Post by BlueShadow on Jan 9, 2019 21:37:54 GMT
Chapter 1: The Initial Plunge
The next morning came quickly, far too quick for the chess player’s liking. He awoke from his slumber after a very loud announcement played on the tv in his room. He stared at the screen as it flickered to life, revealing Monokuma holding a very ornate looking glass full of champagne.
“Good morning, everyone! It is now 7 am, and nighttime is officially over! Let’s start the day off with a ton of energy and give it our all!”
After those words, the screen went dim once more, leaving Masakazu to ponder if that cheerful announcement was meant to poke fun at the students and their despairful circumstance. Regardless, he found himself getting out of bed and readying himself for whatever the day provided him. As he opened the door to his room, Kai appeared from behind the door.
“Whoa, you’re actually awake?! I was just getting ready to wake you up and stuff!” His face was filled with surprise, and Masakazu reluctantly sighed at the over the top reaction.
“You know, I’m not always a heavy sleeper…”
The surfer crossed his arms and gave a warm smile. “Sure thing, dude, whatever you say. Anyways, I just came to let you know that the rest of us were planning on meeting in the cafe to talk about...you-know-what.” Kai’s smile soon faded at the mention of their shared fate. He cleared his throat a bit before continuing. “Well, I gotta go get whoever else is just now waking up. See ya there, Masa!”
Before Masakazu could get another word in, the surfer ran towards what appeared to be Yubiseiharukana’s room and began knocking profusely on her door. Masakazu decided it was best to leave before she woke up.
Before making his way to the cafe, Masakazu wanted to explore the hotel a bit to find some of the windows Ryoma mentioned. He eventually found some, and sure enough, the strongman was telling the truth. A long sheet of metal covered where the glass panes would be, bolted to the wall with huge screws. He didn’t want to linger next to the window for too long, and decided to head to the cafe as planned. Staring at that window was starting to depress him, anyways.
As he was walking through one of the commons areas towards the cafe, a voice caught him off guard. “Psst, hey, you there! Chess boy, hey!” Monokuma’s head popped up from behind the corner, a hand waving him to come over. Reluctantly, the chess player acknowledged the bear and walked towards him.
“What do you want? I’d rather not talk to you if I had a choice.”
He dipped his head in a depressed expression, staring at the floor. “Aww, you’re so rude. And here I thought I’d let you know that I did you a favor…”
“Well, what is it? Tell me.” Masakazu crossed his arms, growing more annoyed at the bear’s antics with each passing second.
“Well, I saw you and that Stan Lee wannabe messing with that machine over there, so I decided to work on it overnight so that you could all use it.” He raised his head and pointed to the machine Jirou was fiddling with the day before. “I expected praise for your kind and considerate headmaster, but all I get is impatience and harsh remarks...really makes a bear wonder why I do so much for the lot of you, ya know?”
The chess player glared at the monochromatic bear. “If you really want to do something nice for us, you could start by letting us go.”
Monokuma blankly stared at Masakazu for a few short seconds before letting out a small chuckle. “Now now, you know I can’t do that. Looks like I can’t get a kind expression out of you though. Ah well, can’t blame a bear for trying.”
With those words, the bear left Masakazu and the machine behind, waddling away down one of the hotel’s hallways. Deciding it best to find out what Monokuma did to the machine, he examined it.
The machine looked almost exactly the same, minus the Monokuma inspired paint job. Masakazu pressed one of the buttons on the console, and the whole thing buzzed to life, lighting up a colorful title on the display that read ‘Mono-Machine Music Box’. Upon pressing the button again, a set of instructions flashed on the screen.
Have you ever had an experience that felt lacking, or that you thought needed some extra spice added to it? Have no fear, the Mono-Machine Music Box is here! Designed entirely to help you all relax in this hotel, this machine will play a variety of songs and music tracks to match any circumstance. After all, what’s a good killing game without a good soundtrack? Upupupupu…
Masakazu pressed the button again in frustration, exiting the instruction menu and leading him to a list of music tracks. As much as he liked music, he felt reluctant to use anything provided to him my Monokuma. As such, he left the machine alone and resumed his walk to the cafe.
Once he made his way to the cafe, Masakazu opened the double doors and walked inside. Several people were crowding around one of the long, rectangular tables, conversing with one another. Ryoma heard the cafe’s doors close and waved Masakazu over.
“Looks like you managed to roll out of bed early today, huh?” The strongman asked with a smile.
The chess player only nodded in response as he took a seat next to Risa and Tetsuya. “So, what’s going on with this meeting?”
Risa turned towards him to reply. “Ryoma wanted us to talk about what we discovered, since Monokuma kinda interrupted us before.”
Jack leaned forward, sprawling his arms on the table. “We’re never gonna get this done if Yubs and the rest take so freakin long to get here…”
“I’m sure Kai’s doing his best to gather them, we’ll just have to wait in the meantime.” Ryoma assured the forger, who merely sighed in response.
After a few tense minutes, the doors to the cafe opened once more. A cheerful Kai walked forward, with a drowsy Kimiko and irritated Yubiseiharukana in tow.
Once the three of them sat down, Ryoma stood up and began talking. “First off, thanks for coming here first thing in the morning, everyone. I’m sure it was no easy feat, with how sleepy some of you look. However, it’s important to discuss our findings from yesterday, as well as our...situation.” He turned to examine our reactions to the mention of the killing game before sitting back down. “Who would like to begin?”
