February 9th, 2021

[Place unknown]

9:00 PM


A young man woke up, a rather heavy weight on his back.

'Fuck, what'd I do now?' he thought.

He tried to get to his feet, while squirming and flailing around on the floor, but the weight was a bit much for him. With no other options, he pushed the weight off with the one arm not pinned to the floor and finally stood up.

As he tried to ignore the numbness in his arm, he examined the ball, or what he thought was a ball, he discovered that it, or rather she was a young woman about three years older than him. She uncurled herself and sat up as she stared at him. He stared back, his gray-blue eye met her sunrise yellow ones.

"Who the fuck are you?" he asked. "Why the fuck are you- Where the fuck are we?"

"I don't know." her voice was raspy and kind of deep for a girl. "Why are you yelling at me?"

The boy crossed his arms, then let his fist drop into an open palm. "I don't know." a sarcastic tone laced his voice. "Maybe because you slept on my back for whoever the fuck knows how long!"

She yawned and stretched her arms, before she pulled a small bottle from a flower-covered hiking bag next to her, then popped two small pills into her mouth. "Oh that? You looked like a nice pillow." she stood up and held out her hand. "My name's Noelani Alana, but you can call me Noel. Or Mommy, if you're into that. Weirdo."

"Hey, you brought that shit up! As far as I can tell, you have no right to call me weird."

"Yeah, yeah." Noel seemed bored with the boy's arguments and rolled her eyes at him. "So, what were you saddled with?"

"Saddled? I wasn't saddled with anything! All I have are these shitty rags."

Noel shook her head, which made her purplish red hair sway from side to side. "I meant your name, big guy. What is it?"

He sighed, then looked at her. "Marumi Ako. It's a fucking girly-ass name, but it's mine." His eye closed and he smirked. "Tell me Noel, what kind of talent did you get 'saddled' with?"

She smirked, and then tapped Marumi's nose. "I am the S-Class Contortionist! Fear me if you dare…" after a small amount of stretching, she twisted her torso around and wrapped her left leg around her neck, then tapped Marumi's nose once again while her upper body hung upside-down. "Boop."

"Fuck me, that sounds painful." Marumi took a step back, then squinted at her. "Does it hurt?"

"Yes. More than you can imagine, Maru." she deadpanned, then twisted herself back into a shape resembling a human and not a pretzel. "Kidding. Seriously, the last thing I want is to make my audience concerned."

"No kidding." Marumi put a hand on his hip, with a smile on his face. "Damn. First person I meet here and she's got a better talent than me. Contortionism sounds way better than being a bad luck charm."

"I see, I see. So you're like an S-Class Bad Luck, right?"

"Exactly." Marumi sighed as his smile disappeared, then shook his head. "Fuck my life." he looked around, then let out a noise in between a sneeze and a sigh. "It's motherfucking stuffy in here and I'm gonna go take a walk. You coming, Noel?"

"Okay." the girl in question slung the hiking bag over her shoulder and curled herself up into a ball.

To Marumi's surprise, she rolled around like a tumbleweed on crack, then unfolded herself and clutched onto Marumi's leg.

"Umm. Okay then." the man shrugged, then walked out into the hallway.


After a while, Marumi found a small, open room with the lights on. As he looked inside, he saw a brown-haired woman with a tricorn hat, slumped over the counter with an empty glass bottle in her hand. A young boy sat next to her, nursing a Coors bottle. The boy's own chestnut brown hair was a few shades darker than his skin, Marumi noticed.

"Oh. Hello there." the boy said, in an unmistakably feminine tone.

Marumi raised an eyebrow. "Wait, are you-"

"A girl? Yes." he- she replied, then added: "It happens all the time, don't worry."

Noel decided to detach from the luckless luckster's leg, then rolled over to the two girls, before she pulled herself up onto one of the remaining stools. "So, what brings you here?"

Hat girl looked at the contortionist and tried to focus her eyes. "Youuuush had bett'r not fall in wit' the sharks, lass. I hears that they's are bad lads, m'girl." her accent was rather hard to place, but sounded almost like a mix between Northern English and Spanish. "I bets ye that that lad righ'there," she pointed to Marumi, "He's a right cock-arsed wanker, I bets ye."

