Distorted Wonderland


Halo Thirteen: Kadota:

Kadota and the van gang watched from another manga café at the scene unfolding across the street. The coroners were taking about Mariko's body in a body bag while the police tried to contain the crowd of onlookers.

"What is it this time?" Saburo asked.

"A woman was found like that shrink was yesterday," Erika said.

"Who found her?" Walker asked.

"The steward when he felt blood dripping on the ceiling," his fellow otaku said, "He found her on the roof nailed to an upside down cross." Her sometimes-boyfriend shuddered.

"Think it's the curse?" Walker asked.

"It has to be!" she said, "The husband said that she broke one of the dolls in their apartment." Kadota rolled his eyes and groaned.

"Don't be so…" he began to say. However, he paused when he happened to look across the street to see a blackened girl about fifteen watching him. He felt like he had seen her from somewhere before. He tried to place where exactly.

His mind went back to his high school years. Kadota remembered back in July of his junior year of Raira Academy. He was heading home for the afternoon when a strange site caught his eye. One of his classmates, Hikaru, was outside talking to a strange girl on the curb of the street. He had his dog with him and he was barking at said girl. Kadota couldn't understand what he was seeing. This wasn't Hikaru's girlfriend and she certainly wasn't a student at Raira Academy. Kadota tried to walk closer to hear the conversation going between them.

"You new here?" Hikaru asked.

"No," the girl said, "I live outside of town."

"I see," the boy replied. The dog barked at the girl.

"That's a cute dog," she said, "He sure is noisy."

"Yeah," the boy replied, "He's not usually like this." Hikaru knelt down to shush the barking down. The dog went quiet after he pet it. The boy turned back to the girl in question.

"What are you doing here, may I ask?" he asked.

"I'm a little lost," she addressed, "Could you help me out?"

"Sure, where are you trying to go?" Hikaru replied.

"I'm trying to get back to elementary school to pick up my sister," she replied.

"Okay," he said, "Which school are you trying to get to?"

"Nishi Elementary," the girl told him.

"Oh, I know where that is," he said, "Come with me."

"Thank you," the girl said with a bow. She and Hikaru walked down the street. They found his dog with blood on the leash. Hikaru's body was never even found.

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