Wow. This is the first time I post in the Randomness section…
Well, it’s because we have no Writing section here…
Oh, well. Might as well…
So, because of my adjusted summer break, I’ve had a lot of things that I can do before it ended. Call it a mindset like Phineas and Ferb, but really, I have not done anything too productive. Finishing Hyouka in one sitting with my little sister and cousin would be sort of an achievement. Finishing Madoka when I had no Internet was great as well. Playing my games are always enjoyable. But other than those (well, besides manga reading, because that’s a given. TWGOK pls), nothing. I don’t do anything unless I had a preceding event to make me do something. You can just guess why my Darkness blog posts and Nisekoi posts ain’t being updated regularly. Oh, man. I hate this unproductivity, but still I continue to do so… I’m a sad person.
Well, I’m more productive in blogging than anyone else here. OtaCom just started recently, so I don’t count that. Kinda. The Weiss Schwarz post is very much delayed that it lost value. ruo, Seiru, and Sugumi are starting the first year of their college life, while I have at most a month left to do all my stuff. Renegade and Requiem start off next week, while Alkaeid just got Internet very recently. He also has an extended summer, but he got accepted in a provincial university, forcing him to leave the cities at least for the year. Uhh… Why did I start this post with this..?
Oh, well. While I had my fill of Japanese classes ever since May 3, I’ve only continued fanfiction writing during this event for my course. Upperclassmen gave an intro on the basics of the programming language I will be using throughout the stay. Along with that, events to make the lessons not seem as if they’re boring.
It was a two-week long Computer Science Bootcamp. We were taught how to Python. Well, at least the basics. At that, I remember what ruo gave me along with Touhou 7. It was a program used to create your own VNs. It was Ren’Py. Apparently, it used Python as well, so even though I haven’t touched that program for some time now, I can use it epically now~~~ At least, I hope so.
But, of course, the lessons were somehow boring, even if the upperclassmen were corny in a sense. Making love jokes and all. I don’t even want to think about love if it had something to do with me… That’s another story, though.
When I was done with the exercises they gave us, I was just waiting for everyone else to finish. I started fanfiction writing on the computer I was on. Just like what Alkaeid did during our Computer classes last year when he was bored. The only thing, though, is that he didn’t save them. If I had to summarize that work of which he didn’t finish, it was, of course, a 2hu fanfic, starring Remilia Scarlet, mistress of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and her sister Flandre, who wanted to play with her Onee-sama even for just a bit. For those unaware, Flandre has always been locked in the basement of the mansion for 500 years prior to Touhou 6’s Extra mode because she’s somewhat insane (lol Alkaeid sorry if I screwed this description up. I mean, that is the reason why Flandre’s imprisoned there, right?). And, of course, “play” means Spell Card Battle. And there. It was unfinished, so this summary’s unfinished. hahaha XD
My fanbase is, of course, TWGOK, so naturally, I would make one about that. Although I have to note that I started my writing during a seminar during the bootcamp’s second day, that I wrote on a notebook I got from my little sister. She doesn’t use it, so I did. For a great purpose. It tackles the same topic which I wrote on the computer, but I used a different character.
I didn’t intend to write one on the computer, but I found it more convenient that way, seeing as we were in the computer lab and all during the day I started on the second fic. Plus, I just wrote out of boredom. I started by writing the opening sentence that I used for my first ever fanfic published on fanfiction.net.
Then, I wasn’t contented. I was still bored, so using that, I continued on. And it ended up like this one which I will copy-paste and add pictures below. Note that this is a TWGOK fanfic, and I dwelt on the question “How were the memories of the heroines altered?” They weren’t erased, just to note. New Hell is conserving power to be even thinking about using it on something that useless.
Last notes: I planned to publish this under the same account I used to publish the pre-plugged fanfic, but I realized that I wrote this one in chat form, meaning it’s not allowed on the site. So, I’m posting this here for not only the sake of posting something, but also as easy access for the text just in case I don’t have anything with the main file with me during certain cases like trips without a laptop or USB. And by easy access, I mean, I can compare older versions to revisions, and make those revisions more easily.
I entitled it Manipulation by the Faceless. Vague OCG joke. Legendaries if you get it.
The sun shone brightly on Maijima City one summer day.
The early morning called for the start of everyone’s colorful day.
Good morning, everyone. This is Shiori Shiomiya.
