I-is it on... ?
It's on. Are you sure you want to do this, Zashiki?
U-uhm... I don't know... if anyone actually remembers me. I was-- ... when people were getting their souls taken... that was me...
[she bows her head, hiding her eyes with her bangs]
I'm sorry... I'm so sorry for everything I did... I know I was under Akumaro's control, but... I-I don't... I don't want to use that as an excuse. The truth is, I willingly told him about my power. If I had never done that, he wouldn't have exploited it... and no one would have gotten hurt because of me...
I scared my friends... Watanuki-kun... Doumeki-kun... they were all worried about me. Nadeko-chan even tried to save me, b-but...
[she stops long enough to rub at her eyes with the back of her hand, but she still doesn't look up. Her shoulders are shaking noticeably.]
I'm glad everyone is okay... Watanuki-kun helped get everyone's souls back to them. Ame-chan took me away after it was all over, that's why I haven't... said anything until now.
She wasn't okay. I still don't think she is, but she keeps trying to tell me different.
I-I'm better now, Alra-chan... I don't think it's right for me to keep quiet this long. Not after what I did.
And you're still not convinced that none of this was your fault?
[Zashi looks up, teary eyed and clearly upset by this comment]
I shouldn't have told anyone about that power! It's dangerous, and I never ever want to use it again! I-- !
[she stops suddenly, starting to cough harshly.]
[Alra-chan sighs, and with a mutter of 'I think we're done now...' turns the comm off]
I've been out here looking for Zashiki-warashi, and I still haven't found her, but I'm watching these broadcasts and I got one thing to say-
If you dunderheads so much as harm a hair on that child's head, I'll find some way to hurt you all!
That said... no, I don't have any way of tracking her, but if it helps... she gives off little firefly-like lights. Usually if you see a couple of those around, she's somewhere close.
But I mean it when I say I'll hurt anyone who harms her!
[no answer, just further whimpering and quiet cries]
Zashi. ... ZASHI! Wake up, child! You're having nightmare!
[the sounds quiet, and eventually there's a soft groan from the spirit girl]
Alra... chan... ?
[relieved breath] I really wish your girlfriend wasn't data frozen... this is the second night this has happened.
Mn... I know...
Think you can get back to sleep?
[sigh] Come on, let's go watch some TV...
I need some one who might know something about spirits. Or... at least children. This one is both. Technically.
Either way, she's been lying around the past two days, complaining of a headache - which I'm sure she's never had one before - and being tired. I really don't know what's wrong and I'm worried...
Yes. You're getting the hang of this, Zashiki.
Hehe... thank you, Alra-chan!
I still don't like the nickname.
H-hello, Digital World and hum-- I mean, people at the Hinata Inn! I'm Zashiki Warashi, a-and my introduction got a little... interrupted last time. I'm living here now with Watanuki-kun and Doumeki-kun.
I just wanted to say hello to everyone with a proper introduction. And... uhm... th-that's it!
A-ah! It's on, I did it!
Yeah yeah, good job. Now see if we can't get some one to help us out here.
Wh-what do I say? I've never used something like this before...
Don't make it complicated! Just say who you are.
A-uhm... I-I'm... Zashiki Warashi... I-I just showed up and Alra-chan w-was wondering i-if some one could come get us out of D... D...
D'Ango Forest. Alra-chan?
Don't get used to it, child, I'm not one for ni--
[suddenly something rustles in the distance, and Zashiki's footsteps stop]
W-what was that...
[something growls, low and threatening]
Trespassers... dirty humans...
[Zashiki lets out a scream, Alra-chan yells her name, and the comm cuts out with crash]