I am butchering dialogue, battles, and s-links to get the novel version respectable. I can make characters more cynical, mean, out of character, and amusing. My character is "special" personality-wise. My character is a compilation of all members of my mythology club. The personas are more integrated in battle. (Think Nocturne)
Language is by far the biggest issue in this story because it is the novelization of P4. A lot of the story is close to the same, so expect some to be word for word. That means language won't be the nicest at times. Some Chapters are much better than others.
I do have one OC that is in here that messes with the story. If you believe it interferes with a novelization that much, then I suggest you do not read this fic.
You know what I own… Nothing! Atlus and Atlus-USA owns SMT and Persona.
Thoughts are mixed in with speaking, but it will clearly say, he or she is thinking that or this.
I tried to reformat it a little bit, but bear with me. This first chapter is the weakest, story-wise. Don't judge my skills based on this.
"Over here!" a man called. "Hey, my name is Ryotarou Dojima. I'm your mother's brother. Do you remember me?"
Souji only responded as "…."
"Well you may not remember me, but I used to change your diapers when you were a baby," Ryotarou said with a chuckle while shifting slightly. A small girl is hiding behind Dojima and looking rather shy. He had just walked down from the train station after a long five to six hour ride, and he was rather tired already. He was in Inaba, or the middle of nowhere according to Souji. He would miss the big city. He was popular at his old school. When his teacher announced he was leaving, the whole class was on their knees begging him not to leave.
"….," was the response as Souji stood below the bottom step of the train station. Dojima did not seem to find that remark very amusing. He looked at the small girl with a curious look. She had pigtails and a pink blouse, white socks, and brown loafers. The little girl seemed scared of the newcomer that would be living there for a year.
"Are you scared of Souji?" Dojima asks, "This is my daughter Nanako, Souji. Why don't you introduce yourself Nanako?"
The girl shifted very apprehensively. "H… Hi," Nanako whispered softly. She really was as shy as she seemed.
"What's wrong?" Dojima asked in jest. "Are you that shy?"
Nanako replied by hitting Dojima on the back. He was making fun of the little girl. Souji thought to himself, "This is a weird family."
"Hey, hey…." Dojima replied, but there was no anger in his voice. He was laughing.
Dojima grabbed Souji's luggage from him, "So, I guess you'll be here for a year, while your parents are overseas."
"Yeah, I'll be here for my 2nd year," Souji said, "My parents are working in somewhere in New York."
Dojima smirked as he remarked, "I'm sure you'll find friends that will want you to stay for longer. Why don't we head towards my car and I'll drive you to my house." The three of them entered the car and drove off after Dojima placed the luggage in the trunk.
"Hold on Souji, I need to get some gas," Dojima said as he pulled into the station.
He was brought of his reverie by Nanako, who responded to his father, "Dad…. I need to use the restroom,"
An attendant greeted them when they had gotten to the station. It was a small gas station. Souji started to think that everything in this place was miniscule. "Welcome to Moei!"
Dojima sighed, "Okay, hurry," He asked the attendant, "Where is the bathroom?"
"In the back, on the left," the seemingly androgynous attendant remarked. He told Nanako "It's the side you hold your chopsticks on."
"I know," huffed Nanako. She didn't like someone insulting her intelligence.
Dojima looked at the gas station attendant and told he/she, "Fill it up while you're at it," He then said, "Now's a good as time as any for a smoke," as he grabbed a cigarette and briefly walked away from the station toward the shopping district.
"Well that isn't dangerous at all," Souji thought. Souji got out of the car and was met by the attendant, "Are you in high school?" the attendant asked.
Souji nodded and the attendant went on to say, "There isn't much to do in this town. You'll either be hanging out with friends or doing part-time jobs." The… he/she attendant went to shake hands with Souji and Souji accepted warily. He suddenly felt sick and started feeling woozy.
Nanako came back from the bathroom and saw his pale cousin. "Are you carsick?"
Souji didn't really know how he was feeling. Was he carsick, or just tired? Maybe he shouldn't have eaten that weird fruit he bought while waiting for the train. He shook his head and put his shoulder against the window while waiting for the car to get to Dojima's residence.
When he arrived at the house, Nanako dropped off his luggage in his room after they removed their shoes. They were eating dinner and sipping their drinks when the news came on.
"An affair involving Mr. Taro Namatame and Miss Mayumi Yamano has caused widespread response throughout the airwaves," the reporter was droning, "…according to this station."
Meanwhile, Souji started drifting off to his time on the train. Igor, Margaret, contracts about the year. Tarot cards and mysteries. "I don't remember what a Moon card represents, but I'm sure it isn't something good," Souji murmured in his sleep. A phone call brought him back into reality.
Dojima's phone rang and as he answered, "Yes… Yes, okay… I'll be there." Dojima looked at Souji and Nanako to tell them, "I need to go out. It's for work; I'll be late." He said right before he left, "It's raining, hang up the laundry."
Nanako changed the channel as dad left, "I already did!" Nanako told Dojima as he shut the door.
On the new channel there was a commercial for Junes, "Every day is Great at your Junes!"
Nanako sang it verbatim and Souji had to put his fingers on the ridge of his nose. It was an annoying song. Souji asked what Ryotarou did for work, and Nanako told him, "He helps solve things for people. He's a detective."
"Oh… so that's why he's abandoned you," Souji thought.
Souji decided to go to bed after they ate, and Nanako did as well. Nanako was still too shy to really talk about anything with him.
Souji made the trip up to his room; it was quite empty since he hadn't unpacked yet. It did have a TV, a table, a couch, shelves, and a desk to study on. Souji was so tired that he just went to the futon and fell asleep immediately. He hadn't even bothered to change clothes.
He was dreaming, or at least he thought he was…. It was foggy. He could not see ten feet in front of him. Souji had no choice but to keep walking forward. Before he knew it, Souji found his life at risk, or so he thought.
"There is no way this could be real, right?" as he ended up fighting something, or someone in the fog who kept taunting him. He couldn't hit the thing worth a damn. He never was good at baseball in Phys. Ed. and having a katana as a bat didn't help very much.
"Do you search the truth?" it kept asking.
"I don't know!" Souji yelled, "Am I?"
The fog ended up getting thicker before he woke up from the dream, pseudo-dream, or whatever.
As soon as he awoke, a knock came at the door, "Are you awake?" It was Nanako calling him, "You don't want to be late for school."
When Souji came down he saw that Nanako was making breakfast.
"Are you sure Nanako isn't Dojima's indentured servant or something?" Souji thought, "Because Nanako is doing all the work in the house."
Souji had to ask as he walked down the stairs, "Why are you making breakfast, Nanako?"
"Dad to leave early… besides… he can't cook, so I buy dinner," Nanako told Souji.
"So… what are you making?" Souji looked at the food with an eyebrow raised.
