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Persona 3 Portable - Female Version Game Script
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION (INTR)
FAQS (FAQS)
GAME SCRIPT
       - STORYLINE (GSSL)
       - SOCIAL LINKS (GSSC)
           -Magician (SCMG)
           -Priestess (SCPT)
           -Empress (SCEP)
           -Emperor (SCER)
           -Hierophant (SCHP)
           -Lovers (SCLV)
           -Chariot (SCCR)
           -Justice (SCJT)
           -Hermit (SCHT)
           -Fortune (SCFT)
           -Strength (SCSG) 
           -Hanged Man (SCHM)
           -Temperance (SCTM)
           -Devil (SCDV)
           -Tower (SCTW)
           -Star (SCST)
           -Moon (SCMN)
           -Sun (SCSN)
           -Aeon (SCAE)
       - RECORDINGS (RCDG)
       - THEODORE'S QUESTS (THQS)
CREDITS (CRDT)

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INTRODUCTION                                                    INTR
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This guide contains most of the dialogue as it appears in the game 
for the female version only. The main character is termed as 'FC' 
in this guide and I have removed it from dialogue as per the voice
overs. 
Content between [] describes what happens where no script is 
available, content between <> shows either the location or time of 
day.

The script of Theodore's Quests only includes the dates where you 
show him X location. Automatic Social Links (Fool, Death etc) and
some of Fortune's events are included in the main storyline and not 
in the 'Social Links' section.

There will be spoilers. If you have not beaten the game and do not 
want to know what happens, it is highly recommended that you do not
read this.

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FAQS                                                            FAQS
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Q. Why do you use 'sempai' and not 'senpai'? It's spelt 'senpai' in
   the game.

I'm more used to 'sempai' thus my fingers type it this way 
automatically. I'm also too lazy to look through the whole document
and change it.

Q. Wait, '-san', '-chan', '-sempai'? What the heck are these?

They're honorifics. In Japan, if you address someone without 
attaching anything to their names, it means you're very close to
them.
'-san' is the most common and is akin to 'Mr', 'Ms' etc
'-chan' is mostly used for children, cute animals and girls. It 
usually shows that the speaker has some affection for the... speakee
'-tan' cutesey way of saying '-chan'
'-kun' is usually used for boys. When attached to a female, it's
mostly in a workplace environment.
'-sama' shows that the speaker is of a lower status compared to the
person s/he's speaking to.
'-sempai' means senior/upperclassman

Q. How do I defeat xxxx boss?

I don't know. Go consult the walkthrough.

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GAME SCRIPT
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STORYLINE                                                       GSSL

Time never waits.
	It delivers all equally to the same end.

You, who wish to safeguard the future,
	however limited it may be...

You will be given one year;

go forth without falter,
	with your heart as your guide...

> Terminal station, evening...

> The station entrance is buzzing with activity...

> Meanwhile, elsewhere...

Female Student: 
*gasp* *gasp*
I just... put it to my head...
And pull the trigger...
No chickening out...

[Female Student holds gun to her head. The screen blacks out and 
the sound of the gun being tossed aside is heard.]

Female Student:
No... I can't!

> Inside the New City passenger train 'Anehazuru' ...

Train Conductor:
Due to a malfunction in the switching system, today's rail schedule
has been greatly altered.
We apologize to any customers who were in a hurry
The next stop is Iwatodai...

[The screen flashes and an image of a butterfly is seen.]

Train Announcement:
Iwatodai.
This is the final train bound for Tatsumi Port Island.
Please take care to board before our departure.

> You arrive late...

> It's almost midnight...

<Dark Hour>

FC: .....?

> Something about the atmosphere seems odd...

> .....

> It would probably be best to hurry to the dorm

> As you walk from the station...

> You notice coffin-like objects lining the deserted city...

> It's an eerily gigantic moon...

> Gekkoukan High School, Iwatodai dorm...

> This is the dorm mentioned in your admission pamphlet.

<4/6 M Dark Hour>

Boy's Voice:
Welcome.
	 
Unknown Boy: 
You're late. I've been waiting a long time.

> An unknown boy is holding a piece of paper out to you...

Unknown Boy: 
If you want to proceed, then please sign here. It's a contract.
There's no need to be scared.
It only binds you to accepting full responsibility for your actions.

> Something is written on the paper he's holding out to you.

> "I chooseth this fate of mine own free will."

> Below it is a blank to sign your name...

[You sign the contract.]

Unknown Boy: 
...Very well.
Time is something no one can escape. It delivers us all to the same
end. 
Wishing won't make it go away.
And so it begins...

> The unknown boy disappeared, as if melting into the darkness...

Unknown Girl: 
...Who's there!?
How can you be... But it's...!
Don't tell me...

> The girl is holding something that looks like a gun...

Other Girl: 
Wait!

First Girl:
 ...!

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<4/6 M Evening>

First Girl: The lights...

[You move to the lounge]

Other Girl: 
I didn't think you'd arrive so late.
My name is Mitsuru Kirijo. I'm one of the students who live in this
dorm.

First Girl: 
...Who's she?

Mitsuru: 
She's a transfer student. It was a last minute decision to assign 
her here.
She'll eventually be moved to a room in the normal dorm.

First Girl: 
...Is it okay for her to be here?

Mitsuru: 
I guess we'll see...
This is Yukari Takeba.
She'll be a junior this spring, just like you.

Yukari: 
...Hi, I'm Yukari.

FC: 
Why do you have a gun?

Yukari: 
Huh?
Um, well, it's sorta like a hobby...
Well, not a hobby, but...

Mitsuru: 
You know how it is these days... It's for self-defense.
It's not a real gun, of course.
It's getting late. You'll find your room on the 3rd floor.
Your things should already be there. I suggest you tuck in for the
night.

Yukari:
 Oh... I'll show you the way. Follow me.

> Dormitory, 3rd floor hallway, at the furthest door...

Yukari: 
This is it...
Pretty easy to remember, huh? ...Since it's right at the end of the
hall.
So, any questions?

FC:
I signed a contract...

Yukari: 
Huh? What's this about a contract?

> Yukari doesn't seem to know what you're talking about.

Yukari: 
Um... Can I ask you something?
On your way here from the station, was everything okay?

FC: Yeah.

Yukari:
I see...
... Never mind, then.
Well, I'd better get going...
Um...
I'm sure you still have other questions, but let's save them for
later, okay?
Good night.

> Yukari walked down the stairs...

> This is your assigned room...

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<4/7 Tu Early Morning>

[Someone knocks on your room door.]

Yukari: 
It's Yukari. Are you awake?
Good morning. Did you sleep okay?
Mitsuru-sempai asked me to take you to school.
Are you ready to go?

FC:
Totally!

Yukari: 
Okay. Then let's go.

> Inside the New City passenger train "Anehazuru"...

Yukari: 
We have to take the monorail to get there. Bet your last school
wasn't like 
that, huh?
This is my favourite part... when it feels like you're gliding over
the sea.
Our stop is Port Island Station at the end of the line. From there,
we walk.
Have you ever heard of Tatsumi Port Island? It's a man-made island.
They build our school right in the middle.
Oh, look, you can see it now!

Female Student:
Morning.

Yukari: 
Morning!
Well, here we are...
Welcome to Gekkoukan High! You're gonna love it here!

<Inside the school...>

Yukari: 
You're okay from here, right?
You should go see your homeroom teacher first.
The Faculty Office is right there to the left.
...And that concludes the tour. Do you have any questions before I
go?

FC: 
Where do I find which classroom I'm in?

Yukari: 
I think they're posted on the bulletin board, but I haven't checked
yet either.
Hey...
About last night... Don't tell anyone what you saw, okay?
... See ya later.

<Faculty Office>

Teacher: 
Oh, are you the new student?
11th grade, correct?

> The teacher is flipping through pages in a file...

Teacher: 
Wow, you've lived in a lot of different places...
Let's see... In 1999... That was what, ten years ago? Your parents--
*gasp*
I'm sorry... I've been so busy, I didn't have time to read this 
beforehand.
I'm Ms. Toriumi, I teach Composition. Welcome to our school.
	 
FC: 
Nice to meet you!

Ms. Toriumi: 
Such enthusiasm! We could use more go-getters like you.
Have you seen the classroom assignments? You're in 2-F; that's my
class.
But first, we need to go to the auditorium. The Welcoming Ceremony
will be starting soon.
Follow me.

<Auditorium>

Principal:
As you begin the new school year, I like each of you to remember
the proverb, "If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well."
When applied to student life, this means...

> The Principal continues with his speech...

> .....?

> You can hear the students around you whispering about something...

Whispering Classmate: 
I heard we got a transfer student.

Smirking Classmate: 
Yep. I've seen her, too. She came to school with Yukari.

Teacher from Another Class: 
I hear talking.
I believe it's someone in Ms. Toriumi's class...

Ms Toriumi: 
Shhh! Be quiet! You're going to get me in trouble!

> It doesn't seem like the rumors will stop anytime soon...

<4/7 Tu After School>

> Homeroom is over. Your first after-school session is about to
begin...

Student's Voice:
'Sup, dude!?

Friendly Student: 
Haha, you look like a deer in headlights.

FC: 
Who are you?

Friendly Student: 
Me?
I'm Junpei Iori. Nice to meet ya.
I transferred here when I was in 8th grade.
I know how tough it is bein' the new kid...
So I thought I'd check up on you, make sure you weren't freaking
out on your first day.

Yukari: 
*sigh* At it again, huh? Honestly, is there any girl you wouldn't
hit on?
Did you ever think you might be bothering someone?

Junpei: 
What? But, I was just bein' friendly.

Yukari: 
If you say so.
Anyway, some coincidence that we'd be in the same homeroom, huh?

FC: 
Yeah, I know.

Yukari: 
Funny, huh?

Junpei: 
Um, hello? Did you forget I'm in this class too? C'mon, lemme in on
the fun!
By the way, do you guys know each other? I heard you two came to
school together this morning.
A couple of cuties like you, walking side by side... The whole class
was buzzing about you.

Yukari: 
Ugh... Could you just cut it out? I hate dealing with rumors like
that.
I mean, I'm used to it, but she just got here, you know? Don't you
feel bad, spreading rumors like that?
... Well, I've gotta go take care of some archery team stuff. Don't
try anything funny, you got that, Junpei?

Junpei: 
What is she, your nanny...?
Well, just to clear something up, I seriously didn't come over here
to hit on you or anything.
If you ever have a problem, you can tell your ol' pal Junpei about
it!

FC:
Thanks.

Junpei: 
No prob! My door's always open. So to speak.

> ...Junpei caught up to you in the halls and persuaded you into
letting him walk you back to the dorms.

Junpei: 
Whoa, check out the jocks on their run...
Hey, did anyone tell you about the school clubs yet?
Girls can join too, so why not do it if you're interested?
You'd be joining as a new member, though, so you won't be able to
apply for a little while.

> You made small talk with Junpei while walking back...

<Evening>

[You go back to your room.]

> Later, at the dormitory lounge...

> A young man walked down the stairs as Mitsuru was reading a
book...

Confident Student: 
I'm going out for a bit.

Mitsuru: 
...Hm?

Confident Student: 
Have you seen the newspapers lately?

Mitsuru:
 ...I know.
People who had no problems before are suddenly developing acute
cases of Apathy Syndrome...
I've seen it in the news quite often lately.
They say it's due to stress, but...

Confident Student: 
Yeah, right. It has to be THEM.
Otherwise, it's not worth my time...

Mitsuru: 
You have a one-track mind... Will you be okay on your own?

Confident Student: 
Don't worry, I'm just getting a little practice.

[He leaves.]

Mitsuru: 
*sigh* This isn't a game, Akihiko...

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<4/8 W Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Yukari is already here, talking with an unfamiliar man...

Yukari: 
Oh, she's back.

Sophisticated Gentleman: 
So, this is our new guest...
Good evening.
My name is Shuji Ikutsuki. I'm the Chairman of the Board for your
school.
"Ikutsuki" ...Hard to say, isn't it?
That's why I don't like introducing myself. Even I get tongue-tied
sometimes...
I apologize for the confusion regarding your accommodations.
However, it may take a while longer before you receive the proper
room assignment.
Is there anything you'd like to ask?

FC:
No, not really.

Ikutsuki: 
Then, I hope you have a successful school year.
Now, if you'll excuse me...
You must be tired from all the excitement. You should go to bed
early.
As they say, "The early bird catches the bookwork"!
... Please forgive the bad pun.
*chuckle*

Yukari: 
......
You'll get used to his lame jokes.

[You go to sleep]

> Later, at a certain room in the dormitory...

Ikutsuki: 
Working hard?
So, how's she doing?

Mitsuru: 
She went to bed a little while ago. She's asleep now.
Mr. Chairman, do you think she's...?

Ikutsuki:
Well, let's wait and see for now.
 ... The Dark Hour is approaching.

> Meanwhile, in a back alley of Tatsumi Port Island...

Man Listening to the Radio: 
*sigh* This sucks.

> Upbeat music is playing from the radio that the man threw away...

Radio DJ: 
KJ Radio presents, The Bay Tuners. Tune in again next week for
more of the hits!

Radio Announcer: 
This program is brought to you by Kirijo Electronics, Kirijo
Electronics: always there when you need them.
The time is now midnight.

<Dark Hour>

Man Listening to the Radio: 
...Huh?
... What the...?
Wh... What's happening to me...?
...A...A... Aaaaaaaaah!
Waaaaaaaaagh!

> Back at a certain room in the dormitory...

Ikutsuki: 
Hmm... She's still sleeping.
The Dark Hour occurs every day at 12 midnight; you could say it's
the "hidden" hour.
During this time, an ordinary person Transmogrifies into a coffin,
and it oblivious to all that occurs.

Yukari: 
Then, she must be...

Ikutsuki:
As you can see, she's retained her human form.
She's asleep, but she's definitely experiencing the Dark Hour.
The only question that remains is whether or not she has the
potential.
Although, she must. ...If she didn't, they would've preyed on her
by now.

Yukari: 
Scary...
 
Ikutsuki: 
In any case, we should continue to monitor her for a few more days.

Mitsuru: 
Yes, Sir.

Yukari: 
I feel kinda bad, though, spying on her like this...

Unknown Voice: 
...Master...
Master...

<Velvet Room>

Mysterious Old Gentleman: 
Welcome to the Velvet Room.
My name is Igor, I am delighted to make your acquaintance.

Igor: 
This place exists between dream and reality, mind and matter...
Only those who have signed the contract can enter this place...

> The paper you signed at the dorm is lying before Igor...

Igor: 
Henceforth, you shall be welcome here in the Velvet Room.
You are destined to hone your unique ability, and you will require
my help to do so.
I only ask one thing in return...
... that you abide by the contract, and assume responsibility for
the choices you make.

FC: 
I understand.

Igor: 
Hold on to this...

> Obtained Velvet Key.

Igor: 
There is still one more resident of this room, who unfortunately
could not be present for your arrival.
But I'll make sure you two are properly introduced. Another time,
perhaps.
'Til we meet again...

<4/9 Th Early Morning.>

> You felt like you had a strange dream...

> ...It's time to go to school.

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<4/9 Th After School>

> You met Yukari at the shoe boxes and decided to go back together.

>Paulownia Mall...

Yukari: 
Have you come here before?
A lot of Gekkoukan students come here after school.
There is a karaoke box and a CDshop. Oh, and a really great cafe,
too!
There's also a nightclub, but that's kinda not for us yet.

> The Paulownia Mall is crowded with students on their way back
from school.

<4/9 Th Dark Hour>

> At a certain room in the dormitory...

Ikutsuki: 
...How is she?

Mitsuru:
...The same as last night.

Ikutsuki:
Hmm.. Very interesting.
Even those who have the potential tend to be unstable at first...
...Memory loss... disorientation...
But, this subject is rather unique. She hasn't exhibited any of the
common symptoms.

Yukari:
But... we're treating her like a guinea pig.

Ikutsuki:
I understand your concern, but it's imperative that we recruit new
members.
I heard she's in your class... Wouldn't you be more comfortable 
working with someone from the same grade?
A female classmate, at that.

Yukari: 
Yeah, I guess. But, still...

> An emergency call from outside rang through the room...

Mitsuru: 
Command room.
...Is that you, Akihiko?

Akihiko's Voice:
You're not gonna believe this...! This thing is huge!
Unfortunately, I don't have time to talk... It's chasing me...
I wanted to let you guys know. I'm almost there.

Yukari:
Does that mean... he's bringing that thing here!?

Mitsuru:
Mr. Chairman!
Let's suspend our observation for now, We'll prepare for battle!

Ikutsuki:
...R-Right! Be careful!

[Akihiko enters the dorm and slams the door.]

Akihiko:
Agh...!

Mitsuru:
Akihiko!

Akihiko:
I'm alright.
Get ready to  be surprised... It'll be here any second.

Mitsuru:
This is no time to joke around!

Ikutsuki:
It's one of them, Akihiko?

Akihiko:
Yes, but not an ordinary one--

[Something slams into the door.]

Yukari:
Ahh!
What the...!? ...You've gotta be kidding me!

Mitsuru:
Mr. Chairman, please head for the comman room!
Takeba, go upstairs and wake her up! Then, escape out the back.

Yukari:
But, what about you two?

Mitsuru:
We'll stop it here.
You led it to us, Akihiko, so I'm afraid you'll have to fight.

Akihiko:
Like I had a choice!
What are you waiting for, Yukari? Go!

Yukari:
I-I'm going!

> Your room...

> You are awoken by a loud noise...

> Should you go check outside...?

FC: Go take a look.

[Yukari bangs your door]

Yukari:
Wake up!
Sorry, I'm coming in!
I don't have time to explain. We have to get out of here, now!

FC: Okay!

Yukari:
Hurry! Downstairs! We'll leave through the back door!
Wait!
...Take this, just in case.

> Yukari handed you a long, thin implement.

> ...It seems to be a naginata.

Yukari:
Okay, let's go! Follow me!

> Dormitory, 1st floor, at the rear entrance...

Yukari: 
Alright, we should be safe now--

[A beeping sound is heard.]

Mitsuru's Voice:
Takeba, do you read me!?

Yukari:
Y-Yes! I hear you!

Mitsuru's Voice:
Be careful! There's more than one enemy!
The one we're fighting isn't the one Akihiko saw!

Yukari:
What!?

[Something bangs against the door.]

Yukari:
*gasp* L-Let's pull back!

> 2nd floor...

[A sound of something shattering is heard.]

Yukari:
What was that!?

[Footsteps are heard.]

Yukari:
It's getting closer!
K-Keep moving! Hurry!

> The dormitory rooftop...

[Yukari locks the door.]

Yukari:
*sigh*
The door's locked. I think we;re safe for now...

[Something growls.]

Yukari:
.....!?

[A Shadow climbs up the edge of the roof.]

Yukari:
You gotta be kidding me...!
It climbed up the wall...!?

<Command room>

Akihiko:
There! They're on the roof!

Mitsuru:
That gigantic Shadow... Just what is it we're dealing with!?

Akihiko:
...Let's go, Mitsuru!

Ikutsuki:
Wait!

<Rooftop>

Yukari:
That's the thing that attacked this place... We call them Shadows!
O-Oh yesh... I have to fight...
I... I can summon mine... No problem...

[Yukari points the gun to her head and is attacked by the shadow.
The gun slides towards FC who shoots herself with it.]

Orpheus: Thou art I... and I art thou...

[FC screams and falls to her knees. The changed persona defeats the
Shadow.]

<Command Room>

Mitsuru:
......!

Akihiko:
What on earth was that...!?

Ikutsuki:
....

> The sudden swell of power has subsided...

> Orpheus regained its original form.

> You have obtained a new Persona!

[Orpheus disappears]

Yukari:
Is it over...?

[Another sound is heard.]

Yukari:
.....!?
It's still moving...!

> A piece of the "Shadow" is heading for Yukari...

Yukari:
No... G-Get away from me!

> You have to save her...!

[You defeat the Shadows.]

> The monsters are gone...

> It seems Yukari is safe, too...

> .....

> You feel exhausted...

> You are losing consciousness...

> ....

[You collapse]

Yukari:
*gasp*
Are you okay!?
Come on...!
Please...! Can you hear me!?
Answer me!

<Velvet Room>

> This is... the "Velvet Room," was it...?

Igor:
It's so nice to see you again.
You became unconscious after awakening to your "power."
I see that it was Orpheus that heeded your calling.
That power is called a Persona... It is a manifestation of your 
psyche.

FC:
Persona?

Igor:
A Persona is a facet of your personality that surfaces as you react
to external stimuli...
You can think of it as a mask that protects you as you brave many 
hardships.

FC: 
A mask?

Igor:
When you use your Persona ability, you must channel your inner 
strength.
The ability evolves as you develop your Social Links -- your 
emotional ties with others.
The stronger your Social Links, the more powerful your Persona 
Ability.
Please remember that.
Now, then...
Time marches on in your world.
I shouldn't keep you here any longer.
Next time we meet, you will come here of your own accord.
Until them...
Farewell.

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<4/19 Su Daytime>

> .....

> ...Your head is getting clearer.

> .....

> You can see a white ceiling...

> You wonder how long you've been asleep.

> You feel someone's presence beside you.

Yukari:
You're awake...!
Um, how do you feel?

FC: 
Where am I...?

Yukari:
Thank goodness. You finally came to...
...Oh, this is Tatsumi Memorial Hospital. It's just a short walk 
from the station.
The doctor couldn't find anything wrong with you. He said you were 
just exhausted...
Um...
I'm sorry I couldn't do anything...
But, your power... It was amazing.

FC:
What'd I do...?

Yukari:
The power you used... We call it "Persona."
And those creatures you defeated are Shadows -- our enemy.
We'll explain everything later. I'm sorry I didn't tell you 
before...
I, uh...
I wanted to tell you that...
...I'm sorta like you.

FC: 
What do you mean?

Yukari:
My dad died in an accident when I was litte...
And my mom and I aren't exactly on good terms...
...You're all alone too, right?
To be honest, I already know about your past...
But, it didn't seem fair, so I wanted you to know about mine...
It as back in '99...
There was a big explosion in the area.
Supposedly, my dad died in the blast, but nobody really knows what 
happened...
He was working in a lab run by the Kirijo Group.
So, I'm hoping that if I stick around long enough, I'll find out 
something.
That's why I'm going to Gekkoukan high, and why I was there when 
this happened to you.
...Of course, I panicked and wasn't much help... It was my first 
time fighting them, too.
I'm sorry... You wouldn't have to go through all this if I wasn't 
such a coward...

FC:
I was scared, too.

Yukari:
Really...? But still...
And here I am telling you all this the minute you wake up.
While I was waiting, I thought to myself,
"I've been hiding so many things from her... As soon as she wakes 
up, I'll tell her the truth."
So, thhanks for listening. I've been wanting to share that story 
with someone for a long time.
...Alright, I'm gonna get going.
I'll let the others know you woke up.
...Oh, and, uh... You don't have to be formal around me or anything.
Us second-year girls gotta stick up for each other, after all.
B-Bye.

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<4/20 M Evening>

> A room on the 4th floor...

> Yukari, Mitsuru, the Chairman, and an unfamiliar male student are
sitting here...

Ikutsuki:
Ah, there you are.
I'm glad that you're okay. I wasn't sure what I'd do if anything had
happened to you.
The reason I asked you here is because I needed to talk to you.
Please, have a seat.
Oh, before that.
I believe I mentioned him earlier, but this is Akihiko.

Akihiko:
How ya doin'?

Ikutsuki:
Okay, let me stat off by asking you this...
Would you believe me if I said that a day consist of more than 24 
hours?

FC:
...Excuse me?

Mitsuru:
Do you remember the night you came here?
You had to have noticed the signs...
The streetlights went out... Nothing was working... There were 
coffins everywhere...
Didn't it feel like you were in a different time...?
That's the Dark Hour -- a time period hidden between one day and 
the next.

FC:
Hidden?

Ikutsuki:
I guess it's more like something people aren't aware of.
But, the Dark Hour does exist. It occurs each night at midnight.
I'll happen tonight, and every night to come.

Akihiko:
Normal people don't realise it, since they're all sleeping inside 
their coffins.
But, that's not what makes the Dark Hour so interesting.
...You saw those creatures.
We call them "Shadows."
They only appear during the Dark Hour, and attack anyone not in a 
coffin.
It's our job to defeat them.
...Sounds exciting, huh?

Mitsuru:
Akihiko! Why are you always like that?
You just got hurt the other day!

Ikutsuki:
Now, now. He does his work well.
Long story short...
We're the Specicalized Extracurricular Execution Squad -- SEES for 
short.
On paper, we're classified as a school club. But in reality, this 
group is dedicated to defeating the Shadows.
Mitsuru is the leader. I'm the club advisor.

Mitsuru:
A Shadow feeds on the mind of it's prey; the victim becomes a living
corpse.
They're responsible for most of the incidents on the news, if not 
all of them.

FC:
How do you fight them?

Ikustuki:
Although rare, there are those who can function during the Dark 
Hour.
Some may even awaken to a power that enables them to fight the 
Shadows.
That's "Persona" -- the power you used the other night.
The Shadows can only be defeated by Persona-users.
Which means, it's all up to you guys.

FC:
I see.

Ikustuki:
I'm glad you're quick to understand.

> Mitsuru opens the case on the table...

> ...A silver gun gleams uncannily from inside.

Mitsuru:
What he's trying to say is, we want you to join us.
We've prepared an Evoker for you. We'd like you to lend us your 
strength.

FC:
Alright.

Yukari:
*sigh* I was afraid you'd say no...
Welcome aboard!

Ikustuki:
Thank you so much. I'm really glad.
Oh, I almost forgot... About your room assignment...
Why don't you just stay here, in your current room?
I don't know what the hold up is, but I guess it worked out in the 
end. 
*chuckles*

Yukari:
Holdup? But, wasn't that--
Oh, never mind...

> You joined SEES to fight the Shadows...

> .....!?

> A voice rings in your head...

> You have established the SEES Social Link of the Fool Arcana!

> You feel your inner strength growing...

> You recall what Igor said about the power of Social Links.

> The intensity of Social links strengthens the power of the 
Personas...

> Social Links... are these the bonds you form with people you 
meet...?

> ...You are still tired from your hospital stay. You decided to 
return to your room...

<Dark Hour>

> ... As you were dozing off, you felt someone's presence...

Mysterious Boy:
Hi, how are you?

FC:
Who're you!?

Mysterious Boy:
We've met before.
*chuckle*
Soon, the end will come.
I remembered, so I thought I should tell you.

FC:
...Thanks.

Mysterious Boy:
...Ahaha. I wasn't expecting you to thank me.
But you're welcome. That... is what I'm supposed to say, right?
...I don't really know what this "end" is about, either.
Oh, looks like you've awakened to your power...
...and an unusual power it is.
A power that takes many forms, yet is bound by none...
It may prove to be your salvation, depending on where you end up.
Do you remember when we first met?
I expect you to honor your commitment.
I'll be watching you, even if you forget about me...
Okay then, see you later.

> The boy disappeared...

<4/21 Tu After School>

> Yukari began talking to you in class...

Yukari:
*yawn* I thought I was gonna fall asleep in there...

Mitsuru:
Can I have a minute?
Come to the lounge when you get back to the dorm. I have something 
to tell everyone.
I'll save the details for later. See you there.

> Mitsuru left as soon as she was done...

FC:
That was fast...

Yukari:
She's probably busy with things like Student Council, unlike us.

Junpei
Whoa, Yuka-tan! Do I sense some hostility?

> ...It seems that Junpei was listening too.

Yukari:
Well, it's not that I don't like her... She's just...
N-Never mind. Let's go.

> Iwatodai Strip Mall...

Yukari:
A-About earlier... It's not that I don't like her or anything, 
y'know?
Oh, I'm talking about Mitsuru-sempai...
...Why's Junpei always have to talk about stuff that isn't any of 
his business, huh!?
Plus, he says it all in the creepiest, most perverted way. He's 
like the poster boy for sexual harassment.
You know, last year he...

> You continued to gossip all the way back to the dorm...

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<4/21 Tu Evening>

> Dormitory, 4th floor, command room...

> Mitsuru and Akihiko are already here.

Mitsuru:
Welcome back.

Akihiko:
We were waiting for you. There's someone i wanna introduce.

Yukari:
Huh?

Akihiko:
...Hey, hurry up.

Voice from Outside:
Hold your horses... This is freakin' heavy.

Junpei:
*chuckle* Wazzup?

Yukari:
J-Junpei!? ...Why are YOU here!?

Akihiko:
This is Junpei Iori from Class 2-F. He'll be staying here as of 
today.

Yukari:
He's staying HERE!? You've gotta be kidding me!

Akihiko:
I bumped into him the other night.
He has the potential, but he just awakened to it recently...
I told him about us, and he agreed to help.

Yukari:
You have the potential!? For real!?

Junpei:
He found me cryin' like a baby at the convenienve store, surrounded 
by a bunch of coffins.
I don't remember much, but... man, that's embarrassing!
He said that's, ya know, completely normal... in the beginning.
Like, bein' confused and not remembering anything. Did ya guys know 
that?

FC:
I was okay, though.

Junpei:
Heeey, don't feel bad!
It hapens to all us Persona-users.
...But man, I was shocked to find out about you guys.
I had no idea.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. It could get kinda lonely, ya know.
I bet you're stoked too, right!? Havin' me join...
It'd be nice to have a guy around too, wouldn't it?

Yukari:
Huh?
Uh, y-yeah...

Junpei:
So anyway, glad to join the team.

FC:
Let's do our best.

Junpei:
You can count on me!

> Junpei joined SEES.

Akihiko:
Well, enough with the introductions.
I think we're about ready...

Ikutsuki:
Okay, everybody's here
I'd like your undivided attention.
For a long time, Mitsuru and Akihiko were the only Persona-users we 
had.
But that number recently jumped to five.
Therefore...
Starting tonight at 12:00AM, I'd like to commence the exploration 
of Tartarus.

Junpei
Tartarus...? What's that?
...Sounds like toothpaste.

Yukari:
You haven't seen it, Junpei?

Junpei:
Hm...?

Ikutsuki:
It's no surprise...
...since it only appears during the Dark Hour.

Junpei:
The Dark Hour...?

Akihiko:
Just like the Shadows...
Interesting, huh?
And it's the perfect place for us to train.
You can think of it as a Shadow nest.

Junpei:
Whoa... Their nest, huh...?

Yukari:
But, Sempai... what about your injury?

Mitsuru:
Since Akihiko hasn't fully recovered yet, he'll only come as far as
the entrance.

Akihiko:
...Yeah, I know.

Junpei:
Relax, I've got your backs.

Yukari:
I'm not so sure about this...

Mitsuru:
What about you, Mr. Chairman?

Ikutsuki:
I'll stay here.
As you know, I can't summon a Persona...

> Gekkoukan High School, front gate...

Junpei:
This is it? THIS is the place?
Why HERE?

Akihiko:
Just wait a few minutes...
It's almost midnight.

<Dark Hour>

[The school building changes into Tartarus.]

Mitsuru:
This is Tartarus -- the labyrinth that reveals itself during the 
Dark Hour.

Junpei:
Labyrinth...?
What are you talking about!?
What happened to our school!?

Mitsuru:
Once the Dark Hour passes, everything returns to normal.

Junpei:
This is the "nest" you were talking about!?
But, why!? ...Why'd our school turn into a giant tower!?

Mitsuru:
.....

Junpei:
You don't know, either?

Mitsuru:
...No.

Yukari:
I'm sure it's complicated.

Akihiko:
Well, maybe now we'll find out.
Mitsuru and I have only gone in to take a peek; this will be our 
first time exploring it.
Exciting, isn't it?
There has to be some sort of clue in here about the Dark Hour...

Mitsuru:
Akihiko. I respect your enthusiasm, but you won't be accompanying 
us today.

Akihiko:
I know... You don't have to remind me.

> So this is Tartarus...

> You decide to enter the tower.

Junpei:
Whoa... It's just as cool on the inside...

Yukari:
But, it sure is creepy...

Mitsuru:
This is only the entrance. The labyrinth lies beyond the doorway at
the top of the stairs.

Akihiko:
First, we'll have you three get a feel for this place.
Why don't you go have a look around?

Yukari:
What!? By ourselves!?

Mitsuru:
We're not asking you to go very far,
and I'll be feeding you information from here.

Akihiko:
We're also going to appoint a leader to make any necessary 
decisions.

Junpei:
For real?
...One of us?
Oh! Oh! Me me me! Pick me!

Akihiko:
.....
FC, you're in charge.

Junpei:
Wha...? B-But she's a girl!

Yukari:
Well, she HAS fought them before...

Junpei:
Seriously?

Akihiko:
That's true, but there's another reason.
You two...
Can you summon your Persona without any difficulties, like she can?

Junpei:
Y-Yeah, of course I can!

Yukari:
I think so.

Akihiko:
These are Shadows we're talking about here. Without your Persona, 
you're screwed.

Yukari:
I'm aware of that.

Akihiko:
All right, let's head inside. Are you ready?

FC:
You betcha!

Akihiko:
Haha, that's the spirit.

> You decide to go through the entrance...

> .....?

> A strange door is sitting in the corner of the lobby...

Yukari:
What's the matter?

> The Velvet Key in your hand is shining...

> The key fit into the door's keyhole as if it was being sucked 
in...

<Velvet Room>

Igor:
I've been waiting for you.
The time has come for you to wield your power.
The tower that you are about to venture into...
How did it come to be? For what purpose does it exist?
Regrettably, you are not yet capable of answering these questions.
That is why you must be made aware of the nature of your power.

FC:
The nature of my power?

Igor:
Your power is unique.
It's like the number zero...
It's empty, but at the same time holdes infinite possibilities.
You are able to possess multiple Personas and summon them as needed.
And when you have defeated your enemies, you will see the faces of 
possibility before you.
There may be times when they are difficult to grasp... But, do not 
fear. Seize what you have earned.
Your power will grow accordingly... Be sure to keep that in mind.
My spare time will soon be scarce.
But, please come again of your own accord.
I'll tell you then about my true role... the manner in which I can 
best assist you.
Ah, but before I forget...
Do you recall when I mentioned another resident of this room....?
Tell me... When you think of this person, what do you see?

FC:
Is it a man?

Igor:
I see... Then let's bring him out for a proper introduction.

Man:
My name is Theodore, but please, feel free to call me Theo.

Theo:
It's a pleasure to meet you...

Igor:
My assistant will aid you as well.
Until then... Farewell.

<Tartarus>

Yukari:
Hey, are you alright?

Junpei:
Yeah, what's up? You look like a zombie.

FC:
Really? A zombie?

Junpei:
That's what you pick to dwell on!?
Ohh, I get it. You're trying to yank my chain here.
Don't worry, though! I got you covered whenever you need it, man!

> They don't seem to see the door.

Yukari:
Yeah, yeah. whatever. C'mon, let's go.

> Inside Tartarus...

Junpei:
So, this is it, huh...?

Yukari:
I hope I don't get lost...

Mitsuru:
Can you all hear me?

Junpei:
Whoa! Is that you, Sempai?

Mitsuru:
I'll be providing audio backup from here on out.

Junpei:
Wait... Ya mean, you can see inside here?

Mitsuru:
It's my Persona's ability.
I'd like to join you, but the structure of Tartarus changes from 
day to day.
That's why outside support is imperative.

Yukari:
Well, THAT makes me feel a whole lot better...

Mitsuru:
Now, based on your current location, you can expect to encounter 
enemies at any minute.
They shouldn't be too tough, but proceed with caution.
Practice makes perfect.

Junpei:
Right!

Yukari:
Got it.

Yukari:
Why is she always like that...?

> It seems you've returned to the entrance...

Mitsuru:
Welcome back.
So, how was it?

FC: 
No problem.

Mitsuru:
I see. Well if you gained confidence, that's the best thing you 
could have achieved.

Junpei:
Wow... I never knew I had that kinda power!
But damn, I'm beat...

Yukari:
That's cuz you were bouncin' around like a little kid.

Junpei:
You look pretty tired yourself, Yuka-tan.

Yukari:
I'm still trying to catch my breath, actually...

Mitsuru:
That's the effect of the Dark Hour; you'll become fatigued more 
easily.
Don't worry, though, you'll adapt.
But, I'm surprised... You all did much better than I expected.
At this rate, they'll catch up to you in no time, Akihiko.

Akihiko:
Heh, we'll see about that.

> In any event...

> By combining your powers with your team's, you were able to stand
against the Shadows...

> You feel a bond forming between yourselves...

> .....!?

> You felt the power of your heart intensify, as if in reaction to 
the bond between your friends...

> Just like Yukari and Junpei, you feel tired as well...

> You deicided that it would be best to return to your room and 
rest...

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<4/22 W Early Morning>

Student:
...That concludes the main portion of today's assembly
Next, we'll hear a word from the Student Council.
Please welcome the new President, Mitsuru Kirijo from Class 3-D.

Mitsuru:
Thank you.

Yukari:
So, she did get elected.
Well... I guess she IS the most popular girl in school.

Junpei:
You can say that again! There's like some kinda aura around her...
Besides, this school's owned by the Kirijo Group, right?

Mitsuru:
As I begin my term as Student Council President, I'd like to share 
with you my vision for this coming year.
It is my firm belief that each of us must accept the responsibility
of bettering our school.
However, change cannot occur without sustained effort and an 
unprecedented level of commitment.
That is why we must restructure our daily lives to accomodate this 
lofty goal.
I'd like each of you to dig deeply into your well of motivation, and
re-evaluate your convictions...
...To imagine a bold new future without losing sight of the 
realities around you.
That is the key.
I am certain that many of you have your own visions of the future...
For us to reap the full benefits of our education, your 
participation, ideas, and enthusiams are essential.
Thank you.

Junpei:
Dang... That was freakin' amazing...
Hey, did you understand what she was talking about?

FC:
Of course I did!

Junpei:
Huh? Seriously? Man, you're smart...
Sure didn't sound like somethin' a high schooler would say...
If it was anyone else, we'd be laughin' our asses off.

<After School>

> You run into Junpei at the entrance and decided to go home with 
him.

> .....?

> There's a commotion at the front gate...

Akihiko Fan:
Look, it's Akihiko-sempai!

Giddy Schoolgirl:
Wait for us!

Akihiko:
.....

Junpei:
Man, would you look at that? I hear they're always swarming 
Akihiko-sempai like that.
I know he's the captain of the boxing team, but...
I mean, come on! You don't even see girls flock like that on TV! I 
wonder where they're going...

Akihiko:
Hey, are you guys free this afternoon?

Junpei:
Huh? Who, us!?
I... guess so...?

Akihiko:
I want the two of you to meet me at Paulownia Mall.
You know where it is, right? I'll be at the Police Station.
See ya there.

Junpei:
Th-The police station?
...Uh, are your friends gonna come along, too?

Akihiko:
Who, these girls?
I don't even know their names. They talk so much they give me a 
headache.
Anyway, I'm gonna head out. ...Don't keep me waiting.

Akihiko Fan:
Awww... Why can't he be more friendly? *sigh*

Junpei:
Man, how can he not know their names!? I mean, seriously! Just look 
at them!
Well, I guess we gotta go...
Sheesh, talk about putting a damper on a guy's afternoon.

> The police station at the Paulownia Mall...

> You decide to head there with Junpei.

<Police Station>

Akihiko:
Thank you, Sir.
Oh, these are the guys I was talking about earlier.

Officer Kurosawa:
......

Akihiko:
This is Officer Kurosawa. He helps keep our squad well-equipped.
And, this is from Ikutsuki-san...

Junpei:
R-Really!? Sweet!

> You and Junpei each receive 5,000 yen.

Akihiko:
You can't fight empty-handed, so find something you like.
Officer Kurosawa has connections...
But, these things still cost money.

Officer Kurosawa:
Of course they do. Nothing in life is free.

Akihiko:
I realize that.
Well, I'll see you later. Thanks again.

Officer Kurosawa:
I've been informed about you two.
My job is to maintain peace in this city, regardless of the 
circumstances.
I'm just an ordinary police officer, but it doesn't take a genius 
to know something strange is going on here.
I'm only doing what I think is right.

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<4/27 M Early Morning>

Teacher:
We'll now begin this morning's assembly.
First, our principlal has some words he'd like to share with you.
Please give him a warm welcome.

Principal:
...Thank you.

Yukari:
What's the deal with the assembly?
...You think it's about the recent incidents?

Junpei:
Who cares?
The Principal doesn't know anything about the Shadows, anyway.
I just hope this doesn't take too long...

Yukari:
I know. His speeches always drag.

Principal:
Ahem. Today, I'd like to tell you about my, um, vision for this 
school year.
As you are aware, strange incidents have been reported on the news 
lately.
It is my firm belief that none of you are involved.
However, if we want to better our school, then we all need to accept
responsibility for change.
Dig deep down inside, and tap into your imaginations. ...But don't 
lose touch with reality.
As they say, "There's no use crying over spilt milk."
This is the key to reaping all the rewards that school has to 
offer...

> The Principal continues with his speech.

Yukari:
Waut a minute... Doesn't this remind you of Mitsuru-sempai's speech?

Junpei:
Yeah, you're right...
What's up with that!?

<Lunchtime>

Mitsuru:
FC...
I'm sorry, but I need to talk to you after school. I have a special
request for you.

FC:
For me?

Mitsuru:
I apologize for being in a rush, but I don't feel comfortable 
asking anyone else.
I'll tell you more about it after school, okay? Au revoir.

<After School>

Mitsuru:
I apologize for making you wait.
To make a long story short, I want you to join Student Council.

FC:
Why so sudden?

Mitsuru:
Well, it's not like you'd have to participate in every activity.
Just come to the Student Council Room when you have the time.

FC:
Is that all?

Mitsuru:
Yes, that's it. I just want you to join.
Being President is very time-consuming. I'd like to have additional
help available in the even of an emergency.
You understand my situation... I'm asking you since you know what 
it's like to be a leader.

FC:
Roger!

Mitsuru;
I knew I could count on you.
...I've already made an appointment for you with the faculty 
advisor.
But, you'll have to go to the Faculty Office on your own.
I'm sorry I made the arrangements without your permission, but I 
hope you understand the position I'm in.
Please go to the Faculty Office. I'll be waiting for you in the 
Student Council Room.

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<4/30 Th After School>

> Your cell phone is ringing.

Voice on the Phone:
Hello? This is Theodore.

Theo:
Please come to the Velvet Room.
There is a matter we need to discuss.
You may use the alternate entrance located in Paulownia Mall.
All you must do is find the door.
...I'll see you soon.

> The phone call has ended.

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<5/1 F After School>

Junpei:
FYI, Akihiko-san's at the hospital getting a checkup.
He called me earlier, and asked me to bring him something.
Yup, he knows who to count on.

Yukari:
He only asked you cuz you don't have anything else to do after 
school.

Junpei:
H-Hey, I resent that.

Yukari:
*giggle* I'm just kidding. So, what'd he want you to bring?

Junpei:
The class roster for 2-E.

Yukari:
What's he want that for?
...Well, I don't have practice today, so I'll go with you.
You're coming too, right?

FC:
Definitely!

Yukari:
Cool.

Junpei:
W-Wait a minute...

Yukari:
What? Is there a problem?

Junpei:
Well, it was ME he asked...

> Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

> An unfamiliar young man is here sitting on the bed instead of 
Akihiko...

Visitor:
.....

Junpei:
Umm... Is... Akihiko-sempai...?
...in this room? By any chance?

[Akihiko enters]

Akihiko:
What are all of you guys doing here?

FC:
We came to see you.

Akihiko:
I'm just here for a checkup.

Visitor:
Is that it, Aki?

Akihiko:
Yeah, thanks.

Visitor:
Tch... I don't have time for this shit.
You...

> The young man was on his way out when he stopped and looked at
you...

Visitor:
Never mind...

[The young man leaves.]

Junpei:
Wh-Who was that?

Akihiko:
A friend from school... sort of.
You know how the number of Apathy Syndrome cases has been 
increasing?
Well, he knows a few people who are suffering from it, so I was 
asking him about it.
Hey Junpei, did you bring what I asked?

Junpei:
Of course, Sempai.

Akihiko:
Sorry for the trouble.
Well then, let's get going!

Junpei:
Uh, you shouldn't move your arm...

Akihiko:
It's nothing.
I've wasted enough time already. I need to get back to my training.

Yukari:
By the way, Sempai, why boxing?

Akihiko:
You mean, why did I choose that sport?
Well...
It's not the sport itself I like; I just wanted to learn how to 
fight.
I know what it's like to feel powerless...
...and I don't want to feel that way again.
Besides, I'm curious to see how strong I can get.
It's like a game, only I'm competing against myself.

Junpei:
That's an interesting way of looking at it.
Ya know, I'm into games too...

Yukari:
Yeah, VIDEO games.

Junpei:
Oh, but I like fighting games too.

Yukari:
...Whatever.

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<5/2 Sa Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> ...As you were dozing off, you felt someone's presence...

Mysterious Boy:
Hi, how've you been?
One week from now, there will be a full moon...
Be careful. A new ordeal awaits you...

FC:
What kind of ordeal?

Mysterious Boy:
You will encounter one of THEM.
You must prepare for the ordeal, but time is of the essence...
I'm sure you're aware of that, of course.
I'll come see you again when it's over. Goodbye for now.

> The boy disappeared...

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<5/9 Sa After School>

> There will be a full moon tonight. It is the day you were 
forewarned about.

> You wonder if something will happen.

> You should probably head back to the dorm just to be on the safe 
side.

<Dark Hour>

> The dormitory's command room...

> Mitsuru is working at the support terminal by herself...

Mitsuru: 
*sigh*

Akihiko:
You're still at it?

Mitsuru:
Yeah. You never know when the enemy might appear.

Akihiko:
But, I thought you couldn't scan outside of Tartarus?

Mitsuru:
To be honest, I lack the power...
Maybe this is the best Penthesilea can do in terms of data 
gathering.
Although, the power of Persona seems to be much broader than I 
thought.
We've even got someone who can switch Personas in the middle of 
battle.
There's something special about her ability.
It hasn't been that long since her awakening, either.

Akihiko:
I have to admit, I was surprised too.
But in the end, it's up to her whether or not she can reach her 
full potential.

Mitsuru:
Huh...?
It's a Shadow!

Akihiko:
What!? You actually found one!?

Mitsuru:
Wait, something's not right. The reading is too big.
We've never encountered anything like--

Akihiko:
You mean, it's one of those!?

Mitsuru:
...It must be.

Akihiko: 
Well then, this is gonna be fun.
I'll wake up the others.

Mitsuru:
Indeed.

> You received an emergency call and hurried to the command room.

Yukari:
We're here!

Junpei:
Where is it!? I'll rip it a new one!

Mitsuru:
We've detected a Shadow ouside of Tartarus.
We don't know for sure, but we think it's another big one.
We have to defeat any of them we find, as quickly as possible.
Most people don't know the Dark Hour exists. But, if half the city 
is destroyed, there will be panic.
That must be avoided at all costs.

Junpei:
In other words, we need to kick some ass, right? Well, count me in!

Yukari:
*sigh* Junpei...

Mitsuru:
Akihiko, you stay here and wait for the Chairman.

Akihiko:
Wha--!? Are you kidding!? I'm going!

Mitsuru:
You still need to recover. You'll just be a hindrance.

Akihiko:
What!?

Mitsuru:
They'll fare better than you, in your current state.
Have faith in them, Akihiko... They're ready.

Akihiko:
......
Dammit....

Junpei:
Relax! I've got it covered!

Akihiko:
I guess I've got no choice...
FC, you're in charge.

Junpei:
Her again...?

Mitsuru:
We're counting on you...

FC:
Leave it to me!

Akihiko:
I know you can do this.

Junpei:
Guess it's pretty much decided that you're our leader, huh...?
Even when I'm the only guy in the group...

Mitsuru:
Whether one is a man or a woman doesn't factor into it. The 
responsibility falls to those who have the gift.
And let me add, if you every say or do anything to condescend to 
her because she's a woman...

Junpei:
Oh, no, no no no! It's not like I look down on her or anything...

Akihiko:
You three should hurry and go on ahead. Mitsuru, you need to get 
ready, right?

Mitsuru:
Indeed. Let's rendezvous in front of the station.

Yukari:
Got it.
Alright, let's go!

> New City passenger train "Anehazuru," Iwatodai Station...

> Mitsuru has yet to arrive...

Yukari:
Where is she?

Junpei:
She'll be here soon.

Yukari:
There's a full moon tonight...
But, it looks even creepier during the Dark Hour...

[The sound of an engine is heard.]

Junpei:
...Huh? What the!?

> A large motorcycle is parked in front of you...

Mitsuru:
Sorry to keep you waiting.

Yukari:
A motorcycle...?

Mitsuru:
Listen carefully.
Tonight, I'll be providing support from here. Everything else is the
same.
The Shadow is currently located inside a monorail, not far from the
station.
To get there, you'll have to walk on the tracks.

Junpei:
Are you serious!? Isn't that dangerous...?

Mitsuru:
Don't worry, no electronic equipment is operable during the Dark 
Hour, including the monorails.

Junpei:
But, your bike...

Mitsuru:
It's special.
Now, if circumstances change, I'll notify you immediately.
Let's get started.

FC:
Everyone, let's roll out!

Yukari:
Huh!? O-Okay!

Junpei:
Is this how we're gonna do this?

<At the monorail>

Yukari:
This is it... right?

Mitsuru:
Can you all hear me?

Yukari:
Yes, I can hear you clearly.
We just got here, but I don't see anything out of the ordinary...

Mitsuru:
The readings are definitely coming from that monorail.
Proceed with caution, and stay together.

Yukari:
Got it.

Junpei:
Heheh, my Persona's just beggin' to be used!

Yukari:
Well then, let's head on in!

> Yukari jumped on the foothold leading to the train door and began
climbing...

Yukari:
...Don't look up.

Junpei:
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
.....
...But, don't blame me if I happen to catch a glimpse...

Yukari:
Say... What do you say we bury Junpei here and leave him behind?

> Coffin-like objects are sitting in the last car of the monorail...

Junpei:
This poor stiff must be a passenger...

Yukari:
!?

> All the doors shut...

Mitsuru:
What's wrong? What happened!?

Yukari:
It looks like we're trapped inside...

Mitsuru:
It must be the Shadow... It knows you're there.
Be ready for anything! Proceed with extreme caution!

Yukari:
R-roger!

Junpei:
What the heck?
I don't see any Shadows...

Yukari:
It's so quiet it's creepy...

[A Shadow suddenly appears.]

Yukari:
*gasp*

Junpei:
There it is!

> .....!?

> The Shadow ran into the car ahead...

Junpei:
Hey, get back here!

Mitsuru:
Wait!
Something's not right... The enemy is acting strangely.

Junpei:
But, if we don't go after it, we're gonna lose it!

Mitsuru:
FC, you're in command there.
What do you think?

FC:
We need to be cautious.

Mitsuru:
I agree.
It would be foolish to blindly chase after it.

Junpei:
...Fine, I'll go myself.
You guys just stay back and watch me beat it all by myself!

Yukari:
Junpei! Wait!

Mitsuru:
Watch out! Behind you!!

[You dispatch two Shadows.]

Yukari:
*sigh* This is just what the enemy wanted...

Mitsuru:
We have no choice.
You have to go after him, or you'll be picked off one by one.

Yukari:
Dammit, Stupei! What are you thinking!?

Mitsuru:
From what I can tell, he's only a few cars ahead.

Yukari:
Okay, we'll catch up to--

[More shadows appear.]

Yukari:
Gah! Get out of our way!!

[After you defeat the Shadows and search the front cars...]

Yukari:
Junpei's not in this car, either.
*sigh*
He should know it's too dangerous to go alone...
Don't you think he's acting weird? Did you say anything to upset 
him?
Well, we can ask him once we've caught up to him!

[After a few more cars...]

Yukari:
There he is!
Shoot! He's surrounded!? We've gotta help him!

Yukari:
Junpei!

Junpei:
...I've got it under control!
Take this, you freak of nature!

> Junpei is surrouded by Shadows...!

> You need to help him...!

[You defeated the Shadows.]

Yukari:
See! That's what happens when you don't listen!
...So, are you alright?

Junpei:
O-Of course I am...
I was doin' just fine...

Yukari:
Excuse me!?

Mitsuru:
Be careful, you three!
I don't detect any movement, but stay alert!

[The monorail starts to move.]

Junpei:
Whoa, what the!? ...Why're we moving!?

Mitsuru:
It seems the monorail is under the enemy's control...

Yukari:
Whaddya mean, "it seems"!?

Junpei:
Uh... This doesn't look good.

Mitsuru:
...If we can't stop that thing, it'll crash into another train!

Yukari:
WHAT!?
Oh, God! What are we gonna do!?

Mitsuru:
Calm down and listen.
I sense a strong presence in the front car. That must be the one 
we're after.
You'll have to defeat it to stop the train!

[More Shadows appear.]

Junpei:
What kind of messed-up ride is this!?

Mitsuru:
You don't have much time! Run!

Yukari:
H-Hey!?
We're gaining speed!

Mitsuru:
Your primary target is up ahead... Are you ready?

FC:
Got it!

Junpei:
There it is...!
What the hell!?
...Is this the friggin' boss?

Yukari:
We're in the front car; it's gotta be!

Mitsuru:
Hurry!

[You defeated the boss.]

Junpei:
Did we make it in time?
...Hey! Why're we still moving!?

Yukari:
We're going too fast! We have to put on the brakes or else...!

Mitsuru:
What are you waiting for!? There's a train up ahead!

Junpei:
Dammit! I don't know how to stop this thing!

FC:
Leave it to me!

[You run forward.]

Yukari:
Aaaaaahh!

Junpei:
D-Did we stop...?

Yukari:
I-I think so...

Mitsuru:
Is everybody alright!?

Yukari:
Uh, y-yeah, we're okay.
Ha, haha... My knees are shaking...

Junpei:
Dude... I'm like drenched in sweat...
Hey, are you okay?

FC:
I was so scared...

Junpei:
Oh crap... Hey, hey, don't cry!
Where'd I put my handkercief...!? Uhh, you don't mind if it's been 
used, do you...?
Hey, don't laugh!

Mitsuru:
*sigh* I'm so glad you're safe...
I'm sorry I couldn't do more on my end.
I don't detect any more Shadows. You guys did a great job, so come 
on home.

Yukari:
But, how did you know which one was the brake?

FC:
Woman's intuition.

Yukari:
I don't think this is the kinda thing woman's intuition helps 
with...

Junpei:
Ah, whatever.
Wanna grab a bite to eat? I'm freakin' hungry!

Yukari:
Uhhh, hate to break it to you, Junpei, but girls usually don't get 
hungry in the middle of the night...
.....
I wouldn't mind stopping by a corner store, though.

> Your team won a difficult battle.

> It seems the level of trust between you all has grown.

> SEES's determination in battle has been enhanced.

> Party members can now perform a double team attack during battle!

> Meanwhile, the dorm's command room...

Akihiko:
Akihiko here.

Mitsuru:
This is Mitsuru. We've successfully completed the operation.
The monorail didn't sustain any noticeable damage.

Ikutsuki:
Thank you, Mitsuru.
When I heard they'd hijacked a monorail, I feared the worst. Well 
done.
Now, I don't have to worry about tomorrow's headlines.

Mitsuru:
The team did a great job.
They're learning quickly.

Akihiko:
But, what are the Shadows up to?
Taking over a monorail... This is getting out of hand.

Ikutsuki:
I'll be looking into the matter.

Mitsuru:
Does this mean... it's begun?

Ikutsuki:
Hmmm... Let's not jump to any conclusions.
For now, we should study their behavior for patterns or clues.
We cannot afford to always wait for them to make the first move.

Mitsuru:
If I had more power, things wouldn't be so difficult for the others.

Ikutsuki:
Don't be so hard on yourself. You're doing fine.
More importantly...
Do you have anything to drink, Akihiko?

Akihiko:
Huh...?
Why do you look so tired, Ikutsuki-san?
Wait... Don't tell me that bicycle outside is yours!

Ikutsuki:
Boy, am I gonna be sore tomorrow!

> You recall the boy from your dreams who warned you of an "ordeal"...

> It seems as if the prediction came true.

> You wonder what it means...

> .....

> You are too exhausted to make any sense of it right now.

> You decide to rest as soon as you get back to the dorm...

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<5/23 Sa Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Akihiko has returned from his hospital stay with a cheerful look 
on his face...

Akihiko:
Ah, you're back.

Yukari:
Sempai, I hear you're fully healed!

Junpei:
Congrats, man!

Akihiko:
I need to catch up on my training. I've slacked off for a whole 
month.

Yukari:
Shouldn't you take it easy, though? You don't wanna reinjure your 
arm.

Akihiko:
I've already wasted precious time.
Besides, we found another Persona-user.

Junpei:
We did!? Sweet!
Is it a girl...?

Akihiko:
Actually, it is. She's a junior who goes to our school.
Fuuka Yamagishi... Do you guys know her?

Yukari:
Yamagishi...? Oh, that girl in 2-E...
She gets sick a lot, from what I heard... I don't see her at school 
very often.

Akihiko:
She was at the same hospital as me. That's how we found out about 
her.
But, maybe she's not cut out for battle.
I had an Evoker made for her, too...

Junpei:
What!? We're giving up on her already!?
I was gonna offer her some private lessons...

FC:
You're like an old perv.

Yukari:
Hahaha! oh man, I'm always thinking the same thing!

Junpei:
Yow! Retract those claws, ladies!
I'm totally a hip, happenin' teen! You dig!?

Yukari:
...Loser.

Junpei:
Wh-Why're you lookin' at me like that?
.....
C'mon...
I'm a guy. Whaddya expect!?

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<5/29 F After School>

> Gekkoukan High School, hallway...

Yukari: 
*sigh* What a workout... I've gotta teach those freshmen how to 
clean up properly.

Female Voices:
Hahahahaha!

Yukari:
Hm?

Brunette:
So, I pretended to take a picture with my cell phone.
She freaked out and started crying.
...Like it was the end of the world.
You should've seen the look on her face...
It was priceless.

Brunette's Friend:
Oh my gawd!

Brunette:
I've never laughed so hard in all my life!

Female Voices:
Hahahahaha!

Yukari:
They're making fun of someone...?
Don't they have anything better to do?

Brunette's Friend:
Huh...?
Where's that voice coming from...?

Brunette:
What voice? I don't hear anything.

Brunette's Friend:
.....

Brunette:
What's wrong, Maki?
Maki!

Brunette's Friend:
......
...Huh?

Brunette:
Are you okay!?

Brunette's Friend:
Sorry... What were we talking about?

[They walk off.]

Yukari:
...About time they left.
I can't stand girls like that...

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<5/30 Sa Morning>

Classmate's Voice:
Did you hear? About that girl in 2-E...?
Yeah, they haven't got a clue...
Isn't that bizzare!?

> Everyone is talking about a rumor that's going around.

Junpei:
Man, can you believe these people...?
So, did you hear the details?

FC:
About what?

Junpei:
Well, a girl from 2-E went missing last night.
This morning, they found her lying on the ground in front of the 
school gate!
Nobody knows what happened, and supposedly, she's still unconscious.

Yukari:
...Morning.

Junpei:
Yo, Yuka-tan.
This is a tough case, even for Junpei Iori, Ace Detective.

Yukari:
Ace Detective?
...Are you stupid or something?
.....
More like Stupei, Ace Defective.

Junpei:
Hey! I resent that.
Anyway, where've you been?

Yukari:
I was talking to the teacher.
That girl they found... I saw her yesterday, on my way back from 
practice.
She seemed okay then...

Junpei:
Whoa...
Now, that's really strange.

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<6/1 M Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> You are talking with the others over dinner...

Junpei:
Hey Yuka-tan, have you seen the posts on the student message board?
You know how last week, that girl was found by the front gate?
Well, there's this rumor that it was an angry spirit from this one 
ghost story.

Yukari:
H-Hey! C'mon... Nobody believes that stuff!? ...R-Right?

Mitsuru:
So, what is this ghost story about?

Yukari:
Wha--!?
It-It's probably made-up... so why bother!?

Akihiko:
I'm interested. Go ahead and tell us.

Yukari:
Uh...

> Junpei leaned forward and spoke in a mysterious voice...

> ...You don't know where he got it from, but he took out a 
flashlight...

[The dorm lights dim and Junpei holds the flashlight under his chin]

Junpei:
Good evening. Welcome to "Junpei's Believe It, or Don't."
...There are many strange things in this world...
According to one story...
...if you get caught at school late at night, you'll be devoured by
a maniacal ghost that roams the halls!
The other day, this friend of mine-- let's call him Shu...
He said to me, "Junpei, I saw something strange."
He sounded serious, so I asked him what he'd seen.
He said it was about the girl in 2-E...
He claims he saw her go into the school on the night of the 
incident.
I couldn't believe it.
She's not the kind of girl to be out at night...
But Shu was as white as a shee. He insisted it was true...
Then, it hit me...
That ghost must've tried to make her its dinner!
And that's why they found her lying on the ground by the gate!
I felt a chill run down my spine, and I broke into a cold sweat...
Yes, there are strange things in this world...
Believe it... or don't.

Mitsuru:
...What do you think, Akihiko?

Junpei:
Huh...? Not one workd about my frankly amazing performance just now...?

Akihiko:
I think it's worth investigating.

Junpei:
Wow, I didn't know you were afraid of ghosts, Yuka-tan. That's kinda
funny.

Yukari:
Hey, watch it!
...F-Fine, then let's investigate.
We'll each ask around for the rest of the week.
I'll prove to you that this ghost story is just an urban legend!

Mitsuru:
I appreciate that. The story is a bit unnerving.

Yukari:
Huh...?

Akihiko:
Then, I'll let you guys handle it.
Just make sure you sleep with one eye open...

Yukari:
Whaaat...?

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

Mysterious Boy:
Good evening.
I came to see you again, as I promised. How are you?

FC:
Pretty good, I guess?

Mysterious Boy:
I'm glad you remembered me.
Now... In another week, the moon will be full again.
And the next ordeal will be upon you. So, be careful.
...I'll come again.

> The boy disappeared...

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<6/5 F After School>

Yukari:
...Well, today's Friday.
Did you two ask around, like we said?

Junpei:
Huh? We had something planned for today?

Yukari:
Junpei, I TOLD you--

Junpei:
I know, I know! I'm just kidding!
Man, you have such a short temper...

Yukari:
Then, we'll meet in the lounge after school.
Don't forget!

Junpei:
Yes, Ma'am...

<Evening>

<Dormitory lounge>

Yukari:
Okay, as we agreed on Monday, we'll now hold a meeting to discuss 
what we learned.

Junpei:
Wow, you're really into this.

Yukari:
Of course. I got lots of good info.
It turns out no angry ghost was involved.

Junpei:
Oh, so that's what's important, huh?

Yukari:
Hmph. First off, let's talk about how this rumor got started...
Since the girl was found on school grounds, there's at least one 
similarity to the ghost story.
But, why did the ruor spread so fast, if this was the first time 
anything happened?

FC:
It was the third time!

Yukari:
Correct!
But yeah, I was surprised when I found out the reason...
Over the next few days, there were two more similar incidents.
All three victims had to be hospitalized. No wonder people were 
talking.

Next, The victims are in different classes, and they don't seem to 
be connected.
However, they did have one thing in common. What was it?

Junpei:
What is this, a quiz show?
Do YOU know?

FC:
They went to our school!

Yukari:
*sigh*
HELLO... we already KNOW that.
They hung out together, dummy.
Not just once or twice, either.
They got in with a bad crowd, and were always out late.
It can't be just a coincidence...
So, to find out what happened, we're gonna do some field research.

Junpei:
Field research? Are you kidding?

Yukari:
Yeah, there's this one place where the three victims were regulars.

Junpei:
Wait, you're not talkin' about that place behind Port Island 
Station, are you...?

Yukari:
Oh, you're familiar with it?

Junpei:
You can't go there!
I've heard some nasty rumors about that place!

Yukari:
Is that so? Well then, we should all go together.
You'll come, right?

FC:
Maybe next time!

Yukari:
C'mon, where's your spirit of adventure? There's not a moment to 
waste!

Junpei:
Forget it... That place is bad news.
I mean, don't you think we're getting in over our heads?

Yukari:
Up until now, all we've done is take orders.
Does that feel right to you?

Junpei:
I know what you mean, but... Man, did you have to say it like that?
I guess I don't have a choice, do I?

Yukari:
Okay, we'll go tomorrow night, then.

> You agreed to go to the hangout tomorrow night.

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<6/6 Sa Evening>

Yukari:
...Alright, let's get going.

Junpei:
What's your hurry? ...I still think this is a bad idea.
I mean, bringing two girls THERE is like wandering into a lion's den
with steaks strapped to my face...
How could you be afraid of ghosts, but not be scared of this...?

Yukari:
It's easy to get freaked out by something you can't see, don'tcha 
think?

Junpei:
Actually, I'm more worried about things I CAN see... like bats and 
knives!

Yukari:
*sigh* Big deal, so it's a little "dangerous"...
Come on, it'll be an adventure!

Junpei:
More like a suicide mission.

FC:
You'll protect us, right?

Junpei:
H-Huh? Hey, you know it! Leave it to me!
C'mon, let's go!

> Tatsumi Port Island, back alley...

> Several boys and girls are hanging out...

Punk:
...The hell?

Punk's Buddy:
Check out those rags... They're from Gekkou High

Junpei:
Oh man, this is worse than I thought...

Punk:
Hey, you. I think you're in the wrong place.

Junpei:
Uh... Well, I...

Punk:
You don't belong here... Get it?
Beat it, Goatee...

Junpei:
G-Goatee?
Oh, y-you mean me...

Yukari:
We don't need your permission to be here.

Junpei:
H-Hey! Are you nuts!?
Take a look around you!

Yukari:
I'm not blind, ya know.
Come on, don't be intimidated by these scum!

Punk:
What was that?

Tough Chick:
She just called us "scum."
We'll post some pictures that will make her daddy cry!
She'll wish she was never born!
Hahahahahaha! Oh, that's so clever!

Yukari:
These guys are the worst...

Punk:
You oughta learn to shut that trap of yours.
Man, I feel sorry for you, Goatee. This bitch is a pain in the ass... huh!!

[Punk hits Junpei.]

Junpei:
Urgh!

Yukari:
Junpei...!

Familiar Voice:
That's enough.

Guy from the Other Day:
They didn't know what they were getting into. I'll make sure they 
leave.
Alright?

Punk:
Who do you think you are, dumbass?
You want some too!?

> But the punk's fist was easily dodged...

> The guy from the other day head-butted the punk, knocking him back
wards...

Punk:
*gasp* Shit...
You just crossed the line! You think you're going home alive!?

Guy from the Other Day:
...Wanna give it a try?

Punk:
Uh...
S-Screw this...

Tough Chick's Friend:
Hahahahaha! What a loser!

Punk's Buddy:
Damn you, Shinjiro...
That's right... you're from Gekkou High too, aren't ya!?

Punk:
You better grow eyes in the back of your head!

> The punks ran away, and the girls walked off laughing...

Junpei:
Oh man, Sempai, that was awesome!

Shinjiro:
Hey, I remember you... You clowns were in Aki's room at the 
hospital.
You idiots!
Get outta here. This place isn't for you.

[He walks away.]

Yukari:
Wait!
We came here for a reason!

Shinjiro:
Did Aki tell you to come here?

FC:
No.

Shinjiro:
...Hmph.
What do you wanna know? About that ghost story?

Yukari:
Um, yeah... How'd you know?
It's a rumor.
Those girls who wound up in the hospital were here talkin' shit 
every night...
...about all the things they'd done to some girl named Fuuka.

Junpei:
Fuuka...? You mean Fuuka Yamagishi, from 2-E? They were picking on 
her?

Shinjiro:
That's why people are saying it's Fuuka's spirit that did it.

Yukari:
Fuuka's spirit...? Wait, what do you mean by that!?

Shinjiro:
You guys don't know?
This Fuuka girl might be dead.
She hasn't been home in over a week.

Junpei:
Are you serious!? I thought she was out sick...
But, she's missing!?

Yukari:
So much for the ghost story.
Mr. Ekoda is the homeroom teacher for 2-E, right? Does he know about
this...?

Shinjiro:
I get it, Aki... Still trying to make up for the past.
It's you who can't let go...

Yukari:
....?

Shinjiro:
Nothing...
That's all I know. ...Satisfied?

FC:
Thank you very much.

Shinjiro:
...I didn't do nothing.

Yukari:
Um, thank you very much. You even gave us a hint...
...You're very kind.

Shinjiro:
Huh?

Yukari:
I, um... Never mind.

Shinjiro:
Tch... Don't come here again.

> The young man named Shinjiro left...

> ...You decided to return to the dormitory.

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<6/8 M Early Morning>

> You decide to ask the teacher about the missing girl, Fuuka 
Yamagishi, today...

<Lunchtime>

> Gekkoukan High Schoo, faculty office...

> You came to ask Mr. Ekoda about Fuuka Yamagishi's disappearance...

> ....?

> Someone is already at Mr. Ekoda's desk...

> It's Mitsuru and another student...

Yukari:
Oh, Mitsuru-sempai. Why are you here?

Mitsuru:
Same reason as you.
Mr. Ekoda, I'm here to ask you about a student named Fuuka 
Yamagishi...

Brunette:
No!!
I-I never thought it'd turn out like this...
Fuuka...

Yukari:
Wait.. You're that girl...

Mitsuru:
What did you do to Yamagishi?

Mr. Ekoda:
Hold on, Mitsuru... This isn't an interrogation.
Natsuki, you don't have to say anything if you don't want to.
You wouldn't want to give her the wrong idea.

Natsuki:
Fuuka... She...
She always looked so frazzled whenever I gave her a hard time...
Then, I realized... She's an honor student, but deep inside, she's 
just the same as us.
I knew exactly which buttons to push...
We were just messin' with her that day, too!
May 29th...
We took Fuuka to the gym... and locked the dor from the outside...

Junpei:
What!? You locked her in!?

Natsuki:
That night, Maki returned to school alone. She was afraid we'd get 
in trouble if Fuuka committed suicide.
But, she never came back... and the next morning...
...She was found lying on the ground by the gate.

Natsuki:
I went to the gym to let Fuuka out, but the door was still locked...
So, I opened it and went inside, but she wasn't there...
We all freaked out. Starting that night, we went out looking for 
her.
But every night, another one of us went missing... and they each
ended up like Maki!

Mitsuru:
I see...
By the way, Mr. Ekoda... All this time, you've attributed 
Yamagishi's absences to "illness."
But in reality, she was missing. You must have been aware of that...
...What was your intention?

Mr. Ekoda:
I was thinking of the students, of course.
You children may not understand, but we have to consider the future 
of everyone affected.

Mitsuru:
You mean, you chose not to report this to the police for the "good 
of the class."

Mr. Ekoda:
It-It was in her best interest.
I wouldn't want her records to be stained by something like this. 
Her parents agree!

Mitsuru:
So to protect your career, you ignored your responsibility as a 
teacher...
How despicable...!

Mr. Ekoda:
*gasp*
I-I didn't... I was just...

Mitsuru:
About your friends... Did you notice anything unusual before the 
incidents?
...Anything at all.

Natsuki:
.....
They all heard a voice...
...A creepy voice.
...Right before each of them went missing.
They said it was calling their name.

Junpei:
Oh, man...

Yukari:
Sempai, could it be...!?

Mitsuru:
It's them... no doubt about it.
Until now, there was no way of knowing how or why some people are 
conscious during the Dark Hour...
But, it's the voice; it draws them in. It's not a random phenomenon.
This whole thing has made me realize... They're clearly targeting 
humans.
Shadows are the enemy of mankind.

[Mitsuru turned to Natsuki]

Mitsuru:
Stay at our dorm tonightl it's the safest place.
If you hear the voice, tell us immediately.
And don't leave the room, no matter what.
If you can do that much, you should be okay.
...Don't worry, Yamagishi should be alright as well.

Natsuki:
Fuuka...

Mitsuru:
FC.
Iori and Takeba, too.
We'll meet after school in the Student Council Room to discuss 
tonight's operation.

Junpei:
T-Tonight!?

Mitsuru:
We're going to rescue Yamagishi.
If my guess is right, she's still inside the school.

Yukari:
U-Understood!

<After School>

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> Everyone gathered is wearing a stern face...

Mitsuru:
Tonight, we will infiltrate the campus. Our objective is to rescue 
Fuuka Yamagishi.

Junpei:
Um, I don't get it... Is Fuuka inside the school somewhere?

Yukari:
And why at night? At midnight, this place turns into--

Mitsuru:
Exactly.
That's how Yamagishi wandered into Tartarus.

Yukari:
Then, ever since Fuuka got locked in the gym, she's been stuck 
there...?

Mitsuru:
...That's correct.

Junpei:
But, that was ten days ago!
That means...

Akihiko:
Not necessarily. We can't jump to conclusions.
Tatarus only appears during the Dark Hour. So, what about the rest
of the day?

Yukari:
Now that you mention it...

Akihiko:
This is only a theory, but I think time may function differenly with
respect to Tartarus.
So, even though it's been ten days for us, perhaps only ten hours 
have passed for her.
It's possible she's still alive.

Junpei:
Wow, ya think so!?
Uh, but the Dark Hour is pretty brutal...
We can barely handle an hour; how's she gonna last ten!?

Yukari:
That's true...
And, even if she's still alive, we might not be able to get to 
her...

Akihiko:
Are you just gonna let her die, then!?
...I have an idea.
Let's try to enter Tartarus exactly how Fuuka did.
We'll go to the gym, and wait for midnight. That's the quickest way.

Yukari:
Is that really gonna work...?

Mitsuru:
Honestly, I have reservations.
If something goes wrong, you could all end up lost in Tartarus too.
But...

Akihiko:
I won't stand by and do nothing if there's a chance we can save her...
...I'd never forgive myself.
If you guys don't want to go, then I'll go by myself.

Yukari:
Sempai...?

Mitsuru:
...Alright.
We're aware of the risks, but we can't just leave her there.

Yukari:
I agree. And we won't know until we try.

Junpei:
Cool, we get to sneak into the school!
Heheh... In that case, I know just what to do...

Yukari:
...Huh?

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone is ready to go rescue Fuuka Yamagishi...

Mitsuru:
This is a bit worrisome... I can't get ahold of the Chairman.

Yukari:
I guess we can handle it ourselves.

Mitsuru:
There's one problem, though.
Without the Chairman's help, I'm not sure how we can get inside the 
school...

Junpei:
No need to worry. I've got it all set to go.

Mitsuru:
Set to go...?
An explosive?
*chuckle* Alright, I'll let you handle this.

Akihiko:
We don't have time to waste. Let's go.

Yukari:
...An explosive? For real?

Junpei:
...Nah...
.....
All I did was unlock a door...

> Gekkoukan High School, 2F...

Junpei:
See? We got in no problem. Man, I'm a genius!

Yukari:
Is that really something to brag about?

Mitsuru:
So, you unlocked it earlier... Tres bien!

Akihiko:
Oui.
No time for compliments. Let's go.

Yukari:
What's the big deal, anyway...?

Junpei:
Tray Ben...? What is that, French?
Lousy seniors and their lousy French...

> Classroom 2-F...

Yukari:
Can we turn on the lights...?

Junpei:
Aww, you scared?

Yukari:
No!
...Stupei.

Junpei:
Stop callin' me that!

Akihiko:
Quiet.
It's better if we leave 'em off. They cut the power at night anyway.

Yukari:
I don't like sneaking around...

Mitsuru:
First, we have to find the key to the gym.
We'll split up into two groups and meet in the main hallway on the 
first floor.
Understood?

Junpei:
The Faculty Office, huh...?
Hey, maybe we'll find some test questions! Heheh...

Mitsuru:
Are you planning something unscrupulous under my supervision?
If so, then expect to be severely punished...

Junpei:
It-It was a joke! I'd never do something like that! Ha, haha...

Mitsuru:
...Perhaps I'd best take Iori with me to the janitor's room.
FC, head to the faculty office. I leave it to you who to take along
with you.

FC:
Go with Akihiko.

Mitsuru:
Very well. Then Takeba will accompany us to the janitor's room. 
We'll meet back up in the main hallway.

> Main hallway...

Akihiko:
.....?
Hold up, someone's coming!

> The footsteps are getting closer...

Akihiko:
Who's be here at this hour...?
We should hide.

> The two of you hid behind a pillar...

[The beam from a flashlight moves about the screen.]

> The footsteps faded away...

Akihiko:
Whew... Just a security guard.

FC:
Will we get arrested?

Akihiko:
Haha... Well, considering that we're sneaking around the faculty 
offices after hours, we'd at least be expelled.
Let's just make sure we're not caught.
...Alright, he's gone.
Let's go.

> Faculty Office...

> The two of you searched for the key...

Akihiko:
Here, I found it! The gym storage key!

FC:
Sempai, that's not it.

Akihiko:
Huh!?
What, it was just the regular gym key?
...I-I see.
.....

> Akihiko is rummaging through the keys...

> ...You spot a key right next to where he's looking.

> It says "Gym" on it...

Akihiko:
No good... It's not here.
Must be in the janitor's room, where Mitsuru and the others went.
What're you waiting for? Let's go.

FC:
It's right there...

Akihiko:
What!?
How in the... Where on earth did that come from!?
...Well, at least we found it. C'mon, let's find the others!

> Obtained Gym Key.

Akihiko:
They said to meet up in the main hallway, right? We should get 
going.

> Mitsuru and the others were already waiting at the entrance hall...

Mitsuru:
Did you find the key?

Akihiko:
Yeah, piece of cake!

Mitsuru:
We'll divide into teams again.
Three of you will enter Tartarus, and one of you will remain 
outside with me.
Once the Dark Hour has begun, I'll determine Yamagishi's position.

Akihiko:
I'll go.
You should come, too. You can take the lead, like always.

Yukari:
Um, then, I'll be the third--

Junpei:
Wait a second...!
Remember how I accidentally screwed up on the monorail?
Gimme a chance to make up for that!

Yukari:
Oh, come on! It's not always about YOU!
Besides, you didn't "accidentally" screw up.

Akihiko:
Alright, Junpei, we'll give you another shot.

Junpei:
Sweet! Thanks!

Yukari:
Seriously...!?

Akihiko:
What's wrong, Yukari? You don't want to stay behind with Mitsuru?

Yukari:
Um, n-no, it's fine.

Mitsuru:
It's almost time.

Akihiko:
Let's go!

<Dark Hour>

> Meanwhile, in a vacant room at the dormitory...

Natsuki:
I...
*sigh*
.....
...I'm all alone, after all...
.....
Fuuka...

[A sound is heard.]

Natsuki:
Hm...?

[It is heard again.]

Natsuki:
No... No! I don't wanna hear this!

[It is heard again.]

Natsuki:
...calling me...
I... I have to go...
...tell her I'm sorry...
.....
Fuuka...

> Inside the school, which has become Tartarus during the Dark Hour...

> Yukari and Mitsuru are waiting at the entrance...

Yukari:
Um...

Mitsuru:
We still haven't heard back from them... The transceiver's 
sensitivity is set to high, too...

Yukari:
.....
O-Oh yeah, that girl, Natsuki... I hope she's okay at the dorm...

Mitsuru:
Unfortunately, no place is completely safe in the Dark Hour.
But, we couldn't possibly bring her here, and one of us staying 
behind was out of the question.

Yukari:
Yeah... I guess so...

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
...But, we're all here for Fuuka's sake--

Akihiko:
Mitsuru, can you hear me?

Mitsuru:
This is Mitsuru. I've confirmed your postion.
You're higher up than I expected... You're barely in communication 
range.
Is everyone alright?

Akihiko:
...don't know... ...got separ...

Mitsuru:
Akihiko! Come in, Akihiko!

Yukari:
...Is he out of range? I'm starting to get worried...

<An unknown floor in Tartarus>

> ...It seems you were unconscious.

> You appear to be inside Tartarus...

> But you don't see Akihiko or Junpei...

> You can't hear Mitsuru, either...

Mysterious Boy:
Are you awake?

> ....!?

Mysterious Boy:
This is the first time we've spoken outside of your room.

FC:
Where are the others?

Mysterious Boys:
Don't worry, you'll see them soon.
But, we don't have much time to talk.
Tonight, there is more than one ordeal you must face...
You should hurry... She's waiting for you.
You guys will need her.
Okay, then... I hope we can speak again.

> The mysterious boy disappeared.

> Communication is breaking up.

Mitsuru:
Are... you... alri--
...distance... too far. ...can't provid-- ...back up.
.....
You got s-- ...from Akihi--
.....

> Communication has been lost.

> Communication is breaking up.

Mitsuru:
...Akihiko and... aren't... this floor...

....

Mysterious Voice:
Who's there...?
...Are you human?

.....

> Communications has been lost.

> Communication is breaking up.

Mitsuru:
What's y-- ...current loca-- ...Reply immed--

.....

Mysterious Voice:
Where am I...?
Why am I here...?
Please answer me...

....

> Communication has been lost.

> Communication is breaking up.

Mitsuru:
Can y-- ...hear me? ...Please ans--

......

Mysterious Voice:
Is someone there...?
Please answer me...

.....

> Communication has been lost.

[You meet up with Akihiko and Junpei]

Junpei:
Hey, there she is!
Man, we were worried about you.

Akihiko:
I don't think we should enter Tartarus this way again...

Junpei:
Oh yeah! Did you hear a voice while you were in here?
Un, kinda like--

Mysterious Voice:
Who is this...? Are you human?

Junpei:
Th-That's it! That's the voice.
It sounded like it came from behind us...

Pale-Faced Girl:
Ah...

> A girl is looking your way from the shadows...

Akihiko:
Are you Fuuka Yamagishi?

Pale-Faced Girl:
Y-Yes...!

Junpei:
Wow!
Never fear, Junpei's here!

Akihiko:
I'm glad you're okay...
Come with us.

Fuuka:
Thank you so much... I...

Akihiko:
Looks like we made the right decision. I'll see if I can contact 
Mitsuru.

Fuuka:
Where are we...? I was at school, and then...

Junpei:
Well... it's a long story. I'll explain after we get outta here.

Akihiko:
Mitsuru, can you hear me?
.....
...No good. All I hear is static.

Junpei:
Oh yeah, are ya hurt?
Have you run into any monsters?

Fuuka:
So, there ARE strange creatures in here, then...
I've managed to avoid them so far...

Akihiko:
Are you serious!?
How's that possible!?

Fuuka:
Umm, it's hard to describe, but... I can sort of tell where they 
are...

Junpei:
Whaddya mean? Are you psychic?

Akihiko:
She has the same power as Mitsuru...
...Maybe even stronger...
...since Mitsuru's Persona is more battle-orientated.

Fuuka:
Persona...?

Akihiko:
Hang on to this.

> Akihiko gave Fuuka an Evoker...

Fuuka:
*gasp* B-But, this is...!

Akihiko:
Think of it as a lucky charm. It's not really a gun.

Fuuka:
Um... okay...?

Akihiko:
Alright, let's get outta here!

> Inside Tartarus, at a hallway with a view outside...

Junpei:
Whoa, check out the moon!
...I've never seen it so bright.

Akihiko:
Some research indicates that the Shadows are affected by the phases
of the moon.
Of course, the same can be said for humans.

Junpei:
That would explain Yuka-tan's mood swings.
Hey, wasn't it a full moon the night we went to the monorail?

Akihiko:
Was it?

Junpei:
I think so... Why?

Akihiko:
Hey, did you see the moon on the night the dorm was attacked, back 
in April?

FC:
I think it was full...

Akihiko:
Today is the 8th... The monorail incident happened last month 
around the same time...
and the assault on the dorm was a month before that! ...They were 
all during a full moon!

Akihiko:
Mitsuru, are you there!?

Mitsuru:
Akihiko...? ...Shadows--

Akihiko:
Hey, can you hear me? Mitsuru, come in!

Mitsuru:
...Be caref...

Akihiko:
Mitsuru!? Mitsuru!!

Fuuka:
...What is this thing...?
It's much bigger than the others... and it's attacking someone...

Akihiko:
Dammit!!

Junpei:
Wh-What's going on!?

Akihiko:
It's one of THEM! If my guess is right, they come every full moon!
...We have to hurry!

Junpei:
H-Hey! Wait for me!

> Meanwhile, at the entrance to Tartarus...

> Mitsuru and Yukari are having trouble against the giant Shadows 
that suddenly appeared...

Mitsuru:
Ugh... uh...

Yukari:
What's going on!? Nothing's working!

[Your party teleports down.]

Akihiko:
Mitsuru!

Fuuka:
What in the world...!?

Junpei:
Akihiko-sempai! We gotta distract those Shadows somehow!

Akihiko:
I know just how to do it... Hey! If it's a fight you want, we'll 
give it to you!

Mitsuru:
Be careful... Normal attacks won't work on these Shadows.

> .....!?

> Someone entered the lobby from outside Tartarus...!

Natsuki:
F-Fuuka...

Mitsuru:
Why are you here!?

Fuuka:
...Moriyama-san!?
Please, get out of here! It's dangerous!!

Natsuki:
I... I wanted to tell you... I'm sorry...

Junpei:
Hey! Look out!

Fuuka:
Moriyama-san!
I need to protect her!

> Fuuka put the gun to her temple...

[Fuuka summoned her Persona.]

Yukari:
Fuuka-san...!?

Junpei:
A Persona...?

Fuuka:
...I can see...
I... I can sense these monsters' weaknesses, somehow...

Akihiko:
...Just as I thought.
Mitsuru, let her take your place.
We'll take care of this!

[After the battle...]

Fuuka:
Are there more of them...?

Akihiko:
Don't worry, it's over.

Natsuki:
Fuuka... You...

Fuuka:
A-Are you alright...?

Natsuki:
Yeah...

Fuuka:
Thank goodness...

> Fuuka fell unconscious...

Natsuki:
Fuuka!?

Mitsuru:
It's alright. She's just exhausted.

Natsuki:
Fuuka...
Fuuka, I...

Akihiko:
Where did these two Shadows come from?

Mitsuru:
From somewhere outside of Tartarus, just like before...

Akihiko:
I see...

Yukari:
Um, what are we gonna do about Natsuki? She saw the Dark Hour, and 
the Shadows...

Akihiko:
Don't worry, she's not like us, so she won't remember any of it.
The good news is, she didn't fall victim to the Shadows, even though
she obviously heard their call.
She should be safe from now on.

Yukari:
But, that means she'll forget Fuuka saved her life, right?
That doesn't seem fair...

Mitsuru:
Actually, I don't think it'll matter.

Natsuki:
I'm sorry, Fuuka... I'm so sorry...

Mitsuru:
I think she's learned her lesson.

Natsuki:
I'm sorry... *sob*

> It wasn't easy, but you managed to rescue Fuuka.

> You wonder about the mysterious boy who appeared again...

> His warnings seem to be more than just dreams...

> ......

> You are too exhausted to make any sense of it right now.

> You decide to rest as soon as you get back to the dorm...

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<6/11 Th After School>

> You receive a text message.

> It's from Akihiko.

Text Message:
> "Fuuka is being released from the hospital."
> "We'll talk to her this evening."
> "Come to the command room as soon as you get back."

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> The Chairman and Fuuka are sitting here along with the others...

> The color has returned to Fuuka's face since her ordeal...

Ikutsuki:
You're Fuuka Yamagishi, right?

Fuuka:
Y-Yes.

Ikutsuki:
*chuckle* Relax, there's no need to be nervous. Why don't you have 
a seat?

Fuuka:
Oh, thank you...

Ikutsuki:
Everyone, you did an excellent job uncovering the truth.
I also wanted to let you know...
The three girls have all regained consciousness.

Fuuka:
What a relief...

Ikutsuki:
From what I understand, they each came to school around midnight 
and waited for the security guard to leave.
They were attacked by Shadows near the gate, as the Dark Hour 
began...
However, the facts became twisted because of rumors concerning a ghost story.

Yukari:
I knew right from the beginning that it wasn't a ghost.

Fuuka:
It's all my fault.

Yukari:
...Are you kidding!? You were the victim!

Fuuka:
But, I made so many people worry...

Yukari:
Hey, don't think like that...

Mitsuru:
We could have lost that fight if you weren't there.
You saved our lives. You should feel good about yourself.
You have a special power that you can use to help others.

Fuuka:
A special power...?

Mitsuru:
We call it "Persona."
You could be a tremendous help to us. Will you lend us your 
strength?

Fuuka:
Are you asking me to join you...?

Mitsuru:
That's correct.

Fuuka:
Mitsuru-sempai...

Akihiko:
I think you'd make a good addition to the team, too.

Fuuka:
Akihiko-sempai...

Yukari:
You know, we're not trying to pressure you, so if you need some 
time to think about it...

Fuuka:
I'll do it.
...I'll help you!

Yukari:
A-Are you sure!?
If you join, you'll have to live here...

Fuuka:
That's fine. I'd rather live here than at home anyway...

Mitsuru:
We really appreciate this.
We'll have the school talk to your parents, to resolve any issues.

Fuuka:
Thank you.

Yukari:
...Wait a minute. Aren't we dragging her into this a bit fast?

Fuuka:
Um, it's okay, really...
I mean... it'll be nice to have two other girls in my grade around,
too...

FC:
Remember-- I'm your sempai!

Fuuka:
Huh? Oh, that's right! I'm sorry, I...

Yukari:
Um, she was kidding...

Ikutsuki:
Now, then... Those special Shadows showed up again.
We still don't know where they're coming from. But Akihiko is right
about one thing...
Their appearances seem to coincide with the full moon. We'll take 
that into consideration from now on.

Junpei:
So, they're kinda like werewolves then, huh?

Akihiko:
It's a big advantage for us to know when to expect them.
Now, on the day of the fight, we'll be ready to get in the ring.

Yukari:
.....

> The SEES team has deduced the pattern to the appearance of the 
gigantic Shadows.

> Could this be what that boy who keeps appearing before you was 
talking about...?

> It seems you need to be wary of the coming of the full moon from 
now on...

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<6/12 F Morning>

> Gekkoukan High School, Classroom 2-E...

Nosy Girl:
Hey, did ya hear?
Ekoda's in hot water!

Gossip-Lover:
Really? What'd he do?

Nosy Girl:
I don't know, but it must be serious. ...Sexual harassment, maybe?

Gossip-Lover:
Hahaha, I can totally see that!

Fuuka:
U-Um... G-Good morning...
.....

Nosy Girl:
Hey, look... It's the ghost girl.

Gossip-Lover:
Quiet, she can hear you!

Natsuki:
Fuuka, you in here?

Fuuka:
Moriyama-san...?

Natsuki:
I heard you started living in the dorms.

Fuuka:
Y-Yeah...

Natsuki:
You seem so depressed...
Let me know if you need someone to talk to.
You could probably use a friend, huh?

Fuuka:
Moriyama-san...

Natsuki:
Oh, come on.
...Just call me Natsuki.

Fuuki:
.....
Thank you...

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense someone's presence...

Mysterious Boy:
You've prevailed yet again.
Do you remember what I said before?
About everything coming to an end?
Well, I recalled something else...
I'm fairly sure that the end is inevitable.
But, it's funny...
It doesn't seem so certain, considering the vast potential within 
you.
As a matter of fact, your power seems to have changed quite a bit.
Hey, if you don't mind, can I be your friend?
I'm very curious about you... Is that okay?

FC:
Aren't we friends already?

Mysterious Boy:
*chuckle* You're right. I didn't really need to bring it up, did I?
After all, I've been with you from the beginning...
My name is... Pharos.

Pharos:
You may call me that if you wish.

> You felt a faint bond with the mysterious boy named Pharos...

Pharos:
It's getting late, so I'll go now.
I'm already looking forward to our next meeting.
Bye-bye.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<6/20 Sa After School>

Mitsuru:
Mind if I interrupt?
I was just told by the Chairman that he'll be stopping by this 
evening.
When you get back, come to the 4th floor meeting room.

Yukari:
Oh, um...okay.

Mitsuru:
I'll see you all later.

> Mitsuru left as quickly as she came...

> Curious about what she meant, you decided to go straight home with
Yukari.

> In front of the dorm...

> Fuuka has returned home early and is playing with a white dog...

Fuuka:
Koro-chan, give me your paw!

White Dog:
Woof.

Yukari:
Oooh, he did it! What a smart dog.

Fuuka:
Oh, hi.
Koro-chan, go say hi!
You can do that, right?

White Dog:
Woof.

> The dog nuzzled you...

Fuuka:
His name's Koromaru.
I've seen him sitting by the steps of the shrine.

[A woman walks up to you]

Passerby:
Oh... This dog still goes on walks all by himself?

> A passing woman spoke up...

Yukari:
.....? Whaddya mean?

Passerby:
He used to belong to the priest at the Naganaki Shrine.
Every afternoon, the two of them went this way for a walk.

Fuuka:
That explains it...

Passerby:
Well, until the priest passed away.

Fuuka:
He passed away...?

Passerby:
Oh, you haven't heard the story?
It was about six months ago...
The priest was hit by a car while walking his dog. He didn't 
survive.
Ever since then, that dog sits patiently by the site of the 
accident.
And he goes for a walk everyday, just like when his owner was still
alive...

> The woman seems to be very talkative...

Passerby:
...Oh shoot, I have to get going! My son will be back soon!

> The woman left...

Yukari:
Aww, you're such a loyal dog! Good boy!

Fuuka:
...Huh?

Yukari:
What's wrong?

Fuuka:
...Oh, nothing... Sorry.
Wait, isn't the Chairman coming today?
Then, we should go get ready.

Yukari:
Yeah. See you later, Koro-chan.

White Dog:
Arf!

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone has already gathered...

Ikutsuki:
Hello, everyone.
I wanted to let you know how my research has been going.
This concerns those Shadows that have been appearing during full
moons.
I want you to listen closely; it might be hard to follow.
Shadows can be divided into 12 categories, according to their
characteristics.
This, we've known for a while. It's like their class or order.
...Now, I've classified the special Shadows we've seen so far, 
and... It's simply fascinating!
Those four Shadows belonged to Categories I through IV, in order of
their appearance!
They may have looked different than the more common ones, but the
classification scheme still applies.

Junpei:
Is that something we should be excited about?

Fuuka:
Oh, I get it... There's 12 in all...
...Eight we haven't seen yet.

Ikutsuki:
That's exactly right, Fuuka! You're quite sharp.

Junpei:
Oh, uh, okay... But, what are they after?

Ikutsuki:
...That's a good question, and that's what we haven't figured out
yet: their motive.
They don't kill their prey; they feed on their minds.
It can be considered predation, but is it really? Is there an
underlying intent behind their behavior?
The purpose of the Shadows as a whole... That's what we need to 
consider.

Akihiko:
...This is interesting.
But, no matter what, we still have to beat the rest of 'em.

Mitsuru:
...I agree.
That's about all we can do at this point.

Yukari:
Eight more, huh? Lucky us.

Fuuka:
According to the data, each one has been stronger than the last, so
we better start training harder...

Akihiko:
We'll manage. We've got plenty of time.

Yukari:
What about Tartarus? Why does it even exist...?

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
.....

> The pieces are falling into place, one by one.

> But, the Shadows that appear when the moon is full...

> You wonder what their purpose is...

> .....

> Eight of them remain...

> You still have a long road ahead of you.

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<6/22 M Dark Hour>

> Meanwhile, at the Tatsumi Port Island back alley...

[A red coffin opens]

Teenager:
...Huh...?
How the heck did I--

Cold Voice:
Good evening...

[The sound of footsteps is heard]

Teenager:
.....!?

Pale Young Man:
Are you surprised?
Truth be told, we all visit this world every night.

Teenager:
Wh-What are you saying? Who the hell are you?

Girl in a Dress:
......

Smart-Looking Boy:
Didn't Mommy teach you any manners? You haven't introduced 
yourself...
Take a look.
Name, address, age, etc... This is you, right?

Teenager:
Wha--!? Where did you get this!?

Smart-Looking Boy:
Somebody's got a grudge against you, and they asked us to get
revenge.

Teenager:
Revenge!? What kinda bullshit is this!?
Who put you up to this!?

Smart-Looking Boy:
Can't tell ya. We're professionals.

Teenager:
"Professionals"...?
Oh shit...
You mean, the rumors on the net are true!?

Pale Young Man:
May we get this over with now?

Teenager:
Hey... W-Wait... I haven't done anything!
Why me!? What'd I do!?

Pale Young Man:
That is not our concern.
Your notion of right and wrong is irrelevant. My client's wishes
are all that matter.
People hear what they choose to hear, and believe what they want to
believe.

Teenager:
N-No... Stay away...
Get away from me!!

[The teenager runs]

Pale Young Man:
You squeal most magnificently!
Such raw emotion!

[The young man fires his gun and the teenager collapses]

Girl in a Dress:
He's not dead...

Smart-Looking Boy:
Doesn't matter...
We've held up our end of the bargain.
Besides, tomorrow this will just seem like some random crime.

Pale Young Man:
If there's nothing else...
I'm feeling rather tired.

> The three left the way they came...

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<6/23 Tu Evening>

> Meanwhile...

> Iwatodai Strip Mall, Hagakure Ramen...

Server:
Hi, how are you today? Just one?

> The customer that came in sat next to a certain young man...

Akihiko:
I'll have what he's having.

Shinjiro:
*grunt*

Server:
Coming right up!
One house special!

Akihiko:
...How can you eat the same thing all the time, without getting sick
of it?

Shinjiro:
Shut up.
You always eat that protein shit.

Akihiko:
Hmph...

Server:
Here you go, one house special! Be careful, it's hot!

Akihiko:
...Yow, he wasn't kidding.

[Akihiko slurps his noodles]

Akihiko:
...You still haven't made up your mind?

Shinjiro:
...Is that what this is about?

Akihiko:
We've got four new members.
Things have changed quite a bit since you left. We're more 
aggressive now.

Shinjiro:
I'm not interested.

Akihiko:
Think about it, Shinji. Don't let your power go to waste.

Shinjiro:
My power ain't worth shit.

Akihiko:
Shinji!

Shinjiro:
I made up my mind a long time ago. I ain't goin' back.

Akihiko:
You have to let the past go.
What's done is done. It's time you moved on.

Shinjiro:
Hmph... You should talk.

Akihiko:
What?

Shinjiro:
Face it...
You're no different than me.

[Shinjiro leaves]

Akihiko:
Ah... Hey! Shinji!

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<6/29 M Evening>

> Meanwhile, in the dormitory comman room...

Yukari:
Sorry to bother you, Fuuka...

Fuuka:
It's okay... What's on your mind?

Yukari:
Well, um...
I was hoping you could do me a favor, with your skill...
I was doing some research on our school, and I came across something
strange...
Ten years ago, a lot of students missed school for some reason.
They were reported as absent, but I found some records that suggests
it was something serious.
Do you know anything about it, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
Me? Um, not really...

Yukari:
I know it was a long time ago, but... doesn't it seem suspicious to
you?
From what I've heard, this isn't the first time Shadows have
appeared...

Fuuka:
Wait, are you saying...?

Yukari:
I don't know. But, I wonder...
And I'm not trying to make trouble, but...
Mitsuru-sempai acts kind of weird whenever someone asks questions
about Tartarus.

Fuuka:
Does she...?

Yukari:
I just wanna know what happened back then. If it doesn't have
anything to do with the Shadows, then fine.

Fuuka:
...I understand.
Okay, I'll see what I can do.

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<6/30 Tu Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense someone's presence...

Pharos:
Hi.
...Can you guess what I'm going to tell you?

FC:
I think so.

Pharos:
*chuckle* You're used to it by now, huh?
...The next full moon will be in one week.
Are you prepared...? Be careful, okay?
I'll come again.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<7/7 Tu Dark Hour>

> The dormitory command room...

> Fuuka has summoned Lucia, her Persona, and is scaning the area...

Akihiko:
Any luck, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
...Just a moment...
...I found it! I sense a strong presence!

Junpei:
Hey, we were right!

Ikutsuki:
Or so it would seem.

Fuuka:
It's located in Iwatodai... inside a building on Shirakawa 
Boulevard.

Ikutsuki:
Hmm, Shirakawa Boulevard...
They've been finding The Lost in pairs lately... Now I understand 
why.

Mitsuru:
In pairs...
.....
...Oh, I get it.

> Fuuka dismissed Lucia...

Fuuka:
Why, what's on Shirakawa Boulevard? I'm not familiar with that 
area...

Yukari:
I've heard about it, but...

Junpei:
That's where all THOSE hotels are. That explains a lot!
You've heard about 'em, right Fuuka? Where people go to... ya 
know...

Fuuka:
Oh...?

Yukari:
Ugh, you have the dirtiest mind...

Ikutsuki:
Nonsense... They're no different than ordinary hotels.
The rooms are a bit fancier, that's all.

Junpei:
Aw man, that's it?

Yukari:
I don't know about this... Maybe I shouldn't go...

Junpei:
You're just like a little kid, Yuka-tan...

Yukari:
Wh-Whatever!
Fine. Let's go.
But this time, I want a piece of the action!

Junpei:
Y-You do?

Yukari:
So, who's gonna take the lead?

Mitsuru:
FC.
I don't see any reason to change leaders now.
And Yamagishi, I want you to handle support during the operation.

Fuuka:
I'll do my best!

Akihiko:
Alright, then I'll let you decide on the rest of the team. Let's do
this.

> Hotel Champs de Fleurs, farthest room...

Yukari:
This thing's the boss? Huh... It's more normal-looking than I 
expected.

Fuuka:
Get ready, everyone! It's coming!

<After the battle>

Fuuka:
Good job.
You succeeded once again.
I'll be waiting outside for you.

> The door won't budge.

> A strong force seems to be holding it shut.

Fuuka:
.....!
...Huh!?
I still sense a Shadow in that room!
It's not the same one you defeated!
But... Where is it hiding?

[You examine the mirror]

> It's a large mirror.

Yukari:
Hm?
Is it just me, or is there something strange about this mirror?

[The screen fades into white and you get transported to a different
room.]

> This place is...

> It looks like a hotel room...

> Your head feels foggy...

> You don't remember why you are here...

FC:
(What was I...?)

> It feels like you had something important to do...

> .....?

> You hear the shower running in the bathroom...

[The screen flashes]

Voice in Your Head:
Embrace your desire...

