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Though her answer tripped me up a little, it actually made the most sense. And it also told me she had knowledge of not only Brookville but of what I did in my own room.
I challenged her with this supposition and said, “I assume this means those three figures were…?”
“The images of my sisters.”
A straight answer.
I pressed my hands together. “Alright. Why…? Why would I put those figures of… sisterly forms… in my room?”
It wasn’t fully clear to me where I was leading this. I wondered about Jamie’s hypothesis that this girl just had the wrong trio. Perhaps there was some way to poke holes in her own assumptions and ultimately set things right.
“They were reminders. Shaky fragments of memory. I learned from them in making my own.” Hitomi’s gaze lingered low with distance to her words. It seemed almost like she was in a trance.
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A strange stillness followed. I slowed my breathing and set my legs. I watched the darkness for any changes. It felt like it was slowly turning.
“It is too late for her and too late for you.”
“I’m not going to talk to you. I’m only going to stop you and get Ami back.”
It felt a bit of flame curl through arm. I held my arm out.
The darkness receded.
“You have no chance. No hope.”
I said nothing in return. I just turned slowly in the darkness, watching for any changes.
“She suffered as a human. I have released her. I will release you too.”
I turned at the source of the voice. Ami stood before me, hands at her side and dressed in white.
She bowed her head. I knew it wasn’t really her.
“Don’t fight. There is peace to be found here. Stay with me, and I’ll make you happy.”
I flailed at the image of Ami and it vanished like a mirage.
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I noticed another wave of wind this time, but I immediately knew the source. Nathan darted with all speed to Ami’s side. Even I couldn’t match that.
I did follow closely behind him. Nathan lifted her into his arms. He held her with the care a mother holds her child. He had a little trouble holding her, but Miki helped.
Ms. Ishida came from the stairs, gingerly lugging a futon across the floor. It was meant to be Nathan’s, if he stayed on the first floor. Nathan used it to make sure Ami was comfortable. She was still unconscious. Katsumi went to go get a moist pad to put on Ami’s head. Ms. Ishida brought some smelling salts and water.
My head was a storm of bewildering, unreconciled conflicts and questions. Ami’s state of being took precedence over all the rest, but in the back of my mind I wondered if Katsumi was serious about what she’d said about Nina. I figured Katsumi knew more abo
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Part of me still doubted the idea as soon as I’d said that. Katsumi had all but assumed that was the case. We sat down on the couch and looked at the recipe a few more times. I picked up a cup of tea and sipped it lightly. We couldn’t find anything else useful.
Ms. Ishida clutched her hands together. “Who do you think could be responsible?”
I wet my lips with the tea. I gave a small, cute cough. I didn’t actually feel like I was talking through helium. That implied something was changing my voice. This was my voice. It still didn’t quite feel like mine though. I wondered if I’d get used to it. Jamie didn’t seem too upset about it after belting out a song.
However, our voices had been changing subtly all the time we’d been here. I had to wonder though why none of us had the urge to leave earlier. To any normal group of guys it would’ve been a no-brainer, you leave and fi
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It was a huge hypothetical to consider. What if we made it back home and wed been missing for all those months? At the very least, our rent wouldve gone unpaid. Surely our families would have given us up for dead. I could just imagine it now. Trio of young men last seen going for a walk.
Katsumi leaned over to whisper in Sumis ear. Sumi stood like a marble statue, then curled at Katsumi like a tiger, struck, You wouldnt dare!
Ill do whatever I must. Its your choice as to which. She looked rather solemn. Did having us here really bother her that much? I had to put the question to her.
Jamie edged back as Katsumi targeted me with her eyes in response. Her sour look could kill a flower.
Katsumi folded her arms and said, Imagine youre trapped in an old building. All the openings are barred. Theres no way out of this place. Then you hear echoing gigg
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Downstairs, Hitomi had just woken up. Questions came at her from everyone in continual bursts. Reiko fired the hardest. She reached over to shake Hitomi but I stepped between them.
