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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.02]
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2017, 12:04:58 AM »
I love that image of Ryouha waking up and seeing Nagisa in front of her. XD

I hope Rion and Nao are alright. I'm starting to think Rion knows something about the game.

And two new characters?! Oooooh I wonder who they are! ^_^

Awesome, awesome! Can't wait for next chapter~

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.02]
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2017, 06:34:15 AM »
I love that image of Ryouha waking up and seeing Nagisa in front of her. XD

I hope Rion and Nao are alright. I'm starting to think Rion knows something about the game.

And two new characters?! Oooooh I wonder who they are! ^_^

Awesome, awesome! Can't wait for next chapter~

To be honest I dont think it's just Rion who knows something. I think both Kanon and Nao know something but I think it's just me. If Rion is in on it,  then Nao must be too. Heck I wouldnt be surprised if Nao was Rions Shinigami.

If those two are missing then I hope NagiUha can find them. I still want Furumarion!

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.02]
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2017, 02:08:49 PM »
DAMN!!!! You finally post chapt 2 and i don't realize it~
well i'm going to read it later~
'cause i'm gonna watch Koe no Katachi First :yossi:

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.02]
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2017, 02:50:59 PM »
well in the end i finally finished reading this, 'cause koe no katachi haven't aired yet
It's good and the servant or should i say the right hand man is coming!!!
can't wait to see the next detail~ :cow:

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.02]
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2017, 08:11:55 AM »
Thanks for reading chapter 2~ And sorry for the late response, been busy lately haha...

I hope Rion and Nao are alright. I'm starting to think Rion knows something about the game.

And two new characters?! Oooooh I wonder who they are! ^_^


Well~~ We'll see about that~

To be honest I dont think it's just Rion who knows something.
If those two are missing then I hope NagiUha can find them. I still want Furumarion!

Oh, don't worry. They'll be back. Eventually... 

well in the end i finally finished reading this, 'cause koe no katachi haven't aired yet
It's good and the servant or should i say the right hand man is coming!!!
can't wait to see the next detail~ :cow:

Damn, I wanna watch Koe no Katachi----!!!!  They didn't air the movie at my place y'know...
The right hand men-- *shot for spoiler* We'll see what happen when they enter the fray...:kekeke:

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.03]
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2017, 04:15:20 PM »
Hello and welcome back to Shinigami Playground! Here's chapter 3.  8)

Actually I've written this for a while now but I haven't got the time to draw the pictures, ha ha.
Enjoy~



Shinigami Playground
Chapter 03: Uso Happyaku ~Liar Liar Pants on Fire
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The whole class was silent when she entered. Nearly silent.
   
And even without raising her head, Ryouha knew that everyone was staring at her.

If it was the usual her she would've decided to skip school all together rather than being thrown into this nerve-wrecking situation but right now she couldn't care. Or to be precise, she didn't even have enough energy to feel embarrassed anymore. She simply closed the classroom door behind her and walked toward her seat, planting her face to her bag as she put it down on her desk, her arms hanging limply beside her. Soon the idle chatters returned to the room and Ryouha sighed. A long deep tired sigh.

“Err...”

“Don't ask.”

She mumbled the words quickly as she heard Chikako's voice.

“Just... don't ask...”

“Oookay?”

She heard the footsteps stopped beside her desk before another one approached. She could already guess who it was.

“So? You overslept again today and wear your gym clothes in mistake?”

“Sheesh!”

Chikako gave Kanon a quick elbow to her arm, and Ryouha let out another sigh.

“No. Some idiot spilled their food all over my spare uniforms, so I only have my school jersey left...”

“You really have a bad luck lately, Ryouha-tan.”

Bad luck? Bad luck?? Ryouha raised her face and gave Kanon a blank stare, before planting it back to her bag.

I rather have a year worth of bad luck than dealing with 'her'...


:.A few hours earlier—
 

“Okay. Calm down.”

Nagisa blurted out as she raised her hands, eyes locked on the enraged girl before her.

“Just calm down. Whatever yer thinking, it's nothing like that—woaah!”

She crouched, barely dodging the alarm clock that flew toward her face. The clock hit the closet door behind her in a huge 'clank' before falling into the pile of many other things scattered around her feet. It was almost an amazing sight, as if a storm just hit the room and swept all of the furniture to one side with the shinigami standing in the middle of it.

What's not like that!?

Ryouha seethed in fury as she gripped her blanket over her chest and clenched her fist. Even without the shout escaping her mouth it was clear that she was more than angry. Nagisa quickly stood and raised her hands again.

“Listen, I was just changing you out of yer school uniform! Stop throwing things like yer about to kill me~”

Oh, why wouldn't she? The first thing she saw as she woke up that day was the shinigami towering above her and unbuttoning her shirt. It's only natural that her reaction would be kicking the girl off and throwing everything at her in hope of killing her, if possible.

