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Chapter 1 – The Morning of Awakening

 

-You must survive for a certain reason.

-I will guide you until the day there’s no longer any need for your existence.

 

“-Myah?”

 

It was a winter day when I woke up with a shriek.

It seems I’ve fallen asleep with my legs beneath the kotatsu while holding the video game controller.

I stayed just like that, for around ten seconds.

 

…Was that an auditory hallucination?

 

After concluding it as such, I went to the world of the comfortable second nap…

As I was about to fall asleep once again.

 

*knock**knock**knock knock*

 

I heard annoying knocking sounds.

I got up thinking it was probably a delivery, after I wore my glasses with sluggish movement, I noticed that the game I was playing before falling asleep (A game where you kill zombies) was still open.

What’s displayed on it was,

 

[YOU ARE DEAD]

 

That kind of ominous message.

Ah, not good. Such an ominous thing in the morning.

For the time being, I turned off the game machine.

With the word “grumpy” plastered on my sleepy face, I crossed the 1LDK room to open the door to the person who was persistently knocking on my door.

 

It’s probably a delivery man.

I casted aside my maiden’s shame and opened the door with a drowsy look.

And then,

 

“-Oooo. …Ooooooooooo…”

 

 

The person in front of me was dressed as a Zombie.

 

“…Oh dear.”

 

 

I gently closed the door.

 

I thought that maybe I saw it wrongly, and looked through the peephole to confirm it.

 

“Ooooooooooooooh!”

 

There, I saw a Zombie that looked more energetic than before.

 

I wondered if today was Halloween.

I wondered if I had any neighbours who would dress up in such a crazy costume.

That’s what I absentmindedly thought about.

 

…Hmm.

It’s possibly Tanaka from next door.

 

Not wanting to join an early morning costume party, I secured the door chain just in case, and returned to the living room while yawning.

Even though the knocking further escalated, I’m sorry but I’m not in the mood for trick or treating.

Goodbye the stranger at my door. Please go elsewhere.

 

And then I returned to my lovely kotatsu once again to warm myself up…

 

-Please pick up your weapon.

 

Another auditory hallucination.

Oh, oooh.

What happened to my head?

But what about it? Depending on how you look at it, even auditory hallucinations can be wonderful.

Even if I live alone, it’d be fun if there’s someone that talks to me.

 

“Then, I’m going to take a second nap~”

 

I said so, even if nobody would hear it.

 

-Please pick up your weapon.

 

Well, aren’t you persistent?

Ignoring it, I slipped my legs into the kotatsu.

 

And then I had an uncomfortable feeling.

 

Before I realized, the kotatsu’s power was cut off.

Even if I put my feet in it, what I feel is empty chilliness

Not lovely. This kotatsu isn’t the slightest bit lovely.

I checked to be sure, but it seems the breaker has tripped.

However, I wasn’t anxious.

It happens often in run-down apartments like mine.

I operated the breaker in a familiar way… But

 

“What’s that?”

 

I raise and lower the switch, but nothing changes.

 

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

 

My unfamiliar Kansai Dialect came out of my mouth.

It doesn’t seem like the power outage only happened to my room.

It seems like power won’t be restored for a while.

Hmm.

 

If that’s the case, what should I do now?

 

-Please pick up your weapon.

 

No no.

I’ve had enough with this auditory hallucination.

I replied to my head like so.

 

So, thinking I’d do laundry in this free time I suddenly have, I pulled the curtains up for the first time in a few days and entered the balcony.

 

“Oh wow.”

 

I doubted my own eyes.

 

It’s not impossible, but it seems like while I was fully enjoying my consecutive holidays, the world has come to an end.

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