Particles of Paradise
Urban legends. These gossips went around the world, as countless as the desert sands.
Like the urban legend of the Slit Mouthed Woman.
Every state has an urban legend that has spooked the residents for years, spanning from aliens and monsters to ghosts and the supernatural. Urban legends have inspired a slew of scary literature and films, from Bloody Mary to the spider bite. These legends are based on true stories, however they are not necessarily correct. To put it frankly, they're obviously nonsense. These legends are primarily developed by fellow humans' dread of the unknown; nevertheless, legends pass back in the closet as individuals gain more knowledge.
So, there are urban legends numerous enough to light up the sky. What isn’t as well known is that some of them are actually true.
For instance, a rumor too surreal to believe becoming an urban legend. Here is an example of such a rumor. It’s a rumor, whispered around earnestly on the Internet, of a place named “ Avalon”. It’s a place populated only by chosen people, they say, it's a place where knowledge is free, where you choose your destination, where learning has no bounds, where every particle has a beauty of itself, where the atmosphere has its own charm, where everyone is free as birds, where everything is so bizarre that you would feel as if you are dreaming They say humans dream to escape reality, but this place will make you question reality itself.
After reading these descriptions by different people you must have started forming an image of the places like a Utopian society or perhaps heaven, but that’s not it, in fact, this place is a school, yes, that place you probably hate the most, believed to exist in some other realm really close to yours, only chosen people have access to this place, it is believed so that is. You'll probably think, “No way.” Of course, that’s what everyone thinks. How can such a place exist and completely hide its presence, why is it that no one ever stumbled around it, and such questions arise in people’s minds, and thus, gives birth to more unbelievable rumors.
“That place is associated with the Illuminati.”
“It is controlled by the government, they are hiding it from the public so that they can do experiments.”
Etc., etc. Thus, a new urban legend is slowly born.
But now enough talking about this “Avalon” place.
It’s time for the MC to come in.
“Man... what a boring day it was, there's nothing special about this school. I wonder why everyone wants to get their kids in here. The only thing I find fun in there is playing basketball, but now they don't allow that too due to exams, duh…”
It’s 15:00 and this young man is walking down the road in his school uniform, with not a very pleasant look on his face. His life went from a pleasant dream to a nightmare of infinite depth.
He enters his single-room apartment and throws away his bag into the corner, his wall covered in anime girl posters, hiding the cracks of the wall. The room was pretty clean for someone his age living alone, there was a table sitting on which was a desktop system with a few RGB lights, a normal keyboard, and a mouse, you can see Dickcord open on the second monitor, meanwhile, the first one had a browser window with multiple tabs open, one the other corner of the room was a dustbin with food wrappers in it, besides which was a chair stacked with clothes, on the opposite side of the table was a mattress. There was only one window in the room that was covered so the only light source was the monitors.
He changed his clothes and collapsed on the mattress as if it was a really tiring day, he opened his phone and checked his social media apps looking really tired but showing no interest in rest, after some time he ate some packed food and started playing games on his PC till midnight, after that just collapsed on the mattress again completely forgetting that he even has homework to do.
“You know what... I really don’t need to do that stuff, now can you stop dissing me, I’m literally the MC of this story. Now let me sleep...”
And he fell asleep
This boy’s name is Tachibana Yuki (橘幸), with Yuki being written in the Japanese Kanji for Happy(幸) ,sixteen, student, single, 176 cm, introvert, weeb. A young man with black hair, a kind but sharp voice, in pants and an orange t-shirt that says, “人間”(humans).
It’s 6 o'clock on a Wednesday morning and the alarm goes off. Yuki woke up and started brushing his teeth while preparing some tea for himself before going to school. After changing his clothes he set off for school towards his bus stop. Pretty much a normal day for him.
“Good Morning class, you may sit down now”
“Before we begin today’s lecture I have an important announcement to make, from today onwards we will have a new student in our class, please come inside and introduce yourself”
A girl with short brown hair walked into the class, she had round eyes with brown pupils, her height was near the average girl height, nearly 5'5, she looked at everyone and spoke.
“My name is Sasaki Naomi (佐々木直美), the Kanji is from help (在), tree (木), straight (直), and beautiful (美). I will be joining you from today onwards, I am looking forward to making new friends and having fun.”
“Thank you, please go and sit on the third seat with Harada Daisuke, he will tell you about how things work here and introduce you to new people as well.”
She did just as the teacher said and sat with Daisuke. Yuki looked at her for a sec and then thought to himself一
(She looks cute, but she is far out of my league. Boring dudes like me can only have 2D girls. I'll just continue with the class. Let's see what they are teaching today.)
“So continuing with the class, today we are going to learn about Greek Mythology.”