“Okay. I get it. I'm sorry.” Nagisa said in a slow careful manner. “I know it's my fault that yer uniform is covered with impure mud. I went overboard with the extermination last night.”

“...”

“I've reflected on that and I just wanted to make you feel more comfortable. I didn't do anything else. Besides there's nothing much to see anyway, ha ha—

SMACK!

Nagisa fell head first, the table lamp smacked to her face.

I wonder if mom wrote anything about a way to repel shinigami...

Ryouha huffed and walked toward her closet, ignoring the death god that was rolling and whimpering in pain on the floor. She took her alarm clock on the way, a bit disappointed to find it still functioning.

It's already noon again. Too bad she didn't have a choice to skip school today; she already did yesterday and if she did it on a row that would only make everyone worried. And there's also this shameless god in her house. She shot the said god a quick glare, before searching around her row of clothes. Great, and now she's running out of spare uniforms. Should she use the summer ones? No. It's still cold outside so she couldn't possibly wear them. That left her with one choice. She took the red school jersey on the far end of the closet, bringing it with her to the bathroom. She also made sure to lock the bathroom door afterwards. Two times.

Ryouha sighed, slipping out of her uniform and checking her body over the mirror. There's no apparent wounds and she couldn't feel pain on any part of her body save for the dulling headache. She needed a shower though, at least to wash away the remaining mud. That, and she needed the time to calm herself and put everything in order. The girl let out her breath and turned on the shower.

Everything that had happened until now was real.

Shinigami Playground.

A game conducted to stop the world from ending.

Ayakashi, death god, impurities, magatoki. 

She still didn't know much but she had no way to deny them anymore. Nor that she could run away from them.

Ryouha clenched her fist against the wall, feeling the warm water hit her skin and silently trickled down her body.

“...then so be it.”

If she couldn't run then she'd hide. If she couldn't hide then she'd crawl through the mud. She's not crazy enough to face those monsters head on. She didn't need to. Her only objective was to survive. Survive and keep on living until the end of this game, so that she could return to her normal life. Yes. She'd make it clear for that good-for-nothing shinigami. That's all there is to it. She turned off the faucet and dried off her hair, changing into her school jersey. She took another deep breath and opened the door, but as soon as she saw what was behind it her resolve instantly went down the drain.

“Welcome back~”

Ryouha froze. A giant circle was scribbled on her bedroom floor, a circle adorned with ancient patterns she didn't know with a small paper doll about the size of her fist lying in the middle. She slowly switched her gaze to the only possible culprit.

“Wait, before you throw anything let me clarify one thing; I didn't use permanent marker.”

“Then clean. This. Up.”

“That's why I said wait~ Remember about Koko-chan?”

Ryouha narrowed her eyes. She thought she heard that name before. Ah, yes. Someone who Nagisa gave her medicine to. She wondered why the shinigami suddenly brought up that topic, and seeing her big smile only added her unease.

“Aww, don't give me that look~ Koko-chan said she's finished analyzing the contents of yer dru—medicine so I'm calling her over.”

“...calling her over?”

“Yep. I prefer if she just talk through the phone but she said she want to meet you in person.”

Ryouha gave the shinigami another suspicious look. What does she mean by that? And what does it have to do with the strange circle? Nagisa didn't seem to care though. The girl simply stood and rubbed her hands in anticipation.

“Alright. Hope I still remember the chant.”

The shinigami extended her arms. She opened her palms and stretched out her fingers, keeping only her thumbs and forefingers touching each other to make a simple triangle.


   “ On chirichi iba rotaya sowaka... ”


The drawing on the floor lit up from the chant and Ryouha took a step back. She had a bad feeling about this.


   “ O’ spirit that dwells among the unseen, heed my call


   your root shall be [earth];
                          kokoro
   your purpose shall be [mind]


   come forth and serve my will—!”


Ryouha flinched, raising her right hand to block the roaring wind and the light that suddenly engulfed the room.


“!!?!?!”







POOF!





The unnatural forces slowly dissipated and between them stood a paper doll. The exact same doll from before. The only difference was that the doll was standing on its two feet, and slowly, the doll started to move. It flexed its thin paper limbs for a while, as if studying itself, before turning its empty face toward Nagisa.

“What?”

The paper doll hung its head, as if in disappointment, before turning to Nagisa once again. 

“It's okay, Nagi-chan. At least I can move the paper doll after you summon me this time.”

“Stop, don't pity me~! I know I suck at summoning shiki, okay I know!”

The shinigami fell to her knees in a dramatic manner, and the small doll patted her arm in condolence.

What...is going on? And did the paper doll just...talk?

Ryouha stared at the scene silently, trying to process whatever sorcery that had occurred once again in her room, before she wildly shook her head.

No. I don't have time to deal with her absurdity this time.

She held her breath and carefully tiptoed around the two, trying to stay clear from their field of vision as she retrieved her school bag from her desk, but it was too late.

