Part 8: 4/14-4/15: Things EscalatePart 8: 4/14-4/15: Things Escalate
Time to head to school. Maybe Ryuji will have more luck convincing someone to talk about Kamoshida today.
I think I might ask for his autograph after school.
I dunno if thats such a good idea I hear that you shouldnt go near the PE faculty office. People say you can hear weird sounds, like screaming, even though no ones there...
What? Thats probably just a rumor spread by fans to scare the competition.
Pretty odd for a rumor. Of course, theyre also saying Maaku is the Zodiac Killer or something so maybe these kids are just into making up weird shit.
Music: So Boring
No, that aint why. Just hear me out. You know how we didnt get a thing outta the volleyball team? I figured itd be a good idea to talk to someone who knows them. Takamakis BFFs with a starter. A girl named Suzui. I tried to talk to that girl during break, but I got nothing. Thats why we should have Takamaki talk to her. Then again, I guess itll be hard getting her to help us Sorry. Lemme see what else I can come up with.
Holy crap, what happened to you?
That bruise above your eye Is that from practice, too?
Are you sure youre not pushing yourself too hard?
Im OK Volleyballs the only thing I can do right...
Anns phone begins to ring.
Shouldnt you take that?
Its probably just my part-time job I think.
I should get going.
Shiho ...Are you sure youre OK?
Shiho leaves. Anns phone continues to ring.
Today wont work Im Im not feeling so good Sorry Bye.
Ann hangs up and leaves. Two male students enter the courtyard at the same time.
Rumor has it shes dating Kamoshida.
I heard people saw them in his car together.
You know she seems pretty easy, huh? You think Id have a chance, too?
Cmon dude, you cant go after Kamoshidas bitch!
This is a really messed up school.
...What? Oh Im in the way, arent I? Sorry...
I really am sorry though. I must have spaced out Hm, you dont look familiar. Could you be that transfer student from Class D?
Uh, this might not be any of my business, but dont let the rumors get to you, OK ?
Im glad to hear that. ...My best friend is often misunderstood too, all because of her looks Ah, sorry. I didnt mean to drag on like that. Anyway, I have to go to practice Ill see you around.
Is that what it looks like? All of em kept sayin the same shit Mishima was talkin about !
At this rate it looks like well have to go to him directly...
I know But seriously, isnt there something we can do? No way Im gonna give in like this! Can you think of anything?
Lets go straight for the insane option.
Thatd be fine if we could do it without gettin caught, but if we did, wed be seriously done for. You got any other ideas ?
And now for the insanely pointless option.
So you wanna tell em about the castle? Theyd never believe us Have any other ideas ? What do we do ?
The king ? You mean that other worlds Kamoshida? I didnt think of that, but Is there any meaning to--
Music: My Homie
...You say something?
That voice Is that you, Morgana!?
How dare you, up and leaving me the other day!
The cats talkin!?
I am NOT a cat! This is just what happened when I came to this world! It was a lot of trouble finding you two.
Wait You came to our world!? Does that mean youve got a phone!?
You dont need one when youre at my level. I did get pretty lost making my escape though...
That aside, why can you talk!? Youre a cat!
How should I know!?
You hearin this too ?
This is no time to be jokin around!
You guys are having a rough time of this, hm? I heard you mention something about witnesses.
You know, I could tell you a thing or two about what to do about Kamoshida. You were pretty close just a moment ago.
God, that condescendin attitude! This things gotta be Morgana!
You were still doubting me!?
Ack ! Quiet down!
I just heard a meow somewhere near here. Didnt you hear it?
Oh shit, sorry guys. That was me.
Make sure you check every nook and cranny around.
Meow ? Does that mean only us two can understand what youre sayin?
Looks like it.
What the hells goin on ? Anyways, what you were talkin about earlier is it for real?
Youre quite the skeptic for being an idiot.
Hey, tell us more. Then again, this probably aint the best place...
Music: Wicked Plan
Enough of that! You said you know how we can do something about Kamoshida, right?
It has to do with what this guy was talking about earlier. Youll need to attack his castle.
What do you mean ?
That castle is how Kamoshida views this school. He doesnt realize what happens in there, but its deeply connected to the depths of his heart. Thus, if the castle disappears, it would naturally impact the real Kamoshida.
A Palace is a manifestation of a persons distorted desires. So, if that castle were no more...
Precisely! You sure pick up things fast!
For real!? H-Hes gonna turn good!? But is that really gettin back at him?