How are you doing this fine sunny morning? It’s not like me to ask people how they’re doing. I don’t know how, and I don’t why, but over the course of just one year, I have been able to speak more confidently and have been able to say the simple things any person can say.Those who know how I’ve fared with other people know how much I’ve really changed all throughout the course of just one year!
Shiori, who are you talking to?
Ah, it’s nothing, it’s nothing, Minerva!
Ah, okay, then. I thought you might have lost your mind or something. Katsuragi-kun will definitely not like that!
E-e-ehhhhh?? Since when did Katsuragi-kun get into this conversation? It doesn’t matter if he thinks I’m weird or not! It’s not like I like him that much! He’s an idiot who likes to play with other people’s emotions!
You said, “that much”, so you still like Katsuragi-kun, Shiori! I know you, Shiori. No matter how many people you’ve come across and talked to, no one comes close to Katsuragi-kun in your heart! I don’t have to be the goddess of wisdom to know how you love someone, Shiori!
Mou, Minerva. Why did you bring up such a troublesome man? I mean, I have no more hope for my fantasies… Well, “fantasies” may be a bad word to use, but my love is no use for Katsuragi-kun, anyway. He’s gone out with a person I don’t even know. Even though I told myself I would forget about everything by immersing myself to research about everything weird that’s happened, that seems useless. I just can’t simply forget what Katsuragi-kun has done for me… He holds too much of an influence on me…
Well, I think it’s already very relieving that Katsuragi-kun was my first kiss. A kiss that gave me the courage to face life the way it should be faced. It’s also relieving to be able to remember this important event in my life. The whole affair about the installation of the Audiovisual Room bugged me for months! I wanted to make sure of my doubts. I was very sure that someone was with me. Someone was supporting my whole endeavor! Someone broke in the library from the ceiling during the night of the stand-off! I gave my drink to somebody! And I accidentally drank some of it after the whole deal! Somebody understood how I really felt that time! I know it!! And after months of doubts, it all came back to me!!!
I spent months trying to recall all the events that happened to me during that time… I tried so hard, but I never was satisfied with what my brain kept on reminding me. That I faced all of my troubles alone. I’m not a religious type of person as well. I’ve read so much about this argument of religion and science that I just stopped caring about it altogether. I’ve read both sides of the story, anyway, but that’s a different issue.
Then what do you think about us Jupiter Sisters, Shiori?
Uuu~ Minerva. That’s off-topic!!
But, yes. I would never believe that I alone could and maintain something so bold. To remedy my doubts, I began to write a story using those events as my plot. And as you expected, I got nothing to write which fit what I wanted. Eventually, what I wrote caught the attention of Fujidera-san, Library Committee head. She said that, with my permission, my story would be published for a compilation. I was still a bit submissive then, so I nodded without rejecting the offer. Yes, I could have rejected…
That was so you, Shiori.
You think so? Hehehe~ I guess I was. So, from that point on, I decided to do my best to write the story I wanted. The story that was 100% accurate in terms of how I remembered the event. It was like writing history. How things happened based on how people recalled them… I became…somewhat encouraged…
Well, one Thursday afternoon in this wonderful library, while I was in the middle of thought, I heard a loud crashing sound coming from the second floor. That part of the afternoon was 6th period. Nobody was inside the library except me, so I had to check it out. Maybe someone snuck in here without permission. Of course, I was scared. Who could it be? What if the intruder wasn’t a student here but instead, a criminal who broke in and chose to hide here. After all, this library is huge! I slowly went upstairs, silently repeating “Who’s there?” as I made my way up, tiptoeing, with an atlas in my hands. Then, I saw you. A little girl with a halo sneaking around here. You kept on hiding to places I don’t even know. You were disappearing…
Ahh…! That’s because I was with you the whole time.
Shiori, do you know our story? Of how the goddesses came into Earth and are now residing in the hearts of 6 girls?
Now that you mention it, I haven’t read anything about that in any book here in the library. There are also no accounts of such a story in any of the books I have in home…
That’s because we, devils and deities alike, are nothing but works of creative fiction and even religion here on Earth. No one would believe it as part of history but instead as unexplainable phenomena.
But no one has even written about it in fiction. Well, at least in this area. There are still a lot of work I have not touched. Mostly foreign works which I have yet to understand their language before I can proceed to enjoy and understand reading them.
Ah. So it seems… Well, Shiori. I’d rather tell it to you know instead of you reading it from somewhere else. Firsthand accounts are much more reliable than secondhand ones.
