The thin walls don't hide the sound of the trees rustling outside in the empty night, and Kaiji begins to feel
trapped. He makes to get up, but suddenly Akagi is standing beside him, a cool hand resting on his shoulder.
"Wha--" Kaiji begins to protest, but Akagi cuts him off with just a small shake of his head.
"Kaiji-san, you feel it too, don't you? How completely lifeless and petty this world is, how dull."
Kaiji stares up at him, lips parted slightly in suprise - of course he does, it was what had got him mired deeper
and deeper in this messy web of gambling. "Akagi-san..."
The hand remains on his shoulder, and Kaiji does not move to push it away.
"Good." There is a suddenly a strange glint in Akagi's eyes, and before he can react, Kaiji finds Akagi crouched