Another monster pops out of the sidewalk, but my quick pace burrows straight through it as I continue my mission.I quickly look at my phone, no answer from Mom. I'm heading straight for the place where I saw her last, so she better just be hiding and not get into trouble! If I'm having this much trouble just getting to her, then I'm sure she wouldn't fare much better against these things.I am Itsukuma Masami. Today is turning out to be the worst. There are monsters everywhere, and the man who is causing it is no where to be found! It's the worst!Asai seems to have started his attack on the city. Chunks of concrete and iron emerge from every wall, every street, and every sidewalk. If it weren't for the armor on my back, I'm sure I would be powerless to stop any of it. I hope everyone else who doesn't have this kind of strength is hiding, and letting someone else deal with it.That someone else is me, unfortunately. The streets are starting to develop visible holes in them as more and more monsters emerge. All of them seem to be attracted to only one place in the whole world: where that giant is standing. Maybe if I ignore it, it'll just go away? I'll try that for now, yes.I enter the edge of the park where I found Kaori and Julie. Mom should be around here somewhere. That's when I notice: The sidewalks are gone. Dirt is upturned and scattered about. There, four figures are hugging each other. None of them are letting go."MOM!" I yell, running straight at them. Kaori is the first one to notice me, she stands up and waves her arms. I jump at her with my arms outstretched. Then she steps out of the way and lets me eat dirt, oof."Why didn't you catch me!?" I pout."Because you weigh a thousand tons! You were bashing straight through solid concrete!" Kaori pouts back at me.>What do we do!? What do we do!? What do we do!?>Kaori! Make a plan! I'm bad at those! >Mom! I need help! >Let's just go hide, this is scary!>Other?
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>>44138001>What do we do!? What do we do!? What do we do!?>Kaori! Make a plan! I'm bad at those!
>>44138001>Mom! I need help! >What do we do!? What do we do!? What do we do!?
>>44138001>What do we do!? What do we do!? What do we do!?>Mom! I need help!
>Mom! >Kaori!>I NEED HELP!>What do we do!? What do we do!? What do we do!?WRiting!
"Mom!" I go to grab Mom into a hug.She reluctantly puts her hands up."M-Masami, I'm really glad to see you, but maybe you should take off the armor before you hug me. I might get broken." Oh, well she does have a point. Instead, I offer a pat on the shoulder instead. Even that seems to make her wince. I had no idea Belle was so strong compared to everyone else."Mom, Kaori." Then the realization hits me, I have no idea what to do next."What do we do, what do we do, what do we do, what do we do?!""Stop that!" Kaori grabs my shoulders. "I just got some panicking, we don't need YOU panicking also!" "B-B-B-B-B-B-""Sweetie, calm down. It's fine! Look!" She points to the park, and all the upturned dirt and soil.It's quiet. "Asai can't hurt us now, all of the stone and concrete has been oblitherated.""B-But what if-" "No what ifs now, rest. Calm down. We'll think of something after everyone settles down." Kaori jumps at her proposition, "But Mom! We can't just stop! People are in danger, what about Aiko-" "Now not the time. We have to worry about ourselves first.""Wait, Aiko?" I ask, uneasily. "What happened to Aiko?""L-Later Masami." Kaori immediately changes the subject.She's hiding something, I don't like that! "Sweetie, just calm down. Everything is fine.">"I don't believe that for a second.">"No! Tell me about Aiko! What's happening with her?!">"What about everyone else, everyone else is fine, right?">Complain some more>J-Just try to calm down. For a minute. Small talk with family! >Julie, Haruko, Are you two okay? You haven't said anything at all.>Other?
>>44139387>"I don't believe that for a second.">"What about everyone else, everyone else is fine, right?"
>>44139387>"No! Tell me about Aiko! What's happening with her?!">Julie, Haruko, Are you two okay? You haven't said anything at all.
>>44139387>"What about everyone else, everyone else is fine, right?">Julie, Haruko, Are you two okay? You haven't said anything at all.
>>44139387>"I don't believe that for a second.">Julie, Haruko, Are you two okay? You haven't said anything at all.