Marumi raised an eyebrow once again. "Excuse me?"

The boyish girl looked at him, then shook her head. "Gabby here, she's more or less too drunk to think right now. It's best if you ignore her when she's like this."

"Noted." the resident bad luck charm looked at the girls, then walked over to another barstool.

"So," the boyish girl started. "What's your name?"

"Marumi. You?"

"Ovidia Pop, and I'm the S-Class Surfer. If you like, you can call me Ovi. I don't care." she shrugged, as if emphasizing her point. "That girl there, the one too sloshed to talk, that's Gabriella Vertran, S-Class Pirate. I guess it explains why she sounds kind of British." Ovidia stuck her hand out in his direction, and Marumi shook it gently.

Gabriella snorted, then mumbled something as she once again pointed at Marumi.

"What'd she say this time?" an exasperated look spread across the boy's face as he put his face in his palms.

"Motherfucking tosser bitchface can put a cannon… up his ass... and shoot twenty-seven balls up there…" Ovidia translated. "Fuck me, that's bad." she shook her head. "What did you ever do to her?"

"Beats me." his eye widened. "Look out, Ovi! Get the fuck down, now!"

Ovidia ducked down, then heard a crashing noise behind her, along with a groaning noise.

"Fuuuuuuuuck! Why did you do that, Gabriella!?"

The surfer turned her head and saw Marumi, his nose covered up by one of his hands. Pinkish purple fluids dripped down through his fingers.

"Right on cue," she deadpanned as she turned back to her beer. "Seriously though, what did you do to her?"

"I told you, I don't know!"

Noel looked at the pirate, then poked her face. "Hey. Why do you hate Maru so much?"

"I-I'sd met tthhhhhhhhhhhose kinds o' lads beforrre, lass." she said, then took a long swig of screech. "They'sre no good. Th'lad needs some-" she belched and apparently forgot what she was going to say.

"Umm, okay.." Noel shrugged, then shivered slightly.

"Arrrrrrrrre ye okay, lass?" Gabby looked at her, then added: "If that there w-waaaaaanker did any bad shit to ye, I'll shove a-" she belched again and smacked her head on the bar table.

Ovidia looked at her. "You really should lay off the rum for now, Gabs. I think you need some sleep." she got up and hoisted the taller girl onto one of her shoulders.

"Hic-Oi! Ovi.. Ovi! Y'wants some rum, mate?" the pirate poked the small surfer's freckled face as the two walked out of the bar. "Th-the captains allllllllllllways haves rum with her first mates."

"Maybe later. Or never." Ovi shrugged. "Whichever comes first."

Noel watched them leave. "I kind of like them."

"I don't." Marumi wiped his nose with a tissue and stuffed another one up his nose. "The surfer kid's cool, but Gabriella? No. Just no."

"Don't be a baby." Noel reached over the counter and grabbed a beer. "Besides, no one's free of this kind of story. For example, I once dated a guy who just wanted to rail me to get back at his friend."

Marumi's eye widened, then he put his face in his palms. "I think Ovi had the right idea of taking Gabriella to her room. That, and I would prefer to not have someone sleeping on me this time."

"Don't worry, I won't do that anymore." she waved her hand at him in a half-sarcastic gesture that probably was meant to put Marumi at ease. "I can't say anything about that guy though."

"What g-OH MY GOD." Marumi looked behind him and saw a rather tall, blond-haired man sat down on the barstool closest to the wall (and more importantly, the TV), who had a wriggling burlap bag on the counter.

"Oh, new faces." the man looked at them, then smiled. A noticeable, yet hard to place British accent tinged his voice. "Greetings and salutations, my dears. My name is William Churchill, and I am the S-Class Poisoner."

"Don't you mean Toxicologist?" Marumi knew immediately that in talking to this man, he had royally fucked up.

"Kehehehe…" William's voice rattled, as though emulating a snake's hissing. Maybe it was the bag. "I think not, my friend. No, my field involves actively using poisons and other concocted chemicals created for causing a swift and premature termination."

