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Shiori Kamekura

"Isn't it strange how the simplest of things such as a pencil not in proper position, seems to garner the most attention?"

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a character in “What Goes Unnoticed”, as played by SkyCladSaya06

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Name: Shiori Kamekura
"Why would you want to know a stranger's name?"

Age: 17
"Well, my age is just right."

Gender: Female
"Well now, isn't that just offensive?"

Personality: On the surface, Shiori is perceived by some as a generally quiet and introverted person though she does socialize like the everyday student you see on the street or cafe. In truth, she's just passive and, maybe a little lazy, in holding any form of conversation that doesn't seem to strike her interest. She can also get rather monotonous, never changing her pace as she moves about life. Also, she is a little nihilistic in a sense that she doesn't seem to strive for anything other than meeting the basic and standard requirements for just about anything like her studies.

She can get too concerned about the organization of her things and prefers to keep them in places that are easy to see, often feeling annoyed when a pencil is not where it's supposed to be. Because she likes to occupy her mind with a random thoughts, she does forget about things which may have even been organized by her in the first place.

Occupation: 1st Year College Journalism - Kurogane Institute (Old Timer)
"Never heard of it? It's a thirty minute walk, fifteen if you take the bus, west of this dormitory."

Appearance: She has short black hair tied at the sides and uses prescription glasses. Mostly seen wearing her school uniform with a scarf due to the cold climate whenever she's outside. Otherwise, she wears a brown shirt and black shorts inside the dormitory. She stands at 5'3" and weighs around 48 kg.

History: Shiori comes from a normal, middle class family back in the countryside, where she had studied until she reached high school. Her parents were understanding but, a little strict when it came to academic performance, expecting nothing but the best results from her every time. As such, she always felt some sort of pressure. The slightest infraction may not lead to beatings or harsh punishments but, she had seen her fair share of sermons and times when she was grounded due to bad grades. As such, she didn't really enjoy her time.

Reaching high school, her parents wanted to take advantage of the better educational curriculum at the so-called "University Ring" within the city so, she shifted schools, transferring from St. Gabriel's to Kurogane, forcing her to stay at Eden's Wall due to its supposedly good paper reputation. Originally, she would go home every weekend but, as she grew older, she would only go home during breaks. Now in college, she still stayed in Kurogane though her trips home became even scarcer thanks to the tough schedule.

Being an old-time resident of the place, she has seen it for what it truly is: A random amalgamation of different personalities by day, and a haunted roosting place by night. Initially, her experiences only consisted of hearing whispers during the night, cold caresses while she slept, things getting misplaced and hearing odd noises and secondhand stories from the other residents. Despite having already stayed here for three years, she still haven't gotten to the bottom of all the weird experiences she's gotten familiar with and new ones proceed to pop up almost every time...

Roleplay Sample: Saturday afternoons tends to be the slowest, at least for the girl, Shiori Kamekura. Most of the boarders have gone somewhere, leaving her alone with just the guard downstairs and, possibly, the landlord up on the sixth floor. In contrast to most who go outside and stroll, Shiori stays in and read. Still, the activity soon became boring and she found herself drifting off to sleep.

A few minutes in, she soon found herself half-awake, her body still unconscious and unmoving but her mind was somehow awake. She tried to open her eyes, succeeding in only a few millimeters but, it was enough to let her see and hear what it was that disturbed herself. A man was seated at a chair, close to her desk, eating an apple. She tried not to move, which was rather easy as her body wasn't technically awake yet, lest the man notices her and moves closer. She continued to observe him, even though she can't clearly see his face as the shadows in the room was obscuring her view. After what seemed to be five minutes, the man finished eating and grabbed a few papers off the desk before heading outside, locking the room. Sleep once again dawned on Shiori.

Waking up an hour later, she wondered if everything was just a dream. Nothing bad really happened to her but, waking up to something like that sure raises a lot of questions. She got up and investigated the room. So far, nothing seemed to be stolen, all her items were intact, down to the angle her pencil was left at. She checked her fridge: Everything was complete. Walking over to the window, she parted the curtains, letting in more light in the room. "So it was just a dream?" She was about to dismiss it as such when the light revealed some sort of dark object, right at the corner of her room. She leaned in closer to get a better look, propping her glasses up as she did.

It was an apple's core.

What it was doing there, she wasn't sure. She wasn't really the type who likes to eat the fruit. She reached out to grab it so she can throw it away but, the moment her fingers touched it, the core crumbled into dust. As if it was very old, already petrified.

Maybe it wasn't just a dream after all...

Trivia:
  • Shiori is currently in 1st Year college. Usually out between 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • She tends to organize even the most trivial of things such as a picture frame not in the correct angle and the music level always set to multiples of 5 only.
  • She tends to stay in the dormitory most of the time during weekends.
  • Reading books are her main hobby and form of recreation.
  • Usually seen walking around convenience stores if not found within the dormitory on weekends.
  • Her face claim is Asada Shino from Sword Art Online II: Phantom Bullet.

So begins...

