I woke up that morning, thinking how things couldn't possibly get worse. And then they did! Anzu wasn't in her bed! In fact, Anzu wasn't in the house at all! She just left! Being a good little sister, I decided to keep Anzu from getting into trouble be...telling our parents a little fib. I told them that Anzu had told me to tell them that this morning she was going to get up early to get to school super early to make up for her terrible attendance record, and that I forgot to tell them. They seemed to believe me, but still seemed...suscipious. I understood that from dad, but mom...
I walked to kindergarten, and noticed a strange little girl. Something inside me told me to follow her, which I did.
That night, Shiro, Ganta, Arbiter, and I had made a temporary shelter to sleep in. Sometime last night, we had lost track of Alex, the strange super speed human. We hoped to bump into him again soon, as well as others.
Well, that others did. I couldn't care less.
That morning, while Arbiter, Shiro, and Ganta made plans on what to do, I...sort of walked off. I was a bit annoyed by sitting and talking about doing stuff instead of doing said stuff. So I decided to go a little ahead.
I walked into the early morning street. Most of the kids here were either at school, or on the way. I remembered back in Gensokyo, the were-hakutaku Keine Kamishirasawa ran a school in the Human Village. The school here, however, sounded like it was much bigger than that.
As I walked on the strange path (sidewalk), I heard a voice behind me shout at me. I turned to see it was one of the locals, an older man. He seemed mad at me.
"Hey! Where did you get that?!" he demanded, pointing at the doll floating next to me. The doll, in fear, floated behind me.
"Whom? Me?" I asked.
"Yeah, you!" the man growled, getting closer to me.
"Hm, the human seems to have something against dolls. He should really take medicine to calm himself, Su-san."
Somehow, the man grew even angrier than he was before.
"Don't you talk back to me!" he yelled. He then grabbed the doll, gripping it tightly in a fist.
"Children don't get toys!" he continued to rant. "Children get work!"
Now I was the one who was who was furious.
I arrived at school, along with Rue, and saw a kid walk up to me. I recognized him to be Tanner Macnamara, a pretty average boy despite being on the school's baseball team. He had an older brother named Jake who threw large parties at their place while his father was a teacher. I could just sense that what he was going to say was big news.
"Louis, have you seen Anzu and her sister anytime soon?" Tanner asked.
"I saw Anzu yesterday evening," I answered. "She was walking home. I think Ume was home then."
"Why?" my younger sister asked.
"They've both been reported missing," Jake Macnamara said, standing next to his younger brother. "Anzu wasn't in her bed this morning, and Ume disappeared on the way to school."
"How do we know Ume isn't just running late?" I asked.
"Someone said they saw her walk off the sidewalk and never came back," Tanner said.
"Well, police can't officially start searching for them this soon, right?" Rue said.
"That's right," I said.
"Well, their parents are going crazy over it, so the police may have to look around," Jake said.
The two brothers then left to talk to their friends, while my sister headed to class. I stood there, feeling a little guilty. I had an idea on what happened to Anzu, but nothing on Ume. I wondered if police would come to interrogate me, since I was technically the last person to see her besides her family.
"Have either of you seen Medicine?" I asked Shiro and Ganta. We had agreed on a decent plan of action, but I turned to the doll girl to find she was gone.
"No," Ganta said.
I sighed. "This is not good."
"DoN'T tOUCh Me..." her voice rang out.
Sneaking out to peek at the streets, we faintly saw Medicine. I activated my armor's invisibility as all three of us walked to her. Getting closer, it appeared she was standing over a middle aged man, while Su-san floating out of his hands. He seemed to be choking.
"Medicine?" Ganta called to her.
She turned around to face us.
"Medicine," I said, still invisible. "Don't tell me...you..."
Su-san floated into her arms.
"The human acted off," she simply answered. "He needed to take some medicine for his condition, Su-san."
Shiro and Ganta rushed to the man.
"He's poisoned," Shiro said.
"Medicine," I growled. She looked at me, shameless at what she did. "We aren't here to kill people."
"He needs to get to a hospital," Ganta said.
"We can't take him there, we're not supposed to be seen," Medicine said. "Someone will come and get him, he won't die that easily. What we should look into..." She turned to look down the alley next to us, where the doll started to float towards. "Is what I've found."
Before any of us argue, Medicine started to follow the doll. Hesitantly, we followed her, leaving the man now unconscious. When she stepped, we looked at what she found. No, who she found.
Laying in a heep of newspapers under a tarp was a human girl, about what humans would call 13 years old. Something about her made me just know she was a local. But what was she doing here?
We had spent the night laying on a few blankets we found. The people I had joined up with called themselves Hakase (or Professor), Nano, and Sakamoto. I was surprised that the cat could talk, but the girls explained his scarf translated what he said. It was an interesting device that I hoped I could study later on.
As we explored, still trying to keep Nano hidden (she was the only one of us that couldn't pass for normal due to her robot key), Hakase suddenly squeaked. We turned to see that a young girl had tapped her shoulder.
"Hello?" the girl said.
"Hi!" Hakase greeted. "You startled me."
"Who are you?" Nano asked.
"Amano Ume," the girl said. She seemed Japanese, so she might use the surname, first name format.
"Hello Amano-chan!" Hakase said. "I'm Hakase, or the Professor." She pointed to Nano. "I'm Nano's creator."
Nano slightly jumped in surprise. "Professor!"
Hakase then pointed to Sakamoto. "This Sakamoto, our cat. He can talk."
The cat sweatdropped. "I thought this was an undercover mission."
She pointed to me. "This Kennith Simmons, we just met him last night."
Ume gaped in awe at us. "I've never seen people like you before. At least...in real life."
"Yeah, we're not exactly...from around here," I said, a tad bit rudely.
"What are you doing?" she suddenly asked. "You don't seem to be going to school...and...I just have a feeling you aren't following the ban."
"Ban?" Sakamoto asked.
"The Creativity Ban. Everything associated with creativity was taken away, and all the grown-ups started acting mean. Even the nice ones..."
This seemed related to why we were here. I just had a hunch we should investigate this ban further. Especially since it seemed we were from something called the "Fictionverse", which sounded pretty creative to me.
"That sounds horrible!" Hakase pouted. "Why would they do that?!"
"We're not sure..." Ume answered sadly. "Actually...have you seen my onee-chan, Anzu, around here?"
"Your...what?" I asked.
"Big sister," Nano translated. She looked back at Ume, while shaking her head. "No, we haven't."
"What happened to her?" Sakamoto asked.
"She just wasn't in bed this morning," Ume explained. "I lied to our parents to keep her from trouble, but even I don't know where she went or why she's gone."
This Anzu's disappearance slightly interested me. I felt like we should also look into it as well.
"We'll keep an eye out for her!" Hakase assured her. "We're going to be looking all over the city anyway."
Ume seemed a big hopeful. "Can I help? Since you aren't from here, I can help guide you! Besides, I want to be the first to find onee-chan!"
"Sure!" Hakase said.
"Professor," Nano said, concerned. "Are you sure we should have her tag along? People might be worried if she doesn't show up at school."
"People will already be worried about Anzu," Ume assured her. "And it's not like I'm doing anything bad."
"She does know more about the area than us," I said.
We took it to a vote, and eventually we agreed on letting Ume join us.
I lowered myself back into the bush I was hiding in, smirking with dark delight. I had just overheard the conversation of four students that interested me.
"So, kids are starting to disappeared, hm?" I said. "It'd be a shame if only their bodies were found~" I cackled, but made sure to stay quiet. "I better go tell my minions this. I'm sure they'd love to hear about the kids they'll be able to play with."
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