Yay, that’s great Yes, if you start straight away you should be able to get the first chapter under your belt (although it is the longest one, sorry for that).
OK let’s see how far I get. I thought about this for a second and I’m not sure whether I’ll get all the details right, but we’ll see.
The world and main characters as I remember them
Saikawa is an academic, his subject is architecture. I think he is something like a postdoc or an assistant professor, from the feels of the description. Not sure whether this got mentioned anywhere. He’s about 35 years old or a bit younger. He’s a chain smoker. Sometimes he puts on airs and comes across pretty arrogant.
Moe is an engineering (?) student, she is the daughter of Saikawa’s former mentor who died together with his wife in a plane crash during landing a few years ago. So Moe is an orphan. She is pretty close to Saikawa as she knows him since childhood. Also, the two went to the airport together to pick up her parents when the plane crashed right in front of their eyes, which added to their bonding.
Due to both her parents having been professors, she is super rich, lives in a ginormous penthouse together with the family butler, drives a fancy sports car and so on. She is also crazy intelligent, can do arithmetic in her head at breakneck speed and stuff. She is about 20 or a bit older.
Moe’s uncle is the chief of the regional police department, and with or without his help, the two somehow get dragged into strange mysteries which they then solve together. It seems to be a pattern that Saikawa somehow figures things out but doesn’t mention anything about his suspicions, which leaves the reader pretty much in the (almost) dark all the time. In the end comes the big revelation of course. Sometimes it’s quite handy that the uncle can help in ways an ordinary person could not, due to his position.
I think it’s safe to say that there are some romantic vibes going on between Saikawa and Moe, but with this being Japan, I don’t expect significant things to happen during, say, the next 5 books or so…
They also have a close friend who played a role in the second volume at least, but I basically forgot most things about him, including his name… He is also in architecture as an assistant professor, and he behaves as if he has a crush on Moe or something.
OK, I hope I did not mess up too many details Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about our new story!