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Kakine 3

Mar 25th, 2020
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  1. Chapter 3
  2.  
  3. 77
  4.  
  5. Title: Chapter 3
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  7. 78
  8.  
  9. Kuroyoru: What's this? Remember something unpleasant?
  10.  
  11. Kuroyoru: Like a friend...
  12. Kuroyoru: perhaps?
  13.  
  14. Kakine: What's going on?
  15.  
  16. Kuroyoru: Ringo-chan's friend died here a while back.
  17.  
  18. Ringo: No.
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  21.  
  22. Kuroyoru: No? What do you mean no?
  23. Kuroyoru: Then tell me what did happen.
  24.  
  25. Kuroyoru: Back then...
  26.  
  27. Kuroyoru: What did...
  28. Kuroyoru: you do...
  29. Ringo: I...
  30. Kuroyoru: to that girl?
  31. Ringo: I...
  32. Ringo: I...
  33.  
  34. Ringo: Ahhhh
  35. Ringo: Ahhhh
  36. SFX: Burst
  37.  
  38. Kuroyoru: Oh, how scary. What was her name again?
  39. Kuroyoru: I never bothered learning it.
  40. Kakine: Hey.
  41.  
  42. Kuroyoru: Hold your horses.
  43. Kuroyoru: Her stress is building.
  44. Kuroyoru: Let me dig into that wound a little more and you might just see the fruits of the Dark May Project.
  45.  
  46. Kakine: Weren't you, Ringo,
  47. Kakine: and that dead girl...
  48. Kakine: all specimens in that experiment?
  49.  
  50. Kuroyoru: What, you were hoping for some camaraderie?
  51. Kuroyoru: Get real, mister.
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  54.  
  55. Kuroyoru: You're the #2 and you're neck deep in the dark side, so I know you know...
  56. Kuroyoru: how silly an idea that is in this city.
  57.  
  58. Kuroyoru: Ringo-chan was traumatized by what happened with her friend...
  59.  
  60. Kuroyoru: but Academy City uses kids up and throws them out...
  61.  
  62. Kuroyoru: all the time, right?
  63. Kuroyoru: That was just one of countless tragedies.
  64.  
  65. Kakine: Those are the normal rules of this city, huh?
  66.  
  67. Kuroyoru: What?
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  70.  
  71. SFX: Boom
  72.  
  73. SFX: Crash bam
  74.  
  75. SFX: Thoom
  76.  
  77. SFX: Crumble crumble
  78.  
  79. Kuroyoru: Whoa, whoa, whoa!! What's got your panties in a bunch!?
  80. SFX: Click click
  81.  
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  83.  
  84. SFX: Thoom thoom thoom
  85.  
  86. SFX: Rumble
  87.  
  88. Kuroyoru: Like I said.
  89. Kuroyoru: This place was built to resist espers.
  90. Kuroyoru: It won't be that easy to-
  91.  
  92. SFX: Boom
  93.  
  94. Yobou: Geh.
  95.  
  96. SFX: Clatter clatter
  97.  
  98. SFX: Whoosh
  99.  
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  101.  
  102. Kuroyoru(thought): What?
  103. Kuroyoru: But we're underground.
  104.  
  105. Kuroyoru(thought): The moon?
  106.  
  107. SFX: Crash
  108. SFX: Crack snap
  109.  
  110. SFX: Thunk
  111.  
  112. SFX: Cough cough
  113.  
  114. SFX: Alight
  115.  
  116. Kakine: Did you really think you could stop me with this junk?
  117.  
  118. Kakine: I don't care how you view this city's systems...
  119. Kakine: or how you choose to live within those systems.
  120.  
  121. Kuroyoru: But don't underestimate a Level 5.
  122. SFX: Thud
  123.  
  124. Kuroyoru: This...
  125. Kuroyoru: can't be.
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  128.  
  129. Kakine: The normal rules don't apply to me.
  130. SFX: Press
  131.  
