"Gooood morning everyone! It is now 7am and night time is officially over! Get ready to greet another beautiful day!"
Monokuma's high pitched voice abruptly snapped me into consciousness. Was he going to do that every morning? I thought about just closing my eyes and going back to sleep, but I remembered that Mayu wanted everyone to meet in the dining hall. Reluctantly, I dragged myself out of my bed, moving into a seated position. Once the fog inside my head had dispersed I got dressed and headed out the door.
The dining hall looked the same as yesterday, and some people were already eating. I walked over to an empty table, not wanting to interrupt anyone's meal. It wasn't long before everyone was there and Mayu took control once again. She stood up on on of the chairs.
"Okay!" She began. "I think that based on our current situation, it might be best if we meet here every morning."
Ren pushed his glasses up. "I'm assuming that's so we can keep track of everyone in case there's a murder at night?" He asked. A few people shifted uncomfortably at the mention of murder. I know that I didn't want to think about our unfortunate situation and they must have felt the same. An uneasy atmosphere had fallen over the dining hall but luckily Kinji was there to get rid of it.
"No matter what the reason is, it'll be nice to eat as a group." He said smiling. Nori scoffed.
"I wouldn't want to eat with you losers." She snapped. "It would ruin my appetite."
Before we could respond, she took her food and left. I really didn't like her. We waited for a bit, but it seemed like that was all Mayu needed to say, so we decided to go our separate ways. I half expected Koizumi to come over and drag me off. As if on cue, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I saw Kinji's smiling face. Behind him was his brother. He wasn't smiling.
"Hey Yui!" Kinji said cheerfully. "Do you wanna head to the gym with Ren and I?"
I nodded."Sure!" It could be fun. I'm not much of a sports person, but it would be interesting to at least watch. Before long, we were all standing in the gym entrance.
Kinji turned to me. "Do you play many sports Yui?" he asked. I shook my head.
"No. I'm not very good with coordination."
"Then you wouldn't be up for a race?"
Kinji was frowning when he said that. I felt kind of bad for turning him down, but I knew that I wouldn't stand a chance in a race against the ultimate jogger. The frown only lasted a moment though, and after a shrug, he was quickly back to his usual cheery self. He began jogging in circles around the gym. It looked so... professional. I almost felt like I was watching an Olympic athlete.
Ren and I moved to some bleachers at the side of the gym, not wanting to be in Kinji's way. Once we were comfortable, we proceeded to sit through a lengthy awkward silence. After about 15 minutes, Kinji was still jogging. I decided to break the silence.
"So, are you not going to join him?" I asked. Ren answered without looking.
"No." He replied. "I'm not much of an athlete."
"Oh" I said. This conversation was getting nowhere. I sighed. Once again, Ren spoke without turning to me.
"Though you're more than welcome to join him if you'd like. I'm apparently not very good company."
He had that right. I shrugged. It was true that he wasn't very good company, but I also didn't want to interrupt Kinji's jog.
"I'll pass. I'm not much of an athlete either."
Once again, we sat in silence. I almost started feeling dizzy watching Kinji run in circles around the gym. Feeling the need to look away, I turned my gaze to the floor. There, I saw something unexpected. Bending over, I picked up a picture off the ground. Another one? The picture was of a teenage girl. She had olive toned skin and blonde hair. The hair was pulled up into two very large pigtails using a bow and a rabbit clip. Her outfit was very fashionable. It looked like a school uniform, but the tie was loose and the shirt was low cut. She seemed familiar. Ren noticed the photo and tilted his head to the side.
"What's that?" He asked. I shrugged.
"It's a photo of a girl. I found it on the ground here." I pointed to where the photo had been. Ren held out his hand and I gave the photo to him. He stared at it for a bit and then handed it back.
"It's Junko Enoshima, a very successful teen model." He said. I wasn't sure why he would know something like that, but I decided to take his word for it.
"Do you think she used to live in this city?" I asked. He shrugged.
"There's not enough information to know for sure." He said nonchalantly. He seemed to be unfazed by the photo. Did anything interest this guy? I placed the photo in my pocket. I couldn't just get rid of it. It could be important after all. I couldn't help but wonder though. I couldn't just be a coincidence, finding a photo here, and the one in my bathroom. Was Monokuma the one leaving them?
Suddenly, the gym doors burst open, snapping me from my thoughts. The source of this sudden movement was Asami. She let the doors swing shut behind her and walked further into the building. Kinji wasted no time getting to her.
"Hey Asami!" He said. "Do you wanna race?"
