That wouldn't be the case today. Today, Shimiko would treat them very differently. As close as they were, they were still separate people with separate personalities. Yua was meek, timid, and easily frightened. He could be brave when the situation required it but he often faltered without the help of his sister. Shimiko didn't want to prey on his weakness, but she had a hunch that if she questioned him separately without her there, he'd crack like an egg. Shimiko didn't want to use their psychological profile against them but what they had done was grounds for death as a matter of Church and State. Most targets would be subject to extreme torture but what Shimiko had in mind was gentle in comparison. Aside from the fact that she had raised them, she was genuinely concerned that they were being used by a nefarious third party. She had to use every tool in her arsenal to get the truth out of them, even if it meant saying things she thought she'd never have to say.
Shimiko gripped Yua's arm harder than she ever had before. The two marched down a long hallway. They had exited the arena and were now in the portion of the palace reserved for private meetings. The individual rooms were luxurious. They consisted of settees, living spaces, entertainment hubs, and even the occasional bedroom. Shimiko pushed her way into one of the suites. This particular room was like a miniature hotel room. She forced Yua to sit on a nearby couch while she got down on one knee so that she could look him in the eye. He had grown since she had adopted him, but she still had to crouch down so that she could meet his eyes. The two were face to face with mere inches between them. Shimiko's Ketsurygan was rather intimidating but she wasn't going to put him under the influence of Genjutsu. All she did was stare into his soul. She wanted him to see how much he had hurt her by doing what he had done.
"How could you?! HOW COULD YOU!" she shouted at him. "You know what the Church means to me! You know what Mora means to me! Why did you and your sister make up all those awful lies about her?!"
Shimiko dashed some of the papers to the ground. She had analyzed them on the way here and although she wasn't the sleuth she had once been, it was painfully obvious that the Superior Sacristan's signature had been forged. It wasn't particularly convincing and there was no way it would have stood up to even intermediate scrutiny by a junior ANBU analyst. Someone had to be setting the Twins up.
Shimiko's shouting might scare the boy, and ordinarily, to see him afraid would break her heart. It didn't matter. She had to be strong. She was doing this for them, for Kumo, for the Church.
"This is all bullshit Yua and you know it! Mora isn't guilty of anything except being a bit headstrong. Who put you up to this?!"
Shimiko's clone would handle Yui much the same way, physically speaking at least. She would take Yui to the opposite end of the Suites area. She didn't want her overhearing her younger brother being shouted at. The moment was emotionally charged and the last thing Shimiko needed was for Yui to go into Initial Jinchurikki Mode. She sat Yui down in a suite much like the one previously described. Shimiko wouldn't kneel down though. Instead, she'd remain standing and force Yui to sit. She looked down at her daughter. There was no use yelling. Yui didn't scare easily. She was the leader of the duo and Shimiko would treat with her like she would the head of a foreign state.
"You made up those charges about Mora" she said. The eerie calmness of the clone contrasted sharply with the emotional fury of the original. "Why Yui....Why? You two mean the world to me. I'd do anything for you guys. I love you so much and then you pull something like this." She slammed the other half of the documents on the ground. "I thought you guys loved me. I thought you cared about the Church and our faith. Was it all just lies?"
Shimiko didn't think the Twins were using her but she knew that's what people often said about them. The tabloids had found out that they were technically older than her. Some of the more bold and insane magazines had speculated that they were just mooching off her by pretending to be Jashinsts. Shimiko couldn't just up and kill them but she had always fantasized about doing so. And yet, a part of her was afraid that the Twins were like Sakata. That they were just with her for convenience and the moment things got tough and she showed them her true colors, they'd abandon her. Just like her parents did, just like Seigi did, just like Sakata did.
She didn't want to live in a world without their love.
It hurt to use that line of interrogation on Yui but she knew it would poke a sore spot. They were just as aware about what the gossip rags said as she was. They'd do anything to fight against those rumors even if it meant telling the truth about where this "evidence" had really come from.