> A strange voice rings inside your head...

Voice in Your Head:
I am the voice of your inner self...
Enjoy the moment...
That which cannot be felt is merely a dream... The present is all
we have.

FC:
(That's not true...)

Voice in Your Head:
The future is but a fantasy, memory a fabrication...
Let your desire free you from your shackles... Such is my wish...

FC:
(I can't give in...)

Voice in Your Head:
Pleasure is what you truely want.
You stand before the doorway to bliss.
You cannot deny your instincts... Embrace your desire...

FC:
(Not now...)

> Your mind is getting clearer.

> You have regained control of your thoughts...

> The shower in the bathroom has been turned off.

> .....!?

> Someone's coming out!

Akihiko:
Hey, it's your turn next...
.....?
Whoa!
Wh-what the hell!? What's going on here!?

FC:
Put your clothes on.

Akihiko:
Y-Yeah, you're absolutely right!

> Akihiko ran back into the bathroom...

> It seems Akihiko's mind had been clouded too...

Fuuka:
Oh, I can finally reach you!
Can you two hear me?

FC:
I hear you.

Fuuka:
I'm sorry I couldn't contact you sooner...
The Shadow was interfering with your thoughts...
And you all got separated...
The enemy is still in the same room. Please regroup and hurry there.
Akihiko-sempai, can you hear me?

Akihiko:
Y-Yeah, loud and clear!

Fuuka:
Um... Did something happen?

Akihiko:
All right, let's go.
......
Um, and about what happened earlier... Could you keep it a secret?
Please...

Fuuka:
I'm sorry... I never expected there to be another Shadow.
Its power is blanketing the whole building.
I'm pretty sure it's in that one room you were in before...
But, it somehow sealed the door, so I don't think you'll be able to
get in.
I'll try to find out if there's a way to break the seal...
Please join the others. They're on the floor above you.

[You go upstairs]

Yukari:
Oh, FC!
I can't believe there was another one... That was the worst!
Hey... Were you guys okay?

FC:
Er... Just fine.

Akihiko:
...Huh? Of course we're okay!

Fuuka:
I got it! It's the mirrors!
They're giving off the same energy as the Shadow!
Maybe the seal will vanish if you break the mirrors...

Yukari:
I remember this one mirror we saw on the 3rd floor was different
from the others...
When I stood in front of it, I felt kinda strange...

[You break all the mirrors]

> Hotel Champs de Fleurs, furthest room...

Akihiko:
How dare you pull shit like that with us... I hope you're ready to
die!

Fuuka:
We can defeat it this time! Hang in there, everyone!

> Hotel Champs de Fleurs, entrance...

Fuuka:
I'm glad you're all safe.

Mitsuru:
Thanks for your help. The enemy was sly, but you did well.

Fuuka:
I did what I could.

Mitsuru:
And you too, FC,
for withstanding the enemy's mental assault.

> You managed to survive yet another difficult battle.

> You feel your trust for each other has strengthened...

Akihiko:
Alright, let's call it a night.

> Akihiko and Mitsuru left...

Fuuka:
Oh, Yukari.
About that thing you mentioned the other day...

Yukari:
You found out something?

Fuuka:
Y-Yeah.

Yukari:
Cool, tell me later.
Alright! We should head back too.
Fuuka played a big role again in this one, so score another for the
second-years!
Come on, Junpei. What are you doing?

Junpei:
Hey, FC... What're you trying so hard for?

> There's a somewhat sullen tone in Junpei's voice...

FC:
Worried about me?

Junpei:
I wouldn't say that, but...
Meh, like it really matters...

Yukari:
Dude, what's the matter with you?
Are you gonna keep sulking because a girl got to be the leader this
time, too?

Junpei:
Shut up!

> Junpei trotted off quickly...

Yukari:
What's up HIS butt?

> .....

> You succeeded in defeating the Shadows this month too.

> You expect that there will be fewer victims for a while.

> But, you are too exhausted to think about it now.

> You decide to rest as soon as you get back to the dorm...

> After everyone left, on the roof of the building across from the
hotel...

Pale Young Man:
...Faster than I expected.

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Pale Young Man:
That was quite a show.
They've been rather busy these last few months, including their
frequent forays into the tower.
Their fighting style is positively fascinating...
And it seems they've gained new recruits, too.
Well, Jin? Are they our enemy?

Smart-Looking Guy:
Why don't we ask our "buddy"? We'll be seeing him soon.

Pale Young Man:
Yes... That's an excellent idea.
Considering that he shares our fate, it would be prudent to seek
his opinion.
We don't have much time left...

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<7/11 Sa After School>

> You received a text message.

> It's from Akihiko.

Text Message:
> "Ikutsuki-san is coming tonight."
> "He has something to tell us."
> "We'll meet on the 4th floor as soon as everyone is back."

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Mitsuru is giving an account of the battle at the hotel to 
Ikutsuki.

Mitsuru:
...So, that's what happened on the night of the 7th.
It was a difficult operation.

Ikutsuki:
I see. They're getting tougher...
But, it's not all bad news... I called today's meeting because--

Yukari:
I'm sorry.
Before we go on, I'd like to ask Mitsuru-sempai something.

Mitsuru:
Me...?

Yukari:
Since I joined, so many things have happened...
I went along with it, without really understanding what was going 
on... But now, I need to know.
I'm gonna ask you straight out...
You've been hiding something from us, haven't you, Sempai?
You act like you don't kow anything about the Dark Hour and 
Tartarus...
...but they're related to that accident ten years ago, aren't they?

Junpei:
What accident...?

Fuuka:
Y-Yukari-chan...

Yukari:
There was an explosion near our school, and a lot of people died...
It must've been big news back then. You know about it, don't you?

Mitsuru:
...Yes.

Yukari:
Luckily, no students were injured. But...
...around the same time, a large number of students were recorded as
absent.
...Seems like more than just a coincidence.

Mitsuru:
What do you mean?

Yukari:
I dug up some old school records, and found something interesting.
The students who were absent... They all collapsed suddenly, and
had to be hospitalized.
Sound familiar?
You know, like the girls who bullied Fuuka...

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
There has to be an explanation!
What really happened on the day of that accident?
The Kirijo Group built our school, so you must know something!
Tell me the truth!

Mitsuru:
...I wasn't trying to hide anything from you. It just never seemed
relevant.
But...

Ikutsuki:
...It's okay. It's not your fault.

Mitsuru:
...Alright.
I'll tell you the whole story...
The Shadows have many mysterious abilities.
Some research indicates that they can even affect time and space.
We think of them as our enemies, but what if we could somehow use 
them to our advantage?
They would be a source of unimaginable power, wouldn't they?

Yukari:
What...?

Mitsuru:
Fourteen years ago, one man pursued that line of thinking...
He was the former leader of the Kirijo Group, Kouetsu Kirijo...
...My grandfather.
My grandfather was obsessed with the Shadows...
He wanted to harness their power for somethingextraordinary.

Fuuka:
Like what...?

Mitsuru:
He assembled a team of top scientists, and over several years, he 
put together an impressive collection of Shadows.

Junpei:
He what!? Damn, that's freakin' crazy!

Mitsuru:
However... ten years ago, during the final stages of the experiment,
they lost control of the Shadows' power...
And in the process, the very nature of the world was altered.

Fuuka:
Oh my... Do you mean...?

Mitsuru:
Yes... Tartarus and the Dark Hour.

Yukari:
......

Mitsuru:
By their account, the mass of Shadows they collected split into
several large ones that then dispersed.
These are the Shadows we've been encountering on nights when the
moon is full.

Fuuka:
Is that why they've appeared in different places?

Yukari:
Wait a minute...
If what you said is true, then why did our school turn into 
Tartarus?
*gasp* ...Don't tell me...
That's where they conducted the experiment!?

Mitsuru:
...Yes.

Yukari:
Then... those students who were hospitalized...

Mitsuru:
I'm afraid it's just as you're thinking.
Port Island must have been an ideal location for them.
It was a highly-populated area, and the Kirijo Group had influence
there. They could do as they pleased...
As you guessed, the experiment ten years ago was conducted at
Gekkoukan High School.

Yukari:
.....
Does that mean...
...all we've been doing is cleaning up their mess!?
...You lied to us?

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
You knew too, didn't you Sempai!?
They've just been using us!
Or, do you not care as long as you get to fight?

Akihiko:
I never said anything like that!
I have my reasons...

Mitsuru:
Think what you'd like... It was my decision not to share that
information.
...I'm sorry.
I never intended to deceive you.
Convincing you to join SEES was my highest priority.
As absurd as it may seem, only we-- with our Personas-- can fight
the Shadows.

Yukari:
How could you...!?

Mitsuru:
Besides... some of us were never given a choice.
I...

Akihiko:
Mitsuru... Don't.

Ikutsuki:
Yukari... It's those in the past who are to blame.
And they lost their lives as a result of what they did...
We're all in the same boat, here; none of us deserve the burden 
that's been thrust upon us.

Yukari:
But...
.....

Ikutsuki:
It's been ten years since that incident... No one knows why those
Shadows suddenly returned.
But, since they're active, at least we can find and destroy them...
Do you realize what this means?
What if I told you that those twelve Shadows are the cause of 
everything?

Akihiko:
Then, if we defeat them all, Tartarus and the Dark Hour will
disappear...?

Ikutsuki:
Exactly!
That's what I was going to tell you earlier. See, it's good news,
isn't it?

Fuuka:
Is that true!?

Ikutsuki:
There's evidence to support it.
Now, our true battle begins.

Yukari:
I see...

Ikutsuki:
Regardless of what's happened in the past, we must fight to protect
the people.
The Shadows are gaining strength. We can't afford to just wait for
them.

Mitsuru:
...Indeed.

Ikutsuki:
And there are many mysteries still surrounding Tartarus.
Why did such a gigantic structure appear in the first place? The 
answer must lie within it.

Yukari:
Mmm...

> ...You must defeat the twelve Shadows which started all this...

> In order to eradicate the Dark Hour and Tartarus...

> You must fight to protect the people...

> There are six left...

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<7/12 Su Daytime>

> Meanwhile, in the Tatsumi Port Island back alley...

Akihiko:
Nothing to do as usual, huh?

Shinjiro:
Hm...?
Hmph... Why're you here?
If you came here to try and convince me, then forget it.

Akihiko:
...It's nothing like that.
I just wanted to see how you were doing.

Shinjiro:
Huh?

Akihiko:
We've known each other for a long time...
It's been almost 14 years since we met at the orphanage...
You, me, and Miki... We used to run around here until the sun went
down.
Back then, it seemed like we had all the time in the world.

Shinjiro:
Heh... You haven't changed one bit.
If you wanna get all sappy, go do it with your other friends.

Akihiko:
...What was that!?

Shinjiro:
It's rare for you to think about the past. Usually, you just charge
ahead like a damn fool.
So obviously, there's something on your mind.

Akihiko:
.....
I do reminisce sometimes... But, what's the point?
.....
...Anyway, we finally know how to get rid of Tartarus and the Dark
Hour.

Shinjiro:
No shit?

Akihiko:
Yeah...
To be honest, all I've been thinking about lately is getting 
stronger.
But yesterday, someone made me question my reason for fighting...

Shinjiro:
Your reason for fighting, huh...
That's different for every person. But, if you don't have a good 
one, you can always quit...
...like I did.

Akihiko:
...I'm not like you.
...Man, I can't believe I'm the one getting lectured here.

Shinjiro:
......

Akihiko:
Well, see ya around.

[Akihiko left]

Shinjiro:
Tch... You haven't changed at all...

> Meanwhile in Fuuka's room at the dormitory...

[Someone knocks on the door]

Fuuka:
Yes?

Mitsuru:
...Can I talk to you for a moment?

Fuuka:
Sempai...
...Oh, please come in.

[Mitsuru enters]

Mitsuru:
Not only do you excel at providing support during battle, but also
at obtaining information.

Fuuka:
Oh, I-I'm sorry for doing that without permission...

Mitsuru:
Don't worry, you're not in trouble. But, I do have a special favour 
to ask of you.
I want you to find out as much as you can about that incident ten 
years ago.

Fuuka:
But, very little was made public...

Mitsuru:
That's why I want you to access the Kirijo Group's database.

Fuuka:
You mean, hack into their system?
That's illegal.

Mitsuru:
I'll give you my ID and password. You'll be free from 
accountability.
I want to know the truth, in detail.

Fuuka:
Sempai...

Mitsuru:
Of course, I'll understand if you refuse.

Fuuka:
Okay. I'll see what I can do.

Mitsuru:
Are you sure?
...I appreciate it.
Yamagishi... Aren't you resentful?
After all, despite my good intentions, I did drag you into this
without fully explaining.
Certainly, you must be a little angry with me...

Fuuka:
Not really.
You see, my parents have an inferiority complex because all my 
relatives are doctors...
That's why they're so tough on me...
...It's really hard for me to be at home...
But here, I feel important, and I can help you and the others...
So, why should I be angry?

Mitsuru:
You're right, Yamagishi. We do need you.
No one can take your place.

Fuuka:
U-Um...

Mitsuru:
Thank you... I'll see you later.

> Meanwhile, in front of Tatsumi Port Island station...

Junpei:
So, Tartarus and the Dark Hour will be gone, huh...
...Tch!
That's good...
That's what we've been fighting for...
So, why am I so pissed!?

[Some students walk up]

Listless Student:
Gosh, it's hot... even for July.

Student's Friend:
Seriously. But, at least we're seniors now...
We won't be wearing these stupid uniforms much longer.

Listless Student:
Yeah, I've had enough of this. I just wanna get accepted to college
and start having some fun.

[The students leave]

Junpei:
Haha, I know why...
I'M the reason...
I was like, "Fighting is my duty." But hell, it's all I'm good for.
If it weren't for that...
I'd be worthless.
Haha, my duty...? What a buncha bullshit.
Even when it comes to fighting... she's just on another level...
Dammit! Nothing I do is good enough!
*sigh*

> Meanwhile, in Yukari's room at the dormitory...

Yukari:
.....
Seems like my worst fears keep coming true...
Am I stupid to believe in things like trust and friendship...?
Dad..
This old letter of yours...
I must've read it a thousand times since it came last spring...

Letter:
"March 6th, 2000. To my family,"
"Tomorrow, I'll bring this letter to the opening ceremony for the
Moonlight Bridge."
"It'll be stored in a time capsule, and sent to you ten years from
now."
"Yukari... You're so small right now, but in ten years, you'll be 
sixteen. You'll be in high school."

Yukari:
.....

Letter:
"I know you've been sad because I have to work so late, but you 
still always greet me with a smile."
"I'm really proud of myself. Kirijo-san appointed me Head 
Researcher."
"I'll be starting on a big project soon, and I'm happy to be
receiving so much recognition for my work..."
"But, I swear to you that nothing is more important to me than you
and your mother."

Yukari:
Dad...

Letter:
"Yukari... Are you remembering to enjoy life?"
"Are you still bright-eyed and hopeful, like you are now?
"No matter what happens in the next ten years, I hope you're happy."
"...Well, I hope this letter brings a smile to your face."
"Love, Dad"

Yukari:
No matter what happens, huh...?
.....
I can't lose hope... for his sake.
.....
I won't turn my back. I won't be like Mom.
Not ever...

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense someone's presence...

Pharos:
It's good to see you again.
How long has it been since we first met? Time passes so quickly.
So, how's life as a Persona-user?

FC:
It's fulfilling!

Pharos:
Oh, that's good to hear.
I remembered something else about the coming of the end...
It all goes back to an occurrence that took place many years ago...
...Ten years ago, if I remember correctly.
Hey...
Didn't your parents pass away about ten years ago?
A Persona is like a mirror.
Which means, a Persona-user can never escape from his true self.
Regardless, I will stay with you...
...because we're friends.

> You sense a faint bond between you and Pharos...

Pharos:
Good night...

> Pharos disappeared...

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<7/13 M Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone has gathered...

Yukari:
.....

Mitsuru:
.....

Akihiko:
What's wrong, everyone? Are you guys hungry?

Yukari:
N-Not really...

> An awkward silence fills the room...

Fuuka:
Umm...
Y-You know, it's almost summer break. Do you have any plans?

Junpei:
I wish I could go to the beach. Hot sand, cool breeze... babes in
bikinis...
Man, it sure would be nice!
Somewhere in the south, where the water is crystal clear!
But first, we have exams to worry about... Ugh, what a drag...

Fuuka:
Now, now. You'll be fine.

Fuuka:
But yeah, I'd love to go somewhere famous for its beautiful beaches,
like Okinawa.

Ikutsuki:
Well, it's not Okinawa, but how about Yakushima?

Mitsuru:
Mr. Chairman... I didn't realize you were here.

Ikutsuki:
I happened to be in the area, so I thought I'd drop by and tell you
my schedule for next week.
Mitsuru, your father will be vacationing in Yakushima during the
break.

Mitsuru:
He will...?

Ikutsuki:
You'll all have some time off after exams, right? Why don't you go
and pay him a surprise visit?

Junpei:
Seriously!? We're gonna go on a trip!?
YES! Beach babes, here I come!

Yukari:
*sigh* Men.

Fuuka:
*chuckle*

Ikutsuki:
How about it, Mitsuru?

Mitsuru:
But... my father is a busy man; I don't want to ruin his vacation.

Ikutsuki:
Haha, don't worry...
No father would be upset with a daughter who came all that way to
see him.
You've all done a great job. You deserve to relax for a while.
We already know when the next operation will be, so it should be
fine.

Mitsuru:
...I don't know...

FC:
YAKUSHIMA!

Junpei:
Sempai! I'm beggin' ya!

Mitsuru:
.....
...Alright.
I guess everyone needs a break now and then. Let's do it.

Junpei:
Woohoo!

Akihiko:
Hmm, the beach...
...I should design a special training regimen.

Junpei:
Dude, I'm stoked!

Fuuka:
I have to go buy a swimsuit...

Junpei:
Hey, don't worry! I got an extra pair you can borrow!

Akihiko:
Nice try, man.

Fuuka:
Are you going to swim too, Ikutsuki-san?

Ikutsuki:
I'm afraid I can't. I'll turn to dust if I'm exposed to sunlight.

Junpei:
Whoa, was that a joke!?

Akihiko:
Of course it was...

> Everyone is chattering about the vacation...

> In the midst of the excitement, Mitsuru quietly begins to leave
for her room...

Yukari:
Ah...
Mitsuru-sempai, wait!
Uh...
Sorry about the other day...
I got a little carried away...

Mitsuru:
...Don't worry about it.
In a way, it's only logical that we go to Yakushima.
The Chairman said that no one who was responsible for the accident
was still alive, but...
...in reality, there is one witness who survived.

Yukari:
There is?

Mitsuru:
My father.

> Mitsuru walked away as Yukari looked on in shock...

Yukari:
Sempai...

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<7/18 Sa After School>

Junpei:
I'm done, baaaby!!
The dark days of testing are finally over! The sun is shinin' 
bright!

Yukari:
So, how'd you do?

Junpei:
Hey, check it out! I aced P.E.!

Yukari:
Well, that pretty much answers the question.

Junpei:
Psh, a real man doesn't dwell on the past...
I'm thinking ahead to Yakushima!

Yukari:
Oh yeah, that's coming up soon, isn't it...?
Are ya ready?

FC:
Totally!

Yukari:
...I guess I should start getting ready, too.
I guess I should be more enthusiastic, huh?
Hey, I don't have practice today, so do you wanna do something?
What do you say?

Junpei:
Sounds good! Where er goin'?
If you need to buy a swimsuit, I'd be happy to help!

Yukari:
As if.
Alright, gimme a sec. I'm gonna go grab my stuff from the locker
room.
...Oh, I'll invite Fuuka, too.

> Yukari left the classroom...

Junpei:
Hey...
Um... I'm sorry about the way I've been acting...
I was just in a bad mood and I took it all out on you...
I know it wasn't too cool of me...

FC:
It's okay.

Junpei:
Alright... Thanks.
Let's go back to how things used to be between us, okay?
Alright, let's get going.

> You met up with Akihiko at the school gate and went home 
together...

Junpei:
Woohoooooo!
Freedom at last! What should I do now!?

Fuuka:
Don't worry, I'm sure you'll think of something.

Junpei:
Hell yeah, I will!
...Hey, what're you doing here, Akihiko-san?

Akihiko:
Ikutsuki-san called me.
I think he wants to talk about a new candidate.

Yukari:
Does that mean another person is going to join?

Akihiko:
Maybe...

Junpei:
Ooh, is it gonna be another girl?

Akihiko:
How should I know?

Natsuki:
Fuuka!

Fuuka:
What's wrong, Natsuki-chan?

Natsuki:
Do you think you can stay after school with me for a mandatory study
session? There's, like, no one--
Oh, you're going back to your "home" home today, huh?
Okay, then never mind.

Fuuka:
Hey, wait.
It's alright. Let's go.
Sorry, I'll see you all later back at the dorm.

> Fuuka returned to the school grounds with Natsuki...

Junpei:
I'm really surprised at how much she's changed.

Ikutsuki's Voice:
Ah, friendship... How beautiful!
Adolescence is such a wonderful thing! So full of vibrancy!

Yukari:
Mr. Chairman...!

Ikutsuki:
Oh, hello. I just stopped by to pick someone up.
I might as well introduce you to him now.

Ken:
Hello.

Akihiko:
...!

Yukari:
Oh, hi, Ken-kun. What's up?

Akihiko:
You know him...?

Ikutsuki:
He doesn't leave during the break because of his... circumstances.

Yukari:
Oh, I heard about that...
Something about his parents...

Ken:
It was only me and my mom, but she got in an accident, and she...
she died.
It happened two years ago.

Ikutsuki:
...Right now, one of his distant relatives is paying for his school
expenses.
But, staying at the elementary school dorm all by himself isn't
proper for a child his age.
So, I decided to move him to your dorm for the summer.

Yukari:
To OUR dorm!? Do you really think that's a good idea!?

Ikutsuki:
Why, of course. He has the potential.

Akihiko:
Then, he's the new candidate...?

Ikutsuki:
Yes...
But, as you can seel, he's still just an elementary school student.
So, it is merely a possibility for now.

Akihiko:
.....

Ken:
Are you... Sanada-sempai?

Akihiko:
Um... yeah.

Ken:
I've heard a lot about you... You haven't lost a boxing match yet.
It's a real honor to meet you!

Akihiko:
Yeah, well... It's nice to meet you.
.....

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<7/20 M Early Morning>

> Your trip to Yakushima begins today and lasts for 4 days, 3 
nights.

> It's time for you to get ready...

<Daytime>

> Inside the Yakushima-bound ferry...

> You will soon arrive at Yakushima.

Junpei:
Awesome! There it is! Ya-ku-shi-maaaaa!

Fuuka:
W-wow, so many tropical plants...!
Take a look at that one...

Yukari:
.....

Mitsuru:
.....

> But the atmosphere is still heavy...

Fuuka:
Um...

Junpei:
I-It's totally amazing, huh! Man, this is so awesome... I'm not
even kidding!

Fuuka:
Junpei-kun...

Junpei:
*sigh*

> The Kirijo family Yakushima mansion...

Fuuka:
Wow...

Junpei:
It's like we're in an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and 
Fabulous...

Maids:
Welcome back, Milady.

Mitsuru:
We won't be here long, but I'll be relying on you during our stay.

Yukari:
You have maids...?

Maid:
And you must be her schoolmates, correct? Welcome to the Kirijo
vacation home.
Please follow me.

Yukari:
Um, is this the right place?

Junpei:
Dude, real-life maids...

Fuuka:
I knew she was from an important family, but this definitely 
confirms it...

[You hear footsteps]

Impressive-Looking Gentleman:
.....

> A man walked in from the far door...

Mitsuru:
It's good to see you.

[The man leaves]

Fuuka:
Oh, he left...
Was that...?

Yukari:
...her father?

Junpei:
Dude, talk about scary!
He's not gonna make us walk the plank, is he?

Akihiko:
Don't be stupid...

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* We won't be here long, but make yourself at home.

Junpei:
Sweet! This is gonna rock!
Hey, wanna go to the beach? It's right there.
Dude, this place rules! Come on, let's go!

Yukari:
What, already?
I mean, sure, but let me get changed first!

Junpei:
Then, I'll see ya there.
I'm not gonna waste a single minute!

> Yakushima, at the beach...

> After changing into your swimsuit and arriving at the beach, you
see Junpei and Akihiko talking...

Junpei:
Ahh... Got my sandals on... Givin' my feet a chance to breathe...
Yup! Summer's here!

> You can tell even at this distance that Junpei is extremely
excited...

Yukari:
Ugh, could he BE any louder...?
But yikes, what's with Akihiko-sempai's swimsuit...?
I can feel my face getting red just looking at it...

Akihiko:
Yo, about time you guys got here.
.....?
Something wrong, Yukari?

Yukari:
That's a pretty... small... swimsuit...

Akihiko:
What, don't you know?
Swimsuits like this reduce water resistance and--

Yukari:
Oh, that's okay... It doesn't need to be justified.
...Hey Junpei, what's the matter? You look even dumber than usual.

Junpei:
Maaaan.... Talk about a feast for the eyes, haha.
Yuka-tan's wearing a more aggressive model than I had imagined!
Could her boldness come from the confidence that her club training
has toned her bod!?

Yukari:
What!?

Junpei:
And check out our leader! She's one cute mermaid herself!
Those curves she usually keeps covered up are lookin' good! I can't
tear my eyes away!

FC:
Thanks!

Junpei:
Maaaan, the beach is so great. I love this place!

Fuuka:
Is that umbrella taken?

Junpei:
Oooh, and here we have the lovely Miss Yamagishi!
...Wow, Fuuka, I had no idea you were so... I mean, you should wear
a swimsuit more often!

Fuuka:
Huh...? *gasp*

Junpei:
Oh come on, there's nothing to be embarrassed about!
Heheh.

Yukari:
Stop that creepy laugh, you perv!

Junpei:
And here's our final contestant...

Mitsuru:
...Hm? Is something wrong?

Fuuka:
Wow... Mitsuru-sempai, you're beautiful...

Yukari:
Yeah, your skin is flawless! Did you already put on sunscreen?

Mitsuru:
N-No, not yet...

Junpei:
Psst, Akihiko-sempai. Level with me... Which one's your type?

Akihiko:
.....

> Akihiko and Junpei are whispering to each other...

Junpei:
Huh!? Really!?

Akihiko:
K-Keep your voice down!

Junpei:
Maaan, really? No joke?

Yukari:
What're you two smirking about?

Junpei:
Nothing?

Yukari:
...Okaaay.

Junpei:
Man, this is great! I'm in heaven!
How 'bout a swim!?
Buh buh buh bump ba baaa! Charge!

Akihiko:
Whoa! I'm not letting you win that easily!

[The two of them run off]

> .....?

> You feel uneasy...

> ...as if someone is watching you.

Junpei's Voice:
Whoa, it's cold! Hahahahaha!

> The feeling subsided...

<Evening>

> Meanwhile, at the entrance to the Kirijo Mansion...

Mitsuru:
It's been a while.

Takeharu Kirijo:
.....

Mitsuru:
I'm glad that you're in good health...

Takeharu:
Our guests are residents of the dorm, I presume.

Mitsuru:
I'm sorry for bringing such a crowd...

Takeharu:
...I heard you told them about the incident.
Why did you hide it so long?

Mitsuru:
...I wasn't hiding it...

Takeharu:
I've told you time and again; none of the blame is yours.

Mitsuru:
But...

Takeharu:
"Two in harmony surpasses one in perfection."
That has been our guiding principle since the Kirijo Family 
separated from the Nanjo Group.

Mitsuru:
.....

Takeharu:
You must learn to trust in others, Mitsuru.
There are things in this world that cannot be accomplished alone, no
matter how many sacrifices you make.

Mitsuru:
...Yes, Father.

Takeharu:
You accessed our database, didn't you?
That's another thing... Why didn't you ask me directly, instead of
using this trip as an excuse?

Mitsuru:
I'm... I'm sorry.

Takeharu:
Bring them here. All of them.
I had no intention of concealing the truth from them. I've made 
preparations to disclose everything.

Mitsuru:
Everything...?

Takeharu:
There's a girl named Takeba in your group, correct?
For her to awaken to her power... It must be fate...

Mitsuru:
Father...?

> The Kirijo family Yakishima mansion, reception room...

> Everyone has gathered after a sudden invitation from Mitsuru's
father...

Takeharu:
From what I understand, Mitsuru has already given you the short 
version.

Yukari:
Oh, yes...

Takeharu:
Well, it's true... We adults are to blame.
If I could've atoned for it with my life, I would have done so...
Now, I have no choice but to rely on you.
What my father wanted to create with those monsters' power...
...was a time manipulation device.

Mitsuru:
That's what he was trying to do?

Takeharu:
Imagine if you could control the flow of time... eliminate unwanted
events before they occur.
With such a device, you could shape the future to your liking.

Junpei:
Damn, that's insane...

Takeharu:
However, under my father's direction, the research began to stray 
from its original goal.
...In his later years, my father seemed to have only nihilism in
his heart.
Now that I think about it, his madness may have resulted from his
struggle to break free from that...
It's only natural that you want to know the truth... and it's my
duty to tell you.

[The lights go off]

> Old footage is being played on the large monitor in the room...

Akihiko:
What's this...?

Takeharu:
This is the only existing footage of the accident, recorded by a
scientist who was at the scene.

Mitsuru:
...A video recording?

> It looks like the scene of an accident...

> The video quality is poor, making the shown man's face 
unrecognizable...

Scientist: 
I pray this recording reaches safe hands...

Yukari:
That voice...!?

Scientist:
My employer has become obsessed with a loathsome idea.
This experiment should have never even been conceived...
I'm afraid what I've done will result in an unprecedented 
disaster...
But if I hadn't, the entire world may have paid the price...

Fuuka:
The entire world?

Scientist:
Please, listen carefully...
The Shadows that were amassed here have been dispersed as a result
of the explosion.
To end this nightmare, you must eliminate all of them!
I am to blame for this.
I knew the risks, but I was blinded by the promise of success... And
so, I didn't raise any objections...
It is all my fault...

Yukari:
.....!?

> The man was visible on the screen for a brief moment, but the 
video ended after a large explosion...

Yukari:
...Dad...

Fuuka:
You mean... that was...?

Yukari:
.....

Mitsuru:
Father...

Takeharu:
His name was Eiichiro Takeba... He was the head researcher at the
time, and a very talented man.
But, we are the ones who are responsible. We pushed him to continue
the research.
The Kirijo Group is to blame for his death.

Mitsuru:
I... I can't believe it...

Yukari:
So, that means... my dad caused it all...?
The Dark Hour, Tartarus... The people who died in that incident...
It was all his fault...?

Akihiko:
Y-You okay?

Yukari:
So, that's why you were hiding this...?
Because you felt sorry for me? Is that it!?

Mitsuru:
No, Takeba, I...

Yukari:
I don't want your pity!!

> Yukari ran off...

Mitsuru:
Takeba!
.....

Fuuka:
Um... Shouldn't someone go after her?

Mitsuru:
.....
FC...
Please go after her...

FC:
I understand.

Mitsuru:
...Thank you.

> You decided to head after Yukari...

<Beach>

Yukari:
I believed in him for so long...
This is too much...

> You found Yukari standing at the beach...

Yukari:
FC...
Remember what I told you at the hospital...?
How my dad died when I was little...?
You understand now, right...? He died in that incident.
Nobody knew the truth, so there were all sorts of rumors...
...Because he was in charge of the research team, people were really
mean to me and my mom...
We even had to move a few times.

FC:
That must've been tough.

Yukari:
...Yeah.
But all this time, I kept telling myself it wasn't his fault.
I loved him a lot, and I believed he'd never do anything wrong.
I received a letter back in the spring. It was from him, written ten
years ago...
It cracked me up cuz, even though it said, "To my family," it was
pretty much all about me.
That only made me believe in him more...
When I found out I had a special power, I thought it was fate.
I was scared, but I thought if I cooperated with the Kirijo Group,
I might find out what really happened.
That's why I agreed to fight using my Persona.
But, it turns out... all of that was for nothing...

FC:
That's not true!

Yukari:
Haha, you're just trying to make me feel better.
Why does reality have to be so harsh...?
I tried so hard to fight my fear, and this is what I get...
...Maybe I'm just jealous of Mitsuru-sempai.
I mean, why my father and not hers...?
Haha... I'm a horrible person, aren't I?

FC:
That's how people are.

Yukari:
.....
Stop acting like you have all the answers!
.....
I'm sorry...
My head's a mess...
I'm so afraid...
I don't know what to do anymore... I'm totally lost...
Tell me... What should I do...?

FC:
Believe in your dad.

Yukari:
You mean, keep believing...?
...I'm sorry for acting like this. You've lost your parents, too.
But, I'm alright now... I'm used to dealing with stressful 
situations.
...Thanks.

> Yukari is laughing, her eyes red from the crying...

Junpei:
Hey!!

[Junpei runs up]

Junpei:
*gasp* Sheesh... What's taking you so long...? Everybody's...
waiting...
It's almost... *gasp* the Dark Hour, so you should get back.

Yukari:
I-I almost forgot... It doesn't matter where you are when the Dark
Hour comes...

Junpei:
Sheesh, it's just common sense! Even I remembered.

Yukari:
You know, I've been thinking lately...
Once you awaken to the power of Persona, you remember everything
that happens during the Dark Hour...
It's like trading away your innocence...
In exchange for power, you can no longer look away from the things
you don't want to see.
.....
So, I guess I'm stuck with you guys, huh?

Junpei:
Yup.
Now that that's settled, let's get back!

> ......?

> You feel as if you are being watched...

> ......

> Regardless, you decided to return...

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<7/21 Tu Daytime>

> Your second morning at Yakushima...

> You're going with the other girls to see a large cryptomeria tree,
considered a world heritage site.

Fuuka:
Ah, the air is so fresh...
I never thought a walk in the woods could be so enjoyable. You can't
do this in Iwatodai.

Yukari:
.....

Mitsuru:
.....

Fuuka:
Oh, so listen to this...
Junpei was acting like such a pervert yesterday, and I didn't know
how to react...
It's probably a good thing we came out here by ourselves...

Yukari:
Huh?
...Oh, yeah.

Fuuka:
.....

[The phone rings]

> Mitsuru received an incoming call on her phone...

Mitsuru:
Mitsuru speaking...
...One moment, let me switch over to speakerphone.
Please continue.

Ikutsuki:
Well, I'm at the lab here on the island...
And a machine that was considered inoperable suddenly left the 
facility on its own...

Yukari:
A machine...?

Fuuka:
What kind of machine is it? I need detailed information to locate
anything other than Shadows...

Ikutsuki:
It's a combat vehicle-- an anti-Shadow weapon, to be precise.

Yukari:
A combat vehicle...? You mean like a tank!?
We gotta let the others know! Where's my cell...?

Mitsuru:
We're not currently with the others, so it might take some time for
us all to assemble.

Ikutsuki:
I see...
Well, regardless, I want you to handle this as soon as possible. I'm
on my way there now.

Mitsuru:
If the target cannot be captured, do we have permission to destroy
it?

Ikutsuki:
*laugh* I highly doubt you'll be able to destroy it.

Fuuka:
What...? Then how are we supposed to stop it...?

Ikutsuki:
Just do your best. I'll call you again later.

> Ikutsuki ended the call...

Yukari:
...Great, no one's answering.

Mitsuru:
Don't worry about it. Let's go back and get our equipment.
Then we can have Yamagishi's Persona scan the area. Although, this
island is quite large...

Yukari:
Geez! Where could they be!?

> Meanwhile, on Yakushima beach...

> Junpei and Akihiko are there.

Junpei:
Huh? Are the girls not up yet?
Man, what lazybones! The ocean's not gonna sit around and wait for
us, ya know?

Akihiko:
You're right. Once the sun sets, the water temperature drops, tiring
you out much faster.

Junpei:
Huh? Uhh, I guess... Is that what you're worried about...?

Akihiko:
That reminds me. One of the maids gave me a letter as we were 
leaving...

[Junpei snatches the letter away]

Akihiko:
Whoa, hey, Junpei!

> The letter Akihiko was holding is now in Junpei's hands...

Junpei:
No buts! I ain't letting any love letter from a lovely maid slip
through my fingers!

Akihiko:
How dumb can you get?

Junpei:
Uhh, let's see here...
This says, "We've gone to see the Jyomon-Cedar Tree."
...Huh!?

Akihiko:
It looks like Fuuka's handwriting...

Junpei:
Aw man!
We're at an island resort in the middle of summer! Why don't they
go to the beach!?
That's just not right!!

Akihiko:
Well, it is your fault.

Junpei:
Whaddya mean? I-I just wanted to lighten up the mood...

Akihiko:
I don't want to hear it.

Junpei:
Well, it doesn't matter, anyway...
We're on our own now, just the guys!
If you're outta ammo, you pick it up on the battlefield! That's one
of the most basic military tactics!
We'll call this Operation Babe Hunt!

Akihiko:
"Babe Hunt"...?
You mean, like, pick up girls...?

Junpei:
Whaddya think, Akihiko-san? With you on the squad, we're guaranteed
to succeed!

Akihiko:
Nah, I'll pass...

Junpei:
Ooh... scared you're gonna lose?

Akihiko:
Wh-What!?

Junpei:
Hey, I'm not judging you. Most guys would rather back down than
lose.

Akihiko:
All right... we're doing this!
Okay, with Mitsuru and our leader gone, I'm in command!

Junpei:
Huh...?

Akihiko:
The loser buys dinner at Hagakure when we get back home!
Commence the operation!

Junpei:
Loser? Whaddya mean loser?
Wait, we're gonna go hit on them separately!?

Junpei:
H-Hi there, Miss. Wanna hang out?
...Oh, I see. You're here with your boyfriend...

Akihiko:
H-Hey there!
Say, do you know the most efficient swimming technique? The 
butterfly stroke uses your leg strength to...
...Oh, I-I see.

Junpei:
Need someone to rub sunblock on your hard-to-reach areas?
Oh, don't worry. I'm really good at it.
Huh? You're trying to get a tan? I'm in the way...? Oh, 'scuse me,
then...

Akihiko:
.....
Alright, Junpei. What's going on here!?

Junpei:
Whaddaya mean...?
That indirect approach of yours isn't gonna help you score...

Akihiko:
What?
So you're saying I should use cheesy come-ons like yours?

Junpei:
Honesty is the best policy!
I mean, who wants to listen to a guy drone on about muscles and...
.....

Akihiko:
What's up? You see something...?

Junpei:
Whoa...
Talk about saving the best for last...! Now that's what I'm talkin'
about!
Man, she's cute...

Akihiko:
I agree...

Junpei:
This is our last chance to make up for failures...
Alright, here I go!

[Junpei runs off]

Akihiko:
H-Hey!

Junpei:
H-Hey, h-how's it going? I noticed you've been, uh, staring at the
ocean.
So, um... do you come here often?
My name's Ju-Ju-Junpei.

Mysterious Girl:
...Ju-Ju-Junpei?

Junpei:
Don't worry, I-I just want to talk.
I mean, it's more fun than standing here all by yourself, isn't it?

Mysterious Girl:
...I am looking for a human.

Junpei:
O-Oh yeah...?

Mysterious Girl:
You are not the one.

Junpei:
.....

Akihiko:
Wow, he got shot down faster than I expected...

Junpei:
Sh-she's a tough one, sempai...

Akihiko:
Heh... Don't worry about me.

Akihiko:
Well, hello there. Say, do you like the ocean?

Mysterious Girl:
Is your question directed at me?

Akihiko:
Oh, um, yeah, I like the ocean too.
Hey, I heard that triathletes who train at the beach perform better
than those who practice indoors.
Make sense, doesn't it?

Mysterious Girl:
That type of information is irrelevant to me.

Akihiko:
......

Akihiko:
Heh, I won... I talked to her longer than you did.

Junpei:
It doesn't matter how long you talked to her!
.....
*sigh* This sucks... *sob*

Akihiko:
Hey, stop crying! You're making me feel bad...

Mysterious Girl:
.....!?

Junpei:
Huh? She looks surprised for some reason. What's she looking at...?

Mysterious Girl:
.....

[She ran off]

Junpei:
Awww, she took off...
...It wasn't because of us, was it?

Akihiko:
Who knows...

Junpei:
Wait, she's heading into the forest!
Isn't it dangerous for a skinny girl like her to wander around all
alone in there?

Akihiko:
Why, you think there might be bears or something?

Junpei:
I... don't know about that, but... We should go after her!

> Jyomon Sugi forest...

> You became separated from Yukari and the others...

> .....?

> You sense a strong gaze, more palpably than before...

Mysterious Girl:
.....

> It's a girl...

> She must be the one who has been watching you.

FC:
Hello.

Mysterious Girl:
I was correct...
I have found you.

> She suddenly embraced you...!

Mysterious Girl:
I have been searching for you.
My highest priority is to be with you!

> It doesn't seem like she wants to let go...

Junpei:
There she is... Wait, what!? What's going on here!?

> Junpei and Akihiko have arrived...

> Even then, it doesn't seem like she plans on letting go...

Akihiko:
I see, so that's her preference.
That explains why we got the cold shoulder...

Yukari:
There you are, FC...
Huh!? Junpei!?
What are you doing here!? We've been looking all over for you!

Fuuka:
Um... What're you doing in the middle of the woods, in your 
swimsuits...?

Yukari:
You have no idea what we've--
Huh!?
...Why's she hugging you?

FC:
I wonder why...

Yukari:
...What?

Mitsuru:
Listen, we've encountered a problem.
I'm sorry to interrupt your vacation, but I need you all to go back
to the house and prepare for battle.

[Ikutsuki walks up]

Ikutsuki:
That won't be necessary... We've found what we were looking for.

> Even Ikutsuki has arrived...

Yukari:
What do you mean?

Ikutsuki:
*sigh* You had me worried.
You don't have permission to leave the lab on your own, Aigis.

Mysterious Girl:
...I know.

> The girl answered while still hugging you...

<Evening>

> The Kirijo family Yakushima mansion, reception room...

Ikutsuki:
I apologize for all the trouble. Everything is under control now.

Fuuka:
So, what happened to capturing the tank?

Ikutsuki:
Oh, that's been taken care of.
Come here, Aigis.

Girl's Voice:
Coming.

> The girl you just met walked in...

Ikutsuki:
This is Aigis. As you can see, she's a "mechanical maiden."

Aigis:
I am Aigis. My mission is to destroy Shadows.
I have been assigned to SEES, effective immediately.

Yukari:
No way... It's like she's... alive.

Akihiko:
This is unbelievable...

Junpei:
She's so cute, but... she's a robot...

Ikutsuki:
Anti-Shadow weapons were created ten years ago to combat 
uncontrollable Shadows.
Aigis was the last to be made... and she's the only one that still
remains today.

Mitsuru:
An anti-Shadow weapon... Does that mean she...?

Aigis:
Yes, I am capable of operating the Persona "Palladion"

Ikutsuki:
She suffered major damage in combat and has remained in the lab
ever since.
It's still unclear as to why she suddenly reactivated herself this 
morning...
Well, I hope you will all get along.

Fuuka:
An anti-Shadow weapon with a will of her own...
This is amazing!

Yukari:
Um... By the way...
When I saw you earlier, it seemed like you knew her.

Aigis:
Yes, it is very important for me to be by her side.

Ikutsuki:
Hmm... Perhaps her identification system is malfunctioning...
Or maybe she's still half asleep... This is quite interesting...
Hmm...

Yukari:
I don't think it's that...

Ikutsuki:
...Well, I can ponder this later.
Oh, I forgot to tell you all...
You can participate in a wide range of recreational activities here.
There's a tennis court, a pool table... even a karaoke machine.
Would you care to hear me sing?

Junpei:
Uhh...

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<7/22 W Daytime>

> Day three of your vacation on Yakushima...

> You came to the beach with everyone, including Aigis...

Junpei:
Man, it's already the third day of our trip.
It's too bad we have to go home tomorrow... I'd totally stay longer 
if I could.
But, I can't complain... A lot of cool things happened while we were
here.

Akihiko:
...How can he be so full of energy?
We were all up so late last night...

Aigis:
Do we have a mission at the beach today?

Junpei:
Nah, it's nothing like that. We just came here to have some fun.

Fuuka:
Do you understand what it means to "have fun", Aigis?

Aigis:
Of course. Recreation is the refreshment of one's mind and body.

Junpei:
Exactly! Wow, you sure know a lot about us humans.
Alright, let's take one last dip before we leave!

> Junpei ran to the water's edge, draggin Aigis along...

Fuuka:
Uh, hold on, Junpei-kun...
Is it okay for Aigis to go in the ocean?

Yukari:
Oh, I'm sure she's water-proof.

> Only Aigis returned...

Fuuka:
What's wrong, Aigis?

Aigis:
It is best that we all engage in this activity together.
An activity in which only one person derives enjoyment is not the
optimal method to "have fun."

Yukari:
Ugh, do we have to...?

> ...Despite her words earlier, Yukari is having fun in the water
with Aigis...

Fuuka:
We should join them.

Mitsuru:
Okay.

> Fuuka and Mitsuru also joined in...

> Ikutsuki arrived...

Ikutsuki:
Are you enjoying yourself?
We've been quite busy during our time here, but it looks as if we 
mcan relax a bit today.

Akihiko:
...I hope so.

Junpei:
Hey, Akihiko-san, c'mon!
It's your turn!

Akihiko:
My turn...? What are they doing?

Ikutsuki:
*lagh* I'm glad to see everyone is having so much fun.
I've already told you what time the ship will be arriving tomorrow,
yes?
I'll most likely head over to the port early, so don't be late.

Akihiko:
Okay, I'll let everyone know.

Ikutsuki:
We can get back down to business again once we're back at the dorm.

Akihiko:
Got it.

Junpei's Voice:
FC-tan!
Akihiko-sempai!

Akihiko:
This again...? I guess we should go too.

Junpei:
Aigis, wait! That's not what "water gun" means!
Aaaaaack!

Fuuka:
Junpei-kun is down!

Yukari:
Alright, here's our chance for an All-Out Attack!

FC:
Attack

Junpei:
Whoa, whoa, time out! I seriously can't take much more of this...!
Gyaaaaah!

> You had a fun time with your friends at Yakushima...

> With Aigis joining, things are likely to get livelier...

> SEES's determination in battle has been enhanced...

> Party members can now take a mortal blow for you in battle!

> The Yakushima vacation has ended. You returned to the dormitory...

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<7/23 Th Evening>

> Late night, at the Tatsumi Port Island back alley...

> The punks at the hangout are whooping it up as usual...

> Shinjiro is sitting by himself, away from the group...

Shinjiro:
Ungh... *gasp* *gasp*

> Three dark figures approach Shinjiro...

Pale Young Man:
You seem to be in great pain.

Shinjiro:
You guys...

Punk:
Oh shit, it's them...

Tough Chich:
You mean those three? Wow, they're freaky!

Punk:
Shut up! Let's go!

> The punks left the hangout...

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Pale Young Man:
Why do they always run and hide when I approach?
They're like back alley rats.

Shinjiro:
...Beats me.

Pale Young Man:
Jin... Give him the capsules.

Smart-Looking Guy:
.....

> The smart-looking guy handed Shinjiro something...

Shinjiro:
...Thanks.
I'll pay you the same as--

Smart-Looking Guy:
Hold up.

Pale Young Man:
This time, information will suffice.
Your acquaintances have been busy lately.
I'm referring to their activities on nights when the moon is full.
They've spent a great deal of time in the tower as well. Why did 
they take this burden upon themselves?

Shinjiro:
.....

Pale Young Man:
You do know, don't you? ...But, you don't wish to say?
Is it because they are your friends?

Shinjiro:
No! I've got nothing to do with them.

Pale Young Man:
Then, tell us.
Wouldn't you agree these pills are more important than a bunch of 
strangers?

Shinjiro:
Tch...
I don't know the details, but...
Supposedly, if you destroy all those creatures...
...then the tower will disappear, and with it, the Dark Hour.

Pale Young Man:
You mean... they intend to eliminate the Dark Hour?
Why would they do such a thing!? With the power they have...

Shinjiro:
What?

Pale Young Man:
They wish to destroy the Tower of Demise as well!?

Shinjiro:
Tower of Demise...?
...Who wouldn't wanna take out that damn tower?

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Smart-Looking Guy:
Easy, Takaya...

Pale Young Man:
...Yes, yes.

> The three left...

Shinjiro:
Hmph... I can't go back...
Not after what happened.

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<7/24 F Early Morning>

Familiar Voice:
Good morning!
Please wake up.

Aigis:
You've awakened safely. Mission complete.

FC:
Mission complete?

Aigis:
The paper on the wall says, "Do things five minutes early."
Therefore, I woke you up five minutes prior to the triggering of
your alarm clock.

[Someone knocks on your door]

Yukari's Voice:
Hey, are you awake?
That girl disappeared, and we can't find her anywhere. Think you can
help us out?
She might've gone out on her own, like she did in Yakushima...

Aigis:
I am not a girl... I am Aigis, and I am here.

Yukari's Voice:
Huh...?

[Yukari enters your room]

Yukari:
Aigis!? How did you--

Aigis:
She was asleep, so I unlocked the door.

Yukari:
That's unlawful entry!
Didn't we tell you to stay in the command room at night!?

Aigis:
I propose to be on standby in this room from now on. Is this 
acceptable?

Yukari:
Wh-Where is this coming from all of a sudden?

Aigis:
If there is a problem, then I will address it promptly.

Yukari:
Uh.. Well, you're both girls, so if she doesn't mind, I guess it's 
okay...
It'll be pretty crowded in here, though. Are you okay with that?

FC: 
It's fine with me.

Yukari:
Huh? You're okay with that...?
Well, I guess this'll be Aigis's room too from now on.

Aigis:
I will proceed to retrieve my equipment.
Is it all right to place the spare ammunition on the floor?

Yukari:
Ammo!? N-No, no way!

Aigis:
But I must be by her side...

Yukari:
Oh well...
I'll have a room prepared for you on the third floor, so you can
stay nearby.
Oh, and don't leave the dorm by yourself, okay?

Aigis:
I will do as commanded.

Yukari:
*sigh* I'm tired...
I have practice this morning, so I gotta go...

> Yukari shrugged and left...

Aigis:
...Everyone goes to a place called school in the morning.
I comprehend.

> Aigis nodded to herself...

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<7/25 Sa After School>

Ms. Kanou:
Ah, FC-san.

> Ms. Kanou called and stopped you...

Ms. Kanou:
About the club... do you know about the fellowship we'll be doing at
another school?
You'll all get to play Volleyball at a school in the countryside.
Imagine that fresh air!
And at night, there'll be delicious food and a hot springs! Heehee,
doesn't that just sound wonderful?
In two days from now, you'll have practice here for a week, then 
leave for the other school. Don't forget, okay?

> It seems the club will be meeting at school two days from now...

<Evening>

> Tatsumi Port Island, back alley...

> Three figures enter...

Pale Young Man:
Good evening. I'm glad to see that you're well.

Shinjiro:
.....

Boy in a jacket:
Here's the pills.

Shinjiro:
.....

Pale Young Man:
Incidentally, I see that they've again added a new ally to their
ranks.
...Well, I suppose it's more of a pet than an ally.

Shinjiro:
Makes no difference to me.

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Pale Young Man:
It seems that what you told us before about their intentions was 
true.
How lamentable...
Now, we have no choice but to intervene.

Shinjiro:
...!

Pale Young Man:
It is up to each individual how he will use the strength granted
him...
But, to erase the Dark Hour would be denying the very power they
possess.
We cannot tolerate that.

Shinjiro:
Do whatever you want...

Intelligent Boy:
Hold it.
...What're ya gonna do?
I know they asked you to come back.

Shinjiro:
You're starting to piss me off.

Intelligent Boy:
They're goin' down, ya hear me?
And if you're on their side, then you're going down too.

Shinjiro:
Like I said before... it doesn't concern me.

[At the dorm...]

Ken:
...Hello!
My name is Ken Amada. I'll be staying here for a while.
I'll try to stay out of everyone's way, so don't mind me.

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<7/29 W Dark Hour>

Fuuka's Voice:
Sorry to wake you!
I detect a Shadow! Please hurry to the 4th floor!

Junpei:
What's going on!?

Mitsuru:
There's a Shadow in the city. Yamagishi found it by chance.

Yukari:
But... the moon isn't full yet...

Fuuka:
Actually, it seems to be just a normal Shadow.
However, it IS outside of Tartarus...

Mitsuru:
It's near Naganaki Shrine. Akihiko went ahead since he was in the 
vicinity.
I'm sure he can handle it alone, but let's get ready just in case.

Junpei:
Gotcha!

[A phone rings]

Fuuka:
Yes, this is Fuuka.

Transmission from Akihiko:
I'm here. Sorry, but I think you guys better come, right away.

Mitsuru:
What's wrong? Is it a powerful one!?

Transmission from Akihiko:
No, the Shadow's been defeated.
In fact, it was already defeated when I got here.

Mitsuru:
What happened?

Transmission from Akihiko:
The little fella's been injured... I wanna save him if we can.

> The transmission from Akihiko ended.

Yukari:
"Little fella"? Who's he talking about?

Junpei:
Beats me.

Mitsuru:
At any rate, let's go.

> Naganaki Shrine...

> A white dog is lying on its side, covered in blood...

White Dog:
*whine*

Fuuka:
Koro-chan!
Are you okay, Koro-chan!?

Mitsuru:
You know this dog?

Yukari:
Yeah, everyone around here does...
We have to help him!

Mitsuru:
First, we must stop the bleeding.

Akihiko:
Man... He's one tough fighter.
He defeated that Shadow all by himself.

Junpei:
Wait, does that mean... this dog's a Persona-user!?

Aigis:
He says, "This is a place of peace, so I protected it."
There are flowers over there.

> Just as Aigis said, there are flowers placed near the side of the
shrine gate...

Fuuka:
Those flowers... They must be for the priest who died in the
accident.

Yukari:
So, he really was guarding this place...

Junpei:
Uh, Aigis? Don't tell me you can translate dog language too...

Aigis:
Canines do not have their own language. However, speech is not the
only means of communication.

Akihiko:
This fella really is a rare breed.

Aigis:
Confirmed.

Junpei:
...He's not the only one.

Mitsuru:
Alright, let's report to the Chairman, so we can conclude this
mission.
As for a vet... It may be midnight, but I believe I can arrange
for one.

Yukari:
Good job, boy. You're one amazing dog...

White Dog:
Arf...

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<7/30 Th Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense someone's presence...

Pharos:
Good evening.
It's becoming quite lively around you.
So, how are you getting along with the others?

FC:
Perfectly!

Pharos:
I'm glad to hear that.
...It is one week until the next full moon.
Are you prepared...?
To be honest, I'm not too worried about you...
However, you should still remain cautious.
I'll come to see you again.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<8/1 Sa Early Morning>

> The two-day training camp begins today...

<Daytime>

> You boarded the train with your fellow athletes and arrived at the
high school where the fellowship will be held...

> Yasoinaba High School... This seems to be the place...

> A joint practice with the students at this school is scheduled for
today and tomorrow...

Ms. Kanou:
What a rustic school.
There's no convenience stores nearby, and no clubs either.
I want all of you to be on your best behavior, okay?

Gekkoukan Students:
It's a pleasure to meet you.

Yasoinaba Members:
It's a pleasure for us too!

<Yasoinaba High School, gym>

Rio:
Let's start off with basic drills.
Might as well try going all the way to the mountains for our runs.
Our region's pretty flat, so this'll be good practice.

Yasoinaba Students:
...Aren't we supposed to like, bond in a fellowship?
Why's she bringing up stuff like basic drills...?

Gekkoukan Students:
Who's the liar who said that this'd be a paradise with hot 
springs...?

Rio:
Afterwards, let's do a couple sets of muscle training, and then a
match.

Girl's Voice:
How about... the losing side cleans up afterwards?

Rio:
Whoa, Yuko!? What're you doing here?

Yuko:
I've got my reasons.
Anyways, wouldn't you guys take the challenge more seriously if 
there was something at stake?

FC:
That's true.

Yuko:
It's not like you guys usually care about winning anyways, so why
not?

Rio:
...Are you saying that's how our team is?
Well, maybe you're right.
Alright, then not only will the losing school have to clean up...
let's add 10 wind sprints to the bet!

Gekkoukan Students:
It's up to 10...!?

Yasoinaba Students:
We can't lose...!

> As a result of the match...

Yuko:
Whewwww... We're finally finished cleaning up...

Rio:
Okay, time for the sprints, then!

Yuko:
...Me too?

Rio:
Of course. This was your idea.

Yuko:
Yes, Ma'am...

> The fellowship ended without any problems...

> It seems an inn has been prepared for your stay...

Rio:
Did you hear they have a natural hot spring there?
Wanna wash each other's backs later?

FC:
Sounds like fun.

Rio:
This is so fun! Last year's fellowhop wasn't too far from our 
school.
This place is so laid back... I love it.
That shopping district seems pretty lively, though. What a peaceful
town... It'd be nice to live here.

> At that moment, a girl noticed you and came over...

Uniformed Girl:
Are you the club members from Gekkoukan High School?
The Amagi Inn sent me to get you.

Rio:
Huh? Oh, th-thank you very much.
Um... You don't work there, do you?

Uniformed Girl:
No, I'm just helping out. I'm Yukiko Amagi, the daughter of the 
hostess at the Amagi Inn.

Yuko:
The hostess's daughter... So does that make you a junior hostess? 
Cool!
Oh, are you in high school?

Yukiko:
No... I'm still in middle school.

Yuko:
You're in middle school and you're already helping with the family
business...? Man, talk about responsible...
So are you going to inherit the business?

Yukiko:
That... I don't know yet.

Rio:
...Hey, don't stick your nose in other people's business!

Yuko:
Yes, Ma'am... Sorry. People are always telling me I''m nosy...

Yukiko:
Oh, that's all right...
It's fun chatting with people from outside town...

Woman's Voice:
Ah, Yuki-chan! Did you take the car keys?

Yukiko:
Oh, Kasai-san. Car keys...? Why would I... Huh? What's this?

> Yukiko pulled something from her pocket...

> ...It seems to be car keys.

Yukiko:
I-I'm sorry. I must've mistaken them for my house keys...

Kimono-Clad Woman:
No worries. Well, I'm heading out to get some groceries.

Yukiko:
Oh, do you want me to go instead?

Kimono-Clad Woman:
N-No, that's fine! No need to send you on that kind of errand,
Yuki-chan!
Plus, they'd be too heavy for you...
By the way, Chie-chan stopped by. She said she needed help with her
homework.

Yukiko:
Oh, okay.

Kimono-Clad Woman:
...Oh, are you all guests? Forgive me for ramblng on like that.
I'm a waitress at the Amagi Inn. I hope you enjoy your stay tonight.

> The waitress left...

Yukiko:
I'm sorry about the wait. Shall we go? This way please.

<Evening>

> A room at the Amagi Inn...

> This seems to be this town's finest, longest-established inn...

Yuko:
So huge... So luxurious...
Is it really okay for people like us to stay here? Won't we get a
scolding?

FC:
From who?

Yuko:
Huh? Umm... The government?

Rio:
What're you talking about...?
...And hey, this isn't your room, Yuko.

Yuko:
Yeah, about that! You gotta hear this!
There was some mistake, and I got stuck in the same room as Kaz!

Rio:
Kaz... You mean Kazushi?
Wait, he's here too?
...Huh? Wasn't Kazushi supposed to take part in the tournament?

Yuko:
I was supposed to stay behind... to sort of look after him. He's
injured, so we're trying a hot-springs cure!
I'm gonna get the most out of this trip by clearing up my skin, too!

Rio:
Huh...
...Wait. Did you say you were in the same room?
Kazushi... is a guy, right?

Yuko:
He's a big ol' girl on the inside, but on the outside, yeah, he's a
guy.
Ms. Kanou's assigned the rooms, right? What the hell was she 
thinking?

FC:
It was probably on purpose.

Yuko:
Ugh, I can just see her raving about summer romances and all that
crap!
Kaz is just a big kid to me...

Rio:
By the way, Kazushi's injured...? Is he okay?

Yuko:
No, it's pretty bad. That's why we're relying on the hot-springs
cure...
Ugh, and that idiot didn't say anything about it for the longest 
time. Thanks to that, it's gotten even worse!
He's such an idiot! A total dumbass! He got me so worried!

Rio:
...Sounds like you two are perfect for each other.

Yuko:
What? You gotta be jok-- Wait, what time is it?
Oops, it's time for Kaz's medication. Well, see you later!

[Yuko runs off.]

Rio:
...She can say whatever she wants, but she's taking pretty good 
care of him.
She's kinda like... a mom. Though I know she'd hate it if I told
her so.

> After taking a bath with everyone, you lazily talked about random
things on the futon...

Yuko:
Hey, isn't there something more appropriate to talk about at times
like these?

FC:
What, like boyfriends?

Yuko:
Yep, exactly!
Well... I'd be confessing my love if there was anyone I really 
liked.
I'd prefer a thin guy, but he'd have to be athletic...
And there's no one at our school who fits that description.

Rio:
What about Kazushi?

Yuko:
No way.
.....
Uhh, but I do have this feeling...
This is just an if, okay?
IF Kaz and me don't end up finding someone for a long time...
...I get this feeling I might end up getting married to him...
Ack, what should I do!?

Rio:
What kind of premonition is that...?

Yuko:
I mean, he's completely useless without me.
There's no way he'll even remember where he keeps his underwear.
Imagine him getting old all alone and eating nasty convenience store
food every day!
It's just so sad!

FC:
So marry him.

Yuko:
Nooooo! I've gotta fight it!

Yuko:
...So, what about you, FC-san? You've got someone you like, right?

FC:
Yep.

Yuko:
Oooh! Who!?

FC:
It's Akihiko-sempai.

Yuko:
Huh!? THAT Akihiko-sempai!?
The really popular guy, right? Wow, you beat the odds!
...Oh, but you guys live in the same dorm, don't you? So you have
an advantage over everyone else.
Well, if you put your mind to it, I'm sure it'll work out!

Rio:
You two seem like you're having fun... I really don't get that sort
of thing...

Yuko:
Ugh, I don't want to think any more about a future with Kaz.
How about we tell some ghost stories?

Rio:
Hmm, that's fine with me, but I don't scare easily.
...I do know a lot of stores, though.

Yuko:
Let's hear 'em... Although the way you say that is already giving me
goosebumps.
O-One sec!

> Yuko left the room...

Male Student's Voice:
Wh-What do you want? I was gonna go to sleep...

Yuko:
Just shut it! Hey guys, I brought him!

> Yuko dragged your classmate Kazushi into the room...

Kazushi:
Hey, this is a girl's room. I'm not allowed to be here!

Yuko:
It's okay. Just stay here, all right?
...Okay, Rio. Do your worst.

Rio:
Is he your good luck charm?

Yuko:
N-No! I just... wanted him here.

FC:
A future with Kaz, eh?

Yuko:
No no, I never said that!
You're supposed to tell scary stories with four people! That's the
rules!
C'mon... Hurry up and let's go in order!

Rio:
...Alright, I'll go first.
This story's about the tunnel we passed through today...

[The lights go off]

Yuko:
Eek! A blackout!?

Kazushi:
Ack, don't choke me! Get off! You're stepping on my foot, too!

[The lights go back on]

Yuko:
Whew... The lights are back...
Wh-Where's the phone!?

> Yuko started calling somewhere...

Yuko:
Hello, front desk?
Um, about the blackout just now...
There...
...was no blackout?
.....
Oh, thanks...
What're we gonna do!? That was a real supernatural phenomenon...

Kazushi:
Lights always turn on and off, though.

Yuko:
Are you an idiot!? The fact that they went out without anyone 
touching them means...!
Ughhh, let's just stop talking about it! I'm pretending that never
happened!

> .....

> The remote for the lights is on the ground near your feet...

> You... may have been the one who turned the lights off.

> .....

> You decide to keep quiet about this...

> A noisy, but fun, night passes...

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<8/2 Sa Daytime>

> After a light joint practice at Yasoinaba High School, the time to
part has come...

Rio:
Well, thanks a bunch for all your help. We'll remember what we 
learned here and keep trying our hardest.

Gekkoukan students:
Thank you very much!

YAsoinaba students:
Have a safe trip back.

Kazushi:
Guess we should go back too... Hey, you okay?

Yuko:
Yeah... I just didn't get any sleep...
I saw... people's faces in the walls...

Kazushi:
You're just exaggerating... Want me to give you a piggyback ride if
you're not feelin' well?

Yuko:
...You moron! Your leg's hurt!
What're you talking about!? I'd rather give you a piggyback ride!

Kazushi:
Haha. See? You're exaggerating again.

Yukiko:
Please come again.

Yuko:
Oh, thanks for taking the time to come see us off.

Kazushi:
She said she saw people's faces showing up in the inns's walls.

Yuko:
Ack, you idiot!

Yukiko:
Oh, you saw them too?
There's always a few at old inns, so there's no need to worry.

Yuko:
Always... a few?

Yukiko:
*chuckle* I'm just joking.

Yuko:
That was definitely not a joke...

Rio:
C'mon, let's go home.

Yukiko:
Well, then I must part here. Please have a safe trip back.

> Yukiko left...

Yuko:
...Don't tell me... She's not a ghost herself, is she!?
I mean, she was real cute... Maybe she was the one!

Kazushi:
Really cute girls are ghosts? That's all the proof I need to know
you're human.

Yuko:
What? Say that again to my face!

Kazushi:
Hey, stop tryin' to step on my foot!
...Oh, that reminds me. I got a call about the tournament a moment
ago.
They told me that Niimura at San High was a no-show.
Not only that, they couldn't find him at his house, either.

Yuko:
Does... that mean he's missing!? Did he run away from home? Maybe he
was freaked out about the competition?
.....
Or, wait... Is it because of that Apathy Syndrome thing...?

Kazushi:
No idea... hopefully he shows up soon. He was a great guy...

Yuko:
Yeah...
...A-Anyways, let's go home! C'mon, let's do our clap and put this
to bed!

Kazushi:
Why're you the one leading the clap...?

> And so, the joint practice trip came to an end...

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<8/6 Th Early Morning:>

> There will be a full moon tonight. A powerful Shadow may appear.

> You decide to stay home today and conserve your strength.

<Dark Hour>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone, including Ikutsuki, is here.

> Aigis is sitting on the end of the sofa, ready for her first full
moon battle...

Ikutsuki:
Well, it's a full moon once again.

Mitsuru:
Any luck, Yamagishi?

Fuuka:
Yes, I've located it... and this time, it's not just an ordinary
one.

Akihiko:
Now, that's more like it.

Fuuka:
It's by the deserted houses in the northern part of Iwatodai.
But, there is one thing that's strange... It seems like it's 
underground... almost 10 meters.

Yukari:
It must be in some kind of basement...

Aigis:
According to my records, there is no structure in the area that 
matches those criteria.
However, in the past there was an underground facility that was used
by the military.

Yukari:
The military?
...Is that true?

Ikutsuki:
Well, the architectural and geographical data for the area were
uploaded into her memory bank.
Then again, the information hasn't been updated in a decade.

Aigis:
That is correct.

Junpei:
Uh, wouldn't that be a good idea?

Akihiko:
So, how should we interpret this?

Fuuka:
There's no way of knowing without actually going there...

Mitsuru:
It seems war's scars may be deeper than we think...
The situation is still unclear at this time.
Therefore, we will wait until we arrive to determine who should be
deployed.

Akihiko:
Agreed.

Aigis:
Understood.

FC:
Leave it to me!

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* Dependable as ever.
Then, let's go.

> Iwatodai nothern harbor, underground facility entrance...

> Fuuka's guidance led you here...

Fuuka:
The target should be around here...

Mysterious Voice:
Well done...

> .....!?

Fuuka:
Who are these guys!? Lucia didn't sense a thing 'til now!

> Before you realize it, two figures are standing behind you...

Pale Young Man:
This is the first tie we've met in person.
My name is Takaya. This is Jin.

Takaya:
We are known to some as Strega.
We've been keeping an eye on you...
From what we hear, you've undertaken a "righteous" battle to save
the world.
But, we've come here tonight to put an end to that dream.

Akihiko:
What!?

Takaya:
You've gained new allies, yet this land still crawls with sin.
Tartarus is towering a beautifully as always...

FC:
Why are you doing this?

Jin:
Simple...
If the Shadows and the Dark Hour disappear, then so will our power.
...And we can't let that happen, now can we?

Mitsuru:
Power...?
Don't tell me you're Persona-users as well!

Takaya:
Why don't you use that pretty little head of yours for a change?
Only a select few wield the power of a Persona...
And the Dark Hour is a frontier that is ours alone to explore...
just like the Tower of Demise...

Yukari:
THAT's your reason?! ...Are you crazy!?
There's no telling what will happen if we don't do something about
the Shadows!

Takaya:
What difference does it make...?
There will always be disasters, whether they are caused by Shadows
or arise from human folly.
No one can predict the future, anyway.
But, that is all beside the point...
Surely you will acknowledge the sense of significance the Dark Hour
has given you.

FC:
Not at all!

Takaya:
Is it not so?
How about the rest of you...? Do you also wish to return to your
pathetic, ordinary lives?

Junpei:
...Huh?

Yukari:
You think I like this!?

Akihiko:
......

Fuuka:
I don't enjoy this one single bit.

Jin:
You've each got your own reason for fighting.
"Justice" is only an excuse...
And that makes you all hypocrites!
So I say, to hell with you!

[The sound of an impact is heard]

Akihiko:
Wha...!?

> The partition is closing...!

Jin:
Have fun in there.

> The two left right before the partition closed.

[Akihiko banged against the partition]

Akihiko:
Dammit... They locked us in!

Aigis:
We will be alright.
Rather than wasting our energy, I suggest we deal with the Shadow 
first.

Yukari:
You're right. If we lose our cool, then they win.

Fuuka:
The Shadow's moving! I think it's noticed us!

Mitsuru:
Alright, let's concentrate on our original goal. We can look for a
way out after we've won.
Everyone, prepare for battle.

> Underground facility, deepest area...

Fuuka:
It's using the tank as armor!
Get ready, everyone! Here it comes!

> The dormitory command room...

[A beep is heard]

Ikutsuki:
Yes?

Mitsuru:
This is Mitsuru. We've neutralized the target.

Ikutsuki:
Good work. You may return.

Mitsuru:
Wait. There's more...
Our mission was interrupted by an uninvited guest. ...He's most 
likely a Persona-user.

Ikutsuki:
A Persona-user!?

Mitsuru:
...And he wasn't alone.
They appeared quietly during the Dark Hour and seemed to be aware of
our activities.

Ikutsuki:
Hmm...
Did they say anything that might give us a clue?

Mitsuru:
Come to think of it...
They said they're called "Strega."

Ikutsuki:
Strega...?
.....
I'll see what I can find out.

Mitsuru:
Thank you.
I have one final thing to report...
I regret to inform you that we fell right into Strega's trap, and
now we're locked inside here.

Ikutsuki:
Ah, I see.
Since the threat has been eliminated, I'll send someone over as soon
as I can.

Mitsuru:
I'm sorry... We'll be waiting.

Ikutsuki:
Other Persona-users, huh...?
.....

> .....

> An unexpected enemy has emerged...

> They seem to be Persona-users, as well.

> .....

> In any case, you succeeded in defeating the Shadow this month too.

> You expect that there will be fewer victims for a while.

> You are exhausted, so you're eager to get some rest...

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<8/7 F Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense someone's presence...

Pharos:
Hi, how are you?
I remembered something else...
The end won't be brought about by anyone in particular...
It's coming because there are many people who wish for it... as if
it was destined from the start.
But, doesn't that seem like a strange thing to wish for?

FC:
I sure don't want it!

Pharos:
I see...
So you don't want it...
Well, enough about that for now.
There's something else I wanted to tell you today...
Soon, the poisonous flowers will bloom...
One in your own garden, and three in the garden opposite yours.
I don't know whether or not this has anything to do with the end, 
but you should be careful.

FC:
I don't get it.

Pharos:
I just wanted you to know... that I'm worried about you.
I'll come again if I find out anything useful.
That's what friends are for, right?

> Pharos gives you a carefree smile...

> You felt a bond with Pharos...

Pharos:
Well then... Good night.
My dearest...

> Pharos disappeared...

<8/8 Sa Daytime>

[Someone knocks on your door]

Mitsuru's Voice:
I'm sorry to bother you while you're resting, but can I have a word
with you?

FC:
Coming...

Mitsuru:
Good morning.
There's something I need to tell everyone...
...but I think it would be best if you saw it for yourself.
Come to the 4th floor meeting room when you get home tonight, okay?
I'll see you then.

> Mitsuru seems to have left...

<Evening>

> The dormitory's command room...

> Everyone is here at Mitsuru's summons, looking at each other in
confusion...

Aigis:
Does this mean we have a new mission?

Junpei:
I dunno. But, the alarm's not ringin'...

Yukari:
Huh!?

Fuuka:
Koro-chan!?

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is sitting at Mitsuru's side...

Fuuka:
Are you okay!?
...Where'd you get this collar?

Mitsuru:
That collar is designed to help control his Persona. In other words,
it's an Evoker for dogs.

Yukari:
Wait... Does that mean he'll be going into battle?

Mitsuru:
It was a surprise for me as well. But according to the tests, it's
quite possible.
In fact, it was the Chairman's suggestion. ...We'll be looking after
him here in the dorm.

Fuuka:
Is that okay with you, Koro-chan?

Koromaru:
Woof!

Aigis:
He said, "I'll return the favor."

Yukari:
Man, you're one loyal dog.

Koromaru:
Woof!!

FC:
I'm your new owner, okay?

Yukari:
I think your joke is wasted on a dog...

Koromaru:
Arf?

Junpei:
Hey, make yourself at home...
The more the merrier, right? Who cares if you're a dog?
Alright, I'll take him for a walk. It's summer break after all!

Mitsuru:
Yes, it is.
Enjoy your vacation while you can: summer classes start next week.
I'll see to it that you graduate.

Junpei:
H-Hey... Good one, Sempai. You almost had me there.

Mitsuru:
Oh, it's no joke.
We'll be taking intensive courses. I've already applied for all of 
us.
I know how difficult it's been balancing school and our late night 
excursions.
You haven't had much time to study. I apologize for that.
That's why the Chairman agrees that this is a good idea. ...I
thought I told Takeba and Yamagishi.

Junpei:
Are you serious!? This is the first time I've heard of it!

Fuuka:
Umm, sorry... I forgot to mention it.

Junpei:
Aw, man!!

Yukari:
Hey, with your grades, you should be thanking her!

Junpei:
Yeah, right.
*sigh* This sucks.

FC:
I wish I were dead...

Fuuka:
W-Well, it's only for a few weeks, so let's make the most of it...

> ...At any rate, you have gained a new ally.

> Koromaru... Though only a dog, he is a trustworthy partner that
will fight valiantly for his master...

> You must make sure to support him well as the team leader...

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<8/16 Su Early Morning>

> Summer vacation continues...

> come to think of it, there is a summer festival going on at 
Naganaki Shrine.

[If you choose to go with Junpei]

Junpei: 
Hey, FC? It's me.
There's a summer festival at Naganaki Shrine today. If you've got
nothin' better to do, wanna go with me?

FC:
Sure!

Junpei:
Ooh, seriously? Then, see ya later!

> You have decided to go to the Sumer Festival with Junpei.

> Should you wear a yukata for the occasion...?

FC:
Wear a yukata.

> You decide to go wearing a yukata.

<Evening>

> You have come to Naganaki Shrine with Junpei.

> The shrine is filled with people eating food and playing games.

Junpei:
Ooh, looks like things are really getting going here!
Are you one of those girls who gets all excited at festivals and
stuff?

FC:
Of course!

Junpei:
Haha, thought so. I know a festival lover when I see one!
I mean, your eyes are all sparklin' right now too.

> Junpei seems to be having a lot of fun...

Junpei:
But man, I love a girl in a yukata. Yep!
You really look great in it, ya know?
What makes it sexy is that it looks kinda hard to walk around in.

> Junpei seems really happy...

Junpei:
Seriously, why don't people just wear yukatas every day? Man, what 
if our school uniform was a yukata...?
...Heh, I bet Mitsuru-sempai would execute me for sayin' that.
Ooh, takoyaki! We gotta get some!
Hey, FC. Let's share one!
'Scuse me! One takoyaki, please!
Put everything ya got on it!

Takoyaki Cook:
Of course! Aw,that's a cute girl ya got there. Better not make her
cry!

Junpei:
Huh? Oh, uh, yeah...
Girlfriend...
Is that how we look to other people?

> Junpei put a takoyaki into his mouth.

Junpei:
Hot, hot...!
Hoh han, so hoh!!

> Junpei is trying to say something...

Junpei:
HOT! I thought my entire mouth was gonna burn! So hot!
Pretty good, though. C'mon, eat up.

> You shared the takoyaki with Junpei as he egged you on to dig 
in...

> You walked around the different shops together...

Junpei:
Hey, they're selling masks here. I used to collect those when I was
a kid.
I had all the different colors of these hero ones.
For some odd reason, just wearing it makes ya feel like you're a 
real hero.
After the elastic wore down, I'd fix 'em up with rubber bands.
...It was so much fun.

Game Attendant:
Hey! You two! Would you like to play Lucky Draw?
All you do is pick a ball! It's easy! And, everyone's a winner!

Junpei:
Ooh, another nostalgic moment!
Why don't you try picking one?

> You stuck your hand inside the big box that the game attendant 
held out to you...

> The box is filled with individually numbered balls...

FC:
Stir them around first.

> You stirred the balls around before picking one out.

Game Attendant:
Whoa! Congratulations!
Man, you've got some luck to win something at our booth, miss!
Here's your prize. It's Jack Frost Doll!

> Obtained Jack Frost Doll

Junpei:
Wow, you actually won something nice!
You must be real lucky. Good for you!

> The sky is covered in darkness.

Junpei:
We're done looking around at everything... Should we start headin'
back?
I thought that we'd run into someone we know, but nope.
...Meh, better that we didn't. They would've poked fun at us, I bet.
Ahhh, but forget that! I love being free now that summer school's 
over!
It's so awesome!
Let's go somewhere like this again.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

-*-*-

[If you choose to go with Akihiko]

Akihiko:
Hello? It's Akihiko.
There's a festival at the Naganaki Shrine today... Wanna come with
me?

FC:
Sure!

Akihiko:
All right, then I'll see you later.

> You have decided to go to the Summer Festival with Akihiko.

> Should you wear a yukata for the occasion...?

FC:
Wear a yukata.

> You decide to go wearing a yukata.

<Evening>

> You have come to Naganaki Shrine with Akihiko.

> The shrine is filled with people eating food and playing games.

Akihiko:
Wow, looks like business is booming.
There's a lot of people too... Make sure you don't get separated,
okay?

FC:
I'll be okay!

Akihiko:
Haha, don't be mad. I wasn't trying to treat you like a little kid.
Now, let's go pay a visit to the shrine first.

> Akihiko seems to be having fun...

Akihiko:
...That looks hard to walk in.
You didn't have to wear a yukata here, you know?
Oh, er...
I didn't mean... well, um...
It... makes it hard to look directly at you.
.....
Y-You look good in it! Don't get mad...

> It seems Akihiko is very happy to see you wearing it...

Akihiko:
...Something smells good.
Takoyaki, huh... Wanna share one? It's my treat.
Excuse me, one takoyaki please.

Takoyaki Cook:
Ooh, you're one fine lookin' man. You get an extra one, hot stuff!
Say, is this your girlfriend? Ahh, the good ol' days of youth.

Akihiko:
Th-That's not it!
Oh... Um...
.....

> Akihiko quietly put a takoyaki in his mouth.

Akihiko:
.....!

> It seems to have been hot...

Akihiko:
That was a dangerous bout...
But I came out victorious in the end.
Here, eat up.

> You shared the takoyaki with Akihiko as he egged you on to dig 
in...

> You walked around the different shops together...

Akihiko:
Masks... I remember those.
500 yen, huh...?
I can actually afford these now.
...They were too expensive for me to buy when I was a kid.
When I came to festivals, I'd just wander around and go home because
I couldn't buy anything.
Now I actually have the money...

Game Attendant:
Hey! You two! Would you like to play Lucky Draw?
All you do is pick a ball! It's easy! And everyone's a winner!

Akihiko:
Lucky Draw, huh...?
I've always doubted whether it's really possible to win the stuff on
display.
Give it a try. I'll pay for it.

> You stuck your hand inside the big box that the game attendant 
held out to you...

> The box is filled with individually numbered balls...

FC:
Stir them around first.

> You stirred the balls around before picking one out.

Game Attendant:
Whoa! Congratulations!
Man, you've got some luck to win something at our booth, miss!
Here's your prize. It's Jack Frost Doll!

> Obtained Jack Frost Doll

Akihiko:
It would've been amazing if you'd won first place...
Though I'd hate for you to use up all your luck here, of all places.
Oh, you're the one who drew the win, so the prize is yours.
...I'm saying that you can have it.

> The sky is covered in darkness.

Akihiko:
It's completely dark out. Looks like we've been here for quite a
while.
I had fun taking a breather today. ...Thank you.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

-*-*-

[If you choose to go with Yukari and Fuuka]

Yukari:
Hello? It's Yukari.
Did you know there's a summer festival at Naganaki Shrine today?
I'm gonna ask Fuuka if she wants to go too. If she does, you wanna
come with us?

FC:
Sure!

Yukari:
Okay, then see you later!

> You have decided to go to the Summer Festival with Yukari.

> Should you wear a yukata for the occasion...?

FC:
Wear a yukata.

> You decide to go wearing a yukata.

<Evening>

> You have come to Naganaki Shrine with Yukari and Fuuka.

> The shrine is filled with people eating food and playing games.

Yukari:
Wow, the crowd's a lot bigger than I thought it'd be! Are you 
getting as excited as I am?

FC:
I sure am.

Fuuka:
I'm not comfortable with crowds...
*giggle* But you two look like you're having fun.

Yukari:
Ow! I tripped...
I'll never get used to wearing yukatas...
But man, talk about coincidence... I'm surprised everyone showed up
wearing yukatas.
You look great in yours, FC. Makes you look really Japanese.
Better not spill any food on it, thought! Heehee!

Fuuka:
Oh, hey. Why don't we all get some takoyaki?
It smells so good...

Yukari:
Ooh, good idea. It'll be just enough for the three of us.
Excuse me, I'd like one package!

Takoyaki Vendor:
Thanks! Comin' right up!
And for a trio of cute ladies like you, an extra one!
Be careful not to fall for any scummy guys out there!

Yukari:
Haha... Gotcha!

> Fuuka put the takoyaki in her mouth.

Fuuka:
Mmph, hot...
Mrgh, so hot!

> Fuuka's lips are quivering...

Yukari:
*sigh* That's what you get for not letting it cool off a bit!
Let's eat ours too, FC. Part of the fun is eating it while it's
still hot.

> You shared takoyaki with Fuuka and Yukari...

> You walked around the different shops together...

Fuuka:
Hey, look. They have masks.
The hero ones are a must at places like this. Oh, they have dog 
masks, too!
*giggle* Doesn't that one look like Koro-chan? Maybe I should buy 
it.

Game Attendant:
Hey there, ladies! Would you like to play Lucky Draw?
All you do is pick a ball! It's easy! And, everyone's a winner!

Yukari:
Really? Everyone's a winner?
...Maybe we should give it a try.

> You stuck your hand inside the big box that the game attendant
held out to you...

> The box is filled with individually numbered balls...

FC:
Pick one immediately

> You quickly pulled out the first ball you grabbed.

Game Attendant:
Whoa! Congratulations!
Man, you've got some luck to win something at our booth, miss!
Here's your prize. It's Kaleidoscope!

> Obtained Kaleidoscope.

Fuuka:
Wow, lucky you.
I... got a water balloon.
Yukari-chan got a menko card. It's true that everyone wins, but...

> The sky is covered in darkness.

Yukari:
Aww, we've seen all the shops.
I ate shaved ice, played shoot the targets...
I don't think I missed anything.
Mmm, that was fun! I can't believe we just got out of summer school
yesterday.
Let's come to something like this again.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

-*-*-

[If you choose to go with Mitsuru and Aigis]

Mitsuru:
Hello, is this FC?
Are you free tonight? There's going to be a summer festival at
Naganaki Shrine...
...Aigis seems to want to go. Perhaps it would be better if you came
too, just in case.

FC:
Sure!

Mitsuru:
I see, thank you. I'll come get you later.

> You have decided to go to the Summer Festival with Mitsuru and
Aigis.

> Should you wear a yukata for the occasion...?

FC:
Wear a yukata.

> You decide to go wearing a yukata.

<Evening>

> You have come to Naganaki Shrine with Mitsuru and Aigis.

> The shrine is filled with people eating food and playing games.

Mitsuru:
So many people...
Aigis, don't leave our side. Hey! Were you even listening? Get back
here.
Honestly...

FC:
I'll hold hands with her.

Aigis:
I see. So you are restraining me.
However, since I can fire projectiles from my wrists, holding hands
is a poor method of restraint.

Mitsuru:
All right, all right... Just make sure to follow us closely.

Aigis:
FC-san, you are equipped with a yukata as well.
At first glance, this is a peaceful gathering... But behind it...

Mitsuru:
No, no, there's nothing behind it...

Aigis:
.....?
This smell...

Mitsuru:
It's from the takoyaki stand... Would you like to try some?
One please, Miss.

Takoyaki Cook:
"Miss"...? C-Comin' right up...
It's so nice seeing such beautiful ladies together. Here, I put in 
an extra for you, on the house!

Aigis:
An extra...? What for? Could this be a trap?

> Aigis put the takoyaki in her mouth.

Aigis:
.....
Wow.
Extremely high-temperature juices spurted out from inside.

> Aigis seems happy for some reason...

Mitsuru:
I'm... glad to hear that. So that's what that food is like...
FC, you should have some too.
Teach Aigis the essentials of takoyaki.
M-Me? I-I'll pass.

> You shared takoyaki with Aigis...

> You walked around the different shops together...

Aigis:
What is that?

Mitsuru:
It's called a "mask". You wear it over your face to have fun.

Aigis:
Hiding your face is fun?

Mitsuru:
The purpose is not to hide your face. Rather, you wear it to have
a different face.
Hmm... It's difficult to explain...

Aigis:
You try to be someone else by wearing a different face...?

Mitsuru:
Yes, exactly. ...Your degree of comprehension is simply amazing.
At this rate, after a few more tests the Chairman may give you
permission to go out.

Aigis:
I am looking forward to that.

Game Attendant:
Hey there, ladies! Would you like to play Lucky Draw?
All you do is pick a ball! It's easy! And, everyone's a winner!

Mitsuru:
Hm... Why don't we give it a try?

> You stuck your hand inside the big box that the game attendant
held out to you...

> The box is filled with individually numbered balls...

FC:
Pick one immediately

> You quickly pulled out the first ball you grabbed.

Game Attendant:
Whoa! Congratulations!
Man, you've got some luck to win something at our booth, miss!
Here's your prize. It's Kaleidoscope!

> Obtained Kaleidoscope.

Agis:
I won a water pistol.
Between this and my onboard firearms, which is more effective in
battle against the Shadows?

Mitsuru:
...Here, let's trade.
I'll give you the glass bead I won in exchange for your water 
pistol.
...Isn't it beautiful?

> The sky is covered in darkness.

Mitsuru:
We've seen all the stands. It's starting to get late, so let's head
back.

Aigis:
Not yet. The mystery of the shooting game has not yet been solved.
How could the items not budge at all, even when struck precisely at
their balancing points...?

Mitsuru:
...Perhaps you should ask Iori the trick behind it when we return.
Come on, let's go.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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<8/20 Th Daytime>

> Meanwhile, in front of Tatsumi Port Island station...

Junpei:
Man, it's scorching hot out here.

> Junpei opened up his cell.

Junpei:
Shoot, it's already the 20th. Summer break's almost over...
...Too bad there's nothin' to do.
You'd think with special powers, the world wouldn't be so...
boring...
...Hm?

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Junpei:
Is that girl... drawing something?
Is she some of caricature artist? Nah, couldn't be... There's no 
one around her.
What the heck is she drawing, then? There's nothing here to draw.

> Junpei walked near the girl...

Girl in a Dress:
Get out of my way.
I can't see. ...Move.

Junpei:
Uh... Sorry.
Man, I wish I could see what she's drawing...

> Junpei took a peek at the girl's drawing from afar...

> The page is filled with red and black...

> It looks nothing like the surroundings. It must be some abstract
piece...

Girl in a Dress:
What do you want?

Junpei:
Uh, nothing. ...My bad.

[Junpei walks away]

Junpei:
Dude, what's with that outfit...?
And, what the hell is she drawing...?
Man, I'll never understand art.
Oh, well...

<8/24 M Daytime>

> Meanwhile, at the Iwatodai strip mall...

Shinjiro:
Dammit, I'm tired of your nagging.

Akihiko:
I'm sorry, but I won't take no for an answer.

Shinjiro:
Well, the answer's still the same: I'm not coming back.

Akihiko:
You know, another new Persona-user joined us... and he's not human.

Shinjiro:
...What?

Akihiko:
It's a dog. He lost his master six months ago because of the 
Shadows.
He's incredibly loyal... Up 'til now, he's been guarding the spot
where his master was killed...
...despite the bad memories.

Shinjiro:
.....

> At that moment...

> Ken came out from a nearby store...

Ken:
Huh? Oh, it's Sanada-san.
.....?
Who's he talking to? I guess it'd be rude to butt in...

Akihiko:
We saw someone die right before our eyes, too...
But, it's been two years since then...

Shinjiro:
.....

Akihiko:
How long do you plan to beat yourself up over it?
You're always at that spot behind the station, even though you don't
hang out with the crowd there.

Shinjiro:
It doesn't matter.
It was my fault and it can't be erased.
What difference does it make if I come to terms with it? It won't
change anything.
This isn't the same as what happened to Miki.

Akihiko:
Shinji...

Shinjiro:
That's enough already.
I just want to forget it ever happened.

[They walk off]

Ken:
Two years ago...
.....
It can't be...
.....
So his name is Shinji, huh...?

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<8/28 F Daytime>

> Your room...

[Someone knocks on your door]

Mitsuru's Voice:
It's me.
I apologize for the interruption, but do you have a moment?

FC:
Coming...

Mitsuru:
Good morning.
The Chairman will be here tonight.
We'll meet on the 4th floor as usual.
That's all.

> She seems to have left.

<Evening>

> The dormitory's command room...

> Everyone, including Ikutsuki, is here...

Ikutsuki:
Good, you're all here.
Please come in.

> Ikutsuki called to someone outside the door...

Ken:
Sorry to interrupt.

Akihiki:
You must be kidding...

Ikutsuki:
After running several tests, we've learnt that he has more than 
adequate potential.
I called this meeting so that I could introduce him, since he'll be
joining our squad.

Mitsuru:
B-But Mr. Chairman, he's still in elementary school.
Besides...

Ikutsuki:
Besides... what?
His ability is quite promising. With the proper training, he could
be a big help.

Akihiko:
But, is HE okay with it?

Ken:
Actually, I asked to join.
I believe I can be of some assistance...
Now, I finally know why I was given this power.

Ikutsuki:
...So, as you can see, it was his own decision.

Ken:
Nice to meet you all. I'll try not to get in anyone's way.

FC:
Ready for the wringer?

Ken:
Y-Yep! Please don't hold back!

Akihiko:
.....

Junpei:
Hey, don't worry kid. We got your back.
It may be hard at times, but stick with it.

Ken:
Yes, got it!

> Yet another new ally has joined.

> Ken Amada... He seems to be very level-headed for an elementary
school student...

> As the team leader, you must take care to support him well...

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<8/29 Sa Daytime>

> Meanwhile, in front of Tatsumi Port Island station...

Junpei:
*sigh* Man, this year's going fast. It's already second semester.
Next year, I'll be a senior...
Huh? That girl...
She's drawing again...

[He walks over to her]

Girl in a Dress:
...You again?

Junpei:
Uh, w-well...
I mean, I'm surprised you remember me.

Girl in a Dress:
Same here...

Junpei:
Well, you kinda stand out in that dress...

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Junpei:
So... What are you drawing?

Girl in a Dress:
Nothing. Why?

Junpei:
Uhh, no reason...
I was just thinking, it must be nice to have something you're really
into.

Girl in a Dress:
It's no big deal... I only draw because I like to...

Junpei:
Oh, yeah?
...Still, I'd like to see it when you're done, okay?

Girl in a Dress:
.....

> The girl stares at Junpei as he leaves...

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense a familiar presence...

Pharos:
Hello.
I thought I'd remind you... The next full moon will be in one week.
Are you ready...?
Only a few trials remain...
...So, be careful.
I look forward to seeing you again.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<8/31 M Daytime>

> Meanwhile, in front of Tatsumi Port Island station...

Junpei:
So, we meet again, huh?

Girl in a Dress:
That's because you keep coming back.

Junpei:
I'm Junpei.
What's your name? You live around here?

Girl in a Dress:
.....

Junpei:
Fine, fine, ignore me. I'm used to it...
Hey, wait! Your hand!
What's with that cut!? You're bleeding!

> Blood is dripping from her wrist to the ground...

Girl in a Dress:
What is it with you!? Why don't you mind your own business!?

Junpei:
But you're bleeding, for cryin' out loud!
I think I got a hanky here...
Gimme your hand so I can tie this over the wound!

Girl in a Dress:
Why are you in such a panic?

Junpei:
Are you crazy? Anyone would freak out over this.
You need to see a doctor. ...You want me to go with you?

Girl in a Dress:
.....
...You're weird.
Chidori.

Junpei:
Huh?

Chidori:
That's my name. You asked, right, Junpei?
...I'm almost done with the picture.
I doubt you'll understand it, but if you want to see it, then you
know where to find me.

> Chidori left without looking back...

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<9/1 Tu Evening>

> You ran into Junpei in front of the dormitory and walked in with 
him...

> .....?

> Yukari and Ken are sitting in the lounge, looking fidgety...

Yukari:
...Oh, you're back. Perfect timing.

Junpei:
Perfect timing...? For what?

Yukari:
Hey, Fuuka, is Aigis ready?

> In response, Fuuka and Aigis came in...

Fuuka:
H-How does she look?

Aigis:
This is how I look.

FC:
Are you cosplaying!?

Aigis:
Yes, I am cosplaying.

Fuuka:
N-No you're not, Aigis!

Yukari:
She said she wanted to go to school, so I said something to 
Mitsuru-sempai as a joke...
But, the Chairman overheard and thought it was a good idea. So as of
tomorrow, she'll be a junior.

Junpei:
Seriously!? He's down with that?

Fuuka:
He said something about studying her behavior in a social 
environment...

Junpei:
Well, as far as I'm concerned, it's a great idea...
Just look at how cute she is in that uniform!

Aigis:
The camouflage Fuuka-san has provided me with seems to be the 
appropriate size.

Ken:
It looks very natural on you; no one will suspect a thing.
But, why does he want you to go to school? It's not like there's
anything special about it.

Aigis:
With the commencement of the second semester, I intend to 
synchronize my schedule with the other members'.
If I were to remain here on standby, it could delay our deployment.
Therefore, I request to accompany our squad leader.

Yukari:
Delay our deployment? Won't you going to school create more 
problems?

Aigis:
I will make any necessary adjustments as problems arise.

Yukari:
Uhh... Yeah, you do that...

Koromaru:
Woof, woof!

Aigis:
He said, "I want to go to school, too."

Yukari:
Sorry, Koro-chan... You have to stay here.

Koromaru:
*whimper*

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<9/2 W Morning>

> Classroom 2-F...

> It's time for morning homeroom...

Ms. Toriumi:
Class, we have a new student who will be joining us. She just 
transferred here.
...Please introduce yourself.

Aigis:
My name is Aigis. I am pleased to meet you all.

Ms. Toriumi:
Aigis... What a strange name... I wonder if she was born overseas.

> Ms. Toriumi began looking through the transfer student's 
records...

Ms. Toriumi:
Let's see... Anything else I should know...? Hm? ...Humanoid 
tactical weapon? What on Earth...?

Yukari:
Wha!?

Ms. Toriumi:
...Clearly, that's a mistake.
It just goes to show, you can't believe everything you read.

Junpei:
Y-You can say that again, Teach!

Ms. Toriumi:
Let's see. You can sit, um... Are there any open seats?

> Ms. Toriumi casts her gaze over the classroom...

Ms. Toriumi:
...Oh, that seat's open. Right next to her.

> Ms. Toriumi pointed her finger right at one of the seats...!

Ms. Toriumi:
That one should be fine.

Junpei:
Uh, Ms. Toriumi, that spot's already taken. He's just playin'
hookey.

Ms. Toriumi:
...Which means he's not here.
So, it's free to be used, right?

> Aigis has been assigned a seat next to you...

Aigis:
This spot will be perfect...
My highest priority is to be with this person at all times.

Yukari:
*sigh* Not off to a great start...

Ms. Toriumi:
My, aren't we just full of drama today?
Do me a favor and save the antics for after school.

Yukari:
Sheesh...

<Lunchtime>

> You received a text message.

> It's from Akihiko.

Text Message:
> "I have something important to take care of after school. I want
you to come."
> "I'll be waiting by the gate. Meet me there."

<After School>

> School gates...

> An annoyed Akihiko was waiting for you...

Akihiko:
...There you are.
There's something I have to do, and I want you to come with me.

FC:
Where to?

Akihiko:
We're going to get someone. ...And old member.

> .....?

> Akihiko is carrying a suitcase...

> Where could he be taking you...?

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> ...Is this where Akihiko wanted to go?

Shinjiro:
You're getting on my nerves!

Akihiko:
The situation has changed. Sorry, but this time, I'm not asking.

Shinjiro:
What?

Akihiko:
This belongs to you.

> Akihiko thrust the suitcase he was holding out to Shinjiro.

Shinjiro:
.....

Akihiko:
We have a new enemy. They're Persona-users, like us.

Shinjiro:
.....
Yeah, so what?

Akihiko:
There's more.
Ken Amada has joined our team.

Shinjiro:
.....!?
What the hell are you talking about!?

Akihiko:
He has the potential, and Ikutsuki-san has okayed it. He's now a
Persona-user.

Shinjiro:
You've gotta be kidding me.
.....
Let me ask you one thing...
Was it his decision to join SEES?

Akihiko:
Yeah. He volunteered.

Shinjiro:
...I see.
.....
Then, count me in.
So, you're the one leading the operations now, huh?

> Shinjiro turned toward you and looked you in the eyes...

Shinjiro:
If you don't mind me asking, what exactly are you fighting for?

FC:
To protect someone.

Shinjiro:
Is that so?
Well, you do your thing; I'll do mine.
Is my room still vacant?

Akihiko:
Yeah.

Shinjiro:
Sheesh... Another girl? First Mitsuru and now her...

Akihiko:
So what? She might be a girl, but she's one hell of a--

Shinjiro:
That ain't my point, numbskull.
I'm saying you gotta keep an eye out for her. Honestly...

> Yet another new ally has joined.

> Shinjiro Aragaki... He is a year older than you, and seems to have
lived in the dormitory before.

> Though still shrouded in mystery, he seems like a reliable 
partner...

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<9/4 F After School>

> In front of Tatsumi Port Island station, on Junpei's way home...

Junpei:
Yo, Chidori.
How's your hand?

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
I don't see anything... not even a scar...
Did it heal that quickly?

Chidori:
.....
Hey, Junpei... What do you do to make yourself feel alive?

Junpei:
Uh, I dunno... Breathing, I guess? *chuckle*
Y'know, I never really thought about it before.
How 'bout you, Chidori? Is that why you draw?

Chidori:
Maybe... But, most of these are just scribbles...
I don't understand myself very well.

Junpei:
I see.
.....
To tell ya the truth, there is one thing that makes me feel alive...
...When I get to play hero.
In the darkest hour, unknown to all but a few, the chosen ones stand
against the forces of evil!
Our hero, Junpei, fights to protect the world from these terrifying
monsters!
Heheh... Well, you get the idea. That's when I feel most alive!

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
Umm... You're s'posed to laugh.

Chidori:
So... Do you fight all alone...?

Junpei:
H-Hey, I was just kiddin' around...

Chidori:
You fight during a time that no one knows about, right?
So then, no one knows what you've been doing, either.
That means you'll never receive any recognition...
...I'm impressed. I didn't know you're that kind of guy.

Junpei:
...For real?
You actually believe me?

Chidori:
Tell me more...

Junpei:
You really wanna know?
Okay, but don't tell anyone, alright?

Chidori:
...Mmhm.

Junpei:
Ya see, there's this special power called "Persona," and only those
who have it can defeat the monsters.
That's what I meant by "the chosen ones."
My friends are fighting too... And ever since I joined 'em, we've
been kicking some serious ass!

Chidori:
Sounds like fun.
Are you the leader? Because it sounds like you're pretty strong.

Junpei:
Y-Yeah...
I-I guess you could say that.
I mean, without me, things would just fall apart.
Someone's gotta be in charge, after all. It's pretty tough being a
leader.

Chidori:
.....
Thank you, Junpei... I had fun today.

Junpei:
Y-You did?

Chidori:
It's time for me to go. I'll see you tomorrow, right?

> Chidori left...

Junpei:
Heheh... Tomorrow, huh?
...All right!!

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<9/5 Evening>

> Meanwhile, in front of the dormitory...

Junpei:
Man, she wasn't at the station today...
Maybe I should check again...
Nah, on second thought, I better stay put... The operation's 
tonight.
Now that I think about it...
...we're fighting to protect her, too.
Dude, that so rocks...
Maybe we really are, like, heroes...
...Yeeaahh!!

Familiar Voice:
Don't move!

Junpei:
Huh?
Wait, that voice...

[The screen goes dark]

Junpei:
...Whoa!

[Junpei collapses]

<Dark Hour>

> Dorm, command room...

> Fuuka summoned Lucia and is searching for the Shadow's presence...

> The others are here waiting for her to finish, except Ken, who has
left to look for Junpei...

Ikutsuki:
Tonight marks the 6th full moon... Do you detect a Shadow?