  132. SFX: Squeeze
  133.  
  134. Kakine: Did you get the data?
  135. SFX: Fade
  136. Yobou: I did.
  137.  
  138. Ringo: Kakine.
  139. Ringo: You're...
  140.  
  141. Ringo: so...
  142. Ringo: cool.
  143.  
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  145.  
  146. Ringo: And your wings...
  147. Ringo: are...pretty...
  148.  
  149. Kuroyoru: So that's a real Level 5.
  150.  
  151. SFX: Clench
  152. Kuroyoru: Normal powers just can't compare.
  153.  
  154. Kuroyoru: Which means...
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  157.  
  158. Kakine: How is she?
  159.  
  160. Kaibi: The head wound was minor.
  161. Kaibi: But I can't measure her DISTANCE until she wakes up, so I can't speak to any psychological wounds.
  162.  
  163. Kakine: So we have to wait. It is getting late.
  164.  
  165. Ringo: Kakine.
  166.  
  167. Kakine: You woke up?
  168. Kakine: You must be tired. Get some sleep.
  169. Ringo: No.
  170.  
  171. Ringo: I want to tell you now...
  172. Ringo: while "I" still have a clear head.
  173.  
  174. Kakine: Fine.
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  177.  
  178. Ringo: The Dark May specimens had a portion of Accelerator's mind implanted in their brain.
  179. Ringo: Like his pride or his suspicion.
  180.  
  181. Ringo: I had his "attachment" implanted in me.
  182.  
  183. Kaibi: The #1's attachment?
  184. Kaibi: He doesn't seem the type to get attached.
  185.  
  186. Ringo: Maybe that's why...
  187. Ringo: but my power would never stabilize.
  188.  
  189. Ringo: But few of our powers improved, so they continued my experiments.
  190.  
  191. Ringo: They found I produced some results when under pressure...
  192. Ringo: so maybe that made me worth observing.
  193.  
  194. Ringo: There was so much pain and suffering.
  195.  
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  197.  
  198. SFX: Cough cough
  199.  
  200. SFX: Drip drip
  201. SFX: Cough cough
  202.  
  203. Researchers: Her values aren't growing. Is this her peak?
  204. SFX: Pant pant
  205.  
  206. Researchers: We can't expect any more drugs to help.
  207. Researchers: Her body started adapting to the drugs this month.
  208. SFX: Cough cough
  209. Researchers: And she's one of the few showing any improvement, so we can't let her die.
  210.  
  211. Researchers: Then should we stimulate the implanted "attachment"?
  212. Researchers: How? Has she grown attached to anything?
  213.  
  214. Researchers: She showed no interest in the books or music we gave her.
  215. SFX: Pant pant
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  218.  
  219. SFX: Cough cough cough
  220. Researchers: Okay, that concludes today's experiment. You may leave.
  221.  
  222. SFX: Rumble
  223. SFX: Wobble
  224.  
  225. SFX: Step step
  226. Tomoka: Ringo-chan.
  227.  
  228. Tomoka: Are you okay?
  229. Ringo: ...Yeah.
  230.  
  231. Tomoka: Today must have been rough.
  232. Tomoka: Did you set a new record?
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  235.  
  236. Ringo: I don't really remember.
  237. Tomoko: Oh, yeah. You barely remember anything from when your power is active, do you?
  238. SFX: Munch munch munch
  239.  
  240. Tomoka: Wait, so you don't remember what they did to you!? Are you okay?
  241. Ringo: I'm alive, so I'm okay.
  242. Tomoka: Let's aim for a higher standard of "okay" than that!
  243.  
  244. Tomoka: You have food on you again.
  245.  
  246. Box: Tomoka was always smiling.
  247.  
  248. Box: The experiments scared me...
  249. Box: but I was okay when I was with her.
  250.  
  251. Box: She was always smiling...
  252. Box: and looked so happy.
  253. Box: But.
  254.  
  255. SFX: Cough
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  258.  
