Kimagure Orange College - Episode 10
by Stephen Tsai
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Kimagure Orange College

[Writer's foreword:  This is the tenth episode of a fan-fict 
series based on the characters in Kimagure Orange Road.  They are 
intended to take place after the movie, "I Want to Return to that 
Day", and follow the characters Kasuga Kyosuke and Ayukawa Madoka 
as they start the next phase of their lives in college.
	If you missed the previous episodes, notes about the new 
characters, and previous events are listed after the ending 
credits.  In addition, previous episodes are available at the ftp site.
	One thing I would like to say up front:  Although I and my 
co-writer have both graduated from college, our experience is in 
the American college system and culture.  The span of our 
experience in the Japanese advanced education system is limited 
with what we can pick up watching anime, reading manga, and 
consulting with friends, pen pals and anime clubs.  Any mistakes, 
inconsistencies, etc. are neither intentional nor are they meant 
to show disrespect for the Japanese education system.  In fact, we 
would appreciate any constructive criticisms, corrections, and 
insight any readers might offer us.    Mail all such letters, 
praises or flames to]

Episode 10 - Night of a Thousand Voices

[Cut to the inside of a fast moving train on the Chuo line.  On 
board are Hayashibara, Kasuga, Katsu, Saito and Kasamatsu.  They 
all have backpacks and are carrying camping gear.  As the train 
slows down, people start to lean forwards as the momentum shifts.]

Voice on the train loudspeaker:  Disembarking for Otsuki!  Next 

Hayashibara:  [Gets up and grabs his pack.]  Let's go!  The next 
Fujikyu train leaves in a few minutes!

Katsu, Saito, Kasamatsu, Kasuga:  [Each grabs his pack.]  Right!  
[Gets up.]

Kasuga Narration:  It was the early part of June.  With the summer 
about to start, we decided to beat the heat and go camping one 
weekend near the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park.  As it was just a 
month before the climbing season, we thought that our biggest 
problem was going to be the vacationing crowds.  As it turns out, 
what ended up happening was exactly the opposite.

[Cut to National Road 139.  Mount Fuji looms majestically, 
dominating the skyline.  Kasuga, Katsu, Saito and Kasamatsu are 
riding in a rental truck as Hayashibara drives.  They pass by a 
sign marked "Katsuyama", only to see a large crowd of cars sitting 
in the parking lot.]

Kasamatsu:  [Forlorn expression.]  Che!*  By the time we set up 
camp, the lake won't have any fish left!
*Mild Japanese expression of disappointment/irritation

Saito:  [Shrugs.]  Well, that's what we get for coming up here at 
the beginning of summer.

Katsu:  [To Kasuga.]  How do you think the girls are doing?

Kasuga:  [Smiles.]  If I know Ayukawa, they're having a great 
time.  [Also starts to look forlorn.]  No doubt they'll be having 
more fun than us!

Hayashibara:  [Tries to cheer the others up.]  Come on guys!  It's 
a long road and it's not even mid-afternoon yet.  It's a nice day 
so enjoy the scenery!

[After another hour of driving through the beautiful, albeit 
crowded park, they pass another sign marked Motosu-ko*.  Behind 
the sign, dense forest looms ahead.  Surprisingly, the number of 
cars suddenly dwindles to almost non-existence.]
*Lake Motosu

Hayashibara:  [Getting excited.]  Look at this you guys!

Kasuga:  [Looks out the window.]  This is beautiful!  Hardly 
anyone here, Motosu-ko just a few miles away...

Saito:  [Nods in agreement.]  It's perfect!

Katsu:  [Looking a little concerned.]  I wonder why it's deserted 
though?  There could be something wrong with this place...

Kasamatsu:  [Pats Katsu on the back.]  Don't be a spoilsport!  The 
only thing missing here is our tent spikes!

Katsu:  [Quickly checks his back for any paper.]

Hayashibara:  [Points.]  Look there's a house!  Let's just make 
sure it's not private property or anything like that!  [Pulls over 
and stops the car.  After closing the car door, he calls out.]  
Hello!  Is anyone here?

Kasuga:  [Gets out and closes the door.]  Looks like there's no 
one home.

[Suddenly an old man opens the door.  His face has a weathered 
texture like a raisin with too much sun.  The few wisps of hair on 
his head are bleached white.  His voice rasps like a broken 

Old man:  [Angrily, but with unconcealed concern.]  What are you 
doing here?

Hayashibara:  [Bows.]  Konnichiwa ojiisan*!  We were wondering 
about the availability of camping grounds in this area.
*In this context, old man.

Old man:  [Snarls.]  We do not welcome visitors *here*!

Kasuga, Katsu, Saito, Kasamatsu, Hayashibara:  [Taken aback by his 
abrupt response.]  ...

Hayashibara:  Err...we'd be willing to pay a fee naturally if you 

Old man:  That's not it!  [Softens his tone.]  It's for your own 
good that we discourage visitors.  This forest is haunted!

Kasuga:  [Surprised.]  Haunted?

Katsu:  [Equally surprised.]  Really?

Saito:  [Almost to himself.]  B***s***...

