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File 958: Yadori Village's Monster
The day after Rokumichi's murder case. Ran & Sonoko talk with Azusa, who says that she didn't come to the hall. Amuro prentends he was deceived by a lookalike: when one of them says that's an eerie story, Azusa (the real one) says she saw a mysterious duo climb up the stairs leading to the detective agency: a black-skinned man accompanied by a girl: they were talking about a dust cloth or something like that...
...And the "duo" turned out to be Heiji & Kazuha.
They weren't talking about a dust cloth but about having found a clue to Tokugawa's (16th century Shogun) buried treasure and they want Mouri & co. to lend them a hand. They were asked by the Mayor of Yadori Village to help so they've come to invite Kogoro and Conan. But Kogoro declines.
Ran doesn't look like she's interested either but Heiji laids out bait saying that may be Shinichi would be interested in this topic (and may show up).
Conan can't hide his bad feeling about the deal because Tokugawa's buried treasure is supposed to be in Gunma and there's that incompetent inspector there (Yamamura).
But Heiji calms him down: Yadori Village, the village they've been invited to isn't in Gunma but in Shizuoka.
So the quartet of Heiji, Kazuha, Ran and Conan go to the village with the Mayor's car. The Mayor has called a promiment archeologist so he says he doesn't have money to spare on a detective. In the case of Heji and the others, he says he only need to spend some travel expenses and food budget and that's why he invited Heji. They're going to be lodged on a worn down hotel that's become mostly abandoned ever since some people died in cave-in accident. The Mayor says he'll make the food but he seems to be very unsure of himself.
According to the archeologist taking part in the search, it's possible that the treasure might be Sunpu Castle: the family owning it has already passed away. A historian and a novelist cite a passage from a local nursery rhyme.
A reporter writer shows up and tries flirt with Kazura & Ran only for Heiji to get into an argument with the guy. A dog belonging to a deceased excavation team that died in the cave-in accident stops the writer: a neighbor was supposed to be taking care of it but it always ran away to go back to the castle so they'd left the dog there: looks like someone's been feeding it yet the Mayor is worried that it might fall into a nearby pond.
All of the participants have gathered: Ran is disappointed that Shinichi isn't there but she hears Heiji whispering something to the Mayor. Kazuha has a bad feeling about the deal and feels nervous.
Ran: "It might be a love premonition, you know?"
After the dinner with all of the members Heiji listens to a tale about a local "youkai" (a phantom). The writer admits he came to investigate the phantom, not the buried treasure. A foreigner miner who was trapped in the cave-in accident called for help but his throat was damaged and he couldn't speak so he left behind a memo with the words "nue". (Note: "nue" is a mythological specter, with a monkey's face, raccoon body, tiger's limbs, and the tail is a snake).
The writer wants to make of the tale an article titled "Curse of the Nue". The novelist slaps the writer while telling him not to talk so merrily about dead people. The archeologist and the scholar mock the novelist saying that he/she must also write similar books.
Mayor: "Come on. Ladies & gentlemen. Please behave. Let's have a proper rest this evening. Tomorrow we'll go to the mining site, to the cave..."
A sound similar to cry of unknown source rings out and seems to intercept the Mayor's voice.
Novelist: "My, talk about curious..."
Writer: "It's here?"
Historian: "So it's also on this forest..."
Archeologist: "That cry... It's the Nue's cry..."
Side-note: "Where did the 'love premonition go to!?' (cries) The eerie night closing into Yadori Village... Is it the cry of the ancient monster, the "Nue"!?