic or treat!
You know, I only came up with that phrase last year on a whim. But it has such a ring to it that it's really grown on me.
So I decided to use it whenever I can this year...
When who should come by but a group of boys in costumes!
Logic or treat, young lads! Now come! Try to outlogic me and steal a treasure of treats! Ha-ha-ha!

Happy Holidays Cutscenes
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Oh? Has the holiday season come again? Back in the military, we always made sure to observe this time of year.
There's a story from the War about how they called a cease-fire in the middle of battle just for this day.
Since then it's been a rule in the military that everyone observe this time of year!

2

The holiday season always reminds me of that ghastly incident.
It all happened when I first started as a detective. For the first time ever, I accused someone of being a criminal...
But that man was innocent. Moreover, since I was never formally hired to look into the case, I was kicked out for sticking my nose where it didn't belong.
That was a night to learn from...

3

Happy holidays, (Captain)! I've got another present for you this year.
Heh-heh... It's an object I came across while at a certain antique store. Isn't it strange?
It looks like a person from one angle and a beast from another... Can you figure out the purpose for making one of these, (Captain)?
Truth is... I'm not even sure.
But on silent nights like these, just using your brain to solve mystical puzzles is a holiday present in and itself, no?
Well... I mean, uh... that's what I think at least!

Fate Episodes[edit]

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A Fateful Encounter[edit]

As they try to leave the island they are on, Barawa who is dressed up as a young Draph comes on board with a dog.As a result of chasing down a crime syndicate, the hunter has now become the hunted and he is looking for shelter. Barawa joins the party and they leave the island together.



Our heroes dropped by an island, and took care of some business there.
It happened when our heroes were about to leave after the Grandcypher had been prepared for its departure.
???: Wait!
Vyrn: Did I hear you right...? So someone has called for us?
???: Woof!
Vyrn: Ack! This mutt!
???: Ah! Sorry! My partner...
???: Anyway! Vyrn! It’s me! Help a guy out!
Vyrn: Whoa! What's with you?!
Lyria: Is this an acquaintance of yours, Vyrn?
Vyrn: I feel like I am meeting you for the first time.
???: Whoa... Is that so! Sorry! I was in disguise!
Vyrn: What the... c’mon! Aren’t you that detective?
Barawa: Ahaha! Sorry about that. I forgot that I’d had a disguise on!
Lyria: Hahaha... So, it was a disguise.
The name of the man who suddenly appeared before the party was Barawa. The man fancied himself a great detective.
An incident some time ago on the Jewel Resort Casino Liner...
He would help find a solution to a situation in which (Captain) and company have found themselves mixed up with the phantom thief Chat Noir.
Vyrn: There he is! It’s the phantom thief!
Barawa: You’re not getting away! Phantom thief! Today’s the day that I will catch you!
Assistant Sarya: Be mindful!
Chat Noir: Hahaha... It’s impressive that you were able to track me down, even though I was disguised.That is truly worthy of praise.
Chat Noir: However... This will not end well for you.
Vyrn: Ahh! I can't see anything!
Barawa: Agh! I’ve been outdone by the likes of you?!
Vyrn: Yeah! That’s right! Those were the days!
Vyrn: What’s wrong? Why did you have to wear a disguise just to come see us?
Barawa: My life seems to be in danger.
Vyrn: Wait... what?! Detective! What on earth do you mean?
Barawa: I am on a mission to find the source of funds for a crime syndicate...
Vyrn: Mmm? A crime syndicate?
Barawa: Ah, right. That organization has been growing more and more powerful recently.
Barawa: This bunch does not normally rely on robbery or kidnapping. They do not bother the neighborhood watch, either.
Vyrn: So they are circumspect, then.
Barawa: Therefore, I have been called upon to investigate them!
Vyrn: Ooh, I see! So? Did you find anything yet?
Barawa: No, nothing.
Vyrn: Hey hey... You said your life was in danger... That’s pretty bad, right?
Barawa: It got around quick that they were looking for me.
Barawa: Even though I know nothing... They are a troublesome bunch.
Barawa: Gah! But now is not the time to talk about that! Please help me, (Captain)! Help a guy out!
Barawa: I am in grave danger! They are following me!
Barawa: I want to hurry up and get away from this island! Please let me go on board with you!
  1. I guess we have no choice then.
  2. I refuse
  3. You made your bed, now lie in it
  4. There are conditions.

