"(*&% )#(%* )" A cop screams after me as I run as fast as I can away from him.
"Damn it, they just won't let up," I say. I look back and, noticing that I'm probably lost in the crowd, I duck into an alley.
Is this how I'm going to live the rest of my life? Ducking in and out of alleyways, dodging police. I have to find a way to get home.
I look up at the sky, the sun's already low on the horizon. I'm going to have to find a place to crash tonight. But I can't sleep out in the open like last night.
My stomach growls… I guess I should go find a restaurant. Maybe I'll be able to think of something after getting some food.
I pull the hood of my sweatshirt over my head and make my way through the crowd until I reach a place that seems nice and quiet…in other words it has no windows, so I won't have to worry about passing cops. The only reason I know it's a restaurant is because of the paintings of food on the sign.
I walk into the restaurant. Maybe after a meal I'll be able to concentrate enough to….strike that…all of the waitresses are cosplaying…very convincing cosplay I might add.
"(*(% %& (*%" the hostess, wearing a very fitting—in all senses of the word—Belldandy costume greets me.
"Um, can I just get a table for one please?" I hold up a finger.
"Oh, no problem," she says…huh…English. Maybe she can help me out. She leads me to a table and calls out, "*&^(* *)$ %*" I could have sworn I heard her say 'Suzuki'…well, even if she did there's no way it could be the same girl. "No worry, she speak more English." she walks away.
Well, that's good news. Things are finally starting to look—I hear something drop and look up…Kei is looking down at me in shock. "You," I say, "Thank god, I was hoping I'd run into…" I stop once I notice her outfit—Sailor Moon—classic…come on Aaron, this is not the time for your head to be in the gutter…but it does explain what that ball was talking about, "look, I need help getting home. I don't know what—"
"*)(* )(# )#(%" she yells at me, and everyone in the restaurant stares.
"Look, I don't understand what your saying," I'm starting to get a little pissed now.
"Stay away," she yells. She bends down and picks up the notepad she dropped and storms off.
That's it, I'm sick of this, "Hey," I stand up and walk after her. I see the hostess picking up the phone, "Look, I don't know what the hell is going on," I grab her wrist and turn her toward me, "and I'm sure you don't either, but I don't think it's over and unless we figure something out, we may not live through another one of…whatever the hell that was." I stare at her angry face. She's acting like she…shit, she doesn't understand me, "You have no idea what I'm saying, do you?" She raises an eyebrow. Fuck, only the basics. I hear a siren approaching—I better speed this up. I point to myself, "Me," I point to her, "you. Work together. Survive."
She stares at me for a moment before slapping me with her free hand and pulling her other one from my grasp.
"(*) )#%( ))" the hostess yells and points at me as two cops enter the restaurant.
I sigh. I guess I don't have much of a choice…I reach into my pockets, pull out the gloves, and shove my hands into them as the cops make their way toward me. "I'm sorry about this," I grab Kei around the waist, pull her in tight, and charge at the wall. I connect with my shoulder, sending brick and debris everywhere, and making a hole large enough for me to escape as the cops call for backup.
Looks like it never gets easier.
I keep running. People jump out of my way, not bothering to help the girl that I am essentially kidnapping. I don't hear any sirens right behind me, but in the distance I can hear them starting up. "Look," I say, "I really am sorry about this, but until I figure out why the fuck I'm in Japan when I should be with my friends in the city, you and me are sticking together. You got that?"
She screams, I cover her mouth, "Look, I'm not going to hurt you I just want…" suddenly I'm in the room with the black ball. "What the fuck?" I look down, but my body isn't there. "What's happ—" it starts appearing out of thin air, slowly, until I am completely in the room with Kei passed out in my arms.
"()*# #)%* )% (*#_ #%%# %)*%(*#)" a young man with spiked up hair says to the guy with buzzed hair to his right and they both laugh. I'm not sure what he said, but it probably had to do with how Kei's dressed…I look down at my 'I Love Japan' sweatshirt…or how WE are dressed I guess.
Two more bodies start appearing as well, starting with their heads. One is a young woman with long, dyed red hair. The other, an older man with graying hair. As more of their bodies appear it is obvious that this wasn't a father-daughter relationship. They were sitting as if they had been in a car, and the woman's hand was on his exposed genitals. Once the entirety of their bodies was in the room, they fell to the ground and the man quickly put away his junk.
Then another starts appearing. A little girl in a school uniform holding a small black cat. She just sits there, staring off into space…maybe she's in shock.
I go over to her as more bodies start appearing, "Hey," I ask her, "are you okay?" no response. I grab her shoulder and shake her, "Can you understand me?" she starts panting…crap is she… I wave my hand in front of her, nothing…. "HEY" I scream in her ear, and the cat jumps out of her arms and runs to the hallway.