Shiori Kamekura's Story

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kamekura Character Portrait: Hiro Izanagi Character Portrait: Scarlet Rivers Character Portrait: Yuzuki Nakahara Character Portrait: Quinn Wendy Character Portrait: Ulrich Lehtnur Character Portrait: Sora Nakahara Character Portrait: Shizuka Atsushi
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The morning chill slid in quietly inside the room, prompting Shiori to slowly open her eyes to the darkness inside the quiet building. She wondered why her alarm clock hasn't rung yet, even when she's adjusted it to wake her up at this exact hour.
"Oh well, no point in thinking about it." Slowly making her way out of bed, she grabbed the clock at her bedside table, checking to see what time it is. 4:30 in the morning "You were supposed to ring half an hour ago... So why didn't you--" At that moment, her eyes glanced at the calendar. It was a Saturday.
"Oh right...I have no classes." Still, with the sleep completely gone from her system, Shiori decided to just head out and grab some breakfast.

Downstairs, she spotted the landlord, Shizuka giving instructions to a cleaning crew, telling them things such as the places that need to be cleaned and stuff that they shouldn't touch. She walked towards her, curious about all this.
"Hey, what's going on?"
"I'm just cleaning out some of the rooms. I heard we'll be getting some new residents today. Just making sure to leave a good first impression." Shizuka answered back without looking up from the file she was reading. Sensing that she didn't want to be bothered right now, Shiori moved away and headed into the kitchen, to make herself some food.

6:00 AM. Shiori soon saw a man emerge from the basement, looking all flustered, sweat all over his forehead despite the fact that it was pretty chilly inside the lobby. Seeing this, Shizuka approached and asked what the matter was. Shiori couldn't quite hear what they were talking about from her current location so she waited until they were done talking before inquiring about the matter.
"Well, he said he heard voices telling him to get out while he was cleaning the water valve. They didn't sound like they were coming from anywhere near him. He said the voices sounded a little different."
"Different? How?"
"Like they were coming from 6 feet below ground. Hopefully, these rumors won't steer newcomers away."
Shiori sank deep in her thoughts. The water valve downstairs again. That place was getting a lot of attention lately. In any case, Shizuka seemed to want her to keep quiet about the rumors around the newcomers so she decided to just wait at the lobby and watch TV as the preparations went underway.

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kamekura Character Portrait: Hiro Izanagi Character Portrait: Scarlet Rivers Character Portrait: Yuzuki Nakahara Character Portrait: Quinn Wendy Character Portrait: Ulrich Lehtnur Character Portrait: Sora Nakahara Character Portrait: Shizuka Atsushi
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Yuzuki went downstairs and finally reached the lobby in the first floor. Her gaze was directed at the entrance. Soon after that she smiled, waved and started walking. The front door was opened.

"Heyy, Sora!" Yuzuki called happily at a young boy.
"Sis!" The boy replied before the two of them hugged.

Yuzuki's face suddenly became serious, as she let her brother go. She started walking slowly towards the entrance door, opened it and looked outside.

"Yuzuki, what is it?" Sora asked.
"Oh, I was just checking if there were policemen or an angry mob chasing after you, no biggie." Yuzuki chuckled and closed the door. "Okay, mom." Her brother replied with annoyance.
"Ah! Shiori's there. Hello, Shiori!" The girl grabbed Sora by the hand and led him to the black haired girl. "Sora, This is my roommate Shiori. Shiori, this is my brother Sora."
"Nice to meet you!" Sora smiled.
"Miss Atsushi is here too. Hello, miss Atsushi!" Yuzuki greeted the landlord. "One of the newcomers is here."

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As Shiori waited in the dorm's lobby, her roommate Yuzuki had come down to seemingly, wait for something. A few moments later, a boy entered the room, embracing her roommate.
"Do they know each other?" Shiori wondered as she observed. In the meantime, Shizuka had gone down the lobby to show the other group of cleaners the stairs leading to the second and third floors. As they headed out, she finally noticed the newcomer in the lobby.

"Ah! Shiori's there. Hello, Shiori! Sora, This is my roommate Shiori. Shiori, this is my brother Sora."
"Ah...makes sense." Shiori stood up, still holding the newspaper she was holding. "Good morning. My name is Shiori. Kamekura Shiori. Hope we get along."
"Nice to meet you!"
"Miss Atsushi is here too. Hello, miss Atsushi! One of the newcomers is here." Yuzuki greeted, making Shiori turn to the back to see Shizuka walk towards them.

"Early in the morning and we're already quite lively huh? Welcome to Eden's Wall, Nakahara Sora. My name is Shizuka Atsushi but--yeah, just call me Ms.Atsushi like your sister does. Now, your room is still undergoing maintenance so, I'm going to have to ask you to remain in the lobby for now. The guys upstairs will probably be done in five minutes." Shizuka motioned for the siblings to the sofa set while she checked up on the progress from the bottom of the stairs. Whistling, she called a guy over to help with the bags. Walking over to the lobby, she took out the room keys and handed them to the boy.