Noel spoke up. "Have you ever used white phosphorus?"

"No, I have not." the Brit shrugged. "I prefer to be more discreet with my methods."

Another facepalm on Marumi's part. "I have two questions. One, what the fuck is white phosphorus, and two, what does it have to do with any of this!?"

"Kehehe.. It is an incendiary poison which can melt through skin like cheese in a microwave. Not only that, but it glows bright, like a burning flame. I must say though, that the aftermath is dreadful to look at for too long." William shook his head, then looked up at the ceiling; the lenses in his thick glasses glowed white as the fluorescent light reflected off of them. "I have seen the effects of the poison firsthand, and I do not wish that kind of body horror on anyone. It is a slow, very painful death."

Noel and William heard a groan, along with a "Give me a beer." from the broken luck charm. "Please? I need a fucking drink."

Without a word, William ducked behind the counter, swiftly grabbed two bottles and tore the bottle caps off with what looked like a blunt metal hook. Marumi could have sworn that he saw something, maybe a small pill, dropped into the first bottle's thin neck.

"Here you go, darling."

Noel took the second bottle and downed it fast. "Damn, I didn't realize that this kind of beer was like making love in a canoe."

Marumi raised an eyebrow. "Making love in a canoe?"

"It's fucking close to water."

The luckless charm shot a glance at the poisoner, who quietly placed a hand over his mouth.

"Kehehe, it looks like your friend is a fan of the classics."

The shorter man just sighed and shook his head. He wordlessly took the beer from William and started to drink. "Noel, you're talking out of your ass." he told himself, then coughed violently. "William, what the actual SHIT!? Why did you do that!?"

"Kehehe. You needn't worry, my friend." William put a finger to his lips and smirked. "I am not about to poison you. This is simply a jest."

Marumi clutched his stomach and groaned. "What kind of a joke is this supposed to be?"

"You will see in a few minutes, my friend. I will say this; you had better hope to find a restroom."

Noel looked at William, then shook her head and without a word, curled into a ball and rolled away.

Marumi looked towards the door and ran out, much to William's expressed dismay.

"Noel, wait!" Marumi doubled over in pain, then got up. "Noel!"

After about a minute of trying to search, he made his way to the nearest bathroom and was there for about five minutes. He reminded himself to give William a piece of his mind when the two met again.

"Hey!" a young-sounding female voice called out to him from behind.

Marumi turned around and saw a.. tiny was the most polite word he could have used right then. He saw a tiny girl in a lab coat with frizzy and wild hair on one side of her head, while the other side was combed down neatly and smooth-looking.

"Hey hey! You wanna know about corpse flowers?" the tiny girl pointed her finger at the luckless luckster.

"No-" he opened his mouth to speak, but was quickly cut off.

"Too bad!" she grinned at him, before pointing a thumb at herself. "The name's Naomi Saveedra by the way, and I am the S-Class Botanist. I do plant science and stuff." she giggled, then continued with: "Is what I would never say when introducing myself. Anyways, did you know that corpse flowers are called corpse flowers because they smell like rotten meat? Or that they're the tallest flowers in the world?"

Marumi let her talk his ear off about corpse flowers for about ten minutes before he introduced himself and told her: "Look Naomi, I need to go and give a certain someone a piece of my mind."

"Oh? Then what did that certain person do to you?" Naomi tilted her head in curiosity.

"You don't want to know." he replied, with some bitterness to his tone.

This only made the much shorter girl stare at the bad luck charm more in response, prompting him to sigh in exasperation.

Seeing that he had no choice, Marumi proceeds to tell Naomi about what he had just went through at the hands of a certain Poisoner, as both of them made their way to the bar, where the former had came from.

"Hijo de puta, you got laxed!? Jeez, that's gold!" the diminutive girl clutched her sides, as she and the taller boy enter the bar.

"Shut up." he weakly defended himself "It's not funny."

To his dismay, she smirked and nudged him slightly. "Suuuuuuure. And I'm the Cardinal Pegasus." the girl covered her own mouth to hide her giggling.

Marumi huffed and promptly looks away, before muttering incoherently under his breath, making sure that the girl next to him doesn't hear what he's saying.

