I’ve not read the novel nor listened to the drama CD for DEADLOCK by Aida Saki and Takashina Yuu, so it’s a completely new experience to me. After reading chapter 1, it’s enough to make me buy the novel! I didn’t order manga this time, so safe to say, I’m still fasting. 5 more months of endless torture!
Anyway, the chapter starts with Yuuto Lenix being shifted to the maximum security prison, Schelger Prison in California for a murder he did not commit.
[When will I be able]
[to bask under sunlight outside again?]
Once they’ve reached prison, they were greeted by a bunch of rowdy inmates while being hauled to another building. One of the black inmates even staked a claim on Yuuto. In his words, “I want to stuff my gigantic meat stick into your pretty ass.”
[…If I really get pissed when I’m put up with situation like this, my body won’t be able to handle it.]
[’cause later, even if I don’t want to, situation like this will arise again…]
[In prisons, younger men are always the first to be used as a substitute for women.]
[I don’t want to be raped nor looked upon as a “woman”.]
[That’s why I grew a beard. I don’t know whether if it’s helpful or not,]
[but as long as I’m able to protect myself…]
The newly transported inmates were sent to be cleaned, checked for any harmful items and dressed in new uniforms. Then, Yuuto met prison warden, Corning while having his data looked over by the guards.
Corning: 28 years old, born in Los Angeles…
Corning: Seems like you were working with the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) before you were convicted.
Corning: What kind of job is that? (*Lol, sounds weird ’cause it’s from Chinese but I have a feeling the original’s something different.)
Yuuto: I was an agent…
Corning: Che, how ironic.
Corning: The one who was convicting criminals is the one being convicted now.
Corning: Moreover, you’re guilty of murdering your own partner!
Corning: How shameless!!
Yuuto flashed back to the time he was being questioned for a crime he claimed he did not do, murdering his partner, Paul Michael.
Four months ago, Yuuto was sent to New York to investigate a secret drug ring as a DEA agent with his partner. They’ve managed to find the identity of the group and infiltrated it. Not only that, they’ve gotten a lot of important evidence to capture the members of the group.
But two weeks later, Paul was found dead by a stab wound. The murder weapon had Yuuto’s fingerprints and the case investigators even found heroin in his house. In the end, the judge and jury found him guilty of second degree murder.
Back to the present, Corning found it strange that Yuuto was caught and convicted in New York state but ended up in California instead. The latter revealed that his family were in Los Angeles and he wanted to be closer to them but the prisons there were full.
Corning warned Yuuto that he wasn’t allowed to cause havoc by revealing his previous work since both police and DEA were the same to inmates.
Yuuto and Mathew were the only one being moved to block A. Only criminals who were convicted of crimes of the highest degree and long term service were assigned to that block. Mathew’s roomed with a black old man while Yuuto had the honour of being with Dick Burnford, a white man who wasn’t easily swayed by others.
[…Will I be living in a place like this from now on?]
[Living with a stranger I’ve never met every day?]
Just as Yuuto was about to settle in, Mathew went to his cell to introduce himself. Yuuto didn’t want to get close to him because it’s already a hassle trying to protect himself. Mathew mentioned that in the guidebook, they weren’t allowed to kill anybody.
Mickey Rollini went to crash their party by revealing at 23 inmates were murdered last year. two every month.
Mickey revealed that he’s been in the prison for 5 years for an attempted bank robbery. He’s also smuggling stuff to sell from outside without the prison guards noticing. Well, Yuuto guessed that’s the reason why he’s being friendly, a way to secure potential clients.
No long after, Nathan joined them again. He explain the structure of the prison and the security checks to enter each blocks. Of course, there were ways to go round them.
Once they’ve reached the canteen, Yuuto noted the obvious racial segmentation.
Mickey jokingly warned Mathew that he may have to purchase the new NASA invention to protect his chastity, though he may not last three days even with that. Nathan told them that the amount of rape cases were so high that they shouldn’t move about alone and to be wary of mafia. If by any chance they were attacked, they shouldn’t resist and just hand their ass on a platter.
This was when the black man who mentioned his gigantic meat stick, BB had to appear to disturb them and sorta molest Yuuto.
Disgusted, Yuuto slapped BB away and BB’s minions were about to seek revenge when, drum rolls, Dick appeared.
Meat stick vs Dick, I wonder who will win?
Now, I hope they’ll somehow, adapt Aida Saki’s other novel, Double Bind into a manga too. I was waiting for Kasai Rikako to draw the part where they found the body of the first victim in volume 1, alas… No chinko down nodochinko. Can’t wait to see what the second chapter of DEADLOCK will bring us! Shu mentioned a sex scene which left her scarred.