>"I don't believe that for a second.">"No! Tell me about Aiko! What's happening with her?!">"What about everyone else, everyone else is fine, right?">Julie, Haruko, Are you two okay? You haven't said anything at all.Writing!Apologies for delays.
"No!" I yell, grabbing Haruko by the hand. She winces slightly as I forget my own strength. "I don't believe that for a second. What's happening with Aiko! Tell me!" "S-She-" Kaori tries to stutter an excuse out. "She's, um-""SHE'S UM ISN'T AN ANSWER!" "Masami. Calm." Mom commands. I've seen her when she's mad, and she seems very mad right now."U-um, but still. Aiko. Tell me right now what's happening with Aiko." Kaori sighs, and gently sits me down in the dirt."I don't want you to freak out about this, but Aiko went out to look for her mother. Her mother has been kidnapped, and Aiko is hiding inside of a subway bathroom. It hasn't found her, yet. ""I NEED TO GO-""Masami, No. I won't tell you to calm again." Okay, okay. Relax. Mom probably has a good reason for me not storming off and trying to fight the endless concrete horde alone...When I think about it that way, it does seem kind of stupid for me to try. "-How about everyone else? Is everyone else safe?" "No, they are not. Maeda and Ryouta are okay, but their parents have been captured as well." "Adults." I cross my arms. "So all the people who said they would totally have this under control are captured." "Right."I want to pout, but I don't think my face could properly express how it would feel right now. Something does draw my attention away from the chaos of the city."Julie, Haruko; Are you two okay? You haven't said anything." The two twins are hugging each other very tightly. Each one is shivering. "S-sidewalks." Julie replies, nervousness in her voice."I'm gonna walk on the grass for the rest of my life." Haruko continues to tremble. As usual, they're worthless too. Hmph.>So should we move? Or stay here? >Try calling someone>Just relax, talk some with family.>No! I can't relax! This is very bad! >Start scheming! >Other?
>>44140683>>Just relax, talk some with family.>>No! I can't relax! This is very bad! >>Start scheming!
>>44140683>Just relax, talk some with family.>No! I can't relax! This is very bad! >Start scheming!
>>44140683>So should we move? Or stay here?>Start scheming!
>Just relax, talk some with family.>No! I can't relax! This is very bad! >Start scheming!Writing!
Guys, I am sorry about my lack of posting. I am starting to feel sick. Writing continues, I think I can finish this thread up for the night.
>>44141276Hope you start feeling better!It's time for me to sleep anyway, so good luck with the rest.
>>44141304Have a nice night! >Next post almost done.
No, Mom is right.I need to just relax with my family. Panicking now will just make things worse for them, and for me. "Mom, I'm scared." Kaori leans back into her grasp."I know. Let's just try to calm down for now. He can't hurt us here." Sirens rain out in the distance, it seems the attack isn't just centered in this area of the city. "I don't want to think about fighting Asai anymore. I just want it to be over." "I know." "I just want to go home." "I know." Now that I think about it, that was really all that's on my mind right now. I don't want to fight Asai anymore. I don't want to go to that big stone giant he made. I don't want to even deal with the fallout of his dumb temper tantrum.I just don't."I don't." "You don't what?""I just.. don't." Kaori eyes me worriedly. Mom goes against her better judgement and pulls me into a hug."Let's talk about something else, like-""Hey Kaori." Haruko nudges her. "Remember when you promised ice cream earlier? I'd like to go get some." She freezes, and a tint of remembrance washes her current worries away."I didn't promise that!" She totally did, though."Yes you did!" I tease her, "You said if Haruko and I reappeared, we'd go for ice cream!" "I- Well- It doesn't matter! They're probably not serving it at a time like this anyway!" "How do you know? Have you been there?" Haruko continues to egg Kaori on as my mind wanders. I can't relax now, this situation is very, very bad.How do I beat Asai anyway? The city has a lot of concrete and stone in it.Not only is that a lot of places for Asai to hide, that's also a lot of things he can use against us. A lone figure is approaching us from the other side of the park. He's wearing a labcoat, and has a pair of black slacks. He is also very tall, and lanky.Speaking of Asai trying to hide.>Attack him! >No, he's here to taunt us. Ignore him.>Another copy, probably.>Hide! >Other?
