For those reading the first chapter of "Konton" and who haven't read "Hikikomori" I suggest you go back and read that! And also, I've put up links to images of my OCs Yuri and Usagi on my profile.
Definition: a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order
In order words, the end of OZ.
One by one, old and new members of the wonderfully diverse online world of OZ began to enter the arcades and casinos, the most active and communicative feature in OZ. A few new games were released during the summer and quickly became popular, but the game favored the most was Konton.
It was an online version of laser tag, only the main objective was to find the itto*, or the player who was in possession of the crystal key. Anyone tagged, whether they had the crystal key or not, was immediately sent back to the arcade. The only rule given was that there were no rules, except for the ones that the players determined for themselves, like whether the holder of the crystal key was known or not and how long the game lasted. However, depending on who made the rules and what the rules complied, the game could turn into either a fun fest or completely chaos. Of course, the game was never fun when things always went just as planned.
There was a certain game of Konton happening between a group of high school boys from the United Kingdom. In their game, everyone was divided into teams. Their goal was to take the other team's crystal key. One of the players, an avatar that looked like a terrified dog with his tail between his legs, was hiding behind a wall, avoiding all players so he wouldn't get caught. His teammate, an avatar in the shape of a flame, suddenly appeared next to him and his hair stood on end.
"What the ****, man!" the dog exclaimed.
"Sorry," the flame apologized. "This was the closest hiding place."
The dog took a breath. "Well, how about warning next time! … Are you the itto?"
The flame looked at him in disbelief. "Charlie, have you been paying any attention to this game at all?"
"Are you kidding me? I've been hiding out this whole entire time! This game is as scary as ****, especially when other players can get you with a bazooka! Why'd you even make me play, Taylor?"
Taylor just shook his head. "I'm sad to call you my friend. I'm not itto and you're not the itto, so just calm down. We're practically worthless if we don't have the key, so no one's going to waste their time trying to find us. I think Stephen's…" Taylor stopped. "Huh… I guess Stephen's not the itto anymore. His icon's completely disappeared. Someone from the other team must've gotten to him."
"Who's the itto then?"
"Why don't you check for yourself, Charlie?"
"If I lose my guard someone might get me!"
Taylor sighed. "You're unbelievable." When he checked the data board, he was very confused by what he found. "Uh… I don't know who's the itto."
"What do you mean you don't know?"
"I mean I don't know the itto guy. It's some bloke by the name of LM2. He's not on anyone's team. And the weirdest thing is that the game should've ended three seconds ago, but the timer stopped. And he still has the key."
"What should we do?"
"Maybe we should try getting the key from him before the timer starts back up again."
"But this guy is the itto!"
"Which means he has the crystal key. It's like you've already forgotten how to play."
"I don't care! I don't want to play anymore!"
"Come on, Charlie. We could get this guy without him suspecting it, and if we do it together, there's no way he'll be able to escape."
Charlie was hesitant at first, but as long as he was working alongside his teammate, this task wouldn't be so hard. "Fine, let's just get this over with."
The two flew out to approach their target. Once they found LM2, they suddenly wanted to go back on their decision. Whoever this person was, they were huge. Their back was turned on the two tiny avatars and he wasn't moving, so they kept going. However, there was one thing they miscalculated. Once a character comes within a five meter radius, their presence is immediately known. So when player LM2 turned around, the two puny avatars cowered in fear.
"Is that…?" Charlie squeaked out.
"I-I think it is…" Taylor whimpered.
The itto smiled maliciously at the two and raised the key above his head. The dog and the flame flew off, warning other players, whether they be on their team or not. However, they weren't able to make their hasty retreat. LM2 had got them. With a quiet smirk, LM2 stalked off to get his next prey.
"What is it, Kenta?"
"Several accounts on OZ have been… terminated."
Kei, the obliviously observant Shiba Inu looked up to see what her master and his friendly assistant were talking about. They always had the most entertaining conversations even though she couldn't comprehend anything they were saying.
"Well, sir, it's not very unusual for some OZ members to cancel their accounts."
"No, I mean that their accounts are suddenly gone. All their information is gone. And usually when someone has canceled an account, there is a notice immediately sent to my file. But it's like these people have never even existed."
"Huh, that is unusual. Maybe something faulty is happening in OZ."
Kenta nodded considerably. "I sure hope so, otherwise we may have another online pandemic on our hands."