“Are you Nagi-chan's divine vessel?”

Ugh...

Ryouha stopped, one hand reaching for her bag and the other stretched behind her to keep her balance. She let out the breath she was holding, before turning to face the doll.

“...yes. My name is Kitagawa Ryouha.”

“I see.”

The doll suddenly turned silent. Its blank face locked at her without moving, as if studying her, and Ryouha started to feel uncomfortable.

“Oh, I'm sorry for staring. I was worried what kind of person Nagi-chan chose as her divine vessel but you seem to be a good person.”

“Now what do you mean by that?”

The doll ignored Nagisa's protest and bowed.
                                                                                                                                                                         
“Nice to meet you, Kitagawa-san. My name is Naiki Kokoro; one of the shikigami serving [Byakko] clan."

“...nice to meet you too.”

“Oh by the way,”

Nagisa chimed, patting the doll head with her finger.

“Koko-chan's an ayakashi, y'know.”

“!?”

Ryouha stumbled back as she recognized the word, almost tripping on her own feet, and Nagisa laughed from the reaction.

“Hey, chill out~ I just said that she's an ayakashi but she's not a bad ayakashi.”

Is that suppose to give me an assurance!?

Ryouha gave the death god a skeptical look, and the doll raised its head.

“Are you perhaps not familiar with the art of shiki?”

“I've... read about shikigami. But it's the first time I meet a real one.”

“Really? That's quite a surprise. Usually humans of Kakuriyo1 are well-versed in—”

“Aaaanyways!” Nagisa suddenly cut in.

“The medicine~~ Did you find out anything about it, Koko-chan?”

“Hm? Oh, right. But first I want to make sure about something. Kitagawa-san,”

The small doll turned its attention to Ryouha.

“Do you feel any changes in your body when you consume those pills? Something like a wave of drowsiness or even a small headache?”

“I...guess.”

“Then it's exactly as I thought.”

Kokoro nodded its little head.

Those pills are [Skull Mushroom2], a drug used to seal and suppress spiritual energy.”







Huh?

Ryouha gave the small doll a perplexed look, while Nagisa simply tilted her head.

“Question.” The shinigami raised her hand.

“What's spiritual energy?”

“Do I really have to explain from there, Nagi-chan?”

“Ya know I couldn't remember anything Jonishi-sensei said~”

“I expect no less...”

Kokoro sighed, but she answered the question anyway.

“Every being with a soul emits spiritual energy. Each of those energy have a unique frequency and pattern, thus explain how shinigami can only choose human of compatible wavelength as their vessel. The more energy a vessel emits the more they can contain shinigami power, while the more stable the resonance between their soul and their shinigami's the longer they can maintain that power. A stronger connection between their souls can also make it easier to materialize the power.

'There are ways to manipulate this energy and a certain level is needed for human to be able to perceive creatures of Kakuriyo. Of course there are also those born with natural talent, but either way specialist have created several methods to strengthen this energy and use it for other purposes.”

“Hee...”

“Do you really understand what I said?”

“O-of course~ So what's that gotta do with the drugs?”

“I'll make it simple for you. Imagine spiritual energy like a water balloon and shinigami power like the water. The bigger the balloon the more water it can store and if you keep the balloon steady it won't burst from the water's pressure and movement. What [Skull Mushroom] does is like poking a needle to that balloon.

'[Skull Mushroom] scatters one's wavelength thus making them unable to produce a decent spiritual energy, let alone forming a stable resonance. It meddles with one's natural state and if consumed for long will render them unable to perceive Kakuriyo. What's worse, if you force a shinigami possession in such state it might physically damage your vessel as well.”

“Got it. No more of that drugs for you, Ryou-chan.”

“Eh?”

Ryouha stared at the two with wide eyes, and Nagisa shook her finger.

“No, no, don't 'eh' me. I've decided so it's final.”

Wha—who are you to decide!? And don't just suddenly call me 'Ryou-chan' so casually!   

Her expression quickly reverted to another glare but the shinigami simply chuckled, unaware of the situation.

“But I'm still curious.” Kokoro continued.

“[Skull Mushroom] is not an easy thing to obtain. How did you manage to get them, Kitagawa-san?”

Ryouha blinked.

How? How did she get that thing? She's been consuming them since she was small and it's always been there in the cabinet, along with other basic medicines for cold and everything else. It's been so natural that she never paid any attention to it. Who put it there for her? Her mother? Her father? Someone else? Did they know what it actually is? In the first place, when was the first time she started consuming them? When exactly?

Ryouha averted her eyes, trying to search for any trace of it in her memories.

She couldn't remember. She just couldn't remember. Even if she tried to the only thing she could recall was the memories of that day; the day from her childhood when she's still living in Nagoya, the day when she saw that old man with his head stuck on a fiery wheel waiting by the front gate. She quickly dismissed the thought.