"I make toast," Nanako responded, "I can make sunny-side up eggs too."
"… He can't be that busy," Souji thought to himself.
They ate breakfast in peace. Surprisingly, the food was not half-bad. Eggs and Toast was not the hardest food to make in the world, and it showed.
"You're starting school today, right?" Nanako asked.
Souji nodded. It was pretty obvious that he was.
"I'll walk with you part of the way to school. It's on the way, Souji," Nanako smiled as they finished their breakfast.
Nanako walked halfway with him until she arrived at her school. The rain pattered over his umbrella and the clouds looked like they would not pass anytime soon. The droning and chatting of inane students wasn't that interesting. They were chatting about skipping class and the rain. "Why bother?" Souji muttered as people didn't even notice him.
As Souji got close to the school a student on a bicycle trying to ride with one hand on an umbrella and the other on the handlebar crashed straight into a pole. Souji walked right past him as he clutched his crotch, "That had to hurt. I should leave him alone."
Souji arrived to Yasogami High School with a few minutes and stopped to find out where his classroom was. To tell the truth, Souji had no idea where the hell his classroom was. It wasn't a large school by any means. It was nowhere the size of his old school. Sure, it was a gated school with three floors and nine classrooms, but it was only one building. "Worthless," Souji muttered. "My old one had five," Souji thought.
Meanwhile in Souji's prospective classroom,
Class 2-2 was arranged in the typical setting for a controlled environment. It was a classroom that may have been conducive for classroom management for the teacher, but not necessarily good learning environments for the students in a high school setting. It looked exactly like you think a normal classroom would. Students were milling around before homeroom began, talking about the new year of school. Not everyone was particularly happy about the approaching educators or studies.
"I hear we're stuck with Mr. Mooroka as our homeroom teacher," one student exclaimed.
Another student replied, "No way, that sucks. A whole year of King Moron and his long ass sermons, I should suspend myself now."
Another one said, "I heard we're getting a transfer student,"
"Boy or girl?" An interested boy asked from his seat.
An indiscrete girl who was wearing a black skirt and a green sweater that zipped in the middle with three badges on it was chatting with her friends, while the other students were chatting away. The girl had a brown hair with a haircut in a short bowl cut style. I guess you could consider her cute, but she looked more like a tomboy.
"A transfer student from the city… Just like you, huh, Yosuke?" the girl asked this Yosuke.
The boy, the one that ran into the pole with his bike responded, "Huh? Yeah," Yosuke wore black pants with a white shirt, while wearing a white jacket with a beige fur collar over it with fluffy brown hair. The hair kind of grew all over the place.
"What happened to you? You look dead," The brown-haired girl asked, after seeing Yosuke hunched over his desk.
"Don't ask…" the boy named Yosuke responded, obviously in pain, "I don't want to talk about it."
"It should be interesting at least," another girl said
She was wearing the same style of skirt, but also a red blouse with a yellow tie said. Her long black hair shimmered as if she brushed it a thousand times each day before coming to class. She seemed serious with a stoic smile, but her skin was flawless. She was rather pretty and a lot of boys stared at her when they entered the classroom.
"That'd make three transfer students, actually. Don't forget Rion," as the girl nodded towards a student wearing anything but the normal boys' uniform. He had a white undershirt, and over it, was a blue and white horizontal striped sweater. His hair was similar to the girl with a brown-blond color, but a little longer with a part to the left. He had reading glasses on, black frames, but no rims.
He was sitting next to the girl in red and only nodded in agreement before saying "I guess you're right, Yukiko." The boy's accent didn't fit his nationality at all. He pushed his glasses up with his left pointer finger, and pointed at the door was opening up.
"ALRIGHT, YOU IDIOTS… SHADDUP!" yelled a man with buck-tooth teeth and an ugly suit that screamed for braces. He walked in with Souji in tow to the front of the class. Souji looked like he did not care at all about being there. In truth, Souji cared about as much as posture displayed. "I'm your homeroom teacher, Mr. Mooroka, and I'll be wasting my time with you this year," he droned. "As long as I'm here, you will be as pure as the driven snow," Mr. Mooroka ranted on and on about more worthless information that no student would even care about.
"He doesn't stop, does he?" Chie voiced to the girl in red.
The students had begun to chat amongst themselves during Mooroka's tirade, so he quickly told them to shut up and said while nodding toward Souji, "We have a new transfer student; he's from the big city, and I'm sure he's as much of a loser as he was there." Mr. Mooroka looked annoyed. He seemed to be in a rush to rant on the students.
"You calling me a loser, buck-tooth?" Souji rolled his eyes at the teacher.
Mr. Mooroka had a vein pop in his skull as he yelled, "That's it. You're on my shit list, effective immediately."
The students looked shocked as Morooka went on another rant. He seemed very good at yelling... especially if it was about Souji's expectations that he was going to screw with the girls. "I don't want him to get any ideas about making any moves on these country girls. They aren't as sophisticated as your city girls, but what do I know, you are all on those My-faces and your Face-journals."
Souji didn't really give a rat's ass about angering this guy. This guy was probably as stupid as he looked. He just had to get through the year and he'll be fine.
"Umm… sir, can the new student sit here?" Chie, the student in green had raised her hand asked.
Mr. Mooroka calmed down slightly and said, "Fine, get your ass over there. Your seat's there!"
As Souji wandered over towards his seat he could hear students whispering about things like he was on Mooroka's bad side and how he could get suspended.
As he sat down the girl in green said, "He's the worse, huh?"
"Yeah, I agree," Souji said, "Grade A… Asshole."
"Guess we'll just have to deal with him until the end of the year," she said.
"SHUDDUP already!" Morooka yelled, "I'm taking roll and you better be quiet!"
"This is boring…," he thought as Morooka's lectures continued, "One day and I'm already waiting for the year to be over."
Mooroka continued to talk about this and that for hours on end. He had mentioned that this was the only day he would be doing a shortened lesson by himself. "This is unbearable. This guy is the King Moron. I wish I could shoot myself with a gun. He doesn't even like kids; he probably only does this for a paycheck," Souji was thinking to himself.
"Alright, that's all for today…," Mr. Mooroka said as the class let out a collective cry of happiness.
A bell chimed and out of a loud speaker a voice came, "All teachers please report for a staff meeting. Students remain in your classrooms until further notice."
Morooka told the students to shut up before leaving, while sirens were heard in distance. Police sirens, it seemed, by the flashes of red and blue.
They were near the school. Many students ran up to the windows to take a look. They were gossiping about various things.
"An incident, here?" a student said, "What do you think its about?"
The voice chimed again, "There has been a disturbance near the school area. Please contact your guardians or parents and have them pick you up."
Chie turned to Souji and asked him, "What is your name? I'm Chie Satonaka, and I sit next to you as you obviously noticed."
