FUCKING HELL, DAMN COMPUTER CORRUPTING MY DAMN FILES.
Seriously, what the fuck is up with my computer… *sigh* At least I'll be getting a new one soon.
Oh well, here we go! Also, if Alex seems pissy at the beginning, I'm typing that when I have to retype it, so that's why I really like Alex in this. When he's angry, I'm angry, when he's happy, I'm happy. Ah well, enjoy!
Also, Infinity got corrupted just before I could finish the chapter. DX
If you're wondering WHY it's been so long, I have a few words for you:
MapleStory, Warhammer 40K, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Minecraft.
That is all.
"AGH, FUCK!" I screamed in agony.
"Finally, you're awake." Kunoh rolled her eyes, "Luckily it's the end of the day."
"Great..." I sighed.
"Well, I'd love to stay, but I have somewhere to go." Kunoh immediately got up when Vasque, the co-captain of the Archery team entered, "Good afternoon Vasque."
"Likewise, Kunoh." he nodded as they left. Boy's pretty mature for his age. Silent, mature, and well known. It's like he's almost a female clone of Kunoh, albeit less violent. Huh, I wonder if they'd ever consider going out...
Note: Get Chelsea on this.
"Fucking SHIT." I snarled to myself as Emilia came into the room and hugged me, "Emilia, don't hug me. Not in a good mood today."
"Aw, come on Alex, warm up!" she smiled.
Oh right, explanation. See, Emilia has this WAY MORE than fuckin' obvious crush on me, and she isn't afraid to show it. I, on the other hand, do not appreciate it, since I don't really like her all that much back. She's okay as a friend, but… meh.
"Emilia, Alex hasn't exactly been in the best of moods, so I don't think it would be wise to anger him." Nagisa said. DAMN STRAIGHT.
"…And you are?" How fuckin' rude, Emilia.
"Ah! I'm sorry." Nagisa extended a hand, "I'm Nagisa Arisato, one of Alex's newer friends."
"...Emilia Percival," she said a bit coldly. Tsk, tsk, "Anyway Alex, I was wondering... would you like to go to the mall today? I heard Yohmei Corporation is selling their Mirage Blast things today."
"Really? I was wondering when they'd start!" Hyuga barged into our conversation, "May I come with you Alex?"
"Sure," I shrugged, "If it's fine with Emilia." Guilt tripping stare, ACTIVATE! Damn, I had a HUGE mood whiplash just there.
"Wait, you guys are going to see those too?" Oh hello there Yut, "I'd like to go as well!"
"Sigh..." Emilia huffed in frustration, "I guess you can come."
"Nagisa, would you like to accompany us?" I extended a hand to help her from her seat... because, well... I dunno.
"I'm not sure, I don't really know..."
"Oh come on, it'll be fun! Besides, wouldn't you want to accompany your boyfriend there? OH F-" I threw a book at his face, "AGH! That hurt!"
"Serves you right. Nagisa's not my girlfriend. But," I turned back to her, "I'd like it if you came."
"I-I guess I can go..." she blushed, turning away, "Just let me get my things from my locker."
"Alright then. Everyone, grab your things, or put what you don't need at your locker, and let's meet up at the entrance." I picked up my backpack, "To Hell we ride!"
"Dude, seriously? Have you been playing Devil May Cry again? Maybe Dante's Inferno?" Yut rolled his eyes.
"Wow, there's so many of them!" Emilia said after Squeeing... Fuck, I'm speaking Tropese again, aren't I? My bad.
"Hm... Organized by Elemental Lines..."
"Oh! Oh! Maybe they'll have Izanagi!" I jumped for joy. Because I am like that.
Don't judge me.
"Dude, come on, not everything is based off anime, videogames, or magna."
"I beg to differ."
"Well, if you look at-"
"OBJECTION!" I gave a Phoenix Wright style finger points, "Your argument is now invalid."
"Stop it Alex, we both know that you're just using absolute nonsense to postpone-"
"OBJECTION AGAIN! I have found a flaw in your argument. So, please kindly shut the fuck up."
"Snrk..." I heard Nagisa giggle, "Your Phoenix Wright impersonation is really good, Alex!"
"Oh great, you got Nagisa into it too!" Hyuga facepalmed.