"You'll be staying in the second floor, where it's all boys. Your room is Room 207. It's right in the middle so, pardon it for not having a second window. I don't really get to decide these room assignments myself." Shizuka informed him. While waiting for the people upstairs to finish, she decided to call Shiori and Yuzuki to her so she can talk to them in private.

"I know you guys have experienced some weird things going on here so, I request that you avoid talking to some of the newcomers about it when they arrive." She glanced at the boy in the lobby. "Well, this is your brother Yuzuki so, I guess you've already talked about those things but, when the others come, can you--?"

"No problem though, they'll eventually find out on their own. Besides, it's only natural for young people to think that way upon entering a new place. Doesn't really stop them from entering the dormitory nonetheless."

"Heh, you're right." Also taking a seat in the lobby, Shizuka decided to inform the newcomer about one other thing in their dorm. "Well, it's not mentioned in the brochure but, we do have teachers rooming up in here so--I expect everyone to be at their best behavior. Just letting you know."

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"I began my journey from the city of Hakusan from the Republic of Japan, as my home planet is Earth!" Sora replied like he was describing his origins in the Middle ages. "What is thou home planet?"
"Soraa..." Yuzuki chuckled nervously and grabbed her brother's arm. Then again, even if Sora's reply was casual, he would be still unsafe from mr Lethnur's antics and Yuzuki knew that. This teacher was completely unpredictable for the girl.

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"It's not really slave-driving if that's their job in the first place. Besides, we pay them enough, isn't that right?" Shizuka answered the eccentric teacher's question as she turned her head to a man emerging from the basement. He merely laughed and nodded back. The teacher made his way inspecting the newcomer like he had just come across a weird specimen.
"*Sigh* At it again?"

"I began my journey from the city of Hakusan from the Republic of Japan, as my home planet is Earth!"

"Since when did Japan become a Republic?" Shiori wondered, thinking how the teacher would react. Usually, some of them had a hard time meeting eccentricity with monotone but, this boy seems to be doing just fine. "Well, I'll head back to the room for now."
Shiori stood up to excuse herself as she went upstairs. Upon arriving at their room, she rearranged all the materials she needs to submit by Monday in a single folder. The silence in the room was a little unsettling.

"Come to think of it, that man appeared around this setting, only that was in the afternoon. What's up with that?" Shiori recalled that time when this "wraith" appeared in her room. So far nothing really bad happened but, seeing that is enough to disturb her thoughts for the day. It was as if someone threw a stone in a pond, causing a slight ripple. The monotony of her life was vaguely affected.

Heading downstairs, she went up to Yuzuki and asked. "Hey Yuzuki-san? Saturday, three weeks ago, were you expecting a visitor in the afternoon?" She asked, wondering about it. Her words caught the attention of Shizuka, who walked towards her.

"Come to think of it, only me, you and Shinji were in this dorm during that time. The others didn't start coming back until around 6 in the evening. What time did you come back Yuzuki? And no, Shiori. I was at the lobby the whole time. No one came in, at least through the front door."

"Strange...Then, what did I see exactly?" Shiori wondered even more. Hopefully, she wasn't bothering the others too much.

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Ulrich took in each word Sora spoke with an unnecessary amount of focus and interest. It was as if he had been observing a lab specimen, taking down mental notes as he watched. "The Republic of Japan... I see. I've studied that galaxy exclusively. I even have some pictures that I took from Hakusen on a vacation trip... to outer space. Although, I never would have thought a local would make their way here." Ulrich stated, clearly making up the outer space portion of his story. "As for where I'm from... My home plant is Gaia. Are you familiar with it? It's spelled 'E-A-R-T-H'. Gaia." Ulrich explained, not really trying to make much of a point, although his actions say otherwise.

Ulrich looked away from Sora for a few moments to ponder something. A smug grin planted itself upon his face before he suddenly grabbed ahold of Sora's shoulders. "Yuzuki. Allow me to borrow your mirror counterpart for a few minutes(days). I have a few tests I want run on him. While you're at it, get me some ice cream." Ulrich stated bluntly, while asking, well... rather ordering Yuzuki to do so. As Ulrich was about to practically kidnap Sora, the conversation between Shiori and Shizuka caught his ear.

Ulrich walked up to them with an expression that read nothing but seriousness. "Shiori... I know what you saw." Ulrich stated, purposely trying to cause tension, whether he was successful or not. Reaching into his lab coat slowly, Ulrich drew something from the pocket that made a squealing noise as he picked it up. "It was this... WASN'T IT?!" Ulrich asked, unnecessarily yelling out the last bit. Within his outstretched hand stood a small, black hamster. But something wasn't particularly right about the hamster. It's right eye was slightly deformed, as if it didn't quite fit in it's socket. Upon closer inspection, tiny stitches could be seen around the folds of the eye lids. The hamster had a glass eye. Around the hamster's neck a small collar hung. The tiny label at the front read 'Izaak' in bold English lettering. "Well? Was this what you saw?" Ulrich asked, almost hopefully.

