A little while later, we were getting into a helicopter to make the trip back to the Future Foundation. Sota had cried for a bit, happy that I was okay. Asahina was still shocked by what she had done. I had heard her tell Makoto that all she could think of was Sakura. I wasn't sure who that was, but obviously her and Asahina had been close. We had decided to keep Saruwatari away from her in case she was still angry about what he had done.
Speaking of him, he was handcuffed and gagged so he wouldn't cause anymore trouble.
Once we were all seated, the helicopter took off. We all stared at the city that had been our prison for so long. Each section looked completely different from the others, and they were all clearly visible from up high.
"From up here, it almost looks pretty." Missa said. Akio shrugged.
"I'm just happy to be out of there." He said.
"You can say that again." Michiyo added. I put my hands in my pockets and felt something inside. Taking it out, I saw that I still had the pictures we had found. Makoto noticed me looking at them.
"Oh. You still have those?" He asked. I looked up in surprise.
"How did you..." I began, but then I realized how he would know about them. "Oh yeah. I guess you would have seen us find them."
Makoto had told me that him and the other School Life of Mutual Killing Survivors had been the ones watching the footage. I felt bad that they had had to do that. They had to see everything we had gone through and weren't able to do anything.
"So you knew these people?" I asked, handing the photos to Makoto. He nodded as he took them.
"Yeah." He answered. "Some better than others, but they were all my friends."
"I'm sorry for your loss." I said. He shrugged.
"It's not your fault." He said. "In fact, I could say the same to you." I nodded.
Truthfully, I had expected Makoto and Asahina to be rude and uncaring based on what we knew about the Future Foundation, but they had been very nice to all of us. Since Makoto was busy looking at the photos, I decided to look at the helicopter. My eyes landed on Ren, who was still staring at the city. I moved over to him.
"Is everything alright Ren?" I asked. His head snapped up to face me. He must have been deep in thought.
"Yes." He said. "I just... I was just thinking that none of them had a proper burial." I nodded. It must have been hard on him. He was leaving the last place he had been with his brother. And he hadn't even been able to say a proper goodbye. I placed my hand on his shoulder and felt his muscles tense up from the touch.
"We can have a ceremony once we're at the Future Foundation Headquarters." I suggested. "It's not much, but it's better than nothing."
He smiled, and once I was done talking he gently took my hand in his. I smiled and we both sat in silence, watching the city slowly disappear on the horizon.
I wondered if my family was still okay. If the world had been destroyed, then they might have been hurt. Or worse. Hopefully I'd be able to find them.
It was going to take some time to get used to what had happened. Makoto had explained that Monokuma was telling the truth about Hopes Peak shutting down before we got to go, but he had stolen away different memories instead. We had been in the Future Foundation for a whole year before we were captured, but we couldn't remember a single second of it.
I saw Makoto put the photos in his pocket.
"So we'll probably get there in a couple hours." He said "Hopefully."
"Okay hope boy." Michiyo replied. Makoto's cheeks turned red.
"My name is Makoto." He corrected. Michiyo shrugged.
"I know." She said. "I just prefer hope boy."
Makoto sighed and I looked around. All of my friends were smiling and laughing. I wasn't sure what was waiting for us at the Future Foundation. We still didn't even know what our jobs were. But no matter what life had in store for us now, I knew that we'd be able to get through it. For the sake of those we lost, and for ourselves as well, we would live, and continue living.
We wouldn't lose hope.
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