Fuuka:
Yes...
It's near Paulownia Mall... I think.
For some reason, I can't quite pinpoint its location...
But, I'm trying to narrow it down...

Akihiko:
Is that its power?

Fuuka:
I don't know.

Shinjiro:
We have enough to go on...

> Ken came into the room...

Mitsuru:
Did you find Iori?

Ken:
I can't find him anywhere.
His backpack isn't here, so I don't think he's been home yet.

Yukari:
That idiot... He knows tonigt's the night!

Fuuka:
I don't sense him anywhere nearby...
Should I take more time to look for him, just in case?

Ikutsuki:
No, it's okay.
You're all young; sometimes you just get in one of those moods.
Anyway, we should focus on the task at hand.

Shinjiro:
.....

Mitsuru:
We can't afford to waste any more time. Let's go.

Akihiko:
It's go time!

Shinjiro:
Wait... Did he say anything earlier?

> Shinjiro came to talk to you after everyone left...

FC:
Are you worried?

Shinjiro:
Whatever...

> Shinjiro left with somewhat of a frown...

> Paulownia mall...

> Fuuka is searching for the Shadow's location...

Mitsuru:
Detect anything?

Fuuka:
Only a faint presence. It seems so close, but... why...!?

Mitsuru:
Alright, let's split up and search for it. There's no time to lose;
hurry!

Fuuka:
Wait!
Please, give me a moment! This is my responsibility...!

> Fuuka seems to be concentrating intently...

Fuuka:
Tell me, Lucia... What is this thing that deceives me...?
Hear the wind's answer in your ear...
Touch the earth's answer with your fingertips...
Taste the water's answer on your lips...

Akihiko:
Hey, is she okay...?

Mitsuru:
Don't break her concentration.

Fuuka:
...Right beneath our feet...
...Some kind of... webbing...?

Aigis:
Perhaps it has something to do with the old power cables 
underground.
They were just left there when the island's construction was
complete.

Mitsuru:
Power cables...?

Aigis:
Yes, they run underground in many directions, like a web.

Akihiko:
And they're interfering with her ability?

Fuuka:
...Thank you, Aigis. I understand now.
Interference isn't the problem...
...The cables themselves have been possessed by the Shadow!

Yukari:
They what...!?
So... it's underneath this whole area!?

Akihiko:
...Now it all makes sense.

Ken:
H-How are we supposed to beat something like that!?

Shinjiro:
Tch...

> Meanwhile, on the dormitory rooftop...

Junpei:
Ugh...

Familiar Voice:
I can't believe how easy it was to sneak up on you. Are the others
here just as oblivious?

Junpei:
Dammit... I can't use my power...
This isn't funny...
...Chidori.

Chidori:
I want you to do something for me.
I have new orders for you to give to your friends...
Surely you have the capacity to communicate with them.

Junpei:
Me? Give orders?

Chidori:
If you do as I say... you won't be harmed.
...All you have to do is call off the mission. Easy, right?
And not just the one tonight... All of them.

Junpei:
You want me to cancel the mission?
You're not one of "them" are you?

Chidori:
Quit wasting time.

Junpei:
.....

> Paulownia Mall...

Mitsuru:
This is a problem... We have no means of attacking it.

Fuuka:
In your notes from previous battles, it said there was a Shadow that
took control of the monorail.
Just like that one, this Shadow must have its own body.
Let me see if I can find it...
.....

> Fuuka began to concentrate...

Yukari:
Fuuka...

Akihiko:
Even if we know where it is, we might not be able to get to it...

Aigis:
There may still be a way to reach the structure the buried cables
feed into...

Shinjiro:
We'll see...

Fuuka:
*gasp* *gasp* ...I found it.

Fuuka:
It's close by... in this mall!

Yukari:
In here!?

Fuuka:
It's inside a small chamber underground.
...It's rectangular, so I assume it's man-made.

Ken:
Is it some sort of room...?

Shinjiro:
Wait a minute...
I overheard the manager of Escapade...
He was saying that the power's been acting up lately...
There was a power outage becase of it that forced him to cancel
some big, important event.

Yukari:
That's no surprise...

Shinjiro:
He said the control panel is located beneath the club.
Maybe we should take a look...

Fuuka:
...That's it!

Mitsuru:
Good job, Yamagishi.
Alright. Once we're ready, we'll make our move!

> Club Escapade, dance floor...

Fuuka:
That's the source!
It's connected to all those cables...
...so be careful you don't get shocked!

[After you defeat the Shadow]

Fuuka:
Congratulations, I no longer sense its presence.
Oh, and also...
I think I've found Junpei.
He's back at the dorm, but something seems strange...
The Chairman's there too, so he should be okay. But, let's hurry
back just in case.

> Meanwhile, dorm rooftop...

Chidori:
...It seems they've completed their mission.

Junpei:
What!? ...You can tell!?

Chidori:
Yes... Through Medea's eyes.

Junpei:
Medea?

Chidori:
...My friend.

Junpei:
Chidori...

Chidori:
That's not important... Why didn't you call off the mission?
Is it worth your life?
Dying is what people fear most...
...isn't it?

Junpei:
Well... I've never actually given anyone orders before...
They wouldn't listen to me anyway...
Ya see... I'm not really the one in charge...

Chidori:
So you were lying earlier?
Why...?
...I don't understand.

Junpei:
Hey... Answer me this: was it all just an act?
...Us meeting, your wound, the picture... Were you just setting me
up?
Now that I think about it, that cut healed pretty quickly...
Haha... I see how it is...

Chidori:
That was...

[The roof door opens]

Yukari:
Junpei!?

Chidori:
Tch. They're back already!?

Mitsuru:
*gasp* She's a Persona-user!?

Chidori:
Medea, come...

> Chidori pointed a gun that seemed to be an Evoker at herself...

Junpei:
Chidori, stop!

[The sound of an impact is heard]

Chidori:
Ahh!

> Junpei tackled Chidori, causing her to drop her Evoker...

Junpei:
Sempai, get her gun!

Chidori:
No! Give it back!!

Akihiko:
Sorry, but we can't let you use this.

Ikutsuki:
Hm!? When did she...!?

> Ikutsuki arrived...

> Despite being inside the dorm all along, he didn't seem to have
noticed anything until now...

Mitsuru:
Aigis, restrain her.

Aigis:
Understood.

Chidori:
Medea!!

> Aigis restrained Chidori...

Fuuka:
I...I didn't sense her up until this very moment... This is my only
power and yet...

Ikutsuki:
If even Fuuka couldn't sense her, then she must have some sort of
power to conceal her presence...
I didn't have the slightest clue she was here...

Mitsuru:
Are you a member of the group that goes by the name Strega? I have
a number of questions for you.

Chidori:
...I'm not... afraid... of dying...

Junpei:
Ch-Chidori...!?

Chidori:
...M-Medea... I'm...
.....

Mitsuru:
Clearly, she's emotionally unstable.
We'll let het rest, and save our questions for later.

Junpei:
Chidori...

> You succeeded in defeating the Shadow this month too.

> You expect that there will be fewer victims for a while.

> But now, a new adversary has emerged...

> You wonder what will happen...

> .....

> You are exhausted, so you decide to rest.

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<9/6 Su Daytime>

> Meanwhile, at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital, Chidori's room...

Mitsuru:
I'll ask you once more...
Is Chidori your real name?

Chidori:
.....

Mitsuru:
What kind of organization is Strega? Are there others beside you
three?

Chidori:
.....

Mitsuru:
*sigh*

Voice in Hallway:
Hey wait, Junpei!
You're not supposed to be here, remember!?

[The door opens and Junpei runs in]

Junpei:
Chidori...!

Yukari:
Junpei!
Uh... Sorry. He wouldn't stop bugging me about this place...

Junpei:
How are you feeling? ...Seems like you've calmed down.

Chidori:
.....

Mitsuru:
She certainly has. In fact, she won't say a word.
...Maybe we should confiscate her sketchbook, too.

Junpei:
Hey, come on... What good would that do!?
That won't make her talk!

Mitsuru:
I'm not so sure about that.
She was quite upset when we took her Evoker.
Speaking of which... Where did you get that?

Chidori:
Medea...
Give it back to me! I want her back!!

Akihiko:
Hey, I told you not to bring that up, didn't I!?

Mitsuru:
Then, what am I supposed to do!?
*sigh* I'll have someone else try next time.

Chidori:
Why...? Why did you take it from me...? Medea...

Akihiko:
...Yukari, call a nurse. We're done for today.
I'll inform Ikutsuki-san of the difficulties we're having.

Yukari:
Oh... Okay.
C'mon Junpei, let's go.

Junpei:
Chidori... What happened to you...?

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<9/8 Tu After School>

> Meanwhile, in Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

> Mitsuru, Akihiko and Fuuka are gathered around Chidori laying in
bed...

Mitsuru:
So, Yamagishi... Do you sense anything?

Fuuka:
No...

Chidori:
......

Mitsuru:
By refusing to speak, you're only hurting yourself.
We aren't keeping you here because we hate you; we just want to 
avoid unnecessary confrontation.

[Junpei enters]

Junpei:
...How's Chidori?

Akihiko:
Again? What's your obsession, Junpei?
Did she say anything?

Mitsuru:
...Not a word.

Junpei:
Can I just talk to her?

Mitsuru:
Iori... It seems like you're letting your emotions get the best of 
you.
Is everything okay?

Junpei:
Well... Not exactly...
I know she attacked me, but...
I can't stop thinking about her!

Fuuka:
Junpei-kun...

Akihiko:
Sheesh...

Mitsuru:
Mmm... desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose. All
right, try and talk to her.

Junpei:
Got it!
...You okay?

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
I'm glad they let you keep your sketchbook...
Haha, you're still drawing pictures, even in the hospital?
You really do like to draw, huh...?

Chidori:
.....
...It doesn't matter.

Fuuka:
She spoke...

Chidori:
...No one else but me can understand my pictures...

Junpei:
Chidori...!?
Y-Your arm!

> The bandage wrapped around Chidori's wrist is soaked in fresh
blood...

Akihiko:
Tch... Again!?
Fuuka, get a doctor!

Fuuka:
R-Right away!

[Fuuka left]

Junpei:
Why are you bleeding!?

Akihiko:
She does it to herself.
*sigh* I though I had removed all the sharp objects in here.

Junpei:
She did this to herself...!?

Mitsuru:
...Apparently, we can't leave her unattended for even one moment.
But fortunately, she heals at an astounding rate...

Chidori:
Let go of me!

Junpei:
Then, at the station... you did that to yourself!?
...I never asked for your help.
You were the one who misunderstood.

Junpei:
Well, I want you to stop.
You can't be doing that...
It's not right...
And I won't let you...

Chidori:
.....

Mitsuru:
The doctor will be here soon. You two should go now.

Junpei:
...Yeah.

> Chidori stares at Junpei as he leaves...

Mitsuru:
...So, you seem to have found your voice.

Chidori:
.....

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<9/10 Th After School>

> Meanwhile, in Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

> Mitsuru, Akihiko and Junpei are here...

Junpei:
Yo, Chidorita!

Chidori:
...Don't call me that.

Junpei:
C'mon, cheer up...
I brought you a new sketchbook. I thought your old one might be
getting full.

Chidori:
That wasn't necessary, Junpei.

Junpei:
Heheh, you said my name... I was worried I'd never hear that again.

Mitsuru:
......

Akihiko:
......

Shinijro:
...Any luck?

> Shinjiro entered the room...

Mitsuru:
She finally started talking.
But, nothing useful yet.

Akihiko:
Well, that's a start.
So... Why are YOU here?

Chidori:
Ugh...!!

Junpei:
Chidori!? Wh-What's wrong!?

Chidori:
Ugh... Arg...

> Chidori is clutching at her throat in pain...

[A sound is heard]

Akihiko:
I get the feeling there's something in here!
Is it an enemy!?

Shinjiro:
Wrong! Get out of the way!

> Shinjiro ran up to Chidori and forced medicine down her throat...

Chidori:
*gasp* *gasp*

Junpei:
Chidori!

Shinjiro:
Relax... her Persona just went berserk. It happens.

Mitsuru:
It... happens?

Shinjiro:
Were you guys not watching at all? You could see for a second that
her Persona was strangling her.
They're not like us. They can't fully control their Personas.
That's why they need to take suppressants... to keep their Personas
from killing them...

Mitsuru:
Suppressants...?
...You know about Strega?

Shinjiro:
You'd be surprised what you can learn on the streets.
I'll give the doc the right pills. ...The rest is up to you.

[Shinjiro leaves]

Akihiko:
Shinji, wait!
Hey!!

[Akihiko chases after Shinjiro]

Chidori:
I... I...
...Junpei?

Junpei:
Th-Thank God...! I thought you might be...

Chidori:
Why do you look so scared?
Death is nothing to be afraid of...

Junpei:
What are you saying...?

Chidori:
Dying just means you don't wake up anymore... that's all.

Junpei:
Wh-What!? You don't really mean that, do you?

Chidori:
...Junpei?

Junpei:
I-I don't want you to die, Chidori!

Chidori:
Junpei...

Junpei:
Just because you're not afraid doesn't mean no one else is...
Did you ever think about how I might feel!?

Chidori:
Haha...
You're so weird, Junpei...

Junpei:
Ha... Look who's talkin'...

[Outside the hospital]

Akihiko:
Hey, wait! Shinji!

Shinjiro:
.....

Akihiko:
What the hell' going on...?
Why did you have those pills!?

Shinjiro:
......

Akihiko:
I've heard about those...
...They're taken to suppress a Persona when the user can't control
it.
But, the side-effects...

Shinjiro:
......

Akihiko:
You're not taking them, are you?

Shinjiro:
......

Akihiko:
Answer me!

Shinjiro:
I don't owe you anything.

Akihiko:
Tch. The same as always...

Shinjiro:
Save it. I've heard it all before.
You think I'm wasting my power... but you're just too thickheaded.
I'm tired of your damn preaching.

[Akihiko punches Shinjiro]

Shinjiro:
......!
Ow...

Akihiko:
Don't you get it?
You know the reason...
Ten years ago. My sister. The fire.
I wasn't strong enough to save her. They held me back, while she...

Shinjiro:
.....

Akihiko:
That's why I try so hard...
We promised, remember? To become strong enough to do what we think
is right...
So, why the drugs?
Why didn't you come talk to me...?

Shinjiro:
I'm back in the fight now...
So let it go.

Akihiko:
*sigh*
.....
...And the side effects?

Shinjiro:
.....
There's something I need to take care of.
It's something only I can do.

Akihiko:
...Like what?

Shinjiro:
Listen, don't worry about me.
Just do what you think is right.

[Shinjiro leaves]

Akihiko:
Shinji...

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<9/12 Sa After School>

> Meanwhile, in Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

Junpei:
No one else is coming today.
...But, they said we can't give you back your Evoker.

Chidori:
...I wasn't expecting them to. That's why they started watching me
in the first place.

Junpei:
Oh, how's that cut doin'?
...Prolly already healed, huh.
...So, how come you're not drawing today...?

Chidori:
...Does it matter?

Junpei:
Well, uh, not really...
Huh, your flowers are all dried up... Must be the heat.
Oh, I know. Why don't I go buy you some new flowers?
What's your favourite... kind...
Chidori? What's the matter?

Chidori:
Mm...

> Chidori took the withered flowers and began to concentrate...

[The screen flashes white]

Junpei:
Huh...? The flowers...

> The withered flowers in Chidori's hands began to flourish...

Junpei:
Those are cut flowers, right? Wow... How'd you do that!?

Chidori:
...I made them healthy again.

Junpei:
I didn't know your healing powers could do stuff like that! It's 
like a miracle or something...

Chidori:
It's nothing special.
You have powers too, don't you?

Junpei:
Well, yeah, I guess...
That's about all I've got going for me.
Without that... I'd be a nobody.
I just talk a big game... pretendin' like I'm some kinda hero.
But in reality... I don't know what the hell I'm fighting for...
...or why I'm here at all...

Chidori:
Why...
Why we are here...?

Junpei:
When I was a kid, I had this crazy dream...

Chidori:
...What kind of dream?

Junpei:
That one day, I'd grow up to be a pro baseball player... Pretty
stupid, huh?
I guess that's part of bein' a kid.

Chidori:
Is that so...?
I don't remember much from my childhood.
All I remember is...
...being surrounded by white.

Junpei:
Huh?

Chidori:
I hate hospitals...

Junpei:
Yeah, me too...
.....
I'm sorry...

Chidori:
But, I don't mind that much this time...
...since you come to see me so often.

Junpei:
Chidori...
I... I understand.
I won't let you down.

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense that familiar presence...

Pharos:
Hi... It's been a while.
Three seasons have passed since we met...
Time goes by so quickly, and many things change.
Yet, some things will always remain the same...
...Don't you agree?

FC:
Some things don't change.

Pharos:
Yes...
It you say so, then it must be.
Talking with you has stirred up certain memories...
...That tower for instance.
I've been thinking about it lately...
I wonder... Will our relationship stay the same...?
Or, will it evolve...?
.....
No matter what the future holds, you and I will be friends.
...That is for certain.

> Pharos is smiling sadly for some reason...

> You felt a stronger bond with him...

Pharos:
I'll come again. Until then, good night...
My dearest...

> Pharos disappeared...

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<9/17 F Evening>

> You are drenched from the rain.

> You're shivering...

Junpei:
You weren't quick enough, huh?

> Everyone is sitting around the lounge.

> It seems they happened to gather in the midst of the storm...

Fuuka:
According to the news, a typhoon just hit.
Supposedly, it's the biggest one on record. It's moving slowly, too,
so it'll be around for a while...

Junpei:
Yeah, thanks to that, the school festival got canned.
...Well, setting all that stuff up is a pain, so I don't mind.
But, it sucks that we'll be stuck indoors...
...So, how are you gonna spend your break?

FC:
Nothing special.

Junpei:
Are you serious!? C'mon, we're only young once!
What about you, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
Me? The only thing I plan to do is go to the movies...

Junpei:
Ooh, a movie? Is it a date...?

Fuuka:
It-It's not like that.
I'm going with Natsuki-chan. She absolutely loves movies...
But with this typhoon, I don't know if we'll be able to go.

Junpei:
How 'bout you, Yuka-tan? Will ya still have practice?

Yukari:
...I doubt it.
The archery range is outside, so it's most likely canceled until the
storm blows over.

Akihiko:
Same here. This stupid typhoon is gonna mess up my training.

Junpei:
What about you, Sempai?

Mitsuru:
...I haven't decided.
Besides, what business is it of yours, Iori?

Junpei:
Me? Well, I'd be happy to tell you about my plans...

Aigis:
I suspect that you will be visiting Chidori-san.
Although she has stabilized, we cannot release her.

Junpei:
Man, Ai-chan, you must be psychic.
And ya know what? She WANTS me to come!
...Not to brag or anything...
...I, um... just thought I should check up on her... Ya know, with
the storm and all.

Yukari:
Is that so...

Akihiko:
...What's up with him?

Fuuka:
Umm... Well...

Akihiko:
You don't know either..?

Fuuka:
...Oh, yeah! Ken-kun. What are you going to do during the break?

Ken:
Oh, nothing in particular...

Junpei:
Come on, you have to be doing something.

Ken:
Well, I'll probably go visit the shrine.

Junpei:
Dude, you're a kid, not an old man.

Ken:
But, that's where I always go.
I guess you could say I made a vow...

Shinjiro:
.....

Ken:
Anyway, I'm going back to my room. I have a lot of homework to do...

Junpei:
Oh, okay. Call me if you get stuck.

> Ken returned to his room...

Akihiko:
.....

Shinjiro:
.....

<Dark Hour>

> This is... the Velvet Room...?

Igor:
I have been waiting for you.
I last summoned you in your dreams quite some time ago.
Several seasons have come and gone since I first offered my 
assistance...
Now, then... Your special power-- Persona... Have you been using it 
wisely?

FC:
Of course!

Igor:
Therefore, please allow me to provide you with a new form of
assistance.
Henceforth, you shall be able to fuse four or more Personas.
I am certain that this will be a great benefit to you.

> New fusions are possible!

Igor:
But now, you must be tired. Please, rest easy...
Until we meet again... Farewell.

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<9/24 Th Afternoon>

Ms. Toriumi:
Alright,everyone quiet down!
Ahm, there will be no classes this afternoon.
However, that doesn't mean you'll be allowed to goof off...
You'll all have to work together to clean up the displays and
decorations for the school festival.
I'll assign you into three groups for the cleanup.
The first group will go to the science lab. Your leader will be...

> Afternoon classes were cancelled, and you'll be cleaning up after
the school festival instead...

> Gekkoukan High School, Science Room...

> You're assigned to clean up alongside yukari, Junpei and Aigis...

Yukari:
Well, let's get this over with. Umm...
Let's break up into groups of two. One person takes down photos, the
other binds them together.

Junpei:
Alrighty.

FC:
Let's do this quick.

Junpei:
Geez, you're so serious all the time. We're allowed to take this
easy, y'know?

> You began cleaning up with everyone.

Yukari:
Sucks for the photography club that they took so many pictures and
no one got to see any of them...
...Oh, isn't this from the summer fellowship?
Look, here's FC. You guys went to a school in the countryside, 
right?

FC:
It was a nice place.

Yukari:
Lucky! They had a hot spring too, didn't they?

Aigis:
I wanted to go in one too.

Junpei:
We'll be going to one soon enough.

Yukari:
...Are you talking about the school trip? That's in November... Talk
about jumping the gun.
I can't believe we're going to Kyoto...

Junpei:
Eh, it's where everyone goes. I really wish they wouldn't make us go
to all the shrines and stuff.

Kenji:
Yeah, seriously.

> Kenji and Kazushi have arrived...

> They seem to have brought cleaning supplies with them...

Kenji:
So, Yukari-san. Why don't I show you around Kyoto when we go?

Yukari:
How did we jump onto that subject...? Anyways, did you find a nail
puller?

Kenji:
Yeah, Kazushi brought all of them.

Kazushi:
You've got a bunch to choose from.

Yukari:
We just needed one or two... Aren't the guys in the other claases
going to need them too?

Kazushi:
Oh, y-you're right... I'll go return the rest!

Yukari:
Uh, well... I don't think you need to go right away. Just if someone
asks.

Kazushi:
I-I see... Then I'll leave them here!

Kenji:
You know... When you're with girls... Well, more like when you're 
with Yukari-san...

Kazushi:
Wh-What?

Kenji:
Nothing. Huh... So that's how it is. Heheh.
...That reminds me. Junpei, you were in charge of the popping stuff.
Did you bring some?

Junpei:
Popping stuff...?
Ohhh! The bubble wrap.
Uh...
Good call, Kenji. Go get it. You know where they keep all this stuff
right?

Kenji:
Well, yeah, but... I just got back from there.
You go get it. You're the one who forgot in the first place.

Junpei:
Huh? Are you sure? You really don't wanna go?
That place is like a paradise, you know that? Some fine chicas there
who'd be just your type...

Kenji:
W-Wait, are you serious!? Be right back, guys!
...Yeah, like I'd fall for that, dumbass. What kind of supply room
is stocked with hot babes?

Yukari:
Ugh, we're never gonna finish at this rate. If you're gonna talk,
talk while you work!

Junpei:
She's like a pissed-off samurai...

Yukari:
I heard that!
Geez... Are you stupid or something?

Kenji:
More like Stupei, I think.

Junpei:
D-Deja vu...!
*sigh* Fine... I'll go to the supply room later...

Kenji:
But man... it's a real shame the school festival fell through.
There was some hilarious stuff planned. Like a cross-dressing 
pageant...
They said it would be open to everyone, so I was planning on jumping
in.

Junpei:
Huh? You, cross-dressing!? Oh hell no...
.....
Nah, no way...

Kenji:
You were just imagining it just now, huh? I must've been super cute.

Junpei:
Where in the world does your confidence come from...?

Kenji:
Well, I'd be a lot better at it than you. You'd just look creepy.

Junpei:
...I don't think you needed to go that far.
I mean, hey, I'd be cuter than Kaz here, right?

Kazushi:
Me? Why would I...

Kenji:
You hear that, Kaz? He just said you'd lose. Are you gonna take that
from him?

Kazushi:
Wha...!? There's no doubt that I'd be the cutest!
I'd be the cutest one in school!

Aigis:
I will not lose either at dressing up as a girl.

Kenji:
Well, duh. You're...

Aigis:
I am a female type, so female clothes would be...

Junpei:
Okay, okay! Let's just stop there!

Aigis:
FC-san, what do you think? Whose cross-dressing would be the most
"super-cute"?

FC:
MINE!

Junpei:
Oh, now you're getting in on this too!?

Kenji:
Well, there's no question that she would be "super cute."

Junpei:
I dunno how you can say stuff like that so easily...

Yukari:
Alright, you better move outta the way. You guys are holding 
everything up.

Kazushi:
S-Sorry.

Junpei:
You know, if you judge just by appearance, Yuka-tan is already
"super cute"...

Yukari:
What're you trying to say?

Junpei:
Uh, nothing...

Aigis:
He is saying that your personality is not cute.

Yukari:
Yeah, I got that.

Junpei:
...Ai-chan, you gotta know when to speak up and when to stay quiet.
If you don't learn, Yuka-tan's gonna give you the evil eye...
...See what I mean!? Nooooo, stop choking me!
K-Kaz! Say something!

Kazushi:
Y-You gotta use your guts!

Junpei:
For what!?

Kenji:
Th-That reminds me. It's a shame you never got to wear that maid
costume, Yukari-san.

Yukari:
Huh!?
Ughhh... So word got out about that. I'm relieved it never 
happened...

Kenji:
But I bet lotsa guys were really disappointed... right, Kazushi?

Kazushi:
Huh? R-Really?
Wait, what's a maid?

Junpei:
A pure soul...!

Kenji:
Oh, it's something that... guys like Junpei dream about.

Yukari:
Junpei...

Junpei:
W-Wait a sec, what's that look for? You act like I did something!

Aigis:
Junpei-san...

Junpei:
You gotta be kidding! You too, Aigis!?

> You finished cleaning up while chatting with everyone...

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<9/27 Su Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You feel that familiar presence...

Pharos:
Good evening.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but... there's only one more
week until the full moon.
...I hope nothing serious happens.
But, who knows what the future will bring...
...So be careful.
Remember, I'm always watching you.
...We'll meet again.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<10/4 Su Dark Hour>

> The dormitory command room...

> Fuuka has summoned Lucia and is searching for the Shadow's 
position...

> Everyone is watching, but Shinjiro and Ken are nowhere to be 
found...

Fuuka:
I've located the target...
It's in the plaza in front of Iwatodai Station!

Ikutsuki:
This will be the 10th...
...Only a few left, but let's worry about them one at a time.

Yukari:
...Assuming they come one at a time. *giggle* Just kidding.

Fuuka:
...Yukari-chan, how did you know!? I sense two of them!

Yukari:
Are you serious!? Me and my big mouth...

Akihiko:
...Where's Shinji?

Fuuka:
He just notified me that he'll meet up with you later.
I didn't ask any questions.

Akihiko:
...Figures. He's always played by his own rules.

Junpei:
It's okay. At least he's coming, right?

FC:
Heh, look who's talking.

Junpei:
H-Hey, last time wasn't my fault! I was tied up!
Not this time, though. I'm ready and rarin' to go!

Yukari:
Wait, Ken-kun isn't here, either...
Hey Junpei, go get him. That'll be your punishment for last time.

Junpei:
Punishment...? What is this, kindergarten?
*sigh* That little shit is more trouble than he's worth.

[Junpei leaves]

Mitsuru:
Alright, let's move out. This time, there are two enemies.
We'll determine our formation once we arrive.

Akihiko:
Let's go, then!

> Iwatodai strip mall...

> Two giant shadows appeared at the roundabout in front of the
station...

Yukari:
There they are!
This is the way we go to school! We've gotta protect this place...

Fuuka:
It seems like they've been waiting for us.

Mitsuru:
...Where's Amada?

Junpei:
He wasn't in his room, so who knows...

Akihiko:
Dammit, Shinji... Where are you?

Fuuka:
Um, I think we should hurry... They look like they're about to make
their move.

Mitsuru:
Alright, let's decide on a team and engage the enemy!
Once it's decided, we'll head over immediately!

Fuuka:
I'll keep you informed! Please be careful!

[After the battle]

Fuuka:
Good job, everyone.

Junpei:
*sigh* Man, talk about exhausting.

Aigis:
This time, those two who call themselves Strega did not interfere.

Yukari:
It must be because we have Chidori.
Anyway, I'm glad everything went well.
But, what happened to Shinjiro-sempai and Ken?

Akihiko:
.....

Fuuka:
The Chairman doesn't seem to be too concerned, so he went home.

Mitsuru:
Yamagishi, where are those two?

Fuuka:
I'm sorry, I haven't been able to locate them yet.

Mitsuru:
Let's return to the dorm, and then go from there.

Akihiko:
.....

Mitsuru:
...Akihiko, are you listening?

Akihiko:
Today is... October 4th, huh?

Yukari:
...And?

Akihiko:
Just go back without me. I'm gonna go look for them for a while.

[He runs off]

Yukari:
Sempai...?
...What's wrong?

Mitsuru:
Akihiko...?

> Meanwhile, in Tatsumi Port Island's back alley...

Ken:
You came...

Shinjiro:
.....

Ken:
I'm surprised you abandoned the operation.
...Do you know why I asked you to meet me here?
Two years ago today... October 4th.
That was the day my mom died here.
They called it an accident... but it wasn't.
I saw the whole thing...
You murdered her!!

Shinjiro:
.....

Ken:
...Since then, it's been one bad thing after another...
And all I get from people is sympathy, no matter where I go.
What's the point in living...?
I even thought about killing myself... but Mom wouldn't have wanted
that.
...That's why I decided that I had to find her killer-- YOU!
You said once that you wanted to forget what happened on that day...
So, when I found out it was a full moon today, I knew I had to 
confront you.
...Today, Mom is watching over me.
I'll make you remember what you did to her! I'm gonna kill you!!

Shinjiro:
.....
Do it.

> The dormitory command room...

> You returned from the strip mall...

Yukari:
Huh? No one's here...

Junpei:
Anyway, why was Akihiko-san acting so weird?
What's so special about October 4th?

Mitsuru:
October the 4th... *gasp* That's right!
I was so caught up in the operation that I didn't realize it...
This is the day Amada's mother was killed!

Junpei:
You serious!?
Yamagishi, I need you to find the two of them immediately.
There's a good chance that they're together. Akihiko must have 
already realized that...

Fuuka:
I-I understand.

> Fuuka summoned Lucia and began searching...

Yukari:
Umm... What's going on?

Mitsuru:
Although her death was officially listed as an accident...
...we're the ones who killed Amada's mother.

Yukari:
What...?

Mitsuru:
It was two years ago, when we were pursuing an unusual Shadow that
had escaped into the city...
We were in a residential area, but the Shadow was all we were 
thinking about...
Aragaki was still new, and he momentarily lost control of his 
power...
Unfortunately, there was a casualty:
Amada's mother.

Junpei:
No way... Are you shittin' me!?

Yukari:
Then, to Ken-kun, Sempai is...

Mitsuru:
Amada volunteered to join us. But, now that I think about it...

Fuuka:
I found them! They're at Tatsumi Port Island!
They're together, and another Persona-user is nearby...

Mitsuru:
Akihiko?

Fuuka:
No... it's...
It's a member of Strega!

Junpei:
That's not good.

Mitsuru:
Ugh... It's an absolute nightmare!

[Mitsuru runs off]

Yukari:
Sempai!!
C'mon! We gotta follow her!

Fuuka:
O-Okay!

<Tatsumi Port Island station, back alley>

Shinjiro:
...Do it.
I won't stop you.
You're right... I wanted to forget.
That's why I left the group, and tried to suppress my power...
But, nothing I did could erase the memory...
And now, I find myself here-- the last place I want to be.

Ken:
.....

Shinjiro:
It's my fault... This is what I deserve.
But... let me give you one warning.

Ken:
Warning...?

Shinjiro:
If you decide to take my life, you'll end up like me.
Just remember that...

Ken:
Is that supposed to change my mind...?

Shinjiro:
Even if all you have now is hatred, one day you'll regret it.

Ken:
Shut up! That's a load of crap!!

Man's Voice:
...He is correct.

Shinjiro:
.....!

Takaya:
There is no reason for him to feel regret...
That is the nature of revenge.
Is it not permissible to kill those who are themselves killers?

Ken:
...Th-That's right.

Shinjiro:
Whaddaya want?

Takaya:
The loss of Chidori has posed a bit of a challenge for us...
But, we cannot simply ignore your meddling.

> Takaya took out a gun...

Shinjiro:
You bastard...

Takaya:
Do not fear. This life is but a stepping stone.
Salvation shall be yours...

Shinjiro:
What!?

> Shinjiro stepped in between Ken and Takaya...

Takaya:
My... Trying to protect your would-be murderer...?
You cannot defy fate... Whether or not it comes at this boy's hand, 
you will die tonight.

Shinjiro:
.....

Ken:
What's he talking about!?

Takaya:
You've been taking those pills for some time now...
You don't have much longer.

Shinjiro:
That's bullshit!

Takaya:
Listen to your body... You know it to be true.

Shinjiro:
.....!

Ken:
What does he mean...?
You're going to die...?
...No matter what I do?
That's not fair!!
All this time! I've been waiting for this!!

Takaya:
The cause of death is not of importance.
Besides, the breath of life is faint in you as well, child.
...After killing him, you were planning to join him, were you not?

Ken:
.....

Shinjiro:
Ken, don't...

Takaya:
Since you are both destined to perish, allow me to do the honors...
A slight change in timing shouldn't matter too much.

> Takaya quietly pointed the gun at Shinjiro...

Shinjiro:
Go to hell!

[Takaya shoots]

Shinjiro:
Ugh...

[Shinjiro collapses]

Ken:
N-No...

Takaya:
Now then... With what life you have left, answer me this...
There is one like Chidori among you, is there not?
This has enabled you to locate and defeat those we wish to protect.
Now tell me... Which one of you is it?
If you don't expedite your answer, then this will hurt you more than
it hurts me.

[Takaya kicks Shinjiro]

Shinjiro:
Ugh... ah...

Ken:
*gasp*
.....

Takaya:
...What's the matter?
Cat got your tongue?

Shinjiro:
Th-There's... no one...

Takaya:
.....

> Takaya reared up to again kick Shinjiro in his wounds...

Ken:
Wait!
It-It's me!

Takaya:
Is that true?
...Yes.
That's the only reason they let me join.

Shinjiro:
Ken... no...!

[Takaya kicks Shinjiro again]

Shinjiro:
Agh!!

Takaya:
...Quiet. You had your chance.

Ken:
It doesn't matter anymore... I'll never have my revenge.
...I have no reason to live...

Takaya:
...I see. So you have achieved resolution.
How enviable...
Then, you shall be first.
Rest peacefully...

> Takaya aimed the gun at Ken...

Ken:
Mom...

Shinjiro:
.....!

[Takaya fires the gun and a body hits the ground]

Ken:
.....
What...?
...Huh...!?

Shinjiro:
*cough*

> Shinjiro stood in front of Ken, taking two bullets to the chest as
a result...

Takaya:
What is the meaning of this? Why would you risk your life to save
the child?

Ken:
A...Ah...
Shinjiro-san...

Far-Off Voice:
Shinji!

Takaya:
*sigh* And now your comrades arrive. Is there any moment of joy they
won't intrude upon...?
Perhaps another time, then...

[Takaya walks off]

[Akihiko runs up]

Akihiko:
Shinji!
Shinji, hey! Hang in there!

Ken:
.....

> Chasing after Mitsuru, you see Akihiko and Ken...

> You also see a blood-covered Shinjiro...

Mitsuru:
Shinjiro!

Yukari:
Sempai!

Junpei:
Shinjiro-sempai!

Fuuka:
No...

Shinjiro:
Ken...

Ken:
.....

Shinjiro:
Heh... Why the long face? Isn't this... what you wanted?
It's alright... Give yourself time... Let your anger be your 
strength.
You're still just a kid, Ken... You got your whole life ahead of 
ya...
So don't waste it... Make it your own... Okay?

Ken:
But I... I...!

Shinjiro:
...Aki. Take care of 'im...

Akihiko:
...I will.

Ken:
.....

Shinjiro:
Don't cry... FC...
This is how... it should be...
*cough* *cough*
*gasp* *gasp*
*gasp*
.....

Ken:
Ah...

Fuuka:
The hospital... W-We need to get him to the hospital...

Mitsuru:
Y-Yes, let's waste no time...
.....!
It's the Dark Hour... until it ends, the doctors won't be...

Yukari:
No...
Then is he not going to make it!?

Ken:
Ah... Ah...
Aaaaaaaagh...!

> ...By the time Shinjiro was taken to a hospital after Dark Hour,
he could no longer breathe on his own...

> The doctor's prognosis was that there was no chance of him 
regaining consciousness...

> That night, no one spoke a word.

> The following day...

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<10/5 M Early Morning>

> Yesterday was a terrible tragedy.

> However, you must still go to school today.

<After School>

Mitsuru:
Can I talk to you for a moment?

Yukari:
Oh... Sure.

Mitsuru:
When you get back today, please meet me in the lounge.
You know what it's regarding.

Yukari:
Yeah...

Mitsuru:
I don't expect you to have collected your thoughts. In fact, I am 
still at a loss myself...
I'll see you then.

[Mitsuru leaves]

Junpei:
It's about Ken, huh...
*sigh* This'll be a fun meeting...

Yukari:
Yeah...
Hey, FC... Let's go home together today.

> Meanwhile, in Shinjiro's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

> Shinjiro is lying motionlessly, connected to various machines...

> The mechanical sounds from the medical equipment are the only 
signs that Shinjiro is alive...

> A figure glared at the "No Visitors Allowed" sign and entered the 
room...

Akihiko:
Yo.
You look pretty good. So how long are you gonna lie around sleeping
here?
I had the usual for lunch...
Ramen tastes a lot better when you're cutting class.
...Make sure you invite me next time.
Say something, will ya...?
Why are you always like that?
You're so stubborn.
Put yourself in my shoes for a change...
...You think it's the other way around, huh?
I guess you're right...
I was too obsessed with power...
Ever since I lost Miki, that's all I've cared about...
I thought that if I was strong enough, I could protect anyone...
But I was wrong... and now look at you...! What am I supposed to do
if I lose you too!?
Shinji...
Don't leave me behind...!

> Akihiko collapsed on Shinjiro's bed...

Akihiko:
You can hear me, can't you!? Wake up...!
Snap out of it...! Shinji...!
*sob*

> Eventually, Akihiko stoop up...

Akihiko:
...Yeah, I know...
Crying won't change anything, will it...
Alright, Shinji...
You watch from here.
I still have things to do, right?

> The resolution in Akihiko's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Polydeuces has given rise to Caesar!

Akihiko:
I know that much.
I can't carry this guilt forever...
...I'm getting tired of it.

<Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone is here except for Ken...

Mitsuru:
You all know the reason we're gathered here.
We need to discuss how to deal with Amada...
I've already consulted the Chairman.
Aigis, bring Amada here.

Aigis:
Understood.

Fuuka:
It's my fault...
When Shinjiro-sempai told me he'd be late, I thought it was strange,
but I said nothing.
If only I'd listen to my intuition...

Yukari:
Don't be so hard on yourself, Fuuka.

Mitsuru:
It's not your fault.
If anyone should have realized it, it should have been me.

Junpei:
I knew this wasn't a game...
But, I never thought it'd end up like this...

Akihiko:
There's no point dwelling on the past.
Don't you remember what Shinji said?
"This is how it should be"...
He was a hell of a guy... He even faced death head on.
...That's why, from this day forward, I'll face things head on, too.

Junpei:
That's cool, man...

Yukari:
Sempai...

Mitsuru:
.....

[Aigis runs in]

Aigis:
Allow me to report! Amada-san is not in his room!

Yukari:
He's not!?

Aigis:
There are indications that the window has been pried open.

Fuuka:
Ken-kun...!

Yukari:
Wait, Fuuka! Do you know where he is?

Fuuka:
Well... no... but we can't just let him go off on his own, right!?

Yukari:
So, where do you plan on looking?

Fuuka:
I don't know, but we have to find him!
He must feel so alone...

FC:
We gotta calm down first.

Yukari:
She's right, Fuuka...

Fuuka:
But...!
You of all people should understand!

Yukari:
Fuuka...

Fuuka:
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to...

Akihiko:
Let Ken do what he wants.
Bringing him back won't change anything... and we can't keep 
treating him like a kid.

Mitsuru:
Akihiko...

Akihiko:
It's his choice. He's the only one who can decide how he's going to
live his life.
...The same goes for all of us.

Mitsuru:
.....

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<10/6 Tu Evening>

> Meanwhile, in Tatsumi Port Island's back alley...

> Ken is crouching in the shadows...

Ken:
.....

[Akihiko walks up]

Akihiko:
You look half dead.

Ken:
.....

Akihiko:
What are you doing here?

Ken:
.....
When Mom died protecting me, no one would believe the real reason
for her death...
To this day, it's still on file as an unexplained accident.
That's why I wanted to make it clear...
I thought that's what she would have wanted... Maybe then she'd 
finally be at peace...
They say he was the victim of some violent crime, right?
No one knows the truth. ...Just like with Mom.
And once again, I'll be left behind...

Akihiko:
You've been left behind twice... Did you ever think there might be 
some meaning in that?

Ken:
.....

Akihiko:
I'm not here to drag you back...
You can stay in this place until you die, if that's what you want.
...But, if you still have the will to fight, then come back and 
stand on your own two feet.

[Akihiko walks away]

Ken:
He's right...

> Ken turned away from Akihiko as he left...

Ken:
I've known it all along; I've just been lying to myself...
I was consumed by hatred...
I couldn't face the thought of being alone...
But... that's exactly what happened...

> Ken slammed his small fist into the cold wall...

Ken:
All this time, I've just been running away...
.....

> Ken stood up...

Ken:
I've made up my mind...
I won't run away...
I swear... that I won't run anymore.
Shinjiro-san... I'll see it through to the end.
So you don't need to worry.

> The resolution in Ken's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Nemesis has given rise to Kala-Nemi!

Ken:
I'll be okay now, Mom... ...Goodbye...

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone is here except for Ken and Akihiko...

Yukari:
It's already been a day...

Mitsuru:
...Yes, it has.

Junpei:
So, where's Akihiko-san?

Fuuka:
He said to leave Ken-kun alone, but I don't know... Maybe we should
look for him...

Mitsuru:
What's your opinion?

FC:
Let him be.

Mitsuru:
So, you agree with Akihiko then...

Fuuka:
...I can't wait any longer! I'm going right now to--

> The front door opened...

Ken:
.....

Koromaru:
Woof, woof!

Yukari:
Ken-kun!?

Fuuka:
Thank goodness... I was so worried...

Ken:
You were?

Mitsuru:
Amada... Are you able to fight?

Ken:
Yes. ...I won't run off again.

Junpei:
You sure?

Ken:
Yes.

Fuuka:
It's alright... We can trust him...

Yukari:
...Geez, don't make us worry like that, okay?

Mitsuru:
...Alright. I'll talk to the Chairman.
...Get some rest.

Ken:
Yes.

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense that familiar presence...

Pharos:
Hello.
...It's cold tonight.
Can you believe it's already autumn? It'll be winter before you know
it.
You seem tired.
...Did something happen?

FC:
A good friend was...

Pharos:
...Is that so?
In this world, people die every day.
Until recently, this was the same to me as the blowing of the wind.
But now, I see things differently...
For the first time, I have a friend.
Lately, I've become more certain of something...
You know the end I've spoken of? Some people refer to it as "the 
Fall," but regardless...
...It's drawing near. Don't you sense it...?
We are kindred spirits, you and I, so why is it that only I can
remember?
...This is a heartrending matter.
Is my existance something you are unable to accept?

> Pharos is smiling sadly...

> You feel a bond with Pharos...

Pharos:
Forgive me if I have said anything peculiar today. ...Perhaps it is
the change of seasons.
Of course, our friendship remains steadfast.
Well... I shall bid you farewell for now. Good night.
I'll always be by your side...

> Pharos disappeared...

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<10/20 Tu Morning>

> Gekkoukan High School, Classroom 2-E...

Mr. Ekoda:
Uhh, okay, class...
I know you've been busy lately, but you all remembered to do your 
homework, right?
Just because you're not taking a literature class next year doesn't
mean you can blow off Classic Lit.
Hey, are you listening to me?

Fuuka:
.....

Natsuki:
What's wrong, Fuuka? You look kinda down.

Fuuka:
Huh...?

Natsuki:
Talk to me. Tell me what's bothering you.

Fuuka:
...It's about Aragaki-sempai...

Natsuki:
Oh... Pretty shocking, huh...?
I've never seen him at school, but I've seen him around town...
I wonder if he really did get caught up in some kind of crime...

Fuuka:
Some things you can never get back...
I know that, from all the things that have happened with my parents.
I've sort of been avoiding the question... but is it okay for me to
go on like this?

Natsuki:
Parents, huh...? I can relate to that.
But, you'll be okay, right?

Mr. Ekoda:
Natsuki, what are you waiting for? Come on up.

Natsuki:
Yeah, yeah.

Mr. Ekoda:
*sigh* Don't you want to give your classmate a proper goodbye?

> Natsuki stood up...

Fuuka:
Huh? What's going on?

Natsuk:
Uhh, hello, everyone. I know it hasn't been that long, but I feel
like I've made some good friends.
I'll remember each and every one of you, even after I transfer. 
Thank you. ...How's that?

Fuuka:
Transfer...?
WHAT!?

<Lunchtime>

> Gekkoukan High School rooftop...

Natsuki:
You're a weird one, y'know?
The biggest bitch in the school is leaving, and you feel sorry for
her.

Fuuka:
You're transferring.. and you didn't say anything...?

Natsuki:
It's not like telling you would've changed anything. Why make us 
both depressed?

Natsuki:
Anyway, my dad's pretty sick...
And they say it'll take some time for him to recover...
We don't really have that much money, so we can't afford to stay 
here.

Fuuka:
......

Natsuki:
Y'know, I still think you're crazy for being friends with someone
like me...
But, like I said before... we're both in the same boat.
My parents act like I don't even exist. ...I hate living at home.
That's why I was so jealous when you moved into the dorm.

Fuuka:
Natsuki-chan...

Natsuki:
But, Fuuka... Your house is nearby and your parents are pretty 
normal. So, why'd you move?

Fuuka:
Huh...? Well... um...

Natsuki:
If you don't wanna tell me, that's okay.
...But if it's something that you and your folks can work out, then
do it while you have the chance.
It'll be a while before my dad's in any condition for us to have a
heart to heart.

Fuuka:
.....

Natsuki:
Haha, what am I doing? This isn't what I wanted to talk about.
Y'know, Fuuka... I used to think that every day was just the same.
And I'm only saying this because it's you...
But, you don't get any second chances in life.
If you accept the way things are, then they'll never change...

Fuuka:
Natsuki-chan...

Natsuki:
This is the last time I'll see this view, huh...
I won't be in school next week 'cause I'll be packing, so... I guess
this is goodbye...

Fuuka:
No!!

Natsuki:
Haha. It's okay. Everything will be alright.

Fuuka:
.....

Natsuki:
C'mon, don't gimme that look.

Fuuka:
But...

Natsuki:
Hey, I'm not helpless, y'know. I've changed a lot since I met you.
I'm gonna try and figure out what I really want now.
...So, I hope you do the same.

Fuuka:
What I really want...
I...
.....
I used to try and please everyone...
I was afraid of not being liked, so I did my best to fit in.
But, I never really thought about what I wanted.

Natsuki:
Hahaha. That is so like you, Fuuka. Well I say, if they don't accept
you for who you are, then screw 'em.

Natsuki:
...But I like you... even if you don't like yourself.

Fuuka:
Natsuki-chan...

Natsuki:
Well... I better get going.

> Natsuki left without looking back...

Fuuka:
Natsuki-chan...

[Fuuka's phone rings]

Fuuka:
My cell...?

> Fuuka looked at the message she received on her cell phone...

Fuuka:
Huh!? Natsuki-chan!?

Text Message:
> "Even if we're apart, we'll still be connected."
> "We can always talk, right? Thanks for everything."

Fuuka:
Natsuki-chan...

> Eventually, Fuuka lifted her head and nodded...

Fuuka:
"Even if we're apart, we'll still be connected."
......
It all makes sense now...
I've always been so worred about how others are feeling...
That's why my power allows me to stay connected with them...
I guess there is something I want after all...
It makes me happy to see everyone else happy too.
So, I want us all to remain friends.
The power to connect people, even when they're apart...
My Persona has given me this amazing gift.

> The resolution in Fuuka's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Lucia has given rise to Juno!

[Yukari runs up]

Yukari:
There you are.

Fuuka:
...Why, did something happen?

Aigis:
It is surprising to find you on the rooftop.

Junpei:
Nah, we were just wondering what you were up to...

Fuuka:
Everything's okay now.

Junpei:
Okay...?

Fuuka:
...I've made up my mind. I'll do as much as I can with my power.
...For my sake, as well as the sake of others.

Yukari:
Okaaaayy...

Fuuka:
*giggle* Sorry. I guess that was sort of random, wasn't it?

Junpei:
Uh, are you sure you're alright?

Fuuka:
Heehee.

<Evening>

> Tatsumi Port Island, back alley...

> Ken asked you to come here with him...

Ken:
I'm sorry. I was too scared to come here by myself...
.....

> Ken falls silent...

FC:
I'm with you.

Ken:
Yes... Thank you very much.

> Ken smiles sadly...

Ken:
It's... hard to live, isn't it?
Living... is painful...
FC-san...

> Ken begins to sob, but no tears fall from his eyes...

> You couldn't bring yourself to say anything to him...

> You waited until Ken calmed down, then you returned to the dorm
together...

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<10/24 Sa After School>

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> Yukari is working alone at a desk...

[Mitsuru enters]

Yukari:
Oh, sorry. No one was here, so I figured it'd be okay.

Mitsuru:
It's rare for you to be here. ...Is it for Archery Club?

Yukari:
Yes. The teacher asked for a report...

Mitsuru:
I see... Then, you must be busy.

Yukari:
Um, not really. At least not compared to you...
Um... I wanted to ask you something.

Mitsuru:
Yes...?

Yukari:
Sempai... Why did you decide to fight?

Mitsuru:
Well, I...
I guess you could say it's my way of atoning for the past.

Yukari:
I see. Well, in my case, I don't really have a reason anymore, if
I'm being honest.
I know the whole story about my father now.
But, I was thinking maybe I could erase the mistakes he left 
behind...

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
...I guess I should have thought about this earlier, huh...
Why didn't I question myself sooner?

Mitsuru:
...What's done is done.

Yukari:
But, it seems like everyone has their own reason for fighting...
In the end, defeating the Shadows is all that really matters, isn't
it?

Mitsuru:
...What are you trying to say?

Yukari:
...I'm not exactly sure.
It'll be all over after the next full moon... but I'll probably 
still be trying to figure it out.

Mitsuru:
...Maybe so.
But, at least then we'll be able to return to a normal school life.
The Student Council members will be here soon. If you want to talk
later, let me know.

Yukari:
No, that's okay. Thanks for listening.

[Yukari leaves]

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<10/27 Tu Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> You sense that familiar presence...

Pharos:
Good evening.
It'll be a full moon again in just another week.
At last, the 12th one.
...Are you ready?
Regardless of how long it's been, a lot has happened, hasn't it?
But, it's a bit soon to be reminiscing.
How about I come see you once it's over?
...Be careful now.

> Pharos disappeared...

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<11/2 M Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone is here...

> ...Except for Shinjiro, of course...

Fuuka:
...Well, tomorrow will be our last operation.

Yukari:
Yeah...
We've been throug a lot this last six months...

FC:
It was fun.

Yukari:
Mmm... Yeah, I guess it had its moments.
Still... there was definitely our share of pain as well.

Junpei:
It was a lot better than doing nothing, right?
Besides, we made some new friends.

Ken:
...Yeah, I guess.

Akihiko:
Well, it's all been worth it, if you ask me.
It's been two and a half years since I got this power... and you 
don't hear me complaining.

Ken:
Sanada-san...

Koromaru:
Woof!

Fuuka:
*chuckle* Don't forget, we got to meet Koro-chan, too.
In any case... two and a half years is a long time, right, 
Akihiko-sempai...?
Oh wait... It's been even longer for Aigis, hasn't it?

Aigis:
I was asleep for much of the time, so I have not been in operation
for very long.

Junpei:
How 'bout you, Mitsuru-sempai? You started before Akihiko-san, 
right?

Mitsuru:
...Me?
...Yes, it was just me at first.
Of course, back then, SEES didn't exist, and this was just a regular
dorm.

Yukari:
Did the Chairman recruit you?

Mitsuru:
No...
I've been aware of the Dark Hour since I was a child...
One time, my father's research team was attacked by Shadows.
That's when I awakened to my Persona... when I witnessed the 
incident.

Yukari:
That's what happened...?

Mitsuru:
...It seems I was the first.
...If that had never happened, perhaps none of you would have to
bear this terrible burden.

Fuuka:
Sempai...

Akihiko:
It would've happened to someone eventually... Besudes, the enemy 
can't just be ignored.

Mitsuru:
.....
...I suppose that's true.

> On the eve of the final Shadow, you can feel a quiet passion from
your friends...

> You sense the bond between them...

Mitsuru:
Tomorrow is a big day... so make sure you get your rest.

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<11/3 Tu Dark Hour>

> The dormitory command room...

> Fuuka has summoned Juno to look for the Shadow's location...

Fuuka:
I found it. It's currently at the south end of the Moonlight Bridge.
The 12th and final Shadow.

Ikutsuki:
Hmmm. This is it...

Fuuka:
And as we expected, there are two Persona-users nearby...
Strega.

Mitsuru:
They know this is their last chance. Even though we were expecting
this, we should still be careful.

Ken:
Those bastards...

Akihiko:
Hmph. Saves us the trouble of looking for them.

Mitsuru:
You've all done a fine job up to this point.
This will be our last operation. Let's all come back safely.

FC:
Let's go all-out.

Junpei:
Hell yeah!

> The final battle is here...

> The last Shadow and Strega await you.

> Strategy weighs heavily on your mind as you prepare to select your
allies...

> The final battle has arrived at last...

> But first, there are two powerful adversaries you must contend
with.

> Moonlight Bridge, south end...

> Takaya and Jin, the remaining two members of Strega, are waiting
for you...

Takaya:
You know the significance of today, do you not?
You claim you hunt the Shadows to prevent the disaster they bring...
Yet, countless lives are lost each day without their intervention.

Ken:
.....

Takaya:
The power we wield is not itself evil... You cannot deny that.
So why don't you just admit it? You do not wish to eliminate the
Dark Hour...
You are merely deceiving yourselves...

FC:
.....

Takaya:
Refusing to answer is the same as turning your back.
You are indeed foolish children...
Erasing the Dark Hour is the same as erasing yourselves.
Tch. Is even that beyond your comprehension?
As I believed, our goals are irreconcilable.
Jin...

Jin:
Forget these maggots.

Takaya:
Fate shall decide who will prevail.
...Come.

<During battle>

Takaya:
Now, you shall be judged.

Jin:
Play time's over, kids. It's time for the real deal!

[After damaging Jin to a certain extent]

Jin:
Shit... These guys are tougher than I thought!

[After the battle]

Jin:
Dammit...
Is their power THAT different than ours...?

Mitsuru:
Different?

Jin:
For us, it's not that simple... It has to be forced out.
Didn't your pal tell you?

Akihiko:
So it was you who was giving Shinji those pills.

Jin:
You guys don't have the slightest clue what will happen if the Dark
Hour disappears, do you?
It won't matter for normal people, since they don't remember 
anything anyway...
But for us--

Mitsuru:
.....?

Takaya:
That's enough.
Now, then... Ordinarily, we'd withdraw...
...but not tonight.
This body, as ephemeral as it is... It is worthless without my
power.
Therefore, only one choice remains... I shall prove my existance
here and now!

> Takaya pointed his Evoker at himself again...

Jin:
.....!
Takaya!

[Jin tackles Takaya]

Takaya:
What are you doing!?

Jin:
Don't be so reckless!

Takaya:
Jin!?

Jin:
...Sorry.
But... those are your words, not mine.

> Jin took Takaya and climbed over the railings of the Moonlight
Bridge...

Jin:
You win... Looks like you'll get your wish...
Go do what you came for.

Junpei:
Wait!!
Don't tell me you're gonna jump...!

Jin:
I'd rather die than surrender to you!
Take a good look! This is how we live!

[Jin jumps]

> Jin and Takaya disappeared into the blood-red sea below...

> From this height, they'll surely be...

> .....

Yukari:
They jumped...

Junpei:
What the hell were they thinking!?

Akihiko:
They chose their own fate. Don't let it faze you.

Mitsuru:
...The operation has only begun.
Our true adversary is waiting... Focus on that, alright?

Fuuka:
The Shadow up ahead is not moving at the moment.
It'll all be over if you can defeat it.

[The Shadow falls from above]

Fuuka:
This is it...
I'll do everything in my power to help you. Just promise me that
you'll be careful!

<In battle>

Fuuka:
I think that floating thing is your main target, but...
It's out of your attack range...
Give me a minute... I'll see what I can find out.

[After the battle]

Yukari:
.....

Junpei:
...Is it over?

Aigis:
Operation completed. Or should I say, "Mission complete."

Mitsuru:
Yes... It's finally over...

Aigis:
FC-san.
I believe a celebration is in order.
What will be our victory cheer?

FC:
Let's eat!

Aigis:
1... 2... 3... Let's eat!

Fuuka:
Let's.. eat!?

Yukari:
Haha! What was that?

Ken:
Huh. I wonder if Aigis-san gets hungry...

Junpei:
So, um, Sempai... You're gonna throw us a party tomorrow, right?

Mitsuru:
*sigh* You don't waste any time, do you? Well, I suppose I could 
arrange for it.

Junpei:
Ooh! In that case, how 'bout sushi!?

Akihiko:
Sushi, huh... It's been a while...
Well, I've got dibs on the halibut and sea urchin!

Yukari:
Oh, then I call the fatty tuna.

Fuuka:
Um, we're divvying it up already? In that case, save me the salmon
roe.

Junpei:
Hey, wait a minute... You can't do that!

FC:
The sweet shrimp's mine!

Junpei:
What, you too!?

Aigis:
I reserve the shrimp, squid, scallops, and sea eel.

Junpei:
Hey! That's not fair! You don't even eat!

Ken:
You should all be ashamed of yourselves, fighting over sushi.

Koromaru:
Woof!

Ken:
Sempai, pleases order tamago for me. They say you can tell a chef's 
skill by how he prepares eggs.

Yukari:
Um, how old are you again?

Mitsuru:
Okay, okay. I'll have the very best delivered tomorrow.

Junpei:
For real!? Aw man, it's great to be alive!

Yukari:
Don't get too excited, Junpei. You're getting the leftovers.

Junpei:
What!? But, it was my idea in the first place!

[Everyone laughs]

Mitsuru:
...I guess it's time to say goodbye to the Dark Hour.
Even though it seemed like a curse, for some reason I'm reluctant to
let it go.

Akihiko:
Yeah...

Yukari:
We really did it, didn't we...?

Mitsuru:
Yes...
We saved the world, even if no one knows it.

Yukari:
...Yeah.

> .....

> The battle is over.

> The Dark Hour has come to an end...

--------------------------------------------------------------------

<11/4 W Early Morning>

> Your room...

> You sense a familiar presence...

Pharos:
Good morning.
This is the first time we've talked during the daytime.
Nice weather, isn't it? This is indeed a new day.
...For both of us.
All the fragments of my memory... They've finally come together.
I now know my role clearly.
The time has come.
As difficult as it may be, I must tell you something.
I am afraid this is goodbye.
I want you to know... For me, our friendship was a miracle.
But, miracles don't last forever.
...If only they did.

FC:
I can't see you anymore?

Pharos:
I shall treasure our conversations always.
Even if today is the end, the bond between us can never be severed.
...Remember that.

> Pharos is looking at you with teary eyes...

> You sense a strong bond with Pharos...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Pharos:
It was fun while it lasted.
...Farewell.

> Pharos disappeared...

> Will you ever see him again...?

<Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Just as promised, the finest sushi is laid out on the table.

Junpei:
Whoa... Nice spread.

Yukari:
The slices are huge!

Junpei:
Man, I'm starving... Can we eat?

Ken:
Hey, where are Aigis-san and Ikutsuki-san?

Akihiko:
He took her to the lab for a tune-up or something.
He said they'll join us later.

Fuuka:
*giggle* The Chairman just can't stay away from the lab, can he?

> A car pulled up in the front...

Mitsuru:
That must be my father.

> The door opened and Mitsuru's father walked in. Two men in black
followed...

Mitsuru:
We've been waiting for you.

Takeharu:
So, it's over at last, huh...

Mitsuru:
Yes.

Ken:
Wh-Who's he...?

Junpei:
Can't you tell? That's Mitsuru-sempai's dad. She looks exactly like
him.

Ken:
Y-You think so...?

Takeharu:
Congratulations, everyone. You've done well. There are no words to
express my gratitude.
Though you will never receive the recognition you deserve. it is
undoubtedly a monumental achievement.

Akihiko:
Thank you.

Yukari:
.....

Takeharu:
To you, I owe a special thanks...
...For lending us your power until the very end.

> Takeharu took Yukari's hands and firmly clasped them...

Yukari:
Oh, it's... it's no big deal.

Takeharu:
The 12 Shadows that were the cause of all our troubles have been
destroyed, thanks to your efforts.
You needn't bear this burden any longer. You deserve a chance to
experience the joys of youth.
The Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad will be dissolved as
of midnight tonight.

Yukari:
Dissolved...?

Junpei:
I-I see...

Takeharu:
No longer must you put your lives on the line in battle.
Tomorrow, you can triumphantly return to a normal school life.
...Is something the matter?

Akihiko:
Oh, it's nothing...

Mitsuru:
Alright, everyone... It's time to celebrate.
Your feast awaits you. There's no need to hold back; eat as much as
you'd like.

Junpei:
Sweet! I've been waiting for you to say that!

> Minutes before midnight... The party is still going on...

Junpei:
Listen up, everyone...
Well, now that we're all stuffed, how 'bout we take a picture 
together?

Yukari:
Huh?

Junpei:
Actually, I tried to take one last night...
...but I forgot it wouldn't work during the Dark Hour.

Akihiko:
You mean... you brought a camera with you into battle?

Junpei:
Well, it was our LAST battle, after all.
'Scuse me, mister! Would you mind taking our picture?

Yukari:
*sigh* I feel like such a tourist.
But, I have to admit... I kinda want a picture too...

Fuuka:
*chuckle* I'm so glad to have a photo with Yukari-chan and our 
leader.
I'll treasure it!

Junpei:
Oh, wait... Ikutsuki-san and Aigis aren't here. ...I guess we'll 
have to take another one later.
Alright, everyone get together.

> Everyone gathered in front of the camera...

Junpei:
C'mon, squeeze tight! Everyone come in closer to me!

Akihiko:
...Does that include me too?

Junpei:
Uh, no... Not you...

Yukari:
Geez, let's not keep this poor guy waiting all day to take the 
picture!
Hey, we're good to go. You can take the pictures anytime!

Junpei:
Time to strike a pose!

Akihiko:
Ah-- Hey, get your hand outta my face!

[The picture is taken]


Junpei:
Is it just me... or did this not get my good side?
W-We're gonna take another one once Aigis and Ikutsuki-san comes
back, alright!?

Mitsuru:
Yes, yes, we hear you.
I could get used to a worry-free life like this...

Koromaru:
Woof!

Fuuka:
How about you, Koro-chan? Are you glad to get all this meat?

Koromaru:
Woof!

> The celebration party went off without a hitch...

> You spent a moment of relaxation with your battle-weary friends...

Junpei:
H-Hey, how come nobody's eating? Don't tell me you're full already!

Yukari:
Are you kidding? I'm stuffed.

Fuuka:
Me too...
I couldn't eat another bite.

Junpei:
How 'bout you, Sempai...?

Mitsuru:
.....

Akihiko:
I'm good for now.

Junpei:
Alright.
Wanna try some, Koromaru?

Koromaru:
Woof!

Yukari:
Don't give the dog raw fish! You'll make him sick!

Koromaru:
*whimper*

Junpei:
I wonder what's taking those two so long...
It's almost midnight...
.....

<Dark Hour>

> It's after midnight...

Junpei:
The hell...!?

Ken:
The guys in suits... They've transmogrified...

Koromaru:
Woof! Woof!

Junpei: 
I thought we ended the Dark Hour!
Sempai, what's going on...!?

Mitsuru:
I don't know...

Akihiko:
Apparently, I was right to have my doubts.

Ken:
Yeah, something didn't feel right.
.....

Junpei:
No way...

[A bell chimes]

Yukari:
Hey... Do you hear that?
It sounds like a bell, but... where is it coming from?

Takeharu:
Where's Ikutsuki?
...Well!?
Why is he late!? He's got Aigis with him, doesn't he!?

Mitsuru:
.....

Akihiko:
...Mitsuru.

Mitsuru:
Everyone... Prepare for battle.
We're heading for Tartarus.

Fuuka:
Umm... To do what?

Mitsuru:
I don't know... But, that's where the sound is coming from.
We have to find out what's going on.

> Tartarus...

> It hasn't disappeared...

> Ikutsuki and Aigis are standing at its entrance...

Akihiko:
Ikutsuki-san!

Yukari:
Aigis? Why are you here...?

Aigis:
.....

Ikutsuki:
She is here merely to fulfill her role-- as a weapon.

Yukari:
Huh...?

Junpei:
Ikutsuki-san, what's this all about!?

Akihiko:
You said the Dark Hour and Tartarus would disappear if we defeated
the 12 Shadows.
That's why we fought so hard! But, now--

Mitsuru:
...What is your intention?
It was all a lie, wasn't it?
You knew from the beginning that the Dark Hour wouldn't disappear.

Ikutsuki:
Execellent deduction, Mitsuru.
Unfortunately, your realization has come too late.

Yukari:
No...

Ken:
...You tricked us!?

Ikutsuki:
Everything is as I planned...
It is not unexpected that the Dark Hour and Tartarus remain.
In fact, I never intended for you to rid the world of them. Quite
the opposite, actually.

Fuuka:
What do you mean?

Ikutsuki:
The 12 Shadows were part of a while... They were destined to be
reunited.
...And that was accomplished in no small part, thanks to your 
efforts.
Soon, Death, the almighty, shall arise and bring forth the Fall...

Ken:
...Death?

Akihiko:
What are you talking about!?

Ikutsuki:
The end of all shall come and free this world from despair...
The death of everything... but also the beginning.

Yukari:
Wh-What is he saying...? Is he out of his mind...?

Ikutsuki:
Ten years ago... I, too, was a scientist for the project we've
spoken of.
The experiment went awry, but that is not why the Dark Hour and 
Tartarus were born.
They manifested as a result of harvesting the Shadows' power-- just
as the experiment was designed to do.
That is why your grandfather gathered so many Shadows... To bring 
about the Fall.

Mitsuru:
That can't be...

Ikutsuki:
People have filled the world, yet turned it into a void!
The only hope of salvation lies in ruin!
According the the prophecy... The Fall will be orchestrated by "the
Prince".
And once the Prince has delivered us all, he shall rule the new 
world as King!
The man who tried it ten years ago failed. But I will not; I shall
succeed!

Junpei:
Man, he's totally lost it...

Ikutsuki:
I apologize for deceiving you, but this was for your sake as well.
If you follow me for just a little while longer, you, too, will find
salvation.

Fuuka:
You call that salvation!?

FC:
What's going to happen!?

Ikutsuki:
You'll soon see for yourself...

Yukari:
...I have a question for you.

Ikutsuki:
Yes?

Yukari:
In the video from my father...
He said to defeat the Shadows... Was that a lie, too?

Ikutsuki:
Ah... He did record that himself.
...Of course, I had to make some modifications.

Mitsuru:
...You doctored it!?

Ikutsuki:
I corrected it.
Your father was a superb scientist...
He may not have known it, but I truly respected him.
While others focused on the Shadows' abilities, he explored much
more important things...
But unfortunately, he could not comprehend the magnificent potential
of the Fall...

Yukari:
What...?

Mitsuru:
He left that recording at the expense of his life.

Ikutsuki:
It would seem so. ...But it did prove rather useful, so I'm sure 
he's happy.

Yukari:
So you were behind it all!?
You used both me and my father!

Ikutsuki:
"Used" is such an ugly word... It was for the sake of the world, so
how could it be wrong?

Mitsuru:
Our role is to correct the mistakes of the past...

> Mitsuru grabbed her Evoker...

Mitsuru:
...and we intend to do just that.

FC:
I'm with you!

Ikutsuki:
*sigh* ...How disappointing. I had hoped you would see the light.
But, you are just children, after all. I suppose it can't be helped.
Aigis!
The time has come for you to fulfill your role. Capture them, and
prepare them to be sacrificed!

Aigis:
...Understood.
Energy output... at maximum.

Fuuka:
Aigis...? What's wrong?
Aigis, please...!

> Aigis has taken her battle stance...

Aigis:
Engaging.

[The screen flashes]

> The Gekkoukan High School observatory, now part of Tartarus...

[Everyone is affixed on crosses]

> It seems you were unconscious...

> .....!?

> You can see your friends being crucified...

> .....!?

> You, too, are chained to a cross, unable to move...

Junpei:
Ngh, mmm...
.....?
What the hell!?

Yukari:
Ngh...
What is this!?

Fuuka:
*gasp*

> It seems your friends have awakened...

Akihiko:
Dammit... I can't get these off...!

Mitsuru:
Father!!

> Aigis is restraining a man in a suit before your eyes...

> It's Takeharu, Mitsuru's father...!

Takeharu:
Ikutsuki... What is the meaning of this!?

Ikutsuki:
It is just as it appears... They are to be sacrifices-- harbringers
of the Fall.
The arrangements are complete; the prophecy shall be fulfilled.

Akihiko:
What!?

Junpei:
You son of a bitch! I'm gonna rip your head off!

Ikutsuki:
My my, what a commotion...
Aigis. Direct your aim at Mr. Kirijo.

Aigis:
Affirmative.

> Aigis aimed her gun at Takeharu, as directed by Ikutsuki...

Mitsuru:
Father!

Takeharu:
You traitor! Are you insane!?

Ikutsuki:
Of course not. ...You know your father was an unlucky man.
Even you, his son, after all this time, do not understand his 
vision.

Takeharu:
My father was wrong.
Death as deliverance... That is not an idealogy anyone should ever
embrace!

Ikutsuki:
Fool...!
You are but a nuisance now. ...Aigis!
Go on ahead and give this man his honorable "deliverance"!

Mitsuru:
Wait! Please, Aigis! Noooo!!

> Mitsuru is yelling frantically, straining at her bonds...

Aigis:
.....

Ikutsuki:
What are you doing, Aigis!?

Aigis:
I... am...

> Aigis lowered her guns in confusion...

Ikutsuki:
Tch... Fine, I'll do this myself!

[Ikutsuki holds up his gun]

Ikutsuki:
Ten years... I've wasted ten long years!
I'm not like your father... I won't make any exceptions!

Takeharu:
.....!

> At that moment, Takeharu freed himself from Aigis's grip and 
pulled out a gun...!

Ikutsuki:
Wha--!?

[A gun is fired]

Mitsuru:
Father...

> Takeharu slowly fell forward to the ground...

Mitsuru:
Father!!

Ikutsuki:
Urgh... Dammit...

> Takeharu shot Ikutsuki in the stomach...

Ikutsuki:
Aigis... Execute the sacrifices! Let's end this...!

Aigis:
.....

> Aigis turned toward you...

Fuuka:
Aigis!

Junpei:
Snap out of it!

Aigis:
.....

> Aigis looked up with unfocused eyes...

Aigis:
...FC...san...
FC-san...
.....

Ikutsuki:
Finish them, Aigis!

Aigis:
.....

[Aigis fires]

[Everyone has been released]

Akihiko:
Whoa...!

> Aigis shot away your restraints with her machine guns...

Yukari:
Aigis!

Ikutsuki:
Wha...!? You damned defective machine!

> Ikutsuki falls to his knees, holding his blood-stained stomach...

Akihiko:
You're all alone now, and you're injured on top of that.
Looks like this is it, Mr. Chairman...

Ikutsuki:
.....
Hahaha... You don't get it, do you!?
It's useless to search for hope or reasons to live in this pathetic
world!
A world this depraved must be started over from the beginning!

Yukari:
.....

Ikutsuki:
And then! At long last!
I will rule over the new world! Hahahaha!

> Ikutsuki stretched his hand toward the sky...

Ikutsuki:
I... I was so close...
Hahaha...
Haha...

> Ikutsuki leaned forward as if trying to grasp the moon...

> ...And slowly fell...

Yukari:
How did it come to this...?

Fuuka:
Ikutsuki-san...

Mitsuru:
Father...
Father...

> Mitsuru shook her father's body...

> There was no response...

Mitsuru:
Father...
One time, my father made a promise.
He swore that he would atone for endangering our generation, even if
it cost him his life...
But, I... I wanted him to live...
I... I became a Persona-user to protect him...
*sob* *sob*

Yukari:
.....

> Everyone was at a loss for words...

> Mitsuru slumped to the floor, crying like a child...

> Soon, the Dark Hour will end...

> Akihiko picked up the stunned Mitsuru...

> Everyone returned to the dormitory in silence...

--------------------------------------------------------------------

<11/5 Th Early Morning>

> Yesterday was a shocking turn of events...

> You wonder if Mitsuru-sempai is alright...

> .....

> You wonder what else the future holds...

<After School>

> You received a text message.

> It's from Akihiko.

Text Message:
> "I need to talk to you all."
> "Meet me in the command room when you get home."

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone is here except for Mitsuru and Aigis...

Fuuka:
The Chairman's room has been cleared out...

Akihiko:
Well, that's no surprise, considering what he did.

Fuuka:
Aigis isn't here either...

Yukari:
*sigh* I just can't believe all this...

Ken:
It's in the papers, too...
"Sudden Death of Kirijo Group's CEO." They blame it on illness, 
though.

Akihiko:
Yeah... It's never the truth.

Ken:
...Nope.

Junpei:
Mitsuru-sempai's not here, huh...?

Akihiko:
She's an only child, so there's a lot of matters to be settled, 
including the funeral and the family business.
I'm sure she'll be busy for at least a week.

Yukari:
That sounds rough... I hope she'll be okay...

Junpei:
So, what're we supposed to do now...?
.....
...What'll happen to Chidori?

Akihiko:
No word yet. They're probably too busy to be thinking about that.
In fact, the entire Kirijo Group must be in a state of shock.

Fuuka:
I hope Aigis is alright...

Akihiko:
Yeah...

Junpei:
What the hell...?
Am I just supposed to wait for them to get their act together?

Akihiko:
Mitsuru is meeting with the Board of Directors. That might explain
the delay.

Yukari:
I see...
...But still, what are we going to do?
We have no idea how to get rid of the Dark Hour... We don't even 
know what we're fighting against.

Ken:
What was that he said about "the Fall"?
What would've happened if we had been sacrificed?

Fuuka:
There are so many unanswered questions.

FC:
Let's take our time.

Akihiko:
...True.
But, there is one thing we know...
Tartarus is still around, and there's a bunch of Shadows inside it.
We should train, so we're ready for whatever it is we might have to
face.

Ken:
I agree.

Koromaru:
Arf!

Akihiko:
All right, let's break for tonight. Rest yourselves well... even if
you can't sleep.

Yukari:
Got it...

Junpei:
I hear ya...

> After everyone left, Fuuka stopped Yukari...

Fuuka:
Yukari-chan...

Yukari:
...Hm?
What's this? A disc...?

Fuuka:
Umm... There were traces of a video on the Chairman's hard drive...
Most of it was deleted, but I was able to restore some of it.
I thought you might like to see it.

Yukari:
Thanks, Fuuka... I'll watch it later.

Fuuka:
Uh-huh. Make sure that you do!

> Later, at Yukari's room...

Yukari:
...So it's just a normal DVD?
All right, let's see what's on here... Oh, there we go.

[Background noises of people screaming is heard]

Video of Eiichiro Takeba:
I pray that this recording reaches safe hands...

Yukari:
...That video!?

Video of Eiichiro Takeba:
My employer has become obsessed with a loathsome idea.
This experiment should have never even been conceived...
That's why I had to interrupt it.
However, in doing so, I set free a number of Shadows that are 
certain to torment future generations.
But if I hadn't, the entire world may have paid the price...
Please, listen carefully...
I cannot stress this enough... You must not hunt the Shadows that
have dispersed!

Yukari:
Huh...? This part's...

Video of Eiichiro Takeba:
I wasn't able to stop this madness...
He won't listen, no matter what I say... He's under the devil's 
spell...
Now, the Shadows are trying to eat one another... But if they're
reunited, then we are all doomed!
I'll say this once more... Leave the Shadows be!

Yukari:
This is the original video... before Ikutsuki changed it.
Dad tried to stop the experiment...

Video of Eiichiro Takeba:
There's not much hope for me now.
I have just one favour to ask...
Whoever finds this... Please... Give my daughter Yukari this 
message...
I know I promised I'd be home soon... and I'm sorry to break that
promise...
but, I want you to know... Daddy was the happiest man on earth when
he was with you.

Yukari:
...Dad...

Video of Eiichiro Takeba:
...I love you, Yukari. Please take care of yourself...

[The sound of an explosion is heard and the video stops]

Yukari:
Dad!?
Daddy!!
*sob* *sob*
I know one thing for sure now...
I was right to believe in him.

> Eventually, Yukari's tears stopped, and she lifted her head...

Yukari:
Are you listening, Dad? ...I'm doing okay.
It took awhile, but I finally got your message.

> The resolution in Yukari's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Persona Io has given rise to Isis!

Yukari:
I'll fight for what I believe in...
That's what you would have wanted... Right, Dad?

<Dark Hour>

<Velvet Room>

Igor:
Welcome.
As I'm sure you are aware, you are currently in a dream.
Now, then... There has been a change in you recently. Have you
noticed?
And I am not referring to your change in circumstances.
I am referring to the change in your mentality.
That is why I have summoned you here tonight.
Going forward, there is one thing you musn't forget.

> It is the contract you signed.

Igor:
I see you recognize it... Shall I remind you of your commitment?
"I chooseth this fate of mine own free will."
There is no need to worry...
Whichever path you choose, I shall respect your decision.
However, only you will bear the responsibility for your actions...
...no matter what end they may bring about.
Please remember that.
Well then, I bid you farewell.

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<11/6 F After School>

> Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

Junpei:
Yo, Chidori.

Chidori:
.....!

Junpei:
Sorry 'bout not being able to come lately...
A lot's been goin' on.

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
Hey, what's wrong?
...So, you heard about Takaya and Jin, huh?
I was planning on telling you...
They were your friends, after all.

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
...What, that's not it?

Chidori:
I'm scared. ...It hurts.
Junpei...
What will you be doing in two years...?

Junpei:
Two years?
I dunno. I really haven't thought about it...
Why do you ask?
Hey, um... I noticed you stopped...
...Y'know, hurting yourself.

Chidori:
Oh... I guess...

Junpei:
That's good. I mean, you have such beautiful hands...

Chidori:
.....!
Don't touch me!

Junpei:
Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to...

Chidori:
This is too painful...
It used to be fun when you came to visit...
But... it's different now.

Junpei:
Huh!?

Chidori:
It hurts inside... I can't breathe...
I... I can't take this anymore!

Junpei:
Wh-Whaddya mean!? I don't understand!
Did I do something wrong? Tell me what it is!

Chidori:
Junpei...
Don't come here anymore!

Junpei:
But... Chidori...
.....

[Junpei leaves]

Chidori:
.....

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<11/9 M Morning>

> It's time for homeroom.

> For some reason, there's more chatter than usual amongst the
students...

Ms. Toriumi:
Alright everyone, today we have yet another transfer student...
As you all konw, this is our third. That makes it a hat trick.

> The class seems unamused.

Ms. Toriumi:
.....
...Please introduce yourself.

Ryoji:
My name is Ryoji Mochizuki.
I would be grateful if you could show me the ropes.

Female Student:
...Hey, he's kinda cute.

Student's Friend:
I was thinking the same thing.

Female Student:
Not so loud...

> You can hear the girls whispering.

Ryoji:
...Nice to meet you.

> .....?

> He seems to be looking in your direction...

Ms. Toriumi:
Ryoji lived overseas for a long time because of his parents' work,
so he may not be used to all of our customs.
Be sure to explain them to him.

Ryoji:
I'd be grateful.

Ms. Toriumi:
Now then, you need a seat. Let's see...
That one's open. Second from the left, in the front.

Yukari:
Um... Ms. Toriumi? Technically, that seat's taken...

Ms. Toriumi:
You must be present to be a member of this class, so as far as I'm
concerned, that seat is available.
Life is nothing but a game of musical chairs. The rest of you should
be careful, too.

Yukari:
*sigh*

> .....?

> Aigis is eyeing the transfer student rather intently.

Ryoji:
Good morning.
I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name...

Aigis:
...You are dangerous.

Ryoji:
Dangerous? I haven't even asked you out on a date yet...

Aigis:
A date...?
.....
.....?

Yukari:
Aigis, what's wrong with you?

Ryoji:
Haha... Rejected from the start. You're an interesting girl...

Yukari:
*sigh*

Ms. Toriumi:
Your teacher understands, Aigis...
You haven't had very long to be the "new student," and already you
have to share the spotlight.
*sigh* I wish your classmates would pay attention to me for a 
change... Hey, are any of you even listening?

<After School>
Heeeey, FC!
C'mere, over here!

> ...?

> Junpei beckons you over.

FC:
What's the matter?

Junpei:
You know the new transfer student, right? Has he been introduced to
you yet?
Anyways, this is FC.

Ryoji:
Hello.

Junpei:
She transferred here earlier this year.

Ryoji:
Oh... I see. I'm Ryoji Mochizuki. Nice to meet you.

FC:
Nice to meet you, too.

Ryoji:
.....

Junpei:
Hey, what's wrong? What're you gaping at?

Ryoji:
Huh?
Oh, um...
I just got the strangest feeling when I looked at FC-chan...
.....
It's like... I don't know... nostalgia? Have we met before?

Junpei:
Haha! Wow, that's one of the oldest pickup lines in the book!

Ryoji:
Th-That's not how I meant it...
.....
Anyway, I hope we'll get along.

> Ryoji gently offers his hand...

> ...You went with the flow and shook it.

> You've been introduced to the friendly transfer student, Ryoji
Mochizuki...

Ryoji:
I get the feeling that we'll become good friends.
I'm looking forward to chatting with you more.

Aigis's Voice:
You are a threat!

> ...Aigis suddenly appears from somewhere.

Aigis:
Ryoji-san, please stay away from FC-san!

Ryoji:
...Oh, um, Aigis-san.
Would it be all right if I stood closer to you, then?

Aigis:
Absolutely not!

Junpei:
Yikes... What's all this about...?

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<11/12 Th Early Morning>

<Monorail>

Mail voice:
Huh? FC-chan?

> ...Ryoji is waving to you.

Ryojio:
G'morning!

FC:
What a coincidence.

Ryoji:
*chuckle* Some people might call it "destiny".
Look... The sun's shining off the ocean beautifully.
This view really lifts my spirits...

FC:
I think I understand.

Ryoji:
Huh? Really?
*chuckle* I'm glad to hear that.
I thought that the world was being especially dazzling today...
...Could that be because you're standing here with me?

> Ryoji laughs pleasantly...

Ryoji:
Oh, we're almost at school already. That's a shame...

FC:
Is school fun?

Ryoji:
Yeah, it's a lot of fun.

> Ryoji seems happy...

Ryoji:
You know... It's probably because I know I can see you there.
Everything's glimmering there, just like this ocean...

> Ryoji laughs easily...

> You feel like you understand Ryoji a little better now...

Ryoji:
Oh, we're here.
I hope today turns out to be fun!

> You hurried to school with Ryoji...

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<11/14 Sa After School>

> Gekkoukan High School rooftop...

Yukari:
There you are... I've been looking for you.

Mitsuru:
...Oh, hello, Takeba.

Yukari:
It's rare for you to miss a Student Council meeting.

Mitsuru:
I take it someone asked you to find me?

Yukari:
Well, yeah, even though I'm not a member.

Mitsuru:
...Sorry about that.

Yukari:
They seem pretty busy, with the class trip and all.
I bet you have your hands full, since it's both for juniors and
seniors...
Hmph... The class trip, huh..
Even if I went, I'd only spoil the fun...

Yukari:
You're not thinking of skipping the trip, are you?

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
You can't do that!

Mitsuru:
.....?

Yukari:
...Ya know, I've been meaning to talk to you...

Mitsuru:
Is that so...?

Yukari:
To tell you the truth, you're not the easiest person to relate to.
But, I know what it's like to lose a father...

Mitsuru:
Takeba...

Yukari:
I decided that I should be more up front with you from now on...

Mitsuru:
.....

[Someone approaches]

Ryoji:
Ah, there she is...
I've been looking everywhere for you.

Yukari:
Ryoji-kun...
*sigh* Why are you here...?

Ryoji:
Huh...? Didn't you come looking for Mitsuru-san too?
It's the same for me. There was this guy who asked me to find her.
He said that if I didn't, the class trip might get canceled.

Yukari:
Hidetoshi-kun... He'll hit up anyone in arm's reach for favors...

Ryoji:
But, I'm the lucky one who found you, Mitsuru Kirijo...
...You're quite stunning, if I may say so. Would you like to go out
sometime?
I know this one restaurant: it's on the top floor of a 3-star 
hotel...
The view at night is almost as breathtaking as you.

Mitsuru:
...Huh?

Yukari:
Sempai! You better get back to the meeting!

Mitsuru:
I-I suppose so.
Takeba... Thank you for your concern.
...For now, I will attend to my duties.

[Mitsuru leaves]

Ryoji:
Hey, she left without answering my question...

Yukari:
..."For now," huh. I don't like the sound of that...

Ryoji:
Um, Yukari-san... How 'bout you? Would you like to join me for 
dinner?
I know this place on Shirakawa Boulevard...

[Yukari hits Ryoji]

Ryoji:
Ow!

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<11/17 Tu Early Morning>

> Today, you leave on the class field trip.

> The train is scheduled to arrive in Kyoto in the afternoon.

> You hope it will be a memorable experience...

<Daytime>

> Kyoto station...

> You rode the bullet train here...

Junpei:
Kyoto, huh...? Talk about a cliched place to go on a school trip.

Ryoji:
Huh? Don't you like it?
I think it's a beautiful place to have some good memories of while
we're still young.

Junpei:
Is that so...?
Ya know, every now and then, you sound like an old man.

Ryoji:
Really?

Mitsuru:
.....

> Up ahead in the senior line, Mitsuru looked depressed...

Yukari:
She came... Thank goodness.

<Evening>

> You transferred  to a tour bus after arriving at Kyoto Station.

> The sun has already set...

> Higashiyama-Sanjo, Godaigo Inn...

Junpei:
We're finally here!
Whoa, nice place!

Yukari:
It IS an expensive area, after all.

Ryoji:
Hey, what's that umbrella for?

FC:
Wanna get under it?

Ryoji:
Doing anything together with you would be my pleasure.
Say, why don't we go hang out somewhere together after this?

Yukari:
What kind of reasoning is that!?
Watch yourself around this guy, okay, leader? He'll go after any 
girl with a pulse.

Ryoji:
Leader?
...That's no way to refer to someone with so cute a name as her's.
Oh, and I don't just go for anyone. I want to get to know you better
because... you're you.
...Though I must say, we're getting along pretty well already.

Yukari:
Huh? What's with that chuckle?
Wait, don't tell me, are you two...?

Aigis:
You are a problem!

Yukari:
Ugh, sheesh...

Junpei:
So, where were you guys gonna go at your old school, Ryoji?
...Somewhere interesting, I bet. Kyoto's so typical, don't ya think?

Ryoji:
Hmm...
...I don't really remember.

Yukari:
...Are you serious? That's the highlight of the year!

Ryoji:
Really?

Aigis:
.....?

> Aigis is looking at the pond in the courtyard...

Aigis:
...Is this one of the open-air hot springs I have heard about?

FC:
Wanna try going in it?

Fuuka:
N-No! Aigis, you can't go in there!
A bath wouldn't be so out in the open like this!
...Come on, don't lie to her!

Ms. Toriumi:
Come on, you can talk later. You're blocking the hallway.
Girls, your rooms are that way. Why don't you go get unpacked?

Junpei:
...You heard her.

Fuuka:
We'll see you later then.
This way, FC-chan.

Junpei:
This way, FC-chan.

Ryoji:
*chuckle* I'm looking forward to seeing the rooms, FC-chan.

Aigis:
...Well, I will see you later.

Yukari:
All right, this has gone far enough!
Junpei and Ryoji-kun, guy's room!
Aigis, girl's room! You're coming with us!

Junpei:
Awwww.

Ryoji:
Awwww.

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<11/18 W Daytime>

> School excursion, day two...

> Today's Itinerary: Visiting historical sites.

[You see some photos]

> You went sightseeing around Kyoto aboard a tour bus...

> Visiting the places in person was much more exciting than seeing
them in photographs.

> In the afternoon, everyone went their separate ways at the 
Kamogawa near the hotel.

> After everyone returned to the inn...

> The riverbank of the Kamo river "Sanjo Oohashi"...

Yukari:
We should probably head back. We don't want to miss curfew.

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
The later it gets, the more crowded the Shijou becomes.

Mitsuru:
Why are you still concerned about me?
Our days of fighting together are over.
We have no common goal to fight for, no enemies to defeat... no 
reason to be friends.

Yukari:
...That's not true...

Mitsuru:
We've reached our conclusion... Why should we continue on?
Everything I believed in was a lie. And in the end, I failed to...

Yukari:
You failed to what?
To protect the most important person in your life? Is that what
you're trying to say?
You said you were atoning for what the Kirijo Group did in the past.
but that's not true.
You were only fighting to protect your father.

Mitsuru:
That's right! I fought to protect him, and look what happened!
My trust for the Chairman blinded me, and I fell right into his 
trap! There was nothing I could do!
My father placed the onus of responsibility all upon himself.
And ever since the incident, he looked as if he was dead inside.
I fought so that he could release the shame and guilt that burdened
him so!

Yukari:
.....

Mitsuru:
But my efforts were futile... and now my life is without meaning.
Right!?

[Yukari slaps Mitsuru]

Mitsuru:
Ngh...

Yukari:
I'm sorry.
But, we don't know that for sure yet.

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
Hey, did you know that I used to live around here?
After my dad died, my mom spent all her time throwing herself at
random men...
I couldn't stand to see her acting like that, so I used to come out
here to the river bank to get away.

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
My belief in my dad was all I had...

Mitsuru:
Your father was only doing what he thought was best...

Yukari:
Yes, but it was still wrong. So he fought to the end to try and make
it right again. He never gave up.
He believed Shadows were dangerous, and they needed to be stopped,
even if it meant losing his life...
That's why I fight.
I want to eliminate the Dark Hour and fulfill my dad's final wish.

Mitsuru:
Fulfill his final wish...

Yukari:
That's all I-- no, we, can do.
...Right, Sempai?

Mitsuru:
Yes...
Yes, I agree, Takeba...
It's not over yet. Nothing has been decided.
We must put an end to this.
For the sake of my father... and yours.

Yukari:
Sempai...

Mitsuru:
Yukari, will you stand with me until the end?

Yukari:
...Of course.
Well, I guess we should go and take a bath together now.

Mitsuru:
T-Take a bath together?

Yukari:
Yeah, in the outdoor hot spring back at the hotel. It's really nice.
Now that we have everything out in the open, there's nothing left
for us to hide!

Mitsuru:
...Nothing?

Yukari:
H-Hey, stop blushing! I didn't mean it like that!
Anyways, we should really get going. It's already past curfew.

[Yukari runs off]

> After watching Yukari leave, Mitsuru looked toward the sky...

Mitsuru:
There is no need to worry, Father...
I am not alone.
...And I'll never look back again.

> The resolution in Mitsuru's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Penthesilea has given rise to Artemisia!

Mitsuru:
...Please watch over me.

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<11/19 Thu Daytime>

> School excursion, day three...

> Today's Itinerary: Walking tour of Kyoto.

[More pictures are shown]

> In contrast to yesterday, Mitsuru looks to be enjoying herself 
today...

> She's being friendly with her classmates, and Yukari.

> ...?

> Since Ryoji asked you to come along, you decided to walk around a
little more with him...

> Kyoto, along the bank of the Kamogawa river...

> You sat with Ryoji, eating a crepe that you bought from a nearby
stand.

Ryoji:
A green tea crepe... That color's a little off-putting.
Oh, but it's delicious.
...You can't find this in Iwatodai. *chuckle* It makes me kind of
happy.

FC:
What makes you happy?

Ryoji:
I'm having new experiences, and I get to share them with you. That's
what I enjoy so much.

> Ryoji laughs, delighted...

Ryoji:
Hey, here's something I didn't know.
The light reflects off the river in a different way than it shines
off of the ocean...

FC:
Is it because it's flowing?

Ryoji:
Oh, that might be it...
The water's on a journey, too. I bet that must be fun.

> Ryoji smiles serenely...

Ryoji:
...That reminds me, this place is filled with couples, too.

> ...It seems that just as Ryoji mentions this, there are suddenly
couples everywhere you look.

Ryoji:
They all look like they're having fun.
...What kind of things do lovers talk about?

FC:
No clue.

Ryoji:
Is that so?
...Does that mean you've never had a boyfriend?
I see...

> Ryoji seems cheered about that, for some reason...

Ryoji:
.....

> Ryoji gazes intently at you...

FC:
What's the matter?

Ryoji:
Why you, I wonder...?
Sure, you're nice, and pretty, but... I don't think it's that.
It's just... you...

> Ryoji seems to be muttering this to himself...

> You can sense that Ryoji thinks dearly of you...

Ryoji:
...Hey, would you be willing to see me like this after we get back
from the trip?
Um... The day after we get back is the 22nd. It's a Sunday.
I'd like to spend some more time with you...

FC:
Okay.

Ryoji:
Oh, I'm so glad!
I was getting anxious about what I was going to do if you'd said no.
Then, the 22nd it is! Don't forget.

> Ryoji laughs happily...

Ryoji:
It's starting to get a little chilly. ...I wonder if winter's just
around the corner.
Should we get going?

> You and Ryoji browsed the souvenir shops before going back to the
inn...

<Evening>

> Inside the hotel, outdoor hot springs...

Yukari:
Wow! This hot spring is huge!

Aigis:
So, this is an outdoor hot spring. Unfortunately, its therapeutic
healing benefits will not help me.

> .....?

> You hear splashing from the hot spring...

Yukari:
...Who's that!? Is someone there!?

Mitsuru:
...What's the matter, Yukari? Did you see something?

Yukari:
Did you... hear that just now?

Mitsuru:
Hear what...?

Fuuka:
What about you, FC-chan? Did you hear something...?

-*-*-*-
[If you choose to not catch the perverts]

FC:
It's your imagination.

Yukari:
I-I'm not joking!
Fuuka, could you check over there?
I-It could be a ghost...

Fuuka:
Um... but... I, uh... Okay...

> It's been decided that you're all going to find out what the 
sounds from the hot spring were...

Fuuka:
Okay, I'll go around from the left.

Yukari:
O-Okay. Then I'll head right...
Come with me, FC...

[You wade through the water]

Yukari:
Oh, wait! Could there be other guests in the bath, too?
If that's the case, would we be causing trouble, walking around like
this...?

FC:
Yeah... Let's stop.

Yukari:
Y-Yeah, I'm with you.
C'mon, guys, let's stop poking around and just enjoy the water!

Fuuka:
Doesn't the water seem a little hot? I'm beginning to feel faint...

Mitsuru:
*laugh* It appears that Yamagishi's ability is ineffective when 
she's without clothing...

Fuuka:
W-Well, of course it is!

Aigis:
To be honest, I am rather surprised by the difference between human
bodies.
More specifically...

Yukari:
Okay, that's enough, Aigis. Let's go. I'll treat you to some ice
cream.

Aigis:
Ice cream would be quite useful. I require some cooling down.

> You decide to leave the hot spring.

----------------------------------

<11/20 F Daytime>

> School excursion, last day...

> You'll be leaving Kyoto by bullet train in the afternoon. You are
free until then.

Ms. Toriumi:
Everyone remembers what time we're meeting at Kyoto Station, yes?
Then, please be on time. If any of you are late, I'm the one who 
will be blamed.

Fuuka:
Well... Let's go.
Junpei-kun and the others are... Oh, there they are.

> Junpei, Ryoji, and Akihiko are sitting on a bench.

Fuuka:
Morning... What's wrong?

Junpei:
Oh, g-good morning, ladies.

Yukari:
...Why're you being so formal?

Fuuka:
Akihiko-sempai and Ryoji-kun don't look well either...

Akihiko:
Oh, no...

Ryoji:
We spent a little too much time in the bath yesterday.

Akihiko:
You idiot...!

Fuuka:
.....?
Did the heat get to you?

Ryoji:
Heheh... Well, I guess you could put it that way.
I didn't think it would be so amaz--

Junpei:
Quiet, you!

Fuuka:
You're so weird.

Yukari:
Well... whatever.
C'mon, FC, let's go.

> ...The guys are still whispering to each other...

> You decide to go on ahead.

-*-*-*
[If you choose to catch the perverts]

FC:
I heart it too!

Yukari:
...You did, huh? Fuuka, could you check over there?
I-It could be a ghost...

Fuuka:
Um... but... I, uh... Okay...

> It's been decided that you're all going to find out what the 
sounds from the hot spring were...

Fuuka:
Okay, I'll go around from the left.

Yukari:
O-Okay. Then I'll head right...
Come with me, FC...

[You wade through the water]

Yukari:
Oh, wait! Could there be other guests in the bath, too?
If that's the case, would we be causing trouble, walking around like
this...?

FC:
Is someone here!?

> You called out to the depths of the hot spring...

> ...There is no answer.

Yukari:
I-I guess not...
Was it really a ghost...? Haha, who am I kidding?
.....

[You wade around some more]

Yukari:
Hmm... I don't see anything particularly suspicious...

FC:
Check the floating leaves

> You checked near where the maple leaves are floating...

> ...But all you find there are the maple leaves.

Yukari:
Nothing here...
I-I'm not scared, you know?

[Splashing sounds are heard]

Yukari:
......!
Wh-What was that? An animal?

FC:
A person, maybe?

Yukari:
But no one answered when I called out a second ago.
Maybe I was just hearing things... Should we go check up on Fuuka?

FC:
Let's check ahead first.

Yukari:
Wh-Why, is there someplace over there that seems suspicious?

FC:
The hollow in that rock!

Yukari:
Really...? I was kinda deliberately avoiding that area...
It feels like something might jump out...
Wait a sec... Wouldn't that mean a person could hide there?
.....
Let's check it out!
Huh!?

> You can see someone in the hollow area of the rock...

> ...It's Junpei, Akihiko, and Ryoji!

Fuuka:
U-Uh...

Junpei:
Uh, we, uh, um...

Akihiko:
W-Wait! Th-This is just a misunderstanding...!

Mitsuru:
Silence!
I'm going to execute you all!

Aigis:
It was nice knowing you.

----------------------------

<11/20 F Daytime>

> School excursion, last day...

> You'll be leaving Kyoto by bullet train in the afternoon. You are
free until then.

Ms. Toriumi:
Everyone remembers what time we're meeting at Kyoto Station, yes?
Then, please be on time. If any of you are late, I'm the one who 
will be blamed.

Fuuka:
Well... Let's go.
...Oh.

[The guys walk up]

Junpei:
G-Good morning...

Akihiko:
.....

Ryoji:
Um...

FC:
Ignore them

Yukari:
.....

Fuuka:
.....

Aigis:
.....

> Everyone took a quick glance before walking past them...

> .....

> Mitsuru didn't even stop to glance.

Junpei:
Curse you, Kyoto...!

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<11/21 Sa Late Night>

> Meanwhile, in Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

Chidori:
*sigh*
What am I drawing...?
Why am I...

[The lights dim]

Chidori:
What the...?

[A glass breaks and the alarms start ringing]

Chidori:
.....!?

Intruder:
It has been a while...

Chidori:
That voice...

Takaya:
I am glad to see you once again...
Jin, the instruments, if you would.

Jin:
Here.

> Jin tossed a darkly shining gun onto Chidori's bed...

Jin:
Don't tell me you've forgotten what your Evoker looks like.

Chidori:
.....!

Takaya:
I trust you do not need to be restrained?

Chidori:
Takaya...

Takaya:
Surely you understand...
There is nowhere for you to go... You must come with us.
Death is not to be feared.
You need only fear--

Chidori:
Yes, I know.

Takaya:
...Excellent.

> Chidori turned around as she was leaving the room...

Chidori:
It's all his fault...
Since the day I met him, I've experienced nothing but pain...
And I've become afraid of dying...

Jin:
Hey, hurry up, Chidori.

Chidori:
.....
Medea... Let's go.

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<11/22 Su Early Morning>

> There is no school today...

> You promised to meet Ryoji today. You need to hurry...

<Daytime>

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

Ryoji:
Going to Kyoto was fun.
Going out with everyone, seeing and eating so many different 
things...
Then we'd go to bed and wake up and do it all over again the next
day. It was amazing.
It was a lot of fun...

FC:
I had fun too.

Ryoji:
Yeah, you were laughing a lot.

> Ryoji laughs merrily...

Ryoji:
Did you see this? I bought it at one of the souvenir shops.

> Ryoji is wearing a thin ring on his finger...

FC:
I didn't notice at all.

Ryoji:
I guess... it's proof of the fun memories I've made. I felt like I
wanted a reminder of those times.
And then I saw this in the store...

> Ryoji tenderly caresses the ring...

Ryoji:
Rings are mysterious...
When you get used to wearing one, it's as natural as if you were 
born with it.
At the same time, it feels constricting...
But when I look at it, it reminds me of the good times I had...
I think that rings are things that bind memories to the people who
wears them.

FC:
I think I get it.

