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Everyone continued their conversation in the dining room where dinner was served. Takashi’s group especially Saya was surprised to find a whole class of elementary school girls staying in her home. Regardless, it was the first time since this whole mess started that they were able to take it easy.
Later on that evening…
Ryuji and Chihiro met up with Reo in one of the many guest rooms riddled throughout the house. Unlike the room the pair was staying in, this room had a more western theme to it. It came complete with a wardrobe, television set, and a lavish queen-sized bed which Reo was sitting on the side of with her legs crossed. The other two were seated in a red couch directly across from her.
“Um… is it okay for me to be here?”
“Is there any reason you shouldn’t be?” Reo quipped.
Chihiro wanted to make a good first impression, but she was so nervous even that simple task proved difficult. She did her best to face Reo, but instead of
HOTD Demon of the Dead CH7HOTD Demon of the Dead CH7 by Hydrocity3
“Where am I?” Chihiro was sitting on the floor with her back against the wall when she woke up in unfamiliar surroundings. The room she was in resembled that of a traditional Japanese inn with its tatami mat flooring and wooden sliding doors. Empty futons were scattered across the floor with signs they were used recently. Not thinking anything of it at the time, she closed her eyes and started to drift off back to sleep. “Warm… Wait a minute… Warm…?” She opened her eyes to see what she was leaning on was none other than her senpai. “What!?”
Her outburst seemed to have awoken Ryuji as he unexpectedly opened his eyes. “Good morning Chihiro.”
“Good morning Senpai…” Chihiro hesitantly responded and for good reason. The last thing she expected from this morning was to wake up right next to her senpai let alone use him for support.
Ryuji scanned his surroundings before turning his attent
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Early the next morning, the students of Touhou Elementary were preparing to evacuate.
“Yes… Of course I will… Senpai…”
In a certain second floor classroom, a young girl was mumbling in her sleep. She was sitting up with her back against the wall for support.
Ryuji kneeled on to one knee and put his hand on the first year’s shoulder to gently nudge her. “Chihiro, it’s time to wake up.”
She slowly opened her eyes letting her vision come into focus. When she saw Ryuji, she smiled. “Good morning Senpai…”
“Good morning sleepyhead. What were you dreaming about?” He asked out of curiosity.
Chihiro thought for a moment before recalling her dream. “Oh no, was I talking in my sleep again?” She blushed and averted her gaze. “There are some things you shouldn’t ask a girl.”
“Really…?” He seemed genuinely surprised. “Like what?”
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The rising sun signified the start of a brand new day. Its rays were unobstructed as there was nary a cloud in sight. It would’ve been a gorgeous day to go outside, but…
It’s been over 24 hours since the world had been overrun by “them.” There were two choices. Escape to a safe zone or join their ranks as one of the undead. However, was there any place in this new world truly safe?
The situation was the same at Fujimi High School. Once it was a place of learning, but now it was teeming with the undead until today. From the sky, a figure was rapidly descending on the roof of the post-apocalyptic high school.
*Blam!* *Blam!* *Blam!* *Blam!* *Blam!* *Blam!* *Blam!*
In a matter of seconds, an area that was once infested with re-animated corpses had now become a bullet hell. In the center of the carnage, a tall slender young man with long spiky white hair had l
STARS ABOVE: Chapter 33STARS ABOVE: Chapter 33 by tasakeru828
CHAPTER 33: Always
Hikawa Shrine, Omiya
Come on, Kagami, get up.
This has to stop. We've got to end this… but we can't do it unless we get up!
Beads of sweat blossomed on Kagami's brow as she strained against the enormous pressure that kept her in the shallow pit formed by her impact with the ground. Her robes could have been made of solid iron, she was amazed they weren't already crushing her, driving the air from her lungs with their weight…
Come on, come on! Get up, dammit!
Her ears burned hot with the continued laughter of the paradox Demon above. Kagami hated being laughed at in the best of circumstances… and she had had just about enough of this thing's laughter to last her several lifetimes.
Now connected to the earth by the tangle of enormous grey roots, the rift seemed to breathe slowly in and out along with them… Mouth-like orifices opened in the roots'
STARS ABOVE: Chapter 32STARS ABOVE: Chapter 32 by tasakeru828
CHAPTER 32: My Choice Is Already Made
Hikawa Shrine, Omiya
Desideria began to laugh. Not a mocking, smug laugh like before… a crazed laugh, a desperate laugh, the laugh of a mind coming unhinged. Her laughter shook the shrine's grounds, echoing weirdly off the ancient structures and assaulting the three below from all directions. "Little girls," she called down to them. "Little giiiirls, playing dress-uup with their pretty costuuumes and their jeweeels and their toooys…! That's alll you aaaare… I havvve those too, did you know that? One little doooll, sealed inside a prettyyy jewel… I should open herrr up, see what's insiiiide…"
Kagami's face went deathly pale. "Tsukasa," she whispered, flashing back to her sister's image, no, illusion in the smoke cloud. "Tsukasa's still in there! Still inside her!"
"Her?" Konata looked up at the rift. "That thing's a her?!Wait
STARS ABOVE: Chapter 31STARS ABOVE: Chapter 31 by tasakeru828
CHAPTER 31: I Figured It Out
Izumi Household, Satte
"Wait," said Konata. A minute ago, she had reluctantly torn herself away from the lightshow in the distance when Kyubey had said something that pushed through her wonderment at what was happening, bringing her back to reality. She found it hard to believe, if not impossible. "I don't get it. We already have magic?"
Again, this is only a theory, said the catlike creature. My other selves and I see it as a likely possibility, but without more evidence, it remains only a theory.
Before Homura and I traveled to this world, or more accurately, this plane of reality, we were told that this particular iteration of Earth had no magic, and thus no Puellae Magi to protect it. But as time went on, I began to question: if this was the case, how could the Demons exist here? Weren't they beings of magic, however twisted? The universe seeks balance with itself, after all... all things
STARS ABOVE: Chapter 30STARS ABOVE: Chapter 30 by tasakeru828
CHAPTER 30: Teach Me How to Fly
Hikawa Shrine, Omiya
Icy chills traveled up and down Kagami's spine… chills from far more than the steadily dropping temperature of the air. The horror in the sky, the thing that Desideria had become… it was something alien, something other, beyond her capacity to describe. A monster could be dealt with. A physical threat she could hit, could do something about. But this… though she hated to admit it, she had no idea how to even fight this thing, much less kill it, or if it could be killed.
Damned if she wasn't going to at least give it a shot, though. "We've gotta stop her," she repeated. Her voice sounded so small to herself, small and hollow. "Here and now, before she can finish absorbing Vittoria. Before she gets any stronger…"
Homura hung her head. The same thoughts had raced through her mind upon laying eyes on the rift… a feeling of desperate f