Old man:  [Meaningfully to Saito.]  You would be wise not to so 
quickly discount the legends of the Aokigahara forest*!
*Forest located at the foot of Mt Fuji infamous for suicides.

Kasuga:  *This* is the Aokigahara forest?  [Looks around.]  It 
looks normal enough.

Katsu:  [Observes]  Other than the fact that there's no one else 

Old man:  Don't you young people know the legends of the 
Aokigahara forest?  In Jukai*, the spirits of the discontent still 
roam free...and they don't take kindly to those who would disturb 
their rest!  At Shoji-ko**, the unhappy who died there continue to 
feed off the life of the foolish!
*Sea of Trees
**Lake Shoji

Hayashibara:  [Tries to be amiable.]  Well of course we've heard 
of the Aokigahara forest, but...

Saito:  [Waves his hand and scoffs.]  Come on!  This is the 
twentieth century!  There's no such things as ghosts!

Old man:  [Shouts as he watches them walk off.]  Beware the dark 
or you'll be sorry!  [Mutters almost to himself but still audible 
to the guys.]  You'll all be sorry...!

Kasuga, Katsu, Saito, Kasamatsu, Hayashibara:  ...

[Cut to the edge of the forest.  Hayashibara stops the car as 
close to the forest as he can and gets out.  The others follow 
suit and gather their stuff together.]

Hayashibara:  Now according to the map, there should be an open 
clearing a few miles away to the southwest.  Once we set up camp, 
Motosu-ko is southwest of that by another mile.  Shoji-ko is also 
here, [Puts his finger on the map.] but it's quite a bit smaller.

Kasuga:  [Looking at the map.]  Well, it's also closer.  We might 
try that too.

Saito:  [Points at the map.]  Road 139 also runs right by Motosu-
ko at the Road 300 junction.  There'll likely be more people there 

Katsu:  [Rubs his chin.]  Didn't the old man say something about 

Kasamatsu:  [Waves off.]  He was probably drunk too.  Stop 
worrying; what could possibly go wrong?

[Cut to the forest clearing.  Kasamatsu and Kasuga pull on one end 
of a rope with the other end tied to a nearby tree.  As they keep 
the rope taunt, Katsu and Saito pull a large canvas sheet over the 
rope and tie down the corners.  While they set up, the radio plays 
the daily news, but no one is really paying any attention as they 
are occupied with other activities.]

Radio:  ...hairman continues to deny any wrongdoing.  In local 
news, Kofu Pharmaceuticals announced their new anesthetic would 
begin shipping to local hospitals despite protests of possible 
safety vio...

Katsu:  [Tying down the last corner.]  OK guys, that should do it!  
Saito-san, get the other end!

Saito:  [Tying the other end of the main rope as Kasuga and 
Kasamatsu keep it tight.]  Got it!

Kasamatsu:  [Pants as they releases the rope.]  This is too much 
like work!

Kasuga:  [Rubbing his hands on his trousers to relieve rope burn.]  
Let's switch for the next tent!

Kasamatsu:  [Nods in agreement.]  That's right...we're doing all 
the tough work!

Hayashibara:  [While carrying a large pack over his shoulder with 
the last of their stuff from the car.]  Work's good for you; it 
builds character.

Kasamatsu:  [Drops in exhaustion.]  That's easy for you to say.  
[Mutters to himself.]  Some of us aren't perfect...

Kasuga:  [To himself as he too is exhausted.]  I know the 
feeling...[Notices that Hayashibara's not even breathing hard.]

Radio:  ...promises to make amends.  In sports, Butsumetsu 
University continues it's hot streak, sweeping Todai in 3 games to 
take the series.  Doi and Hayashibara combined for 11 hits out of 
24 at-bats to lead...

Kasuga Narration:  It's hard to compete with a guy like that; I 
confess that I couldn't help but be a little envious.  [Watches as 
Hayashibara unpacks several heavy bundles with relative ease.]  He 
promised me that he wouldn't pursue Ayukawa, but I was still 
nervous.  Not that I didn't trust his intentions; he seemed to be 
a nice guy.  But I realized that it was that very trait that made 
me nervous.  Even though it seems impossible, for the first time, 
[Quick flash showing Ayukawa smiling as she and Hayashibara are 
talking between classes.] I was forced to consider the possibility 
that it was Ayukawa who was attracted to him...

[Cut to a half-hour later.  The tents are set up and their 
equipment is laid out.  In the center of their camp, Saito and 
Katsu are starting a fire.]

Kasuga:  Hey!  [Digging through the gear.]  Where's the food?

Hayashibara:  [Stands up and looks around.]  I don't know?  Who 
was holding the food?

Kasamatsu:  Well...[Looks sheepishly at the ground.]

Saito:  You left it in the car?  Well you'll have to go back and 
get it.

Kasamatsu:  [Whines.]  It's almost 2 kilometers away...

Radio:  ...good news for all those who don't like the coming of 
the summer heat; a cold front is moving in that should bring 
relief but you people out there better hold tight.  When all the 
moisture from the front hits the heat, we're looking at a whopper 
of a...[Click.]

