The Month of No Gods

Shinra

Chapter Four: Shinra:

I actually exorcised a demon. I actually exorcised a demon! Wow!

I cleared my throat.

Composure.

Okay, I didn’t do it alone. I helped dad and Michiko-chan exercise Seiji last night. I was scared, I had to admit at first. Delivering a baby would’ve been easier. Then again, my dad keeps dragging me deeper into this mess. I can’t turn back now.

I tried to keep Celty out of this, but she ended up being pulled in through Michiko-chan. Damn it, I am sure that this has happened before. I have been getting my memories back about everything that has been happening.

Celty and I don’t talk about it. We try to act like everything is normal like it always has been. I try not to think about this mess around her. But, it can’t go back to normal now. The rush from last night has already worn off. I have so many questions now. I am going to be asked to do more exorcisms now? Am I going to need training? What happens now?

Last night, Celty said something that brought the gravity of the situation crashing down around me. I should’ve tried to change the subject like I had down in the past. When she showed me the packages that she had been picking up from the client, I knew that we really couldn’t turn back now. She knew just as much as I did. My stomach dropped when I looked into the bag. Before, I didn’t ask Celty about the jobs that she was carrying out. She didn’t bother to tell me. Now, I wished it had stayed that way.

It’s a new day today. I don’t think we can pretend to be normal anymore. Celty might have another job from that client tonight. I can’t ban her from going out if them. She shouldn’t be doing this, but I think she wants to know who this client is. I can’t be here to stop her because dad will have me busy again with the tadpole experiments. He’s probably going to have me try and hack into Rampo Biotech’s database again. I don’t understand how I, an underground doctor, ended up getting more jobs to work with in this growing headache.

“This will be good for you to learn more skills in this upcoming war,” dad told me. My head whipped around so fast. I think I hurt my neck.

“What?!” I asked.

“I’ve told this before,” dad said. “The Tandeki have dragged us into a war. Didn’t I tell you?”

“No, you didn’t,” I said, shaking my head.

“What did you think this was?” he asked.

“I… I don’t know,” I admitted. The moment he asked that, I knew that I couldn’t turn back now. I wish that I could go back to my normal. But now, my memories won’t stop playing in my head. Celty is starting to remember too. My only hope now is to survive it as it gets worse.

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