Choose: I refuse
Barawa: What did you say?!
Lyria: What?! How could you say such a cold thing, (Captain)?
Barawa: I suppose I’m screwed either way. Even an Order will find itself in harm’s way perhaps. That much is certain.
Barawa: The duty of a Captain Is it put the safety of his fellows first. Then allow me to graciously take my leave of you.
Vyrn: Hey, mister!
Barawa: However, could I stay here just not enough to change my disguise, (Captain)?
Without even waiting for (Captain)’s response, Barawa began changing his clothes. However...
Barawa: Blast it! I accidentally stomped on my mask! I better get those footprints off it!
Barawa: Oh no! My wig was blown off by the wind! Go grab it for me! Vyrn!
Barawa: Ah! The adhesive for this mask is stuck to the bottom!
Barawa found himself rolling around alone, frantically.
(Captain) felt sorry for him when he saw this. He decided to allow Barawa to join the fellowship.

Choose: You made your bed, now lie in it
Barawa: Ugh...! I... well...
Vyrn: Hey hey... Isn’t that kind of cold?
Vyrn: But you’re no stranger to us, detective!
Barawa: There’s nothing else I can do now! I can’t even help myself in this situation!
Lyria: That’s too much!
Barawa: Please help! (Captain)! Please! I beg of you! Please help me escape from this island!
Vyrn: Maybe we should just let him go with us at least until the next island?
Lyria: Okay! That’s my wish as well!
The formerly hesitant (Captain) changed his mind and decided that he had to help when he realized that the life of an acquaintance was in danger.

Choose: There are conditions.
Barawa: Conditions...? What's that about?
  1. Try figuring it out, smarty-pants!
  2. I can’t think of anything in particular

Choose: Try figuring it out, smarty-pants!
Barawa: Hm... If that’s the case, then let me try to figure it out.
Barawa: I will hidden information based on your facial expressions. That is the foundation of interrogations.
Barawa: Hm...
Barawa: I don't know.
Vyrn: What the... c’mon! Don’t give up so easily! Your life is on the line, remember?
Barawa: But if I don’t know, that I don’t know, Vyrn!
Lyria: Um... That’s the same joke as always, right? (Captain).
Thus our heroes, though in a hurry, apologized to Barawa for making light of him and allowed him to join them on their journey.

Choose: I can’t think of anything in particular
Barawa: Rrgh! What is that supposed to mean, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Now is not the time to be joking...
Barawa: Joke...? Such a thing...
The detective Barawa once had a friend who solved a case with him. There is no way he coudl abandon that friend...
(Captain) recommended that Barawa hide in a room deep within the airship.
Choose: I guess we have no choice then.
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Barawa: Are you sure? Thank you! I owe you one! (Captain)!
Vyrn: All right! Well then, let’s get going right away! Before those dangerous gangsters get here!
Thus the Grandcypher launched and flew from the island.
Barawa: Oh... It’s you. That’s a relief. Thank you.
???: Woof!
Barawa: Hahaha. So you’re safe then.
Lyria: Um, by the way, that puppy...
Barawa: This is my new partner! I met him by chance while fleeing from the crime syndicate.
Barawa: He keeps me warm on cold nights, fines and brings to me things to eat, and things like that. He’s a friend I can rely on.
Buddy: Woof!
Lyria: Hahaha... You've really had a rough time, haven’t you...
Barawa: He’ll be the first to know when someone is after to me. He’s kept me away from those gangster many times over.
Barawa: Honestly, I would not have been able to make it here without the help of my friends.
Barawa: I owe you my life. I would like to go with you.
Lyria: Hahaha, welcome aboard!
Vyrn: Hey! Isn't Miss Assistant Lady with you?
Lyria: Hey! Now that you mention it...
Barawa: Oh, you mean Sarya? I left her on another island without saying anything. This mission is too dangerous, you see.
Barawa: That business card I handed over to the gangsters is also a fake. Sarya won’t be in any danger because of that.
Vyrn: Good job! You’re kind of a knucklehead, but at least you can do a detective’s work!
Barawa: ...
Vyrn: Hey... Are you about what I called you?
Barawa: No, there’s just something on my mind. That disguise kit I was using before...
Lyria: Okay, go on...
Barawa: I found that when I was in hiding somewhere.
Barawa: It fits perfectly, as if it were tailor-made for me.
Vyrn: Did I hear you right...? Someone was helping you?
Barawa: Ah, right.That kit resembles the one used by my archenemy, the phantom thief Chat Noir.
Lyria: Perhaps the phantom thief...
Barawa: Maybe. It seems inconceivable that he would help me.
Thus the famous detective Barawa joined our heroes.
Barawa would find himself targeted by a crime syndicate wherever he went...
It would be sometime before he would leave the party’s side.