“...I don't know. I've consumed them for as long as I can remember, and there's always new ones in the cabinet whenever I need them.”

“I see.”

Kokoro ended her sentence quietly, sensing the girl's unease.

“Whoa, wait, wait. You've been drinking 'em daily yet you still manage to materialize my power?”

“Nagi-chan...”

The small doll scolded her, but the excited shinigami seemed oblivious to it.

“What? Ain't that means she got some amazing spiritual energy?”

“Well if you put it that way, it's actually true.”

“Awesome! I knew she has great potential~ Glad I searched around with Tamamo's eye—

“You what?”

Nagisa clamped her mouth shut instantly.

“Nagi-chan. Can you repeat what you just said?”

“Eeh, what do you mean? I didn't say anything~ Aha ha ha...”

The shinigami let out a strained laugh and looked away, and Kokoro switched her blank face to Ryouha.

“She... said something about Tamamo—

“RELEASE!”

Nagisa suddenly shouted and swung her hand down, smashing the doll and crumpling it on the floor. The room turned dead silent.

“Oh, look at the time~! Isn't it about time you go to school, Ryou-chan?”

The shinigami plainly said as she discarded the paper and stood, pushing Ryouha away from the scene. A big smile on her face.

“Don't worry about your room; I'll make sure to clean 'em up so just leave and have fun. See you this evening. Bye bye~”

And with that, the shinigami slammed the front door on the girl's face. Ryouha blinked and stared at the door in silence, before she put her key into the doorknob and locked the house from outside.


:.end of flashback


That stupid god... I bet she's hiding something...

Ryouha grumbled as she absentmindedly listened to the afternoon homeroom. She made sure to lock the girl inside as well today, but now she wondered if it was really a good choice; that shinigami seemed to always find a way to escape, and when she did there will be one or two things broken in her house. That thought only made her head hurt again and Ryouha slumped to her desk.

She's more suited to be called god of misfortune rather than god of death... That aside, should I install a burglar alarm to keep her away?

She mulled to herself as the class rep called the whole class to give a final bow before heaving herself back to her seat.

“See you next week, class! Oh, and Kitagawa.”

Hm?

Ryouha blinked. Did Miyazawa-sensei just call her? The girl switched her attention to her homeroom teacher standing by the door.

“Meet me at the teachers' room after this.”

“Y-yes. I...understand.”

“So stiff! Oh, and don't you dare running away or else sensei will chase you home.”

Ryouha didn't know how to respond to that. She only nodded awkwardly, watching as Sae smiled and disappeared behind the door, and her heart stopped.

“Oooh, looks who's being called by Sae-sensei~”

The girl flinched as she heard that, her face instantly turned beet red.

“S-s-so what?”

She stuttered, her eyes avoiding Kanon all the while as she clumsily tidied her belongings.

“I'm sure she just want to scold me for s-skipping school and wearing a wrong dress code.”

“You're holding your bag up-side down, Ryouha-tan.”

“I-I know about that!”

Ryouha yelled as quietly as she could, fixing her grip on her bag and giving Kanon a quick glare.

“Will ya be okay on yer own, Ryouha?”

Chikako said as she watched her flustered friend.

“I'd like to accompany you but me and Kanon have club today so...”

“O-of course I'll be okay. I AM okay. See?”

“Right...”

The kansai girl narrowed her eyes in worry and Kanon snickered.

“C'mon, we shouldn't interrupt Ryouha-tan's precious lovey-dovey time with Sae-sensei~ Let's go, let's go~”

The small girl pushed Chikako out of the class, and Ryouha stared at them with a mix of fear and disbelief. Was she really going to see Sae-sensei? On her own!? Ryouha clenched her face and shook her head, trying to keep herself together. No, she won't! There will be other people in the teacher's room. What was she even thinking, being all nervous. Sae-sensei probably just wanted to scold her for skipping school yesterday. The girl said it over and over to herself on her way to the teachers' room, trying to calm her racing heartbeat. She took a deep breath as she reached the door, and she carefully slid it open.

“Excuse me...”

“Oh, Kitagawa! Been waiting for you. Come in.”

Ryouha nodded and mouthed a small 'thank you', closing the door behind her before she walked toward Sae's desk, her eyes locked on the floor all the while.

“Now, Kitagawa, I know this might sound trivial but can I ask why you were late today? And why are you wearing the school's jersey?”

“I-I'm sorry, I...overslept. And something...'unexpected' happened so I ran out of spare uniforms...”

“Kitagawa...”

Sae sighed, and Ryouha felt like she wanted to crawl into a hole somewhere.

“I also heard that you briefly came to school yesterday before you suddenly left.”

“...”

“Did something happen? I've heard that your parents are not home most of the time because of their occupation so you can talk to me if you want. Are you being bullied by someone at school? What happened to your right hand?”

“No, sensei. I...”

Ryouha paused for a while, before she finally raised her face.

