It seems that she is in a
good mood. At any rate her pride hasn't diminished of a single bit.
Teramoto: "I've been
told that I'd find you here, Furudo-san, I came here to thank you."
Erika: "You wanted
to thank me?"
I pretend to be
surprised. I laugh with amusement.
told me what you've done. I'm really not sure what to think about
you, but, for now, you have my gratitude."
Erika: "Do you
really think that I've done you a favor, Teramoto? All I care about
is to expose the truth. I couldn't really let the case to be closed
before my job was done."
then, you saved my friend. Regardless of the reason, I feel the need
to thank you."
Erika: "Good, well
done! Now everyone witnessed how much you care for you friend. Nice
do you mean?"
Erika: "Oh, nothing.
It's just that some people think you might be the one who tried to
Outrage. Not bad.
Erika: "It's all
right, it's all right! You've just demonstrated that you care a lot
about your friend, therefore you can't possibly be the one who framed
her, right? That couldn't have been your original intention. Which is
why I'm telling you: good job! You couldn't have waited for a better
chance to show your goodwill!"
The students around us
you... are you insinuating that my honest words of gratitude are
Erika: "Uh? Me? No,
not at all! Ah ha ha ha!"
My laughter is filled
with scorn. Teramoto grits her teeth and her eyes burn with hatred.
everything that I said! You're just a despicable person! I shouldn't
have come here!"
Erika: "Are you
leaving already? Why don't you take a seat? There are so many things
we could talk about."
absolutely nothing that I want to tell you anymore!"
Erika: "Oh, I'm sure
of that! I wonder how many little secrets you're hiding!"
The murmur becomes
louder. The spectators are discussing the scene that they have just
witnessed. Has it been a memorable show? Or was it dull and boring?
Judging by the reactions I would say that the reception is definitely
positive. I think it was a good performance overall, just a few
improvisations here and there, but the script was followed closely
However the spectators
are under the wrong assumption that the show is over. One of the key
actors is about to retreat behind the curtains, so they concluded
that this is already the end. Wrong! This is just the end of the
first act, the best part has yet to come.
Teramoto is completely
unaware, she doesn't know that the stage still requires her presence.
She is walking away, followed by her entourage, as if she has no
longer any business with me. Oh, but this is also part of the script.
She must keep going until I say the word. The next line is mine, and
the second act will not start unless I recite it. Should I do it now?
No, it is still too early! Let them think that this is really the
end, let us wait a little more! After all it doesn't matter how far
she goes, she will hear me, and then she will stop. Because that is
her role, because that is what is written in her script! She cannot
defy her fate, she is just a pawn, a puppet, a marionette!
Dance to my tune,
Teramoto, it is time!
The crowd falls silent.
Time freezes. The second act begins.
I cannot see Teramoto's
face, because she simply stopped there, midway, she didn't turn
around. But I bet she is surprised, I bet she can't believe to her
ears. And yet everyone heard me, everyone knows that I dared to utter
the forbidden name. The girls around me are particularly shocked.
Even if not all of them are among those who believe in Teramoto's
lies, they all know that I have just defiantly broken a taboo, they
know that this equals to a declaration of war. Most males are
confused, but they can still read the mood, they can still tell that
something major is happening.
Meanwhile Teramoto is
immobile, paralyzed. She probably doesn't want to believe that I am
actually challenging her on this ground, or maybe she is trying bide
her time while she thinks about how to counter my move.
Very well, if she is so
indecisive, let us give her an incentive! Let us remove any doubts
that she might have! Let us make it clear that she didn't misheard
anything! I stand up, and showing my most evil grin, I once again
My voice echoes in the
now silent cafeteria. The shocked expressions multiply among the many
faces of the crowd. I feel it, it is all around me! Fear! Outrage!
