Post by BlueShadow on Jul 12, 2019 0:50:49 GMT
Masakazu opened the door to the cafe, feeling significantly more drained and exhausted than he had ever felt since his imprisonment in this hotel. Sleeping proved to be a very difficult task, especially since the chess player’s thoughts were plagued by thoughts of Ryoma and Jirou. The two ultimates were dead, unfortunate casualties of this cruel killing game. Masakazu had even watched Jirou die before his eyes, struggling for his life after being discovered as the culprit. The chess player shivered.
I can’t afford to think about that right now, especially not when there are others who are suffering more.
He took a look around the cafe. Sure enough, a few people were noticeably absent from the usual morning meeting place. Masakazu rubbed his eyes as he approached the occupied table.
“Good morning, everyone...does anyone know where Risa and Kasumi are?”
Konomi fiddled with her headphones, her hands shaking ever so slightly. “Risa wouldn’t answer when I came to check up on her earlier...I don’t think she’ll be joining us for awhile.” The audio technician’s expression turned somber as her eyes drifted towards the ground.
“...And Kasumi basically told me to buzz off when I asked her about meeting up today.” Kai revealed, brushing the back of his head with a nervous expression. “Not that I blame her, with everything that happened yesterday.”
Masakazu gave a heavy sigh as he took a seat. “Can’t say I’m surprised at either of their actions. They both lost someone important to them. Besides, having these morning meetings was Ryoma’s idea. It can’t be easy for either of them to come here knowing that…What about the other two?”
“Yubiseiharukana thought this was a waste of time, so she opted to investigate the first and second floors once more to try and discover something new. And Yuuki will arrive shortly, he claimed he wanted to grab some reading material from one of the commons areas.” Kenji said with crossed arms.
“You’ve gotta admire her dedication, but the way she treats others is irresponsible sometimes.” Kimiko remarked with a frown. “I offered to help her out and satisfy my craving for information at the same time, but she said I would’ve been an obstacle on her precious road towards answers! The nerve…”
Sumire shrugged. “At least she’s tryin to put energy into being productive and helpful in the face of yesterday’s events. Honestly, even I'm findin it hard to keep my spirits high today…” The tattoo artist rubbed her arm with a pained expression.
“Different people respond to different situations in their own ways, nya. Purr-haps Yubiseiharuka-nya has merely adapted to this killing game due to her talent as a detective, nya?” Hana put a hand to her chin in thought. “If that is the case, I’m curious to see how the rest of you will react, nya.”
“This isn’t a damn sideshow, you pint-sized philosopher. Everyone here is at risk of snapping, no matter how they present themselves. We’re all in the same boat here, and that includes you.” Jack spat as he pushed his sunglasses further towards his face.
“How could you say that, dude? Don’t you have faith in me or everyone else?” Kai asked with a frown on his face.
Jack scoffed. “Didn’t the rest of you have faith in Jirou? And how well did that end up, huh? Having blind trust in anyone here is a mistake.”
“Jirou’s personality was not provoked by the killing game initially, but instead by the motives presented, nya. Had the circumstances differed, there is a paw-sibility he would have chosen his actions differently, nya.” The philosopher tilted her head. “I merely want to see how this game plays out, as well as how the rest of you adapt, nya. Or is being paranoid and afraid of everyone around you your way of adapting to this situation, nya?”
“You little...how dare you!” Jack clenched his fists and stood up, only to be met with a few disdainful stares from Tetsuya, Takako, and Sumire. He straightened his blazer and walked away from the table, heading towards the cafe’s entrance. “I don’t have to take this. I’ll be around the dorms if anyone feels like trying to stab me next later.”
Tetsuya ran a hand through his hair with an annoyed expression. “What a handful that one is. Not even a whole day goes by before he starts talking bad about the dead and returns to his previous behavior. How are we supposed to move on and learn from our mistakes if we can’t even keep together as a group?”
Takako sighed. “I understand where he’s coming from, but he’s doing more harm than good. Best to just leave him be for now. More importantly, what should we do from here on out? We need some kind of plan going forward.”
“I agree with that notion, but there is little to go off of.” Kenji explained with a frown. “The motive box has disappeared and the Plus One clause is no longer in effect. This place is effectively the same as it was when we arrived, and we didn’t know anything back then either.”
“But we can’t just-”
Kai was interrupted by the sound of the cafe’s doors opening and the sound of footsteps as Yuuki quickly made his way over to the group. The puzzle solver seemed distressed as he caught his breath.
“What’s the matter?! Don’t tell me that-” Konomi’s concerns were answered with a shake of Yuuki’s head.