“I appreciate your concern Miyazawa-sensei, but I'm fine. I just have a bad conviction lately. And my hand... I fell and hurt myself on my way home. It's just a small scratch.”

“Are you sure? You can have medical leave if you need.”

“No, I'll be fine.”

She gave the woman a small smile, and Sae hesitantly smiled back.

“If you say so. But remember; if you need anything, sensei is here to help. You can go now.”

“Thank you. Please excuse me.”

Ryouha gave Sae a quick bow, before she left toward the door.

“Oh, and one more thing, Kitagawa.”

She halted, glancing at her homeroom teacher.

“Would you consider joining the track-n-field club?”







Eh?

Ryouha blinked, still trying to process the words, and Sae gave her a small laugh.

“You know, I heard you're not enrolled in any club and it's quite amazing how you can jump over the school gate with ease. I also know your sprint time is among the top in class.”

“...”

“I'm also the supervisor for track club so you can always find me any time if you need me. What do you say?”

“I...”

I'd really love to! At least that's what Ryouha wanted to say. But as soon as she saw the white bandage on her right hand, she quickly stopped herself.

“I'm sorry but I have to decline. I have something to attend after school so I can't really join any club.”

“Really? That's too bad. A part-time job?”

“...kind of.”

“Can't be helped then. Well, see you next monday, Kitagawa. And good luck with your part-time job.”

I'll really need that... Ryouha quietly thought as she mouthed out another 'thank you' and closed the door behind her. She sighed and put her back against the door, trying to straighten up her thoughts.

Sae-sensei was worried about her.

She also asked her to join her club. And said that she could talk to her whenever she want.

Sae-sensei...

Ryouha squirmed and slid down to her knees, covering her burning face with her hands as she smiled. She was so happy that her chest felt like bursting. Today is a good day. Now it's time to buy some burglar alarm and keep Nagisa away before she started ruining it. Ryouha leaped back to her feet and left the school corridor, barely keeping herself from skipping in joy. She felt her phone vibrated in her bag and she took it out. Another message from Shinigami Playground. Somehow she just couldn't care right now and she dismissed the notification. There are also some missed calls in her call history. She tapped the icon.

   10 missed calls – “Your amazing god Shibuya Nagisa”

Hah. Ryouha smiled bitterly. Since when she had her number? And what with the ridiculous name? She promptly changed it into “Stupid Shameless Shinigami” and put her phone back into her bag.

Now about the burglar alarm, where should she buy them? The first place that came to her mind was the electronic store in Akihabara. She quickly dismissed the thought. There's no way she'd go there any time soon; she almost died in there and it still left a bit of trauma to her.

“It's Shinjuku then...”

Ryouha mumbled to herself as she stepped into the train station, walking toward the platform heading for that certain station. There's also a chain of electronic stores around the area, though not as big as Akihabara. She could also ask the store keeper to help her install the alarm in her house later. The girl thought to herself as she stepped into the train and took a seat by the corner, her eyes wandered to the window. It's 4pm. Now the sky was still dyed in a clear blue color but soon another dusk would come. Though how much she hated it she also needed to think of a strategy to survive today's Oni Gokko.

If her 'hallucinations' were real and it's actually her seeing ayakashi, then according to the usual rules she could deduct a few things. First, ayakashi tended to lurk around places with lots of people. From what Nagisa told her they seemed to feed from human's soul so that made sense. Second, they seemed to also like places with lots of negative feelings. And if 'negative feelings' equals to 'impurities' that Nagisa kept mentioning about then it's all added up. The only thing she needed to avoid them was going to less crowded area once Magatoki occurred, though she believed it's hard to find such place in Tokyo. She could always try her house since she believed it's in a quite peaceful neighborhood, but she didn't want to risk turning it into a messy wreck in case an ayakashi still appeared. That aside, what happened to all the destruction the previous ayakashi made in Akihabara? She didn't hear anything in the news. Could it be that destruction in Magatoki didn't affect the real world? Well, Nagisa did say that the game was conducted in a way that wouldn't harm uninvolved humans so should she try her house after all?

Ryouha silently thought as she watched the sight of tall buildings flashing outside the train's window. She could make up silhouettes of black shadowy creatures on the distance and she quickly averted her gaze.

It's decided then. She'd go to Shinjuku to get the burglar alarm and go straight home before dusk.

The girl nodded to herself as she exited the train and walked toward the city, trying to ignore the ayakashi she saw on her way out. She could see them more clearly now since she hadn't drink her medicine for the last two days but it didn't seem like they noticed her presence. They simply phased in and out of the crowded street, looking around the row of humans in uninterested, almost bored, manner. Could it be that they couldn't interact with humans outside of Magatoki? Her suspicion was quickly answered as she saw one of them phased their long claws through the humans without any difficulties like moving through thin air. Ryouha gulped, edging away a bit as the spider-like ayakashi skittered beside her. Calm down. It seemed that as long as she pretended she couldn't see them they would naturally ignore her. She just had to make sure which are which. It's easy to distinguish ayakashi with monstrous appearance but what about the those with human-like form?