Erasing a Palace essentially means forcing the owner to have a change of heart. However, even though their warped wants disappear, the crimes they committed remain. Kamoshida will become unable to bear the weight of those crimes, and hell confess them himself!
You for real!? Thats possible!?
And since the Palace will no longer exist, hell forget what we did there as well. Not only will we be able to bring Kamoshida down, but there wont even be a trace of our involvement.
Thats amazing! You are one incredible cat!
True, except for the cat part!
So? How do we get rid of the Palace!?
By stealing the Treasure held within.
Ill tell you more once you agree to go ahead with this. Its my most valuable, secret plan, after all. If you want to help me out, Ill gladly teach you. Whats your call?
Our lucks runnin dry lookin for witnesses. Guess we have no choice but to go along
...Good. Oh, right. Theres one more thing I should tell you. If we erase a Palace, there is no doubt that the persons distorted desires will be erased as well. But desires are what we all need in order to survive. The will to sleep, eat, fall in lovethose sorts of things.
Whatre you gettin at?
If all of those yearnings were to vanish, theyd be no different than someone who has shut down entirely. They may even die if theyre not given proper care. So...
Will you listen to everything I have to say first?
Would their death be our fault ?
Arent you determined enough to face those kinds of risks?
Hey What do you think?
This seems like a little much, even for that piece of shit.
O-Of course not...
Sheesh I come all this way, and this is what I get. Its not like anyone will ever find out.
Thats not the point! If we just go around secretly doin whatever we want, wed be no different than that effin Kanoshida...
Isnt this your only option? ...Ill come back later. Make sure youve made your decision by then.
Ill try and see if I can figure out another way Cmon, lets get outta here.
About that Suzui girl Looks like rumors are going around about her and Kamoshida.
Its just impossible. Ive known Takamaki and Suzui since middle school. Theres just no way Kamoshidas their type, yknow? So I gotta wonder where those rumors came from. Well, whatever. Ill try asking around some more.
On the way home...
This has nothing to do with Shiho!
The person on the other end abruptly hangs up.
Shihos starting position
Maaku walks closer. Ann notices him and backs away.
Wait Were you listening?
Havent you heard of privacy? .. ...No, I was out of line. Sorry.
So how much did you hear ?
Shiho Its nothing at all. Nothing...
Time to pursue an emotionally fragile teenager over something thats none of our business. This should go well.
Ann eventually stops near these pillars.
Why Why do you keep worrying about me? *sob*
What the heck ? I really dont get you
Then why are we even here?
It was just an argument...
It seems like shes really stressed out...
Music: Confession/Secret (Piano Version)
About Mr. Kamoshida. Everyone says were getting it on. But thats so not true !
I avoided giving him my number for the longest time He told me to go to his place after this...
If I turn him down, he said hed take my friend off as a regular on the team...
I cant take it anymore...
But still Shihos my best friend.
Tell me What should I do ?
Sorry I shouldnt have asked. Its not your problem.
Music: Sunset Bridge
...You might be right. ...Youre so weird. Usually everyone just ignores me. Are you really a bad person as the rumor says ? You just dont seem like it...
Is that supposed to be a joke? I kinda had a feeling they were all just exaggerations. You seemed lonelyalmost like you didnt belong anywhere Were the same in that regard. Maybe thats why it was so easy for me to talk to you. Is there really no way for me to help Shiho ? I wish hed just change his mind Like, forget about me, and everything As if something like that would ever happen...
I wasnt asking for a serious response. But I do feel a bit better now. ...Im gonna head home.
Ill try and think of a way to persuade Kamoshida. Well thanks.
Are you leaving ?
What is it ?
Mr. Kamoshidas asking for you Hes in the PE faculty office.
What did he say?
...I dont know. Well I have to go.
Mishima runs off.
Shiho ignores the call and walks off.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
...By the way, you havent been hanging around any bad influences, have you?
Huh. Theyve gotta be pretty strange to want to spend time with you. Just make sure youre careful who your friends are, if you dont want them ruining your life. *yawn* Look at the time. Seriously, think about how I feel having to stay up here waiting for you. Hey, Im leaving. In the future, try not to come back so damn late. Understood?
I dunno if I get all that stuff about stealing desires And Kamoshidas gonna turn like, brain dead if we mess up, right?
For sure. I mean, maybe Im just freaking out, but I dont wanna end up a murderer cause of this shit. Oh well Ill try and see if I can come up with some other way tonight.