Ryoji:
*chuckle*

> Ryoji laughs peacefully...

Ryoji:
This is my treasure.
I hope I'll get more and more treasures as life goes on...
I'm sure that that will be the case...
...if I'm with you...

> Ryoji smiles happily...

> You feel like your relationship with Ryoji has gotten a little
closer...

Ryoji:
.....
Are you the one I've been waiting for all this time...?
I know you...
I feel like I've known you for a very long time...

> Ryoji seems to be muttering to himself...

> He seems distressed by this...

> You spent time quietly talking with him...

<Dark Hour>

> Your room...

> An alarm is sounding...

Fuuka:
Sorry to wake you!
Um, I'm not sure how to say this, but...
You need to go to the 4th floor... and please hurry!

[Command room]

Yukari:
What's going on!?

Mitsuru:
Yamagishi sensed something!
...Other Persona-users. They're outside Tartarus!

Ken:
Other Persona-users...? Don't tell me it's...

Akihiko:
...Strega. They're still alive.

Ken:
Those bastards...!

Yukari:
First, the Dark Hour won't go away, and now Strega is back!?
What's happening!?

Akihiko:
How many are there, Yamagishi?

Fuuka:
There's only one, but...
I thought she was in the hospital...

Junpei:
...Huh?

Fuuka:
No... she's... she's inside...
*shriek*

Mitsuru:
What's wrong!?

Chidori:
...Long time no see.

Junpei:
Chidori!?

Mitsuru:
She's speaking through Yamagishi!?

Chidori:
I can't stand the sight of you all anymore...
So, I've decided to do something about it.
Come to me...

Fuuka:
...Ngh...

Mitsuru:
Yamagishi!

Fuuka:
I'm... all right...

Yukari:
What the heck...!? I thought she was...
Junpei, do you know what's going on!?

Junpei:
.....

Yukari:
Junpei!

Junpei:
No, dammit! I have no idea!
Just leave me the hell alone!

[Junpei runs off]

Yukari:
J-Junpei? Junpei, wait!

> Junpei ran out on his own...

Mitsuru:
This is most likely a trap. But, we're dealing with Strega, so we
must pursue this.
...And if we confront them, we may gain some insight into our
current situation.

Fuuka:
Please be careful.
I only sensed one person, but the other two may be nearby.

Mitsuru:
Indeed...
...FC.
We have no idea what they're planning, so choose your allies wisely.
We'll go after Iori once you've made your decision.

> Outside Tartarus...

> Junpei is confronting Chidori.

Junpei:
Chidori! What's going on!? Why are you doing this!?

Chidori:
.....

Junpei:
It doesn't make any sense!
I mean, I know I'm not that smart, and I've done a lot of stupid 
stuff...
But, we shouldn't be fighting like this!

Fuuka:
Junpei-kun! Look out!

[Chidori attacks Junpei]

Junpei:
Whoa...!?

> Junpei barely dodged Chidori's axe...!

Junpei:
Hey, that was dangerous! You coulda killed someone there!

Chidori:
Tch...

Junpei:
Chidori...! Why!?

Akihiko:
Get back, Junpei! It's useless trying to reason with her!

Fuuka:
No! It's too dangerous!
...I know how you feel, Junpei-kun! But please, just back up!

Chidori:
Medea...

[In battle]

Chidori:
I don't belong here... I... I've always known that!
Takaya was right... You're a nuisance!

[After battle]

Junpei:
Chidori!

> Junpei helped Chidori up...

Chidori:
I told you... Don't touch me...

Junpei:
Chidori, please... Tell me why you're doing this...

Chidori:
What I fear most isn't death.
What I fear most is...
...attachment.
Once I become attached to something, I fear that I will lose it.
That's why we only live for the moment...
But you... you brought me pain... Pain that I didn't want... Pain
that I never asked for...

Junpei:
Huh...?

Chidori:
When I'm with you, Junpei, I fear everything...
I fear loss... I fear death...
I fear that my time with you will end... That's why I...

Junpei:
Chidori...?

Fuuka:
I'm sensing...

Mitsuru:
What? What is it?

Fuuka:
It's the others from Strega!

> Takaya and Jin emerged from inside Tartarus...

Takaya:
*sigh*

Jin:
.....

Ken:
So then...

Akihiko:
There you are, you sons of bitches!

Takaya:
Chidori... I see that it is too late. You've been poisoned by 
them...

Junpei:
What the hell does that mean, you friggin' ghost!?

Takaya:
*laugh* I am no ghost...
Fate permitted me to live, even though I wasn't attached to life...
You might say I was... chosen.

Junpei:
You bastard...
I've made up my mind! I won't let you do this to her anymore!
I'll protect Chidori with my life!

> Junpei held Chidori firmly in his arms...

Chidori:
Jun...pei...

Junpei:
Chidori, don't stay with them! Come with me!

[Takaya aims his gun]

Takaya:
*laugh*

Akihiko:
Look out, Junpei!

[Takaya fires]

Junpei:
Huh...?

> Junpei looked down blankly at his stomach...

> A bloodstain is spreading across his shirt...

[He collapses]

Chidori:
Jun...pei...

> Chidori gently shook Junpei, who fell over...

> Junpei isn't moving...

Fuuka:
Nooooooo!!

<Tatsumi Memorial Hospital>

Junpei:
.....!?

Chidori:
I'm so happy you're awake...

Junpei:
Chidori...?
Huh...? I-I thought I was...

Chidori:
I... I was wrong...
I was scared... and I blamed you for my heartache.
I never felt that way before I met you, Junpei...
And for the first time in my life, I...
I realized what I wanted...

Junpei:
And, what is that?

Chidori:
I... I want to be with you, Junpei. Forever.

Junpei:
I, um, I...
I want to be with you, too...

Chidori:
But, it could never last...
I'm different from you...
Since the moment I gained my power, I've known the day I was going
to die.

Junpei:
What...!?

Chidori:
Knowing that scared me...
...because I had never really thought about dying...
And it made me realize that I wouldn't be with you anymore...

Junpei:
Chidori...

Chidori:
That's why this is how it should be...
You can't die here, Junpei.

Junpei:
Die...?

[The screen goes black]

Junpei:
Huh!?

<Tartarus>

Junpei:
...Ah!

Fuuka:
Junpei-kun!

Yukari:
Junpei!

Junpei:
I...
Huh...? What the...

> Junpei touched his stomach...

> His shirt is torn, but the wound is completely gone...

Chidori:
It worked...

Akihiko:
She revived him... I can't believe it.

Fuuka:
Her power is the opposite of mine. Her Persona doesn't sense life;
it emits life...
But, in order to revive a person, she must...

Chidori:
I did it...

[Chidori collapses]

Junpei:
Chidori!

> Junpei held the fallen Chidori in his arms...

Chidori:
I can hear the life pulsing through you...
*chuckle*

Junpei:
Huh...?

Chidori:
Now I will live inside you, and we'll be together... forever.

Junpei:
Wh-What're you saying...!? Chidori... Chidori!

Chidori:
I'll protect you, Junpei... always...

Junpei:
I-I'll protect you too!
Please... Don't go!

Chidori:
*chuckle*
It feels so nice to be with you...

Junpei:
Chidori...!

Chidori:
Thank you... Jun...pei...
I love you...

Junpei:
.....!?

> Chidori's lifeless body becomes heavy in Junpei's arms...

Junpei:
This can't be happening...
Chidori... Chidori, answer me...
Chidori...! Aaaaaaaaah!!

Takaya:
What a pity... Such a meaningless death...

Junpei:
Meaningles..!?

Takaya:
Hm...?

Junpei:
...Aaaagh!

> Junpei quickly drew his Evoker...

Junpei:
Aaaaaaarrrggghhh!!
Personaaaaaaa!

> The resolution in Junpei's heart has awakened a new Persona...

[Medea appears]

Jin:
...Medea!?

> Hermes became one with Medea...

> They give rise to a new power, Trismegistos!

Junpei:
Burn in Hell!

[Trismegistos attacks]

Takaya:
What!?

Jin:
Gah!

Junpei:
*gasp* *gasp* I refuse to... ugh...

[Junpei collapses]

Akihiko:
Junpei!

Takaya:
My... That was quite a spectacle. Now, allow me to reciprocate.

> ...Takaya is smiling eerily, but his knees are shaking...

Jin:
Takaya, don't...
Don't forget about your mission! This is just a waste of energy!

Takaya:
.....
I have something much greater to accomplish...
And since you have no means of destroying the Dark Hour, I will let
you be... for now.
...But know that the day I shall finish this is soon approaching.

> Takaya and Jin turned around and returned to Tartarus...

Junpei:
Wait!

> Junpei tried to stand up, but fell down again...

Yukari:
Junpei!

Junpei:
Let go! I...!

Akihiko:
She entrusted you with this life!
Don't waste it.

Junpei:
.....
Chidori...

> Junpei gently touched Chidori's cheek...

Junpei:
Chidori, I... I...
This is so hard...
But...
It's not just my life anymore...

Yukari:
Junpei...

> .....

> ...Everyone was silent as you walked back to the dorm together.

> No one could find the right words to say to Junpei...

> .....

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<11/24 Tu Afternoon>

> Iwatodai Stip Mall, Wild-Duck Burger...

> You will help clean here for the next four days.

> ...

> .....

> .........

> The amount of trash is unbelievable...

> The garbage is overflowing with food that expired and had to be
tossed out...

> ......

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<11/27 F Afternoon>

> Iwatodai Stip Mall, Wild-Duck Burger...

> Today is the last day of the career experience...

> ...

> .....

> .........

> From what the manager tells you, many of the ingredients used are
imported from developing countries.

> Some regions seem to have become rich due to the exports...

> ......

> You feel as if you learned something important that cannot be 
easily dismissed as a "wasted" week...

<After School>

> You stopped by Chagall Cafe on your way back from school. Ryoji
called you over...

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

Ryoji:
I'm sorry to call you over without warning. Am I interrupting 
anything important?

FC:
I'm all right.

Ryoji:
I see...

> Ryoji seems relieved...

Ryoji:
I was in the same group as Junpei-kin, but he never showed up at the
beginning.
He only came on one of the days because the teacher said that he had
to...
Something seemed really strange about him, though...
I'd talk to him, but he didn't seem like he was listening at all.
He looked like he was about to cry...
...Did something happen?

FC:
He lost someone precious...

Ryoji:
...I see.
.....
People... die.
I think that's something you just have to accept.
...Do you think I'm being too cold?

> Ryoji looks down sadly...

Ryoji:
Junpei-kun is someone I care about.
That's why I'm worried. I've never seen him this way before...
I wonder... if there's anything I can do.

> You can sense Ryoji's deep concern for Junpei...

> You feel that you've come to understand Ryoji a little better now.

Ryoji:
"People die..."
...I have a feeling like I've heard that somewhere. Wait... Was it 
something I said before?
I think it was to someone very precious to me too...
.....

> You spent time with Ryoji, but little was said...

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<11/28 Sa Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Mitsuru called everyone together once they got home...

Akihiko:
Cheer up, Junpei...

Junpei:
Yeah...
So, whaddya want?

Mitsuru:
This came for you. It's from the hospital.

> Mitsuru handed something to Junpei...

Junpei:
Is this... Chidori's sketchbook?

Mitsuru:
They were going through her items when they found that.

Junpei:
Oh... Um...
.....
I know I have to snap outta this, but it's just so hard...

FC:
I know how you feel...

Junpei:
.....

Yukari:
Hey, Junpei, can I take a look?

Junpei:
You wouldn't be able to understand her drawings anyways...

Yukari:
.....

> Yukari slowly opened the sketchbook...

Yukari:
Wait, is this...?

Fuuka:
Wow, it's really good...

Yukari:
This is amazing... Who wouldn't be able to understand it?

Junpei:
.....?

> Junpei peeked into the sketchbook...

Junpei:
Huh? Is this...!?

Aigis:
...It's a detailed portrait of Junpei-san.

Yukari:
The next page... and the next... Every page is devoted to Junpei...

Junpei:
Chidori... *sob*

Akihiko:
Junpei...

Koromaru:
*whimper*

Junpei:
It's like she's telling me to stop moping aound...

Fuuka:
She must be looking out for you...

Koromaru:
Arf!

Junpei:
Hey... FC...
I promised to fight to get rid of the Dark Hour.
I'm usually just lookin' out for number one.
So it's been hard for me sometimes to accept that you're our leader,
but...
.....
I'm sorry.
I want you to know... I got nothin' but faith in your skills.

FC:
I'm counting on you too.

Junpei:
Hehe, glad to hear it.
Let's keep on rocking together... Leader.

> You shook Junpei's hand firmly...

Yukari:
Junpei...

> You friends are smiling with tears in their eyes...

> You sense a strong bond with them...

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<11/30 M Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> .....?

> Amidst your friends, you see Ryoji...

Fuuka:
Oh, welcome back.
You're late. Ryoji-kun was just leaving.

Ryoji:
FC-chan!
Welcome back. Shame you weren't here.
I was hoping I'd be able to see you.
I'm sorry, but I gotta get going... I'll come see you again.

Junpei:
See ya later, Ryoji!

> Ryoji whispers into your ear as he walks past.

Ryoji:
...Could I go to your room next time?
I'll be looking forward to it...
See ya.

> Ryoji left the dorm...

Fuuka:
FC-chan...
Are you all right? Your face looks a little flushed...

> Aigis came down the hall.

Aigis:
...Was that Ryoji-san?

Yukari:
Yeah, he said he was going home.

Aigis:
What was he doing here?

Yukari:
He's been coming here a lot, ever since he started hanging around
with Junpei.

Aigis:
But, visitors aren't allowed here...

Junpei:
Yeah, but Mitsuru-sempai said that it's okay during the day.

Fuuka:
I don't think we need to worry about Ryoji-kun.

Aigis:
He's... dangerous...

Fuuka:
Who? Ryoji-kun?

Yukari:
Come to think of it, he WAS hitting on Mitsuru-sempai the first time
he met her.

Fuuka:
...But, having him around has really cheered up Junpei-kun.

Junpei:
Well, it's not like moping around's gonna bring her back...

Aigis:
That's true...

Junpei:
Hm...? What's the matter, Ai-chan?

Aigis:
I envy you, Junpei...
I'm a machine, so I cannot understand how it feels to "live".

Junpei:
...But, you don't seem that different.

Aigis:
However, it is more accurate to say that I am "functioning" as
opposed to living.
There are times when I malfunction, but I can always be repaired...

Junpei:
So if we were all like you... we wouldn't have to worry about 
dying...
Uh, sorry... Hey, I don't have time to talk. I seriously gotta go
study...
Hey, shouldn't you guys be studying too? I heard math's gonna be a
killer.

Yukari:
...You wait until NOW to tell us that!? Well, I guess we should call
it a night then...

> Your friends have gone back to their rooms...

Aigis:
I should not possess the gift of "life"...
A "living" weapon is difficult to operate...
However, I believe I understand the concept of loss...
FC-san...
Should you ever be harmed, I...

FC:
Don't worry about me.

Aigis:
...I'll try not to.
You are very special to me...
I do not know why, but I always want to be by your side...
I want to protect you...
I apologize for interrupting you...
I will leave you to your studies.
...Good night.

[Aigis leaves]

Aigis:
Ryoji Mochizuki is dangerous...
What is this uneasiness...?
I am a machine...
I cannot die, so they won't have to grieve for me.
I must do something...
I don't want them to suffer anymore...

<Late night>

> Meanwhile, the dormitory command room...

> Mitsuru is staring at her cell phone with a troubled look on her
 face...

Mitsuru:
*sigh*
.....

> Mitsuru suddenly stood up and dialed a number...

Mitsuru:
...Hello?
It's me. I'm sorry for calling so late.
As for what to do with the new arrival...
I would like to ask... that you perform a full autopsy.
If we find any distinguishing features, we may be able to locate
her family, and...
I can't shake my suspicion that the Kirijo Group is tied to Strega
in some way.
Because of this... I think it would be disrespectful to the deceased
to cover up her death...
I will, of course, take full responsibility--
Huh...? What did you say?
.....
Transmogrified!? Y-You mean the corpse--!?
.....
But judging by the postmortem, we were certain she was...
Understood.
I'm sorry, but this must be kept strictly confidential until we know
more.
If there are any other changes... Yes, absolutely.
Well then...

[Mitsuru hangs up]

Mitsuru:
What's going on...?
.....
We'll have to wait and see what happens for now...

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<12/2 W Dark Hour>

> Meanwhile, at the Moonlight Bridge...

> It is the Dark Hour, and a figure on the bridge looks up at the
moon...

> Another figure approaches it...

Aigis:
I've been looking for you.
...What are you doing here?

Ryoji:
Well, to answer your question, I ended up here when I came to my
senses.
It's strange... The sky and the ground look so weird, and there's
no one here...
Something terrible has happened here, and yet I feel at peace.

Aigis:
...Have you forgotten?

Ryoji:
Forgotten what?

Aigis:
The Dark Hour-- a time period few people are active during.
But you, you've somehow adapted to it... Too well for a human, in
fact.

Ryoji:
.....

Aigis:
Yes... It's all so clear.
Now I understand the reason behind this feeling I sense when you're
around.
You are not good. You are... my enemy.

Ryoji:
Your enemy...?
Enemy...

[Flashback]

Ryoji:
That's right... On a night like tonight... the moon was full...
It was long ago...

Aigis:
Yes... We met once before...
...as adversaries.

Ryoji:
Who... Who am I?
Who are you...?

Aigis:
I am Aigis.
The last remaining Anti-Shadow Emergency Control Weapon.
A machine created to destroy Shadows.

Ryoji:
Created to... destroy Shadows...

Aigis:
And you... your true name is "Death"...
You are the Shadow I sealed away ten years ago!

Ryoji:
.....
...Yes, it was ten years ago...
The night I was born into this world, I set foot on this very
bridge.

Aigis:
The sole purpose of my existence is to destroy Shadows.
It is for that reason that I was given a personality and a 
Persona...

Ryoji:
I... am the 13th Arcana... I was never meant to be.
Everyone called me "Death".
But when I was born, a part of my power shattered and was strewn 
about...
As a result, I was incomplete...

Aigis:
Even so, you were far stronger than I anticipated.
Since I could not defeat you, my only option was to seal you away...
Under the circumstances, there was only one suitable vessel--
A human girl who happened to be nearby.
I had no other choice...

Ryoji:
FC...
I see... I was inside her all this time.
And I unwittingly led her to my twelve missing pieces.
And then...!

[End flashback]

Ryoji:
...I see. I understand now...

Aigis:
.....

Ryoji:
I remember everything...
Who... and what I am...

Aigis:
A machine is created for a purpose.
Mine is to defeat you... That is the purpose of my existence!

Ryoji:
It doesn't have to be that way...
Aigis...

Aigis:
Palladion!

[Palladion attacks, but Ryoji blocks]

Ryoji:
...Don't be foolish, Aigis.
I'm different than before. There's no way you can win...
I'm sorry...

[The screen turns white]

Aigis:
Augh...!

> Aigis was knocked back without setting a finger on Ryoji...

> Aigis's chassis was heavily damaged from being slammed to the 
ground with such force...

Aigis:
I'm sorry...
This mission... appears impossible...
A machine that cannot fulfill its purpose...
...has no worth...
I'm sorry, everyone...
FC-san...

[The screen goes black]

Aigis:
...I'm scared...

> Meanwhile, in the dormitory command room...

> Fuuka has summoned Juno and Mitsuru is manning the equipment
nearby...

[Yukari enters]

Yukari:
Juno!? Wait, did something happen!?

Mitsuru:
Yukari. Is something wrong?

Yukari:
Well, it's a full moon tonight...
You noticed it too, didn't you, Sempai? Geez, I'm starting to feel
like a workaholic!

Mitsuru:
.....

Yukari:
Oh no... Did something...?

Mitsuru:
We don't know anything for sure... However, we can't find Aigis.

Yukari:
Huh? Where would she have gone?

Fuuka:
I sensed a Persona, but it quickly disappeared. And soon after that,
I couldn't detect Aigis's presence.

Yukari:
Could it have been Strega...?

Mitsuru:
Well, she hasn't sensed any of their members, but we can't be 
positive.

Fuuka:
I've confirmed Aigis's location.
She's on the Moonlight Bridge!

Mitsuru:
Alright, call the others. Let's see what's going on there.

> You rushed to the Moonlight Bridge...

> Aigis's body is heavily damaged. Parts of it are strewn 
everywhere...

Koromaru:
*bark* *bark*

Yukari:
Aigis!?

Aigis:
I'm sorry... I...
I... remember everything...
Who I am... Who "he" is...

> Aigis stretcher out her worn hand...

> You gently took it in yours...

Aigis:
FC-san...
I know why I wanted to be by your side...
I'm sorry... I failed...

FC:
It's going to be okay!

Aigis:
I'm... sorry...

Familiar Voice:
There's no need for you to apologize...

[Someone walks up]

Junpei:
You...!?

Ryoji:
.....

Yukari:
Ryoji-kun...?
Wait, what're you doing here!?

Fuuka:
Aigis!?

> Aigis is no longer moving...

> It seems she stopped functioning...

Akihiko:
What's going on...?

Ryoji:
It's all my fault...

Akihiko:
Wha... You did this!?

Mitsuru:
Akihiko, wait. He's not showing any signs of aggression.
Tell us...
Who are you? ...WHAT are you?

Ryoji:
I'm the same as the beings you call Shadows.

Junpei:
You're a Shadow!?

Ryoji:
I'm the embodiment of all Shadows...
The Appriser, born from the union of the 12 Arcana.

Yukari:
The Appriser...?

Ryoji:
I remember everything now...
The frightening truth about myself... and Shadows...
It's all so hard to believe...

Mitsuru:
...You know the "truth" about Shadows?

Ryoji:
I do...

Akihiko:
What!?

Ryoji:
The Shadows are here to facilitate the rebirth of the maternal
being.
The maternal being will begin to awaken as she is drawn to me...
The Appriser.

Mitsuru:
You? You're The Appriser?

Ryoji:
That's right...

Fuuka:
What is this "maternal being"...?

Ryoji:
She is a great entity... There is no comparable word in your 
language for her.
Ten years ago, a man collected a great number of Shadows and 
contained them in a laboratory...
That's where I was born.
...But the unification was interrupted, and I awoke in an incomplete
state.
Not long after, I fell to Aigis... as she did to me.

Junpei:
Aigis...!?
Is that true!? ...Ryoji?

Ryoji:
She knew she could not defeat me...
So in an act of desperation, she sealed me within a child who
happened to be standing nearby.
That child grew up, carrying me inside her. And by a twist of fate,
she later returned here...
...as a transfer student.

Yukari:
You mean...

> .....

> Everyone is looking at you in shock...

Ryoji:
Yes... "FC".
I lived inside her.

> .....!?

> Ryoji was... inside of you...?

Yukari:
Inside her...?

Ryoji:
Her special Persona awakened...
...as did the 12 Shadows, all in order to become one with me.

Junpei:
Ryoji's the Appriser?
A-And he was inside her body...!?
None of this makes sense!

Ryoji:
It's all my fault...
I'm sorry.
There's more I need... to tell you...

[Ryoji collapses]

Fuuka:
Ryoji-kun!

> Ryoji lost consciousness and fell to the ground...

Mitsuru:
He appears to be exhausted...
Let's let him rest... We have Aigis to attend to as well.
We'll continue our talk later.

> .....

> You are in shock at what you've just heard...

> Ryoji lived inside you for ten years, waiting to make contact with
the 12 Shadows...

> And the boy named Pharos was actually Ryoji...

> .....

> So many questions remained unanswered. However, Ryoji is
unconscious...

> .....

> You took Ryoji and Aigis home...

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<12/3 Th After School>

> Classroom 2-F...

> Mitsuru walked in.

Mitsuru:
...He's awake now.
Let's meet tonight on the 4th floor.

Junpei:
...Okay.

Mitsuru:
Alright, then. I'll see you later.

[Mitsuru leaves]

Junpei:
Damn that Ryoji...

Yukari:
.....

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone has gathered...

> Ryoji is sitting on the far sofa, hanging his head...

Mitsuru:
Is everyone present?

Fuuka:
Are you okay, Ryoji-kun?

Ryoji:
Yeah, I'm okay. Thanks.
Besides, there's more I have to tell you guys.

Yukari:
Ryoji-kun...

Mitsuru:
There are many questions we need answered.
To begin with, you said Shadows were here to facilitate the rebirth
of the maternal being...
Please elaborate on this.

Ryoji:
The maternal being is called Nyx.

Junpei:
Who the hell's Nyx...?

Ryoji:
Nyx is the mother of Shadows. In ancient times, she bestowed "Death"
to this world.
If she is awakened, darkness will once again cover the land, and all
life will vanish.

Akihiko:
All life will vanish!?

Mitsuru:
Are you saying... everyone will die!?

Ryoji:
It would be more accurate to say that... Everyone will forfeit the
will to live.

Mitsuru:
.....! Are you talking about the Lost!?

> ...Everyone seems to be coming to the same conclusion.

> Every human being will become like The Lost...

> ...Leading to the extinction of mankind...

> And the end of the world.

Mitsuru:
The Fall...

Yukari:
But, it's still possible to keep it from happening, right?

Ryoji:
.....

Yukari:
Wh-What...?
There's no way to prevent it...?

Ryoji:
...I'm sorry...

Yukari:
Wait, what're you apologizing for!?
Are you saying it's for certain!?

Ryoji:
Yes...
You heard the bell...
I'm The Appriser... The Appriser of Death...
My existence is the affirmation of the Fall.

Fuuka:
The affirmation... of the Fall...

> Everyone is at a loss for words...

> It is inevitable... The entire human race will become members of
The Lost...

> Ryoji's existence confirms the impending extinction of mankind.

> That can't be...

Akihiko:
When!? When will it happen!?

Ryoji:
I'm afraid you will not live to see spring...

Junpei:
But, that's not too far away!

Yukari:
.....

Akihiko:
.....

Mitsuru:
.....

Junpei:
*laugh* Wh-What're you guys freaking out about?
All we have to do is defeat this Nyx!
And that won't be a problem cuz we've never lost!

FC:
Is that possible...?

Junpei:
H-Hey, c'mon! That's not the leader I know!

Ryoji:
Defeating Nyx is... impossible.
It has nothing to do with strength, ability, or power.
Just as all living things die... and the flow of time is 
continuous...
Nyx cannot be defeated.

Junpei:
What...?
That's bullshit!

Ken:
This is all so sudden...

> The others are startled...

Ryoji:
I was born from a collection of Shadows.
But now, I have a human form... So I can talk with you, laugh with
you, cry with you...
All gifts I received because I was inside her.
Of all the people on Earth, it was she who carried me...
.....
Thanks to that... I am able to give you a choice.

Yukari:
A choice...?

Ryoji:
Nyx's coming cannot be avoided.
But, it is possible to live in peace until she arrives.
You'll have to... kill me.
If I were to disappear, all memories of the Dark Hour would 
disappear with me,
as would any recollection of the fate that awaits you.
You won't remember anything.
The coming of the Fall will be instantaneous... and you will not
suffer.

Mitsuru:
We'll forget everything?

Ryoji:
You'll be able to return to your normal lives.
And in doing so, the time until the Fall will be slightly delayed.
In essence, I am the same as Nyx and cannot be killed.
But thanks to her, there's a part of me that's "human".
So, if death comes from her hands, I think it may be possible.

> Ryoji is looking at you...

Fuuka:
Ryoji-kun...

Ryoji:
If you don't kill me, you will suffer more than you could ever 
imagine.
With no hope for salvation, you will live everyday paralyzed by the
fear of your impending death.
And I... I don't want you to have to endure such pain.

FC:
I don't know what to do...

Fuuka:
Yeah...

Ryoji:
Would that really be such a bad thing?
All that awaits you now is despair.
You don't know the terror of absolute death...!
Please, don't make your decision without at least thinking about 
what I've said.

Yukari:
.....

Ken:
Why is this happening!?

Mitsuru:
......

> Ryoji silently stood up...

Ryoji:
You don't have to decide right now.
You have until December 31, New Year's Eve, to think about it.
After that, I'll dissolve into the blackness of the Dark Hour and
become intangible.

Junpei:
Ryoji...?

Ryoji:
I will disappear with the coming of Nyx anyways...
So, don't worry about me.
I'll be back on New Year's Eve...

[Ryoji leaves]

Junpei:
H-Hey, Ryoji, wait!

[Junpei chases after Ryoji]

> Ryoji is gone...

> He disappeared... Just like Pharos...

Yukari:
Ryoji-kun...

Ken:
.....

Mitsuru:
We will see him again, on New Year's Eve...

> .....

> ...Ryoji's revelation was all too devastating...

> The world will soon perish...

> That mankind will perish...

> And the only option you are given is the right to choose how to
die...

> Death is inevitable...

> The Appriser truly brought about a death sentence...

> .....

> You cannot think clearly right now...

> How does a person choose the way he will die?

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<12/10 Th Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone has gathered...

Yukari:
Well, it's been a week. What're we going to do?
...You okay, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
You just seem so calm...

Yukari:
We have to make a decision...
I mean, it's been such a drag around here lately, and no one will go
to Tartarus...

Mitsuru:
...You're right.
We humans are quite resilient. We can adapt to any situation, given
enough time.
So, how about it, everyone? Why don't we talk about it?

Junpei:
.....

Ken:
...Have you made your decision, Sanada-san?

Akihiko:
No...
But, I don't plan on running away.

Mitsuru:
So you're going to fight Nyx?

Akihiko:
...I don't know. I mean, it's supposedly undefeatable.
What about you? What are your thoughts on it?

Mitsuru:
Honestly, this is the first time I've ever really contemplated my
own death...
It's quite a sobering thought.
I don't want to suffer... and I don't want to kill Ryoji.
But, either way, we still die. So, there is no simple answer.

Fuuka:
Then, do we all agree that we don't want to hurt Ryoji-kun?

Akihiko:
Is that how you feel?

Fuuka:
Well, I, um...

Yukari:
It's okay, Fuuka. I mean, it's not natural to choose how you're 
going to die...
What about you, Junpei? Have you decided?

Junpei:
No...

Yukari:
What's the matter? Scared?

Junpei:
...What the hell do you mean by that? You think this is a joke?

Yukari:
Junpei, I...

Junpei:
We're going to die! Of course I'm scared!
You all need to wake up! This is death we're talking about here!

> Everyone remained silent, having nothing to say...

Mitsuru:
Then, what do you want to do?
Do you want to kill him?

Junpei:
There's nothing I CAN do... The only one who can kill him is...
FC...
.....
Did you ever notice...?
You had that thing inside you and you didn't notice...?
You're the one that raised it... You're the one that brought about
the Fall...

Yukari:
Junpei...!

Junpei:
Can't... Can't you do anything about it!?

FC:
How could I have known!?

Yukari:
Stop it, Junpei! It's not her fault...
Her carrying it is the only reason we even have this choice!

Junpei:
I know that, dammit! But...
In my head, I might know...

> Junpei is biting his lip...

Junpei:
But even thought I know thinking about it might not solve 
anything... I'm still scared, dammit!

Fuuka:
I know how you feel, Junpei-kun. I'm scared too.

Akihiko:
Yeah, we're all scared.

Mitsuru:
Yes...
I... I can't stop shaking.

Yukari:
Me either...
I'm sorry I teased you, Junpei. I was just trying to lighten up the
situation.
Personally, I don't want to forget everything.
I've learned so much since coming here...

Junpei:
Yuka-tan...
I'm sorry I kept yelling like that...

Yukari:
I don't think any of us could have stood up to you right now, 
Junpei...
So don't worry about it. Right, FC?

FC:
...I'm sorry.

Junpei:
You don't have to apologize...
I know this isn't your fault...
I didn't mean to lash out at you earlier.

Mitsuru:
Alright, I don't think we're prepared to make a decision just yet.
Ryoji said he'll be back on New Year's Eve, so we still have time to
think about it.
...So until then, let's just try to live our lives as normally as
possible.

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<12/20 Su Daytime>

> Yukari's room at the dormitory...

[Someone knocks the door]

Yukari:
Yes? Who is it?

Mitsuru:
It's me.

Yukari:
Oh...

[Mitsuru enters]

Yukari:
You don't stop by very often, Sempai...
Is something wrong?

Mitsuru:
No, I just wanted to talk.

Yukari:
Awww... Are you feeling lonely?

Mitsuru:
Hey... Are you teasing me?

Yukari:
No. ...Well, maybe just a little. *giggle*

Mitsuru:
*laugh*

Yukari:
...I wonder what this Nyx is like.
Hey, do you think it's inside Tartarus?

Mitsuru:
I have no idea...

Yukari:
Oh, by the way, I've made my decision...
I want to fight to the end. It's better than doing nothing.
That's why you're here, isn't it, Sempai? To talk about our 
decision?

Mitsuru:
I... I guess it is.

Yukari:
*giggle* You're so easy to read.

Mitsuru:
I've made my decision as well.
Kirijo is making great strides to turn itself around.
After I graduate, I plan to assume leadership of the Group and 
continue where my father left off.
I cannot turn back now, even if I wanted to.

Yukari:
But, what if you die?

Mitsuru:
If I die defeating Nyx, then the Kirijo Group will have to continue
on without me.
But I am confident they would fulfill my wishes.

Yukari:
Ryoji said Nyx can't be defeated...
...but I kinda wonder about that.
I don't think our special member can be killed, either.

Mitsuru:
I agree...
Death dwelled within her, amplifying her abilities, thought she was
exceptional to begin with.

Yukari:
She's been burdened with so much, and she's still so cheerful all
the time.
I feel like it's because of her that I've been able to get through
all this.
Maybe all this fighting isn't so bad... 
I at least got the best friends of my life out of the deal.
...Hehe.

Mitsuru:
...You're right.

Yukari:
You know, if things don't work out, I think I'll still be okay, as
long as I'm with everyone.
Honestly, it doesn't matter whether or not we die.
All that matters is that we're proud of how we lived.
And I'd be proud if we decided to fight Nyx.

Mitsuru:
Does you decision have anything to do with your father?

Yukari:
...A little. But, it's more about me and how I feel.

Mitsuru:
I understand.

Yukari:
Sempai, when we were in Kyoto, you asked me to stand by your side...
Do you remember?

Mitsuru:
...Yes, I remember.
We will fight together, Yukari.

Yukari:
...Together.

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<12/23 W Daytime>

> Tatsumi Port Island's back alley...

Akihiko:
I thought you were gonna go visit your mother's grave...

Ken:
Oh, hi, Sanada-san...

Akihiko:
Is this where you hsould be?

Ken:
Well, I was planning to...
But when I thought about what I was gonna say to her, it just didn't
feel right.
There are things I still need to do before I talk to her again.

Akihiko:
Yeah, same here.
I don't have anything I need to tell Shinji right now.
...I have my own stuff to deal with.

Ken:
An undefeatable enemy, huh? Gosh, I wonder what it's like.

Akihiko:
...You got me.
But, it doesn't matter... because I've made up my mind.
I'm gonna look it straight in the eyes.

Ken:
...Straight in the eyes...
I like the sound of that. You can count me in, too!

Akihiko:
Yeah.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

<12/24 Th Lunchtime>

> ...?

> You received a text message.

----------

<If you decide to go with Yukari and Fuuka>

Message from Yukari:
> "Hey, are you free today? I'm going to ask Fuuka too, but do you
wanna have a girls-only party?"
>"I'm texting you because Junpei would definitely jump in on the
idea. Make sure to keep it a secret from him!"

> Should you accept the offer...?

FC:
Yes

> You promised to spend time with Yukari and Fuuka.

<After School>

> Yukari arrived...

Yukari:
Ahh, school's finally over.
Why don't we head over to the Paulownia Mall?
Ooh, perfect timing! Fuuka's here too!

> You decide to spend Christmas Eve with Yukari and Fuuka...

> You have come to Paulownia Mall with Yukari and Fuuka.

Yukari:
Wow, look! They put lights up all over the mall!

FC:
It's beautiful.

Yukari:
It's a sea of illumination...

Fuuka:
It is... It's great having people to appreciate it with...

> Yukari and Fuuka seem to be enjoying the Christmas decorations.

Yukari:
Let's enjoy the scenery here a little longer first.

> You walk around and enjoy the lights with Yukari and Fuuka.

> After that, you have a small party at Yukari's room.

Yukari:
Happy birth... I mean, Christmas.

Fuuka:
*giggle* When you see a cake with candles, you get the urge to sing
that, huh?

Yukari:
I always wanted to try out this cake.

Fuuka:
Buche de Noel is sold only around Christmas time, huh?
Plus, this one has chestnuts inside.

Yukari:
Ooh, sounds delicious! Let's eat!

Fuuka:
*giggle* Hold your horses. Let me cut it first...

Yukari:
It feels like a shame to cut such a work of art...

Fuuka:
Haha, I know the feeling.
It's so pretty, I just want to leave it on the shelf.

Yukari:
Exactly! See, you understand.
Junpei would be like, "I don't get you chicks."

Fuuka:
Maybe it's a girl thing?
Now, let's eat.

> You talked about different things as you ate the cake...

<Evening>

Fuuka:
Is Christmas almost over already!?
Phew, my stomach hurts laughing so much...
I don't thing I've ever had this much fun on Christmas before...

Yukari:
I thought I'd be spending most of my time with a boyfriend once I
got into high school...
But a Christmas just with the girls is pretty fun, I gotta say.

FC:
Wait 'til next year!

Fuuka:
*giggle* I'm sure you'll be able to get a boyfriend in no time.
Then next yearn, I'll be by myself...

Yukari:
Hey now, no one says we hafta get together on the 24th, right?
...Let's do this every year.
Just the three of us... No, let's invite Aigis and Mitsuru-sempai, 
too.

Fuuka:
...Yeah.

Yukari:
Well, it's getting late, so...

Fuuka:
Oh, is the party over?

Yukari:
Nope! Time for embarrassing stories!

Fuuka:
Huh!?

> ...Christmas night passes...

----------------

<If you decide to go with Ken>

Message from Ken:
> "I'm sorry to bother you all of a sudden. You know today's 
Christmas, right?"
> "If you don't have any plans, would you please spend the afternoon
with me?"

> Should you accept the offer...?

FC:
Yes

> You promised to spend time with Ken.

<After School>

> You promised to spend time with Ken after school. You should leave
now...

> You have come to Paulownia Mall with Ken.

Ken:
Wow, this is so pretty! Everything's been lit up!
I can barely recognize the Paulownia Mall like this!
...It's not as pretty as you, though.

FC:
Nice try.

Ken:
But it's true...
Why don't you believe me?

> Ken is pouting...

Ken:
Want to walk around?
It's like a theme park... Just looking around is fun.

> You walk around and enjoy the lights with Ken.

Ken:
FC-san, thank you...
I had a lot of fun. Everything was so shiny and pretty...
Oh yeah... FC-san. This is a present for you...

> Obtained Coffee Cup.

Ken:
I-It's a matching pair with mine.
It's still going to be cold for a while, so I thought we could have
coffee together.
It'll warm you up.

> Will you give a gift...?

FC:
Give a gift.

Ken:
Huh? You have a present for me, too?
FC-san... You made this, didn't you?
Wow, thanks... Ooh, this is great!

> It seems Ken liked your gift.

Ken:
Um...
I'm sorry. I don't know where to take you on special days like 
this...
This might seem stupid to you, but...
...You should consider this an "IOU."
I know I'm too young for you now, but when I grow up, I'll take you
to all sorts of places.
I'll buy you gifts that you like...
So until then, please wait for me...
My love for you won't change...
...I love you.

> You've shared a tender moment with Ken.

<Evening>

Ken:
Christmas is fun, huh?
Especially with you...
.....
You sure you don't mind spending your Christmas with me?

FC:
Not at all.

Ken:
FC-san...
Hahah...
Merry Christmas.

> You spent Christmas afternoon with Ken until night fell.

-----------

<If you choose to go with Akihiko>

Message from Akihiko:
> "Are you free tonight?"
> "I'll come get you after school."

> Should you accept the offer...?

FC:
Yes

> You promised to spend time with Akihiko.

<After School>

> Akihiko came to get you...

Akihiko:
L-Let's get going.

> The female students in the class are squealing and cooing over
Akihiko's presence...

> You followed Akihiko out under their intense stares...

> You have come to Paulownia Mall with Akihiko.

Akihiko:
Wow, this is impressive.
The Paulownia Mall looks pretty fancy with all this stuff up.

FC:
It does, huh?

Akihiko:
Today's a special day, after all.

> Akihiko is a bit embarrassed...

Akihiko:
Hey look, there are decorations over there, too. Let's go see.

> You walk around and enjoy the lights with Akihiko.

Akihiko:
I've dragged you around enough... Let's have a seat.
I-I... I have a present for you.

> Obtained Music Box.

Akihiko:
I-I've never had to pick out something like this before...
So...
Ah, never mind.

> Will you give a gift...?

FC:
Give a gift.

Akihiko:
You got me one, too...?
This is... for me? This is a bit... cute for me, don't you think?
Haha, well, you made it, so I'll take it.
...There's nothing wrong with a gift like this, after all.

> Akihiko seems to love your gift.

Akihiko:
Christmas never meant much to me.
...In fact, it was more painful than anything.
The town might get all lit up, but "Santa" never visited me...
...He came for Miki, of course.
But this year... He gave me a gift, too.

> You've shared a tender moment with Akihiko.

<Evening>

Akihiko:
It's already pretty late...
.....
About that present I gave you... You can open it and put stuff 
inside.
The saleswoman said it's for storing jewelry...
.....
I think I'll give you something new to put in it every year...
...D-Don't make that face to me.
.....

FC:
Can I move closer?

Akihiko:
What, are you cold?
.....
Your ears are like ice...
.....
You wanna come over to my room...?

Merry Christmas.

>You spent time with Akihiko until night fell.
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<12/27 Su Daytime>

> Tatsumi Port Island station...

Fuuka:
Huh...? Junpei-kun?

Junpei:
Oh, hey, Fuuka.

Fuuka:
What are you doing here?

Junpei:
Nothing, really...
I come here when I'm feeling down...

Fuuka:
Is that Chidori's sketchbook...?

> Fuuka points to the sketchbook Junpei is holding...

Junpei:
Hm? Oh, yeah...
This was where I first met her...
What're you doing here, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
Oh, I went home for a bit. I've been going back there a lot lately.

Junpei:
...I see.
You know, you've really changed, Fuuka.
You're totally different from when you first came to the dorm.

Fuuka:
Really...?

Junpei:
Yeah. You were so timid back then, but now you're so... strong.

Fuuka:
You've changed too, Junpei-kun.

Junpei:
Yuka-tan said the same thing. But I don't think so.
I mean, just the other day I got all freaked out about being 
scared...
I even lashed out at the leader. I'm one piece of work, aren't I...
*laugh*

Fuuka:
That's not true.

Junpei:
But, I really was scared. Actually... I'm still scared.
...But after thinking about it, I realized that I don't want to lose
my memory.
If I forget everything, that means I'll forget Chidori, too.
...And I wouldn't even be alive right now if it wasn't for her, ya
know?
...So I say "f" that.

Fuuka:
You're scared because you're not running away...
That's nothing to be ashamed of.

Junpei:
Fuuka...

Fuuka:
That's why I want to protect everyone...
Think about it. The Dark Hour is really scary too, isn't it?
But our Personas awakened, and we're here today...
The future hasn't been decided yet...
And I want to be true to myself...

Junpei:
True to yourself...
...You're really something, Fuuka.
We should fight.

Fuuka:
I agree.

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<12/30 W Early Morning>

[Someone knocks your door]

Yukari's Voice:
Hellooooo? Are you awake!?

FC:
I'm up!

Yukari:
Hey, I have good news...
Aigis is coming back today!
Mitsuru-sempai said her wounds have finally healed.
We're meeting in the lounge tonight. Don't forget, okay?
See ya!

> Yukari has left...

<Evening>

> The dormitory lounge...

> Everyone is gathered around Aigis, who has finally returned...

Aigis:
I'm back, everyone. Sorry to have worried you all.

Junpei:
Man, I'm glad to see you. I was getting nervous.

Fuuka:
Me too. I was fearing the worst...

Aigis:
I'm a machine, so I can always be rebuilt.
Even if I was completely destroyed, the programming data necessary
to recreate me would still exist...

Yukari:
Hey... Don't talk about yourself like that.

Mitsuru:
They said another week would be required for a complete recovery,
but I had the process expedited.
...Tomorrow is New Year's Eve.

Aigis:
I'm sorry for all the trouble I've caused...
Mitsuru-san visited me at the lab and told me everything...
That must have been difficult for you all to hear.
FC-san... Have you been well...?
I mean, considering the circumstances...

FC:
Welcome back!

Aigis:
I've... come back, but...
.....
Ten years ago, I... What I did to you was...
.....

FC:
You did the right thing.

Aigis:
But...
If I hadn't done that to you, you wouldn't be suffering like this...
FC-san...
Ryoji has presented you with a difficult choice...
Have you made your decision?

FC:
Yes, I have.

Aigis:
...I have a favor to ask of you.
Tomorrow, when Ryoji comes, please...
Please kill him...!
I can't bear to see everyone hurting like this!
Please choose to have your memories erased...!
Even if...
Even if it means forgetting everything...
and everyone...

Yukari:
A-Aigis, what're you talking about!?

Junpei:
Yeah, this isn't like you.

Aigis:
.....

Mitsuru:
What's wrong, Aigis?

Aigis:
Why...? Why did I come back here?
My mission is to protect humanity from Shadows.
But now, I know that I can't defeat them!
So then... why am I here?
I'm useless! I cannot even shed a tear for you all...!

Fuuka:
Oh, Aigis...

Aigis:
Why fight, when you know that you can't win!?
What is the purpose of that!?
Why are you wasting your lives!?

FC:
I don't plan to waste it.

Akihiko:
Yeah, she's right.
We're just planning for the future. Right, Ken?

Ken:
Right.

Aigis:
I... I don't understand. *sigh* It must be because I don't possess
a "life"...

Junpei:
*laugh* This has nothing to do with having a life.

Aigis:
I am a machine, a machine that was created to protect humans from
Shadows.
But, I can't fulfill that mission with the powers I was given...
So then, what is my purpose now?
Could someone please tell me?

Junpei:
We don't know the answer, Aigis...
The only one who can tell you what your purpose is, is you.
That's why we're having such a hard time making our decision. 
There's just no easy answer.
But as long as we're alive, we have to do something...
When we see others hurting, we want to help them.
So that's our purpose.
Haha, I'm not too good at explaining it, but... that's what we all
think.

Aigis:
Can finding one's purpose really be so simple...?

Fuuka:
When I saw you collapse, I realized something...
I want to protect you... I don't want to forget about you.

Aigis:
Fuuka-san...

Mitsuru:
There are times when you will lose sight of your goal, and you will
have to search for it.
But if you can't find it again, then you must set your heart on a 
new goal.
I'm not really one to talk... but I feel that I've come to 
understand something important this year.
To truly live, you will need to make changes sometimes.

Aigis:
Do you think I can do that?
Do you think I can change?

Mitsuru:
Yes. I mean, you've changed so much already. ...Haven't you noticed?
In fact, you're changing even as we speak.

Aigis:
I know what my purpose is...
I'm a machine, a machine who is here to "live".
And the one who has given me this new purpose is... me.
This is the promise I've made to myself.
I don't know how I'll do it... but I guess that is a part of living
too.

FC:
I'm sure that's it.

Aigis:
...Yes.

> Aigis nodded reassuringly...

> The resolution in Aigis's heart has awakened a new Persona...

> Palladion has given rise to Athena!

Aigis:
Will you allow me to join with you all?

FC:
You're already a part of us!

Aigis:
...Thank you!
I will be with you all...
...no matter what happens...!

Yukari:
That's the spirit!

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<12/31 Th Evening>

> As promised, Ryoji has finally come...

> ...The moment has arrived for you to make your decision...

Ryoji:
Hey, long time no see...
Midnight's just around the corner...
At midnight, I will change from this form into something 
unrecognizable.
So, have you reached a decision?

> Everyone is silent...

Ryoji:
Okay, I'll be waiting in her room until midnight.
Come see me when you have your answer.

Fuuka:
Ryoji-kun...

Ryoji:
Oh, and one more thing.
Don't let the fact that you'll have to kill me influence your 
decision.
As I said before, I'm going to disapear anyways.
I won't feel any pain by "dying".
So, there's no need to worry about me.

Junpei:
.....

Ryoji:
I'll be waiting...

> Ryoji went upstairs...

Mitsuru:
Have you made your decision?

FC:
Yes.

Mitsuru:
...I see.
Have the rest of you made your decision?

Akihiko:
No need to ask me.

Yukari:
You know how I feel.

Junpei:
I wouldn't be here if I wasn't on board.

Fuuka:
I'm with the rest of you.

Ken:
I'm in, too.

Koromaru:
Woof!

Aigis:
I have made my decision as well.

Mitsuru:
Then, we're all in agreement, yes?

Akihiko:
Better let him know, then.
...Okay?

> Your room...

> Ryoji is standing in a corner...

Ryoji:
Hey.
I didn't think I'd ever be in this room under circumstances like 
these.
I had a good time, you know... Back then.
Don't tell me you've all decided to let me live...
You're all going to risk your lives on a battle you can't win.
But, you're the only one here right now, so...
I'll say this one more time.
If you kill me, Tartarus, the Dark Hour, and your memories of the
battles will all disappear.
Tomorrow, you'll wake up a normal high-school student.
You'll be able to live in peace until the moment of the Fall.
But if you let me live, you'll spend every waking moment until that
day in fear of your inevitable death.
Nyx cannot be defeated... It's useless to fight her.
...Are you still thinking?
Or, have you already made up your mind?

> .....

> This is a very important decision.

> You must choose wisely...

---------

<If you choose to kill Ryoji>

FC:
Kill Ryoji

Ryoji:
So... you understand.
I think that looking to the future is a great way to live.
But, that doesn't mean that other ways of living are wrong.
No one knows which road leads to happiness.
I'm glad I met you.
This must be what it means to "feel happy".
I understand that now... as well as what it is to love someone...
FC...
Goodbye, my dearest...
Thanks for everything...

[You kill Ryoji]

> In that moment, everything stopped.

> All your thoughts began to fade, like chalk on a sidewalk...

> ...When you awoke, peaceful days had returned again.

> A peaceful town...

> A peaceful school life...

> And so, the seasons changed...

<3/3/2010 W Early Morning>

> Gekkoukan High School, school gates...

Junpei:
Yo!
Damn, it's cold. But of course, you never miss a day of school.
Man, can ya believe this year's already over? We're practically
seniors now.
Just one more year... Ya think anything interesting will happen?

FC:
Probably not.

Junpei:
Well, seeing the current seniors makes me wonder...
Seems like all they frickin' do is study. Talk about boring.
Is that gonna be us next year? ...Why do I feel like I'm forgetting
something?

Strange Girl (Aigis):
.....

Junpei:
Hey, is that girl looking at us?
Dude, she's pretty cute! How come I never noticed her before?

[Yukari walks up]

Yukari:
What are you talking about? She lives in the same dorm as us.

Junpei:
Seriously!?
Uh... What's her name, then?

Yukari:
I dunno.

Junpei:
Well then, why're you giving me a hard time?
Anyway, it's always crazy in the dorms this time of year, with so
many people coming and going.
Oh yeah, did ya hear? Akihiko-sempai's movin' out.
Ya know, the Captain of the boxing team?

Yukari:
I know who he is, but I haven't really talked to him.
Of course, all the graduates are leaving, even Kirijo-sempai.

Junpei:
Ms. Student Council President... She's in our dorm too, huh?

Yukari:
...Man, what's up with that girl?
Hey, there! Are you looking at us?
Is something wrong?

Strange Girl:
Um... It's nothing.

[Aigis walks off]

Junpei:
She looks kinda depressed, doesn't she?
...Wait, do ya think she might be interested in me!?

Yukari:
Haha, I doubt it.

Junpei:
...Ouch. That hurts.

<3/5 F Morning>

> Gekkoukan High School auditorium...

Teacher:
Next, a word from the valedictorian...
From Class D, Mitsuru Kirijo.

Mitsuru:
Thank you.
This last year, I accepted an important responsibility as Student
Council President.
When I first addressed you from this podium, I spoke you all about
seizing opportunity while you had the chance...
Well, it must have been fate that intervened and gave me an 
important reminder of this...
As many of you may know, my father unexpectedly passed away due to
illness...
To tell you the truth, after losing my father, I also lost much of
my self-confidence.
You see, I had overestimated my ability to handle everything alone.
Few people can be that strong...
There are times when we cannot stand without the support of 
others...
After my father's death, I received kind words from many people.
You all taught me the value of allowing yourself to be cared for and
protected.
I would like to continue going forward with the support of those
around me.
For us graduates, it was truly an honor to share the last three 
years with all of you.
Thank you so much... for those wonderful years...

[Audience claps]

Junpei:
...She seems kinda bummed, doesn't she?
I guess even Presidents cry too...

FC:
She's only human.

Junpei:
Hey, where's that girl?

Yukari:
What are you talking about?

Junpei:
You know, the girl we saw the other day.
I assumed she'd be here.

Yukari:
Oh, her. Well, there's a lot of people who aren't here. Actually,
I'm surprised YOU didn't skip.

Junpei:
He, I thought about it.
Anyway, next year it'll be our turn...
What have you got planned, Yuka-tan? College?

Yukari:
Mmmm... I haven't really decided yet.
What about you?

FC:
No clue.

Yukari:
*giggle* That's what I thought.
You know how the President was crying? I can sorta relate, since my
dad passed away too.
But, that stuff she said about seizing opportunities? Gimme a break.
We're only in high school.
I mean, yeah it's important, but can't it wait a few years?
...But anyway, there's really no hurry to decide what we wanna do
with our lives, right?
I mean, high school's hard enough as it is.

Junpei:
Yeah, I can agree with that.

Yukari:
Here's what I think...
Sometimes you're better off not knowing. As they say, "Ignorance is
bliss."
Besides, you can't always be thinking about the future.
In the end, it doesn't matter as long as you're happy.
You've got to live in the moment-- carpe diem, right?

Junpei:
...Yeah, I guess so.
Whew, that was some speech.

Yukari:
To be honest, I'm not that strong of a person...
That's why I get worked up so easily.
It's hard to explain. It's just the way I am.

Junpei:
Hey, I know where you're coming from. Thinking about stuff like that
just gives me a headache.
So, I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Yukari:
*giggle* Now, that's the Junpei we all know and love.

Junpei:
Everyone's so uptight these days.
They just need to chill out... You know, take it easy for a change.

Yukari:
What're you gonna do if that plan backfires?

Junpei:
Well, that'll be that.
But for now, let the good times roll...
Karaoke, anyone? Let's celebrate our future!

Yukari:
A graduation party, huh?
Well, that does sound like fun... Why don't we all go?

Junpei:
It's decided then? Cool.

> You decide to go to karaoke with everyone.

<Credits roll>

------------

<If you choose to let Ryoji live>

Ryoji:
I guess my words didn't change your mind...
...There's still some time until midnight.
I didn't want to have to show you this... but I have no choice.

[Ryoji transforms into Thanatos]

Transformed Ryoji:
See...? I'm not human.
I will bring death to this world until I am finally satiated.
Do not hesitate to kill me.
...I want you to think about this carefully.
Is facing Nyx really the best decision...?
Some things in this world cannot be changed. You do not understand
this yet.
Memeories are ambiguous... Old ones can be replaced with new ones,
creating a new reality.
Don't you want to end all your friends' pain and suffering?
...It's up to you. You're the only one who can make this decision.
Now, this is your last chance.
Tell me your answer...
FC...
Please... kill me...
I don't want you to suffer...

FC:
Let Ryoji live.

Transformed Ryoji:
.....
.....

[Ryoji transforms back]

Ryoji:
...I understand.
It's regrettable, but it's your life...
You can do what you want with it.
I will respect your decision.
.....
FC...
.....
Let's go back to the lounge.
I need to tell you guys how to confront Nyx.
Oh... I should say my farewell to you, shouldn't I? This is the last
time we'll be able to speak like this...
Thank you...
Goodbye...
And... I'm sorry...
I wish we could have had more time together...
...It as nice.
I'm glad we met...
I'm glad I knew you as Ryoji Mochizuki... I'm glad we could share
these last few moments together like this.
Thank you.

> Ryoji is smiling...

> Ryoji slipped off a ring that was on his finger.

Ryoji:
Could you... hold onto this?
It's proof that I was "human", for however short a time...
If you held onto it for me, I...
...I think I'll be able to stand it.

> You received Faint Glow Ring from Ryoji.

> You feel a strong, solid bond with Ryoji...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Ryoji:
I love you...
We should go back. The others will be worried, I'm sure...

> When you return to the lounge, your friends rush towards you,
relieved...

Junpei:
Yo! What's up, Ryoji?

Ryoji:
*sigh*
It's an unfortunate decision... but it is yours to make.

Yukari:
That's right.

Ryoji:
But you can't defeat Nyx... It's impossible.

Mitsuru:
But we must still try.

Akihiko:
Personally, I don't care if it is impossible.

Ryoji:
...I understand.
It's almost midnight, so I'll keep this brief.
I'll tell you where to find Nyx.
You'll find her... at the top of Tartarus.
On the promised day, you must journey to the top of the tower.

Yukari:
When's the promised day...

Ryoji:
Exactly one month from tomorrow...
January 31st, 2010.
Nyx will descend to Tartarus...
...and the world will end.

Junpei:
One month...

Ryoji:
Tartarus is a gigantic rift in the darkness of the night sky... It's
a beacon to guide Nyx.
With the Appriser's coming, Nyx learns that the way has been 
prepared, and descends there...
And this, the demise will come...

Akihiko:
So that's why it's called the Tower of Demise.
But what you're saying is, we can fight Nyx if we reach the top?

Ryoji:
That's right...
But remember.
From today, you'll fight against eternal despair.
Like I've said so many times before, Nyx cannot be defeated.
When you face her, you will finally understand this truth.
And then, you will realize what it is you are trying to stand 
against.

Mitsuru:
...We understand. There's no need to keep telling us.
January 31st... We won't forget that date.

Ryoji:
Well, I'll be going on ahead of you, then.
I want to leave you while I'm still in this form.

Fuuka:
Ryoji-kun...

Junpei:
.....

Ryoji:
Aigis... I'm sorry for all the pain and suffering I put you through.

Aigis:
I won't forget that you were my enemy... and my friend.

Yukari:
Aigis...

Ryoji:
Thank you.
This will probably be the last time I'll see you all like this.
But... I'll always be watching over you.
...Well, goodbye.
.....
Goodbye, FC...
My dearest...

[Ryoji opens the main door]

Ryoji:
Best wishes in the coming year.
That's what you say on New Year's Eve, right?
See ya!

> Ryoji left...

Junpei:
Heh, that Ryoji...

Mitsuru:
We have one month until January 31st...
Together, we'll reach the top.

> You made an important decision with everyone.

> You feel a strong bond with your friends...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

> You've made an important decision with your comrades.

> Your relationship with them has grown stronger, and reached a new
level of closeness...

> You have established the Nyx Annihilation Team Social Link of the
Judgement Arcana!

> A new year is about to begin...

> In one month, on January 31st, you will be able to face Nyx.

> You must reach the top of Tartarus by that day.

> This is the decision you have all made.

> .....

> 2009 is quietly drawing to a close; it was a year filled with many
memories...

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<1/1 F Early Morning>

[Someone knocks on your door]

Yukari:
Hellooooo? Are you up!?
Morning! Oh wait, I mean... Happy New Years!
Hey, you wanna come to the shrine with us?
Mitsuru-sempai prepared kimonos for us.

FC:
Ooh, let's go!

Yukari:
Then let's go get dressed! C'mon, the kimonos are in my room!

> It seems you'll be going to the shrine with Yukari and the others.

> A little while later, in the dormitory lounge...

> Ken came downstairs just as Akihiko was feeding Koromaru...

Ken:
Good morning.
Oh, um... Happy New Year, Sempai!

Akihiko:
Happy New Years to you too.

Ken:
Yeah.
Happy New Year to you too, Koro.

Koromaru:
Arf!

Junpei:
Oh man... I completely overslept. Why'd I stay up all night watching
that stupid movie...?
Did you guys see it? It had these giant Amazon women running around
in the jungle...

Akihiko:
Why would I watch that?

Ken:
Um, is anyone gonna visit the shrine?

Akihiko:
No. I don't believe in superstitions.

Junpei:
Me either...

Ken:
Oh, that's too bad. Yukari-san and the others are already there.
They're all wearing kimonos.

Junpei:
...Kimonos, huh?
...Uh, I'm gonna run to the store...

Akihiko:
Hold it right there, Junpei.

Junpei:
...Uhh, what?

Akihiko:
You're going to the shrine, aren't you?

Junpei:
N-No, I'm not... I'm just going for a walk...

Akihiko:
...Oh yeah?
Well, I'm going with you, then. I'm bored.

Ken:
...Oh, I'll go too!

Junpei:
Alright then, let's go.

Akihiko:
...Anyone know where it is?

Ken:
...Yeah, the girls told me the directions.

Junpei:
...Sweet!

<Daytime>

> Naganaki Shrine...

> The shrine is crowded with people visiting for New Years...

Yukari:
Have you decided what to wish for?

FC:
To get through the year.

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* So did I.
A common wish, but it holds a particularly important meaning this
year...

> You lined up with everyone and made your wishes...

Mitsuru:
There's nothing to worry about. I have the utmost certainty that we
can do this.

Yukari:
...Yeah.

Fuuka:
Oh, it's Junpei-kun and the others.

> Just as Fuuka mentioned, the guys came up the stairs and through
the entrance...

Yukari:
Happy New Year! Let's all do our very best this year!
But man, you guys are late.

Junpei:
Y-Yuka-tan...

Yukari:
Wh-What?

Mitsuru:
Happy New Year! ...Hm? What's the matter, Iori?

Junpei:
Mitsuru-sempai... You look hot...
I, um... heh... I mean...

Mitsuru:
S-Stop staring at me...

Fuuka:
Happy New Years, everyone.
I've never worn a kimono before...
Um, does my sash look okay?

Junpei:
Fuuka... You look... Wow!

Fuuka:
G-Geez...

Aigis:
This traditional clothing is quite interesting. However, it's 
difficult to move in...

Junpei:
A-Ai-chan... Considering what you usually wear, that looks even more
amazing on you!

Aigis:
I-Is that so...?
What is this odd sensation I feel...?

Junpei:
B-But man, I gotta say...
Um... You look pretty cute yourself, FC...

Akihiko:
FC...
..... (blush)
Oh, uh... I-It's nothing!

Ken:
You sure look beautiful, FC-san.
Heehee... This is... kind of embarrassing...

Junpei:
Ah... I'm so glad I came... New Year's kicks ass! Yah!

Aigis:
Junpei-san, why are you acting so strange?

Junpei:
Man, we got to see some great stuff today.
Right, Akihiko-sempai?

Akihiko:
Uh... I-I guess so.

Ken:
Hey, aren't you guys cold?

Yukari:
A little, but I love this time of year...

Ken:
Um, that's not what I meant...
Junpei-san said that you guys aren't wearing anything underneath 
your kimonos.

Fuuka:
He said WHAT...?

Junpei:
HUH!?

Yukari:
Wow, you've really taken Ken-kun under your wing, huh?

Junpei:
Nonono, wait, wa--

[Yukari smacks Junpei]

Junpei:
OW!

[A little while later]

Yukari:
So, did you guys finish making your wishes?

Junpei:
Of course we did.
Oh, but I ain't telling what I wished for.
I heard your wish won't come true if you tell anyone!

Fuuka:
...Isn't that what they say about prophetic dreams?

Yukari:
Eh, it's not like it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what
Junpei wished for.

Junpei:
Wh-What's up with that?
What, you think it's gonna be something like, "I wish to meet a hot
babe," huh?
Well, shows what you know! What I really wished for is--

Yukari:
The same thing we all did, right?
"I wish to prevent the Demise!"

Junpei:
Huh? Yeah...
Hehe... Let's nip it in the bud.

Fuuka:
Uh-huh!

Yukari:
Besides, don't you go for younger girls, anyway?

Junpei:
What!?

Yukari:
Whoa, did I guess right? ...Creepy.

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<1/8 F After School>

Junpei:
Hey, you busy?

> Junpei came over to talk to you...

Junpei:
Could you come with me for a sec?

FC:
Okay

Junpei:
Sweet, thanks.
It's a nice day out. Why don't we go up to the roof?

> Rooftop...

> You're alone with Junpei...

Jumpei:
It's almost Coming of Age Day, ya know.
I used to just think of it as a day off...
But now, I wonder if I'm even fonna live long enough to celebrate 
it...

FC:
Like you'd celebrate it.

Junpei:
What, you think I'm not ever gonna mature or something?
It's been pretty weird around here lately...
People have been passing out, others have gone missing... Dude, it's
crazy.
Sempai said it's because there are too many Shadow victims and the
memory revision can't keep up.
...It's all gotta be because of this Nyx.
.....
Oh, and have you heard about that doomsday cult?
They've been running around town telling everyone they see that the
end of the world is coming...
Man, we need to do something, and quick.

FC:
We're on the case.

Junpei:
Yeah...
But, it's not just Nyx, ya know... Two members of Strega are still
alive.
They haven't done anything yet, but I know they've gotta be planning
something.
And we need to take care of them, too.
Man... To think I'd end up trusting such a cutie with my life...
*laugh* I never would've imagined that happening last spring.
But then again, I never thought it would come to this.

> Junpei is looking far off into the distance...

Junpei:
Ya know, I don't think it's completely hit me yet...
It's just all so hard to believe...
But, that doesn't mean we should just sit around and wait for it to
happen.
You're pretty cool, man.
That thing was inside you for ten years, and you harnessed its power
and made it your own...

> Junpei turned to face you...

Junpei:
I know I've run my mouth a lot, since the day we met...
And yeah, maybe I called you "cutie" a couple of times, and you 
mighta thought I was making fun of you...
But I'm totally serious when I tell you I'd trust you with my life.
I'm... glad to know you.
It's embarrassing to say it, but... that's really how I feel.
We'll always be friends, right? I mean, even after this is all over?

-------

FC:
More like best friends?

Junpei:
Best friends...
Hehe... I'm kinda embarrassed to say so, but I like the sound of 
that.

> You exchanged a firm handshake with Junpei...

-------

FC:
Just friends?

Junpei:
...What do you mean?
Oh, I get you, Like, "What kind of friends will we be once all is 
said and done?"
I guess we'd be... "dorm friends"? That doesn't sound so hot...
Best friends, then! Yeah, that sounds about right!

> Junpei gives a carefree laugh...

FC:
Friends? Not lovers...?

Junpei:
Huh...?
.....
Wh...WHAT!?
C-C'mon, that's not funny...

FC:
I wasn't joking...

Junpei:
.....
O-Okay then...
Um...
.....
Don't get me wrong, I'm really glad to hear you say so.
But... I'm not sure if I'm ready for something like that yet...
I mean, nothing personal. I think you're a great girl, and super
cute...
...
But... sorry.
I can't really think about stuff like that just yet...
I... want to give you a straight answer someday. Like, I'd hate to 
leave something like this hanging...
Haha, but straight up, you can do better than to settle for a guy
like me, right?
...Then again, guess that's your call, huh? Haha...

> .....

> You told Junpei of your feelings for him, but as expected, he told
you he can't think about such things now...

> ...In any event, you decide to focus on the day of the decisive
battle that draws nearer...

> ...You shared your determination for the battle to go well and 
left Junpei with a firm handshake...

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<1/12 Tu Evening>

> When you returned to the dormitory, Junpei greeted you like he was
waiting for you...

Junpei:
Oh, there you are.
We're all going to Hagakure. Wanna come?

FC:
Definitely!

Junpei:
Wow, that was easy.
...Akihiko-san's buying. Him and me had a little bet at Yakushima.
I can't really go into details, but in the end, I guess you're the
one who actually won.
Haha, and you didn't even know you were part of it!
Well, I don't look a gift horse in the mouth, y'know? Anyways, I've
just been waiting for you to get back.
Everyone else already left, so we gotta jet!

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> Akihiko, Aigis and Yukari are already sitting there.

Yukari:
Is the special okay for everyone?

FC:
Yep, sounds good!

Yukari:
Okay, five specials, please!

Junpei:
Man, this is awesome!
Akihiko-san's NEVER treated us all to ramen before.

Akihiko:
Hey, why do I have to treat everyone?
My bet was only with Junpei...

Junpei:
Tch, not this again...
Come on, Akihiko-san, a bet's a bet. Pay up!

Akihiko:
Alright, alright! I never said I wouldn't.
... What's wrong, Aigis? You doubting me too?

Aigis:
No, but...
Have you seen the magazine on that counter?
There's an article in it that looks highly disturbing...

Yukari:
Which magazine?

Aigis:
It's this one...
"Emergence of a Messiah: The Charismatic One Speaks"

> Aigis brought over the magazine and handed it to Akihiko...

Yukari:
It must be about that doomsday cult. They're all over the Internet,
too.

Akihiko:
.....?
Hey, look at the photo in this! Check out the so-called 
"Messiah"...!

Junpei:
Wh-What the!?
I-Is that Takaya!?

> Takaya is indeed grinning provocatively in the article's photo...

Akihiko:
...I thought something was up. So, Strega's behind that cult...
Tch, I've lost my appetite.

> Disgusted, Akihiko passed the magazine back to Aigis...

Aigis:
Listed to what he says...
"Mankind is currently imprisoned by the sins of hate and anger."
"But soon, a savior will descend upon this world to break the chains
that bind us, and lift us to new heights."
"This great being is Nyx. I have beheld her glory, and she has 
blessed me with power beyond belief."
"In Nyx there is no pain... no suffering..."

Junpei:
How the hell does he know about Nyx!?

Yukari:
Wait, he's saying that Nyx will save the world!? That's not true!

Akihiko:
I don't think he really means what he's saying. This is all just a 
game to him.

Junpei:
That son of a bitch...

[Aigis flips the page]

Aigis:
"But, there are those who do not understand this truth, even though
they have also been blessed by her."
"They have acquired the same power as I; yet they abuse it, using it
for their own personal gain."
"These miscreants are the ones to blame for the recent tragedies 
that have been plagueing our streets."

Junpei:
Wait, is he talking about us!?

Yukari:
Shhh! Not so loud!

Junpei:
Oh, sorry, Hey, what's up with them calling him the "charismatic 
one"?
How'd he get so popular all of a sudden!?

Akihiko:
Well, Jin's pretty well-known on the Internet...
He's probably pretty good at stirring up trouble.

Yukari:
Yeah, I bet he orchestrated Takaya's rise to fame...
Ugh, those two make me sick...

[Aigis flips the page]

Aigis:
"Brothers and sisters, I shall go forth to make preparations for 
Nyx's arrival..."
"But, do not fear those evildoers who desecrate their gifts. Nyx 
shall right their wrongs."
"May your hearts be filled with peace as you await your salvation."
"Blessed are those who take joy in the coming of Nyx."
"The revolution is here!"

Junpei:
"Revolution"!? People can't seriously be buying this crap, can 
they?

Aigis:
Throughout history, those who have changed the future have often
been highly charismatic...
...That's the end of the article.
It appears that after the interview, Jin and Takaya disappeared 
again.

Akihiko:
Well, there's only one place they could've gone-- Tartarus.
They must've been planning this all along.

Aigis:
Takaya's words have changed the mood of the entire city.
Even though they won't admit it, they are all afraid...

Yukari:
Yeah...
I mean, why else would people believe this nonsense Takaya's 
preaching?

Akihiko:
I guess people just need something to believe in.

Junpei:
Well, no wonder there's a sense of doom in the air... We're all 
gonna die.

Aigis:
But, is that so surprising?
The fact that all life ends one day has nothing to do with Nyx.
Death is a natural occurrence in the cycle of life. Don't all humans
realize this?

Yukari:
I guess...

Junpei:
To tell you the truth, I never even would've thought about my own
death if none of this had happened.
But since we've made up our minds, why don't we just leave it at
that?
Our objective is Nyx. If Strega gets in our way, we'll just have to
deal with them too.

Akihiko:
I agree.
We'll probably run into them at Tartarus anyways...
However you look at it, we're the obstacle standign in their way.

Yukari:
The promised day will soon be here...

FC:
We'll do what we can.

Akihiko:
Yeah, you're right.

Junpei:
Alright, and if that's the case, then we're gonna need lots of 
energy! Let's eat!
Excuse me! I'd like to order a Hagakure Bowl!

Yukari:
Junpei, don't forget you're having half of Aigis' food too.

Junpei:
Oh, don't worry. I'm starving.

Akihiko:
...You just better eat it all.

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<1/21 Th After School>

> Mitsuru came into the classroom...

Mitsuru:
I'm sorry to ask so suddenly, but... Can you come with me, FC?
There's... something we need to discuss.

Junpei:
Uhhh, you want all of us, or just her?

Mitsuru:
Just her for now...

> .....?

> You wonder what she wants with just you...

> Regardless, you decided to follow her...

Mitsuru:
Come with me to the Student Council Room...

[The both of you walk off]

Yukari:
Isn't it... kinda weird that she'd only want to talk to her?

Junpei:
Probably some big, important Student Council business. Ehh...

Yukari:
Maybe so, but... Sempai was acting a little weird...
She had that look she gets when she's keeping some terrible secret.

Junpei:
Ahh, you worry too much.
Well, if the high muckety-mucks don't need us, might as well go 
home.

Yukari:
Hey, wait a second, Junpei. According to the seating chart, if she's
not here, you have to clean up for her.
Have fun sweeping the hallway!

Junpei:
Whaaat!? Where did that rule come from!?

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> There is no one here but you and Mitsuru...

Mitsuru:
There's something you have to know.
Do you remember the girl named Chidori, who was with Strega?
I don't mean to alarm you, but...
The fact is... there's a chance that she may wake up today.

> .....!?

> Chidori might wake up...?

Mitsuru:
I know what you're going to say... And yes, we did see her die in 
front of our eyes.
However... her body began to undergo Transmogrification a few days
after the incident.
For the past few weeks, she has been in a state that is neither 
living nor dead.

FC:
How did this happen...?

Mitsuru:
I don't know.
It may be related to her Persona abilities, but that's mere 
speculation.
But what I wanted to talk to you about... is your opinion on how to
break the news to Iori.
You see, she's probably--

> Mitsuru's cell phone rang.

Mitsuru:
Mitsuru here.
...I see.
...Yes, I understand.

[Mitsuru hung up]

Mitsuru:
That was the hospital.
They say she's just awakened.
It's unbelievable... but although we had confirmed her death, it
seems Chidori has come back to life--

[Junpei enters the room]

Junpei:
D-Did I hear that right...?

Mitsuru:
Iori...!?

Junpei:
Chidori is...?
Huh...? I-Is this a joke? Some kinda trick...?

Mitsuru:
No... it's not a joke, or a trick. She is currently recovering in 
the same hospital as before.
But... Iori... She probably...

Junpei:
Chidori...
Chidori's... alive...?
.....

> Junpei ran off.

Yukari's Voice:
Uh, hey, Junpei! What about your cleanup duty!?
Geez... what's gotten into him?

Mitsuru:
FC...
Well, I guess it's a moot point now...
But... perhaps it's best that he found out this way.
I think I'll head to the hospital after this, too. Could I ask you
to come along?

> You decided to go to Tatsumi Memorial Hospital with everyone...

> Chidori's room at Tatsumi Memorial Hospital...

> You caught up to Junpei, who was taking deep breaths outside the
room, and pulled him inside...

Junpei:
.....

Chidori:
.....?

> Chidori is sitting in bed, looking thinner than before, but with a
healthy complexion...

Chidori's Doctor:
Her damaged endocrine system and other internal organs have 
completely healed.
She's still weak... but there's no more danger of her dying in two 
years.

Junpei:
Is it... really you, Chidori?
I'm no dreaming... am I...?

Chidori:
Dreaming...?

Junpei:
*sniff*
It's true... It is you... Chidori...

Chidori:
.....
Who... are you?

Junpei:
Huh...? What...?

Mitsuru:
I thought as much...
Transmogrification is the proof that one lacks "potential"... I
suspected that this might be the case.

Chidori's Doctor:
This is Mitsuru-san and Junpei-kun. They were your friends last
year.

Chidori:
Friends...?
.....
...My name is Chidori Yoshino.
I'm sorry... It hasn't quite hit me yet, but it seems I don't 
remember any of the past few years...
It's as if... I was dreaming for a very long time.

Junpei:
Chidori... Yoshino...

Chidori's Doctor:
It seems all of her memories after she awakened to her Persona are
gone...
She remembers everything that happened before then, but as for you
all...

Junpei:
.....

Mitsuru:
Iori...

Junpei:
Nah... I think... It's better for her that she doesn't remember.
All that stuff about fighting, and pills...
When you're having a nightmare... It ain't a bad thing to wake up.

Chidori:
I didn't say it was a nightmare. Don't put words in my mouth.
It was a dream of meeting a kind warm person at the end of a long
tunnel...
I can't remember it clearly... But I wanted him to be happy, and 
I...
I think... there were flowers... A room filled with them...
Ngh...

Junpei:
Chidori! Take it easy. You don't have to force yourself to remember.

Chidori's Doctor:
Flowers in a room...
If she remembers that part clearly, then maybe...

Mitsuru:
...?

Chidori's Doctor:
Do you remeber when she'd use her power from time to time to make
flowers bloom again?
She'd always do it for the flowers in her room on the days when
Junpei-kun would come.
Any flower she touched would be mysteriously preserved...
That's why I kept tham all, for research purposes.
But after the autopsy... I put them all on her chest as a tribute.
And thinking back on it, it may have been that night that she began
to Transmogrify...

Mitsuru:
The power to share one's life with others...
Could it be that she reclaimed the life energ she'd given to those
flowers...?

Chidori's Doctor:
Well, I can't prove any of it...
But compared to how she was before, she's changed. The loss of her
power is part of it, but more than that--

Chidori:
Excuse me... Are you talking about me?

Chidori's Doctor:
We were talking about how you want to live now...

Chidori:
Huh...? What do you mean by that? Of course I want to live.
I have to find the person in my dream someday... I can't lie in this
bed forever.

Mitsuru:
Supposing you do find him and meet him... what then?

Chidori:
That's...
.....
That's none of your business.

Junpei:
Chidori...

Mitsuru:
Two hearts reunited... it's a miracle.
No... it's a victory.

Junpei:
*sob* Chidori...

Chidori:
H-Hey... Why are you crying?

Junpei:
I-I can't help it...
Th-This...
This is seriously the happiest moment in my life...!
Waaahhhh...

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* Small surprise...
.....?

Yukari's Voice:
*sob*

Fuuka's Voice:
*sob*

> You can hear sniffling from outside the hospital room...

Mitsuru:
*chuckle*

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<1/25 M After School>

> Gekkoukan High School's faculty office...

> You're here for your academic counseling with Ms Toriumi...

Ms. Toriumi:
Let's begin, shall we?
I don't have much to say, though. In the end, it's your decision.
Alright, first question...
Are you planning on going to college after you graduate, or entering
the workforce?

FC:
I want to go to college.

Ms. Toriumi:
...I see.
Well, if you've given serious thought to your decision, then I 
believe that is what you should do.
Now, it's important to keep in mind that this decision is yours, and
yours alone.
If someone else makes it for you, you'll regret it later.
And then you'll have to live with the consequences, whatever they
may be.
But, to be honest, I'm quite confident in you.
You've really matured over this last year.
I'm sure you're aware of it as well.
...What do you think has helped to bring about this change the most?

FC:
Responsibility

Ms. Toriumi:
...I see.
Well, whatever the reason, you should be proud of the young woman 
you've become.
That's all for now. I hope you have a successful senior year.
Let's see, uh... who's next?
...Ah, Aigis-san.
Would you mind letting her know?
Thank you.

> Gekkoukan High School, rooftop...

> Aigis is sitting there by herself.

FC:
Something troubling you?

Aigis:
.....?
I'm sorry I went off on my own...
...It's nothing, really. I just needed some time to think...

> Aigis seems to be lost in thought.

Aigis:
When I finally calmed down after New Year's, I realized something...
When I fought Ryoji...
...I got really scared when my consciousness began to fade.
But, that wasn't all...
I was also confused and embarrassed when I realized I couldn't
defeat him...
But, I couldn't defeat him ten years ago either, and I didn't have 
those feelings then...
I... I really have changed...

FC:
That's a good thing.

Aigis:
I've been thinking a lot about this change that's occurred in me.
You know, in the past if I didn't understand something, I would just
ask someone to explain it to me.
But since I've decided to "live," no one's been able to answer the
questiosn I have been facing...
However, there is one thing I've come to understand.
The reason why I wanted to be close to you was so I could monitor
"Death"...
But...

FC:
What is it?

Aigis:
Even though "Death" is gone now, I...
I still want to be by your side...
I still don't know what it means to "live" yet.
But, I want to learn the answer.
And I think I can, if I'm with you...
So, please! Please take me with you!
I may not be strong enough... but I'll fight with you to the end!
Please...

FC:
We'll get there together!

Aigis:
...!
Thank you...!

> Aigis nodded strongly and clasped your hand...

> ...You suddenly remembered that Ms. Toriumi is waiting to meet 
with Aigis.

> You leave the rooftop with Aigis.

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<1/31 Su Early Morning>

> Today is the promised day.

> At last, you can confront Nyx at the top of Tartarus.

> You suspect that once you enter Tartarus tonight, you won't be 
able to leave until the battle is over.

<Evening>

> The dormitory command room...

> Everyone is gathered with solemn looks on their faces...

Mitsuru:
Alright... This will probably be the last time we meet like this.
...Is everyone ready?

Yukari:
...U-Um, can I say something?
I know that we have to defeat Nyx...
But if you think about it, that means we'll be getting rid of the
Dark Hour...
Ryoji-kun said before that if he dies, our memories will disappear
too...
So if we defeat Nyx... we might not remember any of this.

Fuuka:
Our memories...

Mitsuru:
True... our memories regarding the Dark Hour and our Personas...
They... may disappear.

Akihiko:
.....

Yukari:
But, even if that happens... I want you all to know, I won't forget
you!
Even if it robs us of all of our memories together... I will still
remember you all!

Junpei:
*laugh* We know you will, Yuka-tan!

FC:
No need to worry about that!

Fuuka:
I won't forget you, either!

Ken:
Neither will I!

Aigis:
I will not forget you, Yukari-san.

Mitsuru:
Don't worry, even if you do forget about us, I'll remind you.

Akihiko:
...Yeah, so don't worry about it.

Yukari:
Oh, I'm so glad to hear that...

Junpei:
Okay!
Then, after the battle, no matter what happens, let's promise to 
meet each other again!

Ken:
Good idea! But, where should we meet?

Fuuka:
I don't think it should be the dorm... We'll come back here anyways
if all goes well...
Hey, shouldn't we also decide on when we'll meet?

Akihiko:
Yeah, it should be a special day...

Yukari:
What about Graduation Day?
When the Dark Hour vanishes, our memories might not disappear right
away.
So we shouldn't plan to meet too soon after the battle.
And there's no day that will have more significance to us all.

Ken:
Wow... You're really smart, Yukari-san!
Graduation Day...! Yes, that will be easy to remember.

Junpei:
Yeah, that's probably our best bet... Graduation Day it is!
Now, where should we meet?

Mitsuru:
It should be somewhere where it's easy to recognize that peace has
returned to the city.

Ken:
Someplace with a good view, then? Um...

Fuuka:
...Oh, how about the school's roof?

Junpei:
Ooh, good idea!
Alright, the roof it is!

Mitsuru:
And when we meet again...
...we should remember how we're feeling right now...
That no matter what may happen, we will never look back...

Yukari:
...I agree.

Koromaru:
Arf!

Mitsuru:
*laugh* Sorry, but you'll just have to wait!
Alright then, let's get going.

FC:
Let's go, everyone!

Yukari:
...Yeah!

Fuuka:
...Together.

Aigis:
...I will do my best.

Junpei:
Good, cuz I'm counting on ya!

Akihiko:
...This is going to be easy.

Mitsuru:
...Yes it is.

<Dark Hour Tartarus>

> You sense someone's presence...

Jin:
So, you came after all...

Akihiko:
You...!?
Where's your partner?

Jin:
Takaya went on ahead of me.
He's destined for greater things.
So, it looks like you're serious about fighting Nyx.

Fuuka:
How do you know about Nyx...?

Jin:
I pieced together the information Ikutsuki left behind.
But, not all of it made sense... He was a read nutjob.

Yukari:
Did you know Ikutsuki?

Jin:
We were surprised to find out he was your boss.
We really only knew his name...
He was just one of the researchers who created us.

Mitsuru:
He "created" you!?

Fuuka:
Who are you!?

Jin:
Heh... There's no use in telling you... The end is near.

Mitsuru:
We don't have time for this... Get out of our way.

Jin:
Can't do that, little lady...
There's no way you'll be able to stop Nyx...
But, I can't let you interfere with Takaya's wish.

Yukari:
Do you even understand what you're saying!?
If Nyx isn't stopped, all life will be destroyed!

Jin:
Exactly.
We won't live much longer... and we want to see the end before we
die.
That is Takaya's wish... so I'm not backing down.

Fuuka:
But...

Jin:
Enough talk.
Let's do this.

[After the battle]

Jin:
Ugh... I failed... Ngh...

[Jin collapses]

Jin:
What're you waiting for...? Finish me off!
I would do anything for Takaya...

Akihiko:
Why are you so loyal to him?

Jin:
Heh... You wouldn't understand...
Takaya showed me the light when I was in the darkness...
It was a long time ago...
In order to better understand the Dark Hour...
Kirijo rounded up kids that were living on the streets, and gave 
them special powers...
...so they could investigate Tartarus.

Mitsuru:
What...?

Jin:
But, when that power doesn't emerge naturally, it's difficult to
control.
So the kids had to take experimental medication so their powers 
wouldn't kill them.
Only three kids out of the original hungred survived, and after six
months, the experiment was cancelled.

Fuuka;
Then, those three were...

Mitsuru:
You all suffered at the hands of Kirijo...

Jin:
Takaya saved me from it all...
He said, "Don't let the past control you, and don't look to the 
future; simply live in the moment..."
To be honest, I don't even care about Kirijo anymore.
But, Takaya's wish... must be... fulfilled...!

Yukari:
You...

> The Shadows are beginning to surround you!

Akihiko:
Tch! We were here too long!

Mitsuru:
We're running out of time! We have to go! Now!

Junpei:
But... we can't...

Jin:
You idiots! I don't want your pity...!

Mitsuru:
.....

> Mitsuru turned around and headed for the floor above...

Ken:
.....

Koromaru:
*whimper*

> Ken and Koromaru headed upstairs as well...

Fuuka:
B-But...

Akihiko:
No hesitation. If we don't defeat Nyx, then this was all for 
nothing.

Yukari:
A-Alright...

Junpei:
...Dammit...

FC:
...Let's go.

Fuuka:
...Yeah.

> Fuuka and the others headed upstairs as well...

Aigis:
.....

Akihiko:
Aigis... It's time to go.

> Everyone headed to the floor above...

[The Shadows approach]

Jin:
Look at all of 'em, crawling out with those nasty faces...
Heh... I won't let you eat me...
I believe in you, Takaya... Fulfill your wish...
I will hold on to the freedom you gave me to the very end...!

[Jin detonates a bomb]

> A loud explosion sounded from below...

Junpei:
Hey... was that...?
Did he...!?

Akihiko:
Don't look...!

Mitsuru:
.....
...Let's go.

> Tartarus, top floor...

> Just as you expected, Takaya is waiting for you...

Akihiko:
Is the top of Tartarus past here?

Takaya:
Indeed.

Akihiko:
Then, let us through.

Takaya:
I am not standing in your way.
I take it you have defeated Jin... You are quite troublesome.
What is it that you seek? These are your final moments...
The end is nigh.

Akihiko:
Sorry...
But, we're not gonna let that happen!

Takaya:
You are merely wasting your energy...
Why not celebrate this wonderful moment?
What better way could you spend your final moments together?

Yukari:
Will you shut up already!?

Takaya:
My life was stolen from me... And in its place, I was given a power
I never asked for...
And so, I learned that the future is only a delusion.
Only by striving to live every moment to its fullest can the soul
truly be satisfied.
That is why we welcome this glorious revelation, to shine a light 
upon this darkened world!

Junpei:
You're so full of shit!
I'm not dying so you can have a friggin' night-light!

Takaya:
This is not merely my desire.
There are many who have also gathered to rejoice in her arrival.

Fuuka:
That's just because all these weird things have been happening...!

Takaya:
That is untrue...
Who is responsible for reviving Nyx? Can a single person boast of 
this great accomplishment?

Aigis:
.....

Takaya:
You all worked tirelessly to prevent it, and yet in doing so, you
unwittingly aided in her coming...
So you see, this is not just my will; it is the will of all people.
Man cannot face death without first finding meaning in life...
But the world has realized that any meaning in life was lost long
ago...
Nyx has come because humanity has cried out for her salvation!

Fuuka:
That can't be...!

Ken:
I-I don't believe you! Who would ever wish for Nyx to come!?

Aigis:
And yet, there is truth in what he says...

Yukari:
Aigis...

Aigis:
To live a still life, never searching for one's purpose, going into
a still death... to avoid pain above all...
I don't know if this can be called right or wrong.
But as for myself, I wouldn't want to live that way...
I want to live for a reason, and to live for others... That's why I
came all this way.
That, for me, is what it is to live.

Mitsuru:
We are not alone. What is impossible for one become feasible with 
the help of one's friends.
You lack such things; thus, the coming Demise appears as salvation
to you.
In choosing solitude over bonds with others, you are limited by your
own abilities. We have no such limits.

Takaya:
.....
What utter foolishness...!
Those who rush into battle where death is certain are denying the 
Demise!
Very well then... If you insist on proving the superiority of your
way, I shall do the same!
But whatever the outcome, your actions are pointless... Nyx's advent
is but moments away!
*laugh*
Ahahahahahhahaa!!

[Takaya attacks]

> Takaya is collapsed on the floor, but he's smiling...

Takaya:
I have failed... haven't I...?

Akihiko:
.....

Takaya:
There is nothing more I can do...
Now... kill me.

FC:
Don't do anything

Aigis:
...Are you scared?

Takaya:
...What a peculiar question.
You know nothing of death, if you think that it is something to 
fear...

Aigis:
What do you mean?

Takaya:
You fear it because you do not understand it...
...I will not explain to you any further.

Aigis:
.....

> Aigis is quietly looking down at Takaya...

Mitsuru:
There's no honor in taking the life of someone who can't move.
You will live to see if what you wished for comes true or not.

Junpei:
Yeah, lie there and repent for what you've done.

Takaya:
*laugh* You are all so odd...

> .....

> Everyone is looking up beyond the stairway...

Mitsuru:
We're finally here...
Up ahead is the top of Tartarus...
The promised place Ryoji spoke of.
...Let's regroup for the final battle.

> Tartarus' peak...

Mitsuru:
We finally reached the top.

Yukari:
Hey, look at the sky!
The moon's... warped...!?

Fuuka:
Something's coming!

Akihiko:
Is it Nyx!?

Fuuka:
I can sense it even without my Persona. This is the first time 
that's ever happened...

[Nyx Avatar descends]

Aigis:
You...

Yukari:
Huh!? Ryoji-kun...!?

Nyx Avatar:
That was my name for a time...
I didn't mind it.

Mitsuru:
What's going on? Wait, are you...?

Nyx Avatar:
I am merely a harbringer of the Fall... Though it would be more
correct to say that is what I once was.
There is no longer a distinction to be made between Nyx and 
myself...

Akihiko:
Is that so...? Well regardless, I don't regret my decision.
I'll defeat you, no matter what you are!

Nyx Avatar:
I see... Then, you must already know.
What people fear most... What they try to ignore...
That is what I am.

Ken:
We know that already.

Akihiko:
Yeah... Everyone does.

Mitsuru:
It's the one certainty for all living things...

Nyx Avatar:
Then you must also understand that it is futile to resist.
Will you still face me? There must be trembling in your hearts...

Junpei:
Yeah, of course I'm scared...
But who cares about that right now? I got too much to live for!

Yukari:
I'm not gonna live in fear anymore!
Being really alive means not turning away from death...
So I won't turn and cower, not even to you!

Aigis:
...I will stop you, even if I must sacrifice myself to do so. I do
this of my own choice!

Nyx Avatar:
...I see.

FC:
Everyone, let's go!

Nyx Avatar:
Come to me, FC...

[Nyx Avatar flaps his wings]

Fuuka:
Get ready, everyone!
Nyx... she's coming!
I'm also sensing multiple Shadows approaching from the lower floors!

Mitsuru:
Standby team, intercept those Shadows!
This is the final battle...
Failure is not an option!

[During Battle]

[Fool]
Nyx Avatar:
The moment man devoured the fruit of knowledge, he sealed his 
fate...
Entrusting his future to the cards, man clings to a dim hope.
Yes, the Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Attaining one's dream requires a stern will and unfailing 
determination.

[Magician]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
The silent voice within one's heart whispers the most profound
wisdom.

[Priestess]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Celebrate life's grandeur... its brilliance... its magnificence...

[Empress]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Only courage in the face of doubt can lead one to the answer...

[Emperor]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
It is indeed a precious gift to understand the forces that guide
oneself...

[Hierophant]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
There is both joy and wonder in coming to understand another...

[Lovers]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
One of life's greatest blessings is the freedom to pursue one's 
goals.

[Chariot]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
To find the one true path, one must seek guidance amidst 
uncertainty...

[Justice]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
It requires great courage to look at oneself honestly, and forge 
one's own path...

[Hermit]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Alongside time exists fate, the bearer of cruelty.

[Fortune]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Only with strength can one endure suffering and torment.

[Strength]
The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
In the face of disaster lies opportunity for renewal.

[Hanged Man]
The moment man devoured the fruit of knowledge he sealed his fate...
Entrusting his future to the cards, man clings to a dim hope.
Yes, the Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Beyond the beaten path lies the absolute end.
It matters not who you are... Death awaits you.

[Death]
You cannot avoid death. To live is to die; they are one and the 
same.
Let us finish this. It is the path of your choosing.

[After the battle]

Mitsuru:
...Did we do it?

[Nyx Avatar slowly gets up and ascends to the sky]

Nyx Avatar:
Such a pity...
You understand fate, yet you still fight against it with all your
will...
If more people were like you, then perhaps the Fall could have been
prevented...
...but it's too late now.

[The moon cracks open]

Fuuka:
Th-The moon...!

Yukari:
What is that!?

Fuuka:
Ryoji-kun's being swallowed up by the moon...
Wait... no, that's not it! Is the moon getting closer!?

[Nyx Avatar shoots a beam of light to the structure in the moon]

Akihiko:
Wait just a second here... Is the moon itself Nyx!?

Aigis:
Soon...
It will soon descend... upon us all.

> Meanwhile, at Tatsumi Port Island...

[There was a flash]

Young Woman:
...Huh?

Brown-Haired Man:
I thought I was...

> Though the Dark Hour has yet to end, the people's 
Transmogrifications are wearing off...

Young Man:
Whoa, what the hell is that!?
What's that awful-looking tower doing there!?

Bespectacled Man:
Never mind that, look at the moon!
Am I crazy, or is it getting closer!? I-It's falling out of the sky!

Believer:
Amazing... Look at the moon...
Hahaha, this is incredible! The end of the world's really come...!
It's here at last!
Hahaha... Ahahahahhaa!
...Urgh!

[Shadows start attacking]

Young Woman:
Eeeeek!

Brown-Haired Man:
R-Run! It's a monster!

Terrified Man:
I-It's the end! The world is ending!

Quivering Man:
No, no... This is all a dream... If I can just wake up...

> Countless yells and screams fill the city...

> All hell has broken loose...

Natsuki:
Okay, gotta stay calm.
...Just like Fuuka was when she saved me...
I'm the one who said we'll always be connected...
...That's how I know you're still hanging in there, Fuuka.
I'm scared as hell right now...
...but I won't give up!
Right, Fuuka!?

> Tartarus' peak...

> You can hear the pandemonium in the city...

Fuuka:
.....!?
Something's coming from the moon!

[Something impacted against the earth]

Akihiko:
Agh...!

Ken:
What is this...!? It's like something's crushing me...!

Yukari:
Ngh... This is... nothing...!

[Someone approaches]

Takaya:
Ha... Haha... Hahahahaha!
How marvelous! I cannot believe the moment has finally arrived!

> Takaya has come crawling from the floor below...

Ken:
You...!

Junpei:
Shuddup... you bastard!

Takaya:
Death will be patient no longer... Can't you see that? Why continue
to struggle...?

Aigis:
I will never give up... Never!

[Another shockwave comes from the moon]

Takaya:
Everything will disappear...
Jin...

> Takaya slowly closed his eyes...

Ken:
Ugh...!

Nyx Avatar:
Why...? What good will it do it rise up?
Give in...

Junpei:
Nuh-uh... I'm not backing down!

Yukari:
My mind's made up! I'm in this to the end!

Junpei:
Raaaaagh!

[There is another shockwave] 

Ken:
Agh...!

[Ken collapses]

Akihiko:
Ken!?
...Argh!

[Akihiko collapses]

Yukari:
Ngh...!

[Yukari collapses]

Fuuka:
Ugh!

[Fuuka collapses]

Junpei:
...Dammit...!

[Junpei collapses]

Mitsuru:
We've come this far... I refuse to submit!

[There is yet another shockwave]

[You collapsed]

> .....

> Your consciousness is fading...

Akihiko's Voice:
FC...!

Ken's Voice:
FC...san...

Aigis:
FC-san...!

<The Velvet Room>

> This is...

> The Velvet Room...?

Igor:
There's no need to worry.
This isn't the afterlife... You're still alive.
Do you remember what I once told you...?
...How the strength of your Social Links will determine your 
potential?
Listen... Can you hear the many voices?
Each one's power is limited... Yet, they all reach out to you...
Can you feel them?

FC:
Yes, I sense them...

Igor:
Close your eyes and listen carefully... Their voices may be faint,
but certainly you hear them...

> A mysterious mass of energy is gathering in Igor's hands...

> The powerful emotions of your friends are flowing into your 
heart...

Hidetoshi:
I know you're facing a difficult task...
But, I truly believe that you can overcome any obstacle.

Bunkichi:
Something frightful's going on... but we won't give up.

Mitsuko:
That's right, dear... FC-chan wouldn't want us to lose hope...

Saori:
I know in my heart, FC-chan... You're doing all you can right now,
aren't you?
You always helped me out. Now it's my turn to help you...

Rio:
FC... Things are going crazy right now, and I'm scared... but I'll
be alright.
I can feel from here that you're doing your best...
You have to believe... that you're not alone either...

Maiko:
Everyone else is scared, but not me...
You showed me how to be tough!
I won't give up.

Bebe:
FC-sama... 'ow are you doing? I 'ope you are okay...
I am 'ere for you... like you were zere for me!

President Tanaka:
What on earth made me think of you at a time like this...?
Well, I suppose you did teach me a thing or two about loyalty...

Mutatsu:
You must be fightin' the good fight right about now...
Well, you taught me that runnin' away never solves nothin'...
...so I'm here for ya, kid.

Akinari:
I know I'm not the only one who's suffered... You've endured a lot,
too...
But, you can't just give up... You taught me that.

Igor:
Can you hear them?
These are the voices of hope that wish to help you...
Separately, they are weak... But together, they will bring about a
great change in you.
Now is the time to draw on the true strength of the bonds you have
forged!

[There is a card spinning in the midst of the energy mass]

Igor:
I never dreamed of seeing that card with my own eyes...
This is indeed a surprise...
Behold the last power you and I shall unveil...
It is the power to bring about a new beginning, or the ultimate end.
It may be possible now, with this newfound power...
You may be able to defeat the one who cannot be defeated.
What you have in your hands is the power of the Universe...
...Nothing is outside the realm of possibility for you now.

> Through the strength of the bonds you formed, you obtained the
Universe...

Theo:
We will soon reach your destination.

Igor:
It seems that, in addition to Death, fate has also dealt you the 
wild card.
...You must accept your destiny.
Our contract has been fulfilled... I have completed my role as well.
...You were truly a remarkable guest.

[The back of the Velvet room opens and you are kneeling in front of
the moon]

> Tartarus' peak...

> Under the intense waves of power from the falling "moon" that are
crushing your friends...

> Everyone is fighting it with all their might...

> But...

[You stand up]

Yukari:
.....!?
How... can you move...!?

> Your body feels light...

[You look at the moon and start glowing. You then float towards the
moon]

Akihiko:
FC...!
Wait... Are you going to go alone!?

Aigis:
Don't go!

Yukari:
No way... Why!?

Junpei:
Dammit... Why the hell can't we stand up!?

Yukari:
Wait... please... we've been through too much together...!

Junpei:
Urgh... Dammit!

Yukari:
I said, WAIT!
Come back, you idiot!

> You began to gloat towards the coruscating pool of power in the
sky...

> Into Nyx...

[You falter from Nyx's attacks, but your friends' voices sustains 
you]

[You seal Nyx using your life]

Yukari:
Where are we...?

Mitsuru:
Did Nyx create this place? ...Or, was it her?

Akihiko:
Is she alright, Fuuka!? What happened!?

Fuuka:
Everything was engulfed by a bright light... I don't sense her.

Ken:
Don't tell me she...

Junpei:
No! That can't be!
Try again! She can't be the only one...!

Fuuka:
.....

Junpei:
You gotta be kidding me...

Akihiko:
Dammit... Not again...!

Mitsuru:
We all decided to put our lives on the line...
In fact, we came here knowing we would most likely die.

Aigis:
How could I be so powerless...?
This is what I was trying to prevent!


Yukari:
You're there, aren't you!? I know you are!
I refuse to believe that you're gone!
Answer me!
I know you can hear me!

Aigis:
We're here! Please let us hear your voice!

> Everyone is desperately called out to you.

FC:
It's alright...

Aigis:
.....!?

Yukari:
.....!?

Familiar Voice:
...Don't worry.

Akihiko:
That voice...!?

Familiar Voice:
I will sleep once again.
Normal days will return to this universe, for you... and for her.

