"Hey! Hey! Are you awake? Hello?"
I woke up to the sound of a girl's voice. I couldn't recognize who it was. Lifting my head slightly, I realized I was laying on the floor. Why had I fallen asleep there? My head felt foggy, but as things became clearer I remembered what had happened. Monokuma had knocked me out when I found the journal and letter.
"Yui?" The girl said, gently shaking my shoulder. The voice belonged to Koharu.
"Koharu?" I said weakly. I heard her sigh in relief.
"She's okay guys." She said. So the others had made it inside? How did they fit through the gap? I opened my eyes and saw an empty room besides Koharu and I. Oh. Koharu must have been talking to her friends. We were still in the mayors office. I sat up slowly, my head feeling dizzy. Koharu supported my back as I did this.
"What happened?" She asked. I opened my mouth to answer, but then remembered Monokuma's warning. What would he do if I told them? My mind flashed back to the Gazebo. I couldn't risk something like that happening again.
"I... I tripped on something and hit my head." I lied. Koharu nodded slowly.
"Yeah. I tripped too." She said. "I didn't hit anything though." She pointed to the side of my head.
"You have a bump."
Once Koharu had pointed it out, I immediately felt a throbbing pain. I'd have to remember to thank Monokuma for that later.
"We should get going." Koharu said. "You've been in here for an hour."
"An hour!?" I exclaimed. Koharu nodded.
"We waited for about half an hour, and then they sent us in." She explained. "It took awhile to find you."
This time I nodded and slowly stood up, making the headache worse. Koharu and I made our way to the exit. Luckily, Koharu had a flashlight since I had dropped and broken mine when I was hit in the head.
"Did you find anything?" Koharu asked as we walked down the stairs.
"No." I lied again. "I looked, but I didn't find anything." Koharu was silent for a moment.
"Oh. That's too bad." She said. "Ren thought that we'd find some huge clues here."
We reached the window and Koharu went up to the gap.
"We found her!" She announced. Ren was the first to respond.
"Are you alright Yui?" He asked. "What happened?" I knelt next to Koharu near the window so they could hear me.
"I tripped upstairs on some debris and hit my head." I said. Each time I lied it seemed to be easier than the last.
"I see." Ren said. His voice had a strange mix of relief and disappointment. "Well, come out and we'll talk. I'm glad you're okay."
Koharu let me go first and I climbed through the gap. Koharu followed closely behind. Once we were outside, Sota ran over and hugged me. His eyes were puffy from crying and it looked like he would start again at any moment.
"Yui! We were so worried!" He said. "We thought something horrible had happened!" I patted him on the head, not sure of what else to do.
"Don't worry Sota." I reassured. "I'm fine. I just have a bump on my head." Sota nodded and backed up. I could tell he was tying very hard not to cry again. Missa walked over next, examining my head.
"You do have a bump!" She said. "Doesn't your head hurt?" I nodded before realizing that wasn't a smart thing to do.
"Like crazy." I replied.
"Did you find anything in there?" Michiyo asked.
"No." I answered, hopefully convincingly. "I looked around, but I couldn't find anything. I think Monokuma cleared the place out." Ren sighed.
"That's unfortunate." He said.
"Sorry." I replied. I felt bad for lying to them.
"There's no reason for you to apologize." Ren said. "It's not your fault that there was nothing there. I was just hoping we'd find something, since this was our last hope."
We all stood in silence for a bit. The town hall really had been our last hope. And even though the others didn't know, Monokuma had stolen that hope from us. Anger starting building up inside of me as I thought about that stupid bear.
"So that means... we're stuck here?" Akio said after a bit.
"No. That's wrong!" I exclaimed, the anger changing into passion. "I'm sure we can still find a way out! We just have to try harder." Ren nodded.
"That's right." He agreed. "We can't lose hope."
"Either way," Missa interjected. "I think we've all had enough adventure for one day. Maybe we should all go relax." We all nodded and began to go our separate ways. Saruwatari walked up to me.
"Do you want me to take a look at the bump?" He asked.
"No thanks." I said. "It's nothing serious. I think I'm just going to look for some pain killers in the medical centre to help with the headache." Saruwatari seemed uncertain.
"Okay, but..." He waved Koharu over. "Koharu, you go with her in case she has a concussion."
Koharu nodded and took my hand. We headed over to the medical centre, leaving Saruwatari behind.
"So do you really think that we aren't getting out?" Koharu asked after a bit. She seemed kind of sad.
"I'm sure we will!" I reassured. "Worst comes to worse, we'll climb the wall." I had meant it as a joke, but it seemed Koharu hadn't noticed my tone.
"I don't think that would work." Koharu replied.
"I know." I said. "I was joking."
"Oh. Sorry." She said. We reached the medical centre and walked inside. I hadn't even noticed how large the medicine cabinet was when I had been there with Ren. Opening up the door, I saw a plethora of bottles lining the shelves. On the lowest one, there was a bunch of poisons. This must have been where Mayu had gotten the one she used.
"Do you see any pain killers?" I asked Koharu. She handed me a bottle. I hadn't even noticed her grab it.
"Thanks." I said, reading the label. It was definitely a bottle of painkillers. Not that I would expect Koharu of all people to try to poison me. Following the instructions, I dry swallowed two of the pills. After returning the bottle, I turned to Koharu. She seemed to be sad.
"What's wrong Koharu?" I asked. Koharu's head snapped up. She must have been lost in thought.
"Oh!" She said. "It's just that..." She looked at the cabinet. "These pills remind me of the ones the doctor gave me."
Right. Koharu didn't like medicine. I had forgotten about that.
"Sorry." I said. "I didn't even think about that." Koharu shrugged.
"It's fine." She said. We stood in an awkward silence for a bit. I wasn't sure if I should leave or not, but after a while Koharu spoke again.
"You know, I actually don't mind being in this situation." She said.
"Really?" I said. "Why's that?" That statement had come out of nowhere. Was something on her mind?
"Well," Koharu began. "Because Monokuma erased our memories, I can't remember Hopes Peak, but thanks to that, I got to make new friends."
"And you have your old friends too." I added. Koharu nodded.
"Yep. Ember, Erza, Gnome, Spyrix, and now Yui!"
I smiled. Almost every day I had been here I had sat with Koharu in the morning. It had become habit after a bit, but it seemed that in the end a beautiful friendship had been born because of it.
"I'm going to go back to my room now." Koharu said. I nodded and said goodbye before yawning. Perhaps I needed to sleep too. I went back to my room and after a quick shower to wash off the dust and grime from the city hall, I went to bed.