Part 66: The Snow Has Stopped
[BGM: A Family Matter]
Hmm? Outside the window...
Am I really seeing things? It's stopped snowing! Just like the letter said, the snow has finally stopped!
I don't know if Master has seen this. I must go and tell him!
Master? Master? Are you in there?
Oh, the door isn't locked.
Master is lying on the couch, face down and sound asleep.
The tea and snacks I brought in half an hour ago are still sitting on the desk by the door, untouched.
He's still sleeping...
He seems to be sleeping an awful lot recently; I can't even remember when I last saw him awake. Should I wake him?
Master... the snow... the snow has stopped.
Master, the snow has stopped.
Master! It has stopped snowing! Wake up!
That's strange. He's sleeping a little too soundly...
Oh well, that's fine. He'll see that the snow has stopped when he wakes up.
I walk towards the door, but I notice something strange.
The tea and snacks I brought in half an hour ago are still sitting on the desk by the door.
There is a teapot and a cup on a tray, and a plate of pumpkin cookies.
I always put 5 cookies on the plate because it looks better that way.
When I came in earlier, the 5 cookies were still there exactly where I put them.
But they are gone now!
I take the lid off the teapot and there is nothing but wet leaves inside.
I turn around and look at Master.
He has barely been out of my sight and he is still sleeping.
Weird... where did the snacks go?
Has a ghost taken the cookies and the tea?!
I pick up the cup and carefully examine it.
There are no tea stains on the cup at all.
Then I realize something. For the past few days the cups have always been clean when I've come to collect them.
It's almost like they haven't been used.
Never been used...
I walk back to the couch and lightly tap on the Master.
I push him harder.
I even pull some hair off of his head...
Still no response.
[BGM: Broken Dream 2]
Oh no... Is he...
Several possibilities come into my mind.
If we were human I would assume Master is sick, or even... dead.
But could those things happen to a god, too?
And what's the story with the vanished cookies and tea?
I am not sure what has happened, but Master must be in some sort of trouble.
I must wake him up, no matter what.
I pull a pen out from under Master.
It is the one that he used for work.
I have seen him working a few times, so I have some idea of how to use it.
Even though I am just a servant, Master once mentioned that we were both gods.
Maybe I could...
No matter what, I have to give it a shot!