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kamekura Character Portrait: Hiro Izanagi Character Portrait: Yuzuki Nakahara Character Portrait: Quinn Wendy Character Portrait: Ulrich Lehtnur Character Portrait: Sora Nakahara Character Portrait: Shizuka Atsushi
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''I don't remember well. It was three weeks ago, I was probably playing the violin on the streets.'' Yuzuki replied. ''I don't even remember when did I come back.''

Yuzuki has been in the dormitory for around a year. She was familiar with the rumors. She even witnessed some evidence that they might be true. Whatever happened to Shiori, any explanation would be legitimate.

''You were probably studying too much, Shiori.'' Yuzuki tried to comfort her.
''Happy thoughts, happy thoughts.''

She kept her smile while Ulrich was talking to her brother.

"You don't have to put me trough tests. If we're both from planet Earth, I guess we're not that different." Sora replied to Ulrich.

Both Yuzuki and Sora gasped when Ulrich pulled out the hamster.

"Oh! The sweet thing! Did it wander around the dorms by itself? What's wrong with its eye?" Yuzuki scratched the hamster behind the ears. "Mr Lethnur, what kind of ice cream do you want?"

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Shizuka sighed when Ulrich initially appeared to provide a legitimate explanation before drawing out one of his antics again, this time, in the form of a hamster with a glass eye.

"Aahh...not quite..." Shiori only looked a little unnerved by how the hamster looked. It reminded her more of a zombie than the cute, furry animal she sees in petting zoos.

"Lethnur-sensei...please do not let your animals roam free around the dorm. They might damage some walls or scare our less, animal loving residents." Shizuka took a closer look at this hamster's eye. It's glass eye was a little bothersome, reminiscent of old, Frankenstein types of experiments. "Assuming that this is yours...so, is it yours or did you find it wandering around the place instead?" Shizuka eyed the eccentric teacher.

"This is all getting a bit confusing. I'm heading out for a while. I'll be back before curfew. Or when I finally feel like it." Shiori excuse herself as she grabbed her black scarf hanging on a coat hanger. She had gotten dressed earlier when she went up, changing into her outdoor garb instead.

"All right, I'll ask Shinji if he's seen anything out of the ordinary when he wakes up." Shiori bid the others goodbye for now. Seeing that the two were having a good time with the teacher, Shizuka excused herself to go upstairs and check out Shiori and Yuzuki's room. Everything seems to be in proper order.

"Strange...it's not everyday that Shiori reports an incident like this. Visitor...what she saw was probably a man. Human at least. But, what is it exactly? It's still too early to think it's a phantom. I will need some time to figure this out later. In the meantime..." Shizuka headed back downstairs, checking the file she was reading earlier.

"Another newcomer was supposed to come in today but, I'm still not seeing anyone. Where could he be?"

Outside, Shiori stopped by a convenience store to check out the latest publications for that month. Seeing nothing of interest, she just browsed through the aisles, looking for nothing in particular. Her eyes soon turned to the fruit stack, specifically, the apples.
"Apples...what could that mean?" Shiori descended deep in her thoughts, not realizing that she was taking more time than usual.

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kamekura Character Portrait: Hiro Izanagi Character Portrait: Yuzuki Nakahara Character Portrait: Quinn Wendy Character Portrait: Ulrich Lehtnur Character Portrait: Sora Nakahara Character Portrait: Shizuka Atsushi
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''Ah! Hello! You must be a newcomer!'' Yuzuki exclaimed and walked towards Hiro.
''I'm Nakahara Yuzuki. Very pleased to meet you.'' she shook his hand.
''Is that a feather? It's very amusing!'' Yuzuki took the feather necklace and observed it.
''Hey! Another newcomer!'' Sora joined them.
''Yes. You can probably be roommates.'' Yuzuki replied happily.
''Awesome!'' The brother exclaimed and wrapped his arm around Hiro's shoulder. ''I'm Nakahara Sora! What's your name, Bro?''
''Hey'' The sister grabbed Hiro's arm and tried to pull him to the crowd. ''There's a cute hamster with a glass eye! Come and see it!''
''Yeah! He's one badass little furball!'' Sora chuckled.

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kamekura Character Portrait: Hiro Izanagi Character Portrait: Yuzuki Nakahara Character Portrait: Quinn Wendy Character Portrait: Ulrich Lehtnur Character Portrait: Sora Nakahara Character Portrait: Shizuka Atsushi
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"Too bad we won't be in the same room, but we're still close, right? Heh! Hey, sis, where are you going?" Sora asked.
"I'll be right back." Yuzuki replied.

The girl was walking outside.
"Mr. Lethnur was strange... stranger than usual. Like two personalities inside him requested two different flavours of ice cream... Just like he admitted that he would be mean to me, but decided not to be... So, Shiori saw a man in our room almost a month ago, didn't she? I wonder... if that's the same person I saw that night several months ago..." she thought and entered a store. "What flavour did he say again?"


"Yuzuki, you're back!" Sora said.
"Yep." Yuzuki took out the ice cream. "Here, Mr. Lethnur. It's the Rocky Road with sprinkles you asked for. And you better remove the collar from the neck of the poor Izaak. Hamsters shouldn't wear those."

