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The dust clears as you awaken.
The cold steel floor sends jolts down your spine, rumbling with an irritating irregular rhythm. You get up to examine your surroundings and discover that you are in a train floating in an empty black void. There are no stars out, no moons, nothing outside to use as a point of reference to note that the train you are in is moving, yet the rumbling tells you otherwise.
You look up and see advertisements featuring people you met before in this horrible and wild yet enlightening journey.
The respectful rabbit that bet everything on black to live a new life.
The overworked lady that wanted something brighter than the grey sky.
The selfish girl that traversed the vermilion hallways every day.
The shy mechanic that found love out of the blue.
The energetic being that never seemed that mauve.
The ignorant dollmaker who was surrounded by emerald life.
The yearning woman that searched for something as flavourful as saffron.
The antiquated royal that believed in a future enchanted with turquoise.
The hesitant judge who decided that your fate was indeed white.
All of these memories stay strong, close to your heart. There are many other characters beside the ones you do know about. Would you meet them one day? These thoughts permeate your mind as you take a seat on the dark bench to ponder how they would react to your behavior.
Despite there being nothing outside of the train, the hallways are still lit brightly. It is hard to imagine that you may have been sleeping in this train for the past however long you have been here.
While you sit around, a lady walks down the hallway. She wears a blue tabard with a white dress and when she sits down next to you, her nine soft fox tails strangely fits comfortably.
You look towards her and try to say something. Nothing comes out of your mouth.
"Oh, hello there." She smiles and blinks with her blue eyes.
More trying to talk, more nothing coming out.
"I can understand you." She flips her short blonde hair. Her fox ears tense up, then relax.
You look down, depressed that you can't figure out what you're saying.
"I don't read your mind, I just listen to what you're saying. That's all."
Overjoyed that she knows you can talk (but that you don't know that you can talk), you try to ask her some questions.
"The train's destination? The train does not have a destination."
You look shocked.
"Is it that frightening? Folks do say it's the journey rather than the destination that you get your best memories from."
You tilt your head at the last part.
"Folks? Yes, the humans at the Human Village."
You point at her and nod at the last part.
"The Human Village is a place in Gensoukyou. You did not know that?"
You look down again with your hands on your knees.
"You did not even know about Gensoukyou?"
You shake your head sideways.
"But you did ask me who those folks are. Why?"
You get up to point at the ads hanging on the ceiling of the train.
"You met those people?" She giggles. "Yes, they are very interesting characters! I have also met them before."
You look shocked once more.
"My master can go anywhere she feels like, so she takes me along sometimes. It's enjoyable."
You move your hand about.
"Master's a nice person. She's also very strange."
You rub your chin.
"You're wondering what the tanuki woman said about the outside world? I can explain all of that." She settles her tails in place.
You cross your arms over your chest as you lean forward, eager to listen to this fox lady's story.
She sighs. "What she speaks of the outside world is true. In the lives of humans in the outside world, they have managed to advance technology far enough to control everything so no unknown variables existed in their general area. They are still looking farther, but where they currently live they are comfortable with how it is."
You look around the train.
"If there is no uncertainty, there is no point in change. That is how you got here in the first place."
You panic for a moment.
"You did come from the outside world. It was a bit jarring, was it not?"
You nod unenthusastically.
"You are still alive though and I would think that is good enough for you."
You clench your teeth.
"Be thankful! I'm starting to think that that is just a trait you could not get rid of from your outside world memories."
You look straight in the lady's eyes.
"Don't get angry at me, I'm not the one who brought you here."
You calm down and take a deep breath.
"My master did."
You suddenly stand up and grab the lady around the neck.
"Stop it!" She flinches, gasping for air. "Put me down right now!"
Your mind says stop, but your body rages on. Suddenly, the rumbling of the train drastically increases, prompting you to let go.
The lady clasps her neck. "We are here."
You almost go for her neck again, but instead you fall down on the floor.
"I said the train did not have a destination, that was what I was told."
You try to stand up, but the rumbling intensifies. The lady remains in her seat.
"It is my master's doing and I cannot stop her."
You start sliding downwards as the train starts tilting downwards.
"What will happen to me? I will be fine. As for you?
...I don't know."
The rumbling hits its peak, becoming unbearable at this point. The train tilts nearly vertical, heading nose first wherever the ground is. The fox lady stares at you helplessly clawing for a grip on anything.
Finally, you hear a loud crash with the train colliding with the surface. The sharp cracking of metal follows very swiftly.
You feel nothing afterwards.