Hayashibara:  [Sternly as he turns off the radio.]  Well you'd 
better get started then.

[Cut to the wooded glade about an hour later.  Kasamatsu stops and 
leans against the nearest tree, setting his heavy load of food 
down for a moment.  He puts his hands on his stomach, trying to 
assuage the stich in his abdomen.]

Kasamatsu:  Shoot!...<puff!>...Why does this stuff always happen 
to me?  The least they could do was help!  [After a few seconds, 
he manages to get his breathing down to a reasonable level.]  
Well, I'll pay them back for this...making mee...[Hears something 
and turns around to take a look.] eee...eee...eeeyyyooowww!!!!  
[Runs out of the glade at top speed.]

[Cut back to the open camping area.  By now the rest of the camp 
has been well established.  Hayashibara watches with astonishment 
as Kasamatsu collapses in front of him.]

Hayashibara:  Well that was quick...[Looks for the pack.]  Where's 
the food?

Kasamatsu:  There's...<wheez!>...something in the forest!

Hayashibara:  [A little concerned.]  Eh?  What?

Kasamatsu:  A GHOST!

Saito:  [After a few seconds to digest this bit of news.]  He must 
have been sniffing out of Katsu's bag!

Katsu:  [Indignantly.]  Hey don't blame me!

Kasuga:  [Helps Kasamatsu sit down.]  Come on, you're just tired.

Hayashibara:  [Offers Kasamatsu some water.]  That's right, 
exhaustion and dehydration can make you believe...

Kasamatsu:  [Waving off the help with frustration.]  I'M TELLING 

Saito:  [To Kasamatsu.]  Who do you think you're talking to here?  
*I* helped you pull this gag on those girls in sixth...

Kasamatsu:  I'M NOT JOKING...[Remembers *that* time in his sixth 
grade.] THIS TIME!

Hayashibara:  [Stands up.]  All right, let's go see your ghost.  
We may as well pick up the food while we're there.

Katsu:  [Gets his fishing rods.]  Well, I guess we're going to go 
fishing then.  [Pats Kasuga on the shoulder.]  How about we catch 

Kasuga:  [A little concerned about Kasamatsu.]  Ahh...hai.  [To 
Saito.]  Want to come?

Saito:  [Pulls out his notebook computer.]  Maybe later.  [Starts 
typing a few keys.]

Hayashibara:  [Surprised.]  You brought that thing?  This trip was 
supposed to be for fun!

Saito:  [Indignantly.]  This *is* fun!

Hayashibara:  I thought you said you wanted to know how to get a 
girl; that's not the way to impress one.

Saito:  [Defensively.]  Well, Kimura-san thinks it's cute!

Hayashibara:  Hrumph!  Kimura-san would think Gojira* was cute if 
he wore a ribbon.  [Leaves with Kasamatsu.]

[Cut to the shore of Shoji-ko.  Kasuga and Katsu are holding 
fishing rods.  Occasionally, one of them reels in their line and 
recasts it back into the water.]

Katsu:  So how long have you and Ayukawa-san known each other?

Kasuga:  Since third year junior high.  We met when my family 
moved and I attended Kouriyougakuen Junior High.

Katsu:  So was it love at first sight?

Kasuga:  Yes...well, no...[Reels in his line and recasts it as he 
thinks for a moment.]  In a way it was, but it took me a long time 
to realize it.  [Looks down as the fishing float bobs up and down 
in the water.]  There was another girl.  For a long time, we were 
friends.  We thought it could go on forever, but in the end, it 
reached a point where we realized it couldn't go on.  It...still 
hurts when I think about...what happened to us.

Katsu:  Fishing...

Kasuga:  What?

Katsu:  [Reels in his line, and holds up the artificial fly lure.]  
You were fishing.  When a guy doesn't know who he's after, he 
fishes and hopes for a bite.  [Recasts his line out.]  In your 
case, you got two, but had to throw one back.

Kasuga:  [While reeling in his line.]  I don't know...sometimes I 
felt more like the fish than the fisherman.  What about you; what 
was it like for you?

Katsu:  Well I...[Thinks for a moment.]  never really found anyone 
special.  Guess I was always too busy with my work.  But...[Reels 
in his line and recasts.]  Kasuga-san, what did you do when you 
think you've found someone you really care for, but don't know how 
to ...

Kasuga:  [Notices that his rod starts jerking.]  Hey!  [Starts 
reeling in his line.]

Katsu:  [Excitedly.]  You got a bite!

[Kasuga anxiously pulls his rod up, then suddenly both he and 
Katsu freeze in terror.  The fish that comes out is a two footer.  
The only problem is that the fish has no flesh.]

Kasuga:  [Fearfully.]  Ah...ah...

Katsu:  [Fearfully.]  Th-that's no trout!

Fish:  [Lifts up its head.]  Beware...the...dark!

Kasuga and Katsu:  YYYYEEEEOOOOWWWW!!!!  [Dropping their rods and 
fearfully scramble away from the lakeside.  As soon as they 
recover their wits, they both slowly and apprehensively turn 
around.  Lying on the side are their rods, but the skeletal fish 
is nowhere to be seen.]

