Chapter 2:

Welcome! Crows in the Highbrow

Train is Lost in a Loop of Track


After half an hour at Shimbashi station, The passengers who were waiting for the arrival of the Manabi Express, But as time passed the train did not arrive. They started creating a ruckus on the platform about this and started questioning how much more time it will take. The East Japan Railway Company receives information that the train has not arrived at Shimbashi Station and they start an investigation.Bookmark here

In the East Japan Railway Company in the office of the Chairman. The Chairman was questioning the police over the phone as to why the train did not arrive at Shimbashi station and what happened. After that he requested the police to find the details. He hung up the phone and his assistant Rasya asked, "Sir, what would have happened?"
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He replies, "Who knows? Leave it to the police and you inform other stations that the train is no longer running, passengers can take another train and we will try our best to refund the money or we will booked another train for them."
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"Okay! Sir, it will be done!", she said
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Jon and his friends for playing their first game were searching for that door. Weary Jon and Ashya were behind Germon, going slowly.
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Ashya said tiredly, "Where is the door and how can this compartment be so long."
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Jon thinks and says, "Hmm! It's possible, they really have people with abilities. That's unfair." He ends with a childish voice.
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"You can't talk about anything else." Ashya answers.
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As this conversation was going on, A voice came from front, " Jon, Ashya, I found it."
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Jon and Ashya ran to the place where Germon was. And they saw the door.
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A lot of light from the ceiling turned on and reflected off the center. A Puppet came to the center and said, "Welcome! Crows in the Highbrow"
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Ashya asked, "Who are you?"
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"My name is Puplet and I'm the host of the game." He answers.
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"Wait! Wait! Are we gonna turn into crows before playing this game or are we already crows ?" Shocked Jon asked.
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"Argh! Not at all, idiot. It's just a silly name for this stage." Ashya says.
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In between, Germon said, "That's Enough, Now both of you stop the crap." Then he asked the puplet, "Now tell us, what do we have to do?"
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He begins to explain, "So in this stage, you will answer all three riddles, but you have only one chance to answer each puzzle and with a time limit of ten minutes."
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Germon asked, "What if we lose that chance?"
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Before Puplet had a chance to say anything, Jon interrupted, "We'll all turn into crows!"
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Ashya wrapped Jon's mouth tightly with her hand and said, "Stay like this until they've finished talking."
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"Nothing! You will all be sent where the other people are and they will lose hope of escaping from here." Puplet answer. Then he disappeared.
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"Huh! I had to ask more questions". Germon says.
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After the puplet disappeared, there was a screen in the center of the door with something written on it. They looked at it and proceeded forward to see it clearly.
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At that time a policeman in the East Japan Railway Company came with a report regarding the Manabi Express.
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The Chairman and his assistant were shocked to hear the news of the train missing from the track without leaving any trace.
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Perplexed assistant says, "But how can this happen?"
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"We don't even have an answer right now." The policeman said.
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The Chairman says, "Okay! Thanks for the report."
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Before leaving, the policeman says, "If we find anything, we will inform you and you will too."
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As he leaves, the assistant asks, "Sir, what could it be?"
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"I don't know but leave me alone for a while." The chairman answers.
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After she left, the chairman closed the door and went in front of his book shelf. On pressing a book in the third row, another room opens, he goes in it.
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Now Germon read the first riddle, "A composite triad, cursed to rotate in different ways. The shortest rotates the slowest and the tallest rotates the fastest. Tell me what they are?"
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After that they sat down in a circle and started the discussion, then Germon said, "Let's see the riddle in parts and then it will be easy to solve. First "A composite triad, cursed to rotate in different ways", then he asks,"Something came to mind!" 
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Ashya says straight up, "No!", and as usual Jon, "Why don't we ask this to the Triads?"
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Germon quotes, ignoring Jon, "The shortest rotates the slowest and the tallest rotates the fastest."
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Then Jon interrupted, "By the way, don't waste time just quoting things."
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Germon chuckles and approaches the screen, opens the writing section and writes down the answer, followed by another riddle.
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"Wow! The first one cleared but what was the answer?"Shocked Ashya asks.
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Germon replies, "Why don't you ask Jon?"
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Jon says, "Huh! I don't know. You say, you have answered it."
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"Okay! So the answer is clock hand, those three hands are joined together. The most effective thing is that the hour hand, the shortest in the hands, spins slowly and the second hand, the longer in the hands, spins faster." Germon explains.
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"Hmm! Got it." Ashya says
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Desperate Jon asked, "What is the second riddle?"
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Germon read it, "It appears in the darkness, disappears when the light arises, leaving no trace, giving hope for morrow."
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While Germon and Ashya were wondering what the answer might be. In between Jon says, "I know! I know, cockroaches."
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Both laugh and Ashya says to Jon, "Now I don't know how it came to your mind. But I want to ask how it gives you hope."
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"All I was saying is that sometimes laughing is good for health. And I think people like you won't understand this.," he says.
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Then he taunts Ashya, "Then, Why don't you answer it?"
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"Okay! But if I answer correctly, what will you do?" she asks
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Jon thinks and says, "I won't bother you for two hours."
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Ashya confirmed, "Sure?"
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"Yes" he says
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A man in a balbo beard and a Rolex watch in his left hand, comes out of his car and enters The East Japan Railway Company, asks the receptionist where he can find the chairman.
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She said "Sir is busy right now. Please wait there". Ignoring this, he went ahead to find himself.