Sumire immediately spoke up. “The front door to this hotel’s covered in metal n’ protected by a freakin’ machine gun, so make sure you guys don’t mess with it, yeah?”
This sudden announcement caught several students off guard, who weren’t aware of the presence of the minigun. Masakazu decided it best to alleviate their concerns by explaining the minigun’s purpose. “T-To be more specific, the machine gun is set to attack anything that only tries to open the door itself, so if you were to simply pass through or examine the door, you’d be fine.”
“There’s also nothing suspicious in the entrance hall, atleast not that I could find.” Kimiko added.
“N-Nice to hear, I guess? Um, who else has something to report?” Jirou attempted to steer the conversation away from the minigun.
“There’s a pair of elevators at the top of the grand hall, but they didn’t seem to be operational.” Kenji responded with crossed arms.
“Elevators? I haven’t seen any stairs myself, but there’s elevators? Isn’t that strange?” Kasumi asked.
The rest of us looked at eachother, hoping someone would speak up about finding a set of stairs. When no one replied, she sighed. “Thought not.”
“Anyways...there’s a laundry room upstairs, but nothing out of the ordinary about it.” Konomi said, adjusting her headphones once more.
Risa nodded furiously in response. “Yep, just boring old clothes and laundry carts. Nothing worth reporting.”
Yubiseiharukana scoffed upon hearing the magician’s report. “So, you pretty much did nothing the entire time you investigated? Am I hearing this right?”
Hana tilted her head and looked down the table at the detective. “And what did you find during your investigation, nya?’
Yubiseiharukana smirked and crossed her arms. “I’m pleased to announce that there’s nothing fishy about any of the restrooms or hallways in this hotel, and no hidden passages exist.”
Jack’s sunglasses drooped down his nose as he gave the detective a bewildered look. “Wow Yubs, you really didn’t do anything useful either, huh?”
This remark didn’t go well with her, and she began glared daggers at the forger. “And I’m supposed to take that kind of talk from the guy who wasted his time telling pointless lies to everyone while they worked hard investigating? And quit calling me Yubs, damnit!”
Jack didn’t respond to the detective’s response, instead opting to slide back into his chair and avoid eye contact.
“...There’s three commons areas on this floor, all of which contain the same amount of seating.” Yuuki attempted to give his report, probably in an attempt to change the subject.
“And speaking of this floor, it looks like that bear was telling the truth about our food shortage.” Tetsuya announced after Yuuki finished speaking. “I checked it this morning, and there’s been a ton of food added to the freezers.”
“And several packs of bottled water and soda line the bottom of the fridge, too.” Takako added.
As Takako finished talking, Ryoma stood up once more. “Sounds like everyone’s had a chance to talk about their findings. While our situation is quite grim, it’s good to know that we have a stable source of food and drink.”
“Atleast until the bear decides to cut us off.” Yubiseiharukana remarked, leaning back in her chair.
“I don’t think he’d do that, especially if he’s serious about this ‘game’ of his.” Kimiko spoke, rubbing her eyes.
“Why do you think that?” Masakazu turned to the reporter, who finished waking up.
“Well, it just makes sense, doesn’t it? If he’s so adamant about us killing each other, then he wouldn’t risk us dying of starvation.”
Kimiko’s thinking was logical, but it still made Masakazu sick to his stomach. In a situation where they’re forced to kill each other, starvation might’ve been preferable.
“That brings me to my second point of discussion.” Ryoma continued. “I still think this whole thing is some kind of sick joke, but if it alleviates your fears somewhat, I request that we all meet up here each morning to discuss this game and hang out. I’m sure that after a few days, whoever is doing this will get tired of us not freaking out and release us. We’ll just have to run the clock, you hear me?”
No one replied, except for a few nods in the crowd. “Then it’s settled, morning meetings are now a mandatory part during our time here. Besides that, you can enjoy whatever else this hotel has to offer. I’m looking forward to working with you all!” Ryoma gave a wide grin after finishing his speech, which gave Masakazu a warm feeling in his heart. Even with Monokuma’s sinister declaration yesterday, many people still had hope that everything would turn out alright. Masakazu decided to keep that optimism with him.
Once everyone in the cafe finished their discussions, the room quickly emptied itself out as the students left to do their own thing. Masakazu found himself with nothing to do, so he decided to find someone to talk with.
I wonder who I should try talking to...
And with that, the true beginning of the story begins! At the beginning of each chapter is a segment for "Free Time Events", (or FTEs, for short) where the readers and Masakazu discover traits and backstories for the other students of this hotel. Below is a straw poll, where you may vote for 5 of the 15 students. The five students with the most votes will get a free time event, and each student can have a maximum of five. Don't worry if your character doesn't get any votes, because each chapter will have five FTEs. Besides that, I plan on writing all free time events for all of the students in the event of...well, death.
Besides that, how do you all feel about the inclusion of the Mono-Machine Music Box? I was mulling over including it for quite some time, as listening to the ost of Danganronpa V3 while reading through past posts just felt...right to me. Of course, if it's not a popular addition, I'll gladly take it out.
QOTD: If you were in Masakazu's place, who would you choose to hang out with first?
That concludes this ending segment, see you in the next post!~
-♞ Chess Boi