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As night fell down on the quaint dormitory, Shizuka sat alone on the lobby, rearranging the file profiles of the newcomers. Placing them all into a small box, she kept them in a drawer on the desk, which she kept locked with a key.
"Now that I'm thinking about it, it's been around three years since we last had a receptionist..." Shizuka leaned on the desolate piece of the place. She heard the bell chime and saw Shiori come in.
"Back from wandering around Shiori?" She greeted.
"Yeah. I was just clearing my mind of things." answered the tired looking dormer.
"We had a new person come in, shortly after Nakahara arrived. Try to get along with him 'kay?"
"Don't I always get along with everyone?"
"Yeah, I guess. You border more on apathetic than actually being friendly with them though." Shizuka muttered a last line as Shiori went up the stairs. Stopping a bit, she glanced at the landlord.
"So, did you ask Shinji about it?"
"About what?"
"The incident I reported to you."
"Nah, sorry. Guy hadn't made an appearance all day. He stayed in, all holed up in his room."
"I see." Shiori let it rest at that and carried on walking. Reaching her room, she restocked her own part of the refrigerator they kept there. She was still feeling a little bothered by the encounter so she turned to her roommate, Yuzuki.
"Hey Yuzuki? Has anything bothered you while staying at this place? Anything unnatural? Something you can't explain somehow?" Shiori asked, wondering if she can draw out a connection between her experience and Yuzuki's.

In the meantime, Shizuka had taken a walk outside to inspect the dormitory exterior. So far, it was still okay. She was about to head to the chapel only to find it closed.
"I guess it's still the weekend." She muttered as she turned back inside but before she can even enter, something from the windows caught her eye.

It was a young woman, peering from it. She had light blue hair and her white dress seemed to glow under the light of the moon. She stared at the figure for a second before watching it turn back and head inside. Shizuka calculated for the room she saw the apparition.
"304? Strange. I know for a fact that that room is vacant..."

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"Hey Yuzuki? Yuzuki's attention was caught by Shiori, who called her.
"Has anything bothered you while staying at this place?" The question pierced the brown-haired girl.
"Anything unnatural?" Yuzuki's memories of the sudden light in the middle of the night were recalled in her brain.
"Something you can't explain somehow?" Her heart started pounding at the thought of the light suggenly going off before Yuzuki saw the young boy who flew trough her and disappeared.

Yuzuki remembered. She still wasn't sure if that was a dream or not. Should she tell Siori, who was also bothered by something similar? What if that was only a dream? What if Yuzuki would only bring unneccessary worries to her roommate?


The eternal battle between Sora and boredom was rambling the brain of the young boy. No matter how many times he would win, this feeling of emptyness and lack of amusement will always challenge him. He had to do something enterntaining and memorable. The high schooler went out of the dorm and started walking in the corridor, trying to think of something. This was until something on the wall caught his attention and brought a joyful spark in his eyes.


Yuzuki diodn't know how to reply to Shiori. Soon she realized that she was in silence for solid ten seconds after Shiori brought the question up.

"Well, I..." Yuzuki's reply was cut short once her ears were pierced by the fire alarm.
"What's going on? Is the building on fire?" Yuzuki's eyes quickly moved from side to side.

"Cooool!" Sora's voice trembled in amusement while holding the fire alarm switch. "I better run before I get in trouble." He thought and ran away.

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As Yuzuki was about to speak, Shiori heard the fire alarm go off, resonating loudly throughout the room. Taking note of the standard procedure she learned during drills at school, she walked down, trying hard not to panic. As she reached the second floor landing though, she noticed that there weren't any smoke anywhere.

"Strange. Who could it be?" She ran down to the ground floor, outside the dorm, where some of the residents have gathered. Shizuka rounded them all up and looked around.
"All of you stay put. I'll check upstairs if we still have any stragglers." Shizuka walked to the second floor first, going around the rooms, knocking to inform them of the emergency.

"Izanagi, go outside immediately! Fire alarm went off, hurry!" She knocked on Hiro Izanagi's room. As she was about to head upstairs, she noticed that the fire alarm's glass was broken. She conducted a search around the dormitory but came up empty.

"This isn't a funny joke..." Shizuka thought, furious at the perpetrator of the prank as she finished checking the place, down to the lowest basement. Enraged, she went outside and literally exploded at her boarders, bringing her wooden sword with her.

"All right confess this instant! Who pulled the alarm?!!!" She scowled angrily, her sword striking the ground as she did. "For years I've grown tolerant of rumors spreading, exorcisms and blessings held at this place and paranormal investigators setting up surveillance equipment if only to put your minds at ease. Yet these things still happen for whatever reason I don't know! Answer me! Who pulled this damn prank?! He or she can leave if they don't want the way things are around here!"

"Shizuka-san, maybe the alarm just malfunctioned?" Shiori tried to reason out.

"No, the glass was clearly broken. Someone has to have done it as it's the only way to access that switch which shouldn't be pushed unless in the case of an actual emergency!"