Dismay! But this is just an added bonus. These meaningless students
are just small fries, I cannot feast upon them, they cannot sate my
hunger! My real prey is in front of me. She finally turned around,
she is finally facing me, and what a wonderful view is she! Her soul
is boiling with rage, but she is smirking at the same time. She knows
what I am trying to do and she has accepted my challenge. It is
almost as if she is telling me: 'Come on! Say it again! Say it, if
ridiculous! Why would I even have a problem with that? I will show
her how little I care about her stupid rules! I will show her how
little I am affected by her superstitions!
But first I want to get
closer, first I want to make sure she can look directly into my eyes.
So I walk, slowly, but relentlessly. Her demon is nothing before me,
I am by far scarier! My hands are sharp talons, my exposed teeth are
pointed fangs ready to savage her! This is the truth, there is
nothing supernatural about it! Demons aren't otherworldly creatures,
demons are humans that have fallen into the depths of their own dark
souls! And I am one! Look at me!
I am so close now that I
could bite Teramoto's nose off before she could even feel the pain. I
am a ferocious beast ready to devour the helpless game in front of
her. But she is doing quite a good job at keeping her cool, because
as much as she recognizes the dangerous animal that I am, she
believes to be safe behind the bars of her cage made of tricks and
lies. If only she knew how little protection they actually provide!
I hear the squeals of
several terrorized girls. One even dropped the melon-pan she was
holding. The whispering resumes, but curiosity prevails. All eyes are
on us, excitedly awaiting for what will happen next.
I briefly look behind me
to see what Satsukawa is doing. He is still sitting in front of his
table, and he is covering his face with both hands. Quite amusing.
Teramoto's grin is now
showing less derision and more anger. This is more like I want it,
but it can get better. Whatever will she do, now that I trampled
over her precious taboo? Too many people have witnessed my defiance,
she can't possibly let it pass without saying a word. But no matter
how she decides to answer, she will fall directly into my trap. She
is an actor, she is a pawn, she is a puppet. She had bound herself to
her own strings, I just pulled them. Now she must play her part.
Amuse me, Teramoto, dance
on my palm! Do not disappoint me!
Erika: "What's the
big deal? It's just a stupid, worthless name!"
hold tremendous power! You're just an ignorant fool who doesn't know
what she's dealing with!"
Erika: "Is that so?
Then why nothing has happened yet? Shouldn't Pazuzu appear or
something at this point? Why I don't see anything?"
here. Pazuzu is here! He's right behind you!"
Several people scream and
try to get as far as possible from where the demon supposedly is.
What a stupid and
pathetic trick she is pulling anyway. Pazuzu is behind me? Don't make
me laugh! As if there is even a chance that I will watch behind me.
Only a complete idiot would fall for that!
wrong? He's here! Don't you want to see him with your own eyes?"
Erika: "You're the
only one who can see anything behind me! You're making a fool of
Teramoto: "I can see
him because I have the gift! He's normally invisible to the eyes of
common men, but you've summoned him, he should be visible to you!"
Erika: "What a
the matter? Are you scared?!"
Erika: "Scared of
what? Your demon is absolutely insignificant! If he's really that
dangerous, then tell him to do something! Tell him to strike me! Tell
him to bite me or whatever! Can he at least touch me? How come I
don't feel a thing?!"
just not worth the effort! Pazuzu is laughing at you, he thinks
you're funny! He'll pay you a visit pretty soon, when you'll be
alone. You'd better prepare yourself!"
Erika: "Why not now?
Is he shy?! He can't perform in front of a crowd?!"
Some guys are laughing,
but most people are serious or even scared. This is a pretty exciting
Teramoto: "The more
you're making fun of him, the more he'll make you regret it!"
Erika: "Aaah, I'm
already bored! Is this all that you can do, Teramoto? Are you all
words and no facts? I'm quite disappointed! I was under the
impression that you were better than this. I thought you could prove
that demons exist with something more substantial than void threats!"
Teramoto: "I refuse!
People like you aren't worth the effort! People like you would still
deny the supernatural even if they bumped on it! If you saw a ghost
you'd say it's just your imagination! If several people saw it, you'd
call it mass hysteria! Your irrational skepticism and closed
mindedness is that ridiculous!"
underestimate me, Teramoto, if you could prove that demons exist, I
would believe it! I can endure any truth! That's the kind of person I
am! If the truth is that magic exists, then I will accept even that!