She gestured over to the two students in front of them, "Oh, this is Yukiko Amagi, and Rion Ishinata."
"It's nice to meet you," Yukiko said.
"Oh come on!" Chie said, "Don't be so formal!"
Rion rolled his eyes, "A pleasure, I'm sure."
The three of them saw the boy who had crashed into the pole earlier, named Yosuke looking scared and walking very slowly
The brown-haired boy named Yosuke came to Chie holding a DVD case towards her. "Miss… Satonaka… The way they moved was just amazing," He says to her in a panicked voice, "I'm really sorry. I'll pay you back when I get my next paycheck; I promise."
He runs off as Chie yells, "Hey wait up! What did you do to my DVD?"
Souji, Yukiko, and Rion hear a large crash that sounds like a foot cracking something important to guys.
Chie's voice becomes high pitched as she panics, "It's completely cracked. My Trial of the Dragon!"
"I think mine are cracked too. Major hit to the nads!" Yosuke was hunched over for the second time today.
"Let's go guys," Chie motions to the others, while Yosuke is in pain. Souji looks at Yosuke. He looks like he's in pain.
"I feel like I should help him," Souji thought, "but whatever."
"Are you alright?" Yukiko asked.
"A… Are you worried about me, Yukiko-san?" Yosuke asked hopefully.
"Let's ditch him and go, Yukiko," Chie said, as she shut the DVD case and headed out the door. The others, besides Yosuke, followed.
As the three of them headed towards the gates of Yasogami High School, a guy from a different high school approached Yukiko.
He approached her confidently and asked, "You're Yuki, right? You want to hang out sometime?"
"Who are you?" Yukiko asked.
Two boys who had walked up and one said, "What school is he from?"
The other one said, "Never mind that, he's going for Yukiko-san? You'd think he'd wait until she's alone, not when she's surrounded by her best friend, a martial arts champion, and the transfer student.
"I bet you he gets knocked out!" the first one said.
"No way, I know how difficult the challenge is."
The creepy kid asked, "So, are you coming or not?"
"I… I'm not coming," Yukiko said.
"Fine!" the creeper yelled.
She innocently asked, "What did he want from me?"
"Duh... He was asking you out," Chie sighed.
"Really?" Yukiko asked.
"You had no idea?" Chie sighed, "But it was way over the top, how he called you Yuki."
"That is quite disturbing," Rion remarked. Souji noticed that Rion had a very monotonic way of speaking that never seemed to change. He also sounded sort of British.
"Is she that clueless?" Souji thought.
"Yo, Yukiko-san. Cut down another challenger, did you?" Yosuke replied as he came towards the trio with his bike in tow, "Kinda like me last year."
"I don't remember doing that," Yukiko said.
"Well, if you didn't know. Want to go somewhere sometime, Yukiko?" Yosuke asked hopefully.
"No, not really," Yukiko said,
Yosuke sighed while Rion replied, "Shot down again, buddy."
"Hopeless," Souji thought. "Good luck next time," said Souji.
"Thanks. I'll need it," Yosuke smirked, "Just don't mess with the new guy."
"Hey!" Chie yelled at him, "We just want to know more about him."
With that Yosuke rode off on his bike and they headed away from the school. The four of them were walking down the Flood Plain when Rion looked at the others, "So where are we headed?" he asked.
Chie looked at them, "I guess Junes."
"Then why did you clock Yosuke?" Rion asked.
"Cause he broke my DVD," she responded.
"Fair enough," he nodded.
They headed their way down the floodplains away from Yasogami toward Junes.
"So, Yukiko, another rejection, when are you going to get a boyfriend?" Chie inquired.
"Wha…What are you talking about?" Yukiko asked with a shocked face and a blush creeping up her cheeks.
While Souji inwardly chuckled, Rion responded, "You need to find someone, someday, Yukiko."
"It's not like… I've never had a boyfriend. I mean there just isn't…" Yukiko was rambling. You could tell she was nervous.
"Do you think she's cute, Souji?" Chie asked.
Souji thought about it, looking at Yukiko. He said, "Yeah, she looks cute."
"Stop it…," Yukiko pleaded, "Not this again."
Chie chuckled, "I'm sorry, but this is our chance to talk to someone from the big city."
So…. What is there to do here? Souji thought.
He voiced his question and Chie thought for a second, "Well, I think our dyes are famous. Oh… there is the Amagi Inn. It's run by Yukiko's family. Yukiko will take it over someday."
"It's not that famous," Yukiko said, shyly.
As they were walking down the Samegawa Floodplain towards Junes; they noticed the flashing lights and sirens from before, but they were much louder and distinct. The four of them stopped by where the commotion was coming from. There were a few people already gathered around the scene.
"I heard the body was found strung up on the top of the apartment," one housewife remarked.
Another housewife said, "No way, I heard it was that announcer lady we saw on the news. I heard a high school student found the body. "
This caught Souji's attention for a moment, but he brushed it off without a second thought, he thought it didn't matter.
"A murder," Chie said, "That's pretty out there, for Inaba."
"Well, we are a small town," Yukiko said.
As they crossing the crime scene a detective crossed their path. Souji recognized him as his uncle, Dojima.
"What are you kids doing out here?" he asked. "Damn school, they shouldn't have let you go out this way."
Do you know this person, Souji?" Chie asked.
His uncle responded, "Yeah, I'm his uncle. I'll be taking care of him this month. Why don't you kids just hurry home."
As the four of them were walking away from the crime scene, "Your uncle, a detective, this is going to be an interesting year," Rion said with a smirk, "I'm sure he'll be on your case all the time."
At the same time they heard Souji's uncle yell, "Adachi, quit acting like a rookie and get back here. You want to be sent back to the city? Go clean yourself up."
"I'd hope not, especially with a murder case here in Inaba," exclaimed Chie.
Souji did reply, "Yeah, wouldn't want too much excitement, I guess."
"Yo, Rion… Are you coming over to the back of Amagi Inn? You said you would teach me this Punt technique. You said it was supposed to make things go really far" Chie asked with a touch of excitement in her voice.
"Yeah, yeah," Rion headed with Chie and Yukiko as Souji headed away towards the Dojima residence.
Souji reached the Dojima residence as the horizon hit around five p.m. "Great… Two martial arts freaks, one who is apathetic as hell, and one who's obsessed with kicking people in the balls. Then there is another chick that seems smart, but is really a ditz when it comes to men," he thought to himself. He opened the door with trepidation and rolled his eyes as he came in.
"Hey, you're home," Nanako said as you came in, "Dad's not coming home tonight."
They sat down to watch TV after getting something to eat. As the news came on, there was a solemn air in the news cast as they reported today's stories.
"Today in our town of Inaba, Miss Mayumi Yamano, who was having an affair with Taro Namatame was found dead hanging on an antenna. Mr. Namatame and his ex-wife were brought in for questioning, but right now nothing is for certain." The news went on and on about the murder of Miss Yamano and her life.