Shiori flinched a little. Throughout her stay in the dormitory, she had only seen Shizuka get mad thrice. One was during the time when some kid who claimed to have seen a demon in the basement started preaching about the end of the world. The other was when she caught some boys using one of the rooms as a gambling place. That was when she actually saw her use force to get the troublemakers out. And the third was--well, technically this.
"Best not to get on her nerves when she's this mad." She whispered at her roommate Yuzuki. "Well who were at the second floor during the time interval that this happened?" Shiori asked the boys.
"While I didn't see anyone in particular, I did hear some footsteps walking around the corridor. It stopped for a moment before resuming, faster than last time. I assume whoever it was started sprinting." A young man's voice spoke from the crowd. Shiori turned to look at him and recognized who it was.
"Shinji..." Shiori recalled the incident. At that time, only she, Shizuka and Shinji was in the dorm during that time of her experience. "I'll ask him later. For now, we must listen to Shizuka-san."

"If no one admits to doing the deed, I'm bringing curfew down from 9-7 for students and I'll be imposing a curfew on the teachers as well. I'll also abolish the pets are allowed rule along with inviting non-residents of the dormitory inside." Shizuka explained the conditions.

"What do you plan on doing with that dormer in case you do find out?" Shinji asked.

"Depends. I'll decide that in due time. For now--" Shizuka suddenly got cut off when a guard approached her, telling her that the cameras did manage to catch the perpetrator on screen. Asking the other residents to wait in the lobby, she re-watched the video shown by the guard. Afterwards, she finally walked towards them again.

"Sora Nakahara, up front please." Shizuka asked, the two guards just standing beside her. "Explain yourself this instant!"

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"Ay, ay, ay... Sora... So experienced with pranks, yet still so easily caught..." Yuzuki thought when Sora was asked to explain himself. "He doesn't even bother covering himself, it's all because..."

"I was bored." The boy simply replied to Shizuka.

He got in trouble anyway... Well, it's not like he didn't get used to it.

"The lightest thing he will get is an enormous lecture. The worst case scenario... " Yuzuki thought in slight horror, as she stepped next to her brother.

"He can help with something, so he can make up for this confusion." She spoke to Shizuka.
"Hey! Wait a minute!" Sora tried to opress her.
"He can be in charge of cleaning the second frool for example, or he can help you store stuff..." Yuzuki continued.
"Please, shush!"
"He can do anything for around a month or two."
"No way!"
"Just as long as he stays."

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"I was bored."

"Oh no..." Shiori thought as she watched the scene unfold. It's very rare for incidents like this to happen anyway so, it's a little unnerving. Plus, she just heard Sora say the worst excuse possible.

"Bored? That's it? Bored? You know what, I usually relieve my boredom by hitting things with this sword--" Shizuka brought the sword down, so the boy could see the full length and scratches it has accumulated all the years. "So, every time I get bored, I guess I should just start hitting things right? Should I start with you? Would you want that?" Shizuka went on with her lecture. Fortunately for the boy, his sister stepped up for him.

"He can help with something, so he can make up for this confusion. He can be in charge of cleaning the second frool for example, or he can help you store stuff... He can do anything for around a month or two. Just as long as he stays."

His sister really looked sincere in pleading. Yuzuki hadn't particularly caused any trouble during her stay. "Nakahara, I can see your concern. However, causing trouble thanks to a lack of discipline and restraint is asking for a punishment. As for you--" Shizuka's eyes moved from the older sister to the younger brother. "I'll have to bring down your curfew from 9 to 7 PM. By 7, you will no longer be allowed to go out of your room, much less this dormitory. In case of urgency, your sister must be with you. Also, I'll have to write a report to the administration of this dorm, and your school. You'll also be compensating for the broken glass on the alarm. The rest of you, go back." Shizuka finally finished, turning away, feeling a little exhausted after that.

"Now's my chance..." Shiori hurried up and intercepted Shinji on his way back. "Hey Shinji? Where were you last Saturday?"
"What Saturday?"
"Saturday when only me, you and Shizuka-san were in this place."
"You said it yourself. I was here the whole time all holed up in my room. Why?"
"No, never mind..." Shiori backed away, not wanting to come near the guy any longer as he was looking rather irritated. Maybe he was in the middle of something before the false alarm started. Still, she descended down the stairs to meet with the siblings.

"She rarely gets mad so, she can still be reasoned with. Want to talk to her about it?" Shiori offered to accompany Yuzuki in negotiating the terms.

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''Aw, nuts!'' Sora moaned. Now he had to find ways to go around the punishment. Well, from the other side this might be interesting. At least he doesn't have to do chores.
''Well, It's my own fault for not covering myself enough. But man, that alarm was awesome, and it caused such noise, everyone went out of their dorms. It was worthed.'' He thought.

''Okay, you know her better. Let's make it quick. Sora doesn't cope well with normal circumstances, let alone restrictions.'' Yuzuki replied to Shiori and smiled. ''Thank you, Shiori. It means a lot.''