"Let's just keep on looking," Emilia sighed.
Well, let's have a looksie...
Wind... Not really my element.
Earth? Then again, I'm not really an earthy-nature-loving person...
Ice, hm... I'm not really fond of giving the cold shoulder, plus I don't really like snow or winter.
Electricity... Huh, there's nothing cool here. And DAMNIT! No Izanagi!
"Alex!" Emilia interrupted my inner musings as she glomped me. It's a very advanced and complicated technique anyway, and much harder to dodge than dish out. I'm being exceptionally random today, huh? "Hey! Pay attention! I found this awesome one, called Nui! There's a male one too! You should totally get it! Then we could have the same one!"
Did I already mention her crush was more than obvious? Actually, it's more like unrequited love at this point, maybe, I'm not sure.
"Eh, maybe," I went for a neutral response, "I still have to look through the others..." And because of that, I'm skipping the Fire line entirely.
Dark... I refuse to say anything other than one word. Mara. That is all.
That leaves the Light line...
Hm... Metatron, nah... Asura? No... Man, there's got to be something good here...
Holy crap, is that what I think it is?
Oh man, it's the last one here!
Helel, The Morning Star.
Before I even looked at the other ones, I quickly grabbed it. Yes, holy crap, the one thing better than getting an Izanagi one...
"O-oh! Alex! I didn't expect to see you here..."
"Why? Where were you?"
"I was in the Dark area... does this one seem good?"
Haruhi? Ooooh, yeah, this seems good for her.
"Alex... you're not upset I...I-I g-got a dark one... a-a-are you?"
"Of course not!" I quickly handed her module back as I saw tears in her eyes, "Besides, it fits you." I dropped my voice to a low whisper, "Remember, you got amnesia, and it's like being put in the dark," I said, pointing to the Moka module, "And now, I'm helping you get your memories back, so I'm your morning star." I showed her the Helel module.
"A-alex..." she blushed, "...I-I-d-don't know what to say..."
"Eh, you don't have to say anything," I patted her on the head, "Just smile. It's what people, including you, do best."
"A-alex!" her faced reddened into a deeper crimson hue.
"Well, if you've found yours, we should head back to meet with the others, right?"
"R-right." she nodded.
"So, how do these things work?" Emilia asked.
"Oh, let's look at the manual. Okay... we swallow the small chip that came with them, which then later will scan our brains, determine a personality for the hologram output depending on the module we chose, and we sync them up together with the little USB ports on our modules so we can see the others we've synced up with."
"Wow... that seems... surprisingly simple." Hyuga noted.
"And we're all okay with this?" I raised an eyebrow, "You guys ready?"
"Uh, yeah... though as Hyuga said, it is very simple... and convenient." Yut added.
"Can you say, plot device?" I chuckled.
"I think it would fall under comic relief plot convenience or something like that." Hyuga rolled his eyes, "So, let's do this."
"Swallow on three." I nodded, "To our doom!"
"Dude, don't freak me out like that!"
"Haha, fine then Yut, to destiny! One, two, three!" I downed my chip, "Okay, manual says that it should take about a day for all the mechanics to initialize, then the chip will self terminate into tiny pieces in order to not be harmful to the rest of the body and exit, au natural, if you know what I mean."
"Aw... I want to see what he looks like already..." Emilia huffed in impatience.
"So, how to kill the time, since we've got so much of it..." I scanned the immediate area, "Hey, we've got the arcade."
"Sweet! Let's go, go, go!" Yut immediately dragged all of us into said arcade.
"So," I asked Nagisa as Yut scattered us, "What do you want to play first?"
"Hm..." she strolled over to the shooter arcade game (the one where you hold the rifles), "I've heard of a gun before... but how do you use it?"
"Do you wanna learn?" I asked, checking my coin pouch (coins are too irritating to keep in a wallet), "I can teach you."
"Ah, really! That would be nice..."
"Okay, just like this..." my face was practically on fire as I stood behind her, helping her with the rifle stance. My hands clasped around hers as we faced the screen, "Now, let's get in a few practice shots."
"O-okay..." I could feel the heat radiating off her face from the close contact, "So just turn... and pull the trigger..."
Blam! Blam! Blam!
