Akechi stares at Akira's hands as he gently places a cup of carefully-brewed coffee down in front of him with a soft clink as the ceramic hits the lacquered countertop. He watches Akira's fingers pull back from the white saucer—slender, bony, delicate—and thinks about breaking them all, one by one.
- Part 1 of La Justice
Being in the Metaverse made him bolder.
He was still himself, of course, just with an only-slightly cheesy code name and a very stylish outfit. But Akira felt like he imagined an actor must, using part of himself to become a new and practiced role. He could be—he had to be—someone cockier, braver, more aggressive. Joker was every part of him that didn't fear repercussions or consequence.
So it was much easier for Akira, playing the role of Joker, to grab Akechi's arm as they walked through the Palace, tired of being ignored.
Akechi tries to avoid Akira after their encounter in Leblanc, but Akira has never been one to give up easily. It all comes to a head—explosively, violently, ruinously. Set after Pretty When You Cry, but can be read as a standalone story.
- Part 2 of La Justice