(Oh... looks like I’ll just complete my sleep... I’ve played King Of War so many times that I know about Greek Mythology more than the teacher... haha…)
The teacher continued teaching and Yuki showed no interest in the lecture and just completed his dear sleep.
The school bell rang indicating that it was lunch break already, Yuki who woke up by the sound of the bell realized that he had slept through 3 classes straight.
(I should get some food from the canteen for myself.) He thought, clearly not bothering about anything around him.
He went to the canteen and bought the most inexpensive food available and sat in the most cornered seat, and quietly ate his food whilst reading a novel, the name of which was "Ways To Survive", apparently he came across it while randomly surfing and found it really interesting.
“Hello, are you eating alone?”
A familiar voice broke Yuki’s attention, he looked up from his book to see the new transfer student Naomi.
“I thought I could share a seat with you, can I?”
“I don’t mind, but I suggest you not.”
Showing no intention of accepting the suggestion she sat on the chair while asking “Oh, why so?”.
Yuki understood what she wanted and diverted his eyes back to his book and said “I am the most introverted guy you can find, I won't be enough to amuse you"
"Oh my, now I didn't expect that kind of response... I'm not in search of amusement, but now you have my curiosity."
"...So… I think I made a wrong assumption…explain."
"Huhh? What? Explain what? I didn't catch it? What do you mean by explain? And look at me and not that goddamn book!"
"sigh… I meant why are you so interested here? There are other interesting characters in the class too."
"Oh yeah there are, but none of them dare to sleep straight through 3 classes he-heh."
"I see, so you are one of those observant ones一"
"No, I'm not."
(She sure is cute but she is weird, I don’t like dealing with weirdos so I’ll just pass一)
"Hey! Stay here, I'll refill my water and come back, till then don't move."
"Oh my, you look progressive, I'll wait for you here."
And Yuki lied. He ran off not to fill water but to get rid of her. (一Tsk, what a weirdo, I clearly don’t want to interact with these people, I'll just go on the terrace and read my novel…)
On the terrace of a three-story school was Yuki, sixteen, single, sitting alone, peacefully, reading a novel, this boy wanted nothing but peace of mind in his life, he is introverted but knows how to talk to people, and yet he still decides to not talk to them as it is a waste of time and energy for him and he gains nothing from the conversations. He likes reading books until now he has read thousands of books on the internet. He truly belonged to the world of the internet, spending all day doing stuff on the internet and ignoring homework is not that easy after all. He didn't have much money so he bought very few books but has read thousands of pirated books online. He used the internet as an escape from reality. But it’s not like you can stay far away from reality, no matter how much you run away, you can never escape reality.
The school bell rang indicating that the recess was over, Yuki returned to his class and sat on his desk, namely the last one. He saw Naomi entering the class and they locked eyes, she didn’t have a pleasant look on her face, of course, who would be pleased after getting ditched. The classes then resumed until school was over and then everyone left for home, Yuki too was heading out and Naomi chased him from behind, Yuki sensed her coming and tried his best to ignore her.
“HEY! WAIT! WHERE ARE YOU GOING!? STOP! WE HAVEN’T FINISHED YET!”
“DON’T IGNORE ME! STOP I SAID! WE HAVE A BUSINESS TO FINISH”
She caught up with Yuki and started screaming in his ears while Yuki did his best to ignore her.
“ANSWER ME YOU FOOL! WE HAVEN’T FINISHED OUR TALK YET! DON’T IGNORE ME一”
“What are you talking about? We never began to finish in the first place, now don’t bother me.”
“HMPH! I’m letting you go because I have some work, but I’ll see you tomorrow, don't forget!”
“It’s not good to torture your classmates at the school you just transferred to… and as of tomorrow, don’t even bother to find me”
“Yeah yeah we will see that. Bye-bye! See ya tomorrow!”
“...Bye... never see you again...”
Yuki returned home and changed his clothes, and continued reading his novel, after some time he decided to take a short break and play some Counter Attack: Condition Worse. After playing around 20 matches and losing only in 2 of them he realized that it’s already 7 PM. He prepared some instant cup noodles for himself and while slurping them he was browsing what degenerates like him normally surf at night, yes, it was p0rn.
It’s 6 o'clock on a Thursday morning and the alarm goes off. Yuki repeats his daily activities and goes off to school.
On his way to school, to his bad luck, he ran into Naomi一
“Heyyyyy! I have something interesting to show you today, meet me during break time.”
“Huh? Didn’t I tell you yesterday to not torture your classmates at the school you just transferred to… I don’t want to see anything… I won’t com一”
“You WILL come, it’s really important and interesting hehe.”
“....fine… I’ll come.”
“HUH!? Did you just agree with what I said? Am I hearing right?”
“I take that back一”
“NONONO! DON’T! You are coming.”
“Okay! See you later!”