"Whoa! Dang, you got 'em all!" I congratulated her as she continuously pointed the rifle and pulled the trigger, taking only each shot for every target.
"Yeah, you did great!" I smiled at her.
"Oi, Alex... Oh, am I interrupting something?" Hyuga had an evil grin on his face.
"No, FUCK no Hyuga. Nothing is going on. I was just teaching her how to use the rifle here." I glared at him.
"Uh-huh..." he smirked, "I'll leave you two lovebirds alone..."
"Shut. Up. Now." I turned back to the machine, "Anyway, let's continue shooting the crap out of everything!"
"MORE DAKKA! MOOOOOORE DAAAKKKAAA!" Nagisa and I laughed as we unlocked the machine gun upgrade for the umpteenth time and let loose on the poor enemy sprites that were forced onto the screen.
"Go Squall, go!" Emilia cheered.
"Come on guys, you can beat the-" Yut started.
"Alright guys, its final boss time!" I clenched my fist, "Tonight, we dine... IN HELL!"
"Eat lead!" Nagisa giggled as she pulled the trigger.
"Whoa! Nagisa, talking dirty already! Geez Alex-"
"Shut up. Do NOT break my concentration." I stared at the screen.
"YESSSSSSSS!" I cheered, hopping into the air, "HELL YEAH!"
"We did it!" Nagisa smiled.
"Yeah!" I put out a fist and Nagisa connected her fist with mine. Yeah, I taught her the brofist.
"Dude! You guys decimated the high score!" Yut congratulated us.
"Of course, just who the hell do you think I am?"
"Well, I guess we're done here. I gotta get home and do homework before Kunoh breaks down the door to my house and demands where I am."
"That's what she was doing late at night?" I raised an eyebrow, "I was wondering what she did when she left so late."
"Alex..." Nagisa whispered when everyone left, "Can I ask you something?"
"Would you... liketocomeandvisitmyhouse?"
"Would you like to come and visit my house?"
"Um... I guess. Lemme call Kunoh's dad..."
"What about her mom?"
"They're always on business trips, so call one, you'll be calling both, pretty much."
"Oh. I'm sure it gets lonely..."
"Not really, they yelled at us once over the phone for not cleaning over spring break. Also, Kunoh brings plenty of her friends, but she's always telling them off for flirting with me. Uh, hold on, her dad's on the phone."
After a quick phone chat about where'd I be, we were off to Nagisa's house.
"I have seen that you're very popular at school," she broke the silence.
"Uh, yeah. I defended the school against this weird cult... I trust you've read or heard about the SEED cult that formed?"
"Yes, but they were put down, right?"
"Yeah, but there was one time they came to the school to hold us hostage and crap, but I managed to outsmart them all via airducts, break into the gym, grab some of the fake weapons, like the bows they had there for archery when we had it in gym, and luckily they had left the stun rods that were normally used to break up fights there, and well, I improvised with a bit of duct tape. Made some dangerous but not lethal arrows, then took one of the katanas Kendo team usually uses just in case. Then I got 'em all, saved the day, all that."
"Wow, you're a real hero, huh?"
"I'm just a guy who tries to get by," I shrugged, "But that's why the girls are after me. Makes me a bit sad that they're in it because I'm a hero most of the time rather than who I REALLY am."
"Hm... I think I understand."
"That's nice... so, are we there yet?"
"Yes, it's right here, actually." she stopped me in front of a sky blue house, double floored, garage, driveway, neatly trimmed lawn. Very organized.
"It's a nice house. Looks cozy."
"Um... here... let's go in..."
Opening the door, I saw a very clean living room that had a simple, yet comforting feel to it. It reminds me of home.
"Dad! I'm home! And I brought my friend!"
"Ah, hullo there Nana-chan!"
"Nana-chan?" I whispered.
"It's his nickname for me," she whispered back, "It's kinda cute if you ask me."
"Oh, this must be the young man my Nana-chan's always talking about!" I turned to look at the man known as Nagisa's father. HO. LEE. SHIAT. He's like, six plus feet tall, and actually very muscular... putting the image of him crushing my head and ribcage in my mind... oooh... I don't feel so good...
"H-hello... sir..." I stuttered like an idiot.
