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    "Close?"

    She seems to ponder the implication for awhile, as if she had never really thought about her use of that name herself.

    "Well... We only ever met one time face-to-face, but it felt right to just call her Isako, so I did, you know? I guess you could say I like her, but I wouldn't say we're close."

    ...It's a bizarre explanation in many ways, and even she realizes this as she says it, but she still shrugs it off as the truth.

    "Pretty sure she was supposed to arrest me, but I think I remind her of someone, so she didn't the one time she had the chance... Ah, don't tell anyone about that though, she might get in trouble."

    "Staff mysteries already huh...? Alright, I guess."

    Nina agrees easily enough, and:

    Listening to her explanation, the group of two that has suddenly become a group of three make a forward progress that can only come with someone who had just worked her way backwards through this very same maze. It's very video-gamey in nature -there's one point where the 'right path' is taken by going through one pathway and immediately turning around and going through it backwards again- but-!

    "Anyways, here you go guys-! Treasure hunt, complete-!"

    Ultimately, Zero seems to shake off the strange sense of melancholy that took her over for a moment, and gestures to what is quite literally a golden box -shaped like a chest- that had been placed atop a fountain and decorated with a painted crimson question mark...

    No...

    Actually...

    It seemed to be gold with crimson painted flames...

    Much like what you had done to your phone... Almost as if...

    ...It had been put here specifically for you.
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Tsugumi Uro
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    "...You're..."

    There she was again, there he was again - lost in the azure. A recurring dream it might have been but it was pleasant than before but the matter of fact that he wasn't being chased by some nightmare while trapped in some forsaken abyss. The confusion and fear from before had slowly evaporated without him noticing, leaving only a sense of serenity.


    It was a lot like the experience he had on the train ride but no longer feeling the sense of dread, Tsugumi could almost appreciate its beauty in it's own unique ominous way.

    An endless sky.

    An endless sea.

    Here he was again, and again, here she was. The individual who in his panic he had given a rather simplistic and predictable name of-

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve
    "Hello again~"
    "Hi, um, er.... Yes, hello."

    Tsugumi was flustered, stumbling over himself in his greeting and failing to meet her 'eyes'. It may have given the impression of a young boy with an embarrassing crush but in truth he was half expecting her to transform into that nightmare he named 'Lilith'. Tsugumi made a note that he would have to come up with more creative names in the future. This recurring dream felt a little odd. All dreams end when the dreamer awakes, the fantasy world constructed from the human subconscious was lost forever and although to have them reoccur was a rarity - the fear of a matter for example would lead to a string of similar nightmares whether it be a fear of concepts, nurses and what have you. But chronology itself in dreams was new. Unless this wasn't a dream and rather something connected to the crystal on his chest...

    That itself was a whole other rabbit hole he didn't want to venture down just yet.

    "My name is Tsugumi Uro." he said, brushing his hair out of his eyes as his thoughts returned to the matter at hand.

    He looked up to where her eyes 'should' be, to meet her 'gaze', to try and find resolve.

    Oddly enough, it wasn't resolve he found but curiosity. A spring of questions began to well up within him, who the scarfed individual was, where he was, what all this was, who that nightmare was and most of all, why.

    He wasn't sure how to begin or where no less, so Tsugumi kept things simple.

    "I won't run this time." he said with a nod to try and confirm things to himself more than this individual. No, no running.

    Running would bring the nightmares.
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    Tsugumi Uro
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    "That's probably for the best. Only this part of the Phantom Field is under T-System Control, we cannot protect you if you leave it."

    While in your somewhat paranoid state those words could be taken as something akin to a threat, in reality, when this particular figure says them, a slightly bizarre sense of both ease and nostalgia washes over your body...

    ---The feeling is akin to being around your aunt, or rather...

    It feels like being around... An old friend?

    Of course, not many examples of those really come to mind, at least not any particularly close ones but...

    Now that you've heard this girl's voice for a second time...

    She just feels...

    Familiar...

    "Still, I am aware of your designation, Tsugumi Uro. I am System T-A, The Original Epigraph. If you wish, you may also refer to me as Subject Zero... Or simply, ZERO."