Reiko glared at me with her teeth bared. Hitomi covered her head protectively from Reiko’s advance. When she realized I’d stepped in her way, Hitomi’s lavender eyes looked up at me brightly.
“Sis!” She reached a hand out to touch me.
I took a step back and out of reach. Hitomi’s mouth slipped open and she reacted as though slapped.
I cleared my throat and said, “You have a lot to answer for.”
Hitomi clenched her necklace and nodded slowly. “I know. I tried my best to fix what I could…”
She looked to me and said, quietly. “I couldn’t bring Ami back but I helped her brother…as much as I could. I wish I could do more.”
Reiko hyperventilated through her teet
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It was enough to make me want to come up with a persona of my own.
I watched the empty chairs and joined the others in saying “I receive this meal” before picking at a breaded ball.
It was as salty as I’d been warned.
I kept my glass of water near as I picked through the variety of seafood items Sumi made.
The crab and scallops were nice. I complimented Sumi on them.
Bad idea. It drew her attention to me.
She leaned on one arm, smiled, and crushed a crab leg with her hand.
“Thank you,“ she said, picking the meat out. “I’m glad you enjoy it.”
I gave my thanks to Reiko as well.
She slipped some hair behind her ear and looked at me. “I did very little.”
“I still give my thanks.”
She yanked the hair from behind her ear. “You devaluate it by giving it for nothing.”
Reiko hunched over her meal, signaling she was finished with talking.
Sumi was st
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I could smell her.
Her presence surrounded me.
This… ‘Hitomi’, whose name I couldn’t even bring myself to think about with much confidence, saturated me with closeness. Nana’s smell was still there; Warm metal with an accent of clay. But it was surrounded by the traces of countless other aromas that flowed from her.
She took a step back but kept her hands on me.
‘Akiko’ peered around my side with both eyes out.
‘Hitomi’ dashed back and her hands pulled away.
“What is that doing here?” ‘Hitomi’ brought an arm in front, as though she were readying a weapon.
‘Akiko’ flinched. She crouched and clutched my thigh to the point of numbness.
I answered, “What are you doing here?”
‘Hitomi’s voice trembled. “Please answer my question first, sister. Then I’ll answer yours.”
I looked behin
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The chill became a sickly-warm feeling. “Took care of how?”
Hitomi staggered and braced herself against the wall. “With some difficulty.”
Countless possibilities burned through my thoughts. I leaned towards Hitomi.
“Did you kill anyone?”
She widened her darkened eyes at me in horror. “How could you think such a thing?! Of course not!”
At least she didn’t kill anyone. But there were far worse things than death.
I thought of Ami.
“Then what did you do?”
She stretched her fingers. “Something that was a lot harder than I expected.”
I was tiring of this. “Tell me… exactly what you did.”
She looked me in the eye, sighed, and said, “I dealt with three conflicting elements. A librarian, a barber, and a so-called ‘demon’.”
I dashed near and pressed my arms around her on the hallway wall. “They have names! Shioriko. Carolyn. And Ni
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I just couldn’t articulate that name. I knew it with every fiber of my being, but I failed to find the words for it. It was something beyond the words I knew.
Still, I glared into the menacing dark and told it, “I know you.”
It laughed with deep, rumbling laughter.
“You think you are strong? You are weak. You think anything you do matters? None of it matters. It is pointless to try. What do you think you can achieve? Nothing. You are nothing. Give up. She is mine, and so are you.”
I clenched my fists until they burned. “Leave her alone. NOW!”
It slipped along behind Ami. “You are yelling in the dark. You have no power. You have no skill. You just watch and spin in circles. You are nothing. Let it all fade away. You will be happier.”
It was hard to breathe. Its presence felt like a cloak of dust sinking into me. I felt tired. I felt my head throb. It slipped clo