Finding Some Backbone[edit]

One day, Barawa mysteriously goes missing. While searching for Barawa with Barawa’s buddy, (Captain) and company come across a run-down house at the edge of town. Upon entering, they immediately find Barawa. According to Barawa, he was kidnapped by the syndicate. While he was caught, a monster had been unleashed and chaos ensued. During that chaos, he managed to escape. Barawa then explains that he heard a voice of a little girl. He decides to head back into the mansion with his buddy.



Buddy: Woof!
Vyrn: Hmm... So the detective is in that mansion over there?
One day, Barawa disappears.
(Captain)’s party searches for Barawa, as there were many questions about his disappearance.
Using the information that was gathered at the Knickknack Shack and relying on Barawa’s buddy’s sense of smell, they reach an abandoned mansion at the edge of town.
Lyria: Eep... This place is scary. What if there are ghosts?
Vyrn: Are you okay, Lyria? If we can’t find anything, we’ll just leave. Right, (Captain)?
Buddy: ...!
Lyria: Huh? It looks like Buddy found something.
???: Oh... noooo!
Monster: Grooooaar!
Lyria: Ahhh! That voice...
Buddy: Woof! Woof! Grrrr!
Lyria: Hey! Buddy! Wait! It’s dangerous!
Vyrn: No way! Could it really be the detective? Come on! (Captain)!
Buddy: Bow wow! Bow wow!
Vyrn: Hey! Detective! Are you in here?!
Barawa: Huh? Vyrn! What are you doing here?
Barawa: No wait, I’ll ask you guys later! We need to hide somewhere safe!
Barawa: All right, looks like it should be safe here. I see... So my trusty bud brought you all here, huh?
Buddy: Woof!
Lyria: Hehe! Buddy! You’re such a good boy!
Vyrn: So tell us. What’s going on? It’s been an interesting time trying to search for you.
Barawa: Ah, right. Where do I begin?
Barawa: That syndicate I was after... or rather was after me... They caught me, you see. That was this morning.
Vyrn: Hey, detective. Are you all right? You’re not hurt or anything?
Barawa: Yeah. I’m fine. I was shoved into some shed and was about to be killed, though...
Vyrn: Woah. That’s not okay at all. You were in real danger then.
Barawa: Haha. It was nothing, really. Not even close to danger, young Vyrn.
Barawa: I’m not sure why, but it seems the monster they kept suddenly became enraged.
Barawa: So I took the chance when they weren’t looking and managed to escape.
Lyria: Phew. I’m glad nothing bad happened.
Vyrn: Well, then! Now that we’ve found you, let’s get out of here!
Barawa: Not yet!
Vyrn: Huh? What else did you want with this place?
Barawa: Well, you see. While I was trapped in the shed, I heard a little girl’s voice.
Barawa: I’m not sure if she was kidnapped as well or if she’s somehow related to the crime syndicate, but...
Barawa: I can’t just leave her alone knowing that there’s a monster in there wreaking havoc! We have to go help her! (Captain)!
Buddy: Woof!
Vyrn: Wha-... Hey, wait! Don’t just go rushing in on by yourself! Oh, fine. Let’s go, (Captain)!

Finding Some Backbone: Scene 2[edit]

After searching around, (Captain)’s party finds the little girl and saves her. They notice the girl has the scent of Chat Noir’s cologne and realize that it is the phantom thief who had let the girl escape. As they ponder what the phantom thief was doing here, a member of the syndicate that had captured Barawa and the girl appears.