Yukari:
.....!

Familiar Voice:
She's found the answer to life's greatest question.
It just happened a bit sooner than it will for the rest of you.

Aigis:
Life's greatest question...

Familiar Voice:
Aigis... You'll find the answer one day as well.
You, too, are a precious living thing...
You just need to realize how the bonds of friendship have changed 
you...

Aigis:
The bonds... of friendship...

Familiar Voice:
The Dark Hour will soon vanish from this world...
All will truly be relinquished from its dominion, and the legacy of
life will continue.
Congratulations, you have the miracle you sought.
We shall meet again some day...

<Outside Tartarus>

Yukari:
Where is this...?
Huh? The entrance to Tartarus...? When did we...?
...Wait, look!

[The bells start chiming]

Junpei:
H-Hey, check out Tartarus...!

Mitsuru:
It's disintegrating... disappearing into the sky...

Akihiko:
.....

[The Dark Hour ends]

Yukari:
At last... the school's finally gonna be back to normal...

Mitsuru:
It's over...

Aigis:
Ah...!
Look...!
FC-san...!

Yukari:
She came back...

Fuuka:
FC-chan... Thank goodness...

Junpei:
You sure took your time! You were really stringing us along there! 
Honestly...!

Ken:
You scared me... I-I thought we might not ever see you again...

Akihiko:
Guys, c'mon. This isn't something we should be crying about...

Ken:
Look who's talking...

Mitsuru:
Finally... the gang's all here.

Koromaru:
Woof!

Aigis:
FC-san...
Huh...? I...

> Tears are running down from Aigis' eyes, despite the fact she is 
a robot...

Aigis:
Uh-oh... They won't stop... T-This is most unusual...

> In the midst of your warm welcome back, the Dark Hour is quietly
coming to an end...

> This time, never to return...

> The battle has ended.

> By an unexpected miracle, the world was saved from the Fall.

> Peace was restored and people resumed their busy lives.

> No one remembered anything about the extraordinary turn of events.

> And so, the seasons changed...

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<3/3 W Early Morning>

> Gekkoukan High School, school gates...

Junpei:
Yo!
Damn, it's cold. But of course, you never miss a day of school.
Man, can ya believe this year's already over? We're practically
seniors now.
Just one more year... Ya think anything interesting will happen?

FC:
I'm sure it will.

Junpei:
I hope you're right.
But, seeing the current seniors makes me wonder...
Seems like all they frickin' do is study. Talk about boring.
Is that gonna be us next year? ...Why do I feel like I'm forgetting
something?

Aigis:
.....

Junpei:
Hey, is that girl looking at us?
Dude, she's pretty cute! How come I never noticed her before?

[Yukari walks up]

Yukari:
What are you talking about? She lives in the same dorm as us.

Junpei:
Seriously!?
Uh... What's her name, then?

Yukari:
I dunno.

Junpei:
Well then, why're you giving me a hard time?
Anyway, it's always crazy in the dorms this time of year, with so
many people coming and going.
Oh yeah, did ya hear? Akihiko-sempai's movin' out.
Ya know, the Captain of the boxing team?

Yukari:
I know who he is, but I haven't really talked to him.
Of course, all the graduates are leaving, even Kirijo-sempai.

Junpei:
Ms. Student Council President... She's in our dorm too, huh?

Yukari:
...Man, what's up with that girl?
Hey, there! Are you looking at us?
Is something wrong?

Aigis:
Um... It's nothing.

[Aigis walks off]

Junpei:
She looks kinda depressed, doesn't she?
...Wait, do ya think she might be interested in me!?

Yukari:
Haha, I doubt it.

Junpei:
...Ouch. That hurts.
By the way, Yuka-tan...
Uh... Never mind. Forget it.

Yukari:
Aw, come one now... Don't gimme that.

Junpei:
Um, well... Do you remember how we became friends?
I mean, don't take it the wrong way. I was just thinking...

Yukari:
Well, it's not like we're best friends or anything, so I guess it
just kinda happened.

Junpei:
Yeah, I guess so.

Yukari:
...It IS kinda weird, actually, now that I think about it.
But, I can't really explain why.
Anyway, that girl--

[The school bell rings]

Junpei:
Oh crap!

> The days go by peacefully, without incident...

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<3/5 F Early Morning>

> Graduation Day, your room...

[Someone knocks your door]

Aigis' Voice:
It's me, Aigis.
May I please come in?

FC:
Open the door

Aigis:
Thank goodness.
I'm so happy to see you again...
I'm sorry to show up so suddenly...
But... I really needed to talk to you.

FC:
Me too.

Aigis:
...I remember everything.
Everyone seems to have forgotten, but I remember...
That day, we...

FC:
Don't cry...

Aigis:
I'm sorry...
It's just that, when I remembered...
I was afraid you might go somewhere far away, like you did at the
last battle...

FC:
.....

Aigis:
Graduation's today, isn't it?
I'm sorry... The ceremony's already begun...
Such nice weather outside...
Do you remember? ...The promise we all made?
Why don't we go there and wait for the others...?
We can enjoy the view of this peaceful city...

<Morning>

> Meanwhile, Gekkoukan High School auditorium...

Class Representative:
...The time to part has finally come.
Though this is our last day together, we want the senior class to 
know that you've truly earned our respect.
We wish each of you good health, happiness, and prosperity.
On this auspicious occation, I bid you all a fond farewell on behalf
of the student body.

[The audience claps]

Teacher:
Next, a word from the valedictorian...
From Class D, Mitsuru Kirijo.

Mitsuru:
Thank you.
This last year, I accepted an important responsibility as Student
Council President.
When I first addressed you from this podium, I spoke you all about
seizing opportunity while you had the chance...
Well, it must have been fate that intervened and gave me an 
important reminder of this...
As many of you may know, my father unexpectedly...
He unexpectedly passed away, due to sudden illness...
Sudden illness...?

Graduating Senior:
Wow, that's rare. I've never heard her stumble in a speech before.

> The students began to buzz...

> Within that group, a handful of students stood up...

Akihiko:
.....!
I... We...!

Yukari:
Huh...? Wait... Wasn't I supposed to...?

Fuuka:
Oh...
I... I...!

Junpei:
That's right... I remember now! Our promise...!

Mitsuru:
I remember...
Yes... Upon my father's death, I was set adrift in life...
No longer will I run from the future. I will face it head on, in
memory of my father's will.
I am resolved; free from doubt or hesitation! This is because...
It is because I have such wonderful, such pricless friends...

Akihiko:
Mitsuru!

Fuuka:
We...!

Mitsuru:
We swore to each other never to lose hope, no matter what tomorrow
brings!

> After shouting that, Mitsuru leapt from the stage to rejoin
everyone...

Yukari:
Sempai...! We remember about her and Aigis...!

Mitsuru:
Yes, of course.
Let's go, everyone...! 

Voice from the Stage:
Where do you think you're going!? We're in the middle of a ceremony!

> Meanwhile, on the roof of the high school...

> The warm sunlight and gentle wind feels good on your resting 
body...

> Aigis is sitting close to where you're lying...

Aigis:
The wind feels so nice...
This is my first time experiencing spring.
But, this season will eventually pass...
After fighting alongside you, and facing the world's end...
I finally began to understand...
...what it means to live...
Thinking for yourself... Not running away...
Accepting the inevitable...
All things eventually come to an end...
Every living thing will one day disappear...
Only by accepting this can one discover what they truly want...
What the meaning of their life will be...
I understand no why I was so tormented by my lack of strength.
Protecting others became more than just an order I had to obey.
I wanted to do it for my own reasons...
I realized this once I decided to try and prevent the Fall.
When I thought I might never see you again, something else became
clear to me-- what I wanted most.
And so, I made up my mind.
I decided that I would continue to protect you.
I want to be your strength.
I know I'm not the only one who can do this... but that's okay.
My life will be worth living if it's for this reason...
Thank you...

FC:
Don't cry.

Aigis:
You're right. What am I doing?
I understand now, so I should be happy...

Familiar Voice:
Heyyy!!

> You hear voices calling out to you...

Aigis:
Everyone...
...I realize now that I have friends as well.
You don't have to save the world to find meaning in life...
Sometimes, all you need is something simple, like someone to take
care of.
I'll keep on living no matter what, so that I can protect you...

> Aigis is smiling gently...

> The gentle spring sunlight warms your body.

> The cheering you hear from afar, the slightly chilly wind...

> This is the world you and your friends protected...

> You feel a little sleepy...

Aigis:
Thank you for everything...
You are tired, aren't you?
You can close your eyes. I'll always remain here by your side.

> You can hear footsteps and several familiar voices drawing near...

Aigis:
The others will be here soon...

> The bright sunlight and Aigis' voice softly overlap...

> You're getting sleepier...

> Your eyelids feel heavy...

FC:
Close your eyes:

Aigis:
Don't worry. I'll always protect you.

                                                              [Fin.]

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SOCIAL LINKS                                                    GSSC

.......................................MAGICIAN (SCMG)

----------
Magician 1
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> It's crowded, but luckily you were able to get in without much 
waiting.

Junpei:
Umm... Alright! We'll have two specials!

FC:
The special?

Junpei:
The normal meals are good, too, but the special...? Pure. Awesome.

> After a few moments, the waiter brings two ramen bowls to you.

> The fragrant smell rising from the bowls makes your stomach growl...

Junpei:
C'mon, try it.

> You take a bite...

> The distinct taste of the soup blends well with the thick noodles...

> It's really quite delicious.

FC:
This is delicious!

Junpei:
Haha! Good, right?
Well then, I'm digging in too. Chow time!
Ahh, hot hot hot...
Man, this is great!

> Although Junpei eats noisily, he seems to be enjoying his ramen...

Junpei:
Hey... Do you feel okay now?
I heard that while you were out for a while, you were in the 
hospital.
You seemed full of energy at school... but I was kind of worried.

FC:
Thanks...

Junpei:
Huh? Oh, um...
No need to thank me...
I had some problems myself when I transferred here, too.
In your case, you've got all the fighting stuff on top of that...
I was wondering if you weren't accustomed to school or whatever...
Then again, I think you'll do just fine.

> Junpei seems embarrassed and laughs...

> You can sense Junpei's thoughtfulness towards you...

Junpei:
Still... Girls and guys livin' in the same dorm, huh? That can't be 
good.

FC: 
Stop smirking like that.

Junpei:
Aww... I can't help it.
Oh, but I don't drag love into my work.
Then again, I can't guarantee that I won't fall for somebody, 
mwahaha!

> You and Junpei chatted for a while, then headed back.

-----------
Magician 2
-----------

> Tatsumi Port Island station, Movie Theater...

> Junpei insisted that you come see a movie with him.

Junpei:
This is it! "Double-Barreled Justice"!
I've been looking forward to this coming out!

> Junpei's eyes are lit up...

FC:
C'mon, let's go in!

Junpei:
Ooh, are you looking forward to it too? Alright, let's get some good
seats!

> Junpei is jittery, as if he can't wait to go in.

> You and Junpei watch the movie "Double-Barreled Justice" together.

> Seeing the action scenes on the big screen was overwhelming...

> ...The story was surprisingly complex.

Junpei:
Hrm...
It was... kinda not what I was expecting.

> Junpei cocks his head...

Junpei: 
The villian wasn't all that evil.
It kinda killed it for me when he started talking about his tragic 
past...
It isn't cool if you have to beat somebody who didn't want to be a 
bad guy.
Bad guys should be more evil all the way to the core. It's just more
satisfying.

> Junpei shrugs...

Junpei:
Oh, you still got time, right?
Let's grab something to eat on the way back.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-duck Burger...

> You came here with Junpei.

Junpei:
Oh, crap... The guys at school might say some stuff if they see us 
together.
I mean, it looks like there's a lot of guys interested in you.
Plus, the famous Yuka-tan and Mitsuru-sempai live in the same dorm,
too.
There are a lot of dudes who envy me because of that...

FC:
I'm... sorry?

Junpei:
Yeah, it's your fault!

> Junpei laughs.

Junpei:
...Actually, you don't seem to be all that interested in guys.
I mean, you're not all excited and asking me who's saying all this 
stuff.
...I mean, of course you aren't. No girl would be that desperate.

> Junpei nods triumphantly.

Junpei:
Also, I know you've probably got your hands full with your own stuff
now.
Actually, the same goes for me, too...

> Junpei's expression suddenly turns serious...

> You feel like you understand Junpei a little better now...

Junpei:
...Well, forget about that stuff.
Want more fries? You don't mind sharing with me, right?

> You and Junpei chatted for a while before heading back.

-----------
Magician 3
-----------

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

> You came here with Junpei.

Junpei:
Whoa, so this is what it's like inside this cafe...
Oh, guys can't really come to places like this with each other...

> Junpei seems a little embarrased...

FC:
Where do guy friends go?

Junpei:
Uhh... Karaoke, Wild-duck Burger, the manga cafe...
.....
...That sounds a lot lamer now that I actually say it out loud!

> Junpei laughs...

Junpei:
Still, this is some damn good coffee.
You can tell that the guy who owns this place is really picky about the beans.
He probably roasts them all differently using special waters for 
each type...

FC:
You've got good taste.

Junpei:
Heheh... I just really like coffee. That's all.

> Junpei seems proud...

Junpei:
Oh yeah, what did you order?

FC:
Hot cocoa.

Junpei:
Oh, hot chocolate? That's a girly drink.

> Despite what he said, Junpei seems happy for some reason.

> The two of you chatted about different things for a while...

Junpei:
By the way, are there any guys you're interested in?
If you want, I'll totally help you out. It'd be fun being your 
Cupid.

> Junpei laughs in a carefree manner...

Junpei:
Oh yeah, what about Akihiko-sempai? You know girls are crazy about 
him.
You'd better be careful that he doesn't play you!
Wait... Akihiko-san's not that type of guy, so you don't need to 
worry.
It's like the opposite... He'd be way too serious if you were in a
relationship.
.....
Actually, why don't you try and get him? Seriously?
A transfer student swoops in and steals the heart of the boy every 
girl wants...
Don't you think that would be totally cool?
Haha, it'd be something right out of a manga.

FC:
Maybe I should give it a try, then.

Junpei:
Ahaha! What do you mean by "then"!?
Well, if you're serious, feel free to talk to me about it.

> Junpei laughs...

> The two of you chatted about different things for a while...

> You feel like you understand Junpei a little better now...

Junpei:
Oh crud, is it already this late?
Man, I really enjoy being around you, for some reason.
Well, let's head back.

> You and Junpei went back to the dorm together.

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Magician 4
-----------

> Iwatodai, strip mall...

> You and Junpei came here for no particular reason.

Junpei:
Hey, let's get something to eat.
Ramen or a meal... Maybe a beef bowl... Oh wait, what about 
takoyaki...?
...Uh, what do you want to eat?

FC:
Ramen!

Junpei:
Ooh, you're up for it, too?

> Junpei seems to be having fun...

Junpei:
Okay, let's go.
...Whoa, what the hell?

> Junpei is looking at a middle-aged man standing off to the side...

> ...Actually, "staggering" would be a better description...

> He's also yelling something...

Junpei:
That dude's completely wasted... It's broad daylight, dammit...

FC:
Let's avoid him.

Junpei:
Yeah. I don't wanna have to deal with somebody like that, either.
I mean, if he gets hit by a car or something, it's his own damn 
fault.

> Junpei grimaces...

> The drunk notices you looking at him and approaches you...

"Drunk man": 
Haaaaah...? Wha'chu lookin' at...?

Junpei:
Whaddya want...? Get outta here.

> Junpei looks disgusted.

FC:
Junpei, let's just go.

Junpei:
...Yeah, you're right.

> Hagakure Ramen...

> Junpei seems to be in a bad mood...

Junpei:
*sigh*
Uh... Sorry.
I... don't like seeing drunks like that.
Well, I doubt that anyone actually likes seeing people like that. 
Haha...

> Junpei laughs dejectedly...

Junpei:
You...
... You don't have any parents, right?
.....
I know that this'll make me sound like an ass...
But I kinda envy you...
There have to be some parents that their kids would be better off 
without...

FC:
That's not true!

Junpei:
Oh... Sorry.
You must've had good parents.
...Sorry.

> Junpei seems apologetic...

> The ramen you ordered arrived.

> But, the heavy atmosphere makes it taste oilier than usual...

Junpei:
My... dad was always drinking.
He'd just sit there and drink, all by himself.
.....
And every time he did, he'd get violent over the stupidest stuff...
.....
But... it doesn't hurt at all anymore.
When I was a kid and I acted up, I'd get spanked and it would 
really hurt.
But now... He's lost what strength he had, and I didn't even notice
it...
.....
Whoa... Sorry for bringing that up. I must really be boring you.
C'mon, let's talk about something fun!

> Junpei laughs...

> You feel like you understand Junpei a little better now...

Junpei:
Crap! Gotta finish these noodles before they get soggy! Let's shut 
up and eat!
*munch munch*

> You and Junpei returned to the dorm together.

-----------
Magician 5
-----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> It seems Junpei is going to treat you to a meal...

Junpei:
You okay with the special? If you want, they can put an extra egg 
on top.
C'mon, eat up!

> Junpei is awfully generous...

FC:
Thanks for the food!

Junpei:
Yeah, dig in!

> Junpei seems happy for some reason...

Junpei:
...You look like you're in high spirits, like always.

> Junpei seems relieved for some reason...

FC:
What do you mean?

Junpei:
Uh, well...

> Junpei seems hesitant to speak...

Junpei:
Wait, so you haven't heard?
Guess I shouldn't have brought it up...
...Okay, okay, I'll tell you.
Um... Don't get mad at me, okay?
...Supposedly, there are these photos of you going around.
They aren't weird pictures or anything! They're of you in your gym 
clothes...
There are other girls in them, too, but you're right up in the 
center, so...
I think whoever took the pictures was aiming specifically at you.

FC:
That's disturbing...

Junpei:
Yeah, seriously.
I mean, school is a public place, but it's kind of like peeping on 
you.
One of the guys in a different class found it.
He came over to me and was like, "Isn't this the girl in your dorm?"
I took that copy of it away from him, but the original's still out 
there...

> Junpei looks troubled...

Junpei:
Still, you must really be popular. This kind of thing isn't normal.
I wonder if I'll be in danger of having a picture of me taken with 
you.
I'd have to find who it was and kick his ass if that happened, 
heheh...
.....
But seriously... Be careful, alright?

> Junpei seems genuinely concerned about you...

> You feel like your bond with Junpei has grown a little stronger...

Junpei:
Now, how to go about retrieving that picture...
...Well, I'll think about it. Don't let it bother you too much.
But man, photos...?
What in the world would anyone use that fo--
Oh... No, never mind, haha...

> You and Junpei talked for a while before heading back together.

-----------
Magician 6
-----------

> You went outside with Junpei...

Junpei:
...I keep getting this feeling that everything's so peaceful at 
school.
Everyone seems to be having fun, but they don't know what's going 
on...
That doesn't make a difference or anything, but...
It's like... I feel this wall between us and them...
...That's okay, because I don't really talk about serious stuff 
with them.
.....
Hey, wanna go eat something?

Male Student's Voice:
Hey, it's Junpei. You going home?

> Your classmate Kenji came over to talk to Junpei...

Kenji:
Oh, sorry. I didn't notice you, FC-san.
Ohhhh! If that's how it is, you should've told me.

Junpei:
It's nothing like that.
We live in the same dorm, so we--
Hey, why are you getting your phone?

Kenji:
FC-san, mind if we take a picture together?

FC:
Sure.

Junpei:
You don't mind either...? What is this? Is this some code I'm not 
getting?

Kenji:
My sister keeps buggin me for pictures from school, but all I have 
are guys.
What'll she say if I don't show her at least one picture of me with
a girl?

Junpei:
But still...
...A picture?
Wait... Could it be you? Is it YOU!?

Kenji:
Yup! Wait, what?

Junpei:
I-I'm gonna tell you this as a friend, got it?
Peeping on girls is a crime!

Kenji:
Who's peeping!? I just asked FC-san if it was okay!

Junpei:
Not just now! PE! Pictures! The ones going around!

Kenji:
Huh? What're you talking about? I don't know anything.

Junpei:
...Oh, right. You're only into older women.

Kenji:
That's right! At least I'm proud of who I am!
So, what's this about? Are there pictures of her going around?

Junpei:
Uh...

Kenji:
Wouldn't the photography club be your first bunch of suspects?

Junpei:
The photography club...! I totally forgot about them...
Alright, we'll go check it out. Thanks, Kenji.

Kenji:
Make sure you smack 'em for me, too.

Junpei:
Why...?

> You decided to go to the photography club with Junpei to find the 
source.

> Gekkoukan High, photography club...

> The distinctly sour smell of the darkroom wafts about...

Photography Club President:
The other club members are out right now... What did you need to 
ask about?

Junpei:
Th-There's supposedly this photo going around. You know anything 
about it?

Photography Club President:
Going around...? What photo is it?

FC:
It's a picture of me.

Photography Club President:
Huh? I don't know anything about that...
I know all the film used by the club members gets developed here.
But, I don't remember seeing anything like that.
...Ohhhh, so you mean someone was being a Peeping Tom?
That's why you're here... You sure you don't want to join the 
club...?
Oh, well, it's not me.
Also, none of our members would do such a thing.

Junpei:
Huh, but that's...

Photography Club President:
I know! People who love the art of photography would never stoop so 
low.
I can tell you none of my people would have done it.

Junpei:
...What do you think? Can you trust him?

> Junpei asks you quietly...

FC:
I can trust him.

Photography Club President:
Wow, thanks.

> It seems that he heard you...

Photography Club President:
I'll ask all the club members, too. Just in case.
I'll get everyone with a digital camera to show me their data, too.
Sorry, but that's pretty much all I can do to help. I know it must 
be rough.

> The president seemed kind...

> It seems that there's nother more that you can ask about here...

> In any case, you went back outside with Junpei...

Junpei:
Hmm... You know, we haven't made any progress at all!
I guess we'll just have to go about this in a more direct way...
I'll try asking my guy friends again, too. Wait right here.

FC:
I'm counting on you.

Junpei:
No prob, leave it to me.
It'd suck if your social life got ruined by something like this.

> Junpei seems to be fired up...

> Junpei seems to be genuinely concerned about you.

> You feel like the bond between you and Junpei has grown 
stronger...

Junpei:
Don't worry. I'm not gonna spread the rumor around even more.
...Well, let's just go back for today.

> You went back to the dorm with Junpei.

-----------
Magician 7
-----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> You and Junpei chatted about all kinds of things over your food...

Junpei:
If we keep eating ramen all the time we might end up with some 
extra flab.
You'd better start being careful, you know?
You might be fine now, but you don't wanna be a tub in ten years, 
you know?

FC:
Shut it, jerk.

Junpei:
So hostile... This isn't the first time you've thought of it, huh?

> Junpei smirks...

Junpei:
Still... Man, you ever wonder what we'll be doing in ten years?
...I don't really wanna think about it.

> Junpei seems to stare off into the distance...

FC:
You'll be a great man.

Junpei:
You really think so? Hearing it from you definitely makes my day.

> Junpei seems extremely happy...

Junpei:
......
Lately, when I do stuff like watch TV or read manga, I can't 
concentrate...

> Junpei fiddles with his chopsticks...

Junpei:
It's like... I dunno... I keep thinking, "Is this how I should be!?"
Haha...
.....
I wonder if there's anything only I can do...

> Junpei mutters as if to himself...

FC:
Your terrible jokes?

Junpei:
Gee, thanks. That's helpful.
I mean, Yuka-tan's got her response to my jokes down to a science.
She delivers a dope-slap that feels like an icy dagger to the brain...

> Junpei laughs...

Junpei:
......
When I think about this Persona stuff, it's like I have a personal 
mission...
But, I don't understand it at all...
......
Maybe I don't even have a mission like that, and that's what I'm 
afraid of.
I've got all these pent-up emotions that I can't figure out...
......
Do you have anything like that?
Like, do you ever think about what you can do...?

FC:
Sometimes...

Junpei:
...I see. I mean... You don't seem like that at all.
I guess that's another thing that's amazing about you...

> Junpei laughs...

> You sense that Junpei has been open with you about his troubles...

Junpei:
Oh, um... What were we talking about...?
Ha, I guess talking about serious stuff once in a while isn't so 
bad.

> You and Junpei talked for a while before going back.

-----------
Magician 8
-----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Library...

Junpei:
Man, I'm sorry. I just can't figure this homework out by myself...

FC:
Ask me anything.

Junpei:
Awesome! Seriously, I don't even know what I don't know anymore.

> Junpei clutches his head...

Junpei:
I've been avoiding math ever since I started going here.
All this "vector" and "trigonometric ratio" stuff sounds like magic
to me...

> Junpei looks fed up...

Junpei:
Alright, I'm gonna do this today! I'm gonna overcome my fear of 
math!

FC:
You're on fire!

Junpei:
Just watch me get through this! ...And help me out once in a while!

> Junpei dives into his homework with a great show of confidence...

Junpei:
So the circle inside triangle ABC where AB equals AC is...
.....

> Surprisingly, Junpei is actually taking his homework seriously.

> You helped Junpei as much as you could and waited for him to
finish...

Junpei:
If that's the case, then... the answer is... 40!
...Huh? Am I done?
Whoohoo! I did it! I got through all of it!

Librarian Student:
Shhh!

Junpei:
Oh, s-sorry...
.....
Haha!

FC:
You actually did it.

Junpei:
I've finally unleashed my true potential! You're my witness!

> Junpei seems happy...

Junpei:
I was... thinking about really trying hard for once.
I always thought that stuff like math would never help me in the 
future...
But, I noticed that it might be important, even if you never use it.
It's like... how do I put it... What matters is how you put your
time to use.
I don't think I can start lecturing you on how to live your life or
anything...
I mean, there's nothing wrong with just doing what feels good in the
moment...
But in the end, it doesn't satisfy me, and it bothers me even more.
Yeah... I guess I've just got anxiety or something.
.....
But I think I figured it out recently.
I haven't found anything yet, but I get the feeling that I will,
someday.
...As long as I'm with you and everyone else.
I guess... f-friends are important, after all...

FC:
I think I understand.

Junpei:
R-Really?
...I totally thought you were gonna start laughing at me. Heheh...

> Junpei seems a little embarrassed...

Junpei:
You're always doing your best, all the time. It made me want to act
like that.
I mean, you study, you're in clubs... Aren't you in the student
council, too?
...I think that's amazing.

> It's rare for Junpei to sincerely praise anyone like this...

> After hearing what he thinks about you, you feel closer to him...

Junpei:
So...
...?
Hey, that guy over there... Is he a friend of yours?
...Huh? He hid.

> You turn around, but there's no one there...

Junpei:
He was looking your way. Looked like he was holding something...
...A camera!?

> Junpei jumps to his feet!

FC:
I'm coming too!

Junpei:
Huh? It's okay, you stay here!
Oh...
He got away...
Uhh...
Well, I've seen his face, so it's okay. You just leave him to me.

FC:
Make sure you get him good.

Junpei:
Huh? Oh yeah, leave it to me.
...But, violence isn't always the answer, missy.

> Junpei shrugs...

Junpei:
Anyway, let's go home.
Sorry to keep you here so late...
...Try not to go home by yourself from now on, okay?

> You and Junpei returned to the dorm together.

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Magician 9
-----------

> Naganaki Shrine...

> When you look closely, you can see a bruise under Junpei's eye...

Junpei:
Uh... Did you notice? Don't stare at it so much.
...It's just a punch.

FC:
Who did it?

Junpei:
Um, w-well, who cares!
Don't bother asking, okay? It's really lame! I don't wanna say it!

> Junpei scratches his head...

Junpei:
Well, in any case...
I don't think there's going to be any more photos of you going 
around.

FC:
Thank you!

Junpei:
Huh? Uh, umm... Haha.

> Junpei's face is bright red...

Junpei:
I think... this is my first time.

FC:
First time for what?

Junpei:
I thought that if I laughed my way out of everything, I'd never be
in trouble.
...That's why I try to avoid having to be serious whenever I can...
You know those times when everyone sits around and talks seriously?
I really don't like those, so I'll goof around...
I thought I could try breeze my way through things, and try to be
fun.
It's so much easier than having to do stuff like understanding other
people.
But after meeting you... and the others, I've changed a little.
...Not everything about everyone's cool, right?
Everybody has parts of them that are cool or lame...
But they're all doing what's best for themselves.
After seeing you all like that... I think I got scared.
There's no way you can understand each other unless you say what you
think.
Staying quiet and trying to act cool won't tell anybody anything.
Seeing someone way smaller than me put everything they have into
something...
...It made me ashamed of myself.
I've never tried my hardest in anything. I don't take anything
seriously.
That's why I never gain anything... and why I'm never happy.
...I realize that I'm not living my life at all.
.....

FC:
That's not true.

Junpei:
Haha, thanks...

> Junpei scratches his head...

Junpei:
When I got back those pictures of you... it crossed my mind.
In the end, I just wanted you to trust in me.
Like, if someone like you could trust me, then I might be worth
something...
...But trying to get you to rely on me to solve this is just wrong.
You're... an important friend of mine, after all.

> Junpei laughs, embarrassed...

> You sense that Junpei trusts you...

Junpei:
It sucks that this place doesn't have any swings.
Don't you sometimes just get the urge to swing once in a while?
...I used to ride swings a lot when I was a kid.
I'd get close to the sky and think that I could go somewhere else...
Somewhere that isn't here...
.....
That's what I'd think about when I was on a swing.
...Let's ride on one together some time.
You know how to get two people on one swing right? One stands, the
other sits!

> You and Junpei spend some time talking about all kinds of 
things...

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Magician 10
------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

Junpei:
Som, um...
Ugh, I'm no good at this... Where do I start?

FC:
Going to confess your love?

Junpei:
Wha--N-No!
Uhh, well... I had something serious to talk about.
I want you to have this.
I never had much I was that attached to, but I always held onto this
for some reason.

> You obtained Pig Key Holder.

Junpei:
I used to keep my house keys on that.
...Thing is, I never wanted to go home.
So when it turned out I was gonna get to live at the dorm, you
wouldn't believe how happy I was.
I thought after that... I could turn my back on it all.
So I kept this keychain and house keys stashed away, since I figured
I'd never have to use 'em again.
But after a while... I didn't like the way I was trying to avoid 
stuff.
I knew the problem wasn't gonna go away just 'cause I wouldn't look 
at it... and that I was lame for ever thinking so...
...That's why I dug these out.
I plan to go see my dad, too.
Then again, I'm still kinda chicken...
If you hold onto those for me, it'll be like you've got my back for
it...
That way, I'd have the guts to see him.

> Junpei's hands are trembling...

> You can tell that it took all the courage he had to tell you 
this...

Junpei:
Hey, listen... You can talk to me too, if anything's bothering you,
all right?
And I'm not saying so because I wanna be the guy people turn to. 
It's just, you don't have to do everything yourself.
You and the rest of the gang were there for me, and I'm here for you
the same way.
Don't forget that... Okay?

> You sense strong affection from Junpei...

> You sense a bond with Junpei...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Junpei:
You know, I'm glad I got this power.
And it's not because it makes me kinda like a superhero or anything.
It always bugged me, that weakness I knew was there inside...
But I feel like I can change.
And I think that if it wasn't for you and the rest, I wouldn't have
that feeling, even with this power.
Or worse, I mighta done the wrong things with it...
So... thanks.
.....
Geez, listen to me, goin' on like that!
C'mon, let's eat! You want some more green onion barbecued pork?

> You and Junpei spent a long time talking about all sorts of 
things...

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Magician Post Game
-------------------

Junpei:
Hey, wanna go to Hagakure today? I've got a sudden craving for their
special bowl.

FC:
If you're paying, then yes.

Junpei:
Yikes, no way. I don't have extra cash right now.
We're best friends, aren't we? No sponging off of friends!
Haha, but man, I never imagined that I'd become such good friends
with you when you first transferred here.
...I always thought that girls were a special kind of being or
something.
But you're not aliens, after all. You're like the same kind of 
humans as guys are... something like that.
I wanted you to rely on me, and I tried to act all cool...
I ran around and did a lot of things.
And even when I didn't know how to explain myself, you still
understood what I was thinking...
And I understood you, too.
...I think.
Let me know if you're ever going through some hard times, okay? If
you can't say it, just give me a sign.
Even if we end up in different classes next year, I'll always rush
to your rescue.
...Hehe.
Oh, yeah have you heard? All the new teachers that're coming in 
April are female.
Kenji's totally psyched 'bout it. I mean, it got to the point that I
couldn't stand being around him.
Well, that doesn't matter to me. I've got a girl that I care 
about...
Hm...?
.....
Not you...?
.....
I did... have someone...
.....
N-No no, I'm not lying. I wouldn't make up some lame lie about that!
It's just... I had someone... Right...?
.....
Am I... forgetting something really important...? Something I should
never forget?
.....
Sorry... I'm gonna pass on the ramen.
Sorry...
--------------------------------------------------------------------
......................................PRIESTESS (SCPT)

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Priestess 1
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Um, I want you to try this for me.
I hope you're hungry...

> Fuuka handed you a boxed lunch.

> ...!?

> Before you even open the box, you smell an unsavory odor coming 
from the lunch...

> ...But you mustered up your courage and opened it.

> ...!?

> It looks pretty unappetizing...

Fuuka:
Please eat up!

> Fuuka is watching you expectantly...

> ...You decide to try it out.

The screen shakes

> ...!?

> You can't swallow it... You can't even chew it anymore...

> ...The food tastes as bad as it looks...

Fuuka: 
...H-How is it?

FC:
Not bad for a first attempt!

Fuuka:
R-Really?
But, please let me know if there's anything I can improve on...
Sorry that I asked you to try this all of a sudden.
To tell the truth... Um, did you notice? Look at the blackboard.
*giggle* I've decided to start a "Cooking Club"!
Then again, I'm the only member so far...
I'm going to keep trying my best, so would you mind stopping by and trying my
new creations sometime...?
Actually, to be honest... I want you to join, too. Cookbooks don't 
make much sense to me...
And instead of just cooking and eating everything by myself...
...Cooking for you would inspire me to try harder.
So, h-how about it? ...Would it be too much trouble?

FC:
Okay, I'll join!

Fuuka:
Really!? Thank you!
Oh, um, we'll meet on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
I'll try my best, so let's work hard at it!

> You've become the second member of the Cooking Club and will be 
helping Fuuka learn how to cook...

Fuuka:
What should I do? There's still more ingredients that I couldn't 
fit inside the lunch box...

> As Fuuka said, there are remnants of all the ingredients left 
that she hadn't prepared...

> ...Rather than waste them, you decide to cook them all together.

> ...You made something vaguely edible.

> Obtained Dog Food.

Fuuka:
Wow... That's amazing! You made that without even looking at a 
recipe...
If we find a cute doggy in the neighborhood, we should give it this.

> You cleaned up with Fuuka, and headed back to the dorm...

------------
Priestess 2
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Have you decided what to make today?
It you haven't, then would you like to make this with me?
Look on this page... "chocolate truffles"! Don't they look good?

> Since Fuuka has brought the ingredients for making them, you
deceide to try making chocolate truffles.

> The recipe seems like it would be fairly easy to follow.

> ...?

Fuuka:
Um, one teaspoon of liqueur... ...That doesn't seem like enough.
Dissolve 200 grams of milk chocolate in hot water... Am I supposed
to put hot water in it, or it into the water?

> Fuuka is muttering things to herself...

FC:
Do you need any help?

Fuuka:
Oh, no, it's okay. I should be able to do this... Thanks, though.

> Fuuka seems to be having fun...

> You made your own batch of truffles.

> They came out pretty well!

> Obtained Chocolate Truffle.

> If you give them to someone when you go out on your days off, it
might make them happy...

Fuuka:
Yes, I'm done!
This is much more fun when there's two people here. Thanks, FC-chan!

> Fuuka is laughing as if she's truly having fun...

> You feel like you've gotten a little closer to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
How does this look? It's a little odd-shaped...

> There's an apple-sized dark substance on the plate Fuuka handed
to you.

> ......

FC:
This is big...

Fuuka:
They say that bigger is better, so...

> ...A sour smell wafts from the so-called truffle.

Fuuka:
I thought that a teaspoon of liqueur wasn't enough, so I used a cup
of it.
Look, see?

> Fuuka is proudly holding up a bottle labeled "vinegar"...

> ...Because this recipe is so obviously inedible, you decide to
point this out to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
Huh? Oh, you're right... It says "rice vinegar"...
I didn't notice at all...
.....
...I'm hopeless, aren't I...
...I just want to help everyone, even outside of battle...
So I thought that they might like having some homemade food or 
sweets when they're tired...
...But I want to try harder so that I can get better at this.
Plus, now that you're helping me out, I want to succeed even more...
I'll try harder next time!

> You finished your cooking club meeting and headed back to the 
dorm.

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Priestess 3
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
I'm thinking about making this today.
Tadaa...! "Sweet Fries"! Everyone loves them!
I bought a lot of sweet potatoes for them, so even if we mess up a
little, it won't be a problem!
So you can relax a little too, FC-chan.

FC:
Let's do our best.

FC:
Yep!

> Fuuka seems to be motivated...

> You follow the recipe from the book Fuuka brought.

> .....

> .....

> .....

> Cutting up all the potatoes took a bit of time, but otherwise it
went smoothly.

> ...?

Fuuka:
"1 tablespoon of melted butter"...
.....
I didn't melt the butter yet, though... What do I do? There's no 
time now...
Oh! Butter is just hardened oil, right? I can probably substitute
oil. Olive oil should do the trick...

> Fuuka is muttering something to herself...

Fuuka:
Okay, the final step is to put this in the oven. I'll put yours in
too.
Let's see... The temperature is 180 degrees... and the setting for
residual heat is...

> ...!?

> Fuuka is operating the oven extremely quickly...

Fuuka:
Huh? Oh, um... I'm pretty good with machines...
I like taking my time and reading through the instruction manuals
for electronic devices, too...
D-Does that make me seem weird?

FC:
That's impressive!

Fuuka:
Huh? I-It's nothing, really...
...But, I'm happy to hear that.
I thought it was embarrassing because it wasn't really girl-like...
*giggle* ...I think this is the first time I've said something like
that.
.....
To tell the truth... I knew that you wouldn't judge me over that...

> You sense affection from Fuuka...

> You feel as if you've gotten even closer to Fuuka...

> You chatted with Fuuka while waiting for the sweet fries to 
bake...

Fuuka:
Oh, I think it's done.
Hot hot... Ah, I forgot that we have oven mitts.
Look. They look so beauti...ful?

> The sweet potatoes lining the pan look nothing like sweet fries...

> Actually, they don't even look like food...

> You're especially confused by the texture of Fuuka's fries...

Fuuka:
Oh... These ones look normal. They're the ones that you made.
...Th-Thank goodness! They look really delicious.

FC:
I'll give you some.

Fuuka:
Huh? Oh, yes, thanks...

> Fuuka seems a little depressed...

Fuuka:
Thanks for the food...
...!
It's delicious...
Yours are really delicious.
.....
I guess... I'm no match for our leader...

FC:
There's always next time.

Fuuka:
...Thanks.

> Fuuka is smiling again...

Fuuka:
Oh, it's almost time for us to go home. Let's clean up and go back.

> You decided to take the sweet fries that turned out good.

> Obtained Sweet Fries x 2.

> You finished your activities at the cooking club and decide to go
back to the dorm.

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Priestess 4
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Umm... What should we make today?
....

> Fuuka seems depressed...

Fuuka:
Oh... Sorry.
.....
I keep messing up...
It's not a problem with how I make the recipe... How do I put 
this...?
While I'm making it, I start thinking that it's not going to come
out right anyway...
.....
I'm always like that.
It's like, I'm bad at imagining things in a positive way...
I keep imagining that nothing is going to go right...
If only there was something I was actually good at...

FC:
You're good with machines.

Fuuka:
...I'm surprised you remembered.
...But that's just something that I like. It's not something I can
be proud of...

> Fuuka seems embarrassed.

Fuuka:
When I was young, it was my dad's hobby to work on complicated music
equipment...
He'd fix things like broken amplifiers and headphones where one side
would be broken.
I loved watching him working on those things when I was little...
That's... probably why I became good with machines.
But, I don't think I could use machines to repay everyone's
kindness...
When we really need help with fightning or technology, we have the
Kirijo group's support...
I want to find something that only I can do... Something that people
would rely on me for...

FC:
I'll help you find it!

Fuuka:
*giggle* Thanks.
You really are our leader after all.

> Fuuka seems happy...

Fuuka:
Oh, we should make something before it gets too late.
If we want to make something that we can take back to everyone, I
think cookies would be best.

> You decide to make cookies today.

> You mixed the ingredients...

> ...kneaded the cookie dough...

> ...cut out the shapes...

> ...and took them to the oven...

> ...The cookies were pretty easy to make.

> Obtained Sugar Cookie x 2

Fuuka:
Huh? Are you done already?
I'm still measuring the flour...

> Fuuka's hands and legs are covered in flour...

> ...In order to avoid staying here late into the night, you insist
on helping Fuuka cook.

Fuuka:
Huh? You're putting the flour in this basket? But it's falling out
of the bottom.
Oh, so THAT'S how you melt butter quickly!

> You somehow defended the dough from all Fuuka's attempts to 
deviate from the recipe.

> All the cookies survived.

Fuuka:
It came out right...
*giggle* That's amazing, it came out right.
It wouldn't have happened if you weren't here...
But it actually came out right! For the first time ever, something
I cooked actually tastes good!

> Fuuka is giddy with excitement...

> You feel like you have gotten even closer to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
...Then again, you pretty much did everything... 
I caused you all this trouble again...
But I'm the one that wants to help you...
Anyways, I'll try harder next time.

> You cleaned up the room and headed back to the dorm...

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Priestess 5
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
What should we try today? I've brought a new cookbook today...

> Various sweets are in the book that Fuuka brought for today...

> Based on the ingredients you have on hand, you decide to make
cupcakes.

Fuuka:
D-Do you think I can make something that difficult...?

FC:
Let's make it together.

Fuuka:
O-Okay. I'll try my best not to get in your way!

> Fuuka is in high spirits...

Fuuka:
Let's do this. Let me know if I do something wrong.
Um... First I need to sift the flour, right?

> ...Fuuka started dumping sugar into the sifter.

FC:
That's sugar.

Fuuka:
Huh? ..Oh, you're right.
It was white, so I thought it was flour... Th-Thanks for stopping
me.
Um, I sift it into the bowl and then mix butter in...
...Should I use my hands to mix it in? I know that you use your
hands when making hamburger patties.

FC:
Use a whisk.

Fuuka:
Oh yeah... I-I see. It would stick to my hands if I did that, huh.

> You had some leftover bananas, so you tried mashing them in, even
though the recipe didn't call for it.

> ..You poured the batter into the cups. All you need to do now is 
bake them.

> A light, sweet smell permeates the room.

Fuuka:
I'm surprised that you were able to improvise like that...
...Whenever I try that...

FC:
You did your best, too.

Fuuka:
FC-chan... Yeah, thanks...

> Fuuka seems happy...

Fuuka:
*giggle* They're delicious.
I'm so happy that I was able to make something so difficult. ...It's
all thanks to you.

> Fuuka seems to have gained some self-confidence...

> Together, you've overcome a difficult task, and you feel as if
you've grown closer to Fuuka.

Fuuka:
I'm going to take my share home and enjoy them later.
I don't want to enjoy them at all once... I wish they'd last 
forever.

> Obtained Banana Cupcake x 2

> You cleaned up the room with Fuuka and headed back to the dorm...

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Priestess 6
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Hey, I've decided what we should make today.
Um... I-I don't want you to watch, so could you make something 
different?
I'm sure that you'll be able to make anything with your cooking 
skills.

> You should try making one of the sweets you've made previously...

FC:
Banana Cupcake.

> You decided to make Banana Cupcakes.

> They came out pretty well.

> Obtained Banana Cupcakes x2

> ...?

> ...Fuuka is working intently on something at a desk away from
you...

Fuuka:
Done!
Here, look.

> Fuuka presented you with something that looks round...

> It seems to be a rice ball made with flavoured rice.

> It smells good... You decide to try eating it.

> It's edible...

> The combination of ingredients and flavours is good, too...

> Actually, it tastes delicious.

Fuuka:
H-How is it...?

FC:
You really did your best.

Fuuka:
Huh...? Oh, yeah.
...Thanks.

> Fuuka seems happy.

Fuuka:
I thought that there would be no way I could mess up making a rice
ball, so I did a lot of research.
The more I looked into things like what salt, seaweed to use, I got
more and more into it...
I got so excited when I was doing my research, and even more excited
when I was making them now.
...I think the most important thing is the feeling of wanting others
to enjoy what you make...
I think because of that, I was able to make this taste good.
I wonder if this is what they mean when they say "cooking requires
love".
...I'm so glad that you like it.

> Fuuka lets out a heartfelt laugh...

> You feel like you've gotten even closer to Fuuka.

Fuuka:
I'll make something that's even better next time.
All right, I'm gonna keep trying harder!

> You cleaned up the room with Fuuka and headed back to the dorm...

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Priestess 7
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Um, I'm thinking about making rice balls again today.
This is the only thing I can make myself, so I want to master making
them.
What are you going to make?

FC:
Sweet Fries

> You decided to make Sweet Fries.

> They came out pretty well.

> Obtained Sweet Fries

> ...?

> Fuuka is standing and doing at a desk farther away from you...

Fuuka:
This...
......
This rice... It's all soggy...

> The rice cooker that Fuuka is holding is filled to the brim with
rice.

> ...But the consistency of the rice is more like porridge...

Fuuka:
Did I put too much water in...?
I just tried to make rice, and I ruined it all...
What a waste...
Seriously... I'm hopeless at everything...

FC:
Just try harder next time.

Fuuka:
...Yeah.
Thanks...

> Fuuka seems happy...

Fuuka:
But what should I do with this...? It's so much rice... It would be
such a shame to waste it all.

FC:
It's rice porridge now.

Fuuka:
...Oh, that's right. It doesn't have to be made into rice balls...
*chuckle* I hadn't even thought of that.

> Fuuka seems relieved...

Fuuka:
Oh, you're right! We should just have rice porridge. I have a lot of
pickled plums...
Here you go, this is your share.
Thanks for the food.
.....
*giggle* This is good rice porridge.
...Thank you.

> Fuuka is laughing cheerily...

> You feel like you've grown closer to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
I didn't know that the amount of water you use would change things
this much.
Oh, I should write that down somewhere...
Let's see... "Pay attention to the amount of water to use when 
cooking rice"...

> Fuuka is eagerly taking notes...

> You cleaned up the room together and headed back to the dorm...

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Priestess 8
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
Is it okay if I watch you cook today?
I think I'll learn some things by watching you cook.
Have you decided what you're going to make today?

FC:
Chocolate Truffle

> You decided to make Chocolate Truffle.

> They came out pretty well.

> Obtained Chocolate Truffle

Fuuka:
Wow...
You even washed the utensils while you were cooking. It's like you
have extra hands or something...
Oh, I should write that down too...
"FC-chan has a lot of hands"...

> Fuuka is taking all kinds of notes in her thick notebook.

> The pages are filled with small letters...

Fuuka:
Oh... It's kinda embarrassing to show this.
I took notes on everything you did. All the steps you took to 
prepare the ingredients.
...I think I'm good at observing and analyzing things.
So I thought that it might work if I attempted cooking from an angle
that I'm good at.
Up until now, all I did was try harder.
But saying that I'll try harder each time is tiring. I'm not 
actually putting any thought into it...
That's why... I've stopped thinking of attacking everything with 
that mindset...
And I've begun trying to find ways that I can do the things I'm not
good at...
When I began to think of it that way, it felt much better and I 
started enjoying what I was doing.
I needed to understand the situation, instead of just being 
overwhelmed by trying to do my best...
So, I hope that by takign notes, I'll be more likely to succeed.
I couldn't accept the bad parts of me this whole time.
But you saw all the things that were bad about me while you were 
here cooking with me...
And you always encouraged me even when I messed up...
That's why... I thought I should also try to like myself for who I
am.

> Fuuka is smiling gently...

> You feel like you've grown even closer to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
Oh, it's almost time for us to leave.
Next time, I'll make something too.
I'll do my best!
...Oh, umm... I'll do what I can, and try my best later!

> You cleaned up the room together and headed back to the dorm...

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Priestess 9
------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
I'm going to cook on my own today.
It'll be really delicious, so look forward to it!
What are you going to make today, FC-chan?

FC:
Banana Cupcake.

> You decided to make Banana Cupcakes.

> They came out pretty well.

Fuuka:
Are you done?
I just finished up now, too. *giggle* I got done pretty fast.
Look, look.

> Rows of triangular rice balls are lined up on the plate that 
Fuuka handed to you.

> The rice looks moist and delicious...

Fuuka:
This one has pickled plum, this one's salmon, and this one's 
seaweed...
Try whichever one you like.

> You picked one and ate it.

> ...It's very good.

FC:
This is really delicious.

Fuuka:
*giggle* Right?
There are 22 conditions that must be met for making a good rice
ball.
I've met all those conditions, so there's no possible way that it
wouldn't be delicious.

> Fuuka seems proud of her culinary handiwork...

Fuuka:
I don't think I was making enough of an effort before.
No, that's not it. I just wasn't putting in enough effort in the
correct way. I just thought about trying harder.
That wasn't right. Thinking about how you can fix your mistakes is
how to really put forth a better effort...
If you can't do something that others can, then that's the effort
you need to reach their level...
It seems so obvious now, but I didn't understand it at all... All I
did was envy your skills.
I'll mever again think that my goals are doomed from the start.
Thanks, FC-chan.

> Fuuka let out a relieved laugh...

> You feel like you've grown even closer to Fuuka...

Fuuka:
Oh, I have more on this plate too.
This one's tuna, that one's natto, and this one's mentaiko.
And on top of that... I even have a supreme one where I mixed in all
the ingredients!
Eat up!

> You ate as much as you could before heading back to the dorm.

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Priestess 10
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, home economics room...

Fuuka:
FC-chan, why don't we make this together today?
Tadaa! It's a decorated cake!

> The notebook that Fuuka held out to you has a detailed recipe
written in Fuuka's handwriting.

> She's even drawn a picture of it. ...It seems to be a whole cake
with tons of fruits on it.

Fuuka:
Let's make a small one and split it. *giggle* I'm really looking
forward to it.

> You decided to make a fruit-filled cake together.

Fuuka:
Flour... Um, you use a sifter for this, right? To use the sifter...

>Fuuka is consulting her notes while meticulously going through each
step...

Fuuka:
60 grams of sugar...
Oh, this is salt...

> Fuuka is slowly making progress and checking each ingredient...

> This must be the "method of cooking for those that aren't good at
it" that Fuuka invented...

> ...A fragrant aroma is wafting from the oven.

Fuuka:
Wow, it came out so nice! It's so fluffy!
Umm, now to decorate it...
Whipped cream and fruits are put between the layers...
That reminds me, I bought a chocolate plate, too. Can you write 
something on it?

FC:
What should I write?

Fuuka:
Umm, hmm...
How about "Congratulations" or "You Did Your Best"...?
... Wait, that's what I want to hear.

> Fuuka is laughing...

> What should you write...?

FC:
SUCCESS!

Fuuka:
*giggle* This is really a success... Thanks, FC-chan.

> Fuuka seems happy...

Fuuka:
Should we eat this at the dorm? If you don't mind, come to my room.

> Dorm, Fuuka's room...

Fuuka:
Here's your drink. It would be nice if we had some candles too.
Well then, let's eat.
*giggle* This is delicious. I bet it tastes just as good as the ones
they sell in stores.

> ...The cake is a little too hard and the whipped cream is kind of
watery.

> But Fuuka is happily eating it...

Fuuka:
...I'll never forget the flavor of this cake I made with you.
...Thank you.
That's right... Um, there's another reason why I had you come to my
room...
I want you to have this.

> You received something from Fuuka.

> Obtained Headphones.

Fuuka:
Since you're always listening to music, I thought you might like
these.
Remember how I told you that I was pretty good with mechanical 
devices?
I wanted to thank you with something that I'm good at!
...No, it's not because I want to repay you for your kindness. I
just wanted to give that to you.
...I felt that I just really wanted you to enjoy them.
You're a precious friend of mine, after all...

> You replaced your old headphones with the ones Fuuka gave you...

> ...!

> The sound is amazing!

> The technology she used must be revolutionary.

FC:
These are amazing!

Fuuka:
I-It's nothing really. Just a hobby of mine...
Feel free to use them if you'd like...

> Fuuka seems happy...

> You sense a strong bond with Fuuka...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

> You had fun chatting with Fuuka for a while...

Fuuka:
...Oh, sorry. Look at the time...
Time flies by when you're having fun...
...Then again, we live in the same dorm and go to the same school,
so I can see you any time...
Thank you for today.
Oh, and about the cooking club, I'll be all right on my own. Of
course, I'd be happy if you kept coming...
But I know that you're busy, and I'd feel bad if I took up all your
time...
*chuckle* But it would be nice if I could have you all to myself.

> You spent a long time together with Fuuka.

--------------------
Priestess Post Game
--------------------

Mr Ekoda:
Hmmm? Yamagishi? What are you doing outside the faculty office?

Fuuka:
U-Umm... I-I want to start a tech club...!

Mr Ekoda:
Tech gloves?
...You mean technician's gloves?
Well, I think you'd have to go to a hardware store for those...

Fuuka:
Um... not "tech gloves"... A tech club!
Like a club all about technology and electronics!

Mr Ekoda:
...You want to start a club?
Ugh... Why is Yamagishi so troublesome?
Look... it's already March. Can't you at least wait until April?

Fuuka:
Huh? B-But I really want to get started on it now!
I'll do my best to find members... Um, so, do I have your permission
to start a club...?

Mr Ekoda:
What? You mean to say you don't have any members yet? Then it's not
even worth discussing.
You can't start a club without at least five members.
Now then...

[Mr Ekoda leaves]

Fuuka:
Oh... he's gone...
Well... It looks like I need to find five people.
I could just make it like an unauthorized club like the cooking 
club, but...
...FC-chan, would you like to join my tech club?

FC:
Okay.

Fuuka:
Yesss! I'm so glad!
I was hoping you would say that.
.....
I thought... liking electronics made me strange.
I always kept it to myself, because I thought it was strange for a
girl to be interested in that.
But, you know how I gave you those headphones?
While I was making them... I had so much fun and felt so happy.
When I thought about how they might make you happy, I couldn't help
but feel excited.
It was the same feeling I felt when I cooked with you, FC-chan.
When I was bothered about trying to cook things right, I kept 
messing up and wanted to give up...
...That was because I had forgotted why I was doing it.
I wanted to study cooking because I wanted to make something that 
you and everyone else could enjoy.
Everthing just becamse fun once I remembered that.
I like everyone, including you, FC-chan. I want you all to always be
happy.
Once I realized that, I figured that I shold make everyone happier
with what I'm really good at.
That's why... I decided to form a tech club. I want to improve my 
skills and make various things everyone can use.
...?
I keep saying "everyone"... but who am I talking about?
It makes me feel really warm inside and that I do like then, but I
can't remember their faces...
.....
Oh, I almost forgot. The cooking club will continue to meet, too.
I'll be real busy... but I want to keep trying.
It's like... I really want to give it everything I have.
.....
I'd be happy if you showed up to the cooking club next year, too.
...And if you want, the tech club will welcome you, too.
Alright, I need to hurry and find some tech club members!
First... I need to make some posters.
Well, see you later!

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.......................................EMPRESS (SCEP)

----------
Empress 1
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, ramen shop "Hagakure"...

Mitsuru:
Psst... FC.

> Mitsuru is trying to get your attention.

Mitsuru:
Please tell me what the etiquette here is. Are there any customs I
need to follow...?

FC:
Make noise when eating.

Mitsuru:
Make a lot of noise!?
That seems so... primitive.
Bon appetit!
...Let's eat.

> Mitsuru is enjoying her ramen.

Mitsuru:
Hmm... The taste is quite interesting...
I thought it tasted strange at first, but as I continued to eat, I
realized it had a subtle charm to it.
...It's quite delicious.
Pardon me, Chef...

Ramen Shop Owner:
...Chef? You talkin' to me?

Mitsuru:
The ramen tastes absolutely wonderful. ...It's been a while since I
last complimented the chef.
What do you use for bouillon?

Ramen Shop Owner:
Bouillon? ...What the hell is that?
Anyways, if ya want to know the recipe, sorry, I can't tell ya, 
lady.
Without our secret recipe, we'd be outta business.

Mitsuru:
Well then, if it's a secret, I completely understand. You don't have
to tell me.
Now, this would be considered a meal if one were to eat it with 
rice, yes?
That is very interesting.

Ramen Shop Owner:
Uh, no, that's not, uh...

Mitsuru:
You could probably make more money if you patented the recipe and 
sold it.

> Mitsuru is deep in thought.

Mitsuru:
Oh, sorry. My imagination got the best of me.
I've been wanting to try ramen for a long time...
.....
...Does that make me strange?

FC:
...Yes, it does.

Mitsuru:
I see...
I could have come here anytime, but...
I felt awkward coming alone...
I'm so glad you're here with me. You've taught me so much about
ramen etiquette.
...Let's eat here again sometime.

> Your relationship has grown closer...

Mitsuru:
...Look at the time.
We should go.

> You decided to return to the dorm.

----------
Empress 2
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-duck Burger...

Mitsuru:
Interesting... So this is waht it looks like inside...
It's surprisingly small...

> Mitsuru seems nervous.

FC:
Is this your first time?

Mitsuru:
Well, technically, yes. But, I did pass by here once with Akihiko...
So, I understand that you don't eat with utensils here.
*sigh* I must admit that I'm not very familiar with fast food 
etiquette.
I'm glad you're here with me.

> Mitsuru is forcing a smile.

Mitsuru:
Is it profitable to sell these items at such a low price...?
I'd be interested to know the average cost per unit...

> Mitsuru seems intrigued.

Mitsuru:
...Oh, sorry. I was lost in thought again...
I didn't ask you here just to eat...
I wanted to express my personal thanks to you.
We are all facing a trial, in the true sense of the term.
...And we've made it this far because we've been blessed with each
other.
I admit that I've been hard on you, much more so than the others. 
But I just wanted you to know...
I appreciate your contribution.

> Mitsuru seems to depend on you.

> You feel that you understand her better now.

Mitsuru:
...Oh, I didn't realize it was so late. When I'm with you, time 
seems to pass so quickly.
Unfortunately, I have another engagement. This was fun. We should do
it again some time.
I apologize for the inconvenience. I'll see you later.

> After saying goodbye to Mitsuru, you decided to return to the
dorm.

----------
Empress 3
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, takoyaki stand "Octopia"...

Mitsuru:
Interesting... So, "takoyaki" doesn't consist of an entire octopus,
only a small portion.
Well, it makes sense... An entire octopus would be too much food for
one person.
*sigh* Sometimes I'm amazed at my ignorance of the world...

> Mitsuru seems dejected.

FC:
Anyways, let's eat.

Mitsuru:
Y-You're right...
I will have one takoyaki, please.
...What? Takoyaki isn't sold in individual pieces?
So, I can buy a dozen at this price!?

> Mitsuru seems amazed at the low price.

> Mitsuru is enjoying her takoyaki.

Mitsuru:
So, it's filled with diced octopus inside. Interesting...
Mmm... It tastes slightly sour...
Are there other ingredients in addition to the octopus?
Well, whatever they may be, they taste absolutely delicious...
C'est tres bon!

> Mitsuru has discovered how delicious takoyaki tastes...

> You feel that you understand her better now.

Mitsuru:
That reminds me of what Akihiko was talking about when we walked
past here...
.....
Don't you think Akihiko has been acting differently lately?
I don't mean to be rude, it's just that I've known him for such a
long time...
Perhaps he's just maturing...

FC:
Does that make you happy?

Mitsuru:
...Of course that makes me happy.
With all we've been through, it can be difficult to get over our
pasts.
...However, Akihiko is trying to learn from his experiences.
I'm very impressed by him.

> Mitsuru seems happy.

Mitsuru: 
When I look at Akihiko, I'm reminded of so many things about myself.
I can't explain why, thought...

FC:
That's anxiety.

Mitsuru:
Anxiety...? Hm, maybe so...

> Mitsuru's expression turned dark.

Mitsuru:
Perhaps I feel pressed for time because I'm the only one of us who 
isn't growing...
...Let's just forget about this.
*sigh* I don't even know what I'm talking about.
Sorry for subjecting you to my incoherent ramblings...
Please forget what I just said.

FC:
Okay, I will.

Mitsuru:
Thank you.

> Mitsuru seems relieved.

Mitsuru:
The takoyaki was absolutely delicious. We should eat here again
sometime.

> After saying goodbye to Mitsuru, you decided to return to the 
dorm.

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Empress 4
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Library...

> Mitsuru has a languid expression on her face...

Mitsuru:
We only have a short time to be together like this...
Soon, we'll be looking back nostalgically on these times...

FC:
You seem troubled...

Mitsuru:
...I'm just tired. There's no need for you to worry.

> Mitsuru seems annoyed.

Mitsuru:
Since my father passed away... I've been faced with many difficult
problems...
My inheritance... the future of Kirijo... and the expectations of
everyone involved with both...
Most likely I won't be able to attend college or begin a profession.
I will have to find another path.

> Mitsuru looks unusually timid.

Mitsuru:
Say, FC...
What are your thoughts on marriage?

FC:
To be with your true love.

Mitsuru:
*laugh* You're so straightforward.

> Mitsuru seems happy.

Mitsuru:
However, I'm a Kirijo. I cannot simply make a decision according to
my emotions.
An agreement between two parties such as marriage must be carefully
considered.
This is what I think: marriage is a social contract.
You are not just linked body and soul; you are linked to each 
other's social background as well...
My parents' marriage was arranged for strategic reasons.
But, as time passed, they slowly grew to love each other.
I don't consider them unfortunate... Love comes in all different
forms.
Do you disagree?

FC:
But your boyfriend...

Mitsuru:
Y-You should know that I don't have one... We're living under the 
same roof, aren't we?
.....
I'm not very good at romantic relationships.
Besides, I don't have any spare time to devote to another.

> Mitsuru seems offended.

Mitsuru:
I can't believe the library is closing and we're still here.
*sigh* Talking in the library...
I'm not setting a very good example as Student Council President.
...We should go.

> You listened to Mitsuru as she talked about her personal problems.

> You feel that you understand her better now.

> You left the library and decided to return to the dorm.

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Empress 5
----------

> Port Island Station, movie theater...

> You watched a movie with Mitsuru...

Mitsuru:
Well, I never imagined the popcorn you eat while viewing a movie 
could taste so good.
...Before I knew it, I'd eaten your half too. I apologize...
*chuckle* Watching movies on your own whim is so relaxing.
...You can have "bored" written all over your face without having to
consider the feelings of others.

FC:
Was it boring?

Mitsuru:
Oh, no, I was speaking hypothetically, I enjoyed it.

> Mitsuru is smiling...

Mitsuru:
I don't think I would normally have this type of conversation...
...You are the type of girl who wouldn't feel uncomfortable watching
a movie by herself, are you?
You may be more suited to ride a motorcycle than me...

FC:
Motorcycle?

Mitsuru:
Yes, I believe you've seen it before; I used to use it when I 
provided support for the team.
However, I didn't purchase it solely for that purpose.
With a motorcycle, I can go where I want, when I want, all by 
myself.
It's my modest attempt at rebelling against my restricted life.
I had planned to get rid of it after it was damaged, but I decided
to have it repaired instead.
It may be a bit of an exaggeration to say I cherish it, but I do 
enjoy riding it when I have time to.

> Mitsuru seems happy.

FC:
Can I ride with you someday?

Mitsuru:
Me too... With you, anywhere would be fun.

> Mitsuru seems very happy.

Mitsuru:
Thank you, I feel much better.

> Mitsuru has expressed her gratitude to you.

> Your relationship has grown.

Mitsuru:
If you don't have any objections... I'd like to stay here with you
for a little while longer.

> You decided to return to the dorm with Mitsuru.

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Empress 6
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Library...

> You have accompanied Mitsuru to the library to help her with her
research.

Mitsuru:
.....

> Mitsuru is looking at the bookshelf.

FC:
Looking for something?

Mitsuru:
No, I'm not. Thank you, though.

> Mitsuru seems to be pondering something.

Mitsuru:
Looking throught the literature section made me realize something...
There are a lot fewer books about marriage and family life than 
there are romance novels.
Do you think that means the most exciting time in one's life is
before marriage?
Is marriage worth that sacrifice?

> Mitsuru seems melancholy...

Mitsuru:
Well, to be frank, the Group is in turmoil over the inheritance 
issue.
To be honest, I'm having difficulty understanding the expectations
of the other members...
But, I'm the daughter of the head of the Group. I'm expected to lead
the company...
...even if that requires me to sacrifice something to do it.
A "fiance" has been chosen for me.
He's the new president of one of our affiliates, and he's much older
than me.
But, if I agree to the marriage, the future of the company will be
secured.
He's planning to announce the partnership and our engagement at the
same time.
Doing so will give the appearance that the company is stabilizing.
It's the best solution for everyone involved.

FC:
It's the first I've heard...

Mitsuru:
Well, of course it is.
You're the only person I've told.

> Mitsuru is forcing a smile.

Mitsuru:
My parents chose the same path.
So, I won't run from my destiny.

FC:
You should reconsider!

Mitsuru:
If I reconsider and decline the engagement, then what will I do?
Leave everything behind and go on a journey of self discovery...?
.....
Wherever I run, the road will lead to regret...
.....

> Mitsuru forced a smile.

> Mitsuru has confided in you with something important to her...

Mitsuru:
...FC.
Why was I born a woman...?
I have put forth many times more effort than others so that no one 
could look down on me because of my sex...
And yet... What has that brought me?
In the end, I cannot escape from the fact I am a woman.
Marriage to a near complete stranger, having my name and group 
stripped from me, expected to conceive an heir...
Through marriage, the Kirijo Group will prosper...
...Because I am a woman.
Where in there, however, am "I" needed?
.....
I apologize... It's not something I should be burdening you with...
You too, work hard as our leader...
I was the one who chose you...
.....
Perhaps I forced the position on you...
...so that you could prove to me that there is no difference between
men or women...
.....
Excuse me, but I'm leaving now...

> After saying goodbye to Mitsuru, you decided to return to the 
dorm.

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Empress 7
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-duck Burger...

Mitsuru:
.....
I think I've acquired a taste for fast food.
The world is much bigger than I thought. Rather... my world was
much too small.
From my point of view, your world is so brilliant...
When I'm with you, I discover so many new things about myself. 
Laughter, anxiety... It's quite an education.
...If only it could go on forever.

> Mitsuru sounded somewhat sad...

Mitsuru:
...FC.
When you're with me... what do you think?

FC:
I enjoy myself.

Mitsuru:
I-I see... I'm glad to hear that.

> Mitsuru is smiling.

Mitsuru:
These days spend with you will no doubt be treasured...
I'll keep them near to my heart...

> You feel a sense of affection from Mitsuru...

> You decided to return to the dorm. 

----------
Empress 8
----------

> Port Island Station, movie theatre...

> You had a fun time with Mitsuru.

Mitsuru:
I've been wanting to see that movie for a long time. It was very 
entertaining...
Even though it was a typical road trip movie, the way the characters
expressed their emotions was great.
The main character sacrificed everything just to go on a journey 
with his friends.
.....
And then, in the final scene, he decided to return to his normal 
life...
...I wonder if he was happy with that decision...
Hey, FC...
Have you ever thought about going to a place like that...
Somewhere far away, where no one knows who you are?

FC:
I have.

Mitsuru:
Really?
I'm surprised to hear that... I didn't know you felt that way.

> Mitsuru is forcing a smile.

Mitsuru:
Don't misunderstand me; I don't yearn to leave everything behind...
It's just that, sometimes, it's easy to become bound by the things
that are important to you.
The future of the company... All my responsibilities...
I wish I didn't have so much to worry about.
Sometimes I feel shakled by my family name...
.....
However... 
I know that kind of thinking is not permitted...
...Tch, I've become so undisciplined, constantly complaining...
*laugh* I must bore you with all my griping.
Some "sempai" I am. I've been doing nothing but leaning on you...

> Mitsuru seems to trust you...

Mitsuru:
I made my decision... And yet all I do is complain... Complain and 
run from my choice.
I talk about responsibility, but in the end... I haven't the courage
of my convictions...
Was I really this weak...? Just a woman waiting for someone to 
support her...?
Haha... I really do find new facets of myself when I'm with you...
I am... a fool.

FC:
Don't blame yourself.

Mitsuru:
You're right. Stating this won't help anything...

> Mitsuru is forcing a smile...

Mitsuru:
...FC.
Would you...
...run away with me?

Man's Voice:
There you are!
Mitsuru!

Well-Dressed Man:
I've been looking for you.
I didn't expect to find you here.
We're leaving. Let's go.

Mitsuru:
.....?
Wait a minute. I didn't make any plans with you for today...

Well-Dressed Man:
Well, my business meeting for this evening was cancelled.
I'm a very busy man. You're just going to have to adjust your
schedule to mine.

Mitsuru:
I can't... I've already made plans.

Well-Dressed Man:
Well, you can break them.
I don't think you have anything more important to do than spend time
with me.

Mitsuru:
.....

Well-Dressed Man:
...Don't look so sullen. You know this benefits you as well, don't
you?
I thought you understood our arrangement.
Now, you are to be my wife, and you are to be obedient.
*sigh* Why must you and your family always be so difficult?
Well, at least your father is no longer alive. I am relieved at 
that.
I imagine you feel the same.

Mitsuru:
How...
How could you say that!?

> Mitsuru is trembling with anger.

FC:
How dare you!?

Mitsuru:
FC...

> Mitsuru seems happy.

Well-Dressed Man:
Who are you!? I think you'd best be quiet...
Listen, Mitsuru...
Corporate management is not child's play.
No matter how smart you are, you're still going to need my knowledge
and experience.
And, the Kirijo Group still needs the cooperation of my company, 
does it not?

Mitsuru:
.....
Yes...

Well-Dressed Man:
Good girl, Mitsuru. I knew you would listen to reason.
...Now, let's go. I've made reservations for us at a luxurious
restaurant!

Mitsuru:
.....
Very well...
I wish you hadn't seen that.
Well, thank you. I had a lot of fun today.
And... I'm sorry...
.....
Please excuse me.

FC:
Sempai, let's run!

Mitsuru:
Stop, FC...
I know how you feel... I...

> Mitsuru has a sad look on her face.

Well-Dressed Man:
Let's go, Mitsuru.
...By the way, who are you? I've never seen you in fashionable 
society, so I assume you're a commoner.
Maybe you do attend the same school, but don't you see the ocean of
difference between you and Mitsuru?
That goes for you too, Mitsuru. Choose your acquaintances carefully.
After all, they will become mine as well.
If your friends aren't suited to high society, I'm the one who'll
suffer.
Bad company ruins good morals, as they say. Don't worry, I've picked
out other friends for you. Refined ones.
I advise you never come near Mitsuru again, little missy.

FC:
I refuse.

Well-Dressed Man:
.....
Do you not grasp the trouble you're causing for Mitsuru? Are you
simple?
Hmmm... You do have a pretty face. It might allow you to sneak your
way into high society.
Hold on... So that's your scheme? How exciting it must be to use
your sex as a weapon.
Men, however, require talent. I have the Group to look after. A 
little girl's burdens are nothing next to mine...

Mitsuru:
That's enough...

Well-Dressed Man:
Mitsuru...?

Mitsuru:
I said that's enough!

Well-Dressed Man:
Why are you getting so angry!?

Mitsuru:
If you insult her, you insult me!

Well-Dressed Man:
M-Mitsuru!?
Have you forgotten...? If you cross me, then...

Mitsuru:
You spoke of "burdens," did you?
You were right to do so, Indeed, there's no comparison!
She stands on her own feet and fights fate with her own strength.
Her outlook on life has redeemed and comformted me innumerable
times.
She is dear to me...
Take back your insults!

Well-Dressed Man:
What?
...Fine, fine. I suppose you can associate with her from time to 
time.

Mitsuru:
What a feeble apology!
People are not things, they are not pawns, and they are definitely
not your servants!
A man who fails to understant that cannot possibly develop the 
Group!
After all, a company is made of its people!
The Kirijo Group will not prosper under you! From today forth, you
and I are strangers!
Our group shall recover. There is no need to plead for help from a
shabby cretin like you.
And if you try to do anything malicious, I will use the power of the
Group to destroy you.
...Get out of here, you snob! I don't want to see your face ever
again!

Well-Dressed Man:
Ahhh...
Mommy! Mommy!

> The well-dressed man ran away...

Mitsuru:
A company is made of its people...
My father told me that many times.
Family, companies, society... People are the basis of everything...
I think I now fully grasp the meaning behind his words...
*chuckle* Let's go home.

> You decided to return to the dorm.

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Empress 9
----------

> Gekkoukan High School rooftop...

> You sat next to Mitsuru on top of the water tower...

Mitsuru:
You don't need to worry; no one will come. My first abuse of power.
...You can see miles from here.
Sometimes I come here to have a look... at the place we're 
defending...
I'm so sorry about what happened the other day. It must have upset
you.

FC:
You were cool.

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* I see...
I must say, it's a bit embarrassing to hear you say that.

> Mitsuru seems very happy.

Mitsuru:
Thinking back, those words I said to that man stay with me...
I must have been seeing people only in terms  of interest, 
according to whether or not they could benefit me...
To tell you the truth, it was initially the same with you.
You conveniently arrived and met my criteria to be leader...
The others in SEES, too, were pawns for my purposes...
*chuckle* Yukari realized that and snapped at me for it...
But I never even tried to understand where she was coming from...
Even though that was exactly it.
...You opened our eyes and brought us all back together.
Nothing is harder than facing every single person straight in the
eye...
No one could have served better than you as our leader.
My judgement was correct. *chuckle* I have quite the eye for people,
no?

> Mitsuru seems to trust you.

> Your relationship with Mitsuru has intensified...

Mitsuru:
I didn't realize I was doing it, but last time, I addressed you
differently...
...As FC. (By the first name instead of the last name)
*chuckle* It's a bit embarrassing, so I'll address you as that only
when we're together.
FC... You're outwardly adorable.
And yet, you have it in you to be stronger, more courageous, and 
more charismatic than a man...
In the end... It was I who was most hung up on the concept of 
femininity...
"Because I am a woman..." "Despite being a woman..."
It was just a way to excuse myself for failing...
Watching you, I realize... I had been a coward.
From now on, I will no longer allow my sex or my family name to
shackle me.
I am me. I have things only I can do.
And I will accomplish them...
I will never ask you to run away with me ever again.
Instead, FC...
Stay by my side. Fight alongside me... live alongside me.
...Understand?

> The hours flew by as you talked with Mitsuru.

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Empress 10
-----------

> Dorm, Mitsuru's Room...

> Her room is filled with expensive furniture...

Mitsuru:
I know what you want to say.
Our maid staff helped me move here... so that's why it looks like
this.
It's as if there's a second lounge here, isn't it?

> Mitsuru is smiling.

> ...The hours flew by as you talked with Mitsuru.

Mitsuru:
...Oh, I almost forgot.
I want you to have this.

> You received something from Mitsuru.

> Obtained Motorcycle Key.

Mitsuru:
It's the key to my motorcycle...
I'm not going to run from the future anymore.
I don't have to think of my motorcycle as a means to escape from my
feelings.
Though I do regret that I won't be riding it as often anymore...
...Let's ride together, FC.
...But, you'll have to sit on the back until you get your license.
When we're done fighting, I'll teach you how to operate it...
...I can't wait until then.

FC:
I'll do my best.

Mitsuru:
...Very well. But, please be careful.

> Mitsuru is smiling.

Mitsuru:
I am Mitsuru Kirijo. I hold my head high when I give that name.
Thank you, FC. You have given me pride.

> Mitsuru quietly nodded...

> You felt a tight bond with Mitsuru...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken.

Mitsuru:
.....
Well... Back on the subject... Do we have to watch that DVD?
Besides, why a horror movie...?
F-Fine, fine. You don't have to push the package in my face...
"True Stories: The Cursed House"...
.....
I-I'm not afraid of what I can't see.
But on film... the direction and techniques used are another story.
W-Well, let's watch.
.....
W-Would you mind...
...if I held your hand?

> You spent a long time together with Mitsuru.

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Empress Post Game
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> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

Mitsuru:
...This room brings back memories. I was only away for a little
while, due to the exams...
.....
The results haven't been posted yet... But I don't have any doubts
that I passed.
This spring, I'll formally become a university student.
...So this will be my last chance to see the view from here.
I don't have much time today. All the members of the head family are
gathering for a briefing session.
The Kirijo Group looks strong right now, but it's actually very 
frail... It could collapse at any time.
I must stay strong...

> Mitsuru seems a little tired...

FC:
Any way I can help?

Mitsuru:
*chuckle* Of course you can. In fact, there's something only you 
can do.
...Who else will help me relax if I become exhausted?
Who will be by my side?
...Soon, I'll be saying my farewells to the dorm, too.
I've been slowly packing up my things... but it's not going well.
Everything brings back memories... A book, a picture, a piece of 
clothing... on and on.
My senior year seemed short, but very... full. It went by so 
quickly.
Especially after you arrived...
Everything changed with you...
If you hadn't come to this school... I wonder what would've become
of me.
Would I have accepted my arranged marriage...?
Or would I have gotton on my motorcycle one day, driven off, and 
never returned...?
Fate... is a mysterious thing.
But there's no use dwelling on the past.
I have things that must be done, to secure a future for the Kirijo
Group and myself.
I will not hesitate to put forth the effort. I swore that to you.
Come visit the Kirijo head family someitme. We shall have tea with
everyone.
*chuckle* Our relationship isn't one that will end with graduation,
right?
I wonder how we'll change as time passes. I look forward to finding
out...
It's almost time. I have to be on my way.
I wish we could see each other back at the dorms... but I'll be late
tonight. Maybe this weekend?
Well, see you.

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.......................................EMPEROR (SCER)

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Emperor 1
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

Mitsuru:
Everyone, this is FC. She'll be joining us in Student Council.

Disciplinary Committee Rep.:
FC-kun, huh...
I'm Hidetoshi Odagiri. I supervise the Disciplinary Committee.

Treasurer:
I'm Chihiro Fushimi, the Treasurer.
I'm a sophomore, and um... I'm still learning the ropes, so... 
please be patient with me.

FC:
I'll do my best.

Hidetoshi:
...I would certainly hope so.

> Hidetoshi is sizing you up.

Hidetoshi:
...You must be talented if the President hand-picked you.
Nice to meet you.

> It seems Hidetoshi wants to learn more about you.

> You're getting to know the members of Student Council.

> You hope that you can get along with everyone here...

> The school day is about to end.

Mitsuru:
...Today, we'll just do introductions.
It'll be your job to help us.
From now on, you have my permission to enter the Student Council 
Room whenever you need to.
That includes after school, too.
The Student Council meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We  
don't meet on days before tests.
Thank you for joining us today.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 2
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> You worked with the members of the Student Council.

> The hours fly by as you work on the tasks.

> Hidetoshi started to talk to you.

Hidetoshi:
I'd like to hear your opinion on something. It's nothing serious,
but...
Some students feel the school uniform should be abolished, and 
they're recruiting supporters...

FC:
How pointless.

Hidetoshi:
You're right about that.

> Hidetoshi seems satisfied.

Hidetoshi:
They think life without rules is freedom. It's ridiculous, plain 
and simple.
Without rules, the whole system will collapse. They're mistaking 
selfishness for freedom.
...Sorry, I may have overreacted.
I hate people with no common sense. Sometimes, I can't believe the 
things that come out of their mouths.
I don't mean you, of course. I just want you to understand where 
I'm coming from.

> It seems you've gained Hidetoshi's trust.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Hidetoshi:
Why don't you go home? I'll finish up here.
...Take care.

> You decided to go home.

----------
Emperor 3
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> Hidetoshi is talking to a teacher.

Teacher:
Alright Hidetoshi, I'm counting on you... for both our sakes.

Hidetoshi:
...Yes, sir.

> The teacher left...

Chihiro:
Oh, FC-san...

Student Council Member:
...Hey, what did he mean by "for both our sakes"? What's he talking
about?

> The student council member is pressing Hidetoshi for an answer.

Hidetoshi:
He just wants to create a better school environment, so he simply 
asked for help from an apt student.
Just like how the President asked FC-kun to join Student Council.

Student Council Member:
What!? You can't decide something like that without the President's
permission!

> The student council member is glaring at Hidetoshi.

FC:
Did something happen?

Chihiro:
S-Someone found a cigarette butt in the boys' bathroom...
...and th-that teacher wants us to look for the one who did it...

> Chihiro spoke in a hushed tone...

Hidetoshi:
Well, someone broke the rules, and we should find out who. It's our
responsibility, right?
...Look, you have two choices. Either help out and prove you're 
trustworthy, or refuse and raise suspicion.
We sure have to deal with a lot of B.S. around here, don't we 
FC-kun?

> It seems like Hidetoshi is counting on you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Hidetoshi:
Now, if you'd excuse me.

Student Council Member:
H-Hey! Don't ignore me! You teacher's pet!

> The student council member chased after Hidetoshi.

Chihiro:
It's not good for Student Council members to be fighting like this,
right?
I-I better go tell the President...!

> Chihiro ran out in a hurry...

> ...Your work is done here; you decided to go home.

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Emperor 4
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> You worked with the members of the Student Council.

> The hours fly by as you work on the tasks.

Mitsuru:
Is Odagiri absent today?

Chihiro:
Um... no... I think he's busy...

Mitsuru:
Busy doing what?

Student Council Member:
...Busy playing Private DICK.

Mitsuru:
Oh... You mean what Fushimi was telling me about earlier... I see.
Well, his intentions are good, so you can't really blame him. But,
I understand how you feel.
...You can go if you'd like. I don't mind. Sorry for all the drama.

> You decide to leave the Student Council Room.

> Gekkoukan High School, 1F hallway...

> You can hear someone yelling.

Punk:
So where's your EVIDENCE, smart guy!?

Hidetoshi:
There's no need for evidence. I know all about you.
You were arrested for beating up a guy in the park who snitched on
you, right?

> Hidetoshi approached the student...

Sighing Female Student:
Whoa! He's at it AGAIN! That's the third person today he's 
accused...

Laughing Female Student:
My boyfriend was so pissed he was accused, too. This guy's asking
for it.

> The students around are only watching...

Hidetoshi:
Keeping quiet will do you no good.
...If it's not you, then give me some names.
Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. You have my word as a member of
the Disciplinary Committee.

Punk:
Shut up, asshole...

> It looks like the punk is going to hit Hidetoshi...!

FC:
Intervene

> ...The punk punched Hidetoshi before you were able to stop him.

> The punk walked away.

Hidetoshi:
Tch...! Don't think I'll just let that go!
FC-kun...
You look like you want to say something...

FC:
Working hard, huh?

Hidetoshi:
...Of course.

> Hidetoshi seems satisfied.

Hidetoshi:
If we let people get away with breaking the rules, things will only
get worse.
One day, it'll spiral out of control, and there will be nothing we
can do.
So, we should deal with the problem now, while we still can.
...I know what people think of me.
But those who carry out justice have always clashed with others.
History has proven this to be true.
So, let this serve as a warning to other offenders.
You're a sensible person... You understand, right?

> You sense that Hidetoshi is beginning to trust you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Hidetoshi:
I'm gonna get back to business. You should go home before it gets
dark.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 5
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> The staff members are arguing.

Hidetoshi:
How many times do I have to explain? It's like I'm talking to a 
moron...

Student Council Vice President:
Why are you accusing ME? The cigarette butt was in the BOYS' 
bathroom, right?

Hidetoshi:
Can you prove that it wasn't a girl who left it there?

Student Council Member:
There's just no reasoning with you!

> No one seems to agree with Hidetoshi.

> Everyone has left.

Hidetoshi:
...What a bunch of neanderthals...

Hidetoshi:
...FC-kun, were you there the whole time?

FC:
They were all mean.

Hidetoshi:
...Don't hold it against then... They're like children: they just
don't understand.

> Hidetoshi seems satisfied.

Hidetoshi:
Sooner or later, they'll see the light. Then, they'll respect me.
I'm not isolating myself; I'm just being aloof. Sooner or later,
someone always gets hurt in any relationship.
...I guess I'm preaching to the choir, though. I apologize.

> It seems like Hidetoshi is trying to be a good friend.

> You understand Hidetoshi better now.

> It's getting dark out.

Hidetoshi:
...There's no reason to have a meeting if no one's here. Let's go.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 6
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> Only Hidetoshi is here.

Hidetoshi:
Sorry, it was a quick meeting. Everyone left already.
It's actually kind of nice not having those hyenas around.

FC:
You're not going home?

Hidetoshi:
There's something I want to take care of before I go home.

> Hidetoshi seems troubled.

Hidetoshi:
About the cigarette butt in the boys' bathroom... I have to do 
something... soon.
...As you can see, the meeting's over, so you can leave if you want.

FC:
I'll stay here longer.

Hidetoshi:
I see...

> Hidetoshi seems happy.

Hidetoshi:
If you're not in a hurry, can you spare a few minutes?
.....

> Hidetoshi stood by the window and looked down at the courtyard...

Hidetoshi:
A man without position, honor, or education... What can he cling to
as he struggles through life?
"Sincerity," a man once told me.
...Do you want to know what happened to that man?
While gathering information for a story, a TV anchorwoman was 
injured on the job.
The executives for the TV station called it an "unfortunate 
accident."
But when a magazine learned they were hiding somethign, the execs
pointed the finger at the script writer.
They said it was the writer who had concealed the truth; he was made
into a scapegoat.
That man is currently serving time for perjury. It was he who taught
me the meaning of sincerity.

> Hidetoshi bit his lip...

Hidetoshi:
In today's society, the weak are preyed upon by the strong. You 
can't survive on sincerity alone!
...As for me, I'd like to build a corporation where everyone is 
treated fairly.
But, to do that, I'd need enough power to make my vision a reality.

> Hidetoshi poured out his soul to you. His words seemed truly
heartfelt.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Hidetoshi:
...Well, seems like we're done here. I'll walk with you to the door.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 7
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> You worked with the members of the Student Council.

> Hidetoshi reported at the meeting...

Hidetoshi:
The other day, I was talking about the cigarette butt in the boys' 
bathroom...
The teachers want the student to be expelled as soon as I find out
who it is.

Chihiro:
Huh...?

> The Student Council Room is getting noisy.

> After the meeting, everyone left, nervously glancing at each 
other...

Hidetoshi:
Expulsion, huh...?

> Hidetoshi looks exhausted.

Hidetoshi:
So, FC-kun, what do you think?
...About the smoker's punishment, that is.

FC:
A strict punishment.

Hidetoshi:
I think so too.

> Hidetoshi seems torn.

Hidetoshi:
I think once I catch the culprit, I'll give him a good lecturing.
After all, the point is to try and prevent it from happening again.
It'd be great if I could get people like him to change their ways.
I don't sympathize with students who break the rules, but...
...will kicking the "bad" kids out really make school a better 
place?

> Hidetoshi seems troubled...

Hidetoshi:
I don't know why I'm complaining. It's really not like me. I guess
I'm just confused because I feel so powerless.
I'll have more power if I do what the teacher wants and win his 
trust. Then, people will have to listen to me.
Watch me, FC-kun! I'll work my way to the top.

> Hidetoshi has opened up to you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Hidetoshi:
I have some work to do. I'm going to make a list of suspects.
You should go home, Kanna-kun. ...And avoid dark roads; you never 
know who's out there.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 8
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> Chihiro is the only one here.

Chihiro:
FC-san... Today's meeting was canceled.
Um... What happened to Hidetoshi-san?

FC:
What do you mean?

Chihiro:
Just now, a teacher called him to the office...
The teacher seemed really upset...

> Chihiro seems scared.

> What could have happened...?

> You decided to go to the office.

> Gekkoukan High School, office hallway...

> You hear someone yelling inside the office.

Teacher's Voice:
Don't be so stubborn! Just put her name on the list!

Hidetoshi's Voice:
FC-kun was chosen by the President to be in Student Council. She's
very responsible.
That's why I don't consider her a suspect.

> You hear a teacher and Hidetoshi talking.

Teacher's Voice:
There are witnesses who saw her wandering the streets at midnight!
A high school girl wandering the streets at night... there's only
one explanation for that, isn't there?
I thought you hated students who don't follow the rules...

Hidetoshi's Voice:
I don't doubt that there were witnesses, but...
I believe in FC-kun. So, I'm not adding her to the list of suspects.
...Besides, I thought we were talking about the smoker.
Your accusations of bad behavior... Are you trying to slander her?
What exactly do you intend to do to her using this list?

Teacher's Voice:
.....
In the end, you're just an adolescent interested in the girls too,
huh? I never thought you'd fall for a girl...
...Forget about our deal.

Hidetoshi's Voice:
...If you'll excuse me, then.

[Hidetoshi comes out from the office]

Hidetoshi:
...You were listening?

> Hidetoshi looks uncomfortable.

FC:
I'm not the culprit.

Hidetoshi:
I know; you don't have to tell me.

> Hidetoshi seems satisfied.

Hidetoshi:
That teacher thinks it was you... Did he really pass his 
certification exam?
Don't worry. Even if the whole school turns on me, I won't sell you
out.

> You feel a strong sense of friendship from Hidetoshi.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Hidetoshi:
...Be careful of that teacher.
You don't seem to realize why he's got his eye on you.
...If something happens, call me.
See ya, FC-kun.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

----------
Emperor 9
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> You worked with the members of the Student Council.

Hidetoshi:
...That's it for today's meeting.

> Hidetoshi whispers something to you...

Hidetoshi:
...FC-kun, I want to talk to you after the meeting.

> The Student Council meeting is finished.

> Gekkoukan High School, rooftop...

Hidetoshi:
I'm sorry to drag you up here, but I wanted to tell you something...
The cigarette butt incident will be dropped. ...They say it's my
fault, for asking so many questions.
I wanted to be Student Council President next year, and the P.E. 
teacher agreed to endorse me.
But, I lost my chance of achieving that goal when I disagreed with
him.
The student body is also annoyed with me.
I rambled on about rules and fairness, but all I really proved was
that I was desperate for power...

FC:
Don't blame yourself.

Hidetoshi:
...Now I know why the President asked you to join Student Council.
Those aren't just empty words... nor sympathy. You genuinely mean
what you say.

> Hidetoshi seems to be looking at you with admiration.

Hidetoshi:
The system only works if you have people's trust, and trust is not
something you force them to feel.
When the P.E. teacher suggested that you should be a suspect,
I felt as if I was being bullied by an ignoramus who just had more
power than me.
I felt like the truth was being bent and I might lose a friend as a
consequence.
If it wasn't for you, FC-kun, I would've gotten carried away. Thank
you.

> Hidetoshi seems genuinely appreciative.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Hidetoshi:
Don't tell anyone what I just told you.
I realize it's out of character for me... I'm sure everyone would
just make fun of me.
Remember, I expect you to keep this a secret. See ya later.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

-----------
Emperor 10
-----------

> Gekkoukan High School, Student Council Room...

> You helped Hidetoshi with his Student Council presentation.

Hidetoshi:
So that's my review on the proper way to wear one's uniform. Please
keep these things in mind.
I'm not trying to force everyone to change the way they dress; I
would like to hear your opinion.

> You overhear several comments.

Student Council Member:
Hey, did Hidetoshi just say he wanted to hear our opinions!?

Student Council Vice President:
Before, he didn't care WHAT we thought.

Student Council Liaison:
Well... At least he's trying.

> The meeting is over; only you and Hidetoshi remain...

Hidetoshi:
Thanks. I couldn't have done it without you.
Um... How'd I do?

FC:
It went well.

Hidetoshi:
If you say so... Anyway, it's a big weight off my shoulders.

> Hidetoshi seems to be blushing.

Hidetoshi:
I may have given people the impression that I'm selfish, but I'll
win back their trust.
Look at this.

> Hidetoshi removed a lighter from his pocket.

Hidetoshi:
You know that cigarette butt in the bathroom? One of the guys fessed
up.
And you know what else? He promised me that he'll never smoke again.
This lighter is proof of that.
I earned his trust by showing concern for others, just like you 
taught me.
Here, I wanted you to have this.

FC:
Thank you.

Hidetoshi:
Thanks.

> Obtained Cheap Lighter

Hidetoshi:
I've been looking down on people.
But that caused friction with everyone, and dragged in someone dear
to me...
It really hit me, when I was persuading the lighter's owner, how
important it was to make an effort to understand...
I learned that technique from you... As you employed it upon me.

> Hidetoshi seems embarrassed.

> You sense Hidetoshi has respect for you. Your relationship is
stronger now!

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Hidetoshi:
...Do you remember the story I told you? About the TV 
anchorwoman...?
The man sent to prison was my father...
I see now that sincerity IS important, and I'm proud of myself for
learning its true meaning.
I also realized what an amazing man my father is...
One day...
One day, will I be able to stand by your side...?

> Hidetoshi is looking at you...

Hidetoshi:
...It's time to go home.
You wanna go somewhere?
You know, we've never hung out outside of school.

> You decide to go with Hidetoshi. He seems really excited.

------------------
Emperor Post Game
------------------

Hidetoshi:
Hello, FC-kun.
...I'm glad I caught you here.
There's something I wanted to tell you.
We'll still be able to talk to each other next year, but...
I wanted to say this while we're still both on the student council.
...I'm going to quit the council.
I'm just not going to apply next year.
That cigarette business gave me a lot to think about...
...This may sound odd, but do you think this country is headed in 
the right direction?

FC:
I don't think so.

Hidetoshi:
I see... Me neither.
Around January, there was a sinister cult growing in popularity.
"A society without a future"... For many people out there, that's 
the reality.
I was thinking how we could change that... what it would take to 
change society.
I thought maybe one influential person could start a revolution.
But starting a revolution just because you have the power to do it
creates more problems...
That's waht the Nyxist incident taught me. I realized how naive I 
had been...
Now, I think the best thing for society is more education.
Things that each of us have to learn before going out into the 
world...
That's what's needed most. So...
I'm thinking of becoming a teacher.
A society is dictated by its people. If we improve the people's 
minds, society will be likewise improved.
...Aren't you going to laugh at me? Say something like "You? A
teacher?"

FC:
Don't laugh

Hidetoshi:
I see... I'll do my best.
.....
...I just wanted to thank you for that.
It's all because of you. Thanks...
And...
.....
Oh, never mind.
I'll tell you someday when I'm more worthy of you.
When I told you that I'd protect you, even I didn't know that...
There was a larger meaning behind it...
...That's all. See you later.

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.......................................HIEROPHANT (SCHP)

-------------
Hierophant 1
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworms Used Books...

> An old man and woman are behind the counter.

Old Man:
...Welcome.
What would you like today? We have fresh mackerel...!

Old Woman:
...Sorry, as you can see, we don't sell fish here.

Old Man:
Hey, you're a student, aren't you? You must be from Gekkoukan High,
right?
That means you've probably seen the persimmon tree there...

FC:
Persimmon tree?

Old Man:
Do you think I'm making this up!? ...I'm serious!
It was planted right beside a walkway in a courtyard at the school.

> It seems there's a persimmon tree somewhere at Gekkoukan High 
School.

> But, it's not clear how the tree and this old couple are 
connected...

Old WomanL
I'm sorry. He's rambling on like an old man.
...Just ignore him.

> After saying goodbye to the old couple, you decided to leave the 
bookstore.

<Gekkoukan High, 1st floor, corridor>

> A small tree is growing here.

> It must be the persimmon tree that the old couple at the bookstore
was talking about.

> .....

> You found a leaf on the ground.

> Obtained Persimmon Leaf.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

> An old man and woman are behind the counter.

Old Man:
...Welcome to Bookworms.
How many guests? Smoking or non-smoking?
Hm? Excuse me, but may I see that leaf in your hand...

> The old man in interested in the Persimmon Leaf.

> You showed him the Persimmon Leaf.

Old Man:
Oh! Is this a leaf from that persimmon tree?
It must have grown quite a bit to produce such splendid leaves...
...Wait, so you didn't come here to buy books? Did you come here 
just to show us this?

FC:
Yes, I did.

Old Man:
I knew it!
I knew right from the start that you're a kind young lady!

> The old man is showering you with praise.

Old Man:
I've been meaning to go see that tree for a while now, 
but I'm not sure if these stumpy old legs will make it that far...
...That wasn't meant to be a pun. You know, "stumpy," "tree stump."
Catch my drift?

Old Woman:
Very clever, dear.

Old Man:
Allow me to introduce my wife Mitsuko. I'm Bunkichi

Bunkichi:
If you don't mind, would you tell us your name?
So, your name is FC...
Then, we'll call you FC-chan from now on!

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko seem happy you told them about the persimmon
tree.

> You get to know the old couple a little better.

> It's getting dark out.

Mitsuko:
We're open every day except Monday.
Come visit us if you get bored.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 2
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

Bunkichi:
Oh, you came back! Welcome, um...
What was your name again?

FC:
I'm from Gekkoukan...

Bunkichi:
I'm just joking. I know who you are. I'm not that old.
My wife and I were just talking about you.

> Bunkichi seems happy.

Bunkichi:
Do you like Melon Breads?
Someone gave them to me, but I have more than enough. Go ahead, 
take one.

FC:
Thank you.

Bunkichi:
Don't worry about it; it's just a Melon Bread. There's no need to 
thank me.
You're so polite. I wish HE had been that way...

> Bunkichi seems impressed.

Bunkichi:
Do you want one for a friend too?
...Because it'll take us forever to finish them all.

FC:
I'll take some.

Bunkichi:
Alright, here ya go. Um.. uh... err...
What was your name again...?

Mitsuko:
Remember, dear? This is FC-chan.
I'm sorry. He's terribly forgetful lately.
Here you go.

> Obtained Melon Bread.

Bunkichi:
...Where did he run off to, dear?
He should be here helping customers... I'm sorry, FC-chan.

FC:
It's okay.

Bunkichi:
I'm sure you'd rather be with kids closer to your age rather than 
talking to an old man like me.
...If all goes as planned, you'll become my daughter.

> Bunkichi is smiling...

Bunkichi:
I'm sure he'll be back soon. Right, dear?

Mitsuko:
Must you, dear...?

> Mitsuko seems sad.

FC:
What are you talking about?

Bunkichi:
Our son... Passed away before us...
I'm so sorry.
I didn't mean to make you feel uncomfortable...

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko shared their painfun past with you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
H-Hey, hey, why the gloomy faces?
It's dark outside. I don't need it to be dark in here too.
...Please come again. We'll be waiting for you.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 3
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

Bunkichi:
That's strange... I swear I left it around here...
But, I can't seem to find it.

FC:
Looking for something?

Bunkichi:
FC-chan?
How'd you know I was looking for something? Are you psychic?

>Bunkichi seems rather surprised.

Bunkichi:
I'm looking for my glasses... No, not my glasses-- my wallet... I 
can't seem to find it.

FC:
I'll help look for it.

Bunkichi:
Wow! You really can read minds!
I was just thinking it'd be nice if someone gave us a hand.

>Bunkichi seems rather surprised.

> You search for the wallet with Bunkichi and Mitsuko.

Bunkichi:
Where could it be...?
...Wait, what were we looking for?

Voice:
Konnichiwa, 'ello!

Mysterious Foreigner:
I found zis on ze ground outside! Eez it yours?

> The mysterious foreigner handed a wallet to Bunkichi.

Bunkichi:
Wow! This is it! I've been looking for this wallet everywhere!
Well, it's not a golden wallet, but I'm still happy to have it back!

Mysterious Foreigner:
Sumimasen, excuse me...
Aren't you ze transfer student everyone eez talking about?
I go to ze same school-- Gekkoukan!

FC:
Nice to meet you.

Mysterious Foreigner:
I came 'ere from France to study abroad. My name eez Andre Laurent 
Jean Geraux.
But, zey call me"Bebe"!

FC:
Nice to meet you.

Bebe:
Hajime mashite, it eez nice to meet you too!
I work in ze Home Economics Room every day. If you get bored, come 
say 'ello!
I 'ope to see you zere. Sayonara, goodbye!

> Bebe has left the store.

Mitsuko:
Well... He seemed like an interesting young man.

Bunkichi:
Hmm... I thought I put it in my wallet so I wouldn't lose it...
...Ah, here it is! I knew it was in here!

Mitsuko:
...Dear? Is that key for...?

Bunkichi:
Come on, dear, you know what it is. It's the key for our son's car.
Seeing FC-chan reminded me of how things used to be...
I haven't heard the roar of the engine in a long time. How do I 
look, dear?

Mitsuko:
Please don't!
Why must you get into a car!? Do you want me to end up all alone!?

FC:
Alone?

Mitsuko:
Um, FC-chan...
I'm sorry for raising my voice. Did I scare you?

Bunkichi:
Our son... Remember what I told you? How he passed away...
On the way home from work, he got into an accident... He was hit by
a dump truck driver who was drunk on the job...

FC:
I'm sorry to hear that...

Bunkichi:
Please slap me... Slap me for being an insensitive fool...
With all my excigement, I forgot to consider how my wife might feel.
.. I'm such a... I'm such a...

> It seems like Bunkichi feels guilty.

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko told you the truth about their son's death.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
...Hm? Why should we let this get us down?
Since I found my wallet, why don't we eat out, dear?
Thanks for searching with us. Consider this your allowance.

> Bunkichi stuffed a Medicine into your pocket.

> Obtained Medicine.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 4
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworms Used Books...

Bunkichi:
FC-chan! Too bad you didn't come earlier...
My wife just left for Gekkoukan.

FC:
I'll wait here.

Bunkichi:
Well, she won't be gone long. Why don't you keep me company?

> Bunkichi seems happy to see you.

Bunkichi:
Are you thirsty? Here, let's share this.
...Wait, where are the cups? I'm afraid I'm completely useless 
without my wife.
...Hello, dear. You came back just in...

Mitsuko:
T... T-T-Tree...

> Mitsuko looks pale.

FC:
What's wrong?

