The Let's Play Archive

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

by Fedule

Part 178: [continued]

From here, we progress... straight back into the same scene as the other time we narrowly prevented Alice from killing herself, as she is sedated in the infirmary along with Quark. The AB Game deadline looms, but Tenmyouji refuses to leave, as does Clover. As Clover makes this last comment, and remembering that the team makeups are different now from then, we diverge:

VLR OST: [Sinisterness]

Listen in: [English/Japanese]

What a lucky, lucky man you are.


You two are going to be playing against Clover.
If she doesn't vote, then she'll default to "ally."

That means if she stays here, the two of you are going to be sitting pretty.
...Especially you, Sigma.
After all, you've got 6 BP right now.

Are you saying I'm gonna choose "betray"?

If you do, you'll get what you need to escape.

You bastard... There's no way I'd do that!

Is that so?

Yes, it is so!
For one, I'm not the only one making this decision!
Luna's my partner, and she'll be in the AB Room with me.
You really think she'd just stand by and let me do something like that?
Back me up here, Luna.

Actually I was planning to let you make the decision...

See? Told you.

You can lie to us if you want, but you can't lie to yourself!

Shut up!


If I might make a suggestion... What if Sigma and Luna both remained here?
Should all three of you abstain, then you would all be guaranteed to ally, correct?

Nope. Doesn't work like that.

Why not?

Here. Take a look at this.

I pulled the scrap of paper we'd found out of my pocket.

We found it when we went to the archives.

There wasn't anything like this in the pantry...

Nothing in the garden either.

I guess they only put one in the archives...
I'll just read it for you.
"Hare are some more AB game rules for you!"
"Not voting is not an hoption."
"If both parties refuse to vote, then everybunny gets penalized!"
"In other words, one person out of every color group of three has to vote."
Get it?
The whole team can't abstain.

And they're playing against Alice—


I guess "playing against" is a little generous...

So Alice is guaranteed to vote "ally," which means that if Dio picks "betray"...

No way am I gonna choose "betray."

You do know her BP's at 1, right?
What do you think would happen to her if I did that?

I wouldn't put it past you.


I'm gonna be in that room too.
I'd planned to stay here with Quark, just to make sure he was safe...
But it doesn't look like I'm gonna have that luxury.

I can't trust Dio to make a decision for all three of us.
That means we're gonna be sharing a room, bucko.
I've got my eye on you.
Happy now, Sigma?

Yeah. Thanks. That's a relief.


Whatever shall I do?

Can't be too careful.
I wouldn't want to see Alice killed by an unfortunate accident.

What do you mean, "accident"?


Tenmyouji, before we went into the CDs, you told Alice there was something you wanted to tell her...

Um...what was it?

Huh? Oh, that, ah... Well, I mean...

Look, it wasn't important. Forget about it.


[Music fades out]

VLR OST: [Eeriness]

Time's running out, people.
Clover and I will stay here and keep an eye on Alice and Quark.
Everyone else needs to go.


You're staying too?

Yeah. If something does happen, Clover might need a hand.

Aren't you a solo?
You're playing against K and Quark, but with Quark...out...that means K would get to decide this whole round.


Even though I have 6 BP?


Whoa whoa whoa! Are you nuts?!
What happens when he gets 9 BP?!

I'm not worried. K won't betray me.

How can you know that?!

I just know, I guess.

You just know!? What the fuck is wrong with you?!

Had something happened between Phi and K while they were out exploring?

I can hardly betray trust like that, can I?
I will vote for our team.

Good. We're counting on you.

Guh... I've had enough of this bullshit...

Four minutes remain until Ambidex Game polling closes.

Come on! We need to hurry!

All right you kids. Take care of those two, okay?

Of course.

We promise.

With that we were off.
I gave one last quick nod to Phi and Clover before heading back for the warehouse at a dead run.