Nanako changed the channel as she said, "This is boring."
"Every day is Customer Appreciation Day at your Junes. Every day is great at your Junes!"
Souji heard Nanako repeat the jingle and he groaned… "This is going to be a long year," he thought.
The next day started out pretty much like the last. He headed out through the flood plains to his school. He did not plan on it to be very interesting, and it was not. The only interesting thing was that he helped Yosuke out of a trashcan when he ran into it, in front of the school. He ended up meeting more oddball teachers beyond that moron, who again lectured and called out his students. Sofue was some whacko wearing a headdress trying to point out with a dowsing rod who would answer the next question. Nakayama needed some face work and was an idiot. Souji questioned Hosoi's sanity. "I mean who the hell makes a damn puppet of himself?" Kondo seemed okay, but he made the students work too hard. Fifty laps around the school in an hour and a half, you got to be kidding me? Souji just wanted the day to end and the year to end, at that. Yosuke came up to him after school, and looked like he wanted to talk to him.
"Now what?" he thought.
"Hey, how you are adjusting to this place?" Yosuke asked, "You are the new guy, you know."
"I'm doing alright," Souji said.
"Alright," Yosuke said, "There isn't much here, is there?" He looked at Souji, "There is one thing we have that's special. Grilled steak!" Yosuke rolled his eyes at the obvious stupidity of it. "I'll treat ya."
Chie walked up to him, "Hey! What about me! My Trial of the Dragon!"
Yosuke clutched the bridge of his nose, "What, I have to treat you too?"
Chie looked at Yukiko, "Shouldn't he treat us Yukiko?" She looked at Souji and asked him, "Hey, we didn't a chance last time, you want to go with Yosuke? Rion is coming with us. Yukiko?"
"I have to work at the Inn, sorry," she responded.
"I guess, I have nothing better to do," Souji said with a bored tone.
"Okay. Let's go!" Chie said, slightly less enthusiastic, but still ready to go.
The four of them walked away from school, well three of them. Yosuke was originally on his bike until he crashed it, and then started with them.
"So, you moved because your parents are overseas? That's rough. A whole year, then." Yosuke remarked.
Souji just nodded in agreement.
They four of them were chatting animatedly. Well, most of the talking was done by Chie and Yosuke. At one point they got into an argument, and Rion had to intervene before Chie did some critical damage to Yosuke's lower body parts.
"Can't find much in the shopping district anymore," Chie said.
"And this is our fault?" Yosuke responded, "Just because I'm the son of the manager!"
Chie argued, "Did I say it was?"
Afterwards, Rion turned to Souji ,"If you feel like this place is annoying at the moment, you'll probably find something to like here. The eventuality of you discovering something to accomplish is abound to occur."
"Are you always this way?" Souji asked, "Do you always talk like this?"
"This is normal for me," Rion said, "I felt like I could protect people when I came here."
Souji just sighed, "You go on being the saint. Friends are found in more than just watching over them like a hawk."
To this Rion had no response for that, and Souji just rolled his eyes. That shut him up… "Why be a saint when you don't have to be," Souji thought.
By that time, Yosuke had left his chair and headed over to another table where an older girl was sitting down. She looked beyond exhausted.
"Hey Saki-senpai," Yosuke greeted her with a smile and a half-wave, "You look beat."
"Hey Yosuke-san, I'm on my break," the girl that seemed to be named Saki said. She looked exhausted.
"That's Saki Konishi, her parents run a liquor store in the shopping district," Chie said listlessly.
Souji asked, "Is that Yosuke's girlfriend or something?"
Chie chuckled, "I think he wants her to be. Yosuke is just too shy I think," She rolled her eyes, "He's one of those guys who would probably take any girl he can get."
After a little while, Saki had walked up to the table. She glanced at Souji and said, "Ohh.. I heard that Hana-chan's class got a transfer student. Don't mind Hana-chan, he's just a little nosy," She looked at her watch, "Oh, my break is almost over. I need to get back to work. See you Hana-chan."
Yosuke smiled, "Saki is nosier than me."
Souji just rolled his eyes. "Idiot…"
After listening to Yosuke talk about Saki, the conversation shifted back to normal stuff.
"Hey guys, have you ever heard about the Midnight Channel?" Chie asked.
Yosuke responded, "Isn't that some kind of urban legend."
Chie said, "I heard that if you look into a TV that's turned off at midnight, while it's raining you are supposed to see your soul mate.
Yosuke said, "There are a bunch of morons around here saying that Yamano is their soul mate, but that can't be true."
Rion muttered, "That does sound farfetched and rather ridiculous."
"It is a little out there," Souji said.
"Thank you," Yosuke said.
"Then, let's all watch it tonight, and then we'll all see if it's a legend of not, okay?" Chie told them.
There was nothing really important to add to the conversation. In a short while he said goodbye to the others and walked back to his temporary house. He said hello to the either energetic or complacent Nanako. In a few hours, a surprising thing happened; Dojima arrived to the house on time.
A miracle has happened, where is the Kodak camera when you need it?
"I'm home!" Dojima exclaimed.
"You're late," Nanako replied.
Souji just shrugged while the older Dojima said, "Sorry, it was a mess down there," He pointed to the TV, "Nanako, can you turn it to the news?"
Nanako changed it to the news, and on the news was another story about the Yamano murder.
"How often are they going to ride this train?" Dojima asked.
The news reporter said, "Now we are going to give you an interview with the girl who found the body."
"How'd they find that out already?" Dojima obviously a little surprised.
They were bombarding the girl with questions. The girl who was obviously Saki Konishi looked flustered and nervous. She really could not answer the questions asked to her by the reporter.
"This is boring," Nanako said as she picked up the remote.
"Every day is Customer Appreciation Day at Junes. Every day is Great at your Junes!"
"God Help Us All!" Souji was screaming in his head.
"Hey Dad, can we go to Junes sometime?" Nanako asked.
Dojima was fast asleep.
Undeterred by this, Souji went upstairs and noticed that rain was coming down. He decided to try out the supposed Midnight Channel. He waited until it was around two minutes before midnight. Souji made sure it was still raining before staring into the TV.
Suddenly, as he was looking at the screen, it shifted colors from the murky black to a fuzzy yellow. In the middle of the yellow TV screen was an indiscernible female that was standing straight. He heard strange voices. "I am thou, and thou art I…" Souji put his hand forward and touched the screen, and it got stuck in the screen. "What is this! You got be kidding me!" Souji was thinking. He then stuck his head in. He forced his hand and head out of the screen with great force and bumped against the table in his room. His back wrenched against the wooden table and he silently cursed the table. The table broke his fall, but it broke his back in the process.
