Man, we are suddenly all so nostalgic, aren’t we?
“What are you talking about?” you may ask. Well, I was talking about the fact that, the first two pages of this chapter take us back to 16 May 2005 in the story. That doesn’t ring a bell? Okay, the corresponding chapter of that date is Ch. 284. Still doesn’t feel much? The thing is, the chapter was released on 17 August 2010 in real life. That is almost 6 years ago. Wow!
This also brings back the old memories to me. Those were the old days when I was rather quick with chapter reviews, and reader participations were higher than they are today – although, to be fair, we are still doing well… sometimes. In a sense these are not memories that make me happy now, are they?
We already knew that it was Yozora who shot the fireworks at Hayate’s cardboard box, in which Tama was hiding. We also already knew that she was keeping an eye on Hayate, and she did not find what she wanted back then. The thing worth discussing here is that Yozora finally spells out what she was looking for: a King’s Jewel.
It appears that she thought Hayate was transporting a King’s Jewel or Snake Machina. I actually find this quite bizarre: Hayate’s move was just too unsubtle if he was transferring a stone or a snake. A stone fits well in a pocket, so a huge box is not necessary; a snake would find it easier to sneak around on its own than in a huge box. So Yozora was either thinking that Hayate was stupid, or that she herself was being stupid.
Here’s the irony: no matter how ineffective Yozora looked like, in the end the desired result is achieved with minimum effort. Machina, on the other hand, went to stay with Sakuya with the King’s Jewel that Athena gave her. Yet some 250 chapters later, Sakuya and Machina and (presumably) the King’s Jewel all come to the doorstep (technically that is Mikado’s doorstep, but whatever…) on their own!
You see, the fact that Machina – as well as a King’s Jewel – resurfaces is significant enough that Yozora suggests that Klaus is not of use anymore. It can be concluded that Hisui and Yozora would consider a King’s Jewel more important than the key. Given that the King’s Jewels are pretty much keys themselves – keys to the Royal Power, no less – this makes sense.
Meanwhile, Miki demonstrates the benefits of having rich manpower. Her members of staff (from her father’s political party, perhaps?) manage to colour all the floor plans of the Clock Tower, and uncovers a message. Unfortunately, the message turns out to be a riddle which requires to be solved.
Interestingly, the riddle itself is not hard to solve if you have the inside knowledge. All you need to know is the location of a particular coffin. And speaking of coffin, there are two significant ones we know of: one is seen in the Royal Garden, and one is found in the Violet Mansion. The latter one has been burnt one chapter after its appearance, though…
For your information, the coffin in the Violet Mansion was first mentioned in Ch. 368, published on 4 July 2012. Oh, the old times… Then again, the last time we saw that coffin, the key was nowhere to be found. Did all parties (Yozora included) just happened to miss the key, or was the key already taken by someone: Himegami or the “28th” something?
Of course, we can argue – for the sole sake of argument – that Yukariko’s own coffin would also count. The thing, though, is that I am afraid a prank involving one’s own coffin may be going too far even for Yukariko, so… it wouldn’t be stupid not to raid her grave, right?
Let me use this very last sentence to praise Klaus for his resolve not to surrender to Yozora’s torture.