Huh? Where am I? What happened to me? Ugh. My head hurts. Wait, I recognize these people with me. They are my classmates. What’s with this room? No windows, no doors and no source of lighting but the room is well lighted. The only item here is that big screen that looks like a chalkboard.
‘’Ashita, you woke up as well?’’
the gorgeous long and straight blonde hair, the pale skin, also that side ponytail. Those sky-blue eyes. it was Sugihara, the girl that I love secretly.
‘’yeah, where are we?’’ I replied.
‘’I don’t know. Last thing I remember was us going to Kyoto for the school trip.’’ She told me trying to hold back her nervousness.
The school trip, I remember it now. My class 3-A, was heading to Kyoto for that kimono factory. I woke up at 6AM, ate breakfast, brushed my teeth, and took my bag and headed to our school. TOKYO GAKUEN.
In my way to school on train, I was reading the last dragon ball super chapter. It was amazing as always. As soon I got to my destination, I met with my two friends who also at my class. The one with smooth black hair and glasses is Tanabe , the short one and awkwardly looking is Joji Nakamura.
‘’ Ashita, have you read dragon ball super’s chapter?’’ Joji said.
‘’yeah, Goku is the best as always.’’
‘’huh? What's that Tanabe?’’
‘’ You amaze me every time of how stupid you are, thinking that Goku is better than Vegeta.’’
‘’Of course, he is.’’
‘’Shut up Joji, you always agree with Ashita.’’
We continued our discussion on who is better till we finally at our school.
About to enter the school grounds where this black luxurious car stops in front of the gate. Coming out of the car, from her short brown hair and her skinny body, it was Chiyo Mito. The girl who is soon to be a model for a big company. She’s pretty but her demeanor is scary. Doesn't talk to no one except those two girls who follows her everywhere she goes. Speaking of them, they were waiting for her at the entrance. All three of them are in my class.
‘’Good morning Chiyo!’’
‘’How was your morning Chiyo?’’
‘’Man. Chiyo is so pretty.’’ Joji whispers.
‘’Yes, but we all know who is the goddess of our school.’’ Tanabe replied.
At that sudden moment, someone touched my shoulder.
‘’Good morning Ashita!’’ It was .
I try to hide my startling and replied good morning back.
‘’ We could have picked you up today Ashita if you told my dad.’’ As I see dad at the back in his car. ‘’Anyways, we talk later at the bus. See !’’
I was finally relieved. I was wondering why my friends were quiet, as I see them both crying of joy.
‘’The goddess told us we talk later at the bus. I can’t believe it! Is this heaven?’’ said Tanabe as he is wiping his tears.
‘’Forget about Chiyo, is the best.’’ Joji said with tears running like a river.
As we walking to the bus. Tanabe asked me” Tell me, how do you know goddess well?’’
‘’I told you many times, my dad works at her dad’s company.’’
I am not from a rich family, since my dad knew about the daughter of his boss, he practically used me to get close to him. Through that, I got into this prestige school, I don’t belong here. Even Tanabe and Joji have their future jobs secured by their dads. I just love playing games and reading manga. I am a nobody.
In front of the bus that will take us to Kyoto, my classmates and I assembled. Our homeroom teacher was also there.
‘’Alright, if I call you by your name, head inside the bus.’’
The handsome looking guy with light-brown hair and brown eyes. He is the number one in our school. At 15, he was already competing at the national pro chess games. He is truly a person to admire. Doesn't talk much. He is also mysterious.
The tallest guy in our class. He also the most athletic one too. As he is always at the top whether in basketball, soccer, volleyball. He is popular around girls as well.
Our class representative. Nothing unique about him except he is the son of the director of our school. So, of course teachers treat him with causation and no one dare to speak badly to him.
I Couldn’t help myself but just stare at her till she got in the bus.
As I was looking at her going up the bus, she turns around and our eyes meet. I instantly look the opposite way.
Why my heart is beating so fast? Am I scared? I hope she didn’t notice I was looking at her.
The homeroom teacher continued till every one of us got into the bus. We finally took off to Kyoto.
As we were on the highway, I couldn’t stop staring from the window to the outstanding views of nature. Seeing how Joji and Tanabe still arguing behind me about the Goku and Vegeta topic, surrounded by classmates, having a crush. It is a good way to live my youth.
‘’Ashita! Ashita!’’ Said .
‘’What are you thinking about?’’
Reality now is we are stuck in this empty room. I have a bad feeling about this.
‘’Sorry, I just zoned out.’’
‘’Ahh, you scared me for a second.’’
‘’Wait, is that your friend... what was his name again? Tanabe?’’ pointed behind me.
I turned around to see Tanabe just waking up scratching his head.
‘’Huh? Ashita? What happened?’’
As everyone wakes up, the silent nervousness turned to a chaos.
‘’Oi, where are we?’’
‘’Where this lighting coming from?’’
Yes, it’s normal to get scared and terrified. The fear of the unknown is what humans fear the most.
‘’By the way, where is Joji, Ashita?’’
‘’Huh? You’re right, I didn’t see him.’’