    ...It's a somewhat complicated name.

    With all kinds of complicated terms attached to it, but...

    "I am not hostile. Nor will that shadow approach my location, thus, there is no reason for you to be nervous, do not worry."

    ...It's still a step-up from the shadow.
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Watanabe Yuuki
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    "An excellent question!"

    While you had expected home-made lemonade, in the end, it turned out to be the bottled stuff, something that was probably picked up at one of the stores in town as a quick errand to spice up her little outer headquarters.

    Taking a seat on one of the many pillows as she directs you to it, Chiasa is cheerfully talking and rambling as always as she takes her own place right across from you; not confirming with her words that another session of fortune telling was going to occur, but rather with her actions.

    "Assistants help organize and clean when they are present, however, that is simply the boring part of the job."

    ---Only the last part of that sentence saves her from immediately being judged as simply tricking you into helping her clean up around the shop.

    "I am studied in many different methods of fortune-telling, all designed to gather different sorts of information from beyond the Veil~"

    Her fortune telling voice is back.

    Those drawn out tones that made her seem slightly over-dramatic at times.

    "Amongst those, the cards are the easiest, I can simply use them on the fly with no preparation; for things like the Crystal Ball however, I must induce a trance of sorts in myself... Hypnosis is a big part of any good magic system, unfortunately, the flaw in it is I cannot remember my own readings during this time. So your main job, will simply be to observe the sphere and memorize as much as you can, when I awaken from my trance, I will then interpret the images for the client myself."

    ---That was a surprisingly active role in this, all things considered...

    "Do you think you are capable of fulfilling that task?"

    Leaning over the table between you slightly...

    She doesn't seem to have any particular problems with extended eye contact...
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Tsugumi Uro
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    "Pleased to meet you System T-A, The Original Epigraph."It was certainly a complicated name but it was best to stick with formalities. He couldn't pinpoint the exact feeling of familiarity that had suddenly stirred up in his chest but whether it was family or friend... best to be polite regardless.

    --Well, that and 'Zero' sounded like the name a teenage vigilante would give themselves after watching too much TV. Tsugumi didn't know anyone who could possibly fit that role off the top of his head.

    However that sense of familiarity began to lead to further unease, this person, if he really did know this person then how. Likewise how did she know about him? Was she someone he already knew or were there more severe implications? Some much needed context was needed and he needed to know this much more than things like where he was, which in normal circumstances. If it really was only safe around here then it wasn't time to run.

    It was time to be bold!

    "Ex-excuse me," Tsugumi asked, hesitantly raising his hand almost as if he was in a classroom "but... um, how do you know my name?"

    System T-A may have said there was no reason to be nervous and despite being more pro-active than he normally would, Tsugumi's present nerves wouldn't just go away. That said...

    Tsugumi had more questions. Though normally he'd keep his mouth wound tightly shut, with his mouth open they started to slip out.

    "What exactly is this place? What exactly is that monster? And why me?"

    With the line between illusion and reality blurred and if this was not a dream after all, there was so much he didn't know. The sooner he had context, the sooner he could plan his way out of this situation. Tsugumi hated attention as a general rule so the sooner the better. Everything was fine until he caught the damn Union Virus.

    As his hand now lowered, it began to clutch onto his chest where his crystal was embedded.

    That bloody crystal. He wouldn't be surprised if that was the reason why for this as well, how fitting that it made running away all that much easier.

    He could always do that later though.
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    Tsugumi Uro
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    "How do I know?"

    The figure doesn't interrupt you as you make your way down a veritable list of inquiries, while she lacks distinctive features in the sense that her appearance is similar to a pale white ghost or a walking silhouette, it doesn't come across as emotionless, rather...

    A strange curiosity.

    What emanates from her is simply a strange sense of curiosity about your form, in spite of claiming that she knew who you were-

    "Such information is part of my database. I am aware of every event that has taken place in the past, and I am capable of mass observation of the present as well; the only thing that is capable of hiding from me is the future."

    ---Ominous.