Kasuga:  [With a quivering voice.]  You...don't suppose?

Katsu:  [Also with a quivering voice.]  D-don't be 
ridiculous...there's gotta be a logical explaination!

Kasuga:  B-but...


[Camera pan to a Neo-Tokyo office building.  A Genom middle 
manager looks annoyed as he has to run across the room to pick up 
his ringing phone...]

Middle manager:  [Half-rhetorically with annoyance]  Can't someone 
answer my phone? [Picks up the phone.]  Sato here!

Quincy's voice on the phone:  [Angrily]  YOU'RE DEAD SATO!!!  THAT 

Sato:  [Absolute look of terror on his face with cold sweat.]  ... 
[Then with a falsetto voice]  This isn't Sato, this is Sato's 
secretary, please hold!

[Immediately pressed the "Hold" button on his phone and starts 
dialing another number on the next line.]

Sato:  [With normal voice.]  Hello Federal Express?  I need a 
package check fast!  [Presses the phone line button and switches 
back to Quincy's line and his falsetto voice.]  He's coming; I can 
hear him down the hall!

Voiceover:  At Federal Express we have the best package tracking 
system in the business.  We can check the status of your package 
in seconds.

[Show a row of clerks sitting in front of a row of computer 
terminals.  As the clerk speaks on her headset telephone, a 
package tracking number appears on the screen, along with Brian J. 
Mason's name and a timestamp of 9:32.  The address below shows 
"Genom Industries."]

Voiceover:  Other companies can take days...and you may not have 
that long!

Sato:  [With renewed confidence and his own voice.]  That package 
was delivered and signed for by Brian J. Mason at 9:32am!

Quincy's voice on the phone:  [Quietly]  Oh...sorry!

Sato:  [With falsetto voice.]  That's OK!

Voiceover:  Federal Express.  Our most important package is yours!

[Writer's note:  Standard Disclaimer.]


[Cut back to the camp.  Saito is sitting alone in the middle of 
the camp, apparently oblivious to the world around him.]


Saito:  [Typing.]  saito  <Return>


Saito:  [Typing.]  BakaTare  <Return>

Last login: Thu Jun 22 17:39:10 from
NEC OS Release 4.1.3: Fri Jun 23 15:19:23

 Use of Butsumetsu computer and networking facilities requires prior
 authorization.  Unauthorized access is prohibited.  Usage may be subject
 to security testing and monitoring. Abuse is subject to criminal prosecution.

       Welcome to the Computation Center Workstation Facility
You have mail

Saito:  [Typing.]  mail

Mail version SMI 4.0  Type ? for help.
"/usr/spool/mail/saito": 1 message 1 new
>N  1 Tue Jun 13 13:16   21/770   Re:  Thanks

Message  1:
>From Tue Jun 13 
13:16:46 1988
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 1988 10:54:22 +0900 (GMT)
Subject: Re:  Thanks
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7BIT

Thanks for sending me that info on how to get on-line help.
It was a lifesaver!  I didn't learn to use a computer until I
start college and I'm still first year.

It's really nice for guys like you to help people like me.
I think you're great!  I always did have problems relating
directly to people when I was younger, but it's nice guys
like you who make this transition of my life easier.

Hopefully this will be the start of something more than just
a learning relationship and I look forward to your next letter.
Until next time!


[Saito smiles as he starts to type his reply, but before he can 
start, he is interrupted by a voice from behind him.]

Woman:  [Hesistantly.]  Um...excuse me?

Saito:  [Looks surprised.]  Eh?  [He turns around and sees a woman 
standing behind him.  She has a solemn expression, tempered with a 
look of sadness.  Her expression tells Saito that she's looking 
for someone.]  Hello...can I help you?

Woman:  Yes, I'm looking for my son Akira.

Saito:  Aki- Are you related to Hayashibara-san?

Woman:  I'm Hayashibara Minako; I'm Akira's mother.

Saito:  Well nice to meet you.  [Bows.]  I'm Saito!

Woman:  I'm his mother.  [Smiles.]  You're one of Akira's friends 
aren't you?

Saito:  Well, I guess so...I didn't know his family was coming 
here too.  If you wait a bit, Hayashibara-san will be back in a 
little while.

Woman:  No...[Sadly.]  I'm afraid I don't have the luxury of time.  
[Smiles.]  I'm glad that he's making friends.  I just wanted to 
pass a message to him.  [Pauses as her smile slips; showing a face 
of sadness.]  Tell him, how proud I am of much I love 
him.  [Turns around and walks away.]

Saito:  [Stunned for a moment by the suddenness, then gets up.]  
Wait a minute!

Hayashibara:  [Comes back behind Saito with his arms full of 
wood.] ...told you there wasn't any ghosts!

Kasamatsu:  [Behind Hayashibara, holding the food.]  I'm telling 
you I saw something!  [Sees Saito standing up and looking around.]  
What's going on Saito-san?

Saito:  [To Hayashibara.]  Your mother was just here; she left me 
a strange message about being proud of...[Turns around only to see 
that the woman is nowhere to be seen.]