Bunkichi:
Calm down, dear.
See you have FC-chan worried too. You oughta know better than to 
walk that far at your age...

> Bunkichi seems worried.

Bunkichi:
Here, drink this.
And here's one for you.

> Obtained Cylon Tea.

Bunkichi:
Judging by her reaction, it seems the rumor was true...
The persimmon tree by the walkway, at your school...
My wife heard a rumor that it was going to be cut down, and she 
almost fainted.
Do you know anything about it?

FC:
That makes me worry...

Bunkichi:
You're so kind...
I'm worried too. I tried to look into the rumor, but...
I think I was "barking up the wrong tree..."

> Bunkichi seems to be awaiting your reaction.

Mitsuko:
FC-chan, if it's not too much trouble, can you tell us if you hear 
anything about the persimmon tree?

> It seems Mitsuko is counting on you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Mitsuko:
I hate to trouble you, but...
Please let us know if you hear anything about the persimmon tree.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 5
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworms Used Books...

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko seem uneasy.

Bunkichi:
Oh, FC-chan. We were just talking about you.
I'm sorry for troubling you about the persimmon tree...

FC:
It's what you 'beleave'.

Bunkichi:
Good one!
It's realli nice having you around... I can make stupid puns 
whenever I feel like it!

> Bunkichi seems happy.

Bunkichi:
...That persimmon tree is a reminder of our son...
Before his death, he was a teacher at Gekkoukan High School...
He planted that tree on graduation day with the students in his 
first class.

Mitsuko:
That tree is about to bear fruit...
Why now...? Why do they want to cut it down now?

FC:
Don't worry.

Mitsuko:
...Thank you.
...That makes me feel a lot better. It's very comforting talking to
you.

> Mitsuko seems very appreciative of your support.

Bunkichi:
Your kindness encompasses everything, FC-chan.
It's like I'm looking at my wife when she was young!

> It seems Bunkichi and Mitsuko have grown to trust you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
Don't worry too much about the tree. Just stop by when you get the 
chance.
Oh, and take this. It's left over, but it's still good...

> Bunkichi stuffed a Crab Bread into your pocket.

> Obtained Crab Bread.

Bunkichi:
Take care.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 6
-------------

> Iwatodai strop mall, Bookworm Used Books...

> The atmosphere is heavy...

Bunkichi:
...Dear, FC-chan is here.
So, would you please cheer up...?

> It seems Mitsuko is crying...

Mitsuko:
I understand their reasoning...
But... But if... If that tree is gone...
If that tree is removed, I feel like the memory of my son will 
vanish with it...

> Mitsuko looks upset...

FC:
Please stop fighting.

Mitsuko:
...We're fine. We're not fighting. I was just fretting...
Sorry to make you worry.

> Mitsuko seems deeply touched.

Bunkichi:
...Apparenly, the rumor was true... They really are going to cut 
down the persimmon tree...
So, we went to the school to say goodbye.
But, that just reminded Mitsuko of our son's death...

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko seem really depressed.

FC:
It'll be okay.

Bunkichi:
See, dear. That's exactly what I said!
If you keep crying all the time, then what will your admirers think?
Right, FC-chan?

> A smile has returned to Mitsuko's face.

> You feel Bunkichi and Mitsuko's great appreciation.

> You relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
Stop by anytime.
My wife feels like she's back in her days in a girls' high school 
whenever you're around.
And of course, I'm always happy to see a looker.
Here, take this for when you get hungry.

> Bunkichi stuffed a Fried Bread into your pocket.

> Obtained Fried Bread.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 7
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworms Used Books...

Bunkichi:
Ah... FC-chan. Welcome--

Mitsuko:
*sob*

> Mitsuko is crying.

FC:
What's wrong?

Bunkichi:
Don't worry. She's crying because she's happy.
She always cries at happy events, like the day we first met!

> Bunkichi seems excited.

Bunkichi:
All the graduates from my son's class have gathered at the school.
They're collecting signatures to save the persimmon tree!

Mitsuko:
They say the tree is a memorial to their former teacher... They 
don't want it to be cut down.

FC:
Thank goodness...

Bunkichi:
Many of them came to our son's funeral...
It's been so many years... but they still remember him...

> Bunkichi is deeply touched.

Mitsuko:
They've given their precious time... *sob* for our son... I-I don't
know what to say...

Bunkichi:
...FC-chan, were you the one who called them all?

FC:
I haven't a clue.

Bunkichi:
There's no need to be modest...

> Bunkichi seems happy.

Bunkichi:
You're a samurai, FC-chan! A modern day samurai...
...What's the female version of a samurai? A kunoichi?

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko seem to think that you're the one responsible
for the petition.

> They seem very appreciative.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
...Don't forget about us, even after you've graduated and become an
 adult.
Someday, I'd like to go have a drink together...
But, let's wait until you're legal.

> Obtained Cielo Mist

Bunkichi:
See ya later.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go 
back to the dorm.

-------------
Hierophant 8
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

Bunkichi:
Welcome. I've been waiting for you.
I wanted to tell you the good news as soon as possible. It's about
a customer who came by earlier...
Who do you think it was? Here's a hint: "signature."

FC:
A petitioner?

Bunkichi:
Wow! I'm impressed! I thought that hint was too vague...
But yeah, it was one of the organizers ofthe campaign to save the
persimmon tree.

> Bunkichi seems cheerful.

Bunkichi:
He said, "Let's protect the tree together!"
...AND he's gotten a lot of signatures from students who were in our
son's class.

FC:
That's great.

Mitsuko:
Many people want to honor his memory...
He was loved by everyone...

Bunkichi:
Of course! He was our proud son!

Mitsuko:
I'm sure he's just as happy as we are...

Bunkichi:
Alright! Let's go to Gekkoukan right now!
I have to tell my son the good news!

FC:
Let's go!

Bunkichi:
Sweet! That's music to my ears!

> Bunkichi seems really excited.

Bunkichi:
I've never been so excited about a walk before!

> Bunkichi and Mitsuko seem to have taken a liking to you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bunkichi:
Let's race to the persimmon tree from here! I won't lose, not even 
to a youngster like you!
Alright, dear, we'll ba back. Thanks for watching the store.

> The school was closed, but you climbed over the gate to visit the
persimmon tree...

-------------
Hierophant 9
-------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

Mitsuko:
Um, dear, you spelled it wrong.
There are two k's...

Bunkichi:
I know, I know!
I just forgot to write the second one.

Mitsuko:
I feel bad for FC-chan and all the people who've been campaigning
to save the tree...

Bunkichi:
...Oh! Speak of the devil.
I'm writing a letter-- something I haven't done in ages. But, I 
can't remember how to spell half these words!
Am I finally losing it? I used to have an amazing vocabulary.

FC:
What is it for?

Bunkichi:
Sorry, can't let you see it. Top secret.

> Bunkichi seems to be having fun.

Mitsuko:
I'll tell you when the time comes, FC-chan.

Bunkichi:
Well, aren't you curious?

FC:
The suspense is killing me!

Bunkichi:
...We're just as excited.
Your enthusiams is contagious, FC-chan.
Just look at my wife. She's as giddy as a schoolgirl.

> It seems Bunkichi and Mitsuko are counting on you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> It's getting dark out.

Bunkichi:
I hope we can clean up the store before you come back next time...

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go
back to the dorm.

--------------
Hierophant 10
--------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Bookworm Used Books...

> Bunkichi is taking a nap.

Bunkichi:
...Please... wait a while longer.
...Even if the tree is gone... you'll still live on... inside us...

> Bunkichi is sleep talking.

FC:
Take a closer look

Bunkichi:
...Oh, FC-chan, you're here? You could've just woken me up...
Or did you just want to watch me while I was asleep?
Oof.
I feel relieved now, probably because the problem has been solved.
Even though it's the middle of the day, I feel so sleepy...

FC:
What problem?

Bunkichi:
I'm deeply touched that you and so many other people tried to help
us...
But, we sent a letter to Gekkoukan.
...I told them to cut the persimmon tree down.

FC:
Why!?

Bunkichi:
Wow, you should've seen your reaction! It was totally worth it to
surprise you like that!

> Bunkichi seems very happy.

Bunkichi:
Sorry that we did it without asking you.
...Recently, I went to visit the persimmon tree, and I met a student
on my way back.
He told me that the school is planning to build a new addition.
It would be selfish of an old man like me to deprive those young
people of new learning opportunities...
Helping those kids is more important that hanging on to his memory.
I think it'd make our son happy, too. He was a teacher after all!

FC:
You're right.

Bunkichi:
We're hoping, as we believe our son in heaven is too, 
that more kind students like you will graduate from Gekkoukan.
...Please take this.
It's the first fruit produced by the persimmon tree. ...It's a 
little rough around the edges, like our son...
Mitsuko is the one who suggested we give it to you.

> Obtained Persimmon Fruit!

> This must be something very important to them...

> You feel the old couple's great appreciation...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Bunkichi:
...Now, we have to cheer up and get on with our lives! We're too old
to waste a single day!
Or son would want us to be happy... I'm sure he's smiling down on us
from heaven.

Mitsuko:
It's difficult having such a well-respected son.
...Oh, does it sound like I'm boasting?

> You talked with the old couple until sunset.

> After saying goodbye to Bunkichi and Mitsuko, you decided to go
back to the dorm.

---------------------
Hierophant Post Game
---------------------

Bunkichi:
Oh, hello, FC-chan. How've you been?
You've grown so much since the last time I saw you!

Mitsuko:
Come on, dear, there's no way she could have grown that much in so
short a time...
What must have happened is that we shrank! Right, FC-chan?

Bunkichi:
Ah! Good point, good point! You've got me there.
...By the way, FC-chan.
I'm thinking of giving this old place a remodeling.
I'll make it even showier than the wing they're adding to Gekkoukan!

Mitsuko:
Speaking of which... the school's decided to move the persimmon tree
to another field.
I'll be replanted on a hill where you can see the whole campus.
So our son can still watch over the school and its students...
I know that tree isn't really our son. But it still makes me 
happy...

Bunkichi:
Once my dear wife heard, she couldn't stop crying.
C'mon, smile! Bahhh!

Mitsuko:
Don't yell, dear... your dentures will fall out.
Anyhow, we'll support the Gekkoukan High students as best we can.
You look very mature now, FC-chan.
You must have been working so hard...
Come visit us anytime!
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.......................................LOVERS (SCLV)

---------
Lovers 1
---------

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

Yukari:
U-Um, well...
There's... something I need to say to you.

FC:
What is it?

Yukari:
Um... You probably might not remember, but...
Um...
When you woke up in the hospital...
You know, after the dorm was attacked by a Shadow and you discovered
your Persona...
You know how I said all those things to you right after you woke up?
Like, "you're the same as me" and "you're alone," and stuff about 
your parents...
Um... I think that I might've been making assumptions about you.
I mean, I lost my dad, but in your case it's both your parents...
And even though things may seem the same, peopel react to them 
differently...
But I ignored how you might've felt and forced my own opinions onto
you.
I've been worrying all this time that I might've said some unfair 
things to you that day.
...And I want to properly apologize for it, I'm sorry.
But... I still do sense something similar between us.
You might not like it, since it's the fact that we're both missing
parents...
Still, I've never had anyone who could understand it around me
before...
It's different for everyone else at school.
They have both their parents at home...
They can complain about how they'll get yelled at if they come home
late...
I... When I hear stuff like that, I feel jealous.
But I hate feeling that way, so I hide it... And because I can't 
tell anyone that, I feel distant...
I felt lonely.
So when I heard about you, I fel that you could save me from that...
...Yikes! Sorry! I'm being selfish again, I know.
But, the fact that you're part of our group now makes me feel a lot
better.
I'm glad that you joined us...
Haha, I'm just going around in circles with this pity party, aren't 
I?
But... That's how I really feel.

> Yukari confided in you.

> You feel as if you've gotten a little closer to Yukari...

Yukari:
...It's starting to get a little cold out. Let's go home.

> ...You decide to go back to the dorm.

---------
Lovers 2
---------

> Port Island Station, florist...

> You and Yukari stopped here after seeing a movie.

Yukari:
Don't you feel happy when you go to a flower shop? There's so many 
colors, and they're all so pretty.
I dream about having a room just full of flowers one day.
Hey, what's your favourite flower?

FC:
Roses, no question.

Yukari:
Roses? Wow, is that so?
Oh, don't get me wrong. It's just that roses always seem to have 
this mature, adult woman feeling to them...

> Yukari seems impressed...

Yukari:
...Back in the day, my house used to be filled with flowers.
My mom really liked flowers, so she always bought a lot of them. 
She'd decorate with the ones I'd pick, too.
That's probably why I like them so much... But for a while, there 
was a time that I didn't like seeing flowers.
They would bring back memories... And they reminded me that what is
beautiful can quickly wither away.
But, I don't feel that way lately. I even feel like getting some 
flowers for my own room.
*chuckle* I wonder why... I don't really understand this myself.

> Yukari stares at the flowers with a nostalgic look in her eye...

> You feel like you understand Yukari a little beter now...

Yukari:
That's it! I'm buying a whole bunch of flowers today!
Excuse me! Can you make me a big bouquest for something like 3000 
yen?
...Huh? No!?
Oh... So for that price, it'll just be a hugh bunch of baby's 
breath...?
Ugh... No thanks.

> You decide to purchase a small bouquet and return to the dorm...

---------
Lovers 3
---------

> Paulownia Mall...

Yukari:
Hey, whaddya want to do now? Karaoke?

Kid:
Mommy! Where are you!?

Yukari:
...?

Kid:
M-Mom, Mommyyyyy! Where are you!?

> A child is screaming at the top of his lungs...

Yukari:
Hey, what's wrong? Are you lost?

Kid:
M-Mommy told me to wait here... *sob* and... and... she gave me 
money, but...
*sob* B-But, she's not coming...

> The child begins to bawl.

Yukari:
Hey, don't cry...
See, you're okay.
I'll stay with you, alright?
Hey, look! We can get help over there!
C'mon, follow me.
The policeman will know what to do.
He'll find your mom, so don't worry.

> You left the child in the policeman's care.

Yukari:
Phew, what a relief... I'm glad he was able to contact his parents.
...What were they thinking leaving that poor kid all alone!?
It makes me so angry.
But...
I guess my mom's no different.

FC:
What happened with her?

Yukari:
Hm... Remember when I told you before how my mom and I aren't very 
close?

> Yukari looks down.

Yukari:
Well, if you asked me what kind of parent she is, I'd say, "a 
terrible one."
She wasn't always like that, though...
After what happened to Dad, she totally changed...
She's probably living with one of her boyfriends somewhere... 
Honestly, I'd rather not know.
Hey, you know what'd be cool? Changing the subject!
...Um, look, you're the only one I've told this to, so please don't
tell anybody else about it!

> Yukari has opened up to you.

> The two of you have gotten closer...

Yukari:
Sorry, but I'm not exactly in the mood for karaoke anymore... Let's
go back.
I'm gonna make a stop at the convenience store, so... I'll see you 
later.

> You left Yukari and decided to go back to the dorm...

---------
Lovers 4
---------

> Paulownia Mall...

> You went shopping with Yukari.

Yukari:
Wanna start off at the pharmacy?
I ran out of my color of lip gloss, but what do you think...?

Yukari's phone rings.

Yukari:
Hang on, I've got a phone call.
Oh...

> Yukari's expression darkens...

Yukari:
...Hello.
Yeah... What?
...So? ...Get to the point, okay?
...Huh?
It's not funny!
What!? How do you think that would make Dad feel!?
....
Fine. Do whatever you want.
...Just don't call me again!

> Yukari hung up on the caller.

Yukari:
......
Sorry.

FC:
Are you all right?

Yukari:
..Oh, yeah... I'm fine. Thanks for asking.

> Yukari seems to have caled down a little.

Yukari:
You know who I was on the phone with, right...? Yeah, it was my mom.
She says she wants to get remarried...
I don't really care if she wants to get married again, but I can't 
stand how she's been living...
Running away from life, jumping from guy to guy...
I don't think that's fair to my dad.

> Yukari seems to be upset.

> You quietly stood by Yukari until she calmed down...

Yukari:
Sorry, I'm okay now.
Thanks.
I'll never be like her. I'll never be that weak...
Running away to forget your problems is the worst thing you can do.
I've decided that I'm gonna live on my own.
I'll show her that I can be happy that way.

> Yukari has shared her innermost feelings.

> You understand her a little better now.

Yukari:
Thank you.
For some reason, I feel like I can tell you anything...
That's it! I'm going on a shopping spree today!
And you're coming with me!

> You kept Yukari company until her shopping spree finally wound 
down...

---------
Lovers 5
---------

> Iwatodai strip mall...

Yukari:
Um, going to the bookstore is kinda lame... Let's go somewhere else.
...Wait, lemme see how much money I have...
Oh, no! Where's my wallet!? D-Did I drop it...!?
But, when..? I had it when I pulled out my ticket at the station...
Wait... Someone bumped into me right outside the train station.
Sorry, I'm gonna go back there and look around.

FC:
I'll go with you.

Yukari:
Huh? That's okay. I mean, it's just over there.
Wait here, okay? Well, I'll be right back!

> Yukari runs off...

> .....

> You're beginning to get looks from people passing by...

> It doesn't seem like Yukari is coming back...

> Could something have happened to her...?

FC:
Go look for her

> You decide to go check up on her.

> Iwatodai Station...

> You hear a man yelling.

Gang Member:
What'd you say? You better shut your mouth, bitch!

Lackey:
Can I get a piece of that, Bro!?

Yukari:
.....

> Yukari is being surrounded by punks!

FC:
Help her

Yukari:
FC...!

Gang Member:
Huh? You want in on this too, sis?

Lackey:
Dude, they're both hot, Bro!

> ...The odds seem to be against you.

Girl's Voice:
Hey, what's going on over there!?

Man's voice:
Somebody call the police!

Punks:
Shit, let's split before the pigs get here!

They run off.

Yukari:
.....
Oh, FC....
Did you... call them?
...Thanks.
What the hell... Seriously!?
What's up with those punks!? Total wastes of humanity!
Seriously, what the hell!?
Geez...

> Yukari is shaking...

> She must've been scared...

Yukari:
I'm so pissed off...!
I thought, "Someone, help me!"
I said that I wouldn't have to rely on anyone, but I needed somebody
in a time like this...!
I'm pissed off at myself!
This... This is no different from my mom!

> Yukari is shaking in anger...

> You feel like you understand Yukari a little more now...

Yukari:
...I'm gonna go back.

> Yukari left in a hurry...

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

---------
Lovers 6
---------

> Iwatodai Strip Mall, Wild-duck Burger...

Yukari:
H-Hey, um...
Do you remember when those guys stole my wallet, and you came to
help me?
And still... I just blurted out stuff that made no sense...
I was just so angry at myself.
D-Did it make you mad?

FC:
No?

Yukari:
R-Really? I'm glad to hear that...

> Yukari seems relieved...

Yukari:
I always just blurt out whatever I'm thinking to you.
*chuckle* ...I wonder why.

FC:
Isn't it because we're friends?

Yukari:
.....
I see...
Oh... I get it now...
That's how friends are...

> It seems that Yukari wasn't expecting that answer...

Yukari:
I think there's a part of me that's really unsentimental.
I always keep thinking of myself as apart from others... To tell the
truth, I didn't care about other people.
But at the same time, I didn't want anybody to get involved with
me either.
...But, it's kinda different with you.
I don't mind how much you try to be my friend... Actually, I look
forward to it.
I think, deep down... I wanted someone to understand what I was 
going through.9
Maybe I wanted someone to be sympathetic and say "Oh, you poor
thing, you're doing your best..."
Maybe I want someone to try to take special care of me for once...
...Not that I'd let just anyone do it.9
I'd only want someone I like to do that for me.9

> Yukari smiles...

> You sense Yukari's affection for you...

Yukari:
Y-Yikes, I didn't mean to just start babbling all this embarrassing
stuff! At Wuck of all places...!
C'mon, eat your fries! We're leaving!
...But let's grab some anmitsu before going back.

> You ate anmitsu at the sweet shop with Yukari before heading back
to the dorm...

---------
Lovers 7
---------

> Iwatodai strip mall...

> You decided to come here with Yukari...

Yukari:
Wuch... won't do. It's fattening. The sweets shop... also is 
fattening.
Ramen, beef bowl...
.....
This place is full of fattening stuff!
Ugh! It's getting to the point that I'm starting to feel a bit...
I think I'm gonna buy that DVD that helps you lose weight while
dancing!
Have you heard about it? I've heard that it's on top of the sales
charts right now.
Oh, but do you think people downstairs will hear? I think you have
to jump around and stuff...

> Yukari is looking your way as she talks to you...

> ...?

> A car comes speeding down the road as Yukari steps into the 
street!

FC:
Try to pull Yukari back!

Yukari:
Eek!

[Sound of the car skidding]

[You fall]

> The car sped off...

Yukari:
Ah...
Th...anks...
.....
That was scary...

FC:
I was scared, too.

Yukari:
Yeah...

> Yukari still seems stunned...

Yukari:
Oh... You're hurt...

> You skinned your palm slightly when you fell down...

Yukari:
Why...
Why'd you help me!?
...What were you gonna do if you died!?

FC:
So it's okay if you die!?

Yukari:
That's not what I meant!
I mean... I mean, you're... you're our leader!
.....
And... what would I do if you died?
I'm tired of all this! I'm sick of all the people around me dying!

> Yukari looks like she's about to cry...

> You sense affection from Yukari...

Yukari:
Sorry... You saved me too...
Haha, I keep bombarding you with all this personal stuff all the 
time.
.....
Sorry, I'm a little confused...
Haha, I'm a kid, aren't I...
.....
I'm... gonna head back...
Sorry...

> Yukari ran off...

> You decide to go back to the dorm...

---------
Lovers 8
---------

> Paulownia Mall...

> You went shopping with Yukari.

Yukari:
Hm... I want to check out some earrings, too.
Oh, I know. How 'bout you pick a pair for me?

FC:
Let's get a matching set!

Yukari:
That would be cool!
Wait, your ears aren't pierced...
Oh, why don't get get a new choker, then? I think you'd definitely
look cute with this one.
I could use a new one, too... Why don't we get matching ones?

> Yukari seems to be enjoying herself.

[Yukari's phone rings]

Yukari:
Hang on, I have a phone call.
Hello?
...!
Uh-huh...
What!? You're not!?
You want me to forgive you...?
Wait! Don't do that! Do what you wanna do!
...But, that's not what I meant...
If that's what you want, then go ahead... I don't care, so...
...Well, you don't have to worry about me...
Huh?
You want to get together and talk about it?
.....
S-Stop, don't cry!
I'll call you later, okay?
...Alright. Bye.

> Yukari hung up.

Yukari:
.....
That was my mom.
She apologized for everything that's happened.
She said she won't get remarried until I forgive her...
...Oh crap, I can't stop shaking.

> You deicde to sit with Yukari until she calms down...

Yukari:
She wants to see me... but I'm really nervous...

FC:
Do you want to see her?

Yukari:
Well, I'm not the one who asked to meet. I'm afraid it might get 
ugly.

> Yukari smiled a little.

Yukari:
We haven't seen each other in almost 10 years... so it's not going
to be easy.
When I see her, I might get angry and say something cruel.
But... It's probably about time I talked to her...
Nothing will change if I just run away...
Deep down inside, I think she still misses Dad.
She couldn't handle it... Losing someone so important to her...
That's why she needed someone to lean on...
I think... that losing someone you love and having to be alone is
really hard.
It's hard to explain, but I realized this when you and I started
going out.
I was afraid of losing someone close to me... So I tried to avoid
becoming close to anyone...
My mom just wanted to forget that fear. She's weak, but I won't look
down on her...
My mom and I are the same after all...

> Yukari has reflected on herself and seems to have been able to
take a step forward...

Yukari:
...Well then! Let's go look at some accessories.
Hey, wanna get some friendship rings?
I'll buy yours, and you buy mine.
...Make sure you get a guy to buy you the one that goes on your ring
finger, thought!
C'mon, let's go.

> You shopped around with Yukari and the went back...

---------
Lovers 9
---------

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

Yukari:
I wonder if this Pheromone Coffee has some kind of effect on people.
I've been into drinking it lately, and people have been saying that
I've gotten cuter lately.
I mean, "Tell me more," right?

> Yukari laughs merrily...

Yukari:
I-I'm thinking about looking for a boyfriend.

FC:
You won't have a problem.

Yukari:
Y-You think so? Haha... I sure hope so.

> Yukari seems embarrassed...

Yukari:
I've been thinking a bit.
Finding someone to care for, and loving them with everything I've 
got...
...And even if I do lose that person someday, I want to be able to
cherish that sadness, too.
No, I want to really cherish being with them to the point that I
won't even have time to feel sad when they're gone...
I mean, no matter how sad I'll be, my memories of being with them
will never disappear.
It doesn't suddenly make the happiness I felt when I was with them
a lie...
Heh... I swore that I'd never get married, but I'm surprised at how
my mind's been changed so suddenly...
I didn't think it was possible to change that much...
I... like the new me.
Th-Thanks. I think it's because of you...

> You sense Yukari's affection...

Yukari:
I've been invited to a group date, so I wonder if I should go...
I've always declined these offers befoe, so it feels kind of awkward
to suddenly say yes now...
Hmm... But what do you do on a group date...?
...Oh, wanna come with me? I'll feel more reassured.

> You spent time chatting with Yukari...

----------
Lovers 10
----------

> Dorm, Yukari's room...

Yukari:
Hehe, my room's cleaner than you thought, huh?
Oh, right... If you see any CDs or DVDs you're interested in, feel
free to borrow them.
Hm... I don't think I've ever asked you this before. What kind of
music do you like to listen to?

FC:
I'm a total JPop fan.

Yukari:
Oh, me too!
I keep buying songs from famous singers so I can perform them when I
go to karaoke.

> Yukari seems happy...

> You spent time chatting with Yukari...

Yukari:
Oh, yeah... I wanted to give you something...
This is for you...

> Yukari has given you a special gift.

> Obtained Yukari's Strap.

Yukari:
You know what it is, right? It's the strap from my cell phone.
I got it at the opening ceremony for the Moonlight Bridge.
It's been my special keepsake for many years...
...ever since my dad bought it for me.
.....
...I used to talk to the toy figurine attached to it when I was here
in my room.
*giggle* You must think I'm nuts, huh?
But, as time passed... I stopped talking to it.
I figured out why...
The reason why I talked to my "little friend" was because I wanted
something to hang onto.
I figured out... that I was just trying to run away into the happy
memories I had.
I started feeling bad about that. I felt like I was using it as a 
tool to act like a damsel in distress.
That's why I want you to hold on to it...
...at least until I stop running.
...Until I can go proudly to see my mom and the two of us can 
reminisce about my dad.

> Yukari has mustered up her courage and fully opened up to you...

> You sense that you share a strong bond with Yukari...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Yukari:
My dad... huh.
...I wonder if I'll ever get married one day and become a mom
myself.

FC:
I'm sure you will.

Yukari:
Mm... I think I'll look forward to that.

> Yukari is smiling...

Yukari:
Still, I think I'm gonna hold off on trying to score a boyfriend for
a while.
There isn't anybody who catches my attention. Besides, it's more fun
hanging out with you!
Girl talk's always more fun, too!
Come on, let's talk all night!

> You spent a long time together with Yukari.

-----------------
Lovers Post Game
-----------------

<Gekkoukan High School, rooftop>

Yukari:
S-Sorry for calling you out here...
Um... I actually have a little favour to ask...
Well...

> Yukari's eyes are cast down, as if hesitating.

Yukari:
I-It's my mom...
I... want you to meet her.
.....
I just promised to visit my mom... but I'm still kinda scared.
If I see her... I might end up saying some really nasty things...
What if we end up hurting each other even more? I don't wanna hurt
her feelings...
I still haven't sorted all this out inside...
I think... I do want to see her...
That's why I thought it'd be great if you could be there with me.
Having you there will make me feel more confident... and I want to
introduce you to her.
I want to tell her that you're... my best friend...
So... if it's not too much trouble... How about it?

FC:
Okay, but I'm getting nervous.

Yukari:
Y-Yeah, me too... That's why I wanted you there with me.
Well then, I'll call her up right away! I've been putting this off
for so long...
Let's see... How does during spring break sound?
Man... I didn't realize until just now that spring break's almost 
here, huh...
We're already seniors...
I wonder if we're going to have new people come to our dorm. It'd be
nice if we got along with them...
I mean, we never really interacted with Mitsuru-sempai or 
Akihiko-sempai, after all.
At the end of the year, we'll graduate and go to college... And then
start a career?
That feels like it's a long way off.
I wonder what's going to happen to us...
...Anyway! Just remember to keep a day open during spring break, 
okay?
I'll get in touch with you later. See ya!

--------------------------------------------------------------------
.......................................CHARIOT (SCCR)

----------
Chariot 1
----------

> Gekkoukan High School, gym...

Ms Kanou:
So, you all have a new teammate.
She's from class 2-F. Everybody be nice to her, okay?

FC:
Nice to meet you all!

Club Members:
Nice to meet you too!

> This club seems to have a rather friendly atmosphere.

> At the very least, it seems that you're welcome here...

Ms Kanou:
Um, who was the leader for the juniors?

Keen-Looking Student:
That would be me.

Ms Kanou:
Oh, good. I'll leave the rest to you. I don't really know what I'm 
supposed to do here anyway. *giggle*

Keen-Looking Student:
...All right.

> Ms. Kanou left...

Short-Haired Member:
"I don't really know anything! Tee-hee!"

Tanned Member:
Haa! That sounds exactly like her. She's too old to try to act cute
like that.

Keen-Looking Student:
...C'mon, let's get back to practice!
You're FC, right? I'm Rio Iwasaki, a junior like you.

Rio:
I'm in charge of the junios in the club, so don't hesitate to ask 
me anything.
This club meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We don't meet 
for a few days before exams, so keep that in mind.

FC:
Thanks.

Rio:
Well then, we're gonna concentrate on doing basic exercises today, 
so come on and join in.
Just keep up as much as you can.

Short-Haired Member:
The basics again...?

Rio:
I keep telling you all that the fundamentals are important! Let's 
start off with some running.

Club Members:
Alright...

Rio:
You stand in this line.
If you start getting worn out, just keep your mind focused and 
you'll be able to pull through.

FC:
I'll be all right!

Rio:
Ahaha, you sound promising.

> You joined the girls' volleyball club and met Rio Iwasaki, a 
junior like you...

> Rio seems to be taking her role in the club seriously...

Rio:
Well, let's go. Front row, start us off!

Club Members:
One, two...

> After running laps, you went through a series of muscle exercises...

> Then you diligently went through basic drills in serving and 
receiving.

> You decided to go back to the dorm after practice ended.

----------
Chariot 2
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You went to practice with the volleyball club...

Rio:
C'mon, get those legs moving! You need to get under the ball!

> You can hear Rio's coaching voice...

Short-Haired Member:
Rio, can we take a break yet...?

Rio:
Huh? But we're just getting started!

Short-Haired Member:
But we're all tired! It's not like we're gonna make the finals or 
anything anyway!

Rio:
.....
We could if we tried!

Club Members:
Huh...?

> The club members look at each other in confusion...

Rio:
True, our team might be weak now, but who knows what we can do if 
we seriously put our minds to it!

Club Members:
......

> The club members fall into a sullen silence...

Club Member:
You're the only one who wants to go that far...

Rio:
...Who said that?

Club Members:
.....

Rio:
You just need determination...

> Rio sighs...

Member with Buns:
...I don't think we're in the mood to keep going today..
Let's just go, guys.

Rio:
But the bell hasn't--
.....

> All the other members leave...

Rio:
.....
Oh, FC-san...
Why-Why don't you leave too? Looks like practice is over for today 
anyway...
I'll be fine on my own...

FC:
Spot me while I do situps?

Rio:
Okay...
...Thanks.

> Rio looks ready to cry a little...

> You and Rio finished practice together...

Rio:
Ah, it's almost time...
Um... About today...

FC:
Is it always like this?

Rio:
...Yeah.

> Rio laughs...

Rio:
All I want is to play volleyball.
Everyone else just spends all practice talking about guys or 
loafing around...
.....
Oh, I shouldn't be saying this to someone who just joined up.
If... you wanna play volleyball, it'll be a lot of work. But you're
welcome to change your mind if you want.

> Rio laughs...

> You feel like you understand Rio a little better now...

Rio:
Let's clean up and go home.
I'm so hungry. Why don't we go grab a burger or something?

> After finishing up with the club, you decided to stop by a burger
place before returning to the dorm.

----------
Chariot 3
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You participated in the volleyball club practice...

> ...Most of the members are missing...

Rio:
Is this it today? Where's everyone else?

Member with glasses:
No clue.

Rio:
.....

Girl's Voice:
Excuse me! Could I borrow some of you guys' tape?

Rio:
Oh, Yuko...

Energetic Student:
Sorry, we ran out. Is it okay if I take some from the box?
...Doesn't look like you have too many people here today, huh.

Rio:
...Yeah.

Energetic Student:
I wonder where they heard about that group date...
Seriously, I don't know if I should be appalled or jealous...

Member with glasses:
Hey, you idiot!

Rio:
...Group date?

Energetic Student:
Oh... Ohhhhh... You didn't know...
Sorry, I heard the girls in the tennis club talking about it at the
shoe lockers...

Rio:
So, everyone went to that?

Member with glasses:
.....

Rio:
That's stupid...
...Why'd they hide it from me? All this running around behind my 
back is so irritating!

Member with Glasses:
...You'd get angry if we told you.

Rio:
Of course I'd get angry!

Energetic Student:
W-Well, calm down...

Member with glasses:
What a pain... They're just taking a breather. What's wrong with 
that!?

Rio:
You call a group date "taking a breather?"

Member with glasses:
Yes! I don't expect someone who's never been in a relationship to 
understand it, though!
And what's with that attitude of yours all the time!? Who do you 
think you are!?

Rio:
What...!? I'm your leader! You're the ones that nominated me! Or 
did you all forget about that!?

Member with glasses:
If we knew you'd turn out like this we never would've nominated you!

Rio:
What...!? Well, it's too late now!

Member with glasses:
Screw this! This isn't worth my time... I'm done with this stupid 
club.
You're a pain in the ass, and I don't care about keeping up with 
you. I bet everyone else is gonna quit, too.

> The other members left...

Rio:
Hey! I'm not done--

Energetic Student:
I-I'm sorry about that...

Rio:
...It's not your fault, Yuko.

Energetic Student:
...Hey, I know that I'm butting into another club's business here, 
but...
You... really should make peace with them. I'll try and help, too...

Rio:
They're the ones that are wrong.

Energetic Student:
Uh... That's true, but...
...Oh.

> The girl approaches you and whispers something in your ear...

Energetic Student:
You're the transfer student, right? Can you keep an eye on Rio?
She doesn't know how to interact with people sometimes... To be 
honest, I'm kind of worried about her...
I try to lend a hand when I see things aren't going great, but I 
don't know much about your club...
...Oh, by the way, I'm Yuko Nishiwaki. I'm the manager for the 
guy's team.

Yuko:
Nice to meet you.

> Yuko left, still concerned about Rio...

Rio:
FC-san... You're not gonna leave?
...Sorry, but I want to be left alone right now.

FC:
Not gonna do it.

Rio:
Haha... You really are strange.

> Rio looks ready to cry...

> Rio seems hunched over and sad...

> You feel like you understand Rio a little better now...

> You finish up with the club and decide to go back to the dorm.

----------
Chariot 4
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You and Rio practiced playing volleyball in the empty gym...

Rio:
That's it, always keep your knees in mind.
Alright, I'll serve next, so...
...Oh.

Male Student's Voice:
Heeey, Rio!

> Your classmate Kenji came by...

Rio:
Kenji...
What do you want?

Kenji:
I've got some homework that I just don'e understand at all.
Could you do it for me instead? Or tell me how to do it?

Rio:
Homework...? I bet you just slept through class again.

Kenji:
Eh-heheheh...

Rio:
...What do I get in return?

Kenji:
Ooh, so you're up for it? Lucky me!

Kenji:
I'll give you my love in return. Love, baby!

Rio:
Nobody needs that!
...How about you buy me a special at Hagakure?

Kenji:
Yikes, that's steep... Okay! I'll be waitin' around until you're 
done.

Rio:
Yeah, yeah...

> Kenji leaves...

Rio:
Oh, sorry... I ended up loafing around.

FC:
You seem to get along with him.

Rio:
I guess... we're childhood friends. I've known him since 
preschool...
He's like a younger brother to me. That's all.

> Rio laughs.

Rio:
He's been coming here a lot lately, and he's starting to be a 
pest...
.....

FC:
What's the matter?

Rio:
.....
Sorry, it isn't much of a practice with just two people...

> Rio mumbles...

FC:
They'll eventually come back.

Rio:
Yeah...
.....

> Rio bites her lip...

Rio:
It's like... I don't want to pretend nothing happened, and I'm not 
going to say this is my fault.
...I know that I need to be more mature about this, but...
......
All that stuff about having never been in a relationshiop and 
stuff...
That's none of their business.

FC:
Don't let it get to you!

Rio:
Yeah...

> Rio still seems vexed...

Rio:
Do you have... someone you like?

FC:
Nope.

Rio:
I-Is that so...

> Rio seems relieved...

Rio:
I don't get romance. It seems like so much trouble, and there's no 
big reward for doing it.

> Rio opened up to you a little...

> You feel like you understand Rio a little more now...

Rio:
...Let's get back to practice.
I'll serve, FC-san, so you...
Uhh...
...Is it okay if I just call you FC? I feel like it fits you better.

> You and Rio finished your practice, then you went back to the 
dorm.

----------
Chariot 5
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You and Rio practiced playing volleyball in the empty gym...

Rio:
Let's take a break. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated, too.

Kenji:
H-Hey there!

> Your classmate Kenji approaches the two of you...

Rio:
You again? What do you want now?

Kenji:
Umm...
...Huh? Are you the only guys here?

Rio:
If there's anybody else here, they must be ghosts.

Kenji:
Would it kill you to stop being so sarcastic all the time? It really
isn't cute at all.

Rio:
......
So, who are you looking for?

Kenji:
...Ms. Kanou. She's this club's advisor, right?

Rio:
Yeah, but she's never here. She doesn't care... She doesn't even
know the rules of the game.

Kenji:
Well, a sophisticated woman like her wouldn't care much for 
children's games in any case.

Rio:
Children's games...?

Kenji:
I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Ack! Don't waste that pretty face of yours
by getting all red like that.

Rio:
Y-You shouldn't say stuff if you don't mean it.

Kenji:
But man, where could Ms. Kanou be?
She wasn't in the faculty office, either...

Rio:
...No idea.
Do you know, FC?

FC:
Maybe she went home already.

Kenji:
Really? You think so, too? Aw, maaaaan. I'm so bummed I could just
fall over and die here.

FC:
Why're you looking for her?

Kenji:
I got the tickets that Ms. Kanou wanted...

> Kenji shrugs...

FC:
Isn't she just using you?

Kenji:
N-Now way! Ms. Kanou's not that kind of person!
She's so beautiful and mature and sweet that I can't help but--
...Oh.

> Kenji blushes...

Rio:
......
Why do you like her?

Kenji:
...Huh?
You're such a kid, Rio-san...
Listen up, okay? It's got nothing to do with logic or reason...
Love is something that just happens, whether you want it or not!

Rio:
It just happens...?

Kenji:
But seriously, don't tell anybody about this, got it? I don't even
want you and FC-san talking about me! Okay!?

> Kenji leaves...

Rio:
Love... It just happens to you?

FC:
It looks that way.

Rio:
He doesn't make any sense at all...
.....
It'll never "just happen" to me...

> Rio looks off in the direction that Kenji went...

> You feel like you understand Rio a little better now...

Rio:
...Let's get back to practice.
C'mon, we can't let someone like him get to us! I'll round up the 
balls.

> You and Rio finished your practice, then you went back to the 
dorm.

----------
Chariot 6
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> Rio is standing alone in the corner...

Rio:
......

FC:
Aren't you going to practice?

Rio:
Oh, FC...
Yeah, I was going to... but I can't get myself to move...
.....

> Rio looks like she's about to cry...

> She doesn't seem like her usual self, so you decide to ask her
what's wrong...

Rio:
I was walking past the spare room a moment ago and I heard Kenji's
voice...
But... I heard Ms. Kanou, too...
.....
They seemed to be getting along great.

> Rio mumbles quietly...

Rio:
Do...Do you think they're going to date each other?
.....
It can't work out... They're a teacher and a student. There's no 
way.
He's such an idiot. He's just being toyed with!
He'll just end up hurt in the end...
Why... Why'd he choose someone like her...!?
Why...

> Rio's eyes brim with tears...

FC:
They don't suit each other.

Rio:
Why...?
Why... wasn't it me?
Why...?

> Rio begins to cry...

Rio:
I... didn't know I was such a nasty person.
I've got these terrible feelings inside me... I hate myself...
What is wrong with me?

FC:
It's because you like Kenji.

Rio:
Like...?
.....
Haha, I get it... So that's why...

> Rio weeps weakly...

Rio:
I'm such an idiot...
I didn't know... all this time. By the time I realized it, it was
too late...
Haha, how stupid of me...

FC:
Try telling him.

Rio:
No way...
I know he likes older women, and he doesn't even think of me as a
girl at all...
I know that I don't have a chance...

> Rio desperately tries to hold back more tears...

FC:
Hug her.

Rio:
Haha... Thanks...

> Rio tries to smile...

> You feel you've gotten much closer to Rio...

Rio:
Sorry we didn't get much practice in today...
I'm going to go home...
I'll be able to smile tomorrow... Act like you don't know anything.

>You saw Rio off, then headed back to the dorm.

----------
Chariot 7
----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> While you and Rio practiced alone in the gym, Ms. Kanou came by...

> The other club members are awkwardly trailing behind her...

Ms. Kanou:
Okay, stop practicing!
I heard you all got into a fight? I can't have this kind of thing
going on in my club, you know?
Who started it? Just hurry up and apologize already.

Rio:
......

> Rio falls silent and stares at her feet...

> It seems that she can't bring herself to look at Ms. Kanou...

Short-Haired Member:
I don't think anyone in particular started it...
But I do think our attitudes did make things worse.

Rio:
.....

Member with glasses:
I feel like I said too mcuh to you, after we forced you to be our
club leader and all...

Rio:
...U-Um... I also...

Ms. Kanou:
Well, you guys sort this stuff out.

> Ms. Kanou leaves...

> Everyone is standing around quietly. It's an awkward moment...

Rio:
.....

FC:
You can do it, Rio.

Rio:
...Yeah.
Um... I'm sorry, everyone. Things were said that shouldn't have
been.
But more importantly than what happened that day, I feel like I've
been forcing my opinions on you all this time...

> Rio's voice is soft and indistinct, but she is speaking 
sincerely...

Member with glasses:
Rio...

Rio:
We're supposed to be a team... ...Sorry.

Short-Haired Member:
...Have you, like, changed?

Rio:
...You think so?
.....

> Rio looks in the direction that Ms. Kanou left...

Rio:
I'm sorry that I said things like relationships were stupid. I 
didn't understand what I was talking about.
...It's tough being in love.

Short-Haired Member:
Wait, WHAT!?

> Her yell of surprise pierces your eardrums...

Member with Glasses:
You're in love!?

Member with Buns:
Are you serious!?

Rio:
Is it that hard to believe...?

Short-Haired Member:
Wait, who's this about!? Is he at this school!?

Rio:
Huh...?

Short-Haired Member:
FC, you know who it is, right? Tell us!

FC:
I have no idea.

Rio:
FC...

> Rio smiles, embarrassed...

Member with Buns:
You totally know, don't you!

> The other members pester you for more information...

Rio:
I-I'll say it!
Um...
It's... K-Kenji...

> Rio turns bright red...

[Yuko runs up]

Yuko:
KENJI!?

Rio:
Y-Yuko!? When did you get here...!?

Member with Buns:
I mean, KENJI!? Seriously, no way!
How in the world did you end up liking Kenji!?

> The gym is filled with girlish screams of disbelief.

Short-Haired Member:
Still, getting him to love you would be pretty simple.

Yuko:
I bet all Rio would have to do is push him around a little.

Rio:
I-It's okay! I'm not pushing anyone! Or saying anything!
...I don't want to do anything to hurt the relationship I have with
him right now!
We're childhood friends... As long as we stay that way, we'll never
have to break up.
...I don't have a chance with him anyway. I'd hate to confess it to
hiom and have to stop being his friend...

Yuko:
Well... If that's how you feel, then it's none of my business to
say otherwise...

Rio:
.....
Hey, as long as we're all here... Why don't we practice?

FC:
Are you sure you're okay?

Rio:
...Yeah.
C'mon, let's start off with some running!

> Rio laughs...

Yuko:
Rio...

> The other club members have returned, and it seems that the bonds
betweem them will grow much stronger.

> You sense that Rio has overcome a personal obstacle...

Rio:
Let's go. Keep the two lines intact!

> After wrapping up practice with everyone, you decide to return to
the dorm.

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Chariot 8
----------
> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You sweated it out with the other club members...

> ...?

> Rio seems somewhat dazed...

Short-Haired Member:
You want us to start practicing our serves next?

Rio:
.....
Oh... Sorry, what was that?

Member with glasses:
Geez... You haven't been concentrating at all, Rio!

Rio:
Huh...? S-Sorry...

Short-Haired Member:
We're not getting anything done like this.
...I mean, if you're not gonna act like your normal self, this might
be the worst club at this school.

Member with glasses:
Look who's talking.

Rio:
C-C'mon, don't fight...

Short-Haired Member:
We're not fighting, you dope! Pay attention!
It's because of Kenji, isn't it? You haven't gotten over him.

Member with glasses:
Yeah, she's right. C'mon! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
It's got to be better than moping around.

Rio:
You mean... I should go tell him that I like him...?

> Rio glances towards you, confused...

FC:
We're here for you if he says no.

Rio:
FC...

> Rio smiles, and looks ready to cry...

Rio:
I...
I feel like I'm stuck in one place...
And I can't move an inch...
I hate that about myself, too...
But I don't know what to do about it.
.....
I know that I'm going to be hurt, and it scares me...
But it has to be better than where I am right now.
I'm sure it won't be as bad as drowning in these feelings I have...
I'm... gonna go tell him.

FC:
That's the spirit!

Rio:
Yeah, I'll do my best!

> Rio smiles...

Rio:
Well then... I'll be back!

Short-Haired Member:
Huh? You're going now?

> Rio darts off...

> The club members stand around, looking at each other...

Yuko:
Hi, I'm here about the club's funding forms, but...
...What's the matter?

> You told Yuko about the recent turn of events...

Yuko:
S-Seriously? ...You think she'll be okay?

FC:
Let's go see how she's doing.

Yuko:
R-Right!

> You all leave the gym to go find Rio...

<Hallway>

Rio's Voice:
So... Wh-What do you think about me?

> Rio and Kenji are talking to each other in the hall...

> ...You all decide to watch from behind the door.

Kenji:
Uh... like family?

Rio:
D-Do you like me!?

Kenji:
Huh? Yeah?

Short-Haired Member:
That guy's hopeless...

Yuko:
Hang in there, Rio...!

Rio:
H-How much do you like me!?

Kenji:
Uh... About as much as ramen?

Yuko:
RAMEN!? Are you serious!?

> Yuko jumps out from behind the door!

Kenji:
Whoa, what the--!?

Short-Haired Member:
You've got some nerve, Kenji!

Kenji:
Huh!?

Member with glasses:
What the hell are you telling her!? I'm going to smack that goofy
look off your face!

Kenji:
Haha, uhh... I-I've got some business to tkae care of! Ladies...

> Kenji runs away...

Yuko:
Seriously... That moron!

Rio:
Y-You guys... You were listening?

Yuko:
Ugh... Sorry. We were all worried about you! Try and cheer up.
But, sheesh! What the hell was that idiot thinking, comparing you to
something like a bowl of noodles!?

Rio:
No, you don't get it... Ramen is his favourite thing in the world.

Yuko:
No kidding...?

Rio:
If he likes me as much as he likes ramen, I'll be happy.

Yuko:
Geez... You dope!

Rio:
Huh!? Why do you look like you're about to cry, Yuko?

Yuko:
I don't know!

Rio:
FC... Thanks for giving me that extra push I needed.

> Rio laughs, and she looks much better now...

> It seems you were able to support Rio...

Rio:
Well, why don't we call today's practice over and go to Wuck?

Short-Haired Member:
Sounds like a plan. Tell you what, Rio: I'm buyin' you a milkshake.

Rio:
Ahaha, awesome!

> You and the volleyball club enjoyed a mean at Wild-duck Burger, 
then you returned to the dorm...

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Chariot 9
----------
> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You sweated it out with the other club members...

Rio:
Break's over! Don't forget to roll your shoulders before getting 
back to the game.
C'mon, no walking! Show some hustle!

Member with glasses:
Rio's made such a sudden comeback. We should call her a phoenix...

Short-Haired Member:
Phoenix Rio... Why not just call her Rinix?

Member with glasses:
Phoenwasaki sounds good too. Though it does sound like some kind of
monster...

Rio:
Hey, if you don't stop flapping your jaws my next serve is going
straight for your face!

Short-Haired Member:
Ooh, bring it on! I'll smack it right back at you!

> Everyone is talking now more than before, but they're all enjoying
the practice...

Member with glasses:
I guess in the end, I realized that Rio is a teenaged girl, just
like us.

Short-Haired Member:
Maybe we should ask her if she wants to join us on a group date...
when it isn't during practice.

FC:
I want to go, too!

Short-Haired Member:
You've got someone already, don't you? I've heard the rumors too.
So, why not tell us more--

Rio:
Hey, you three! Shut it before I make you do more squats!

> You finished today's practice and helped clean up...

Rio:
Did you see today?
Everyone was trying really hard to keep the balls in the court...
I really think everyone's committed to the team now.
.....
Well, no... I know they were all committed to each other the whole
time.
I guess I only just now saw what we were missing.
I didn't take the time to see who excelled in which positions...
FC... From the looks of it, you're good at bringing a team together.
You've really got an eye for details. Seriously, you're a much
better leader than I am.

FC:
Thanks.

Rio:
Let's keep doing our best.

> Rio laughs...

> Rio seems calm, as if she's matured a little recently...

Rio:
Let's clean up fast and go home! Oh, I know. Let's stop by Wuck.

> The two of you had a meal at Wuck before you headed back to the
dorm...

-----------
Chariot 10
-----------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> You sweated it out with the club members...

Rio:
Alright, let's call it a day here!

Short-Haired Member:
Let's clean up, then! Oh yeah, Rio. Did you give any thought to that
group date?

Rio:
Hmm...You know, you can leave me out. I don't need a boyfriend.

Short-Haired Member:
C'mon... You need a better man to love than Kenji. Seriously.

Rio:
I don't think one exists...

Member with glasses:
Great, then we're all doomed.

Rio:
Very funny.

> The other club members went back to the school, leaving you alone
with Rio...

Rio:
Oh, FC...
...This feels like it was a while back, when it was just the two of
us practicing together.
Stuff like group dates and everything... They're all being nosy,
aren't they?
I... never thought that I'd be asking other people about things like
love.

> Rio laughs...

Rio:
I thought it was right to sacrifice everything and devote myself to
the club...
No matter how tough things got, knowing I was getting better and
showing results would relieve my suffering...
...But I had forgotten something very important.
...To have fun.
I forgot the joy of volleyball...
Take a look at this.

> Rio holds a worn-out book in her hand...

Rio:
It's a beginner's guide.
When I first started playing volleyball, I was so excited that I
couldn't even sleep.
I'd read this in bed, while I ate, even during class.
I want to give this to you.
I want you to have the thing that gave me so much inspiration back
then...
I think... It'll help me remember that I'm not alone.
So... please.

> Obtained Annotated Guide.

FC:
I'll cherish this.

Rio:
Yeah... I'm glad to hear that.
It's all because of you that I came to realize all these things.
You've been with me every step of the way, giving me the extra push
that I needed.
You always kept an eye out for those around you...
...Thank you.

> Rio bows in a slightly embarrassed manned...

> You sense a strong bond with Rio...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Rio:
Volleyball's a team sport, but I was trying to play it by myself.
As long as I kept thinking that way, things would never turn out
right.
Maybe... the same thing can be said about life, too.
Ha... I'm only 17, anyway!

> Rio laughs, embarrassed...

Rio:
Hey, let's change and get to Wuck. Everyone said they'd meet us 
there!
C'mon, FC!

> You had a fun time at Wild-duck with the other club members...

> After an enjoyable meal, you returned to the dorm...

------------------
Chariot Post Game
------------------

> Gekkoukan High, gym...

> Rio is staring nostalgically at the volleyball court...

Rio:
I... didn't have any fun at all in this club until you joined the 
team...
I thought that everything in my life was painful when it came to 
volleyball.
I even blamed my teammates when things didn't go my way.
I thought they weren't being serious enough, and were pulling me
down...
I resented everyone else for my own failures...
But it's different now. Playing volleyball's fun and I have fun 
everyday, too.
It's because... I have a goal now.
I was always at a loss about what good it would do my life if I kept
playing volleyball.
I thought that I needed to hurry up, put an end to my love for the
gamve, and go back to studying.
But... When I wan in academic and career counseling, here's what I
said:
"I want to go to college by playing volleyball!"
"I'm going to get a 4-year scholarship, and play after I graduate!"
"I'll even go to the Olympics!"
...I mean, I've never actually said it. But it's what I was always
thinking.
I'd rather not have a dream at all if it's just going to fall 
through on me in the end...
...I was scared.
But I learned how to have courage from you and everybody else in the
club.
I learned... how to be strong, and how to go for something I want.
Thank you.

> Rio bows slightly...

Rio:
I just wanted you to know that.
I'm going to go along with a college training camp during spring 
break... I wanted to tell you before I left.
Wish me luck that I don't start complaining during training.
Well then, see you!

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.......................................JUSTICE (SCJT)

----------
Justice 1
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> You both rushed in just before closing time...

Ken:
Um...
Th-Thanks for the food.

> Ken begins eating...

> .....

> ...He gradually begins to eat faster and faster...

FC:
Were you hungry?

Ken:
Oh... Uh-huh, I guess so.

> Ken seems a little embarrassed...

> Ken resumes shoveling food into his mouth.

> .....

> ...It seems that you were mesmerized by Ken eating, and have 
barely touched your own food.

Ken:
...Aren't you going to eat?

FC:
You can have mine, too.

Ken:
Huh!? Th-That's okay!
Was I... wolfing my food down that much?
.....

> Ken begins eating quietly...

Ken:
...It's just not the same.
When my mom was still alive...
We never really went out to eat much... So I never knew what it was
like.
I guess my mom was really good at cooking.
When I eat stuff like box lunches from the store, it just tastes
horrible...
.....
I... never told my mom that she was a good cook.

> Ken mutters to himself...

Ken:
...Oh sorry. This is really good!
If you don't mind... I'd like to come here with you again.
Um, that is, if you have time...

FC:
I'll ask you out again.

Ken:
Yes, I'll look forward to it.

> Ken laughs like a child...

> You feel that you've drawn slightly closer to Ken...

Ken:
Um, is it okay if I order something to drink?
Um... I'd like some milk...
Large, please.

> You and Ken finished your dinner and returned to the dorm...

----------
Justice 2
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> You both rushed in just before closing time...

Ken:
Thanks for the food.
.....

> Ken begins eating the sweet-and-sour pork he had ordered...

> He carefully pushes the bell peppers aside to reach the meat...

FC:
You shouldn't be a picky eater.

Ken:
Huh...?
.....
Oh, sorry...
The way you said that... reminded me of my mom.

> Ken laughs feebly...

> .....

> Ken seems somewhat uncomfortable...

> Should you talk to him about something...?

FC:
How do you like the dorm?

Ken:
Um... Well...
.....
It's hard to put into words...

> Ken looks downwards...

> .....

> Should you try changing the subject...?

FC:
What's popular at your school?

Ken:
Umm... I think they play games...
Also... I guesss there's a television show called Featherman R that
they like.
...It's an action program.
Last week, Hawk snuck into the enemy base and planted a missile 
guidance system.
But, the launch switch fell into enemy hands, so Swan propsed a
battle of riddles...

> Ken's eye sparkle...

Ken:
...Uhh, um.
...That's just what I heard happened.
I-I kind of... like action stuff.
...The movie was fun to watch.

> Ken falls quiet and begins eating again...

Ken:
...Do you watch any TV shows?

FC:
I like action shows too.

Ken:
Huh...? R-Really!?
B-But, you're an adult... and a girl... So...

> Ken seems very surprised...

Ken:
...Oh, it's going to get cold.

> Ken begins eating to his heart's content again...

> You feel like you understand Ken a little more now...

Ken:
...Can I leave the bell peppers?

> You finished your dinner with Ken and returned to the dorm 
together.

----------
Justice 3
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> Ken gulps down his fried chicken combo...

Ken:
I've been wondering about this for a while now, but the rice here is
always a little dry.
Oh... Could it be because we always come here so late?
If the rice was cooked around noon, I guess there's nothing to be
done about it...

FC:
Want to come earlier next time?

Ken:
Th-That's all right!
Oh, um, what I mean is... I'm just being shy.
.....
I mean, you should be, um...
You should be going out and doing fun stuff with your friends, not
spending time with me...
I'm just happy if you have dinner with me like this once in a 
while...

> Ken blushes slightly...

Ken:
Oh, what was that...?
There's something you put in that makes rice taste better when you
cook it...

FC:
Honey?

Ken:
Ah, that's it!
It's so strange that honey makes rice taste better.

> Ken's eyes sparkle...

Ken:
You know how people say that love makes food taste better?
It supposedly means that careful preparation makes for better 
results.
And, staying true to the basics is what's most important.

FC:
Did your mom teach you that?

Ken:
Oh, no...
Um... It's from a manga.

> Ken seems embarrassed...

Ken:
You... don't read mangas, right?

FC:
I read them.

Ken:
Huh? Really?
B-But, aren't you an adult?
And you're a girl, too...

FC:
I just can't stop reading them...

Ken:
*chuckle*
I didn't know you were like that.
Um... I thought that you were a very strong person, so...
...Ahaha.

> Ken seems happy...

Ken:
...I-I read them, too.
Um, there's this really cool manga published in this monthly 
magazine...
The main character's an alien, and he takes on the shape of people
and animals to fight the bad guys...
There's all these explosions and the battles are really intense. 
Like, mountains blow up and maps change.
And then, there was this village that was flooded by a dam that was
built, and the dam got blown up...
And when the water went away, someone was alive in there, but the 
story ended before you know if it was a bad guy...
And, and, the hero is really cool and strong! He can defeat his 
enemies in a single--
...Ah.

> Ken suddenly falls silent...

FC:
You must really like that series.

Ken:
Um, well...

> Ken turns slightly pale...

Ken:
I... shouldn't read stuff like that, huh?
.....
It's stupid...

FC:
Can I borrow it next time?

Ken:
.....

> Ken sits silently...

> ... You decide to wait for Ken to speak up.

Ken:
Oh... Thanks for the food.
Thank you very much... for coming here with me tonight.

> Ken tries to smile...

> You feel like you understand Ken slightly better now...

Ken:
FC-san, why do you...
.....
No... It's nothing.

> You finished your dinner with Ken and returned to the dorm 
together.

----------
Justice 4
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> Ken ordered a ginger pork meal...

> But, he doesn't seem to be eating much.

FC:
What's wrong?

Ken:
Oh, nothing...

> Ken begins eating hurriedly...

Ken:
...Urp.
.....
I had some snacks a little while ago...
.....
Is it true that... you won't get big and strong if you don't eat 
right?

FC:
It's true.

Ken:
I-I see. Then, I'll eat all of this too...

> Ken tries hard to eat the food in front of him...

> Could something have happened to him...?

FC:
What's the matter?

Ken:
...It's just that... Um...
I noticed how small I am...

> Ken seems a little embarrassed...

Ken:
Um... It'd be nice if I could be like Akihiko-san...
Um...
FC-san...
Y-You'd prefer someone like Akihiko-san too, right...?

FC:
Nope, not at all.

Ken:
Oh, r-really?
...I think he's cool.
.....

> Ken looks downwards...

Ken:
I... want to hurry and become an adult.

> Ken has a serious look on his face...

> There must be something on Ken's mind...

> You feel like you understand Ken a little better now...

Ken:
Oh, you can't eat any more, FC-san!
If you get any bigger...
...I won't be able to catch up to you.

> .....

> Ken continues wolfing down his rice...

> You finished your dinner with Ken and returned to the dorm 
together.

----------
Justice 5
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> Ken ordered te Calcuim Meal...

> But, he doesn't seem to have much of an appetite today.

FC:
Does it taste bad?

Ken:
Um... It's definitely not good.
...But that might be my fault. I can't really taste it well...

> Ken seems depressed...

Ken:
I'm sorry...
Um... I always make you listen to me talk...
It's like I'm depending on you too much...
It's not good, huh...

FC:
Actually, I want to hear more.

Ken:
But it's no fun to listen to a little kid like me...
Why... are you so...

> Ken looks downwards...

Ken:
Um...
FC-san...
I'm going to be serious here, so please listen to what I have to 
say...
Remember the manga I talked about before...?
The one with the alien hero who fights bad guys...?
.....
I threw all of them away.

FC:
I'll buy you a different series.

Ken:
No, it's okay.
...Thank you, though.

> Ken bows slightly...

Ken:
Fighting isn't a good thing...
But, I enjoyed reading it...

FC:
Don't worry about it.

Ken:
But...
Reading it got me all excited...
It was really cool when tons of bad guys were dying, too...
.....
That can't be good...

> Ken looks like he's about to cry...

Ken:
I hate that I feel that way...

FC:
You're okay the way you are.

Ken:
It's okay...
.....
Why do you say things like that?
I'm... trying so hard.
I...
I want you to notice me...
...Oh...

> Ken looks downwards...

> You feel that you understand Ken a little better now.

Ken:
I'm sorry, um... Let's eat.
... Does your food taste good?
I was getting worried that yours might taste bad too, if you're with
me...

FC:
That's not true.

Ken:
I-I see.
I'm glad to hear that.
...You're so nice.

> Ken laughs and looks embarrassed...

Ken:
I'd... like to have dinner with you again.
.....
I mean it.

> You and Ken finished your dinner and returned to the dorm 
together.

----------
Justice 6
----------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

Ken:
*munch munch*

> Ken is demolishing his Calcium Meal...

> ...?

> You see something black on Ken's wrist...

Ken:
Yes? What is it?
...Oh.

> Ken's face turn bright red...

Ken:
Indian ink...
Um, from calligraphy class...

> Ken rubs at the ink on his wrist...

FC:
Don't worry about it so much.

Ken:
But... I hate being dirty.

> Ken speaks in a voice barely above a whisper...

Ken:
I forgot that I had homework...
It was to write the name of something that I like...
But I couldn't think of anything...
.....

FC:
Did you not write anything?

Ken:
I-I did write something.
.....
.....
...I wrote "omelette and fried rice."

> Ken turns bright red...

> It would appear that Ken likes omelette and fried rice.

> Maybe you should make it for him sometime...

> You suggest that to him.

Ken:
Huh...?
Y-You don't have to!

> Ken sounds embarrassed, but he looks happy...

Ken:
Um...
You really are nice. FC-san...
...Everyone else is, too.
Yukari-san bought me some ice cream the other day...
She said that she wanted to have some.
...But she didn't buy any for herself.
Junpei-san always gives me the toys that comes with the candy he 
buys.
Even though he only gets a piece of gum...
He says that he likes the gum better than the toy, but that can't be
true...
...Everyone is so nice.

> Ken smiles...

Ken:
...There's no need to be so nice to me.
That goes for you too...

> Ken suddenly looks like he's ready to burst into tears...

FC:
That's just how I am.

Ken:
Then... You don't act like that because you think I need it?
.....

> Ken looks even more as if he's about to cry...

Ken:
.....
Six years...
We're only six years apart.
.....
Six years... between you and me.

> Ken sighs softly...

> You feel that you've grown closer to seeing Ken's true feelings...

Ken:
Um, there's something I'd like to ask you...
.....
Oh, actually... Never mind.
...Never mind!

> You and Ken finished your dinner and returned to the dorm 
together.

----------
Justice 7
----------

> You decided to make a dish of omelette and fried rice that Ken
likes...

> Thanks to your time in the cooking club, it came out rather well!

Ken:
Huh? Is this... for me...?
FC-san...
...Oh, th-thanks for the food!

> Ken begins eating vigorously...

Ken:
Yep, it's delicious.
*munch munch*
It's really good!

> As Ken happily tears into the food, he gets ketchup all over his 
face...

> ...Seeing how happy you've made him makes up for the effort.

Ken:
Thank you very much, FC-san.
*munch*

> You feel that you've gotten even closer to Ken...

Ken:
Whew...
I'm full.

> After finishing the dish, Ken finally relaxes...

> ...?

> He suddenly falls silent, though...

Ken:
D-Do you... cook for other people like this, too?
Um... Like, for your boyfriend?
...Do you have one?
Oh, um, well!
I saw on TV that all high school girls have a boyfriend, so...
Um... I was wondering... if you had one too.
It's that...
If you did have one...
I don't think I'd like that...
.....
Wh-What am I saying!?
A kid like me shouldn't be butting into personal stuff like that!
.....

FC:
Unfortunately, I don't have one.

Ken:
I-Is that so?
...I see.
Oh, then...
Is there anyone you... do like?

FC:
Nobody!

Ken:
I-Is that so.
.....
Oh, um, nothing.

> Ken laughs, embarrassed...

Ken:
.....
Um, if I...
If I said... that I liked you, would that bother you?

FC:
Not at all.

Ken:
.....
I'm sorry... I shouldn't have asked you something so weird...
.....
Oh... Thank you for the food.
Um... It was delicious.
Um...
.....

> You quietly chatted with Ken until late into the evening...

----------
Justice 8
----------

> You and Ken stepped out to go get dinner...

Ken:
Why don't you choose where we go tonight?
Anywhere you want! I'll pay.

Boy's Voice:
Huh, Ken?

Ken:
Huh...?
...Ah.
Oh, he's one of my classmates...

> A boy about Ken's height walks by...

Ken's Classmate:
What're you doing?

Ken:
Uh... nothing! I'm just about to go to dinner...

Ken's Classmate:
...This your sister?

Ken:
Huh?
...Oh, n-no!

Ken's Classmate:
Wh-What're you getting mad at me for!?

Ken:
Because...
.....
I'm not her younger brother!
FC-san is... She's my...

> Ken falls silent with a troubled look on his face...

FC:
We're friends, right?

Ken's Classmate:
...That's so weird!

Ken:
Wh-What's so weird!?

Ken's Classmate:
I mean, she's way older than you.

Ken:
...!
Sh-Shut up!
Don't be ridiculous! ...Stupid!

Ken's Classmate:
Your face is stupid!
Dumbass! Hag!

> Ken's classmate runs off...

> ...Did he just call you a hag...?

Ken:
.....
Um...
I'm sorry he said that stuff...
I'm sorry...

FC:
...We'll get him back later.

Ken:
Okay...

> Ken hangs his head low...

Ken:
You and me... We're nowhere close to each other's ages.
I know that already...
That's a fact that can't be changed...
.....
So... Why are you bothering with a kid like me?
The guys at the dorm are older than me, and you have lots of 
friends, right...?
Then... why me...?

> Ken looks downwards, but he has a serious expression...

> You must be honest with him...

FC:
It's because I like you.

Ken:
FC-san...
I told you... don't tease me.
That's how adults lie, all the time...

FC:
I'm not lying!

Ken:
.....
Can I... really believe you?
I'm tired of... being betrayed.
.....
I... like you too.
I like you...
I know I'm still just a kid, but I'm serious about how I feel about
you...
I really like you...

> Ken's small fist tremble...

> You sense a strong bond has formed between you and Ken...

> Things are getting serious with Ken.

Ken:
Wh-What should I do...?
My heart's... all pounding.
I just can't believe it...
Um... let's go out to dinner some other time!
W-Well then!

> Ken ran off, his face bright red.

> ...You decide to return to the dorm.

------------
Justice 9:1
------------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

Ken:
.....
Um...
.....

> Ken's face is bright red...

> He seems embarrassed that you're alone with him...

FC:
C'mon, let's talk.

Ken:
Y-You're right.
U-Um, I'm starving.
...Wait, I'm eating right now...
Oh... Um...

> Ken somehow turns even redder...

Ken:
Um...
Are you sure you're okay... with me...?
.....
Sh-Shall we get going!?

> You left Wakatsu and decided to walk back together...

> On the way back...

Ken:
We're already here...
Was the dorm always this close...?
.....
Once we go in, we're just friends.
If we tell everybody about this, I'm sure everything'll get weird...

FC:
It'll be a secret to everybody.

Ken:
That would probably be best...
...But, if I think about the chance that there might be somebody 
else who likes you...
I don't think... that I could compete.
.....
I want something solid... To know that you like me, too...

> Ken mutters under his breath...

Ken:
.....
Whoa!

> Ken tripped over something...

FC:
Wanna hold hands?

Ken:
Huh?
.....
Y-Yes.

> Ken stares at the ground...

> You held Ken's hand.

> His small hands are cold...

Ken:
.....

> ...?

> Ken suddenly lets go of your hand.

Ken:
I-I'm sorry.
I...
...I'm sorry!

> Ken ran back to the dorm...

> ...You decide to go back as well.

------------
Justice 9:2
------------

> Naganaki Shrine...

Ken:
Um... I'm sorry about the other night...
A-About when we were holding hands...

FC:
Let's hold hands together again.

Ken:
.....
Um...
I cheated...
.....
I don't like being a kid, but I used the fact that I'm a kid to
trick you...
I...
I wanted to hold hands with you, so...
S-So, I l-lied...
I'm sorry! I'm so sorry...!

FC:
I didn't mind at all.

Ken:
FC-san...

> Ken looks ready to burst into tears.

Ken:
I wonder... how much longer I'll be a kid.
I want to be an adult now...
I want to be a man, worthy of you...

> Ken hangs his head low...

FC:
You're fine the way you are.

Ken:
FC-san...

> Ken's lips tremble...

Ken:
FC-san...
Please wait for me... I'll try and catch up as fast as I can...
I'll get taller in no time, and I'll be stronger than everybody 
else...!
So, please...
Wait for me...

FC:
I'll look forward to it.

Ken:
I'll make sure to be a man who surpasses every expectation you have.

> Ken laughs, though he looks like he might cry at any second...

> You sense a strong sense of affection from Ken...

Ken:
We should... go back soon.
I want to stay with you more...
But it's dangerous for us to stay out too late.

> You returned to the dorm with Ken.

-----------
Justice 10
-----------

> Your dorm room...

> You brought Ken here...

Ken:
S-So this is your room...
.....
Oh, I-I'm sorry. I shouldn't be staring.

FC:
What should we do?

Ken:
A-Anything's fine.
...If I'm with you, then anything will be fun.

> Ken laughs, embarrassed...

Ken:
I-I want to give you this.
...Please, accept it.

> Obtained Silver Key.

Ken:
That's the key to my house.
I m-mean, my house is long gone. But I've been holding onto that key
all this time.

FC:
I'll hold onto this.

Ken:
Please do that. I want you to have it.

> Ken looks serious...

Ken:
After all this time, I've suddenly started remembering things.
...Like, about how fun every day was when my mother was still 
alive...
I never thought about it until recently. I tried not to remember.
All I kept thinking about was why it had to happen, and how sad and
angry I was...
But, I...
I began to think about what it means to be "left behind..."
I still think that my mother must've had regrets.
She... She died, and left a kid behind, after all.
But I had a lot of good memories about that house.
My mother left them for me...
That key... is filled with those memories.
I wanted to give it to you, because you mean that much to me.

> Ken speaks hesitantly, but you hear the sincerity in his voice.

Ken:
I know I'm much younger than you.
I've been hating that this whole time. But, there's some good things
about it...
...I'm not gonna die before you.
I'll always be by your side. I'll never leave you behind.
So please... smile for me. Please live for me.
Please... Let me into your life.

> You can sense Ken's strong determination and deep affection...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Ken:
FC-san...

> Ken's lips are trembling...

Ken:
P-Please swear to me too.
Swear that you'll stay with me...
That you choose to let me be there for you...
Please swear it, right now...

FC:
I swear.

Ken:
I heard that.
I... I-I think I love you.
It's okay... if I take a little more of your time, right?
Can I... stay here for a little longer?
...Can I?

> .....

> You spent a long time talking with Ken...

------------------
Justice Post Game
------------------

Ken:
Oh, I came today to drop off something that Akihiko-sempai forgot.
You might not think so from the way he looks, but Akihiko-sempai's
a little soft in the head sometimes.
.....
Talking about... forgetting something...
Do you remember that person named... Shinjiro-sempai? He stayed at
our dorm for a little while...
.....
I never had the chance to talk to him...
But every time I think about him, I...
I feel this pain... and sadness... Like there's something really
important...
I get all these mixed feelings that I don't understand...
It makes me think... that I need to do something.
I don't know what, though...
I wonder why...
.....
Oh... I'm sorry. It was just easy to talk to you...
Oh yeah... FC-san. You know how it's almost spring break?
Um, why don't we go somewhere during it?
L-Like, on a vacation...
...I didn't get to go to Kyoto after all.
I was really... jealous of everyone else. They got to go with you...
But I guess that wouldn't have been possible... Everyone else from
the dorm would've looked at us funny.
Oh, how about we go shopping together?
...It's been a while since I've looked forward to a break like this.
I think... it's ever since my mom was still alive.
Oh... Did I ever tell you? My mom... died in an accident.
Ever since then... I've never looked forward to holidays or breaks.
When I'm at school, I can forget about what happened, but...
.....
But now I have you with me, FC-san.
I... won't cry anymore.
Thank you, FC-san.
Thank you for not treating me like a kid.
And also for... thinking of me as a m-man.
I can look forward to the future because of you...
I'll be able to live with my head held high... That's how I feel.
...I love you.
...W-Well then!


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.......................................HERMIT (SCHT)

---------
Hermit 1
---------

Ms. Toriumi:
Ah, there you are. I'd like a word with you.
You haven't joined any committees yet, have you?
I know this is sudden, but there's some positions that just became 
vacant that I'd like you to take on.
I mean, students are obligated to join a school committee.
I'll let you choose which one you'd like to join.
Which of these would you rather join? The school health commitee or
the library committe?

FC:
Library committee.

Ms Toriumi:
All right, thank you.
Well, go on over to the library after school today.

> ...You joined the library committee.

> You must go to the library after school is out today...

<After School>

> Gekkoukan High School, Library...

Ms. Ounishi:
Is everyone here?
Allow me to introduce FC from class 2-F to you. She'll be joining 
the library committee.
If there's anything you don't understand... Oh, let's see... 
Hasegawa!

Mature Student:
Yes, Ma'am?

Ms. Ounishi:
You're on duty today, right? Teach her how to get around here.
Well then, I'll leave therest to you.

Mature Student:
Understood.
Well, then... could you come over here so I can explain?

Female Senior:
U-Um, Saori-san? Excuse me, but we, um...

Mature Student:
Oh... I'm sorry, I didn't notice.
Please feel free to go home. I'll take care of the rest for today.

Female Senior:
We're really sorry. See you later...

> The other members leave...

Mature Student:
Oh, please don't think that the others aren't welcoming you to the
club.
They're all just very busy...
Um... Let's see, where should I start explaining things to you...?
...Oh, I'm sorry. I haven't even introduced myself yet.
I'm Saori Hasegawa.

FC:
I'm very pleased to meet you.

Saori:
Heh... There's no need to be so formal. I'm a junior, just like you.
You don't have to be so polite to me.

FC:
All right.

Saori:
...Thank you. I'm glad to hear that.
I'm actually two years older than you. I studied abroad, and took 
some time off from school.
I'm the oldest student in the school right now.
...That's why the upperclassmen all speak politely to me.
I really wish they'd stop... but I've pretty much given up about it.
...Still, considering that we've just met, it'd be nice if you 
didn't feel you had to be like that around me.
...Could you just try?

FC:
Of course I can!

Saori:
Heh... I'm glad to hear that.

> You joined the school library committee and met Saori Hasegawa, 
a fellow junior.

> You get a mature and quiet impression of Saori, probably because 
she's older than you.

Saori:
Oh, I'm sorry. I'm supposed to explain our duties here.
We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we do get a couple of days 
off before exams.
First, let's go over how to check books out. Each book has a barcode
 on the back cover, so...

> You were taught the skills you need in order to perform your 
duties as a member of the library committee.

> You spent time with Saori in the library until it was time to 
leave...

---------
Hermit 2
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> Very few students have come to make use of the library today.

> ...You're bored.

Saori:
We haven't had many visitors today.
Oh, that's right. Ms. Ounishi said that some new books have come in.
Can you help me put barcodes on them and enter them in the system?

FC:
Of course!

Saori:
I'll go get them. If anyone comes to the counter while I'm gone, 
help them.

> Saori seems to be enjoying herself...

Saori:
Eek... Oh, I'm sorry.

> Saori bumps into a female student who just came through the 
door...

Student with buns:
Oh, I-I'm sorry. Uh, Saori-san... Um...

> The girl is obviously flustered, for some reason...

Saori:
Me? What is it?

Student with buns:
Well... um... C-Could I borrow your physics notes?
The teacher erases the blackboard too fast for me to copy them 
down...

Saori:
Oh, of course.
I've been taking a lot of notes for physics, too...
I'm not too good in that class myself, so I need to pay attention.

Student with buns:
Oh, um... That's all right.

Saori:
...I see. Give me one second.

> Saori pulls a notebook from her bag and hands it to the girl.

Student with buns:
Oh, great. Thanks...

> The student leaves.

> Saori sees her off...

Saori:
...She's my classmate.

FC:
Do you two not get along?

Saori:
Hmm, I really don't know.
But, it feels good to have people rely on me.
So...
......

> Saori smiles, slightly sadly...

Saori:
I've never gotten used to this school.
...You're a transfer student, but you seem to have grown accustomed
to this place really quickly.
I see you sometimes in the hall, and you always look like you're 
having fun.

FC:
You should've come talk to me.

Saori:
Hm... I thought other people would think the wrong thing if we 
started getting along well...

> Saori smiles...

> You feel like you understand a little bit about the situation 
Saori is in...

Saori:
Um...? What was I doing?
Oh, I was going to get the new books. Watch the counter while I'm 
out.

> You did your duties in the school library committee and left 
school with Saori...

---------
Hermit 3
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> Lots of students are making use of the library today, so you and
Saori had a lot of work to do...

Saori:
All right, may i please see your student ID?

> Saori is happily doing her job and helping the students...

Saori:
...Huh? You lost it?
Um... If you don't have your ID, we can't check any books out for
you.
Losing your ID's pretty serious... You should go to the faculty room
before you do anything else.

> Saori seems to be involved with a complex situation...

Student with Buns:
S-Saori-san!

> A female student comes in.

> If you recall correctly, this is the same student who borrowed
Saori's notes the other day.

Saori:
...Oh, Higashida-san. I'm sorry, I'm a little busy right now...

Girl with Buns:
Oh, it's okay, it'll be quick! Um... About the notes I borrowed...

Saori:
My notes...? Oh, right...

Girl with Buns:
Michi lost them. I'm sorry, I'll make sure I yell at her!

Saori:
Huh?
...Oh, that's fine.

Girl with Buns:
Well, s-see you!

> The student who borrowed Saori's notes takes off...

Saori:
.....
Oh, I'm sorry.
Um, so, if you've lost your student ID, you need to get a copy of
this form from the faculty office and...

> Eventually, the flood of people slows to a trickle, then stops
entirely.

Saori:
Whew... Today was pretty rough, don't you think?

FC:
Let's stay here a little longer.

Saori:
Uh-huh, that's how I feel, too.

> Saori laughs...

Saori:
Oh, right, didn't we get homework today? I should make use of this
time and get it done...
Oh, wait, my notes...

FC:
Wanna borrow mine?

Saori:
Huh? Oh, no, it's okay!
I was just thinking that my homework would be a lot easier if I had
the notes I gave her...
Well, there's no point complaining about what I don't have.

FC:
Won't you confront her?

Saori:
Heh... It's okay...
You're such a nice person. Thanks, though.

> Saori smiles...

> You feel like you have a better understanding of Saori now...

Saori:
Oh, it's almost time.
Which do you want to do? Clean the counter or make sure everybody's
left the library?
Let's roshambo for it. Ready? Ro... Sham...

> You did your duties in the school library committee and left 
school with Saori...

---------
Hermit 4
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> Not too many students came by today, so you spent a lot of time
chatting with Saori...

Saori:
Wow, is that how that teacher is?
Heh, I didn't know at all.
I learn so much when I talk to you...
I never get to hear all these rumors that go around the school...

> Saori seems to be having fun...

Male Student:
H-Hey, Saori-san.

> A boy comes in and stands in front of Saori...

> He seems to be smirking for some reason...

Saori:
Oh, umm... Takaoka-kun. How can I help you?

Male Student:
Uh, would you be interested in going out for karaoke?

Saori:
...Okay?

Male Student:
Seriously? Then, how about today?

Saori:
I still have some things to do there today, so...

Male Student:
Aww, I'll wait around. Let's go once you're free.

Saori:
Oh... Okay then.

Male Student:
Well, I'll be waiting in the classroom.

> The boy leaves...

Saori:
...That was sudden. It surprised me.

FC:
Do you get along with him?

Saori:
...I don't really know him.
But if he really wants to go out with me, then...

FC:
Stand up for yourself!

Saori:
Heh... It's not that big a deal.

> Saori laughs as if she just heard a funny joke...

Saori:
I don't really have any opinions of my own.
If there's someone willing to take the lead, I'll gladly follow...
I don't need someone... I just want to be needed by someone else.
If I can find someone who needs me, I'd love that person with every
fiber of my being.
...Do you think it's wrong to think that way?

FC:
I can understand that.

Saori:
Really? Heh... I'm happy to hear that.

> Saori smiles...

> You feel like you understand Saori a little better now...

Saori:
Oh, it's almost time...
...I should get going. I did promise after all...

> You did your duties in the school library committee and said
goodbye to Saori...

---------
Hermit 5
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> You did your duties as a member of the library committee...

Saori:
That reminds me, I heard thatthe library committee wants to put 
together a school newsletter.
It'll be about things like how to take care of your books and 
reminders to return them before they're overdue...
At least, that's what I heard is going to go in it.

FC:
That sounds boring.

Saori:
I agree. Nobody wants to read about that kind of thing.
That's why Ms. Ounishi said she was going to look into other things
that students would be interested in.
But it's far more likely that the ones who have to do the actual
writing will be...

[Rapid footsteps is heard]

Girl's Voice:
Saori, you here!?

Saori:
Huh...? Yes? Can I help you?

Gaudy Female Student:
You can help me kick your ass!

> A female student barges in, with a furious expression...

Gaudy Female Student:
Who the hell do you think you are!? Keep your hands off my 
boyfriend!

Saori:
Boyfriend?

Gaudy Female Student:
Don't play dumb with me!
You left school together, and even went out to karaoke! He told me
all about it!

Saori:
Karaoke...? Oh, you mean Takaoka-kun?

Gaudy Female Student:
...You skank! You're the one who asked him out!

Saori:
Huh? But he's the one--

Gaudy Female STudent:
Ma-kun told me all about it! He said you seduced him!

Saori:
Me...?

Gaudy Female Student:
Don't give me that shit!

[She slaps Saori]

Saori:
Eek...

> Saori was slapped...!

Gaudy Female Student:
You so much as say hello to my man again... you're goin' down.

FC:
It's a misunderstanding!

Saori:
N-No, it's okay!

Gaudy Female Student:
Seriously... Keep to yourself, bitch.

> The girl leaves...

> The few students currently in the library keep their distance and
look away...

Saori:
Oh... I'm sorry for the commotion...

> ...The students hurriedly leave...

Saori:
I'm sorry you had to see that...

FC:
I don't mind at all.

Saori:
Mm... Thanks.

> Saori smiles weakly...

Saori:
I... did have some ulterior motive of my own, after all.
I thought it'd be nice to have a friend around my own age...

FC:
Did you like Takaoka-kun?

Saori:
...No, unfortunately.

> Saori smiles weakly, her eyes shining with tears...

Saori:
...I have someone I like.
But it'll never work out, and I can't do anything about it.

FC:
Why can't it work?

Saori:
Ah-heh...
I've never mentioned it to anyone else before...
It's so nice to be able to talk about it...
I could never tell anyone...

> Saori smiles weakly...

> You feel like you understand Saori a little better now...

Saori:
It's almost time to stop today... I doubt any more people will come.
...Let's go home.

> You did your duties in the school library committee and left 
school with Saori...

---------
Hermit 6
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> You did your duties as a library committee member...

> ...But almost no students have come to the library today.

Saori:
Hardly anyone's stopped by. It's been like this since this morning.

FC:
Since this morning?

Saori:
Huh?
Oh, um...
.....

> A female student enters.

> ...But she quickly turns around and leaves.

Saori:
...She left.
I wonder... Is it my fault that nobody's come in today?

FC:
What do you mean?

Saori:
Umm...
I think I stand out a little... Then again, that's an 
understatement.

> Saori smiles weakly...

Saori:
No one talks to me, no one responds when I say hello...
They're not actually doing anything to me, so it's not like being
bullied...
It's just... everyone's being really distant to me.
...Oh, if they see you with me, they might start new rumors...

FC:
Let them talk.

Saori:
FC-chan...
Yeah... Thanks.

> Saori smiles happily...

Ms. Ounishi:
Ah, good. You're here.
There's some extra space left in the newsletter I was talking about.
Could you write up something really quickly?

Saori:
Oh, yes.
But... What should we write about?

Ms. Ounishi:
Is there anything you want to write about in particular?

Saori:
...Not really.

Ms. Ounishi:
Oh, really? Hm... What were those kids saying...?

Saori:
What kids...?

Ms. Ounishi:
I did some research into articles that I thought students would like
to read about.
Apparently, love advice columns are very popular. Whip up some fake
letters and answer the questions.

Saori:
Love advice...?

Ms. Ounishi:
I know it's the lowest common denominator, but it's what people 
want, so what the hey.
I'm counting on you two.

Saori:
Oh, yes...

> Ms. Ounishi leaves...

Saori:
Umm, the manuscript... Ah, this must be it.

> Saori pulls out something that looks like the newsletter 
manuscript from the stack of papers on the table...

Saori:
...There's a lot of space left. Can we write that much...?

FC:
We'll just have to try.

Saori:
Yeah, you're right...
Then, let's get to it.
Umm... Love advice...
What sounds like a realistic problem someone would have?

FC:
I can't get a boyfriend.

Saori:
I-I see... So it's stuff like that.
.....
.....
...It's no use. I can't think of anything to write.
Okay, I'll write the title and work on the layout. Can you write the
article?

FC:
I'm not too confident.

Saori:
I think anything you write would be better than what I'd come up
with. I don't know about that sort of thing.
.....
My personal experiences aren't worth shit here.

FC:
'Shit'!?

Saori:
Ahahaha!
Sorry, I just wanted to try cursing for once.
How did I do? Did I say that right?

FC:
It was great.

Saori:
Heh heh heh...
Ah... Hoo, that was fun.
Haaaaa...
It's so wonderful to be able to say what I want.
Speaking your thoughts out loud... It's a wonderful feeling.
...That's what I thought when I was watching you.
I must've been envious of you...
...Thanks.

> Saori smiles, and seems refreshed...

> You're not sure you understand Saori better, but you feel closer
to her...

Saori:
Let's get to work on that article. What should the next letter be
about?
"I'm in a long-distance relationship, and I miss my boyfriend
sooooooo much!" ...Does that sound believable?

> The two of you somehow completed the article for the newsletter, 
then you went back to the dorm...

---------
Hermit 7
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> You did your duties as a library committee member...

Saori:
FC-chan, can you find a book on shelf A3 for me...?

> An announcement is being made...

Announcement:
...Please pardon the interruption.
Saori Hasegawa of class 2-C...
FC of class 2-F...
Please report to the faculty office at once. I repeat...

Saori:
...They're calling for us?

FC:
Well, let's go.

Saori:
Yeah, let's see what's up.

<Faculty Office>

Mr. Ekoda:
I'm surprised you could waltz in here without any sense of shame,
Hasegawa. What is the meaning of this!?

> Mr. Ekoda slams a magazine on the desk...

> A large heading reads:

> "The Continued Corruption of Our Nation's Youth: Rampant Sexuality
in 'G' High"

Saori:
Huh...?

Mr. Ekoda:
This is your picture, isn't it!?

> There is a photo with that article.

> There's a black bar over the eyes... but it does look like Saori.

> The name has been changed to "Shiori Nagatani"

Mr. Ekoda:
I'm not even going into the filth in this article. Some brainless
journalist must have talked to you.

> You quickly skim through the article that Mr. Ekoda threw on the
desk...

> It seems this "Shiori Nagatani" is openly talking about the 
"nightly activities" all the girls participate in.

Saori:
I... never...

Mr. Ekoda:
Another student from this school brought this to my attention, 
saying "my school's reputation is ruined!"
She also made a report on you:
"Hasegawa-san makes sexual advances towards male classmates, uses
vulgar language behind out backs..."
"...and she never interacts with us because she thinks she's
superior to the rest of the students."

Saori:
.....

Mr. Ekoda:
In other words, your reputation is terrible. I'm not surprised you'd
stoop to doing something like this.
I don't know about your "nightly activities", but you can't go 
around causing your school trouble like this.
This affects not only you, but your guardians and the peopl around
you as well.
...Anyway, it's been decided that you're going to be suspended. Do
you understand?

Saori:
I...

FC:
You've got this all wrong!

Mr. Ekoda:
Zip it. The important thing here is how this article reached the 
general public.
You think you can change that? Hm?
We have to make an example for the other students and their parents.
There must be punishment.
Your parents told us to be careful about you...
Now I see why.
...You have such wonderful parents, Hasegawa. Why are you doing this
to them?

Saori:
.....

> You both left the Faculty Office and decided to go home for
today...

Saori:
I'm sorry...
If you stay near me, you're going to lose any reputation you had.

FC:
Don't worry about it.

Saori:
.....
Thank you...

> Saori trembles...

Saori:
That article's a lie...
I didn't say anything...
...But I did let a photographer take a picture of me.
He said it was for an article about the straightedge lifestyle in
today's high school students...
He wanted a shot with me in my uniform...
Look what 4000 yen got me into...

FC:
Didn't you suspect this?

Saori:
No... It didn't even cross my mind at all...
A girl in my class asked if I'd be willing to do an easy job...
I didn't really want to do it, but I didn't care...
...Maybe I just wanted to help her out.
Maybe... I just wanted a friend.

> Saori laughs...

Saori:
I really am older than everyone now...
When I was younger, everyone said that I was more mature than the 
kids around me and wouldn't have young friends...
But adults were kind and treated me well...
.....
But everything... was a lie.
Everything... like when they said things like "I love you..."

> Saori smiles, but appears to be on the brink of tears...

Saori:
I acted just how the adults around me wanted me to act...
All I had to do was smile and stay quiet.
As long as I did that, they'd call me cute and be happy with me.
It's too late now... I don't know how to stand on my own anymore.
I'm too scared...

FC:
I'm with you.

Saori:
FC-chan...

> Saori's lips tremble...

> You feel like you understand a little about what Saori is going
through...

Saori:
I'm sorry for dragging you into this mess...
I...
I know I shouldn't be feeling this way, but part of me is happy and
thankful that you were with me...
I probably... wouldn't be able to endure this myself...

> You made sure Saori got home safely before heading back to the
dorm...

---------
Hermit 8
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> After Saori's suspension ended, you resumed your duties as a 
library committee member with her...

> There are students using the library, but few of them line up at
Saori's section of the counter...

Saori:
.....

> Saori hangs her head low...

FC:
Don't let it get to you.

Saori:
FC-chan...

> Saori seems relieved...

Saori:
...You shouldn't be talking to me. If someone sees you...
They'll get the wrong idea, like when we were both called to the
facultly office together.
...I don't want to get you involved.

FC:
I don't mind that at all.

Saori:
You should, though...
...But I'm glad to hear you say it.

> Saori smiles weakly...

Saori:
Um...
I might be transferred to another school.

FC:
When!?

Saori:
Once the paperwork is done...
My parents said that I'm an ungrateful child and a shame to my
family...
...They're going to send me to a private school far away.
That's.. fine with me, but...
I don't really like that I'm going to be separated from you...

> Saori smiles sadly...

> You sense a bond between you and Saori...

Saori:
I need to start packing...
Still, I don't really have much luggage to take along.
Whenever I came back from overseas, my room would be empty... Just
like it is now.
I... don't need anything.

> You said goodbye to Saori, then returned to the dorm.

---------
Hermit 9
---------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> Some students are making use of the library, but they keep their
distance from Saori...

Saori:
...Hey, FC-chan? Would it be okay if I asked you to take care of
the counter by yourself?
There aren't many people here today...
And... It seems like nobody wants me to be checking their books out
anyway, so...
I'll go put the book returns back on the shelves.

Male Student's Voice:
Is she the one that was in the magazine...?

> You can hear several boys gossiping behind the shelves...

Male Student's Voice:
You hung out with her? ...Seriously?

Another Male Student:
She'll do anything you ask. It's like she can't say no.

Saori:
......

FC:
I'm going to punch them.

Saori:
N-No, don't. It's not going to change anything.
I was a fool...
...Thanks. I'm really happy that you're willing to stand up for 
someone like me...

> Saori smiles weakly...

Saori:
Everything about that article is a lie...
All those things about me having sex and seducing boys and acting
superior...
I don't care how other people see me... But I want you to know that.

FC:
I believe you.

Saori:
Thank you... As long as you understand, I don't need anything 
else...

> Saori smiles weakly...

> ...Even though she says she doesn't care, is this really the 
truth?

> Being lied about, having nasty rumors spread about her, and now
transferring to another school after all this...

> That seems like nothing more than confessing to all the lies being
said...

FC:
Let's clear these lies up.

Saori:
Huh...? B-But how...?

FC:
Make them see the truth!

Saori:
But, how can I do that to everyone...?

Announcement:
...This is an announcement.
Takao Yamaguchi of class 1-E, we have found your lost property.

> The school announcements...?

FC:
That's it!

Saori:
Huh...?

> You suggested that you use the school broadcast to speak to all
the students in the school.

Saori:
The broadcast... B-But I can't do that...

FC:
You can do it!

Saori:
FC-chan...
I...
I don't want people to think the wrong things about me...
I want them all to be my friends...
I... always thought that...
.....
If you'll be by my side...
Then I'll do it...

> Saori looks like she's about to cry...

> PA Room... There's no one inside...

Saori:
My heart's pounding... Look, my hands are cold...

> Saori's hands are as frigid as ice...

> You clasp her hand tightly...

Saori:
FC-chan... I'll... do my best.
I need to do this... Running away won't help...

> Saori seems to be trying to encourage herself...

Saori:
I didn't know that speakign from the heart was this terrifying...
...But I remember something.
"It feels good when your feelings match your words..."
I've heard that before, but never believed it...
You're the one who made me feel that way before...
But I'm going to do this, because you believe in me.

> Saori grips your hand tightly...

> Saori went into the broadcast room...

> ...Eventually, you begin to hear Saori's voice over the intercom.

Saori's Broadcast:
This is Saori Hasegawa of class 2-C. There's something I'd like to
say.
Everything in that magazine article is a lie. I never said anything
to a journalist.
That picture is of me.
I didn't know how it would be used, and I deeply regret not 
considering that when I agreed to let it be taken.

[The sound of footsteps is heard]

Yelling Voice:
Hey, Hasegawa!

> Teachers are rushing your way...

Mr. Ekoda:
Are you part of this, FC!?
How disrespectful do you have to be to hijack the school broadcast 
to pull a stunt like this!?
Hasegawa! Stop this at once!

> Mr. Ekoda moves towards the door to the broadcast room...

> ...but you nonchalantly get in his way.

Mr. Ekoda:
FC...
Now, look how wonderful Ms. Toriumi's students are!

Ms. Toriumi:
...What?

Mr. Ekoda:
Ms. Ounishi, isn't Hasegawa one of your students? Her behavior must
be caused by your teaching ability.

Ms. Ounishi:
...Is she saying anything that isn't true? If I recall, the one who
tried to cover up the truth about that was--

Mr. Ekoda:
Don't you start pulling reason on me! Ugh, you science majors...

Ms. Ounishi:
What?

> The broadcast continues...

Saori's Broadcast:
I love this school.
The teachers are kind but strict, and I have a friend who believes
in me...
I'm very sorry that I cause all of you, students and faculty, any
trouble.
I really am sorry... From the bottom of my heart...

> Saori's voice trembles...

Mr. Ekoda:
.....

Male Student's Voice:
What's with this announcment? is this going out all over?

Female Student's Voice:
Maybe Saori-san joined the drama club.

> People are gathering around the broadcast room...

Mr. Ekoda:
E-Everyone, get lost!

Ms. Toriumi:
Everybody, if you stay here I'm goign to begin handing out homework!

> This single comment causes the students to flee in moments...

Saori:
Ah...

> Saori comes out of the broadcast room...

Saori:
...I'm sorry for what I did. I don't care if I get suspended or
expelled because of this...

Ms. Ounishi:
You wanted to prove your innocence, didn't you?

Saori:
...Yes.
Everyone's said so many terrible things about me... but I've never
done anything wrong.

Ms. Ounishi:
...But, was this the correct way to go about it?

Saori:
.....

FC:
Was there any other way?

Ms. Ounishi:
...Who knows? Still, you should have brought this issue to us first.

Ms. Toriumi:
That makes this our problem. Mr. Ekoda, leave these students to us.

Mr. Ekoda:
Wh-What?

Ms. Toriumi:
Aren't you the one going on every day about how I should be taking
on more duties as a teacher?

Mr. Ekoda:
Hrrgh...
...I-I'd better see a report about this when it's over!

> Mr. Ekoda leaves...

Ms. Toriumi:
Bleah!
FC-san, write up a report about this for us.
Something about how we all sat down, we should have given this more
thought, blah blah blah. ...Or should I do it?

Ms. Ounishi:
You seem to be letting her off rather easily.

Ms. Toriumi:
You don't plan to punish Hasegawa-san, do you, Ms. Ounishi?
What she did made me feel a lot better too.
I don't know how many times I've reprimanded my student for 
gossiping but they just wouldn't listen.

Ms. Ounishi:
It must have taken guts to stand up for yourself like this.

Saori:
Oh... yes. But, it's because FC-chan was with me...

Ms. Toriumi:
See, all it takes is a good friend.

Ms. Ounishi:
Yes, yes, you're the best teacher in the universe, Ms. Toriumi.
...Well then, you're free to go. I don't even want an essay out of
you.

Saori:
Th-Thank you very much.

> You walked home with Saori, who was laughing cheerfully...

----------
Hermit 10
----------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> You did your duties as a library committee member...

> None of the students are actively avoiding Saori, but few of them
seem to be friendly with her.

Ms. Ounishi:
Ah, good. You're still here. Sorry to keep you here so late on a day
like this.

Saori:
Oh no, it's my job as a member of the library committee to be here.

Ms. Ounishi:
I see... You're a hard-working girl.
Hopefully more people will come to understand that in time.

Saori:
Ms. Ounishi... Thank you very much.
...Hey, FC-chan. Would you mind walking with me to the school gates?

[School gates]

Saori:
My ride's here, so I'm going that way.
This is where we say... farewell.

FC:
Aren't you being melodramatic?

Saori:
...This is my last day here at Gekkoukan.
I'm leaving for that private school I told you about tonight.
I'm sorry that I couldn't tell you...

> Saori smiles...

Saori:
I'm going to be sad, but I think this is a turning point for me.
I'm going to try to start over and try to stand up on my own.

FC:
You can do it, Saori.

Saori:
Thanks. I'll never forget about you.

> Saori smiles...

Saori:
I've always been told... to not have any opinions for myself.
...That is was an easier way to live.
I can make anything someone else's fault...
Deep down, I always believed that everything that happened to me was
the result of somebody else's doing.
But this is my life, and what I do happens to me.
No one can take my place, and I have no one to blame but myself for
what I let happen to me.
That's why I need to stand on my own.
I need to have my own voice...

> Saori laughs cheerfully...

Saori:
I knew that I'd never get anywhere if I let other people tell me 
what to do. I've known it for a long time.
But, I had no one to give me the final push that I needed.
...And I was too scared to accept it, even if I did have someone to
help me.
But you pushed me forward, along with all the fears I had.
That's why... I was able to do this.

> Saori takes her cellphone out of her pocket.

> You can hear her voice being played from it.

Voice from Phone:
This is Saori Hasegawa of class 2-C.

> ...It seems to be a recording of the school announcement.

Saori:
Heh... I made a recording of the announcement as I was making it.
Whenever I feel scared or discouraged, I'm going to listen to it.
I was brave and spoke my own mind, and you helped me find that 
courage...
I'm sure that this will give me strength if I ever need it.
I want you to remember this, too.
Please remember that it's because of you that I was able to do my
best. You saved me.
So... please take this.

> You accepted PA Recording from Saori.

> You saved it on your own cellphone...

Saori:
Lastly... Let's shake hands.

> Saori's hand is warm...

> You tightly clasp her trembling hand...

> You sense a strong bond with Saori...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Saori:
Do you remember your first love?
Mine... was my uncle. Heh... I mean, I was a little girl. It's not
that unusual, right?
...That's why I wanted to hurry up and become an adult...
Every night, I would pray to the starts that I wanted to be grown 
up. Now, I look back at my childhood and laugh.
I wish I could go back to those innocent times...
Maybe it's for the best that one's first love almost never comes 
true.
...Well then, I'm going to go.
Thank you... Goodbye!

> Saori walks away with her head held high...

> You went back to the dorm alone...

-----------------
Hermit Post Game
-----------------

> Gekkoukan High, library...

> The door is unlocked, but there's no one inside...

Ms Ounishi:
Oh, there you are.
You remember Saori Hasegawa, right? I have a letter for you.

> Ms Ounishi hands you a letter...