"Sir! Ha! You've gotten yourself quite the catch there, Nana-chan! This man will make a fine boyfriend for you!" I felt my cheeks heating up as he said that, and Nagisa, with a blushing face quickly told him that wasn't the case.
"Er, yes. I'm just a friend from school. I just showed Nagisa around on her first day, and we've just been friends since." I quickly added to her statement.
"Hm... I know that look," he eyed me curiously, before laughing, "Don't worry son, I won't crush your head!"
Am I that readable? DAMN, I need to work on my facial expression hiding.
"Well Nana-chan, I know you want to show your friend around the house, so I'll let you two be. Meanwhile, I need to attend to dinner... Oh, I forgot! You just missed Nana-chan's mother. She left for her night shift at the hospital just a little while ago."
"Come on, Alex, let's go."
Nagisa showed me around for a bit, and all of it was very organized and clean. Eventually, we got to her room, which was a sky blue door with the sign in ornate letters that read 'My Room'. My door back home is crimson and has, in very evil font, a sign that reads "MY LAIR..."
"Here..." Nagisa opened the door, and how would I sum up her room?
Seriously, they were strewn about everywhere on the floor, desks, and... anywhere they could be. A few anime posters lined the walls, specifically Neon Genesis Evangelion and- HOLY CRAP SOMEONE ELSE WHO KNOWS ABOUT Rosario + Vampire?
I can die a happy man.
"Um... er... wow..." I stuttered, "Books... and more..."
"Oh! Sorry, I should've cleaned up before we came here..."
"Eh, it's not a problem. Can you get through this?"
"Yeah! Here, watch!" With the grace of a ballerina she twirled past the stacks of books, without even tripping once, "Your turn!"
"...Okay... wish me luck."
"FINALLY!" I collapsed on her bed.
"Snrk..." Nagisa giggled.
"That wasn't funny!" I groaned, "How do you do it?"
"I was taught ballroom dancing, and relearned it. Maybe muscle memory helped me?"
"Wow. At least you wanted to. I was forced by Kunoh's parents to take ballroom dancing. They said you'd never know when I'd need it. So," I sat up, "Are you trying to seduce me or something?"
"W-what?" her face suddenly became a fierce shade of red, "W-why would you-"
"Let's see, you asked me to come on such short notice, you refused to tell me why, and now we're both on your bed, plus- Hm?" I stared at the small bag she had dropped in my lap.
"Kunoh told me your birthday was a few months ago, and I thought I'd give you a gift... but I was too embarrassed to give them to you at school."
I looked into the bag. Brownies.
"May I try one?"
"It's your gift... so yeah..."
Munch... Holy SHIT.
"Damn... these are good. You make them yourself?"
"Chelsea helped... she showed me how to do things and just checked I wasn't doing anything wrong."
"Then you did make them yourself. They're quite good. Maybe better than Chelsea's."
"Oh, I don't think they're as good as..."
"Don't say that!" I snapped, "You gotta take pride for what you've done. Besides, you can't get better if you think you won't get any better."
"Well, it's getting late," I slid off the bed, "I should get going."
We walked to the door, and found it was pouring outside.
"Huh... that doesn't look like good weather to be in." Nagisa noted.
"What are you talking about? He should man up and brave that sucker!"
"I know, that's what I'm planning on-"
"What... was that?" I mumbled.
"Well," Nagisa's dad looked out the window where the sound was came from, "Looks like one of the lawn chairs just flew and hit the toolshed. You probably should stay inside."
Nodding, I took out my phone and called Kunoh, telling her I'd be late getting home because of the storm.
"Maybe we should watch some TV?" Nagisa sat on the couch.
"What's there to watch?"
"I think... Rosario's on. But I don't think you'd like it."
"I've watched it before," I sat down next to her, "It was pretty funny to watch. I actually liked it, though."
I checked my watch. 8:32 PM. Storm's calmed down a bit.
"Nagisa..." I whispered, "Please get off my arm."
Did I mention I've spent about ten minutes trying to get her off?
I've tried everywhere so far, but her clamp on my right arm is a bit too much for me to slip out of as well.
My ears perked up as I heard footsteps.
Her dad's coming.
Please don't let me die, please don't let me die...
I tried to pry her off, in vain as usual, as the footsteps got louder.
Well, I've lived a good life.