Vyrn: Hellooo?! Little girl! Are you in here?!
Lyria: Hmm... I don’t see her around.
Vyrn: Hey, detective. You sure you heard a little kid’s voice?
Barawa: Huh...! I could have sworn I heard...
They continue to run around the mansion, defeating monsters along the way. Eventually...
Buddy: ...!
Barawa: What’s wrong, buddy? Ah hah...! Over there, huh?
Girl: Ahhhh!
Vyrn: Oh, what! She really did exist!
Barawa: You! Are you okay?
Girl: No! Let me go!
Barawa: Calm down! We’re not going to hurt you! We’re here to rescue you!
Girl: Huh? Wait, are you Mr. Barawa?
Barawa: Huh? Well, yes. I am. I am Barawa, the world-renowned detective.
Barawa: I came here to save you. Now, do you trust me?
Vyrn: Listen to him, making himself sound all good. He was caught by the bad guys too...
Girl: There was this strange guy... And he told me that a strange old guy named Barawa would take me home.
Barawa: A strange “old” guy?! Who would say such a thing?
Girl: And then... The guy let me out of the room. And he gave me back my treasure.
Girl: This... It’s called the Sky’s Tear. My daddy gave it to me. It’s my precious treasure!
Lyria: Whoa! That’s a really big gem!
Barawa: This is amazing! I may be a great detective, but I can’t even guess how much it might be worth.
Barawa: You shouldn’t be showing that off to people. Now, put it away.
Girl: Okay. I’ll keep it hidden!
Barawa: That’s a good girl.
Barawa: Hm? Do you have perfume on?
Lyria: Ooh, a little cheeky for your age!
Barawa: No... This is...! It’s the phantom thief’s scent!
Vyrn: Say what?! So this little girl is the phantom thief in disguise?!
Barawa: No, even he can’t disguise himself as a child. This is most likely because...
Vyrn: You mean it was the thief who let the girl escape?
Barawa: I can’t say I’m 100% certain, but it’s likely. What could he be thinking...?
Thug: Oi! The kid and the detective! There they are!
Barawa: Gah! Damnit! They found us!
Buddy: Grrrrr...
Thug: Damn you! Don’t think you’re getting away! We’re still gonna use her as hostage! If you want to keep yer lives, you better give her back!
Barawa: Hah! You’re saying you’ll let us go if we give her to you?
Thug: Heh. I’m sure you’re tired of us chasin’ you ‘round like this, eh? Give me the kid and we won’t chase you anymore.
Barawa: Well, sure. It does seem like a great proposal if I could stop having to worry about you guys coming after me like this.
Barawa: But the answer is “No!”
Thug: Whatchu say?! You know we can beat you up pretty good! You still wanna fight?
Barawa: Hah! You think I’d actually abandon this little girl? That would ruin my name as the great detective! I’ll take you down instead! You lowly thugs!
Buddy: Groooar!

Finding Some Backbone: Scene 3[edit]

After they defeat the thug, they reunite with Sarya who appeared out of nowhere. After hearing Sarya’s story, they understand that this whole monster commotion had mistakenly been caused by her. The monsters were still rampant around the abandoned house. The group felt that things could only get worse if they stayed any longer and decided to leave as soon as they could.



Thug: Th-that’s impossible... Me? Defeated...?
Barawa: Forgot to mention one thing. I actually used to be military. Of course, I’ve dealt with all the harsh training.
Barawa: There are times when my plans are foiled! There are times when I lose in a battle of wits! But in a face-to-face fist fight, I will not lose!
Buddy: Woof!
Thug: Damn you...
Barawa: Hah! See that? That’s the power of a detective!
Sarya: Wha? Is that you, boss?!
Barawa: Sarya?! What are you doing here?
Sarya: That’s my line! What were you doing all this time?! I’ve been looking for you!
Vyrn: Oh, what?! Miss Assistant Lady! Were you caught by them too?
Sarya: No, actually... I’m here because I was sent to investigate this mansion. Rumor has it there are ghosts here.
Sarya: I was looking around, going through the house when I accidentally opened the monster cage and...
Barawa: I get it now. This whole monster chaos was your doing.
Barawa: Well, thanks to that, I was able to escape during the panic. Guess I have to admit, you saved me this time.
Sarya: Oh, geez! Boss! Have you forgotten that I’m always the one to save you?
Barawa: Hahaha, I’m just kidding. Calm down.
Monster: Grooooar!!!
Barawa: Ah. Might not be the best idea to stick around for long. It could get a little dangerous. Let’s get out of here and head back to town!
Buddy: Woof!
Sarya: Yes! Boss!
Sarya: So I guess it wasn’t ghosts in that mansion, but a bunch of monsters and bad guys.
Vyrn: And Mister Detective here happened to be caught by them. That’s the gist of it!
Vyrn: Now that I think about it, if you knew Miss Assistant was at the mansion, couldn’t you have told us beforehand?
Sierokarte: I’m so sorry... All this information was just all over the place...
Vyrn: Well, I wouldn’t blame you. You did gather up all the clues really fast. My bad.
Sierokarte: Hehe! It’s no problem!
Sierokarte: Okay everyone, listen up! I’m gonna have to ask you all to wrap it up!
Vyrn: Huh? Why all of a sudden? That’s rare of you to want us to leave.
Sierokarte: Well, you see... I guess that crime syndicate had some ongoing issues with the Erste Empire as well...
Sierokarte: Hehe! And when I spoke to them earlier, they told me they’ll be coming here to hear more about it in detail!
Vyrn: Wait, what?! They’re coming here?!
Vyrn: Then we’ve gotta leave! (Captain)! Let’s go before those imperial guys come!
Sierokarte: See you! The Imperial Army should be taking care of the rest!
And so, the crime syndicate that had been after Detective Barawa was destroyed by the Imperial Army. With the threat now passed, Barawa can rest at ease.
As for what his assistant, Sarya, and the phantom thief, Chat Noir, were doing at the mansion...
Well, that’s a story for another day.

