INT. DARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RESTROOM – NIGHT
A few flickering candles illuminate the room, the light doubled and re-doubled by the mirrors above each sink. Two of the three stall doors are closed, but the third, the middle, is OPEN. SAKI (20) stands in a CIRCLE OF PROTECTION on the floor.
Saki: Hanako-san. Hanako-san. HANAKO-SAN!
The 14TH GENERATION HANAKO OF THE TOILET (eternal, also like 14) APPEARS IN THE OPEN STALL!
Hanako-san: Who calls!
Saki: It’s just me, Hanako-san.
Hanako-san: Oh. Why the theatrics? You have my LINE.
Saki: Maniac said that it’d play better this way.
Hanako-san: Oh, that guy. So?
Saki: Well, you know that I stole the Homicidols Queen of the Scene title from Sari while we were in the United Kingdom.
Hanako-san: I do at that.
Saki: And I know that you helped to arrange for that with your selflessness during the Corenament.
Saki: Maniac told me that I’ll need to defend my title this week.
Hanako-san: I see.
Saki: Right. So, from what I remember, you were promised something.
Hanako-san: I was.
Saki: Can I ask what that is?
Hanako-san: Unfortunately, I don’t actually know what it is. Sister Jean was very cryptic about it. All she said was that “no good deed goes unpunished.”
Saki: That could mean anything.
Hanako-san: It could also be that she was just acting as a cypher for the jerk in charge and was using a well-known nihilistic idiom.
Saki: Well, do you think that you’ll be able to help me? I’ve only been the Official Oshimen for a few weeks, and I’d like to be able to continue.
Hanako-san: Prophesy is tricky, especially for toilet ghosts like me. Ask me to show you the blackest chaos of your psyche, no problem; I can’t see the future, though, only what’s possible.
Saki: It’s going to be a long week. Continue reading