Goodbye, cruel world.
"Well, well, well... what do we have here?"
"Nyegh! Sir!" I began babbling, "We were just watching and then she fell asleep, then I was trying to get her off and-"
"It's okay," he sighed, "Your name's Alex, right?"
"Alexander, fully, but I prefer Alex."
"Alright... Alex, it's fine. She's really tired herself out lately for school. Can I ask a favor from you?"
"You don't have to 'sir' me. Just call me Mr. Arisato."
"Alright... what's the favor then?"
"I know that Little Wing's a good school... but I can't help but fear for her. I know there's good kids, but still..." he stared out the window, "If there's anything she needs to know, teach her."
"And also... will you protect her?"
"To the end of time."
"Ha!" he chuckled, "You did look like the type to say things like that!"
"Am I really that readable?"
"When you've worn many, many faces to other people," he looked me in the eyes, "Then reading anyone is easy."
"Oh, has Nana-chan fallen asleep on your shoulder? Here," he walked on over and slid her off. Why couldn't I do that?
"Aaah... Dad? Oh! Did I fall asleep on your shoulder! Wait, dad? Wait! This isn't what this looks like, we were just-"
"I know, I know," he chuckled, "We discussed that just before you woke up. Come on, say goodbye to your friend."
"Alright..." she walked me to the door, "Your shoulder isn't numb, right?"
"Eh, it's had worse. It'll be fine by tomorrow. Seeya at school, Nagisa!" I tipped my hat at her dad, "Good night, Mr. Arisato."
"You too, son."
Well, that was certainly fun...
I gripped the bag of brownies in my hand, thinking about everything that had happened. It's nice to have such a friend...
"WHY THE HELL ARE YOU LATE?"
Oh right, I told Kunoh I'd start heading home as soon as the storm ended.
"Sorry if the storm got in the way."
"It over an hour ago!"
"Have fun with your cold dinner."
"Maybe I WILL."
"Fine... I'll heat it up for you," she went into the kitchen as I laid my bag down, "So, how'd it go with the others?"
"It was fine, got those Mirage Blast things. Mine's Helel. Nagisa got one called Moka, and the others I can't remember..."
"Anything else?" she slid the plate of heated spaghetti my way.
"Went over to Nagisa's. Met her dad. He's a good person, very friendly."
"You thought of him crushing your skull though."
"Oh come on, Alex. It's written all over your face that you're scared of him."
"He's fuckin' huge! And damn muscular too! Of course I thought that!"
"Hahahaha!" Kunoh laughed.
"Oh, shut up."
"So, the dad of one of your new friends scares you more than cultists?"
"I HAD THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE THAT TIME!"
"H-hey! No need to yell!"
"Tch, whatever." I began eating my spaghetti.
"Marissa came around earlier," she noted.
"Again?" I groaned mentally.
"Yeah. It's amazing, save the school from some weird minded guys and suddenly every girl in the school wants you!"
"You know, if you're jealous I could stage an-"
"You could do that?"
"Get me enough money, and sure, why not?"
"...I'm scared of where you got that information..."
"...Well then," I continued eating, "It's what happens when you click a little too much on every link on the internet..."
"Right... anyway, just clean up when you're done."
I sighed, halfway done with my dinner. People can never really leave me alone, eh? Oh well... at least I've got people I want with me. Actually, I should get planning. Christmas is getting near.
Guess what happens next chiiiiiiiapter! Damn, I've been watching too much chuggaconroy. Eh, oh well.
Anyway, hopefully Infinity won't corrupt again after I type it for the sixth time. Literally, it's like the computer doesn't want me to finish it. BUT, NAY, EVIL MACHINE SPIRIT, NAY, I SAY! I WILL FINISH IT-
Alex: Have you been playing Warhammer again?
If you read the beginning of the chiiiapter, then yes, yes I have.
Alex: ... I'll go get the amnesia kit.
*shoots him with a Heavy Bolter* NO! No more convenient amnesia things. Besides, I thought you ran out last Tuesday, since we ran out of brain bleach.
Alex: We ran out of brain bleach?
Alex: I need to call a hospital. Oi, Nagisa, that wasn't brain bleach!
Okay... Anyway, see you guys... NEXT CHAPTER!