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The night has ended and now comes the sun bringing its glorious light to the land of illusions driving away any nocturnal yokai back to where they came. A glimmer of light pierces through the window hitting Jesse's eyelid, waking them up. They slowly rise from their bed rubbing the sand away from their eyes. The door opens with a nurse carrying miso soup on a tray
"Hello! Here's your breakfast!" She says in Japanese
"...Thank you" They say taking it from her hand
"Oh! I didn't know you could speak Japanese." She says surprise
"Ah, well, you never know until you find out right?" They joke
"Very true! Oh dear! Where is my manner? I'll let you eat your breakfast." She says just as she is about to leave
"Before you go, could you tell me where Kenji is resting?" They ask
"Why he's in the room next to yours on the right, but make sure to eat first!" She orders
"I will." They say
As the nurse left, Jesse begins to eat the miso soup noting that the meat in the soup tastes like chicken
'Are their farm animals in this place?' they thought
After finishing their breakfast, Jesse places the tray on the drawer next to the bed and did a few stretches before leaving their room. Heading to the right, Jesse opens the door to find the small boy already up.
"..." Although Jesse didn't know how to start the conversation
"Hello," fortunately Kenji did
"Uh, hi... how are you feeling?" They ask
"I'm good, what about you?" He asks
"Yeah, I'm good, um, my name is Jesse Jane Jackson." they walk towards Kenji extending their hand
"What are you doing?" He stares at Jesse's hand
"Oops, I was trying to shake your hand." They bow instead
"...My name is Kenji Kimura." Kenji says
"Hello Mr. Kimura, is it alright to ask you a question?" Jesse asks
"Sure." He smiles
"Thank you, now, can you tell me if you remember anything before waking up here?" They ask
Kenji crosses his arms trying to think back on what happened.
"I was in school, we were learning about history, but Keine-Sensei forgot to bring the textbooks." He says
"After that..." Kenji scratch his head
"Yes?" Jesse inquires
"I don't remember. It's weird, but my head feels fuzzy kinda like a dream." He shrugs
"I see, thank you for helping me Mr. Kimura, I will let you rest." Jesse bows
"Ooh! I remember something!" Keine grabs Jesse's arm
"What is it?" They ask
"I remember something about cherry blossoms... but I don't if it's important." He mentions
"It is. Do you remember anything else?" Jesse asks
Kenji shakes his head
"Alright then, I'll be leaving now." Jesse gives a short wave
"Bye Je...jisse? Gesse?" Kenji fumbles
Jesse couldn't help but chuckle "Try saying 'J' it's my nickname." They say
"J? J, Bye J!" Kenji waves goodbye
Jesse exits the room and scratches their head, wondering what to do next. Then, they hear a familiar voice.
"Thank goodness you're okay Jesse," Keine says sounding a bit tired
Jesse looks down the hall to see the teacher. Keine did not look in her best condition, her hair is a mess, but oddly enough she still looks like she can take on the day
"Forgive me for leaving you alone with Kenji, I was so scared, I just had to get help," she says bowing
Jesse says nothing unsure how to tell Keine that they can speak her language now. But Keine mistook the look of Jesse's face.
"Ah, sorry how are you feeling?" she says now in her broken English
"Good," Jesse says in Japanese
Keine's eyes were as wide as a fish, with her mouth slightly open.
"How are you...?" Keine couldn't finish her sentence
Jesse opens their mouth to answer the question, but nothing came out. They try to remember who gave them their new abilities, but it came blank. They then try to remember what the person was, but it became blank again. Did they even remember if the person was a boy or a girl?
"...I'm not sure. It's strange, but I can't remember who." They say
"Someone gave you the knowledge?" She asks
"Yeah, but it feels like I always knew how to speak Japanese." They say
"I see, Jesse, can you wait here while I check on Kenji?" She asks
"Sure," They step aside
As Keine enters Kenji's room, Jesse is left alone with their thoughts.
'Why can't I remember?' They scratch their head
After a couple of minutes pass, Keine exits Kenji's room with a smile on her face now knowing one of her students is safe.
"I'm sorry Ms. Kamishirasawa, but I just can't remember who gave me the power." They say
"That's alright Jesse, now, can you tell me what happened when I left you with Kenji?" She asks
"Oh, that? Well while you were gone... I thought of mind-linking with Kenji." They answer
"Okay, but why did you do that?" She tilts her head
"I wanted to see if his mind was in danger or something." They say
"What did you find?" She asks
"I saw Kenji entangle by a bud against a cherry blossom." They recall
"A cherry blossom!?" She repeats to herself
"Is there something wrong Ms. Kamishirasawa?" Jesse asks
"...I think I know who is behind the kidnapping." Keine says
"Re-really!? Who is it?" They stammer
"You weren't probably here at the time, but there was an incident that also involved a certain cherry tree." She explains
"What happen?" They ask
"I don't know much of it, but I know the culprit lives in the Netherworld." She says
"What's that?" They ask
"It's where the dead lives." She says
"What?" Jesse says again
Keine couldn't but chuckle "I know that it sounds strange, but it's real."
"...Okay, so when will we go?" They ask
"I'm sorry Jesse, but you will have to stay this time." Keine orders
"But what if the rest of the students are there? I can cure them like with Kenji." They point out
"I know and I am extremely grateful for what you did, but the Netherworld is dangerous for humans. The place is full of ghosts that contain so much negative energy that it can kill you!"
Jesse says nothing, the feeling of being useless looms over them. They clench their hands unsure what to do.
"...Well, what am I suppose to do?" They look up to Keine
Keine begins to ponder
"How about this? While I face the suspect, you can continue the search for my students. I know you have been able to see what's happening to them. Maybe then you can see something I didn't." She suggests
"It's also possible there somewhere else besides the village," Jesse says unsure how to tell Keine of their other ability
"If that's the case, you should check on a girl name Reimu Hakurei, she is the Miko whose job is to help the humans." She says
"I can do that." They smile
"Good, be safe Jesse." She smiles back
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