    While she answers honestly, and in a manner you would call almost cheerful, the implications of such a statement start off at the level of ominous, and could probably get worse if you put any real thought into it...

    "Our current location is the World of Tsukuyomi. The last humans that visited it referred to it as the "Phantom Field," of course, such a casual designation is not official by any means, but it has been logged as a synonymous identity for it nonetheless. It is a world of memories. The things that exist here do so because people are thinking of them... The appearance of your sleeping mind here is likely a consequence of that as well, this place dominates your thoughts, and thus you continue to move here of your own accord without direct intervention from myself or System T-B, or even the Shadow... I suppose the T-C System could be responsible for it, but I do not see why it would throw it's user into danger so casually. It is doing a poor job as a guide, all things considered..."

    ---She's saying a lot of things, and a lot of those things don't actually make sense, but-

    "If I was not here, your current situation would be rather poor and potentially fatal. Observation data indicates that 'Shadow' as you call it, is simply a... Malevolent soul in search of life energy. To that end, it attempts to pull others into here... It is a sort of vampiric entity, as a System User, you in particular should avoid it at all costs. It would be unfortunate if it were to devour your essence, it would assimilate your System right along with you."

    -Making references to this 'T-C' again and again, as if she figured you should know what she's talking about...

    "As for, why you? It is simply the luck of a draw, I suppose."
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Taking a sip from the lemonade as he followed the petite girl into the many pillows and not minding the fact that it isn't homemade, Yuuki immediately sat down as soon as Chiasa made herself comfortable and began talking; might as well try to make himself comfortable as he listened to her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiasa
    "Assistants help organize and clean when they are present, however, that is simply the boring part of the job."
    Yuuki took a sip. At least being an assistant isn't a trick to help her clean the shop...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiasa
    "I am studied in many different methods of fortune-telling, all designed to gather different sorts of information from beyond the Veil~ Amongst those, the cards are the easiest, I can simply use them on the fly with no preparation; for things like the Crystal Ball however, I must induce a trance of sorts in myself... Hypnosis is a big part of any good magic system, unfortunately, the flaw in it is I cannot remember my own readings during this time. So your main job, will simply be to observe the sphere and memorize as much as you can, when I awaken from my trance, I will then interpret the images for the client myself."
    It is a surprisingly active role, all things considered; in fact, saying that it is vital to the fortune-telling isn't an exaggeration. If he memorized too little, or even worse misremember what he saw, then Chiasa will interpret wrongly and her reputation and credibility as a fortune-teller will drop...

    If he accepted, then her future as a fortune-teller might rests on his hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiasa
    "Do you think you are capable of fulfilling that task?"
    And just like that, he realized the pressure on his shoulders as the girl stared at him in the eyes.

    Taking another sip from his lemonade to clear away his mind and some of his doubts, Watanabe Yuuki began thinking. To be perfectly honest, he does wanted to help her as a friend; he believed her ability in fortune-telling, and so if he could help more people in believing her too, then all the better. Making her having a better time here in Tomobiki is good after all.

    However, one wrong misstep might costs her greatly, and while he wanted to think of himself as a pretty good observer and can memorize the images in the crystal ball no problem, the truth of the matter is that he simply doesn't know.

    As a few seconds passed, he found himself unable to look in her eyes anymore; thanks to his rather shy nature, he isn't capable of looking at most people in the eyes for more than a few seconds. This is especially true for girls, which really makes him self-conscious, awkward, and embarrassed that he couldn't really think straight at all.

    He knew that maintaining eye contact is important in some parts of the world, but this is Japan and he needed to make an important decision, so surely Chiasa understood his need of composing himself-!

    Finishing the lemonade in one big swig, and feeling his mind becoming clearer from doing so, Yuuki carefully placed the drink down and, after a few seconds of deliberations, looked at Chiasa in the eyes once more.

    "How about taking my fortune now as a trial run of sorts?" He suggested. "If I can follow the images and remember them clearly, then I know I am capable of fulfilling the task. If not, then there is nothing lost, and you can look for a more capable assistant."

    This is the answer that he arrived at after taking in a large amount of lemonade.

