Chapter 190: Pandora’s Files
“Donald Smile and Smokejaw P, invade the fourth floor…”
It won’t stop. I don’t know what to do, Ms. Erilyn.
Erilyn bites her nails as she watches her comrades drop out one by one.
I’m at my wit’s end. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.
Can you let us handle this?
The three people who tapped Erilyn on the shoulder were A, B, and C. They were the ones who had caused this disaster.
Erilyn glared at them and asked where their confidence came from.
“You’ll just have to wait and see.”
All right, I’m off.
A, B, and C went down the stairs to escape the pressure from Erilyn and the others.
What do you want?
I don’t know… But…”
It’s all their fault. I hope they’ll use their lives to do what they have to do.”
“Well… I don’t think those three idiots can do it…”
Erilyn sighs and opens the image of the room where the three of them are positioned.
“I’m scared, I’m scared.”
But when death is at hand, A. is frightened.
Although he was usually a bit of a jerk, he was still a normal junior high school student in this way.
“Shh. Be quiet. They’re coming.
“Get into it.”
This tragedy stops here.
If we can beat them, we’ll get a big boost to our profile in the GOO.
A, B, and C, who are in charge of room 404, also known as [the middle room], are waiting for Donald and the others to appear soon. Donald and his friends were waiting for them.
I brace myself, my body shaking like a rock drill, and wait patiently for the moment.
There is a tunnel about one meter high in front of them, and the three dressed as zombies are waiting for them at the exit.
The tunnel, which requires crouching down to proceed, restricts the visitor’s actions. By restricting their actions, the tunnel makes them more fearful and makes them feel nervous as they move through the tunnel.
And just when you think, “There’s a way out!” and then, as if to finish him off, he’ll cut off your [Spirit Gauge].
That was the final section of the concept.
“Oh, is the tunnel next… It’s about a meter high. I guess we’ll just have to crouch down.
(((( Here it comes…!!!))))
“I’m going to make you limit your actions by crouching and advancing…”
“I can’t have you scaring me like that… Oh, yeah.
Did you have an epiphany?
“Yes. Smoke, did you know that humans used to walk on four legs?
(What are you talking about?)
Upset middle school students.
It seems that Smoke Strike P was the same way.
“Are we talking about a baby crawling?”
“No. Before that. Long before we were human.
“Is this an evolutionary theory? I seem to recall that before humans, we were ape-like creatures.”
“Before that monkey. When they were small mammals.”
“You go way back. So, what is it?”
“Actually, there’s a theory that when we become human… we still have the instincts from those days… There’s a theory.
By walking on all fours, humans can temporarily regain the wild strength they had at the time.”
“What have they been saying all this time?” Whispering.
“I don’t understand.” Whispering.
They’re something other than human to begin with. Whispering.
“Don’t talk to me like I’m human.” Squeak, whisper, whisper.
“I will now unleash my human… I’m going to unleash my beastly nature– pervert-transform.”
This is my beast mode. Here we go.
A rustling sound can be heard as Donald makes his way through the tunnel somehow.
“Wait, wait, wait! What’s Beast Mode? Squeak, whisper, whisper.
“I don’t know!” (whispering)
I didn’t understand your whole conversation earlier. (whispering)
You guys need to focus… They’re coming.” Shh, shh, shh, shh.
The junior high school students sense the approach of something mysterious and take threatening positions.
But they’re in the opposite state of mind of the people who scare them. They’re scared, like when you go to a haunted house and you wonder what you’re going to be scared of.
I think it’s time for the exit.
“Timing’s got to be right.”
“All right, let’s do this.”
When I woke up, I was asleep in my bed in my room.
The VR equipment’s off, and I can see the ceiling. There was light coming through the curtains. It seemed to be morning.
“That… The Haunted House… What happened to the GOO Summer Festival? What happened?
Check the date on your phone. The date has changed.
Say hi to erilyn and get ready to work hard today.
And then I’d go with B and C to the school kids and…
I think something happened after…
Ugh… My head… It hurts. I can’t remember anything.
Whenever I try to remember what happened after that, I get dizzy with a sandstorm of images.
“Yeah. Maybe there’s an image log.”
I picked up the VR device to try and remember what happened. I’ve been automatically scoping out what I see at regular intervals in case something happens, so maybe I can get some clues from that.
When I reached to open yesterday’s dated images folder.
That was creepy.
A chill runs down my spine.
For a moment, I felt as if time had stopped for the rest of the world.
“Yeah. I don’t think we should.”
A sixth sense. Patronus. A spirit from a previous life. Future me.
“Don’t look.” “Don’t look.
“I didn’t know this kind of thing existed…”
“Atsuhiko~ are you awake? Dinner’s ready.
Behind the door. I hear my mother’s voice coming from the kitchen downstairs.
It’s been so long since I heard my mother’s voice. For some reason, warm tears rolled down my cheeks.
It’s a familiar voice. I don’t know why I feel so safe.
I’m coming, Mom!
I’ll open the door.
I’m going to quit logging into VR games for a while.
I don’t know why I thought that.
“Hmm? You got a call on your phone? “Oh my God… I’m getting so many calls from B and C…”
Well, maybe later. Breakfast, breakfast.
Atsuhiko aka A threw his phone on the bed and left the room.
It was late in the day when A remembered everything.
This is an image that was recorded in A’s image folder…