Otome games, i've held a prejudice against them for a while. The reason why is because I share a room with my younger sister and she is very much obsessed with them. If you asked her how many games she had played, she couldnt really give you an answer, but what she could do is talk about her favourites for hours on repeat. My point being, I was forced to witness and take part in this obsession of her's.
Adding to this, She liked to play these games on our TV, so that I could see and hear everything. She would play for hours, sometimes she wouldn't turn it off for days on end, even through the night. And I had to bear witness to that. The worst offenders to my suffering would be the ones with actual voice lines, oh god. I wanted to tear apart the TV speakers because although I could deal with my sisters constant giggling and the rants were terrible but kept to a minimal, if I have to hear another cheesy line said by some handsome rat I'm going to explode.
My sister, although, loved the voice acted ones, to the point that was the only thing she played, yay for me.
Her favorite was a game was called "Marlene Chronicles". Unlike the rest of her favorites, this one was 'speial' as she says. She has played this game more that 20 times through and through, I don't think there's another person who knows this game as well as she does, another person who might know about the game as much as she does is me, because I was there through all those play throughs, and don't get me started on the rants this girl put me through.
Even though my head hurt from all the information she was giving me, I didn't really have the heart to say no to her. How could I? I knew she only turned to me because no one else would listen to her. So I had no choice but to sit there and listen, even if it was painful.
But I still hated that stupid favoritr game of hers. And I hated it even more because it was no different (and even worse) than any other stupid otome game! The reason she put me through so much suffering is because my sister just liked the characters better! I didn't get the appeal. I don't know how she could sit through and listen to the love interests say those lines any longer.
But lucky for me, today is a very rare day to myself, because my sister had plans with some friends of hers and to have the house to myself there was only one catch, to buy her a new DLC of "Marlene Chronicles". The walk wasn't far, but the summer heat made it almost unbearable.
The store my sister sent me to didn't look like much, but I figured it was the place she usually goes to it must be at least reliable. I walked into the stoe and headed straight to the cash register like I was instructed to do.
"Um, I have a reservation for... Mallisa?"
"Ah, yes, I've had quite a lot of people come in for this game, it was a wise move to make a reservation for it." The shopkeaper laughed and pulled something from under the counter.
And there it was, those stupidly ugly mugs of those stupid capture targets and the name "Marlene Chronicles: After" on the top of case.
"That'll be 40$ please."
And i'm officially done with my sister. 40 bucks for this stupid thing? I see now why she made me get it for her.
I exit the store and my mood is worsened by the sun being directly in front of me. I can practically see nothing as I try to keep my eyes on the ground and make my way across the crosswalk.
I was focusing on where I was walking and also thinking about how to spend my peacful day alone, when I hear a loud honk and the swearving of cars next to me.
I can barely react and I am frozen in scock when my body gets hit with indescribable pain. I can't see anything, but I feel my head getting hit agaonst the pavement. I feel like i'm barely holding onto consciousness as I try to figure out where I am process what the actual fuck just happened to me. I can't even move my mouth to curse and the rest of my body is numb. I don't fight for my conciousness as my brain just hurts everything hurts and just let e rest for just a minute.
Soon after, I'm enveloped in darkness. I don't feel my body anymore, no, more like I don't feel anything anymore. The pain is somehow gone but so is every other sensation/ What the fuck is happening?
I stay like that for a while. I don't know how much time has passed, but long enough to realize this was probably death. There was no moment of your life flashing before your eyes, no reminders of how nice your life is. It was so sudden, painful and empty. Damn it.
I was suddenly hit with another wave of aggravating pain, but this time I could open my mouth scream, so I did. I screamed as loud as I possily could not for the pain i was currenty in, but for my death, the amount of pain I was in while dying, how I don't think I even ade it to a hospital. When I finally calmed down enough that I was able to take in y surrounnding, I realised my voice seemed weird, and once I realized that I could feel and move body, I tried opening my eyes. My vision was very muddy, I could barely make anything out, just ablur of colors and figures.
"Congratulations, Miss!" I heard an old voice exclaim. "A very healthy baby boy!"
What? I still can't see anything expect a very tall figure looking down at me. Who is this? WHere am I? Didn't I just die? Wait, if I died, and I'm somewhere else now... somewhere unfamiliar and strange.. Did I? Did I reincarnate?!