Yes, Minerva, seeing you are a goddess and all…
Okay. Then listen carefully. It’s just a simple story. It involves goddesses and devils alike.
All right. I’m listening…
There are three realms currently co-existing in this world. All the realms revolve on the theme of the rotation of souls throughout different realms. When a living soul on Earth passes away, his body may remain on Earth, but his soul descends to Hades, Hell, as many people would call it now. This is where the soul gets purified before it is sent back to Heaven for divinations and for the soul to sort of “enjoy” his stay in Heaven before he is recycled back to Earth, taking the form of another body. The body doesn’t have to be human. None of the deities but the great King Jupiter can choose what the soul gets reincarnated to…
So, it has some resemblance to both animism and Hinduism? Where non-living things have life, and where the possibility of reincarnation into something else depending on your life here on Earth exists?
Precisely, Shiori. But religion has nothing to do with whatever happened next. All realms power on souls, and since humans have started living longer lives on earth, the number of souls that cycle through the realms have lessened, leading to power shortages in all the realms. Yes. Even Earth is affected by this, but just menially. For Heaven and especially for Hades, this is a pretty serious thing. Then, eventually, as devils find ways to solve their power crisis, they realized that they can feed off the evils inside the souls of humans, in a sense that they can enlarge the souls of the humans by exposing them and getting them used to evil via tempations to do evil acts. They were successful with doing so, thus spreading so much evil unto the Earth, but they were not satisfied with just that. They now wanted to take control over everything that has to do something with souls, and basically, that means controlling everything. Dominion over the three realms! As their first strike, they created a beam-like structure that would pierce through Heaven, hoping that it would destroy the realm, or at least leave it helpless to defend itself. It failed due to intervention of devils who were rational and opposed the plan of Dominion. They want a Hades that rules with reason and justice. They were the New Devils. Heaven saw this as a great undertaking in the change of Hades into a more peaceful realm not filled any sort of bloodlust. Not too long, Hades experienced a very long war between the Ancient Devils and the New Devils. That was the Almagemachina. It raged for around three centuries in Earth time. When the Ancient Devils were weakening, Heaven decided to intervene. So, under an oath to King Jupiter, 6 priestesses were blessed with enhanced powers according to the field they decided to be in while they were in Heaven. Those priestesses were us, the Jupiter Sisters. Only related to each other through King Jupiter. The last push to drive the Ancient Devils away once and for all was led by us. of course, the Ancient Devils did not go down with a fight. With enough fortifications, they managed to hold us back and engage a counterattack of their own. The counterattack looked devastating that the winning New Devils could possibly lose the long struggle if it succeeded. Knowing this, I proposed to my sisters that at the start of their counterattack, we gather all of them to some place and seal them along with the land they corrupted with their magic once and for all, but that is at the cost of our own souls. Without opposition, everyone agreed to my proposition, and we successfully collected all the souls of all the evils of Ancient Hell under our own seal. The New Devils have won and New Hell has been established. But is it really a win? Just last year, someone broke the seal, and the souls that were once trapped found their way to Earth through a portal that connects the two realms. Point Rock. A huge rock in the middle of the Maijima Sea. We escaped with them as well, for they were good cover. Then, those souls, having escaped their prison, have been finding a place to stay in here on Earth. They then decided to hide in the gaps of a girl’s heart because it was the best place to hide anywhere. It’s an added bonus to them that if they stay long enough there, those souls will be reborn as the offspring of the female. A reincarnated evil soul receives double, triple, or even quadruple of their own power and magic capabilities. Aware of this, New Hell formed a team that will capture all of those souls. The Runaway Spirit Squad. Though, they need a human buddy to interact with the girl inflicted with the runaway soul. It can be sent out by any means…
Ah… An interesting story… But does this have anything to do with you? You are not a devil, so why do you need to know this?
I just do. Again, I’m not the goddess of wisdom for nothing, Shiori.
Shiori… Okay, okay. I’m guessing you had a runaway soul, and a human buddy interacted with you so his devil partner would be able to capture it. Seeing as you were a very introverted person, the only other humans to interact with you are your family members, fellowmen of the Library Committee, and Katsuragi-kun. And now, you think that Katsuragi-kun is that buddy of a devil.
Wah!!! What are you talking about, Minerva??