“Everyone is alright...I just had to get here before Monokuma did.” The puzzle solver reached into his pocket and took out his Electro-ID. “I ran into him and he told me to gather you for something special. He wouldn’t tell me what, exactly.”
Sumire rolled her eyes. “And what exactly does that bear want with us now, huh? I might not be able to knock some sense into em, but that doesn’t mean I’ll listen to whatever he has to say.”
“Wow. First of all, extremely rude.” A voice came from behind the group, and everyone turned around to discover Monokuma standing on top of the table behind them. “I mean, that behavior is totally unacceptable. I’m your headmaster and all, right? You should treat me with the respect and admiration I deserve!”
“You don’t ‘deserve’ anything except hate for what you pulled yesterday.” Kimiko responded with an aggressive stare. “Why should we listen to an executioner?”
The ursine sighed and placed a paw over his forehead. “Time and time again I gotta explain this...I didn’t do anything! I just followed the rules of this hotel, plain and simple. Blame yourselves for not being able to stop that comic book enthusiast before he got his hands dirty.”
Kenji stood up, crossing his arms at the bear. “Just tell us whatever you came to say and cut the bullshit.”
“Oh? Ever the one to take charge, eh Mr Ishikawa? Very well then…” Monokuma cleared his throat before striking an extravagant pose. “I’m here to announce a brand new rule to the killing game, as well as more additions to this hotel for you to all enjoy!”
With that declaration, the student’s Electro-IDs began to buzz. Masakazu reluctantly opened his and turned to the rules section.
Rule #12: Additional hotel facilities will unlock themselves after every trial, as will Ultimate Labs.
“New Ultimate Labs and hotel facilities?” Masakazu asked aloud, giving his Electro-ID a puzzled stare.
“I’m glad you asked, my dear Masakazu! If the lot of you would meet me up by the grand hall, then I would be more than willing to show you just what that rule means. And don’t worry about any other slackers or tardy participants, they’ll still get to enjoy the festivities eventually as well.” With that, Monokuma hopped off the table and waddled away out of eyesight.
Konomi rubbed her arm before turning to the rest of the group. “Well...what should we do?”
Yuuki bit his thumb. “Not like we have anything to lose by following his directions. Perhaps we’ll get more information about this hotel by exploring these new areas?”
The rest of the group hesitantly agreed with the puzzle solver, eventually making their way to the grand hall. Once they entered, their ursine captor beckoned them from the balcony’s railing.
“Not down there, you lemmings! Up here, past the hidden elevator.”
The group climbed the stairs, stopping next to the wall to the right of the hidden elevator they used the day before. Tetsuya impatiently tapped his foot.
“Well? What exactly are we waiting for here, exactly?”
“You can’t rush these types of things, Mr Obara. Our machinery is very delicate and works in a special way.” Monokuma giggled to himself and walked up to the wall. “First, you have to knock on the wall 53 times…”
“I’m not waiting that long. Just hurry it up.” Takako said with a neutral expression, causing the bear to shrug.
“Just wait a few more seconds, you ungrateful brats…”
The ultimates stood there for a few more short seconds, each of them wondering just what was supposed to happen. Suddenly, the loud sound of machinery humming echoed throughout the grand hall. The wall slid to the side and retracted behind the other walls, revealing a large staircase that wrapped around to another floor. As the group stood there shocked, a certain bear chuckled to himself.
“Consider this your welcome to the third floor, bastards. Explore to your heart’s content, just know that the Ultimate Labs won’t be available until tomorrow.” The monochromatic ursine began to walk away before suddenly stopping to turn towards the group with its red eye glowing. “Oh, and one other thing. We’ll be using the grand hall from now on to discuss motives and other developments in this killing game, so keep that in mind. Until next time...upupupupu!”
After Monokuma made his exit, the students took turns looking at one another, waiting to see who would take the first step into the unknown. Kenji began climbing the stairs without a second thought, followed soon by Takako and a nervous Tetsuya. One by one, the ultimates began ascending the staircase towards the third floor. Masakazu followed behind, trying his best to push his concerns for the situation in the back of his mind.
And there you have it, the beginning of chapter 2 of this wonderful story! Sorry it took so long to release, this summer has been a lot busier than I expected it to be. I'm just glad to have the first part finally released.
I don't anticipate being able to write the next part in these next few days, but I can guarantee it won't take nearly as long as the wait for this one.
QOTD: What do you think the third floor has in store for our participants? What Ultimate Labs could be unveiled in the future?
That's all I have to say for now, see you in the next update~
-♞ Chess Boi