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Shiori accompanied Yuzuki to Shizuka's quarters located on the fourth floor. In contrast with the other floors, this one almost seemed desolate, for lack of a better word. There were several rooms still empty on this floor and Shizuka herself only uses the largest one, located at the end of the corridor.
"I had heard that this floor is kind of empty in contrast to other floors but, I still feel a little weird whenever I come here..." Shiori mentioned as they passed the dark corridors, lit up eerily by small lamps meters apart from each other.

"Doesn't Shizuka feel a little obnoxious living in this kind of floor?"

She knocked on the door and called out. The landlord let them in and asked for them to be seated. The same with the floor itself, Shizuka's room is also rather empty. There was only a desk, a few cabinets, a water dispenser, three sofas and a center table inside the main office. There were no televisions or stereo systems inside at all.

"It's a little late so, what did you come here for?" Shizuka asked as she sat down on her desk.
"Well, we were wondering if you could reconsider Sora-kun's punishment"
"No. I cannot give special treatment just because he's a newcomer. The place has a lot of problems to deal with now. As this dormitory's landlord, the blame ultimately falls on me if something bad happens to a resident within this place. Right now, I don't want any distractions as I focus on uncovering the incident you reported."
"Incident?"
"That man you saw in your room. You do not recognize who it was correct? I don't want to think this place is in danger but, it is possible that someone managed to get in the dorm from the outside. As such, I would have to check a lot of areas in this place, starting with the security cameras. You do realize that this place has a fatal flaw, correct?" Shizuka reminded the two.
"Yes. Due to a rule on respecting privacy, there are no security cameras located inside the rooms themselves. Those are all restricted on the corridors and outside."
"Exactly. And out of all incidents I receive daily, yours is rather upsetting since it is possible that whoever entered your room might have intended to cause either you or Yuzuki any form of harm." Shizuka finished. She sighed as she let the words sink in the minds of the two. Turning to the other one, she spoke again.

"Well, how about you Yuzuki? Anything peculiar you'd like to report?"

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Yuzuki slightly bent her head forwards and went silent. Once again, memories went trough her mind. Then she looked straight into Shizuka's eyes and smiled.

''It's needless to say that you are concerned about the dorm's safety. It will get worse if Sora is restricted. While not always taking tactically smart decisions, he can get very imaginative, which may worsen the situation. He's hungry for interesting things happening around him. Boredom is a good excuse for him to distress people. As for interesting things that happen here... the man Shiori was talking about... I don't think that he's alive. Neither was the person I saw several months ago.''

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"Not alive? Several months ago?" Shizuka wondered at Yuzuki's words. She found it normal that the kids would associate these things with something paranormal or supernatural from the get-go but, it was the fact that this girl already experienced something a few months back and didn't say anything about it until now.

"Well, maybe. I tried looking up some of the public records but, due to the long history of this place, I don't really know where to start." Shiori muttered. "If this was a ghost or specter, then it must have been a past resident of this room--"

"Hold on a moment. We cannot say for sure that it's someone dead yet. Remember, this place was once a hospital. Now, it's a dormitory. Are you getting what I'm getting at Shiori?"

"Ah! The room layout was different back then!"

"Exactly. Even before I became the landlord of this place, there had been several renovations done here. One thing, this floor was just a single room. Now, it's split into several. Digging up past patients may not lead anywhere."

"This is getting a little confusing. I think I'll start by looking at the city library while you handle the dorm affairs. Not really expecting to find anything though." Shiori scratched her head as she thought of what to do. Shizuka nodded and turned to Yuzuki.

"Mind telling us about what you saw several months ago?"

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Yuzuki could feel her heart pounding, but her posture and face expression remained calm.

''It seemed too weird for reality, so I assumed it was just a dream. The light turning on and off when you're not controlling the switch, wind inside the room when the door and the window are closed... Then a young boy around Sora's age was suddenly standing in front of me, flew trough me and disappeared... Pretty surreal, isn't it? It could be weird hallucinations. People had other things to worry about, besides nobody would believe me, so I tried to burry that memory. Then I started hearing similar stories. I have always thought there had to be a logical explanation for everything. Now that I heard Shiori's story, I gave up on the explanation about the dream. Denying won't help any more. It's either people who are very good at pranks, or the building itself is bringing us weird side effects. Then there comes the ghost theory... Heh ... A nineteen-year-old standing here, saying this... Maybe you'll tell me to grow up and then offer a better scenario?''

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"Well no. I don't go around telling people off regarding what they believe in. However, as for me, I need to see some sort of evidence first and, from my experience, sometimes, the answer to all these questions seem even stranger than fiction." Shizuka glanced at the time. Seeing that it was almost midnight, she decided to let the two go.
"It's rather late so why don't you two get some sleep. I'll finish up here as well."