Hayashibara:  [Stiffens.]  Nonsense...[Sets the wood down, pauses 
and looks away.]  My mother died fifteen years ago.

Saito:  ...

[Just then, Kasuga and Katsu return from their fishing trip.]

Kasuga:  [Panic in his voice.]  You won't believe what we saw!

Katsu:  [Voice quivering slightly.]  N-now Kasuga-san, let's not 
jump to conclusions!

Kasamatsu:  [Jumps up triumphantly.]  A ghost right?

Hayashibara:  [Crosses his arms.]  Oh come on now!  Next thing you 
know you'll all be telling me Shiro's* spirit made all these trees 
grow.  [Turns to Saito.]  This is the twentieth century right?
*Name of the dog from Japanese fairy tale "The Old Man Who Made 
the Trees Bloom".

Saito:  [Nervously.]  Well...[Shakes his head and tries to put 
what he saw out of his mind.]  that's right.  [More confidently.]  
We're just letting that old man's story get to us!

Katsu:  That has to be it.  [Nods and turns to Kasuga.]  Right?

Kasuga:  Uhh...[Thinks for a moment.] hai.  We're just jumping to 

Kasamatsu:  [Thinks for a while, then shakes his head.]  I think 
you guys aren't seeing the truth in front of your eyes.  [Returns 
to his tent.]

Kasuga:  [Watches Kasamatsu return to his tent.]  What I think we 
need to do is relax a bit; how about we go swimming before it gets 
too dark?

Katsu:  Sounds like a good idea.  [Gets his trunks from his bag.]  
Go on ahead; I'll join you in a bit.

Saito:  [Sets his laptop down.]  Yeah...I think I could use a swim 
right now.

Hayashibara:  I think I'll stick around and make sure that 
Kasamatsu-san is going to be OK.  Right now I don't think he wants 
to be alone.

[As they leave, no one watches as the portable computer's LCD 
screen ghosts for a moment and some letters flicker.]

LCD:  [Letters appearing one by one as the cursor blinks across 
the screen.] B e w a r e t h e d ...

[Cut to Motosu-ko.  Kasuga is floating on an inflated tube wearing 
his swimming trunks.  The surface of the lake is as flat as glass, 
except where his tube floats.  The eerie quiet slowly eats away at 
Kasuga's peace of mind.]

Kasuga:  [With a little concern to himself.]  Kasamatsu-san sure 
looked spooked...[Leans back.]  Sometimes he is a goofball, but he 
seemed pretty sincere that time.  [Starts paddling to shore.]  
I'll have to admit that this place is a bit weird being so empty.  
[He gets out of the water and towels himself off.  He reaches into 
his bag and pulls out an onigiri*.  However, as he brings it up to 
his mouth he freezes in fear.  Walking up in front of him is a 
human form.  Although he looks like he was once a young man, there 
is now blood and bodily fluids dripping off his frame.]  
*riceball with a filling like salted salmon, pickled plum, fish 
eggs, tuna, or chicken in the middle

Dead man1:  [A piece of his jaw flaps as he points at Kasuga's 
snack.]  You wouldn't happen to have another one of those would 

Kasuga:  [Panics, drops the onigiri, and scampers back into the 
water, sending his inner tube rolling down the shore.]  

Dead man1:  [Puts what's left of his hand behind his head.]  
Ahh...sorry.  I'm Hitouchi Yoshi.  [Picks up a piece of mochi from 
Kasuga's bag and takes a bite.]
*rice cake

Kasuga:  [Stuttering.]  You''re...d-d-

Hitouchi:  [Swallows; the food visibly going down his throat.]  
Well yeah...Let me tell you something; you never *know* how many 
people care about you until you die.  The funeral...[Shakes his 
head.] something else I'll tell you.  [Takes another bite.]  There 
were a *lot* of people there.

Kasuga:  [Unable to believe the casualness of Hitouchi's speech.]  
Y-you must have been well-liked...

Hitouchi:  [Finishing the mochi.]  ...and Mi-chan; she's was my 
girlfriend, she was crying her eyes out.

Kasuga:  W-why are you here?

Hitouchi:  [Leans forwards for emphasis.]  I'm here to warn you 
guys!  Get out of this area before nightfall!

Kasuga:  W-what?

Hitouchi:  [Holds up a skeletal finger.]  There's one guy out here 
who's not so friendly!  When he finds out there's fresh meat out 
here, he'll...

Kasuga:  B-but...why are you telling us?

Hitouchi:  [Incredulously.]  You think I'm doing this for fun?  If 
he gets his hands on you guys, you'll end up like me!  I'm not 
having a good time here!

Kasuga:  W-who is he?  W-why tonight?

Dead man2:  [Comes out from the woods, with a snarling, hollow 
voice.]  BEWARE...THE...DARK!!

Hitouchi:  [Waves him off.]  Yeah, yeah, I was just getting to 
that Nakamura-san.

