Extra Episode: Toys

"Humans are such easy prey."

"You lost again."

"Your plan didn't work."

"No, it didn't, but I didn't think it would. Insanity plea didn't work either though~"

He sat back, observing his opponent's smile. "Are you saying we both failed in objectives?"

The smile widened, all innocence, all camaraderie. "You betcha." The child's eyes glowed a little, expression as pretty as a demonic picture. "Humans like putting things in their neat little boxes. So they would have forced me back to where I "needed" to be. I don't blame them. They can't see the board."

"Such a shame. I thought memory exposure would work," he said, toying with a large, ornate king on his board. "What will you do now? That thing will infect the board soon."

"I still need to kill him," whined the child, though their expression never changed. "He's not a player or a piece and he's not part of the board. His inclusion... it's just boring."

"For once I agree with you. Quartz was a foolish inclusion. Couldn't it be used some other way?"

"Something non-standard? A disease maybe." The large eyes rolled. "Nothing they will think of, I'm sure."

"What would you do with it?"

"It's a part of time-space, silly. I intend to use it. If I told you how, that would ruin the game."

"I am uncertain if it is the passing of time, or the use of this board, but you have become quite the devilish youth Kudo Taiki."

The little boy smiled. "Wasn't that what you wanted?"

Bagramon chuckled. "I suppose it was. I'll have to prepare the game for that next time." He raised his normal hand and reached for a cup. "May it be the last game."

"May the gods grow bored," the little boy agreed, swinging his legs back and forth.

An iron shackle clanged against his chair as he moved, singing his words for him.