Shiori departed for the library the next morning. Before she did, she had a last chat with Shizuka early in the morning before she left, regarding the events last night.
"I checked the footage from that date you reported. So far nothing. No one was spotted in the corridors along those times. I don't know what it is yet but, if it's a human perpetrator, then he's rather crafty."
"...Around that time, what else was going on in this dorm?"
"Well...nothing. It was another lazy day as always."
"Hey, Shizuka? Think what Yuzuki was saying is true? Maybe it's just the ghosts of this place coming back. I mean, this place hasn't exactly had a nice beginning."
"Maybe. Or maybe it's just the place's way of reminding us to never forget. The deaths that occurred here weren't exactly pleasant. But, I think we're only making matters worse by dwelling on this kind of answer. Humans don't immediately turn into nothingness when they die, just as long as people remember them--" Shizuka puts down the file she was reading as her eyes fixed on Shiori. "Like how the smoke doesn't immediately clear when the fire goes out. By remembering them, we invoke such memories into our daily lives, hence why I think whenever something weird happens, people always think it's something supernatural."


Usually, Sundays are the days when the dorms are at it's emptiest. Most have gone home to visit their families and restock on clothes and allowance or, for those who stay behind, they usually head out, not wanting to remain locked in. Shizuka almost memorized each dormer's excursions. The library, a trip to the mall, church, the city skylines...different people in different places. As she bid one dormer farewell, she laid her back down and noted who else remained inside.
"So the only ones inside are me, Shinji, Ulrich-sensei, the Nakahara siblings and Izanagi. Don't they have any plans or something?"

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''As always, you are already up and went somewhere... Shiori...'' Yuzuki thought while being in a sitting position in her bed, rubbing her eyes.
''Before going out with the violin, maybe I should find her.''

The brown haired girl was walking downstairs. She smiled once she saw her roommate
''Shi-''Yuzuki was interrupted by her brother who pulled her arm.
''Sis! Let's do something!'' he suggested in excitement.
''Alright. As long as we're safe.'' Yuzuki replied. ''I tried to convince the landlord to soften your punishment. No success.''
''Aww...'' Sora moaned in disappointment. ''I'll work it out. I'm hungry. Will you buy me something?''
''Okay.'' Yuzuki agreed without hesitation. ''The usual bread with blueberry jam stuffing?''
''Yep.'' Sora replied before his sister went away.
''Ah! Kamekura-san, hi.'' The boy greeted Shiori.

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Shiori was just about to leave when she noticed the Nakahara siblings approach.
''Ah! Kamekura-san, hi.''

Shiori nodded, acknowledging the greeting before heading off for the library. The city library was a quick, twenty minute drive by bus from the dormitory. Like most of the structures that abound the landscape, it also looked old and traditional on the outside. The same could not be said for the inside though. It was rather modern, with air-conditioning units and the catalog is web-based.

"Now then, where should I start?"

Shiori initially looked for old news clippings about the old asylum. As she browsed through the pages, her eyes fixed themselves on the "event" that changed the place for good, as written by a writer she didn't know at the editorial column.

"August 15, 1978. The day of irony. No one really knew what happened. All they know is that somewhere, a small flame grew and incinerated the confines of the aging asylum. How ironic. Hell was consumed by even more hell. No one really got out. Not even my younger brother."

"So this writer's brother was once confined in the place... I still can't see how all of that connects to each other. I need to read into it a bit more." Shiori thought s she can't make immediate sense of what was written by the writer.

Meanwhile, back at the dormitory, Shizuka paced around the floor, thinking of how she'll go about resolving Shiori's problem. It was unusually quiet. Shinji descended from the stairs after just a few minutes, passing by the Nakahara siblings along the way.

"Move." He excused himself with a rather smug tone. Shizuka glanced back at her shoulder and called out to him.
"Hey Shinji? Going out?"
"So what if I am?"
"Do you see anybody suspicious around? Not this dorm but, around the area. Shiori reported an unusual incident and, I was wondering--"
"Kamekura did eh? I'll inform you guys if something comes up. Well--" With that, Shinji disappears, closing the door behind him. It was a little hard so, one bell on the wind chimes broke.
"Please be a little more careful..." Shizuka sighed as she bent down to sweep the broken porcelain away.

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"What's wrong with him?" Yuzuki asked while giving the bread to her brother.
"Beats me..." Sora replied.
"I want to see what Shiori's doing. "
"Probably she doesn't want to see you. You've been together in a room for a year, you've must have creeped her out by now. I'll go out. Bye!" Sora ran outside.

"Must have creeped her out? Sora's rude." Yuzuki thought, took out her cell phone and called Shiori.

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Shiori read through some more articles she found. Oddly enough, it didn't seem like there was an official list of casualties during the fire back in 1978. Not one paper had the same list.

"Odd..." Shiori thought as she read through some more headlines. "Wait...why am I looking at this from an angle of a ghost story? Yuzuki seemed to think so but Shizuka thinks otherwise. Although, if there were only a handful of people around during that time, so--"

RIIINNNGG

Shiori's thoughts were startled by the sudden vibrating of her phone. Checking out the number, the call seemed to be coming from her roommate, Yuzuki.

"What is it Yuzuki? I'm in the city library now, trying to look into the matter?" She replied as she went out to a designated discussion room, as to avoid distracting the other library users.