Cafe Kitty[edit]

When Catherine returns to her old cafe Kitten for a spell, Detective Barowa shows up. Without a clue as to her true identity, he grumbles on spilling a few secrets along the way. Upon Barowa's departure shortly after, his voice along with fellow investigator Rick's can be heard outside. Sensing their approach, Catherine gladly prepares two glasses for them.



Catherine: Hee hee... Nothing quite as relaxing as getting to run your own store once in a spell.
Catherine has changed into uniform and is preparing to open Kitten, her cafe.
She's doing so after requesting some well-deserved time off from (Captain).
True to form, Catherine finishes getting ready, waits a bit, and then opens the door to customers.
She greets her first guest with a smile. Or tries to, anyway, grimacing after realizing who it is.
Barawa: Hm, nobody else seems to be here. You don't happen to be closed today, do you?
This is Detective Barawa, a familiar face aboard (Captain)'s ship.
Cathy: !
Barawa: I don't suppose we've met somewhere before, Miss?
Cathy: Er, well... (He doesn't recognize me?)
Barawa: Bwahaha! No, I suppose not. I wouldn't have forgotten such a pretty face, after all.
Cathy: (Wow... He really doesn't recognize me. I suppose the outfit's a far cry from what I usually wear, but still...)
Forcing a smile, Cathy decides to accept the burden of treating this like a first encounter.
Cathy: Hee hee, you certainly know what to say, don't you? You're quite the looker yourself. But looking's all you get to do, I'm afraid.
Barawa: Hahaha! You have a way with words yourself, Miss!
Cathy: Hee hee... Here by yourself? Have a seat by the counter.
Barawa follows Cathy to the counter as instructed.
Barawa: Hm... One of your finest drinks, please. Something sweet, if you have it.
Cathy: Coming right up, but it won't come cheap!
Barawa: Haha! You can't have too much of a good thing. Especially at a fine establishment like this.
Cathy: Wow, you really know just what to say... Got it. I'll have it right up.
Cathy pours amber liquid into a glass, dropping a few spherical chunks of ice in afterwards.
Cathy: I just know you're going to enjoy this one.
Barawa: Would you look at that...
Barawa takes the glass in hand, savoring the sweet aroma a moment. He takes a sip.
Barawa: Oh, this is good! You're right, I've taken a liking to it. It smells wonderful, too.
Barawa: Heh, I heard this place is run by a woman willing to listen to her customers.
Barawa: Seems the rumors were right! This place is a little slice of heaven.
Cathy: So someone told you about me? Wouldn't happen to be Rick, would it?
Enjoying the drink, Barawa nods as he lets out a single, satisfied breath.
Cathy: I see. Which means you must be Barawa, the famous detective.
Cathy: (I mean... I know you, so...)
Barawa: Heh, precisely. I am the one... the only... Detective Barawa.
Barawa: Rick and I have something of an... antagonistic business relationship, but I run into him from time to time, yes.
Cathy: Ah, that's right. Rick works for the authorities after all.
Barawa: Can you believe it? We're both after the same thing, but something about me just rubs them the wrong way.
Cathy: That wouldn't have anything to do with you declining that offer to join the Bureau of Investigation, would it?
Barawa: Haha... Well, how about that. Rick, you never know when to keep your mouth shut, do you?
Barawa: I used to be part of a big organization way back when—the military, you might say. I quit that life and became a detective.
Cathy: So basically, you freed yourself from a big organization, and hate the idea of being dragged back in?
Barawa: No, actually. I just want to see how far this brain of mine can take me by its lonesome.
Cathy: Wow, that's... simply wonderful! Just the kind of noble goal you'd expect from a master detective!
Barawa: Hahaha! I just do what comes naturally to me!
Barawa: Heh heh, I think I get why he came here to bleat about his silly little problems.
