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Thomas Marsh (
2016-01-02 05:01 pm (UTC)
"It would seem that way," Tom allowed, "but at the least, I'm quite sure I could bail you out, if something should happen."
He'd confess that he was just as curious as Arin, but having both of them distracted would be unforgivably foolish. Still, Arin was intelligent and Tom liked his curiosity, so he wouldn't mind letting Arin do the reading. So, Tom put his back against the wall and kept his focus soft yet alert. Just in case something happened.
As for the journal, once Arin read it, he'd find it a note left by a Wakahisa-sensei, a teacher who had been in Kikuryou years ago. He'd learned of the school's dark reputation, and he'd decided to investigate. What he'd uncovered was too dangerous to spell out- there seemed to be some force or entity which wanted to conceal the truth. It was haunting him, and he didn't know how much time he had left. So, he'd tell the truth in the journals, in discrete pieces, so that only those who truly wanted to know- and who truly wanted to run the risks- would be at risk.
This particular journal explained that Wakahisa-sensei had first become aware of the dangers of the Academy when one of his students had gotten injured- severely- and there was no good explanation for it. With it came a warning- to dig deeper into the Academy's nature was to risk such injuries, or even worse. He warned the reader to just leave well enough alone, leave the Academy or just put one's head down and survive. But for those who wanted to learn more, he'd left the next journal behind the blackboard in the next class room.
His writing ended with an admonition to leave all journal entries where they were left, so that others could follow the trail as well. Since, he warned, one never knew if one would live long enough to share what one had learned with anyone else.
Of course, in true Japanese school fashion, other notes followed. Line after line of notes from other 'truth-seekers'- some confident to the point of cockiness, some fearful, some encouraging. All of them, over the years, had signed their name and date with those messages, a record of those who had done this exact same thing. Yet, Arin might note, not one of them ever came back to write about what they'd found...
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