One thing Ive been neglecting to do every night is sit on the sofa. Depending on changes in the story, youll have new brief ruminations. Its not much, but its cool all the same.
Anyway, I should get some sleep.
Mr. Kamoshida asked to see her...
You know, Ive been hearing rumors about how Mr. Kamoshida and Suzui-senpai stay late She always shows up to meetings though. Its weird she wasnt at the one yesterday...
Music: So Boring
The National Diet is legislative, the Cabinet is executive, and the Supreme Court is judiciary. This division of power provides checks and balances, which ensures no one branch becomes unstoppable.
No matter how much thinking you do, theres only one option. Youd be better off just listening to me.
Hm? Did I just hear a cat just now?
Could that rumored cat be somewhere nearby ? Settle down! Were in the middle of an important lecture!
Maakus phone vibrates.
I cant deal with that shit right now. I mean, whatre we gonna do about Kamoshida? Do we just gotta go along with what that cat says? Urgh, that damn furball
If he only knew Im reading this too...
Enough! This is a classroom!
Wait Shes going to jump !
Hey! Stay in your seats! Do not step foot outside of this room!
Calm down! Back to your seats!
No Why ?
...Right. We should get down there.
Theres no way were gonna get past all these goddamn people Cmon, lets try goin through the practice buildin!
What the hell!?
Outta the way, man! Please!
We need someone to go with her Are there any teachers around?
We should leave this to Principal Kobayakawa...
Ann ? Im sorry. I I cant take this anymore...
Shiho says something to Ann that we cannot hear.
The ambulance drives off.
Return to your classrooms at once!
Mishima runs off.
That guy Hey, wasnt Mishima acting weird?
...Were gonna make him talk this time.
Whyd you run like that? Huh!?
I didnt run...
L-Leave me alone...
Hes right! We aint tryin to get you busted. We wont say you talked either!
I was called by him a number of times too to the teachers room. It wasnt just me or Suzui either. Hed nominate someone when he was in a bad mood and hit them.
So the physical punishment thing was for real...
But yesterday, he called Suzui out of the blue. She didnt make any mistakes or anything Mr. Kamoshida seemed really irritated that day, so it mustve been worse than usual...
He didnt !
Ryuji runs off.
Maaku follows, and ultimately so does Mishima.
Mr. Kamoshidas probably in the PE faculty office on the second floor.
He went into the PE faculty office! Lets hurry, we have to go after him.
You bastard! The hell did you do to that girl!?
What are you talking about?
Ryuji kicks a chair over in rage.
That is enough!
What you did wasnt coaching !
What did you say?
You You ordered me to call Suzui here I can only imagine what you did to her !
Basically, youre simply making these claims because you cant be a regular on the team, right?
Thats not what this is about !
We just received a call from the hospital. Suzuis in a coma, and her chances of recovery are slim How would someone like that make a statement?
Theres no chance of her getting better, I hear The poor girl.
No That cant be
You goddamn !
Ryuji is physically shaking at this point.
This, again ? Does this mean we need to have yet another case of self-defense?
You shut your mouth, you son of a bitch!
Whyre you stoppin me !?
Oh? Youre stopping him? What a surprise. Theres no need to hold back. Why not attack me? ...Ohhh, you cant. Hahaha, but of course you cant. Everyone present right now will be expelled. Im reporting all of you at the next board meeting.
You cant make a decision like that !
Who would seriously consider what scum like you say? You threatened me too, Mishima, so youre just as responsible.
To think you didnt know why I kept someone as talentless as you on the team. You act like youre a victim, but you leaked his criminal records, didnt you? Its all over the internet, correct? How terrible.
Kamoshida begins laughing sickeningly.
Now, are we finished here? Youre all expelled! Youre done for; your futures are mine to take. Now get out of my sight.
I cant believe this assholes gettin away with this !
And he does. The rest of this game takes place in jail.
Huh ? ...Oh right. We have that!
I dont understand what garbage like you are thinking, but go ahead and try. All you can do is wait for your disposal though
I bet he thinks that was a really clever line. Hes been waiting weeks to use that one.
The stakes have never been higher. Were about to get expelled, and if that goes through, the terms of our probation mean were headed straight to juvie. Kamoshida is one devious son of a bitch. For the record, Kamoshida is voiced by D.C. Douglas, probably best known as Albert goddamn Wesker. Hes an all-around amazing VA, and while Kamoshidas Japanese voice isnt bad, this is probably a straight upgrade.