I can't remember what happened after that. I think I blacked out.
When I came to, nearly everyone was gone. I was in a room I didn't know. It looked like a bedroom... I tried to get out, but the door was locked. I noticed a key on the table. Was this the room's key?
My name was written on the key chain.
That meant... the key belonged to me.
I took it with me.
There was a piece of paper taped to the wall.
"An Announcement from Headmaster Monobear: There is an anti-picking mechanism installed in the room's locks. Duplicating the keys is difficult, so make sure you don't lose yours. There is a shower installed in every room. Please note that during Night Time no water comes out. Additionally, only the shower rooms in girls' rooms can be locked. Finally, I have prepared a small present for you. In girls' rooms, you'll find a sewing kit, and in the boys', a tool set. You'll find a handy map of a human's vital parts attached to the sewing kit, so all you girls can use the needles for full effect. As for the boys, you'll find a blow to the head with a hammer can be very effective. Don't think! Feel! Let's enjoy this wonderful school of despair!"
I ripped up the piece of paper and threw it into a bin by the door.
I came out and looking around, went into a... a food room. I found out the others had decided to explore the school. I stayed in the food place, which I learned was called the cafeteria, still feeling nauseous. I was drinking some tea with Celestia and Sakura, and we were striking up some conversation.
I tried to get my mind off things. While we talked, I checked my student ID card.
Immediately after I turned on the Electronic Student ID Card, my name floated up on the screen. My real name, Junko Ikusaba.
Like Monobear told us, the card owner's name is shown when the card is first turned on, which meant my real name.
After that, I chose the "Rules" icon from the menu screen that showed up.
1. The students will live a communal lifestyle with no time limit inside the school walls.
2. The time between 10pm and 7am is called "Night Time". During Night Time there are places that are forbidden to enter, so please take care.
3. Sleeping is only permitted in the personal rooms prepared for you in the dormitory area. Anyone intentionally falling asleep elsewhere will be punished.
4. You may investigate the school as you please. There are no special restrictions on your actions.
5. No violence is permitted against the school's headmaster, Monobear. Destruction of the surveillance cameras is forbidden.
6. A "culprit" who kills a fellow student will graduate the school. However, they must not let any other student know they are the culprit.
7. Additional rules may be added by the school at any time.
I knew what that room was.
"3. Sleeping is only permitted in the personal rooms prepared for you in the dormitory area. Anyone intentionally falling asleep elsewhere will be punished."
That room was my dormitory.
I remembered something from before. Another rule we had added. "No walking outside of your room after Night Time has started." Someone... Mukuro, or Celestia, came up with it.
I also remembered screaming and crying. It was my own voice screaming.
"Is it really true that you've never won a game?" I asked Sakura. She shook her head.
"No, I lost once, to a worthy opponent. I didn't catch her name, but I believe it was... Tsumigi, or something similar to that." She replied.
"Why did you lose?" Celes asked, "After all, you do have tremendous luck at your advantage, correct?"
"It makes more sense if you hear the whole story. It was a Saturday night, and I was down at the gambler place, as usual. I was playing a few games, as I usually do, but after my fifth consecutive win, I noticed something. Or rather, someone. I saw a crying girl, in the corner of the room. I went over, as to aid her.
"'What's the matter, my girl?' I asked. I figured that she had been harrassed, or something, as that was often the case in shady areas such as these.'Um... I'm s-sorry if I'm a b-bother, miss... I was j-just here w-with my friends, and I th-think they accidentally f-forgot about me and l-left me here...' She said. I was disgusted. Just what kind of friends leave their companion behind? I tried my best to comfort her. 'Would you like to borrow my phone, my girl? You could call someone to pick you up.' I offered. She gasped with joy. 'Oh, w-would you really...? That w-would be wonderful...! I c-could text my f-friends, and they could come p-pick me up...' So I gave her my phone, and she texted them. As she handed it back with another apology and expressions of gratitude, she mentioned that they might not be here for a while, so I requested she come and play a game with me while she waited. She gladly accepted, as I let her think that this would 'repay me', as she was so hung up about that. So we played a few games, and on our third game, surprisingly, she beat me, and won a jackpot of two hundred thousand dollars."
"Two hundred thousand dollars?!" I spluttered.
"Yes, a rather trivial sum, if you ask me, but I suppose this was hardly a professional game. Checking my phone again, I had received an answer for the text this girl had sent to her so-called friends. They refused to pick her up, claiming that they had already left and it was her fault that she wasn't paying attention. I was immediately angered and offered to take her home. She refused, at first, but after a little persuasion she reluctantly agreed, and I dropped her back home, to a remarkably cultured area. It seems that she was quite the poor little rich girl, after all. That was the last I've heard from her. She was a sweet girl. She claimed she won because of her "cycle of luck", or that was what she called it. And that is the only time I've lost a game."
That's when everyone began to come back from their adventures.
"As we went over before, everyone went in separate groups to explore the building. Kuwata, Hagakure, and Fujisaki were a group. Asahina, Maizono and Oowada were also a group. Togami and Yamada went by themselves, and the remaining Ikusaba and Ishimaru were together. Enoshima fainted, and she joined Oogami and I a little while ago. Finally, Kirigiri went by herself." Celes informed us.
"Speaking of which, where is Kirigiri?" Oowada asked.
"Has anyone seen her today?" Asahina asked. Everyone shook their heads. My mind wandered to the ceremony.
Was she... possibly... murdered...?
No, no, of course not. I was overreacting. She was probably just lost.
The meeting began. Every report was the same.
"There's nowhere to escape. Every window is boarded up with steel. We're really trapped."
"That's bad... bad, bad, bad, bad, bad... seriously bad. What are we going to do?" I worried, avoiding everyone's glance.
"Hey, calm down! You're freaking me out too..." That Leon Kuwata boy said.
I didn't pay attention to the rest of the meeting. I caught snatches of sentences.
"...won't run out of food..."
"...don't go outside at night..."
"...don't trust anyone..."
My heart got scared, and jumped up right into my throat.
I swallowed like crazy, hoping it would go back down again.
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Then it was Night Time. I slept horribly, tossing and turning.
"Good morning, you bastards! It's 7 in the morning! Time to wake up! Let's all strive to do our best today!"
It was a recording of Monobear's voice... a sort of alarm clock. I lied there for a few minutes, and then got up and freshened up.
I felt a little better than the day before. A lot better, in fact. I decided to find Mukuro. I needed to talk to her.
I went outside. Kuwata was walking down the hallway. "Hey, mornin', Enoshima." He said, a sympathetic smile on his face.
"...Good morning. I'm sorry I was so weird yesterday." I replied, looking down at my feet.
"Don't worry about it. I had a bad day too, once. I get it. We just got to deal with this crap right now, but then we'll be okay."
"Do you promise?"
He laughed. "I promise."
We went to breakfast. It wasn't too bad. I sat with Kuwata, Asahina and Maizono. I couldn't remember seeing Mukuro. My mind was kind of fuzzy.
Was she there?
Was she okay?
Please be safe. I love you.