Nakamura:  [Points at Kasuga, who's completely paralyzed with fear 
by now.]  You young people need to learn some respect for the old 

Hitouchi:  [Points his skeletal finger towards his mouth.]  Listen 
old man, if I gotta hear about how great Hirohito* was again, I'm 
gonna lose my lunch!
*Emperor of Japan during WWII

Nakamura:  [Sarcastically points at Hitouchi's incomplete 
abdomen.]  Better watch it young don't have much to 

Kasuga:  [Manages to get Hitouchi's attention.]  Ahh...what did he 
mean by the dark?

Hitouchi:  [Voice turns mysterious and ominous.]  On every full 
moon, the newly deceased gather and wait to be judged; those who 
lived their lives well; the kind, the brave, those who made 
something of themselves go through a portal to the next level.  
They pass the test.  They go to the light.

Kasuga:  [Dreading the answer that he already suspects.]  A-and 
those who don't pass?

Hitouchi:  [Even more ominously.] know what they say; 
where there's an up, there's a down.  Those who don't go to the 
light, go to the dark.  Trust me, you don't want to be here when 
*that* portal opens up.

Kasuga:  [Still confused and scared.]  T-then why are you guys 
still here?  [Points at Nakamura.]  P-particularly him.

Nakamura:  [Still rambling.]  ...hatever happened to nationalism?  
Whatever happened to our devotion to the Emp...

Hitouchi:  [Back to a casual tone of voice.]  Oh...shut...up...!  
[To Kasuga.]  Some of us are still waiting.  Those whose lives 
were cut off before they could fulfill their destiny; those whose 
lives were ended incomplete.  We wait on this world for a chance 
to complete what we were meant to do; a chance to set the scales 

Nakamura:  [*Still* rambling.]  ...back in my day where death was 
an honorable way to die; where service to the country was more 
important th...

Hitouchi:  [Looking at Nakamura with some disdain.]  Well...*some* 
of us are interested in moving on...

Kasuga:'re here to...

Hitouchi:  Try and make a difference?  I don't know.  I like to 
think I lived my life OK, but I hurt a lot of people doing what I 
did.  I guess I thought if I could...[Stops when his finger drops 
into Kasuga's carry bag of food.]  Ah jeez, I'm sorry about that!  
[Holds up his hands and checks to see that he still has eight 

Kasuga:  [Unable to take anymore, he panics and runs back to the 
camp.]  YYYYAAAAHHHH!!!!

Nakamura:  [Chortles at Hitouchi as Kasuga runs away.]  Well, now 
you've gone and done it!  Scared the guy away with your so-called 
modern philo-

Hitouchi:  [Shakes his head]  ...

[Cut to the path on the way to Motosu-ko.  Katsu and Saito are 
walking towards the lake with swim gear and carry bags.]

Katsu:  ...kidding me!  You're going out with Miyasato Yoko?

Saito:  [Shakes his head.]  No that's Miyasato Yuko; there's a 

Katsu:  Yeah, Yuko-san's started wearing that ribbon in her hair.

Saito:  [Shakes his head again.]  No, there's more to it than 
that.  Yuko-san's nicer than Yoko-san, [Pauses to consider his 
words.]  but don't tell her I said that.

Katsu:  Right...[Smiles.]  I wouldn't want you to have to wear a 
cast for a month.  [More seriously.]  So you and Yuko-san are 
going steady?

Saito:  Well...[Getting nervous.]  I wouldn't quite call it that.  
Let's just say that we're friends.  [Gets a little more excited.]  
But there's this other girl I'm writing to via e-mail; I really 
think she's going to be a special person.

Katsu:  [Interested.]  So what does she look like?

Saito:  Well...[Sheepishly.]  I don't really know.

Katsu:  [Stops walking.]  You gotta be kidding!  You don't even 
know what she looks like?

Saito:  Hey it's personality that counts right?

Katsu:  [Almost to himself.]  This coming from someone who never 
went out with anyone in high-school?

Saito:  What was that?

Katsu:  [Smiles.]  Nothing.

Saito:  You know you shouldn't talk.  I mean you had a girl 
sleeping in your room a month and a half ago.  Did anything come 
out of that?

Katsu:  [Getting defensive.]  That's a cheap shot...besides, 
I...[Unable to continue.]

Saito:  [Suddenly recognizes that he may have hit a nerve.]  Hey, 
you...really like her?

Katsu:  I...don't know right now.  It's just a feeling I had when 
I met her.  I mean, how many people do you know that are like her?

Saito:  Not too many I'll tell you that-

[Just then, Kasuga comes bursting through the bushes and trees.  
He is near incoherency and keeps pointing back towards the lake.]

Katsu:  [Grabs Kasuga with concern.]  Kasuga-san what's wrong?

Kasuga:  [Pointing back towards the lake and his food bag.]  F-
finger...!  D-dark is c-coming...!

Saito:  [Trying to get Kasuga to calm down, then looks into his 
bag.]  Oh my god...

[Cut back to the camp grounds.  Hayashibara is looking at 
Kasamatsu as he curls up inside the tent.  The sun is almost down, 
painting the sky a dark crimson and orange hues with the other 
side of the sky is already beginning to turn dark blue.  Almost 
unnoticed, clouds begin to gather, obscuring the stars.]

Hayashibara:  [To Kasamatsu.]  You know you'll feel better if you 
have something to eat.