Ms Ounishi:
...Her work here as a member of the library committee must have been
her only fond memories of this place.
Well, have a safe trip home.

> Ms ounishi leaves...

> You decide to read the letter alone in the library...

Letter from Saori:
FC-chan, how are you?
This is probably the first time I've called you that.
I'm doing well.

> Saori's small handwriting fills the paper...

> You can imagine Saori's smiling face as she wrote this letter...

Letter from Saori:
I've gotten used to the dorms.
I've made friends that I talk to and laugh with everyday.
But there's no one like you, who would get angry and stand up for 
me.
I think you're the only person who would do that for me, after all.
But, I believe that it would make you happy if I learned to enjoy
my life in this new place.
I'm doing my best to live my own life here.
There's... one thing that I never told you.
I did love someone... But he's no longer with us.
I made him suffer, and forced him into a corner...
My parents severely blamed me for the incident.
They sent me out as an exchange student and I never knew when I'd be
able to return to this country.
My parents must have not wanted to see my face.
Because I was sent far away, to a country where I had no one to rely
on, I didn't go to school at all.
A church took me in, and I prayed for his soul every day.
I prayed for him, and that he would forgive me for being too weak to
kill myself and end the pain...
FC-chan, I'm so sorry. I was so weak that I couldn't tell you this.
I was scared that you would hate me.
After we started being friends, I began to want something more than
a casual friendship...
I wanted you to come to understand me...
But no one is ordering me around anymore. I'm acting as I wish.
But being in control of your destiny... It's a scary thing.
If I hurt someone's feelings, I feel like I'm denying myself 
something.
It's much easier if I go with the flow...
But not doing that is to stand up for what you taught me.
It means that I'm alive... and I'm meant to be alive.
It's almost spring break, but I won't be going back hime. I haven't
contacted my parents, either.
But, one day I want to be able to say that I'm glad that I'm living.
And then, I want to be able to thank my parents...
And this is all because I had a friend like you.
Thank you

With my deepest gratitude...
                            Saori Hasegawa

> The letter ends there...

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.......................................FORTUNE (SCFT)

----------
Fortune 3
----------

Brunette Student:
Oh, Ryoji-kun. Are you going home?

Ryoji:
Ah, Mikako-chan.

Girl with Buns:
Ooh, it's Ryoji. Hey, are you going somewhere?

> Ryoji is suddenly surrounded by a swarm of girls...

Ryoji:
Sorry, ladies, but I've already got plans for today. Maybe next
time...

Girl with Buns:
Whaaat? When's "next time" gonna be?

Ryoji:
Tell you what, I'll make sure I see you in your dreams tonight.

Girl with Buns:
*squeal* Awww!

> Ryoji charms his way through thr throng of female students...

Ryoji:
Ahaha, please! You're all so cute; I can't choose just one of you.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, but I've already decided on my princess for
today.

> Ryoji suddenly takes your hand.

> ...The glares you receive from all around are physically painful.

FC:
Why'd you do that...?

Ryoji:
Why...? It's because...
.....

> Ryoji suddenly falls silent...

Ryoji:
Sorry...

FC:
I'm not mad.

Ryoji:
It's just that...
I'm sorry. I feel like I shouldn't be saying things like this to
you.

> Ryoji looks dejected...

Ryoji:
I want to be more sincere with you...
I wonder why...

> Ryoji tightens his grip on your hand...

> The other girls leave, throwing a few dark looks your way.

Ryoji:
Oh... Sorry.
Aigis-san's going to get angry again if she sees me holding your
hand.
But... I wonder why.
For some reason, Aigis-san too...
I feel like I know her, and it's on the tip of my brain... I just
can't remember it!

> Ryoji looks somewhat sad...

> You feel as if you're seeing a different, less cheerful side to 
Ryoji...

Ryoji:
Oh... I shouldn't let myself get lost in thought while you're with
me.
Hey, can you show me around the city? I want to see all the places
you like to go to.

> You and Ryoji spent time meandering around the city...

----------
Fortune 4
----------

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

Ryoji:
This place is interesting.

FC:
It's because I'm here with you.

Ryoji:
Haha, you knew what I was going to say.

> Ryoji laughs happily...

Ryoji:
You know, all these people around us... I'll bet they're all 
couples.

> Now that he mentioned it, you see romantic couples everywhere in
the cafe...

Ryoji:
Being lovers means that there's nobody else in the world that you
care more for, right?
That'd be wonderful, if it were really true.

FC:
I think it really happens.

Ryoji:
*chuckle* I see.

> Ryoji laughs amiably...

Ryoji:
You know, sometimes I think...
I would still like you, no matter if you were a guy or a girl.

FC:
Why 'would'?

Ryoji:
Haha... Well, we did just meet fairly recently, after all.

> Ryoji smiles gently...

Ryoji:
Actually, I'm lying. I'm positive that I've seen you somewhere 
before.
...When I'm with you, I just get this feeling that I'll find out
how I know you, and we'll become closer...
But... For some reason, that makes me want to cry.
...I've never cried before.

> Ryoji seems sad...

> You feel like you've come to understand Ryoji a little more...

Ryoji:
I... want to spend time with you alone like this.
If I'm not bothering you... would it be all right if I asked you 
out again?

FC:
You're not a bother at all.

Ryoji:
I see... I'm happy to hear that.
...Oh, that reminds me. That school trip's coming up soon, right?
Let's find some time to go somewhere together while we're there.
Yeah, I'm really looking forward to it...

> Ryoji laughs happily...

> You left Ryoji and decided to go back to the dorm...

----------
Fortune 8
----------

Ryoji:
Hello, this is Ryoji Mochizuki. This is FC-chan, right?
Do you have some time to spare?

FC:
It's okay.

Ryoji:
Why don't we go out somewhere? The weather's great.

[You accept]

Ryoji:
That's great! Just thinking about seeing you makes me happy. I'll
head over immediately.

> Ryoji seems excited...

> Ryoji took you to the school...

> Together, you climbed over the gates and quietly made your way to
the rooftop...

> Gekkoukan High, rooftop...

Ryoji:
I wonder if we'll get in trouble if someone finds us.

FC:
We'll just have to not be seen.

Ryoji:
.....
Haha, I see.
You're an interesting person.

> Ryoji laughs gently...

Ryoji:
When I'm alone... I don't feel right.
I think... I'm scared.
Thinking about you... it scares me.
The fact that tomorrow will come... scares me...
But I can't figure out why...
Hey...
I-I...
I'm...

FC:
You're Ryoji.

Ryoji:
.....
Hearing my name from your lips makes it sound so wonderful...
...Thank you.

> Ryoji gives you a warm smile...

Ryoji:
I... don't want to lose you.
Because you're important to me... that's probably why I'm scared.
You're... the only one there is for me.
The only one I want...
So please, stay with me.

> Is Ryoji confessing his love for you...?

> You feel that you need to respond carefully to this...

FC:
Okay.

Ryoji:
FC-chan...
Yeah... Thanks.
You're the most precious thing in the world to me... More precious
than my own life.

> Ryoji laughs happily.

> You sense that you have a bond with Ryoji...

Ryoji:
FC-chan, look. The ocean's glimmering.
.....
Why does it hurt when I see things that are so beautiful...?
It's so strange...

> You spent some time with Ryoji, then returned to the dorm before
the two of you were caught up there...

----------
Fortune 9
----------

> Dorm, your room...

Ryoji:
...?
I think this is... my first time.

FC:
Really?

Ryoji:
Huh? Isnt' it?
I mean, I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've been in your
room...

> Ryoji seems to be lost in thought...

Ryoji:
It just feels familiar for some reason...
I wonder if it's just something that I've dreamed about.
Or if I wanted to see it so much that it came to me in a vision...

FC:
Smooth line, Romeo.

Ryoji:
Ha... I'm being serious.

> Ryoji laughs merrily...

Ryoji:
...I think that I did come to see you.
Probably to become friends with you...
.....
Ha... But I got it all wrong.

FC:
Got what wrong?

Ryoji:
I think what we have is different from just being friends.
...I think of people like Junpei-kun and Yukari-san as your friends
too, right?
But I can't imagine thinking of them in the same way I see you...

> Ryoji smiles...

Ryoji:
You have such a kind heart...
...You shouldn't give so much of yourself to me.
I'll... probably make you sad.
It's just a feeling I get...
Even though you're so precious to me...
It's probably wrong of me to feel this way...
It's like... a forbidden love.

> Ryoji's voice trembles...

> You can sense the heart-rending sorrow that Ryoji is feeling...

Ryoji:
FC-chan...
Please touch me...
Make sure that I exist.
Feel for yourself that I'm actually here.

> You gently touched Ryoji's hand...

Ryoji:
Your hand is so warm...
It brings tears to my eyes... Why is that?
Please, tell me...
It's painful deep inside...

> .....

> You spent a long time with Ryoji...

> You saw Ryoji off at the intersection...




--------------------------------------------------------------------
.......................................STRENGTH (SCSG)

-----------
Strength 1
-----------

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru seems happy...

FC:
Wait!

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is waiting patiently...

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is waiting patiently...

Koromaru:
*whine*


> ...You're starting to feel sorry for him.

> You gave into his pitiful look and gave him the "okay"...

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru began eating while wagging his tail!

Koromaru:
*munch* *munch*

> Koromaru keeps eating...

FC:
It's delicious, huh?

Koromaru:
Woof!
*munch*

> Koromaru is still eating...

Koromaru:
Arf...

> Koromaru has finished eating and seems satisfied...

FC:
Paw-five!

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru put his front paw on your hand...

> ...He seems a bit proud.

> Koromaru doesn't seem cautious about you... It seems he's gotten
quite attached to you.

> You sense a faint bond with Koromaru...

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru is stretching contentedly...

> You spent a peaceful moment with Koromaru...

-----------
Strength 2
-----------

Koromaru:
Woof.
.....

> Koromaru is scratching himself with his hind leg...

Fuuka:
Huh? Does Koro-chan have some fleas?

> Fuuka came in...

FC:
Fleas!?

Koromaru:
Woof...

> Koromaru seems a little displeased...

Fuuka:
Oh, I know! I bought something the other day...
Wait right here.

> Fuuka came back carrying something...

Fuuka:
Here, it's a doggy brush!
Koro-chan, would you like us to brush your fur?

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru seems happy...

> You decided to brush Koromaru with Fuuka...

Koromaru:
Woof...

FC:
Does that feel good?

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru seems content...

Fuuka:
*giggle* Koro-chan seems happy.

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru's fur seems a little softer now...

> He seems happy too...

Koromaru:
Grr...

> ...?

> Koromaru suddenly got up and backed up...

Fuuka:
Koro-chan, do you not like your stomach being touched?

Koromaru:
.....

> You spent a peaceful moment with Koromaru...

-----------
Strength 3
-----------

Koromaru:
Woof, woof.

> There's a ball at Koromaru's feet...

FC:
Pick it up.

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru seems happy.

> It seems he wants you to throw it and play with him...

> ...You pick it up and throw it.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru happily went to fetch it.

> ...He brought it back in his mouth.

FC:
Good boy!

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru seems happy...

> You threw the ball a number of times...

Fuuka:
Oh, is she playing with you, Koro-chan? You're having fun, aren't
you?

Koromaru:
Arf!

Fuuka:
Hey, do you think Koro-chan is still young?

FC:
I think he's still young.

Fuuka:
I think so too. He's really agile.
The other day, I asked Aigis too how old Koro-chan is.
She said that even Koro-chan doesn't know his own age.
...That makes sense, though.
I doubt Koro-chan has a sense of how many years and months it's been
since he was born.

Koromaru:
......

> Koromaru is looking up with glassy eyes...

Fuuka:
I think the priest... his old owner... knew how old Koro-chan is.
...There must be a lot only he knew about.
I hope we can take the priest's place someday...

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is quietly looking at you...

> When you pat his head, he squints his eyes happily...

> Your bond with Koromaru has gotten a little stronger.

Koromaru:
Woof...

> Koromaru is yawning...

> You spent a moment of peace with Koromaru...

-----------
Strength 4
-----------

> You took Koromaru out for a walk.

<Naganaki Shrine>

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru seems happy.

Koromaru:
Grr...

> Koromaru suddenly started growling...

> Someone is coming from the other direction...

Sighing Voice:
What am I going to do...?

> ...It's Mr. Ono.

Mr. Ono:
Whoa!
Oh, it's a student...
Wait, that's a dog!

> Mr. Ono is staring at Koromaru...

FC:
Yes, he's a dog...

Mr. Ono:
Hey... FC, was it?
Is this your dog!?

FC:
Yes.

Mr. Ono:
Can I borrow him? You'll let me, right?
Please! Just lend him to me!

FC:
No.

Mr. Ono:
I lost something important! Dogs are great at looking for stuff!
Now listen here... a warlord of the Sengoku era didn't think of dogs
as pets, but...

> You don't really understand what's going on, but Mr. Ono seems 
desperate...

> It seems he wants Koromaru to look for something he lost...

Koromaru:
Arf.

FC:
Can you do it, boy?

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru seems to be up for it...

Mr. Ono:
Ooh, he's gonna help me!?
Really!? Seriously!? Oh, thank you!
Tell you what, if he finds it, I'll let you know what'll be on the
next test!
I lost a USB memory stick.
Do you know what those are? You connect them to a computer...

> ...Mr. Ono is explaining to Koromaru.

> Koromaru is listening patiently...

Mr. Ono:
I don't care about the data on it. It's just stupid things like test
questions.
...But it's important to me.
You can find it by its smell, right? It smells like this!

> Mr. Ono is pushing his help at Koromaru...

> Koromaru seems a little annoyed...

Mr. Ono:
I'm pretty sure I lost it around here. C'mon, I'm counting on you,
Inuchiyo.

FC:
Who?

Mr. Ono:
Don't tell me you don't know Toshitsune Maeda!
Listen well... during the Azuchi-omoyama period, Toshitsune Maeda 
was...

> ...There he goes again.

> Koromaru is sniffing around, not listening at all...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru darted off towards the shrine!

Mr. Ono:
Oh, go get it, Inuchiyo!

Koromaru:
Arf...

> Koromaru is digging in the sand...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru pulled something out with his teeth...

> .....?

> It looks like a katana.

Mr. Ono:
That's it! That's the one!
Ooh, did I just sound like a Sengoku warlord?
Goodness, though, I'm so relieved...

FC:
...But that's a katana.

Mr. Ono:
It IS a memory stick! Look!

> Mr. Ono pulled out the katana!

> ...There's something small projecting out instead of a blade.

> ...It looks like it can be inserted into a computer.

Mr. Ono:
This is-- look here, right here!
Do you see the family crest engraved here? You can tell whose crest
that is, right!?
This was special ordered! I wouldn't have been able to sleep without
it.
And I've been invited to a wedding, so I'd be embarrassed to go
unarmed!

FC:
Indeed...

Mr. Ono:
Oh, so you understand? Really?
You know what they say. Though you may wear rags, your heart must be
beautiful...

> ...He's going on and on.

Mr. Ono:
I'm sure the kids who found this were playing a sword-fight with it.
...Honestly, what would they have done if it was a real katana!? It
would've been broken to bits!

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is sitting patiently...

Mr. Ono:
Now, to show my gratitude, I should tell you what'll be on the next
test.
Now listen carefully. I'm giving you a real big hint.
...Study the Sengoku period.

> Mr. Ono told you in a small voice...

> Mr. Ono leaves...

Koromaru:
Arf.

FC:
Thanks.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru seems happy...

> When you pat his head, he's squinting his eyes pleasantly...

> You feel like your bond with Koromaru has gotten stronger...

Koromaru:
*whine*
*sneeze*

> Koromaru is sneezing...

> The sand from the sandbox seems to have gotten in his nose.

> You spent a moment of peace with Koromaru...

-----------
Strength 5
-----------

> You decide to take Koromaru out for a walk.

<Naganaki Shrine>

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru seems happy.

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Someone is coming from the direction Koromaru is looking in...

> ...It's a woman you've seen before.

Passing Housewife:
My, this dog...

> ...You seem to recall this is the woman who told you about 
Koromaru'a past when you first met him.

Passing Housewife:
So this dog's still here.
Oh, haven't you heard? The priest here used to take care of this
dog...

> She repeated the story you were told before...

Passing Housewife:
But if he's still here, he must not be able to forget about that 
priest.
I feel kind of sorry for him...
If only there was something the priest used to wear that might help
take his mind off his master's death...
Too bad there's nothing like that I can think of...
...Oh, I was on my way to go buy miso. Well then.

> ...The woman left.

Koromaru:
*whine*

> Koromaru is sitting patiently...

FC:
We're with you.

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is staring up at you...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru went back into the shrine...

> Naganaki Shrine...

> It's a quiet night with no one around...

Koromaru:
Awoooo!

> Koromaru howled towards the shrine...

> Other dogs return the howl from every direction...

FC:
Saying hi to the priest?

Koromaru:
...Arf.

> Koromaru is sitting quietly, facing the shrine...

> You can't understand Koromaru's speech...

> But you feel as if you've come to understand him...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru has turned around to look at you...

> You spent a quiet moment with Koromaru...

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Strength 6
-----------

> Naganaki Shrine...

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru seems happy...

Koromaru:
...Grrr.

> .....?

> Koromaru suddenly started growling towards the shrine...

> ...You hear voices.

Man's Voice:
I heard this place's totally haunted! C'mon, let's go in.

Woman's Voice:
No way, I'm scared! You're up to something funny, aren't you?

Man's Voice:
Dammit, it's locked... Guess we'll have to break down the door.

> .....!?

> Someone's trying to break into the main temple.

Koromaru:
*bark*

> Koromaru darted towards the voices!

Tanned Man:
Gah, what's with this dog!?

Koromaru:
Grrr...

Tanned Man:
Where's the cops and the pound!? It's their job to kill off stray
dogs!

> ...You finally caught up.

FC:
What're you going?

Tanned Man:
Huh? Stay outta this, ya brat!

FC:
Time to call the cops.

Tanned Man:
Wh-What?

Tacky Woman:
...What's her problem? C'mon, let's just go.

Tanned Man:
Huh? Hey, wait...!

> The two left...

Koromaru:
Grrr...

> Koromaru is on guard as he watches the two leave...

FC:
It's all right now.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail...

> In any case, you seem to have done your part to protect the 
shrine.

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru is nuzzling you with his head...

> You feel as if Koromaru is thanking you...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is tugging you on, so you decide to continue walking him.

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Strength 7
-----------

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru seems to be in a good mood...

> As you're getting ready to take him out for a walk, Fuuka came by.

Fuuka:
Koro-chan, how was today's...
Huh? You didn't eat all of it... But it's good meat, with the bone
still in.

FC:
Did you cook it?

Fuuka:
Hey, that's mean! Hmph, as if my food's so bad he won't eat it all.
I bought his dinner today, but...
Koro-chan, are you not going to eat this?

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru took the meat into his mouth.

> ...But he isn't eating it.

> Koromaru headed towards the door...

> ...In any case, you decide to take him out for a walk.

> .....?

> Koromaru is still carrying the meat in his mouth...

FC:
Not going to eat it?

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is quiet...

> ...You realize that if he barks, the meat would fall out of his
mouth.

> In any case, you headed towards the shrine...

> Naganaki Shrine...

> There is no one here...

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is twitching his nose...

Dog's Cry:
*whine*

> You hear a dog's faint cry from somewhere...

> Koromaru is looking around and walking towards the sound...

Puppy:
.....

> There's a puppy shivering behind the bench...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru dropped the meat he was carrying at the puppy's feet...

> The puppy is biting into the meat...

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is watching the puppy intently...

FC:
How long has it been here?

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is looking up at you with his big eyes...

> ...In any case, you can't leave this puppy be.

> What should you do...?

FC:
Give the puppy water

> You drew water into a bucket from the sand box and gave it to the
puppy...

> .....?

> Upon closer inspection, there's a thin collar around the puppy's
neck...

> If this was someone's dog, his owner might be looking for him...

> You should consult Officer Kurosawa about this...

> Paulownia Mall, police box...

> You brought the puppy here with Koromaru...

Officer Kurosawa:
A lost dog?
No... There haven't been any reported.
.....
Do you take on jobs like that too?
Heh... No matter how much manpower you have, it won't be enough...
...All right. Might as well give you some direct help for once.
Wait right here.

> Officer Kurosawa began calling places, one after another...

Officer Kurosawa:
Yes, that is correct...
...I see, thank you very much.
.....
Hello, is this the pet shop "Bow-wow"?
My name is Kurosawa at the Tatsumi East Police Box...

> He seems to be calling the local pet hsops and animal hospitals...

Officer Kurosawa:
That's correct, a black puppy... Breed? I have no idea...
Huh? There is? Their puppy is missing... Yes.
Koyama-san... I see, the house on the corner of 2nd street. I'll ask
them. Thanks very much.

> Officer Kurosawa ended the call in a rather good mood...

Officer Kurosawa:
It seems I might've found then... Don't looks so worried.

> Officer Kurosawa picked up the phone again...

Officer Kurosawa:
...Hello, is this the Koyama residence? My name is...

> Kurosawa's face is lighting up...

> It seems he's found the puppy's owner.

Officer Kurosawa:
We've found them.
I'll take the puppy from here. It's dark out, so you should head on
back.
You should be fine. You've a fine bodyguard with you.

> Officer Kurosawa patted Koromaru on the head...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru seems happy...

> On the way back from the police box...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail happily...

FC:
Glad we found his owner.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru seems happy...

Koromaru:
Woof...

> Koromaru is nuzzling you with his nose...

> You feel like Koromaru is thanking you...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Led by Koromaru, you decide to go back to the dorm.

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Strength 8
-----------

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru is scratching himself with his hind leg...

> You recall that happened once before...

> If you recall correctly, what you did was...

FC:
Brushed him.

> You asked Koromaru if he wants you to brush him.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail...

> Koromaru joyfully brought a brush.

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru rolled over.

> Where should you start brushing him...?

FC:
The back

Koromaru:
Arf...

> Koromaru seems pleased...

Koromaru:
.....

> .....?

> The fur around Koromaru's stomach feels a little different...

> When you look closely, you see traces of a stitched wound.

> You recall that he didn't like having his stomach touched...

Koromaru:
*whine*

> Koromaru is looking up at you with his big eyes...

> Even when you touch his stomach, Koromaru doesn't shy away from 
it...

> You feel as if Koromaru has opened up to you...

Koromaru:
Arf...

> Koromaru is yawning contentedly...

> You spent a quiet moment with Koromaru...

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Strength 9
-----------

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru is nuzzling you contentedly...

> You spent a peaceful moment with Koromaru...

Fuuka:
*giggle* Are you playing with FC-chan? Good for you.

> Fuuka arrived...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail happily...

Fuuka:
Good boy...

> Fuuka is petting Koromaru...

Fuuka:
Hey, FC-chan...
I wonder... if we're okay as replacements for that priest.
The reason why Koro-chan always walks the same path and goes to the
shrine...
It's because he can't let go of that priest, right?
So...
Do you think Koro-chan is still feeling lonely...?
...It might be faster if we just ask Aigis to interpret for us.
But... I'm a little scared to get a straight answer.

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is looking up at you quietly...

FC:
Are we good replacements?

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is leaning towards you...

> You hug Koromaru's warm body...

> He smells like a sunny day...

Fuuka:
Koro-chan looks so content... He must really like you, FC-chan...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> You feel as though you can directly understand Koromaru's
feelings...

> You should try telling Fuuka what Koromaru wishes to say...

Fuuka:
Hm? What is it?

> The way Koromaru thinks of us is...

FC:
We're not replacements.

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail...

Fuuka:
I see...
I see, that's right...
I kept saying that Koro-chan is a part of us... but deep down, I may
have been thinking of him as a pet...
Koro-chan has so many memories of his own too...
...I'm sorry, Koro-chan.

Koromaru:
Arf!

> Koromaru licked Fuuka's hand...

Fuuka:
*giggle* What a sweet dog...
.....
Hey, FC-chan.
Let's make sure to stay with Koro-chan for the priest too...
Let's go on living together with him...

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is running in circles as if he's happy...

> You sense Koromaru's feelings...

Fuuka:
Koro-chan, are you hungry? Want me to make you something?

Koromaru:
*whimper*

> Koromaru is cowering in fear...

> You comforted Koromaru and convinced Fuuka that Koromaru wasn't
hungry...

> It's getting late, so you decide to go back to your room...

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Strength 10
------------

> Naganaki Shrine...

> Koromaru dragged you here...

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru ran off behind the shrine...

> ...He returned with something in his teeth.

Koromaru:
.....

> Koromaru is looking up at you with his big eyes...

> You took what Koromaru was holding.

> Obtained Dirty Collar

FC:
Is this yours?

Koromaru:
Woof.

> Koromaru is wagging his tail...

> It seems he wants you to hold on to it...

FC:
I'll cherish it.

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru is happily running around in circles...

> But... a collar?

FC:
Am I your master?

Koromaru:
*whine*

> Koromaru is shaking his head...

FC:
I can hold on to it?

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru answered energetically...

FC:
Will you stick with me?

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Koromaru is wagging his tail...

> He's looking straight at you with his big eyes...

> This must be Koromaru's resolution...

> Koromaru will follow you for sure...

> ...no matter where that might lead...

> That's how you feel...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Koromaru:
Arf.

> Koromaru is running about the shrine while wagging his tail...

> You decide to play with him a little here...

> It's getting late, so you decide to go back to the dorm 
together...

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Strength Post Game
-------------------

Koromaru:
Woof!
Arf...

> Koromaru is nuzzling you with his nose...

> You petted him softly...

Koromaru:
*whine*

> Koromaru seems content...

> He won't budge from the front of the shrine...

> Could he be remembering the priest who used to live here...?

Koromaru:
*whine*

> Koromaru is staring quietly at the shrine...

> ...You spent some time with Koromaru.

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.......................................HANGED MAN (SCHM)

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Hanged Man 1
-------------

<Naganaki Shrine>

> You decided to play with Maiko.

Maiko:
What do you wanna do next?
It's up to you, 'kay? Your choice!

FC:
Horizontal bar.

Maiko:
But we already did that...! I wanna do something else!
But, I don't wanna go home yet.
...I don't like it there.

> Maiko seems sad.

Maiko:
Can't we stay together for a little longer?

> Maiko seems to enjoy hanging out.

> You got to know Maiko, the grade-schooler.

Maiko:
...So, my mom and dad...
...they fight a lot.
They're going to get a divorce, huh?
I tell them I want us to be happy, but they don't listen.
They probably hate me, too.
.....
...Hey, we can play again later, right? I think we're friends now.
I'm here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays... I'll be waiting
for you...

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

-------------
Hanged Man 2
-------------

> You're spending time with Maiko at the playground.

Maiko:
I'm hungry. ...Can we go to Wild-duck Burger?

FC:
Sure, let's go.

Maiko:
Yay! I can't wait! I wonder which toy they're giving out today...

> Maiko cheered right up.

> You decided to take a trip to Wild-duck Burger.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-Duck Burger...

> The hours flew by as you enjoyed a tasty meal.

Maiko:
This is yummy! I love going out to eat!
...'Cause Mom and Dad never argue when we go out to eat.
They never used to argue! You have to believe me...
But, why would they get a divorce?

FC:
Ask your parents.

Maiko:
I asked 'em already and they said it was a matter for adults only.

> Maiko is about to start crying.

Maiko:
I don't want them to get a divorce!
...Do they really hate me that much?
Divorce is dumb! I hate it!
Waaaaaaaah... *sob*

> Maiko is sobbing loudly. What will you do?

FC:
Try to calm her down

> You tried to calm her down.

Maiko:
*sniff* I'm sorry... I know it's embarrassing when I cry...
I'll try not to cry anymore.

> Maiko is trying her best to smile.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Maiko:
Um... I guess I should go.
Thanks for playing with me today.

> You returned to the dorm after walking Maiko home.

-------------
Hanged Man 3
-------------

Maiko:
Hey.
Have you seen Striped Shirt?
We were playing tag, but... It's no fun if I can't find him.

Hey, Striped Shirt!

Thin Young Man:
......

Maiko:
You don't look so good... Are you sick?

Thin Young Man:
Kinda, yeah. I'm surprised you could tell.

Maiko:
Huh? S-So, you are sick?

Thin Young Man:
Ha ha, no. I'm kidding. You're so easy, Maiko.

Maiko:
No fair! I'm an innocent girl, so I actually believed you.

> Maiko ran off and climbed the slide...

Thin Young Man:
...And you are?

FC:
I'm Maiko's friend.

Thin Young Man:
So you're the girl she was talking about. I wondered what you were 
like...
Are you "too old" to play with kids, or are you still young at 
heart?

Maiko:
Hey, I'm hungry! I want takoyaki! Takoyaki!

> Maiko is yelling from the top of the slide...

Maiko:
You can eat with us too, Striped Shirt!

Thin Young Man:
Nah, I'm okay, thanks.
I'll see you guys around.

> The thin young man walked off.

Maiko:
He's gone...
I usually see him around the shrine on Sundays.
I see him on the way to cram school, too.
Yay! It's takoyaki time!

> You decided to go with Maiko to get takoyaki.

> Iwatodai strip mall, takoyaki stand "Octopia"...

Maiko:
It's so hot I might burn up!
I remember one time Dad burned his mouth on this takoyaki!
...'Cause I put too many in his mouth at once.
He was like, "Fungaaaaaah!"
......

> Maiko suddenly fell silent...

Maiko:
...Dad doesn't spend much time at home anymore these days.
But, I have a birthday soon.
Oh! Do you think he'll come home for my birthday?

FC:
Don't worry, he'll be there.

Maiko:
Y-You really think so!?

> Maiko cheered up a bit.

Maiko:
I mean, I know Mom will buy me presents, but still...
...She hasn't asked me what I want, yet.
.....

> Maiko fell silent again.

Maiko:
...If they really loved me, then they wouldn't get a divorce.
You're the only one who still plays with me, you know.

> Maiko seems to enjoy spending time with you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Maiko:
Today's laundry day, so I'd better get home soon!
If I don't do laundry, the house will be a big mess!
See ya!

> Maiko took off, so you decided to go back to the dorm.

-------------
Hanged Man 4
-------------

> The hours flew by a you had fun together.

Maiko:
Did you know it was my birthday the other day?
...At least Mom and Dad didn't forget about my birthday this year...
They remembered!

FC:
Good for you!

Maiko:
They were smiling and happy and everything!

> Maiko seems very happy.

Maiko:
...We haven't really eated together as a family for a while.
We used to eat dinner together every night...
How come Mom and Dad don't get along anymore?

> Maiko is absorbed in thought.

Maiko:
I know! I'll just ask them why they want a divorce.
If I can get rid of the reason, everything'll be fine, right?
I'm going to do whatever it takes to get my parents back together!
You'll do what you can to help, right?

> Maiko seems to really like you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Maiko:
All right... I'm gonna ask them.
So, maybe we can play again some other time.

> You returned to the dorm after saying goodbye to Maiko.

-------------
Hanged Man 5
-------------

Maiko:
Oh, h-hello...
M-My dad, he--
...Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! *sob*

> Maiko ran into you!

> You wait for Maiko to calm down.

Maiko:
Dad, he... he... he hit me!
I don't know what to do...

FC:
That's mean!

Maiko:
I know it is! Why would Dad do that? ...Why?

> Your understanding comforted Maiko.

Maiko:
All I did was say I wanted to know the real reason they were getting
a divorce.
...They told me I was too young to even understand it.
So I kept asking, but then Dad got angry and... and he...
...Then Mom said since I was so annoying, that it was my fault.
I'm not sure they love me anymore...
I bet they wouldn't care if I wasn't even here at all!

FC:
That isn't true.

Maiko:
Are you... sure? But then, why are they so mad?

> Maiko seems a little happier.

Maiko:
What if I ran away from home...?
I want to find out... how they really feel about me.
If they love me, then they'd try to look for me, right?
.....
It's a secret, okay? Don't tell Mom and Dad I'm running away.
I know you won't tell.

> Maiko seems to trust you a lot.

> Your relationship is stronger now.

Maiko:
Well, I have to go now. We can play more later!

> You went back to the dorm after parting with Maiko.

-------------
Hanged Man 6
-------------

Maiko:
I can't handle it anymore!
Mom and Dad just keep fighting...
I yelled at them to please stop fighting so much.
...But they just told me to leave them alone.
.....
So I made up my mind! I have to run away from home!

FC:
Calm down, okay?

Maiko:
...You're right. This is no time to be selfish.

> Maiko seems a little calmer.

Maiko:
...But I made up my mind, and I'm going to run away!
I'd better start packing soon...
So... What do you think I need to pack if I'm running away from
home?
I'll need lots of snacks, right? What about my health insurance
card?

FC:
That's good enough.

Maiko:
Really? Wow! Running away is easier than I thought!

> Maiko is happier now.

Maiko:
Now... I just have to decide when I can sneak out.

> Maiko is deep in thought.

Maiko:
Either way, I'm going to try!
Don't worry, I'm going to be just fine, okay?
I'm gonna miss you, though... It won't be easy to be alone.

> Maiko seems to enjoy your company.

> Your relationship is stronger now.

Maiko:
Once I run away, Mom and Dad will have to work together to find me.
This is gonna be great!
It takes a lot of hard work to get ready to run away...

> You walk Maiko home and returned to the dorm.

-------------
Hanged Man 7
-------------

Maiko:
Thanks for all your help, but... I have to say bye for now.
Yup, I have to run away now.
Remember not to tell Mom and Dad, okay? ...Bye!

> Maiko left.

> .....?


> A woman approaches you.

Woman:
Hey, you!
Have you seen a little girl? She's in elementray school...

> The woman seems especially nervous.

> A man walks up from behind her...

Man:
Just calm down and think, dammit!

Woman:
Calm down? Calm down!? What if something happens to her!

Man:
Oh please! This is what happens when you force a child to study 
non-stop!

> They began shouting.

Man: 
This is ridiculous!
Look, you're FC, right? ...I heard about you from Maiko.
She said she hung out with a high school kid instead of practicing
piano.

Woman:
This is the first I've heard of it!
You didn't teach her anything funny, did you!?

> The woman is pissed off.

Man:
Shut up, and stop jumping to stupid conclusions.
Look... We're Maiko's parents.
And, basically, we haven't seen Maiko since this morning.
We found a note in her room that said: "I'm running away. -Maiko"

Maiko's Mom:
She's never done anything like this before!

FC:
I think it's your fault.

Maiko's Mom:
Wh-- ...You don't know anything!
Why, Maiko...?

> Maiko's Mom started to cry.

Maiko's Dad:
Listen, girl...
If you have any idea where she is, I'm begging you to tell us.

FC:
Maybe at the takoyaki stand.

Maiko's Dad:
The takoyaki stand? Oh, that takoyaki stand!
Hurry, let's go!

> Maiko's parents dragged you to the takoyaki stand.

> Iwatodai strip mall, takoyaki stand "Octopia"...

> You found Maiko.

Maiko's Mom:
There you are!

Maiko:
Mom! Dad!
Oh... you came too?
Well I... Um... I...

> Maiko seems shaken.

Maiko's Mom:
Are you okay, darling!? Are you hurt? What happened...?

Maiko:
Y-Yeah, I'm okay...

Maiko's Mom:
Oh, what a relief...
How dare you run away from home! Do you have any idea how worried I
was!?
You almost gave me a heart attack, young lady!

Maiko's Dad:
Geez, calm down! Can't you tell she's scared?

Maiko:
Y-You guys made me worry too! I was so scared...
You said you were getting a divorce, and I didn't know what to do!
I don't want you to get divorced because of me...!
*sob* Waaaaaaaaaaaah!

Maiko's Dad:
Oh, so that's what this is all about...
We're really sorry, Maiko. Why don't we go home and talk about this?
I'm not sure what to say... I'm sorry we pulled you into this.

Maiko:
*sniff* ...I told you to keep it a secret...
But... thank you...

> Maiko was happy to know that her parents cared about her.

> Your relationship is stronger now.

Maiko
...Bye.

> Maiko left with her parents, so you decided to go back to the 
dorm.

-------------
Hanged Man 8
-------------

> The hours flew by as you hung out...

Maiko:
I'm hungry. How about we go out to eat?
What do you feel like eating?

FC:
How about hamburgers?

Maiko:
Oh! I want a Frog Burger from Wild-duck!

> Maiko seems happy.

> You decided to take Maiko to Wild-duck Burger.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-duck Burger...

> You decided to grab a burger with Maiko.

Maiko:
So... the other day, Mom and Dad...
...They talked to me about why they were getting divorced.
I was sad, but I listened to what they said. ...Did I do good?

FC:
Good girl!

Maiko:
Hee hee! Thanks a bunch!

> Maiko seems very happy.

Maiko:
So, Mom and Dad...
They said when there's no love, it's hard to still be married.
...They said not to worry, because they would always love me.
.....
I told them it's okay to get divorced.
It must be hard to live together when they don't love each other,
after all.
Hey, so...
I have to choose whether I want to live with Mom or Dad...
But I can't choose that! You decide for me, okay?

FC:
Your dad.

Maiko:
I love Dad so much! He likes to buy me toys and stuff!

> Maiko seems very happy.

Maiko:
...But, Mom cries so much lately. I don't want her to be all 
alone...
Maybe I should go with her.
Oh...
Mom might move somewhere far away, so if I went with her...
I couldn't play with you anymore! ...That would be bad.
You felt like you really were my big sister...

> Maiko seems to really like you.

> Your relationship is stronger now.

Maiko:
I'd better get home...
Hey! Will you hold my hand on the way home?

> You returned to the dorm after walking Maiko home.

-------------
Hanged Man 9
-------------

Maiko:
Hey, I know! Let's get some takoyaki!

> You gave in to Maiko's begging and went for takoyaki.

> Iwatodai strip mall, takoyaki stand "Octopia"...

Maiko:
I made my decision...
I'm going to live with Mom.
...She can't cook or clean or do anything without me.
She really needs my help!
I don't have to worry about Dad...
Even without me around, I think Dad will be okay on his own.

> Maiko is trying to force a smile.

Maiko:
...So, Mom and I are gonna move pretty soon.
.....
Sorry...
We'll still be friends though, right?

FC:
We're sisters forever.

Maiko:
You really think of me as your little sister?
I hope you always do.

> Maiko is tearing up...

Maiko:
You can't ever forget about me. Promise, okay?

> Maiko's taken a real liking to you.

> Your relationship is stronger now.

Maiko:
...I need to get ready to move, so I'm going home now.
I'll see you later...

> You decided to head back to the dorm.

--------------
Hanged Man 10
--------------

Maiko:
Hey c'mon! Let's play on the jungle gym!
Then the see-saw, Kick the Can, we can play 'em all!

> You played with Maiko for a while.

Maiko:
Did you fall? Is your knee alright?
I'll blow on your scratch. Mom does that all the time for me...
...Hey.
We played enough for you to remember me, right? ...Don't forget.
.....

> Maiko seems sad, but she's smiling.

Maiko:
I'm leaving today...
...an' Dad said, I'll always be his daughter...
Even though we're far away, we're still family...
So, I don't have to be sad.
We're gonna be far apart too...
But you and me are family.
I mean, not really, but you're my sister, okay?
Forever and ever.

FC:
I won't forget.

Maiko:
Me neither...

> Maiko is trying hard not to cry...

Maiko:
Keep this, okay? I... made it just for you.

> Obtained Bead Ring.

Maiko:
It's just like mine.
Whenever I want to see you, I'll look at this...
Please don't throw it away...

> Maiko is looking up to you...

> You feel a tight bond with her...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Maiko:
When I get big, I'll come see you...
I'll save my money and buy an airplane ticket...
Until then... bye-bye!

> Maiko ran very quickly so as to hide her sadness.

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Hanged Man Post Game
---------------------

Familiar-Seeming Man:
Hm...? You're...
FC-san, right?
I'm... Maiko's dad.
If you have a minute, could we sit and talk for a while?

FC:
Sure.

Maiko's Dad:
Then... Mind walking with me a while? I'll buy you takoyaki.
There's good takoyaki there... But I bet you know that already...

Maiko's Dad:
When I see this place, I remember all the time I'd come here with
Maiko...
She came here when she ran away from home, too.
She really loved the takoyaki...
...She was a good kid, huh?

FC:
Yes she was.

Maiko's Dad:
She's so good that I wonder if she's really my kid sometimes.
I got a letter from Maiko.
It's long and full of details about her new life over there.
She says she's made a lot of friends.
Let's see... She's in charge of the rabbits at her new school, and
she has to get up early to clean the cages.
They yelled at her for forgetting her P.E. uniform... she forgot her
homework and had to copy a friend's...
...I never knew she was that forgetful...
Oh, and she did so well at her recorder test, that she was ased to
perform in front of everyone.
Then she goes on to talk about how she plays at the park right by 
the school with her friends every day...
Her mother's doing well, too... They're having a lot ot of fun 
together.
.....
Having fun... Sounds nice.
Nowadays, I come home to an empty house... The rooms seemso big 
without them.
...I wonder if she feels the same way about her house, no that 
there's no dad in it.
We put that kid through so much on account of our own problems...
I feel terrible about it all...
...Maiko really seemed to like you. She wrote about you in her 
letter, too.

Letter from Maiko:
"I love FC."
"I hope we can become family for real."

Maiko's Dad:
...
I was thinking...
.....
Um... W-Would you be willing to g-go out with me?
Er, I mean, don't misunderstand. I just thought Maiko would like
that...
Uhh...
O-Of course. I'm talking about after you turn 18. The law's the law,
right?
Oh, er...
That didn't come out right, huh. What am I saying...?
No... huh?
Sorry, forget what I said...
G-Goodbye.

> Maiko's dad ran off...

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.......................................TEMPERANCE (SCTM)

-------------
Temperance 1
-------------

> Home Economics Room, Fashion Club...

Bebe:
...Yatta, yes! Zis eez ze best sewing I 'ave done!

> The foreign exchange student you met is busy sewing.

FC:
Hello?

Bebe:
Oh!? Konnichiwa, hello, FC-sama!
I 'aven't seen you since ze bookstore!
You came!
I am very 'appy!

FC:
What are you doing?

Bebe:
I am learning ze art of sewing!
Zis eez tanoshii, very fun!
Would you like to try?

> It seems Bebe wants you to join.

FC:
Maybe I should try.

Bebe:
Honto!? Really!?
Arigatou, thank you!
I am 'ere Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Before tests, zey won't 
let me in...
I was sad because I did not 'ave any tomodachi-- friends-- since I 
came to Nihon-- Japan...
But, now I am 'appy!

> You have joined Fashion Club.

> You understand Bebe a little better.

Bebe:
Whoa! Look at ze time!
Well zen, goodbye!
...Oh, by ze way...
I was wondering 'ow you bid farewell in Nihongo-- Japanese...

FC:
Mata ne.

Bebe:
Wakarimashita, I understand! Mata ne!

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

-------------
Temperance 2
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
Why don't you try making something kantan, simple?
'Ow about zis? I, ze master, shall teach you.

> Bebe is pointing at a how-to guide for making a cute 
Japanese-style phone strap.

> You decided to try and make one.

Bebe:
Line up zis side and zat side, zen sew, sew, sew!
Sew on ze cord... et voila!
Ze color, it is suteki, beautiful! Good job, appare FC-sama!

> Thanks to Bebe's thorough instructions, it turned out well.

> Obtained Japanese Strap.

> You could give this to someone while on a date...

Bebe:
Today, our work eez over-- owari!
Let's go to ze Sweet Shop...
Zis is my first time going, so will you teach me?

FC:
You're into sweets?

Bebe:
Japanese sweets are ouishii-- delicious!
I love Nihon! Japan eez ze best!

> Bebe seems excited.

Bebe:
Well zen, shall we go?
We'll go togezer, my tomodachi! My friend!

> You decide to go to the Sweet Shop with Bebe.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Sweet Shop...

> You are having a delectable time with Bebe...

Bebe:
Oishii! Zat dessert was delicious!
I am so 'appy, ureshii! I love ze culture of Nihon! Japan eez sugoi,
amazing!

FC:
It sure is!

Bebe:
Hai! Hai! Yes! Yes!
Japan's culture eez number one, ichiban! I wish I was born 'ere.

> Bebe seems very happy.

Bebe:
I want to learn everyzing about Nihon and become Japanese!
Zank you for bringing me 'ere. Arigatou!
I 'ave an aunt who lives back 'ome. She 'as been 'elping me...
I must tell 'er zat I 'ave made a great friend! Tomodachi!

> Bebe seems truly grateful.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
Ohh, look at ze time!
I would like to ask you more about Nihon...
I'll talk to you later! Mata ne!

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Temperance 3
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
It eez zat time again! I will tell you what we're making today.
What do you zink about zis? Kawaii, cute like you, no?

> Bebe points to a how-to guide for making a cute knit doll.

> You decided to try and make one.

Bebe:
Bring ze yarn 'ere... like zis!
Oui oui, very good! Ze needle hurts, so be careful.
You do not weave ze yarn... you weave le armour!

> You carefully knit each stitch, following Bebe's instructions...

> ...You knit on the nose and the doll is complete.

Bebe:
Zat is tottemo tottemo cute!
It is almost as cute as you.

> Obtained Knit Rabbit.

> You could give this to somebody while on a date...

Bebe:
I am sad to say, but it eez time to settle zings...
FC-sama, you 'ave gotten much better at zis! Subarashii! Wonderful!

FC:
Thank you!

Bebe:
I 'ave to get better too!
I am glad to 'ave such a great friend-- tomodachi-- as my rival!

> Bebe seems happy.

Bebe:
FC-sama. I would like to make somezing Japanese, but what?

FC:
How about a kimono?

Bebe:
A kimono!

> Bebe seems excited.

Bebe:
It 'as to be a kimono!
But... zat eez very 'ard to make...
I don't know 'ow. Plus, it eez expensive...
Hmm... I will zink about it. Arigatou! Zank you for ze advice!
You are ze only one I can talk to 'ere...
You are so nice!

> Bebe seems truly grateful.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
Oh, look at ze time! I must go 'ome now!
FC-sama... Mata ne!

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Temperance 4
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
.....

> Bebe, who's usually very talkative, is quiet.

FC:
Not into it today?

Bebe:
Uhh... Because... Because!

> Bebe seems sad...

Bebe:
Uhh... Last night...
My dear aunt...
...was taken away by ze angels!

FC: What do you mean?

Bebe:
FC-sama...
Uwaaaaaa....!

> Bebe started to cry.

Bebe:
S-Sorry, gomenasai...
She was ze reason I was able to come to Japan...
And now, she 'as been taken away...
She 'elped me so much, and... I could not do anyzing for 'er
I was 'olding zis inside...
...because I know zat crying will not 'elp...
But, seeing ze look on your face, I...

> He seems devastated by his loss...

> Bebe has confided in you.

Bebe:
Sorry, gomenasai. I cannot work today.
Well... ...Mata ne...

> You can't help but feel sorry for Bebe.

-------------
Temperance 5
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
FC-sama...
.....
What shall we make today...?
I 'ave a sewing book 'ere...

> Bebe is making a heavy face.

> ...It may be best to work with him without asking any questions...

> Bebe is pointing to a how-to on making a cute bag.

> You decide to try and make one.

Bebe:
It is a lovely color...
My 'eart, it feels so cleansed...
FC-sama, you 'ave subarashii, wonderful sense.

> It seems Bebe is trying to tell you something...

> While you wait for a chance to ask about it, you finished your
project.

Bebe:
It is so lovely! Everyone will be urayamashii, jealous.

> Obtained Felt Bag.

Bebe:
I...
.....
Want to go somewhere to eat after zis?

FC:
Sure.

Bebe:
Arigatou gozaimasu! Zank you very much!

> Bebe seems happy.

Bebe:
Zere eez somezing I need to talk to you about.

> You decide to go to a restaurant with Bebe.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> You and Bebe are enjoying a delicious meal...

Bebe:
...I'm afraid I night 'ave to go back 'ome...
I was able to come 'ere because of my aunt, but...
My uncle did not agree wiz ze decision!
He eez yelling at me to come 'ome now, like ze mafia.
If I go 'ome...
...my uncle might never let me return 'ere!

FC:
Stay here.

Bebe:
I would love to stay in Nihon...
Zis country eez where I want to live and die!

> Bebe seems excited.

Bebe:
But, no matter 'ow 'ard I try to convince him...
...'e will not listen.
I 'ave got to know you well, FC-sama...
I cannot say, "Mata ne" like zis!

> Bebe has shared the troubles that are on his mind...

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
It's almost time to say, "Mata ne"...
I'll see you at school, okay!?

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

-------------
Temperance 6
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

> It's time for Fashion Club...

Bebe:
FC-sama, 'ave you decided what today's project will be?

> Which of the things you have made do you want to make again?

FC:
Knit rabbit

Bebe:
I am 'appy to be able to see your work again.
Go a'ead and start making it.

> You decided to make this quickly, with Bebe's encouragement.

> Your experience in sewing allows you to make it faster than you 
did last time.

> Obtained Knit Rabbit

Bebe:
Zat speed, zat beauty... You are indeed superb!
Next, we shall make somezing big!
Hrrrmmmmm...
...I know! You will make ze scarf!
'Appiness will come to girls who can knit scarves!
...Zat is what my aunt said.
I want you to become 'appy...
Zat is... 'Ow I truly feel...
.....
Um... Wakarimasen... I do not understand...
Ze sewing machine won't go...

FC:
What's wrong?

Bebe:
I am worried about my uncle...
'Ow can I convince 'im to let me stay 'ere?

> Bebe seems sad.

Bebe:
If I became a samurai, maybe I could stand up to 'im...
...Oh!
Maybe if we go to ze Sweet Shop and 'ave a snack, I can come up wiz
a plan!
Shall we!?

FC:
That's a great idea.

Bebe:
Yatta! Let's go!

> Bebe seems excited.

> You decide to go to the Sweet Shop with Bebe after finishing your
work.

> Iwatodai strip mall, Sweet Shop...

> You are having a delectable time with Bebe...

Bebe:
...I 'ave zought about zis even in my dreams...
I will be disappointed if I 'ave to return to my country!
I want to stay 'ere in Nihon even if I 'ave to eat dirt!

FC:
I'm behind you.

Bebe:
Arigatou! Zank you! I can do anyzing with your support!

> Bebe seems very happy.

Bebe:
Jitsu wa, actually... I 'ave a plan!
I will return 'ome...
Mochiron, of course, I will not give up just like zat!
I will come back 'ere after persuading my uncle!
I will convince 'im 'ow great Japan eez!
Now, I just 'ave to figure out 'ow to explain it to 'im.
Zat will be easy with your 'elp, FC-sama!
Please help me! Onegaishimasu!

> It seems like Bebe is counting on you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
...Ze sun is setting.
I will see you again... Mata ne!

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Temperance 7
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
FC-samaaa!
I 'ave come up wiz a great idea to show Japan's charm to my uncle!
I will show 'im a kimono, and make 'im understand the beauty of
Nihon!

FC:
It's a nice idea.

Bebe:
Since you agree, I 'ave nozing to be afraid of!

> Bebe seems very excited.

Bebe:
Ze kimono eez a Japanese treasure!
If I show it to my uncle, he will surely let me stay in Nihon.
Ze design will be...
...ze mascot of ze Sweet Shop!
I zought of zis design because...
FC-sama took me zere!

> Bebe seems to be counting on you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
I am no longer confused!
I will 'urry up and make ze kimono!
I will sew like ze wind!

> Bebe began working on his project with all his might.

> You decided to start working on a scarf, like he mentioned before.

> This will take a while...

> You worked alongside Bebe for a long time, then decided to go 
back to the dorm.

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Temperance 8
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
Sewing eez my life...
Even zough my wallet eez light and I can only buy cheap material...
I will work 'ard to make ze best kimono, and save my future!

> Bebe is working hard...

> You continued on your scarf while you cheered each other on...

Bebe:
Your scarf is almost complete! Tanoshimi! I look forward to zat!
But I, too, am working 'ard to finish zis!
Hmm... So far, so good, ne? Right?
When my uncle sees zis, I know he'll agree wiz me about how great
Nihon eez!

FC:
He'll agree!

Bebe:
I truly believe zat, so I will work even 'arder!

> Bebe seems excited.

Bebe:
I accomplished a lot today wiz your 'elp!
Arigatou! Zank you!

> Bebe seems very grateful.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
Ooooh... My arm eez very tired.
It must be from working so 'ard...
But, I will finish zis kimono no matter what!
Yosh! I can't give up now!

> You worked with Bebe for a long time, and then decided to go back
to the dorm.

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Temperance 9
-------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

Bebe:
If I give my best effort, zis will come out great!!

> It seems Bebe is talking to himself while sewing.

Bebe:
Hmm... Zat cheap material 'as been transformed!
Wizout your 'elp...
I would probably be back 'ome already...
But because of you, I was able to finish zis kimono!

FC:
What is France like?

Bebe:
My country... Zere is nozing zere for me now!
I 'ave to put an end to zis, so zat I can die 'ere in ze country I
love!

> Bebe seems fired up.

Bebe:
By ze way, FC-sama...
I 'ave met many people in Nihon...
But, you are ze best tomodachi I 'ave 'ere!
If my aunt was still alive...
I would tell her about ze wonderful friend I 'ave made... 
Subarashii!
I'm sure my aunt would 'ave liked you...

> You feel a strong emotion from Bebe.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Bebe:
Yosh! Now, I will put ze final touches on zis kimono!
I am so tired zat I zink I see my aunt!
Zis is ze last part... I can't give up!
Ready, set... GO!

> You and Bebe worked on your own projects while cheering each other
on...

> ...The scarf is finally complete!

> Obtained Hand-knit Scarf.

> You could give this to someone while on a date...

Bebe:
.....
FC-sama... Ze scarf is so beautiful.
Subarashii. I can feel your warmth from it...
.....
Is zat scarf a present for someone?
Urayamashii... I envy ze guy who gets it. It is ze greatest present.
.....
Urayamashii...
.....
I...
I shall return. Zat I promise.
I promise zat... to you.
So...
.....

> You worked with Bebe for a long time, and then decided to go back
to the dorm.

--------------
Temperance 10
--------------

> Gekkoukan High School, Home Economics Room...

> Bebe's sewing machine is humming pleasantly.

> You're having a good time hanging out with Bebe.

Bebe:
Zeeeere we gooooooo!
I am finished!

> It seems Bebe has finally finished the kimono.

FC:
You did it!

Bebe:
Very nice! I 'ave no complaints!

> Bebe seems pleased.

Bebe:
When my uncle sees zis, he will surely let me come back to Nihon!
It eez time for 'im to concede!
I must 'urry up and go see 'im!
So, I 'ave to say goodbye for a little while... Sayonara...
But, I'll be back!
I will not give in to my uncle!
.....
FC-sama...
Please, take zis!

> Obtained Money Pouch.

Bebe:
I made it from ze leftover material.
It eez a sign of our friendship!
Onegaishimasu... Please...
Wait for my return, FC-sama...
My favourite memories of Nihon...
...are all ze times we hung out togezer.

FC:
I'll be waiting.

Bebe:
Z-Zank you so--
...Uw-Uwaaaaa...!

> Bebe is crying tears of joy.

> Bebe seems to truly appreciate all that you've done for him.

> You feel your relationship has grown stronger...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Bebe:
Kanashii... It makes me sad, but...
Tomorrow, I must go...
FC-sama...
...Mata ne!

> After promising to meet up with Bebe sometime in the future, you
decided to go back to the dorm.

---------------------
Temperance Post Game
---------------------

Letter from Bebe:
'ello, FC-sama. Zis eez Bebe.

> Bebe's halting words line the pages...

> You can picture Bebe's smiling face...

Letter from Bebe:
Ze kanji eez difficult for me, so I'm sorry zis eez all in ze
'iragana.
I learned a lot in Japan, but Bebe eez still not zat good.
I write zis with a dictionary.
Bebe showed Uncle ze kimono. 'E 'ad much praise for it.
'E say zat Japan eez a great country. Bebe eez so 'appy to 'ear zis.
So I tell Uncle zat I want to go back to ze Japan.
I tell 'im many times. He say, "Okay!"

> You can sense Bebe's joy through his words...

Letter from Bebe:
But Bebe decided not to go back.
I'm sorry, FC-sama. I said I'd come back, but zis is a lie.
Bebe didn't know.
My aunt wasn't ze only one who 'elped me study abroad.
Uncle, relatives, neighbors... many people 'elped.
Zey all wanted me to go back. Zey said, "We will 'elp pay for it."
But my uncle is sad zat my aunt died.
Bebe cannot enjoy Japan while Uncle is in grief.
Bebe cannot take everyone's money for 'is own fun.
Learning about Japan can be done in France too.
Zat's why Bebe will stay in France.
When Bebe is strong enough on 'is own, zen I will come to Japan 
again.

> Bebe's handwriting has left an impression in the paper. He seems
very determined...

Letter from Bebe:
Bebe zought about 'ow fun it is to make clothes with FC-sama, and 
entered ze school of fashion.
I made a clothes for ze school contest. Bebe won first prize!
I named zese clothes that won first place.
FC... A very wonderful name.
It eez ze name Bebe likes.
Japan and France, FC-sama and Bebe. Zey are far apart.
But I will always be close. Even if you can't see me, zat will not
change.
Every day was fun. A lot.
Even if you do bad zings, even if you become famous, even if you get
married...
My feelings, zey do not change. Bebe will always love FC-sama.
Aishiteru.
To my dear dear FC-sama. 
                                               Bebe

> The words near the end are smeared...


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.......................................DEVIL (SCDV)

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Devil 1
--------

<Paulownia Mall, Evening>

Well-Dressed Man:
Very well, young lady... if you insist, I'll give you my autograph.
It's always a pleasure to meet a fan.

FC:
No, I don't need one.

Well-Dressed Man:
Oh, don't be silly... Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
I'm sure you've seen the home-shopping program called "Tanaka's
Amazing Commodities"...
Allow me to introduce myself...

> The well-dressed man handed you a business card.

> It says "President & Executive Producer Tanaka."

Tanaka:
That's right! I'm Tanaka. Surely you've heard the name.
I'm afraid I cannot return you the 40,000 yen you gave me, but I
autographed my business card for you.
Hold on to that... It'll be worth a pretty penny. Tootaloo.

> As Tanaka turned and walked away, his fake smile melted into a 
look of annoyance.

> ...But then he sat on the nearby bench and began mumbling to
himself...

Tanaka:
That little brat... Doesn't she realize she's in the presence of a
star!?
I should have charged her extra for a private autograph signing...

> It seems he's mumbling about you...

FC:
I can hear you.

Tanaka:
Huh!? Wh-What do you want!? Quit disturbing me! Shoo, shoo!

[He hurries toward you]

Tanaka:
...D-Did you overhear me talking to myself?
You'll forget it ever happened if you know what's good for you. I 
belong to a powerful talent agency.
I'm practically a celebrity. I have an image to maintain...
Don't even think about telling someone "He took my money" or "He
called me a little brat"! Capiche!?

FC:
I'll tell everyone.

Tanaka:
Very funny. You may be cute, but you're no comedian.

> President Tanaka's forehead is beading with sweat.

Tanaka:
...Silly me! I've let you in on my secret, haven't I? Tee hee hee.
Don't tell anyone, okay!?
Please! I'll lick your shoes clean if you want me to!

FC:
That's okay!

Tanaka:
Th-That means you won't tell anyone, right? Promise? I'll make you
swallow a thousand needles if you're lying!
A verbal agreement is considered a contract, and I'll sue your pants
off if you breach ours!
I've got your adorable little face etched into my memory.

> He seems to have taken an interest in you.

> You've become acquainted with President Tanaka, the Executive
Producer of a TV shopping program.

Tanaka:
But to tell you the truth, you might shine with a little polishing.
I sense that you're something more than your average pretty girl.
What you need in this world is brains. Without brains, you can't 
climb to the top.
I usually take my breaks here. I'd be happy to mold your young mind
whenever you wish.

> After saying goodbye to President Tanaka, you decided to go back
to the dorm.

--------
Devil 2
--------

Tanaka:
My schedule is so packed I don't even have time to breathe. I don't
usually deal with your average Joe, you know.
If your dormant potential turns out to be a mistake in my judgement,
it's an instant goodbye to you.
Alright, let's add a new word to our vocabulary today. Repeat after
me!
"Placebo"! The stress is on the middle syllable.

FC:
Placebo!

Tanaka:
Splendid! It's so charming how you say it!

> President Tanaka seems pleased.

Tanaka:
A placebo is a "pretend" pill. Basically it's a medicine to ease
your mind.
It's a miracle breakthrough that will make you feel fabulous!
Enjoy a relaxing drive while taking in the beautiful scenery!
Our incredible supplement will help you get the most out of life!
These are part of our unique line of products.

FC:
Is that legal?

Tanaka:
Oh yes, of course. I'm free to sell them as I please!

> President Tanaka seems impressed with himself.

Tanaka:
We may not be providing tangible benefits, but we do provide peace
of mind.
People will pay handsomely for that, you know.
Take emergency supplies, for example... People feel safe just 
because they have them.
But, it's merely a false sense of security.
...That's it for today's lesson. You can pay me back when you make
your first million.

> You received somewhat questionable advice from President Tanaka.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
Have you been keeping your promise? You didn't tell anyone, did you?

If you go back on your word, I'll upload your pictures to an 
internet dating site for former prison inmates!

> President Tanaka left.

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Devil 3
--------

Tanaka:
Today, I'll tell you a funny story...
You know, these days, even a first grader knows how to buy stocks
online.
How about you? Are you interested in stock trading?

FC:
I am.

Tanaka:
That's the spirit!
If you put all your money in the bank, your modest gains will be
offset by outrageous fees!
Don't let the fear of bankruptcy dissuade you!
You have to be aggressive in the management of your assets!

> President Tanaka seems excited.

Tanaka:
My company just went public.
Since our sales have been skyrocketing, we decided to sell shares.
And guess what...?
The number of shareholders skyrocketed too.
Listen, this is the funny part... The majority of our shareholders
are also our customers!
They keep buying more of our products, so of course the stock will
rise!
...Isn't that hysterical? You should leard to appreciate the irony.
I'm thinking of offering you a job, so you should come up with some
stories of your own.

> You listened to President Tanaka passionately share his advice.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
Have you been keeping your promise? You didn't tell anyone, did you?
If you go back on your word, I'll find where you live and ring the
doorbell every night at midnight!

> President Tanaka left.

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Devil 4
--------

Tanaka:
Today's lesson is called "The smaller the dog, the louder its bark!"
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to see
through people's bathing suits at the beach?

FC:
I have.

Tanaka:
...You have a pretty face, but inside, you're a middle-aged man.
Can we use that angle in a campaign? "A girl who can talk with the
middle-aged"... Eh, it won't last long.

> President Tanaka is nodding...

Tanaka:
Our company has introduced a special filter for digital cameras.
Simply attach it to your camera and voila! Start peeping!
We've been advertising it in adult magazines. Our ad slogan is
"Undress them with your camera eye."
It's been selling like hotcakes! In fact, it's our number one 
seller!
Unfortunately, customers have been complaining that it doesn't work.
I told my employees to just ignore them. Nowhere does it guarantee
that you'll be able to see anything.
And it's not like anyone would actually admit they bought one.
...By the way, try to cut back on the donuts and cupcakes. I have an
idea for an ad campaign...
Oh, and keep playing around at night to a minimum.
The innocent look may be old, but being viewed as promiscuous is 
still a minus for your image.
You "act" in front of the man you want, right? You need to do the
same for the customers in front of the TV.

> You listened to President Tanaka share his advice.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
Have you been keeping your promise? You didn't tell anyone, did you?
If you go back on your word... It won't be my fault if you get a lot
of pizzas delivered to you.

> President Tanaka left.

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Devil 5
--------

Tanaka:
Um, today we'll talk about--
...Oh, dear me... I-I just can't concentrate. I get so worked up
when I picture his face!

FC:
Who?

Tanaka:
...One of my employees. I suppose I should have seen it coming...

> President Tanaka seems to have calmed down.

Tanaka:
There was a young man who was working for me...
He was a good kid who graduated from a well-known university.
But this month, he wasn't able to meet his sales quota, so I docked
his pay.
After that, his self-confidence went down the drain.
...Then, he just stopped coming to work.

FC:
What's he doing now?

Tanaka:
He probably locked himself inside his room. I don't care.

> President Tanaka seems unconcerned.

Tanaka:
I just mailed him a dismissal notice, C.O.D.
It's his fault that the company is in the red this month!
All that money I wasted on training him...
It makes me sick just thinking about it... Uhh...

FC:
It's all about money.

Tanaka:
Of course! I love money.
Money won't betray me like he did.

> President Tanaka seems very passionate about money.

Tanaka:
It's difficult growing up with no money...
When you can't even afford shoes for PE class! Going barefoot in
the gym during winter can be torture!
I've been thinking... How would you like to model exclusively for
my company?
Your innocent appearance would be perfect for camouflaging the ugly
realities of business!
...Think about it, will you? You won't ever have to worry about
being able to buy shoes for PE.

> You sense that President Tanaka has strong feelings for you.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
Oopsies, I better get back to work. I have to re-evaluate the 
budget...
If I decide to hire someone new, it'll cost a fortune to train them.

> President Tanaka left, talking to himself.

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Devil 6
--------

Tanaka:
Recently, my alumni association organized a class reunion.

FC:
Sounds like fun!

Tanaka:
I had a splendid time! I still laugh thinking about it.

> President Tanaka seems cheerful.

Tanaka:
I doubt you'd understand how I feel, since you're still young, 
but...
A high school reunion is a very important event...
It's the perfect opportunity to show everyone else how pathetically
their lives turned out.
For example, I ran into a classmate who used to make fun of me for
only having rice in my bento...
...and another fellow who onced strung up my holey socks on the
flagpole.
Now, they both look at me with ency. Their annual salary doesn't
even compare to my monthly income! 
My business is on a roll, and my private life is also very 
satisfying.
Let me take you under my wing, as our exclusive model. It's a once
in a lifetime opportunity.
Don't think I would extend this offer to just anyone.

> You sense that President Tanaka has strong feelings for you.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
By the way, remember that 40,000 yen you gave me? I think we can 
call it even...
My time is worth at least a hundred thousand yen per hour!
Think of all the free advice I've given you!

> President Tanaka left with a grin on his face.

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Devil 7
--------

Tanaka:
Before I enlighten you today...
...do you notice anything different about me?

FC:
Kind of...

Tanaka:
Oh! Then, youcan tell!?

> President Tanaka seems happy.

Tanaka:
I had my hair revitalized... Doesn't it look healthier now?
I'm afraid it's all part of the job; I have my fans to think of...
At home, I'm completely the opposite. I dress like a slob and only
shower once every three days.
Let me give you an analogy...

> President Tanaka seems to be thinking.

Tanaka:
...Vegetables! Perfect!
Imagine an organically grown cucumber that looks deformed...
Compare that to a cucumber that looks perfect, but was grown using
chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Which one do you think the supermarket would stock?

FC:
The organic one.

Tanaka:
...Wouldn't that be delightful?

> President Tanaka seems amused.

Tanaka:
In an ideal world, they'd offer safe and delicious vegetables
regardless of their appearance...
But in reality, supermarkets line the shelves with the prettiest 
cucumbers.
So, why do consumers still buy these cucumbers when they know the 
truth?
Simple. People trust what they see. Appearance matters most.
That's why, as much as I hate spending money, I buy expensive ties
to win people's trust...
Wait! You remember what I just said...?
About me dressing like a slob and not showering everyday...
Don't tell ANYONE! I can't afford to have people start believing
I'm ordinary!
...I only said it because it was you. You're the only one who 
knows...

> You sense that President Tanaka has strong feelings for you.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
Just a reminder: don't tell anyone. If you break your promise...
...Well, I guess I can trust you. Run along, now...

> You said goodbye to President Tanaka.

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Devil 8
--------

Tanaka:
I'm used to being accosted by people, but recently I had an 
interesting encounter...
It was with a young man not much older than you. Guess what he 
said...
He said. "Thank you."

FC:
Good for you.

Tanaka:
I don't mean to sound like aprick, but I could care less what our
customers think.

> President Tanaka seems a bit cocky.

Tanaka:
...After all, we don't even sell real products.
But the, he told me he quit his part-time job and was going to study
to become a public prosecutor.
He wants to punish businessmen like me for bending the rules.
He said I was an example of a  negative role model. As if!
This is me worrying too much, but what if... Just what if...
What if he does become a public prosecutor and puts me behind bars?
Then I wouldn't be able to give you advice any more...

> President Tanaka seems upset.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
...I want the shareholders to know about this.
Apparently, kids these days aren't as naive as we thought...

> President Tanaka left.

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Devil 9
--------

Tanaka:
The other day, a woman came to my office asking for a donation.
She was the kind of girl that men dream of-- drop dead gorgeous. I'm
sorry to say it, but much prettier than you.
But, no matter how attractive she was, I was repulsed by her
dedication to charity work.

FC:
Are you going to donate?

Tanaka:
Of course not! I hate the very word!

> President Tanaka seems proud.

Tanaka:
Why should I give my hard-earned money to a bunch of freeloaders?
I pulled myself up out of squalor to get where I am today!
In fact, I've earned the right to laugh at those who used to laugh
at me!
That's what I had always dreamt of. But to tell you the truth, now
I have too much money.
Profits are booming, but I'm so busy I don't have time to spend a 
dime...
Maybe I should train someone to take my place.
I could teach them my business philosophy and help them master my
management techniques...
I could create a carbon copy of me!
It would probably cost me a fortune, but if it works, then I could
sit back and relax in my massage chair!
How 'bout it? Want to become my successor? I'll even let you join 
the Tanaka family...
Not just work; I'll even take care of your wedding.
...Just kidding.
I'm sure you'll obtain something even bigger than my company.
If I say it, it's for sure.

> You feel warmth and kindness from President Tanaka.

> You feel like you understand him a little better now.

Tanaka:
"Donate to the unfortunate children," huh...

> President Tanaka left.

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Devil 10
---------

Tanaka:
I've decided to make a donation.
She's raising money to help orphans in foreign countries.
I don't look at it as a donation so much as an investment. Let me
explain...
Children who learn to cope with adversity are more likely to become
rich and famous, like me.
I'm thinking of donating 10 million yen. Not a corporate donation,
but a private one.
When I told them over the phone, they sent me this.

> President Tanaka handed you a thank-you letter.

Tanaka:
I received it the very next day. Now, I can't back out...
10 million yen is nothing to me, though.
Once those children grow up and become successful, I'll introduce
myself to them.
I'll say, "I'm the one who made all this possible!" Then, I'll be
well taken care of in my old age!
This idea probably would not have occurred to me if it wasn't for
our conversations...
By talking to you, I seem to have developed an interest in watching
others mature...
I thank you for that. Actually I should be thanking myself... for
wisely noticing this.

> Despite his self-flattery, you sense President Tanaka's true 
appreciation.

> You feel like you fully understand him now.

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Tanaka:
...You can keep that letter.
I worked myself to the bone to earn that money, and all I get in
return is a piece of paper?
...But it's not a bad feeling...

> You received a Thank-you Letter.

Tanaka:
...I'm going now. The paparazzi could be anywhere.
If any of them were to find out, my plan would be ruined.
Oh, by the way...
I've decided to cancel the exclusive modeling contract we discussed.
You're better off being a diamond in the rough.
No one needs to polish you; you'll shine on your own. When you do,
everyone will take notice.
...I'll look forward to that day.
Tootaloo, girl.

> President Tanaka sent you on your way with some kind words and a
thank-you letter.

----------------
Devil Post Game
----------------

> The TV is left on.

> The news is on...

Newscaster:
Coming up next...
A special report on the Amazing Commodities Corp., of the "Tanaka's
Amazing Commodities" program.
President Tanaka's failure to account for certain expenditures has
caused a media stir lately...
We now join our field reported, live from the scene.

Field Reporter:
I'm reporting from the Amazing Commodities head office, where a 
swarm of journalists has convened.
Word has it that President Tanaka will be coming out shortly to make
a statement.
The tension in the sir here can't be denied.

Newscaster:
Thank you, and we'll be looking forward to updates as soon as 
anything happens. Back to the studio.
The unaccounted expenditure has sparked a massive investigation. 
Some theorize that tax evasion is the cause--

Commentator:
Oh, there's no question about that! I remind you that this is
President Tanaka we're talking about!
He tricks his own viewers for a few extra bucks! I bet he'd slit his
mama's throat for a five-yen piece!
No matter how high his net worth rises, he'll never be satisfied!
He's lower than the scum on an earthworm's belly! All that money and
no charity's every seen a dime!

Newscaster:
W-Well, I'm sure he's not as bad as all that... Oh, this is just 
in-- something has happened at the scene.

Field Reported:
President Tanaka has emerged!
He's carrying a microphone! It looks like he's going to... sing!?

Singing Voice:
Here comes Tanakaaaaa
Over the airwaves to youuuuu
Granter of your desires!

President Tanaka:
Hiii, everyone! Amazing Commodities is here for you year-round, rain
or shine!
We have a monopoly on the cheapest, highest-quality goods! Our 
customers ecstatic screams cause noise pullution!
Our stocks rise so high they're a hazard to birds, and we make 
losers every day out of people who don't buy!
We're the only miracle left in thie sad, desolate world! That's the
Amazing Commodities guarantee!
We look forward to your business!

> President Tanaka's car drove off...

Field Reported:
Oh...H-He's gone!

Commentator:
What the hell are you doing!? You call yourself a journalist!?
If you can't get one lousy comment out of him, it's as good as free
advertising!

Newscaster:
We'll have to interrupt you there, as we've just received a fax.
I-It's from President Tanaka! The message reads...

Fax from President Tanaka:
Hiii! This is Tanaka, the best friend your pocketbook ever had!
And what's in my pocketbook is my own business.
It's not my company's money-- so what's it to them how I use it?
But let me make one thing clear: I'm not ashamed of a single thing!
My conscience is clear, dear viewers-- so buy my products, guilt-
free!
Amazing Commodities, here for you year-round, rain or shine! Buy now
or drown in bitter tears!
Bye-bye!

Newscaster:
...Apparently, he had no intention of revealing his use for the 
funds.

Commentator:
Has this Tanaka no shame!?
Just because he's made some money for himself doesn't mean he can
toy with the common man's emotions!
As self-appointed representative of Joe Q. Public, I have something 
to say and I'm not afraid to say it!
Fat pigs like him who gorge themselves on the excesses of capitalism
should be--

Newscaster:
Thanks very much, as we wrap up our special report.
With no new clues as to how the funds have been used, we can only
hope that they went to humanitarian purposes.
Next up, your daily glimpse into the stock market...
...Where Amazing Commodities' stocks are skyrocketing on the 
strength of the bizzare "revalations" just now.

> The report continues...

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.......................................TOWER (SCTW)

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Tower 1
--------

[Club Escapade]

> You told the monk that you ordered some brandy.

> That must have impressed him, because he started talking with
you...

Monk:
You look awfully young, kid. You still in high school?
What're the employees here thinking', letting you in...?
Well, since ya got me a drink, I'll pretend I'm your parent so ya
don't get thrown outta here.
...Well? C'mon, kid, sit down. Havin' to look up at ya is strainin'
my neck.

> You sat down next to the monk...

Monk:
So, you wanted to see where adults spend their time, eh?
Well, don't worry, in two or three more years you'll be old enough
to hang out here unsupervised.
Just take it easy, kid. You'll be legal before ya know it. No need
to rush.
Actin' like an adult only makes ya look more like a kid.
Heh... I guess that sounds funny comin' from an alcohol-drinkin',
cigar-smokin' monk, eh?

FC:
Does liquor taste good?

Monk:
Some say it does...
I just drink to get drunk. It makes me feel good.
You seem to be optimistic about the future...
Well, don't get your hopes up too high, kid. That way you won't be
disappointed when things don't work out.
Cuz then you'll hafta smoke and drink just to get through the day...
You're nothin' like those punks I see runnin' 'round town these 
days.
...Always bein' taken in by the police for questioning...
...I'm gonna remember your face, kid. And next time you come in here,
I'm gonna have you thrown out. Got it?

> You became acquainted with the monk.

> You are getting sleepy...

Monk:
Well, when you've had your fill, go home... and don't come back.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 2
--------

Monk:
Hey, I remember you...
I told you not to come back here... Hmph, kids...
Well, I don't care as long as you don't get on my nerves. Here, take
a seat.
...So, what're you doin' here, kid?

FC:
I don't need to tell you.

Monk:
Ha, you're absolutely right! It isn't any of my business!

> The monk seems amused.

Monk:
...Still, what's up with the lack of discipline these days, huh? You
better watch your mouth, kid.
You think you can just shoot off your mouth 'cuz you're a kid?
If you were my kid, I'd give you a swift kick in the ass.
You don't have to revere me, but at least show me some respect.

FC:
What should I call you?

Monk:
Mutatsu. ...That's my Buddhist name, of course.

> Mutatsu seems to be proud of his name.

Mutatsu:
And don't forget to put "san" at the end.
The world's not a forgiving place, kid. You gotta show other people
respect.

> Mutatsu lectured you...

> You felt kindness behind his harsh words.

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy...

Mutatsu:
Well, I don't really care what happens to somebody else's kid, 
but...
...just go home, alright? And don't ever come back here.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 3
--------

Mutatsu:
I thought your face looked familiar... You here again, kid?
Even Buddha's not that forgiving. Alright, that's it. I'm gonna hand
you over to the bouncer and...
...Well, there's no Buddha in this world, so... Alright, kid. Stop
lookin' at me like that and sit down.
...So tell me, is it fun pesterin' an old monk like me whose own
wife and kid left him?
...How come you're always alone when I see ya? Don'tcha got any 
friends, kid?

FC:
I have no friends.

Mutatsu:
Either ya like being alone, or ya go problems... In any case, well
said. No hesitations whatsoever... heheh...

> Mutatsu seems amused.

Mutatsu:
Don't worry if ya don't have any friends. Most of life's troubles 
have to do with others.
...Let's define a "friend" as... someone you hold dear.
True friendship is seen through the heart, kid, not the eyes...
People always want somethin' in a relationship. They only really
love themselves.
You don't call someone who doesn't like you your friend, do ya?
No, you don't...
...'cuz you know you won't get nothin' from 'em, right?
Which means, in this world, there's no one you can hold dear.
At the end of the lonely road of love, kid, you're the only one left
standin' there.
But, you see those dames over there, the ones on the dance floor?
If you can bring one of 'em over here, I'll be your friend in 
return. Eh? Whaddya think?

> Mutatsu seems to trust you.

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy...

Mutatsu:
...Your eyelids're startin' ta droop.
Go home for now, kid. You're gonna come back again anyway, even if
I tell you not to, right?

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 4
--------

Mutatsu:
I was just thinkin' you might show up... and here you are.
Hey, don't get me wrong, kid. It's not like I was lookin' forward
to seein' ya or anything.
...Still, your skin's shiny. Whaddya puttin' on it? It's damn 
bright.
Well, in terms of brightness, my head won't lose.
Why don't ya give it a try? The bald look...

FC:
I've always wanted to try that.

Mutatsu:
I like that earnest answer, kid. Looks like you get 20% of what I'm
saying.

> Mutatsu seems amused.

Mutatsu:
I'm not talkin' about fashion here; I'm sayin' you'd be better off
without your hair.
Oh, sure, you're young and good-lookin' now, but just wait...
I mean, look at me. I'm old and ugly... My cheeks sag like a damn
bulldog's.
...That's life, kid. People get old. Somday you'll be just as old
as me...
You'll look in the mirror and think...
"Those were the days..."
Here's a little trick so you don't lose hope in the future.
...Just don't expect nothin'. Simple, eh? And that way you won't
ever be disappointed.
You're gonna turn into bones one day, so why bother with it all now?
If ya weren't so wet behind the ears, we could had more of an 
adult's conversation.
I wish you coulda be 10 years older when I met ya.

> You felt Mutatsu's twisted kindness.

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy...

Mutatsu:
What, is all my talkin' puttin' you to sleep?
Well, ya can't sleep here, kid. Go home.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 5
--------

Mutatsu:
You're late. I was just about to leave.
You come here a lot too, huh?
...Hey, are you alright, kid? You know, money-wise?
High school kids don't have much money, do they? At least, I never
gave much to my son.

FC:
I get by.

Mutatsu:
Is that right...? Hmph, I guess you kids have ways to make money
nowadays.

> Mutatsu seems impressed.

Mutatsu:
You're not doing anything illegal, though, are ya, kid? ...Not that
I care.
...Now, gimme a straight answer...
Is there anything you want right now?

FC:
There isn't.

Mutatsu:
Hmph, don't tell me you've attained enlightenment at your age.

> Mutatsu is impressed.

Mutatsu:
When I was a young man, I never had enough money to buy the things I
wanted.
When you get to be my age... Hmph, never mind.
You work to make money so you can have a better life, but to make
enough money you gotta work all the time...
...So you never get to enjoy that better life you're working so hard
to have.
...Quite a paradox, isn't it?
...Do you know what the average lifetime income of a white-collar
worker is?
...Inckuding a retirement fund and an annual pension?
250,000,000 yen! Hmph, that's not even close to a lottery jackpot!
Thanks to me, you learned somethin' new today, eh, kid?
Now, don't waste your life workin' all the time tryin' to get rich;
just take life as it comes.

> You saw through Mutatsu's harsh words and felt his kindness...

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy...

Mutatsu:
I worked my ass off for a lousy 250,000,000 yen! And for what!?
I wish I could buy back all the time I lost...

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 6
--------

Mutatsu:
...Oh, it's you...
Hey, can ya help me out, kid...? I don't feel so good...
Dammit... I can't believe I let this happen...
Ugh... I'm in bad shape...

FC:
You should get home.

Mutatsu:
Yeah, you're right, kid... I should go home and sleep...

> Mutatsu agreed with you.

Mutatsu:
But, even if I go home...
I completely forgot I have a memorial service to conduct... Reciting
the Heart Sutra with a hangover... ugh...
Before, no matter how much I drank, all I needed was a cold shower
to snap outta it. Guess I'm gettin' old, heh...
It's times like these I wish I didn't live alone...

FC:
What about your workers?

Mutatsu:
Workers? Heh, you mean other monks?
My temple's small, and I don't depend on nobody but myself. So, I'm
the only one there.

> Mutatsu has a bitter smile on his face.

Mutatsu:
...If ya think about it, livin' alone's probably the best thing a 
person could do...
You don't hafta wait for someone else to get outta the bathroom
when ya need to go. My son took forever in there.
...Yeah, livin' alone is the way to achieve peace and serenity!

Mutatsu:
...All things visible are bound to change and disappear...
All things in this world are not singular. They're all smaller parts
of a bigger picture.
And yet, they're all different from each other. All things in this
world are unique.
To put it simply...
No matter how hard you try to live your life right, someone else can
always mess it up.
All things are unique, yet they are not singular...
Maybe you've messed up my life a bit, too. Heheh...

> You saw through Mutatsu's harsh words and felt his kindness...

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy...

Mutatsu:
I-I'm going home, kid... My head's killin' me.
Oh, yeah, about the memorial service...
The kid was only 19... a random murder victim. What a harsh world
we live in...
You be careful on your way home, okay, kid?

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 7
--------

Mutatsu:
...Oh, there you are.
I'm feelin' down today, kid. So listen to what this old monk has to
say, will ya?
...Those folks downstairs, they're probably around your age, eh?
It looks like they're havin' fun drinkin' and dancin', don't it?
But, if you look closely, their eyes say otherwise.
I bet they come here to relieve stress. But, I wonder if any of 'em
are actually enjoying themselves...
Stress won't go away unless you take care of its source. ...You can
forget about it, but it'll always come back.
This place is more like a refuge for me than a club.
If those kids really wanna relax, we should switch the music to the
Heart Sutra, and...
...Hey! There's a microphone over there. Bring it over, kid! I'll
perform a live sutra reading.

FC:
You probably shouldn't

Mutatsu:
...Don't underestimate me, kid. My reading of the Heart Sutra will
change your life!

> Mutatsu seems like he's having fun.

Mutatsu:
But, I guess you're right. This place is too small to recite it 
properly.
I have a son... He's about the same age as those kids down there.
He'll be 21 this year... if he's still alive, that is.

> Perhaps because he was thinking about his son...

> ...you felt an almost fatherly concern from Mutatsu.

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

> You are getting sleepy... 

Mutatsu:
You think it's okay to leave the future of this country in their 
hands?
...I mean, what if they all end up like me?
Well, it's not like I've got high hopes for the future anyways...
All things are unique, yet not singular.
...Oh, sorry, kid. I'm done talkin'.
Go home before it gets too late, alright? ...I'll see ya later.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Tower 8
--------

Mutatsu:
...Ohhh, you're laaate... *hic* Whaaashup, kid?

> Mutatsu's breath smells of alcohol...

> He must have been drinking a lot.

Mutatsu:
Don't you think ish... *hic* rude to maaake shum'one wait?
Didn't Dad tell you not to do that, ehhh?

FC:
Dad?

Mutatsu:
Eh...? Dad? *hic* Did you jush call me Dad?

> Mutatsu seems happy.

Mutatsu:
You alwaysh call me an ol' bashtard... But, *hic* you're all nishe
whenever ya need shum money...
I tot you got in an acshident or shumthin'...
*hic* Don't make me worry like that.
What the hell were ya doin' thish late!?

FC:
I was with friends.

Mutatsu:
A friend, huh? *hic* It's a girl, isn't it?
Hmph, like father, like son, I guess...

> Mutatsu seems pleased.

Mutatsu:
Uh... Hmm...? YOU...?

> It seems Mutatsu is sobering up.

Mutatsu:
Damn... All this time, I thought you were... I guess my eyesight is
getting bad, after all...
I thought the pitch of your voice sounded a bit high...

> Mutatsu mistook you for his son...

> You understand his loneliness better now.

Mutatsu:
...Spending all my time with clients, missing anniversaries and
birthdays...
I wonder if they felt the same way I did, as I waited for you 
earlier...

FC:
They?

Mutatsu:
My wife and my son...
It's been four years since they left...
I used to stay out past midnight; and when I got home, my wife and I
would get into a big arguement...
...Now when I go home, I don't know what to do with myself, so I
just come here and drink every night.

FC:
You're just running away.

Mutatsu:
...Yeah, you're absolutely right. I shaved my head, but it's only 
for show...

> Mutatsu is laughing sheepishly.

Mutatsu:
I get drunk to avoid facing my problems... So, yeah, I guess you
could say I'm runnin' away.
...She hasn't called me or sent me a letter since then. She must've
gotten over me.
Who knows where they are... or if they even wanna see me...
...Aw, forget it. It's too much of a hassle, anyway.
Alright, kid, let's get outta here.

--------
Tower 9
--------

Mutatsu:
Hey... sorry about, you know...
...Let's just forget about it, alright?
Anyway, I'm sober today...
...so just sit down and listen to what this old monk has to say.
All I gotta do is look all serious and recite the sutras, and I can
make easy money...
At least, that's what I thought. So I begged to  take over my 
parents' temple.
But, everyday is the anniversary of someone's death!
I'm workin' 24/7, as if my temple was a convenience store...

FC:
You can't take a break?

Mutatsu:
Hmph, I wish I could...

> Mutatsu is smiling bitterly.

Mutatsu:
But I have a strong sense of responsibility. I can't say no to
someone who needs my service.
...BUt, as you can see, I'm too busy.
I gotta push this old body of mine to the limit.
Maybe I should think of somethin' else to do with my life. I can't 
keep this up for much longer...
I've been drinkin' too much lately... makin' a fool of myself like
I did the other day. *sigh*

FC:
Hang in there!

Mutatsu:
I know you're just tryin' to make me feel better, but... thanks.

> Mutatsu seems happy.

Mutatsu:
...Oh, how about this...

> Mutatsu is thinking...

Mutatsu:
We never filed for divroce, and since I own the temple, we could all
live there.
I think it's a pretty good idea. I could retire and enjoy life for
once.
Whaddya think?

FC:
What do I think...?

Mutatsu:
Hey, c'mon, kid. I really put a lotta thought into this...

> Mutatsu seems embarrassed.

Mutatsu:
I'm thinking about asking them to come back... you know, my wife...
and my son.
First, I gotta find out where they are. I'll hire a detective. I
don't care how much it costs.
And when I see 'em, first thing I'm gonna do is tell 'em I'm
sorry... from the bottom of my heart.
I'm gonna be concentratin' on this, so... I probably won't be seein'
ya anytime soon...
Plus, being with a rebel like you might get me put behind bars one
day.
So... g-good riddance!

> Despite his harsh words, Mutatsu sounds like he's going to miss 
you...

> You understand Mutatsu better now.

Mutatsu:
If I knew I was gonna end up this way, I never woulda become a 
monk... heh...
Oh well, I guess I'll go to a detective agency tomorrow...
Alright, let's get going, kid.

> You left the club with Mutatsu.

---------
Tower 10
---------

Mutatsu:
...Maybe this is divine guidance.
...The detective called me and said he found my wife and son...
He said they're runnin' a small restaurant. I guess it's pretty
popular.
My son's married, and his wife's pregnant... That makes me feel so
old.
I decided I'd leave after I saw you. So... I'll be goin' tonight.
...I won't be back until they've forgiven me.
I'll get down on my knees if I hafta. And if my son wants to sock me
in the face, well, that's fine too.
I-I've been thinkin' about what I'm gonna say to my wife... even
though I'm not so good with words...
I'm gonna say, "I wanna recite the sutras with you by my side, for
the rest of my life."
...Well? How's that sound?

FC:
That's great!

Mutatsu:
Aw, c'mon, kid. You're embarrassin' me.

> Mutatsu has an embarrassed smile on his face.

Mutatsu:
Even though I'm a monk, I'm still attached to my family... I guess
I'm a "worldly" monk, eh?
But, I finally faced the fact that I was drinkin' to hide my true
feelings.
I feel so free now.
...Tch, it's all your fault kid. Lecturing you night after night...
...made me think about when I used to be a father.
Maybe Buddha sent you to help me... I gotta admit, I believe in 
fate.
If I hadn't met you, I'd never have seen my family ever again.
I owe ya, kid...

> Mutatsu thanked you from the bottom of his heart...

> You feel like you fully understand him now.

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Mutatsu:
Here, take this... It's a goodbye gift.

> Obtained Reserve Tag.

Mutatsu:
...When you mix Cointreau with white rum, lemon juice, and ice...
...you get a cocktail called "XYZ".
Movies and manga often use the initials "XYZ" to symbolize the end
of something.
But, I think of XYZ as the best.
...Plus, it tastes sooo good goin' down.
I'll be prayin' that your future is XYZ...
...So long, kid.

> You watched Mutatsu walk away with his head held high...

> You carried the Reserve Tag back to the dorm.

----------------
Tower Post Game
----------------

Bartender:
Aren't you the girl who used to talk to the monk upstairs?
He actually called here trying to reach you.
I think he had a message for you...
But I can't quite remember it.
Just hang on a sec.

> The bartender walked into the club.

Bartender:
Here you go. I wrote it down. Good thinking, huh?
But my handwriting isn't so good... I hope you can read it.
"I found my wife and son."
"My son's a good-for-nothing punk, and my wife is frigid as 
usual..."
"That witch... What? Hey, shut up! I'm on the phone!"
"A lot's happened, but I apologized a thousand times, and everything
is back to normal now."
"I guess you could say we're back in love with each other."
"I realized..."
"Rather than holding onto my pride... I needed to suck it up and 
apologize."
"Thanks to you, FC..."
"...Take care, kid. 'Til we meet again."
...That's the end of it. I hope I didn't miss anything.
He didn't leave any contact info or anything.
But I'm sure you'll meet him again somewhere.
Hey, maybe you should become a nun! That crowd all knows each other,
tight? Hahaha.
Anyway, stop by this place anytime if you want a drink. As soon as
you're over 21 of course.
Seeya.
...Oh yeah.
When I came in to prepare to open, one of the regulars was already
here.
Don't you know him too? He looks so depressed... You should ask him
what's wrong.
Me? Nah.

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.......................................STAR (SCST)

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Star 1
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> Akihiko brought you here...

Akihiko: 
You're okay with the special, right?
Two extra-large specials, please.

FC:
Can I order some appetizers, too?

Akihiko:
Haha, yeah. Eat as much as you'd like.

> Akihiko seems happy, for some reason...

Akihiko:
Physical strength is everything.
Your skills are truly remarkable...
But they won't be of any use if you get exhausted easily.

> Akihiko seems to be worried about you, in his own way.

> ...In any case, you decide to eat the extra-large ramen brought 
to your table. 

Akihiko:
Amazing, you completely polished that off.

> You somehow managed to eat it all, but your stomach is groaning...

Akihiko:
Hey, are you up for going to another restaurant?

FC:
Another meal? Let's go!

Akihiko:
...Are you sure? You don't look so well.
Don't let yourself suffer just to be friendly. Seriously...

> Akihiko seems to sigh inwardly...

Akihiko:
You must have a really small stomach.
If you don't eat right, you'll never grow stronger.

> ...You feel that Akihiko is treating you like a child.

Akihiko:
Why are you glaring at me like that?
I'm not Junpei. I won't go easy on you just because you're a girl.
Mitsuru was the one who recommended you to be our leader, but I 
thought you'd be best in that position, too.
...So do your best and do a good job, okay?
Our lives are on the line too, after all.
And, of course, we'll do our best to back you up, as well.
You're not the only one who's going to be trying hard out there.

> You can sense Akihiko's care for you...

> You feel like you understand Akihiko a little now...

Akihiko:
Well, since we're done eating, I guess we should go back.
Let's get a quick jog in to help settle out stomachs.

> You and Akihiko jogged back to the dorm while he cheered you on...

-------
Star 2
-------

> Naganaki Shrine...

> You joined Akihiko on his training and ran here with him...

Akihiko:
*gasp gasp*
Let's take a short break...
> The area near the shrine is quiet, and no one else is around...

Akihiko:
The wind's starting to pick up...
That's actually a blessing, after working up a good sweat...
It feels nice.
I usually train in the club room or alone in my own room at the 
dorm...

FC:
I'll train with you, if you want.

Akihiko:
It'd be nice to have a running partner.
...But if you join me, we're going to do more than just run every 
day, okay?

> Akihiko laughs...

Akihiko:
In any case, I should've changed into my workout gear.
I thought this would just be a light run for fun...
But, I'm drenched in sweat...

FC:
Don't catch a cold.

Akihiko:
This is nothing. I'll be fine.
.....
...Achoo!
.....
...I said I'll be fine.

> Akihiko seems embarrassed...

Akihiko:
Hey, want to try that before we head back?

> Akihiko points at the horizontal bar...

Akihiko:
You can't do a back hip circle, can you?

FC:
I bet you can't either, sempai!

Akihiko:
Oh, really? Haha... I'm actually quite good at it.
Want me to show you?

> Akihiko grabs the bar while he's still talking...

> He hangs upside down for a moment, then swings around backwards 
in a full circle.

Akihiko:
Everybody should be able to do this.

> Akihiko seems proud...

Akihiko:
Can you at least sit up here?
...Here.

> Akihiko helps pull you us to get a seat on the bar.

> It's a little scary, because you're finding it hard to balance on
it.

Akihiko:
...This takes me back.
...It reminds me of when I was a kid.

> Akihiko falls silent and looks off into the distance...

Akihiko:
I need to get stronger...
If I don't get stronger...
...I won't be able to save anything.

> Akihiko mutters, as if to himself...

> You feel like you understand Akihiko a little better now...

Akihiko:
...We should get going.
Were you sweating today, too? Make sure you take a bath today so 
you don't catch a cold.

> You and Akihiko returned to the dorm together.

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Star 3
--------

> Iwatodai strip mall...

> Akihiko brought you here, claiming that he knew a really good
place to eat...

> ...But no matter how you look at it, it's just the Beef Bowl Shop.

Akihiko:
...What's with that face?
Honestly, the beef bowl is really great here.
The servings are big, and the sauce they use on the meat is just...

Girl's Voice:
Akihiko-sempai! Eeeeee!

Akihiko:
...?

> Two girls instantly rush up to Akihiko and begin violating his
personal space.

> They're not in uniform, but you recognize them as students from
your class.

Girl with Buns:
Akihiko-sempai, what're you doing here?

Heavily Made-Up Girl:
Oh, I know! You're here for the beef bowls, right? It's, like, so
funny that you're always eating here!

Akihiko:
...What's funny about that?

Heavily Made-Up Girl:
It means that you're totally cool.

Akihiko:
...?
Look, can you get out of the way, please? We can't get in.

Girl with Buns:
Hey, hey, you don't have a girlfriend, right?

Akihiko:
......
A girlfriend?

Girl with Buns:
We're, like, totally looking for guys to be with right now.

> The two girls sneak glances at you while they fawn over Akihiko...

> For some reason, you sense hostility from them...

Akihiko:
...Just let us through, please.
If you want to talk with me, let's find some other time to do it.
Let's go, FC.

> ...The combined power of the two girls glaring at you feels like
your skin is being burned away.

FC:
Let's go, Sempai!

Akihiko:
Yeah, I'm starving.

> Akihiko seems relieved to escape from the two girls...

> If anything, the level of hatred pouring forth from the girls'
eyes intensifies...

> You push your way past them and enter the Beef Bowl Shop with
Akihiko.

> When you come out after your meal, the two girls from eaerlier are
gone.

Akihiko:
See? Wasn't that delicious?
...What's the matter?

FC:
Yes, it was great.

Akihiko:
I know, right?

> Akihiko seems happy...

Akihiko:
Oh... I get it.
Do you think those girls wanted to have Beef Bowls, too?

FC:
Not in the way you think.

Akihiko:
Huh? I wonder what they wanted...

> Akihiko seems a little embarrassed...

> He seems to be completely incapable of recognizing female 
emotions...

> You're starting to feel sorry for those girls from before...

FC:
Don't you want a girlfriend?

Akihiko:
Now you're going to start asking me about that, too...?

> Akihiko gives you a wry smile...

Akihiko:
I don't want to deal with this kind of thing.
...I'm not strong enough to carry this entire burden...

> Akihiko mutters, as if to himself...

> You feel like you understand Akihiko a little better now...

Akihiko:
...Oh, yeah.
The type I like is...
......
......
N-Never mind.
......
I-I'd been told that whenever a girl asks that, the right answer is
always "Girls like you..."
...But I can't bring myself to say it! Argh!
Damn that Junpei...

> You and Akihiko returned to the dorm together.

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Star 4
-------

> In front of the dorm...

Akihiko:
.....

> Akihiko is completely silent...

FC:
Are you feeling sick?

Akihiko:
Huh...?
...Oh, right. Sorry.

> Akihiko seems apologetic...

Akihiko:
Look, if you don't want to tell me, then you don't have to.
.....
It's just...
Is it true you're going out with Junpei?

FC:
What? No!

Akihiko:
I see...
.....
Oh, no, it was just a rumor I heard. Sorry.

FC:
Don't get the wrong idea, Sempai.

Akihiko:
...?
I-I see. Anyway, I'm sorry.

> Akihiko seems apologetic...

Akihiko:
It's bad enough that I listened to a rumor, but then I confronted
you about it... It was incredibly rude of me.
If I hear anyone say that again, I'll tell them it's not true.

FC:
Please do.

Akihiko:
Yeah, I don't like rumors either.

> Akihiko nods seriously...

Akihiko:
Umm... Should we go get something on our way home?
...Oh, we're already all the way back at the dorm.
Um... Do you want anything to eat?

FC:
Something sweet!

Akihiko:
Yeah... That might be nice for a change.

> Akihiko brightens up, as if a major weight has been lifted from
his shoulders...

> Could Akihiko have been worried about you...?

> You feel that your bond with Akihiko has gotten a little
stronger...

Akihiko:
Well then, shall we?

> You and Akihiko went out to eat, then returned to the dorm.

-------
Star 5
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, in front of the Sweet Shop...

Akihiko:
I heard that this place is popular.
A-Are guys allowed to go in there...?

FC:
It's completely okay.

Akihiko:
I-I see. Then... let's go.

> Akihiko seems determined.

> You shared some cake with Akihiko.

Akihiko:
That was rather sweet...
.....

FC:
Did you not like it?

Akihiko:
Oh... I mean, I don't hate having sweets...
But I don't really have them that often, so I was surprised at how
sugary it was.

> Akihiko seems a little embarrassed...

Akihiko:
And... it seemed like you like eating sweet things, so...

> ...It appears Akihiko remembered that you'd said you wanted to 
have something sweet to eat.

Akihiko:
Still, it was like having a lump of pure sugar in my mouth...
Yukari sometimes gives me sweet snacks once in a while.
She'll say that she'd be screwed if she eats any more, then shove
them at me...
...But that's not important right now.
Um... Are you still hungry? Want to get some real food?
It doesn't have to be something sweet...

Girl's Voice:
Oh, Akihiko-sempai!

Akihiko:
...?

> It's the two girls from the other day...

Heavily Made-Up Girl:
Omigosh, I'm like, so jazzed to run into you here again.

Girl with Buns:
Say, why're you here with Junpei's girlfriend?
Like, stop stealing all the single guys when you've already got one
for yourself!

> The girls glare at you with the intensity of a thousand suns...

FC:
I'm not Junpei's girlfriend.

Girl with Buns:
Huh? Who asked you?

Akihiko:
......
As you can see, I'm here with FC right now.
We'll have to talk some other time.
Let's go, FC.

Heavily Made-Up Girl:
Huh? Hey...!

> Akihiko takes your hand and leads you out of the area, while the
girls continue cutting menchis at you...

> Akihiko took you all the way back to the dorm...

Akihiko:
...Oh, sorry. Did I hurt your hand?
...Sorry about what happened back there.

FC:
It's not your fault, Sempai.

Akihiko:
...I'm glad to hear you say that.
All this about me showing off and taking someone's girlfriend...
There are people in my class saying things about me, too...

> Akihiko looks slightly relieved.

> It seems Akihiko has been going through a lot, himself...

Akihiko:
...I had fun today.
It's nice to have sweet things once in a while.
Say, aren't you in the cooking club?
Maybe you could make me something sweet sometime.
Like... Pancakes sound good.

FC:
Pancakes?