  259. SFX: Cough cough
  260. Ringo: Tomoka.
  261.  
  262. Tomoka: I'm fine, I'm fine. Don't worry.
  263. SFX: Cough
  264. Box: She had a weak heart.
  265.  
  266. Ringo: You should tell the researchers.
  267.  
  268. Tomoka: Maybe so. But I "show no promise"...
  269. Tomoka: and my power hasn't ever shown itself...
  270. Tomoka: so they aren't even measuring my vitals lately.
  271.  
  272. Tomoka: They've given up on me, so telling them won't help.
  273.  
  274. Tomoka: I'm more worried about you, Ringo-chan.
  275. Tomoka: They aren't doing experiments on me, but you always look so beat up after yours.
  276.  
  277. SFX: Tug
  278.  
  279. Tomoka: Oh? It's usually the other way around.
  280. Tomoka(outside): This is new.
  281. Ringo: I am worried about you, Tomoka.
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  284.  
  285. Tomoka: Thanks.
  286. Tomoka: I'm so glad to have someone here who's worried about me.
  287. SFX: Smooch
  288.  
  289. Tomoka: The kids here just disappear so often.
  290. Tomoka: And I hate how I've gotten used to it.
  291.  
  292. Tomoka: I've accepted that I might disappear...
  293. Tomoka: but it scares me to think no one would remember me.
  294.  
  295. SFX: Squeeze
  296.  
  297. Tomoka(edge): Oh.
  298. Tomoka: Isn't it time for your experiment?
  299. Tomoka: I'm feeling better, so I'm fine.
  300. SFX: Let go
  301. Ringo: But...
  302.  
  303. Tomoka: They wanted to see me for something too.
  304.  
  305. Ringo: Okay.
  306. Tomoka: Be careful and don't overexert yourself!
  307. Tomoka(outside): See you later.
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  310.  
  311. Ringo: Huh?
  312.  
  313. Tomoka: Ringo-chan?
  314.  
  315. Ringo: Why?
  316.  
  317. Researcher: A Level 0 with no sign of improvement?
  318. Researcher: An insignificant loss. Begin the experiment.
  319. SFX: Click
  320. Tomoka: An experiment?
  321. Tomoka: What am I supposed to-
  322.  
  323. SFX: Zap
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  326.  
  327. Tomoka: Ah.
  328. Tomoka: Kah.
  329.  
  330. Ringo: Eh?
  331. Ringo: What?
  332. Ringo: What are they-
  333.  
  334. SFX: Zap
  335. Tomoka: Agh!
  336.  
  337. Ringo: No!!
  338. SFX: Dash
  339.  
  340. SFX: Jangle
  341.  
  342. SFX: Tug
  343. Ringo: Ah.
  344.  
  345. SFX: Tense
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  348.  
  349. SFX: Glare
  350.  
  351. SFX: Clatter clatter
  352.  
  353. Researcher: Look, the values are rising!
  354. SFX: Burst
  355.  
  356. Researcher: This is a new record.
  357. SFX: Grind grind
  358.  
  359. Researcher: Then she is indeed the specimen's "target of attachment". Continue the experiment.
  360. Researcher: These values are incredible! Try turning up the power!
  361. SFX: Click click
  362.  
  363. SFX: Zap zap
  364. Tomoka: Ahhhhhhhh!
  365.  
  366. Ringo: S-stop!!
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  369.  
  370. Researcher: What's wrong, specimen? Use your power on the target.
  371.  
  372. Ringo: Stop...
  373. Ringo: Stop!!
  374.  
  375. SFX: Jangle
  376. SFX: Tense tense
  377.  
  378. Researcher: Come on, resume the experiment.
  379.  
  380. Ringo: She's in pain.
  381. Ringo: Stop that.
  382. Ringo: I can do it...
  383. Ringo: on my own.
  384.  
  385. Researcher: Your values rose when we stimulated your target of attachment.
  386. Researcher: You just proved that yourself.
  387.  