But first, you must show me the proof!"
useless, I won't waste my time with you."
Erika: "Then let me
be completely blunt. Whether the supernatural is true or not isn't
the issue. The issue is that you're just a fraud. All of your claims
are nothing but badly conceived lies! You're not an arcanist! You're
not an occultist! You're not a demonologist! You're not a medium, an
esper, a priestess, a spiritualist nor anything! You're just an
amateur who filled her head with a bunch of occult stuff from various
sources without ever achieving a proper understanding! You wouldn't
tell the difference from a serious magical theory and a baseless
urban legend to save your life! In the end your pretentious
supernatural lore is nothing but a pile of garbage without any worth
whatsoever! Don't you even realize how messed up your lies are? How
could you become any more pathetic! Don't make me laugh! This is so
stupid it isn't even funny!"
Teramoto: "Shut up!
What the hell do you think to know?! Who the hell do you think you
are?! You know nothing about the spiritual world! Don't come and
pretend you know what you're talking about!"
Erika: "If you're
really that good, then prove me wrong! Stop hiding behind your lies
and your worthless excuses!"
you've seriously pissed me off! I don't normally use my powers to
curse people, but I think I'll make an exception for you! On my name
I'll curse you to an existence of pain and madness! And may you never
find salvation until your last day on this world!"
Erika: "Ah ha ha ha
ha! Keep telling your lies, Teramoto! Keep spouting your meaningless
words! At this point everyone should've realized that this is all
that you can do!"
Teramoto: "What a
pathetic attempt to discredit me! These girls know what I can do!
These girls have seen that what I tell is the truth! Your insults
won't change that!"
Erika: "Then let me
see what they've seen! Come on! Show me these great powers of yours!"
I can't! I'm no longer allowed to perform my rituals. I'm already
working on sealing the demon elsewhere, but it'll take time. For now
I have no choice but to keep a low profile."
Erika: "Then I'll
Erika: "Let me
participate to one of these 'gatherings'! You've done a lot already,
I'm sure you can do one more!"
Teramoto: "Are you
wrong? Can't you do that? All you need is twelve volunteers, right?
You've got one already, I volunteer! You can use my spiritual power
however you want!"
Teramoto: "As if I
can really do that after all that have happened! The teachers would
never allow me..."
currently have no authority over that shed! It's been sealed by the
police, and no one can prevent the investigators from using that
place however they deem necessary in order to solve the case."
Satsukawa: "Wait a
moment, Erika! We never talked about this!"
Satsukawa finally decided
to join me.
Erika: "Don't you
want to solve this case? This is a chance to learn more."
will never agree with this!"
Erika: "Why not? Do
you really think he'd care just because someone died there?"
is... crazy... crazy! How can you ask me to perform my ritual
wrong?! Aren't you dealing with dead people on a regular basis?! Why
are you suddenly so uneasy?! Does it bother you that much to be in
the same room where someone was killed? How odd!"
that's not it!"
Erika: "So, can you
do it or not?"
Teramoto: "I'll get
in trouble if I..."
Erika: "You're not
going to do it by your own initiative. This is something that I'm
explicitly asking you to do! You won't be held responsible for that."
means... I will?!"
Erika: "I doubt the
principal will make a fuss about that, don't you agree?"
Satsukawa doesn't answer,
but he knows what I mean. Wakamatsu is willing to pretend to look
elsewhere while I deal with Teramoto. That much was made clear just a
few hours ago.
Erika: "Then it's
decided! You can start making the necessary preparations."
Teramoto: "Wait a
moment! I didn't agree to do that!"
Erika: "Does that
mean you're pulling out? After all that I've said? I already knew
that you were a fraud, but I thought you had a spine."
Erika: "Oh, I see!
You're afraid that I'll see through your tricks. It's quite
That's not the issue at all!"
Erika: "Then what's
the issue? What's the problem?!"