    If he isn't capable of making a decision thanks to a lack of information, then he just simply need to gain that information-!
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    <Airen> No character in ga rei is 100% serious


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    Tsugumi Uro
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    Standing still in this azure void, Tsugumi listened with all the focus he could muster. Despite the ridiculousness of the situation, he could not afford frivolities.

    Quote Originally Posted by System T-A, The Original Epigraph
    "Such information is part of my database. I am aware of every event that has taken place in the past, and I am capable of mass observation of the present as well; the only thing that is capable of hiding from me is the future."
    So this individual seemed to be a construct of sorts. A 'living database' of sorts that had the ability to observe the past and present. Tsugumi's first thought that T-A had her own 'super internet' in her head or something along those lines. It was a simple analogy and likely not accurate but it was one that made sense to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by System T-A
    "Our current location is the World of Tsukuyomi. The last humans that visited it referred to it as the "Phantom Field," of course, such a casual designation is not official by any means, but it has been logged as a synonymous identity for it nonetheless. It is a world of memories. The things that exist here do so because people are thinking of them... The appearance of your sleeping mind here is likely a consequence of that as well, this place dominates your thoughts, and thus you continue to move here of your own accord without direct intervention from myself or System T-B, or even the Shadow... I suppose the T-C System could be responsible for it, but I do not see why it would throw it's user into danger so casually. It is doing a poor job as a guide, all things considered..."
    A cognitive world formed of memories and dreams. So it was a dream but it didn't make it any less real. That would explain why he could remember it so vividly. There was a lot of information to sift through but it would mean that these 'T-Systems' were guides for individuals such as himself in this world and as long as he remained within this vicinity, he would be safe from whatever that Shadow was. T-A was his, there was a second called T-B and there was a third, T-C, who was apparently incompetent.

    --How awfully... convenient.

    Quote Originally Posted by System T-A
    "If I was not here, your current situation would be rather poor and potentially fatal. Observation data indicates that 'Shadow' as you call it, is simply a... Malevolent soul in search of life energy. To that end, it attempts to pull others into here... It is a sort of vampiric entity, as a System User, you in particular should avoid it at all costs. It would be unfortunate if it were to devour your essence, it would assimilate your System right along with you."
    So this 'Shadow' was a soul-vampire that would devour his essence if it caught him.

    Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.

    However that last little bit of information had revealed something to Tsugumi.

    He was a 'System User' that the Shadow wanted to devour to obtain. Tsugumi had no knowledge of the 'System' however the only thing of note was his Drive.

    Wise Up! - Drive Ability


    Gear Change

    Innate Time control - Tsugumi's Drive grants him the ability to partially separate himself from the direct flow of time and enhance his own body's perception of it, allowing him to travel faster through it. Although it is the effect of granting him superhuman speed and increasing force of his impacts, it feels as if time is simply slowing down relative to the user rather than going fast.

    He can easily enter a state of ‘Double Time’, increasing his speed and impact force (damage) by a scale factor of two. It is possible for him to enter higher speeds but he hasn’t attempted this. At his current maximum output, he can initiate a ‘Pseudo Time Stop’ he can activate with the verbal trigger 'Gear Change' where he moves at such high speeds it is as if time comes to a complete halt. However at his current level of strength he can only maintain it for two to five seconds approximately. Any further will put considerably more pressure on the crystal, making the likelihood of skipping to the next phase all that much greater.

    When present in an Eclipse, overuse of his Drive will accelerate the stages of the union virus significantly faster than normal.


    Tsugumi pulled down on his shirt to reveal the crystal on his chest.

    "So this is what that thing is after, System T-A?"

    It was less of a question and more of a statement to himself.

    Quote Originally Posted by System T-A
    "As for, why you? It is simply the luck of a draw, I suppose."
    Well, it looked like he had inherited his aunt's dreadful luck.

    So for what appeared to be no reason at all, he had contracted a disease that granted him special abilities at the cost of eventually killing him. Furthermore this ability placed a target on his back for a Soul Vampire that existed in a dream world to track him down and devour his essence.

    Tsugumi took in a deep breath through his nose.