Saying this she left. Yuki just stared at her back and proceeded to class. As he had enough sleep last night he didn’t feel like sleeping in class but nor did he feel like paying attention. So for the whole class, he was just gazing out of his window. He may have philosophized in his head.
As said Yuki was waiting for Naomi at her desk while there was no one in class, she soon entered the class with a bright but rather concerning smile, concerning for Yuki that is一
They were heading towards the back of the school through the big playground.
“Can you tell me where you are taking me?”
“Oh, you will soon find that out”
As they were walking some guys from their class decided to interrupt, apparently, they were the bullies.
“OYE! HAPPY BOY! LOOK HERE!”
“HUH? Why are you calling me? What do you want now?" Yuki replied to them.
“Oh ho, why are they calling you ‘Happy boy’? Is it because you are with a cute girl like me? hehe.”
“No, my name means happy.”
Yuki looked dead into her eyes and said “I know right.”, saying this he proceeded towards the bullies but Naomi interrupted一
“Yo big bois, we are kinda busy right now, would you mind if you talked to him laterrr?” She said, jumping in between them.
“Huhh? Aren't ya the new transfer student? What business ya got with our happy boy?”
“It’s some really private business, have you got any problem?” Naomi purred, whilst closing up to Yuki.
“Hey, stop! You will give them the wrong idea idiot!” Yuki shrieked.
“Huh? You guys are weirdos!" They said with a disgusted look, "Honestly, we are not interested, just fuck off.”
Saying this they left the place while giving Yuki a weird look.
Yuki and Naomi reached the end of the playground, it didn’t have any fence so anyone could just run off from here, Naomi pointed to a thing that looked like an old shed. “Do you know what is in there?” she said.
“I never entered that but it is apparently a storeroom.”
“Why do you think there is a storeroom out here?”
“I don’t know.”
“Because it’s not a storeroom.”
“Then what is it?”
“That’s what I’m about to show you.”
“You joined this school just yesterday, and you're already onto some shit. Just what are you?”
“I'm from another dimension.”
“Haha. Funny. Why are you telling me this Ms. Alien?”
“Because it’s really interesting.”
“There’s a reason for this.”
Instead of replying to his question Naomi pointed to the so-called storeroom and smiled at Yuki. To that reaction, Yuki said, “I see.”
As they were about to enter that room a man appeared from the shadows, Yuki and Naomi were startled to suddenly see him, when he was completely in the light they could see that he was about the age of 25-30, he had a tall face with and a goatee beard, “You brats should not go in there, it’s not a place for people like you.” he said with a very salty and deep voice.
“What? That aside, who are you? I’ve never seen you around here, are you some homeless guy living there without permission?” Yuki argued while Naomi was quilty standing there.
“Brat, do I look like a homeless guy to you?”
Yuki then looked at his attire, he was wearing a white shirt and brown pants, and a hat, they were kinda dusty but not like something a homeless guy would wear, Yuki then observed his other physical features, he was around 180 cm in height.
“No you don’t, then what are you doing here? Just who are you?” said Yuki.
“My name is Shin, you should not go in there, it’s not safe.”
“Why, and why are you telling me this?”
“Looks like you brats will just argue, fine, do whatever you want.”
Saying this he left the place in an instant. Yuki looked at Naomi and asked if she was sure about it, she just smiled and said that he does not need to be worried.
They entered the storeroom, it was very dusty as no one had entered that place for a really long time. Yuki asked Naomi, “So why did you bring me here?”
She handed him a flyer-like paper. It looked like an advertisement or something.
Yuki took it and saw, it said一
Thou hast acquire a new aura. It shalt becometh the wings of the future yond breakth thy chains of captivty. With the birth of the crux, thou have obtained the winds of blessing yond shouldst leadeth to new power… Thou shalt reacheth the landeth of Avalon.
Address:- 34°42'03"N 136°49'16"E
Yuki’s immediate reaction to it was “What kind of bulshit is this?”
“It is what you just read.”
“You believe in this shit? It is just a stupid joke!”
“Well I know it sounds like a joke, but actually it is一”
“How can you possibly have an explanation for this!”
“Listen to me, it has to do with一”
“I searched the coordinates on it, they are for this storeroom, this is just bullshit, I’m leaving.”
Naomi just watched his back saying nothing as he was leaving angrily.
Now let me tell you how these urban legends are made, it’s simply a feeling of “It sure would be cool!” All these urban legends are based on true stories but not true themselves, people tend to see things and make stories out of them, which spread more and more until it becomes an urban legend.
Have you heard a rumor that goes like this?
They say that people who are chosen one day receive an invitation from an anonymous to a place一that doesn’t exist, if you accept it, they say you disappear from this world. And then… they say you're taken to another dimension.
…Do you believe it?