Barawa: It really feels good to open up to you, Miss. Feels like I might end up spilling all sorts of secrets in here.
Cathy puts a hand to her lips, chuckling softly to herself as she places a glass of water on the counter.
Cathy: This one's on the house. I appreciate the compliments, but that's all you get.
Barawa takes a swig from the glass with a smile.
Cathy: So? I don't suppose you came here to... How did you put it? Bleat about your silly little problems?
Barawa: That's right. We're both after thieves. His is named Nightsmoke. Mine, Chat Noir.
Barawa: Blasted thieves... They always get away at the last possible moment.
Cathy: Oh, don't be so down! You can keep up with them, right?
Cathy: Rick and the rest of the rest of his crew don't seem to have any idea what's going on!
Barawa: Hahaha! It's because of my brains and brawn that I'm always on their trail.
Barawa: But it all feels a little meaningless when they get away. There one minute and gone the next. Poof! Gone, like smoke! A mastermind, proud and true!
Cathy: Hm, that sounds more like that Nightsmoke fellow, doesn't it?
Cathy: Chat Noir doesn't seem to have any pride in being a thief, by comparison.
Cathy says this with a thoroughly unsatisfied look on her face. Barawa tilts his head.
Barawa: No, I think you may be mistaken, Miss.
Cathy: Hmm?
Barawa: Nightsmoke's identity is a true mystery, and possesses remarkable thieving skills, to be sure.
Barawa: But to claim Chat Noir has no pride? I disagree. In fact, I think he may be the very definition of pride.
Barawa: Ugh... He drives me mad just thinking about it!
Cathy: Hee hee... You've made your case, Detective! He's as proud as thieves come!
Barawa: Yeah. And it makes me sick.
Cathy: Hee hee, I have to thank you. This has been very educational.
Cathy: You believe in him, don't you? In Chat Noir. In the strange bond you share.
Barawa: Oh, please. I'm not friends with the guy.
Barawa: And if you want to talk about strange bonds, that's Rick and Nightsmoke, not me.
Cathy: Hee hee... You may be right. They're both connected to each other, whether they want to or not.
Barawa downs the rest of his drink, leaves cash on the counter and prepares to depart.
Barawa: It's about time for me to go. Thanks. Coming here really helped get my head out of the clouds.
Barawa: I try telling my assistant Sarya about this stuff, and she just yells at me.
Barawa: I swear I heard her tell me to get my act together 25 times today. No wonder I needed a drink!
Cathy: Haha, feel free to drop by any time. I'll listen to anything you need to get off your chest.
Barawa: Thanks. I'll be back.
Cathy: See you next time. And good luck catching Chat Noir!
Barawa: Hahaha! Just leave it to me! There's no mystery I can't solve, and no thief I can't catch!
Barawa: Heh, why, I bet I could even catch Nightsmoke if I tried! He may have thrown Rick for a loop, but not me!
With a hearty laugh, Barawa exits the cafe.
Catherine waves to him on the way out, exhaling a sigh of relief once the door shuts.
Cathy: Sigh. The phantom thief Nightsmoke. That's me...
Cathy: And based on how he talked about it, he doesn't even realize I'm on the same ship as him.
Cathy: A bumbling detective, eh? Fun to talk to, at least.
Cathy begins to clean up the counter with a smile.
She stops when she sees the next guest enter her cafe, however.
Officer Rick: Just my luck. And right when I think about how nice it is to finally pay a visit to Kitten for a change.
Barawa: Hahaha! An unexpected reunion like this is the very definition of lucky, my friend!
Officer Rick: Ngh... I just wanted to have a drink with Cathy. Alone!
Barawa: Now, now! Enough of the bitterness, old friend! When was the last time we saw each other?
Cathy: Hee hee, I have a feeling today's going to be a busy day.
Grinning ear to ear, Cathy prepares two glasses for her customers.
Suffice it to say, the bumbling detective and hard luck gumshoe provided plenty of stimulating conversation that evening.

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