    This doesn't bother me, this is just a weird dream, this is not real, this doesn't bother me.


    And out through his mouth.

    This bothers me, this bothers me a lot.


    He could either run away from this nonsense at the risk of bringing the Shadow to his doorstep which he knew to be real.

    Or he could do something. This whole mess was too crazy to make up and as much as he wanted to deny, it wasn't too far a jump from his current situation.

    "Ok then," he said "Now what? Is there anything else I need to know or is there something you need me to do?"
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    "The Crystal is certainly a target, any sort of power source would be one to it. The T-C System just happens to be a superior one in your case, if it devours a System User, it is likely to accomplish it's goal with a single victim. It prefers targets with vast quantities of Seithr."

    ---In other words, it's not a single target on your back, no:

    It's multiple.

    Also, rather than T-A being your guide, it seemed that the one you were carrying was T-C...?

    Naturally of course, it would be the incompetent one.

    "If it could devour me it likely would, however, my programming allows me to act to protect myself in terms of direct self-defense. If it confronted me directly I would destroy it, the same holds true for the other two systems; however, unless it attacks us we are unable to do anything about it. In that sense, the hosts are the easier targets; you are much weaker than us... At least, for the moment."

    Still, when you ask her what her purpose for speaking with you was, she:

    "I am an Observer, I cannot force you to do anything, you are not my user, so even suggesting courses of action to you lies mostly beyond my directives. It is a mere loop-hole that allows me to protect you, since my presence alone is enough to dissuade the Shadow... However, I was curious that your presence did not lead to the reactivation of T-C; the last time, it activated the moment it saw us. Seithr transfer was complete, so it should be capable of holding a physical presence here, as a predecessor unit, I am somewhat concerned about it's seeming lack of function."

    ---Flashes of memory.

    ---Last time there had been a voice, your voice, acting for 'power' in order to complete it's 'start-up.'

    "It should have spoken to you. Memories of this place are, at times, stripped away from the possessor, but do you recall anything of the sort?"

    ---

    Watanabe Yuuki
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    Chilly


    "Ha, you're so serious~!"

    Ultimately, she had taken your apprehension with a far lighter heart than you had yourself, as if the idea of you messing it up quite simply did not bother her at all... Of course, there's always been a certain sense of showmanship in her actions, she pretty blatantly liked being the center of attention even if she never said it aloud, and the idea of winding up with a 'vague' or 'inaccurate' fortune might even come across to her as being 'part of the fun,' and-

    "Alright, alright, a trial run it is~"

    -That is how this had happened; placing both hands upon your lap and sitting straight up, as she had asked you to do, the girl had told you that she might seem 'odd' for a bit, and had then gone silent as she placed a single finger atop the shining crystal orb in the center of the room.

    ---Humming.

    ---A light sound of humming soon erupts from her, a quiet sound that never rises or lowers in pitch or tone, and:

    ---Inside the sphere, the mists start to churn as if in a violent storm; the white fog rolls over boundless landscapes, and flashes to azure right before your eyes-!

    The intensity is such that if the sphere was broken, it felt like a sort of hurricane would descend on the area, yet even as you think that, the mists seems to tear themselves apart, revealing the familiar likeness of a school building made of brick and stone, Northern Cross Academy...

    ---As far as images went, it kind of made sense.

    After all it was your school, and so this was telling you things that certainly had a little bit to do with you, but then...

    It gets more specific...

    The doors burst open, then there's stairs, a single flight of them, then a room...

    Second Floor.

    212 "Occult Club."

    Inside of it... Victorian style couches... Wood paneled walls... And...

    A calendar?

    April 21st, 2049?

    Sitting next to it is... A familiar looking doll... And...

    Holding that doll...

    Is a girl that stares back into the 'view' of the sphere; she's pretty in the long dark-haired sort of traditional way, and while her appearance is simply that of your average student, the directness of her gaze into the sphere gives off the -assuredly silly- feeling that she can somehow see outside of it...

    "..."

    Neither she nor Chiasa say anything, and for now...

    It seems the image has stilled itself.
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Well this was worse.