For example, like that girl planting her face on the glass window of a store in front of her.

Ryouha held her breath, slowing her steps a little.

The girl with short black hair that hung just by her shoulder looked exactly like a normal human. She was wearing a long black jacket with a lot of belts and a red checkered skirt; a kind of clothes that she felt like coming straight out of anime or fashion magazine. She couldn't judge her simply from that though. She knew there's thing called cosplay and since the shop the girl was staring into was a hobby shop perhaps she was just one of those people called anime otaku3. Ryouha silently thought as she walked pass the weird girl, watching her from the corner of her eyes. It's same either way. Whatever she was, she just needed to ignore her and go straight to the electronic store—

Ryouha froze. She saw something on the girl's left hand that was planted on the window; a same red skull that she had on the back of her hand. She quickly averted her gaze. No way, is she a shinigami? Or perhaps a vessel? She didn't know. She simply quickened her pace, trying to put the thought away to the back of her mind.







“You.”

Ryouha stopped dead on her track, her blood ran cold.

“You can see me, don't you?”

It's a shinigami.


She thought to herself as she heard a footstep approached her, trying to decide whether she should run or face her or pretend not hearing her. Her experience with Nagisa proved that running was not an option and she had no idea what would happen if she interact with the shinigami. What if she found out that she's a seed? Wouldn't she be...killed? The thought made her heart race even faster and Ryouha hesitantly raised her hand, pretending to scratch her neck. She should ignore her and walk away. Now—

GRAB--

“Thank goodness~~~”







Ryouha froze, seeing the shinigami held her hands in hers while sobbing in joy. She blinked.

“Thank goodness there's a human with natural talent in the area! I thought I would miss that limited edition action figure I've been searching for so long.”

What... is this shinigami talking about? 

Ryouha silently thought as the girl shook her hands rapidly and bowed in gratitude, giving her a loud 'thank you' over and over. The shinigami seemed genuinely relieved from the encounter and she raised her face, releasing the grip on her hand.

“I'm sorry for startling you. I'm a god and I really need your help.”

“O...kay...”

Ryouha quietly mouthed as she let her eyes wandered around her, making sure that none of the ayakashi or human started staring at her. She switched her eyes back to the shinigami.

“What can I do for you?”

“Oh, thank you! You see I— I mean, my human companion, really want that action figure over there. It's an ultra rare limited edition item and I've been searching it all over the town. It's so hard to find and—”

It's definitely for herself.

Ryouha thought as she heard the shinigami explained about the figure with pure joy, nodding to everything she said.

“Long story short, I've finally found it! But right now I can't contact my human companion and the storekeeper can't see me...”

“So you want me... to buy that for you?”

The girl's face lit up as she heard that and she stared at Ryouha with hopeful eyes. Ryouha almost let her guard down as she saw the cute reaction. Almost.

“Okay, please wait.”

Ryouha pushed the front door and entered the store, watching the shinigami followed behind her.

I wonder if all shinigami are weirdos...

She absentmindedly thought as she approached the counter, catching the storekeeper's attention.

“Excuse me.”

“Yes?”

She paused for a while, thinking of what to say. She didn't know much about action figures and she didn't really listen to what the shinigami was rambling about.

“Um, could you get that for me,”

She pointed at the action figure.

“And...”

She glanced at the shinigami, seeing her holding up a paper for her. An address?

“A-and deliver it to my friend's place?”

“Oh, the limited item. Of course, miss. Is it a present?”

“Um, yes.”

Ryouha hesitantly said, seeing the shopkeeper taking a box of the new merchandise and putting it on the counter. She could see the shinigami planted her hands on the table and stared at it closely with glittery eyes.

“Please write the address over here and we will take care of the delivery for you.”

“Thank you.”

She wrote down the address and other information as the shinigami instructed.

Oota Yuuri.

Is that the shinigami name? Or perhaps her human partner? Ryouha saw the shinigami pointed to herself, telling her that it's hers. She nodded in response and handed the paper back to the storekeeper, before paying for the item. It's more expensive than she thought. Perhaps she should postpone buying the burglar alarm until she get her allowance next month. The shinigami seemed to realize her unease and she clapped her hands together in apology.

“I'm sorry, I will pay you back soon.”

The shinigami said as they exited the store, but Ryouha quickly dismissed her.

“It's okay. Just think of it as my...'offering' to you.”

“You're so kind~! I swear I will give you my divine blessing—“

“T-there's no need. It's okay.”
   
