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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

by Fedule

Part 70: The Bomb

VLR OST: [Strain]

I-I think it's a... a bomb.



VLR OST: [Sinisterness]

Listen in: [English/Japanese]

No, it's all right.
Luna's out rounding them up.
They should be here in juuust a few seconds...

Where is it?! Where's this bomb?!

You see?

[Music fades out]

VLR OST: [Eeriness]

Listen in: [English/Japanese]

There must be a remote somewhere.

You're right.
It'll probably use an active button or switch of some sort, not a dead-man switch.
If we can get it, we should be safe as long as we don't press the button.


Me... And... and Luna.
We found it while we were searching this room.

I thought you and Luna were in the lounge...

Well, yeah.
We looked all over but we couldn't find anything there...

So we gave up on the lounge and came here.

I can confirm that.
I wanted to look around the lounge some more, so I stayed back.
You guys must have found it when you got here,, then?


Well, I mean, I could tell just by looking at it...


Well, during my tra-


I guarantee it.

How do you know?

I just do, okay?

You sounded pretty sure about the switch, too.
How do you know all this?

What kind of occupation do you have...?

I... can't tell you that.

Spare me the bullshit! This isn't time for keeping secrets!

Please! Just trust me!

Look, I know I'm repeating myself, but I'm sure that's a bomb.
And it's not just any kind of bomb.



Wait, you mean a bomb that uses annihilation energy?!

Oh, you know what that is? Anyway, yes. You're right.

Ha, I would have thought you'd know.

Huh? Why?

Well, your name is Quark.
You do know what that means, right?

Grandpa told me about it. He said it's an elementary particle. One of the smallest bits of matter.

But I don't really know anything else.

I see.


Well, you know him best. I thought you could explain it best.

Hmm... Lemme think...
I dunno, it's hard to think of a way to explain it in simple terms.

You want me to do it?

Yes, please.

[Music fades out]

VLR OST: [Clarification]

Listen in: [English/Japanese]

For example, an electron is a particle with a negative charge.
It has a sort of opposite which is the antiparticle called the "positron". It has a positive charge instead of a negative one like the electron.

So protons have antiprotons, and neutrons have antineutrons.
"Antimatter" is a general term that covers all the antiparticles.


When they cancel each other out, though, it releases a whole bunch of energy.
That process is called "annihilation".

So an antimatter bomb is a bomb that uses annihilation energy.

Sorry. I don't really get it.


All right, how about this.

What happens if you put them together?


Well, if there were, uh, quantum men and women, then when you put them together, they'd disappear.
Because their opposite elements cancel each other out.
Like when a plus cancels out a minus, you get zero.
That's annihilation.
But when you get annihilation, you also get--

Exactly. In this case, the baby you get is the energy from the annihilation.
It's not a real baby, of course, but like a baby it's got all sorts of potential to do amazing things.

[Music fades out]

999 OST: [Who is Zero?]

You followed it though, right?


Yeah, but that thing under the bed isn't going to be making a baby.
Just how big of a... uh... Just how big of an explosion are we going to get here?

The mass lost during annihilation will be converted to energy, so...

So you would take the total mass of matter and antimatter and multiply it by the speed of light squared. That should get you the amount of energy.

For example, let's say that it has 350 mg of antimatter.
That would mean there would also be 350 mg of matter, right?

So you'd have 700 mg total.


That means annihilation would produce... roughly sixty-three trillion joules.

Sixty-three trillion joules?

But there's only 350 mg of stuff in there!

Well, technically it's 700 mg, since you have the matter and the antimatter...

That's not the point! We're talking about something that weighs less than a gram being equal to a bomb that weighed like 10,000 lbs!

Don't get so excited.

It's probably using antihydrogen. There should only be about 25 ug of material in there.

That's less than a thousandth of a gram...
So you'd only get about forty-five billion joules of energy, right?

What does that mean?

About as much explosive power as one ton of TNT.

A ton?!

Yes. Well, approximately.

That's enough to blow up a ten-story building!

True, but it's a lot less powerful than an atomic bomb.
We don't know how big this place is. If we can get far enough away from the bomb, we might have a chance of survival.

Perhaps, but...

What do you mean?

Look at it carefully.
It's got a number three. Do you see it?

If the bombs are numbered...

Then there could be a number two bomb or a number one bomb out there, huh?

Yes. There's no way to know if this is the final bomb either. There could be a fourth, or a fifth, or...

We should move it... somewhere.

Dio stepped forward and reached for the bomb--

No! Don't touch it!

Listen in: [English/Japanese]

Have you got a death wish or something?
This bomb is here because somebody planted it!
Do you really think they didn't rig it to go off if some idiot tried to move it?

Well then what the fuck are we supposed to do?!

We'll just have to leave it be for now.
Until we can find the detonator or figure out how to turn it off...

Then you're telling us we should just prance off and ignore the incredibly deadly bomb that is probably going to kill us all?!

There's not much else we can do.

Well... There is a way...

Then spill the beans, lady. How do we turn the damn thing off?

There should be an emergency deactivation password.
If you enter that password, the device should, well, deactivate.

So we just need to get the password?

Yes, that's right.

But there's no keyboard or anything on the bomb.

Look again.

If we can find the password input device, we just connect it here.
Then we can enter the password.


[Music fades out]

I have no idea.
But we can figure out when they did it.

Oh yeah?

When you and I searched this room, we didn't find anything, right?
So that means the bomb must have been planted after we'd left.

After we left, huh...
But when we went and checked the Chromatic Doors, we were all there.
And after that we've all been around other people.
There's no way anyone could have snuck off to plant it.

VLR OST: [Desperation]

After we finished the AB Game, we all split up.

But if someone planted it right before then...

What do you mean?

Before we went off to the three rooms, we searched the hallway.
Everybody was all split up.

Hm. Yeah...
Anyone could have come by here then.
It would have been easy to sneak away.

What were you doing?

Hah... Well, I was, uh...
I was just kind of... deep in thought, I guess. I stayed behind in the warehouse when you guys went off.