  388. Tomoka: Gasp
  389.  
  390. Ringo: It's my fault?
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  393.  
  394. Ringo: Because I'm like this.
  395. Ringo: Because she was with me.
  396. Ringo: Me.
  397. Ringo: Me me
  398. Ringo: Because of me me me me me.
  399. Ringo: Tomoka will die.
  400. Ringo(spoken): Tomo-
  401. Ringo(spoken): Ah
  402.  
  403. Ringo: Noooo!
  404. Ringo: Noo!
  405. Ringo: Ahhhh!
  406.  
  407. Researcher: Let's try adding in some physical stress too.
  408. SFX: Click click
  409.  
  410. SFX: Grab
  411. Tomoka: Cough
  412. Tomoka: Gasp
  413. Tomoka: Gasp
  414.  
  415. Tomoka: Don't you dare...
  416. SFX: Gasp gasp
  417. Tomoka: torture Ringo-chan...
  418. Tomoka: any more.
  419.  
  420. Researcher: Torture? We're just running an experiment. Mind your own business.
  421.  
  422. SFX: Pull away
  423.  
  424. SFX: Zap
  425.  
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  427.  
  428. SFX: Thud
  429.  
  430. Researchers: Hold on. Don't kill the attachment target.
  431. Researchers: She's not moving.
  432.  
  433. Researchers: I did raise the power, but not enough to kill her.
  434. SFX: Jangle
  435. Ringo: Ah.
  436. Researchers: Was she sick or something?
  437. Researchers: We hadn't been running her physical exams since she showed no promise.
  438.  
  439. Ringo(thought): Why?
  440. Ringo: Ah...
  441. Ringo: Ahh.
  442. Ringo(thought): Why, why?
  443.  
  444. Tomoka: Ah...
  445. Tomoka: Ringo-chan.
  446.  
  447. Ringo: Tomo-
  448.  
  449. Tomoka: Will you...
  450. Tomoka: remember me?
  451.  
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  453.  
  454. Researchers: The specimen's mind is-
  455. Researchers: But the attachment target is too-
  456. Researchers: Then find another attachment target to-
  457.  
  458. Ringo: Why?
  459. Ringo: Why?
  460.  
  461. Ringo: Why?
  462.  
  463. Ringo: Go to hell.
  464.  
  465. SFX: Snap
  466.  
  467. Researchers: Whoa, these values!
  468. SFX: Grind grind
  469.  
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  471.  
  472. Researchers: Incredible!!
  473. Researchers: I've never seen growth like this.
  474.  
  475. Ringo: All of you.
  476.  
  477. SFX: Roar
  478.  
  479. Researchers: Oh, her power keeps rising.
  480. Researchers: I don't even need the data to tell!
  481. Researchers: This much power is unbelievable!
  482. Ringo: Ahhhhhhhhhh!
  483.  
  484. SFX: Crack crack
  485.  
  486. Researchers: Gweh!
  487. SFX: Wham
  488. Researchers: Wait!
  489. Researchers: This is too much!
  490.  
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  492.  
  493. SFX: Pshew
  494.  
  495. SFX: Zap zap zap
  496. Ringo: Gwah!
  497.  
  498. Researchers: Phew.
  499.  
  500. Researchers: Could she not control her power?
  501. Researchers: Not with how rapidly those values rose.
  502.  
  503. Ringo: Ugh.
  504.  
  505. Researchers: Hey, are you okay?
  506. Researchers: Ow.
  507. Researchers: You lost a lot of blood.
  508.  
  509. Researchers: Eh? That's not my blood.
  510.  
  511. SFX: Rumble
  512.  
  513. Amata: Ahh, ahh. I come all the way out here...
  514. Amata: and this is all you have to show me?
  515. Researchers: Kihara-san.
  516. Souji: Oh? This place looks neat.
  517.  
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  519.  