Did he really still want to race after running for so long? I heard Ren sigh beside me. Apparently this was a usual occurrence with Kinji. Asami shook her head.
"I actually came here to shoot some hoops." She explained. "You can join me if you think you're up for it."
I was amazed that Asami had managed to make it through a sentence without yawning. Perhaps she was energized by the thought of playing a game of basketball. She was the Ultimate Basketball Player after all. Kinji struck a heroic pose.
"Heck yeah I'm up for it!" He shouted. I heard Ren mumble Kinji's name and something about embarrassment. I on the other hand, was excited to watch the two athletes compete. Unfortunately, the game didn't last long since Kinji couldn't get the ball from Asami even once. The two of them shook hands once the game was finished, and then headed over to Ren and I. Asami was the first to speak.
"Hey guys! Do you wanna try? It could be more fun two on two."
Before either of us could respond, the gym doors burst open again. This time, Koizumi appeared in the doorway.
"There you are Yui!" She exclaimed. "I've been looking everywhere for you."
She ran over to the bleachers. I noticed a familiar sparkle in her eyes.
"Do you wanna do some investigating?" She asked. I shook my head. Asami had asked me to join them first, and even though I hadn't answered yet, it would still be rude to turn her down. Koizumi frowned and I felt really bad for saying no.
"If Yui won't join you, I'd be happy to oblige." Ren said. We all turned to face him. "Anything to get away from this gym." He stood up and followed Koizumi out the door. Her frown had immediately disappeared once she had found an investigation buddy. We watched until the door swung shut once again. Then I realized that Ren leaving meant I had to face Asami one on one. The athlete stared at me expectantly, waiting for my answer.
"Sure." I said regretfully. Somehow I did even worse than Kinij.
Sore, and embarrassed by my humiliating defeat, I headed to the dining hall. Luckily it had been an uneventful day and once again, I started feeling hopeful that we could get through this. Apparently, I was very wrong.
As I opened the doors of the dining hall, I saw that three people were already there. Mayu and Nori were facing each other, and they seemed angry. To the side, closer to the door, Isoya was watching the fight as emotionless as ever. None of them noticed me enter, or at least didn't show any interest in my presence.
"You need to be more cooperative Nori!" Mayu shouted. "Being a jerk to everyone isn't going to help us get through this."
"Well being a bossy, control freak bitch isn't going to help either, but that isn't stopping you." Nori spat back. I watched in horror, not wanting this to escalate into something worse than an argument. I took a step forward, but Isoya grabbed my shoulder, holding me back.
"But shouldn't we stop them?" I asked. He shook his head.
"It is best to let them get it out of their system." He explained. "So that it won't cause trouble later."
"I will step in if things become to heated." He added. I didn't like the idea of just leaving the two of them be, but knowing that he'd stop it from getting worse was at least reassuring. Unaware of Isoya and my conversation, the two girls continued to argue.
"I'm only being bossy to get us out of here." Mayu said. "If someone doesn't take charge, there will be chaos."
"You're such an idiot, you know that?" Nori replied, tossing her hair. "None of these dumb-asses have to listen to you. In fact, they probably really hate you because you're trying to control them."
"No! I'm not trying to control them!" Mayu said. "I'm just trying to get us all out of here!"
While Mayu was talking, Nori walked up to her and out of nowhere, she slapped her. Mayu fell to the ground, holding her cheek which was now red. Nori scoffed.
"You're just putting your nose into everyone's business. You aren't helping anyone." She snapped. But if she had anything else to say, we didn't get to hear it because Isoya cut her off.
"Enough." He said sternly. The room fell silent and still. It almost felt like I was staring at an exhibit in a museum. The silence was broken as Nori tossed her hair again.
"I don't need a loser who can't even remember his talent telling me what to do." She said before walking out the door. Once she was gone, Isoya helped Mayu up.
"Are you hurt?" he asked. Mayu shook her head, her gaze turned towards the floor. After another moment of silence, Isoya left the dining hall as well. I walked over to Mayu.
"You sure you're okay?" I asked. The slap had definitely left a mark. Her cheek was red and I could almost make out the shape of a hand. Mayu nodded.
"Yeah." She said smiling. "It was my own fault. I guess I need to learn when to keep to myself."
With this said, Mayu left the dining hall, leaving me alone. I stood in silence yet again before feeling my stomach rumble. The fight had made me forget how hungry I was. Heading to the kitchen, I realized that the hopeful feeling I had felt before had completely disappeared. Perhaps some food and a good nights rest could help me get it back.