All of the sudden, Naomi stood perfectly still as she narrowed her eyes and looked at her surroundings, as if something was about to pounce at her at any second.

"What in the hell are you doing?" Marumi raised an eyebrow at the tiny girl.

"I sense a great disturbance somewhere." her eyes were narrowed in suspicion "I must attend to it right away!"

With that, the diminutive girl immediately turns around and dashes out of the bar, leaving the luckster confused by her suddenly leaving.

'Jeez, what was that all about?' He blinked, staring at the direction Naomi had went.

Before Marumi would snap out of his confusion, he suddenly felt a pair of small and dainty hands tracing against his back, prompting him to turn around and see another shorter girl, with the said girl proceeding to trace her hands against his arms.

"Oh, you have very nice arms. Very broad shoulders... Do you work out?" she looked up to smile at him, allowing him to see her face.

The first thing he had noticed was that her eyes were clouded over, much to his surprise.

"Whaa- Jesus! What's wrong with your eyes!?"

She tilted her head and stared at him for a few seconds, before letting out a small giggle.

"My eyes? I'm just blind, no need to freak out." the girl shook her head and smiled at him again "As for who I am, my name is Aina Maunu, and I'm the S-Class Masseuse." one of her hands began tracing against his chest "It's nice to meet you."

"Marumi Ako, the S-Class Bad Luck." he introduced himself without thinking, seemingly not minding the knowledge that the shorter girl was indeed blind.

His gaze began to move away from her clouded eyes, as they travelled towards her body and attire, before looking away with a small blush.

"You, uhh.. you dress very.. You're very... daring." he weakly commented.

The blind girl's attire particularly stood out to him in his eyes, notably the crop top she wore as it exposed a good amount of her stomach, along with it being very tight on her large breasts.

"Is there something wrong with I'm wearing?" Aina stared at him curiously.

"No, I-I… Uh, no. You just have to be careful about that, is-is all." the luckster coughed into his fist, then answered with a clearer: "W-wouldn't want anyone to see that, would you?"

"What's wrong with people seeing me?"

Marumi blushed, then scratched at his temple. "I need an adult." he breathed, as he attempted to break free of Aina's surprisingly strong grip.

His attempt to break free backfired as he ended up with his back against the floor, and the shorter girl landing on top of him, much to her clear amusement.

"Oh, you're so cute! But you're also so wound up.. You might break soon. Don't worry, my dear. You'll be feeling muuuch better after I'm done with you." her tone was both seductive and cheerful, as she grinned at him from her position.

"Noel!" he called out for the Contortionist, distress written on his face.

"Hey, hey now.. Shh…" she suddenly pressed herself against him, as she whispered "I'll make sure you have a very fun time."

Marumi could have sworn that he felt her nipples hardening as they poked through her crop top, as Aina presses her body further against his. His eye twitched as she brought her face closer to his.

"You called?" Noel suddenly appeared beside him, scrutinizing the position he was in "You seem to be having a fun time, Maru." her expression was unreadable, which didn't help the bad luck charm in the slightest.

The boy spluttered, trying to think of an explanation behind the position he was in, not helped by the blind girl persistently pressing herself against him. After a few seconds, he had managed to find his words.

"N-Noel, I-I can explain."

"I know what happened. This... girl ended up on top of you, you're clearly uncomfortable, and you need help, right?" she gave the other girl a hard stare.

As if on cue, the doors to the bar burst open, revealing Naomi as she had a furious expression written on her features.

"Who fucking shat on my flowerpots!" she yelled furiously, her voice being surprisingly very loud for her size.

"Uh oh." Aina widened her eyes in surprise, as she suddenly stood straight, her expression quickly changing from being nearly seductive to completely nervous.

"What's up with her?" the contortionist raised an eyebrow.

"You!" the diminutive girl seethed, looking at the blind masseuse. "Hija de puta madre! You li-te-ra-lly SHAT IN MY FLOWERPOTS!"

"H-How did you know about that!?" she shouted nervously, flushing in embarrassment.

