I let Yukari out. She had to be set free. I unlocked her shackles and told her to go upstairs, she's free. At first, by the sound of her breathing, she was afraid but then she eased, pressing my hand to her dress, so I wouldn't be far from her. Navigating the hallways, we made ourselves deeper and deeper in the mansion, until we came to a room. I took off Yukari's blindfold and said, "You can stay here." The light pattering of her footsteps told me that she was looking about for mirrors. She settled and said, "This is a nice place." I knew I would get in trouble but I didn't care. As I left the room, Yukari said, in her half-crazed shaky voice, "Bye-bye, Chen-kitty, dear Chen....." I closed the door and hurried back down to the cellar. I wanted that dreadful bitch Eirin to catch me with the key because it was only a matter of time before she would. I waited patiently for Eirin to bring a tray of food downstairs like she usually does. When she saw me, I heard the dishes clatter to the floor and she asked me where Yukari had gone. "I set her free, you monster, you dreadful bitch! I know where she is but I won't show you!" I said, tossing the key in front of her. Next thing I knew, making a huge fuss, I was dragged upstairs and was interrogated but I was still defiant.
I heard everyone's voices. With everyone there, I confessed to what I had done. "But why?" I heard Ran ask. I narrowed my eyes and said, "I wanted to set her free and you let Reimu fall." Ran said nothing else. I turned to Kanako's voice and said, "You beat Sanae." causing her to gasp and Sanae. Turning toward Koishi's voice, I said, "We all know you peed on the floor." I promptly heard the sound of peeing. I turned towards her sister and said, "You're smoking opium again." I turned towards Nitori and asked her for a handheld game that the blind could play. As I was doing that, there came a very loud *THUMP!!* Yuuka gasped and said, "What on earth was that?!" We hurried outside, to the courtyard, and found Yukari laying there. She wasn't dead but she was indeed injured. Eirin set her bones back and placed her back in the room she fell from. I remember punching Eirin in the eye (or was it the ear?), saying, "Your ass is fucking grass if you put her back down in that cellar!"
I then pointed to Ran and said, "For what happened to Reimu, I will never forgive you." She broke into to tears, Yuuka saying, "Now, now, there, there, ducksie, you mustn't cry now, we've all did something we are not proud of." I wiggled my nose and asked, "Really?" Yuuka turned to me and answered, "Yes, we all have. Everyone of us and, needless to say, we are not proud of what we did. I've even observed humans doing things they are not proud of when times have gotten very hard, like beating their children to outright being cold, resentful, and negligent of them." One by one, everyone confessed to something that hard times drove them to.
"I've beaten Sanae, until she was black and blue." came from Kanako.
"I drank liqour and burned down someone's house with it." came from Suika.
"I let Reimu fall and, being she's too incoherant to say it, Yukari's left her in a decrepit house alone for most of the winter." came from Ran.
"We sometimes sold drugs to pool enough money to keep our house. It didn't matter anyway." came from Satori.
There were many more after that and, after hearing them all, I broke into tears. From withing Yukari's room, I heard her say, "Ran, my sweet little kitsune, I forgive you and I'm sorry, too."
Ours is without
reason as to why, ours it but to
Do or Die