Now, why do you think Katsuragi-kun is being lovey-dovey with other girls? Do you think he likes them all? He just /had/ to do that to capture loose souls and eventually revive my sisters. If runaway souls feed of negative emotions, we goddesses power on love. Don’t you think this is a more logical explanation of things??
Um… uh… You lost me at “lovey-dovey”…
As I said, Katsuragi-kun is just being lovey-dovey with other girls because–
I don’t want to hear any more of it, Minerva!!!!
No-no-no-no!! I can’t hear you!!
Wah!? Shiori! Listen to me!!
Lalala~ Not listening!!!
Not listening!! Not listening!! Not… listening…
Sh-Shiori…? Are you crying??
*sniff* *sniff* I blame you, Minerva… *sniff* You never lie, so all you said was true… That means… That means that from the start, my love for Katsuragi-kun was just one-sided, and that the kiss was just a tool for capturing souls… *sniff* It’s disheartening hearing that, you know?? *sniff* IT’S DISHEARTENING!! *sniff* *sniff*
Shiori… I… I’m sorry…
*sniff* Don’t be… *sniff* Minerva. The truth always hurts, but it will always set you free. It would have been better to live knowing the truth than drowning in my fantasies. I have to face reality one way or another. That’s another lesson Katsuragi-kun kind of taught me. I wasn’t trying to protect the library. I was trying to protect my hideout from reality…
Well… Shiori… If it makes you feel any better, because of your love for Katsuragi-kun, you gave me my powers back, and because of that, you started to remember everything about those events you said earlier.
Yes. Once I woke up, I was scared. I didn’t know where I was. I was in some huge place surrounded by even bigger wooden shelves filled with numerous tomes. Those tomes have text written on their sides, all having a common theme of the universe. Then, suddenly, someone from the stairwell appeared and kept calling out to someone. I hurriedly hid myself, but when I did, I was confused. I found myself in an unreasonable spot in the huge place. Then after interacting with you, I realized I was /with/ you. Living and coinciding with you. Apollo-neesama may have told me not to talk with strangers, but what about strangers that don’t talk to you but approach you? Shouldn’t I talk to them? So, there. Remember? “Do you think you can write now?”
Ahh, yes! That! The penultimate time Katsuragi-kun went to the library to see me– A-I mean, the library! He helped me write a story of me. I did everything, though. He was more of an inspiring figure. But the kiss on the cheek was what took me aback…
Shiori… Snap out of it. You’re turning red again.
W-wh-wha…? Ah, sorry, Minerva. It’s just too memorable… Thanks for that, then, Minerva…
For you getting your memories back?
Then, okay. No problem…
So, then, can you help me remember where I placed the book entitled “Best 50 Galges for You”?
Ugh… Shiori, I can only help you remember things about your kind of distant past. This, I can’t do anything unless you told me something about it beforehand.
Ehhhh??? Aw, come on, Minerva! Help me out!
So much for that memory of yours, Shiori. A person who’s read everything in this huge library forgot where she placed one book with a very concerning title. So not you, Shiori.
Come on!!!! Give me a break!! Minerva!!!!
Oh, don’t you dare give me a dose of my own medicine, Minerva!!
Ehh? What did you say, Shiori?
(Minerva runs far away, out of sight from Shiori.)
(Suddenly, enter Keima Katsuragi.)
Why are you so surprised to see me? I just wanted to return this book to the library.
Wait, this is…
Yeah, it’s the galge book I forgot to return for over a year now… I had lots of things to take care of that I forgot.
“Best 50 Galges for You”… No wonder…
There’s an overdue fee, right? Here, 400 Yen…
Um… Thank you for returning the book… But next time, please remember to–
Yeah. Sorry again…
Mm… Okay… Okay…
Well, I’ll visit again sometime, Shiori. I have something to do today…
(Keima leaves the library.)
Um… What just happened…?
He suddenly came to see me…
Wait, no, he didn’t. He just came to return an overdue book.
No wonder I don’t know where it is…
Wait, wait… The overdue fee is 100 Yen times the number of weeks overdue…
He just gave me 400 Yen…
That idiot!!! He needs to pay me the remaining 4800 Yen!
Katsuragi-kun! Wait up!!! You didn’t pay me the right amount!!
(Shiori exits the library, running and repeatedly calling out Keima.)
And this took long… Wow. hahahahahahaha
I wonder why I put this up before a Nisekoi post…
Well, whatever. Got something in. See ya~~