"That doesn't matter." Naomi took a deep breath, and then bellowed: "PUTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

With that, she immediately dashed towards Aina, with the intent to punish her for what she did to her flowerpots, forcing the latter to quickly stand on her own two feet and dodge her, much to Marumi's relief.

The bad luck charm wasted no time and quickly stood up, with Noel quickly latching onto his back afterwards. She then turns her gaze towards the blind girl, and hissed as she gave her a look that screamed 'Begone Thot'.

"W-Wait! Just let me explain myself!" the masseuse stammered, running out of the bar, but not before running into a wall first.

"Come back here, cobarde!" The tiny girl scowled, also running out of the bar to chase down the blind one, leaving the duo of Marumi and Noel alone.

"Well, that just happened." Noel dryly remarked, tightening her grip on the taller boy's back.

Marumi groaned "Ugh, I don't even feel like getting a fucking drink right now." he shook his head "I might as well go explore the other parts of this place."

He heard a cough from behind and saw that the smaller girl was still clinging onto him, staring blankly at him. He sighed and looked away "I guess you can come with me."

After a moment of hesitation, the bad luck charm exited the bar and began walking into the hallways, with the contortionist on his back.

'I don't get all the shit that's happened to me so far.' he thought bitterly. 'Just what the fuck did I do to deserve all of that?' he shook his head. 'It doesn't fucking help that I was given the title of S-Class Bad Luck.' he let out a small bitter chuckle. 'As if my life can't get any shittier than this.'

"Oh no! Watch out!"

As if in response to his thoughts, he is suddenly knocked onto the floor as someone had crashed into him, resulting in him landing on his rear.

Marumi groaned as rubbed his pained behind, before looking at the person responsible for knocking him onto the floor, which was a boy with chestnut-brown hair and is wearing a gray beanie.

The boy seemed to be panicking as he let out multiple apologies while bowing his head profusely.

"I'm so sorry!" he had a British accent. Southeast British, specifically. "I was so lost in my thoughts that I didn't know watch my surroundings until it was too late!" he bowed his head again. "Please forgive me!"

The kid, genuinely apologetic for what had happened, made the luckless luckster let out a tired sigh before he closed his eye. "Look, it's fine. Just watch where you're going next time."

"I-I'll remember that." the beanie-wearing boy stood up and immediately ran past the taller one. "I'm still sorry for crashing into you like that!"

With that, the boy was now out of sight. Marumi sighed as he was back on his feet, only to realize something afterwards.

'Fuck, I forgot to ask for his name.' he mentally groaned to himself.

Shaking his head, the luckster continued to walk down the hallways as he began to explore other parts of the building.

After exploring a few rooms around the building, Marumi finds himself entering another room, which was bigger than the previous rooms he had checked out earlier.

The room itself had arcade cabinets in various areas, with tables and chairs spread throughout. He turned to see a counter with some bar stool, and a door that presumably led to a kitchen. A lot of the room reminded him a bit of a restaurant, and quite a bit of it reminded him of an arcade.

'This room seems pretty cool so far.' he thought, further looking around the new room he was in, until something else caught his eye.

At the corner of the room, he saw a short blonde-haired boy and a taller pink-haired girl, with the latter holding the former against her chest.

"It'll be okay, Henry." the girl's voice was soft and sweet. "Just know that I'm here for you."

"T-Thank you, Eri." the boy, Henry, whimpered. Tears slowly streamed down his cheeks. "B-But, I just want to see my mommy and daddy!"

"Hey, are you alright?" Marumi asked out loud, getting the attention of both teens.

"Huh?" Henry noticed his own tears, before immediately wiping them off, as he immediately smiles brightly at the taller boy "Hi there! My name's Henry Savage, the S-Class Candy Maker!" he reached for one of his pockets and pulled out some wrapped chocolate candy "Here! Do you want some chocolate mousse candy?"

The sudden change in mood surprised the bad luck charm, but he was quick to notice that the smaller boy's eyes were still red and puffy from his crying, with his bright smile looking a bit forced.

"Are you really okay?" he asked, slight concern lacing his tone.

The blonde blinked in surprise, before stubbornly shaking his head. "I'm okay, really."

"You don't look like it. Are you sure?" the luckster asked skeptically.

