Miyoko ran up to Isaac and Ichiro.
“Hey, have you guys seen Rika? She’s been absent all day.”
Ichiro shook his head.
“Is there anywhere you think she might be?” asked Isaac.
“Well, she does go to the hospital to get checkups often…”
“Who the heck goes to the hospital just for a checkup?” asked Ichiro.
“Apparently, Rika does.” replied Isaac sarcastically.
“She would’ve told me she’d be gone…we usually hang out together after class.”
Miyoko looked upset.
‘’Hey, Isaac-kun! Maybe the poem was talking about Rika."
’’You may be right, Nekomata….‘’
“We’ll tell you if we see her." said Isaac.
Isaac turned and started swiftly walking away, pulling out his cell phone.
“Yu, we got a problem. Rika’s gone to the Otherworld.”
“Oh. It’ll be impossible to use the mall mirror to find Rika. Maybe there’s a mirror at the ‘ashen ruins’ the poem mentioned.”
“I’ll ask Ichiro what he knows.”
Isaac hung up and turned to face Ichiro.
“Hey, Ichiro, what do you know about the phrase ‘ashen ruins?’”
“Uh….there was a hospital in Old Town that somehow went up in flames. The newspaper article used that phrase to describe the hospital after the fire.”
Isaac hit the redial button.
“Yu, Ichiro says we need to go to the ruined hospital in Old Town.”
“Got it. I’ll meet you there.”
At the Hospital.
“FOUND IT!” shouted Ichiro, pointing to a mirror half buried in rubble.
“Great. Now, we need to find Rika and save her from her Shadow.” said Yu.
The trio jumped through the mirror.
WARPED HOSPITAL, 1st Ward
“Holy hell….” breathed Yu.
“Fuckin’ hell’s bells….” muttered Isaac, gaping.
“Da fuck?!? This place looks like the wet dream of MC Escher!” yelled Ichiro.
A voice rang through the halls.
“I don’t care what they hide from me. I’ll just keep going.”
“That was Rika’s voice! Where is she?”
“My guess is at the end of this building.”
“Let’s go!” commanded Isaac as he ran through the tilted hallways, trying not to tip over.
He skidded to a halt but not before he, Ichiro, and Yu crashed into a cluster of 3 Cowardly Maya-type Shadows.
“Shit!” cursed Yu, picking up his golf club.
Ichiro’s gripped tightened on the sledgehammer he had brought.
‘’Change Persona! Nekomata!’’ thought Isaac, pulling ou
Isaac took on the form of Nekomata, and began spamming Agi. Ichiro put on his mask, and turned into Enkidu.
The fight was over fairly quickly, but Ichiro was giving Isaac a funny look.
“Uh… did you…for a second there….turn into a female Persona?”
“……yyyyyeeeaaaaah.” answered Isaac, suddenly feeling incredibly awkward.