"*( !)) %#(*" an older woman says, probably thinking I'm trying to hurt the girl.
"I'm sorry. But I think she's deaf and blind."
"You're American?" a someone asks me. I turn around and see the young woman who came in with the man.
"Yeah…wait, you speak English?"
"Yes, what is this?"
"Oh thank god, someone who can understand me."
"What do you mean?"
"*(# )#(* %#*(%" the guy who laughed earlier screams at me.
"What did he say?" I ask the woman.
"He wants to know what the hell's going on. As do I," I stand up and notice the others—now joined by an elderly couple—staring at the black ball.
"Okay, can you translate for me?" She nods, "Listen up?" she follows what I say with something in Japanese, "Any minute now that Black Ball over there is going to start playing music, then it's going to open up. When this happens you need to grab the suits marked with your name and put them on."
"(**$%% ^ $!^ & 0(49*" the older woman asks.
"She wants to know what suits."
"These," I take off my sweatshirt and show them the suit I am wearing. "If you want to survive you'll wear it." After the young woman translates what I say, the older man and the two younger boys laugh and go out into the hallway. "Hey, it's not going to work."
"#%)(* %#)(*" the older man screams.
"I think I got that one," I heard him say Gaijin. No translation necessary, "Look, I know it's farfetched, but you have to believe me. Me and Kei," I point to her, "went through this before, and we only survived because of these suits. Everyone else ended up dead," The younger woman stuttered. She looked at me with a puzzled look, "trust me," I whispered to her. She nodded.
"(*#$ !#)(* )(%*" one of the younger boys screamed from the hallway and the three ran back into the room.
"The door didn't open," I say before the young woman can translate. She nodded. "Look. I know it's hard to believe, but any minute now—" the music starts. "It's begun…" I say to myself.
The boy with the spiked up hair walks up to the side of the ball and kicks it. He growls and points at the sliding door leading to the veranda, "(*) #!)(*_ _#%)(*" he screams to his friend with the buzzed hair.
He walks over to the glass door and kicks, but no damage is done. Not even a sound is made. "*()# )#*& _ 95" the buzzed hair kid runs up to me, I'm guessing wondering what's going on.
"Look, I don't know much more than you at this point. All I know is that we're about to go on a hunt," the music stops and the ball springs open. The spiked hair boy hits the door with a thud, points at the ball, and screams. I walk up and grab one of the rifles, then I notice just what he's screaming at.
Inside the ball is a naked, bald man. "Hey," I poke the man….how'd I not notice that before? He doesn't respond.
"Everyone," I shout, and the young woman resumes translating, "you don't have much time. Grab your suit and change. Go in the hall if you have to."
Only the young woman and Kei go to the ball and grab their case and a gun. The others just laugh…too bad for them. I can't force them into anything.
I look down at the girl…she has no idea what's going on, "Hey," I ask the woman as she takes her case to the hallway, "Can you take her to the hallway? She's going to need a suit for protection."
"Sure." I go to the ball and search the suits until I find the smallest one. I toss the case to the woman. "Um," she says, "unless her name is 'Cat' you've got the wrong one."
"What? But it's the smallest one."
"I think this is the cats. It seems that thing is either really compassionate or has some sense of humor."
"All right," I search the suits for the next smallest one, "here, suit her up, then get ready yourself."
")(*Q_&% %(*#!& _!#)%*" the spiked hair boy screams as the older man and his friend start disappearing.
"Hurry up, if you want to survive, get dressed." Kei tugs at my arm, "What is it? Why aren't you ready yet?" she shows me her empty case. "Oh crap, you took it home, didn't you?" she nods and she starts disappearing, "Okay, take the gun, and wait for me. Make sure you stay by my side." She's gone.
The young woman walks into the room, holding the girl, as the spiked hair boy starts disappearing as well. "Hey," she asks, "what's behind that door?" she points to the one by the ball.
"I don't know. Why?"
"Well," the little girl started disappearing, when they tried kicking out the glass door, they couldn't even make contact with it, but when the guy hit this one, it made a sound." she starts disappearing.
I quickly look at the face of the ball. There's a picture of a strange plant like thing on it, "Is that the alien?" I ask, "It doesn't look too threatening…"
"Wait, what's your name?" I scream, "It's Sakura….Sakura Rei," she's gone.
I run over to the door and open it, "Woah," inside is a strange bike, and lining the walls…what looks like the hilt of swords. Suddenly I'm not in the room… "Shit," I lunge forward, I feel myself hitting the wall, and grab two hilts just before my hands leave the room.
Once my entire body is out, I see the others around me, scared…silent.
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Knowing Gantz, you know he's just trying to Fuck with Aaron…oh and how he's succeeding.
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