"Hey, didn't I just say that I'm-" the small boy was cut off by the taller girl pulling him into another embrace.

"Henry, you don't have to hide your tears from anyone else." she gently ruffled his blonde hair. "I'm sure they'll understand."

Henry looked like he wanted to protest, but allowed himself give in as his mood quickly soured, evident by the tears beginning to form in his eyes.

The pink-haired girl nodded at him, before looking at the other boy with a warm smile.

"This little guy here was a bit stubborn when I first saw him." she sighed, pulling the smaller boy close to her chest. "It took me awhile to get him to open up on how he truly felt about this situation here."

"I can understand that." Marumi nodded at her. "I've seen some people bottle up the shit they were feeling underneath before, and the fact that we're all trapped inside some place doesn't help that."

"I agree with that." the girl smiled at him. "Anyway, I'm Erina Ohashi, it's very nice to meet you, I hope we can become friends! My talent...uhm..it's S-Class Heiress, honest truth!"

The luckster couldn't help but blush at the way the pink-haired girl was smiling at him.

'Damn, she's pretty.' he thought, trying to fight off his own blush.

Erina giggled softly. "You don't have to hide that blush of yours, I've met people with the same reaction to how I look at times."

"Eri, can we get something to eat?" Henry pouted, wiping away some of his tears. "I don't wanna think about all of this right now."

"Of course." she nodded at him, before giving Marumi one more smile. "I'll talk to you again another time."

Afterwards, both immediately walked straight towards the counter, which lead to the kitchen's doors, leaving the bad luck charm to his own devices.

"Finally, I found a normal person in this place." he breathed out a sigh of relief.

The boy had proceeded to look around the rest of the room he was in, until he had seen enough and decided to leave, with Erina feeding Henry as the last thing he saw before going into the hallway.

He heard a soft snore from behind his back, prompting him to turn around and see Noel, who had fallen asleep on his back a long while ago. He wouldn't admit it, but he thought that the contortionist looked very cute in the position she was in.

"Hello there!" a rather familiar voice called out, which the luckster remembered hearing before exploring the rooms.

Marumi saw that the beanie-wearing boy was the one that called out to him, and couldn't help but notice that he had a sheepish expression as he slowly approached him.

"U-Um, I forgot to introduce myself to you a while ago." he breathed in, and then spoke: "So, my name is Clay Dunn, the S-Class Sculptor. It's nice to meet you."

"Marumi, S-Class Bad Luck." the bad luck charm crossed his arms.

"W-Well, Marumi, two of my friends sent me to bring you at the theater room." Clay twiddled with his fingers, looking down on the floor. "In fact, they're the ones that told me to find you after I told them about how I crashed into you."

"Oh?" he raised an eyebrow at him. "Then lead me to those two friends then."

The smaller boy nodded and gestured the taller one to follow him, as both made their way to the theater room.

After a few minutes of walking, both boys entered the theater room, which consisted of multiple rows of chairs, dark walls, a stage at the back wall, with red curtains around it, and a door that leads to a dressing room.

On the stage, there were two girls, one that was somewhat heavyset with a bit of a shy expression, while the other clearly towered over her, along with the two boys that had just entered, in height with a confident expression on her features.

"Clay." the heavyset girl noticed him and waved "I-Is that the boy you were telling us about a while ago?"

"Yeah, I'm him. What's going on here?" Marumi had a small frown, as he uncrossed his arms.

The much taller girl had a smirk on her lips, before strutting towards him as she walked off the stage, her heels clicking against the floor as she does so.

"Oh my, I didn't expect you to be a cute one." her tone was both teasing and flirtatious. "What's your name, cutie?"

"M-Marumi Ako!" he hadn't expected another girl to flirt with him. "W-What's yours?"

"Well, the name's Setsuna Miyazaki." the tall girl crossed her arms over her large breasts. "I'm the S-Class Lawyer, at your service." she playfully winked at him.

Clay coughed into his fist, getting the attention of everyone inside the room.

"Let's just continue this discussion on the stage." he quickly made his way onto the stage, with the other two following him.