  520. Souji: Did she do it? She might be fun to work with. Right, Amata-san?
  521. Amata: Do you ever stop with this?
  522.  
  523. SFX: Thunk
  524.  
  525. SFX: Drag
  526.  
  527. Ringo: Tomo-
  528.  
  529. SFX: Click
  530.  
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  532.  
  533. Ringo: I don't know what happened after that.
  534.  
  535. Ringo: But the Dark May Project continued.
  536. Ringo: And my memories started cutting out more often.
  537.  
  538. Kakine: But the project came to a sudden end?
  539. Ringo: When that Kuroyoru girl went on a rampage.
  540.  
  541. Yobou: The data I collected had nothing on a Kuroyoru...
  542. Yobou: but it did record Yuzuriha's accident, albeit incompletely.
  543.  
  544. Ringo: It wasn't an accident!!
  545.  
  546. Ringo: I killed her.
  547. Ringo: So...
  548. SFX: Squeeze
  549.  
  550. Kakine: I understand your tragedy now.
  551.  
  552. Kakine: But a terrible experience in the past does not mean you have to live the same way in the future.
  553.  
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  555.  
  556. Kakine: Besides, we only need the data on Accelerator's calculation patterns.
  557. Kakine: And we got some decent data from your battle with Kuroyoru.
  558. Ringo: I want to visit that lab again.
  559.  
  560. Kakine: What?
  561.  
  562. Ringo: My memories don't just cut out completely. There are bits and pieces missing.
  563. Ringo: Eventually, I might not be able to control my power at all.
  564.  
  565. Yobou: That experiment sure left its mark.
  566.  
  567. Ringo: I want to give you everything before that happens.
  568.  
  569. Kakine: Why would you want to help us?
  570. Kakine: This is a bit much for some food and a bed.
  571. Ringo: It has to be you.
  572.  
  573. Kakine: So what is it you want that only a Level 5 can get you?
  574. Ringo: Money? Food?
  575.  
  576. 105
  577.  
  578. Kakine: Or a way out of Academy City?
  579.  
  580. Ringo: Save...
  581. Ringo: me.
  582.  
  583. Kakine: Save you,
  584. Kakine: huh?
  585.  
  586. Kakine: Then go find yourself a hero.
  587.  
  588. SFX: Rinnng
  589.  
  590. Kaibi: Hello?
  591. SFX: Beep
  592.  
  593. Souji(outside): Um.
  594. Souji: Is this School? Are you all together?
  595. Yobou: They know School? Are they with the dark side?
  596.  
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  598.  
  599. Kakine: Who the hell are you?
  600.  
  601. Souji: Oh, pardon me. I forgot to introduce myself.
  602.  
  603. Souji: I am a researcher gathering data on that specimen - Yuzuriha Ringo, was it?
  604.  
  605. Souji: The name's Kihara Souji.
  606.  
  607. Kakine: Kihara!?
  608.  
  609. Souji: I wanted more raw data here...
  610. Souji: so I sent some people to pick her up.
  611.  
  612. Souji: Wrap her up for me if you don't mind?
  613.  
  614. SFX: Crash
  615.  
  616. 107
  617.  
  618. SFX: Step step step
  619. DA: Justice!
  620. DA: Absolute justice!!
  621.  
  622. Kakine: You again?
  623. SFX: Zwoosh
  624.  
  625. Kakine: Shut up and get a clue, you annoying pricks!
  626. SFX: Wham
  627.  
  628. SFX: Stand up
  629.  
  630. Kaibi: Wait!
  631. Kaibi: Their minds are unnaturally identical.
  632.  
  633. Souji: Yeah, that was me.
  634.  
  635. Souji: I gave them a substitute for their obsession with justice or whatever the hell.
  636. Kakine: A substitute?
  637.  
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  639.  
  640. SFX: Gulp gulp
  641. Souji: Ooh, this stuff's good! Yet it has almost no real fruit juice.
  642. Yobou: What's with this guy?
  643. Souji: Such a fruity flavor with just artificial flavors and sweeteners!
  644.  
