"Watch it, buddy!"
The muscle, a silent man with no eyebrows, doesn't care about Kindaichi's comment and tightens his chokehold.
Kageyama doesn't dare push back against the man holding him; they're the same height, but he's got some 30 pounds on Kageyama.
The men found Kageyama and Kindaichi on the north side of the city trying to hot-wire cars. They hail from a gang on the south side and thought they could survive a couple hours on enemy turf. Instead, the goons beat them up and drove them to their headquarters.
It looked like any bar in the south side, but Kageyama would never make it out alive if he stepped foot in here unannounced. Now, this massive guy has him by the scruff of his leather jacket and is leading him into the back room.
He meets Kindaichi's eyes and he looks terrified.
Kindaichi goes into the room first with the eyebrow-less man and Kageyama jerks in the doorway when he hears a yell. The man holding him doesn't react - he must be used to it.
"Aone! It's been so long!" When Kageyama's eyes adjust to the light, he sees the man who's yelling.
He certainly doesn't look like a gang boss, more like the gang boss's little cousin. Orange and short, but broad, with a smile of a man without blood on his hands. His dark suit was expensive though, probably more than Kageyama would have made off those stolen north-side cars.
"Ah, and Ushiwaka! And who have my favourite strong guys brought me tonight?"
"These two," this Ushiwaka says before Kageyama and Kindaichi are pushed in front of the tiny boss, "were trying to steal cars in our area."
The man, Hinata, keeps smiling.
"Oooo!" Hinata steps closer to touch Kindaichi's shoulder. "I like your jacket! What's your name?"
"And your friend?"
"That's Kageyama." The tiny boss gets in his face, and Kageyama has never seen eyes this bright. He gasps and the boss winks back at him.
"So," Hinata starts, still holding Kageyama's eyes, "what were you doing in the north, Kindaichi?"
"We were looking for cars ..."
"But you're from the south!" Hinata rubs away the blood on Kindaichi's face with his thumb like a doting mother. "You know you can't come up here."
"But I thought, maybe-"
"The rules don't change on the weekend, silly!"
"Look, we didn't take a car, so I think you can let this whole thing go-"
"Let it go?" Hinata playfully tilts his head. "Why would I do that?"
"Kindaichi, stop," Kageyama pleads under his breath.
"We can tell you whatever you want about the south, just-" Kindaichi looks frantically at Kageyama and Hinata sees it all.
"You'll join the north?" Hinata folds his arms over his chest.
"Ah, but I don't take traitors."
"Traitors?! No, no-"
Hinata gets closer to Kindaichi while he babbles and pats his cheek, that same bright smile on his face.
"Sorry! Rules are the rules!" Hinata looks up to the eyebrow-less man again. "Kill him. Keep the quiet one though, he's pretty."
Kageyama doesn't get a word out before the large man snaps Kindaichi's neck. He stares at his friend while the tiny boss skips back to his desk.
"Time to get to work!" Hinata looks at Kageyama with a smile unaffected by the dead. "Today's your first day in the north, Kageyama!"