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A few months have passed since the fire and there's still no lead in the investigation on the arson.

"I don't know who else could have done this, I gave you my list of suspects are you sure you've investigated all of them?"

Zero was in the local police station for witness questioning, and was in an investigation room along with two detectives from the LAPD.

"every suspect on your list of suspects is very high profile and we don't have enough evidence to investigate much further since it seems they all have a solid alibi"

Zero sighed in frustration and leaned back in his chair. Of course, the LAPD couldn't get through Oscar's army of lawyers or any of the other team owner who put an eye on the Devils for a while.

His head ached, he hasn't gotten used to his hearing aids but could barely manage without them. He and Jude have been trying to learn sign language during their recovery but it's a slow prosses.

"isn't there anyone else you can think of who might have had an intention to harm you, your husband or the Devils organization?"

"no, I'm sorry I don't, everyone have been getting along for a change, I don't think anyone inside the organization did it"

"your husband reported that he noticed a tall, white man in a black hoodie setting off the alarms, can you think of someone who matches this description?"

"half the players and staff are white men who probably own a black hoodie, it's not much of a description, but I don't recall anyone wearing a black hoodie that day, it was a hot day and all the players were in practice so couldn't have been one of them anyway"

"whoever it is, he had access to the arena"

"Or maybe there's another way in"

"we looked through the entire arena and couldn't find unguarded entrances, unless you know another way"

"I don't, but Jude might"

~later on~

"Jude Kinkade, you're the owner of the arena, you know it inside out, your husband said you might know about an unnoticeable entrance"

"well yeah there is one, when I was younger and my father was the owner of the team, I used to sneak into the arena, but I had access to the arena's entire design plan, and I never told anyone about it, whoever found it must have done some serious research"

"and where is that entrance exactly?"

"right outside there a storage room that belongs to the near coffee place and in the inside part of the room there's a ladder that leads the weather room of the Devils arena, no one goes in there and it leads right into the court"

"isn't the coffee place's storage locked?"

"only at nights when it's closed, they don't bother to lock it during the day"

"that's smart" the detective raised his brows "well thank you Jude you've actually been very helpful"

"no problem, am I free to go now? I have a doctor appointment"

"sure do, but we'll stay in contact in case we'll have any further questions"

-

"well how did it go?" Zero was waiting in the hall as Jude exited the police station.

"I think they finally have a lead, I can't believe you sold me out on the secret entrance thing tho" Jude giggled.

"anything to get this investigation going, whoever did this needs to pay, it almost cost me you, it's a miracle everyone got out of there alive"

"thanks to you" Jude stepped closer and stroked Zero's biceps.

"ready to go to the torturer?"

"nooo" Jude dropped his head in despair.

"come now it's the last session" Zero took Jude's hand "you got this"

Since Jude got a lot of burns, some his skin has died and burned so he needed to peel it off in order for new skin to grow, so he's been going to his doctor every week to peel section after section each time since it had to be done carefully and extremely painful, that's how his doctor got the nickname "the torturer"

-

"good morning guys, Jude are you ready to finish this once and for all?" the doctor welcomed them as they entered the clinic.

"I never want to see again in life after today doctor" Jude said as he sat on the adjustable chair and Zero took the stool next to it already reaching out his hand to Jude since he knew Jude's going to need it.

"don't take it personally to you, it's just that every time I see you I have to go through unbearable pain"

"non taken, in fact I also hope to never see you again, hurting you does not give me joy what so ever"

Jude giggled and reached out his burned arm, where the last section of burned skin was "let's get this over with"

The doctor started peeling slowly and carefully as Jude closed his eyes, bite his lip so he won't shout, held onto Zero's hand and tears slipped from his closed eyes.

It went on for about fithteen minutes since they took a break every minute for a couple of seconds.

When they were finished Zero blew a whistle he apparently been in his pocket for the very moment as he signed the word 'congratulations' in sign language.

"look at you, you're learning" Jude both signed and said out loud