  645. Souji: I'm talking about substitutes.
  646. Carton: I Can't Believe It's Not Orange
  647.  
  648. Souji: Everything can be replaced. Nothing in this world has no substitute.
  649. SFX: Creak
  650. Souji: An arm, a leg, your deepest held beliefs? There's a substitute for them all.
  651.  
  652. Souji: So they're convinced my orders ARE their deepest held belief.
  653.  
  654. Souji: Nothing is truly unique, don't you think?
  655. Souji: Teitoku-san.
  656.  
  657. Kakine: You don't know me. Did you think I would agree with that?
  658.  
  659. Souji: Huh? I really, really did think you'd understand.
  660. Souji: I mean, you're...
  661.  
  662. 109
  663.  
  664. Souji: The Spare Plan.
  665. Souji: You're Accelerator's substitute.
  666.  
  667. SFX: Boom
  668.  
  669. Yobou: Blehhh
  670.  
  671. Kakine: You little bitch.
  672. SFX: Crack crack
  673.  
  674. SFX: Grin
  675.  
  676. SFX: Turn on
  677.  
  678. SFX: Ksshhh
  679.  
  680. SFX: Kiiiiii
  681.  
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  683.  
  684. SFX: Ksssshhhhh
  685. Kakine: Is that a distraction?
  686.  
  687. Ringo: Ahhhhhhhhh!
  688.  
  689. SFX: Crack
  690.  
  691. Kakine: What's happening?
  692. Souji: Neat, worked like a charm.
  693.  
  694. Souji: I combined a buncha sounds to make a substitute for the one that stresses Yuzuriha Ringo-san's brain.
  695. Ringo: Ah
  696. Ringo: Ahh
  697. Ringo: Ah
  698.  
  699. SFX: Rumble rumble
  700.  
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  702.  
  703. Kaibi: Kyah!
  704. Souji: It really is just her brain reacting to external stimuli, after all.
  705. Souji: The exact stimulus doesn't matter.
  706.  
  707. Souji: Below you...
  708. Souji: Floors 2-6 are full of ordinary guests.
  709.  
  710. Souji: If Ringo-san goes berserk and the building collapses...
  711. Souji: who knows how many of them will die.
  712. SFX: Rumble
  713. Woman: An earthquake?
  714.  
  715. Kakine: And that's supposed to stop me?
  716. Souji: Isn't it, though? You aren't moving.
  717.  
  718. Souji: Maybe you don't care if they die, but you don't want Ringo-san to kill them, do you?
  719. Souji: You old softy!
  720.  
  721. 112
  722.  
  723. Kakine: You can shut up now.
  724.  
  725. Kakine: You've already convinced me to kill you.
  726.  
  727. Souji: Have I? Then if you'll excuse me...
  728.  
  729. SFX: Click
  730.  
  731. SFX: Boom
  732.  
  733. Kakine: It's nothing but tricks with you people.
  734. SFX: Mad
  735.  
  736. SFX: Zwoosh
  737. Kakine: It's annoying as hell.
  738.  
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  740.  
  741. Kakine: Damn.
  742.  
  743. Souji: There, Ringo-san is mine now.
  744. Souji: Thanks for the diversion, DA Arouse!
  745.  
  746. Souji: You may slaughter the innocents now.
  747. Souji: Do it.
  748.  
  749. 114
  750.  
  751. SFX: Rush in
  752.  
  753. Man: Eh? Anti-Skill?
  754. Man: U-um!
  755. SFX: Step step step
  756.  
  757. Yobou: DA Arouse is on the 1st floor too!
  758. Kakine(edge): Damn
  759. Kakine: They're like roaches.
  760.  
  761. Souji: Substitute, substitute.
  762. SFX: Step
  763. Souji: Gonna make me a substitute.
  764.  
  765. Souji: A substitute for Accelerator!
  766. Souji: Yeah!
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