Ryouha waved her hand again in dismissal. One shinigami is enough, she didn't need another one tailing along. The shinigami gave her one last bow in gratitude and Ryouha walked away, secretly glancing back to make sure that the death god didn't follow her. Fortunately she didn't. She let out her breath in relief and continued her walk. Since she's already here maybe she could at least check the price for those burglar alarms. There's still time until dusk anyway. Ryouha mulled to herself as she made her way through the sea of people, avoiding as many ayakashi as she could. Alright. She's starting to get the hang of this.

RING~ RING~

Ryouha blinked, hearing her phone ringing in her bag. She quickly pulled it out.

“Hello—

“WHERE ARE YOU NOW!?”

She cringed and instantly pulled the phone away. It's Nagisa. She growled.

“Don't shout on my ears...”

“That's not important, where— wait, I see you.“

“Huh?”

Ryouha blinked. She turned around, her gaze slowly rose to the bluish sky.

Nagisa was there, hovering in empty air as she jumped off of the several stories building like it was nothing, her hands brought together in front of her face.

“ On araba sha noo sowaka; Veil of heat-haze.”

Her form flickered for a second before she landed in front of Ryouha perfectly in her two feet, sending a gust of wind as she reached the ground. The people around them flinched and shielded themselves from the sudden wind. Some of them looked around in confusion, unable to recognize the shinigami presence. Ryouha, on the other hand, could only stare at the absurd scene before her.

“Come on. Let's go.”

“W-wait, what, huh??”

That was the only thing coming out of her mouth as Nagisa suddenly grabbed her hand and walked in a quick pace, dragging her. She desperately tried to keep up, almost tripping on her feet a few times and apologizing to people she bumped on the way.

“W-what is going on?”

“I'll explain to ya later. Right now we have to run.”

From what?


Ryouha thought as she glanced behind her, trying to find anything or anyone following after them. She couldn't find anything in the crowd, but then, something told her to raise her face again. Her eyes widened. There's someone there, standing above the tall building, their left hand raised to the sky.


   God of the eastern sea, whose name is Amei...


“Shit...”

Ryouha switched her eyes back to Nagisa, feeling the shinigami quickened her pace.


   God of the western sea, whose name is Shukuryou...
   God of the southern sea, whose name is Kyojou...
   God of the northern sea, whose name is Gukyou...

   O’ great god of the four seas,
   Repel the demons and melt away all impurities



“Hang on tight!”

“Wha—!?


   Tear open the line between two worlds
   Kyuu kyuu nyoritsu ryou—!



CRASH!!







Ryouha closed her eyes, hearing a loud crash and a strong force lifting her from the ground. She opened her eyes after a while, finding Nagisa carrying her in her arms as they both suspended in mid-air, the reddish sky looming above them.

“Magatoki...?”

Ryouha mouthed in disbelief. No way—how!? There's still hours until dusk! She switched her eyes to the huge crater behind them, seeing that previous figure crouching in the middle of the destroyed road.

“So they sent her after me, huh?”

She heard Nagisa whispered under her breath, before the shinigami clenched her right hand tightly.

“Lemme borrow yer body again.”

Wait—

Ryouha didn't have any time to protest as she felt her unconsciousness being ripped out of her body again; a sensation she still couldn't cope with. She saw the figure from the crater jumped and swung something toward her. Nagisa quickly brought up her white halberd to block the blow.

CLANK— CLANK— CLANK—

The two weapons hit each other in perfect synch, and Ryouha could finally have a good look on her attacker; a girl with long black hair and a blue cap shielding her eyes, her baggy t-shirt swaying as she swung her metal pole wildly.

Is that her reaping tool? No. Somehow it gave a different vibe from Nagisa's halberd, and what's more she couldn't find any skull mark on the girl's hand. Is she an ayakashi? No, that's not it as well. Something felt wrong. What... is she?

“Still brutal as always, ain't cha?”

Nagisa playfully cooed as she switched her halberd to one hand and kicked the girl away. The girl blocked the blow with her weapon, sliding a bit on the asphalt from the force. The metal pole in her hands cracked and fell into small little pieces, and she raised her face, seeing the shinigami perched on the lamp post with a huge smile.

“But too bad~ Ya won't be able to stop me with a makeshift weapon like that, Shu-chan. Catch ya later~!”

Nagisa gave her a quick salute and leaped to the nearby rooftop, leaving the area.

“W-wait, what's happening? Who is she? You know her!?”

Ryouha asked in panic while Nagisa could only gave her an awkward laugh.

“Weeelll~ Kinda.”

A very vague answer. The shinigami leaped onto another rooftop and continued running.

“One thing for sure, it'll be really really bad if she catch us. But don't worry, she must've exhausted a lot of power from casting this fake Magatoki. Trust me, I know her limit; this barrier will only last an hour at most and as long as she's not using shinigami possession we can outrun her.”

“So she's... a human? And a vessel?”

Nagisa hesitated for a while, before she nodded.

“Yeah. Though sometimes I wonder if she's really not an ayakashi, fighting a god with mere strengthening spell like that. I don't know who's her current shinigami partner but it'll be game over once they fuse.”