"Are you okay, Souji? I heard a loud noise?" It was Nanako. She must have awoken when she pulled his body out of the TV.
"I'm okay, you can go back to bed," Souji said.
Nanako just went back to bed mumbling something like "Kay..."
Next day after school, the four of them met up by Souji's desk to talk about what they saw on the Midnight Channel.
They all decided they saw the same female person, and then Souji decided to tell them about his hand going into the TV, and then his head.
"Man… That must have been one great dream," Yosuke commented,
Rion pushed up his glasses, "Sure you weren't on something?"
"Moving on…," Chie said, "But I loved the fact that you couldn't get all the way through because your TV was too small. That was great."
"Well I didn't expect much," Souji thought, "I didn't think they'd believe me."
"Well, Junes is having a sale on big-screen TV's, you might be able to fit into those, Souji," Yosuke laughed.
"Awesome… my parents said they were looking into buying a new TV, and I can see watching the kung fu movies on a big screen," Chie said with a little too much excitement in her voice.
They went with Yosuke to the Junes Electronic Department. The TV's were huge, ranging from 35" to well over 60" big. Most were LCD and Plasma, and far too expensive for the average person in Inaba to afford. Even with the sale, they were out of their price range of anyone.
Rion, Chie, and Yosuke tapped the largest plasma TV, and didn't go through, "Didn't expect to go through anyways," said Rion.
Yosuke said, "It's a plasma, you'd end up on the other side."
"Well... This is our top of the line model, Miss Satonaka. Perfect for watching your movies," Yosuke was marketing the TV's.
"Look at all these zeroes!" Chie exclaimed again, "It's so expensive,"
Yosuke brought her over to another, "This is a display model. Older but still good,"
I'm bored. I'll just touch this TV and see what happens. "Well I guess that would explain the emptiness of this department," Souji remarked.
As Souji touched the overly large plasma TV, his hand once again disappeared into the TV. There were white ripple marks where his hand was mixing with the TV. I wonder if I can stick more than my hand in here. He decided to put his head in. It fit in as well.
"Guys! Holy!" Rion said pointing at the TV where Souji's hand was blurring.
Chie and Yosuke had similar responses as all three of them ran towards the TV.
"You really weren't lying about that," Chie said in amazement.
"What's on the other side?" Yosuke asked, "What's the magician's secret!"
Souji had replied nothing and Chie responded, "What do you mean nothing?"
"It's really spacious in here, guys. There's room for everyone," he said.
"What do you mean, spacious!" Yosuke asked.
"This shouldn't be possible," Rion said.
"I think this is too much for my bladder to take!" Yosuke exclaimed.
"What! Are you going to pee your pants!" Chie asked.
Rion looked at him, "What does this have to do with your bladder?"
"I've been holding it all day!" Yosuke exclaimed, "I didn't have a chance to go!"
He was running back and forth when he noticed people coming, "Shit! Customers!"
"Guys! We have a guy stuck in a TV here!" Chie yelled.
"Well, let's get him out," Rion said.
The three tried to pull Souji out. "Hey that hurts," When they attempted to do that, all of them fell into the TV.
The world was the same yellow that Souji saw on the TV. There was also fog covering the area. The landing was not a very enjoyable one. It was quite painful. He fell rolling onto his back, which was already smarting from hitting that table last night.
"Damn, I landed on my wallet…" Yosuke said in pain as he hit the floor.
"Ow…" Chie exclaimed as she did the same.
"Tch," Rion said.
Souji just said, "Great… We landed in another dimension"
"Great…," Yosuke muttered.
"What? Did you relieve yourself?" Rion asked.
Chie looked aghast, "Did you pee your pants!"
"No…!" Yosuke answered, "Don't freak out like that, Chie!"
"Thank god…," Souji responded.
Chie looked around the area, "Where are we? It looks like a TV studio. On that note, how do we get out?"
"I don't know," answered Souji.
"I don't know, you tell me." Yosuke told her.
"Guys… I'm getting scared," Chie was getting a little worried, "I want to go home."
"Let's just walk around and try and find a way out of here," Souji said.
"I agree, or the two of them may find a reason to kill each other," Rion responded.
"Fine…" Chie said.
The four of them walked east down a path that seemed to lead to nowhere, "I think we're getting farther away," Chie panicky exclaimed.
Rion added, "The fog is denser in this area. It seems to make it slightly harder to breathe."
"Thanks for the report, genius…," Souji muttered to himself.
At this point they had reached a building and the four of them went inside.
"A dead end… Good job, Yosuke!" Chie punched him in the arm.
"This is quite the creepy living space, if it is in fact one," Rion pointed out to the others, looking at the noose at the center.
"Oh my god!" Chie exclaimed, "A noose! What, was someone going to hang themselves here?"
Yosuke suddenly rushed towards the side wall, "I can't hold it any longer."
"What you're going over there. Nasty!" Chie yelled.
"Don't look, I can't go if you look," Yosuke mumbled.
Rion turned around with Souji and Chie.
"What a loser," Souji said.
"Why didn't he go during school?" Rion asked.
Chie responded, "How should I know?"
Yosuke muttered, "I can't do it. It's your fault if my bladder bursts, Chie."
"See if I care," Chie said.
"Now it smells terrible in here…," Souji responded.
"Well excuse me. I had to go," Yosuke said turning around to face the three. Returning, Yosuke replied, "Much better. Hey guys, do you notice those posters on the walls?"
Rion said, "Yeah those are creepy. All those posters with the faces ripped off. I think I recognize them from somewhere,"
"I don't care," Chie wobbled slightly and then said, "I'm not feeling so good."
"Me neither," Yosuke said.
"This is not the most advantageous situation… We need to leave immediately. This fog seems to be draining our energy," Rion pointed to the open door.
"I am not feeling good either," Souji said.
"Does Rion always need to act like a know-it-all?" Souji thought.
"Let's go, guys," Chie said as she began to walk out.
It was beginning to get harder to walk down the hallway they came from, but eventually they made it down the path and to the central area they came in. They still couldn't see, and the fog was still tiring the four of them. Souji could not figure how much more he could take of the fog until he would collapse.
Rion said to them as they were struggling, "We need to find a way out very soon."
Suddenly, a squeaking noise was heard and something came from the fog. A mysterious something came wobbling towards them covered in fur. Was it a bear? Was it a monkey? Or a mixture of the two creatures?
"What is that?" Souji thought.
"Who are you guys?" The creature asked them.
Chie asked, "Ahh.. What are you? Are you a dog or something? You wanna fight!" She put up her fists.
"A monkey!" The creature looked affronted, "Who are you guys!"
"Where are we? And who are you" asked Yosuke.
"This place doesn't have a name, that's it," He replied, "Strange things have happened lately. What are you doing down here?"
Souji explained how they all fell in, landed down here, and encountered that dark room.