Kasamatsu:  [Depressed.]  No thanks.

Hayashibara:  [Sympathetically.]  Listen, I know what it's like 
not being accepted for who you really are.

Kasamatsu:  [Sits up on his cot.]  Oh yeah?  What do you know 
about not being accepted?  Everyone looks up to you.

Hayashibara:  [Almost to himself.]  Sometimes it looks that 
way...[More directly to Kasamatsu.]  Tell me, have you ever heard 
of someone who wears a mask?

Kasamatsu:  [Annoyed.]  What kind of stupid question is that?  Of 
course I've worn a mask before!  There was the time in junior high 
I scared the dickens out of two gi-

Hayashibara:  [Cuts him off.]  That's *not* the kind of mask I'm 
talking about.  I'm talking about the kind you wear when you play 
those pranks.  The kind that makes you think I'm just someone who 
everyone looks up to.

Kasamatsu:  [More subdued.]  What are you saying?  That I'm not 
being myself?

Hayashibara:  [Pats him on his shoulder.]  Just have some faith in 
yourself.  Don't let people make you into something that you're 

Kasamatsu:  Well...

[Just then, they are interrupted by Kasuga, Katsu and Saito 
running back into the camp.  Their pace is frantic and their 
expressions are etched with fear.]

Katsu:  G-guys, we've got a problem!

Saito:  [Holds up the finger out of Kasuga's bag.]  L-look at what 
the ghost left behind!

Hayashibara:  [Looks at Saito's item.]  That's a stick!

Kasuga:  [Insistently.]  It's a finger!  It was left behind by a 
ghost!  He said that we have to leave this area before the dark 
portal opens up!

Kasamatsu:  [Stands up confidently.]  I told you guys!

Hayashibara:  Oh come o...[Suddenly stops as a light appears out 
of nowhere above them.]

Katsu:  [Points up into the sky.]  Look!

[In the air above them, a doorway of lights opens up.  All around 
the guys, several small balls of light spiral up into the doorway, 
giving off sounds of voices as they go.  As each ball enters the 
doorway, there is a burst of light.  After several minutes and the 
last one enters, the doorway snaps shut, sending a blast of light, 
sound, and wind through the camp.  After the light fades, one of 
the guys finally finds his voice.]

Kasamatsu:  [Fearfully.]  Explain that Mr. Know-it-all!

Hayashibara:  [Voice shaking.]  N-now there's a p-perfectly 
logical reason for all this!

Kasuga:  [Voice also shaking.]  G-great, let's hear it!

Hayashibara:  The place is haunted!

Kasamatsu:  [Sarcastically.]  Oh thank you so much...!

[Kasamatsu's outburst is interrupted by a slow groaning sound of 
snapping branches.  The wind slowly picks up and grows colder.  
Above them, clouds begin to gather and darken the night sky.]

Saito:  [Fearfully and quickly.]  I say we get out here and ask 
questions later!

Hayashibara:  [Haltingly.]  I think you're right...

Lightning from above:  CRACK!

Kasuga, Katsu, Hayashibara, Kasamatsu, Saito:  [Grab the nearest 
bag or item next to them and run back towards the car.]  

[All around them, the groaning of long-dead voices begins as the 
sounds of footsteps converge on the guys.  The ground beneath them 
begins to split open in a variety of places and skeletal hands 
reach into the air.]

Kasamatsu:  [Pointing at one of them.]  C-corpses...!

Hayashibara:  Head for the car!

[The others follow Hayashibara's lead and run through the woods, 
with the sounds of voices and footsteps right behind them.  Above 
them, the rain is starting to pour as lightning streaks across the 

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  If I were alone, I could use my power to 
escape.  But I can't abandon everyone.

[Just before they get to the clearing with the car, a lightning 
strike knocks down one of the trees, blocking off the car from 

Katsu:  [Fearfully to Hayashibara.]  Now what?

Hayashibara:  [Haltingly.]  W-well, I'm open to suggestions!

Kasamatsu:  [To Saito.]  Th-this is all your fault!  Y-you and the 
twentieth century!

Saito:  [Fearfully and incredulously.]  M-my fault?!?  Y-you 
picked the place!

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  N-no choice now!  Have to use my power to 
keep them away!   [Concentrates.]

[All around the guys, the wind picks up even more, whipping the 
trees around them.  Branches, twigs, and leaves start blowing into 
the ghosts.  However, they continue to close relentlessly.]

Kasuga:  [Frustratedly.]  Shoot!  No effect!

Katsu:  [Points forwards.]  W-WE'RE TRAPPED!!

[Suddenly behind them, two more forms approach their car, then 
start climbing up the hill into the forest towards the guys' 
position.  Their movements are slow and stiff.  Their breathing is 
heavy and coarse.]

Hayashibara:  [Turning around and pointing with fear.]  Z-

Kasuga:  [Cowering.]  TH-THIS IS IT!!!

Kasamatsu:  [Quivering]  I WANNA GO HOME!!!

Saito:  [Fearfully.]  I DON'T WANT TO DIE!!

Katsu:  [Cringing.]  W-WE'RE GONERS!!

