Apologies for the delay in posting this! As usual, please support the Finder series and Yamane Ayano by purchasing a copy of the original chapter and/or Volume 7 when it’s eventually released. Now, on to the summary :)
THE SHORT VERSION
District Attorney Kuroda (remember him?) comes over for a chat with Asami, and Akihito eavesdrops on them like a naughty toddler listening in on the grown-ups’ conversation.
THE LONGER VERSION
When we last saw him, Akihito was the unsurprising recipient of some very enthusiastic rear-end attention from Asami. Now, tired out and melting into his lover’s ridiculously thick, un-Japanese mattress, Akihito decides that he’s okay about staying with Asami after all. (Look, it could be the great sex or the magnetic attraction neither one of them can deny — but I’m thinking the fluffy pillow Akihito is grinning into has something to do with his decision not to flee for his chastity. For, like, the fifth time this month).
Meanwhile, in the shower, Asami is dripping broodingly under the spray until the doorbell rings. It’s Kuroda, the hot bespectacled district attorney who almost embarrassed Akihito to death on the street, all the way back in the first chapter of this arc.
Asami meets with Kuroda in his bathrobe to discuss matters too sensitive to mention over the phone, which is why they can talk about them in this totally eavesdrop-proof detached room instead. Which is when Akihito creeps out of bed and down the hallway, listening to every word they say.
Now hold onto your seats, guys, this interaction is about to get intense!
Kuroda promises to keep investigating, though he points out that the timing of the article linking Sudou and the councillor is a little too convenient. And then Asami actually deigns to stop smoking long enough to say something.
Kuroda wants to know what the point is in keeping Akihito around if Asami’s not planning to involve him in this. As evidence of our photographer’s perceived uselessness, he mentions that he even “talked to” (read: ambushed) Akihito that one time.
Sure you did, Kuroda, you seem to be doing a whole lot of that. Anyway, Asami wisely diverts the topic onto Sudou, whom he admits is as sly as a blonde, coiffed snake. And also someone he used to be able to use to do anything for him. But now, alas, Sudou is “broken”.
Kuroda wants to know why Asami puts up with all of these “troublesome” things, and Asami remarks with amusement that Kuroda is being very glib today. With the starry-eyed defensiveness that seems to be characteristic of Asami’s accomplished-yet-sycophantic followers, Kuroda says he simply doesn’t want anyone “damaging” Asami’s assets. He’s also worrying that always being surrounded by greedy people has skewed Asami’s perceptions — like it isn’t obviously 35 years too late for that.
For a public prosecutor, Kuroda is sure as heck involved in some shady dealings. But rather than becoming incensed at this poor excuse for a civil servant, Akihito notes that Kuroda would have to be pretty calculating to hold his own against Asami — something Akihito knows he doesn’t have in him. (Empirical evidence backs this up: every time Akihito tries to put one over Asami, he ends up sprawled on a mattress or against a wall or on a kitchen counter with nothing but a bottle of olive oil to slick the way).
Just as Kuroda is putting on his coat and preparing to leave, Akihito pops out to offer him tea.
Kuroda declines the tea.
Finally alone again in the condo, Akihito and Asami have a Western movie standoff in the hallway. Until Asami tells Akihito that, seeing as he’s already up, he might as well take a bath. Personally, I’m reading this as Asami’s hint that after 3 days of sitting around outdoors (never mind their vigorous session of the horizontal tango), Aki kinda reeks.
Not to be put off, though, Akihito stops Asami as they pass in the hallway, with a shocking offer: if Asami needs it, Akihito is willing to track down the source of the gossip magazine tip off. The gloves are off, Kuroda!
3 Totally Valid Predictions for Pray in the Abyss Chapter 9
1. Sudou realises he’s basically a replaceable pawn in Asami’s game of hot employee chess and does something mentally unbalanced. Like scratching up Asami’s BMW with the stolen condo key, or launching himself at Kazumi “Brick Wall” Suoh with nothing but a Dracaena menu for protection.
2. …Yeah, I got nothing. Let’s move on to
3 Totally Valid Guesses as to What the Heck Asami Just Gave Kuroda-chan that Made Him Blush
1. Latest special issue of Tokyo Suit Dandy Magazine: Boxer Brief Edition
2. The last copy in existence of the glasses p*rn AV Kuroda did when he was a poor, starving law student
3. Top secret nuclear codes. Everyone dies. (Except Asami). (And Mitarai, because life is unfair).
Update: The recap for Chapter 9 is now up!