"You shouldn't be down here. It's getting dangerous here," the thing said.
"Well, it's not our fault, we're trying to get out of here, and you're not helping," Yosuke approached the bear.
The bear-thing looked frightened, and Souji told Yosuke to calm down. The thing hid behind Souji.
"Thank a-bear-y lot," the thing said, almost sarcastically.
"So, can you help us out?" asked Rion.
"I guess so, but you shouldn't come down here anymore."
Teddie produced a stack of TVs and pushed the four of them towards the TVs.
"In you go,"
"Hey don't push," "Ouch," "That hurts," "….,"
When they landed they were back at the Junes' Electronic Department.
Rion picked himself up and off the ground, "Well, that was quite an experience. I'm not sure if I want to repeat it."
"Was that real? Did we really go inside a TV?" asked Chie.
"I guess so," Yosuke responded.
Souji told them all, "I think we need to head home and recover. We are probably tired from being there."
"Make sure you check the Midnight Channel, guys," Chie said as they started departed.
There was no disagreement from any in the group, and they made their departures towards their different living quarters.
"Welcome home," Souji heard as walked into his home, "Dad's going to be home today,"
Souji took it in with a nod, dropped his bag off in his room, washed up, and came back downstairs. By the time Nanako and Souji sat down together, Dojima had arrived home.
"You're late," Dojima chided.
"Hello, you two. I know, I know," Souji soothed them.
It ended being more instant and take out food because both of the Dojimas were lacking at cooking dinner. Souji felt like he could cook, but he felt far too lazy too.
"Whatever… I'm tired," Souji said.
Dojima turned on the news. They were still talking about the murder of Mayumi Yamano. Souji decided to go to bed early.
Souji walked to school and entered his classroom to see the others milling around. Some of the students were gossiping about different things.
It was not long into school that the school was called in for a special convocation.
"I heard Saki Konishi isn't at school today," one student said.
Yosuke motioned to him to stand next to him.
Sofue introduced the Principal of the School who took the stand and began to speak, "Today, tragically, we have lost a student who died this morning. Her name is Saki Konishi of class 3-2."
There was mumblings throughout the hall… Yosuke was one of the ones that seemed the most affected.
"No way… I mean we just saw her on the Midnight Channel, and now she's dead."
Chie and Rion attempted to comfort Yosuke, but were unsuccessful in doing so.
Yosuke confronted Souji after school, "I'm going back to that world today, I need to see if they are connected to each other. I need to find out why Saki died. Will you help me? We won't take Chie with us."
Souji said, "Alright, why not."
"Poor stricken lovebird. Whatever soothes him," Souji thought.
Chie came up to him, "Are you going to let him go?"
Souji nodded, "We won't be able to stop him."
It ended up that not only Yosuke and Souji went to Junes, but also Rion and Chie followed. They were outside the TV they entered in last time. Chie and Rion both had looks of anxiety and worry.
Yosuke told the two as he came up to them, "Don't worry, I won't let Chie come with us."
"Wha… Why not!" Chie exclaimed.
"It's too dangerous, the bear said so."
Chie continued to argue with Yosuke.
Yosuke managed to get away to hand a golf club to Souji, "In case we find something dangerous down there,"
Souji asked Rion if he was coming, "You coming along?"
"No, I'll be making sure no one comes along."
"Let's go Souji," Yosuke yelled at Souji from the TV.
"Chie, we need you to hold onto this." Yosuke held up a rope, "It's our lifeline, if we pull, you pull us back up."
"What is this! A… a lifeline!" Chie remarked, now in fright.
The two of them headed off and into the TV, Yosuke with the rope on holding onto Souji. Both Yosuke and Souji landed painfully in the TV world, but minus half the rope.
Meanwhile on the other side, Chie was holding onto the rope as the two were going down. She prematurely pulled on the rope, and it broke off. Chie and Rion looked around in surprise, and then in despair.
"Now what am I supposed to do?" Chie said, sinking to the ground, while Rion looked forlorn.
Back in the TV world, Teddie came bounding towards the two high school students. Teddie looked surprised to see them, and Souji and Yosuke were likewise.
"You guys! Why did you come back!" Teddie asked confronting them, "I get it! You're the ones behind all of it!"
"You're that thing from last time!" Yosuke exclaimed. He made the realization, "Wait… what did you just say!"
"Lately, I can tell someone has been throwing people in here. It's making this world more and more messed up," Teddie explained, "This is the second time you guys came here, and I don't think anyone forced you to come." He finished, "That means you're the most suspicious! You guys must be the ones throwing people in here!" Teddie growled at the pair of boys.
"Hell no!" Souji responded, "We aren't doing that shit!"
"What are you talking about, 'Throwing people in!'" Yosuke yelled, and he continued, "If someone was thrown in here, and they couldn't get out; they might die!" He asked, "Who would do such…?" He was thinking out loud, "Wait a sec… All this talk about throwing people in here. Does he meant Senpai and the announcer?" He asked Teddie, "Did that "someone" throw those two in there?"
Yosuke looked at Souji, "Hey… what do you think?"
"I think so," Souji said. He muttered, "Why… is it my problem?"
Yosuke did not hear the second part and said, "Yeah… I agree." He continued, "Let's assume he's telling the truth," looking at the bear before continuing, "Could it be… that someone is throwing people in here… to kill them? If that's the case…"
Teddie became frustrated with Yosuke's comments and spoke, "What are you guys mumbling about? Why did you guys come here for anyways? It's a one-way door! You can't get out once you're in!" He waved his left arm, "Remember! How I had to let you out last time!"
"Yeah, whatever," Yosuke said. He started holding up the rope, "We don't need your help this time! See, this time we have a lifeli…" He started panicking as he noticed the broken rope. "Whaaat!" He yelled at the bear, "Hey! You better let us out when we're done investigating here!"
The bear growled, "I'm the one that wants to investigate! I've lived here for a long time, but it's never been noisy like this!" He looked at Souji and Yosuke, "Do you have proof! Prove to me that you aren't the ones throwing people in here!"
"It doesn't work that way," Souji responded.
Teddie turned to Souji, "See, so it is you guys!"
Yosuke was getting pissed, so he gestured, "For the last time, it's not us, so we have nothing to prove to you!" He changed his tone, "Hey, you better answer our questions. It's not like last time when we came here by accident. We're dead serious! Listen up, because people have died in our world. Every time the fog appears, a dead body shows up with it. It has to be related to this place somehow! If you know something, tell us!"
Teddie looked perplexed, "A dead body? Whenever the fog appears? I know that if it's foggy on your side, the fog lifts on this side. It's really dangerous when the fog lifts. That's when the Shadows get violent.
"What the fuck are Shadows?" Souji thought.
Teddie was struck by a thought of genius. "Ahh… I get it."