Man1:  [Points at them with his finger.]  YOU!

Kasuga, Katsu, Saito, Kasamatsu, Hayashibara:  YYYYAAAAHHHH!!!!

Man1:  [Shining a flashlight in their faces.]  Are you gentlemen 
alright?  This area suppose to be evacuated.

Kasuga:  [With a still-terrified look on his face.]  E-evacuated?

Man2:  [Coming up from behind the first place.]  Sorry to disturb 
you guys, but you'll all have to come with us!  There's been an 
accident down the road.  One of the Kofu trucks carrying a 
quantity of CN-20 tipped over and there's been a leak.  I'm 
surprise you guys were missed in the sweep!

Katsu:  [Barely able to spit out his words.]  W-wait a minute!  
CN-20?  That's a hallucinogen!

Man1:  Sure it is!  [Reassuringly.]  Don't worry!  In small doses, 
it's not really dangerous; just a little disorienting.  [Laughs.]  
I'll bet you guys have been seeing ghosts and ghouls all night, 

Kasamatsu:  [Almost in tears.]  T-that's not funny!

Man1:  What?  [Pauses and sees the fearful expressions on their 
faces.]  You guys weren't really scared were you?  Don't you know 
there's no such things as ghosts?

Kasuga, Katsu, Saito, Kasamatsu, Hayashibara:  ...

[Slowly pull back from the frozen scene.  In the black background, 
the viewer sees a photo of the boys arguing among themselves with 
expressions of exhaustion and disbelief.]

Kasuga Narration:  Eventually we found out that the whole thing 
was just our own imaginations combined with some group hysteria.  
It was quite a bit later that we were all able to look back on 
that night and laugh at our own foolishness.

[Cut to a week later at Omiya City Cemetary.  Kasuga is standing 
alone in front of a particular stone with a recent inscription.  
He puts a bouquet of flowers on the flat surface in front of the 
stone.  The name on the stone is Hitouchi Yoshi.]

Kasuga Narration:  It was nearly a week later after some searching 
that I discovered an entry of Hitouchi Yoshi in the local area 
newspapers.  His parents tell me that he killed himself after 
failing the Juken for the third time; and that they had only 
recently put that memory behind him.  Logic and common sense tells 
me to forget the whole thing; to accept that what I saw, or 
thought I saw was a chemically-induced hallucination.  It would be 
the easier thing to do, but I can't.  I don't know what I'm doing 
here...but if there's the slightest chance.  If what I saw was 
something more, and if he really did have something to do with 
warning us, then I hope that somewhere...he's at peace.


New Characters Designer/Writer	Stephen Tsai
Co-writer/plotter		Andy Combs
Doujinshi Artwork		Tony Jung
Pre-readers			Ravi Konchigeri
				Jim Ramberg
				Robert Carragher
				Charles Winata
				Lisa Richardson
				Robert DeLoura
				Pascal Janin
Very special thanks to		Hitoshi Doi

A tip of the hat and a deep bow to	Matsumoto Izumi for starting 
the whole thing

If I left anyone off, my apologies.  Any mistakes/embarrassing 
faux pas are entirely my own.  If there is anything here you must 
flame, aim them at me and me alone.

Thank you for taking the time to read this episode of my series.  
If you are interested, previous episodes should be available at 
the ftp site.  Assuming that I don't get flamed off 
the net, I've got the next episode in the works.  If you have any 
story ideas, or general ideas, please send them.  Any tidbits 
about the Japanese advanced education system will be especially 
looked at (see first writer's note).

Hope you enjoyed it and thanks again!

For the new readers:  I'll be doing character profiles, major 
location descriptions, and situation updates on a rotating basis 
for each episode.  If there is a particular character, place or 
event that you would like to know more about, and it is not being 
covered, don't hesitate to email me and I will send you either a 
note or a copy of the episode it is introduced.

Focus on Hayashibara Akira [Introduced in Episode 2]:  One of 
Kyosuke's mathematics classmates.  In addition to being a freshman 
business major, he is also the current starting shortstop for the 
University baseball team.  Exceptionally handsome, he is often 
surrounded by girls and fans seeking his attention.  Although he 
does his best not to slight their entreaties, he is not a 
womanizer and tries to stay as clean-cut as he can.
	Hayashibara's father, Hayashibara Takao, is the president of 
one of Tokyo's largest shipping companies, making him one of the 
richest individuals in Japan.  Widowed when his son was very 
young, he has taken it upon himself to raise Akira to the best of 
his ability.  More than any other single influence, he has pushed 
his son to the levels of excellence that he himself has achieved 
in the business world.
Visual Description:  An exceptionally tall guy with well groomed 
brown hair and an athletic build.  He possesses exceptional good 
looks and his teeth gleam when he smiles.  Close anime comparisons 
include (but are not limited to) Mitaka Shun from Maison Ikkoku, 
and Sanzenin Mikado from Ranma 1/2.

Andy (The Android) Combs | Kasuga:  Kimura just isn't the sort who gets into
Stephen (The Chunk) Tsai | that kind of mess...And if she *did*...if she| *is*...I mean, who'd it *with*?
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