Ryouha didn't know for sure what Nagisa was speaking about but she at least know that their pursuer was very strong. But still...

“Why is she chasing after us?”

Nagisa flinched as she heard that, not answering. She just kept on running. Ryouha narrowed her eyes in suspicion.

“Nagisa.”

“Because she's a bad guy? Ha ha...”

The shinigami let out another strained laugh, but Ryouha wasn't buying it this time.

“Spill it out, what did you—”

Nagisa suddenly skidded into a stop as she noticed someone on the other end of the rooftop, and Ryouha quickly switched her attention to the figure. She knew that person—no, that shinigami. And the shinigami seemed to recognize her as well.

“Huh? You are...”

“Gah, so it's Yuuri!?”

Nagisa turned away in panic, and as if in cue, their pursuer appeared behind her.

“Come, [Totsuka].”

The girl in black jacket disappeared in a flash of light and Nagisa cursed, leaping down the rooftop.

“This is bad.”

CLANK!






The two girls clashed once again, but this time it wasn't a metal pole that hit the halberd; it was a sword, a pure white longsword. The familiar red skull appeared on the girl's hand.

“Gotcha now.”

Ryouha froze, feeling a shiver ran down her spine as she saw the girl grinned.

The girl pulled her sword back, and Ryouha felt herself being forcefully put back into her body, the halberd leaving her grip. She could faintly saw a white translucent chain slithered around the halberd as she fell, its other end connected to the hilt of the longsword, before everything felt like moving slowly before her eyes; she could see the halberd flashed and reverted back to its human form, and the girl swung her sword at the figure, cutting Nagisa through her torso in one swift movement.

Ryouha closed her eyes, feeling a gush of wind slowed her fall and let her hit the ground softly. She quickly reopened them, seeing her shinigami partner falling to the asphalt in a huge crash.

...Nagisa?

She stared at the limp body with wide eyes.

No... it can't be...

Ryouha flinched as she saw their pursuer landing on the ground just beside Nagisa, a dark reddish orb floating beside her.

A soul...? Then she's really...

She shivered, not able to utter the word, but then she heard the shinigami groaned and started to move.

“Blergh... Stop pulling a soul forcefully out of me like that, I feel like puking...”

She's still alive. 

Ryouha unconsciously let out her breath in relief. Nagisa rolled, trying to push her face up from the asphalt as the chain still locked her arms tightly behind her. The girl with the cap simply growled.

“Shut up, ya twerp.”

She spat, stepping on the shinigami's back.

“Ya broke into the family's treasury, stole the cursed soul of Tamamo no Mae, and then ran away to the human's world. Think ya still have a room to protest?”

Ryouha narrowed her eyes, suddenly regretted worrying about the shinigami. She saw the girl released her sword, letting it reverted back to its human form. The red skull disappeared from the girl's hand.

“Shu-san! What do you think you're doing, you're stepping on the young mistress!”











...the what?


Ryouha watched as the girl called Shu pulled away her foot and rested her arms behind her head, rolling her eyes as her shinigami partner dusted off Nagisa's jacket and helped the girl up to a sitting position.

“Where were you anyway, Yuuri? Told cha to stay in position for our ambush.”

“That's, ahem, I have something more important to attend.”

Yuuri avoided her gaze and kneeled in front of Nagisa, her right hand resting on her chest as she bowed her head. Shu stared at her partner for a while, before letting out a loud sigh and did the same.


“Time to go home, Nagisa-sama.

The great master of Byakko clan, your father, is awaiting your return.”



Ryouha blinked, her mind still trying to register the words. She saw Nagisa clicked her tongue and childishly looked away, and finally her eyes widened.












WHAT IN THE WORLD!?




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Shinigami Playground : Chapter 03 // END












--Shinigami ☆ Q&A Corner--

1Literally means ‘the hidden world’.
The world where ayakashi, gods, and spirits dwell.

2Rare hallucinogenic mushrooms that grow by the entrance of hell. Its shape resembles that of a skull.
Some human artist once caught sight of the mushroom and used it as a theme for his works,
but the number of human to actually obtain the specimen is close to none.

3Someone who is very very obsessed with a particular aspect of popular culture
that sometimes it hinders their social skills. Seems to be a growing population in human's world. 





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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.03]
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2017, 04:46:43 PM »
Oooooh the plot thickens~

Just where did Ryouha's mother obtain that mushroom?

And now we have Shu and Yuuri added to the mix! Nice~ :D

Can't wait for more~~

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Re: [ALL48+46] Shinigami Playground (NagiUha+Various) [CH.03]
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2017, 10:13:01 PM »
I like your style, it's like a light novel!!! :D I recommend you "Gekkou" one of my favorites 
Great chapter! Who is Nagisa??? and Shu!!! I really like NagiShu combi they are very funny!!
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