Yosuke looked even more confused, "Huh? If you get it, then explain it to us, dammit! If it's foggy on our side, it isn't in here? Shadows get violent?"
Teddie looked frustrated, "That's why I said to hurry back! It's dangerous when that happens! Okay, no more questions. I know you guys did it! You better stop right now!"
Yosuke yelled, "I told you and told you, we're not the ones doing it! I've about had it with you! Why the hell aren't you listening to what I'm saying?"
"Because he's a bear?" Souji said.
Teddie looked bashful, "I… I'm just saying… you might be the culprits. I'm just making sure."
"Man, this bear is driving me nuts," Yosuke muttered. He looked around, "What is this place, anyways? It looks like a TV studio. Is something being filmed here?" He looked at the bear, "Hey… don't tell me… Is that weird TV show being filmed here?"
"Weird show? Filmed? What does that mean?" Teddie looked confused.
Souji answered, "He's asking if someone's being filming the people who have been thrown in here."
"I don't get it…," Teddie still looked confused, "This world has always been like this. No filming has ever taken place in here."
"It's always been like this?" Souji asked the bear.
"Only me and Shadows are here! That's what I've been trying to tell you!" Teddie exclaimed.
Yosuke was beyond frustrated, "Ugh… We don't know what these damn Shadows are… or what you are for that matter!" He exclaimed, "You keep telling us to prove our innocence, but you're the most suspicious thing here! Maybe you're the real culprit! And what's with that stupid costume! I'd say it's time you showed your face!"
"He's hiding something. It's about time we see what's underneath! Yosuke came at the bear and attacked the top of the bear. He pulled the top off, and underneath was… nothing! Both of them were extremely surprised.
"Whoa! What the hell are you!" Yosuke asked in somewhat fright, "It's empty inside!"
The teddy bear flipped the head back on, and repositioned it correctly.
"Me? The culprit? I wouldn't do such a thing," Teddie said, "I just live here. I just want to live here peacefully."
Yosuke looked shell-shocked.
Teddie said, "Okay… I'll believe that you guys aren't the culprits. But I want you to find the real guy who did all this. You have to stop him." Teddie had an evil smirk as he said, "Promise me… or else… I'm not gonna let you guys out of here."
"Bastard…" Souji thought.
Yosuke must have been thinking the same thing as he said, "Y… You little!"
Teddie explained, "This can't keep going on! My home here will be a complete mess!" Teddie frowned, "And then… and then… I" Teddie began to cry.
"What are you crying for all of a sudden?" Yosuke asked. He muttered, "Geez… this thing is really weirding me out."
Yosuke looked at Souji and asked, "Hey… what should we do?"
"I think we should go home," Souji thought. He knew he probably should not really say that to a person who lost his pseudo-girlfriend, "I guess so."
"Thank you!" Teddie said with tears in his eyes.
"Damn bear! Practically holding a gun to our heads," Yosuke shook his head. He said, "But it's true that we came here to figure things out. So far, we're completely in the dark. Look for the culprit, huh? Bring it on! You got my word, too!" Yosuke nodded, "Might as well introduce ourselves. I'm Yosuke Hanamura."
"Souji Seta," Souji nodded.
"What's your name?" Yosuke asked.
"Teddie," Teddie nodded.
"Figures," Yosuke said, "But how are we supposed to find the culprit in the first place?"
"I dunno," Teddie shrugged as best as he could, "Oh, but I know where the last person was thrown in."
"The last person? You mean Saki-senpai!" Yosuke got excited.
"I mean the person who came in and disappeared last time. I dunno the name," Teddie responded. He said, "I'll take you there. You might find some clues."
You should put these on," he brandished two pairs of glasses, a gray pair and a yellow pair.
"What are these glasses for?" Yosuke asked Teddie.
When they put them on, the fog cleared suddenly. They could see normally like they were outside.
"This is amazing," Souji told Teddie.
"It's like the fog doesn't exist here," Yosuke said.
"They'll help you walk through the fog," Teddie explained. He said, "Well, I've been here a long time, so you can rely on me!" He got nervous, "But… I can only show you where the place is. You guys will have to defend yourseves."
"What happened to relying on you?" Souji asked.
"We brought weapons, but I mean… they're more for show," Yosuke said, "We just got here! If it's so dangerous, why don't you do something instead of relying on us!"
"Umm… I'm kind of made of fabric, no muscles or bones," Teddie responded, "I'll give you guys moral support from a safe distance."
They both paled, and Souji tapped him, "Let's see." Teddie fell over like a balloon. They paled again. Teddie was wailing for help after Souji knocked him over.
"You have to be shittin' me!" Souji thought.
"Lame…," Yosuke muttered, "This is all the backup we get?"
Teddie asked them something from the floor, "Can I ask you something? Who is this Saki-senpai person?"
"That doesn't matter right now," Yosuke looked troubled. He looked at Souji, "Anyways, at least we know that Senpai might have been thrown in here. Now we might able to find some more information, let's go."
As they moved, Teddie called out to Souji, "Help!"
They decided to ignore it and headed off in the direction that Teddie told him the Saki was thrown in at. It was a perfect replica of the Shopping District.
Yosuke remarked, "Wow, it's the Shopping District… Is this what Saki saw?"
"I wonder if it's whatever the person thrown in wants it to be," Teddie said.
As they walked down the street, Teddie was shifting farther and farther behind them,
"Hey, what are you doing?" Yosuke asked. "Umm… nothing, nothing," Teddie responded.
"You better not getting ready to bail if something happens," Souji told the bear.
"Oh no, I just don't want to get in your way," Teddie tried to look innocent.
Souji and Yosuke shared a look that screamed, "What a liar Teddie is."
When they reached Konishi Liquors, the doorway had been replaced with swirling black and red. It was creepy and ominous, and it shone on Yosuke and Souji's face.
"Ahh! They're coming!" Teddie yelled.
Yosuke yelled back, "What's coming?"
He didn't have to wait to find out. Three circular creatures bounded out of the swirling area. They seemed to implode out of themselves to show large tongues. They came at Yosuke, Teddie, and Souji. Yosuke was knocked down, Teddie moved away, but Souji stood his ground. He heard a voice in his head, "I am thou, and thou art I. The time has come to open thine eyes and release the power within." A card was in his hand, and at the second the creatures were at his feet.
"Per-so-na!" Souji yelled.
A deity appeared. A large humanoid creature with a switchblade sword, clad in magnificent black and small lines of yellow; it faced down the "Shadows" with no fear. Suddenly, Souji was thrust into battle.
Teddie yelled from the sidelines, having regained composure, "These creatures have a weakness, find it."
Having noticed that his golf club had very little effect on the shadows, he called forth his "Persona". Hand-in-hand with the persona, he called down thunder and lightning with Izanagi. After hitting one of those Shadows, one of those spherical-tongue thingies fell over, and Souji hit it over the head. Rinse and Repeat. Souji and Izanagi completely destroyed the offending shadows. After defeating the shadows, Izanagi disappeared.
