’If I have to take a guess, that eye stops me from moving.’ They thought as they run their hand over their hair
’It looked at me before I saw it, so keeping my eyes closed won’t help.’ The smoke begins to dissipate
Jesse looks around trying to get an idea ’This world is so open! There is nowhere to hide!’ Their breathing hastens with the burning sensation on their left hand again
As they look down to the ground, examining the trench that they made being cover up by the cherry blossoms that were gently floating down. Like lightning, an idea struck Jesse’s head, they snatch a petal from the air and let it fall only to grab it again before it hit the ground again.
“I told Keine that this world is made of thoughts and desires.” Jesse recalls “Dreams are usually made of those two, so if I were to change my desires and think in a different way…”
Jesse holds the petal on the palm of their hand ’But is this even a good idea to try now, of all time!?’ They close their eyes
If it doesn’t work then I might die, but I can’t think of anything else!’ Their eyebrow scrunches as they try to concentrate, sweat begins to roll down their face out of nervousness
Jesse turns their hand sideways letting the petal fall, but instead of down it went forward. The cherry blossoms begin to move forward as well as if rolling down the floor. Jesse crouches down and tucks themselves to a ball and felt a familiar force pulling them toward the tree
“I-it’s working! I’m shifting gravity!” They exclaim as they began to roll off the ground and free fall
The tree’s eye widens in surprise seeing a human cannonball speeding towards it. A beam attack erupts from the eye hitting Jesse but failing to hit center mass causing them to roll off the beam and begin to spin like a human top at a dangerous speed.
’It doesn’t matter if I miss! In fact, it’s even better!’ Jesse passes by the tree “Because you’re the one pulling me!” They shout before curving around the tree than being slingshot away from the tree creating more speed
The eye looks on as the human cannonball lunches off to the horizon further then it can see confuse at what just happened
’Since this is just a dream, I don’t have to follow logic!’ They grin
As they continue soaring through the air, the pull from behind begins to pull them forward. If Jesse could see, they would see the back of the tree coming into view. The tree’s eye begins to look around wondering where the human went, but before it could realize, Jesse slams into the back with enough force to go all the way through the tree and bursting through the eye with ease.
Jesse shifts gravity back to normal causing them to crash into the ground and skidding across it creating a second trench much longer than the first
“…Ow.” They mutter trying to stand up, but their body couldn’t comply
Due to the spinning, Jesse begins puking on the ground as they try to keep their body stable. Finally standing up, Jesse immediately falls back down for being too dizzy with their view always moving. Jesse decides to lay on their back staring at the sky waiting to recover.
“After this one, only six will be left…” Jesse mumbles looking at the clear pink sky “A quarter of a way there.” They clench their hand
A minute pass and Jesse slowly stand up making sure not push their luck in this world. Where they landed is not too far from what’s left of the tree. The eye or more specifically, where the eye was now replaced with a hole that is slightly bigger than the eye.
Jesse shudder ’Thank goodness it didn’t have any blood’ Then a curious question pops in their head ’But what happens if someone dies in this world anyway?’ They shake their head “Focus Jesse, someone needs your help.” They say stopping in front of a girl who is entangled in vines with cherry blossoms blooming on it.
The well-dress girl seems to have slept through the whole chaos with no scratch on her. Jesse breathes in then exhales through their nose, getting ready for the last obstacle. They grab the bud and pull on it. Like before, the bud begins to lash its vine-like tentacles out at Jesse’s arm although they ignore the pain and the cries of the girl in pain and continue pulling with all their might.
Finally, Jesse pulls the bud out of the girl stopping her from crying more. They chuck the bud away looking on as it dissipates into dust. Jesse checks on the girl one final time, seeing as she is okay, they end the mind link.
The tree Jesse had their hand begins to fade to nothing leaving behind the small girl with long black hair and fancy clothing. Jesse opens their eyes, the first thing they do is checking on their body making sure that their power didn’t somehow transfer the damages into real life
They release a sigh of relief “Thank goodness, it didn’t actually happ- “A wooden object slams on top of their head causing them to yelp
“Ow! Reimu!?” Jesse guesses as they turn around rubbing their scalp to find Reimu staring them down with her broom at hand “What was that for?!” They ask as the pain begins to fade away
Reimu points the broom at Jesse “For being stupid, that’s what.” She answers obviously not please of their plan. “Don’t try to be a hero and let the professional handle it.” She gestures to herself
Jesse rolls their eyes “Look, can we talk about this later? This girl need help.” They point to the girl lying on the ground
Reimu stares at the unconscious girl and set the broom down “…Fine, carry her to the shrine, after we get her in, I’m going to take a quick nap though.” She says mostly to herself, grabbing the small girl by the leg
She looks to Jesse “Well? You’re going to help or are you tired out?” She asks, but Jesse isn’t sure if she was mocking them
Jesse shuffles “What about the pain?” They ask
Reimu shrugs “I’m feeling better now with the tree gone. And with you helping this should be no problem.” She reasons
Jesse insists “Are you sure? I could carry her myself.” They say
The Miko eyes narrow “Just get over here and help me!” she orders getting tired of Jesse’s questioning
Jesse apologizes and went to grab under the girl’s arms as Reimu makes sure that she has a good hold on the girl’s legs. They raise the girl up and begin their walk back to the shrine.
“I’ll be honest with you J,” Reimu spoke up grabbing Jesse attention “I wasn’t expecting you to deal with the tree so quickly.” She says
“Oh, that? In the mind link world, times seem to be faster than the real world.” Jesse explains
Reimu hums a response but didn’t go any further in her questions “I see,” They make a turn around the corner of the shrine reaching the front. After entering the shrine, they set the girl down on the futon that Jesse waked up on.
“There we go, now I can finally take a much-needed nap," Reimu calls out her walking seeming more sluggish before carrying the girl
Jesse nods “Okay, but when should I wake you up?” They say as they place a blanket over the student’s shoulder
“Noon.” She opens the door to her room and enters it
Now by themselves, Jesse sighs and take off their jacket setting it over their book pack that is in the corner of the living room. Next, they search through their bag and found their notebook and a pencil to write. Walking to the entrance of the shrine and sitting down, Jesse begins to write
Where do I even begin?
Jesse stops for a moment thinking back to Ran
I guess I can start with Ran or at least what she told me, Maybe I was hiding it from myself, but I couldn’t believe what she told me, how many of those people are missing, and how many came here? Is there even a way to save them?
I can’t imagine how many people died here, without anyone knowing. What was going on in their head when they appear here? I feel sick saying this but, I hope they were already dead. If they weren’t, my mind would only assume the worst.
Jesse left-hand starts to twitch
God, just thinking how many people being eaten is terrifying… I think it would be best for me to assume they were dead before coming here.
They take a deep breath and then exhale, they look to their bandage left hand. The bandage itself seem close to falling off
And then there’s Ran, she put some sort of spell on my hand, the pain was unbearable, and I passed out, but I remember what she said to me before I did. ‘It was for my own good,’ or something like that. Well, what else was I supposed to do!? Just be okay with what she told me? How would she feel if her kind is being eaten!
’…The bandage is starting to peel off, I don’t feel any pain on my hand, so maybe it’s okay to take it off? Might as well as see what she put on my hand.’
Jesse begins to tug on the bandage, but stops, anger surging through them
’Why should I bother? Ran is a youkai, why should I even try to understand her? It’s not like everything will get better even if I did…’
 Fasten it
 Take it off