Akihiko:
...I like them.
Haha, does that seem like the kind of food I wouldn't like?

> Akihiko laughs self-depreciatingly...

> You feel like your bond with Akihiko has gotten a little 
stronger...

Akihiko:
Now, let's go home.

> You went back to the dorm together.

-------
Star 6
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wild-duck Burger...

> The inside of the restaurant is busy...

Akihiko:
There's a table open over here.
Man, it's crowded in here. Is there a promotion going on?
That reminds me, the other day Mitsuru...

Child's Voice:
Noooo! I want a milkshake!

> A small boy sitting with his family at the next table begins
screaming...

Mother:
You already said you wanted to have juice! You can't have both!

> The mother's voice is getting louder as she argues with her 
child...

> It's reached the point that your ears are hurting...

> What should you do...?

FC:
Can you tone it down?

Boy's Mother:
Huh!? Oh my, I'm so sorry...
...See? This pretty young lady is angry because you're being a bad
boy!
I'm really very sorry...

Akihiko:
Huh...? Oh, no, don't be...

> Akihiko is surprised...

> It seems that Akihiko wasn't bothered by the commotion at all...

> The family at the table next to you has gotten embarrassed and
begins to leave.

> The child's screaming slowly recedes into the distance...

Akihiko:
...He was full of energy.

> Akihiko is absentmindedly watching them off...

FC:
He's just a child.

Akihiko:
Then you shouldn't hold it against him that he's acting like one...

> Akihiko laughs...

> Akihiko suddenly falls silent...

Akihiko:
FC...
Do you think I'm... strange?

FC:
You're charming.

Akihiko:
Th-That's not what I asked.
.....

> Akihiko blushes...

Akihiko:
Sometimes people tell me that I'm a weird guy, or that I act kind of
strange...
Normally, I wouldn't let that kind of thing get to me...
But back in the day...
...They'd say I was like that because I didn't have parents.
It's not like I could do anything about that...
That's why... I wanted to show them that they were wrong.
Psh... That doesn't matter now. That all happened back when I was a
kid anyway...
...I mean, the orphanage wasn't all bad, either.

> Akihiko smiles gently...

Akihiko:
Oh, sorry... I don't think I ever told you.
I don't have any parents. My sister and I grew up in an orphanage.
...My sister's long gone too.
...That reminds me, you don't have parents either.
Ah, sorry. I shouldn't have brought that up...
.....
No, wait... I think that might be why I wanted you to hear what I
had to say about this.
...Because I think I can depend on you to understand me.

> Akihiko smiles wryly...

> You feel like you understand Akihiko a little better now...

Akihiko:
I'm sorry for talking about that sort of thing. We should start
heading back.

> You returned to the dorm with Akihiko.

-------
Star 7
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Hagakure Ramen...

> Akihiko brought you here, but he seems oddly quiet today...

Akihiko:
Well... um...
How are you? ...Physically, I mean?

FC:
I'm all right.

Akihiko:
I-I see. All right, then...

> Akihiko looks troubled...

Akihiko:
It's just that... When I watch you fight...
I get... I don't know...
I feel... angry.

FC:
What should I do?

Akihiko:
Oh, no... I didn't really mean it that way...

> Akihiko scratches his head, obviously troubled...

Akihiko:
It's not so much that I get angry, but I get irritated...
No, that's not it, either. I guess... I get nervous.

FC:
Do I seem unreliable?

Akihiko:
No... You're really doing a great job.

> Akihiko sounds kind...

> Akihiko falls silent...

Akihiko:
Is...
.....
Is there any way... that you can avoid having to fight?
Oh...
Never mind, sorry. Forget what I just said.
I mean, you're trying the hardest out of all of us. I shouldn't have
said that to you.

> Akihiko sighs...

FC:
Should I still be the leader?

Akihiko:
No, that's not it! I think you're the only one of us who can take
that role... I mean it.
...Sorry. I'm confused, myself...
*sigh* What am I saying...?

> Akihiko seems completely stumped...

Akihiko:
.....
Deep down, I konw why I don't want you to be fighting...
It's just that... I'm worried about you.

> Akihiko avoids your face and turns towards the ground...

> ...You feel like your bond with Akihiko has grown stronger...

Akihiko:
C'mon... Eat. Eat up.
.....

> The two of you finish your meal without another word, then walk 
back to the dorm together.

-------
Star 8
-------

> Naganaki Shrine...

> You wandered here with Akihiko, who seems rather quiet today...

Akihiko:
Thanks for coming out today...

FC:
I'm happy to be with you.

Akihiko:
I-I see...
Why're you so...?
.....

> Akihiko seems to be at a loss...

Akihiko:
.....

> Akihiko looks down at the ground...

Akihiko:
If... If you don't mind, can I talk to you about something?

FC:
Yes, of course.

Akihiko:
I haven't been able to get it all arranged in my own head, though...

> Akihiko slowly begins speaking...

Akihiko:
I've told you a little before about... Miki.
My younger sister, who I couldn't save...
.....
I was the only person she had.
There weren't any kids around her age at the orphanage, so she
didn't have any friends.
She'd always tag along after me, and call me "big bro" all the 
time...
.....

> Akihiko bites down on his lip...

Akihiko:
Why... did she have to die?
She was so small... She never knew her parents' faces, or had good
food to eat, or got to have any toys...
She had nothing...
.....
Isn't there some kind of saying... like about how being alive is a
kind of sin?

> Akihiko's lips are trembling...

FC:
That's not true!

Akihiko:
FC...

> Akihiko's voice is trembling...

Akihiko:
She's dead and gone... I understand that, and I've accepted it.
But... I can't do anything about the anger and sadness that I 
feel...
I have to live with that for the rest of my life...
.....
Here's what I wanted to tell you...
I thought... I wanted you to hep me bear that burden. I know that 
it's terrible of me to ask this of you...
...I'm sorry.

> Akihiko hides his face from you in his pain...

> Why did he tell you about this...?

> You sense Akihiko's faint affection towards you...

Akihiko:
I... might be seeing Miki in you.
But if that's not what it is, then these feelings I have...
.....
Why don't we start heading back home?
.....
...We should get back.

> You and Akihiko returned to the dorm together.

-------
Star 9
-------

> Gekkoukan High, rooftop...

> Akihiko brought you here, but said nothing about why...

Akihiko:
There's no one here...
That's a pity, since the wind is so nice right now.

FC:
Do you come here often?

Akihiko:
No, not so much lately.
.....
Shinji used to come up here when he skipped his classes.
He'd fall asleep, so I'd come here when my club activities were over
to get him...

> Akihiko laughs nostalgically...

Akihiko:
You can see out into the distance from here...
It's so far that my eyes start to hurt trying to see it all...
You remember the stuff I told you about my sister?
.....
I'm tired of losing what's important.
I thought it would be better not to let things get too important 
than to risk losing them...
But lately, I don't think so.

> Akihiko looks straight into your eyes...

Akihiko:
If I want to avoid that feeling...
I have to work to protect what's precious to me.
And that means everything precious...
...including you.

> Akihiko looks at you with strength and determination in his 
eyes...

> You can sense his resolve...

Akihiko:
.....

> Akihiko is glaring at you for some reason...

FC:
Are you mad?

Akihiko:
Huh...?
N-No, of course not!

> Akihiko is flustered...

> ...It seems that he wasn't actually glaring at you.

> Could he... be nervous?

Akihiko:
Um... so...!
.....
It's really strange...
I really liked hanging out together.
...I used to, anyway.

FC:
What about now?

Akihiko:
.....
But now...
I feel all tense and on edge...
...It's the weirdest thing.

FC:
You're in love.

Akihiko:
L-Love...?
This is love?
Huh...
...Oh!

> Akihiko suddenly turns red...

Akihiko:
It already slipped out, but...
I'd... like to know how youfeel.
.....

> This is an important choice...

Akihiko:
Will you be my girl?

FC:
Yes!

Akihiko:
Really!?

> Akihiko suddenly embraces you...

Akihiko:
Oh, sorry!
Um...
Well then... Here's hoping for the best, right?
Wow... This got awkward all of a sudden...
.....

> You and Akihiko spoke quietly until the sun went down...

> Afterwards, you went back to the dorm together.

--------
Star 10
--------

> Dorm, Akihiko's room...

Akihiko:
Sorry there's nowhere to sit except the floor...
Maybe I have a cushion somewhere...
Oh, you want something to drink?

FC:
Please sit down, Sempai.

Akihiko:
Y-Yeah, I guess I should.
...Is this better?

> Akihiko seems a little flustered...

Akihiko:
Err... My room doesn't weird you out, does it?

FC:
It fits you.

Akihiko:
You think so? That's good.

> Akihiko seems relieved...

Akihiko:
Though... I guess that means it's me, not my room, that's weird.
This is all new for me...

FC:
I don't know what to do, either...

Akihiko:
Oh... Umm...
.....

> The silence feels like a heavy shroud over the two of you...

Akihiko:
I wanted to give you this today.
Will you take it...?

> Obtained Rabbit Doll.

Akihiko:
Don't you think it looks like you?
What's with that face? It looks just like you...
.....
There was a time when... I thought I was just seeing Miki in you.
But when I bought that... I knew then that wasn't the case.
Passing by toy stores always made me think of Miki.
But I still kept trying to forget her. I didn't want to face what
happened...
I kept telling myself I was doing everything I could...
Then when I saw that in the store, your face was the first thing 
that popped into my mind.
And then I thought about Miki...
I thought about her smiling...
If it hadn't been for you, I might never have gotten over it.
I would've just pretended that I did...
Whether things have been painful, or happy, or sad... You've always
been there for me.
You should know that if you're ever going through hard time, I'll
be there for you too.
From now on, we have each other...
.....
I... I hope you don't mind me saying this, but...
FC...
You mean a lot to me...
...I love you.

> Akihiko has honestly confided in you how he feels...

> You sense a strong bond with Akihiko...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Akihiko:
I wonder how things would've gone if you hadn't come here...
...Uh, I mean, Port Island in general, not this room.
D-Don't think I'm gonna lose control or anything because I let you
in here...
...Come on, don't laugh like that.
FC...
...You're the only one I can act this way around.
Would you mind calling me... Aki?
Come on, let me hear how it sounds.

FC:
Call him "Aki"

Akihiko:
...Thanks.
.....
I'll be sure to make you happy.
In time, I hope you can find even more about me to love...

> .....

> You spent a long time with Akihiko...

---------------
Star Post Game
---------------

Akihiko:
It's been a while since I last saw you at school like this.

FC:
You're right.

Akihiko:
I'm feeling a little nostalgic...
That's why I'm taking a look around the school right now.
This... is my last chance, after all.
.....
It might have felt like forever at the time, but now it seems that 
those years went by in a flash...
All I did was box for all three years...
.....
...?
Is that really... all I did...?
.....
Oh, no...
We had some good times together. I enjoyed those.
If we hadn't been in the same dorm, we might never have even met...
The world seems mysterious that way...
.....
I'm going to leave the dorm soon.
I won't be able to be at your side all the time, like I can now...
...But that's not going to change anything.
Well...
I mean... my feelings for you aren't going to change.
S-So, don't be sad, all right...?
.....
Do you remember Shinji... I mean, Shinjiro?
.....
Shinji was supposed to graduate with me, too...
I can't believe he got dragged into that incident...
I still can't force myself to accept what happened to him.
Even to this day...


--------------------------------------------------------------------
.......................................MOON (SCMN)

-------
Moon 1
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, ramen shop "Hagakure"...

> You followed Shinjiro here...

Shinjiro:
Sorry for bringing you here. I don't know that many places to go out
to eat.

FC:
I like this place.

Shinjiro:
...You're an odd one.

> Shinjiro laughs a little...

Shinjiro:
Well, let's eat.
Watch the soup, it's hot. Phoooo...
Ow...

FC:
What's wrong?

Shinjiro:
...Forget I had a cut in my mouth.
It's 'cause Aki punched me.
Sheesh, that guy's gotta learn how frickin' heavy a boxing champ
punches...

FC:
Were you two training?

Shinjiro:
Haha, hell no.

> Shinjiro seems to be in a good mood...

Shinjiro:
...I gave him a little "lecture" on how his fighting style's too
reckless, and this is what I got in return.
Well, we get in fights all the time. Just get used to it.

FC:
All right.

Shinjiro:
Yeah, thanks.

> Shinjiro looks slightly embarrassed and laughs...

Shinjiro:
But man, you're actually younger than him...?
.....
We're lucky that you're such a reliable leader.

> Shinjiro talks in a way that sounds like he's mocking you, but you
sense that he's being serious.

> You feel like you understand Shinjiro a little better now...

Shinjiro:
...Oww.
.....
That reminds me... I cut the inside of my mouth the first time he
punched me, too.
I couldn't eat for a while because of that.

FC:
When did that happen?

Shinjiro:
...We were kids. I forget why.

> Shinjiro is laughing nostalgically.

Shinjiro:
*sigh* This just ain't gonna work... I'll have to wait until it
cools down.

> You ate with Shinjiro, then returned to the dorm...

-------
Moon 2
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> Shinjiro said he didn't care where you ate, so you brought him 
here.

Shinjiro:
You eat here often?

FC:
Yes, I like eating here.

Shinjiro:
I see...
It'd be better if Aki ate here, too.
That guy isn't getting a balanced intake of nutrients...

> Shinjiro is sighing...

Shinjiro:
Oh, yeah... About Aki... In your opinion, do you think he's fighting
well?

FC;
Yes, of course!

Shinjiro:
I see. All right, then.
You understand a lot more about fighting than me, after all.
...I'll leave it up to you.

> Shinjiro nods seriously.

Shinjiro:
Sorry. I know you're the leader, and I keep stickin' my nose in.
It's not that I don't approve of you... That's just how I am.
Aki and Mitsuru both seem to be more comfortable fighting than when
I was around.
Back then, we werer just fumbling our way through...
But your powers look like they're helping out a lot too.

FC:
I hope so...

Shinjiro:
You aren't confident?
...You really are trying hard.

> Shinjiro smiles gently...

> You can sense Shinjiro's serious feelings towards fighting and the
other members of the group...

> You feel like you understand Shinjiro a little better now...

Shinjiro:
...Eat up. It's gonna get cold.
.....
Is everyone eating a well-balanced meal like this...?

> You ate dinner with Shinjiro then returned to the dorm...

-------
Moon 3
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall, Wakatsu Restaurant...

> You came here at Shinjiro's request...

Shinjiro:
This crossed my mind the last time we ate here...
Those guys eat on their own, right? Well... Are they doing okay?

FC:
What do you mean, 'okay'...?

Shinjiro:
Your body's your most important tool.
Still, all those guys ever eat is instant noodles and stuff like 
that.

> Shinjiro is sighing...

Shinjiro:
...Well, Persona is supposedly the "strength of the heart..."
So, I guess it might be better if they eat what makes them happy.
But...

FC:
You're so kind-hearted.

Shinjiro:
...Don't be stupid.

> Shinjiro seems a little embarrassed.

Shinjiro:
If you get the chance, let them know.
Tell 'em they need to eat better.
They won't listen if it comes from me. Especially Aki...

> You can sense Shinjiro's serious feelings towards fighting and the
other members of the group...

> You feel like you understand Shinjiro a little better now...

Shinjiro:
... You are gonna eat those vegetables, right?

> Under Shinjiro's harsh stare, you made sure to clean your plate.

> You and Shinjiro went back to the dorm.

-------
Moon 4
-------

Shinjiro:
Well then, let's...
...?
Do you smell something?

> You do catch a whiff of something noxious...

> It smells like something is burning or irritating your nostrils...

Shinjiro:
Is it coming from over by the counter?
Hey... Are you causing this smell, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
Huh!? Does it smell!?

Shinjiro:
......
What're you doing?

Fuuka:
Um... I was trying to make beef stroganoff...

Shinjiro:
......
What about the roux?

Fuuka:
Oh, I didn't use any! I made it from scratch with flour...

Shinjiro:
Don't start acting all proud after you've burned it...

Fuuka:
Oh, you're right. This is burnt...
What should I do...?

Shinjiro:
.....
You got any of those ingredients left?

Fuuka:
Oh, yes. I bought extra everything...

Shinjiro:
...I'll make it. Watch and learn.
FC... You okay if we have this for dinner?

FC:
Actually, I'm really happy!

Shinjiro:
Don't get your hopes up like that.

> Shinjiro is laughing...

Fuuka:
I-I'm sorry, FC-chan. Weren't you going to go out with 
Shinjiro-sempai...?

Shinjiro:
Hey, let's get started.

Fuuka:
Oh, yes! Please!

> You decided to watch Shinjiro and Fuuka cook dinner.

Shinjiro:
How much oil did you use?

Fuuka:
I didn't use any. I thought that it would be healthier that way...

Shinjiro:
...How much red wine did you put in?

Fuuka:
I don't know. I poured it from the bottle until it looked like 
enough...

Shinjiro:
...How long did you pour it, then?

Fuuka:
Um... Two or three seconds.

Shinjiro:
.....
This meat's pretty fatty.

Fuuka:
Oh, yes. I asked the butcher for the best he had...

Shinjiro:
.....
There's so much wrong here, I don't know where to begin...

Fuuka:
Huh!?

Shinjiro:
Don't start messing around with recipes until you've improved your
basic cooking skills.
Seriously... Don't you feel bad at all for charring all this food?

Fuuka:
...I'm sorry.

Shinjiro:
Now listen up. Prepare everything beforehand.
Chop everything that needs to be chopped. Measure out all your 
seasonings, too.
That way, you won't panic while everything's cooking.

Fuuka:
Y-Yes. Um, memo, memo...

> Shinjiro begins quickly cutting the ingredients while Fuuka writes
everything down...

Shinjiro:
Gotta cook the onions at low heat. They'll taste better if they're
cooked until they just start to get burned.

Fuuka:
Umm, "Onions need to be..."

Shinjiro:
Put that notepad down and watch me.
Here's the meat. When you put it in...

> Shinjiro's hands move swiftly and surely even while showing Fuuka
the basic steps...

> ...The dish is ready.

> It looks like a picture taken directly from a cookbook...

Fuuka:
Wow, it looks so delicious...

Shinjiro:
...Just shut it and eat up before it gets cold.

FC:
Thank you for the food!

Shinjiro:
...Y-Yeah.

> Shinjiro seems a little embarrassed...

> You took a bite.

> ...It's delicious.

> The taste brings back memories...

FC:
I feel so lucky...

Shinjiro:
Y-You're just exaggerating...

> Shinjiro looks embarrassed...

Fuuka:
You're amazing, Shinjiro-sempai...

Shinjiro:
I mean, anyone could do something like...

Fuuka:
No, they can't!
Please, teach me again! Promise!

> You ate it all...

> Fuuka insisted that she clean up, so you let her handle it.

Shinjiro:
"Please teach me again..." Huh.
Looks like she made me promise without letting me say anything...
Well... I guess I'll make something again later.

FC:
Make enough for everybody.

Shinjiro:
You mea, treat them all to a dinner? That's kind of pushing it...
.....
Well, you got a point.
Maybe it'll be okay to do one once in a while...

> Shinjiro didn't put up much of an argument to that idea...

> You feel like you're seeing another side of Shinjiro's 
personality...

Shinjiro:
Well, we'll talk about that some other time.
I'm gonna go check up on Fuuka...

[The sound of a plate shattering is heard]

Shinjiro:
...Too late.

> You and Shinjiro helped Fuuka clean up, then you returned to your
room...

-------
Moon 5
-------

Shinjiro:
There's someplace I wanna go today. You wanna come along?

FC:
I'd love to go.

Shinjiro:
Great, let's get moving.

> Paulownia Mall, Chagall Cafe...

> Is this really where Shinjiro wanted to go...?

Shinjiro:
Uh... What do you want?

FC:
Tea

Shinjiro:
Tea's always been a girly drink.

> Shinjiro ordered for you.

Shinjiro:
*cough cough*
Ngh... *cough*
*sigh*

FC:
Are you all right?

Shinjiro:
Yeah, I'm fine. It's not contagious or anything so don't worry.

> Shinjiro smiles wryly...

Shinjiro:
...It happens once in a while.
That's why I try not to come to these kinds of places that often.

FC:
Why did we come here today?

Shinjiro:
...I needed to buy something.

> Shinjiro seems a little embarrassed...

Shinjiro:
Ground coffee. I need to make sure I don't forget to buy some on the
way out.

FC:
Do you drink coffee at the dorm?

Shinjiro:
...If I have any left over.
.....
I'm... going to use it for cooking.

> Shinjiro seems a little embarrassed...

Shinjiro:
Hey, you're the one who brought it up. You said that stuff about
treating the guys from the dorm...
.....

FC:
I'll help out too.

Shinjiro:
No, it's all right.
...Don't get all offended. It's not that I don't trust your cooking
skills.
It's just that, how do I put it...
...You won't be able to enjoy it if you help out.

> Shinjiro seems to be feeling a little awkward...

Shinjiro:
We'll do it once I decide on what I'm gonna serve.
...Even if it tastes awful, you better be responsible and tell 
everyone it's great.

> Shinjiro is laughing...

> You discussed the plans to treat your friends at the dorm to 
dinner...

> You feel your bond with Shinjiro has grown stronger...

Shinjiro:
Should we get going?
They'll worry if you're out too late...

> You returned to the dorm with Shinjiro...

-------
Moon 6
-------

Shinjiro:
Well then, let's do it today...
You better not go anywhere, all right? Just be patient and wait 
about an hour.
...Tell the other guys that, too.

FC:
...What are you making?

Shinjiro:
Dinner. You're gonna eat too, right?

> It seems that Shinjiro really is going to make dinner for everyone
today.

> Shinjiro calls for Fuuka, and they both go into the kitchen...

> ...You decide to watch.

Shinjiro:
I've already got everything ready beforehand, like I taught you to
do last time.
You remember what to do from here?

Fuuka:
Yes! Um... I need to put oil in the frying pan!

Shinjiro:
That's right... Wait, what're you doing with the cooking wine?
I said olive oil. It's over here.

Fuuka:
Umm, four tablespoons of oil... Right?

Shinjiro:
Put that ladle away! Haven't you ever seen a measuring spoon 
before!?

Fuuka:
Ohhh... So that's what this thing is.

> It looks like they have a long way to go...

> Shinjiro is skillfully cooking something while teaching Fuuka to
make a different dish at the same time...

FC:
I'll help, too.

Shinjiro:
Nah, stay put. It's way too crowded over here. 'Sides, we're trying
to keep it a secret.

> Shinjiro is laughing...

Fuuka:
I-I'm sorry, FC-chan. If only I was better at cooking...

Shinjiro:
Just hush up and watch what you're doing. A piece of eggshell just 
fell in there.

Fuuka:
Huh? Oh, you're right. It's amazing that you noticed that, Sempai.

Shinjiro:
C'mon, I said to keep the egg white. Why is the yolk all by itself
in the bowl?

Fuuka:
Huh? When did that happen...?

[Junpei walks by]

Junpei:
Man, something smells good. ...Huh? Is that you cooking, Fuuka?

Fuuka:
H-He's teaching me right now!

Koromaru:
......

Aigis:
Koromaru-san seems to be very anxious.

> The others also heard the fuss and came downstairs...

Yukari:
Wow, that smells so good! It's making me all hungry...

Akihiko:
So Shinji's cooking...
...Will there be any leftovers?

Shinjiro:
Can't you tell?

Akihiko:
...You're supposed to be a good friend and make larger servings when
you cook in front of lots of people.

Shinjiro:
You're supposed to not be an idiot. Look, there's obviously more
than twelve servings here.

Junpei:
Huh!?

Yukari:
Do you mean...?

FC:
There's enough for everyone.

Akihiko:
Shinji...!

Shinjiro:
Shut up and siddown...

Koromaru:
Woof!

Aigis:
He says that he is already seated.

> Everyone couldn't wait for the food, so they continued talking 
about the upcoming dinner while the two cooked...

> From time to time, Shinjiro would yell at you to all stop talking.

> Fuuka continued doing things in the kitchen...

> Two hours later...

Yukari:
Is... all of this for us?

Junpei:
Whoa... Is this some kind of party?

> Plates of various colors and sizes are all over the table...

> Tomato pasta, sweet-and-sour pork, fried chicken, paella, omelette
with fried rice, and more...

Fuuka:
Is Mitsuru-sempai in her room? I'll go get her!

Shinjiro:
Oh... and, Aki.
...Go get Ken, too. It's a little late, but he's probably still 
up...

Akihiko:
...Got it.

Junpei:
I don't know how to make even one of these dishes...

Yukari:
On top of that, they're all made from scratch, too...

Mitsuru:
What's the matter? Why are you all gathered together all of a 
sudden...?

> Mitsuru and Ken came down as well...

Mitsuru:
What's... this all about? Did someone call a chef?

Ken:
Huh...? Did Shinjiro-san make this?
.....

Shinjiro:
...Everyone, sit.

Junpei:
Yessir!

Shinjiro:
Now, pick up your chopsticks...

Yukari:
Roger that!

Shinjiro:
...And dig in.

Aigis:
Yes!

Akihiko:
Thanks for the food!

> Everyone immediately started eating before Akihiko could even 
finish his sentence.

> ...It's delicious!

> ...They're all delicious!

Yukari:
Oh man, I'm in heaven...

Junpei:
Th-This...! It's a portal to the delicious dimension!

Mitsuru:
...What does that even mean?

Akihiko:
*munch munch* *cough cough*

Fuuka:
H-Here's some water!
...Huh? Aren't you going to eat, Ken-kun?

Ken:
Oh... I-I'll have something.
...Thanks for the food...

Shinjiro:
...Yeah.

> You all chatted your way through dinner and ate until you felt 
like you would burst...

> After everyone cleaned up...

> You and Shinjiro sat in the empty lounge and had some tea...

Shinjiro:
Looks like everyone enjoyed it.

> Shinjiro laughs quietly for some reason...

FC:
It was a lot of fun.

Shinjiro:
Haha, is that so...

> Shinjiro laughs...

Shinjiro:
If you hadn't brought up the idea, I probably never would've done
something like this.
It was so simple, and all I had to do was do it...

> Shinjiro mutters to himself...

> Could this mean that... you gave him the courage to go through
with this?

> You somehow feel that you're slowly getting closer to Shinjiro's 
inner feelings...

Shinjiro:
*cough cough*
*sigh* Today really tired me out. I'm gonna go to bed.
You should head off to bed soon, too. ...'Night.

> You said goodnight to Shinjiro before heading to your room...

-------
Moon 7
-------

Shinjiro:
Mind if we step out for a bit?
...It's just, I feel uncomfortable...

FC:
Did something happen?

Shinjiro:
It's nothing like that, but...

> Shinjiro seems hesitant to explain himself...

> In any case, you decide to go outside with him.

Shinjiro:
*sigh* Seriously...
Sorry. ...Those guys keep yapping at me.

FC:
Yapping at you?

Shinjiro:
.....
You remember how I cooked for them the other day?
They keep going on and on about how delicious it was and how I 
should do it again...
Aki keeps pushing these requests on me, Fuuka's throwing cookbooks
at me...
And whenever I walk past the kitchen, they all stare at me like
they're just waiting for me to do something...

> Shinjiro shrugs...

FC:
I have my hopes up, too.

Shinjiro:
Hey, don't look at me like that. Haha...
Well... I'm glad they liked it.

> Shinjiro relaxes and laughs...

Shinjiro:
Do you think it's funny that I did that? You think it isn't like me?
I mean, there's nothing wrong with having good memories to grow up
with.
We've got two kids at the dorm, anyway. One big one, and one tiny
one...
.....
How about you? Did you have fun too?

FC:
Definitely!

Shinjiro:
Haha, good to hear.

> Shinjiro laughs...

Shinjiro:
Making memories is important.
People can go on as long as they have good things to look back on...
They'll be able to go on without being led astray...

> Shinjiro mutters quietly...

Shinjiro:
You know, you...
.....
Shouldn't you be doing something else?
You shouldn't be with me like this...
Don't you... have more fun things to do?

FC:
It's fun being with you.

Shinjiro:
Well... all right, then.

> Shinjiro seems a little embarrassed...

> You can feel Shinjiro's thoughtfulness towards you, clumsy as it
may be...

> You feel like your bond with Shinjiro has grown stronger...

Shinjiro:
Might as well stop by somewhere, since we're already out.
...You want some ice cream from the convenience store? My treat.

> You and Shinjiro walked around before heading back to the dorm...

-------
Moon 8
-------

> Back alley...

> You went for a walk with Shinjiro, and ended up here...

Shinjiro:
...Here we are again.
.....
That reminds me, I met you here, too...
Back then, I never imagined that I'd go back there...

FC:
I'm glad that you came back.

Shinjiro:
...I doubt that I'm bringing that much to the team, though.

> Shinjiro shrugs...

Shinjiro:
.....

> Shinjiro turns towards the wall and looks down...

> He seems less confident in himself than usual...

Shinjiro:
You're... a pain.
You keep messing things up for me...
I keep thinking that my life is the way it's supposed to be, but...
Sheesh... Your face keeps popping up in my head...

> You don't understand why Shinjiro sighs...

> Still, you feel like you're getting closer to Shinjiro's inner
feelings...

Shinjiro:
...Guess we should head back.
We actually have a place we can go back to.

> You and Shinjiro returned to the dorm...

-------
Moon 9
-------

Shinjiro:
Today...
.....
Why don't we stay here?
Sit over there.
.....
C'mon, say something.

FC:
Should I tell a scary story?

Shinjiro:
What's up with that...?
Oh, yeah... You seemed into ghost stories that first time you went
to that back alley, too...
Seriously, you're such a kid...

> Shinjiro sounds dismissive, but he looks like he's enjoying 
this...

> You talked to Shinjiro about many different subjects...

> Shinjiro's expression doesn't change much, as usual...

> However, for some reason...

> ...He seems lonesome.

Shinjiro:
Are you done?
C'mon, tell me more. Encore, encore!

> Shinjiro laughs...

> At Shinjiro's urging, you continued talking...

> You told him about school, your friends, the clubs you're in, what
you've seen on TV...

> Shinjiro just listens to your aimless conversation...

Shinjiro:
Sounds like you're enjoying your days.
You look best when you laugh.
.....
So don't cry, got it...?

FC:
What're you trying to say?

Shinjiro:
...Just what I said.

> Shinjiro looks downwards...

Shinjiro:
I gotta make sure I don't leave anything behind...
No doubts, no regrets...
.....

FC:
Leave behind?

Shinjiro:
.....
I keep telling you what to forget and what to remember...
What to want and to not want...
I'm... selfish, aren't I?

FC:
That's not true.

Shinjiro:
.....
...Hey.
As long as I'm already being selfish, I want you to do one more 
thing for me.

FC:
All right.

Shinjiro:
You don't have to forgive me...
But forgive everything else...

FC:
Don't have to forgive...?

Shinjiro:
...You'll understand later.
It should be like this for a little longer...
I just want it to be... normal...

> Shinjiro smiles while looking down at his hands.

> You don't really understand what Shinjiro meant...

> Still, you feel like he told you something important...

Shinjiro:
Is it getting late?
...Ugh, I forgot that I don't have my watch.

FC:
Did you lose it?

Shinjiro:
Yeah, I lost it somewhere.
It was a shabby old... pocketwatch. I got it from someone sometime
ago...
...Damn it.

> Shinjiro sighs...

> It seems that his watch meant something important to him...

> If you can find his watch, Shinjiro is sure to be happy...

Shinjiro:
So? You have any more?
I want to hear what you've got to say. You've got more stories up
your sleeve, right?
...Anything's fine.

> You talked with Shinjiro about all kinds of things, late into the
night...

--------
Moon 10
--------

> Naganaki Shrine...

> It's a quiet night, with no one around...

Shinjiro:
Where did you find this?

> You told him that it had been taken to the police station and that
you claimed it.

Shinjiro:
I see...

> Shinjiro toys with the pocketwatch...

Shinjiro:
I thought I'd be fine if I never saw this again...
But I never imagined that you of all people would bring it to me.

> Shinjiro looks serious...

Shinjiro:
This isn't really to pay you back, but I want you to have this. I 
was hesitating about if I should give it to you or not.

> Obtained Leather Watch.

Shinjiro:
I thought it'd look good on you...

FC:
Why a watch, though?

Shinjiro:
Because, it... it keeps track of time. This is all I could think of.

> Shinjiro smiles wryly...

> Shinjiro looks down at his feet for a long time...

Shinjiro:
...Look after Aki.
...You know he's an idiot.
You remember the story about the first fight we ever had?
It was because... I stole a doll from a toy store.
Aki's sister couldn't make any friends. I stole it because I thought
it'd make her happy.
Aki found out about it and beat the crap outta me... and he was
crying the whole time.
Afterwards, we both went back to the store to return it... and to
apologize for what I did.
The toy store's owner smacked us both.
...He hasn't changed at all from back then.
He's stupid, honest, proud, kind... and a crybaby.
...That's why someone needs to be by his side.

FC:
We'll be by his side.

Shinjiro:
Yeah... I'll be counting on all of you.

> Shinjiro seems relieved...

Shinjiro:
I ain't worried at all, because I know you're with him.
I'm leaving the rest to you.

> Shinjiro looks kindly at you...

> You sense a strong sense of trust from Shinjiro...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Shinjiro:
The wind's starting to pick up...
I kinda want to stay here a little longer if we can, but... aren't 
you cold?
Hey, you're gonna catch something. C'mere...

> You and Shinjiro talk about various things late into the night...

-------------------
Moon Special Event
-------------------

Shinjiro:
...You can stare at me like that all day. I got nothing for you.
Haven't you wasted enough time on me? What more do you want?


-*-*-
FC:
I want to talk more with you.

Shinjiro:
...Man, you're weird.
You hungry? I'll make you something.
Might as well talk and eat at the same time, right?

> Shinjiro quickly prepares a midnight snack...

> You ate with him and chatted about random things...
-*-*-

FC:
I love you.

Shinjiro:
...Huh?
.....
D-Don't tease me like that!

FC:
You don't believe me?

Shinjiro:
That's... not it, but...
I mean, why just blurt out something like that? Here, of all 
places...?

-*-*-
FC:
Won't you come to my room?

Shinjiro:
I-I can't do that.
I mean, you're... Well, people are gonna get the wrong idea.

FC:
That just leaves your room, then.

Shinjiro:
Y-You moron.
-*-*-

FC:
Can I go to your room?

Shinjiro:
What?
Y-You moron.
I... I ain't a nice guy. I can't let you in my room.
...Don't you get it?

FC:
I know what I'm saying.

Shinjiro:
No way. It's not gonna happen.
Look, you need to watch yourself. Don't bother with someone like me.

FC:
I still love you, Sempai!

Shinjiro:
Idiot...

> Shinjiro's room...

> You made up excuses and basically forced your way into his room...

> Shinjiro's room is practically empty, except for a bed and a 
desk...

Shinjiro:
...So? Happy now?
You're always pushing me around all the time...
You're just gonna ignore what I want, huh?
.....
Yeah, well, two can play that game.

> Shinjiro suddenly embraces you tightly.

Shinjiro:
This is your fault, you know. I'm all confused.
You're all I can think about, day and night. Dammit, this isn't how
it's supposed to be...

> ...Shinjiro lets you go.

Shinjiro:
You get it, right? Go back to your room.
If you don't go now, you're not gonna get another chance.

FC:
I'm not going anywhere!

Shinjiro:
*sigh*
You're a real piece of work, you know that...?
.....
I'm gonna make myself clear...
...I ain't holding back any more.

> .....

> You spent a long time with Shinjiro...

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.......................................SUN (SCSN)

------
Sun 1
------

Akinari:
...I remember you. You're the girl who was playing with that 
elementary school girl.
She was very...
...bright.
Her face shone with the warm light of new life.
...And then there's me, cooped up in the hospital, struggling to
breathe.
Compared to her light, I'm but a vanishing shadow.
Misery is a harsh mistress.
I feel as though I'm lying in an unyielding darkness.
...Can you understand how I feel?

FC:
No, I can't.

Akinari:
I didn't think so...
.....
Any day now... I'm going to die.
I have a genetic disease without any known cure.
Unless you're in my situation, you can't understand what it's like.
...But I prefer it that way. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
There isn't anything you can do to slow this down or make things
better.

> Akinari fell silent.

Akinari:
Sorry about that. I didn't mean to depress you or anything.
I haven't spoken to someone my own age in a long time.
...It's natural for those in darkness to yearn for the world of 
light.
I'm glad we could meet, though. If there's a god, I'll be able to
thank him soon enough...

> You became an acquaintance of Akinari Kamiki.

Akinari:
However... 
I would rather you not come here ever again.
You only live once, right? So why waste your life among the dying?
...Goodbye.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 2
------

Akinari:
You're... not like the others.

FC:
You think so?

Akinari:
I honestly didn't expect you to come back.

> Akinari smiled distantly.

Akinari:
Nobody treats me like a normal guy... not even my family.
I can tell by how they look at me. The pity in their eyes is
unmistakeable.
...I don't need their sympathy any more than I need their curiosity.
I'm sorry, but...
I don't expect anyone to pity me.
Dying isn't so unusual, is it? What is there to gain by staying in
this world for a long time, anyway?

FC:
You may be right.

Akinari:
...You must have a hopelessness festering inside you as well, then.
I can't remember a time without it.

> Akinari smiled.

Akinari:
...Hey. Thanks for coming today.
You don't seem like everyone else.
I'm not sure I know how to describe it exactly, but...
You don't look down on me the way everyone else does...

> Akinari seems intrigued by you.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
*cough* *cough*
Dammit... What did I do to deserve this body?
*wheeze*
...I hope we can meet again.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 3
------

Akinari:
*cough* *wheeze*
It's... starting to settle down, I think...
...Thank you for coming. It's better when I'm not alone.
Why do I have to face this alone? ...Other people don't have to deal
with this sickness.
I won't ever walk through a sunny field again because my legs and
heart can't handle it.
...All that's left is to draw my sheets around me and count the 
beats of my heart until they stop forever.
...Why is this only happening to me?

FC:
I don't know.

Akinari:
Of course not. No one knows. I don't even know.
I mean, I understand why I'm dying, but "why" am I dying?
There isn't any meaning to life that I can find, so perhaps I'm not
missing all that much.

> Akinari nods to himself.

Akinari:
...I wish I could run away.
But if my body was capable of that, I wouldn't be here anyway...
No matter what I do, my body is there to remind me... I'm going to
die.
...And there's nothing I can do!
*cough* *cough* *gasp*
*sigh*
Please don't leave... just yet...
When I'm alone... it feels like it could end at any second.

FC:
Talking makes it hurt worse.

Akinari:
I know, but-- *cough*
I'd like to talk... for a little bit longer.

> Akinari tried to smile.

Akinari:
I am feeling... a little better... ...So thank you.

> Your presence is comforting to Akinari.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
...It's starting to get dark.
Don't worry, I'll be fine now... *cough* It was good seeing you.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 4
------

Akinari:
I'm doing better today.
I know it probably looked pretty bad last time, right?
...I had been reading a book before we met that day.
I got so absorbed in the reading that I forgot to close the window,
and I didn't realize how chilly it was.
...Do you read may books?

FC:
I love reading!

Akinari:
I see... That's something we have in common, then.

> Akinari seems pleased.

Akinari:
I read a lot of books these days.
I find that they're the easiest ways to spend my time...
...since I can get lost in a book's private world.
...Do you read books all the way to the end?

FC:
Not if it's boring.

Akinari:
I don't read the endings either, though I think our reasons for 
doing so are different.

> Akinari smiled.

Akinari:
I really get into the story and usually reach the end quickly, 
but... I never want to finish it.
...Because if I finish the story, I'll be stuck here, again. Alone
in my room.
...As Akinari, the person who can't escape his fate.
Stories about hope or heroism...
Those're the kinds of books I read.
So hopefully, if I do decide to finish reading them, I'll feel happy
at the end when I come back here.

> Akinari smiled weakly...

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
Time is ruthless... It looks like the sun is already setting.
I hope we have another chance to talk.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 5
------

Akinari:
*gasp* *wheeze*
I got really into my reading last night and never went to sleep...
I thought I'd be fine since I have many nights when I'm unable to
sleep because of my illness, but... *cough*
...I guess my condition won't improve if I keep taking chances, 
though.

FC:
Don't push yourself!

Akinari:
...Yes, I suppose I need to apologize.
It's been a long time since anybody raised their voice at me...

> Akinari smiled.

Akinari:
I came all this way because I was hoping to find you...
...Remember how I talked about reading upbeat stories?
There are plenty of stories, but I don't think reading them will 
ever be able to make me feel better...
The problem is, all those stories were written for someone else.
I guess what I'm saying is selfish...
...I'm being selfish about you, too.
You're always coming to see me, and I take up a lot of your time.
How much of your valuable time have you used on visiting me?
...I don't deserve it. You're spoiling me, I'm afraid.
That's why I like you, though.

> Akinari smiled weakly...

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
*wheeze* *cough*
Sorry... It seems I used too many words today.
I'd like us to be able to speak here again some time...

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 6
------

Akinari:
Hey, how do you feel about a pink alligator?

FC:
That sounds wonderful.

Akinari:
I thought so too. I knew you'd understand.

> Akinari seems pleased.

Akinari:
See, it's the main character of a story that I'm writing...
He was born in the calm forest of green, but he turned out to be
pink.
He's so visible that he can't hunt for food easily, so he's always
especially hungry.
The other animals dislike him and consider his coloration 
disgusting. ...Almost like he's cursed.
So, he started living along. ...But then he made a friend.
His friend was a bird-- but, a bird that was unable to fly.
So the bird would stand on the pink alligator's back and practice
its flying.
...It's embarrassing to talk about.
But, anyway... How does the story sound to you?

FC:
Sounds interesting.

Akinari:
...Really?
I've never written a story before, and I'm kind of afraid it's going
to suck.
But, I'm writing it for myself, so that's what matters.
Maybe I'll be able to show you the entire novel someday.

> Akinari seems content.

Akinari:
I started thinking about it the other day, actually...
I wanted to write an upbeat story of my own to cheer me up.
...Maybe if I can find some meaning to life, I can put that in my
story.
When I write... I can see you in my mind. It seems as if you're 
telling me not to die just yet...

> Akinari smiled weakly.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
...The wind is going to start blowing soon. I can feel these kinds
of things now.
I hope I have enough time...
Let's go home. We can talk again some other time.
...Be careful.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 7
------

Akinari:
I'm still writing more of my story... How much did I tell you about?
Oh right... The pink alligator and the bird had become friends, 
right?
This was the alligator's first friend, and he was very happy.
...They started going to the river every day, and the little bird
would sing while the alligator listened.
But again, the alligator couldn't catch food easily because of his
color...
Pink is such an odd color, his prey in the jungle saw him from far
away and had plenty of time to escape.
He became so hungry that he was dizzy most of the time...
...And he accidentally ate the bird one afternoon as it slept in his
mouth.
...Of course, he realized his mistake immediately.
He drank swamp water to induce vomiting... but the bird was already
dead when he retrieved it.
...After that, he couldn't bring himself to eat anything.
...That's as far as I've written. I haven't decided on an ending.

FC:
It's a gloomy story.

Akinari:
Is it really that dark? I dunno... For me, it's hard to tell.
The words I use come out from my life, you know? So, they may seem
depressing to you...
...but to me, that's just life.

> Akinari is nodding knowingly.

Akinari:
So, before, I mentioned I was writing a diary...
That was a lie. I was writing my will.
I couldn't face reality... and I was essentially screaming curses 
into my notebook.
But for now, I'm writing my story in the same notebook.
It probably isn't very good, but it contains some things that I've
learned during my short life...
When it's done, I want you to read it. ...I mean, meeting you is the
main reason I started writing it.

> Akinari looks into your eyes.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
I'm really trying to come up with a good ending, but I can't 
decide...
...I don't have much time to spare.
...Well thanks. I hope we can chat some more later.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.


------
Sun 8
------

Akinari:
*gasp* *wheeze* 
...*wheeze*
...Just give me a minute... so I can... calm down...

> Akinari is having trouble breathing.

FC:
Stay at his side

Akinari:
F-False alarm...
I had some pain, but... it's better now.
...It's calming down. Thanks.

> Akinari smiled at you.

Akinari:
I... stopped taking my medicine.
It's not going to fix me anyway, right?
...It just helps for the pain and... 
...spasming...

FC:
Why!?

Akinari:
...My medicine makes me drowsy, and if my hands go numb, then I
can't write anything...
I have to finish my story.

> Akinari is determined.

Akinari:
The reason my story's unfinished... 
...is because I haven't found the meaning of life yet.
I get lost in my writing... erase it... and then don't know where
to go next.
...When we're talking, I have a closer picture. I can almost see
it...
It seems like that might be the meaning of life for me...
I'm probably writing this book to find the meaning of life...
...Well, if I do find it and finish the story...
...I hope we get a little more time together after that.

> Akinari smiles weakly...

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
...The sun... is setting...
I hope to see you again.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 8
------

Akinari:
So... I'd like you to congratulate me. As of today, I am a free
individual.

FC:
Free from what?

Akinari:
From the hospital. ...They were going to put me under care, but now
I don't have to do it.
...I guess my body is too weak to undergo surgery. So, I refused any
medication as well...
Which means I'm done with the hospital.

> Akinari is smiling sadly.

Akinari:
...Now I'm just waiting for the end.
But, I don't feel like I'm the only one being singled out anymore.
Everyone is waiting to die if you think about it. ...Some just have
longer to wait than others.
But once the time comes, it's the same for us all.
...I'm still a little lonely, but I'm not sad anymore.

> Akinari smiles slightly.

Akinari:
...I want to remember what you look like, FC...
You are... beautiful... You're like... a pristine lake...

> Akinari's smile is tinged with sadness...

> Your relationship is stronger now!

Akinari:
Thank you... I'm... I'm a little bit tired today...
The story is almost done, so...
...I can show it to you soon...

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

------
Sun 9
------

Akinari:
...I've been waiting.
I finished my story and wanted to show it to you...

> Akinari wears a calm smile.

Akinari:
As you know, I was having a lot of trouble with the ending... but I
finally figured it out.
Since the alligator ate his friend the bird, he cried and cried for
a very long time.
In fact, he was so sad... that he drowned in his own tears.
His tears became a beautiful lake, around which grew beautiful 
flowers and a tree with delicious fruit.
The other animals in the forest came there often to relax...
...but, none of them knew the alligator had created it or that he
was gone.
The end...
That's the ending I decided on.
...Even though the alligator did not find meaning in his life, the
residents of the forest did.
They just didn't realize it...
Because... the meaning of my life is not something I should worry
about.
It's really what others think of my life or what I was able to do
for them.
So... for me, or you, or anyone... the meaning of our lives is
something that we make but don't see.
People can't survive without help from others. ...We all depend on
one another.
I don't know if that made sense, but... 
...Do you kind of get what I'm saying?

FC:
I don't understand...

Akinari:
...That's what I've found to be the meaning of life.
Maybe you, or other people, will have different ideas about it.
But... hopefully you can understand my point of view as well.
This is the notebook... I wrote my story in. It's all I have to 
leave behind.
I wanted you to have something... since you shared my last moments.

> Obtained Worn Notebook.

> Akinari stood up...

Akinari:
My... body feels lighter...
Thank you for everything...
...Coming to see me, talking... even discussing the meaning of 
life...
I... I can be glad that I was born...

> You can understand Akinari's kindness.

> Your relationship is stronger now!

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken!

Akinari:
I have to go now...
FC...
Maybe...
Someday...
I hope...
...we meet again.

> .....

> Akinari disappeared into the afternoon sunlight...

> You gripped his notebook tightly and decided to head back to the
dorm.

--------------
Sun Post Game
--------------

Middle-Aged Lady:
.....? Hello there.
Oh...
You must be...
Um, by any chance is your name FC-san?

FC:
Yes.

Middle-Aged Lady:
I see. So... You're FC-san...
...Oh, excuse me. I'm... Mrs. Kamiki.
Akinari's mother. My son talked about you a lot.
I was just thinking about him...
If you have time, could you sit here and talk about him with me?

FC:
Okay...

Mrs Kamiki:
That's wonderful. Please, sit down.
Today is... a special day.
What a coincidence, seeing you today.
It must be another of God's tricks...
.....
Today is my son's... Akinari's birthday.
He'd be 20 if he was still alive.
Only 19 years...
...It wasn't long enough.
He was almost an adult, but he never made it...
He had a genetic disease. Me, I'm healthy as a horse, but him...
.....
The doctors detected it at birth... They knew he wouldn't live to
see adulthood.
Every day, I wondered if he'd wake up the next morning... I blamed
myself for what he inherited...
But...
He said something to me near the end.

Akinari's Words:
"I'm sorry to have brought so much pain into your life, Mother."
"I'm glad to have been given life."
"I'm glad to have been your son."
"Thank you so much for the life you have given me..."

Mrs Kamiki:
That's what he said...
He was the one who suffered so much, and yet he said that to me...
.....
But... my son brought me a lot of joy, too.
Holding his warm body in my arms just after he was born... Those 
tiny hands... That first smile...
Hearing him breathe easily at night...
Every day, I gave thanks for him being alive... Every day, I found
new joy in him.
And now... I'm so lonely, and there's nothing I can do...
But my boy gave me so much...
That I have to keep going, looking straight ahead... That's how I
feel.
.....
I'll eat the finestfoods, visit the most exotic places...
Everything my boy could never do...
I'll have so many stories to tell him about the things I've done.
On that day... when we meet again, on the other side.
If I didn't have that to look forward to... I don't know how I could
go on.
That reminds me... when my son's condition worsened, he started 
writing a fable.
But when I was cleaning out his room, I never found the notebook...
He said he was going to show it to you first, when he was done.
I asked why notme, and he laughed and said, "You'll be the second
one to see it, Mon."
I suppose... he wasn't able to finish the story...

FC:
He gave me the notebook

Mrs Kamiki:
.....! My son... He was able to give it to you?

> You explained how you received the notebook from Akinari, and that
you heard the entire story from him...

Mrs Kamiki:
I... I see...
I'm so glad... That was my only regret...
It was awful to think that he wasn't able to finish his project...
I see...
...You should hold onto the notebook. I'm sure that's what my boy
would've wanted.
I'll wait for him to tell it to me himself, when I see him again...
Heh... Now I have something else to look forward to...

> Mrs Kamiki stood up quietly...

Mrs Kamiki:
I'm glad you and I could finally meet. Thank you.
...There is one piece of advise I'd like to give you, as an old lady
to a young one...
Take good care of the ones dearest to you.
If you wait until their time has come, and you're clinging to their
cold bodies... then it's too late.
...Everyone who's born will die someday.
Not just Akinari, or me, or you. It happens to everyone...
So before that happens...
It doesn't take a grand gesture. You don't have to make a big
production of it, but...
If you love someone, let them know it.
We all go through life with the same struggles, the same 
heartbreak...
We should be able to prop each other up with the same love and 
kindness as well...
I'm sure you have something precious you can share with people...
Always remember that...

> Mrs Kamiki left without looking back...

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.......................................AEON (SCAE)

-------
Aeon 1
-------

> Naganaki Shrine...

Aigis:
I come here a lot lately.
Before, I couldn't understand the benefits of coming to these places
called "shrines".
But lately, that has changed...
This is also where we met Koromaru-san last summer...
He waited here until we found him, even though he knew his master 
had died...
Now I can understand his reasons for doing that.
What drives people isn't necessarily facts, but feelings...
He knew for a fact that his master had died, but his feelings of
wanting to be with him made him stay...
It's the same for me.
I have grasped the fact that I can't protect you, yet here I remain.
Subconsciously, I was following my feelings rather than the 
available data.
I was so confused at the time that I didn't notice it, but to tell 
the truth...
It seems that... the reasons behind my behavior changing while I am
with you, Kanna-san...

> You feel a bond forming between you and Aigis, who has become more
human...

> It seems this is a new Arcana, the "Aeon" Social Link...

Aigis:
...Oh, I have a correction to make.
I talked about "what drives people"...
But of course, Koromaru-san and myself aren't "people".
*chuckle* I'm sorry.
.....

> Aigis looks somewhat lonely.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 2
-------

> Gekkoukan High School, rooftop...

Aigis:
I like this place. I can see the entire town from here...
The Moonlight Bridge is to the right, and over there is Paulownia
Mall.
Oh, and did you know you can also see our dorm from here?
The ocean waters at Yakushima, where I had been sleeping, were 
clearer than these...
But I prefer the view here.
.....
Before I came here, things such as liking or disliking the scenery
never entered my mind...
What about you, FC-san? Do you... like this town?

FC:
I like it.

Aigis:
I'm glad to hear that!
.....
Feeling the same way, as we view the same scenery...
...It feels nice.

> Aigis is smiling.

Aigis:
Many feelings towards various things I had not recognized before are
making themselves clear now...
It's a little scary sometimes...
.....
But if I can change by being with you...
I want to hold onto this feeling.

> You can feel the bond between you and Aigis becoming stronger.

Aigis:
Oh... I'm sorry to have gone on for so long...
It's still January, so I imagine that you are quite cold.
It would be awful if you caught a chill.

> You decided to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 3
-------

> In front of Iwatodai station...

> As you arrive with Aigis, you feel a threatening presence...

Aigis:
Oh...

Stray Dogs:
Grrrrr... Bark! Bark!

> You've been suddenly surrounded by stray dogs... They seem angry.

Aigis:
You're the ones that I often see at the shrine...
What is the matter?

> Aigis began talking with the dogs...

Aigis:
Huh... Koromaru-san?
We did that!?
Wait! We aren't mistreating Koromaru-san!
It's true that he's helping us in our battle... However--!

> The dogs drew closer to Aigis!

Aigis:
No...
...Oh, right. Um, these dogs are Koromaru-san's old friends.
They doubt our intentions regarding Koromaru-san, since he has been
more frequently injured lately.
How can we make them understand...?

FC:
We can talk it out!

Aigis:
This is all a misunderstanding, everyone!

Brown Dog:
Grrrr...

> They don't seem to want to listen.

Aigis:
Please, don't be angry... Calm down.

> Aigis stretched out her hand to one of the dogs...

Aigis:
Oh...

> Aigis seems to have been bitten by a dog.

Brown Dog:
*yelp*

Aigis:
Oh...
I'm so sorry. My hand is hard...

Brown Dog:
*whine*

> The dogs ran away...

Aigis:
I see...
No wonder they doubt me. They are confused, since my body is not 
natural...
I hope that dog isn't hurt...
.....
I... have been thinking, lately.
Although my heart may become more human, my body will forever be 
mechanical...
Of course, that's how I was designed.
But... I'm not strong enough to be a weapon, and I'm too rigid to
pass as a human...
...I'm neither fish nor fowl... Not completely machine nor human...
.....

FC:
That's not true.

Aigis:
But...!
.....
Oh... I'm sorry, FC-san...
...Thank you very much.
You're right... Even if I can't quite explain it, I have to be true
to myself...
.....

> Aigis has a painful smile on her face...

Aigis:
...I'm sorry for saying such things...
If I hadn't been created, I would never have met everyone... and
that includes you.
If I can stay by your side, then nothing should faze me...

> You sense a faint affection from Aigis...

Aigis:
I should make sure that the dogs understand our situation.
It would be bad if you were placed in danger again.
I'll see you later... Excuse me.

> You parted with Aigis and went back to the dorm.

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Aeon 4
-------

> Paulownia Mall...

Troubled Old Lady:
Excuse me... could I trouble you for a moment?
Have you seen a kittycat around here?
She's a precious little white, spotted cat named Mewlie. She slipped
away when I wasn't looking.
I'm so worried about where she could have gone...
She's almost as old as I am, so I doubt she could have gotten very
far...

Aigis:
A white, spotted cat...Did you see one, FC-san?

FC:
I don't think so.

Troubled Old Lady:
I see...
I'm in a tizzy... I hope my little Mewlie is eating all right...
Thank you for your help. I'll try looking elsewhere.

> The old lady left to look for her cat...

Aigis:
A white, spotted cat named Mewlie...
If you don't mind, FC-san... Could we help her look?
It seems the old lady will suffer greatly if they remain separated
for much longer...

FC:
Sure.

Aigis:
Yes, let's do our best!
Hmmm, what's the phrase usually used in situations like these...?
"What goes around, comes around to hit you in the back of the 
head"...!
...That's it!

> Aigis seems happy.

Aigis:
She could be so hungry by now that "her stomach and spine are only a
minute away."
.....
Or is that "an instant away"...?
...Anyway, we should hurry.

Aigis:
Hello, Mewlie-san!
Mewlie-san, are you there?
There's no trace of her...
I can sense hostile reactions, such as Shadows, but this...
I'm useless... aren't I?
I'm sorry. I was the one who began this search...
.....
It's not working out after all... How could a machine like myself 
have feelings like a normal person...?
.....
It's getting dark. We should return to the dorm for today.
Thank you very much, FC-san.
It makes me happy that you took the time to indulge me in this.

> Aigis is smiling...

> You feel that you understand Aigis better now...

Aigis:
I'll be going back alone today... I need some time to think.
I'm sorry... and after you invited me out, too...

> You decided to go back to the dorm separately.

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Aeon 5
-------

> Port Island Station...

[You hear a cat]

Aigis:
Was that a cat's voice...?
Could it be...!?

> There is a spotted white cat in the corner of the back alley...

Aigis:
Are you... Mewlie-san?

Spotted White Cat:
Meow.

Aigis:
So you are Mewlie-san! I'm so glad...!
FC-san, let's go tell the old lady about this!

Mewlie's Owner:
Awww, there, there... You seem a little skinnier than you used to 
be...
This little one is all I have left to keep me company...
I was so lonely when Mewlie was missing... I don't know how I can 
thank the both of you.

Aigis:
"Lonely"...
Is being by oneself... "lonely"?

Mewlie's Owner:
Oh yes, dear...
When you get to be my age, you find that all the wealth in the world
won't take care of you...
Living alone is a dreadful thing.
Some of my neighbours have delightful children, but... *chuckle* 
They aren't interested in old ladies like me.

Aigis:
Miss...

Mewlie's Owner:
Well, Mewlie, do you miss your basket and blankie? Want to go home
now?
Thank you so much, you two.

> The old lady left.

Aigis:
It seems that "living" is something that can't be done alone...

FC:
You may be right.

Aigis:
Yes.
It's important to keep someone in your thoughts, and to know that 
you are in theirs...
To be able to contact them anytime...
And... to touch them...
.....

> Aigis has a mixed expression for some reason.

Aigis:
But I do understand one thing.
I feel happy when I'm together with you, FC-san...

> Aigis smiles shyly...

Aigis:
However, I am still curious...
If to live means to be able to connect with other people...
How close to that goal can I come with a body like mine...?
.....
...Just kidding.
I hav been exceedingly timid lately. Is there something wrong with
me, I wonder?
...We should start heading back.

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 6
-------

> Iwatodai strip mall...

Aigis:
Oh...
That old lady... She is Mewlie-san's owner...

> You follow Aigis' line of sight; that certainly is Mewlie's owner.

> ...She is with a male Gekkoukan High student.

Smirking Male Student:
Yo, Granny, I gots a date tomorrow.
But uh, I don't have any money or anything, you know?

Mewlie's Owner:
Oh my, is that so? You poor dear.
You're such a good boy, Kiyoshi... This advance on your allowance 
will just be between you and me.

Kiyoshi:
...C'mon, quit it! I told you not to call me Kiyoshi!

Mewlie's Owner:
But it's such a beautiful name! I picked it out, you know.
It was the name of a fine doctor from my home village...

Kiyoshi:
...Yeah, I know. That's only the 80 millionth time you've told me.
C'mon, hook me up already!

Mewlie's Owner:
Oh, yes, yes.
This isn't much... try not to spend it all in one place!

Kiyoshi:
Yeah, yeah. Seeya.

Mewlie's Owner:
Be careful dear, and visit again soon!

> After taking the money, the male student trotted away...

Aigis:
This "Kiyoshi-san"... I wish to speak with him further.

> Aigis chased after Kiyoshi.

Aigis:
Kiyoshi-san, please wait.

Kiyoshi:
Geez! Don't friggin' call me that--
...H-Huh? A-Aigis-sempai?

Aigis:
Do you know me?

Kiyoshi:
Well, duh... You're famous!
I-I'm Kiyoshi Sakuma... a frosh.
Everyone calls me Joe, so if you could just--

Aigis:
I would like to ask you something, Kiyoshi-san. Is that alright?

Kiyoshi:
.....
Uh, sure...

Aigis:
Kiyoshi-san... do you feel lonely when you are by yourself?

Kiyoshi:
Huh? What...?

Aigis:
Your grandmother said that she is lonely, because she has nobody 
else.

Kiyoshi:
...What is this, a lecture?

Aigis:
No. I... simply wish to know.
Why don't you visit your grandmother more often?
Her loneliness... If you are her relative, you may have the power to
alleviate it.

Kiyoshi:
Nah, I'm just her grandson...
But I know a lecture when I hear it! Stay outta stuff that doesn't
concern you, okay?

Aigis:
Kiyoshi-san, have you ever considered what it means to live?

Kiyoshi:
...To live?

Aigis:
Personally... I think the bonds between people are what's most 
important.
That is what your grandmother is slowly losing.

Kiyoshi:
.....
"To live"...? Are you kidding? No one seriously talks like that.
What more do you need outta life than to have a blast?

Aigis:
"Having a blast"...

Kiyoshi:
I mean, you're happy when you're having fun, right?
So hell yeah! We're alive to be happy!

Aigis:
To be happy...

Kiyoshi:
...So whaddaya say, Aigis-sempai? FC-sempai, too!
If you got time, why don't we--

Aigis:
Thank you, Kiyoshi-san.
Let's go, FC-san.

Kiyoshi:
Huh!? Wait wait wait wait!
That's it? You really came and talked to me just to ask me that?
What is this, some kind of cult...? Scary, man...

> Kiyoshi ran away...

Aigis:
.....
...I can't understand Kiyoshi-san's feelings...
Did I do something wrong?

FC:
He wanted to date you.

Aigis:
A date... That is an activity commonly performed when two people 
like each other, correct?
.....
Does that mean that you and I are currently on a date...?
.....
P-Perhaps... That was not quite properly phrased...
.....

> Aigis seems embarrassed.

Aigis:
I...
Ever since I decided to live...
I've been using words like "why" and "how " more frequently.
The more time I spend with you, the more things I discover that I
cannot understand...
But the reason why I am not alive...
It remains a stumbling block.
.....
Is this... "frustration"...?
But at the same time, I feel fortunate.
Although I'm not human, I enjoy a few privileges others do not...
After all, I am able to be near you, the one most precious to me...
It's strange how two conflicting feelings can coexist...

> You sense Aigis' feelings for you...

Aigis:
To be honest...
My feelings toward Kiyoshi-san are... unusually harsh.
Kiyoshi-san has warm, soft hands he can use to feel those precious
to him...
And yet, he...
.....
What is this ugly feeling...?
I wonder... is this jealousy...?
Let's stop this... It isn't right.
Yes. I'll stop right here.
...Shall we go home, then?

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 7
-------

> Paulownia Mall...

Aigis:
Ah...
You're Kiyoshi-san's grandmother, correct? Greetings.

Mewlie's Owner:
Oh, you're those nice students from before. Hello!
You have great timing... I was just thinking about seeing you two 
again.
If you want the truth... Mewlie has disappeared again.

Aigis:
Again?
Well, don't worry. At least this time, we have an idea of where she
may have gone.

Mewlie's Owner:
No... That's all right.
I believe that this time... Mewlie went in search of something.

Aigis:
In search of something...?

Mewlie's Owner:
Yes, for a place to die.
When cats perceive that their life is nearly over... they leave on
their own to wait for the end.
Mewlie even came to say goodbye to be before she left.
And so... I don't think I'll need you to find her anymore.
I just wanted to thank you for letting us see each other one last
time before the end.

Aigis:
Mewlie-san... died...?

Mewlie's Owner:
Well, good day now.

Aigis:
Um...!
You're, um...
You're not alone!
I'm certain of it!

Mewlie's Owner:
.....
Well, of course I'm not alone...
As long as there are people left in the world, no one can truly be
alone.
I'm fine as long as there are people like you around!

Aigis:
Miss...

Mewlie's Owner:
Bless you, dear girl, for you kindness to an old lady.
...Toodle-oo.

> The old lady quietly walked off...

Aigis:
Kiyoshi-san said that people live to be happy...
Was Mewlie-san happy...?

FC:
I'm sure she was happy.

Aigis:
Was Mewlie-san... grateful to have been born...?

FC:
I'm sure she was.

Aigis:
For what purpose... was Mewlie-san born...?

FC:
No one can say.

Aigis:
Life...
Where does it originate? Where does it go...?
What reason does life have to exist?
To live is to be connected to people, but life eventually ends...
Parting seems to be a natural and inevitable aspect of life...
An unavoidable end...
Life... is cruel...
I wonder... will the day come when I must part with you forever, 
too...?
.....
I do want to live, but that's not all...!
That is to say... I don't want to merely become close to human, I 
want to...
With you...!
What... What is this feeling!?
What... do I want to do...?

> You can sense Aigis' feelings for you...

Aigis:
.....
I'm sorry for getting upset so suddenly...
...I'll be heading back.

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 8
-------

> Gekkoukan High School, rooftop...

Aigis:
The wind is calm today... I don't detect the usual scent of the sea.
.....

> Aigis suddenly became quiet.

Aigis:
I'm sorry about last time... 
Perhaps my heart is becoming more and more like that of a human...
But as a result... I have realized something.
The heart and body are inseparable...
A human heart can only function normally within a human body...
Um...
Have you ever come here alone with a male before, FC-san...?
Perhaps you gazed out at the view and spoke quietly...
...Oh, I didn't mean to pry.
I was just curious...

-------

FC:
Not yet...

Aigis:
I see...
Oh, is that... because I take up so much of your time?
.....

> Aigis looks at you apologetically...

---------

FC:
Sometimes.

Aigis:
I see...
That makes sense. Many people depend upon you.
.....

> Aigis is smiling sadly.

-------

Aigis:
Actually... I was becoming a little worried.
I thought that perhaps I was spending too much time with you...
There are many people who would like to be with you...
I'm sure you have people you want to be with as well.
If that is the case, please tell me right away!
I wouldn't want to be come an obstacle preventing you from becoming
closer to another person...
.....

> Aigis sounds as if she's trying to convince herself.

FC:
I don't mind you being here.

Aigis:
.....
The view from this rooftop is wonderful...
That must be why I come here after school... sometimes I find a
couple alone here.
They might be leaning against one another, or embracing...
I never gave it a second thought before, but lately... It pains me
to see them...
I have probably come to realize that this is a sort of connection I
can never attain...
I am not a male... I'm not even human...!
The closer my heart become to that of a human, the more I realize
how much sets us apart...!
Just because my heart is developing doesn't mean I can actually
become human...
I have known this from the beginning, of couse.
But... only recently have I realized something.
I have another wish, one just as precious as my desire to live...
My realization is that this second wish can never be granted...

> Aigis seems very distressed...

Aigis:
...I'm sorry.
I lost control of myself again...
But this feeling that you are precious to me will never change...
No matter what happens...

> Aigis is gazing at you intensely...

Aigis:
No... that's not right.
Until now, I have always referred to you as something precious to 
me.
But that is not the correct way to express this feeling.
However...
If I were to use the proper words... I know it would never come 
true, and I...!

> Aigis ran off...

> You decide to go back to the dorm.

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Aeon 9
-------

> Gekkoukan High School, rooftop...

Aigis:
Isn't it interesting how the sunlight on a clear winter day seems
stronger than it is during the summer?
Perhaps it's because the sun is lower in the sky and you don't have
to look up to see it.
I've gotten used to this view... But it's never exactly the same.
...The same could be said of one's daily routine.
Or of life itself...
The fated day is almost here...
January 31st...

FC:
Yeah, huh.

Aigis:
I come here in order to think.
"I can't let this end... I must protect it." Thoughts like that...

> Aigis is smiling.

Aigis:
Since last time... I have calmed myself by thinking things through.
I thought about the old lady and Mewlie-san... as well as 
Kiyoshi-san...
I wonder if Mewlie-san was alone until the moment of her death...
Someplace no one could find her...
I think... the old lady wanted to be there for her at the end.
.....
To live means to be connected to other people, but life is finite,
and farewells are inevitable.
It's sad to consider, but you and I must part one day as well...
And then... I'll never be able to see you again...
.....
There's so much in life that cannot be understood... It's filled 
with pain...
You meet others, forge relationships, and spend time with them...
then they are gone, leaving you behind.
Leaving you alone...
.....
When I consider that, I can no longer hold back my feelings...
...But I understand now.
That's just how it is.
No two viewings are alike. No two days are alike.
It is natural for everything to disappear, return and remain in a
constant state of change...
Life is finite and ephemeral.
That is precisely what makes it precious to us, showing us that we
shouldn't waste it...
It is a miracle for any two like-minded people to meet within the
chaotic flux...
That's why forging bonds and relationships is a source of happiness.
That is the root cause of... the joys of being alive...
It's not a cold, but a warm kind of sorrow... Shining more brightly
as a result of its limits...
...If I think of it that way, there's no time to falter or hesitate.
I need to tell you...
Even if my wishes are unfulfilled, I have to share my true 
feelings...
.....

> You feel Aigis' strong resolve...

Aigis:
FC-san...
I want to be by your side...
I want to be closer to you than anyone else.
I don't want you to love someone else... I don't want that, even if
it's what would make you happy!
I know that I'm a machine. I know... that I can't be touched.
I know that you should find happiness with a man...!
But, but... I don't know why...!
All I can see or think about is you, FC-san...
I feel like I'm going to break down...
FC-san...

> You sense Aigis' strong affection towards you...

> You gently hold Aigis' shaking hand...

> It is surprisingly warm...

Aigis:
.....!!
.....

> She shook your hand off...

Aigis:
.....
I-I'm sorry. I can't... think of anything to say...
I wonder if something really has broken inside of me...
I feel hot, like something is burning inside me...
.....
Umm... W-We should go back.
.....
I-I'll go ahead. I... I can't look at you now.
Um...
S-See you later...

> You decide to go back to the dorm separately.

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Aeon 10
--------

> Dorm, Aigis' room...

Aigis:
Oh, um... Please don't worry.
The shells on the floor are only blanks. There is no gunpowder in
them...
S-So, what do you think of my room? ...Are you surprised?
To be honest... I was hesitant to invite you here.
I have no heartwarming or pleasant decorations...
It's hard to believe that I once thought this room was normal...

> Aigis looks embarrassed...

Aigis:
BUt that's why I wanted to show it to you.
As you can see from the decor, I'm a machine...
That used to make me sad...
...But I figured something out.
There's something only I can say, because I am unable to die.

FC:
What is it?

Aigis:
I... will never leave you.
No matter how or when your life comes to an end...
At that moment, I will be at your side.
You will... remain in my heart.
O-Oh yes... Umm...
Will you accept this?

> Aigis gave you something.

> Obtained Charred Screw.

Aigis:
It is... one of the parts that had to be replaced after I collapsed
at the Moonlight Bridge.
I asked Mitsuru-san to have it sent here.
I have... changed, since then.
I'm not afraid, and I won't give up... I'll get back on my feet as
many times as it takes...
I'll fight by your side and protect you...
This is the proof... I wanted you to hold onto it.
It's... a part of me.
If to live means to spend time with people you've forged 
relationships with...
Then... I want my relationship with you to be the strongest of all.
My connection to you is my reason for living...
The thing that's most precious to me... is to be at your side.

> Aigis has an innocent smile upon her face.

> You sense a strong bond with Aigis...

> You have forged a bond that cannot be broken

Aigis:
FC-san...
I, um.. actually have one more favor to ask...
At the base of my neck, behind the knot of the ribbon...
My most important component is located there.
The source of the artificial psyche that makes me who I am...
My emotional engine... the "Papillon Heart".
It's extremely delicate, so I am forbidden to expose it outside of
the laboratory's clean room...
I... want you to touch it.
If exposed to your skin oils and cells, your genetic information 
will most likely be burnt into it.
Even so... I want you to do this.
I want to leave indelible proof in this body of the understanding 
that you and I have reached...
Not as a memory that can be erased, but as something permanent...
Something irrevocable.

> Aigis is gazing at you intently...

FC:
Nod silently

Aigis:
Thank you very much.
I'm overflowing with joy...
Please... come closer.
Oh, umm...
Since you'll be coming into direct contact with my heart, I...
I apologize in advance if I say something odd, or make unusual 
noises...
As a precaution, I will cut off motor functions to my arms and legs.

> Aigis seems embarrassed...

Aigis:
Well then, umm...
Will you... untie my ribbon?

> You spent a long time with Aigis.

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Ikutsuki's video
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> ... > ... >

> 05/10/2009 01:23:02 Beginning playback

> .....!?

> It's the command room. Ikutsuki is alone, writing something.

Ikutsuki:
Hm... A Shadow in the middle of town... It managed to take over 
public transportation...
I should investigate whether this means it's finally begun...
Monorail...
Listen to the monorail in monaural...
*giggle* Heehee...
Oooh, I must make a note of that one...

Luck played an uncomfortably large part in the victory...
Especially towards the end... if she hadn't guessed at the right 
controls, things could have been very bad.
For Shadows to work in a group to overrun large machines is 
unprecedented...
The engine...
That was an engine-ous move!
Hee hee hee...! What's with me today!? I'm on a roll!
Oh yeah, better write that one down too...

One should always wear bright clothing at night...
Otherwise, the Shadows could make it dangerous to walk near traffic!
Whoa, I'm getting a little off subject... but who cares!?
Hey... I should write all these down and show them off the next 
time everyone gets together!
.....

"Don't care for seafood? They also serve GROUND beef!"
Hee heeee! This has nothing to do with the status report anymore, 
but I'm having a blast!
Let's see, what else...

> ...Ikutsuki's momentum just isn't stopping...

> The recording ends here...

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Junpei's video
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> ... > ... >

> 06/14/2009 16:17:49 Beginning playback

> ......!?

> It looks like Junpei's room...

> ...But its resident is nowhere to be found...

> Mitsuru and Officer Kurosawa came in...

Mitsuru:
This way, Officer.
By the time I realized the door was halfway open, his room was
already in this state.
I've left the place untouched, as you requested.

Officer Kurosawa:
......
...Whose room is this?

Mitsuru:
Junpei Iori. A junior.
I've been attempting to reach him on his cell phone, but he hasn't
responded in the last 30 minutes.

Officer Kurosawa:
......

Mitsuru:
It was careless of me to let my guard down... This dorm has been
attacked in the past...
Security is everyone's concern, but if anything happens to him, its
ultimately my responsibility...

Officer Kurosawa:
...I hate to say it, Miss Kirijo, but this is most likely--

Voice from Outside:
Huh...? Mitsuru-sempai?

[Junpei enters]

Junpei:
Wh-What the hell!? Kurosawa-san? What's going on here!?

Mitsuru:
Iori!?
Where were you? I've been trying to contact you!

Junpei:
Huh? Oh, uh... it was hot, and the AC was busted, so I went to the
manga cafe and fell asleep...

Mitsuru:
*sigh* Well... I'm just glad you're safe.
But if it wasn't an attack, then it must have been theft... Why
would the burglar target this room...?

Junpei:
Theft!?

Mitsuru:
What else could it be? Someone clearly tore through the room looking
for something.
Vandalizing a school dorm... When I find out who did this, I'll see
to it that he or she is executed.

Officer Kurosawa:
...Well, son, sounds like you've got a death sentence.
How about it, Iori? Was this room, in fact, vandalized?

Junpei:
Uh... Heh heh... Well...
My room always looks like this...

Mitsuru:
Wh-What!?
B-But...
You can't possibly live here in this state, can you!?
A-And... the door was open.

Junpei:
Oh, right... I wanted to air the place out while I was gone. No one
we don't know ever comes around, so...

Mitsuru:
.....

Officer Kurosawa:
I think this case is closed. May I return to my duties, Miss Kirijo?

Mitsuru:
Oh... yes...
I'm... sorry you had to see something so disgraceful...

Junpei:
.....!

> Officer Kurosawa left...

Mitsuru:
I apologize for all this...
It seems my upbringing may have been more sheltered than I 
realized...

> Mitsuru left as well...

Junpei:
C'mon, at least yell at me or something!?
What's the deal with you calling the police over a messy room,
anyway!?
What did I do to deserve this!?
Hey, wait...
That fortune I drew on the way back... It was "Worst Luck"...

> The recording ends here...

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Fuuka's video
--------------

> ... > ... >

> 07/15/2009 17:05:38 Beginning playback

> .....!?

>It looks like Fuuka's room...

Fuuka:
Hmmm...
I wonder if i should have gone for the one-piece suit instead...
These halter top bikinis look almost like underwear...
It feels weird to have my belly button exposed...

> Fuuka is posing bashfully in front of the mirror...

Fuuka:
Now that I think about it... this is my first time choosing my own
swimsuit.
But there wasn't much of a selection with the one-piece ones...
I wonder if I should ask Yukari-chan for one last opinion...
Although... I don't really exercise, so I probably wouldn't look
very good standing next to her...
Our leader is so slim and fit too...
.....
Am I really the same age as those two...?
Oh, right! I have just the thing!

> Fuuka opened a package in the corner of her room.

Fuuka:
The low-frequency waist slimmer pad I bought from Tanaka's show!
It said online it was very effective for its price, so if it helps
even a little before we leave...
Now let's see... How do I turn this on...?

[Fuuka turns the device on]

Fuuka:
Eek...! No... This... *giggle*
I-It tickles! Hahahaha... What am I gonna do!? Hahaha! Ahahahaha!

> ...Fuuka is giggling and rolling around the room with the belt
still on...

Fuuka:
*giggle* Wh-Wh-Why won't it come off...? Hahaha... nooo...!

[Someone knocks on the door]

Mitsuru's Voice:
Yamagishi, may I bother you for a second?

Fuuka:
Oh... It's Mitsuru-sempa-- hahaha! I-I have to answer the door...!
Yes! I'm... I'm... heehee, coming!

Mitsuru's Voice:
Oh, um... Did I disturb you?

Fuuka:
N-No, not at-- hee-hee... No, not at all... hahahaha...!

Mitsuru's Voice:
It's... not that important. Um, never mind, just... carry on.

Fuuka:
Oh, Sempai...!
I-Is this... what it means... to train... your abs...?
Aaaah! Heeheeee! Someone help!

> The recording ends here...

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Akihiko's video 
----------------

> ... > ... >

> 08/13/2009 22:41:19 Beginning playback

> .....!?

> It looks like Akihiko's room...

> Akihiko is pacing around his room, looking upset...

Akihiko:
Dammit... I'm still not over that business in Yakushima...
Is my way with girls really no better than Junpei's...?
How could they treat me the same as his lame pickup lines...?

> .....?

> ...Akihiko picked up a magazine from his desk.

[He flips it open]

Akihiko:
"Are you able to make others laugh with a well-timed joke?"
Well... I can't think of many examples, but I can do that much at
least...
"Careful: Making others laugh and being laughed at are two entirely
different things!"
.....

[He flips to another page]

Akihiko:
"When people speak to you, do you try to respond with pure logic and
reason?"
"This is a common mistake with inarticulate men. Try to consider
what the other party is feeling."
.....
Tch... I gotta admit, they've got a point...!

[He flips to another page]

Akihiko:
"Try testing yourself by speaking as if you're asking a female 
friend or co-worker to your favourite store."
"The two most important things are to smile, and have a good sense
of humor!"
.....
H-Hey there! What great timing to see you here! Good one!
I'm going to the Beef Boel place, wanna come with...?
Humor... Humor...
Y'know, the Beef Bowl place... Hey... M-Maybe we could "meat" up
there...!
Nrrrgh...!

[He throws the magazine away]

Akihiko:
What am I, the Chairman!?
That's it! Screw this!

> ...Akihiko started pounding the sandbags with all his might...

> The recording ends here... 

-----------------
Shinjiro's video
-----------------

> ... > ... >

> 09/06/2009 19:10:36 Beginning Playback

> .....!?

> It's the lounge. Shinjiro and Koromaru are watching TV.

Shinjiro:
.....

TV Chef:
--You, too, can follow along on page 39 of this month's issue.
Today we're making spicy pepper pasta. It's a great dish to keep
your energy up through the summer heat.
The key ingredient is green cayenne pepper. Remember to remove the
seeds first!
After that, we'll prepare some kelp broth. You'll need a pasta 
cooker about this size, and...

Shinjiro:
Pasta cooker... Do we have one here...?

Koromaru:
Arf...?

Voice from Outside:
*sigh* It's still pretty hot.
It requires enerygy to maintain an appropriate external temperature.

Shinjiro:
Aw crap...!

Koromaru:
Woof!

> Fuuka and Aigis came home...

> .....?

> For some reason, Shinjiro is pretending to be asleep...

> ...He has a magazine in his hands.

Aigis:
We have returned.

Koromaru:
Woof, woof!

Fuuka:
We're home, Koro-chan!
Oh... shh! We should be quiet. It looks like Shinjiro-sempai's
asleep...

Koromaru:
Arf!

Aigis:
He says that... "Shinjiro-san is not asleep."

Fuuka:
Huh?
Sempai's magazine... It's the montly guide to the "Family Cooking"
show...
Does Shinjiro-sempai enjoy cooking shows...?
Oh, that's a new issue... I didn't know this month's was out.

Koromaru:
Woof.

Aigis:
"Shinjiro-san frequently watches programs like..."

Fuuka:
Uhh, it's okay, Aigis!
C'mon, let's go.

> After Fuuka and Aigis left, Shinjiro got up...

Shinjiro:
.....
Dammit... I forgot she understands dog talk...

Koromaru:
*whine*

Shinjiro:
Ahhh, don't sweat it. It ain't your fault.
Don't worry, boy... Next time I'll make you something too, 
Koro-chan.

Koromaru:
Arf!

> The recording ends here...

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Aigis's video
--------------

> ... > ... >

> 09/20/2009 01:13:41 Beginning playback

> .....!?

> This is... your room!

> You see yourself sleeping in bed...

[Someone opens your door]

Aigis:
Door unlocked in 92 seconds... My time has improved.

> ...Aigis snuck into your room!

> Aigis approached the bed and bent over...

Aigis:
.....
Surface body temperature reads... 98.7 degrees... No fever...
At this rate, she should make a full recovery by morning.
The pillow I prepared in the freezer will not be necessary.
.....

> Aigis looked around...

Aigis:
...I mustn't stay too long, or I'll receive another reprimand.
Everyone is very worried about you...

Aigis:
.....

> Aigis was about to leave, but then came back...

Aigis:
...There are still 4 hours and 12 minutes until sunrise...
.....
I need only sneak out again before morning.
I... will keep watch over her for a little longer...

> Aigis sat down near your pillow to watch over you...

> The recording ends here...

----------------
Mitsuru's video
----------------

> ... > ... >

> 09/25/2009 00:45:12 Beginning playback

> ......!?

> It looks like Mitsuru's room...

> But its resident is nowhere to be seen.

> .....?

> It seems she is taking a shower.

[The water stops running and Mitsuru comes out]

Mitsuru:
Phew...

> Mitsuru sat on the sofa, covered only in a bath towel...

Mitsuru:
Whoops... I've gotten used to walking around without my bathrobe
lately.
Not a very good habit to fall into...
Well... I'm not at home, so I suppose being a little lax won't 
hurt...

> Mitsuru picked up the magazine on her desk...

Mitsuru:
This fashion magazine... I saw Takeba buying one, so I thought I'd
pick one up myself, but...

[She flips through the pages]

Mitsuru:
"This one-piece is beloved by all, including friends, boyfriends, 
and boyfriends' friends..."
"Alluring yet prudish: the ultimate combination..."
......
...What are they talking about?
I don't follow fashion myself... I usually just wear whatever the
family stylist selects for me.

[She continues flipping]

Mitsuru:
"Cute" clothes, huh...?
W-Well... I do kind of want to try this... pink one...
.....
Heh. Not that I'd be able to pull it off... I'm not like Takeba.
I should be careful to remember the distinction between clothes I
want to wear, and clothes I can wear.
...Achoo!
I knew this was a bad habit... It's a good way to catch a cold.
I should get some rest... I'll have to wake up early again tomorrow.

> Mitsuru walked off camera, to what you assume to be her bed...

Mitsuru's Voice:
Now which pajamas should I wear tonight...?

> ...Mitsuru's bath towel has been left on the sofa...

> The recording ends here...

---------------
Yukari's video
---------------

> ... > ... >

> 10/12/2009 14:56:22 Beginning playback

> ....!?

> It looks like Yukari's room...

Yukari:
I guess... it goes like this?
"Welcome!"
"Are you ready to order?"
Hmmm, kinda sucks that the school festival got canceled...
Maybe I could just wear this around the dorm for the day?
.....
"'Sup, Yuka-tan? Hey, does that mean you gotta call me Master?"
"What's going on, Yukari? You're planning to work at Mitsuru's
mansion or something?"
.....
Ugh... forget it.
I haven't had a chance to return this yet, but now that I look at 
it, it's a real uniform, not just a costume.
Hey... I should take a picture before I give it back to Sempai.

[Someone knocks the door]

Fuuka's Voice:
Yukari-chan, are you there?
I need your help with something...

Yukari:
Sure, one sec.
Yeah... I should drag Fuuka into this, too! Wouldn't wanna be the 
only one in the picture looking this way...

[Fuuka enters]

Fuuka:
Yukari-chan... those clothes--!

Yukari:
I've got a couple spare outfits, if you wanna try one on. How about
it?

Fuuka:
Huh?
W-Wait a second...!

> Yukari began pullin at Fuuka's clothes...

Yukari:
Don't worry. Just hold still.
This is a little tricky to put on, so it'll be faster if I help.

Fuuka:
Uh, wait... Yukari-chan! Oh...!

> The recording ends here...

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------------
Ken's video
------------

> ... > ... >

> 11/13/2009 01:05:20 Beginning playback

> ......!?

> It looks like Ken's room...

> .....?

> Ken is holding a cleaning brush...

Ken:
Haaa...
Ha!
Ya!

> Ken began swinging the deck brush around...

> He seems to be practicing combat maneuvers.

Ken:
*pant* *gasp*
This room is really too small to practice in...
.....
But come to think of it... I don't have to practice in secret
anymore...
I don't live on the first floor in this dorm, so I might be 
disturbing the people downstairs...
.....
I chose a long weapon so I wouldn't lose to an adult's reach...
But the longer the weapon, the better it is for taller people...

> Ken began swinging the cleaning brush around again.

Ken:
Ow...!

> ...You wince as you watch Ken accidentally hit himself with the
cleaning brush.

> Ken doubled over...

Ken:
Awrgh... I hit my shin again...
I hope I get taller soon...
Oh yeah, where's my milk...?

> ...Ken is guzzling milk.

Ken:
Whew...
Maybe I should drink more milk...
.....
Ugh... it hurts my stomach sometimes, though...
.....

> ...Ken is guzzling more milk.

> The recording ends here...

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THEODORE'S QUESTS (THQS)
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Quest 56: I'd like to visit Paulownia Mall.

> Paulownia Mall...

Theo:
So this is the Paulownia Mall...
...Indeed, it's exactly as I imagined.

> Despite these words, Theo's eyes are clearly glimmering with 
excitement...

FC:
Are you excited to be here?

Theo:
Pshaw... I'm not that easily amused.

> Theo is mumbling...

Theo:
.....?
What is that over there?

> Theo is pointing to the water fountain.

Theo:
An aqueous duct in a place like this...?
.....
The dwellers of this world must get thirsty easily.

FC:
Are you serious?

Theo:
.....
I-I know its true purpose, of course.
Why... it's meant to wash one's hands!

FC:
If you say so...

Theo:
Aha. I knew from the start.

> Theo is acting proud for some reason...

Theo:
Hm...? And what, pray tell, is this facility here?

> Theo headed towards the police station.

Theo:
These photographs...
Most Wanted... Reward...?
I see... So the concept of subjugation requests is not unknown here...

FC:
We don't kill them.

Theo:
Ah? In that case, you must have to capture them alive... Only a 
skilled hunter could accomplish it.

> Theo is nodding triumphantly...

Theo:
If there are hunters of such talent in this world as well, I may 
want to make a few requests of my own...
...But on second thought, perhaps not. I already have you, our 
finest guest, for that.
Hm...? What is that?

Theo:
This...
Could this be the "club" of rumor...?

FC:
Rumor?

Theo:
Yes, I heard no end of it...
"Dancers, dictated by the sway of one's inner passions... A 
subterranean garder of uninhibited spectacle."
...Though this marks my first time seeing it in person.
Well then, let us venture in...
...It's closed...!?
This cant' be...

> Theo is in utter shock...

Theo:
It seems... I have no choice but to turn back...

> Theo is slightly tearing up.

> ...You decide to show him the arcade.

Theo:
Ar...cade...?
...A series of arches?
.....
A-All right, let us investigate.

> Theo is staring at the crane game placed in front of the arcade...

Theo:
"Bird controlling game"...?
.....
The things inside this case... Those are birds?
They look to my eye more like stuffed animals made of cloth...
.....
Is this, then, a simulator to practice catching real cranes...?

> Theo is lost in thought...

Theo:
Ah... Excuse me. I note another aquatic pool over here.

> Theo headed towards the fountain in the corner of Paulownia 
Mall...

Theo:
.....

> He seems restless for some reason...

> He's looking around as well...

> ...He abruptly stuck his hand into the water.

Theo:
It's 8 degress Celsius.

FC:
You can tell?

Theo:
Of course I can.

> Theo seems proud...

Theo:
Shall we be on our way? I'd hate to keep you out for too late...
.....
This world has its charms.
I... would relish the chance to visit it again sometime.
Thank you very much for today.

> You returned to the Velvet Room with Theo.

Theo:
Thank you for showing me around Paulownia Mall.
I asked my master to install a fountain into the Velvet Room when I
returned.
...Unfortunately, he refused before I even finished asking the 
question.
I'm currently negotiating with him to at least set up a "crane 
catcher" machine.

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Quest 57: I'd like to visit Iwatodai Station

> Iwatodai Station...

> .....?

> Theo doesn't seem to want to get on the escalator.

Theo:
These stairs... they're moving...
I-I've heard of this... It's called an escalator, no?
.....
I shouldn't have any problems riding something like this, should I?

> ...Despite Theo's words, he isn't budging from where he stands.

> It seems he can't grasp the timing of it...

FC:
Escort Theo onto it.

Theo:
I-I can't allow you to do that!
I'll... go on ahead. Please, allow me.

> Theo took your hand...

> ...and finally decided to get on the escalator.

Theo:
.....
This is rather... slow.

> ...You both got off safely.

Theo:
......
Hah! Child's play.

> Theo seems proud for some reason...

> Iwatodai Strip Mall...

Theo:
So this is a strip mall... A lively place indeed.
......!
This smell... No, no, don't tell me...

Takoyaki Cook:
Whoa, you can figure out our secret ingredient just by its smell?
How 'bout it? Wanna buy one? It'll make you smile so wide, your 
cheeks will fall off!

Theo:
So good as to make one's cheeks fall off...!?
That... would be dire indeed...!

FC:
Wanna try it out?

Theo:
...I don't think you're taking my will as seriously as you should.
Well then! I accept your challenge.

> In any case, you decide to buy one.

> You sat alongside Theo and shared the takoyaki.

Theo:
97 degrees Fahrenheit...
And this texture... There's no mistaking it...
......

FC:
Alright, out with it!

Theo:
"There are things your kind is better off not knowing."
So I've been taught, which means... I mustn't...
...But using THAT for cooking...
It's apparent now why one's cheeks might fall off...
*gasp*

> ...Theo is pinching his cheeks.

Theo:
......

> ......!?

> He pinched your cheek as well for some reason.

Theo:
Yours seem to be in no danger.
Thank goodness...

FC:
Thanks...?

Theo:
If anything were to happen to you...
You are, after all, a valued guest.
...That hurt, didn't it? I'm so sorry.

> Theo stroked your cheek.

> Theo evidently received something from the takoyaki cook...

> It appears to be... a takoyaki-shaped cell phone strap.

> Was the cook pleased with him...?

Theo:
Well now, isn't this charming?
Would this be considered... a souvenir of my time with you?
How unfortunate.. I've acquired something precious to me.
It's your fault, you realize.
That's why I won't let you have this.

> Theo laughs.

> You walked around the strip mall with Theo...

Theo:
Thank you for showing me such a delightful time today.
The flow of time is fixed at a certain speed...
And yet it seems there are moments when it passes so quickly.

The sound of a car's horn is heard.

Theo:
Oh... That car's--

FC:
Don't move.

> Theo pulled you back by your arm with great strength.

Theo:
It's dangerous to stand in place like that!
Honestly... I can't turn my back on you for even an instant.
Here, let us go back. Give me your hand.

> Theo led you back to the Velvet Room like a child...

Theo:
Thank you for showing me around Iwatodai Station.
That machine you called an "escalator"... It was very interesting.
I immediately asked to have one placed in the Velvet Room...
But again, my master refused immediately. It's quite unfortunate, I
feel.
Still, I was able to experience a new and fascinating taste of your
cuisine today. This is a significant day.
In order to keep that memory in my mind, I want to recreate the 
dish we shared... 
However, I'm having difficulty in determining how to implement that
"near-octopus" flavor...
...Ah, excuse me. Pay no attention to what I said.

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Quest 58: I'd like to visit Naganaki Shrine

> Naganaki Shrine...

Theo:
So this is a shrine...
I see... I'm sensing mysterious presences here... They're different
from the Shadows.
See, there's one behind you...

> ...Behind you!?

Theo:
...Please don't glare at me so. I was only joking.
Now then... The first order of business is to worship at the shrine,
correct?

FC:
Give it a try.

Theo:
I think I will. You can watch from right there.
First, I put the coins in this wooden box...

> Theo pulled out a wallet while saying so.

> .....!?

> Theo began dumping such a large quantity of coins that the 
offering box is straining to hold them!

Theo:
After which I must immediately swing the rope...
Lastly, I call out my wish...
......
...Hmm.
This isn't good... I'm drawing a blank on what to wish for.
But it would be improper not to call out a wish...
.....
Ah, of course. I'll wish for your safety.

> Theo began praying enthusiastically...

Theo:
I wish that my dear friend remains...
.....

> Theo fell silent...

Theo:
W-Would you perhaps mind... not listening?
It's odd, I admit, but for some reason I don't feel comfortable
knowing that you're listening...

> Theo is mumbling...

> ...Theo seems to have concluded the ritual by whispering his wish.

Theo:
Everything will be all right now. You'll be protected for all 
eternity.
Do you intend to pray for anything?

FC:
For my friends' safety.

Theo:
...Indeed.
I hope someday to meet these friends who support you so
wholeheartedly.

> You put your hands together and prayed.

Theo:
...It isn't mandatory to call out one's wish?
If that's so, then why didn't you...
Well, never mind.
Excuse me... I've been wondering since our arrival, but these 
structures over here... Could these be...?

> Theo is gazing at the park built near the shrine.

Theo:
Steel, titanium, wood...
Is this... a house?

FC:
You play with them.

Theo:
You... play with them...?
.....
Play...!?
H-How does it work?

> Theo's eyes are glistening...

> Theo squatted under the slide for some reason...

Theo:
I-Is it like this?
And like this!

> Theo eagerly stood on top of the horizontal bar...

Theo:
It's... quite difficult... to maintain... one's balance... on
these...

FC:
It takes practice.

Theo:
S-So I see.

> Theo is desperately trying to keep his balance...

> .....?

> Theo jumped down.

Theo:
...Why are you laughing like that?
This isn't for standing on, is it? Hmph... You could've said so 
sooner!

> You spent an invigorating afternoon with Theo.

Theo:
Thank you for a fulfilling afternoon today as well.
.....
I must let you go home soon...
But...
.....
I wonder what this is... I don't... understand either.
.....
...Let us return.
Ah, we're approaching the stairs. Please mind your step...

> You returned to the Velvet Room with Theo.

Theo:
Thank you for showing me around Naganaki Shrine.
The balance of spiritual and physical health present there is 
something I will have to reflect on later.
As it happens, I've asked my master about implementing a set of 
horizontal bars here.
I argued that they would serve in maintaining one's physical 
condition, but he refused immediately.
...I'd like it if I could walk with you again in your world someday.

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Quest 59: I'd like to visit Gekkoukan High

> Gekkoukan High School, front gates...

Theo:
So... this is Gekkoukan High School.
It's difficult to wrap one's mind around such a beautiful place 
transforming into Tartarus...
...Hm?

> You sense the students leaving school are staring at you and 
Theo...

Theo:
We seem to be under some rather intense scrutiny.
They must be able to feel your power too. The denizens of this world
seem to have keen senses.

> Theo is nodding solemnly...

Theo:
Here, please come closer to me. Stay in my shadow.

FC:
I don't think it'll help.

Theo:
It's all right.
You'll be relieved to know that I won't leave your side.
Now, let us head inside the school.

> Theo is gazing at the school store...

Theo:
Is this... a vending facility?
If that's the case... then...

> Theo walked towards the school store.

Theo:
Excuse me, I'd like to purchase a "school lunch."

Vendor:
Oh... yes?

> It seems Theo is asking for something unreasonable...

FC:
They have bread though...

Theo:
Bread...
...Well, they say that having bread for lunch can be a pleasure in
itself.
I may as well buy one as a gift for my Master...
Your longest bread roll, please.

> Theo seems to have bought bread.

Theo:
Now then, won't you guide me on a tour of the school?

> You decide to take him to Classroom 2-F.

Theo:
Ah... a classroom...
It's here that you spend such long hours each day...
...Does it go something like this?

> Theo sat down at a student's desk.

Theo:
Please, go on, my "teacher."

> Theo is looking up at you in anticipation...

> .....

> You decide to stand at the podium.

> .....

> Should you try giving him a question...?

FC:
What war was in 1467?

Theo:
1467? You've given me the quantity, but I don't understand the 
reference...

> It seems he doesn't understand what it means...

> He is what you've heard referred to as a "problem student"...

Theo:
I now have a much better understanding of what a lesson is like for
you.
Shall we head elsewhere, then?

> You decide to walk around the school with Theo.

> Art room...

Theo:
A human figure cast in plaster...
What is this ersatz human used for? A living human would seem much
more beautiful to me.

> Theo glanced towards you...

Theo:
Though if the object is to always keep one close at hand... That
may be somewhat understandable.

> Music room...

Theo:
Ah... A piano...

FC:
Want me to play it?

Theo:
I'd be honoured to be your audience.

> You played the piano.

Theo:
I don't know much about music, but...
Well... It felt very warm.
Especially since it was a performance just for me...

> Theo is smiling kindly...

> Sports field...

Theo:
Do people run around this circle?
If so... I doubt they'd get anywhere.
....?
Going nowhere...
Ah, now I see. It was designed with a profound philosophical point
in mind...

> You walked around the school with Theo.

Theo:
Thank you very much for guiding me around the school.
My knowledge of this world is that much deeper now.
If it is all right with you, I'd like to again go...
.....
"Again"...?
That's... odd.
Why did I come here?
And why with you...?
What... is this desire I have to know more about you...?
.....
Oh, pardon me.
You must be exhausted. I had you chaperone me to so many different
places...
Let us go. Please, may I take your hand?

> You went back to the Velvet Room with Theo.

Theo:
Thank you for showing me around Gekkoukan High School.
I shared the bread that I bought at the school shop with my master.
I took advantage of that opportunity and suggested that we have
school lunches delivered to the Velvet Room...
However, it would seem that there are too many difficulties to make
that a feasible addition to our routine.
Gekkoukan isn't just part of your world... It's a place that you
inhabit on a daily basis.
Coming into contact with such a place, saturated with your very 
presence, was an exciting opportunity for me.
That's why I...
.....
...I will put that aside for now. There's more that I need to
consider.

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Quest 60: I'd like to visit your room.

> In front of the dorm...

Theo:
So this is your home...
.....
Um... It's late, I know, to mention this, but is it permissible for
me to enter?

> You led Theo to your room.

Theo:
Ah... I see.

FC:
What's with that smile?

Theo:
Huh...? Oh, pardon me. Was I smiling?
Your... "presence" is strong here.
Perhaps one would call it... your scent?

FC:
Do I smell!?

Theo:
No?
It's a kind scent... Very much like you.
By the way, regarding my request this time...
Er... Didn't it make you uncomfortable?

FC:
With you asking? No.

Theo:
Huh...?
I-Indeed...?
If that's so... then I'm glad to hear it.
This world is filled with exquisite brilliance.
The station, the shrine, the school... All had their unique 
charms...
Every moment of the short time I spent with you is an unforgettable
memory...
...Thank you so much.
This will be the last of my requests to visit this world.
Which means this will be the last chance I have to spend time alone
with you...
.....
You have carried out my request to the fullest.
Thank you for everything.

FC:
I don't want this to end!

Theo:
.....
You are such a minx...
Do you understand what it is you just said?

> ...Theo took your hand.

Theo:
This feeling... it's so sinful.
You are a guest, and yet my attachment to you is...
.....
I cannot hope to calm it anymore myself...
That's why...
.....
I wish you would understand a little of what I'm feeling.
If only you could sense even a little of this raging storm in my
heart...

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FC:
I feel the same way.

Theo:
Master FC...

FC:
Boldly meet his gaze.

Theo:
You wish to compound my sins? The punishment thrust upon me will be
made worse as well, you realize...
...Such cruelty.

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FC:
Gently look away

Theo:
I'm sorry to have distressed you...
But there is one more thing I must apologize for.
Forgive me for this...

> ...Theo embraced you.

Theo:
Good-bye...
...Let us go.

> ...You decide to leave the room with Theo.
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> Theo cast away the gloves he was wearing.

Theo:
All right then, come here.

> He took your hand...

Theo:
Till now, I have been your faithful student, but there are things I
can teach you as well...
...You're supposed to close your eyes at times like these.

[You close your eyes]

> .....

> You spent a long time alone with Theo.

[Outside the dorm]

Theo:
If I stay in this world for much longer, I may forget my duties 
entirely...
And that would put you at a serious disadvantage.
That's why...
This will be the last time.
...Thank you so very much.
.....
Your hand, please...
...for the last time.

> You returned to the Velvet Room with Theo..

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