Yosuke responded as he came back, "That was insane. How'd you do that?"
"Sensei is awesome, that's how," Teddie said.
"Sensei? How come he's called Sensei?" Yosuke bugged Teddie.
"It's cause he has that cool power that can beat Shadows," Teddie responded. "Here, take this Sensei." He handed both of them medicine.
The three of them walked through the black and red into the Konishi Liquors store. It looked eerily like the exact liquor store, but Souji wouldn't know that. As a matter of fact, I hope Yosuke didn't know that either. About five steps within the store, voices were heard inside the store.
The voices were saying, "I can't believe she started working there. That Junes. The place of the enemy. It's because of there that all these places closed."
"What? What are they talking about?" Yosuke sounding surprised, "Who's saying these things?"
They continued with saying like these, "I never liked working there. I only worked there for the money. I never liked anyone there. I shamed all those in my family. People talked about me behind my back. Even my parents talked about me."
"Yosuke… I pretended to be friends with him, but he was the annoying person ever. I can't believe he came here, and ruined everything," that voice said.
"He was a pain in the ass! He always took things the wrong way. What a dip," the voice said.
Yosuke walked over to the side of the store and looked at a picture on the counter, "This was a picture we took of all of the Junes part-time employees. Did she really hate everything about us?"
A person that looked exactly Yosuke with yellow eyes came from the Shadows. They pierced into Yosuke's own.
"Oh… Boo-hoo! You know it! She hated you with all her heart. Here you are, supposedly for Saki-senpai," A person who looked just like Yosuke said.
"Two Yosukes?" Teddie was dumbfounded.
"Of course, I'm here for Saki-senpai. I want to find out why she died," Yosuke said.
"No, you don't. You just wanted to come here for some adventure. You could care less. There is just nothing to do in this town, so you came here to be the hero. You always wanted to do something, so here you are. This is your big chance," the other Yosuke said.
"No, don't tell what I came here for. I did this for myself."
The other Yosuke laughed again.
"Admit it, I'm not spouting bullshit. I know everything about you. Because, I am you," the Shadow said.
"No you aren't, you're not me!"
The laughter from before became maniacal and the Yosuke with the yellow eyes became engulfed in purple flames. The resulting force knocked over Yosuke, leaving only Teddie and Souji to deal with became of the other Yosuke.
The other Yosuke was like a frog, colored in green, yellow, and black. The top of the frog had a large yellow mouth. Jutting out of the back was a torso and head was a person with stars for eyes. It had a red cape attached to it. The Shadow wasn't the prettiest thing in the world.
The Shadow said to Souji, "I am a Shadow. The true self. You wanted to be a hero, you wanted something to do, well I'll give you something to do. I'll destroy everything in my way that bores me… starting with you!"
Souji sprung into action. Teddie mentioned it was a very strong one. "Obviously…"
He summoned Izanagi to slash the shadow. It did damage, but it was blasted down soon after by wind. Souji too was knocked down by wind. Through Izanagi, he discharged lightning multiple times into the other Yosuke. "You don't mind dying, do you?"
The Yosuke chuckled and sent streaks of wind at Souji who decided to guard at the time. Izanagi was unaffected either. Souji responded by more lightning, which knocked down the frog shadow. He continued to slash the Yosuke. "You can't win, don't struggle."
More wind came and knocked down Souji. He used some of the medicine that Teddie gave him, and came at the Yosuke with the golf club. He whacked the Yosuke with the golf club, who was breathing heavily. Up, down, and across were the blows.
Souji guarded when the Yosuke Shadow guarded. Of course, the Shadow would follow up with a very strong wind attack. That made the pain from the wind bearable. Souji would have Izanagi use his "Zio" skill while he inserted the three wood into the Shadow's face."
The good news, the Yosuke (frog) Shadow disappeared. The bad news, the golf club became a bent mess.
When it ended, the two Yosukes' were facing each other. The Shadow wasn't talking, and the real one was speechless.
"I guess… I didn't want to admit it, but I needed something to do. I was so lonely here, and there was nothing to do here. I hated it here too, being transferred here. There was nothing I could do. I guess you are part of me, and I have to accept that," Yosuke told the shadow.
Souji felt it was a little brave of Yosuke to admit he was being a bit of a dick this whole time, and wanted just to be here to kick someone's ass.
The Shadow disappeared and became the image of a white-humanoid creature with shuriken attached to the hands. Camouflage was on the legs and arms, and the shadow mouth was on the chest. The face was a black color.
"Is this my 'Persona'?," Yosuke asked. Yosuke suddenly hit the ground as he fell to his knees, "I don't feel so good."
Teddie and Souji went to his side. Teddie told him, "I think this world isn't meant for people, we should you out of here." Teddie shook his head, "Shadows gather together and attack someone where a big Shadow draws them to it."
"You mean Saki-senpai was killed by her own Shadow too?" Yosuke asked, "Damn it…"
"Let's go," Souji said, "As we promised, we'll find her killer." He looked at Yosuke, "I bet you can use the same power that I have now."
Souji nodded as Teddie shooed them out of the Shopping District back to the main area.
Teddie looked expectantly at them and looked at them as he wanted something as they wanted to go back.
"So will you help me find out what's wrong with this world?" Teddie asked.
Yosuke asked, "He's kind of forcing this on us, don't you think so?"
Souji nodded, but said, "We'll help you, uhh... Teddie."
"So will you be here when we get back?" Yosuke asked.
Teddie responded, "Fo'sho. Now let's go."
Teddie produced the TVs and they were pushed back into the stacks. Waiting for them were Chie and Rion. Chie looked very unhappy and angry. Rion just looked relieved to see the other two in one piece.
"I told you they would be fine," Rion said towards Chie in a calming tone.
"There you guys are. You had no idea how worried idea I was. When the line broke I was… I mean scared stiff, dammit," Chie yelled at Yosuke, throwing the rope at him, knocking him down.
"They're fine, Chie, just calm down. They look exhausted," Rion exclaimed.
"Glad to see you care…," Souji said.
Chie gave Souji a look, "Shut up."
She walked away from them fuming, and Yosuke said to Souji, "I kind of think that might have been our fault."
"Yeah, probably," Souji answered. He turned to Rion and said, "Sorry."
"You're still alive, so it's fine," Rion said calmly, "I do suggest you be more careful next time." Rion walked away with a nod in their direction. Souji thought that though Rion was a know-it-all, at least he genuinely cared.
"Thanks Souji," Yosuke said, "I think I'll sleep well tonight."
The pair decided to head back to their respective homes. This is one story they couldn't explain to anyone. The Midnight Channel is one thing, but this adventure is just beyond ridiculous.
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