"U-Um, my name is Waki Tomo, and I'm the S-Class Organist." the heavyset girl shyly introduced herself, adjusting her glasses.

"Marumi." he nodded at her, before turning to Clay. "Is there a reason why these two wanted to see me?"

"Well, Setsuna told me that we needed one more person to join in the discussion she planned." the sculptor answered, furrowing his brows.

"Discussion?" the luckster raised an eyebrow.

"Yeah, it's about our current situation." Setsuna's smirk was exchanged for a small frown. "While I'm aware that there are many others here, I specifically told Clay to let the first person he runs into join him into meeting us here."

"Yeah, I just so happened to run into you minutes after she gave me that order." Clay nodded, smiling somewhat sheepishly at the other boy.

Marumi furrowed his brows "Well, I'm here now, so what do you need me for?"

"Well, it's quite simple, really." the tall girl eyed him, a serious expression crossed her features. "Marumi, right? I have a question for you and your... cat? Can I ask what you remember before waking up today?"

"What I remember?" the bad luck charm frowned. "I can't exactly remember shit." he then furrowed his brows. 'Now that I think about, I can't remember anything at all before waking up.'

"I see." she nodded at him, before cupping her chin in thought. "I received the same response from Clay and Waki when I asked them the same questions." she sighed and shook her head "And I can't say that I remember anything myself before I woke up here in this stage with Waki."

"Seriously?" Marumi looked at her, until he heard a catlike yawn from the contortionist, as she seemed to have woken up from her nap on his back.

"Maru, where are we?" Noel looked around tiredly.

"Eh? D-Did your cat just talk?" Waki asked shyly, staring at the small girl on the luckster's back.

"Well, I indeed have the mannerisms of an actual cat." the small girl deadpanned. "But I assure you that I am very much human."

"I'm sorry." she said weakly, looking at the ground.

Seeing this as perfect timing, Marumi looked at Noel and asked: "Hey, uh, Noel?" he manages to get her attention, before continuing "I gotta ask, do you remember anything before waking up in this place?"

Furrowing her brows, she shook her head. "No, I can't seem to remember a single thing, prior to today."

"That's troubling." Setsuna bit on her thumb lightly. "Then I can only assume that all of the others here might have the same response if I asked them the same question."

"Well, you might as well try." the bad luck charm shoved his hands into his pockets. "I mean, if there's someone here that does remember what happened before all of this…"

The tall girl sighed. "You can leave, I'm sorry if I wasted your time in any way."

"Hey, at least there's someone who's trying to figure out all of this shit." he shook his head. "I'm not exactly much help when it comes to stuff like this."

Noel merely sighed, but opted for a silent treatment.

"I'll escort you two on your way out." Clay offered, standing beside the luckster.

"Nah, I'm just gonna continue exploring this place by myself." Marumi turned towards the theater room's doors. "Good luck to all of you."


After saying those words, the two have left the theater room, to explore the other parts of the building.

With Noel still on his back the whole time, Marumi walked aimlessly through the halls; then decided that maybe a cold concrete floor that smelled like bleach would be a perfect place to sleep. If he got plantar warts, then he'd have had no one to blame but himself.

He found a supply closet close by and trudged over to it. He blinked back sleep for a short while, then slowly opened the door.

A small thud echoed in the small room when the heavy metal door was completely opened. Inside was a very pale young woman in nurse's scrubs; with blond hair, dulled green eyes and a large, ragged gash across her neck, as if someone had tried to decapitate her. Her glasses were covered in blood, the lenses shattered and strewn all over the floor.

"Maru? Are you okay?" Noel already knew the answer to that question.

He was not okay. Not one bit. His face had gone pale as a ghost, his knees were shaking bad enough that he'd fallen on his rear and the hair on his arms and back of his neck had stood up. "H-holy shit…"


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So, I really hope that I did good on this. I really do. I don't know if I succeeded, but I really do hope I did good. Is it normal to be so nervous about this, or am I just awkward as fuck?

Anyways, I would like to thank StoryProducer214, who betaed and cowrote this. I honestly could not have done this without him. He's writing a DnD AU on LoD, so go give that story some love.

Stay awesome, everyone.