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The receptionist called Rasya and told her about it.
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Finally, he found the room and went towards it. He saw Rasya outside the room and asked, "You intend to come in my way?"
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She replies, "I don't want to but Sir is busy right now. You can't go inside." She finished covering the door.
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He knocks on the door angrily and says, "I don't care. I have left an important meeting and come here, just to ask where my son is."
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Still Rasya says, "Sorry, but you'll have to wait here."
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When the chairman heard the sound of that knock, he came out of the secret room. Opened the door and saw Rasya and that man. The chairman recognised him, "Mr. Tarahashi, what are you doing here?"
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Then the chairman invites him, "Come in."
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The Chairman asked, "Mr. Tarahashi, how did you come here?"
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"Don't pretend that nothing happened. I know all about the train. So, tell me where my son - Germon and his friends are." he questioned.
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The Chairman replies, "We don't even know completely, but according to the police, the train vanished off track without leaving any trace."
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"Find out what happened and get my son and his friends back. I don't care what happens to the other passengers. He's my only son and if anything happens to him..." he seriously demanded
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Then he says, "For now, I'm leaving because I have a meeting in ten minutes. I will come next time and I need answers."
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The chairman sighed and said, "Ah! We didn't think of the families of the passengers on the train."
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Then he ordered Rasya, "Inform them about the issue."
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Rasya questioned this, "But sir, won't this cause problems for us?"
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Looking outside, he loosened his tie and replied, "What else can we do ? They should know this."
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Ashya wondered what the answer might be. Jon kept teasing her to make her a moral low.
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But she seemed to have something. She went to the screen and opened the writing section and wrote down the answer and it was correct.
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After which Jon asked, "So what was the answer?"
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She says, “The answer was dream. It appears in the dark – means – night. It disappears when the light arises – means – morning. Leaving no trace – means – no memory or barely remembering. Giving hope - to seeing it again. If we connect them then the only word which matches this is DREAM."
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"It has the power to create the world but whenever the door is closed. When the door is opened, it disappears. Everyone has it, tell me what it is?" Ashya read the third riddle.
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"Did something come to mind?" Ashya asks.
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Germon and Jon both respond, "No."
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They begin to discuss what the answer might be.
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Germon was looking for answers by looking at previous riddles. Jon wasn't interested, so he sat down and pretended that he was thinking.
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Ashya checks the screen and screams "Oh shit! We forgot that there's a time limit too. Germon and Jon, just two minutes left. Please sharpen your mind otherwise we will get erased and won't be able to save the others."
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Germon comes from Ashya behind and siding her, he opens the writing section and writes down the answer. It was correct.
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"The answer was imagination. It is the only thing that has the power to create a world when the eyes are closed that refers to the door. It disappears when we open it." Germon says
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They thought it was over but suddenly the puplet appeared and said, "Sorry! I forgot to say something but when you complete all three riddles, the special riddle will be unlocked and you only have five minutes for that." Then again he disappears.
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"If that puppet comes again, I'll break it." says Ashya in anger.
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Germon read the particular riddle, "This is the last one, now join all the previous answers to find that common answer."
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Jon stands up and says, "That's interesting!"
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Then Germon asks, "You seem to have aroused your interest."
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"No! But I can't see my friends worried." Jon says,smirking
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"The first answer was the hand of the clock, then the dream, and the last the imagination. And the common thread connecting them may be the future." Jon explains.
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Germon asked, "How can you be so confident?"
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First he says, "instinct."
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"Dude, just explain it. Don't worry, we still have three minutes left." Germon requested
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Jon explains the first riddle, "Look, the first hands of a clock that are associated with time. And we know that the future is a type of time."
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"Then the second dream, not logically, but if we see, we humans aspire to fulfill our dreams in the future. That means that it is also connected." He continued
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"Finally imagination, we imagine ourselves in a future event. This too is linked to the future." he finished.
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Germon and Ashya both look at each other. Agree with Jon and let him answer.
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Jon approaches the screen and opens the writing section.
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Writes, F-U-T-U-R-E.
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Above the screen was the bulb which turns on green light and then the door opens.
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They go in, to play the next stage of the game.
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At around ten o'clock in the night, everyone except the chairman in the railway company of East Japan leaves for their home.
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Taking off the tie, he went inside the secret room again. He sits on the chair, takes out a diary from the drawer and puts it on the table.
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"I never thought about opening it, Father. But it's happening, what you feared of. But don't worry, I'll find a way to save those passengers." he says
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He starts reading the diary that his father had given him. But couldn't able to read it, so he came out.
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On their way to the next compartment, Germon asks, "Done?"
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"Yeah! I'm totally out." Jon zips up.
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Ashya asked in surprise, "When did you drink so much?
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He replies, “In Fact, before boarding the train I drank all the cola we had for the journey.”
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Germon and Ashya both check their bags and then say, "You idiot!"
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Scolding Jon, they reached compartment number twenty as soon as they entered inside. Suddenly they split from each other.
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