>>44141863>No, he's here to taunt us. Ignore him.>Another copy, probably.
>>44141863>>No, he's here to taunt us. Ignore him.>>Another copy, probably.
>No, he's here to taunt us. Ignore him.>Another copy, probably."No." I look at the lanky figure, slowly making its way toward us. "No no no ANYONE BUT HIM""Shh." Mom looks away from him.Maybe she has a point. He's clearly here to taunt us. So the best course of action isn't to indulge him.It's to ignore him.I look back toward Kaori, but she hasn't seem to have gotten the message yet. Her eyes are still affixed on the approaching figure."So Kaori, what kind of ice cream would you prefer?""Masami."Either she isn't getting it, or she thinks he's a big problem right now. "I like rocky road.""Masami!" Kaori, stop looking at him! Stop trying to make me look at him! Think of something else!"I don't like sherbert much, it's kind of like-""MASAMI!" Oh no, she's not getting it at all.In fact, Kaori just lept to her feet, and started running at Asai! "Kaori! Wait!" "HAAAAHH!" She hops up, and surprisingly, Asai does not block her.Instead, he takes a slap to the face! Kaori pauses just before him. She seems more agitated than normal. On Asai's face, dripping down his lower lip, is blood! "Oh my god." my mouth seems to freeze, agape. "YOU'RE REAL! IT'S THE REAL YOU!" >Scream!>Jump up and brandish your sword at him>Scream! >Shakily hug Mom.>Scream! >Grab Kaori and pull her back>Scream!>Other?
>>44142805>>Scream! >>Shakily hug Mom.
>>44142805>Grab Kaori and pull her back>Jump up and brandish your sword at him
Rolled 2 (1d2)Seems like a tie, rolling! 1 - Panic! 2 - Be brave! Writing!
>>44143031adding, this is the last post of the night.
My mind is conflicted! On one hand, here's Asai standing right here. A man whose power was completely unknown to me before today. I'm sure he wouldn't be standing here if he already didn't have ten different ways to beat us up at the ready.On the other hand. Asai is standing right here. Kaori is only an arms length away from him."KAORI!" I yell, leaping to my feet. I yank her away from him, and throw her into Mom's arms.Then I draw my sword on him! "What do you want!?" My hands are shaking, and I think he knows it.He crosses his arms, and looks toward his feet.The dust from the concrete is still settling into the soil. Most of it is completely powder-like in consistency. Again, something I wouldn't expect from concrete.He kneels down, and takes some of it in his hand. It flows from his palm like sand. "Magically infused concrete." My sword lowers, "What?" He dusts off his hands. "It's really simple. One of Fortune's products was an additive to a local concrete manufacturer. We never told them what was in it. It makes concrete firmer, resist pressure easier, and can even self-repair. It has a few helpful extra features as well, but those are trade secrets." He stands up, "You see, Izumi? I never needed to take over the city. The city was mine all along." Mom is silent, but if looks could kill."I came to offer a proposition, Izumi. Perhaps, you'd like to hear it in priva-""No." She says, immediately."I see then." Asai looks at Kaori and I. "Why don't you two run along while we have a grown-up talk?" "You know we're not doing that!" "How can you say that? When I haven't even shown you the new world I have planned." "I've heard it, I don't want it." "Yeah!""N-N-new world?" Julie, try to sound confident, please?"I'm not here to talk about how you feel about it. I'm here to talk about how she feels about it." He's looking at Mom. Mom suddenly seems to be missing the courage to speak to him. >Thread End
Thanks for the thread, everyone. I wihs it was longer, I'm sorry it was so short. Things have been kind of crazy recently.I wanted to announce something: On my christmas break, I was hoping to finish up CPM. I don't know how long that will take, but I was wanting to run a thread every day on Christmas Break until the finale. This does not count the SoL epilogue.Maybe this will work out, maybe it won't. The best laid plans, etc.I've enjoyed every moment we've spent together. I've enjoyed it so much that I've been making plans for maybe a continuation or sequel. We'll have to see where that goes.Tell me what you thought of the thread, and until next time!
>>44144025Thanks for running.
>>44144025thanks for running