‘’Oh, is it your third friend Ashita? He is the one hiding in that corner.’’
All we can see is terrified Joji, grabbing his legs looking like a hedgehog. His eyes were pitched black as if his soul was already left his body.
He couldn’t hear us calling him from the other side of the room. He was just mentally absent.
‘’Everyone, calm down. We must be calm and see what is the last thing we remember. I am sure that our school and police are looking for us.’’ Nobuta said loudly and firmly.
I know he only said it because he must say something as our class representative. And also, the way he was side looking at Akira, leaning at the wall crossing his arms, as if he is trying to prove he is better than him.
‘’What is the last thing you all remember?’’
‘’Weren’t we at the bus heading to Kyoto?’’
‘’Yeah, I still remember we stopped for a break and then we got back and... Ugh! I can’t remember no more.’’
‘’That’s it! Anything else?’’
‘’wait, my cellphone isn’t here...’’
‘’Ah! Me too.’’
For a second, everyone got quiet and looking at each other, trying their best to hide their frightening worries.
‘’L-LOOK! Something is appearing at that big screen.’’ one of our classmates shouted.
As all of us looked at that screen, the image is getting less blurry. At the end, we see a black crow shaped mask. The background is all black, only those creepy big red eyes of the mask glowing with that little lighting.
‘’WHAT IS THAT?’’ a girl screaming in fear.
The man wearing that mask finally spoke with an ominous modified voice.
‘’Welcome class 3-A of TOKYO GAKUEN. I am your host CROW.’’
Everyone seemed afraid to talk back.
‘’You all have been chosen to participate in our death room.’’
Finally, Nobuta took courage and replied.
‘’W-Who are you? And what do you mean by we are been chosen? Why are you wearing that mask too?’’
‘’Like I said I am CROW. And why I am wearing a mask, I will ask the same thing for you all.’’
Everyone was confused and trembling in fear. Who is this person? And why he is wearing that mask? And what’s with what he said about death room?
‘’You all here wearing masks, hiding your true identities for your own benefits. This room and me as a host, will reveal the truth.’’ that ominous voice sent chills through everyone’s spine.
‘’W-What are you saying?’’
‘’To explain, Let’s take you Nobuta Takiguchi for example. You are the second son of Yuuto Takiguchi, the director of TOKYO GAKUEN. Neglected by your own dad, you are trying your best at things you don’t even like to show good results to him for approval. In the end, he prefers your older brother. Poor you.’’
Those words coming out of his mouth made Nobuta fidgeting, as he was inside his head.
I couldn’t swallow my own saliva after seeing how the calm and cool Nobuta is trembling.
‘’Now, we lost some precious time. Let’s start the first--.’’
A male voice from the back interrupts CROW.
‘’Wait a minute. You think we would just listen to you?’’
‘’Sakuragi Ito, one of the basketball players, thinks he is the rival of Izumi Hiroya. Dad divorced your mother and left you two dealing with financial problems. But still, you’re in this prestige school. You want to know how?’’
‘’I don’t care. You won’t get into my head whatever you say.’’
For a moment, everyone started supporting Sakuragi.
‘’Sakuragi is right. We won’t do what you say.’’
The masked man sighted’’ I will make it clear to all of you. Each one of you have a small bomb in your brains. You refuse, I will click your button.’’ he then shows a red button have a name on it 'This is your button Sakuragi.’’
The whole room got silent.
Sakuragi laughing hysterically ‘’What are you trying here idiot? There is no way there is a bomb in our heads.’’ he then starts showing the roots of his head’’ see, no scar of a surgery made.’’
That terrifying silent got to cheers.
‘’ Oh, Sakuragi is right, he’s just bluffing.’’
‘’, what a lame joke.’’
Sakuragi was right, I couldn’t find any trace of a surgery, same for Tanabe and . Why will he say something like that when we will know if it is true or not? Unless...
CROW starts speaking, everyone got silent.
‘’Well then, who thinks I am bluffing, raise your hand and I will show you.’’
Everyone kept looking at each other until Sakuragi raised his hand with confidence. Two other classmates followed him. Two others got the courage as well and raised their hands.
was about to raise her hand as well, when I stopped her.
‘’Wait, he has no reason to lie to us. Don’t raise your hand Tanabe.’’
To be honest, I would have raised my hand as well, but I saw Akira didn’t even check on the possible scar surgery. It made me to follow what he does.
Sakuragi is trying to get the others to raise their hands when CROW speaks with that ominous voice.
‘’Alright, all those who raised your hands. I have your buttons here.’’
‘’Cut the bullshit already creepy masked guy.’’
Seconds of silence... why do I feel a murderous aura coming from that masked man?
As I see him click Sakuragi’s button slowly. Something is splashed to my face.
What is this red liquid on my face? Its texture is familiar.
Huh? Why everyone is screaming and rushing the other way?
? Why are you so scared? Your beautiful eyes look like they saw death.
I look back I see what I feared the most. Sakuragi’s body without head, or what is left of it.
We...we all going to die.
CROW then speaks.
‘’Now then, I will repeat. Welcome to death room. I am your host CROW.’’