    TWO targets on him and the support he was to get was going to be mediocre at best. However that last sentence... Triggered a memory in Tsugumi

    Memories could be stripped, meaning this could have been his third, fifth or even tenth time here without remembering but he knew of one journey, one he would assume was his first.

    Walking across an azure plane to see two silhouettes in the distance.

    The youth does not know what these are, he does not understand, he becomes afraid.

    He runs.

    The azure turns to darkness and the youth is pursued by the Shadow.

    He leaps from place to place, calling upon the crystal in his chest.

    He see's another, sleeping, lost, alone, he's tempted to leave her... but he can't abandon another to that fate.

    He takes her, he hides, she escapes but he's caught!

    He struggles but he can't fight it off, trapped in the Shadow's clutches all the meek prey can do is be devoured.


    But he didn't die.

    Tsugumi remembered that last sentance he could recall while he was wrapped up in that nightmare and spoke out loud as proof that it happened, that he was alive.

    "Receiving Transfer: Magical Element Levels at 90% of the Minimum. System Startup will become possible momentarily."

    Was that T-C that had saved him?
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    Watanabe Yuuki had expected many things when he looked at the crystal ball; images that flashed too fast for him to follow, visions that's too vague for him to decipher, or even showing nothing at all. Those were but a few possibilities that Yuuki imagined might happen.

    However, he never expected the images before him at all.

    The date doesn't make any sense; April 21st, 2049 was nearly seven years ago, and fortune telling was supposed to tell the future and not the past. Even if it showed him the school, he's not a part of the Occult Club, and thus this image and the girl inside it doesn't make any sense at all...

    Unless one account for a certain familiar doll in the hands of the girl.

    Ariel said that the doll he and Evelyn saw back on Monday belongs to the Occult Club, and that supposedly, it moving on its own was done via sorcery as some form of a prank. He didn't question that at all back then - why should he doubt an expert on the field? - not to mention the ghost was already taken care of, and he remembers the feeling of disappointment that he felt when that fact was revealed, that the doll was just some kind of a prank.

    But now that he's seeing this...

    He couldn't help but felt a chill ran down his spine.

    The girl holding the doll must have been its original owner, and if the ghost have been taken care off, then it stands to reason that the girl is now dead. Then why show him this image? Why show him the image of a girl that's long gone and her doll?

    The logical answer would be because she's related to his future. And if she is truly dead, then that means the girl is related to the doll, which acted on its own in the present...

    Is it a ghost after all?

    "..."

    He didn't like this situation at all.

    While he's not the type to get easily scared, the fact that the room is dead silent, the atmosphere and lighting is suitably unsettling, and the fact that the girl seemed to direct her gaze past through the sphere - and by extension himself - is enough to unnerve him. Not to mention he doesn't really know whether it's okay to move from this position, and Chiasa's warning that she might seem 'odd' for a bit...

    It is said that the most primal fear is fear of the unknown, and Yuuki have to agree, if only because everything that happened so far is beyond his expectations and he's not sure how to proceed.

    Taking a few deep breaths to calm himself down, he looked at the calendar again, trying his best to ignore the cold stare of the girl.

    "April 21st..."

    Today is the 17th. Does that mean something might happen on the 21st, four days from now?

    He searched his mind for a way out. Chiasa said he had to tell her of the vision after she's broken out of her trance, so he can infer that when she 'wakes up,' the vision in the crystal ball should be gone. She also told him she'd interpret the vision afterwards, so from how the crystal ball still shows him the vision of the Occult Club room, this means the fortune-telling isn't over yet...

    In that case, even if it felt silly, there is only one thing he could try.

    "... Who are you?" He broke the silence. "Can you see me?"

    After all, as silly as it seems, he does felt like the girl could see outside the sphere...
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    Random Regalia Hijinks

    <Mellon> But yeah. Don't play the waiting game too much guys. Just do what you want to do and let God (me) sort it out.

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    <Airen|Phone> I'll save everyone, it's fine

    <Snaxies> Airen is totally Jesus again

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    <Airen> No character in ga rei is 100% serious


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